Archives for August 2013

Closet Organization – Before and After

Messy closets.

We all have them.  Well, maybe not everyone, but I have them!

And I’m ready to be done with it. So the other day, I decided to take back control!

Let’s look at a look at some before pictures of my hall closet…

messy closet 1

Yes, that’s just a pile of STUFF at the bottom…

messy closet 2

And now let’s peek around that corner….

messy closet 3

More stuff.

I started by clearing the entire closet out.

empty closet

You may have seen this picture on my last blog post.  Apparently, I have a few bags and purses!

too many bags

And look at the bags that I have from lululemon…

lululemon bags

I don’t think I need to buy a new bag or purse for awhile.

I got rid of a ton of stuff….a pack-n-play, a magic set that hasn’t been used in a few years, a window fan that was broken, and even more!

After I removed the things we weren’t keeping, it left room for things to go back in a much more organized fashion.

Let’s look at some ‘after’ pictures…

clean closet at home in the northwest blog

Isn’t that crazy!?  I even had room to put all of my camera equipment on the top shelf {instead of the dining room floor where it has lived for the last year}.

After getting rid of some bags,  I added 4 big hooks to help organize the rest of my bag ‘collection’.

clean closet 2 at home in the northwest

One hook holds a bag full of  sinch sacks. Another hook holds my leather purses. Another hook holds fabric bags and the last hook holds all of my lululemon reusable bags.

4 hooks. And total bag organization.

There is still stuff at the end of the closet.  But this time it’s very organized.

clean closet 3 at home in the northwest

It took me a long time to tackle this project {and I was ready to quit mid way through}. But I am so happy with the end result!

clean closet 5 at home in the northwest

Hopefully September brings even more organizational projects!
jen

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commons-my house, the creative craftlete, three mango seeds

Mt. Rainier…A Day Trip

In an effort to soak up the last few days of summer vacation, we took a day trip to Mt. Rainier last week with some friends.

mt rainier 3

The weather wasn’t perfect.  We had some clouds…we do live in Washington, after all, so clouds shouldn’t be a surprise to us!  But I think we had better weather on the mountain than we would have had if we’d stayed home!

I was so surprised at how well the kids did on the walk!

mt rainier 1

There was a bit of complaining at the beginning, but once the kids got into the groove, it was smooth sailing from there!

We kept saying how it felt like we were in Switzerland.

{Disclaimer: I have never been to Switzerland.  So my apologies if Mt. Rainier is no where close to the beauty of Switzerland.  But it sure was pretty!}

mt rainier 2

This is our last week of summer vacation.  The kids are back in school after labor day.  So Dan and I have started our ‘September list’ of projects we would like to tackle when the kids are back in school.

I got a head start this weekend and tackled the coat closet…

too many bags

oh.my.gosh.

What a total disaster!  The image above is only SOME of my bags and purses.

My next blog post is on the closet transformation.  So come back later this week to read more about my hoarding issue!

jen

 

BUILDING A FARMHOUSE BED

Remember the farmhouse bed that I’m building?

AT HOME IN THE NORTHWEST ANA WHITE BED FRAME

This weekend I have been working on filling nails holes and caulking the edges.

FARMHOUSE BED ANA WHITE 1

Here are a few things that I have learned throughout this project:

{1} I’m not very neat and tidy when using caulk.

{2} This project is taking much longer than I thought it would. I wish I’d kept a log of my hours!

{3} Building your own bed seems like a way to save a few bucks.  But I’ve made so many trips to Lowes that I can’t imagine I’ve actually saved anything!

{4} Next time, I am going to potterybarn.com and just ordering a finished bed.

Ok, on to my project….

After my second trip to Lowe’s today (see #3 above}, I was ready to start painting.

FARMHOUSE BED ANA WHITE 2

The first coat of primer dried so fast, I put on a second coat just for fun! {well, maybe not for fun… I’m not sure that this project is really ‘fun’ anymore}.

FARMHOUSE BED ANA WHITE 3

Now I need to work on the bed rails.  How high should I attach them? Do I want to leave room so I can build a trundle?! {Yes, build a trundle.  You see, now I’m committed …. I can’t just go BUY a trundle for this bed…I have to build one. In the future, I will reference point #4 above}.

All joking aside, I am proud of the bed. Yes, there are flaws and it is far from perfect {the headboard has a certain ‘lean’ to it}.  But I am building it for my daughter, in my garage, with my own tools.  So while it’s been a lot of work, it’s been a labor of love.

jen

Hood Canal Vacation

We recently got back from a few days away with Dan’s family.  As many of you know, weather in the northwest isn’t always dependable. But we were incredibly lucky and every day was sunny from morning til night.

Here are a few favorite pictures of our time away.

…early morning fishing…

HOOD CANAL

…the kids both caught fish….

HOOD CANAL 2

….oyster shell collection…

HOOD CANAL 3

…family pic….

HOOD CANAL FAMILY PIC

Here’s hoping for more sunny weather this month!

jen

 

Building a Bed

I happen to be kid-free for about 24 hours.  So I thought it was high time that I got working on my unfinished bed project.  {Have I mentioned that I have an unfinished headboard and footboard in my garage?   It’s been there so long that my kids thought it was scrap wood and drew on it.}

Here is a look at what I started with today….

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I went to the lumber yard and picked up more wood to complete my project.  Then this afternoon, I got to work!

AT HOME IN THE NORTHWEST BED 1

I am using plans from Ana White, so I won’t be doing a tutorial.  {Click here for details on building your own.}

After several hours of working, and yet another trip to Lowe’s, I completely finished the headboard AND the footboard!

AT HOME IN THE NORTHWEST ANA WHITE BED FRAME

I still have to do the bed rails to support the box spring and mattress. And of course, I have to fill all of the holes, sand and then paint the bed.  So I’m far from done.  But I feel good about the progress that I made today!

jen

Monogrammed Wall Hanging Tutorial

I’m in the process of re-doing Emmie’s bedroom {and I recently blogged about the perfect {barely there} gray paint for her room}.  I was sad to take down some of her fun wall decor, like this DIY monogram wall hanging that I made!  I blogged about this quite a long time ago.  But I thought this was a great opportunity to share the tutorial with you yet again!

It looks like her monogram is painted directly on the wall….but it’s really a framed piece of art.

Here is a quick tutorial on this optical illusion.  You can create a framed monogram that looks like it’s part of your wall in just a few easy steps.

1. Select a frame. 

My frame was a champagne color, which wasn’t  the color I wanted for her room.  I spray painted the frame a chocolate color and used steel wool to lightly distress the frame, letting the gold undertones come through.

 2. Cut plywood to fit in frame.

Measure the opening of your frame from the back.  Cut a piece of plywood (or have Lowe’s cut it for you) that fits inside the frame, without the glass. Make sure that both the plywood AND the back of the frame fit in the opening.  This may require a thinner piece of plywood than expected.

3.  Spray the plywood with wall texture.

After reading the label on the can, spray your plywood with the suggested amount of texture. If you mess up, remember there is always the back side of the plywood! But honestly, I don’t think you can mess this step up.

4. Paint plywood.

After the wall texture dries, paint your plywood the same color as your wall.

5. Print out letters for monogram.

You can use vinyl letters for this step, or you can print them using your computer.  I don’t have Photoshop so I did mine the old school way….cut and paste!  Using a photo copier, I enlarged the letters to fit onto the wood.   Then I cut and taped them together, making sure it was spaced an appropriate amount.

6.  Trace letters onto plywood.

Place a piece of carbon paper behind your letters and begin tracing.  The carbon paper will leave an outline of the letters on the plywood.

7.  Paint letters.

Using an acrylic craft paint in a dark chocolate color, I painted the monogram.  This may take about 20 or 30 minutes, depending on how much of a perfectionist you are.  You may want to grab a diet coke and turn on some music or the tv while you work.

8. Put plywood back into frame.

Put the plywood in your frame and secure the back of the frame in place.  Then hang it up on your wall, sit back and enjoy!!

 

I love how it turned out and was so sad to take it down!  Maybe I’ll paint hers gray and hang it up in her newly decorated bedroom.

What do you think!?

jen

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