DIY Garment Rack

I have the tiniest closet of life! This DIY is a great way to maximize space if you have a small closet like I do. Plus, I love the way it decorates my space at the same time :)

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Materials Needed:
– Metal Spray Paint (I used Rustoleum in metallic)
– 3/4 in x 5 ft black pipe (qty: 3)
– 3/4 in 90 degree black pipe elbow (qty: 2)
– 3/4 in threaded floor flange (qty: 2)
– 4 wheels (Hooded Ball Swivel Plate Casters)
– Wood for the base (5’6 by 1 foot)
– Wood Stain
– Polyurethane
– Sponge and wipe cloth for staining wood
– 1 box of 1 inch wood screws
– Power Drill

DIY Garment Rack Tutorial Steps:

1. Assemble the piping by screwing the elbows onto the both ends of one pipe and finally to the remaining pipes. Attach the threaded floor flanges to the bottom of each pipe. You can temporarily mount the base to two pieces of scratch wood you have lying around (you can kinda see how I did this in #3 of the tutorial image below). This will allow the piping to have support while you spray paint it. Once assembled, spray paint the piping (I used Rustoleum in Metallic).

2. Get a piece of wood from home depot that’s at least 5.5 feet long (mine was about 5’6 by 1 foot wide). Align the wheels on each corner of the wood leaving about 1 inch of space around. Make a pilot hole and then drill the wheels to the base.

3. Stain your wood per instructions on the can allowing a few coats and enough dry time.

4. Use polyurethane in semi-gloss to protect the stained wood.

5. Attach the assembled piping to your wood base. You might need help with this one so someone can hold it while the other drills the nails through. And, there you have it. Easy enough!

DIY-Garment-Rack-industrial-pipe-clothingCheck out the final product – more closet space and a cool new addition to my room!

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Oh, and P.S. here’s my tiny little closet, the only ex-drawback of my sweet condo:

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♥ Jackie

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Jewelry, Organized!

Out of sight, out of mind? These jewelry storing tricks will help you stay organized and keep your jewelry in sight so you find yourself wearing more of your jewelry that may have been tucked out of sight. Not only that, you’ll find your storing techniques make nice decorative pieces!

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Organize bracelets by stacking them on an empty wine bottle.

Save your bottles after drinking wine and soak in water for a few hours to easily remove labeling.

(all jewelry on the bottle is from Jou Jou My Love)

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I posted how to make this DIY jewelry frame to organize jewelry a few weeks ago.

Check it out to learn how to make this cool decorative piece!

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This is my current setup at my house. I love collecting all kinds of jewelry displays.

The earring display and jewelry tree are from Urban Outfitters and I also have a twig display I adore which can be found here.

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Source: Buzz Feed

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Source: Pinterest browsing!

♥ Jou Jou My Love Jewelry

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DIY Painted Fabric Chair using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

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I picked up an old chair off craigslist for $25 bucks. It came in this hideous floral fabric print. But I knew it had potential!

I had my eye set on those pretty french style chairs at Anthropologie but thought this DIY would be more fun and save me some money.

People look at me crazy when I say I painted fabric but it’s possible! I used Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Louis Blue for the fabric and Old White for the wood trim of the chair. Annie Sloan Chalk paint is simply amazing! It allows you to paint any surface without primer or sanding – even fabric. It’s super easy and great quality. I went to the Annie Sloan website and located vendors in Atlanta that sold the paint stumbling upon a great local store called the Bird and the Bee.

Materials needed:

 Annie Sloan Chalk paint (I used Louis Blue for the fabric and Old White for the wood trim)
Annie Sloan Soft Wax in Clear 
– Paint Brush (I use a regular paint brush – works just fine! but the Annie Sloan brush can be purchased for a whopping $40).
– Sponge Brush or Annie Sloan Wax Brush 
– Rag Cloth for wiping down the wax
– Sandpaper
– Tape

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DIY Painted Fabric Chair Tutorial Steps:

1. Tape the edges of chair so you won’t get the paint for the fabric on the trim.
2. Dip your paintbrush in water then in the paint to get a tiny bit of water in the paint mixture (If you don’t put in a little bit of water the paint will be too thick and the chair will be a little crusty).
3. Paint one layer onto the fabric part of the chair and let dry overnight. I repeated this process until the floral print was no longer present – it took me 3 layers. In between layers I would lightly sand the fabric to make the surface smooth.
4. Paint the trim of the chair and let dry 30-60 minutes – wood dries incredibly fast compared to the fabric and you don’t need to mix the paint with water. Paint a second layer and let dry again.
5. Using a clean sponge paint brush (or Annie Sloan brush made for wax application) apply a small amount of Annie Sloan Soft Wax to the entire chair including the fabric. Waxing the fabric will give the chair a nice leather feel. Wipe down the excess wax with a cotton rag and let set for one day.

Be sure to check out my jewelry creations on my site at Jou Jou My Love!

Enjoy!

♥ Jou Jou My Love Jewelry

 

Jar Obsessed: DIY Chalkboard Label Weck Jars for Kitchen Pantry

Anthropologie is always selling cute jars with chalkboard labels and I love the idea.

I went to World Market feeling like the crazy jar lady wiping them out of their entire collection of their beautiful German made Weck Jars and started jarring all the spices in my kitchen pantry! {You can also purchase Weck Jars at William Sonoma and Crate and Barrel}.

Here are some shots I went a little crazy with it but it looks great!

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I went the lazy route and bought some ready made chalkboard labels from World Market but you can easily make your own if you checkout this DIY tutorial here:

DIY Chalkboard Label Tutorial courtesy of Ann Le

♥ Jou Jou My Love Jewelry

DIY Chalkboard Frame Tutorial

I always look forward once a month to go to Scott’s Antique Market here in Atlanta. It’s full of treasures – old window panes, ceiling tin, antique furniture. I picked up this really cool frame made of ceiling tin and decided it would look great in my kitchen with a chalkboard put in.

Ceiling Tin Frame picked up from Scotts Antique Market
Ceiling Tin Frame picked up from Scotts Antique Market

Materials needed:

– Frame of your choice
– a thin wooden board cut to size (I purchased mine from Home Depot and they were able to cut it to the custom dimensions I provided).
– Primer
– Chalkboard Paint (Can be found at Home Depot or any craft store)
– Chalk
– Paint Brush
– Nails
– Eye Hook Screws
– Hammer
– Picture hanger and Wire

Materials used for the Chalkboard Frame
Materials used for the Chalkboard Frame

Steps:
1- Have home depot cut a thin piece of wood to the custom dimensions of your frame.
2- Paint the wood with Primer first
3- Paint the wood with chalkboard paint and let dry for at least 1 hour
4- Paint a second coat of chalkboard paint and dry according to the recommended drying times on the paint can.
5- Insert the fully dried board into the back of your frame. Hammer nails into the sides of the frame to secure the board.
6- Adhere eye hook screws on each side of the frame towards the top and string wire through to create a hanging element.
7- Start drawing! Put a quote on your new chalkboard or a shopping list – be creative.

Here's the final product - looks lovely in my kitchen!
Here’s the final product – looks lovely in my kitchen!

Enjoy!

♥ Jou Jou My Love Jewelry