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.

Linking to StonegableWorthing CourtCedar Hill FarmhouseConfessions of a Plate AddictThe Turquoiseaquifer and HomeA Place of My TasteThe Happy Housie, The Blissful Bee, My PinterventuresThe Lady Prefers to SaveThe Kolb Corner, Craving Some Creativity,  Let’s Get Crafty, Diane and Dean DIY,  Starfish CottageBluesky Kitchen,  Potentially Chic,  McCall Manor, and Odds and Evans,  The Quintessential MommyChristine Everyday,  Little Miss DexterousDécor To AdorePoofing the PillowsAt Home With JemmaWhite Spray Paint,  and French Country Cottage!

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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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24 days of Christmas: Knock-off Pottery Barn Advent Calendar 

I really love this advent calendar at Pottery Barn Kids.

It’s no longer available, but when it was available, it cost almost $300.

I dug through my scrap wood stash and found part of an old shelf board.  Then I grabbed some wood glue, craft paint and clothes pins.

I also found some sweet stick on letters. 

I put the letters where I wanted them.

Then, I painted the board.

I then  peeled off the letters and glued my mini clothespins to the bottom.

I then added more letters just above the clothespins.

Then I painted the letters at the top.

I added hanging hardware to the back.

I bought this advent mitten garland last year from Sassy Steals and cut apart the garland.  I thought it’d be perfect for my calendar.

Here is the finished product.  I love how it turned out!!

I plan on adding a little something more, so stay tuned!

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DIY Fixer Upper-inspired nursery art 

Lately I’ve been crushing on this sign on The Magnolia market website.

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And while I liked the canvas wall art I used over  Aubrey’s crib, lately I’ve felt it is too small.

I downloaded some hand letter fonts and typed out the prayer.   Then, Staples Copy And Print printed it out for me as a 16×20 engineer print for $4. I used spray adhesive to affix the print to a piece of foam board.

And I bought this really neat barn wood frame from  Wayfair.

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I am thrilled with the result.

What  Fixer Upper inspired projects have you completed recently?

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Living room refresher

As you know, we have been working on trying to finish some rooms in our house this year. Not too long ago, we moved some artwork around in the living room and put up this gallery wall.

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While I love the gallery wall, something about the red pillows just didn’t speak to me. I wanted something a little more toned down. Something a little more neutral but still not plain.

I loved the look of these numbered pillows, but they are high end and very expensive.

Imagine my surprise when I found these in Hobby Lobby for $8 a piece?

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A “Fixer Upper” inspired bakery sign

I don’t know about you guys, but since I’ve been off on maternity leave, I have fallen in love with HGTV’s Fixer Upper. Joanna Gaines is super talented and I love everything she does.  She also happens to be a conservative Christian who dresses modestly, and as the mother of two little girls, that’s certainly something I appreciate.

It’s not surprising that I also follow her blog and regularly check out Magnolia Market’s website to browse treasures she has for sell in her shop. I’ve been crushing on this sign, which I also saw in a few episodes of the show:

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The sign, which appears to be metal, is $88 from Magnolia Market. I decided I could make my own version from a piece of poplar shelving I had left over from my daughters’ closet projects here and here. I promptly painted it Valspar Country White and printed off letters in a font I liked. You may have to play with the font a bit. I printed letters off twice before I was satisfied with the size and spacing.

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Next, I traced the letters with a pencil.

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I then broke out a small can of black paint and a tiny black brush that I got from Wal-Mart. The brushes are in the craft section and are “Folk Art” brand. They were about $3 for a multipack with four different sizes. I painted in the letters, but I bet you could also color them in with a permanent marker.

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As you can see, it isn’t perfect. The paint bled in some areas and my tracing/painting hand wasn’t as steady as I’d hoped. I’m trying to remind myself that a true antique sign wouldn’t look perfect 🙂 I added some hanging hooks to the back.

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I love how this looks hanging in our dining room. I may attempt to make some more signs 🙂

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I really like how this turned out. What “Fixer Upper” inspired projects have you done?

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High/low knock-offs: Ballard Designs

I’ll be the first to admit I have a bit of an obsession with designer clothes, house wares and furniture. That in itself is not a problem, until you consider the fact that I am a teacher. I don’t have champagne taste on a beer budget, I have champagne taste on a tap-water budget! I joke, but it is true.

I feed those obsessions with really good knock-offs or DIYs. This week, I am posting my top 5 favorite Ballard Designs knock-offs.

5. Burlap Mr. and Mrs. Pillows with insert, $50-$59 at Ballard Designs
Mr & Mrs Burlap Pillows
The knock-off, a DIY by Seth and Kait, $3.99

4. Set of 6 Mercury Glass Bud Vases, $79 at Ballard Designs
**This is a huge trend right now. You can find mercury glass vases at Pottery Barn, West Elm, and Birch Lane.

Set of 6 Mercury Bud Vases
The knock-off: Mercury Glass Bud Vase, $6.95 each at Luna Bazaar
You could buy six of these, and plus tax, it would still be cheaper than Ballard Designs.

3. Bee glass drinkware, Ballard Designs, $49-55
Bee Glassware Collection
The knock-off, Christmas Tree Shops, $1.25 each
La Rochère Set of 6 Bee Décor Large Clear Iced Tea Glasses

2. Brigitte Dinnerware, $29-$119
Brigitte Dinnerware Collection

The knock-off: Gray Artisan Pottery, Christmas Tree Shops, $8.99- $23.49


1. Eliza Serving Bowl, $35
Crescent Bowls (Set of 12)

Birch Lane Crescent Serving Bowls, $44 for 12

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High/low knock-offs: Ballard Designs

I’ll be the first to admit I have a bit of an obsession with designer clothes, house wares and furniture. That in itself is not a problem, until you consider the fact that I am a teacher. I don’t have champagne taste on a beer budget, I have champagne taste on a tap-water budget! I joke, but it is true.

I feed those obsessions with really good knock-offs or DIYs. This week, I am posting my top 5 favorite Ballard Designs knock-offs.

5. Burlap Mr. and Mrs. Pillows with insert, $50-$59 at Ballard Designs
Mr & Mrs Burlap Pillows
The knock-off, a DIY by Seth and Kait, $3.99

4. Set of 6 Mercury Glass Bud Vases, $79 at Ballard Designs
**This is a huge trend right now. You can find mercury glass vases at Pottery Barn, West Elm, and Birch Lane.

Set of 6 Mercury Bud Vases
The knock-off: Mercury Glass Bud Vase, $6.95 each at Luna Bazaar
You could buy six of these, and plus tax, it would still be cheaper than Ballard Designs.

3. Bee glass drinkware, Ballard Designs, $49-55
Bee Glassware Collection
The knock-off, Christmas Tree Shops, $1.25 each
La Rochère Set of 6 Bee Décor Large Clear Iced Tea Glasses

2. Brigitte Dinnerware, $29-$119
Brigitte Dinnerware Collection

The knock-off: Gray Artisan Pottery, Christmas Tree Shops, $8.99- $23.49


1. Eliza Serving Bowl, $35
Crescent Bowls (Set of 12)

Birch Lane Crescent Serving Bowls, $44 for 12

Birch Lane Crescent Bowls

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High/low knock-offs: Ballard Designs

I’ll be the first to admit I have a bit of an obsession with designer clothes, house wares and furniture. That in itself is not a problem, until you consider the fact that I am a teacher. I don’t have champagne taste on a beer budget, I have champagne taste on a tap-water budget! I joke, but it is true.

I feed those obsessions with really good knock-offs or DIYs. This week, I am posting my top 5 favorite Ballard Designs knock-offs.

5. Burlap Mr. and Mrs. Pillows with insert, $50-$59 at Ballard Designs
Mr & Mrs Burlap Pillows
The knock-off, a DIY by Seth and Kait, $3.99

4. Set of 6 Mercury Glass Bud Vases, $79 at Ballard Designs
**This is a huge trend right now. You can find mercury glass vases at Pottery Barn, West Elm, and Birch Lane.

Set of 6 Mercury Bud Vases
The knock-off: Mercury Glass Bud Vase, $6.95 each at Luna Bazaar
You could buy six of these, and plus tax, it would still be cheaper than Ballard Designs.

3. Bee glass drinkware, Ballard Designs, $49-55
Bee Glassware Collection
The knock-off, Christmas Tree Shops, $1.25 each
La Rochère Set of 6 Bee Décor Large Clear Iced Tea Glasses

2. Brigitte Dinnerware, $29-$119
Brigitte Dinnerware Collection

The knock-off: Gray Artisan Pottery, Christmas Tree Shops, $8.99- $23.49


1. Eliza Serving Bowl, $35
Crescent Bowls (Set of 12)

Birch Lane Crescent Serving Bowls, $44 for 12

Birch Lane Crescent Bowls

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High/low knock-offs: Ballard Designs

I’ll be the first to admit I have a bit of an obsession with designer clothes, house wares and furniture. That in itself is not a problem, until you consider the fact that I am a teacher. I don’t have champagne taste on a beer budget, I have champagne taste on a tap-water budget! I joke, but it is true.

I feed those obsessions with really good knock-offs or DIYs. This week, I am posting my top 5 favorite Ballard Designs knock-offs.

5. Burlap Mr. and Mrs. Pillows with insert, $50-$59 at Ballard Designs
Mr & Mrs Burlap Pillows
The knock-off, a DIY by Seth and Kait, $3.99

4. Set of 6 Mercury Glass Bud Vases, $79 at Ballard Designs
**This is a huge trend right now. You can find mercury glass vases at Pottery Barn, West Elm, and Birch Lane.

Set of 6 Mercury Bud Vases
The knock-off: Mercury Glass Bud Vase, $6.95 each at Luna Bazaar
You could buy six of these, and plus tax, it would still be cheaper than Ballard Designs.

3. Bee glass drinkware, Ballard Designs, $49-55
Bee Glassware Collection
The knock-off, Christmas Tree Shops, $1.25 each
La Rochère Set of 6 Bee Décor Large Clear Iced Tea Glasses

2. Brigitte Dinnerware, $29-$119
Brigitte Dinnerware Collection

The knock-off: Gray Artisan Pottery, Christmas Tree Shops, $8.99- $23.49


1. Eliza Serving Bowl, $35
Crescent Bowls (Set of 12)

Birch Lane Crescent Serving Bowls, $44 for 12

Birch Lane Crescent Bowls

Continue Reading