Adding Orange to the Living Room

When we took out the carpet and had laminate installed, I  knew that we would need a rug for the center of the room. I looked around at different stores but couldn’t find anything I loved and especially at the price I wanted to pay!(oh the joys of being a cheapskate) I love to change things out and if I put a lot of money into something, then I feel like I am tied to it for a good long while. Maybe you could call it commit-o-phobia.

Anyway, what we ended up with was actually a very neutral 8×10 rug that came out of the outdoor rug section of a local hardware store. I think I paid $50 for it.

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A side note – please ignore the big boxes behind the couch – they have been there for awhile – waiting on my finishing the bed for the master bedroom. Please don’t judge me on the brown tips on the leaves of my plant. It has been horribly dry this winter and I have not been doing well  watering it!

It has worked fine for the last couple years, but I have been keeping my eyes open for something with more color – doesn’t it look like it needs something besides brown?!?!? I love brown, but I definitely need to expand my horizons! My husband also complained that it wasn’t soft enough to lay on when playing with the kids, so another mark against it.

Well, my patience paid off – it finally happened. I found a rug that I loved with lots of colors that goes well with the other pieces in the room. And it didn’t break the bank either. I love the fact that it has a woodgrain feel because it compliments my silhouette trees on the wall.

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Here is a close up of the colors in the rug itself.

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I am looking forward to incorporating some orange/rust into the room. I ordered new material for curtains, pillows and bench seat cover. Hopefully it comes soon, because once summer hits, indoor activities come to a screeching halt around here! I have an idea for a new, unique coffee table that I hope to work on this spring yet also!

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My 3rd Hand Mirror; Mounted

I have long hair and have been seeing some really neat updos and hairstyles online that I would love to try. The problem lies in the fact that you usually need 2 hands to work with the hair and a 3rd hand to hold the mirror so you can see what you are doing on the back side of your head!

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My solution was to use my towel ladder to balance a standing mirror with a swiveling head on one of the upper rungs.

Wouldn’t you know – this is the only picture I have of the old mirror – you know the type I am talking about though. It was large enough to sit on one rung and lean against the one above it plus the side of the ladder.


This worked fine for awhile, but with 2 rambunctious boys in the house, it was doomed for failure – yes, I forgot to set back on the ladder one time and “someone” (who goes by the name of “Not me” at my house) bumped the ladder and it fell to the floor. Fortunately it didn’t shatter, just cracked and broke one of the sides away from the frame that allowed it to swivel.

I used it for awhile that way but it was really difficult to position. I even tried using a twistie tie to hold it in place, but it was a royal pain to work with.

I looked into getting the scissor fold mirrors that you can attach to the wall but the ones I could find around here cost $30 and I wasn’t sure it was really worth it. I picked up a $5 hand mirror and tried to do the braids blind but that wasn’t working very well either!

So, when my sisters and I went to IKEA last weekend (a 5 hour drive for us), I saw a scissor mirror for $4.99 and I grabbed it.

Instead of installing it on the wall I attached it to the side of my towel ladder. I should really attach the ladder to the wall to insure it’s safety, but the ladder has never been bumped over in the last year, so I think we’ll be alright!

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Of course, I had to do a trial run to see how it would work, so I did a more complicated updo and the mirror worked great! I could see where to put the hair and bobby pins no matter what side of the head I was working with.

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I’m excited to do a few more braids and more complex updos that require 2 hands and a 3rd-hand-mirror. (I never realized how difficult it is to take a picture of the back of your head in the mirror – you should try it sometime!)

On a side note – I thought it was so funny how the instructions for hanging the mirror were all pictures – one of which included a burning curtain which was caused by the sun shining on the mirror pointing at the curtain! I guess I never thought about that happening!TQ Jo signature

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Microwave Shelf Update

When we first moved in this house, the previous owners had left behind this monstrosity of a combination oven/stove/microwave. It was one piece and had to be about 30 years old! We got rid of that because we had bought my husband’s grandma’s oven/stove when we got married and we also had our own microwave. Because the monstrosity left a large area above the stove, we decided to hang a shelf to put the microwave on.

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We ended up using threaded rod, washers and nuts to make the shelf, which is just a rectangle of wood that fits the area. We drilled 4 holes in the cabinets above the microwave and 4 corresponding holes through the shelf. We cut the threaded rod to the length that we needed, used washers and nuts to tighten the rod to the upper cabinets and underneath the shelf. We covered the threaded rod with some metal tubing and I painted it the same color as the wall.

This set up has served me very well over the years – we added a light to the bottom of the shelf a few years after we moved here which I use all the time when I am cooking or even using the mixer, which is right next to the stove.

Well, it doesn’t look pretty and I always told myself that I would add a front edge to hide the light, but it has just not happened!

Until now….

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I added a face board underneath and also added some brackets that I scored at GW awhile back. I painted the under boards, brackets and the metal rods black. I then distressed the edges. Right now, I left the top of the board as stained and poly’ed. It sort of matches the microwave with it’s wood-look sides and black front. That is what I’m telling myself, but I think it has more to do with it being a 2 person job to move the microwave and hubby has been busy!

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If you look closely – you can probably find a few more changes. My messy paper plate basket is now painted black so it fades into the background. I also added some black “tiles” to my backsplash to help tie everything in together. It also helps to hide the back microwave cord that hangs down to the outlet.

This shelf has no holes in the wall, I even just added the brackets to the bottom of the shelf so until I get a new built-in microwave someday, I’m content with this!

I’ll show you the shelf I added to the soffit above this next.

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