Category Archives: DIY
So I don’t know about you but I find myself pinning A LOT of things on Pinterest but never create them. Well I made a vow/goal (see last blog post for my thoughts on goals) to start actually creating the things I pin for my home. With all these bare walls in sight they need it.
My first project is a clothespin picture frame.
For this project you will need:
- 1 package of small clothespins
- Some thin jewelry wire (you can find it in the jewelry section of Hobby Lobby)
- Personal photographs – I had about 25-30 laying around waiting on a frame
- Any size but preferably 16×20 or larger empty frame
- Spray paint (optional)
- 6 screws & a screwdriver or drill
Ok so to start, if there is glass and a backing to your picture frame you are going to want to take that off the frame. Second, if the frame is old and ugly you might want to get some spray paint. My frame was black so I chose to spray paint it roughly white where some of the black lightly showed through. Next, you are going to turn the frame over and measure equal lengths between for three screws to go on each side of the frame and screw them in. Then you will take the wire and wrap it around one screw, stretch it across (tightly) the frame and wrap it around the other screw. Do this for each line you created. Next, you take your baby clothespins and clip the pictures to the wire.
In the end, this is what you will have!!
*** The great thing about this is when you get new pictures you can easily change the old ones out- great for a holiday theme or even with artwork. ***
What pinterest projects are you working on now?
So I said I would be posting my house to-do list to get inspired to check off a few things each month.
If anyone is like me, I enjoy making a list about anything as long as I can check things off as I go. So view the list below… trust me it is long but hopefully we will get a few things done each month to make our house grow cozier every week. I love the feel of a new house however I hate how sterile & lacking personality they can be but the blank canvas is inspiring. Watch for updates for the specific things listed below as Justin and I get them checked off!
Organize and arrange photos in each room- living room, kitchen, master bedroom, & office
Have family photographs taken to hang in our home
Make artwork- made by Justin or I to go into the living room, kitchen, master bedroom, & office
Fix edging in Melody’s bedroom- the people who originally painted the house had paint over the line where the ceiling and the wall meet- yikes!
Paint hallway, master bath, and kitchen ceiling
Order steam cleaner part so we can clean the carpets
Fix master bedroom ceiling fan or sell and buy a new one (it isn’t broken just not hooked up properly, bummer)
Rearrange and organize kitchen cabinets
Save up and purchase sectional for the living room
Patch holes in the hallway from where our awesome little beagle decided to eat the wall
Repaint the trim in office, Melody’s bedroom & bath, Master bedroom & bath, kitchen, laundry, living room and guest bathroom
Make art out of boxes (shoeboxes, etc.) – cover them in fabric
New pillows in the living room, master bedroom, & office
Purchase jars for pasta & dry goods in pantry
Purchase jars for headbands & rollers- this is such a cool project and a good way to show off your stuff instead of it hiding, can’t wait to reveal this one
Artwork for the living room, office, master bedroom & bath, laundry, and kitchen
Buy a new kitchen table or build one- really want a farmhouse table
Curtains for office, living room, and master bedroom
Purchase new master bedroom bedspread, blankets and sheets
Office chair- super picky and I don’t like anything I find
Rugs for kitchen, living room, office, and master bedroom
Print off some of my pinterest ideas and make them!
Create two art pieces “Always BE Happy” & “Never Stop Praying”- two of my favorites
Place fabric on canvas & hang as artwork
Put two small shelves in master bathroom to get things off our counter
Buy more organizers for master bathroom & guest bathroom to hold items
Designs the word EAT to hang in the kitchen- creative, right?
Purchase lamps for living room & office
Purchase bins for pantry
Justin recreate the collage he made years ago and hang somewhere in the house
Plastic organizer for the laundry room to hold brooms, mops, and other gadgets
Purchase cute bins for melody’s room to hold toys
Build a rock box or sand box for Melody
Turn recipes into custom works of art in the kitchen- cannot wait to make this one! ( anything I create for my home, can be ordered for yours- how exciting)
Turn washing/drying instructions into custom works of art- also cannot wait to make this one!
Create a custom piece of fabric for something- who knows what, maybe curtains
Purchase a lid rack to wrangle all those crazy lids in the kitchen
Use placemats for kitchen liners in cabinets
Craft paper in frames to create custom works of art
Paint Cabinet- organize all the random paint we have accumulated
Add bamboo blinds
Purchase blinds for living room, office, master bathroom, kitchen, laundry, and melody’s room
Take lazy susan out to put pots & pans where it is at
Purchase a jute rug
Learn how to make no sew curtains
Mirror for dry erase boards- way more attractive looking
Replace light fixtures in kitchen, laundry, living room, office, and master bedroom
Make a compost bin
Put patio lights around the back deck
Buy or build patio table and chairs
Make my own front porch swing
Plant a garden
Add flowers to front yard
Buy a grill cover
Get a debris cart for all the yuck randomness in the yard
Rent a tiller and work the land
Build a garage
Create a fire pit area in backyard
Build a guest house
Clear trees from back property
In Ground Pool
Put a fence up around the property
Tear down back shed and clear area
There is so much more to add to these lists but it is a work in progress. How are your to-do lists coming along? Is it refreshing to you guys when things get checked off or do you have a different system?
**Below I have included a to-do list that is printable for anyone to use. Hope you enjoy as much as I do!
*warning this is a long post* but I still hope you enjoy
Justin and I ventured out and bought our first home in September. Although I was warned not only by him but a lot of people that this was going to be a lot of work I shrugged it off and thought that the house would come together in no time. Well it is now nearing the end of May and I am now thinking wow, I feel like I have not accomplished enough in our house. I absolutely hate that feeling. I know deep down, that yes in fact we accomplished a lot but it took me a little bit to see this. So this post is basically to talk about some the random things we have done in the house so far. Of course, I didn’t take pictures of the projects before because I never really thought I would be brave enough to write any posts about my home, design, or lifestyle. BUT I changed my mind- yay for that.
First, Melody’s room has gotten the most attention- Mom and Justin painted the room a perfect shade of purple (which she loves) Second, I slowly gathered things overtime mostly from Target to build the perfect little girls room and she got some pretty awesome furniture that I used through my middle school and teenage years that is still my favorite. The butterfly hook is what I use to hang her clothes that she plans on wearing the next day or things we need to remember to take to school. Next, there is her bookcase with lots of and lots of toys as well as one of her closets that is full of them. I am still working out a system for these… haven’t tackled that to do list yet. Her other closet— Uh, yes it is in color order alphabetically, that is the OCD in me. (Mine is done this way, too) Lastly, I had this desk I used when I was little (it was a not so cute blue and cream) but we did a little paint overhaul and now it matches perfectly in her room.
Her bathroom is being completed this weekend- I am currently painting it bubblegum pink. The rest of everything was previously picked. I adore the little touches that make it extra girly- all the white and pink and flowers of course!
Next is the kitchen. Why yes, we are missing a kitchen table- we got rid of ours and I haven’t found one I like so we eat at the kitchen island which works for now. I believe that Justin is going to build us a farmhouse table so we will see how that shakes out. I did manage to move a shelf (ok Justin did) from the laundry to the kitchen and fill it with randomness… still needs some tweaking but it is getting there. I am still trying to come up with a good organizational system for the panty so we won’t even go there.
This has become a less used room now that we moved the TV out of it, sad I know but it has been kind of neglected lately. I bought this awesome chest/drawer thing off Craigslist and stuck it in the entry way. It still needs a good sanding and staining but it works for now. I like how it greets me when I walk into the house- it was so empty in this space before. Next, we have the lovely couches and fireplace and stuff. The couches I adore- I am really into neutrals, grays, blues, and greens. I have tried to be a red and orange girl but I just never find the right shade I suppose. I am hoping to add some more furniture rearrange, paint, and add much more artwork (like the artwork I mentioned in my last blog post).
This was pretty simple to put together. Justin went crazy about 2 years ago at pier one and ta-dah. We have a made ready bathroom complete with décor. We added the toilet paper holder and towel ring. The shower curtain was left at our old condo and it just so happened to work out that it matched very well. I am sure eventually this room will evolve but right now it is pretty swell the way it is.
I am pretty excited about this room, once we get the lawnmower and weed eater out. Yes, we have no outdoor storage or garage so they are stuck in here until we figure something out. Otherwise, I can’t wait to add some cabinets and organization in here. I think it will be super amazing looking once it is all done… I think I say that with everything though.
Office/Guest Bedroom/Workout Room
Right now it just looks like an office but we would like it to be all of the above that are listed. I found this awesome rustic table at a shop that was closing in Mt. Juliet (I was so excited to find it!) Then a few more Craigslist finds and we have what we’ve got so far. I would love to paint and add a workout area and pull out couch for guests when they come over. On that note, we need more guests I think. I will work on that *note to self, more guests
I love the large space we have to work with. We got our bedroom furniture from Ikea and thoroughly enjoy it although I thought it would be more brown, less black. Hmm. More on that later. We have hung pictures up without actual pictures (You probably noticed this in our office as well) Yikes… probably should work on that too. Justin picked out our super awesome lamps. I am pretty excited about that and we have the stuff to paint a canvas for over the bed.
We haven’t done much in here other than the shower curtain and the stuff on the sink. So, maybe more on the progress when I make some.
Justin worked his awesomeness by making me a SHOE WALL… so awesome. I believe it is my favorite thing in the world. Next, of course my clothes are in color alphabetical order. I have a space for hats and necklaces as well as purses. I want to find a way to not make the purse area so pouffy but I will eventually get there.
So there is the house in all its glory. There is so much work to be done & most of the time so little time to do it. I believe I will post my to-do list next…maybe with a little tutorial on staying organized. Yes, yes. I think that would be nice.
All the photos are now down at the bottom due to a lovely glitch.. ah!
Leave me a comment and let me know how your house is coming together. Has it been easy? What has been your biggest challenge?
P.S. I will take better quality photos next time. My phone just doesn’t cut it- time to pull out the nice camera.
Ok, so I am behind on this blog thing.
*** A quick side note to my blog— I am adding more than design to it. I decided Justin and I have a beautiful home that needs some do it yourself love so I will be adding pictures and progress of the house as well as design ideas, paint ideas, fun family outings, and lots of other randomness. I am also going to try to post at least 3 times a week because doing every 20 days probably isn’t going to get me anywhere… just saying.***
So some of you know that I have an awesome little side kick running around with me, and no, as much as you would think I am talking about Justin, my lovely fiancé, I am actually talking about Melody.
I know that many of you know that there is so much pride that oozes- that is kind of a yucky word but oh well- out of you when there is a child in your life. It could be a daughter or son, niece or nephew, Godchild, or even a little brother or sister. I know this because literally everything Melody does I believe is the funniest or coolest thing in the world.
Since Melody is in preschool many parents, grandparents, or other special people know that you get a TON of paper that comes home- some of it is important like schedules and papers to sign and send back but some of it is artwork. A lot of it is oddly shaped or made from scrap paper (which is awesome because I like to be resourceful) But if you are like me, I have no clue what to do with it. I have the “OMG, this is so cute, Melody this is soooo amazing” and as she walks away I think to myself do I stick in a box, do I file it away so when she is 90 she can she what she made, do I throw it away (NO NEVER?!?), or wait a BRIGHT idea… wait for it, wait for it…
HERE IT GOES:
I have decided to scan these images in and make my own work of art out of hers and there are so many more possibilities. A lot of things I wasn’t sure what to do with I have cropped and added my own little personalization to them & now all I have to do is by a frame and it is ready to hang!!
If you are interested in having some help framing, arranging, or having someone scan and consolidate some of your child’s artwork. Give me a yell & I would love to help you out.
As you can see below is an example of what I created for her: