Hey all! It’s been a while since I’ve posted (what’s new, right?) so today I thought I’d show you a project I finished quite a while back but neglected to put on the blog. I suppose it’s because this particular project isn’t the most exciting… it’s a basement utility room after all.
I gave you a little glimpse of the ‘before’ state of this room in this post, but today I’m showing you the whole shebang! I was originally inspired to give this room a facelift after seeing how Jen spruced up a storage room in her house over at the I Heart Organizing blog.
So I just realized I didn’t take the time to mop the floors before taking this pic — whoops! The blame is on the dog!
So to give you a run-down of what was done to makeover this space:
- the dingy floors were painted a clean gray using concrete & garage floor paint from Home Depot
- the tile along the back of the room received a good wash and a fresh coat of white paint (as did some of the pegboard walls in the room)
- the under-the-stair storage areas were organized and concealed with curtains
- one wall received a coat of chalkboard paint
- loose wires hanging from the ceiling were tied up
- the large utility work bench that was accumulating clutter was replaced with two IKEA shelf sections to hold select kitchen appliances, bulk food & household items, etc.
The new space feels much brighter, cleaner and the added storage is definitely a game-changer! What do you think — would you consider giving a utility/storage room in your house a makeover? A little organization and a can of paint can go a long way! For more ideas, check out my ‘Garage / Workroom’ Pinterest board.
Hey guys! Remember a while back when I showed you our guest bathroom makeover? Well it got another upgrade… a board and batten towel hook wall!
Check it out…
I ended up selling my DIY towel hook you see above and figured it was about time to clean the dust off my nail gun…
^progress pic taken on phone
^ a view from the outside of the bathroom
I bought the lattice strips for around $10 at Home Depot and I scored the hooks for 50% off ($2.49/ea) at Hobby Lobby. Since I already had a nail gun, paint & caulk, the total of this project came to just under $20.
For a detailed board and batten tutorial, I recommend this one.
Now I am on the search for three matching frames to do something like this above the hooks to make the wall feel complete.
And in case you’re curious or missed it, you can view my DIY industrial sliding door post HERE.
Hey guys! I’m back with yet another mantel makeover. A few weeks ago I went with a pretty rustic vibe by incorporating burlap, deer antlers and my DIY hayrides sign (now sold by the way!). I decided to scale it back a bit and use one of my newer DIY fall signs instead. I also picked up some mini pumpkins from the farmers market. Here’s how it turned out:
I love this sign because gets me thinking about Thanksgiving and gathering with good friends & family.
To make it, I did a similar distressing process to that of my DIY towel rack and simply traced and painted on the letters. From there, I gave it one last light sanding to make the letters look slightly worn to blend in with the newly distressed wood.
I’m always on the look out for old books with interesting covers and spines when I’m at garage sales and thrift stores.
What are you doing to add some fall flair around your house? — I’d love to hear about it!
Happy Labor Day! It seems like only yesterday I was posting about my nautical-themed mantel and here I am with a fall-inspired one!
I recently made this hayrides sign with a piece of weathered wood that my parents came across on their farm land. I paired it with my vintage windowpane (I just realized that it’s hanging crooked in these pics — whoops!), a handful of antique books, a deer antler, a burlap sack, a pitcher fully of sticks from my backyard plus faux fall foliage, and a vintage grinder.
Have you started decorating for autumn yet? I am working on some other seasonal pieces that I hope to share on the blog soon!
Psst – my hayrides sign is now available for sale at Dwell!
It’s time for another Crave vs. Save post today!
I went to the Gold Rush Days flea market this past weekend (see my recap of last year’s market here) in which I was bombarded by an array of vintage goods and hard-to-pass-up antiques. The more I looked around, the more I realized I already had several of the treasures I was seeing on display; the only difference was that I [happily] paid a fraction of the price for most of those items compared to what they were being sold for (all thanks to shopping at estate sales, garage sales, and thrift shops). This reminded me that whether it’s a simple piece of milk glass or a large furniture item, it’s important to do your research, bargain hunt and price compare for particular items you want so you don’t end up paying more than you should, or have to!
These crave vs. save posts are a prime example of the money you can save when you do your homework and hold out to find the best deal…
Schoolhouse Electric, $110 Ashley Anna Brown, $68
West Elm, $79 DIY, approx. $24
Lowes, $79 IKEA, $49.99
West Elm, $199/ea Target, $79.99/ea
Urban Outfitters, $98 Target, $49.99
What items have you saved big on lately?
See my other Crave vs. Save posts here & here.
Hey guys! You might have noticed I’ve been going to town on a lot of DIY signs lately — it’s because I am now selling some of my pieces at Dwell Local, a storefront + design studio located here in Rochester, MN. Dwell offers interior design consultations and their storefront features fun vintage finds + a wide variety of unique & handmade items from local artists. If you’re in the area, it’s definitely worth checking out!
Read more about Dwell here.
For an updated list of “SimplyChic” pieces that are available for sale at Dwell, head to my SHOP page! I am hoping to have new pieces available each week so check back regularly.
I realized last week that I hadn’t done much to our mantel since adding this window, so I decided it needed a little refresher. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen the beach sign I was working on last weekend, amongst a few other DIY wall art projects. The sign, combined with my desire to change up the mantel, resulted in a fun nautical design.
I made the sign with a piece of reclaimed wood, my go-to stencils & some sisal rope. (Note: After uploading these pictures, I decided the sign looked too clean and needed a little “roughing up” so I gave it a slightly more rustic feel by giving it a light sanding).
The nautical-themed mantel is comprised of my large antique window, a vintage fan, a sailboat picture, my beach sign and a rusted blue lantern. As much as I don’t want summer to end, I am already dreaming up some fun ideas for fall decor!
Hello friends! Today I thought I’d show an update of the back entry (really the eat-in kitchen) of our house as well as a new piece I made — a wooden key/coat rack inspired by 7th House on the Left and my DIY towel holder.
To make the rack, I simply cut a piece of scrap wood I had to the same size as the chalkboard window above it, gave it a coat of walnut stain leftover from this project, stenciled on some numbers, and lastly added four hooks I had picked up on sale at the craft store for $1.49/ea. a while back.
More projects to report on soon!
Last month I mentioned in my curb appeal post that if I only crossed *one* item off my curb appeal to-do/wish list, it would be to install window boxes. I am happy to report that the boxes are now built, installed and boasting pretty red blooms!
You might remember I debated buying vs DIYing. I ultimately decided to make my own for the sake of saving some major cash, plus you simply can’t beat the satisfaction of being able to say, “Hey, I made that!” when it comes to the completion of any successful DIY project.
The materials (wood, primer + paint, screws & four L-brackets) ended up coming in at just around $60, as opposed to $150/each for the pre-made ones I had been eyeing at the home improvement store. You can probably do the math but that means I saved a total of $240 by making them myself — score!
First I got all of my wood cut to size, followed by priming it all with an oil-based primer. From there I attached all of the pieces using a nail gun. Once assembled, I filled in the nail holes with spackle and caulked along the inner corners. I then gave the boxes two coats of glossy white paint made for indoor/outdoor use. Lastly, I drilled six drainage holes into the bottom of each box and lined the boxes with burlap so that water can get through the holes but the dirt can’t. The final step was to secure the boxes to the house which I did by using two 8″x8″ L-brackets per box and the help of this tutorial. Oh yeah, and the hubs helped out a lot, too.
To make the boxes look less plain and more “custom,” I added lattice strips to the front. I also figure that if I ever want to take the “custom” look a step further, there is always the option of attaching decorative corbels to the bottom as well.
As much as I wanted to do something bold and really eye-catching to fill the boxes, I kept it simple this time around by going with red impatients to complement our red front door. Next year I plan to get more creative and opt for a mix of plants like this, aka the “filler, thriller, spiller” method.
So there you have it — my DIY window boxes! I’m so glad to be able to check this project off my home improvement list. But of course there are many more boxes to be checked…
Until next time!
Two posts in the same week from me? Crazy, I know. I’m trying to get back to regular blogging here people, “trying” being the keyword.
So I posted this photo on Instagram a few weeks back of a new garden sign I picked up on clearance for $8 at Hobby Lobby. I had been wanting to make one myself, but a mix of laziness and a tempting red clearance sign got the best of me so a store-bought sign it was. Despite this sign being located in the outdoor garden decor section, it only took 20 minutes of the sprinkler hitting it before all the letters just melted right off the day I hung it up. Wah, wah, wah. So I was left with a blank (yet pleasantly distressed-looking) piece of $8 wood. It was clear this was meant to be DIY from the start…
I decided to keep it simple by using my bold Arial font stencils and black paint. It doesn’t look as pretty as the store-bought one, but sometimes basic is best. This ended up being my easiest DIY sign, yet ironically the most expensive. Without further ado, my simple garden sign:
Click the links to check out my four other DIY signs — Dream | Fresh Eggs | Garden Tour | Market
And on the subject of gardens, I am about due for an updated “how does your garden grow” post to show you guys what we have sprouting up this year.
Until next time…
Filed under DIY, Gardening