The number one question I get when I share my mantel is “Where did you get those lanterns?!”. So finally today I am sharing my favorite lanterns with you! I hang them from my DIY Shutters that you can see here. These are such an easy build that anyone can do.
The ones I found are at Kirklands here So I searched all over Walmart and Wayfair to find some of the cutest lanterns for the best prices. Affiliate links are included, so just click on the title to take you to their website!
I love sharing amazing bloggers who offer so much talent to our community. This week My HomeGirls House feature is Brendt from She Gave It A Go Blog. You can see all her goodness right here. Let me show you some of my favorite parts about her!
One of the designers that has inspired me since I started this home decor journey is Karan with Inside Out Designs from Ontario. She is so creative and has amazing ideas.
Her blog, called Designs By Karan, can be found here. Today I am showcasing her simple and classy designs. Come join me for this tour of My Homegirls House, you will love her!
Her bright white kitchen showcases such captivating pieces. I love how share pairs this farmhouse sink with the neutral wood cabinet.
Additionally she is willing to tackle Do It Yourself Projects, like adding this wood wall to her laundry room. I love how it turned out!
Karan does a wonderful job adding classy fall inspiration to her master bedroom here. Her vision created a space that is peaceful and uplifting. Ready to meet her? Here we go! This is her bio that can be found here.
Something else I love about her and her website is that she offers E-Design services for this who live far away. How cool is that?
She gives tons of ideas for her clients as well as her readers when they are ready to make purchases. Check out her links and ideas here.
She even sneaks a few amazing recipes in on the blog just because she can! Who wouldn’t want to make these? Her talents far surpass home decor and we are lucky to have such a mentor in our community.
Styling your home requires creativity and bold choices. Often we stay conservative in change to prevent mistakes. But you can learn what you like through your bravery in your choices. Even if mistakes happen. I challenge you to take some of the ideas that Karan shares on her blog and make bolds moves – you can do it!
I love keeping a table set, it makes me feel that much closer to a prepared dinner (even if nothing is started!). For years I thought it would cost a fortune to keep a table set, so I shied away from it. A few years ago I realized I had been wrong this whole time. I want to show you how easy to can be!
Last year I was crushing over all the Farmhouse Prints – so I started wondering how I could make my own with the resources I had (long vinyl cutter, no large printers). After a bit of thinking I created a way that worked in my budget and was super easy to do.Here is my DIY Video Tutorial for you to watch to get the basic idea:
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 remember when chalk paint started to become a “thing” many years ago, and I just wasn’t buying it. Was there really a paint that you could use on top of almost anything without sanding or using a primer? I didn’t think it was possible. Finally I decided to try it on an old table that I was not wanting to refinish and it worked! I was sold! Since then I have used chalk paint for many DIY’s and it is awesome. And now they even have SPRAY CHALK PAINT!!! So today I am giving a tutorial on where to buy it and how to use it (so easy).
As usual, I am including first a 60 second video tutorial to show the main steps of the process. Then follow along for lots of resources and details for your latest DIY with Spray Chalk Paint!