7.26.2012

Organizing: Kitchen Pantry with Shelving

I've been putting off this little update for months, years even, but in one of those I have to do this, I don't care that I'm in my pajamas all day moments, I tackled it.
I completely organized my pantry. I already had some shelving in there, but I had tons of wasted space.
Here's the before picture.  While I had lots of handy organizers like the turntables and can shelves, it was still sort of a mess.  See all that space above the ketchup on the top shelf? Prime real estate.
I had the white shelving laying around in the basement, but they were too wide for the closet. Hubs helped me cut them down on the table saw and install the tracks.  Instant gratification.  I started going through all the canned goods and every single thing that was in the closet.  Out to the garbage went expired items and anything that was unopened, but something I knew we wouldn't use, was donated.
I had a case of the Ball Mason jars in the basement and decided to use them to my benefit of creating a visually pleasing pantry.  All of my dry beans, nuts, snack type stuff went into the large jars.  The smaller jars have baking essentials like baking soda, etc.  I bought the larger glass jars at Target for my pasta noodles.

 The turntables were reused, but I purchased most of them at Target or Bed Bath and Beyond.  The clear box was from Target and it neatly keeps my lasagna, spaghetti noodles and rice in one spot.
 This little wire pocket was from Lowe's and it keeps my salad dressing mix, flavor packets and dry soups in a neat little place.
 Ball has these new labels that easily come off.  I picked up some and used them to label my glass jars.  No there is absolutely no question what is inside.

 These wire bins were from Walmart and were in the pantry before, but they were always flowing over.  Now this is a spot for bread and crackers and we know just where to go for them.
 Overflow water and drinks was put into a tote that can be brought over to the fridge.  Paper towels and napkins now have a home.  The white stackable bins were from Walmart and are back in use for my garbage bags, potatoes, onions and overflow baking supply.  The fire extinguisher is within easy reach now.
Tell me how you keep your food organized in your kitchen!  I can't believe how much room I gained in my other cabinets just by organizing this one space. 

Linking Up: Tatertots and Jello

7.19.2012

Sewing: Painted Craft Stool with Fabric Cover

Happy July!  I've been sporting a two week vacation and loving life.  I've tackled some projects along the way and this is one of my favorites.  I needed a stool in my sewing/craft room and really, really wanted one of those trendy metal ones, but couldn't muster up the will to spend the $.  Check out how I transformed a $15 dollar bar stool from Target into my cute little tooshie seat.
I spied this barstool online at Target and found out they had it locally for $15 bucks.  I wasn't all that fond of it because it was rather boring and it was a little tall for the table in the room.  I decided to hack off about an inch.  I was a little nervous because the bottom feet were slightly beveled.
 I marked off an inch with some painter's tape and used a hand saw.  I probably could have used a jig saw, but to be honest, I was scared these little legs would get all chewed up with it.
 A light sanding and a coat of grey primer got this little beauty ready.
 I gave the legs a coat of Sun Yellow.  I did really light coats, but do you know the darn thing was still a little tacky 4 days later? I think because it's been so darn hot.  Good enough.
 I purchased some new fabric from Fabric.com.  It's a Premier Print called Rio in Sunshine/Natural Color.  (You can spy my new ironing table, which I'll tell you able later.)  I cut out a circle by tracing the seat and added half an inch all the way around.  I also cut a band about two and half inches wide to fit around the seat.  I ironed and pined the pieces together.  I used about a quarter inch seam allowance and tested it for fit.


 I then cut about a four inch wide band that I folded in half and ironed.  I pleated this about every three inches, pined it to the bottom of the cover and sewed together.



 I needed to add a little batting to cushion the cover and also keep the cover tight.  I cut out two layers of batting about two inches wider than the stool.  I went back and added two more layers.  To secure, I pulled tight and put in four staples rather than using spray adhesive.
 Here's the finished product.  For a split second I thought maybe I should have also used piping, but I think it may have added a little bulk to the seams and poofed it out a little much.  I'm a sucker for piping so we'll see.  Maybe I'll change my mind.  For now, I love the little seat with it's fun fabric and paint!

7.04.2012

Spray Paint: Fixing Up The Trash Can

Hope you all had a great 4th of July.  We spent time with family doing some eating, swimming and relaxing.  It's still hot, hot, hot here in NJ, but I managed to fit in a quick fix and busted out the spray paint.  Old Yellow again.

I've been cleaning out closets and sprucing up my office/craft/sewing room.  I was knee deep in trash, but I cleared it out and dumped it.  I thought it was time to change the trash can from boring black to a fun color.  Hello Yellow.  Love this.  I applied 5-6 very light coats one right after another and instant change.  Bam.  Pow.  Boom.  Happy 4th!

7.02.2012

Bifold Door Makeover

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  We enjoyed some big band music and fireworks at our local lake.  It's been HOT!!! and the bugs are out in full force but I just love this time of year.

Here's a sneak peek at a little project I've been working on for the pool house.
I took old, bifold doors that have been sitting around in our garage/basement/attic/shed for-ev-er (they tend to move around looking for an out of way place) and gave them a coat of shiny turquoise, blue spray paint.
I'll share the details soon.  Back on the DIY spray paint bandwagon.
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