Friday, December 12, 2014

DIY Non Skid Rugs

 As I was calking the backsplash on my new sink (more to come on that) I remembered back to a Pintrest post that I believe was from Martha Steward about using caulk to make a rug non stick.  I had an open can of caulk and a slippery rug so I thought I'd give it a try.  I only paid $13.00 for the rug so it was really no be loss if the rug had to be scraped.

I started with a line across of the rug about every foot. Its best to really press the tip of the caulk into the rug so it produces a flatter line as opposed to a bead of caulk.  I'm afraid the areas that turned out as a bead may peel off over time.

The caulk states it's "rain ready" in an hour but I waited about 3 hours before putting it back.  I didn't want the reason it stuck was because it was glued to my hardwood floors.

It is a little hard to tell, but you can see the caulk likes about every foot.  Once dried I put it back and it worked!!  The rug didn't budge, even when the 3 dogs ran down the hallway this morning.  I walked back and forth trying to see if I could feel the caulk underneath but it was pretty smooth.

I have so many of the rug pads that you put underneath and they ALWAYS seem to move, it drives me nuts.  I'm hoping this will be a fix! This rug has a stiff back to it, I have two other rugs that are more like a throw rug, so really no backing.  I'm going to try them next as they NEVER stay in place and the backing never stay in place.  Thinking of putting the caulk in a grid patter?  I'll let you know how it goes!


Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Itsy Bitsy Bathroom

So our powder room is quite small,  I needed a design to really make the room seem as big and open as possible.  No dark colors here. Trust me, in that I'm not afraid of dark, but I didn't want this to seem like a cave.  It had this dirty yellow striped wallpaper that needed to go. Under the paper the walls were in no shape to be painted without major patch work and let's just say,  been there done that.  So a thick wallpaper it is. And you'll know I love grasscloth wallpaper.  Being the thrifty consumer I am, I went to ebay to find a good deal. Let me tell you,  grasscloth is not cheap.  I found two double rolls for about 60 bucks with shipping so not too bad. It was more of a weave, and when I got it I had some reservations.  It seemed kinda boring,  so I consider spray painted in a metallic to bring it to life. I tried both silver and gold but both seemed a little gaudy.  I went with the natural and love it!! In the small space it really warms it up.
Disregard my bad camera phone pic, but you can get the point
The vanity cabinet is a flat pack from the KSI warehouse,  the light fixture is from Home Depot.   It seems like vanity lighting is either ugly or super expensive.  This one was around 70 bucks and I think it looks pretty good. Not to mention,  I put it in all by my self! The counter top is on its way from Menard ' s but more on that later.