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Thrift Store Score: A Retro Bar Cabinet & Portrait

A Retro Bar Cabinet & Portrait | dreamgreendiy.com

Confession: I rarely (if ever) used the bar cart that we kept front and center in the living rooms of both our old townhouse and our current ranch. The cart was mostly there for show, and even a few of the bottles of vodka (that were emptied into our go-to vodka pasta recipe) were refilled with water to pass for the real deal. Honestly, it was all in the name of Pinterest. I sort of hate myself for saying that, but I “lived the lie” for years and managed to get a few pretty pictures of the set-up, so I guess it was worth it.

But then my mindset shifted right around the holidays, and I decided the “worth” of a purely-for-Pinterest piece of furniture was no longer fulfilling. Almost immediately, I had our old open shelf bar cart listed on Craigslist, and set my sights on a piece that actually served a purpose in our home. Enter: our new-to-us bar cabinet.

A Retro Bar Cabinet & Portrait | dreamgreendiy.com

A Retro Bar Cabinet & Portrait | dreamgreendiy.com

A Retro Bar Cabinet & Portrait | dreamgreendiy.com

Our thrifted cabinet now serves two purposes. First, we use it to house our collection of mid-century cocktail glasses and serving pieces, and, second, as a place to store the much smaller collection of whiskies and liquors that we (read: my husband) actually use.

There was another motive for choosing a closed cabinet, too. In case you didn’t know, storing many types of liquors in direct sunlight actually alters the taste. John invests in pretty pricey bottles of bourbon, so the last thing we wanted was for that money to go down the drain because of sunlight. Our new cabinet has glass doors, but the sides offer plenty of shade from the front windows. Mission accomplished.

A Retro Bar Cabinet & Portrait | dreamgreendiy.com

A Retro Bar Cabinet & Portrait | dreamgreendiy.com

The cabinet clocked in at $140 from a local antique store, which wasn’t nothing but came in under budget in my mind. For that reason, I also picked up that portrait you see hung above the cabinet. It’s not a true painting, just a print, but because of that it only cost $10. Again, well within budget, and when combined with a few other things—a stack of books, a vase, vintage coffee set, and a new table lamp—the set-up finally feels like something our family can actually enjoy.

So, what do you think? Have you ever held onto a piece purely for looks, or to fulfill a Pinterest-driven trend? I’m totally guilty of giving in to subliminal messaging, but am trying extra hard to resist the temptation in this new year. Who’s with me?!

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A Retro Bar Cabinet & Portrait | dreamgreendiy.com

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How To Hang A Kilim Rug As Wall Art

How To Hang A Kilim Rug As Wall Art | dreamgreendiy.com

This topic is one that I’ve been meaning to write about for ages. The fact that I’m finally getting it all out there is just another reason why I have a gut feeling that 2017 is going to be my most motivated year yet.

You see, I’ve had this vision in my mind of a rug hung on the wall since last spring. I wanted to achieve a super high impact look without having to put a ton of effort and money into the project, and in the end, I decided that a flat-woven kilim rug was the perfect solution. These types of rugs are usually really lightweight but sport incredibly intricate patterns that deserve to be shown off up on the wall rather than just under your feet. But where to test out my theory…?

How To Hang A Kilim Rug As Wall Art | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Hang A Kilim Rug As Wall Art | dreamgreendiy.com

The family room! Since the moment I laid eyes on those epoxied mirrors on the lower level of our house, I’ve hated them. Each of the 18 individual square mirrors features beveled edges, which means that anything you see in them looks distorted and choppy. I love mirrors and pretty reflective surfaces, but this busy look was way outside my OCD-riddled comfort zone. While I would have loved to remove them altogether, the adhesive holding them to the paneling (which, surprisingly, I do love) made clean removal impossible.

Retro Record Cabinet | dreamgreendiy.com

I tried to make it work (as you can see pictured above through the masterful lens of Andrea Pesce) by distracting from the mirrors with cool furniture and plants, but I just couldn’t shake my hatred. So instead, I decided to finally try out my wall-hung rug idea to cover them up entirely, and happily the trick worked like a charm.

To recreate the concept in your own home, order yourself a flat-woven kilim rug (we bought an inexpensive dhurrie runner off of eBay), and then simply hammer nails right through the textile every two feet into the wall to hold it up. Since we were hanging our rug on solid paneling rather than drywall, we did predrill our holes first, but otherwise, it really is that easy to do. Make sure to use a level before pre-drilling or hammering your nails to ensure an even look.

How To Hang A Kilim Rug As Wall Art | dreamgreendiy.com

Although the rug is certainly its own kind of “busy,” it still feels worlds and away better than the mirrors did. The funky pattern is intentionally invigorating, and by choosing a rug with just a handful of colors in the same blue-and-cream palette as the rest of the room, it keeps it from overpowering the other furniture and accessories. What do you think? Would you give this art concept a try in your own home? Do tell below!

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Before & After: A Thrifted Side Chair Makeover

Before & After: A Thrifted Side Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

Care to take a looooooong walk down memory lane with me today? This saga all started back in 2013 (three whole years ago!) when I stumbled upon the sad little dilapidated chair you see below. It was hidden in the far recesses of my favorite second-hand estate shop in downtown Lynchburg, and despite the fact that it was ugly as could be (think: stained upholstery, tattered underlayment) I decided to cart it home as a project. I loved the tufted seat cushions, and I also loved the 80s-esque vibe. It was undeniably modern in shape and I just knew that it could be salvaged.

Before & After: A Thrifted Side Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

Before & After: A Thrifted Side Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

Before & After: A Thrifted Side Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

Those photos above show the chair in all its frightful finery right after getting it home. The piece was actually given to me for free by the shop owners with the promise that I would work my magic, so I felt a pretty strong obligation to breathe new life into the chair right from the get-go.

The first thing I did was toss the nasty cushions into the trunk of my car with the intent to have them professionally recovered (read more about the decision-making process here), and I also wiped down the existing canvas underlayment with a soap and water solution. Unfortunately, the canvas was so thin that it basically fell apart in my hands. I was able to get the main parts of the canvas back to its original bright red color, but the section you see in the back pictured above turned into rags post-cleaning. If you want an experienced staff can easily do duct cleaning, repairing, resealing and even replacing with perfection, look for Air Duct Cleaning Dallas for best result.

Two months after purchasing the chair, I had the cushions reupholstered at Phil’s Upholstery in gorgeous teal leather from Moore & Giles (get all of those details in this Part 2 post), and I also refinished the wood frame, giving it a rich, dark color, but truthfully, we lived with the canvas underlayment just as you see it here for years and years.

Before & After: A Thrifted Side Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

Why I didn’t have the folks over at Phil’s Upholstery replace the canvas support system when they reupholstered the cushions, I’ll never know. I think, because this project was my first foray into reupholstery, I was just plain worried about the cost and hassle. Happily, the cushions only cost $60 to make over, and the chair was looking much, much better. But, of course, it wasn’t done.

So, this past September, I carted the chair back to Phil’s Upholstery where I asked them to replace the canvas, too. We ultimately chose a fabric that matched the teal cushions for a seamless look, and one week and $90 later, it was done. REALLY done.

Before & After: A Thrifted Side Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

Before & After: A Thrifted Side Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

I almost feel like this little chair and I were destined to meet. It was likely headed for the dumpster had I not gotten the hair-brained idea that it could be beautiful someday, and although it took over three years to get it juuuuuuuust right, it is now the show-stopping piece it was always meant to be.

Before & After: A Thrifted Side Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

Can you even believe that it’s the same chair in the before-and-after below? We’re absolutely infatuated, and I am so thankful to Moore & GilesPhil’s Upholstery, and Estates & Consignments for supporting me in my quest to bring this sad little chair back to life. What do you think? What type of upholstery would you have gone with? Or do you love our teal beauty, too? Leave your thoughts and reactions in the comments below.

Before & After: A Thrifted Side Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

Before & After: A Thrifted Side Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

Before & After: A Thrifted Side Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

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Thrift Store Score: A Console & Woven Wall Hanging

Thrifted Mid-Century Console | dreamgreendiy.com

I’m well aware that I have over-shared and then OVER-shared this particular vignette in our living room (which reminds me—maybe it’s time to switch up the art), but I just couldn’t not give you a peek at our newest Thrift Store Score.

This brand new-to-us mid-century console was snagged from our favorite Charlottesville secondhand shop, Circa, and cost us just a little over $200. Although I actually went in that day for something else that I had seen the month before (more on that in a moment), I spotted the console while checking out and it was impossible to avoid taking a couple side steps towards it to investigate.

Thrifted Mid-Century Console | dreamgreendiy.com

Thrifted Mid-Century Console | dreamgreendiy.com

Thrifted Mid-Century Console | dreamgreendiy.com

Thrifted Mid-Century Console | dreamgreendiy.com

Honestly, at first I thought the price tag said $2,000, but then my eyes grew to the size of baseballs when I saw that it only listed a 3-digit number. I had to have it! Now, admittedly, I’m no stranger to impulse, but I’ve actually been on the lookout for a piece to replace the dresser we had been using for several years as a television stand. I wanted something a little longer and lower, something that didn’t look like a dresser with a TV on top.

Thrifted Mid-Century Console | dreamgreendiy.com

Thrifted Mid-Century Console | dreamgreendiy.com

Thrifted Mid-Century Console | dreamgreendiy.com

Our new console is exactly what I had in mind, and it was pure kismet that we were able to grab it when we did—and for the price that we did. I couldn’t possibly be more in love. But the real reason why we headed to Circa that day wasn’t to buy a $200 console! No, I was headed back to see if a certain woven wall hanging was still there. Spoiler alert: it was, and I officially claimed it as mine.

Thrifted 1970s Woven Wall Hanging | dreamgreendiy.com

Thrifted 1970s Woven Wall Hanging | dreamgreendiy.com

I’ve been trying harder and harder lately to put lots of thought into the pieces that I purchase for our home. The whole goal of our new house is to fill it with the bare minimum of things we love. Now, my “bare minimum” is pretty maximal if we’re being honest here, but I think I’ve done a pretty good job keeping my hoarding in check. The reason being that now I often leave things behind at the thrift store and give it at least a week to consider where I might put it and if it’s worth the money.

Thrifted 1970s Woven Wall Hanging | dreamgreendiy.com

In the end though, I just couldn’t get this $18 vintage, owl-accented woven wall hanging out of my head, and realized soon after leaving it behind at the store that it would work beautifully in our boho bedroom. I waited about a month before making the 30-minute trek from Waynesboro back to Circa in Charlottesville, telling myself that if it was still there, it was meant to be. And of course, it was!

Thrifted Mid-Century Console | dreamgreendiy.com

Thrifted Mid-Century Console | dreamgreendiy.com

Thrifted Mid-Century Console | dreamgreendiy.com

Have you picked up any awesome Thrift Store Scores lately? Do you practice restraint when you see something you love locally, too? I’m curious to know how you guys keep your thrifting in check because, despite the fact that I feel pretty reformed, I still tend to over-buy…But I’m considering this pair of secondhand steals money well spent. Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Thrifted 1970s Woven Wall Hanging | dreamgreendiy.com

Thrifted Mid-Century Console | dreamgreendiy.com

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Thrift Store Score: A Pretty Pink Clock Radio

Vintage Pink Clock Radio | dreamgreendiy

In case you didn’t know, in addition to my gig here as director, general schlepper, photographer, writer, and social media gal for Dream Green DIY, I’m also the Features Editor for Glitter Guide, and over the weekend our team celebrated the site’s fifth birthday with a fun Snapchat takeover. Each of us took three hours out of our days to pop onto the @glitterguide account to offer a peek into our Fridays, and I had an absolute blast doing it.

It was a little nerve-wracking (will the GG audience REALLY be interested in the types of cat cameos, mini home videos, and craft projects I share on my personal Snapchat account?), but it was also tons of fun to take the app a little more seriously in honor of Glitter Guide’s big birthday.

Vintage Pink Clock Radio | dreamgreendiy

As I was working to brainstorm ideas for what to share during my own mid-day 3-hour Snapchat takeover window, I ultimately decided that it would be fun to take viewers downtown and ask them to help me choose between two blush-colored vintage treasures—pink in honor of GG, of course! In the end, it came down to a set of pretty rosy champagne glasses and a retro clock radio. So, which one did I choose?

Vintage Pink Clock Radio | dreamgreendiy

The clock radio, of course! Truth be told, I have had my eye on this clock for months and was just waiting for an excuse to pick it up. Glitter Guide’s 5-year anniversary provided me with the perfect opportunity to splurge. Now, every time I glance its way (which, let’s face it—is pretty much hourly), I will think of GG and our fabulous team. We’ve accomplished so much in five years, and I can’t wait to see what the next five years brings. Happy birthday, Glitter Guide!

Vintage Pink Clock Radio | dreamgreendiy

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Reupholstered Mid-Century Lounge Chair Makeover

Reupholstered Mid-Century Lounge Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com + @buyfabrics

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The story of our made-over mid-century lounge chair actually all started back in January of 2015. We purchased the chair (along with a super cool leather ottoman) from our very favorite Lynchburg-based vintage furniture and accessories dealer, Galaxie Modern. Because the piece needed a bit of help in the springs and upholstery department, we got a great deal on the chair, and a spruce up was immediately added to our long list of furniture things to do when the time was right.

Now let’s fast forward to October of last year. We had just moved into our forever house and were getting all of our furniture settled into their new spaces when the team behind BuyFabrics.com happened to reach out with the offer of a partnership. As soon as I had a chance to look through the upholstery fabric options on their site, I knew exactly what needed to be addressed once and for all: our sad, deflated little orange lounge chair, which you can see in all its former glory a couple of photos below and in this living room tour from our old townhouse.

Reupholstered Mid-Century Lounge Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com + @buyfabrics

Reupholstered Mid-Century Lounge Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com + @buyfabrics

Reupholstered Mid-Century Lounge Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com + @buyfabrics

I actually liked the original orange fabric of the lounge chair just fine, but as this was my first foray into major furniture reupholstery, I decided to go for a bigger, more dramatic change. The final choice? Spectrum Mist Blue Solis Outdoor Fabric by Sunbrella. As you may have noticed, I’m typically drawn to cooler colors and patterns layered over hints of warm wood, so a bright yet desaturated blue was the perfect color for our MCM lounge chair. Going with a durable yet soft Sunbrella fabric also meant that we got style without having to worry about stains in the long term.

Reupholstered Mid-Century Lounge Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com + @buyfabrics

Reupholstered Mid-Century Lounge Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com + @buyfabrics

As soon as our chosen upholstery fabric arrived from BuyFabrics.com, I called up our favorite local reupholsterer, Phil’s Upholstery, and had the chair dropped off for its makeover within a matter of days. Of course, the busy season had just descended on Phil’s and it would be another six months before we saw our made-over chair, but the epic results were more than worth the wait.

Reupholstered Mid-Century Lounge Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com + @buyfabrics

The moral of this story? Patience, of course, is a virtue, but also that you can get the look of those designer furniture options you love without shelling out major, major bucks. My advice is to source a well made piece that is clean and comfortable enough for the short term, but plan to have it reupholstered when time and budget allow. Taking the transformation in smaller steps allows you to save up for the makeover, and in the end, you’ll be left with a beautiful custom piece that you can cherish for generations, and all for a fraction of what you would pay from knock off designer furniture stores.

Big thanks to BuyFabrics.com for making this momentous moment a reality, and now I’m curious to know which fabric YOU would have chosen to reupholster our mid-century lounge chair in. Are you on Team Mist Blue, or would you have gone with a pattern? If you’re leaning towards the latter, click back to see my favorite mid-century inspired BuyFabrics.com patterns here and tell me what you would have done.

Reupholstered Mid-Century Lounge Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com + @buyfabrics

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Thrift Store Score: A Tray, Chip & Dip + Clock

Mid-Century Thrift Store Scores | dreamgreendiy.com

Thanks for your patience with me as I continue to recover from my stomach bug from last week! It turned out to be a lot worse than I thought last Friday, and I’m still not 100 percent better, but I feel like I’m making incremental progress each day. Hopefully, I will be back to my normal productive self by the weekend. I just can’t wait to drink coffee again and to eat things other than plain Cheerios, apple sauce, and broth! Fingers crossed that the bug breaks by Friday.

Anyway, in much better news, before coming down with this dragging virus, I managed to get out to the antique stores late last month to score a few new treasures that I just had to share. Although I’m trying my hardest to limit these types of shopping excursions for money reasons and for lack of available space, antiquing truly inspires me, and I try to only pick up things that have a real purpose rather than just good looks. Here’s what fit the bill and budget this particular trip.

Mid-Century Thrift Store Scores | dreamgreendiy.com

About this clock…Whenever John and I go antiquing together, I like to pick things up and ask him, “Can I buy this?” We both sound like walking parrots as I pick up item after item within a five foot length of aisle and ask the question, only to get a no from John. But every now and then he’ll say yes, and that’s when I know that it’s truly a cool find. Case in point, our new retro clock. It’s surely quirky and maybe even a little weird, but we liked the shape and the $5 price tag didn’t hurt either. Sold!

Mid-Century Thrift Store Scores | dreamgreendiy.com

These next two items I had to fight for, but after marching to the register with them under my arm, John later admitted that he knew I’d pick them up as soon as he saw them. Well, he was right! I couldn’t possibly say no to the cool mid-century patterns on both pieces—one, a metal serving tray shown below, and the other, a plastic chip and dip pictured above.

The tray now lives on our coffee table to corral things like magazines and remotes, while the chip and dip is on our dining room table playing host to napkins and other dining room necessities. I can’t wait to repurpose both as serving pieces at our next party though!

Mid-Century Thrift Store Scores | dreamgreendiy.com

Have you found any cool Thrift Store Scores lately? I’m all ears!

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Thrift Store Score: Two Seascapes + A Pair Of Felines

Thrifting For Vintage Artwork | dreamgreendiy.com

Ever since we moved here to Waynesboro, Virginia, I’ve found it a little tough to connect with local people. Because I work from home and juggle all sorts of roles stemming from this blog, I am usually kept pretty busy and am often hustling from sun up to sun down. It’s on my list of things to do to get out and try to meet up with a few creative folks (either from here in Waynesboro, or in nearby Charlottesville, Virginia), but in the meantime, I’ve been saving my weekdays for work and my weekends for relaxing or visiting with family.

Happily, I broke from routine if only by a smidgen a couple of weeks ago when I had two of my closest childhood gal pals come visit from out of town. This was the first time my friends had seen our new home, so I had a blast walking them through our spaces, room by room. After the tour, we piled into my car and hit the road for a little antiquing in Staunton, Virginia, which is just 15 or so minutes down the road, and today, I’m sharing three of my purchases (including one that solidifies my status as a crazy cat lady, although there really wasn’t much doubt on that front).

Thrifting For Vintage Artwork | dreamgreendiy.com

The first pair of vintage pieces—two beachy framed paintings—came from Staunton Antique Center & Artisan Loft. Although I’ve been trying my best to widdle down my collection of art, I just couldn’t pass up these coastal landscapes. I think the colors (namely that turquoise blue and pastel pink) are definitely largely to blame, but the price also couldn’t be beat at just $12 apiece.

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The other detail that sealed the deal for me was the shape. I love the pint-sized landscape orientation of these unique painterly paintings, and can’t wait to hang them in our upstairs hallway just as soon as we finish removing the old wallpaper and repaint the walls white.

Thrifting For Vintage Artwork | dreamgreendiy.com

As for that pesky piece that was going to seal my fate as the queen of all cat ladies? The wooden plaque below from Queen City Marketplace speaks for itself. One of my friends actually jokingly pointed this baby out, but little did she know that I was going to immediately scoop it up for myself. Yes, it’s a little silly, but the 1978 stamped board so perfectly sums up the attitude within our household, that I just had to fork over the necessary $5 to make it mine.

Thrifting For Vintage Artwork | dreamgreendiy.com

Have you uncovered any priceless antiques or artifacts this season? I’m dying to know! And in case you’re local to the Waynesboro, Staunton, or Charlottesville area, don’t be a stranger. I’m taking any and all recommendations for creative events and meet-ups, so do tell.

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DIY Blush Pink Mid-Century Side Chair Makeover

DIY Blush Pink Mid-Century Side Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

As you are all well aware of at this point, mid-century furniture is my JAM. It’s nearly impossible for me to turn away from reasonably-priced retro antiques, whether it’s a record player, chair, piece of art, or lamp. So, when I caught sight of a sad little $20 plastic 1950s chair while shopping at Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke, Virginia, I couldn’t say no. Scroll on to learn how to transform your own dingy plastic mid-century side chair into a blush pink beauty using nothing but a little elbow grease and spray paint.

DIY Blush Pink Mid-Century Side Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

Supplies

DIY Blush Pink Mid-Century Side Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

Start by giving your chair a thorough cleaning using an alcohol-based cleaning solution and thick paper towel. I like to use heavy duty paper towels made for automotive or shop projects since these tend to hold up best for projects like this.

Allow the chair to dry completely, and then mask off the plastic seat portion of the chair so that only the metal is showing using painter’s tape and plastic masking material. I actually used plastic trash and grocery bags to mask my chair! Next, set the chair upside down on a drop cloth outside that’s held down in the corners with bricks. Weighing it down will help keep the wind from blowing the cloth against the wet paint.

DIY Blush Pink Mid-Century Side Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

Shake your can of gold paint vigorously, and spray the metal portions of the chair with short, even bursts. When done, bring the chair back inside and allow it to dry overnight. Then repeat the steps, this time masking off the metal portions of the chair with plastic, and paint the plastic seat a pretty blush pink (or your color of choice).

DIY Blush Pink Mid-Century Side Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

Allow the paint to cure indoors for a full 24 hours before enjoying your new pink throne! I have actually had this chair for over a year now, just waiting for inspiration to strike (thus the glimpse of my old mint studio wall in the before photo). I thought about adding a confetti pattern, incorporating geometric shapes, and even a two-toned look. But sometimes simple really is best, and I couldn’t love the finished blush-colored chair more. What do you think?

DIY Blush Pink Mid-Century Side Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

DIY Blush Pink Mid-Century Side Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

DIY Blush Pink Mid-Century Side Chair Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

Be sure to check back daily throughout my ‘Week of Pink’ for more blush-colored inspiration ahead of Valentine’s Day 2016!

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DIY Upcycled Rolodex Recipe Card Organization System

DIY Upcycled Rolodex Recipe Card Organization System | dreamgreendiy.com @ehow

I can’t remember if I’ve ever officially admitted this, but, truth be told, I’m pretty much useless when it comes to any action in the kitchen. Well, aside from breakfast that is. I can make a mean poached egg or plate of French toast, but that’s where my motivation ends. Let’s just say that when I was a single gal, I used to eat boxed Mac & Cheese almost every night (when I wasn’t gorging on French toast, that is) and I hardly ever spent more than ten minutes analyzing a recipe card.

But then John made his way into my life and saved the day. My hubby is a whiz in the kitchen and is always putting together delicious dinners that come packed with thoughtful, health-boosting elements that I would never even dream of making on my own.

DIY Upcycled Rolodex Recipe Card Organization System | dreamgreendiy.com @ehow

Now, to clarify, I wouldn’t say that I’m a terrible cook, per se. It’s really just that I’m on the lazier end of the spectrum, and just hate the idea of intentionally meal planning and then later having to pour over a recipe card. So, in order to make the meal-planning process a little easier on myself to encourage more kitchen time, I decided to turn an old 50-cent Rolodex box into an Upcycled Recipe Card Organization System. You can see how I did it over on eHow by clicking that link.

While scrolling through the tutorial, you’ll also find my free printable download for peel-and-stick recipe card organization labels. What makes this system a little unique is the fact that I’m not telling you to stuff your existing recipe cards into a Rolodex box. Instead, you’ll be encouraged to print the labels and then write out the name of your favorite recipe, the title of the cookbook it’s in, and the page number before peeling and sticking the labels to the business-card-sized Rolodex pages. This system is much faster than having to rewrite entire recipes, and encourages us to break into our collection of cookbooks more regularly.

DIY Upcycled Rolodex Recipe Card Organization System | dreamgreendiy.com @ehow

Hop through to eHow now where I’m sharing the full breakdown on how you, too, can upcycle that vintage Rolodex you’ve been holding onto (or, at the very least, the one that you’ve been dreaming of snagging from the antique mall).

My favorite part, aside from the OCD organization factor? That hint of pretty pattern on top of the box! That’s actually a scrap of Blooms wallpaper care of This Little Street and Spoonflower, which you may remember from my DIY retro record cabinet makeover. It’s amazing what a little color and pattern can do to a simple, utilitarian object, wouldn’t you agree?

What’s your favorite recipe or cookbook?

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