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Children’s Bedroom Closet- Military Closet 3 of 4

 

Children’s Bedroom Closet- Military Closet 3 of 4, coming right up! (If you missed how I renovated the husband’s closet and that beautiful primary closet in this military family, check that out now!)

Materials needed for a Military Closet Makeover:

Shelving unit 
-1×12 melamine board (cut in half to make two shelves)
-1×4
-white paint (optional)
shoe rack (24 inches wide- the exact length of the closet depth)
hangers
laundry basket
bins up top (perfect for hand-me-down storage!)

Tools needed for a Military Closet Makeover:

-drill
-saw- for cutting 1×4 (if you don’t have access to a saw, your local hardware store will cut your 1×4 for you)

*This post contains affiliate links. Please see the disclosures page for any concerns)

Step 1: Organize the closet

When you have children and are lucky enough that they have hand-me-downs, you know you’re saving money, but you wrestle with, IS THIS WORTH THE STORAGE!? Because this child has an older sibling of the same gender, we knew she had inherited some clothes to grow into. First, we needed to accommodate those with storage, next, we started by weeding out the toys and the clothes to be grown into.

First of all, we took all toys out of the child’s closet and moved them to storage totes under her bed, so the closet would be clothes only, and toys could stay in the playroom and under the bed.

Under bed storage to hold all toys that aren't in the playroom
Under-bed storage to hold all toys that aren’t in the playroom

Don’t forget to peek in the dressers:

Before heading into the closet, I tackled the drawers. I used these amazing drawer dividers to separate long and short sleeves, bathing suits and socks, and all the little kid odds and ends.

Drawer dividers help separate your drawer into functional space
Drawer dividers help separate your drawer into functional space

Step 2: Measure and find the child’s closet systems

This closet is 3 feet deep and 4 feet wide. Kept the wire shelving because they would have bins on them for storage. I wanted to leave a foot of space for a laundry bin because I wanted to encourage some independent organization! (Mom to mom, I had her back.) This picture clearly shows the space set aside for a basket.

The perfect nook to place a laundry hamper

The first thing I included was the 3 tier bookcase.  I used a small shelving unit next for more hanging options. And lastly, included a shoe shelf.

A shot of a perfect feminine closet a little girl

Step 3: Children’s Closet- adding storage

Ok. This is where these hand-me-downs can bite you because they’re amazing and money savers… but where? Am I right? We needed extra storage for all her future fits, so I added a top shelf. This was accomplished with the 1×4 and melamine.

This type of wood is already treated and laminated; I had it cut into two pieces. One went on top of the small unit, and the other went above the wire rack.

I needed to ensure these were secure, so I got 1×4 and cut them to fit each wall in the closet. I made sure the 1x4s were screwed into studs. This is the support for this piece. Very important.

Adding shelves and LED to the highest part of the closet
Adding shelves and LED to the highest part of the closet

Once the 1×4 boards were in the wall, I attached the shelf to that and wanted to ensure it was secured to hold the shoe storage she needed! I used these fabric storage bins to store the clothes that this child will grow into. In a children’s bedroom closet- especially with a military family, you move a lot and want to be as organized as possible!

This label maker was so helpful because I could label the size of the clothes they will grow into and make it as organized as possible.

Adding labels to opaque bins is the perfect way to still know exactly what you have and what you need.
Adding labels to opaque bins is the perfect way to still know exactly what you have and what you need.

I accessorized her closet with an adorable shelf, hangers, and a great mirror because this cutie was very into dressing up.

Lastly, the biggest closet addition must be the LED lights I added.

The ones that are linked are lights that you plug in, but there are some other things you can do as well; you can get battery-operated or remote control lights, so I wanted to link some options.

In the end, it’s a child’s closet that an adult would love. And what’s not to love about that?!

 

 

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$150.00 Closet Makeover- Military Closet 2 of 4

You saw how I renovated the husband’s closet in this military family, so next up, a $150.00 Closet Makeover- Military wife edition.

This closet was in the primary bedroom, only 2 feet deep and 5 feet wide. So small for a shared closet! Mama needed more space, so her husband was sent to the hall.

Materials needed for a Military Closet Makeover:

Shelving unit (I lucked out and found my closet units on base, saving a lot of money. I got them from Military Exchange for 89.00- and I found it here for 99! You need to measure the space you need and buy accordingly. I will link some options at the bottom of this page for similar units)
-1×12 narrow shelf
-1×4  (approx 10 ft)
-white paint (optional)
shoe rack (24 inches wide- the exact length of the closet depth)

Tools needed for a Military Closet Makeover:

-drill
-saw- for cutting 1×4 (if you don’t have access to a saw, your local hardware store will cut your 1×4 for you)

*This post contains affiliate links. Please see the disclosures page for any concerns)

Step 1: Organize the closet

No shade, mom. We keep everything for everyone. For years. So if your closet looks like this “before,”… same.

A messy closet
Hangers and clothes and shoes all shoved into a very crowded closet

Once we got the items pared down to just the essentials, we started eyeballing what we had left and what potential closet they would be stored in. That cleared out space and gave me a better idea of what storage would be needed in future closet makeovers.

A messy closet
A further zoomed-out look at a very crowded and messy closet

This mama knew how easily it can happen to shove things into the closet and store them for everyone. So we decided to remove the closet doors and keep them in storage. She wanted a beautiful set up that she was incentivized to keep clean, so we went for an open concept!

Step 2: Measure and find closet units

The primary closet was *small*, as I mentioned. So  I found Closet Maid shelves that would fit that space. I unscrewed the wire rack I knew I would not be using and got to work assembling the shelving unit and placing that inside the closet. The unit I found was 1 foot wide, and I put it right in the center, which gave me two feet on each side. On one side, I did the double hanging, which would take care of all her hanging clothes.

Closet shelves assembled and put together

Reminder: This unit was bought on base. But here are some units that are available elsewhere and are similarly priced, and you can look for one that best fits your space.

*When I put together the shelving, notice how I turned the top two pieces upside down. Because only one side is painted, I wanted the painted side to be visible when looking up at the shelves. Unless you are over 7 feet tall, you won’t see the unfinished tops of these shelves.*

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Adding a top shelf for closet storage

Shoes. Am I right? We needed extra storage for the shoes in this closet, so I added a top shelf. This is where the 1×4 and melamine.  This is a type of wood that is already treated and laminated. It went on top of our units. But I needed to be sure it was secure. So I got 1×4 and cut them to fit each wall in the closet.

shoe rack installed into the right side for shoe storage

I made sure they were screwed into studs. This is the support for this piece. Very important.

Speaking of shoes, we decided to use a shoe rack on the right side. (The one listed under materials is what I used from Lowes. You need to measure your space, and if you find you need another size, here are some options)

 

If you notice, I made one of the racks taller than the rest on her shoe rack. That is so her taller boots and heels have a place to go. I did that by flipping the second Closet Maid shoe rack upside down on top of the first when I installed it.

Once the 1×4 boards were in the wall, I attached the shelf to that and wanted to ensure it was secured to hold the shoe storage she needed!

 

 

 

 

 

I accessorized her shelf with a mirrored tray like this to hold some perfume, a mirror, and other knick-knacks she wanted on display. You could use dried flowers, have pictures displayed, or an elegant or funny quote about getting dressed.

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Repurposing a Hall Closet- Military closet 1 of 4

Giving this military family closet makeover was such a fun project, and I loved working on repurposing a hall closet in this military closet makeover series.

This closet started as a hall closet as storage for the kiddos. Most of what was in the closet were things that were full of kid items (parents, we’ve all been there), and they decided when we were renovating each kiddo’s closet, we would add storage into their spaces for their future clothes. That freed up this hall closet to allow me to do a military closet makeover for the husband!

Materials needed for a Military Closet Makeover:

-Shelving units (I lucked out and found my closet units on base- which saved a lot of money. I got them from Military Exchange for 89.00- but if you don’t have access to a military base- I’ll link some options at the bottom of this page for similar units)
-1 Piece Melamine (8 ft)
-1×4  (approx 10 ft)

Tools needed for a Military Closet Makeover:

-drill
-saw- for cutting 1×4 (if you don’t have access to a saw, your local hardware store will cut your 1×4 for you)

*This post contains affiliate links. Please see the disclosures page for any concerns)

Step 1: Purge your hall closet

As I said, this hall closet was originally holding things for kids, so our whole reorg started with a simple game of “do we need this”?

Once we got the items pared down to just the essentials, we started eyeballing what we had left and what potential closet they would be stored in. That cleared out space and gave me a better idea of what storage would be needed in future closet makeovers.

 

Step 2: Measure and find closet units

The husband’s repurposed hall closet was 3ft deep by 8 ft long- standard 8-foot ceilings, so I knew what unit sizes I would need.  I unscrewed the wire rack I knew I would not be using and got to work assembling the shelving unit and placing that inside the closet.

Reminder: This unit was bought on base. But here are some units that are available elsewhere and are similarly priced:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Adding a top shelf for closet storage

We needed even more storage, so we added an extra shelf to the closet unit. This is where the 1×4 and melamine.  This is a type of wood that is already treated and laminate. It went on top of our units. But I needed to be sure it was secure. So I got 1×4 and cut them to fit each wall in the closet.

 

 

                   

I made sure they were screwed into studs. This is the support for this piece. Very important.

Once the 1×4 boards were in the wall, I attached the shelf to that and wanted to make sure it was secured so it could hold the storage baskets we needed!

Speaking of storage… LOVE these baskets to add even more storage and keep that closet looking clean. The smaller white tubs were from Walmart, and the etched ones are from Target.

My client also had these tie hangers, which saved so much room in repurposing the hall closet in this military closet makeover series. I ended up attaching them to the last 1×4 that I had secured onto the wall.

 

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Gifts sure to make your teen laugh this holiday

Fellow parents of teens know that one of the best things about your kids getting older is making them laugh. I have put together gifts sure to make your teen laugh this holiday. I know firsthand… because I have given most of these to my kids!

Nicolas Cage Sequin Pillow Covers

Literally, just the name of this product makes me laugh. So I feel the need to tell you now that there WILL be a theme to this post. And that theme happens to be named Nicolas. We think he is so funny in my house, and he has become our unofficial family mascot for that reason.  This is a 16×16 inch sparkle sequin pillowcase. There are SO many different versions and celebrities in the form of this pillow! Joey and Ross from friends, animals, and even Harry Styles!

Tortilla Blanket


The perfect gift for when you’re feeling brrrr-itto. Ok, that was bad and I’m sorry for it. It was just so easy. This flannel blanket is perfect for your kid if you’re a family of taco lovers. Not into tacos? That’s fine! It comes as a  pizza, waffle, or cookie! Honestly, if being wrapped in a giant chocolate chip cookie doesn’t sound relaxing, I can’t help you.

Fleece Onesie Pajamas

Warm? Check. Adorable? Yep. Customizable to different animals? You betcha. This will for SURE get a smile out of your teen… and give them something more comfortable to lay on the couch and watch TikTok in.

Mushroom Booty Shower Curtain

Mushrooms are super popular right now. So you’re going to get points for being trendy (which is nearly impossible for a teenager to give you). Then you get the added bonus of adorable little butts on the pattern, which makes it a combination of funny and appreciated. It’s machine washable and comes with plastic hooks to install it, so you won’t be hassled by installing it or keeping it clean. Kid win, parent win.

Nicolas Cage FULL FACE Blanket

Ok. This one is a little traumatizing. But also so incredible. I told you our home is a forever Cage home! I love this because it comes in the GINORMOUS size of 80×60. Other faces and patterns are available, but this one is just too horrifyingly amazing not to share.

Celebrity Faux Oil Painting

Marilyn Monroe, Snoop Dogg, and … you guessed it… Nicolas Cage are all available as fancy pants ladies and gentlemen. You can get this 16×24 fake oil painting of a celebrity of your choice. It’s unframed, giving your teen the perfect opportunity to put it in a frame that fits their personality best, tape it to their wall or hang it in a place of honor.

National Treasure Coffee Cup

 

It is a high-quality mug that doesn’t rub off or peel. Which is just the icing on the cake of this funny mug. You can put a Starbucks gift card in there to make it a little more practical. But this is the perfect way to show how much you “treasure” this teen!

Tiny Hands

I have a dream where I put these in my sleeve and go in to shake hands with my kid to shock a laugh out of them. There are 10, so you could have one for each finger, hide them in random places around their room, or use them to get a laugh out of the rest of the family. Tiny hands, big laughs.

Shark Cloud Sippers

They’re adorable and so comfortable. The best combination of things. Then when you add in the fact it looks like a shark is chomping on your little tootsies, so perfect! Not to mention they’re relatively inexpensive, which just adds to their perfection.

150 Funny Meme Stickers

Memes alone are perfection, and they’re now on a sticker, which makes them even better. They can decorate their hydro flasks with these, and hope you can share a chuckle. It may even find a reason for you to watch some new shows or clips together with your teen. Bonding over television is a love language of its own.

People of Walmart Coloring Book

Rolling back prices and rolling back dignity. Whether you’re a Target shopper or a Walmart fan- every page is crazier than the next! Don’t forget to toss in some colored pencils so you can enjoy your Christmas evening coloring the oddest of the odds.

Giant Bread Shaped Pillow

 

If you dream of bread, why not dream on bread?! This pillow is a carb-lover’s dream. It looks pretty real between the texture and the fabric and comes in 3 different sizes, so your little croissant can get the pillow perfect for their space!

Sassy Crew Socks

I won’t lie to you; some of the sayings on these socks made me laugh so hard. Most notably, the one that said, “I have to pee.” I will warn you, if you’re a mom against cussing, this won’t be the gift for you. The “I don’t care, thanks” socks are one of the two without a swear. But as a mother of a funny teen and an owner of a sailor’s mouth myself… they made me laugh.

Eye Bugging Stress Toy

In all seriousness, being a kid isn’t always easy. I actually like the idea of giving a little tension relief with a twist. There are a few different options on these, but I like the building eye worm. Is that because my teen can make my eyes bulge at times? That’s neither here nor there.

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10 tools you can buy to start your DIY and woodworking journey

One of my most commonly asked questions is- ‘What tools do I need to get started”? Woodworking, refinishing, DIY, and crafts can all feel intimidating if you don’t have the “tools” you need. Literally and metaphorically. So in honor of my most asked question, here it is! the top 10 tools I would recommend to build your toolkit. You can buy them all now for less than 500.00! Or slowly but surely, start to chip away at them as you go!

Jig Saw

Because of the narrow blade on a jigsaw, they are best used for shapes and curves in wood. You’re going to want a jigsaw to make any cuts that aren’t decorative, and this one is high quality! It has a trigger that can help control the speed, which is helpful, especially for a for a DIY and woodworking beginner. There is also an on-off switch that will blow the dust out of the way so you can get a clear view of your cut or guiding lines. (If you know me, you know I’m a planner. So I appreciate being able to see my guide lines easily!).

20-Volt Cordless Drill Kit

A drill is a pretty basic need, and this one is cordless, comes with a carrying case and is super powerful. It has two speeds and a light to help you see when you’re drilling in small spaces. It comes with a storage case and a 29 piece titanium drill bit set. All in all, big bang for your buck on this one!

20- Volt Gauge Brad Nail Gun

It’s not expensive, and it isn’t loud. The dream. This Brad Nailer is perfect for heights and on a ladder because it is light and cord free. It can shoot about 600 nails per charge, which means you’re using it more than you’re charging it. Always a plus!

15 Amp Circular Saw with Laser Guide

This type of saw is best for cutting larger lumber, metal, roofing material etc. It has bigger, abrasive discs that spin and allow you to have the power to slice through most materials. This one is priced really well for the power it can give you! It has a 15 amp motor, which means you are making your cuts more quickly. Plus, if you’re like me and have kids running around your worksite, there is a safety lock that helps with not allowing accidental starts. Always worth the peace of mind.

14-Amp Miter Saw

Any angled cuts, moulding, trim and other angled cuts… a miter saw makes your life easier. This miter saw has a electric brake AND an LED cut line. I love both of those aspects so much. It also comes with a dust bag, which helps keep mess to a minimum, which is helpful if you haven’t mastered the art of clean as you go.

Oscillating Multi-tool

This tool is literally as multi versitile as it’s name. You can scrape, cut or sand with it because it comes with 30 attachments! I think you will be shocked at the amount of projects you can use this bad boy for.  It is perfect to give for a DIY and woodworking beginner.

Standard Measuring Tape

Back to basics big time with this one. This is seriously my most used measuring tape. It’s cheap, it’s effective, I use it all the time! Even a DIY or woodworking beginner will need to measure, and this is the tool to make it happen without costing too much.

9 Inch Level

Yet another basic that becomes one of those “how did I live without this” tools. This will level with clear bubbles and has an iron edge, so it’s magnetic! So helpful for any projects that use iron. I love that you can make sure your angles are correct at 45 and 90 degrees with this one too, an aspect I have used a ton.

Speed Square

If you’re advancing to anything with angles, you’re going to love this speed square. Another basic that won’t break the bank, and give a lot of bang for your buck. (This it a tool that is often overlooked, so it would make a great stand alone stocking stuffer!)

Clamps

A two piece cast iron set that won’t rust! I use these clamps all the time, and if you need a bigger size I reccomend these!

I hope you found some great ideas for the DIY master in your life! Which tools would you suggest adding to the must have list?

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15 Christmas gifts for your pets

Here are 15 Gift Ideas for Pets because Santa Paws is coming to town! The holidays are here, and we can’t leave out our furry friends. It’s not too late to fill their stockings too.

Double Dog and Cat Bowls

This dual feeder is perfect for small and medium pets. One food bowl and one water bowl with a water bottle for an automatic refill! This dish is also special because it has a tilted platform, so it’s in the perfect position for older kitties and puppies to get their food without hurting their necks!

Smartphone Controlled Feeder

The perfect gift for tech-savvy pet parents. This smartphone-controlled food bowl can hold up to 15 meals! It will feed your pet regularly so travel parents and those who work long days don’t have to worry. The most fun part of this… right before the food is dispensed you can record a 10-second voice recording.

Automatic timed Pet Feeder

This pet feeder is also amazing for working pet owners but isn’t linked to your smartphone. An affordable, battery-operated pet food dispenser. It takes AA batteries and has 6 cells you can fill with food or treats!

Puppy Chew Toys

My table legs would have thanked me if I had gotten this for our dog when he came home in July. So would my chair legs. And my kid’s shoes…. and the wall of our laundry room… The point is- puppies chew, and these are the PERFECT gifts for your pooch babies. It’s a 20-pack that includes 9 ropes, 2 dog treat balls, 1 rubber dog toothbrush stick, a banana toy, a flying disc toy and includes poop bags as a gift!

Interactive Cat Windmill and Food Dispenser

A puzzle for cats to amuse themselves with TWO layers of action. The trackballs will give your cat hours of amusement, with the added benefit of you getting to watch your little kitty hunt and play. It can also be filled with treats, so when the cat rotates the platter- a treat pops out!

Interactive Cat Toy with Feathers and Catnip

If you’ve ever seen a cat after they had catnip… you’ll understand it’s the phrase “it’s like catnip”. They are so obsessed with it, and it’s highly entertaining. The feathers, the holes for them to bat their toys, added with the cat nip makes this such a good toy for curious kitties.

Automatic Moving Ball Multi Pack

The only thing I love more than playing with my pets is buying something battery-operated that will play with my pets for me. This multi-pack will for sure keep those cats occupied. The coolest part is that there are motion sensors in the toys that allow them to move and stop automatically. Truly a hands-off toy!

Large Water Dispenser for Dogs and Cats

180 ounces of water with a wireless pump will make a safe and convenient fountain for one or multiple pets! It needs to be plugged in to work, and once running it has a purification filter that will keep your pets hydrated and safe. When there isn’t enough water in the bowl, the pump will automatically shut off! And it comes with a one-year warranty, so if it breaks or you’re unsatisfied… no sweat.

Pup Claw Dog Toys (With a squeaker)

Do I even need to tell you why this one is both an amazing and hilarious gift? A tiny puppy seltzer?! Waggermelon? Mutt mango? Stop. It’s too much. Take my money.

 

Dog Rope with Suction Cup for Aggressive Chewers

The suction cup on the bottom is just what the dog-tor ordered. (That was a lot and I know it. But I am leaning into it.) I love that they can literally tire themselves out with this one. It’s durable and cleans the dog’s teeth while it stimulating them with internal sounds when shaken!  You can even fill it will dog food or treats to encourage play!

Outdoor Playpen with Cover!

Cats, bunnies, hamsters, hedgehogs, chinchillas, tiny dogs… This one covers the small pet spectrum! Give your little pet some outdoor time with this portable yard fence. It is waterproof, easy to fold, and covered with a zipper! It’s a good way to take your little babies with you camping or to the park or beach!

Greenies Gingerbread Dog Treats

Even your pet deserves a seasonal flavor, and these Greenies give them just that. No, not peppermint mocha flavored (thank goodness, please don’t caffeinate my dog) but the classic Christmas taste of Gingerbread. These are available in teenie, small and large. So every dog gets the portion control they need- something I am still working on in the holidays. This brand is also known to fight plaque so it’s a gift that tricks them into being healthy.

Foraging Mat for Dogs and Cats

The cutest little Christmas tree I have seen that is a secret dog and cat puzzle! Animals love foraging and sniffing out treats, so you’re encouraging them to do that in one of the hundred little places to hide under this foraging mat. Plus… it’s machine washable. The true Christmas miracle.

Snuffle Mat Feeding Game

I really don’t know if I love that it gets out energy by encouraging foraging, or if I love that it is called a “snuffle mat”. When they’re bored, they can sometimes dig into things they shouldn’t but this mat helps prevent needless frustration by giving them somewhere to target that energy. Plus, the suction cups help keep it in place so treats aren’t flung everywhere!

 

We all know pets are like part of the family! I hope you got some great ideas on how to make them feel loved this Holiday season.

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DIY Christmas Tree Card Holder

Cute cousins, Old co-workers you miss and those beloved family pets all smile out at us from holiday cards. I love them so much, and I needed to find a way to display them. So I came up with this DIY Christmas Tree Card holder made out of wood and twine!

 

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This is truly a beginner DIY project since all you need is a drill if you are able to have lumber cut at your local home improvement store! If not, you’ll need a saw.

Supplies needed to make a DIY Christmas Tree Card Holder:

– 1x4x6 pine boards (2) – if you’re trying to save money you can use furring strips, which are lower quality but still pine or white wood but less money.
-1 1/4″ brad nails
– Stain, paint, or finish of your choice
bakers twine
hot glue
mini wooden clothespins

Tools needed to make a DIY Christmas Tree Card Holder:

-saw

Step 1- Cut your lumber:

Cut your lumber. Some home improvement stores will cut dimensional lumber for you. If yours doesn’t, you can use a hand saw or any power saw of your choice to cut your pieces. I recommend a miter saw for this type of cut.

I made sure to cut at 30-degree angles to get the branches.

Step 2 – Lay out your pieces:

Lay out your branches, then your longer piece on top. Then I used my 18 gauge brad nails. I did 4 nails per slat. Easy. Peasy. You could try wood glue, but it might not be as sturdy. Let me know if you decide to go this route.

 

Step 3 – Finish off your DIY Christmas Tree Card Holder:

I stained mine, painted some in different designs, and LOVE them each for different reasons! Then to turn this into a card holder, I simply added baker’s twine and mini clothespins. And there they were. All the faces of the people I love looking at me from a tiny tree! (I do wonder what these would look like with lights added to them, so if you decide to go in that direction, PLEASE tag me on Facebook and Instagram!)

 

 

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Makeover of Christmas Pillars and Arch

If you’ve seen the Christmas fence or any of my Halloween posts about the DIY Pillars and Arches, you know I love to deck out my yard for the holidays. This Makeover of Christmas Pillars and Arch was the most festive way to set the stage for my yard this season.

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Supplies needed for your Makeover of Christmas Pillars:

– 1/4 Inch Backer Board
-4 2×4 pieces of wood (I ripped them down into 2×2 with my table saw, but if you don’t have one you can get 8 2×2 pieces)
Spray adhesive
-PVC Pipe
-Rebar
Sander/ Sanding disks

*NOTE* These are the materials you will need if you are making these pillars from scratch. If you need instructions on how to set the pillars up, read more on that here. But, if you are doing the makeover on this project from the fencing, you won’t need anything other than a bit of Mortar,  your foam board, letters, wreaths, and lights.

Step 1: Remove the spooky heads from your Christmas Pillars

There is no need for spooky faces when jingle bells are ringing. So I pulled the styrofoam heads off of the pillars and patched them with more mortar. Then, even though I knew I would be adding a wreath, I let it dry and sanded those spots.

 

Step 2 – Make the signage for your arch

Step one for the arch process is to decide what you want it to say. I used my existing arch to plan my measurements, so I knew exactly how big I needed it to be. Then I used 2″ insulation foam board to form the arch. You could use Plywood if you want to go that route!

I settled on “North Pole” as the title for my archway, and painted my foam board in a brilliant Christmas red. Then found these great letters at Michaels- They were on a big sale, so I’m not sharing the exact same ones. But they are comparable to these– and started attaching them to the foam board with this Krazy Glue. 

 

 

 

 

**ALTERNATIVE – Don’t forget… this is your project! If you think flat sticker letters or free-standing prelit theatre letters look better- do it! Just make sure you send me a picture of what you design on Instagram and or Facebook after you do it, because I love seeing what you come up with!

Step 3 – Attach your Christmas arch to your pillars!

Now that you have your pieces ready, next it’s time to assemble them. Bring that arch out and slide it onto the pillars. I then wrapped the whole thing in these lights.  Lastly, added this BEAUTIFUL wreath. You can browse wreaths you might like here:

And there you have it. The perfect cozy Christmas entryway!

 

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Buffet Makeover

If there is something I love, it’s a DIY. The icing on the cake? A cheap DIY!! I found the perfect marriage in those things with this Buffet Makeover. I found the buffet in really good shape on Facebook Marketplace for only like 150.00, and that is a STEAL. To then turn it into this gorgeous piece… priceless.

(Those of you holiday lovers, don’t forget we have some Christmas DIYs waiting in the wings. Check out the soda can jingle bells! Or challenge yourself and elevate your tree game with the tree box stand! We’ve got what you need to put the holly in your jolly.)

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Supplies needed for a Buffet Makeover:

-buffet (I would look for one secondhand so you can make this cheaper! As I mentioned, mine is from Facebook Marketplace!)
Bondo Putty
Spray Paint

Tools needed for a Buffet Makeover:

Microzip Sander

Step 1- Assess the damage to your buffet

I knew I wanted to give something new life, and I wanted it to match the beautiful breakfast bar that I had just added to the dining room. Ideally, I wanted to keep the beautiful wood look, but the veneer was too chipped to salvage.

Because of the chips in the wood, I knew I would need to fill it and sand it. I also knew I would need to add some paint. I decided to go with this GORGEOUS green.

 

Luckily I loved the hardware on the buffet as was. But it was missing ONE antique handle!! I was so sad to not be able to keep this set as is. I was able to get a replacement set from Ikea that is still beautiful, but if anyone knows where I can get a set that looks like this antique set, Let me know! So if you want to put another personalized twist on your buffet makeover, keep the hardware in mind. 

You could get some gorgeous options- all will be different depending on what you need for your individual buffet but here are some that I found and LOVE:

Option 1
Option 2
Option 3
Option 4
Option 5

 

Step 2 – Paint or stain your buffet

As I said, I wanted to keep it wooden, but I had to pivot with some of the chipped veneer. So I found this gorgeous green and got to painting.

 

Step 3 – Finish the top of your Buffet

I didn’t want to paint the top of the buffet, I wanted to keep that wooden finish, so I sanded it down and tried to maintain the wood on top as much as I could!

I used this conditioner, and then I used this oil. I didn’t do an actual stain on it because it had such a deep color to it. Lastly, I did 4 coats of this Polycrilic. BE SURE to sand between each layer of poly!!

 

 

When it’s all said and done, I got a piece that is so beautiful, was cheap, gave me storage, and is something that is such a conversation piece in my home!

 

 

 

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DIY Breakfast Bar Organization

My breakfast bar is done. My DIY shelves? Complete. If you haven’t seen my video on my Rev-A-Shelf DIY cabinet video… check it out here. And now, it’s time to organize your DIY Breakfast Bar.

(Those of you holiday lovers, don’t forget we have some Christmas DIYs waiting in the wings. Check out the soda can jingle bells! Or challenge yourself and elevate your tree game with the tree box stand! We’ve got what you need to put the holly in your jolly.)

This post will contain affiliate links- please see my disclosures page if you need any information on that!

Step 1- Find your purpose for your Breakfast Bar

I knew I wanted this to be the hub where I spent my morning. So the purpose for me was to have things that are functional, as well as convenient. I knew I wanted to have hidden wires (I showed how I hid those in the original breakfast bar post), so I was able to plug things into the cabinets in my bar.  I wanted my K-cups in there and organized for my Keurig.

These had to be organized and ready to go so I could get full use of my morning caffeine.  Get that here.

*bonus* if you’re a coffee fan like me, and you like syrup- how cute is this syrup pump? I also always keep espresso cups on hand for the early mornings, and I actually put cinnamon and nutmeg spices right by the coffee pot for mornings when I feel more experimental. 

Step 2 – Keep it tidy

Parents know… you find something you love and SOMEHOW your kids will find a way to trash it really quickly. So these organization separators for utensils help keep things together- and every little bit helps. If you’re not using utensils in this space- you can use the separators for straws, spoons, snacks!

 

Step 3 – Organize your Breakfast Bar in a Practical way

Rev-a-Track was amazing to get in the cabinets of these shelves. They make this trash can slide in and out, which is awesome because it makes taking out the trash (my least favorite chore) easier. And if it’s easier, I might just do it!

 

 

Other things you might love:

-toaster
cutting board
fruit bowl
succulent plants
tall votives

 

 

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DIY Breakfast Bar Floating Shelves

If you haven’t seen my video on my Rev-A-Shelf DIY cabinet video… check it out here. So I put it together, and I have that project broken down. I LOVE the breakfast bar project for adding organizational solutions to a small space. If you’re looking to add even more space, let’s elevate that already awesome project with DIY Breakfast Bar Floating Shelves.

(Those of you holiday lovers, don’t forget we have some Christmas DIYs waiting in the wings. Check out the soda can jingle bells! Or challenge yourself and elevate your tree game with the tree box stand! We’ve got what you need to put the holly in your jolly.)

This post will contain affiliate links- please see my disclosures page if you need any information on that!

Supplies needed to make DIY Floating Shelves:

-2×4
plywood (if you worked on the DIY breakfast bar, this can be what is leftover from that)
-screws
-level
-pre-stain conditioner
oil
stain
polyacrylic

Tools needed to make DIY Floating Shelves:

-table saw
drill

Step 1- Test it out with tape, and set up your floating shelves

I am a visual learner. So step one for me was to tape on the walls to make sure I liked the height of the shelves. So glad I did that because I ended up changing the tape around a few times before I settled on their placement. I would take a picture, step back and make sure it was the height I wanted.

I used one 2×4 and ripped it in half on my table saw. I put it up on the wall where I had taped, then used a level to make sure it was going exactly how I wanted.

*tip* Once I knew it was level, I drew a line on the wall where I wanted it to go. I find it a lot easier to drill into the wall with a line drawn so I can be sure my shelves are level, and I can concentrate on finding the studs so when I drill in the four support pieces that come out of the wall, that I wouldn’t drill into a stud.

The extra four support pieces got laid outside, covered it in the plywood, and then I cut the support pieces so they were the same depth of the plywood. (Remember, take into account any of the back support pieces you used on the wall, and subtract that from the depth of plywood you need to measure.) My depth was 10.5 inches, but the back was 1 and 3.4. So I subtracted that from the depth of my shelf.

 

Step 2 – Drill your shelves together, and mount them to the wall

From the back of the long support piece, I drilled 2.5-inch screws into each of the arms of the top and bottom shelves.

That’s where the line comes back in handy. I went to that pre-drawn line, and drilled into the studs that I had marked and placed!

I did go in through the sides of the shelves at the very front of the cabinets. I used a 1-and-a-quarter-inch screw that I attached to the two side arm pieces on the top and bottom shelf. I used screws instead of nails, so that when I go to remove or move these later I can reuse the shelves. Screws always seem to be easier to remove than nails.

 

Step 3 – Add your (stained) plywood

I used the same exact stain process on these shelves that I used on the breakfast bar. If you haven’t taken the time to check that post out, please do. You want the stain on the shelves to be the same as your bar, so follow that practice on your shelves.

Then I added the plywood on top! I actually didn’t even need to attach this piece, it fit perfectly. The bottom piece did get a couple of brad nails (1 and a quarter inches), and I attached them right into the arms. I maybe used 5 nails.

 

I wanted to cover the front pieces of the shelves. I used a 1×4 and measured the 1 piece of plywood and the 2×4 that I had ripped to get the overall height of my “shelf sandwich”. I did have more width on my 1×4 than I needed, so I ripped a bit off.

I didn’t want any holes in the front of it, because it had been stained. So I went through the cabinets, with the same 1 and a quarter in screws, just like I did on the front arms on the ends. I drilled into the face piece just once. Then I used a 23 gauge pin nailed to put one nail in a little piece in the front, so it would be discreet. That way it will be easy to remove later and keep that stain intact.

 

And just like that… floating shelves. If you want to elevate them even more, add these railings.

The last step (arguably the most fun step…) is adding your decor!

 

 

-toaster
cutting board
fruit bowl
succulent plants
tall votives

 

 

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Breakfast Bar

If you haven’t seen my video on my Rev-A-Shelf DIY cabinet video… check it out here. I LOVE this project for adding organizational solutions to a small space. And as a renter… this is perfect because I can patch the holes in the wall when I leave, and I can also take the cabinets with me. A temporary solution, but a forever piece of furniture. What more could you need?

My Rev-a-Shelf breakfast bar is what dreams are made of. It’s stunning, and practical and can be jazzed up with some DIY Faux Brass Railing to the space between the cabinets, and the floating shelves.

**If you have 8 foot ceilings PLEASE be precise with your measurements or these cabinets may not fit! I have 8-and-a-half-foot ceilings.

(I know… Anything other than Christmas DIY in November seems crazy to some of you! Those of you holiday lovers, don’t forget we have some Christmas DIYs waiting in the wings. Check out the soda can jingle bells! Or challenge yourself and elevate your tree game with the tree box stand! There’s still time to make something totally tinsel!)

This post will contain affiliate links- please see my disclosures page if you need any information on that!

Supplies needed to make your Breakfast Bar:

-cabinets (The white ones I used are linked in the post- and to save even more money you can buy these unfinished! You will have to paint them white, and the coverage isn’t quite the same)
-4×8 foot plywood
-poplar 1×2 is the trim around the edge of the top (poplar is sold by the foot so one piece 89 inches and one that is 26 inches long to go around the edge)

Tools needed to make your Breakfast Bar:

-table saw
-cabinet screws
-miter saw
-jig saw
-multi-tool
-brad nailer
-Your Breakfast Bar add-ins! (mini fridge, extension cords, Keurig, whatever your must-haves are!)
-89 long by 26 deep by 96 tall 8-foot ceilings need to be precise remove baseboard behind the cabinets 1×4 across the back to fill the gap that the baseboard created drilled into the studs

Step 1- Get your supplies

Cabinets are a must-have for a breakfast bar. For the upper cabinets, I used four of these white cabinets. If you want to save some money on cabinets, you can get these unfinished! You will just have to buy the paint and finish them on your own. You also won’t have quite the same coverage you might have on a finished cabinet.

Then you want to find your bottom cabinets. I used two of these 12″ bottom cabinet drawers, then I also used two of these 3-drawer cabinets on the bottom as well.

The bar top is a 4×8 foot plywood piece of plywood I had ripped for the countertop at 88 inches long. You can do this yourself with a table saw, or you can have it ripped for you at Home Depot or Lowes. I was able to use the rest of the plywood also- it’s ripped at 10 and a quarter inch 2 times. That’s what I used to make the floating shelves. (If you want step-by-step on those– see the next post!)

Step 2 – Secure the cabinets for the breakfast bar

So This step was a little different for me because I am renting. I knew because I was in a rental, I did;t want to remove my baseboards behind the cabinets. So, if you are also looking to keep your baseboards intact, this is how I would do it.

Removing the baseboard would make the cabinets flush with the wall, and would have fewer gaps between the cabinet and the wall. Since this was a none starter for me, I took a 1×4 and screwed it into the studs on the wall, then screwed them in through the back of the cabinet. That made the cabinets more secure and flush with the wall.

If you are able to take the baseboards off, screw the cabinets into the studs with wall screws.

I also clamped the lower cabinets together and attached them with screws. I drilled pilot holes first. This makes the whole things seem super secure and sturdy.

 

Step 3 – Lay out the countertop and install the upper cabinet to your breakfast bar

 

 

 

 

 

This is when I laid the countertop on the lower cabinets. The countertop was not stained yet, because I wanted to tweak these upper cabinets a bit. I knew I wanted my Keurig in there, so I used my jigsaw to attach the extension cord. I used the multi-tool to pop the outlet through that so my Keuirg and blender can sit in there, I wanted the outlets hidden so it could look better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3 – Stain and Secure your remaining cabinets and countertop

Once I had the cutouts made for my cord so that I could have my Keurig and blender plugged in and secured with screws, I stained and finished the countertop and added the top cabinets. (This is also when I finished the floating shelves- which you can see in the next post if you’re interested!)

For the stain, I used this pre-stain wood conditioner. Next, immediately I used one coat of medium walnut. I used this stain and followed with FOUR (yes. Four) coats of this polyacrylic. This process was all about layering, so I added the stains pretty immediately on top of each other.

Once I had it all squared away, I put in my Keurig, my utensil organizer, syrup pump, and espresso cups ready to go.  This breakfast bar is a BEAUTY.

I put in the mini fridge, and I was sure to get one with a vent on the front.  That is a HUGELY important part of the breakfast bar. Most mini fridges have vents in the back or on the bottom, and with cabinets all around them, that can make it a fire hazard. If the one above is sold out, this amazon fridge would also work!