Some days we all need a little help with decorating.
I needed an idea...
I was informed recently by my mother, mljdgulley, that it was time to get back into the saddle again and publish something with a bit of humor. If I was lacking in ideas, I was to go back and read a few of my previous clean humor hubs. (I'm not sure there was much that was clean with a few of them.) There is nothing like being scolded by your mother for not obeying orders. I needed a topic and fast. I swung over to read Mom's hub “Company's Coming! What to do?”
My phone rings! It's my mother...Busted!
She was calling to let me know that she had been featured in another hubbers hub, “Cleaning for Company” by Brett Winn. Awesome! Now I am shooting over to read that hub for some inspiration. Humor is not kicking in, followed by a lack of topics. I am in need of some serious help here. We chat a bit more, before Mom hints that she wants me to “proof” her next upcoming hub. (My grammar sucks, so I don't see how I can be of any help, but I will give it my best shot.) Before long, we hang up and I am still hung up as to what to write. Then I see this weeks inspiration topic...Easy Home Improvement Ideas.
I had a few ideas that came to mind after reading these cleaning hubs.
The cockroach that wouldn't die.
Mice have moved in and the cat won't kill them.
Redneck Remodeling?...Now, that may have some potential.
Big Nam tried to remodel his ceiling fan one night with a pistol. Na, that won't work. Let's see?...
This is going to call for some re-enforcements of coffee and sunflower seeds. Hopefully, my chair can handle the four hundred pounds of bulk I will be putting on to write this. Meatloaf is wailing in the background. A slight distraction, but inspirational anyway. Time to get to work here. No more loafing...
Let's begin with five fabulous ideas for home decorating ideas.
Since I am part redneck, this is an easy one, but I wandered over to my sister, Pie's house, for a few extra added touches. She is a better home decorator than I am. Maybe between the two of us, we can come up with some ideas.
Everyone needs some type of dead animal display
Number one: Dead animal displays
Anyone who is part Redneck, is partial to dead animal displays. These trophies are pride and joys of those that have partaken in the many adventures of honing their hunting skills. Pride fills the chest as the trophy is show cased behind glass walls, or hung from hooks, to stare at you as you cross the room.
Not much of a hunter? That is ok, next time you are out hunting, look for any skulls lying around. With a little cleaning and clear paint, they will fit in nicely into your home décor.
A Beer Can Curtain
No shortage here to recycle for your next home improvement
Number two: A beer can curtain
Do you know how many cans it can take to fill a window, so the neighbor next door can't see in? According to my sister, it took thirty-three cans to fill her kitchen window halfway up. She said the added advantage was that when the noisy neighbor looked out her window to snoop, she was blinded by the array of shiny aluminum.
The beer cans can also be used to make Christmas trees, wind chimes or any kind of decorative ornament. It is all in the hands of your imagination. (If you aren't a beer drinker, just chug a few of your favorite canned beverage.)
Never have to look for your poles again!
Number three: Wall art with fishing poles and hooks
Do you have a large mass of fishing poles growing in the garage? Turn them into wall art by hanging them from fishing line and a bamboo pole hung from the wall. The fishing hooks can be used as an added display, and you never have to worry about nipping a finger next time you dig through the tackle box to find your prized possession.
It is amazing what a little imagination can create.
My sisters, Pie, Bean, and I used Big Nam's fishing gear to decorate his walls of his home. This way he could find his tackle, and still have the place look nice.
My sister, Pie, used a bamboo pole that was secured to the wall. From it she measured out so many feet of fishing line. To secure the fishing poles to the line, she used Big Names large fishing hooks.
Note to self: Use caution when taking down the wall art. The hooks are sharp and the poles unfriendly when falling.
Big Nam's Fishing Hook Wall Art
Redneck book shelf
Number four: Cram as much stuff as you can into one room to make use of the space
For some reason, there are members of my family that need to horde. It may be due to a chemical imbalance, or just plain laziness. I'm not sure which at the moment. I once was hit with this sickness, but after a few unwelcome roommates, I quickly curbed the appetite for certain types of clutter.
(My first photo is a perfect example of a horde clutter.)
Not all Rednecks live in an unclean environment. Mostly it is clutter that is looking to be recycled. Which leads me to number five...
Anything can become a shelf for displaying your items.
The many uses of recycling
Number five: Recycle, recycle, recycle.
It doesn't matter if it is the collection of beer cans in the yard, or van seats from that favorite vehicle, there are plenty of ways to recycle old stuff to look good. Beer cans can become interesting shelf displays. A van seat can become the new gamers chair. (Just remember that certain weight restrictions hinder one's ability to get up.) Old boards can become that new shelf you needed in the kitchen.
The beer cans (in the picture) on the shelf hold a story of their own. My sister told me that it was a hunting promotional item that beer drinkers could try to obtain. There was one orange beer can per so many cases of beer. The lucky finder of the beer can also received a wall mount as a trophy. What a way to promote hunting season. I bet the Redneck were cheering! I could only imagine how much beer had to be drank to collect this many cans.
Every Redneck house has at least one shelf built out of cinder blocks, 2x4's, milk crates, or plywood. These are handy for displaying books, movies, knickknacks, or what ever else suites their fancy. My sisters, along with myself, have made shelves out of any thing on hand to serve our needs-from a dresser, entertainment center, to a book shelf- it didn't take much of a talent to do it. If you could stack it, it could work. (Pie even turned an old TV into a Lego/toy storage unit for her son.)
In need of a bed? Just dig up a couple of cinder blocks or grab some milk crates. Line them along the floor in shape of a bed frame. (If using both cinder blocks and milk crates, use the cinder block for the inside of the frame. This will give the bed a firm support. Line the milk crates outside the frame, turning them on their sides to where you can use the opening for storage.) Lay a piece of plywood across the blocks or crates, then add the mattress. In no time flat, you have a bed. The storage underneath could be used for clothes, book, or beer.
Creative Redneck Child's Room
In the photo below, my sister created a space for her son with old items on hand. She removed the bottom bunk and re-enforced the legs. She then added a lounge chair, TV on a rolling stand, and shelves next to it. This gave him a secluded feeling and space in which he could play his games. If his sister came to bug him, he would hand up a sheet to create a closed fort.
A quiet space
Need more room?
Storage units help to declutter and organize, they don't have to be expensive to do it.
An unorganized crafting room can become a kill zone if items aren't properly stored. Anyone who has had a sewing needle jammed between their toes, knows what I am talking about. Ever tripped on a pair of knitting needles? Those are no fun either. Yarn loves to wind its way around the toes, ankles, or any other unsuspecting body part until the victim is so tied up, injury is bound to happen. So how does one organize their craft room without braking the bank?
Boxes! Yep, go to the local liquor store. Ask for boxes that have dividers in it. Grab a variety of them. Now you can store your skeins of yarn, knitting needles, and croquet hooks in them.
They can be mounted on the wall, or stacked together. Poke holes in the ones with lids, and pull the yarn out the hole. Now the crafter can knit without being tangled up. Sewing pins and needles can be stored in mint cans. Wine racks and trash cans can be used to store fabric. Before long, the room is back in order...without any fatalities.
Just look around, get creative, and see what old items you could turn into a treasure many will adore.