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DIY: Kids’ Art Caddy



This is my favorite DIY project to date. 

I literally walked into our garage one night (just after the hubby got home from work) after a looooong day with the kids and desperately wanted to make something before they found me again.  Does this sound familiar?  Please say “yes.” :-)

You see, when I’m a bit stressed I create.

I saw some scrap pieces of wood, old dresser knobs and some glue and thought I could make something!

That “something” turned out to be this art caddy that my kids use almost everyday!



  • Furring strips (2.5″ wide, 1″ deep)
    • Cut to: 2 at 24.5″ long & 2 at 3″ long
  • Scrap wood (1.5″ wide, .75″ deep)
    • Cut to: 3 at 24.5″ long
  • Soup cans (this caddy can hold up to 8 soups cans that are 3″ in diameter)
  • Goo Gone
  • Gorilla Wood Glue
  • Clamps
  • Your Favorite Color Stain (I used Minwax’s Ebony)
  • Two Old Dresser Knobs
  • Hammer
  • Panelboard Nails
  • Clamps
  • Your Favorite Color Spray Paint


  1. Start by removing the labels off your empty, clean soup cans (if there is some remaining glue and/or label hanging on, then use your Goo Gone as directed)
  2. Spray paint your cans any color you’d like (I chose to spray the insides and outsides with Rustoleum’s Aqua) and let dry at least 24 hours.
  3. Take your 3 pieces of scrap wood cut to 24.5″ long and run a bead of Gorilla Wood Glue along the sides and secure them together with your clamps.  This will be the base of the caddy. I let it dry overnight.
  4. Secure your 2, 24.5″ furring strips to the base by using Gorilla glue and panelboard nails. Now you should have the base and two sides together.
  5. Now secure the 2, 3″ furring strips in between the two sides also using Gorilla glue and nails. You should now have something that looks like this (a long, narrow box without a top): short_side
    6.  Once completely dry, you can now stain your piece (be sure to wear rubber gloves!) I used Minwax in Ebony.
    7.  Once that is dry you can choose to sand it a bit for a shabby, rustic look which I did.
    8.  Now you’re ready to add the “handles.”  This is a huge reason why I love this thing….it’s portable!! The “handles” are actually some old knobs from my son’s IKEA dresser.  To secure these, drill a small hole in the center of each short side of the caddy and insert  the screw on the inside.  Next screw in the knob on the opposite side.

Fill each can with crayons, markers, glue, paint, paint brushes and let the imaginations go!! 

kids art caddy using soup cans,scrap wood,dresser knobs


*Note: They did find me and quickly took over…which I love! My future DIYers…


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Reupholstering +Kid-Proofing: our bar stools

Boy, if these bar stools could talk I’m sure they would be saying, “Thanks for finally showing us some love lady!”


This reupholster job is now #4 (and counting) on these poor things.  

1) They originally were covered in a black faux-suede and lasted until our girl was born.

2) Next was a light blue.  That lasted until our boy was born.

3) Next was this fabric and that has lasted the shortest time.   Can you tell why?  Too much BROWN maybe? Yup.


4) Most recently is this Ikat black+white outdoor fabric and I really like the bold look. Plus, I figured it being an outdoor fabric it would be virtually indestructible.


Not so much. I thought I was done with these stools until just a few months after reupholstering them I saw the fabric was fading at an abnormally fast rate!  Here is what the fabric should look like (left):


During a routine weekly visit to my local hardware store I spotted this product and bought it.


It claims to water-proof just about anything!  Boo-ya!

Thus started re upholstering job #4.  This is so easy if you haven’t attempted it yet.

1) Unscrew the seat.

2) Place the seat upside down on your favorite fabric (and ignore my crazy staple job)


3) Cut your fabric to size and add at least 2-3″

4) Staple the middle of each side &  be sure to pull tight when you do.


5) Staple like a mad woman! You can see how nuts-o I went on the previous upholstery job.  Oh…and yes I should remove the one million and three staples from that previous job, but I’ll do it next time.  How’s that for lazy?

6) Trim off any excess fabric.

7) Apply Step 1 of “Never Wet”.  I like this product for several reasons:  it comes in spray cans (no paint brushes+trays to clean), each coat dries in 30 minutes so you can have your stools back in about 1 hour, AND IT REALLY WORKS!!!

8) After Step 1 has dried for 30 minutes apply step 2 and wait another 30 minutes.

It’s as easy as that!




Still too much brown for my taste, but the black+white fabric really helps break it up a bit.  Now I just need to convince the hubby that the kitchen island would be better off white.

Here are a few fun shots to show you proof that this stuff really works…



The water drops literally fell off the seat.  This was a source of laughter for the kids and myself for a good 20 minutes.


My Girl’s Room: Mint+Pink


Thank goodness I can still get away with designing my daughter’s room.  She’s 5 going on about 20!!

I was giddy when I spotted this gorgeous minty green “oops paint” at HD for $7.00!


It’s zero VOC, Self-Priming, Flat Paint (flat paint hides flaws on your walls…aka toning-down-the-orange-peel-texture-on-every-single wall-in-our-house!)

Since she is maturing at an abnormal rate I snatched up the paint, convinced her she would love it and started painting before she threw any kind of tantrum.  I’m exaggerating…just a little.

So here is how her room turned out (and by the way, her room is also full of DIY, inexpensive projects just like my son’s room!)



a_bed2Flower reading lamps: IKEA / 3-D wall butterflies: Etsy / Flokati rug: Costco (I borrowed it from my bedroom)


Reversible bird rug: Joss & Main


a_butterflyThe 3-D butterflies came in a pack of 17 and in 3 different sizes. I purchased a pack that had 2 different shades of purple and white.  You can see I painted over the white ones in gold and hot pink.



These “drapes” are just strips of fabric I ordered from I cut to the size I wanted, “hemmed” with Heat ‘n Bond and I actually did sew the pom pom fringe on and managed to sew a decorative zig zag line (if you can call it a “line:)


I had (and still do have) a ton of fabric left over so I made this pillow cover also created the wall decoration by stapling the fabric to an old painter’s canvas (Michael’s- $3).  I then hot glued the “K” (also Michaels- $1.99) onto a white piece of white vinyl then hot glued some gold trim to cover my imperfect cut job.  The butterfly camouflages a nice blob of hot glue.



I got these vintage yellow lamp bases from eBay.  The oversized lamp shades are from Amazon. I made the star burst mirror from a wood circle I purchased from Hobby Lobby, stick-on mirror from IKEA and bamboo skewers. I then spray painted it gold. The blue metal tray was a Home Goods purchase.




I replaced all the knobs on my girl’s dresser with these gorgeous ones I purchased from this Etsy site.


Chair: IKEA / Desk: I believe a WalMart purchase my husband made before I even knew him / Butterfly lamp: Target


Overlays: (Gracie) 

I have used these in our master bedroom & on my kids’ toy chest


a_desk_collage2Rose drawer knob: Anthropologie / Flower pillow: flea market

a_desk_collageDesk tray & pencil holder: Poppin  / On a side note: if you’re looking for non-toxic, all natural and safe make up for your little girl, I found this awesome kit you can feel ok about giving your little lady too.


Chair: IKEA (this chair is no longer available, but the closest match today would be the Poang rocking chair / Floor lamp: Ballard Designs (I did not find this lamp anymore on their site)  / Book shelf: IKEA / Side table: IKEA (the pic on this link isn’t exactly the same as my girl’s, but pretty close & the same price I paid for this one years ago).  This is actually a stool that started out with a lime green top and silver legs.  I removed the top, spray painted it gloss black & spray painted the legs gold and added a black stripe detail at the bottom.




I stuck a piece of contact paper onto the wall behind the top 2 shelves for something fun.  Click here to see what else I did with it.


A treasured heirloom:  This silver cup is passed down to the first born girl on my mom’s side.  It has every woman’s initials and birth date engraved on it and dates back to 1865.  Mine is right above my daughter’s.  This was passed onto me from my mom and I have passed it on to my girl.  She will then pass it on to her daughter some day (I hope).


This is a $5 door mirror I purchased from Target.  I followed this tutorial to add the chunky frame around it then went a bit crazy with the paint job.



I found these wood embellishments at HD then spray painted them aqua and attached with Liquid Nails.


a_artcollage“You Are Loved” made by moi and custom abstract artwork created by my girl.  I can see my artsy genes are in there somewhere!

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my girl’s room.  It was fun to do and seeing her reaction was worth all the sweat and hours!