I'm a California city girl who married a Montana farm boy. Together we have 4 amazing kidlets and 1 cute doggie. We figure out ways to inspire our lives on a budget. Join us on our DIY journey and hopefully you too can be inspired!
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Welcome to CityGirlmeetsFarmBoy, I am glad you are here! This Organizing Your Home Blog Hop is sponsored by The Container Store and I am so excited to share with you my favorite budget friendly items as I organize my pantry. You may be joining me from DesigsnbyKaran – isn’t she wonderful?! Each talented blogger in this series will share simple and effective ways to organize different spaces in their home – make sure to visit each one of them while you are here! You next stop will be with Kelly at TheTatteredPew.
We will discuss how each of us find our inspiration, how we take it from dream to realization, and finally how we make it come true – implementation.
Decorating spaces can be difficult when you do not know where to start. This is the last post of a three part series I have written (with some amazing other bloggers) to help you find simple ways to decorate your spaces. After INSPIRATION and REALIZATION, it is now time for IMPLEMENTATION. Make sure to check out each of these blogs and the amazing tips they share. Each image is pinnable to save to your Pinterest page as well!
I have discussed ways to find your design style and how utilizing Pinterest can give us tons of inspiration (read that post here). Then I offered ideas on how to find exactly WHAT you want and HOW to make it possible (read that post here). Finally, I am sharing ideas of gaining the courage to actually implement the decorations you have dreamed of.
Now that you know WHAT project you can afford to do, it’s time to figure out the exact things you NEED to make it happen. If you are not used to doing DIY projects, I would recommend finding a blog who has already done your project and given step by step instructions on how to do it. This will be extremely helpful and give you confidence. Some of the blogs I love are:
Shanty2Chic – This is my number one go to blog for DIY projects
It is hard to work on a project 5 minutes here and five minutes there. It can be done but it does make it more stressful. I like to plan a day that I am able to focus my energy completely to getting the job done. It is usually when kids leave for school, and I stop working when they get home. Often I keep working on it once they go to bed.
Are you ready to go? You have done all the prep work and now it’s time to make or build your project. You might be nervous, but you don’t need to be. Mistakes along the way are the best learning opportunity. Most of my DIY projects have “issues”. I don’t care, I learned something with each “issue” I had. And it made me a better builder. Almost anything can be fixed my friends!
Gather all your tools and supplies in one place
Make sure you have "messy" clothes on so they can get dirty
Have all of your directions ready
Don't rush the project - take your time
Ask for help if you need it
Youtube can be your best buddy
Safety Notes: If you are doing something with the electrical wall jack, make sure you turn the power off. Always unplug your power tools when you are not using them. Always wear safety goggles. Cover your carpet before you paint. And stop if you are frustrated. You can always go back in when you are ready. Getting frustrated usually makes for a messy project. These are all things I learned the hard way my friends!
Now just get started. Make the first cut. Paint the first wall. Nail the first piece of trim. YOU GOT THIS.
Once your are done, celebrate! You should be so proud of yourself!
Step Four – Decorate It
This is the funnest part! Once again, this can also be overwhelming. Make sure you go back to your Pinterest boards and get the inspiration you need. Your budget may have dwindled by now, and I do not believe decorations need to be expensive!
FIRST THINGS FIRST – Shop Your Home. What do you have in your home that can be moved around or put somewhere else? Try fiddling with the decor you have and see if it is enough to make a difference. Feel free to find a photo and copy it. There is no copyright to decorating! That is why decorators share their ideas, so that we all can benefit. I often do this with a mantel or small area. Once I copy the image, I then can move pieces around to make it my own. It’s a great first step.
If you do need to shop for a few things, I am adding my favorite budget shops for you to check out. I always SELL BEFORE I BUY. Meaning, I get rid of things in my home and sell them on social media before I go out shopping. It makes your new items basically free!
A Christian owned thrift store, all over the country
Antique or Thrift Stores
Be careful because some stores are way over priced
They have so many deals on home decor and free shipping
They have higher prices but when you have the 30% off coupon and get Kohls Cash, it’s a good deal
Ross Dress for Less and TJ Max
They get great decor in all the time (Ross is usually cheaper than TJ Max, but more picked over)
Joann or Michaels
I always use my 40% off coupon on their apps when I shop (they have tons of fun home decor)
They have really great sales and you get coupons if you sign up for their newsletter
RC Willey Clearance Center
If you have an RC Willey by you, see if they have a clearance center – their prices are so awesome!
They have such good deals on furniture, wood flooring and appliances – with the best return policy ever!
Once you are all done, stand back and admire your work. You did it. You figured it out. I hope you like what you see. Often I will close my eyes and open them again just to see my work. Then I walk away and then turn around really fast to see it again! Decorating and creating can bring so much satisfaction to your soul. I hope you are proud of yourself! Send me photos so I can see your work too!
PS – Need more ideas on how to create an entire room in 6 weeks? Come read my One Room Challenge Project from last year, and see how I got from this:
This month I am excited to welcome back Jesse Hughes as my guest blogger, who has been teaching me about exterior home ideas. This is a big DIY project that I am not ready to commit to on my own. There is a lot to understand and analyze since this is such a large undertaking. We aren’t ready yet, but it is always good to have some ideas brewing right?
When your cladding or wall covering starts to deteriorate, damp can get into the walls of your house and cause an array of issues. Replacing, or adding cladding can quickly rectify this issue and transform the look of your home.
There are many different styles and materials to choose from, including metal, timber, vinyl, or even fiber cement. All of these can be created in different colors; some can also be painted to meet your exact requirements.
Knowing the options will allow you to visualize the finished product on your home.
In general, it is possible to fit any cladding to your home. However, since the Grenfell disaster in England, some states are tightening their regulations. It is always worth giving your local planning office a call or a visit to verify that all the options you are looking at are acceptable.
If you’re cladding your own home you can use any material you want, in line with the planning regulations. However, you must also consider the fact that you need to continue living there.
Take a moment to look at the style and finish of your neighbor’s houses. You should really try to keep your home within the same style range. If you don’t you are likely to upset them and potentially cause yourself issues.
If you really want to be radically different you can either use different cladding according to what the neighbors can see, or you can talk to your neighbors first to explain your intentions.
However, that doesn’t mean you should pick anything. You must look at your finances and set yourself an affordable budget, this will help you to focus on choosing between the cladding options you can afford.
To help you see how far your budget can go it’s a good idea to get a few quotes in. This will give you the amount of cladding you need and the potential installation cost.
It is advisable to have the cladding installed by a professional. They will do the job much faster than you as they have all the necessary tools. In addition, their handiwork will be covered by a warranty which will give you peace of mind should you have an issue in the future.
Some cladding needs a pressure wash every year and nothing else, other types may need to be washed and painted/treated every year. It is important you understand what the maintenance is before you purchase your cladding, it could make a difference to your decision.
Welcome to A Complete Guide to Creating Spaces Part Two: Realization. After getting so many questions from our readers about how we come up with our home decor ideas, some friends and I decided to write a 3 part blog series on how we do just that! Make sure to check out these ladies blogs as well for more ideas on REALIZATION.
I get messages all the time from women who feel less confident in their abilities to beautify their home. It’s scary to take the first step and often we fill unqualified to be a decorator (this couldn’t be farther from the truth my friends.)
So today, some talented decorators and I are going to share our home design ideas in a fun 3 part series. Are you ready to get some simple ideas to gain confidence in how to turn your home into a place you love to be!? Let’s do this! And don’t forget to head to each of my homegirls listed above to see their guide to creating spaces as well!
Tips for todays post – pin all the images you want to your Pinterest page for future reference. And make sure to head to all five of these amazing blog posts and mark your calendars for Part 2 of this series!
Decorating comes easy to some and not so easy to others. I definitely have fit into the ladder category. I have felt overwhelmed and unsure of myself when it came to committing something to my home. Nervous I would mess up and my home would be permanently damaged. I would get so stressed and envious of other homes and wish I could “do what they could do.” I worked for years at getting better at taking care of my home, and now it’s a much easier process for me. I know it can be for you as well.
Here’s what do expect from our Complete Guide to Creating Spaces Series:
Part One: Inspiration – February 6
Part Two: Realization – February 13
Part Three: Implementation – February 20
We will discuss how each of us find our inspiration, how we take it from dream to realization, and finally how we make it come true – implementation.
Part One – Inspiration
Sometimes we don’t even know where to begin. When I was a little girl I would walk around Mervyn’s and dream about decorating my home. Later in college I would cut JC Penney catalog photos and glue them to my mood board in interior design class. But now we have the best mood board ever – it’s called Pinterest.
The invention of Pinterest has opened us up to worlds of ideas – only limited to how fast you can enter in your search idea. So if you are needing ideas, needing encouragement, needing inspiration – Pinterest is a great place to start.
If you do not have an account – sign up here. If you don’t know how to create boards – learn about that here. This is your starting point.
When I moved into my current home, with it’s basic white floor plan, I had to completely change up my decorating style because my previous home was Tuscan style. I created different Pinterest boards for different rooms in my home. I added boards for wood walls, DIY projects, and backyard ideas. Over the course of a few months I had stockpiled quite a few pins of things that I loved. I started to notice a pattern of what I enjoyed.
Have you wondered what “style” you are in regards to home decorating? I sure did. I honestly didn’t even know what the difference was between styles and if you were “allowed” to have multiple favorites. There is actually more styles than I realized. DedorAid.com shares 20 design styles for 2019. Here are just a few:
Amara.com goes into further detail of the styles in The LuxPad Definitive Guide found here. It’s a good read and very informative. If you aren’t sure you what style you are, go take this quiz from Better Homes and Gardens here! Once you take the quiz and let me know what design style you are!
Now you are ready to start searching Pinterest for styles to focus on. Head to the search bar and type in things like “Bohemian Style Living Room” or “French Country Kitchens.” Lots of ideas will pop up and you can start adding to the boards you have made. You can add as many pins as you want, there is no limit!
Here is my example:
After looking at so many ideas I realized I was Farmhouse – Rustic – Industrial. Mixing these design ideas were perfect for me. Shiplap and Joanna Gaines spoke to me in particularly. I pinned images according to rooms in my house, the sky was the limit. Even if I knew it was impossible to afford or make myself, I pinned it anyway. I wanted to build things and make projects. Want to see what that board ended up looking like? Click here to see!
Secondly I fell in love with farmhouse decor items. Even though I knew I couldn’t buy them all, I pinned over 100 items that spoke to me, see that here. Finally, I was on a budget which meant I had to do a lot of the work myself. I had followed the Shanty2Chic sisters for years and loved their work. This board became one of my favorites.
I dreamed of shiplap walls. I had no idea how to do it or what it entailed. But I wanted it. So here are ideas that inspired me from that Pinterest board I had created (tap on photo to take you to creators website):
I have had a very simple window in my office space for years and decided it was time to dress it up. I am converting this old office into a pantry and this is my second step in the process. My first project was to add Peel-N-Stick Wallpaper to spice up the wall. You can see that super simple tutorial here. Next up will be the pantry shelving!
Once I finished the window treatment, I couldn’t believe how easy it was! I saw lots of ideas on Pinterest and decided upon the Craftsman Style with Fillet and Chasing Cap. I wasn’t even sure what those words meant – but I was going for it. I learned this from True Built Home here.
Here are my before and after photos – it made such a difference. I learned alot from Liz Forez at LOVEGROWSWILD Blog. Her post on a very similar window is so helpful. Read that here.
1×4, 1×6, 1×8 and 1×2 MDF boards per measurements of your window (more details to come in step one)
Paint and Painting Supplies
Caulk and Caulking Gun
Spackle and Sand Paper
Brad Nailer and Air Compressor
Step One – Measure Your Windows
You will measure the height and width of your windows. 1×4 boards will be on both sides of your window – exact height. 1×6 board will be your window sill and will extend 3 inches over on each side (width plus 6 inches). The MDF 1×4, 1×2 and 1×8 boards will also extend over by 3 inches on each side. I had a 1×8 wood board in the shed so I opted to use that. At my Home Depot the MDF board was cheaper than the real wood. Additionally, Home Depot will cut your boards for you! Read all about it here.
Step Two – Gather Your Tools
I keep all my tools prepped on the window sill so I am ready to grab them.
Blesser House Blog has another blog post on how to install a similar window and she uses real wood and brad nails with a hammer – no nail gun! It’s a great option if you do not want to use a power tool.
Step Three – Find Your Studs
This is important because you want your boards securely in the wall. I use my Zircon StudSensor and marked it with painters tape.
Step Four – Install Boards
First you want to make sure your boards are evenly spaced 3 inches overlap on each side. Most blogs tell you to put the two side pieces on first. I started with the top pieces first. Either is fine. Grab your brad nailer and your level – make sure it’s straight before nailing into the studs. I was alone so YES I picked up the nailer with my feet!
I added the 1×8 board first. I made sure to leave 3/4 inch room to add my 1×2 underneith.
It is very important that your first piece is level. Check and recheck! It will determine the rest of your placements.
Next I added the top 1×2 piece and the bottom 1×2 piece.
I added the window sill next, but this effected the length of my 1×4 boards on the sides of the window – they were too long. I had to use my circular saw (or a jig saw) to cut the sill to fit the area. So if you do not want to make another cut in the 1×4 boards, install them first. Then measure the window sill to fit second. You will basically measure and cut out a corner on each side of the 1×6 board. Install with nail gun.
Finally I added the two sides boards and the 1×4 board underneath the window sill.
Step Four – Caulk
You will want to use paintable caulk. I always use a caulking gun because it’s hard for me to push the caulk out of the tube otherwise. I apply and then use my finger to make it smooth. They have tools for this but I like to use my finger instead. Keep a rag that you can throw away or a baby wipe close to wipe your finger on.
I am not very good at caulking as you an see in the next photo. It never works super well for me. If you aren’t either, don’t worry! You can paint over it. Just make it as smooth as possible.
Farmboy taught me to place a screw into the top so the caulk will not dry inside it. Works great for us!
Step Five – Spackel & Paint
If you are not using a primed MDF board you will need a coat of primer. MDF just soaks up the paint otherwise. Tape your area with painters tape and then add spackle to the small brad nail holes with a puddy knife. Let dry and sand off. Wipe off dust with a dry rag and you are ready to paint! I used 2 coats of Sherman Williams White to match my house.
Pulling off the tape is the best part in my opinion. It means your are done!
This inexpensive project added so much to my new pantry and I love it. Anyone can add this feature, it’s easier than you think!
Chippy Paint is the cutest! I have always wondered how to make something new look old – which is so ironic, but it’s so cute. I searched the internet of the best ways to do it and settled on this one, super easy and fast. Watch this 60 second video tutorial and then follow the steps below. Make sure to pin this image to save in your Pinterest!
I have always wanted to try wall paper but the thought of it intimidates me! I pictured it filled with wet glue and mess up’s constantly. And then I heard of Peel-n-Stick Wallpaper and my world changed. How easy does that sound? I had to try out.
I collaborated with two amazing companies for this project – The TAD Company and TACKLIFE Tools. Both are companies I reached out to because I had researched their products and wanted to work with them. I am attaching links to their sites to help you in your purchases. These are not affiliate links. But I was compensated from these companies in product and I was so excited. I know you will love them too!
Welcome to our tutorial of mini barn doors for the home. Go follow us on Instagram here and YouTube here to see all our latest projects!
We love all things barn door over here in the Ballard Home. Last year I built a darling one for our master bedroom for $75 and you can see that post here. This time around we needed some Mini Barn Doors for our sons playroom and love how they turned out!
Watch this 60 preview of the process and then follow along for all the instructions.
I am welcoming back Jesse Hughes as my guest blogger today to teach us some essentials when deciding upon chandelier. Many of you know I added a new light in my kitchen nook recently. It can be hard to know what will work best for your space when you aren’t using a designer. I hope you find some good tips from Jesse that will help you in your decision!
5 Essential Things to do Before Getting Your Chandelier by guest blogger Jesse Hughes
Designing each room of your home takes time and patience. Finding the right finishing touch can often be difficult but the chandelier is one feature that can fit into virtually any room. There are many different designs and styles available; there is certain to be one that appeals.
But, before you get your chandelier it is important to check the following things:
1. Your Electrics
It is highly likely that your current lighting circuit will support your choice of chandelier. However, you do need to consider the fact that a chandelier has lots of small bulbs; each one can place a drain on your lighting circuit and each circuit is designed to accommodate a certain amount of watts.
If you overload the circuit you risk bowing the trip every time you turn your chandelier on. In the worst case scenario it can even cause a fire.
Next you need to consider the location of your chandelier and whether you have the supporting beams to support it. A chandelier can be fairly heavy, you’ll need to find the beams above your ceiling and secure it to these. If you don’t it is likely to fall.
You can use a stud locator to find the beams and check they are in a good position for your light
3. Lighting Ability
It is also important to consider how bright your chandelier will be. Although it has many small bulbs this may not translate into enough might for the space you have; especially if the chandelier is high.
Don’t be deceived by the look in the showroom; this is not the same as in your home. You’ll need to consider the light you currently have and how much more or less you need; before you get your chandelier.
4. Cost Of Using
Ideally you’ll have energy efficient LED bulbs in your chandelier; this will help to ensure the cost of running it is not ridiculously high.
However, if LED’s are not an option you should consider the power drain that your chandelier will have and how much this is likely to add onto your annual energy bill. This will depend on how much the light is on and you’ll need to be realistic when considering this fact.
Finally, it is worth noting that chandeliers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They are also an array of different process. In order to get the best for your home and your energy usage you may need to go towards the top end of this scale.
Before you pick your chandelier consider the above points and the funds you have available. It may make more sense to expand your budget; even if that means waiting a little longer for the chandelier of your dreams.