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hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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I LOVE back to school season! I started my career in education, so back to school was always a time of new supplies, new clothes, kind of a fresh start.  Now that I have 4 kids it means about 2.3 million dollars spent on all the aforementioned supplies and clothes!  Since I’m spending a cool mil on that stuff, I’m also always on the hunt for great deals that I can use in my home- the college sales are the jackpot! I’ve got a few DIY hacks for your home, using items from the college dorm section at Target!

 DORM ROOM HACKS 1

All this target cart needs is some gold spray paint and then loads of plants! It would be under $5.00 to fancy this fella up! Here’s the link to the cart on Target’s website.
DORM ROOM HACKS 2

This project is a fan favorite on “Knock It Off!”- I’ve actually made one for my own home too!  You can get the shoe organizer here, and the full tutorial to make the buffet can be found here.

DORM ROOM HACKS 3

This metal cart has all the right bones to become an awesome industrial coffee table.  Paint and attaching a wooden top would be a breeze and completely transform it into a high-end style piece of furniture.  Here’s the link to the cart.

DORM ROOM HACKS 4

This is my personal favorite! I’ve never seen a $4.99 item look so good before! Live edge mirrors run in the thousands and this hack only requires a single plank of wood and some stain.  Here’s the link for the mirror and the full tutorial can be found HERE.

So, there you have it. 4 hacks for your home that will lessen the blow of the back to school expenses and also make your house look awesome!  Happy Hacking!

-Mon

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The comments +

  1. Laura says:

    These are so smart!!! You’ve made them look perfect for life after school:)

    Laura
    http://www.24-7style.com

  2. Brenda w says:

    Love these ideas! Question- on the industrial cart, how would you attach the wood top?

  3. tarah says:

    where are the tutorials??

    • Monica says:

      Hey Tarah- They’re just ideas and inspiration. In the post I wrote out the steps I’d do for each one, but I don’t have pics and full tutorials for these. They should be pretty simple though! 🙂

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