Glove Box Organizer

If you’re like me, the contents of your glove box usually look something like this:

Stuff from my glove boxCoupons, tire info, maps. . . .and who can ever find your insurance when you need it?

For several years now I’ve been making these Glove Box Organizers for our cars and today I’m sharing them with you!DIY Glove Box OrganizerHere’s what you’ll need:

  • A small file folder, I buy mine at the dollar store for $1
  • Label maker or pen
  • Current contents of your glove box

Receipt organizer, label maker and stuff fom glove boxSort through your pile of paperwork and decide what labels you’ll need to make. I went with Insurance, Tires, Napkins, Coupons and Maps.

Print labels using your label maker or write on the little paper inserts that come with your file folder. Oh, and be sure to spell insurance correctly! Douh!

Labels for glove boxPack your file folder with its’ contents and you’re all set!

Glove Box OrganizerNow when your husband someone needs to find the insurance quickly, you’ll know exactly where it is!

Easily find your insurance cardWe keep one of these in both of our cars and use them frequently!

DIY Glove Box Organizer

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!

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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!

 

 

Master Reno: Jewelry Display

As a part of our Master Bedroom Renovation, I sold my large vanity and created this jewelry display using the low dresser from the mid-century furniture jackpot.Master Bedroom Reno 3I started with 2 large frames from my stash. . .

Frames for jewelry station. . . that got a few coats of gold paint.

Frames for jewelry displayI picked up some cup hooks and Lowe’s and placed each frame in our vice grip using a washcloth as a bumper. This kept the frame steady enough to drill holes in, without damaging the new paint job.

Jewelry display - thefrontpoarch.comI drilled holes along the inner rim of the top of each frame, screwed in the hooks and hung my necklaces on them!

Hooks on Jewelry Display

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Hanging jewelry display

I also found this small vase at the dollar store and dipped it, similar to what I did with my Dipped Votives.

Dipped vase for braceletsIt now holds bracelets next to the dessert stand that I found at Goodwill.

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This small frame got a fresh coat of paint and now holds all my fabric flowers.

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How do you display your jewelry?

Color of the Year: Emerald

This year Pantone named Emerald as the color of the year. . . . .

TFP EC 14. . . . .isn’t it just dreamy?? Since I’m usually looking for an excuse to paint something our entertainment center got a fresh coat!Turn an old dresser into an entertainment center! From thefrontpoarch.comWe started with hiding our TV cables the hard way and then acquired this dresser from my grandparents’ weekend home. The mirror and the first 2 drawers were removed.

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Using the drawers as a template, Phillip traced and cut 2 shelves for the top.

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It then sat in our living room for about a month until I worked up the courage to actually paint it. The first time I showed Phillip the paint color he said, “. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .. . . . I won’t say anything until you get done.” I took it as him saying, GO FOR IT!!!

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I had some of Valspar’s Wet Pavement in Satin left from painting my Vintage Serving Tray so I started by spraying the interior gray and painting the interior of the drawers. If you paint the drawers guides, be sure to give them a lite sanding before replacing your drawers so that they will still slide in and out easily. TFP EC 5Then the fun began! The color I purchased was Valspar’s Luscious Green in Gloss and it t took 3 coats to get a smooth even, finish. I opted to paint the legs gray which I’m not too crazy about but I’m hoping they will grow on me.

TFP EC 12As per usual, Leland came to help. . . .until he tried to lick the wet paint and I kicked him out of the garage.

TFP EC 4Now that all is said and done, this beauty sits in my living room.

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Before I painted the dresser I found this tag attached to the back and was overjoyed to find out that it was the original sales tag when this piece was sold to my grandparents. Judging from their address, my guess is that they purchased it in the mid-50’s.

TFP EC 11The drawers now hold movies, video games and kids toys for visiting friends.

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Have you repurposed an old piece of furniture? I’d love to hear about it!

A year in the making – 1 Year Blogiversary

365 days ago, a dream of mine became a reality.TFP Sign

It started probably a year before that when I stumbled across a blog called House of Hepworths. Who even knew DIY blogs existed? It was the first one I’d ever heard of and I was instantly infatuated with Alison and her amazing DIY skills. I was hooked. I read every post she’d ever written and waited anxiously for new posts to be published (yeah. . . I was kind of a creeper). I began to dream and really think, I could do that!

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At the time we lived in a tiny 2-bedroom duplex whose owner barely let us install a ceiling fan (it had NO ceiling fans. . . in the middle of west Texas. . . . yeah, not smart) so I knew a DIY blog was out of the question as long as we lived there. Time went on and I began to follow other blogs like I Heart Organizing and Primitive and Proper and as the DIY bug grew within me and I worked on small projects around our home.

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In January of 2012 this all changed when, through a series of God sized events, we bought our first home. I was ECSTATIC. Long before we moved my head began to spin with renovation ideas, paint colors and flooring options. (Side Note: I didn’t join Pinterest for a long time because my friend Katie told me it was like my brain on steroids. She was right.) I immediately knew the time had come to launch my very own blog, and that my friends is how it all began.

I was so excited I had probably 2-3 posts written before we moved. That’s right, in two weeks time I packed our entire house, we cleaned our new house, did all the techy stuff that goes along with starting a blog and I wrote several posts. Oh yeah, and we both worked a full time job. Needless to say, we were pumped about this dream coming true.

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Over the past year we’ve learned a lot. A LOT. We’ve learned about working together and communication. We’ve learned that if you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want something to drink. We’ve learned that I am a mouse. . . .and I want a cookie. We’ve learned that I have big dreams and can always see the final product where as Phillip never sees the final product and often says things to me like,

“You aren’t finished with that project. . . are you?”

“You want to paint what?”

“Those things don’t match.”

Yet he always loves the result. It’s been an entertaining year of growth and discovery.

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I’ve learned 3 things about myself over the past 12 months;

  • I love to dream up big projects and see them through to completion.
  • I love writing about what I’ve done. I do the staging, shooting and editing. . . .so that I can write.
  • I love that there are people out there whom I’ve never met who actually read the things I write. It never ceases to amaze me.

So to you, faithful reader, thank you. Thank you for reading, dreaming and learning with me. You are the reason that I continue to write so thanks for the encouragement and love.

Speaking of love . . . . wouldn’t you just LOVE to win a new purse?? I thought so.

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Without further adieu, the winner is. . . .Heather Jernigan!

Heather be sure to check your email for prize details.

 

Here’s to many, many more DIYing years to come!

Bathroom Inspiration

Whew! I feel like I’m still recovering from the holiday whirlwind! I’m almost back in the regular rhythm of house projects and blogging but I realized, I haven’t given you an update on the front bath! I thought I’d take a step back and share some of my bathroom inspiration with you (although I’ve already done a few of these).

If you’ll remember we painted our bathrooms last fall but I was still looking for a few items to complete our beach theme. Of course, I originally started my beach themed bathroom to mimic my favorite Disney movie, The Little Mermaid.

Here’s what I’m dreaming of:

Here are some things I’m looking for:

a small open shelf

I hope to make a bubble chandelier

and create some nautical art

A Dream Come True

Can you guess what’s finally finished?

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That’s right! My eat-in kitchen! I’ve been dreaming about it for months and when my in-laws came in October, they did the hard work of building the benches. After several weeks of procrastinating, I made myself  ‘sit down’ and stain them (see what I did there?).

Here’s the before:TFP HT 9

And the after:

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I used what I’m now referring to as the Front Poarch stain, Minwax Bombay Mahogany in PolyShades. I know true woodworkers are cringing right now but I know myself and if it was up to me to stain and poly (double the amount of time on every project) nothing would ever get done! Plus, it’s very forgiving as long as you just keep going and don’t try to sand once you’ve started. (Trust me on that one.)

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I love the rich brown color of the stain and how it lets the grain peak through.

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How’s coming for dinner tonight?

Update: Kitchen, Part 2

Once we got the kitchen painted, Phillip and his dad had a few more projects for the kitchen. For a few months now I’ve been dreaming of an eat-in kitchen and after several days of hard work, measuring, adjusting and cutting (again, mostly while I was at work) this beauty now sits in our kitchen!

Here it is with trim and the baseboards put back on. During the building process we realized that we were going to cover up 1 of my 3 kitchen outlets so we were able to move it over, do you see it there on the end?

The coolest feature? The lids lift up and there’s built-in storage! I will be painting the bottom white and staining the top in a dark finish so be sure to look for the finished project in a few weeks!

I also had 1 more project in line to finish up my pantry makeover. . . I left a teaser on my Facebook page today and if you guessed a screen door you would be correct!

When we moved in there was a screen door on the garage side of the kitchen door which I thought was a rather strange place to put a screen door. Phillip took it down and I’ve been saving it ever since for the pantry. He was able to peel the screen back, cut the lateral slats down to size and reattached the same frame piece.

Isn’t it just dreamy??

So what’s left in order for the kitchen to be “done”?

1. paint and stain the eat-in bench

2. purchase and refinish chairs to complete the eat-in kitchen

3. paint the screen door

4. Rehang all of my gallery art

5. sand and stain my newly-discovered kitchen desk

Can you believe that this beautiful wood was hidden underneath that ugly blue laminate for probably years! One day I was just really disgusted with it so I decided to start peeling off the trim piece and wouldn’t you know this beauty was underneath.

6. sand and paint my vent hood (which is currently MIA) (and by MIA I mean in the garage)

We bought a house!

{Myself, Phillip and our fabulous realtor, Patty}

Yup, it’s official, as of September 7, 2012, Phillip and I (and the bank) own our very first home. Here it is!

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Didn’t you buy this house is February? Isn’t that why you started this blog in the first place?”

For those of you who don’t like to read, here’s the short answer: yes and no

If you like to read, get comfy because you are in for a great story! Here’s the long answer.

Background: Since our graduation from ACU in 2009, Phillip and I had been working vigorously to pay off our student loans. We’d made good progress and were on track to be debt free by June of 2012, which went that we would hopefully be looking to buy a house in the spring of 2013.

In January of 2012, our church participated in what’s known as the Daniel Fast. The concept is like that of any other fast, abstaining from certain foods and seeking God’s heart. We went into this 3-week fast asking God to reveal to us his plan for us in terms of location, specifically asking if we were supposed to be in Abilene long term or if He was calling us to another city. During these 21 days we didn’t really hearing a resounding “Yes” or “No” but the day after we broke the fast things began to fall into place quickly.

The Daniel Fast ended on a Sunday night and Monday afternoon Phillip happened to be in a co-worker’s office explaining how we hoped to be in the market for a house in the coming year. She immediately replied, “Well my family has a house for sale, would you like to buy it?” Phillip was hesitant at first and tried to explain again how we weren’t looking for house right now, how we didn’t have any cash for a down payment, etc. (Side note: this house belonged to the co-worker’s mother-in-law and we had actually been to the estate sale in the fall of 2011.) In a series of unexplainable events, that I can’t accurately remember, Philip came home after work and told me the story, we went to see the house and the family offered to rent it to us for a few months and close by the end of May. We found a real estate agent first thing the next morning made an offer on the home (with a delayed closing) and they accepted!

We moved in the middle of February and things were going great!  We even did some minor repairs and had the home appraised. We were in perfect shape to close by the end of May until one really, really rainy night, we discovered a small hole in our roof as part of our living room ceiling began to sag. The seller graciously agreed to fix to roof but the repairs (as always) took longer than expected and we missed our May 31st deadline. The closing was then set for the middle of June until the family discovered an error on the deed which had to be corrected and like everything else, it just took time. July was looking good until we ran into more legal issues and had to wait for a will to be probated.

So that brings us to today. Today, after months of waiting, after expecting to close and being delayed by situations where we had no control, after patiently waiting for God’s perfect timing, today. . . . we are home owners!

So ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Front Poarch!

PS – If you live in Abilene and are looking to buy or sell a home we HIGHLY recommend Senter Realtors and especially our Realtor, Patty Knight.

Craft Room: Storage Solutions

As I began to think about organizing my craft room, I knew I needed to add some storage. When we moved into this house, one of the things the previous owners left was an old wooden ladder.

We had acquired a few pallets so Phillip set to work cutting them apart to complete the rungs and make shelves.

Once all of the boards were cut to size, I laid them out so that I could paint them.

I had gotten a can of Glidden Teal Zeal on clearance and I knew this would be a great color to add to the craft room. Instead of painting the entire board I ‘wiped’ a thin coat of paint on each plank creating a white-washed look.

Once the paint was dry I reassembled it in the craft room and I couldn’t have been happier with the result!