Kitchen Backsplash

Kitchen Backsplash

I was looking for something quick and easy to cover up some holes in the wall where I removed a spice rack from above the stove in the kitchen. I found these large plastic faux tin tiles at Lowe’s that easily affix to most surfaces. They aren’t the cheapest thing, but I only had to buy one sheet for $20 and it was enough to cover the area. When I got it home, I had to cut it to the shape I needed it. I affixed it with some foam squares that were sticky on both sides. The nice part is this is a quick fit until I figure out what I really want to do with the backsplash and it looks nice. I might even like this for the backsplash – who knows – it has been added to my list of...

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Closet Semi-Redesign

Closet Semi-Redesign

This week’s project is the master bedroom closet. When your “workplace” is your home, there are always things you can find to keep up “continuous improvement”. One of the places I am always most critical of is the master bedroom closet. It has changed over the years from a single shelf with no hanger bar just the rungs where nothing would slide more than a couple inches – a bar was added soon after moving in. The first improvement was the raising of the closet length shelf to add another shelf with a hanger bar so both my and my husband’s clothes would fit. Shortly after the new long shelf was the addition of 2 uprights with about eight 2-foot shelves to hold clothing that would normally fit in a dresser – I didn’t want dressers in the bedroom anymore. The shelving was installed in an awkward corner of the closet that clothes hung up just seemed lost. For this closet redesign, I wanted to be more efficient in the design and allow the natural light in the room to let us see the clothes we use most. I made my list of things needed: two 2′ shelves, two 2′ rods with hooks, 4 shelf supports, one 3′ rod, wire basket rack system, and baskets. I couldn’t just go out and buy the 2′ shelves or 3′ rod needed due to size and availability in the local stores, so I had to modify shelves and a rod I had – fun, fun, fun – and lots of work! I replaced the wood shelving in the awkward corner with 2 wire shelves to match the existing shelving and added hanging bars to the two shelves. The 4′ hanger bar was cut down to 3′ to allow a wire rack system that supports up to ten 4″ deep drawers. For the new rack with wire baskets, I decided to use 8 drawers since I needed 6 that are 4″ deep and 2 that are 7″ deep to support our necessary items. I am very happy with this design and it is as close to what I have always imagined this closet would look like. It is not my ideal closet, but it works quite well now. The only thing it is missing is a light. One day I will install one of...

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Dots

Dots

I was watching an episode of The Stagers on HGTV and I saw the coolest wall decor. A whimsical way to update the look of a room – minimal cost and reusable. The product is called DottiLicious by WallCandy Arts. DottiLicious consists of 80 circles of various sizes (1″ to 10″) and colors (pink, blue, green, yellow, brown) that can but stuck to a wall and then removed and stuck again when a change is wanted. On the episode of The Stagers, they decorated a baby room with the dots, but I think they could be used just about anywhere. What I think is really cool is that these are removable. The dots can be moved from one room to another or taken from one home to another. Also, this is a nice way to decorate a rental when painting is not allowed or putting too many holes in the walls is discouraged. The company, WallCandy Arts, has other removable wall decorations...

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Blue to Brown

Blue to Brown

I was visiting with friends this weekend and I mentioned painting my living room again. I started talking about what color the living room used to be and what it is now. While I was on my way home, I was thinking about the conversation and realized that I should start writing about all of the color changes of all my rooms. Most of the rooms in my house have been painted twice and some will soon be painted for a third time. I am not indecisive (well, not about interior design), I just like change. So, the previous living room color change that happened in January 2006 will start a string of posts to follow. 1st painting (Behr ShipSide) : 2nd painting (Behr Traditional/Oakwood) Paint is one of the most inexpensive ways to give your room a completely different look.  And if you don’t like it, just...

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Bedroom of a different color

Bedroom of a different color

As I have mentioned earlier, I have an obsession at times with changing the look of the inside of my house. This time it was the master bedroom’s turn to look different. For the last 7 years, my bedroom has been violet-indigo – the official color is called Heliotrope. My usual process is to go to Home Depot, choose a few samples, bring them home, and then choose between them after viewed in various forms of light a couple times throughout the day. Then once a color is chosen, I go to the store and buy the color in Behr Satin sheen. However, with my movement to green products, I was disappointed that Home Depot did not have a low or no VOC interior paint option. Just in case you don’t know, VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compound and exposure to them can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat and cause choking, coughing, and a scratchy throat. I have experienced these things when painting using my previous paint, so after lots of research into earth friendly paint options, I chose to go with Sherwin Williams due to their most earth friendly paint option being zero-VOC – it is called Harmony. I bought a fan deck of all of the colors so there would be no running back and forth to and from the store to figure out what color I want. After strategically going through the entire fan deck and ruling out those I didn’t like, I got down to 3 colors. I then checked those colors with all of the items that would be going into the bedroom. After comparison, I decided to go with SW6039 Poised Taupe – I have been leaning toward neutrals recently, so it fit with the current trend of the house. I bought paint last week and this Wednesday I painted the bedroom after removing everything from the room, cleaning the walls, and spackling the holes. The paint had barely no smell as it was going on the walls. Once dry there was no smell and we were able to sleep in the bedroom that evening. In addition, I only had to use one coat to cover the previous color completely – that is a first for me! From now on I will be using Sherwin Williams Harmony paint. Before : Master Bedroom : Heliotrope After : Master Bedroom : Poised Taupe The headboard is stained a dark American Walnut so that it matches with the rest of the furniture and has a Polyacrylic Water-based...

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