My 4th week of the One Room Challenge has ended and I love the turn out! I worked with Kirkland’s to design shelving for practical and decorative use. I have the cutest pieces coming from Kirkland’s to decorate this space and I am so excited.
The One Room Challenge is sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens, and so many bloggers are participating. Make sure to check out the One Room Challenge Blog to see all the rooms that are being renovated right now, you will find so much inspiration.
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I love floating shelves. I learn all I can from the Shanty2Chic sisters. So make sure to watch all their floating shelf tutorials here – you will learn so much!
I measured and added my “bones” (aka “cleat”) of the shelves.
Then I built the shelf that goes over the “bones”. This measurement was very simple. Once again, to learn how to do this, head over to the Shanty2Chic blog.
I sanded down the shelf with my Tacklife sander. It’s easy to hold and a great starter tool for any DIYer.
We added on the cupboards that we purchased from Ikea. Farmboy had to do this part for me.
Then I stained my shelves with Old Barn Living One Step Weathered Stain (I love this stuff).
Nexr step – installing the cleat onto the wall (measuring for the stud of course to drill the screw into for stability).
I slid the shelf right over the top and used hard nails to attach it to the cleat.
After this I added a faux wood shelf right over the white shelf already installed, staining it first. I used a 12 inch board for the top and nailed it into the sides of the original board. I then put a 1×2 board over the front, staining first.
I loved how these additions changed up the entire room. I can’t wait to get started decorating!
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
I loved connecting with Extra Space for this mini renovation. The pantry closet is complete which make the entire pantry finally finished. Yah!
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
Gather all your tools and supplies in one place
Make sure you have "messy" clothes on so they can get dirty
Have all of your directions ready
Don't rush the project - take your time
Ask for help if you need it
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!
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.
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!
A Christian owned thrift store, all over the country
Antique or Thrift Stores
Be careful because some stores are way over priced
They have so many deals on home decor and free shipping
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)
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!
They have such good deals on furniture, wood flooring and appliances – with the best return policy ever!
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!
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:
Sometimes home decor can become overwhelming and intimidating. If you haven’t had a background in the design field you might feel like you don’t have a place in the decorating world. This is how I felt! I knew I could build something, but to make it look super cute really gave me the scary feels.
Recently I finished reading the book “Designing a Life: From House to Haven.” I was so grateful for the inspiration that was shared because it gave me confidence that I CAN DECORATE! We are all capable and possess creativity that allows us to decorate our space. We just need a few tips to get us started.
That is why today I am sharing Sarah Symonds from Grace In My Space blog. She is the author of this amazing book and an inspirational decorator and believer. Her home is simple, uplifting, and a haven for her family. That is what she teaches all of her readers to shoot for.
The read is a quick one and she gives you step by step ways to create and define your space. Then you can hop onto her blog and see so many ideas of what she has done to uplift her own home.
Something else I love about Sarah is that she is so personable. She has created this tribe where you feel comfortable and at ease, like a dear friend at lunch. I wish sometimes I lived closer so we actually could do lunch!
Her family is very important to her and she is her faith. I appreciate how well she is able to intertwine family, faith and home so well on her blog. From rooms to recipes to her Monday Musings, I always leave feeling inspired.
I hope you enjoy getting to know this amazing designer and influencer. She will teach you and support you along the way of your own design journey. I hope you snag her inexpensive book on Amazon, I know it will help you as your begin to decorate!
I love the look of a board and batten wall. When I turned 40 my hubby asked what I wanted for my birthday. “For you to teach me how to make a board and batten wall!” Super random I know, but it made me feel like a grown up to use a nail gun – so that’s exactly what we did. This was my first big project with an air compressor and a nail gun – both intimidated me. But it was so much fun! Here it is:
With his help it turned out awesome and I couldn’t believe how easy it was. It added so much depth to this tiny hall and brightened the room. I loved it!
Now, 1 1/2 years later I am finally writing a tutorial on how you can do it too. First off, watch my 60 second DIY Tutorial on it, and then follow along – I know you will love it!
I was needing some space in my office to hang these darling plants from TJ Max. But I didn’t want to spend any money on them. So I rummaged through my box of “extra stuff” to see what caught my eye. That is how the Simple Plant Wall Hook came to be! If you do not need this now, pin it for later on Pinterest and follow along with all my pins here.
Last year I was crushing over all the Farmhouse Prints – so I started wondering how I could make my own with the resources I had (long vinyl cutter, no large printers). After a bit of thinking I created a way that worked in my budget and was super easy to do.Here is my DIY Video Tutorial for you to watch to get the basic idea:
Who loves barn doors but doesn’t want to hire someone to build it for you? You are in the right place, because that is how I felt. So I set out to find an easy build that I could do on my own – and here is how I did it. Best part is it cost me under $75 for this 6 foot by 3 foot door!
Follow along with my 60 second tutorial and then check out all the details below!
We hung monkey bars from my daughters ceiling, not even thinking that the wall could be a casualty of this creative idea. Needless to say, after a year or so – it happened. Someone’s foot went through the wall:
I knew it needed to be fixed, but I also wanted it to be stronger than before so it wouldn’t happen again. I have always wanted a faux brick wall and figured this was a good chance to try it out. Follow along with our 60 second DIY Tutorial to watch the transformation, then check out all the details below!