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Alright, here we go…it’s week six and I’m posting week four and five and we’re just gonna move along and pretend like they weren’t majorly delayed 😉
A couple weeks ago I was spending most of my spare time working on our nightstands, as I was browsing through my DIY board on Pinterest trying to figure out what project I wanted to do that week I saw the pin that inspired my nightstands – how did it not occur to me that this was my project for the week?! So the bad news is that I failed to take a before photo, or any in progress for that matter…but it was much more successful than week three! Here’s a link to the DIY Network website where I found the idea, along with some good step by step directions.

So I began my search for the perfect table to slice in half…Salvation army, two Goodwills, several hours at the Peddlers Mall and I finally found a solid wood, square end table with a drawer — for $15!

After I measured and drew a straight line down the middle my husband took it out back, removed the drawer and cut the table in half. We thought about using some of the drawer track to build a shelf underneath but decided to cut it all out for now.

Then I got busy sanding…using a coarser grit and the electric sander along the tops and large flat surfaces, then a fine grit to sand along the edges and in the detailed areas by hand.

Next I sprayed the tables with several light coats of primer. Meanwhile I went back and forth on whether to spray or brush paint these things. Spray paint is one of my best friends in the whole world — but the color options can be really limited and I really wanted a light gray — oh but brush painting can be so time consuming — but more durable in the end — possibly with those streaky brush marks — but it can be done indoors — in the end I decided to just go for it and grab a brush, ok actually I grabbed a foam brush at first because I just really hate those brush marks, but that only lasted about 5 minutes before I realized I just had to use the paintbrush. Luckily, the Mr. had just bought a good brush for a little project he had been working on.

Two (tedious) coats of paint later and I realized that this light gray color was coming off as a weird off white, and a different weird off white than our walls! Since I had paid a little too much for a little quart of paint for a project that was supposed to be cheap, buying a darker color wasn’t an option. So I did the only logical thing to do…Okay, I didn’t exactly “freak out”, but still…Right away she said, “Squirt a little bit of black paint in there and mix it up.” — oh yeah, of course! Thanks mom 🙂 So, also at her suggestion, I poured a little of the light-off-white-gray into a plastic cup and began squeezing in black paint, stirred it up with a wooden skewer and it was perfect! So I went for it, added black paint to the quart little by little stirring very thoroughly — then stirred some more — and maybe a little more.

In the end I had four coats of paint on these things (two light-off-white-gray and two light gray) and they were just the color I had imagined. That handy man of mine built this mounting piece on each of the tables and “hung” them on the wall!It was a bit hard to get a photo that showed how this works…basically the square piece mounted on the underside of the table just notches into the piece mounted on the wall. Here’s a better view of what the piece on the wall looks like…The website where I found the original idea explains a different way of mounting but we wanted ours to be moveable for cleaning, making the bed etc.


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This week I’m trying to slip proof our living room rug…yeah I know you can get those rubbery waffle like slip proof pieces that go under your rugs, but those things never seem to work very long and I found this idea that I thought was worth trying…
I bought one tube of acrylic latex caulk and laid the rug upside down across the bed (to keep it out of reach of the dog and cat). I alternated making lines across each end – because I wasn’t sure if I had enough to do a line every six inches. I had just enough to cover the back of a 4’4″ X 6’5″ rug, with the lines being 8-12 inches apart.
I let the caulk dry overnight and made sure to sweep and mop the floor before replacing the rug.

The Result: FAIL 😦 It’s just as “slippery” as it was with the non slip pad under it.

One thing I will say: we have concrete floors – possibly this would work on  another type of flooring. Also, as I said…I didn’t make my lines every six inches – I can’t see how that would make THAT much of a difference but it’s worth mentioning.

Guess I’m off to buy another pack of the non slip pads…


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I don’t think I could ever actually have enough closet or storage space. Walk-in closets are so wonderful – a room of organized storage and shelves…ahhhh. On the other side of that, having NO bedroom closet is a bit of a nightmare…unless of course you own several large wardrobes, which we don’t. This is what we started with as far as closets go…So we hung two rods, a light, a shelf topped with milk crates and closed it all in with a curtain (which I did a super easy no sew hem on).

*excuse the blurry cell phone photos*

That worked pretty well, except that we didn’t really have a good place for shoes…or was a little cramped. So we “built” a walk in closet…I know, I know…the back of that shelf is really ugly – BUT I’m working on covering it with possibly a textured bamboo or sea grass wallpaper. If that doesn’t work out it might get covered with thin wood or paneling and painted once I decide on a wall color. The great thing about these shelves is that the options are endless (and that they only cost me $25 each)…we must’ve had them five or six different ways before we decided on this arrangement. This may not work very well if you have carpeted floors, or you may need to use a sturdier/ heavier shelf. Of course this would work without the curtain, and some people may prefer having it open, but my handy husband built a bracket (which will also get painted) to hold our curtain rod so that we could still use our “hemmed” curtains.We picked up a few different types of hooks…Shoe boxes make great “drawers”, and the depth of the  shelves is perfect for shoes, purses, folded pants and shirts…We have so much more storage now, plus a nice little dressing room area! Now I just need to get busy on the painting.

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Several months ago the cable guy was at our house working on our poor connection. My husband showed him where the cable came out of the wall in our bedroom and he began replacing the cable and splitter and asking a few questions. When I answered one of his questions, he looked at me as if he wasn’t talking to me and replied, “Well I see where your stuff is!” Pointing at the small metal trash can that was full of brushes, hair spray and a blow dryer. Even if my “stuff” was in the trash I thought it was odd that he would point that out…anyway, this (never used as an actual trash can) “trash can” is where I keep my blow dryer, brushes, hair spray,  and hair clips to use for styling. I love it because I can leave my blow dryer plugged in, toss everything in there and it fits so nicely under my vanity!

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If you happen to have an abundance of bedroom closet space, then you will find this information useless. But if  you are like most of us and you need more storage spots in your bedroom, then read on…

Remember that post on bathrooms “Don’t Stash it, Display it!”? Well, think the opposite for your bedroom…don’t exactly stash it, but organize and hide it. I like for my bedroom to be as simple as possible, for me this makes rest and relaxation come more naturally. So what’s the best way to keep things out of sight yet still organized? BUILT IN CABINETS! Now, if built in cabinets will send your bedroom budget over the top, there are many lower cost solutions. Several cheap shelves/bookcases lining one wall will work wonderfully filled with baskets, shoes, neatly folded clothes, and whatever else was left in your piles when you went on your de-cluttering adventure. Just remember to assign everything a home, don’t start tucking things in places. For extra motivation to keep things in their place — label the shelves! I recommend leaving these shelves exposed, hiding them will only give you less reason to keep them tidy. If you just can’t stand to leave them open, you could hang a sheer or linen curtain on a tension rod just under the very top of the bookcase, or if your bedroom is large enough you could set up a tri-fold screen/room divider in front of them. When lining several bookcases against a wall you may want to secure them to the wall, especially if your bedroom floors are carpeted. Here’s a few bookcases/shelves that you may wanna check out if you plan on doing this…

A bookcase at Wal*Mart for only $24.99 makes it easier to buy several to line a wall.

The EXPEDIT Series from IKEA is very versatile, sturdy, and can even be used as room dividers if necessary. IKEA also sells different styles of baskets that will fit into this shelf like drawers!

These shorter bookcases would fit nicely under a window.

Once our “library” outgrew it’s old bookshelf we decided to “build” a headboard out of it, giving us several shelves right next to the bed. We left the middle section out and I sanded and painted the shelves and a narrow board to match. We secured the board between the two shelves for a place to put our iPod dock and two lamps. We don’t use these shelves much for storage, but they do give us a place to put things and keep our bed from looking like a mattress in the middle of the floor. The baskets on the bottom shelves give us a place to keep pillowcases and heating pads.

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Tackling your whole bedroom at once can be quite overwhelming — so don’t. I’ve made a little step-by-step bedroom de-clutter guide in the form of a list, cause I like lists…and they’re organized 🙂

Here’s what you will need for this de-cluttering adventure…

-Several garbage bags

-Permanent marker and paper

-Plastic storage containers


  • First, make your bed…this gives a nice surface to work on.
  • Start by going around your bedroom and simply putting things in the general area they need to be in — if you don’t know the area, just put like things together. Pay no attention to trying to make things neat and tidy at this point, just get it all sorted.
  • Once this is done, focus first on your closet. Are you ready for this? Okay, now pull everything OUT of your closet — trust me, this is the best way to figure out what all is in there and where it needs to go.
  • Keep going with the sorted piles of things, now adding the following piles…Donate/give away(trash bag or box), Trash(trash bag), Storage(plastic storage container), and Things That Go in Other Rooms (box)
  • Make sure to go ahead and put the trash and donation items into bags so that you don’t end up going through it all in in about 20 minutes! At this point it really helps me to get paper and a marker and write out signs for all of these piles.
  • Start Sorting!
  • Begin hanging items you want to keep in your closet. Deciding what to keep is not my strong suit — the “rule” is if you haven’t worn it in the past year then get rid of it, but I’d be a major hypocrite if I said that — so use your own judgement there. I keep way too many of my clothes, so just try to be realistic and organize them…
  • Hang clothes in an “order”…I start on the left with tank tops (if you wanna get really particular, I sort them according to style/type), fitted t-shirts, other shirts sorted by sleeve length, sweaters, jeans, other pants, skirts, dresses. Another way of doing this would be shirts and pants separately sorted by color.
  • For now it would be best to sort other closet items (shoes, scarves, hats, purses etc.) into boxes to be placed in the bottom and top of your closet, assuming your closet is large enough. Once you figure out how much of this stuff you have, then you can think about storage containers, shelving etc…but that’s later.
  • If you don’t have a belt hanger or rack, hook them over the hook of the hanger.
  • If you happen to have an abundance of closet rod space you could hang your flip flops on homemade flip flop hangers as seen here on — don’t get sidetracked, for now just put them in the box with shoes!
  • When your closet starts to look like a closet again, move on to your dresser or drawer system.
  • Yep, pull it all out and start with an empty dresser (more later on my drawer system).
  • When all of your clothes are put away, move onto other piles.
  • Just generalizing, your piles probably have something to do with “getting ready” and “bedside stuff”. If you have a desk in your bedroom, tackle that separately or save it for last.
  • If you already have a nightstand of some sort then clean it out and use it only for things that you use at bedtime or in the morning. More on that later this week.
  • Now for the “getting ready” stuff…this can vary widely depending on how much time and effort you put into “getting ready”, how much “getting ready” stuff you have, and how much space you have for this sort of thing. I will be doing a more detailed post on this later in the week, for now just keep it all in the same general area.
  • Look around the room and sort out any stray items.
  • Set up a space for dirty clothes, near your closet/dressing area and a place for not-quite-dirty-not-quite-clean clothes such as what I did here.

At this point your bedroom should be looking a lot more organized, don’t forget to sort out all of the stuff that belongs in other rooms, take your trash out, and go immediately to wherever you donate things — these things clutter up space and somehow tend to work their way back into our lives.

The next couple posts will be focused on specific areas of the bedroom — check back for tips and storage ideas for your sorted piles of bedroom stuff!

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