Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Cover Refrigerator Shelves with Contact Paper

There is not much explanation needed for this post.  I simply covered the refrigerator shelves with contact paper so make the refrigerator look nicer.

Use Dollar Tree Baskets to Organize Makeup

My makeup was getting out of hand in the drawers of my vanity so I used Dollar Tree baskets to organize the chaos.

Repurpose iPhone Box

As you may know I acquired a large stock of duct tape from my younger sister.  I have started using the duct tape on just about everything I can.  I took my old iPhone box and decorated it.  I gave it to my daughter and she keeps cute shaped erasers in it.

Upcycle a 6 Bottle Cardboard Holder

Several months ago my little sister gave me her entire duct tape collection to hold and use as needed.  This wasn't just 10 rolls of duct tape; she had over 250 rolls of duct tape!  So since then I have been using duct tape to decorate everything that I can. 

My husband loves pick 6 craft beers and when he gets them I have always wanted to do somethin with the holder.  Well I finally have done something with the holder.

I started with two rolls of duct tape (one for the inside of the holder and one for the outside), scissors and a 6 pack bottle holder,

I simply used the duct tape and covered the inside first then the outside of the holder.  Using scissors I was able to cut the tape so that it was the size I needed.

My daughter put the holder on her desk and filled it with different supplies.

Another simple project that took little time and money to complete.

DIY Boot Tray

When I remodeled my laundry room (see that post here) I knew I wanted a boot tray of some kind to help keep the floors clean.  There is a door in the laundry room that leads outside and that door is most often used by the family to go to the backyard so the floor tends to get dirty (it doesn't help that my husband puts his boots in there that he wears while working with our cattle).  There is a shoe cabinet in there that we put all of our shoes in but my husbands boots do not fit in there and I did not want to have to clean the floors every time he had dirty boots.  The solution...a boot tray.

I bought this tray and these bags of rocks at Dollar General.  The tray was $3 and the rocks were $1 a pack.  I only bought 4 bags and once I got home I realized that wasn't enough.  Luckily I had a bag of extra rocks at home from a different project.

I laid out the rocks the way I wanted them then picked each one up and put hot glue on it so it would stick to the tray.

After the rocks were glued I put the tray in the laundry room. 

As you know, I love easy projects that add to my home.  This one was simple and now my husband has a place to put his dirty boots and I don't have to clean the floor in the laundry room everyday anymore. 

Another thing I love about this project is that even when my husband puts dirty boots on the tray the rocks pretty much hide the dirt.  So when he is wearing his boots and I go to laundry I don't have to see a muddy, dirty tray. 

DIY Burlap and Lace Cross

Another easy project here for you.  I recently remodeled my laundry room and this piece made it's way onto a shelf above my washer and dryer (see that post here). 

First I took an old frame I bought at Goodwill.  I painted it white then used sandpaper to distress it so it didn't have that crisp white look but instead had the look of being aged.  I used a roll of burlap and a roll of lace to make a cross around the frame.  Lastly I pinched the middle and use a string from the burlap to tie it.

This is an incredibly easy and cheap project that adds a neat look to any area you are decorating.


DIY Lint Holder

This DIY project couldn't get any easier.  I recently remodeled my laundry room (see that post here) but didn't have room to put in a small garage can, which I only put lint in so I decided to make a lint holder.  I was also on a tight budget I didn't have much money for extras.  I made this lint holder box for free with stuff I already had around the house.

I used an empty graham cracker box that I cut to the size I wanted it to be.  Then I covered the box in duct tape.  Lastly I took a 3M strip and cut it down the center and used each piece to hang two decorative clothes pins on the wall to hold the lint holder. 

The clothes pins allow me to take the box down and go dump it.  You could just mount it to the wall with a 3M strip but then you can't take it down as easy, unless you use the picture hanging strips that work like Velcro.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Turn a $3 Goodwill Find into a Table Box

I love going to Goodwill.  It is such a great store to find cheap home decor that just needs some TLC and imagination.

My most recent find was this brass trough looking thing...I'm sure that's the technical name of it.  For $3 how could I say no?  I already had some spray paint so all I did was clean it REALLY well and spray painted it.

After I spray painted it I had no idea what I was going to put in it.  I thought maybe putting mason jars in it and putting fake flowers in the jars but the jars I already had on hand were just a bit too big to fit inside. Then I thought I could just put seasonal decorations in it that I switched out every month or so but then I decided I didn't need one more dreaded thing to change every season. 

Realizing I wasn't having any great ideas just coming to me I decided to look around the house for some inspiration.  I looked in one of my storage closets and right when I saw the electric candles I just knew that I was going to put them in the box. 

I put them in and it looked perfect but it was missing something filling in the space around them.  I didn't know what to use as filler but I was sure something would come to me.  It wasn't until a couple days later that I opened a bottle of wine and went to put the cork into the cork holder that I store all my corks in that inspiration struck. I have so many corks (don't judge me...okay you can judge me...I'm drinking a glass of wine as I write this post). 

I picked out all of my favorite corks.  Like the ones from the wineries I went to while going on the Southern Illinois Wine Trail and the cork from the Dom Perignon that my other half and I enjoyed while being served a 15 course meal by an amazing chef in Cincinnati and even the cork from the bottle of Cristal that we shared in celebration of us moving back to our home state.

The final result was a $3 table box that was filled with memories (yes they are memories including wine...but they are memories all the same).

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Laundry Room Remodel for $150

I'm so thrilled to have my laundry room done!  When we were looking to buy the house I knew it was going to be a room that needed remodeled but originally I thought I was going to gut it and start from scratch. Unfortunately our budget wouldn't allow that. Originally the budget included gutting the room to get rid of the paneled walls however we decided to really make it a point to pay off $15,000 in student loan debt by the end of the year so that leaves little left in the budget for home improvement. Looks like the kids bathroom will have to wait until next year to be remodeled.

Back to my pretty laundry room. It didn't look very pretty when we bought the house. 

The house came with a stackable washer and dryer but we wanted to put the washer and dryer we already owned in there. It takes up more room but it's newer and I prefer not to have them stacked. There was enough room to put a mini refrigerator next to them so we can keep soda and juice boxes in there and not take up room in the main refrigerator. As you can see the laundry room was chaos. No space for baskets or detergent and it just looked sad with the darker olive green paint. 

First things first. Take down the awkward cabinet by the door. Not only it it painted the same color as the walls it's also upside down. Why was it installed upside down?  I have no clue but it just doesn't fit the space. It's a quality cabinet so my other half was able to put it up in his shop. 

Now that the cabinet it off the wall you can see how dark the paneling originally was. The darker olive green paint doesn't look so bad in comparison to the unpainted paneling. 

Time to pick a paint color. I had already painted the door turquoise a couple weeks after moving in. I wanted the wall to be a similar color but I didn't have any door paint left and my budget was minimal so I found this paint at Walmart for $16 and it matched the curtain I made for the laundry room and was close enough of a match to the door. I wanted the laundry room to be bright and cheery. This color did the trick and let's not mention that the rest of my house it pretty much decorated turquoise in every room. 

First I painted the trim white. Why didn't I take a picture of the trim painted white?  Ugh. I guess I can just blame that on me being so excited to just get painting out of the way because I do not like to paint. 

After a night of the trim paint drying I taped off the trim and started the process of painting the walls. 

I love this little trick I use when painting. I put down Press'n Seal so that any little paint splatters don't get on the ground. I didn't feel like covering the ground with plastic and the ground is concrete anyways so clean up of paint would have been simple. Luckily the Press'n Seal caught all the drips so I didn't have any paint to clean up. 

Now that the walls and trim are paint we can move the washer and dryer over and start building the laundry basket holder. 

My other half built the laundry basket holder in his shop then took it apart so I could paint it. 

Two days of painting the pieces and it was time to assemble the laundry basket holder in the laundry room. 

When I painted the holder in the shop I didn't paint the edges. I painted them once it was rebuilt in the laundry room. 

I purchased this collapsible hanger holder. It is small and pops out so that I can hang laundry to dry. 

I hung up the hooks that where already in the laundry room when we bought the house. 

I used an old piece of wood we found in the shed that was left from the previous owner of the house. We used brackets and put it above the washer and dryer. We decorated the shelf with things we already had around the house. 

Let's not forget about the sign I made that says "Laundry Sucks". 

The result of this remodel is just awesome!  Here's the breakdown of the cost to remodel.

$35 - the painters tape, paint tray and 2 gallons of paint (blue and white from Walmart)
$3 - pack of hooks
$14 - piece of thin wood for the back of the laundry basket holder
$95 - MDF for the laundry basket holder, trim for the corner of the room where the cabinet was, and brackets for the shelf

Total: $147

Overall, this remodel took us about a week to compete because we took our sweet time to finish it.  e were not in a hurry to get it done so we made sure to really let the paint dry for a couple days on the walls and laundry basket holder.

This remodel will work for the next couple years until we decide to gut the whole area and put up drywall instead of paneling but for only $150 this laundry room "facelift" will work just fine until then.