Quick Fix For Reinforcing Bed Supports

Have a raised bed with slats that support your box frame? I do. I have a metal bed frame and wood beams to support the box frame. I have a feeling that my dad cut them, as the frame came from a garage sale before I can even remember. I have had this bed frame for a loooooooong time. It’s fine. It works. I’m rather short so a full is more than enough for me and my dog, but every once in awhile a bed support beam will fall out, which is not a fun way to wake up in the middle of the night.

So how to fix this issue? Simple. All you need is a few 2″ corner braces and a drill.

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Take out your support beams that are causing the trouble (I only had 2 that would fall out on occasion) and attach 2 of these on each end. The metal on the bottom keeps the wood beams from being pushed through the frame and the metal on the ends makes them a tighter fit which means less of a chance of them shifting and falling out.

I haven’t had a problem since. Total cost around $6.00.

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How To Patch A Plush Area Rug

Almost a year ago I brought my cute little puppy home. He was 3 1/2 months old and the cutest dog in the world (still is). Well he’s a chewer. He’s smart and has learned better, but with in a month of being brought home the person who was watching him while I was at work didn’t do that good of a job and he chewed a small hole in my area rug.Hole.jpg

He learned he shouldn’t do that after a simple scolding when he was caught and has never tried to since. That whole has been driving me crazy for a long time though and I’ve finally fixed it. All you need is a sample of plush carpet the same color as the hole, scissors and a hot glue gun.Supplies.jpg

Just simply cut a piece of the sample to fit the hole and glue it into place. Make sure you check that the piece you cut fits before you put glue on it though.HoleSample.jpg

It’s a bit lighter, since my puppy hasn’t gotten it dirty, but it’ll blend in soon enough.

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Now it’s time to give it a ‘hair cut.’ Make sure you don’t cut the rug, just the patch.

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After it gets walked on a bit it’ll blend right in. I may go in and give it a trim again later if it doesn’t get smooched as much as I think it will. It’s not seamless yet, but it’s much better than that hole.

This project cost me nothing. I got the sample for free, didn’t even cost to ship it, and I already had the glue gun and scissors.

How To Recover A Desk Chair

So I’ve had this ugly desk chair for years. It’s perfectly comfortable, just super ugly. The red fabric just isn’t me.

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So I found a fantastic fabric 50% off at Joanns and I got a half a yard. Which wasn’t enough, went back got a yard, which would of been enough, BUT I cut the last piece too small and went back once more and got 3/4 a yard. When you do this, measure your chair and measure twice cut once. It’ll save you time and gas. Also you won’t end up running to the fabric late at night to get that last piece of fabric like a mad woman.

So first step was bringing it downstairs into the living room, putting on Midsomer Murders and start taking it apart. The back support was pretty straight forward. Then I pried it apart. It was attached by small nails. I was so glad I got a tetanus shot recently because I did prick myself, a few times.OpenBack

As you can see, so many stables! I was going to take the old fabric off, but that’d take forever so I cheated and left it on. You can’t see the old fabric through the new so it doesn’t matter at all.

Next I started draping fabric over the pieces. I lined up the pattern how I wanted it and trimmed it up. Next I stapled it at the top, pulled it tight at the bottom and stapled the bottom piece. Then I did the same on each side. Then I just kept doing that over and over until it was completely secured and trimmed off the extra. My puppy found the whole process very interesting as you can see. He didn’t understand why I wouldn’t throw his toy while I was working on this.

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Now on to the back piece. The back piece was more complicated. It has no padding on it, so I realized there was no way I could use my staple gun because they’d go right through the wood. So I used hot glue and glued the fabric on. Worked great! I just burned my fingers a few times and pricked my fingers on the nails a few times too.HotGlue.jpg

The next step was the seat itself. The biggest and thickest part of the chair. This piece had black batting on the bottom to hide the edges. I carefully ripped that off and saved it to put it back on when finished. I used the same technique as with the back support cushion, stapling and pulling tight until it was finished. I reattached it to the base then started working on the back piece.

The back piece was a little bit tricky just in the fact that I had to cut holes in the back of the fabric for the bolts to go through. I also had to push the nail tacks back through, which was easy with my hammer. In the end I now have this beautiful chair. ChairFinished.jpg

Which looks like it was way more expensive then it was. I actually found out recently that my dad got this chair free from work, so score! In the end I’d say this project cost me around $20, with all the extra fabric I bought, but I’ll just make some pillows with the extra or something.

Here’s a final side by side comparison. It’s so pretty now. I stared at it forever when I was done, just admiring my work.

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Photoshop Actions in Action: Simple to Complex

MainImage.jpgSo I published my first class on SkillShare last week! I think it’s pretty great and you should check it out! I’m even offering FREE enrollments! There are only 10 though, so better sign up fast! Here’s a detail of what the Pixel Dispersion action does:Ballerina.jpg

Quick Fix For Saggy Couch Cushions

I’ve inherited random things. From family and from past roommates. This couch is one of those things. It’s in decent shape, but the back cushions are lumpy and no matter how much I fluff them as soon as I sit down they fall down and offer no back support at all. It’s been driving me crazy for years. YEARS! Why didn’t I do this sooner?!CouchBefore

Probably because I keep imagining buying this gorgeous gray sectional from west elm…peggy-mid-century-chaise-sectional-o

Someday… someday you will be mine, when I have a few spare K.

Until then I HAD to fix this couch so I could actually enjoy sitting on it. So with a 50% off coupon for Joanns I browsed the stuffing section. My original plan was to use foam padding, but they wanted $75 a yard for the 5″ thick stuff, which still wasn’t thick enough to fill out those cushions. I had found it on Amazon for around $40, but I looked at other options and found this 10 lb box of PolyFil. PolyFil.jpg

Says it will not bunch, smooth consistency and best of all with my coupon it only cost me $24.65, a little over half what the foam on Amazon would of cost me.

My fist step was to take off the cushion cover and take a look at what was inside.

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As you can see I had a lumpy filling inside some batting. The batting was still in good shape so I just cut a long a seam and pulled the old stuff out.

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Yuck, so lumpy! Bye bye lumpy filling, hello PolyFil.PolyFilOpen.jpg

Next step was just stuffing the batting up and doing a quick whip stitch to seal it up.CushionFillSewCushionFillSewDetail

At this point I laid it back and admired my new fluffy cushion then stuffed it into it’s cover.CouchHalf.jpg

Here you can see how it looked halfway done. Looks so much better already! On to the next one.CouchDoneCouchDonePillows

All finished! It’s like an all new couch, the back cushions are now super fluffy and offer plenty of support. I celebrated by sitting on it with dessert and watched an episode of Midsomer Murders.

So I fixed my couch for $24.65 and it only took me an hour and a half. Plus I have a bunch of PolyFil left over, I probably only needed 5 lbs. I see some stuffed animals in my future to use the rest up.

Portland, Thanksgiving & Super Oatmeal Cookies

I know it’s been way too long since I’ve posted anything. I’ve been a bad blogger, I’ll do my best to make up for it.

So what have I been doing? Well I flew out to Portland at the beginning of November. It was beautiful! We went to Seattle and Seaside as well. Here’s some of my favorite shots from the trip:

It was an amazing week and my biggest tip, skip Voodoo, go to Pips instead. The doughnuts are fantastic and the Ginger Molasses Latte is amazing!!!!

Ok, back to healthy things. I was thrilled to find that even after all the doughnuts, seafood and yummy bad food I had on vacation I still managed to lose weight! I’m at over 20 lbs lost now! That was before Thanksgiving though, we’ll see where I’m at later this week.

So last week was Thanksgiving and I found myself craving something sweet on Sunday so I created these Super Oatmeal Cookies. They’re packed with good stuff, are delicious and most importantly filling!

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Super Oatmeal Cookies

Oven: 375    Bake: 8-10 minutes    Makes: 36 cookies    Calories: 187
Protein: 3g    Fiber: 3g    Sugars: 14g    Carbs: 23g    Fat: 10g

3/4 c Butter, softened (next time I’m going to replace with coconut oil)
1 c Coconut Palm Sugar
1/4 c Sugar
1/4 c Brown Sugar
1 t Baking Powder
1/4 t Baking Soda
1/4 t salt
2 Eggs
1 t Vanilla
1 1/2 c Whole Wheat Flour
2 c Rolled Oats
1/4 c Chia Seeds
1/4 c Flax Seeds
1 c Chopped Pecans (or any nut you prefer)
1 c Raw Shredded Coconut (optional)
1 c Chocolate Chips (I used white because it’s what I had on hand, next time I’ll try dark chocolate)

1. Preheat oven. Beat Butter then add in sugars, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat until combined, add in eggs and vanilla. Beat in as much of the flour as you can then stir in the rest and stir in the oats, chia seeds, flax seeds, chopped pecans, shredded coconut and chips.

2. Using a spoon and your hand shape the cookies into 1 1/2″ balls. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet spacing 2″ apart. Bake 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for about 1 minute then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.

3. Enjoy with out the guilt!

Red Wine Experiment Conclusion

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The 2 week experiment reached its end Sunday night and I weighed myself yesterday morning first thing. In two weeks of drinking red wine every night before bed I lost 1.8 lbs. This brings my total weight loss to 11.6 lbs in just under 2 months. Not bad, not bad at all.

Again there’s no real way to tell if the red wine made a huge difference or not and I still worked out and counted the calories of everything I consumed, even the wine. We’ll see how I do in the next 2 weeks and compare when I just have a glass of wine occasionally.