What sort of price might you pay for a new bed?

The average adult should be getting between seven and nine hours sleep each night. If you do not have the right bed to sleep on you may find that getting this amount of sleep can be a problem. Arguably, the most important feature of a bed is the mattress. If your mattress is old and worn, or it is not providing you with enough support, sleeping well could be a real issue.

We are going to take a look at how much money you would be likely to spend if you decided to buy a new bed, and why investing in a new bed could be so important.

How much should you spend on a bed?

You may be thinking about buying a new bed, to help you get a better night’s sleep. If you are, then you may be curious as to how much money you are likely to spend on the bed. The answer to this question is that price you pay can vary a lot. Much of this depends on what you want from a bed. You could buy a bed frame from a store like Ikea for around AU$150 to AU$350.

This is not a great deal of money and this type of frame might be just what you want. However, it’s worth noting that you may benefit from a more supportive base and mattress. If you decide this is the case then you may find yourself shopping for products such as Sealy mattresses and bases which often retail for an average of AU$1,000 to AU$2,000.

The most important thing to remember, when you are buying a bed, is that you should always ensure you get what you are paying for. It may be fine paying AU$1,000 for instance, if the product you buy lasts for years and gives you the support you need to sleep well, in addition to potentially providing help with chronic pain issues.

Why changing your bed may be just what you need.

You can see that buying a new bed can be expensive. If you are having trouble affording a whole new bed you may want to check that you really need to do this. If what you really need is a newer, more supportive mattress you should check out these mattress topper comparisons instead.

You can save money and still get the extra support you are looking for. This support is one of the main reasons why buying a new bed is a good idea. Your current bed may feel quite comfortable but if it’s old and worn then your back could begin to suffer and you could find yourself having disturbed sleep.

The bottom line is that buying a new bed can have a major influence on how much sleep you get. You may want to consider paying a little more if the bed you buy helps you to have a comfortable night’s sleep.

 

DIY Industrial Hanging Orb Light

industrial hanging orb light

Ever since I saw this beautiful orb chandelier that Kristen at My Covered Bridge made, I was in love. In fact it’s been sitting on my DIY I must do Pinterest board since then. Just waiting it’s turn on my never-ending to do list.

I bought the hanging baskets at Home Depot months ago and was raring to go. Only problem was that we didn’t have an existing mini chandelier like Kristin did. We have a plain flush mounted ceiling light in our entry.

plain entry light

I’ve been searching for a cheap mini chandelier for months. In fact every time I go to a thrift store I hit the lighting section first. But no luck, they were all too big.

I put on my thinking cap and came up with the idea to just put a hanging bulb in there. Boy, if it were just that easy. Apparently no one sells a hanging bulb light kit that hardwires into the ceiling. Sure they have a million plug-in lamp kits at Home Depot and Lowes. But nothing for just a plain ol’ hanging bulb.

I finally struck gold the other day at Home Depot. I found a mini pendant light kit!

Industrial Hanging Orb Light

supplies:

2 Rounded Hanging Garden baskets

Mini pendant lighting kit

Cool retro/vintage industrial bulb

Metallic spray paint (optional)

Here are the links to the exact stuff I bought at Home Depot (just in case you can’t find it in the store):

basket, light kit, bulb

hanging orb light supplies

First off, remove the chain and coconut liner that came with the baskets. Keep the chain though, you could use it for another project 🙂

This is optional (and after the fact I realized it wasn’t necessary) you can paint the basket to match the color of the pendant, which in our case is bronze. The color of the pendant is so dark and the basket wires are so thin that you can’t tell I even painted it.

Remove the clips, widen then up a bit and then re-attach to the basket. They will hold both baskets together.

orb lamp clips

The cord that comes in the light kit is super long, so your going to need to cut it to size

hanging pendant light kit

Not sure where this is supposed to hang, it almost reaches the floor. Maybe if you hang it from a two-story space?

pendant lighting cord is too long

We just cut the cord and exposed the wires how it came from the box. BTW, I’m keeping the extra cord just in case I ever want to hang it somewhere else. You know that design ADD gets the best of me sometimes.

adjusting pendant light cord

Now you’re ready to assemble your light and hang it up. I forgot to take a picture, but the basket rests on the pendant. In other words, the pendant head and lightbulb go inside the basket. So before installing it string the cord through the large hole in the middle of the top basket.

Remember to shut off the power before you remove your old fixture and while installing the new one.

Here’s a shot of the messy directory inside our electrical box. Switching the power off to that fixture was basically trial and error, cause nothing was how it was labelled.

electrical panel box

Here she is, my very own hanging orb light. It was definitely worth the wait.

industrial hanging orb light

hanging orb light

I love the shadow effect the basket creates on the ceiling…

orb light hanging

But my favorite part by far is the bulb. You can’t tell in the other photos, but this is how the vintage bulb looks. You can see the filaments, which is really cool! Gives it an industrial vibe.

vintage style bulb

industrial style foyer

Our entry way is finally coming along. Next up, the rug and the stairs.

new entry way

This project was on the pricier side (for me at least). Here’s the breakdown:

2 Hanging Garden baskets $14

Mini pendant lighting kit $15

Cool retro industrial bulb $9

Spray paint $0 (already had it)

Total Cost: $38

 

Not so bad, when you consider the cheapest plain hanging light fixture at H.D. is $30.

One last beauty shot for the road, couldn’t resist!

orb light pendant

Inexpensive Fall Decor Ideas

With our remodel at a standstill (hopefully it’ll get going again soon!), and the state of MESS in our home, I sadly probably won’t be decorating for fall this year. It would kinda be like putting lipstick on a pig. But that doesn’t mean I can’t still dream. I hit Pinterest in search of some (inexpensive, of course) fall décor ideas. Here are some that I would make if I had a space to put them in.

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diy-falling-glitter -leaves-garland

painted-acorns

painted acorns

leaf mason jar candle holderleaf mason jar candle holder   

  diy chevron pumpkins

diy chevron pumpkins

diy birch bark candle diy birch bark candle

hanging acorn wreath

fall wreath with acrons

Glittery-Acorns-

glittery acorns

dried orange and cinnamon ornaments

dried orange and cinnamon ornaments

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burlap-bubble-wreath

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Gourd candle holders

Enjoy your fall decorating!

How to remove paint from hardware

remove paint from hardware

Ok, so I finally got around to refinishing the new(ish) dressers we bought about 8 months ago. Where does the time go?! The hardware was not in great condition and they were a dark brass color. I wanted more of a gold.

old painted hardwareI looked online for an easy way to paint over them. But soon realized (by other’s trial and error) that I was going to have to remove the existing finish if I didn’t want them to start chipping after a while.

Most of the ways to do this involved using nasty chemical strippers of some sort of manual scrubbing (I don’t think so). I finally found this solution ; boil them in vinegar!

In the pot they went…

How to remove paint from hardware

Here are some tips:

  • Use an old stainless steel pot that you can throw away after (probably not a good idea to cook with this pot again since the paint could contain lead)
  • Open the windows and turn on the exhaust fan (boiling vinegar stinks!)
  • Try plain water if you can’t stand the vinegar (I didn’t try it, but it probably works just as well)

boil hardeware to remove old paint

I didn’t turn the heat down like it said, I just let it boil (I’m impatient what can I say). I left them in there for about 15 minutes and this is what happened…how to remove paint from hardware

remove paint from hardware

The old paint just feel right off, no scrubbing required. Some though, did have to go in for a second boil to remove the stubborn spots.

They will probably still have a little residue in the crevices, but you can brush that off with an old toothbrush.

easily remove paint from furniture hardware

There you go easy as pie 🙂

 

Souvenir Notecard Gallery Wall

I’ve been working on the ‘Project Gallery’, which right now I have to say looks awful. Please don’t look, it’s embarrassing! (Ok, you can look now, the new one is up and running!). And I realized that I never posted a tutorial on the guest bedroom souvenir notecard gallery wall. So here goes…

I love using pretty souvenir postcards and notecards as wall art. Not only are they inexpensive but they remind you of a great trip every time you look at them.

These notecards were extra special since I got them on our honeymoon, during a visit to Yosemite National Park. They’re different illustrations of some John Muir’s specimens, which he collected during his travels. History lesson time: “John Muir was one of the most influential preservationists in American history and has been called the Father of the National Park System.” (quoted from the notecards jacket.)

Anyway, I though they were beautiful and went with the guest bedroom’s nature theme. Here’s a secret, I actually bought them as a souvenir for a friend, fell in love and kept them for myself. Then gave them something else, Is that terrible?

john-muir-notecards

botanical-note-cards

It was pretty inexpensive and I still have four cards left for another project, or if I ever want to write a note (yeah, that’s not gonna happen).

notecards

I got some cheap (but awesome) frames at IKEA. The mat that they come with was way too big for the tiny notecards, so I filled the space with second mat. The images were all different sizes and were going to look strange with a one size fits all pre-cut mat. I was gonna need to get mats custom cut for each notecard.

I went to a local artist supply place (Pearl Art in Miami) that also does custom framing. They are way cheaper than Michaels and other framing places, plus they have so much cool art stuff that it’s just fun to go to. The six mats cost just under $12. They had to redo one they messed up and even threw it in for free!

souvenier-framed-notecards-supplies

I choose the blue to match with the room’s color scheme, add a bit of color to them and make the illustrations really stick out.

double-matted-framed-art

framed-notecard

The tricky part was hanging them up. I used a laser level to get them at the same height across the wall. Unfortunately the laser only works horizontally, so matching them up vertically was the challenge. But after a few extra nail holes and much frustration I got them right. Well almost, they’re still a little wonky but they’re staying that way.

notecard gallery wall

 

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Magazine Christmas Tree

tree magazineHere’s a quick and easy project you can do in front of the tv. Take an old magazine you no longer want and turn it into a magazine Christmas tree.

Magazine Christmas Tree

Magazine

Packing tape roll

Ribbon

Open the magazine to the back page and begin folding each page one by one using the steps below moving  towards the front page.

magazine tree step 1

magazine tree step 2You may need to adjust how much you fold in this part depending on how long and wide your magazine is.

magazine tree step 3magazine tree step 4

magazine tree step 5

The tree will begin forming on it’s own.

magazine tree

Keep going until you reach the front page. Then do the same thing with the front and back covers.

For the base I used a roll of packing tape with a ribbon wrapped around it. But you can use anything you already have as a base; candle stick, small cake stand. upside down martini glass, pretty gift box…

magazine treemagazine christmas tree

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New Designs At Two White Owls

Been working like crazy loading up Two White Owls with new switch plates. Got some groovy ones for anywhere in the house…

new-switch-plates-collage

All of these can be customized with the color of your choice.

1. Faux Bois Wood Grain

2. Sunflower Yellow Ovals

3. Coral Woven Pattern

4. Animal Print

5. Pom Pom Plants in Blue

6. Sunflower Yellow Circles

7. Yellow and Gray Circle Pattern

8. Ikat Chevron Pattern

9. Zig Zag Pattern In Coral

10. Moroccan Pattern

And even got some cute ones for nurseries and children’s rooms…nursery-animal-switch-plates-

All of these can be customized with the color of your choice and can be personalized with your child’s name.

1. Sailboat Light Switch plate Cover in Blue

2. Hippo Light Switch Plate Cover in Raison

3. Octopus Light Switch Plate Cover in Sunflower Yellow

4. Dinosaur Light Switch Plate Cover in Navy

5. Hot Air Balloon Light Switch Plate Cover in Coral

6. Giraffe Light Switch plate Cover in Orange

7. Lion Light Switch plate Cover in Green

8. Whale Light Switch plate Cover in Blue

9. Airplane Light Switch Plate Cover in Raison

10. Monkey Light Switch Plate Cover in Sunflower Yellow 

$1 Dried Fern Wreath

dried fern wreathEvery year around this time I get filled with envy. Wreath envy that is. Especially after seeing all those beautiful fall wreaths around the web. And  I long to have one of my very own.

There are two major obstacles that stand in my way:

1. We live in Miami – there isn’t an orange or red leaf in sight.

2. Our door is way too wide for those over the door wreath holders. Believe me I’ve tried.

So I end up wreathless year after year.

That is, until this year.

What changed you ask? Well, I was admiring my cousin’s (a mad crafter) beautiful holiday decor at Thanksgiving and mentioned my wreath woes. She said every so casually “why don’t you just use one of those command hooks instead”. Say what!  Hello, why didn’t I think of that??? All these years…

Ok, one problem solved, but I still don’t have any fall foliage. I guess I’ll just have to find a substitute. Then it hit me, I have something just as good – ferns, ferns and more ferns. Only problem is ferns don’t last very long when cut and they definitely don’t dry as gracefully as fall leaves do. I had to find another way – preserve them.

I found several ways to dry or preserve plants and flowers, but most are either too complicated or take too long. Neither of which are good for someone as impatient as me. There is though one wonderfully simple, quick and cheap way to dry foliage and preserve it forever (or hopefully at least till after New Year’s). That is, drum roll please…

by using the microwave. Strange but true and it works like a charm too!

Dried Fern Wreath

Supplies you’ll need:

Dollar store wreath

Ferns (or other foliage you have available)

Gilded pine cones (plain work also)

Hot Glue

Microwave

Asparagus (optional)*

* Why asparagus? Well, when you heat the ferns in the microwave it will fill your kitchen with the smell of cooked asparagus. This will of course confuse your family into thinking you’re making some, which will disappoint everyone. So do yourself a favor and cook up some asparagus along with this project!

supplies for a fern wreath

Cut and collect your fern leaves (you’re going to need a lot). I used two types of ferns (smaller and larger ones – yes, not very technical but I can’t remember the names). Just to add more volume.

How to microwave the ferns (here’s the tutorial I used):

1. Place ferns on a paper towel. Lay ferns flat not on their side. If they’re not flat they will dry looking all shriveled and ugly.

how to dry a fern in th microwave

2. Lay as many as will fit without overlapping. Place another paper towel over them and put in the microwave.

3. Turn off the turntable (if you have that option) so they don’t spin around and make a mess. Microwave for 30 second then check. If they are not dry run it for another 30 seconds. Then repeat as needed at 15 second intervals. I ended up running my batches for 75 to 90 seconds each.

They are done when dry. Don’t over cook them, they shouldn’t be burnt or crisp.

*Make sure to keep an eye on them while running the microwave, they could catch on fire.

drying ferns in th microwaveHot glue the pinecones in place before adding the ferns.

pine cone wreath

 Glue the ferns to the wreath in layers, overlapping each new layer over the other.

making a fern wreath

If your wreath is woven, you can remove some of the lower leaves exposing the stem.

fern wreath

Then stick it into the weave and secure it with a dot of hot glue.

gluing ferns to a wreath

Keep adding leaves until it looks full and lush. I added in some larger leafed ferns to add some more volume.

Add a ribbon if you like and hang.

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My favorite part about this project was that it only cost $1. Which was what I paid for the wreath a couple of years ago. I’m soooo glad I was finally able to use it!

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Holiday Purse Revamp {From Drab To Fab}

holiday purse revamp

Now that Christmas and New Year’s are just around the corner, ok where did the year go!? I’m gonna be needing some festive and dressy accessories. And since I’d much rather buy home decor stuff than clothes and accessories, some goodies I got from Tulip are just what I needed. tulip shimmer productsHere’s a (very) old fabric purse that I generally use for formal events. There’s nothing wrong with it per se, just the fact that’s it’s a little boring. It’s in desperate need of a little bling.

old purseFor this project you’ll need:

A fabric purse

Tulip Shimmer Sheets

Crystal Stickers

Fashion Glitter

Fashion Glitter Bond

Iron

Cloth

Foam Brush

tulip glitter sheets and glitter Step 1 – Adding crystals to the top

Apply the bling (crystals) directly to the fabric, no adhesive needed. They come in strips of various lengths so you don’t have to stick them one by one. Bonus!

adding tulip crystal stickers to purse

Since this purse has a weird shape the crystal didn’t fit into the small spaces. But I think that made the pattern more interesting.glitter holiday purse

Step 2 – Applying shimmer sheets to the front

Take the shimmer sheets (I used the glitter red and plain silver sheets) and cut them into varying strips using a paper-cutter. You can use scissors if you don’t have one. Tip: it’s easier to cut the glitter sheets face down.

cutting tulip glitter sheets

Step 3

Take the strips and arrange them onto the purse until you get a pattern you like. If you have a rounded purse it’s easier if you tape the ends of the strips to the sides of the purse. This will hold the strips down so they won’t move around when ironing.holiday purse

Step 4

Take a cloth or piece of fabric and lay it over the purse. Heat dry iron to a suitable setting for the fabric. Press down firmly for 40 seconds while moving the iron around so you don’t burn the fabric. Check to make sure the transfer is set, if not re-iron until it sticks.

ironing glitter sheets to holiday purse

Step 5 – Adding glitter to the back

Apply Glitter Bond Adhesive on the back side of the purse and spread with a foam brush forming a thin layer. Sprinkle glitter over and shake away excess. Then press with finger to set. There it is my fabulous ‘new’ and improved holiday purse. Love it and can’t wait to use it! Anyone having a Holiday Party?

Here are some great projects other bloggers have created for this campaign:



For more holiday ideas and inspiration check out Tulip!

FTC Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Tulip and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

Fun & Easy Paper Ornaments

paper ornaments

Filling up that tree with ornaments can get expensive, especially if you want your tree to look different every year. I personally, get bored with using the same ornaments and like to change-up the color from year to year. Even though I wait for those close to Christmas sales at Targay and Kmart when I need new ornaments, it still adds up.

A great way to fill the void spots while changing the look of your tree is to make your own paper ornaments. They’re not only super inexpensive to make, but fun when you get the family together to help.

porcupine-ball-DIY ornament

DIY modern paper ornament

Honeycomb ornament tutorial-Step11

Honeycomb Ornament

easy paper Ornamants

Easy paper ornaments

diy book page ornaments

DIY CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

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 3D paper ornaments

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honeycomb blind sample ornaments

modern paper ornaments

 Make Modern Paper Ornaments 

porcupine-ball-DIY ornament

Paper Lantern Ornaments

rolled-paper-ornaments

rolled paper ornaments

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Kusudama Tutorial

DIY Plantable Paper Christmas Ornaments

DIY Plantable Paper Christmas Ornaments

Paper Ornaments

Paper Ornaments

border punched ornaments

border punched ornaments

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Paper Ball Ornaments

More easy and fun handmade ornaments: