Pump Up Your Box Spring – Just Add Legs to It!

Our Bed.

We FINALLY got our memory foam bed in… It took forever to get here, but all I can say is that patience is a virtue – and we definitely got to practice it while we eagerly awaited the mattress’s arrival!

Our originally idea and inspiration... Maybe someday! Either way, I can't wait to get that beautiful comforter below it on the bed!

Our original idea and inspiration… Maybe someday! Either way, I can’t wait to get that beautiful comforter below it on the bed!

Originally, I had grand ideas on what we would do for the bed frame. I wanted a beautiful solid wood platform bed so badly; I even found a free plan online and everything. But I had to stop and be practical… It didn’t make sense for us to make that right now. We are in Washington, in an apartment, and will likely be moving within the next two years or so. The more I thought about it the more it became a bad idea for us to make the platform bed. Then I was simply lost on where to go next. We had a King size bed on it’s way – just no bed frame… So, I went to Pinterest! 🙂

The next plan of attack? Simply add legs to your box spring! *Thank goodness for Pinterest!* The bummer though was that original pin went to a dead site, so it made me brain storm somewhat. I thought it would be easy – that’s usually where I run into trouble and see Blair rolling his eyes at me (lovingly, of course!) – and in the end, it was in fact quite easy. Yay for a Pinterest idea going easily! 😀

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Our bed is finally in!

We bought our box springs off of Craigslist… sounds shady, trust me I know… but I found someone who was selling their’s for only $60 still in it’s original packaging – never opened! Score! And, honestly, you’d be surprised at how many people are selling their brand new box springs on Craigslist. Most of them seem to buy platform beds and no longer need them. Just make sure they come from a smoke and pet free home!

Click on the photos below give for some more details, but basically all we did was:

  • Screw Heavy Duty Top Plates to each of the box spring’s corners. *We have a split box spring so we used eight of these.*
  • Twist the Legs into the plates. *Make sure you use sturdy legs that can hold weight. The ones we used can hold 200 lbs. each.*
  • Put your bed on top!

*If you have a King sized bed, you consider getting a block of wood to place in between the center of the two box springs to support the middle section of the bed.*

Since we were kind of rushing when we put this together, I didn’t paint or stain the legs. At the moment, it doesn’t bother me that they are unfinished, but I’ll probably paint them down the road.

In the end, it cost us around $110 to do this project and about 30 minutes from start to finish. I’m in love with it and can’t wait till Blair is home from the field to be able to enjoy it too! Until then, I’m sure I’ll try to take up the entire king size bed – if that is even possible!

The next To Do on the bed is to cover the box springs with fabric so they can’t be seen! I’m using canvas drop cloths, so stay tuned for that post!

Lauren

P.S. Check out Pretty Pegs for cute furniture legs too! They are a little bit expensive for my taste, but definitely gave me some ideas for what I could do to our’s later on!

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DIY Bedside Flowers

Fresh Flowers.

There is nothing quite like getting beautiful fresh flowers. And then again, there is nothing quite like the smell and mess dead flowers make. So to be able to have them for a long time, I made a bedside flower arrangement to wake up to and enjoy!

If you’re a crafty girl like me, this project will only cost you about a dollar. The only thing I bought were the fake flowers from The Dollar Store – everything else I had on hand! Find the steps under the photo below!flowerdiy3

What You’ll Need:

  1. A Container *I used an old silver gravy boat I had hiding in a storage closet.
  2. Fake Flowers *I only needed one bunch! I found mine at The Dollar Store. Most of them are cheesy… but dig around! There are some good ones in there!
  3. Hot Glue Gun with Glue
  4. Wire Cutters *Way easier to cut the flowers this way!

What You Need to Do:

  • Prep your flowers by cutting them out of the bunch – make sure to leave the stems!
  • Bend and play with the flowers to get how you want them to look in the container. *This may take a while to get perfect – don’t worry! Once you like it, take a picture so you can duplicate it in the next step!
  • Take your hot glue, cover the stem of the flower and connect it to the container. Repeat this for the rest of the flowers. *Great thing about hot glue is that it’s super easy to pull up if you don’t like a flower’s placement!

And that’s it! Super easy, cheap and cute project to spruce up your bedside table!

Lauren

DIY: Chic Jewelry Holder out of a Old Window Frame!

My New Jewelry Holder.

Here it is! I love it and it covers up the breaker switch box!

Here it is! I love it and it covers up the breaker switch box!

A couple of weeks ago when Blair and I were organizing our apartment, he broke the news to me about a newfound addiction of mine.

Apparently I have a lot of costume jewelry… and keeping it in a brown cardboard box was no longer appropriate.

So being the awesome man and husband he is, he decided to help me out on creating a totally adorable and chic jewelry holder made out of an old window frame!

Using an old window frame we had on hand (Thank you, Black family!), an old pillow case with a rad print and some newly purchased chicken wire from Home Depot, we both finished this project with a huge smile on both of our faces. We LOVED the finished product!

So I want to share it with all of you! The steps are below in a new photo format I’m trying out! *Fingers Crossed* Just click on the first photo on the left to get started!

Enjoy and happy crafting!

Lauren

DIY Entry Table

The Entryway.

entrypostWhether you have a huge house or a small apartment, the entryway is what first makes it feel like home. So shortly after moving up North, it was our entryway that I got started working on ASAP.

At the time we didn’t have a single piece of furniture in the apartment and it was going to be over two weeks until we were, so you can say that it was this project that kept me sane! Being quick, easy and beyond budget friendly, this entry table still makes me smile when I stop and look at it. It is the perfect lil’ something that finishes the entry!

For this DIY, you’ll need:

  • 2 brakets – The ones I bought were $5 each and came with two wall screws and two top securing screws.
  • Piece of wood – I bought mine at Home Depot for only $4.01 from their “Cull Lumber” selection. Great buy and they will cut it for free!
  • Electric screwdriver – When I did this, we didn’t have ours up here so I used a good ole old-fashioned one. It worked perfectly, just took a little longer.
  • Measuring tape and pencil
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1. Screw the brakets into the wall – I measured 30 inches from the floor to the ceiling and marked the section lightly with a pencil. *Spacing between the brackets depends on how large of an entry table you are making. 
2. Center the precut piece of wood on top of the brakets.
3. Screw the tops of the brakets into the piece of wood to secure it.
4. Decorate! Make sure you have contrasting heights, knick knacks and a photo. This makes it even more personable and feeling like home.

Using our military discount at Home Depot (it’s 10% off), I was able to make this for less than $15. Not only was it budget friendly, but it also adds a unique touch to our entryway!

And, yes, we do keep a baseball bat by the front door… We’re old souls like that. 🙂

Lauren

DIY: Mickey & Minnie Valentine’s Day Card

Valentine’s Day.

After searching the last couple of weeks for the perfect Valentine’s Day card for Blair, I gave up. I couldn’t find one… I know there are tons of cards out there, but most of them are too cheesy or just dumb, so I decided to make one myself.

Now, Blair and I are HUGE Disney fans. We love everything Disney – Blair even proposed to me at Disneyland! So it made sense to me to make something Mickey and Minnie related for Valentine’s Day…

To make a Mickey and Minnie Valentine’s Day Card, you’ll need:

  • A blank white card with an envelope *You can buy a pack of them at Walmart.
  • Black Sharpie
  • Red scrapbook paper
  • Scissor
  • Pencil
  • Glue stick
  • Images of a Mickey Mouse silhouette and a Minnie Mouse bow *I used simple ones I found off of Google – You’re just tracing the basic shape so they don’t need to look wonderful.
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Simply adorable!

To make the Mickey Card, just:

  1. Trace the Mickey silhouette onto the blank card with a pencil
  2. Carefully cut along the tracing

Then, to make the Minnie Bow:

  1. Trace the bow shape onto the piece of red paper
  2. Cut out
  3. Outline the bow shape with a Sharpie *Time to get creative! My bow is far from perfect, but I looked at a few bows online and just mimicked the outlines I saw.
  4. Glue the bow onto the inside right ear

Finally:

  1. Put your special message inside the card. Just make sure it is something from the heart!

After finishing this project, I literally got butterflies in my stomach. It makes me beyond happy and I’m so excited to watch Blair open the envelope and see this. I know he’ll LOVE it and I can’t wait to give it to him!

Lauren

Update: He LOVED it!

How To: Foam Soap Refill

Cheap.

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Top: Refill ready to use!
Bottom: Water and soap in the bottle almost ready to shake together.

Okay, I’m not cheap. I’m frugal. Or as my mom used to tell me, “Lauren, you have a lobster taste on a beer budget.” And I’m proud to say I’ve lived up to that phrase my whole life. So, when I went to Target the other day to buy a foam soap refill, I was blown away at how much it cost.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love Target and all of their wonderful treasures. However, I figured why should I buy a refill if I could make it myself for pretty much nada. So I came back home, did some research and dug around underneath the sink to make my own. One bottle of soap, an empty foam soap container and some water later, and voilà – a foam soap refill for practically nothing!

What you’ll need to make a Foam Soap Refill is:

  • 1 Tablespoon of liquid soap, any kind
  • An empty and clean foam soap container
  • Warm water (the amount of water will depend on the size of your bottle)

Then:

  1. Fill the foam soap container with warm water – I used about a cup, but you can just fill it up so the container is 75%-ish full
  2. Add a tablespoon of soap
  3. And shake!

*If you want your refill to more “soapy”, just use some more soap in the mixture.

Since the bottle of soap I had on hand was 10 fluid ounces, I’m able to make 20 refills from it. Now, let’s do some math real fast – if one bottle of foam soap refill costs $3.50, 20 refills would add up to $70. Or you could buy one 10 fl. oz.  bottle of soap for $3.50 or less and have 20 refills for just how much it cost you to buy that bottle of soap.

Makes sense just to make it on your own right? So go ahead and try it!

Lauren

Why I’m Thankful for 24 Hour Shifts…

Yesterday.

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My Makeup Bag!

It’s days like those that I’m thankful that Blair had a 24 hour shift. Now, it’s weird for me to say that because I hate them for the most part, but yesterday was different. It was chaotic to say the least and the only way to properly end it was by doing crafts while laying in bed eating strawberries and chocolate chips while not caring if I dropped a chocolate chip on our white linen bed. Ya, it was just one of those days…

Since my original plan of doing a sewing project was thrown out the window practically within 30 minutes of waking up, I knew I needed to get my mind off what it was worrying about. That’s when it hit me what I wanted to do. I wanted to add a felt heart to my makeup bag.

A while back I had pinned something just like this from Etsy. It’s simply adorable and I’ve wanted it for quite a while now – so last night I just decided to make it myself. To begin I just grabbed my makeup bag . It’s big, waterproof, lined and has an outside pocket (perfect to store all of my brushes). It’s actually a toiletry bag from an Army supply store called Ranger Joe’s, but it is by far the most perfect bag to use for makeup – I love it!

Anywho, To Make a Felt Heart ACU Makeup Bag, you’ll need:

  • An ACU toiletry bag (You can buy one here or at any Army supply store)
  • A sheet of felt in the color of your choosing
  • Embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needle

This is by far one of the easiest and quickest projects an Army wife can do to spruce up anything digicam.

The steps go like this:

  1. Cut a heart shape out of the felt sheet
  2. Position the heart where you want it on the bag *I used a little bit of spray adhesive on the back of it to make it stick to bag while I did the next step
  3. Using the embroidery thread, sew the heart onto the bag
  4. Knot the thread and take a step back to admire your adorable Felt Heart ACU Makeup Bag!

See how easy and simple that is?! Not only is it adorable, but it ends up being way more cost effective to make it yourself. Score! 🙂

Lauren

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Left Bag: Etsy makeup bag for $25.
Right: Ranger Joe’s toiletry bag for $12.99.
*Just add a DIY felt heart with embroidery thread yourself and save over $10.