Monday, April 28, 2014

My No-Cost Door Makeover

Hi everyone!  It's been a little while since my last post, but it wasn't intentional: my life is awfully busy with diapers and spitting up.  And that's just my husband.

I'm back to show you my awesome door makeover... and it didn't cost me anything!


When we bought our house last fall, one of the things I wanted to change pretty quickly was the color of the door.  You can sort of see in this picture, it's a plum color:


I know it's a fuzzy picture, it's from the MLS listing photos... but trust me, the door was a plum color.  I wasn't crazy about it, and even if I was, the paint job wasn't terrific.  It needed to be painted desperately, but there was no dealing with it until warmer weather came along.

And then the warmer weather did come along and I needed to make a move.  But, as is evident by my blog name, I'm a thrifty gal... and any sort of makeover needs to be budgeted appropriately.  And then, I opened my latest issue of HGTV magazine.

There was a coupon in the magazine for a free sample of Valspar paint.  I cashed that sucker in and chose a shade for the door.


The color is Indigo Streamer.  I love names they give colors... it's Indigo Streamer to the guy that is paid to name it... to me, it's navy blue.  Go figure.

That sample (which I think is 6 oz) was more than enough for two coats of paint.  There's even enough paint to keep for touch ups... and if I want to paint the backdoor with the same color, a sample without coupon is less than three dollars.  That's a deal and a half, in case you were wondering.

To give it a little extra awesomeness, I added some vinyl... I already had it in my craft stash, so I didn't buy that for this project either.  I made out like a bandit!


If you'll notice, the deadbolt got paint on it... it doesn't work and needs to be replaced.  I wasn't going to waste the painters tape on something that I need to replace anyway.  I'm lazy like that. :)

One more item off the to-do list!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Keyboard Tray Turned Charging Station

Hi everyone! It is 60 degrees here and it feels like a miracle.  It's so sunny and warm, I think I'm imagining it.  Even if I am imagining it, I need to take advantage of the bright sun and take a million pictures before the opportunity for good lighting leaves me.

I showed you my new desk a couple of weeks ago:


And I wanted to show you one more thing I did with the desk...

It has a keyboard tray.  You know, for keyboards.  But I don't have a keyboard... so what do I do with the tray?

Everything in life needs purpose... otherwise depression sets in.  Have you ever seen a depressed keyboard tray? It's not pretty, people.


I'm using it to charge my stuff!  I used a really high-tech method of securing the cords: I scotch-taped them.  I know, totally revolutionary.  I love having a designated place for charging things and the tray loves having purpose again.  Win-win. :)

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Adding Hover Text to Your Blog's Photos

Hi everyone!  This is probably a blogger-specific type of post, but I just had to share it: how to make hover text over your blog's photos!

Don't know what I mean?  Take a look at this photo... put your cursor over it.


Did you see anything next to your cursor? No?  OK, try this one:


Did you see the text? Is that not super-awesome?!  And really easy to do!

Go to the html for your post and find your picture text.


And just after the width and before the /, you type title='whatever text you like'.


THAT'S IT.

Yes, it's totally unnecessary.  But so neat-o!

Oh, and Happy April Fool's Day!  I'm too tired to think of a prank, so just give yourselves a wedgie for me, would you? Thanks so much.

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