Bunk bed Improvement

This is what the bunk bed looked like before the change.

The grandkids are over and playing on it. Look how plain it looks.

If you want to learn how to make it, watch the video.

I do like the bunk bed better now that it is wrapped with a skirt on the top and bottom. I also changed the curtains.

Painting With Chalk Paint

One of the things I learned about chalk paint is that a little can go a long way. It is safer to use. However, it does scratch easy and a top coat should be applied if it is used on furniture. It covers over varnished furniture well without having to sand it down first. Two coats will coat well and there are many colours available. That is why I decided to paint this furniture with chalk paint. If you notice the before and after, it seemed to brighten up the room.


Turning a TV Stand into a Bench


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Wondering what to do with the old, plain TV stand? Well, here is an idea. Take it apart and turn it into a bench with a coat rack. That is a project I took on. Here is what I did with the help of my daughter and husband.

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After it was apart, I sanded it so that I could paint it when the project was complete.

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Since I didn’t have a saw, I had a few helpers. I had the legs cut, leaving the ledge on so that the new top board, which was the middle, would now be the top. When the legs were cut, I attached the bottom base so I could draw a line on the inside where I wanted to slide a back and side piece of plywood in to box it in, leaving the front open for drawers.

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The line needed to be about 1/4 inch in and the depth of the cut should be at least 1/8 deep. I then had the line cut down the leg from the top down to the next notch, which is to the bottom base. I measured sides, both length and hight. and had a 1/4 inch sheet of plywood cut to size.

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Next was to make a middle so the drawer track could attach to it. Once that was done it was time to make a drawer. The drawers needed to be as accurate as possible, a bit smaller on the inside is okay because it could be adjusted until if fits in and slides with ease using shim.

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I painted the finished bench part and moved on to the next thing, making the top part (optional).

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I had to use my daughter to cut the first part of the coat rack frame. It should be at least 6′ high total from the floor, with the bench, to the top of the rack. Once I marked the cuts, hight and width of the bench, I sent the two side 4 x 4 boards and the top 6 x 2 board with the bottom 4 x 2 board to be cut. She had done an accurate cut. Once the frame was put together I had the plywood that was left over from the framing of the bench attached to the frame. I cut two strips of 2 x 2 for the centre to dress it up.

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Now it was my turn to take over the cutting. I wanted a top shelf so I measured a 2 x 6 board to the width of the top frame. Then with a 45-degree-angle cut I cut a 2 x 4 for the front face of the shelf and sides and a quarter round extending the length to fit around the front 2 x 4 and sides.

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I attached the top and then cut a 4 x 4 and 2 x 4 piece for the center of the arm and a top and bottom 2 x 4 arm rest. I attached that to the frame.

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I painted it and the hooks were put on to match the door handles. Adding a cushion and pillow matching the curtain tied the room together. To make the cushion go to – bench Cushion.

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Motor Home Makeover


Give the old Motor Home a facelift by refurbishing the old. Here is a cheap way to bring the old up to date.


Get new fabric, your choice of colours, and recover the cushions. Change the curtains and roll-down blind. For a complete step on redoing a roll-down blind go to roll-down blind. I chose to go with grey, blue and teal colours. The flooring was changed to grey linoleum.


Roll-Down Blind Redo



First, roll out the blind and take the staples off and pull out the narrow weight stick. Measure out the size of your new material using the old material as a guide, cut and sew the bottom for the weight stick to slide back into the new material. Next, lay out the material and put the roller back in place. Watch that the blind is laid back on the material the right way so that the good side is facing the inside of your camper. You may want to check the camper hook to see which way it goes back in so that you lay your roller the right way before stapling. I had to take the staples off and redo it because I did it backwards the first time.