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Measuring Cup Cabinet: Variations on a Pin

Ever since I joined Pinterest there is ONE idea I saw from here that I knew I needed to replicate. Now is the time!

I found this pin and I think it is genius!


This weekend was finally the time to make it happen.

I have dedicated the cabinet next to my oven as an easy-access supply station.

While I have other measuring cup/spoon sets near my mixer, I thought it would be very useful to have another set on hand right next to the stove.

However, I made a few changes to the original idea.

First, I was definitely NOT planning on putting any nails or screws into my new cabinet doors. Maybe someday, but for now these are my clean, brand new beauties and I will not bring a blemish upon them!

So what’s a girl to do? 3M hooks of course! (A college kid’s best friend. I got my room deposit back ever year, thank you very much.)

I purchased two packs from Target of these mini wire-hooks (actually called “utensil hooks”) for $6.00.

I also opted to skip the measurement labels – don’t most have them printed on the cup/spoon anyways?

Then I just eyeballed it and made sure that the door would close okay with hanging the cups in certain locations.

If you have never used 3M hooks, they come with sticky tabs. One side is for the hook and the other side you stick to the wall. (No worries about confusing them, it says “wall, wall, wall, wall, wall” on it.) I like 3M hooks because you can remove them from anywhere without any damage. Perfect for my new cabinets!

Inside the cabinet is where I keep my olive oil, my Misto (my favorite kitchen “thing” ever!), my timer and a few other frequently-used cooking odds and ends. I also keep my salt and pepper grinders in the cabinet.

I store them on top of two of those little tea bag holders to keep any stray grounds of salt and pepper from spreading all over the cabinet.

And that’s how I created a easy-access cooking supply station next to my stove for $6.00!


Cape Cod Droolfest

We are going to Cape Cod this weekend to celebrate our anniversary. As I have been highly anticipating this weekend of sun, beach books and the total lack of house-related projects, I have been oogling at Cape Cod pictures on Pinterest this week.

I thought I’d share some of the summery visions that have caught my eye.











Hmmm, I feel like I’m there already.

Have a nice weekend!

A DIY Inspiration Board

I joined Young House Love and Bower Power’s Pinterest Challenge last week and I have finally completed my FIRST “I-really-wanna-do-this-cool-idea-I-saw-on-Pinterest” project.

I have been “pinning”, or saving/filing away for a rainy day for you non-pinners, different kinds of inspiration boards for quite some time now.

I knew that I wanted it to be fairly big and easily changeable so it would transform itself over and over again. I didn’t want it to be a static bulletin board of pretty things, but a constantly changing source of inspiration – be it a postcard, take-out menu or snapshot from a recent trip.

I had gotten this old canvas frame off the curb a few years ago. It was originally a huge rainbow print for a little kid’s room, but that got tossed immediately. I had some crazy pink batik fabric stretched over it to decorate my first apartment, but since then it has been sitting around in my “stuff-to-DIY-someday” pile.

First I took the frame outside and I painted it white. (This is one of those projects you can use up the rest of those “paint sample” jars you buy when picking out paint colors… this was Valspar Dove White. A trim color reject.)

For the inside of the frame there were MANY options. I thought about criss-crossing ribbons. I thought about adding chicken wire. I even considered ditching my original project and mounting the frame and putting hooks on the wall inside of the frame for jewelry instead.

In the end I decided I wanted to go for a “floaty” inspiration board look.

I marked out where I wanted to put the strings every 6 inches (because most photos/postcards aren’t taller than that). Then I took pushpins and put them on the spots that I marked.

I used pushpins instead of nails because I wanted the frame to lie flat against the wall. I was also pretty sure that if I had little nailheads sticking up it was going to scratch up my walls when I was moving the board around adding or removing pieces. (Sorry, no in-process pics. My hands were occupied.)

Then I took some fishing line. Always have fishing line. It comes in handy during the most random projects.

I tied it around the bottom right pin and then firmly pushed the pin in as far as could go. Then I snaked the fishing line around the remaining pushpins (across, up, across, up, so on). I tied it firmly around the final pin and cut the remainder off. I did this to avoid having to tie them on every pin, which would also work.

Then I got a handful of mini silver binder-clips (from the Target dollar spot!) and used these to attach my “inspiration pieces”. As you can see, the clips aren’t actually clipping on to the fishing line at all. They are hanging on them so they look like they are floating!

I propped it up against the wall in my office (yes, that’s a new paint color you haven’t seen. I am quite behind on sharing progress here. But it’s summer! Who has time to blog when you can waterski and eat popsicles?) I also leaning it at an angle so the pieces can “swing” a little bit instead of being pinned right to the wall.

It’s a clothesline for ideas.

I am considering adding some doo-dads to the frame (ribbon rosettes? letter cut-outs?) but I leaning towards leaving it as is. I like the simple geometric features the frame already has. The best part about DIY projects is that they are never really finished.

Ahhh, I feel inspired already.

And the best part is I didn’t have to spend a dime. I already had the paint, pushpins, fishing line and clips at home.

Have you done any Pinterest-inspired projects lately?

Pinterest Challenge

Two of my favorite blogs, Young House Love and Bower Power, are teaming up to present a Pinterest Challenge this week.

They explain the challenge here:

I totally agree with them! I have so many projects pinned that I would love to make. I need to start actually TRYING some of them. My goal is to make some sort of inspiration board/photo hanger like this:

Or like this one…

Their deadline is next week and I am out of town this weekend! I guess I will have to see what I can do!

Join the Pinterest challenge with me! What do you want to tackle?