“A place for everything, and everything in its place.” Nice idea in theory, right? Sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect spot for the things we use daily. And if you’re like me, you may not have a ton of cabinet and closet space, making storage at times a challenge. But that’s okay; it doesn’t all have to be tucked away and out of sight. With the right decorative container – box, bowl, basket, or tray – everything can have a place.  

Hi there! I’m Kathryn, and here are a few creative storage ideas I’ve used in my home that might work for you as well.  

Wandering around a thrift store is one of my favorite ways to pass some spare time. I love weaving in and out of the vendors’ booths searching for unexpected treasures. All things vintage appeal to me. I find myself curious about what road the old stuff must have traveled before it landed on the shelves of the second-hand stores. Two things I’m always on the hunt for are blue and white ceramics and milk glass. 

Hi there! I’m Kathryn, and here’s how I use the vintage milk glass I collect.  

Grabbing a can of spray paint is one of my favorite budget-friendly ways to change up the look of things in my home. 

Hi there! I’m Kathryn, and here’s one of my recent projects that even the newest of decorators can do.

I decided to paint a round, silver mirror that had served me well for years. It originally hung in our dining room, then made its way to the foyer. It’s the first mirror of this shape and such a large size I’ve painted. It’s 36 inches in diameter.

Last spring, I painted our red dining room white (my elbows still haven’t recovered!), chose blue as the accent color, and decided to put the round mirror back in the dining room over the buffet. 

I had painted many mirrors over the years without too much trouble; however, this round one was a bit trickier to paint and required more prep work. 

I always liked the silver color and details of the mirror, and even though I’d had it for some time, I wasn’t quite ready to let it go. So, I did what I do. I bought some Valspar spray paint at Lowe’s. The color I used is called “Indigo.” 

Now, about that prep work ... 

Very few areas of the mirror would allow me to simply slide paper under the edges. I had to use painter's tape on the spots with no space between the glass and the edge of the wood. And, I couldn't use big, long pieces; only short, small pieces would work because of the angle. Once the tape was on, I used my thumb nail to make a firm crease. 

Next, I used a razor blade to carefully trim off the tape. Then, I sprayed away! The Valspar paint is great, but it does take its time to dry.

Before (left) when the mirror was silver and hung in my foyer, and after (right) in the dining room - blue!

It turned out just like I hoped it would, and I love the navy color with the brass lamps and green apples. My favorite way to style it is with classic blue and white. 

So, when you think it may be time for something in your home to go, buy a can of spray paint instead and extend the life of your piece.  

Tuscaloosa native Kathryn Wilkerson is a wife, mom of three, a teacher, and the author of Woodbank Lane – a blog that offers up a variety of different decorating ideas and projects, recipes, and inspiration for living. Follow Kathryn at woodbanklane.com and on Instagram @woodbanklane. 

Thanksgiving in the South is about enjoying time with friends and family in the comfort of home to celebrate all that is good in life. 

 For some people, that means popping off the top button off their pants and taking a nap as soon as possible after the big meal. For others, it is about enjoying a beautiful meal that is an Occasion (with a capital “O”) by breaking out the good china and silver. 

Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.

 

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