Mixed Charm

Nothing can replace the feeling you get when you find something you love. It’s as if everything has just fallen together and the puzzle is complete. This past weekend I found the most amazing quaint up cycle store nested in the corner of a strip plaza mall in Summerville, SC. 

Mixed Charm. Now when I say up cycle I am referring to the process of taking something old and making it new in a fun creative way. Mixed Charm up cycles items like clothes, furniture, jewelry, and more. 

At first step in this cozy store your eyes go wild soaking in the wonderful pieces so beautifully layed out. To be honest one visit won’t do you justice. From pieces on the wall, table, and hooked on the cutest bookshelf you have got to miss something at first glance. Standing in amazement at such priceless jewels and gems everywhere I had to snap some pics. Here are a few pictures from my visit. 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   
Amazing right! Apart from all these gorgeous pieces my favorite part of visiting this store was meeting the owners. They are the most sweetest couple with a heart for people. I also could not leave without a personalized request to up cycle a gorgeous dresser. Yes, personalized they also personalize an item to your liking and you can bring items for them to up cycle into your own custom made furnishing. 

Needless to say if you live in Charleston, SC this store is a must visit. You can find Mixed Charm at 75 Old Trolley Rd Summerville SC, 29485 and on facebook Mixed Charm LLC be sure to tell them I sent you. 

I will be sharing the before and after pics of my two personalized up cycled pieces as soon as I get them. I so can’t wait. 

Storage Solutions 

As I continue to organize and decorate my home I am finding more and more ways to save space. The best places to look for unique things are at your local odds and ends stores. Going into thrift stores and even eyeing one of a kind pieces online will help along the way. So today’s item comes from Big Lots. It’s not my everyday store to hit up but when I do I come out on top. My recent purchase consisted of two packs of three fushia felted accessories hanger. This pack cost $3.00 so basically one dollar for each hanger. I have seen a few of these in other places at a much higher price point. Apart from the high price point they were not even as cute. 

   
    
    
 
As you can see I used three for jewelry and three for my scarves. This has helped save me so much space. No longer are my scarves falling down and all over the place. They are neatly organized on these super cute hangers. My closet is coming together slowly but surely. The fushia is my color and I have weeded out all of my clear plastic hangers to the fushia felt hangers. The felt helps to keep your clothes in place and off the floor. Whenever I see a pack of these felted hangers I grab them up usually at Marshalls or Ross. 

Simple Storage

One thing that homes often lack is storage. Once your closet is full and your clothes are hung that’s it. Seeing beyond the hangers, bins, and shoes on the floor is hard to do. For that I have a simple storage solution. Use your wall space! Walls are a great place to maximize your storage options. Using the walls can even create a unique edge to an everyday closet. 

What You Will Need

Hammer

Nails

Wall

That’s it didn’t I say simple! Choose the wall you would like to use for your space and get to hammering. Gentle of course we don’t want any bruised fingers in the process. 

Now that you have your nail in along with the hook, go ahead and hang your hat and or necklace. Wha la that’s it your all done. Feel free to add hooks as needed or when the opportunity arises. 

Here is how I Maximized my Storage 

  

Doing It Yourself

Get in and get dirty. That’s what I like to do when it comes to home projects. My list of home projects just went from zero to one hundred. How crazy is that, well my husband and I just moved. So I now have a clean slate to work with and tons of Pinterest ideas that can now become reality. My first DIY project was organizing my linen closet.  For which I had a vision of using dollar tree storage bins. So here is how it all went down.

What You Will Need

  1. A closet
  2. Open space
  3. Tarp or project blanket
  4. Dollar tree plastic bins
  5. Metallic Primer in 1 Spray Paint
  6. Gloves

My Closet


I purchased 9 bins

Spray Paint I used


  


The Process

First I laid my brand new bins out on my blanket and took off all tags. I did my project in the screened porch area which worked perfectly. I had no bugs harassing me and I was able to be out in the fresh air. After taking off the tags I proceeded to spray the first coat of primer as suggested by the lowes associate (I wasn’t going to buy primer). I let that dry for about 10minutes then repeated that process. Here is where the fun begins I was able to spray my first coat of paint. Their is nothing like the anticipation that comes when doing projects. Just waiting to see how it will come out. After the first coat it didn’t look like much as you can see below……

  
So I flipped them over and went to town on the next side giving each one a good couples of coats in one spray.  Below you will see they were starting to grasp the spray and have a little metallic shine to them. However it wasn’t fully coated…..


Not only were they not fully coated but I was running out of spray, Yikes.

  


 I left them to dry and headed to my nearest Walmart where I purchased this brand……

  
This brand is the best one to use. After one coat I was jumping for joy at what my eyes beheld. This what you see below is after two coats……


Which was good enough for me.  On to organizing and setting up my closet. Most of the bins I purchased had pre-assigned jobs. 4 for hair products like shampoos, conditioners, and moisturizers. 3 for hair tools like blow dryer, flat irons, and combs.  The remaining two were to hold random items. 
Here is my final organized closest with my DIY metallic bins…..

  

The top shelves are for face towels, wash cloths, and towels. The bottom shelves with my new bins are for hair products! 😉