Hot mess express

Drake was kind enough to give me a small section of his Man cave to use as a place to store all my crafty stuff, until now this was a closet that was lacking in storage and organization to say the least!

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The shelfs were already there and I had plenty of space to work with but because I didn’t have anything to help with my organization it became a mess quickly! I rarely did anything in here but drop some stuff and go which resulted in things getting lost and that included my mind. If I didn’t tackle this space and fast I was going to lose it. I started by weeding through the things I actually used and threw away the junk. I also found new places to store our DVDs and yearbooks. It is my new favorite place in the house. 

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To keep clutter off the table we installed and painted pegboard to hang things like scissors, and painted cans to hold my pencils and brushes. We also installed a dowel ribbon holder to make it easier to access. There is plenty of room left to add hooks as my craft stuff grows, which is weekly!

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I found an old filing cabinet at good will that I painted and then mod podged wrapping paper to the front of that now holds all my paper nice and neat!

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My silhouette cameo sits on my little table and gives me plenty of room to work on.

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Here it is again in all its crafty glory! Let’s hope for my husband’s sake this will make me stay organized :] 

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Sidenote: Presley’s room is a finalist on Project Nursery’s room of the month for December! I would so so appreciate your votes! Follow the link and vote for Presley’s dream room! Thank you all so much for supporting me 

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Restoration Hardware knockoff!

For those of you who read my post on our toy storage, you may remember the $300 Restoration Hardware toy basket that I have loved for some time now! Those of you who haven’t read that post here is the basket I am talking about!

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I am totally in love with its industrial style and simple lettering but knew I could make one for MUCH less than the asking price!

After walking through Home goods the other day I spotted the perfect basket to make a knock off. I got this basket for $12.99 but have seen similar at Target for around the same price. 

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This basket’s liner is burlap and ties on the handles for easy removal.

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After a quick stop at AC Moore for supplies I had everything I needed to recreate the RH version. I bought black acrylic paint, 5 inch stencils, and a stencil brush. The total cost for the three things was less than $10.00!

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To start I removed the burlap liner and put a piece of cardboard in between the layers so there wouldn’t be any paint that bled through to the other side.

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I then lined up my stencils and eyeballed it for straightness. The baskets bottom doesn’t sit flat on the ground so I knew that once I was done the lettering would not look totally level anyway. 

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Using my little stencil brush, I dabbed it in the paint and did a few hits of the brush on the cardboard to get the excess off. When you are stenciling you don’t want a lot of paint on your brush or it may bleed through on parts you don’t want painted. Do all of your letters this way. 

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When your done you can set the letters aside to dry and use them later for different projects! Let your liner dry for at least 1-2 hours before putting it back on the basket. 

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It is as simple as that! This took me less than an hour and cost a fraction of the RH price. The total cost comes out to $23.99! I think it looks amazingly similar and am totally in love with Presley’s new basket!

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