Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Our Homes....A Shadowbox of Keys

I am in the process of working on another picture gallery wall in our living room and I am excited to share with you what I recently created.  This project has been in my head for a really long time and I could not believe how easy it was and how quickly it came together.

We are currently living in Calgary, AB but we started out living in Arkansas in 1994 before moving on to Texas and Louisiana.   I thought it would be nice to display the house keys of all of the homes we have lived in as a reminder of how far we have come in our 19 years of marriage.

Supplies Needed

Shadowbox - The one I used is from Michael's
Metal Label Holders - Purchased from Michael's (they are from K and Company)
Tiny Hooks - Hobby Lobby

I started by placing my keys on the top row to get the right distance and then I just screwed in the tiny hooks.  I then centered the first row of self adhesive metal label holders directly under each key.  Do the exact same thing for the second row.  After both rows are done, simply create the labels on your computer and print out, cut and place in label holder.

I created a big "Our Homes" label on my Silhouette Cameo.  I adhered it to the fabric by using my Xyron machine.

To finish the shadowbox, I added a few metal roses that I spray painted black and used my hot glue gun to secure them.

Stay tuned for more projects that I have made to hang on my picture wall gallery....If you haven't seen my Picture Gallery Wall that I created in our upstairs hallway, simply click HERE.

Have a great week!

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The 36th Avenue

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Well Organized Utility Closet

I am so thrilled to share my latest project with you.  I decided to convert the coat closet in our foyer into an all purpose utility closet.  I needed a place where I could store all of those odds and ends that I seem to use everyday into one central location.  The closet before was just a catch all for alot of useless stuff. Let me take you on a step by step tour of what I did.....

I first started by clearing all of the clutter out of the closet and hanging a piece of scrap pegboard that I found in the garage.

The white pegboard needed a little color so I took a roll of fabric tape (washi tape) and placed it on the board.  I skipped every five rows and place another strip until I got to the end.  Super easy idea to jazz up the boring pegboard.

I wanted all of my tools in one location in the house.  For my family, keeping the tools in the house makes more sense than keeping them in the garage. Unfortunately all of the tools were in different buckets, tool boxes and bins so you never knew where to go to get what.  Well, not anymore.  After a trip to IKEA and making few labels, I now have a central location for all of the tools we need.

This unit is the ALEX unit from IKEA.  You can find it HERE.

I lined each drawer with a clear liner I also purchased from IKEA in the kitchen section.

I took a trip to our local dollar store and scored on all of the drawer accessories.  I ended up spending $35 for everything.

Here are the clear trays from the dollar store.  I ended up going back a couple of days later because I fell in love with these trays.  I have put them in other drawers around my house.

These little jars were 3 for a $1.00.  They were meant to be for spices, but I just removed the little top with all of the holes in them and used them for nuts, bolts, window screen clips, etc.

Placed them on a drawer spice rack that I had an extra of and everything fit perfectly in the drawer.

I bought three of these hardware dividers for all of my nails, screws and accessories.

It was now time to sit and go through all of my toolboxes.  This is what I used to use, but not anymore..

Here is what the drawers looked like after labeling them.  I made these custom labels on my Silhouette Cameo.

Here is a closer look at how each drawer is organized.....

The cabinet fits just perfectly in this small closet.  I placed a basket of cleaning supplies on top, fully equipped with everything I need to clean the house.

The pegboard fits those odd and ends we are always looking for.  Below are more pictures to see what I placed on the board.

I placed command strip hooks on the wall to store my sweepers and mops.

To finish off the closet, I used baskets for some of the bulky items that wouldn't fit in the drawers.

I hope you have enjoyed taking a look at how I transformed a "catch all" closet into a well organized Utility Closet.
Hope you have a great week.
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By Stephanie Lynn
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