A cheap and easy faux heaboard

In my last post about our situation, selling the house was a possibility.  Now it’s pretty much a sure thing.  I’ll talk more about it in the coming weeks.  But for now, I’m going to show you our bedroom decor progress.  It’s not at all what I wanted for the space…my taste is too specific and I’m decorating for the general public now.

I’ve been on the look-out for the perfect headboard for quite some time.  And I haven’t found a thing.  Right now, that’s okay with me though–it’s one less thing we’ll have to move.  So this week, I came up with a temporary faux headboard just to make the bedroom look finished and well-staged.  Of course, this could work as a permanent faux headboard too, if it’s the look you’re going for.


So, it only cost $36.  (Side note: it was marked $26, and it was TOTALLY worth that price, $36 is border-line.)  It’s a desk-top from IKEA.  I didn’t even have to do any installation!  Right now, it’s sitting on top of the baseboard radiator (don’t worry, it’s light and the radiators are strong).  I would like it higher though, so we’ll see if there is some simple way I can raise it up without putting big holes in the wall.

Queen size beds are 5 feet wide, which makes finding faux headboards pretty easy, just grab anything that’s 5′ across (which is the standard width of a desk).

The other update in the room are the bedside tables.  What I had planned as nightstands were exactly what I made in the dollhouse: simple wall-shelves.

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But, because of the fact that we built the open closet, we know prospective buyers are going to need to see some closed storage.  Apparently we have simplified so much that we now have to buy furniture to try to sell the house.  It seems most Americans are allergic to anything minimal.

They are the IKEA Rast dressers.  It was SO HARD not to hack them, they are so simple and full of possibilities.  (Just what internet needs: one more Rast hack.)  But, I’m in a hurry to get the rooms finished, so I just stained them black and put different knobs on them.


Up next are bedside lamps that I made probably a year ago now, but had yet to set up, side-table styling and pillow covers.


A small bathroom update and some unfortunate news

Looong absence, huh?  I’ve been working on a few small projects, but we’ve just had a really, really busy summer.

I finally finished patching and re-painting the bathroom ceiling.  For a couple years, it looked like this:


Shameful.  But you know, you get used to things like holes in the ceiling pretty quickly and just forget they’re there.  The hole was there because we had to fix some electrical work.  Then for a few months, it looked like this.


And in the mean time, I got SO tired of patching drywall.  That has been one of my least favorite parts of fixing this house up.  I was also testing colors on the wall there.  The darker color is what we ended up using on the ceiling (it’s the same as the powder room) and we painted the walls our favorite white.  Now it looks like this:


It feels good to have it finished!

We also hung the mirror back up vertically after I painted.  It’s a long story that I’ll tell you in the next chapter when we actually get this room done.



Also, something big happened this week too: the Hubs’ company downsized and he lost his job.  The chances of finding new work in this area are pretty slim.  Which means, our work on the house might turn from fun things into finishing projects to getting it ready to sell.  Either way, it might continue to be quiet around here until we get settled again.

Unfortunately, this also means I will not be able to host the Undersized Urbanite contest this year.  The time and resources just aren’t there.  I’m really bummed about it, but it’s just not possible.

I’ll be back as soon as we have either news or another finished project!


You need to read this book

Seriously.  If there’s anything about your home’s layout or functionality that isn’t working for you, you need to read this book.  (This is not a sponsored post–I am highly recommending it for free.)

The first floor of our house has had me stumped for a while.  (Because you know I have decorating ADD and can’t just think about the project[s] I’m already working on.)

Our kitchen has a semi-closed off breakfast area and a dining room.  For the two of us, it was just redundant.  Especially since the breakfast table was only about 6 feet away from the dining table.  At any given time, one of them was just acting as a junk collector.  Ick.

I’d been trying to think of ways to use the spaces better for months, but I was still stumped.  So I was very excited while browsing the library shelf to see this book:

Right-sizing Your Home, an excellent book about how to make your current house work for you

Right-Sizing Your Home: How to Make Your House Fit Your Lifestyle by Gale C. Steves (affiliate link)

The book really has nothing to do with the size of your home; it’s about making the home you already have work for you.  Not by remodeling either (while you could definitely do that–and they have advice for that too), a lot of the ideas you’ll get when you read it could be done for free by just changing furniture around.  It’s about re-thinking the way you actually use your house and the way your house is currently arranged.


The book is well-organized, starting from the beginning of how and why to re-think your whole house, before going into the details of each room, one per chapter.  There are even pages in each chapter with general dimension guides and extra things to think about if you have kids.


Thanks to some thoughts provoked by the book, we have a solution to the breakfast area/dining room issue (and a couple other issues too!), but there are still some details we need to work out…and of course, it adds another project to our list.  Good thing we like projects.