DIY – Free Storage Project

 You gotta love “free” storage.  And even better if it’s pretty too.  A couple of weeks ago I finally bought some new storage for my shoes, instead of the boxes that they were in.  You can check out that post here from last week.  So I was left with a bunch of empty shoe boxes and then I had a great idea to organize one of my cabinets in our Laundry Room.  And you can check out what the Laundry Room looks like right now here.
I already had some pretty wrapping paper.  I went with some double sided paper I already had, that I bought at Ikea about 2 years ago for a $1 a roll.  I wanted to use black & white, because the Laundry Room color is already a blue/green color and I love how black & white looks with it.
I didn’t use this one yet, but I will once I finish up the other cabinets in the room.

Then I wrapped this box and oops I didn’t mean to wrap it this way on the short end.  But since it was all taped already and I didn’t want to waste the paper, so I decided I needed to add something to the box to hide my oops.

So I used some frames I just recently bought on Etsy to make some free labels for the boxes.
I just printed them on regular paper and cut them down to size.
I love how they came out.  It basically covered up my oops and I know what’s in the box also.
This is the cabinet that I needed to organize.  Yikes!!!  Yup we just throw things in this cabinet.
I took everything out of the cabinet and put certain things away where they should be and everything else that was small went into these two boxes.  Much better.  I still have work to do to all of the cabinets in the Laundry Room, but this was a good start.
Let’s get a little closer.
Yes for right now the other label does say “Misc”.  It might change over time, but all I will have to do is print out a new one for “free”.  😉
I actually bought these from Michael’s the other day. They were on sale for $3.59 each.  they might just end up in the Laundry Room too.  We will see.  I could use them in so many different places in the house.  We will see where they end up.

Have you made some free storage for your home?  What did you use that was free?  Did you make it prettier with wrapping paper or craft paper?  What did you use?  I would love to see your projects, so leave a link in the comments section.

Thanks for stopping by everyone!!!  Have a great day!!!  :)

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Our Family Room Tour – Part 1

This is our biggest project to date that we did all DIY {except for electric and cement work}.  This will be a long tour because there is a lot of work that I want to be able to share with you.  So please stay tuned for multiple posts and lots of pictures.
 Get ready now for some ugliness!!!  The previous owners let their 4 children do whatever they wanted in this house.  The paneling on all these walls had writing and drawings all over, so it had to come down no matter what.  And they also let their multiple cats and dogs do their “business” in the house.  Let’s just say when you walked into the lower level of this house, it smelled really bad and I’m being nice.  I’m also allergic to dogs and cats, so that didn’t help me any.  But the lower level is a cement slab so we just had to rip the glued down carpet from the cement and throw it out.  We wore masks and the windows were open.  It wasn’t easy, but it had to be done.
So here is the hallway in the lower level.  The doorway straight ahead goes upstairs to the left of the doorway.  If you look closely on the left side paneled wall, there is a brown door {see the brass doorknob}.  That is the first bedroom when you came down the stairs.  Look down at the carpet….yes that is “pet stains”.  YUCK!!!
Here is what the inside of that bedroom looked like…..stains and all.
At the opposite end of that hallway was the 2nd bedroom {doorway on right}.  Which really used to be the garage back in the day, until the previous owners did a garage conversion and put in the two bedrooms instead.
Inside the 2nd bedroom.  Don’t you love that pretty window treatment.  Yup it’s a Mint Green blind, that was to wide and to short for the window.  This pretty white box on the wall was the cover to the electric box. We had to come up with something else, so stay tuned for our little trick to hide the electric box.
The pretty ugly closet in the 2nd bedroom.  We kept the closet and made lots of extra storage, so stay tuned for what we came up with for that.  And there is the Laundry/Utility Room in the background.
Here were the not so pretty shelves right outside of the Laundry Room.  They were completely in the way and came down very quickly before anyone hit their head on them.
Here is the layout of the way the area used to look like until we took some hammers to the bedroom walls and doorways.  The walls were just the paneling over 2×4 stubs….nothing else in between the walls.  So demo was easy and fun!!!
This view was the greatest view I had seen since we bought the house.  Now it was a wide open blank slate for us to create what we wanted.
That is the doorway to the Laundry/Utility Room and the closet next to it.

Now we had a step to deal with.  The lower end was the old garage area, so it was lower then the rest of the house.  The doorway is the doorway near the stairs.  So we had to decide if we wanted to keep the step or fill it in with cement.
Doorway to Laundry Room on left, closet on right.
So please stay tuned for the next part of our Family Room Tour.  We have lots of pictures and projects to share with you.
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House Tour

Over the next several weeks, I will take you on a tour of our whole home.  Since I was not blogging 3.5 years ago, I figured I would share it with you now.  I have all of the before, during and after pictures of the inside and outside.  It’s going to be a fun ride…well at least I hope it will be and even more fun for me to look back on all the DIY projects we did….all that we accomplished over the last 3.5 years.  Something we are really proud of ourselves for.  I’ll even show you how the rooms have evolved over the last 3.5 years.  Some of the tour will be projects that were too big for us to DIY, like when we got our whole outside cement redone in pavers.

Ever since we bought this home, I have found my true love…..Interior Decorating.  I always liked to move my room around when I was younger and help others out, but I never realized how much I really loved Interior Decorating until we bought our own home.  If it wasn’t for my friends & family that have encouraged me to pursue what I love, I would still feel like I was in a dead end job and not doing something I love.  I hope you enjoy my house tour.

I have about 12 rooms, plus outside and our sunroom (when we get to that project this year hopefully) to share with you in this house tour.  Along the way I will share lots of pictures ( I love taking pictures…another love of mine) and my decorating style.

I also started an online Interior Decorating class recently.  I’m very excited about that.

Here is one of our very first projects.  We live in a Hi-Ranch and have an apartment on the first floor.  This is what the Living Room apartment looked liked after we bought the house.

The rug was glued down and there was peel & stick tiles under the rug.  They had a bunch of animals and apparently they didn’t always get outside to do their business.  Gross!!!  So it had to go.

Then we had a laminate flooring installed.  So we saved some money with the labor of ripping out the rug.  The rug also went into the bedroom.  We did all laminate from the Living Room, into the Bedroom and the Bedroom closets.

Well that is just the start of our House Tour.  Lots more to come.  Thanks for stopping by.