CELEBRATING A BLOGIVERSARY!

This month I am celebrating the third anniversary of this blog! I must admit I haven’t accomplished all that I’d hoped to at this point, but I’m chugging along doing the best I can. Thanks to everyone who has read my posts, tried my tutorials and contributed comments!! I appreciate it!!

I decided to use this opportunity to share the most popular posts from my blog over the post three years. So sit back, put your feet up, and enjoy perusing the site! (Click on each photo below to learn more.)

THE 10 MOST POPULAR POSTS FROM STUDIO 36

WEST ELM INSPIRED DIY DINING ROOM TABLE

DIY CUSTOM BATHROOM VANITY TUTORIAL

MY NEW DINING ROOM REVEAL

MANTEL STYLING TIPS

MY POPULAR IKEA HACK BUILT-IN

TUTORIAL: DIY MEMO BOARD

I’ve been doing some work on my daughter’s bedroom makeover and I finally have a project to share with you! One of the items my daughter specifically requested in her new room was a memo board. So I decided to make her a unique one that will fit with the mix of modern and traditional decor in her new room.

Here’s what I came up with…

I took this framed painting I found on Craigslist:

before

And turned it into this unique memo board:

after

I removed the painting, added some metal dowels in a grid pattern, and spray painted it all gray. This was a project that I kinda just saw in my head and figured it out as I went. Once I figured out the details, it actually became a really easy project.

I think there are a lot of possibilities with this memo board. It can be painted any color to match your decor, but I also think using a stained wood frame and just leaving the dowels unfinished would work great for an industrial or farmhouse look. You could easily paint the dowels one color and the frame a different color too. The style frame you choose can also change the look of the memo board, and you can try different patterns for the metal dowels (see some options in the directions below).

materials + tools

wood frame of your choice
pencil
paper
1/8” x 4’ aluminum metal dowels (the number of dowels you need will depend on how large your project is but I used 4)
drill
hacksaw
miter box
Gorilla Glue
spray paint/primer (optional)

directions

back of frame

ONE. Start with a frame that’s made from wood. It can be a photo frame, but mine happened to be a framed small canvas painting that I found used on Craigslist for $20. The painting itself is boring, but I purchased it just for the frame. I love the ornate detail and the large size (overall it’s about 22”x26”)!

Remove the framed print, any glass and any hanging wire on the back so all you have is the wood frame.

BRINGING BEAUTY + ORGANIZATION TO YOUR CLOSETS

As I mentioned a while ago, I’ve been slowly removing all of the old wire shelving in every closet in our home and replacing it with custom wood/mdf shelving. With a total of eleven closets in our home, it’s taking me awhile. I just finished our guest bedroom closet and my daughter’s bedroom closet. (My daughter’s closet overhaul was the first step in giving her room a makeover.) Now I only have one closet left to do and I’ll finally be done!

Here are the two closets I recently finished, they are nothing fancy but better than the cheap wire junk that was there:

my guest bedroom closet

my daughter’s bedroom closet

Here’s a photo from my walk in closet that I redid a while ago:

All of my closet overhauls have inspired me to share some tips on organizing and beautifying closets! If you feel like your closets need a new look and a little order, you could hire a closet makeover company, but that will cost you a lot of money. You could also gut your closets and install a completely new storage system on your own like I did, but that will cost you a lot of time. (If you do want to install custom closet shelving like I did, the process is really quite simple it just can be a little time-consuming. If anyone has any questions about the shelving I installed, leave a comment below and I’ll reply.) If you’re limited on money and time, you can still give your closet a brand new look for an affordable price all in a weekend. Just read on!

It really comes down to two steps. First, purge and group the items in your closet. Second, find some ways to bring some pretty. It’s that simple.

So I LOVE organizing and beautifying any space but in case you’re not a big fan, I’m going to start by giving you some inspirational photos of gorgeous well-organized closets…

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Has that gotten you motivated to bring some beauty and organization to your closets? Okay, you may not be able to transform your closet into some of those in one weekend, but you can certainly bring some noticeable improvement!

Time to get started…

QUICK KITCHEN TABLE MAKEOVER

There are a lot of areas in our home that I’m dying to makeover, but our kitchen is likely at the top of my list. However, I’ve done an estimate for how much it will cost to transform the room into what I want, and it’s way too much money for us right now. So the kitchen makeover will have to wait. There is one area of our kitchen that simply can’t wait though…

This is our kitchen table in the breakfast area. There’s a lot wrong with this table! The style is boring, I’m tired of the color, and then there’s the broken chair (on the right). Yeah, there’s nothing like inviting friends over only for them to sit on a broken chair! This table makeover couldn’t wait! And fortunately, it would be an easy and affordable transformation… or so I thought.

My plan was to replace the broken chairs with some stylish new modern ones, and then do a little DIY project on the old solid wood table in order to transform it into something much more classy. After about a month of sanding, altering, staining and sealing the old table, my transformation was complete!

my old table (upside down)

I moved the table back into our breakfast area… and within 24 hours it was ruined!! The dog jumped on the table (something she’d never done before!) and somehow when my son went to get her down (I don’t know how this happened I wasn’t there to see it) the table BROKE! Like totally unfixable, throw in the trash broke!!! Ugh! There went the past month of my life… wasted!

But I put the whole situation into perspective (aka I realized the world was not ending because of a broken table), managed to not yell at my son or the dog (that’s a win), and moved on to find a solution!

The metal hairpin legs were just fine and still usable so all I needed was a new wood table top. I considered making one myself from 2x4s, but while I was weighing how to fit yet another project into my busy schedule, we had a fire in our garage! Thank the Lord it was contained to the garage and no one was injured and the rest of the house is fine! But everything in the garage was destroyed by the smoke damage. I no longer had any tools, supplies or even a place to do my DIY work.

So I guess I wasn’t going to be making a table top myself!

Instead, I turned to a craftsman who works out of a local salvage store. He was able to build me a nice reclaimed wood table top for a very reasonable price. We discussed the details of the look I was going for, I picked out the exact planks of wood I wanted, and he showed me how they would look sanded and assembled. (A big thank you to my dear friend Emily who was willing to tag along with me on this trip even though there was no air conditioning in the building and it was the middle of summer!)

About a month later, my table top was finished!