Quick Fix for a Floor Gap

Its been about three years since we moved into our home and slowly with the changing seasons our laminate flooring has shifted. This shifting caused a large gap between boards and no matter how hard I pushed, my amazing strength was unable to make the boards budge. The gap showed the yellow pressed board board beneath and stood out like a sore thumb. I don’t have a before picture because I randomly had the brilliant idea of coloring it with color pencil to make it blend in. See below…

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The color only seemed to draw your eye the the depth of the gap. While I could have possibly used a stain pen for a better cover up I decided to patch the gap instead. I happened to have some linoleum floor samples laying around (who doesn’t?) and a pair of kitchen shears so I went to work.

IMG_7043 First I choose the color that most closely matched my floor and cut a slice the size of the gap. The sample wasn’t long enough so I ending up needing to pieces.

 

The cutting was easy and I was even able to shave a bit off the original to ensure a tight fit. Seeing as the linoleum sample was thinner than my floors I simply put another piece below the first to get it level.

IMG_7042In the end the gap is hardly noticeable, it was super easy to complete, and it cost me $0.

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*Update: The quick fix has been in place over a week now and survived vaccuming and mopping. I ending up with a pretty snug fit but if your pieces weren’t perfect you could consider glueing them in place.

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DIY: Wine Crate and Spindle End Table

IMG_6844When you rearrange furniture and decided you need a new end table but can’t find the one you want you grab somebody stuff out of your garage and make one. That’s normal right…ok maybe not normal but at least it turned out cute!

IMG_6846I started with four old spindles I bought at an estate sale but you could purchase them new from a hardware store or use actual furniture legs as well. Seeing as the spindles were to tall (and I wanted a little bit of detail at the bottom of the legs) I chose to saw off the narrow section of spindle to achieve the look I wanted.

 

Once the legs were all sized down, assembly was as easy as screwing each one into the corner of my wine crate. I used four screws per leg for extra stability and the table was ready for finishing.

 

I finished off my table by grey washing the wine crate. I love how it allows the wood grain and the writing to show through the finish. (It also goes on quickly, doesn’t require perfection, and dries fast!)

 

I’m still deciding if I want to mix up the finish on the legs but for now I have a functional end table that cost me nothing so we will just call it a win!

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DIY Couch Table / Tray

IMG_6798After tipping a glass or two off of you couch arm I decided it was time for a change. This simple “table” fits right into the arm of our couch and takes the place of an end table with out taking up space. All that’s needed is a single board cut to the width of your couch or chair arm (you want a snug fit to avoid tipping) and two equal length edge boards cut from 1x2s.

Using finishing nails I nailed the side boards in place and then grey washed the piece.

This whole project took about 20 min from start to finish and as I used left over supplies it cost $0.

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A Rustic Christmas

I’m not the only one in my family that has fun decorating for Christmas. My sister Lindsay has boxes of beautiful decor that she places just right around the house. Her decorating makes you wanna cozy up with a cup of cocoa (and her hospitality allows me to do just that when I pop in unannounced). A touch of Christmas in every room! IMG_6584IMG_6585IMG_6586IMG_6588IMG_6589

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Christmas Tree: Decorating with Greens

My favorite time of year has begun and I’ve just complete tree number one. While this tree will be part of the Christmas 2017 album I wanted to do a special post for those that aren’t super happy with their tree to begin with. Maybe your tree is to dark green for your taste, maybe the branches lack variation, or they may be  sparse. Whatever you Tree looks like just think of it as a blank canvas!

 

 

For this particlular tree I wanted to lighten up the green and add some more texture. This was accomplished by stuffing the tree with a variety of greenery before decorating. I used everything! Ivy, ferns, grasses, berries, and more. Basically if it was in the not used greenery box it went on the tree.

IMG_6429When decorating a tree with greenery the key is to either stick with one or two types evenly spread or stuff as much as you can being careful to balance color and texture. After filling in our tree we added our other decorations.

 

 

This tree is located in a central location of the home so I kept it in line with the surrounding decor. Three types of ribbon (Isn’t the black and white stripe just amazing!) standard round ornaments, some unique ornaments, and even beaded garland make this tree a stunning site and to be honest the photos don’t do it justice!

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Bathroom Update: Luxury Vinyl Tile

Another post from my sisters wonderful new home. Have you ever seen vinyl flooring turn yellow? Specifically in places rugs once called home…Well my sisters new bathroom had a fantastic example of just that.

 

While she could have covered it up with yet another rug she would have also needed to have one of the fuzzy feet toilet skirts as well. (Let’s just be honest for a second here…while they do keep your feet cozy and warm while your going about your buisness they also provide a wonderful home for germs and dare I say overspray. Please do your guests a favor and don’t make them straddle your beautiful shaggy toilet turf. Moving on…)

After some thought (about ten minutes of thought after seeing luxury Vinyl Tile at Lowes) they decided to give it a go.

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There was plenty of information online about installing Luxury Vinyl tile. After some reading they decided to clean the floors and lay the tiles right over the top of the offending floors. These spesific tiles already had adhesive backs so no additional adhesive was needed! The only other tools needed were a square, exacting knife, grout, and some nickels for spacers.

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The actual project started in one corner laying each tile individually and spacing them using the nickles. The first row consisted of whole and half tiles to obtain a staggered pattern.

 

The laying was pretty simple with the exception of the toilet, however, all that was needed was to cut out the correct shape and continue laying.

 

After laying the tiles The next step is grouting.

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My sister used a premixed neutral grout to finish the whole thing off. (If your floors will see a lot of use you may want to go with a colored grout as white can dirty quickly and leave your bathroom feeling grungy.)

 

After applying and wiping off the excess grout the project was done and I must say it turned out amazing! It not only rid the bathroom of its dirty rug spots but also updated it and gave it some added warmth. (You’ll have to forgive the color variations…photographing a bathroom with no natural light can be tough…)

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Simple Framed Canvas

IMG_6280Framing a canvas can help it stand out, give it a more finished look, add some  character, or provide some much needed contrast. The great thing about framing your own canvas is you can choose any finish you would like to help it blend in or stand out.

For my frame I kept it simple and choose boards that would match the depth of the canvas and provide a one inch border. You could also go wider or create some depth by extending the frame beyond the canvas.

After measuring and cutting the boards at a 45 degree angle. I used small nails to nail the pieces drirectly into the existing canvas. Originally I planned on the frame being white washed but after hanging it I decided I needed more contrast so I painted it dark grey.

I did white wash it before assembling which was a bit faster and easier but a little painters tape made the redo a breeze.

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Do you have any Canvas’ that could use a spicing up? Maybe a white washed fram or some metallic? Stain of any shade or a bright pop of color? The possibilities are endless. Feel free to share your own canvas frames below!

Halloween Decor: 2017

This years Halloween Decorations took about 5 min to put up but really made an impact. We ready for Halloween are you?

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Quick Change Halloween Wreath
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Pipe Cleaner Spiders 
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A few corn stalks from the garden and some small pumpkins transorms the wilting summer pots. 
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Bright orange tape wrapped around the exterior light makes the while house feel in the spirit. 
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DIY Yarn Spider Web 

 

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