10-Minute, No-Sew, DIY Throw Pillow

I'm terrible at buying throw pillows. I'll walk into a store, see a pillow that I like, look at the price, then walk away because $20 is more than I want to spend on a pillow. In my personal opinion, throw pillows should all cost $5, because they serve no real purpose other than to look nice. In fact, you can expand this opinion to all decor-based items; I have a major problem buying fake plants too.

So this week, I'm making DIY throw pillows. I stopped by my local thrift store and picked up an assortment of cheap pillows, as well as various textiles to cover them with. I also bought an overpriced fake plant (eight whole dollars!) because I'm slowly acknowledging that fake plants will never be as cheap as I want them to be.

First up: This sad, ripped pillow, to be covered with a table runner.

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For the record, the pillow was not ripped when I bought it. But then I washed it, because who doesn't wash thrift store pillows before use? Imagine my surprise when I was greeted with pillow fluff instead of a pillow upon opening the washer. I shoved the fluff back into the pillow, and decided the project would still work.

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Materials
  • Throw Pillow
  • Table Runner- Make sure your table runner is two pieces of fabric stitched together. If it's not, this method could still work, but you'll need to do some extra gluing.
  • Fabri-Tac Glue- The packaging on mine was a little bit different, but I'm pretty sure the link here is the same stuff!
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10-Minute No-Sew DIY Throw Pillow
(From a Table Runner!)
Step 1: Cut the Table Runner

I cut the table runner a little longer than the pillow to make sure I had some extra fabric just in case.

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Note that I cut a piece off the end of the table runner, not the middle. This meant that I only had one open section; all of the other sections were already sewn for me! Win!

Step 2: Insert Pillow into Table Runner

My table runner seemed to be pretty high-quality; there was batting inside and everything! I just put the pillow between the batting layers.

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Step 3: Fold and Glue Edges

Since the cut edges of the table runner were a bit raggedy, I folded the them over and glued them in place using the Fabri-Tac. Beacon was kind enough to send me a free sample of Fabri-Tac, and it worked really well in this project!

This no-sew DIY throw pillow idea is so easy; it will take you less than 10 minutes! Made from a table runner, it's simple and innovative! #DIYThrowPillow #DIYDecor
This no-sew DIY throw pillow idea is so easy; it will take you less than 10 minutes! Made from a table runner, it's simple and innovative! #DIYThrowPillow #DIYDecor
Step 4: Glue Edges Together

There really wasn't anything fancy about this. I just put glue on the inside of one of the edges, then pressed the both edges together.

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After letting it dry, my pillow was done!

This no-sew DIY throw pillow idea is so easy; it will take you less than 10 minutes! Made from a table runner, it's simple and innovative! #DIYThrowPillow #DIYDecor

I'll be honest, this process was so easy that I'm questioning even writing a post on it. It took me less than 10 minutes, and all the steps seemed obvious. But maybe if you needed some confidence before cutting up a beloved table runner, this post could give it to you!

This no-sew DIY throw pillow idea is so easy; it will take you less than 10 minutes! Made from a table runner, it's simple and innovative! #DIYThrowPillow #DIYDecor

Stay tuned for my future DIY throw pillow posts! I've still got 3 more pillows to go! And in the meantime, go ahead and save this post to Pinterest so you can find it again later!

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How to Line Store-Bought Curtains (The Easy Way!)

Before I start, I should warn you: this method involves sewing. Not a lot of sewing, or complicated sewing, but the ownership of sewing machine and the ability to turn it on and thread the needle is required for this project.

Does that terrify you? I get you. For years, every time I tried to sew something, I ended up with a knot of thread instead of a nice line of stitches. I was that person searching "No-sew curtains" on Pinterest. Iron-on hem tape was my best friend.

Then, one day, I took a sewing class. For four weeks, me and my sewing machine showed up to this adult education center and let these two nice ladies coach us through simple projects, which I promptly wrapped up and gave to my mother for Christmas.

And now, I can sew. Sort of. I would be a poor person to contract as your personal tailor, but I can stitch a straight line, which is pretty much all you need for basic home DIY projects.

There are two morals to this story: 1) This project is not complicated. If my novice-sewer-self could get this done, you probably can too. 2) If you're that person searching "no-sew curtains" on Pinterest, take a sewing class. It will provide you with some basic proficiency. Most craft stores offer them monthly. If you want something a little more unique, many school districts/cities/counties have adult education programs that include classes like sewing and photography.

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How to Line Store-Bought Curtains
Materials
  • Store Bought Curtains- I used Ikea Lenda curtains. The nice thing about (some) Ikea curtains is that they come in 118" lengths, so they can be hemmed to fit your window perfectly.
  • Lining- I used the Roc-Ion Blackout Lining from JoAnn's. I live alone and get really freaked out about people seeing into my house at night, so I prefer blackout lining on all of my curtains. However, JoAnn's has a decent selection of other drapery linings as well.
  • Matching Thread- I do my best to pick thread that is the same color as my curtains, so if/when my stitches get squiggly, they're less noticeable. 
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Step 1: Lay Out Curtain

Clear out a large space and lay your curtain on the ground. Arrange your blackout lining on top of the curtain.

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Since my windows don't reach all the way to the floor, I cut my fabric a little bit short of the curtain. That way, I can save on blackout lining!

Step 2: Pin Fabric in Place

At the top of the curtain, pin the blackout lining in place. I try to place my lining/pins so that my new seam will be close to the original stitching that's at the top of the curtain.

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I wanted to use curtain rings instead of the tabs, so I folded over the tabs of the curtains and sewed them at the same time as the blackout lining. If you're not doing that, just pin the fabric normally!

Step 3: Sew!

Attach the blackout lining to the curtain by stitching a single line across the top of the curtain.

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And that's it. You're done.

Why aren't you stitching the other three sides, you might wonder? Because that takes skill, apparently. I tried. But it's difficult to align the fabric evenly, and so when I did my mediocre job, it did not look attractive. I did not take a picture, I'm sorry, but trust me when I say it looked bad.

Plus, blackout lining is stiff. It makes curtains look stiff. By only having it sewn in at the top, the curtain you purchased remains its original, flowy self. The blackout lining just sits behind the curtain blocking the light, but not actually affecting the look of the curtain.

Finally, the blackout lining is secure enough with only the top stitched in. Why do extra work? And the curtain looks good this way. Check it out:

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I love them! I think they're the perfect neutral for matching both the burlap top half of the wall and wainscoting bottom!

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I DIY-ed the curtain rods as well; go check them out!

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If you found this useful, go ahead and save it to Pinterest so you can find it when you have curtains to line!

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How to Make a DIY Drapery Wand

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You know how when you're staying in a hotel and go to close the curtains, instead of yanking on the fabric to close them, you can grab this nice wand thing instead? Turns out, the internet sells those:

For the low, low price of 20-ish dollars, you can have two drapery wands to ease the closing of your curtains. Fancy. Oh, and also a total ripoff.

Guess how much it cost me to make two drapery wands? $4.68. Guess how long it took? About five minutes. So, if you've ever dreamed of having low-cost, hotel-like luxury in your modest home, this is the tutorial for you.

How to Make a DIY Drapery Wand
Materials:
  • Dowel Rod- I used a 1/2" dowel rod that was 48" long. This was a little longer than necessary (a 36" rod would have been fine), but since the rod is completely hidden behind the curtain, it didn't seem worth the time to trim it down.
  • Cup Hook or Screw Eye- I used a screw eye to attach the dowel rod to my curtain rings, however, my curtain rings open. Most curtain rings do not, so you'd need to use a cup hook with normal curtain rings. I go into more detail about this below; if you're confused, keep reading.
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Optional Step 0: Paint

I painted my dowel rods white. I don't know why. They're completely hidden behind the curtain. Maybe it just made me feel fancier? I don't know. But they're white, now.

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Step 1: Drill Pilot Hole in Dowel Rod

Using a drill bit that is slightly smaller than your screw eye/cup hook, drill a hole in the top of dowel rod. Try and center it as best you can.

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90% of this photo is blurry, and that makes me super dizzy. I hope that's just me. If not, I'm sorry. 

Step 2: Attach Cup Hook/Screw Eye to Dowel Rod

Insert the screw eye/cup hook into the pre-drilled hole. Using your fingers, twist it into place.

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Halfway!

If your fingers are weaklings like mine, grab a screwdriver to use as leverage when twisting.

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These super cheap DIY Drapery Wands are quick and easy to make, and cost under $5 a pair! #WindowTreatments

I made six wands, one for each of the curtains in my living room!

Step 3: Hang on Curtain Rings

Because I'm not one of those rich bloggers, I spray painted some binder rings to use as curtain rings to save money. Therefore, my curtain rings open: 

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This allows me to slip the screw eye onto the ring. Since your curtain rings probably don't open (unless you also spray painted binder rings... in which case, lets be bffs,) you should use a cup hook to put your DIY drapery wand onto the ring.

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The wands make it so much easier to open and close the curtains! I'm thrilled with them!

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I love the curtains in my living room, and these wands just make them that much better! If you like what you see so far, check out how I made my own curtain rods! And if you think you might make these drapery wands, go ahead and save this post to Pinterest so you can find it again later!

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How to Install DIY Vertical Shiplap Wainscoting

Ever since I added board and batten to my condo’s entryway a couple years back, I’ve been a little obsessed with wainscoting. That project made a huge difference to my entryway; ever since, I’ve been convinced that wainscoting can transform a room.

Enter the living room in my new house. It needed some transformation.

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In the living room's defense, I hadn't tried to decorate it at all. Instead, I had been using it as a mini-workshop for smaller projects. But at some point, it needs function like a living room, so here we are. The living room remodel project officially begins!

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Since, as mentioned above, I'm currently a little obsessed with wainscoting, it seemed like the obvious first step. As for the type of wainscoting, plywood strips were both cheaper and easier than traditional wainscoting panels, so I went with that. I love how it turned out!

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How to Install Vertical Shiplap Wainscoting
Materials
  • 1/4" Plywood, Ripped Into Strips- See details below
  • Construction Adhesive- I used the Titebond brand, since I found it on sale at Menards, but Liquid Nails or any other brand will do just fine.
  • Brad Nail Gun and Nails- This is not optional for this project.  If you try to hammer the nails in by hand, you'll be putting up wainscoting all year. Get a nail gun. I have this awesome electric one, which is perfect for a project like this, since it doesn't require an air compressor.
  • Wood Filler
  • Paintable Caulk
  • Electrical Spacers
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Some Notes About Plywood

I purchased basic "underlayment" from Home Depot, and had it cut in-store into 6" strips. The panel saw they use chews up the "bad" side of the plywood quite a bit when it cuts (see photo below,) but I've found that the other side is just fine, and is all that shows anyway. I do a light sanding before I attach any of the boards to the wall just to be extra careful.

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As for getting it cut- I call my Home Depot Pro Desk in advance and tell them what I want done. I've done this twice now (see plywood floor project here,) and both times they told me to order the plywood online, and they'll grab the order when it comes through and have it cut as I've specified. Then I can come pick up the order when I have a chance. I find this is an excellent system. The plywood is ready when I arrive, and I don't have to feel guilty for monopolizing the employee's or panel saw's time, since they did it at a more convenient/less busy time. 

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The Process
Step 1: Determine Measurements

So here’s the thing: I don’t like skimpy wainscoting. If you google “wainscoting height,” the internet will tell you to aim for 1/3 the total height of the room.

I think that looks dinky. Obviously, this is not a commonly held opinion, since designers everywhere have agreed that 1/3 the height of the room is the way to go. But regardless of expert opinions, this is my house, and I’m the one who has to live in it.

So I made taller wainscoting. I aimed for noticeably less than half the height of the room, since the internet told me that “cuts the room in half.” My pieces were ultimately each 39” long, which combined with the baseboards put me at about 47” high. My walls are 9 feet tall, so this is noticeably less than half, but significantly more than 1/3 of the wall.

You’ll want to do what looks best to you. Don't forget to consider light switches and other features that you might want the wainscoting to avoid. I actually completely forgot about this, and ended up trimming an inch and a half off of each board with a Dremel (yes, after I had attached them to the wall,) to clear the molding. Don't my make mistakes.

Step 2: Cut Boards to Size

I worked on one section at a time, cutting the boards I needed for that section, then coming upstairs and applying them to the wall. As mentioned above, my designated board length was 39”, but there were various places where I needed to cut the boards shorter (under the windows and bookshelves.)

Since I had Home Depot cut make the strips, I just had to cut them to length using my miter saw. As mentioned above, the panel saw at Home Depot did quite a number on the edges of the boards, so I also smoothed them out using my orbital sander.

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Step 3: Attach Boards to Wall

Once I had an entire section of boards cut, I started attaching them to the wall. I put a liberal amount of construction adhesive on the back a panel:

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Then I placed it on the wall. For the first panel, I used a level to make sure it was perfectly vertical. After that, I just used 1/8” tile spacers to space the boards.

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Others on the internet mentioned using nickels as spacers. While I think this would be fine for horizontal shiplap, the nickels were slippery, and just fell out of the vertical spacers. Since I had tile spacers left over from my kitchen backsplash, they were an easier solution.

Once the board was spaced properly, I nailed it in place with my brad nail gun. I did about 4-5 nails per board to ensure the entire board was flush with the wall. Then I'd move onto the next board.

Electrical Outlets

There are some snazzy ideas out there for making sure you cut the hole for any electrical outlets in the correct spot. But for these little boards, I just used guess and check. I put the board next to the outlet and estimate the correct heights:

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Then guess how centered the outlet will be on my board.

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To cut out the hole, I drilled holes in two corners of my rectangle:

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Then cut out the rectangle with my jigsaw.

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I usually had to do a bit of adjustment, but it was typically small.

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Step 4: Complete All Wall Sections

Section by section, I attached boards to the wall. For any strange corners or molding, I cut the boards as best I could to match using my jigsaw.

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Step 5: Add Molding

Using construction adhesive and brad nails, I attached molding to the top of the boards. I am not a molding pro by any means; I always end up covering gaps with caulk when I'm done.

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Step 6: Paint

I include painting prep in this step too! Since I sanded all the boards before putting them on the wall, my only prep was to fill the brad nail holes with wood filler, and any gaps in the molding or between the wood and trim with caulk. Then I got to paint!

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Step 7: Add Electrical Spacers and Replace Electrical Covers

If you add the electrical covers back onto your outlets without adding spacers, your outlets will be recessed into wall, looking something like this:

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To eliminate the gap, I added electrical spacers to push the outlet forward. Note that before I did any work, I went to my circuit breaker panel and cut electricity to the outlets. If you are unsure how to do this, check out my Breaker Box Basics post!

The electrical spacers look like this:

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To use them, you fold up the appropriate number of spacers. I just guessed what the right number of spacers was, then added more as needed.

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The spacers are placed on the screw between the metal plate and the box that's inside your wall:

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Once spacers have been added to both the top and bottom screws, the cover plate can reinstalled.

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Don't forget to turn the power back on once you've finished all of the outlets! 

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I love the way it turned out!

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I think the wainscoting looks so classy! And I had enough plywood left over to put some over the fireplace, too, which was an unexpected win!

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Have you ever added wainscoting to your home? How did it turn out? I think it's such an achievable DIY project that can completely transform a room!

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If you love the way my living room is looking so far, go ahead and check out how I accomplished those burlap walls, as well as my DIY curtain rods! And if you loved the wainscoting specifically, save it to Pinterest so you can find it again later!

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How to Paint a Brass Fireplace Insert

Lets talk about my fireplace.

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Dated, right? But when I first looked at it, I couldn't figure out why I didn't like it. It's a large, gorgeous fireplace. What's not to like? Did I secretly want whitewashed brick? It's all the rage on Pinterest these days.

But here's the thing: my fireplace is 100 years old. Throwing a DIY whitewash onto an original feature of a 100 year old house just didn't seem right, plus I wasn't totally sure I'd love the result. So whitewashing was out.

But I eventually figured it out. The brass. The brass was what was dating my fireplace. And that brass, I could fix.

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How to Update a Brass Fireplace Insert
Materials
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Step 1: Prep the Room

This is, by far, the most time consuming part. I had just refinished the floors, plus I was planning to paint the walls later, so I covered my entire living room floor with plastic dropcloths. Then, I covered the fireplace surround with them as well. The end result looked like this:

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I highly recommend covering your entire floor with dropcloth, even if you're not planning any other projects in the near future. Spray paint travels. Here's what the drop cloth looked like after I spray painted:

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Do you see all the random black particles? This was in the opposite direction of the fireplace. Also, I'd recommend keeping any pets out of the area if you can. My cat proceeded to walk right through all of this shortly after I'd painted, then go take a nap on the white rug in the next room... Thanks, cat.

Ideally, the drop cloths would be secured with painters tape, but I ran out of that halfway through, and started using packing tape instead. It worked just fine.

Additionally, since my glass doors were easily removable (they just screwed off,) I took them off, and covered the inside of the fireplace with plastic as well.

Step 2: Spray Paint

Using the high-heat spray paint, paint the insert. To be extra sure I didn't get any paint on the brick, I inserted an old plastic folder between the brick and the brass.

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As I worked my way around the brass insert, the folder moved with me. It was quite covered in spray paint by the time I was done.

The spray paint I used said to re-coat in a few minutes, so by the time I had finished the first coat, it was time to do the second. I only did two coats, since that seemed to be enough, and I was a little worried about running out of spray paint. The can was emptying quickly.

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Step 3: Remove Plastic and Admire

Doesn't it look so much better? Who knew such a simple project could change the whole look of the fireplace?

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I love it, and I can't wait for the entire living room to be done so I can see how it works with the space. I think it'll really complement the whole neutral look I'm going for. Next up: painting the tile in front of the fireplace. Stay tuned!

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How to Hang DIY Burlap Wallpaper

I love Houzz. It's my favorite place for planning out my home. Pinterest is great for learning how to do projects, but Houzz is really where I get the most inspiration.

So of course, when I was trying to figure out what to do with my living room, I browsed Houzz. After saving about 10 pictures of vastly different living rooms, I came across this:

I loved the walls; specifically the contrast between the burlap-y texture and the wainscoting. Now, since this was professionally done with a designer and everything, I guarantee this look was accomplished using real shiplap and custom burlap wallpaper.

I am not that fancy. I took one look at this photo and decided I could accomplish this with some plywood and budget craft store burlap. If you're interested in how I did the wainscoting, stay tuned, I'll be posting about that soon!

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How to Turn Burlap into Wallpaper
Materials:
  • Burlap
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Pushpins
  • Burlap-Colored Nail Polish
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Step 1: Make the "Glue"

I attached the burlap to my wall using a cornstarch/water mixture. There is a right way and a wrong way to make this mixture. FYI, I made it the wrong way for the majority of this project. When I figured out the right way, I felt dumb. Very dumb.

Wrong Way:

Boil four cups of water. Add 1/2 cup of cornstarch. Whisk. Whisk some more. When it's still super lumpy, take out the hand mixer and beat for a minute or two. It will still be lumpy. Strain out the lumps. Use the strained super-watery liquid.

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Ever thought about hanging burlap on your walls? Check out this post on how to turn burlap into unique and beautiful wallpaper! #WallTreatments #Farmhouse
Right Way:

Boil four cups of water. In large bowl, add 1/2 cup of cornstarch. Then, (very) slowly add the boiling water to the cornstarch, whisking as you go. Be happy about your nice, lump-free glue.

Step 2: Prep the Burlap

Measure the first space, and cut your burlap appropriately. I have a whole post on how to cut burlap (as done by the nice people at Joanns; I watched carefully!) over here, go check it out!

Then, using pushpins, pin the burlap into place. It will be saggy and generally poor-looking. That's okay. If you have plaster walls like me, pushing the pushpin into place will be difficult, but not impossible. You can do it!

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Step 3: Glue on Burlap

I used a thick 3-inch paintbrush to brush the glue onto the burlap. I typically started in the top left hand corner and worked my way down and across. The key is to always move your brush in the same two directions, else you'll create air bubbles under the burlap.

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You might notice above that my burlap has creases where it was folded. I didn't worry about this, instead making sure to brush those flat as I applied the glue. In some places, a discoloration was still visible after the glue dried, even though the burlap was flat against the wall. Washing the burlap before you start could help, but I didn't try that so I'm not going to guarantee it as a solution.

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I started from the top-right corner this time, since that's where the corner of the room was!

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Cutting Around Obstructions

Since burlap is see through, I waited until I had the burlap on the wall to cut holes for outlets or switches. I cut the hole once I glued the burlap close enough to the hole that I could tell exactly where it would be.

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Using scissors, I then cut the hole in the burlap.

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Step 4: Finishing Touches

I intentionally cut my burlap a little longer than necessary to make sure I always had enough to cover the entire space.

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After the burlap was dry, I cut the extra burlap off with a rotary cutter.

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Finally, I tried to disguise the seams between two pieces of burlap. In some places, the paint was visible beneath the seams, making them even more obvious than they already were. I went through and painted these with a burlap-colored paint.

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Then I was done! But I have one more thing to talk about before I show you all the pretty pictures...

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Dealing with Seams

As you probably noticed in the pictures above, the seams are 100% noticeable in my final product. As I went through this project, I tried 3-4 different ways of gluing the pieces together. The seams were equally prominent no matter my method, so I'm not going to detail the different things I tried.

So knowing that, this project is really best in rooms where there won't be that many visible seams. One nice thing about my living room is that it has multiple doors, huge windows, built ins, and a giant fireplace. Because of that, there are really only two places with obvious seams (both are visible in the photo above.) It will be easy for me to put artwork/decor pieces up that will distract from the seams.

If you're thinking of doing this project in a room with many large stretches of wall (and therefore many seams,) it might be worth considering if you can find larger pieces of burlap than what is sold in craft stores. I'm not sure if that's possible, but it's worth researching.

Final Thoughts

Overall, even with the visible seams, I am thrilled with how this project turned out. I was really nervous before I started, because putting burlap on the walls seemed like a crazy idea. But it really adds interest and character to the room, which I love.

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The other thing I love about this project was that it was cheap. Really cheap. Paint is cheap too, but at $2 a yard for the burlap, this only cost me around $30. A gallon of quality paint is well over that amount, so this option was a money-saver as well as an interest-adder!

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The final plus about this project? It's super easy to remove. I can easily pull the burlap down anytime, and some quick soap and water will get the rest of the starch off the wall. Win!

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I love the way it turned out, and am so happy I was brave enough to try this project. If you like it too, go ahead and save it to Pinterest so that other people can find it too!

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How to Cut Burlap (The Right Way!)

A couple weeks back, I went to Joann's to purchase burlap for a project in my living room (coming soon!) When I took the fabric to the cut counter, the JoAnn's employee measured it out, and then started doing something fancy with one of strings instead of just cutting the fabric. Naturally, I asked questions. Lots of questions.

Turns out, there is a right way and a wrong way to cut burlap. The wrong way: cut it like normal fabric. This creates lots of loose ends that easily unravel. The right way: Cut along a single thread of the fabric. See below.

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The Right Way to Cut Burlap
Step 1: Measure Your Fabric

Measure out the distance you want your burlap to be, and pick out a string of burlap at that point.

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For example, in the above picture, if I wanted my burlap to be 13 inches long, I 'd probably pick the thread I circled in pink.

Step 2: Pull Thread

Pull the thread you selected, and only the thread you selected. The fabric should bunch up.

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I had no idea there was a secret to cutting burlap until I talked to the cut counter lady... #Burlap
Step 3: Completely Remove Thread

Keep pulling the thread until you have completely removed it from the burlap. Sometimes it breaks before you've completely removed it; that's okay, just find where it ripped and keep pulling.

Once you've removed the thread, your burlap have a really obvious missing piece. It looks like this:

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Step 4: Cut Burlap

Cut the burlap along the path the thread left behind. 

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Then enjoy the nice, neat burlap piece that you just cut!

What are you making with your burlap? I just cut tons of it to use as wallpaper in my living room, but there are so many uses for this stuff, it's crazy! I'd love to hear what you're making; let me know in the comments below. And if you found this post useful, go ahead and save it to Pinterest so other people can find it too!

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Easy and Cheap DIY Curtain Rods

I've talked a lot about curtains lately, since the front of my house has about a hundred windows (okay, fifteen.) I find them difficult; thick, long curtains are expensive, and the DIY options are difficult to work with. But I eventually came up with something inexpensive and attractive for my sunroom, and have moved on to consider this dilemma once again in the living room.

But I have a smaller issue to tackle first: curtain rods. This seems easy, since I am not opposed to purchasing curtain rods (I did in the sunroom!) In my living room, however, I have a wall with 12 feet of continuous windows.

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Do you know how much 144"+ curtain rods cost? The few I could find tended to be labeled 120"-170" rods, and cost around $50. Plus, they required four support brackets, which prevents you from storing your curtains on either side and fully drawing them. In this situation, the two middle brackets form a mid-section that can't be reached from side curtains due to the brackets blocking the curtains from moving in.

So I decided to make my own curtain rods. I needed something sturdy enough to stay level with only three brackets, but that could be purchased in small enough pieces to fit in my car. Thus, I came up with these DIY Wood Curtain Rods.

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DIY Wood Curtain Rods
Materials
  • 3/4" Dowel Rods- These come in 4 foot lengths. You'll need to get enough to cover the distance of your windows. For example, one set of windows was 11 feet long, so I purchased 3 dowel rods to span this distance. The other set of windows was 7 feet long, so I purchased two dowel rods for that space.
  • Curtain Rod Brackets- I used 3 per window since my windows were really wide. If you have narrower windows, you could probably get away with 2 braces per window.
  • Table Legs- These will be used as the finial/decorative piece on the end of the rod. Therefore, you'll need two per curtain rod.
  • Dowel Screws- Enough to connect all your dowel rods together. 
  • Wood Glue
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The Process
Step 1: Prep the Dowel Rods

I didn't need to do anything to my dowel rods, since together, they were the perfect length for my windows. But, if your dowel rods together are too long for your windows, you can cut them down to size.

Step 2: Connect the Dowel Rods

The dowel rods will be connected using a dowel rod screw. The ones I purchase were 1/4" diameter screws that were each 1 1/2" long. Therefore, I drilled holes in each edge of the dowel rod that would have a connection. I used a slightly smaller drill bit, 3/16", so the screw would still have opportunity to grip the wood.

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Then I screwed the screw into one of the rods as much as I could by hand. For the record, this wasn't very much.

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Finally, I inserted the other side of the screw into the other dowel rod, and screwed the rods together.

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This is really awkward, and you feel like you're doing a terrible job, since the two rods don't really seem straight. But they straighten out once the rods came together, and any crookedness can't really be seen.

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At the point where the rods are almost together (see above), I added some wood glue into the space between them. This just adds some extra support to the joint.

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I let the wood glue dry for 20-30 minutes before repeating this process for a third dowel rod.

Step 3: Prepare Finials

Those decorative balls on the end of curtain rods are apparently called finials, and I used table legs to make them on these curtain rods. I got these ones for about $3 a piece at Home Depot.

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They were 6" long, which was a bit too long for my purposes. So I cut them down using my miter saw at a point that felt natural.

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Then, on the newly cut edge, I used a spade bit to drill a 3/4" hole. Theoretically, this would be the exact same size as my dowel rod, and the dowel rod would fit snugly in the hole.

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My holes weren't perfect, so the fit was a little looser than I'd hoped. I put some wood glue in each hole to keep them in place.

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The downside of this is that the finial is no longer removable. Therefore, traditional curtain rings that slip over the rod before the finial is attached wont work with this setup. To get around this issue, I spray painted these two inch binder rings black, and used those as curtain rings. This had an unrealized benefit: binder rings are way cheaper than actual curtain rings, which are priced around 6-7 dollars for a set of 8. I got 50 binder rings for just a couple dollars more

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Step 4: Paint

If you're wondering if you could stain the rods instead of paint, the answer is yes. However, the seams will be a bit more obvious, since there won't be paint covering them up. Also, I'd recommend staining before assembling the rods instead of after, since wood glue can discolor the wood a bit, and staining really brings that out.

Step 4: Install Brackets and Add Curtains

If you're not sure how to install the brackets on your walls, check out this post here about hanging curtain rods. It's specifically for people with plasters walls, but drywall is not significantly different (you just have to use the provided drywall anchors a lot more often...)

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I am so pleased with how these turned out. I was a little concerned about if they'd hold the weight of my curtains; they're blackout curtains, so they're pretty heavy, but the curtain rod handles them just fine!

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I did this process for my smaller curtain window too. I actually think it looks even better there, since the seam is completely hidden by the middle support bracket!

I'm so glad I did this process; it was simple, and definitely cheaper than purchasing the super-long $50 curtain rods! If you liked this too, make sure to save it to Pinterest, and subscribe to my newsletter below; I'll be posting about the curtains in the above photos soon!

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How to Reset a Circuit Breaker

You're cheerfully cooking breakfast in the kitchen. You've got some muffins in the convection oven, toast in the toaster, and are about to cook some pancakes on the electric griddle when suddenly the power goes out. Do you know what to do?

Overdrawing power from a circuit is a common mistake in residential homes. Luckily, your circuit breaker kicks in and turns off the power before you can do any serious damage to your home. When that happens, the circuit breaker needs to be reset in order to restore power to the circuit. That's what I'd like to talk about today.

Note: If you know absolutely nothing about circuit breakers and the circuit breaker panel, I'd highly recommend reading my other post, "Breaker Box Basics," before tackling this one!

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How to Reset a Circuit Breaker
Step 1: Turn Off All Appliances/Electronics in the Room

Obviously, they seem off because they're not currently receiving power. But, actually put their switches in the off position, so that when you get the power back on, they don't immediately turn back on.

Step 2: Identify the Tripped Breaker

The inside of your circuit breaker panel should look something like this:

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In the above picture, all of the circuits are on and providing power except for the one labeled "Up Air Conditioner" on the left side, which is turned off. You'll notice that all the circuits in a column point the same way for "on." When you trip a breaker, the switch for that circuit flips to the "off" position. 

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In the above photo, I tripped the breaker for the circuit labeled "receptacles" and circled in pink.

Identifying the tripped circuit in my circuit breaker is pretty easy; the switch flips all the way to the other side, making it stand out from the other circuits. This might not be the case in your circuit breaker. Some circuit breakers only flip half-way, or in some cases, barely move at all.

If it's not obvious what circuit tripped, look for labels around your circuit breaker. If you lost power in the kitchen, is one of the circuits labeled "kitchen?" That would be a good place to start.

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Step 3: Turn the Circuit Off

My circuit breaker flips the switch entirely to the off position, but most circuit breakers don't. Once you've identified the tripped circuit, flip the switch entirely to the off position.

Step 4: Turn the Circuit On

Once the circuit breaker is entirely turned off, it can be turned back on. At this point, you should have power. Take care not to use as many appliances as you were before, so that the circuit doesn't trip again.

If the circuit does trip shortly/immediately after you reset it, and you were using fewer appliances, this is indicative of a larger wiring problem. Time to call the electrician!

In Conclusion...

I hope this helped you be a bit more prepared to deal with a tripped circuit breaker (or deal with your current tripped breaker; I see you googlers 🙂 It's a simple process, but one we don't really need to know until something happens. If you found this informative, and or think all of your friends should be able to reset tripped breakers, go ahead and pin this to Pinterest so you can find it later!

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How to Make a DIY Tilt Out Trash Can

After my kitchen remodel, I was left with a bunch of old, dirty, dingy cabinets. They were kind of disgusting, and I really, really wanted to drag them down to the curb and let somebody take them away. But my dad convinced me cabinets are useful, and since I had the space, I should keep them in the basement just in case I found a use for them one day.

He was right. Not even six months later, and I’m ready to turn one of them into a fancy trash can. Truthfully, a short and stubby base cabinet would probably be prefect for this project. But I only had one of those, and it was already in use in the basement. So I decided to grab one of the many wall cabinets for this project instead. My trash can table is a little skinny and tall, but hey, it works for the space, right?

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DIY Tilt-Out Trash Can
(From a wall cabinet)
Materials:
  • Cabinet- I used a wall cabinet because that was what I had, but a base cabinet would work too!
  • Trash Can- Since my cabinet was so small, I had to work pretty hard to find a trash can that fit inside the cabinet. I ended up with this one. If you have a larger cabinet, this is less of an issue.
  • 1" x 2" Furring Strip- For the door.
  • Beadboard- For the door and sides
  • 1" x 12" (or appropriate size wood)- This is to make the "top" of the cabinet and the supports for the trash can inside the cabinet. I used a 1" x 12" plus a piece of furring strip to cover the top. Use what works for your cabinet.
  • Pair of Hinges
  • Cabinet Pull
  • Paint

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Step 1: Add Beadboard to Cabinet Sides

I started with a 15" wide wall cabinet:

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I cut some beadboard left over from my thrift store desk project to fit the sides of the cabinet. They attached to the sides of the cabinet quickly using wood glue and brad nails.

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Most beadboard furniture has a frame that goes around the beadboard section. I had some quarter inch plywood that I could have cut down to make a frame, but since I don’t have a table saw, it would have been a lot of work. I decided it looked fine without a frame, and moved on.

2) Make Door

Since the door was front and center of the piece, I decided it did need a frame, plus that would add some stability to the door. I made the frame out of 1 x 2 furring strips, cutting them so the frame (and therefore entire door) would measure 1/4” less than the opening. In this case, my opening measured 32 1/2” x 11 1/2”, so I made my frame measure 32 1/4” x 11 1/4”.

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At each joint in the frame I used wood glue and a single screw. I used a 2” screw and screwed it from the outside edge of the frame into the joint. This was a bit tricky to do since the wood is so thin. Next time, I think I would go ahead and attach the joints using a kreg jig.

Finally, I attached a beadboard panel to the frame using wood glue and brad nails.

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Step 3) Paint

While I could paint the piece once it was fully assembled, painting now means I don't have to avoid the hardware, hinges, or other parts that don't need to be painted. And I am always in favor of making things easier for myself!

I painted this piece using plain old latex paint. "But what about chalk paint?" you ask. While I enjoy admiring all the vintage furniture flips I find on pinterest, the chalk paint look is actually not my personal style. I like the semi-gloss look of typical latex paint much better. In this particular case, I went with Behr’s Polar Bear White, if you were curious. Plus, there were a number of holes in the cabinet that needed to be filled with wood filler and sanded down anyway, so it wasn’t really a big deal to do a quick sanding with my sander before painting the piece.

Step 4: Add Trash Can Supports

The tilt-out trash can model relies on the trash can being attached to the door, and therefore tilting outward when the door opens. With this in mind, I designed a shelf that attaches to the door for the trash can to sit on. 

This shelf has three main pieces: The base that the trash can sits on, and two side supports that connects the base to the door.

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These were all cut from a 1" x 12". I believe the angle on the side pieces is around 37 degrees, but I wasn't measuring too closely. Instead, I just made an angled cut that I thought looked good. In fact, you don't even have to make an angled cut here. Rectangular pieces will be just as (and maybe even more) structurally sound.

I drilled three Kreg jig holes into the shorter sides of the side pieces. This will ultimately connect the supports to the door.

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Try not to make your bottom hole too close to the edge. Once the bottom is attached, if the hole is too close to the bottom, it will be difficult to add the screw.

Then I connected the bottom to the sides using wood screws. Note that I'm not using the Kreg holes here; they're for connecting the supports to the door later.

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Finally, I used the Kreg Jig holes I drilled earlier to connect the support to my door. I was super careful to make sure my supports were lined up with the furring strip frame on the door.

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Step 5: Assemble

I started by attaching my door to the cabinet with the set of hinges I'd purchased. These are typical butt hinges that go between the bottom of the door and frame of the opening. If you've never installed hinges before, look at the pictures below super carefully before you install. Hinges can be confusing, so make sure you understand where they go before you start!

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At this point, the weight of the supports pulled the door a little to far into the cabinet, so I added a stop piece of wood inside the cabinet.

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I attached it to the top of the cabinet with wood glue and screws

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I attached my top pieces to the cabinet with brad nails and wood glue, nailing from the top down. While the brad nails are visible, they're small enough that they're not super obvious if you're just glancing at the piece. If they ever bother me, I can add wood filler to the holes to disguise the nails a bit more.

I did not add any screws, since I had no way to keep them invisible. I figure that gravity will hold the top in place. If in a few years I forget that it's not screwed down, and accidentally pull the top off, I figure I'll just fix it. That's a risk I'm willing to take.

Finally, I attached the cabinet pull to the door, and called it done!

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I love having a trash can in my office. This is a stupid thing to be excited about, I know, but I've gone a full month without one, so now it seems like a luxury.

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And I have another place for a fake plant! I do love pretending I have plants...

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This was an awesome use for one of the many cabinets that are cluttering up my basement, and I'm so glad I thought of it. It matches my desk (another furniture transformation; check it out!) perfectly, and really completes the room. Which, by the way, is almost done! Stay tuned for the official reveal of my office!

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