How To Organize Your Pantry – Budget Friendly Ideas

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Affiliate links are used to help my readers find the products I have featured in the post, in collaboration with The Container Store.  I hope you find these helpful as you shop for budget friendly items for your pantry!    

Welcome to CityGirlmeetsFarmBoy, I am glad you are here!  This Organizing Your Home Blog Hop is sponsored by The Container Store and I am so excited to share with you my favorite budget friendly items as I organize my pantry.  You may be joining me from DesigsnbyKaran – isn’t she wonderful?! Each talented blogger in this series will share simple and effective ways to organize different spaces in their home – make sure to visit each one of them while you are here!  You next stop will be with Kelly at TheTatteredPew.

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9 Spring Cleaning Tips & Organization Ideas

Grace In My Space | Mid County Journal | Crisp Collective
She Gave It A Go | Jenna Kate At Home | Designs By Karan
City Girl Meets Farm Boy | The Tattered Pew | Aratari At Home

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A Compete Guide to Creating Spaces Part Three – Implementation

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Here’s what do expect from our Complete Guide to Creating Spaces Series:

Part One: Inspiration – February 6

Part Two: Realization – February 13

Part Three: Implementation – February 20

We will discuss how each of us find our inspiration, how we take it from dream to realization, and finally how we make it come true – implementation.

Decorating spaces can be difficult when you do not know where to start.  This is the last post of a three part series I have written (with some amazing other bloggers) to help you find simple ways to decorate your spaces.  After INSPIRATION and REALIZATION, it is now time for IMPLEMENTATION.   Make sure to check out each of these blogs and the amazing tips they share.  Each image is pinnable to save to your Pinterest page as well!

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Grace In My Space | Aratari At Home | Citygirl Meets Farmboy

She Gave It A Go | Midcounty Journal

 

I have discussed ways to find your design style and how utilizing Pinterest can give us tons of inspiration (read that post here).  Then I offered ideas on how to find exactly WHAT you want and HOW to make it possible (read that post here).  Finally, I am sharing ideas of gaining the courage to actually implement the decorations you have dreamed of.

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DIY FARMHOUSE SIGN 

Step One – Project Supplies

Now that you know WHAT project you can afford to do, it’s time to figure out the exact things you NEED to make it happen.  If you are not used to doing DIY projects, I would recommend finding a blog who has already done your project and given step by step instructions on how to do it.  This will be extremely helpful and give you confidence. Some of the blogs I love are:

Shanty2Chic – This is my number one go to blog for DIY projects

Ana White

Sawdust 2 Stitches

Pretty Handy Girl – She also has an amazing list of DIY Blogs here

If you are handy and have done projects on your own before, you may feel ready to figure out the project on your own.  Here are the steps I follow:

  • Figure out all the supplies you have
  • Measure out all the supplies you need
  • Take all your measurements
  • Purchase the supplies

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DIY LAMINATE WOOD WALL 

Step Two – Plan Your Day

It is hard to work on a project 5 minutes here and five minutes there.  It can be done but it does make it more stressful.  I like to plan a day that I am able to focus my energy completely to getting the job done.  It is usually when kids leave for school, and I stop working when they get home.  Often I keep working on it once they go to bed.

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Step Three – Build It

Are you ready to go?  You have done all the prep work and now it’s time to make or build your project.   You might be nervous, but you don’t need to be.  Mistakes along the way are the best learning opportunity.  Most of my DIY projects have “issues”.  I don’t care, I learned something with each “issue” I had.  And it made me a better builder.  Almost anything can be fixed my friends!

  1. Gather all your tools and supplies in one place
  2. Make sure you have "messy" clothes on so they can get dirty
  3. Have all of your directions ready
  4. Don't rush the project - take your time
  5. Ask for help if you need it
  6. Youtube can be your best buddy

 

Safety Notes: If you are doing something with the electrical wall jack, make sure you turn the power off.  Always unplug your power tools when you are not using them.  Always wear safety goggles.  Cover your carpet before you paint.  And stop if you are frustrated.  You can always go back in when you are ready.  Getting frustrated usually makes for a messy project.  These are all things I learned the hard way my friends!

Now just get started.  Make the first cut.  Paint the first wall.  Nail the first piece of trim.  YOU GOT THIS.

Once your are done, celebrate!  You should be so proud of yourself!

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Step Four – Decorate It

This is the funnest part!  Once again, this can also be overwhelming.  Make sure you go back to your Pinterest boards and get the inspiration you need.  Your budget may have dwindled by now, and I do not believe decorations need to be expensive!

FIRST THINGS FIRST – Shop Your Home.  What do you have in your home that can be moved around or put somewhere else?  Try fiddling with the decor you have and see if it is enough to make a difference.  Feel free to find a photo and copy it.  There is no copyright to decorating!  That is why decorators share their ideas, so that we all can benefit.  I often do this with a mantel or small area.  Once I copy the image, I then can move pieces around to make it my own.  It’s a great first step.

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If you do need to shop for a few things, I am adding my favorite budget shops for you to check out.  I always SELL BEFORE I BUY.  Meaning, I get rid of things in my home and sell them on social media before I go out shopping.  It makes your new items basically free!

Shopping Time

  • Deseret Industries
    • A Christian owned thrift store, all over the country
  • Antique or Thrift Stores
    • Be careful because some stores are way over priced
  • Amazon
    • They have so many deals on home decor and free shipping
  • Kohls
    • They have higher prices but when you have the 30% off coupon and get Kohls Cash, it’s a good deal
  • Ross Dress for Less and TJ Max
    • They get great decor in all the time (Ross is usually cheaper than TJ Max, but more picked over)
  • Joann or Michaels
    • I always use my 40% off coupon on their apps when I shop (they have tons of fun home decor)
  • Kirklands
    • They have really great sales and you get coupons if you sign up for their newsletter
  • RC Willey Clearance Center
    • If you have an RC Willey by you, see if they have a clearance center – their prices are so awesome!
  • Costco
    • They have such good deals on furniture, wood flooring and appliances – with the best return policy ever!

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Once you are all done, stand back and admire your work.  You did it.  You figured it out.  I hope you like what you see.  Often I will close my eyes and open them again just to see my work.  Then I walk away and then turn around really fast to see it again!  Decorating and creating can bring so much satisfaction to your soul.  I hope you are proud of yourself!  Send me photos so I can see your work too!

Love, Kelly

 

PS – Need more ideas on how to create an entire room in 6 weeks?  Come read my One Room Challenge Project from last year, and see how I got from this:

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to this:

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Exterior Design Ideas for Your Home

This month I am excited to welcome back Jesse Hughes as my guest blogger, who has been teaching me about exterior home ideas.  This is a big DIY project that I am not ready to commit to on my own.  There is a lot to understand and analyze since this is such a large undertaking.  We aren’t ready yet, but it is always good to have some ideas brewing right?

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She teaches us things to look for when deciding on exterior siding, also called cladding.

Cladding is a covering or coating on a structure or material.  

Additionally, check out my Pinterest page for different ideas of home exteriors of here.

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Buyer’s Guide for Exterior Siding/Cladding

Once you see the number of options available you’ll quickly appreciate that it can be difficult to choose the right siding/cladding for your home.

Fortunately, this guide will help you to narrow down the options and then make your final decision, based on what will suit your home and budget best.

It is important to note that not all siding specialists are the same, you need to choose a firm that offers the very best home cladding in Sydney.

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Verify The Options

When your cladding or wall covering starts to deteriorate, damp can get into the walls of your house and cause an array of issues. Replacing, or adding cladding can quickly rectify this issue and transform the look of your home.

There are many different styles and materials to choose from, including metal, timber, vinyl, or even fiber cement. All of these can be created in different colors; some can also be painted to meet your exact requirements.

Knowing the options will allow you to visualize the finished product on your home.

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Check Planning

In general, it is possible to fit any cladding to your home. However, since the Grenfell disaster in England, some states are tightening their regulations. It is always worth giving your local planning office a call or a visit to verify that all the options you are looking at are acceptable.

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Look At Your Neighbors

If you’re cladding your own home you can use any material you want, in line with the planning regulations. However, you must also consider the fact that you need to continue living there.

Take a moment to look at the style and finish of your neighbor’s houses. You should really try to keep your home within the same style range. If you don’t you are likely to upset them and potentially cause yourself issues.

If you really want to be radically different you can either use different cladding according to what the neighbors can see, or you can talk to your neighbors first to explain your intentions.

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Budget

Cladding is surprisingly affordable and will last for 10 or even 20 years, it’s definitely a long term investment.

However, that doesn’t mean you should pick anything. You must look at your finances and set yourself an affordable budget, this will help you to focus on choosing between the cladding options you can afford.

To help you see how far your budget can go it’s a good idea to get a few quotes in. This will give you the amount of cladding you need and the potential installation cost.

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Installation

It is advisable to have the cladding installed by a professional. They will do the job much faster than you as they have all the necessary tools. In addition, their handiwork will be covered by a warranty which will give you peace of mind should you have an issue in the future.

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Maintenance Considerations

Some cladding needs a pressure wash every year and nothing else, other types may need to be washed and painted/treated every year. It is important you understand what the maintenance is before you purchase your cladding, it could make a difference to your decision.

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I hope this gave you a few more ideas as you think about the exterior design of your home.  With so many options I am confident you will find something amazing!

Love,

Kelly

A Complete Guide to Creating Spaces Part Two: Realization

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Welcome to A Complete Guide to Creating Spaces Part Two: Realization.  After getting so many questions from our readers about how we come up with our home decor ideas, some friends and I decided to write a 3 part blog series on how we do just that!  Make sure to check out these ladies blogs as well for more ideas on REALIZATION.

Grace In My Space | Aratari At Home | Citygirl Meets Farmboy

She Gave It A Go | Midcounty Journal

Continue reading “A Complete Guide to Creating Spaces Part Two: Realization”

A Complete Guide to Creating Spaces Part One: Inspiration

 

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I get messages all the time from women who feel less confident in their abilities to beautify their home. It’s scary to take the first step and often we fill unqualified to be a decorator (this couldn’t be farther from the truth my friends.)

So today, some talented decorators and I are going to share our home design ideas in a fun 3 part series. Are you ready to get some simple ideas to gain confidence in how to turn your home into a place you love to be!? Let’s do this!  And don’t forget to head to each of my homegirls listed above to see their guide to creating spaces as well!

Grace In My Space | Aratari At Home | Citygirl Meets Farmboy

She Gave It A Go | Midcounty Journal

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Tips for todays post – pin all the images you want to your Pinterest page for future reference.  And make sure to head to all five of these amazing blog posts and mark your calendars for Part 2 of this series!

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DIY FARMHOUSE SIGN

Decorating comes easy to some and not so easy to others. I definitely have fit into the ladder category. I have felt overwhelmed and unsure of myself when it came to committing something to my home. Nervous I would mess up and my home would be permanently damaged.  I would get so stressed and envious of other homes and wish I could “do what they could do.” I worked for years at getting better at taking care of my home, and now it’s a much easier process for me.  I know it can be for you as well.

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Here’s what do expect from our Complete Guide to Creating Spaces Series:

Part One: Inspiration – February 6

Part Two: Realization – February 13

Part Three: Implementation – February 20

We will discuss how each of us find our inspiration, how we take it from dream to realization, and finally how we make it come true – implementation.

Part One – Inspiration

Sometimes we don’t even know where to begin. When I was a little girl I would walk around Mervyn’s and dream about decorating my home. Later in college I would cut JC Penney catalog photos and glue them to my mood board in interior design class. But now we have the best mood board ever – it’s called Pinterest.

(You can follow all my Pinterest boards right here!)

The invention of Pinterest has opened us up to worlds of ideas – only limited to how fast you can enter in your search idea. So if you are needing ideas, needing encouragement, needing inspiration – Pinterest is a great place to start.

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If you do not have an account – sign up here. If you don’t know how to create boards – learn about that here. This is your starting point.

When I moved into my current home, with it’s basic white floor plan, I had to completely change up my decorating style because my previous home was Tuscan style. I created different Pinterest boards for different rooms in my home. I added boards for wood walls, DIY projects, and backyard ideas. Over the course of a few months I had stockpiled quite a few pins of things that I loved. I started to notice a pattern of what I enjoyed.

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DIY BARN DOOR

Have you wondered what “style” you are in regards to home decorating? I sure did. I honestly didn’t even know what the difference was between styles and if you were “allowed” to have multiple favorites. There is actually more styles than I realized. DedorAid.com shares 20 design styles for 2019. Here are just a few:

  • Contemporary
  • Rustic
  • Shabby Chic
  • French Country
  • Coastal
  • Bohemian
  • Modern Farmhouse
  • Industrial

Amara.com goes into further detail of the styles in The LuxPad Definitive Guide found here. It’s a good read and very informative.  If you aren’t sure you what style you are, go take this quiz from Better Homes and Gardens here! Once you take the quiz and let me know what design style you are!

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Now you are ready to start searching Pinterest for styles to focus on. Head to the search bar and type in things like “Bohemian Style Living Room” or “French Country Kitchens.” Lots of ideas will pop up and you can start adding to the boards you have made. You can add as many pins as you want, there is no limit!

Here is my example:

After looking at so many ideas I realized I was Farmhouse – Rustic – Industrial.  Mixing these design ideas were perfect for me. Shiplap and Joanna Gaines spoke to me in particularly. I pinned images according to rooms in my house, the sky was the limit. Even if I knew it was impossible to afford or make myself, I pinned it anyway. I wanted to build things and make projects. Want to see what that board ended up looking like? Click here to see!

Secondly I fell in love with farmhouse decor items. Even though I knew I couldn’t buy them all, I pinned over 100 items that spoke to me, see that here. Finally, I was on a budget which meant I had to do a lot of the work myself. I had followed the Shanty2Chic sisters for years and loved their work. This board became one of my favorites.

I dreamed of shiplap walls. I had no idea how to do it or what it entailed. But I wanted it. So here are ideas that inspired me from that Pinterest board I had created (tap on photo to take you to creators website):

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I had completed my first step – I was inspired! I had no idea how or what I was going to do, but I knew what I wanted.

So now I have some homework for you! I promise it will be fun.

  1. Create a Pinterest page
  2. Make 5 boards of areas in your home you would like ideas for
  3. Take the interior design quiz here
  4. Pin at least 10 pins per board

That’s it! So easy and so fun. You will start to get ideas swimming in your mind and they can get hard to shut off. Mine actually never do so send help my way!

Next week I will be sharing how to take all this INSPIRATION and turn it into REALIZATION – let’s do this!

And before I go, here are some of my favorite Pinterest boards. You will find so many ideas here – so grab a blanket and get ready to be inspired!

DIY Kitchen Pinterest Board

DIY Bathroom Pinterest Board

DIY Wood Walls Pinterest Board

Farmhouse Style Decor

Head over this blog post to read up on PART TWO!

Love,

Kelly

DIY Farmhouse Window

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I have had a very simple window in my office space for years and decided it was time to dress it up.  I am converting this old office into a pantry and this is my second step in the process.  My first project was to add Peel-N-Stick Wallpaper to spice up the wall.  You can see that super simple tutorial here. Next up will be the pantry shelving!

Once I finished the window treatment, I couldn’t believe how easy it was! I saw lots of ideas on Pinterest and decided upon the Craftsman Style with Fillet and Chasing Cap.  I wasn’t even sure what those words meant – but I was going for it.  I learned this from True Built Home here.

Go follow my Pinterest for ideas (my DIY Window Pinterest Board here).

Here are my before and after photos – it made such a difference.  I learned alot from Liz Forez at LOVEGROWSWILD Blog.  Her post on a very similar window is so helpful.  Read that here.

 

Supplies Needed:

  • 1×4, 1×6, 1×8 and 1×2 MDF boards per measurements of your window (more details to come in step one)
  • Paint and Painting Supplies
  • Painters Tape
  • Caulk and Caulking Gun
  • Spackle and Sand Paper

Tools Needed:

  • Level
  • Stud Finder
  • Measuring Tape
  • Brad Nailer and Air Compressor
  • Miter Saw

 

Step One – Measure Your Windows

You will measure the height and width of your windows.  1×4 boards will be on both sides of your window – exact height.  1×6 board will be your window sill and will extend 3 inches over on each side (width plus 6 inches).  The MDF 1×4, 1×2 and 1×8 boards will also extend over by 3 inches on each side.  I had a 1×8 wood board in the shed so I opted to use that.  At my Home Depot the MDF board was cheaper than the real wood.  Additionally, Home Depot will cut your boards for you!  Read all about it here.

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Step Two – Gather Your Tools

I keep all my tools prepped on the window sill so I am ready to grab them.

Blesser House Blog has another blog post on how to install a similar window and she uses real wood and brad nails with a hammer – no nail gun! It’s a great option if you do not want to use a power tool.

 

Step Three – Find Your Studs

This is important because you want your boards securely in the wall.  I use my Zircon StudSensor and marked it with painters tape.

Step Four – Install Boards

First you want to make sure your boards are evenly spaced 3 inches overlap on each side.  Most blogs tell you to put the two side pieces on first.  I started with the top pieces first.  Either is fine.  Grab your brad nailer and your level – make sure it’s straight before nailing into the studs. I was alone so YES I picked up the nailer with my feet!

I added the 1×8 board first.  I made sure to leave 3/4 inch room to add my 1×2 underneith.

It is very important that your first piece is level.  Check and recheck! It will determine the rest of your placements.

Next I added the top 1×2 piece and the bottom 1×2 piece.

I added the window sill next, but this effected the length of my 1×4 boards on the sides of the window – they were too long.  I had to use my circular saw (or a jig saw) to cut the sill to fit the area.  So if you do not want to make another cut in the 1×4 boards, install them first.  Then measure the window sill to fit second.  You will basically measure and cut out a corner on each side of the 1×6 board. Install with nail gun.

Finally I added the two sides boards and the 1×4 board underneath the window sill.

Step Four – Caulk

You will want to use paintable caulk.  I always use a caulking gun because it’s hard for me to push the caulk out of the tube otherwise.  I apply and then use my finger to make it smooth.  They have tools for this but I like to use my finger instead.  Keep a rag that you can throw away or a baby wipe close to wipe your finger on.

I am not very good at caulking as you an see in the next photo.  It never works super well for me.   If you aren’t either, don’t worry!  You can paint over it.  Just make it as smooth as possible.

Farmboy taught me to place a screw into the top so the caulk will not dry inside it.  Works great for us!

 

Step Five – Spackel & Paint

If you are not using a primed MDF board you will need a coat of primer.  MDF just soaks up the paint otherwise.  Tape your area with painters tape and then add spackle to the small brad nail holes with a puddy knife.  Let dry and sand off.  Wipe off dust with a dry rag and you are ready to paint! I used 2 coats of Sherman Williams White to match my house.

Pulling off the tape is the best part in my opinion.  It means your are done!

This inexpensive project added so much to my new pantry and I love it.  Anyone can add this feature, it’s easier than you think!

Love,

Kelly