DISPLAY YOUR PHOTOS IN A BIG WAY ON A SMALL BUDGET

I love having photos of the family around the house. They are everywhere. In the kitchen, the hall, the bedrooms, the sitting room…

Photos are memories. Of course, we have all those memories stored somewhere at the back of our head but we are often too busy to be able to access them. Photos remind us of those memories, those silly moments, the family moments, different places, the fun we had on holidays, how the kids were so small at one point…  As cheesy as it sounds (and it is going to sound cheesy) photos warm my heart.

For the sitting room, I knew I wanted to make a statement display with loads of photos. I was really inspired by Ashley’s one from TheHandMadeHome  but it had to be smaller as my sitting room is not as big (or bright, or lovely, or have her couch, or…) as hers.
Display your photos with a statement piece on a budget @ OrganisingChaosBlogI knew I didn’t want a permanent fixture on my sitting room so it had to be a frame that could be moved, but where to find a frame so big without having to give up one of my organs at check-out? I had to think outside the box.

One day, I was walking around a furniture shop dreaming of a new kitchen when the light bulb when on!!! I could get a kitchen door glass cabinet as a frame! (like this one, or this one). It is always worth checking out the second-hand kitchen shops for these kind of items. As well as having second-hand kitchen furniture they also tend to buy the remains of stock from big companies or builders so you can get brand new kitchen counters, fab sinks and other bits and pieces for half the price. It is in my local shop that I found my one for only €10!! I think I danced in the shop!!
Display your photos with a statement piece on a budget @ OrganisingChaosBlogDisplay your photos with a statement piece on a budget @ OrganisingChaosBlog
I wanted square photos but not too small so I decided to print the photos in 8×6 and cut them to fit the frame. I then cut a large piece of cardboard to fit in the frame and I attached the photos to it. Once everything is ready, fit it in and secure it at the back with some tape.
Display your photos with a statement piece on a budget @ OrganisingChaosBlogIt is a lovely collage of memories that can be updated as often as you want, although I don’t think I will be updating my one anytime soon. The kids love looking at the photos, trying to remember when they were that small, listening to us telling them stories about the photos or making up their own one. It’s so sweet.

It is very personal, you made it yourself and for little money – that is officially categorized under Win/Win/Win… Totally!!!
Display your photos with a statement piece on a budget @ OrganisingChaosBlogIf you want to go ahead and decorate it also, you can find the tutorials for the paper flowers and the colorful paper garland on the blog.

I hope you are now inspired to look at different ways to display your photos. They make you smile.They are good for the soul.

Chaotic Itzi

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3 NEW USES FOR A PAINTBRUSH THAT WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER (AND HOW TO MAKE THEM PRETTY)

It’s funny to see how different things are in every family. What is normal in one household might be something totally alien to another. You really get to appreciate all these differences when you start living with people, be friends, partners… everyone brings something different and new to the mix.

Where am I going with this? In my parent’s house in Spain, there has always been (or at least as far as I can remember) a painting brush in the kitchen. This “bug standard” painting brush was not for painting… oh no! it was to clean out the breadcrumbs left after cutting the bread. So, we would have the bread board, the bread knife and the bread brush. Perfectly normal. Or so I thought. Mr B always found it amusing. Useful, but amusing.
Paint brushes are not just from painting - OrganisingChaosBlog
This got me thinking about what other uses I have around the house for painting brushes that were not, well, painting that are totally normal to me but other people may not know?

1. GETTING RID OF BREADCRUMBS

Brushing the breadcrumbs will make it easier to clean them as they will remain dry, not scatter around the place and won’t get stuck to the cloth making it all yucky. Also, you’ll be able to get the breadcrumbs that tend to hide in the corner…. the little feckers that make you stick your tong out when you are cleaning… those ones! They will be brushed away with your dignity intact!Paint brushes are not just from painting - OrganisingChaosBlog

2. CLEANING KEYBOARDS

For those moments after haven shaken your keyboard upside down and you realize how filthy it is, clean between the keys with the paintbrush to get out the hard to get dirt bits of stuff (or whatever they are!).  Easy! Paint brushes are not just from painting - OrganisingChaosBlog

3. CLEAN THE VENTS IN YOUR CAR

By using a brush to clean the vents, you not only will you dust them but also you will push out any bit of dirt that might have got into them.Paint brushes are not just from painting - OrganisingChaosBlog

How cool is that? and how simple?
But I hear you (or maybe it’s just me!): Do I really want a manky old brush around my house in plain sight? Of course not!!! And that is why someone invented washi tape – to make everything prettier. By covering the silver part of the brush with washi tape and adding a pretty ribbon at the end, you have transformed a plain boring painting brush into something useful and pretty that you don’t mind displaying in your kitchen or your office.
Paint brushes are not just from painting - OrganisingChaosBlog
So next time you are in a hardware store, get some brushes for home, give them some love and they will love you right back. As simple as that.

What do you think? Would you give it a go?

Chaotic Itzi

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MAKE A PLAIN BLANKET CUTER WITH POMPOMS

It looks like I was a good girl last year because Santa brought me good few presents and it looks like Santa knows me quite well because one of the presents I got a blanket and I LOVE blankets.

As everyone knows, the world is divided between blanket people and not blanket people. Since I was a child, I have always been a blanket person, I was always the one sitting on the couch with a blanket, summer or winter, I always had my blanket with me on the couch.
Make a plain blanket super cute with pompomsI don’t know if it is the heat they provide or just the comfort, but I love being wrapped up in a blanket while watching a film sitting on the couch. And if you get me a chilli hot chocolate, I’ll be your best friend forever!

The blanket I got this Christmas is super comfortable, a Footsie Blanket, it has little “pockets” to slide your feet in so they are nice and cosy and never become uncovered. I love it so much!
Make a plain blanket super cute with pompoms 1As the blanket itself was a bit plain, I decided to pimp it with pompoms. It has been stated once or twice how much I love pompoms (here and here), and in fairness, a super soft blanket and super soft pompoms are a match made in heaven!

As Big Monkey would say: I don’t like it, I LOVE it!!!
Make a plain blanket suMake a plain blanket super cute with pompoms Make a plain blanket super cute with pompoms 3It is now a functional, cosy and pretty blanket that I know I will have to fight Mr B for. And the Monkeys. And all it took was some pompoms.
I told you pompoms make everything better.

Have a great day!
Chaotic Itzi

MY GALLERY WALL

My gallery wall is finished and I am very happy with the result.
My finished gallery wall 6The longest part of the process for me was choosing the color scheme and the prints to get the mood I wanted for the stairs. I wanted something subtle, soothing, cheerful and fresh. Once I got that sorted, the process went very fast as I couldn’t wait to see the end product.
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wallThe prints are very lighthearted full of love and joy.
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wall One of my favorite pictures on my wall
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wallThe main part of the gallery welcomes us in the morning as we do downstairs for breakfast and, no matter how grey or wet the day is, we all go down smiling and looking at the prints.
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wallOrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wall I have deliberately not gone for a pattern when hanging the frames. I didn’t want something too regimented. I like the idea of being able to add more bits and pieces to the wall in an organic way. I also had to work with the hooks that were already on the wall, which limited the creativity in some parts of the wall.
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wall I am delighted with the result.
What do you think?
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wall
Chaotic Itzi

Stella & Dot New Arrivals

CHOOSING A COLOUR SCHEME FOR MY GALLERY WALL

I have been working on putting together a gallery wall for my stairs.Choosing a color scheme - grey, coral, white and blue

I guess that when planning a gallery wall, the main considerations are the frames and the prints, or at least they were for me. I had good few frames lying around. They were different styles and sizes, which is good, but also different colors, which is not so good for me. I like the idea of totally different frames in some gallery walls but not for this one. I was looking for some bit of uniformity.

Deciding on what color to use in the frames has been the biggest delay in getting this infamous gallery wall started. I might have mentioned before that I am a bit anal complicated when it comes to colors. I knew I didn’t want anything dark. I wanted to keep the stairs light and airy so I needed a light color. I also knew I wanted something neutral enough so the frames would not clash or take away from the prints.

Organising Chaos - Choosing a color scheme
After much deliberation (first world problem, right?), I decided to paint the frames light grey with Autentico Chalk Paint and complement the grey with some coral and light blue decorations and prints. I love the grey, coral, white and blue combination. It is light and fresh, calm and uplifting.
Organising Chaos - Choosing a color scheme Organising Chaos - Choosing a color scheme

I have used chalk paint before (here, here and here) and you have probably figured out that I pretty much love it. There is no need for sanding and it covers any surface with very little effort, perfect! I decided to leave some frames grey, to lightly distress others and to mix the grey with some white in others to keep it lively and playful. A bit of variety within the uniformity. I like that.

Organising Chaos - Choosing a color scheme

I now have to plan how I am going to organize the frames on the wall. I like the random factor with some sort of order. You know what I mean, don’t you? I am hoping to share the final wall very soon.

Very soon…
Chaotic Itzi

BATHROOM RULES

BATHROOM RULES

A while ago, I was walking around shops looking into second-hand shops and rummaging in the discounted baskets in different shops when I came across these Bathrooms Rules.
OCB - Bathroom rules
I had been looking for something similar for the boy’s bathroom for a while and this was perfect – a nice and fun reminder to what the rules of the bathroom are, without being to childish. The frame was reduced was due to some damage but that was not going to stop me as I wanted to paint with chalk paint it anyway.
Bathroom rules - scratched frame
I love painting with chalk paint. There is no preparation, no sanding, no messing. Just clean and paint. Love it.
Bathroom rules - painting with chalk paint
I wanted a bit of a distressed look on the frame so I used some fine grit sandpaper on the edges and then I applied some clear wax to it and buffed it up.
Bathroom rules - painting with white chalk paint
I am very happy with the result. It is a nice mixture of fun, serious, old and up-cycled that works  well in the bathroom for the boys and for our Airbnb guests (although I am hoping that they would remember all those things without the need of a reminder).
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What are your thoughts on chalk paint? have your tried it yet?
Chaotic Itzi

 

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UPDATING FRUIT BOXES

When we were planning our 20 year anniversary, Mr B and I realized that at least 1/3 of our guests would be children. Most of our friends and family are at the similar stage in life as us, with kids, and we wanted to make sure that the party was very inclusive and that both parents and kids would have a great time.
Kid's area at the party
I decided to set up an area for the kids. I organised some entertainment for them and I set up a little table for them to help themselves and to have fun. As the table was very small, I needed more surface in which to put food and drinks as well as carry them from the house to the field where the party was held.
Updating a fruit box to use as a tray
I decided to use some fruit boxes that my local fruit shop kindly donated. I love the wood mixed with the different designs and colors in the fruit boxes but I also wanted to personalize them and also to make them fit into my design scheme.

I used some paint to color the sides of the boxes in some of them as some of the designs weren’t to my taste.  I used washi tape to decorate the sides of the box.
Updating a fruit box with washi tape
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I covered the bottom of the box with some pretty paper matching the washi tape. It looks pretty, don’t you think?
Updating a fruit box to use as a tray
They were extremely useful on the day to carry food and beverages around and to display food. It also helped us in the tidying up the following day. I am currently using them in my room (I have glued some felt at the bottom of the box to avoid scratching the shelves).
Updating a fruit box to use as a tray
I love the idea of extending the life of something that has already done a great job. It now looks prettier and it will last for another good few years. Up-cycling at its best!
Updating a fruit box with washi tape
Have you up-cycled anything recently?
Chaotic Itzi

Paper Crafts Supplies

GET ORGANIZED WITH BUTTONS

You must all know by now that I like boards, any type of notice boards.
Big Vintage Notice Board - https://www.etsy.com/ie/listing/233180845/hand-made-fabric-memo-board-60cmx60cm?ref=shop_home_active_4
I think they are a wonderful way of getting papers organized, putting things away, displaying photos and keepsakes and getting rid of the dreaded pile of paper at the end of the kitchen counter.

Although some notice boards are lovely and they look even better displaying photos and souvenirs, others can look not so attractive displaying bills, school notices and reminders. I find cork notice boards the ugly duckling of message boards so I have been looking for ways to beautify them (too much time in my hands??? – maybe!)
Organising Chaos - Get organized with buttons
This simple project will make your cork board look a hundred times better, it will add more color, more style and it will be more presentable. All these while up-cycling all those random buttons that you have lying around and all for the price of a small tub of glue and some push pins – are you sold yet? Let’s get cracking!

Now, again, this is one of the very complicated projects that if you loose concentration or you take a call half way through the project you might not be able to continue. I have broken it down in small steps so it is easier to follow. Pay attention:

Step 1 – Get the glue, the push pins and the buttons
Organising Chaos - Get organized with buttons
Step 2 – Put the button upside down, put some glue on it and rest the push pin on top – Let it dry
Organising Chaos - Get organized with buttons
Step 3 – Use your new pretty pins on your cork board
Organising Chaos - Get organized with buttons
If you have managed to follow this complicated procedure, I hope you are smiling and admiring your Friday project.
Organising Chaos - Get organized with buttons
Have an amazing weekend.
Chaotic Itzi