Glass Candle Jars Up-Cycled

I love candles! I especially love buying candles that come in glass jars or decorative containers. After a while those candle jars will no longer have a candle to light. I usually end up keeping the jars hoping that I can still light them after the wick is burned to the end. I guess I think they will magically appear again. I don’t know why I keep them. Maybe it’s because I have a mom who reuses everything. Needless to say I ended up with a shelf full of used up candles.

I finally decided that I needed to do something with it. I couldn’t let them keep taking up precious room and collecting dust. I knew that I needed to remove the leftover wax and wick before I could use them. I have seen several ways to remove the wax from these jars. There is the option of either using boiling water to remove the wax or freezing the wax. I decided to use the freezing method. I didn’t like the idea of having of to deal with the melted wax. Knowing my luck I would probably have made a mess.

I put the jars in the freezer for several hours… some were left in there for weeks on end cause I didn’t have time to do them all. Once the candle frozen I took a butter knife and broke off the remaining wax. I thought the glass would just end up breaking as well, but that was not the case. The wax came off easily it was the wicks that I had the hardest time with.

The metal ends on some of the wicks came off with the candle wax. The others were a little bit more stubborn. It was glued to the glass jars pretty well. I tried to scrape and push the wicks off. When that didn’t work I used needle nose pliers to remove them. Just grab on to the wick and twist with the pliers as you pull. The pliers worked like magic.

Once the jars were empty I removed any stickers and leftover residue. I just washed it with soap and water to make sure everything was removed. Once it was dry I took rubbing alcohol and a paper towel to wipe away any oils from my hand on the outside of the jar.

Then I decided what I wanted the jars to look like. I taped the jar to the design I wanted. For one of the jars I decided I wanted a gradual decrease in space. I started at the bottom of the jar with a 1-inch thick stripe then I went to a 1/2-inch to a 1/4-inch and then eyeballed the last one.


Once the tape was on I made sure there were no air bubbles for the paint to seep through. Then I took more rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and wiped the bare areas down. Then I painted the jars with a some acrylic paint. After the paint dried I painted another coat. I repeated this until I was happy with the color and look.

After the paint dried, I removed the tape. I forgot to take a picture of the jar completely painted. The picture above still has some of the tape on the jar. I also painted the lid the same color. Now I am using my jars for cotton rounds, q-tips, and cotton balls.


You can use them for many things: to hold pens, make-up brushes, eye liners, lip glosses, craft supplies, sugar packets, tea bags, or candy. I am sure you can come up with other ideas for them as well. Let me know if you have any questions. Also let me know what you used your candle jars for. I would love to hear your ideas and thoughts.

We are back with a Jewelry Storage Project

I can’t believe that I have neglected the blog for 2 years. It’s not that I didn’t want to blog, but that I haven’t dedicated my time to it. Sure I have taken lots of pictures of projects we have done, but sitting down and writing has been a challenge to say the least. As I look at our blog I see that a lot has changed in our home. It makes me sad that I haven’t posted updates. I also looked at my drafts and saw there are a few post that I have written and never published because our pictures were lost, which also makes me sad. So today I decided I am going to start over again. Start with a new post and a recent project.

Do you ever feel like you have too many accessories?? Well actually I don’t feel like I have too many, I feel like they aren’t organized. I just wanted a place where I could just look and actually see what I have. There were too many times that most of my necklaces were all tangled together. I spent more time untangling than getting ready.

Most of my jewelry ended up on top of the dresser or in a box. So in order to resolve that problem I decided to hang all of my necklaces on a hanger. Which didn’t help the tangling part of my problem, but I was able to pull out the hanger to see what I had.  It’s a HOT MESS!


Just looking at this hanger made me angry. Although it did help with the mess on the dresser, just looking at this hanger made me angry. I realized I couldn’t see everything. When I wanted to wear a necklace I had to take most of the necklaces off of the hanger to get to the one that I wanted. If I was in a rush the necklaces didn’t go back on the hanger. This was definitely not working for me.

One day as I was online I saw an article for personalizing your PAX Storage. Since we have one in our closet I figured I should do the same. Unfortunately Jimmy didn’t want me to use one huge space for just my accessories so of course we had to come up with another solution.

So here is our version. We had a couple of picture frames lying around that we haven’t used. We actually got it for free from Jimmy’s brother who went to a hotel sale. Since it was sitting on our of closets since we moved in we decided it was time to use it.

We removed the picture and glass from the frame. Then went to Home Depot for a piece of wood that would fit into frame. While we were at Home Depot we bought some hooks and wire.

Then we measured out where we would put each hook and screwed the hooks half way in. Once the holes were made we took the hooks off.

We then decided to stain the board. We had some leftover stain from previous project., so we put that to good use. We just did one coat of the stain. Once the stain dried, we added the hooks and put the board in the frame.

Of course I wasn’t satisfied with the amount of hooks. I wanted room to grow. So Jimmy trekked back out in the cold to get some more hooks. Here is the finished project with plenty of room to grow.

What do you think?? I think the best part is that we didn’t have to spend an arm and a leg buying a jewelry organizer.

Before and After

Floors, floors, and more floors

The last time I posted I showed you guys what we saw the first time we came to look at the house. I still remember the day we walked into this house. It had been a long evening of looking at new places to live. I think we saw about 5 that evening. Each house we went to was more and more discouraging than the last. The kids and Jimmy’s parents were with us. We kind of wanted to throw in the towel, but luckily we didn’t. When we got to this house we were so pleased by the amount of space, the location, and the possibilities it had to offer. Everyone agreed this was our future home.

As you already know the kitchen was the biggest project we had to under take in this new house before moving in. The next were the floors. When we first came to see the house Jimmy checked under the carpet and to our surprise there were hardwood floors.

I knew from the beginning that I wanted really dark floors. Jimmy felt the same way I did, so it was official the floors would be stained a dark color. Now it was time to find someone who could sand and stain our floors. This was too big of a project to take on ourselves.

We pulled up all the carpet and the tile in the entry way the day of our closing. Here is a picture of how the floors looked once we pulled up the carpet. We also had to pull off all the trim and remove the  banister.





Yes we put our children to work. You have to teach them at a young age what hard work really is, so that they can appreciate it when they get older.

The guy that we hired to do the sanding warned Jimmy about picking a really dark color. He said we would see all the dust on the floor. So he started to worry about getting the floor stained really dark. Of course I started to get irritated with the fact that Jimmy wanted to go lighter. Of course now we had to come to a compromise.

When we removed the carpet, we noticed a few really dark stains on the floor. We were hoping that after they sanded the floors the stains would disappear. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case. Or should I say fortunately cause it mean that we would have to go darker??

Here are a few pictures of the floors after it was sanded.




Here is the picture of the 3 color choices we had to choose from. Of course we picked the darkest because you can’t see the stain with that color. I had actually wanted to go darker, but I’m really happy that we didn’t go that dark.


Here is what the floors look like after it was stained. Couldn’t get a better shot cause we weren’t allowed to walk on the floor. Not to mention you could smell the stain without opening the front door. Once we opened the front door the tears just started to flow because of the smell.



I will leave you with this last picture. Here is what of our living room looks like with our furniture sort of put into place.


Stayed tuned for more updates on how our living room has evolved since we took this picture sometime in April.

Sorry for the long post. I hope you enjoyed. Let us know what you think.

Pink Lover

It has been several months since my last post. I know I have been slacking. I need to be more consistent… Hopefully now that the kids are in school I can be more on top of this. But don’t hold me to that, I might fail miserably.

We have done several updates in the house. I thought this would be the perfect time to show you some before pictures of the some of the first floor. Basically you will get to see what we fell in love with. NOT!!! We actually fell in love with the potential, the location, and the price. We might have fell in love with a few more things but I can’t think of them all right now.

Let me start of by warning you… if you don’t like the color pink you should probably not look at these pictures. Its pretty scary how pink this house is. The funny thing is that we didn’t realize the ceilings were pink until we started painting. I guess the previous owner loved pink…. why else would you have pink carpet, pink walls, and pink ceilings?!?!

Here is the a picture of the living room once you walk into the house:


When we first saw this house online I fell in love with this window. Look at all the light that it brings into this pink house.

This is a picture of the dining room from the living room:


 Here is another view of the dining room from the kitchen:


In this picture you can also see the other side of the wall that we took down. I am so glad that wall is gone.

A view of the living room from the dining room:


Don’t you love our chandelier. Jimmy and I both thought it has potential. That will be in a later post so stayed tune.

What do you guys think about the red door?? I really want to change the color. Jimmy has a different opinion. He said he always wanted a red door. But I can see his starting to lean towards a new color.  

A view of the entry way from the kitchen:


Don’t you love the gray tiles?!?!?! NOT!! Thankfully when I pulled up the tile it was all hardwood floors.

Hope you all enjoyed the befores of the first floor minus the kitchen. We are already enjoying the in progress state… can wait for you guys to see it.

Hope you liked our pink house. Let us know what you think… we love hearing from all of you.


Building Up a Wall

Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers out there! We had a really great Mother’s Day. We got to spend Sunday evening with some of the closest’s mothers in our lives. Mother’s Day this year was at our house. The guys did most of the work… which meant that they cooked for us. We had a Mother’s Day BBQ… the first bbq of the season!  Woohoo!! The weather was great and everything was delicious! I wish I took a picture of the spread! The best part of the day was spending time with the family. I hope everyone enjoyed it!!

This weekend we (actually Jimmy) completed another “to do” for the house. The front of our house is pretty ugly. The first thing you notice when walking up the stairs to the door is this:


Isn’t it scary? We think it is pretty scary looking. It’s probably one of the first things anyone notices! It was screaming for a MAJOR makeover! Jimmy’s parents pretty much asked us everyday when we were going to fix it. So this weekend was the weekend for that makeover.

We contemplated what would be the best way to fix this hideous entryway. We thought we would be able to powerwash all the paint of and then repaint it. 

Most of the homes in the neighborhood  have siding. This was an idea we really liked. I tried to convince Jimmy to put up siding and have it painted black(I have an tiny obession with black, we can talk about that later.) Jimmy decided to look around for some other ideas and came across some brick tiles he liked. And like a good husband, he gave me the final say on what would be done.

We went to a few places and Jimmy showed me what he found. I really liked his choice of style bricks, but not the color. So I told him to go a lot lighter color than he had planned. He ended up finding the perfect brick tiles! He placed the order Friday morning and picked up the tiles after work. Now that was fast!!

Jimmy started working on some of the prep work Friday evening. He took the numbers and trim. Then after I came home, we put up the cement board. Here is a picture with the cement board in place:


Then we called it quits. Since it was too dark to work. We decidedto finish up the work Saturday. We got up bright and early to start the work. The weather wasn’t the best Saturday. It was cold, dreary, and drizzling here and there. Jimmy started to place the tiles to get an idea of how it would look and what he would need to cut.

Here is the wall halfway done:


After Jimmy tiled the bottom half of the wall things got a little tricky, because of the siding. Jimmy would end up cutting some of the tiles that didn’t fit  and then start putting in random pieces to fill in any gaps. This brick tile was pretty forgiving. The bricks are pretty randomly spaced and sized. Of course this is where I come to the nit pick about where he would need to fill in.

As we got closer to the top we started to realize that we might not have enough tiles to finish the project. Jimmy had to be very wise about using the tile sparingly. Closer to the top of the wall we had make a hole in the cement board for the lighting. Jimmy cut the tile and tiled around the hole perfectly. Here is what it looked like:


The hardest part of the wall was completed and this is what the wall looked like after it was completely covered in brick tile:


Here is what Jimmy looked like after he was done:


His mom got a kick out of how “white” he looked. I think it was time for him to hit the shower and relax a bit. Later that day Jimmy installed the light. He is the final picture of our new brick wall:


What do you guys think? Was it worth the effort? Should we have done something different? Is there anything else we should do this wall or the front of house?? 

Post a comment below and let us know what you think! We love hear from all of you!