We bought this home 2 years ago & all along I had a vision for this room but..... with so much to get to & decorate I had to put this room on the back burner for a bit. So instead I
re-used the furniture I had & made it work for the short term.
Slowly, I began adding in the pieces that I wanted & finally bought the sectional a few months ago. I don't think I am alone in saying that, sometimes we want so much for our home to look a certain way, the way we see in magazines but we forget that these
things take time. A room that is layered & filled with items and details that you LOVE evolves, over time. I had to tell myself this a few times:).
This family room makeover was done on a ridiculously SMALL budget.
I do believe that making your home pretty doesn't have to break the bank.
I shopped thrift stores, flea markets, outlet stores,I repainted, recovered, sewed, re-purposed, made and built things myself
to save some $.
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Commented on Feb 24, 2013
You have a really good eye for color. The black and the brown works because you have just
I saw a bird feeder made from a soda bottle and I wanted to make one also. I already have a bird feeder for sunflower seeds. I wanted a thistle feeder to try to attract the American
Goldfinch which is so pretty at this time of year-bright yellow!
I took a bottle and melted holes in it for a dowel to go through. Then I melted a tiny hole just above the dowel for the birds to get the seeds out of. Please don't melt the bottle if you make this. Drill the holes. It's safer. I didn't have hubster or son to drill - "I don't have time now". So I was left to my own devices to figure it out. Drilling is better.
This was one really easy craft. Hopefully, the Goldfinches will find the thistle feeders soon. Hope everyone enjoyed this. i wish I had a picture of a bird on the feeder!
Best wishes, Linda
Commented on Feb 04, 2013
Thanks. Recycling at it's best. The store bought ones are hard to clean. Much more
My New Year's clean sweep as usual turned into a week long project where I get in the weeds trying to organize the house for a fresh start. Cleaning up after the holiday parties turned
into a complete reorg of every serving piece in the house. I decided to give a try to an idea I'd seen on Pinterest for cleaning silver. I collect yard sale silver plated serving pieces so I was looking for a quick way to shine them up. I lined the sink with foil, added some generous scoops of salt and baking soda and filled the sink with scalding hot water. The chemical reaction resulting from the aluminum, salt and soda removed the tarnish! It actually worked! Lesson learned. Dip the entire piece at once or you'll get a line of demarcation on your piece. I also kept adding hot water and more ingredients because the hotter the water, the quicker it works. Remove the pieces from the solution and buff the remaining spots off with a cotton cloth.
Commented on Jan 01, 2013
And to think I just paid $25 for some magic powders and a aluminum plate to put in the sink.
Our home was a labor of love! We tore down an older house and used the materials to build it. We did everything ourselves except for the sheetrock finishing. I even drew up the plans
that we needed for the bank loan! We used a lot of salvage materials not only from the house we tore down but also purchased vintage french doors, etc. To see more of the story, go to my blog at http://awalkinthecountryside.blogspot.com/20...
It is still in good shape but has a couple of fairly deep scratches and is in need of conditioning. It has a lot of small but not deep lines running along the front of the cushions. Are
there people who do this if I don't have the energy?
Commented on Aug 10, 2012
I used Mr. Clean Magic eraser on mine and could not believe how grubby it was. Be sure to
wipe with a clean towel as you go along. Leather does not like water. It actually dries it out. I used the Lazy Boy brand conditioner after it dried. I think any of the above conditioners would be fine. BTW: my local carpet cleaning company quoted $75 for the chairs and $150 for the loveseat. This was a good DIY project and very satisfying to see it looking so nice after.