Wednesday

Simple Garage Organization

I'm a little ashamed to admit that we were never able to park the car in the garage at our last house.  Granted it was only a one car garage, but still it was packed too full with unfinished projects and was seriously lacking in the organization department.  So, I made a pact with my husband that when we moved one day I'd work on keeping our garage more organized so we could have more room to store garage sale finds park the car.   It took us a few months to get there, and it's still a work in progress as I go through things and get settled, but it leaps and bounds from where we started. 

 One of the key parts to this was finding a way to organize everything.  I stumbled upon the Rubbermaid Fast track system and was hooked, no pun intended.  Despite the state of my previous garage, I actually really love good organization especially when it's easy and makes sense.  This system is really affordable, easily customizable, and quickly adapts to your needs to change things up as time goes by.  That last one is a biggie because right now we have strollers and toys and lots of kid things that we won't need one day so we can easily switch out those hooks for something that better suits our needs down the road.  



There are tons of options for how to lay things out.  We used two 84 inch rails and one 48 inch rail.  Then we purchased a variety of hooks depending on what they were going to be used for.  We used a lot of these and these.  You can also buy the kit (pictured above).  I didn't take pictures of the process, but it's very simple.  Locate the studs, use a level to make sure the rail is straight, screw the rail into the studs and then slide the cover over the rail.  It's really easy and comes with detailed instructions.  Once the rail is attached to the wall you just snap the hooks on where you want them.  If you want to rearrange them you just unsnap them.  There are also cabinets and shelves that you can add.  Lots of different options actually.  

Here's how ours turned out.  





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Thursday

Creating a meaningful home

Hi friends, sorry for the lack of posts lately.  This summer has already flown by and we have been busy!  I'm over at Jenna Burger today sharing what it means to me to create a meaningful home.  I'd love for you to hop on over and check it out!  You can find the post here.  If Jenna's blog is new to you I'm sure you will be inspired.  She effortlessly combines color and pattern to create beautiful spaces.  And you have to see some of the kitchen renovations she has done, they are so good!


Tuesday

DIY marbled paper

Thank you all for all your kind words on my DIY sputnik chandelier.  It really was so fun to create and I'm loving the end result.  I haven't shared one of the best parts about it yet though, the shadows it casts at night!  They are so neat, here's a little peek.


If you missed this makeover, you can find the DIY here.

I also wanted to share another project I recently completed for ehow.  Have you ever tried marbling paper?  I've always wanted to give it a shot, but I thought it would be really complicated or involve a lot of hazardous chemicals.  I'm happy to say that it is neither of those things and you can make it in an afternoon.  If you have little ones they would love it too.  It's super easy and the results are amazing!  I'm actually kind of addicted to it and want to cover everything in marbled paper!



You can find the tutorial here.  

Friday

DIY ruler growth chart

This project has been on my bucket list for a while.  I know a lot of people have created variations of this, but I wanted to make one for our own home so that I could keep track of my daughter's growth and hopefully pass it down for generations to come.  I just think there's something special about something like this that can hold a lot of memories.  It's a DIY ruler growth chart.  If we end up moving one day I'l be able to take it with me and continue marking away, instead of just marking on the wall and leaving those memories behind.    


Hop on over to Ehow for the tutorial!  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday

Simple Summer Art

I've always loved the look of succulents.  They are so pretty, unusual and amazingly resilient.  Some more than others, but I've been able to manage keeping a few alive so far this summer and that's a pretty big accomplishment for a black thumb like me.  I always swing through the garden section while I'm making my weekly rounds at Lowe's or Home Depot to check and see if they have any discounted plants.  While I was there, I snapped a few pictures of some of the succulents they had.  They were just so pretty.  I didn't have my "real" camera, so I just used my phone.  Then, I printed one out at a local photo lab and popped it in a thrifted frame.  Easy artwork that cost me next to nothing!


I don't really have much of a blue and white ceramic collection, but I'm slowly gathering them as I see them at thrift stores.  I couldn't resist this one when I saw it for $3.99 a few weeks ago!


I have some plans for this little corner fireplace wall to breathe a little life into it and make it feel less dark and shadowy.  So wish me luck!  

Monday

Stylish Flush Mount Lighting

Hey!  Hope you all had a good weekend!  We did a ton of yard work on Saturday, mostly just planting new things and trying to keep everything else alive in the 100 degree weather we've been having.  I seriously don't remember it being this hot this soon before.  Thankfully we have a neighborhood pool to cool us off!  We also ended the weekend with a Father's Day treat of ice cream for dinner last night, so I guess that's another bonus of warmer weather. :)

If you have 8 foot ceilings, or lower, anywhere in your home chances are you'll need some sort of flush mount lighting.  I've searched high and low and found some pretty stylish options.  I'm sharing them over on Houzz.  Here's a peek of some of the pretty ones I found.

Head on over to see the rest, as well as all the sources!

Thursday

DIY chalkboard "wreath"

I've been wanting to change up our front door "wreath" for a while now.  I say "wreath" because what we currently have is this.  It's my interpretation of a wreath. :)  You find the details for how to make this here.  


I really wanted to just utilize things we already had hanging around.  So, I started with a piece of plywood and an old frame.  I cut the plywood down to the same size as the opening in the frame.  In this case it was 11" x 14".  Then I gave it a coat of chalkboard paint and freshened up the frame with some gold spray paint.  


Once everything dried, I ran a thin line of hot glue around the inside edge of the frame and popped the plywood into place.



In leui of a traditional bow, I used some gold polka dot ribbon (from Hobby Lobby) and made a ruffle-like pattern in the corner.  I used hot glue here to hold the ribbon in place as well.  


Then I added a few faux succulents in the corner for something fun.  



I love the versatility of it too.  You can change the message up for birthdays, holidays, or even to welcome guests.  And don't judge my chalk lettering, it's a work in progress!