Make Something Monday: farmhouse wooden shutters

Our kitchen was a little lacking in character, and I was a little lost as to what to do with it.

We eventually plan to relocate our kitchen, so we didn’t want to anything too extensive…or expensive.

I found this super cute picture on Pinterest of a similar sink and window to the one I have. This appeared on the blog Vintage News Junkie:

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I thought everything about this picture was perfect!

I began by measuring my window opening. I then cut some 1X4’s to size.

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I then cut cross pieces and attached them with wood screws. I also filled in obvious cracks with wood filler, sanded, and painted them. I ended up using two coats of paint.

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I then added the hardware: hammered iron hinges and handles. I did not make mine exactly like the original picture, because I wanted to make them my own.

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We ended up having the flip the hinges around to hang them, and we still need to take down that light fixture.

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We still have a little touching up to do, but all in all, I am loving how these turned out. Our blank slate kitchen is starting to get a little personality.

How have you added character in your home?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Decorating a dining room on a budget

We have so many rooms that are “in progress” in our home. As much as I’d love to finish it right now, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and house renovations are never cheap. 

Our dining room has undergone something of a metamorphosis since we moved in four years ago. 


So dark. So blank. So empty.

One of our first upgrades was to buy new furniture. We found this set on Craigslist.



Next, we added the curtains and the rug. 



Next, we added a botanical gallery wall.


We also have started decorating this blank space above our China cabinet.


Next on the list:

We plan to square off this arch and close up this awkward pass through. 


We also plan to replace our chandelier.


I cannot believe we are so close to completing this room. 

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Make Something Monday: make a faux pumpkin look real

I like decorating with natural elements, but sometimes those natural elements can rot and make a mess. Plus, when your toddler likes to throw things, you probably shouldn’t have real pumpkins where she can reach them. 


I found this pumpkin at Walmart for a little over $5 and I liked the shape of it. I wasn’t too into the color, though. 

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, then you know I don’t let color put me off. source site I can fix that.

Out came the Waverly chalk paint and my trusty brushes.


I think it turned out quite well, don’t you??


Don’t let color put you off. Grab that spray paint, chalk paint, or milk paint and make it what you want. 

Now I have a super cute pumpkin that won’t rot or make a mess. 

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Tuesday Tips and Tricks: DIY wall art

I like decorating that looks costly but I don’t want to pay a lot to get it. I’ve managed to find a few good ways to create artwork for my walls that don’t cost a lot. Some of my favorite DIY art methods are creating subway art, framing scrapbook paper, creating DIY canvases, and printable art from the internet.

I have used MS Word to create DIY subway art three times now, once for Emorie’s nursery, once for Emorie’s new room, and once for a Father’s Day gift. This is pretty simple- just select your margins, create some text boxes, change your fonts and colors, and go!

Michael’s Father’s Day gift. I made a similar one for my Daddy.

Emorie’s nursery art. Love this!
I didn’t water mark this, because it isn’t original to me. Found it on Pinterest.

Framing scrapbook paper also makes great DIY art. I’ve heard of people canvas-mounting it, but I’ve never tried this. I like to frame it. The trick is to cut the paper the same size as your mat. If I try to cut it to fit the mat opening, I usually end up coming up short or cutting it crooked.

This is some scrapbook paper that will soon be cut, matted, framed and hung over Emorie’s new bed in her new room.
I chose this paper, not only for its repetitive pattern, but for the fact that it looked sort of like vintage wallpaper. Antiqued frames completed the “old” look I was going for.

I love canvas prints, but they can be costly. The one in the middle is actually a Faux-wrap canvas from Wal-Mart. The two baby pictures of Emorie were created using a tutorial I found on Pinterest. I used a 10×13 photo I already had. I painted the sides of the canvas black, Mod Podged the picture to the 9×12 canvas I ordered from Blick Art Supply, and hung them on the walls.  I’m actually in the process of making more.

Another great way to get cheap art for your home is to print it off the Internet. If you’re into botanical prints, you are in luck! The Graphics Fairy  and The Painted Hive are two of my favorite sites to use. You can find loads of these things on Pinterest, too.


Got this from The Painted Fairy. It is on one of the bookshelves in my office.


This is a botanical print of a chicory flower, and one of my favorite art pieces in my whole house.


I love these vintage veggie prints in my kitchen, because they look like watercolor paintings. I printed them off the same website with an inkjet printer.

Lastly, this picture hanging in my dining room was a complete DIY. I cut and measured a piece of foam posterboard, used a stencil and a white paint pen to evoke chalkwriting, and wrote a prayer on it. My mother-in-law took it to Hobby Lobby, where they built this rustic frame for me. I love, love, love this. And yes, I know some of the text is crooked. It was done on purpose.

I hope you enjoyed my DIY art! More posts to come soon.

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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:


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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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Make Something Monday: DIY tray

Our bathroom counter needed a little something. We have some bottles and containers that we use each day but just having them piled up or sitting around didn’t look nice. I wanted to find away to make them blend in, but still be accessible. 

I had seen an idea on Pinterest I wanted to try. I assembled the following supplies:

I grabbed my trusty chalk paint and things got a little greener. 

Two coats later, I had a green picture frame. I popped this scrapbook paper in it and replaced the glass.

Then, I attached the drawer pulls. 

Now all of our jars don’t look like we’ve just left them sitting out. 

What “Pin-spired” projects have you done lately?

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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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Make it Mondays: a shabby chic lamp shade

It all started when my older daughter needed a lamp for her vanity table. Honestly, my younger daughter needed a new lap for her dresser, too. 

I wanted a lampshade with rosettes, similar to this one:

I loved that lamp shade but I didn’t really love the price. I felt like I could probably create one of my own. I also already had a lamp that was similar to the one in the picture.
I quickly went to our local big box store and bought a plain cream colored drum shade for $5.00. I also bought five rolls of this ribbon:
I hot glued the ribbon to the shade, making sure not to let any gaps form. I didn’t want the shade to be visible through the lamp shade at all. When I finished, here is what I ended up with:
It looks so perfect on my older daughter’s vanity
And on my youngest daughter’s dresser, too.
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Making a new house feel like home

Casper and I created a combined list of items that will help make a new house feel like home.


Have you recently moved into a new home? Maybe you’ve just moved and you’re still living out of boxes. Or maybe you’re unpacked but you haven’t finished decorating. The following tips will make your blank slate house feel like a home.


1. Make your bedroom your sanctuary.

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The first step to making your house a home is to create a bedroom that’s a calming, relaxing retreat.A new mattress, sheets and pillows will make your bedroom comfortable and relaxing.



Term Papers On Business Ethics 2. Layer your home: curtains, throw pillows and rugs make your home feel cozy and inviting

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A soft rug underfoot, curtains, and pillows really make your home feel cozy and inviting.

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Your art work should be something that makes you happy. It can be a favorite painting by a favorite artist, or something that reminds you of a special memory. Photographs of loved ones or special memories are also good ideas. You can also find a plethora or affordable wall art options on Etsy and Pinterest.


enter site 4. A comfortable chair 

A comfortable chair is a necessity. What’s better than coming home after a long day at work, and sinking into a cozy chair to relax? What about enjoying a cup of coffee on a Saturday morning in that same snuggly chair? This IKEA chair and ottoman would be perfect.


5. A calming scent

Studies have shown pleasant smells help make you feel relaxed and peaceful. Having a special, signature scent can make your home feel comfortable and relaxing.


Where you live should be more than just an address. It should be a place where you feel at rest and at peace. With these tips, you can make your house a home.
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