Thursday, May 31, 2012

Backyard ART

If you happen to have a lot of trees in your backyard or maybe a friend who does,
you might like these design ideas for creating inexpensive and interesting art from wood.
Instructrions for creating the above "antlers" are courtesy
of my long-lost favorite magazine, Budget Living.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Another Tuesday Tip!

If you live in an older home, space and storage can be a big problem.
I love this idea of painting 2x4's and nailing them to the wall in a grid formation.
This adds wonderful depth to the room & wall PLUS provides some storage for smaller items.

This is also really useful if your walls are made of plaster.  Notice how the mirror is attached to part of the wooden wall grid?  (If you don't know what I'm talking about, plaster crumbles the moment you try to drill a hole or hang a nail making it impossible to hang ANYTHING on your wall.) 

I have also seen this idea used as a headboard.
The grid is built kind of in an arch shape so that the sides become the nightstands and the top of the arch becomes the headboard.  Books, artwork, clocks, etc. can decorate the space or just let the paint and grid design be the wall art! 

A simple, inexpensive idea that can be whipped up in an afternoon:)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!

Spring time makes us want to open the windows and air out the house!  
Which inevitably leads to cleaning to get the musty winter smells out of everything.
I don't know about you but when Spring comes around,
and I start to clean out the house, I notice how much junk I have!!  
This season, tackle Spring Cleaning room by room.
Take this opportunity to Reduce, Reuse & Recycle.

1.  Start by taking out as much of the extras in the room as possible.  
Knick knacks or whatever you have lying around.  
2.  Take out furniture that you don't LOVE.  
Why are you hanging onto something you don't really like?  Take it out!  
3.  Now, clean up the room and maybe rearrange some furniture in the process.  
This will allow you to clean the hard to reach spots PLUS give your room a little face lift.  
4.  Once the big pieces in the room are clean and where you want them, start bringing back the extras you took out.  Don't feel like you need to bring them all back into the room.  Only what you love and/or need.
5.  Whatever you didn't put back can either find a new home in another room or can be donated to a local charity.