Friday, March 20, 2015

Coffee & Curtains

The only thing more fun than being a housewife is having great friends that are housewives too!  I love getting together with a good friend and a cup of coffee (kids in tow).

This day we got to put our friendship to good use and makeover a couple of windows with new curtains.

We sent the boys out to get sticks from the woods.  Using a nice long stick.  We tied (with ribbon) it to a couple of good nails that we put in the wall.

Then stopped for some coffee!

Burlap, Burlap, Burlap!

What is the attraction to burlap? I don't know. But, Brenda and I have both fallen in love with it.  She made a great find and picked us both up a stack of old coffee sacks for 50 cents each!  For this wonderful project we put the girls to work taking out the seams.

 Sorry it's blurry!  I'm not much of a DIY photographer.

Our inspiration for this project from Pinterest!  Brenda wanted a mix of these two.

such cute window treatments!! Love!! Maybe for the windows behind the sink in the kitchen?! Landscaping burlap for drapes. It has an open weave and is lighter than regular burlap.

We took the coffee bags and played with them and tucked them around the stick till she loved her own curtains as much as these.  No hemming, sewing, gluing or anything!  Sooo Easy!

Another Curtain Makeover

Same day, same house, but another cup of coffee later.  We turned our attention to the next room.  Took down the old metal white rods.  Sent the boys back out for more sticks.  

We left the existing brackets on the wall.  Tied the sticks to them.  You can't see them because the curtain hides the brackets.

We reused the her adorable curtains with little roosters on them and tied them to the stick with matching ribbon.

 Love Love This!

Total Cost $2
For the burlap sacks.  Sticks were free thanks to the Pacific Northwest.  Ribbon was out of her stash.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

How To Make A Picket Fence Coat Rack

Days are Busy, Nights are Long!  Some things just need to be done before others.  Well this week I said enough!  I am building myself a coat rack.  

Since we have been accumulating animals over the winter, the work has increased as has the amount of work clothes.  
Too cold to keep them in the garage.  The boys come in and drop them on the floor in the laundry room.  Except for Dad who has taken over my broom rack.

Most days I can't get to the washer which makes keeping up harder than normal.  And, I have this blank wall!  What am I waiting for?

Heading to pinterest (you should follow me there).  I already have a Laundry Room Board.  Lot's of other plans for organizing this room.  I started compiling coat racks I like.  Then I saw this one.  It's my inspiration

I Love It!

This one I am willing to hang on that blank wall.  Of course I planned to build it for free.  I just needed to create the free time.  The hardest thing to create.

Step 1 - Wood

Free wood Yeah!  And a couple of little helpers to pull those Pallets apart!
Save those nails

Step 2 - Play with Your Helpers

This step is really important.  Don't forget to do it!

Step 3 - Mark and Cut Boards

Mark the boards.  I didn't want a super point on the end, so I marked it that way.  Have your handyman use a power saw.  Might need to give it a little sanding.

Step 4 -  Screw The Hole Thing Together 

Step 5 - Paint

I mixed some old white paint with water.  Then I lightly painted making sure to miss lots of wood.

Step 6 - Hooks

I scrounged through buckets in the garage and found hooks that were just waiting to be used.  Cleaned them up.  Screwed them to a scrap piece of wood and sprayed them.

Love this drill bit.  It's super long making it easy to put the screws in.

Step 7 - Attach the Hooks

I always use a square and try to get everything even.  I don't want to hang it and have anything catywampus.

Step 8 - Hang Your Beautiful New Coat Rack

Step 9 - Hang that Pile of Coats

Notes of Interest

Cost for this project was a can of brown spray paint.  Most of which is leftover (will be used for another project.  All the wood was free, the screws were out of a big box left over from days gone by, the hooks were all over the garage in buckets of misc stuff waiting to be used.

Total Cost $3