Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Easy Way to Organize Your Fabric Scraps

I don't know about you, but I have a hard time letting go of fabric. I have fabric remnants that go back years (okay, decades), and even have fabric scraps I'm saving because of their sentimental value. I have this feeling that someday the perfect project will come along and I'll be so glad that I saved the fabric. Anyone else feel that way?

I posted a few weeks ago about how I organized my larger pieces of fabric (see post here). It was a popular post, so I guess that means people can relate to having an abundance of fabric! Today I want to share how I organized the rest of my fabric, the smaller pieces and scraps.
This really was a simple project. Just like with my larger pieces of fabric, I started off by trimming off any weird strips or strings from the fabric. This is what I would be doing anyway once I decided to use the scrap, and it made it much easier to organize smoothly.
Next I folded the fabric into a strip of approximately 5" by as long as the fabric was.
Then I just rolled up the fabric into a little bundle. I finished each bundle by tying it with a small piece of ribbon. Easy, right?
I will admit that it did take me an hour or so to go through my scraps and roll them up into bundles, so I just chose to do it while watching TV. By the time the show was over, I was finished.
I loaded all of my bundles into one of the storage boxes that fit my Expedit, so they're ready to go! Next time I am working on a small project, it'll be easy to sort through the bundles to find something to fit.

How do you organize your fabric scraps? Do you have any fun projects to use up all those scraps?

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Refresh Your Grout - Content to Rent Idea #25

Happy Wednesday! It's time for the next idea in my Content to Rent series! This series is a weekly post I'm doing that shows decorating tips for renters. In this series I explore decorating ideas that are stylish, affordable and easily removable.

Today's post is about how to refresh your grout. Okay, now I know this is not the most exciting idea ever, but it is really one that can make a major aesthetic difference in your kitchen or bathroom (or wherever you have tile).
This is actually a project that I have personally done, so I can vouch for its impact! There are many products out there, but I'm going to show you the one I actually tried myself. The product I used is aptly called Grout Refresh. You can pick it up at stores like Lowe's or Home Depot or just order it online. It will run you about $15 for a small bottle.
Grout Refresh works to color and seal in your grout, so you can actually change the color of your grout if you so desire (I just kept mine plain white). You brush it on, then wipe off any that got on the tile after it dries. I don't work for Grout Refresh, but I did have a great experience with it. Totally made the tile floors that previous renters apparently never cleaned look good as new! I found this before and after picture online to show you how it works (the time I used this product was when I lived in a prior home, and hadn't started this blog yet, so no before or even after pictures).
There are also some DIY recipes out there to clean up your grout. This one only requires baking soda and bleach. Look at the results! 
I know some people also use bleach pens, which I have done several times in our showers. It works pretty well! Thanks for stopping by to check out the most recent post in my Content to Rent series. I hope this post has inspired you to refresh any dirty or dingy grout in your home. You can drop by again next Wednesday for another affordable decorating idea for renters (or those who prefer to change their decor frequently!).

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Easy Tangram String Art

Hi there! Today I'm posting a fun DIY art project you can create for less than $5! Sounds like a winner, right? Did I mention it only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish? Check out the tangram house string art I made!
I was inspired to create some string art using brads after seeing this awesome post over at The Things She Makes. After seeing what she created, I wanted to make my own!
I already had some small brass brads on hand, so I only had to buy the string and the paper for the project itself.

I liked the diamond from my inspiration picture, but decided to try something different. I had the idea to do something with tangrams (remember those shapes you play with as a kid?). I found a tangram picture of a house online and printed it out.

Next I laid the picture of the house on top of my paper and marked the corners of the tangram house by pushing a pin through both sheets of paper.
I pushed the brads through the small holes, then started wrapping the string around them. I followed the shapes of the tangram by referencing the printed picture of the house I had.
I hung up my new tangram string art on a wall next to the back door in my family room using some striped washi tape.
Looks great! I love the blue color, and it's hard to beat making your own art for only a few bucks.

I love little creative projects like this one that you can totally customize based on your own interests and the colors in your home. Do you ever make your own art?

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bookshelves - Content to Rent Idea #24

It's Wednesday, so that means it's time for the next idea in my Content to Rent series! This series is a weekly post I'm doing that shows decorating tips for renters. In this series I explore decorating ideas that are stylish, affordable and easily removable.

Today's post is about using bookshelves in your home. You can get new bookshelves for under $50 or find great ones at thrift stores and garage sales for next to nothing! Bookshelves are a great way to add storage even in tight quarters. They are perfect for adding vertical storage as well, especially valuable if you live in a small space. In addition, they can be customized and used in any room of the home.

My favorite place to buy bookshelves (and shelving units in general) is Ikea. They have so many affordable options! Below are a few of my favorites, all from Ikea and most under $100.

As I mentioned, you can put bookshelves in pretty much any room of your house. I found some inspiration pics to showcase bookshelves in places you'd expect as well as some that you might not. 

Entryway
Behind the couch
Bedroom
Bathroom
Dining Room
Room Divider
Kitchen

I guess the question is where can't you use a bookshelf? I am definitely partial to the white ones myself. I have taken a couple of basic white bookshelves and added some personality by backing them with fabric.

Thanks for stopping by to check out the most recent post in my Content to Rent series. I hope this post has given you some ideas about how to add color and personality to your rental! You can drop by again next Wednesday for another affordable decorating idea for renters (or those who prefer to change their decor frequently!).

For more inspiration, look at the other posts in this series:
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