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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Upcycling old decor: the pedastal bowl


I have had this pedestal bowl for years.


While I love the shape of it, I just couldn’t seem to make it work with my current decorating themes.

I whipped out my trusty Waverly chalk paint and added a coat of farmhouse white.


Just like most projects, this one certainly has an ugly stage. 


But after the second coat, it looked a lot better.


I got out the sandpaper and roughed it up a little.


Then, I added some spring fillers in the form of moss balls and I put it on the sideboard in our office.


Just because something seems like it won’t work doesn’t mean you can’t make it work. 

Sometimes all it takes is a little paint.

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Make it Mondays: a farmhouse style chalkboard 


You may have seen this “chalkboard” hanging in my dining room.


It’s actually not a chalkboard at all. It’s a framed piece of black foam core board that I stenciled before I knew what I was doing. 

I decided to make it a legit chalkboard and use a hand lettering technique I’ve recently learned. 

First, I whipped out some chalkboard paint and applied to coats to the board. I wanted it to be a legit chalkboard so I could change it up if need be.


After using two coats of paint, I let it dry and then “seasoned” it. If you want to be able to erase, you must do this. Just rub the chalk all over the board twice, completely covering it.

Then, erase it once. Leave the dust and DO NOT CLEAN it.


Print out what you want it to say and then trace the letters with a pencil. When you trace it, you should see your word, very faintly, in the dust.  


I used a Bistro chalk marker to trace and fill in the words. This is awesome because if you mess up, you can erase with a wet paper towel. You’ll have to reseason the board though. 


I love how it turned out.


Don’t you think that’s way better?

And, best of all, I can erase it and change it up if I want to.

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A farmhouse gallery wall…revealed


Last week, we published this post to ask your advice about our living room gallery wall.

You guys even helped make our decision by participating in my poll.

And after mulling it over for a bit, we chose to do this:


I love that cute little B on the top right, but I feel like it doesn’t really go with the rest of the gallery. I will probably change it out, but for now, isn’t this wall a hundred times better?

Have a wonderful week.

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Make it Monday: DIY personalized wall art and how you can make it!!


I saw something similar to this in a catalog earlier this week and immediately thought about how easy it’d be to make.

All you need is word processor and to download some fonts that you like.


My finished product looks like this, though I’m thinking of ordering it on a canvas.



I used Bookman Old Style for the big B and the “Boone,” but used Brush Script Demo for the “established,” and Bradley Hand for the year. Dafont.com  and Freefonts.com are a great place to get free fonts if none of these appeal to you. 

This printable is super easy and lots of fun to make. 


Now, where to hang it?

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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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Cedar Chest chronicle: the final installment 


Last week, I did something that wasn’t very nice to you sweet readers. I cliffhangered you!! I’m truly sorry . But I’m also really excited to show you this:


Ta-DAA!!!!! Isn’t she a beauty? That’s two coats of Minwax Polystain in Espresso.

I’m so glad to see this project finally put to sleep and I am also loving how this cedar chest looks in our living room.

I’ve learned a lot while refinishing this cedar Chest and I’m happy to share.


1. Wood veneer is hard to remove but comes off a lot easier with a heat gun and chisel.


2. Your furniture project will have an ugly stage and that’s ok. Keep going. Ugly stages are temporary.


3. Sand your piece between stain coats, or it will not dry well.


4. Be patient. Don’t rush it because the finished product will be so worth it. There are also plenty of places where I nicked the wood on the cedar chest because I was trying to rush.


We are planning to get a cushion for the top so we can sit on it if need be.

I also made a little time lapse video you can check out here:

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Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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Make something Monday: farmhouse inspired candles

Today’s “make something Monday” is a quick and easy DIY idea that I actually got from a friend of ours at church. Last week when I was at her house I saw some really pretty candles and I thought I’d try to make them as well.


Mine aren’t as cute as hers but I do like how they turned out.


You will need burlap ribbon, lace, hot glue gun and glue (not pictured) and pillar candles.

Then, cut your burlap to size, wrap it around your candle and hot glue the ends together. Then you just got glue the lace on top of the burlap. Easy Peasy, right?


Just don’t burn your fingers like I did ☹️

I also tried using them on these pillar spindles but they’re a bit too small.


I will show you later this week how I’ve chosen to use these candles. Have a wonderful week!

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Farmhouse Friday: a farmhouse coffee bar


My coffee bar was a little bare and tired. It had good bones but it just needed some refreshing.


Plus, we had to get rid of our Keurig, so not all of our previous coffee station was even necessary.

I went to Marshalls and got this super cute coffee canister set.


I used chalk paint to refresh the tray and painted it a nice sage green.


I downloaded this sweet printable from Pinterest and Printed it to a 4×6 size. I then popped it into a chalk painted frame.


This sweet hook rack from Hobby Lobby completed the look, along with some Rae Dunn mugs.
Isn’t this way better?


Have a wonderful Friday!

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