DIY Rustic Kitchen Island

Kitchen island; made to order!

Kitchen island; made to order! (That is Sherlock. He’s my inspector Kitty!)

You are gonna guess it right…my wood scrape pile is fairly large. With that said, I’ve been needing an island in the kitchen. As you all know I am short and after a big day of chopping and mixing on my kitchen counters, it starts to wear on my shoulders. So, I decided to build this island to give my shoulders a bit of a reprieve.

This post is to basically tell you if something isn’t working, build it to suit!

I built the top of this island first. I know, not very conventional, but I'm not conventional either! :P

I built the top of this island first. I know, not very conventional, but I’m not a conventional person either! 😛

The top of the island is basically 1×4’s. And a ton of screws! I really need to get a jig so I can make pocket holes. (Please Santa send me a kreg pocket jig ! I’ve been a really good girl!)

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I cut 2×4’s to the height that would work for me! And used 1×4 cross pieces for support which will also support a shelf.

I am not certain I like this color, but for now it will do. Mind you, I do love orange, just not sure about this particular shade. So one day on a future post you may see it a different color!

I am not certain I like this color, but for now it will do. Mind you, I do love orange, just not sure about this particular shade. So one day on a future post you may see it a different color!

Yep same as the first pic. As you can see there are two shelves. I used 1x4 cleat for the bottom shelf too.

Yep same as the first pic. As you can see there are two shelves. I used 1×4 cleat for the bottom shelf as well.  Notice the kitchen cabinets and floor. I am hoping this year to get to refinishing both! Stay tuned! 😀

This island dubs as a laundry folding center and has been a great computer table. When I use it as a computer table I take off all the bottom slats and one slat on the top shelf for leg room, still giving me a shelf for books and things. This could also work as a potting table outside. Just remember to coat it with a few coats of polyurethane to protect it from the elements.

So you see, scrap wood isn’t just for kindling…This was a simple project using 1×4’s and 2×4’s for legs. It can be done with 1×2’s, 1×6’s…4×4 legs would be awesome, really limitless in what you can build with just a basic table idea.

You too can do this! I believe in YOU!

Side note: The weather has been beautiful. I hope you all find the time to go outside and enjoy the sun. Read up on how important vitamin D is for you! Sunshine is so uplifting. Sadness just has a way of seeping away as the sun warms your skin. So get out there take deep breaths and let the rays fill you with happy!

I appreciate every one of you liking, sharing, and following me. You are like the sun! Peace, Koko ❤

DIY iPhone Cord Protector

How many of you have had your phone charger cord (or any cord for that matter chewed on)? As in man’s best friend decides he likes the phone charger cord too! Well in my case it was the cat! I could see out of the corner of my eye my dog quietly snickering in the corner as I was chastising the cat!

I don’t know what Apple puts in their phone charger cords but I swear it’s crack for kitties. The cats just gravitate towards them! They have yet to meet an Apple cord they didn’t like. Gah! What is a girl to do? This is my solution…

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FYI, you can do this for any cord; even hanging lamp or chandelier cords you find unsightly! Try fabric that matches your walls to camouflage or bright fun fabrics for a pop of color!

To make this I had a very long ribbon that was used to tie a comforter closed. Of course I saved it knowing it would come in handy. But, if you don’t have a ribbon just cut any fabric to size: About 2 inches wide by double the length of cord you are covering. Fold fabric in half and sew along edge. You can turn fabric inside out so the seam doesn’t show, however I left mine unturned as I liked the contrast in thread color. There really is no wrong way. Just get those cords covered!!!!!

And you know what? It works! I haven’t lost a cord since this invention! I can’t guarantee the same results for you, but try it. What do you have to lose…well except for another cord!

I’d love to hear what you think about this easy to do project! Drop me a comment below. 🙂

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Save Space Shoe Storage DIY

Look, look, look! Over 15 pairs of shoes, virtually taking up no space at all!

Save space shoe storage DIY. Say that tongue twister three times fast! 😉

Whether you have a lot of space or a little space this shoe/multi purpose shelf will come in handy. This shelf is great to show off any collection whether it’d be tea pots or books or toys! Possibilities are endless.

I built the shelf over the closet and corner shelves for shoes as my daughter has a small collection 😉  I like that it displays her shoes in a pretty way as well as not take up any precious floor space!

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When the shoes were stored in their boxes, my daughter found she didn’t wear them as much. This way she can see them and it makes choosing a pair very easy and fun!

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Also don’t overlook over the door hooks to hang a jacket, purse, or next day clothes!

Check out this awesome jacket here...

Check out more info on this awesome vegan leather jacket on Smashing Glitter. here…

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Very convenient to have things out for easy access, but not taking up any “floor” space. And you avoid “the stacking over a chair” look!

This is how I did it…

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I picked up these brackets at Target on sale for under five bucks for two! You can find brackets at any home improvement store. They come in many ornate shapes in metal as well as wood. All I did was decide how wide I wanted the shelf.    In this case I got a 1″ x 10″ which in reality is really 1″ x 9 1/4″. (That has always bothered me. A 1″ x 10″ should measure exactly that!)  After you decide how wide you want it, the next thing is to decide how long. I wanted it to go from the corner to a little beyond the closet door. You can have the home improvement store cut it for you or you can cut it yourself. I already had the wood in my go-to-stack-of-lumber, so I just cut it myself using a compound miter saw.

I lightly sanded the board and stained it with stain I had left over from a project. You do not need to sand or stain the board. You can leave it as is. You can also paint it any color you want or you can just varnish it with a clear water based varnish.

Okay…moving on to the corner shelves.

Corner shelves can be bought

Corner shelves can be bought at Target or home improvement stores. You can also make them. I normally would make them, however these were on sale and to make them would have cost me more. So in this instance it was a no brainer to not have to put the work into it.

Here you can see there are cleats that hold up the shelf.

Here you can see there are cleats that hold up the shelf. Find the studs in the wall. If you do not have studs use wall anchors. You can learn about them on my other tutorial here. Once the cleats are attached to the wall, you place the shelf on top. You can then screw it down from the top or hot glue the shelf on like I did. How you attached the shelf really depends on what you are putting on it.

Don't you love it?!

Don’t you love it?!

Below...above. :)

From below…………then above. 🙂

Creating more space without really “taking” up space is a win-win! Shelves like these will help you be more organized and being more organized helps you find things! Make more room without “taking” up space! You too can do this!

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Happy space creating, Koko❀

Easy DIY Cabinet Space Saver You Can Do!

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Ooooh…Ahhhh… Cute polka dots!

Organizing is always on the forefront of my mind. For me it just makes sense. If I can find things and easily store things, that makes my life run smoothly.

Is your cupboard full of coffee mugs; stacked one on top of the other? Mine was a mess. And I worried that they’d chip being cramped in such a small space. Also I couldn’t showcase how cute my cups were. This is what I did to free up valuable cabinet space as well as something pretty to look at and make me smile…

I took some paper (taped pieces together to make it large enough) and made a template. I then measured out how far apart I wanted the cups. Keeping in mind to give room so the cups don't hit the back of the wall.

I took some paper (taped pieces together to make it large enough) and made a template. I then measured out how far apart I wanted the cups (see orange dots). Keeping in mind to give room so the cups don’t hit the back of the wall.

After the template was made I taped it to the bottom side of the cabinet. I then took a 16d otherwise known as 16 penny nail (any nail or sharp pointed object will do)(though I like using nails better as it makes a great starter guide hole) … Using a hammer I tapped once or twice straight through the paper at each dot/mark. Your goal is to make a “guide” hole to make it easier to screw the hook into.

After the template was made I taped it to the bottom side of the cabinet. I took a 16 penny nail (any nail or sharp pointed object will do) ... and tapped it straight through the paper at each dot/mark I made.

And then comes the easy part…I removed the template and screwed each hook into the holes I had made using the 16 penny nail. (For those of you who don’t know what a 16 penny nail is–it’s just a very large nail.)

Hang cups...

Hang cups…

To complete the look...insert coffee pot here. :)

To complete the look…insert coffee pot here. 🙂

This coffee pot also does hot water. See my review here

Factoid:

The “d” in 16d refers to “penny”. Way back in the Roman times the “d” stood for denarius which was what they called their coin (money) then. The nails were hand forged during that time period (obviously…hehehe) and was said that a hundred 3 1/2″ nails cost 16 pennies. Hence the name we now use as 16 penny nails or also can be referred to as 16d. The cost of one hundred 14d nails (during that time) was 14 pennies and so on and so on… 🙂

Nails come in many lengths from 4d on up to 60d. There are different shaft shapes too!

This was a very easy project anyone can do. Yes YOU! I believe in YOU! The cost was my time (FREE–though I wish I were paid…hehehehe) and the hooks which run a few dollars. Tip: You can use newspaper or paper bags to make a template with. Any questions you might have, ask away!

Save some cabinet space and give this project a go! If you do, please post it or email me a picture. I’d love to see your collection of mugs!

Enjoy your day everyone and please like, follow, and share, your support really touches my heart. ❀Koko❀

DIY Pillow From Old Pants!

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I made this out of a pair of slacks. Crazy, I know! Tossing out good things just doesn’t make sense to me. I don’t keep stuff around long. I have a plan for all the “stuff” so I keep my house from looking like I’m collecting stuff for the next zombie apocalypse. I knew the stack of slacks would come in handy, I just had to let the ideas flow and make a plan and put it into action! This is what I came up with…✿

I have about ten of these!

I have about ten of these!

I cut off the legs...

I cut off the legs…

I then seem ripped it down one side.

I then seem ripped it down one side.

You can sew leg pieces together to get a really large piece. (Stay tuned to see what I made with leg pieces I sewed together!) You can play around with the angles of the original stitching too. (As in, no need to have everything in a straight line. You can have fun with angling the stitching to go at a diagonal for interest!

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This leg was just the right size for the pillow I am using! Woohoo! 🙂

Also it could be neat to sew the fabric at all angles kind of like a patchwork quilt!

For this pillow I added ruffles using scraps from a sheet I that was a curtain in it's past life! :)

For this pillow I added ruffles using scraps from a sheet I had that was a curtain in it’s past life! 🙂 I made an opening in the center for ease of washing the case.

Ta-da! A pillow out of a pair of pants! This pillow took one pair. I did mention I had a stack of 10...Yay the possibilities!

Ta-da! A pillow out of a pair of pants! This pillow took one pair. I did mention I had a stack of 10…Yay the possibilities! (Notice tiny paw on left? Belongs to cute kitty!)

To ruffle or not to ruffle was the question...Couldn't decide. I did both!

To ruffle or not to ruffle was the question…Couldn’t decide. I did both!

There you have it…Pillows repurposed from slacks! I hope you can find ways to reuse, recycle, rethink the things you have laying around your home. Until next time…Have a glorious day! ✿Koko✿ Please like, follow, and share! I do appreciate your support ❤

DIY Lamp Shade

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I have this lamp shade that has cracks and dents in it. (Actually I have a few shades with cracks and dents in it.) A casualty of the kitties turning every surface and object into their obstacle course. This lamp has been knocked over more times than I can count. I’m surprised the lamp even works! The shade, well it has seen better days.

This is actually its good side.

This is actually its good side.

Today this post is about taking a broken, cracked, dented lamp shade and making it brand new again. Here’s what I did… (Items used: 1 dinged up lamp shade, fabric, scissors, glue gun, glue sticks, measuring tape, lint roller, and a magic wand or a pencil, whichever you have on hand!)

Lint roller is for all the kitty hair attached to said shade. Evidence it was them!!!!

Lint roller is for all the kitty hair attached to said shade. Evidence it was them!!!!

I cut out circles out of fabric I had on hand. (It was a curtain “made from a twin sheet” I fabric painted grey circles on for my daughters bedroom). We’ve moved from that house but I kept the curtains. I cut circles…many, many circles. I sorted out the circles that had any grey in them and set them aside for another project. Really, once you have your circles cut out, you are good to go.

Lots and lots of circles...

Lots and lots of circles…

Find the center using a pencil or magic wand...

Find the center using a pencil or magic wand…

Work the fabric around the pencil...

Work the fabric around the pencil…

I chose to start at the top of the lamp shade. I measured out about an inch between each little “flower” (that’s what I will call them from here on out✿.

And the fun begins! Start hot glueing.

And the fun begins! Start hot glueing. (Please pardon the dire need for a manicure. I work way too much with my hands!)

Yay, first flower! One down.

Yay, first flower! One down.

Then I glued a line of flowers in a straight line to the bottom of the shade. Measuring about an inch apart.

Then I glued a line of flowers in a straight line to the bottom of the shade. Again measuring about an inch apart. This way it gave me a guide to eyeball the rest of the flowers without having to measure. I still kept in mind roughly an inch all around each flower.

And glueing...

Keep on gluing…

And glueing...

Keep on gluing…

Keep on...well you get the picture.

Keep on…well you get the picture.

Almost done.

Almost done.

After you are done, adjust the "petals" (fluff them up)

After you are done, adjust the “petals” (fluff them up) and look for any bare spots.

Bare spot! Oh no.

I found one here… Bare spot! Oh no! Teehee, never fear. Easy fix…

All done!

Glue more as needed… All done!

And there you have it.

Yippee! ❀

And there you have it. A lampshade that was destined for the trash. Now recycled, remade, renewed. All it really cost me was my time.

It really lights up my life and the corner of the room too! ;)

It really lights up my life and the corner of the room too! 😉

You can do this technique with many types of fabric as well as tissue paper! You can cut the shapes into circles or even squares. Technique stays the same. I hope you’ve enjoyed the post. Please “Like, follow and share”. I really do appreciate you popping in!

I hope you find things that will light up your life today! ❀Koko❀

Ambiance lighting done simply!

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Lighting doesn’t have to be expensive. A few of these around the house can really add some fun and intimate lighting. As you can see here…all this is, is a large jar with a string of white lights stuffed into it. My favorite is the white lights. I have them pretty much year round, but during holidays, it’s fun to put in purple lights or orange or pink! They are on my mantle as you see here. I also have a couple on top of tall bookshelves and it really adds a nice touch. Makes for great night lights for guests that need to find their way to the kitchen or to the bathroom during the middle of the night. Have fun with it! It’s like fireflies in a jar!

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Even in the bathroom!

Simple Wall Shelf (part 2)

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I wrote a post here… about building a convenient hall shelf somewhere, anywhere; this post is showing you that I’ve added hooks.

It made the shelf even more “convenient”.  Those headphones you see pictured have been sat down and misplaced more times than I can count.  I use them all the time when vacuuming and mowing the lawn.

Okay so I mentioned that I wanted to add these dragonfly hooks that I had.  Well I did.  I had actually done them awhile back and never posted, but you know how life is…?

I really like the added detail.  It really pulls it all together.  Makes for a great spot to hang my purse or a dog leash or just nothing at all. And yes it does make me smile every time I walk past!

To everyone out there, find your smile daily.  Just look, it’s out there.  Here’s to the small joys every day! Right BV?  Peace all! Koko

Convenient Hall Shelf…Where did I put my keys?

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Simple shelf anyone can incorporate into any space.

In my front door entry way there is a long hall that leads into the kitchen.  There is a 1/2 bathroom on the left side of this hall and on the right there is a small closet and stairway leading up to the bedrooms, game room, bathrooms, etc.

The space is to narrow for a cabinet, and even if I were to make one, there is an air conditioning and heating vent that cannot be blocked.  I thought about making a thin table, but I was concerned if I made one too narrow, it could easily be knocked over.  (kitties, doggies, and wild adults live here!)

This is what I came up with.

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The countersunk screws are just above the orange dots you see in pic. 2nd pic you can see the countersunk screws; I used 3.

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Great spot for sunglasses and glasses alike! Keys too! A candle? 😀

This project was super simple.  A 2×4 and a 1×6 (which we all know that lumber is never true to the size. The sign clearly says 1×6…but actually it’s 1×5 1/2.) If it’s a 1×6 then it should measure exactly 1×6. Oh well…Let’s move on.  I cut both boards equally the length I needed for the space.  I wanted it sturdy which is why I used the 2×4 as the “base”.  I countersunk the screws in both top board and bottom board.  Basically I screwed the 2×4 to the wall (They are into studs in the wall. If not, your shelf will wobble and may fall down eventually.)  I then screwed the 1×6 into the 2×4.  See… simple! The project took about 20 minutes, counting cutting the boards.  I then stained it the same color I stained the hardwood floors upstairs that I laid last year. (I will show you pictures of that project another time.)

If you have a challenging space that just needs a shelf, give this one a try.  You can also use a wider top board such as a 1×8.

Remember to find studs in your wall to drill into. They do make these (see picture below) cool wall anchors, but I wouldn’t use them for an entire length of shelf.

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I bought these on a whim, not sure if i’d use them…guess what? Very handy these guys are! 😛

It could work if you found two studs to anchor shelf into and if you need one more hold, then these wall anchors can do the job.  I try to always have at least two screws into wall studs; depends on how long the space is and how much weight you will put on it.  *Never use these wall anchors in the ceiling! One thing to have a shelf fall, but not something from above! Find studs! Have I made my point 😉 ?

Also remember my previous post…an organized home is a happy one.  Shelves can really help you in that department.  This would be great in a closet or awkward space too!

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….Koko<3

Organizing…The Key To A Less Hectic Life…

Organizing…The Key To A Less Hectic Life…

I can’t say enough about organizing.  I’ve said it for years; “An organized life is a happy life”.  (I know there are other things that make for a happy life. 😛 ) But really, how many times do you have to lose your keys before you simply make a hook beside your door?  Or have that one spot you drop your keys onto every time?  Where is that bill?  Under the stack of newspaper only to get accidentally tossed out in the recyclables?  Where is that shirt…only to find it underneath the mountain of clothes you keep tossing, hoping one day you will make it into the Guinness book of world records as the highest pile of laundry!

I find having a place for everything is the key to less stress, as well as, putting things back in its place is equally as important.  I will be posting a series of organizing tips, tricks, and ideas to hopefully help you in your home and life.

I also find being organized helps keep the house cleaner/neater.  Now I am not OCD about organizing.  My books are not alphabetically arranged (though that could be cool…hmmm maybe one day…), I don’t break down if something is out of place, but here at Chateau Koko’s, things do have their place, which makes my life easier as I cheer/care for/and love the people and myriad of animals that come into my world.

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Jars are mixture of bought and reused. Have fun writing on them!

Of course I know what is inside the jars…but when others need to cook, I am not asked, “What/where is the flour, sugar, baking soda, etc.! It does help my life a lot when I can label and others can read! 😀

The top picture are glass jars with lids, that I purchased at Target.  They come in different sizes. I love the way they look on top of the counter.

Tip: I write on the glass with a Sharpe.  Washes off easily if I need to switch out and put something else inside.

Reuse good glass jars.  To clean the labels off I use olive oil (any will do).  I will lay the jar down onto a plate and pour a dollop of oil over it.  Wipe it on and leave for a day or two.  Some labels are more stubborn.  Soaking the jar in water can work too, but some labels don’t come off too well with that method.  I pretty much only do the oil method.  And hey no toxic chemicals.  Just olive oil and if it gets all over my hands; well now I just moisturized them!

If jar lids have an odor from whatever product was inside, you can try soaking them in baking soda or vinegar or one day baking soda and the next vinegar.  Regular dish soap can work too.  If lid gets rusty, then I just don’t use it all together.

Here’s to having a stress free life!  Stay tune for more.  Have a happy day everyone! Koko ❀

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