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09th Apr2014

DIY Inspired Craft Room Tour

by Dinah Wulf

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I have shared my sanctuary, I mean my craft room before however, I have done some fun inspiring updates, upcycles, and repurposing ideas since then and I wanted to share them today. PLUS I am also a part of a fun series of Craft Room Tours hosted by The Country Chic Cottage! So, I hope you enjoy my DIY Inspired Craft Room Tour!

I am lucky enough to have dedicated a bedroom into my craft room and office. This is the view when you first walk in the door.

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I have a large table in the center of the room that is perfect for so many projects.  I bought the table top and bases at IKEA. It’s a little beat up from paint and glue and other things, but the great thing is that IKEA is so affordable, that I can easily just replace the top if I need to.

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This is the base of the craft table. It is so handy for extra storage. The table has eight shelves all together. The stool pictured here are old wooden barstools that I upholstered and painted. In case you missed it, here is my upholstered bar stools post.

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I also purchased this shelving unit from IKEA. It’s fantastic! You can customize it with drawers and doors. I used decoupage on my drawers and made recycled map drawers. This unit houses several craft storage ideas I have done including 1) stenciled thrift store craft jar, 2) repurposed spice rack, 3) thrift store pedestal trays, 4) recycled jar craft storage, 5) dollar store craft storage, 6) a magnet board filled with repurposed magnet craft storage, and lastly my 7) DIY organization ribbon board.

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To the left of it I proudly display my degrees I worked so hard on!

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To the right of it I hung this inspiring print.

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Underneath that print is an old milk carton I used to hold wrapping paper, yard sticks, and stencils. It’s perfect because it has the metal slots that used to hold milk bottles.

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Here is a shot of the other side of my craft room.

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On this side, I hung some fun vintage craft books that my best friend gave me. I also just recently painted this wall from dark to light.

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I also have a kitchen cart that I put my sewing machine, burlap, and fabric on.

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I also hung an inspiration board I made out of a paint canvas and giant rubber bands.

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Here’s another angle of the room. I have to admit there is another side not pictured with a desk with two monitors, my laptop, and two different printers, and my Silhouette CAMEO but it is JUST to messy to show! Ha!

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I hope you enjoyed the DIY Inspired Craft Room Tour! Be sure to check out Michelle’s tour over at Delicate Construction, and tomorrow, Kellie from Nest of Posies will share her creative space! You can also visit our Host, Angie from The Country Chic Cottage who will be showcasing all the Bloggers participating (over 30!!!) in all this crafty goodness!

31st Mar2014

Rubber Band Inspiration Board DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so honored to be sponsored by Alliance Rubber Company! Today I wanted to share a step by step tutorial on how to make a stenciled rubber band inspiration board. With just a few craft materials and some colorful Super-Size Bands from rubberband.com, you can do this Rubber Band Inspiration Board DIY.

Materials:

  • 16” X 20” White Canvas
  • Spray Paint
  • Craft Paint
  • Stencils of choice
  • Spouncer
  • Small Paper Plate
  • Super-Size Bands
  • Towels

Step One:

I chose a Citrus Green spray paint to paint my blank canvas. It’s quicker, easier, and dries faster than other paints. You can also opt for any other paint as well. Be sure to protect your surroundings and spray in a well-ventilated area.

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Step Two:

I decided to stencil “inspire” on my board because I wanted to hang it in my craft room. I worked backwards when stenciling the word with a spouncer. You need very little acrylic craft paint when stenciling. Dab on the paint and remove the excess by dabbing it on the paper plate. Stencil in an up and down motion to avoid bleeding.

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Step Three:

Once the paint is dry, begin adding your super-size bands. I chose two alternating colors. When adding the bands also alter them horizontally and vertically.  This will “weave” the rubber bands together and will come in handy when adding things to your inspiration board. You can choose how many rubber bands you would like to use. Mine is four vertical and three horizontal. Consider covering the entire board!

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Here are a couple AFTER photos.

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The super-size bands will fit larger canvases as well for larger boards.  They come in red, blue, and green. A big THANK YOU goes out to Alliance Rubber Company for sponsoring this post. Visit them for a wide variety of rubber bands for almost any craft project!

In case you missed it, here are more Inspiration Boards I have made in the past:

20th Mar2014

Upcycled Fabric Duck Tape Shelves

by Dinah Wulf

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This upcycled trash to treasure project may possibly be the quickest, easiest, and cutest makeover I’ve done in a while. When I went to the CHA Mega Show I had the privilege of viewing the new fabric Duck Tape line. I immediately wanted to try it out! We use an old IKEA shelf from when my husband was single to organize Mia’s room. Sure, the shelves are useful; however they are black and harsh for a little girl’s room. My solution is upcycled fabric Duck Tape shelves.

You only need two supplies:

  1. The Fabric Duck Tape of your choice and
  2. The Fiskars Amplify Craft Shears (because they cut Duck Tape perfectly!)

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Here are the shelves BEFORE.

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Sorry! I REALLY should have dusted them before I took the picture… whoops!!!

I simply added pink Fabric Duck Tape to the trim. It happened to be the perfect width. It was so quick and easy! The best part is is that if you are tired of it. You can take it off and try a different color or pattern.  I used three rolls for this, but had plenty left over (I used three to have one continuous piece for each side).

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Here are two AFTER shots.

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Here is another BEFORE and AFTER.

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It’s such a small thing, but it makes a huge difference in her room! Now I am obsessed and need to make a bunch of other things that match! Hmmmm… stay tuned!

In case you missed it, here are a few other Duck Tape projects I have done:

Thank you to Duck Tape for sponsoring this post!

06th Jan2014

Craft Storage and Organization Ideas with All Access™

by Dinah Wulf

Every year when I take down my Christmas decorations I feel the need to clean, purge, and organize everything in my house! It never fails.  This year, thanks to Home Depot and Rubbermaid® All Access™ I have been able to do that. So, today I wanted to share with you my Craft Storage and Organization Ideas with All Access™.

I went to Home Depot and bought several of the extra small sized Rubbermaid® All Access™ bins.

These bins in particular are fantastic because not only is there a lid on the top, but there is a door you can open in the front for easy access to the contents inside.

On a side note, I have to mention this (because it’s a huge pet peeve), but the sticker easily comes off the lid. See?  I hate it when you have to spend extra time trying to get the sticker off of the plastic! OK moving on…

I started in my craft room.  I was able to combine three containers of craft paint into one All Access™ bin.

I also fit three containers of glue and adhesive into one bin. I know… I have a lot!

Finally, I was able to fit three containers of craft punches in one bin as well.

Then, in my craft room, I have a separate area in the closet for my daughter’s craft supplies.  Here is what it looked like before.

Here it is organized with my new storage bins! I love that you can stack them and still open them. Plus, I can now see through them which was a problem before.

So now I am just addicted and realized they are sturdy enough for toys and the handling of a small child! So I went to Home Depot and purchased more bins. My daughter’s room used to have these storage bins.  They are colorful and pretty, but my daughter never plays with the things inside.  I think it’s because she can’t see them.

So, I replaced some of them with the Rubbermaid® All Access™ bins. The extra small ones fit perfectly in her shelving unit and now she can see all her toys and have easy access to them from the top and front!

Phew! It feels great to start the New Year organized!

Open up the possibilities of easy access with Rubbermaid® All Access™ Organizers. The All Access™ line features a clear drop-down door so you can easily see and retrieve the items you want, even when they are stacked! Visit your local Home Depot to see why organization just got easier!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Rubbermaid® . The opinions and text are all mine.

03rd Jan2014

Repurposed Cabinet Turned Jewelry Organizer

by Dinah Wulf

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A while ago, I saw a pin on Pinterest for this amazing trash to treasure idea for a jewelry organizer made by Liz Marie on her blog Liz Marie Blog. She did such an amazing job that I pinned it right away and tucked it away in my mind to do for a later date. I think it’s been months now and I finally got around to attempting it.  SOOOO, here is my version of a Repurposed Cabinet Turned Jewelry Organizer. Oh! And a HUGE thank you to Liz Marie for the inspiration.

Materials:

  • Cabinet Door
  • Spray paint
  • Drill
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Knobs and pulls

I decided to go to Habitat for Humanity Restore, one of my favorite places to buy the cabinet door. They have the best selection there at low prices.

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I decided on this one because it was nice and wide and perfect for repurposing.

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I looked for knobs and pulls as well, but didn’t find what I wanted so I ventured to Home Depot to get these.

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I had some left over spray paint from the thrift store shelf makeover I had done a while back. I love the color so I used what I had left for this jewelry organizer. I painted two coats allowing it to dry completely in between each coat.

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Once it was dry I measured and marked with a pencil where I wanted each knob and pull. I used a drill to drill a hole at each marker.

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I used the drill to add my pulls as well! I loved the way it turned out.

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Here are a couple close ups.

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For more repurposing ideas and trash to treasure ideas, check out this fun round-up of garage sale and thrift store transformations! There are over two dozen original projects I have done including housewares and furniture transformations.

25th Oct2013

How to Make Candy Mason Jars

by Dinah Wulf

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Yet another recycled Mason jar craft project here! I saw this DIY project on the Nate Show a long time ago.  This project was super easy and took little time and money (my favorite combo).  Here is How to Make Candy Mason Jars.

Materials:

  • Clean Mason Jar
  • Drill
  • Knob
  • Sand Paper
  • Spray Paint (optional)
  • Remove the label from any recycled jar.  For label removal instructions click here.

On the Nate Show, they used sand paper to remove the printed image on the jar lid to give it a distressed industrial look.  I tried this… and gave up.  I tried three types of sand paper and my hand got tired and cramped.  I even tried watching TV to distract me and it didn’t help.

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I decided to use some left over silver metallic spray paint instead.  The sanding wasn’t a complete waste of time because the sanded surface allowed the spray paint to adhere well.

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After the spray paint is dry, drill a hole in the center of the lid.  I suggest putting the lid on the jar and then drill.  You have more control that way.  The drill bit size will depend on the knob you choose.  On a side note, Habitat for Humanity Restore is a GREAT resource for inexpensive knobs.  I have purchased them for as low as fifty cents apiece!

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I found these great knobs on sale for $2.50 each!

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Insert and tighten the knob onto the lid.

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Screw the lid onto the jar.  There you have it! Instant candy (or whatever) jar!  You can also frost your Mason jar for a different look.

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I added a tag, ribbon, and candy to give away as a gift.

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29th Aug2013

Top 7 Tips to Organize Your Bedroom

by Dinah Wulf

Top 7 Tips to Organize Your Bedroom, written by Denise Baynes

Author Bio: Denise Baynes is a single mother, keen on repurposing and organizing all the stuff around her home that can be repurposed, conceivably.

Leave Only the Essentials. You’re trying to make this part of your home look comfortable and inviting, so it’s a nice idea to be a minimalist in your bedroom design. With a little variation depending on your habits, all you need by your bedside is a box of tissue, a good reading lamp, a nice fan, and perhaps also a remote control, and a couple of your favorite CDs. By the way, Westside Wholesale has a really nice selection of portable fans, and some of them are currently on sale for less than $25! I got one that works really quietly during nighttime, and I was able to get free shipping on it, too!

Use Soft Palette Colors. Remember that your bedroom is a place intended for rest. Keep it light when it comes to picking the colors of your walls, floor, ceiling, curtains, and furniture. These colors make the atmosphere of your bedroom more relaxing and easier on your eyes. A lighter color scheme will also make your bedroom appear visually larger, and that’s a great tip if you have a small bedroom. I got a nice standing lamp from Westside Wholesale, too, and it makes the atmosphere of my room so relaxing and romantic, with the soft beige curtains and linens that I have.

Make Space for Sunlight. Remove all clutter and leave only the furniture that performs the essential functions needed in a bedroom. A medium-size bed for sleeping and napping, a comfortable chair and a standing lamp for nighttime reading, a dresser with a mirror for dressing and skin care, a couple of closets for keeping your garments, and a lady’s desk for writing and reading. The more space you are able to free, the more natural sunlight will be poured into your room every morning!

Start It All From Scratch. The best way to bring order into your room is by digging everything out and taking a minute to think if you are ever using these things. It takes some courage, but it’s actually the only way to really change how the place looks and feels instead of just rearranging a few things here and there. So, you may want to start by getting a few boxes and labeling them “trash”, “to sell”, “to donate”, and “to keep”. Now, divide your room into functional areas and start with the one that needs the most reviewing. Remember that if you spend over 20 seconds thinking if you need something in your bedroom, you definitely don’t want to put that in the “keep” box.

Gotta Face That Closet. If you often feel like you’ve got nothing to wear, yet your closet is bursting from everything that’s in it, it’s time to get it organized. Put all your clothes on the couch. Now, take your time to try everything on and see if it deserves that precious space in your closet. If you are a big “goal clothes” person, hoping to lose weight some day and keeping a lot of clothes you can no longer wear, then find a local charity, or a church you can donate these clothes to. After all, they take up so much space and are depressing to look at!

How to Sort Your Clothes. Now, I find it easier to sort clothes by function and style, rather than color-code them as some experts in organizing suggest. It’s a nice idea to store the things that you use most frequently in immediate sight. The clothes you only use occasionally can be placed in the lower level of your closet, and whatever you use less often you can place on top, outside immediate reach. If you have some empty suitcases, you may want to use them for storing out-of-season clothes, linens, and blankets.

Where did that come from? An empty basket is bound to become the central organizing element of your bedroom. Just put all the items that don’t belong in your bedroom into that basket. It may take some willpower at first, and you may have to remind yourself a billion times to do so. However, it will soon become your second nature, and getting that clutter out of your bedroom will take literally minutes! Better still, get your kids involved in the fun activity and it will soon become their favorite game.

26th Aug2013

Easy Bathroom Organization Update

by Dinah Wulf

I recently visited my in laws in Wisconsin.  I love going there especially because my daughter Mia gets to see her Grandma and Papa.  Rarely getting to see her Grandparents is definitely a drawback of living so far away from them (my parents are on the east coast).  I particularly love antique shopping there as well… the stuff is SOO much better and less expensive!  While we were there we decided to give a quick and easy bathroom organization update because…well…we wanted to AND it’s fun (I know I’m a Geek).

So, today I just wanted to share a quick little post to show you the before and after of our project.  Here is the BEFORE.

It’s a sweet little bathroom, but the only storage is a small cabinet under the sink and the medicine cabinet.  My husband and I went to Lowes while Mia got some quality time with Grandma and Papa.  We had the intention of getting a brand new sink and vanity but after I took measurements, we couldn’t find an easy replacement because of the dimensions so the vanity will have to wait until we have time to research online.

We ended up buying a new toilet seat and an over the toilet cabinet. I put it all together while we watched television in the living room.  Working with my hands and putting together things like this is therapeutic for me for some reason.  In a short time, I assembled it and we got a much more organized bathroom!

Check out a recent posts I did for making your bathroom a little more spa-like and a few more bathroom organization tips!

14th Aug2013

Easy Thrift Store Storage Jar Upcycle

by Dinah Wulf

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I had the most successful thrift store shopping trip the other day.  I will tell you all about it and share all my thrift store finds next week. Today, I wanted to share with you what I did with two items I found for less than ten dollars total. With a glass storage jar and a cute little quail knock knack I found, I made upcycled a thrift store storage jar into some craft storage.

Materials

  • Glass Jar with a lid
  • Adhesive stencils
  • Glass paint
  • Small Spouncer
  • Craft Paint
  • Ceramic bird (or something similar)
  • Oven

I found this large glass cookie jar for $5.99 at the Goodwill with a wooden lid.

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I also found this cute little quail bird for $2.99 and couldn’t resist buying it.

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I started off by centering the adhesive stencils to spell “Craft Junkie”.

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Using a small spouncer brush, I painted on the stencil.

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Here’s what it looked like when I was done.

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You can peel off the stencil immediately.

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Allow it to dry for one hour.

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Meanwhile I painted my lid and bird. To easily paint the bird, I put a pencil in the center and placed it in a jar to dry.

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Once the paint was dry, I used strong industrial strength glue.

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Once the paint is on the jar dries for one hour, place the jar in a cool oven.

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Turn the oven to 350 and leave it in there for 30 minutes. If you do not want to place the jar in the oven, you can also allow the paint to cure for about 22 days.

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Here are a few after photos.

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I can’t wait to show you what else I got on this shopping trip!

01st Aug2013

DIY Craft Storage Jars 15 Minute Craft

by Dinah Wulf

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Woo hoo!!! I get to participate in another Craft Lightening today with Country Chic Cottage and 30 Minute Crafts! Last time I did a tutorial for how to make a rope vase and this time I’m sharing how to upcycle craft storage jars in fifteen minutes or less!

Materials:

  • Any jar(s) with a lid
  • Drawer knobs
  • E6000
  • Paint (optional)

Instructions:

I was looking for craft storage jars ever since I started making this flower cluster headpiece and this red, white, and blue headpiece because all my craft supplies were building up!  I purchased these three multi-purpose jars from the 99 cent store. 

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I had these wooden knobs left over from an old dresser I upcycled.  I used some for a little kitchen play hutch I made and had exactly three left for this project.

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I decided to paint them, blue of course!

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Tip: I left the screws in to make it easier to paint.

Next, with a little E6000, I glued the knobs to the lid after the paint dried. An industrial strength glue is great because you will be able to pull or twist the lid without worrying that the knob will fall off (take my word on this one).

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That’s it!  SUPER easy upcycled craft storage jars in less than 15 minutes! 

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You can use these cute little buggers for things other than craft storage of course!  Consider using them for spices in your kitchen, office supplies, or bathroom necessities.  You can also use different types of knobs, depending on your décor. 

09th Jul2013

Introducing My Skinny Cow WoCavé

by Dinah Wulf

I am absolutely ecstatic to be sponsored by Skinny Cow brand and a part of the WoCavé Campaign this summer!  What is a WoCavé  you ask? WoCavé {wo-cah-vay} is short for “Woman Cave”. It can be any place that you are in your truest self, where you are both fabulous and flawed, but ALWAYS celebrated!  It’s a place where you can indulge in sweets, do whatever you love, and kick up your heels with your friends. For me, my WoCavé is none other than… my craft room! 

Until the end of August, you will see me here on DIY Inspired completing three exciting creative DIY missions from Skinny Cow. More on that in a second…first, let me introduce you to MY WoCavé!

My craft room is my sanctuary. Period. <Insert music from the heavens here>

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It’s a place where I am inspired and where I write this blog.  It’s a place filled with “stuff” I have upcycled, including these stools and these drawers.

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It’s a place where I am most organized and everything has its place.

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It’s a place where I am surrounded by things that I can’t live without, like craft paint and spray paint.

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It’s a place where my daughter is just as inspired and likes to create too!

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Now that you have had a sneak peek into MY WoCavé, let me share a tad about my first mission from Skinny Cow!

Hint #1: The inspiration is inside this box.

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Hint #2: It involves crafting with my best friend in my WoCavé!

Hint #3: It involves Skinny Cow ice cream candy bars! 

More exciting news…

Every girl needs a WoCavé and Skinny Cow wants to know how you’d style your personal WoCavé. Now until July 15th, just visit Skinny Cow’s page to build your WoCavé, making sure to include one featured item in your set.  One grand prize winner will receive a $7,500 gift card, a Skinny pink mini fridge, a micro-suede “ottowoman”, a hammered metal candy bowl, a memory board, a WoCavé wall decal and five coupons for Skinny Cow treats!  What????? Yes! And five runners-up will win a Skinny Cow prize package that includes all the above except the gift card.  You have one week left to enter!

I can’t wait to show you my first Skinny Cow WoCavé mission and introduce my second mission!

This post was sponsored by Skinny Cow brand. I received monetary compensation and product for this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

 

27th Jun2013

Organizing Your Bathroom with Command Brand

by Dinah Wulf

I wanted to make a big THANK YOU for Command Brand for sponsoring this post.  I am actually a very big fan and have been using Command Brand for years.  I have hung my family photo collage with them and I have also hung my tribute wall to 90’s grunge wall with Command Brand strips (I know, I know, it was for my husband’s birthday last year). I’m really excited to share with you some helpful tips for you to stay organized in your bathroom.

Command Brand is introducing a new line of bathroom organization to help keep towels razors, loofas, and other toiletries off the floor and the counter.  These work much better than suction cups.  I used a medium bath hook to hold my hand towels near the sink.  I found this to work better than the towel rack.  We have overnight guests come often and the towel rack is needed to hang their bath towels.

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I used another medium bath hook behind the door so that my guests could hang some clothes while taking a shower or bath.

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The toothbrush and razor holder works well in my guestroom shower.  Although we have a built in shelf, this little caddy comes in handy for small items to keep them out of the way of the shampoo and conditioner bottles.

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Right outside the shower door, I hung the large towel hook, which holds up to five pounds.  This will come in handy for guest towels or clothes when getting in and out of the shower.

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Finally, I used the large shower caddy inside the cabinet door right under the bathroom sink.  I’m using to store cleaning supplies because it holds up to seven and a half pounds.  It’s nice because it freed up a lot of cabinet space for other things.

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I hope these tips help!  My guest bathroom is now ready for visitors.  Who’s coming over??

Thanks again to Command Brand for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

20th Jun2013

Six Fun Painted Furniture Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Six Fun Painted Furniture Ideas

After spray painting a few projects this week (tutorials coming soon!), I started thinking about some of the fun painted furniture projects I’ve done.  I wanted to re-cap five of my favorite ones.  After gathering these projects together, I realized that I spent less than $100 for these five pieces total!  Crazy!  I spent about $30.00 on supplies… man I’m cheap (well, thrifty)! SOOOO, here are my six faves…

Red Upholstered Wooden Bench

I found this red wooden bench for $5.00 at a local garage sale.  It was towards the end of the day and the lady just wanted it out!  I ended up re-painting the same red and upholstering the top.  It’s now a fun and colorful bench that sits at the foot of my guestroom bed.

Gray Garage Sale Night Stands

You know that garage sale I was just talking about? Yeah… I got these night stands for $5.00 a piece too!  Score!

Coral Pedestal Makeover

This one was a Salvation Army find that I HAD to have. I saw it and left. Thought about for the next few days and went back to buy it. I asked my Facebook friends what color to paint it.  Love how it turned out!

Stenciled TV Tray Upcycle

These TV trays were sitting in my coat room closet for YEARS! They needed a little oomph so that I could take them out again.

Blue Thrift Store Shelf Makeover

I found this beauty for $5.00 at Goodwill.  I fell in love with the lines and knew that with a little TLC I could give it some personality.

Painted Kid’s Step Stool

This was a fun recent tutorial I posted.  I bought this step stool for $7.00 at Goodwill and added a cushion to match a play kitchen hutch I made for my daughter

 

10th Jun2013

Etched Glass Laundry Detergent Container

by Dinah Wulf

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I’ve always thought that all rooms in the house should be beautiful and well organized.  This includes rooms like the laundry room. Being a busy work from home mom, it’s important to me to love my home because I’m here so much! Today I wanted to share a tutorial on how to make a pretty etched glass laundry detergent container as well as 3 tips to help save you time in the laundry room. 

Here is what you’ll need to make your laundry detergent container:

  • Glass container with a lid
  • Glass etching cream
  • Adhesive stencils
  • Paint Brush
  • Tide Liquid HE

Instructions:

Step One: Make sure your glass container is clean and dry.  Apply the adhesive stencil to the glass. 

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Step Two: Using a paint brush, generously apply the glass etching cream and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. 

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Step Three: Rinse the cream off with water and remove the stencil.  Fill your container with Tide Liquid HE.

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Although laundry is a chore, added touches like a pretty etched glass container or a well-organized laundry room makes it seem a little less like a boring routine.  Here are 3 tips that I use to save time in the laundry room and make this task a little less mundane.

Tip #1: Sort as you go. Sorting is my least favorite thing to do when it comes doing laundry.  I use a hamper that has three compartments.  I separate my laundry by lights, darks, and delicates.  It makes it easy to just grab each bag to throw in the washer without having to sort it first.

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Tip #2: Separate small items.  I use a mesh bag for all small undergarments.  Also, sock clips come in handy so that you don’t lose pairs.  You can keep a container of clips near your washer for easy access.

Tip #3: Organize your laundry space.  Have your Tide Liquid HE, dryer sheets, and mini trash can within arms-reach.  That way, you can quickly add your detergent, throw in a dryer sheet, or clean out the lint trap with ease.

Hopefully this quick etched glass craft and my three laundry tips will help make your laundry time fast and fun!

This is a collaboration between Tide Original Liquid HE and the AOL Lifestyle Curator Network. Compensation was provided by Tide Original Liquid HE via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Tide Original Liquid HE.

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