A mountain trip and some antique store finds


Recently, my dad’s side of the family took a trip altogether to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

We rented a cabin and we all stayed together. We shopped, we drove around enjoying the sights, and enjoyed some great food.


But one of my favorite things we did was visit an antique mall in Sevierville.

I love antique stores. I’d rather go poke around in an antique store than eat. My oldest daughter loves it almost as much as I do.

We went to a store called I R Cheap, which I first thought would be a discount store, like Ollie’s in North Carolina. 

I was pleasantly surprised. I found loads of pretty wood and metal signs.

And this pretty, patriotic wreath.


And some tobacco stick ladders that were incredibly cheap and cute!


I also found some Barn stars and paint stick stars.


They also had lots of pretty canisters


And some lovely Christmas things.


I really enjoyed my visit there. 

Hope you have a terrific Tuesday!

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Make Something Monday: a Fixer Upper style printable

Lately I’ve really been into these farmhouse style “handlettered” signs. Now that these signs have been made more popular by Fixer Upper, they’re popping up everywhere. 

On a recent trip to Tennessee, I spotted these in an antique store.


I decided to make something similar but truthfully, I’m pretty horrible at hand lettering. But I am good at downloading fonts and creating printable art on my computer. Stick to what you’re good at, you know?


I can’t wait to show you where I put this. In fact, I’ll show you that really soon. Until then, here’s the printable for your downloading pleasure. Just right click, save to your device and print.

8×10 size:


11×14 size


Have a wonderful week! Happy Monday!

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Tuesday Tips and Tricks: Choosing a rug


Choosing a rug for your home can be a tough decision. Not only are rugs an expensive investment, there are all sorts of styles and sizes to choose from. If you’re like me, it takes you a long time to make an expensive purchase like this one because you want to avoid regretting that purchase later. 

Here’s a shot of our living room when we first moved in. This room has changed considerably but we still have this rug. It’s a perfect size and color for the room.

 

We have several area rugs in our home, and recently bought a large rug for our dining room. We are currently shopping for a rug for our master bedroom. 

We also have rugs in our girls’ rooms.


Aubrey’s rug is a knock off of a much more expensive one. I do wish this one were a little bigger. 
So how do you know what size rug you need? 

I found this info graphic at Apartment Therapy and it’s a great visual:


               Apartment Therapy
Here are a few things like to consider when buying a rug.


1. Where will it be used? 

Believe it or not, where you use the rug makes a huge difference in what you buy. When we bought our dining room rug, I knew I needed a low pile, dark colored rug. I have a toddler who loves to throw food. A light colored rug would show stains and a high pile rug would be hard to clean.


2. Know the rug size. 

My table seats right with the leaves in, so I knew I needed a rug that would accommodate the table extended to its full length. A 5×7 was way too small but an 8×10 was perfect.


3. Consider the colors of the wall, furnishings, and floor. 

Make sure your rug isn’t too close to the floor color. A neutral color is best because a rug is an investment, and you want your rug to go with almost any decor. This gives you opportunities to change it up with accent pieces!

4. A higher quality rug will be more expensive but will wear better and last longer. You get what you pay for, and rugs are no different. 

5. Get a nonslip rug pad. 

Even if your rug is not in a high traffic area, a rug pad will improve the look and feel of the rug. It will also help the rug stay down on the floor, without rolling and curling. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series on choosing a rug. Have a great Tuesday!
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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: Buying Secondhand Furniture 


We have bought many furniture items secondhand. We’ve bought several things from Craigslist and a few things from thrift shops. While some people might shy away from secondhand furniture, we have saved a lot of money.

I wanted to share a few tips and tricks for buying secondhand furniture with you today.


1. Do a quick but thorough inspection.

Open all the drawers to make sure they glide smoothly. A dresser or desk with stuck drawers is no good! Check the finish for dents or dings. If a little wear and tear doesn’t bother you, then carry on. If you don’t mind doing a little touch up work, go for it. But if you can’t get past the dents and dings, you probably want to keep looking.

2. It’s OK to ask for more pictures or more information

Before we bought this TV cabinet, I must have asked the woman selling it a hundred questions, including asking her to take more pictures. She was more than happy to oblige, and in the end, her second crop of pictures is why we chose to buy. The cabinet ended up being a perfect fit for our living room.

3. Measure your space before you buy

We knew we needed a bigger dining room set, and when we saw this one, it looked perfect. We weren’t sure it would fit, though. We quickly measured and realized it would be a tight fit only with the leaf in it. Since we only need the leaf a few times a year, this isn’t an issue. If we hadn’t have measured, we’d have passed on a table that we love!

4. Good things come to those who wait. 

We looked for a nursery chair for months before finally finding this one. It took a long time to find it, but it was exactly what we wanted. I’m so glad we were willing to wait whether than settle for the quick find. 

5. Think outside the box

Ignore the mess around this thing, but this TV cabinet is functioning perfectly as a craft supplies storage cabinet. We love this thing, but if I hadn’t been able to reimagine this as crafts storage, I’d have never bought it.

6. And lastly, don’t be afraid to walk away. It’s perfectly ok to see a piece in person and realize it isn’t what you wanted. Don’t think just because you look at something that you’re obligated to buy it. 

I hope you have enjoyed these tips for secondhand shopping. Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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DIY Tips and Tricks: Get a new bedroom for less than $100


Our master bedroom had some good  things going for it, but overall, it was so boring.



I’ve long been admiring bedrooms in which the bed is the focal point, but with two windows and only a tiny wall between them, I wasn’t sure how to pull it off.

I decided to just go for it and see what happened.


Our dresser used to sit between the windows. I just flip flopped the bed and night stands with the dressers. I used the same furniture, curtains, and same bedding, which cost nothing. Then, I bought two new lamps, some new pillows, and some new lampshades. I also bought a throw. 

We also had the bedding (except for those pillows and the throw) and the tray, books and greenery.

Eventually, we plan to buy an area rug and get new furniture. We also plan to paint the walls.

In total, I paid less than $75 for everything that you see here.

Not bad, huh?

Shopping guide:

Lamps: (similar) Lamp shades

Pillows    Curtains     Throw

Quilt    Duvet   Furniture 

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Tips and tricks Tuesday: Hanging a gallery walk


Hanging a gallery wall is something we enjoy after we’re finished, but stress about while we are doing it.

You stress about hanging everything straight, about spacing everything equally, and about tearing up your walls 

Here are a few tips and tricks to help make your gallery wall hanging experience much less stressful.

1. Lay everything out on the floor so you can see how it will look before hanging it.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done this and changed my mind about half of the things I had planned to hang. You can also do this to check out your spacing.

2. Use a level to space your pictures.

Everyone knows you should use a level to make sure your pictures and objects are hanging straight, but did you know you can use it to space pictures as well? The pictures in the gallery above are exactly “one level width” apart. Our small level is about one inch, so we just lay it flat and use it as a spacer. 

3. Command Strips are way better than nails

Unless it’s really heavy, everything in our house is hanging by 3M Command Strips. They don’t damage your wall, so if you make a mistake, just pull the tab, and they’ll pop right off. Plus, you can put them on the back of whatever you’re hanging, press it to the wall, and you’re done. It’s so much faster than driving a nail.

4. If you must use nails, use a stud finder

There’s nothing worse than damaging your wall because you hung something that was too heavy and you didn’t hang it on a stud. 

Stud finders are cheap and are a tool everyone should have. We have one with a laser level and we’ve used it so many times that the batteries are often dead. 

5. Group similar looking things to create a cohesive look, but it does not have to be a perfect match.

In fact, it’s more visually pleasing if it doesn’t match. Varying frames and objects will add interest to your gallery because it keeps the eye moving. Here, the frames match but the art coordinates. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed these DIY Tips and Tricks. Stay tuned for more wall decor tips next week!

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Farmhouse Friday: gallery wall


We are, one by one, painting the rooms in our home. This week, we painted our living room. 

For over a year now, I’ve had this gallery wall behind our couch:


Here’s a better look at it:


While I like this gallery wall, I do want to change it up. 

I laid out our frames and wall art that I love and I decided to do just play with them. Now I’m stumped and I need your help! Which option would you choose? Here are the contenders:


Option one: leave the gallery wall as it is and change nothing.


Option two: mostly the same but repurposing some other art taken from other rooms.


Option three: count your blessings and a framed B.


Option four: a large family picture in the middle and a little art mixed in


Option five: super hodgepodge 


Which do you choose? Vote in the poll below.

 

Which option should I choose for my “behind the couch” gallery wall?

Option one
Option two
Option three
Option four
Option five

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DIY Tips and Tricks Thursday: fool proof your paint choices


I hate to paint. I hate it so much that we have lived in this house for almost four years and still have yet to paint our dining room, office, playroom, kitchen and bedroom. 

And out of the rooms that have been painted, we only painted two of them. Since hiring out a paint job is so expensive, we typically only hire out the rooms that have tons of trim/cabinets and such to paint around. 

Almost all of our rooms (except the bedrooms) are painted in Benjamin Moore Barbados Sand. It’s a nice neutral color that we had in our old house as well. It is a warm tone that pairs well with our red oak floors.


Here is an example of what it looks like in our living room: 

While I hate to paint and am certainly no expert, here is what I’ve learned in regards to choosing paint colors.

1. Paint chips are a necessity, and so are paint samples. 


Paint samples are cheap and give you just enough paint to test what the color looks like on your wall. Paint a section of the wall and then observe how the color looks in different levels of light throughout the day. If you don’t like it, get a different sample and try again.

Paint chips are great for comparing other colors in the same family…which leads me to my next piece of advice. 


2. When in doubt, go one shade lighter.

This little piece of wisdom has served us well when painting both my daughters’ rooms. When we painted my oldest daughter’s room, we must have gone through three samples. We wanted a nice light aqua but kept choosing colors that were TOO aqua.  One shade lighter than my final choice turned out to be THE ONE.

3. If your home is fairly open, use the same color in all the public areas, or use colors within a shade or two of one another.  This makes your home seem more cohesive and feel more pulled together. 

And lastly,

 4. you get what you pay for. Cheap paint is watery and doesn’t go on the walls well. It also isn’t very durable and will not last as long as a good quality paint. 

Have a wonderful Thursday, my friends!!

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DIY Tips and Tricks: Spray painting like a pro!

Spray painting and “pro” probably don’t really belong in the same thought. I’m going to pretend they do, though.

Some people will let the color or finish of an object they want or need deter them from purchasing it. I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to do that. No matter the finish- metal, wood, plastic, or even resin, if you don’t like the color, you can definitely spray paint it. I’ve spray painted wooden  furniture, metal candlesticks, picture frames, and even dishes.

Even though spray painting is ridiculously easy, there are a few tips and tricks you should know about.

  1. Not just any spray paint will do.

No one ever spray painted anything with a cheap spray paint and made it look good. I would steer clear of the store brand, no name spray paints, and buy a good one. I always try to buy a spray paint with a primer built in, since it helps cover the object, but it also keeps the paint from chipping off. You’ll spend a bit more on your paint, but you’ll also have an object that looks much better finished. Also, know what you’re buying. Choose a spray paint that is made for the finish you’ll be painting. There are different spray paints available in a variety of finishes. Some dry with a glossy finish, some dry with a metallic finish, and others with a matte finish. There are also different spray paints for covering plastic, wood, and metal.

2. Prep the surface

You will need to make sure your object is free of dust and dirt prior to spray painting it. You’ll also need to apply primer, if you aren’t using a spray paint with the primer built in. As you can see, I was not as vigilant about pre-cleaning this table, and now the table top is “mottled.” See the raised “bumps” all over it? Yeah, that’s what happens if you don’t dust it first. Use a clean, dry, microfiber cloth as cleaners can interfere with your paint coverage.

3. Buy one more can of spray paint than what you think you’ll need

This is a project where it is easy to misjudge. Here you see a rocking chair that is still partially white, as I ran out of spray paint. And trust me, if you do run out, chances are you may have to visit different locations of the same big box store because your local one ran out of the spray paint you need. I speak from experience on this one, folks.

4. Use the “six-inch rule.”

Hold the spray paint can no closer than 6 inches from the object you are painting. If you don’t, the paint will run and drip. To get a more even surface, hold the can six inches or more away!! If it doesn’t completely cover, you can always touch it up later.

5. Allow at least 24 hours to dry between coats

You might be impatient like me and want to get your project done. Listen carefully: not allowing your object ample time to dry will cause the paint to chip and flake off. It can also cause it to dry unevenly. Make sure your paint has had at least 24 hours to dry, because even if it feels like it’s dry, it may not be.

6. Drips and runs aren’t the end of the world.

If you do notice mottling of your paint, paint drips and runs, or weird dry patterns, it doesn’t mean your project is ruined. Just sand it and start over. DO NOT try to spot paint. You must sand and paint the entire surface again, but your mistake will not show.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my tips and tricks. Now, get to paintin’! If you want to, that is 🙂

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Space planning: our dining room 

Currently, our dining room looks like this:


Not that there is anything wrong with that. Before I tell you what I want to do, let me tell you what I like about it.

The picture frame molding is beautiful and it adds a lot to the room. The room is also a nice size and it gets TONS of natural light.

Now for the bad:

There is no rug under the table now that we got a bigger table. We have no curtains up and I want to change up our decor a bit. Plus, we need a prettier chandelier!! I made this mood board for inspiration:


What do you think? Stay tuned!

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