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DIY Shower & Faucet Makeover

Good morning everybody and happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! It’s that time again! DIY Mondays and today’s DIY project is: shower enclosure and faucet makeovers! I came up on this project because I wanted a way to update my shower and faucets without having to go out and purchase brand new shower frames and faucets. They can carry a hefty price tag, and let’s face it, there was really nothing at all wrong with the shower frames or the faucets except for the fact that they were silver and I really wanted them to be bronzed.
Enter again, your superhero, spray paint! The color? Oil Rubbed Bronze. For one shower frame, both inside and out and 2 sink faucets and 1 spa tub faucet set, I had used 3 total cans of spray paint. Project cost? $100.00. (This includes river rocks for the bottom of the shower pan, but more on that next week!)
Now I know what you’re thinking, oh no! Spray paint in a wet area?! The answer is, yes! You can spray paint your shower enclosure and you can spray paint your faucets. The trick is to get a spray paint that is the outdoor spray paint. If spray paint can work Outdoors exposed to the elements, you better believe that it would definitely work on your showers and faucets.
But first things first, you want to make sure that you properly prep your area to avoid extra clean up. I’m pretty bad on this I must admit. I’m always thinking to myself, well the faster I get started on the project the better! But that’s really the wrong way to think about it and this time I actually feel like I did it the right way by prepping first. Guys and girls, you’re going to have to either prep your area now or clean it up later. I find it’s better to prep your area first because cleanup can sometimes be a real pain. Even worse, sometimes clean up isn’t actually cleaned up and then you’ve got a bigger problem on your hands.
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To prep your area, be sure to tape off your shower doors and faucets all around on the glass to make sure no spray paint gets on the glass and lay down a drop cloth on your floor. If you’re also spray painting your faucets, you’ll want to tape up the whole Space around the faucets and even put some drop cloth on the sinks to avoid any over spray. I like to compare spray paint to broken glass. Once it breaks it gets all over. Same thing with spray paint. Once you spray it’s in the air and it’s everywhere.
Now that your workspace is all prepped, be sure to put on a mask and make sure that your area is very well ventilated. I promise you, spray paint gives you a headache like no other!
Now that you’ve done the boring stuff, it’s finally time to paint! Go ahead and grab your spray paint and start spraying your shower enclosure and or your faucets. The very first coat is going to have you questioning yourself and asking yourself why you decided to do this in the first place because it looks terrible! But fear not! Let it dry for about an hour and come back and do a second coat. After that second coat you’ll be convinced you made the right choice!
After the second coat of spray paint is on, let it sit and dry for a full 24 hours. Hopefully, you have another shower to use in the meantime but just in case, be sure to take a shower first before this project or be sure that you don’t mind feeling a bit funky for the next 24 hours LOL.
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As you can see, I’ve got my very own model who loves to ham it up for the camera!
After about 24 hours of drive time, you can now remove the tape and marvel at your masterpiece. After pricing shower doors in new faucets at my local hardware store, it would have cost me nearly $1,000 for two faucets and a basic shower enclosure. By doing this project my way with spray paint, it ended up costing me a total of $100. That included for cans of spray paints, River Rocks for the bottom of my shower pan (that’s next week’s blog), painters tape, drop cloth and a safety mask. Definitely worth it!
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Light Fixture Makeover. From drab to Fab!

Hello everyone and happy Monday! 🙂 it’s a bit later in the day that I’m adding this but I figured I’d just had to get one in because I really try my best to get a DIY Monday Post in every Monday, even if it’s a small one! This actually was an idea that I came up with while sitting down watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine. As you know, I love my rustic decor, but not having Unlimited funds, I try to make the best with what I already have. I saw this rustic life that I loved but it’s a bit out of my price range right now because I do have other priorities to deal with so I figured I’ll just leave it on the back burner. But as I was watching my episode, this “boob” lamp really started to grind my gears! Mind you, there’s one of those boob lamps in every room. It’s one those fixtures that is standard and builder-grade and while it does serve a purpose, it’s not so nice on the eyes at least for me.

Enter my late-night shenanigans!
Supplies:
Hot glue gun
Thick jute cord
Thin jute cord
Chicken wire
Wire cutters
Needle-nose pliers
LED energy efficient Edison bulbs
I had some leftover chicken wire from my kitchen cabinet project, I also had some leftover jute cord from another project, you may remember as the sofa table I just made last week and some leftover thin jute string. At first I was trying to figure out how I could dress up the boob lamp, but it just seemed impossible with the existing fixture. So what did I do? I did what I do best and I improvised and got a little crazy as usual. The results? I absolutely love it!
So the first step I took was to remove the existing light fixture. If you’ve got a lamp like this all you’ve got to do is remove that screw at the bottom of the fixture while holding onto the glass Dome until it comes out completely. You’ll see that there are exposed bulbs, mine were fluorescent but of course, to complete my look I was going to add in my LED vintage Edison bulbs.
Before going for that finish look though, right after I remove the fixture I went ahead and took my leftover chicken wire and measure the diameter around the Dome and used wire cutters to cut it to size. Keep in mind, that when you cut down the chicken wire you want to leave one of the edges with a long peace up so that when you want to connect it to the other end of the chicken wire, you can sort of hook the chicken wire around itself giving it a nice tight fit.

Once you’ve got the diameter measured you can go ahead and make the little hooks with your needle nose pliers and connect the chicken wire from top to bottom so that you have a cylindrical shape. Next, I went ahead and glued the fat jute cord all around the diameter of the top of the cylindrical shade. Be sure that you have a good, solid adhesion so that your shade doesn’t come down while you’re having dinner!

Once your jute cord is secured to the cylindrical shade, you want to go ahead and add some more hot glue all around the top of the jute cord and then press your cylindrical shade firmly to the outer edge of your existing light fixture. Again, hold firmly so that you don’t run the risk of the shade falling. Luckily this is a very light shade and it’s not bulky so you shouldn’t have any trouble with the shade falling down. But just add extra glue all around just in case.

Now that you’ve got the shade up on the fixture, you have the option of taking your skinny jute cord and just kind of wrapping it around the top and bottom of the fixture just to give it a little bit more of a finished look and then added rustic Flair.

All that’s left to do is go ahead and screw in your Edison bulbs and you’ve got yourself and adorable rustic, industrial light fixture from just a few things that you had laying around the house! My plan was to make this a temporary thing until I can get the fixture that I really wanted, but honestly, I’m really loving this one!

If you would have purchased the supplies in store this fixture would cost you no more then $15. Compare that to the $200fixture that I originally wanted and it makes quite the difference especially when you’re trying to cut corners. Happy lighting my friends and have a beautiful week! 😊
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Rustic / Nautical Sofa Table

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Hey guys happy Monday and welcome to another episode of DIY Mondays! Today, I’d like to share with you my latest project, my rustic / nautical sofa table. As it turns out, I was actually looking for the perfect to put behind my couch just to add a little something extra to the living room put a couple of frames up there and maybe even some lights. Still working on the decor that’s going to be a part of it though but for now, a few frames will do. At first I went around the stores looking for the perfect table and of course, I came across a bunch of different options that I did love but they were anywhere between $200 to $400. I thought they were beautiful of course, but when you really look at a table and think about it, what is it? All that any table is just a bunch of pieces of wood put together adorned with some ornamentation of some kind to add extra Flair. So, I figured, why not give this a shot and see what I can do with the supplies that I already had on hand? And the results were remarkable and I absolutely love what I came up with.

Supplies:
Plywood (two long pieces or 3 depending on how many shelves you want and how big you like your table to be. In my case, each piece of wood is 36 in Long by 12 in wide + 3 long pieces for legs, in my case each piece measures 5 in wide by 40 in Long) naturally, your sizes might vary greatly depending on the size you wish to make which is totally optional.
Paint or stain ($3.99 for a sample paint at Home Depot or $5.99 for a small container of stain being your color of choice)
Screws (depending on the depth of your plywood, you want to make sure you get screws long enough that’s going to go in for extra support)
Burlap ($3.99 a yard from Joann’s)
Jute Cord (47 cents a foot from Home Depot)
Small boat cleats ($1.98 from HomeDepot)
Small hooks ($2.99 for a 25-pack at Walmart)
Staple gun
Hot glue gun
Granted, I have a lot of scrap wood laying around the house from different projects and just plywood that have been collected over the years for storage reasons but, if you have no wood at all on hand, you can still go to the Home Depot and purchase a giant piece of plywood for just $20 and the good folks there will cut it for you to whatever size you need. I also had a lot of leftover burlap from wedding planning but I did purchase the jute cord and the small boat cleats. So overall for me, having a lot of the supplies on hand this project costed me just $15.
So, you’re very first step is going to be to cut the wood to the size that you need. This is totally optional and depending on your preference. Once your wood is cut and you have the shelves and legs, you’ll be ready to paint. You’ll notice that my sofa table tends to have a distressed look. That’s because I first painted the plywood with my Home Depot paint sample. The color is called gentle rain.
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Once I let that dry I went ahead and added some of that stain that I had left over from my staircase makeover. Remember that? The color is called ebony. What I did was just use a small sponge brush and gently go over the paint as it was still a little bit damp and just kind of blend it and brush it in to give it that distressed, rustic look.

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Once the pieces of wood were painted it was now time to start putting the table together so I started by attaching the legs. From the bottom of your sofa table you want to screw in the first leg. I used two screws in each leg just to be safe and give it some added support. Repeat this process for the next two legs. Also know, that you can put four legs instead of three or just two one on each side, depending on your preference and how you want your table to look. For me I just use three and put one leg on each side and one in the back Center as a brace. ((Don’t mind the jute cord triangle there. Was just trying out different variatons))
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Now that your table is painted and your legs are together you now have the frame of your sofa table set up and ready to go. If you want to leave it like this, by all means you definitely can but you might want to go ahead and add some extra embellishments to make it your own. In my case, I bought the boat cleats from the Home Depot which came in a silver color but I wanted them to be black, so I went ahead and use that spray paint that I had leftover from the light switch plates. Remember that? For those of you that haven’t seen that yet this spray paint is called black stainless steel and it really gives a nice effect if you’re looking for that industrial feel. Go ahead and screw in the boat cleats to the bottom shelf of the sofa table as shown. You could put more cleats or you could put less cleats depending on how you want it’s a look. This is a very general project so feel free to improv anyway you’d like.
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Now that you’ve got the cleats set at the bottom, you’ll need to put some hooks on the top. I wanted to have my jute cord have that criss-cross look, so to achieve that I needed to make sure that my hooks on the top shelf or directly in between each of the cleats down below. Keep on adding hooks until you have enough to go down the row.
Once you got your boat cleats and hooks set up, you’re now ready to go ahead and add your jute cord. This is also very optional. You can do it criss cross, you can just do knots from top to bottom, however you’d like to do it it’s completely up to you. For me, I really wanted that criss-cross look so I started at the bottom and made sure that the jute cord was tightly wound around the first boat cleat and then twisted the jute cord around the cleat and up to the hook and back down and around the next cleat and up to the hook. Continue this process all the way down to the end and make sure that you have a nice tight fit at your first and last boat cleat to ensure that the jute cord doesn’t come unwound.
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Now your table is starting to look super cool! The next step is to take your burlap an added as a siding and backing for your table. Again, this is optional you can leave it just as is but I’m obsessed with burlap so I have to add it to almost anything I do LOL. I started on the left side and stapled the top row first and then turned the table on its side and tightly pulled the burlap around the bottom shelf. Burlap has a tendency to expand, so you want to make sure you pull it as tight as possible but be sure not to break the burlap. Continue the same process on the back of the table starting with the top shelf and securing the burlap and then the bottom and then the same on the next side. Next, trim the burlap wall around to make sure you have nice clean edges.
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If you have some leftover jute cord you can even hot glue jute cord all around the top and bottom shelves if you like to give it a nice clean and finished look. Did I mention the more burlap and jute cord, the better? LOL oh, and just when you thought that was all the burlap, I went ahead and staple down a small runner at the very top middle of the table. Again this is optional and completely up to you.
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Once you finish with your table, you can sit back and Marvel at it and be so happy to know that there are most likely supplies around the home that you can use to create this table, and even if you don’t have those supplies it wouldn’t cost you no more then $35 to make this table. I don’t know about you guys, but I could never find any piece of furniture for $35. I’m so happy with the way it came out and so happy to share it with you guys.
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Happy crafting my friends and have a beautiful week!

😊

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Make Over Your Switch Plates With Spray Paint!

Good afternoon and happy Monday everyone! 🙂 Today’s project coming at you is a very simple one indeed. Let’s talk light switch covers! Did you just move into a home and you got a whole bunch of things that you have to buy and maybe, light switch covers are not at the top of the priority list because there are so many other things to get but at the same time those awful beige light switch covers are just an eyesore every time you go to turn on the light?

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Well, there’s an easy way out of this! Of course at first I went to a couple of different stores and I was looking for brand new light switch plate covers what the problem was the nice ones were a bit more expensive and considering I needed over 25 light switch covers it would have definitely been a cost that I couldn’t do at the moment.
Enter spray paint. Which is the only supple you’ll need and costs about $6 at Walmart or Home Depot.
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I have found in so many projects that I’ve completed that’s spray paint has completely made over so many different things. This light switch plate projects included. See these beige light switch covers? These are the ones that were all over the house. All I did was remove the light switch covers, spray them, and put them back on. It’s a very, very simple process. However of course, you want to ensure that you take the necessary safety precautions before working with anything electrical.
Me personally, I just switched off the power to each light switch before I removed the covers. You don’t have to do this if you’re really careful but I did it as an extra precaution because I just like to be more safe than sorry. Plus I’m kind of clumsy LOL so I figured the more safety precautions the better!
Once I shut off the power, I just took a screwdriver or in my case my electric drill and removed the screws for the light switch cover and carefully remove them. You can also use this time to touch up the paint around the light switch cover so that you have a nice even finish.
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I brought the light switch covers downstairs and spread them out nicely on a bin cover that I used to spray paint small projects. I spray painted them twice within an hour of dry time in between with a color called: black stainless steel. It was about $6 from the Home Depot and it has truly changed the face of the switch plates.
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You can also go ahead and spray the actual Outlet itself of course, with the power turned off if you want to give your Outlets of complete look and color. I opted not too because the beige Outlets with the black stainless covers gave it a more factory, industrial appearance that I was going for so I just left that alone.
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So there you have it friends another project that cost me $6 and completely change the look of my Outlets. I actually was just going to do this as a temporary solution but I ended up falling in love with it and I’m actually going to leave it just the way it is. You might want to do it temporarily or you might fall in love and keep it as well. The choice is yours of course but this is a really great way to upgrade your light switch covers without breaking the bank when you got other priorities to spend on.
You’ll see a great many projects that I’m going to complete over the course of the next year where spray paint has literally transformed so many different things. It really does wonders!
Have a great day everyone and happy spray painting! 🙂

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Complete Staircase Makeover

Hello everyone and happy Monday! It’s that time again to unveil the next project: my staircase.

I didn’t hate my staircase the way it was when we moved in but it just wasn’t my style and you know me, I just have to make things my style so I figured I’d give it a total makeover and give it that more modern look that I was going for. Honestly, this was a much easier project than I thought it would be, primarily because when I removed the rug from the stairs it turned out that we had some pretty nice wood under there and there were no spaces between the wall and the risers or the wall in the treads so basically all I had to do was make it over. So on with the project but first here’s the materials needed.
Supplies:
1) Needle-nose pliers
2) Carpet cutting knife (if you have carpeted stairs)
3) Stain: $13.00 from Walmart, color: Ebony w/polyurethane
4) Heavy-duty gloves
5) Paint (Optional)
6) Beadboard: $20.00 from Home Depot (Optional)
The very first step in the stair makeover case is of course safety. Why safety? It seems like common sense doesn’t it? Well let me tell you, I’d like to think I have a great deal of common sense but sometimes it does skip me LOL. More on that in a moment. But just make sure that as you’re removing carpet and staples that you shift your weight forward facing the stairs to make sure you don’t fall down. Again, more on that in a moment.
Make sure to keep your heavy-duty gloves on at all times because your hands are going to get really irritated and raw from the rough end of the carpet and you don’t want to get poked with staples and nails because I promise you, you’re going to hit so many staples and nails along the way. Thousands and fact. No, I’m not kidding! So what you want to do is start at the very top step and you want to pull the rug up and off of the risers and treads.

Once I was able to get one corner of the rug up, I actually used the needle nose pliers to grab the rug and pull while I use my other hand to hold on the banister. I learned this the hard way actually, because when I first started I grabbed both ends of the carpet and pulled like a maniac and flew down the stairs. (Okay, okay….Start your laughter) Luckily, I wasn’t injured, just a few bumps and bruises, but it made me learn my lesson in implementing that little safety steps are just make sure you’re holding on at all times because you can get really hurt falling down stairs, but I’m sure you already know that! Anyway, on with the tutorial. So, you want to start by pulling one corner of the rug up get a good piece of it up and grab it with a needle nose pliers and pull and just keep doing that from one end to the other on each riser and then you’ll get to the tread and do the same thing there and continue this all the way down the stairs.

To make the rug a bit more manageable in between every two stairs or so, I would use the carpet cutting knife to cut away the lifted carpet and just throw it over the edge.
Once you get all the way down and get all of the carpet off the stairs your next task is going to be to remove the thousands of staples that are in both, the risers and the stair treads. Make no mistake, even when you think you got all of the staples out when you do your check, you will find about a hundred more LOL. Totally not kidding! So what I did was just start again, at the top of the stairs and I started with the riser and just removed all the staples that I’ve seen. The easiest way to do this is with the needle nose pliers and to pull straight out and they came out really easily. Continue this also all the way down to the stairs until you make it to the very bottom riser. A little time consuming and tedious but once you get them all out, you’ll love the way even your raw staircase looks!

Once you remove all of the staples, go back up and check that there are no other staples present. You now have raw wood on the steps and a staple sticking out is going to cause a lot of grief if you’re walking down the stairs barefoot. Ouch, I don’t even think about it!

After you remove all the staples, you can go on ahead and sweep each step to remove all of the carpet debris, staple debris and even nails, if any nails were present. I highly recommend using a vacuum cleaner to remove all of the excess dirt because you want to make sure that the surface is completely clean before doing any painting or staining.

Once the staples are removed and all of the debris has been cleaned, you are now ready to transform your stairs to your style. In my case, I chose black and white stairs. What I wanted was a white riser and a black tread with a black banister and white spindles. Originally, I was going to paint the risers white because I thought I had extra white paint on hand and you know how I love to use things that I already have, but it turns out I actually ran out of that white paint and to buy another gallon would have cost me the same price as it was to use bead board. And the bead board, was just $20 for a super large piece and the good folks At Home Depot even cut it for me so I don’t have to worry about getting it perfectly straight. I love the bead boarding also because it adds a bit more depth and character to the stairs as opposed to just paint. However, the bead board is going to be the last step in the process because you’re not going to need to paint it, unless you want to paint it of course then by all means paint those and let them dry before you place them on the riser but for now if you’re not going to paint it, just set them aside and the first thing you’re going to do is paint the banister and spindles.

Generally, I like to paint what’s on top first so that you don’t have to worry about dripping on what you’ve already painted. So I started by painting the banisters black. I got this paint from Home Depot, and the actual color is called Ebony. It was a very easy process just working from upstairs and all the way down and I would do one coat, wait an hour and then do another coat so you made sure to cover all the spots.
Next, I painted the spindles and I chose to paint those white. The actual color was also from Home Depot and it’s called Gentle Rain. Again, same thing, I started from upstairs and work my way down on all the spindles waited an hour and went back up to give the second coat. Now that the banister and spindles were done, it was time to do the bottom stair skirt. I opted to paint those with the Cracked Pepper as well just to make sure that they matched well with the treads. And again, starting from upstairs I worked my way down with an hour of drying time in between two coats.

With all that done, it’s finally time to work on the treads. For the treads, I chose a stain that I actually purchased from Walmart for $13.77 and the color is called Ebony. The great thing about this particular stain is that it already has polyurethane in it so that’s one step you safe and rather than staining and then polyurethan-ing the whole staircase and having extra drying time you can just stain the stairs in one simple step. I started at the top stair again. In my case I always start at the top step because when I finish and I need the drying time I could always do some more stuff in the kitchen but you can do the opposite if you’ve got other stuff to do upstairs you could start from the bottom. Your choice. So, I went ahead and started staining tread by tread all the way down and let it seep in. It was dry in about an hour’s time and I went back to the top and did a second coat just to make sure that I didn’t miss any spots and really get that nice deep ebony color. What I love about the stain is that it seeps into the wood so you can still see the knots and lines in the wood as opposed to paint where it kind of just cakes up on there and honestly, I don’t think paint would be a good idea on steps at least on the treads anyway because that’s a place that’s going to take a lot of traffic and with temperature changes and all that traffic it’s likely to start peeling and it’s going to have a maintenance issue. So if you’ve got plywood or raw wood treads, stain would be your best go to.

Now that you finished all of that, it’s time to put the finishing touch on the stairs and add the bead board. Make sure you measure the height and length of your risers, all of them not just one. I say this because I foolishly measured just one riser and had them cut the bead board at Home Depot and when I got home only one of them fit the top riser and the rest of them were still too tall. Not sure why all of my risers are different heights but just to be sure make sure you measure all of them. Luckily, I was able to bring the bead board back to the Home Depot and they cut it to the right size for me but it was a good thing that they were too big and not too small otherwise I would have had to buy another sheet. Also, keep in mind that you want to keep the bead board risers a little less than a quarter of an inch shorter all around the edges except for the bottom. The reason for this is, just like hardwood flooring, you need to leave some space all around to give the boards a chance to bend and stretch with the temperature. If you flush them up against all around the edges, they may buckle or cup and that’s something you don’t want because you’re going to have to redo them in that case.
The bead board risers are going to be the easiest because all you’re going to need to do is cover up with some wood glue. I used Gorilla Glue from Walmart. And this 16-oz container cost me $5.00. Simply start at the top tread or even the bottom tread if you like and just make sure that you place the bead board risers centered on each riser press and hold to make sure you’ve got a nice fit.
Once you’ve added all the risers it’s time to sit back and marvel at your completed project. I absolutely love my stairs! It took me about a weekend to complete the project in full and it really gave the stairs a complete different look. I also plan on adding a modern Runner just because the stairs are a little bit slippery and we’ve got a marble floor at the Landing so could you just imagine tumbling down those stairs?! LOL no thanks! I’ll have another blog up someday soon with a tutorial on how to place the runner. It’s a very simple process but I’ll put it up there and show you guys how it looks once that’s done as well just so you can get a full vision. But if you like it just the way it is you could leave it just like that. That’s the beauty of doing everything yourself from your vision, because it can be whatever you want it to be, however you want it to be. Happy Monday my friends and I hope you all enjoyed this entry and please feel free to leave any feedback or comments as always!
Here’s the original before picture versus the after. I’d say, I couldn’t be happier!
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Office Closet Book Nook

Happy Monday everyone! I hope the weekend had treated you all well and that you’re ready for whatever this week is going to throw at you! Today’s blog will be about my latest creation, my office Book Nook.
Project: 
Closet Book Nook
Supplies Needed:
1) 2×4 pieces of wood (besides really depends on the size of your closet and the height you’d like the base to be, so be sure to take measurements and then look around your house and see if you have any two by fours laying around. If not they’re super cheap at Home Depot)
2) Plywood (again measurements depend on the size of your closet but this is going to act as the bed that your pillows will sit on along with your bum)
3) Paint (if you don’t have a spare Ikea door laying around, or you want to create your very own face base, you’ll need some paint of your choice to add your own flare)
4) Drill
5) Staple Gun
6) Safety Goggles
7) Backdrop or Paint of your choice
Project Cost Breakdown:
My total project cost: $58.00
Backdrop: $52.00
Fitted sheet: $6.00
(Your cost may vary slightly depending on supplies on hand and preference of Book Nook)
On with the tutorial:
Luckily, this house was blessed with lots of closet space and the basement has three separate rooms giving us one for storage and then a lot of closets throughout the house. So, closet space is not an issue in this home. Being that is the case, I’ve decided to turn the closet in my office into a book Nook. And why not? I work primarily from home, so I would love it if the home is as comfortable and inviting as possible, especially my office where I spend most of my time.
Here is a photo of the closet before anything was done.
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 It’s a nice size closet with lots of room and my ideas were flying out of my head! I almost started to get overwhelmed at one point because the possibilities for a closet Book Nook really are endless. It all depends on your style, what makes you comfortable and what’s important to you. For me I was looking to create a cozy little space and being that the rest of my office is somewhat steampunk / nautical I wanted to have something of an old fashioned bookcase theme. And from there, the ideas just fell into place.
First, I began by removing the Shelf sitting up top there. There was really no need for a shelf so what I did was remove it and saved the wood for another project. In fact, I was able to use this wood for this very project. More on that in a moment. So I made sure that all of the nails and hooks in any Staples (you’d be surprised what you find Staples) and made sure that the area was clear.
The next thing I did was build the base for the bed. For me, I had some two-by-fours laying around the house and so I combine those with the shelf that I just removed on the top to build a sturdy base. You want to make sure that you’re building something that’s going to be able to withstand significant weight. So make sure to add extra two by fours to support the bed. I even used the Shelf as a back brace to give even more support along with the 2×4 framework going all around the base of the closet. You can’t go wrong with having extra support.
(Supported with 2×4’s attached to plywood as bed base)
(Top view of plywood base for pillows to sit on)
I wasn’t sure how I was going to do the front face of the bed, so I actually slept on that and then the next day it hit me. I had an old closet from Ikea then I no longer needed to use for storage so, I used one of the wardrobe doors as the bass face. It was already painted and already ready to go and easily slides in and out so that you can have access to under-bed storage.
Once the base was built and sturdy, it was time to add the bedding. I had a lot of old pillows laying around that I was actually going to toss. However, the only tossing I did was to toss it in the washing machine and give them a good wash and just fill up a twin sized fitted sheet with the pillows and fluff it up. You can add as many pillows as you like depending on the level of softness and comfort you’d like. You don’t want to feel the plywood through the cushion so go ahead and add more pillows. Then I took one of the quilts that I had and folded it to fit the size of the bed so that it just looks like a really cute cot.
At this point in time I hadn’t thought about the background yet or how I was going to do it. However, I went by my mom’s house and saw she had created her very own Victorian Library themed house (where do you think I get this all from?) I marveled at the wall mural that she had there and I knew right then and there that that’s exactly what I needed for my book Nook as a backdrop. If you love this backdrop, you can check it out from the amazing eBay seller HERE
For only $52, including shipping, I was able to get a really good quality 10×14 vinyl bookcase backdrop to add and set the atmosphere for my book Nook. Check out was fast and courteous and the seller was super friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend checking out his store!
I was so excited for the backdrop to come, and mind you, it only took about three days for me to receive it, which was amazing! Once I received it I took it out of the package and started at the far left-hand corner and begin to staple the mural in place. When I came to the HVAC duct, I gently place the mural around it rather than behind it so that I can cover it up and actually, it created this adorable three dimension type of shelf so it just added more to the ambience. Don’t you just love when that happens? Continue stapling all around the top ensuring that your mural is bubble free and straight.
Once you’re done and your backdrop is complete along with the sturdy base you are ready to curl up with a good book and read until the wee hours. I added this adorable little Western wagon lamp that my mom gave me for an added glow.
It’s kind of hard to get me out of here now. But that’s exactly what I wanted. And without further ado, the result:
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Cozy Eh?
You can create this and so much more with your closet. What do you love? What theme would you like to set? Maybe you’re into a nature theme and would like to add a nature background, or you’re in astronomy buff that would love to add the Galaxy behind you. The sky’s the limit really and the possibilities are endless. So go ahead and create what you love and love the space you create!

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Welcome My Friends!

Image may contain: Dina Marie Fernandez, smiling, closeup and indoorHello everyone and welcome to my blog, Dina Does It! As this is my very first blog entry, I would like to introduce myself and welcome you all to my world of inspiration, DIY and so much more. I started this blog because like so many others, I wanted to make my home my own. However, also like many others, buying a home was quite the expense and getting your home just the way you like it costs time and money. I’ve never been the type to spend a whole lot of money on something, not only because I just don’t have it LOL but I’d like to think that even if I did have money I would definitely still be a creative person, down-to-earth and being economical. Let’s face it, even if you have a lot of money you won’t have it very long if you spend it foolishly. Being a homeowner for the past 8 months has really taught me a lot about myself, my home and my limits, which I’ve realized, I don’t have any. And neither do you! There is nothing that you cannot do or learn to do. The way you’re going to pay someone else to do a project for you at 150% markup, you can do that same exact project for a fraction of the cost and not to mention, you’ll gain something so much more valuable  in return: the pride of doing it yourself. And when people come to your home and say wow, those floors look great or wow that coffee station is amazing! You can say, I did it myself!

Before purchasing this home, I had a never-ending list of pins on Pinterest, items on my wishlist on Amazon, and so many ideas in my head that people would look at me like, oh my goodness how on Earth are you going to accomplish all of that? What you need to know is that it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks, or says or thinks of you. What matters is that you do not limit yourself and you go as far as your imagination can take you. Trust me, there are a lot of people who will not be supportive of your endeavors. They’ll think you’re living above your means or you’re not being practical or maybe even think that you’re just being downright cheap because you want to do it yourself. So that I say, Do Your Own Thing! And do it your own way! Don’t ever let anyone hinder your ideas, stagnate you or trick you into thinking you can’t do something because believe me, you can do whatever it is that you put your mind to. You’ve just got to put your mind to it!
I created this blog because I’m extremely passionate about being creative, and bringing ideas to life. I want to be able to share my experiences with you. I want to share the mistakes, the ups, the downs and everything in between. There is no ego here. If I made a mistake I’m going to flat out write in black and white on that blog so that if you attempt to do the same project you will not make that same mistake. Rest assured you might make a few others of your own but that’s part of the process of being creative and you learn from that. My goal is for all of you to take this journey with me and bring to life all of your ideas and give old stuff a new life. You would be amazed at the things that you already have around your house and how you can turn it into something new. Things that you wouldn’t even think of that you can create. You’ll truly be amazed!
And so my friends, I’d like to close with saying thank you so much for visiting my blog. I look forward to sharing and posting all of my creations with you. And I encourage you all to please leave feedback, and share your experiences with me. Please send pictures! I would love to see all of the projects you’re doing. I’d like to think of us as a family of creators and innovators and I just can’t wait to see what we all create and share!
My blogs will post three times per week. On Mondays, you’ll find a new blog of a DIY project that I had completed. On Wednesdays, will be something health-related, be it an awesome healthy recipe, an exercise tutorial or something health-related. On Fridays, you’ll find a different product review for a product that I’ve tried or purchased. It’s my way of giving back and advertising for products that have done so well for me and if they’ve made me happy I’d love to share it with you and maybe it’s a fit for you as well. I will always post pictures, tutorials and for reviews, I’ll post a link to the product in case you’re interested in trying it as well. Sometimes I’ll post a video here and there as well especially when it comes to products so that you can get a better idea of what it looks like, stability Etc.
And so my friends, happy creating! See you soon! Friday actually! 😊