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Tips to clean and organize your house, and keep it that way.
In addition to the new shelf, our entry is getting a little much-needed organization. For my next mini project, I took inspiration from the Eames Hang-It-All Coat Rack.
No, I didn’t make a coat rack, though hooks are on my to do list. Instead, I made a cute, colorful round ball sculpture.
We had the live edge wood in the garage, and I found 1 1/2 inch wooden balls and a thin wooden dowel at Hobby Lobby, both 50% off.
A few coats of acrylic craft paint on each ball, using the Eames color scheme as a reference. A little wood glue in the ball hole to hold the random length sticks in place. Then, I drilled holes in the wood base and glued the stick in. The bit I used was slightly bigger, but toothpicks to the rescue. After the glue dried, I sprayed it all with a few coats of clear gloss.
Oh, I bought a new bulb for the lamp, too. Now you don’t see the ugly, too long CFL sticking out.
It’s a fun little piece with happy colors. And the grain of the live edge is amazing.
But it has a purpose. Oh no, this space is too small for a bunch of decorative only nick knacks.
The real purpose is a hat and mitten drying rack.
Now, when V comes home from school, I have a place to put mittens out to dry. Because this is out in the open, we don’t have to look for missing gloves in the mornings. In addition to coat hooks, I want a bin for mail, we need an outlet for the lamp, and I want to recover the ottoman seat in something more colorful.
Posted by Our Humble Abode on November 20, 2013
Our entry is rocking a new look and organization (potential). Just in time for winter.
Though it’s very, very far from done. Our split level entry is cramped, so slim storage is key. The little accent table wasn’t offering much in that department.
After seeing a stack of old siding in the pool house, I knew what I wanted.
Using coarse sandpaper, I took off the super rough texture and most of the blue paint. I asked Ben to cut the tongue and groove off the old boards. He did, then built a 36 inch wide by 6 1/2 inch deep by 7 1/2 inch tall rectangle.
Wanting the imperfections, I left the nail and old staple holes, and blue paint in the knots. Using my new friend, Teak Oil, I coated the shelf and let it cure.
It darkened the cedar a little, adding warmth and bringing out the character. And these knots, I’m smitten.
We used screws directly in studs to hold this bad boy up. Now for the fun part, accessorizing.
Because this shelf is only 6.5 inches deep, I bought a small desk lamp at Target. Right now, it’s purely decorative, as there are no outlets in the entry. Hopefully soon. The cute hexagon paper mâchê tray is too deep. Looks like I’ll have to make another.
A light, but sturdy ottoman (Target clearance!) is the perfect perch for putting on or taking off shoes.
I’m working on a mitten drying system to sit on top of the shelf. The ottoman would look nice with a fun fabric. And we’ll need hooks for coats and purses. I really wish I wasn’t afraid to stand on a ladder over stairs because the peach paint and textured wall drives me friggin’ bonkers! I’ve planted a cover up idea seed with Ben, so we’ll see if it grows or dies.
Posted by Our Humble Abode on November 14, 2013
Sometimes I feel super overwhelmed by the things in our house. The stuff that accumulates little by little. When I look at a place that was once organized, I freak out, clear everything out and start fresh. Well, that happened last week when I put towels away in our linen closet. Here’s the before:
Sorry for the bad coloring in these. Overcast day + dark hall + bad flourescent light = terrible white balanced photos. Some things were still grouped together, but we had random toys, a light fixture, and stacks of pillows tossed around. About an hour of purging, grouping, and shuffling around, I had organized my way to happy.
I’ve wanted to add labels for a long time and thought about my best option for our bullnose shelf fronts. Something pliable seemed best, so I dug out a scrap of light cream leather. Cut 3/4 inches wide (to match the shelf thickness) I wrote with a plain Sharpie. Spray painted small gold nails hold each label in place.
Oh, and I painted the shelf fronts the color of the year, Emerald.
It’s just a fun splash of color to brighten up a dark utilitarian space.
While I had the gold spray paint out, I unified the small metal bins I had. Then used the bins to store pillow covers and cases. No more throwing old pillow covers to the top shelf.
Even this little hanging wire basket.
Now everything has a labeled place with room to spare. Least used items at the top, out of reach. I know this is a very small change, but fun little additions make me smile. And if I can smile while putting away laundry, it’s worth it, right?
Have you incorporated Emerald in your home? If so, how?
Posted by Our Humble Abode on August 21, 2013
Here’s another quickie project to help you get organized. Or at least more organized, can’t fix every problem with a few hooks now can ya? It started when I saw these cute metal cloud hooks.
Then I looked at the pile of Everett’s costumes and set out to make cute hooks. A stop to Michael’s and Home Depot gave me everything I needed:
1 inch wood dowel
Pre-cut wooden shapes (I chose conversation bubbles, but there are so many fun shapes, including clouds)
Sharpie paint pen
Not pictured, you’ll need craft paint, clear coat, wood glue (or your favorite strong glue), a drill, saw, and pliers. Cut the dowel to length, mine are 2 inches and sand any rough ends. Then glue the wooden shapes the front, pressing firmly. Once dry, paint all sides of the hooks. Drill a pilot hole the size of your screw shaft in the end of the dowel. Screw the in, making it tight.
I chose to write on the bubbles, to look like a comic books. Gotta love a little onomatopoeia, right? Seemed fitting since the hooks hold super hero costumes. So I wrote words like Boom, Kapow, Zap, and Thud with the Sharpie pen and gave the hooks two coats of clear finish. I screwed them to the wall (find a stud or use anchors, just to be safe) and showed Everett.
He thought they were “so nice.” Mission accomplished.
I’ve got two more that I might add, but we’ll see.
Something similar could be fun and functional in an entry, too. Maybe with names on them? Maybe not, to look like little floating art…
Posted by Our Humble Abode on May 15, 2013
I’m sure you’re getting sick of posts about the guest room, but I’m so excited to have a room to decorate. And tweak and perfect. New green accents are a great burst of color, but I wanted more. For handy storage, I made another storage box, this time green with navy accents and an octagon tray.
For $2.49 from Hobby Lobby, I think this little two-tone tray is down right cheerful. Navy diagonal stripes on the box lid are youthful (perfect for a 19-year-old boy) and tie into the other navy elements.
Even more greenery in the form of a fake succulent (perfect for a room with little natural light) nestled in a spray painted glass jar. Here’s a tip, get a glossy outside by painting the inside of glass vessels.
Fingers crossed we’ll install trim in here this weekend. After painting it, we can finally paint the walls. I’m almost positive we’ve settled on Safari by Benjamin Moore (the top, light sample).
It is more pale than I originally planned for, but I think it should work well. There’s enough orange to keep it from turning lime green under the bluish CFL lighting, but still looks yellow. Although I should admit I’m still yearning for a darker warm gold like Honeymoon. A chip close to the light switch nearly blends in with the color I originally wanted. I’m apprehensive to go with the darker color because I’ve struck out my last four attempts.
Which would you choose? The lighter, safer option or the darker that is close to the original vision?
Posted by Our Humble Abode on March 22, 2013