While on the hunt for creative ways to store more, I found 20 brilliant ways to add built-in beauty AND storage to your home. You can see some above, but there’s plenty more in this curated collection of storage ideas that I put together for you. Enjoy.
A few months ago when I got the call that Woman’s Day wanted to send a photographer to photograph me and my garage, I kind of freaked a little. I mean, it was my garage, the least attractive room in our house! Part of the unattractiveness stemmed from my workbench with a huge gaping hole in it.
It was suggested that I could just cover the hole with some fabric (which, yes, I could have done.) But, being that it is my workshop and a sawdust producing place, I felt I could do a little a little better than just some fabric. I decided to build custom doors for the opening. Luckily they turned out to be less of an involved project than I originally anticipated. (I love when that happens.)
Come on in the workshop and I’ll show you how I built these open frame cabinet doors. [Read more...]
I’m back to show you the updates I made to my kitchen. Remember the plans I shared with you?
Well, they have been implemented and I LOVE the results! Best of all, the materials I bought cost me under $25 and that included the white dish set. But, the cherry on top is that I can easily reverse the changes if we move (or get sick of the look.)
And now, I present to you:
Fabric Backed Open Shelving for the Kitchen
When we first met these sad cabinets, they were dark, dreary and had an eclectic collection of mugs:
Within only a few hours (minus drying times), I had a stylish new look that is bright and cheery!
Follow along for the tutorial and the 50 cent tour (please deposit your pocket change on the way out.) Just kidding. I’ll let you in for free.
- Drill or screwdriver
- Small plastic baggie
- Foam board
- Packing tape or Duct Tape
- X-acto knife
- Metal edged ruler
- Tape measure
- All purpose cleaner
- Sand paper
- Wood putty
- Putty knife
- Paint brush
- Small paint roller
- Shelf Paper
Clean the insides with an all purpose kitchen cleaner.
Step 2. Starting from the bottom, remove the screws from the cabinet door hinges. The last screw should be the very top hinge (to keep the weight of the door from wrenching the screw out of the wood.)
Put screws into a ziplock bag and label your cabinet doors in order so that you can return them to the appropriate cabinet opening at a later date.
Now you should have a clean slate like this:
Step 3. If your cabinets are dark inside, you may or may not decide to paint the insides. (Be sure to check with your landlord if you are renting.) I chose to paint mine because the interiors were so dark. If you want to skip this step, fast forward to the next step.
Prime the insides by rolling on primer over the flat surfaces. Use a brush to get into the corners and crevices.
Once the primer has dried, get out the wood putty and putty knife.
Step 4. Using the putty knife, spread a small amount of putty over the holes where the hinges were. Push the putty into the holes, then scrape the excess off. Allow the putty to dry completely.
Step 5. Sand the puttied holes until smooth.
Step 6. Touch up the putty holes with paint or stain. Add caulk to any cracks or seams at the back of your cabinet. Allow the caulk to dry thoroughly.
If you are painting the inside of the cabinets, roll on paint with the small roller and use the brush to smooth out the paint and get into the grooves.
Step 7. Measure the dimensions of the back of your cabinets. Make sure your measurements are precise (measure twice, cut once is a good adage.)
Cut a piece of foam board using the measurements you just took.
Test fit the foam board into the back of the cabinet. If your cabinet’s face frame is smaller than the cabinet back, you will probably have to bend the foam board to get it in.
Step 8. Iron your fabric. Make sure to iron all the wrinkles out.
Cut the fabric 3 inches wider than the foam board. Lay the foam board on top of the fabric (wrong side facing up.)
Step 9. Tape the edges of the fabric onto the back of the foam board. Be sure to pull the fabric taut.
Fold the edges of the fabric as you would on a gift. Tape the ends to the back of the foam board.
Step 10. Insert the foam board into the cabinet.
Push the foam board firmly against the back of the cabinet. The tension of the fabric and the board against the edges of the cabinet should hold it in place, no need to tape or glue anything!
It is a good idea to try to line up your pattern if you have multiple shelves. (Do as I say, not as I do.)
Start putting your coordinated dishes back into the cabinet. Think about displaying them as you might see in a store.
For visual interest and extra storage, I hung some mugs from the top of the cabinet.
It was as simple as pre-drilling some holes and screwing in white cup hooks. (I did measure the same distance back from the face frame and spaced the hooks evenly. But, I’m a perfectionist like that.)
I am in love with my new kitchen! And all it took was less than $25 in supplies and a few hours.
What do you think?
The best part about this project is that I can easily remove the foam boards…
…or tape new fabric onto the back when I want to update the look!
Can you imagine a cheaper, easier or more glamourous update to your kitchen?
Are you an apartment dweller that is restricted from making permanent changes to your home? Or does your budget limit the renovations you’d really like to make? Why not make a few frugal changes that reflect your own style.
Apartment Guide has changes you can make that won’t break the bank:
- Make your own budget-friendly design changes in your home.
- Easy furniture facelifts for your furniture. Just cover it or upholster it in no time.
- Forget buying new accessories, try decorating with thrift store finds and vintage goodies.
Want to find even more design tips for your home? Apartment Guide has budget friendly ideas and DIY how-tos for people in any sized home on http://www.movingtoday.com and http://www.apartmentguide.com/blog/
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It’s the end of the year and I know y’all have been busy. So, I thought I’d give you the cliff notes version of Pretty Handy Girl in 2011.
How to Paint Like a Pro Series:
Toilet Repairs Series:
And Finally, A Whole Slew of Power Tool Tutorials:
I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited for 2012! I hope you’ll stick around for some more DIY tutorials and empowerment!
Did you have a favorite post of mine this year that I forgot to mention? Do tell! Chosing from almost 200 posts makes for some tough decisions.
I promised to show you how I lit my son’s bookcase. It really isn’t anything fancy.
But, a promise is a promise. Here is the view of the back of the bookcase:
I purchased the LED rope lights at Home Depot. They came with little snap in holders. You simply drive a screw into the mounting hole. Then snap the rope light into the holder.
On the top edge, I used a long channel strip (sold separately near the rope lights. It has a self adhesive backing. Then you firmly press the rope light into the channel. This took some serious strength, but I finally got the length of the rope light inside the channel.
Finally, I plugged the light into a timer.
The lights are set to come on at bedtime and turn off shortly before sunrise.
That’s it! And this is probably the shortest tutorial I ever wrote.
So, I’ll share a few pictures from my sister’s flower garden in California. Check out all the pollen on the back legs of this bee! They are the orange masses hanging from his legs.
The pink blossoms are from a lemon tree that grows in their back courtyard. Sadly none of them were ripe while I was there. I can only imagine how fresh and sweet lemonade from those fresh picked lemons would taste. Mmmmm!
Be back later this week with more DIY tutorials!