4 Super-Easy Hacks To Craft Room Organization

I would say my project room, or craft room as many call it, is my messiest room. And I’m not a person who works well in a mess. Which led me to wonder why on earth I wasn’t more organized.

So I got to work over a couple weeks and finally got that room thoroughly cleaned up. And the results have been amazing. I get more done, I doesn’t take long for me to find my tools, and I feel a lot better…just less stressed and grouchy.

Here are some of my favorite project room hacks that really organized and helped me. And the thing is, is that they’re incredibly simple. These four things made a huge difference and they weren’t hard to get at all.

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Beautiful and well-organized shelves are a necessary part of an organized project room. Get a good filing cabinet or open shelves and you’ll never have to dig through miles of garbage for the things you need again. I got this lovely one, and it was worked very well for me.

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Visit gingersnapcrafts for a lovely tutorial on how to make a project room peg board. I love my peg board for holding all my tools and miscellaneous items.

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Jars are a great way to organize because you can see clearly what is inside of them. I love these over-head shelves to hold the jars. It’s just so clean and easy to find. I installed a few shelves to hold my jars of buttons, ribbons and what have you.

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Use simple racks and over-the-door hangers to hold wrapping paper, bags, files, and anything else you want to hide away. Try this over the door organizer or this tool holder from amazon.

 

What are some of your favorite hacks for project room organization?

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8 Fantastic Hacks For Kitchen Organization

If you’re like me (and a lot of other people) your kitchen can be a bit of a problem area as far as organization goes.

Between my French press, blender, microwave, dish rack, and home décor, the counters can get messy…And that’s leaving out the conditions of my cabinet space.

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Use over-head and open shelves in empty places above drawers or doors. Decorated right, it can look neat and organizes with even decoration and art to accent your room.

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Use pegboards on empty walls or the backsplash for more room to hang things or get them out of cluttered cupboards or shelves.

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Toe-kick cupboards are my favorite thing right now. I installed one in my bathroom and two in my kitchen. It utilizes a small space, it’s convenient, and it’s easy to access and shut with my foot.

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Hidden pegboards are a great way to organize as well as utilize the tiniest of places. Think about how much space is available in these narrow gaps between counters and fridges. You could hang dusters, rags, dust pans, pots and pans….you get the idea.

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If your cleaning cabinet needs more room, use a curtain rod or a pull out rod like this one from Amazon to hang rags, scrubbies, gloves, and cleaning bottles. That will take a lot of weight from the bottom of your cabinet.

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I love clear canisters to hold flour, seeds, cereals, etc. I also like multi-color mason jars to organize as well.  Some well placed boxes can make your cupboards super organized.

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Pot and pan organizers are fantastic for cupboard organization! I like this one from Amazon that organizes pans and lids.

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Use an appliance garage door to hide bigger appliances that would otherwise clutter your counters or cupboards.

 

Hope these ideas help you all! Try out a few and let us know how it goes!

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Vintage Breadbox: The Vintage Charging Station

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I flipped when I saw this idea, and I knew I needed it immediately. I mean, we have so many cords and 6 outlets bars lying around our counters because we all share cords and we all want to charge at the same time in the same place.

I’ve been trying to figure out the answer to this tangle problem, and kimsixfix.com gave me the answer. This is high enough to stay out of my baby’s hands, it’s a central location, and we can hide all the ugly cords. And it’s so cute and vintage.

(Photo Credit: http://www.thekimsixfix.com/2014/03/electronics-charging-station-disguised.html)

I mean my problem was the same as Kim’s (see above picture). Just a mess! This lady is awesome. So I did this project and I couldn’t be happier about how it looks on my counter.

 

Here are some easy steps to follow:

  1. Buy vintage bread box (flea markets are great to look through)
  2. Sand the wood smooth and fill any holes with spackle.
  3. Drill a hole in the back where the cords will fit through.
  4. Reinforce any areas that may be weak with extra wood paneling.
  5. Paint the box however you would like. Label it, paint it, sticker it up…literally whatever you’d like.
  6. Run the extended outlet through the hole in the back, and then you have the extended outlet in the breadbox where you can charge all your devices—behind the pretty door of your new breadbox.

So you can see it’s pretty simple and really all about how creative you want to get.

(Photo Credit: http://www.thekimsixfix.com/2014/03/electronics-charging-station-disguised.html)

I use her pictures (and others on other posts) because they all have better cameras than me and my lighting isn’t very good. Hopefully I’ll figure that out at some point…save enough for a better camera. But for right now I want to make sure she gets full credit and her pictures are pretty too.

Anyways, this project was super easy and has made my kitchen a lot more organized and sane feeling. It’s definitely worth your time!

(Photo Credit: http://www.thekimsixfix.com/2014/03/electronics-charging-station-disguised.html)

Have any other great ideas on this issue? Had success with this project? Tell me how it went and let’s share some great ideas!

 

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Vintage Jars: Make Your Own In 7 Easy Steps

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Mason jars are cheap, but the colored mason jars are kind of ridiculously priced. So I found out a way to DIY vintage, tinted jars. Now I have them all over my house.

And it’s ridiculously easy—instead of expensive.

Here are your very affordable ingredients:

  • Clear jars you want to tint
  • Ramekins (to mix colors up)
  • Food coloring
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Newspapers or something to protect your table

7 Easy Steps To Colorful Vintage Jars

  1. It’s up to you to create the color you want. Mix the food coloring with about a Tbsp of water into your ramekins. I love how blue and orange, personally.
  2. Add about 2 Tbsp Mod Podge into your clear jar before anything else.
  3. Then add one of your ramekins mixtures into the jar and stir it all together.
  4. Coat the whole inside with mixture (pour extra out into a bowl), and then let your jar dry upside down on the newspaper for about 30 min.
  5. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Set your oven onto warm and place your jars mouth-down on the wax paper. Leave the containers for about 10 minutes.
  6. Flip them mouth-up and continue to dry them in the oven for 20-30 minutes.
  7. They will be clear when they’re ready. The mixture should me mostly streak-free. If there are streaks, continue to let the jars dry out in the oven. Drying helps the streaks disappear.

(Photo Credit: http://www.momtastic.com/diy/168908-diy-tinted-mason-jars-in-rainbow/)

And there you have it! Beautiful, tinted, colorful jars that will look lovely in your home. So much better than forking out all that cash for vintage-looking jars.

DIY Vintage Picture Frame Wreath

This is truly the cutest vintage wreath (well…ok…one of them at least), and it is soooooo easy to do. Even if you hate crafts, you won’t mind this. Even if you can’t do crafts, this will be easy-peasey.

(Photo Credit: http://www.hometalk.com/15435396/spring-wreath-something-old-something-new?date=20160406)

 

Basically all you need is a vintage frame, some paint, and artificial flowers. Very cheap and very cute to make.

Paint and texture the frame as you like, and bind the flowers to the frame using some thin wire or twine.

Dresser Revival: Making New Out Of Aged

Many of my posts revolve around bringing back life to vintage, aged, or roughed-up furniture. Not only can it be a money-saver, it also gives you a chance to create something beautiful and unique.

Some of my favorite revivals revolve around dressers. Some get made into new dressers, others get made into entertainment centers or shelves.

Check out these amazing dresser revivals.

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I like the way Evolution of Style Blog used the bottom drawer as a shelf. The colors are also very cute.

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This beautiful revival by Confessions of a Serial DIYer just made me melt. I love the color of paint she chose and she decorated very sweetly afterwards. Plus, notice the beautiful restored wood she left at the top.

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I’m absolutely in love with this idea. You can do a beautiful neutral tone for the dresser and then brighten it up with colorful patterns on the sides and insides of your drawers.

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I love this beautiful restoration. I love the way Apple House Revival kept the wood look of the drawers and accented with a beautiful color.

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And of course this dresser to entertainment center is just stunning and fits so beautifully into any entertainment room. I love this idea.

Share your projects and thoughts in the comments below.

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How To Decorate With Furs

Furs can be a beautiful way to accent a room. I would say that it looks rather Scandinavian. And in my searching for vintage and rustic ideas, furs often feature in gorgeous spreads.

Some of us might have moral reasons for abstaining from fur, and there are tons of options for beautiful, synthetic fur.

Here are some of my favorite ways to decorate and style with furs.

The texture of fur is what adds that special quality to some features. In this case, the texture of the fur compliments the skull. It’s rustic and beautiful. A small piece that adds that special accent.

Fur throw pillows are a gorgeous accent to a couch, bed, hammock, chair, whatever really. The texture, mixed with wool or cotton or especially knit, is really complimentary.

Fur throws or blankets are a great way to keep warm as well as a great style choice. The texture can complement a bedroom or a couch very nicely.

Fur rugs are an exquisite addition to any room. I would advise to buy quality stuff for rugs, since they get a lot of traction you want the wear to show well on the rugs.

Drape some fur over chairs to add texture and coziness to your favorite seats in the house. I’ve also seen kitchen chairs that carry run nicely around the dining room table.

Share some of your favorite fur styling tips in the comments below!

 

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Vintage Christmas Decorations

Christmas is around the corner, and of course I have some exciting crafts going on…anything from sugar cookies to my vintage Christmas decorations.

Here are some great vintage Christmas ideas that have inspired me this Christmas season!

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Whether you think they’re creepy or cute, you can find some great vintage Christmas décor at your salvage or antique store. It can be a great way to accent this holiday season.

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These cute little pinecone elves have a folksy holiday look. And they’re pretty easy to make.

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How could you not love this vintage ornament chandelier? You can find either online and at the antique store. This is my favorite idea of them all, and I’m definitely going to be doing it soon.

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Books are a great idea at any time for decoration (and utilization!), and picking up some vintage Christmas books are the perfect addition to any side table.

Have you done any projects for the holiday season? Share in the comments below!

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Bedroom Reveal: More Vintage Room Ideas!

So I made some new adjustments to our guest room that I absolutely love.

But first off, I want to share this very cute home wall hanging I bought for my daughter’s room. I put it over her bed, and it is absolutely lovely. I bought it on Etsy, if you’re curious about it.

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So I found this super cute idea on decortoadore.net, and I went looking for an iron headboard I could use as a clothes hanger in the guest room.

(Photo Credit: http://www.decortoadore.net/2012/03/friday-field-trip-trouve.html)

I finally found one at a yard sale  and attached to our guest bedroom wall. I have to say it’s one of my favorite designs, and I’m thinking about putting one in my room. The wardrobe in the guest room is small and has some of my storage in it, so this extra rack makes it easier for guests to access their clothing. AND it looks super cute.

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There are a lot of cute vintage shelf ideas on porch.com, but the one that fit best with my theme in the guest room were these picture frame shelves. They’re easy to put together with some wood pallets and antique frames. They’re a nice addition and hold books and décor well.

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I bought a vintage mirror frame and hung lace across the front for a jewelry holder. It’s a nice place for people to be able to rest their jewelry easily, and I’m all about making things nice for my guests.

 

So these were my most recent projects. Let me know what you think and if you have any great ideas!

Until next time.

XoXo

Vintage Bedroom Makeover Reveal

I’m sure many of you know by now that I am not the Jean of the old Backyard Bungalow. And she’s amazing, so I really want to pay tribute to some of her posts.

There was an old post on a vintage room makeover with Jean from a while ago, but I’m not sure I can get her same pictures to show you.

While it might not be the same as hers, I promise it will have my own unique spin and it will be fun.

Here are the necessary part for a vintage bedroom makeover.

Lighting

 Vintage chandeliers can really make a room. They are very pretty and interesting to look at. I do have a tutorial on how to makeover a chandelier to be more vintage, so go check that out!

Or you can get beautiful lighting from your local vintage store or a flea market.

(Photo Credit: http://dayanmusic.com/chandelier.html)

Furniture—Dresser

 There are a few ways to antique a dresser, or restore vintage dressers. I followed Jean’s idea and used Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint and really liked it! Check out my post on restoring vintage dressers.

(Photo Credit: http://missmustardseedsmilkpaint.com/retailer-spotlight-amanda-karla-eksteen/)

Furniture—Vanity

 Every bedroom needs a vanity in my opinion. They are convenient drawers, well-placed mirrors, and another seat in the bedroom.

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Furniture—Chair

 This is a beautiful chair for the vanity. The chair is important because it accents the room. Go check out my vintage chair tutorial and learn how to paint upholstery fabric.

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Furniture—Suitcase Table

 These are very popular and for good reason. They fit in any vintage room, they’re unique, and super cute.

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Décor—Vintage Bottles

 However, you get or use vintage bottles depends on the room you’re decorating. And I think flowers are the nicest touch to a vintage theme. So combining the two has been a favorite for me.

Check out my diy vintage bottles post.

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Décor—Vintage Wood Pallet Wall Hanging

 I loved this idea I found. I repurposed a wood pallet by refurbishing/painting and then sanding the pallet down. I removed some of the middle wood planks to create a space like the picture, and then hung plant holders from the other planks. I filled some with greens and some with flowers.

I think it’s just so cute.

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Wrapping It Up

 These are some of my favorite key elements of any vintage room. Let me know some of yours in the comments below!

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