Amy was getting tired of the mess that was always being left after the kids would brush their teeth. But try finding a way to store toothbrushes for seven. Amy started shopping for ideas on Pinterest and came across a simply and inexpensive project that does the trick.
We have a small bathroom with one vanity and sink and one medicine cabinet. There's not a lot of storage options. Under the sink we keep what you expect to keep under a bathroom sink. But when it comes to storing things like toothbrushes, there's not a lot of space. Until now, our toothbrushes were all kept together in a plastic basket in the vanity. It was pretty gross, and Amy had enough. After spending a few minutes on Pinterest, Amy came across a simple DIY project that accomplishes exactly what we needed it to.
Let's cover the materials list.
The materials are easy to locate. We pick up our at our local Walmart and a couple small hardware stores in our community. And the best thing is, none of these items cost us very much. I don't think we spent more than $15 total. I already had a board of MDF and we had some leftover chalkboard paint. That left us having to buy the jelly jars, screws and hose clamps.
After Jay dropped the jelly jars into the clamps, he tighten the hose clamps to keep the jars from falling through if the kids ever applied too much pressure on the jar pushing it through the clamp. Being able to loosen and tighten the clamp is a plus and allows for the cleaning of the jars.
All that was left was to mount the project on the wall in the bathroom. Amy chose where she wanted the toothbrush holder placed. A few more pilot holes and a couple long wood screws, Jay anchored the toothbrush holder to the studs in the wall. Amy had a sheet of label stickers which Jay wrote names on that were then applied to each jar.
Simple. Inexpensive. And it looks great. Now everyone has a place for their toothbrush and their toothpaste. No more toothbrushes in a plastic basket, or grossness under the sink.
DIY project, done!
- the higham family
We've been living in our house for a little over a year. When we moved in, we decided not to do any repainting. Instead, we wanted to wait and live in the house first, then paint according to how we felt about the house. So, for the last 17 months, we've lived with yellow walls in our living room and dinning room. But, all of that's about to change.
At the start of the year, Amy and I decided that it was time to make some changes around the house. Our commitment to serve our church helped to make the decision for us. We want to invest in our church family and our community, and our home is a big part of how we do that. We have always enjoyed welcoming friends and family into our home. Whether for dinner, a bible study, or a backyard cookout, we love to entertain our students and friends from the church.
We decided that over the Easter break, we would begin the makeover process. So, we spoke with the church property team (since we live in the manse) picked out our colors, gathered our decor, and got to work.
Together, Amy and I have painted a lot of rooms. I (Jay) hate painting. I always have. Fortunately, Amy likes to paint, so while I head up the patching, removing of outlet covers, and furnisher moving Amy attacks the walls. This year, though he's not pictured, Asher joined in and was a big help for Amy painting a significant amount of the walls while Amy cut in the edges.
As I said before, the walls were a bright yellow. All the walls were bright yellow. Dinning room AND the living room. Instead of the yellow, we wanted a warmer, more rustic color. So we went with a great color called, Quiet Zone. (Yes, there's irony in that we painted our living room and dinning room with Quiet Zone.)
Paint, while an inexpensive makeover tool, can still be a little pricey, especially with brands that claim one-coat coverage. Fortunately, one of the local hardware stores runs some pretty incredible paint sales and we were able to pick up our paint at a reasonable price.
The paint? Clark + Kensington, Paint + Primer in One. Amy chose the premium interior, eggshell enamel. It's a thicker paint that coats well. It's smooth and holds its color really nicely. We did apply to coats to our walls simply to be sure that we didn't leave any spots. Overall, I think we're pretty happy with our paint choice.
With the walls now patched and painted, both the living room and the dining room took on a new look. Fresh, clean and warmed up, the new color actual does what its name suggests, quiets the zone. Don't get me wrong, the room is still filled with commotion, but when you sit down in the space, there is a quiet calm that comes over you.
We let the walls dry for a couple of days before the decorating. Once everything had set, we began the task of laying out the decor for hanging. I have been trolling Pinterest for a number of weeks looking at different"rustic" themed pins, and I love the look of the hodge-podged, eclectic stacking of wall art.
We combed the house for some of our favorite, rustic pieces of wall art. I wanted to fill our focal wall with art that spoke to who we are; our faith and our family. We found just the right amount art to fill the wall without overwhelming the space. And, the best part...we didn't have to buy any of it!
We love these two items. From the days when Amy sold Southern Living at Home, the candle holders are perfect for the space and look awesome on either side of the main living room window.
The makeover isn't complete. We are in the market for a gray sectional sofa that will fit into the corner of the room. Amy did pick up these amazing curtains that absolutely pop against the wall color and tie the decor and paint together.
Along with a new sectional sofa we have plans to build two end tables, a coffee table, an entertainment stand to house the TV hardware, and 2 bookshelves that will frame our wall mounted TV.
We'll post the update photos as we complete the final project pieces. So, be sure to keep an eye out for part two of our living room/dining room makeover!
- the higham family
With the arrival of Spring come the long list of DIY projects to help you get ready for the summer! This year, our list of projects is a bit longer than usual as we get ready for our first borns graduation from high school and our second summer living in the manse! Since we use our home as an extension of our ministry, we have planned for a few projects that will allow us to comfortably welcome friends and family into our home.
Over the next couple of weeks we are hoping to accomplish some necessary spring cleaning and DIY projects as we prepare for the summer ministry season. One of our first projects is to construct a new loft bed for one of our boys.
Our home is small, but we are working to make it as comfortable for our family as possible. Right now, we have all the kids doubled up in the bedrooms we have. Two of our kids sleep in a room in the basement while our youngest two (brother and sister) share a room on the first floor. But lately we've notice that our one son, who has a number of allergies, has been a little sick than usual. We can't pinpoint the exact reason, but knowing that he is allergic to mold, must and mildew, we suspect that sleeping in the lower level might not be super helpful.
In addition, Logan is getting ready to head off to college. That will also allow us to move some of the kids around a bit so that all are more comfortable. Now do that, we need to reconfigure the bedrooms upstairs. And part of the reconfiguration requires that we build a new bed so that two of the boys can share a room. And since we can't really afford to go out and buy a brand new bedroom suit, we're building a loft bed that will fit around the current bedroom furnisher.
Watch our short DIY vlog as we build our new loft bed.
The bed itself needed to fit over a queen-size bed frame. For flexibility, we wanted to be able to turn the queen bed so that it fit in a "L"-shape as well as "flush" under the bed. We also wanted to be able to add different accessories to the bed such as shelves for books and treasures and eventually, lighting which allow for reading and or illumination.
It didn't take us that long to construct the bed. But we did make sure to take the time to get some measurements and think through the plan. Once we knew what we wanted, the build went quick and smooth.
But not only did we get a new bed out the project, we had some quality time building the bed. Logan and Jay have worked on a number of projects together, so to have Asher helping was fun. But we think the true treasure is in having that time together and watching a project go from paper to finished project. We want to teach our guys that good, hard work leads to positive results.
Later this summer we will be painting the loft bed and adding some of the accessories as we can. All total, it took us about 6 hours to build the bed. Cost wise, we came in around $130 for materials, which we paid for in cash. It's nice to be on a budget where you can put aside some money for project like this.
There will be more DIY projects coming to the blog as we get closer and closer to the warm summer months!
- the higham family
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