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!
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!
I am listing everything you will need for this project. Then head over to Handmade Haven for the steps to get it done!
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)
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
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!
I hope you enjoy this post and let me know if you have any questions!
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:
Sometimes home decor can become overwhelming and intimidating. If you haven’t had a background in the design field you might feel like you don’t have a place in the decorating world. This is how I felt! I knew I could build something, but to make it look super cute really gave me the scary feels.
Recently I finished reading the book “Designing a Life: From House to Haven.” I was so grateful for the inspiration that was shared because it gave me confidence that I CAN DECORATE! We are all capable and possess creativity that allows us to decorate our space. We just need a few tips to get us started.
That is why today I am sharing Sarah Symonds from Grace In My Space blog. She is the author of this amazing book and an inspirational decorator and believer. Her home is simple, uplifting, and a haven for her family. That is what she teaches all of her readers to shoot for.
The read is a quick one and she gives you step by step ways to create and define your space. Then you can hop onto her blog and see so many ideas of what she has done to uplift her own home.
Something else I love about Sarah is that she is so personable. She has created this tribe where you feel comfortable and at ease, like a dear friend at lunch. I wish sometimes I lived closer so we actually could do lunch!
Her family is very important to her and she is her faith. I appreciate how well she is able to intertwine family, faith and home so well on her blog. From rooms to recipes to her Monday Musings, I always leave feeling inspired.
I hope you enjoy getting to know this amazing designer and influencer. She will teach you and support you along the way of your own design journey. I hope you snag her inexpensive book on Amazon, I know it will help you as your begin to decorate!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
I hope you enjoyed yourself and learned some new ways to add holiday decor to your home!
Would you like the look of old aged wood but do not want the hassle of cleaning it (as I show you here)? There is a wonderful solution! I am so excited to showcase an amazing product that I have discovered, it is super simple – anyone can do it!
When I found Weather Wash I was sold, I couldn’t wait to try it out on this table that needed some love. It was easier, less smelly and less messy than I imagined.
Check out my 60 second DIY tutorial here, then stick around for great details on this do it yourself project!
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I have thought about it for years. I joined the craze 8 years ago for my own personal blog. But I feel terrible short of the challenge. Many years later I am ready to share my love for DIY in a new way. It will be a challenge for me, but I am ready for it. Ready, Set, Blog!
I am doing this for them. I want them to know what I love. What I enjoy doing. How I feel when I am creative. What motherhood means to me. How the world is better when people do what they love. That my world is better with them in it.
So here we go. Citygirlmeetsfarmboy has started blogging. Can’t wait to see where this leads.