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! ūüôā 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!

 

BEFORE

(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! ūüôā

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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! ūüôā

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. ūüôā ¬†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. ūüôā

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)! ūüėČ 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! ūüôā

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! ūüôā

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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?! ūüėČ 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. ūüôā 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. ūüėČ

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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DIY Home Decor, Dollar Store DIY

DIY Friday~ How to make your plain paper lantern “fancy”

It’s been a¬†long week over here! For you too?! Before I get into the DIY post, I’m sharing with you some personal insights I’ve had this week. If you’re just looking for “How to make your plain paper lantern “fancy”, then scroll to the middle of this post. No hard feeling, I promise! ūüôā

Lately I’ve taken a bit of a social media break (although, I still check in every now and then). Usually I post on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays,¬†but I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed lately, so I sat down and analyzed about what I can take a step back from in life, and in that moment I knew it was the amount of time on social media. Stepping into blogging I never imagined the amount of time & energy it would take just promoting yourself on social media.

I still¬†love¬†blogging, but I may have to cut down to just 2 posts a week because I don’t want to end up “losing” my love for blogging due to the preassure of having to “get my post out that day”. I want to present quality posts and I feel as though lately I’ve been rushed to get that Wednesday post written for the week. I may come back to 3 posts a week, but for now this is just what I need to do.

Quick story and I’ll get to the actual fun part of this post.

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Just the other day Little Johnny, LadyBelle (our dog), and myself were taking our evening walk. I had my phone out and I was taking a picture of these beautiful Azalea flowers (not going to lie, I probably intentionally was thinking “Hey! This would be a¬†great instagram post!” Well, in that moment as I was putting my phone back into my pocket, I dropped it. Then I heard that” sound which everyone cringes at…yup, I definitely shattered my iPhone’s screen.¬†The good news is my phone still works, and I can still¬†somewhat make out what’s on my screen.

I tend to take happenings like this in life as a sign from God. So, after being very upset with myself about being clumsy and not taking care of my things (I’m notorious for NOT being a great “care taker” with anything related to technology. I came to the conclusion that this “sign” could mean two things…

  1. “Enjoy the moments for yourself,¬†everything doesn’t always have to be¬†captured¬†for others.
  2. Life can be¬†shattering at times, but in the end it takes perseverance to see through the cracked screen. Don’t give up, keep chugging along. Even though things may seem shattered, you can still see pass the cracks to what lies ahead. I need to trust that God will handle things as long as I am being the¬†best of me.

So anyways, that’s been hovering over me this week. I was hesitant to share, but I decided to because this blog is also about updates on my life.

I have also been busy with trying to find a way to supplement our income. Here’s a joyful moment- I’m happy to share with you that I’ve been hired as a Tinkergarten leader & a VIP Kid instructor where I’ll teach English to children over in Beijing through a webcam! I’ll share more details about this adventure a bit later.

Onto the post…

How to make your plain paper lantern “fancy”


I’ve had this white paper lantern sitting in my closet for a¬†long¬†time. I decided it was too plain and I had to make it “fancy” by adding decorative details, from coffee filter flowers to ribbons & crystals. I¬†love the end result. I have yet to find a place to hang it in my home, so I decided to take it outside to stage my photos of this pretty little thing. ūüôā I could definitely see many of these used for baby showers, wedding showers, actual wedding decor, baby girl’s nursery, and the list goes on.

The aspects of this paper lantern pop through while being against an outdoor background. The contrast is breathtaking. The crystals glisten when the sun rays catch them, and the ribbons sway to the wind.

{Supplies}

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  • paper lantern
  • white foam craft balls
  • 3 different textures of ribbon
  • a few hanging crystals (thanks to my Nana for giving me these!) ūüôā
  • hot glue gun
  • coffee filters
  • choice of spray paint for the flowers

{Steps}

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1.spray paint about 4 coffee filters your choice of spray paint. (I went with rose gold, candy pink, and slate blue colors.)

2. Make slits all around the coffee filters. Then, twist the middle to form it into something that resembles a “flower”.

3. Hot glue the arrangement onto the top of your paper lantern

4. Attach the crystals & foam craft balls to your choice of ribbons.

5. Tie your ribbon arrangement to the bottom wire of the paper lantern. I made sure that the end of the ribbons were cut at varying heights.

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This was such an easy DIY project, but yet very captivating to the eye. Perfect for summer parties as well!

Happy Mother’s day to all the mamas out there!

Wishing you well,

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DIY Home Decor, Upcycled DIY

DIY Friday~ Upcycling Mason Jar Lids As Coasters

As a DIY gal you always tend to have a bunch of unused mason jar lids lying around. Recently I was researching on how to¬†reuse them, and the idea of coasters popped up. If you’re looking for a fun way to¬†be creative,¬†but¬†just don’t have much time to dedicate, let me just say…I’m pretty sure this project was meant for you! No tools, paint, nails, or screws are required. This one is¬†easy peasy¬†folks!

 DIY for busy mamas.

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If you have been following along for a while now, you will know this is project #3 from my Orchard Supply Hardware DIY shopping haul. I have it linked for you right here just in case you missed it! =)

{Supplies}

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  • hot glue gun
  • cork board
  • mason jar lid
  • sharpie
  • scissors

Optional

  • stamp (I choose to go with a monogram look)
  • acrylic paint (or ink pad that is waterproof)
  • paint brush, only if you’re not using an ink pad

{Steps} 

1.Take the inside part of your mason jar lid and use that to trace a circle on the cork board using the sharpie. Then cut it out.

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2. Use your hot glue gun to glue the two pieces of the mason jar lid together.

3. Take your cut out cork board circle and hot glue the side that you want to place on the lid. You may need to push down a little in order for the cork to fit.

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4. This part is optional, but I choose to use a stamp and add a little monogram to the coaster. I just used black acrylic paint.

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Happy DIYing!

Wishing you well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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DIY Home Decor

DIY Friday- Mason Jar Wall Organizer

I am so excited to reveal that I have been working on a project for a while in our bedroom. I decided to dedicate a wall to be used as an office space. It’s a work in progress because I am challenging myself to DIY most of the items, along with reusing some of the things I already have. Here’s what it looks like so far.

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Thoughts? I may add a small shelf on the top right, but otherwise I pretty much have the wall complete, so now I’ll be working on the desk and chair. Don’t worry, you know I’ll have a post¬†about this endeavor.¬†Did I mention I remembered to take a before picture?¬†(That’s the best part in my opinion.) ūüôā

My DIY project for this week is within the above picture. Any guesses? ūüėČ

Mason Jar Wall Organizer! 

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This is part 2 of my Orchard Supply Hardware DIY shopping haul! Have you seen my previous DIY post with the fun video of me shopping for the supplies?! Maybe one of these days I’ll come around to actually making a DIY video.

I have it linked for you >>right here. <<

The mason jar wall organizer is so popular right now and from looking online they can range from $24-$35. I was able to complete this project for around $12. I already had the stain for the wood, but the rest of the supplies I was able to find at Orchard Supply Hardware. Plus as a bonus I still have spray paint leftover for another project.

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Too much typing and this ^ picture is absolutely adorable! I had to share!

Now, here’s the honest truth...it did take some “elbow grease” to screw the hose clamps into¬†the wood. It wasn’t an easy task, but once I figured out the best way things started to run smoothly.

Besides that, everything else was easy!

{Supplies}

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Totally forgot to add the screws and backing into the picture…
  • any piece of wood
  • stain (I went with a pine wood stain) OPTIONAL STEP
  • 3 hose clamps (the largest size)
  • 3 mason jars
  • tape measure
  • satin blue spray paint (I decided to scratch the pink spray paint.) OPTIONAL STEP
  • 3 small screws
  • scissors
  • picture hanging backing or wire
  • phillips and flat head screwdriver
  • piece of chalk and permanent marker

{Steps}

1.This is an optional step, but I chose to spray paint my 3 mason jars along with staining the wood. Quick note about painting the mason jars- My paint is starting to chip a little bit because I didn’t use a protective layer. So, I would recomend either adding a primer or polyurethane¬†on top OR maybe just spray paint the inside.

2. Measure and mark where you would like to place your hose clamps that the mason jars will fit into. I used the chalk to make my markings on the wood. img_6105

3. Take your hose clamps and use the flat head screwdriver to adjust them on your mason jar. I chose to place them around the rim. You want the hose clamps to be fairly loose, do not tighten all the way yet.

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4.Remove the hose clamps from the mason jars and position it where you would like to screw into the wood. Use your permanent marker to display where you want the screw to go. img_6107

5. This is where it starts to get a little tricky. Find that “elbow grease” within you and use it! ūüôā I tried using a drill, but it was just too awkward of a position. Anyways, take your scissors and use it to create a larger opening in one of the slits of the hose clamps. Place your screw in the hole and then start screwing it into the wood using your phillips screwdriver. Pictures do a better justice of what I’m trying to relay. ūüôā

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6. After you have done this to all 3 hose clamps start placing your mason jars into the clamps and use your flat head screwdriver to tighten them. You can choose to cut off the access on the clamps, or just bend it back like I did. img_6117

7. Screw any type of backing that you prefer. I chose 2 picture hanging pieces. Quick note! It’s probably best to attach your backings before you attach the mason jars. I learned that mistake.¬†img_6116

There it is! You now have a mason jar wall organizer. I am using mine to organizer my office supplies, but there are so many ways you can use this classy wall organizer.

  • decorative flowers
  • bathroom items (q-tips, cotton balls, makeup brushes)
  • candles
  • herbs

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Happy DIYing! 

Wishing you well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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DIY Home Decor

DIY Cork & Chalk Board-Shopping Haul at Orchard Supply Hardware

I recently had the opportunity to attend Orchard Supply Hardware’s grand opening at the Bay Hill plaza location. It was my “me time” as a mom because I went all by myself! Funny thing is I actually bumped into someone I knew while gazing over the spray paint aisle (my favorite)! It literally was a¬†grand¬†time!

I¬†have found a¬†new store where I can stock up on my DIY supplies, and also be inspired by different ideas throughout the store. They offer hardware, home improvement, paint gardening supplies, a nursery, and other fun knick knacks! The best part about this store is that they offer wonderful customer service. (Plus the spray paint aisle, wait did I already mention that?!) If you can’t find something, ASK! They’ll show you directly where it’s located.

One more thing, you’ll never believe it…they offer a lifetime guarantee on their plants. YES, that means if your sweet little plant isn’t doing so hot you can¬†bring it back and exchange it for an identical plant or one in similar value. Well, isn’t that just the greatest!

I made this video so that you can experience the inside of the store. Click the video below to check out my DIY shopping haul at Orchard Supply Hardware! If you’re feeling extra great, you can always subscribe to my channel as well! ūüėČ

This is a sponsored post through Orchard Supply Hardware. I was presented with a gift card and had the opportunity to shop for supplies related to my own DIY project. Huge thank you to Orchard Supply Hardware for providing me with this opportunity and to share with my followers!

I always love challenging myself, so I decided to see what type of DIY projects I could create with a budget of $50 to spend at Orchard Supply Hardware. Some of the items that I needed I did already have at home, but they are all things you can still find at your local Orchard Supply Hardware store.

Quick update: As you view the video I talk about two projects I will be making, but actually once I came home and started DIYing I found that I could complete three projects! So, this week is part one: DIY cork board & chalk board.

Here’s the line up for my projects!

1. DIY Cork Board & Chalk Board

2. DIY Mason Jar Wall Organizer

3. DIY Coasters

Finally I present to you a…

DIY Cork Board & Chalk Board 

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{Supplies} 

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I did change one thing while I was DIYing, but overall it’s pretty much the same idea I had to begin with. The items¬†I did not purchase at OSH were my upcycled baby food jars along with the twine, the corner scrap wood pieces, chalk paint, and wood glue. BUT You CAN¬†definitely find these items at Orchard Supply Hardware.

  • gold duck tape ($4.49) LOVE how glamorous it makes this project look!¬†img_5871
  • 2 Command Crystal Hooks, BEST FIND EVER! ($4.99 for a pack of 2)

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  • 1 cork square 12 X 12 ($9.99 for a pack of 2 )
    • I’ll be using the rest of the cork for another DIY project that I’ll share soon!
  • Fireboard 1/8 inch thick and 2 ft. X 2 ft. ($2.99)¬†
  • black chalk paint (I already had some at home, but you can definitely find it at OSH.)
  • tape measure
  • chalk or pencil
  • gorilla¬†glue
  • picture hanging hardware OR I just used scrap wood that I had left over and glued it on the back.
  • scratch the painters tape, I found out that I didn’t need it for this project.

P.S. You can still choose to use mason jars and the wire jar handles, just make sure to purchase the right fitting because I definitely made that mistake!

Okay, onto the…

{Steps}

1. First plan out how you would like everything arranged, where to place the cork, chalk board, and hooks. There are so many different layouts you can plan, so be bold and find one that fits your style! My plan was to use the mason jars for office supplies,¬†but I bought the wrong size wire hanger and I felt as though the jars were too big for it. So, I ended up using smaller jars and I placed my chalk and push pins inside. Changes things is all part of a DIY project sometimes…img_5877

2. Next measure your border and place markings along the board using either a pencil or chalk. The duct tape came out to be 2 inches thick for a boarder. This is so that you know where to place your chalk paint. I decided to do this instead of painting the whole board so that way I’m not wasting any paint. It’s completely up to you though!

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3. Then paint where you would like your chalk board to go.

4. Then once the paint is dried make sure to “season” your chalk board with rubbing the chalk along the board. I know, sounds weird, but it’ll help the chalk to write better. Start placing your gold duct tape along the border. I made sure to also cover the edges as well.

Seriously, look how beautiful and shiny this duct tape is! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! 

5. Next use gorilla glue to adhere your cork to the specific area you would like on your board. I placed paint cans on top just to make sure it was bonding nicely.

6. Then flip over the board and attach any backings you choose to use for hanging purposes. I decided to just adhere two wood panels using gorilla glue. img_5927

7. Next attach the crystal command hooks once the backings are dry and attached.

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Now, you can stop here as the next step is optional, but I wanted to add a little more detail to my board. So, I added wood corner pieces that I painted using a white base coat and a purplish top coat. I sanded the wood around the corners just to give it a little more of a distressed look.

I used upcycled baby food jars to store my chalk and push pins.¬†That’s it, you have yourself a beautiful cork board & chalk board that was at a great price for a DIY project!

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Thank you to Orchard Supply Hardware for presenting this opportunity for me to complete a DIY shopping haul, and get my creativity on!

Make sure to check out their website to find a location within your area!

Also, follow them on their social media networks to be “in the know” for special promotions and events!¬†Just click the links below.

Orchard Supply Hardware’s Facebook¬†Page

Orchard Supply Hardware’s Instagram Account¬†

Happy DIYing!

Wishing you well,

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DIY Home Decor

DIY Friday- How to Create a Distressed Look on Wood Using Vaseline

Lately I have been all about the “distressed” look over here. It brings so much character to the furniture, especially when it’s paired with a solid modern piece or accent. I have been playing around with all the different techniques to create this “distressed” look and I have found my favorite way! Vaseline is the magic trick! It’s so easy and it creates the look every time.

Here’s the deal with vaseline, anywhere there is vaseline and you paint over it, the paint won’t stick. It acts as a temporary protective layer, but can easily be rubbed off.

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Quick story about this side table I refinished. I have two side tables that were actually built by my great grandpa Harry. The woodwork is beautiful, but they just needed to be repainted and stained after years of wear and tear. I love that they are displayed within my home.

{Supplies}

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  • stain (I used a dark walnut color)
  • chalky paint (I used the color¬†lace)
  • old rag
  • vaseline
  • spray bottle with water
  • paint brush
  • polyurethane (you can use a spray paint or in a can)

{Steps}

1. First I washed the side tables with soap and water and made sure to let it fully dry. img_5603

2. I used 2 coats of stain and waited for it to dry before moving onto distressing the top.

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3. Then I took the vaseline and used my finger to mark the areas that I want the distressed look to appear (the paint to wear off). There isn’t a right or wrong way in the placement of vaseline, just wherever you would like the distressed look to be. I made sure to place it along the edges and used a streaking stroke on top. Then I used the chalky paint on top.

4. When the paint was still a bit tacky I used an old rag to rub off the vaseline.  Anywhere vaseline is placed is where the paint will rub off. I then used the spray bottle and lightly sprayed on top to get rid of any leftover paint residue.

5. Once the top was fully dried I used the gloss polyurethane spray paint to put a protective layer on top. I used two coats. It takes at least 24 hours to set in and not be tacky.

That’s it! I’ve used this distressing technique on quite a few pieces and it’s never disappointed me. Make sure to visit my “Treasures” page located on my main menu to view another furniture piece I did this same technique to.

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Happy DIYing!

Wishing you well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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DIY Home Decor

DIY Friday- Bookcase Makeover

There is a little nook area in our home that I have been wanting to redo for a while now. About 4 years ago we purchased one of those $20 bookcases at Target and it’s still holding up (you’re probably nodding your head because you have one within your home too!). The structure was still in tack, BUT¬†there were a few scratches and it was just very dull looking. So, I decided to add my interior sparkle to it. Let’s just say it’s now one of my favorite areas in our home. All this piece needed was to be “kicked up a notch” in design. I’m¬†very¬†proud of this little bookcase and even though it’s not a “forever piece” it adds just the right chicness¬†with the soft pastel hues I incorporated.

Here’s the honest truth though, it did take a bit of time to complete (mainly because I had a few complications that I’ll share below, but in the end it turned out beautiful)! It’s a¬†chic bookcase that displays collected items I found within my home. Oh yeah, one more thing…I used gift wrap paper to add that special elevated element to it along with some of the refurbished fence post wood I recently found. Just wait, you’ll see…

{Supplies}

 

  • 6 fence post boards
  • catalina¬†mist spray paint
  • gift wrap paper (I found this beautiful design on clearance at JoAnns!)
  • mod podge
  • paint brush
  • and of course an old bookcase

{Steps}

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I started with measuring out the wood and cutting it to fit into the slots as shelves. I just used the reclaimed wood that I had. If you’re wanting to do something similar to your bookcase I would recommend finding one solid wood piece to fit within the slot, it would just be much easier. My pieces were not wide enough, so I had to use 3 boards per slot. For the middle shelf I decided to keep the old one and just paint over it using a a grey tinted paint with the lace chalky paint on top. This shelf is bowing in a bit, so hopefully with it flipped over and books on top with time it’ll bend back to shape, if it doesn’t I’ll find a new piece of wood to replace it.

Quick story! I’m not very handy yet with tools. I seriously had a hard time just using a drill (I actually youtubed “how to use a drill”.) PLUS, we didn’t have the right screws, so the boards are just sitting on top of the old ones. It doesn’t look bad for now, I may come around to fixing it at a later point . =)

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^^^^This above picture was the plan I had in mind. My goal was to drill the two horizontal boards so that they would attach together. Then I was going to flip it over and use it as a full board for the book shelves. Maybe if I buy the right screws I’ll try again. Right now they’re just sitting on top of the old shelves, which doesn’t look bad, as the old shelves are hardly visible.

AND we’re back to the steps…

Then I¬†attempted to use mod podge to adhere the gift wrap paper to the top part of the bookcase. Not going to lie, this was a bit of a trial for me because the mod podge made the paper wrinkle. (Wall paper would actually work much better.) After about 4 trials (I wish that was a joke…), I kept trying to think of other ways I could make the gift wrap paper stick. Leave it to me to be in this situation! HA HA! I didn’t have double-sided tape or any other type of adhesive, so I decided to go ahead and start spray painting the top of the bookcase using the catalina¬†mist color.

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(I didn’t spray paint the inside because my can ran out, talk about problems, huh?! The end result still looks good though.)

Luckily, as I was spray painting I had a thought occur to me that I could possibly use the spray paint as an adhesive (What did I have to lose, right?!) I was really nervous doing it because I thought I would definitely screw everything up.

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While the spray paint was still tacky I quickly placed the cut out gift wrap paper on top. (Phew, this is quite a story!) Here’s the surprising part, it actually worked and it’s still holding strong. I ended up using the mod podge on the bottom of the top piece, as the gift wrap paper came around the edge. This was okay becuase no one sees that anyways.¬†Now, like I said this isn’t a “forever piece” so I’m not expecting it to last for many years. I had to improvise on the spot because Little Johnny was napping and I didn’t have time to run to the store once he was up. This is what I could come up with on the spot, and I’m still happy with it.

Quick note: Please excuse the poor quality of lighting with my photos! The only time I could take them was in the wee early morning hour, PLUS this little nook area has terrible lighting!

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Wahlah! My beautiful¬†chic &¬†elevated bookcase! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Now, let’s talk about styling decor items…

Tips on how to style a bookcase:


Right now we are at a stage in our life where splurging on home decor is just not in our budget. Well, I didn’t let this stop me from updating my bookcase with decor items. I rummaged through my home used a little bit of spray paint ,and the results are just¬†perfect. Now, remember my style is the shabby chic, beachy & rustic design (a lot of mixture all in one, but they tend to flow together.)

Here are some tips that I found to be helpful while decorating my bookcase.

  • Think heights!

    • Provide a mixture of heights within your decor items…tall, short, long, ect.
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    • I love going through my home and finding decor items that provide a variety of texture to them.
    • ropes
    • string
    • yarn
    • ribbon
    • baskets
    • glass ware
    • wood
    • stone/rocks
    • sea shells
    • plants/flowers
  • Think shapes!

    • Round, square, diamond, triangle, circle, trees, animals, you name it!
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    • The above picture is an upcycled tiki torch that I am using to provide height within my decor. I took out the tin that holds the fuel and popped in a mason jar. I’m loving the result!
    • This adds a unique appeal to your display.You can rummage through your home like I did, OR shop at thrift stores, garage sales, or home
  • Show off your collection

    • Arrange books in a unique way that draws your attention.
    • display books horizontal with books stacked on top of each other.
  • Think levels!

    • Display your decor collections at different levels on your shelves.
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    • When you have too many colorful books displayed use black and white artwork to help to tone the colors down.
  • Painting your shelves

    • This always freshens things up, you can either add a pop of color or keep it neutral with whites and greys (you all! Did you know that gray is becoming the¬†NEW white?)
    • OR add a patterned look¬†using wall paper, stencils, or gift wrap paper.
  • Replace shelves

    • Use wood, glass, or metal to give your bookcase a dynamic &¬†chic look.
  • Display Unique Vases¬†img_5580

    • I used a glass pitcher and placed one small flower to give it more of a soft edge to the decor.

I had so much fun making over this bookcase (even with the little hiccups here and there). I hope you were inspired and found some of these tips helpful!

P.S. The best part about this project was that it cost my $9 and some change. =)

Happy DIY Friday! 

Wishing You Well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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