Thursday, July 23, 2015

Bed frames for the boys

In our previous house our two boys shared a bunkbed.
We got rid of it before we moved.
I was tired of it and wanted something different for them.

Since moving in March they have just had their mattresses laying on the floor in their room.
Our youngest has been complaining for quite some time that he "doesn't have a bed."
Mattress yes, actual bed, no.


Yep, it was pretty sad looking in there, even with the newly painted walls.

After perusing Pinterest for quite some time I finally found a simple frame that would work for what I wanted and needed in their room.  They aren't the cleanliest or most organized boys in the world.  (Are there any?!) Our 14 year old reminded me over and over that he didn't care if he was sleeping on the floor and that the mess didn't bother HIM. Yeah, well, it bothered me. So we definitely needed space underneath to hide things away.

Hubby and I worked most of a Saturday afternoon evening to make these beds.  Son #1 got involved after the first one was assembled and we put it in their room.  Son #2 was thrilled!!!  And then all of a sudden son #1 decided that he wouldn't mind having a bed and getting off the floor.


They are working out nicely and both are happy to be off the floor.
More boys' bedroom transformation in the coming weeks.

  • Pattern from Decor and the Dog
  • We modified the length of the bed--cut side board 2 x 6s to 72" not 76". A twin mattress is 75" long and using 76" would make the space where the mattress sits about 80"--we didn't want gapping at either end of the bed. 
  • We added the bottom cross bracket on the headboard end too to add more stability.
  • We cut the legs 23" long instead of 15" long so that there would be more storage space underneath.  There is about 18" of clearance underneath their beds.  LOVE it!
  • Materials list found on the pattern link.  We spent $75 for the two beds combined.

Monday, July 20, 2015

My version of the Up, Up, and Away quilt

I've been working on this quilt this year. 
I got it back from the quilter in June, but just haven't posted about it yet.

This uses corner scraps attached to 3" triangles.

Close-up of quilting.

Back of quilt
Not my favorite backing ever, but it'll work.
I was trying to clean out some of my fabric stash.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Changing the screen on your screen door (or window)

One of the fun things about this house is the screened in porch off the deck.
This has already been the sight of a birthday party, relaxing in the hammock, quilt photo shoots, and just plain getting outside without being bothered by bugs.

However, it does need some work.
I have some ideas for what I would like to do, including some paint, a drop leaf table/serving area.

Earlier in the week I cleaned up the ceiling fan, changed bulbs, added long enough pull chains.

The one big project on my list for the porch was to replace the screen on the door.

It is torn out in a couple places and since we've been here it has come off more.

If you haven't ever re-screened a door or a window it is really an easy process if you have the ONE right tool.  I re-screened a couple windows in our previous house before we sold it.  (Yes, children a fork will make holes in the aluminum screen.)  You will save yourself a bunch of money if you do it yourself.  I called my local Ace Hardware just this morning and they said to re-screen a full length porch door would cost around $45.  This probably cost me around $10 to do it myself and in about a half hour or less.  Seriously, you can do it yourself.  My 12 year old daughter even helped me.  It is that easy.

I started by removing the hardware.

Then you start at a corner and pull out the spline (that is the tube like thing that holds the screen in place.)
Pull it all off and then pull off the screen.

If you wanted you could reuse the spline, I've done that before, but this time around I bought new.
Trash the screen unless you have a smaller screen project that you could reuse part of it.

Next I took the door off the hinges, cleaned it up and brought it inside to do the screen.  I find it easier to lay it out flat somewhere.

This is the door with the entire roll of screen laid out on top of it.
Extra is good.  Gives you more maneuver room.

Next you need that ONE special tool.

One end pushes the screen down into the groove of the door.

And the other has a concave edge that rolls along the spline to insert it down in the door groove and keep the screen in place.

I started at the top and then worked my way down one side, across the bottom, back up the other side and finished it off.  You just cut the spline off at the length you need once you get to the end.

Then you are ready to cut off the extra screen.  I just used a pair of scissors.  I also went back over the spline with my tool to make sure it was in tight.  Sometimes it gets moved a bit as you are cutting the excess.

You are now ready to hang the door back up and reattach any hardware.

I replaced the spring with one that was more suited for this type of door. That previous spring was WAY more than this door needed.

All done.
No more cottonwood tree fuzzies accumulating in the corners of the screen room.

Last thing I'll do on this door is to repaint the handle.
I didn't have the paint at the time I did everything else so that will be next week.

I'm so so happy this is all done!

  • Adjustable door spring--$2.98 at Home Depot.  They had 2 different sizes available.  I needed the shorter one which adjusted from 13" to 15 1/2".  The larger one was 16 1/2" long, not adjustable.
  • Roll of screen--I bought a 36" x 84" roll in Silver Grey for about $5.
  • Screening spline--I used .125" x 25' length in gray. It costs around $5 and I did not use the entire roll for the one door. 
  • Screen Spline tool for under $3. WELL worth the money!!
  • You can buy the whole kit: screen, screening spline and roller tool together, if you don't already own the tool for around $11. (Much better than $45)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Changing the covered front porch lights

I've been in the painting mode.
Spray painting to be exact.

After taking care of the bathroom I noticed that the porch could use a little update.

Close look at the light housing and bezel.

Once you get the light out the housing and bezel are just held in by springs.
Clean everything off really well.
Let it dry and then paint away.
I do at least 2 coats, sometimes 3 if they need it.

Back in business.
Looks like I bought new lights but it was just the cost of a can of spray paint.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Fixing the lights in the master shower

O.K. this spray paint project might just blow your mind.

I couldn't believe what a difference it made.

This is part of the lighting in our master bath.

Heat lamp in front and light directly over the shower farther back
Those bezels are supposed to be white.
And yes, I am in the process of painting our bathroom also.
I lost steam for that project temporarily.

This is a combination heat lamp-exhaust fan.
We tried looking for something to replace it, albeit not very hard, but we couldn't find anything similar.
And besides, it does work.
It just looks NASTY.

Heat degrades plastic, plain and simple.

So after our fireplace project I looked to see if Rustoleum had their High Heat paint in white and Hallelujah! they did.

So I took this nasty cover off, which just meant unhinging a couple springs, cleaned it up good and gave it about 3 coats of paint.

So, so, so much better!

But then it makes the back bezel look bad.
Took that down too and after cleaning that all off sprayed it.

O.K. that's better.
Much cleaner and newer looking.

I'm motivated to take down more recessed lighting and spray paint them white.

This is one of the easiest projects I've done and talk about bang for your buck!

A couple more paint projects coming up in the following days.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Fireplace Redo

This is the first of a couple projects I've done recently using Rustoleum High Heat Spray Paint.

Originally I went looking for some flat black paint to redo this chandelier in our house that I am going to change from the brown Tuscan look to black and clear glass. And I am also going to move it from over the dining room table.  Too many of us have hit out heads.  I just feel it is too big for right there.

I still haven't done that project, but I found the black flat paint!

Anyway, back to what I did do.

Here's the fireplace when we bought the house.
Nothing too crazy awesome or horrible, but that brown paint HAS to go!

In the process of painting and random mantel display as I was unpacking boxes.
Not bad for having no real plan in mind.

Here we are with all the painting complete and the fireplace actually painted.
If you go back to the top I spray painted the brass slats on the fireplace itself to black.
The fireplace face all comes off easy.
I did two coats to make sure it was all covered.
I also cleaned the glass.
What a huge difference that made.
Without the brass we all like it better.

The mantel is sort of put back together now (not in this picture), but we are waiting on a deer mount to be finished to hang right there in its place of honor.  Can't wait to see it all done!


Monday, June 22, 2015

Madisson's T-shirt Quilt

Although our niece Madisson received a graduation quilt from Emily last year, she also wanted a t-shirt quilt made of all her cross-county shirts.  Emily and I put together the layout on our February sewing retreat earlier this year. With such wild colored shirts two heads were definitely better than one when trying to figure out how to "coordinate" them all.  Emily had it quilted, brought it to our parents' 50th weekend and I put on the binding quick so we could give it to Madisson for an early b-day present (also thanks to her parents).

She was excited to finally get it.

  • Cute orange dotted Swiss for the binding.
  • Black and white polka dot backing.
  • Grey Kona for sashing.
  • Lots of crazy running shirts. She had to pick out her favorites and some were left behind because of space and design.
  • My oldest daughter's t-shirt quilt for another idea.
  • Quilted by Lynn Peterson in a lovely loopy swirl pattern.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Omaha Quilt finished

Last weekend while we were in Nebraska I gave my nephew Josh his Omaha inspired quilt.

His 25th birthday is this week.  And unfortunately for him he graduated from high school a little before the time that we were into quilts.  So this'll make up for that.

At his parents' house for the big reveal.
"This feels soft and squishy."

Big smiles are always a good sign.

Lynn's quilting handiwork.

I'm now on somewhat of the lookout for another inspirational site to copy and make a quilt representation.  I actually saw a cool paved brick design at one of the local libraries. I might have to go take pics and see what I can come up with.


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

4 Pack of Snowballs Quilt Finished

We spent this past weekend in Nebraska to celebrate our parents' 50th wedding anniversary and while there I brought home 2 quilts I had sent out to Lynn to get quilted that Emily had brought with her.

This quilt was a fun one. It took me a long time from the time I actually bought the fabric, but I just love how it turned out. The layout has turned out to be one of my favorites.

I love how the backing came together and the binding is one of my favorites.  I've got extra of it!!

This quilt may head up to the master bedroom and be added to the rotation at the foot of our bed since hubby likes this one a lot.



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