Fall Home Tour – Entry

Fall is my favorite season so I decided to decorate our home for fall first (very minimally compared to recent years), rather than our every day living reveal. 

(Also, since we have only had our stuff back for a month and a half, I really don’t have the time to decorate for everyday and then tear it all apart to redecorate for the holiday seasons.)

So, Fall Home Tour first, Christmas Home Tour next, THEN I will do a home reveal once normal decor is all situated. 

First up, front entry. One room at a time. Why? The others aren’t done. 🤷🏼‍♀️

*** Sources, with approximate price guesstimates listed below. ***


^^Piss poor pano view


Sources:

Corner decor in the left show in photo above: Galvanized vase ($20) and branches ($10) GORDMANS — Pumpkins ($1-$5) and Floral picks ($2): WALMART — Bless This Mess sign ($10) BIG LOTS — Silver Mirror: GOODWILL ($3 then I spray painted it silver – it was a nasty gold.)


Merchantile Sign ($33 CLEARANCE), Home Sweet Farmhouse pillow ($20): KIRKLANDS — Beaded Pillow ($20), Button Pillow ($15) MARSHALLS — Chenille Throw ($10 CLEARANCE): TARGET — Berry Wreath ($20): BIG LOTS — Black Farmhouse Bench: Antique Store Find ($100)


Ceramic pumpkins ($3): FAMILY DOLLAR — Resin Skull ($40 CLEARANCE) : HOBBY LOBBY — Hello Script Sign ($10) : DOLLAR GENERAL


Pine Tree: Yard Sale ($3) — Fall Metal Signs ($5 each), Fall Leaf Picks ($3 each) and Chalkboard Wire Basket ($6) : GORDMANS — Candy Corn Lights ($5) , Fake Pumpkins ($1-$5), Wooden Crate ($12) and Tin (Beverage) Bucket ($4 CLEARANCE): WALMART


Rug 5×7 ($50) WAYFAIR.com 


Wood Floral Wreaths ($20 each) and Rustic “Family” and “Friends” Ornaments ($5 each): GORDMANS


Antique Mirror: HABITAT FOR HUMANITY ($10) — Welcome To Our Home Tin Sign ($25) and Chrome Pillar Candle Holders ($6 each): BIG LOTS — Mercury Glass Tea Light Holders ($3 each CLEARANCE): HOME GOODS — Home Script Shelf Sitter ($8): DOLLAR GENERAL — Chrome Bird Shelf Sitter ($5 CLEARANCE) GORDMANS — Montreal Scentsy Wax Warmer ($35): SCENTSY — Shelf Sitter Pumpkins ($1 each) and Floral Stems ($1 each): DOLLAR TREE — Metal Water Can ($11 CLEARANCE): TARGET


Moose Coat Hooks ($7 each): MARSHALLS — Boxwood Wreath ($10): HOME GOODS


“Cleopatra” Curtain Panels ($75 each with coupon): BELLACOR.com – My splurge item. They were exactly what I was looking for so insurance bought me new curtains after the box that contained my old curtains for the entire house burned up. Normally, I would not spend more than $25 on a curtain panel! 


Pardon The Mess Placemat ($10): GORDMANS — Trunk: FLEA MARKET ($60) — Console Table (FREE): A roadside piece that was a dining table that I cut into two pieces, refinished and mounted to wall. 

Here’s the other half piece (in our hallway):


Back to the entry…


HOME wooden circles: DOLLAR GENERAL — “K” and “S” shelf sitters ($10 each) — Mr Right” and “Mrs Always Right” shelf sitters ($5 each): GORDMANS — Life Is Better Sign: DOLLAR GENERAL ($4)

Dollar General is really stepping up their decor game, y’all! Go check them out more frequently! 

One last look:


Thanks for visiting! 

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|For the Love of Leftovers|

I love leftovers.

Let me be more clear; I love scrap material leftovers, not food leftovers. Yuck. Food leftovers are never as good as they were the first time whereas scrap leftovers get better with age; and I love them “ripe”.

Here’s one pile of my leftovers on hand.


Yesterday, I decided to turn them into a chalkboard for one of my barren dining room walls.

When we moved, our highend items were wood created by a specialty moving company. They came out and built custom crates in our garage to safely transport each item (tv’s, taxidermy, antique mirrors, etc.) I broke the crates down as we unpacked and saved the good pieces of wood for later use. (My coffee bar in our new house is also constructed using this scrap wood. That is the project I was working on when our house caught fire. Anyway – post on that project coming soon…)

I used a 1×8 board for the top, and 1×4 boards for the other three sides.

I cut an arch in the top board to resemble the archways throughout our home.

I didn’t have to cut down any of the boards. I used them all as is. That’s a perk of having so much on hand. There has to be the perfect piece somewhere (although, cutting a piece down probably would have been faster than “hunting”).

I sanded each board with my palm sander to get the best penetration for the stain at application.

I constructed the pieces with wood glue and stapled the seams together on the backside where the boards met. Plywood was then glued and stapled to the back side of the completed frame.



I then covered the middle chalkboard part with a plastic trash bag and painters tape so I could stain the frame without getting stain on the chalkboard area – I didn’t want the stain to hinder the chalk paint adhering to the plywood. I added a coat of my favorite stain (Minwax Honey) and after that dried a bit, I added some streaked black paint that I rubbed in to make it look as though the frame had been oiled or burned. I removed the bag and tape and added a couple coats of Valspar Chalkboard paint.


I let the project dry for 3 hours before adding script.

Here is the finished, hung project.


Construction/paint time: 1 hour

Dry time: 3 hours

Hang time: Forever (well, until the next relocation, anyway. It’ll have many homes in its lifetime.)

(I have the board hanging on the wall with Velcro Command Strips by 3M at all 4 corners. I love these things.)



She’s snug as a bug on that wall.