Keep the Mud out of Your Mud Room

Kids dragging mud into the house has been an issue for mothers for decades, probably even centuries, and it will probably be an issue for decades or centuries to come. But, with these simple mud room and entry way storage ideas, you’ll have the cleanest house in the neighborhood!

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Photo Credit: A Beautiful Mess

This mudroom storage idea is so simple that it makes me wonder how I  didn’t think of it before! You can get all of the makings of this at your local Home Depot or home improvement store! Its a great way to keep your things organized and the dirt off of your floor!

 

 

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I love this simple idea! A bench and wicker baskets, what is easier?! Then all you need is a shelf with hooks to hang your jackets on and you’re done! It really is that easy!

 

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Again with the crates! I guess I am just falling in love with the simplicity of the crates. This simple storage unit is made with crates and some paint. Then all you have to do is rearrange the crates however you want and you suddenly have a cute, easy and inexpensive place to put your shoes.

Old Dressers, New Looks

There are so many ways that you can upcycle an old dresser and make it into something entirely new. Whether its a dresser that is simply out of date or if its a piece of junk from a flea market that has good bones, you can turn it into a masterpiece with a little elbow grease.

Here are some great ideas for how to upcycle that old dresser!

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Wait, is that an island made from an old dresser…..? You bet it is! I saw this on Etsy and was super bummed when I realized that is had already sold for just $379.00. But on the bright side, something like this won’t be too hard to make. Give an old dresser a new paint job, a stained top, and some new knobs and you have your very own kitchen island.

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This right here is one of my favorite ideas yet! This is something that could very easily be made from one of those junky dressers with great bones you find at a yard sale or flea market. All you need for this is some paint, 4 wicker baskets, and some name tags and you suddenly have a cute yet organized place to keep all of your kids art projects and school papers!

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I live off of coffee. I have my trusty to-go mug in hand all day, every day so this rehabbed dresser really caught my eye. Every coffee lover needs a little barista bar to make that perfect cup every morning. Here is an adorable idea on how to create a coffee nook for everyday use.

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There is nothing cuter than a refurbished dresser in a nursery, especially one that can grow with age. This baby blue dresser created by Apartment Therapy is the cutest way to store your little one’s clothes and toys.

Farm Kitchen Finds At HomeGoods

Over the weekend I took a trip to HomeGoods and spent hours scouring the store. I had a cart full of things when I finished making my way through every aisle, and then I realized that I had no room in my tiny Boston apartment to put all of the things I had so I promptly put it back. Before I removed things from my cart though, I took pictures of what I believed to be musts for your home, specifically in the kitchen.

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I fell in love with this crate. I could just imagine it in my future farm kitchen someday with fresh fruit piled in it. There is something so beautiful and natural about the idea of having a farm fresh crate filled with garden fresh fruits and veggies from my backyard. It’s a perfect way bring the farm into your farm kitchen.

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Another great rustic piece to add to your kitchen is this old time “EAT” sign. The chipping paint and that white wooden planks give it the perfect “pulled this out of the barn” look. The even better part? If you don’t want to pay the $19 price tag, then you can easily make something similar yourself.

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Guess what? More chipped paint! This chalkboard is small enough to hang pretty much anywhere in your kitchen. Want to keep a list of things you need your husband to pick up at the store? Write it there. Want to post what you’re going to make for dinner so that your kids stop asking? Write it on the board. It’s both practical and and pretty, which is a perfect for any mother’s kitchen.

This one here is one of the most brilliant things I’ve seen in a while. Instead of keeping old plastic containers to store dog food in your kitchen, why not get a shiny tin made specifically for the food. This is a cute way to make your dog’s things a part of your decor, instead of hiding it from your houseguests.

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Lastly, this M.C. Henry Whiskey bottle that would be the perfect centerpiece on any farmhouse table. Put some flowers you just picked from the garden in this bottle like it’s a vase, or pair it with other bottles for a unique country centerpiece.

DIY Ottoman Storage

Unless you are one of the few who are lucky enough to have a huge home with an abundance of extra storage space, you are constantly looking for another way to store your stuff. One great way to store extra blankets, books, or toys is an ottoman that doubles as a storage unit. DIY ottomans are not too hard to make and they can be an attractive way to hide your unsightly things.

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This adorable ottoman works as a place to store books and knick-knacks, as well as a place for guests to sit on in your home. Surprisingly enough, this ottoman is made of 4 crates adhered together to create a nice storage space. For the entire step by step instructions go to monmakesthings.com.

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This adorably rustic crate ottoman is the perfect place to put your feet up when you get home from a long day. Made from an old milk crate, some foam and an old fabric, this ottoman is old and cute. Very Joanna Gaines-esque. For more information go to jenniferdecorates.com.

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This is our least expensive DIY ottoman idea. All you need is a plastic milk crate, rope and hot glue for the base. Then  you simply need a piece of plywood, foam, and fabric to finish it off. For instructions on how to make this inexpensive crate, go to hometalk.com.

The Playroom That Matches Your Home

When I was a kid, I was lucky enough to have parents who turned our entire finished basement into a toy room for my brother and I. She always wanted the toy room to look like a cohesive part of the house, but how to make a kids play room fit in with the rest of the homes decor? And where do you put all of the toys?

These are questions the all women wonder as they are picking up Barbies and Legos from a long day stuck in doors, and that is why I am writing this blog. This post is for all of the mothers who sacrifice their clean home for their child’s happiness. Hopefully this post brings a little bit of peace and cohesion back into your home.

DIY Painted “Play” Sign

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This project is a very easy DIY sign that can be finished to look like a wooden farmhouse sign that would bring cohesion to a farm house designed home.

All you need are 2 planks of wood, wooden letters, super glue and paint that you can get at your local craft store.

In the original article  that was posted on attagirlsays.com, she states “the brighter the better,” when it comes to paint color, though for cohesion sake, you could paint it a more muted color that goes with the scheme of your home.

This project is as simple as painting the wooden planks, painting the wooden letters and attaching them with glue and then hanging it up on the wall. It is a cute and fun way to bring a little fun into your playroom without straying too far from the look of your home.

 

Chalkboard Kids Table

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When I was a kid, my mother took my plan wooden play table and wanted it so that it looked like water. She then added Little Mermaid adhesive characters to the table so that I had my very own Disney table. My brother played with me on the table until he got to the age when he realized that it was a little “girly” and then he went off and would play with more “boy” things. This table below is the perfect way to change a plan table into a unisex children’s table that all of your kids will be fighting to play on. Chalkboard tables are really not all that hard to make if you have a plan kids table laying around. All you need is some primer and some chalkboard paint and your kids will have the coolest table on the block.

The Organized Playroom

Keeping a toy room organized is one of the hardest things a parent can do. But with this easy numbered storage unit, you will be able to keep your place organized easy, peasy. All you need for this are fabric baskets, felt, number stencils, and some glue. Simply cut out the numbers from the felt, and glue or pin them onto the fabric basket. Then you simply have to teach your kids which number goes with which toy, (which is far harder than actually doing this project.)

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I hope this article could give you some hope that your play room doesn’t have to look like a rainbow exploded in it. These toy rooms are just as fun as the ones with colorful plastic toy chests, they just fit into the design of the home better.

 

More for Less: A Room Decorated Entirely From Ikea

Have you ever gone to Ikea expecting to buy a bed and leaving with a couch, kitchen utensils, a lamp and no bed? Yeah, me too. Ikea is designed so that you will be forced to see every single inch of the store regardless of whether you want to or not. So, why not make your next trip to Ikea worth it.

Below is how you design an entire master bedroom with just Ikea furniture.

Walls

First things first, for some reason Ikea does not sell wall colors, so this room is being designed as if the walls are the color below.

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Bed

The bed is the focal point of any master bed room. I chose to go with a classic white bed frame because I could then build the entire room around this blank slate. The queen size version of this bed is sold for $349.00.

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Bedding

I’m a sucker for a blue and tan color scheme. Maybe it’s because I grew up by the ocean or maybe it’s because I love how clean and crisp it looks, but either way it’s my favorite. That is why I opted for a plan tan bed spread with blue and accent pillows. This duvet cover cost $49.00 and the pillows ranged from $8.00 through $15.00

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Rug

I think the prettiest master bedrooms have a nice wood flooring with a soft, plush carpet to step on to on a cold winters morning. For this room I found a rug that perfectly matches the color scheme of the bedroom. This rug is 8 feet by 10 feet and is priced at $249.00.

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Storage

Nice storage pieces are hard to come by, but luckily ikea has a large selection of wardrobes and dressers that won’t break the bank. For this room I chose the large “Hemnes” 8-drawer dresser. Priced at $249.00, the dresser is big enough to store all of the clothes your heart desires, and it looks nice too!

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Another great way to add a little storage is by adding a nightstand to both sides of the bed. Here is the nightstand that matches the above dresser, at just $99.00 a piece.

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Lighting

If there is one thing that I have learned is that lighting can change the entire energy of a room. For me, the lighter and brighter the room, the better (that’s why I chose white furniture.)

So, I believe that if we can add extra lighting fixtures to the room while enhancing the room design, then we are in a really good place! That’s why I suggest adding these lighting fixtures to your walls. These would look great hanging on each side of the bed above the matching nightstands.  The best parts? They are just $19 a piece.

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Final Little Touches

Now that the biggest parts of the room have been discussed, it’s time to talk about the little tiny things that can turn a bedroom into a master suite.

This mirror can be hung vertically or horizontally above the dresser to brighten up the room and function as a perfect spot to get ready in the morning. Priced at $44.

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Other wall decor includes an array of these matching frames that can be hung on the wall. They range from 4×6 to 8×10 and cost $3.99 to $6.99 respectively. Its a perfect way to hang wedding photos and family portraits without going overboard.

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Last but not least, I picked out a decorative piece that would tie together the circles from the throw pillow with the tan of the room. These little decorative balls are just $4.99 for a 4 pack and they add a little bit of character and cohesion to the room.

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And there you have it! A master bedroom completely designed from Ikea! And the best part? That entire room cost just $1,207, which is less than the average master bedroom set!

 

How To Get Your Dream Farm Kitchen For Less

I don’t know about you guys, but I secretly would love to be Joanna Gaines. If you don’t know who she is, then you are severely missing out! Joanna and Chip Gaines are the stars of the HGTV show Fixer Upper, and she specializes in turning an old and rundown house into a beautifully renovated rustic palace. She uses exposed wood and shiplap and old rusted farm pieces to make a clients dream home. If you are like me, and dream of owning a home with a farm sink and a wooden kitchen island, then this article is for you!

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The first way that you can convert your outdated kitchen into a farm-styled kitchen is to put in a farm sink. The classic white sink ranges anywhere from $350 to $1200, but you can find them severely discounted at wayfair.com. You can also get the sink pictured above at Ikea, and you can get the tall farmhouse faucet there as well.

Most modern farm kitchens have white cabinets, but most houses built in the 80’s, 90’s and 2000s have light wooden cabinets in the kitchens. If the cabinets have good bones, then it is easy enough to sand and paint the cabinets white, and fix them up with new handles, and you have an entirely new kitchen. DIYNetwork gives a master class on how to paint your cabinets so that you can do it yourself!

While your cabinets are down for painting, it is the perfect time to add a subway tile backsplash. Subway tiles come in all colors, but the classic white or grey are most often used in farm kitchens.

Another way to bring the farm into your kitchen is to use a sliding barn door to cover your pantry. Remodelaholic shows 35 differnt DIY doors and how to inexpensively incorporate a sliding barn door into your home.

The last major piece that needs to be added to your kitchen to make it look like an authentic farmhouse is a large, rustic and wooden table. This is probably the most manageable of all of the DIY kitchen projects so far because it just requires a large wooden table, paint, stain, and a sander. Our Vintage Home Love shows how you can take an out of style table and make it fit your farm house look. By sanding down the top and roughing up the white paint job, the table went from a mid-2000s dining room set to a modern day masterpiece.

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Add some chairs or an old bench sanded up to match and you have a table fit for hosting!

Last but not least, the key to having a perfectly rustic farm kitchen is to pay attention to the detail. Go to flea markets and yard sales and see if you can find old authentic farm pieces to finish off the look. Pieces to look for are farm crates, old lighting fixtures and distressed wood. You can use the crates for storage and add hooks to the wood to create a place to hang pots and pans or kitchen towels.

If you follow this guide, you will have a beautifully authentic farm kitchen in no time!