Saturday, August 18, 2012

Nice looking garbage can for the car!

Problem: I had a hard time keeping the door side pocket in my car clean! I had no garbage can in the car, so parking receipts, kleenex (ew!) and granola bar wrappers would end up in the door pocket. I had to find a solution... and Pinterest came to the rescue!

Website: BHG

Cost of the project:
  • A Dry Food Container from the Dollar Tree ($1.25)
  • Spray Paint (already had some, but vary from $5-10)
  • Roll of Sticky Wallpaper (already had some for another project, but got it at the Dollarama for $1)

What I did:
  • Spray painted the blue lid
  • Covered the clear part of the container with some sticky wallpaper - This was a little tricky since the container was a little rounded, but for a garbage can I was ok with the imperfections :)

Before and after photos of the garbage can:

Will look much nicer in the car!

Before and after photos of the car:

Parking receipts, to-do lists, etc etc!
I think this looks awesome!

Why I love this:

  • My car will stay much cleaner
  • It will be so quick to empty all the trash
  • Actually looks nice in there!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Even organizing my husband's workbench!

Problem: My husband's workbench has been accumulating so much junk and it's been driving me nuts! Even though I have no idea what tools do what, I thought I'd attempt to organize it anyways!



Why I love this:

  • Everything is labeled so it's easy to know what goes where
  • Empty tin cans (with labels of course) take care of the smaller pieces, and didn't cost anything

Kitchen gadgets in order!

Problem: My kitchen gadget drawer looked like a disaster for the longest time, and it always took me a long time to find anything!

Before and After photos:

Before - What a mess!

After - Now everything has it's place!

Project cost:

  • A utensil organizer from IKEA that cost about $3

Why I love this:

  • It looks so organized and pretty!!

Entry Table dilemna!

Problem: Our entry table is constantly full of stuff... whether it's keys, sunscreen, sunglasses... you name it, it all accumulates there!

Before and After photos: 

Before - Messy table!

After - Looks so much more organized and clean!
What I bought:

  • 3 baskets from Micheals at $4 each (40% off!)

Why I love this:

  • Everyone now has their own labeled basket, so it's easy to know where stuff goes
  • It looks nice and tidy!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Inexpensive utensil holder!

Problem: I bought these cute and colourful kid utensils at IKEA, but I didn't have room in my utensils drawer for them, so I had to find another solution.... And the plastic cup just didn't look pretty enough!

Source of inspiration: I Heart Organizing

Before and After photos: 

Before - Boring cup to hold the utencils

After - I love how this looks!

Project cost:
  • Empty tin cans (I consider this "free" since I ate the food!)
  • Glue stick
  • Any type of scrapbooking paper (I always get mine at Dollarama for $1)


  • Take empty and clean tin cans
  • Cut up the scrapbooking paper so that it fits the cans
  • Glue it on and you're done :)

Why I love this:
  • I already had leftover scrapbooking paper so this project didn't cost me anything
  • It was so easy and quick to do that I'll definitely do it again!
  • This looks pretty enough to be left on the counter!

Organized Makeup drawer!

Problem: For years, my makeup drawer was a complete mess. It took me forever to find anything in there!

Project cost: 

  • An organizer at Solutions, which cost about $15.

Before and After photos:

Before - What a disaster!

After - Much much better!

Why I love this:

  • This organizer not only makes it look nice, but it just keeps everything so organized!
  • The drawer no longer needs to be cleaned regularly since it just stays clean without any effort!

Pretty counter space clutter!

Problem: I have some items I like to keep out on my kitchen counter for convenience, but it just always looks messy and it was starting to drive me nuts!

Project cost:

  • A $3 basket from Micheals (40% off!)
Before and After photos:

Before - Looks messy!

After - This looks much better!

Why I love this:

  • It actually looks like this was intentionally left on the counter so it looks much cleaner!