Unique system for hanging pictures

In my room at home, I live in the attic. This creates a unique struggle to hang things, such as photos. Recently, I had an epiphany about how to display all of my favorite memories! I turned my bed so that the headboard is butted up to the railing and you can see part of it as you’re walking up the stairs. Then, I created a very unique way to display photos!

The first thing I did after rearranging my furniture was to buy supplies. I needed fabric the size of the headboard, thumb tacks, nails, mini clothespins, spray paint and twine or rope. I decided on these leather strips to give my project an eclectic vibe.

This project can also be done on any piece of plywood. It doesn’t have to be a headboard! To modify it, the only additional supply needed are the mounting supplies used to hang it on the wall. These types of supplies are easily found at Hobby Lobby or Michaels

The first thing to do is to paint your mini clothespins the color that you want, if you want to change the color from the basic wood-tone. Be sure to turn them several times in order to cover ever crevice with paint. It will take more than one coat to get these completely covered. Once those are finished, set them aside to dry. You will need them at the very end.

The next step is to adhere the fabric to the headboard. I used nails in each corner and one in the middle. I had to hammer these in with the assistance of my dad. Then, I went back and added in the decorative tacks to make it look better!

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Once those were in, I used larger nails to wrap the leather straps around. When you are hanging the straps, you want them to run parallel to each other and to the top of the headboard to create two horizontal lines. You can space them out from each other about 7 and a half inches apart. This is the size of a general 4 by 6 photo with a little breathing room at the bottom so things don’t get crowded.

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Following hanging your leather straps, you are ready to hang up your photos. Use the small clothespins to attach your favorite photos to the board.

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Now you have a completely unique way to display all of your images to your friends and family!

Inspired by: Goodwillionaire

What types of photos will you show off? How will you customize this for your room?

A fresh take on traditional closet doors

This week, we’ll be looking at something specifically for all of you apartment folks or those of us who are moving back home to Mom and Dad this summer. The color scheme in your apartment may be a little bland, or your childhood room may need some sprucing up for the summer.

Regardless of what space you have to work with, this project is sure to freshen it up! The closet doors I worked with are standard bifold, wooden closet doors. This project can easily be done on any type of closet door, though. You can even replace real doors using this too!

Supplies needed for this project vary depending on how much work you’d like to do. What you’ll need no matter what is a power drill, a tension rod the size of your door opening, and fabric. I chose to make my fabric a shower curtain so I didn’t have to sew anything. If you are ambitious, or just enjoy sewing, a few yards of fabric and a sewing machine may be necessary. Another no-sew possibility is a standard curtain panel.

The first thing to do is remove the doors. I had my dad help me with this portion, but it is actually pretty easy! All you need is a power drill to remove the screws. My door was hung up with just a few screws, and it only took a few minutes to remove. Once the door has been taken down, the space is ready for your update!

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The only thing I had to do was to shorten my shower curtain panel a bit. I did it using hem tape from a fabric store and a very basic stitch. Apply the tape, being careful to make sure it is level all the way around the bottom. Following that, I stitched a basic stitch around the top just to keep it in place. Then, I ironed the entire panel to smooth out any wrinkles left behind from being crammed into the package.

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Then, simply thread whatever curtain panel you have onto your tension rod and adjust it to fit into your space. This project is really that easy!

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The best part of this project is that you can change out the fabric anytime you want. Also, if you redecorate your room or move out, you can put the  doors right back up, just make sure you keep all of the screws around so you don’t have to buy new ones!

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I hope this project will help you give your space an updated look! Will you use curtain panels or shower curtain panels? Or will you sew your own?