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Weekly Whims: Dreaming Of A Mudroom

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For as long as I can remember I have always liked the concept of having a mudroom in a house.  That special space to welcome a family home, to stow belongings easily and to keep from tracking everything outdoors into the living space.  I don’t know if this longing for a mudroom comes from living in the Pacific NW where it rains a lot and outdoor activities are consistently clashing with my unwavering desire to keep the house tidy.  Maybe it is the simply noted style to an entryway with clever functionality that I would go head-over-heels for.  Clearly I find myself in dreamland of someday having an amazing mudroom at my fingertips!  In looking at many mudroom designs on the web, I came across several that were actually a perfect solution for the mudroom dreamer like myself.  Since I have limited foyer space with a small coat closet to work with, a closet conversion may just be the way to go.  I may even use the narrow hall hooks and baskets in combonation with a closet conversion.  Oh the possibilities!  Now I have to decide which ideas I like best that will suit our household and get to it!  If like me, you to are a dreamer of having a mudroom, yet limited on entryway space…check these ideas out!  As always thanks for reading friends! ~ Lisa

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And lets’s not forget a few ideas for down the road when I have my dream home…

(insert my husband’s eye roll **haha!)

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Sunday Scoops: 10 Ingenious Ideas!

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My mom and I love easy home solutions and these are some of the great ones that she recently sent to me.

I had to share!  Thanks Mom! 🙂

Do you have any great home remedies or ingenious ideas?

Please share in the comments below! As always…thanks for reading! ~Lisa

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Add half a teaspoon of baking soda to the water when hard-boiling eggs
to make the shells incredibly easy to peel off.

 

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To tell if eggs are fresh, immerse them in a bowl of water.
Fresh eggs will lie on the bottom, while stale eggs will float to the surface.
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Keep brown sugar soft by storing with a couple of marshmallows.
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Use a rubber band to rescue a stripped screw.
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Use chalk to remove grease stains from clothes.
Simply rub white chalk on the affected area and wash as normal
– the chalk will absorb the grease and be washed away in the cycle.
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Use rubber bands to help open a jar easily:
place one around the jar lid and another around the middle of the glass.
The rubber provides friction to prevent your hands from slipping.
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To sharpen scissors, simply cut through sandpaper.
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Prevent soil from escaping through the holes in the base
of flowerpots by lining with large coffee filters.
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Use ice-cubes to lift out indentations made by furniture on your carpets.
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To clean a wooden chopping board, sprinkle on a handful of Kosher salt
and rub with half a lemon.
Rinse with clean water and dry to ensure it is clean and germ-free.
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Sunday Scoops: 1-Day Powder Room Spruce Up! DIY!

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As I was in my nesting phase of my last pregnancy I decided one Saturday morning around 11am that I was going to spend the day sprucing up the powder room!  Off I went to the home improvement store, craft store and Target (of course!).  By the end of the day I had painted and redecorated this little eye sore that was a limey blah green from the day we bought our house.  I was so pleased with the results.  It feels a bit bigger, fresh, clean and up-to-date now.  Check it out!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Paint Color #1: BEHR Flat Ultra White in Grey/Greenish color is “Ocean Pearl” #780c-3 (Home Depot)
  • Paint Color #2: BEHR Flat Ultra White is “Sea Salt” #780c-1 (Home Depot) (Optional for a striped wall)
  • Slate chalkboards 1.99/each (Michaels Craft Store)
  • Colored Crayola Chalk 2.99 (Michaels)
  • Wall spackling
  • Spackle tool
  • Fine sand paper
  • Orange/Tangerine accents (or color of your choice) for a pop of color (Michaels Craft Store & Target)
  • Paint tools (brushes, tape, etc.)
  • Measuring tape
  • Level (I prefer a laser level to line up wall décor)
  • Pencil

HOW TO DO IT:

  1. Tape all molding and perimeter of ceiling.
  2. Remove any wall décor and any nails.
  3. Spackle all wall dents and holes.  Let dry then lightly sand to smooth any dried spackling that may be protruding.
  4. Paint room with Ocean Pearl grey color.  Let dry completely.
  5. If you are doing the optional striped wall….measure height of wall first.  Divide the height of the wall by how many stripes you want…this will determine the width of each stripe.  Use a steady hand, close eye and tape to place tape on wall to create sections of stripes, according to your measurements, to be painted in color # 2 Sea Salt.  Press the tape firmly.  I am very picky about my tape work and use the edge of a credit card to press the tape to minimize any paint bleeding under the edge.  When dry and tape is removed, you can touch up lines with a small brush with whichever paint color is needed.  This just depends on how much of a perfectionist you are.  😉
  6. While paint is drying, write letters in colored chalk of your choice on chalkboards.
  7. Once all painting is done and dry…add your décor!  Voila!

Sunday Scoops: DIY Opposite Gender Sibling Shared Room

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The moment we found out it would be a boy…and that our daughter would be sharing her room with an opposite gender sibling…we began our quest to give a room makeover from the pink and purple butterfly sanctuary that was currently her bedroom to something more versatile to suit them both without having her “give up” her girly room. She was open to the change since she had the current theme and colors for 5 years and even better news was that she loved the color Aqua Blue (my fave and very gender neutral). 

The challenge was really how to find a happy medium theme for her and him. Alas, it was decided it would be The Very Hungry Caterpillar! You can DIY easily for any room makeover.  Stay tuned for an upcoming Sunday Scoops post for my Powder Room Makeover.   I also did a DIY Re-Upholster Toy Chest pictured here.  To see the post on how to recover simple furniture items like this, check out the post here.  🙂

 You will want to start with a fresh paint color that can vary from a wide range of colors since there are so many to compliment this particular theme. 

I purchased some red polka dot fabric to make some window valances and throw pillowcases. I am very much a beginner when it comes to using a sewing machine, but if you can sew straight lines you can do it too. I also bought a panel of The Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric to make a huge throw pillowcase that had the caterpillar on one side and butterfly on the reverse! 🙂 

I shop Amazon frequently so finding everything there, aside from the paint and the two IKEA canopies, was easy…even the pillowcase fabrics and reusable sticky wall decals! 

My favorite was adding the paper lanterns that I strung together with fishing line to mimic “the caterpillar” and the giant IKEA leaf canopy over the crib was perfect and cheap! Some bedding to match was simple too. I went with a primary colored circle print for the crib. This theme did have a crib set available but it was very expensive so I went with the circle print for him and similarly colored butterfly duvet cover for her. The IKEA mesh canopy over her bed was the perfect addition to add extra femininity to her space.

Oh my, the shared closet was a challenge as it is super small, but luckily for now, so are their clothes. I purchased a closet rod doubler which you can find on Amazon or a local bed/bath/organization store. She loved being able to access her clothes easily on the lower rod and I added his clothes  (after picture) to the new space on top rod.  

With two dressers, one for each, this left just a bit of room for a multi-use train/play table, toy chest used for her dress up stuff and some cubbies for her personal items such as purses, jewelry boxes, etc.  The captain-style bed and crib both have drawer space underneath which has worked great for storing toys, stuffed animals and even extra crib sheets for any quick midnight changes.  I used the top of the larger  dresser as a changing table for baby as you can see the cushion atop the mirrored dresser making it multi-functional and space saving.  

When our lil guy is old enough…my plan is to put a bunk bed in place of her current captain-style twin bed and replace the crib under the leaf canopy with either a small desk or play/reading corner for both.  It is a room theme that will grow with them…for a little while anyway. 😉 

 This was a challenge because it was such a small room, but it has worked out marvelously and they both really love it!

What theme ideas do you have for sibling shared rooms? 

As always thanks for reading friends!

~ Lisa

Sunday Scoops: DIY Re-Upholstering—Toy Chest (or your choice piece)—Fun upcycle project!

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This was one of my favorite DIY home projects.  One of my husband’s co-workers offered us this toy chest for our daughter.  The fabric that covered the outter padding was cute, but dated.  We used the toy chest “as is” for a couple of years.  The summer before my youngest son was born, I was working on their bedroom make-over as they would be sharing.  I picked up some adorable IKEA fabric from a neighbor’s garage sale, honestly not knowing how I would use it.  Then as the soon-to-be shared sibling room started coming together, I knew I was ready to recover the toy chest to at least bring it into the same color scheme to match the room theme.  The IKEA fabric was perfect!  Stay tuned…I will be posting an upcoming Sunday Scoops edition for a DIY Opposite Gender Sibling Shared Room project in which this little gem is featured!

BEFORE & AFTER

 

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • New or Upcycled Fabric – pressed
  • Scissors for trimming
  • Foam padding if adding or replacing
  • Screwdriver and/or pliers to remove/replace any hardware as necessary
  • Staple gun +  staples

HOW TO DO IT:

  1. Remove any hardware (screws, etc.) to allow easy access to pieces to be covered.
  2. Remove any unwanted old fabric and/or padding to be replaced.
  3. Pay close attention to pattern/print fabrics to be sure you have it positioned how you would like for it to appear before the next step of trimming.
  4. Trim fabric and/or padding to fit.  You will need to trim the fabric with enough allowance to accommodate the padding underneath.  I recommend laying the padding down first then placing the new fabric over the padding before trimming, to get the best idea of how much you will need.  Trim the excess padding and fabric.  Leave a generous 3-5″ of fabric around borders to give you “wiggle room” to work with for folding, tucking and stapling.
  5. Line up your fabric so that equal amounts are available around all edges.
  6. Tuck/fold edge of fabric on underside of furniture and staple.  You may find it easier to turn the furniture piece upside down, but it depends what type of item you are covering.  Keep the fabric pulled taut to keep it even and prevent wrinkles/bubbling up of fabric.  Continue stapling underside until all covered.  ** Trimming fabric as you go as needed is fine, just remember not to trim too much as to avoid being short on fabric to fold/staple.** If you need to adjust after adding a staple(s)…you can always remove the staples with pliers and redo.**
  7. Replace covered piece to frame if applicable (such as a chair) or in my case the lid to the toy chest.
  8. Re-secure hardware.  Voila!

Have you re-covered a piece of furniture or perhaps aspiring to?  Please share in the comments below.  I would love to hear of your projects and ideas.  As always…thanks for reading friends!  🙂 ~ Lisa

 

Sunday Scoops: DIY Headband Holder

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I was desperate to find a way to organize my daughters heap of headbands, large clips and bows.  I made this easy peezy lemon squeezy holder in about 15 minutes!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Empty oatmeal container
  • Double-sided tape
  • Hot glue gun + glue stick
  • Scissors
  • A piece of fabric that will cover the entire container.  You can use scrapbook paper, but I chose fabric since I knew it would last longer and if the container was ever used in the bathroom the paper would probably rumple with condensation.

HOW TO DO IT:

  • Remove lid from oatmeal container and set aside.
  • Add a strip of double sided tape around the very top outer edge of container.
  • Add another strip of tape in one line vertically from top to bottom of the container.
  • Attach edge of fabric to this vertical strip.  Apply a second strip of tape in the same place on top of the fabric so that you may stick the end of fabric in the same place after wrapped all the way around.
  • Rotate container keeping fabric taught and as you go adhere the top edge of the fabric to the strip of tape that you put around the top outer edge in step 2.
  • Once you have made it back around to the original seam, you may attach the end of the fabric to vertical tape.  For a clean crisp look at seam…my fabric went a bit too far past seam, so I trimmed it allowing about a 1/2″ past tape line.  This allowed me to fold the edge under to have a clean look when taping at the final seam.  **Optional: You can use a cool iron gently on the seam to flatten it more if you want or need to.

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  • You will likely have some excess fabric at the bottom which is what you want.  Trim as needed leaving about a 1″ to wrap under bottom.
  • Wrap bottom edge of fabric under container and adhere fabric to the bottom of the container with the hot glue gun. You will need to overlap the fabric a bit underneath due to the shape to keep fabric taught.

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  • Put the lid on!  Now you may store whatever your heart desires inside of the container and headbands on the outside.  🙂

 

**You could forego the tape and glue gun if you want to use mod-podge adhesive but will need to allow drying time for that option.  With tape and glue in the above sample that I made…no dry time and ready to use!

~Lisa