DIY Bay Window Curtain Rods

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I was considering paying $60-$100 for a bay window curtain rod. Then I did some searching online and found a lot of DIY options that I could do at home. The first option I was considering was using PVC pipe and elbows to make the corners. Once I went to Home Depot I realized that the PVC was not going to be strong enough for my curtains. The PVC ended up bending so I used electrical conduit pipes. I bought the 3/4 inch size 10 ft in length for $3.06/piece. My bay window was 45in x 64in x 45 in so the 10 ft pole wasn’t going to be long enough. I bought 2 and just cut the second one to the right length. Tom and I measured the conduit pipe and then bent the pipe to match the angle. I used a protractor to measure the angles.

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Then once the pipe was bent and cut to the right angles and length, I used some spray paint to paint the pipes gold.

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I bought this plumbing “nipple” to use to connect the cut pieces. It took FOREVER for me to find something like this in Home Depot. I don’t understand why they didn’t have anything like this in the electrical conduit section. I eventually found this in the plumbing section.

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TADA! Finished, well almost. I still need to buy something decorative to go on the ends of the poles. This whole project was under $10. We already owned the ikea hanging hooks from the windows we had curtains on in our last home. This project was CHEAP, easy, and relatively quick so I encourage you to give it a try. I have a large window in the Den that I want to make a curtain rod for also.

Washing Cloth DIapers

Hey ya’ll! See what I just did…..future Texan here! We filmed a very short video to show you guys how we wash our cloth diapers. I understand that different things work for different diapers and also people. We use Alva baby diapers and here is what we found works the best. I wash the diapers 3 times. This really helps clean them completely and they absorb better when you thoroughly clean them.

Shadow Box Ideas For Nurseries

When Tom and I discovered our little Audrey growing we built a nursery for her in our master bedroom. It used to be a living room area with a couch,but it was basically wasted space because we didn’t use it. We closed it off by building a wall and then we painted it and added a new chandelier. It’s actually one of my favorite rooms in the house just because it’s so darn cute.

I didn’t put anything on the walls because I wanted to add things as she grew so her room would really be ‘hers’. I kept things to scrapbook and put into shadow boxes. It really is a great idea, you hit 2 birds with one stone. You get things to hang on the walls and you get a special way to display keepsakes. I don’t like the idea of have boxes in the basement full of keepsake items. It feels ‘useless’ or like ‘clutter’ when it gets stored like that because let’s face it, how many of us actually go through these boxes once they are packed (other than during a move).

Here are the items I have framed and hung so far.

Here is Audrey’s “I Was Born at Home” certificate, which I am proud of.

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On the left is Audrey’s first Christmas stocking. The blue backing on the shadow box is also the wrapping paper that I used for Christmas this last year – 2013. I thought that would be a nice touch, plus it’s beautiful and I had extra. The shadow box on the right it the onesie Audrey wore at her first birthday party, it also came with a hat.

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On one of the shelves in the nursery is this shadow box with her foot and hand prints from when she was a newborn. Also in the box are a pair of her socks and pink ornament shoes that a close friend gave us.

 

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Last we have this old comic book framed. Tom’s mom gave this to us when she first came to meet Audrey. It was a very sweet, thoughtful gift and I love seeing it on her wall. It’s also funny because the Audrey in the comic has red hair, and if you remember our Audrey had light red hair when she was born.

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I hope this excites your creative side and gives you guys some ideas for your shadow boxes. I love keepsakes, but I HATE clutter so this was the perfect option for me.

DIY Planter Umbrella Stand

 

Tom and I have always toyed with the idea of building a porch roof, but we didn’t want to commit to the cost. After years of having a deck and not using it because of the lack of shade, we decided to compromise and buy something temporary. I had seen some HUGE umbrellas in Ikea the year before and I thought they would work for us. Of course every time I go to Ikea I see other things that I NEED for my home – this time it happened to be throw pillows haha. But anyways, I finally found the umbrella at the end and it was 13 feet in diameter! It was the biggest umbrella I had ever seen actually. The umbrella was also on sale for $89.99….SCORE! Unfortunately things couldn’t have been this easy……. Most umbrellas require a base and  Ikea sold the umbrella, they DIDN’T have any bases left!!!!!!!!!! Seriously? They had 3 bases on the floor as models but they refused to sell them to us. We spoke to several managers and they all said “sorry we wont be getting anymore bases for this umbrella, but we can’t sell any floor models for another 2 weeks”. SO SO SO SO frustrating! We went to Wal-Mart, Lowes, Home Depot, and even a patio store. None had a base for such a large umbrella. Our only choices were to return the umbrella or make our own.

Supplies:

Concrete
26 Inch Flower Pot
2 Inch PVC Pipe
Bubble Level

Tape the bottom of the PVC pipe so concrete doesn’t get into it. Hold the PVC pipe upright in the planting pot and pour in the concrete. Use your level to make sure the pipe is staying upright. I taped the level to the PVC pipe to make it simpler.

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I used duct tape to keep the pipe still until the concrete cured.

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We waited about a week before we planted flowers in it. I drilled holes in the pot for drainage, then I filled it with potting soil and flowers. Here is our finished product! So far it’s worked out great. Tom mentioned the other day, while sitting on our deck enjoying the afternoon, that he had never enjoyed our deck this much and the umbrella made the difference. Before the sun beat right down on the deck and it was just too hot. Now with some shade, we can enjoy the breeze and USE our deck now.

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Our Gift Wrapping 2013

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I love wrapping presents. Actually I love giving them too! I look as the wrapping as part of the gift and that is why I love to make them fancy. This year I got this beautiful metallic, embossed paper at Marshall’s for $3.99/roll. It’s a harder paper to wrap with because it’s more like tin foil than paper. The kids have pink and green wrapping and the adults have silver and blue. I also used tulle on the kids gifts because I had some left over from Audrey’s birthday party. Instead of a bow I put pink poms on the gifts. If you guys need some help wrapping presents, here is a video tutorial I filmed last year.

DIY Wreath

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I bought this old wreath at Goodwill for $3. It was old and ugly, but it had a good skeleton. I decided to use it to create my own wreath. Using a hot glue gun, I applied left over ornaments and ribbon from last years Christmas. All these ornaments were plastic and I had a ton extra. Every year after Christmas I raid the local stores for the 75% off sales. I bought tons of beautiful glass ornaments at Walmart this last year for about $10. Needless to say, I have a lot of extra ornaments now.

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I loved how it turned out and it was such a quick project. Glue guns are really so amazing. Where would us DIY-ers be without them? This is the finished project. It’s beautiful, updated and on my front door now!

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Goodwill Finds

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At Goodwill on Saturday they had a half off everything sale. We usually go every month but this month we found a great dining room set. I have been wanting a bench dining set for our informal area for a long time. I was getting so tired of moving big heavy chairs around and sweeping between all their legs. This table came with a bench and two other chairs. And since it was the half off day is was only $70! We quickly decided to buy it and take it home. Unfortunately we later discovered that the previous owners had glued the bench back together after the wood, well MDF, had ripped apart. Tom was pretty upset to discover this while putting it together, but it looked like an easy enough repair. All we needed to do was replace the end piece with solid wood. I had some scrap wood left over from a different project that we used. It turned out to be the perfect width for this bench end.

We cut the wood then screwed it back in and it worked! We fixed it and it was free to fix. Now I just have to decide what color to make it. I really don’t like light oak so I want to paint it ASAP. I am not an expert when it comes to painting furniture so I’ll have to read up on it before I start. But I am still very proud of our new set. Everyone can fit on the bench alone now, and before there was hardly enough room. It really is a great space saver for us.

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