With spring not far off, I can hope, I had the need to spruce things up around here. I have several projects in various stages right now, but here’s a few I started and completed today.
The ottoman that never worked
I picked up a $10 storage ottoman right before I moved in here to use both as storage and extra seating. It works great for storage, but seating is another matter. The information that came with it stated it would hold a person up to 200 pounds. Right, even the little ones who weigh right around 40 pounds have trouble with the lid staying put and falling into the storage below. You can see below how easily the sides give without any weight on it.
I asked my daughter-in-law to pick me up a package of shims while she was out yesterday. I forgot to specify a small package and ended up with 42! Using the shims I proceeded to use the staple gun to attach them to the edges inside the lid for a tighter fit.
I used two on each side, thick end attached to thinner end to give it an even fit. Yes, this meant the staples were going to show on the lip of the cover. But I had this cushion from the loveseat. It had a small hole and my lovely grand-son decided to show me by tearing it wide open.
I took the cover off and used approximately half the filling to cover the lid
Then I attached the remaining fabric from the end table I completed before Christmas. It’s a little fuller than I had planned, but it sure is comfy to put my feet on. I’ll have to let you know what guests think of sitting on it. Sorry the picture is not as clear as I would like but the bottom is black and hard to photograph.
The present left behind by my ex
There are a lot of reasons why my ex is my ex. Today I want to mention one of his disgusting habits….he chews snuff. That’s gross but it gets worse. He will put a huge gob of the stuff in his mouth then lay down to sleep. Yuck. When I have overnight guests I let them choose what pillow would be most comfortable for them to sleep on, then cover it with a pillow case. Takes care of most problems, except when he falls into a deep sleep with that stuff in his mouth and drools it all over the pillow. Right through the pillowcase and on to my pillow. Here is what the pillow looked like when he left and I removed the pillowcase.
I was ready to toss it in the trash, but then decided I could fix this. I pulled out my hydrogen peroxide and went to work. After just a couple of minutes I had this.
It’s working. I continued to rub the spot with peroxide until it looked like the spot was clean. I crossed my fingers and tossed it in the wash.
It’s clean!! I let a lot of things go without comment to preserve the peace, but I drew the line here, he’s been told he will from now on bring his own pillow with him.
The sticky and painted switch plate
I forgot to take a before picture and had already started to scrap off the paint and glue residue when I took this picture. I really don’t like these plastic yellowish covers, but replacing them all right now is something I’d rather not do. I’ve replaced a couple that were out in the open, but this one is in the hallway and most people haven’t noticed.
Using a picture I found in a magazine a while back I used homemade Modge Podge to adhere the paper to the switch plate. Simply water down slightly a little school glue, I use Elmer’s. Careful not to add too much water or you will have to wait quite a while for it to dry.
Just a note, I had never used Modge Podge before this winter, I can’t say that it is worth the money it costs. You can use a couple of things instead, like I did here you can use regular school glue with a little bit of water and seal with a polycrylic or as I’ve done in other projects, using polycrylic both to adhere the item and to seal it. I first did just that years ago on a table we used heavily for activities and meals. It held up for many years with no problems at all. I am working on a project doing just that again which I will show you in a few days.
Once the glue is dry simply go over it with a coat or two of polycrylic and you have a new cover for your light switch for zero cost. And here it is on the wall, much better.
The abandoned 1 by 4
A couple of months ago, a neighbor stopped by to tell me he found a 1 X 4 piece of wood. It was in good shape but needed paint, or something. I told him I would take it and put it away to get ready for the holidays and the projects that needed finishing before that. Once it got really cold here I realized my small coat rack isn’t adequate for my needs. I wanted one lower for the little ones to be able to hang their own coats up, but had to come up with hooks that wouldn’t hurt them if they fell or ran into them.
I painted the wood with leftover blue milk paint while I was redoing the furry chair and waited some more for inspiration. Then it came to me when I spotted this post from Garden Therapy. I went over to my vase of twigs (you can see the vase below in the last picture of this post) and found one I liked, but didn’t have the tools handy to cut it so I went with my next choice from the vase. This one was easy enough, but because it was thinner than what was used on the inspiration piece I decided to use a little of my gorilla glue.
All I have to do is hang this in the hall, and I have a free coat rack.
Now for the part I can’t wait to show you. I purchased a gorgeous owl picture from Jen at Winter Owls. Being that Jen lives in Australia and I the US I figured it would take a bit to arrive. Nope it arrived in just about a weeks time. Since then it has been carefully stored waiting for the bathroom to be painted and hung in the vanity area. The thing is I love it so much I kept pulling it out to show everyone.
The picture is 5 by 5 which made finding a frame locally hard. I couldn’t stand to have the picture hidden away so my grand-daughter helped me make a frame yesterday out of cardboard and tissue paper. This is just a temporary measure, I’ve ordered a frame which should be here in a few days.
Yes the one side of the frame is wider, this can happen when you allow a 4 year old to assemble the pieces. I slid the owl print in today and hung it on my living room wall until it’s permanent home is ready.
I decided that was enough for one day, time for some light reading.
How was your Saturday?