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Trend: Amazing Storage Solutions for your Backyard!

Somehow we are already in the month of July and I’m guessing you’ve been spending quite a bit of time in your backyard for the Summer. If it feels messy back there, then this post will help. Today I am sharing 14 amazing storage solutions for your backyard. Enjoy!

1) Hang some labeled plastic tubs on the wall to store kids toys and other backyard items! Found on BHG.

Hang some labeled plastic tubs on the wall to store kids toys and other backyard items! Found on BHG.

2) Set up a little organization center to keep your BBQ tools and supplies, like oil and ground pepper, easily accessible while you cook. Found on BHG.

Set up a little organization center to keep your BBQ tools and supplies, like oil and ground pepper, easily accessible while you cook. Found on BHG.

3) How convenient and cute would this little outdoor storage cabinet be in your garden? Keep all your essential small gardening items in this mini storage spot. Found on the Family Handyman.

How convenient, and cute, would this little outdoor storage cabinet be in your garden? Keep all your essential small gardening items in this mini storage spot. Found on the Family Handyman.

4) Do you have a pool? This clever pool float storage idea will help keep those floats from flying away if the wind picks up. Found on The Merry Thought.

Do you have a pool? This clever pool float storage idea will help keep those floats from flying away if the wind picks up. Found on The Merry Thought.

5) If you’ve been dying to build a backyard storage bench, this is the tutorial for you. The directions are very clear and detailed AND he provides the full supply list to make it. Found on Canadian Home Workshop.

If you've been dying to build a backyard storage bench, this is the tutorial for you. The directions are very clear and details AND he provides the full supply list to make it. Found on Canadian Home Workshop.

6) Instead of storing firewood on the ground, keep it in this cool rolling fireplace storage rack! Add a roof to this DIY and your firewood will stay dry on rainy days. Found on Wood Grain Cottage.

Instead of storing firewood on the ground, keep it in this cool rolling fireplace storage rack! Add a roof to this DIY and your firewood will stay mostly dry on rainy days. Found on Wood Grain Cottage.

7) I’ve shared this awesome DIY in the past and I want to share it with you again. I just love it. An old filing cabinet transformed into a yard tool holder! Found on Trash to Treasure.

I've shared this awesome DIY in the past and I want to share it with you again. I just love it. An old filing cabinet transformed into a yard tool holder! Found on Trash to Treasure.

8) Another great tool storage idea: use a magnetic bar to store small garden tools. Found on BHG.

Another great tool storage idea: use a magnetic bar to store small garden tools. Found on BHG.

9) Sometimes shoes are just too dirty to bring in the house and that’s why this shoe storage bench is a great idea! Sit down, take your shoes off, and store them below. Found on Operation Home Blog.

Sometimes shoes are just too dirty to bring in the house and that's why this shoe storage bench is a great idea! Sit down, take your shoes off, and store them below. Found on Operation Home Blog.

10) I love this idea to hide utility boxes on a house! Just add hinges so they are easily accessible. Found on Remodelaholic.

I love this idea to hide utility boxes on a house! Just add hinges so they are easily accessible. Found on Remodelaholic.

11) After you hide that utility unit, build something to hide your AC! This looks great. Found on House Pet.

After you hide that utility unit, build something to hide your AC! This looks great. Found on House Pet.

12) Store mulch in old bushel baskets! Much better than those big bags that tip all over the place. Found on BHG.

Store mulch in old bushel baskets! Much better than those big bags that tip all over the place. Found on BHG.

13) If your yard is short on space and you need a gardening table, this DIY is for you. This pallet table folds down when you need it, then folds back up when you don’t. Found on Jenna Burger.

If your yard is short on space and you need a gardening table, this DIY is for you. This pallet table folds down when you need it, then folds back up when you don't. Found on Jenna Burger.

14) This post is FULL of tips and ideas to organize your backyard garden shed. Check it out on I Heart Organizing.

This post is FULL of tips and ideas to organize your backyard garden shed. Check it out on I Heart Organizing.

Does your backyard feel organized?

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Coat Rack Makeover for $15! Coat Rack Makeover for $15!

Coat Rack Makeover for $15!

I’ve been on a mission to makeover our front entry. I’ve already added a cute shoe cupboard and added some artwork, but I still have more work to do. On my front entryway makeover to do list: paint the door, paint the walls, tear out the ugly tile, and add a coat rack. The tile and painting will have to wait for a while, so I jumped on the coat rack project. We don’t have much room in the entry and I needed a coat rack that can fit on the wall right behind the door. During my search I found a TON of cute wall racks, but they were way outside of my budget. I wanted something colorful, but not too expensive. That’s when I decided to makeover a plain white wall rack. I already have a lot of spray paint, so this was the perfect idea.

I’m happy with how this turned out! I chose to paint four gold hooks and two yellow. It’s my version of color blocking with hooks. The two yellow hooks are the spots where my 6-year-old can hang her coat and umbrella. So glad I won’t hear, “I don’t know where my coat goes.” from my kiddo anymore. Well, maybe I’ll still hear it, but less often? Ha!

Supplies needed:

  • inexpensive wall coat rack (I found this one on Amazon and love it)
  • primer spray paint
  • spray paint colors (I went with yellow and gold)
  • clear acrylic spray

Directions:

Step 1: Use a screwdriver to remove the coat hooks from the board.

Coat Rack Makeover for $15!

Step 2: In a well ventilated space, preferably outdoors, prop up your hooks to prepare for painting. First, you’ll apply a couple coats of the primer (since the hooks are metal the primer will help keep the paint from chipping off). Next, add a few coats of your colorful paints. When the colorful paint is dry to the touch, add two coats of the clear acrylic sealer. I like to add the clear acrylic spray to the end of spray painting projects to add a strong barrier over my paint. It definitely helps. Note: Don’t forget to wear a face mask and eye protection when using spray paint. Stay safe!

Step 3: Let the hooks cure for at least 24 hours. Longer is better. The paint can dent and smudge right after painting.

Coat Rack Makeover for $15!

Step 4: When the hooks are ready, grab your screwdriver and install them back onto the coat rack board. Install the board onto your wall and you are ready to organize with this colorful and inexpensive coat rack!

Final cost: $15 for the coat rack. I already owned all the other supplies to create this project.

Coat Rack Makeover for $15!

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama


8 Pretty Porch Makeovers!

Trend: 8 Pretty Porch Makeovers!

When I think about family living spaces my mind immediately goes to indoor living or family rooms, but I can’t forget about our outdoor living spaces! During nicer weather a porch is the perfect spot to sit with friends and family and enjoy the day. If it’s dull and messy no one will want to hang out there. Spend some time this summer making over your outdoor living space. You don’t need to spend a ton of money, sometimes all it needs is a little paint color and some cleaning. Check out these 8 inspiring Pretty Porch Makeovers!

1) This porch REALLY changed when they removed the wrought iron and installed some lovely columns. Found on Balancing Home.

This porch REALLY changed when they removed the wrought iron and installed some lovely columns. Found on Balancing Home.

2) This screened porch makeover is wonderful. I want to be there right now. Found on Home Stories A to Z.

This screened porch makeover is wonderful. I want to be there right now. Found on Home Stories A to Z.

3) The transformation of this porch is fantastic! I love the bright colors and tile. Found on Tater Tots and Jello.

The transformation of this porch is fantastic! I love the bright colors and tile. Found on Tater Tots and Jello.

4) Look at how these tiles changed this front porch! Found on Eighteen 25.

Look at how these tiles changed this front porch! Found on Eighteen 25.

5) This front porch really looks like an outdoor living room. Found on The Decorologist.

This front porch really looks like an outdoor living room. Found on The Decorologist.

6) I really love how this painted deck turned out. Love it. Found on Young House Love.

I really love how this painted deck turned out. Love it. Found on Young House Love.

7) Do you have a porch that gets a lot of sun? Or, maybe there’s something you don’t want to view from your porch? Add some curtains! Found on BHG.

Do you have a porch that gets a lot of sun? Or, maybe there's something you don't want to view from your porch? Found on BHG.

8) Some paint, decorations, and a cute bench really make this front porch so much more welcoming. Found on Garage Sales R Us.

Some paint, decorations, and a cute bench really make this front porch so much more welcoming. Found on Garage Sales R Us.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The images in the first photo are from: Young House Love, Garage Sales R Us, Tater Tots and Jello, Balancing Home.


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Trend: 20 Creative Lighting DIYs

Bad lighting can really make a nice home feel dull and boring. Don’t let that happen to your house. There are a TON of great ideas out there to make your own Creative Lighting DIYs, so I explored the internets and found some of my favorites that I think you will all love. There’s something for everyone and each skill level. Ready?

1) This DIY Neon Letter Light is amazing! Found on I Spy DIY.

This DIY Neon Letter Light is amazing! Found on I Spy DIY.

2) This Brass Chandelier DIY looks like a lot of work, but the end result is worth it. Found on One Kings Lane.

This Brass Chandelier DIY looks like a lot of work, but the end result is worth it. Found on One Kings Lane.

3) Do you know what those pendants are made from? Old camper stands! I love how they turned out. Found on The White Buffalo Styling Co.

Do you know what those pendants are made from? Old camper stands! I love how they turned out. Found on The White Buffalo Styling Co.

4) These hanging lanterns are so cool. Made with rice paper lanterns from Ikea, then adding fabric triangles or spray painted paper strips. So cool. Found on Decor 8 blog and from the Danish BoligLiv magazine.

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5) If you’d prefer an easier paper lantern DIY, this ombré hanging lantern is perfect! Found on Remodelista.

If you'd prefer an easier paper lantern DIY, this ombré hanging lantern is perfect! Found on Remodelista.

6) I could totally see this DIY Mod Twig light hanging over my dining table. Make it for under $10! Found on Curbly.

I could totally see this DIY Mod Twig light hanging over my dining table. Make it for under $10! Found on Curbly.

7) I’ve shared this lighted headboard in the past, but I love it so much I wanted to share it again. Found on A Beautiful Mess.

I've shared this lighted headboard in the past, but I love it so much I wanted to share it again. Found on A Beautiful Mess.

8) Yup, these pendant lights are made from recycled cardboard. Found on Sugar and Cloth.

Yup, these pendant lights are made from recycled cardboard. Found on Sugar and Cloth.

9) This cool lamp is made with lightweight flexible wood and wire mesh. Found on Infarrantly Creative.

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10) Sputnik chandeliers are out of my price range, but this Sputnik inspired IKEA light hack might just work for me. Found on Little Green Notebook.

Sputnik chandeliers are out of my price range, but this Sputnik inspired IKEA light hack might just work for me. Found on Little Green Notebook.

11) How appropriate is this? A clothespin lamp I’m a laundry room. Found on Young House Love.

How appropriate is this? A clothespin lamp I'm a laundry room. Found on Young House Love.

12) There are a lot of bubble lamp DIYs out there, but this one is my favorite. Why? This DIY is very user friendly and the lamp turned out great. Found on Small Notebook.

There are a lot of bubble lamp DIYs out there, but this one is my favorite. Why? This DIY is very user friendly and the lamp turned out great. Found on Small Notebook.

13) These hat lights are so much fun. Found on Paper n Stitch.

These hat lights are so much fun. Found on Paper n Stitch.

14) Transform Ikea’s Leran basket lamp into these pretty two toned creations. Found on Chatelaine.

Transform Ikea's Leran basket lamp into these pretty two toned creations. Found on Chatelaine.

15) Are you up for a fun paper folding project? Check out how to fold some paper into these cool lamps! Found on Curbly.

Are you up for a fun paper folding project? Check out how to fold some paper into these cool lamps! Found on Curbly.

16) Yes, this is a vase turned into a light. I love it, especially the bright pink string wrapped around the wire. Found on My Pattern of Life.

Yes, this is a vase turned into a light. I love it, especially the bright pink string wrapped around the wire. Found on My Pattern of Life.

17) This light would be so easy to make, made from a decorative metal sheet. Found on Cleverly Inspired.

This light would be so easy to make, made from a decorative metal sheet. Found on Cleverly Inspired.

18) I have to tell you guys, I’m still into ombré projects and these glass ombré pendants are lovely. Found on Design Love Fest.

I have to tell you guys, I'm still into ombré projects and these glass ombré pendants are lovely. Found on Design Love Fest.

19) This pendant light was made from two baskets! Found on Design Sponge.

This pendant light was made from two baskets! Found on Design Sponge.

20) If you’re not up for a big lighting project you can always purchase a DIY light. This light box is always a DIY. Change out the words daily if you’d like. Comes in different sizes. Found on Design Life Kids.

If you're not up for a big lighting project you can always purchase a DIY light. This light box is always a DIY. Change out the words daily if you'd like. Comes in different sizes. Found on Design Life Kids.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

The images in the first photo are from Remodelista, Paper n Stitch, I Spy DIY, and A Beautiful Mess.


Decluttering and Organizing Your Home with Free Printable Sorting Signs

Trend: Decluttering and Organizing Your Home with Free Printable Sorting Signs

It’s time to Spring clean and maybe get ready for a much needed garage sale. I know just the thought of organizing the whole home sounds exhausting, but decluttering doesn’t have to be stressful. Start the process with a plan and don’t worry about finishing it all at once! Where do you begin? I like to start with a room that we use most often and then I set up a little organizing station so I can easily organize the stuff I’m going through while I’m cleaning. I always have a trash bag, donate box, consignment box, and a keep box (anything that goes in the keep box gets put away right after I’m done organizing). I also like to tackle one room at a time, but if I don’t have much time to clean I’ll just work on one section of a room, like the closet.

When you’re going through stuff at home there are a few questions you should ask yourself:

  1. Does this clothing item still fit me? If it doesn’t, get rid of it.
  2. Have I worn this clothing item in the last year? If no, donate or sell.
  3. Do I use this item? If no, figure out if there is somewhere you can use it, or get rid of it.
  4. Is this item broken? If it is, is it worth fixing?
  5. If I’m ready to get rid of this item do I donate it, or try to sell it? I like to bring some of my clothing items to a local consignment shop. If we are getting rid of larger home items sometimes we will try to sell it online. If you don’t have time to do that in the next month, donate.

Decluttering and Organizing Your Home with Free Printable Sorting Signs

If you want to keep on top of organizing throughout the whole year, set up labeled baskets (using my free printable sorting signs) in your home so you can easily toss items you no longer need into these organized categories. I always have a donate and consignment basket ready to go in my laundry room. Click here to download my “keep, trash, consign, and donate” signs and click here to download my “garage sale, sell online, too big, and too small” signs. I printed my signs onto card stock, cut them out, and used some string to hang the sign from the baskets. If you want the sign to last longer, laminate it.

Sorting Signs

If you ARE getting ready for a garage sale, I’ve also made some printable “SALE” arrows for you to use. Print the out onto card stock, then cut them out.

Printable Sale Signs

Are you ready to Spring clean and get ready for summer with an organized home? I hope my tips helped!

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


20 Lovely DIY Headboard Ideas

Trend: 20 Lovely DIY Headboard Ideas

I always love to suggest making furniture items for your home, instead of buying them finished. I know I can’t make EVERY item in my home (that would probably make me crazy), but there are some items for the home that can be easily made. One of those items that you can easily create: a bed headboard! Below you will find a variety of lovely DIY headboard ideas that range from super easy to make (like a washi tape headboard), to a handmade tufted headboard. There’s something for every skill level.

1) Use washi tape to create a cityscape for a faux headboard. Found on Charlotte Minty.

Use washi tape to create a cityscape for a faux headboard. Found on Charlotte Minty.

2) I love Ikea hacks, and this one looks so simple to make. Head on over to the Sugar and Cloth blog to see the full DIY.

I love Ikea hacks, and this one looks so simple to make. Head on over to the Sugar and Cloth blog to see the full DIY.

3) I’m loving this bookshelf headboard, found on Better Homes and Gardens.

I'm loving this bookshelf headboard, found on Better Homes and Gardens.

4) This is a perfect headboard for anyone on a budget, just paint it on the wall! Found on Oh Oh Blog.

This is a perfect headboard for anyone on a budget, just paint it on the wall! Found on Oh Oh Blog.

5) Make this headboard with birch wood, trim, and paint. The DIY can be found on eHow (created by Dream Green DIY).

Make this headboard with birch wood, trim, and paint. The DIY can be found on eHow (created by Dream Green DIY).

6) Guys, this headboard is made out of spray painted door mats! Check out the DIY on Kara Paslay Designs.

Guys, this headboard is made out of spray painted door mats! Check out the DIY on Kara Paslay Designs.

7) Here’s a quick way to update your headboard without buying a new one. Faux flowers weaved into the headboard, found on Design Love Fest.

Here's a quick way to update your headboard without buying a new one. Faux flowers weaved into the headboard, found on Design Love Fest.

8) This sweet chalkboard headboard would be so fun in a kid’s room. Found on Sparkle Power.

This sweet chalkboard headboard would be so fun in a kid's room. Found on Sparkle Power.

9) I love this string light house shape! Found on vtwonen.

I love this string light house shape! Found on vtwonen.

10) If you want a more rustic headboard, check out this DIY on Samantha Elizabeth.

If you want a more rustic headboard, check out this DIY on Samantha Elizabeth.

11) This faux tile headboard was created for $20! That’s amazing. Find the whole DIY on Sweet C’s Designs.

This faux tile headboard was created for $20! That's amazing. Find the whole DIY on Sweet C's Designs.

12) A vintage sheet, some wall art, and foam boards come together to create this pretty headboard. Found on Happiness is Homemade.

A vintage sheet, some wall art, and foam boards come together to create this pretty headboard. Found on Happiness is Homemade.

13) Sometimes all you need is a bit of fabric or a tapestry to create a backdrop for your bed. Found on The Finders Keepers.

Sometimes all you need is a bit of fabric or a tapestry to create a backdrop for your bed. Found on The Finders Keepers.

14) I would have LOVED these teepee beds as a kid. Found on Babyology.

I would have LOVED these teepee beds as a kid. Found on Babyology.

15) This pegboard headboard gives you the option to move things around. Easily switch out artwork and shelving. Found on Sugar and Cloth.

This pegboard headboard gives you the option to move things around. Easily switch out artwork and shelving. Found on Sugar and Cloth.

16) Isn’t this woven wooden headboard beautiful? Find the full DIY on the Lowes blog.

Isn't this woven wooden headboard beautiful? Find the full DIY on the Lowes blog.

17) Do you love this wood headboard? It’s not really wood, it’s fabric. Check it out on Craft Hunter.

Do you love this wood headboard? It's not really wood, it's fabric. Check it out on Craft Hunter.

18) I’m 90% sure I will need to recreate this for my bedroom. I love it! Found on Dwell.

I'm 90% sure I will need to recreate this for my bedroom. I love it! Found on Dwell.

19) Better Homes and Gardens transformed a couple of vintage doors into lovely twin bed headboards. Find them on BHG.

Better Homes and Gardens transformed a couple of vintage doors into lovely twin bed headboards. Find them on BHG.

20) This tufted headboard is magnificent! The full DIY is on Schue Love.

This tufted headboard is magnificent! The full DIY is on Schue Love.

If you loved these headboard DIYs, check out my 10 DIY Bedroom Makeovers to Update Your Room.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


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