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Monday, August 31, 2015

Boys Homework Station: DIY Minecraft Crafting Table

My boys are obsessed with Minecraft.  They just love it.  Since school is starting this week for us, I need to make a homework station for my boys to do their homework on.  This is what we came up with- a Minecraft Crafting table.

For the past three months I have been rearranging our house.  It all started with the large barn door we made back in April.  Because of that door, we basically added a new room to our house and so we have been changing things up ever since.  My oldest son got his our bedroom downstairs and that left two of my boys sharing the same room.  My 8 year old was upset because my oldest got his own room and he got stuff in the "kid room" with all the toys (and was forced to clean them all up).  So this past week my goal was to make their Minecraft room into a big boy room instead of a little kid room.  I moved the toys to my 2 year old's room, moved the little table out of the room and then built a more grown up homework station for them, including the awesome crafting table.

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This is how I made it:
I got a 24”x48” sheet of melamine board for the top and then 10 foot long 4x4 board.  I cut the 4x4 board to be 29 1/2” and made the 4 legs.
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To attach the legs, I screwed 3-4 3” wood screws directly into the top and through the legs.
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I filled it with wood filler, then sanded the whole top.  The table was super easy to make and only took about 30 minutes to do.
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Now for the fun part, making it look like a crafting table from Minecraft.  Using a L square, I made squares onto it.  Each square was 2”x2”.
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Using a little Minecraft crafting table toy, I marked the squares what color they needed to be.
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I started painting.  I taped off each section and painted all the colors separately.  I started with the black border and then moved into the middle.  I did two-three coats for each color and wanted for it to dry before moving onto the next color.
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And here is what the top of it looks like compared to the little toy.
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To protect the design, I sprayed the top of it with a lacquer.  I did 3-4 coats and let it dry for 24 hours.
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On the crafting table the legs have tools, so using 3”x3” squares of vinyl ( I just cut out with a paper trimmer), I decorated the legs.  I put all the cream squares on and then I designed and cut out the tools with my Silhouette.  I put a layer of mod podge over the legs to give it a seal (don’t use the lacquer because it makes the vinyl crinkle up, I made that mistake and it’s not pretty).
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And that’s it!!  It is amazing what a little paint, vinyl and time can do!
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I added some fun black stools to it and it makes the perfect homework table. It’s nice and big, so plenty of room to spread out.
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I also built some shelves to organize their supplies, books and toys.
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My son loves it!  He immediately started to decorate it with his Minecraft toys.  He’s excited to do his homework on it!
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Sunday, August 30, 2015

12 Easy Wreaths {MMM #293 Block Party}

                                                       It's me Kaysi, from Keeping it Simple.  I'm so glad to be here again today!


Lately I have been working on my house and redoing a few rooms (or just adding some new things).  I have been making furniture for my kids' rooms lately and they have been so much fun to make.  I have made:

Plus I am going to share some MINECRAFT furniture I made this week too, so make sure you come back and check it out! 

I'm excited to see what you've been creating!  I love fall, so I am loving see all the autumn and Halloween themed crafts around. 
Now it's time to party! 

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Easy DIY Jewelry Stand

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, all opinions are 100% my own.

Lately I have been on an organizing kick.  I have been trying to get my life in order and that includes my house and my stuff.  I like to have a place for everything and everything in it's place.  It was time to organized my jewelry more.  I have my necklaces hung up in my closet but I wanted to put something fun and cute on my night stand, so when I go to bed at night I had somewhere to put my jewelry.  It was super easy to make and I love how it brightens up my night stand and keeps my stuff contained. 

This is how I made it: 
All you need a cute plate, bowl and candle stick.
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I spray painted the candlestick a white (I didn't put much on it because I wanted it to look like it was still clear with a hint of white).  
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Then using a strong glue, I glued the candle stick onto the plate.
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Then I put some more glue on top of the candle stick and put the bowl on.  You could also use another plate but I like the idea of the bowl so things don't fall out as easily.
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Let dry and that's it!  I love it.  
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I don't sleep with my rings, on, so the bowl is a great place to put them.  
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Now I want to go get some more jewelry to put on it.  Like some charms and silver chains from  

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They would look perfect in my new jewelry stand! 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Storage Solution for Small Bathrooms- DIY Bathroom Shelves

I love our house, it's a great and amazing house and it's a house that I have been waiting my whole life for.  Even though I love my house, there are a few draw backs with it.  For example, it doesn't have many closets.  The master and two bedrooms upstairs have huge walk in closets that are AWESOME, but there are no closets in the bathrooms, no coat closet or linen closet.  I have had to be creative to make up for the lack of those closets.  Our downstairs/guest bathroom is a very small bathroom.  It's a 3/4 bathroom and when we moved here only had a pedestal sink and absolutely no storage.  For the first year here it wasn't a big deal because everyone had their bedrooms upstairs.  But now that my oldest son is downstairs, it was time to change up the bathroom and figure out a solution for the lack of storage in there.  So we built some shelves.


Here is our bathroom before: 
As you can tell, there's not much happening in there.
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It has this nook, which is the perfect place for the shelves.  Before it was just wasted space, but now it's actually doing something.  We can store our bathroom things in it and it also gives the bathroom some much needed color and character. It's a win win!  Plus they were super easy to make and only cost about $25, woot woot!

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This is how we did it:
We bought some wood (the one is that already finished and white).  We bought two pieces- one that was 15 3/4" x 96" and one that was 3" x 96".  We were able to build 4 shelves with the wood.  We cut the main shelf pieces to 14" x 17".  Each shelf needed a piece of the 3" wood, so we cut those to be 17" (that will be in the front of the shelf).  And then each shelf needed 3 smaller pieces that will go under the shelf that supports the weight.  The one that goes in the back of the shelf was cut to be 1 1/2" x 17" and the two smaller ones that one of the sides were cut to 1 1/2" by 13 1/4". 
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We took the three smaller 1/2" strips and nailed them into the wall.  This will support the weight of the shelf.
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We did that for all the shelves.  Then we started to put the shelf onto it.  We nailed them directly into the smaller pieces.
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Then we put the 3" pieces onto the front of the shelf.  This makes it appear to be a nice chunky piece of wood.  Plus it hides the smaller pieces.
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I filled in all the nail holes with wood filler and then painted it white.
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And that's it!  So easy to do.  It only took us an evening to do it, from start to finish.
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I added some fun decor and rolled up towels to give them some color.

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And of course baskets to store things in :).
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