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Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Under Cabinet Rice and Pasta Storage

The husband and I have plans for our tiny kitchen, and it will take quite a bit of time to finish. For now we are going to do a little here, and a little there. Right now we are working on storage the storage situation since our 94-year-old home is lacking in closets and cupboard space. Our challenge: find storage on a small budget. I’ve seen this jar storage wandering Pinterest A LOT, in fact I used it for my calendar work station DIY. After looking through our overstuffed cupboard and knocking over the jar of rice, I decided it’s time for a change. I’ve installed a Pasta and Rice Jar Storage under one of our open cabinets. This project took 1 hour and cost under $10. My kind of kitchen organizer update.

Supplies:

- glass jars (with lids)

- screws with washers

- nail

- hammer

- drill

 

Directions:

- Use the nail to poke a hole through the center of the jar lid.

- Measure and use a pencil to mark where you’d like the jars to hang. Drill in the screws through the holes you poked through the lids into the bottom of your cupboard.

- Fill your jars and screw onto the lids. Done!

I’m so happy with how this turned out. I definitely think I’ll be changing the jars to quart jars. We need just a bit more room for the pasta, etc. Ok, happy Thursday!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Calendar Work Station for $15

In just a few short weeks the OFFICIAL start to Fall will be here. That means school starting, less vacation, and yeah… less sunshine (at least in Oregon). I don’t know about you, but I needed a small update to my calendar and work area. That’s what inspired my Calendar Work Station.

For this creation I wanted to use ALL materials I already had at my home. Some leftover plywood from building our chicken coop, old jars, rubber bands, and some spray paint that was almost gone; all this went into creating this project. Technically this calendar work station cost me nothing, but if I really calculated the original cost for all the needed items: under $15. This is a very relaxed and easy to recreate DIY. Hopefully very little stress. Here’s how I made it:

 

Supplies needed:

- 13 inches wide by 30 inches high piece of plywood

- Two small shelf brackets

- Some wood that will have a final measure of 11 inches long by 6 inches wide

- Mini document clips

- Four large rubberbands

- 3  small canning jars with bands and lids

- E6000 adhesive

- Screws

- Contact paper

- Painter’s tape

- Small amounts of primer + paint spray paint

- Free Printouts: Weekday Letters, Monday through Sunday Calendar, Sunday through Saturday calendar, and Notes

 

Directions:

- Cut your wood. We had some leftover wood pieces that I started with, but you can always go to Lowes and they’ll cut a couple sizes for you.

- Print out the Weekday Letters printout. Place the letters under the contact paper, then trace with a pen.

- Cut out the letters with a sharp X-acto knife. From here you can decide if you’d like your calendar to start with Sunday or Monday. Just move the S’s around to where you need them. I chose to go with Monday – Sunday, so both S’s were at the end of the letters.

- Peel the paper off the sticky contact paper and apply it to the plywood. Press down the contact paper very well, to hopefully prevent bleeding when painting.

- Tape off the rest of the plywood to prep for the spray paint. I used a paper bag and painters tape to create a couple of lines to spray gold on the board.

- Spray the letters and lines of the board. I chose black for the letters and gold for the lines. Let dry, then peel off tape/contact paper.

- Optional: Spray paint the shelf boards, shelf brackets, and jar bands. Let dry.

- Screw the shelf brackets onto the bottom of the shelf boards.

- Prep the jar lids for hanging under the shelf. Use E6000 to adhere the jar lids to the jar bands. Let dry.

- Evenly arrange the glued jar lids on the bottom of the shelf. Screw them into the shelf.

- Center and screw the prepped shelf onto the bottom section of your plywood board.

- Print out the calendar and notes (trim as needed). On the calendar, number the days of the month you are currently in.

- Space out the the four large rubber bands on the plywood board and place the calendar + notes. Secure with the mini document clips.

- Fill your jars and screw them under the shelf.

- Add some goodies to the shelf.

 

- Hang, enjoy.

Also, let your little kiddo help you decorate your shelf… and you may have a fun shark added to the work station. Hee.

Happy organized Fall!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Michael Wurm, Jr.

Pin it. Get it! Glass Canisters

 

You’ve probably noticed that open shelving in kitchens is hot right now. Folks everywhere are ripping out their old upper cabinets and replacing them with less bulky open shelving. Personally, I love the look! The results create an airy and more open space visually, but you do need to find a way to deal with all of the clutter. Keeping things neat and organized is a must with open shelves.

 

Thankfully, there are incredibly beautiful glass canisters and containers available today. From all glass to glass and steel to glass and wood, the options are endless. Isn’t it time to throw away all those bulky boxes and messy bags and put your food on display! Uniquely shaped pasta and colorful confections become not only a source of sustenance, but also a stylish addition to your kitchen.

 

 

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Check out this collection of some of my favorite glass canisters on the market. Are you ready to introduce some open shelving into your life and make your kitchen storage an even more valuable asset?

 

Happy Decorating,

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm

 


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Update your small laundry space!

 

1. Subway Tile … Lowes

2. Hyacinth Tray Basket … Walmart

3. Keep Calm Wash On Poster … Poster Pop on Etsy

4. Ekby Aluminum Wall Shelf … Ikea

5. Penny Candy Jar … Amazon

6. Laundry Valet … Amazon

7. DIY Laundry “Wash” Jar and Laundry Detergent … The Paper Mama

8. Metal Housekeepers Box … Amazon UK

9. Wall Decal … Kreative Corner Designs on Etsy

10. Green Towels … Target

11. Water Hyacinth Basket … World Market

 

We have a small space for our laundry “room” and I’ve been collecting inspiration to make it a happier space. This small space laundry room (pictured below) is one of my favorite idea photos I’ve found so far. It’s definitely inspiring me and I hope it can inspire you.

 

 

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Jen Jones

Organize This: Small Laundry Nooks

We just returned home for a short little vacation away, which was amazing!  However, we are a family of five, and that means we created a family of five’s worth of laundry over the few days we were away traveling.   And that my friends, means I will be spending a lot of extra time playing catch-up over the next couple of days, which also means I will be hanging out in our laundry room a lot more than normal.

 

It’s moments like that in which I am grateful that we have the room we do for emptying suitcases and washing up our apparel, and all of the storage available for things even beyond laundry care.  I have learned that our space is not the norm when it comes to laundry, most homes are not built or designed with entire laundry rooms.  We just happened to get lucky.  Which also got me thinking about smaller laundry nooks.  If done right, a small laundry nook or closet can still have major storage and functionality.  It just may require a little extra creative thinking and space planning, but it absolutely can be done.  And wouldn’t you know it, that laundry “nooks” can also be styled in a way that makes them feel like another room in the home and a place that you will actually feel inspired to do laundry within?  Just take a peek at this incredible setup:

Extremely compact, but oh so functional.  Adding floating shelves above the washer and dryer is such a key step in maximizing the vertical storage space.   By adding a counter over the top of the washer and dryer, there is now a built in folding table.  A few other things I noticed are the hanging valet for drying shirts and the hanging ironing board holder, both compact enough to take up very little space.

Another example is seen here of maximizing the space above the washer and dryer.  Transferring everyday laundry care items from their original packaging to pretty canisters, offers a clean look and reduces visual clutter that can quickly take over in a smaller area.  I spy a retractable clothes line which is perfect for pinning up items to dry, but takes up absolutely no space when not in use.

Here is an other retractable option for hanging and drying clothes.  It saves valuable floor space by hanging on the wall.

I am a huge fan of creating small kits, which are portable and keep necessities corralled together.  I do this all over my home, and in the laundry room is no exception.  Create a spot for ironing essentials, another for cleaning supplies and another for garment repair and maintenance.  A pretty crate or basket keeps it all looking nice and streamlined and holds it all together.

Sleek and slim rolling carts, which can tuck on the side or in-between the washer and dryer, area always a space saving storage win.  As are wall hooks when there is no space for an entire hanging rod setup.

A timeless space saving solution is to go the stacking route.  By having the washer and dryer take up the vertical space, you may be able to add in a wash sink or floor to ceiling shelves and storage, that may not have been possible with the side by side models.

I love that closet doors were replaced with soft linens in this laundry nook.  The curtains save a ton of space that doors would have taken up from sliding side to side or swinging into a hall.

Here the ironing board just flips right out from the wall!  No more dragging the clunky ironing board around, or worrying about how you are going to store it!

My oh so favorite laundry room tip, isn’t necessarily organizing related… I say, “Go bold or go home!”  Laundry can be a mundane daily task, however, how can you not be smiling and happy when you are surrounded by beautiful and bright colors?  Take a moment to draw inspiration from your favorite locations, seasons, artwork or objects, and bring that excitement to the room where most of the chores happen.

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