Teenage Boy Room Makeover


I am so blessed to have the best readers in the world!!  #deadserious

I wish so badly that I could meet each of you face to face and just hang out together one day…you know, going thrifting and sipping sweet tea on the back porch.  Wouldn’t that be fun?!

So I get super excited when I get to meet a blog reader, Tonyia, in real life!  I ran into one reader at PetSmart, and she told me about a makeover she was doing at her house.  I asked her to send me some pictures, and she did!  I loved sharing them on my blog. 

Well, Tonyia sent me some more pictures of a great little makeover she did on her teen boy’s room, and I wanted to share it with you.   Here is the email I received…

Hi Traci!

I ran into you in Pet Smart last year, introduced myself as a fan of your blog (feeling like a stalker 😁) & you wound up featuring pictures of my home remodeling project on your blog. Thank you so much:-)

My husband & I just finished another room in our house and I wanted to share it with you because once again I drew inspiration from a project you completed in your home. You posted about building industrial style shelving in your boys bedroom around the same time I was looking for ideas for my son’s bedroom (he’s 16 yrs old). His room at that time was a hodgepodge of sports trophies, UK posters & a monster truck boarder that I attached on top of a different boarder a few years ago as a quick-fix because he had out grown the theme underneath. We knew it was time to upgrade his room to something more age appropriate. . . that’s when I saw the industrial shelving you made & started brainstorming how I could use this style in my son’s new room.


I didn’t want the expense of new furniture, but his was in desperate need of a makeover. It was a “crib-to-college” set that we purchased when he was a baby so it was made well, just outdated.

Here’s the “Before pictures”. .image3








So I painted the dresser & nightstand a dark grey, distressed it a little & then created industrial style handles.





I also created curtain rods with the same material. I spray painted them all black with Rust-oleum Hammered black spray paint.



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So here’s the close-to-being finished project. . .











Ironically building a set of industrial shelves to go on the wall beside his chair still needs to be done:-)

You can probably tell from the before & after pics but we installed new carpet, added crown molding, installed a plank wall as an accent wall behind his bed & everything got a fresh new coat of paint. I love how this turned out & most importantly he loves his new room!!

Thanks again for being such an inspiration for us DIYers. BTW . . . love, love, love reading about the new precious little girl in your life.

Here’s a pic of my little family.

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I told my husband about sending you this story & it must have motivated him to start building the shelves. He grabbed his measuring tape, pencil, paper & the iPad to order the plumbing parts – yeah!image1-2

BTW – he also corrected me on my earlier email to you. We didn’t just add crown molding. . . we installed all new trim work around the windows, the closet, doorframe & baseboards. Gotta give him credit where credit is due ya know:-)



Thank you, Tonyia, for sharing this makeover with us!

I think you did an amazing job, and I know your son must be enjoying his new space!!


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New Lights for the Boys’ Bathroom! {Giveaway!!!}


Hey friends!  I hope you are having a great week!  We have been super busy around here!  Not only are we enjoying time with our little girl, but we are preparing for a very special audition that Jonathan has this weekend!!  (Can’t give any details right now, but I will share with you as soon as I can.)  ACK!  :)

Did I mention Jonathan turned 16 this past Sunday!   Oh my gosh!!!  Where has the time gone?!!!  

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I wanted to share with you the new light fixtures that we added to the boys’ bathroom vanities!


As you can see in the picture above, we had a wall plate above the mirror that covered the space that we eventually wanted to hang a light.  However, it takes me foooooorrrrrreeeeevvvvveeeeerrrr to pick lights out.  It drives the hubster crazy.  I actually kind of drive myself crazy!

But I finally found some lights that I LOVE!

I found them at Del Mar Fans & Lighting.  It is called the Hinkley Congress Wall Sconce.


There are many more beautiful Hinkley lights on their website to choose from, but I thought the “cage” look was boyish, and I thought the chrome would look good with the chrome vanity fixtures. 

I photoshopped the light into a picture of the boys’ bathroom to see if I would like it, and I did.

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When the lights  arrived, Cy helped me install them.  We added a 1 inch thick piece of wood to the wall behind the fixture to help the light stick out a little bit further since our mirror had a “lip” on it.

DSC_0698They were super easy to install.  We bought some vintage light bulbs at Lowe’s to use in the fixtures.  (I didn’t like that the glass on the bulbs was tinted yellow so I will probably try to buy some clear glass ones later.)

I painted the piece of wood behind the lights the same color white as the wall treatment in the bathroom.

I am super excited with the way they look! 


They look great over both of the boys’ vanities!


I like that they are not super noticeable because they would have not looked good by the dark mirror frame if they were.  I like how they blend nicely with the rest of the decor.


It’s a little change, but it makes a big difference!

bathroom before and after





Guess what?!   You could win one of these Hinkley Congress Walls Sconces for yourself! {$160 Value!}

Visit Del Mar Fan’s facebook page to enter to win!




*this is a sponsored post.  all ideas and opinions are 100% mine.

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Built-In Bunk Beds {Making Plans for Adam and Eli’s Room}


So there is MAJOR stuff going on around our house right now.  Not only are we renovating our house, but we are planning a makeover for a wonderful family in Tennessee next week!

We are crazy busy, but super excited because all of the stuff we have going on at our house is in preparation for our host daughter’s arrival.

Like our new front porch!

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I cannot tell you how much I am loving our new front porch!!  We got the shingles on and the door and windows installed yesterday!  Yay!

Okay, so the new front porch doesn’t “have” to be done for us to host her, but it is something we were wanting to do this spring before we decided to host her, and we are wanting it to be finished so we can just enjoy being with her. 

The new front porch is also going to create a  new entry way with a new walk in closet for the boys’ backpacks and shoes, which means we can get all of that stuff out of the playroom so we can turn it into our host daughter’s bedroom.

Are you following me?

And since she will need a bed, I am going to move the full bed that Adam and Eli have been sharing into her room, and we are going to build them some built-in bunk beds (which I have wanted to do for the past three years!)

Don’t you love when events (like our host daughter coming) forces you to get things done on your to-do list that you have been putting off for years?!

So, I wanted to show you some of my favorite inspiration pictures of bunk beds from Pinterest that I am using to help me plan Adam and Eli’s beds.

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What do you think?  Which one do you like best?

Have a blessed weekend, friends!


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Boy Mom Madness!!


Y’all!  I am so excited to be participating in the BOY-MOM MADNESS series this week!  

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We are all familiar with March Madness, but have you ever heard of Boy-Mom Madness?   Yeah, me either.  :)  But I love it anyway!!


15 Boy-Mom Home/DIY bloggers have partnered up to celebrate all things “Boy-Mom”. Like me, these bloggers are the Queen Bees of their household and together we represent a whopping 36 boys in our brood.


I will sit back while you imagine a room full of 36 little guys.

That’s a whole lot of dirt, noise and sweetness!

 I laughed when I looked at the other 14 moms participating and saw that they each had 2 or 3 boys a piece.  I was the only one that had FOUR boys!  Yep!  I’m the winner-winner-turkey-dinner.  :)  I think?

I sat by a lady at church yesterday that had three boys, and she asked me if I had wanted a girl.  Of course I did!  She said that they didn’t have any more because they knew the 4th would be another boy.  Y’all!  Do you know what I would have missed out on if I had stopped at three?!!!!


Yep!  That little guy!   Are you kidding me?!!!  He is the cherry on top of our family!  I wouldn’t take a million girls for my boys!  I love each of them so much, and they are truly a blessing from the Lord.  


That is why I am CELEBRATING being a boy mom this week!   

All of you wonderful ladies with a house full of boys….TREASURE IT!!   Don’t let the world tell you that you “need” a little girl.  I used to hear that all the time, and I let it affect me.   It is a lie from you know where!  God is the only one that knows what we truly need, and he knew I needed these four sweet boys.  :)

Today in this series, we are focusing on Boy’s Rooms!



There is a ton of great inspiration from all of these other wonderful boy moms!

Since I just wrote a post two weeks ago about my oldest sons’ room, I am just going to link to it through this post. 

You can see more pictures of my sons’ industrial “teen” bedroom by clicking HERE or on the picture below!


 You can visit the other participating BOY MOM bloggers

by clicking on their names below!

 Have fun checking them out and be sure to share it with the other “boy-moms” in your life!

Southern State of Mind | DIY on the Cheap | Dixie Delights |Just a Girl and Her Blog | Being Bianca

I Should Be Mopping the Floor | 2 Little Superheroes 

The Happy Housie | Blue i Style | Dolen Diaries |  House of Rose









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DIY-ing our Basic Brick Ranch into the Cottage of our Dreams {Part Seven}


Hey friends!

I am back with part seven in my series. :)  I am thinking there will be a total of 10 posts in this series!  That’s crazy!  house transformation series

Today, I am going to share some pictures of Jonathan and Luke’s room in the upstairs addition.  Next,  I’ll share their bathroom and Adam and Eli’s unfinished room. Next week, I’ll finish up with our den and our future plans for our home!  

Here is a reminder of our floor plan…Our House Plans


Jonathan and Luke have a long room across the back of the house. 

We thought about putting bunk beds on one side of the room, and then having the other half of the room for a desk and dresser space, but decided since our boys are older it would be best for them to have their “own” space. 

I am in love with the industrial look, especially in a boy’s room, so I decided to build Jonathan and Luke their own set of shelves. 

Here are Jonathan’s shelves…


I created a space for him to hang his guitars since he is our “music guy.”

Click HERE to see a detailed tutorial of how we made them.

It’s kind of hard to tell in some of the pictures, but we put brick paneling over the studs and painted them the same color as the walls. (Sherwin Williams, White Dove)



You can see it in the picture below…


Now for Luke’s side of the room!  I created his custom shelves a little differently since he doesn’t play the guitar.  :)  He has sort of an “explore” them going on…


I also built the shelves around where his bed was going to be and hung a light above for reading.


To create some more storage, I made some DIY Rolling Storage Crates.  These are perfect for Luke’s socks and other small items. 


In the middle of the room, between the two windows, we built a DIY Sawhorse Desk.


This has become a perfect spot for the boys’ to do their homework.  


To see a video of how we built it, click HERE.


We used some old lockers we found in the shed when we moved in our home and turned them into some clothes storage for my boys.  (The closet where they hang their clothes is to the right of those lockers.)


So that is Jonathan and Luke’s room!  It has been a great space for them.  

Source list:

Bedding:  IKEA

Small rugs:  Ballard Designs Outlet

Large Rug:  Lowes

Lamps:  Home Goods

Blinds:  Lowes

Industrial shelves materials:  Lowes

Red Stools:  Garden Ridge

Arrow sign:  Hobby Lobby


Come back tomorrow for a look at their bathroom!


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Boys’ Bathroom Update


I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  This bathroom is just days away from being completely finished!  Whoop!

This has been the eternal project!

Last time I posted about the bathroom, I told you were going to be doing a little demolition.  Usually demolition happens in an old space, not a new one. 

Well, we had originally planned to have a tub/shower combo in their bathroom.  So we installed a tub.

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But neither Cy or I ever liked the look of the tub. 

It butted up right to the doorway and made the bathroom feel crowded.  It just didn’t look good. 

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We tried to figure out how to not have a third (back) wall in the tub so the space would feel more open, but we still didn’t like it. 

We both knew it had to go, but we didn’t want to make this project take any longer than it already had.

Well, we eventually bit the bullet and tore the brand new tub out.  And removed some of the tile from the wall.  And hung new drywall and layed new tile on the floor.  Ugh.

We bought a square shower pan and created a corner shower for the boys.  Even though we would rather have a tub in this space, the stand up shower just worked better for us. 

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I’m going to try and find a cute shower curtain for it.  :)

So here is what the bathroom looks like today. 

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I bought those oval mirrors at Home Goods.  I “think” I like them.  What do you think?  Should I go with a different shape?

They are framed in that old brown metal, which I like.  I’m just not sure about the shape.  We haven’t hung them yet, so maybe it will look better when we do.

Now that the tub is gone, the bathroom looks sooooo much bigger!

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Now I need to find some cute baskets to put on the vanities Cy made.

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I found this cute piece at Hobby Lobby. 

I am going to hang it on the wall and use it as a towel holder by the shower. 

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I still need to figure out a window covering and lights above the vanities.  But at least the bathroom will be “usuable” soon, and I can kick the boys out of the downstairs guest bathroom. :)

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Have a blessed day!

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Antique Lockers for the Boys’ Room


Hey friends!

I pray you had a wonderful Labor Day with your family and friends!

I certainly did.  Cy and I took the boys to the food court at the mall and had lunch, then walked around for a bit.  The boys had fun playing at the Apple Store.  Smile

It wasn’t anything super special, but was just a fun time together as a family.

Then we went over to Dad and Janet’s house in the afternoon to celebrate my dad and Luke’s birthday.  We have a LOT of family birthdays around this time of year. 

It was so wonderful being together as a family!  Our family is always crazy when we get together, and I love it!  Lots of noise and lots of laughter.  #doesn’tgetanybetterthanthat

I wanted to show you the lockers that I finally finished for Luke and Jonathan’s room, and I wanted to show you some pictures of the WHOLE room so that you can see how it is laid out.  I’ve had a ton of readers ask me to see the entire space, so I hope these pictures help you envision it.

I looked up the old post of when I found these old lockers/cabinets in our shed.  They were there from the previous owner and were full of old paint cans.  We just left them in there when we first moved in because we didn’t have time to clear everything out.  I had totally forgotten about them until I started to clean up the shed the next Spring!



As soon as I saw the lockers, I knew I was going to use them in Jonathan and Luke’s room.  They were super-duper dirty, but that could easily be fixed.



They made me think of these lockers from Pottery Barn…



So, I cleaned them up real good, and added some shelves in the middle for more storage.  I left them the color they already were and just sanded them down a little because I liked the patina.DSC_0010I also left the sheet of galvanized metal on the back of the lockers, because DUH, that’s awesome!  The original owner had painted the galvanized metal the same color as the lockers, so I just removed the sheet of metal, turned it around, and attached it so the galvanized metal would be showing. You can sort of see the metal in the picture below…


For now, they are full of the boys’ t-shirts and shorts.  The rest of their clothes are in their closet.

I left the old handles on them because I could see several layers of paint, and I just like that kind of charm.


 So people would think that it looks old and dirty, but I see pure beauty! I have such a love affair with old things.  

The lockers are directly to the right of Jonathan’s industrial shelves.


As you can see,  Jonathan and Luke’s room is very long and narrow. 


Jonathan’s bed is on the far side of the room.


Their new DIY Sawhorse Desk is against the wall in between their two beds.




Luke’s bed is to the left of the desk.  I am standing in the doorway to their room in the picture below…


The boys have been loving their new desk!


Directly to the left of their desk is Luke’s side of the room.  His room is right by the door, thus the “exit” sign.  Smile

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The last thing we need to do in this room is add some doors.  They do not have a bedroom or closet door right now. I have some old 5 panel wood doors on our back porch waiting for a new coat of paint.  As soon as I get those finished, Cy will hang them for me.

We are still working on their bathroom.  We have made a HUGE change of plans in that space that includes some demolition.  Yep.  You heard me right.

I will share the details soon. 

Have a blessed day, friends!!!

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BSHT Favorite Room Home Tour


favorite-room-edition-graphic I am so thrilled to be participating in the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours!  It is hosted by Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co., (who is an absolute doll!) It has been fun seeing everyone’s favorite room in their house.   If you are coming from The DIY Playbook   blog, welcome!  And if you have never  visited my blog before, then you need to know that I am the mom of four amazing boys!  They are my world, along with their father! Smile


So as you would expect, it is ALL THINGS BOY around my house.  And I love every minute of it!  (Okay, except for the smells.  Ahem.)

This past year, I was finally able to finish my two oldest sons’ bedroom.  They are now 13 and 15 years old, and I wanted their room to look more “grown up.”  No more dinosaurs or trains.  (insert frowny face)

To get the look we were going for, we built two sets of industrial shelves on opposite sides of their long, narrow bedroom. We started with Jonathan’s shelves.  He’s my music guy, so we built his shelves to have a place for him to store his guitars. 

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I made rolling storage crates to go under the bottom shelf for Jonathan to store some of his extra stuff.  I shared how we built these shelves in THIS POST. 

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We built Luke’s shelves a little differently and had them extend over his bed. We didn’t plan it, but we ended up decorating with a “travel” theme on Luke’s side of the room.

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I also made some rolling crates on Luke’s side.  I painted on some numbers in bright red and added rope for a handle.  I love these crates, and you can see how I made them HERE.

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One of my favorite items on Luke’s side of the room is the large EXIT sign that I got at Hobby Lobby.  It points right to his bedroom door.

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We live on five acres in the beautiful state of Kentucky, and my boys do a lot of exploring in the wooded area of our property.  There is nothing better than boys exploring the beautiful outdoors, so I had to get this “Explore” sign for Luke’s shelves.
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  In the middle of their room is a long wall between two windows.  I knew I wanted to put a desk in this space for them, but didn’t know what kind.  I finally (after two years) decided to go with this Sawhorse Desk.  The boys absolutely love it, and I do too!  I love seeing them use it each night to do their homework.  You can see how I made this desk HERE.



It has been so much fun bringing this space together.  It is truly a one-of-a-kind room that my boys will be able to enjoy for years. 

The next room that I will tackle is Adam and Eli’s room.  I have some fun  plans in store for that room, so I hope you stick around and follow along. 

You can subscribe to my blog HERE.

Next on the tour is Sarah M. Dorsey Designs!

Thanks for stopping by!!

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Industrial Shelves {for a boy’s room}



I finally finished the industrial shelves on Luke’s wall!

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I’ve been dying to show them to you!

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They have been finished for quite a while now, but I was searching for the perfect light to go over his bed, and I haven’t been able to find it.  Sad smile

So I am still looking.  But for now, I am just using this silver pendant light from IKEA.  It works.

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I have had fun decorating his shelves with some old things and some new things.

The “Explore” sign was from Gordman’s.  The blue fan was a yard sale find for about five dollars several years ago.  I got the colorful, old books at the local antique mall.  The red truck we have had for a while, and I can’t remember where we got it.  The glass jar is from Walmart, and the blue frame I bought at Gordman’s.

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My favorite purchase for the room was the “exit” sign.  I love the color it adds to the wall, and it fits perfectly next to the door to the bedroom.  I purchased it half off at Hobby Lobby.

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The US shaped chalkboard and letter “H” were also from Hobby Lobby.  I got the bowling pin from Goodwill several years ago.

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I love how much storage the shelves hold!  We were able to add baskets, and books, a clock, a globe, and more.

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It really is such a fun space!

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The striped rug is from the Ballard Designs’ outlet.  The bedding is from Ikea, except for the grain sack pillow.  I bought the aqua grain sack at the local antique mall and made it into a pillow.

The bed was stained wood until I painted it black last year.  I got the bed frame at a yard sale over 10 years ago for $15.00.  You can’t beat that!

If you missed how I made the rolling storage crates for Luke’s wall, you can read about it HERE.  Or just click on the picture below.

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And if you want to know how I built these shelves, just click HERE or on the picture below.  It shows you how I built Jonathan’s industrial shelves, and how I used the same size pipes for Luke’s wall.

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I am so glad to have these two spaces completed!  I still need to build some desks and add some window coverings, but I am moving on to their bathroom for now.  I have GOT to get that finished!  Smile

If you have any questions, just leave me a comment below!


Have a blessed day!!!

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More DIY Storage Crates {and Cameo Winner!}


*Silhouette Cameo winner announced at the bottom of this post.

Remember Jonathan’s Industrial Shelves that I showed you a couple of weeks ago?

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Well, I wanted to share with you how I made the DIY  storage crates for his wall.

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The first thing I had to do was figure out how big I wanted to make my crates.  Once I came up with my measurements, I went to Lowe’s to purchase a large sheet of 3/4 inch oak plywood.  I gave the measurements to the employee at Lowe’s in the wood cutting section, and they cut the board to the sizes I needed.

Then I took them home and started putting them together. You can see in the picture below how I nailed the sides to the bottom of the crates.

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I always add wood glue to each piece of wood before I nail it to another board to add extra strength…

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After I nailed the sides on, I added the back piece of wood to the crate…

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For the front of the crates, I used 1×4’s.  I cut each 1×4 to the size that I needed and then nailed it to the front of the crate.

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Adding wood glue, of course, before I nailed each board.

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I also left a little space between each board before I nailed it.

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Next, I added some wheels to the bottom of the crate.  This will make the crates super easy to get in to and will keep the crates from scraping the wood floor.

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I added a coat paint to the crate that was the same color as the walls.  I didn’t sand the wood before I painted because I like the “worn” look, but if you like things to have more of a clean look, you may want to sand your crate before painting. I also didn’t use wood filler to fill in the nail holes because I like being able to see the nails in the wood, but that is just a personal preference. Smile

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For the front of the crates, I added these cute little handles that I found at Target.  They come in packages of two.

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That’s it!  Super easy, but super cute!

Jonathan loves his new shelves and the extra storage!   The crates under his guitars hold his guitar cords and music sheets.  The other two crates hold his socks and shirts.

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diy rolling storage crates

Did you miss the tutorial of how I made the storage crates for Luke’s wall?  I went with a different look on his wall because I wanted each of their spaces to be unique, just like them! Smile
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You can see that tutorial HERE.

Both of these projects will also be featured on my organizing blog, Organize and Inspire.

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O & I is FULL of great organizing projects for every room of the house from talented bloggers from all over blogland!

You can visit O & I by clicking HERE.

If you have an organizing project that you would like to be featured on Organize and Inspire, you can submit it HERE.


The winner of the Silhouette Cameo is…..

Katie McRae!

Congratulations, Katie!! I will be contacting you by email today! Smile

Have a blessed day!

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