Monday, August 25, 2014

DIY Tufted Headboard under $40

Remember my DIY Headboard?

I'll be honest, when I made that headboard, I wasn't 100% satisfied. I didn't like the fabric a lot [not for my bedroom, that is], I wanted to tuft it but had no clue how and I also wasn't brave enough to set it to a height I wanted it to be at.

So almost after 2 years, I finally updated the headboard with everything I wanted.

I decided I would reuse the old headboard so I took the old cover out. It was a breeze and I reused it for the purpose it was intended to be at the first place.

On My Dining Table!

Then I measured and marked the back of my headboard for where I want to tuft and drilled some holes with my trusted drill :)
The spacing I used was 7.5" by 8.5" for my 5'X2.5' headboard.

Just a heads up, trying to drill the board from the front with your batting still on will break your drill bits [lesson learnt the hard way].

Making the buttons for tufting wasn't that bad once I got the hold of it.

For my supplies I went to Fabricland and got myself some tufting buttons, some strong thread and the longest needle I could find there. Instead of using upholstery grade threads I used craft and button grade and it was still strong enough for all the pull and stretch.

Thread and Needle

Tufting Buttons

I also got my fabric from there. I used good ol' canvas this time and am so glad I did! I looks so sophisticated and chic!

I used the same process I used before and stapled the fabric to the board.

Following the instructions on the package, me and hubby darling tried finishing the buttons for tufting. But we had a really hard time as our fabric was very thick. So instead of using their hilarious blue pusher thingy, we used pliers to push the back down.

Once we had everything ready to go, I took out the needle and started the tufting process.

I inserted the needle through the holes I made earlier at the back, hubby got the tufting button in and sent it right back to me :)

Make sure you have a lot of thread at the back for tieing and pulling. I re-threaded my needle with long sections for each button.

We used all the old buttons lying around the house [and on hubbys shirts] to tie the tufts from the back. Got this tip from another blog, can't remember where but will link it as soon as I do.

And here is the end result

DIY Tufted Headboard 

Something tells me, I forgot to iron the canvas this time...arghhhhh...hate to remove everything and start again :(

Will do so in time, but for now, this'll work :D
[update: you can steam the fabric to get rid of the creases too]

The total cost of this headboard for me was $38

Here is the breakdown:

Fabric 2 yard @ $12/yard - $24
Needle $2
Thread $2
Button kit pack $2.5
Buttons 3 pack of 5 buttons each @ $2.5 each - $7.5

Already had the staple gun, drill and screws and reused the board, foam and padding from my old headboard.

When I'll open the cover to fix the creases [if I do], I may add some more batting for that fluffy feeling. I may also add more tufts between the current ones if I feel like. hmm...that's a lot of planning :/


Thursday, August 21, 2014

$2.5 DIY jewellery organizer

So I have this HUGE collection of jewelleries which I rarely wore because they were all jam packed in a shoe case like this

also had a Ribba picture frame from ikea with a broken glass.

And I also had a staple gun!

So I was brain storming....

I rushed to the dollar store, got myself some cork boards and a pack of these

And got to work.

I stapled the cork board to the back of my frame and hammered in the pushpins.

And a few minutes later, I ended up with this

The push pins were used to hung the neck pieces.

And I just pushed in the earrings in to the cork board.

I didn't cover the board up with fabric or anything cause I wanted the jewelleries to be the focal point here.

The total cost for this project is $2.5

Here is the break down:

Picture frame - already had
Cork board - $1.5
Push pins - $1
Staple gun - already had in hand

If you don't already have a frame in hand, you can thrift pretty frames at a very low cost.

Now as I can see all my lovelies, hopefully I'll wear them more often.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

How to Paint Laminate Furniture

I needed two night-stands. Matching pair is not a must but was preferable.

So I was hunting for a very long time. What I liked was way out of my budget and what I got for budget was way out of my taste. You get the idea.

Finally few days ago I found a matching pair in local Value Village. It had nice details, but was a laminate piece :( 

But I loved the drawer pulls and for $3.99 each [yea, you read that right] I was ready to give it a try and girl am I glad that I did!

In my sheer excitement, I forgot to take any 'before' picture [as usual] but i have these snaps taken from my cell phone of how they looked like when they got home.

The drawer pull I fell for

The frame

As you can see, it was brown, some laminate was chipping and it needed a lot of work.
I did some research online on how to paint laminate furniture without much luck except this blog.

The idea is pretty simple though. The key ingredient to have a nice finishing is to use a primer that will adhere to laminated surface and give your paint a good grip.

So I bought the Zinsser 1-2-3 primer and gave it a good coat.

Gave it a light sanding.
Then I used a small foam roller to paint the pieces. I used the leftover paint from my Daughter's room makeover.
Sanded again and used another coat of paint.

So here is the final result

Hubby got the other piece of the pair but my next hunt is to find us a nice pair of lamps :D

I am on that! 


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Third Bedroom Makeover

Things have been pretty hard for me last few weeks. I have been trying to establish myself in the RealEstate business. I have this intense passion for RealEstate which even I can't explain.

So I was busy doing Open Houses, Generate Leads, Build my professional Website etc.

I still am occupied with those, the website is still undergoing lots of modifications but is open to public.

In midst of everything, my little one demanded she wants the third bedroom as her 'own room' and she no longer wishs to stay with her elder sister.

I said - Well, thats good! Go ahead!
She said - No!
I said - Why?
She said - That room is blue. I want ... ... ... WHITE!
I said - Are you sure you don't want like Pink or Purple?
She said - No. I want White!

My reaction was ........  ~_^

Well, as I said I was busy but she kept reminding me every week, every day, every hour till I finished her room 'top to bottom'.

First I showed her some white paint samples and she choose 'Stowe White' for the walls. Though the color was from CIL we had it tinted on Premier paint because of the quality.
I decided to go with eggshell base for it was a white room of a 6 year old.

I placed the curtain rod little further than the window frame to create an illusion of larger windows. Then I got some very light grey-ish 'Dhupian' curtains for her windows to match with the existing closet wallpaper [which I do not intend to change now or anytime soon].

Then I hunted on kijiji for a bedroom set suitable for my little kitten [which had to be 'white' too as my princess requested] and fortunately found one soon enough for only $100 and it's all wood and didn't need a refinish! **Happy Dance**

We shopped in ikea for all the bedding materials [I wanted 100% cotton for my teeny-tiny budget]. The bed sheets were all plain beige and the duvet cover was one of their basic 100% cotton ones!

So here is the Before and After:

I tried putting a pink tutu on top of that canopy but my little kitten strongly protested!

Could not resist putting a pic up of this gorgeous wardrobe <3 

Hope you like the makeover and pick up some ideas for your next room makeover :)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Framed Thermostat

I have been Lazy and Busy, Both.

Thus my absence.

Well, lets re-start by sharing a small project I did after changing my 40 year old Thermostat in to a programable one.

Form this:

To this: 

It's very convenient and energy savvy and I chose a model which isn't very fancy but gets the job done. So price savvy for me :D

But do you see the problem?

Yeap, the shape and the paint gap behind. So not OK!

So I did this:

A simple fix for a itchy design problem.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Lesson

The things I did today...

Well, to begin with, I woke up and send the kids to school, drank my tea and went to my workplace to pick up some 'open house' signs.

Then because I was feeling Low, I went shopping :D

Then my friend called and asked if I could meet for lunch. Well, when you are low and your friends ask you to join, what do you do? You say ' Heck yea!'

Then after lunch I picked up the kids and painted my kitchen cabinets. They were looking Ugly and Dirty. So I painted them white, my favorite color in whole wide world.

Then I fixed a hole in the wall my hubby darling made when he fell from the stairs few days back [ouch].

Both the kitchen cabinets and the wall are in the process of drying as I write this post.

So... it was pretty fun.

Then my hubby darling showed my this video.

That is when I realized, how blessed I am. Al hamdulillah.

I had a good day today.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Get the slow cooker, pull apart meat in half the time

Yeap, I did it and you can too. Slow cookers apart from being 'working women friendly' is also knows for cooking mouthwatering, pull apart, melt in your mouth meat.

BUT, it's just too much for me to add another gadget to my 'kitchen gadget collection'. So I was googling [;)] how to achieve the same result another way & I found nothing, absolutely nothing.

Then I thought to myself, what makes the meat so juicy, so tender, so .... Yummy? 

I thought and I thought and I thought.....until I figured it out and went running to my kitchen literally screaming "EUREKA", in my head and in full cloths if course.

Took my cast iron Dutch oven [oh!cant even describe how much I live this baby].

Heat to medium high and seared the meat.  Added all the ingredients as you would in the recipe you choose. Make sure there is some liquids, cover the super heavy lively lid. And put the heat down to simmer. I cooked my chicken for 1 hour in simmer and it was just amazing. Totally amazing. I believe I'll take about 90 to 120 minutes to cook beef depending on the type if meat. 

So now, off you go go go and get cooking.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Basement Haul - The Big Reveal

Remember how my basement looked? For a quick refresh check my previous post on the 'before' pictures.
So after the contractor finished the wall and ceiling [with spot lights :D], me and my hubby darling got to work. For the flooring, after considering all the options available in the market, we went for 12mm Laminate with pre-attached pad. Because we don't have any pets we didn't have to worry about getting it scratched. But with two 'Jungle' kids in the house, we needed something sturdy, thus the 12mm.

For the color and finish, we choose the 'weathered' look matching our wall color.
And.... we installed the flooring ourselves, in two days. [still patting my back for that :D]

Then we wanted to do the built-in, inspired by "just a girl".

So, we headed to ikea to get four Billy bookcases, just to find out the total width is 2" wider that our space! I'll write all about that another day.

Finally, we managed to finish the built-in and installed baseboard all around it to complete the look.

Did all the trims [still need to do the caulking and painting, lazy busy me!].

Got my ikea karlstad in sivik gray [need to do something about those hideous legs.grrr.]

And here how it is now.

The built-in, still filling in
Got French door for my office. Happy me!
No more 'door-less' closets and rooms.
I'll finish the 'in-progress' tripod lamp, someday, soon...
I promise

There is a lot more to do in there, But for the time being, I think it'll do.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Dining Room Chandelier Update

When we bought our place, it had lots that needed to be updated.
The Dining room chandelier for example.
I believe it was there ever since the house was built almost 40 years ago. 
Never updated. Never changed. 


After moving in, I searched through different websites and shops but as usual, the ones in my budget are not what I like and those I like were not in my budget. Sigh.

So I planned a DIY. Yeay!

I bought a drum shade slightly larger than the glass shade that was on there.
And I simply removed the chandelier from the ceiling, disassembled, and replaced the glass shade with my drum shade. 


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Heavenly Delicious Caramel PopCorn

You know those caramel popcorn you get at the movies? Imagine that flavor, just WAAAAY Better!

All you need is this

3/4 cup Packed Brown Sugar
3 tbsp Corn Syrup
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pure Vanilla
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
8 cups of Plain Popcorn [about 3/4 cups kernels]

and 1/3 cups Butter of course! What would be some caramel popcorn without butter!!

Before you start anything else, get the corns all popped

Then melt Butter, Brown sugar, salt and Corn syrup in a non-stick pan over high heat. 

After it starts to boil, turn the heat off and add vanilla and baking soda

It'll start to get all bubbly and foamy 
Pour the mixture all over the popcorn. CAUTION: DO NOT TOUCH THE CARAMEL!!! It'll burn your skin in seconds.

Layer the popcorn in a baking sheet
and bake in 325F for 10 minutes

Remove from oven and ENJOY the heavenly deliciousness :D

My Beautiful Mirror Broke :(

I got this beautiful mirror from ikea :) I was happy and gay until ...

the mirror fell and broke.
I sobbed, I cried and then I wiped my tears and got to work.

Went to Dollar store to get one of those wooden sign things, painted it with blackboard paint and rearranged the hanging chain so that it hangs vertically rather than horizontally.

And hung it in the middle of the frame. 


Now I am happy again :D

Friday, January 10, 2014

Basement Makeover Haul

When we got our place, the basement looked sad, depressing and unfinished.
Well, it had no floors, partially done ceiling which had stains and was falling apart in places.
Here is a glimpse of what it looked like before

During Home Inspection

The 'Listing' Photo

There was a good size recreation room, an office room [with no door what so ever], a laundry room [ no door again] , a huge storage space under the stairs [clever but with no door :P] and a regular size closet [guess what was missing? DOOR!]
The walls were UP but not finished, Half the floor had some kind of vinyl sticker thingy on and the rest was bare concrete [tell you what, not ideal for a country where temperatures go below -30]. 

Well that ain't gonna stop us :D

The second thing we did after the purchase was hire a contractor to do the ceiling, install the office room and laundry room doors, two closet doors and finish the walls. What was first thing we did? 
We changed the 40 year old furnace with a high efficiency one of course :D

I'll post you another update on the basement soon. till then, stay good :D

Thursday, January 9, 2014

DIY Paper Pompom on a Fallen Tree Branch

Last week we had this terrible terrible storm in Ontario. Many trees fell. Sad really sad.
But I jumped [a little] with joy as I was looking for a good looking tree branch for quite a few time now. So once the power was restored [yeap, we didn't have power for more than 6 hourse] and everything was under control, I went outside around 1AM in the morning in freezing cold and wind chill to grab one of those gorgeous babies :D

Why you ask? 

Well for crafting of course!

Here is what I did with the fallen branch

Boy Oh Boy

Well, how did I make the paper pompoms you ask?
Well I took inspiration from here and below is a step by step illustration of the 'do how'.
I used papers came along wrapped around our house warming gifts :P
You can use any kind of paper as long as it's not too heavy.

Paper pompom DIY

Lets make a Bar Table!

I got so inspired by Ana White I just assumed I can make anything just like her :D
But deep inside I knew, I wasn't nearly as good as her :(

So when we needed a bar table of definite length and height and type and color and way out of our budget, I thought to myself "hey girl! you can do this ;)"

So I came up with this super easy plan.

I went to HomeDepot and got the followings:

1 pc 1x10x12' [for the top]
1 pc 1x8x20' [for legs]
1 pc 1x1x10' [for support and joints]

I asked an associate to cut them to sizes:
A.  2 X 1x10x6'
B. 4 X 1x8x4'
C. 2X 1x1x1'
and D. 1X 1x1x5.5'

C & D

First I aligned and joined two "B" with a "C" with 2.5" wood screws for the legs.
Then I aligned the two "A" together and attached the legs with wood 2.5" wood screws. 
I left around 1.5" space from the ends of the top for the legs.
Then I screwed in the support bar "D".

flipped it over, sanded the whole thing, filled in small gaps and holes with wood filler, let it dry, sanded again, wiped it off with a wet cloth, stained the top with This Minwax Dark Walnut stain and painted the legs and the support with white paint I had in hand.

Next day, when the stain dried, I coated the top with this stuff called Plyurethane :/ which actually smelled Terrible and the smell stayed almost for three days :/

Well, that was it though. After the Polyurethane dried, completely, I had my own Bar Table just the way I like it.

And last but not the least, thanks to my friend Samiya for the suggestion on the finishing :D
Love you for that.

So there you [I mean I, ha ha ha] have it folks, the easiest DIY furniture on the whole wide world!