Comic Book Shelf

My boyfriend David almost always has his nose in a book. Any genre will do but his latest favorite? Comic books. The book lover in me is so very happy that he’s reading but the organization freak is going nuts over these tiny little books. They are everywhere! They are scattered about the house, stacked in precarious towers on shelves, strewn all over our coffee table, and shoved into nooks and crannies. He’s subscribed to four different books meaning new ones are always joining our book library. So in an effort to save my sanity from comic books I decided to get creative and build David the perfect comic book storage shelf!

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Greek Key Pattern Roman Shade

Early last year I finally solved one of the biggest issues with our tiny rental bungalow: privacy. Our house has one huge 5×5 bay window in the living room that we absolutely love. It lets in wonderful light and offers the perfect spot for our pets to lounge but the mini blinds and roller blinds that came with the house left something to be desired. One custom roman shade later and the problem was solved! Or so I thought….

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Although my roman shade was functional, it was still an eye sore. Barely an upgrade from my stained roller blinds and mini blinds. The canvas drop cloth was wrinkly and just plain boring. Still, I decided to live with it for a few months to choose the perfect embellishment. I really wanted to love the finished product. Well, almost a year later, I finally fancied up the shade and I could not be happier with the final product!

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Keep reading to see how I added a Greek key pattern to my custom roman shade for only $4!

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Happy 2014

So, I’ve been bad. I’ve ignored you guys for 2 months letting a bit of chaos and a lot of daylight savings time evening darkness rule my life. Projects have been pushed off, ideas have fizzled before they could develop, and time has flown. With little money to spare on projects, Down Shannon Lane was placed on the back burner. Fear not though! I will be sharing lots of new budget friendly projects in 2014. Several things around my cute little bungalow have been updated and I can’t wait to share with you guys!

For now I’ll start with sharing photos from my recent trip to Colorado. The boyfriend’s parents recently moved to the Colorado Springs area and we were dying to visit. Lucky for us, the weather was beautiful a few weeks ago and we had a blast exploring the Cave of the Winds, the Cliff Dwellings Museum, and the Garden of the Gods among many other adventures. Here were my favorite shots from the weekend taken with my new FujiFilm Fine Pix S4430 that David bought me for Christmas.

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How to Tile the Top of a Small Dresser

Alright, I know. I seriously have an obsession with tiling furniture. But I just love it too much! Beautiful tile beats a new paint job any day in my book (depending on the piece of furniture, of course).

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So, when a family friend recently gave me this adorable blank slate of a dresser, the wheels began turning. Should I… paint it, tile it, wallpaper it, stencil it, remove the doors? Maybe I could leave it at is? Nah, I don’t have that much self control when there’s a plain, white piece of furniture in my house. With so many ideas in my head, I needed to ponder this one for a few days. Rather than jump in feet first, I decided to live with it for a few weeks. Fortunately, I knew exactly where it belonged in our house. So I plopped it down in the entryway to begin its new life as our place to leave keys, mail, work schedules, etc.

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It didn’t take me long to accept my first instinct to dress up the top of the dresser. Tiling it was! So I grabbed my tile and grout and got to work!

Keep reading to see the finished product!

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DIY Painted Claw Foot Stool

Thanks to great family and friends, I am constantly on the receiving end of unwanted furniture. My newest addition? This adorable claw foot piano stool that was oozing with character but lacking in wow factor. Since I am always on the lookout to save money, I decided to spend $0 and one afternoon completing my makeover.

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Read on to see how I completed this easy makeover without spending any moolah!

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A Dab of Paint Here…

With little extra money to spend on projects and updates around my tiny bungalow, I have been sitting on my hands for the past few months ignoring the creative thoughts in the back of my head. See, I am one of those people that is constantly surrounded with possible projects. Others, a.k.a. my boyfriend, may not notice these small projects but they’re all I can think about. So, to satiate this desire, I decided to complete a few simple projects using supplies I already have! Meaning I didn’t have to spend any money plus all three projects only took an hour to complete!

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Eclectic Gallery Wall

Perhaps one of my biggest foes in my sweet little rental house is one wall. One big, huge wall begging for some character and love.

IMG_9678It’s been empty for so long because I didn’t have the perfect art to hang there. Rather than hang an unwanted placeholder, I waited until I had a gallery wall just like those I’ve been drooling over on my Pinterest.

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Keep reading to how I used this inspiration to create something amazing in my own home!

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Cross Stitched State of Missouri

I have spent my entire life living in one state — Missouri. Nineteen years on one side and six years on the other. I dream about living all over this planet but Missouri will always be my home. So when I was choosing a subject for my most recent art project, I couldn’t help but choose my home state.

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Keep reading to see how I created my new favorite piece of art!

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The Glorious Days of Summer

As a kid I was determined to suck as much fun out of my summer days as possible. As an adult, the parameters of summer aren’t as clearly defined but the sentiments are still the same – have fun! For me, summer fun means spending as much time as possible soaking up the beautiful summer sun outdoors! Here are some of my favorites from this summer.

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DIY Painted Doormat

It’s official! We have lived in our house for a year! In that time, so much has changed. I planted a garden, handcrafted a chandelier, organized the recycling, tiled a side table, began composting, redecorated my home office, trained my cat, and much more! Our first week in town, I picked up a simple rug to adorn my front porch. However, after a year, its cute pattern has faded, wiped away by happy paws and feet ready to step into the warmth of home. 
IMG_9631To breathe new life this piece, I grabbed 3 cans of spray paint for only $10, which is much cheaper than a new rug. Keep reading to see how I painted my doormat.

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