Reuse and repurpose: Five new uses for cardboard

We seem to always have a lot of cardboard around here. When our kids were younger we had diaper boxes. Now we have boxes from Amazon purchases and Christmas gifts. And with two daughters and a shoe fetish of my own, we have tons of shoe boxes. Whether it is a big box or a shoe box, there are so many creative and useful ways to reuse a shoebox.

1. Stylish storage container from a shoebox

From shoeBox to storage box

Take a shoebox and paint it or wrap it in pretty paper. Add a name plate and you have a cute and useful storage box. It’ll look great on your desk.

2. Diaper box closet storage bin

These cute bins are made from wrapping diaper boxes in fabric and decorating them with ribbon.

These super cute matching bins were made from diaper boxes, spray adhesive and fabric. They’re sturdy and roomy, and best of all, FREE! Don’t they look cute?

3. Make a hamper from a y’all box

This donation hamper was made from a tall skinny box…using the same fabric and ribbon as the diaper box bins

This one is just like the diaper box bins. With just fabric, spray adhesive, some ribbon to hide the seams and a cute label, you can have a cute new hamper. This is not for wet clothes, though. Only for dry items.

4. Cute notebooks or scrapbooks from cardboard

These are made from cardboard, card stock, pretty patterned paper and scrapbook binding posts.

I have made these many times to sell but also to give as gifts. Just take cardboard and cut it to your desired size. Use pretty patterned paper to cover it and spray adhesive to make it stick. Then, secure the paper to the cardboard. Create pages from card stock and a hole punch. Then, attach the cover and secure the binding posts through the covers and the pages. These make great journals, notebooks, photo albums or scrapbooks.

5. As a weed mat for your garden.

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Raise your hand if you hate pulling weeds. I know I do! Save yourself some time by lining your flowerbed or raised bed with flattened cardboard. It’s biodegradable and it will not hurt your plants.

I hope you have enjoyed these ideas! What do you do with your cardboard?

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Room Refresher: From underused office to fab family room

Room Refresher:
From underused office to fab family room

We have a strange layout to our home, and somehow we have two bonus rooms. We currently have one of them set up as a playroom and one was set up as our office.

Our former office

It was a beautiful office but we never used it. Entire weeks would pass without us even setting foot in the room. We decided the office would better serve us as a family room.

We eventually plan to put new furniture in this room, but after buying new furniture for our living room, we need to wait a bit before buying more. In the meantime, we need to save some money and decide what we want to purchase. We just moved our old furniture to the family room.

Our new family room

It’s not perfect. There are things out of place and there is a mess in the corner. But it’s a room where we can hang out and be comfortable. It’s a room we can relax in and not worry about messing it up.

Our eventual plan is to add new furniture, a new light fixture, new flooring and an entire wall of built in bookshelves on the back wall.

We have used this room a thousand times more since it became a family room than we ever did when it was an office.

What changes have you made to add function to your home?

Create your own bulletin board

I wanted a cute bulletin board for my daughter’s desk, but I wanted it to be cute. I also didn’t want it to cost a lot.

I decided to use what I had on hand and make it happen. I had an empty white frame and some foam poster board. I also had cute fabric that would match her room and some pretty ribbon.

I began by cutting my poster board to size with scissors.

I then used Locktite spray adhesive to attach my fabric.

After I got the fabric attached, I decided it needed a little something more. I chose to add ribbon and glue some white buttons to the board.

And then I popped it into a frame and hung it up. The eldest little Lumber chose some of her favorite pictures to display on her new board.

It turned out super cute and so helpful for organizing her desk area.

And best of all, it was super cheap and super easy to make as well.

Building a faux fireplace mantle, part 3

When we last left you, our beautiful antique mantle with its faux firebox looked like this:

Nothing was painted, no stone was laid. Things were kinda bare. And unfinished.

Our first item on the agenda was to paint it.

First, we caulked any cracks or areas we felt needed filling in. We painted the mantle and the adjoining boards behind it with white paint in satin finish.

Next, we installed Airstone to the surround and the bottom of the hearth.

This stuff is amazingly easy and fun to work with. Simply spread the adhesive on the back of the stones like you’re frosting a cake and press into place. You can also cut the stone with a hacksaw or circular saw.

We then laid faux slate vinyl tiles across the top of the hearth. We may upgrade it later to real slate but I am loving how this looks, and how little it cost.

We then painted the faux brick paneling with some matte black chalk paint. I just like the finish.

We still have a few areas to fill in and some trim to add, but all in all, I am loving it!

Stay tuned! The rest of our living room is about to change in a big way, and I can’t wait to show it to you!!

Have a great Monday!

Restoring an antique fireplace mantle

Last weekend, I posted this picture on Instagram, leading my followers to wonder what I’m up to.

I’m going to go ahead and tell you that this project will take several posts, and I’ll be talking about it for the next few weeks…but I’m happy to scratch the surface today.

This absolutely lovely antique mantle has been in my garage for almost two years. I knew what I wanted to do with it but just couldn’t find the time. Story of my life. I knew I wanted it done by December so I felt compelled to stop dragging my feet and just do it.

Then, there was a whole lotta strippin’ going on, and not the sexy kind. At least this kind of stripper doesn’t smell bad. Just brush it on with a paintbrush and wait thirty minutes. Then, scrape that paint right off. You may have to repeat the process, if there are several layers of paint to remove. I had to do this three times.

Plus, the stripper gives everything a pinkish hue, which is also lots of fun.

I used low grit sandpaper and a plastic putty knife to scrape away the paint. I’ve almost got all the paint off.

And if you’ll tune in next week, I’ll show you the second installment. Come see us next Tuesday to see what I’m doing with this mantle.