Each month I’m taking on a common organization challenge and tackling it with a thrift store item. I love when great organization solutions end up being affordable. It’s always a win-win.  All it takes is a little patience, DIYing and a great thrift store find! This month we’re tackling all outdoor storage with:

 ||| SEATED FRONT PORCH STORAGE |||

I know the saying goes “You don’t need more storage, you need less stuff”, but there’s times I truly believe that I NEED more storage. For example, our outdoor storage is next to nothing. Literally, we have none. It’s mostly because we don’t have a garage. Yep, you read that correctly NO GARAGE. Being in a townhouse downtown Seattle, garage parking is a luxury. Yes, parking is nice, but what I really want is all the storage possibilities that come with a garage.

A couple things that I’m storing inside our home that I would prefer to be outside are some of Reagan’s (our puppy) outdoor toys and car & bike cleaning supplies. My personal preference is if the item is USED outside I’d prefer that it’s STORED outside. Too much dirt and grime get brought inside, which means lots more cleaning of the home!

I spent months looking online for the perfectly sized storage bench for right outside our front door. While I love that we have an outlet right next to our front door (hanging Christmas lights is a breeze), it threw a wrench in my plan for extra storage. Since it’s an outdoor outlet, it has a large case that extends several inches off the wall. I didn’t have much depth to work with in the first place, but this made it even harder. So instead I decided that I needed to start looking in to two smaller storage options to work ‘around’ the outlet.

Well, these aren’t even supposed to be storage! They’re box plant holders and PERFECT for the DIY I had in store!

Today I’m going to give you a sneak peak at our newest outdoor storage solution and kick off a new series over the next couple weeks FULL of creative storage options for any outdoor space.

Swing on over next week for a step by step tutorial on exactly how we made these seated front porch storage solutions!

 

 

 

 

 

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

As a lover of affordable solutions of ANY kind, I’ve paired up with 19 extremely talented bloggers to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create something amazing from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc.

Meet the Bloggers

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Kim | Made in a Day    Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek    Pili | Sweet Things
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim    Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation    Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog    Jes | My DIY Envy    Jennifer | Smart Fun DIY   Lindsay | Crazy Organized    Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods    Kimm | Reinvented    Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay    Ali | Home Crafts by Ali    Sue | A Purdy Little House   Sara | Twelve on Main    Claire | Pillar Box Blue     Chelc | Inside the Fox Den    Kim | Farmhouse Made       Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    Sherry | Savvy Apron    Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs    Megan | C’mon Get Crafty    Denise | My Thrifty House    Toni | Small Home Soul    Deborah | Salvage Sister and Mister

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Each month I’m taking on a common organization challenge and tackling it with a thrift store item. I love when great organization solutions end up being affordable. It’s always a win-win.  All it takes is a little patience, DIYing and a great thrift store find! This month we’re tackling all clutter with:

 ||| PAINT DIPPED BASKETS |||

Wicker baskets continue to stay in style and are such practical storage solutions. It can add an extra layer of color and texture to a room while keeping things tidy.

I wanted to update my basket with a dipped effect, but was hesitant to use the real dipping process (filling up a tub with paint and dipping the basket inside). I saw disaster written all over that. So instead I took a different approach and got the same look …..

Supplies

Instructions

I masked off areas of the baskets with masking tape and painted them with a small paint brush, working simultaneously between the inside and outside to avoid drips collecting between the wicker. Once I had finished painting the baskets I removed the masking tape before the paint had chance to dry to avoid the paint chipping off.

Using the painting tape, cover around the basket at the point where you want the paint to end. I tucked the tape in to the ribs of the basket a little to prevent paint dripping on to the lower parts. (Note that I painted the top half of my basket, as opposed to the bottom half)

For the first coat, I used a standard cut in tip paint brush. Starting at the top of the basket, I worked my way down with the paint.

Since we’re not painting a flat surface, the first coat is likely not going to completely cover all the basket. That’s OK!

Once the first coat dries (a couple hours), I used my small acrylic paint brush to get in to the nooks with a second coat.

As you can see the second coat really did the trick!

Once you’re satisfied with the paint coverage, slowly and carefully remove the painting tape BEFORE the paint dries. Removing painting tape over dry paint can sometimes pull the paint off as well!

I took a chance and didn’t use a protective clear top coat and haven’t had any issues with chipping yet. If you’re not as much of a dare devil as I am, I really like xxx protective coat. Just give it a quick spray in a well-ventilated area.

I used this basket in our guest room to store an extra blanket and magazines for our guests. But the uses for decorative baskets are really endless. And remember, you don’t have to spend a fortune on these if you’re willing to invest in a little DIYing!

 

 

 

 

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

As a lover of affordable solutions of ANY kind, I’ve paired up with 19 extremely talented bloggers to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create something amazing from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc.

Meet the Bloggers

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Kim | Made in a Day    Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek    Pili | Sweet Things
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim    Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation    Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog    Jes | My DIY Envy    Jennifer | Smart Fun DIY   Lindsay | Crazy Organized    Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods    Kimm | Reinvented    Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay    Ali | Home Crafts by Ali    Sue | A Purdy Little House   Sara | Twelve on Main    Claire | Pillar Box Blue     Chelc | Inside the Fox Den    Kim | Farmhouse Made       Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    Sherry | Savvy Apron    Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs    Megan | C’mon Get Crafty    Denise | My Thrifty House    Toni | Small Home Soul    Deborah | Salvage Sister and Mister

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This post is sponsored by Hobby Lobby!

My crafting space may be small but it’s definitely FULL! I use every inch of space in all rooms of my house and my crafting area is no exception.

While I’m a lover of clear plastic storage bins, rolling carts and 3 ring binders purely for function, these are not always the prettiest way to fill the shelves of my craft room. Since I’m in this area so often, I not only want it organized, but decorative as well.

I made a goal at the beginning of the year to beautify this space, while getting it MORE organized. Using some items I already had in the house and shopping sales at Hobby Lobby, I was able to get everything I needed for under $100! While we all know Hobby Lobby for their great home décor selection, I was excited to see the vast storage, labeling and organizational items they have as well. And nothing tugs at my heart more than a good label 🙂 .

For this project I focused on 3 main areas:

1 Rolling Cart

In my three-tiered rolling cart, I keep all my craft essentials. When working on a new project, I simply wheel out the essentials to have on hand as needed. While this is incredibly helpful in so many ways, I struggled to keep the items within the cart stored in a neat, pretty manor.

Here’s the supplies I used (all from Hobby Lobby):

  • Photo Boxes: on sale for $4.99 each
  • Oval Metal Pail with Handles: on sale for $4.99 each
  • White Sticker Labels with Gold Trim: $3.99
  • Small Rectangular Containers with Spring Color Lids: on sale for $4.79 for 3
  • Small Clear Compartment Organizers: $1.99-$3.99 each

The bulkier craft supplies were placed in the colorful metal bins. Two of these fit perfectly in the bottom shelf of my cart.

In the top and middle shelf, I used decorative photo boxes. These work really well for all sorts of storage solutions. Adding the gold rimmed sticker labels made searching for items so much easier.

I also wanted the storage inside the photo boxes to be organized and pretty, which is not always an easy feat. Smaller plastic containers were ideal for all the small items I had to store. Adding labels from my label maker to the sides of the containers helped me find what I was looking for easily and forced me to put everything away where I got it!

I had been struggling with a solution for storing our nails & screws for quite some time before I saw these 4-6 compartment organizers in assorted sizes. It was as if they were made to store nails!

When Joe (my husband) saw how I labeled the our nails & screws, he got a bit of a laugh … “Big”, “Medium” & “Small”. While I doubt the professionals sort their nails in such a way, it worked for us!

2 Shelf Storage

For storage on our metal wire wall shelves, I had two approaches. Some items would remain in the clear storage bins that I already owned and others would go in to new colorful cube storage bins.

Here’s the supplies I used (all from Hobby Lobby):

  • White Gift Tags: on sale for $.99
  • Foldable Storage Box: on sale for $7.99 each
  • White Sticker Labels with Gold Trim (same ones I used for the photo boxes): $3.99

Since the shelves were filled colorful storage cubes, I opted for simple white gift tags to label each. Using my label maker, I printed the labels with small black font adhering them to the bottom of the gift tag. The result was clean and simple …. just what I wanted.

I love that this simple labeling solution is easy and affordable to swap out over time if I opt to use the bins for other purposes.

The clear storage bins needed some attractive labeling as well. The gold rimmed sticker labels used for the photo boxes were a perfect addition. They added the right amount of color and interest while still being easy to read. I kept the same clean bold font as on the gift tags. While I love creative fun fonts, I found that this simple bold design was easier on the eye which made locating items simpler.

3 Paper Storage

Ugh paper. Love hate relationship. While I would love to go paperless with everything, it’s just not going to happen. EVER. So instead my goal is to make the paper storage easy to access and pleasing to the eye.

Here’s the supplies I used (all from Hobby Lobby):

  • Wrapping Paper: $3.99
  • Foam Board: $1.99
  • Alphabet Stickers: $4.99

Have you ever tried to store 3 ring binders and folders on wire shelves? If you have, you’ll appreciate my first step: to cover some of our wire shelving with foam board. This creates an easier way to store 3 ring binders and additional craft papers. All you need is wrapping paper and foam board. Take a look at my full tutorial to create foam board shelving in just 5 minutes!

Once the foam board was placed down on the wire shelving it was much easier to store binders and paper pouches. Those green binders are a nice pop of color, but needed labeling. I made my own labels very easily from the simple black font alphabet stickers I grabbed on my Hobby Lobby trip. I made sure to get a large enough sticker size that it would be easy to read sideways!

So I’m here to tell you that even storage can look attractive! Not only attractive, but MORE organized.

Here’s a rough breakdown of how I spent my money:

  • 1 Rolling Cart: $41
  • 2 Shelf Storage: $45
  • 3 Paper Storage: $11

TOTAL = $97

Visit: Hobby Lobby.com for these finds and much much more!

As I mentioned, many of the items I purchased were already on sale at Hobby Lobby. When I buy a regularly priced item, I always use their smart phone app to pull up the weekly coupons.

You can use the coupon below on your next trip to Hobby Lobby. Either print it out or show it to the cashier on your phone!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

 

 

 

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This post was sponsored by Annie Selke as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Whenever (aka – not every day) I make my bed, it just looks messy. Not like a toddler made it, but it never had that clean new look like a hotel bed does. So after over examining my hotel rooms on a couple recent vacations and photographing the beds 🙂 , I’m happy to say that I’ve finally figured out how they achieve the look.

Step by step guide to make your bed just like the hotels do!

Which is perfect timing because we’re knee deep in redecorating our guest room. I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do with the room, but I knew I wanted to change the look of the bed from more traditional to a sleeker fitted look. (Scroll down to the very bottom of this post for our $500 give-a-way to decorate your own bedroom!)

Before we get started on how to achieve that ‘hotel look’, here’s a snapshot of what our guest room USED to look like. As you can see our look was a lot more traditional & ‘fluffy’ …. and the bed wasn’t made very well. Ops!

On the contrary, here’s the elements I’m incorporating in to our new design.

Contemporary guest bedroom design

How to Make a Bed Like a Hotel

1 Quality

Good quality bedding makes all the difference, not only on the comfort meter, but also on the look. Annie Selke, a home decor brand whose high-quality products exude comfort & style, is the perfect place to find my hotel style sheets and blankets. The photos of my guest room below have the Boyfriend Graeylac Matelasse Coverlet & Boyfriend Greylac Matelasse Sham (in the standard size). Sign up for their Email Newsletter & receive 15% off your first order!

2 Wrinkle Free

Have you ever noticed that hotel sheets and blankets never have wrinkles in them? While I have absolutely no idea how that magic happens, it definitely adds to the aesthetic of clean and contemporary. In effort to replicate the hotel look, I did indeed iron our sheets. Yes, not exactly the most important chore to do (or even a chore I would have ever added to my list), but I figured I’d do it once since our guest room is rarely slept in. Plus I wanted to start off our redecorating project the best I could.

3 Fit

One of the reasons we all love climbing in to a hotel bed is that feeling of snuggling in tightly fitted sheets. Gone are the days where I leave the sheets un-tucked on the side of the bed. (Except those days I don’t make the bed …. which are … lots) Yes, it take a little longer to make the bed in the morning, but it’ makes climbing in to a warm bed on a cold night even better.

Step by step guide to make your bed just like the hotels do!

4 Folds

Do you ever notice how most hotels keep the comforter folded crisply at the foot of the bed? I absolutely LOVE that look, but struggled with recreating it on my own …. until I spent some time to examine the bedding of the last hotel room I stayed at. Much to my surprise, it’s easier than I thought.

Fold the blanket (or comforter) in half and drape over the end of the bed (with the ends of the blanket at the end of the bed & fold in the middle of the bed).

Pull back the top layer of the blanket (top left of the picture below).

Then pinch & pull up the corner side of the lower layer blanket.

While keeping the end of the blanket held up, tuck the side of the blanket into the bed frame.

Now tuck in the end of the blanket. Tada!

(Optional, to tuck in the top layer blanket to the side of the bed frame.)

5 Layering

Adding a bed runner like the hotels often do (or simply another blanket) adds texture and interest. It also doubles as an extra blanket for your guests.

If you’re looking to add some style & function to your home, sign up for the Annie Selke Email Newsletter & receive 15% off your first order!

Because we all love a visual, here’s an image of all the elements I mentioned above!

Step by step guide to make your bed just like the hotels do!

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Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

I’m not sure if I’m the only one, but I can never seem to find a drawer liner that I love. Although there’s always a time and place for clear or cream, I’m looking for something bright and colorful. I mean how fun to have a little something different in your drawers?? It’s also a neat way to add color without going crazy in the entire room. Whether it’s dresser drawers, bathroom cabinets or a nightstand, it’s always fun to open it up and see a bright colorful pattern.

I’ve heard about people using wrapping paper as liners, which definitely solves the problem of finding a fun pattern. But it just seems too temporary. One wrong move and the wrapping paper will rip or get wet. So adding a clear contact paper on top SEEMED like the perfect solution…..

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Except for one problem. If any of you have tried to use Contact Paper in the past, you know it can be trickier than it looks. I swear it must be an art to be able to place contact paper ANYWHERE without creating air bubbles. Well after many failed attempts, I found a system that’s working for me that’s easy and QUICK!

Supplies

  • Ruler
  • Wrapping paper
  • Scissor & ruler OR Paper cutting tools (this is actually for sewing, but I use it for EVERYTHING. It’s actually one of my favorite supplies I’ve purchased lately)
  • Pencil
  • Clear Contact Paper

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Instructions 

First things first: you need to measure your space, both width and depth. Be exact … no rounding!

The next step is to make small marks on your wrapping paper with your pencil denoting the width and depth of your drawer. I like to make these marks on the back side of the wrapping paper. Although you can erase the lines after cutting, sometimes the wrapping paper can smear when erasing.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Using either a ruler/scissor or cutting tools, cut out your wrapping paper. The cutting tools I use is Fiskars Rotary Cutting Set. Although it’s technically used for sewing, I’ve definitely used it on my non sewing DIY projects. It’s a 3 piece set which includes everything you need to measure and cut perfect lines. It’s been a lifesaver for me because I’m not very good with a scissor 🙂 .

Try to follow the markings you made the best you can. I always error on the side of caution and cut my wrapping paper a tiny pit larger than my measurements. I know I can always trim if it’s too big. But if I over cut making the paper too small I’ll have to start over.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Test out your wrapping paper by placing it in your drawer to ensure you measured & cut correctly. If it’s too big, just do a little trimming.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Now cut a piece of contact paper slightly bigger than your wrapping paper. I like to have my contact paper about 1 inch larger on each side.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

I turned the wrapping paper vertical and will work the contact paper from top to bottom. Contact paper can definitely be tricky and frustrating to use. Sometimes air pockets arise or the contact paper crinkles. Ugh. Once reason why I like to work from the vertical, is it allows me to work smaller sections at a time which typically result in less errors.

Pull the contact paper and white paper backing apart until you separate about 1 inch worth of paper. Then make a strong fold with the white backing.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Now line up the contact paper on top of the wrapping paper (allowing for one extra inch above the wrapping paper) and press down with your fingers, smoothing it out and removing any air bubbles.

Now the good news … if you made it successfully to this point, it’s smooth sailing from here (no pun intended 🙂 ).

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Pull the white backing down another inch and smooth out the contact paper on the wrapping paper.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Continue until the you make it all the way down. Remember, steady eddy wins the race. As well as the turtle. Take your time with contact paper and don’t rush it. It’s MUCH easier to prevent the air bubbles and crinkles than to fix them.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper. Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Take your cutting supplies and cut the excess contact paper off the ends. You should have about an inch extra on each side.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Now place your DIY drawer liners in your drawers and marvel at how much more festive your drawers are!

I just place my drawer liners in the drawers with no additional adhesive. I change my decorating preference too often so I like things that are removable. Yes, I guess that now includes my drawer liners. If you want yours more secure add some Scotch tape or scrapbooking tape to secure them in the drawer.

Pinning for later. surprisingly easy way to make drawer liners with wrapping paper and contact paper.

Your drawers will be so pretty that you’ll never want to mess them up!

 

 

 

 

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For only 99 cents make this decorative jewelry holder to store your rings, watches and jewelry! Easy to follow tutorial included!

Each month I’m taking on a common organization challenge and tackling it with a thrift store item. I’m here to prove that organizing doesn’t always have to be expensive. All it takes is a little patience, DIYing and a great thrift store find! This month we’re tackling jewelry clutter with a

 ||| Jewelry Holder |||

It’s gets better! I’m not alone in this challenge! Pairing up with 19 other talented ladies, we’re bringing you our monthly Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create something amazing from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild!

Thrift Store DecorUpcycle Challenge

Amanda | The Kolb Corner      Chelc| Inside the Fox Den
Erlene | My Pinterventures     Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main
Debra | Shoppe No. 5      Shirley | Intelligent Domestications
Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized   Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things     Channell | Hobnail House
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek     Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Paula | Virginia Sweet Pea     Sherry | Savvy Apron     Stacy | Anastasia Vintage

You can also follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!


One of the fundamental rules to keep your house clean is to simply put your belonging back where you found them. Well that’s nice and all, but how many of us always do that? If you walked into my house at any given day, you’d know I’m not one of them. Instead I like to have various ‘stations’ around the house where I’m allowed to put SELECT items instead of putting them in their home. Jewelry is just one of those items for me that rarely makes it back to its home on the day it’s worn. Instead it’s sitting on the dresser or in the bathroom, always with the risk it’s going to get lost.

Jewelry Holder Supplies

For only 99 cents make this decorative jewelry holder to store your rings, watches and jewelry! Easy to follow tutorial included!
For only 99 cents make this decorative jewelry holder to store your rings, watches and jewelry! Easy to follow tutorial included!
For only 99 cents make this decorative jewelry holder to store your rings, watches and jewelry! Easy to follow tutorial included!

For only 99 cents make this decorative jewelry holder to store your rings, watches and jewelry! Easy to follow tutorial included!

Before I ever get started with a new DIY, I ALWAYS wash the items that I’ll be DIYing, especially since this one is a used item. For the paint to apply as smooth as possible, you want a clean surface to work from. Once washed and dried, I got to work sanding. Sanding is an essential step in any wood repainting project. I tend to ‘oversand‘ as I’m oddly fearful I’m not sanding enough. Why??? I’ve been told over and over that just one quick sanding around the entire piece of wood is totally sufficient!

For only 99 cents make this decorative jewelry holder to store your rings, watches and jewelry! Easy to follow tutorial included!

Once you’re done sanding, take a damp rag to wash off all that saw dust and dry. I started painting the inside first. It took two LIGHT coats of paint with at least 1 hour drying time in between coats to get the color I wanted (photo below is ONE coat). You’ll notice that I definitely did NOT stay within the lines when painting the inside. That’s completely fine! The next step is to paint the outside color and that’s where I’ll stay within the lines!

For only 99 cents make this decorative jewelry holder to store your rings, watches and jewelry! Easy to follow tutorial included!

For only 99 cents make this decorative jewelry holder to store your rings, watches and jewelry! Easy to follow tutorial included!

Once all the paint dried, I did a quick spray with a glossy protective finishing spray. Acrylic paint can chip, so it’s always good to use a protective spray before using.

For only 99 cents make this decorative jewelry holder to store your rings, watches and jewelry! Easy to follow tutorial included!

For only 99 cents make this decorative jewelry holder to store your rings, watches and jewelry! Easy to follow tutorial included!

For only 99 cents make this decorative jewelry holder to store your rings, watches and jewelry! Easy to follow tutorial included!

Now I officially have NO excuse to leave my jewelry sitting out!
For only 99 cents make this decorative jewelry holder to store your rings, watches and jewelry! Easy to follow tutorial included!

 

 

 

 

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For only 99 cents make this decorative jewelry holder to store your rings, watches and jewelry! Easy to follow tutorial included!
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Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

Welcome to the 4th edition of the Thrift Store Swap!

I’m joining 13 fellow DIY bloggers committing to buy and re-purpose 2 thrift store items, each under $10. For this edition we each had to re-purpose a wreath.

Sounds fairly easy, right? There was a BIG catch…we’re not buying for ourselves! Each blogger is sent their thrift store item from another blogger! Yes, I was TOTALLY terrified to open the package from Laci at Sequins in the South. Fortunately Laci was SO kind to me, but I still had to figure out what the heck to do with the wreath I got!

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

What on earth was I going to do with this wreath below??? Noticing that it’s definitely a fall style wreath and as we’re finally approaching sunny weather in Seattle, I decided to do a season swap to a spring wreath.

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

Supplies (listed the color I chose)

  • Spray paint (navy blue)
  • Colorful fake flowers (pink)
  • Acrylic paint (white)
  • Fabric marker (dark pink)
  • Thin wire (optional)
  • Invisible thread (yes, this is a real thing)

Instructions

First step was to remove all the decor from the wreath. No tools required, just a little twisting and pulling!

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

Spray paint time! No DIY by Lindsay is complete without spray paint. Seriously. I put the wreath in an old Costco box and also had a couple garbage bags underneath to prevent the spray paint from getting on my outdoor patio. Tips on spray painting decorations here.

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

Once my wreath was dry I pulled apart my new fake flowers in to smaller pieces so that I’d be able to evenly place them around the wreath. I was going for a less is more look, but you could definitely add bigger bouquets of flowers.

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

It was super easy to insert the flowers into this wreath without having to use any tools (thanks for picking a great wreath Laci)! But if your wreath doesn’t have the crevasses that you see in mine, using just a little thin wire can help secure the flowers.

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

Using my white acrylic paint, I painted over the red welcome sign. Once dry, I used my pink fabric pen (although a good permanent marker would work as well), I rewrote ‘Welcome!’ in a more fun font. Then came the interesting part: invisible thread. I wanted the look of the welcome sign floating in the middle of the wreath, but wasn’t sure how this would turn out. Fortunately it was easier than I thought (which definitely doesn’t always happen with my DIY experiments #pinterestfail anyone?). I measured out two pieces of inadvisable thread. I looped the first through the hole on the side of the sign and over the top of the wreath tying in the back to make a circle. Once secured the first thread, it was easy to line up the other side of the welcome sign with thread to ensure it wasn’t crooked.

Can you see the invisible thread???

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

And really, THAT is it! From a fall to spring wreath in a matter of minutes and dollars! (now if it would just stop raining in Seattle)

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

 

 

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One Crazy Ride

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!
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I love the idea of having newly designed and decorated rooms. If money and time were no object, I would spend my days remodeling every room in my house over and over. But then reality sets in and I’m lucky if I have time to CLEAN a room, let alone remodel it! Fortunately bringing new life to a room DOESN’T have to be overly complicated or labor intensive. Working SMARTER with small touches can bring a larger punch than working HARDER! Here’s my top 4 easy room update ideas (and giveaway):

1 Update Decorations

Of course buying fancy new decorations will make any room look nicer, but a more realistic and more affordable way to spruce up a room is with a can of spray paint. You no longer have to consider the color of the decoration you’re buying (since you’ll be changing that) and can open yourself up to so many options including looking through a thrift store! Take a look at my top 10 tips to spray painting decorations before jumping in.

4 easy room update ideas that you can do without a huge remodel! Simple decorating ideas CAN have a huge punch without being labor intensive!

4 easy room update ideas that you can do without a huge remodel! Simple decorating ideas CAN have a huge punch without being labor intensive!

2 Touch up Paint

Fresh clean coats of paint can completely transform a room, but so can touching up old existing paint. When I first painted our guest room a couple years ago, there where a several spots that I messed up & claimed I would touch them up within the week. Yes, that was two years ago. Taking the time to touch up those spots instantly improved the room, making the paint job look much more professional and less dated.

3 Add Pillows & Texture 

Pillows and blankets are such an easy way to swap out the look of a room instead of buying new furniture! Mixing up colors and textures will give your room a more interesting and modern look. Don’t let the options you see at a store limit your creativity. Making your own pillow covers is actually the perfect rookie sewing project!

4 Adjust Lighting

The lighting in my room wasn’t doing me any favors. While I was going for a brighter cleaner look, my lighting made everything warmer with a more yellowish tone. I skipped repainting our walls, updating our floors or buying new furniture. I simply adjusted our lighting with LIGHTIFY from OSRAM SYLVANIA using the Tunable ‘real’ White versions. You can find these products at Amazon and Lowes.

You can see how LIGHTIFY lights removed the yellow undertone and completely brightened up our room!

Funnest part? The lighting is all controlled via phone app, so I can adjust in literally anywhere in the world! Want one of your own? Sign up for our giveaway and also get a $50 Amazon card!

4 easy room update ideas that you can do without a huge remodel! Simple decorating ideas CAN have a huge punch without being labor intensive!

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Changing the design of your house is now literally as easy as playing on your phone!

4 easy room update ideas that you can do without a huge remodel! Simple decorating ideas CAN have a huge punch without being labor intensive!

 

 

 

4 easy room update ideas that you can do without a huge remodel! Simple decorating ideas CAN have a huge punch without being labor intensive!

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