Monday, January 2, 2017

Sometimes You Just Have To McGuyver It

Moving is always a challenge and until all the boxes are unpacked, you have to make do with what you have and even channel your McGuyver a little.

In the desert ceiling fans are a necessity.  Now I know that a pretty chandelier is better, but when the temps are 115 or better, you really want some air moving, so a ceiling fan is your best friend.  We love having one in our master bedroom to keep some air flowing, but we want one that works and doesn't make any noise.

Today hubby had a couple of things on his to do list.

1.  Hang our headboard - it is one of those that fits over a channel on the wall.  So that meant taking the bed apart to get to it and since that was being done -

2. How about installing a new ceiling fan that doesn't make a really loud screeching noise.

So take the bed apart so you can get to the ceiling where the fan is.

Remember this picture when we first saw the house.  These people were really into hugger ceiling fans.  You know the kind with a huge motor mounted to the ceiling.  They were also into tons of window hardware.  There are brackets for a scarf type window treatment and brackets for a traverse rod.  Since I like things a little more plain and simple, these all needed to go.

Ok, here is where my McGuyer comes in.  They had the house painted before they put it up for sale which was a bonus for us, however, when that huge motor mount for the ceiling fan came down there was a big brown ring.  The new ceiling fan we were installing had a down rod and a small ceiling cap.  I needed to paint that big brown spot before we put our fan up.  They left me some paint, so I headed to the garage.

In the sea of boxes that are still in the garage, I couldn't find a paint brush.  What to do if it is raining cats and dogs and I don't want to run to the store.

Of course, use my pastry brush - it will work just find.

Might as well touch up the railing while I am at it.

 No brown spot anymore where the fan goes.

 and all those window treatment brackets are gone and the holes patched and painted over too.

There were several spots that needed a little touch up and my pastry brush made a perfect paint brush.  Guess I need to buy a real paint brush and a pastry brush next time I am at the store. haha

So do you channel your McGuyver every once in a while too?

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  1. You are too funny. I guess you won't be using that for pastry again. Who has time to make pastry when you are busy decorating.
    I can't wait to see more of the new house. See you later for your party.

  2. Definitely have to mcguyver it! It's looking good Marty!

  3. You use what you have on hand!! Too funny...but it worked.

  4. Genius! And yes, I do channel my McGuyver once in a while. Have fun settling into your new home!

  5. What a great save! Speaking of ceiling fans - we have one in every room. We don't live in the desert, but in the hot Sacramento Valley where temps hover over 100 degrees for days, we need them. It's function over form in our household when it comes to ceiling fans vs chandeliers.

  6. I think about you all the time, and I just know you are feeling the same way I do when I am settling into a new house. It is so much fun having a new space to decorate. I wish I could be a mouse in the corner to watch you as you decide where to place things and how to decorate this new home.

  7. Love your resourcefulness, Marty! Your window is beautiful, too! Can so relate - when we need to get something done, we don't let obstacles like rain and lack of proper tools stand in our way. I've used a paper towel as a paint brush in the past - worked great for touch ups. We also have a ceiling an in our bedroom - with hot Texas summers, it's a must. Enjoying following your new home journey!

  8. Oh I adore you so much my friend! I have on occasion used a q tip for small touch up painting. :) Happy New Year!

  9. Wishing you a wonderful decorating year in your new home and of course, enjoy a happy life sharing it with your family and with us via blog.
    I can just feel how giddy with excitement you are about every little or big project of decoration in your new place.
    Happy New Year dear friend.

  10. We sure do!! We are always improvising:) Enjoying following you on this journey!

  11. LOL Marty this is genius! Hey a girl has to improvise sometimes. Enjoy getting settled into your new home.

  12. You're smart! And yes I do, I think I've even used a wadded up paper towel as a "paintbrush" before! Glad y'all are getting settled!

  13. Good save with the pastry brush!

  14. That's awesome! For some reason I am constantly misplacing BOTH hammers that we own so I frequently use my meat tenderizer/pounder to hammer nails into the wall. :)

  15. Oh heck, I didn't even know you had moved! Where have I been! Time to catch up :)

  16. Never heard that term, but I love your choice of the pastry brush.

  17. Great idea! Necessity is the mother of invention! I'll keep this trick in mind for the future!

  18. A girl has to do what a girl has to do. Make do. Ha,

  19. LOL - without a doubt my fav "McGuyver" item is my high heel shoe to bang nails into my walls.

    Well done with the pastry brush. I recently splurged on those nifty rubbery "one one piece" ones - sooooo much nicer to clean. Of course it would never work in a pinch to use as a paint brush, though. : - )

  20. Haha, that is AWESOME! We definitely have to McGuyver it around here frequently! The pastry brush is brilliant!

  21. You found a good solution with what was at hand. You can McGuyver with the best of them! xoxo