Upcycled Toy Storage Idea

by Dinah Wulf

Upcycled Dollar Bin Toy Storage

Last month I opened up the Dollar Bin Challenge that I do with some fellow Bloggers to my Facebook friends on the DIY Inspired Facebook page. I got a great response with more than a dozen emails saying they were interested. That’s when I came up with this upcycled toy storage idea for all of Mia’s little toys (there are SOOO many at this age!). Sadly, however, when it came to the due date of the Dollar Bin Challenge, only one person submitted their project. But that’s OK! I get it. People are busy and before you know it, it’s February 2015 (can you believe it?)! I can’t wait to show you what Jada came up with! First, let me show you what I did in just a few minutes to add a little pink to these match Mia’s room.

Here are the bins I found at Target for $3 apiece. Love the black and blue.

Upcycled Dollar Bin Storage

Here is Mia’s room. See? I needed to add a little pink!

Mias-Room-After

I used Painter’s tape to tape off some stripes. I wanted Mia to be able to see the inside of the box.

Painted Upcycled Toy Storage Bin

I used one coat of spray paint for each side, and that’s it!

Spray Painted Dollar Bin Storage

Remove the tape after about 15 minutes, and voila!

Upcycled Dollar Bin Challenge

These bins are perfect because they are small and clear… perfect for her Legos, Lalaloopsy dolls, and Strawberry Shortcake figurines, Shopkins (the list goes on). They keep it all organized and she is able to grab the one she wants to play with and know what’s inside. Plus, it’s “pretty” and matches her room. I need to buy about five more!

Upcycled Toy Storage

Now, for the Dollar Bin Challenge! My Facebook friend, Jada Roberts from Westville, Florida made this adorable Washi tape holder. She has six kids and lives an hour away from the nearest Target and she pulled this off! Isn’t it cute?

Dollar Bin Challenge- Plastic Container

As a thank you, look out for a package of goodies in the mail! Thanks, Jada!!

Easy Upcycled Toy Storage Idea

Repurposed Jewelry Organization Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Jewelry Organizing Ideas

For some reason if my jewelry is displayed, I wear it more… probably because it’s right there for me to see and choose from, as opposed to a hanger in between my clothes that I forget about. I realized today that I had created several organization and storage options for my jewelry in my walk-in closet so I thought I’d share it today. Hope you find these repurposed jewelry organization ideas inspirational and useful!

Let’s start with something new; one that I have never posted before. I got this cute corkboard for Christmas this year as a white elephant gift. I stared at it for days, because I didn’t really need it in the kitchen. Here’s what I ended up doing with it. The earrings hung nicely, and I used little nails to hang the bracelet and rings.

Repurposed Cork Board Jewelry Organizer

I found this cute metal chest of drawers at Hobby Lobby. I made little labels and use it for jewelry, hair accessories, and makeup.

Repurposed Jewelry Holder

Repurposed Jewelry Storage Ideas

This is a little antique shopping vintage find I HAD to have. I use it for rings that I wear all the time.

Repurposed Jewelry Organizing with Vintage Finds

To match this little ring holder, I made this repurposed pedestal bowl out of some thrift store finds.

DIY Thirift Store Jewelry Holder

I also made this DIY pedestal tray from thrift store finds.

Thrift Store Jewelry Holder DIY

This was an old cabinet door that I repurposed into a jewelry display with some knobs and drawer pulls.

repurposed-cabinet-door-jewelry-organizer

Lastly, since my husband and I travel often, I keep prescription bottle handy to put my jewelry in while we travel. Here are some more repurposed prescription bottle ideas.

Upcycled Prescription Bottles for Jewelry while Traveling

Clever Kitchen Storage and Organization Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Every year after I take down all of my Christmas decorations, I go on a cleaning and organizing rampage. I don’t know why, but after all the decorations are down, it seems like the house is bare and dirty. I thought I’d share a few of my clever kitchen storage and organization ideas today. Some are super simple and cost-effecting repurposing ideas as well.

For some reason, my dog food scooper always breaks or gets lost in the food container. With the help of an old hook and some glue dots I added a little hook on the outside of the dog food container for easy access.

Clever dog food scoop idea

In my pantry, I used an old CD rack to organize some loose items that always get lost when I decide to throw away the box with only a few items left.

Repurposed CD Rack for the Pantry

Also inside my pantry door, I added a cardboard whiteboard that I got as a white elephant gift this Christmas.

White Board inside a Kitchen cabinet

For my pot lids I use a leather letter caddy to keep them out of the way and upright.

Pot Lid Organization

I cut out some food boxes to use in my drawers to help keep my serving spoons and my daughter’s utensils organized.

Recycled Boxes for Utensils

Here is a picture of under my kitchen sink before and after.

Oraganizing Under the sink

I took an old plastic crate from the garage and another plastic bin I had to help keep things in place.

Under the sink organization (2)

I got this idea from A Prudent Life and used a clothespin for my plastic gloves.

Clever Kitchen Storage and Organization Ideas

On the other side I used another hook for my fly swatter.

Under the kitchen sink organization

Lastly… my husband is SO happy about this one…I spent $15 and bought these organizers to store my cleaning equipment. Here is the before and after.

Organzation in the garage

My Craft Room: Inspiration, Creativity, & Tradition

by Dinah Wulf

This article, My Craft Room: Inspiration, Creativity, & Tradition, is sponsored by IKEA. All opinions are 100% my own.

Craft Room - IKEA

My craft room is more than just a craft room. It’s a place of inspiration, a place of creativity, and a place of tradition. My daughter and I spend a lot of time in there. I keep it as well organized and neat as possible, and everything has its place. Over the past few years, I have shared my craft room sanctuary on my blog and social media and I have received several emails and messages with questions. So, I thought I’d share it all with you today.

A Place of Inspiration

When we first moved into this home and I found out I had an entire room devoted to crafting, I knew where I wanted to go to buy the furniture.  In fact, the furniture for this room was my Christmas present one year. Since I keep an IKEA catalog handy at all times, I knew what pieces I wanted to buy right away.

This is the view from the door. The table and shelving unit are from IKEA. I knew that if I had both beautiful and functional furniture, I would have no problems getting inspired.

Craft Table and Storage (1)

This is the view from the other side of the room.

Craft Table and Storage (3)

The table top is the perfect size for not only the room, but to spread out all my materials to do my projects.

Craft Table Top

A Place of Creativity

For me to have creative mojo, my supplies have to be in order and organized. Every pen, paint brush, and glue stick, has a special spot. I raided IKEA for different sized storage boxes to keep all my supplies in.

Craft Room Storage (2)

Craft Table and Storage (4)

Craft Table and Storage (2)

I also added magnets to small containers for smaller notions that I hang on this magnetic board attached to the side of the shelving unit.

Magnetic Board

I opted to add the drawers and doors to the shelving unit as well. I changed the knobs and decoupaged the front of the drawers with recycled maps.

Craft Room Storage (3)

For my sewing machine and sewing supplies, I bought a rolling kitchen cart that fits everything beautifully.

Craft Room Storage (4)

Here is the list of items in my craft room you can purchase at IKEA:

Furniture

Storage

A Place of Tradition

I think the best part of this room is that I get to share it with my daughter. Since we have lived here, we have created some new traditions sparked by our creativity. During the holidays, we make handmade Christmas decorations and ornaments every year together.

The last time I was at IKEA I found this fabulous white felt wreath. They have so many great holiday decorations this season.

Felt Poinsettia DIY  (2)

I made some felt poinsettia’s to embellish it. To make the flowers, cut ten small petals for each flower. Glue them together in groups of five to form a flower. Glue two groups together. Lastly, glue or sew on small beads or pearls for the center of the flower.

Felt Poinsettia Tutorial

I pinned three of them onto the wreath.

Felt Poinsettia DIY  (1)

Here is the result. Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s a beautiful addition to our Christmas decorations this year. I’m even thinking of making more to give as gifts.

Felt Poinsettia DIY  (3)

It’s amazing to me that one room could inspire so much. I look forward to many more early mornings and late nights in there creating new projects and traditions with my daughter.

Special thanks to IKEA for sponsoring this post.

Clever Repurposing Ideas for Prescription Bottles

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Prescription Bottles

I am one lucky girl! I leave on Wednesday for a luxurious vacation at the Villa Del Palmar Resort & Spa in Baja, Mexico! While I was packing, I was looking for something to pack my rings and earring so that they could easily be found.  They always get lost in my jewelry tote that I have. I came across some prescription bottles and thought they were perfect! THEN, I got carried away. What other clever repurposing ideas for prescription bottles are there?  I thought of over a dozen!

Here we go!!!

Earrings and Rings

Small jewelry always gets caught or lost when mixed with my necklaces and bracelets.  This is a great compact way to keep them separated.

Upcycled Prescription Bottles

Bracelets

Now my bracelets won’t get tangled in with my necklaces.

Repurposed Prescription Bottles (1)

Bobby Pins

Perfect for those nights when you want to put your hair up.

Clever Upcyling Ideas for Prescription Bottles

Hair Accessories

This is perfect for when I travel with my daughter. Her hair accessories are so small and easy to lose.

Repurposed Prescription Bottles (2)

Travel Tic Tac Toe Game

Also helpful when you’re traveling with kids, make a little board with a piece of paper and use small shells, rocks, and the like for markers.

Clever Repurposing Ideas for Prescription Bottles

Mints and Candies

I am always digging in my purse to find individually wrapped mints.  This is a great way to keep them all together.

Repurposed Prescription Bottles for Travel (1)

Extra Batteries

Because you never know…

Upcycled Prescription Bottles (2)

Spare Change

It’s never fun when you are traveling and you need to feed the meter.

Ideas for Upcycled Prescription Bottles

Head Phones

Prescription Bottles are the perfect size for your headphones and great for preventing tangles.

Upcycled Prescription Bottles for Travel

Cotton Balls and Cotton Pads

Prescription Bottles are a similar size to travel shampoos and fit perfectly in a cosmetic bag.

Clever Uses for Prescription Bottles

Cotton Swabs

Another compact container that’s perfect for your cosmetic bag.

Unique Uses for Prescription Bottles

Small Toiletry Items

Tweezers, nail clippers, and the like fit perfectly inside these useful little bottles.

Upcycled Prescription Bottles (1)

Adhesive Bandages

They fit perfectly! Who would have thought?

Ideas for Repurposed Prescription Bottles

Lip Balm. Lip Gloss, & Lipstick

When you have to dig for all three in your purse, having them all together in one container is helpful.

Repurposing ideas for Travel

Lastly, hop on over to Inheriting Our Planet and see how I turned some into craft storage!

Phew! Did I miss anything???

Pin Me!

Clever Repurposing Ideas Collage

Repurposed Bed Spring Craft Storage

by Dinah Wulf

repurposed-bed-spring-craft-storage (3)

Recently I posted a tour of my craft room. Believe it or not, I am running out of space for my stuff… I know… I’m crazy. My daughter outgrew her toddler bed and I wanted to repurposed her bed spring somehow.  After thinking about it for a few days I ended up making Repurposed Bed Spring Craft Storage! Here’s how I did.

Materials:

  • Bed Spring
  • Krylon Sea Glass Spray Paint
  • Tarp
  • Wire baskets
  • S Hooks
  • Mason Jars or Recycled Jars
  • Pipe Repair Clamps
  • Twine

Instructions:

First I spray painted the bed spring in a well-ventilated area. I used two coats of Krylon’s Sea Glass spray paint. I also did a touch up coat.

trash-to-treasure-bed-spring

Once it was dry I had no idea what I was going to do with it… Ha! So after I came up with my craft storage idea, I headed to Home Depot and bought some S Hooks. 

repurposed-bed-spring-craft-storage

I actually already had Pipe Repair Clamps that I bought when a hardware store went out of business months ago.

repurposed-mason-jars

I inserted some old spaghetti sauce jars and tightened the clamps.

repurposed-mason-jars (1)

To attach the jars to the bed spring, I used twine. You can also use plastic ties. By attaching it this way, I figured I can easily move it if I change my mind.

repurposed-bed-spring-craft-storage (7)

I attached the baskets with S hooks. S hooks also make it easy to rearrange the baskets if needed.

repurposed-craft-storage (1)

Here are a couple AFTER photos. I also used clothespins on the wires to attach some things.

repurposed-craft-storage

repurposed-bed-spring-craft-storage (5)

repurposed-bed-spring-craft-storage (3)

repurposed-bed-spring-craft-storage (6)

I am so pleased with how it turned out! For more craft room storage ideas, check out this post and this post!

DIY Inspired Craft Room Tour

by Dinah Wulf

diy-inspired-craft-room-tour (11)

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.

diy-inspired-craft-room-tour

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.

diy-inspired-craft-room-tour (10)

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.

diy-inspired-craft-room-tour (12)

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.

diy-inspired-craft-room-tour (7)

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

diy-inspired-craft-room-tour (8)

To the right of it I hung this inspiring print.

diy-inspired-craft-room-tour (9)

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.

diy-inspired-craft-room-tour (3)

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

diy-inspired-craft-room-tour (1)

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.

diy-inspired-craft-room-tour (5)

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

diy-inspired-craft-room-tour (4)

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

diy-inspired-craft-room-tour (6)

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!

diy-inspired-craft-room-tour (2)

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!

Rubber Band Inspiration Board DIY

by Dinah Wulf

rubber-band-inspiration-board (7)

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.

rubber-band-inspiration-board

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.

rubber-band-inspiration-board (2)

rubber-band-inspiration-board (3)

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!

rubber-band-inspiration-board (4)

Here are a couple AFTER photos.

rubber-band-inspiration-board (5)

rubber-band-inspiration-board (6)

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:

Upcycled Fabric Duck Tape Shelves

by Dinah Wulf

upcycled-fabric-duck-tape-shelves (5)

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!)

upcycled-fabric-duck-tape-shelves

Here are the shelves BEFORE.

upcycled-fabric-duck-tape-shelves (1)

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).

upcycled-fabric-duck-tape-shelves (2)

Here are two AFTER shots.

upcycled-fabric-duck-tape-shelves (4)

upcycled-fabric-duck-tape-shelves (3)

Here is another BEFORE and AFTER.

upcycled-fabric-duck-tape-shelves (6)

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!

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.

Repurposed Cabinet Turned Jewelry Organizer

by Dinah Wulf

repurposed-cabinet-door-jewelry-organizer

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.

repurposed-cabinet-door-jewelry-organizer (4)

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

repurposed-cabinet-door-jewelry-organizer (5)

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

cabinet-knobs-and-pulls

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.

repurposed-cabinet-door-jewelry-organizer (6)

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.

repurposed-cabinet-door-jewelry-organizer (7)

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

repurposed-cabinet-door-jewelry-organizer (1)

Here are a couple close ups.

repurposed-cabinet-door-jewelry-organizer (3)

repurposed-cabinet-door-jewelry-organizer (2)

 

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.

How to Make Candy Mason Jars

by Dinah Wulf

how-to-make-a-candy-mason-jar (1)

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.

how-to-make-a-candy-mason-jar (4)

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.

how-to-make-a-candy-mason-jar (6)

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!

how-to-make-a-candy-mason-jar (7)

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

how-to-make-a-candy-mason-jar (3)

Insert and tighten the knob onto the lid.

how-to-make-a-candy-mason-jar (8)

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.

how-to-make-a-candy-mason-jar (10)

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

how-to-make-a-candy-mason-jar (11)

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.

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!

Easy Thrift Store Storage Jar Upcycle

by Dinah Wulf

thrift-store-craft-jar (1)

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.

thrift-store-craft-jar (3)

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

thrift-store-craft-jar (9)

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

thrift-store-craft-jar (4)

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

thrift-store-craft-jar (5)

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

thrift-store-craft-jar (6)

You can peel off the stencil immediately.

thrift-store-craft-jar (7)

Allow it to dry for one hour.

thrift-store-craft-jar (8)

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.

thrift-store-craft-jar (10)

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

thrift-store-craft-jar (11)

thrift-store-craft-jar (12)

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

thrift-store-craft-jar (13)

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.

thrift-store-craft-jar (2)

thrift-store-craft-jar (14)

Here are a few after photos.

easy-craft-storage-diy

thrift-store-craft-jar (15)

thrift-store-craft-jar (1)

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

DIY Craft Storage Jars 15 Minute Craft

by Dinah Wulf

15-minute-craft-storage-diy (1)

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. 

15-minute-craft-storage-diy (2)

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.

15-minute-craft-storage-diy (3)

I decided to paint them, blue of course!

15-minute-craft-storage-diy (4)

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).

15-minute-craft-storage-diy (5)

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

15-minute-craft-storage-diy (1)

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. 

Pages:1234»