Organization boxes, made from cardboard

I think I have shared enough embarrassing and messy photos of my house that my master closet shelves should be no shocker:

shelves beforeAnd that was after I cleaned it a little. It has been on my list for a while, and for organizing closets for some reason always seems to be the last thing I want to do. I feel lucky that my closet is big enough to be a room and that there are ample shelves, but, honestly, I am not really a clothes girl (don’t gasp!).

My first inclination was to buy baskets, but although very cute I needed about nine or ten, which would be more than $150. So of course, I needed a better option. Well, a while ago I hit the JACKPOT at a garage sale. I thought I was buying a roll of butcher paper for two bucks and at home I discovered it was actually VINYL! Score!!! The possibilities are endless, and it was perfect for this project.master closet i love vinyl!

Materials: vinyl (or contact paper), scissors/box cutter, pen, boxes (same size), labels. I bought labels at Michael’s with, of course, a 40% off coupon so this whole project cost around $4. Awesome.materials

First, cut the flaps off the boxes:

vinyl boxes, cut off top

Then, pull off the tape so it doesn’t make the vinyl bumpy:

pull off tape, vinyl boxes

Wrap the box with vinyl, and fold down extras on the inside (I didn’t cover the inside because the boxes are totally for storage and it doesn’t bug me)

vinyl boxes wrap boxes vinyl boxes inside

Add label stickers and about an hour later my closet looked like this:

vinyl boxes after vinyl boxes closet after

Bloomingdale’s? Nope, not even close. But hardware good enough for sure!

Happy Creating!

Birthday Flash Flood

Yesterday was my husband’s birthday. We had planned an epic day of hiking The Subway in Zion National Park with friends. As luck would have it, some of the heaviest rain all year began to pour through the desert region and slam us with water. Here is Mike at the back country office

flash flood party

The Subway is both hiking and canyoneering, so when flash flooding hits you do not want to be in a canyon! There was tons of water coming down the huge sandstone walls and flooding all over. We opted instead for a beautiful high-ground back country hike on the east side:

zion waterfalls happy feet in zion

Too bad for Mike that the entire birthday celebration was the all-day hike, even his birthday gift was this truly beautiful photograph of the Subway. Which just kind of rubbed it in, like, oh look how pretty of a hike you DIDN’T get to go on for your birthday! In the end, all was well…

after the rain

Happy Birthday babe!

Basement Playroom Remodel (part 1 of 2) under $300

Map wallpaper finished love

Of all projects playrooms are some of my favorite. When my mom enlisted my help to redo her play room I was ecstatic. My sisters were also on board to help. At the base of her stairs is a large room that all the grandkids play in. Although it’s big (about 14×20) there are no windows, so it’s kinda dark. Also, my mom has 27 grandchildren so the place gets thrashed and she has little desire to buy new furniture for such a crazy zone (I wouldn’t either). Mom is very clean, but here’s a before shot of the playroom AFTER the children hoopla-ed:

playroom redo before 3 playroom redo before 2

Yep, needs help. Her objectives were simple:

  1. Create an inviting room to play
  2. Brighten it up
  3. Make it kid friendly and gender-neutral
  4. Re-purpose existing toys and furniture and stay under $300

The easiest way to brighten a room is paint. We painted the entire room Sherwin-Williams “blue horizon” and it instantly felt better:

Playroom paint

Then we attempted my second-ever wallpaper project. I saw this amazing map on one of my favorite blogs, Oh happy day! and instantly knew it would be perfect. One night when my sisters were in town and the kiddos were finally asleep (so, ya it was really late) we hung the map. Let me just say I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time…

playroon wallpaper fun 2 playroon wallpaper fun!

The wallpaper came in eight sections and was pretty easy to hang, but there were a lot of us there!  We started off-center and had to cut and rearrange, which was adventurous, but it ended awesome. If you are going it alone or you’re an amateur wallpaperist like me (totally just made up that word), check out a youtube video on hanging wallpaper before diving in. A helpful hint, we bought wallpaper glue from the hardware store instead of mixing the paste that came with the map.

Map wallpaper finished

Still to come, part 2 includes painting the entertainment center, and organize all the toys! I hope to post it next week… huge shout out to mom, Andi and Zub, you guys rock wallpaper.

Have a great weekend and happy creating!

Favorite Summer Vacation Souvenir

Souvenir Placemat Love

Summer is winding down and I feel like I need a little vacation from our vacations ( mostly family reunions back to back that were a total party!) I am abnormally nostalgic, but for some reason really hate souvenirs. Don’t get me wrong, I love souvenirs that have meaning and purpose like a tablecloth a friend in Chile crocheted and art I bought off the street in Venice… it’s the little key-chains and ruined-after-one-wash t-shirts that I loath.

For years my husband and I have been content to come home from a trip with nothing but photos and dirty laundry. But now it’s my kids that always want to buy something on our excursions, so, here is my perfect solution: Make Place Mats.

Summer Souvenir PlacematsSummer Souvenir Placemats 2

This summer my kids collected as many free maps/guides they could find. Saving maps didn’t bug me at all. At home the kids chose their favorites, layered them two-sided, and laminated them at the local copy store. $4.67 later the kiddos were thrilled with their memorable souvenir and I was so happy to have a purposeful and super inexpensive summer souvenir! I’ll be honest, meals take a little longer as they study the mats, but they reminisce in fond memories which I think it time well spent.

Summer Souvenir Placemats Finished

Maybe you still have maps and guides floating around from your summer travels, make a place mat!

Happy Creating!

(If you’re wondering why my table is yellow, you can check it out here)

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