August 15, 2014

Simple DIY: Industrial Media Console / Bookshelf


I'm one step closer to finishing Aiden's bedroom. A few weeks ago I shared my ideas and an inspiration board here. I'm going for a bit of an industrial look by bringing in a ceiling light, nightstand and desk chair that has a rugged, silver look. Sad to admit, but my boy is growing up…and his room needs to reflect that. 

Anyway, progress has been made since I last posted about his room and a few items I ordered have arrived. I was searching for a great media console type shelf for his room, but wasn't finding one I loved….and if I did, it was too much $$$. 

Soooooo, in that case…why not build one?! And I found the perfect inspiration shelf from Ana White! All I did was adjust her idea to fit my preference. 

You guys, this was seriously so easy to make. And it could work in a lot of places around your house, not just a bedroom - think kitchen, garage, or a bathroom. 

Your supply list:
* 2 x 12 (4 pieces @ 36" each)
* aluminum angle (4 pieces)
* 4 casters
* 1 1/2" self tapping screws (for attaching angle to wood)
* 1 1/4" standard screws (for attaching casters)
* stain, brush and rag
* driver, drill, sander

All of my supplies were grabbed at Home Depot and they also did my wood cuts since I don't own a saw (yet!). 

I started by sanding each piece of wood…

I own a Ryobi Corner Cat sander. It's awesome and saves a lot of time...

You can see here why sanding is an important part of the process...


Once everything is sanded, stain your wood. I had a can of Dark Walnut that I've been using on other projects, so I just used that. I first applied a couple coats with a brush…

Then I wiped it off with a rag to lessen the intensity…

Make sure you work in a well-ventilated area because stain has a strong odor.

Once all of my wood was stained, I set it aside to dry…

I allowed my wood to dry in the garage for 24+ hours. The next day I used my jig saw to cut the aluminum angle at 36" each. The angle I chose was chunkier than Ana's…

I wanted a bulkier look for his room. And I was adding a 4th shelf so I wanted to be certain the angle would hold it all together. My jig saw, with a blade for cutting metal, easily cut through the angle…


Then I used my driver to stagger holes where the screws would be…


Staggering the holes like this allows the screws to go in without touching each other...

Make sure your bit is made for metal...

Done!…

Now it was time to assemble. Before I start this process I throw on a little apron…only $.75 and so handy!…

This ensures I have everything I need and don't run off, leaving my drill out around the kids...

Self-tapping screws are awesome and add more to the industrial look of this shelf…

All you need to screw these in is to know which size bit you need for the screw. See on that label above where it says "5/16 HEX"? Just find your 5/16 in your box…

They are all labeled, which makes it easy. Mine are black and it was hard to photograph where they are labeled, but this is the right one!...



We're ready!



You can see I started with 3 shelves, but then added the 4th after more thought...


With the shelf assembled, I flipped it over to add the casters...

How cute (I mean cool) are these?!...


All done!...

I couldn't wait to roll it into Aiden's room and get it all set up! This old bookshelf wasn't working well in here…

Don't worry, it found a new home in little bro's room…and is working much better in there!

But here is the shelf in its new home!…


I loooooove this!!!!

So many reasons this is going to work better for him / us…

1. His collection of books is smaller now that he's into chapter books and not picture books. One shelf is really all he needs. And he'll have his desk as well as his nightstand for more.

2. He has a random collection of small items that ended up all over his room, so the baskets will help contain that clutter.

3. He has an xbox in here, and now there is a spot for those components.

What will change….his tv will be mounted and the cord clutter will go away soon.




If you have been itching to try your hand at building something, this shelf was so easy and is a great beginner project. What I love most about building things is that I can make it the way I want for a specific space. And you save a lot of money! This shelf was maybe $45!

Go build something and have a great weekend!!

(I linked up with Tatertots & Jello)

August 13, 2014

Simply Organized Commercial Debut + A Giveaway!

Hey there, my fellow org-loving peeps! Something fun to share today!

Let me start by saying I am NOT an "in front of the camera" kinda gal. Unless you've seen my silly instagram videos….in which I gladly make fun of myself. But get me chatting about organizing or a cool organization product and this arm could possibly be twisted. Mainly because it's easy for me to deflect off myself and talk about a topic I'm passionate about.

A few months ago, Elmer's contacted me about their new product called Freestyle. They asked me, along with a few other bloggers you may recognize, to try out the product (secretly) and share our experiences on video. They didn't guarantee me a spot in their advertisements, which was totally fine by me. I was just thrilled they reached out and I love trying new products that could potentially help the organizationally-challenged friends in my life.

This morning I found out they did choose my footage and sent over these a clips to share with you guys! Have a look...





Those two are the short overview type advertisements, but if you want to reeeeeeeeeally see how bad I am in front of a camera versatile this great product is, here is how I used it throughout my house…



Now that the awkward part of this blog post is over (ugh!), let me share a little more about Freestyle.

Freestyle gives you the flexibility to create organization systems designed around your specific needs. It doesn't require glue so it won't leave a sticky residue. You can reposition the organizers over and over again meaning there is no damage to walls or surfaces.

You can find out all the information about Freestyle right here. On their beautiful site you can also see additional videos, FAQs, Elmer's entire line and where to find it!



But because I love you guys so much, I'm giving away some Freestyle to you. Shipped direct from me! ;-)


One reader is going to win 2 packs of Repositionable Stick 'ems and 2 Repositionable Hooks. Yay! As usual, entry into the giveaway is super easy - no jumping through hoops. Enter one way or enter every way to up your chances of winning.

Good luck!

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August 8, 2014

First Day of School Teacher Gift - Mini Calendar / Planner


While us parents are gearing up for back to school, don't forget our beloved teachers are doing the same. Make that our "beloved-hard working-under paid-passionate about education-lovers of our children" are getting ready for back to school. They are busy this month setting up classrooms. By the time our kids arrive that first day, teachers have already been busy for weeks creating that fun place our children will learn in each day.

I know most of us appreciate our teachers at some point during the school year during teacher appreciation week, then during a holiday, and finally at the end of the year when we say our sad good-bye's. But why not get the year started right by giving a teacher appreciation gift on the first day?!

And you know me - our gift has an organization theme. I know, you just fell off your chair.

This was an easy gift to assemble and the kids can't wait to gift their teachers on day 1! To create this cute calendar / planner, I used a few items from the Avery line; their small 5.5" x 8.5" binder with matching inserts...

This binder is great for a teacher to leave out on the desk or tuck away because it's smaller than your average binder...

And I love that light blue color!

To create the binder cover, I headed straight to pinterest. Not creative? Don't worry! So many talented peeps share their creations with us online and for FREE. I found this printable, cut it down to size, and adhered it to a backing paper with some cute washi tape...

Then I slid it into the binder cover...

Easy. And cute!


I know you're nosy and want to see the inside, right? ;-)

In the front binder pocket, I tucked in a few (free!) weekly action sheets...

I added a calendar that has both a monthly and weekly breakdown...

Added lots of note paper...

And I left a few sections empty for him / her to personalize...

In the back I added pocket files and extra note paper is tucked into the back cover pocket...

With the binder assembled, I called it a wrap with another free adorable printable...

Trimmed one down to size...

Punched a hole in the tag and secured it around the binder with twine...

You can see I also tucked some fun kids labels on top. I love this!...

And I hope our teachers love it too!

It's Friday!! Hey, did you enter that giveaway I mentioned on Monday? ;-) Entry ends tomorrow, so don't miss your chance to win these great items plus a $50 MasterCard gift card!…