Creativity Station for Kids

13. Creativity Station for Kids

Here is a nice kid station to their creativity on. Ikea fixtures and some things you already have at home. Organize those rooms that you never thought could ever get organized. Create your own creativity station with this inspirational set up. Lets see if you can top this with your own style and creativity. Article provided by jamonkey.

 

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Multifunction Desktop Organizer

52 Ways to Improve Your Homes Curb Appeal

52 Ways to Improve Your Homes Curb Appeal

Today’s real estate market can be crazy. But improving your curb appeal can help you get the price that you want for the house that you are selling. Here is a list of 52 great ideas for improving your curb appeal on your home.

1. Hide your Garden Hose in an Attractive Planter

2. Reface Your Foundation

3. Update Your Address Numbers

4. Repave Your Driveway

5. Add a Pathway

6. Add Shutters

7. Add Personalized Planters

8. Add a Trellis Above the Garage Door

9. Buy a New Front Door

10. Add Window Boxes

11. Camouflage Eyesores

12. Add Mulch to Your Existing Garden Beds

13. Paint Your Front Door

14. Cover an old concrete stoop with pavers

15. Create a Container Garden

16. Update your Mailbox

17. Create a Seating Area in Your Front Porch

18. Put in a Fence

19. Update your Front Porch Light

20. Replace Your Garage Door

21. Paint your Garage Door

22. Add New Hardware to Your Front Door

23. Add Hardware to your Garage

24. Add Interesting Pieces to your Yard like an archway or bird bath

25. Add Symmetry to Your Front Door

26. Add Cute Welcome Mat

27. Paint the Exterior of your House

28. Add an Arbor

29. Paint your Trim

30. Power wash the Exterior of your Home

31. Clean your Windows

32. Plant a Tree or Two

33. Add a Door Knocker

34. Pull Weeds

35. Tile your Front Porch

36. Replace or Repair you Gutters

37. Upgrade your Porch or Deck Railing

38. Dress up your Dormer

39. Add Windows to your Garage

40. Add Molding to Your Front Door

41. Edge Your Driveway

42. Add Light to your Walkways

43. Window Treatments that Compliment the Exterior of the House

44. Paint your front stoop

45. Build a Berm

46. Replace Door Threshold

47. Get rid of dead and dying plants

48. Clean Your Roof

49. Replace Damaged Shingles

50. Pruned Landscape

51. Cute Patio Furniture

52. Manicured Lawn

DIY Boat Bed – Beds With Storage

DIY Boat Bed

Need a new bed with storage design in your home? How about a bed that looks like a boat? Your kids will love this idea. Check out this DIY Boat Bed tutorial and make a bed in your home look exactly like a boat. Yes it has all the storage compartments you want and it is perfect for a small bedroom. Incorporate one of these beds with storage into your home!

Step 1: Design and Materials

I’m not much for making a real exact drawing of what I build. I tend to just go for it. So for this project I did a basic sketch (on paper) with the mattress dimensions, finished height, and the space I had to work with. Then I just used my tape measure and eye-balled the shape I wanted. Another big design factor was that I wanted to be able to take it apart easily if I end up moving in the next two years. So that made it a little more difficult. As I went along in the project I had to make a few minor adjustments in my original dimensions to allow for plywood bending and for the tools I had on hand.

I up-cycled a lot of materials from other projects (crib) and stuff I had on hand. I did buy one sheet of 5/8″ ply for the mattress to sit on and 2 sheets of 1/8″ to cover the boat. The structure is made mostly from 3/4″material. Plus paint and Polyurethane. Nails, screws glue…all the basics.

Tools used:
Circular saw
Jig saw
Router
Cordless drill
Hammer
Rasp
Palm sander (random orbit)
Japanese style pull saw
Various drill bits
Tape measure
Quick clamps

Step 2: Build the frame

I drew the profile of the side of the “boat” full size on some poster board material and used it as my pattern(pic 1). This is the exact profile on the rear of the boat. I then cut out four of those, two for each side. These are the rear most uprights. As they get closer to the front they needed to be taller for the gentle curve from aft to prow. So I moved my pattern up 3/4″ for two more and then an inch more for the final two. I glued and screwed them to a 1×4 that is 2 inches longer that the mattress.

Then I drew the pattern on to some 1/2 inch ply I had (crib) and figured the width of the bed/boat based on the mattress width. I temporarily screwed that to the back to Hold the sides up(pic 3). I cut one for the front also but based on the uprights on the front.

I then put a 1×2 on top of the notch I had planned out on my pattern. Glue and screw everything.

You can kind of see in the pics how I progressively figured out the shape of the boat.

Step 3: Put on top rails

Rip your top rail to overlap the 1/8″ plywood sheeting. Then I used a 5/16″ drill bit to counter sink where I would screw straight down into the uprights. Pre drill everything so you don’t split anything. Glue and screw.

Nice curve. right?

Step 4: Start the Prow

This was a bit tricky. I had to kind of just eye-ball where I wanted the prow to end up without making the boat too long in overall length for my sons room. I also wanted it to be big enough for storing a comforter. First I laid a piece of 1/2″ ply on the ground.

Then I held the 2×4 up at an angle to see where it should go and then marked and cut it. Then I got a better idea of where it would end up. I then sketched the curve on to the ply that is sitting on the ground for the bottom of the prow and cut it out with a jigsaw.

After I made sure the curve was nice I screwed the 2/4 in through the bottom.

Step 5: Finish top of prow

I had to then figure out where the top of the prow should be so I bent a board from front to back with an approximation of the curve of the rails. Then I cut it on that mark.

I then used two 1×8’s from the front of the rails to the prow. I clamped them in place and then freehand drew the curve on to the top side. Then I cut out one with the jigsaw and tested it on both sides. Once it fit well I flipped it over and traced out onto the other board, cut it out, and then fit them into place.

I flipped the prow over on to a work bench and fit the 2×2 uprights into place. Once it all lined up good I used a quarter round bit and routed all the edges.

Step 6: Cover the sides

I used 1/8″ plywood to cover the boat. My dad built a kayak out of 1/4″ ply so I figured this would be plenty strong for a fake boat. Once it was all glued up and dry it was surprisingly strong and light.

For the side panels I wanted 4 “boards” to run up the length of the boat. I divided the front and back uprights into four equal parts which would be the bottom of each board. Then I ripped the ply with the jigsaw because I wanted kind of a rough old boat look.
Starting at the bottom I glued and nailed the ply onto the frame, gluing along the entire length of the overlap also. The overlap didn’t want to stay tight together so I used a couple of 1″ screws to hold it together until the glue dried. Later I removed them and filled the holes.

The top “board” of ply has that slight curve in it that runs along the top rail of the entire boat. I clamped that piece of ply where the bottom should go and scribed the back side with the curve. Then I cut it out carefully with the jigsaw.

Step 7: Cover the prow

This was probably the most difficult part of the whole project. Kind of hard to describe how I did it and I was in a rush to finish before it rained so there is only one pic.

Because of the more aggressive curve around the prow I ran the ply across the grain because it bends more readily that way. They also make “bendy ply” that would have been great for this but I couldn’t get ahold of any.

Again I marked all the uprights where the bottom of the board should be. Then I made an 18″ cut of ply and just held up in place more or less and marked the angle along the 2×4. Once the angle was cut then I could clamp it in place and draw the curve onto the back side using my bottom of board marks and adding and inch. I only needed to figure out one side and cut the reverse for the other. Each “board” has a different radius because the prow widens towards the top. I just let the boards run long and trimmed them with a hand saw flush with the back of the prow.

Step 8: Secret panel

I had a rough idea of how I was going to make a secret panel that would lift out when something else was pushed or pulled. I used a thin kerf Japanese style pull saw to cut the top rail where the panel would lift up.

Then I built a basic drawer that served as the panel. It took some trial and error to figure out the mechanics but it’s just basically two eyelets screwed in to the bottom of the 1×2 that has a rope that runs through it. When you push down on the flag pull it pulls on the rope that raises the panel. Simple as that!

Perfect place for a iPad…and some how-to books….

Step 9: Secret drawer

From the beginning I wanted a name plate to have my son’s name on it so I decided to make it open up. I just built a tiny drawer with a back that extended up above the sides so when in place the drawer couldn’t be pulled out to far and fall.

Stained the front. Printed out a font I liked and transferred it on to the wood. Painted it with watered down acrylics. Polyurethaned the whole thing at the end. Added some brass rivets to the front corners to make it look like it’s bolted on the bolt and can’t be moved.

Step 10: Banket storage

I used the space in the prow to hide comforters and large stuff like that. Used another scrap piece of ply from the crib. I trimmed it out and put some hinges and a handle on it. I’ll eventually put something to hold it up while it is open but for now my son isn’t going to be able to open it on his own for a couple of years.

Step 11: Finish

I stained the top rails and the inside of the side where the mattress will sit. Then painted the outside of the boat solid green. Once the green dried I dry brushed dark green and white in that order to give it a weathered look. I also dry brushed white onto the stained wood to also weather it. I used a damp rag to soften the contrast of the white.
Then I painted with the dark green to paint on moss to give it more detail.

Then I sprayed the whole thing with satin finish polyurethane. I didn’t want gloss because…I don’t like gloss ūüôā and I wanted it to look old.

Step 12: Add some trees

Once I installed it it looked kind of lonely all by itself in his room. So I took some dried eucalyptus branches I had sitting around for another idea I had for the bed (was going to make a rustic loft bed but transportability…) And leaned them in the corners. Once I knew where I wanted them I screwed them together so they wouldn’t move if my son pulls on them. Then the sticks looked kind of lonely so I painted some in too. That filled it in a little more.

Then….twinkle lights.

That’s it…Go to bed.

Step 13: Jolly Roger

I added a Jolly Roger flag to the pole to make it a little more fun.
I used a piece of black canvas, white colored pencil and some white acrylic paint. When it was dry I added a piece of grey board to stiffen it a little more on the backside and then tacked it to the flag pole with some upholstery tacks.

All done!

Step 14: Secret compartments overview

Here’s just a review of the secret spaces I’ve included.

1. Hidden panel that raises when flag pole is pushed down
2. Drawer behind name plate
3. Hatch in prow of boat for comforter
4. Panel under mattress lifts up

Thanks for reading!

Laundry Room Organizer – Drawers Between your Washer and Dryer

31. Wicker Laundry Organizer Between Washer Dryer Drawers

Most laundry rooms or areas are fairly tight leaving folks trying to figure out where to put supplies. We found a great solution, if you have a little extra room. Above is great example of an upright drawer organizer for all of you laundry supplies. Its stands about 34 inches and is a little more than 8 inches wide. It sure will will help free up some space and get you clutter into their own home.

Ultra-slim Plastic Chest

Accordion Drying Rack for Laundry Room

28. This Accordion Drying Rack

Short on space and need a drying rack solution. Check the example out above. Most laundry rooms have no room for any drying racks. The most common solution is having a cable running across the top of you room from where you can hang cloths. The accordion style rack is a pretty nifty secondary solution. However, if you’re looking to hang items that will surpass its weight limit of 20 lbs, then you may want to look into other solutions. Lastly, be sure to use the proper hardware to mount the drying rack on your wall to support the weight of the unit, any clothing and items that may be on the unit.

Accordion Drying Rack

DIY Pallet Wood Floor Plans

DIY Pallet Wood Floor Plans

Everyone knows that hardwood floor is very high priced and that giving your floors a makeover regardless of the type of flooring can cost an arm and a leg. So why not build your floor yourself with these great DIY Pallet Wood Floor Plans. Yes you can take recycled wood and turn it into your kitchen floors and they will look beautiful I promise.

It took us several weeks to put all the pallet wood down. This was not an easy task! We didn’t want a pattern on the floor but we also didn’t want the same type of pallet wood together in the same spots. We had four widths of planks. (2 inch, 3 inch, 4 inch and 5 inch) There are so many different types of pallet wood, it was almost like putting a puzzle together without any idea of what it is suppose to look like.

We started by sorting light wood and dark wood. We then top nailed the wood down with our new dinosaur, alternating light and dark.
Doing our best to mix the textures of the wood. We ended up setting a patten by placing a row of 2″, followed by four rows of 3″, then adding a row of 4″, following again with four rows of 3″, nailing the 5″ planks and placing the last four rows of 3″ planks before the pattern started over. It worked out perfectly! Each set of the pattern was 4 feet wide.

This is where Flower Boy and I realized we are not young!
Being on our hands and knees for hours at a time is not an easy thing when you are in your 40’s! We got to the half way point in the room and ran out of prepared pallet wood!
Another lesson learned… There is a difference between board feet and square feet. This was not an issue for us, as there was other construction going on in the house at this time. The stopping point allowed the other contractors less worry of damaging the wood with the amount of traffic needed to go across the floor in order to complete their projects. It was also a time when Flower Boy was gone for training, so Drewman and I had plenty of time to prepare the remainder of the wood. Funny how things have a way of working themselves out! No need for panic!
Just look for the positive and move forward! When Flower Boy returned, the contractors were finished with their projects, Drewman and I had the rest of the planks ready AND we finished nailing the pallet wood down. Princess Sheba likes the new floor!

The floor set for a few weeks while the remainder of the construction was complete in the house. We didn’t cover it with paper to protect it. We wanted the Dust, Dirt and Grime to distress the wood. After the entire house was dust free, Flower Boy and I started the sealing process of the flooring.

We started with a liberal coat of mineral spirits. The mineral spirits cleans the pallet wood and soaks into the grain of the wood, to open it up so the sealer will penetrate and adhere.

We applied the mineral spirits with a low nap wool applicator and brushed it on around the edges of the room. When the mineral spirits were completely soaked into the wood, we then started applying the finish. The finish was applied in the same manner as the mineral spirits. We are using a product used on basketball gym floors. The product is for high traffic and resists scuff and marks. Perfect for our ranch style life!

The grain of the pallet wood popped when the floor finish was applied! With each coat applied, the floor became richer and richer in appearance. A total of four coats, of the finish, have been applied. We each have our favorite plank! Flower Boy’s is the center board in this photo. Drewman’s is the center of this one. My favorite is all the planks with the knot holes. The builder walked in the door yesterday and gasped when he saw the floor. We have had so many nay sayers and negative reactions when we were researching ways to lay this floor. We had one contractor give a bid of $12,000 to put the floor down. We never once thought this floor wouldn’t be beautiful or even thought it couldn’t be done. We are so proud of our stellar job and all that our hard work and efforts have produced!

Credit for Image(s): abuildingweshallgo.blogspot.com

Using a Day Bed as Pull Out Toy Storage

16. Use the Day Bed Concept To Put Pull Out Toys

Talk about a great idea if you have kids. Toys are everywhere and they just keep coming. First weed out all the toys that never get attention and donate immediately. Second, organize toys for your child or children and get them in the habit of cleaning and knowing where all their toys belong. Using a storage system like the above example is a great way to hide away some bulky toys, or large sets, and free up other, much needed spaces.

 

Another great example of under the bed storage is this under the bed, book-library storage unit. Pretty cool stuff. What other items could you put into drawer unit under the bed? Get those ideas flowing. We found a few basic under bed storage units on Amazon that you can check out for ideas as well.

DIY Bookshelf Under The Bed

CD/DVD Storage Binders for Decluttering

46. CDDVD Storage Binders

Recently we did a over hall on all the DVDs we owned. First we donated all the ones we didn’t feel we needed any longer Second, we removed the DVDs from the cases and recycled those. We then purchased DVD binders that we felt went with our decor filled them will all the DVDs we owned. Lastly, we made sure that all the DVDs were placed in alphabetical order leaving a few places for expansion.¬†Talk about saving quite a bit of space and making things a look neat, eliminated DVD shelves and spindles.¬† Definitely recommend using DVD binders as part of your spring cleaning and decluttering areas of you home. I think you will pleased.

CD/DVD Storage Binders

Key Holder and Letter Box Organizer

45. Letter Organizer and Key Holder

If you are like most men, wallets, keys, and anything in the pockets get placed somewhere near the entry way of your home. Having a place to put these items is a good idea. Using a letter and key holder, or key holder and letter box organizer is a good way to keep things organized and convenient for coming and goings.  Above is simple example. Check out the many different organizing units that can be used for this project by clicking the link below.

Key Holder and Organizer

 

Behind the Door Organizers

 

Behind the door organizers can be used for multiple spaces.  As you can see above this storage unit can be used to organized many different spaces including your  laundry room, hall way closet for kids shoes, books, or other quick family supplies and even you craft room.  You can find most of these units with adjustable shelves and multiple lengths.  Half size units for cabinet doors are great for kitchens, utility rooms, and garage cabinets.

Back-of-The-Door Organizer

 

 

Use a Shoe Organizer for More than Just Shoes

15. Use a Shoe Organizer

Shoe organizers can be used for much more than just shoes. Bathroom supplies, kids room for toys or crafts. Maybe you have a baby and you need a easy to access all the supplies, such as powder, wipes, rags, bibs, lotions, folded/rolled onesies and more. Above is one¬†example. Don’t forget about all the gift wrapping supplies.

12. Fold Your Clothes

12. Fold Your Clothes

Here are some really great organization ideas that will organize those rooms that you never thought could ever get organized. There are so many brilliant ideas in this article. I highly recommend trying some of these ideas as part of your spring cleaning or fall cleaning routines this year. Enjoy!

Organizing and Storage Ideas

11. Down Size and Organize Puzzle Boxes

11. Down Size and Organize Puzzle Boxes

Here are some really great organization ideas that will organize those rooms that you never thought could ever get organized. There are so many brilliant ideas in this article. I highly recommend trying some of these ideas as part of your spring cleaning or fall cleaning routines this year. Enjoy!

Organizing and Storage Ideas

9. Magnetic Strips For Bobbi Pins Tweezers and Nail Clippers

9. Magnetic Strips For Bobbi Pins Tweezers and Nail Clippers

Here are some really great organization ideas that will organize those rooms that you never thought could ever get organized. There are so many brilliant ideas in this article. I highly recommend trying some of these ideas as part of your spring cleaning or fall cleaning routines this year. Enjoy!

Magnetic Strips