I thought I'd shift gears a bit and show you something other than Filofaxes.
We moved into our home 8 years ago. I needed to re-decorate as the previous owners had, shall we say, eclectic taste. (: Picture purple walls, silver blinds and bannisters, lime green shelving. You get the picture!
Aside from painting every surface of the house, I also needed to accessorize.
I love mirrors, and I wanted to incorporate them in the design. They were very expensive though, particularly in the styles I wanted. So I had to improvise. I bought crown molding, turned it into a frame, cut a mirror to size, and I had my framed mirror! It was exactly what I wanted.
|Framed mirror at fraction of store-bought price|
|Another framed mirror in the guest bedroom|
A while ago, my grandmother gave me some old frames that used to hang in her house. I took them home, knowing exactly what I was going to do with them.
One I turned into a framed magnetic chalkboard. (It's obviously not Halloween, but a house turned into a church, a graveyard was added, and my daughter and I were practicing drawing ghosts - and that's what's on it now.) It's by the front door now, and is purely decorative, but if I move it to the kitchen, I could use it to write menus, notes to members of the family, etc. I stuck magnets to the chalk and eraser so they'd always be accessible when needed.
Another one I turned into a framed clipboard. I strung wire across the frame, and clipped laundry clips that I painted and stamped to match my theme. It's currently a purgatory of stuff I don't know what to do with yet. That white notepaper at the bottom right is Samantha Brown's autograph addressed to my daughter.
|Cheap and easy, and functional.|
(Disclaimer: I don't want to mislead you -- I didn't actually do the wood-working for these. I have a handyman/carpenter who comes to the house and 'executes' things to my specifications.)
Lastly, this was a frame with a primitive country image on it that I no longer wanted. I spray-painted it white and distressed the edges a little bit.
|French design stenciled on spray-painted wood frame|
Then, I stenciled a French design on it. I found a template online with a mirrored image, printed it out, and did a wet transfer onto the frame. A little bit of touch up with black acrylic paint was needed but it didn't need to be perfect as I wanted it to have a vintage, distressed look.
(This I did myself, but it was easy-peasy.)
I know these are not necessarily all "storage" ideas, but I hope you found them interesting anyway. (:
My next project is to replace the mirror in the guest bathroom with a -- guess what -- framed mirror. (:
Thanks for visiting!