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Get Going on your Garage!

That is my really cute yellow bike! :)

A garage is commonly thought of as a place for cars, a “man’s cave,” or as storage for all the Christmas decorations and numerous items that won’t fit in the house or attic. It can be a great place for storing things that you do not routinely use but it can also turn into a storage dump quickly. The best solution to keeping your garage tidy and organized is with tons of shelving or cabinets.

Home improvement stores charge $400 for a simple workbench, with no shelving underneath or attachments. It is relatively simple to make your own workbench and it can be cut to the exact width and size for your garage for a fraction of the cost.

My boyfriend has a bazillion tools so finding somewhere to put them was definitely in order. We measured the length, width and height of the desired bench, then went to our local Home Depot to purchase the lumber. He started out by making a long rectangular cube with the 4×4 pieces. He then nailed additional 4×4 pieces to the middle for an additional shelf. He then attached the top unit and shelving piece to complete the project.

With a little creativity and carpentry, you can create an extremely useful workbench and storage, all for around $80.

If you want to keep the uncluttered look, you can install cabinets onto the work bench so the stored items are not in view for a really clean and sleek look.

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A Lack Table Without Lacking Style

I love IKEA furniture. Their products give my house an affordable, yet modern appeal. From my first blog post, you probably already know that I adore IKEA items, whether it be for storage, functionality or organization. My boyfriend and I were doing some spring cleaning and were getting ride of two IKEA Lack tables and a Lack coffee table. We found a great idea from IKEAHackers to build and reuse the items for something new instead of leaving them for bulk pick up.

The IKEA Lack tables used to make the base of the table.

IKEA Lack coffee table used as a top for the table.

I have been searching for a sofa table since I purchased my home because I always felt our front entry way looked lonely. I was ecstatic to build this piece of furniture from items we had once deemed be to trash! My boyfriend Cody got out his drill, screws and measuring tape and within 10 minutes we had the beautiful table!

IKEA Hackers originally posted it as a breakfast bar, but since we already have a kitchen table we built it as a table for the entry way.

The finished table in the entry way of my home.

Rethink before you toss that old table or dresser onto the curb – it could be exactly what you’ve been looking for.

What have you saved from the garbage and constructed into something useful?

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Light and Linens

Spring air is refreshing and is one of the best times for projects to be done before the summer heat. Creating your own blackout drapes is actually a lot easier than one might first think! Most blackout drapes are only available in solid boring colors with suede fabric that collects dust and pet fur. For less than the cost of blackout drapes, you can purchase fabric and Roc-lon, a flame retardant drapery lining. Roc-lon also is available in different widths so you can choose how much light you want to show through.

Sew the Roc-lon to the fabric.

I created curtains for my sliding glass doors as they were letting an extreme amount of heat in each day. I went to my favorite local fabric store and purchased fabric that I thought would work best with my living room. I started by looking in the clearance bins and ended up finding exactly what I wanted for half the price!

Sew the edges to prevent fraying.

First measure exactly how high you want the curtains on the wall and give approximately 7 inches more for the rod and a seam around the edge on the bottom. When working with such large pieces, lay the side you want exposed to the room down, flat on the floor. Pin the edges for the seam and to prevent fraying and sew. With the curtain fabric face down, lay the Roc-lon on top of the fabric and pin the top, folding over the fabric approximating 3 inches for the curtain rod. Do not sew seams on the Roc-lon as it is will not fray with astraight scissored cut.

Hang the rod and curtains and it’s finished! You have created customized blackout curtains for a fraction of the cost and can now stay cool all summer long.

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Chalk It Up!

HGTV.com's Thrifty Chalkboard

Chalkboards do not always have to be for teachers, they can be used to decorate too! Chalkboards are great for daily family reminders or for month-long activities.

Chalkboards can be insanely fun and leave an incredible amount of room for creativity. By mounting the chalkboard by the door allows all the members of the family pass by it before leaving for the day and be aware of any notes left behind.

You do not have purchase a big and boring chalkboard from the store as you can create your own in little to no time.

You can get creative with finding a frame that fits your design. You can either purchase frame wood from your local home-improvement store or you can find an old picture frame at second hand stores, such as Goodwill or Savers. Pictures frames are usually cheap at these stores as they are missing the glass that isn’t needed for this project. Remember, don’t worry about color! You can paint it any shade and can add any kind of embellishments or frills.

After you have the frame in the exact size you want, trace the area inside of the frame on the wall. Purchase chalkboard paint in your desired color at a home-improvement store and paint it in the traced area. After it dries, nail the frame to the wall and you have the perfect chalkboard made just for your needs.

Don’t let the frame limit you! If you’re adventurous enough, paint an entire wall into a chalkboard. The children will love being artists and you will constantly have darling new artwork.

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Paintings and Portraits!

Three canvas panels can create a dramatic effect in any room.

I love artwork and I love it in all forms, especially paintings, photographs, portraits! I was so excited to decorate my house in beautiful pieces that would accentuate the room, but I was having trouble finding a piece of artwork that would cover a decent amount of space on the vast wall in my living room as displayed in the photo above. (Top photo courtesy of JCPenny.com)

Credit: Art & Creativity Blog

I found an outline of a dandelion being blown by the wind online. I love the artistic, natural and dainty appeal of a dandelion and wanted to incorporate this into my modern living room.

I printed the dandelion to where it takes up the majority of a normal sized piece of paper. and copied it with a copy machine onto a transparency paper, available at a local office supply store. I also purchased three canvases, matching paint and brushes from Michael’s creativity store. I found that they have the best sales on canvases – wait for a buy one get one free deal!

This step can be a little tricky, but with patience and creativity you can find a way to make it work. I hung the three canvases equally spaced and where I wanted them placed on the wall. I then found a old moving box and cut a large square, large enough for the entire image to be seen through. I taped the dandelion transparency on square hole and placed a lamp on it’s side in the box. This will create a shadow and outline onto the wall of the design. I traced the entire image with a pencil onto the canvases and then brought them down to paint. After they were all finished I rehung the paintings and my living room was completely and exactly how I dreamed it look.

What picture or design did you choose for your artwork?

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Doors to Dreamland

My Home Made Headboard

I wanted to create a different and artistic headboard for my bedroom. I love the antique and rustic feel of taking old materials and making them into something else. I was at garage sales for weeks and on the hunt until I finally found two very old and very heavy antique doors. I knew right away they were perfect! I then sanded the doors and painted them a dark red color that matches my bedroom.  After the paint dried, I applied crackle medium that you can purchase at your home improvement store and then applied a clear finish.  The clear finish is important as the paint can crack off entirely without it!

For many different crackling techniques, visit Michael’s website, a home craft store. They have instructions for applying the paint in various ways to get the exact type of crackling you desire for your project.

Crackle paint gives an authentic antique feel.

After the paint dried, I screwed on wall mounts so I could properly attach the doors to the wall and did not have any worry about it falling. With the doors hung and the bed made, my bedroom has the exact feel and decor I originally planned. (My finished project is featured above.)

Blissful Begonia's fabric headboard

Headboards do not always have to be attached to the bed frame. Let your creativity run wild and think of something unique!

One of my favorite projects that is inexpensive and cheap to produce is a fabric headboard. With plywood cut to your bed size, matting, and a matching fabric pattern for the room, you can create a stylish headboard. Blissful Begonia has a tutorial on how to make this interesting and fun piece. I also love the picket fence headboard from HGTV.com! It would look darling for a little girl’s princess room.

How have you decorated your room? Did you create something different with the headboard?

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