Entries Tagged as 'Organization'

White-washed Jewelry Holder {DIY}

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

As far as jewelry organization goes, I have had a system in place for my earrings for some time, but my necklaces have been a hot mess.  All tangled and jumbled up and strewn everywhere.  Not functional and certainly not attractive.  I got the idea for a simple white washed necklace/jewelry holder when we were in New York, but we decided to play around with the idea a little this weekend and put our own twists on it.  You can really do anything you want with this idea.  I will explain to you how we did each of ours.

What you’ll need:

- A piece of wood.  I went to the lumber section at Lowe’s and got a 10″ wide plank of oak and had them cut it down for me.  My piece was about 10″X12″ and Colleen’s was a little longer. Probably about 10″X14″.

- Nails

- Gold spray paint.  Only if you want your nails to be gold.  You can obviously pick whatever color you want.  We also sprayed our boards gold to change the color of the wood.

- White paint.  We used cheapy craft paint and watered it down.

- Sand paper

- Hammer

- Paint brush.  We used a 1 1/2 inch thick brush.

What you’ll do:

1) Sand down the rough edges of your wood with fine grit sandpaper.  Blow or wipe off dust.

2) Spray your nails gold or whatever color you desire.  Make sure you get all parts of the nail.  This would also be the time to spray paint your board if you want to change the base color of the wood.  The wood dries pretty quickly but the nails took awhile before they weren’t sticky.  Maybe more than an hour depending on how much paint you spray on.

3) For both:

Once the board is dry, get your white paint and pour it onto a plate.  Sprinkle water in and mix until it is smooth and flowy.  If you want a true white-wash, you can water it down even more until it is liquidy.  We wanted ours to cover pretty well.

For Megan’s:

Paint the top couple inches of the board white and then glob a bunch of paint on across the top so you can work it down towards the bottom of the board.  Take your dry brush and lightly stroke the globs of paint down towards the bottom of the board in sections.  I put less pressure towards the bottom of the board and left the bottom of the board gold.

Then once it had dried, I took a q tip and some pink paint and added little dots at the top of the board.  I liked the contrast of cute and clean at the top with the rustic look at the bottom.

For Colleen’s:

Colleen painted side to side and started with heavy coverage at the top and then applied lighter and lighter strokes as she worked her way down.  Her’s turned out really cool because it highlighted the grain in the wood.

4) Hammer in the nails (as many as you want) in a line across the top.  We used 5 nails each.  If you want to get really fancy, you can get out a level to make sure your nails are in a straight line, but we just eyeballed it.  By using an odd number of nails, it is easier to get an even number of space between each nail.  Start with one nail on each side (toward the edges)and then put one in the middle.  Then put one each in the middle of the open spaces.  It is hard to explain, but you will totally understand if you do it.

We hung ours by using a picture hanging kit with wire and the little screw-in hooks in the back of the board.  (Editor’s (Colleen’s) note: Sorry guys, forgot to collage the pictures with the picture hanging kit.  Let us know if you are confused by this.)

I am so happy not to have my necklaces all muddled up anymore that I am wondering why I didn’t do something like this sooner.  Sometimes it’s the little things.

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Painted Woven Baskets

Thursday, March 15, 2012

For whatever reason, I have had one heck of a time trying to decorate my room.  For about the first year I lived here, everything I used in it was either black, white, grey or some other shade of neutral.  I was completely incapable of making any decisions when it came to color or pattern.  And so the rest of my house got decorated while my room sat mostly sad and abandoned.  Last spring, in my attempt to actually do something to it, I purchased a grey cabinet type piece of furniture from a flea market that I decided I would use as a wardrobe and fill with baskets to keep my socks, mittens, scarves, and unmentionables.   I finally determined that I would like to include touches of pale pink and emerald green as well because all of the neutral was feeling a little somber to me.  So because I was feeling I needed a pop of color in my cabinet, I embarked on an adventure to paint two of the baskets I bought for it.

They started out being plain old basket color.  They have since changed a few times with spray paint. Ballet Slipper by Krylon was the last color I used for all over before I went crazy with craft paint.

I didn’t worry about making it super perfect because I was inspired by these which seemed handmade.

 Baskets from: 1) West Elm 2) West Elm 3) Furbish Home 4) Serena and Lily

I am pretty happy with it because while it is most certainly not perfect, it gives my “wardrobe” the touch of color I think it needed.

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For the Love of Friday – Organization Inspiration

Friday, February 3, 2012

As is always the case with the New Year, since January 1st, I have been feeling like I need a change.  I have all these aspirations.  Eat healthier.   Use Corey’s Rosetta Stone that we have had laying around for 4 years (so embarrassing) to learn Spanish.  Go to the YMCA more than twice a week.  This one really hurts because man is my membership expensive.  Live in the moment more.  Change my name (eek!!!)  One aspiration that I have actually been working on is organizing my life.  Well, mostly just our apartment.  Ordering baskets to organize the area underneath our coffee table, putting together a new bookcase to organize  Corey’s millions of DVDs, buying new bathroom supplies that make our guest bath look less like a dorm room.  I can’t stop looking for things to organize.  Nor can I stop looking at the millions of images that make me want to spend all next week on my craft supplies/entryway/desk/bathroom/bedroom/closet.  Let’s look together shall we?

My next undertaking will be my entryway.  Ok so it isn’t really an entryway.  More of a hallway.  But still, I want it to be pretty and functional.  Mostly, I want a gorgeous console table that has lots of storage.

Once I get the console table I so desire, I will immediately be purchasing a wire basket (or several) and an antique toast holder for my mail.  Or maybe I will just purchase them tomorrow.

I am also desperate to make my bathroom look like any/all of these bathrooms.

Also, if I had it my way, I would have this office as well as a combination of the following kitchens.  Or just one.  I’m not too picky.    Just love how cozy the office looks.  I might actually do work from home.  Maybe.  And I would love to have an open shelf in the kitchen to put all of my currently nonexistent colorful cookbooks.

For my craft supplies?  Per chance?

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Here are some other neat organizing tips from the geniuses at Real Simple.  How’d they get so smart?  What about you guys?  Are you on an organizing kick as well?  Or do you have any genius organizing ideas?  

Happy Friday!

 

 

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