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    One Last Decorating Detail to Update


    When it comes to making your house truly your home – every little decorating detail matters.
    I have pretty much transformed every surface in my house over the 5 years since we moved to the lake. I still had one small detail to update though. It was not a big deal in the grand scheme of updating and decorating a house, but for me getting this last detail updated by adding my own style was a very big deal.
    It is the last part of the house where the previous owner’s tastes still exists and it has taken me 5 years to get it done…. talk about procrastination!!!
    Before gearing up to decorate the house for fall, I thought I would finally get this detail updated.

    I am 5’5″ tall and only see the bottom shelf when I open my kitchen cabinets above the stove where the previous owner had blue and white shell motif Contact Brand adhesive shelf liner. Shell motifs were a thing in the house – both bathrooms also had shells as a decorating theme. 🙂

    When I made over the kitchen, I tried ripping up the adhesive Contact shelf lining paper, but only got a small section removed as it was not going to budge. At the time, I figured I would cover it eventually. 5 years is a very long eventually. 🙂
    There is never a time like the present to get something done, especially now that I am spending more time at home.
    To get the cabinet’s bottom shelf covered in something more to my liking, I went to my gift wrap stash and found the black and white plaid that I used to line the drawers earlier this year. That gift wrap also seemed like the right solution to line the cabinets.

    It took all of 10 minutes. 🙂
    This gift wrap is not like ordinary paper gift wrap. It has a vinyl component to it which makes it wipeable.
    You can find wipeable gift wrap at HomeGoods, TJMaxx, and Marshalls in many different patterns and colors. In my previous house, I used it to make a runner for my kitchen table.

    So nice now to see color and pattern that fits my personal decorating style.
    How to Line Cabinet Shelves with Gift Wrap
    supplies needed:
    Wipeable gift wrap or any decorative paper – sold at HomeGoods, Marshalls, and TJMaxx
    Iron-On vinyl or Clear Contact paper if using regular gift wrap or paper
    Tape measure
    Optional: glue stick

    Use a tape measure to figure out the depth and length of the cabinet interior.
    Cut the gift wrap to size with scissors.
    Place gift wrap into cabinet.
    If you want the gift wrap to stick, after placing it in the cabinet, lift the corners and add a few swipes of a glue stick on the underside of the paper.

    When I painted the kitchen cabinets, I didn’t paint the insides or the inner lip where the cabinet doors sit when they are closed. Keeping the lip paint free allows the doors to close all the way, with ease.
    Don’t Have Wipeable Gift Wrap?
    If you can’t find wipeable gift wrap or a color or pattern you like to line your cabinets, then the next best thing to use is any gift wrap you like which can be covered with clear Contact paper or iron-on vinyl as I did when I lined my kitchen drawers.
    Or line your cabinets using the real thing – shelf-lining paper. Here are a few stylish options:
    Stylish Shelf Liner Options

    Black and White Plaid Gift Wrap (similar to mine)
    Gripping Shelf Liner Non-Adhesive
    Contact Brand Cork Self-Adhesive Liner
    Wood Grain Shelf Liner
    Clear Contact Brand Shelf Liner
    Lining cabinet shelves is a small detail that may not seem worth the time, but adding your own style to even the smallest detail in your home does contribute to making a cohesive look throughout a room and entire home, even when behind closed doors.

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    DIY Recipe Box Using a Wine Crate


    What can you put into a wooden wine crate after the wine is gone? You can repurpose it and make one chic DIY recipe box for your kitchen to hold and organize all your favorite recipes.

    I promised last week that I would show you one last item that I wanted to make for my kitchen cart island.
    A few posts ago I shared that I added a second shelf to the island. One of the reasons I added the second shelf to my rolling island kitchen cart was that I wanted a handy place for my recipe box.
    I have a small kitchen with no room to keep it handy. 5 years ago, I totally reorganized my recipe box. How I organized it has worked extremely well over the years so I didn’t change that aspect of the box. I did however want to give the box a new look so it would feel more “foodie chic” on my cart.

    I was inspired about a DIY wine crate idea when we were in France last year.
    I have always wanted a wine crate basket for my bike after seeing one like this when I was in NYC a few years ago for a blogging event. A very stylish woman was on her way to work on a black vintage bike with a wine crate on the back holding her tote. So chic…
    When I saw a few again in France, even though I knew I didn’t have a place to ride my bike, I was inspired to find a way to use a wine crate in my home somewhere.

    As you can see, I found a way.

    I custom made it to fit my needs and on the shelf on my kitchen cart island using wine crate fronts so there would be a winery logo on each side of the recipe box.
    I am thrilled with it as it adds a little more of the ” foodie chic” feel to my kitchen. I know it is just a recipe box, but I love it for the fact that I made something I envisioned and custom designed it for my needs.
    How to Make a DIY Recipe Card Box By Repurposing a Wooden Wine Crate

    I made my DIY recipe card box to fit large 5′ x 8″ index cards. I also only used wine crate front panels instead of just one wine crate. This way I could have a winery logo on each side of my box.
    Try to find front panels with the same thickness, but know it still can be made if they are not. One of my panels was thicker and one had grooves.

    supplies needed:
    I cut the panels down to size. If you have one wine crate, you will have enough wood to make the box, but will have only one winery logo, unless your crate has more than one logo on it – some do.
    Further down in the post is a list of where you can find wine crates.
    5 Wine crate front panels
    2 for Front and Back: Cut to size: 9-3/16″ (w) x 4-3/8″ (h)
    2 for Sides: Cut to size: 13″ (w) x 4-3/8″ (h)
    Optional: Wood Divider: Cut to size: 8-1/4″ (w) x 5″ (h)

    1/4″ plywood for bottom – Cut to size: 8-1/4″ (w) x 13″ (l) *If using one wine crate, no need for plywood – you can use bottom of wine crate.
    Clear acetate – saved from packaging or you can buy a few sheets at your local copy shop.
    Wood glue
    5/8″ long carpet tacks
    100 grit sandpaper
    Drill and thin drill bit
    For recipe cards and dividers:

    Time needed: 2 hours.
    How to Make a DIY Recipe Box Using a Wine Crate
    Take Wine Crate Apart
    If you are using an intact wine crate, you will need to take it apart. Use a small pry bar to carefully take it apart. If you are using wine crate front panels to make a box – proceed to next step.

    Cut Each Panel To Size
    I used 4 wine crate panel fronts and cut them down to fit the width of 5″ x 8″ index cards. When the box is assembled it is 4-4/8″ high.I cut a piece of clear acetate to make a template. This makes it easy to see the logo as you center the template over it when marking each for the size. The sizes are listed in supplies list above.

    Find Center of Each Wine Crate Panel
    Lay clear template over logo, find center and lightly trace around it using a pencil. Repeat for each panel. Using a table saw or jigsaw, cut each out.Note: Front and back panels will be shorter. The side panels will be longer so choose longer winery logos for the sides so you won’t have to cut as much of them off.

    Cut Plywood For Bottom
    Since I used wine crate front panels to make my box, I needed a piece of plywood for the bottom of my box. If you are using a full wine crate, use the bottom of the crate for the bottom, no plywood needed.Use a straight edge to mark the plywood to 8-1/4″ (w) x 13″ (l). Cut on lines.Sand edges smooth.

    Glue Pieces Together
    Lay wine panels and bottom of box on worktable. Apply wood glue to attach the front, back and sides to the bottom. Let dry.Note: You want to make sure to glue the front, back and sides of the box to the side of the bottom. This is important as the inside bottom of the box needs to stay a little wider than 8″ to hold the index cards.

    Drill Holes for Tacks
    Use a small drill bit to make a tiny hole to hammer nails in. Drilling a hole will help keep the nails from splitting the wood.

    Hammer in Tacks
    Hammer in a nail/tack into each drilled hole.

    Add Nails
    Once the glue is dry, reinforce the assembly of the box using rug tacks or very flat head nails that resemble wine box nails. I placed two nails on each side of the box

    Optional: Make a Movable Wood Divider
    I made my recipe card box longer than I needed, not only for when my recipe card collection grows, but also to divide it into two sections. This give me a place to put magazine recipe clippings and recipes I printed out from blogs into the back that I want to try out. If we like them, then they will get a recipe card. If not, the clipping or printable goes into recycling.I used a 5th wine crate front to make this wood divider. I cut it to be very snug inside the box. This way I can move it when needed, but it is snug enough to keep the cards in the front of the box from falling down inside the box.

    Close Up of Divider

    Fill the Box With Recipe Cards
    I made my recipe cards using 5 x 8 index cards and followed the same recipe box organizing I shared in this post: Recipe Box ReDuxI used super thick plain white index cards and stick on insertable tabs to make the category dividers.I printed out the category names using MS Word and the font Century Schoolbook.

    How to Make a Stay-Clean Recipe Card Cover

    I am sure you are familiar with the acrylic cookbook stands that you place an open cookbook in so that you can see your cookbooks through it so it won’t get splattered as you prep and cook.
    I made something similar on a much smaller scale for my recipe cards.

    It is stored right in the recipe box where I can easily grab it when I remove a card to make a recipe.

    To make it I used a thick piece of acetate. I save acetate from packaging to use to cover drawer labels, make clear templates as I did to make sure I cut the winery logos so they were centered.

    I cut the acetate to 8″ wide x 6-1/2″ tall. I then scored a line 1-1/2″ down from the top using the tip of a pair if scissors. Scoring is not cutting, but making a groove in the acetate that you can then fold.
    When the cover sits on the counter, it is raised up a bit and the recipe card slides right in.
    Where to Find Wine Crates for Creative DIY Decor

    Wood wine crates, wine boxes or crate front panels to repurpose can be found:
    At thrift stores and yard sales. Many times they may be holding smaller items for sale so don’t overlook them.
    On Ebay and Etsy. Check the shipping price though, many of the listings are from the UK and shipping is way too much.
    Ask at your local liquor store. They may give them to you or charge a nominal fee.
    More Wooden DIY Wine Crate Ideas

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    Creating A Space That Will Inspire You

    I celebrated my 61st b-day on Monday. I spent the early part of the day at the bookstore, then came home to relax, read and just sat outside enjoying a day without a to-do list. When Ed asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I told him I didn’t need anything, but he insisted […] More

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    For You: Weekend Decorating Challenge

    I have a budget-friendly decorating challenge for you to do this weekend. It is not difficult. In fact, you may enjoy doing it since it doesn’t have any calories, won’t cost you a dime and you can do it without the need to leave your house to complete it. Best of all, doing this challenge […] More

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    Decluttering the Dining Room

    Hey friends! The week is flying by, how did it get to be Wednesday already? Guess time flies when you are having fun, right? In Saturday’s post I had mentioned that we were doing some tidying around my house. I tried to show you the time lapse video we had made on Instagram of my […] More

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    How to Start Organizing Your Home

    When we feel overwhelmed by disorder in our home, we often think we need to get better organized. Where do we start? Add drawer dividers? Buy a new cabinet? Get some bins? Stuff things in baskets? I ran across a post I had written years ago that offered a simple answer to this question. It’s still […] More

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    Six Simple Secrets for a Less Cluttered Home

    Greetings! Who needs to declutter? {raises hand}. I wish I could say that I decluttered once, years ago, and that was the end of the “excess stuff” in our home. But alas…. it’s an ongoing process for me. We decluttered a lot before we moved here four years ago but we still ended up with far too many things we don’t need or have room for in this house. Our garage became more like a storage room.Moving is an excellent time to declutter, but it’s also tricky because you are making a transition to a different home. It’s easy to misjudge what you will have room for or need. Plus, moving is exhausting :). If you are not starting over from scratch with all new furniture, it can take some time to figure out what fits and what works best in a new home.And it’s not just moving that causes chaos. Busyness, delayed decisions, design indecision, procrastination … I wrote all about my decluttering issues and challenges and how I deal with them in Make Room for What You Love and Simple Organizing.Deadlines are super motivating to me, though, so with Courtney moving in this weekend, we are decluttering, rearranging and making room for her in our lower level :). It feels great to finally have the motivation and a deadline to work on some “out of sight, out of mind” spaces (like the basement and garage!) in our home.
    Even if you don’t have time for a big decluttering project right now, there are lots of little ways you can make your home feel less cluttered right now.Here are six tips I use to make my house feel less cluttered:
    1. Clear the floors.
    My husband taught me this tip when our kids were small. If there is stuff covering the floors or piled up in the corners of the rooms, your house is automatically going to feel cluttered. Now we spend a few moments every day picking up clutter from the floors. Instantly the whole house feels cleaner and tidier.
    2. Empty the surfaces.
    Take a look around your room. Are all the tables covered with unnecessary stuff? Even if you just have time to clear one surface, your room will feel less overwhelming. Start with one table and then move onto another! It helps to set a timer for 15 minutes; you’ll be surprised how fast you can clear the surfaces when the clock is ticking!
    3. Make some room.
    Give your closets, drawers and rooms some breathing room. Donate, toss, or store even a third of the items from a closet or half the accessories from a room and you’ll be amazed by how much tidier it feels! 
    4. Close the drawers and cabinets.
    When cabinet doors and drawers are left ajar, the whole room feels messier. Walk around the house and close every drawer and cupboard to give your rooms a tidier more streamlined appearance.
    5. Straighten the dining chairs.
    It’s a little annoyance, but when the dining chairs are turned every which way and not pushed in straight to the table, the whole room will feel a bit haphazard. Take a few moments and push the chairs up to the table and straighten them out. This will give your dining area an instantly tidier look!
    6. Clean the kitchen sink.
    When your sink is piled with dishes, the whole kitchen will feel cluttered and messy. Make it a habit to clean the dishes in the sink—and the sink itself—every day.
    I’ve written many organizing posts featuring tips I use and ideas that have inspired me in my own home. 
    Always start with decluttering, but getting organized feels great, too.Here’s a round-up of some of my top decluttering and organizing posts!
    The Secret to Getting Organized
    10 Minute Household Tasks to Organize Your Life
    Do you make any of these common disorganization excuses? > > Kick Excuses to the Curb: Confessions on Organizing & Decluttering
    A Bag A Day Keeps the Clutter Away
    9 Clever Organizers to Tidy Your House
    How to Get Organized in a Small House
    How to Organize Papers You Don’t Want to Lose
    Pretty and Functional Bathroom Storage Ideas
    Happy Drawers: Simple Organizing Ideas
    10 Habits of People with Organized Houses
    How to Set Daily Routines that will Transform Your Life
    5 Takeaway Tips from a Small Office
    My Kitchen Pantry and Tips for Pantry Organization
    MY DIY Organized Free-Standing Command Center
    How to Clean Your House When You’re Busy
    How to Eliminate Paper Clutter Forever
    Habits for an Organized Home
    How to Organize a Small Kitchen
    9 Ways to Get Organized Now
    5 Minute Baking Drawer Organization: Using What You Have
    Find inspiration and the strategies that inspire me to declutter and simplify in my book Make Room for What You Love.
    More Books by The Inspired Room:
    Simple Organizing: Amazon or Barnes and Noble
    Love the Home You Have (NY Times Bestseller): Amazon or Barnes and Noble
    All books
    Room and kitchen sources are found here.
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    3 Ways I’m Simplifying My Home This Year

    Y‘all know how I always say that the creation of a home is a slow process? We’ve lived in our home in Seattle for a little over 4 years now, and even though decor TV shows make us think entire houses are fully decorated in the span of one episode, we all know that for […] More