Bookcases As Pantry Storage

pantryToday I wanted to do a post about my pantry organization plans. This project has been on my to-do-list for quite some time now. It’s not that I don’t want to organize my pantry, the problem is, I don’t have a pantry. My kitchen, however, has lots of wall space.

For almost a year I have been using these bookcases that were left behind by college kids at my daughter’s college apartment. Do you have any idea how much stuff college kids leave behind when they graduate? I have seen nice couches, tables, chairs, beds, printers, decor, plants,  you name it. Most gets thrown in the dumpster. Such a shame and waste of material, if you ask me. I guess most young people don’t care since their parents are paying for all of it. Not ok in my book.

Anyways, we were able to save these two bookcases and several other things which my daughters are using in their current college apartments. For almost a year the bookcases just sat there and had been used for storing various items. I didn’t like the look, the clutter, the dust… but I need storage.pantry

My plans:

– Replacing the cheap backing with plywood.

– Staining the bookcases with Java Gel Stain to match my kitchen cabinets.

– Making doors to hide the mess.

– Adding trim for a more “expensive” look.

– Installing new kitchen cabinet knobs which I’ll also use for the pantry.


pantryBoard & Batten with Leftover BlindsThis stain is amazing. It’s holding up great even after 2.5 years.

This is the design I have in mind for my new pantry.

via Ana White

So, there you have it. My Project Pantry plans.

A long time ago I learned not to cry over things you don’t have. Instead, make the most with what you do have. I love to reuse as much as I can, and the bookcases were free. Win win!

Have a great weekend. 🙂

My $10 Garage Door Upgrade

garagedoor before aftergarage doorCurb appeal is so important. I once read that most buyers form an opinion whether they like a house or not before they step foot in the front door. In the past two years, I’ve completed several projects to spruce up my home’s curb appeal. I painted the exterior, shutters and front door. Today I want to share with you an easy and inexpensive way to update your garage door.

When I was at Home Depot I noticed this garage door kit for only $9.69.garage doorIt has a timeless classy look and feel. The handles and hinges are made from metal and have a real textured look and feel. garage doorI installed it myself in 20 minutes.garage doorAll you need is a tape measure, drill bit, drill, pencil, painter’s tape (optional) and screwdriver.garage doorStep 1: Position the hinge and mark the screw holes. I used painter’s tape to keep it in place.garage doorStep 2: Drill pilot holes at each marked location.garage doorStep 3: Secure the hinge with the screws.garage doorStep 4: Repeat steps with handles.


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garage door

garagedoorThis was an easy project that took no time at all to do; it was inexpensive, required very little skill and made a huge impact on the curb appeal. You should definitely get these if you are looking to spruce up your garage doors and add simple but important details to your home.

Next task, power washing the driveway.

Sheer Coverage & Dewy Finish

Foundation Foundation Foundation Foundation FoundationThe older I get the more I dislike applying make up… especially foundation. Most days I only use concealer, powder and a little mascara. However, once in a while I need more coverage and no matter what foundation I try, the result is dry, flaky, cakey looking skin.

I did some research – and maybe most of you already know this – adding oil to your foundation will make it apply more easily and evenly. I saw this YouTube video by make up artist Wayne Goss ( I love his videos).

His tip is great, especially for mature and dry skin. In my opinion, once you hit 30, halfway throughout the day foundation starts to look cakey and dry. We’ve all been there. When you use oil, your foundation sticks better to your skin. It gives your skin a more flawless and natural look. If you want to glow you have to try this. I promise it will NOT make your skin oily.

So, what you’re going to do is take 1 or 2 pumps of your favorite foundation and add just one drop of oil. I used almond oil but you can use argan oil, primrose oil, jojoba oil or any oil that works great for your skin type. You want to use a light oil, though, – olive oil is probably too heavy.

Once you apply it to your skin, let it sink in and blot with a tissue if you see any excess oil. This will lift the excess oil off the skin but leave all the pigment on the skin. Now all you have to do is set with powder and you’re ready to glow.

Apparently a lot of make up artists use this technique on their models.

I love that I get a more sheer coverage and dewy finish. Try this out and let me know if this worked for you.