Office Makeover + DIY Storage Boxes

A tour of @thecraftedlife's home office + diy storage boxesHappy Monday all! Today is a fun day because I finally get to reveal what I’ve been working on over here for the last month… my office makeover! If you’ve been a reader for a while, you might remember the office makeover I did last year. Almost immediately after hitting publish on that post, that space become one giant hot mess. I mean stuff was so all over the place that I sometimes found it hard to walk to my chair in the morning. Yikes.

After really evaluating what was happening, it came down to the fact that nothing had a designated place. Because I didn’t have storage for any of my craft supplies, I ended up just putting them wherever there was room (aka stuffed in the closet), which as you can image, is not a great system for staying organized.

So, I teamed up with Snapfish to get my office into shape! Not only are the steps I took totally diy-able, but they’re affordable and super easy. Let’s get to it:

A tour of @thecraftedlife's home office + diy storage boxesFor smaller and frequently used items, like scissors and paint brushes, I used mason jars and a simple shelf from Ikea. This way, everything is in eye sight and easily grab-able.

A tour of @thecraftedlife's home office + diy storage boxesRemember that mousepad?! If not, you can grab the diy right here.

A tour of @thecraftedlife's home office + diy storage boxes

A tour of @thecraftedlife's home office + diy storage boxesTo make the room feel larger, I swapped out the partially painted wall for floral wallpaper. Another way I organized my space was by making these colorful storage boxes. The DIY is easy peasy:  Continue reading…

10 Minutes or Less: DIY Jewelry Box

Learn to make this custom diy jewelry box in only 10 minutes!Okay, so hopefully I’m not alone here, but I have a nasty habit of leaving my jewelry wherever I am when I take it off. And trust me, they’ve ended up in the most unusual places (ie the fridge).  Instead of losing yet another pair of earrings, I thought I’d give a basic craft store box a quick makeover so I have a designated place to put my jewelry. It only takes ten minutes to this project, but the results are so nice! Here’s how:

Time: 10 minutes + dry time
Materials: small wooden box, drill (optional, see below), knob, acrylic paint, brush

Learn to make this custom diy jewelry box in only 10 minutes!Because the wood on these boxes is so soft, you don’t really even need an electric drill. You can use a hammer and nail to create the hole, or even use a small hand drill. Just be sure you are creating a hole the same size as your screw. And if you have no intentions of ever reusing your knob, you can always use E-6000 glue. My knobs are from School House Electric here in Portland!

Learn to make this custom diy jewelry box in only 10 minutes!Find the center of your box and drill a hole. Paint however you like. I decided to just paint the lid one color, while adding another pop of hidden color on the inside. Once your paint is dry, screw your hardware into place and you’re done!

For longtime use, you should seal with a polyurethane sealer.

Learn to make this custom diy jewelry box in only 10 minutes!Easy enough, don’t you think?! I can’t wait to make different versions of this project for holiday gifts this year. And if you’re into crystals more than hardware, be sure to check out my girl Amy’s diy!

Learn to make this custom diy jewelry box in only 10 minutes!PS you can find the books I used in this shoot here, here, and here.

Learn to make this custom diy jewelry box in only 10 minutes!

Learn to make this custom diy jewelry box in only 10 minutes!

Pinned It, Made It, Loved It: DIY Blanket Ladder

Pinned It, Made It, Loved It: DIY Blanket Ladder Okay, so here’s the thing about Pinterest. It sometimes, more often than not actually, can be a black hole. For the amount of time I spend gushing over other’s projects, I’ve rarely made them for myself. Well, that is, until now! Starting today there will be a new column on The Crafted Life called, Pinned It, Made It, Loved It. I’ll be going through some of my favorite pins and actually giving them a go, while sharing the results with you! Hopefully this will encourage you to give some of your dream projects a try along the way :)

For my first project, I don’t think I could have picked an easier tutorial. I found this DIY Blanket Ladder tutorial by Maxwell Ryan of Apartment Therapy and just fell in love. But I since I don’t have that many blankets in our home, I thought I’d make one for fabric storage instead!

Pinned It, Made It, Loved It: DIY Blanket Ladder One difference in mine is that I made my dowels all the same size. Since I’ll be using it for fabric storage, I wanted an extra rung instead of extra space at the bottom like in the original tutorial. I also did not use any glue, and so far so good. I may go back in and add glue later if I notice it not holding up so well.

Pinned It, Made It, Loved It: DIY Blanket Ladder So what do you think?! Have you tried this project before? What are some pins that you’re itching to try?

Pinned It, Made It, Loved It: DIY Blanket Ladder

Pinned It, Made It, Loved It: DIY Blanket Ladder

10 DIY Storage Solutions

10 DIY Storage SolutionsIf there’s one thing my craft room could always use, it’s more storage. No matter how much I try to clean (which let’s be honest, it’s really not that often) it seems like my stuff is just everywhere. Not only is it everywhere, but it will also be nowhere at the same time… at least nowhere that I can find.

But it’s totally a fixable problem! The good news about making your own storage is that it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or require a ton of skill to pull off. And I think these ten diy storage solution certainly prove that!

10 DIY Storage Solutions1. Recycled Shoebox Storage via Handmade Charlotte

10 DIY Storage Solutions2. Out The Door Storage by I Spy DIY

Make over those boring storage boxes with this easy decoupage tutorial!3. Floral Decoupage Storage by The Crafted Life

10 DIY Storage Solutions4. Wire Mesh Baskets by Fall for DIY

10 DIY Storage Solutions5. Painted Storage Box by Tell Love and Chocolate Continue reading…