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New Year Goals: Free Printables

Tips on creating a Home Improvement to-do list for the new year!  How www.DIYinRealLife.com plans on keeping motivation on track to finish the odds and ends!

So this morning I worked on a list of goals for the house this year.  We have most of the “big” projects done here on our little previously-forclosured home, but sometimes it’s a little too easy to skip the little odds and ends.

You know…. The little trim here… The caulking there… Things that really don’t take that long, but over the weekend we could take an hour or two to complete.

Here’s what I came up with:

 

 

 

Tips on creating a Home Improvement to-do list for the new year!  How www.DIYinRealLife.com plans on keeping motivation on track to finish the odds and ends!

Obviously there are things I’ll want to add to this list as the year progresses, but this was the list I came up with for now.

Tips on creating a Home Improvement to-do list for the new year!  How www.DIYinRealLife.com plans on keeping motivation on track to finish the odds and ends!

Then I split those projects up by month.

I put the more important things in earlier months…

Outdoor things in the Spring/Summer…

And left the later months open as I add more things to the list.

I made it super attainable and didn’t go overboard.  You’ll notice the winter months have more projects… That’s because we have a wee bit more time in January than July since Handsome Man is a roofer! 🙂

I also color coded the to-do list.

RED=Handsome Man

BLUE=Me

PURPLE=Either/Both

Tips on creating a Home Improvement to-do list for the new year!  How www.DIYinRealLife.com plans on keeping motivation on track to finish the odds and ends!

I thought I was exceptionally witty due to the fact that together red and blue make purple…

But maybe that’s just because the munchkin has decided to forgo sleeping at night lately and I’m merely sleep deprived.

That’s quite possible.

ANYWAY! Handsome Man and I really do best with lists and deadlines so I think this will be super helpful!!

If you are a deadline operator like us, I made a couple free printables just for you!

Go crazy and get some goals organized!!

Tips on creating a Home Improvement to-do list for the new year!  How www.DIYinRealLife.com plans on keeping motivation on track to finish the odds and ends!

 {Click here to get this House To-Do PRINTABLE!}

Tips on creating a Home Improvement to-do list for the new year!  How www.DIYinRealLife.com plans on keeping motivation on track to finish the odds and ends!

{Click here to get this House To-Do PRINTABLE!}

 

 

Good luck with projects in the upcoming year!!   Let me know if you try this and how it goes!!

 

Tips on creating a Home Improvement to-do list for the new year! How www.DIYinRealLife.com plans on keeping motivation on track to finish the odds and ends!

 

 

 

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Christmas 2013: Window Wreaths

So this year, I kinda went glitzy meets simple.  Mixing sparkly and burlap ribbon was kinda how I rolled this time.

 

 

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I put all these wreaths on every window downstairs.

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It’s kinda nice, because I can pull the curtains open and closed behind the wreath.

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I didn’t even hot glue anything.  Just stuck the poinsettia stems, burlap, and glittery leaves in and wrapped the wreath stems around them.  Super easy to do something different next year! 🙂

Bathroom: Window Treatments

I already had bamboo shades on my bathroom window, but I wanted something simple that would play nicely with the shade.

 

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I am so not a seamstress… I can however, manage to sew a straight straight-ish line! 😉

 

 

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Sewed on a few buttons….

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I did this clever fold to make it look like it was overlapping…

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Used a few safety pins…

And wah-lah!

Curtain!!!

 

Nursery Window Coverings

Mkay!

 

So kid’s curtains are fun!  You can do things to them that you can’t do in any other room!

 

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Say for instance….

 

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You want to use actual branches for the curtain rods?

You can do that in a nursery!

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Or say you want the branches to be white and glittery?

You can do that in a nursery!

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Or say you want various happy colored ribbon to attach the curtain to your branch/curtain rods?

You can do that in a nursery!!!

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Or say you want to use gray/white chevron for the curtain tie backs?

You can do that in a nursery!!!

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Because in a nursery…

You can pretty much do anything!!!

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Because it’s a nursery…

The sky is the limit!!! 🙂

THE Nursery Reveal!

Finally, right???!

 

 

Girl Nursery Reveal!

 

Hey… In my defense…. I’ve slooooooowly been working on this!  It’s been a long process from catch-all storage room to my favorite nursery ever!  (And yes.  I realize I’m totally partial.)

 

 

This has been such a unique room to do!  Kid’s rooms are just plain fun I’ve realized!

So enough with the chit-chat already!!!

 

HELLO NURSERY!!!!

 

Girl Nursery Reveal

So many adorable details I can’t wait to highlight in future posts!

Girl Nursery Reveal

Ahhhh!  All the adorableness wrapped up in that bedding!  I can’t wait till the mattress arrives so I can officially have the bed ready! Eep!!

Girl Nursery Reveal

I’m totally can’t stop smiling as I post this.  Dorky, I know…. BUT this is so stinkin’ cute!!

Girl Nursery Reveal

Mucho Love-o the Chinese lanterns/pom-poms/pennants that I have going on here!  Pair that with a gray and white chevron wall and I’m just totally ecstatic!!!

Girl Nursery Reveal

Aren’t these branches and tissue paper flowers and book page flowers just too cute?!?!?   My cousins did these for my shower and I’ve totally fallen in love with them!

Can you believe we’ve come from THIS….

Girl Nursery Reveal

Girl Nursery Reveal

Girl Nursery Reveal

To THIS…

To THIS…

To THIS… 

To THIS…

To this FINAL Reveal?!?!

*Happiness!*

Be looking for further details of:

*Tutorial on how to hang all the various pom-poms and lanterns above the crib

*Tutorials of all the various pom-poms and lanterns

*The branch curtain rods and curtains

*The chandelier light fixture

*The adorable lamp

*And MORE!!!

P.S.  Don’t forget the CUTEST ADDITION to the nursery!!!!!

Girl Nursery Reveal!

DIY Tutorial of Curtain Rods Made From Plumbing and Electrical Supplies…

How’s THAT for a hefty title??!

DIY in Real Life - How to make curtain rods out of plumbing and electrical supplies

 

Okay…  So I always love me a little industrial.  Not a lot.  Just a touch here and there….  So when I saw THIS….   *Insert a little Emperor’s New Groove – BOOM-BABY!*

Pinterest

Pinterest

 {Pinterest}

I fell in love.  Deep passionate love.  And I soooo wanted them.

Entrance: Handsome man.

 

The decision went something like this.

Me: I’m not sure what to do about curtain rods.

Handsome Man: What are you thinking?

Me: Well….   I-saw-an-idea-on-pinterest-and-I-really-really-love-it-but-I-don’t-know-how-much-it-would-cost-or-how-much-work-it-would-take-but-did-I-mention-I-really-really-loved-it??!

Handsome Man: Can I see it?

{Showing of inspiration photo}

Handsome Man:  Yup. No problem.

{This was the abridged version}

 

And so it began!

 

 

For every window, you need:

{2 of these}

{2 of these}

{And measure how much of this you need.  Some stores will even cut it for you!  We got 10 ft. lengths and each one did 1-2 windows of varying sizes.  We did our whole 1st floor with these curtain rods. We got all 3/4 in. fittings and 3/4 in. conduit.  We found that the conduit fit tightly enough that it almost threaded snugly into the street elbow fitting.  Friction fit, baby!}

You’ll also want curtain rings.  I got these from Menards as well… Once the curtain rods are up, they’re up.  4 screws on each side makes it problematic to take them down.  Obviously, you don’t want to do that every time you want to wash your curtains.  I found these to be the perfect solution!!

As to needed tools…

Drill

Screws

Tape measure

and a pipe cutter if you did not have them cut at the store

This project was a total B-R-E-E-Z-E~ ~ `~ ~ ~

First we removed the labels.

 Super easy… Just ran some water over it in the sink for a few minutes.  

Okay… Okay….  As long as we’re being “REAL” here….

This is what it really looked like.

I was too excited to get the new curtain rods up.  I totally didn’t want to do dishes.

*cough cough*

Moooooving on….

Your pile of fittings will look something like this! 🙂

Just thread the street elbow tightly into the floor flange.

The conduit will twist tightly into the street elbow.

Before twisting the 2nd side onto the conduit, put your curtain rings on. I’m not even going to admit how many times we had to take off the other end because we forgot to put them on.  Ha!

{Handsome Man concentrating deeply.}

Just put one screw in the first side to keep it there…  I chose to mount my curtain rods 4 inches wider and 6 inches taller than the window casings.  Normally I would go even higher/wider to show off more of my windows, but we. have. so. many. windows.

Seriously.

Measure the 2nd side to insure that it’s level…. and start fastening!  With a grand total of 8 screws, I wonder if I could do pull-ups on these things??!

Probably not.  Who am I kidding.  I don’t do pull-ups on anything!! 😉

TAAAAA-DAAAAA!!!!  Finished Product!!!!

Are they not the coolest thing ever???

Let’s add this up:

2 street elbows = 2.72 total

+

2 Floor Flanges = 6.78

+

Conduit = 1.58 to 3.15

Seeing my man lift the curtain rods like he was the heavy lifting olympic champion….

=PRICELESS! 🙂

That brings the total of each curtain rod from $11.08 to $12.65.

Which is a REALLY great price for curtain rods!  At Menards, the dinky, scrawny ones start at 19.99.  And with as easy as they all were to put together??!   I couldn’t be more thrilled!

They went in on our whole main floor since it’s all very open and they totally tie everything together.  Love that!

Dining Room

Kitchen

Living Room

Stairs/Hallway

A knock-off of West Elm’s version!!

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