Don’t you love it when a simple solution to a problem presents itself? I know I do! I’ve never really had a great way to store/organize my jewelry and lately it has been encroaching on the bathroom vanity and the shelves of my walk-in closet. I tried using different containers but having it in something where I couldn’t actually see it doesn’t work for me. Out of sight out of mind, you know. My original idea was to put screen or some kind of small wire fencing behind an empty picture frame but that wasn’t a perfect solution either. I have tons of bracelets (I love me a good arm party!) and will more than likely continue to acquire them and the whole picture frame thing didn’t really solve that issue to my satisfaction. So I got Mr. Sturdy in on my dilemma knowing that he would more than likely come up with some good ideas. True to form, he did. He took me shopping at the hardware store and we walked up and down the aisles looking for things that we could use in a different way. That was kind of fun in and of itself. Try it sometime. Open your mind and look at things not as what they are intended but as, “what else could I do with this?” Thanks to that outlook I found this guy.
He is a paint roller screen for 5 gallon buckets of paint and is usually used like this. (via familyhandyman.com)
It initially caught my attention because of the screen and when I picked it up and took a good look at it, it became the perfect jewelry organizer. Sometimes you have to turn things backward and upside down to find it’s true potential. That’s a little Sandyism for you. We bought some S hooks and a handful of small corks to use as spacers and that’s it. The whole shebang cost less than $12.00 (and that was for two.) Eventually I’m going to spray paint them white but I just needed to get myself organized. When we get ready to paint the beige walls in the Master Bathroom then I will go ahead and paint these babies too. Take a look. FYI, they also come in silver.
Now let me show you the minimal work it took to make.
The best part is that the basic object is already made. You just need to add spacers, hang it on the wall, add some S hooks and put your jewelry on it.
It can’t get much easier than that. Here are some more views.
This super simple solution has me feeling so much more organized and put together. I love having a place to put my jewelry where I can see it and have it easily accessible. I’m linking up with Tutorial Tuesdays at Hope Studios and One Project at a Time at Bowl Full of Lemons.
We started painting over the builder’s beige finally! We tackled the guest bedroom first because it is the smallest room and the only one that doesn’t have a vaulted ceiling. So it was easy. I don’t have any pictures because the room isn’t completely put back together yet. But I must say, even just having one room done helps my outlook so much. I love walking in there and taking a break from all the beige (there isn’t a wall or ceiling in the entire house that isn’t that color.) It is like having an oasis in the middle of a beige desert. Ahhhhh! I could go on and on about how much I love that room but I wont. You’re welcome.
What I will go on about is how much I enjoy painting. I know. I think it’s something you either love or hate. Me, I’m a luvah. One of the things that helps me with painting (because I’m a “let’s just get on with it!” kind of gal) is not taping off edges before cutting in a room. It save a boatload of time and in my experience most of the tapes don’t really seal paint out unless you do a whole lot of extra steps (fugetaboutit!) or the tapes that do seal well are super spendy. Me, I want to crack that can of paint and start going for it. After laying out my drop cloth of course.
So I thought I would share my process of painting the edges of a room without taping. I am using the baseboard as an example but the steps apply to any edges. Windows/ceilings/doors are all edged using this process. So without further ado…
This may be obvious but I’ll mention it…the side of the brush with paint on it needs to be the side that will face the wall when holding the brush with the short end facing you and the point end of the brush away from you. Sorry, I’m not trying to insult anyone’s intelligence. Just trying to be a clear communicator.
The ceiling tip is only for rooms that do not have crown molding. If your room has molding around the ceiling use the steps as described here. If you don’t have trim around the ceiling and you have textured walls paint will have a tendency to splooch into the tiny little indentations of the texture along the transition from wall to ceiling. This will give a gloppy looking line. Using an artists brush with a flat line will give you more control by pushing it up to the top of the wall giving you a nice clean line.
I hope this helps! I’d love to know your painting tips too!
We moved into our new house on April 1st with sunny skies, green grass, and blooming trees to welcome us. After leaving 5 feet of snow on the ground and nights still getting below zero that was a warm welcome indeed. Our first house offer fell through at the last minute so I ended up flying back down by myself in February to go house hunting again. That meant that the love of my life moved into a house he had never been in. I did take video for him so he sorta knew what he was getting into but still…that is a pretty huge amount of trust he had in me. But he continually reminded me that home is wherever we are together not a specific house or geographic location, so that helped me not feel quite so pressured. I didn’t have to worry after all, though, because as soon as I walked into this house I could just picture us living there. It was US. It is a bit “builder’s beigey” but we have a lot of ideas for making it our own and customizing it so that has me excited about future projects. For instance, we want to make built-ins on each side of the fireplace and also build an island for the kitchen.
So, without further ado, meet our new house. (Some pics are from MLS listing so have previous owners decor etc. Some are post us moving in and have paint test swatches all over the walls.)
We had a big moving sale two weekends ago and rid ourselves of all kinds of things. Lightening the load in preparation for moving and an opportunity to shed all that accumulation (of what?) that happens over time. The idea of starting fresh and uncluttered in a new house appeals to me. But in my zest to divest myself of material goods I kind of went overboard and got rid of something we use every day. No, I didn’t sell our toothbrushes or the kitchen sink. I sold the coasters. Gasp! Not a big deal item in the big picture. But when your husband has to precariously balance his cup of coffee on his knee, the arm of the couch, a stack of magazines, or whatever else he can find in lieu of direct contact on the vintage end table and he starts constructing imaginative stacks of items as makeshift-coasters-please-get-the-hint-honey…then you know you’ve gone too far.
“Where are the coasters?” he asked patiently one day.
“I sold them in the moving sale.” I replied sheepishly. “I may have gotten a little too excited about selling stuff.”
“Really?” he replied. It was more of a statement than a question. As in, I’m not surprised. In the least.
So during my next trip to town I stopped at V.V.’s to see if they had any coasters that could fill our need. I didn’t find any but there was a bundle of tiles that were just the right size for coasters. Eight tiles for four dollars seemed a good deal and although they were a little bland looking I knew I could jazz them up so I got them.
To do this project all you need: Tiles, StazOn brand stamping ink, rubber stamps of your choice, stick on felt pads or felt and glue. Then it is simply a matter of stamping whatever design you want on the tiles. Seriously. If you can operate a rubber stamp then you can make these. Your kids could make these.
Make sure the tile is clean and free of any tile dust. Ink you rubber stamp and press firmly but not too hard or the stamp might slip on the surface of the tile. You want a nice clear impression.
Continue to stamp your design. It can be as simple or elaborate as you wish. You could personalize them for your own home or a nice hostess gift.
I noticed some open spots on this one that I wanted to fill so I grabbed my 7 gypsies express stamp that has 12 different words and phrases to choose from and filled in with words here and there until I liked it.
Once it is finished, turn it over and put felt pads at each corner or glue a piece of felt on the back. The felt pads I used were larger than necessary but they were what I had on hand.
Place on tables to use and enjoy!
Don’t you love fast and simple projects like this?! I know I do! I think my husband will be happy with them as well. And that’s always a good thing.