• Home Decor,  Organization & Storage,  Painting Projects

    Chalkboard Tins

    After almost every holiday, Target’s dollar spot goes on clearance. I always try to go to the store at this time to see what deals are to be had. On November 1st, I went early and found these adorable Halloween tins marked down 50% off. At only $0.50 each, I picked up 6 of them. I love the designs on the side and by painting the lids, I could have some cute little storage chalkboard tins that could be used year round.

    Tins 1

    First,  I roughed up the surface with some sandpaper, to make the paint adhere better.

    Tins 2

    Then, they got a coat of chalkboard paint.

    Tins 3

    Finally, I rubbed a piece of chalk all over the tops to prime them.

    Tin 4

    Tins 5

    Isn’t  it cute? The look of them remind me a bit of Erin’s Pet Food Canister. These will make some fun gift boxes for the up coming holidays.

    What do you buy from the Target dollar section?


  • Home Decor,  Organization & Storage

    Boxes into Baskets

    As you all know, I am still working on my {Half Bathroom Remodel}. *Sigh* We have now added some shelving and I have been looking for some budget storage. Cheap, cute baskets can be hard to come by. So I racked my brain and came up with this wonderful substitute, turning boxes into baskets.

    Basket 5

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    This basket is made from an ordinary cardboard box, 4 ply jute, a hot glue gun, many glue sticks, and a whole lot of love.

    Basket 1

    First, using scissors, I cut the flaps off the box.

    Basket 2

    Next, I wrapped my sad, flap-less box with the jute, gluing every bit of it along the way.

    Basket 3

    Then, I continued wrapping and wrapping and wrapping.

    Finally, when I reach the top, I was so excited, as if I had just climbed my way to the peak of Mt. Everest.

    Basket 4

    To finish off the basket, I quickly whipped up a custom size liner using inexpensive, white muslin fabric.


    I love the look and it really didn’t take too long. Now, I just need to make a few more of these to shove on my bathroom shelves.

    * Update: A tutorial on How to Make a Custom Basket Liner is now available!

  • Crafts,  Organization & Storage,  Sew

    Reusable Snack Bag

    I previously mentioned in my {Packing A Carry On} post that I had a reusable snack bag that I took with me on my flight to Atlanta. Even though I may not be down with the lingo, I’m going to try and share a sewing tutorial on how to create these fun little clutches. They are cheap to make, pretty easy to whip up, and washable too. Plus, you won’t be THAT person. You know, the one who everyone is staring at as they crinkle and crunch a plastic snack bag. I hate being that person.

    Snack Bag 1
    Snack Bag 2

    Here is what you will need to make your own 4″ X 5 1/2″ bag.

    1 Piece of fabric (outside)
    1 Piece of fabric (lining)
    5″ of velcro
    Cutting mat & rotary cutter (or scissors)
    Sewing machine

    Snack Bag 3

    To start, cut both pieces of fabric into 9 1/2″ X 6″ sections. This will obviously be easier if you us a rotary cutter and cutting mat, but fabric scissors will also work. You could also try to use your teeth or a steak knife, but neither of these are recommended. *wink*

    Snack Bag 4

    Next, pin one piece of the velcro to each of the fabric pieces on the ends of the right sides and sew them on. (Photo below.) Naturally, I realized at the last minute that I didn’t have a heavy needle for circumstances like these, so I improvised with adhesive velcro instead. Doh! I don’t imagine it will withstand the washing machine, but it has held up so far with multiple uses. But you can disregard all of this, because YOU are going to SEW your velcro on and have no problems. Good job!

    Snack Bag 5

    Once the velcro is attached, place the right sides of the two pieces of fabric together with the velco on the inside at opposite ends and pin them together, like in the image below.

    Snack Bag 6

    Then, sew along both ends and about 1 1/4″ down both sides of the end where the lining piece’s velcro is attached.

    Snack Bag 7

    (The white fabric with black polka dots was used as my lining, so I sewed down the sides of the end where my velcro was attached to the white piece.)

    Snack Bag 8

    After that, turn the fabric right side out and fold it so that the lining is on the outside and the flap is left free. Pin the sides.

    Snack Bag 9

    Finally, sew along each side and turn it right side out when you are finished. The bag is then ready for use. If you made it this far with these instructions and you still remember your own name, you deserve a medal. If you now understand how to make this bag, I deserve a medal. Hopefully someone is getting a medal.

    Snack Bag 10

    I originally, made this with the intention of using it as a snack bag, but have since thought of other great uses as well. Make up bag, jewelry holder, floppy iPhone case, etc. Let us know if you give this a try!

  • Furniture Makeovers,  Organization & Storage,  Outdoors,  Painting Projects

    The Garage Files

    File Cabinet Garage Storage 1
    The garage files? No, what I meant was the filing cabinet in the garage. You see, I had this old filing cabinet, just sitting around, not being used for anything. (I bought it around the same time I purchased {the dry erase board turned chalkboard.}) For years, I had no idea what to do with it, so there is sat, collecting dust.

    At one point, I even tried my hand at stenciling in an attempt to spiffy it up and you can see how well that worked out. Oops.

    File Cabinet Garage Storage 2
    But then I came across {this} on {Pinterest} and I knew that there was still a future in store for my little metal organizer.

    I started out by giving it a good wipe down to remove the dust. And cobwebs, which don’t really go well with anything except Halloween decor. Next, I removed the drawers and sent them packin’.

    File Cabinet Garage Storage 3

    Stripes are pretty cool and I knew I definitely wanted to put a stripe on my cabinet, but I also wanted to include some type of text. I figured “clean up” was pretty motivational for garage organization, so that’s what was printed on a large waterproof label. The problem was that I didn’t realize that the label I had just printed out on my inkjet printer was actually for a laser printer. Oops #2. The ink attached itself to everything my hands touched, as I struggled to cut it out. Smudgy Smudgerson.

    File Cabinet Garage Storage 4

    However, I didn’t let a little ink stop me. On went the painter’s tape and the sullied words.

    File Cabinet Garage Storage 5

    Using semi–gloss white paint, I carefully brushed over the words, being mindful of the tape edges. After a bit, everything was dry. When I removed the tape and letters though, I found that the paint had leaked through (under?) and messed up my cute wording. Oops #3.

    File Cabinet Garage Storage 6

    So I used a handy dandy craft knife to carefully peel the excess off. It actually worked pretty well.

    Then, my hubby helped attach four casters to the bottom, which would make it much easier to move our new garage storage around.

    File Cabinet Garage Storage 7 File Cabinet Garage Storage 8

    As simple as this project should have been, it ended up being a big pain in the rear because of all the little Oopsies. Luckily, they were able to be recovered, for the most part. (Sorry drawers. Enjoy your new life on the curb.)

    The best thing about this project is that it was F-R-double-E. Free. In the future, we may add some sort of dividers along the top to help keep things more upright, but we are happy with how it turned out for now.

    File Cabinet Garage Storage 9

    Linked up with East Coast Creative #cwts2014