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. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

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


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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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[CHALK] it up to [PAINT]

I have never used furniture chalk paint before. The expense to purchase a can is beyond ridiculous and I’m not insane enough to purchase any (so sorry if you are).

I have a few gallons of interior “oops” paint that I picked up really cheap from various hardware stores in rad colors like turquoise and sea foam green. When I purchased them I didn’t have any ideas for them but they were super cool colors that I figured I’d someday find use for. I used the green shade in my kids bathroom and it looks great! 

Here, you have to see it…


Moving on…

Turquoise has been hanging out on the shelf for months. When I scored a $20 desk at Goodwill, the first thing I thought of was that turquoise gallon at home on the shelf. The desk was either going to look super cool when I was finished slapping turquoise all over it, or, it’d look like shit. But, what the hell, the paint was $9 and the desk was $20. If it all went south, I wasn’t out much.


I searched Pinterest for a recipe for diy chalk paint. This is the recipe I settled on (and also the recipe I will be using for future projects). It worked beautifully.

I started by lightly sanding the desk. I know most chalk paint doesn’t usually require you to sand your project first but I wanted to be sure all of the gunk was removed before applying paint. That, and I didn’t want to do this project a second time because the first job didn’t hold up.


I removed the dust with a dry cloth then went over the desk with a damp cloth and let it dry, then I started to apply the paint. I used a brush, the Wooster Shortcut that I use on all of my paint projects. It is truly the best on the market (non compensated opinion).


I brushed on a thin first coat and let it dry. It dries very quickly. I then went back through and spot painted, only covering the places I wanted to stay completely painted, and left the spots with wood showing through so I could sand the paint off and create a distressed effect.


After I had the application I wanted, I took very fine sand paper and went over the entire desk (by hand). Very lightly on the turquoise color just to remove some of the grit on the surface from the baking soda in the paint mixture and harder on the parts I want to distress.


I did not do a top coat. I reinstalled all of the hardware, and reassembled the desk and called her done. It was a bit difficult to sand the paint down to the wood so I am pretty sure this will be durable as is. 

I have heard of Vaseline being applied to your project before painting on the spots you want to distress, but I haven’t quite wrapped my head around that technique. I hate the feel of Vaseline and I don’t want it hanging out on my furniture. Does it clean off of the project completely? If so, how? If you have used Vaseline to distress, I would love to hear from you. I would also love to hear what method you use to distress projects easily without the use of (nasty) Vaseline.

I refinished an ugly dining chair I already had to match to use with this desk. I used a canvas tote to cover a chair cushion and attached it to hide the few little holes in the black fabric of the chairs seat (I didn’t want to go through a reupholstering project too). I like the dimension the black and the decorated cushion add to the overall look. 

*Tutorial to cover a cushion or pillow with a canvas tote here: Canvas Tote Covered Pillow

Without further ado, here is the finished project:


I love this so much, I am shopping my house for other items to paint turquoise! Remember the sofa table mentioned in the Halloween Home Tour??? 

Yes?

Stay tuned, folks… 

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|When In Doubt, Paint It – Part 2|

When deciding what items in my stash to keep, throw or donate, depend on one thing: shape. 

When deciding what ugly items to purchase from a thrift shop, depend on one thing: shape. 

If I like the shape/design/architecture of any item, it’s a keeper. Anything, and I really mean anything, can be painted. Whether made of wood, glass, plastic, metal, foam, clay, porcelain, leather, etc., etc., (just like Apple has an “app for that”) the hardware store has a “paint for that”.

When setting out to create my Gallery Wall a few months ago, I lacked one necessary thing: frames. I had a few, but not enough to create any type of gallery. I needed to go shopping. Since I’m a thrifter, the local second hand stores were my go to destination. 

NOTE: I will not buy most anything brand new (unless it’s underwear) or well priced decor items from stores like Gordmans or TJ Maxx. Prices on new items are nothing short of ridiculous. If I don’t find what I’m looking for on my first trip to a second hand store, I keep looking. The project will wait until I find pre owned items that will fulfill my vision. Or, it better be a damn good priced clearance item. 

This trip I got lucky and found these beauties:


A set of two, for $3.99. Yes, they are ugly as sin but look at that detail in that frame! And, they had wire loops on the frame for hanging, rather than a hanger on the rear of the photo mat! Double score. βœ”οΈβœ”οΈ

I took them apart to toss the picture and paint the frame. In this case, I guess many years ago, the picture was glued directly to the glass. I thought about throwing the glass and all away, but in the future, I may want to use it to display an actual photo so I saved the glass for safe keeping if I need it later.

To remove the picture from the glass, I placed the glass in hot water so I could soak off as much of the photo possible, then scraped the excess with the flat back of a tablespoon. I used Glue-be-Gone to clean the paste residue and did a final cleaning with windex to make it look brand new again. Now both glass pieces and mats are wrapped and stored for possible future use.

I took the frames to the garage after I wiped them down with a washcloth and sprayed it with a few coats of (flat) off white paint and let it dry. That was it. No prep, no long processes, nothing. Just cheapy paint from Walmart – it’s magical stuff. Magical stuff at only $2 a can and in multiple fantastic colors!

Behold:

 

My spray paint technique: 

My first coat is very thin – almost like I “splatter painted” the item. I do not do full coverage with my first coat. I find the faint painting on the first coat gives the remaining coats something to “hold” onto. After the first coat dries, I spray an almost full second coat. I apply a third coat only as needed. Because of the iron material these frames were made from, I did a third coat.

The two frames and their architectural beauty really round out my gallery wall. 


Probably the best $3.99 I’ve ever spent. πŸ˜‰

See the lovely 6 panel “window” frame back there? It was once a (putrid) green colored framed mirror. Thrift shop find. I paid $5. I removed the mirror and revamped the wood frame with, you guessed it, paint. I watered down a little bit of black furniture paint I had on hand and “washed” (wiped) it onto the frame with some paper towel. I went in afterward with a sponge brush to get the crooks and crannies that the towel couldn’t access. Any excess paint was simply wiped away. Some of the green shows through and it looks fantastic. (As you can see in the photo below, I beat the frame up a little bit with nails to create “worm holes” to add some character before applying the thin black paint to the frame.)


I bought this (once ugly) wooden sign at a craft fair that someone hand painted with a slogan and weird checker border. In my defense, it was cute 15 years ago. Fast forward, now, not so much anymore, so I painted it with black chalkboard paint. Now I can change the look whenever I want in just a matter of minutes with chalk!

Paint can be your best friend (it is one of mine)! It is the easiest, cheapest way to make a change; to anything (except humans and animals). Plus, if you don’t like the end result, it easy to do again. So, take a chance and go paint something. Then, share it with me so I can see! 😍

Thanks for reading (and following)!

*Christmas Home Tour*

So there isn’t much to tour. I did not go all out this year. Everything you put up, has to come down so this year a minimalist theme sounded best to me. Also, I know a lot of bloggers have display on top of display. After about a million photos of their creations, I feel a bit deflated (and inadequate). So, maybe you would enjoy a minimalist home “tour” for a change.

**LIVING ROOM**

I love a real tree and so do my husband and kids. But, I hate killing a beautiful tree (and cleaning up its mess). So, this year, we bought a potted tree that we will plant after the holidays (the galvanized tub the tree is sitting in was left at our last home from the previous owner – who was obviously crazy for leaving that beauty behind). I bought the deer heads at Big Lots this year and the greenery surrounding I found at Gordmans. A few stockings (PB) and decor on the mantel (train stocking holders – Target, candle sticks – Gordmans) along with my beautiful rocking horse thrift score (donated by another crazy) and we are good to go.

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**NOOK**

This is the area between the entry and the kitchen that has a table but is not the dining room so I am going with nook. Here I have two artificial trees (thirft finds that were less than $4 each) and some small table decor. I love my Countdown to Christmas warmer from Scentsy fragrance (Christmas Cottage is my favorite fragrance bar). Get your holiday warmers and scents here Kelly Ditsch, Scentsy Independent Consultant while supplies last!

My reindeer and rubbed bronze tealight holder both came from Big Lots two seasons ago.

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**DINING ROOM**

My dining room holds our large artificial tree and primitive wood ornament “signs” I found at Gordmans (I love that store, can you tell? Just wait, there’s more). The Christmas banner on the china hutch I just purchased on Black Friday at Gordmans along with the glittery pinecones and silver ombre battery operated pillars . My jar candle hurricanes that hold the pillars and cones I found at Big Lots two years ago. My glitter boxwood and berry candle wreaths are a thrift find and the silver bubble glass hurricanes were a clearance Gordmans score over the summer.

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That is all for now. I do not intend on adding anything more. (Well, I do have an antique sled out in the garage that has been calling my name, so I better put him out on the porch outside, but beyond that, I am done decking any more halls).

How much do you decorate your home for the holidays? Are you a minimalist, or do you reach for the max?

 

 

~DIY [canvas tote] Throw Pillow~

I am a thrifter. I LOVE finding a good deal on neat, preloved stuff. I found a fantastic wingback chair that originally, someone paid a lot of money for. It needed a good cleaning and a pillow. Cleaning done. Now, pillow.

I searched far and wide for a pillow that I liked to stay on my treasure year round but the selection right now is scarce second hand, and mostly Christmas items brand new sporting price tags of $20+. Not happening. So, after leaving store after store yesterday, I headed home.

Pillowless.

This morning I was hustling my kids out the door for school and laid eyes on my cream colored canvas bag with “hello” painted on it and wondered what I was going to do with it. I love it and knew if it hung on the coat hanger long enough, I would have some grand inspiration on how to put it to good use in my home. I received it as a gift bag carrying neat little treasures from one of my daycare kids for Thanksgiving.

I gawked at it for a couple of minutes and thought, “What am I going to do with this canvas-y pillow material bag?” Suddenly, it HIT me. PILLOW!! Oh, the excitement! And, the perfect ugly pillow came to mind (I had just taken it to the basement yesterday – pre-fabulous chair purchasing)!

So, here is what I used:

Canvas tote, ugly pillow similar in size to tote, thread (matches canvas), needle, and scissors (I had everything on hand. SCORE.)

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So, here is what I did:

1.) Stuff pillow into tote.

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2.) Pinch the opening together keeping tote handles aligned (left pic) then whip stitch with raw edges turned in (right pic). **You could use hot glue instead of stitching, but the durability isn’t there like it is with thread. And, I hate redoing a project because I took a shortcut in the first place. But, if hot glue is what you have on hand and you are in a pinch, go with it.

Note: I left about 1 inch on each end unstitched. I started in the center and stitched toward the outside and ran out of thread. I liked the look, so I went with it. Then with a new piece of thread, I started in the middle again and stitched toward the other side just short of 1 inch.

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3.) Cut tote straps on center. (I cut mine at a bit of an angle like the ends of a fancy bow.)

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4.) Tie straps into bows.

(How I did it: Make straps into rabbit ears and cross, then go around the tree and into the burrow. Pull tight.) πŸ™‚

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5.) Arrange bows as you would like. (I tied both and decided I liked mine covering the stitching best rather than sitting crossways over it.)

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DONE!! Now, ready to display on my “new” old (clean) chair!

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TA-DAH!!!

Don’t you just LOVE it?! I know I do! What did you work on today?