The DIY journey of a California citygirl and a Montana farmboy

img_3618.pngYears ago I tried a peel and stick wood wall project and it turned out horribly wrong.  So I mentally decided those would not ever work.  Recently I had seen the company promoting REAL wood that was peel and stick application.  I was hesitant because of my first experience, but it looked so good in their photos!  So finally I decided to try my hand at peel and stick wood again – and I am SO GLAD I did!

Here is the before and after:

If you are looking for a simple way to add a custom look to your wall but do not want to use a nail gun – this is your answer.  Check out my DIY Video Tutorial and then follow along and I explain all the details and where to grab this amazing stuff!  Remember – ladies you can do it!

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Years ago I got the cutest hutch which I love.  Soon after a soccer ball went flying through the class door and shattered it.  One month later the other door was toast.  So it has sat open and not so cute for 2 years now!  I was ready for some way to hide the things stored behind these doors and came up with a super simple way.  Here is the before and after photos:

Come check out my 60 second video tutorial and then read below for all the details!

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IMG_1729EEK!  I am geeking out at my newest project – like hardcore.  I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT!  Did I mention that I love it?  Ok.  Want to see my before and after?

Amazing right? So here we go….

I discovered Weaber Lumber (pronounced Webber) on Instagram after seeing some amazing walls finished with it and I had to try it out.  I am renovating my guest room and it was the perfect wall to do it on.  So check out my 60 second video tutorial and then follow along and see how easy it is for anyone to do this DIY!

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I am so excited to welcome you to today’s Holiday Vignette feature of the Christmas Festival Blog Tour hosted by Kendra from Joy In Our Home Blog.  Many of you might be joining me from Stacey at Poofing The Pillows Blog – isn’t she darling?  Thank you for following us on this tour!

Do you often think about Christmas Decor and wonder how you can incorporate your every day items into this amazing holiday?  I have come up with 8 fun ways to help you do just that.  At the end of the blog, please share with me your ideas and creative ways of decorating your home for the holidays, I would love to hear from you!

First Tip: Use your chargers

I love DIY chargers and the versatility they bring.  If you don’t use them for your place settings, add them under your tablescape for a simple addition to your decor.

Don’t know how to make them? Cut 12 inch strips of 14 inch wide wood. Sand and stain.  As easy as that!

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Second Tip: Add ball ornaments to empty spaces

If you have vases, baskets or lanterns lying around your home – add ball ornaments to fill them up for the Christmas season.  Need to find a chunk for super cheap?  Head to the The Dollar Tree!

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Third Tip: Use pinecones

Pinecones aren’t expensive and look perfect with all types of decor styles for the holidays.  You can keep them neutral or spray paint them any color.  Hot glue them to a foam ball, add some ribbon and then place on top of a candle stick – so easy!

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Another pinecone DIY idea is to fill them up in a basket and highlight them with ball ornaments and greenery.  The Home Depot sells ones that are laced with cinnamon – your whole house will smell yummy!

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Fourth Tip: Hang your ornament with fishing string

I love the look of ball ornaments hanging in mid air.  I use fishing string to make a square knot at different lengths.  You can add these to a chandelier or off of any shelf for a fun holiday twist.

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Fifth Tip: BEADS!

String beads add such a fun flair to holiday decor.  They come in so many colors and so many price points.  Lately even wood beads have adorned feeds.  Find decor around your home that needs a little spicing up and lace them over and under.  There is no right or wrong way to add string beads!

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Sixth Tip: Flower Sprays

I love adding different colors of flower sprays for each holiday.  If you have vases, mason jars or any other bucket, add new flowers for each season!  I wrap red sprays in burlap for Christmas, pink sprays in ribbon for Easter, and orange sprays in brown twisted paper for Thanksgiving.  The Dollar Tree, Joann Fabrics and Michaels have an amazing selection for very inexpensive.

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Seventh Tip:  Use wooden trays

You can decorate wooden trays very easily during the holidays.  Fill it with skulls for Halloween, pumpkins for Thanksgiving, and pine needles for Christmas.  This one I found at our local thrift store and sprayed it with Chalk Paint.  You can read all about it in my tutorial here. 

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Eighth Tip: Use Ribbon

I love adding a splash of thick ribbon material to my chairs.  I can’t move them out of the room so I might as well add some holiday love to them!  Ribbon brightens up any normal decor you have and turns it into a holiday must have.

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Now you have 8 more tips to add to your decor tool belt on ways to decorate your home for Christmas.  I am so grateful you joined me today!  Check out a few more of the places I love in my home this holiday season before you go:

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I hope you enjoyed yourself and learned some new ways to add holiday decor to your home!

Head over to our next Christmas Blog Hop Tour with the amazing host – Kendra from Joy In Our Home Blog!  You will love what she is showcasing today!

Happy Holidays!

Love,

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Lemons to Lovely | Pennies From Heaven Home | One Happy Housewife

Vignettes on TuesdayJoy In Our Home | anderson + grant | Kingsbury Brook Farm
My Creative Days | Poofing the Pillows | CityGirlMeetsFarmBoy

Recipes on WednesdayLife Love Larson | Cali Girl In A Southern World | Crisp Collective
Love In My Oven | Countryside Cravings | Curly Crafty Mom

Front Porches on ThursdayMaking it in the Mountains | Elizabeth Joan Designs |Country Girl Home
Little Brags | The Homemaking Momma | Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry

Tablescapes on FridayCelebrate & Decorate | Noting Grace | 2 Bees in a Pod
The Crowned Goat | Dining Delight | The Neutral Nest Interiors

 

December 5, 2017

IMG_1744I have always wanted to try out milk paint and figured my Granny’s old oak headboard was where to start.  I started my search online and I found Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint – it is the cutest website!  There are so many tutorials to learn from and I instantly felt like Marian and I (aka Miss Mustard Seed) were instant friends (even though she has never met me, but I just know we would be buddies!).

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So check out my 60 second DIY Tutorial on my project and then follow along for details on how my headboard turned out.  And go check out this amazing line of milk paints!!!

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I have had this darling old stool that was given to me by my sweet Granny.  It’s needed some TLC.  When a friend asked me to refinish her piece as well I decided it was time to attack both.  Look at these things – so much history and so much love needed up on them!

Do you have pieces that need some TLC?  It’s not as hard as you think!  Check out my 60 second video tutorial on Reupholstering Stools to get the quick version, then follow along and create your own masterpiece!

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I love all these farmhouse signs being sold right now – they are so beautiful!  I had this vacant wall that needed filling and I was too impatient to order one and wait… Do you ever get that way?  When you want something decorated and you want it done NOW!  So I racked my brain with what materials I had and came up with this.  And I love it.  It’s not perfect, has some wrinkles and mismatched wood – but for my farmhouse room I was redecorating it was just right for me.

So if you love farmhouse signs and want to make your own – you can do it!  The best part is this whole project will cost you under $15 – for a huge sign.  Ready to see how?

Check out my 60 second DIY Video Tutorial to see a quick version, then follow along for all the details.

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Plumbers Pipe is a great look for any industrial style bathroom.  Let us show you how easy it is to create a Plumbers Pipe Toilet Paper Holder – there are so many styles to choose from.  Check out these ones we love:

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One of our clients loved #8, so we got to work to create it for her.  Come follow along and see how easy it is!

As always, here is a 60 second DIY Tutorial for you to review, then keep reading along for all the details!

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I love the look of plumbers pipe.  It fits my Farmhouse Industrial style.  A friend asked me to build her some shelving for her hubby’s office, so I decided I had better practice on my kitchen first!  Here is what I found:

  • Plumbers Pipe is so easy to use
  • Plumbers Pipe is so messy
  • Plumbers Pipe is expensive
  • Plumbers Pipe looks awesome

You have to decide if the dirty/expensive part is worth to ease/look.  For me, it totally is.  I love it that much!

Check out my 60 second DIY video tutorial on the shelf I made, then follow along for step by step help to make your own!

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I am always on the hunt for any possible solution to refinish furniture without sanding – anybody with me?!  I launched into Google to see what new ideas came to my mind, and I came across Country Chic Paint and fell in love.  Lets face it – I was sold just on their name.  But as I read their blog I was smitten by their drive for environmental safe & VOC free paints – with their lab results to prove it!

VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) are gases that are released into the air from ordinary products such as paint, cleaning products, furniture, flooring, and cosmetics.  They can produce short term health effects, with additional long term affect research still taking place.

Plane and simple?  I don’t want my headboard contaminated with anything funky.  So, needless to say, I couldn’t wait for my shipment to arrive.

Here is my 60 second video tutorial on my headboard project using Country Chic Paint.  Then stick around and check out all the details behind this amazing stuff!

 

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