Back in January, I shared our plans for a major renovation to our small bungalow. We decided on a 12 foot addition out the back with a main floor gut, and were waiting on costing from a few different contractors. … Continue reading
I feel as though everyone has that spot in their place where clothes get piled up. You know the ones… comfy clothes that you wear when you get home from work that don’t get all that dirty so you don’t … Continue reading
I’m sure I’m not the only one with kids and a whole lot of stuffies. It’s like they multiply when I’m not looking! Originally, the easiest solution was to store them in a canvas laundry hamper. The downside to this … Continue reading
Last year I was overjoyed to open my blog up to a post by my friend Andrea (read it here). She shared her personal story about her families mission to bring visibility to children and families living with disabilities in…
While our basement is technically one big room, there are a couple of partial walls which separate the space without entirely closing it off. One of these walls is between our new tv area and the back corner of the … Continue reading
We had intentions of heading up to the cottage this weekend for Thanksgiving (and I even made our hosts a thank you gift!) but plans had to change when M found out he had to work (and the evening before … Continue reading
My latest project was coming along quite nicely… and then it wasn’t.
I had intentions of creating a feature wall in the living room to display family photos. I was inspired by the following pictures I found through Pinterest:
My plan was to install pictures ledges (from Ikea) above the couch. I also wanted to paint the adjacent wall a dark grey and install smaller picture ledges.
I was making progress: I bought the necessary supplies, I found the perfect grey and painted, and I installed the picture ledges above the couch and arranged the pictures to my liking. Then it came time to install the smaller picture ledges and I hit a snag. There are built-ins behind the wall I wanted to use and as a result, I didn’t have enough depth to screw all the way into the wall. Crap.
Being a problem solver, I came up with a few solutions:
- Use construction adhesive to stick the pictures ledges to the wall. Hubby did not like this idea so I moved on.
- Use adhesive strips to stick the picture ledges to the wall. Hubby was much more receptive so I tried it out. After a few hours, the test shelf came tumbling down.
- Use smaller screws and wall plugs that aren’t as long. This was my epiphany – problem solved! Unfortunately the screws weren’t long enough to anchor the picture ledge properly to the wall. A little weight on the shelf and it pulled the anchors right out of the wall. I should note that our walls are plaster. I think that has something to do with it too.
Sigh. I’m taking a break from this project. First off, it will give me the opportunity to test out keeping the wall plain – just painted with no pictures. Maybe that is all that is needed to jazz up the space. If not, I need so time to figure out how to get the picture ledges up or determine what should serve as their replacement. I have a few DIY art projects in my back pocket so this may be the time to bring them out.
I’ll let you know what I decide and post some pictures at that point.