Monday, July 26, 2010

Decorating Wesbite & Ideas

Hello!

A coworker recommended the following website to me and I absolutely love it, so I thought I would share! It is called "Apartment Therapy.com."  It has great photos, "green" ideas, affordable ideas and is great for when you need a bit of inspiration!(http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/)

I am in the process of making/fixing/altering several items for my future home and plan to post on each item, but I figured I would write about with the hopes that my readers might have some suggestions.

1. I refinished an old ladder.  It is approximately 12 feet in height and 2 feet in width, so I have decided to cut it into two pieces, one approximately 4 feet that will hang over a kitchen island and hold herbs and pots and the other I piece I am still unsure about.  I was thinking about turning it into a quilt rack since my step mother in law has given us some beautiful quilts and I would love to display them and because I think quilts help bring a warm feeling to a home.  My other idea is to somehow attach old photo frames to it and hang the ladder with a collection of photos from both sides of my family.  Any suggestions are much appreciated!

2.  I am making a fabric headboard for our queen bed.  I found a shower curtain that is white and has a big brown oak tree on it that looks awesome!  I am planning on taking plywood, putting foam on top of it and then covering it with the shower curtain (which is fabric, not plastic).  Then I was going to frame the outside of the fabric area and stain the wood a dark brown.  We cannot afford or rather are not willing to spend the money on a bedroom set, so I am trying to be thrifty and creative when decorating our bedroom. 

3.  I am reupholstering my kitchen chairs. I have yet to select a color, but I am thinking about going with a deep brown and some texture because dirt will show up less.  I am open to color options and fabric types!

4. I am in dire need of two night stands with drawers - I am completely willing to sand, paint and do a little cosmetic touch-up if need be.  We are looking for a coffee table (no drawers necessary), an old trunk (leather or wood), dresser drawers for a little boys room and an entertainment center (just the lower drawer portion because our TV hangs on the wall). Once those items are purchased/found, I will work on them and post photos!

I would consider myself a crafty person, but I am new to the projects I am about to take on.  If anyone is experienced or has suggestions, please let me know!!!

4 comments:

  1. Have you ever been to the thrift shop in Souderton (I think it's called Care and Share) across from Wendy's.. you know by where you can get on/off 309? They just expanded the furniture part and they have soo much stuff there. Good luck! I can't wait to see the end results.

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  2. i just sold a dresser for a boy's room on craigslist. love the ladder idea. please post pics of everything once they are completed!

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  3. Caitlin - Yes, I know that place! I use to go there as a kid, but didn't realize they expanded their furniture section! Thank you so much! I will check it out ASAP! I will make sure to post photos!!

    Marjorie - I have been looking on Craig's list for a little while now, but can't seem to find anything I like in my area. Everything is in the city and it's not worth the time and money for the possibility that it won't be what I am expecting. Sadly that has happened to me before.

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  4. Maybe if you run across another old ladder somewhere, you can have a kind of recurring "ladder theme" in your place. I say this, because I dig both your quilt AND photo displaying ideas utilizing a ladder and simply couldn't choose between the two. Finding another ladder was my "solution" to that problem.

    I think by the time you're finished decorating a home it's going to look so cool you could open a bed and breakfast... and serve breakfast burritos!

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