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Dressing up a Dresser

dresser
We want to follow-up this morning’s post from the boys with a little message from us:
April Fool’s! We love our boys and are willing to do almost anything for them, but posting a GIANT Seinfeld poster in our guest room or adding an entire roster of bobble heads to our bathroom are just not some of them. When we posed this April Fool’s opportunity to the boys, we really had no idea what to expect. We set out to create a fun April Fool’s joke on you, our favorite readers, but I think the real joke’s on us. Matt & Finn are now teaming up to take a stand on our crazy DIY ideas and are determined to incorporate more of their styles into our places. What have we created?! Thanks for tuning in and playing along! Happy April Fool’s Day! Now, back to our regular scheduled post…
Remember when Matt and I finished our Not so Ombre Dresser a few weeks back? The outside of the dresser was perfect, but the inside of this dresser still had a build up of childhood “secrets”. Living in Matt’s bedroom for over 25 years, this dresser has quite the story to tell. Secret stories aren’t the only things that this poor thing has been collecting. Hidden deep in the drawers of this beauty are dirty secrets…. literally.
Lining a dresser Drawer

These dirty secrets come in the form of blemishes and lots of marks of wear and tear. Where they come from, how long they’ve been there, how they got there… I’d rather not know. How we will get rid of them…. definitely no secret.

chevron shelf liner
I scored this super cute Chevron shelf liner at Marshall’s. There were a ton of bright colors and designs, but I didn’t want to torture Matt’s dresser with lots of girly glamour. So I skipped the pink polka dots and went with the grey chevron. I figured this print was a nice compromise- trendy for me, grey and masculine-ish for Matt. Chevron is for boys too… right?

This liner was super easy to measure and cut evenly because of the grid system on the back. Having a grid system is a major benefit of using shelf liners rather than some wrapping papers or old wall papers to line your shelves (or drawers).

macbeth collection shelf liner

I measured the drawers, cut along the lines, removed the sticky backing and placed the liner into the drawer to hide ALL of those dirty secrets.

DIY Shelf Liner
How cute are these drawers now? I loved this liner because it wasn’t too sticky, which allowed me to stick the liner onto the shelf temporarily, readjust, and then smooth out the air bubbles permanently.
Chevron Dresser Drawer

This side-by-side photo shows you how many dirty secrets needed to be eliminated from the dresser. #25yearsworthoflittleboywearandtear

MacBeth Collection Shelf Liner
Chevron Liners
I absolutely loved the final product. I can’t wait to “dress up” all of my dressers from now on! It took about half hour and it was totally worth the little extra time. Plus, if you’re anything like me, a cute organization method definitely increases the probability of staying organized!
Happy Organizing!
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  1. Lisa Muhs

    hahahaha! Come on… no Kramer?! If I slept in your guestroom and woke to Kramer in the morning, I would be a happy camper ; ) haha Please keep us all posted on the DIY-dualing!

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  1. Lisa Muhs

    hahahaha! Come on… no Kramer?! If I slept in your guestroom and woke to Kramer in the morning, I would be a happy camper ; ) haha Please keep us all posted on the DIY-dualing!

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Storage Solutions in a Small Home

So, if any of you have ever rented an apartment, loft, or condo…you know that storage is usually scarce. You’ll maybe be lucky to have a coat closet…or a linen closet. But typically not both.  And if you’re like me, then you enjoy when all of your “stuff” has a designated spot to call home.

My solution to this problem is “secret storage.” To me that means adding stylish baskets and accessories to your home, that can also act as hidden spots for your stuff.

So come on down, we’re gonna play a little game called, “Guess what’s inside!”

Let’s get started…

Round 1: Take a look at this bookcase in our master bedroom.

Storing Cords

What do you think is in the little treasure chest on the bottom shelf?

Wooden Treasure Chest
I bet you didn’t guess the crazy amount of cords and wires we have for all of our electronics! #technologythesedays
Hiding Cords in Wooden Box
Round 2: How about this white box that sits on our dresser? (I got it at Michael’s, painted it white, and did the little stencil on top, BTW)
Wooden Box
Now, this round is pretty easy…
Because if you guessed remote controls…you would be DING DING DING right on the money!
(No more losing the remotes)
Remote Controls Hidden in Wood Box
Onto the next question in the game, “Guess what’s inside!”
Round 3: Right next to the white box of remotes, you’ll see a fabulous basket with a lid. 
Basket with Lid
Baskets with lids are my absolute favorite, because you can really hide your stuff, and no one will know what’s inside! 
Wicker Basket
If you know what a buff workout queen I am (cough cough, yeah right!) then you definitely would have guessed workout gear.
Workout Equipment in Basket Dumbbells
5lb and 10lb weights, call this basket home. Along with some printed workouts and DVDs. I try to visit this basket often, when I want to get in a quick workout in the comfort of our bedroom. 
I even squish my yoga mat in here too!
Yoga Mat in Basket
Round 4: Now the final round is a two-parter.
Take a look at this little nook in the corner of our family room, because it is chock full of storage!
I found the Coca-Cola tin at an antique store for about $5. I loved the red, and knew its unique shape could come in handy when it came to hiding things.
Picnic Bench with storage
Now this answer (hint, hint) isn’t very mind boggling.  What could be inside a Coca-Cola tin?
Coca Cola Tin
Well, extra Coca-Cola of course! We use this little guy to hold all of our extra libations that won’t fit in the fridge. So back up pop (do you guys call it soda?), and wine bottles slip inside perfectly!
Soda and Wine in Coca Cola Tin
Okay, the final question in the game.
What’s inside this $8 basket? (found at an estate sale)
Basket Bench with colorful orange pillows
Did you guess wrapping paper, gift bags, and bows?
If you did then, “THAT IS CORRECT!” (in a Chris Farley voice, of course)
Wrapping paper gift bag storage
So were you a winner in our little game today? I’m guessing not, since we have some very random stuff hidden in some very random places. But hey, everything has a place and it helps us to feel organized in the little place we call home.
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