Saturday, August 10, 2013

DIY Dog Food Storage

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So about 11 months ago I saw the cutest pet food storage tins at HomeGoods. They were black metal tins with the words "Dog Food" and "Cat Food" on the front. They wanted $35 for each! As I sat there drooling and imagine how I could actually keep the food out without it looking like a sore spot in the house, I kept walking. No way was I going to spend that much on something that holds pet food.

About 7 months ago I came across an old tin at the base thrift store. I believe it may have been an old popcorn tin or something similar. They were asking $2! Heck yes I bought it!

Since then it has sat empty. I would look over at it at least once a month and think, "Man, I really should turn that into a dog food storage tin!" Well.... it finally happened! And after 11 months of pining over the silly thing---- it took me maybe 40 min. to complete the entire project!

Why didn't I do this sooner?!?! lol
For this project I used:
  • Black Semi-Gloss spray paint
  • Thrift store popcorn tin
  • Acrylic chalkboard paint
  • Foam brush
  • Chalk
  • Dog food

Here is my $2 in all it's former glory. I have it sitting on my welcome mat (upside down) since the bottom of it is black anyway. Yes, I'm lazy and didn't want to drag the kids back inside for me to get newspaper to put the tin on. The mat worked perfectly though. :)

To protect the handles I folded paper of them and taped the paper tight. Painters tape would also do the trick but we are out-- so I improvised. 

I think slowly and steadily coated the entire outside of the tin with the spray paint. Make sure to go slowly but keep moving. You don't want to stay in one spot for too long or you will get runs.
After the paint dried, I used a foam brush to apply a square of chalk board paint onto the front of the tin. After waiting an hour- I applied a second coat. 

Once the chalk board paint had finally cured, I took about 30 min. trying to write something on the side that didn't look like chicken scratch! I love the idea of chalk board paint on everything-- but hate my own handwriting. Vinyl is also a good idea if you want a more finished look to your tin. It's really a personal choice and would be equally as easy.

It turned out pretty cute and I'm so excited to not have to walk from the dining room (where we are currently keeping the dog bowls) to the garage to get the food. Convenience is my middle name! Or I wish it was! :)
Sorry I still don't have the post for the storage footstool! I promise-- I'll get it up. Everyone have a wonderful Sunday!



Tuesday, August 6, 2013

DIY Wall Art

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So one of the issues that I always have with base housing is the huge expanse of white walls. Yes, I am allowed to paint at this base (and trust me, I will be) but the paint options aren't that great and range from an array of beige. After looking at sale after sale of wall art options, I decided I simply wasn't rich (who would have guessed) and I needed to come up with another solution.

While visiting my dad over the summer I came across some old maps that he was going to throw out. With my husband being deployed I thought, "OMG, how cool would it be to be able to show my biggest where his daddy is?! And where all his grandparents live. OMG!" Yes--- I really do think like that. haha! Anyway, I took the map home with the intent of creating some wall art.

What I used for this project:

  • Old map of the world
  • 2 pieces of foam board
  • Mod Podge
  • Duct Tape
  • Command Strips or Hammer and Nails
First lay the foam board out side by side. I put duct tape on the seam to connect them. It will depend how large of a map that you have on whether you need more or less foam board. For my map- I needed 2.

Here we are getting all our supplies ready. You can see that I always have little helpers around. :)

I used a foam brush to apply a generous amount of Mod Podge to the foam board. Start in the corner and work your way out. I covered one side, applied the map, and then did the other. That way the paste wouldn't dry before I got the map down.

Carefully apply the map moving it slowly to get out any creases that may form as the paper adheres to the board.

Once you have applied the map to the board. Let it sit for at least 30 min. so the paste can completely dry.

You can then either attach command strips for hanging or use nails and a hammer to hang it on the wall. I chose to hang mine using a nail in each corner.

Pretty simple, don't you think?! I just love it! This is our front den... which I like to call "the boys' playroom." Of course they never actually play in it- but maybe one day they will. :)

So my next art piece was made by my little sister and I when I was out of town visiting family. I unfortunately didn't get any pictures of us making it but it is pretty simple. 

What I used for this project: 

  • Canvas panels (11 pcs)
  • Acrylic paints 
  • Foam brushes
  • Command Strips
  • Blow dryer

I found some 9x12 canvas panels on Craig's List for $14. It came in a package of 11. My first goal was to figure out how they would fit together to look like one big canvas. We laid it out leaving no space between each canvas.. and began making pretty careless designs. 

After we had filled in all the white from the canvas and let it dry. I added blobs of paint one at a time, tilted the canvas and used a blow dryer to get a run effect. I wanted it somewhat messy and careless since we are far from artists!

Once I got it home, I hung each canvas about an inch apart using command strips. Donzo!

I think it turned out pretty well for a cheaper alternative. What do you think?

Here it is again with a better view of it in the room. Once again- mess central and a little photo bomber!

Tip Tuesday!

Create multi-purpose storage solutions


As a mom of two spoiled boys-- we have toys and lots of them! My main goal is to make it look like we don't though. In the boys' playroom we keep car tracks in the drawer footstool and books in the side table! 

I created a cheap and fun side table using two plastic storage bins from Wal Mart. They were roughly $3 each and are made to stack! I used some left over fabric from our bar stool redo to cover the top to give it more of a tabletop illusion. So easy, cheap, and pretty cute!

Stay tuned tomorrow for a tutorial on how I made the drawer storage-footstool seen in the boys' playroom!

As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on today's post as well as see any projects you may be working on. If you end up using any of these ideas-- I would especially LOVE to see how they turn out! 


Monday, August 5, 2013

Easy Bar Stool Redo

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Hey guys!

So to kick off my being back on the blog, I thought I'd share with you my latest project. It was really the easiest that I've been doing and was an afterthought. I had some extra fabric from doing some other projects and thought I would put it to use on our bar stools.

I bought some used bar stools when we moved into our current house and realized we had a functioning island where we could have breakfast! I was super excited to find a set of 3 stools for a great price. The seats are a beige microfiber and were clean... but quite honestly just to blah.

Here are the stools before....................

Before you dare to move on... know that my house was a disaster when I did this project! I was letting my kids run the house so I could have some creative time!

Also... don't I just have the cutest photo-bomber ever back there?!?! Love him to pieces!

Ok.. you've been warned of the tornado that was my house... carry on.......

As you can see-- they are perfectly fine the way they are- but you know I love to spruce things up! 

What I used:
  • Fabric remnants
  • Staple gun
  • Scissors (ridiculous that it took me 3x's to spell that! lol)
  • Screw driver
So first- I turned the stool over on it's side so I could unscrew the seat from the base. It's super easy!

Next I put my fabric face down on the floor and put the seat on top of it. I cute the corners off the fabric to make upholstering a circle easier (so I thought.) It really didn't make a difference when I tried it without the corners cut. lol.

I then just slowly went around pinching the fabric in and stapling it to the base of the seat. Circles are trickier than squares so I just tried to keep it as smooth as possible.

Lastly- reassemble the seat to the base! It's that simple!

So as you can see--- I used two different fabrics. I LOVE the chevron fabric (seen above) but only had enough of a remnant for one of the stools. I redid the other 2 in the yellow fabric. I'm going to live with it for a while to see if I like it. I may end up going to get more chevron though since I know it'll be better at hiding kid stains anyway. We shall see! :)

Don't y'all be judging my messy kitchen! We just got home from being gone for two months and it was like a whirlwind bringing in all our bags, food, etc. I am slowly getting it back in order and will post updated pics of it nice and clean when I can (as if that's an easy feat with two kids and a deployed hubby!)

So what do y'all think of the new stools? Too bright and crazy? Should I make the yellow ones match the patterned? I can't decide if I'm a genius or if it's a decorating disaster! :)

Thanks, and as always--- I would love to see your projects as well! If you have a blog, please share it so I can follow you. If not.. I would always love emails as well. I may just feature your project!

OH.. and check back tomorrow for an two easy and cheap wall art ideas! 


Sunday, August 4, 2013


Hi everyone!

Just a quick post to let you all know that I will be blogging again! I'm going to be doing some updating to the blog as well as getting some posts ready to publish. Check back in the next day or so for all new material and an updated look. I've missed the blogging world and finally have time to redecorate and take on new projects around the house! I can't wait to share them with you!


Monday, November 21, 2011

Time to Say Goodbye---for Now!

 Hey all!

My gosh it's been forever since I've posted! Things just got busy and never slowed down. We have recently moved (again) and are loving our new house. It's a rental but is gorgeous. I have been so busy getting ready for Thanksgiving, however, that I don't even have stuff hung up yet! Disgraceful--I know!

Anyway, I have decided I'm going to shut this blog down since I never update it. I have followed my dream of becoming a photographer though so have been working on that for a few months now. I am going to be opening up a blog displaying my work and will probably stray off somedays to other topics.. such as home decor, etc.

I had a blast 'following' you all and plan to try to find you again with my new blog, I'd love if you'd do the same!

My photography business is called: Jordy-Ann Photography and can be found on Facebook as well as the blog I am about to open. Here is my website as well:

Thanks again and I hope to be inspired by you all once I have time to blog my day away! :)

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Monday, March 14, 2011

New items in my shop

Hola my peeps... If I still have any peeps! lol. I have been so busy lately that I haven't been able to get on here and update. I have been thinking of you though blogworld!

So my husband has officially deployed-boo! I am staying with my parents for the first month though to help adjust... and I just was ready for a trip home to see my old friends still around as well. :)

Well, my shop on Etsy has been consuming my every minute that I'm not busy being a mommy- I LOVE IT!

Here are some of my newest items:

Refrigerator magnets:

Goat's milk soap:

Birthday Party hats (banners coming soon)

Soy candles

Chenille blankets

Reusable sandwhich and snack bags

Nap Mats

See, I've been a busy busy bee! :)
I haven't had much chance to check out everyone elses blogs lately and miss seeing all the neat home projects.. hopefully I'll be joining the club and working on my house again soon!

Adios and thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

What I've been doing

Wow it's been forever!!! How is everyone? I thank all of you who still came to check out my page even though I have been gone and to my new followers! I was so happy to log on and find out I have 4 new followers!! 

Things have been pretty dang busy around here but in a good way. My hubby was scheduled to leave the country the beginning of the week but plans got changed to a later date--so he has been on a mini vacation here at home! It has been so nice to have him around but as a result-I have not accomplished much at all. :)

The only thing I have really been doing are orders from my Etsy shop. Since I have nothing much else to share with you-I'd love to show them off some.

 My shop consists of a jumble of items including baby bibs, burp cloths, changing pads, diaper and wipes holders, crayon rolls, decorative wall letters, camera strap covers, Kindle cases,  and appliqued clothing.

Here are the appliques I've been working on-so much fun!!

Oscar the Octopus

I had to show off my little model :)

"Little Man" Suit

Personalized Butterflies

Personalized Ladybug

Shooting to the Stars

So that's it :)

I really do have some fun painting projects that I just can't wait to do and share.. I will need advice first however.

I hope you all are doing well and I hope to be back into the blogging world on a regular basis in about 2 weeks.


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