Upcycling and Organizing

Upcycled Organizer

Upcycled Art Organizer

If you’re like me, you want organization in your house without sacrificing style and being overtaken by plastic containers.  The good news is there are creative, budget-friendly solutions using everyday materials that we normally toss in the trash or recycling bin.  How do we restore order, especially in child friendly spaces, without being boring and breaking the bank?

When it comes to kids, they are just naturally messy…this upcycled DIY art organizer will help tame a little bit of the chaos by incorportating portable storage with a bonus area to display those masterpieces.  With some soup cans, a piece of leftover board, and paint, you can easily make fun storage for that budding Picasso!

So sit a spell with me and enjoy this easy DIY…then refill that cup of coffee for some of my favorite upcycling and organizing projects.

MATERIALS/TOOLS:

*sandpaper, hammer, drill, 1/4″ drill bit, 1/16″ drill bit, pliers, tape measure, pencil, painter’s tape, foam brushes
*6 empty cans (various sizes work great)
*1 piece of wood (I used a scrap piece of MDF 16″x24″)
*6 cup hooks (7/8″ for cans)
*2 cup hooks (1 1/4″ for art display)
*2 saw tooth hangers
*Rust-Oleum Automobile Primer (my favorite)
*spray paints (for background and cans)
*acrylic paints in various colors (for the stripes)

INSTRUCTIONS FOR EMPTY CANS

1.  Remove labels, wash and dry, drill holes at the top of the cans using the 1/4″ drill bit, and carefully sand the holes until smooth.

2.  Prime the cans following the instructions on the primer can.

3.  After primer has dried, spray paint each can using a different color.  Tip:  Place the cans upside down for best results.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE BOARD

1.  Prepare board for color by sanding and priming it (follow the instructions on the primer can).  Next, spray paint the entire board one color.

2.  After the board is completely dry, tape off stripes (of various widths or same widths) using the painter’s tape.  TIP:  Smooth the tape down really well.  Then, use the foam brushes and acrylics to paint each untaped stripe a different color.

3.  Wait approximately an hour before carefully removing painter’s tape. (At least that is my magic time for success!)

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ASSEMBLY

1.  Attach the saw tooth hangers near the top of the backside of the board.  Tip:  Use two saw tooth hangers for heavy boards.

2.  Determine the placement of where you would like the cans to be.  Measure and mark with a dot where the cup hooks will go.

3.  Predrill a 1/16″ hole halfway into board at each hook location.  Twist the 7/8″ cup hooks for the cans into the board.  Once all six are in place, use the pliers to slightly bend the tips of each outward making it easier for the cans to be taken on and off.

4.  Add the two 1 1/4′ hooks to the bottom of the board using the same method listed above in step three.

5.  Place the cans on each hook, and fill with art supplies.

Here are a few more of my favorite ways to organize everything from art supplies to photos…why be boring!

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fun and colorful painted bowl with a touch of whimsy by LollyMollyArt–perfect for storing art brushes or office supplies

bike rim sculpture by LollyMollyArt--perfect as a stand alone art piece or as photo display

bike rim sculpture by LollyMollyArt–perfect as a stand alone art piece or as photo display

It is so easy to jazz up a plain bulletin board!  Simply decoupage tissue paper and add trimmings with hot glue. BAM!  No more boring.

It is so easy to jazz up a plain bulletin board! Simply decoupage tissue paper and add trimmings with hot glue. BAM! No more boring.

Small entertainment center made from old nightstand--removed the drawer, painted, and added a fabric top--perfect for a small space!

Small entertainment center made from old nightstand–removed the drawer, painted, and added a fabric top–perfect for a small space!  (created with love by LollyMollyArt)

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we looked at fun ways to organize.  I am off to scrub some cans for another upcycling project!

Have a blessed day!

Chasidy

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Flashback Friday…or is it now Saturday?

Whimsical Heart Mobile:  "Quick DIY How-To" (1) decoupage tissue paper to wooden hearts (2) after tissue paper dries, add paper cutouts such as butterflies...mine came from a gift bag! (3) hammer small nails into the bottom (4) add beads to jewelry wire...wrap one end of the wire around nail  (5) attach screw to top (6) tie fishing line around the screw (7) hang...I used plant hangers...and centered it above Abby's bed

Whimsical Heart Mobile: “Quick DIY How-To” (1) decoupage tissue paper to wooden hearts (2) after adequate drying time, add paper cutouts such as butterflies…mine came from a gift bag! (3) hammer small nails into the bottom of each heart (4) add beads to jewelry wire…wrap one end of the wire around nail (5) attach one screw to the top of each heart (6) tie fishing line around the screw (7) hang…I used plant hangers…Whew, that was a quick DIY!

Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living!  Thanks for joining me today for Flashback Friday…or is it now Saturday?

What is Flashback Friday?  Well, it is a backstory…a little look into how LollyMollyArt and Sweet Sorghum Living got their starts…So, grab a good cup of Joe (or Johann), and sit a spell with me as we look back at some of my early interior decorating and DIY projects.

Redesigning ugly lamps is nothing new for LollyMollyArt.  This particular one was created from an old crystal lamp that had a boring shade.  I simply added tulle and ribbon to the original wire shade...and boring lamp was transformed into a spectacular lamp for a little girl's room!

Redesigning lamps is nothing new for LollyMollyArt. This particular one was created from an old crystal lamp with a boring, ugly shade. I simply added tulle and ribbon to the shade’s original wire frame, and the lamp was instantly transformed into something spectacular and fun.

Abby helped me add the beaded fringe to a plain lampshade...as stated in last week's Flashback...Abby is the best glue-gunner I know!

Abby helped me add the beaded fringe to a plain lampshade…as stated in last week’s Flashback…Abby is the best “glue-gunner” I know!  Before you toss out that old lamp, think about redesigning it…a little spray paint and beaded fringe is all you need!

Last week, we looked back at Abby’s “big girl bathroom” makeover.  Her favorite color at that time was orange…any shade of orange….She wanted it not only in her bathroom, but also in her bedroom.

Orange wasn’t my only challenge for her bedroom makeover.  She also loved rocks, fossils, African safari themed items, and little girl frill…what was a mom to do!

Abby knew exactly what she liked and what she wanted…and I wanted to help bring her vision to life…not squash it or changer her mind, but to make it happen…and let her assist…to get her hands dirty…to have a bit of fun…and in the end, a little girl got her dream room…just as she had envisioned it.

Abby's prized tock and fossil collection displayed proudly on her dresser.  Currently, they are being stored in a plastic bin until I figure out how to incorporate the entire collection in her new room.

Abby’s prized rock and fossil collection displayed proudly on her dresser. Currently, it is being stored in a plastic container.  I am pretty sure when she sees this picture that she will be looking for that box…I believe it is in the basement…or perhaps the storage unit…hmmmm.

Dresser that I stenciled with cheetah print and decoupaged blue toile wrapping paper to the top.  Abby picked out the art print and decor items..  Stan painted the stripes around the room...per Abby's color choices and instructions about wanting stripes around the room!

“Safari Room” Dresser–I stenciled it with cheetah print and decoupaged blue toile wrapping paper to the top. Abby picked out the art print and decor items.  Stan painted the stripes around the room…per Abby’s color choices and instructions about wanting stripes around the room!  The beloved “Safari Room’ days–good times indeed!

Stan, being the perfect hubby and perfectionist, painted the stripes across all the doors to keep the stripes going and going...

Stan, being the perfect hubby and perfectionist, painted the stripes across all the doors to keep them going and going…Look at the light switch cover that Abby and I made together!  She loved writing and painting her name…everywhere!

Natural element contrasted against the shimmer of the curtains

Natural elements and shimmery curtains…I apologize for the poor picture quality.  I took all these photos myself–way back in the 90s.  To be honest, photography is not my talent! haha

Abby's desk area...she needed a fun and inspiring place to do her elementary homework...my goodness, time flies...sniff

Abby’s desk area–I painted the desk, added orange ceramic knobs, and decoupaged the same blue toile as the dresser to the top.  We “hot-glued” hot pink feathers to a cork board (she adored hot pink…and I had to find a way to continue the lamp colors in the room).  Stan put up a few shelves for her to display her beloved possessions.  With a little team work (the beginnings of Two Blondes and a Stan), we created an inspiring place to do elementary homework.  My goodness, time flies!  What happened to her being in elementary school?

Decoupaged vase with beaded fringe...a simple DIY...(1) decoupage tissue paper to a clear vase (2) "hot glue" beaded fringe around the "neck" of the vase...done!  Perfect for organizing office supplies like pens and pencils.

Decoupaged vase with beaded fringe…a simple DIY…(1) decoupage tissue paper to a clear vase (2) “hot glue” beaded fringe around the “neck” of the vase…done! Perfect for organizing office supplies like pens and pencils.

Original paper doll and clothes from my childhood that I decoupaged to a board for Abby...I have always tried to keep her connected to the past and her roots...No wonder she loves vintage and especially vintage clothes!

Original paper doll and clothes from my childhood that I decoupaged to a board for Abby–I have always tried to keep her connected to the past and her roots…No wonder she loves vintage and especially vintage clothes!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me and traveling down memory lane!  I must rush off to get some current home DIY projects accomplished.

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Chasidy

Flashback Friday: No More Winnie the Pooh

1980's heart shelf that I "water-stained" red-orange, a piece of the wallpaper border in a green frame that Abby and I painted together, clear vases that we decoupaged with tissue paper (way before Pinterest!), and a ponytail holder to which we tied vintage fabric and ribbon

1980’s heart shelf that I “water-stained” red-orange, a piece of the wallpaper border in a green frame that Abby and I painted together, clear vases that we decoupaged with tissue paper (way before Pinterest!), and a ponytail holder to which we tied vintage fabric and ribbon

Whoo hoo!  It is Friday…let’s do a little dance…speaking of dance…I love the original Flashdance movie…and Dirty Dancing…Patrick Swayze…bless his soul….

I am glad that it is Friday considering my rambling mood!  Well, let us get back to the post at hand, and let’s do a little dance and have a flashback moment….

Lolly Molly Art and Sweet Sorghum Living have been a part of my life for a long time.  Way before social media and blogs, I was creating….

Today, I would like to share with you a “big girl” bathroom makeover.  Please sit a spell with me, and enjoy a blast from my past…at least my creations were better than my hair and fashion!

I remember it like it was yesterday.  Abby was tired of her Winnie the Pooh bathroom decor.  She was wanting “big girl” stuff…and at the time, orange was her favorite color.  She also loved ladybugs, butterflies, fish, and “fuzzy stuff”. We looked everywhere for her “vision”…after months of looking, I decided that her “vision” was more like a “dream” and something had to give.  What was a mom to do!

I wish I could say that I had a divine revelation…but it was more like a nudge…just a little push that would lead to much bigger pushes.

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Every bath needs bright storage!  Abby picked out everything for her “big girl” bath.  From the shower curtain to the rug, she was involved in the process.  She helped paint, decoupage, and decorate.

I took Abby to the local Sherwin Williams, and we picked out wallpaper, wallpaper border, and paint.  It wasn’t what I had imagined for her bathroom; however, I thought that it was important for her to be part of the creative process and decorating.  My reasoning was that it was just paint…and a bit of wallpaper….

She found ladybug shower curtain hooks (if you look carefully, there are ladybugs in the wallpaper border), “green fuzzy stuff on a string” (to match the green in the border), silk butterflies, and glass vases that she adored and wanted in her “big girl” bathroom.  It was my job to figure out how to make her “vision” come to life, and Stan’s job to hang the wallpaper!

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The nightlight that Abby and I made together for her “big girl” bathroom. We decoupaged tissue paper to the shade and hot glued “fuzzy stuff” (as Abby called it and still calls it) to the top and bottom of the shade. We had so much fun creating this together…and to this day, Abby is the best “hot-glue-gunner” I know.

Abby found a giant blue Christmas ball that she wanted to put in her "big girl" bathroom.  Her idea was to hang it from the ceiling...I convinced her that it looked fabulous on top of the cabinet in the candy dish that she was insisting on using!

Abby found a giant blue Christmas ball that she wanted to put in her “big girl” bathroom. Her idea was to hang it from the ceiling…I convinced her that it looked fabulous on top of the cabinet in the candy dish that she insisted on using!

I must admit that the “big girl” bathroom was a challenge.  It was not easy incorporating all the things that Abby wanted in her bath….There were moments that I wanted to remove her from the decorating committee, but I am so glad that I didn’t.

Today, she is creative and fabulous…running the Vintage Inspired Passionista blog, creating her own DIYs, and decorating her new “big girl” bathroom in tranquil glam (as she calls it)…stay tuned to the “Two Blondes and a Stan” segments to see exactly what “tranquil glam” involves!

Every bath needs a classic art print!  She spotted this print at the local Fred's.  After an hour of reasoning and negotiating with Abby, I finally agreed that it would look great in her bathroom.  Her little face lit up...and she was so excited that I had understood her vision.

Every bath needs a classic art print! She spotted this print at the local Fred’s. After an hour of reasoning and negotiating with Abby, I finally agreed that it would look great in her bathroom. Her little face lit up…and she was so excited that I had understood her vision.

I absolutely hate those toilet paper holders that attach to the wall!  Yes, my new house has one....hopefully, not for long!  My dad (aka Paw Riley) made an incredible TP holder out of cedar.  One of my favorite things that my dad had made...I know, right?  A toilet paper holder is my favorite!  But is gorgeous...a work of art!

I absolutely hate those toilet paper holders that attach to the wall! Yes, my new house has one….hopefully, not for long! My dad (aka Paw Riley) made an incredible TP holder out of cedar. One of my favorite things that my dad has made…I know, right? A toilet paper holder is my favorite! But is gorgeous…a work of art!

At the end of the day, it was not exactly what I had imagined; however, it was fabulous in the eyes of a little girl.  I am so very thankful that God was whispering in my ear to let her be creative and not to squash her “vision”!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me and flashing back to days gone by…

Be sure to take a gander over to www.vintageinspiredpassionista.com to see my little girl all grown up and fabulous!

Love and Hugs,

Chasidy