Well, we are on move. That’s right, we’re moving – again!

After the fire happened and my son moved to the next city over, things around here became a bit uneasy. We no longer had a building of residents facing us, constantly watching things over, neighbors and friends. Nope. Just an empty building laying dark and spooky at night, and the perfect spot for delinquents to break into which is what has been going on around here.

We searched everywhere in Abbotsford for a great place to move to, but apartments are few and far between. Not to mention, the price of rent is absolutely astronomical. But our prayers were answered.

→ Read: How to have a stress-free move

A good friend of mine had an opening in a building she manages. A two-bedroom lower level ground floor apartment with a big backyard in a small building just a few blocks from Trace’s school, which is fantastic because now he can walk to school instead of us having to drive him.

The moment I saw the apartment, I fell in love. It has a homey (house feel) and I just knew that all my farmhouse touches which I have added to this place would look amazing in the new space. Plus, the landlord is pretty incredible by allowing me to do any upgrades I want, something I love doing no matter where I live.

With every move, I have learned to downsize over the years and make the most of small apartment living. Getting rid of things and purging what you don’t need is totally refreshing. Plus it makes room for you to add new things which this time around, I’ve decided to use my crafting skills to create delightful decor items for my home that are both cost-saving and mean something.

Making something for your home is both wonderful and full-filling. I went online hunting for tutorials as I knew I wanted to add some more farm decor since each room in the new apartment is a much bigger space.

That’s when I came across this wonderful metal tin used in a kitchen or bathroom selling on FB Marketplace. The person wanted $20 for it. I thought, why don’t I make my own.

Here is the final product

Here is a quick little tutorial on how I made this to hold my dish soap and clothes for my kitchen counter. I think it’s absolutely adorable, and the best part…. I didn’t have to pay $20 bucks for it. The whole project cost me less than $10

Items You’ll Need:

  • Flowers & Garden metal pot from Dollarama
  • White & Black Acrylic paint
  • Black sharpie
  • Dollarstore chess board.
  • Glue Gun
  • Modge Podge
  • Paint Brushes (small)
Items from Dollarama can be used for a variety of diy projects. Like this chess game. The black pieces can be used for legs on a tin tray.

6 Easy Steps

  1. The first thing you do is paint the galvanized Flowers & Garden planter with the white acrylic paint and let it dry.
  2. Next, trim the planter with a flat brush and the black acrylic paint.
  3. Next using the black sharpie go over the letters. It doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect, it’s not supposed to be. Add some black marks here and there to give it a worn look.
  4. Paint the entire project with modge podge to give it a hard seal
  5. Hot glue four black chess pieces upside down to the bottom of the planter as legs using the glue gun or gorilla glue for added support.
  6. And finally, add what you want to the planter.

This project was super easy and fun to do. You can make a few of these planters to add to your home. You can add plants from Dollerama, dish soap, clothes, bar soap, hand towels or whatever you wish. I made two planters. One for my kitchen counter and one for my bathroom for my soap and hand towels for guests.

I love making things. I think it adds some heart to your home when items are made by hand with love. Plus, making crafts helps me stay calm when I only have 7 more days before we move and I’m not completely done packing and cleaning yet.


Pin it!

dog in moving box

Packing isn’t fun. Unpacking is the best part. I promise to give you guys a tour of the apartment once everything is setup. I also have an un-boxing surprise to share with you all as we are getting a new mattress for our bedroom. I can’t wait for y’all to see things once we’re done.

How many times have you moved in your lifetime?

P.S. Bouncing back from life after the fire and 5 ways to achieve a successful move + checklist

(Photos: Just Jodi )

Please Comment & Share With Your Friends!