DIY Chalkboard Plate Charger Flower Wreath

INSIDE: DIY chalkboard plate charger door wreath with fabric flowers made from fabric scraps.

Use chalkboard paint to make a writable plate charger wreath | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comThere’s nothing I like more than taking Item A and transforming it into Item B. That’s how I felt about a metal plate charger, inherited from a relative’s house sale, that spent much of its new life sitting in our garage gathering dust.

As often happens for us, once we can no longer squeeze two cars into the garage, we find ourselves doing a weekend purge. And that is how this dusty plate charger was discovered!


With a can of chalkboard paint and a pile of fabric scraps, here’s how I turned a formerly silver plate charger into a writable front door wreath…

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DIY Denim Nautical Ocean Wreath

INSIDE: How to make a nautical themed front door wreath using old denim jeans and ocean-themed wooden cutouts.

DIY Denim Nautical Ocean Door Wreath. How to use old jeans | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comWhy have I been saving the bottom half of some jeans I cut up to make denim shorts? These leg-less jeans have been hanging out in my sewing basket for the past couple of months. It was time to give them a purpose, or make them meet the garbage can.

I took these jean halves and combined them with one of my most favorite things – ocean decor – for an easy DIY denim, nautical-inspired front door wreath.


So if you find yourself making some summertime jean shorts, this is how you can get crafty with those now useless jean bottoms…
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How To Make An Easy Photo Frame from a Hardcover Book

INSIDE: How to turn a hardcover coffee table book into an easy photo frame.

How to turn a hardcover coffee table photo book into a wall photo frame | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comMy house is in Round Two. No, I’m not talking about some neighborhood ‘dukes up’ action; I’m talking decor. The first go around involved painting walls and simply dropping furniture into a room. Now a couple years later, I’m revisiting each room and making it feel more like “us”.

It is in this second pass through each room that I came across a beach-y hardcover book tucked in tightly on a shelf. This coffee table book would be the perfect addition to the beach themed gallery wall I was putting together in our family room.


So grab a hardcover book and an exacto knife in order to turn any book into a neat wall frame. Like this…
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DIY Summertime Fiesta Wreath from Paper Napkins

INSIDE: How to make an easy summertime fiesta wreath made totally from paper napkins and hot glue gun.

If you walked into my pantry right now and looked up to the very top shelf, you’d see two beverage containers stuffed to the ceiling with party crap stuff. Paper plates, plastic cups, streamers…and more paper party napkins than I’ll probably ever use in my lifetime!

If I had a nickel for every cocktail and dinner napkin I own, I’d be able to buy myself something pretty. But I really don’t want to be rich in paper goods!


So when the top shelf of the pantry starts to look like it could quickly become a hazard, you pull out the glue gun and make a wreath. Like this…
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DIY Modern Table Lamps with Paint and Twine

INSIDE: How to refurbish thrift store mid-century modern table lamps with paint and twine.

My husband has a problem. He is “addicted” to a Mid-Century Modern For Sale group on Facebook. I can’t tell you how many times he has tagged me on an item he thinks we should consider purchasing.

Ten dollars later, this is how we wound up with two retro-inspired table lamps sitting in my foyer. And those lamps sat there for at least two weeks, as I walked by multiple times per day, trying to figure out what to do with them.


Apparently, my first attempt at updating them was a Big Time fail. Or as my husband called them “clown lamps”. Can’t win them all but here’s how we compromised with DIY Round Two…
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How to Stencil a Fun Pattern on a Ceiling

INSIDE: How to stencil a fun pattern on a ceiling with Cutting Edge Stencils.

How to stencil a fun pattern on a ceiling with paint using Cutting Edge Stencils | Dazzle While Frazzled.comWhat wild home decor ideas do you get after flipping through a magazine? When you are sitting at your child’s sporting practice for an hour+, your mind may easily wonder to how great it would be do something fun and colorful to an otherwise boring ceiling.

This is how I found myself perched atop a ladder in the middle of my foyer, foam roller in one hand and painter’s tape in another, stencil a pattern onto the ceiling.


While I am not a self-described stenciling pro, I have successfully stenciled two long walls in our house before. However, a ceiling was something new! It was a little more neck-craning (thank gawd for Ibuprofen!) but the results are pretty awesome! Here are the before’s and after’s…
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Stay Frazzled-Free With Efficient Kitchen Appliances and Practical Tips

INSIDE: How to set up an efficient and organized kitchen with kitchen appliances by AJ Madison.

How do you stay “frazzled-free” in the kitchen? With three constantly snacking kids, an equally always hungry dog and a still growing husband, I spend a lot of time standing in my kitchen. Whether it’s chopping up veggies, cleaning up from the mid-day snacking or prepping dinner before we leave for baseball practice or swim team, I’m in my kitchen a lot!

In order to help me remain sane in the midst of what often feels like kitchen mayhem, I depend on my handy and efficient kitchen appliances to get me through the day. If I didn’t have a great dishwasher or a reliable refrigerator, my daily life would be more frazzled than it already is!


How to stay frazzled-free in the kitchen with reliable and efficient kitchen appliances and kitchen organization tips | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comPhoto courtesy of AJ Madison

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manage kitchen chaos with efficient kitchen appliances

One of the hardest working appliances for our busy family is the dishwasher. I’m not sure I’d be the “happy homemaker” I am without one! One of my favorite features of today’s dishwasher is the sound reducing features. My house is loud enough without a dishwasher running in the background! On my list for our kitchen when it’s time for an upgrade is a Bosch Dishwasher.

How to stay frazzled-free in the kitchen with reliable and efficient kitchen appliances and kitchen organization tips | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comPhoto courtesy of AJ Madison

Are you like me, constantly repeating “Close the fridge door!”, to a parade of always hungry kids?! Story of my frazzled life. In the few minutes the door is closed, it makes me happy to have a pretty and sleek refrigerator as part of my kitchen decor. And a large freezer doesn’t hurt either!
How to stay frazzled-free in the kitchen with reliable and efficient kitchen appliances and kitchen organization tips | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comPhoto courtesy of AJ Madison

where to shop for efficient kitchen appliances?

Why run all over town visiting every big box appliance store? Been there, done that with kids in tow. Not fun! You can actually enjoy the process of shopping for a new dishwasher or refrigerator – while sitting on the couch in your comfiest clothing – online by visiting AJ Madison. A little appliance shopping and a bowl of ice cream makes for a successful day!

how to stay efficient and organized in the kitchen

I am far from a fabulous chef but I can read a recipe like a pro! Here are some of my favorite tips for remaining sane, efficient and organized in the kitchen:

  • Have a “triangle”. If your kitchen is not set up with the stove, refrigerator and sink forming the shape of a triangle, keep your pots and pans, cooking utensils and cutting boards within easy reach in the triangle zone.
  • Keep the spices and cooking oils within an arm’s reach. No more running back and forth to the pantry.
  • Can you eliminate multiple small appliances by having one do double (or triple) duty?
  • Short on pantry space? Use pretty containers that not only hold flour, sugar, rice and other staples but also act as attractive counter top decor.
  • And my favorite, clean as you go!

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DIY Vintage Linens No Sew 10 Minute Table Runner

INSIDE: How to make a no sew, 10 minute table runner using vintage linens and napkins.

Do you have any vintage cloth napkins hidden away in a sideboard? Or found the desire to dig through a pile of assorted table linens at a thrift store for a few antique gems? Yes and Yes, is what I say.

But when I found myself on the receiving end of a very large stash of antique linens, I just had to give them a purpose outside of sitting neatly folded in a drawer. I wanted to showcase their vintage details and beauty. Plus I needed a table runner for my dining room table!


In 10 “frazzled-free” minutes, here’s how to create a no sew table runner. Vintage table linens or not…

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How To Make A Thrifty Ethan Allen Dresser Knock Off For $20

INSIDE: How to make a thrifty $20 knock off version of an Ethan Allen girls Wonderland dresser.

How to make a thrifty Ethan Allen girls bedroom dresser knock off for $20 | DazzleWhileFrazzledHave you opened the mailbox to find a catalog you’ve never signed up for? Seems to happen at least once a week. Catalogs for bird lovers (what??), magazines on how to get abs of steel (what??), clothing for someone twice my age (what??). I really should cancel all these and save a few trees, shouldn’t I?

So when an Ethan Allen furniture catalog found its way into my mailbox, I couldn’t help but flip through it. It is Ethan Allen after all. Gorgeous furnishings that are way out of my stay-at-home mom “salary”!


However that’s when I saw this super cute dresser from their Disney furniture line. It only cost $1,899! Could I replicate it for less? Let’s find out…
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DIY Easy Paint Chip Beach Art

INSIDE: How to create FREE and easy DIY paint chip beach art in small vintage picture frames.

DIY Easy Paint Chip Beach Art | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comI’m a beach lover. Period. So even though I’ve spent the past dozen years living among all things cactus, year round sunscreen use and lots of fast-moving desert creatures, the sand and sea is my happy place.

If you walked into my family room right now, you’d see that I’m in the process of putting together a beach-inspired gallery wall. It’s only taken me about two years to tackle this home project but here I am. Deep in the throws of finalizing this statement wall.


Lucky for me, my husband went “picking” one day and brought me home a box of random goodies. At the bottom of this box were two small gold, vintage frames. They were perfect for this currently empty wall.

Here’s how I created beach art for these thrift store frames. Using paint chips. For FREE…
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