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When you live in an apartment there’s only so much you can do to update the style (especially when it’s outdated).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! 🙂

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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, 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, 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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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! 🙂

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. 🙂 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!) 🙂
  • 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, Dollar Store DIY

DIY Friday~Sunburst Mirror (using clothespins)

It’s always a Happy Friday over here when I have completed a DIY project that cost me $2. Before I get into that, let’s talk about my amazing road side find! Ladies,  I found distressed wood fence boards. I was seriously doing a happy dance over here. It was a rough morning the day before. I was just kind of in a funk, and I guess this was God’s way of saying “hey, here’s a pick me up!” 😉 I’m all about that #farmhouseswag (along with sprinklings of shabby chic, and anything rustic & beach themed…I know… a bit of a weird mix, I just can’t seem to choose sometimes).bcc21930-18e1-438c-b46f-6e7bab10f74d

Side note: My husband literally called me after I posted on my facebook page of what I found. He saw these on his way to work piled up 2 houses down, and he knew I would pick them up. So, he called to tell me just that! HAHA. (I kept asking if I’m being weird because I’m always self-conscious about that, I’m just having fun.) =) 

  I haven’t made anything with them yet, but there is so much potential. Don’t worry, I’ll definitely have a DIY post coming soon with this lovely distressed fence wood! (By the way, thanks to many of you who gave me so many fun ideas on what I should create with it!) Anytime I find inspiring road side items that scream “make me pretty” I like to share them with my followers through my instagram stories and occasionally my facebook page. Feel free to follow along for more goodies I may find! 🙂

Now, back to the actual post

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My inspiration came from searching on the internet for creative wood projects. Sunburst mirrors are very popular right now, and they just seem to lighten up any space within your home. They also make a smaller space seem bigger. As I was searching I came across mayfair.com where they have a whole selection of unique sunburst mirrors. While I would love to purchase one, they’re just a bit pricey for me nowadays (the sacrifice of cutting down to just one income). Most of the sunburst mirrors are made of metal, but you all know how much I love creating with wood. Little Johnny and I walked over to Dollar Tree and purchased our $2 worth of clothespins (each package has 36).

{Supplies}

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{Steps}

1.Take your clothespins and dunk them in the stain. Make sure to wear gloves.

2. Take your old towel and wipe them down so no bubbles are shown and let it dry.

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3. Once the stain is dried, take half of your clothespins and lightly spray paint them using the candy pink color. It doesn’t have to be a full coverage and it’s okay if you don’t spray pain every inch of the clothespins. Just as long as you can tell there is a little pink color showing. The whole goal is to create a contrast look.

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4. Once everything is dried start arranging the clothespins onto the mirror. The key is to keep the ends of the clothespins that point towards the middle of the mirror even and lined up together. I alternated between the different colors.

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That’s it! Another easy DIY for busy mamas. There are so many areas you can display a sunburst mirror too.

  • above a fire-place mantel
  • within a small nook area (this is where I have mine displayed
  • above a bed
  • within a foyer area

Where can you see this within your home?

Happy #diyfriday!

Wishing You Well,

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DIY Home Decor, Dollar Store DIY

DIY Friday~Monogram Succulent Decor

If I could live in a house filled with succulents and rose gold everything I would be a very happy gal. =) I know I go a little over board with the rose gold, but seriously it’s such a beautiful color, and the best part is it can go with everything and anything (it’s my neutral color). Succulents are very trendy right now mainly because they’re such an exotic plant that draws your attention and makes quite the statement if you ask me.They’re also super easy to take care of. So I definitely have reasons as to why these are my current favs. This Friday I’m tying together my two favorites into a gorgeous monogram decor to display within the home.

I’ve said this before in previous posts, but just to clarify, I’m a proud Dollar Tree shopper.=) It makes DIY projects affordable and you never know what you may spot while walking down the aisles. Guess what I found? Ladies, one of my favs…succulents! They are the cutest! These beauties come in this little pot, which there are quite a few to choose. (I actually took them out of the pot, but will definitely use the pots for another project.)

To all my mid-western friends & family (and really any of my followers who haven’t seen sun within a few days, weeks, or months… theses little beauties will definitely put some cheer within your home. So, I took these succulents and used them within my DIY project.

The only item that wasn’t purchased at the Dollar Tree was the wooden letter (which was bought at JoAnn’s). This project cost me around $12. (I really need to get better at documenting the cost of my DIY projects.)

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Monogram Succulent Decor


{Supplies}

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  • artificial succulents (Dollar Tree)
  • floral moss (Dollar Tree)
  • wooden monogram letter (JoAnn’s- don’t forget to use their 40% off coupon)
  • hot glue gun
  • rose gold spray paint (optional step) 

{Steps}

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**Side Note: I did this step so that it would add an elegant glam to the final look (I’m loving the end result!)

2. Once the moss is dried (if you chose to spray paint it) use your hot glue gun to attach the moss to the front and sides of the wooden letter. WARNING: the moss is messy, so make sure to have a flat cardboard underneath. I also used an empty box to place the moss in.

TIP: When attaching the moss make sure to press down firmly so the moss sticks to the wood. I shook off any access moss that wasn’t sticking. (think of it like glitter and glue, wherever there isn’t glue obviously it won’t stick) I also went back and filled in any empty areas.

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3. remove the succulents from their pots

4. cut the stem off so there is a flat surface on the back

5. cut the top piece of the rose succulent to make it smaller (optional- I had to do this because my wooden letter was too small to fit this succulent on there.) 

6. arrange the succulents to your liking before hot gluing them on

TIP: Something I learned from my Nana, flower arrangements/any home decor item always looks better with an odd number. I have 7 on my arrangement)

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7. cut your desired length of burlap (honestly I didn’t measure, I just cut to my liking)

8. hot glue a generous amount on the back and make sure to let it glue before hanging it

That’s it! You now have a beautiful monogram succulent decor for your home! I’m seriously loving this!

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I displayed mine in a little corner nook within my home. You can also use it as your front door decor.

Can you see this decor within your home? (of course it’ll be personalized with your own monogram) Will you be creating one for yourself?

Happy Creating! 

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