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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?

Halloween Decor – On a Budget

Hi-Lo!!

Do you put up Halloween decorations? I do, it’s one of my favorite holidays! I get a kick out of watching scary movies all month long and taking the kids trick or treating. It’s also my queue to start planning and shopping for Christmas since it’s right around the corner. But that’s another post entirely 🙂 I don’t put up anything that’s scary or gory. I like to think I keep my halloween decorations fun and classic with cobwebs, spiders, skeletons and eyeballs. Last year I put up a few decorations so I started by taking a look at what we already had. As always my goal is to keep things simple, inexpensive, and not clutter the house with unnecessary purchases since space is ALWAYS an issue. I had a couple ideas in my head and had been searching Pinterest, you can check out my Halloween board here.

halloween decor collage, dollar store decor, cheap halloween decorations

This wreath for the front door was easy, quick and cheap. My kind of project!! I just wrapped some cobwebs around a foam wreath I had in the stash, added some spiders and a black ribbon to hang it with.

Spider Wreath, DIY, Cheap, easy, Halloween

I put cobwebs up in the corners of the living room and stuck some spiders in them because what’s a web without spiders? I just started arranging random items on the shelf until I was happy with the end result.

halloween shelf, dollar store decor, cheap halloween decor

I made the mummy votives by wrapping some cheesecloth from the dollar store around recycled jars, adding some google eyes and dropping a couple battery operated tea lights inside. The rest of the stuff came from random places like the dollar store, Michael’s and the 99 cent store.

halloween shelf, dollar store decor,

I re used my hurricane jars on media center, filling them with candy corns, mini skulls, skeleton hands and dollar store ears. I wrapped the books with some black construction paper to give them a little height.

halloween decorations, cheap decor, dollar store decorations

The glass thing hanging by my front door (that I have no name for) was filled with some eyeballs.

halloween display, eyeballs, cheap decorations

I’m really happy with the Halloween decorations this year, now it’s tIme to start looking for costumes.

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?