The Casita Office Makeover

DIY office makeover ideas via lilblueboo.com #decor #office #diy #homedecor #organization #thrifting

I’d never heard of a “casita” before I moved to California. It’s a little detached guest room off the house.  Nice because if you don’t use it you can leave the air conditioning off and save money!  We turned ours into a sewing studio a few years ago but then we outgrew it and now it’s the official Lil Blue Boo office.

Here’s the before:

Office Makeover Re-decorating BEFORE via lilblueboo.com #decor #office #diy #homedecor #organization #thrifting

Office Makeover Re-decorating AFTER via lilblueboo.com #decor #office #diy #homedecor #organization #thrifting

 

I love how the neutral palette turned out.  I am still trying to figure out what kind of chairs I want to use….but they have to be comfortable!  This is my side of the office. It doesn’t get used a lot right now because I have my “dining room” office too: [Read more…]

Easy Doll Clothing Storage Rack

How to make a doll clothing rack (doll wardrobe) via lilblueboo.com #diy #tutorial #americangirl

 

Isn’t this cute? A miniature clothing rack for Boo’s doll clothing. I made it for her birthday party knowing that it would also be used afterwards!

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The top part serves as a clothing rack and the bottom hold shoes and accessories:

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The Office Makeover: Craft Storage (Free Vintage Label Download)

Martha eat your heart out. I labeled 70 boxes yesterday with vintage-inspired labels.  It’s part of my big office makeover. I can’t show you the office yet because it’s a disaster. Anyway, it took almost all day to organize the boxes and create the labels but I feel really organized now:

Craft and Art Supply Storage (with free vintage label printable) via lilblueboo.com

The shelves were an early Christmas present from Mr. LBB.  This area is a hallway behind my office….technically it’s a “butler’s pantry” for serving food and storage but it’s the perfect area to store supplies right off my work area.  The wall space above the countertop was just empty space.  The area used to be a huge sunken living room before we remodeled a few years ago. We added a wall at the end of the room to create the storage space.

Here’s what it looked like two weeks ago:

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Tips for Creating Simple and Timeless Photo Albums

Tips for Creating Simple and Timeless Photo Albums via lilblueboo.com

 

One of the most gratifying things for me is finishing up a yearly album.  I’m always usually about a year behind but that time allows me to make sure every photo is printed and organized.  I always seem to have random photos show up mid-year and it would drive me nuts if those weren’t in the yearly album.  Boo loves to keep me company while I put albums together because I talk about the photos as I go and tell stories:

After I did my How to Organize and Print YEARS worth of Photos tutorial I had numerous requests for a post on how I actually assemble my albums…..so I took photos as I finished 2010’s album up this weekend.  I always find that if you have YEARS worth of albums to make start with the most recent year you are ready to work on and move backwards. A few thoughts about album making before I start with the tips:

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How to Organize and Print Years Worth of Photos

How to Organize, Print and Backup YEARS Worth of Photos via lilblueboo.com

 

I think photos and photo albums are one of the only things that really give me true anxiety…..because it’s so easy to get behind!  The only way that I can keep myself from worrying about it all is having a system.  I thought I’d lay out my system since it works well for me…..and maybe it will help someone else!  I’m sure there are lots of ways to do this….but here’s what works for me since I get easily distracted! Most of this is geared towards a Mac system but it can be easily applied to a PC as well.  Let’s get started!

 

 

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Free Vintage Label Silhouette Sticker Download

Free Vintage Label Silhouette Sticker Download via lilblueboo.com

 

I made these little illustrated doodle labels to label my office supplies with.  You can download all three templates (plain, lined and with editable text) at the bottom of the post!  [Read more…]

Make a Rustic Crate (A Tutorial)

 

Make a Rustic Crate (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

With an easy technique you can transform any new crate into an old rustic looking one!  I made the above one for Boo’s Easter basket this year…..adding her name and a bunny to the side. I bought the below new mini-crate from Michael’s Craft store using my coupon and it was only a few bucks:

 

Make a Rustic Crate 1 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

I used my Silhouette Machine to cut “Sienna” out of vinyl shelf paper to use as a stencil….I also cut out a bunny shapes for the sides.  I placed the stencils on the crate and used black spray paint:

 

Make a Rustic Crate 2 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

The spray painted images:

 

Make a Rustic Crate 3 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

 

I mixed a solution of white distilled vinegar, steel wool, and tea to apply to the wood. You can see the full tutorial on the process here (the wine barrel lazy susan tutorial) but basically the vinegar reacts with the steel wool and creates an aging effect on the wood. I add the tea to add a bit of “tea stain” to the wood.

 

Make a Rustic Crate 4 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

 

As it is applied the wood gets a little darker…..but you won’t see the full effect until the wood dries. You can even rub the steel wool on the wood for extra age but I recommend using some gloves.

 

Make a Rustic Crate 5 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

The finished crate!  It will look so cute filled with paper grass and some handmade goodies and treats!

 

Make a Rustic Crate 6 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

Make a Portfolio: Easy, DIY Artwork or Photo Storage (A Tutorial)

Make a Portfolio: Easy, DIY Artwork or Photo Storage via lilblueboo.com

I was organizing the studio today and needed a way to store some important artwork so it didn’t get damaged…..so I made a few easy portfolios for storage! They open up flat to lay the artwork in….

 

Make a Portfolio: Easy, DIY Artwork or Photo Storage via lilblueboo.com

….and then fold up and tie to keep the artwork safe and flat.  You could make one for each year to hold your kiddo’s precious art pieces from school….or use it to hold large photos for transport if you are a photographer.

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A Peek Into Our Closets

I think one of the most important ingredients in organizing is shelving!  I designed and built every single one of our closets (I like to surprise Mr. LBB when he gets home from work with a finished project.) I used Easy Closets to design each closet and a few days later the UPS truck showed up at our doorstep with 52 boxes of pre-cut shelving, hardware, instructions etc. Every box was numbered and the instructions went step by step through each closet. It was easy. I went with the simplest systems (white, no molding and brushed nickel hardward) and they are the highest quality (3/4″ thick melamine):

 

Kids Room Closet Organization via lilblueboo.com

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Organizing Handbags

Today is all about organizing handbags! Check out the new area of my closet dedicated just to purses, handbags and backpacks:

 

See the full post here!

 

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