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May 20, 2013

Suitcase Toy Storage

A few weeks ago I shared a few finds from a local antique show, one of those being this set of suitcases (there are actually three of them).
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 I had planned to keep them in their original mustard yellow color and use them as toy storage for Zoey. However, when we got them home they were looking super dingy next to all the other bright yellows in her room. So, we decided to give them a new look!

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I picked up a quart of basic latex paint in a coral semigloss, to match her ceiling color (BM-Pink Polka Dot), and painted away!

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I completely skipped sanding and priming and did about two and half coats per suitcase. Really, I wouldn’t recommend skipping those steps. The paint seemed to need a bit more to cling to, so if I were to do it again, I’d sand and prime.

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Since the suitcases have a texture to them already, using a brush didn’t leave any visible brush strokes.

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After leaving them to dry overnight, I attached a few casters to the bottoms. We’re planning to use the luggage as storage for barbies, dolls, etc. under Zoey’s bed, so the casters make it easy for her to pull them out by herself. I suppose you could screw the casters to the bottoms, but I just used a little super glue to keep things simple.

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And because I like to make all things pretty, I popped on a few bookplates to label each suitcase.

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 So much better.

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Time to put these babies to work!

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The insides of the suitcases were in excellent condition. A little musty, but nothing a little airing out couldn’t handle. I just wiped them down really well. I’m a little smitten with how they look placed under the bed.

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And the colors tie in really nicely with the coral shades in Zoey’s pillow and the same shade on the ceiling.

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How about you guys? Repurposing anything lately? Giving an old piece a new look? We hit up the antique show again this weekend.. no luck :(

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April 1, 2013

Office Makeover + Giveaway

At the beginning of the year our kitchen cabinets got a serious organizational boost, and since then I’ve been itching to bring some order to the rest of the house. So, when Martha Stewart contacted me to try out her new Wall Manager (ok, not Martha herself. Let’s be real here people.) I jumped at the opportunity. My office area had some major flaws, one of those being the lack of storage. It’s temporarily located just inside the entry of our home, but temporary or not, it still needs to function. This is the main zone for all things blog related, bill paying, dr. appointments, etc. In other words, it gets some serious traffic.

A second issue, that I’ve wanted to update for quite some time, is the dot wall art. If I’m going to be stuck staring at a wall, it better be inspirational. Now, as much as I love the dot art, I’m really drawn towards more of an inspirational board, where I can pin pretty things and swap them in and out easily, as I’d like. And this is where our new Wall Manager comes into play! It’s part of Martha’s Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery line, available exclusively through Staples.

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Umm, whoa. I heart this thing. I’ve accumulated quite the adorable collection of office supplies, and it’s always been stuffed in the desk drawers. Never again. Look how adorable it all looks on display. I’m obsessed. And I’ll be honest; I was a bit weary of installing something so “office geared” near the front door in fear that it might look too cluttered. Wrong. So wrong. It’s fabulous, and makes me smile every time I’m near.

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Now, let’s talk installation. I consider myself pretty handy, so I wasn’t too worried, but man, do they make it easy on you. Each piece of the wall manager clips into a separate backing that is secured to the wall. This may be my favorite feature, in that it makes swapping out the boards super convenient. Say I want to switch up the calendar and the bulletin board, done. The back plates also come with tiny levelers built in, so making everything straight on the wall is a breeze.

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I’ve been having way too much fun pinning up inspirational quotes and pics of the girls. Nothing makes me smile more.

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And I love that there’s a nice spot for my planner and a notebook. They’re too pretty not to be staring back at me and it’s amazing have the desk space cleared.

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I finally have a permanent home for my earphones, using these cute little hooks that slide right into the boards. And I’ll always know where my phone is.. well, the odds are better.

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The best part, you could have a Wall Manager of your very own! Staples has offered one lucky reader a $100 gift card! To be entered for a chance to win, just leave a comment to this post in response to this question – “How and where would you use the Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery Wall Manager products? ” AND follow the rules listed below for a SECOND chance to win!

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Disclaimer: Please note that this post is a paid review, in which payment and product have been gifted in exchange for reviewing purposed. However, as always, all words and opinions expressed are solely those of Cape 27.

March 15, 2013

Quick & Easy Book Display


Taking a break this week from the “That’s Pinteresting” posts. How would you guys feel about switching things up a bit, and doing them bi-weekly? I’m thinking the boost in content would be well worth the extra wait, and it’d leave more room for a home related post. Maybe something super easy, every other Friday? A little weekend project inspiration? We’ll see :)

So, today I have a little update for you guys that I somehow missed sharing. During the scramble to begin clearing the addition (aka, a LOT of toys) we came up with a few new storage solutions for the girls’ rooms. One of those being, a few quick bookshelves in Lizzy’s room. Once Lizzy graduates from her crib, we’re planning to have her move into Zoey’s room, where we have big plans for book storage. But for now, the kid needs storage. Big time. In the past, I stored Lizzy’s books in the lower portion of her dresser, but I’ve always been a huge fan of book storage that displays the cover of the book, versus the spine. And since this is more of a temporary solution, we weren’t looking to spend a whole lot of time or money. Which is where a few of Ikea’s Ribba ledges came into play.

But first, let’s recap. Here’s a previous shot of Lizzy’s room, where we’d last featured her new rattan chair.

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Since then, we’ve moved a DIYed play table into that space (from the addition)… which we built, umm.. at least six months ago and have yet to share it. Bad blogger, I know. So, here’s how we’re looking now.

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And what do you know, just to left..

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Previously, this wall had served as nothing more than a colossal waste of space. Or, when Ricky got froggy and thought a main walkway seemed like a cool place to store toys… a nice, entertaining moment of 3 am stumbling for Jess. Why was I heading that direction when the crib is clearly on the other side of the room? Who knows. Why is Lizzy still waking up in the middle of the night? Does it really matter people. It’s still going to happen.

Anyway… Hello, adorable children’s book display.

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We used three of the picture ledges on the lower portion of the wall, reaching just high enough for the girls to still reach. We considered taking the shelves to the ceiling, but figured the books at the top would just end up pretty lonely.

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Zoey and Liz have always been pretty avid readers (or listeners, I guess), but I’ve found with the forward facing books they’re even more interested! And, huge bonus, Zoey actually considers putting the books back when she’s finished. WUT…

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With Lizzy’s 1st birthday last week, it’s crazy how fast her room is adapting to accommodate her new toddler ways. It really feels like a child lives here now… not just a baby (tear).

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So, how about you guys? Any super quick projects going on at your home? Big plans to tackle something this weekend? We’re hoping to make some serious progress in the laundry room :)

February 28, 2013

Streamlining Cable Cords

I’m a tech nerd. Ricky tries, but to be perfectly honest here (sorry hubs) he uses a computer about as much as he writes posts for the blog. Hmm.

Along with all of our gadgets, comes an abundance of charging cords. In the office. In the kitchen. In the bedroom. They’re everywhere. Yet, unusually impossible to find when you really need them? So when the guys from MOS (Magnetic Organization System) asked if I would be interested in trying out one of their new cable organizers, I was all “Oh Heck Yes”. Sign me up. Or something along those lines :)

A few days later it arrived in the mail and let me tell you, this thing works hard for us.

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You simply attach these colorful little clasps around your cord and let the magnets go to work.

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I love the fun, triangular shape of the base. I ordered the white option, but they have a few other colors to choose from as well. It’s super sleek and simple. Right on our style.

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I haven’t noticed any issues with it sliding around on my desk, but if you have heavy cords it might be a different story. Which is where the handy little micro-suction base comes into play. It’s designed to grasp your tabletop to make removing cords hassle free. Oh, and if you’re more of a wall-mounting kinda gal/guy, they even hook you up with a small 3M adhesive circle to do so.

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Right now I have it on my desk for my phone charger and my headphones, which works out perfectly. The cords are easily accessible and aren’t constantly slipping off behind the desk, and the actual plugs are still hidden behind the computer. I’m all about streamlining countertops and this guy is a winner in my books.

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Check out more MOS features here and get an organizer of your own here!

Disclosure: Product was provided at no cost for the purposes of this review. As always, all words and opinions are 100% those of Cape 27. Interested in working with Cape 27 on a product review? See our sponsorship page for more info. 

February 18, 2013

How to Add Interior Drawers to Kitchen Cabinets

Ohhh yeaaa. You know what time it is. The long awaited, oh so intriguing drawer tutorial. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, we’re about to get crazy up in here with step-by-step instructions on how we added interior drawers to our kitchen cabinets.

For the rest of our kitchen organization process visit here, here, and here

But first, a little history. Last time I touched on this I mentioned looking into buying Ikea’s drawers. We have Ikea cabinets so it only made sense to buy the interior fittings that they offered. Except, when we had it priced out we discovered that it would run us around $200 for the first cabinet and it wasn’t even possible for the pantry cabinet. Umm. What? No.

So, we opted to make them ourselves :)

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Let’s break these babies down.

Yep, I’m about to go all Ana White on you. I’m not even addressing the possibly that you may not know who that is. Time to come out from underneath the rocks people. Oh heyyyy, there you are :)

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We didn’t take any real-life photos of the process (bad blogger, bad), so I’ve resorted to Google Sketchup to help us out. It may be easier to understand anyway. I’ll do my best :)

Alrighty. Good to know – The inside of the cabinet we were working with (a tall pantry cab) measured 28″ W x 24″D, so you’ll need to make adjustments to your measurements accordingly. Our finished product measured 25 3/4″ W x 23″D x 6″H.

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If you explode the drawer a bit, you can see that it’s really just a simple box. The entire structure was made from 1/2″ plywood, strong enough to support the contents but light enough not to weight down the drawer slides (more on that in a sec). Rick made all the cuts before assembling anything, and then used a pilot bit with a counter sink and wood screws to combine the pieces. Patience is key here. The wood isn’t very thick, so you’ll want to make sure the screws go in as straight as possible to prevent the wood from splintering.

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Once the box was assembled he filled all the holes with wood putty, and sanded the entire piece with a 120 grit orbital sander for a super smooth finish. We choose to paint our drawers white with Sherwin Williams Pro Classic (leftover trim paint from the kitchen) but a fun pop of color or a wood stain would look really nice too!

Next up drawer slides. You’ll want to purchase these before you even begin to think about measurements of the drawers. And please, don’t cheap out on these. There’s nothing worse than beautiful drawers that won’t open and close properly or fall off the track every time you use them. Ugh. Trust me. The instructions included with ours provided the exact amount of space that they would require, width wise. So it was more of less just a little math.

In order to allow clearance for the drawers to be pulled out without interfering with the doors on the cabinets, we added 1×2’s between the drawer slides and the cabinet base. Very important step if you want your drawers to actually open :)

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We used some leftover 1×2’s for this step. See that empty space between the drawer and the yellow 1×2? That’s where the drawer slides will live.

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We also added a few notched out pull handles in our drawers. Again, super easy. Rick just made a few measurements (our handles measure about 5 1/2″ at the widest point) and used a jigsaw to make the cuts. Definitely not necessary, but it was something that made the drawers feel a little more custom for us and less like a giant box :)

Are you still with me? Any kitchen organization going on with you guys? Anyone inspired to get out there and build some drawers? Or did I just bore you to death with numbers? Ha :)