In need of help! What do I do with this bizarre staircase enclosure? When we moved in three years go, this was what was used as an alternative to spindles and a bannister evidently. It is not weight-bearing, but we need to do something as we had twin boys this past April, and they are already on the move! As I'm sure you can guess, our budget is tiny, really non-existent actually, so anyway we can do this inexpensively would be great. I would rather not board it up as there is a great
deal of light that comes from the window at the top of the stairs. Right now there is a treadmill on this wall, and no other place for it in the house either, so it can't move. Any idea is welcomed.
Commented on Aug 29, 2012
With it being on stairs it means anything you do would have to be sort of custom done so it
fits the stairs. I like the idea of the plexiglas so you can still get all the light as well as see the enclosure and any photos , etc that you may put there without them being knocked down as easy. It also depends on how sturdy the enclosure is as you said, it is not weightbearing. You can also look at decorative screening which would also keep the light as well as allowing better ventilation. It may be an idea to check with remodeling places or Home Depot type stores to see if they can offer ideas.
We have a chevron wood wall in our family room. I have no idea what to do with it. Right now it is stained an orangeish brown color.... very dated and dark. Same thing with the fireplace,
the brick is dark red and just dated looking. What do you think? What would you do? We installed dark hardwood floors throughout the entire home and the walls in here are painted French Gray- a Blue/Gray. Help!! Here is a link to my pinterest board to kind of show my style and what I like: http://pinterest.com/ashopaholicmom/for-the-...
Commented on Aug 28, 2012
It depends if you like the natural wood and brick. I do and wouldnt do anything to hide it.
But it appears that you like light and airy decor so I would go with lightening up the walls, perhaps a light blue drape on the sliding glass door, a large piece of artwork over the mantle. White bookshelves beside the fireplace and if you could find an area rug with a touch of the colors from the wall, fireplace and drapes. Artwork on the chevron wall could be simple like white (or light colored) stars (3 to 5 fair sized ones). Ceiling fan blades could be painted white or to match the drapes.
In what I would call one of my all time best finds, I got this hutch in a thrift store for $12. I couldn't get it out the door fast enough. I revived it with paint and stain and it really has been a personal favourite.
Commented on Aug 23, 2012
what a deal! You did a very nice job on it. I enjoy restoring old stuff also but find it
very hard to find good deals like that. People seem to think they have a gold mine and overcharge lol.
I have a pond, and like most people, also have fish. But, did not realize how BAD Raccoons are..I have been "hit" twice, and the loss is devistating if you take pride in your fish like I do. They will come in and "take a bath, while eating sushi". So, we built a cage top for our pond. our pond is small, so this was easier to do, but the same idea can be used for somewhat bigger ponds. This cover was made from bambo stakes and chicken wire, with zip-ties to hold it together. I can
remove it whenever " it's clear ", and I am working in the yard...BUT ALWAYS put it back on at night!!
Commented on Aug 20, 2012
And racoons are destroyers. They will push, shove, whatever it takes to get whatever they are