Stampin’ Fool’s: Best of 2018

Now that 2018 is over and we are moving on to 2019, I wanted to re-share a few favorites from 2018. While I am excited for what 2019 will bring, I’m also a little bit nostalgic and want to savor the best of our 2018 here at StampinFool.com.

I’ll leave you with the top 5 posts from 2018, starting with the biggest project to date, the guest bathroom makeover! 

1. Guest Bath Makeover

The guest bathroom makeover from The One Room Challenge was by far my favorite project of 2018. It was time consuming (six weeks) to pull everything together, but I am so happy with the results and judging by the number of comments and page views, you were impressed too. Check out the reveal- it’s truly wonderful!

One Room Challenge: Guest Bath Reveal!

2. DIY Faux Marble Fireplace

A quick and easy update to the fireplace to brighten it up for this #PinterestChallenge.

DIY Faux Marble Fireplace #PinterestChallenge

3. Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, an excuse to buy myself something sweet, ha. This roundup has something for everyone, mom, friend, sister, and yourself. It’s a good go to for birthday gift ideas as well. 

Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide, Under $50

4. How to Throw a Watermelon Themed Party

This summer sweet Helen turned 1 year old and we threw the cutest Watermelon party. All of the details on how, where to buy, and what to make are in this post. Plus sweet pictures from her first year and our tie-dyed shirts.

How to Throw a Watermelon Party

5. Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial

The all time top post on this blog is the Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial. While it isn’t decor or motherhood related, it is instructional and gets a lot of traffic. If you haven’t checked it out, give it a read, you may just learn something. It’s a simple and inexpensive craft to do with your kids or as a stress reliever for yourself. Enjoy!

Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial

There you have it, the top 2018 posts. Thank you for following along, for reading and commenting and sharing in our life. I hope you have enjoyed 2018 and will stay around for 2019!

XOXO, 

Pantry Goals: 10 Tips to Organize your Pantry

 

10 Tips to Organize your Pantry

A new year usually means a cleaning and purging rampage around my house. I usually start with an overwhelming project and give up. After failing many times to actually complete a full project (welcome to the 95% club) I’ve made notes on what you should do to get it done right the first time.

A great starting place in your new year’s cleaning is your pantry. Have you ever searched Instagram for an organizing hashtag like #organizedpantry or #pantrygoals? I went down that rabbit hole. While it gave me hope about my overcrowded pantry, it also made me feel overwhelmed. I’ve narrowed it down to my top 10 tips to organize your pantry to help you make it through the entire process.

1. HAVE ENOUGH TIME

Don’t get started until you have enough time to put it all back. Plan on more time than you need.

I learned this the hard way. I thought I could dump everything out and put it all back in an hour while the baby napped. I was dead wrong. After three half days of moving things around and rearranging I realized it was going to be a week-long, 20 hour project that was best broken up into a couple of hour time chunks. This allowed me to pull things out, toss and clean, then begin picking a permanent shelf for each group of items.

2. REMOVE EVERYTHING & SORT

Take everything out of the pantry to begin. Group like items in piles on the floor/counters/tables. Taking everything out allows you to see how much you have, what you do and don’t need, and how much storage space you will need.

A note on sorting: You can sort in any way that works best for your family, but if you need ideas, here is how I sort my items:

  • Less used cooking appliances, extra baking tins and cookie sheets, ice buckets;
  • Cereals, granola, crackers, oatmeal, nuts;
  • Baby food, squeezies, baby cereal bars, teething crackers;
  • Baking supplies: flour, almond flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, meringue;
  • Canned vegetables, salsa, chicken broth and stock cartons;
  • Condiments/Sauces, oils, pasta sauce;
  • Pasta, couscous, quinoa, grains, rice;
  • Consumables: sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash, onions, shallots;
  • Tea, Coffee, Hot cocoa, raw sugar, swerve;
  • Almond butter, peanut butter, honey, applesauce;

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3. PURGE

Toss any out of date cans or boxes, donate anything you know you won’t use or use in time (I’m looking at you, baby formula and christmas sprinkles) to a local food pantry. If you are on a health food craze, tell your friends to come get the processed, boxed food you won’t be eating. The less food you have to rearrange the quicker it will go and the more space you will have to move around your consumables.

4. SCRUB

Give the pantry a good scrub down. I usually stick to a microfiber cloth and warm water, but a magic eraser comes in handy for stuck on spills or scuffs. Wipe down cans and boxes while they are separated into piles.

5. DECORATE

This one is cosmetic and optional, but if you want to decorate now is the time to do it- before you put everything back into the pantry. Does it actually help organize your pantry on it’s own? No, but if you love looking at a space, you are more likely to keep it looking nice. If you have the time and budget, do a little decorating to make your pantry a place you love to look at.

Do you want to paint the shelves or line the back wall with Peel and Stick paper? Pick your style and get to decorating. I chose to freshen up the shelves with crisp white paint and white bins to store food. I used a door rack to hold tea and coffee supplies and organized them by color to brighten the first thing you see.

6. BINS, BINS, BINS

Once you’ve picked your color scheme and favorite style, you can start shopping for bins. For a minimal clean look, go for clear or white. If you like color, go for coordinated bins in your favorite colors and keep the background solid. I opted for these white Target bins to keep everything looking uniform (and they are under $6, win-win).

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7. BUY MORE BINS than you think you will need

It will take more than you think you need to complete this project. When I started on the pantry organization I ran out to Target and grabbed five white bins. I got home and started filling them and quickly realized I needed more. Luckily, I remembered I had a few stashed in the kids dresser to separate clothes and hold toys. I repossessed those bins and put them in the pantry. I was shocked at how many bins I needed to hold what seemed like a minimal amount of baking supplies, pasta, and kid snacks.

8. KEEP LIKE THINGS TOGETHER

Cereal and oatmeal with breakfast, flour and sugar with baking, tea, coffee and cocoa on a shelf, snacks and granola bars all in one area, cleaning supplies and paper towels together. You get the idea- group things that you use together or that serve the same purpose in the same bin or on the same shelf.

9. STORE LEAST USED THINGS AT THE TOP

Paper towels, cleaning supplies, the food processor, extra cookie sheets, casserole carrying case, ice bucket and entertaining plates are all stored on the top shelf. If you use them enough to keep them, but not daily the top shelf is a great place to store them. The items you use most, like cooking oils, baking supplies, lunch bags, tupperware, and on the go snacks should be stored on lower shelves for easy access.

10. USE THE FLOOR

Since you’ve already scrubbed the entire pantry, you can use the floor for storage. It definitely is not wasted space. Best uses include: trash bags, lunch boxes, playdoh and kid’s painting supplies, bags of napkins, spare containers of foil, plastic wrap and paper plates (all sealed), or a large bin to catch your recycling. Store these extras in large rolling carts or on small shelves.

Remember to keep cleaning supplies up high and away from those babies (and older tide pod kids).

* BONUS TIPS *

11. LABEL ALL THE THINGS

If you want to take it keep it organized, get out some labels and start printing. You can label each bin, basket and shelf so that items can be replaced without any confusion.

12. PANTRY INVENTORY

Keep a pantry inventory on hand so that you can easily see what you have and what you are running low on. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite pantry inventory printables from Pinterest for you to head over to their website, download and print them out.

Pantry Inventory Spreadsheet

OneMamasDailyDrama Inventory Printable

The Peaceful Mom Pantry Inventory Printable

CarrieElle Printable Pantry Inventory List

With an inventory checklist, you’ll better be able to prevent overbuying, but make sure you have on hand the supplies and foods you need most often. It’s a great resource that has helped with meal planning and overcrowding in my pantry.

Well that’s a wrap. Show me your made over pantry in the comments below!!

LOVE IT? PIN IT!

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One Room Challenge: Guest Bath Reveal!

It’s finally here, week six of the One Room Challenge and I’ve been working away at updating our Guest Bathroom, DIY style. Are you ready for some awesome before and afters?!?

BEFORE

Here are the before photos- take a look. The bathroom isn’t terrible. It’s builder basic- basic lights, mirror, builder cabinet, and beige vinyl flooring. Okay, maybe it’s terrible. But we’ve fixed that now so keep on scrolling!

 One Room Challenge: Guest Bath Reveal! 

In case you missed it here’s a recap of the previous weeks:

Week 1- Inspiration

Week 2- DIY Painted Vanity

Week 3- Painting Vinyl Floors

Week 4– Floor Stenciling Tips

REVEAL

The time has come to show off how this amazing project turned out. Starting from the top down, the light fixture and mirror were replaced with beautiful black and gold fixtures. The vanity is painted navy blue in a custom mix by General Finishes. 

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A great way to see the transformation is with a side by side.

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There’s no way to say it- toilets aren’t the most beautiful things to look at, but a great way to give the bathroom a pulled together look is by adding artwork and greenery above the throne. 

Tip: Throw a handful of lavender Epsom salts into a decorative cup and your bathroom will smell as relaxing as it feels.

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If you’ve kept up with my Instagram stories, you’ve seen the wallpaper poll. While I didn’t want to wallpaper the entire bathroom, a little navy and gold to tie in the vanity was just what these open shelves needed. You voted YES to wallpaper and this pattern overwhelmingly won. It’s perfect for this space. {Wallpaper: Devine Color Celestial available at Target}

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Check out those floors!!! The stenciled black Cutting Edge Nola Stencil on crisp white is a huge upgrade from the beige vinyl flooring that is underneath all of that paint. 

Hand painted cement tiles are in style right now and this gives the floor a hand painted tiled look without the cost of tile or hand painted tile.

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I LOVE LOVE this light fixture. I went to the lighting showroom to search for the perfect light and this fixture tied in the gold/brass mixed metal colors throughout the bathroom perfectly.

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#Anthrofinds Lastly, I found these gems at Anthropoligie and I fell in love. They are solid yet delicate looking and coordinate perfectly with the other mixed metals in this bathroom.

One of the challenges of this bathroom is that there isn’t any wall space for a towel bar. The window takes up all wall space (but I wouldn’t trade that natural light for anything) so using shelves and towel hooks was a great alternative.

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While I would LOVE a fully tiled shower and floor, as well as a new toilet and faucets, this bathroom update was a DIY budget makeover and I wanted to create something that was reproducible by anyone wanting to make a few updates on their own with a small budget.

So, here’s the source list and budget breakdown:

light fixture: Ferguson Park Harbor “Mooretown” $150

mirror: 28″ Project 62 from Target $40

wallpaper: Devine Color Celestial from Target $30

shelf: Lowes Delta Shelf $35

shower curtain: Home goods $14

woven baskets: Target $12

succulents and eucalyptus: Hobby Lobby $10

floral framed photo: Hobby Lobby $15

tile stencil + foam roller: Cutting Edge Stencils Nola $16

paint: $150

Sherwin Williams-

floor and porch primer $27

Minwax polycrylic finish $24

Notre Dame wall paint $55

General Finishes: Lamp Black and Klein Blue $40

All Painting Supplies: Gifted by HANDy Paint 

hand soap and towel: Target $8 + $3

Total: $493

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Do you love our DIY updates as much as I do? Drop your favorite part in the comments!!

In case you missed my Instagram posts see them here under the highlights. Check out the reveals from featured designers, and don’t miss out on the guest participants!

HOW TO: Fall Tablescape in 5 Minutes

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Fall decorating doesn’t have to be difficult. You can create a beautiful #tablescape in minutes in 4 easy steps. 

1. Start with the centerpiece.
2. Add greenery. 
3. Add pillar candles.
4. Add mini seasonal filler.

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For this centerpiece I used a large green pumpkin that @biglots gifted me #ad + a hex gold candle holder from @homegoods
Greenery: Eucalyptus @hearthandhandmagnolia@target
Candles: White pillar and Teal pillars @homegoods
White Mini Pumpkins: @target vase fillers Threshold
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That’s all! You can create this super simple, but elegant centerpiece and tablescape in no time. It can easily be swapped out for each season by adding a pop of color or floral for the corresponding season.

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How To: Fall Tablescape in 5 Minutes from StampinFool.com

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