Get rid of that ugly cord hanging from your attic stairs

(I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.)

I’m back today to share an easy update to an annoying problem. Do you have attic stairs that have a standard pull cord dangling down? They are just not attractive! Here’s a great and easy tutorial to update those attic stairs and get rid of the dangling cord.

Here are our attic stairs “before” the quick update.

The first thing I did was give all the woodwork a fresh coat of white trim paint using a small roller.


Now, to get rid of that cord. You will first need to collect a few supplies. For this project you will need a screw hook, an eye bolt, and a wooden dowel (no smaller than 3/4″ x 3′).

First step, remove the cord. Figure out how your cord is attached and cut it off. Be careful not to let your attic stairs close or it will be very difficult to open them at this point!

Using the new eye bolt, push it through the same hole the cord was in, and tighten the bolt firmly on the inside of the stairs. You may have to use a drill to make your hole slightly bigger if your eye bolt won’t fit.

Now it’s time to make a handle to access your new eye hook. Grab your dowel and your screw hook.

Drill a pilot hole into one end of the dowel.

Screw the hook into your pilot hole. You have now created your handle!

Use the handle to hook the eye bolt and pull down your stairs.

Obviously it would be super ugly to leave the handle just hanging there all the time, so you will need somewhere to store your handle when you aren’t using it.

I used a simple hook inside our hall closet to store our pull handle. Now any time I need to access the attic, I grab my handle out of the closet, attach it to the eye bolt in the attic stairs, and I’m ready to go!

Now when we look or walk down our hallway, we aren’t greeted with an unsightly cord hanging down. The attic stairs are hardly noticeable anymore.

Genius, right?! Head on over to True Value to pick up your supplies today. This little project shouldn’t take you more than about 30 minutes tops. Check out True Value Hardware for all your DIY needs.


How to replace TOMS (or any shoes) insoles

Well hey my friends! I hope you all had a fantabulous extended weekend.

My daughter is obsessed with shoes (who isn’t, am I right?!). She has been rockin’ a pair of blue glitter TOMS for half a year now, and they have definitely seen better days. The shoes themselves are still in wearable condition, but the leather insoles? Um, no. Not only are they crunchy and disgusting, they S-T-I-N-K to high heaven. Leather and sweaty feet make for some disgusting aroma.

Here she is wearing her TOMS last summer.

TOMS are definitely not on the Wal-mart-cheap end, so I want her to be able to wear these things until they are either too small or her toes are literally hanging out of holes worn into the tops of the shoes. Something had to be done about the too-disgusting-for-words insoles though or else I just don’t think I’d be able to ride in a car with her anymore (or spend any time with her and those TOMS unless it was a well-ventilated area).

I’m going to show you how easy it is to replace the insoles in your TOMS (or pretty much any pair of shoes for that matter) in six easy steps.

Step 1: Start out with some cute shoes with barftastic insoles.

Step 2: Remove the Insole. For the TOMS, they were glued in but peeled out very easily.

Here is a perfect example of what disgusting insoles will look like. Crusty? Check. Stinky? Check. Curling up around the toes? Check.

Too bad your monitor isn’t scratch-and-sniff. You’d be in for a big treat.

Step 3: Purchase some new insoles. I found these at Target for about ten dollars.

Make sure to get ones that you can trim.

Step 4: Place your original insoles on top of your new insoles.

Using a pen, trace the original insole onto your new insole.

Once they are both traced onto the new insole, you are ready to cut, cut, cut!

Step 5: Cut along your trace outline.

Now you have insoles that are the same exact size as the original ones.

Step 6: Stuff your new insoles into your shoes and disgard your old ones. You might want to consider throwing the old ones into a bonfire. Just make sure you don’t stand downwind from them.

Don’t the shoes look so inviting now? The insoles I bought have a little bit more padding so they are ultra comfy now.

And that is how you easily replace your tired, worn out, and stinky insoles for a new pair. Just one little bit of advice before you begin — don’t buy insoles that are much thicker than the original pair or else your shoes will be too tight across the top.

Do you have kids with absolutely horrible foot odor, or is it just me? (It’s probably just me.)

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numbered wheat grass decor tins

Anyone remember these hideous things from last month?

(I’ve got nothing against America, just these awful containers.)

They had this gritty texture on them similar to sand paper. After about 2 seconds of scraping I figured out if I soaked them the gunk came off quicker.

(Ewww – look how gross they made the water…)

After I got all the yuck off them I washed them and let them dry.


Now the fun begins!!

Spray paint! Two coats of Flat black followed by a coat of Oil Rubbed Bronze.


Yes, that is a vinyl sticker (you guys are just too sharp, aren’t you?!)!

If you guessed that the vinyl is going on the newly painted tins, you are correct! :)

First I figured out where I wanted them to go.


And then I just applied the vinyl.


I’m getting excited just looking at them and they aren’t even finished yet!! Just wait for it… these are so cool when I’m done!!

I love how I spaced out the numbers on the tins. The 1 is on the far left, the 4 is on the far right, and the 2 and 3 are off center.

Now the floral foam:


Each tin needed a block of foam. I cut each piece of foam stuff to size with a bread knife.

And now for the big exciting part that I’ve been tweeting about for weeks…



If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook then you KNOW I’ve been thrilled about my fake wheat grass. I talk about this grass all.the.time.


Fake Wheat Grass is NOT cheap
(well, that’s all relative though, isn’t it?!).

I scoured the internet and found it for $8.95 a square (I needed 3). I found it HERE. (After shipping my bill was $33.49. NOT cheap.)

I figure it’s an investment because I love the end result so much that I plan to keep these around for YEARS.


Next I cut each square of wheat grass to fit. I didn’t even use adhesive. They are just sitting there.



I know exactly where I want them to go – on top of my kitchen cabinets!



(I hate having to clean my kitchen for photos! :D)



(Why does my apartment have to have such horrible lighting?!?!)

Okay, I’m dying. I outdid myself. Even I didn’t think these would turn out THIS. AWESOME.

From Country America:


To rockin’ awesome wheat grass containers!

Would you even believe those containers could look so good if you didn’t actually see it for yourself?!

Me neither.

Welcome to my new favorite project!!!!
(Sorry soap pump and cloche, you just got bumped).

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