Archive of ‘Decorating’ category
I love these house rules, porch rules, cottage rules, lakehouse rules, etc. signs. And I happened to have this old ceiling tin that was framed in. I grew tired of it since it was…black.
Black Tile Before
But I had an idea. I’ll paint it! And then I’ll paint my porch rules on it and let it sit on my front porch.
Porch Rules After
Who wants to enjoy the front porch with me?
I recently acquired a patio umbrella for free. I’ve been looking for a turquoise umbrella and have yet to find a big one in that color that I could afford. So when I received this free, large but dated umbrella, I had plans for it.
Here’s a picture of what it resembled, only mine was 80s pastels.
Break out the turquoise spray paint.
I used three cans of paint on this baby, which is approximately $12. I think that’s a pretty good buy. And while it didn’t cover the former stripes, it did leave the umbrella turquoise. And in the bright sunshine, it has a little bit of a tie-dyed effect.
But it does the job and it looks the part.
Umbrella & Table
Esh, I can’t wait to get rid of those hunter green shutters from 1996.
All this does is make me want to finish the door into table project I’ve started but haven’t completed yet. That’s a story for another day.
Door into Table
Oh, and that umbrella stand is a 5 gallon bucket spray painted and filled with cement with a paint roller as an insert. Cause that’s the “Sticks” in Style from the Sticks. 🙂
Proof that you can paint just about anything.
I’ve been into the spray paint. I KNOW my neighbors think I’m the crazy spray paint lady. And that’s okay. Because they are probably right.
If you’ve read this blog for awhile, you know I have a painting problem. I’ve even had people drop used cans of paint off to me. I’m starting some sort of strange collection. I have a hard time passing the reject cans of paint on the sale shelf at Menards. Oh so many uses!
Here’s another thing you know about me if you’ve read this blog, I dislike the color black. While it used to be only a dislike for black clothing, my dislike has now crept into my home decor as well. It just feels so dated and gloomy. I love bright, happy and cheerful. Read bright colors and white.
I’ve been on a mission the irradicate the MAJORITY of my black. I say majority because every home needs a few black pieces. But I will not be following the latest trend of painting my interior doors black. No thank you.
And if you’ve ever painted anything black, it can be really tricky and involve many layers of paint to turn a black piece into a light piece. So before you pick up that bottle of black spray paint or black paint can, be sure you know that it should really be that color.
Case in point, I have these two old shutters that I’m positive I purchased for a whole $5 about ten years ago. They aren’t even wood, just plastic. But they seemed to be what I’ve been missing on either side of my dining room hutch.
Problem is, they are black. And I’m WAY tired of black. Break out the spray paint!
I could have tried to make these babies white, but that would have involved many, many layers of white. And I just didn’t think white was the color for my dining room, since it is the moodiest room on my main floor. So I chose a dusty grey/blue color. It’s called Valspar’s Cobalt Cannon.
When you’re painting shutters, spray paint is your friend. Getting into every little nook and cranny can be a major paint with regular paint. Spray paint makes it a cinch.
Here are my shutters getting their coats of paint-
Shutters During Painting
And here’s that dining room wall before-
Just the Hutch
Here’s the after-
Hutch with Shutters
Worth the paint!
Tonight I will be live tweeting about the Oscars. You can follow me @stylefmthestixs. And I’ll do a round up of my favorite looks.
But as promised, here are a few more kitchen picts-
By the Sink
And here are a few, just for fun-
Close Up of Glass Cabinet
Clock Close Up
Grandma’s Cake Box on Stand
Here is the final product- a kitchen that flows with prepping, eating and cleaning up meals.
I hope to add a few more pictures. But I hope you enjoyed coming along with me on my journey of kitchen organization!
These are the last cabinets that I have conquered. Tomorrow I’ll show you my kitchen diagram. I feel confident that I have all the cabinets housing the right products now. But I have yet to make the Tupperware more functional. I’m seriously considering moving to all glass storage containers. Darn plastic anyway! Aren’t these containers such a pain?
For today, here was my cabinet by the pantry-
What a mess! I really appreciate the cord hanging down.
Here is the after-
Cabinet 3 After
This cabinet makes me happy. I put all of my cake decorating tips and cookie cutters in the basket up top. (Because I use those one a year!) I then corralled all of the water bottles (another bane of my existence) to another cabinet and left only the pitchers. And all of my mixing bowls and Pyrex measuring bowls are now together. Makes sense!
Cabinet No. 4
This cabinet is close to the sink and was just an odd combination of dishes and plasticware and ???
Here is the after-
Cabinet No. 4 After
Now all of the dishes are together. And so are the water glasses. And a few miscellaneous mixing bowls that I don’t use very often. This cabinet could still use some shelving height adjustments. Don’t you think this cabinet would make a great open shelf look. I mean, do you ever see open shelving on Pinterest with Tupperware on it? No.
So that’s it. Now you’ve seen what lies behind my kitchen cabinets and we have no further secrets from each other. I still have a few cabinets to go, but to be honest, those just didn’t change all that much. Mostly it is just tidying up what’s already there. Except for the blasted Tupperware…
Do you have any great Tupperware storage solutions?
Today’s cabinet, in the process of making over where to put kitchen products, is the pots and pans. Some of my pans ended up in the bottom of my stove. And some of my pans were across from the oven in a separate cabinet.
Here are the offending cabinets-
Under the Stove
I hated lifting them out of this spot.
Cabinet No. 2
I decided to move all the pots and pans next to the oven. Make sense right? The problem is the heaviness of the pots and pans. I really enjoyed having some of them on the slide out cabinets. Instead, I moved them to the lazy susan that is next to the oven. With the lazy susan, I still get relief from lifting them from the back of a cabinet.
Here is what was in the lazy susan before-
Lower Lazy Susan
Pyrex, Pyrex, Pyrex.
Here is what these spots look like now-
Cabinet No. 2 After
Don’t you love all that Pyrex goodness all organized? Ahh, so lovely.
And here is the lazy susan-
Lower Lazy Susan After
Yes! Pots and pans all in one place right by the oven.
Isn’t amazing what simple organization can do!
This may be an on again/off again series as I struggle to organize. It feels great to have something put together but the bigger fight is to keep it that way!
Have you heard the expression, “Cleaning the house while the kids are home is like shoveling snow while it is still snowing?” Completely true. While I’m getting something organized in one room, there is a disaster going on in another. And then there’s the daily grind of sweeping the kitchen and by the doorways (when will the gravel end?), trying to keep little boys’ bathroom clean (why is hitting the water so hard?) and there are two hotspots in the house that will never be “done”- the laundry and the dishes.
All I’m saying is that it is a struggle.
One area of our home that has been an eyesore for me has been my kitchen cabinets. When we moved into our home, I unpacked our kitchen in about a day. Things were thrown in- random, random things. And have pretty much been in the same place since.
After careful consideration (and much Pinterest research), I tried to identify which cabinets should house what items. This was also based on the height and widths of the items that the cabinets would conceal.
Here, for your Tuesday pleasure, is cabinet number one.
Cabinet Number One
There sits my crock pot in amongst the cake cover and microwave chip maker. I mean, what???
I moved the crock pot so that it would reside by all the other actual cooking items. So revolutionary! I also edited the items in this cabinet. How often does one actually use a cake cover? Could it be moved to another less accessible cabinet or perhaps donated? And as for the chip maker, that is now for sale.
Here is the cabinet after-
Cabinet One After
Now all of the big bowls are on the top shelf and the bottom shelf contains pie containers and large plastic food storage containers. I also put the ridged stone bakeware there mostly because it fit perfectly.
One cabinet down. A whole kitchen to go!
Tomorrow, we’ll keep going through the kitchen. At the end of the week, I’ll show you all the cabinets together.
If this is inspiring you to make your cabinets make more “sense,” be sure to keep a list of what needs replacing or what you are missing. I was amazed at the oddity of items I have and the items I really need on a day-to-day basis!
For your Friday fun, I thought I would show you a small wall change and a living room update.
I showed you last week my brass wall art (see here) in my living room. I have also changed around my furniture since you last saw it.
I like to change the layout of my home. For me, it’s a breath of fresh air. It helps reset your mind and keeps things from becoming mundane. The Mr. thinks it may be an illness. I say it is just the result of having a creative brain.
Here is what I’ve done. I moved the couches around because I hauled in the coffee table from a neighboring room. I also finally hung some pictures on the wall on each side of the hutch I have in the room.
Here is what it looked like before when it was empty. Remember this was one of the only rooms in the house I did not paint? I’m still deliberating on if I should paint it or not…
Living Room Before
The previous furniture arrangement can be seen here.
And what it looks like now-
Living Room Update
Now here it is what I put on the wall-
Mirror Wall Art
This little number is also a recent addition to the room. After the Christmas tree came down, I just didn’t have the heart to put it back in its place. So here is where it ended up. I have big paint plans for this little gem but haven’t gotten it accomplished yet. Don’t get too attached to that dark wood and brass maple pulls!
I have been hoarding all of my Instyle color crash course feature articles to post in my closet for some time now. But I just hadn’t gotten around to hanging anything to display them.
What was the color crash course? You may remember my post on them here. Basically Instyle would create outfits based around a specific hue and then also provide other color options to coordinate with that color.
And I love them. They help so much when getting dressed in the morning!
I decided that I would move a bulletin board into the closet so I could pin all of these lovely pages right on my closet wall. It’s old school Pinterest!
Here she is going up-
Bulletin Board Up
And fully loaded-
Colors Up And Ready
It’s hard to get a good side closet shot! I grouped them by color. So all the yellows are together, I just have to flip through the pin to find what shade I’m looking for, etc.
Here’s the best full on shot I could get in-
Close Up Shot
I could just write all these down, but visuals are much easier.
Oh to be so organized in the mornings!