Hometalk Clipboards: Lazy Susans

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Are you following Noting Grace on Hometalk?  Hometalk is one of my favorite sites for all things home and garden.  It's like an amped up Pinterest with Clipboards you can clip your favorites to, but with a Q & A page where you can bounce your ideas or get your questions answered with the Hometalk Community.  Not only that, but there's also a search tool that allows you to search for professionals in your area!  How neat is that?

I just put together a "Lazy Susans" board with all kinds of ideas of cute, space saving Lazy Susan creations.  You can see it and follow me by clicking the link below.  

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Updating My Blog Header

I have had so much fun playing with Picmonkey today!

They have such great editing tools and graphics.  Most of all, they are user friendly which is essential for a novice like me. 

I just downloaded their tool for Facebook and can't wait to play around with my photos.  

So what do you think so far?  I will continue to tweak it as I post, but with it's official launch today, I'd love some feedback from you.

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DIY Pallet Kitchen Island for less than $50!

I adore pallets and when we needed a kitchen island in our rental, I needed a budget friendly option.
Loving how our Pallet Bookcase turned out, I wanted to do something similar.

Here's how you can build one yourself for less than $50.

We didn't have an existing frame as we did with our Pallet Bookcase, so we had to build a frame. 
This is the only wood we purchased for this project.  
The posts are made from 4 x 4s and the framing is from 2 x 4s. Make sure there is enough clearance for appliance doors before you make your cuts. We measured for the exact fit of this kitchen as well as our height, so I am not including exact measurements.  They should fit to your space and needs.

I wanted the weathered pieces to be the most prominent, so we cut and fit the pieces to the sides and attached using the existing holes from the pallets we disassembled.

Look at that beautiful gray color! *swoon*

One purpose of this island was to create additional storage space but allow it to be hidden, so we needed to create shelves and a front to hide the storage.

For the front, I wanted a rustic, pieced together feel, so I varied my wood textures and hues.

The very bottom shelf was most visible, so continuing with that weathered, rustic feel, we cut pallet sides to varying lengths and used distressing glaze to hide the cuts.

Now for the next shelf and top!

Using the braces on the sides, we cut scrap wood to fit the length between the two braces.
For the top, we used other wood from a previous project in order to cut our wood costs.  

I don't recommend using pallet wood for the top of a kitchen island.  Even though we pressure washed and cleaned the wood, I still didn't feel comfortable using that wood for a cooking surface.
If you don't have scrap wood on hand, this will add to your bottom line if you need to purchase it.

The wood was very new, so I used the same distressing glaze to create a grayish color to the top and frame.  This also added a semi-seal to help with food stains.  

There you have it!  An easy weekend project that didn't take rocket science to create.  
All for less than $50.

It was a helpful addition to storage and was cute to boot!

If this post inspires you, be sure to share your creations with me!

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How To Decorate A Rental and Find Your Happy Place

Living in a rental shouldn't keep you from making your home your own.

Could simply hanging a picture or two bring some much needed happiness into your life?

We knew we were only puddle jumping from selling our home into a rental for a year or two before making our big move back to Tennessee, so I didn't want to make too many changes knowing that our time there was temporary.

The Nester is the queen of finding joy in where you are at the moment you are in and shares wonderful ideas of transforming a rental into a home.  Whatever your circumstances are that brought you to your rental shouldn't keep you from bringing your home to life with a reflection of you. 

I didn't decorate for a while thinking that it wasn't worth it and it hurt me.  

Once I put my performing career on hold to have our children, 
my home became my stage. It gave me that creative outlet I needed. We sold our home to make the move to be closer to family and to get back to our roots, but living out of boxes was making my life miserable.

I found myself more emotional, angering quickly.  My patience was lost and I wasn't the best mom to my kids. I had lost the desire to care for myself, so exercise and diet went away for a while.

Disorganization and cacophony are two things that cause me much distress.  I lived in boxes for 18 months and it put me in a depression.  I know it sounds silly, but I'm being honest.  Setting my career aside and now my creative outlet as well did more detriment to my soul than I realized.  

So I chose to live in the moment and make my space my own.

First and foremost, talk with your landlord about the changes you want to do.  Can you paint, hang pictures or curtains, make improvements, etc?  We were extremely blessed to find an excellent landlord who allowed us to make the house ours while we were there.

Family Room Before:

Family Room After:

By hanging our own curtains and artwork, it transformed the dark room into a brighter space. 



We were downsizing in house (from 3800 to 2000) so fitting our furniture was a challenge. We made it work with arranging our sets, selling furniture and creating the room based on needs and function.

We had to be creative with the dining area since the Formal Dining room was housing our homeschool classroom.

Kitchen Before:

Kitchen After:
link to how we made the pallet island

Another touch we added to the kitchen was a backsplash.  In our old house, I built a craft table for our loft.  It didn't work in our house and I hated to have to lose all of it, so I kept the beadboard that was used as a backer.

We trimmed the headboard to fit behind the stove and tacked it into place with small finishing nails.

It was quick, easy, CHEAP and added my own personality to our rental.

 Master Bedroom Before:

Master Bedroom After:

 We have a HUGE king bed that was a beast to put together, so we stored that and used our guest bed and frame from our home we had just sold. 

Our headboard was our very first DIY project from 2002.  It still lives with us today - I don't know if I'll ever get rid of it!

I hung dollar store frames in the half bath similar to our previous half bath.

Using smaller nails or command strips makes for easier repairs when you move out. 

Another trick: Get a swatch of the existing paint.  I went behind a door and carefully peeled off a paint chip the size of a quarter.  Take it to your big box store and they can match it.  I got a cheap $5 can of paint.  When we moved out, I filled the holes and touched up with the paint.  

The boys rooms were kept simple.  I used cling and peel stick ons to add character to their rooms.  Using bright bedspreads helped add color to their space.

Utilize unique spaces in your rental as a place to decorate.  I had an odd laundry room that was in the center of the home.  I made it a showpiece by making it stand out.

Don't let living in a rental take joy away from allowing you to be you.


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