Mother’s Day DIY No. Three

My mom loves a good diy project, so I always try to give her something handmade for Mother’s Day. She also loves to garden, so it’s fun to combine these two things and give her something plant-y!

Painted Terra Cotta Succulent Planters

This year I went with succulents in terra cotta pots that I hand painted. I just used latex paint samples and sponge brushes that I already had on hand.

Painted Terra Cotta Succulent Planters IMG_1413

I didn’t even realize until I gave them to her that the colors I picked match the curtains in her office – I love a happy accident!

Don’t they look so cute on her desk in the window?

Painted Terra Cotta Succulent Planters Painted Terra Cotta Succulent Planters

Did you DIY anything for your Mom this Mother’s Day? Link it in the comments!

PS – here are my Mother’s Day projects from the last couple of years:

DIY Veggie Garden Signs
Mother’s Day Mani Kit

Blogiversary: Two Years!

Dudes, I’ve been making things my whole life, and I’ve been writing to you about them for two whole years now. Thousands of people have visited my little corner of the internet from all over the planet. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for this entire experience. It’s one of the most emotionally rewarding hobbies I’ve ever had.

I owe everyone that’s ever visited, commented and shared my posts a thank you and a big bear hug! You guys are awesome!

I’ve got some projects in the works right now, which have been delayed because life happens, but in the meantime… Here are a few of my favorite little projects from the past year.

DIY Hanging Canvas Headboard
String Art
Leaning Instax Picture Display Shelf
Upcycled Colander to Patio Planter 

Cheers!

xo,

J

Upcycled Colander: Patio Planter

upcycle a colander into a planter

It’s springtime in Texas, and that means that I can emerge from hiding and enjoy weather that doesn’t cause me to bundle up like a burrito!

I love being outside, and even though my patio is little, I have big dreams for it… as illustrated in this rudimentary drawing of what I’d like to accomplish in this little space.  Let it be known by the entire internet that I am not able to draw an Adirondack chair.  C’est la vie.

upcycle a colander into a planter

This past Sunday was a perfect day to get a jump on a pretty patio by picking up plants (that alliteration, tho).  I mean look at the “before”.  Bleh.

upcycle a colander into a planter

An old colander that was starting to rust a bit is a perfect home for some Polka Dot Plants and Ivy.

It was as easy as: colander…

upcycle a colander into a planter

Rocks for less messy drainage (probably not even necessary)…

upcycle a colander into a planter

Potting soil…

upcycle a colander into a planter

Plants!

upcycle a colander into a planter

I also bought a Sansevieria to live next to it.

upcycle a colander into a planter

It’s planted in a self-watering pot, which is great if you suck at remembering to water your plants.  You put water in the reservoir, and your plant in the inlaid pot, and let go of the guilt of not remembering to take care of it.  Fantastic!

upcycle a colander into a planter

I still have lots that I want to do out here – get an outdoor rug, strip and stain that little black table, spray paint my hurricane lanterns – but after an extra-icky winter, I’m glad I at least got a start on the patio primp last weekend.

upcycle a colander into a planter

Before long it will be one of my favorite little spots in my home, and of course I’ll post updates all along.  Until then…

What’s your first outdoor project when spring hits?  Do tell…

Two-Tone Storage Crate

I love a quick and easy Sunday afternoon project.  This one was cheap, too, so… Trifecta!!!

Here’s a thing I did to get more organized in my bathroom.  My bathroom is REALLY small, so believe me, I need all of the storage and organization I can get.

two tone bathroom storage crate

I bought two little crates at a thrift store for 25c each.  They were bare wood, and frankly, a little boring.

two tone bathroom storage crate

I took some stain that I had lying around (Varathane American Walnut) and stained the outside.  One coat, no fuss.

two tone bathroom storage crate

Then I used a careful hand and a paint sample that I bought a couple of years ago (Valspar Sweet Mint) to paint the inside. Two coats, minimal fuss.

two tone bathroom storage crate

The dark stain mimics my floors and the light, blue-green paint hue matches one of the colors in my shower curtain.  I love it!

two tone bathroom storage crate 040 done

Side note: I invoked my red sticker rule and bought that Nate Berkus rug at Target for $10.98!  Pretty, pretty.

two tone bathroom storage crate

My little crates are perfect for facewash, lotion, body spray and the like.

I already had all of the supplies for this project, so, it felt “free” to me.  But, you could probably re-create this for less than $20.  All you need is a couple of storage crates, wood stain and paint!

Do you have a cute way of organizing things in your bathroom?  I’d love to see… Link in the comments section!

xo,

J

Operation Organization: Closet Storage

Confession: my closet looks like a hot mess around 70% of the time.  Okay, maybe 75% of the time.  Okay, lets just not quantify it.  Here’s a thing I did to help myself get a little more organized in the closet.

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

My closet is actually considerably big for my little 571 sq. ft. apartment.  It’s just under 37 sq. ft., and at 8 1/2 ft deep, there’s a fair amount of walkin’ space.  It’s almost 5 ft wide, leaving me plenty of room to put a shelf on the back wall, and still hang my clothes on the adjacent rod.

My bookshelf is one of those inexpensive composite-wood, adjustable shelving units that you can find at most big-box stores.  Its just over 6 ft tall, around 3 ft wide and 1 ft deep.  I purchased it 6ish years ago, and it’s in good shape, so I’d say I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth… but… with all of my purses and wallets and clutches and shoes on it, it’s uggo.

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

It’s nothing that a curtain rod, a curtain, some paint, and a sponge can’t fix, though.

I attached a $5 curtain rod (from Target, maybe?) to the top of my shelf.

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

My curtain had visible tabs, but I didn’t want that, so I folded them over and sewed them in place.  The curtain rod now slips in the tabs behind the top hem.  Tabs be gone.

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

Then I hemmed the bottom of the curtain up a few inches.  I just hung it on the shelf and marked where I wanted the bottom to be with a piece of chalk.  No pesky measuring, here.

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

Then I cut a damp kitchen sponge into a triangle, and used black and grey latex paint to create a random geometric pattern on the curtain.

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

Old baking tins lined with aluminum foil make great paint trays, and allow for easy cleanup!

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

Now I don’t have to stare at what could be considered a “hoarders stash” of shoes and purses every time I walk by or into my closet!  I still have a ways to go before anyone could consider this closet pinterest-worthy, but at least I’ve got the ball rolling.  Baby steps.

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

I already had all of the supplies used in this project so I’m not sure of the exact cost, but I’d bet that you could easily re-create this on your own for under $50.  All you need is a composite wood shelf, a cheap curtain rod, a curtain, a sponge and some paint!

What solutions do you use to store your purses and shoes?  Link to them in the comments section so I can see!

xo

J