15 July, 2012

The DIY Room Partition

YAY! DIY WALL IS COMPLETE!!! :)

Okay, I've been itching to make do SOMETHING simple and cheap to fix a major issue in my house... CLUTTER! I admit it, I've spent most of my life as a pack rat. I am working on weeding out a large majority of the junk in the form of a garage sale, but given that I still have lots of stuff in storage, I've been waiting to do it all at once. Luckily, it looks like this week will be the week to empty that unit out, and in the next couple of weeks, it will be garage sale central! WOOHOO!

Anyways... I've become addicted to Pinterest lately. It's SOOOO awesome. It's like a woman's dream Google. I found this project that I pulled together at Walmart and less than $20.

My  bonus son will be making his first visit here since his father and I were married a year and a half ago. I have some boxes stacked up in the corner of my SUPER long dining room. OMG, the bonus kid CANNOT come down here and see that mess. What to do! What to do! Enter Pinterest until 4:00AM this morning.......

Read on to see how it all came together....

STEP 1: MEASURING AND SUPPLIES!!

I measured height and length of my room, and then it was off to Walmart. I REALLY didn't want to spend a TON of money. FACE IT, it's a temporary solution to hide crap and a huge birdcage.

Here is what you need:

No, really, this is it!
 Supplies are as follows:

1.) One Flat Sheet - get the cheap ones, they are "thicker" if that makes sense, and you'll have to look at your measurements to see what size you need to purchase. I had to use a King - while the length was too long, the width was perfect. Any issues in length is easily solved. - $14.99

2.) One roll of EXTRA STRENGTH picture hanging wire (hardware section).- $1.97

3.)  Two hooks - I bought four because I was anticipating hanging a picture from the ceiling, but I may not do that. - $.97

4.) Cafe Hooks (original website said they were at Kmart), or I used plastic multi purpose hanger clips that are essentially plastic clothes pins that I found in the section where the ironing boards are.
 - $2.47

I'm going to include a link to the original website, I modified my supply list. You may want to follow their supply list depending on the size of the partition you are going to need.

STEP 2: INSERT HOOKS AND STRETCH WIRE!


You'll want to find a stud in the wall to insert your hooks to. Remember that you'll be stringing a wire all the way across, and then hanging a sheet over it, which will cause tension.

Wrap the wire around the hooks, and tie it off so it won't come loose.


Poor Hubby didn't feel good, but still got up to hang this stuff for me! THANKS HONEY!! :)

STEP THREE: SEE HOW IT LOOKS!

Go ahead and throw the sheet up there to make sure you are okay with the height of the wire, as well as the size of the blanket.



STEP FOUR: TAKE IT BACK DOWN AND IRON!

I learned two things from this step:

1.) I MUST have matured SOME because in my former life I would have seriously left that hanging
there, wrinkles and all, until my mother came over and ironed it for me.

2.) HOW did women stand around and iron all day - and WHY would you ever iron your sheets?? Thank God I was born in 1978!

You will also want to even out your number of clips
and add more if you need them.
Close up of my clips. They make prettier ones, but these
served my purpose just fine!
* PS!! If your blanket is TOO LONG and you can't sew (like me), I just lopped the extra over the top of the wire. It actually made it a little thicker and gave the clips a little more to hold on to.

STEP FIVE: ACCESSORIZE AND ENJOY!

Okay, add all your pretties now. It's a "WALL" after all! :) I slid my buffet over (which will be getting repurposed at some point), added some greenery and other accessories. NOW, the junk is hidden, the room doesn't look as LONG, my birdcage isn't sticking out while we eat dinner, and I am very very pleased!! NOW... if I can just get the table finished by Tuesday! :)

BEFORE AND AFTER:
Nobody wants to eat staring at all this crap.
Okay, I will change it around a few times, but this is a GREAT start - considering the alternative above!

Now, time to work on some other DIY projects! Stay tuned for more blogs on these projects!

PS - Here is the link to original website and directions: ORIGINAL WEBSITE FOR PARTITION DIRECTIONS

Xoxo,
Maryellen

2 comments :

  1. Wow! Great idea!! Trying to think where I could do this! Love pinterest soo much!

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    1. Me too!!! I was AMAZED at how simple and cheap this was! :) I've been staring at that room forever and it dawned on me how to fix it. Personally, I can't WAIT to have a garage sale and get rid of all the JUNK! As I was moving those boxes I kept thinking to myself "WHY are these boxes in here??? This is all GARAGE SALE stuff!!"

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