Sunday, August 25, 2013

Fix Curtain Rod, Fix Shelf and Some Planting

This post has a few small things that I've done lately.

1.  Fix the Curtain Rod

OK so I came home from work one day a few weeks ago to notice that my beautiful curtains had been pulled down.  Big sad face.  Of course my children both looked at me blankly like they had no idea that anything had happened.  Then they blamed the cat.

You can see in the pic below that the curtains are piled on the sofa. 
So it looks like the screws and wall anchors totally failed with the weight of the curtains over time (plus probably some pulling on by the kids cat).
I pulled out the bracket and still had one screw/anchor left in the wall.
So I searched in my toolbox and decided that these wirecutters could grab the anchor and pull it out.

Here it is.  Too flimsy for the big heavy curtains.

So, not sure what to do.  I looked at the holes to see if a larger anchor would work (like the ones below) but the holes were already too large.

Then it dawned on me to try and find a stud (duh!).  I love these moments of revelation.  Followed by, why the heck didn't I just use the stud to begin with.  Guess I like doing things twice. 

I found the stud by hammering in a small nail (had to do this a few times).  Then I used my level to redrill the screwholes.

And reinstalled the bracket (this picture makes it look like its not level, but it is).

I got this sample of 3M Patch at the Haven conference and filled in the old holes.

Waited a bit and sanded.  Since my walls are painted white and since the curtains cover these patches, I didn't actually do the touch up painting. 

And they are hanging again.


2.  Fix the Shelf

This is one of those projects that I've needed to get to since Day 1.  This handy shelf/cabinet thing in the laundry room is wobbly and won't hold the middle shelf so its been basically unusable. 

This is a great storage space, in the laundry room right off the kitchen.  Since this is a small space and I need as much storage room as possible I wanted this shelf to sit real close to the wall, but the shoe molding was in the way (so was the baseboard but I could live with that.

So I used my jigsaw to just trim a little bit off the bottom. 

I cut the back corner off.  Also, the little feet on the bottom of the shelf unscrewed a bit to help lift the shelf over the shoe molding. 

Then I used a little L bracket to secure the shelf to the wall (I used my nail trick to find the stud again).

And now I can actually use this shelf. 

3.  Add Some Plants

So its nearing the end of summer and I'm finally getting around to doing some planting.  The planter on the right (below) was pretty sad.
Like I said...

I bought these pansies from HD and used some ORB spray paint on the planter.

Much happier.  :)

Also, we added another hydrangea.  Alex dug the hole.

And its all planted.  I just hope I don't kill it.  (crossing fingers)

Friday, August 9, 2013

Front Yard Cleanup

After living in this house for 3 years we finally got around to tending to the front yard. Finally. For the past 3 years, it looked like this (possibly a little less overgrown):

And now it looks like this:

We hired out this job. It was too much for us. The landscapers had a truck full of clippings and ground cover (which was removed completely) filled by the time they were done. Plus it took them most of the day. Yikes, I can't imagine how long it would have taken us.
Here are some more before and after pics:

Monday, August 5, 2013

Haven 2013--What I Did, What I Learned, and The Swag

I have a tiny, tiny blog. But I'm a HUGE DIY blog reader/fan and I was just itching to attend Haven. So, I registered back in February and Alex decided to join me and hang out in Atlanta for a few days. All I can say is that I am a super-fan/geek and I had so much fun! We flew in and arrived on Thursday afternoon. I registered and there was a cocktailparty that evening. Later on, I met Alex at the Braves game.

The next 2 days were filled with attending classes, listening to speakers, eating and socializing, and talking to vendors.
Here I am at the Advanced Painting class taught by Marion of Miss Mustard Seed and Shauna of Perfectly Imperfect.

Sandra from Sawdust Girl and Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl taught a great class on how to cut and install mouldings.

Sandra had these templates to help with crown moulding. I am making a set of these as soon as I get a real mitre saw.

Painting with Chalk Paint class.

Whitney and Ashley from Shanty 2 Chic showed us how to make a spice rack. They built the whole thing from start to finish during the class, nothing was precut.

And here is all the stuff I came home with.

I also met some super cool bloggers that I'll be friending as I go through my stack of business cards.

Thanks for stopping by!! --Adrienne