Work In Progress: Studio Tour

My office/studio/craft room was the very last room to get unpacked. And by that I mean we had done painting in rooms before I even unpacked a box in here.

Studio in the house listing photo

Studio in the house listing photo

When we moved in, it looked pretty much exactly like that except without all the files. The desk and chair were left with the house, as were those little tables, which will be good for outside. 😉 It didn’t look that neat for long though, because this was the room where most of the boxes went. Between crochet and candles, I had more stuff for this room than we all had for any other. Then of course there was all my other craft supplies which, admittedly, I haven’t even opened yet.

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I lived out of boxes like this for three weeks

Then I finally got around to painting it, and it became less messy (because everything inside got moved to the living room!)

There was no way I was pulling that desk out.

There was no way I was pulling that desk out.

Then it got painted (there are six walls in this room. That wasn’t fun), and Mr. Frenchie replaced those horrible mini blinds with some sweet cordless shades. While it’s still a work in progress, I hope you’ll enjoy what I’ve set up so far.

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I Saw it on Pinterest: Tiles Under the Kitchen Sink

If there’s one website that I, as a 24 year old woman, am completely and 100% shamelessly addicted to, it’s Pinterest. Pre-Pinterest I would bookmark websites and ideas like a beast. I had folders within folders of my bookmarks page. It looked so nice. It was near and orderly and it was totally chock full of websites, but how often did I really click on any of them?

Oh that’s right. Never.

Some people roll their eyes at the idea of pinterest while my fellow craftees, homemakers, and fashion addicts will foam at the mouth every time new pins come up in our feed.

Once I learned to crochet, and then bought a house, my pinning sprees became manic and I actually began to do more than just look at what I’d pinned. I started doing them!

So I’m starting this series within the blog. I Saw it on Pinterest. A catalogue of all the projects I’ve tried and the results of them. I’m willing to bet that a good 70% of them will be nothing like what the Pinterest gods have created, but I’ll try. 😉

The first project actually wasn’t my project, but Mr. Frenchie’s. We had seen that pin floating around, the one everybody is doing: putting tiles under the kitchen sink.

So Pretty!

So Pretty!

$30 and a quick run to Home Depot later, Mr. was happily toting home a box of vinyl peel and stick tiles. Whoever created them was definitely genius, and I have to thank whomever came up with this awesome idea. It was super easy, and Mr. prided himself in his very first home improvement job.

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I really hate the look of drying racks on the counter, so I repurposed mine as a cleaning supply organizer. Works like a charm!

But… after buying a box of 30 tiles and only using six of them, Mr. Frenchie got the itch to do more. And more he did. So much more in fact that one box tiled all 5 of our bottom cabinets plus their shelves!

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Edging the shelf with it added a lovely touch, don’t you think?

Even the tiny cabinet got some love!

Even the tiny cabinet got some love!

So all in all, this pinterest project was definitely a success! Easy and practical, there’s no wonder it’s been popping up everywhere!

Thanks for reading. Stay inspired!

Frenchie xo

$10 Linen Closet Makeover

The Frenchie household has just moved from Rhode Island to barely-over-the-border-of Massachusetts where we bought a nice old house from the 20’s. It had recently been renovated to a degree, but no matter how much renovating someone else can do, everyone wants to make a space their own.

So I started with paint. It’s the easiest and most cost effective way to change the feel of a room on a budget. After having painted our bedroom, I had a bit of paint left over from my accent wall and with a shrug I had put it aside figuring I’d “find a way to use it”.

And then, when I opened up my disgusting linen closet that probably hadn’t been touched since the 70’s, I found a way to use it.

You can't see it here, but there's some totally wrongtious orange carpet on the floor.

You can’t see it here, but there’s some totally wrongtious orange carpet on the floor.

Also, that fern contact paper had to go. So Mr. Frenchie and I added it to our Home Depot list, and wahoo! Found some “faux leather” (la de da!) contact paper on sale for $7/roll. I grabbed one roll and actually ended up able to cover all four shelves.  You can’t really tell there is a faux leather detail, not even really up close, but we didn’t care. We only bought it because it was black, and $7.

Also, I suck at contact paper.

Also, I suck at contact paper.

But just changing the shelves wasn’t enough for me. How could it be when I had some totally radical peacock blue paint left over? Seriously.

The best colour in the world.

The best colour in the world.

And I slapped it all over the walls. I didn’t paint all the way up to the ceiling because I didn’t have enough paint, and I only painted one coat, but I’ve got to say, Behr Ultra is some pretty fantastic paint and I only needed one coat. And also, it’s a linen closet so really, who cares.

All of those post thingies sticking out stabbed me like 78 times. I wish I could have gotten them out, but they weren't budging.

All of those brackets sticking out stabbed me like 78 times. I wish I could have gotten them out, but they weren’t budging.

And then because painting the walls wasn’t enough for me, I painted the door black. Well, actually I painted the door black because I’m painting all of my doors black.

 

It looks soooooooooooo cute with my crayola "flesh" walls, doesn't it? =P

It looks soooooooooooo cute with my crayola “flesh” walls, doesn’t it? =P

And then in went the shelves! …which was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be because the shelves were really long and heavy (the closet goes really far into the right) and the space was pretty shallow.

Yeah, one or two of them fell on my head.

Yeah, one or two of them fell on my head.

And then I put all my crap inside!

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See that rug?! I’m afraid of what’s underneath, so I let it stay.

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I wonder how long it will stay this neat?

 

 

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It’ll look much better when my hall is grey too!

The only thing that bums me out a bit is that I couldn’t really get any good photos of the finished product. Whoever designed the house figured it was a fantastic idea to not put a light in that hallway. You know, where all the other lights in the house are blocked by walls? No light in the closet either, so I’ll have to find a solution for that one.

Now who wants some fluffy towels?

Now who wants some fluffy towels?

So there you have it, my roughly $10 (because I probably used a good $10 worth of paint on my room) linen closet makeover! Thanks for having a look & stay inspired!

Frenchie xo