Year End Review

by Tahira Designs on January 2, 2013

There is nothing like the fear of failing to light a fire under your butt. While I didn’t get everything done I wanted to, I am pretty proud of myself for the things I did. In the past four days, I finished the “easy” projects that I had been putting off.

I got shelves put up in my bathroom.





I refinished my chandelier in the foyer. When I bought it, it was the lovely 8Os brass. I painted it a golden color, but it was still too brassy for me. Now it’s a deep bronze. Not only does it just look better, but it matched the chandelier in the adjoining room better.





I have a great kitchen, but there was no place to put the trash can. I had thought about cutting out a drawer and doing the cutting board over the trash (which I might still do) but for now, I installed a slide out trash can. My friends hate me for all the storage space I have in my pantry/kitchen, I still have empty cabinets.



trash can


I started to refinish my breakfast table, but that’s a several day project. It’s almost done, I’ll post how I did it when I finish.




So far…..

I bought doors to go on the laundry room, but I’m waiting on the hardware to come in to hang them. I still have to decide how I’m going to finish them. Oh, and I’ll also be making stained glass panels to go in them.


I have finally found the fabric to reupholster the couch in, now to get the fabric and make the cover.


I printed 101 pictured from my European trip about 5 years ago. My brother got me this great album, so it was about time I filled it. Only problem with that, now I HAVE to go back!!!



I also lined the laundry room cabinets, hung a basic towel rack (still plan on changing), and am 75% done with the Peacock Stipple.

All in all, I’m pretty happy that I got most everything done on my list. Just because the year has ended, doesn’t mean I’m going to stop working on the list. After all, my list is constantly growing!!


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“Just The Right Shoe” Risers

by Tahira Designs on December 27, 2012

A long time ago I started a collection of these little shoes call “Just The Right Show” by Raine. As you can imagine, it soon became an obsession! I got them for birthdays, holidays, basically any special occasion. Then came eBay came along, and talk about going overboard. I think I bought 25 of them in one day. Hey, they were only about $1.00 each.

I had these little beauties sitting all around the house. If they matched the décor, that’s where they went. Fast Forward five years and my new house has these great built-ins, so I decided that I needed to group them all together. The only problem there was you can’t see them all. That’s when I decided I needed to build little risers for them. They are little pieces of art, and they deserve to be shown off properly.

The first thing was to measure the space, no point in building something that doesn’t fit, right? Because the space isn’t that deep, I could only go up three rungs. Since I don’t PLAN on buying anymore shoes, this should be enough. I took the total depth of the shelf and divided it by three to get even spacing.

I used the shelf as the first rung, which was simple enough. Then I started the building. I cut four pieces of plywood of equal width and length. Since these shoes don’t weigh a whole bunch, I didn’t need to use heavy duty wood or nails.

I didn’t want to show the raw edge of the wood, so I put the horizontal piece behind the vertical piece and nailed it in that way. I think it gives it a better look than seeing the multiple layers plywood has.

For the second shelf, I put the horizontal piece on top of the vertical; it faces the back, so there’s no need to worry about the edge. Also, this makes up for the ¾” you lose when the horizontal piece is lower than the vertical piece. Add the final piece and you’re done with that.

For extra support, I cut a couple of support pieces to go under the risers. I wanted to make sure that they fit tight within the shelf so these pieces will be hidden under the risers. Again, this gives it a built-in look.

I secured these with the same nails, and Voila! You’re done.

I have been seeing a bunch of pictures in design books that have been coloring the inside of the shelves/bookcases with an accent color. That’s what I did here.

What do y’all think? I’m pretty happy with it.




Now once I figure out what colors I’m going to do in this room (reupholster couch), I plan on painting the inside of the cabinet a color to match.


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