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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Photo Credit: Jennifer Decorates 

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.

 

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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Courtesy of thehouseofsmiths.com

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!

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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Courtesy of Thrifty & Chic 
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Courtesy of The Snug

 

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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