How to create your own rustic coat rack

We often hang things in our room on a small wooden peg coat rack. It has served the purpose for years, but since we got new furniture, it didn’t really match our bedroom anymore.

I wanted something rustic and simple that matched our new furniture. I raised my scrap wood pile, and found the perfect piece of wood. I quickly stained it with Minwax Walnut.

I found these lovely drawer pulls at Hobby Lobby and decided to use them. I measured the board to determine where I wanted to place them.

I then drilled holes and inserted the knobs, and tightened the bolts.

I then attached D rings so I could hang it from the wall.

I then trimmed the excess screw length, and hung it up.

I think this looks a lot better, don’t you?

And it was so simple to make.

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From nursery to “big girl room”

Our youngest daughter turned two in November. While I was in no hurry to take down the crib and transform her nursery to a toddler room, we couldn’t deny that the baby room just didn’t work for her anymore. Plus, she was climbing in and out of the crib and I was worried she’d get hurt.

Her nursery was plenty cute and most of the furnishings would still work. Let’s take a look at what her nursery used to look like:

The furniture was mostly still useful. My dad built both girls matching headboards before he died, so we definitely wanted to use those. We also changed up her artwork a bit, hung some new shelves, and got two new pieces of furniture. I chalk painted a nightstand from Christmas Tree Shops and changed the hardware, and painted a shelf from my childhood bedroom.

Here’s a look at Aubrey’s new digs:

The monogram is papier mache from Hobby Lobby.

Here’s the redone nightstand. The drawer pulls are from Hobby Lobby. The rug, frame and lamp are from her nursery.

The baskets are left over from her nursery and the shelves were on clearance at JoAnn Fabrics.

These are IKEA Bekvam spice racks. I painted them white.

I repainted her small frames and purchased a new piece of art from Hobby Lobby to tie the room together.

We are just waiting on some baskets I ordered for her shelves. They’re on back order and we will use them to store toys.

A sweet room for a sweet and sassy little lady. What room refreshers have you done lately?

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Make Something Monday: DIY storage boxes


Get ready to see the easiest DIY ever.

We have a lot of need for small storage at our home but small storage can be costly. We DIY whatever we can from shoe boxes and diaper boxes.

These boxes were created from old shoeboxes for my daughter’s new desk.


It’s so easy: first, get a few old shoeboxes, some bookplates and some modge podge. You can use cloth instead of paper if you’d like.

Then, wrap your box with the cloth or paper, as though you are wrapping a present. Remember to glue as you go.


Then, after you’ve got all of your boxes and lids covered, add your bookplates. I Like to put the lids on and sit the bookplate on it without actually attaching it. I do this so I can make sure I like the placement before I make it permanent 🙂 


If you like the bookplate placement, punch holes, push the fasteners through and fold them back.

And then you’ll have some brand new desk boxes.


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Farmhouse Friday: Soda crates

I love that wooden soda crates are popular right now. They are so versatile and so neat looking, too. 

I have two of them that I have used in a number of ways:


There are still more ways to use them on Pinterest. I thought it might be fun to share them with you today.

I love everything about this picture. I love that crate, those white blooms, the watering can, and that demijohn!

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How about this spring vignette from Life on Kaydeross Creek? 

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I’ve also seen them repurposed as stools, 

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shelves, 

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shadow boxes,

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 and spice racks.

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See? I told you they were versatile! Keep your eyes peeled for my wood crate. You’ll see it again real soon.

How do you use your wood crate?

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DIY: A knock-off Pottery Barn kids vanity stool

**This post was originally published July 7, 2014.

My oldest daughter is loving her new big girl room. We have painted it and are almost finished, except for buying a dresser and getting some artwork for her walls.

I had a sweet little white vanity sitting around from when I was growing up. I gave it a fresh coat of paint recently and a new drawer pull, but decided it needed a little something else.

 I loved the ruffled vanity stool at Pottery Barn Kids, but just couldn’t justify the price.
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Especially when I had a perfectly good, sturdy stool already in my possession. 
When I ordered Emorie’s ruffled valance, I got an idea. Why not order two valances and use one to wrap her stool? I unscrewed the seat from the rest of the stool and used a piece of an old white pillowcase to cover the dingy fabric. I stapled that fabric in place and reattached the stool.
 Then, wrapped the valance around it, secured it with safety pins and sewed it to the cover.
Voila! I like it, don’t you? The best part is it only cost me spray paint ($6) and a ruffled valance ($12).
Wouldn’t this make a darling side table or nightstand?
For now, I styled it with a shoebox I covered in some pretty paper, some roses left over from her first birthday party and an Ikea vase, which I thought could hold hairbrushes and headbands.
What high/low knockoff have you completed recently?

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A backyard party 

When we bought our house three years ago, we inherited this large Polywood table and six chairs. The table and chairs are certainly sturdy and they’re pretty comfy, so we are grateful.

For a long time, the table took up space on our back porch and it just didn’t fit the space. On a whim, I moved the table down to the patio where our fire pit used to be.

You see, now this table gives us an awesome space to have a pretty little summer party.

Simple placemats with solid green dishes and melamine salad plates add a little color to the table. Green was chosen since it highlights the plants in the area.

Handmade cloth napkins complete the look.

I didn’t want the tablescape to be overwhelming so I just cut some flowers from the yard and scattered them in glass vases all over the table.

The table fits the space so much better and gives us yet another space for entertaining. 

I’m so glad I entertained that “whim” and moved the table to the patio.

What “whims” have worked for you recently? 

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Back porch updates 

​ As you know, I’ve been working to update my back porch. Our back porch used to consist of just two rocking chairs, a side table and a large dining table that overwhelmed the space. 

I used some of my birthday gift cards to buy this:

The two rocking chairs we already had used to look like this:

The paint was chippy but the bones were still good. I thought they should match the new table and chairs. 

Enter: spray paint!

This stuff covers well and the finish looks amazing. Here are my chairs and tables in progress.

And now for the finished product.

This summer I am also going to stain the porch floor and rails and paint the French doors. I would get a rug, but between our animals and the red dirt mud, it’d be ruined in a day. 

What do you think about our porch decorating so far??

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The easiest DIY EVER: DIY Room Refresher Spray

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This is the easiest DIY ever! I love having a house that smells freshly cleaned, even when it hasn’t been. I also love Febreeze, but I can easily use a bottle a week of the stuff. That would get expensive quickly.

I’ve found this “recipe” in various places in the Pinterest world and decided to try it. All you need is an empty spray bottle, some warm water and your favorite scent of Gain Fireworks or Downy Unstoppables.

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I personally prefer the Downy Unstoppables Fresh scent, which has the aqua lid. One of these bottles of scent boosters costs about $4, and you don’t need many of them to make the spray. I bet I have made almost 10 bottles of room refresher from one bottle of scent boosters. If a bottle of Febreeze costs $6 and I use one a week, well, that is $312 a year. That saves a lot of money, and I can spray it as much as I want to! That may sound silly, but that’s how much I love having a house that smells good.

I used an empty Method multipurpose cleaner bottle for mine. You want to use enough scent boosters to cover the bottom of the spray bottle. Then, fill the bottle with warm water and let it sit for about an hour. I love the pretty blue color of my room spray. Funnily enough, it matches the color of the Downy Unstoppables lid.

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What other uses have you found for Downy Unstoppables/Gain Fireworks?

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Art on the cheap: greeting card

My husband’s sweet grandmother gave us this cute card for our anniversary. She knows how much I love Mason jars and the quote was sweet, too.

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I sometimes keep cute cards with the intent of framing them and using them for art. I usually don’t follow through with that, but this time I did.

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I may decide to put it in a bigger frame and mat this guy, but for now, I love how it looks on my entry table. What do you think??

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Upcycling: baby food tubs

We all know there are tons of ways to reuse baby jars. Gerber is now selling baby foods in these nifty little plastic tubs like this:

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There are so many neat ways to use these.  My former co worker used to keep hers in her lunch box with her daily vitamins in them, and a second one with a handful of almonds in them. I use them to store small items in my craft room, like buttons and push pins. I also use them to store small items like safety pins and bobby pins in my purse.

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Before you ask, I did wash it. This one just used to have sweet potatoes in it and it’s stained.

I’ve also used them for a mini first aid kit. This one works better with foil packets of Neosporin vs. a tube that doesn’t bend well. The lid doesn’t stay on well.

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Here are some other uses I found on the web:

Use for craft paints and tempera paints

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Single serve Jello snacks. Couldn’t find a link back to the original source.

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Here is a great idea: store small servings of snacks for traveling or for the lunch box. [couldn’t find original source]

This one doesn’t concern the small tubs, but the cereal containers. Why not use them to store your pancake mixes and cake mixes? You could use some chalkboard labels and they’d be perfect in your pantry.

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I can’t wait to show you which ones I try 🙂 Have a great Tuesday!

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