Just recently, I realized I had never shared this tutorial for How to Make DIY Photo Ledges with you! We have actually had these finished for a year and a half and I could have sworn I had shared them. But I didn’t. I also never shared how we did the ship lap walls in this room. So that tutorial will also be coming soon!
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Valentine’s Day is just a month away. Can you believe it?! Hearts are everywhere I look, it makes this girls “heart” so happy! That’s why I knew that I had to find some new Heart Crafts and Treats to make. Here is what I have found so far….
The air is getting crisp and the leaves are starting to change colors here in Utah. Fall is definitely in the air. With the changing of the season, I am getting excited for everything FALL! Today, I will be sharing some Acorn Craft Ideas that are sure to get you into the Fall spirit! Who knew that there is so many crafts and decorations that you can make with acorns?
Hi! I am Jonie from Just Between Friends, and I am so excited to be here sharing an easy and fun summer project idea with you today! When I think of summer, I immediately think of all of the fresh fruits and veggies, especially the fruit stands selling peaches, cherries, and apricots. My daughter LOVES eating cherries, and would eat an entire bag of them in one sitting if I would let her. It was only natural, then, that I would need to make her a cherry shirt to wear.
Do you prefer to Crochet or Knit? Do you find one to be easier than the other? Whether you Crochet or Knit or want to learn, these Free Crochet and Knitting Patterns below are a great place to look for your next project. I am in love with the mermaid tail, and the cute kitty’s. Which project catches your eye?
With Spring and Summer following shortly behind, it is time to look for crafts to keep the kids busy. Rock Craft Ideas are a perfect Spring and Summer activity! We love to collect rocks during our travels or when we are camping. Sharing some Rock Craft Ideas below that are sure to get you are your kids inspired to start creating.
I am so excited to be sharing another idea from Shutterfly this month. I have been working on finishing up our Master Bedroom. We tore out this wall right before Christmas last year…(who does that?!) Only crazy people! Things take a long time to get finished when you are raising a family in the middle of it. I am so happy to be finishing up the loose ends. We. Are. So. Close!
It seems like we are constantly working on DIY Home Projects. Are you? Here are some tutorials that you might be interested if there is an area in your home that needs to be updated. Lots of great ideas here to give you some inspiration for you own homes.
*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Monkey Bar Storage. However all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone.
Last year I shared with you a portion of our Garage that we had organized to help maintain some of the chaos that comes with having a big family. We organized a section for our kids sports equipment because it seemed to be taking over the garage and our home. At the end of that post I shared with you a picture of the other half of our garage. Haha! The disaster portion. The part where real life was taking over. A few months later, we were contacted by Monkey Bar Storage Systems, who wanted to help us get the rest of our garage under control.
Monkey Bar Storage System came out to our home and measured our garage and then worked with us to set up the best design to help us contain the clutter. They gave us a 3D rendering and drawing of our plans, and helped us determine the best layout for our needs.
Here is the before photo that was in our original post….
Our garage was our main work area for most of our home remodeling projects, and it was also the dumping zone for items that really didn’t have a specific spot. Everything needs a “spot” and I was so excited to finally get this space under control…but we had our work cut out for us.
So, before Monkey Bar Storage could come in and work their magic, we had some serious cleaning out, purging, and organizing to do. The garage had to be completely empty so that they could do what they needed to do. We spent all of Memorial Day Weekend cleaning out the garage and the attic. (You can see the attic in some of the pictures at the top of the ladder…it is on top of the garage). We also decided to give the garage walls a nice coat of paint so that it would have a nice overall finished look.
The guys from Monkey Bar came and sanded down the cement floor and then sealed the floor with a gorgeous Epoxy Floor Coating. We decided on the Dolphin color finish and we are so happy with it! It looks so amazing and feels so soft and smooth on the bare feet. It’s beautiful!
Then they spent another day installing some beautiful cabinets on the left side of the garage (we already had the cabinets in the middle and on the right). They also installed some really functional Monkey Bars and a Garage Shelf. They have these adjustable hooks that make it so easy to customize where and what tools you need to hang from them. They are so easy to rearrange too if you ever need to change up how you have organized your tools.
We also had this work table installed which will be the perfect place for my husband and I to work on our projects. I also love that we are now able to store almost all of our tools out of sight in the drawers and cabinets. It will make working on projects so much easier now that everything is organized in their specific spots.
I feel like we have so much extra room now.
I have to tell you how impressed I am with Monkey Bar Storage. Our experience with them went above and beyond our expectations. They were so easy to work with and went out of their way to make sure our Garage was designed to fit our overall needs. Their cabinets and monkey bars are built with exceptional quality. The construction on the cabinets were built to be solid and they firmly anchored them all into place.
The epoxy flooring is seriously meticulous and is so nice my husband didn’t even want to walk on it with wet shoes because he didn’t want to mess up how pretty it was. My 6 year old daughter said it was so “comfy on my toes!”
And…guess what? I get to give ONE lucky Idea Room Reader a Monkey Bar Garden Tool Rack! ($99.99)
The Garden Tool Rack is perfect for storing up to 20 garden tools such as shovels, hoes, and rakes in your garage or shed.
Garden Tool Rack Includes:
2 – Shed Brackets
1 – 51″ Monkey Bar
1 – 12″ Hook
2 – 3″ Double Hooks
1 – 3″ Single Hook
1 – 3″ Wide Hook
2 – 5″ Wide Hook
1 – J hook
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Monkey Bar Storage is also offering a generous 15% discount to all Idea Room Readers on their DIY racks using the promo code IDEA. This will work on any of the racks, but not on the Grid Shelving. The code will expire on July 24, 2014. So if you are thinking about organizing your garage, now is the perfect time!
If you live in the Salt Lake Valley you can contact a local dealer here: Garage Storage Utah
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It’s that time again…time to share with you this month’s Lowe’s Creator project. The theme this month was “pop of color” and I thought some simple succulent planters would be a perfect touch to our back deck decor.
This project is seriously SOOO easy. And if you love succulents like I do, this is a fun way to display them in and around your home. All you need to do is pick up some succulents and clay pots from Lowe’s. I spray painted the pots with Valspar’s Golden Maize in a Satin finish and then let them dry completely overnight.
Then I used my Cricut Explore machine to cut out the herb names in vinyl lettering which I used as a stencil and stenciled the letters in black paint. I like doing the stencils rather than just using black vinyl because it gives the word an older, vintage look. If you don’t have vinyl cutting machine you can stencil the old fashioned way and make your own stencil with an exact-o knife or stick some letter stickers on the pot BEFORE spray painting it your color desired and then peel off the stickers. (Paint black on the pot before you place the stickers on).
That is seriously all there is to it. I also took a light sandpaper and kind of roughed up the paint on the pots so that they aren’t totally perfect looking! I love them! These would also make a fantastic teacher’s gift or Mother’s Day gift!
Have you had a chance to sign up for Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine. It’s FREE and offers a bunch of DIY inspiration. Go ahead and connect with Lowes Creative Ideas to find a lot more fun and creative ideas.
*Disclosure–In accordance with the FTC Guidelines, I am disclosing that I received compensation from Lowe’s and Cricut for my time and participation in the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Influencer Network. However, all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone.
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.
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.
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)
staples or nails
spray paint or stain (we used Valspar’s Golden Maize in a Satin finish)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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….
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:
I am happy to have Kelli and Kristi from Lolly Jane here today, sharing their Summer Series Beach Wreath. Who doesn’t equate summer with a visit or a few to the beach? I love how fun and creative this duo is. Wouldn’t it be so awesome to have a twin to share your love of creating with? Be sure to head on over to their site…Lolly Jane and check out some of their other amazing ideas!
Hi Idea Room readers, so excited to be here today! We’ve met Amy a few times over the past couple of years and just love her! To quickly introduce ourselves, we’re twin sisters Kelli and Kristi from Lolly Jane, a DIY/home improvement blog where we share tips for painting furniture, create holiday crafts and get crafty with home decor, all on a budget and once in a while, we’ll even share some tasty desserts along the way.
Today we’ll be showing you how easy it is to make a wreath with a bonus free printable, whoop!
To get started, you’ll need to create your wreath. We actually made this chevron citrus wreath last month for spring but love it so much that we’re recycling it for summer! Here’s how to put together this easy wreath. From there, print out this cute Life is a Beach printable from Box.net and frame.
String some coordinating yellow bakers twine through the picture frame to hang it from the wreath.
It’s that easy!
If you’d like to get a little more summery, just stick some pinwheel tooth picks in the wreath. I got mine at a party store, the whole bag was $3.
I’ll be reusing them with the kids for smoothies when we need to cool off!
Tag along with us on Instagram to see our other thrifty finds and if you’re looking for cute and inexpensive holiday and seasonal creations to spruce up your space, feel free to pop by Lolly Jane anytime! You’ll find projects like our herringbone stenciled bookcase, mustard yellow buffet, famous Rolo cookies and an easy Lemonade stand!
I am excited to announce a fun giveaway today from one of the Idea Room sponsors…Timeless Settings.
Timeless Settings has a great collection of unique and beautiful home décor items and jewelry.
And Timeless Settings prices are really great!
Here are a few items that immediately caught my eye!
I love pears and have them in my kitchen so of course I thought
this would be a fun table top décor item for my kitchen filled with yellow and green pears.
And I loved the look of this Coffee and Tea storage container. There are so many possibilities for this one.
I thought it would be fun to put in my kitchen as well. Don’t you just love the look and feel of it?
And this table runner? What is not to love about this.
I have an obsession lately with linen and typography. LOVE!
And I just love glass bottles. Wouldn’t these be fun labeled and filled with your favorite cosmetic products
like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, bath oil, bath salts, bubble bath, etc??
Well today, Donna is generously giving away a $50 certificate for ONE lucky Idea Room Reader
to use toward any item you fall in love with at Timeless Settings .
And with the great prices you could get a couple of things for you or your home.
How to Enter:
Simply visit Timeless Settings and have a look around at all the beautiful items in Donna’s shop.
Then come back here and leave a comment telling us what your favorite item (s) is/are.
That’s it! Pretty simple right?
This giveaway will close on Thursday, June 9th at 11:59 pm PT.