Category Archives: DIY

DIY Cereal Box Drawer Dividers

How’d you spend your weekend? I spent mine with my guys and it was great. We cooked, crafted and got tons of stuff done. It was cold this weekend so I decided to spend it home purging, organizing and updating. By the time I was done I had two bags to donate, one to recycle and one for the trash. It felt good! I cleaned closets, organized drawers and made some drawer dividers. I also put up a few valentines decorations. I know, I know, my tween already told me… It’s only January. I put them up anyway 🙂

The junk drawer in my kitchen was driving me crazy so I dumped everything out, sorted, tossed and put half of the “junk” back where it really belonged. Why do we call them junk drawers??? It’s not junk, well I guess some of it is… I grabbed three boxes from around the house in different sizes, scissors, velcro, a pencil and some contact paper from the dollar store. I used the drawer as a guide to mark the height of each box and cut the boxes using my exacto knife.

DIY drawer dividers, DIY cardboard drawer dividers

I wanted to cover the inside and outside of the box so I wrapped the paper around and cut accordingly. I lined the paper with the outside of the box and wrapped it around. When I got to the bottom of the box I used the eraser to crease the corners and attached. The contact paper was perfect because it had very forgiving adhesive and came in a cute design The last thing I did was attach a piece of velcro to the bottom of the box to keep it from sliding around the drawer.

DIY drawer divider how to, cardboard drawer divider

I didn’t know it was contact paper but it was perfect! The squares on the back made it easy to cut. You could try scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, fabric or washi tape to cover your boxes.

This project was on my list of things to do. A long list of things to do… But the fun is in the journey. Well, at least, that’s what I think 🙂 And my new dividers help keep the junk drawer nicely organized. I’ve already decided I’m making some for my bedroom dresser, but I’m going to use some zebra print duct tape I have left over from the circus party. Now let’s take a look at some before and after pictures of the kitchen junk drawer.

DIY drawer divider, DIY drawer divider before and after

 Simplicity is a constant goal and the more I embrace it the more I see it’s connection to other aspects of my life. Like, considering my purchases knowing space is an issue, I talk about it with the linen closet and the hallway post. Minimizing my purchases was the first step to simplicity and I didn’t even know it. Now I approach everything trying to find ways to use the items I already own while recycling supplies I already have. And if I can’t complete a project without buying anything I try to keep it small and simple. I mean my love of color changes pretty often so it’s nice being able to swap out something knowing my impact to the environment and my envelope was minial. I enjoyed my last financial fast so I’m giving it another go. While this wasn’t a $0 project it did only cost $1 for the contact paper and it is my kick off. I’m even more excited to see what I can do, what I can update and create using little to no money.

Easy DIY Fridge Coasters

Happy Hump Day, the work week is almost over and I cant wait! Today I have a quick and simple project that I’ve been wanting to try for a little while now, DIY Fridge Coasters. I know fridge coasters have been around for a while but I didn’t find out about them until a few months ago and let me say I think it’s a great idea! Fridge coasters are liners for your refrigerator that not only make it easier to clean but also come in the cutest colors and patterns. You can buy fridge coasters for about $25 a pack but one pack wouldn’t cover my entire fridge and at $50 I say no thank you. I knew I could make something MUCH cheaper with some placemats and a small investment of time. They’re all over the web and Pinterest so there’s is no shortage of inspiration or how to instructions. My refrigerator and stove were brand new and supplied by the previous owners when I bought my co-op. They weren’t anything I would’ve chosen but I was grateful not to have to buy them after closing. The fridge is a bit small and doesn’t have tempered glass shelves, they have old wire shelves that drive me crazy! Small containers and bottles tip and fall over because of the grates and I’m constantly cleaning up spills that drip from the top shelf all the way down to the bottom shelf and on everything in between. The freezer didn’t come with any kind of shelf so putting food away is a nightmare. I’m always stacking food hoping it doesn’t fall out when we open the door looking for something. I tried calling Kenmore directly to order a shelf for the freezer but it turns my model didn’t come with one and they couldn’t find anything close enough to fit… I couldn’t believe it so I called back just to be sure, I was hoping I’d spoken to a sales rep that didn’t know what they were talking about but it was true. After that I just complained for a while when putting food away.

Look at this fridge from Bowl Full of Lemons, really people, no shortage of inspiration.

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One day while I was walking around Home Goods I spotted a expandable shelf that I thought might work in the freezer. On my next trip to Target I grabbed some place mats and was on my way to a chic new refrigerator.

Supplies

  • vinyl place mats (I used four)
  • expandable shelf
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun

This is what I was dealing with before…

DIY fridge coasters  DIY Fridge coaster

I used two mats per shelf, they fit lengthwise almost perfectly. I cut a small piece off the second mat and tucked it under the first. I attached them using hot glue so they wouldn’t move and used the scraps to line the shelves on the door.

And this is my finished product. I love my shelf and DIY Fridge Coasters!!

  DIY Fridge coaster  DIY fridge coaster  DIY fridge coasters

What do you use to easily clean your fridge? Did you buy fridge coasters, make your own or try something else?

Decorating for Fall – On a Budget

Happy Tuesday everyone!!

Is it starting to feel like fall where you are yet? It’s officially Autumn and I’m super excited! SO ready to say goodbye to summer and welcome cool, clear weather, falling leaves and cozy nights. It also means it’s time to Decorate for Fall and I wanted to add small simple touches around the house. As much as I’m trying to lighten things up I went back to reds and browns with mixes of orange. They are the colors of autumn, I see them everywhere and I love bringing them inside. In the spirit of simplicity I wanted to use what I had on hand which wasn’t much, a pack of leaves, a small welcome sign, some candles, battery operated tea lights and two hurricane jars. I also had some recycled glass jars I wanted to do something with and found the perfect  solution on Pinterest. Other than that, nada.

fall decor collage

One of the good things about living in a small space is a little decorating goes a long way, simple touches are all it takes. To keep things on the cheap l hit up the dollar store and came home with two packs of leaves, three packs of mini decorations, a small scarecrow and a craft pumpkin. On a trip to Home Goods I picked up a fabric covered pumpkin.

I have a couple shelves in the living room I LOVE decorating for the holidays. I used my welcome sign from last year, got the scarecrow from the dollar store and found the pumpkin in one of my mom’s closets. The milk jar and twig are always out and so is the frame.

fall decor shelf

I made some autumn lanterns with the recycled glass jars, a couple fake leaves some twine and battery operated tealight candles. The small topiary sits in that spot the majority of the year.

autumn decor - luminary, topiary

I have a glass hanging thing (not sure what it’s called) by the front door that I filled with mini pumpkins and gourds.

autumn decor, pumpkins, gourds

The media center got a simple update. I wrapped two books with the same decorative paper I used in the entry , filled the hurricane jars with leftover lentils and tied two fake leaves around the candles with some twine, I picked up that adorable pumpkin at Home Goods.

autumn decor, DIY, hurricane jars and candle  autumn decor, fabric pumpkin

I can’t sew worth a stitch so I asked my beautiful and talented niece for some help. I gave her one and a half packs of the fake leaves and asked her to sew them together to create a garland.

autumn garland, DIY, dollar store leaves

I love the way the autumn luminary looks when the tea lights are on, it has such a beautiful glow.

lit autumn luminary, DIY

Have you started decorating for fall yet? What will you be using in your home, are you making, buying or a bit of both?