Little Boys Closet

We have 3 boys, ages 9, 6, and 4, and they all share a bedroom. Which means that they also share a closet. They do not have a dresser in their room so we were simply putting their folded clothes on their closet shelves. 3 boys + folded clothes = mess!

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I decided to come up with a way to keep their clothes neater and ended up using the same dish tubs that I use for the kids laundry.

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They are under $4 at Walmart and work great! I decided to put labels on them so that there was no question about where things belonged. I pulled out my Cricut and Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge to cut some shirts and pants out of vinyl.

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I pulled all the clothes out of the the boys closet and separated them, before putting everything back in the correct boxes. Now the shelves look neat even when they unfold their clothes and just throw them in the bin.

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The middle shelf of folded clothes are seasonal items and they have a hard time reaching that shelf so it stay pretty clean πŸ˜‰

The upper shelf holds the sheets for each bed.

The section on the left is for my oldest son. He has two bins with his hanging clothes beneath. The middle son is in the middle and has the same set up as the older one. The youngest sons things are on the far right in the lower baskets. He can’t reach the other shelf yet so I put his baskets on top of the 3 drawer unit that holds their socks and underwear (they each get one drawer).

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This system seems to be working well.

I am happy that it was a quick, easy, and inexpensive!

 

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Nightstand Makeover

A couple of weeks ago these were our nightstands.

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Yes, those are boxes stacked next to the bed. Classy, right? These boxes replaced the nightstands that we had had for quite a few years and just weren’t working anymore. They were too small, too short, and didn’t fit my style anymore. So I sold them and ‘temporarily’ put the boxes in place…for what ended up being 4 years! We were going to build new ones and never got around to it. I looked at just buying some but they are EXPENSIVE! So we kept the boxes.

Recently our neighbor was cleaning out his basement and asked if we were interested in 2 nightstands. We went over to take a look and they were the PERFECT size! Yes!

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We quickly brought them back to our garage and I got started on their makeover. It was a very easy makeover but I didn’t take any pictures during the process πŸ™

  1. I gave them a quick sanding with 100 grit paper.
  2. I gave them 2 coats of paint.
  3. I gave them 3 coats of Poly-crylic.
  4. I spray painted the original hardware.

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That’s it. It took me about a week for each end table just because they weren’t a priority and it was REALLY humid out so I made sure to let them dry a long time between coats. This update cost me nothing since I used paint left from other projects.

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I LOVE how they look!!!! I’m so excited that they were free and am SO happy to put the boxes back in the closet where they belong:-)

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Hanging Towels on a Hollow Door

As I mentioned before, our main bathroom is rather small. I needed a place to hang all of our towels with limited wall space, which led me to consider the door. I looked at different towel hooks, all were around $20, but couldn’t fine any the style and size that I wanted. I figured I could easily make my own except that our bathroom door is hollow and I wasn’t quite sure how to tackle that. So I began to investigate what I could do and this is what I came up with:

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I found a scrap piece of 1×4 in the garage and cut it so that it was 22 inches long. I then painted it with the same color (Overcast by True Value) that the vanity will be when it is done πŸ™‚ I just eyeballed where I wanted to place my four hooks and marked the holes. I decided that I wanted to hide the silver bolts that I was going to use to attach the board to the door, so I made sure to drill that hole between the holes for my hooks. *The larger hole is for the bolt, the smaller 2 holes are for the hooks*

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I wanted to hide my screws behind my hooks which meant that I needed to countersink the head to make sure that I had a flat surface. You can get drill bits that are made especially for this or you can do what I do: take a drill bit that is the same size as your bolt head and drill a shallow hole.

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Since our bathroom door is hollow I needed to use toggle bolts to attach it, a regular screw would have nothing to hold onto.

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pushed the bolts through, and tightened them.IMG_0836

Double check that it is level. I also checked this when I drilled the holes!

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Attach the hooks and admire your handiwork! Notice you can’t see the bolts. I’m so glad I did that step!

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The cost:

Board and paint= Free

Hooks= $12

Bolts=$2

A total of $14 for a towel holder that was the exact size that I wanted. I couldn’t be happier with how it looks. Not to mention there are no more towels in my dining room πŸ™‚

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His and Hers Towel Hooks

When we moved into our current house there was nowhere to hang bath towels. We were hanging them over the backs of our dining room chairs for 2 months…it was ridiculous! We couldn’t take it anymore but I also didn’t just want a plain hook on the wall so I brainstormed and came up with a solution. We thought that J and I could hang our towels in our bedroom, which is right across the hall from the bathroom, due to the small size of our bathroom.

This is what I came up with:

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Aren’t they cool?!? I really like how they turned out and was quite proud of myself πŸ™‚

We had saved some old wooden siding (now referred to as ship lap. Thank You Joanna Gaines) from our old house because we liked it so much. We didn’t know what we were going to use it for, but we knew we wanted to keep it. Each board is 5 1/2 inches wide and varied in length.

I started by cutting two pieces 8 inches long.

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I wanted them to say ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ and I wanted them to look a little rustic so I didn’t want to use vinyl letters. I thought a stencil and paint would be a good solution. I used my Cricut machine, Lyrical Letters cartridge, and some clear contact paper to cut my stencils.

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I put them on my boards. The edges didn’t stick tight to the rough wood, but I was ok with that since it was the look that I was going for.

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Then I painted them with paint left from another project.

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Then I pulled off the stencil. Voila!

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I felt that the words needed a little more definition so I quickly outlined them with a fine tip black marker. I then screwed in my $3 hooks and I had two custom towel holders for $6!

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I had also eliminated 2 of the 6 towels from the dining room chairs. I will show you what I did for the others soon!

 

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4 Pegs and a Nail-Organizing a Broom Closet

*I apologize in advance for the bad cell phone pictures! My camera was dead.*

We have this tall, narrow cabinet in our kitchen that serves as a broom closet.

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I threw our mop, fire extinguisher, cleaning supplies, and vacuum attachment inside and shut the door. It was a mess and wasn’t functioning well at all.

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My kids like to help me clean but all of the rags were in a bucket on the only shelf, which is too high for any of them to reach.

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Everything else was just thrown in the bottom. When I would take the mop out it would always pull other things with it and then I would have a mess all over the floor. I decided that if I could just add another shelf and a hook to hang my mop on, it would solve my problems. I dug through the garage and (luckily) found a board that was the right width, all I had to do was cut it to the right length. I pulled everything out of the cupboard and decided what height I wanted my shelf to sit at. I decided at 20 inches so that my vacuum attachment could still fit underneath.pantry4

We already had some extra shelf pegs so I simply drilled four holes and put them in. Be careful NOT to drill all the way through your cupboard!

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I slid my shelf inΒ  and put everything back. I put a bucket with rags on the bottom of the cabinet so that my kids can reach them. The hair clippers are on the shelf (since we always cut hair in the kitchen.

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I then just pounded a nail to hang my mop…nothing fancy but so much more convenient!

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And that is how 4 shelf pegs and a nail made my life a little easier πŸ™‚ It doesn’t take much to please me!