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
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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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
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   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       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     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        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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Take a look at all these bloggers’ amazing thrift store projects:


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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 all electronic hair products with

 ||| Hair Dryer Storage |||

As a lover of affordable solutions of ANY kind, I’ve paired up with 19 extremely talented bloggers to bring 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. (Scroll to the bottom to see my fellow bloggers’ projects!)

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    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     Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek

Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things     Sherry | Savvy Apron

Ann | Duct Tape and Denim     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars

Megan | C’mon Get Crafty     Jennifer | Hydrangea Hippo

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


Last week we talked about the bathroom A LOT. In fact that’s ALL we talked about on the blog … cleaning, organizing & scrubbing. With good reason. Bathrooms are easy to overlook when organizing is concerned. Most of us don’t want to downsize the number of items we have in our bathrooms and there’s only so many containers one person can have under their sink. Right?!

The items that take up SO much room in my bathroom are my hair dryer, curling iron and straightener as well as their cords! (I have HUGE hatred of cords taking up a lot of room apparently.) I’ve been in search for the perfect basket to place these in for a while now. Nothing seemed to work. Regular bins didn’t do the trick and the newest organizing products made for hair dryers seemed to take up too much room in my cabinets.

Then a light bulb went off when I was at Goodwill last week staring right at these tall narrow clear vases. THESE were going to be my storage solution, with a little DIY.

Hair Dyer, Curling Iron & Straightener Storage

Materials Needed

  • Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Gloss Spray Paint: this is the ONLY pray paint I use. It’s a favorite amongst DIY bloggers. For this project I used these pink, teal and dark blue colors.
  • Superglue
  • Glass containers: These were my thrift store finds. I bought two taller ones (for a curling iron & straightener) and one shorter one (for my hair dryer).
  • Plastic bags
  • Painters Tape: Always get the good painters tape. I’ve found that the cheap stuff just doesn’t work as well and can completely ruin your project! I typically use Scotch brand, but Frog is another good option.

Instructions:

The VERY first thing that I do when starting a new DIY is to wash off the items that I’m working on. Especially since we’re spray painting it! The next step is to use your painters tape to designate the area that you want to add some color to. Make sure there’s no air bubbles by pressing your thumbs around the tape after you applied it to smooth out any bumps. I like the idea of adding color to the BOTTOM of the class containers as opposed to the top. With day to day use even the best spray paint will eventually chip. So keeping the spray paint at the bottom will of the containers will ensure that the color stays put.

Then place the plastic bags over the top of the containers adhering them with more painters tape. This is to ensure that our spray paint ONLY gets on the bottom of the containers and no where else.

Now we’re ready to spray paint. I always use cardboard boxes on top of garbage bags to do the spray painting. This ensures that the spray paint doesn’t make a mess. I used three light coats of spray paint to get the right color. Make sure you wait AT LEAST 30 minutes in between each coat. If you’re new to spray painting, make sure to check out my top 10 tips for a successful spray painted DIY.

Once the containers are dry, remove the painters tape SLOWLY and the plastic bags. Next we’re going to glue the containers together. This step is optional, but personally I really like it. Having the three containers glued together makes all of them more sturdy and easier to use when you’re taking out and putting away your hair products from your cabinet.

After adding a strip of super glue to a glass container, I lined them up next to my cutting board before pressing onto the other container. The cutting board helped make sure the containers stay in an even row.  You don’t have to use a cutting board … really anything straight & heavy. A wall would actually work as well! I held the jars together with both hands for a couple minutes to ensure the glue dried.


The hair dryer fits best in the shortest container. I put the straightener and curling iron in the two taller ones.

This is the perfect solution to ensure my hair products stay organized and take up as little room as possible!

 

Step by step guide to this brilliant DIY storage solution for your hair dryer, straightener and curling iron. No more cords dangling all over!

 

 

 

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