DIY Home Decor, Upcycled DIY

DIY Friday~ Vertical Shelving Made From A Pallet

We have all seen the many different projects you can create from a pallet, specifically shelving. A few months back I found an old pallet on the side of the road that was calling my name! I hauled it home and it’s been sitting under my car port waiting for me to transform it into home decor projects! So far I have made a mail box organizer for inside, and now I added my second item from the scraps of a pallet…vertical shelves! These shelves are narrow, so items like small pots or jars are the perfect items to display on there.

This pallet that I found has so much character, as it’s older and more run down. (which is the best!) The boards are no where near straight, they have more of a curve appeal to the wood, which I LOVE. It adds the simplest details and naturally stands out.

You seriously should have seen me working with this pallet! I had a hard time figuring out what I wanted to create, so I just kept cutting away with my jigsaw until I came across this simple masterpiece! 🙂 Finally I turned one of my cut out pieces vertical and saw the end result! I didn’t have to screw anything else into this piece. I simply stained it and had my husband (because I’m terrible at drilling…) screw it into our wall. I decided to go ahead and display this piece outside, as it truly makes a statement when plants are added to it.

Side note-My work area is outside under our car port, which faces the front of the house. It’s always a sight to see me working out there and when people walk by I definitely sense them viewing in on what I’m up to…Hello, I’m the DIY gal in the neighborhood. HAHA! If you’re in the neighborhood stop by on Wednesdays/Thursdays as I’m usually creating things outside!

There are not many steps to this project. It requires cutting, staining, and screwing into the wall. I have to make this post short and sweet because currently Little Johnny is up and pretty much destroying the house, haha. He’s playing in the Tupperware cabinet right now, but who knows how long that will last! Might I add too that it’s 7:30am in the morning and this little guy woke up at 5:30am! WHAT is that about, huh?!  MOTHERHOOD…Anyways onto my DIY project!

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I could see this displayed inside a home as well. You could also create more than one to add more to the look. Where could you see yourself hanging this?

Enjoy the 4th of July weekend!

Happy DIYing! 

Wishing you well,

~Amanda

DIY Home Decor, Dollar Store DIY

DIY Friday~ $3 Kitchen Cabinet Update (Requires No Paint)

When you live in an apartment there’s only so much you can do to update the style (especially when it’s outdated). I have been wanting to paint my kitchen cabinets for the longest time either an off white color with silver hardware, or a light grey color with gold hardware. Well, painting is out of the question, but I needed to do something to lighten up the dark cabinets! The key was to find something that wouldn’t damage them.

So are you wondering what I used and what’s the trick?! 

CONTACT PAPER 

Long story short, Little Johnny and I were at the Dollar Tree picking up contact paper for a craft project we did this past week (sun catchers! which by the way, you should definitely do this with your little one. Here’s the link.) Anyways, I noticed how many pretty patterns of contact paper there were, so I guess you can say it inspired me to somehow use it within me home. I bought only one just to try it out on my kitchen cabinets and I ended up loving the result! So, I went back and had to buy 2 more rolls in order to cover my top cabinets, (hence the $3). Seriously, I would have never guessed contact paper would do the trick for an easy update to my kitchen! This was an idea that just popped into my mind while at the store, but of course many others had the same idea after I did a quick google search. 😉 That just means it truly works! 🙂

“BEFORE”

P.S. Here’s my color scheme I’m trying to go with in the kitchen. I have a lot of red throughout, and I’m just not liking it anymore. I want light colors to brighten up the room. The yellow in the picture below is a bit too bright, so I may find more of a softer yellow to coordinate with.

Do me a favor and go get yourself some contact paper, there are so many beautiful patterns and a variety of places you can use it in your home for an easy update! Don’t just stop at kitchen cabinets (my husband may come home one day and find our whole house in contact paper…HAHA!)

{Steps}

  1. Make sure to wipe down the cabinets with soap and water
  2. Measure out the height and length of what you want to cover
  3. cut out the measured piece and peel back a small corner to start. The key is to do small sections at a time.
  4. the best tool to use is a credit card or some type of plastic card (I used my library card.) 🙂
  5. Take the card and use it to spread the paper down making sure to get any “bubbles” out. 
  6. Use the card to tuck in the edges and make a crisp clean straight edge. 

That’s it! So easy, but it’s something that makes a huge change to an outdated room! I love how it brightens up our kitchen (although I still want to paint the cabinets white!) haha. Also, keep in mind that if you live in a small place and rent, that doesn’t mean you can’t update the place and personalize with your own style…decorating isn’t just for homeowners. 😉 Any space can use a sprucing up!

“AFTER” 

Have you done any updates yet to your kitchen? What are some tips and tricks you have developed along the way?

Happy DIY Friday! 

Wishing you well,

~Amanda

DIY Home Decor, Upcycled DIY

DIY Friday~ Upcycled Hook Hanger (DIY Fail turned into a SUCCESS!)

Here’s the honest truth about DIYing…it can be messy and does not always go as planned, which is probably why many people shy away from it, am I right?! Although, call me crazy I actually have fun problem solving and figuring out a way to fix what I screwed up in the first place. 🙂 This Friday I’m presenting a DIY FAIL that actually turned out to be a successful project. I was the lady running around my house literally rummaging through everything to see what I can upcycle as “hooks” for my wall hanger. It paid off because I found the perfect solution! Tiki torches…YES, that’s right!

I’m not any different from anyone else and let me just say…I have many fails, but the good news is I learn from them and they help me to grow in my hobby of DIYing. Why would I write about a failed project? Because it shows the real life side of things behind blogging (especially when you blog about DIY projects). I have always made it my goal to be honest & real with my followers. If you want to read another one of my fails, check out my DIY Fail photo wood transfer.

Let’s move onto the project, shall we?!

My original plan was to use wine corks and rocks as the “hooks”, well long story short it definitely wasn’t strong enough to hold objects like bathroom towels, which was the whole purpose of me creating this! I used gorilla glue to attach to the corks and rocks. They were attached securely (or at least I thought) to the wood, but as soon as I went to hang a towel on…the cork fell off…:( So obviously, gorilla glue wasn’t the trick. I had to find something that I could actually screw into the wood.

^^As you can see in the above pictures, it does hold things that are very light, but nothing that is heavy.

Let’s back up for a second and talk about the wood I used…this was a cut off section of a pallet I found a few weeks ago! It was perfect for this project.

I decided I wanted to go with a “white wash” look. I have been watching Fixer Upper lately (I just found out that the new season is on hulu! YES!) and recently they had an episode where “white wash” was a topic of discussion (you know the episode?) I have learned a lot about the process and event though I’m not loving the end result it’s something I can live with. The problem with my wood is it’s too light. I should have stained it a darker color so the white would appear brighter.

Here’s how I accomplished a “somewhat” white wash look:

  • I mixed 1 part white paint with 2 parts water (helps to thin out the paint)
  • paint the wood going with the grain
  • use an old rag to wipe off any access paint and bring out the character of the wood

Here’s a great blog I found while researching with more details on creating a “white wash” look.

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Are you ready for the big reveal of what worked for my “hooks”???

The cover for the top of a tiki torch! Yes, that’s right!

It adds so much character and they’re so simple. I attached them with screws (I just “hand” screwed it in.) so this time I’m not left with my hooks falling off, haha… As for attaching the actual wood piece to the wall, I chose to use a very strong double sided tape that holds up to 30lbs. It works well, but you can definitely screw it into the wall!

Here’s to DIY fails! We learn from them, and create even better things!

P.S. Wish all the wonderful dads out there a Happy Father’s Day from me! Enjoy your weekend!

Wishing you well, 

~Amanda

DIY Home Decor, Dollar Store DIY

DIY Friday~ How to style a $6 coffee station within your kitchen

First of all, this title involves the word coffee, so we all know it’s going to be a good post! 🙂 I’m a huge coffee drinker over here! Something about a hot cup of joe in the morning just sets my day up for success.

Coffee bars and stations have become very popular within homes. Creating a “coffee shop” appeal is fun to display within the kitchen! We live in a small space, so it’s crucial to not add too much clutter to the counters. I replaced our huge toaster oven (we still have it, but now it’s in our storage area because honestly we don’t use it that often) with a coffee station!

 

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(And yes, we use a percolater for our coffee maker!)

There are so many different ways you can go about creating your own. I chose to go with a counter top display, but you can definitely have it in a cabinet, hanging on a wall, or on a side table. I’m a pinterest lover, so if you’re looking for more ideas visit my profile to view more! Follow this link here!

The best part about this project is the cost! I was able to create a clean & simple coffee station for $6! By now we can all guess where my “go to” store is….Dollar Tree! Spray paint and gorilla glue go a long way! 🙂

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I already had the spray paint, chalkboard paint, and wood. So all I needed were these 6 items above!

Surprisingly, the Dollar Tree has many framed printables. The good new is…I was looking for this exact quote! Although, I wanted to add color to it so I used the “slate blue” spray paint for the frame. It made such a difference and updated the look!

This tin tray and glass candle holder were a perfect combination to create the height I was looking for! I used this to store my mugs and stir sticks. You can use a hot glue gun to attach the tray on top too, I just thought gorilla glue would be a stronger bond.

I added an old piece of fence wood I had leftover from my “side of the road” find a few months ago! I also used a mason jar to add color to the display. I used rocks, yellow pebbles, and artificial green leaves. I added water just to give it the appeal of a crisp and fresh look!

I used chalkboard paint and painters tape to section off where I wanted my labels.

I already had the tall canister, which added to the look!

Here’s the end result! I love it! My husband even said it looks clean and simple! By the way…we currently rent and our kitchen counters, back splash, and cabinets are all out of date! This is not my preferred counter top, but one day I’ll be able to choose my own and when I do I’ll definitely take you through the process! 🙂

Do you have a coffee station in your home? What does it look like? AND what kind of coffee do you drink? I’m a flavored coffee drinker…(currently drinking Hazelnut). Cream & sugar? Black? (I take cream!)

Wishing you well,

 

 

DIY Home Decor, Dollar Store DIY

DIY Friday~ Dollar Store Mirror Stepped Up A Notch (total cost= $5)

There’s something about having a mirror in an entryway that just brightens things up. It’s pretty much a must when decorating. I’m guilty of not having one though! So, I decided to take a $1 mirror from Dollar Tree and “step it up a notch”.

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By now you probably know that I am a Dollar Tree lovin’ kind of DIY gal. It’s my “go to” place for decorating on a budget. The thing about decorating is that styles tend to change as the years go on, so why spend so much on decor when you can get the look for less. Just a little creativity has to come in play…

Here’s a great tip about mirrors when adding them to your home decor, they make a smaller space look bigger. Why not decorate your whole house with mirrors, right?! (just kidding… could you even imagine a place like that?!)

Anyways, I was in a dilemma of what I should create for this Friday’s post ( I mean it was bound to happen at some point with all the posts I have written, right?!…) I was at the Dollar Tree with Little Johnny who wasn’t as thrilled to be there, so I had to make my trip quick! I rushed down the aisles (literally) but I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted to make, until…I discovered it…a rectangle mirror that was tucked away by the picture frames. I rushed back to the flower aisle and picked up a few decorative items to “step this mirror up a notch”. And let me just say…I’m LOVING the end result.

Not bad for a $5 splurge. 🙂  Here’s the reveal!

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Grab your hot glue gun and come join me in the fun with making this beautiful mirror!

$5 Flower Garland Mirror


{Supplies}

  • mirror
  • 2 flower arragements (I went with the off white and peachy pink color)
  • burlap ribbon
  • hot glue gun
  • green leaf garland (I purchased 2, but I ended up just using 1)

{Steps}

1. Hot glue the burlap ribbon around the edges of the mirror

2.arrange the garland to your liking and then hot glue to the corners of the mirror

3. pull off about 5 individual flowers from their arrangements and hot glue to the bottom of the mirror

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Do you like it? If you’re looking for another twist on creating a decorative mirror you can visit my previous post on sunburst mirror using clothespins This was an easy project that was completed within Little Johnny’s naptime. 🙂

Happy Creating! 

Wishing you well,

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DIY Home Decor, Upcycled DIY

Upcycling A Pallet into A Mail Organizer

I’m a day late in posting my DIY for the week. Reason being?? Well, simply I was too tired to actually write a blog post yesterday. It happens to the best of us… I didn’t want to take the chance of writing a bad post, so instead I took a nap (a much needed one)!

I’ve been working my new VIP Kid job early in the morning, like I’m talking about 4am! So, my body is just getting use to a new schedule.

This week’s DIY was inspired by a friend who suggested diying a mail organizer (thanks friend)! 😉 It’s always fun to get others involved with my blog and it helps to spark inspiration within my life as well!

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About 1 week ago while walking with Little Johnny, I spotted a pallet just laying on the side of the road. Call me crazy, but I have always wanted to create something with a pallet. I just never actually got around to finding one. It just so happened that the pallet was about 2 blocks down from my house, so of course Little Johnny and I quickly jumped in the car and headed over. The funny thing is it definitely was too big to fit in my car, so I drove slowly with my back hatch open…I was determined to get that pallet home! 🙂

Now, there is another part to this story as well…Just that morning before taking our walk I was talking on the phone with my Nana & Papa. They have been doing a lot of yard work in preparation for the summer! My Papa shared with me that he used the leftover pallet that was delivered to them as flower boxes! Here’s a picture of it! Patriotic spirit…perfect for this Memorial Day Weekend! We’re loving on pallet this week over here! 🙂

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Don’t you love it?! This idea happened to get my creative juices flowing. I knew I could create a mail box organizer from a pallet as well. You want to know the best part about pallets (humor me by saying yes)…

  1. A lot of the nailing and gluing is already done for you, it’s just a matter of cutting and figuring out what you would like to create with it.
  2. Many times palettes are free! If you can’t find it on the side of the road, then try going to a local grocery store and see if they’ll give away theirs!
  3. More than 1 project can be created with it!

Did I get you hooked on pallets yet?! 😉 I still have a bunch of the sections left, so maybe another project will come soon from it!

Upcycling A Pallet into A Mail Organizer


I have one more story before moving onto the details… My intention was to hang this mail organizer on the wall. Long story short…that definitely didn’t go as planned. As soon as I tried hanging it, the mail organizer fell…and myy wine bottle shattered (luckily Little Johnny was asleep).

SO, lesson learned…it’s too heavy to hang on the wall. I could use heavy-duty brackets, but I just didn’t feel like messing with it anymore. My gut was saying “LEAVE IT BE”! So, here it sits, on my side table. I’m actually not hating the look of it.

Onto the steps…

Grab your jig saw, and let’s get started!

1.I used my jig saw to cut out one section of the pallet and then cut it in half so I that I had 1 “box”.

2.I detached a board from the unused “box” and used wood glue to adhere it to the bottom of the other box.

3. I stained the back using a dark walnut color and an off white finish for the front board.

4. Then, I painted two chalkboard labels (using chalkboard paint) to create the “his & her” sign.

5. Once that was dried I attached the wine bottle using wood glue inside the center of the “box”.

Below are the pictures of how I’m using it within my home. If you can figure out a way to secure this to the wall, by all means do it! I like the look, but it just didn’t work out for me…

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What else could I create with a pallet? Could you see yourself making this?

Here’s to a restful weekend!

Wishing you well,

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DIY Home Decor, Dollar Store DIY, Upcycled DIY

DIY Friday~ Chalkboard Tags from Mason Jar Lids & “How to Style A Pegboard”

tyling things. I seriously find so much serenity and peace just from placing little knick knacks, baskets, and other items in the perfect spot within my home! It’s like my therapy. I totally ditched the chores this past Thursday while Little Johnny was napping and styled my pegboard along with making adorable chalkboard tags for my bins.

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When I get stressed out about something that’s new the best thing for me to do is…ORGANIZE. (I know, I’m crazy, right?!) This pegboard is helping me to stay organized in a stylish way for my new VIP Kid job.

If you haven’t heard, I was recently hired by VIP Kid, where I’ll teach English to children ages 5-12 in Beijing through this amazing thing called a WEBCAM! Awesome, right?! My first few bookings are actually Friday (today, 5/19/17) starting at 9pm! Please say a prayer for me as I’m a bit nervous to get started. Just like with anything else it takes me a while to find my groove/routine, but once I do things seem to always work out for the best. I’ll make sure to dedicate a blog post about my process and how things are going. I just want to actually have a few classes completed before I share all the details!

Before I move onto the actual post, you have to watch the music video to this song, which I’m sure you’ve heard. The animation is amazing, plus I’m loving this song right now. 🙂 Just a little something extra to share with you!

I’m not one to always listen to the actual meaning of songs, but I was curious as to what this one means and it’s quite a powerful song. Here’s the link that I read, which did a wonderful job at analyzing the lyrics of this song.

Now, onto the actual post…

How to Style A Pegboard

Pegboards are so versatile and you can seriously arrange them in so many different ways! Did you know there are many different types of pegboards too?  We have the heavy-duty steal one with the long pegs because my husband use to have a small online fishing store, and this is where he stored many of his lures. Well, guess what happens when your wife gets a hold of it…I’m so glad to have a husband that is willing to share. 😉

Pegboards are great for organizing things, which is exactly what I did to this one, along with adding my personal style. Would you like to know the best part? The only items I purchased were the bins, pineapple sign (which is ADORABLE), and the candle holder. Guess where I purchased them?  Yes, Dollar Tree. So I spent a total of $7 dollars to transform this pegboard! The rest of the items I found within my home.

Under each picture I’ll share some tips that I found helpful while styling the pegboard!

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Hanging baskets always bring another feature into the display. Adding a bold print to the pegboard also gives it a pop of color along with an updated look.

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Pegboards are great for using it as a shelf! This piece of wood is reclaimed fence wood that I found on the curbside. I just placed with wood  on top of the pegs, and it was good to go! Adding knick knacks on top adds so many features and textures that really help to style the pegboard.  (I love working with texture while styling things.)

I found these two items in the same aisle while at Dollar Tree. I love the blue color and I needed something tall and vertical to place on top of a stack of books. So, I decided to hot glue the blue candle holder on the clear taper candle holder. I love the end result. For $2, you can’t beat this!

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Height is always crucial when styling bookcases, pegboards, mantels, and so on. Think outside of the box in order to achieve the height that you want. Stacking a few colorful books helps to bring different color tones into the display as well.

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Mason jars…what’ not to love about them?! Any type of flower or plant is pretty much a must. Succulents add such a crisp and clean appeal to the display.

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These bins are perfect for the pegboard! So many different ways to use these for organizing. Adding different color bins and texture helps to add a certain appeal to the look. Think…wicker, tin pails, wood boxes, weaved baskets…the list goes on. Things that you place inside the bins also add to the decor as well, such as the composition notebook I placed in the bin on the picture below.

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After all that, something was definitely missing…So, I decided to make…

DIY Chalkboard Tags from Mason Jar Lids


I’m a big believer in using what you have along with trying to upcycle items. Lately I’ve been on a Mason Jar kick where I’m trying to find different ways I can use them. Well folks, I found another way!

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{Steps}

1. Make sure to clean the lid

2. Use a nail and hammer to make a hold on the lid for the twine

3. You MUST use primer before adding your chalkboard paint! (Otherwise the chalkboard paint will chip off.)

4. I used actual paint, but spray paint would probably be better for the chalkboard. Make sure to apply 3 coats

5. Add your twine and that’s it!

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I had so much fun with this project! I hope this post has inspired you with ideas to stay organized. If you would like more tips you can visit my previous post where I styled a bookcase. I have it linked for you right here.

How else would you use a pegboard to stay organized?

Cheers to a great weekend!

Wishing you well,

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