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!

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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

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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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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!

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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.

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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

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to check out all of the other creative upcycle projects my fellow bloggers have come up with!

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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