How to Hide Your TV Cables the Hard Way

Just before Christmas we rearranged our living room but when I wrote that post I left out 1 small detail. . . the whole reason we flipped the layout of this room was to move the TV. You see, one day we’re going to rebuild our fireplace and when we do, the TV is going to be mounted above the mantle.  So like logical people we thought, if we’re going to mount the TV on the wall one day, why not mount it now? And if you’re going to flip your living room so you can mount your TV on the wall you might as well hide the cords while you’re at it! And if you give a mouse a cookie he’s going to want something to drink. . . .

There are LOTS of great tutorials around the blogosphere about mounting your TV and hiding the cords like this one from the Harpster Home and this one from House of Hepworths, so we bought a mount and set to work.
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We’d lined up a vintage dresser to convert into a media console and since we were eventually going to rip the sheet rock out anyway and in the meantime it was going to be covered up by the TV and media console, we cut nice big holes so it would be easier to thread the cords through. Great idea, right?

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So we hung the TV and. . . if you guessed we hung it too high you would be correct! That means that we had to remount the wall bracket, cut another hole in the sheet rock and leave the existing hole somewhat exposed.

Don’t worry, things got much worse after that. Phillip started from the top hole and tried fish a small dowel rod through the wall just to make sure everything was clear and no insulation was in the way. About 2 feet down he hit something that was really hard. No worries we thought, he can probably dislodge whatever is stuck if he comes up through the bottom. He began to fish through from the bottom and about 4 feet up he hit the same something. What could be in our wall that’s really hard and lodged in between 2 studs. . .

I’ll tell you what, a mount for a fireplace mantle that’s what! We actually don’t know that for sure but that’s our best guess. Remember how there used to be a fireplace on this wall? You know, the one we’re going to rebuild with those stones that were in our backyard? Yeah, we determined that when they took the fireplace out they left the mantle mount in case it was ever rebuilt. How thoughtful.

So at this point we had a mounted tv, 3 holes in the wall and no way to hide the cords. (Short of ripping out the sheet rock and removing the mount which we were not about to do!) And then it hit us, what if we built a frame . . .

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. . . and covered it in fabric. . . . TFP TV Mount 5

. . . and cut a hole for the TV mount. . . TFP TV Mount 6

. . . and hung it on the wall behind the media console and it turned out to be the most awesome idea we’ve ever had! Pretty great idea right?? So that’s what we did and today things are looking much improved.

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My parents delivered this dresser to us over Christmas and it’s in line to get some serious love in the next few months.

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Let’s take a trip down memory lane. . . when we first moved in (almost a year ago!) our living room looked like this.

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Yeah. . boring. Ugly. Blah! Here’s what it looks like today!

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It’s hard to believe how far this room has come in just 11 months! Last fall we got a new-to-us couch, added new legs, made some custom curtains and painted the walls! Then in December we flipped the layout and added the deacons benches all in one fell swoop.

So there you have it, how to hide your TV cables the hard way. . . anybody else had a similar experience? How you ever started a project that went horribly awry?

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DIY Bubble Shower Curtain

When I was dreaming up my bathroom makeover I knew the shower curtain would be the a main focal point. After searching and searching and finding nothing that would fit, I decided to create one of my own!

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As luck would have it, I happened upon a curved shower curtain rod for just $10 on Craig’s List. Ten. Dollars. Needless to say, I snatched it up right away! No matter what type of shower curtain rod you have, you can still create this look. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 canvas drop cloths (or 1 that you cut in half and hemmed)
  • 3 shades of blue craft paint
  • 3 different sized ‘circles’
  • gray or silver/shimmery craft paint
  • scotch guard
  • piece of cardboard/cardstock for paint

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Start by making a circle with each color of blue paint, this will help you evenly apply the paint to the rim of each ‘circle’.

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Starting with your largest ‘circle’ dip the rim in each paint color, one at a time, and stamp bubbles up and down each curtain pane. I chose not to wipe off the paint color before going to another one because it created a marbled/ombre effect on some bubbles.

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Repeat the same process with your medium and small circles as well.

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Now that you’ve stamped all 3 circles sizes, take a step back and make sure you don’t have any ‘empty’ spaces. If you do, go back and stamp a few more bubbles.

Now grab your silver paint of choice and stamp circles in all three sizes, overlapping and filling in any additional open spaces.

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For me the silver paint was more of a background color or a shadow so I didn’t worry about the placing too much, I just stamped it wherever I thought it looked good!

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After the paint is dry, hang your shower curtain and give it a few coats of Scotch Guard.

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And there you have it, your very own DIY Bubble Shower Curtain!TFP Shower Curtain 1

You could stamp any shape you can dream up like stars or leaves from your yard. What do you think, what shape would you stamp?

 

PS – You can see the overall progress of the bathroom here and a tutorial for DIY Driftwood Art here.

DIY Driftwood Art

Our guest bathroom has gone through a lot of changes recently and today I am going to share with you my DIY Driftwood Art.

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The last time you saw these twigs they were a part of my Faux Mantle over the holidays. I wasn’t ready to part with them so I kept them in my stash until I noticed a blank wall in the bathroom and decided to create some art.

To make your own DIY Driftwood Art here’s what you’ll need:

  • 8-10 twigs of similar size and length
  • fishing wire
  • clear thumb tacks
  • hammer

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Start with 2 thumb tacks and attach fishing line to each tack. You’ll want the fishing line to be slightly longer than the wall space you want to fill.

I found it easiest to double knot the fishing line to the tack and then hammer it to the ceiling.

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Hammer each tack to the ceiling, spacing them equally over the wall space you want to cover. (Please disregard my ceiling that hasn’t been cut-in yet. . . and by yet I mean 10 months later.. . . . don’t judge me.)

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Start by hanging one twig at a time, tying each twig at the desired height and working your way down until the wall looks ‘full’. I double knotted each twig to each fishing line and were about a week in and nothing has fallen. Don’t worry too much about trying to keep the twigs even or straight, a little overlapping gives it m ore character!

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And there you have it, no more boring wall!

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Have you ever created art out of another ‘found’ item like twigs?

Vintage Blue & Gold Coasters

In keeping with January being National Organization Month I took time last week to finish a simple project I’d been putting off for WAY too long.

Since my sweet Grandad died last spring our family has been going through his belongings and finding hidden treasure. Grandad processed microfilm most of his life and even had the opportunity to work for Nasa during the Apollo missions. He acquired lots of great memorabilia not these least of which are these gold and blue coasters that found a new home at my house.

When I got them the tops were mostly in good shape, nothing a little scrub down wouldn’t fix but the felt backing had almost completely disintegrated.

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I carefully measured the circumference and cut black circles out of cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo.

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I then glued each circle to the back of each coaster and sealed it with a coat of Modge Podge.

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And then they sat. . . in my craft room . . . for probably 3 months or so. . . . I just got so consumed with holiday decorations and plans that I couldn’t make time to finish them!

Finally last week when I pulled them back out and cut out the felt backing that they needed to be ‘finished’.

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I again turned to my friend Modge Podge to attached each felt circle.TFP Coasters 14

After sitting over night to let the glue dry I trimmed any overhanging felt and called it a day.

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Now we get to use these beauties everyday.

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What projects are on your to-finish list this weekend?

Kitchen Gallery Art: A Good Quote

As I mentioned in my Kitchen Gallery Art tutorial, I believe that a meaningful quote can tie a wall together. After I stumbled upon the Julia Child quote, I began digging through my stash of frames to find something that was large enough for all of that text. In our duplex, this sign hung above the front door and although I love the text and the detailed frame, I am no longer in love with the style.

I whipped out my trusty collection of spray paint and gave this baby a good coat of primer and then gloss white.

Ahh, much better. I then set to work typing out my text and choosing a background color. I for this simple project, I used Publisher but any type of editing software would work. I didn’t have any 11×17″ card stock so I opted for 2 pieces of 8 1/2×11″.

I then trimmed them down to size and made sure they fit perfectly.

On my first attempt (shown below) I used my trusty hot glue gun. The only trouble was that the thickness of the glue made the seam very noticeable. I wasn’t having it so it ripped up the paper and glue, printed another copy, trimmed it down to size and re-glued it with craft glue.

Here’s the final version, I’m really happy with the way it turned out!

I love how it ties the wall together and gives it a finished look.