Monday, November 1, 2010

[Internal Adventure] DIY cornices

I didn't know what those upholstered were called boxes at the top of the Windows, but I knew that I wanted them to the nursery.  So, after some research, I realized that these things are called cornices … and I did some ...

These were actually easier to create than I thought (using this tutorial), but I still managed to make some mistakes (I'm bad at math, what can I say?).Notwithstanding is complete and I can show you usually how I did it. 

  With the help of Chris, I cut a few pieces of 6 feet of timber of pine 1 × 10 down to the correct size for my window. My window width (from each edge trim) was 39 75 inches.  My brackets added 3/4 on both sides.So, I cut my front piece for 42.25?. My parts side were 4.5? wide.(If you really are considering make them, see my little warning on measuring below). 

After my cards were cut to the front and sides, I wrapped with stapling batting and tissue, as I went.(Frankie the super dog was disturbed by my top stapling at 9: 30 hours, while he was trying to sleep in your Chair.  He was so upset that he eventually fell back on top for hide.)

You can see in the picture below as I attached parts side to the front panel with L-brackets …

Here is where this warning comes into play. you see how my pieces of hand rest even with the front of the bezel (both are flat against the floor in the image below)? well, ideally the pieces of side would rest on the back of the front panel so that the "amendment" is not visible on the front but, I did not account for the depth of the sides (which are about 3/4), so if they had been attached to the rear of the front panel, there would have been space for my brackets between the garrison and the cornice.The long and long point is that if you want your side seams and not forward and then add enough length in the ends of your front panel to cover the depth of their sides. Caught?

Whew ….

I am summarizing a lot of measuring, levelling and sweating in front of sunny Windows, when I say I used simply another set of l-brackets to attach the whole piece in the wall.

And then they were made, and I was super happy with the final result. our sophisticated gray room is starting to look a bit more like a nursery capricious.

And the two Windows paired together look quite pronounced, if I say that me … so

To end the window treatments, I'll installing some Roman white tones that will hide behind the cornices when we want to natural light and then provide the darkness and isolation when we need it. After spending some time standing in front of those Windows in a sunny afternoon, it's fair to say that tones will come very handy to keep the room cooler in the summer months.

Because any person having a baby is on a budget, especially those who only constructed two new rooms, I'll break our total cost for this custom window treatment:

Elephant fabric – $ 8.37 (1.5 meters on sale!)Striking plates-$ 2.49Pine – $ 13.44 (3 1 x 10 x 6 cards and we have some leftover) l-brackets – $ 7.56

Total: $ 31.86

So, what do you think about this style of window treatment? you had never heard of a cornice before?


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[No Homestead ordinary] Woof Wednesday: what is the aroma delightful?

20 October 2010 Tiffany Sent by in 20 October 2010 in animal house, thoughts of Ayla | 1 comment

Hello friends!

The past few weeks have been really bad smell of you to those around me. I have been fortunate few weeks when it comes to finding piles of trash and strange things to roll in. For the first time was a couple weekends ago, when I found some things especially fedida and get plastered all over my front and right all hardened in my equipment. I don't like my shoe anyway because I can't wriggle free and has to behave myself … so it was great to get it extra smelly. Mother could barely walk beside me without gagging. Then father made me go into storage Pond rain of farmer and wash a half dozen times.When we arrived at home, I was smelling much better and was able to sneak past getting a bath. my equipment was not so lucky. But I was pleased to get rid for a day.

Then, a few days later, only at the beginning of our journey, I found some people refuse to scroll in that smelled almost as good as the first pile of trash ... but not identified, there's not much. It is sad but still very effective in making me repellent. And although I tried my best to get it in my equipment again, I failed miserably.But I received a stern talking to. And I had to stand on the leash during almost the entire walk that was frustrating. You know how horrible is having to skip smell all those corners far and pee-special mails? I'm out of touch with the world dog to a whole 6 hours, sometimes even more!

My father started my demerit system again. I never told you about this? Is simply horrible.He says that if I get 10 demerits in a month, he'll send me off somewhere remote Now I don't know if he is serious or if something like that is even possible.But I for sure straighten up when he starts talking like that.I actually ended up with 4 demerits for my garbage romping and picked up another 2 demerits for something more mischievous (although I can't remember what was more) — and this was all before the middle of the month!Is not a good start!

Fortunately, you can also get demerits removed if I behave myself and I am coming good … like extra when I am called or not run into this dog across the globe (which looks oh so close), just so I can say hello. I have kept a low profile since the incidents of POO and I think father forgave me finally. Thus, while I can keep me from doing something really insane, I'll stay here for another month. That is a good thing — because I really love my family and cuddling up to my father on the couch overnight. * wink, wink *

You always gets himself in trouble even if you're just trying to have some fun?

Until next time,



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Sunday, October 31, 2010

[Thrifty Decor Chick] Giveaway Winners!

Hello good! Thank you for your sweet comments on my new port pantry. :) I love it!

I wanted to make sure to announce the winners TWENTY donation Shaklee!(Whoohoo)!

1. Maura Joyceland adventures
2. Alisa d While She Slept
3. Stephanie little Country Home
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5. Greta modern garden
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8. squid Bells Daughter Lisa
9. Cindy B Baker family Scrapbook
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Saturday, October 30, 2010

' [86 n it] anger problems

Here is the bomb offensive in my closet sad in station
My Office I pump right next to a box of mini-Moos Dairy
Creamers.Hilarious or even more depressing?If my breast pump was not a gift from my wonderful sister Heather:

I would crush him with the sledgehammer greater than I could find. so, I was going to demolish each of smaller pieces with a regular hammer. then I would gather all small pieces and powder plastic into a stack and a set that I am fire, melting it in a big ugly ball of sorrow and guilt and anxiety and annoyance and embarrassment would then pick up that ball, get a flight to New York, catch a taxi to the Empire State building and chuck it over the fence.

Then and only then, maybe I would feel a * little * little better.

(Want to hear more hilarious hatred against my pump?
Check out my blog post from comments: my life Glamorous as architect.)

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[Quicker Fixer upper] There is a hashtag for that

Twitter has some social conventions, of which a stranger is the hashtag, a kind of keyword system for tweets. Such a hashtag is # firstworldproblems.

For example, have the IceMaker leaking into your new fridge overnight and flooding their basement stairs is much more a # firstworldproblem, because Hey, you got a new refrigerator.

And having so much excessive things you have boxes of books waiting the stairs to go to the bookstore used? # Firstworldproblem.

At least, the climate is holding, not only is he still warm enough to paint (still scraping), but it is warm enough to run the whole House fan (along with regular fans and dehumidifier) it will dry up quickly.

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Friday, October 29, 2010

[This old house Erie] Getting Winterized

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This past weekend we spent part of the time getting ready for winter. I sneer at people that say they like winter around here. They are only fooling themselves. It is their way to cope in order to get through this cruel, icy time of year. Let them. I see it for what it is, confinement in a freezer.

My husband brought down the storm windows. He checked them over and cleaned them and the glass inside and out. He told me the paint was good but next year we are going to have to reglaze them. Ugh! Well, that’s next year. So I was spared having to paint them before they were put up. I’ll use that white latex foam spray insulation (Dap Tex, I think) around the inside of the storm windows. It brushes away with a stiff brush and I just vacuum it up when we remove the windows in the spring.

I also sanded our 6 ft high cedar gate I made several years ago. It still in great shape except the spar varnish peels up every year. It makes me mad that I go through the effort only to have it fail. Last year I did an experiment with leftover Waterlox. I coated the south/west side of the gate with Waterlox before winter. It looked really pretty. Waterlox makes a marine product meant for outdoors but this is what I had leftover (the original finish for floors, woodwork and furniture) so I thought I’d try it. This Waterlox didn’t have UV filters etc in it. The sun’s UV rays penetrates through the finish and breaks down the bond between the wood and the finish. However, I did add some gel stain (oil based) to the mix which turned it a nice orangy-cedar color. The gate looked terrific in the spring after surviving temperatures down to zero and snow for months on end. The east side of the gate I used the spar varnish like always. The east side is the protected side as wind, rain and snow usually hit the west side. Both sides looked pretty good but the east side was starting to have small slits appearing in the finish.

I knew summer would be the real test. That humidity and rain coupled with the heat and strong sun rays would do the finish in I was sure. But the Waterlox side survived with very little damage, just a few tiny breaks in the finish. and it was on the side that has most of the hot sun and rain. The other side I had to scrape and sand to get all the peeling finish (peeling like a bad sunburn) off which is what I always have to do every year because that stuff just doesn’t last. This past weekend I put Waterlox mixed with the antique maple, oil-based gel stain on that side of the gate, too, after sanding off the peeling areas of spar varnish. I’ll need to put on 2 more coats to build up the finish and even out the color. The side that got the coating of Waterlox the year before just needed a light, thinned-down coat. The great part is you don’t have to sand between coats of Waterlox (each coat melts into the previous not like spar varnish that you have to scratch the surface for it to bond.)

My thought is that the oil-based Gel Stain I added to the Waterlox has solids in it that perhaps filtered some of the UV rays out. Whatever, it worked good. Even if I have to lightly re-coat it every year, I had to do it anyway and I wouldn’t have to sand it all down to re-coat it like I do with spar varnish. That is huge. Of course I’m putting Waterlox over some areas that still have some spar varnish so it is only going to hold as long as that under coat lasts. So now I’m thinking that next year I will buy some of the marine Waterlox made to withstand the outdoor weather and sun. It so expensive but if it lasts, it would be worth it. The industry just doesn’t make a product that lasts. The sun is a mean enemy of finishes. Even paint only lasts a few years before you have to start repainting. I guess they’d put themselves out of business if you didn’t have to keep going back to buy their products every year. So, like congressmen voting for term limits, it’s never going to happen.

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Posted: 19 October 2010 | Filed in: Just for fun, travel | Tags: BP cloaking | 3 comments»

What is a small and rural BP gas station owner do when the shit hits the fan? Go undercover and hope no one notices.

I'll ajudarK? maybe this will help keep the secret …. problem solved.

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