DIY: How to Clean Window and Door Tracks with Vinegar

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Hello and welcome to Mrs. Lady Renaissance. I find that a clean house is a happy and healthy house. We’ve owned our home for 3 years and have been busy slowly renovating and revamping each room. The moment I moved in I couldn’t stand how dirty and disgusting the window and the back door tracks were. Time passed and I swore I would get to it and never did. A month ago, the first week on Summer vacation from grad school, I got to working by cleaning each window track. Today, I realized I cleaned the inside of the back door track, but completely neglected the area often covered by the actual door. Since my Summer break has begun, I’ve been on a cleaning steak. I use the same home made cleanser for everything. Continue reading

DIY: Temporary Plant/Flower Pot Covers

Hello and welcome to Mrs. Lady Renaissance. Today, I decided to cover those ugly plastic pots with wrapping paper. It is temporary, but it is a great way to cover the pots for special events without investing a lot of money on large pots. It is really easy, simply measure, cut and tape your wrapping paper. You can also cut out the holes where the excess water seeps through.What do you think?

 

DIY: No Sew Bow Tie

Hello and welcome to Mrs. Lady Renaissance. For a professor’s farewell party, I glued together a bow tie. I can’t believe how easy it was!

Need:

Fabric 10×6 inches

Ribbon or piece of fabric

Glue Gun

Glue Stick

Optional:

Iron

Lighter

Steps:

  1. Cut your fabric whatever size you want. I wanted mine a bit big so I cut mine 10″ x 6″. Most people make them smaller, about 7″x4″. IMG_7439
  2. Fold the longer side (10″) and allow the top and the bottom of the edges to touch and meat half ways. IMG_7440
  3. Iron your edges if you want that clean look. (I didn’t iron mine.)
  4. Fold the side edges to meet each other half ways. You can glue the edges down with your glue gun.
  5. Begin to form your bow tie by pressing down on the top and the bottom of the bow down the middle. You can actually hide imperfections here. Play with the fabric to get it how you like.
  6. Begin adding your ribbon or piece of fabric around the middle of the bow tie. Make sure to glue it towards the back of the bow tie. By the back I mean the area that faces your neck. I cut my ribbon 5 inches in order to have a double wrap. The width of my ribbon is 1/2 an inch.
  7. Play with the fabric to get it how you like.
  8. Slide a long piece of ribbon into the back part of the bow tie so you can wrap it around your neck. Mine was 15″ long. IMG_7450
  9. Optional: Add velcro to adhere it to your neck. I didn’t I simply tied it with a hair tie, but my hair was worn down, so you couldn’t tell.
  10. With a lighter, you can burn off the edges of the ribbon in order to prevent the thread from the edges to pull.

 

DIY: Playing Card Bow Tie

Hello and welcome to Mrs. Lady Renaissance. I participated in decorating a professor’s farewell party. I decided to incorporate a bow tie theme because she loves wearing suits and tuxedos. So, I decided to make playing card bow ties for everyone at the party to wear. It is super easy and so inexpensive.

Need:

  1. A Deck of playing cards ($1 store).
  2. Ribbon or twine to hold the middle of the bow tie ($1 store).
  3. Glue Gun and glue stick.
  4. Curling Ribbon ($1 store).

Steps:

  1. Fold the playing card alternating back and forth to make creases. IMG_7434
  2. Begin to wrap your ribbon or twine around the middle of the bow tie. I try to make sure that the end of the twin goes towards the back of the card.IMG_7437
  3. Leave a tail out in order to begin gluing the ribbon or twine. I like to apply glue to the whole tail so it stays in place. I like to leave the glue marks towards the back of the card. IMG_7435
  4. Cut your curling ribbon to size. I cut it long enough to fit around the neck so it looks like a necklace.
  5. Apply glue to the top of the playing card and attach your curling ribbon. IMG_7438
  6. Enjoy! I handed mine out as party favors for the English dept. and for the grad students to wear.                                              IMG_7433

 

DIY: Exterior Door in Gold

I have decided to paint my door Gold. Now, to be fair, I have to reveal that it is not exterior paint, but I went for it anyway. I still have to coat it with a protector, but we have undergone an external paint makeover. Finally! In the process, I decided to paint the door.

Our home has not been touched in 15 years. We have 3 years with our home and the exterior has irked us from day one.

The paint color is a Target brand metallic gold color. It is so beautiful! I will be painting my daughter Sarah’s ceiling this color. That is how much I love the color. The pictures taken are while the paint is still drying, so you may see some darker areas than others, but it does dry even and the color is Gold. I did use a simple dollar store brush and it did not leave any streak marks.

Steps to painting a door:

Step 1: Tape off all the edges of the door and the hardware. Don’t forget the peep hole.

Step 2: Lay painter’s paper or a cloth big enough to protect your floors.

Step 3: Mix and pour your paint in a tray or small bucket.

Step 4: With a paint brush begin painting the boxes.

Step 5: With a spongy small roller, begin painting the rest of your door.

Step 6: Don’t forget to give it a couple of passes.

Step 7: Remove the tape while paint is still wet.

What do you think? Too bold? Or not bold enough?

DIY: Easy Bookshelves

 

Hello and thank you for stopping by. A while back I decided to add interest to one of my dining room walls by adding stripes. A few weeks later, I realized I would like book shelves that look like they are floating, the size of the black stripes and foldable for those days I don’t want to use them or have the pressure to dress them up. I decided on foldable bookshelves with hinges on them. I love how them came out! They almost seem invisible. I will be adding them all the way down–once my one year old gets older because I can already see him climbing them. You can do them too! It is so easy! I still have to decorate the very top shelf, but I couldn’t wait to share them with you!  Continue reading

DIY: Christmas Branch

Hello and welcome to my blog. I have been Christmas decorating around the house and thought I would share one DIY I worked on.

I noticed a few broken branches on my back yard lawn, so I took advantage of these bare branches  to make a nice Christmas tree. I simply spray painted the branches white, placed them in a vase and added faux snow. Continue reading