These painted wooden hangers not only add a punch of color to your closet, you’ll be organized in no time! 

DIY painted wooden hangers make a fun and decorative splash of color!

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 that closet storage with:

 ||Painted Wooden Hangers |||

I know what you’re thinking (probably because my husband is thinking the same thing right now). Have you run out of things to DIY? Don’t you have anything else to organize? You’re seriously painting your hangers? Well …. No, Yes, and Yes.

I’ve never seen a closet that was TOO big. Now, I’m not the type of gal that has too many clothes or shoes (I’m a tennis shoes girl for life). Yet, what inevitably happens in my closet is that more and more stuff piles up. There’s never enough room or storage solutions. Then the closet becomes a drop zone for laundry that needs to be put away, shoes that are just thrown anywhere, and off season clothes. Having smart storage solutions and systems becomes more & more important. Enter: Painted wooden hangers. (Scroll down to the bottom to see how I put these hangers in to action.)

Supplies

  • Wooden hangers (Thrift stores are a great option for these. I found them for $.25 each!)
  • Spray paint in your favorite colors (I always use Rust-Oleum spray paint)
  • Painters tape
  • Sand paper

Instructions

First step is to lightly wash the hangers with soap and water. Anytime I spray paint an item I always wash it down ahead of time. This helps ensure that the spray paint is adhering to the actual item instead of dirt or grime that might be on it. Let the hangers dry completely.

Next, I lightly took some sand paper to the wood. Just a quick sanding helps the spray paint adhere to the wood quicker.

I chose not to spray paint the hooks, just the wood, so I covered those with painters’ tape.

Since I’m quite the lover of spray painting, I invested in a spray painting tent.  While it’s not necessary, it does make spray painting MUCH easier. If you do a lot of DIY projects, I think it’s a worthy purchase It folds up pretty small, but once open, is spacious enough for the majority of my projects. I’ve pulled it out for painting projects too (not just spray paint). This picture is up on my roof deck where I set up the tent.

You’ll notice the baby gate – that’s the next spray paint project on my list 🙂 .

I lightly sprayed one coat of paint on each of the hangers and let dry before spraying a second coat. I’m not brand loyal on everything, but for spray paint I ONLY use Rust-Oleum. Not super pricey, but typically isn’t the cheapest option at the store. Yet, I find that it requires fewer coats than the cheaper ones. So in the end it probably is the cheaper option.

Hangers are somewhat awkward items to spray paint so I used a couple painting pyramids to hold them up. It wasn’t exactly perfect, but did the job reasonably well.

Each hanger required 2 coats of paint on each side. I waited about 1 hour between coats although you could likely paint the second coat much sooner. Once dry, your hangers are ready to be hung!

Use painted wood hangers for a decorative touch that will keep your closet completely organized! Our step by step tutorial will transform your closet!

Closet Organization Tips with Hangers

  • Double your closet space instantly by using soda can tabs to hook hangers together.
  • Keep scarves or tights straight by tying them to a hanger.
  • Organize your clothes by category first (dresses, long sleeve shirts, short sleeve shirts, pants, jeans) and then by color to get the best picture of what you own.
  • Adding a second clothing rod in the closet can instantly double the capacity. Hang one rod higher and further back in the closet. Add the second lower and towards the front. This is a great option for small spaces and kids’ closets (since their clothes are short and slender).
  • Try using a different color hanger for each season so you can easily shift your wardrobe in and out each season (Green for summer, yellow for fall, blue for winter, etc).
  • Another option for colored hangers is sort clothing by category and use colored hangers to label your groupings (Hang dresses in yellow hangers, jeans in blue hangers, sweaters with purple hangers, etc)
  • Turn all the hangers in your closet backwards. Whenever you wear something, replace the hanger in the right direction. Then at the end of the year you’ll see all the clothes that you didn’t wear!

Use a painted wooden hangers to hold scarves!

DIY painted wooden hangers and lots of great closet organization tips!


 

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

 

The Rules:

As a lover of affordable solutions of ANY kind, I’ve paired up with some 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.

The Rules

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Bloggers

Amanda | Domestically Creative Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled Pili | Sweet Things Debra | Shoppe No. 5
Chelc | Inside the Fox Den Jeannee | Centsably Creative Michelle | Michelle James Designs
Molly | Just a Little Creativity Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela
Marie | DIY Adulation Denise | My Thrifty House Lindsay | Crazy Organized
Florence | Vintage Southern Picks Shirley | Intelligent Domestications

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My favorite modern decorative storage baskets on the web.

While I’m not a huge fan of tossing clutter in a basket and calling it a day, sometimes that’s what you’ve got to do.  And if you’re going to have baskets around the house, might as well have attractive ones. Am I right? I’m always shocked to see how much these glorified junk drawers can actually cost. Especially when places like Target, Amazon, World Market and Wayfair have great looking storage baskets under $25. With a little online research, you can pretty much find any style you want at an affordable price point. Storage and saving money …. two of my favorite things. Truly.

Since I’ve been on the hunt for a couple new storage baskets for our family room (thank you baby toys), I pulled together the list of my favorites. Many of these are currently in our home already. All are under $25!

The best decorative storage baskets on the web that won't break the bank! At $25 a piece, these are affordable ways to clear clutter around the house!

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Tips for Using Decorative Baskets 

Measure Measure Measure!  Before purchasing any basket, make sure to measure the space the basket is going in. There’s no standard basket sizes so small, medium and large sizes can be deceiving. If you’re buying in the store, bring a measure tape with you. Surprisingly often baskets don’t have the measurements on the tag.

Many baskets can be easily spray painted to any color you like. Keep this in mind when searching for the perfect basket. Focus on style and size as opposed to color.

Laundry baskets don’t have to be just for laundry. Many are super stylish and can be used for a variety of storage needs. If you hate throwing extra bed pillows on the floor at night, toss them in a wicker hamper instead.

Kids’ toys have a funny way of finding the floor oh so easily. Baskets make for a quick and easy pick up. Adding labels to each will help teach the kiddos where their toys belong 🙂 .

To prevent entryway clutter, add a basket to store keys, glasses, mail and other items that commonly pile up by your door. Not only will it prevent clutter, you’ll always know where to look for those important items.

Don’t forget about the space under your bed and couch, which can be instant extra storage space. There’s lots of short but long baskets out there to fit the space perfectly. We opted for these baskets under our couch (2 for toys and one for diaper change supplies).

Bookshelves can easily look overwhelming filled with books. The irony, right? Mix it up a bit and add some wicker baskets in addition to all the books on your shelves.

The top tips to decorating your home with storage baskets!

 

 




 

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These are the essential paint supplies you need to paint any room in your home and a couple tips to make it even easier! 

Our favorite paint supplies and best tips for painting any room in your house!

From college rentals to downtown condos, I’ve painted my share of rooms.  All of our bedrooms and bathrooms have been painted in the last couple years. Needless to say I’m a fan. It’s an easy and affordable way to spruce up a space. While I’ve hired painters from time to time, I’ve found that with the right supplies, I can pull off a pretty good paint job all on my own. There’s such a wide variety of paint supplies out on the market so it can be confusing to know what’s necessary and what’s not. After years of testing out some great products and some why did I buy that ones, I’ve really slimmed down my paint supplies to the tried and true essentials.

Here’s a list of items that I use for pretty much every paint job that I do. The links in each row will take you to the exact product that I use. While I often don’t splurge on items, I’ve found the hard way that not all paint products are created equal. Oh and for a nice bottle of wine, I’m for hire #kiddingnotkidding

These are the best paint supplies to have on hand for painting any room in your house. Painting can be an easy and affordable way to spruse up any room!

My Favorite Paint Supplies

1 Paper Towels | I always like to have some on hand for quick wipe ups of any paint spills.

Paint Tray | Essential for using wall rollers. No need for pricey ones as the cheap ones do the trick just as well.

Paint Can Opener | I used to use a butter knife to open my paint cans. A cheap paint can opener is WAY better 🙂 .

Tiny brushes | If you’re painting a space that has some small areas or tricky edges (bathroom for example), use a tiny paint brush for touch ups.

Painter Tape | I typically don’t use painters tape for edges as I never remember to pull the tape off before the paint dries (waiting until the paint dries often causes the tape to pull up the paint. Super frustrating). But when I painted my bathroom I did put tape around our shower and sink counters to protect the spaces.

Paint Edger | Hands down my favorite item. Since I don’t use painters tape all the time, this is my go-to item to paint edges. I was skeptical at first, scared to try anything outside of painters tape. Since we have orange peel walls throughout our home, I’ve found that a paint edger ends up working MUCH better.

Drop Cloth | No matter how hard I try to not spill any paint, it always happens. I used to simply put down garbage bags, but soon realized that a drop cloth, even a cheap one, was a worthwhile purchase.

Ladder | No matter how tall you are, a ladder is helpful for those hard to reach high corners and edging.

Paint Roller Frame | After painting the edges with a paint edger and corners with a small brush, I always use a paint roller on the walls no matter how small the space. Paint application will look much more even and it takes a fraction of the time than using a paintbrush.

10 Roller Refills | I splurge on paint roller refills. Too many times I’ve purchased cheap ones only to find the fuzz from the roller permanently ending up on my walls. Semi-smooth work best for textured walls (think orange peel), while smooth are best for flat walls.

11 Paint Can Lid | This was a game changer for me. It prevents paint from dripping all along the side of the can when pouring paint into the paint tray. Thus preventing the inevitable paint mess all over the floor.

12 Paint Roller Extension Pole | I resisted from purchasing one of these for way too long. Once I finally bit the bullet and bought one, my painting time cut down significantly. As well as the mess I was making. If you have an extension pole, there’s also less need for a ladder.

13 Small Angled Brush | Your roller and edger won’t get into the crevasses so a small brush is needed. I always get one that’s angled as it makes the job much easier.

14 Paint Pail | When painting corners or touching up tiny spaces with a paint brush, lugging a can of paint is not only heavy, but often messy. Having a smaller bucket to pour a portion of paint in makes the job significantly easier.

 


Painting Tips

Use a hammer AND an old towel when closing up a paint can. Place the lid on top of the can and put a towel over the lid. Then place the towel over top. Softly hammer the sides of the lid closed. The towel will prevent extra paint from splattering everywhere (if this has happened to you, you know how frustrating it is).

Smart paint storage is important after you finish painting a room. You’ll want to make sure you remember which paint can goes with which room and ensure you know the exact color used. Earlier in the year I got my paint cans all organized and labeled.

Use a ziplock bag to put outlet covers and screws in before you start painting. Between the drop cloth and all the paint supplies scattered throughout the room, it can be tricky to find tiny pieces. Plus it’s super annoying to search a room for a tiny screw!

If your walls are dirty or in a high traffic area, it’s a good idea to clean them before painting. No matter how much I clean our home, we end up with lots of dog hair throughout the house. I didn’t think Reagan spent a lot of time in our bathroom, but sure enough dog hair finds its way there. A quick wipe down with a damp rag and a little time to dry did the trick.

For most paint jobs, you’ll need two coats. While waiting for the first coat to dry, I put my roller and paint brushes inside a ziplock bag that’s placed in the freezer. This prevents the paint from drying and the brushes from getting damaged. Ten minutes before I’m ready to paint the second coat, I take the brushes out of the freezer to thaw.

Prevent layers of paint from drying on to your paint tray by lining with aluminum foil before pouring in the paint. Once you’re done painting simply let the remaining paint dry on to the aluminum and then throw it away!

our must have paint supplies and top tips!

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Who else finds coins all over the house? Here’s our latest organization solution specifically to store all that loose change! 

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 that loose change with:

 ||| DIY Coin Holder |||

While I never find change in my couch (lots of dog hair instead 🙂 ), I do find lots of change at the bottom of my purse, in pockets of my jeans, in our car and lots of places in between. I wanted to centralize where I stored loose coins to one location large enough to hold lots of change until it was worth a trip to the bank. A large glass jar (think spaghetti jar) seemed to be the perfect size and price. I scored one for 50 cents at Goodwill. While the size was right, the function and design left lots to be desired. I wanted a true piggy bank style coin drop (as opposed to a screw off lid) to make depositing loose change easy. A little pop of color and design was needed since the jar will be sitting out in the open.

I never pass up an opportunity to spray paint things. ANYthing. I fancy myself somewhat of a spray paint connoisseur, if there ever was one. So armed with spray paint, here’s my quick and easy solution to storing loose change:

Coin Holder Supplies

  • One glass jar (use an old spaghetti sauce jar or find plenty in the dishware section of any thrift store)
  • Painters tape
  • Spray paint (I used white for the jar and gold for the lid)
  • Lettered stickers
  • Coin lid (I found this one on Etsy)
  • Protective gloss spray
  • LOTS of change!

Instructions

While I could have just spray painted both jar and lid, I wanted to add a label. A fun way to incorporate lettering on clear products is to use stickers and spray paint over the letters, making the font clear with the background in color. To ensure the placement of the stickers was even, I first placed painters tape around the jar and added the letters directly above. Once the stickers were placed on the jar, I removed the painters tape.

Both the jar and the lid got spray painted. I considered DIY’ing a coin drop lid, but the tutorials I found online looked cumbersome and tricky. Once I realized I could buy a coin lid on Etsy for a couple dollars, it was a no brainer. (there’s times when BUY instead of DIY is better. The lid was a definite buy.)

I opted for a white jar with a gold lid. This coin holder is going to sit in my laundry room (where most of the loose change ends up), with the possibility of moving it to the kitchen. So I wanted something simple, yet fun: white with a little gold.

Slowly but firmly peel off the stickers. I repeat, SLOWLY. If the stickers tear, scrape lightly with a butter knife to remove the excess. This last step is purely option, but I always do it for any spray paint projects.

Spray a clear protective coat over the entire jar and lid. This will help prevent the paint from scratching off and getting nicked, as it may with normal ‘wear and tear’.

one of our favorite organizational solutions: coin holder!

Final step is my favorite … Fill it up!

easiest DIY for all that loose change: DIY coin holder

The coin holder fit perfect in the laundry room basket I’m using to hold our detergent, bleach and stain remover. (I transferred all those products into matching containers with labels attached to the side. One of my favorite long lasting DIYs to date.)

 

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 | Domestically Creative Kim | Made in a Day
Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled Pili | Sweet Things
Debra | Shoppe No. 5 Sue | A Purdy Little House Chelc | Inside the Fox Den
Kimm | Reinvented Ann | Duct Tape and Denim Sara | Twelve on Main
Kim | Farmhouse Made Toni | Small Home Soul Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela
Michelle | Our Crafty Mom Marie | DIY Adulation Chelsea | Making Manzanita
Leanna | Of Faerie and Fauna Denise | My Thrifty House Lindsay | Crazy Organized
Florence | Vintage Southern Picks Shirley | Intelligent Domestications

FOLLOW ALONG ON OUR PINTEREST BOARD FOR MORE UPCYCLED INSPIRATION!

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Brilliant DIY coin holder storage solution!

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

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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 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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