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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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 chicelevated 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.
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    • 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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DIY Home Decor, Upcycled DIY

DIY Friday~ Upcycling Coffee Cans into Produce Storage for your Kitchen

I’m all about using what you have and transforming it into something totally different! I love thinking about how I can use an item in a different way within my house. Plus, I hate going out and buying more stuff when I can use what I have to create something just like it.

This Friday I actually had a hard time thinking about what I could create, then I saw it. Three coffee cans sitting under my sink just waiting for me to save them from going into the recycling bin. 🙂 Currently my situation with produce is I throw everything into one basket and it sits on my counter. Here’s the thing about that…sometimes I forget what type of produce I have and it spoils. Also, I hate digging for things at the bottom. This week’s DIY project will hep with organizing your produce in a cost efficient way. I know open wired baskets are suppose to be easy for produce organization, but it just doesn’t work for me. Plus I’m all about the shabby chic look! Why not have your produce display look stylish. I’m using three coffee cans and wait until you see the end result! Also, guess what…this is another easy peasy DIY project for busy mamas! 🙂

Produce Holders for you Kitchen

{Supplies}

  • 3 coffee cans
  • 3 round pieces of wood (Hobby Lobby find)
  • chalk paint
  • chalk
  • favorite spray paint color
  • hot glue gun
  • sand paper

{Steps}

1.take off any paper on the coffee cans and wash them

2. make sure they are fully dried and take the sand paper to sand off any paper that wouldn’t come off

3. spray paint your coffee cans (I used 3 coats) make sure to let them dry for at least 5 minutes in between each coat

4. while the cans are drying, take your wood pieces and sand one side so it’s a smooth surface (mine wasn’t as smooth so it was harder to write with the chalk, so this is a VERY important step)

5. use the blackboard chalk paint and apply 3 coats on one side

6. once everything is dried (about 1 hour) hot glue your wood pieces to the front of your cans

7. use chalk to write the produce items for each can

There you have it! An organized produce station in your kitchen!

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If you want more counter space here’s an extra step that I may do in the future.

1.Drill a hole in the back of the can

2. take command hooks and use them to hang your cans along your back splash

**Make sure to get command hooks that hold at least 5 lbs or more.**

If the produce display isn’t your thing, you can also use this idea for…

  • organizing cooking utensils
  • organzing snacks
  • plant containers
  • organzing office supplies or kids crafts

Happy Creating!

What would you use this idea for?

Wishing You Well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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