Planning Lily’s Big Girl Room

Part of prepping for baby number two is turning Lily’s nursery into a toddler or big girl room. Baby number two will be using the crib Lily sleeps in now, so we thought it would be easier to start the transition to a toddler bed now prior to sleepless nights with a newborn. The baby will sleep in our room in a bassinet for awhile, but with Mike travelling for work coupled with the inevitable extreme exhaustion that comes with a newborn…worrying about sleep training Lily in a new bed on top of that would just be insane! So this week is all about changing Lily’s room! (Check out posts on her nursery here and here)

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While pregnant with Lily I was on a total girly girl kick…and ended up painting her entire nursery a pale pink (called “cotton candy” by Benjamin Moore). After a while the in your face color started to give me the itch to re-paint it, so I’m thrilled this week it’s going bye bye! We purchased a large rug for her nursery after Lily turned one and we saw that our new carpet was beginning to show wear in the area by her changing table. The rug is from Pottery Barn Kids- for my friends that know me this is no surprise…most of my house hails from that store- and it’s called the Camille Butterfly rug (no longer available). It is a large grey soft wool rug with purple, pink and cream butterflies that hug the edge. Using that grey rug along with Pottery Barn kid’s online pictures of their rooms we opted to go grey for wall colors and use lavender for her big girl bed.

toddlerroominspiration To start off we are changing the color like I said from pink to a pale grey. After several samples of various grays we settled on seashell gray by Valspar from Lowe’s. I attempted the darker grey like the inspiration from Pottery Barn Kids, but it just didn’t work out for us. Lily is a vampire and only likes to sleep in pitch black conditions, so we have her window blacked out. Instead of purchasing drapes lined with black out material, I purchased a blackout shade from Walmart. I cut it to fit the window and adhered it to the glass with blue putty. Since the blackout screen is taped to the window it stays pretty dark in there unless her overhead light is on. We choose a paler grey paint so her room wouldn’t feel like a total cave! I found the color to show you (below), but it looks too beige…so if you Google the color and click on images to see examples from around the web you will get a better picture of the new paint color.

toddlerroonpaint We decided to upgrade the crib to a twin instead of a larger bed because I wanted to keep more space in her room for playing. I fell in love with the Lewis headboard from Pottery Barn Kids and the slipcover and bed skirt will be in lavender. For her bedding I choose the Tory Quilt, also from Pottery Barn Kids. Lily already has PBK’s anywhere chair so we bought a new slipcover in lavender. We are getting rid of the tall white Ikea bookshelf and got PBK’s Cameron 3-shelf bookshelf in simply white. Lily can’t reach the top shelves so I opted for a shorter bookcase for the new room. I am going to hang white bookshelves on the wall at toddler height to make it convenient for her. I purchased some hanging shelves from PBK, but I’m not sure if I’m keeping them for Lily or placing them in the new baby’s room…jury is out. And my last purchase was just swapping out her pink lamp shade for this cute gathered bow shade in lavender from PBK.toddlerroomaddiotionsI will post picks once the room is completed…but wish me luck with the toddler bed transition!!!

 
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DIY Chalkboard Tags or Signs

DIYchalktagstitleThis project was so simple it’s silly. For Lily’s second birthday I wanted small chalkboard signs for the food and drink stations. I loved the way these DIY chalkboard tags or signs turned out that I found several other ways I could use them…making them a cheap, simple and re-usable object (awesome!).

DIYchalktagsJoann had the wood pieces I used for dirt cheap. The large circle wood ornaments were $.79 each and the 12 piece bag of wood tags were only $1.00! I have tons of chalk paint still left over, but I decided to pick up a can of spray paint to try it out ($7.99 at Michael’s). Since these pieces are so small using spray paint made this project even easier with little cleanup (no washing a paint brush!). Just lay out a plastic tarp or use a large trash bag and lay your wooden tags on top. Shake your chalk spray paint can hard for about a minute and then give the wood pieces a good spray. I allowed two hours for dry time before I gave it another spray and followed it up with another coat after allowing it to dry again. I LOVED using the spray chalk paint since it was quick and easy. I would suggest you use a clip on spray paint gun (super cheap) or a plastic glove. I got a little paint on my finger and when I went to clean my hands, the paint got under my nail making it super hard to get off (and dirty nails gross me out!). Using these as signs I only pained one side…so that was it. So simple it’s SILLY!

diychalksignsdrinksI used chalk pens to label the signs at Lily’s party. Chalk pens make any handwriting look 10x better….trust me…mine usually looks like chicken scratch! To hang the chalkboard sings I used twine found at Joann or Michael’s.

diychalktagskidsdrinkI wrapped a few tags around the mason jar flower vases and added a “2″ for her second birthday.

diychalktagsflowersI tied a few on to her presents just for show…two year old’s can’t read and it was for my child so I know who the gift came from….I did it just to make it cuter! I really liked this idea for gifts as the chalk signs are blank and you can write anything on them…happy birthday, congrats, welcome home, Merry Christmas etc etc. Plus if you are using them for gifts for your own family you can re-use them again for another gift! AND if your gifting it to somebody they have the opportunity to re-use it! With 12 pieces for a $1.00 it’s cheap, simple and a cute add on to any gift! I think they are way cuter than those holiday stickers you fill in for Christmas presents too!

DIYchalktagscolorIn our kitchen we have a class container with our coffee grinds that has a chalkboard label painted onto the side. I used one of the tags to label the Borax in our laundry room in lieu of painting the actual container…again so simple it’s silly.

These signs can be used for anything. They can be wiped cleaned and used again. They are cheap and so easy to make. This is my kind of DIY project!!

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DIY Outdoor Chalkboard

Keep the chalk mess in the backyard w/ this DIY outdoor chalkboard. Make it fancy with gold borders (spray paint). Screw on some brass hooks and hang $1 tin pails to hold the chalk and eraser! I’m back with another DIY post using the famous chalk paint. I actually worked on several projects using chalk paint for Lily’s birthday party this Saturday, but I will save those for next week!

Having a wall devoted to chalk doodles and ‘to do lists’ are all over Pinterest. I haven’t decided to fully commit to doing this inside my house…so that’s why I made a huge one for the backyard. Lily is a crayon lover at the moment so not knowing if she would use a chalk wall inside, the outdoor chalkboard will be our training wheels I guess.

We had a majority of the materials for this project making this very cheap, which always makes me smile (and Mike!). Here’s what you need:

Wood board (found at Lowes or Home Depot, you can buy pre-cut or cut to the size you want)
Sandpaper
Small towel
Primer (I purchased Primer & Seal 1 2 3 from Ace for $7.98)
Chalk Paint
Foam roller & paint tray
Gold spray paint
Pencil
Yardstick
Painter’s tape
Paint tarp
Plastic garbage bag
Brass cuphooks ($2.49 at Ace)
Tin pails
Chalk & eraser

I had a large piece of wood leftover from my DIY laundry room shelf just taking up space in my garage. To smooth the surface I used my mom’s sanding machine and then wiped all the dust off the board with a small towel. I sprayed a coat of primer to make the surface as smooth as I could.

Keep the chalk mess in the backyard w/ this DIY outdoor chalkboard.To keep the remaining painting as clean as I could I laid out a large tarp under the wood board (you can keep it classy using flip flops and a dog bowl as weights!). I primed the board in the front yard standing up against a tree. To prevent drips with the chalkboard I would recommend laying it flat. I used a small foam roller (that I found at Target’s dollar section months ago) and applied three coats of the chalk paint (check with your chalk paint for wait times between each coat- I allowed 4 hours). My chalk paint instructed a minimum of two coats and I added one more for better results.

Keep the chalk mess in the backyard w/ this DIY outdoor chalkboard.Using a yardstick and a pencil I outlined a two inch boarder for all four sides. I applied painter’s tape to seal the boarder (make sure you press the tape good to seal). I taped two garbage bags down to protect the middle of the board before I spray painted a gold boarder. I just wanted to make it pretty!

Keep the chalk mess in the backyard w/ this DIY outdoor chalkboard. Once it was dry and the tape and garbage bags were removed we screwed on the brass hooks (went with brass to match the gold boarder). Mike and I stood the board up to screw in the hooks. Warning: when you start to twist the hooks into the wood it will seem like it isn’t going in. It almost appeared that the hook was ruining the wood, but we kept applying pressure and the hooks eventually screwed all the way in (phew). The chalkboard is laying against the house in a corner on the patio and doesn’t required to be hung because it is supported by two walls (saved money & my sanity with this). We had two small galvanized pails in our garage that were found in Target’s dollar section. One pail holds Lily’s chalk and the other one holds an eraser.

Keep the chalk mess in the backyard w/ this DIY outdoor chalkboard.We got tons of giggles from Lily when we unveiled her fancy outdoor chalkboard. She created some toddler doodles and then had a field day with the eraser. Crayons don’t have erasers so making your doodle disappear was like magic to this kid. The chalkboard sits under our patio and under our outdoor fans, so the shade and breeze from the fans makes it a bearable outdoor activity for both Lily and her parents!

Keep the chalk mess in the backyard w/ this DIY outdoor chalkboard.
Total cost: $10.47 (only needed to buy the primer and brass hooks!)

Keep the chalk mess in the backyard w/ this DIY outdoor chalkboard.

 
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  1. kelsey commented:
    June 20, 2013 Reply

    Lily looks like such a big (2 year old) girl in these photos! Love this DIY for it’s cost-effectiveness and simplicity both in appearance and creation. Nice job Amy!!

    • Amy Romano commented:
      June 21, 2013 Reply

      Thanks Kelsey! Putting it to use at the party too! See you tomorrow xo

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Loving Bloglovin’ and Why You Should Too!

blogloovtitleHey folks a little reminder for all you Google Readers…on July first you’re going to say adios to it! Yep as part of Google’s ‘spring cleaning’ they are pouring more time into fewer products. But don’t frete…there are other options for you.

For those of you that are scratching your forehead, Google Reader was a way to save all of your favorite blogs (like Lily & Bliss!) to one location. When a blog has a new post that feeds into the reader. This way you can stay up to date on all your favorite blogs.

Have you ever just stumbled upon a new blog and liked the current post…you thought I want to continue this…then life happens (dog needs to pee or your kid needs a diaper change) and that really cool blog’s name has vanished from your memory…if you’re a mother this happens all the time with blog titles, grocery lists and important to dos! Well using a reader allows you to quickly add the new blog so when “mommy brain” switches in gear the readers will remember for you!

Google reader is gonzo on July first so if you are a user….don’t wait, sign up with other options so you can transfer all your blogs now! Two options are Feedly or Bloglovin’. I personally found Bloglovin’ to be easier to navigate so let me show you what I love (btw Feedly has some of the same attributes but I was drawn to Bloglovin’ visually and for it’s easy use).

It is so easy to add blogs to Bloglovin’. If you have a Google Reader and want to transfer all your favorite blogs to Bloglovin’ click here for the simple steps! You can do a quick search for your blog, or you can hover over “top blogs” and pick a category to view other blogs.

Bloglovin’ works on your computer, iPhone, Android and iPad.

You will receive an email with your daily feeds from Bloglovin’ all in ONE email. So you can cut down emails!

bloglovincategoriesYou can create your own categories and organize your blogs (this made me giddy!). For example you can create the following categories: Foodie, DIY and Baby. You then can add Young House Love to DIY, Skinny Taste to Foodie and on and on. That way if your only feeling the mood to read about kitchen remodels you can read just the DIY blogs.

You have the option to “like” posts and Bloglovin’ will save them under all the other “liked” posts for you to read again whenever you feel like it!bloglovinmain

Bloglovin’ allows you to comment on the blog directly from their feeder.

You can quickly skim over a new post from one blog and if you want to read it later you can mark it as “unread” so it stays in the que with all unread posts.

bloglovinbarWhen you click on a new post from a blog it will appear as if you are going straight to their site. You will notice at the top of the page will be a Bloglovin’ bar that will allow you to post to Facebook, Tweet or Pin whatever you liked about that particular post. There is also a drop down box that lists all the other blogs you follow that you can skip to from that page or just click the “newer” “older” and “liked” posts to continue your blog reading.

Pretty easy ain’t it! So if you’re looking for a new reader for all your favorite blogs or you’re a newbie to the reader realm and just discovered how easier it will make your life than hop on over to Bloglovin’ and get started! You can click on the logo below to add me to your reading list!

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  1. Lyndsey commented:
    June 18, 2013 Reply

    Thank you for the help with bloglovin’!! It was really helpful.
    Have a great day! :)

    • Amy Romano commented:
      June 20, 2013 Reply

      No problem Lyndsey! I’m glad it was helpful!

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Splurge or Save: Outdoor Drapes

splurge vs save (and a middle of the road option) for outdoor drapes. Get your patios ready for the summer!Oh the stomach bug has been circulating and it finally hit our home me. I’m so lucky that my mom lives so close because she was able to drop everything and come over to watch Lily for the day. A HUGE thank you to my momma!!!

So on to the post…the warm weather is upon us and for Floridians we won’t have a cold day for a loooooong time. Having a comfortable backyard is pretty important since we will be spending a majority of our summer out there.

Table and chairs…check. Sandbox & water play area for the toddler…check. Flowers and herbs planted…check. Pool gate…check. Pool noodles and other toddler toys for the water…check.

We have already starting taking advantage of the 80 degree weather with evening family pool time. The pool is still a bit chilly, but with the humidity it’s very refreshing. Monday evening when the stomach bug hit me the last thing I wanted was to be out in the heat. Lily was going to enter a full out tantrum if I didn’t go out, so I dipped my toes and just cradled my head in my arms while Mike took her swimming. One of my favorite items in my backyard are the long white grommet drapes that give us some privacy from our neighbor. I found some cheap ones from JCPenny, but with the rain and humidity mold got on the drapes and I could not get it out. Sadly those drapes were discontinued and after web searching I found ones at West Elm that were pretty cheap for a 108″ drape.

Today I bring you a splurge vs save for any of y’all thinking of putting up drapes to spruce up the patio or create some privacy for the summer time! Splurge is Pottery Barn and the save option hails from World Market. I’ve included links to West Elm for a in between option and because I love mine so much!

Slurge: Pottery Barn’s Outdoor Grommet Drape
50” x 84” $59
50” x 96” $69
50” x  108” $79

Save: World Market’s White Escape Grommet Top Curtain
50” x 84” $29.99
50” x 96” $34.99
50” x 108” $39.99

Middle: West Elm Solid Outdoor Drape in white
48” x 84” $49 (on sale now for $39)
48” x 96” $54 (on sale now for $43)
48” x 108” $59 (on sale now for $47)

splurge vs save outdoor drapes in stripeAnd in case you like the popular stripe, both stores have options for you!

Splurge: Pottery Barn’s Classic Stripe grommet drape in tumbleweed  50”x90” $99.

Save: World Market’s Khaki Striped Escape Grommet Top Curtain  50” x 90” $39.99

So Splurge or Save or the middle option!?!

 
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Getting Dirty

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As a first time mom it took some time to get comfortable with the mess of having a child…and I’m still adjusting to it. I set up rules in my head, prior to birth, that because I like to stay clean I won’t have any problems keeping my kid clean too. My diaper bag would stay organized. My car would not turn into those mom cars with smashed food in the carpet. My kid’s appearance would be tidy. And my house would remain clean and organized.

But then I had that epiphany that setting rules for myself was the greatest parenting advice I never received. And this rule about keeping my diaper bag, car, house and my kid clean 24/7 is just plain silly.

First the diaper bag…HA HA HA. Once your kid hits the stage of puffs and cheerios you will have crushed “snacks” in every nook & cranny of that diaper bag. I have lost track of the amount of times I’ve had to remove everything and just dump my bag over the kitchen sink while pieces of Goldfish, Cheerios and graham crackers poured out. Reminder: make sure you take out everything and look in those side pockets…my keys fell out into the cereal bowl once. Awesome. And if you think that’s bad….well say toot-a-loo to that clean car…or at least the back seat!

kidsdirtyThe house….let the laughs continue. With a newborn it was just the regular house cleaning that would fall to the wayside once in a while. This momma took a snooze with the baby, so cleaning during naptime just didn’t happen. Baby toys start appearing, then books and more and more continue to just appear as your child grows. I found some pretty cool baskets to hold those toys, but it still looks (and still does!) like organized chaos. Then there are the toddler toys. I have a flipping trampoline in my living room at the moment….talk about an eyesore. But I don’t care…it keeps her busy and tires her out for bedtime.

Of course I try and stay on top of keeping my house, diaper bag and that backseat. I might get two great days of a clean house….but then snack time rolls around and the smashed Goldfish crackers seem to be everywhere. On pillows, the rug, couch, trampoline, her toddler chair and somehow the dog will have some on his back.

kidsdirty2With a kid comes a mess. But what a beautiful mess. Some of my most favorite memories have been letting Lily loose to get as dirty as it is humanly possible. The smiles are so worth it….and a bath (maybe even two) will get your kid back to being clean. I’ve learned to not fight the mess. Let it happen and just enjoy the messy moments.

kidsgettingdirtyLike in my backyard. All Lily wanted to do was dig in my herbs and flower pots, leaving a trail of black soil all over the pavers. While she would scoop and pour the dirt I would be busy cleaning up the last mess she made. She would move on to her sandbox and I would start to sweep up the soil, only to have her come back five minutes later to scoop and pour the soil again. So I gave up, pulled up a chair, grabbed my camera and started to enjoy the moment instead of freaking over the mess. There are bigger problems to worry about then your kid’s dress getting filthy. As your can tell from the picture above and below, Lily’s friends Gryphon & Piper enjoy getting dirty too!

piperdirtySo my advice….just let your kid have fun and get dirty!

 
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Spring Cleaning Tip: Clothes

It’s spring cleaning time! You know you need to do it. If you’re already packing up your Easter décor you’re already in the cleaning mode. I loathe cleaning, but the aftermath of an organized home is well worth it.

Today I bring you some great tips to help your spring-cleaning…..in your closet!

Growing up my mom always had a rule for cleaning out closets….if you haven’t worn the shirt/dress/pants in the past year then get rid of it! This can be a hard rule for those of us moms still hanging on to the hope that we will fit back into those pre-baby clothes so there can be an exception to the rule!

Clothing Rule Exception- If you are working your way back to your pre-baby body then you are like me and have tons of pre-baby clothes hanging in the closet. Free up the space by putting those clothes up. I have some Garnityr boxes from Ikea ($19.99 for 2). These boxes come with blank labels for the front of the box so you can list the contents. Mine currently red “small sweaters”, “large sweaters”, “small tops” and “work clothes”. Make sure that if you are going to store your clothes in containers or space saving bags that you add cedar balls to repel nasty insects like moths that will leave that pretty J Crew sweater with holes. For motivation to continue to shed those baby pounds I do leave a few skinny dresses and tops still hanging!

tipspringcleaningclothesRemember that the clothes rule applies to your shoes ladies. I can hear the “She MUST be crazy” through the computer….but I know there are a lot of women who hoard shoes that they will never wear again just because they hold a memory. If a special memory is the reason why you are still keeping those 5 year old heels with busted soles then place them in a Ziploc bag and put them in the same storage boxes with your sweaters. Clear the clutter!

Now that you have picked through and tossed or donated your year old clothes…organize them. I’m not telling you to color coordinate them…BUT I do love that….I’m saying to stay organized group your tanks, short sleeved, long sleeved, jackets, pants, shorts or dresses together. Once all of your long sleeved shirts or dresses are grouped together take it to the next step. In Florida the heat is already upon us. I place all of my tanks and short sleeve tops next to each other and in a location that is easier to access than my colder weather clothes. Due to the high unlikelihood that Florida will experience chilly summer evenings I fold and store my heavy sweaters in the same Ikea boxes and stack them at the top of my closet. For those of you that already do this good for you! For all of you that will still enjoy some cooler temps (I’m jealous by the way!) for a few more weeks and store their warmer clothes…start to going through your stored summer clothes. Any moths attack your clothes? Toss them. Are there any tops you haven’t worn in a year…donate them.

Remember you don’t have to tackle every room in one day or in one weekend. Take your time and concentrate a day to each area of the home!

So get your clothes ready for Spring and clean out that closet!! Do you have any spring cleaning rules for cleaning out the closet?

 
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Spring Cleaning Tip With A Wire Hanger

Unravel a wire hanger and slip a sock on the end for a free DIY extendable duster! You can reach cobwebs and dust way up high without standing on a chair or ladder! Even though the weather might not be spring like, I sure have the itch for spring cleaning!

Today’s tip will help you with your spring cleaning and keep you from shelling out $$ on a popular cleaning item.

Spider webs pop up in even the cleanest of houses. To get rid of them you could drag a kitchen or dining room chair to the corner and stand on your tippy toes as you swat down the web with a wet towel. OR you could purchase an extendable duster to reach the annoying cobwebs. Some dusters cost upwards of $20 or you could purchase the Swifter extender kit, but you have to keep buying the disposable dusters.

If you already have an extendable duster great! BUT if you ever run out of the disposable attachments try using this free tip.

Unravel a wire hanger and slip a sock on the end for a free DIY extendable duster! You can reach cobwebs and dust way up high without standing on a chair or ladder! I HATE wire hangers (said with passion like  Mommy Dearest!) but they come free with your dry cleaning. Start to un-twist the hanger until in becomes one long wire. Place one of your husband’s socks (they are bigger!) on the end of the wire. I like to place the sock on the hook end so it is easier to grab more dust!!

Unravel a wire hanger and slip a sock on the end for a free DIY extendable duster! You can reach cobwebs and dust way up high without standing on a chair or ladder! Hoist your DIY wire duster up in the corner and remove the pesky webs or any dust lingering on high shelves or frames.

Unravel a wire hanger and slip a sock on the end for a free DIY extendable duster! You can reach cobwebs and dust way up high without standing on a chair or ladder! The sock can be cleaned and re-used countless times while the wire hanger takes up no space in the garage!

 
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DIY Wood Shelves

DIY cheap wood shelf. Dirt cheap, easy to make and so easy to hang! Perfect way to create a photo gallery without all the nail holes!Having tons of frames with cherished photographs decorating our walls makes me warm and fuzzy. I’m not one for multiple frames on a console or table…I’m a wall gallery fanatic. There is just something about picture galleries that make a house feel like a home.

Prior to the kitchen/master bedroom & bath makeover I had one gallery in our family room and another in the master bedroom that was on either side of the bed. The gallery in the living room was clean, where the one I had in the master was sloppy and a bit of an eye sore. I threw it together one day during Lily’s nap and because I was rushed the outlook looked sloppy. So I was excited to re-do the picture galleries!

Looking on Pinterest I was hooked on the idea of using shelves and overlapping different sizes of frames. Using shelves for photo galleries are great because you can constantly change up the frames and holiday objects without making 30 nail holes!The main problem was that shelves are $$$$$$$. After a little more digging on the web I found a fabulous tutorial from Ana White called the ten dollar ledges. SCORE! Check out Ana’s post for a great video and probably better tutorial!!

For Ana’s shelves she used 8 foot long shelves and I made mine only 4 feet. Here are the materials I used to make mine:

For one 4 foot long shelf you need:

Two 1x4s @ 4 feet long
One 1×2 @ 4 feet long
Four 2” screws
Two-three 2” finishing nails
Wood glue
Wood filler (optional)
120 grit sandpaper & hand towel (sanding machine makes it faster!)
Paint
Paint brush
Safety glasses (if using sanding machine)
Hammer
Drill
Level
Stud finder
Painter’s tape

Before you even begin make sure you use your stud finder on the wall you want to use and mark where the studs are by leaving pieces of the painter’s tape. To make this DIY project easier you will want to attach these shelf to studs. You can find (& to be sure ask for help at Lowe’s or Home Depot) hanging options if you do not have studs in the location you want to place these shelves. Finding the suds first will give you an idea if a 4 foot shelf would work or if you should go bigger or smaller. To better understand I only needed to drill two 2″ screws to hang my 4 foot shelf.

I purchased the wood already cut to 4 feet from Home Depot, Lowe’s has it too as I went back to build more…yes these are that easy to build!!! At Lowe’s a 1×4 was $2.97 (remember you need two for one shelf) and a 1×2 was only $1.78. So much cheaper than the floating shelves at Pottery Barn!

Once home I prepped the wood by sanding all pieces and used a hand towel to remove all the dust. Before attaching the wood together I laid them out because while sanding I noticed that some sides had a few indentations/scratches. I made sure that those pieces would be facing towards the wall!

DIY cheap wood shelvesLay the two 1x4s in the shape of an “L”. Predrill two marks on the bottom of the 1×4 that is vertical (again for a better picture you can check out Anna’s tutorial). To actually drill, you will take the bottom 1×4 and stand it up and apply a small amount of wood glue along the edge that will be against the other 1×4. Place the other predrilled 1×4 on top and align them. To hold that piece up I used another 1×4, creating a table. *I had another 1×4 on hand because I ended up making 2 shelves for the living room and one for the bathroom. Using the predrilled holes, drill a 2’ screw to both sides. Be careful where you place the hole and drill straight or your screw will pop through…like it did to mine whoopsie! Once you are done you will have an “L” shaped shelf.

The 1×2 will create the front ledge and prevent frames from falling off the shelf. To attach, apply a small amount of wood glue to the top of one of the 1x4s. Lay the 1×2 on top and make sure it is lined up and use a finishing nail to attach. I ended up using three finishing nails just to be careful. I applied a little wood filler to any of the holes on the finishing nails so the front of the shelf would look nice and clean.

shelfwhoopsieI painted the living room shelves the color of the wall, Benjamin Moore’s Shaker Beige. The one for the bathroom I just used the plain white trim color that is on the baseboards. In the bathroom I wanted to go with an all white frame look so  I made the shelf white too. I applied two coats of paint for each shelf and allowed them to fully dry over night.

DIY cheap wood shelf. Dirt cheap, easy to make and so easy to hang! Perfect way to create a photo gallery without all the nail holes!Hanging the shelf was easy peasy! I used my stud finder one last time to make sure I had the correct areas marked. I placed my level on the shelf and once it was ready I drilled my 2” screws into the back 1×4 into the stud. See…so simple!

All that you have left to do is figure out what frames you want to display and how to arrange them! My favorite two pictures are from our wedding when I was walking down the isle. Two pictures caught us at the same time….shelfwalkingdownisle

DIY cheap wood shelf. Dirt cheap, easy to make and so easy to hang! Perfect way to create a photo gallery without all the nail holes!

 
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  1. March 28, 2013 Reply

    i.LOVE.these! adding to my future decorating project list…

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Kid Proofing: The Trash Can

Kid Proofing: The Trash Can. Make room in a cabinet for your trash can. For your sanity just do it! You can purchase the pull out trash cans that are so easy! No more worrying about your kid digging around in your trash!The day Mike and I showed Lily how to throw away trash was one of those moments where we beamed with joy.

Wow look how awesome that is. Our little girl is friggin awesome! Oh Lily that is yucky go throw it….oh GOOD GIRL! Thanks for throwing it away.

Then the tables turned pretty quickly when she realized that there was other stuff inside that huge shiny container. Being able to reach that stuff and take it out as easily as she could put in fascinated her. Man did our proud parent bubble burst.

My dumpster diver daughter became obsessed with the trash can. Yes it was still awesome when she would toss a dirty paper towel away, but she was taking more empty Truvia packets and banana peels out than she was kindly throwing away.

I posted a live action dumpster dive for a banana peel on Instagram (@lilyandbliss). What I didn’t show was the picture of her swiftly taking a bite of it….vomit.

Needing to take our kitchen utensils out of our cabinets for the installation of our new counter tops (read about our kitchen makeover here), I decided to re-organize and make room for a hidden trash can. After rearranging some of our items I was so surprised how much space I now had.

For your sanity make room in one of your kitchen cabinets/pantry to store your trash can. Lowe's or Home Depot sell pull out trash cans that are easy to install. Hide your trash so you don't have to worry about your kid digging in it!I could have just placed an open trash can in the cabinet, but I thought it would be annoying to lift the container in and out to change the bag and toss large items. My mother has a built in double trash can system that pulls out…so wanting to copy that but not wanting to build one I purchased one from Lowe’s instead!

The Rev-A-Shelf was around 70 bucks and worth every penny. You drilled the bottom rack inside the cabinet and it was complete within minutes. We decided to purchase the double trash system and save the second one for recycled items. Mike has a habit (and sometimes I do too!) of leaving an empty milk jug on the kitchen counter instead of walking it out to the garage. I didn’t care when he first started to do this, but one hour would lead into another… then an empty pasta box from lunch would join…and then we end up with a heap of recycled trash on the counter. Now we have a spot under the counter for those recyclables.

The cabinet has a child lock on it so NO MORE DUMPSTER DIVING in my kitchen…no ma’am!

Check out all the different kinds of pull out trash cans from Lowe’s here (prices from $34 to $$$) and Home Depot has here (prices from $39 to $$$) and The Container Store has a few here (prices from $49-$69).

 
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  1. Megan commented:
    March 20, 2013 Reply

    You read my mind… I came by to see what was going on… and your garbage post is something I have been DREAMING of!!! Piper is doing the same thing as Lily and putting her toys in too if it breaks then getting it back out. GROSS CITY!! Thanks for sharing- going to get it doneeeeee!!!! xo

  2. Amy Romano commented:
    March 21, 2013 Reply

    Totally gross…right!!! Today she discovered my tiny trash can in my bathroom while I was putting on makeup….made me gag!

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