This summer I endeavoured to not just fix second hand furniture but to build some pieces from scratch. First up: I designed and built this bar cart using galvanized pipes and pine for my
friend's new home. I even added glass holders on the underside of the top shelf. My friend was thrilled and I was happy to have pulled it off! For further details check out my blog: http://alifedesigned.blogspot.ca/2012/07/diy...
I'm going to buy a home carpet cleaner.What's your experience with any? Which would you choose and why? I'm hoping not to spend too much on one...but sometimes you do actually get what you pay for ;-)
If you want to chime in on this one, be swift! I'm planning to purchase today or tomorrow :-)
Commented on Aug 02, 2012
I love my Bissel Lift Off Pet Deep Cleaner, it's the best carpet cleaner we've had so far (and
we've had a few)! I have 4 kids and a 14 year old dog, so I get to use it lots. ;-) It has seperate water and waste tanks, which is handy for filling and emptying, and easier to keep clean. It also has a feature where the tanks lift off together with a hose attachment to make it a little more compact and convenient for upholstery or small spots. I picked it up at Bed Bath and Beyond with a 20% off coupon. I highly recommend it! http://www.amazon.com/BISSELL-Lift-Off-Uprig...
Detailed step-by-step instructions (and additional pictures) can be found on my blog here: http://www.thekimsixfix.com/2012/04/adding-m...
Basically, I assembled 2 Billy Bookcases, 1 Billy Wall Shelf, 1 Smadal TV Console from IKEA and attached them to the wall up against a section of beadboard forming an inverted "U" shape. I also attached the bookshelves to the wall shelf for added stability. I left the TV stand free and just pushed it against the wall (as a bench and shoe storage) so that I could remove it to sweep under it. I did reinforce the TV stand with some metal L brackets to support the weight of my kids sitting (and standing and jumping) on it.
Where the shelves met the wall, I added quarter round trim and added corbels under the wall shelf for architectural interest. I also added crown molding along the tops of the shelves.
I had paint color matched and painted all the trim, beadboard and crown molding "Ikea White" (which is actually more of a cream color)
Lastly I added coat hooks and my mudroom built in was complete.
Total cost (shelves, hardware, paint, hooks): $309
We used a Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation Kit to change our kitchen cabinets from light to dark. The kit was fairly easy to use and would use it again. There's just a lot of waiting in
between coats to dry. We has used it previously in our master bathroom to try it out first and loved the results. We chose the Chocolate color and used the glaze. We chose to use a paint brush since the instructions recommends using a brush if you are using the glaze. I think the paint lines give the glaze something to hold onto.