Flip This Rental Has MOVED

After two beautiful years of running Flip This Rental with a free WordPress site, I have finally taken the leap and decided to self-host my website.

Flip This Rental has a slightly different location with a slightly different look but the content is still the same. Your readership has really motivated me to keep sharing my projects, and I truly hope you will continue following along with my journey and that I will see you around on the new site!

flipthisrental.com is official and I am SO EXCITED for this new adventure!

Lauren ❤

Comparing the Cost of DIY and non-DIY Curtain Options

Easily the best feature of my new room is the insane amount of windows I have. On the other hand, having an insane amount of windows is not so great when you’re trying to sleep.

When I moved in, there were plastic blinds on half of the windows and the ones that were left looked like junk. My friend that lived here before me tacked blankets up to keep the light out. I knew I was going to go in a different direction and wanted something pretty that would block out the light when I wanted, and let light in when I wanted.

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As I’m sure you know, curtains are freaking expensive, especially when you have a bunch of really big windows. So, I decided to make curtains out of sheets which was an idea I had seen from a few different bloggers on Pinterest. In this post I will walk you through all the materials I used and their cost so you can weigh the pros/cons of doing a similar project.

My Window Dimensions

In my room I have 3 windows that are all 70 inches by 70 inches. Therefore, I needed 6 curtain panels that were at least 35 inches wide and 70 inches long. Obviously, these dimensions would cover the window but the length would not look great.

Ideally, curtains are hung at least 3 inches above the window and personally, I like the curtains to touch the floor but not pool too much. To make sure I got sheets that were long enough, I measured from the top of the window to the floor and added three inches.

Curtain Materials

After searching around a little bit for different sheets I decided on the Mainstays 200 Thread Count Sheet in twin size. They had the best color option at the cheapest price so it was an easy decision. I wanted to use both a solid and patterned sheet to make the curtains thicker and I liked the idea of making them reversible. I chose navy for the solid color and the blue diamond ikat pattern.

These sheets are $4.97 each and I needed 12  (6 patterned, 6 solid) for a total of $59.64. Each sheet is 66 inches wide by 96 inches long. In a different room such as a living room or office, I think just the one sheet would have been fine, but I wanted to block out a lot of light in my bedroom.

Below is an example of how much light 1 sheet (left) blocks versus 2 (right).

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Pricing of Pre-Made Curtains and DIY Fabric Curtains

I thought I was shelling out a decent amount of money for these curtains, so I was interested to see how much more I would have spent to buy fabric or just straight up buy curtains and achieve a similar look.

If I would have bought fabric from JoAnn’s:

  • Lining Fabric (54″ wide) – $3/yd (on sale) x 16 yds (to match 96″ length)= $48 (not on sale = $96)

  • Print Fabric (54″ wide) – $4.50/yd (on sale) x 16 yds = $72 (not on sale = $144)

The total price for just fabric would have been $120 on sale, $240 not on sale!

I found a pretty good deal at JCPenney on 50″ x 95″ back tab curtains for $13.99 each (clearance) times 6 panels for a total of $83.94. These aren’t that much more expensive, but from what I can tell from the user reviews these curtains would not block as much light as my curtains.

Curtain Hardware

In all honesty, I didn’t want to do a whole lot of work besides hanging the curtains up so I didn’t get all fancy and make back tabs or put in grommets or anything. Instead, I just bought clip rings in oil rubbed bronze. There are 7 rings in each package, each package costs $4.74 and I bought 5 packages for a total of $23.70. I ended up using 5 rings on each panel so I still had 5 left over.

Last but not least I got curtain rods from Home Depot, also in oil rubbed bronze, for $6.97 x 3 for a total of $20.91. They’re 48 – 84 inches long and 7/16 in. thick.  I was trying to get the cheapest option possible, but aesthetically I think a thicker curtain rod would be better.

Total Cost Breakdown

As a quick overview, here are the list of items I bought and their costs:

  • 12 twin sheets x $4.97 each = $59.64
  • 5 packages of (7) curtain rings x $4.74 each = $23.70
  • 3 curtain rods x $6.97 each = $20.91

Bringing the total cost of curtains and hardware (without tax) to $104.25

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I absolutely love the way these curtains turned out and I think they add a lot of style and function to the room (but hey, I may be a little biased). I know in my next apartment I won’t be using all of the panels but I think it was a great investment compared to buying pre-made curtains.

What do you think? Would you try sheet curtains, DIY curtains out of fabric, or just buy curtains? I would love to hear your pro/con list!

See You Around!

Lauren ❤

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How to Style with Greenery, Pantone Color of the Year 2017

Recently I was contacted by Douglas Elliman, a global real estate firm, to participate in their Pantone Color of the Year challenge. I will not be compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own. To see Florida property listings by Douglas Elliman and for more tropical inspiration, click here.

Since Spring is right around the corner, and St. Patrick’s day is even closer, I thought it would be a good time to share some of my ideas on how to work green into a room. Specifically, Pantone Color of the Year for 2017, Greenery.

According to Pantone’s website, “Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate” (Pantone). It “symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another, and a larger purpose”.

Originally I thought that this wouldn’t be a color that I would paint on a wall but when I got thinking, I realized it would look great in a bathroom. Greenery seems to be a rejuvinating color especially in combination with neutrals.

I think the best tip I have for this color, and something I would do in my own home, is to style the room with a half wall of something such as shiplap, board and batten, or beadboard depending on your personal style.

This way there is texture added to the room, but it will tone down the vibrant green on the wall.

Below is the mood board I created with my ideas on how to use this color in a bathroom.

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One thing that I really like about the way this room is put together is that the color scheme would be easily interchangeable. The green tropical feel is mostly emphasized by all the green accessories and it wouldn’t be too much work or money to change the paint color if you decided it wasn’t for you.

Blue is one of my favorite colors and it seems that I always end up thinking about doing a beachy look for a bathroom and I think that comes from the fact that there are a lot of blue accessories for bathrooms.

I think this is a fun and different way to have a tropical bathroom without making everything blue. Although I still think it would look great to add in some blue accents.

How would you use Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year?

See You Around!

Lauren ❤

 

 

 

5 Tips For Making Furniture Painting Simple

Sometimes we tackle projects because we want to test out a new idea, or spend some time doing something we enjoy, but we don’t necessarily expect them to be easy or quick. Other times we know a project will make a big impact in our home but we don’t want to have all the fuss that goes with it, so we put it off.

One of my friends, Jake, has two dressers that didn’t go with the rest of the pieces he owns, so last spring we began throwing around ideas on how to refinish them. The project kept getting put off because we’re both busy people, and we had to be creative in figuring out a decent workspace.

Now Jake is moving to Chicago in less than a month, so I knew we needed to get our act together and get this project done. I wanted him to be able to have furniture he loves to take with him to a new place and have a fresh start.

While doing this project, I was conscious about the things that make a project less daunting, and these are the 5 tips I wanted to share with you!

1. Listen to Your Piece

This first tip I think really applies to houses, but can also apply to furniture as well. In a house, we take clues from the architecture to guide us to different design choices. I think in some ways furniture does the same thing. Maybe this is me justifying laziness, but after a while it becomes clear how I want to refinish a piece. Whether it’s paint, stain, fun details, or new hardware.

With this project, I didn’t have the furniture in my house to stare at nonstop so it was a little trickier. Jake didn’t really know what his style was, or more accurately how to explain it. In order to figure out what would go best with the furniture we were redoing, I took cues from the other objects he has in his apartment. He likes clean lines, silver metals, doesn’t mind dark colors, and overall he’s drawn to a crisp look with some texture thrown in here and there.

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As you can see, both dressers have outdated hardware that doesn’t go along with Jake’s aesthetic. One of the first things we decided was to replace the hardware with matching hardware for both dressers.

The dressers are also obviously not part of a set and don’t even have anywhere close to the same style so I thought it made the most sense to paint them in different colors. I knew I wanted to use General Finishes so I sent Jake some ideas for paint colors and he decided seagull gray milk paint for the tall dresser, and midnight blue chalk style paint for the long dresser.

2. Use Sprayer Without Paint

After sanding the tall dresser I kind of hit a wall of oh crap how are we going to get all the dust out of these details? And then I was like oh! Canned air. And then I was like OH. I can just use my sprayer without paint to do the same thing.

I’ve never heard of anyone else doing this so maybe it’s just too obvious to blog about, but it was definitely an aha moment for me.

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3. Paint Consistency and Spraying Technique

I didn’t have any issues with the long dresser, likely because that is the second one we painted, but there were some flukes I ran into with the tall dresser painted with milk paint.

I have a HomeRight Finish Max HVLP sprayer and in the manual, it says to thin paint out so that it runs through the cup that comes with the sprayer in 25 to 40 seconds. I timed it and my paint was running through closer to 25 seconds, but I was ending up with drip marks.

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I didn’t troubleshoot all the possible issues, but I think it was because my paint seemed a little runny. It also could have been because I was applying too much paint at once and standing too close to the piece. These are some general rules I like to keep in mind when I’m spraying to avoid issues like this:

  • Make sure your paint is a good consistency
  • spray in even strokes, starting the spray away from the piece then moving across
  • Let go of the trigger after each spray to avoid moving too quickly and creating areas with too much paint
  • Don’t stand too close (or too far) from the piece. I generally stand about a foot or so away.

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4. Fixing Mistakes, Don’t Panic!

However, if you do mess up (like I did) don’t freak out! Whether it’s drip marks, accidentally touching the wet paint, or dirt in wet paint these are all fixable. In spots like the ledges of the drawer frames I wiped drips off because it wasn’t going to affect the finish, but in spots like the side of the dresser, I just left them to sand (gently) before doing another coat. It would also be beneficial to just tap the drip with your finger so you don’t have as much to sand out.

One of us also bumped the bottom corner but I left it that way because I didn’t want to put too much paint on one area and end up with even more drips. I think it’s just easier to apply more paint than have to sand it off and then apply more paint.

I didn’t get any dirt in the piece this time but that is a super easy fix. Just wait until the paint dries and knock it out with a dry cloth and it shouldn’t mess with the finish at all.

5. Work with a Friend!

Typically I do projects on my own at my own leisure unless I am frustrated and need help. In this case, I felt there was more of a time crunch with the big move coming really soon. I didn’t want the project to take any longer than necessary so Jake could focus on packing and making the transition to Chicago.

That being said, it was so much faster to have an extra set of hands throughout the entire process. It’s also great because you have someone else to blame if things go wrong. Just kidding… sort of. If you’re looking for a project to go smoothly and take less time, definitely enlist help.

The project start to finish took a weekend and I wasn’t completely drained by the end. We bought supplies Friday night and worked from about noon to seven on both Saturday and Sunday. So really we put in about 14 hours, maybe less, since I didn’t really account for eating. Although I don’t think we really had any down time for paint and wood filler to dry.

So there you have it! 5 easy tips to make painting simpler and hopefully to help you gain some motivation instead of putting a project off. Now what you’ve probably been waiting for… before and after photos!

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Have you ever tried any of these tips for painting furniture or have any other tips I didn’t mention? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

See You Around!

Lauren ❤

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How to Clean Up Your Yard When You Have no Idea Where to Start

One of the biggest issues I have had with this house is the exterior. Especially now that most of the big projects are done inside.  It seems like whenever we invite someone new over I always give the disclaimer of “I know the outside is a hideous mess but I promise the inside is completely different”.

First impressions are a huge deal and the curb appeal of this house is giving a seriously bad first impression. If future renters saw a listing of this house and all they saw was the exterior I have no doubt that would seriously limit the pool of potential tenants.

Some very generous photos of what the exterior looks like (taken in the summer)

This spring I want to get serious about bringing in some much-needed curb appeal (and I think I have probably said that before). But, the problem was I had no idea where to start because there are seriously SO many issues. I think this is a common problem a lot of people face, so I wanted to share my process for figuring out where to get started.

1. BRAIN DUMP

I originally was going to call this step a brainstorm but quickly changed that because I have been brainstorming ideas for like ever. Really this is a brain dump because I’m putting all the crap in my brain down on paper.

To do this step just think about all the issues that are going on, anything that you would like to accomplish, and just write it down. Write stuff down that you know you won’t get to until years later, and write stuff down that you don’t have a budget for yet. The goal here is just to get your thoughts down on the page so that you can start to realize what your overall vision is and set goals.

My yard is a yucky mess, but there are also costly cosmetic fixes that I would like to do. I just wrote everything down even though I know it might be a long shot to accomplish these things in the short term, or even at all since big changes have to have landlord approval.

When doing this step I also put various amounts of dollar signs next to certain items based on how much I guessed they would cost.

This is purely a guess on how expensive things are. I did not do any research at this phase on how much these things will actually cost, I will do that later. This just gives me an idea of when/if I will accomplish these projects and how big of a priority they are.

2. Recognize what is easiest to accomplish, and will make the most impact

After I dumped out all my ideas I starred the things that will have the most impact and those are the things that I will start with. There’s no point in thinking about painting the house to make it all pretty if there is a yard full of leaves and junk. For this spring I absolutely want to focus on:

  • Cleaning up the leaves and pine needles from the yard and all the “garden beds”
  • Getting rid of the junk in the yard by the garage, by the house, on the porch, etc.
  • Get the village to actually fix the driveway this spring. It’s a serious mud pit over here

3. Identify projects that should be done soon but aren’t huge eye sores

These are the kinds of things that are preventing you from adding all the pretty stuff to your yard, or things that are pretty much necessary but aren’t awful to look at. On my list these things include:

  • Make pallet compost bin
  • Kill moss
  • Wash outsides of windows
  • Plant grass seed
  • Power wash: house, porch, garage, and cement
  • Remove rock beds from South and East sides of house
  • Trim trees if needed

Most of the things on this list are pre-cursors to the tasks that I don’t have the budget for yet or need time to get to (the remaining things on the list)

4. Research, Planning, and Goal Setting.

This phase is somewhat ongoing and is really where you can get into either a loss of steam or seeing some real progress. Set specific goals that are realistic and have relative deadlines attached to them. This way you will know what to work on when, and you can manage your time between other projects.

Pinterest is what I use the most for research and planning. Once I have my general ideas down I start to look up specifics to see how I am going to do a project. You won’t need to do this for everything you have in mind but it’s helpful when taking on a big project or a project that requires learning a new skill.

One thing I found recently is an article on maintaining dirt roads and driveways. I won’t be able to accomplish it myself but I have a better idea of what the village should be doing to repair our driveway. Basically, the research and planning notes should be a more detailed explanation of the project. This is what my notes for the driveway look like:

This process is something I do for a lot of projects even when I somewhat have an idea of where to start, it doesn’t have to be just for your yard. I feel like this system helps me to make actual progress instead of constantly rethinking the first step and remembering all the projects I want to do.

What do you do to help you accomplish big projects? Let me know in the comments!

See You Around! (and have fun crossing stuff off your lists) 😀

Lauren ❤

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Spray Painted Counter Update – Almost 2 Years Later

I wanted to share a little update since it’s been almost 2 years and I still get several views on my post about how I updated my counter tops with spray paint!

I haven’t gotten any questions about how they’re holding up but I know when I was researching doing my counters that was a concern I had.

If you want to see what materials I used and the how-to for this project, check out this post.

If it tells you anything about how they’re holding up, I can’t believe it’s been almost 2 years since I did this project!

My biggest concern was next to the sink where we put our dishes to dry. We have a drying rack but most of the time all the dishes won’t fit in that so Chris lays a dish towel down and lays dishes on that. As you can imagine this gets a lot of moisture on the counters, and it discolors. I went back and added another layer of poly because I was concerned it was hurting the counter, but so far it hasn’t done any damage. (It still discolors when wet, but like only when it’s really wet).

We usually clean down the counters with a Clorox disinfecting wipe or just with a sponge and soap. At first I didn’t think that the Clorox wipes had any effect but I noticed a little bubbling of the poly when I took pictures to write this post.

The variation in color is from the textured spray paint. I’m not 100% sure that this is from using Clorox wipes but I’m pretty sure because I don’t really use them on either side of the sink and those areas don’t have any bubbling.

There’s also this area that looks a little gummy. I’m not really sure what it’s from but it’s not very noticeable and the only difference is that it’s not slippery smooth like the rest of the counter.

There’s also a tiny little scrape or two on the edge of the counter where the white is peaking through. I thought maybe it was a flake of white paint because that’s the case in other areas but I think this is a little ding. When I scratched at it though it didn’t make it any worse.

Overall though I’m really happy with how they’ve held up and I’m actually kind of surprised considering we’re probably not as gentle on them as I thought we should be.

Here’s a full picture of the counters now:

And here’s the before and after from when I originally did the project:

You might also notice that we have a tile backsplash and the upper cabinet doors are removed. If you want to read more about the backsplash check out this post about doing the tile, and this post about prepping the wall.

For the time this project takes, and the amount of money, I think it’s a perfect solution to fixing up counters before a complete overhaul and even a permanent solution for areas like a laundry room.

So there you have it! My counters are holding up great and I’m really glad I decided to spray paint them. My ongoing struggle now is to make our open cabinets look a little prettier.

See You Around!

Lauren ❤

Rustic Farmhouse Guest Bedroom Mood Board

This is the second post in the guest bedroom makeover series. If you missed the first post, check it out here.

I’m definitely a girl that appreciates an old house and some well-loved furniture. This room makeover has gotten me to be creative because the house is fairly new and the room is a completely blank slate. White walls, trim, wall to wall carpet, and doors.

One great thing about new houses with a relatively good start is that you don’t have to rip out all the crappy stuff before making it nice again. I love ripping stuff out almost as much as Chip Gaines (okay maybe not quite that much) but it’s so much easier to just start with picking a design.

My favorite features that were already in the room include:

  • French door closet
  • Sage green curtains
  • Comfy futon
  • Variety of pillows
  • Crisp white trim
  • Warm white carpet
  • Nickel hardware
  • Big window

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I want this room to be pretty neutral and relaxing but still crisp. I chose to go with a color scheme of greige, navy, sage, and white. The walls will be Sherwin Williams Versatile Gray, the bedspread will be navy, and I’m keeping the old curtains which are sage.

When my mom and I were rearranging (more about that in the next post) we found a Monet print behind the tall dresser and instantly started arguing about whether it would go in the guest bedroom or the master bedroom. She has a huge, beautifully framed, Monet in her room and the frame is what inspired her to pick Versatile Gray as the paint color. I argued that since she already has a Monet in that room she doesn’t need another. LOL.

I’m not sure if the painting pictured in the mood board below is the same as the one we found (I’m at home writing this post and only had a picture to go off of). But if it is, it goes so well with the color scheme I had picked out even before we found it.

 

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To shop these items on Polyvore click here or on the photo.

Since the room is so white right now, it definitely needs to be cozied up. One easy way to make a room feel lived in and cozy is through adding texture and pattern. So even if you did want an all white room, it could be cozied up with some texture.

I want to make a reclaimed wood sign (pallet or barn wood) for above the bed, and I already brought in the chair that I redid for my mom to add some pattern.

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They have some throw pillow inserts in the closet and if I feel crafty maybe I’ll make some fun covers for them.

Another easily interchangeable way to add texture is with throw blankets. I would love to get one of the blankets pictured from Target. They look so cozy!

One thing I like about these ideas for adding texture is that you can always change them whenever you get the urge to try a new design. There’s just something so refreshing about being able to swap out a few items and getting a completely different look.

What’s your favorite way to add warmth and texture to a room?

If you liked the mood board don’t forget to share it!

See You Around!

Lauren ❤

Home Away From Home – Guest Bedroom Makeover

Wow. So it’s been forever since I last posted. I finished my last semester of classes for undergrad in December and at the beginning of January, I started an internship. I graduate in May just to turn around and start my master’s in the fall! Phew.

All of the big changes and being so busy really took a toll on my mind and body, so blogging wasn’t really a top priority. I kept pushing without taking care of myself as much as I should have.

But now I’m feeling myself again and possibly on my way to being even better than before 😀

But back to the internship. If I drove from home it would be a 2-hour drive twice a week which means I would probably have to wake up at 6 am. Ew.

The good news is my mom and her boyfriend live 20 minutes away from my office. Jackpot. And in this crappy Michigan winter that makes life so much easier.

I’ve been staying in the guest room which they basically use as a giant storage closet.

This is pretty much the before picture. The bed was originally coming out of the corner on an angle and the stuff wasn’t shoved into the corner as much.

They have a really nice house and it just makes me sad seeing a room not living up to its potential.

And since I’ll be staying here until May I figured it would be a great way to (1) make it feel homier for me and (2) make it feel homier for the future guests.

Above is the product of my second step. Obviously, you can see there is less stuff shoved in the corner. I put a bunch of sleeping bags and pillows in a bag in the closet, some sheets and blankets in a few of the drawers in the long dresser (there’s a matching tall dresser behind the storage bins), and lastly, I shoved some more stuff under the bed.

Ideally, I would like to have my mom sort through the stuff with me and take what makes sense down to the basement and figure out better storage options for the rest.

I think the tall dresser would be better positioned in the hallway or even in the closet.

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My mom has some horse tack in here which might honestly be the best place for it for now. The other stuff though could definitely get moved out/around.

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In this picture, you can see I put my quilt on the bed because it made it feel homier for me. This will eventually get changed to go with the room design, and my mom even mentioned buying a new bed set for me. I also moved this lamp in here which was first in the living room, then my mom moved it into her office. So we’ll see if that’s permanent.

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I like the footboard but I don’t think it goes perfectly with the style I have in mind for the room. Maybe if I’m feeling motivated I will stain it a darker color.

Also, say hi to Louie. He’s such a cool cat and pretty much in love with me. Lol

The Plan

Besides all the organizing I already talked about, I also want to do some DIYing and decorating. So here’s the short list of what I want to do:

  1. Organize/Declutter all the stuff
  2. Paint the walls
  3. Figure out the best furniture positioning (bed, side table, tall dresser, bring in a chair?)
  4. Paint the side table and dressers
  5. Stain the bed?
  6. Get a new bed set
  7. Decorate with objects around the house/thrifted/new

In future posts I hope to update you on how the organizing goes as well as share with you a better idea of what I have in mind for the design. I get the feeling that my mom will be pretty open to my ideas so this should be a fun project for the next few months!

What are some amenities that make you feel more comfortable when you’re the guest, and what are some things that you try to do for guests in your home?

Thanks for reading and as always…

See You Around!

Lauren ❤

Labeling Frenzy – 5 Uses for VersaChalk Labels

It’s really a surprise that I didn’t start an organizing blog because I LOVE anything that has to do with organizing.

Recently, I purchased some labels and chalk markers from VersaChalk, mainly because I was looking for some labels for the set of baking containers I got at Goodwill. Let’s be real though, there is always a good reason to label the crap out of everything.

VersaChalk’s markers come in a set of classic colors which are more pastel, and neon colors. The classic colors come in a set of 10, and the neon colors come in a set of 8. Both colors have either fine tip or bold tip options. I decided on the neon set in fine tip.

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The labels come in round and vintage shapes, and I decided on the vintage shapes because they’re really cute. There are 7 different shapes, and each package comes with 6 sheets for a total of 42 labels. The best part is the labels are reusable, and according to the website – dishwasher safe (if only I had a dishwasher). Another cool thing is that the labels come with a white marker, so you don’t necessarily have to buy a whole pack of markers.

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1. Baking Containers

The first thing I labeled was the baking containers I mentioned. It takes a little bit to get the juices flowing from the marker, but once it’s going the markers write really well.

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I love having these jars because they definitely class up the open cabinets. The labels just add on to the class factor 😉 I think this is one of the most obvious uses for these labels since it’s a bit of a mystery what is in each container without a label.

2. Plastic Drawers

Another area that can always use some labels are bathroom drawers. I labeled all the drawers except for the bottom because it’s kind of a mish-mosh drawer of stuff. I also realized that I need to practice cute cursive writing, and being able to center it. LOL. But I do really like how the blue marker looks with the blue bathroom decor.

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Right now my drawers are a disaster and I definitely have too much stuff, but I just read The Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo. I’ve started the decluttering process and I’ll be getting to these drawers soon!

Along with my bathroom drawers, I also labeled the plastic drawers in my bedroom for socks, underwear, and bras. Not that these drawers really need labels because I’m the only one that needs to get stuff out of them, but it does look cute 🙂

3. Leftovers

Another way I think these labels will come in handy in our house is using them to label our leftover containers in the fridge. Basically, if we can’t tell what something is or how old it is, it doesn’t get eaten and sits in the fridge for months until it’s nasty and needs to be thrown out.

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Since the VersaChalk labels are easily removable just slap one on a Tupperware container when putting leftovers in the fridge and write what’s in the container, and the date it was prepared.

4. Kid’s Dresser or Toy Box

I’ve seen some things on Pinterest how labeling kids drawers with what goes in them is a really good way to help kids know what clothes go where. I think these labels would be perfect for this type of labeling because many of the labels are big enough to write or draw pictures if your child doesn’t read yet.

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The same idea can also be applied to toy boxes to help kids see where to put which toys in order to keep everything easily organized.

5. Linen Closet Bins

Lastly, I think these labels are really handy for labeling storage in the linen closet so it’s easier for yourself or guests to be able to locate extra items.

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I haven’t quite gotten to organizing in here yet either, but soon! I love how much the green marker matches these bins I got at the dollar store.

And just so you have a comparison of what all the colors look like, here is a shot of some horrible doodles. As basically every single one of my teachers said through school (and still say), “I’m not an artist”

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What needs labeling around your house? Can you think of any other creative uses for these fun labels?

P.S. I was not compensated for writing this post in any way. I bought the markers and labels with my own money and thought I’d give a review for anyone who is interested.

See You Around!

Lauren ❤

Garage Sale Frame to Cute Corkboard 

This is honestly one of those projects that took a turn because I got lazy. Originally, my roommate broke my full-size mirror a long while ago and I was trying to come up with a way to reuse the broken glass. I decided on making a mosaic and searched a while for just the right frame. Then I found this:

It was perfect for my original project because it was a sturdy frame with a solid backing to be able to lay the glass on. The first thing I did was sand it down a little and give it a coat of black spray paint.

I started laying the glass pieces (without glue), but this is as far as I got before giving up (or at least I told myself I would finish it later).

It was looking pretty cool, but it kept getting harder and harder to arrange the glass pieces so there wasn’t much space in between. I also decided when I was finished it was going to be really heavy.

So, instead I had Chris dump all the glass for me and I  pulled out a leftover cork roll and some fabric from the chair I refinished for my mom. I decided to make a corkboard for the office I keep dreaming about.

To begin I laid out the cork and measured the dimensions of the inside of the frame. I measured it out on the cork and drew the lines where I needed to cut.

After cutting I put the cork in the frame to check it was right before cutting the fabric.

To cut the fabric I just placed the cork on top and cut it leaving a little bit extra to fold over the edges of the cork.

My fabric was a little wrinkly, and we have very limited resources to fix that. Iron? Nope. Dryer? Nope. DIY de-wrinkle spray made with fabric softener? Definitely nope. So instead I tried the next closest thing to the dryer trick which was hanging my cut piece of fabric on the towel bar in the bathroom while I showered. Took the wrinkles right out! 🙂

To glue it together I used mod podge on the face of the cork and used my hot glue gun to glue the edges of the fabric to the back of the cork.

Then, to glue the cork to the frame I put hot glue all along the edges and an X through the middle. I had to do it quickly so the glue wouldn’t cool.

Quickly after I placed the corkboard, and tucked the edges into the frame.

And that was it! I plan on using it to “pin” ideas for inspiration and home makeover ideas. Like a little project board.

What do you use to corral your inspiration?

See You Around!

Lauren ❤