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
Sometimes a girl’s gotta do something for herself, right? I mean, let’s face it. I’m a mom to 6 amazing kids with a business and blog. More often than not I put myself to the side to tend to others. For a few years now I have been saving, no, hoarding (even dreaming) about this wood below. This is a story how this curbside trashure was turned into my reclaimed wood planter box.
There’s no doubt that the average joe would have walked right by this wood. It’s broken, it’s cracked, dirty, and even has worm holes all over it. Only silly ol’ me would see it then quickly make sure Read more
Last week I showed you this set and started with the mirrored dresser seen HERE to get us started. It went from orangey oak veneer to a look that had many of you surprised how easy it really is to update with no prep work. Yep, it’s that easy.Today, I’m tackling the entertainment center and turning it into a French country armoire.
Normally, I try to keep sets like this together, but I have found that every time I do I end up selling them separately since no one wants a set. So, this time I’ve done two completely different looks to the pieces. Last time was all about the dark color, while today I’m going to brighten things up.
This piece has more wear to it than the dresser did. The doors were off a bit, more nicks and dents, but overall heavy and sturdy.
The only prep work I did was to fix those blemishes and then give it a good cleaning. The veneer was in great shape, except for the top where it was peeling. I didn’t do much to that since it will be covered up.
Same for the inside, a bit of sanding repair and a good cleaning and we’re good to go. I really debated on taking out the interior of this and turning into something else, but since it was still useful as-is I left it.
First order of business in this French country armoire is to freshen up that interior. To do that I used my Manatee Gray to give it a clean feel like I did to my oak blanket chest. Only one coat was needed. Yay! I love this paint.
For the exterior I did the same washed treatment as I did on the matching dresser, but this time used Cotton and my Stubby Brush for a whitewashed effect. That was easy as well since this paint works like a dream. I even left all the hardware on and went over top of it as a glazing effect.
I used the same color paint as I did on my DIY tiered planter seen in this video below:
To stick with the French country armoire I had in mind, I also chose to use a transfer by Iron Orchid Designs like I did on my planters. They are so fun to use! This one is the Gilded Gander Transfer – a huge beauty.
As you can see the transfer had mostly a food description detail to it, and that’s not quite what I’m after. Since these are so versatile, I cut up the transfer into pieces for this project and pieces for a later kitchen related project.
Just rub on as I show in my video above. Then, to fine tune it over the doors, I used my Xacto knife to cut it down.
Then, it’s done!
This piece went from kinda pretty in orange to ooh, la, la French country chic. It was easy enough that you could do this in your home without having to take your heavy-as-a-semi-truck furniture outside. With a few easy steps you’re done!
The inside of this piece still allows for modern conveniences without sacrificing style. Manatee Gray was the perfect color to brighten the inside, and add a bit of contrast at the same time.
I think this makes for a sweet armoire for any living space as well as a bedroom. Where would you put it? It’s available for purchase from my shop – we ship most anywhere for half the cost of most. (SOLD)
My goal is to inspire you to give DIY a try. Even it’s as simple as a wash and a little embellishment, it goes a long way! Do pin and share to inspire other too. Thank you!
Up next is Trash to Treasure Tuesday, where my blogger friends and I have fun sharing our creations with you. I’m tackling this pile o’ goodness!
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I have some exciting news for you and it isn’t that winter is on the way. However, before winter sets in it’s a great time to get your vehicle ready for all the muck and grime it may see through the season. Break out your steam machine and get the job done chemical-free. It’s easy, budget-friendly and so very effective. Let me show you winter-ready car care can be done in a snap. I’m so excited to share this with you today for one reason…an answer to prayer.
A few months ago I told our story of debt and how we are working hard to get completely free of it. It’s not easy to admit setbacks, but we are choosing to share so we can bless you by our journey. Not only have we been taking care of debt, but also trying to keep up with our needs. We have been slowly saving up for a used (but new to us) vehicle. As a family of 8 there are only so many vehicles out there that hold everyone at the same time. I told the story of our current Read more
I may be nuts, I may be crazy, but I don’t care. When I spy old worn wood, I can’t help but snatch it up and begin to create in my mind. Do you do that too? This pile o’ goodness is my subject for today’s Trash to Treasure day. Part of this is going to become the reclaimed barn beam bench I’ve had in my brain for YEARS. The other is going to be something fun. Stick around to see because there’s something important I want to share with you. Also, you’ll want to see what my blogger friends have created too! (I’m so excited!)
Yes, this wood is old, it is full of patina, and oh so much potential. The barn beam pieces are actually the remnants from when we added our barn beam mantel to our family room, oh about four years ago. ahem. You can see how we added it as a floating mantel to our stone fireplace in this post, and how I updated it all over HERE. Read more
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