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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?

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Bedroom Mirror Update – Part of my Financial Fast Challenge

Hi-Lo! Can you believe summer is almost over?? It blows my mind that my son goes back to school in four weeks; it feels like it was just Memorial Day. While I am sad at the thought of saying goodbye to lazy weekdays and weekends out enjoying the beautiful weather I have to admit I’m EXCITED about Fall and the holidays that follow. I LOVE Christmas, probably almost as much as the kids so no tears here. I have a ton of ideas for the upcoming Holiday season. Now, this week marks the start of my financial fast challenge and my first $0 project. I’ve wanted to give my bedroom a quick update by switching out the current accessories and color which happens to be red for something softer. When I was looking for fabric to re-upholster the ottoman I found a beautiful print that I plan to incorporate in the bedroom, more on that later. The wall above my dresser was in need of some decor and since this is a $0 challenge I had to find something I already owned to fill the space. I rummaged through my storage space and found an old gold mirror that just needed a little love. I ran to my paltry collection of spray paints and grabbed a can of Krylon Metallic Silver. I’m a gluten for details so I decided to use silver to match the curtain rods and outlet covers in the room.

updated bedroom mirror

I cleaned the mirror off and let it dry while I gathered my supplies. I taped off the glass with my frog tape and covered the center with a plastic bag.

bedroom mirror update - frog tape   bedroom mirror update - protect glass

Then I gave the mirror two coats with my BIN Zinsser primer in white, waiting a couple minutes in between coats.

bedroom mirror update - primed

Then it got two coats with the Krylon, again waiting a few minutes between coats. I left it outside for about an hour to dry completely. I looked it over to make sure I’d covered every nook and cranny as well as the edges and realized the gold was still showing through in some spots. I gave it another coat paying attention to those spots but not overspraying. I hate drips and run offs. You can read my post about spray painting for tips and suggestions to avoid run offs. I left it outside for an hour before bringing it in and gave it another couple hours dry time before hanging it up.

Let’s take a look at the before and after….

bedroom mirror update - before  updated bedroom mirror

      I love the way the mirror came out and it looks great above my dresser.

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Living Room Redo – Toy Storage

Hello everyone! How’s the week been treating you?  The living room redo is almost done and I plan to post the completed space with before and after pics soon. I needed more toy storage after I reupholstered the ottoman and found exactly what I was looking for with the IKEA Trofast.

Toy storage, toy organization, living room redo

I put it by the kitchen entrance and moved the dark gray stand into storage AKA my parents garage. The space was lightened up instantly which has been my primary goal with this living room redo. I had two black frames on the wall that got a couple coats of white spray paint and some new art. I printed two vintage animal posters from Free Vintage Posters because my luv muffin is obsessed with animals and dinosaurs these days. He always wants to wear his dinosaur shirts and take his animals with him where ever he goes. The toy storage was intended for easy access to his favorite toys. The two large bins are for cars and blocks while the two smaller bins are for animals and letters. He pulls the bins right out and carries them to the floor to play.

vintage animal posters, living room redo,

The Trofast still seemed pretty plain so I grabbed an old comic book and mod podged a couple pages to the top and bottom panel for a pop of color. I love the way it came out!

toy storage, up-cycle, comic book paper

I thought it would be fun to add some chalkboard paint to the right side and give him an area to color and draw on. I used my Frog Tape to create a border and keep the edges clean. Then I applied four coats of  Rust-Oleum chalkboard paint following the directions on the can.

toy storage - trofast toy storage, trofast, chalkboard paint

The top of the tower needed something so I mod podged more comic book paper to a paper mache J, added some dinosaurs and a washed out jar to hold some chalk in. I didn’t want to spray paint the lid so I cut out another piece of comic book paper in a circle and mod podged it to the lid. I’m feeling like this toy storage space is really coming together.

toy storage, comic book paper, upcycled

While the goal of this project was to add additional toy storage, I’m really happy with the end result and when I heard my luv muffin squeal I knew he was too. Let’s take a look at some before and after shots.

gray stand   Frida kahlo

Toy storage, toy organization, living room redo  vintage animal posters, living room redo,

What do you think, would you use comic book paper to decorate for your son or daughter? These pages actually came from my old comic book collection.