furniture up cycle: TV cabinet into armoire

For many years we used a pine armoire to house our TV.

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When we upgraded to a larger flat screen TV that no longer fit in our armoire, I wanted to find a use for this piece of furniture.  I hate to throw things away if I don’t have to.

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Well, it was a good thing we held on to this armoire.  The room we decided to use for a bedroom for our daughter has no closets.  Enter the up cycled armoire.

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We loved it in raw pine back in the day, but it was due for a facelift.  So, painted in white and distressed, it matches her thrifted Jenny Lind bed frame.

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All it took to convert this piece into a useable closet for our daughter’s room was a clothing rod.  Hubby attached it with a block of scrap wood on each side of the rod for further durability.

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Since little girl’s dresses are so short, it is working just fine right now with extra room at the bottom for baskets of linens and such.

So if you’re looking for extra clothing storage (or crafting storage, toy storage, game storage, kitchen storage!), look no further than your local thrift store or yard sale and pick up one of these “old” armoires.  Sure, you might not put a TV in them anymore, but you might be able to pick one up for cheap and give it a new life.

furniture up cycle TV cabinet to armoire @4onemore.com

Great on the budget.  Super cute.  Love to prevent needless waste.  And create a personal piece that works for you.

What is your favorite TV cabinet up-cycle?

thrifted frame LEGO storage solution

{This post originally appeared on 4onemore.weebly.com and continues to be very popular on Pinterest!}

If you have boys, you probably have Lego.  And Lego comes into the house by the hundreds, it seems, so good storage is a must.  We have 4 boys under 10, so you can imagine the amount of Lego we have accumulated through the years.

minifigs

I spent some time looking for great storage solutions, and came across this idea quite a bit:  Framed Minifigure Storage & Display.  Here’s a Pinterest experiment that was a success, not a fail!

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Honestly, the mini figures are so fun to look at, why not display them prominently in your boys’ room, instead of hiding them away?  I’m still looking for great ideas for the thousand other bricks we own, but the mini figure problem is solved for now.

I found the best source for this idea here.  I modified it a bit by using thrifted frames and keeping the glass in them.  Ours aren’t perfect, but my boys think they are!

Check your local thrift store for some great frame options in large sizes!  It will only set you back a few dollars.  We bought the bricks (2 x 2) at a Lego store.  For 100 bricks in the 2×2 size (that gave each boy 25 bricks for his display), we spent about $10.  So, project total cost with thrifted frames was no more than $20 for all 4 displays.

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Each boy picked the paint color for his frame.  We just inserted scrapbook paper, card stock, or nothing (!) into the frame for the background.  Then, I spaced out the 2 x 2 blocks and glued them on the glass with E6000 glue, (affiliate link) which is pretty much amazing stuff.

thrifted frame LEGO storage l 4onemore.com

thrifted frame LEGO storage l 4onemore.com

 

thrifted frame LEGO storage l 4onemore.com

Where previously we had some vintage world maps framed on the wall (because I LOVE that kind of stuff!), my boys were ready for something that looked like their tastes.  And now it’s fun to put the minifigs away at night 🙂

thrifted frame LEGO storage l 4onemore.com

thrifted frame LEGO storage l 4onemore.com

thrifted frame LEGO storage l 4onemore.com

Have you found any great ideas for Lego storage?

Taming the Laundry Beast — the simple system that works for our large family

I used to be lost under piles of laundry every day.  Wash.  Dry.  Fold.  Sort.  Put away.  Repeat!  With a family of six, soon to be seven, this simple system helps keep our sanity when dealing with the amount of dirty clothes a family of boys accumulates.Check out my full post over at Satisfaction Through Christ.How do you tame the laundry beast at your house?  Share your great tips and tricks below!

Organizing memories:  making keepsake notebooks & memory bins

Disclaimer: If you love to scrapbook the official, correct way, then this isn’t for you. Carry on.  You’re doing a great job!  If you love the thought of having scrapbooks for your children’s memories but don’t have the time, talent, or budget for the supplies, then this is for you!Today I’m sharing how I organize keepsakes and memories for my 4 boys. This system is tried and true, as I’ve done it this way for 11 years and wouldn’t change a thing.

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There are three super-simple steps to this process:  Find Supplies, Gather, Upkeep.

1.  find supplies for your system

I use 3-ring notebooks for paper keepsakes and plastic boxes with lids (Memory Bin) for larger items.What do I put in the 3-ring notebook (“Keepsake Notebook”)?

  • school work
  • artwork
  • pictures
  • journaling pages (cute sayings; favorite food, color, toy at each age)
  • clear sleeves filled with small keepsakes, ticket stubs, brochures from trips
  • another option:  file box with folders by year or grade

What’s the Memory Bin for?

  • keepsake baby outfits or blankets
  • larger souvenirs
  • family heirlooms or gifts for when they’re older
  • key to choosing box:  practical & durable, not necessarily pretty

2.  Gather

Designate a landing spot to put all the papers, artwork, and keepsakes you want to save.A couple times a year go through your pile of memorabilia, file and store.  Your kids can help you decide what they want to keep.

Print photos a couple times a year to include in the notebook.

3.  Upkeep

Repeat the gather step as often as makes sense for you. I used to do it 2-3 times per year, now it’s more like 1-2 times per year.  Whatever works.  Don’t be a slave to any organizing system — make it work for you!It’s definitely a lot of fun to get the Keepsake Notebooks out around birthdays.  My kids love to look through books that are all about their lives.And when my kids leave the nest,  it will be freeing to be able to hand them their Memory Bins & notebooks!

How do you organize all those keepsakes in your home?