Outdoor Shed Organization

September 15, 2014 AT 5:07 pm 5 Comments

Most girls get excited about a new pair of shoes and earrings to match.

Not me.

I get excited about a new miter saw and drill bits. Smile

I can honestly say that I am more giddy about organizing my shed for all of my tools and DIY supplies than I am about decorating my house for fall. 

It’s just the way I am wired.

It makes me giggle when I realize that I probably have more power tools than my husband.  hee.hee.  If not, I know they are at least more organized.  

That is why I jumped at the chance to work with Simpson Strong Tie to help create my very own tool shed!

 

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Doesn’t it look a.ma.zing?!!!  I am so in love!

Especially because this is what it looked like just about a month ago…

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Ugh.

This shed was so full of our junk that we couldn’t even walk in it!

 

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Now it is beautifully organized with all of my DIY goodies!

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I made my workbench and shelving unit with these two kits from Simpson Strong Tie.  You can purchase the Simpson Strong Tie Workbench/Shelving kits in select stores, or online HERE.

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Each box came with 8 brackets and instructions on how to build each piece.

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The original instructions are for a 2 foot deep by 4 foot wide workbench, but I decided to make mine twice as big.

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I love that these kits are this versatile.

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I build my work bench and shelving unit all by myself.  I couldn’t believe how easy it was!  I simply had to cut the 2×4’s the length I needed them and placed them in the corner brackets.  Then I simply screwed the boards in place. 

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Then I cut the MDF boards the length I needed them and notched out the corners.  (We used MDF board instead of the suggested plywood since my bench was going to be longer and the MDF is more sturdy.)

 

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Since my bench was bigger than suggested on the box, I also had to get a bigger piece of pegboard for the back.

But that was exactly what I needed!  Check out all the goodies that I was able to hang on my pegboard!!!

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Can you believe I have been keeping all of this stuff in my office?! I am so glad I was able to get my tools out of my office and into my shed!

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I am loving how organized I am!

I built the shelving unit to go on the right wall of the shed.  I also decided to cover the wall behind the shelving unit with pegboard to give me even more space to hang items if I wanted.

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We decided to build the shelving unit a little differently than the instructions suggested.  The bottom 2×4 “legs” are taller than the orginal so that the bottom shelf is higher off the ground and I am able to store stuff under it.  I bought a clear plastic tub to store the boy’s sports equipment.

As you can see, I still have a lot of empty shelf space (YAY!) for even more storage.  Believe me, it will be filled up soon!

Can you believe that all of the tools and supplies in this shed are mine that I have gotten through blogging?!! That’s crazy!

Now, I have told Cy to stay out of “my” tool shed.  His tools are in the barn, and let’s just say that it doesn’t look quite as good as mine.  (That is an understatement.) Smile

I might let him use my tools if he’s good.  (hee.hee.) 

If you are in need of some easy to build, sturdy work benches or shelves, then you should check out Simpson Strong Tie!

I give this product two thumbs up!!

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*This post was sponsored by Simpson Strong Tie.  All opinions are 100% mine!


 


DIY Sawhorse Desk

August 7, 2014 AT 12:21 pm 24 Comments

Hey Friends!

I am so excited to show you the DIY Sawhorse desk that I built for the boys’ room!!!  Just in time for school to start!

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I can finally say that I. AM. DONE. with their room! Smile

Jonathan helped me create a video to show you how we made this desk for their room. 

Here are the supplies that I used from Lowe’s:

-one sheet of MDF board cut to the size need for the top of the desk

-three to four 2×4’s for the legs depending on the size of your desk

-three 1×2’s to hang the pegboard on

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-MinWax stain in Provencial

-two packages of sawhorse brackets

-chalkboard paint, paint for pegboard, foam roller, and paint tray

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HELPFUL HINT:

If you measure the sizes you need for the 2×4’s, 1×2’s, and pegboard, you can have the helpful employees at Lowe’s pre-cut ALL the boards for you so you do not have to do any cutting of your own at home!  Yay!  Smile

(I chose to cut my boards at home.)

 

 

 

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This post was sponsored by Lowe’s Creative Ideas.  All ideas and opinions were 100% mine.


 


DIY Mason Jar Lid Coasters

June 16, 2014 AT 6:00 am 12 Comments

 Summer time is here, and I am so excited to be outside on our back patio grillin’ and spending time with my husband and four boys.  We love to eat out on our back patio, so I have been sprucing it up the past few weeks.  (I will be sharing a “reveal” of my back patio on my blog soon, so be sure to follow along.)  Smile

Since we will be eating outside a lot this summer, I thought it would be fun to make some colorful mason jar lid coasters for our patio table.

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These coasters were so easy and inexpensive to make!

All you need is:

  • Wide mouth mason jar lids
  • Thin sheet(s) of Cork
  • Stamp of your choice
  • Permanent Ink Pad
  • Hot glue gun
  • Spray paint (color of your choice)

 

Step One:

Trace mason jar lid onto the cork and cut out circle.  (I found these pre-cut cork coasters at Hobby Lobby which made it even easier to cut out.)

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Step Two:

Hot glue mason jar lids to the metal ring bands.

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Step Three:

Spray paint mason jar lids the color of your choice.  (I decided to use some red spray paint I already had.)

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Step Four:

Stamp the cork circles with permanent ink.

I found my stamp at Michael’s, and I used my black StazOn ink pad.

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Step Five:

Hot glue the cork inside the painted mason jar lid.

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Step Six:

Enjoy!

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Aren’t they cute?!

I just love them!

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And you could create so many different versions of these coasters.

If I was hosting a UK (University of Kentucky) party, I could paint the lids Kentucky blue and stamp a wildcat paw on the cork.  GO CATS!  Smile

If I was hosting a graduation party, I could paint the lids black and stamp a graduation cap on the cork.

If I was hosting a wedding party, I could leave the lids silver and stamp wedding bells or the couples monogram on the cork.

See?!!!  The possibilities are limitless!

If you make some for yourself, I would love to see what you create!

P.S.  I had these wide mouth jar lids left over from another project I recently completed on my blog.

Painted Mason Jars!

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You can see how I completed that project HERE.

 

 Have a blessed day!!!

 


 


DIY Wood Planter Box {BLACK+DECKER Giveaway!}

June 12, 2014 AT 10:34 pm

Hey friends!

I wanted to share with you a quick little project I completed today.

I’ve always seen a ton of DIY wood boxes in blogland, and I’ve always wanted to build my own, so I finally decided to do it! Smile

This project is so super easy.

I spent about $11 bucks on a piece 12 ft piece of 1×6 pine.  I cut three pieces 29 inches long for the bottom and sides, and two pieces 7 inches long for the sides.

Then I used my new BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX* Lithium Cordless Drill with Autosense Technology to put my box together.

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The cool thing about this tool is that you can switch between “drill” and “drive” modes.

 

We used some wood screws to attach the sides to the bottom, and then we attached the end pieces.

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Because pine is a soft wood, we pre-drilled a hole using the “drill mode” on my drill.

 

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After we pre-drilled the hole, we switched to “drive mode” to use the screwdriver.

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In drive mode, a microprocessor continuously measures the tool’s performance. As the screw enters the material there is a rapid change in its torque profile. The microprocessor analyzes the rate of change and stops most screws flush with the material within three milliseconds.

I enlisted Eli’s help to sand down the rough edges.

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And then I quickly gave the box one coat of MinWax Dark Walnut stain.

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Next, I added some geraniums to my box and put it on my kitchen table.  Done!

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I know that I will use this box a lot, indoors and outdoors.  I think it would look great with some aqua mason jars and flowers, don’t you?

Here is a quick little video that tells you a little more about this fabulous drill.

 

 

 

Now, are you ready to win a

 

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for yourself?

 

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Here is all you have to do:

Leave a comment telling me why or how the BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX* Cordless Drill with Autosense would make your life easier.

This giveaway ends June 30, 2014.  You must be 18 years old and live in the US to enter.

Many thanks to BLACK+DECKER for sponsoring today’s story and introducing me to the AutoSense Drill and its automatic clutch!


 


Instant Curb Appeal with DIY Shutters

May 7, 2014 AT 2:08 pm 41 Comments

Y’all know that we have been working on the exterior of our house for the entire three years that we have lived here.  We’ve been taking it one slow step at a time.

Very soon, I am planning on showing you how we painted our exterior brick and what our house looks like now.  We still have a lot to do, but we are getting there!

One side of our house that I have been dying to add a little curb appeal is the side next to our driveway.  It’s the side that everyone sees when they drive up to our house.

This is what this side of our house looked like when we bought the house three years ago…

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I knew immediately when we bought the house that I wanted to paint the brick.  Notice the beautiful green mold on the brick?  Yuck!  We power washed that off before we painted.

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We finally painted the exterior last year, and we used Valspar Duramax (exterior)paint from Lowe’s and had it tinted the same color as Benjamin Moore’s White Dove.

 

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Painting the exterior brick made a HUGE difference in the look of our home.  It made old, ugly brick look fresh and new!photo(23)

Of course, I wanted to make some shutters for these windows.

We used pressure treated 1×6 pieces of pine (about 54 inches long) to fit the size of our windows.

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The horizontal slats of wood on the front are pressure treated 1×4’s.  We used construction adhesive and finish nails to attach the horizontal piece to the vertical slats.

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We painted the shutters with an exterior Valspar Signature paint in my favorite color, Ebony Fields.  It’s kind of a brownish-grayish-black.photo(24)

Here are the supplies we got at Lowe’s to hang the shutters…

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First, we decided where we wanted to hang the shutters, marked the spot, and used a drill to create a starter hole in the brick.

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Next, we used the masonry bit and concrete anchors to attach the shutter to the brick.  We only needed two anchors, one on the top and one on the bottom.

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It started getting late when we were hanging the last shutters. Smile

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The next day, I went to Lowe’s Garden Center and picked up some beautiful knock out roses and hostas.

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I also got this beautiful bush to hide some of the “uglies” on our exterior.  It’s not quite big enough yet to cover them, but it will be eventually.

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And I love my beautiful white azalea that I planted.

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I am so happy with how cheerful this side of our house looks now!  It will be even more beautiful over the years as these plants continue to grow and get even bigger.

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Just some paint, shutters, and landscaping has made a huge difference in the curb appeal of our home!  I love pulling up in our driveway now. Smile

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What do you think?  Do you like my brick better painted?

 

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Tool Shed Makeover {#3M DIY}

May 5, 2014 AT 1:33 pm 6 Comments

Do you remember the exterior makeover I did on my shed last year with 3M DIY?

shed makeoverI LOVED that project.  That shed was such an eye sore on our property and now it is so pretty to look at.

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But the interior was still a mess!

So I was so glad to work with 3M DIY again to give the inside of my shed a little makeover.

I have big plans for the interior, but I am working on just one wall at a time right now.

There are three main walls in my shed, and I am going to use one for my yard tools, one for my work tools, and one for the boys sports equipment.

I decided to make the first wall you see on the left my “yard tool wall.”

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Materials I used:

Scotch® Extreme Mounting Tape

PVC Pipe

Scotch™ Garage Organizer

Scotch™ Secure Strap

Scotch™ Indoor  Fasteners

To create my yard tool holders, I used some PVC pipe and some Scotch® Extreme Mounting Tape.

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I cut some PVC pipe in about 4 inch pieces with my chop saw. DSC_0273 The saw threw bits of plastic all over the place when I cut it, even in my hair, so I made sure I had my 3M safety product {safety glasses} on.

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I’ve used many different safety glasses since I started blogging, and I have to admit that these are my favorite.  They are very heavy duty and comfortable on my nose!

To make my yard tool holder, I attached  two 1×6 pieces of wood to the studs in the shed with my screw driver and long screws.

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I laid my tools out to see how far I wanted them to be apart.

Then I applied some of the 3M mounting tape to the backs of the PVC pieces…

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Next, I removed the red piece of liner off of the mounting tape and attached them to the wood.

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Those babies were stuck on there good!  Smile  I tried to immediately pull the PVC pipe off the wood to test the strength, and I couldn’t do it.  Yay!

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The Scotch™ Garage Organizer holds up to 20 pounds, so I used it to hold our water hose.

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It was simple to wrap the fastener strap around my hose to hold it in place.  I love that it is up high and out of the way.

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I used the two Scotch™ Secure Straps to hold our lawn and leaf bags.  All I had to do was wrap the straps around the back of the 1×6 and then around the garbage bag box, and secure it with the fasteners.

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We go through a lot of garbage bags in the summer, and it will be easy to replace the old boxes with a new box by using these secure straps.

I bought a new pair of clippers and decided to use my Scotch™ Indoor Fasteners to attach them to the wood.

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I put the soft part of the fastener on my clippers so it wouldn’t bother my fingers when I used it.

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Then I put the other part of the fastener on the wood and attached my clippers.

Perfect!

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I used some of my Scotch® Extreme Mounting Tape on the back of a small basket that I had in storage.

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I attached it to the wood and put my gardening gloves and trimmer string.

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I love how organized I am getting in my shed!

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Now I am excited about tackling the other two walls in my shed!

 

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Easy Teacher Gift Idea

April 29, 2014 AT 10:07 pm 1 Comment

So, last year I waited until the last minute to get my kids’ teachers an end-of-the-year gift.  (Truthfully, it happens every year.  I know.  I’m terrible.)

I had over 10 gifts to make, so I wanted to do something quick and easy.

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I bought some canning jars, dollar store baskets, polka-dot straws, lemonade, gum, and yellow flowers.  I wanted the gift to look bright and summery.

I snapped the photo above quickly on my phone thinking, “maybe I can share this on my blog next year?!”  Smile

So I apologize for not having better pictures, but I am just throwing this idea out there to ya!

I did snap a picture of me making holes in the top of my canning jar lids with a hammer and screw driver.

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Oh, and one more of the paper straw that I put inside the canning jars…

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But that’s it.  I was rapidly trying to put these gifts together so the picture taking stopped.

I put about half of the jars in baskets as gifts, but I left the other half alone for Jonathan’s middle school teachers.  For his teachers, I just put some of those little individual-sized lemonade packets inside each jar, and tied a note to the straw that said, “Have a Sweet Summer.”

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For the baskets, I wrote “Hope your summer is as sweet as you!” on a card and stuck it in the flowers.

So easy, but fun!

Here are a few more teacher gift baskets that I found on Pinterest that I thought you might like…

Sunny Side Up: Teacher Gift Ideas

The Lovely Cupboard

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Free and editable printable at Skip to My Lou.

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great staff/co-worker gift ideas

The Family Historian

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Have a blessed day!!!


 


Coffee Table Makeover {Industrial}

April 8, 2014 AT 7:42 pm 34 Comments

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I have been dying for an industrial coffee table in our den.  I found one that I loved recently, but it was $350 on clearance.

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Ugh.  Wasn’t gonna happen.

I also found some inspirational pictures on Pinterest.

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I was trying to figure out how I could make my own industrial coffee table when I found this metal one at the Habitat ReStore in Lexington last week.

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I was SO excited!  I knew that I could use that metal frame to make the coffee table I wanted.

I took the glass off and detached the top and bottom parts.

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Then we measured the width of the top of the frame.

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We had some old, weathered pallet wood in our back yard that I wanted to use for the top of the coffee table.

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After removing the pallet wood, we cut them to size for the top and bottom of the coffee table.

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We laid the boards on the table to make sure we had enough.

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Cy had to mark and cut the end pieces to fit around the legs.

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Now here is the part that is gonna to be hard for me to explain. We had to really brainstorm to figure out how to keep the pallet wood on the top of the table.

We bought two “corner” pieces of metal for each long side of the coffee table frame.

Cy screwed the metal pieces to the side so that they created a “lip” underneath the sides for the boards to sit on.

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For the bottom shelf, we just flipped it over so that the boards could sit on top.  It held them perfectly.  The only problem was that the bar that attaches to the legs didn’t work because it was upside down.  So Cy used a metal saw blade to create a new “groove” to attach the bottom shelf to the legs.

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Lastly, I spray painted the entire frame black.  This helped to cover up the metal screws we had installed on the side.

I LOVE my table!!

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It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I love adding rustic touches to a room.

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Paired with my white slip covered couch and pretty pillows, it’s perfect!

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I have about $80 in this coffee table, which is a whole lot better than $350!

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Here’s another look at the before and after…

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Submerged Color Mason Jars {#LowesCreator}

April 3, 2014 AT 6:37 pm 35 Comments

I am absolutely in love with the submerged colors trend right now.

Don’t know what that is?  Don’t worry…I didn’t either until last week!  Smile

I AM in love with all the shades of blue, especially aquas lately, but I had no idea they were called “submerged colors.”  I think it has to do with “water” colors, hence “submerged.”

Go figure.

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As part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, I was given the challenged to do a project using submerged colors.

I knew exactly what I wanted to do!  I wanted to paint some large mason jars in beautiful shades of blues and greens!

When I decided to paint my mason jars, I googled it, and it lead me to my friend, Tonya’s blog.  She had recently painted some mason jars for a bridal shower, and I like how she painted the jars black first.  So I decided to do it too!  {Thanks, Tonya!}

 

I bought some mason jars, and then went to Lowe’s to get some cans of paint in different shades of blue that I liked.

The names of the colors are:85201 Gloss Exotic Sea, 15310 Koi Pond Satin, 86007 Flat La Fonda Mirage, 85208 Tropical Rain Forest

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Next, I spray paintde the mason jars with one coat of black.

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{Sorry for the grainy pictures.  It was dark and rainy when I took these pictures.}

Next, I spray painted the jars in different colors.  I sprayed them once upside down.submerged color mason jars

When they were dry, I turned the right side up and gave them one more coat of paint.

Aren’t they pretty?!!

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I wanted the “Ball” logo to show up well, so I  lightly sanded the paint off until I could see it.

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You can see how I sanded the two on the right in the picture below…

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I love how pretty they look all lined up on my mantle with hydrangeas in them!

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The different hues of blue add such a fresh feeling to my living room.

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As you can see, I couldn’t stop taking pictures of them.  Smile

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I also lined them up on my coffee table for fun!  You can see my aqua throw and pillows in the background.  I told you I am loving these colors right now!

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This project was so easy and so inexpensive!  It can be done in no time at all!

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Have a blessed day!

 

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Hall Closet Makeover

March 31, 2014 AT 12:02 pm 10 Comments

Last year, I showed you a makeover I did on the exterior of our hall closet, but I have never shown you the inside.

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Well, I did show you the “before” of the inside of the closet, but I never showed you the “after” of the inside of the closet.

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I used an Easy Closet system to re-do the inside of my closet, but here is the cool thing.  It was FREE!

I worked with Easy Closets for my master closet makeover, and they accidentally sent me an extra closet system for a smaller closet.

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I contacted them to let them know, and they said since it was their mistake I could keep it!  Say What?!!  I was thrilled!  And I was even more excited when I realized it fit our hall closet perfectly!

Here is the before of our hall closet…

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There was only one shelf space and one bar to hold clothes.  {This closet didn’t used to be a “hall closet.”  It was a bedroom closet before we added the addition to our home.}

With the Easy Closet system, I was able to create three bar spaces, lots of shelving, and even some drawers!  Love that!

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Now, the inside of my closet looks like this…

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The left side of the closet holds my out of season clothes, and the middle shelves hold photo albums, décor items, and some home videos.

The upper right side holds tablecloths, and the drawers below hold wrapping supplies, like tissue paper and gift bags.  I also have a “junk drawer” full of miscellaneous stuff that needs to be organized.  Smile  We all have one of those, right?

I still have some organizing to do against the wall on the right.  Right now, I have some large picture frames and artwork stuffed in there.

The back of the doors hold a lot of space, so I added a belt holder for all of the boys belts that I find laying all over the house.  I plan on adding another one for their ties.

Eventually, I want to organize this space even better with cute matching baskets on the shelves and handles on the drawer, but I don’t have time for that right now.  Smile  And no one really sees the inside of my closet except for me.  I’ll save that project for a rainy day.

For now, I am thrilled with my more organized closet!

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Do you have a closet in need of a makeover?

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