Monthly Archive: May 2013

May 30

DIY Extra Long Curtain Rod

On to the next project! I have a feeling that I will be saying this a lot now that we are moved into the new house.  As I say, “just put it on my tab”.   Kelli is the creative genius of all our projects.  I am the one who gets the job of the doing the legwork for her amazing ideas. Need proof? Remember our rustic barnwood shelf? The good thing is that I enjoy doing the work and seeing it all come together.

Here’s to the next installment of decorating on a budget; our DIY extra long curtain rod.

When I say EXTRA LONG curtain rod I meant it!  The curtain rod itself is 12 feet long.  We cut just a little off, but with the decorative ends we total 11 ft and 6 inches!!  That’s a lot of rod….sorry Grandma, I had to say it.

DIY Extra Long Curtain Rod

With there being so much surface area to paint, I found it best to set up two saw horses and lay the rod over them so only the tips would touch the saw horses.  Knowing that I was going to cut some of the ends off, I didn’t care if they got sloppy.  See, there is a method to the madness sometimes…and other times the madness is, well, just madness. DIY Extra Long Curtain Rod

Once everything was set up, I moved on to the first step of painting…getting everything primed.

Tip: Make sure that you are in a well ventilated area when you are getting your paint on.  I would have been hanging out Bob Marley-style if I wouldn’t have had those garage doors opened.

We were able to do this 12 foot rod with only one primer can of spray paint and one regular can of spray paint.

DIY Extra Long Curtain Rod DIY Extra Long Curtain Rod

 

Here was our weapon of choice on the actual paint.  We went with Black Rust-Oleum Lacquer paint.  It seemed to do the trick and had nice coverage.

 

DIY Extra Long Curtain Rod

 

With it being an extra long curtain rod instead of a regular size, I was a little worried about running out of paint in the can.  Luckily, we were able to get multiple coats on everything without buying that second can. I’m happy to save a buck wherever I can.

 

DIY Extra Long Curtain Rod DIY Extra Long Curtain Rod

 

Once everything is painted, it’s time to get the two ends on.  We got these decorative ends at the local Sutherlands Hardware store, which is where we also got the rod.

You will notice at the bottom of the end is a tip.  I matched the size of my drill bit to be just about the same size.  A little tighter here is preferred because you need a nice snug fit.

 

DIY Extra Long Curtain Rod

 

Then you measure to the center.  I started from the top.

 

DIY Extra Long Curtain Rod

 

I got closer….

 

DIY Extra Long Curtain Rod

And I missed!!!  I mean honestly, how do you miss that bad!  I guess that’s why I have my day job. 🙂  Actually, once it’s up you can’t tell whatsoever.

DIY Extra Long Curtain Rod

 

As for the curtain for the extra long curtain rod, Kelli took care of those!  I can build, but I can’t sew.  She got a steal of a deal at TJ Maxx!  I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen her pay full price for anything.  Gotta love that girl and her bargaining ways!

 

DIY Extra Long Curtain Rod DIY Extra Long Curtain Rod

 

Once the curtains were purchased, my next job was to make sure they didn’t drag on the floor.  I got the measuring tape out and screwed an L-bracket into the wall.  That is what I eventually connected my painted hooks to.

 

DIY Extra Long Curtain Rod

DIY Extra Long Curtain Rod

 

We determined that the hooks don’t have to be pretty because they will be covered.

 

DIY Extra Long Curtain Rod

And voila!! The DIY Extra Long Curtain Rod is COMPLETE!!

DIY Extra Long Curtain RodDIY Extra Long Curtain Rod

The thing I love about doing DIY projects rather than buying from a retail store is the cost savings.  This is one of the main things that drives Kelli and I to continue to find ideas on Pinterest or through other blogs. It’s fun to see how inexpensively we can create them ourselves. Plus, the satisfaction of saying “we made that!” is great and it’s wonderful to see your own handiwork in your home. It really makes it your own.

Here was our shopping list for the extra long curtain rod with prices.

  • Curtain Rod – $12
  • Decorative Ends – $4 a piece
  • Can of Primer Spray Paint – $3
  • Can of Regular Spray Paint – $4
  • Total Cost of Project – $23

Cost of other Retail locations – $90 Online

Overall, we are pretty pleased with it.  The window was definitely lacking before and now it feels complete!  Now on to the next project… 🙂

ER

May 29

Our Fishing Adventure

We went out for a date night at Perry Lake last week. We brought a picnic and caught some fish! It was a great way to spend a week night doing something a little off the beaten path. Our Fishing Adventure Our Fishing Adventure

 

I just love these pictures of Eric 🙂 What a handsome hubby I have!

 

Our Fishing Adventure

 

We had the most perfect weather and are just so grateful to be able to get to a beautiful lake in 10 minutes. Up in Sidney, we had less accessibility to lakes (and trees!), so we’re feeling very lucky to be where we are now.

 

Our Fishing Adventure Our Fishing Adventure

 

We are just dreaming of the day that we bring our little one out fishing with us. For a while, she’ll probably be strapped in a carrier just taking it all in….but soon enough she’ll be out there with her very own fishing pole! Eric will be such a great teacher.

 

Our Fishing Adventure Our Fishing Adventure

May 28

Furniture Painting: Gray End Table

I’m back again with another furniture re-do. This one literally took me a total of about a half an hour. And it made a HUGE difference in our living room! I love it when that happens.

About a month ago when I was picking out paint colors for the nursery, I ran across some “oops” paint at Home Depot. It was a pretty gray, for $6, so I had to get my hands on it. It’s a Behr interior flat paint and I knew it’d match our living room color scheme. We have a hand-me-down oak end table that needed a little love. SO I sanded the sucker down and followed my usual furniture painting steps!

This electric sander is my new favorite tool. It makes my life so much easier and is totally worth the investment if you’re into furniture painting! Ours is a Porter Cable.

Furniture Painting: Gray End Table

Then, I applied one coat of paint with a nice paint brush (this is important! We use Wooster brand), let it fully dry…..and added the last coat! Once that coat had dried, I applied two liberal coats of wood wax (we use Howard Citrus Shield) on the top and bottom shelf. Easy peasy.

Furniture Painting: Gray End Table

And here is the gray end table in it’s new home. Looks pretty snazzy next to the slate gray couch, huh?

Furniture Painting: Gray End Table Furniture Painting: Gray End Table

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I can’t seem to take a picture without Barkley getting in it. He’s always trying to steal the show. This time, our friend’s dog, Genny, made her way in there too 🙂

Furniture Painting: Gray End Table

May 27

Summer has arrived!

We hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! This has been our first three day weekend since we moved back to Kansas, so it’s been great. We also realize that this holiday weekend is given to us because of all of the hard working men and women in the armed forces. We thank you SO much for all that you do for us and our country!

 

We put our patio to the test this weekend and put our yard to good use with yard games and a BBQ with friends (and my parents!). We had some delicious food (all of which I forgot to take pictures of because I was too busy devouring it) and beautiful weather. Here’s how yesterday looked at our place…Summer has arrived! Summer has arrived! Summer has arrived! Summer has arrived! Summer has arrived! Summer has arrived! Summer has arrived! Summer has arrived! Summer has arrived! Summer has arrived! Summer has arrived! Summer has arrived! Summer has arrived!

It was the perfect way to spend a day off!

This morning, we were blessed with a very large helping of rain. I’m talking our pond went from a puddle, to over 10 feet deep! We are excited to see the water level rise so that we can enjoy our pond this summer.

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