Are headboards overrated as a useful item?
I am not sure at this point. A headboard takes up a lot of prime real estate, depending on what you use. If you have a wood headboard, there is probably a footboard that goes with it. That can equate to 6 inches of valuable, unusable floor space in a potentially small bedroom.
Okay, some people like to have a headboard that is also a mini bookcase, for their nighttime reading pleasures and emergency storage. But, that is a foot of space! If you have a double size mattress, that turns a 75 inch bed length into about 84 inches. Read it goddesses, that is 7 feet of bed. And a queen size bed, goes from 80 inches to roughly 90. If your bedroom is on the smaller size, let’s say a 15X12 like mine, that doesn’t leave much room for other furniture. You may end of crawling over the bed to get from one end of the room to the other.
Yeah, they look elegant, but they can be very expensive as well! The full wooden headboards and footboards that were popular when I was young, and extremely heavy are not in demand as much anymore. Read more
Hidden? Did I hear you whisper free? Seriously? Yes, my goddess, you can make bookends for free!
The finished look
Do you have a lot of books? Do they take up so much space on your open book shelves that there is no room for the bookends to keep them from toppling over?
If so, here is a perfect solution that costs no money (you probably have all the supplies you need), and takes absolutely none of the prime real estate. I spent hours searching the internet for easy bookends to make, and found this!
This shows how to fold and cut
- sheets of paper (I use scrapbook papers I buy in bulk but don’t like the particular design), but any regular size sheet of paper will do
- tape or staples
- any book, but preferably one you don’t read too often
This is how you do the first fold and cut
- Fold the paper in half.
- Open up and fold in half the other way.
- Open it back up again and cut one of the folds from the end to the middle of the paper.
- Fold the paper up, and put one of the cut ends against the fold of the opposing side.
- Now fold up the cut edge of the paper, so the two cut sections are layered. It should look like the bottom and two sides of a box.
- Staple or tape the cut sections together once or twice.
- Take a book that you want at the end of the shelf, and open to about page 20.
- Slide the double paged side in and push it as far as it will go. If the book doesn’t reach the end of the paper, cut it down a little, so it is a snug fit. I told you these were hidden bookends.
- Put it on the bookshelf, create another one for the other end, and fill the shelf!
This is how you put it together. Just staple or tape!
I guarantee, the books WILL NOT fall over. I have had mine up since 2013, and not once has the end book toppled over. If yours does for some unknown reason, use a bigger book, maybe a hard back.
This is what it looks like
I do apologize for not putting the source of where I got this. I tried to find it when I was doing this post, and cannot find it anywhere. I remember it was some kind of You tube video, and a man (maybe british?), who was also an author, was showing how to make this. If anyone finds this video, please let me know, so I can give credit where credit is due!
Add your hardly ever read book
DIY Gift Books
What do you do when you need to buy a present for someone, but they are not helping you in any way with ideas? Do you give them a gift card? Maybe even easier, just give them cash?
If that’s what they want, that is fine. But to me, it is kind of impersonal, and I try to avoid it at all costs.
There is actually something you can make in an hour or two, if you spend a few minutes thinking about the intended recipient first. A one of a kind DIY personalized book! It will run you under $20 (it could be a lot less!) and it will be something you know they don’t have, or will never get from anyone else.
Transform Flour Canisters
I just got myself a red microwave. Yes, you heard right, a red microwave! It has a knob instead of the push buttons, that I am sure wear out with all the dirt from fingers constantly touching them. It is so 50s, and so adorable!
From Nostalgia Electronics
I decided that I wanted to add some more red accents to my kitchen, to try to pull it together. I started with my flour containers.
The canisters with tape protection. I can’t seem to find them at IKEA anymore
I had purchased them about five years ago from IKEA, maybe about $25 for the set of four. They were stainless steel, with plastic stoppers. I got them because they matched my appliances. They fit perfectly in my kitchen cart. Three large and one small. But now I am bored with them. I wondered if I could just change the color by spray painting them. They are metal, and they make metal spray paint. So why not?
Steps I Took
- I bought some apple red paint from Rustoleum.
- I washed them inside and out. I taped the inside near the top so the paint would not penetrate the inside (well, it almost worked) with the blue painter’s tape.
- I put them on my deck and sprayed two coats of paint on them and let them dry for 24 hours before refilling them.
Not too bad of a paint job
And they are still shiny! The paint is a little runny and lumpy in some places, but it is not noticeable unless you are examining them. It is not an exact color match, but close enough for me. And besides, that just shows I did it, I did not buy it.
That is my motto. DIY and be proud of it!