DIY Magnetic Message Board

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Your refrigerator is the perfect spot to post a note to remind you of something. In my home it’s one of the most opened door; which means papers/coupons, cards, notes can go flying off. My kitchen isn’t wide where the fridge sits and often times the “stuff” that is on the front of the fridge gets knocked off. My solution was to create a message board near enough where we could still see it, but out of the way from walking traffic. Remember, if I can, you can! Let’s get started…

Materials needed:

Sheet metal

Screws

Rubber grommets

Tools:

Screw driver or drill

Drill bits to pre-drill

Level

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I purchased a piece of sheet metal. I was prepared to cut the sheet metal to size using tin snips, however I got lucky that the area I decided to put the sheet metal is a size that the hardware store readily stocks.

I had several ideas for how I was going to hang the sheet metal. If I had to cut it using tin snips I knew the cut edge wouldn’t be smooth and I was going to “hide” it using molding to “frame” the sheet metal. That would have still looked nice, but I decided to use only screws and grommets. I like the clean/modern look of how it came out.

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I predrilled where I wanted the screws to go. Added the rubber grommet and screwed the screw in.

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There you have it! A message board that’s still accessible without clogging up the front of the refrigerator.

It was a quick and easy project that anyone with any skill level can do. If you are using tin snips; remember to wear gloves. And always protect your eyes!

I am on the go constantly! Often times I wish I could duplicate myself! I may not post weekly (I’m a bit more active on twitter and instagram as I can post pics while in between my crazy busy life…follow me!), but I do read your posts! I enjoy every one of them. I read your blogs every chance I get and get inspired daily from them. Your posts make me smile, think, energize me, and carry me when I am down. Just wanted you to know I appreciate you and the time you take to write!

Hope you had a wonderful Valentines. I got my guy this:

(Evan-the-dog adorably photo-bombing!)

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Who am I kidding…I probably will be on it more than him! Teehee 😉 He actually loves it! After 25 Valentines you have to get creative.

Be kind to yourself and to others! Have a beautiful day!

Peace and hugs, 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. I can find things and easily store things and 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❀

Glass stove top cleans sharply!

Glass stove top cleans sharply!

All my years of cooking has always been using gas stoves.  My last stove was a beauty.  Lots of stainless and huge metal grates It looked like a smaller version of a chefs stove.  Though every time I used it, I wish I had a sous-chef to do the necessary cleaning!  I have a glass, smooth top stove now, and I learned fast the use and care differed; from the way it cooks to the types of pots/pans you can use.

I grumbled at first with the change.  I had to be gentle in how I set the pans on the surface as well as take care not to slide the cookware around, (kind of like quiet ninja cooking!)  I quickly adapted and found working with a smooth top cook surface was really nice, especially where clean up was concerned.

I cook a lot and I’ve found I’d developed this “thing” in the back of my mind; I will call a stress meter of sorts.  (this was pre smooth top cooks surface). The thought of cleaning the stainless and grates just made me want to order take-out.  I worried about every spill and every grease splatter.  I painstakingly watched each pot so it didn’t boil over or I’d be left with huge clean up duty.  I like clean and shiny surfaces, stove included.  So I cleaned and shined and repeated.  The process was taking off the grates and scrubbing the stainless top and then buffing.  The grates had to be scrubbed and dried completely otherwise rust would set in.  Cooking a couple of times a day, times seven days a week, equals what could quickly be an icky stove if not cleaned with each use.  Stainless isn’t terribly difficult to clean, but lifting off the metal grates just wore on me.  They were heavy and cumbersome and I never looked forward to dealing with them.

Fast forward to this new stove, well new-used-stove.  I love the ease of cleaning a glass stove top.  That stress meter is GONE! Oatmeal bubbled over, spaghetti sauce drips, grease splatters, you name it, I can easily clean it off.  Most spills are easily wiped away, (I usually clean as I go). But if the spills are left, I can take care of most by soap and water and a cloth.  If there’s a “burned” spill I go to my handy-dandy very shape razor blade.  I just angle it and scrape away!  I then follow-up with soap and water and a clean cloth.  In the picture you will see my new gadget, (expensive as heck! Nah, about $3 dollars at my Home Depot).  It’s just a plastic handle you can put your razor blade into.  I guess it helps some, with the holding of the blade, but mind you I had cleaned the stove top with just the blade for a couple of years, so the handle isn’t necessary if you can’t find one.  My secret to cleaning the stove in a nut shell, razor blade, soap, and water.

dirty spots!Shiny stove!