Saturday, September 13, 2014

Redecorating An Old File Cabinet With Contact Paper

Hi everyone. Well, here in Ohio Fall has arrived early. This is day two of cold breezy days. This weather makes me very happy since Fall is my favorite season.

As I enjoy this beautiful weather. let me share with you one of the projects I have done lately.

Through time filing cabinets can become rather ugly. They get scratched up a lot and sometimes a bit rusty if they have been wet. My problem was that my filing cabinets were old, they were all scratched up and I was tired of the black color. I wanted a lighter color but buying new ones was out of the question, first these filing cabinets were in good condition and it seemed crazy for me to buy new ones if the old ones were fine. So my remedy was to either spray paint them or cover them in contact paper. 

Now a days you can find contact paper in an assortment of designs and colors but I wanted just plain shade of cream. I found the color I wanted and I covered my filing cabinets (2) with this cute cream & tan marble contact paper I found at Dollartree. 

Here is the filing cabinet BEFORE




Its too dark for my new office colors.

BEFORE

Before you start to cover the cabinets you must first remove the handles and then clean the cabinets well from dust, dirt and grease so the contact paper can adhere well to the metal. To clean my filing cabinets I made a bowl of Mr. Clean muscle cleaner & water. I cleaned them well and then I let them dry.

Here is the contact paper I bought for this project, I bought 3 rolls.


Once the cabinets were covered I cut out the handles by slitting the hole where the handle goes in a few times. Then I slowly tucked the paper behind the hole..


I slowly pressed my finger around the handles to press down all the bubbles., if you come a bubble than you cannot remove take a fine needle and lightly poke the bubble, then press it down to make the bubble let out the air...then press the paper down and the bubble should completely disappear. As you see on this photo my paper has a few small bubbles, but once I poked the bubbles out (next photo) they are no longer there.



This is my after photo...they came out great.


No bubbles and for the $3 dollars I spent on (3) rolls of contact paper, I must say that was a Frugalicious project.



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Small Home Tour...Decorating with Love

Hey, how you all doing? Welcome to my home. I have been very busy decorating my home these past couple of months. So here are some things I've done.

 This Summer I went with lighter colors in the bedroom, soft grays, white, beige and a touch of aqua blue & sage green. The bedroom furniture was painted a soft taupe with a green base from the previous black color...it all looks lovely.


Freshly painted bedroom furniture


 New bedroom window curtains & valance.


My 1940's hats and mirror became my headboard. 



 The wall across from the bed.


Another bedroom wall


My Bathroom...it had a mini makeover this past Spring, lots of painting and organizing was done. A new color choice, a more elegant and modern feel.







This wall was changed...before.


After



The living room has browns and beige as the base colors with sage greens & dark cranberry accents.


This wall was changed...before look.


After



Another living room wall...before look.


After


 My family wall. 


I adore decorating, I hope you do too. 

Thank you for stopping by...please come again.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bathroom Towel Bar Book Shelf Holder & Plate Hanger For Guest Bath Towels****

Every one of us have towel bars in our bathrooms, but for me its a useless waste of space. For years I was tired of having guest towels hanging on the wall. I always have nice guest paper towels for my guests to dry their hands so having bath guest towels for this purpose seemed to be a waste of space.
 
This is how my towel bar looked like a few days ago and don't forget to see at the bottom of the post where I housed the guest bath towels.
 
 
This is how it looks today.

 
I put my shelf underneath the bar and placed some great books on it.  This useless space is now a nice book holder for some great book reading while in the bathroom. I put on the shelf my favorite funny  children's poet Shel Silverstein...miss him...RIP, Real Love by Greg Bauer and of course 2 church books to lift up my spirituality.


 
So a once useless space for a towel bar is now a useful beautiful reading area.

 
To decorate the other wall I hung a black iron plate rack that now houses the guest bath towels. It looks stunning.
 
 
Next week I will show the very nice valances that I installed in the bathroom to finish this mini makeover...hope to see you then.
 
 
 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Tips on Organizing Our Home

Organizing our homes can be a bit difficult for many. Many thoughts can jump out of our head for many of us but for some its a very hard thing to do. So here's a few photos of some areas I have organized inside my home that may be able to help you in your home.
 
1. Put a shoe hanger behind every door in your house to organize items needed n that room. This shoe hanger is on the inside of my bathroom. It holds many items that are needed in the bathroom and when I need it I do not have to go out of the bathroom for it.

 
2. A home office is a place where organization is so necessary. By organizing items in baskets and placing them in order by like items and colors like my markers allows you to reach for the right shade whenever needed.

 
3. Organizing socks by color. This allows you to find the sock you need by a glance.

 
 
4. My living room ottoman serves 3 purposes. It holds all my tools in place and when it is closed it serves as an extra table for food trays or a seating chair for 2. 
 


5. If you have a lot of everything like I do since I am an extreme couponer; it is important to organize everything properly and keeping  like items together.

 


 


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Frugalicious Makeovers

Hello there, I sure hope life is good to you all. Here in Ohio the weather is fabulous, 74 degrees today and very breezy...its lovely.
 
One of my friends was throwing out this small 80's country rack. She knew I could come up with a way to revamp it to look much better. As you see from the photos it was sad looking. I thought of painting it but since the wood was so nice I ended up staining it. I didn't even had to sand it down, I just stained it a shade darker and I put it next to my night stand to hold my night reading magazines.

Before


 
After..it looks good.

 
Then I pick up this plague at a rummage sale for $1 dollar.  I knew I only needed to paint over the blue trim, so I painted the trim in black and hung it in my kitchen.
 
Before
 

 
After


 
Great Frugalicious makeovers.