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The Facts about Garage Sales & Estate Sales

Garage Sale

We both have a special place in our hearts for the spring and summer seasons. Not because of the warmer weather, the blooming buds, or even the absence of Chicago snow…we love the this time of year because it’s GARAGE SALE & ESTATE SALE SEASON!

Garage SaleWe know it’s the end of July, so pardon us if we’re late to the game. But even though the selling is well underway, we still want to give you the necessary tips and tricks so you can rock your next thrifting trip! Because if we’re lucky…we’ve still got a good 3 months before the season comes to an end.

GARAGE SALE VS. ESTATE SALE

First, if you’re new to the shopping game then you’ve probably been bombarded with all kinds of different sales…garage sales, tag sales, estate sales, yard sales…the list goes on and on. You may think that they’re all the same, large sales where people get rid of old crap stuff they don’t want. But there can be a big difference between a garage sale and an estate sale, and those differences should affect the way you plan your shopping day. So here are our garage sale and estate sale shopping tips!

Estate Sale

What is it? An estate sale is the sale of items from an estate of someone who has passed. It also includes the sale of items from a home that has been abandoned or foreclosed. Often times you’ll see estate sales run by companies hired by the living family members to ease the burden of selling an entire home of possessions.
Estate Sale

What should I expect? To us, estate sales are the best sales because you’ll find a wide variety of items that have been collected over a lifetime. Often times everything in the home is up for grabs, so you’ll simply peruse every room in the home and come back downstairs or to the front of the house with any items you want to purchase. Because of the high quality goods, estate sales are often the most pricey. We often find ourselves browsing more than buying at these kinds of sales.
Garage Sale Tag

How do I get the best deals? Estate sales typically run for 3 days… Friday-Sunday. Many advertise well in advance, and our go-to resource is estatesales.net. Here you can find any upcoming estate sales in your local area.  The nicer the neighborhood, the nicer the stuff inside the home… so keep that in mind.

When estate sales are run by professional companies, there are some rules to consider…

  1. Get There Early. Arrive early, and you’ll be handed a number to wait in line (yep, just like you’re at the deli. Sorry they won’t be handing out any sandwiches!) For security purposes, they don’t want too many people in the home at one time, so they’ll call shoppers in by groups of numbers.
  2. No Haggling. Typically price tags are not up for negotiation. In fact, sometimes there will be bids for higher priced items like antique furniture. You’ll fill out a bid slip, and the person with the highest number will be contacted later to come pick up the item.
  3. Shop Last Minute. If you’re looking for a really good deal… go the afternoon of the last day. This is probably the only time you’ll find marked down items.

Garage Sale

What is it?  Garage sales are usually held in the garage or a driveway, and it’s a way for homeowner’s to purge items they no longer need. A slight variation on the garage sale is a yard sale… where someone has so much stuff to sell, it spills over into their yards and front lawns. Heck yes…bring on those overflowing goods!
Garage Sale Sign

What should I expect? You never really know what you’re gonna get…but it’s likely you’ll find unwanted kitchen utensils, children’s clothing, toys, sports gear, and kitchen goods. Sometimes homeowners get rid of furniture, but don’t expect to find a ton at a garage sale.

How do I get the best deals?

  1. Look for signs. Driving around and looking for neon posters on the corner is the best way to find out about the garage sales in your area. For those who are a little less adventurous and more apt to plan in advance, addresses that are hosting garage sales are often listed in the local paper a few days before the weekend.
  2. Clear your schedule. Believe it or not, a morning dash to a garage sale in your neighborhood can quickly turn into an entire afternoon of garage sale shopping. These spur of the moment visits seem to grow into, “just one more garage sale” over & over again (many times against your better half’s wishes). So don’t fight it! Clear your schedule and leisurely explore the entire town’s garage sale status.
  3. Cash is King! Although it’s 2014 and most people are guilty of having a credit, debit, and cell phone on them at all times, garage sales are the exception to the rule. Hit the ATM before your shopping day begins.
  4. Think outside of the box. Even if something needs a little TLC or a coat of paint..don’t discount it completely. Think outside of the box and we promise you that you will find far more treasures for all over your home. Knowing our readers, you guys can transform some of those oh-so-ugly pieces into DIY treasures for your home.

Garage and estate sale shopping is all about the adventure, so ENJOY IT! If you keep our tips in mind, we know it will be a great day in the neighborhood 🙂

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P.S. For Flea Market Shopping Tips…check out this post!

 

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Office Chair Score

When it comes to road trips, you probably don’t want to travel with me.

First of all, I’m that girl that has to pee every 30 minutes. Even if it is a short drive, if I’m in the car you’re probably making a pit stop. Besides my tiny bladder, I also can’t help but check out various antique shops/flea markets/thrift stores that we pass along the highway. Every billboard draws me in and makes me giddy for the “treasures” that I may find along our route.

We visited the Lake of the Ozarks at the start of the summer, driving the 3 hours west for our mini vacay. Finn allotted me 1 antique shop stop for the ride home. The pressure was on. I only had one chance to get this right and find the perfect stop for our little shopping spree.

I’m happy to say I found the perfect spot along our route and even managed to score a fab new chair.

I love a man who thrifts

While shopping, I instagrammed this photo. (It’s true…I do love a man who thrifts!)  Finn was actually testing out a potential new piece of furniture, when I snapped the pic of him. What a good sport.

Black Leather Swivel Office Chair

It’s a leather, swivel chair that we thought might fit perfectly with our desk. And at only $19…it was a total score! Into the car she went.

Ikea desk chair

Waiting for us back at home was the chair we were currently using at our desk. An Ikea find that looked okay, but wasn’t actually functional for 1 out of the 2 residents here. (Hint, hint..how about the 6’3″ guy with really long legs, who couldn’t get his legs to fit under the desk??)

Black leather office chair swivel

We needed a shorter chair, and this new score seemed to fit our needs to a T.

The chair is really unique and even has a funky floral pattern. You can definitely tell we didn’t pick it out at Office Depot.

Black office chair white desk

It makes me almost want to sit down and do some work. Almost.

Office Chair white desk
This $19 score is here to stay…
New office chair and desk
…and it definitely made our little detour worth it!
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You’re Hot & You’re Cold

On a recent family vacay to the Lake of the Ozarks, I couldn’t help but do a little thrifting.

Sure I was on vacation, but it was a rainy afternoon and the store in town was called “Everyday is Christmas.” How can I resist visiting a store called “Everyday is Christmas”?!?!
The owner of the local shop may have been sitting outside shirtless, rolling handmade cigarettes (hey, you never know what you’re gonna find in the country) but I’m happy I made the trek inside.  
$3 score
Amongst the Christmas clutter was a cute basket, with old school “HOT” & “COLD” handles. For only $3 it was all mine!
I brought my $3 score home, ready to incorporate it into our bathroom decor.
Bathroom caddy soap flowers
Right now, it acts a bathroom caddy in between our sinks.
Target Soap Dispenser
On one side you’ll find my favorite soap dispenser from Target. It’s shiny and silver, just like my new little caddy.
Teacup holding vintage broaches
A white ceramic teacup holds vintage broaches from my great-grandmother. They add a touch of glam and sparkle to the bathroom, and it’s nice to look at a piece of history as I get ready every morning. Plus, keeping those beautiful broaches in sight reminds me to wear them more often!
I’m loving the $3 addition to our bathroom.
Any plans to check off some Summer Bucket List items this weekend? We sure hope so! Remember tag #bucketlist to @diyplaybook on instagram or twitter with your latest adventures… we love seeing your pics. And tune in next week as we update you on our own progress. Until then, enjoy your weekend!! 
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  1. Setting for Four

    Adorable and thrifty too! I’m going to Haven and thought I’d pop by to say hi! Love your blog! Off to like you on facebook too!! Can’t wait for the conference – it’s my first blogging conference so I’m a teeny bit nervous and a whole lot excited – lol!! Heather

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Heather, we are both so excited to meet you! It’s our first conference too, so we’re feeling the exact same way…nervous/excited/anxious!! Thanks for stopping by can’t wait to see you soon.

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  1. Setting for Four

    Adorable and thrifty too! I’m going to Haven and thought I’d pop by to say hi! Love your blog! Off to like you on facebook too!! Can’t wait for the conference – it’s my first blogging conference so I’m a teeny bit nervous and a whole lot excited – lol!! Heather

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Heather, we are both so excited to meet you! It’s our first conference too, so we’re feeling the exact same way…nervous/excited/anxious!! Thanks for stopping by can’t wait to see you soon.

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The Pop Shop

Is it just me or is this random space above my refrigerator super awkward? Some people have fabulously functional cabinets above their fridge, me…. not so much.

The solution to getting rid of this awkwardness: I wasn’t exactly sure. All I knew is that I had to add  something… anything really.

That’s when I stumbled upon these vintage crates @ the Kane County Flea Market in St. Charles, Illinois. For ten bucks each, I couldn’t pass them up. Plus, they seemed fitting. Pepsi +  Pop Shop + Refrigerator = some type of relation, maybe… a little?

I stacked ’em up and added some budget friendly accessories I had laying around the house.

When I put it all together, I was happy to say goodbye to the awkward space and hello to our new and improved “Pop Shop”.

Twenty bucks later, I was happy with the new look and even happier that this space filler didn’t break the bank.
Cheers to less awkwardness…
…and a brand new Pop Shop!
How do you decorate above your refrigerator? Any other tips or tricks I may be missing?
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  1. Elizabeth in TN

    Just wanted to let ya’ll know that I found this blog a few weeks ago and have enjoyed every post! I live in a small apartment with limited character and have been doing DIY projects on small furniture and art pieces ever since I moved in two years ago. I felt particularly excited when I saw this post because I found an antique TNT box at an antique barn in Asheville last year and use it on top of my fridge to hold wine/wine glasses and all my “bar” stuff. Love it!
    Please keep up the good work, ladies! You have inspired me!

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Thank you Elizabeth, you just made our day (ten times over)! If you end up making this project or any other one, you HAVE to email us a picture at diyplaybook@gmail.com. We have a new feature coming up that highlights the creativity of our rockstar readers & would love to feature such a loyal reader like you! You rock girl, thank you so much for joining the Playbook’s DIY team!!

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  1. Elizabeth in TN

    Just wanted to let ya’ll know that I found this blog a few weeks ago and have enjoyed every post! I live in a small apartment with limited character and have been doing DIY projects on small furniture and art pieces ever since I moved in two years ago. I felt particularly excited when I saw this post because I found an antique TNT box at an antique barn in Asheville last year and use it on top of my fridge to hold wine/wine glasses and all my “bar” stuff. Love it!
    Please keep up the good work, ladies! You have inspired me!

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Thank you Elizabeth, you just made our day (ten times over)! If you end up making this project or any other one, you HAVE to email us a picture at diyplaybook@gmail.com. We have a new feature coming up that highlights the creativity of our rockstar readers & would love to feature such a loyal reader like you! You rock girl, thank you so much for joining the Playbook’s DIY team!!

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Habitat for Humanity ReStore

We have a lot to celebrate around here. Casey’s birthday (more about that here) just so happens to fall on another important day in the DIY Playbook: Earth Day!
In honor of saving Mother Nature one DIY project at a time, we are here to let you in on a little secret. This secret seems pretty fitting on a day that strives to educate the world on how we can make this planet a cleaner place by reusing, recycling and… reStoring. 
We are often asked where we shop for our “thrifty treasures”. Unfortunately, this is not an easy answer for us. We can’t pass up a good thrift store, a quality vintage shop makes our hearts skip a beat, we flock to flea markets, estate sales demand a detour, and garbage picking is far from out of the question. 
We like to think we are very open minded and accepting in following any (and we mean ANY) lead that guides us to our next DIY score! #thecheaperthebetter 
Enter Habitat for Humanity ReStore…
Shopping at Habitat for Humanity Restore
Although we have a laundry list of DIY shopping grounds, Habitat for Humanity ReStore is definitely one of our favorites. When we get together for the weekend in Chicago, St. Louis, or somewhere in between, you are bound to find us checking out a ReStore for some DIY inspiration & cheap materials. 
These stores are like the best kept secret in town and we want to let you in on the scoop. The ReStore shops are sponsored by Habitat for Humanity and literally have anything you could imagine. And the best part, you ask? The proceeds from these stores help fund Habitat for Humanity Projects in your area. 
If you’re looking for….  
ReStore Furniture
New Furniture…
Joliet ReStore
New lighting…
Habitat ReStore
Old chairs from Red Lobster…
Chairs at the ReStore

A vintage desk….

Vintage Desk

Sporting equipment…

A new sink or two…

Equipment to start your own coffee shop…(hey you never know!)

A telescope…

A desk or some old dressers…
Some unique tables….

Left over construction material, like tile…

(which is perfect to make Scrabble coasters like these)

Or cabinets…

… Habitat for Humanity Restore may be just the place for you! 
Each ReStore is a little different and offers its own unique treasures. (Soo… we can’t promise that you’re going to find those stellar pastry display cases at your location, but it doesn’t hurt to try). 
But we can promise that if you love the hunt, you love to find unique quirks to add to your home, or just love cheap stuff like us… you will love the ReStore as much as we do! 
How could you not love the variety and randomness of this place? If you haven’t checked out your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore, you need to go check one out ASAP. You can find a location nearest to you by clicking here. And don’t forget what an eco-friendly DIY-er you will be by reStoring some of these treasures that may otherwise be taking up space in a local land-fill. 
Happy Earth Day fellow DIY-ers, happy recycling!
How are you celebrating this big day (Casey’s bday, of course)?
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  1. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog

    I drive past one of these stores often and I’ve always wondered what was in it. I’m going to have to check it out. And total blast from the past – my brother & I had that same blue/wooden desk when we were kids! I don’t ever know what happened to it… maybe that’s it?!?! We live in the Chicago burbs… 🙂

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Maybe it is the same one! That is hilarious.

    Which ReStore do you drive by? The pictures are from the one in Joliet. We haven’t check out any others in the Chicagoland area, so would love to know how the one by you is!

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  3. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog

    It’s in Addison on rt. 53 just north of North Ave. I’ll let you know if I go check it out soon!

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  1. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog

    I drive past one of these stores often and I’ve always wondered what was in it. I’m going to have to check it out. And total blast from the past – my brother & I had that same blue/wooden desk when we were kids! I don’t ever know what happened to it… maybe that’s it?!?! We live in the Chicago burbs… 🙂

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Maybe it is the same one! That is hilarious.

    Which ReStore do you drive by? The pictures are from the one in Joliet. We haven’t check out any others in the Chicagoland area, so would love to know how the one by you is!

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  3. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog

    It’s in Addison on rt. 53 just north of North Ave. I’ll let you know if I go check it out soon!

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Fine China for Less

I never really understood fine china. So many women I know have beautiful collections of fine china. Each set of china usually dating back to a bridal shower long, long ago. If you ask most women about their set of china, I can guarantee you there’s a story behind it, one that started with love, marriage and lots of history.

From my own experience, I found that most women I have talked to still love their china; still look at that china with the same sense of excitement that traces back to the start of a wonderful love story. But as I have talked to these gushing ladies, I find that most of these women don’t use this china that they love and adore. “Why?!” I would ask. “Why not use china that you love, that you hand picked with your future groom, that you received from those guests so near and dear to you so many years back?”

Everyone’s answer is a little different and through this informal research, I have come to my own little conclusion about fine china.

If I received super expensive fine china like these lovely ladies, I would say the same thing… it’s so expensive, I only want to use it for “special” occasions. I can’t put it in the dish washer, so it’s just easier to use my regular dishes. I’m nervous something may break and then I can’t use the set anymore.

I get it. These excuses make sense…. and that’s why I told myself that fine china is not for me. I would hate for my friends and family to spend allll of this money on a set of china that I would never use.

That’s until I talked to one of my creative aunts. She is one of the few ladies that puts her beautiful china to use … a lot! She gave me the idea to search at garage sales, estate sales, and thrifts stores to find china. Build a collection of china that is different, inexpensive, and that you’re willing to use, abuse, break, and replace.

How to Find Fine China at Goodwill

And that’s what I did and it was far easier than I thought!

China for less
Some place settings match.
Fine China for less
Fine China for Less
Some place settings mismatch. 
Some place settings are very plain…
Fine China for Less
…while others are full of color. 
Fine China for Less
Some of the pieces were bought at Goodwill…
China for Less
… and others were bought at a variety of thrift stores and garage sales. The bottom line is that I did not spend more than 99 cents for any one piece here. 
Thrifting for China
Cheap China
I tried to look for china that was neutral with hints of blue, but if I saw a set that stole my heart, I was willing to buy any color! 
The search for our set of inexpensive china was so.much.fun! Matt and I had so much fun traveling around the suburbs of Chicago and even hitting up Goodwill stores in other states to search for our china. 
Each piece has a story, each piece was bought with anticipation of filling our house, and each piece makes up a set that we use, abuse, break, replace, and most importantly…. ENJOY!! 
We don’t need to wait for a “special occasion” and we can even put these cheap treasures in the dishwasher (don’t tell anyone) because if they break, they break. It’s okay! We are making a stand against fine china that is collected, but never enjoyed. Are you with us?!
Oh and one more thing… we have had so much fun searching for this set that we are more than half way done collecting a Christmas set of china too!
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  1. a84c72

    Call me picky, but there is no way I’d eat off off of dishes I don’t know the history of. EW! Neat for projects, but not for food purposes.

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  2. tamrakat

    I love this idea! I have a bunch of mismatched china tea cups & saucers from antique stores over the years, along with a few teapots! It’s very cool for a casual garden party with friends, or just me and my daughter.

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    Call me picky, but there is no way I’d eat off off of dishes I don’t know the history of. EW! Neat for projects, but not for food purposes.

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  2. tamrakat

    I love this idea! I have a bunch of mismatched china tea cups & saucers from antique stores over the years, along with a few teapots! It’s very cool for a casual garden party with friends, or just me and my daughter.

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How to Create a Mason Jar Organizer

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Does anyone else have an obsession with mason jars? I don’t know what it is about them…but they are just so freakin’ adorable. I suppose I imagine myself with a different life when I hold one.  I’m sitting on a porch, drinking sweet tea, and sitting in a rocking chair. #livingthedream

Okay, enough day dreaming. Let’s just agree that mason jars are the bomb, and there are so many ways to incorporate them into your home.

Like perhaps for some unique bathroom storage…mason-jar-organizer-1

You can get a tutorial on how to create a Mason Jar Organizer by reading this post or you can check out our Mason Jar Organizer Video Tutorial here too:

Supplies to Make a Mason Jar Organizer

Mason Jar Project Supplies

Here’s what you’ll need for this project. Affiliate links used for your convenience.

Supplies:

Project Steps

Hose Clamps

These are the hose clamps. I had never heard of them until this project, so do not be afraid!

Just ask someone at your local home improvement store to point you in the right direction, and buy a size that will fit around your mason jars.

Okay so now that you’ve got all of your supplies, it’s time to stain the wood.

Minwax Wood Stain in Ebony

I just used some left over stain from another project (you can check out my staining tips from this post about our floating credenza).

Wood Stain Minwax Ebony

So stain it up and let your wood fully dry.

Then get out that power drill of yours. Okay, now I’m not gonna lie. At this point I was on a roll and I was all ready to finish this project and get it on the wall. However, I did run into a few troubles. Here are my tips so you can avoid any mistakes.

Rookie Tip #1: Use a drill bit to get a pilot hole started in the wood, where you’ll eventually screw in the hose clamp.

Rookie Tip #2: Also use the drill bit to make a hole in the hose clamp. You’ll definitely need to put your back into it, because it can be difficult to create a hole in the metal.

After you’ve created the hole in the wood and the hole in the hose clamp, line them up and screw the hose clamp into the wood.

Hose clamp screwed into stained wood

Repeat 3 more times until all hose clamps are attached.

Picture Hanging Kit

To hang this bad boy, I just nailed in 2 picture hangers on the backside of the wood
mason-jar-organizer-2I am loving the way it turned out! It’s farmhouse chic to me, not to mention it stores all kinds of bathroom goodies.

mason-jar-organizer-1I think this mason jar organizer would work great just about anywhere. Maybe in your kitchen for knives, forks, and spoons? Perhaps in a craft room to hold pencils, scissors, and glue? The possibilities really are endless. Mason-jar-flowers

This same mason jar organizer could even add some serious freshness to your kitchen, patio or city balcony.

Mason Jar Herb GardenTake-mason-jar-out-to-clean
Mason-Jar-ScrewdriverAnd if you’re worried about the mason jar getting dusty or dirty, here’s an easy way to clean it!
diy_mason_jar_organizerOr if you want to make a more colorful mason jar organizer, check out this post for that!
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  1. DIY Playbook

    Traci they’re surprisingly easy to clean! You just unscrew the hose clamp a little bit and the jar slides out. Clean it, then tighten it up.

    The jar holding the toothpaste always needs a good cleaning, so I was relieved to find them easy to take down.

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  2. Trine @Creative Pink Butterfly

    I LOVE THIS! It looks just amazing! Fantastic! 🙂

    This is something I would concider making for my bathroom as well 🙂 pinning this 🙂

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  3. anita

    what size are the mason jars I was looking at Walmart but there are three sizes 250 ml 500 ml and 1 l. I love your project and im looking into doing the same for my bathrooms I cant wait!

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  4. Anonymous

    They look like 500ml (pop can size) im so doing this, going to town right now to get the supplies!

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  5. Christiana

    These look sooooooo awesome!! Thank you for being one of those fabulous people who share their very cool ideas!! Can’t wait to do this, I can think of tons of places around my house where something like this will come in handy. Love that the jars are so easy to clean.

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  6. DIY Playbook

    Mandi,
    Nope! Just a normal one. Creating the hole first just makes it a lot easier when you go to drill the screw in. I would just try and make sure your hole is big enough to fit your screw.

    Good Luck,
    Casey

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  7. Nae Nae

    You could also screw in some eye hooks on top and just attach a chain to hang it on a hook or a Rope both would be easier to hang than the back attachments..
    Just an idea for a easier way to hang.. =)

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  8. Alexa Clark

    This is a fantastic idea, and you could reuse bottles from jam, tomato sauce or pickles to get different sized storage containers and save them from the recycling. I have some lovely square jam jars I’ve been saving that would suit this project perfectly.

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  9. DIY Playbook

    Nikki, you’ll just need to get a size that will fit around your specific mason jars. So just measure the diameter across the top of your jar, and make sure you get clamps that are big enough to go around the top. Then you can just tighten the clamp so the jar will stay in there snug.

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  10. quani

    I just completed my organizer today and I am so happy with it! Those hose clamps were super hard to drill through but i did it! I really love this website!

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  11. Cathy

    Instead of trying to drill through the metal you could use a large nail to start the hole. Bam! Instant hole.

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  12. DIY Playbook

    Yes, good idea Cathy! Then I would definitely switch back to the drill and screw it in. I don’t think a nail would be able to hold the weight of the mason jar.

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  13. arttoolman

    you can buy the hose clamps at woodworking stores as well in 2, 4, 6 in sizes (used for dust collection systems) Check out Woodcrafters or Rockler. Rockler also has excellent collection of cabinet & trunk hardware for other projects

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  14. hewhoflys

    To clarify, the wood size i what we call 1×8. They come in two foot increments or ypu can purchase a 8ft piece. Here is what 1×8 means. The 1 means 1inch thick and the 8 means 8 inches wide. After the wood is processed and milled it’s really only 3/4 of an inch thick and 7 inches wide. Hope I didn’t confuse anyone.

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  15. Mary Broome

    I just made mine!!! You explained everything very well. The hubby had to help me drill through the clamps. You were right it is difficult. This is the best tutorial I have found. Thanks so much.

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  16. Ghaelach

    Morning girls.
    Another classic with your wood and jars. Fasten the wood to the wall, making a shelf for books etc; then take the metal caps from your jars and fasten them on the underneath side of your shelf. You can then fill your jars with whatever and the screw them back on the caps. You’ve then utilized both sides of your wood.
    Ghaelach aka James

    Reply
  17. DIY Playbook

    Amy,
    You simply loosen the hose clamp to make the ring bigger, and the jar will pop out. Then you put it back in and tighten the ring to make it smaller. It’s very easy!

    Casey

    Reply
  18. Amy Mulroy Ryan

    Great, thank you. Thought it might be simple but never had experience with hose clamps so thank you again for the help. Amy

    Reply
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  21. Melanie

    Love it! However, getting to the bottom to grab the last item could be tricky. Nothing like getting your hand stuck in a jar! 🙂

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      haha you’re right Melanie! The best part is you can easily take the jars off the board and dump the contents out if anything gets stuck at the bottom. But I feel ya…my hands are too fat to always get to the bottom. 🙂

    2. Edwina Kastner

      If you don’t want to loosen the ring then use a small set of tongs to reach items in the bottom or a magnet if they are metal.

  22. OldMan

    This idea has been used by men in their shops or garages for a long time. A variation would be to use baby jars which come in two sizes and are wonderful for smaller objects like rings and earrings

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Hey There!
      You’ll first create a pilot hole through the clamp and into the wood. For this you’ll use a metal drill bit to create the pilot hole. Then you’ll switch out the bit on your cordless drill, to use a screwdriver bit to actually insert the screw into the wood to attach the hose clamp. So you’ll do both drilling and screwing. Hope that helps!

      Thanks!
      Casey

  23. Jen

    This is the first time on your site and I’m in love!! Thanks for sharing the cool ideas and please keep them coming:)

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Pahola,
      We’re firm believers in using 3M command strips when we don’t want to mark up the wall. Just make sure you get some that can hold enough weight, and don’t fill up the jars with anything too too heavy.

      Good luck!
      Casey

    1. DIY Playbook

      Yes the hose clamps are adjustable. You just hand tighten or use a screwdriver to adjust the size. The jars are 12 oz as well, but you can use any sized jar!

      Check out our video tutorial if you’re looking for more details. Thanks Kelly!

  24. Fillippa Griffith

    I’m going to make this for my main bathroom to organize my hair care items! Using a wide mouth jar for the hair dryer!! Also using more than four jars. I need a lot of storage in the bathroom.

    Reply
  25. DIY Playbook

    Amy,
    I don’t really think the size matters (it will depend on the size of your screws)…focus more on how much force you use pushing down on the drill. Really put your back into it. I’d say start with a pilot hole in the wood, then place the metal clamp on top and drill through that.

    Good luck! You’ve got this!
    Casey

    Reply
  26. Kathleen Henderson

    LOVE this idea! I want to mount pencil cups in a few spots through the house, but couldn’t picture just the right scenario. I do believe this is what I’ve been looking for! 🙂

    Question: do the bottoms of the jars rest against the wood, or do they stick out a bit? It’s hard to tell from the pictures. If the clamp goes around the skinny part of the jar, it seems like the bottoms would stick out, since they’re fatter.

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Kathleen,
      So happy you like the project and want to create your own! It’s going to look amazing holding craft supplies. Perfect!

      As for the bottoms sticking out…they really don’t. The jar is just about flush with the wood. So don’t worry about it sticking out too much…should be fine!

      Good luck with the project!

      xo,
      Casey

  27. Nicole-Lyn Sagapolutele

    This is pretty cool, I’m finally getting my place and this was one of the few projects I wanted done in the bathroom. Thanks again 🙂

    Reply
  28. DIY Playbook

    Lela,
    So happy you like the mason jar project. I hope you tackle it for your master bathroom.

    We would love for you to share it on your blog. We always just ask that you only use 1 picture and link back to our blog.

    Thanks again!
    Casey

    Reply
  29. Shinobi Def

    Thanks – great tutorial! However, I’m struggling a bit with hose clamp sizes – I don’t have any jars so was thinking of using recycled tins. Where the retailer quotes the size, is this the diameter or circumference? I’m guessing diameter as your hose clips look like they say 62mm? Thanks!

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Shinobi, the hose clamps are adjustable so you don’t have to buy the exact size. But I would recommend bringing your tins to the hardware store, just to make sure the clamp fits around the mouth of the can. Then you can adjust them from there.

  30. Stephanie Wright

    Do you know roughly how much this project cost you to make? Or at the very least, how much the wood cost?

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Stephanie, this project will cost you less than $20. The hose clamps are only a few dollars, then the cost of the mason jars and wood. You can get wood at the hardware store for a few dollars, and sometimes they even have scraps for free. It really will depend on how big of a piece you want for your particular project. Good luck!

    1. DIY Playbook

      Mariah, you won’t use a nail to make the hole in the hose clamp. Instead use a drill bit to make a pilot hole through the clamp and into the wood. The size of this will depend on the screw you are using when you then go to attach it. Does that make sense? The video should help provide a good visual.

  31. cfont01101988

    Hi! I love what do you are doing! Can you tell me if the size of the jars are 12 or 16oz? Thks in advance!

    Reply
    1. cfont01101988

      Hi, Thank you! I would like to have the same as the picture but 12 seems to be a little bit more difficult to find… I only found 16oZ.
      thks,

  32. edipanni

    Thank you so much for this idea! It’s so cute! I found it on Pinterest and am planning on using it to store crayons and other art supplies for my daughter’s desk.
    🙂
    Emily

    Reply
  33. Afa from Tokyo

    Dear Casey and Bridget! What an awesome project! I am planning to do this one myself, but …. first of all, the apartment I am moving in is a rental, so i was thinking of using command stickers to hang the board with jars. Now another dilemma is that, as you may know, wooden boards are quite heavy. So my question is, do you think i can use plastic board (those like boards for signs, but the one which visually looks like wood) for the jars or it will be way too heavy for the poor board?
    Thanks a lot

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks so much!! Actually, one of our friends just re-created this exact look (with wood) and hung it on her wall with command strips. I think you should be fine if you did that too!

  34. Stephanie Smith

    This is absolutely adorable! I love this, and the wooden plank the jars are secured too is a beautiful color. I’d love to have something like this to organize and add more storage space to my bathroom, so I’ll be making a trip to home depot. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    http://www.naturalmovers.ca

    Reply
  35. Aimee

    What size are the hose clamps? I bought the smallest size they had at Home Depot and I can’t figure out how to adjust them so In thinking maybe mine are the wrong size?

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Hey Aimee,
      You adjust the size of the ring by unscrewing it a bit using a flathead screwdriver. I’d suggest bringing the jar with you to the store, and making sure it fits around the mouth of it. Then you can tighten and untighten the hose clamp around the mouth to make sure you can get a snug fit.

      Good luck!
      Casey

  36. Aimee D

    I’m so excited to get this project finished, but now I can’t figure out how to get the pilot hole in the hose clamp. How are you using a drill bit to do this without killing yourself? I tried nailing a hole or at least a dent in it first in order to guide the drill, but nothing seems to make a dent.

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Hey Aimee,
      Oh boy…we don’t want you to hurt yourself. Ha! Definitely make a pilot hole in the wood first, then put the clamp on top of it and do your best to drill through. It certainly requires a bit of muscle, so be sure to put some pressure on your drill as you do it. If that doesn’t work, then use a drill bit used specifically for metal. My regular bit worked, but if yours isn’t working then just pick up a steel bit for $4 or so and try that.

      Good luck!
      Casey

  37. Calla Michalski

    can you please explain how you were able to drill into the metal clamp? I was doing a similar project last week, and it was IMPOSSIBLE to get a screw/nail through the clamp! :/

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Calla,
      You’ll need to use a pilot bit on the end of your drill that works with metal. Often times they’re made out of titanium. Then it’s just a matter of putting your power drill on the right setting, and drilling through the metal clamp. Once you have your hole, you should be able to easily screw it on!

      Good luck!
      Casey

  38. Chelsea @ The Johnsons Plus Do

    Love this – great tutorial! I would love to feature this on a blog post I’m planning on Small Bathroom Ideas. Would you mind if I used one photo and linked it back to this blog post? Let me know.

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      I’m not sure the exact size of these ones. I advise bringing the jar you want to use with you to the hardware store and then finding one that is large enough to go around the mouth of it. Good luck!

    1. DIY Playbook

      I wouldn’t use nails. Screws have better holding power. If you use a nail it will eventually get kinda loose with the weight of the jar and the contents inside it.

  39. Leah Rachel

    Hi! My boyfriend and I are trying to make four of these and we’ve run into a real problem drilling a hole through the hose clamps. We purchased titanium pilot drill bits and ended up breaking one in attempting this. We also tried making the last hose clamp slat wider so we didn’t have to make a hole but that didn’t work either. We would hate not to finish this project as we were really excited to use them and we bought materials for four of them… Do you have any other suggestions?

    Thanks!
    Leah

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Leah, I’m so sorry to hear that! Titanium drill bits are made to drill through metal….so it should have no problem going through a small hose clamp. Make sure your drill is in the highest torque position so you get a lot of power. Also be sure to push on the end of the drill from above. We put our piece of wood on the ground and pushed down. That should do it! Good luck.

  40. n1ck0las

    I’m building a few for my wife. I’m making a modification by using a screw/anchor kit (metal anchors rated for 40lbs) by marking the locations of the clamps on the board, then drilling pilot holes through the board into the wall. After anchors are installed in the wall, I’ll screw through the clamps directly into the wall. This will ensure the install is very secure and clean. It may be overkill, but I was concerned with heavier objects causing the install to fall.

    If anyone needs more specific info, just shout. Also, great idea and write up!

    Reply

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117 thoughts on “How to Create a Mason Jar Organizer

  1. DIY Playbook

    Traci they’re surprisingly easy to clean! You just unscrew the hose clamp a little bit and the jar slides out. Clean it, then tighten it up.

    The jar holding the toothpaste always needs a good cleaning, so I was relieved to find them easy to take down.

    Reply
  2. Trine @Creative Pink Butterfly

    I LOVE THIS! It looks just amazing! Fantastic! 🙂

    This is something I would concider making for my bathroom as well 🙂 pinning this 🙂

    Reply
  3. anita

    what size are the mason jars I was looking at Walmart but there are three sizes 250 ml 500 ml and 1 l. I love your project and im looking into doing the same for my bathrooms I cant wait!

    Reply
  4. Anonymous

    They look like 500ml (pop can size) im so doing this, going to town right now to get the supplies!

    Reply
  5. Christiana

    These look sooooooo awesome!! Thank you for being one of those fabulous people who share their very cool ideas!! Can’t wait to do this, I can think of tons of places around my house where something like this will come in handy. Love that the jars are so easy to clean.

    Reply
  6. DIY Playbook

    Mandi,
    Nope! Just a normal one. Creating the hole first just makes it a lot easier when you go to drill the screw in. I would just try and make sure your hole is big enough to fit your screw.

    Good Luck,
    Casey

    Reply
  7. Nae Nae

    You could also screw in some eye hooks on top and just attach a chain to hang it on a hook or a Rope both would be easier to hang than the back attachments..
    Just an idea for a easier way to hang.. =)

    Reply
  8. Alexa Clark

    This is a fantastic idea, and you could reuse bottles from jam, tomato sauce or pickles to get different sized storage containers and save them from the recycling. I have some lovely square jam jars I’ve been saving that would suit this project perfectly.

    Reply
  9. DIY Playbook

    Nikki, you’ll just need to get a size that will fit around your specific mason jars. So just measure the diameter across the top of your jar, and make sure you get clamps that are big enough to go around the top. Then you can just tighten the clamp so the jar will stay in there snug.

    Reply
  10. quani

    I just completed my organizer today and I am so happy with it! Those hose clamps were super hard to drill through but i did it! I really love this website!

    Reply
  11. Cathy

    Instead of trying to drill through the metal you could use a large nail to start the hole. Bam! Instant hole.

    Reply
  12. DIY Playbook

    Yes, good idea Cathy! Then I would definitely switch back to the drill and screw it in. I don’t think a nail would be able to hold the weight of the mason jar.

    Reply
  13. arttoolman

    you can buy the hose clamps at woodworking stores as well in 2, 4, 6 in sizes (used for dust collection systems) Check out Woodcrafters or Rockler. Rockler also has excellent collection of cabinet & trunk hardware for other projects

    Reply
  14. hewhoflys

    To clarify, the wood size i what we call 1×8. They come in two foot increments or ypu can purchase a 8ft piece. Here is what 1×8 means. The 1 means 1inch thick and the 8 means 8 inches wide. After the wood is processed and milled it’s really only 3/4 of an inch thick and 7 inches wide. Hope I didn’t confuse anyone.

    Reply
  15. Mary Broome

    I just made mine!!! You explained everything very well. The hubby had to help me drill through the clamps. You were right it is difficult. This is the best tutorial I have found. Thanks so much.

    Reply
  16. Ghaelach

    Morning girls.
    Another classic with your wood and jars. Fasten the wood to the wall, making a shelf for books etc; then take the metal caps from your jars and fasten them on the underneath side of your shelf. You can then fill your jars with whatever and the screw them back on the caps. You’ve then utilized both sides of your wood.
    Ghaelach aka James

    Reply
  17. DIY Playbook

    Amy,
    You simply loosen the hose clamp to make the ring bigger, and the jar will pop out. Then you put it back in and tighten the ring to make it smaller. It’s very easy!

    Casey

    Reply
  18. Amy Mulroy Ryan

    Great, thank you. Thought it might be simple but never had experience with hose clamps so thank you again for the help. Amy

    Reply
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  21. Melanie

    Love it! However, getting to the bottom to grab the last item could be tricky. Nothing like getting your hand stuck in a jar! 🙂

    Reply
  22. OldMan

    This idea has been used by men in their shops or garages for a long time. A variation would be to use baby jars which come in two sizes and are wonderful for smaller objects like rings and earrings

    Reply
  23. Jen

    This is the first time on your site and I’m in love!! Thanks for sharing the cool ideas and please keep them coming:)

    Reply
  24. Fillippa Griffith

    I’m going to make this for my main bathroom to organize my hair care items! Using a wide mouth jar for the hair dryer!! Also using more than four jars. I need a lot of storage in the bathroom.

    Reply
  25. DIY Playbook

    Amy,
    I don’t really think the size matters (it will depend on the size of your screws)…focus more on how much force you use pushing down on the drill. Really put your back into it. I’d say start with a pilot hole in the wood, then place the metal clamp on top and drill through that.

    Good luck! You’ve got this!
    Casey

    Reply
  26. Kathleen Henderson

    LOVE this idea! I want to mount pencil cups in a few spots through the house, but couldn’t picture just the right scenario. I do believe this is what I’ve been looking for! 🙂

    Question: do the bottoms of the jars rest against the wood, or do they stick out a bit? It’s hard to tell from the pictures. If the clamp goes around the skinny part of the jar, it seems like the bottoms would stick out, since they’re fatter.

    Reply
  27. Nicole-Lyn Sagapolutele

    This is pretty cool, I’m finally getting my place and this was one of the few projects I wanted done in the bathroom. Thanks again 🙂

    Reply
  28. DIY Playbook

    Lela,
    So happy you like the mason jar project. I hope you tackle it for your master bathroom.

    We would love for you to share it on your blog. We always just ask that you only use 1 picture and link back to our blog.

    Thanks again!
    Casey

    Reply
  29. Shinobi Def

    Thanks – great tutorial! However, I’m struggling a bit with hose clamp sizes – I don’t have any jars so was thinking of using recycled tins. Where the retailer quotes the size, is this the diameter or circumference? I’m guessing diameter as your hose clips look like they say 62mm? Thanks!

    Reply
  30. Stephanie Wright

    Do you know roughly how much this project cost you to make? Or at the very least, how much the wood cost?

    Reply
  31. cfont01101988

    Hi! I love what do you are doing! Can you tell me if the size of the jars are 12 or 16oz? Thks in advance!

    Reply
  32. edipanni

    Thank you so much for this idea! It’s so cute! I found it on Pinterest and am planning on using it to store crayons and other art supplies for my daughter’s desk.
    🙂
    Emily

    Reply
  33. Afa from Tokyo

    Dear Casey and Bridget! What an awesome project! I am planning to do this one myself, but …. first of all, the apartment I am moving in is a rental, so i was thinking of using command stickers to hang the board with jars. Now another dilemma is that, as you may know, wooden boards are quite heavy. So my question is, do you think i can use plastic board (those like boards for signs, but the one which visually looks like wood) for the jars or it will be way too heavy for the poor board?
    Thanks a lot

    Reply
  34. Stephanie Smith

    This is absolutely adorable! I love this, and the wooden plank the jars are secured too is a beautiful color. I’d love to have something like this to organize and add more storage space to my bathroom, so I’ll be making a trip to home depot. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    http://www.naturalmovers.ca

    Reply
  35. Aimee

    What size are the hose clamps? I bought the smallest size they had at Home Depot and I can’t figure out how to adjust them so In thinking maybe mine are the wrong size?

    Reply
  36. Aimee D

    I’m so excited to get this project finished, but now I can’t figure out how to get the pilot hole in the hose clamp. How are you using a drill bit to do this without killing yourself? I tried nailing a hole or at least a dent in it first in order to guide the drill, but nothing seems to make a dent.

    Reply
  37. Calla Michalski

    can you please explain how you were able to drill into the metal clamp? I was doing a similar project last week, and it was IMPOSSIBLE to get a screw/nail through the clamp! :/

    Reply
  38. Chelsea @ The Johnsons Plus Do

    Love this – great tutorial! I would love to feature this on a blog post I’m planning on Small Bathroom Ideas. Would you mind if I used one photo and linked it back to this blog post? Let me know.

    Reply
  39. Leah Rachel

    Hi! My boyfriend and I are trying to make four of these and we’ve run into a real problem drilling a hole through the hose clamps. We purchased titanium pilot drill bits and ended up breaking one in attempting this. We also tried making the last hose clamp slat wider so we didn’t have to make a hole but that didn’t work either. We would hate not to finish this project as we were really excited to use them and we bought materials for four of them… Do you have any other suggestions?

    Thanks!
    Leah

    Reply
  40. n1ck0las

    I’m building a few for my wife. I’m making a modification by using a screw/anchor kit (metal anchors rated for 40lbs) by marking the locations of the clamps on the board, then drilling pilot holes through the board into the wall. After anchors are installed in the wall, I’ll screw through the clamps directly into the wall. This will ensure the install is very secure and clean. It may be overkill, but I was concerned with heavier objects causing the install to fall.

    If anyone needs more specific info, just shout. Also, great idea and write up!

    Reply

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Green with Envy

It may surprise you, but I’m not a girl that likes to shop for clothing. At all. The thought of spending an entire Saturday at the mall literally frightens me. No thank you.
But with that being said, I’m a completely different person when it comes to shopping for home decor. As my girl Lara Spencer says, “I brake for yard sales!” I literally will stop the car, pull right on over, to check out any Salvation Army, Goodwill, or estate sale that comes my way.
Luckily, my man is a great sport. Because most of the time he joins right in on my spur of the moment stops.
A few weekends ago, after a nice lunch with the boy, we went by a Salvation Army that I had never visited before. I’m positive I gasped and shrieked “Let’s gooooooo!” as I smashed my face up against the car window.
Good thing we made that impromptu stop, because we came across this fabulous steal.
$8 Salvation Army Mirror
It was an $8 SCORE!  The mirror that is…not my guy holding the mirror (he’s priceless!) 
Wooden Mirror Before
Now, I wasn’t in need of a new mirror. But after eyeing this mirror’s sleek lines, and feeling the solid structure, I had to have it! I looked past surface scratches and the brown wood, and saw its potential.
Wooden Mirror Gold Details
I also looked past the gold “ornaments” on the top. Not quite my style, but could easily be removed.
Wooden Mirror Detailing
It was time to give this mirror a makeover and new life with some spray paint!
Spray Paint Supplies Mirror Painter'sTape Spray Paint
I first removed the gold “ornaments”, and taped off the mirror so it would be protected from the paint. Trader Joe bags came in handy for this portion of the project (best grocery store ever)
I also gathered my supplies, most of which I had on hand. Drop cloth, painter’s tape, gloves, mask, clean cloth, sanding blocks…the usual.
Rustoleum Spray Paint Hunter Green Glossy Can
Spray paint was the one thing that I had to purchase. I decided to go with Rustoleum spray paint in hunter green. An unusual choice for this white/gray/light blue loving gal…but I figured it was time to step outside the box!
I used a medium grit sanding block to smooth out any nicks and uneven wood on the surface of the mirror. After a nice wipe down with a clean cloth, I was ready to spray paint!
ROOKIE TIP:
Apply multiple thin coats, instead of one thick (drippy!) coat. It’s also good to use an even side-to-side motion, so keep your arm moving.
This project only needed 2 light coats, until it was green and ready!
Empty space on the wall
Our master bedroom is a work in progress (isn’t every room?) and I’m constantly looking for new fun things for our walls. So, I thought it would work nicely in that bare ol’ gap of wall.
Hanging a mirror on the wall
The boy helped me hang the heavy mirror. Such a great helper that one. 
Hunter Green mirror next to bookcase
I’m really digging the look of the hunter green piece. Feminine, clean lines, with a masculine color. Perfect combo for our bedroom! 
Close-up of spray painted mirror
Hunter Green Glossy Mirror
I really like this glossy green look. You could say I’m green with envy for this sexy new mirror 😉
Mirror Before Brown After glossy green
I think for $8…it was a pretty great steal!
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“You spin me right ROUND baby!”

Family-Room-Coffee-Table

Ever since we purchased our couch, we’ve wanted to find a new coffee table.

Well…we bought the couch 2 years ago. So, I think it’s finally time to get on the coffee table hunt!

It’s not that I don’t like our current coffee table. It was a fine Ikea purchase from my college days, and it has stood the test of time…(a.k.a. many college house parties)

I still love the table’s white color, the sliding drawer, and the two levels that provide maximum storage.

But, it just did not work with our L-shaped, natural colored couch.

white couch with big coffee table
Our poor guests have to suck it all in to try and sit on our couch. No bueno.
For the past few months, I’ve been on the hunt for a new table that would fit well in the space.
Here’s my list of must haves:
-Round shape (to offset the rectangular shape of the couch)
-2 levels (for maximum storage)
-Smaller & shorter than our current table
-Made of high quality, sturdy wood (for our heavy legs that rest on the table every night)
I’m happy to say that I found a table that hit everything on my checklist!
Especially the round requirement.  I joyfully sang Dead or Alive’s You Spin Me Round as I loaded the table into my car. The song is still stuck in my head.
Antique wood coffee table
This bad boy was scored over a fabulous girls’ weekend with my mom, aunt, and cousin. My mom actually spotted it and quickly snatched it up at my favorite antique store for only $80. A pretty great price considering the quality. Score!
I knew right away that I wanted to stain the table to match the dark espresso of our bookshelves. That way there was some contrast going on in our family room between the white media console…the dark bookshelves…the natural couch…and the dark coffee table.
Here’s what I used to get my stain on…
Staining supplies palm sander minwax stain paint brush
SUPPLIES:
Paint brush
Palm Sander
120 grit sandpaper
A few cloths
Minwax Wood Finish in Ebony
The table was showing its age, with some nicks and marks on the surface.
Antique wooden coffee table before
So my first step was to sand down the wood and create a nice even surface before staining.
I used 120 grit sandpaper (a medium grit) to smooth out the surface, sides, and second level of the table.    (Tip: Be sure to sand with the grain of the wood.)
Then, I wiped down the table with soapy water to get rid of any dust and dirt.
Sanded coffee table
Once the table was dry it was time to stain. I put on some rubber gloves and got to work!
Minwax stain ebony
I went with the color “ebony” because I really wanted a dark, almost black, color for the table.
I used my paint brush to paint a nice thin coat of stain onto the table, going with the grain of the wood. You could tell the dry wood was thirsty, because it happily soaked up that first coat of stain!
Stained coffee table in ebony
After about 10 minutes, I used a dry cloth to wipe up any excess stain. Make sure you don’t press down too hard when you wipe, but definitely wipe up any extra stain that is on the surface.
I then waited 24 hours and checked on my table again. The color wasn’t quite dark enough for me, so I decided to go for another coat of stain. I repeated the staining process…this time letting the stain soak in about 20 minutes before wiping it up.
48 hours later I trudged back down to the basement (side note: my legs should look way better due to all of the stairs I climb for these projects!) ready to finish up my coffee table.
Minwax Wipe-on Poly Sealing Stained furniture

To seal and protect the stained wood, I used a wipe-on poly. I literally just poured it right out onto the table and wiped an even coat on with a soft cloth. After it dried (about 3-4 hours) I used steel wool to lightly buff out the wood. I repeated this process 2 more times, for a total of 3 coats of wipe-on poly.

Stained Coffee Table
I’m in love with my little round table. It’s everything my white table wasn’t…
The tray on top is from Home Goods ($9.99!) and it is filled with cute & functional goodies.
Here’s a coffee table book about St. Louis, so our guests can learn about our new city.
On top is an old horse shoe, just to add some fun and maybe even luck to our family room!
Scrabble Tile Coasters
Some scrabble tile coasters (tutorial here) help us avoid the dreaded water ring on the wood (the horror!)
Home Goods Candle
This candle is another Home Goods purchase. Comfy couch, tivo, glass of red wine, and this candle…that says RELAXATION to me.
I’m really happy with the color of the table. It has a distressed look to it, with darker spots and roughed up edges.
Stained Coffee Table
I like the contrast between the dark table and light couch.
Wood Stain Coffee Table After
It provides good balance to the white media console and espresso bookcases across from it.
Even though the table is quite a bit smaller than our other one…there’s still plenty of room to stretch out my legs, sit back, and unwind.
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6 thoughts on ““You spin me right ROUND baby!”

  1. Jackie B

    Like the dark stain. Did you ever consider using wood conditioner first? I stained a table last year (with lots of help) and learned the hard way to always use a wood conditioner. I read Centsational Girl too late on that one.

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    Jackie, I did look into it. Wood conditioner can definitely help give an even uniform look (less blotchy), so I maybe should have gone with that! But, I am kinda liking the distressed, rustic look of the piece…darker in some areas, lighter in others.

    Would love to see your stained table!

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  3. Angela Conley

    What a lovely find and makeover! I like painted furniture, but preserving wood in its natural beauty is great too. Looks fab!

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6 thoughts on ““You spin me right ROUND baby!”

  1. Jackie B

    Like the dark stain. Did you ever consider using wood conditioner first? I stained a table last year (with lots of help) and learned the hard way to always use a wood conditioner. I read Centsational Girl too late on that one.

    Reply
  2. DIY Playbook

    Jackie, I did look into it. Wood conditioner can definitely help give an even uniform look (less blotchy), so I maybe should have gone with that! But, I am kinda liking the distressed, rustic look of the piece…darker in some areas, lighter in others.

    Would love to see your stained table!

    Reply
  3. Angela Conley

    What a lovely find and makeover! I like painted furniture, but preserving wood in its natural beauty is great too. Looks fab!

    Reply
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A Wreath for the Everyday

everyday wreath

We live in a building with 8 floors of condos.  Every floor looks the same. Every door looks the same.

Well we’re not really into blending in around here. That’s why we have a little welcome mat and I’ve accumulated a few seasonal wreaths to make our door really pop!

I have a nice Christmas wreath, a fall one, and even a summer one with flowers. But…I need one for the EVERYDAY! Why not showcase your style before anyone even walks into your home?

This wreath on Pinterest acted as my inspiration for my everyday wreath.

Grapevine Wreath with Address Bow Hydrangeas

Now, some wreaths can be very pricey! I mean like $50-$60 pricey! Dang! That was not going to happen here…

Supplies:
-Grapevine Wreath ($4)
– 4 Hydrangeas ($12)
– Ribbon (already owned)
-Wood Numbers ($6)
-Paint (already owned)
-Hot Glue Gun (already owned)

TOTAL COST: $20

Painting letters with blue paint and paintbrushes

First step was to paint my numbers a light blue color.

I often use wax paper when I paint something like this. I used to be a newspaper girl, but sometimes the paint sticks to the paper and it becomes a big mess! With wax paper, the dry numbers will slide right off.

Blue checkered ribbon for bow

While the paint dried, I used my ribbon to make a big bow.

Now, I’m terrible when it comes to making bows. My mom however…well she is an ALL STAR! I somehow got by and made an adequate one for this project, but one of these days she will need to guest post on making the perfect bow. Your mind will be blown.

Blue Bow on Grapevine Wreath

I used my hot glue gun to attach the bow, hydrangeas, and numbers onto the grapevine wreath.

Hot Glue Gun Zebra Pattern

Yes, my hot glue gun is pink and zebra. You’re jealous.

Wreath on Front door opening door
I think my roomie was excited with the upgrade to our front door.

This project took me no time at all people. Like 30 minutes tops!

You really could do anything to personalize it to your home. Change up the colors, use your favorite flower, maybe even use a large monogrammed initial instead of your address?

So many options to really welcome visitors into your home and make their first impression of your place….a good one!

Wreath on front door opening door
We hope all of our PEEPS have a wonderful weekend! Can’t wait to see you back on Monday… lots & lots to share next week!
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