How to Make Hoarding Cool…Kind of

I am definitely a hoarder. I hate getting rid of things, because to me, everything has some sort of significance.  I already did a post on how to organize a few things, but now I want to show you how to take some of your ‘collections’ and give them a purpose.

In my room, I have a few memory boxes. In them are things that don’t really belong anywhere else, like tickets from plays and playbills, some travel tickets, and my collection of movie tickets.

This first idea is to hole punch your old cards you want to keep, and put a ring around them to make a little book. It’s probably a lot neater than where you’re keeping them now.

Image

In this project, you can make a frame that you slide your ticket stubs into so you can show them off.

ImageImage

 

the example above is actually one where they are trying to sell the boxes, but with a handyman around, a little wallpaper for the backdrop, and some letters and glue, I think we can achieve the same thing.

What you can do with Mason Jars and a little wood?

Quite a lot actually.

They’re so easy to get your hands on – You can find mason jars at lots of stores like Wal-Mart and target. We have tons lying around at my house, so I think it’s time we use them for something more creative than canning. these projects bring a rustic feel to the home, and are cheap and clever ways to find a new use for an old jar. not to mention the projects are super easy! And all of these projects have a few things in common…

  1. They use mason jars
  2. They use wood
  3. They look good!

Try using them for storage

Image

for stylish planters

Image

for candle holders

Image

Or even for holding baking supplies

Image

 

Getting Creative with Chalk Paint

There are so many fun things DIY projects to do with chalk paint. I think they are great ways to get creative, and personalize your home.

You can find chalkboard paint at some hardware stores, or I found a simple recipe to make it yourself. All you need is any colour paint, and some unsanded tile grout. Here’s a detailed explanation of how to make it.

Once you have the paint, the possibilities are endless.

Some of my favourites are…

These Framed Chalkboard Signs

Image

this serving tray

Image

and these painted wine glasses that you can write your name on

Image

So have fun with these projects, and come up with your own!

Feel free to comment below if you have a cool idea for a personalized chalkboard.

Time for a Makeover…

…not for you, but for your out-dated furniture!

These are a few projects I have found that take an old piece of furniture and give it an update into a new beautiful piece. I haven’t tried one myself yet, but I can’t wait to! So if you have a worn down desk, table, or drawer that you’ve been thinking of getting rid of, go get some paint, and get creative!

Here are some before and after shots.

Before

Image

After

http://blog.spoonflower.com/2012/12/project-revive-a-bedside-table-with-wall-decal.html

A few simple steps to follow when re-furnishing something:

  1. Sand it down
  2. Prime it with a coat of white paint
  3. Paint it your desired colour (once dry)
  4. Give the handles or hardware a new coat of paint where possible

Of course you have the freedom to do whatever you want with your piece, but I like the way this example used a decal to enhance the inside of the drawers and the interior.

Here are a few more ideas to get you started:

Image

http://attheparks.blogspot.ca/search?updated-max=2013-02-24T13:26:00-08:00&max-results=10

ImageImage

ImageImage

http://www.lhj.com/style/decorating/easy/chic-and-cheap-ways-to-refresh-your-furniture/?page=1

Need Inspiration?

I checked out the blog Desire to Inspire and I really loved the beautiful interior design and conversion of the homes. The posts are very short and concise, just giving a brief summary of what the home is and maybe a bit of the inspiration by the designers. The audience is quite broad – really anyone who finds interest in the home as it is mostly pictures it isn’t too technical or hard to follow. However, it is still aimed towards those more architecturally inclined, or interior designers as an inspirational blog. The purpose is stated in the name of the blog, desire to inspire; which it does. I think it is successful in that aspect.

This blog is very accessible by many audiences. It is clear, concise, and very reader friendly. It starts with a quick summary and then the rest is photographs.

A picture really is worth a thousand words, and this blog shows that. I think if it was crowded with writing, the reader would have a harder time forming their own opinions on the space; and the spaces really do speak for themselves.

I loved the contemporary theme of the homes, and that they stick with the modern style. The site is clean and sleek looking which fits well with the style of design they have chosen.

This is a nice blog that has beautiful and inspiring contemporary homes. If you’re looking for inspiration, or just looking to dream, check it out!

Here’s a few photos of the first post I read about a converted church that caught my eye:
ImageImageImage

Reinventing The Pallet

I have come across so many different ways to use pallets in Interior design. They are a great way to add some inexpensive personal touches to your home. They also add that rustic country feel I love.

So in no particular order, here are some fun projects using old pallets.

Pallet Shelves

Pallets pallet1

Pic 1: http://amandacarverdesigns.com/?p=1446
Pic 2: http://domesticdoozie.blogspot.ca/2012/06/thrifty-thursday-pallet-love.html

This shelf is very simple. The first picture shows a pallet simply hung on the wall, the second is for those who don’t mind getting there hands dirty to stain it.

How to hang your pallet.

Pallet Seating

PALLERT

http://www.bobvila.com/blogs/repurposed-wood/

This is just one example of some fun and original pallet seating. You can get as creative as you want with this easy project. It is simple to personalize with a coat of paint and your choice of cushions. The example given above would be perfect for theatre style seating in your home. You could also use them as a bench in the house, or outdoors. This project is so versatile and it has endless possibilities with what you can do.

Here are a few more examples:

Pallllet pelllllet

Pic 1:http://pinterest.com/pin/162551867772871533/
Pic 2:http://pinterest.com/pin/195836283766576078/

And some more pallet projects…

Pallet Tables

table

http://pinterest.com/pin/89368373828136059/

Pallet Porch Swing

swing

http://pinterest.com/pin/89368373825831389/

That’s it for now. have fun with these projects!