There is nothing in the world that makes a mama more proud than to see their child succeed. I have 6 children, all of which are my treasures and bring such joy. Not only are they fun, but are showing my my hard work and love is paying off. My oldest son has done many projects of his own with much success. Today, he is taking this waterfall buffet and giving it a French twist. Check it out.
Mr I., like the rest of my kids, are building up a savings. Generally, when I get a free piece of furniture I give it to them and they take turns making them over. Also, they purchase their own project pieces based on my suggestions to sell for the savings. You see my kids projects in this collection of posts.
In this case, Mr I. decided to purchase two Read more
Happy Fall Y’all!! The fall season is here and what better way to kick off this wonderful time of year than with a DIY decor project? Today, I’m going to share with you the step-by-step process to create this Hello Fall sign for your very own.
Welcome your guests in style with this front door decor or hang on your wall to celebrate the season as I showed on my fireplace makeover.
*post contains affiliate links and was first seen on Angies List as written by me.
Ready to get started and make your own Hello Fall sign? Here is what you’ll need Read more
Yesterday kicked off our first day of The Fall Ideas Tour. I was so pleased to be joined by a wonderful group of ladies that seriously rocked the mantel. Head below to start Day Two of the Tour for fall tablescapes.
So much gorgeousness from my fellow bloggers. Just look at all festive fall fun!
Shirley at Housepitality Designs fall mantel got me drooling with her architectural salvaged piece and her blue and white decor.
There is so much inspiration for creating a lovely fall vignette in your home by just looking at nature. Achieving that look doesn’t have to break the bank. Your fall mantel can be a budget-friendly display by utilizing natural elements, metals, and reclaimed or found items.
Join me and a fantastic group of bloggers as we take you on a Fall Ideas Tour beginning today with mantels, and lasting all week long. Get ready to be inspired! (Links to tour for each day of the week below)
When looking to create my fall mantlescape for this season, I wanted to stray from my typical fall orange-yellow-red color scheme, like I did for this display a couple of years ago. I craved a simple palette that would help me transition into the seasons yet to come.
It all started with this pile of scrap wood pieces that came from our master bedroom remodel that we revealed this past spring.
When we took down our shelves in our bedroom, I didn’t want to reuse the corbels that were there because they were bulky and took up too much space. So I replaced them with iron brackets instead. Since nothing goes to waste around here, we ended up using those wood corbels for building our window boxes we added this spring as well. When building the boxes, the original corbels had too large of a profile, so we trimmed them down and left us with that pile above. (Didn’t my hubby do good?)
I have saved them in a box for over a year, becasuse…well…they were cool looking and I knew I could come up with some good use for them other than our burn pile. There were several ideas that came to mind, but then inspiration struck and here’s what I came up with… Read more
Fall is just around the corner and it’s one of my favorite seasons. For me, living in farm country, it means harvest time! All the wonders of creation performing their grand finale and we get to reap the benefit of such splendor. There’s nothing like a cup of hot cider on a cool fall evening, a hearty pile of pumpkins, or a long hayride with our loved ones. That’s what I envisioned when deciding what to create for this month’s Power Tool Challenge. (there’s all sorts of DIY goodies for you at the bottom of this post!) Here is my treat to you, a fall harvest sign.
For my project, I wanted a rustic harvest sign that would bring back memories and also create them too.
Want to create one of your very own? I’ve got the DIY details for you! Just grab your jigsaw, some scrap or new lumber and let’s get to work. Read more
Who doesn’t love a shortcut to a chore? We all have different tasks that need done on daily basis, and then there are those that we kinda keep pushing to the back-burner because, let’s face it…they’re no fun. I love a clean oven, but doing the cleaning is not one of my favorite things to do. However, having the right tools to get it done quickly, efficiently, and healthily are key. Remember my motto: #toolsoverjewels – oh yeah! I’m going to show you a chemical-free oven cleaning that is actually fun. Brace yourselves…hahaha. (giveaway alert!)
My family of 8 is home 24/7 and we cook/bake our meals from scratch 3 times a day. We have installed a double oven in our kitchen remodel and it’s bliss to have that thing in tip-top shape. Our routine around here is I offer this job up to one of my older kids so they can Read more
As a mom to 6 children there are a few precious things in the life: my faith, my family, my health…and MY SLEEP. For real though, I am one of those people that can do anything, but if you mess with my sleep, this mama ain’t happy. I can deal with babies at night, kids being up all night sick, and so on no problem. However, I just want a good night of rest on all the other nights, k? So, my first reaction when I got asked to do NECTAR mattress review was…umm…maybe. hahaha. Here I am, along with my gang of 8, to give my honest explanation of my sleeping saga.
*post is sponsored by NECTAR Sleep and includes affiliate links. All opinions are the honest truth from yours truly and my family. (see full disclosure)
I never jump into anything blind or recommend something to you without trying it myself first. So before committing to trying something that would affect my health and way of life and report it back to you, I researched. My goal in my health is Read more
It’s a new day and time for a new project, right? It is pure delight to get to share with you each time inspiration hits. This particular time,however, was a bit of a struggle to get to the end result, but I’m glad I stuck to it. A few months back I had this haul from the thrift store. Some I kept, some I gave away, and some I redid for my shop, like that footstool seen HERE. Today, I’m keeping my promise to some of you to do something with that Fleur de Lis wall art on the bench there. It only took me 8 months to get to them! haha.
Here’s a closer look at that Fleur de Lis wall art. It’s an imported metal set that is bent up a bit and has a few dings here and there, but otherwise fine. I felt just needed cleaning up and a new lease on life.
*affiliate links included in this post so you can find the products I love to use too. (see full disclosure)
I was hanging onto these to save as cold weather project and now it the perfect time. First, I kinda liked their dark color, but felt a change would be nice too. My original goal was to use my Patina Paint to create a weathered look to it, but that didn’t go quite as planned. Here’s what happened…the patina paint is awesome. It can take ANYTHING it turn it into an aged-to-perfection piece. You can see it in action in my video below as well as the end result in our DIY Arbor Tutorial.
I started out using the special primer so that my patina wouldn’t eventually eat through my metal. It’s easy to apply and works wonderfully.
Next, I applied the Iron Paint in two coats and sprayed with my patina spray. It’s at this point I realized I should have used a different metal paint in order for there to be more of a contrast. My vision wasn’t popping like I had hoped. To remedy that I decided to use a soft green “patina-ish” color to top the patina paint.
This wasn’t looking bad, but I just didn’t get that satisfied feeling that I normally do. It just needed something. I decided to skip my idea for patina and switch to a time-worn effect while still playing with the patina action going on . I added some Crackle Medium to spots I wanted to age, just like I did on my Cedar Chest Makeover (full tutorial how to use it here). Love this stuff!
Once the crackle was dry I applied Drop Cloth color paint – see the instant crackle?
Once the first coat was dry, I did another light coat and let cure. The cool thing is the patina was bleeding through the paint as I had hoped. To give it more dimension, I used my Brown Wax to make those painted details I added earlier really pop.
I just love how they came out!
They’ve got that little bit of rustic, paired with the timeless Fleur de Lis design that I love. You can see a bit of that aqua color I painted peeking out, a bit of patina action still going on, and an embossed look as all those designs I painted pop out.
Even David can’t take his eye off them. He thinks they’re cool. hahahaha!! This dude is my thrifted bust I only found because my toddler pointed him out and started to giggle. I almost walked right by him. Good score, girl!
I prefer my home to be filled with the things I create rather than coming from a box store. It makes a story that is unique to me and my family and is even a budget savvy way to be. I would do it even if I had ample money to spare. There’s nothing better than making your house your home yourself.
While this set of Fleur de Lis wall art looks good on my mantel, I’m parting with it as I have another mantel design in my mind to share with you soon. You can purchase this set along with many other of my creations and finds in my shop. (SOLD)
My goal is always to inspire you to see past the obvious and grab hold of the potential that is there. Do pin and share to inspire others to give DIY a try even when things don’t go as planned. Trying is key!
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My heart always races at this time of the month because it’s Trash to Treasure time! Bonus is that Christmas is just around the corner and celebrating our Savior’s birth can’t be beat. My choice for today’s Trashure makeover has a crazy story. Follow along as I show you how I took a set of thrifted salad bowls and made repurposed Christmas trees. So fun!
*post contains affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too. (see full disclosure)
So, the story goes I spied this set in the thrift store – big surprise, I know. Pretty much anything wooden always makes me go oooh… I picked them up to see if there was any damage and mulled them over. I already had plenty of project pieces at home and didn’t have an ah-ha moment when I first saw them, so I Read more
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