DIY Spray Painted Lattice Patterned Rug

A few weeks ago I was flipping through a magazine (I have a nice friend who recycles all her home decorating magazines to me):-) when I saw this ad below.



Umm, gorgeous and I want that rug were my exact thoughts!   After a bit more time gawking at the photo I hopped on over to to see if it was possibly in my price range. Initially I was teased by a few rugs that were decently priced but then I saw ‘mine’ and it was a mighty blow–for the size I needed (a 6×9) they were asking a whopping $1,899.

Having seen a few posts here and there on blogs about crazy people painting rugs it had crossed my mind quite a few times.  Especially since we had lots of leftover carpet still rolled up in our garage from the hardwood floor installation.  My mind immediately went to how I could replicate this Horchow rug DIY style.

Upon first glance it looked like the pattern would be way too complicated but once I took the time to really study it a light bulb went on! Another item or two left over from the floor renovation were stacks of 12×12 floor tiles we had ripped out and piles of discarded shoe molding.  Hooray for us for being SO slow to get these items on the curb for trash pick up!  Sometimes (rarely) procrastination pays off!:-)

I set out the rug (an old piece of carpet) onto a large drop cloth.

the rug before


Then began to line up the tiles in diagonal rows.

lattice pattern for diy rug

And started adding varying lengths of shoe molding centered between the tiles.

create pattern for diy painted rug

I was so excited to see if it would work!  At this point I’m sure my neighbors thought I was crazy but I didn’t care my curiosity overtook any sense of pride!:-)

I used Rustoleum’s Deep Blue color from Home Depot.  I ended up using 3 cans.  Each can cost $3.44.

blue spray paint for diy rug

DIY Painted Rug Almost done

upclose of rug pattern


And I sprayed and sprayed and sprayed.  I don’t know who was having more fun playing me or my daughter riding the baby car down the driveway with both feet up!  After that it was both feet up and no hands. :-o

having fun

Here are the results–

AS a frame of reference the most accurate depiction of the color is the picture below.  It is a deep blue, almost navy color.

DIY Painted Rug Color

How to paint a rug

DIY Rug from Carpet

DIY Spay Painted Rug

Cutie PIe Stair Sitter

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It’s not perfect (none of my DIY’s are) but I quite enamored with it considering it only cost me $10.50 (spray paint) and I love the pop of color and lattice, basket weave design.  I found the lattice design to be very forgiving.  Assuming you don’t have old 12×12 tiles lying around :-) I think poster board cut into a 12×12 size would work well.  The dollar store sells poster board 2 for $1.  Just be sure to weigh it down a little with rocks or something you don’t mind getting sprayed with paint.

As for the lines between the poster board 12×12 s if you don’t have spare shoe molding lying around  you could try frog tape (a type of painter’s tape).  I would try it out first on a spare piece to make sure it will adhere to the rug material.

As for obtaining carpet remnants you could try Craigslist, friends that have gotten new floors, or even price out basic carpet at the stores.  Another idea is to look around for a basic rug at a low price to hack.  Here is a link to where you find good deals on rugs.

Thanks for reading about my adventures in spray painting a rug!  It was fun!  Lets me know if you have any questions!!:-)


DIY  lattice painted rug

DIY Capiz Shell Drum Light Fixture

Approximately 10 months ago I was zoning out while nursing my baby on the couch in the family room when I heard a large shatter of glass coming from the front of the house.  After quickly getting appropriately covered and with a very unhappy baby in tow I bee-lined towards the front of the house.  There I found the entire stairs covered in shards of glass.

The light fixture at the top of the stairs (basically the upstairs hallway light) had exploded.  To this day I don’t know if it was caused by using wrong light bulb wattages or if the light bulb had somehow rested too close to the glass but either way it didn’t matter now.  What did matter was that thankfully no one was on the stairs when the incident happened and that now I would need to figure what to do about replacing the light fixture.

The light fixture use to look something like the picture below.  It was builder basic but I didn’t mind it, especially since it was rubbed oil bronze.

Builder Light to DIY Light

After the light fixture combustion it was left looking like this:


Light Fixture Before


I initially looked into replacing just the glass part.  Lowes sells glass cover replacements for floor lamps which came in handy once when one of our kids took a glass torchiere to the ground accidentally.  But I couldn’t find any glass cover replacements for the ceiling light fixture  I had.

I really didn’t want to replace the whole fixture because it is in a very awkward place at the top of the steps.  It is scary enough trying the change it’s light bulbs because you have to put a chair at the top of the last step and reach diagonally over the stairs to get to it.  One wrong move and you are a goner!  Death by changing light bulb and subsequently falling down the stairs.

I didn’t want to have to try to wire a new  light fixture there and didn’t want to have to pay someone else to either (nor the lawyer bills when we got sued from their flight down the stairs):-)

Below is the solution I came up with:


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DIY Light Fixture

And for $15 and no re-wiring I am very happy with the outcome!  I have always LOVED the capiz shell chandeliers!  They lend their way to a casual, elegant feel (Learn more about casual elegance here).



capiz chandelier


Having seen some great DIY capiz shell chandeliers made from wax paper I thought why not a DIY capiz shell drum light??


Here’s how to do it!


First, I purchased a large white drum shade from Marshals for only $12.99.
DIY Drum Light


Since I wanted my light to resemble a semi-flush mount light fixture I did a little research on how tall their drum shade typically is and came back with a range of 6-9 inches.  I chose to do mine 7 inches in height.
How to change builder light to drum light


I made a mark at 7 inches at several points around the shade and then drew a faint line around the shade connecting the marks.  Using an exacto knife I cut into the drum shade and then employed scissors to cut the rest of the way around the shade.  You can see the excess amount I cut off in the photo below.
Cut Drum shade


Next I got out my wax paper roll and cut the paper in 4 inch strips.  I then lightly folded (no crease) the strip and cut semi-circles as seen below.  As soon as you cut them lay them out flat so that they don’t get deep crease marks.  Cut out lots and lots of circles!  Most of my circles are  1 1/2 to 2 inches in size.

DIY Capiz Shell Drum Light


Next I started hot gluing the circles onto the shade.  Just a dab of glue will do.  Start at the top of the shade and work down.  I had 6 circles in each vertical row.  Then would move on to the next row being sure to overlap the previous row a bit.

DIY Capiz Shell Drum Light Fixture


Next I made a diffuser for the drum shade since I knew coming up the stairs it would be unsightly to look up into the fixture.  To do this I bought 2 packs of clear chopping mats at the Dollar Tree (2 come in each pack).  I took them out and taped them together with clear packaging tape.  Then I gently put the drum shade on the mats and traced the inside of the drum shade with a pen.  Using scissors I cut the mats along the designated line.

DIY Light fixture diffuser


Next I laid the ‘mat circle’ on top of a white scrap piece of fabric and traced with a pen around the circle.  Then cut the fabric along the traced line.

DIY Difuser


I then sprayed the ‘mat circle’ with spray adhesive and put it on top of the fabric circle pressing firmly to adhere the mat to the fabric.  Don’t be confused by the picture below– I ended up cutting the fabric flush with the diameter of the ‘mat circle’.

DIY light difuser


If you want, instead of making your own diffuser you can purchase a light diffuser at most home improvement store for about $6 and then cut it to size like the one shown below.

DIY LIght Diffuser


Okay we are almost done!  I bought some white rope at I think Lowes.  Buy it by the yard because it is SO much cheaper that way!  I think I bought 2 yards and it was under a dollar.  I then hot glued it to the inside edge of the drum shade.  This will hold up the diffuser.

DIY celing light


  Lastly, I added a few nuts to the anchor of the light fixture so that the drum shade would sit where I wanted it to.  Make sure if you use a diffuser to give your light fixture enough space at the top for the heat to escape!!

Inside DIY Light Fixture

Then I carefully folded the diffuser up into the shade and shifted it around until the diffuser evenly sat on the inner rope trim.

TADA a chic, new light fixture for only $15!

DIY Light Fixture


And with the light on there’s a warm glow.

DiY Semi Flush Mount Light Fixture

So whether you just want to replace your current basic light fixture OR your glass fixture spontaneously combusts (let’s hope not) know you have inexpensive, chic options out there! :-)

Remember how I’ve been on the look for a rug for my living room?  Be back next to share with you what I came up with.;-)


10 Simple Fall Decor Ideas

Hi Guys!  Today I’m excited to share with you 10 simple and inexpensive Fall décor ideas that will last the season through!

10 Simple Fall Decor Ideas

Fall decorating can be a little tricky sometimes because there are two very popular and very different Holidays to decorate for.  First, Halloween depicted by all things creepy and orange and black and then Thanksgiving which is a more serious and reflective Holiday.

I like to choose Fall décor items that are more reflective of the actual season (of what is going on outside).   That way I can put those décor items up in early-mid September and they last all the way through right after Thanksgiving.

I do add a few Halloween items in early October and then replace those with Thanksgiving sentiments in the first week of November.

But here are the 10 inexpensive décor items that will last you the season through!

#1 Canisters or Bowls filled with apples or pears.

Fall Decor Kitchen

Fall Decor Apples

I bought the glass canister above at Homegoods for $9.99.  Then I filled it with fake green apples I bought from a stager’s sale for next to nothing.  Love the assortment of pears in the bowl below.

 Design Happens via Houzz

#2 Decorating with Leaves.  There are various ways to decorate with leaves.  The photos above and below portray beautiful leaf bouquets that appear to have been cut in their full Fall foliage glory!


I love the idea of mounting dried leaves to white paper and creating a gallery wall of sorts.  Simply genius.

Cuppett Architects via Houzz


#3  Another décor item from nature that is common place to find in Fall are acorns.  I love the glass vase filled with acorns.  I bet kids would love assisting in hunting down the acorns for this project.  A real win-win!

#4  While they are out hunting for acorns they can also do collecting pinecones.  This pretty family room boasts a wooden bowl filled with pinecones which gets me in the mood for Fall.


When I use to visit my grandparents in South Carolina every Thanksgiving you could find pine cones a foot everywhere.  But where I live in the Midwest I hardly ever see one out in nature.  I purchased my gold tinted pinecones at good old JoAnn Fabrics.

Fall Decor Pinecones

#5  Another item to look for in your yard or in craft stores are dried flowers.  Often flowers turn autumn colors when they are dried properly.  Below are some pink hydrangeas that dried up like this last Fall.  When I went out to cut the plant down I kept the nicest ones and now use them in a white $1.00 thrift store vase.  My kind of inexpensive decor!:-)

Inexpensive Fall Decor

These salmon colored dried flowers and gorgeous and have such a nice autumn flair.

#6  Bare branches or almost bare branches can be found outdoors as well.  My neighbor gave me the branches on my kitchen table.  I put them in a large tin vase I got at the Pottery Barn Outlet.  I have seen similar branches at Walmart for around $10.

Fall Decorating

Subtle Fall Decor

Below bare branches situated inside a woven planter signify the season’s dying process well.

(Also note the pinecones placed carefully upon books and on the far left can be seen grouped inside an urn).

The photos above and below are not only adorned with fall branches but also with #7 Candles and #8 Blankets.

Candles and Blankets (or Throws) are both practical and descriptive décor items for Fall.  They both produce heat that can keep us warm and cozy in our homes as temperatures decline.  Candles also can be employed as the daylight begins to fade ever  so quickly.


#9 There is something about burlap reminds me of Fall.  A few years ago I made this adorable wreath in a bigger size for my front door and I still love it and use  it the whole season.

ruffle wreath

via Jones Design (tutorial also at this link)

Burlap is a relatively inexpensive material and can make great drapes, table runners, Fall banners and more!


via Cosmo girl

Love the burlap backing in this framed monogram.  it screams autumn posed with a pumpkin.

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via Love of Family & Home

#10  Although Jack-0-lanterns and bright orange pumpkins are a hallmark of Halloween their more muted versions  and gourds  serve as a Fall symbol all season long.


via Country Living



I hope this post has given you some ideas on how you can bring Fall into your home all season long without a lot of work or money (true simplicity). :-)  I hope you have a great weekend!  I’ll be watching our boys soccer games.  What is on your agenda?

10 Simple Fall Decor Ideas

Stair Runner Reveal and Tutorial

A month or so back I mentioned in one of my posts about wanting to tear up the carpet on my stairs. Well I did and project Replace Carpet with Stair Runner is done!

Are you ready for some before and afters??

The Before- A boring beige carpet that was a magnet for dirt and cat hair.

staircase before runner


The After-A fresh, clean runner protected with Scotch Guard
DIY Ikea Stair Runner


I’m super happy with how it turned out and the lightness and brightness it brings to the entryway.


entry before



Ikea Stair Runner

Big Difference, isn’t it??  (shake your head and nod, yes):-)

As you may have noticed in the photo above our kitchen gets a lot of light and our front entry is 2-story with a window so it gets light but the hallway going to our kitchen is always dim.

I always feel like when I invite guests over I have to take them through a dark tunnel (my hallway) and I feel the need to encourage them to “go towards the light, go towards the light”.

Updated DIY Kitchen

Yay, we made it through the tunnel!:-)


A project I plan to do in the future to hopefully lighten up the hallway is to paint it all white and add decorative molding!  I’m excited!  So excited that I created a terrible photoshopped picture of it all white and boxed up in molding.

Entry Hallway with waitnscoting

I know it’s an absolutely hideously lazy photoshop job but it still makes me excited.:-)

Okay, sorry,  back to the stairs!  Do you wonder how much this DIY stair runner cost?  Most stairs runners cost over $200 even DIY-ed.  This cost me about $65.

A few months ago when I went to IKEA (a 4 hour round trip) to buy some items for the boys’ room makeover I also went to check out a rug runner I thought could work as a stair runner.

Above is  the one, the Alslev Rug.  It comes in 2 sizes a  2 ‘ 7 “x 4 ‘ 11” for $16.99 and a 2 ‘ 7 “x 6 ‘ 7 ” for $19.99.

The weekend I went I lucked because there was a deal going on where you could purchase the Alslev Rug smaller size for $9.99 and longer size for $12.99 if you were an IKEA Family card member.  I signed up to be a IKEA Family card member to get the deal!

I came home with 3 smaller sizes and 2 longer size.  In retrospect I wish I would have just bought all of the longer sizes even if it did cost a little bit more.

One reason is because it looks better and installs quicker using the longer rugs and second reason because although the description says the two sizes are the same width (2′ 7”) the longer rug was actually about an inch to an 1 /1/2 less wide.


So here is the Project Replace Carpet with Stair Runner tutorial:

1.  I started with the bottom step by using pliers to pull carpet away from stairs.

how to pull up carpet

2. Once you get the carpet up this is what you will see. The blue stuff is the carpet padding and the arrows show where the nail strips to pull up carpet on stairs2

With a flat head screw driver up against the nail strip strike the end of the screw driver with a hammer until you can get under the nail strip and pull it up (you may want to use gloves during this step).

how to get up nail strip on stairs

TIP:  Getting the nail strips up is the longest part of the process.  I only had a little bit of time each night to work on this project so I did a few steps at a time and then put the carpet back down over the steps.  I wouldn’t pull the whole carpet off the stairs all at the beginning unless you knew you were going to have the time to get all the nail strips up in one big block of time.

3. Once the strips were up I cut away the edges of my carpet padding.  I knew I wanted to keep the carpet padding for the stair runner because then I would have to buy new ones plus it was conveniently there.

So with scissors I just trimmed away the padding on the sides (as shown in the first couple of steps) and then removed the staples that had been used to keep the padding down on the sides.  To get up the staples just use your flathead screw driver to get up under the staple and pop it up.

how to tear out carpet on stairs

4.  There will be some holes and imperfections left from the staples and nail strips so the next step is to patch up the imperfections.  I used spackle and a putty knife to fill in holes and to scrape excess spackle away.

5.  Once the spackle is dry lightly sand and wipe away dust and debris.

6.  Now you are ready to paint!  I gave the sides of the stairs(where the runner wouldn’t cover) a fresh coat  white paint.

7.  Next I followed the tutorial over at Young House Love for installing the runners.  You can find it HERE.

I will let you know how the new stair runner holds up!  I’m really hoping that the scotch guard can keep it fresh and clean!  I figure if it gets dingy after a few years it didn’t cost too much so I could rationalize taking it off and staining the steps to match the new hardwoods and to do the beautiful brown and white look!

In the meantime I’m enjoying the new stairs:-)

DIY Ikea Stair Runner

Has anyone else tackled their stairs and have  additional advice to share?

Where to Find Good Deals on Rugs

Rugs have been on my mind as of late. Our hardwood floor installer made sure he told us lots of times that getting rugs for our new wood floors should be high on our priority list. He was a big advocate for using them to protect our new floors against water spills and other wood damage inducers.

He was right, there are great practical reasons for having rugs in your home. I am right, when I say there are a lot of great impractical reasons to get rugs too!;-) In design rugs have the power to add texture, a pop of color, soften, make a room cohesive, or make a statement.

Sasha Lanka via Houzz



For all rugs can do you would think getting them would be high on everyone’s priority list, however, one of the biggest downfalls of rugs that I have run into is that they can cost a pretty penny (Or more like 1,000+ pretty pennies).

Over the past few years as I’ve searched high and low for stylish rugs on a budget I have come across a few ways to get the look for less.  Predictably I usually turn to my Pottery Barn or Ballard Designs catalogs for inspiration and then look elsewhere for less expensive copycats.


Here are some examples of some copycats I’ve found:

Ballard Designs Merletto Rug- $600 (5.5×7.5)

Merletto Rug

Overstock’s Version- Nourison Vista Ikat Ivory 5×7- $42.79

Nourison Vista Ikat Ivory Rug

 Pottery Barn Henley Rug- On Sale for $411 plus $25 Surcharge (8×10)

Overstock ‘s Version- On Sale $148.74 (8×10)

nuLOOM Outdoor / Indoor Rug (5'3 x 7'9)

Ballard Designs Saybrook Indoor/Outdoor Rug-$ 319 (8×11)

Saybrook Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Overstock ‘s Version- $151.29 (8×11)

Poolside Beige/ Dark Beige Indoor Outdoor Rug (8' x 11'2)

Ballard Designs Blair Hand Tufted Rug-  $999 (8.9 x 12)

Blair Hand Tufted Rug

Rugs USA Version- On Sale for $333.30 (9 x 12.5)

Pottery Barn’s Shelby Rug- $524+ $25 surcharge (8×10)

Rugs USA’s Version- Homespun Blue – $198.60 (6×9)

Pottery Barn Malika Persian-Style Rug- On Sale $721.00+surcharge

Rugs USA’s Version- Radiante Slate Rug – On Sale $326.80 (8.5×11.5) and Rugs USA are excellent sources of stylish, well priced rugs. has been my most consistent source of inexpensive, attractive rugs. Whenever I go to their site to look for rugs I can usually find a great selection.

A couple of years ago I purchased my dining room rug there for $144.  A great deal considering it is a large 8×11 rug.

Engineered Hardwood in Dining Room

I also bought this brown houndstooth indoor/outdoor rug there for $34.  It has held up well in the great outdoors.
exterior house tour

The other financial benefit over some of the other stores is that’s shipping is free.  And you can return it for free as well.

I once bought a rug there that I didn’t end up needing so I called them and they sent a return label to my email that I printed out and put on the rug’s original package (keep your rug packaging until your sure you are going to keep the rug) and then took the rug to the UPS store.  That was it!

Rugs USA also has a great selection, however, their deals aren’t always that good.  Their great deals only seem to happen around Holidays.

For example this week they have had a 70% off plus free shipping sale because of Labor Day.  But don’t worry if you miss this sale because come Halloween or Thanksgiving I wouldn’t be surprised if there is another 70% off sale!

Lastly, I want to mention that Ballard Design’s Indoor/Outdoor rugs can sometimes can be inexpensive.  Our entry way rug is from Ballards and I got it on sale/clearance for only $29 plus shipping!  It has held up really well considering the abuse it’s endured.


Since we now have new floors and a new runner going down the stairs (I can’t wait to show you!) I am thinking about buying a new entry way rug.  I’m thinking something with a little more color.

Perhaps Ballard’s Tortola Indoor/Outdoor Rug (in Blue) for $50.

Tortola Indoor/Outdoor Rug

OR maybe Overstock’s Safavieh Indoor/ Outdoor Moroccan Courtyard for $35.

Safavieh Indoor/ Outdoor Moroccan Courtyard Brown/ Aqua Rug (2'7 x 5')


What has your experience been with any of the above mentioned companies?  Where else have you found good deals on rugs?  I love hearing from you! :-)