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Kitchen Catch-All: Solution to a Messy Counter

I don’t know if your home is like Boyd Street’s…

but somehow keys, mail, magazines, grocery lists and heaven knows what else always seem to land on the small kitchen island.  No matter how hard I try to organize and clean each day, it still looks like a mess.

But… the other day while shopping in the office section at Walmart, I came upon what I think is a great solution!

"Kitchen Catch-All"

It’s made of canvas, has metal grommets and hooks and is made to be hung on the wall or as I did here, on the side of an island or desk.  Not too bad for $14!  There are pockets for magazines, bills, grocery lists, and hooks for keys, etc.

I really think someone “handy” could make their own.  If I had my rathers, the bottom pockets would be deeper to hold a business size envelope vertically and the large compartment could have ties on the side to expand or hold items tightly.  Could have been a brighter color, too 🙂

But for now . . .

the messy counter has been eliminated.  Will let you know how long this lasts!  Do you have special ways to keep your counter tops clean?  Would love to hear about them!

Cheers…

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Old Desk New Again ({show&tell})

Sweet Pickins via {show&tell}

Love this desk redo by {show&tell} and will definitely make a note of the colors used..

“Color = Summit Gray by Sherwin Williams

Stain = Kona by Rustoleum (my new favorite brand of stain)”

Follow the link to see the before and more after pictures of the results.

Enjoy,

Solution for Old Paneling: Whitewashing (BHG)

We have all heard of painting old paneling . . .

I have certainly done my share and it turns out great as long as you prime and paint correctly. However, I stumbled upon another idea today over at Better Homes and Gardens website and I thought I would share…

"Whitewash Old Paneling"

BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS

Unlike painting, whitewashing will still let the pattern of the wood show through allowing an element of texture which would highlight a beachy or cottage style room.  Other accents like a woven mat or tray also add interest.

So, before you grab the paint can, think twice about the look you want to achieve.  Whitewashing is ages old.. even Tom Sawyer did his fair share.  Here’s a short tutorial on how to whitewash.. How to Whitewash Paneling.

Remember.. use your imagination, repurpose and have fun!

Enjoy,

House Crashing: Style For Miles (Young House Love)

Read about at one of my favorite DIY blogs, Young House Love

"Young House Love House Crash"

Young House Love

Take a look at what Sherry and John are up to now… another house crash… this time in the Richmond area and a house so beautifully decorated that they use it for commercials and photoshoots.  Love the painted ladder on the front porch.  Click the photo above to read more…

Enjoy,

Easy Decor Ideas on a Budget: BHG

Beach Themed Placemats: 12 for under $5.00

Heads up on some closeout placemats at KMart.  After searching forever for some placemats for the new (old) white and wood farm table in my sun room with the green beachy theme, just happened to luck up on these at KMart.  At thirty-nine cents each (originally $7.25 each), you can’t beat this deal and they are washable, too.  Love the natural palette colors of tan, green, white and ocean blue!   You can find them here.

Hope everyone is enjoying their 4th of July!

Old Bi-Fold Mirror: Trash or Treasure?

Help!  What to do with this??  You know how you see something and it is cheap and you think I can do something with that…  Well, here’s another one of those that followed us home the other day.

It really is in pretty good shape and I think the bi-fold option is neat.  The legs could be taken off and the mirror set on a table.

So… help  us out here.  Should we paint it?  Use for a dressing table or bookcase??  Trash or Treasure?

Another question in our new series…  WHAT TO DO WITH THIS?

Online Picks of the Week: Candelebra Ceiling Fan, Faux Leather Bar Stools & More

Online shopping is one of our favorite hobbies here at Boyd Street Bungalow.   We love to repurpose but sometimes it is necessary to buy new.  Since our new sun room light fixture came from Lamps Plus, it seems we are always drawn to their site just to look and drool over all their offerings.  The selection is fantastic and so are their prices and customer service.

We were just thinking the other day why didn’t they make a ceiling fan with a chandelier light fixture.  Well.. they do!!  This distressed white fan and chandelier from Lamps Plus would be perfect in a beach cottage or your very own bedroom.

Perfect for a little girl’s room, there is also one with pink crystals that comes in several different sizes…  Isn’t that sweet?

"Pink Candelebra Ceiling Fan"


If you are shopping for bar stools and like a modern, clean look at a great price, then these adjustable stools may just be for you.  Wouldn’t mind having the white ones in in my very own kitchen.

Last drool of the day from there is a modern figure 8 sculpture which would really be the center of conversation..  Love it!!

Happy shopping!!

Sun Room Chandelier: With a Beach Theme

Typical of a 1950’s ranch home, this old house came with a single carport which had been been converted into a room to have additional living space.  Since it is next door to the kitchen, we’ve been using it as a part dining room and part TV room.  It’s the room with many names but currently it is called the “sun room.”  Recently added is a thrift store long wooden table with dark wood top and white legs.   Since the room has little lighting, it really needed a light fixture for over the table.  The room has a beach theme from our many trips to Gulf Shores, Alabama.  Thus we picked a Lamps Plus chandelier (on closeout) with a somewhat nautical theme with its wrapped iron roping effect and 6- light chandelier arms.   To complete the look, we purchased silk shantung shades from CSN Stores (5 of them were on clearance!).

"White Candelebra Chandelier"

Although the fixture was made to hardwire install, we chose to use a swag light kit so it could be plugged into the wall.  Converting this was no easy job since electrical skills we lack.  However, with the help of our friend John, super handyman and jack of all trades, we were able to have it installed in less than an hour.

It will take one more visit from John to get the light working properly since there is still an on-off switch to install on the wire.  We also want to drape the chain to the corner and have it run down the wall to the outlet.  Neither one of us had a ladder!  Another hint for a great looking chandelier is to have a dimmer which we have ordered from Amazon.  It’s just the type you plug in and convert any lamp to a dimming one!

All in all, we are very pleased with the results.  The room is taking shape in bits and pieces and it will be a joy to show the total look as soon as it is finished!

Thanks to John and his daughter for helping me once again “make this old house a new home.”

Beach Inspiration by Behr Paint

Nothing gets me ready for summer more than a beach inspired room and Behr Paint on Facebook has certainly helped me out.  The paint on the walls is their Country Beige 760C-2 highlighted by the brisk white trim, Ultra Pure White 1850.   The sheer white curtains, textural accents, white furniture seating and accents of blue, make me think the beach is right outside my back door.

 

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