Monday, June 20, 2016

Febreze Air Purifier

This is a sponsored post. I received a Febreze Air Purifier to evaluate and review the product. All opinions are my own.

I recently had the opportunity to evaluate and review the Febreze Air Purifier. After using it for several weeks I have been very pleased and impressed.

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The Febreze Air Purifier is a Hepa type air purifier that removes up to 99% of air pollutants. This large model retails for about $89 and stands about 26 inches tall.

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Since she was a baby, my now grown daughter has struggled with air borne allergens. We decided that her room was the perfect place to start.  Several nights before we got the air purifier, my daughter awoke during the night with terrible allergy attacks, sneezing repeatedly, throat and eyes itching, and runny nose. Because she is “scent sensitive” we did not turn on the scent feature while it was in her room. The machine operates quietly so that it does not interfere with sleep. Since using the Febreze Air Purifier, her allergy attacks have been significantly reduced. It made a dramatic difference in her room and she loved it. 

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After a couple of weeks we moved the air purifier to the den. Again, the quiet operation allowed us to continue to watch TV and carry on our normal activites without any problems at all. While the air purifier was in the den we tried out the scent feature. We tend to be very sensitive to scents and find many candles to be over-powering. We started with the lowest setting for scent and it was so light that we turned it to the highest setting. The fresh Febreze scent was very light and pleasant, making the house smell really fresh and clean. I would highly recommend this product!

I’m linking to Thoughts of Home on Thursdays at Poofing the Pillows and to Grace at Home at Imparting Grace.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Making a Mason Jar Chandelier

A few months ago my son’s fiancee told me that she would like to have a Mason Jar chandelier for the wedding reception and wondered if I could figure out how to make one. I love a challenge so I set out to make one.

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Once completed, I loved how it turned out.

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The finished chandelier measures nearly 3 feet from top to bottom and about 30 inches across. So, how did I do it? I don’t have a step by step tutorial because I was pressed for time finishing it just a couple of days before the wedding!!

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The chandelier started out as 2 separate brass chandeliers that I purchased for about $15 each.  I found one at an antique booth and the other at a Habitat Restore.One of the chandeliers that I bought was just like this one from my dining room with 2 levels. The other was a very large single tier chandelier.dining room before chair seats

Those types of chandeliers are screwed together on threaded rods. To disassemble one, you simplyhold it at the top and bottom and twist counter clockwise.

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I disassembled the two chandeliers and turned them upside down and ran the existing wires out the bottom. Next I moved the bottom ornament to the top and the top ornament to the bottom basically flipping it upside down.

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Next, I removed the bottom from one chandelier and the top from the other and screwed them together to add another tier. One note about reassembling. The first time I put them back together I twisted them too tight causing the threaded rod to cut through the insulation on the wire which caused it to short out!!! Not good!!! I had to unscrew the whole thing and repair the wire and put it back together again, being very careful not to over tighten! I added a plug in lamp cord to the end so that it could be plugged into an extension cord in the top of the tent.

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Next, I gave it a couple of coats of oil rubbed bronze spray paint. Then I took off the sockets by unscrewing the wires and unscrewing the sockets. I drilled a 3/8” hole in the top of each mason jar. I put the jar tops on the end of each arm then replaced the sockets with shorter ones and attached the wires again.  I purchased these 1 1/2” sockets on Ebay. Then I purchased these Edison style bulbs on Ebay and put them in. Next I screwed on the jars and she was complete. The bulbs were the most expensive part running about $100 for 18. The sockets were about $30 and the jars were about $10 bringing the total cost to around $170.

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My niece Haley made a very similar by simply flipping a single tier chandelier as pictured below.

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I don’t include a lot of family photos on the blog but I am adding just a few that were taken before the wedding.

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I hope you are enjoying your summer. It is blazing hot here but I am loving the sunshine!

I am linking to Thoughts of Home on Thursday at Decor to Adore, to Grace at Home at Imparting Grace, to Pretty Project Party at 11 Magnolia Lane, to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch and to The Creative Circle at Domestic Charm. Click the links for lots of inspiration.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Lazy Susans or Efficient Susans?

My son recently got married and my husband and I hosted the rehearsal dinner. Of course I had to complete a couple of DIY projects. I decided to make lazy Susans for the tables.

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I very quickly snapped a couple of pictures just before everyone walked in the door. I wish that I had better pictures but I think you can get the idea.

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I purchased the precut 24 inch circles of wood from one of the big box home improvement stores for $9.72 each. You can see them by clicking here. Since our big box stores are very close to each other I decided to check the price at both stores. I was shocked to find that the other store price was $18.49 for the exact same piece of wood! You can see that one by clicking here! You can see in the photo above that I marked the center and drew a circle where the turntable or spinner would go.

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I purchased the turntables on Ebay for $6.99 each. You can see them by clicking here. I applied a generous amount of construction adhesive and affixed them to the wood. By the way, you can purchase a Lazy Susan already made from Lowe’s for $70.98 but it’s only 14.75 inches in diameter. You can see it here.

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Then I gave them a quick coat of primer, paint, stain, and polyurathane.

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Unfortunately I was in a really big hurry and I failed to get a good close-up shot of the tables. For centerpieces I used my go-to tool caddies stuffed with annuals and a little Spanish moss.

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The next 2 pictures are how I used the tool caddies at another rehearsal dinner.

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This one is particularly sentimental.

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If you look closely you will see the groom’s name on the bottom. He made this at Home Depot almost 20 years ago! I wish that we had written the year on there too!

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Several years ago I updated the kids’ tool caddies with fresh paint so that we could continue to use them. You can see that post by clicking here.

I hope you are enjoying these first days of summer! I surely am.

I’ll be linking to Thoughts of Home on Thursday and to Metamorphosis Monday. Click the links to see lots of inspiration.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Dining Room Before and After–ORC Week 6

Hoorah! I made it to the finish line of the six week One Room Challenge. I was able to completely finish the project on time, even though it was just a couple of hours before we were hosting a party for 50 people at our house!

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To say that I am tickled pink with the results would be an understatement! Let’s review what it looked like before.

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I don’t switch things up very often and after nearly 30 years I have finally tired of this look. The first step, and by far the most tedious and time consuming was removing the old wallpaper.

A considerable amount of time was spent prepping the walls with spackling and a fresh coat of paint before I applied the P Kauffman “Malawi” fabric to the walls for wallpaper.

I used wallpaper paste to apply the fabric to the walls just as I would wallpaper. I painted the walls behind the fabric and below the chair rail with Valspar “Pam’s Lace.”

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I switched out the brass chandelier for this crystal one and gave the mirror a fresh coat of Liquid Gold.

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I also made new silk window treatments and covered the chair seats in a beautiful velvet.

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This is the view from the foyer that I did last year. You can see that project by clicking here.

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I am so pleased with the results! I hope you will click over to Calling It Home to the other projects.

I’m also linking to Thoughts of Home on Thursday at Decor to Adore and to Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Dining Room Update- ORC Week 5

I can see the finish line for this project and I am so excited! I will actually finish on time so you must come back next week for the big reveal! This week I completed the window treatments and recovered the chair seats.

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I covered the chair seats with a dark pink upholstery velvet fabric. I chose a solid color because I thought that a pattern might be too much with the carved backs of the chairs.

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When I bought these chairs about thirty years ago I planned to changed the cream colored chair seats immediately but I never got around to it. Only one seat had a small stain but I have never cared for the color.

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I happened to find the embroidered silk fabric for the drapes in a sale bin at a local fabric store, Martha's Fabrics, and it was exactly the amount that I needed. I added a small band of dark pink fabric as an accent across the top.

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The new drapes are a tremendous improvement over the old ones!

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If you missed by previous posts about this project you can click here, here, here, and here.  I can’t wait to show you the entire room next week! Be sure to click over to Calling It Home to see the other participants in this six week design project.

I’m also linking to Thoughts of Home of Thursday at Poofing the Pillows. Click the link to see what the other participants have been up to this week.

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