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$100 Room Challenge - DIY Farmhouse Storage - Before and After - Life on Kaydeross Creek

$100 Room Challenge Week 2 – DIY Farmhouse Storage

Hey everyone! It’s week two of the $100 Room Challenge! If you missed week one, I shared what the room looked like when I decided to take on this challenge and went over what I wanted to accomplish in the space. This week is all about storage, mainly for DVD/Xbox games and getting rid of those unsightly cords behind the TV.  Here’s the before:

 

$100 Room Makeover Challenge - TV Room Before - storage - organization - Life on Kaydersoss Creek

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What a mess! First, we can get rid of the speaker because we don’t even use it anymore along with some of those wires on the floor. Second, I pulled out all of the DVDs and sorted them into keep and donate piles. That eliminated a lot. I actually found an old VHS tape in there, LOL.

I planned on storing the DVDs and games in these crates. I picked them up at Michaels with a 25% off coupon on top of the sale price so they were only like 8.00 each with tax. I love using crates and old boxes for storage like in our mudroom makeover.

 

$100 Room Challenge - week 2 - using crates for organization - farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

To get the most out of the space in the crate, my husband added a shelf in the middle with thin plywood we had left over in the garage. He attached it with small brackets on each side.

 

 

I got ahead of myself and started staining them before he added the shelves.

 

$100 Room Challenge week 2 - shelves added to the crates for storage - farmhouse storage - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I finished up staining them using Minwax stain in Espresso mixed with a bit of Watco Dark Walnut stain. Full disclosure again, this was time consuming but they turned out pretty.

 

$100 Room Challenge week 2 - DIY Farmhouse Storage - storage with wooden crates - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Originally I was going to place the crates back on top of the blanket chest but decided that I really wanted to try to conceal the electrical components. I purchased a gorgeous hutch on craigslist for $50 to use the buffet portion of it for this project but it just felt to heavy in the space. She’s a beast! Don’t worry, that’s a project for another time. 🙂

 

$100 Room Challenge week 2 - an old hutch for storage - farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So, plan B. I have this old wash stand that I picked up at a flea market years ago that has been kickin’ around my house in different rooms for years. It was in our dining room for the longest time but was just replaced by the new painted hutch I did not too long ago.  We had moved it to the basement and I happened to walk by it one day and thought I could use it for an end table. Then I realized we could use it to hide the components.

 

$100 Room Challenge week 2 - hiding the electrical components -farmhouse wash stand - farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The first step was to remove the top drawer to make room for the electrical pieces. There was no shelf there so we had to make one. My husband used the same thin plywood he made the little shelves for the crates with. Before we could put it in, he had to cut off these little dowels using an oscillating multi tool.

 

$100 Room Challenge week 2 - adding a shelf to the wash stand for storage - farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once those were removed I slid the shelf right in. I glued it in place with wood glue and covered up the raw edge with a left over piece of pine my husband had on hand and cut to size, which was the same material as the brackets for the crates.

 

$100 Room Challenge - Adding a shelf to the washstand to make room for the electrical components - farmhouse storage - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

He also cut a hole in the back for the cords.

 

$100 Room Challenge week 2 - cutting a hole in the wash stand for the cords -farmhouse storage - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once the shelf was in, it was time to paint.  I had already stripped the top because I wanted to stain it a darker color to tie in the top of the coffee table and the wood end table already there.

 

$100 Room Challenge week 2 - hiding the electrical components -farmhouse wash stand new top - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This thing has been several different colors over the years and although I really like the current sage-y green, it doesn’t really go in this room. I decided on black because of the gray cabinet, the dark gray of the print in the curtains, and the new light fixture (coming soon).

 

$100 Room Challenge - Updated wash stand - farmhouse storage - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

It looks navy here but it’s black. I distressed where it would normally wear by the handles and some of the edges and then gave it a coat of dark wax.

 

$100 Room Challenge week 2 - DIY Farmhouse storage wooden crates and industrial shelf - wash stand makeover - farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Truth be told, I need to re-stain the top and give a coat of poly. I rushed it and didn’t get the exact finish I wanted. It’s always better to take your time. 🙂

Since the wash stand couldn’t hold all of the DVD/games and I didn’t want to stack the crates on top of it, I needed a place for them. All I had to do was move the Industrial shelf that we made from the other side of the room and adjust the shelves up to fit the crates on the bottom. The stain matched perfectly.

 

$100 Room Challenge week 2 - DIY Farmhouse storage wooden crates and industrial shelf - farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Tip: Use surface protectors on the bottom of crates or baskets that sit on shelves to protect the paint or wood.

 

$100 Room Challenge - stain crates for DVD's Blu Ray & games - farmhouse storage - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

$100 Room Challenge - stained crates to hold DVD's, Blu Ray and Xbox games - farmhouse storage - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Here’s the corner all put together.

 

$100 Room Challenge week 2 - DIY Farmhouse storage - wooden with crates and industrial shelf - farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love the way the black ties the tv with the wash stand and industrial shelf.

 

 

Don’t want to see the DVD’s/games? Turn the crates around…

 

$100 Room Challenge week 2 - DIY Farmhouse storage with wooden crates -farmhouse storage - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

$100 Room Challenge - DIY Farmhouse Storage - Before and After - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Here’s the breakdown of the budget so far:

So far, so good. It really does pay to look around at what you already have in your home and think outside of what it currently is to what it could be. Ask yourself, would it look good in a different room,can I use it in a different capacity or should I paint it?  Next week we’ll tackle the wall decor!

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - DIY Laundry Sign

Laundry Room Organization For Under $100

Today I’m sharing our long overdue laundry room organization for, believe it or not, under $100! When we were building the house almost 10 years ago, a huge beautiful laundry room just wasn’t in the budget. It’s more of a laundry closet really. Regardless, I still spend quite a bit of my time in that space so why not have it be enjoyable, am I right? So after looking at a not-so-inspirational space for so long, it was time.

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Eeekk. So not only was it a bit dreary and boring but it was also not the best use of space. Here’s what we did to make it crazy functional and much more interesting. First things first, a new coat of paint.  I had this paint left over from a project we had done a few years ago. I think it’s called Embarcadero by Valspar.  It was just what the space needed to brighten it up. It looks a bit purple-y in this picture but it’s really like a cement block gray.

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

To add a bit more personality and interest, I decided on stripes. I used a 4 foot level and a ruler to outline 8 inch stripes in pencil on the wall and then used painters tape to mark off the lines

 

Laundry Room Organization - Life on Kaydeross Creek - Adding personality with stripes

 

Truth be told, I ran out of painters tape and had to free hand some of the stripes. That is when a really good quality brush comes in handy 🙂  This shade of white is called Creamy White by Behr and it is the trim color you see throughout our house.

Here are the completed stripes. Crazy better, right?!

 

Laundry Room Organization Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So to make better use of the space we wanted to take advantage of the height and added more shelves. We used MDF which comes pre-cut in 12″ x 8′ boards from Home Depot. I think they are in the closet section. We’ve used MDF on prior projects like our Mudroom. Now, the thing about MDF is it bubbles when it gets really wet so I gave the boards a thick coat of primer and then 2 coats of the Creamy White paint just in case the laundry detergent leaks or something.

For the shelf brackets, I picked up these inexpensive white ones at Home Depot and spray painted them Oil Rubbed Bronze for some contrast.

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - Add Shelves to make better use of space

 

Here they are spray painted…

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - Adding the shelves

 

I also wanted to add a space to hang shirts straight from the dryer so I used an inexpensive wooden towel bar I picked up at Walmart mounted upside down on the top shelf. It was a bit too long at 18″ so we cut it down to fit the space and then I painted it to match the stripes/shelves.

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - DIY Hanging space using an inexpensive towel bar

 

The space would not be complete without a DIY sign so I made this cute little sign out of an old piece of wood and some stencils. I always write it out on paper before I paint so that I can make sure it will fit and the spacing is correct.

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - DIY Laundry Sign

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Paint and Creative DIY Project plus Farmhouse Touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Another key element of good laundry room organization is storage so I added some baskets for storing cleaning supplies. I threw in something pretty for a pop of color and with everything installed, here’s the final product…

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - DIY Laundry Sign

 

So much nicer to open the doors and see a bright cheery space when you have to do a chore. I thought about adding cute beverage dispensers with the little spout for the detergent but, honestly, I have read that they just get clogged and I really didn’t want to spend the money. Here is the breakdown of what this update cost:

  • (2) 8′ MDF boards – $22  (I already had the short one)
  • (6) metal shelf bracket $24
  • Wooden towel rack $10
  • Paint – Free – had it
  • DIY Laundry Sign – Free
  • Washboard – Free
  • Baskets – already had these but if you had to purchase them at Michaels you can get them at 50% off for like $10.
  • Glass jar with chalkboard label – had it but if you had to purchase it you could find it here.

So even if I had to buy the baskets, the entire project would have cost $76. What it really cost me was time. It took about 12 hours to complete but it was worth every minute. 🙂

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Paint and Creative DIY Project plus Farmhouse Touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Paint and Creative DIY Project plus Farmhouse Touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Paint and Creative DIY Project plus Farmhouse Touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100!

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Using Paint and Creative DIY projects - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Paint, DIY Projects and Farmhouse Touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. Do you have any room updates on a budget in your future? How do you save money on your projects?

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge – Desk Organization

I’m back today with my favorite kind of project – thrift store finds transformed and this one is all about desk organization! I’ve paired up with a group of talented ladies to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create a new home decor piece from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild!

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Amanda | The Kolb Corner     Chelc | Inside the Fox Den     Erlene | My Pinterventures

Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main     Debra | Shoppe No. 5

Shirley | Intelligent Domestications     Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized

Michelle | Our Crafty Mom     Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek

Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things     Sherry | Savvy Apron

Ann | Duct Tape and Denim     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars

Megan | C’mon Get Crafty     Jennifer | Hydrangea Hippo

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I have been thinking about updating my daughter’s room a bit and part of that is trying to do something fun with her desk to help organize her art supplies. It just so happens that I came across these 2 quirky desk organizers at separate garage sales recently for a grand total of just $3.  Right idea, wrong decor style. 

Desk Organizers Before - Life on Kaydeross Creek

So the trick was to make them into something my daughter would like and that looked cute in the space. First order of business was to give them a good coat of paint. I planned on distressing them so I used brown satin spray paint first so that when I distressed the top coat, the brown would show through.

First coat of paint

Next I gave them a coat of creamy white chalk paint made with plaster of Paris.

Upcycled Desk Organizer Life on Kaydeross Creek

To get the farmhouse look I wanted I sanded down the edges and corners here there. I wanted to add a bit of her personality to each piece so I broke out a stencil I picked up at Michael’s. It has all of these cute little sayings on it which were perfect. You can also buy it here.

Upcycled Desk Organizer - Life on Kaydeross Creek

I used craft paint for the stencils and mixed up a pretty blue to match her room. I randomly spaced the words out over the piece alternating shapes and sizes. With the little one I simply added her first initial. I love the way it came out!

Desk organizer final product - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Upcycled desk organizer - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Upcycled Desk Organizer - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Upcycled Desk Organizer - Life on Kaydeross Creek

It’s amazing how a coat of paint can tie two pieces together and create a quick and inexpensive project that adds some personality to my daughters room. I still need to update the collage and the shelves a bit so stay tuned for a few more projects!

Happy DIY’ing!

Colleen Life on Kaydeross Creek


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Mudroom - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Updated Mudroom – Part 2

Hey there! I can’t tell you how glad I am to be sharing this post with you today!! A long time comin’ is an understatement with this one for a couple of reasons. First, the mudroom has been the bane of my existence from the moment we moved in to this house because it was never really planned out. In a hurry to move in = mudroom not really on the top of the “list” and stuff just gets thrown in there.  Second because we actually started it like 11 months ago. Does that ever happen to you?? You know, good intentions, then life happens and…BAM, it’s almost a year later???

Anyhoo, here is the before. Sad, right?? I first introduced the space here.

 

mudroom rs

 

First things first, we needed more light in the mudroom so we added a window. This was no small task because the heating duct to our upstairs closet needed to be re-routed. Let’s just say a few “special” words were used during this phase of the project  🙂

 

Window outside

 

It was sooo worth it though, because it makes a huge difference.

 

Window Inside

 

Second, we needed more organized storage and we needed to just make better use of the space. We thought we could do this best by adding cubbies. That way everyone could have their own space.  We started by using MDF to build a bench.

 

New Mudroom - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Mudroom - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Someone gave us some pieces of tongue and groove flooring they had leftover from a project they had done so we used it for the top of the bench and inside the cubbies. It’s great because it has a coat of sealer on it so a wet coat won’t hurt it.

 

mudroom

 

So far, so good.   🙂  I primed the MDF and then gave it a couple of coats of paint. The first color was way to bright green. I went with this greenish/gray but may change it to gray by the time we are done.

To make a space for hats, gloves etc we added shelves to the corner sections. Now to add the hooks for coats.

 

New Mudroom Cubbies - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Mudroom - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

From this…

Mudroom Before - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

To this…

 

Mudroom - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

It turned out exactly like I had hoped and works really well for us! We each have our space and now the kiddos know where their stuff belongs and, more importantly, where to find it when they are looking for it.

So now it’s just finding paint for the walls, a new light fixture, rug and a couple more baskets.  Final reveal coming soon. Hopefully, it will not take almost an entire year to get it finally finished.

Do you have a project that you have been working on that seems to be taking forever?  Here’s to gettin’ it done!

Happy DIY’ing!

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  • UPDATE: See the completed Mudroom Here.

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