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I know I am not the only one who thinks that 2016 is going by like a blur, right? Our wedding was eight months ago and we decided to hold off doing any home improvement projects until after the holidays because Thanksgiving and Christmas are full of their own activities and there are sugar cookies to bake. But our delay on home improvement projects has lasted longer than we originally anticipated and our list keeps getting longer. So, this week we tackled an easy DIY project that was on our list.
As someone who is highly sensitive to smells, I am obsessed with having our home smell pleasant and clean at all times, and my mom suggested that I try the Glade® Automatic Spray that comes with an aerosol can of fragrance (she has one at my parent’s home). Glade® Room Spray makes your home uniquely inviting for all and the Glade® Automatic comes in a variety of fragrances ensuring your home will always be an open.
I immediately took her Automatic Spray apart and loved how easy it was to use; aerosol can, two batteries, and a switch for a timer that allows the machine to spray the fragrance. I love that the Automatic Spray is reusable and I can switch out the fragrances when I want to; I use Clean Linen®, the classic scent of line dried laundry with a modern twist of sunny citrus, and I like to use the Apple Cinnamon, the scent of crisp McIntosh apples, cinnamon and nutmeg, in the kitchen and especially around the holidays.
You could say it was love at first smell.
Now we have three Automatic Sprays around our home: one by the front door, one in the family room, and one in my office. They work great and keep the house smelling so fresh.
My handy-man husband came up with a plan for me to store my Glade® Automatic Sprays by the front door. We painted a thrifted shelf and brackets to match our wall color, hung it in the front room, and put our Automatic Spray in a place where it could dissipate in the air.
Off to Home Depot we went to get some basic supplies: new foam rollers, some sandpaper, and a tiny container of paint (mixed to match our vanilla wall color). Since we were there and we needed some new Glade® Automatic Spray Refills, I picked some of those up as well.
Once we were home we sanded the thrifted shelf and brackets to remove some of the finish to help the paint stick better (be sure to wear a mask) and then started painting.
It was clear we would need to do a second coat on the three pieces, and we hadn’t painted the bottom of the shelf, so I used a painting trick to keep the shelf off of the ground: place four spools of thread on top of a piece of paper, scrap wood, or something you wouldn’t mind getting paint on. Carefully place the shelf, unpainted side down, on top of the spools and allow your shelf to dry. Then complete the second coat of paint on the same sides. Don’t need a second coat of paint (lucky you)? Flip your shelf over and paint the remaining side and then place it back on the spools (dry paint side down) and allow it to dry. This will keep your shelf from sticking to the paper and keep the edges nice and finished.
Once everything was dry, Houston measured the space for the screws on the brackets, marked the wall and made sure it would be level before drilling the screw anchors and screws into the wall.
Our shelf sits on top of the brackets and our Glade® Automatic Spray has a new home in the front room making our home smell fresh the moment I walk in the front door.
I can’t wait to keep making our house a home together and I have a feeling that we will finally make some progress on our list of home improvement projects this summer when I finish college. Until then, I am just going to enjoy that this project is done and our new Glade® Automatic Spray shelf is working wonderfully.
Tell me in the comments which Glade® fragrance is your favorite!