Tuesday, July 15, 2014

$10 DIY Photo Ledges


I've been wanting picture ledges for a while now. Ikea sells the Ribba Picture Ledges between $10-15. Not bad, but they're on the smaller side, either 21" or 45". So, while browsing Pinterest I came across tons of picture ledge tutorials. I was able to build two 4' ledges for around $14. I referenced Ana White and Shanty 2 Chic's $10 ledge tutorial (you can build one 8' ledge for around $10). I had pretty much all the supplies on hand, I just had to purchase the lumber.

I picked up one 1x2x8 select pine board and two 1x4 regular pressure treated lumber boards and had it cut in half at HD.  Select pine is a little pricy, but it's very smooth and does not have knots and holes which I didn't want. You can go with regular, cheaper boards for the 1x4s because you don't see them once they're up and hung.

Following the tutorials instructions, I liked up the pieces placing one 1x4 laying flat and glued another 1x4 to the end of the board and a 1x2 at the front using Gorilla Glue. Because I don't own clamps, I used heavy duty tape to secure the boards and placed heavy items to put pressure as the glue dried. They I screwed the boards together using 2.5" wood screws. Once everything was dry, I filled the holes and front seam with paintable/stainable wood filler.



I sanded everything down with 80 and then 220-grit sandpaper. I primed and painted each board with a brush for the inside and a foam roller for the exterior flat sides. I went with Glidden's Duo Paint + Primer Base #2 in Eggshell (a non-tinted sample can I had on hand) for the ledge for my bedroom and went with Ben Moore's Chartreuse (also a sample I had on hand) for the living room ledge.  The chartruese is the same color I used on my Instagram photo frame.  I didn't prime the boards, because I was being lazy and just put two coats of the Glidden Duo paint before painting the Chartreuse over it.

I put up the ledges by securing them to wall studs, through the top of the back 1x4 piece with the same 2.5" wood screws.  You'll want to secure them to a minimum of two studs for a 4' ledge plus one extra screw just in case. These ledges can definitely get heavy.

For my bedroom piece, I hung it right over the bed and styled it with a framed engagement photo of my hubby and I from way back when, a $3 ampersand MDF cut out from Michael's, an art print I ordered from Sarah Dorsey's Etsy shop for $5 (in a $1 garage sale frame I painted) and an unfinished canvas I scored 60% off a JoAnn's.  I need to go back and paint that canvas, but we'll get there.


In the living room, I finished off the chartreuse ledge with a 16x20 CVS Canvas Print*, another $3 ampersand (I obviously have a thing for "&") and a canvas I had in the storage room that I had painted with chalk paint and never finished.



These ledges are so quick, simple and inexpesive to make, I'll definitely be adding more around the house. I also love them as a renter, because compared to a whole gallery wall, there are a lot less holes to be filled later on.

Happy Building!







*FYI: The CVS canvas print is great quality. They also always have deals on canvases. This 16x20 print is usually $49.99, but with a 50% off coupon, a $2 off photo department coupon and some CVS Extra Bucks I had saved it came out to be $20 including taxes.

Check this post out on the Work It Wednesday Linky Party, at Place of My Taste.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Design Plan Reveal: Giveaway Winner



Hi all!  I've been a little off my blogging game lately, but that's because I've been really busy with all my clients and trying to keep all these projects on schedule.  Remember, that giveaway I hosted a while back?  The free room design?  Yeah, well I finally completed the design, layout and furniture specs.  Wooh, go me!

As with every new client, I sent this family a New Client Questionnaire to fill out.  This really helps me gather information on the clients style, use for the space and "must have" elements for their design.  This family is a family of three, with an adorable little boy who's fun and loves baseball.  The parent's are simple and didn't want a cluttered space, but did want something fun that would appeal to themselves as well as the friends and family they plan to entertain.  Here's what I came up with:
Mesa Living Room Two

With every mood board I do comes a Pinterest board and a floor plan, just to make sure they know what they layout would actually be in the space and a few options for furnishings in different price ranges.  Below are the floor plan and the Pinterest board link, in case you'd like to peruse.





Follow Tiffany M. Designs's board Mesa Family Room Mood Board on Pinterest.

Can't wait to see how this space pans out in person.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

$15 Instagram Photo Frame

It's almost Friday!  Can I get a "woop, woop"?!  Today I'm dropping in quickly to share a fun way of showing off your Instagram pictures. 


I've had this Insta photo collage frame in the house for a while but recently repainted and changed up a few things during some of the dining room updates. 

I ordered about 30 4x4 Instagram cut outs from Postal Pics for about $8 with shipping. I originally had 24 images in the frame, but now have 20 and I think it looks a little cleaner and less jumbled up. 

Next I scored the empty frame at a local Good Will store for $6. I brought the frame home, gave it a light sanding, a wiped it off with Liquid Deglosser.  I originally painted the frame gray, Glidden's Wood Smoke, but with the dining room changes I decided to punch it up. Enter, BM's Citron:

I did touch up some of the corners of the frame with wood filler and gave it a super light sanding so the paint would adhere over the gray. (Please don't mind my icky chalk board dining table, it's since been repainted)


I handed Adrienne a crafter's foam brush and let her go to town with the first coat. 


I then finished up the paint, because she got bored and let it dry. I already had screws in the back of the frame. I had measured out and knew I wanted four rows of photos and how far apart they should be. I screwed 1" screws in through the back and used Jute Twine from Michael's ($2) to string from behind the frame. 


Finally, I hung up each picture using mini clothes pins, also $2 at Michael's.


And there you have it. Around $15 for a custom Instagram frame.  Check out the Work It Wednesday Linky Party on Place of My Taste!

See you tomorrow for Fab Friday Finds!



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The List Update + A Dining Room Peek

Happy Hump Day!  I'm a little extra excited today because I've actually scratched some nice items off my big Summer To Do List and made some progress on others.

Here's what's made it's way off the list so far:

Organization
  • Create a command center. (50%)
  • File family documents.
  • Create a family binder for budgets, important documents, etc.
  • Organize by room: bedrooms, dining room, kitchen, living room, bathroom and storage (30%)

Dining Room
  • Refinish the dining table: using black chalk paint and then finishing with a gloss polycrylic.
  • Finish painting the two bamboo dining chairs -- and finishing them in a clear coat. (50%)
  • Remove a shelf on the left wall.
  • Add "art" or a photo gallery. (50% complete)
Living Room
  • Update the media center: switch out the current refinished dresser for a sleeker look.  I'm thinking something like thisthis or this.
  • Build a coffee table -- I'm loving both these DIY options.  One.  Two.
  • Change up the pillows on the sofa.
  • Toy Storage -- possibly part of the media center re-do.  Baskets?  Backpack drop area? 
Three things, in three days -- not bad if I do say so myself.  I also got my bedroom closet organized (because my husband was going to divorce me otherwise).  I'm working on a Dining Room Reveal Post for next week, but in the meantime here is a sneak peek to hold you over.


Aren't those bamboo chairs looking extra pretty in white?  I'm in love.







Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Big To-Do's

I can't believe school is out for the summer, and that my little girls birthdays are so close (more details on that soon).  I have quite the growing to-do list.  I've started a lot of projects and found that I haven't been able to finish for a number of different reasons.  So I need to make a summer project list and stick to it.

Organization
  • Create a command center.
  • File family documents.
  • Create a family binder for budgets, important documents, etc.
  • Organize by room: located below under each room label.

Dining Room
  • Refinish the dining table: using black chalk paint and then finishing with a gloss polycrylic.
  • Finish painting the two bamboo dining chairs -- and finishing them in a clear coat.
  • Remove a shelf on the left wall.
  • Add "art" or a photo gallery.
Living Room
  • Update the media center: switch out the current refinished dresser for a sleeker look.  I'm thinking something like this, this or this.
  • Build a coffee table -- I'm loving both these DIY options.  One.  Two.
  • Change up the pillows on the sofa.
  • Toy Storage -- possibly part of the media center re-do.  Baskets?  Backpack drop area?  
There is so much more to do, the list could go on for days .. but I think that's a good amount of things to work on over the summer.  I'm sure there will be other tasks that come up, plus I have to keep on my organization schedule.  




Friday, June 6, 2014

Fab Friday Finds | Command Center

Of course this week's Friday Finds would have something to do with this month's topic (and at the rate I'm going, organizing will be the topic for a while).  Here are some of my favorite command center finds:
Command Center Ideas


1.  Upcycled Cork Board, $28 via Etsy.com

2.  Martha Stewart's Custom Wall Manager via Staples

3.  Wall Calendar Print Out found on Pinterest

4.  Peek at the Week Printable via iHeart Organizing on Etsy.com

5.  Chore Chart via Parraclan Designs on Etsy.com

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Commanding Organization

I want to organize my whole life -- so I think that the best place to start is our life, as a family.  I've been searching for days for printables, command center ideas and ways to manage the piles of paperwork that come with having a family.

The first project I would like to tackle is a family Command Center.  I think we need a space in our very small home where we can see what needs to get done, paid, bought and what's coming up next.  Because of the size of our house I'm thinking of splitting it into two sections: the kitchen and the hall near our craft/storage room.  The kitchen command center will house our grocery lists, meal plans and coupons, while our hall command center will include a calendar, to-dos, upcoming projects, mail, important papers and such.  I think splitting it into two areas will be more functional for us.  I wish I could have the space to create a command center to house everything in one area, but we just don't have the space.

Here are some ideas I've found on other blogs:

Organization Station
Kitchen Command via Bliss-at Home | please pin from the original source
via Owen's Olivia | please pin from original source


Chalkboard Family Central Command Center for the heart of the home including a monthly calendar, kids charts, inspirational quotes, and more.  Created by @Jenna_Burger via sasinteriors.net
Central Command Center via SAS Interiors | please pin from original source
via Count My Blessings | please pin from original source

I really love the Martha Stewart for Staples line of command center options, and the new Post-It options also available at Target.  I'll be getting more into detail about a command center this week and then we'll move along to filing and paper work (ughhhhh).

See you tomorrow!