Fun with contact paper

 

Is it just me, or is the Target Dollar Spot one of the best places on earth? Whenever I walk into Target “real quick” (I put quotes around this because we all know there is no such thing as a “real quick” trip to Target) I have to physically force myself to avoid looking in the direction of the Dollar Spot because when I do, I get sucked in. Most of the time I end up buying a ton of things I don’t need, like colored socks or mechanical pencils that last for a day. However, there is the rare occasion when I come across something really awesome at an even better price.

This contact paper was one of those things. I had been looking for a cute drawer liner for awhile, but I didn’t want to pay a ton of money for it. It’s not something I need, just something that would make my spaces more beautiful. I have seen other bloggers and YouTubers feature the Dollar Tree contact paper, but I never really liked any of the patterns, so when I saw this I scooped it up in a heartbeat. It was only three dollars and came in an adorable blue chevron print.

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Thrifted Furniture Finds: How Painting Furniture and Some Elbow Grease Can Transform Any Space

Last week, my friend and coworker decided she wanted to tackle painting some of the furniture in her apartment. She started asking me questions about how I painted my furniture and I started to realize that the majority of the pieces in my apartment are hand-me-downs that I up-cycled by painting and refinishing. I also realized that since I’ve been around the block when it comes to painting furniture, you guys would benefit from some of the information (and mistakes) I have stored in my noggin.
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DIY Inspiration Cork Board

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have been waiting for this post to come since I shared that picture of this beautiful navy fabric. Well, today is the day! It’s finally here. I’m sharing with you how I took my boring old cork board and turned it into a gorgeous inspiration board to hang right by my desk.
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DIY Clothespin Labels

Last week, when I made over my closet, I knew I was going to need some labels. I couldn’t see what was in the bins on my shelves without taking them down and looking inside. That kind of defeats the whole purpose of organizing for efficiency, right?

I have seen a lot of organizers, bloggers and Pinterests pinners (?), making cute DIY labels for their own spaces and I thought I could make my own, too. Here’s how I did it:

1. I gathered my materials. For these labels you’ll need: scrapbook paper, clothespins, paint, packing tape, your label-maker (I know I haven’t talked much about this yet–but if you’re trying to get organized, your first purchase should be a label-maker), and a hot-glue gun.

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2. Next, paint your clothespins which ever color tickles your fancy. For these, I chose “Deep Midnight Blue” and “Champagne” by Americana.

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3.They will dry relatively quickly, because the wood absorbs a lot of the paint, meaning you may need a few coats to completely cover the wood. While it’s drying, take the time to work on your labels. Cut the scrapbook paper down to the size you want it. Make sure not to cut it too big or too small, and if you’re using these to label a number of things that will all be on the same shelf or in the same area, make them all the same size to create a uniform look.

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4. Now break out your rusty trusty label maker and put it to good use. After that you can “laminate” the labels by covering the front and back in packing tape and trimming the edges. I got this idea from one of my favorite YouTubers, Katherine from DoItOnADime.

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Did I mention it’s hard to paint an entire clothespin without getting any on your hands? Trust me, the results are worth it.

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6. Now, take your hot glue gun and attach these lovely “laminated” labels to the front.

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And there you have it! The cutest little labels you ever did see. I love these because they are so simple, inexpensive and versatile. They can be used in so many places around the house. A linen closet, pantry or craft room to name a few.

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Let me know if you try these in your space and let me know how it went! Please leave pictures in the comments below or Tweet me @qqquimby016.Signature