Tuesday, January 13, 2015

20 Genius Drawer Organizers {Our Hometalk Curated Board}

Love the fresh start of a new year! We have all of our Christmas decor put away and are enjoying the simplicity of our January decor. In January, I like to go back to our basic neutral decor before we jump into Valentine's day. In January, we also like to take a look at what is working and what may not be working as far as simplifying, decluttering, and organizing our home. Hometalk loved the organization post we shared, last year, about Hailey's Dresser Drawers and asked Our Family Inspired Home to curate another board for them with drawer organization ideas. This is the second board we have had the opportunity to curate for Hometalk and are very excited to share these 20 Genius Drawer Organizers with you! (If you missed the first board we curated, you may like to read about it here 25 Stylish Birthday Party Ideas ) When needing ideas or information for our home, one of the first places I go to is Hometalk. Hometalk is a great source of inspiration and information. You can find amazing ideas, in addition to asking questions you may have about your home. You, clip, like, and share projects that you love and would like to refer back to later. We love Hometalk!

This cool pinnable graphic
was created for us
by the Hometalk team!

Here are a few to get you started!

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Kitchen Renovation Part 4 ~ Our DIY Customized Microwave Cabinet Out Of A Stock Cabinet

Welcome back to our kitchen renovation! If you are new to our blog, you may like to read (Kitchen Renovation Part 1Kitchen Renovation Part 2, and Kitchen Renovation Part 3 ). Finding kitchen cabinets to suit our needs, as well as look the way we wanted, was proving to be a challenge. I wanted our upper cabinet to have two side by side doors, but could only find 24 inch cabinets with one door.  I, also, wanted a 36 inch pantry cabinet with two side by side doors, but could only find 18 inch and 24 inch pantry cabinets with one door.  I wanted our microwave to be under our counter, but we couldn't find an under the counter stock microwave cabinet. Customized cabinets were out of the question. So, of course, we made our own!

For the upper cabinet and pantry,
our solution was simple.
We purchased two, 12 inch, stock cabinets
(instead of one 24 inch cabinet)
to hang side by side and, then,
reversed the door on one of the cabinets
so they would open facing each other.
We, then, purchased two, 18 inch, stock pantry cabinets
(instead of one 36 inch cabinet)
and reversed the doors on one of the cabinets.


Chris, then, painted all of the cabinets

and added molding to top of our cabinets.

Our solution to the microwave cabinet took
a little more thinking and a little more work.

Chris was sure he could make a cabinet,
but wasn't so sure about the drawer
I wanted underneath the microwave.
So, we decided we would try
to make what I wanted
out of a stock base drawer cabinet.

After taking out the top two drawers
and cutting the braces out,
Chris added a piece of wood
to sit on brackets he made
to hold our microwave. 

He, also, added dowel rods in the drawer
because I wanted to keep
our everyday dishes in the drawer
which helped to organize the space into sections.

They all turned out great!

A simple, beautiful, economical solution
to get the aesthetic look we wanted
with a financial budget we could afford!
Come back next week to see how we customized
our base cabinets to get the look we wanted
without the added expense!

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

It's A New Year, "Make Everyday A Happy Day"!

Hope everyone had a wonderfully blessed Christmas! Ours was fantastic! As we look forward to the new year, we are setting our goals. And while reading, perusing, and looking for inspiration for all of the projects we need to complete in our new home, I came across this quote. "Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it" -Ellen Goodman. And I thought, wow this is so true! We get so caught up in this circle that we forget to just "really live" in our home, along the way. However, we don't want a vacant home. We don't want to be a part of that circle. We want to "really live" in our home and slow down to enjoy the moment. We want to "make everyday a happy day". This is what we are working towards. This is our ultimate goal. Afterall, that is why we purchased our new home which led to the name of our blog, Our Family Inspired Home. As for the work on our home, we finally, have all areas of our home livable (for those who are new to our blog, we purchased a foreclosed home that was empty for a few years and needs a lot of work). We have had a new furnace and central air system with all new duct work installed, have one major project in our home (Kitchen Renovation Part 1, Kitchen Renovation Part 2, Kitchen Renovation Part 3) almost complete, and all other rooms are usable (although, not pretty yet :) ). So, although there is still so much more to do, we are striving to "live" in our new home, slow down to enjoy the moment, and "make everyday a happy day".

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