Little House of Four

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mini Dining Room Makeover Plans: Choosing a Light!

Have I ever told you that I get bored easily?  It's so hard for me to focus on one aspect of our home and complete a project from start to finish without working on 10 other projects and spaces at the same time.  Can you relate?  I truly believe that a well thought out and decorated space doesn't happen overnight.  It takes time to plan and decorate, especially if you are waiting for good deals to limit breaking your budget.

So, while I'm still finishing up the basement (I'm almost done!) I'm also planning a quick mini dining room update.  Nothing too crazy will be going on in this space.  Just a few new pieces to turn this room into a space that is more my style.   I'll be keeping the furniture, the paint is staying (Sherwin-Williams Accessible Beige) and my favorite zig-zag curtains will hopefully remain.  The rest is up for grabs and I can't wait to see how everything comes together!

I have just about everything planned out EXCEPT I can't decide on the perfect light!  Have I also told you that I'm extremely indecisive?  I've narrowed the search down to 4 different lights and I'm hoping you all can help me decide.  Help me please!  .

All the lights I chose are round to break up all the hard lines of the table, vintage server and rug. Let's take a look at the four options!

Industrial Modern Farmhouse Dining Room Mood board

Monday, January 16, 2017

Genius Toilet Paper Roll Organizing Hacks

Everyone buys toilet paper, right?  

Let me guess, without even thinking you toss the empty roll into the garbage (I prefer the recycling bin!) and replace it with a fresh new roll.  Sound familiar?  That's pretty much the way it goes in our home.  What if instead of recycling the empty cardboard rolls you turned them into the perfect organizing hack?  Week after week you spend money on toilet paper you might as well get something out of your money besides flushing it down the toilet.  #youseewhatididthere

Can't miss toilet paper roll organizing hacks!
The best part about these amazing toilet paper roll hacks is that they don't cost a lot of money.  A little spray paint, decorative paper or washi tape goes a long way.  

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

DIY Magnetic Chalkboard Message Board

It's Monthly DIY Challenge time!
12 DIY chalkboard projects
This month's theme was chalkboard and I knew exactly what I wanted to build!  Do you remember when I went to the Haven conference in August?  I was lucky enough to come home with a suitcase full of DIY supplies, including a magnetic chalkboard!  I knew with the help of a few additions I could turn it into the perfect message board for our mudroom. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

How to Build DIY Crate Lockers

This post is sponsored by Crates and Pallet.  As always, all opinions are my own :)

I have been searching for a set of lockers for months and months with no luck.  Unfortunately, the ones I find are either the wrong size, too damaged or not the right style.  I'm still keeping my eye out for the perfect pair, but until then I decided to build my own lockers using 3 large Crates and Pallet crates.

DIY crate lockers
Since I used already assembled crates this DIY project was super easy to build.  The hardest part of the entire project was being patient while the many coats of paint dried :)

Friday, January 6, 2017

How to Cut Expenses, Increase Income and Save Money When You Don't Have Any

I am no expert in personal finance.  I am simply sharing how I maintain our family's finances in hopes of helping others. 

Have you ever argued about money or stressed about how you were going to pay your bills?  Are you living paycheck to paycheck and seem to never get ahead?  Has money torn your marriage apart or kept you from enjoying life and pursing your dreams?  Money can absolutely inject unnecessary stress into our lives, but it doesn't have to be that way!  It is possible to save and enjoy life even when you're living paycheck to paycheck and never seem to get ahead.
How to save money, increase income and cut expenses

Thankfully, my husband and I are in a good financial place, but I can't say that was always the case. When we first started dating I was a 19 year old full time collage student working at a restaurant and my husband was 24 and had just bought his first house.  After about a year of dating I moved in while I continued to work and pay my way through collage.  There were many weeks where my husband didn't get a full paycheck and we had to scrounge around to make sure we had enough money to pay our bills on time.  We rarely ate out,  we cut our house phone, put our DirectTV account on hold (I'll explain later why we didn't cancel it altogether), I sold stuff on Ebay and did a lot of online surveys to make extra money.  It wasn't easy, but we made it through and the experience taught me a lot about the importance of money, budgeting and saving.

I know what you're thinking.  How am I supposed to save money when I am living paycheck to paycheck?  It won't be easy, you'll have to make major changes and work hard, but I promise it can be done.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

20+ Printables to Help Organize Your Life

Did you make any resolutions for 2017?  Do you have organizing on your mind?  If getting organized and running a smoother, stress free home is part of your plan for the new year then I have just what you need.  How does 20+ free printables sound?  Everything from budget worksheets to cleaning schedules and recipe binders.  You'll find everything you need to get and stay organized!

Over 20 printables to organize your life

A few years ago I created a family binder and use many of these amazing printables to keep our family organized.  Everything from our budget to important numbers (doctors, dentist, babysitters, etc) and our donation tracker are all nicely organized in one convenient binder.  It only takes a few minutes to print, punch holes and put together your own family binder.  I like to use sheet protectors and fun divider tabs to help keep everything neat and pretty :) 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Dollar Store DIY: Industrial Farmhouse Storage Drawers

Here it is, the first installment of the new Dollar Store DIY series!  

On the first Monday of the month I'll share a thrifty Dollar store makeover.  Today, since January is all about storage and organizing I'm sharing how I turned cheap Dollar Tree mini drawers into the perfect industrial farmhouse storage.  

Industrial farmhouse dollar tree storage makeover
I've done many Dollar store makeovers in the past, but these little storage drawers are by far my favorite!  They are stylish enough to sit on a desk to organize office supplies and small enough to sit in a medicine cabinet to organize cotton balls, Q-tips and other personal hygiene items.  However you decide to use them they'll be sure to add a bit of industrial farmhouse style to your home.