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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hall Closet to Mini Mudroom.....

Hello friends!!

Today I am sharing how I transformed our hall
 coat closet into a 
MINI MUDROOM!

I have wanted to make some changes to our hall coat closet for over a year now. It was an unorganized and cramped space that was not very functional or nice to look at.





I even blogged about what I wanted to do here. That was last summer and I never did anything with the closet all winter. I shut the door and tried to ignore the mess.

A few weeks ago I started clearing all the winter coats and gear out. (During the summer I store our winter coats in the bedroom closets.) Once I cleared everything out I decided it was time to finally get to work!

First order of business was to remove the closet door. That made a huge difference and opened up the tiny space. 


I painted the top portion of the closet a dark gray called "Wet Pavement". I wanted beadboard for the remaining portion of the walls and totally cheated by using wallpaper to get the look I wanted!

Have you all seen this awesome beadboard wallpaper from Lowe's? It's $20 a roll and once it dries, you can paint it!



I painted the wallpaper and shelves the same creamy white as the trim throughout our house. It's called "white room".

The shelves and supports are made from pine boards that we had cut to size at Lowe's.


The coat hooks are from Target and I found this welcome sign at Hobby Lobby.




The closet is so small that we decided not to add a bench or any kind of seating. It's really too tiny to sit in there and put shoes on.

I did want something to corral all the shoes so I searched Pinterest for ideas and came up with this...

It's a 
SHOE BIN ON WHEELS!


I made this with items I already had but you could totally make one for yourself without spending a lot of money.





































So what do you think? Could you live with a closet/mudroom all open like this? I was a little worried about it looking messy and not being able to close the door. However, this is incentive for us (me!) to keep it neat and tidy. At least that's what I'm telling myself! 




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Friday, March 13, 2015

Spring Beverage Station

Hello friends! Is anyone else sick of winter and
 ready for spring to get (and stay!) here? 
Yesterday was just beautiful but today it's cloudy
and raining.....typical spring weather in Ohio.

Lately I've been busy adding spring touches all over my house. The first place to get a makeover was the Coffee/Cocoa Station in my kitchen.

Here is my bright and colorful
SPRING BEVERAGE STATION ...


As always, I used items I already had to create a fun and colorful Spring theme.


I went through my stash of paper straws and came up with red, turquoise and gray for the main colors. After that I just had fun using items from around my house to create something bright and colorful. 


I added some fresh lemons and oranges along with some cute napkins and drink umbrellas.


Even the chalkboard got a colorful facelift!



                     Source List:

Paper Straws - Michaels & JoAnn Fabrics
Berry Baskets - Target 
Napkins - Ikea 
Drink Umbrellas - Meijer's 
Mini Chalkboard - Hobby Lobby
Large Glass Bottle - Marshalls
Aqua Framed Chalkboard - Repurposed mirror.You can see the before here.
Wire Basket - Homegoods









Have you started decorating for spring yet? I'd love to hear from you .... please leave a comment below.





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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Vaporizing Shower Tablets

Hello lovely Thrifty Decor Mom readers! It's almost Friday and Valentine's Day is this weekend ... yay! 

I recently pinned some recipes for homemade shower tablets. Some call them shower bombs or shower cubes but they are all basically the same thing. I feel a cold coming on so I decided to make some and try them out!



Here is what you'll need to make your own
Vaporizing Shower Tablets ....
Recipe Found Here




• 1/2 cup of baking soda

• 1/4 cup of corn starch

• 4 Tbs. Vicks Baby VapoRub 
(This has a more gentle scent 
than the regular VapoRub)

• 1-3 Tbs. water





Instructions ....

1. Combine the baking soda and corn starch.

2. Add in 4 Tbs. of the Baby VapoRub.

3. Mix until fully combined.

4. One tablespoon at a time, mix in the water. You don't want it to be runny because it needs to harden. If you accidentally make it too runny just add more corn starch.

5. Fill ice cube tray or mold with mixture. Silicone molds seem to work the best. I used an extra silicone herb mold that I had and it worked great.

6. Let mixture dry overnight.

7. Gently remove the cubes from tray. They are soft and will break easily so be extra careful! Store them in a pretty jar next to your shower. I used a Ball jar to store mine and added some baker's twine and kraft paper so it looks pretty! This would make an awesome gift too!






• How to use the Vaporizing Shower Tablets ... use when you feel a cold coming on or have a stuffy nose. Place a tablet in the corner of your shower. The steam from the shower will release the vapors as the cube melts. Plus your bathroom will be filled with the wonderful scents of eucalyptus, aloe vera, rosemary and lavender! • 


I also want to try using essential oils instead of the VapoRub. I pinned a few recipes using essential oils on my Pinterest board here. Another fun idea is to use molds in various shapes. Hmmm....I'm feeling a Shower Tablet addiction coming on!





Have you ever tried making your own shower tablets? Leave me a comment below and tell me all about it!

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Cutting The Cable Cord.....

Today I'm sharing a big decision we recently made for our family. After a lot of discussion and research we have decided to cancel our cable TV service.

Over the past year we've talked about it but never really researched what our options were. Then last December we started having problems with our cable. The picture would cut out and pixelate over and over. We had 4 cable techs come out within 2 weeks. Each one blamed the guy before them for messing something up. 

Our cable bill was around $130 a month.... that is for internet service and cable TV - no premium channels like HBO and Showtime and no landline phone. Considering we only watch a very small percentage of the channels we had, it seemed crazy expensive to keep paying for cable. We also decided to buy a modem and stop renting one from the cable company. 



We did have to fork over some money to start this process but in the end we're going to save A LOT!

This is what we purchased ....

-Antenna for local channels: We purchased the Mohu Sky for $150
-Apple TV: Purchased refurb for $75
-Internet Modem: Purchased on Ebay for $65
Total $290.00

Our monthly fees ....

-Netflix: $8.99 (for 2 TV's)
-Hulu Plus: $7.99
-Internet $40
Total $56.98

That is about a $73 savings each month!!



Now I realize this may not work for everyone. Who knows ... it might not work out for us but we're going to give it a try. 

I think reading more and playing games would be a better choice for us instead of watching a lot of TV . Of course our kids think we're crazy and aren't too happy about this but I have no doubts that they'll survive!  : )



Do you have cable or have you cut the cord? I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas so please leave a comment below.


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