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Simple Front Porch Ideas for the Summer

This post is sponsored by RC Willey

I am excited to be sharing some simple ways to restyle your front porch as we head into the summer season.  If you are joining our Easy Summer Styling Blog Hop from Camelot Art Creations – welcome! A huge shout out to our host Kelly from The Tattered Pew for bringing us all together!

My front porch was ready for a refresh this year and I am so happy to be partnering with one of my favorite stores, RC Willey, for this post.  I have been shopping at RC Willey for over 20 years, can you tell I just love them?  They have so many ideas in their store and on their website for all of us aspiring home decorators. 

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Summertime Outdoor Refresh – Simple and Inexpensive

 

This post is sponsored by The home Depot and affiliate links are added within the post.

 

Each year, when the rain settles down, I get excited to work in my front yard and prep it for the summer.  I like to focus on getting my windows cleaned and putting in fresh garden beds.  I am partnering with The Home Depot to show some simple and inexpensive ways to add some summertime refresh to your home.

Window Cleaning 

Window cleaning is a must for us here in Utah.  We are coming out of many months of snow and rain, so my windows always need a good clean.  Recently I discovered this amazing product called Windex Streak Free Shine Outdoor, from SC Johnson.  I have used Windex for years, but there is something extra amazing about this one.  You can clean outside windows with just your garden hose!  It is the perfect solution for me and my tall windows. 

Garden Beds

I have a small garden bed on my front walkway that I like to add new flowers to each year.  Before I purchase new flowers, I take an assessment of what I have, what is growing well, and new spaces I want filled.  I take some notes and bring my ideas with me to The Home Depot.

Shopping

After assessing what I needed, I was ready to head to The Home Depot and get my supplies. My budget was $150. I wanted my window product, flowers, soil and flower food within that price. I love to give myself a budget to work with before I go in so I don’t get carried away.

Window cleaner was my first stop.  At my local Home Depot, the cleaning products are on isle number 5.  If you want to purchase this online you can buy it here

They have lots of Windex products, so you want to look for the one with the hose adaptation to it. It’s roughly $8-9, but right now it is on sale!  You can purchase it online here. 

The best part about this outdoor window cleaner from Windex is how easy it is to use and the super low cost.  I was so excited to try it out!

After that I headed to the garden center. There are so many options there. Shrubs, perennials, annuals, and pre-made baskets. If you have any questions about flowers, just grab an employee in the garden station, they are so helpful. 

I picked up some annuals and perennials, compost, plant food, and my Windex Outdoor Cleaner.

The plants I grabbed were Zinnias, Cala Lillies, Marigolds, Petunias, Dipladena, Dalias, Day Lillies, and Tickseed plants.

Window Work

Before I planted all my flowers, I wanted the windows done.  You can use the Windex Outdoor cleaner with plants in the ground and it will not hurt them, but I wanted to do this step first.  The process with the Outdoor Windex is super simple.  You will first screw your hose into the red nasal, and take out the yellow cap.

Then follow the instructions on the back, but for best results apply suds from bottom to top of your window (lots of detailed directions on the back of the packaging my friends!). 

  1. Rinse windows (set dial to rinse)
  2. Clean windows (set dial to clean)
  3. Let sit for no longer than 20 seconds
  4. Rinse windows well (set dial to rinse)

I wasn’t sure if would truly dry well without me busting out the squeegee – but they REALLY DID!  I was beyond please with it.  Spray on, spray off – it’s that easy! 

Something I was really impressed with is how far the solution went. I washed 6 windows and there was still so much solution left in the bottle. Additionally, the stream went super far. I had no problem getting the water to reach the tall windows on my house.  I will for sure be using this again to clean my windows – huge win for me!

Plan Out Flowers

I like to set out my flowers in the garden bed first, then move them around as needed. This helps me get a vision of how it will mature together. I am not a professional gardener, so I just study the internet to learn about plants and placements.  You can ask a lot of questions to local gardeners and the Home Depot employees in the garden department.

Plant Flowers

Grab your gloves and trowel and get started! Dig the appropriate depths for your plant (it will say this on the plant tag) and water immediately. Sometimes they look sad because they are in shock, but they will perk up. I added planting spoil and plant food as I went.

Additionally I planted my own baskets for the front steps.  I used the same flowers I added into the front garden bed. 

All of this took me the afternoon, and I was delighted with my simple refresh. I loved partnering with The Home Depot and Windex to share these simple ideas with you. Good luck prepping for summertime and make sure to gran your Windex Outdoor cleaner right here!

Kelly

 

 

Simple Shelving – One Room Challenge Week Four

My 4th week of the One Room Challenge has ended and I love the turn out! I worked with Kirkland’s to design shelving for practical and decorative use. I have the cutest pieces coming from Kirkland’s to decorate this space and I am so excited.

The One Room Challenge is sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens, and so many bloggers are participating. Make sure to check out the One Room Challenge Blog to see all the rooms that are being renovated right now, you will find so much inspiration.

Here is a recap of my 6 week outline:

Week One – Orignal Room Reveal (read here)
Week Two – Wood Ceiling (READ HERE)
Week Three – Wallpaper and Cupboards (read here)
Week Four – Floating Shelves
Week Five – Drying Racks and Folding Table
Week Six – Decorations and Reveal
This post contains affiliate links to help you navigate to products I have used and am showcasing.

I love floating shelves. I learn all I can from the Shanty2Chic sisters. So make sure to watch all their floating shelf tutorials here – you will learn so much!

I measured and added my “bones” (aka “cleat”) of the shelves.

Then I built the shelf that goes over the “bones”. This measurement was very simple. Once again, to learn how to do this, head over to the Shanty2Chic blog.

I sanded down the shelf with my Tacklife sander. It’s easy to hold and a great starter tool for any DIYer.

We added on the cupboards that we purchased from Ikea. Farmboy had to do this part for me.

Then I stained my shelves with Old Barn Living One Step Weathered Stain (I love this stuff).

Nexr step – installing the cleat onto the wall (measuring for the stud of course to drill the screw into for stability).

I slid the shelf right over the top and used hard nails to attach it to the cleat.

After this I added a faux wood shelf right over the white shelf already installed, staining it first. I used a 12 inch board for the top and nailed it into the sides of the original board. I then put a 1×2 board over the front, staining first.

I loved how these additions changed up the entire room. I can’t wait to get started decorating!

Pantry Closet Renovation

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Every area of my pantry renovation has been finished for a few weeks, except for one spot.  The closet.  It’s a space that I seriously had to ignore because I was so overwhelmed.  Each time I opened the door I wanted to close it again!  Want to see what I am talking about?  Here you go:

I hope this photo makes some of you feel better!  It was a hot mess.  This week was time to get it done, and I had to build myself up for it.  I worked with Extra Space Storage to come up with a simple DIY project to organize a closet and was able to take over their stories – it was so much fun.  Now it’s time to show you too.

I decided to take the same idea that I used in building my pantry shelves and make a smaller version of them. If you would like to see a recap of the other projects I have done in completing this room, you can check them out here:

Step One – Clean It Out

With the help of Extra Space Storage, I finally had the guts to start.  First things first – CLEAN IT OUT.  This took some time because I had to figure out what to keep and what had to go.  I ended up giving a few bags to our local thrift store and that felt great.

Step Two – Assessment

I needed to figure out what I needed stored in this area.  My pantry is a mudroom, homework room, craft room and storage room.  It wears alot of hats for sure!

The closet needed to house snow clothes, crafts, sewing machines, purses and food.  How on earth was I going to get it all in there?  Since it’s my only optional space, I had to make it work.

Step Three – Build Shelving

For the top shelf in the closet, I decided to build shelving to make it more effective use of space.  This area would house all my crafts. I used the 2×4 stud format from the original pantry design.  This is what it looked like on a larger scale:

I wanted just one small shelf and took my height and length measurements.  I ended up needing 2×4 boards cut at:

  • 2 boards at 11 inches long (photo below)
  • 4 boards at 36 inches long (photo below)
  • 2 boards 51 inches long

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I measured where I wanted my storage solutions before I attached the 11 inch board to the 36 inch boards.  I then mounted this to the wall on the top shelf.  I did the same for the other side, then mounted the 51 inch boards with screws to make the shelf.  I ended up using three 2×4 boards which cost under $10.

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This was super easy and very inexpensive shelving.

Secondly I added small 1×6 boards to the back wall with hooks to house my purses.  They were hung above the door so they can’t be seen when you look into the closet.

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For the next shelf I used shelving from Ikea called IVAR.  It is very inexpensive and easy to put together on your own. This would house my extra groceries.  If you aren’t interested in building something on your own, this is a really great option for you.  Their buckets and bins are also a great price point.

Step Four – Sewing Station

I needed a roll away cart to house my sewing machine and supplies. I found a cart also from Ikea that we were able to put together in an hour.  It’s call the FORHOJA Kitchen Cart and was $109.  The wheels make it super easy to move in and out of the closet.

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Step Five – Organization

I loved being able to throw away things I wasn’t using – yah Marie Kondo! I cleaned out clothes and crafts, then put the rest of the items I was going to keep in organized bins.  It was like a breath of fresh air!

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I loved connecting with Extra Space for this mini renovation.  The pantry closet is complete which make the entire pantry finally finished.  Yah!

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Peel and Stick Wallpaper Install – One Room Challenge Week 3

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It’s our third week of the One Room Challenge, sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens, and my project is complete!  Make sure to check out the One Room Challenge Blog to see all the rooms that are being renovated right now, you will find so much inspiration.

Here is a recap of my 6 week outline:

Week One – OrigInal Room Reveal (read here)
Week Two – Wood Ceiling (READ HERE)
Week Three – Wallpaper and Cupboards
Week Four – Floating Shelves
Week Five – Drying Racks and Folding Table
Week Six – Decorations and Reveal
This post contains affiliate links to help you navigate to products I have used and am showcasing.

This post is sponsored by Kirkland’s – and you are going to so surpised.  Did you have any idea that they carry wallpaper?  And not only wallpaper, they have so many wall decals on their site that I spent hours trying to decide which pattern I wanted to use for the laundry room.  You can follow my step by step instructions of Wallpops Peel and Stick Wallpaper here during my pantry renovation.

Step One – Pick Your Pattern

Kirkland’s has so many different patterns of wallpaper on their website, you will love it! Make sure to scroll all the products right here.  I chose the Gray Ironwork pattern from Wallpops sold on the Kirkland’s site.

Step Two – Align Your Pieces

This part is essential before beginning.  All the directions are included in your Wallpops instructions.  Make sure to read them carefully.

Step Three – Prepare the Wall

Wipe down your wall (clean if necessary) and gather your supplies.  You will need:

  • level
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • razor
  • dry rag
  • spackle tool or straight edge

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Step Four – Mount Paper

Again, follow the instructions on mounting the first strip of peel and stick wallpaper. You have to measure 20 inches out from the wall and make a line to match your strip up to.  You cannot rely on the side wall as it may not be straight.  You will need to measure 1 milimeter out and then your 20 inches from there.  This will ensure your line is straight.  This doesn’t mean that your first strip will set perfectly against the wall.  Mine was off by a small measurement.  But if you align it this way you will not end up with crooked strips.

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Apply your top portion to the wall, matching the line you made.  Push out the bubbles with your straight edge as you move down the strip.  You will also slowly peel off the backing.

When you get to the end, use your straight edge and razor to cut.

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To hang the next strip, you will align the paper to the first strip, overlapping the paper by 1 milimeter. This will make sure there is no separation or pulling.

If you look closely you can see the small overlap in center line.

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The alignment might be a little off but far away you can not see it.

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Continue with this process until your wall is finished.

Give it a really good rub down with your dry rag to ensure that everything is adhearing properly.  And one small tip – for bubbles I couldn’t get out, I poked a very tiny pin hole into them and pushed the air out with my straight edge.  It worked really well.

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I love the way this simple addition changed the look of the whole room.  What a great transformation!

Make sure to check out Kirklands here to find all the different wallpaper ideas they carry!

Love,

Kelly

Wood Ceiling Install – One Room Challenge Week 2

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This One Room Challenge, sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens, is getting me so excited.  My laundry room renovation is under way and the first week project is complete – the wood ceiling install.  It has been sponsored by Wallplanks and I couldn’t be happier with this product.  I will teach you all about it, but first here is my 6 week strategy:

Week One – OrigInal Room Reveal (read here)
Week Two – Wood Ceiling
Week Three – Wallpaper and Cupboards
Week Four – Floating Shelves
Week Five – Drying Racks and Folding Table
Week Six – Decorations and Reveal
This post contains affiliate links to help you navigate to products I have used and am showcasing. 

I have seen wood ceilings for some time now and really wanted to try it out in the laundry room.  Additionally, I wanted to use peel and stick wood planks.  I connected to this amazing company and know that their products are good to work with.  Head over to their site at Wallplanks.com to read about the history and how the planks are made.

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Step One – Decide Color and Amount

You can cruise their website to see all the different styles.  I love the rich tones of the Normandy – so that is what I picked.  But they have many different wood stains to choose from!  You will also need to measure the square feet of your space and figure out the amount you need.  They sell them in boxes so you will round up to the next box.  The area I needed covered required 2 boxes. Use my code #CGMFB for 20% off as well!

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Step Two – Find Studs

If you are laying this wood on the floor or a wall, you do not need studs. Quite frankly, it would probably be sticky enough to stay secure on the ceiling, but I decided to find the studs and add a few brad nails into the planks for security.  Find your studs and draw lines so you can see where they are during the whole project.

Step Three – Install

You will want your circular saw or miter saw (I used my Tacklife Miter Saw and you can find that here).  Here are the steps you will repeat:

  • Measure the length you desire

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  • Cut the length you desire

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  • Make sure the tongue and groove are on the exposed side (so you can attach the next piece)

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  • Peel off the backing and press firmly to ceiling (use level)

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  • Make sure to use a level to asure your board is straight
  • Use weighted roller to ensure adhearing

Make sure to stagger your boards how you desire as you continue this process.

The last plank on the final row may need to trimmed to fit the area.  Do this with your circular saw and be careful!

The final product turned out beautiful and only took an afternoon.  I am already trying ot figure out where else I can add Wallplanks Peel and Stick Products!

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Let me know if you have any questions – this was such a fun project!

Love,

Kelly

Master Bedroom Spring Refresh

This post is sponsored by California Design Den and Kasentex.  Affiliant links may be used for your convienance.   

When springtime rolls around I start to get the itch for freshness, and new linens for my bedroom is always a must.  It helps me get excited for sunshine and feels like a new start.  I am excited to share this master bedroom refresh with you today.

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Sheets

I love comfy sheets and always try to find soft ones that are 100% cotton and will fit my deep mattress.  I ordered some from California Design Den and I loved them.  They were a great price point and had very deep pockets, which was perfect.  You can find them here.

I washed them and got them all fitted.  I ordered the straight white set for a King bed.  They are Pure Natural 100% Cotton and fade resistant.  This helps us to stay cool while we sleep.

I also added a small spring bench to the foot of my bed from Kirkland’s. This is one of my favorite home decor stores and I loved the new spring line they launched.  The bench is called the Blue Striped Bench with Rope-Wrapped Legs.

Bedding

Once the sheets arrived and were fitted, I realized I would like a lighter quilt for the spring as well.  The creme one was beautiful but pretty heavy.  I asked around and a girlfriend told me about the company Kasentex.  She loved how lightweight and soft her set was when it arrived.

I love quilts, they are usually all cotton and super soft.  I like a weighted feel and this was the perfect mix between lightweight and durable.   I picked out the Kasentex Ultra-Soft Stone Washed Quilt Set with Decorative Floral Embroidery Design – in Slate Gray.  It was a fun new color that I hadn’t tried and fit my neutral tones.

This quilt has become my new favorite and I love the soft, light weight feel.  I just love how it adds to this spring refresh.  Now I will have a hard time getting out of bed every morning!

 

Resources from this post:

  • Sheets from California Design Den found here
  • California Design Den Blog found here
  • Bedding from Kasentex found here

Laundry Room Renovation – One Room Challenge Week 1

 

Some affiliate links may be added to this post in collaboration with companies who are sponsoring this One Room Challenge Renovation.

I am so excited to be participating again this spring in the One Room Challenge as a guest participant. Last year I renovated my living room and you can see that post here. This year I am working on my Laundry Room in partnership with Kirkland’s and I am so excited! Make sure to head over to the One Room Challenge Blog to see all the participants this year – you are going to see some amazing work!

 

Each week I will be adding different elements to this tiny laundry and creating a more functional space for my family.  I will be including the DIY tutorials as I go, so come join me!  Some projects will be large and some will be small, but here is a look into what I am working with.

Hampers

I need to create usable hampers over the vent in this small corner.  I have some fun ideas in mind.

Drying Racks

We hang dry a lot of our clothes and right now that happens on the living room couch.  Adding drying racks to the right wall will really help in this aspect.

Floating Shelves & Wallpaper

The back wall will be enhanced by peel and stick wallpaper.  Then I will add floating shelves to create more storage space.

Folding Counter

I currently fold laundry on my bed so now it’s time to add a folding counter on top of the washer and dryer – I need my room back!

Iron Storage

On the left wall I will add a space to hang the ironing board behind the door.

Wood Ceiling

I have always wanted a wood ceiling and this is the perfect time to try it out.  I will be using Peel and Stick wood strips from Wallplanks – they are amazing!

Storage Shelf

Finally I will be adding a storage shelf above the door, where all my extra items will be moved out of site!

I can’t wait to start this renovation, it is going to create so much more needed space for my family in this laundry room!

Love,

Kelly

How to Build a Pantry Shelf under $50

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How to Build a Pantry Shelf under $50

The final plans for this DIY Pantry Shelf, made from 2×4’s, is finally here!  I am so excited to announce that I have collaborated with the amazing Ashley Basnight from HandmadeHaven to help me create digital plans for you to follow.  She is amazing!  Her Instagram handle is SmashingDIY and you can follow her here.  Make sure to pin these graphics so you can use them later!

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The entire step by step project is linked to her Handmade Haven Blog Series here. I created the project and she created the plans – we made such a great team.  We will do a few more of these projects together this year and I can not wait.  Ashley is a lead blogger in DIY’s and you do not want to miss a single post she shares!

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I am listing everything you will need for this project.  Then head over to Handmade Haven for the steps to get it done!

Supplies Needed 

  • 2 x 4’s (20-22 depending on lengths needed)
  • Kreg screws (60 2 1/2 inch)
  • 2 inch screws (36)
  • 2 1/2 inch wall screws (6)
  • Paint color of your choice (I used Real Milk Paint Company – Arabian Night and White mixed)
  • Stain color of your choice (I used Varathayne Briarsmoke)
  • Choice of top coat (I used Real Milk Paint Top Wax)
  • Paint and stain supplies
  • Sand paper (I used 100 grit)

Tools Needed 

  • Hand drill
  • Miter saw
  • Kreg Jig
  • Level
  • Measuring Tape
  • Stud Finder
  • Sander

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You will learn the process in 8 simple steps:

Step One – Take Measurements

Step Two – Purchase Materials 

Step Three – Cutting Wood 

Step Four – Sand, Paint and Stain

Step Five – Pocket Holes 

Step Six – Mount Boards 

Step Seven – Put Your Shelf Together

Step Eight – Add Shelves

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Want to see how I organized it?  Head to this post to watch the tutorial and get all the links to the products I used!

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I hope you enjoy this post and let me know if you have any questions!

Kelly

 

 

 

How to Grow a Simple Spring Tablescape

 

I am excited to be kicking off our Spring Festival Blog Hop today! We have amazing spring ideas being featured all week long.  A big thank you to Kendra from Joy In Our Home for hosting this amazing group of bloggers. If you are joining me from Kelly at The Tattered Pew – welcome! Make sure to head over to Life on Kaydercross Creek to see more spring DIY’s.

 

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Want to create a super simple DIY spring tablescape for your home? Growing wheat grass doesn’t get any easier.

Materials Needed

  • Glass Jar (I used some from The Dollar Tree)
  • Plant Dirt
  • Wheat Berries (a whole wheat kernel found at health stores or on Amazon)
  • Water

Step One – Materials

Set up all the materials needed, which isn’t very many. Glass jars are fun because you can see the roots grow. The Dollar Tree and thrift shops are a great place to shop.

Wheat berries are inexpensive and you only need a tiny bit. Generally sold in health stores or online. Any potting soil will do.

Step Two – Plant

You will add enough dirt to fill the jar 2/3 full. Pack down VERY lightly.

Add a thin layer of wheat berries across the entire top.

Add another thin layer of dirt to cover all of the seeds.

Add water slowly to not make huge holes in the soil. Get all the seeds damp.

Step Three – Watch Grow

Set the jars in a window seal and wait a few days. Soon the seeds will sprout and grow. Keep lightly watered. To much will create mildew. The grass will last for weeks and you can trim as needed. It is edible too!

Enjoy your simple spring tablescape!

 

Make sure to check out our DIY’s, Vignettes, Front Porch and Mantel ideas and spring Recipes – all coming this week!

DIY’s on Monday

Joy In Our Home | Timeless Creations | The Tattered Pew CityGirlmeetsFarmboy |Life on Kaydeross Creek

Vignettes on Tuesday

anderson + grant | Follow The Yellow Brick Home | White Arrows Home | Worthing Court | Camelot Art Creations

Front Porches on Wednesday

County Road 407 | Elizabeth Joan Designs |The Crowned Goat | 2 Bees In A Pod | Sanctuary Home Decor

Mantels on Thursday

DIY Beautify | The Painted Hinge | Making It In the Mountains Grey Birch Designs | The Homemaking Momma

Recipes on Friday

Love In My Oven | Noting Grace | Beyond the ButterConfessions of a Baking Queen | The Sugar Coated Cottage