Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Front Door Makeover

A front door makeover using paint.

front door makeover

orange front door with wood planter

Yes it's orange.

I freshened up the front door with Glidden pumpkin patch, appropriately named for the upcoming season.

red front door beforeorange front door after

We moved in with the red door over 7 years ago and while I don't mind the red, it's classic and does go well with the lovely blue vinyl siding, I wanted to make it my own.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

7 DIY Organizing Solutions

A round-up of 7 DIY organizing solutions you can build.

A few of my past home organization projects posted altogether.

And for some funny reason they all relate to kids spaces as I attempt to keep all the toys, clothes, shoes and whatnot under control.

KIDS BEDROOM:

diy underbed storage bins and cubbies


diy bookshelves with fabric bins


KIDS PLAYSPACE AND TOYS:

diy portable lego tray and art supplies bin


diy weapons holster and playroom storage shelves


diy locker and bench mudroom cubbies

This home organization project involved creating a mudroom where there was none.  I built the lockers and bench units to fit the space and then added custom size monogrammed bins for each shelf.

And that concludes my home organization projects round-up.

Friday, September 7, 2012

"I" is for Ikea Hack

Rationell Variera plastic bag dispenser = play weapons holster


My 4 year old buddy boy has a collection of play weapons strewn about our house, it was high time we corralled these playthings.


He found this Ikea plastic bag dispenser in the treasure trove which is our basement and we put it to good use:


Simply screw it into the base of the bunk bed:


The perfect spot next to the ladder, out of the flow of traffic (and away from his sisters):


Because you always need your weapons close by:


I'm linking up to:

SAS @ Funky Junk
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming

Thursday, September 6, 2012

"S" is for Shower Curtain

diy shower curtain from a sheet

How to make a shower curtain with grommets.  An easy, functional project that requires very little sewing.

We have embraced our 1950's pink bathroom and were in need of a new shower curtain.

I used a new queen sized striped flat sheet cut down to size to make this shower curtain but you could use any fabric of your choice as long as you have a 72" x 72" finished piece for a standard shower curtain:

diy shower curtain from a sheet

The top edge of the flat sheet provides the perfect double strength support for the grommets and all the tugging back and forth:

diy shower curtain from a sheet

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

"P" is for Paper Wreath

Craft: rolled paper wreath


Old book pages rolled into cones and applied to a frame create this Fall wreath.  
Yes I'm a bit early for Halloween!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

"C" is for Chevron #3

Sew: monogrammed chevron pouches


Zippered navy chevron pouches with bright colored monograms and lining to match:
(Each pouch measures 12"l x 7"h x 1.5"d at base.)



After making that last batch of chevron totes I used up some scraps to make these pouches:


Each with a personalized monogram:



Or in this case a single large letter:




Here's how I made the chevron pouches:

1. Supplies:

chevron: 13" x 17"
med. weight fusible interfacing: 13" x 17"
lining: 2 @ 13" x 8.5"
zipper: 12"
fabric letters (how-to here)
grosgrain ribbon for zipper pull


2. Fuse interfacing to wrong side of chevron.
Pin letters in place on one half:


3. Zig zag stitch letters in place to secure:


4. Place zipper face down on one end then lining:
Straight stitch with zipper foot and repeat for other end.


5. Top stitch chevron in place to prevent chevron and lining from getting stuck in zipper:


The top stitching creates a nice contrast finished edge:


6. Stitch sides together and miter corners:


7. Turn right side out, press side seams open, press in bottom lining edge 1/2" and top stitch closed:


8. Push lining down into pouch and press.
Add ribbon to zipper pull.


I'm linking up to:

SAS @ Funky Junk
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Textiles @ Freckled Laundry
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming