July 19 2018
DIY Beach themed nautical rustic Q-tip holder
Is it beach themed or nautical or maybe rustic because it's in a mason jar? I don't know... but I like it.
I made this Q-tip holder for my guest bathroom and it cost less than $2!
$0.83 - 4 oz Ball Glass Jelly Jar - 12 pack for under $10 (found for $9.11 at Midland Hardware)
$0.50 - Jute Rope - 1 lb spool (4 ply) $6.00 at Walmart
$0.10 - Q-tips (we'll just estimate any figure for the Qtips...I stole them from my bathroom)
July 19 2018
Seashell vase for $1.50
My beach themed guest bedroom is coming along... slowly but surely. I could head on over to Birch Lane and spend thousands of dollars on perfectly matched beach decor but what is the fun in that? I prefer to DIY everything (at my own pace) for as inexpensively as possible!
My DIY Seashell Vase cost just over a buck!
Glass vase - Dollar Tree $1.00 plus tax
Jute Rope - 1 lb spool (4 ply) $6.00 at Walmart
Sand - free down at my beach (or you can get a bag of it at Dollar Tree for $1)
Seashells - free down at my beach!
You will use less than 2' of the jute rope for this project and if you've got a beach themed room, you will be glad to have the rest of that spool on hand for all your next projects! This rope has become a common theme in my guest bed and bath.
Check out the DIY Q-tip holder using more jute rope --> HERE.
June 13 2018
I have family coming into town this weekend to visit us and see our new home. As I was getting the guest room ready, I realized I was missing fresh flowers.
I don't have the time - or the money - to go buy cut flowers for a guest bedroom so I had to use what I have on hand. The previous owners left me a yard full of weeds that I have been slowly chipping away at. So - I used what I have - weeds.
I got the painted glass vase at Hobby Lobby last weekend - it was on clearance - Originally $19.99 but was 70% off so I got it for $6! It matches perfectly with the Iron and Board Holder that I made for $5 that now hangs in this beach themed room.
My weed vase really does give the room that something extra.
July 9 2018
DIY No Sew Farmhouse Style Drop cloth Curtains
The new house in Connecticut has 3 bedrooms and a master suite. Being that we are "empty-nesters" now, we have 3 rooms that can be turned into something else since the kids won't occupy them. I really don't appreciate wasted space so each room needs to be used for more than just a dust collecting guest room.
One of the rooms will be called the 'military room' and I am excited to design it in a vintage army style with muted earthy tone colors, along with burlap and a rustic undertone. (If that makes any sense)... no, I am not a designer and don't know the language - I just know what I like.
Today I put up the curtains. Paint drop cloths worked brilliantly to go with my theme!
$10 each - 6x9 Medium Duty 8oz Canvas Drop Cloth (Lowe's)
$5 each - Clip Rings - Oil Rubbed Bronze, fits up to 1" rods, 7 in a pack (Walmart)
I washed the drop cloths and then hung them - folding the cloth at the top so it will slightly hang on the floor.
Can't wait to hang the American Flag made of wood by Flags of Valor! It was a gift from our most awesome neighbor back in New York. Hard to even call him a neighbor, he was more like family. (We miss you Joe!)
July 9, 2018
My first project in our new home. The Iron and board holder.
DIY for $5.88
We have worked tirelessly to get this house in order. Living in chaos and dis-organization doesn't work well for us. We have just been in an uneasy state of mind and a bit cranky because of the chores and tasks involved in the whole move process. There are still a few boxes to go through but I took a few minutes this past weekend to paint a crate so I have a place to store and hang the iron and board. I saw someone else do something similar on pinterest (of course), so here is my version.
$5.00 - Wood crate (normally $10 but used a 50% off coupon at Michaels)
$.88 - Caribbean Sea paint in a small tube
0 - 2 curtain tie-backs that I had laying around
4 - misc screws for the wall and the tie-backs
The colors work nicely in the beach guest room!
I moved to the Point Beach neighborhood in Milford, Connecticut in June of 2018 - these are my experiences of owning a new beach home and relocating to unfamiliar territory. ~ Shelly Straub