Happy New Year!

It’s hard to believe it’s 2012 already – where has the year gone?

I hope your New Year is filled with health and happiness, and it doesn’t take you too long to remember to write 2012 instead of 2011 ;)

Some Favorites from 2011

With the end of the year fast approaching, I thought I’d reminisce about a few of my favorite projects from this year (in no particular order).

My bathroom mini makeover took me a while to get finished, but I’m rather pleased with the end result.

Bathroom after

The Bridal Shower favours I made were a bit of a departure for me, but I like the project as they were done for a good friend.

The Finished Product

The dining chair project was one that seemed to take FOREVER, but I’m happy with the end result. Next time I paint furniture though – I’ll think twice before using a paintbrush.Rewiring my bedside lamps is a favorite project because I was incredibly intimidated to try it, and in the end it was very simple to do.My dollar store bookend project is a favorite because it was the first time I’d really made something new instead of just modifying it.

Fred and George – the Lion Bookends

It’s was fun to go back and take a look at some of the things I’ve accomplished this year around my home. I wonder what projects will be my favorites in 2012?

Linked to: Southern Hospitality

I’m Finally Pinteresting

I have a bit of a problem. I currently get two magazines delivered to my home every month – Style at Home, and Canadian House & Home. I like to flip through them to see what wonderful (and sometimes odd) things people are doing inside their homes. Now, some of you may have many more subscriptions than I, but my problem isn’t the number of magazines I get, it’s the number I keep. That’s right, I keep them all.

My Embarrassing Overflowing Bookcase

Behold my bookcase – that bottom shelf is pretty much all magazines that I’ve kept on the off-chance that someday I may feel the need to flip though one that’s two years old (or more) for decor inspiration.

As I’ve recently been plotting a project that will require my bookcase to be emptied, I decided to start shifting through the 3 years of decor magazines collecting dust on the bottom shelf. But, what was I going to do with them? I couldn’t just recycle them – what about all the great stuff contained within their glossy pages? I could tear out the pages that I liked, but then I’d have to figure out where to store the random pages.

For the past few months I’ve been silently stalking Pinterest. I’d login occasionally, take a look at some things people had ‘pinned’, maybe save a few, and then log out. I didn’t do much with it, until I decided to sort through my stack of magazines.

For those of you who aren’t aware of Pinterest it’s described as ‘a virtual pinboard’ – a way to store and save all those things you find on the web, that you might need one day. I prefer to think of it as a more visual way to store all those bookmarks you have in your internet browser, but instead of folders you have boards.

Here is what Pinterest looks like:

Main Pinterest page

To make saving images from the internet easy you install a small ‘Pin-it’ button to your bookmarks bar, and then whenever you see something you’d like to save you click on the button. A little pop-up window appears and you select the image you’d like to save, and then decide which of your boards you will save the image to. You can also add a comment to each Pin to describe what it is.

Pinterest starts you with a few default boards, but you can rename them, and add more depending on the items you’re going to be saving.

My ‘For the Home’ Page

You can also search Pinterest for images that appeal to you, and if you find something you can re-pin it to your board. I don’t particularly like this function – If I find an image I like, I’d rather go to the originating website and pin-it directly, but that’s simply a personal preference.

Pinterest also allows you to follow people, or you can follow individual boards, so if there’s someone who’s taste is similar to yours you can see what they’ve pinned. Here’s my profile if you’d like to see what I’m pinning.

If you have a blog or website you can also see what images people have pinned from your site –  type this into your browser with your site’s full url (without the www.): http://pinterest.com/source/insertyourwebsite’surlhere/

My Slightly More Organised Bottom Shelf

Anyways, after several hours of magazine flipping I now have a Pinterest page with 14 boards and 149 pins. I also have a bookcase that is slightly less crammed with magazines. Hopefully I’ll be good and periodically purge my magazine collection. Next up is sorting all my books, and deciding which I really want to keep, and which can go to a new home.

DIY – Upholstered Headboard With Nailhead Trim

Way back in another lifetime I built my headboard out of MDF and 2″x2″ pieces of wood and then covered it with a couple of layers of cotton batting, and a piece of inexpensive white fabric. Fast forward quite a few years, and I was no longer thrilled with my headboard. The fabric had gotten rather dull looking, and I wished every time I saw it that I had something just a little more sophisticated.

My headboard before

You may recall that I have a serious love for the Collete Bed at Crate&Barrel. A while ago when I was at King Textiles looking for some velvet for my mirror framing project, I spotted some fabric in their clearance section that sparked an idea. After quickly Googling on my phone the dimensions of a double bed I purchased several yards.

The back of my headboard

I put off this project for a couple of weeks as I was a little worried about pulling out all the staples that attached the original fabric to the headboard. Even though it was years ago, I still remember how cramped my hand got from using the staple gun, and I had visions of pulling staples for days. I needn’t have worried – the staples came out quite easily with a pair of needle-nosed pliers.

High-Tech Tools for Removing Staples

As I wasn’t going to replace the batting, my next step was to lay out the new fabric, and make the necessary cuts to remove the extra. Next I started stapling.  My method was simple – a couple of staples in the top in the middle, and then pulled the fabric tight and stapled at the bottom in the middle. I then did the middle on each side. This ensured that fabric was tight in both directions before I stapled the rest of the top, bottom and sides. The top corners gave me a little trouble as I wanted to make them as smooth as possible. After some trial and error I ended up cutting out a triangle of fabric at each corner before folding it over and stapling. This would probably have been easier if my fabric wasn’t so thick, but as it’s a woven wool it got quite bulky in the corners.

Once the stapling was complete I flipped the headboard over, and started on the next phase of the project.

I had seen individual nail head tacks at Home Depot on several occasions, but the thought of having to nail in several hundred tacks kept me from recovering my headboard a long time ago. While perusing the Lee Valley Tools website one day I saw these nail head strips, and they were what I used. The beauty of this product is you only have to nail in every 5th nail – the rest are fake.

Laying out the Nail Strips

The next part required a bit of math as I wanted to ensure the nailhead trim detail was equally spaced across the top (to ensure that a real nail ended up at each end), but once I had that figured out the rest was fairly easy.

Here’s the finished product:

My Recovered Headboard

Nailhead Detail

The finished Product

Here’s what this project cost:

For a total cost of $45.43 (tax. incl.) I’m quite pleased with the transformation.

Don’t my Rewired Lamps look Great Next to it?

Mine doesn’t have the fancy curved detail that the one at Crate&Barrel does, but given how much it cost to make I can overlook that little detail. What do you think? Is it almost as nice as the original?

Linked to: The Shabby Nest, Meg & Mum’s, Polish the Stars, Home Stories a2z, Crayon Freckles, Mod Vintage life, Primitive & Proper, {Primp}