Happy Valentine’s Day!! Go tell someone you love them, then come right back …
It’s also Friday (yay!), which means I’m back with my organizing post for the week (a.k.a. ‘dirty little secret’).
Last week, I shared a glimpse of our ‘command center’ that is currently in the works. Like I said last week, we have an odd layout where the entry to/from the garage opens right into the middle of the kitchen. No mud room. No room at all (lots of mud, though). We’re trying to figure out how to make the very high-traffic area functional AND attractive.
Here’s how it looked last week (after the addition of those fancy REVERSIBLE wire bin liners):
And here’s how it looks today (don’t hold your breath …):
Okay, so the biggest addition is obviously that gorgeous bench!! I. LOVE. IT. It’s sturdy. It’s the perfect color. It’s the perfect size. And everyone has quit stealing the dining room table chairs when putting on shoes (and thus leaving them in various places all over our kitchen)!! Hooray!! For those of you that happen to be in the Mpls area … it’s from Mama’s Happy. I’ve spoken of this place before (because I love it so much). They even opened the shop special for me on Monday evening so I could buy this bench (after being indecisive all weekend when they were actually open).
Now that we’re all loving that bench … this post is really about the LABELS I added to our command center this week. A bit of a smaller touch than the bench, but SOOOO helpful and necessary!!
For those of you who follow Jen on I Heart Organizing, the first set of labels I made will look familiar (though not quite as nice as hers). She posted a week or two ago about DIY mason jar lid labels using a chalkboard marker. Click here to see her lovely labels and post.
My labels were destined for those wire bins I discussed in so much detail last week AND our new shoe bins (thanks, Mom).
Take a look …
And the shoe bins …
Here’s how the labels themselves turned out …
Want to make some? Basically, I copied Jen’s process, but here are the steps:
- Lids from empty jars (washed and dried).
- Craft paint in various colors (I used white, turquoise/mint, pink/coral, and yellow)
- Adhesive Vinyl and circle punch or scissors
- Chalk marker
- Ribbon or bakers twine to hang label
- Drill with small bit
- Frog tape / painters tape
EASY STEPS (LONGEST PART IS WAITING FOR PAINT TO DRY!):
- Paint Jar labels white. I did this with the three wire bin labels. For the shoe bin labels, I skipped this step (in order for the gold to show through)
- Tape off patterns or blocks.
- Using regular craft paint … paint untaped areas. You’ll need several coats on the bare lids (but it will eventually cover, I promise)
- Once dry, drill two holes along the edges of your lids.
- Cut your vinyl for the inside of your lids. If you don’t plan to change the label out, you could just use scrapbook paper written on with a marker here. OR … like Jen mentions, if you want to be able to erase and re-label lids, and don’t have vinyl … you could easily use chalkboard paint.
- Stick your labels in the center.
- ditto on the other lids
- Using Chalk marker, write on your label and tie ribbon through top holes.
- Thread ribbon through bin and tie on the inside of the lid (backside of lid).
- Wire bin labels … complete!
- For the wicker shoe bins, using a large needle, I actually threaded the ribbon through the weaves (then tied on the backside of the lid).
- Shoe bin labels … complete!
My other labeling project was my Ikea Kvissle mail/paper organizer.
Here is was last week ‘before’:
and now …
With some fancy metal bookplates (Michael’s … scrapbook ’embellishment’ aisle), spray paint, liquid nails, and chalkboard paint … I was able to label the compartments on this rack AND, because I used chalkboard paint and chalk marker, these labels are changeable (if these categories aren’t working with for us).
HERE ARE THE STEPS:
- Kvissle before
- Metal bookplate labels before
- Spray paint the labels (not pictured), then trace the inside shape onto your Kvissle in the location desired.
- Using chalkboard paint (I used grey), paint in the area you just traced (where the inside of the bookplates will be). This takes 3-4 coats.
- Once paint is dry, grab your liquid nails (or super glue).
- Apply liquid nails to back of bookplate.
- Stick in place over your patch of chalkboard paint. Secure with clothespin to allow glue to ‘cure’.
- Using chalk marker, write in your labels.
And one more look at the new bench, labels, and shoe bins …
Now, I just need a new rug that extends from the door all along the bench. Oh, and a robot that vacuums and mops, and washes the rug every time someone comes in from our snowy/muddy/messy garage (or Spring could just get here!!!).
And that’s my organizing for this week! Check out all my other ‘Dirty Little Series’ posts and projects here.
Happy Friday! Have a wonderful weekend! AND … be sure to stop back tomorrow for a fun surprise (oh, say around 5pm CST). SO EXCITED about this announcement / party (hint, hint).