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FLOATING BEDSIDE TABLES FOR TINY LIVING

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We’ve lived in two of the most expensive places to live in the country, needless to say, we’ve unintentionally become tiny living enthusiast. When cost of living is high and you’re trying to pay off student loan debt, you get incredibly good at living small and doing without. Our first tiny house experience was when we moved to New York and we lived in a 325sqft cottage. After that we moved into a small apartment, gained a few more sqft and a bedroom. I was over the moon happy to have a bedroom.

While our space is tiny and we’ve given up things like a conventional stove and oven, we’ve figured out how to really make things work, and keep our stuff to a minimum. Because our space is limited we get creative with furniture or the lack of furniture. When we went looking for a new bed frame we knew we needed something with storage and we found this Brimnes storage bed from Ikea and it was perfect. The large drawers meant we could avoid having a dresser, saving us space in our bedroom.

Our next step was to figure out some kind of bedside table. We wanted to find something inexpensive, easy, and that would work with our bed. We knew we had to find something that we could easily attach to the walls.

We headed to Target and found something perfect, a wood file organizer. In it’s simplest form it’s a wood box and in our case that was just what we needed.

Installation was easy. Tyler pulled out his drill, and he simply anchored the boxes to the wall. We picked the height that was going to work best for us and it was high enough that we could open the drawers from our bed.

We have loved these creative bedside tables and I found some amazing alternatives that I think ya’ll will love. Wood filling or organizing boxes are easy to find and they are just as easy to paint to suite your decor aesthetic .

FLOATING BEDSIDE TABLES FOR TINY LIVING

Organizer Crate : These are the closet wood boxes to the ones we currently have and they would be so easy to paint any color.

Wood Storage Cabinet : I stumbled upon this wood organizer and thought it was so cute and perfect as a bedside table. I love the little drawers in it.

Wood File Organizer : This wood file organizer is another amazing find that would work great as a floating bedside table. Again, this could easily painted any color.

Keep in mind that all of these options are on the smaller side and are ideal for small spaces. We have a full size bed and our bedroom is small too, so having small bedside tables worked for our space.

DIY FLOATING BEDSIDE TABLES

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This past year I was wanting to change up our bedding in our room and I loved the contrast of navy blue and white. I ended up dying the bedding we had, which was a mint blue. It took a few tries to get the darkness I wanted, but in the end I loved the navy. I found y’all some amazing navy quilt coverlets and white pillow covers.

Navy Quilted Coverlet : I loved the texture of this bedding set. Texture is such an easy thing to add to your space, that allows you to keep things simple, but not boring.

White Pillow Sham : These pillow tufts are on point.

Navy Lightweight Coverlet : This navy blue texture has a beautiful feminine feel and I love that.

DIY FLOATING BEDSIDE TABLES

DIY REPURPOSED WOOD BACKDROP

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One of my favorite backdrops for styled stock photography and brand photography is my repurposed wood backdrop. I built it last spring and it remains to be a constant in my work. One of the great things about backdrops like this one is that if you can find old pallet wood, you can build a repurposed wood back drop for FREE. :)

SUPPLIES

  • Old pallet

  • Circular saw

  • Hammer

  • Mallet

  • Drill

  • Screws

METHOD

STEP ONE : If you're familiar with pallets, you'll know that the base of the pallet is made up of three parallel 2x4s that secure the pallet. The first step in building anything with pallet wood is disabling the pallet. I had two options. I could dismantle the whole pallet with a hammer and mallet. Or I could use the circular saw to remove the two end pieces and only have to dismantle the center 2x4 with the hammer and mallet.  I chose the second option. Using a straight edge and pencil mark a line for where you will make your cut. Use your circular saw to cut along your marked edge. Repeat this step on the other side of the pallet. When your finished with this step you should have one remaining 2x4 in the center of the pallet.

STEP TWO : This step takes the most muscle and patience. ;) Using your hammer and mallet gently pry away the remaining 2x4 from the pallet wood. This must be done gently so that you don't crack or break any of the wood. We tried lots of different techniques when removing the wood. We pried the wood away with the hammer. We used the mallet to loosen the wood and nails. We even stood on the wood and used our body weight. Any technique will work as long as your wood doesn't break.

STEP THREE : Once all your wood is free you can begin building. For my backdrop I decided to use the back side of the pallet wood because it was more rustic and had more character. We laid the pieces out to ensure we liked the design, then flipped the boards over. We used spare wood pieces and other pallet pieces to secure the backdrop together. Using your drill and screws attach the boards on the back. The most important part of this step is simply to make sure the boards on the back span your backdrop so each piece is secure.

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Once you're finished you can can use your backdrop for all types of things. You can use it for flatlay photography or stand it on it's side and use it as a background. xoxo! Samantha


DIY FAUX SHIPLAP PHOTO BACKDROP

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Who else out there is a fan of Fixer Upper?... Joanna and Chip are taking over the world, right? haha! :) Before watching Fixer Upper I had no real reference for shiplap. If someone would have mentioned shiplap I wouldn't have had any idea what they were talking about. Guys, if I could live in a farm house with shiplap I totally would. If I could live on a farm I totally would, ha! :)

But back to reality, right?... Because I don't live in a farm house and I don't live on a farm. I have come to really love the look of shiplap and I have been wanting to add a few more photo backdrops to my collection. I had some left over pallet wood from the last backdrop I made and I knew the remaining pallet wood would be perfect for creating a faux shiplap photo backdrop.

SUPPLIES

  • Pallet wood

  • Circular saw

  • Table Saw *(you don't need a table saw for this project. We used it to trim some difference pieces that we used to secure the back.

  • Hammer

  • Mallet

  • Drill

  • Screws

  • Sander

  • White paint

METHOD

STEP ONE : If you're familiar with pallets, you'll know that the base of the pallet is made up of three parallel 2x4s that secure the pallet. The first step in building anything with pallet wood is disabling the pallet. I had two options. I could dismantle the whole pallet with a hammer and mallet. Or I could use the circular saw to remove the two end pieces and only have to dismantle the center 2x4 with the hammer and mallet.  I chose the second option. Using a straight edge and pencil mark a line for where you will make your cut. Use your circular saw to cut along your marked edge. Repeat this step on the other side of the pallet. When you're finished with this step you should have one remaining 2x4 in the center of the pallet. *To see photos of these steps, hop over to this post.

STEP TWO : This step takes the most muscle and patience. ;) Using your hammer and mallet gently pry away the remaining 2x4 from the pallet wood. This must be done gently so that you don't crack or break any of the wood. We tried lots of different techniques when removing the wood. We pried the wood away with the hammer. We used the mallet to loosen the wood and nails. We even stood on the wood and used our body weight. Any technique will work as long as your wood doesn't break.

STEP THREE : Once all your wood is free you can begin building.  We laid the pieces out to ensure we liked the design, then flipped the boards over. We used spare wood pieces and to secure the backdrop together. Using your drill and screws attach the boards on the back. The most important part of this step is simply to make sure the boards on the back span your backdrop so each piece is secure.

STEP FOUR : Once your backdrop is built you can start the finishing touches. First you want to sand away any rough parts of your backdrop. This is pretty quick and painless. Once your backdrop has been sanded you can apply the paint. We used a paint and primer in one and it only took a few coats to get a solid white. Because there are cracks between each board, once we had applied our paint, we went through and cleaned up the edges to give it a more finished look.

I wanted to share with you guys a little behind the scenes with my new shiplap photo backdrop. It's currently one of my favorite backdrops and I love that I can use it for flatlay photos as well!

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Are you a fan of shiplap? What are some of your favorite diy photo backdrops? xoxo. Samantha


DIY REPURPOSED WOOD BACKDROP

DIY REPURPOSED WOOD BACKDROP

One thing I've been trying to work towards is developing my brand style and then creating consistency around that style. It's been quite harder then I hoped, but it has forced me to really think about the style that I want to create and the feeling and mood behind that style. Included in defining that style has been building and creating new photo backdrops. As of late, I've made this one and this one. I knew that I wanted consistency in style but variety too.

A few weeks ago Tyler and I were at a tool consignment shop picking up a table saw, while we were there I spotted an old pallet. Guys, I am always on the look out for old pallets. Old pallets mean free and usable wood. Pallets are the budget diyers best friend, ha! I knew that the next photo backdrop I wanted to create was a rustic wood backdrop and this old pallet was my ticket. Creating photo backdrops with pallet wood is pretty easy, you just need a little muscle and a little patience. ;)

SUPPLIES

  • Old pallet
  • Circular saw
  • Hammer
  • Mallet
  • Drill
  • Screws

METHOD

STEP ONE : If you're familiar with pallets, you'll know that the base of the pallet is made up of three parallel 2x4s that secure the pallet. The first step in building anything with pallet wood is disabling the pallet. I had two options. I could dismantle the whole pallet with a hammer and mallet. Or I could use the circular saw to remove the two end pieces and only have to dismantle the center 2x4 with the hammer and mallet.  I chose the second option. Using a straight edge and pencil mark a line for where you will make your cut. Use your circular saw to cut along your marked edge. Repeat this step on the other side of the pallet. When your finished with this step you should have one remaining 2x4 in the center of the pallet.

STEP TWO : This step takes the most muscle and patience. ;) Using your hammer and mallet gently pry away the remaining 2x4 from the pallet wood. This must be done gently so that you don't crack or break any of the wood. We tried lots of different techniques when removing the wood. We pried the wood away with the hammer. We used the mallet to loosen the wood and nails. We even stood on the wood and used our body weight. Any technique will work as long as your wood doesn't.

STEP THREE : Once all your wood is free you can begin building. For my backdrop I decided to use the back side of the pallet wood because it was more rustic and had more character. We laid the pieces out to ensure we liked the design, then flipped the boards over. We used spare wood pieces and other pallet pieces to secure the backdrop together. Using your drill and screws attach the boards on the back. The most important part of this step is simply to make sure the boards on the back span your backdrop so each piece is secure.

Once you're finished you can can use your backdrop for all types of things. You can use it for lay flat photography or stand it on it's side and use it as a background. Next up, I'll be working on a white washed backdrop, woot! I can't wait! Have you made any wood photo backdrops? I would love to see them! xoxo! Samantha