Box Spring Cover

 

I ordered a bed last week and thought about some sort of mattress cover or something to hide the box spring.

 

I had used a dust ruffle for a while even though it didn’t really work with my last bed (sleigh style). The new bed was a panel bed which wouldn’t accommodate a dust ruffle either. Plus, with two cats, it got dirty QUICK.

I tried using a sheet and tucking the ends under but it never looked neat.

Searching the internet, I found that there were covers specifically made for box springs but they were a bit spendy and looked boring.

Of course then I looked at DIY sites for ideas. I found one that seemed interesting —using fabric, a staple gun, and some product to adhere to the top of the box spring.

So I went to one fabric store and found this in the home fabric section. I bought 2.5 yards just to be safe.

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I cut out the fabric wide enough to cover the sides and at first, tried to use stitch tape for the top of the box spring. Big mistake because I sort of burned a couple holes from the iron. Since I didn’t have any fabric glue, I ended up using my trusty hot glue gun instead and first covered the corners before covering the sides.

What I forgot to do was post a before pic of the box spring but the pic below sort of works.

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I did pay a price on the heat gun and that was the form of some nasty blisters. 😦 I was icing my fingers when I took the pic.

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But it looked good once it was done and that was the important thing.

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And when it peeks out from the bed:

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Oh and here’s the new bed since the other bed was used as a makeshift climber for the cats.

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Master Bedroom Ceiling Fan (bling!)

I revamped my ceiling fan today.

The before and the project:

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Since I couldn’t put a chandelier up there (because I didn’t want to give up a ceiling fan), I had been looking off and on for different ways to dress up the fruit bowl. I finally found a site that used crystal garland to dress up their light fixture.

So, I went to Michaels with a 20% off everything coupon and bought some ‘crystal’ garlands. A couple strands of clear along with a couple strands of the lavender.

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Then I just randomly added pieces of it; weaving it through the holes.

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A couple hours later:

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On the ceiling fan—it doesn’t look like an upside down fruit bowl anymore!

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In the second picture, the lavender beads are a little more visible.

There is still room to add more if I need to but for the most part, it is done.

Master Bath Door – part deux

I fixed the door so it no longer had the hematite color trim. I also added a little bling with a door knob.

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I had entertained the idea of mounting it in the center but I think that might have been too different (unless I was in Europe or the Shire).

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I think I might use the same style for the closet door since it will be painted the same gray.

It was a splurge since it was almost twice as much as the door itself but it looks so cool!

 

I still have to find a handle for the bathroom side – that’s still a work in progress. 

 

Memorial Day Weekend Project

This year for my extended weekend, I added flooring to my master bedroom. I had taken out the carpet about a month ago so it was just a cement slab.

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I began Thursday morning and bought flooring glue. I decided to not use the Roberts brand like I did in the living and dining room, but instead, used a product from Bostik (at Lowes – single app). It was a little more expensive that the stuff I bought before and needed about 2 cans of it.

When I got home, I tore up the old baseboards and much of the door casing that would be in the way of the new floors. On the first day, I managed to get one can worth of glue down. It was well worth the money – it spread easier (I don’t know if it had to do with the warmer temps or not) and I don’t think I had any hollow spots like before. The only complaint was I had to skim out a good amount off the first can.

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The next morning (after having slept in the spare room) I was ready to tackle the rest but also dreading the possibility of buying yet another can if I ran out. (I wish they made smaller containers so there’s less waste). It was a little tedious but I managed to get it all done without running out of glue!

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I was exhausted but felt very VERY accomplished. I calculated it and it was roughly 180 square feet. It felt really good that I managed to get it done in 2 days. I did cheat a little and set up my bed (just the boxspring and mattress) to avoid sleeping in the spare room that night. I figured by then, the floor was well on it’s way of curing.

I also unfurled the new area rug that night (as modeled by Puck).

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On Saturday, I added some baseboards—mostly for the area behind the bed because I really didn’t want to move that sucker once it was put back together. I caulked and touched up the paint on Sunday before moving the bed closer towards the wall. I also brought the nightstand from the spare bedroom into the master bedroom. (Yes, the bedroom door will eventually be replaced but that isn’t a top priority at the moment.)

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Today I decided to change up the nightstand a little since it was going to be hard to find something similar. I decided to glam it up a bit with some spray paint and a little elbow grease.

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It was a good (and easy) rainy day project that didn’t take a whole lot of blood, sweat or tears. I’ll have to replace the current crystal lamp with another one since my current one has several chips in it but for now, it will sit on that table (once it is fully dried).

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I’ll have to go over the decorative edging with some metallic paint — probably something a little darker than the Brilliant Silver paint.

I also found a table that will sit on the other side – a $30 thrift shop find. It will be painted the same color with the option of adding glass onto the doors in the future.

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2014 Goals for the Rest of the House

Office

  • add hardwoods
  • refinish some retro cabinets to add to the wall for storage
  • find and refinish a desk

Spare Bath

  • figure out a color scheme
  • find a vanity

Master Bedroom

  • add hardwoods
  • add sliding barn door to bathroom
  • look for nightstands to refinsh
  • paint door for master closet and add mirror before hanging up, barn door style
  • (possibly) new door and fixture to bedroom

Spare Bedroom

  • find non-faux woodgrain closet doors to replace existing ones
  • convert from bifold doors to French door style
  • (possibly) hardwoods (they’ll be ordered for sure though)

House

  • decide on ‘future tile’
  • solarize more of my yard in my goal to xeriscaping it
  • organize my garage

That should keep me busy 🙂

 

Because I Rarely like things out of the Box

While I like my new ceiling fan in the master bedroom, I wasn’t too keen on the actual light part.

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I wanted something a little more unique and I think I found it this morning.

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This WAS once a fruit bowl for $10. I took the top ring off so it would fit the ceiling fan without hitting the blades. I think it makes it more unique.

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