Keeping it Simple

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Super Easy and Simple DIY Headboard Made from a Door


This summer we moved my oldest son into his own bedroom.  It has been a very fun change for him and he is super excited to decorate his own room in his own style.  We really haven't done much (it's summer, we've been busy) but the other day I happened to find some awesome door at a garage sale and I couldn't pass them up, so I thought that it would be a fun to turn one of them into a headboard to add to his plain room.  He wanted it to be black, so I thought, why not make it a chalkboard too :).  It was super easy to make and in the end only cost us about $12 to make!

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Here is his room before.  So boring and plain.  He has a queen size bed because it's the guest room when people come and visit.  The bed looks so much better with the headboard.
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Here are the two doors that I scored from a garage sale.  The guy was asking $20 each for them, I ended up getting them for $9 each (that's all the money I had and he really just wanted to get rid of them!).  
The first thing I did was power washed them and then sanded them down.  Luckily the back of them weren't nearly as dirty and painted as the front.  
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Since he only has a queen size bed, we had to cut the door down to size.  We cut it to 65" using a table saw.
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I did two coats of regular black paint onto the door.
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Then I did two coats of the chalkboard paint.
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Once it's completely dry and set, you have to rub chalk all over it.  So I did that and then wiped it off with water and a cloth.
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Since doors are hallow, we wanted to make it some "legs" to rest on so it's not just screwed into the wall and all the weight is on the screws.  Since these boards are hitting the ground, we had to cut a little notch at the bottom where the baseboard is.  
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We screwed the 2x4s into the studs on the wall.  
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Then using pocket screws (we drilled the holes before we screwed them onto the wall) we screwed the door onto the legs.  We also screwed the door into the wall too.
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My son wants to have an outer space theme in his room, so I cut out some glow in the dark vinyl with my Silhouette.  And then I put it onto the headboard.
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Then I wrote a fun message for my son with chalk.
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And that's it!! I made a couple of pillows for him to give it a little bit of color.  He loves how it turns out (especially the planets, it's so cool to see them in the dark).  
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Sunday, August 2, 2015

22 Crafts Kids will Love {MMM #289 Block Party}

It is getting to be the end of the summer and kids are starting to get restless and bored.  Time to break out the craft supplies and do some of these fun crafts that are perfect for kids!






It's me Kaysi, from Keeping it Simple.  I'm so excited to see what you've all been creating!


  

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Simple Tips to Organize Your Pantry


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I am always so surprised by how much food we go through in our house.  You would think that I would be used to it since I go shopping every week and buy a lot of food, but it still surprises me.  I always think that I am buying a lot of food and that it will last for a month or so and then all the sudden it will be gone in a week (those growing boys of mine are going to eat me out of house and home pretty soon).  Since we go through so much fun, I LOVE a good sale where I can stock up on food that I know that we will go through and eat quickly.  Right now Albertsons and it's banner stores are having a huge anniversary sale,  I'm going to head there and stock up on some food and you should too!  But before I go shopping I have to organize my pantry so I can fit all the food I plan to  buy.  I wanted to share some simple tips that worked really well for me in my pantry!
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I shopped at Safeway at the anniversary sale but you can shop at the different stores like Albertsons, Vons, or Amigos.   
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From July 29 until August 11 the stores are going to have a variety of deals that you aren't going to want to miss!  I love shopping these sales because the more you buy the more you save.  Plus whenever go I into one of the stores all the workers are so nice and friendly with me, I love that they ask me if I need help finding anything.


I picked up some Lay's Potato Chips and some Gatorade.  These are perfect for afternoon snacks for my kids.  During the sale you can get the Gatorade, 8-pack 20 oz. bottles for $3.99 each when you buy 5. You can also get Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast for $1.79 a pound and Pepsi, 24 pk cubes for $5.88 when you buy 2.

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I decided that I needed to organize my pantry, it was a disaster in there.  So I cut out some vinyl and separated my food into different groups.  I'm hoping that this will help for organization purposes but also for inventory purposes.  I can look at shelf and see what is there and see quickly whether or not I need more food of a certain kind.
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I put the vinyl directly onto the shelf and then put the food onto the shelf.
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I also picked up some baskets to put snacks into.  I decided to separate some of the bulk snacks that I buy into sandwich bags.  This way my kids can grab an individual bag of chips rather than eating the whole big bag.  It's a great way to help with portion control (for them and for me).  I also put the Gatorade in a basket so they can grab one real quick too.  
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I also got a basket for some miscelaneous snacks.  Have you ever had three boxes opened with just one package in each one.  These baskets help with that.  I just put a bunch of the snacks into the basket and threw away the box.  It makes it so much easier to see what we have and it makes it less cluttered.
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My kids approved of the bags of chips and Gatorade.  They were pretty excited to read the "afternoon snacks" label and know that they could have whatever was in the basket for their snack.
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Look at that smile, he's one happy kid!!
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And I'm one happy mom because my pantry is more organized and ready for me to stock up on some more food to get ready for the school year!
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What kinds of foods do you go through the most?  What food are you going to stock up at Safeway?

Monday, July 27, 2015

DIY Disney Princesses Notebooks


School is coming soon (yay!!!) and the stores have all of their school supplies out (another yay!).  I love to get stocked up on school supplies this time of year because they are so cheap!  I love to buy regular supplies and then turn them into fun designs and characters.  My little girl is started to really love all of the Disney Princesses, so I thought I would turn some composition notebooks into princesses.  They were so easy to make and they turned out so cute!!!!  


Here is a quick video of how I made them:


I cut the pieces of glitter paper to be 6 5/8 inches by 6 5/8 inches (the bottom piece) and the top piece to be 6 5/8 inches by 3 1/4 inches.  I glued them on and then decorated it with trim.  Super easy!!

Here are the 9 princesses I made:
Elsa and Anna

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Snow White and Aurora
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Jasmine and Ariel

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Belle and Cinderella

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Rapunzel
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And here they are altogether!  I love how they turned out!  And so does my little girl :).
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Who is your favorite Disney princess?  Belle has always been mine!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sweet Treats that Kids will Love {MMM #288 Block Party}

 
Polly, here from Pieces by Polly as your host for this week.  There were so many fun kids treats...you know the kind with lots of sprinkles, food coloring, and candies to make them so fun, I knew we needed a sweet treats round-up.

The last couple weeks, I've been celebrating Happy Harry Potter with Marissa and have been super busy with some new Harry Potter themed projects and several guest posts.  
Harry Potter Always and Doe Patronus Pillow | Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Pillow | Harry Potter Wand Skirt | Christmas-in-July Tie Tutorial | 
And I'm also in the middle of hosting a Harry Potter Quilt Along to celebrate the release of my Harry Potter Single Hogwarts House Quilt and Harry Potter Hogwarts Crest Quilt patterns.  It's not too late to join!
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