A Place for Everything

I’ve amassed a lot of jewelry over the years, but despite my impressive collection, I always seem to wear the seem ten or so pieces over and over again. Not anymore! My new display keeps once-forgotten rings and necklaces right out in the open so they can get the attention they deserve.

Antique Letterpress Tray Jewelry Storage by somethingwewhippedup.com

Antique Letterpress Tray Jewelry Storage by somethingwewhippedup.com

I found this antique letterpress tray at a local flea market. After a through cleaning by a good friend (thanks, BG) I had 196 cubbies to keep all of my jewelry neatly organized. I try to keep silver pieces in one side and gold on the other, but even if it all gets a bit jumbled, it’s easier than sorting through a traditional jewelry box.

Though the tray would work just as well resting on a dresser, mine is secured onto an iron base I picked up at a salvage yard. I have no idea what its original intention was, but I’m quite happy with how we’re using it.

SWWU Tip 1: You can find vintage letterpress trays all over the place: garage sales, salvage yards, antique stores and on websites like Etsy and eBay

SWWU Tip 2: It’s best to keep only everyday jewelry organized out in the open like this. I still keep my special pieces locked up in a safe place. 

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That Looks Familiar: DIY West Elm Industrial Pipe Rods

We both love the simple yet sturdy look of the Industrial Pipe Curtain Rods from West Elm, but not the price. Just one would have set us back $99, and we needed two.

Inspiration for DIY Industrial Pip Curtain Rods by somethingwewhippedup.com

Inspiration for DIY Industrial Pip Curtain Rods by somethingwewhippedup.com

A quick trip to the hardware store helped us create an almost identical look for a fraction of the price. In fact, a set of two rods cost around $45, a savings of more than 75 percent!

DIY Industrial Pipe Curtain Rods by somethingwewhippedup.com

DIY Industrial Pipe Curtain Rods by somethingwewhippedup.com

DIY Industrial Pipe Curtains Rods

Makes 1 rod

1. Make sure the pipe you have selected is the length you want to use. The pipes don’t come in too many sizes, but they can be cut to your specifications and rethreaded at most larger hardware stores—just ask! Once you have all of your pieces, connect them to form your rod. Connect an elbow to each end of the pipe, making sure you create two 90-degree arms facing in the same direction (so your rod will be flat against the wall). Next, connect a flange to each elbow.

2. Put your tarp or drop cloth down in a well ventilated area (preferably outside) and apply spray paint in an even coat and let dry.

3. Install your rods making sure to use anchors that are well suited to your type of wall.

SWWU Tip 1: Since the rod won’t be spring-loaded, you’ll need to think about how you want to hang your curtains before you put up your rod. If you want to thread the rod through your curtains you’ll need to do this BEFORE you attach the last flange and attach the rod to the wall. If you’d like your look to be more flexible (like we did) choose curtains with grommets and hang with hooks. We used the IKEA Grundtal Hooks.

SWWU Tip 2: Pipes come in various finishes including copper, black and gray. We chose to paint ours so the look was consistent, but you can leave yours plain for a more natural look.

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Out of a Jam

Brian and I are big fans of Bonne Maman preserves. There are usually no fewer than three open in our fridge at all times. Luckily, this means we always have a steady supply of the adorable little jars around the house. I recently discovered they’re just the right size to neatly store cotton balls, q-tips and more on one of our bathroom shelves. The classic red and white lid, reminiscent of a tablecloth, wasn’t the right look for us, but a quick coat of Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch (in Deep Blue) quickly changed that. In less than 5 minutes (plus a bit of drying time) I had custom organization solution.

Out of a Jam by somethingwewhippedup.com

Out of a Jam by somethingwewhippedup.com

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Freshen Up Your Morning Routine

No matter how many times I move the mouthwash to its designated (out of sight) place under the sink, it always ends up back where it’s seen and used most, next to the faucet. And since the typical plastic bottles are less than eye-catching, I knew I needed to come up with a stylish solution. At first, I envisioned a beautiful oversized wine decanter filled with the topaz-blue liquid, but I knew I didn’t have the counter space for that and expected to get few eye rolls from Brian. Then, while out at a bar (where all great ideas happen), I noticed the mixologist pouring syrups from glass bottles topped with open-ended spouts. This was my solution!

Upgrade Your Mouthwash by somethingwewhippedup.com

Upgrade Your Mouthwash by somethingwewhippedup.com

This quick and attractive fix has been great. The pour spout eliminates the need for cups (let’s be honest, who really uses those anyway?), since you can let the mouthwash flow directly into your mouth right from the bottle without ever touching your lips. And, if you have guests, you don’t need to be grossed out by them taking a swig.

Simply wash and dry out a bottle that’s your desired size, fill with mouthwash (a funnel may be helpful) and top with a metal pourer. How fresh!

SWWU Tip 1: You can purchase pour spouts at restaurant supply stores, some liquor stores and possibly even your local supermarket. 

SWWU Tip 2: Make sure you have a snug fit between your bottle and the pourer to prevent leaks. You may need to try a few different combos before you find the perfect match.

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The $2 Mitten Manager

Coats seem to get all the love (or at least a guaranteed place to hang out) when it comes to storing your winter gear. Well, after one too many days of forgetting my gloves, hat or scarf, or having a mitten with a missing partner, I knew I had to find a solution. Our entry hallway is too narrow for a cute basket or bin and while hooks could hold a scarf or hat, my mittens were still getting abused by being stuffed inside jacket pockets. While walking through my local hardware store I discovered suction cup clips and decided with a few simple tweaks, I could transform them into a simple solution.

Two Dollar Mitten Manager by somethingwewhippedup.com

Two Dollar Mitten Manager by somethingwewhippedup.com

Not bad, right? We enjoyed this simple fix so much, that we have now have six of them hanging in our front hallway alongside our coat hooks. The clips have been super handy, easy to use and since we installed them, no mittens have gone missing! And, after a recent morning of sledding we discovered another benefit: It was a great place to hang our wet gear to dry out. In the summer, I plan to keep a floppy hat here or even use it as a place to post reminder notes.

You too can install these cute and stylish hooks in your own home. All you need is:

Use a screwdriver to separate the suction cup from the clip. Next, drill a hole into the wall where you would like the clip to hang. Lightly tap the anchor into the hole with a hammer then line the hole in the top of the clip with the anchor, insert the screw and twist until tight.

SWWU Tip 1: I think it is important to anchor this into your wall. The clips are likely to get a lot of use and you don’t want them to slide around or easily slip out of the wall.

SWWU Tip 2: It might be difficult to screw your clip straight into the wall at a 90 degree angle. If you can’t easily fit your screw driver between the two tabs of the clip, plan to do everything (drill your hole, sink your anchor and screw it in) at a 45 degree angle (downward).

Two Dollar Mitten Manager by somethingwewhippedup.com