Good Things

Top Post of 2011: Jewellery Storage

With 2011 drawing to a close on Saturday, I thought it would be neat to look back and reflect on the most popular post of the year at The 236.

When I looked back into my stats, the clear winner was my Operation: Jewellery Storage post (with close to 1,000 hits — small peanuts to some, but this blows my mind!) back in August.

I have to admit that this project was one of my favourites of the year mainly because I get to use and admire this piece every day. It makes getting ready in the morning so much easier — I can easily see all my jewellery within a quick glance and pick what I want to wear in mere seconds.

Plus, the organizer holds so much! Since installing it, I have filled almost every tack with either a necklace, bracelet or set of earrings. Love!

This project is also a great gift. In fact, I made an even larger organizer for my best friend as a house warming gift for her large walk-in closet. A much appreciated gift for someone who has so. much. jewellery. Jealous!

2011 has been a great year for The 236 — in fact, this year was a first for The 236 and for myself as a blogger. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting other great bloggers with similar interests as me through this wonderful platform and finally found an outlet for my crazy projects and creative inspirations.

I have high hopes for 2012 for myself as a blogger — and, of course, for The 236. In fact, I’m going to my first blogger conference called BlogPodium in Toronto on January 27, 2012, at the Interior Design Show. If you are going too, please let me know — I’d love to meet up with fellow bloggers!

Here’s to a wonderful 2012 ahead for all! Happy New Year from The 236 and thanks for stopping by.

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Drab to Fab: Ribbon Board

Yesterday I showed you my fancy, new-to-me mail slot. It was a $2.99 find at my local VV Boutique. Sure, it needed some TLC to bring it into this century, but it was nothing that a can of chalk board spray paint couldn’t handle.

I also gave you a sneak peek of my DIY ribbon board. Pretty, huh? I think so. It didn’t start out that way though.

One day while leaving work, I passed by the Give & Take Table in our underground parking garage. Normally I don’t bat an eyelash at the table because it’s usually full of junky items that people really should have thrown out. On the table was a wooden frame with broken glass. Garbage, right? It definitely could have passed for it, but I ended up grabbing the frame anyway because it was really deep, almost like a shadow box. I knew I could turn it into an upholstered pin board.

I immediately brought the frame home, threw out the busted up glass and gave it a coat of white spray paint. As you can see, I was so intent on starting this project that I didn’t get a “before” shot. Bad blogger, I know. :)

Next, I headed off to my local Fabricland and went straight to their remnant box. For a few bucks, I got a yard of stripped grey and white outdoor fabric and some white ribbon.

The process of putting it together was simple. I layered some batting over a piece of cardboard to fit the frame, then layered on the fabric. To secure the fabric and batting, I used some duct tape. Easy, right? Then, I arranged the ribbon in a diagonal grid and secured that to the back of the fabric covered cardboard using, of course, more duct tape.

Here’s the final product…

The ribbon board is perfect next to the mail slot, as we can stick invitations, important notices and other reminders on the board so they don’t get lost or thrown out by accident. It also gives the foyer a pop of colour.

How do you handle clutter in your foyer? I’d love to hear about it!

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Drab to Fab: Mail Slot Makeover

Clutter is a MAJOR problem in our foyer. Shoes, bags, papers and mail. Oy, the mail!

For months, I was looking for an effective mail solution – something that would neatly organize our mail while it sat for us to read. After re-doing our foyer, I needed a solution STAT – the mail pile was starting to turn into an accessory and it wasn’t my idea of beautiful decor.

If you follow me on Pinterest, you would have noticed a number of pins for mail organization. Lots of ideas, but nothing that I could easily and quickly execute. Then, one day while strolling through my local VV Boutique, I came across this beauty.

Gotta love that honey-coloured wood. Best of all, the price at a whopping $2.99. Yup, sold. This baby was coming home with me.

I had a few ideas of what to do with this mail slot, but opted to keep it simple. Black is the accent colour of our foyer, so I grabbed my can of Rust-Oleum Specialty Chalk Board Spray and went to town.

And, here’s the final product…

Plenty of space for our mail and it’s located right by the front door near the coat rack for easy access.

What’s the ribbon board next to it? More on that tomorrow!

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It’s the Little Things

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make a difference. Take our basement pantry, for instance.

Our basement pantry is where we keep the bulk of our dry foods, paper products and cleaning supplies since our kitchen is seriously lacking cabinet pantry space. It’s located in our unfinished laundry/utility room, just across from the all-important beer fridge and upright freezer.

For months, the pantry was no longer a pantry… was a dumping zone. It was high time to organize, purge and re-establish some much needed order.

So, what did I do on my vacation?


Ahhh….all is well in the world again. All it took was a 3-Drawer Storage Cart to store extra Tupperware containers, some Skubb Storage Boxes and a Hutten 9-Bottle Wine Rack from IKEA. Now everything is contained with like items and easy to get to.

It may not be the prettiest of pantries, but it sure is handy and does the trick!

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Chip & Salsa Bowl in a Pinch

Company is coming and you are frantically throwing together some appetizers (I know this, because this was me on Saturday before having family over to celebrate my Dad’s birthday). You’d like to serve chips and salsa, but you forgot to pick up that nice bowl you saw at Home Sense. No worries — you can easily create a chip and salsa bowl on the fly using bowls you already have on hand!

Step 1: Find three bowls — small, medium and large.

Step 2: Turn the small bowl upside down and place it in the large bowl.

Step 3: Place the medium bowl on top of the small bowl.

Step 4: Fill the medium bowl with your salsa and place the chips around it.

Step 5: Cross that fancy chip and salsa bowl off your shopping list — because, really, you don’t need it anymore!

Thanks for dropping by The 236!

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