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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Wood Ceiling Install – One Room Challenge Week 2

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This One Room Challenge, sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens, is getting me so excited.  My laundry room renovation is under way and the first week project is complete – the wood ceiling install.  It has been sponsored by Wallplanks and I couldn’t be happier with this product.  I will teach you all about it, but first here is my 6 week strategy:

Week One – Orignal Room Reveal (read here)
Week Two – Wood Ceiling
Week Three – Wallpaper and Cupboards
Week Four – Floating Shelves
Week Five – Drying Racks and Folding Table
Week Six – Decorations and Reveal
This post contains affiliate links to help you navigate to products I have used and am showcasing. 

I have seen wood ceilings for some time now and really wanted to try it out in the laundry room.  Additionally, I wanted to use peel and stick wood planks.  I connected to this amazing company and know that their products are good to work with.  Head over to their site at Wallplanks.com to read about the history and how the planks are made.

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Step One – Decide Color and Amount

You can cruise their website to see all the different styles.  I love the rich tones of the Normandy – so that is what I picked.  But they have many different wood stains to choose from!  You will also need to measure the square feet of your space and figure out the amount you need.  They sell them in boxes so you will round up to the next box.  The area I needed covered required 2 boxes. Use my code #CGMFB for 20% off as well!

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Step Two – Find Studs

If you are laying this wood on the floor or a wall, you do not need studs. Quite frankly, it would probably be sticky enough to stay secure on the ceiling, but I decided to find the studs and add a few brad nails into the planks for security.  Find your studs and draw lines so you can see where they are during the whole project.

Step Three – Install

You will want your circular saw or miter saw (I used my Tacklife Miter Saw and you can find that here).  Here are the steps you will repeat:

  • Measure the length you desire

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  • Cut the length you desire

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  • Make sure the tongue and groove are on the exposed side (so you can attach the next piece)

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  • Peel off the backing and press firmly to ceiling (use level)

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  • Make sure to use a level to asure your board is straight
  • Use weighted roller to ensure adhearing

Make sure to stagger your boards how you desire as you continue this process.

The last plank on the final row may need to trimmed to fit the area.  Do this with your circular saw and be careful!

The final product turned out beautiful and only took an afternoon.  I am already trying ot figure out where else I can add Wallplanks Peel and Stick Products!

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Let me know if you have any questions – this was such a fun project!

Love,

Kelly

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 Grow a Simple Spring Tablescape

 

I am excited to be kicking off our Spring Festival Blog Hop today! We have amazing spring ideas being featured all week long.  A big thank you to Kendra from Joy In Our Home for hosting this amazing group of bloggers. If you are joining me from Kelly at The Tattered Pew – welcome! Make sure to head over to Life on Kaydercross Creek to see more spring DIY’s.

 

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Want to create a super simple DIY spring tablescape for your home? Growing wheat grass doesn’t get any easier.

Materials Needed

  • Glass Jar (I used some from The Dollar Tree)
  • Plant Dirt
  • Wheat Berries (a whole wheat kernel found at health stores or on Amazon)
  • Water

Step One – Materials

Set up all the materials needed, which isn’t very many. Glass jars are fun because you can see the roots grow. The Dollar Tree and thrift shops are a great place to shop.

Wheat berries are inexpensive and you only need a tiny bit. Generally sold in health stores or online. Any potting soil will do.

Step Two – Plant

You will add enough dirt to fill the jar 2/3 full. Pack down VERY lightly.

Add a thin layer of wheat berries across the entire top.

Add another thin layer of dirt to cover all of the seeds.

Add water slowly to not make huge holes in the soil. Get all the seeds damp.

Step Three – Watch Grow

Set the jars in a window seal and wait a few days. Soon the seeds will sprout and grow. Keep lightly watered. To much will create mildew. The grass will last for weeks and you can trim as needed. It is edible too!

Enjoy your simple spring tablescape!

 

Make sure to check out our DIY’s, Vignettes, Front Porch and Mantel ideas and spring Recipes – all coming this week!

DIY’s on Monday

Joy In Our Home | Timeless Creations | The Tattered Pew CityGirlmeetsFarmboy |Life on Kaydeross Creek

Vignettes on Tuesday

anderson + grant | Follow The Yellow Brick Home | White Arrows Home | Worthing Court | Camelot Art Creations

Front Porches on Wednesday

County Road 407 | Elizabeth Joan Designs |The Crowned Goat | 2 Bees In A Pod | Sanctuary Home Decor

Mantels on Thursday

DIY Beautify | The Painted Hinge | Making It In the Mountains Grey Birch Designs | The Homemaking Momma

Recipes on Friday

Love In My Oven | Noting Grace | Beyond the ButterConfessions of a Baking Queen | The Sugar Coated Cottage

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

DIY Peel-n-Stick Wallpaper

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I have always wanted to try wall paper but the thought of it intimidates me!  I pictured it filled with wet glue and mess up’s constantly.  And then I heard of Peel-n-Stick Wallpaper and my world changed.  How easy does that sound?  I had to try out.

Continue reading “DIY Peel-n-Stick Wallpaper”

DIY Mini Barn Doors

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I collaborated with two amazing companies for this project – The TAD Company and TACKLIFE Tools.  Both are companies I reached out to because I had researched their products and wanted to work with them.  I am attaching links to their sites to help you in your purchases.  These are not affiliate links.  But I was compensated from these companies in product and I was so excited.  I know you will love them too!

Welcome to our tutorial of mini barn doors for the home.  Go follow us on Instagram here and YouTube here to see all our latest projects!

We love all things barn door over here in the Ballard Home.  Last year I built a darling one for our master bedroom for $75 and you can see that post here.   This time around we needed some Mini Barn Doors for our sons playroom and love how they turned out!

Watch this 60 preview of the process and then follow along for all the instructions.

Continue reading “DIY Mini Barn Doors”

Super Easy Board & Batten Wall with the Zircon StudSensor L70

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This post is in paid partnership with Zircon Corporation.  All opinions are my own and I only collaborate with companies that I use myself in my projects.  I hope these links help you as you learn and grow!

Oh how I love Board and Batten Walls! My very first attempt was on my 40th birthday – all I wanted was to learn how to use a nail gun from Mr. Farmboy. I felt so empowered after that day and a woodworking “She-Ra” was released. Later on, I completed a full Board and Batten Wall in my son’s room – all by myself. You can read all about here – it was an exciting project for me.

So, today I am back at it and partnering with @ZirconTools to bring you a super simple DIY tutorial on how to make a Board and Batten Halfway Wall. Yes, I made up that title! Mr. Farmboy came up with the idea of only going up three-fourth the way up the wall and I loved it – hence this project was born.

 

Check out these before and after photos and watch my full DIY Youtube Tutorial here. Now come follow along and learn how to do this easy project that anyone can do!

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Continue reading “Super Easy Board & Batten Wall with the Zircon StudSensor L70”

DIY Holiday Mantel

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Welcome to our Christmas Festival Blog Hop!  I love joining these talented bloggers in hosting some holiday ideas to inspire you this season.  If you are joining me from Elizabeth Joan Designs Blog – I am so glad you are here!  Make sure to check out Red Brick on the Lake Blog as your next stop on the tour.  And a big thank you to our host Kendra from Joy In Our Home Blog for making this all possible. Now lets get to it!

Just in case you need to pin this post for later reference, just click on the red tab on this photo in left hand corner.  This post contains affiliate links to the products I recommend. 

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This year I added an entirely new look to this living room fireplace space (you can see the whole process here), so for the holidays I wanted to decorate my new mantel with a fresh and simple look.  I added a few inexpensive touches that you can do as well.

Step One: Lighted Garland

I snagged a 9 foot long lighted garland from Home Depot for $30.  I knew this would add a good base for me to start.

Step Two: Fresh Garland

Next I picked up a 25 foot fresh garland from Costco for $16.  I used it in many places in my home.  Here I used about 8 feet of it.  You can soak these overnight to give it a longer lasting shelf life as well as mist it with water occasionally.

I placed this garland in front of the artificial one, and added some tall nails to hold it into place.  If you do not want to make holes in your mantel I suggest you use 3M Command Strip Hooks.

Step Three – Add LED Lights

I used a 33 foot long LED light from StringBright.com to add extra depth and brightness to the greenery.  These lights are perfect because they last 720 hours, have a remote control with different settings, use batteries and are easy to maneuver.   You can pick some here! You can use the code CITYGIRL20 for 20% off the lights there.

Step Four – Adding Pinecones, Air Refreshers, and Trees

I then added some fun cinnamon branch air fresheners and pinecones just placed randomly throughout.

I snuck in a few trees that I had already to add height, and I was finished!

This only took a few minutes, was not very expensive, and really added a fun touch to my mantel area.

Here are some close up photos of the mantel:

Enjoy the rest of the tour and check out all of these amazing bloggers!

Christmas DIYs on Monday

Joy In Our Home | 2 Bees In A Pod | My Creative Days

County Road 407 | Chatfield Court

Christmas Front Porches on Tuesday

The Tattered Pew | The Crowned Goat | Little Brags

Follow The Yellow Brick Home | The Painted Hinge

Christmas Recipes on Wednesday

Crisp Collective | Love In My Oven | Countryside Cravings

Walking On Sunshine Recipes | Beyond The Butter

Christmas Mantles on Thursday 

anderson + grant | White Arrows Home | Elizabeth Joan Designs

  City Girl Meets Country Boy | Red Brick On The Lake

Christmas Tablescapes on Friday

The Inspired Hive | Curly Crafty Mom | Making It In The Mountains

Rain and Pine | Timeless Creations

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What’s the best season to DIY?

Best Season to Tackle Home Renovation Projects

Today I am welcoming my guest blogger, Jesse Hughes, as she teaches us some of the best seasons to tackle home improvement projects. I know will you learn so much from her and enjoy this special post!

What’s the Best Time of the Year to Tackle Major Home Improvement?

There is one thing that is certain; major home improvements usually mean major mess and disruption in your home. That can be a good enough reason to get the contractors in and take a vacation!

But, it doesn’t have to be as bad as you think. The trick is to plan the major house improvements at the best time of the year; this will ensure you have the least amount of disruption.

In fact, the best time of year to tackle any major home improvement project is the spring.

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to replace your windows or have glass balustrades fitted; you should consider booking the work in for the spring.

There are several good reasons why this is the case:

Popularity

The biggest projects, such as window replacement or heating issues are often undertaken in the fall. This is because people are thinking about the cooler weather coming in and are keen to get things sorted before it becomes a problem.

However, if you plan ahead and book a contractor for the spring you’ll be beating the rush and are likely to get a cheaper rate as this is the quietest time of the year for many contractors.

Early summer often offers the same benefits as people are in holiday mode and not thinking about the next big project.

Warmth

It doesn’t matter what major project you undertake, there will be workmen coming and going and this means the doors and possibly windows will be opened and closed countless number of times throughout the day.

The result is a loss of the heat you need in the winter or the coolness in the summer. This can be frustrating when you’re trying to stay at the right temperature. It can also increase your energy bills to allow for the issues.

However, if you pick the spring you’re likely to find it easier to adapt without using extra energy.

The Weather

Some major home improvement projects will leave your house exposed to the elements. If you’re looking to have your roof replaced or renew the façade on your walls then you’ll find that spring is the most forgiving time to do this.

You are less likely to suffer weather related damage in the spring but you are also less likely to find your workmen have not turned up again; thanks to the heat.

While the weather is not an element in every home improvement project it is a factor in many.

Cost

The spring is traditionally the tile hen householders get their homes ready for the summer. If you’re already thinking about the winter you’ll be able to purchase items and services at a fraction of the price they are available for in the winter. This can be a considerable saving and makes it worthwhile to get the improvements done early.

Of course getting them completed in the spring will also help to ensure that you have peace of mind throughout the summer and avoid the panic feeling in the fall.

Thank you for joined me and my guest host Jesse as we learn more about tackling projects in our home!

Happy Building!

Love,

Kelly