In high school I was gifted a beautiful cedar hope chest from my parents. Back in the 90’s my color was Hunter Green – for literally everything. I love this chest so much still but the color needed to go! So I grabbed one of my favorite products (Country Chic Paint) and went to work. Check out what this thing looked like after 25 years and over 10 moves:
It was so beat up! But everything inside was still in perfect condition – cedar chests dispel bugs and mold, they are amazing.
Here is my 60 second video tutorial recap, then follow along for all the details today on the blog!
Anyone have darling pieces that just don’t mix with your interior design style, but you do not want to get rid of them? Lets spice them up with some milk paint! It is such a multi-use product to change up so many things.
My cute granny gave me these antique pieces that I loved, but they just didn’t mix with my home color. They were super high gloss GREEN glass canisters. We needed a serious facelift.
I just love these pieces, what was I to do? I knew that Milk Paint had some really great qualities and decided to put them to use on this project. I decided to use Old Fashion Milk Paint Snow White and really loved it. I have also used Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint in the past and wrote an in-depth review about it here.
Here are some tid-pits on Milk Paint:
Non toxic materials
No priming or sanding needing
Adheres to almost all surfaces
Soap and water clean up
So let’s get started! Watch my 60 second DIY Video Tutorial on how I completed this project and then follow along for all the steps you need to do it yourself.
Welcome to CityGirlmeetsFarmBoy! You are probably joining me from Michelle with The Painted Hinge Blog, isn’t she amazing? Next you will hop over to Kelly from the Live Laugh Rowe Blog to get even more inspiration! I am so excited to be participating in this Spring Blog Hop hosted by Kendra from Joy In Our Home.
Today I am showcasing simple ways to create a spring tablescape using stenciled chargers. Depending on the mood I am in, I will decorate my table super simple or full of decor. What is your style? I hope you will find some new ideas as you join me.
Now it’s time to add some decor to the centerpiece. I have to admit, I am a very simple decorator. I usually do not add a lot of centerpiece decor to my table because I can’t see over it to talk to my kids at dinner. Let me give you a few ideas of how to add simple or not so simple decorations.
Step 1 – Your Base
You will decide about a few things:
1. Tablecloth verses NO tablecloth
2. Tablerunner verses NO tablerunner
3. Placemat verses NO placemat
Any choice is a great choice – anything works because it’s your home and your style. For my first setting I chose:
1.) YES on TABLECLOTH
2.) NO on TABLE RUNNER
3.) YES on PLACEMATS.
Step 2 – Your Place Settings
You get to be super creative here! No need to have expensive things. I buy dishes from Ross Dress for Less (very inexpensive) as well as my round rope chargers. Here are a few more choices to make:
1. Chargers verses NO chargers
2. Desired dishes
3. Napkin style
4. Silverware verses NO silverware
Here is a step by step of how I created my place settings this season:
Add your tablecloth and round charger
Add your stenciled wood charger
Add your dinner plate
Add your salad plate
Add your napkin & silverware – any style will do
For my napkins I grabbed the center and shook the napkin to fall naturally. I added some string and placed a name card in the center (found these at Michaels for super cheap).
So easy! I keep my placemats set at all times so that it feels like dinner is almost ready, even though most of the time I haven’t even started!
Step 3 – Centerpiece
I am going to show you three ways I fiddled with my centerpiece. I chose to look for things in my home that would last (I wish I could have fresh flowers all the time but I can’t!) and I had laying around. You can shop The Dollar Store, Michaels, Joann’s, Ross and TJ Max for some inexpensive decor items.
Theme ONE – Simple
I added three flower pots in a horizontal line. This is simple and pleasing to the eye, especially if your place settings are a more “busy” look.
Three’s and five’s are always a good numbering style.
Theme TWO – Simple “ish”
You can add more flowers and bases to the center. Sometimes a tablerunner is a perfect look for a more in depth style. Adding greenery under items adds to the look.
Here I glued wood flowers into foam squares, then inserted them into a wood tray I received from Devanie at KrumpetsHome.com – her decor is amazing and priced really well. Check out all her styles and designs in her online store here – you will love it!
Theme THREE – Not Simple
For special occasions I will create a more detailed setting. Once again there is no right or wrong way to do this. Search Pinterest and Instagram for ideas and save the ones that speak to you and your style.
For my space I wanted neutral colors. I added lanterns, candlesticks, wood signs and greenery until I was satisfied. You will fiddle with your space until you like it, and sometimes that takes time. I will often change something the next day just because it doesn’t look right.
Adding wood signs is always fun, KrumpetsHome has SO MANY for cheap.
I also added some burlap for a natural addition.
Setting a table is truly all about your own creativity and what you are feeling at the time. It is never wrong, so be careful not to compare yourself or what you have to others. Remember that your family is so lucky to have you and the care that you give your home. You are irreplaceable!
Good luck this spring and have a blast decorating your home. Let us know if you need help with those chargers!
PS – Enjoy the rest of the Blog Hop Tour today with these amazing feeds!
I am so in love with wood chargers for my tablescape. I discovered them years ago from the Shanty2Chic sisters (you can read their blog post here), and I made my first set just as they said. I then decided to create another set using a much simpler method, and since then I have made over 20 sets! Follow along so I can teach you too how to make these inexpensive additions to your table settings.
Here is my 60 second video that you can also watch on Youtube here.
Did you know that women and children spend 140 million hours a day collecting water, or that parasite diseases remain the major killer of children between the ages of 0 and 5 in the developing world? Can you imagine the worry on a momma heart this must cause these women?
Todays blog post is much different than my others. I love sharing my DIY’s, but there is so much more to my life than decorating. Since I was young I have had a passion for the underdog. My spice level rises when I see other human beings suffer. My mind is always looking for ways to contribute the small resources I have to help make a dent in the bucket of humanity. You can donate here and follow along with our amazing journey below.
A few summers ago I took my 16 year old on a humanitarian trip to Merida, Mexico. We spent 16 days among the people there helping to build a homeless shelter for the elderly who had no place to live. We met a women name Estella. She changed me.
Her story was so tender. After almost losing her mother to cancer at age 14, she made a commitment to God to always serve Him if her mother was spared. She was, and Estella kept her commitment. As an adult she has made it her mission to seek out the elderly in her community who are homeless (this is very common in her area) and take care of them.
The facility we visited when we met her quite honestly, took my breath away. And not in a good way. There was one outside bathroom to share, two dark rooms for them all to sleep in, and one run down kitchen that swarmed with insects. I good not figure out how to even touch something without getting dirty. How can she take care of these people in a place like this? We were there on a mission to change that.
She had acquired some land in a small village and we spend the next few weeks building a foundation for her building that would eventually house 100 elderly homeless persons. The work was exhausting. In the states it would have taken days. But pounding down rocks to ruble by hand (because there is no equipment for them to use) take weeks. We hand mixed the cement and used what broken down rock we had to create a foundation.
Estella cooked for us daily as we worked to improve her environment. She smiled, laughed, and filled us all with gratitude. It was the hardest and most fulfilling two weeks my son and I had spent together. We came home committed to never be the same again. To remember what its like to drink freely from tap water, to eat without brushing insects off of your plate, or to use the restroom anytime or anywhere without worrying if the amenities would be available to you.
Since then we have committed to finding better ways to serve as a family. It is something that keeps us strong and closer to our God and each other.
Last year I stumbled across an initiative that touched me. Reading Kayla Huff’s story (the founder of The Her Initiative) and her desire to help women in under privaledged countries gain access to clean water AND learn how to use it properly was inspiring.
Reading about how her team watched a child brush his teeth for the first time, or the reaction to teaching a women that clean hygiene can prevent her child from dying, was eye opening.
I knew I wanted to be apart of this team. I reached out to Jessie Matteson in the development department, and after a conference call with her and Kayla, a friendship was born. After months of collaboration and a meet up in Salt Lake City, we decided to launch a campaign for the month of March in 2018 to bring increased awareness to the global water crisis and the need for help.
I reached out to some amazing ladies who I knew also had a generous heart and desire to help others. Together we created this months campaign.
We are joining our efforts to raise $15,000 to install a clean water system in a community in Guatemala and implement health & hygiene classes to the women there. Imagine what these women can do for their families once they can let go of the worry of disease infested water!
The Her Initiative is providing access to clean water and specific health & hygiene education through a program that is called ‘Clothed in Strength & Dignity’.
We would LOVE for you to join us. WILL YOU HELP US HELP HER? We are asking all of our followers to bypass one take out meal and donate $10 to The Her Initiative. If we each make this small sacrifice we can make a life changing result to these women in Guatemala. We need you!
We have created a link for donations – use it and share it here. Please go check out our cause and help us getting women HERE, helping women THERE.
There are these amazing women I am teaming up with for this campaign. We look forward to working with you to! Love, Kelly
Last year I started my home decor instagram feed with the sole intent of posting my DIY’s so they wouldn’t clutter up my personal account. I did not understand at the time the community that was out there for instagrammers, other than my close friends who I had followed for years.
Months passed and I was amazed at the growth that came to some feeds and not to others. I saw influencers working with companies and business’s growing. So I started to ask a lot of questions.
Were they buying followers or gaining them organically?
Why did it matter anyway if I have a large following?
Did growing have a purpose other than getting a pat on the back for having lots of followers?
Do I have to create a full time job for myself just to keep up with it all?
I had to ask myself “Why Do I Want To Grow?” and needed to find answers to my questions so I could reevaluate my journey on instagram. I wanted to make sure the goals I had as an individual were in alignment with my goals on social media.
It really hit home to me when one of my mentors on IG left the IG community. She had grown tremendously with her home decor feed and made amazing friends as well as collaborations. But the time it took for this to happen was not in alignment with the goals she wanted for herself and her family. Ultimately she decided to be true to herself she needed to remove herself from the hustle and bustle of IG. I respected deeply her journey for an authentic life and it inspired me to hunker down and do the same.
Have you ever felt this same way?
I started doing research. Lots of it. I wanted to know the ins and outs so I could best answer the questions I asked myself. As I grew I realized there was an ART to IG, and that it is constantly changing. “IG Land” is a huge world of information and skill. Keeping up with system required me to learn from the masters – individuals who have created an amazing journey in social media, who’s opinions I trusted.
Today’s blog post is the start of my research. I will be honest. Social Media can be intense. It has been a lot of work. You can ask people’s opinions, but ultimately you need to find out the information and process it according to your own needs and intentions. I am still in that phase, but the information I have gathered has helped me tremendously in reassessing my purpose and intent on Instagram. None of these mentors have sponsored me to write this post – all the opinions are of my own.
Here is what I have found. I took many webinars, online courses and youtube sessions. There is SO much information out there and I am still collecting new favorites all the time. But the following IGer’s are the ones who have gotten me started. Each one has a unique skill set that they bring to the table in teaching you how to manage “IG Land.” Let me introduce you to my favorites so far:
1. Hilary Rushford
Hilary’s was the very first webinar I took. Her feed came across mine through a sponsored post to take her free webinar on IG and I figured “what have I got to lose?” I was amazed that someone was so educated about social media! Her tips on images, photography, name choice and profile description helped me realize there is so much more to IG (if you want to grow) than just putting photos on your feed. She sparked in me a stronger desire to learn.
She has created an amazing team called Dean Street Society. She offers many free webinars and then more in depth training for a fee. I haven’t taken her paid courses yet but it is on my To Do list! Here are her links for you to check out:
From these links you will find all sorts of gold nuggets from Hilary – explore her site and you will learn so much from her and her team!
2.The Design Twins
These two cute sisters were one of the first home decor accounts I followed. They are authentic and genuine (even chatting back with me personally when I have questions!). I immediately knew I wanted to learn more from them. Their blog – The Design Twins – is full of creative ways to decorate your home, inspirational ways to live your life, and IG Land learning.
They have posted over 30 blog articles on instagram. They range from photo editing, growing your following, understanding IG, becoming an influencer and more. I have read them all and continually reference myself back to their feed for support and guidance. I am attaching some of my favorites here – so you might want to grab some hot cocoa and bundle up on the couch before you get started. Their blog with keep you busy (in a super good way) for hours. Additionally, you can hire them for a private assessment of your feed – also on my to do list!
There are so many more that will benefit your IG journey – sign up for their newsletter for their most up to date posts.
3. Decor Newbies
These two gals are a powerhouse team when teaching about Instagram details. It is PERFECT for someone who is just starting out who wants to know about posting, archiving, editing, giveaways, follow trains and so much more. I have been following them since I started IG and wish so much this course would have been available then. I took it when I had 10K following and STILL LEARNED SO MUCH.
They literally hold your hand during the process through facebook groups, articles and youtube videos. You get to interact with them constantly through personal connection as well as all the IGers in your class. It costs a FRACTION of the price as other trainings. I recommend it for anyone who needs lots of questions answered about Instagram or is just starting out. It will save you so much time and you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
You can message them on IG to get enrolled into their course.
This is the newest class that I took and I am hooked. Its called Infinite Influence and once again it was a sponsored post that popped up on my IG feed and I clicked on it. She offers a free webinar to teach you some of her ideas, then offers a full blown course for a fee. I signed up for this course and am in the middle of taking it now. I will keep you posted on my progress once I graduate!
She shares her passion for IGers and their ability to become influencers. As I contemplated my goals, this is where I ultimately decided where I wanted to be. Her knowledge (and ability to pass it along to her readers) is fabulous.
Ok, I am just scratching the surface to this amazing tool. My friend Leslie from the 100YearOldHome blog invited me to learn more about it a few months ago and I am loving it! They offer so much information on Instagram and Pinterest that I don’t know where to start. Once you sign up you will get newsletter that keep you up to date on so many instagram features and abilities. I have yet to read them all and think it will take me a bit more time to get seasoned with the APP and all its abilities. But I am looking forward to learning more with it.
A great feature is that you can join “tribes” for pinterest. This really helps grow your instagram and pinterest pages and you meet lots of new feeds. Thats a whole new post and discussion that we will save for another day. Grab these links to get started!
I am a part of three tribes: Farmhouse, Farmhouse Decor, and Home Decor Bloggers – come join them for great support!
6. Jenna Kutcher
For my final share of this post – its Jenna Kutcher. If you haven’t found her yet on IG, its time. For me, she keeps IG REAL. She is very up front and personal, doesn’t beat around the bush, and is constantly sharing her knowledge. She also has an amazing podcast called Goal Digger, where she shares amazing mentors and experiences.
The thing that really hits home to me about Jenna is her openness to her readers. She talks real life and how she lives it. Her wisdom about IG Land and the business side that can come from it is priceless. She is such a great feed to digest if you want to take your IG to a level of income, business and branding. She offers a free guide to Take the Stress Out of IG – who doesn’t need that?! I sure did and it was the first webinar I took from her. If you head to her blog you can sign up for it.
Her reality really hits home that life isn’t about Social Media. Social Media can be a tool to enhance knowledge and goodness, but it does not run our lives. She’s amazing.
So that’s it! These are my starting steps to how I am educating myself on Instagram. The rules, regulations, and strategies can be really hard to navigate. It’s impossible to figure it out on your own. Hopefully some of these mentors of mine will assist you in figuring out what road you want to take in IG Land and help you get there.
P.S. Please message us if you have mentors that have inspired and uplifted you on your IG journey, we would love to learn about them!