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Buckets & Bins & a Giveaway

Lots of rain and wind here this weekend and a crazy outage where the main fiber optic cable
that serves the area was damaged and cut in half during one of the storms.
No cellphones.
No internet.
  Very few landlines that worked.
It was kind of insane but with no internet and blogging for a bit
I had some extra time to delve into some magazines and books for inspirations
 for upcoming projects as well as work on getting some organizing done.
(apologies for the dark rainy day photos!)

I have been in organizing and de-clutter mode lately
Sorting through closets & making separate piles for
donations, for selling and for keeping.

One of the areas that needed some organization is the office.
 I store a lot of project stuff & treasures in that room
 Bolts of fabric, sewing supplies, paints, hardware for around the house, various treasures,etc.
One of my favorite places for storage is inside antique armoires.
I love the muted original old chalky color, details, and size of this one.


Since this armoire was originally intended for clothing~ 
we put several shelves inside the large 2 door area to be able to use it for storage
and went to my favorite hardware store :) Lowes to find the perfect storage containers
to put all the random bits and pieces in.

There are so many fantastic closet and organizing ideas at Lowes in their closet section-
Shelving units, baskets, drawers on rollers, etc.
I wanted something fun, something vintage inspired-ish, something that would
be easy to get into and find what I was looking for...


Yes...it's true...
 I have a thing for galvanized bins and buckets.
They are charming and practical at the same time especially for hardware and crafts
 so I was super excited to find a section of galvanized buckets and bins in various sizes.


I picked up several of these 12 quart sized buckets first- they are fantastic and just $6.57 each.
I loved that they had nice sized handles on them  
which makes it easy to pick them up and take them
(and all the stuff you need for your project)
 with you to wherever you are working.


 I added a couple of chalk painted tags for labeling them -
 super easy to find just what I need now


I also picked up 2 of these oval 5.5 gallon sized bins ($13.58 each)
I love the longer length for storing some of those bigger items.
and they fit perfectly on the shelves.


Then I found my favorite bin...
 & I knew what it would be used for...
or so I thought ;)

 I have several bolts and large folded pieces of fabric that I like to keep out for 
inspiration or for easy access for a quick project.
This huge tub is perfect for stacking and storing the fabric in
 and makes it easy to find what I am looking for.


But, 
 it's also a perfect size to use for laundry and sorting clothes- 
which I am loving the idea of using it for.
Add a name tag for each person and voila-  a heavy duty laundry basket!


It would also be great for storing wood for the fire  or to use as a party tub for cold drinks on occasion.
I loved the price at Lowes too- $18.98
I've seen this same brand and size bin at other hardware stores for twice that.


The other thing I did to organize my armoire involved a little cork board.
Remember those cork squares that  I used with my Thanksgiving table?


 Using that same style cork, I lined the inside of one of the armoire doors
It's perfect for storing inspirations & magazine clippings 
and keeping it clutter free when the door is closed.



Giveaway Closed
I was compensated for this post as a member of the
 Lowes Creative Ideas Network of Creators and Influencers but the designs and opinions are my own.





446 comments

  1. Count me in!! I'm always in need of things at Lowes! I practically own a share of it as much as we shop there!! love the storage idea w/ the tubs! xo nancy elizabeth

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  2. Nice job with the cork squares. Great idea! I came over here to your blog to tell you I enjoyed seeing your FULL PAGE photo of your pretty garden table in Romantic Homes. GO YOU!!! I would love to win that gift card...too many projects and not enough cash!!!

    xoxoxoxo,
    Ricki Jill

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  3. Love your ideas on how to use galvanized buckets. They look so lovely and I never dreamed of using them to hold linens. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Super Awesome! I love Lowe's. Thanks to both of you for the giveaway. (i am a follower!)

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  5. Love it!! Please sign me up I'm a follower.
    Theresa N
    weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. I'm adoring all your buckets and bins! awesome uses! would love to win the lowes card! really! happily following you!

    www.northerncottage.net

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  7. I love Lowe's. What a nice giveaway. It would be wonderful as I am moving to a new home and always purchasing at Lowes....I am already a follower of your blog.

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  8. Hi- I'm your newest follower :)..I also have a thing for galvinized buckets!!!

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  9. I'm in the process of decluttering and reorganizing my crafting space and would love to add some galvanized containers to the space...love your ideas! Put me down for this great giveaway!

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  10. I tweeted & shared this on facebook too...woohoo!!

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  11. wow - how fabulous! Thank you for this generous giveaway.

    xox

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  12. I already love, like Lowe"s Creative page on FB.
    Debbie

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  13. Wow, what a great giveaway! Thanks so much for this opportunity! Count me in!
    Maria

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  14. These are fantastic. What a great show piece for a home. I am a for sure a follower of your blog.

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  15. New follower to your blog just minutes ago♥
    Love it & your Buckets & Bins & a Giveaway♥

    Trying to figure out this comment thing - hope it posts okay♥

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  16. Oh, I'm a follower and I love the idea of the buckets! Genius! Please enter me.

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  17. I'm a follower of French Country Cottage and would love to win this! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  18. Had to double check.. i've been following with emails for sure.. so now I still don't know if i was or not, but i see my face there now! What a wonderful gracious giveaway.. thank you so much.. Great storage ideas. The buckets would work well in my craft room too! why didn't I think of that? xo marlis

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  19. Thank you again.. following and now have shared on facebook! xo marlis.. this is soo cool.

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  20. Thanks again.. just like Lowe's on facebook.. well lowe's creative page! xo marlis

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  21. Since I spend a ton of money at Lowes...it would be great to when WIN some!!!! The cork squares were a good idea for that area.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  22. Liked Lowes on Facebook.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  23. Love the galvanized buckets! I am a follower and would love a chance to win!

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  24. I'm a fan of Lowe's Creative Ideas on FB

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  25. Love the buckets! I am a follower and would LOVE a GC to Lowes! I'm always there... XO Cindy

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  26. What an awesome giveaway! I would love to have a chance to win. :)

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  27. Love that armoire, Courtney! Great idea to add shelves and make it work better for you. It sounds like the perfect time to take on some organizing and you did a great job. I love the chalkboard tags.

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  28. Fabulous post. I love galvanized containers for storage. will tweet and add on fb. thanks and wish me luck!

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  29. am have "liked" lowe's on facebook.

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  30. Awesome de-clutter and organization. Very impressive. You go girl! Count me in on the giveaway. Come on over to my blog palace and enter my 300 follower giveaway as well. Thanx for sharing. Tiffany

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  31. i have posted this give-away on my sidebar: http://rush8888.blogspot.com/ thank you for the opportunity to win.

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  32. I never win anything *anywhere*, but what the heck.

    :)

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  33. It's the perfect time of year to get organized, and these galvanized buckets fit so many uses! Thanks for the suggestions!

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  34. Lots of great ideas from one of my favorite blogs (your's) and from one of my favorite stores (Lowe's). If I win, I'm going to buy a silver tub too! Count me in please!

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  35. Fun ideas! I've been thinking for some time now that I'd like to put the firewood in one of these galvanized oval bins. So, please toss my name in the hat! I started following a couple of months ago & L.O.V.E. your blog!
    Happy week to you,
    Zuzu
    acottageinthewoods.zuzu@gmail.com

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  36. Hey girl! I seriously love all of your amazing storage solutions and it all looks gorgeous! You know we love following you here so count us in on the giveaway!
    Vanessa
    P.S. Did the long oval bucket also come from Lowes? That is a fabulous size/shape!

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  37. What a fun giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win :) A Lowe's gift card is alway a good thing!

    Love your blog!

    xo,
    Shellagh

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  38. Just liked the Creative Ideas page on Facebook! :-)
    Vanessa

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  39. I love the laundry "basket" idea! I might use that one. I am a happy follower and would love to win the drawing!

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  40. I just tweeted about the give away for a second entry. Thanks!

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  41. Hey, that sounds wonderful! I'd love to be entered for the give away. I'm there at least once a week! xoxo

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  42. Just liked Lowes Creative Ideas page too! (Under Katie Watkins fb)

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  43. I also shared on my personal FB page:) (under Katie Watkins)

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  44. Love your blog, I already subscribe on my reader, I "like"d you and Lowes on FB and tweeted this post, but I couldn't for the life of me find the follow thing, I either need glasses or more coffee!

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  45. I am now "officially" following you! Love your blog and your ideas! Now I'm going to share with all my friends and like Lowes FB page :)
    Kim Mazzei

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  46. Awesome! I am a follower and I love Lowe's. Thanks to both of you for the giveaway!

    Love the galvanized buckets for storage! If I win the gift card I know what I am buying, haha

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  47. I love how you used those galvanzied bins/tubs! We used to use one of those extra large tubs to wash our dog in many years ago. Ha! Please enter me in this fabulous giveaway. I sure could use a gift card so I could finish up what I need to buy for my powder room redo! I am a follower of your blog too.

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  48. We recently moved to a new house so this would definitely be appreciated Thanks
    i follow
    tanyainjville at yahoo dot com

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  49. I like the Lowes Creative Ideas page (Tanya Riley)
    tanyainjville at yahoo dot com

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  50. Ohhh, what a fab giveaway!!! I could definitely use it!! Been wanting a new light fixture for out master bathroom and Lowes has what I want!!!

    I have been a follower for awhile :)

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  51. Ooh sign me up! What with Pinterest & all these great blogs, I'm constantly in need of something to complete a new project... LOL!

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  52. Oh how I love Lowes! I could spend hours on the home organization isle. I too have been in an organizing frenzy, however I sadly do not have such a beautiful piece to store my goodies in. That armoire is to die for! Hoping I am the lucky winner!

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  53. Oh that would be so cool to win this card. I would use it for the same thing you did!

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  54. Already a follower. Thanks for the chance!

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  55. And I shared your blog post on my FB wall. Thanks for an amazing giveaway!

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  56. Wow! I'm so happy I found your blog yesterday! Then I come back for more and find this!
    I really love your bins idea. So organized in a creative way and the tags complete it.
    Jenniferxx

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  57. I'm a follower and drool over the pics in your blog quite often!

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  58. I liked Lowes Creative Ideas on facebook!

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  59. I shared your blog on facebook under my blog name =)

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  60. I love anything galvanized! Thanks for posting a giveaway!

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  61. Shared your giveaway on facebook!

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  62. I follow your blog and love your style! You make me wanna gut my house and start over ;)

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  63. I am new at this... loving all of the great idea's.

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  64. Follow you, thanks for the chance to win.:)

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  65. I shared your giveaway on my facebook page =)

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  66. "Liked" the Lowe's Creative Ideas FB page. :)

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  67. I like the Lowes creative page on facebook.

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  68. I'm already a follower and I would love a gc to Lowe's. I can think of tons of home improvement ideas I could use it on ;)

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  69. I am indeed a follower. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  70. Just sign up to follow blog. What a wonderful blog...count me in.

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  71. I love your blog! These ideas are great! I think I am going to have to convince my honey to take me shopping for some buckets :) Thank you for entering me in your generous giveaway!

    Have a blessed day!
    Sharon

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  72. just sign up for following your blog. What a wonderful blog..count me in!

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  73. "like"d lowes creative ideas!

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  74. Shared giveaway on facebook!! thanks!

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  75. Thank you for the awesome giveaway. I love your ideas.

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  76. Those metal buckets look so great in your armoire...and the prices are awesome! I am already a follower. I love Lowes...hope I win!

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  77. I just found your site and love it. Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway.

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  78. I liked your Facebook page too!

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  79. Love your storage solutions. I am a follower. Count me in. Awesome giveaway.

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  80. Haha! Now I know how the weekend was for you, lol. This is flippin AWESOME!!! You go girl, and I love how you used these farm products!!!

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  81. Love this post...I too have a thing for galvanized buckets..anything really. Would love a giftcard to Lowe's so count me in!

    Im already a follower of you blog as well as a facebook fan!


    MJ
    Lucky 7 Design

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  82. I LIKEd the Lowe's Creative Ideas page on FB too!

    MJ
    Lucky 7 Design

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  83. It is amazing how you can make a galvinized bucket look so good :)

    Adding your giveaway to my blog today.

    Jan

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  84. Would love to win! I follow you via google friend connect! :)

    Clydia threemangoseeds.blogspot.com

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  85. one. hundred. buck-o-roos?! count me in! :) Esther

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  86. I'm a gfc follower.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  87. I like Lowe's on fb.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  88. I would love to win this--this is awesome I am a folower on my blog www.bendavr.blogspot.com

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  89. Love your blog and bucket storage ideas! Joined your blog today! Can't wait for more ideas!

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  90. We shared your post for the Giveaway on our FB page.

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  91. Went to FB and liked Lowe's Creative Ideas! Looks like a great site too!

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  92. We 'Liked' the Lowes Creative Ideas page on FB.

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  93. I just signed up, I love your ideas! And where do you buy the chalk tags? Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  94. I am a follower of your blog and love this idea!

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  95. I "liked" Lowe's creative ideas page too :)

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  96. I signed up also and sent out my Invitations to Follow, On my way to Lowes to get some Awesome Galvanized Bucket and Tubs!!! Thanks For the great Ideas :)

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  97. I am a follower of French Country Cottage - thank you for a chance at the great giveaway!!

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  98. I like Lowes Creative Ideas on facebook

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  99. Shared your great giveaway on my facebook page! thank ya!

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  100. Thanks! I would buy the same pails that you did with the gift card. I follow you and LOVE everything.

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  101. What! Lowes my favorite place to browse!!!...and buy:)

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  102. I "liked" Lowes Creative Ideas page.
    Thanks!

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  103. Please count me in! I'm one of your followers. I've had my eye on some flooring at Lowes and have just been waiting on the $$ to be able to get it.

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  104. I also liked Lowes Creative Ideas FB page.

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  105. I'm a follower - please enter me!

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  106. Love the storage!!! And of course I'd love a Lowe's gift card. Hoping for the best. And while I've been reading for a long time - I've not had you in my "follow' roll. I actually use my own bookmarks more - but you're on the roll now for a chance to win. Thanks

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  107. Love the buckets!
    Please enter me
    Thanks Debbie

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  108. Whew! I linked your blog giveaway in my blog post. My cat was not helping my photo shoot so it took forever but I got 'er done!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    bbonnieblue2.blogspot.com

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  109. I love to follow your blog! you have such interesting and creative ideas to play with ! please count me in!

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  110. I have several of these tubs and love them.

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  111. I have been following you for awhile. Not stalking or anything, just following. And with a 1947 house that needs, oh I don't know, EVERYTHING updated? I sure could use a Lowes card.

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  112. And yes, I like Lowes on facebook. Have for quite some time. But I never win anything there, either.

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  113. Just found FCC - Love your ideas; A Lowe's card would be great. Thanks for the giveaway

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  114. I'm a follower of your blog and I love this giveaway!

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  115. I like lowes creative ideas on FB

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  116. Your armoire is gorgeous, Courtney. I love the soft color and how functional it is. I'm a happy follower and just want to thank you for the opportunity to win the Lowe's gift card.
    Lynn
    Email: Lynn@nsytes.com
    www.cottageandcreek.com

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  117. Hello there! I AM a faithful follower of yours and Id LOVE to win:)) thanks Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

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  118. I now "like" Lowes on Facebook. I left a comment there too.
    Lynn
    Email: Lynn@nstyes.com
    www.cottageandcreek.com

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  119. I am a follower and I would love to be entered in your giveaway.

    thanks,
    Sue

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  120. Ya know what, Courtney? I was working in my studio the other day, and after my gaze kept landing on my double bookshelf unit in there loaded with books....that are mainly there just hanging out and not being used (because I'm too busy with projects or blogging!), and I decided that what I really wanted in there was an armoire to store stuff in. And here you are with your gorgeous armoire full of yummy galvanized goodness! JUST what the Fashion Doctor ordered! lol!

    Thanks for this wonderful giveaway! I was just at Lowe's the other day picking up some Edison lightbulbs and a brad gun (yay!) and obviously didn't spend enough time there because I missed those awesome buckets!

    Keeping my fingers crossed! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  121. i am SO a follower of yours...love EVERYTHING you do. we just downsized into a MUCH smaller house and i'm finding i needed things that i never thought i'd need...especially downsizing...but there i go. i would LOVE to win the gift card at Lowe's and would definitely put it to good use.

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  122. Not only am I a follower, but I love Lowes. And not only that, I work right across the street from Lowes. Sign me up for this one!!

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  123. I am a follower and I live in Lowes!!!!!!

    Andra_s_russell@yahoo.com

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  124. Just added your awesome giveaway to my sidebar, Courtney! Thanks!!! ♥

    (I'm off to start storing those books away to make room for a delicious armoire like yours.....hehehe!)

    xoxo laurie

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  125. I could spend hours in Lowe's! Thank you for sponsoring the giveaway!
    Jo

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  126. I'm just confessing that I HAD to Pin your armoire and that delicious bucket of fabric! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  127. Buckets, wooden boxes and aluminum "suitcases" for storage--yes! Visit store's 'garage storage' sections for great items you can use for your craft & office space. Oh and thank you for the opportunity to win the Lowe's gift card, Courtney!

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  128. Love Lowes! Count me in!!
    By the way, did you know you can give a galvanized bucket a "patina" by spraying with bleach??
    I did that with one...took several sprays and days in the sun...but it worked well....

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  129. Already a follower of your AWESOME blog! Would love a lowes giftcard! My favorite store!

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  130. I too love galvanized just about anything. Thanks for the tip on Lowe's. I'm off to there tomorrow to tidy up my closet. Buckets--who knew?

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  131. I didn't know about the lowes creative page, thanks for telling about it...liked!

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  132. Who doesn't want to be better organized? Love the galvanized containers- I am thrilled to get this opportunity of a gift card to Lowes!

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  133. Hi,
    I`m a follower, please enter me in the giveaway!

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  134. I follow your blog and love your ideas for using the galvanized buckets - thank you for sharing. I also love Lowe's my favorite hardware store - would love to win the giveaway....

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  135. I love your blog and anything French Country. The bin idea is great. Sign me up for the Lowes give away.
    Lana @ muddkatt3@bellsouth.net

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  136. I'm a follower of your blog. Would LOVE to put that gift card towards spring flowers!

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  137. I'm a new follower! Really love the armoire and the organizing ideas. Just this weekend, I organized my office...such a good feeling to be organized! Thanks to you and Lowe's for the giveaway opportunity!

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  138. I also "liked" Lowe's Idea page!

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  139. I stumbled upon your lovely blog a couple of months ago. I look forward to your beautiful images, and ideas! Very clever use of the galvanized buckets and cans...I'd probably go the same route using the generous gift card. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  140. I've been a follower of Lowe's on FB for some time now.

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  141. Sharing giveaway on my FB page.

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  142. I love your ideas for storage - I live in a tiny house, and storage ideas are always welcome! Would love to win the 100$ gift certif! Thanks for the opp.

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  143. LIKED the Lowe's Creative page on FB :)

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  144. I am a follower of your wonderful blog.

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  145. I love your bucket ideas!!! I love these buckets and can;t wait to purchase some,,,dreaming of all the things I can do with them!!!

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  146. Big fan of Lowe's and a follower of your blog!

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  147. I'm following you and I love galvanized tubs but wouldn't have thought of them as great storage bins. Thanks for the idea.
    Karen at Garden, Home and Party
    klbunch at gmail dot com

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  148. i have been a follower for some time and going over to FB to like the Lowe's Creative Ideas...Your armoire is not only beautiful but so utilitarian. Great ideas for storage!

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  149. I've never been to our Lowe's - After seeing all your awesome treasures, I'm going to have to give it a 'walk through'!!

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  150. I love my galvanized bins! Thank you for having this giveaway, I am already a happy follower! Your photos always look great, I love to look at them.

    ~Shanon

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  151. I'm back...I blogged about your giveaway here-

    http://beaudetart.blogspot.com/2012/01/here-goes.html

    Thanks so much for the chance to win!:)

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  152. I love these bins and how you used them. I can certainly use some in my home! :)

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  153. Great job , love the armoire! I use galvinized tubs too..LOVE them. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Suzanne

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  154. I love that cabinet Courtney! It is beyond gorgeous. I need you to come and organize my stuff now!;) I am a follower and would one $100! I would actually spend it on flowers for the yard once it is planting time.

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  155. What great timing. I just posted on facebook about needing to pick a paint color for our living room. This would be a great help. Love the galvanized bins, my husband even complimented the one I have in our closet as a nice alternative to baskets. Glad I found your site today. I'm a new follower.

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  156. I came over to follow your blog and found the Lowe's give away, how awesome, so here I am.

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  157. liked lowe's creative ideas on fb

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  158. I follow you - love your ideas!!

    sally.puckett@yahoo.com

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  159. I like Lowe's Creative Ideas on Facebook :)

    sally.puckett@yahoo.com

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  160. I've been a follower for a while! I would LOVE to win :)

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  161. LOVE Lowes and LOVE your blog Courtney!! Would LOVE to win!! xoxo Rachel

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  162. Fun fun idea!
    I've been a follower for quite some time! Thanks so much

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  163. I shared this on facebook and my blog. And I so love the galvanized buckets!

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