Simpatico: New Stuffs Around the House


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New Stuffs Around the House

I am still nursing a lovely sickness -sigh-. Regrettably I am not the best patient.

So, I thought to make me happy, I would show you the new things that I have made recently for my bedroom/office suite.

First is this gorgeous ottoman made from 2 clementine crates. I got my inspiration from here, but adapted it slightly. To be honest I was happy to find something to do with the clementine crates that I have sitting around the house. I believe now, after seeing how easy this project is to complete, I have to make more!

I used 2 clementine crates, one on top of the other, epoxied and wired securely together. I allowed the boxes to cure for several days before trying to attach anything to them. I know I won't be using it that often, but wanted to make sure the crates were secure before going any farther.

Instead of foam, as I didn't have any and was too cheap to purchase any, I used an old pillow to create a soft top for my wee piddies to rest upon. Instead of the very formal upholstered look on the inspiration ottoman, I went with the soft, billowy, princess dress look by creating small box pleats out of the muslin fabric. And to give it some bling, I found this lovely, kitchy trim to cover up my imperfect stapling! I added some paint to the top to make it even more 'mine', as well. I think its just perfect!! :)

I also made some practically free wall art. First is from the inspiration piece here, and I will freely admit her's are MUCH better. This is not the easiest of projects for me, as my OCD went into major fits, but it is not too bad! :)

I used 1/4 inch square balsa wood for the trim, toilet paper tubes and some mailed post card thing from a local realtor destined for the trash as I never have paper towel tubes in my house.

This was horrible to paint. I used almost a half can of Krylon black satin paint to cover them. The balsa wood and water just soak in the paint. I probably should have primed them first, but I am impatient and rarely do what I should.

The one in the middle was the first I completed. Its just horrible, but I kept it anyway :) By the time I finished the last one, the one on top, I had the process down!! :)

Lastly is my shim starburst mirror. My inspiration came from here, but once again adapted it to meet my own budget of nothing! :) I attached the shims with E6000 glue onto a round piece of foamcore board and spray painted the whole thing black to match the rest of the art on that wall.

I found the mirror at the Dollar Tree,and simply attached it with the same glue. I allowed the whole thing to 'cure' for a week before I attempted hanging it. I was really afraid that it would fall down, but it hasn't moved an inch since I hung it 3 weeks ago.

One thing I must tell you, expect to use a lot of paint as the shims truly just absorb the paint like water to a man in the desert.


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