DIY Shoe Organization

Happy Monday everyone! Today marks one of the last Mondays before I head back to work and let me tell you I am not ready for summer to be over! I usually hit a point where I’m ready to get back to my normal routine but not this year. I want summer to go on forever! So while I sit here and cry about it I figured I’d share a super easy and functional project I did a little while ago. A few months ago I was at my cousins house and had my mind blown when I looked into her closet and saw her shoes hanging from the wall off of a curtain rod. I mean a screwed into the wall curtain rod that held shoes? Genius! Here’s a photo of what it looked like just to give you a visual (this is a picture found online, not from her closet!)

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When I was working on putting one of my closets together I bought some shoe cubbies but found that I had some empty space that wasn’t big enough to put another cubbie. I didn’t want the space to go to waste so I took a cue from my cousin and rather than drilling curtain rods into the wall I went out and grabbed some tension rods. I had the thought of staggering them to hold my shoes. Here is the space I had…

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I bought 4 tension rods for the project.  I recommend measuring the width of the space you have when choosing tension rods since they come in a variety of sizes. I got mine at Target for about $4 each.

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I started by placing the first rod as high as I could. I stuck it between the end of the shoe cubby and the wall. 

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Next, I took one of my shoes and rested the heel on the rod and looked to see where the front of the shoe would sit. Once I did that I placed the other rod to hold the shoe up.

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You could just put up the rods and have the heels hang like in that first picture (mimicking what my cousin also does) but the reason I chose to do it this way is because come Fall I may want to switch out these shoes and I own a lot of wedges that won’t hang and will need the front support. 

Here is how they turned out after I added the second row and the shoes!

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Here are the shoe cubbies (Container Store

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And the closet as a whole..

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The shelves were already there.  I just moved them around to fit my needs and added the two hanging rods.  It still looks a little sparse but a majority of my clothes are still in boxes! I took out my summer essentials but before I know it Fall will be here and this whole closet will have to change again to fit those clothes! By the way those clear front containers are sold at Container Store but I found mine at Home Goods for much cheaper!

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I also added a string of rope light inside all around the door to give the closet light at night. I attached it to a remote so I only have to push a button to turn it on! 

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Anyone else have unused closet space that could house some shoes?

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Pantry Organization II

Operation organization is in full swing! One of the first rooms that I started working on was the kitchen.  I love to cook and I spend a good amount of time in the kitchen so I wanted to start integrating my things.  The first portion of the kitchen I wanted to work on was the pantry.  I knew there was going to be a lot of purging…I wasn’t aware of how much purging there was going to be! Here is the before shot:

Pantry MakeoverLooks like your typical pantry…stuffed! I worked shelf by shelf going through all the products and seeing what could be kept and what was getting tossed.  There were a ton of expired products in there! Of course there were a few products that made their way to the back and haven’t seen the light of day for…well let’s do the math…

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 1997-2014…17 years. Yup, scary stuff! 

So I went through and divided up what was staying and what was going. Here is the going pile:

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Once everything was out, I wiped down each shelf and lined them all with shelf liners.

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The next step was taking all of my things and adding them to the pile and then putting them in the pantry.  With the use of baskets and canisters I decided to assign each shelf a purpose. Here is the after! 

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The first shelf is all canned goods and condiment products. The second shelf is all pasta/grains.

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For the third shelf I placed all baking supplies there. And the last shelf is cereals, snacks, and a few boxed products like crackers and extras. The canisters are all from Ikea and the majority of the baskets were from Michaels that I already had. 

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One jar of Nutella is never enough! 

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And who doesn’t love a snack basket?

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So there you have it, all OCD’d out! Just how I like it!

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And believe it or not this makeover took place awhile ago (hence the peonies in that one shot, oh how I miss you!) and this photo above was taken just yesterday! Just goes to show if you have a home for everything it makes it so much easier to keep it organized! 

And here are some before and after shots of all the cabinets that hold the dishes and pots/pans. There were a ton of things that were super old and have made their way to the yard sale pile!

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The kitchen still needs a lot of work but I think it’s one of those spaces where a few little updates will make a huge impact for the time/money being! Here is what the space currently looks like:

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My ideas consist of 

-removing the paneling

-getting rid of the yellow paint 

-adding a backsplash 

-changing the countertop (maybe Rustoleums Granite Kit?)

-replace the kitchen chairs! 

-redoing the kitchen table 

-change the molding around the sliding doors

-new stove!! 

See just a few changes haha! I mean if I had all the money in the world that list could go on and on but for now small steps! 

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Laundry Closet Makeover

Hi guys! As promised, I’m back today to share the laundry room makeover!  I’m a little obsessed over how the space turned out! The washer and dryer sit in a closet behind two bi-fold doors.  I knew immediately that this space needed some freshening up so I got right to it! The before shot is pretty grainy (iphone) but there are plenty in process ones.

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So as you can see there are pipes and wires that are exposed behind the machines and my immediate idea was to cover those.  There is also a shelf above the machines which I was hoping to paint but after taking a closer look they were pretty warped and gross so they needed to be replaced.  

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There is also a chute that drops clothes from upstairs (love that!) so a basket for underneath to catch the clothes was a must. I began by taking everything off and clearing the space to be painted. That meant wiping down and vacuuming.

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Laundry Room MakeoverNext I got to painting.  I used Benjamin Moore’s Snowfall White in matte. If you think the walls were already white, don’t be fooled.  Here’s a shot proving that wrong! Laundry Room Makeover

After painting the space I went out to Home Depot and bought some new pine to replace the old wood shelf. The shelf was 23 inches deep so it was recommended that I use two pieces which was fine with me since the existing shelf came in two pieces as well.  I used the old shelf to draw out where my cut had to be for the dryer vent and then I used a jigsaw to cut it out.  Once that was done I painted them nice and white using the same paint.

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Laundry Room MakeoverThe part that I painted white is actually going to be the bottom of the shelf.  For the top I wanted to lay something down that would protect it and make it easy to clean if any detergent happens to spill so I bought shelf liners.  Since I would be pulling baskets on and off the shelf I needed the liner to stick so I used a little bit of spray adhesive to hold it in place.

Laundry Room MakeoverLaundry Room MakeoverThe next step was hiding the pipes.  The width of the space was about 64″ so I had the idea of putting up a tension rod and using a curtain. I happen to have a panel available that I planned on using so that I wouldn’t have to buy a new panel but it only opened up 54″.  ARG! I realized at this point that the average curtain opens to 54″ so buying a different one wouldn’t work but you know what opens even wider? Shower curtains! I ran out to Target and purchased a curtain and then using some heat and bond created a loop to run the rod through.

Laundry Room MakeoverOnce that was complete I hung it up and popped the shelves in.

Laundry Room MakeoverThe last thing that needed to be done was replacing the light.  The one that was there was a simple light bulb.

Laundry Room MakeoverWhen I was in HD I grabbed a pendent kit and glass pendant.  I’ve replaced lights before and thought it would be a breeze this time, you know, white with white, black with black.  Well not so much.  When I opened the light up there were so many wires that we had a friend of ours come and hook it up.  I was not about to burn the house down! 

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So much better! Ok now before we get to the final reveal let’s take another look at that before shot shall we…

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And now the after!

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Whaaat! Pretty crazy right? It just goes to show what a big difference just a few updates can make to a space! 

As far as sources go the “Laundry” sign and dark basket holding the detergents are from Home Goods and the laundry basket is from T.J. Maxx. I purchased the frame on the wall from Michael’s and made the “wash, dry, fold” signs on Print Shop.  The shelf liner is from Home Depot.

I have totally found myself looking for anything and everything to wash just to hang out in this spot! Do you guys have any spaces that can use a facelift? 

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Cleaning Your Washing Machine

Every once in awhile we have to take some time to clean the thing that cleans things. For instance a vacuum cleaner needs to be emptied and a dishwasher may need some scrubbing. Another machine that can use some cleaning is a washing machine! When I moved in and started doing my laundry I noticed that the machine #1. smelled a little funky and #2. was dirty.  I couldn’t fathom how a dirty washing machine was going to make my clothes clean so I went ahead and cleaned the thing that cleans things.

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1. Fill the machine with hot water. Add 4 cups of chlorine bleach and let it agitate for 10 minutes. Then let the water sit for 1 hour.

2. After the hour, run the machine on the longest wash and spin cycle.

3. Once it is empty, fill the machine with hot water again. Add 4 cups of white vinegar. Agitate for 10 minutes then grab a rag or sponge and wipe down the machine. You can try to remove the middle piece and clean that out as well. Once you’ve cleaned every crevice allow the water to sit for an hour.

4. After the hour, run the longest wash and spin cycle.

That should help make it look and smell like new! It certainly did for me!

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The machines not only smell much better but the clothes smell so good now! You know, like detergent!

Now once the machines were all cleaned I took a look around and realized they weren’t the only thing within that space that needed some cleaning.  The machines sit in a closet and let’s just say that the space has seen better days. I decided to give the entire closet a little facelift! I’ll be sharing the transformation tomorrow so be sure to come back to check it out! For now I’ll leave you with a before shot as I was beginning the process! 

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Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos with a Chipotle Cream Sauce

It’s no secret that I enjoy cooking. I also really really enjoy eating. I have always been a meat and potatoes kinda girl and I love when the Fall swings around and the meals get really hearty but I also love the light fun cooking that takes place in the summer! A few weeks ago I made some chicken tacos in the crockpot (super easy!) It got me thinking about how I would love to try shrimp tacos.  Well let me tell you I am so happy that I did because these tacos are BOMB (that’s what the kids are saying these days right?) I went on Pinterest looking for a good recipe and true to form I found a bunch that I really liked and took ingredients from one recipe for one part and other ingredients from another to create the tacos.  I like to think that there are 3 flavor boosters in this dish and when you bit into it you will get an explosion in your mouth…no joke, it’s that good! 

Shrimp Tacos I Made2StyleI started with marinating the shrimp. Flavor booster #1

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Then I prepared the chipotle cream sauce. Flavor booster #2

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos with a Chipotle Cream SauceAnd then the fixings. I cut up some lettuce, I would normally recommend red cabbage for the crunch factor but I just used red leaf. I also chopped up some tomatoes. The last fixing is flavor booster #3. I cut up 2 avocados into cubes and then drenched them in lime juice and added 2 tbsp of chopped cilantro. YUM

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos with a Chipotle Cream Sauce Once all that is done just cook your shrimp in a skillet until it turns pink and put your tacos together. I’m telling you each bite will have you saying OMG. You’ll start talking like Giada being all “the bite from the shrimp paired with the heat from the sauce…” haha! So yeah, you’ve got to give this recipe a shot and you’ll have plenty of the chipotle sauce leftover to add to all kinds of dishes. Maybe even a dip for some sweet potato fries? Oh man, now I need to make sweet potato fries! 

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos with a Chipotle Cream SauceIf you’re on Instagram you can follow me at Cindy_Made2Style and check out the hashtag #M2Sinthekitchen for some dish ideas! If there is anything you want me to share a recipe on just let me know! You can also check out the recipe tab at the top of the page for more M2S recipes! Enjoy guys ;)

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Apartment Tour

So it’s August…when did that happen?! I always feel like the summer flies by and with so much going on I’m trying to savor every moment. I’ve been so caught up with the move that I haven’t really had a chance to look back at where I was. It occurred to me that I never did a tour of my apartment so of course now that I’m gone I figured I’d finally get around to that! This was my first space that I didn’t have to share and was all my own. But anyone who did have the pleasure of living with me knows I didn’t hold back when I decorated! It was hard to leave this place mostly because it was here that I truly learned my style. There were moments of “what was I thinking,” but also moments of clarity. A ton of trial and error but in the end having that feeling that I can’t wait to be home. Nothing made me happier than when friends and family would come over and say how homey they felt being there. That was always my goal to make it feel homey, comfortable and at the same time represent my style. So here it is…my baby! I’ve attached links to projects that I’ve done within each space to help make it what it was.

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How To Gallery Wall

DIY Roman Shades

  Craft Storage

KITCHEN

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Target Bar Cart Makeover

EAT Sign

Furniture Makeover (Miss Kelly) 

Fabric Covered Boxes

LIVING ROOM

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Bookcase Redo

No Sew Pillow Covers

Gold Edge Frames

Ikea Hemnes Hack

Ikea Side Table Hack

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DIY Headboard

Gradient Canvas Art

Ribbon Trimmed Lampshade

Jewelry Holder

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So oddly enough I don’t have any pictures of the bathroom other than what it looked like after packing up but no worries, it wasn’t anything special.  Here are some shots I took on moving day.  Pretty bittersweet! I decided to leave the roman shades because I knew I had no windows that they would work with and the person moving into the space really liked them so at least they will get used! She also bought my couch from me so that stayed behind as well. 

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And the truck on moving day…

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Now to figure out where this will all go in the house! 

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Wine Cork Initials & Place Card Holders

For my cousin’s bridal shower I decided to make some cork initials to add to the decor.  I’m lucky enough to have an uncle who owns a restaurant so getting a handful of wine corks was fairly easy.  If you are not so fortunate you can purchase some here or do what I would do and just start getting saucy every night! 

To start this project you will need corks (duh!) The amount of corks all depends on your letter but I would estimate around 60 corks per letter.  You’ll also need a hot glue guna print out of the letter, card stock and thick craft sticksI was going to be making an E (for Elizabeth) an F (for Frankie) and an ampersand. 

I started with printing out the letters that I needed and then tracing them on top of white card stock. By applying some pressure I was able to create a crease in the card stock which I then cut out.

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I decided that I wanted the width of the letters to be 2 corks so I started hot gluing 2 corks together and testing out how I wanted them. I also alternated which side of the cork I was using.  I wanted there to be some variation in color.

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Once I had all the twos together I started gluing them down onto the card stock shaped letter.

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When I was finished I realized it needed more stability so this is where the craft sticks come in handy.  Just hot glue them onto the back. 

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For the ampersand I happen to have a cork board in that shape so I used that and instead of wine corks I used a mixture of wine and champagne.  They took about 2 hours for all three but it was totally worth it! 

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Another quick project I did were the place card holders for the guests.  The supplies were pretty much the same thing.  I printed the cards myself and with a sharp knife (and careful eye) I sliced a line in the cork.

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Next I placed a dot of hot glue on the back bottom of the cork.  The point of that is so that when it hardens it will stop the cork from rolling over.

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Then just slide your card right in!

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Now go grab yourself a nice glass of vino and get to drinkin’!!