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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Photo Credit: Mon Makes Things

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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Photo Credit: attagirlsays

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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Photo Credit: The House of Figs

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.

 

Artwork for Any Room

I’m a sucker for wall art. Correction: I’m a sucker for quotes as wall art, but I understand that that is not everyone’s cup of tea. So below I have compiled some DIY wall art that you can use to decorate any room in the home!

Stenciled Wall Art

This is pretty self explanatory. Get a canvas and some paint, get a stencil, and work your way from there. This simple technique will give you beautiful art for your entire home!

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Quote Wall Art

I can’t be the only one who loves quotations hanging on the wall. I just think there is something nice about having a reminder to remain optimistic hanging on the wall. If you are like me and you’re a sucker for a good quote or two, maybe try the art projects below!

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Geometrical Wall Art

For a more modern home, you might want to try to incorporate some of these geometrical art pieces into your home!

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DIY Storage For The Tot In Your Life

Kids are messy. No matter how hard you try, if you have kiddos running around it is nearly impossible to keep the place clean. This is why storage is a must. And storage that appeals to your kids will give them even more of a reason to want to clean up! Below we have five easy storage ideas that can get even the fussiest tot excited to clean.

DIY Library Corner

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Have a child who loves to read? Or maybe you just want to instill the value of reading at a young age? Either way a library corner is the perfect way to keep all of the books organized. All you need is a free corner in your child’s room or playroom, vinyl rain gutters, end caps, and wood screws.

Cut the vinyl to size, add the end caps so your kiddies don’t hurt themselves on the sharp corners, and hang the gutters at kid level so they can pick the books out themselves.

Add a colorful beanbag chair or a few small seats for your children and you have a perfect place to store all of their books.

For more information on materials and steps go to Cheerios & Lattes

Lego Storage and Play Table

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Have you ever stepped on a Lego? If not then you have been blessed with not feeling one of the most annoyingly painful feelings in the world. If you are sick and tired of finding Legos all around your house, consider making this inexpensive Lego Storage Table.

The table simply made of 3 plastic draws, a 4 foot board, and a couple of cute stools. Adhere to board to two of the plastic draws, and keep the third loose so you can pull it in and out when the kids use the table.

To stay even more organized, you can organize each draw with specific colored Legos.

It is such an easy way to keep all of the Legos in one place, plus kids your kids will love having a place to build their Legos without being moved. It’s a win-win!

For more information on this play table go to Our Wee Family.

Photo Credit: Our Wee Family

Animal Storage Jars

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When you have small children, art supplies are everywhere. With animal storage jars, your kids will want to put their crayons and colored pencils back where they belong.

All you need are different sized mason jars, those animal figurines you have laying around the house, a hot glue gun (or super glue) and some paint.

Paint the figurines and the jar lids solid bright colors and then simply glue the animal to the lid and voilà!

The best part is that this project is easy enough to do with your own little helper, letting it double as a fun activity to do on a winter’s day!

Find out more at Cool Mom Picks

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Hide Your Storage

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Are you sick and tired of seeing the messy shelves full of toys and games? There is a really easy solution to this: curtains.

Simply place a tension rod in the top shelf and add a cute curtain… It is that easy!

Don’t believe me? Go to Plumberry Pie to see more!

Photo Credit: Plumberry Pie

Game Board Storage Art

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Sick and tired of pulling out a game on family game night just to find that some of the pieces are missing? Then this is for you! All you need are 1 x 4 wood boards, a table saw, a miter saw, spray paint, 3m sticky back hooks, and some nails/staples.

Simply measure the game board of your choice, and cut the wood to size. Spray paint it the color of your choice and nail together.

Or, if that’s too much work for you, simply customize a frame to fit the game board!

Then place all of your game pieces in a plastic baggie and tape it to the back of the board. Now you have art that doubles as a fun family game board!

For exact directions on how to make a DIY frame go to Infarrantly Creative.