Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hanging Mason Jar Organizers

I reorganized and decorated our laundry closet last year, but I never really described my favorite part of the reveal: these hanging mason jar organizers.


We don't have a lot of storage in our home and I've found myself having to become creative in order to keep things organized.  Our art supplies were stashed everywhere and needed an official home.  So, I decided to make this closet more versatile than just laundry, and chose to store our craft and art supplies in here, too.


These organizers were incredibly simple to make, and are made entirely out of empty mason jars and craft wire.  Here's how to do it!


Unscrew the lids from the mason jars and discard the insert.  Cut three or four pieces of thin craft wire at approximately 4" long each.  Tie them around the lid securely at opposite corners.


Then, tie each lid under the bottom of your shelving unit by wrapping the wire around the rungs.  If you don't have this type of shelving system, you can always drill holes into a wood shelf using a power drill.  Once secured, snip off the excess wire using a wire cutter.


Fill the mason jars with your favorite goodies and then screw them back onto the lids.  Be careful not to over-tighten the jar or you might inadvertently snap off the wire.  Then, enjoy!


I absolutely love these mason jar organizers, and find myself using them every day to store tape, chalk, glue, and other odds and ends.  They are perfect for craft rooms, playrooms, laundry rooms, mudrooms, and garages.  


Hope you like them, too!

You may find me linking up at these fantastic parties:

Monday: Boogieboard CottageC-R-A-F-TCraft-O-ManiacDIY Home Sweet Home,  Get Outta My Head PleaseThe Girl CreativeMad in CraftsMaking the World CuterOur Delightful HomePolish the StarsSerendipity and SpiceSew Can DoSkip to My LouThrifty Decor ChickToo Much Time on My HandsTuesday: A Bowl Full of LemonsCherished BlissCoastal CharmConfessions of a Stay at Home MommyDukes and DutchessesFunky Polka Dot GiraffeI'm Topsy TurvyMommy By Day Crafter by NightNap Time CreationsNot Just a HousewifeSugar Bee CraftsTip JunkieToday's Creative BlogWednesday: Adorned from Above, Free Pretty Things for YouGinger Snap CraftsHome Happy HomeIt's Just Called SpicyJAQS StudioLet Birds FlyLife with the Crust Cut OffThe NY Melrose FamilyRae Gun RamblingsThe Sasse LifeSew Much AdoSew WoodsySomeday CraftsSouthern LovelyThe Style SistersThursday: A Creative PrincessA Glimpse InsideCrafty, Scrappy, HappyHouse of HepworthsJust Winging ItMade in a DayThe Shabby Creek CottageSomewhat SimpleFriday: 2805The Answer is ChocolateBacon Time with the Hungry HypoCreation CornerFingerprints on the FridgeThe Grant LifeHappy-Go-LuckyIf It's Not BaroqueJust Us FourMom 4 RealMy Simple Home LifeNot Your Ordinary RecipesOne Artsy MamaThe Rooster and the HenSimply DesigningTatertots and JelloWhipperberryYoung and CraftySaturday: Be Different... Act NormalCandace CreationsFunky Junk InteriorsIt's OverflowingIt's So Very CheriNutmeg PlaceSunday: The Crafty CowgirlEmbellishing Life with Homemade GoodnessFlamingo ToesG*RatedNifty Thrifty Things

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Rustic Firewood Wreath

My good friend showed me a rustic wreath that was made from trimmed logs, and I knew that I could make my own version in a cinch.  Therefore, my mom and I decided to give it a shot!  To make the wood frame, I grabbed a piece of firewood from my garage and removed all splinters and cracks using a random orbital sander and 220 grit sandpaper.


Then, I used a miter saw to cut the log into 3/4" sections.


After the log was sliced and diced, it was pretty neat to see how the wedges from the same piece of firewood could look so different from one another.  The wreath was definitely going to have some interesting shapes to it.


I took each piece and sanded it once more to remove any additional splinters or rough edges.


Now it was time to make the wreath!  Using a craft MDF circle from Michael's as the base of the wreath, I attached each wedge to it.  To do so, I flipped the craft circle over and I used a brad nailer, air compressor, and 5/8" brad finishing nails to affix the underside of each wedge to the circle.


Once done, the circle turned into the skeleton of the wreath, as pictured below.


To give this rustic wreath a feminine touch, we decided to add a bow and hydrangeas to the bottom of it.  For the life of me, I cannot make bows, so my mom whipped one up for me. Craft stores often have pre-made bows available if you don't know how to make one yourself.


Then, we used wire cutters to remove the hydrangea blooms from the stems.


To affix the bow and flowers to the wreath, we tied them on using wire.  In hindsight, using a staple gun would probably be easier.


We incorporated a few more icy-looking branches to it to add some more character.  Now, the wreath was ready to be hung!


I could not be any happier with the way that this rustic firewood wreath turned out.  It is far different than any other wreath I've made over the years and it has to be my absolute favorite.  It's currently hanging in our mudroom.



I love these branches and the color of the hydrangeas.  The wreath is both masculine and feminine and versatile year-round.


Some details:



Hope you love it as much as we do!


You may find me linking up at these fantastic parties:

Monday: Boogieboard CottageC-R-A-F-TCraft-O-ManiacDIY Home Sweet Home,  Get Outta My Head PleaseThe Girl CreativeMad in CraftsMaking the World CuterOur Delightful HomePolish the StarsSerendipity and SpiceSew Can DoSkip to My LouThrifty Decor ChickToo Much Time on My HandsTuesday: A Bowl Full of LemonsCherished BlissCoastal CharmConfessions of a Stay at Home MommyDukes and DutchessesFunky Polka Dot GiraffeI'm Topsy TurvyMommy By Day Crafter by NightNap Time CreationsNot Just a HousewifeSugar Bee CraftsTip JunkieToday's Creative BlogWednesday: Adorned from Above, Free Pretty Things for YouGinger Snap CraftsHome Happy HomeIt's Just Called SpicyJAQS StudioLet Birds FlyLife with the Crust Cut OffThe NY Melrose FamilyRae Gun RamblingsThe Sasse LifeSew Much AdoSew WoodsySomeday CraftsSouthern LovelyThe Style SistersThursday: A Creative PrincessA Glimpse InsideCrafty, Scrappy, HappyHouse of HepworthsJust Winging ItMade in a DayThe Shabby Creek CottageSomewhat SimpleFriday: 2805The Answer is ChocolateBacon Time with the Hungry HypoCreation CornerFingerprints on the FridgeThe Grant LifeHappy-Go-LuckyIf It's Not BaroqueJust Us FourMom 4 RealMy Simple Home LifeNot Your Ordinary RecipesOne Artsy MamaThe Rooster and the HenSimply DesigningTatertots and JelloWhipperberryYoung and CraftySaturday: Be Different... Act NormalCandace CreationsFunky Junk InteriorsIt's OverflowingIt's So Very CheriNutmeg PlaceSunday: The Crafty CowgirlEmbellishing Life with Homemade GoodnessFlamingo ToesG*RatedNifty Thrifty Things

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

My Mom's Bathroom Renovation and Reveal

Every holiday season, our gift to our family is to redo one room in their homes.  Last year, we surprised my dad with a renovated master bathroom and the year before that, we renovated my mother-in-law's kitchen.  This year, we redid my mom's main bathroom, and her exuberance throughout this project and the months leading up to it really made it special.

Bathroom: Before
Bathroom: Before
My parents' home was built in the 1970s, and since this is the main bathroom that my mom and all of her guests use, she had updated it throughout the years. Around 10-15 years ago, my grandfather installed a new vanity for her and my dad installed new peel-and-stick tile. My mom also painted the walls every couple of years. As styles change, her bathroom became outdated once again and she really wanted to do a big renovation to truly transform the space. That's where Evan and I come in!

Bathroom: Before
Bathroom: Before
Bathroom: Before
Throughout last fall, my mom pre-ordered the exact vanity, sink, faucet, ceramic tile, light fixture, and other fixtures for her bathroom renovation.  So, as soon as we came into town, we got straight to work!  Everything had to go -- the floors, light fixture, other fixtures, sink, vanity, faucet, toilet, and baseboards.  We basically stripped everything except for the tub and shower.  I think we gave my dad a panic attack when he checked in on our progress right around this point:



That evening, we installed the ceramic tile using a combination of thinset adhesive (also called mastic adhesive) and 12" x 12" square tile sheets.  As we quickly found, it is so much easier to install tile in a bathroom that has its toilet, vanity, and baseboards already removed.  For a full, step-by-step tutorial on how to install similar tile in your home, please follow my tutorial here.



The following morning, Evan installed my mom's new light fixture (a tutorial for which may be found here), and I began prepping the walls for paint.  As with any room renovation, it is really important to take the time to patch any walls and nail holes prior to painting.  If you don't do this, your renovation will look sloppy.  I spackled everything I could fix and, once dry, ran over it with a sander and 220 grit sand paper to make the walls smooth. Then, it was time to paint!



My mom's favorite color is what she refers to as Williamsburg Blue, so we chose a similar color in Olympic's "Ship's Ahoy" for the bathroom's walls.  Semi-gloss is the preferred finish for use in bathrooms, as it is most resistant to wear and tear, as well as moisture.


To add even more interest, I also painted the ceiling with Olympic's "Oyster Shell," also in a semi-gloss finish.


Later on that afternoon, I applied the pre-mixed grout onto the floors to finish them.  My mom chose a tan grout in "Linen," and I believe it matched the tile perfectly.  Detailed instructions on how to grout floors may be found in my tutorial here.


We took that evening off to let the grout dry, and the following day, we began working on the biggest components of the bathroom renovation: installing the vanity, sink, faucet, and toilet.   My mom chose Allen + Roth's Ballanty Mocha with Ebony Glaze vanity from Lowe's.  To make the vanity fit among the water pipes on the wall, Evan had to cut out a portion of the back of the vanity using a hacksaw.  Then, he simply slid it into place and secured the vanity using 2" screws.


To install the vanity top, we used Loctite's Mirror, Marble, and Granite adhesive and a caulk gun to line a bead of adhesive along the top of the vanity.


Then, we simply placed the granite sink over top of the vanity, and pressed down on it firmly to ensure full coverage.  There's usually a back piece of the sinktop that mounts against the wall, and we used the same adhesive to secure the granite to the wall, too.  After installation, we finished it with clear waterproof caulk to seal it.


At this time, Evan installed the vanity faucet.  The particular Home Depot model that my mom chose was Pfister's Pasadena widespread faucet in Tuscan Bronze.  As Evan has learned over the years, it's a lot easier to mount faucets before you install the sink top.  This helps save your back as you finish the installation underneath the sink and inside the vanity.  


With the vanity installed, now it was time to install the new Kohler toilet, matching vanity mirror, and other oil rubbed bronze bathroom fixtures, such as the towel holders, toilet paper holders, and curved shower curtain rod.  By the end of day three, the bathroom was looking pretty good!  The fourth day was spent finishing the renovation by installing the new crown molding and baseboards.  I painted those a bright white to pop against the blue walls and brown ceiling / floor.


Remember what my mom's bathroom looked like before?  



Here's the reveal!





A few details:








In total, this bathroom renovation cost $2,500.  This is one of the more expensive projects we've ever worked on, but my mom wanted to completely gut the bathroom and refinish it with quality products she'd love in the years to come.  Therefore, we had the mindset of, "if you want granite, you get the granite."  Should my mom had hired a licensed general contractor to complete the renovation, it would've cost her on the upward of $7,000 - $10,000.  Every step of this process was extremely doable and between the three of us, we completed the renovation in four days.  It really does pay off to DIY!


I know I say this every time, but this bathroom might be my favorite project to date.  We love being able to make these renovations happen for our family, and seeing my mom's face light up at the end of the project made it all so worth it.  


Hope you love the reveal as much as we do!

You may find me linking up at these fantastic parties:

Monday: Boogieboard CottageC-R-A-F-TCraft-O-ManiacDIY Home Sweet Home,  Get Outta My Head PleaseThe Girl CreativeMad in CraftsMaking the World CuterOur Delightful HomePolish the StarsSerendipity and SpiceSew Can DoSkip to My LouThrifty Decor ChickToo Much Time on My HandsTuesday: A Bowl Full of LemonsCherished BlissCoastal CharmConfessions of a Stay at Home MommyDukes and DutchessesFunky Polka Dot GiraffeI'm Topsy TurvyMommy By Day Crafter by NightNap Time CreationsNot Just a HousewifeSugar Bee CraftsTip JunkieToday's Creative BlogWednesday: Adorned from Above, Free Pretty Things for YouGinger Snap CraftsHome Happy HomeIt's Just Called SpicyJAQS StudioLet Birds FlyLife with the Crust Cut OffThe NY Melrose FamilyRae Gun RamblingsThe Sasse LifeSew Much AdoSew WoodsySomeday CraftsSouthern LovelyThe Style SistersThursday: A Creative PrincessA Glimpse InsideCrafty, Scrappy, HappyHouse of HepworthsJust Winging ItMade in a DayThe Shabby Creek CottageSomewhat SimpleFriday: 2805The Answer is ChocolateBacon Time with the Hungry HypoCreation CornerFingerprints on the FridgeThe Grant LifeHappy-Go-LuckyIf It's Not BaroqueJust Us FourMom 4 RealMy Simple Home LifeNot Your Ordinary RecipesOne Artsy MamaThe Rooster and the HenSimply DesigningTatertots and JelloWhipperberryYoung and CraftySaturday: Be Different... Act NormalCandace CreationsFunky Junk InteriorsIt's OverflowingIt's So Very CheriNutmeg PlaceSunday: The Crafty CowgirlEmbellishing Life with Homemade GoodnessFlamingo ToesG*RatedNifty Thrifty Things

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