There are simple ways to spice up your front porch for spring – without spending lots of cash. SHOP YOUR OWN HOME! Have you ever tried that? Walk around and see what you have that will work outside for the time being and take a chance at it. Let me show you what I found in my home to move outside and spice up my porch – without spending a dime.
I grabbed a wreath I have inside my home from FloralTreasure that I love. I used a 3M velcro hook to keep it hung well.
FloralTreasure has handmade wreaths that smell AMAZING because they grow and harvest all the wreaths themselves on their farm. And their prices are cheaper than retail stores! Check them out here.
Pillows and Blankets
You can change up your pillows constantly to create a new look. I snagged these darling ones off of my couch to add to the hand-me-down chairs I received from my darling neighbor for FREE (yippee!!).
I then added a blanket I had on my couch from Cloth and Cabin. They have darling pieces for your home (and your body!). Check them out here.
I decided to layer some mats that I had already. The bottom one I grabbed from Ikea last month for $14! There is a darling shop that I love called The Cheeky Doormat that I found on Instagram here. The top one was custom made by them and I added it right on top of the Ikea mat – check them out at The Cheeky Doormat.
I chose to grab a plant from my bathroom, a plant hanger from the garden, and a lantern from my living room. Super simple (that’s how we roll around here) and it worked well for my style.
So what can you shop from your home to create a NEW LOOK for NO COST in your home? I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
I love plumbers pipe shelving but they aren’t a very inexpensive project – the piping cost quite a bit. I was thinking the other day I could create the same look with PVC pipe, so I tried it out and it worked! They are not as strong as metal pipe, so I wouldn’t recommend using the shelving for super heavy items. But it is still pretty sturdy.
Here is my 60 second DIY Tutorial for you to watch, then read on for all the details!
Ever since I started documenting my home decor journey I have been crushin on all these farmhouse signs. You can pay to get one made, and often they aren’t cheap. But if you don’t have the time and you do have the money – go for it! If you want to try and make one yourself, check out this process that is SUPER easy and SUPER inexpensive (under $20!!!). The only downside? It does take your time. But if you turn on some tunes or your favorite book and get to work, you mind find out how much you enjoy this kind of thing.
Check out my 60 second DIY Farmhouse Sign tutorial and then follow along for all the details!
1×10 wood board: 4-8 feet long, depending on how many letters you are using
Stain (I like Minwax Provincial or Walnut)
White Paint (I use Behr Paint and Primer)
Paint and staining brush
Mirror image prints
Frosting knife (or any tool with a rounded edge)
Corner brackets (optional)
Step One – Stain Your Wood
I chose not to sand down my piece of wood because I wanted it rustic. Feel free to sand your edges before staining if you would like them softer. Grab your stain, darker is better. It will show through the chippy paint areas. I added Weathered Oak first, let dry, then add Provincial around the edges for some darker spots. This isn’t necessary.
P.S. Forgive my grainy photos! I only video taped this DIY and had to take stills from the movie!
Pick Your Stain
Staining a wood board
Staining a wood board
Step Two – Add Vaseline
Lets learn how to achieve the chippy look. I have a detailed blog post here on how to achieve the distressed look using wax as well.
Take your vaseline and rub it lightly onto the edges and corners of your board. Miss some spots on purpose. Then add some in sporadic spots on your board. The more you use the more of the stain will show through for your outcome.
Step Three – Paint Your Wood
Add a layer of white paint (or any color your prefer) to your board. It doesn’t have to be super covered well, just “good enough.” I use Behr Paint and Primer – I love it for the chippy look! Let fully dry before the next step.
Step Four – Print & Cut Your Words
This part is a little tricky if you do not know how to print mirror image. Depending on the computer you have, it can be different for each. Here is a link to teach you:
Type out your word and mess with the fonts. I really like Bordeaux Roman Bold LET for my signs. You can fit about 3 letters per sheet if you use the 800 size. If you don’t have that font you can download it here.
Make sure you fiddle with it on your board to make sure it fits before the next step, which is cutting the letters. You will cut as close to the edge as possible, keeping letters connected if you can. This helps the placement goes smoother.
Step Five – Glue Your Letters
You will dip your brush into the modge podge and gentle wipe ON THE INK SIDE of the first set of letters you are going to lay down. Be gentle so you don’t rip your letters. You have to take special care when laying them down because they are sticky. You will only have a few seconds to move them around if you need before the glue thickens up. I had a measuring tape to make sure the top and bottom spacing were the same.
Also make sure to get glue over the entire letter. Every bit of ink must have glue on it to adhere well to the board.
You will press the letters fully onto the board to make sure no bubbles are left behind. Let dry completely according to directions before moving on to the next step.
Step Six – Remove Paper
Here is the fun part! Grab a rag and get it pretty wet. Not dripping, but still really moist. Gently press it onto all of your letters, one at a time. This will start the process and help with removal.
Once that is done, head back to the first letter. You will gently and slowly rub the letter to remove the paper. This will leave the ink on the board. If you rub too much the ink will come off too. If you do rub some ink off, just press it back in place. It will dry fine. It’s ok to have some ink rubbed off if you are going for a really rustic look like I was. This process takes time, but is worth it. It’s going to look amazing!
Step Seven – Chip Your Paint
I like to use my frosting knife because it is round but not sharp. You can use any like tool for this. You will take the edge and start LIGHTLY scratching areas of your wood. The edges and around letters are especially good spots. You can also scrape off any extra paper you may have left that needs to be removed. The more you scrape, the more chippy your board will be!
I added metal brackets to my edges for a more complete look. You can find these in the knob and drawer handle isle at Home Depot! Spray paint the color you want and drill them on.
Your all done! Such a fun sign for a great price point. Let us know how yours turns out!
I am so excited! Today is the day! The last few weeks have been such a good experience for me. It pushed me to learn new skills and I love the outcome. I am so grateful to the One Room Challenge team for helping all types of decorators feel like they have value in their creativity. So many are revealing their spaces today on the One Room Challenge Blog – I can’t wait for you to see them all! Are you ready for mine?
This was my living room wall. I wanted to renovate it and add some character. Since I am a DIYer on a budget, everything had to be created by me. I gave myself $500 to renovate this space – and I did it! You can read about my initial ideas here on my first post with the One Room Challenge. This was my sketch of what I wanted to have happen.
Follow along to see how close I can get to my original idea!
Install was fast and super helpful with my TackLIFE laser level and laser measuring tape. You can grab tons of TackLIFE tools for a great deal on Amazon here.
Here is my final shiplap look:
Project Two – Window Valances
I love the wood window valances that the Shanty2Chic sisters made here. So I created my own style and love how they turned out. You can learn the whole process and how easy it is here. Total cost was $45 (grabbed clearance curtains from TJ Max and curtain rods from Walmart).
Here is my final window valance look:
Project Three – Shutters
I have always wanted some of these and decided on a look I wanted after scanning Pinterest for days (kidding). They were only $15 to make and add so much to the room! Find out how to make yours here. Additionally I added a family portrait that I had made previously so that is very inexpensive, you can read all about that DIY here.
Here is my final farmhouse shutters look:
Project Four – Blinds
I love SelectBlinds and have used them for 15 years. They are super EASY to order, EASY to install, and EASY on the pocketbook. Did I mention they were easy? Ha. Ha. Wink. Wink. I ordered FAUX WOOD, you can get them for a great price with all the sales they run here.
Here is my final blinds look:
Final REVEAL Day –
Such a fun adventure. I learned so many new things, how to make new DIY’s and use tools I haven’t tried before. One item that I added last minute was the Wood Mantel. It was a quick addition and I love the character it adds to the room. Here is the final look:
I had some more GREAT companies that I used to finish up my decor. Niki is a great friend and makes amazing wood word signs (from Carpenterfarmhouse).
I ordered her THIS IS US sign from her Etsy shop here, the sizes start at only $15!
Next I grabbed some darling pillows handmade from Megan at DoeRaeMeDesigns. I love her taste and style! I grabbed two Staple White pillow cases that you can order here.
Finally I had an amazing time working with Danielle from The Rusted Carriage. She helped me pick out some items for my mantel and I finally got some cotton stems (I have always wanted some!). Her Etsy shop is closing for the summer so she can spend time with family, so all her deals are on sale – you will love her stuff! Grab some here.
My lanterns were from TJ Max and I made the Family Name sign many years ago.
Here is a timelaspe of the decorating process. Now I need a big long nap!
I honestly can’t wait for the next challenge. Laundry room time!
We are so close to the finish line and it has been so much fun! Make sure you follow along herewith all of the designers this time around to get all the inspiration you need to do this yourself. I am already thinking about what room I want to refinish for the Fall ORC (think stenciled flour in the laundry room people!).
One of my last steps was to add blinds to my newly renovated windows. Of course I can’t make my own blinds, but I want to show you how easy it is to install them ALL BY YOURSELF! This was my week four challenge to accomplish. Here is my update so far: