How to turn Cylinder Vases into Decor

Today I'm sharing a super simple décor diy using cylinder vases, some vase filler, and embellishments. I wanted to add another decorative touch to my dresser since updating it with the contact paper.  And since my husband has decided he wants gold bedding, this project will be the perfect addition. By the way, if you know where I can get gold bedding (at a reasonable cost) let me know. Lol. Plus, all the supplies used (except for glue) are from the dollar store.

Supply list:

  • 2 cylinder vases (one 7.5 in. and one 9.5 in. in height)
  • 2 gold tea light candle holders
  • Embellishments 
  • Vase filler
  • Glue

Step 1:

glued each tea light holder to the base of each vase

-I used hot glue, but for a more permanent hold I would suggest  a stronger adhesive. I wanted the option of changing the look of these.

Step 2:

added embellishments

-I used gold toned floral wire around one vase, gluing at the top and bottom of the vase. On the other I layered a lace head wrap over white lace ribbon, using hot glue to secure. The white lace ribbon is not from the dollar store, but is optional.

Step 3:

added vase filler

-In the taller vase decorative rattan balls (leftover from my beach themed chandelier diy), and the shorter vase is filled with vanilla scented potpourri.

So, that's it!

I hope you enjoyed this project! This is so simple and easily customizable for any décor. It's also versatile. I could see this on a living room mantle, as a dining table centerpiece, maybe even in the bathroom. Oh the possibilities!

Thanks again, and God bless!

Living simply,

Dual sided Mirrored Vanity Tray Diy

I get inspired in different ways to create décor pieces for my home. YouTube diy videos are one of the sources that sparks ideas for me. And, this project was inspired by a you tuber who created a mirrored tray. Her tray was uniquely different from other mirrored tray projects I had seen. She used a wired ribbon to create a tray border.

When I saw her video, I knew I had just the thing to create my own version of a mirrored tray. You won’t believe what I repurposed (from home renovation scraps) to create this tray. And, I even took it a step further and made this a dual-purpose project that only cost me $3. I am so happy with how this came out, and it’s a great addition to my dresser.

Here’s what I did…

I started with these supplies

-2 framed mirrors

- wall decal

- gold thumb tacks

- gold spray paint

- a vinyl corner bead (used in construction to reinforce drywall corners)

- heavy duty scissors

- ruler

Step 1: measured the vinyl to fit the outer edge of the frames and cut to size

-You end up with 2 long pieces and 2 shorts

Step 2: cut 2 mitered corners on each piece of vinyl

-I cut each angle inward to create a 45 degree angle

Step 3: spray painted the frames in metallic gold

Step 4: glued the frames back to back, after reassembling the framed mirrors

-I used super glue for this step, but I think even hot glue would do

Step 5: I added the wall decal to the mirror that would be the bottom of the tray

-I initially put the decal on the wrong way (lol), but I fixed it later

Step 6: attached the vinyl bead to the frame using the thumb tacks

-I attached the tacks to the center hole (alternating each hole) on the straight edged side. I did this around the entire frame. 

Step 7: attached gold beaded ribbon (using hot glue) to each corner to cover up the jagged edges

Step 8: attached flat glass gems on the bottom mitered corners using hot glue

And here is the result. A dual purpose mirrored vanity tray/ framed mirror décor!

I am totally loving the look of this. I plan on using this as a tray for now, but I have the option of simply turning it over and using it as décor. I hope this inspires you to create your own unique décor piece. Let me know what you think. And until next time, thanks and God bless!

Living Simply,


Kid friendly Closet Organization

This week I wanted to share another organizing project, and it’s of my daughters’ closet. We have two girls, and they share a bedroom. Which means double the clutter of a child’s bedroom. I’d had an idea of how to improve the closet in my mind. But, since this past summer was a struggle getting them to keep the bedroom tidy, I decided to sit with them and get their input on how to stay organized.

Together the girls and I decided that, for things to get put back in their designated place, we needed to add labels. Ok, easy enough. But, first some rearranging and additional storage was essential. And now they have no excuses, at least when it comes to the closet.

This is what it looked like before...

First I needed to remove the door...

Behind the door were a couple of storage bins that were storing outgrown and out of season clothes. 

I added curtains, with the curtain rod on the inside of the closet.

-These curtains are from Ikea. This set of 2 panels was only $9.99.

Next I added the cube storage organizer...

This organizer is also from Ikea. I got it for $30 during an Ikea family special. In the baskets (from Walmart) the girls will keep undergarments because their dresser is bursting at the seams.

-I added a smaller storage bin (which I had) on top of the cube organizer to keep outgrown clothes. This will be emptied and added to our donation bin in the basement.

On the top shelf are board games.

And these baskets hold rarely used items

The baskets are easily accessed by the girls with a step stool.

 I decided to add command hooks on each side wall (for coats).

Since we don't have a coat closet this will decrease bulk on the closet rod.

I even labeled the shoe rack...

There you have it. A little repurposing, rearranging, and added storage goes a long way to help out a small space. This closet is definitely kid friendly and was easy on the budget. I spent around $50 total including the cube storage baskets. I would love to know how you get your kids to keep tidy!

Thanks and God Bless!
Living Simply,

Contact Paper Dresser Update

Everyone loves Ikea furniture, right? Ok, maybe not everyone. But, I think most would agree Ikea has decent furniture and household items for great prices. At the same time though, most of the furniture is pretty plain and very simplistic. I’m not complaining, I love the functionality of the pieces in my home, but the design is just a little boring.

Since we’d had our previous bedroom furniture for about ten years, my husband and I decided it was time for an update. And after exhaustive searches at furniture stores we decided it best to just get a few separate pieces rather than a full bedroom set. It was also much more affordable to do it this way. We needed a dresser, and a closet since our bedroom moved to what used to be the living room. Who buys a full bedroom set nowadays anyway?

So, what’s my point? You can buy something plain and give it some pizazz! How do you do that? Well, there are many options i.e. paint, stencils, fabric to name a few. But I am using the easiest method, in my opinion, contact paper.

Here is the furniture before…

-I love the dark tone, but it is very stark and a little too masculine.

When using contact paper there are only 2 steps to take.

1.       Measure the surface to be covered

2.       Cut and apply

But, since I’ve used contact paper many times I’ve learned a couple of tricks to make it easier to apply. Because although it’s a short process it can get frustrating if you try to rush it.

This is the contact paper I used.

-I have had this for a few years and don’t even remember where I bought it, but it was the perfect subtle pop of color.

I didn’t need to measure the top of the dresser because the width of the contact paper was almost exactly the width of the dresser. I did however take measurements for the closet, which you’ll see later.

- when applying, remove the paper backing very slowly and use a straight edge to smooth each section (this prevents air bubbles from forming)
- use wax paper between the contact paper and straight edge when smoothing to prevent rubbing the design off the contact paper

- use a sharp blade to trim edges

For the closet, I measured for the inner squares on the door and cut each into two pieces (on the diagonal)

-I only needed two squares to get this geometric look I wanted

After I had finished applying the contact paper, I tied the whole look together by spray painting the dresser knobs

-I used a white primer, then a gold metallic paint

- when painting knobs, make holes in a piece of foam board (or cardboard) and secure the knobs to the board with the screws on the other side

And here is the result.

This cost me nothing to do because I had the contact paper and the spray paint. But, if you were to buy these supplies the total cost (for the paper and paint) would be less than $10 depending on the size roll of paper and brand of paint. Now I have furniture that is customized to my space. And if one day I wake up and don’t like it anymore, I can just peel the contact paper off! Let me know what you think. Have you used contact paper around your home for something other than shelves? Check out my Diy storage box.

Thanks, and God bless!

Living Simply,