Category Archives: Tutorials

Giant Prints on a Budget


I love displaying family photos. It adds a personal touch to my home and reminds me of fun memories and the people I love most. Unfortunately, it can be expensive to purchase the printed canvasses or the frames and gigantic photos. Here’s a solution I’ve found that costs me less than $7.

Go to your favorite office supply store website and locate their blueprint printing services. Upload your photo and choose your preferred size. I like the 18″x24″ print that costs less than $2. Sometimes you’ll have to play around with the “Fit to Size” feature to get the right crop. Choose the color finish or the black and white finish. Add it to your cart and complete your order. My photos are always ready by the end of the day but are sometimes as fast as one hour.

Next, to stay within your budget, look for frames on clearance. I got this 16″x20″ frame for $4 at my local Hobby Lobby. Sometimes they’ll be banged up a bit but we used a bit of Old English to cover the scrapes on this one. You could also paint your frame with some leftover paint from the last project you did. 🙂

Because this frame was smaller than my print size (OfficeMax doesn’t offer 16″x20″ blueprints) I did have to trim it to fit the frame. It was super easy. Lay the glass (without the frame) over the area you want displayed. Lightly trace the perimeter, remove the glass, and cut out your print.

This project was about $6. The photo, shot by my brother at our Easter celebration this year, is of my three younger sisters and me and is displayed in my younger sisters’ room.

This is another frame I got on clearance. This 18″x24″ frame cost only $5 because the glass was cracked.  I didn’t bother to replace the glass and have had no issues with the print falling out of the frame. I actually like the look of it without the glass. It’s a lovely matte finish.

This project cost about $7. This photo is a selfie I snapped with my sister Anna. 

So there you have it, an inexpensive way to display your favorite photos. Find some deals and enjoy decorating!

Laundry Room Organization

I had a moment of inspiration while browsing Pinterest a couple of weeks ago. If you follow me, you probably saw all the laundry organization ideas I was pinning. 🙂 Our laundry room is a nice size but the shape can be difficult to work with. For years, we’ve used various cloth and canvas organizers to hold our dirty laundry. With all the laundry our family processes in one day, however, we needed a better solution. Not only were our organizers having trouble withstanding all the wear and tear but they also have a tendency to get mildewed. Pinterest held the perfect solution. Read on!

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That pile in the basket is clean laundry that needs to be ironed. The dirty laundry organizer is in the lower right of the picture (yes, it’s ripped).

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Not only were these cabinets ugly but they were hard to use. The sliding doors didn’t allow you to see everything in the cabinet.

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We took the doors off and prepped the frame for paint.

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My talented dad lowered the countertop and installed a second.

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Paint drastically changed the room. I love fresh, white paint.

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The baskets on the bottom shelf are for dirty towels and dirty whites. The baskets on top are designated for dirty colors and clean clothes that need to be ironed.

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I sewed a curtain to protect our VCR from detergent drips. It’s a heavy, durable fabric that was given to me. Perfect for the job!

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Dad also installed a shelf above the laundry baskets.

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We picked up baskets at the dollar store to organize all the stuff in the cabinets.

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With just a few dollars investment and a little bit of time, we now have a bright, organized laundry room.

How to Paint a Wood Desk

My sister and I recently redecorated our room and my desk was one of the pieces of furniture that was redone. I have had this desk for a number of years. It’s a great piece of furniture but it needed some work.

Before picture

Sand the wood in the direction of the grain.

The fully sanded desk–it’s going to take several hours. Be patient and stick with it. 

Sanding the chair was somewhat of a headache. It took awhile to get all the nooks and crannies. This would be a good project to listen to dramatized audios. 🙂

Prime the desk and let dry. I did it in our (chilly) garage and it took awhile to fully dry. The paint soaked into the wood and turned pinkish.

Desk drawers.

After the primer is fully dry, do a light sanding.

Now, do a coat of paint. If you’re using a light color be prepared for two coats of paint.

Sand everything again lightly. You can see how thin the paint still looks.

By the second coat, it looked much better.

Now comes the fun part. After the paint is dry, start sanding again. Distress it as much as you want. I wanted mine pretty distressed so it took awhile.

I left the knobs brown. I was going to replace them originally but liked the look of the dark on white. If I find a really great deal on some cuter knobs, though, I just might pick them up.

The entire project took two full days. It was well-worth the work and I love it. Next up, is re-doing the chair seat.

I hope this was helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment or contact me.