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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

How to Makeover a Vintage Chandelier

Into a Chic and Timeless Work of Art

By: JoFer Interiors 

Once again we will like to share with you an interesting project on how to makeover a vintage chandelier into a timeless piece,and what makes it appropriate for any seasonal change. 

On one of our home decor shopping adventures, we came across this very unique and interesting item.

You guessed right
It is a wired handmade chandelier from India. A Vintage find at that. 
This was a great piece considering it's over sized and practically one of a kind. 

The one thing we were not fond of, was the gold finish of the chandelier. Nevertheless, this was no deal breaker considering the potential this magnificent item would have once we added our personal touches and finishes.  

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In the close up image above you can see how we clustered a couple clam/Oyster shells with clear nylon fishing line by stringing the line through the pre-drilled holes on the shells.

NoteTo the right of this post we have added a short video clip from Dremel on how to use this fabulous tool to also drill holes in shells.

We then used a thin strand of aluminum wire to attach all the other bunched clusters, as you will see below. 

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As you can see above, each cluster was then attached to the aluminum wire by threading the wire through the clear nylon thread.

Noteattach clusters to the wire line by giving each cluster some distance (3-4 inches) from each other

This will help the shells hang downward having a tear drop effect if you willCome Again please!  Just bare with us and you will see this come together as we move along.

We then proceeded to paint our vintage find with some of our favorite spray paints from Rust-Oleum.

Note: Do not go cheap on the paint. These cans were a little over $5 per can, but makes a big difference in the overall outcome.  

We used Metallic shades for all colors. (Champagne Pink, Iced Gray, Black Iron,and Pearl Mist)were used to give this project its WOW effect ! 

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In this shot we threaded the wire to the top of the chandelier and simply hooked it between one of the openings on the chandelier were the socket arm meets the top center portion.(It doesn't matter which side of the arm you choose to do this.) 

If you don't see the aluminum wire, then we have accomplished one of our main goals (Keep the design as inconspicuous as possible).

No worries though, you will see more of the wire towards the bottom once you look close enough. 

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Ok. Do you now see the wire (from the bottom-up) in this close up shot, between shell cluster 1 & 2. 

We also added this beautiful crystal bead link and facet ball of 40mm in diameter we purchased at crystal prism world

You may of course choose to use as many links of crystals and any size crystal facet ball that suits your taste. 

Note: As the seasons change you may choose to hang any interesting piece of item that better suits your space.  

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Another shot of this amazing Makeover of a Vintage Chandelier. This time we flipped the light switch and my goodness

What looked like a simple black and grey repainted chandelier, now shows of its splendor boasting distinctive tones and metallic shimmers of color.

If you look closely at all the pictures you may notice how the different colors blend in at different areas of the chandelier.  

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Another close up shot from the Bottoms-Up.

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Another Shot from Top to Bottom.

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A teardrop on a rose close up shot.  Here you can see the chandelier up close and personal and how the masterful hands put it together. 

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Lastly we wanted to show you how this amazing piece displayed its charm throughout the dinning space by reflecting an amazing silhouette across the ceiling. 

Picture taken with other lights in the surrounding are on,making shadows less pronounced.  

This was truly unexpected and gracefully welcomed. 

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Just another close up shot with other ambient lights throughout the living area switched off

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Just one more shot because we loved it ;0). How about You ! 

Conclusion: a perfect find while shopping for decor items does not always mean you will find the perfect color, shape, or design. Nevertheless if the piece of item seems intricately unique and will add interest to your decor idea scheme you can always turn it into something that will truly make "YOUR" Spaces Made Perfect.  

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Small Kitchens Redone

How to Remodel and Decorate a Small Kitchen. By: JoFer Interiors
By: JoFer Interiors

Hello Folks. You got it. It's time for another D.I.Y idea, and this time we are taking a tiny kitchen space and transforming it into a delightful space that even the most enthusiast cook would not mind spending time in.

Grab your spatulas, utensils, etc. and lets get down to cooking. I mean tools and lets start Remodeling ! 

In this small remodeling project the owners, well in this case the renters wanted to feel like they were living in a home rather than coming into a dingy apartment home day after day. The renters were working toward having a home of their own, but wanted that warm feeling while they made their stride to making that dream come true.

If you live in a small apartment and wonder if this could be possible, stick around and we will show you with just a few tweaks in this Small Kitchen Redone, how you can accomplish that warm. fuzzy feeling in an apartment home.

Many times there is no space for great appliances in an apartment. Using some creativity to take 
appliances off the counter can allow for some much needed counter space. Here we used some 1/2 inch Hardwood Plywood [Source: Non-Sponsored] and had the home improvement department store cut it into three desired sizes making the bottom cut larger as to fit to size the desired appliance. 
We used wood screws to attach the pieces as to create the letter (C)

Please don't forget to pre-drill your holes prior to screwing into wood. This will prevent splitting of the wood

We then had two smaller 1 X 3 inch Plywood cut to size so we could attach it to the sides ( top, back, bottom) of the previous cuts. These two cuts were also screwed to the former cuts as to add weight support at the joints. More on the L shaped metal corner brackets below.  

Note: Prior to having the bottom piece cut to size please do yourself a favor by measuring the Depth, Width, and Length of the appliance which is going to be cradled into shelf.  The top piece of the shelf was about half the size in depth. We did this so the appliance will have room to breathe and circulate air once it's in use. 

In this image you can appreciate the L corner brackets attached to the corners of each joint and at the mid point at the bottom.

The brackets will add some extra strength to the overall piece and therefore able to withstand a very heavy appliance. Now if you take a look at the cut of wood that sits at the top, you will notice four (4) Phillip head bolts with nuts.

We attached these screws to the cabinets that were already part of the setting. You will just need to drill holes through the cabinets were the screws will fit into. Please use an extra pair of hands so you could pencil in exactly were the holes will be drilled.

You only want to do this step ONCE !  

Use the appropriate drill bit size that matches your Screws. If in doubt always drill smaller holes first. You can always switch your drill bit and go larger.  
Now use the extra pair of hands once again to lift the shelf and place the screws through the shelf and into the holes of the cabinet. Now begin to tighten the nuts with the supplied bolts that are usually paired together when you bought them.

Note: Measure the thickness of the wood and the thickness of the kitchen cabinet. In this case 1/2 inch + 1/2 inch (cabinet) thickness gave us our 1 inch overall thickness. Therefore our bolts must be at least 1.5 inch in length so that we can tighten the shelf to the bottom of the cabinet.

How to Redo and Decorate a Small Kitchen, By: JoFer Interiors

In this image above we took a 40 in (L) x 8 in( width) x 1 in  thick pinewood and attached it to the wall above the sink with the same L metal brackets.

A pair of cabinet lights we purchased from the local IKEA store were used to cast a beautiful subtle hue onto the sink area.
You may have also noticed the frame that surrounds the window. These are 1 in x 4 inch pinewood and decorative square corner moldings we used to cover the joints were the wood meet and painted it all in a satin white color.

How to Redo and Decorate a Small Kitchen, Changing kitchen faucet

We also added a brand spanking new Faucet with an extendable nose and a soap dispenser ( to the right of the faucet). These stainless steel sinks in apartment homes usually come with the soap dispenser holes already incorporated onto the sink, but they are usually plugged with a cover.

We simply unplugged the cover and in goes the soap dispenser nozzle (bottle with soap is nestled below the sink). Changing faucet is a  simple project folks. Absolutely nothing an intermediate D.I.Y enthusiast can't do. 

Note: On the right of this post we have placed a video that will guide you as to how to change a kitchen faucet the easy way.

Oh almost forgot. The tiles behind the faucet were an absolute amazing find at the Home Depot hardware store. They were on clearance for cents on the $ dollar guys. Unfortunately no where to be found anymore. Luckily for the the owners they had a one of a kind backslash.  ;@)

Note: We know that if you are renting you may think this idea is out the door. Think Again !

We used a thin sheet of compressed wood cut to size screwed the sheet of wood to the area of interest at each corner with flat head screws.
We  then attached these tiles to the board by using liquid nail. They held tight together so there was no need for grouting and Bingo! You now have a back splash that can be easily removed when the time comes.

How to Remodel and Decorate a Small Kitchen, Adding back splash, cabinet lighting.

Another Shot of the LED Spotlights with the ambient lights off at night. 

How to Remodel and Decorate a Small Kitchen, Adding a Range Hood, applying back splash
By: JoFer Interiors

What is this Range Hood doing in an apartment !

Don't be alarmed folks there is a logical explanation for this. Since we wanted the space to feel like a warm, gratifying, living area to come home to, we added this statement piece that we guarantee you won't find in any regular old apartment! 

Once the idea of the hood was introduced into the design, the renters could simply not resist. 

They had to have it ! 

This Range Hood was also a great find in the IKEA home store at a great price tag. The space was once occupied by a greasy dingy old hood vent.

1. In order to make sure the Range was secured to the wall we used a 1 inch plywood and attached it to the wall with masonry screws.

2. Then the plywood was painted with moisture resistant paint and the range was attached to the plywood once dried with 1 inch wood screws. The hood is simply hung on the screws as you would a picture frame.
Quite simple indeed ! 

3. A few 2 x 12 inch decorative stone edgings was added around the backboard, and along the glass tile back splash to create interest.

Note: The renters were aware that this was the only area of the make over project that they would not get their renters deposit back for. 
They where planning to rent the space for a couple years so they where perfectly fine with loosing a few bucks once they leave in order to have the landlord replace the vent hood and paint the kitchen area back to its original color. 

But they will still get to take their amazing Range Hood with them to their dream nest !

4. The back splash of which you will see more of later, was done the same way as the method used behind the faucet ( a. compressed wood sheet cut to size,  b. screwed compressed wood sheet to wall, c. Attached tiles with Liquid nail to compress wood sheet ).

Only this time we did use some grout to fill in the gaps between the 12 x 12 inch tile, Just as one will when grouting tile on a wall or floors. 

How to Remodel and Decorate a Small Kitchen. By: JoFer Interiors

Ok. Now its time to stock up the appliances and the embellishments. In the shelf we built, we placed a mid sized Krups convention counter-top oven which now floats in mid air freeing up some valuable counter top real estate. Now you can use the space saved to add some much needed utensils.   

How to Remodel and Decorate a Small Kitchen, By: JoFer Interiors
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Looking nice wouldn't you say ! 

A condiment rack stacked right below the hood gives you easy access to your favorite spices. Spoons and utensil now hang from nickel platted bars
As we mentioned previously, because this is a rental apartment, the glass tiles behind the utensil were attached to the compressed wood sheet and then grouted to prevent moisture from seeping into the wood.  

How to Remodel and Decorate a Small Kitchen. Adding decorative tile back splash.

A close up shot of the back splash behind the sink. 
Just to make sure no moisture seeps into the wall or back board, we added some clear silicon along the bottom and side seems of the tiles and also into any cracks that we felt needed to be addressed. 

How to Remodel and Decorate a Small Kitchen. adding Utensil and condiment Racks

Now here you see the nickle plated racks and bars that are used to nook all your favorite oils, utensils and dry goods.  

How to Remodel and Decorate a Small Kitchen, adding Utensil Racks, Hood Range
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Another shot from the bottoms-up. The two canister you see under the hood are fire extinguisher cans. 

How to Remodel and Decorate a Small Kitchen. Adding under the cabinet lighting.

Another corner of the kitchen counter. We added some glass jars with their mainly used dry goods and an Italian decorative glass plate for some color and sparkle.  

The cabinets were in good shape and were not an eye sore, so we kept as is. 

How to Remodel and Decorate a Small Kitchen, adding under the cabinet lighting, glass tile back splash

Just another close up shot. 
Lentils, Quinoa or some Rice anyone ! 

How to Redo and Decorate a Small Kitchen. adding under the cabinet lighting

We added a low profile LED TV to the opposite wall flush mounted. A 3 inch cutting board, culinary knives, and some wine should complement this culinary evening. 

Just not with the Knife in your hands please ! 
How to Remodel and Decorate a Small Kitchen, By: JoFer Interiors
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The stove obviously was also kept in the rental space. We simply added some glaze white range covers when not in use. Some recipe books for ease access and some new stainless steel copper core pots completed the smoking hot cooking area. 

 Conclusion: Not just because you rent it means you should live a bland, colorless, uninviting, unwelcoming life style. With a little here, a little there, and some creativity a rental can truly become "YOUR" Space Made Perfect. 

Thank you for visiting this Small Kitchen Redone  post. We hope you liked this space guys. But please give us your thoughts while sharing your opinions. 
We would also love for you to share your perfect space with us. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

How to Re purpose a Lampshade

To match your seasonal decor  
By: JoFer Interiors

Hello again my fellow D.I.Y Enthusiast. 
we meet again and this time we want to show you a nifty idea on How to Re purpose a lampshade.

If you were thinking on throwing out and or donating that old lampshade of yours, well think again. 
In this step by step process we will demonstrate how a pale, bland, boring lampshade can be resurrected into an adorning work of art.  

Sure you may not be in the mood or even have the slightest thought on were to begin and buying a new one seems, well easy!
But were is the fun in that my friends. 

I have always loved the effect a D.I.Y. project has on friends and relatives when they ask themselves the question, "You did this"? 
The wide open 32x32s and facial gestures are priceless. It always beats the thought of throwing stuff out and going new all the time.  

Note: Please also view the Non-sponsored video clip to the right of this page shared by Lamps Plus.This clip show you tips on how to measure your lampshades. 

Ok. Enough of the small talk and lets get down to re-purposing.  

Above you will take notice of this drum shaped lampshade. Its simple, white, and lacks some character. 

We used this small gauge rope string we purchased at Joan's fabrics and craft store[Source:Non-sponsored]. The rope comes in a spool and you will have to separate it into a single long strand. We will use this to string it through the clear nylon fishing thread line as you will see latter. 

In this image you can appreciate the small hole that was drilled into the shell. We proceeded to string the nylon fishing line you can find at wal-mart,through the whole of each shell and made a knot to keep in place. Make sure you don't tie the knot too close to the shell, as you will need some space between the shell and nylon string in order to thread the rope. 

You may choose to attach as many shells you deem convenient to your taste. We chose to go with three at a time. Once you have strung all shells together with nylon thread, you will then use a piece of the the rope we spoke about previously to keep the shells together with a firmer grip. The rope will prevent the shells from dancing around by keeping them in place.   

The next step is to use some good old hot glue gun. We purchased this one at the Target store along with some inexpensive hot glue sticks. 

Here you can see how the rope holds the shells in place. We then proceeded to attach each grouped shell to the lampshades metal post. You will add some hot glue to the area first and then place the rope while holding it in place for about 30 seconds at the least. You need to give the glue time to cool and harden prior to moving on. Repeat this step for every metal post on the lampshade.   

Here is a close up  birds-eye shot of the grouped shells attached to the lampshade post. 

Another view of all shells attached. 

Note: Because the shells were attached to each other initially by the nylon thread, they can be flipped around as you please. This gives you some flexibility as to interchangeably demonstrating the shells inner and outer linings. 

We then proceeded to attach the shells to the lampshade itself by adding a generous amount of hot glue to the shell first, and attaching it to the desired area on the lampshade. 

Very important ! Hold the shells against the lampshade for about 45 seconds to a full minute. Remember that you are working against gravity and if you rush this part of the process, the shade and the shells "will not" bond well.   

re purposing a lampshade with seasonal decor ideas.
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A view of the lampshade with all of its "Clammed" glory.  OK Bad Joke. Lets move on

re purposing a lampshade with seasonal decor ideas.
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Another Close up shot of the lampshade with the lights on. 

re purposing a lampshade with seasonal decor ideas.
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Another view from another angle as the "clammed" lampshade sits nestled in the nook. 

re purposing a lampshade with seasonal decor ideas.
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Close up view with the lights on. (Depending on your browser, you may need to scroll right/left and up/down.)

re purposing a lampshade with seasonal decor ideas.
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Just another view because we know you just "Love It." ;@)

re purposing a lampshade with seasonal decor ideas.
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Another view from another angle as the "clammed" lampshade sits nestled between the plants. 

Conclusion: Well there you have it my friends, a How to Re purpose a Lampshade made easy. We hope you enjoyed this one as much as we did. This was a fun D.I.Y project for us. Always Remember that Design and Decor usually tend to change with time and the ideas "you" create for your space will always bring a sense of fulfillment. As we always say, let the spaces you create be perfectly "YOURS".   
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