Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Weekend Warriors

One of the perks about working at a school is obviously the longer holiday breaks (which I have become completely convinced are for the teachers' and staffs' sanity above anything else).  We have 4 days off over this Easter weekend and for the first time it will be just the Hubster and I for a holiday.  He is asking me to make ham and potatoes and everything else that usually accompanies the traditional Easter meal.  I would consider myself an O.K. cook so we will see how that whole thing goes.

But aside from church and cooking, we plan on using this long weekend to get some 'big' things done in the house.

Joe's Goals for the Weekend:

  • finish installing baseboards in dining room and kitchen *Hallelujah* 
  • start building my raised garden beds (if it doesn't snow...not kidding here)    *Praise Jesus*
Amanda's Goals for the Weekend:
  • tile
  • tile
  • tile
  • oh, and tile
I'm hoping *fingers, toes, legs, eyes crossed* that I can start and finish the tile backsplash in our kitchen.  We decided on white subway tiles with a dark grey grout.  Take a look at these inspiration pics and you'll see what I'm going for.

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This is the look I'm wanting so we will all see after the weekend if I am able to achieve it!  

And fingers crossed that after I cook Easter dinner there is still a standing kitchen to tile...

Monday, April 14, 2014

How to Make Cheap AND Pretty Curtain Rods

Our new house has a lot of windows on our main floor, which is awesome for natural light and making the space seem bigger.  But what is not awesome is when you have to walk from the upstairs bedroom down to the basement to shower in the morning and in your sleepy stupor forget to put some pants on. 

So for the sake of our neighbors, we had to get some curtains but I was a bit intimidated at what it was going to cost because of the amount of windows we have.  Not only the amount but 3 of the 6 windows in the main living area are over 7 feet wide.  I ended up finding some curtains that I really liked that were on sale plus I scoured the internet for a coupon and found one that saved me an additional $25. 



The excitement of my big curtain score was quickly killed as I realized I now had to buy curtain rods for all these windows.  If you have ever shopped for extra long curtain rods you will know that they are not cheap!  Some of the extra long non-telescoping ones can reach prices of over $100 and we just couldn't afford to buy at least 3 of those for JUST the rod. 

So I started thinking of how I could DIY something to hang my curtains...wire, wood dowels, metal, plastic, pipes. Wait a minute.  Metal, pipes...got it!  Electrical conduit.  This stuff was perfect.  It comes in different widths, standard about 10 feet long, I can cut it to the length I need and THE BEST PART....




I had a lot of Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint at home that I could use and I found some great finials at IKEA that were on sale.  Love that store.



The process went a little something like this:

I removed the pricing stickers and painted the rods with Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze.  I let them dry for a week to be sure they were completely cured.  Ok, kidding, I just got caught up in some other things around the house and didn't get back to the rods until a week later. 

The finials that I bought came completely apart so I was able to spray paint them in ORB spray paint(Oil Rubbed Bronze) as well to match. 



I used Gorilla Glue Epoxy to attach the disk of the finial to the rod. 


And then used this high tech method to keep them in place while they dry.  I gave them a good two hours to completely set even though the package only called for 30 minutes.



I put the curtains on the rod and screwed the glass orb of the finial into the ends and it was done! 




I now have the perfect curtain rods for our windows and it didn't break the bank!

(Crown molding will be added to cover that white strip at the top)



Materials
-Electrical conduit ($3.79)
-Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze (It's between $6-$7 but I already had some)
-IKEA Blast finials (I got them for $5.99)
-Gorilla Glue epoxy ($5.99, I needed this for some other projects as well)



My wallet and my neighbors thank me.