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Floating shelves.

I’m OBSESSED with floating shelves. Above you will see where I put two in my dining room. I found these at Garden Ridge, the small one for $6.99 and the large for $9.99. These shelves can be found almost anywhere, Target, Pottery Barn, Walmart, Ikea, and you can build your own with your own materials if you choose! There are so many ways to use them them for storage and decoration. They are easy to find, easy to build, and inexpensive. Shelves are great for showing off pictures, displaying keepsakes, holding books, and have multiple purposes. Check out some the ways you can use a shelf, like you probably have never thought about before!

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Office supplies.

Kitchen shelving. (but I’d never be able to keep my kitchen this clean!!)

Bookshelf. (check out that its 2 small and 1 large underneath) This use is great for small living areas, instead of putting in a large shelving unit or table.

Use a shelf as a desk.

This shelving unit almost takes the place of a mud room. This small space between the front door and living area now acts as a closet.

Use small shelves as a bedside table unit.

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Hello, Blank Wall Space…..Meet Ceramic Tile.

When I purchased my 1949 home 1.5 years ago, I did it with an open mind. My house was foreclosed, outdated, unattended, and unloved. The ugliest and most outdated room in the house was the kitchen (of course)..But I think people should have an eye for things-especially when it comes to using your creativity. My poor kitchen had wallpapered cabinets (which can be cute if done right), outdoor carpet on the floor, yellow countertops and a weird fish shaped table that took up half the room. The kitchen has been a work in progress over the past year. With the help of friends, family, and the guys on the isles at Lowes and Home Depot..I was able to create a beautiful kitchen. One project I started myself was transforming most of the blank space (the backsplash) into a ceramic focal point. This was so easy. I literally walked up to a worker at Lowes and said, “Sir, how do you tile?” He looked at me, with disbelief..and told me what I needed and what to do. And the rest I just figured out on my own.

Here is my kitchen, when I purchased the house. And steps leading up to tiling the backsplash.

Removed all cabinets, sanded cabinets on walls, put in countertops, tiled floors..

Painted cabinets, installed dishwasher, venta-hood, stove..

Here is how I tiled..

Things you need: level, spackle knife, sandpaper, mastic (adhesive), mastic trowel (tool for applying the adhesive), tile, tile saw, spacers, grout, blade float (spreads grout), sealer, tape, caulk, sponge, measuring tape (All this can be found on the tile isle at Lowes/Home Depot)

1. Measure space. Figure out the size tile and style/color you want. I decided instead of tiling horizontally, I wanted diamonds. Every girl likes diamonds, right?! Makes the cuts harder, but looks very pretty…and different. My uncle quoted, “Lindsay why did you make this project twice as hard?,” Of course I reply…”Because it looks better!!!” (which of course he agreed later that it did).

1a.Clean the surface of the wall. Find the center of the wall with a measuring tape. Most people start tiling from the middle point. This usually gives you equal tiles and equal cuts, but not always. I laid mine out to see where I should place them (since I used two colors the cuts are more noticeable).

2. Apply the mastic to the wall. Only do about a 12×12 space at a time because it will start to dry. My MISTAKE was starting at the bottom of my wall. Gravity pulls the tiles down and moves them, so I would suggest starting in the middle of the wall or top. Create lines in the mastic with the mastic trowel tool. Apply your tile in the space!

3. Complete your space. Figure out where you need cuts. Measure and make your cuts. (I had my talented uncle do this for me with a table saw). Then add spacers in between your tiles. The size of the spacer is based off the size tile you use. My tiles were 4×4″ tiles. Spacers create space for the grout and caulk. I added spacers throughout my project and didn’t wait until the end. Some tiles ended up moving anyways. (Good thing the grout hides imperfections!)

4. Tile needs to set 24 hours before the grout can be applied. Apply grout using the rubber-blade float (you choose your color grout /mine was tan and sanded). Every ten minutes wipe the grout off with the damp sponge. Don’t wipe the direction of the grout lines, and don’t wipe the grout off. Basically your pushing grout in the empty spaces and wiping off excess grout from the top of the tiles. Don’t worry about the light haze of grout on the tile. Leave some on there overnight.

After finished, wait until the next day and take the damp sponge and wipe off the extra grout. There will be haze of it all over the place for days, just keep cleaning it! And floor tiling is pretty similar, I used these steps for tiling my laundry room!

You’ll notice, I added hardware. It was the perfect touch to the kitchen, and not expensive. For my 30 cabinets and 6 drawers, it was $60. I got my hardware at Target. I think the tile really adds to my kitchen, and is certainly the focal point of the room.

Kitchen now…

Now for the crazy part….. The cost of these projects..

  • Tile floor- $100 (end of isle Lowes special; including materials)
  • Tile for backsplash- $150 (tile was less than $0.40 ea./including materials)
  • Paint/Primer- (cabinets/walls) $200
  • Countertops- $350 (Lowes in stock/including materials)
  • Framing- $100
  • Furniture/Misc- $150 (table ($50), stools ($50), rug ($15), tray ($10), wall crates ($25))
  • Hardware for cabinets-$60
  • Total flip cost for this kitchen: $1,110.00
  • If you include the new appliances installed (Stove $550, Ventahood $70, Dishwasher $350, Sink $100) the total comes to: $2180.00

So. I redid my entire kitchen for a little over $2000.00 (which I am sure little odds and ends here and there adds a little more). You’ll notice, I got good deals on tile and appliances. I waited for sales and took millions of trips to Lowes and Home Depot to compare prices. This is why these projects all did not happen at once and happened over time. Doing the labor yourself saves a TON of money.

Here is a link to the whole house and it’s updates!: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2148650&id=38900632&l=d9fc1351f4

 

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Easy Canvas Art.

I am obsessed with pretty fabrics. From the patterns, to the fabric, they are all unique and so versatile to decorate. You’ll see here before I put up my wood crates above my kitchen table, I put a piece of fabric art. Now the art is moved to my den.

Creating art with fabric is so easy. All you need is the fabric you choose/like and the amount you need to create the size piece of art your wanting and something to hang it on.

The easiest way to do this is to buy already built canvas, then stretch the fabric over the canvas. BUT, of course, I like to do things the hard way…so I built my frame. I measured the wall space and decided I wanted a fairly large piece of stretched fabric canvas art. The canvas you can buy at Michaels (usually on sale), Hobby Lobby (40% off coupon online), any art store, and even places that sell art supplies.

I purchased small pieces of thing, long wood at Lowes. I cut the edges at an angle and glued them together. Finally I stretched my fabric around the sides to make the art. I like these pieces because unlike framed art work the texture of the fabric and the canvas/wood frame depth adds dimension. It is also a more modern/different look than most framed art.

You’ll need (some you may not): staple gun, small nails, glue, scissors, canvas or wood, and fabric

Steps:

1. You will need to the width of your fabric before you make a final decision on the canvas size. Of course you can get the length of your fabric to be as long as you want, but you don’t want cuts of your fabric in your art (sewn together). Most designs on the fabric you can do any orientation you choose, but some may only be viewed properly either horizontally or vertically. So with that being said, choose your fabric and know the size you need. I purchased my fabric at Hancocks Fabric (they always have GREAT deals). I picked it out online (below).

2. Decide the size of the canvas/wood frame for your art.

3. Lay the canvas/wood frame on top of the fabric. Make sure the patterns on the fabric are even.Stretch the fabric out around the canvas/frame.

4. Either glue or staple gun the fabric to the back frame of the canvas/wood frame. Make sure to fold over the excess fabric on the corners nicely, sometimes this is visible. Think that you are wrapping a gift (which if any of you know me, my wrapping style is hideous)! Make sure that the fabric is stretched tight so that there are no wrinkles or droopy fabric on the front of the canvas.

5. Let the glue dry (if applied instead of nailing). And you are DONE!

6. It is optional to run stretched ribbon across the fabric, add studs to the edges of the art, or most anything you want to add to your new fabric art.

Look at how people did multiple canvas sizes and multiple pieces for their art!

 

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Printer Tray Jewelry Display.

I love this way to organize your jewelry! I have lots of earrings and necklaces that I love and want to display in my room. While trying to come up with ideas I ran across these beautiful printer tray jewelry displays!
I found these on Etsy at a store called Bluebirdheaven. She has many pieces and several colors. Feeling crafty?? These are easy to create with things you can find locally!

 

1. Printer trays can be found at your local antique mall. Be patient. This will probably require some digging through  those cluttered booths that you usually avoid. I found quite a few at Sheffield Antique Mall in Collierville in several sizes.

2. Sand and stain or paint if needed. Going for that rustic look?? Try glazing your piece before your breaking out the spray cans.

3. In order to get spaces long enough to hang your necklaces you will need to remove some of the wood planks by cutting them very carefully. You might luck out and find a tray that already has long spaces.

4. Pick out some pretty hooks at your hardware store and install them in each slot.

5. Lastly, attach a solid bracket ( or two ) to the back and hang on the wall.

Enjoy,

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Help! Save your countertop space.

So, even though I love my wood crate storage on my kitchen countertops, I still have stuff crammed everywhere in my cabinets. Things that I use almost daily. Not sure if any of you have seen these but I noticed them at Lowe’s the other day (on my 100th trip of the week) and I am positive they sell these at Home Depot, and most other home goods stores.

These are railing systems for kitchen supplies. I plan on using mine above my stove for utensils, but they have several kinds that serve different storage purposes.

Thought I would share with you guys!

Here are some examples of what others have done with their railing, and when I put up mine I will post a photo.

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Picture Frame Earring Holders.

Old picture frames work great for homemade earring holders. They are so cute too.

1. Find any size or style picture frame, or frame. Remove the back of the frame (optional). You can have the frame see through (without the backing) to hang on the wall or leave the back on and use it to set the frame up on a table top.

2. Buy door screen. You can purchase the screen at Lowes or Home Depot, and probably any place that sells home supplies.

3. Measure the open space in the frame and cut the screen at the needed size.

4. Pull the screen tight to the edges of the back of the frame. Hot glue the screen to the frame. I tried nailing and stapling the screen, but glue works best. The nails and staples punch through the opposite side of the screen and break the frame. Let the glue dry.

DONE!

 

 

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