Stylish Drawer Liners

Guys! I’m finally organizing my desk! I’m not brave enough to show you what my drawers looked like before today but take my word for it when I tell you, it was scary.  I wanted to get in organized with some drawer organizers. While on the hunt for the perfect organizers, I found the most perfect wrapping paper and well, as they say, the rest is history.

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

I think drawer liners can be a super cute aesthetic touch to any piece of furniture. Of course, I’m sure there is some purpose for them other than just being darling but let’s face it, I like darling, so that’s why I decided on drawer liners for my desk.

Since we all like darling, why is it that true drawer liners just aren’t? One of life’s great mysteries. Until one of us comes up with the perfect line of gorgeous drawer liners we’ll just have to improvise… with wrapping paper.

Yep, wrapping paper ya’ll! So pretty, super cheap, and will take you less than 20 minutes to line 5 drawers!

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

I found my striped wrapping paper from Marshalls. Does this not have Chelsea written all over it? Nautical feel? YES PLEASE!

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

So to make the drawer liners all you need to do is measure the interior of your drawer. Then, measure your paper to the same size. Measure multiple times you want it to be nice and snug.

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

Cut the paper to size. (Please don’t tell my sewing friends that I was using my fabric rotary to cut paper. I’m pretty sure that would get be banned from the sewing club!)

By the way, I have the IKEA ALEX drawer unit. The measurements for the interior are 20.5 x 11.5.

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

Lastly, you want to secure the paper drawer liner. I did this quickly by using double sided tape. Double sided tape works well because it’s not permanent so if you ever want to remove it you can without a ton of effort.

How to Line Drawers with Wrapping Paper

Once I was done… literally 20 minutes later I did a little happy dance because really, who doesn’t love some beautiful blue and white stripes. Then I continued on my quest for desk organization…

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

Mission complete. Now I’m off to line every drawer in the house… or take a nap.

Happy Monday!

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Marble Painted Succulent Planter

Marble Painted Succulent Planter

Well, hello there, friends. It’s been a hectic few weeks. Two amazing trips in in two weeks have really got my head spinning! I shared a bit about my trip to Hawaii already but I also went to Atlanta for Haven Conference where I got to meet so many incredible bloggers. When I got home my head was spinning with information and I couldn’t stop thinking of all the ways to improve my blog! Now I feel like I’m finally caught up. Hooray!

So, last week I shared my aloha sign (you can catch it here if you didn’t see it.) for my powder room. I loved the color combo so much I decided to give it another go, this time in marble.

I’ve been loving the marble painted trend and have been waiting for the perfect project to give it a try on. It was so surprisingly simple and now I want to marble everything!

Marble Painted Succulent Planter

A few months ago I got a bunch of these little glass jars and they turned out to be perfect for this project. I taped off the top half of the jars because I only wanted the marble effect on the bottom half.

Marble Painted Succulent Planter

I poured a tiny bit of each color on a paper plate. I think two to three color allows for the perfect mix. Any more and it might get a bit messy.

Marble Painted Succulent Planter

I ran a wooden skewer through the paint to run ribbons of one color into the other to create the marbling effect.

Marble Painted Succulent Planter
Next, I very gently rolled the jar in the paint. I set it top down to let the excess paint drip off and allowed it to dry.

The last step was potting the succulent. I also love it as a little bud vase.

I’m working on the powder room and this cute marble succulent planter will be a great edition.

Succlent Planter

So what do you think of the marble painted succulent planter? Are you in on the marble trend? Tell me in the comments. If you have a marble painted project I’d love to see it! You can tag me on Instagram or leave me a link in the comments.

Have a wonderful and colorful day!

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DIY Hand Painted Wood Sign

Earlier this week I told you about my trip to Hawaii. I’m still dreaming about it. Since I couldn’t bring the beautiful beaches back with me I thought I should do something to bring a little bit of ALOHA into my house in the form of this hand painted wood sign.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

I started sprucing up my powder room a few days ago when I realized I’ve had the same decor in there since my first house almost eight years ago (#didijustadmitthat #suredid). I’m planning on a colorful beachy style so I’m starting it off with this aloha sign.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

The sign. It is just three wood planks glued together and secured using another small plank and some finishing nails.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

The color combo. These colors are just samples that I had in my garage from previous projects. I wanted a colorful and beachy look and I love the coral, yellow, mint combination.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

The process. The process of making the sign was really simple. Pretty much just paint brush strokes of the different colors all over the board. I started with coral. Note: If I did it again I would start with the lightest color and move on to the darkest to prevent wasting any paint.

*Make sure to allow for drying time between colors*

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

Take the second color and randomly brush on the paint to fill in some of the blank space.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

With the third color fill in the rest of the blank space. At this point you can also paint over any space where you feel like one color is too over powering. You want to really concentrate on the middle section as that is where your lettering will be.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

Using transfer paper I placed the vinyl lettering on the painted board. I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the vinyl lettering. The font is KG Eyes Wide Open.

Multicolored Hand Painted Wood Sign

Then I painted one coat of white paint over the entire board. After the paint dried I peeled off the vinyl lettering to reveal the perfect multicolored sign.

DIY Painted Sign

It’s just so cheerful and is a gazillion times better than that old powder room decor. I can’t wait for the rest of the space to come together. But seriously, can I just have a multicolored hand painted wood sign for every space in my house now? This was way too fun!

Happy Friday friends!

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Nautical Beverage Tray

I’ve been dying to do a DIY beverage tray for a long time now. I’ve seen some really cute stenciled trays but none were quite right.

Now that summer is here, what better time to bust out the beverage tray and pass out some yummy adult beverages?

And because I love all things nautical, I put a nautical spin on it…

Check out my DIY Nautical Beverage Tray

DIY Nautical Beverage Tray

This DIY is super easy and I was able to whip it up in just an afternoon including paint drying time.

Supplies Needed: 

A wood round

Spray Paint

Stencil

Drawer Pulls

Nautical Beverage Tray Tutorial

I sanded down the 15″ wood round that I picked up from the hardware store (I think it was about $10).

Painted Beverage Tray Tutorial

Next, I spray painted the entire piece white. This required a few coats for full coverage.

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Then, I used my Silhouette to create a vinyl stencil for the anchors. You could also use a purchased stencil or print and cut your desired design and use that as a stencil. This project would be great for stamping as well!

After the stencil was firmly in place, I spray painted the anchors navy blue.

Anchor Beverage Tray Tutorial

After the anchors were dry, I drilled holes for the handles. The handles are just drawer pulls that I spray painted gold. Super easy and cheap trick!

Nautical Beverage Tray

This DIY makes the perfect beverage tray for entertaining this summer! Can’t you see this on your summer table? Whether relaxing or entertaining, it’s perfect for both!

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Here’s some more summer projects you might enjoy:
Summer Citrus Stamped Tea Towels

Citrus Stamped Tea Towels

DIY Nautical Coasters Making Home Base5

Nautical Coasters

Summer Garland in 5 minutes

5 Minute Summer Garland

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Summer Garland in 5 Minutes

Happy Friday!

Now that summer is in full swing have you planned your summer bucket list? Your absolute to-do’s for the summer? I worked on ours this week and put them all up on my giant chalkboard. And then, it needed something special. Like something to make it feel more summery. Like  summer garland.

So, I made this summer garland in 5 minutes.

Summer Garland in 5 minutes

I kind of love any type of garland. Like any. I just want to make and put garland everywhere. Anyone else?

I had some really cute nautical inspired wrapping paper that was simply perfect for this.

Summer Garland in 5 minutes

It started with wrapping paper cut into half circles. My wrapping paper was double sided so I did larger half circles with one side and smaller half circles for the other side.

Summer Garland in 5 minutes

After the half circles were cut I hot glued them to some jute.

Summer Garland in 5 minutes

I ended up with two strands of garland, one of each design, one smaller and one larger.

Summer Garland in 5 minutes

Then I layered them on the chalkboard and secured it with some regular ol’ tape.

Summer Garland in 5 minutes

Perfect addition to my bucket list chalkboard, I think.

Summer Garland in 5 minutes

Now when I’m sitting at my desk working like crazy I can look up and be reminded of all the fun I’m supposed to be having this summer! If that’s not a motivator, I don’t know what is!

Happy summer! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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10 Tips To Spruce Up Your Rental

Happy day friends, I’m so glad you are here!

Can I tell you something? Something really exciting? I recently had the opportunity to write an article for Military Spouse magazine (!!!!). The article  published this month and it was amazing to see my words there in a magazine! If you are a mil spouse but sure to pick up the June issue of the magazine at your Commissary or exchange!

I was thrilled to write about decorating ideas for military base housing. I’m passionate about it.  After the article published I realized how much that crosses over to renters AND homeowners too.

Spruce Up Your Rental: Here’s TEN of my favorite decorating tips that will make your home feel more yours.

ten decorating tips for renters

Vintage Map in a DIY Rustic Frame

1. Fill Your Walls With Things You Love

Hanging things on the walls is my number one way to make any place feel more homey. Don’t be afraid to put nails in the walls. You can spackle later. Hanging your favorite photos of your family or places you’ve been allows you to tell a story. You want your home to tell the story of your family and all of your adventures. Wall art isn’t limited to just photos. There are many options for wall art such as framing fabric you like, or even framing a vintage map like I did.

Why We Painted Our Rental. Thinking about painting? Here's what you need to know.

2. Paint

Just because you are in a rental doesn’t meant that painting is totally out of the question. Many places now allow renters to paint with the stipulation that it must be painted back to the original color. It may be worth it to paint one room or even one wall. If you are going to be in your home for a few years it can be a great investment of your time and money. Be sure to stick with colors that aren’t too dark and be careful not to spend a bundle on the paint or supplies!

How To Make A Striped Accent Wall Without Paint3. Temporary Wall Treatments

Even if you can’t paint, there are other ways to get color on the walls. You can get vinyl decals, removable wallpaper, or even fabric for walls. Vinyl decals come in a variety of options like polka dots and stripes. All of these are great ways to get pattern and color on the wall. The best part is when it’s time, it just peels right off. You know I love temporary wall treatments because I wrote a whole post about it.

Decorating A Small Bedroom for A Little Girl

4. Hang Curtains

Most base housing doesn’t exactly have the most eye pleasing window treatments. You can cover those vertical blinds you despise by simply hanging curtains. They don’t have to be pricey. You can get a package of two panels white curtains from Ikea for less than $10. Even if white isn’t your color of choice you can easily spruce them up by painting them, adding a trim (like I did in Peighton’s room), or even sewing on a band of colorful fabric.

Painting Furniture - Mint Painted Nightstand

5. Be Bold and Paint Furniture

You can bring color into your home without putting it on the walls. One of my favorites ways is by painting furniture. Painting furniture allows you to make a statement without permanent changes to the house. It also can be very inexpensive if you find a good piece second hand. I painted an old dresser found for just $25 and turned it into a dreamy mint nightstand.

Create A Custom Chalkboard to Hide Eyesores. Awesome Idea for Renters!! via www.makinghomebase.com

6. Hide What You Don’t Like

You can hide awkward spaces easily by covering them with a curtain or a piece of fabric. It will hide the eyesore while adding a bit of color and texture. That’s not the only way to hide what you don’t like. I have an awkward cut out in the wall that connects the kitchen and living room. I covered it with an oversized chalkboard making a focal piece for my workspace.

7. Display Collections

Displaying your collections can really make your house feel like home. Items that you’ve collected over time and have significant meaning to you should always have a place in your home. I love decorating with my vintage jars and displaying my favorite vintage rolling pins.

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8. Use Rugs To Hide Ugly Floors

If I could only have one accessory for the rest of my decorating life it would be rugs! Especially in base housing where the floors are less than desirable most of the time. They work to not only hide ugly floors but define a space. I rounded up some awesome and affordable rugs in this post.

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9. Change Up Lighting

If you are going to be in a house for several years you don’t have to  just live with the boring and outdated light fixtures. Changing the lighting is a small way to make a big impact. With permission you can change out the fixtures. Can’t change the fixtures? Take heart, there are other options! Check out how Amy created a drum pendant light  cover up to go over her current light fixture. It’s easier than you would imagine!

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10. Outdoors

My number one way to give your porch a more welcoming look is to put something on your door! You can DIY a wreath in an afternoon. Make a craft party out of it and invite some friends over. If you prefer to leave off the wreath, try some colorful potted plants. April added some beauty by repurposing thrifted pots and planting beautiful flowers in them. That’s budget friendly and beautiful!

Small things that make a big impact whether you’re in a rental home, home for now, or forever home. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, or even a lot of time. With a little effort and some creativity you can have a home full of character that represents your family; one where you will enjoy all the time you spend in it no matter how long or short that is.

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DIY Wall Art Animal Prints with Polka Dot Mats

When I shared my daughter’s room makeover a couple weeks ago, I got a ton of questions about the animal prints above the bed. Today I’m spilling the beans on how they came to be. Here’s a quick DIY wall art tutorial for ya! DIY Wall Art Animal PrintsAfter we had completed her upholstered bed I wanted to hang some sort of wall art above it. DIY wall art was the obvious way to go since  this was a budget makeover.

Peighton is obsessed with animals! They are her absolute favorite, so I knew we had to include animals in her room somehow. I found some clip art that I was able to download for free and blow up to fit an 8 x 10 mat frame. After placing them in the frame I felt like they still needed something to make them pop. Polk dots, gold polka dots, did the trick! Let me show you how!

Polka dot mats-1

I picked up these black frames from IKEA. I think the black really pops with the bright pink.

Animal Prints with Polka dot mats

These zots found at Michaels made making glittery polka dotting a breeze!

Polka dot mats-1-3

It comes on this roll with two rows that are offset. Perfect for what I needed. I laid the strip face down and slowly peeled off the backing leaving the glue dots on the the matte. The top and bottom of the matte are wider than the sides so I cut the zots strip in half to add an extra row to both the top and bottom.

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Next, I went wild with the glitter. Obviously. Ha. I just sprinkled glitter liberally over all of the dots and then shook out the left overs, tapping the back lightly to get all the loose glitter.

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Now you’ve got a cute glittery photo mat.

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I placed the animal prints inside and hung them up above the bed.

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Peighton loves to point out which animal is which to us all the time.

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I really love how the polka dot mats really tie into the polka dot sheets to make a really polished look.

If you are interested in the actual animal prints – let me know and I will email you the files! xo

 

 

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Picnic Ready Paper Bag Utensil Holders

Since it’s summer. And since I love picnics. I’m bringing back an oldie.

Picnic Ready Paper Bag Utensil Holder tutorial via makinghomebase.com

Last summer I shared my paper bag utensil holders. They were quite popular even though I spelled bon appétit wrong (ps. I still spelled it wrong). My guests didn’t notice. :) Regardless of my bad spelling they still make the CUTEST utensil holders for picnics! I especially love how easy they are to whip up. The only supplies required are paper lunch sacks and washi tape. The stamping is totally optional. You can do stamping, sticks, hand write your guests names, anything really.

My absolute very thing about these paper bag utensil holders is that they serve two purposes. One, they are a super cute vessel for utensils but they also make perfect little trash bags. Once you’re done with your meal, you can discard any rubbish right into the bag. No more chasing that napkin all over the park, folks!

paper bag picnic utensil holder

1. To make them you’ll need paper lunch sacks, washi tape, and an alphabet stamp.

2. Fold your paper bag from the bottom up at the seam to create a pocket.

3. Seal the side with washi tape. I did this by placing one strip of washi tape on the front allowing it to slightly hang over the edge, then put another strip on the back side so the pieces of tape stick together.

4. Do the same on the other side.

5. Stamp your saying onto the front pocket. I used “Bon Appétit” but I think other cute sayings are “Let’s Eat” or “Chow Time”

6. Stuff with your napkin and utensils

Picnic Ready Paper Bag Utensil Holders

I really look forward to making a gazillion of these this summer for all sorts of beach trips and picnics with friends. Can you just imagine all the fun color combos?

Picnic Ready Paper Bag Utensil Holders

Enjoy!

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Outdoor Drink Station

You guys!!!

It’s finally summer! My friend April, from House By Hoff, and I got together again to host this awesome summer series! Our second annual Summer Celebration is here! That means we’ve got 20 bloggers that are going to be sharing awesome summer projects over the next three days! Then, on Thursday, ALL 20 will be hosting a HUGE summer inspired link party! I know. It’s going to be awesome!

Outdoor Drink Station and MORE summer ideas #summercelebration

I’m so happy to be kicking everything off today with my Outdoor Drink Station!

Outdoor Drink Station and MORE summer ideas #summercelebration

Nothing says summer more than outdoor parties and cool beverages!

Outdoor Drink Station and MORE summer ideas #summercelebration

For us that means lots of sweet and tangy fresh squeezed lemonade!

Outdoor Drink Station and MORE summer ideas #summercelebration

We love being outdoors in the summer. Whether it’s full blown get togethers with friends or just an evening with just the family, we love summers outside! And how much fun is this outdoor drink station? And it’s very simple to put together!

Outdoor Drink Station and MORE summer ideas #summercelebration

Since we don’t have a outdoor bar, I used a vintage dresser. I think it gives a great sophisticated look.

Outdoor Drink Station and MORE summer ideas #summercelebration

Outdoor Drink Station and MORE summer ideas #summercelebration

You have to have fruit to add to your lemonade. My favorite is always blackberries and strawberries so that’s what we had but you can use any fruit you like.

Outdoor Drink Station and MORE summer ideas #summercelebration

And what fun is a summer beverage without a striped paper straw?

Outdoor Drink Station and MORE summer ideas #summercelebration

An outdoor drink station is such a fun way to serve summer drinks at any event summer. Next, I’m trying a sweet tea drink station  :)

Are you ready to kick off your summer in style?

Here are even more ideas to celebrate summer in style.

Outdoor Drink Station and MORE summer ideas #summercelebration

You can join us in the summer celebration by using the hashtag #summercelebration on Instagram!

Happy Summer!

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IKEA HACK – DIY Upholstered Headboard from the IKEA TARVA bed

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Get ready to pin ya’ll! You guys are going to want to save this tutorial for later! I’m spilling all the details on the DIY upholstered headboard today!

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Remember a month or so ago, when I shared my inspiration for Peighton’s room? I had this beautiful bed picked out but it was WAY out of my price range.  I had also put together a collection of awesome IKEA bed hacks that totally inspired me! So I decided to do IKEA bed hack of my own and do a DIY upholstered headboard in pink!
DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva BedAnd since we already had the IKEA TARVA bed in Peighton’s room – I wanted to just go ahead and use it but zhush it up with a pretty headboard. The IKEA TARVA bed is relatively cheap, just $70. They have an even cheaper wood bed (around $30) available but my store was completely out of stock, so TARVA it was.

Products We Used:

Jig Saw

Electric Staple Gun ( I like this upholstery staple gun)

Wood Glue

Hammer and Nails

Rubber Mallet

Large Piece of Ply Wood or MDF (size will vary. Measure the wide of current headboard for proper width +desired height)

1 Twin Sized Egg crate Foam Padding

2 yards of Fabric (Canvas – I used this Fuchsia Fabric)

2 yards of quilt batting

Fabric Glue

Brass Nailhead Trim

First thing is first – Iron your fabric – it will be a total pain but it’s going to be worth it to get nice smooth lines.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

First you’ll need to decide the shape of your headboard. I googled “Upholstered Headboard” and scrolled through thousands of images before deciding on my shape. I wanted something I could easily free hand. For the design, I grabbed a brown paper bag, carefully pulled it apart into one long piece, and then folded it in half. Then I traced half of my design starting at the fold. Once it was perfect I cut it out, unfolded it, and laid it on my piece of wood to trace.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Once I was happy with the traced design, Matt got out the jigsaw and cut the wood along my traced lines created the headboard shape.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Not bad!

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Note: If you are buying an IKEA bed specifically for this purpose don’t put it completely together! We had the bed for some months before taking on this task so we had to remove the headboard to attach the piece of wood.

Next, using wood glue attach the piece of wood to the front of the TARVA headboard. Use clamps to hold the two pieces together.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Once the wood glue is dry, you can secure it with finishing nails.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Next is the padding. Cut the padding to the shape of your headboard. And use fabric glue to attach the egg crate padding to the front of the headboard.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

After the padding is on, you can add the layer of batting. Using your electric staple gun, pull the batting taut and staple to the back side of the headboard.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

The front of your headboard will look like this. It’s ready for the fabric.

Using the same technique, making sure the fabric is nice and taut staple the fabric to the back side of the headboard. I found that start on one side and moving up the side of the headboard was the best way to get the least amount bunching. Going around the curves, make a few snips in the fabric on the back of the headboard to allow you to pull the fabric as tight as possible.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

A note about nailhead trim. This was my very first project using nailhead trim (way to be adventurous right?). You’ll want to use a ruler/yardstick to keep it straight – I didn’t and wish I had. Also the trim bends and turns so you don’t have to cut each piece as you move along.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Every few “nailheads” there is one with a hole where the actual nailhead hammers in. Use a rubber mallet when hammering in these guys and be gentle, the heads can pop right off if you hammer too hard.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

After the nailhead trim was complete we simply placed the headboard back on the bed.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

This DIY upholstered headboard ended up being a great day project for us and ended up saving us a small fortune! Now we get the luxurious and sophisticated look of a fabulous upholstered headboard at just a fraction of the cost! That’s winning if you ask me!!

Thank you so much for visiting today!! Have a great weekend! xo

If you like this project, check out the full room reveal here.

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Little Girls Bedroom [Source List]

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I’m so glad you all are enjoying Peighton’s new room! It’s definitely my favorite place to be right now. Sometimes I just want to go sit in the chair with my feet up on that adorable pouf and pretend it’s my room. If you missed it – you can catch it here.

Here at Making Home Base I like to really challenge myself and make every project or every room as budget friendly as possible. We almost never buy anything new and when we do it’s usually on the cheaper end of the market, like IKEA. Peighton’s room was really no different. I managed to pull off this complete makeover for around $300. Almost all of the big furniture was DIYed or we already had it so we didn’t purchase any high dollar items. Then the accessories and details were found on the cheap or also DIYed.

If you’ve been interested in where everything in the room came from – then today’s for you! I’m going to share my source list for pretty much everything in this little girls bedroom! Plus you get a little close up of some of the details – which I love.

Decorating A Small Bedroom for A Little Girl

Sources:

Animal Prints – DIY (tutorial coming soon) but frames are from IKEA

Upholstered Headboard – DIY (tutorial coming soon)

Polka dot sheet set – Land of Nod

Duvet Cover – IKEA

Pink Pillow with the gold ribbon – DIY (let me know if you are interested in a tutorial for this one and I can share it)

Decorating A Small Bedroom for A Little GirlDrapes – IKEA but I added the pom pom trim

Yellow/Gold Rug – RugsUSA

White Shag Rug – RugsUSA

Floor Pouf – Target

Velvet Pink Pillow Cover – IKEA

Book Shelves – IKEA

Baby Doll – Land of Nod

Also, The Cat At Night is Peighton’s absolute favorite book, if you have a little one who loves animals scoop up this book!

Decorating A Small Bedroom for a Little Girl Lamp Base – Target

Lamp Shade – Target + added pom pom trim

Pink and White Tray – IKEA

Potted Plant – IKEA

Pink Agate – Home Goods

Gold Dog Silhouette Wall with Walls Need Love

Gold Dog Silhouette DecalsWalls Need Love

Decorating A Small Bedroom for a Little Girl

Geometric Watercolor Art – Home Goods (awesome deal at $19.99)

Giant zinc “2″ – Home Goods
Little girl's bedroom

The brass deer – thrifted

Pink and gold Prints – DIYs from gift bags found at Home Goods

Pink Boxes – IKEA

Zinc “P”  - Local gift shop

White Horse – Dollar Tree

That’s about it! If you see something that I didn’t mention just comment below and I’ll be sure to share. Stay tuned for tutorials of the DIY projects this week!

 

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DIY Painted Tea Towel – Colorful Citrus Stamped

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I’ve had “paint tea towels” on my to do list for the longest time. I love those flour sack tea towels and they are the perfect blank canvas. Super cheap, large, and bright white! Recently I saw the cutest idea to use fruit as “stamps” and decided to give it a shot on the DIY painted tea towels and they ended up looking so cute and summery.

Citrus Stamped Tea Towels Cute for Summer

Here’s a fun fact about me, I love watching beauty vlogs on Youtube. Anyone else? I get so many great beauty tips, and every now and then I get some DIY ideas too! My favorite of all favorite beauty youtubers/bloggers is Essie Button. She recently shared a fun project where she used citrus fruit as stamps to DIY some wall art. It turned out awesome so I wanted to give it a shot only not wall art but DIY Painted Tea Towels.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Citrus fruit (lemon, lime, grapefruit, etc.) I used only lemon

Paint – I used a multi surface paint but fabric paint would be best.

Paint brushes

Flour Sack Tea Towels* lemon stamped tea towels

A little about the paint. I used this Americana multi-surface paint but I have no intention of actually using these towels. If you plan on using them for more than just decoration you should add some fabric paint medium to your paint or just use fabric paint.

Painted Tea Towels

Stamping tips: The fruit can be pretty juicy so it’s a good idea to blot the lemon half a few times before brushing on the paint. Also, don’t go too heavy on the paint, just enough to cover the whole lemon half, but if you brush on too much you will just get a big paint blob. I tested out a few stamps on a piece of paper towel to get the right amount of paint.

Citrus Tea Towels

Press down on the lemon half onto the tea towel.

You can get creative with it. Different colors and designs. I did a couple of tea towels with scattered stamps and a couple more where I lined the stamps along the edges of the tea towel. Citrus Stamped Tea Towels Cute for Summer

The colors are so bright and cheerful! Don’t you think they are so fun for summer? They will make a really fun one of a kind addition to my summer kitchen decor!

Citrus Stamped Tea Towels

Have you done DIY painted tea towels yet? Oh, and does anyone else follow any great beauty vlogs/blogs? I’m always looking for some new inspiration! I’d love to hear your favorites – and be sure to check out Essie Button!

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Monogram Tote Bag Tutorial

How about starting the week off with a quick craft.

Are you thinking about Mother’s Day yet? Here’s a Mother’s Day gift that I whipped up. I love it because: a. I love anything monogram and b. it’s so universal. You can take it to the beach, use it for your library books, or in just anyway your little heart desires!

Monogram Tote In Less Than 30 Minutes

Monogram Beach Tote Making Home Base

Originally, I thought this bag would be the perfect replacement to the typical gift bag. And for $2 it was comparable in price but it’s personalized, cute, and can be used for anything!

Monogram Tote Tutorial

Supplies you’ll need:

A canvas tote ( Mine is from Joann’s using a 40% coupon making it $2)

Scissors

A pencil

A monogram stencil (I made mine using the Silhouette Cameo)

Fabric Scrap

Fusible Webbing (Steam-A-Steam2)

Iron

DIY Monogram Tote Tutorial

First, trace the monogram in reverse onto the paper liner of your fusible webbing. You want to trace on the side that stays with the webbing.

Peel off the liner and stick the wrong side of your fabric to the web.

Cut out your monogram, after cutting you can remove the tracing liner.

Mothers Day Monogram Tote

Position your monogram on your bag, once it’s positioned where you want it, remove the liner and press lightly to allow the webbing to stick to the bag.

Press with a hot iron. The Steam-A-Seam directions recommend to press for 10-20 seconds on the cotton setting.

I also ran the iron all over my bag to get out any other wrinkles.

monogram beach tote

Next, you can run a quick stitch around the monogram to make sure it stays on securely. This isn’t required but I anticipate this bag getting a lot of use so I want it to be on there nice and snug.

Monogram Tote

Then, for a little embellishment I added some fabric rosettes.

Monogram Beach Tote Tutorial

Wouldn’t it fun to make one for all the moms in your life? Then you could stuff it with other gifts if you’d like. Moms love love love handmade and personal gifts, don’t they? This monogram tote bag fits the bill for sure!

Another Mother’s Day Craft Idea

Painted Burlap with the dates your Mom became a Mom and Grandma 

Handmade Mothers Day Painted Burlap Canvas #handmademothersday

This tutorial was original shared on Mom 4 Real.

I’m linking this project up to Savvy Southern Style, Coastal Charm, Tiny Sidekick

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Furniture Makeover – Print Center from a Media Cabinet

This post is sponsored by DecoArt. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

I am soooo excited!

I finished a MUCH needed project and I’m sharing it with you today. It’s a before/after, furniture makeover, upcycle all in one.

My new Print Center from a Media Cabinet

DIY Print Center

Since I got my new desk my printer and Silhouette have been stashed in my dining room. I would have to pull it out, place it on the dining room table just to print. It got old fast. I had a vision for a print center where I could store my printer, Silhouette, and accessories. before and after print centerThen a few weeks ago while pursuing our (new) favorite thrift shop I spotted this old media cabinet. It wasn’t anything special but it was a perfect size and I knew I could make it just what I needed in a print center for my workspace.

Before getting down and painting this bad boy, we had to take off those doors. The cabinet doors came off, and we filled the holes with a little wood filler. Gave the whole thing a nice good sand and got ready to paint.

Chalky Paint Americana_edited-1

This project was a little more fun then usual because I got to try out a new (to me) paint line by DecoArt. The Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint. It comes in tons of beautiful colors with lovely names like Everlasting and Yesteryear. For this project I went with a light gray, Yesteryear and a fresh white, Everlasting.

DIY Print Center Makeover

The paint goes on really smoothly with great coverage.

We ended up adding a shelf inside for extra storage and drilled a couple of holes in the back for cords (not pictured).

Chalky Paint Furniture Makeover

For protection, I brushed on Americana Decor Creme Wax.

Chalky Paint Creme Wax

The Creme Wax isn’t like anything I’ve used before. It has a creamy liquid consistency but blends beautifully. A little tiny bit goes a long way. I’m not sure I’ll be able to go back to “regular” wax after this. I love it.

Furniture Makeover Print Center

This furniture makeover turned out better than I imagined – it’s the perfect print center for my workspace. It allows me to keep my print/cut tools handy without taking up valuable desk space.

If you want to try out the new Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint it is now available in Home Depot and Michaels stores. It is also available for purchase online at homedepot.com.

You can also visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more information or check out more DecoArt Chalky Finish projects here.

For more furniture makeovers check out:

Painting Furniture - Mint Painted Nightstand

The Mint Nightstand

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DIY Accent Table

Two Toned Nightstand White and Wood

The Two Toned Nightstand

Linking up to some of these parties: Savvy Southern Style, My Repurposed Life, Not Just A Housewife

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Spring Home Decorating Ideas – Parade of Homes

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Hi guys! I’ve been working on a lot of SPRING decorating (and a ton of other projects). I’ve teamed up with 13 other home bloggers to bring you all beautiful spring home decorating ideas, inspiration, and just beautiful Spring Home Tours. All week long, there will be home tours galore. It’s going to be amazing, I promise!

Decorating for spring home tour

I’m thrilled to be kicking off the Spring Parade of Homes with my own little spring home tour!

You guys know that we are a military family and we currently live in base housing. What that means is that our house is as basic as it comes. Decorating this space is definitely a challenge but we are doing a pretty good job at making it a home.

Spring Floral Door Hanging

On the front door you’ll see this spring floral door hanging. It’s the same one from last year.

Spring Floral Door Hanging

My favorite part is the chalkboard tags that say “Hello Spring.”

Indeed. Spring, you’re my favorite!

Spring Fresh Mantel

I wasn’t quite ready to put away my faux boxwood wreath so I brought it inside and hung it up above my faux mantel. My mantel area is the first place that gets spruced up seasonally.

Fresh Flowers for Spring

This little brass dear was a flea market find for my daughters room but I’m borrowing it for this spring mantel. It’s so cute! And my favorite thing about spring is fresh flowers. My favorites right now are fresh cut ranunculuses and these pink ones are the best.

Mantel for Spring

Spring Home Tour Wall Art

Next to the mantel I switched out the normal photos for some spring inspired wall art. I love the flower ampersand that I got from Etsy. The butterfly art was a quick DIY I plan to share later this week.

Spring Home Tour Mantel

Spring Home Tour Simple Centerpiece

My dining room is still a work in progress so I’m only sharing a couple little glimpses. I love these paper mache eggs. I originally planned on painting them but I’m digging the rustic look so I’ll keep them as is.

Teapot Vase Fresh Flowers

More flowers. I put a bunch of yellow ranunculus in my white tea pot for a fun punch of color.

Spring Home Tour Pillows

Pillows and blossoming branches bring a bit of spring into my living room. This is the room I struggle with the most. I’ve talked about it before.  My sofa is so dark so I’m always trying to keep the pillows and accessories light and airy to counter the darkness of my sofa. I love these blue damask pillows I found at TJ Maxx. It’s just the perfect balance of light and bright for spring.

Spring Home Tour Living Space

And for a bit of bold, I layered this coral accent rug overtop my jute area rug.

Master Bedroom For Spring

You know that I’ve been working on my master bedroom for awhile now. I’m so excited about how it’s coming together. It’s looking so light and bright. I’m really loving it.

Spring Home Tour Bedroom

These pillows were a Target find from a few weeks ago. I love the navy and gold together.

Master Bedroom Spring Tour

I’m still on the hunt for a bedskirt, the perfect rug, and a colorful throw.

Spring Vignette Spring Home Tour

I have more greenery in the bedroom for a spring-y feel.

Spring Home Tour Fresh Flowers

On our bedside table, there’s some more fresh flowers in a few jars placed on an empty photo frame tray.

That’s it for my Spring Home Tour.

I hope you found some spring home decorating ideas here but that’s not all! There are two other beautiful homes to see today! And even more throughout the week!

Spring Home Decorating Ideas

Thrifty and Chic Lovely Etc. Making Home Base

Spring Home Decorating Ideas

Tuesday
The Happy Housie / House by Hoff / The Blissful Bee

Wednesday
Bigger Than the Three of Us / Cuckoo4Design / Just a Girl and Her Blog

Thursday
Rain on a Tin Roof / May Richer Fuller Be

Friday
An Inviting Home / Primitive and Proper / Place of My Taste

 Linking up to some of these parties: Savvy Southern Style

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Custom Chalkboard to Hide an Awkward Cutout

Yesterday I shared my IKEA desk and how it’s looking with my new workspace. I didn’t talk much about that giant chalkboard though. Not because I don’t love it but because there was more to the story. It’s a cover up!

Custom Chalkboardhide an awkward cutout with a custom chalkboard

You know we live in base housing and there are many, many things in this house that I struggle with. I’m careful to show off the pretty parts here on the blog but in reality there are many things in our home that aren’t what I would choose if I owned it. I’m sure lots of renters feel the same way. I get really excited when I find small ways to make our house feel more like us. This was one of those big “SCORE!” moments for me. Another point for me in winning the decorating contest against the rental.

This house was built in the 70s and although it’s been renovated there are somethings around here that are straight flashbacks. One example, this awkward cutout in the wall that separates the kitchen and living room area. I think the idea behind it was to keep an open flow between the kitchen and living area but it just ugly and awkward.

Hiding an awkward cut out

It’s probably my number one least favorite thing behind the ugly gray carpet. I always felt like I couldn’t keep anything on the counter in that section of the kitchen because it would be an eye sore from the living room. I finally had the bright idea to just cover it up. I thought about doing some DIY wall art but I knew this would be my workspace eventually so an oversized custom chalkboard seemed like the perfect solution.

Budget Friendly Workspace via Making Home Base

I made this chalkboard using the same technique I used to make the DIY Framed Map and the Hanging Chalkboard except on a BIG scale. I used my favorite stain Minwax Special Walnut of course. This custom chalkboard measures about 48 inches wide. It’s really big! I think the total cost was somewhere around $30 which is really great for something this size! I love using it to write out my favorite quotes, verses, or long lyrics. It’s really inspiring to see meaningful words not just while working in this space but just walking by.

Hide an Awkward Cut Out

Doesn’t it make such a big difference? You guys!  This is just one example of ways you can make your home feel more like you. It doesn’t have to be anything HUGE or permanent. Sometimes you just need a little cover up.

Thanks for visiting with me today! If you want to hear more about how I got this workspace for less than $200 check out this post: My New Workspace.

I’m sharing this project at these great parties: Home Stories A to Z and My Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaSavvy Southern Style, My Repurposed Life

 

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IKEA Desk and My Budget Friendly Workspace

Hello hello!

I’m so glad you’re here today!

Today I’m talking about my new IKEA desk and how I created a new workspace on a super small budget!
Ikea Desk My Budget Friendly Workspace for Less than 200 dollars

You all know that I like to do things on a budget. For me, living in rentals and base housing over the last almost eight years I never know when my office may have it’s own room or when I have to make a space for it in my living room like this space so spending a bundle is out of the question.

In our old house we had a little nook at the top of the stairs that was made the perfect compact office nook. This house doesn’t have anything like that. Since we don’t have a room that is a dedicated office I have to get creative when it comes to a workspace.

Since our living room is extra long we have a portion of it that hasn’t been used, making the perfect little area for a workspace.

Budget Friendly Workspace via Making Home Base

It all started with this IKEA desk. I’ve been through many desks in the last few years and this IKEA desk has to be my very favorite. It’s small but still functional. I love all the options there are when it comes to drawers and legs. I chose the Alex drawers with the Lerberg trestle leg. I wanted some storage to hide all of my supplies (ehmm… junk).

Small Work space on a budget

This chair has been floating around our house for years. It’s also from IKEA. I’d love to find a nice comfy upholstered chair for this space eventually but for now this one works.

Small Bright Work Space via Making Home Base

Since this workspace is technically part of the living room I had to find the perfect rug to define the space so it didn’t look like a random desk in the corner. I love this trellis rug from Rugs USA. It’s super comfy and the pattern is great.

Workspace on a budget via Making Home Base

Ah… accessorizing is my favorite part. I love this wood caddy from Home Goods. It’s great for holding envelopes and notebooks and other random supplies I might need within an arm’s reach. I also adore these little glass jars I got from the thrift store. I think they may have been candle jars at one point but I’m not sure – they are the perfect size for holding pens and pencils or little thumbtacks.

Small Work Space

And of course the biggest statement piece of the whole workspace is my oversized chalkboard! I’m going to share the details on that tomorrow. I have a secret about that chalkboard. Here’s a clue it’s not what it seems.

But here’s the breakdown on cost.

IKEA desk: Linnmon Desk Top: $15.99

Alex Drawers: $79.99

Lerberg Trestle Leg: $10

Rugs USA Trellis Rug: $83

Grand Total: $189

Less than $200 is not bad at all!

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Thrift Store Painted Tray

DIY Accent Table From A Wire Basket

DIY Accent Table

I’m sharing this project at these great parties: Home Stories A to Z and My Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaSavvy Southern StyleMy Repurposed Life

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DIY Accent Table

I’ve been searching for the perfect accent table to go alongside my big comfy chair for the longest time now. I’ve seen several at Target and Home Goods that catch my eye but the price tags always make me cringe; and it’s been slow at my favorite thrift shops lately. Last week when I headed into Target for one thing (isn’t that how every story starts?) I spotted a wire laundry basket that a unique design. I immediately knew it was going to be my new accent table.DIY Accent Table from a wire basketCreating the accent table was really very simple and only required a few supplies. After purchasing the basket for only $9 I headed straight to Lowes to grab some flat black spray paint and a round wood top (additional $15). The wood round was located in the lumber section of the store with the other precut pieces.

Target Laundry Basket Side Table

I’m so glad that I have such a good relationship with spray paint. If not, I wouldn’t have been able to see past the blue color of this basket and this whole project would have never came to be. Friends, don’t be afraid to pick up a can of spray paint. It can change everything!

DIY Wood Top Side Table

First step here was to spray the basket black. I used this Rustoleum flat black. I didn’t want any gloss so the flat black was the perfect choice here.

DIY Side Table

It took several coats of paint to get every space of the basket black. I allowed it to try for several hours (it was a rainy day).

I didn’t take a picture of the wood round (blogger fail) but I just quickly sanded it and stained it with my favorite special walnut stain.

Rustic Side Table

To secure the table to the wire we used these little fasteners. My hubs had taken them off some other piece of furniture that we had thrifted and they ended up being a perfect fit for this.

Industrial Side Table

I used two fasteners with two screws each and that was plenty to keep the table top nice and snug.

Here’s a look at the finished accent table:

Laundry Basket End Table

It’s the perfect height and I love lounging in my chair and resting my coffee on my new table.

Basket End Table

Thanks for visiting with me today!

If you like this project you might want to check out my project gallery to find more inspiration.

Ps if you want to learn more about those yellow chair legs you can check that post out here.

I’m sharing this project to Savvy Southern Style.

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