Pantry Closet Renovation

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Every area of my pantry renovation has been finished for a few weeks, except for one spot.  The closet.  It’s a space that I seriously had to ignore because I was so overwhelmed.  Each time I opened the door I wanted to close it again!  Want to see what I am talking about?  Here you go:

I hope this photo makes some of you feel better!  It was a hot mess.  This week was time to get it done, and I had to build myself up for it.  I worked with Extra Space Storage to come up with a simple DIY project to organize a closet and was able to take over their stories – it was so much fun.  Now it’s time to show you too.

I decided to take the same idea that I used in building my pantry shelves and make a smaller version of them. If you would like to see a recap of the other projects I have done in completing this room, you can check them out here:

Step One – Clean It Out

With the help of Extra Space Storage, I finally had the guts to start.  First things first – CLEAN IT OUT.  This took some time because I had to figure out what to keep and what had to go.  I ended up giving a few bags to our local thrift store and that felt great.

Step Two – Assessment

I needed to figure out what I needed stored in this area.  My pantry is a mudroom, homework room, craft room and storage room.  It wears alot of hats for sure!

The closet needed to house snow clothes, crafts, sewing machines, purses and food.  How on earth was I going to get it all in there?  Since it’s my only optional space, I had to make it work.

Step Three – Build Shelving

For the top shelf in the closet, I decided to build shelving to make it more effective use of space.  This area would house all my crafts. I used the 2×4 stud format from the original pantry design.  This is what it looked like on a larger scale:

I wanted just one small shelf and took my height and length measurements.  I ended up needing 2×4 boards cut at:

  • 2 boards at 11 inches long (photo below)
  • 4 boards at 36 inches long (photo below)
  • 2 boards 51 inches long

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I measured where I wanted my storage solutions before I attached the 11 inch board to the 36 inch boards.  I then mounted this to the wall on the top shelf.  I did the same for the other side, then mounted the 51 inch boards with screws to make the shelf.  I ended up using three 2×4 boards which cost under $10.

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This was super easy and very inexpensive shelving.

Secondly I added small 1×6 boards to the back wall with hooks to house my purses.  They were hung above the door so they can’t be seen when you look into the closet.

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For the next shelf I used shelving from Ikea called IVAR.  It is very inexpensive and easy to put together on your own. This would house my extra groceries.  If you aren’t interested in building something on your own, this is a really great option for you.  Their buckets and bins are also a great price point.

Step Four – Sewing Station

I needed a roll away cart to house my sewing machine and supplies. I found a cart also from Ikea that we were able to put together in an hour.  It’s call the FORHOJA Kitchen Cart and was $109.  The wheels make it super easy to move in and out of the closet.

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Step Five – Organization

I loved being able to throw away things I wasn’t using – yah Marie Kondo! I cleaned out clothes and crafts, then put the rest of the items I was going to keep in organized bins.  It was like a breath of fresh air!

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I loved connecting with Extra Space for this mini renovation.  The pantry closet is complete which make the entire pantry finally finished.  Yah!

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How to Build a Pantry Shelf under $50

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How to Build a Pantry Shelf under $50

The final plans for this DIY Pantry Shelf, made from 2×4’s, is finally here!  I am so excited to announce that I have collaborated with the amazing Ashley Basnight from HandmadeHaven to help me create digital plans for you to follow.  She is amazing!  Her Instagram handle is SmashingDIY and you can follow her here.  Make sure to pin these graphics so you can use them later!

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The entire step by step project is linked to her Handmade Haven Blog Series here. I created the project and she created the plans – we made such a great team.  We will do a few more of these projects together this year and I can not wait.  Ashley is a lead blogger in DIY’s and you do not want to miss a single post she shares!

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I am listing everything you will need for this project.  Then head over to Handmade Haven for the steps to get it done!

Supplies Needed 

  • 2 x 4’s (20-22 depending on lengths needed)
  • Kreg screws (60 2 1/2 inch)
  • 2 inch screws (36)
  • 2 1/2 inch wall screws (6)
  • Paint color of your choice (I used Real Milk Paint Company – Arabian Night and White mixed)
  • Stain color of your choice (I used Varathayne Briarsmoke)
  • Choice of top coat (I used Real Milk Paint Top Wax)
  • Paint and stain supplies
  • Sand paper (I used 100 grit)

Tools Needed 

  • Hand drill
  • Miter saw
  • Kreg Jig
  • Level
  • Measuring Tape
  • Stud Finder
  • Sander

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You will learn the process in 8 simple steps:

Step One – Take Measurements

Step Two – Purchase Materials 

Step Three – Cutting Wood 

Step Four – Sand, Paint and Stain

Step Five – Pocket Holes 

Step Six – Mount Boards 

Step Seven – Put Your Shelf Together

Step Eight – Add Shelves

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Want to see how I organized it?  Head to this post to watch the tutorial and get all the links to the products I used!

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I hope you enjoy this post and let me know if you have any questions!

Kelly

 

 

 

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 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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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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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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DIY STENCILED CHARGERS

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

Fall Table DIY Decor

Featuring DIY Table Decor by CITYGIRLMEETSFARMBOY

This post contains sponsored products that I wanted to share with my readers.  These do not include affiliate links.  But I have attached where to purchase these products if you are interested.  Similar products for fall decorating can be found on my affiliate link through Amazon here.  I will add a list of all my references at this end of this post. 

Fall is such a beautiful time of year, and an exciting time to refresh your home. It doesn’t have to cost a lot to add fall touches to your spaces!  Join me on this amazing Fall Blog Tour and get inspired! A huge thank you to Brendt from She Gave It A Go for hosting. If you are joining me from Amanda’s Blog Midcountry Journal – welcome! Be sure to head over to Merichelle’s Blog We’re the Joneses next on the tour. Continue reading “Fall Table DIY Decor”

Easy Stamped Wood Chargers

I love using my wood chargers on my table settings, especially during the fall holidays.  They are so versatile, easy to use and easy to make.  I first learned about wood chargers from The Shanty Sisters – these gals are my mentors in so many ways (and they don’t even know it!).  Here is a link to their blog post on where I learned how to make them:

Shanty2Chic Wood Chargers

At the time I made these, a Kreg was way out of my wheel house (I was too nervous to use it!).  So I glued my strips together with wood glue and clamped until dry.  If you want to use a Kreg Jig, see my post below for instructions – I love mine now once I tried it!  Additionally, I have a link for more chargers and used stencils to decoration them below.

The Kreg Jig – You Can Do It!

Do It Yourself Stenciled Chargers

You can watch my 60 second video tutorial here and then follow all for all the details!

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Easy Summer Styling Tour

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Welcome to our Easy Summer Styling Tour! I am so tickled to be joining 16 talented bloggers this week is sharing ideas of how to create summer spaces for your home.  We know you will leave with lots of new thoughts on how to recreate your space for the summer.

If you are joining me from Sarahs Blog – Dreaming of Homemaking, I am so glad you’re here!  Afterwards please head over to Lauras Blog – The Turquoise Home to keep touring.  A special thank you to Kelly from A Tattered Pew who is the host of this tour – she’s amazing on so many levels.

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Spring Tablescape with Stenciled Chargers

Spring TableScape Decor

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Welcome to CityGirlmeetsFarmBoy!  You are probably joining me from Michelle with The Painted Hinge Blog, isn’t she amazing?  Next you will hop over to Kelly from the Live Laugh Rowe Blog to get even more inspiration!  I am so excited to be participating in this Spring Blog Hop hosted by Kendra from Joy In Our Home.

Today I am showcasing simple ways to create a spring tablescape using stenciled chargers.  Depending on the mood I am in, I will decorate my table super simple or full of decor.  What is your style?  I hope you will find some new ideas as you join me.

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Stenciled Chargers

The main focus of my tablescape this season was stenciled chargers.  I love wood chargers as my placemats because they are so inexpensive and versatile.  I showcase  how to create your own chargers on my Do It Yourself Stenciled Chargers blog post here.  I give all the details on how to cut your wood, what types of paint to use, and where to grab your stencils!  I love The Renaissance Tile Set B from Royal Design Studio Stencils found here.

It came in different sizes and with multiple forms.  You will love all their styles!  Here is a quick review of how to make the chargers:

Once they are dry you are ready to go!

Now it’s time to add some decor to the centerpiece.  I have to admit, I am a very simple decorator.  I usually do not add a lot of centerpiece decor to my table because I can’t see over it to talk to my kids at dinner.  Let me give you a few ideas of how to add simple or not so simple decorations.

Step 1 – Your Base

You will decide about a few things:

1.  Tablecloth verses NO tablecloth

2.  Tablerunner verses NO tablerunner

3.  Placemat verses NO placemat

Any choice is a great choice – anything works because it’s your home and your style.  For my first setting I chose:

1.) YES on TABLECLOTH

2.) NO on TABLE RUNNER

3.) YES on PLACEMATS.

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Step 2 – Your Place Settings

You get to be super creative here!  No need to have expensive things.  I buy dishes from Ross Dress for Less (very inexpensive) as well as my round rope chargers.   Here are a few more choices to make:

1. Chargers verses NO chargers

2. Desired dishes

3. Napkin style

4. Silverware verses NO silverware

Here is a step by step of how I created my place settings this season:

Add your tablecloth and round charger

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Add your stenciled wood charger

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Add your dinner plate

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Add your salad plate

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Add your napkin & silverware – any style will do

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For my napkins I grabbed the center and shook the napkin to fall naturally.  I added some string and placed a name card in the center (found these at Michaels for super cheap).

So easy!  I keep my placemats set at all times so that it feels like dinner is almost ready, even though most of the time I haven’t even started!

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Step 3 – Centerpiece

I am going to show you three ways I fiddled with my centerpiece.  I chose to look for things in my home that would last (I wish I could have fresh flowers all the time but I can’t!) and I had laying around.  You can shop The Dollar Store, Michaels, Joann’s, Ross and TJ Max for some inexpensive decor items.

Theme ONE – Simple

I added three flower pots in a horizontal line.   This is simple and pleasing to the eye, especially if your place settings are a more “busy” look.

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Three’s and five’s are always a good numbering style.

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Theme TWO –  Simple “ish”

You can add more flowers and bases to the center.  Sometimes a tablerunner is a perfect look for a more in depth style.  Adding greenery under items adds to the look.

Here I glued wood flowers into foam squares, then inserted them into a wood tray I received from Devanie at KrumpetsHome.com – her decor is amazing and priced really well.  Check out all her styles and designs in her online store here – you will love it!

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Theme THREE – Not Simple

For special occasions I will create a more detailed setting.  Once again there is no right or wrong way to do this.  Search Pinterest and Instagram for ideas and save the ones that speak to you and your style.

For my space I wanted neutral colors.  I added lanterns, candlesticks, wood signs and greenery until I was satisfied.  You will fiddle with your space until you like it, and sometimes that takes time.  I will often change something the next day just because it doesn’t look right.

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Adding wood signs is always fun, KrumpetsHome has SO MANY for cheap.

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I also added some burlap for a natural addition.

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Setting a table is truly all about your own creativity and what you are feeling at the time.  It is never wrong, so be careful not to compare yourself or what you have to others.  Remember that your family is so lucky to have you and the care that you give your home.  You are irreplaceable!

Good luck this spring and have a blast decorating your home.  Let us know if you need help with those chargers!

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Love,

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PS – Enjoy the rest of the Blog Hop Tour today with these amazing feeds!

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Tablescapes on Monday

Timeless Creations | The Crowned Goat | The Painted Hinge
City Girl Meets Farm Boy | Live Laugh Rowe

 Vignettes on Tuesday    Joy In Our Home | Kingsbury Brook Farm | Chatfield Court
Curly Crafty Mom | 2 Bees in a Pod

 Recipes on Wednesday

Love In My Oven | Countryside Cravings | Crisp Collective
Berly’s Kitchen | Kelly Lynns Sweets & Treats

 Front Porches on Thursday

White Arrows Home  | DIY Beautify | Poofing the Pillows
Little Brags | Noting Grace

 Mantles on Friday

Repurpose and Upcycle  | Pennies From Heaven Home
The Homemaking Momma  | A Brick Home

Do It Yourself Stenciled Chargers

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How to Make Stenciled Chargers

I am so in love with wood chargers for my tablescape.  I discovered them years ago from the Shanty2Chic sisters (you can read their blog post here), and I made my first set just as they said.  I then decided to create another set using a much simpler method, and since then I have made over 20 sets!  Follow along so I can teach you too how to make these inexpensive additions to your table settings.

Here is my 60 second video that you can also watch on Youtube here.

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Do It Yourself – Plumbers Pipe Shelf

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I love the look of plumbers pipe.  It fits my Farmhouse Industrial style.  A friend asked me to build her some shelving for her hubby’s office, so I decided I had better practice on my kitchen first!  Here is what I found:

  • Plumbers Pipe is so easy to use
  • Plumbers Pipe is so messy
  • Plumbers Pipe is expensive
  • Plumbers Pipe looks awesome

You have to decide if the dirty/expensive part is worth to ease/look.  For me, it totally is.  I love it that much!

Check out my 60 second DIY video tutorial on the shelf I made, then follow along for step by step help to make your own!

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