Friday, September 19, 2014

11 UHeart Organizing: A Handmade Entry

If you had a total of 8 square feet of entryway space, what would you do with it? 

One thing I love about contributing writer, Palak of Make it Handmade, is that she loves to sew and create storage on a budget.  Her entryway is no exception as she tackled the super small space with a super big heart.  She and her husband took on their first building project to build in a bench and upper storage from scratch, and from there she also created some DIY felt storage bins.  She is stopping by today to share a bit more about how she truly "made" every last bit of her budget friendly entryway.



Hello I Heart Readers! I'm back today with a "tour" of our newly built Mini Mudroom.


It's not much to look at, but right now it's my very favorite 8 square feet in our home.

When we bought our home, there was a small recess right behind the garage door that was perfect for a small bench.  I searched and searched for a bench to fit the area exactly, but couldn't find one that fit with my taste or our budget.

But now that both kids go to school, we really needed a place for them store their bags, folders, show and tells, sneakers etc. So, even though we've only used our jigsaw once, my husband and I set out to make a mud bench.


We roughly followed this plan from Ana White.  I modified the bench plans to fit our IKEA expedit containers and to be deep enough to be comfortable for us to sit on.

We were able to cut costs by using plywood instead of solid wood and omitting the back of the bench, so the whole bench only cost about 40 dollars in wood.

The cubbies on the bottom of the shelf are the DRONA boxes from IKEA. They hold our spare shoes, items that need to be returned to the store or grandmas, and all those hats I knit.


The shelf we cobbled together from scraps from the bench and our garage.


Our big splurge were these hooks from Lowes.  There are wonderful DIY options for hooks and knobs, but at the end of the project these felt like the icing on the cake.


Because the shelf was from scraps I didn't have any baskets shallow enough to fit the upper cubbies.  I really loved these soft baskets from Ikea, but again, they weren't the right size and they were very expensive.  So I had to sew up my own.



These baskets fit perfectly in the space I have, and have an "unique expression" just like the ones in the IKEA catalog.  If you want to make your own in any size, check out my Felt Basket Tutorial.


These are perfect for those items that I want to keep out of sight and out of reach of little hands.  One basket holds our wallets and umbrellas... and there might be a little chocolate tucked in there as well.


In a non cuffed bin I'm keeping all those unsightly grocery bags.  We used to keep these in the pantry and I'm so glad to get them closer to the car so I'll actually remember to take them to the store!

With the leftover felt I made a little homework organizer for the kids.  This way we'll always know where that folder is at the beginning of the week!


For our first big furniture diy project I'm ecstatic with how it turned out!  I still would like to add a few things to make it special -- I'm loving this chalkboard wall in Christie's Magical Mudroom.  I think a small version would be perfect for the space!  How do you dress up your mud room?

Thank you for having me over to share my space, Jen!



"I'm Palak-- a slightly sleep deprived mom who has loved sewing, knitting and crochet for her whole life. When I’m not chasing after my two rambunctious kids, or sitting behind my sewing machine, I write about my DIY exploits at my blog, Make It Handmade. I also own Sewistry, a site dedicated to stretching our sewing dollars with money saving projects, product review and buying guides. Although organizing doesn’t come naturally to me, I’ve been inspired by Jen and her blog to find the joy in making my home beautiful and functional. I’m transforming my home one room at a time and using my sewing machine every chance I get! I’m simply elated to be able share sewing projects for your home as part of the IHeart team! "

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

12 Reader Space: A Vintage Inspired Vanity

OK gals!  I have a beautiful and inspiring vanity area to share today.  It is a special space that my dear friend, Jenna, created to store all of her daily accessories.


There is something magical about those mornings where everything goes smoothly and you greet the day with a smile.  And although that is not always the case, one thing that does help is having your clothing and accessories organized and awaiting your eager morning face.  Jenna, of Jenna Sue Designs, is no stranger around here because everything she touches turns to gold and she inspires me on a daily basis.  Her projects are always a breath of freshly organized air and she always appreciates taking things to that final step of "absolutely lovely".

Jenna recently revealed her master bedroom renovation, in which she flanked her bed with two amoires from IKEA.  The cabinets started out as a blank slate of white and she was able to put her personal twist on each.  Both the exterior and the interior are customized to fit her needs and wishes, and today she is stopping by to share a bit more about the project.  Here is a glimpse at the cabinet just after she lined it with beautiful paper.  Keep reading for more delicious eye candy...



What is the main function of the space?

"To organize and display my jewelry, purses, shoes and accessories."



Any superstar tips for keeping it organized?

"Everything must have its own place and you should be able to clearly see every item without having to dig around for it.  If you instantly know where it belongs, it becomes second nature to grab and return it back to its spot—keeping the system operating smoothly."



What items did you find were essential when organizing this space and why?

"The pull-out wire baskets were definitely needed so I could have access to the back of the wardrobe and utilize the entire depth.  For my jewelry, I needed smaller organizers (I used small vintage containers, trays, a earring and ring holders and hooks for necklaces).  And of course, a mirror!"





What did you do to go the extra mile and "make it pretty”?

"I wanted it to maintain some of the rustic qualities found in the rest of our home so the stained wood sides were perfect for that, but I also made it girly with gray damask fabric, a vintage style mirror and metal lace tray.  By keeping the design neutral, I could let my accessories provide the fun pops of color."





What items did you DIY to stay on a budget?

"I used plain Ikea Pax doors and added X style trim (made from thin plywood) and black handles.  I covered the back with damask fabric (using modge podge), stained some scrap wood from the garage and nailed it up to the sides, and added the hooks.  On the outside, we added molding to make it look built in.  It really was a fairly inexpensive project!"



How has it impacted your life for the better?

"Getting ready to go out is a very different experience now!  With all of my accessories out in the open, it’s so much easier to see what I’m working with and takes less time to coordinate my outfits. No more rummaging through piles of jewelry to find what I’m looking for!  It’s great to have this feminine little space in the house that I can call my own (that’s also hidden behind closed doors so there’s no conflict with the Mr!)"



As a girl who prefers to keep my clothing neutral and basic and let my accessories do the talking, I can completely get on board with this vanity armoire.  Everything from hats to shoes to handbags to bangles are stored within this super sweet nook, and I think I would have to accidentally on purpose leave those doors open all of the time.

The wardrobe may have started out basic but it is the perfect example of what a few simple additions can do to take something from ho-hum to ooh-la-la!  Some very basic trim on the door faces around the top and it looks like a custom built-in {and we all know how expensive those can get}.  I love the idea of planking the interior walls which gives the cabinet warmth and function - offering the perfect spot to screw in hooks for those necklaces.  Pull out drawers for shoes and accessories will keep everything right within reach each day.  And how about that beautiful fabric?  I know it has been done time and time again but you guys, it still gets me every last time!  Paper and fabric really go a long way in any project, big or small.  And as if I haven't gushed enough, I love Jenna's thoughtfully curated accessories.  The vanity tray is simply stunning.

To find the complete step-by-step tutorial for how Jenna customized her armoire, you can pop over to her blog here.  And if you can't get enough of the armoires, stick around and check out the entire bedroom makeover which is as breathless as the views she has.


I would love to know, what special touches do you add to your morning routine to ensure that you wake up ready to take on the world?


*  All images courtesy of Jenna Sue Design

ATTENTION!!  Want to be featured in a Reader Space edition?  Have an awesome organizing story to share?  I am looking for projects that have made a positive impact to your life, big or small.  They can be anything from an organized drawer or cabinet to an entire room.  Please submit your story and photos to iheartreaderspace@gmail.com, and I would heart to feature them right here on the blog!!  Photos should be high resolution and unedited.  Please include a description of the project, including any costs, inspiration, and how it has changed your life and routine for the better!  Oh, and no worries my friends, we will NEVER judge "before" pictures because that just wouldn't be nice!  Only love goes on at this blog!

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