Girls Room Storage & Home Goods Giveaway

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of HomeGoods.  However, all opinions are mine…and who doesn’t love Home Goods?

I am really excited for today’s post you guys!  A few weeks ago I was contacted by HomeGoods and asked if I wanted to offer you guys a giveaway…well…duh! Of course I did! Who doesn’t love HomeGoods?  I was challenged to use some of HomeGoods items to decorate a room in my home as part of their  HomeGoods Organize in Style program.

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I chose to go with my oldest daughter’s room since we were right in the process of finishing the final touches in her room.  What preteen girl doesn’t need more storage ideas and space in her room?  I had been playing around with the idea of building a window seat bench under her window to give her an area to read or hang out on with friends or by herself, but wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do.

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So, after her birthday dinner (my husband and I take the birthday child out to a special dinner with just the three of us) we decided to drop by HomeGoods and have a look around.  It was if the heavens parted…the perfect tufted storage bench was just sitting there…begging to go home with us.  It was a perfect fit for her window and the space.  And?  It was the perfect shade of gray!  It was meant to be!

 

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The storage bench is the perfect spot for her to store her clothes that are out of season to free up some of her closet space, which in turn allows her to keep her clutter shut away and hidden in the closet.  I also am in love with the nail head trim along the bottom of the bench.

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I was also able to pick up some fun storage items for the top of her dresser.  She loves to journal and so we picked up this blue wire basket for her to hold her colorful journal collection in along with her favorite childhood stuffed animals.  I love the color and texture it adds to the overall look of her room.

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These items were just the perfect finishing touches…which is always the part of decorating I struggle with the most!  What about you?  Do you need some fun storage and organization solutions for a room or multiple rooms in your house?

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Well…of course you do.  Good thing I get to give FIVE lucky Idea Room Readers a $50 Gift Card to HomeGoods.  Pretty exciting right?!  If you would like to enter for a chance to win one of the gift cards, simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter box below.  Please be patient as it may take the widget a few seconds to load fully.  You may need to enter on a laptop or desktop computer.

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 a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Want to find some extra storage and organization inspiration? Be sure to follow HomeGoods Happy to Be Organized Pinterest Board!

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*Fine Print: This giveaway is sponsored by HomeGoods.  I was given product and/or compensation but all opinions and statements are mine.  Giveaway ends at 11:59pm (MST) on May 31, 2014. Five winners will receive a $50 Gift Card to HomeGoods as explained above.  Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S.A. to enter. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook or Pinterest. Facebook and Pinterest will be completely released by each entrant. One entry per person. Entry includes filling out the Rafflecopter form above. Winner will be chosen using random.org. and will be notified via email within 48 hours of the giveaway closing time. Winners will be announced on the post, not on Facebook. The winners must respond within 24 hours of receiving the email or a new winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary.

DIY Lighted Sign

This next project ranks up in my top ten most favorite projects…ever!  Seriously.  It is really making me happy.  I LOVE lights on in the house and feel like they should be something that occurs other than just Christmas time.  I put some fun bulb lights in my office/craft room and turn them on when I need a little happiness boost.

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So why not add some fun lights to another room of the house that I spend a lot of time in with the family…the family room.  These lighted letters are quite the rage right now and I LOVE them…I didn’t want to pay the price for them and figured we could make one pretty easily.   We used up scrap pieces of wood we had from other projects and so the only thing we had to buy were the lights.

We purchased our Room Essentials white string lights from Target.  They have them online and in some stores. I also found them here: Globe Lights.

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Here is how we made our Lighted Letter Sign…

You will need the following:

Room Essential String Lights (or your own choice)

Piece of wood large enough for your letter (ours was 18 inches wide by 24 inches tall)

1/4 inch MDF cut into 3 inch strips for the edges (enough to go around all edges)

drill and a 13/16th drill bit (this bit fits the RE lights above, adjust if using different lights)

wood glue

staples or nails

sand paper

spray paint or stain (we used Valspar’s Golden Maize in a Satin finish)

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 1.  Draw out your letter and be sure to give ample room for your lights according to their size.  Cut out the letter.  Ours was 24 inches tall and 18 inches wide with the width of the letter itself was just over 5.25 inches.

We used a mitre (miter) box saw to cut the H out of the wood.  We stopped right before running into the corner of the 90 degree angles and then used our Rockwell Sonicrafter X2 (stay tuned for more details and a fun surprise…hint hint!) to cut the corners of the 90 degree angles.

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2.  We measured out where we wanted the lights to be and lined them up equal distances and marked the spot where we wanted to drill a hole with a penciled dot.

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3.  Use your drill and a 13/16th drill bit and drill a hole at each pencil mark.  Be sure to go all the way through wood.  The lights base should fit all the way into the hole without a lot of wiggle room.

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4.  Measure and cut your side strips and glue them into place with overlap in front and in back.  This will help hide the cords from the side.  We just eyeballed this until we liked the placement of it.  We used a piece of wood (that placed the strip in the right position) to be our guide so that we spaced it the same all the way around the letter.

5.  Glue and staple each strip into place and let the glue dry completely before gluing another section since you will be turning and rotating it.  Wipe off any excess drips of glue.

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6.  You can caulk any spaces or nail holes, if you would like, but we did not do this this time.  The edges were pretty smooth and I wanted a little rougher, vintage look to it.

7.  Spray paint or stain your letter.  We used Valspar’s Golden Maize in a Satin finish.  We just picked it up from our local Lowes.

8.  Take your lights and break off the small little clips.  They should break really easily with some pliers and a slight twist of your hand.

9.  Then put each light into a hole.  You can do this by unscrewing the light bulbs and putting the base underneath and up through the hole and screwing in the light bulb from above the hole.

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10.  Twist up all the cord and tie back with twist ties or some wire to keep the wires all contained and from getting all tangled or showing from the side of your letter.

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We are displaying the Lighter Letter H on top of our TV Cabinet so we don’t have to worry about hiding the electrical cord.  I am just happy we have a pretty easy straight lined last initial!  I am not sure how I would do a G….

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I LOVE how festive it makes the room feel…like it is a holiday without all the fuss and work of one!  Want to know what other projects make up some of my top ten? Check these out:

DIY Tufted Headboard

Apothecary Cabinet

Paint a Rug

Customized Towel Rack

DIY Bulletin Board

Believe Lighted Sign

Frankincense & Myrrh Christmas Gift

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