Monthly Archives: October 2011

curtain face lift

This curtain/blinds came with the kitchen.  It was doing a very good job until the individual blinds started coming off as I opened and closed it.  So I decided to give it a face lift to add a softer look to my newly made-over kitchen.

These are leftover pieces from a ceiling system I bought.  They make the perfect pieces for my curtain face lift.

I was lucky to find a space where I could hook one of the pieces.

Then I hung the clips on that first piece, so I have a way to hang the curtain. I repeated this 23 times and my curtain panels were up.

Now I can open and close it with the same ease as the previous curtain minus the falling pieces.

I can have the privacy when the curtains are closed but still enjoy the natural light and outdoor view.

bus blind

I thought it would be a good idea to show the places I visited to make my kitchen makeover possible.  To accomplish that I made a bus blind showing the destinations.

Materials:  cutting mat, utility knife, museum board, frame, clear plastic film, spray adhesive, double stick tape, heavy duty staple gun and prints.

For the writing part I used 8.5 x 11 sheets.  It is better to have the size frame you want first so that you can plan the size sheets you would need to accommodate your writing.  I wanted a slim frame so I made my own.  I used canvas stretcher bars,( two 14″ and two 24″) to make my frame.  I first used regular paper to print my sheets, but didn’t like the off black background so I used photo paper instead.  This is completely up to you.

I cut off the white borders and adhere the sheets to my already cut to size board.

I cut the clear plastic film to size and attached it to the board by using double stick tape.  I suggest you place the tape at the edges so that when you put the frame on the tape is covered by the width of the frame.

Then place the frame.  you can either glue the board to the frame or staple it, if you have a heavy duty staple gun.

You can leave the frame in its natural color.  I painted mine white because I want it to blend in with the wall.  And that’s it, my store destination bus blind.

Have fun making yours!!

the kitchen

About time I show you the results of the kitchen project.  As I mentioned in my previous post.  My kitchen is in need of new everything, but for budget reasons I decided to give it a face lift instead.    I tackled the cabinets, the hardware, the walls, the counter top, and the floor.  Although the back splash is not my favorite, I decided to live it.  It is provably the only thing it was still in good shape.

I had shown you the blue paint I picked for the project, but didn’t tell you where it was going to go.  I might have scared a few who thought the blue was going on the wall, or the few that thought it was going on all the cabinets.   The truth is that this kitchen is not that big so to put the blue on all the cabinets would have been too much.  The white on the top cabinets give it the perfect balance and it actually makes the kitchen look bigger than it is.

This section of the kitchen was a no brainer for me.  I had this beautiful piece of furniture and the shelves; as you can see they fit perfectly in this corner.   I just needed to treat the wall and rearrange the items I put on display.

On thing that is a big problem in this kitchen is the lack of counter space.  So I decided to make a dual purpose of this shelf by using hooks for items below the shelf.  This way everything is more organized and out of the way.

You can see I used the same hooks and small buckets for my stake knives, potato peeler and other items I constantly use but now are within reach, and not on the counter.

Again, I made a better use of this shelf area than what I used to have.  You can see more in the before-after.

Blue stripe on the wall to tie in the blue cabinets on the other wall.

I used to have all my pots and pans on top of these cabinets but it was a pain in the neck to have to get the step ladder every time I needed to use one.  So instead I am displaying other items I either don’t use as often or only use for decoration.

You might have wonder, so what did you do with the pots and pans; well here they are tuck inside baskets and within reach.

There you have it!

For more photos on the makeover see details.

little helper

Hope you had a great weekend!

Fall is here and hopefully the rain that came with it will give us a break soon.   As for my weekend; we decided to put a good face to gray weather, so for us it was all about quality time  indoors with some games, music, and apple pie, YUM!

What did you do?