Creating Storage for My Seashells

Good morning! It’s the last day of July! Can you believe it? Do have children getting rady to go back to school? Or maybe you are! I still have  a few weeks left before I go back. So today I am heading to the zoo with Lauren and my two little nieces. It’s supposed to be over 100 degrees today (actually this will be 26 days in a row!), but we are going anyways! The zoo does have a water play area, so we will be spending time in there getting wet!

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Last week, I pulled down a box from my closet, not even sure what was inside. It ended up being fabric. I wondered where those fabric pieces had gone to! For some reason, this time when I looked at the box, I came up with the perfect use for it! My seashells!

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Here’s how I had them separated. Real classy, right? Yep, good ol’ ziplock bags!

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I knew I needed more than just 4 compartments, so I dug through my scrapbooking paper and made some more dividers.

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I measured each section and then cut pieces of paper a little larger than would fit across each one. I then folded the edges to create a place to glue. I cut 4 pieces and then varied where I glued them in, so that some of the spaces were bigger for my larger shells.

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The dividers in the box weren’t exactly straight, so some of my pieces are a little bowed, but that won’t matter once the shells are in it.

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The lid had one corner missing. I don’t even remember that happening, but I had to find away to fix it, at least a little bit.

 

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I guess I forgot to take a picture, but I cut 2 little strips of cardboard and glued them on the side and around the corner. Then I glued a burlap ribbon over the while edge of the lid, so it was all covered up. You will see it in the finished pictures.

This is my ancient Cricut machine. I’m sure it’s an antique now.:) But it still mostly works! It took me forever to decide what I wanted to put on to of the box. I knew I wanted it to say ‘seashells’, but I couldn’t decide how I wanted to do it. Stickers, chipboard, paint? I looked through my stash, but finally decided I could get the style I wanted with my Cricut.

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I love this paper! Once I had my letters cut out, I drew a chalk line on the box so I could keep my letters in a straight line and then glued the letters on. Once I had the letters afixed, I just wiped off the chalk.

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Here is the side of the box. I added the ribbon to cover up the fixed edge and then added the sailor knot to cover the spot where the ribbon comes together. I added the label too, just in case I forget what’s in the box again. 🙂

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Now my shells are all organized and neat! I love that I can easily find exactly the kind of shell I want!

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Now I have room for both small shells and large ones.

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I’m really pleased with how this turned out! Now I probably need something for all the driftwood I have! Hope you all have a great week!

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Here are some other ideas for your seashell collection!

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Mini-Makeover in the Guest Room with Canvas on the Cheap

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Good morning! I’m a day late, but I have a great post for you today! Our family visited Disneyland back in May and Haley took this great photo of Walt Disney, Mickey and the Sleeping Beauty Castle. I worked with Canvas on the Cheap and they created this amazing canvas for me. I used it in my newly decorated guest room/Haley’s room. When Haley saw the canvas and the room, who had two comments, “I want the canvas” and ‘My room looks so grown up!”

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When I edited the canvas, I made the whole thing in black and white and then colored in different areas. The castle, sky, flowers and the statue all have some color to them.

Guest Room Makeover Walt Disney and Sleeping Beauty Castle

I love how it looks! The print even wraps around the sides of the canvas and there is even a hanger added to the back.

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Haley had made this bench years ago from an old desk and a headboard. Since she moved into her own apartment, I could finally move the bench out from the garage, where it has been sitting since we moved a year and a half ago. My husband revised it a bit and I touched up the a paint a bit. It fits perfect in here!

 

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Here is the rest of the room. The one wall is painted charcoal and I decided to stay with this color. I added some turquoise and yellow accents.

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I left several of Haley’s things in here, so she didn’t feel pushed out. Of course, I want her to come home any time she can! She loves peacocks, but couldn’t take this lamp with her, so I kept it in here.

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You can see her treasured Pirates of the Caribbean book, along with the beads she purchased while in Hawaii.

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The skull pillow was hers too (obviously, if you know Haley). I added a couple of others to bring in more color.

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I needed something small in the space between the bed and the wall and the stool was the perfect fit. I added a couple of books and a pitcher with some leaves.

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My father-in-law made this bookshelf for my husband and me when we first got married, over 30 years ago. It has also been stored in the garage and I am very happy I finally have a good place for it.

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See the cute floral basket in the bottom corner? I found it in the clearance aisle at Walmart. I snagged it up quickly! It is the perfect colors for this room!

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Of course, Kiara had to get in on this picture business. Cutie!

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Canvas on the Cheap is a great company to work with. The ordering was simple and the canvas came quickly. I hope you will take some time to check them out! Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you all have a great week!

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Green & White Striped Bench for Summer

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Good morning! It’s officially summer now! Are you enjoying some relaxing days or evenings! I like that it is light so late in the evening. It’s so much easier to get things done when it’s still light outside. I have a simple project for you today.

Our area has quite a few estate sales. A company comes into a house, pulls everything out of cupboards and closets, prices it and then runs the sale for 2 days. The items are usually higher priced than a normal sale, but if you go on the second day, everything is half off. That’s how I found this bench. There were actually three of them. I’m not sure what the owners did with three of them, but I only came home with one!

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The top was easily removed by unscrewing the 4 screws. Then I painted it white.

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I had this fabric for awhile. I think I made a pillow from it before, but had plenty left over. I plan to put this little bench in my laundry, so it could be a little bit of a bright and fun color.

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I cut the fabric a little bit larger than the bench top. I folded over the edge twice to give it a clean line.

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Next, came the stapling. I usually start in the middle of each side and then work toward the edges, pulling the fabric tight as I go.

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For the corners, I fold the fabric in, kind of like wrapping a present.

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Now that the fabric is on, I just reattached it to the base.

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I took photos in my living room since my laundry room has no natural light. I love the bright green stripes!

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It’s the perfect place to sit to take off shoes when you come in the door or to put down your packages.

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It’s amazing how a little bit of paint and some pretty fabric can change the whole look of a piece of furniture! What projects have you worked on lately? I would love to hear about it!

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Here are some items to create your own project!

                            

                                          

Decoupaged Gold and White Flatware Box

Good morning! Are you ready for summer? Do you have projects lined up to work on or are you just taking time to relax? I hope I can do a little of both. I want to thank all of you for showing up each time I post. I really appreciate all of my readers! I know I have been a little hit and miss lately, and I thought summer would be better, but it doesn’t look like it will be. Anyways, thanks for hanging out with me when you can!

I have had this project set aside for awhile and just couldn’t quite figure out how it was all going to work. Even now, I’m not completely satisfied, but it didn’t turn out too bad.

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I received gold flatware for Christmas, so I needed place to store it. I had picked up the box at yard sale awhile back and knew it could be perfect. I had some gold polka-dot napkins I had picked up at the .99 Cent Store, some white paint, pretty fabric and some dowels I already had.

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I painted the box first. I chose white, of course. I gave it several coats of paint. I decided to try to decoupage the top. I had some white and gold polka-dot napkins and I figured they would go well with the gold flatware. I hadn’t decoupaged before, so my first attempt didn’t go so well. You can see how wrinkly it is. I ended up sanding this off and trying again. The second time, I let the Mod Podge set for a couple of minutes before laying down the napkin, and that worked much better.

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After the paint dried, it was time to glue the fabric into the bottom of the box. I measured it out by setting the box on top of the fabric and tracing it out a little larger. I knew I wanted to fold over the fabric to make a clean edge, so I added a little extra fabric.

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Once I had the right measurements, I ironed down the edges to make them flat. I had some spray glue, but I think any glue would work. I would brush it on if I used tacky glue. I sprayed the glue onto the bottom of the box and carefully laid the fabric on top of it.

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Once the fabric was in, it was time to add the dividers. I used some dowel I had and cut it into 4 pieces which fit snugly inside the box. I put some glue on the ends of the dowels and then placed them where I wanted them to go.

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I forgot! I also added some sparkly chipboard letters to the top of the box! I thought ‘SPARKLE’ was appropriate!

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I’m so glad to finally have a special place to store my flatware!

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It’s even pretty enough to leave out!

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Thanks again for coming by today! I will keep on plugging along over here and hope you join in with me!

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Live in the Sunshine Boogie-board Makeover

Good morning! Sorry about not posting yesterday. We spent the weekend with my daughter and enjoyed a beautiful Southern California weekend! We were able to watch the play she was Stage Manager for and spend some time at the beach. It was great! We head back in a few weeks for our trip to Disneyland. Can’t wait!

First off, I want to apologize for the quality of the pictures. I am not sure what happened here, but I didn’t realize how blurry they were until after I had finished the project. So just bear with me until the end!

My husband picked up this boogie board at a yard sale and sanded it completely down.

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It took me awhile to come up with my idea, but I knew I wanted to leave the edges the natural wood. I taped all around the edges with painters tape and then painted the rest of the board a turquoise blue.

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While the paint was drying, I printed out the words I wanted to paint on. I used all different fonts for the letters and different sizes. It took some playing around with it, but I finally got it all to fit on the board.

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I placed a piece of transfer paper under the words and outlined all of my letters with pencil. I have another post that shows how this is done just with pencil and no transfer paper.  You can see it here.

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Once all my letters were transferred onto the board, I was able to fill them in with paint. I used acrylic paint and a stiff brush. After everything was dry, I went over it all with some sandpaper so it looked weathered.

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So, what do you think?

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Of course, it’s perfect with all my other beach decor!

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I plan on using it on my front porch once the weather warms up.

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Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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