Dollar Tree Organization | Pantry

My husband and I have lived in our first home for a little over a year and a half.  In that time, we have learned many of the ins-and-outs of our home that we couldn’t have known before we purchased it.  We have learned little things about our home that make us smile, and some things that make us want to pull our hair out!  Our kitchen pantry (or lack there of) causes the latter.

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We don’t have a designated pantry area in our kitchen at this point.  We are using the two cabinets on either side of the stove as a pantry.  As you can see from the picture above, prior to the organization, the pantry was not in a good state.  Everything was just tossed into the pantry with ZERO organization in place.  I had no clue how much of anything I had!  I was constantly buying duplicates and triplicates of everything because I could easily access what I had!

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When I saw these soda can organizers at the Dollar Tree, I knew that they would be the perfect solution for our pantry!  These easily fit multiple cans and are the perfect width and depth for our cabinets!  Organizing our space was going to be the EASIEST project!

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To start, I needed to clean out my pantry!  I took EVERYTHING out of both cabinets and organized it!  Would you believe that I had not duplicates, but TRIPLICATES of several products?!?  I couldn’t see exactly what I had with my previous system of organization!  Embarrassingly enough, I found a few cans that had expired a several years ago…We have moved since they expired…We were moving expired food…How embarrassing…

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Once I organized all the product I was keeping and disposed of what was no longer wanted, I needed to label the organizers.  Luckily, the Dollar Tree had the perfect product for this project!  These Adhesive Label Holders work PERFECTLY to label each container!

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These were such a great invention!  Simply write the name on the provided yardstick and slip it into the adhesive sleeve!  Then, you can just stick it onto the organizer!

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There you have it!  A simple, easy, DIY, inexpensive way to organize your pantry!  Total investment for this project for me was $16!  Now, I love to go to my kitchen, open my pantry, and admire how organized the space is!

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Want to do this project in YOUR kitchen?  Want to have the same set that I used to organize my pantry?  As a way to say thank you to all of you for your love and support, I am hosting a GIVEAWAY!  I will be giving away 20 of these organizers and 2 packs of adhesive labels to one lucky winner!  Here’s how you can enter!

You must be a subscriber of my YouTube Channel and my blog!  To subscribe to my YouTube channel, click the video below.  Once you have watched the video, click the red Subscribe button below my name!  To subscribe to my blog, click the blue Follow button on the right of the blog post!  You must also post a comment on THIS blog to be entered!

Rules for Entry
Must be 18 years old
Must be a resident of the United States

***DEADLINE MARCH 4TH, 2017***

Check out the video below to see exactly how I organized our pantry with Dollar Tree products!

Need more Dollar Tree?  Here is my most recent Shop with Me Dollar Tree video!  I also explain all the details of the giveaway in this video as well!

Thank you all so much!  I wish you all the best of luck in this giveaway!

XOXO,
Kieren

Five Thrifted Valentine’s Day DIYs

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!!  Valentine’s Day has always been one of my favorite holidays!  I love all the hearts, the colors, the doilies, and the candy!  (Except for chocolate…I’m allergic to chocolate!)

For Valentine’s Day 2017, I want to share five easy DIY projects that you can create for your home and loved ones!

If you are here from my Youtube channel, I feel that I owe you an apology!  This content was originally intended to be a video.  However, when I saw all the pieces put together, I wasn’t happy with how it looked!  I felt that shots were better suited for my blog!  So…here we are!

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This picture proves that this was intended to be a video…lol

I have to thank all of the AMAZING creators on Pinterest for my inspiration for many of these projects!  If you would like to see all of the original pins, please check out my Thrifted Living Pinterest page

1. Cutting Board Print

During my garage sale excursions this summer, I found several BEAUTIFUL cutting boards!  I LOVE using these for crafting!  The grain in this particular cutting board was sooooo STUNNING!  I felt that it would be a great piece to paint with a festive message for Valentine’s Day!

First, I wrote in pencil the desired writing.  Then, I simply used an Elmer’s Painters Marker, in white, to scribe this lovely message.

I felt that it was still a little plain, so I decided to add gold on each corner of the cutting board.  I used some painters tape and painted the corners.

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This was SOOO easy!  The final product is simple and bright!

2.  Key to My Heart

Here is yet another cutting board that I found this summer at a garage sale!  I love the style and wear on this little board.  I think it’s so petite and cute!  I thought this little board needed something to make it even more ADORABLE!

I simply cut a heart shape stencil of out card stock.  Then, using that same painters tape, attached it to the board, making sure that it was centered.  Then I found the most vibrant red paint that I had on hand and painted inside the stencil.  I let it dry for several ours, then removed the stencil.

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As a final touch, I added a key that I found at Michael’s!  I love the look of the wood, with the metal key, and the red heart!  The contrasts are STUNNING!  This project took very little time and make a BIG impact in our kitchen!

3. ‘I love you because…’ Dry Erase Frame

These frames are a relatively recent addition to my collection!  I found these at the an estate sale not too long ago.  What beautiful detail there is in the gold frame.  I have seen many people take frames and turn them into dry-erase boards.  What an easy way to make these beautiful frame, into a functional piece of decor.

The frame had a piece of cardboard behind the glass, which I removed.  I then replaced that with a piece of copy paper.  I printed my message in pencil, then added a red construction paper heart.  I finally traced the writing with a Sharpie marker and put the paper in the frame!

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As my sister lovingly pointed out, my line is not straight.  However, I think it gives the piece a little more personality.  Simply set a dry-erase marker next to the frame and write a quick note to your sweetheart!

4. Mason Jar Love

My crafternoon wouldn’t have been complete without using a Mason Jar.  I find these ALL the time at thrift stores and garage sales!

For this project, I used a Mason Jar, doilies, construction paper, and twine!  I simply cut out a heart, placed it on top of a doily, then wrapped the jar with twine.  I secured the twine on the back of the jar with hot glue.

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Easy…simple…classic!  Maybe I should put a tea light inside the jar!  What do you think?

5.  Valentine Organizer

One of my favorite parts of Valentine’s Day is receiving Valentines!  I have always love sharing Valentines!  As a child, one of my favorite celebrations at school was the Valentine’s Day party!  I always loved creating a mailbox and writing each of my friend’s names on a card!  I decided to take one of the MANY frames that I have found at garage sales and use it to organize Valentines!

To start, I took the frame and painted it gold! (…of course…)  Then I flipped it over and attached three pieces of twine with hot glue!  Then I took some miniature clothespins that I found at the Dollar Tree and hung some Valentines that I made for my husband!

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I.love.this!!!  This piece perfectly displays the homemade Valentines that I made my for my husband!  The best part is that I can change these out to work during other seasons and holidays!

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Here is a closer look at the Valentines I made!

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I prepared our home for Valentine’s Day!  These projects were so simple and quick!  The projects were also very inexpensive, since I used items that I found at the thrift store or garage sales!  I hope I have inspired you to get crafty!

XOXO,
Kieren
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Bottle Brush Trees and Apothecary Jars…Oh my…

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I believe my obsession with bottle brush Chrismtas trees began as a small child.  My mother had a little wooden village that she displayed at the holidays.  One of the most important parts of this village were the absolutely adorable bottle brush trees, lightly dusted with snow.  I have such fond memories of my mother setting up that little wooden village!

It was then the creation of Pinterest that helped further develop my obsession!  I searched bottle brush trees, and found so many beautiful pieces using such simple materials!  I knew that someday, somehow, I needed to make my own bottle brush tree masterpiece!

There was always one Pin on Pinterest that caught my eye!  It was this stunning Christmas scene inside of an apothecary jar!  At garage sales and thrift stores, I searched and collected beautiful apothecary jars.  All I needed were bottle brush trees.  Unfortunately, I never found any at garage sales or thrift shops.

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A few weeks ago, I was struck by luck!  My mother called me one more and told me that Michael’s Craft Store was handing out free $10 gift cards to the first 50 people that entered the store.  At first, I didn’t believe her.  I quickly got dressed and ran to the nearest Michael’s!  Sure enough, as I entered the front door, I was handing my very own $10 gift card!  I knew what I needed!  My mother and I found the Christmas decor and a HUGE section of bottle brush trees!!!  As luck would have it, the trees were 50% off!  A set of 21 bottle brush trees cost me only $11!  That means, with my $10 gift card, I only paid $1 for these trees!  I then ran to Joann Fabrics where I found white sand and glitter to complete my masterpiece!

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This project was SOOO easy!  I simply mixed together the white sand and glitter in a resealable bag!  That way, if I had any extra, I could save it for a future project!

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Last, I placed the tree in the apothecary jar, and I just simply poured the sand and glitter mixture over the top!  Simple, easy, elegant, vintage…etc…I could find thousands of words to describe these pieces!

If you have an obsession of bottle brush trees, apothecary jars, or BOTH, I highly recommend you give this project a go!  If you are feeling particularly adventurous, try finding everything you need at a thrift store or garage sale!

Don’t forget to check out my YouTube channel!  I have a ton of fun Christmas content coming your way!

XOXO,
Kieren

Thrifted Teacher Wardrobe | Lookbook

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Yaaaaaaaay!!!!  It’s back to school!!!!!

Ever since I was little, I have always loved back to school time!  I always loved to go through my wardrobe and put together outfits for every day of the week!  Creating this lookbook gave me all the nostalgia feels from my schooldays!

As a child, my family struggled financially, so it was never a guarantee that we would be getting new clothes for school.  When we did get new clothing, you can bet that it came from the Goodwill or Salvation Army!  This was the original inspiration for my love of everything thrifted!

Now as an adult, I LOVE putting together a completely thrifted wardrobe!  Finding those stunning pieces is like going on a treasure hunt!  I never tire of searching through the racks for hidden gems!

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I should probably add that I competed in the Miss America Program, so this lookbook brought out my best MAO poses!

I have always been a firm believer that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to look SUPER CUTE!  Each of the tops in this lookbook ranged in price from $1.50-$3.00!  Each pair of pants were only $2.50-$5.00!  Paying so little for each piece allows me purchase a variety of pieces to really expand my wardrobe!

If you are a new teacher and would like some tips for how to complete your wardrobe for the upcoming school year, here are some tips!

  1. Select pieces that are comfortable!  I am an elementary school teacher, and I am always on the floor or at a little table with my students.  I need pieces that are flexible, comfortable, and functional.  I don’t choose pieces that I will be tugging at or pulling up all day.
  2. If you live near a Salvation Army, shop on Family Day!  Find out what day Family Day is in your area.  In my area, Family Day is on Wednesday’s!  On this day, everything (except for one color tag) is 50% off!
  3. Look for several staple pieces!  If you notice in my lookbook, I am wearing the same pair of white pants with multiple tops.  There is nothing wrong with wearing the same pair of pants several days a week.  A change of top can completely change the look of your outfit!  (No one will notice your wearing the same pants…again!)
  4. Examine the pieces before you purchase them!  I have been burned several times by not checking closely for staining or tears!

Check out my Thrifted Teacher Wardrobe Lookbook!

I hope these tips will help you complete your own thrifted wardrobe!  As teachers, we know that so much of our own money goes to furnishing our classrooms.  Why not save a little money by thrifting own wardrobes?

Have a great school year!

XOXO
Kieren

Furniture Makeover | DIY Shelf Restyle

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Shawn and I found this piece at a garage sale several years ago!  The best thing was that it was at the end of the sale so we got it for free!  I always knew that I wanted to restyle it and give it a new life, but I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do.

Finally after several years I was inspired!  The process of working on our living room actually gave me the inspiration to finish this piece!  My husband and I have been redecorating our home for quite some time and the living room is the first room that is coming together.  Our living room is in very light shades of white and tan.  I thought that making this shelf a bright creme color would really pull our space together!

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When we got this piece it was pretty beaten up!  I think it served a multitude of purposes in its previous life!  It had grease stains, scratches, and an area that I think was a cat’s scratching post!  I had to clean it up before I could paint it!  It was easy, though.  Just some good sandpaper, wood cleaner, and a rag and it was ready to go!

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I decided to do a coat of primer first.  I’m glad I did!  Those knots in the wood required some extra paint to fully cover them!

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I thought this would be a quick project, however the application of the first coat of paint took over an hour!  After I got the primer on, I let it dry then applied the paint!

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I thought that I might have to apply two layers of paint, but the Valspar paint that I used was very thick and fully/ evenly covered the shelf!

Finally, I let the shelf dry for 24 hours and then I brought it inside!

My favorite part of this process was decorating!  It was nice to see all of my hard work pay off!  I have been collecting so many home decorations at garage sales and thrift stores and it was nice to finally have a place to display them all!

I hope you enjoyed seeing how this shelf went from being destined for the garbage to a treasure in our home!

Check out my YouTube video to see how I did it!

XOXO

Kieren

 

Cabinet Makeover | DIY Entertainment Center

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Shawn and I have been working soo hard renovating, redecorating, and reorganizing our home!  July 1st marks one year in our home and we now feel comfortable investing in a few projects to make our house a home!

While our budget is small, our ambitions are BIG!  We are determined to do the best we can to take items we already have and give them new life by refinishing them in a way that fits our style!  The first project was an old cabinet that Shawn’s mother gave us!

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This project was so easy!  Here’s how I did it!

1-Clean Cabinet

2-Put primer on cabinet (Two Coats)

3-Sand any paint drips

4-Put paint on cabinet (Two Coats)

5-Remove old fabric

6-Apply glue and new fabric

7-Let dry and enjoy!

Check out my video of this project on my YouTube Channel!

XoXo

Kieren

 

Cleaning with…A Magic Eraser!!!

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Shawn and I have been working so hard on sooo many projects for our home!  One thing we couldn’t stand were our stained and old linoleum floors!

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We don’t mind the pattern or design that much.  It is not our favorite, but we felt that we could wait to change them until we had a full renovation planned for our home.  We wanted to find something that could restore our floors!  Suddenly, I remember Magic Erasers!

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My mom LOVES to clean with Magic Erasers!  I think this was my first time purchasing them and using them in our home!  I bought a pack and tried a little spot!  To my surprise!  It took out all of the stains immediately!

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I didn’t realize how nice our floors actually were!  It was hard to see the beauty through all of the staining and scuffs!  Several hours later, I completed our whole floor!

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The proof is in the picture!  The Magic Eraser did wonders for our home!  I would highly recommend these for anyone struggling with a difficult stain!  I will definitely be using these in other projects!

Check out my latest YouTube video for a closer look at the process!!!

Kieren