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

    The Garage Files

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    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.

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    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’.

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Linked up with East Coast Creative #cwts2014

  • Organization & Storage,  Printables

    Printable Menu Planner & Grocery List

    I’m a huge fan of planning. EVERYTHING. My life kind of goes into a tizzy when things aren’t planned out. Especially, when I’m in a crowded grocery store with a rambunctious toddler and I have no grocery list. Yeah, that totally stresses me out. And then I can’t think straight and I just end up launching things into the cart, all willy nilly, in the hopes that I get at least something we need.

    Grocery List In Action

    So to help me keep my sanity, I designed this simple printable menu planner & grocery list. Aren’t they cute? I just fill in everything I we are going to eat for the week on the planner, then write the corresponding ingredients for each meal on my list.

    Want to be organized too? You can get the free pdf link by clicking the images below. Please download the file to ensure proper print sizing. When printing, make sure that Page Scaling is set to “Fit Printable Area” and Borderless Printing is selected.

    Food Organization Blue Food Organization Green

    Grocery List Blue Grocery List Green

  • Furniture Makeovers,  Home Decor,  Organization & Storage

    Industrial Numbered Storage

    As our style has evolved over the years, we have found that many times we end up with items in our home that we no longer want to use for one reason or another. Take, for example, this laundry hamper deal-i-o. It had been great for our laundry needs, but we have acquired other hampers for dirty clothes, so this piece was banished to storage. I had even thought of donating it, but then decided I could work a little DIY magic and turned it into some amazing Industrial Numbered Storage.

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    You see, our little guy is growing quickly, so we needed something to contain his never ending supply of basketballs, footballs and soccer balls. I really liked the look of these industrial baskets with liners from Restoration Hardware, so I decided to grab a canvas drop cloth and get to work.

    After consulting the sewing guru (AKA our step-mom, Beth,) I got to work. Just for the record, I’m not great with a sewing machine. She thought it would be best to disassemble the original liner and use that as a pattern for the new one. Genius, right?

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    I decided it would be quicker if I folded the bottom piece into quarters. I placed it onto a piece of craft paper and traced around the edge to create a template, leaving a little room around the curved edge for seam allowance.

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    Next, I attached the template to the drop cloth (also folded into quarters) with some random pins and cut around the curved portion with pinking shears.

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    I also made a template on craft paper for the main body of the liner, attached it to the drop cloth, and cut that out as well.

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    Then, it was time to start sewing. I lined up the edges of the large piece and sewed them together with the right sides facing each other, leaving an opening on the top and bottom.

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    Using my pins, I joined the right sides of the main piece to the bottom circle.

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    And sewed them together. This part was a total pain in the booty!

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    For the top of the liner, I folded the edge down inside a couple of inches and hemmed it to keep it from looking rough and unfinished.

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    To make the little straps which would hold everything up in place, I cut out small rectangles from the drop cloth and sewed them up to make little pouches.

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    After that, I stole the velcro off the original liner…

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    And attached it to the finished strap pieces.

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    Then, all that was left was to connect the straps around the top of the liner.

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    To keep the look of my original inspiration piece, I printed and cut out the number 3 and traced it onto the side of the canvas.

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    Finally, I filled it in with some black acrylic paint and I was done.

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    Doesn’t it look pretty good? We are really happy with the end results and it has been the perfect spot to stash all of those random balls.

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    Linked up with East Coast Creative #cwts2014