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Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 10 DIY Bedroom Makeovers to Update Your Room

DIY-ify: 10 DIY Bedroom Makeovers to Update Your Room

You really don’t have to buy a bunch of of new items for a room to update it. My husband and I love to find a good buy at our local thrift shops. With some paint and love these plain and older items can be perfect for any bedroom. Some updated bedding, a painted headboard, and even using sheets to make a ruffle duvet cover. There’s so much you can do. Check out all of these awesome ideas below.

 

I love this pom pom throw makeover, from Sugar and Cloth.  

Make your own clothing rack, from Smitten Studio.

Some paint and stencils can makeover an old headboard, from Craftaholics Anonymous.

Adding triangles to plain curtains can really add color to a room, from BHG.

An old outdated lamp could turn into a modern bedroom light, from DIY Show Off.

Turn a couple of sheets into a lovely duvet cover, from Kiki and Company.

Give a plain full size mirror a makeover, from Lilikoi Joy.

Transform a beat up $10 nightstand into a lovely piece of furniture, from Spoonflower.

Make this wonderful bedside bench, from A Beautiful Mess.

Add a fun pop of color with this dresser makeover, from Knack.

Are you ready to update your bedroom?

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The images in the first photo are from: A Beautiful MessSmitten StudioBHGSugar and Cloth, and Knack


Melissa Bahen

Building a Dream House: An Indoor Climbing Wall

When my husband and I decided to finish the basement playroom in time for Christmas morning, we discovered that we had completely different visions for the playroom. I wanted a wall of cubbies (a place for everything, and everything in its place!) and a cute art table, and he wanted monkey bars and a kid-sized climbing wall! The room ended up being a beautiful compromise–I got my cubbies and he got his climbing wall. You can find great inspiration all over the internet for cool DIY climbing walls.

indoor kids climbing wall

via Fun at Home With Kids

DIY indoor kids climbing wall

via Oh So Savvy Mom (this site has great, detailed instructions on how to make your own climbing wall)

DIY indoor kids climbing wall

via Finch Found

My husband put ours together in a single afternoon in a little over two hours. Some of the materials (3/4″ plywood, a couple of 2×4′s, and the bolts that anchor it to the wall)  came from the hardware store, and all of the climbing holds came from Atomik Climbing Holds and included all of the mounting hardware. These aren’t directions by any means, but the steps are pretty simple.

DIY indoor kids climbing wall

Mark and drill your holes on the plywood…

kids indoor climbing wall DIY

Pound in the t-nuts from the back…

DIY kids indoor climbing wall

Screw some 2×4′s into the studs with 6″ lag bolts…

indoor climbing wall kids DIY

Screw the plywood into the 2×4′s with 2 1/2″ lag bolts, and attach the climbing holds!

kids indoor climbing wall DIY

The kids started scrambling up and down the wall before my husband was even finished bolting on the holds. They really love it, and it adds a fun pop of color to one end of the playroom.


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 1.30

I’ve always been useless when it came to quick sewing fixes for my overflowing closet–I can sew sloppy, haphazard stitches and that’s about it. With winter transitioning into spring in the next few months, I pulled together some cute spring sewing tutorials to help you look fabulous–and keep some money in your pocket doing it.

 

I am absolutely in love with this adorable color block tank dress on Sweet Verbena. Worn by itself, or paired with a cute cardigan and some strappy heels, this cute outfit will turn heads wherever you go!

 

 

I never really understood why people put buttons on the backs of shirts–but I still can’t get enough of the look! Learn how to make your own buttoned boxy top on Cotton and Curls for this classic look.

 

 

Remember that cardigan I mentioned earlier? Take a look at this sequin cardi DIY I found on Me Sew Crazy. If you visit the blog often, you know I have an affinity for anything sparkly. The best part? You can pair this jazzy jacket with jeans, dresses and everything in between.

 

 

Let’s face it–leggings are in the for the long haul. Give your legs some extra love with this grown-up legging tutorial on I Still Love You. While horizontal stripes look good on a select few, the rest of us can experiment with whatever neutral or crazy patterns we please!

 

 

And lastly, look at this sophisticated peplum mini on Mimi G. Style. Dress up a pair of jeans (or those leggings you just learned how to make) with this chic look!

 

 

Good luck and happy sewing!

Erin


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Organizing The Kitchen On A Budget

Trend: Organizing The Kitchen On A Budget

Every time we hit the New Year, I have this crazy obsession with organizing everything in my home. I feel like the best place to start this year is the kichen. We spend a lot of time in there and it can get messy fast. Below you’ll find 10 great ideas to get your kitchen cleaned up and organized for the New Year.

 

Storing food in clear jars and containers looks so much nicer than a bunch of boxes, from The Paper Mama for Home Depot.

With some small pieces of wood and a bit of glue, you can easily create an organized drawer, from Lapsus Humanus.

Use a pegboard to organize your most used kitchen items, A Beautiful Mess.

Make and attach a spice  rack to the back of a pantry door, Shanty 2 Chic.

A tabletop paper towel stand could be use for cookie cutter organization, from BHG.

Meal Plan Board DIY, The Paper Mama for HP Create.

Tension rods are the perfect solution to prop up those awkward trays and cookie sheets, BHG.

Take advantage of that unused space above the refrigerator with a DIY cubby, from Shanty 2 Chic.

Under the cupboard recipe book/tablet holder DIY! It folds right up under the cupboard when you’re done, from Sawdust and Embryos.

Get the fruit off the counter with this DIY hanging fruit basket, from Living Simply.

Happy Thursday!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


BHG Guest Blogger

The Mom! Where’s My Car? Journey: The Little Idea With Big Wheels

 

 

Hi!  My name is Lo, creator of A Lo and Behold Life, a blog about all things that make my house a home.  I’m constantly searching for thoughtful and creative ways to add charm, style and organization into my family’s life.  My passion is to breathe a little innovation into ordinary items giving them life and inspiring others to do the same.  I was honored to be chosen to have my favorite and most popular DIY car garage project featured in the Better Homes and Gardens January I Did it! section.  As if that wasn’t fabulous enough, to have my sons included in the article showing off their beloved toy car collection was the proverbial cherry on top!

 

 

Since the 1950′s, children have been captivated by Matchbox® and Hot Wheels® cars. My boys are no different. Their infatuation with all things on four wheels started at a very young age, and I can hardly find a baby picture without one of them holding a toy car in his little hand.

My husband and I found ourselves using these cars as an inexpensive reward system, “If you are good for mommy in the grocery store you can pick out a new toy car at the check-out counter.” Before we knew it, the overwhelming toy car collection was growing up and over the broken & warped storage basket in the playroom and migrating to all parts of our home!

You’ve been there, right?  In the last week how many times have you heard, “Mom, where’s my car?”  How many minutes have been wasted trying to find that one favorite toy car that always goes missing?  Can you count the number of times you’ve stepped on those toys cars that never seem to get put away?

 

I searched high and low for a functional and affordable storage solution for these cars, but everything out there was either really expensive or just not practical for a 2 year old, never mind two of them.  Then I discovered that with a little ingenuity and creativity I could repurpose a shoe rack to create a wall unit that would organize their entire toy car collection and look really cool too!

What I didn’t expect was how enthusiastic my toddlers would become in keeping their toy cars organized.  Not only was this rack a total space saver but now the boys were taking responsibility for cleaning up their cars, becoming independent in finding that favorite car on his own, and taking pride in their beloved toy car collection.  It was a Matchbox miracle!

There has been an overwhelmingly positive response to the Do-It-Yourself car garage project on A Lo and Behold Life.  Clearly parents are in need of a practical organization solution to solve their household storage dilemmas.  Knowing that not everyone out there has the time, resources, or interest to be a DIY’er I thought, “How can I get this car garage to the masses?”  And so with a little encouragement from family and friends the Mom! Where’s my car? wall garage was put into production.

If you told me two years ago that this seemingly simple idea would be as popular as it is and could potentially be the little engine that could clear toy car clutter forever I would have laughed.  But if my family and I can bring some peace, independence, and organization into your home then all our efforts to bring it to you will be worth it.  Come along with us to put the brakes on toy car clutter at www.momwheresmycar.com

 


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 1.9

Hello Style Spotters! Vacation is over, but I’m excited to be back sharing the best of the Internet with you all again! I hope the holiday craziness was all worth it–family, friends, fun–all that good stuff. I’m still wrapped up in the glitter and glam of the new year, so today’s post is my last homage to all things sparkly and girly for 2014.

 

I love, love, love this wallpaper tutorial I found on Dream Green DIY. Not only is the gold pattern everything I’ve ever wanted on my walls, wallpapering so much easier than you’d think.

 

 

If you got some wine glasses over the holidays that you want to spice up a little bit, try this speckled glass DIY I stumbled across on I Spy DIY. Pick some of your favorite colors for a set that screams stylish.

 

 

Vintage lace looks to be all the rage this year (I never understood who decides what’s “in” at any particular time–sounds stressful). Get a head start on the trend with this lace doily table runner from The Sweet Escape for decorations that are guaranteed to impress.

 

 

I always seem to accumulate a ton of candles this time of year. Make some awesome marbled votive cups with this tutorial from Lovely Indeed to add even more brightness to your home this winter.

 

 

And lastly, if you’re looking to find that finishing touch to a new outfit, take a peek at this cute DIY bow belt I spotted on Momtastic DIY. Make one or five or ten–just in case. Options are always nice.

 

 

And there you have it. Until next week!

Erin