2014 Project #1: Fabric Storage

At the beginning of this year, I let you into the deepest, darkest, most disastrous places in my house: storage areas, and my need for them to function on a higher level. Today I’m back to share one space that I’ve organized and has served it’s correct function for several weeks.

Sewing Room Before

Enter, my sewing corner. If you’ll remember, this little corner is a part of our office/craft room/catch all room. Most days, when you entered the room, it looked like this. Here are just a few of the problems:

  1. I had WAY too much fabric, thus it was literally falling off the shelves
  2. What I had wasn’t displayed well so I couldn’t see what I had
  3. There was no room for current/future projects
  4. My supplies (zippers, Velcro, applique adhesive, etc) were taking over

Piles of Fabric Sewing Shelf Before

 

 

So the purge began. I took everything off of every shelf, sorted each item and deemed it as trash, fabric to be folded or a sewing supply.

Sorting Fabric

 

 

I read a TON of tutorials online about how best to store fabric and I ended up with these, Ultra Pro Comic Series Boards. They worked like a charm. At first, I was afraid they would be too thin but once I got to rolling, they did the trick.

I took each piece of fabric and folded it to be a long, narrow piece that was just narrower than the boards. Then I started at one end and ‘rolled’ the fabric over each board.

Comic Book InsertsWhen that was done, they were stored vertically on my shelves and I was done!

Fabric ShelvingI also added some bins along the way to store sewing supplies, fabric scraps and upcoming projects. This space has been functioning in this was for a few weeks and now and I have to say, so far, so good. I find myself wanting to work in this space and not being stressed by the overwhelming clutter. I’ve completed several projects and am looking forward to many more!

Organized Fabric

 

Fabric Organization

 

What space in your home needs the most functionality update?

Dreaming of a Kitchen Reno

Last week I told you that I’ve dreamed up an entire kitchen renovation, which stemmed from a leaky faucet on our kitchen sink. And dreaming is exactly what I’ve been up to. . .

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Ever since I started thinking about going white I’ve been itching to get the paint out and over haul the whole thing.

I’ve been reading tutorials on how to paint your kitchen,

How to paint your kitchen cabinets in 10 easy steps

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 and how to make your own countertops from concrete and recycled glass.

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As well as building custom drawer organizers, under the sink storage and vertical storage for baking sheets.

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You know, as well as new light fixtures, hardware and a backsplash. No biggie.

To say that we hope to accomplish this task soon would be a lie, in fact our greatest hope is to complete it in 2014 so I think slow and steady will win this race. We have plans to break the re-haul down into manageable chunks, the first of which is a trial run on the smallest piece of countertop between the stove and the door to the garage.

Here we go!

If you have a leaky faucet, you’re going to replace the kitchen sink. . .

We are back from my brother’s wedding weekend and I am just getting over a cold that had me out for a good part of this week. It’s always amazing to me how much a little cold can really take it out of you! The wedding was beautiful, classy and all around elegant affair and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Elizabeth into our family.

When Phillip and I moved into this house, almost 2 years ago (where did the time go???) we knew that we were getting a house with a lot of character. If you own an old home, you know that sometimes ‘character’ really just means nothing ever works the way it’s supposed to.

Old Kitchen Sink

Let me introduce you to the kitchen sink. At first glance it looks pretty functional but if you take a closer look you’ll see that in fact the faucet leaks. Every time you use it. Annoying.

Leaky Faucet

So, like logical homeowners, we replaced a few seals and like most things in an old home, the problem still persisted. Typical. Around this same time, I noticed a beautiful white porcelain sink on Craig’s List that was in great shape and very reasonably priced.

‘If we’re going to replace the faucet, we might as well replace the sink while we’re at it.’ (I’m not a big fan of stainless.) FAMOUS. LAST. WORDS. You already know where this is going, don’t you??

New Kitchen Sink

So we bought the sink, brought it home and I immediately thought, ‘I can’t put my beautiful new sink on these ugly laminate countertops.’

Blue laminate countertops‘And if I’m going to trade out the countertops, I am for sure going to paint the kitchen cabinets while they’re off.’

Mismatched cabinet pulls‘If I’m already painting the cabinets, I want to go ahead and replace all this ugly, mis-matched hardware.’

Old Kitchen Hardware‘And if we do all that, we’ll have to put in a backsplash and get rid of this awkward, extra-tall countertop extension.’

High backsplash . . . and if you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want something to drink.

Sorry for the word vomit but, I’ve been dreaming and making plans and I’ll be back next week with more details!

 

2014 Christmas Stockings

That’s right, you read correctly, I’ve already got 2014 Christmas plans in the works.

You see, in my family, each ‘kid’ has an elaborate Christmas stocking that looks something like this.

Original StockingPretty awesome, huh? They’re made from a kit and the company, Bucilla, is still in business today. (Sold here)

Since Phillip joined our family almost 5 years ago I’ve felt bad that he hasn’t had a ‘matching’ stocking and with the soon-to-be addition of my sister-in-law Elizabeth, I decided to take the plunge and make one for both of them.

Bucilla Stocking Kit

I ordered a kit for each one of them and I’m starting now with the goal of having them completed by Christmas. I feel like it is a bit lofty but still attainable. To keep things organized, I purchased a small, shoe box sized plastic bin for each kit.

Organized Stocking Kits

There are THOUSANDS of tiny pieces!!

Stocking Kit Details

So wish me luck and I’ll keep you posted!

The 2014 Line-up: Storage that works

If I could give my house one goal for 2014 it would be storage that works. I’m excellent at purging a space and organizing everything for a pretty reveal but keeping it that way is another story all together.Under the kitchen sink

I always feel like there is ample room to grow and adjust in any given space but then one day I look up and realize that I was completely wrong and all my efforts have turned into a stash worthy of hoarder status. 
Fabric Storage

Can I get an amen??

Master ClosetSo here it is, the proverbial new year’s list of goals/incentives/points of stress/accomplishments or whatever you want to call it.  Either way, I’m writing it down which for me means that I will actually work towards accomplishing it.

  • usable storage for my kitchen, including but not limited to cabinets and drawers
  • this will likely be a part of a larger kitchen reno, but more on that later

Junk Drawers Cabinet Storage

 

  • usable storage in the craft/sewing room

Craft Closet Bottom of craft closet

  • portable storage for the hall closet
  • usable storage for my shoes and occasional items like sweaters, shorts, etc.

Master Closet

  • last but not least, paint the freaking living room. I almost pulled the trigger on this project before the holidays but I realized I had just enough time to either paint or put up the Christmas decorations. I chose decorations. More on that later as well.

So what are your goals for 2014?

Happy New Year’s my friends!

 

SPS: Can you KEEP something organized??

How do you keep a bookcase organized?

Organizing a Bookshelf

Or any other high traffic area.

I mean really, day after day, week after week, how do you keep something organized?

I’m not talking about initially getting everything tidied up or staging something for a great photo either. That’s the thrill of the hunt, removing everything from a shelf, organizing, getting rid of and staging the best stuff. The work to keep it that way? Bor-ing.

One day you wake up and walk by your bookshelf and it looks like this:BookshelfLeaning books of Pisa anyone??

How did this even happen? We’re tidy people, how did all of these book get jumbled up and why hasn’t anyone straightened this monstrosity?

Stacks? Really??

Messy BookshelfSo I’m proposing an experiment. As a part of the Small Project Series, every Friday for the next 6 week I’m going to post a pic of this bookshelf on my Instagram and Facebook page, the good, the bad and the ugly with the hopes that some accountability will help keep it on the looking-presentable train. After all, it one of the most highly trafficked areas of my home, I should be able to keep a little bookshelf organized. Shouldn’t I? I guess we’ll have to see about it.

Here’s the bookshelf as it stands today, not edited, not organized, just exactly as it is with a few minor issues but still looking presentable.

Bookshelf 1st reviewHere we go, we’ll see what happens!

 

PS – I came home from work last week and found this.

Painting FellI guess it’s back to the drawing board. . . here’s the 1st | 2nd | & 3rd attempt I made at hanging this painting. I’ll keep you posted on the 4th.

 

 

Master Bath Updates

The 2013 House Tour is done and as promised our master bathroom has gotten some much need updates. Here are a few real life before shots.
Master Bath BeforeMast Bath Blank SlateOur primary need for this space was additional storage. Although we have a lot of cabinet space our counter space is pretty limited. Since the sink is a stand alone, we usually end up with a mess similar to this.Master Bath Messy CounterYikes.

After some searching we purchased 3 of these shelves from IKEA and 2 now hang above the laundry hamper and toilet.

Master Bath with shelvesMaster Bath New Towels

Master Bath with Organization

The third one we cut down to fit on our existing cabinet and is now my ‘getting-ready’ station. Check out that clean countertop!
Master Bath Organized

Last but not least, we added a small hook for my bathrobe!

Master Bath RevealMaster Bath Robe Hook

Have I ever told you a pocket door separates the master bathroom from our bedroom?

Pocket Door on BathoomYup, she’s a beaut.

2013 House Tour: Part 3

The Front PoarchHello and welcome to the final installment of our 2013 House Tour here at The Front Poarch! Last week I showed you the front of our house and the new sectional we found on Craig’s List, not onto the rest of the house!

Just off the entryway, is the main hallway . . .

House Tour Hallway Entry. . . which got a major face lift this spring. 2012 House Tour Hallway

House Tour HallwayOff the hallway you’ll find all 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.

House Tour Hallway LayoutThe guest bath is up first, do you remember the plaid wall paper?2012 House Tour Guest BathThe look of this bathroom changed drastically when we removed the wall paper, textured and painted the walls. We also created a custom sign and more recently, reupholstered the vanity stool and made some DIY Dipped Votives.

House Tour Guest Bath

The blue curtain and rod got replaced by this DIY Bubble Shower Curtain and after Christmas I also made some custom driftwood art.

2012 House Tour BathHouse Tour Shower Curtain

The office has gotten some major organization, although still lacking a real design direction.

2012 House Tour OfficeHouse Tour OfficeMy sewing corner is up and running and I finally have a permanent home for my Silhouette and my new computer!

House Tour Sewing CornerHouse Tour Sewing DetailsHouse Tour Craft CornerThe guest bedroom got a lot of attention when we first moved in and probably went through the least amount of change in the past year.

2012 House Tour Guest RoomHouse Tour Guest Bedroom

We did add a few pieces of original art and the ever-increasing globe collection.

House Tour Guest RoomHouse Tour Guest Room DetailsI had to hunt for a decent picture of the master from last summer, that has to tell you something about how much I wasn’t a fan of it. The theme continues, tan tan and more tan.

2012 Hour Tour MasterJust before summer started, I redid the entire room including painting a stripe all the way around the room. . . .
House Tour Master BedroomHouse Tour Master Dresser. . . painting this hutch to create a reading nook and creating a custom jewelry displayHouse Tour Master Reading NookLast but not least, the master bath!

2012 House Tour Master Bath

After we took down the wallpaper and painted the bathroom, not much has changed but be sure to stay tuned because big updates are coming next week!
House Tour Master BathHouse Tour Master Bathroom

That’s all for this year and I can’t wait to see what big changes the 2014 tour will bring!

2013 House Tour: Part 2 The New Couch!

The house tour continues and today I have a story about how we got a new couch. . . again!The Front PoarchLet’s review, in the summer of 2012, our living room looked a little something like this.

2012 House Tour CouchTan, plaid and more tan.

 

We bought a new couch off of Craig’s List,  updated the legs and and painted. As I began to photograph the house for the house tour it looked like this. She was a beauty and I was perfectly content.
House Tour Living RoomUntil I saw this couch on Craig’s List the next day and was instantly in love.

House Tour New CouchIt’s a non-white sectional that is the opposite with the lounge arm on the right instead of the left which means that you can now see our beautiful curtains and look out the window!

This caused a good bit or rearranging to take place and here’s where we ended up!

Houe Tour New Cross Wall

House Tour Media ConsoleHouse Tour Candy Buffet

2012 House Tour Living RoomHouse Tour New EntryThe reading nook is still holding strong and most recently received a renovated foot stool!

2012 House Tour Reading NookHouse Tour Reading NookTour of the rest of the house is coming next week!

 

 

2013 House Tour: Part 1

Man oh man where has the summer gone? I’m in Sipapu, NM this week running with our last camp of the summer and afterward I’m looking forward to some much needed rest and relaxation!

Meanwhile, it’s time again for the annual house tour and even I am in shock of how much has changed around these parts in just over a year! Because I’m always up for a trip down memory lane, I thought we’d do a little ‘before & after’ with the tour from 2012.

The Front Poarch

2012 House Tour PorchWowza. See what I mean? Let’s see, in the past year we’ve created a seating area on the porch, hung some new bird feeders, created not 1 but 2 pieces of garden art and given that sad looking pineapple a pop of color! Th patio has gotten new planters, a water hose bin and new house numbers (1 of which has gone missing at the moment. . . .).

House Tour EntryHouse Tour Outdoor AccessoriesAnd the front door?

2012 House Tour Front DoorIt got replaced in December and a new wreath this Spring!

Hour Tour Front DoorThe entryway got a new coat of paint along with the rest of the living room.

2012 House Tour Entryway

And we made this wall into a chalk wall!House Tour EntrywayHouse Tour Open to the Living RoomThis little eat-in kitchen nook has gone through some drastic changes!

2012 House Tour Kitchen TableWe updated the bar, completed the kitchen gallery art and built some eat-in seating after we painted the entire kitchen.

House Tour Eat-in Kitchen

Across from the kitchen table, we added a screen door to our pantry and did a little bit of yarn art as well as adding this sweet command center.

House Tour Pantry

Remember that dreamy recipe nook?

2012 House Tour Recipe NookIt underwent a pretty drastic renovation and is now put to great use!

House Tour Recipe NookHouse Tour Recipe StationHere’s another reminder of the beautiful wall paper that used to grace our walls.

2012 House Tour KitchenI’m constantly amazed at what a few coats of paint can do!

House Tour KitchenHouse Tour Kitchen AccessoriesLast but not least, the dining room. I’ve even forgotten how tan everything was!

2012 House Tour Dining RoomWe colorblocked our walls and picked up this awesome vintage buffet from my grandparents house.

House Tour Dining Room

I also tried my hand at hanging un-framed art and it took not 1, not 2 but 3 attempts!

House Tour Dining Room 2Most recently, I created the Happy Day art installation and I love how it brightens up the room!

House Tour Buffet More to come soon because don’t worry, right in the middle of photographing the living room we decided to buy a new couch!