Farmhouse Fridays: Dollar Tree Upcycles

Farmhouse Fridays: Dollar Tree Upcycles

I was packing up my classroom for the summer when I noticed an abundance of these things:

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I used to use them a lot to organized cabinets at my old school, but I really don’t use them as much as I used to. I got rid of most of them, but looking at them gave me an idea.

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I already owned some white chalk paint and some book plates and gold spray paint. I peeled off the stickers, wiped them down with a little rubbing alcohol, and got to paintin’.

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Two coats of paint later, I decided the bright colors were sufficiently covered, and I attached these gold book plates to the bins and stacked them.

 

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I’m loving them, and since I’m in the middle of shopping for a smaller desk, I’ve decided to use them in my craft cabinet in the meantime. I’ll show you all my newly organized craft cabinet next week.

Have an awesome weekend! Join us tomorrow for giveaway results and tips on simplifying your meal planning.

 

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Free printable Friday: 5 free art prints for little girls’ rooms

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As you know, I love to update the art work in my girls’ rooms, as well as in the rest of the house. Purchasing artwork is often expensive, but it’s surprisingly easy to create your own. Today, I am sharing some free art prints that I made using Canva (www.canva.com). Please feel free to download, print them off, and enjoy them!

  1. Esther- Perhaps this is the moment for which you were created.

What better role model exists for your young girl than Queen Esther in the Bible? Her story is all about taking risks, taking chances, trusting God, and having big things happen as a result.

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2. Esther 4:14 with a floral design

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3. Inspiring our girls is important. This art print is positive and encouraging, and sure to remind your girl to be everything she can be.  I love this one so much I printed it and put it on my desk at work.

she believed she could, so she did.

4.  When we are children of God, we sometimes need to be reminded “He’s got this” when things get rough. This sign is a perfect reminder for little girls and old girls, too.

I am a child of God

5.  “For you are fearfully and wonderfully made.”

I found a print very similar to this at Hobby Lobby, but I wasn’t going to pay $26 for it. I decided to make it myself for free! I love the vibrant colors and the floral wreath, and I hope you will, too.

For you are fearfully and wonderfully made

To download, simply right click on your desired print and save it to your device. For best results, I like to send mine to Staples to have them printed.

I hope you have enjoyed these printables! Oh, and PS: You don’t have to have a little girl to download and print them. You can enjoy them anywhere  in your home or office 🙂

DIY Typographical art and how you can make it!

DIY Typographical art and how you can make it!

If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know about my obsession with typographical art. I’m also just a tiny bit obsessed with monogrammed things.

I recently used the Weddingchics website to print this monogram on a burlap sheet.

You can buy the burlap sheets at Walmart in packs of four for $5. The Weddingchics monogram download is free but copyrighted. It is available to you for personal use, though.

Did you know you can use your word processor to create a simple monogram that looks high end and elegant? I used several different fonts to get the look I wanted.

The letter B and the name “Boone” are in the Century Gothic font, with two lines drawn above and below the name. This font came free with my word processing software. The year “2009” is written in Bradley Hand, which was also already on our computer. The word “established” is in Brusher font, which I downloaded from freefonts.com.

I already had the frame so this project cost me absolutely nothing. I love a good free project!

Have a wonderful week! Here’s a look at what we are sharing this week on Organized and Simplified:

Wednesday: stenciled bookshelf backs

Friday: Repurposing pool noodles

Saturday: giveaway: $25 Amazon gift card!!

Sunday: Scripture Sunday

Spring and summer crafts: DIY moss spheres

Spring and summer crafts: DIY moss spheres

Remember when I made these Spanish moss topiaries? After making them, I had tons of Spanish moss left over, so I decided to make something else. Grapevine and moss spheres can be costly if you buy them, but did you know you can make your own?

Spring Crafts

I had these supplies left over after making the topiaries:

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I simply coated the styrofoam spheres with the Mod Podge and popped them into a Ziplock bag filled with Spanish moss…and shook it.

Just pretend you’re making Shake and Bake pork chops. Remember those?

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They should be covered and look a bit like this:

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Now, let them dry for 24 hours and then pop them into a pretty basket or bowl.

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Making these spheres cost me nothing, since I had all the materials already on hand, but if you were to buy them, you’d spend less than $10.

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Have a fabulous week!

DIY Tips and Tricks: spray painting furniture

DIY Tips and Tricks: spray painting furniture

I recently noticed our white porch rockers and thought they could use a little update.

There were areas on them where the paint was chipping, but also, we have plans to paint our porch in the near future and I wanted the chairs to pop. Paining is far from my favorite thing to do, but did you know you can spray paint your porch furniture?

Not only can you spray paint it, you can do it and make it look good.

1. Sand any chippy or rough spots so they’ll be smooth prior to painting. If you don’t do this, the paint will just chip anyway.

2. Use a primer or a spray paint with a built in primer.

This will help your spray paint bond to the furniture but will also ensure the finish dries smoothly.

3. Quality is important

This one doesn’t really need explanation. You get what you pay for. The cheaper your spray paint, the less likely you are to have a smooth finish that’s durable and attractive.

4. If your paint runs or drips, sand it off and repaint.

Don’t panic if you make a mistake. Just sand it off and try again.

5. How to spray paint. For best results, shake the can prior to painting, and hold the can six inches from the furniture while painting. Allow each coat to dry 24 hours before applying additional coats.

I haven’t painted our railing yet, but I can’t help but imagine how pretty these black chairs will be against a white railing.

Have a wonderful week.

Free spring printables

Free spring printables

Spring is getting prettier and prettier here in our neck of the woods.

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know I love typographical art: I love displaying it and I love making it. Today I am sharing three spring printables with you that I have made.

To download, right click on the print of your choosing and save it to your device. For best results when printing, do not print larger than 10×13.

I hope you had a fantastic weekend! I have been away celebrating my anniversary, so I apologize for the light posting schedule.

DIY Kate Spade Inspired Desk Boxes

DIY Kate Spade Inspired Desk Boxes

I have loved the Kate Spade office line since it came out, and I especially loved these cute storage boxes.

But I couldn’t see myself paying $54 for three cardboard boxes.

I had three shoeboxes at home from recent purchases.

I also picked up these items:

I quickly broke out that gold spray paint and I painted those shoe box lids.

I gave those bookplates a good spray, too.

Then, I painted the box bottoms black.

And when they dried, I taped them with painter’s tape where I wanted the gold stripes.

Then I sprayed away with that gold spray paint.

I then allowed the paint time to dry and peeled off the tape. I attached the bookplates.

How’s this for a designer dupe, folks?

Have a great week! Next week I’ll show you where I’m using these boxes.