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4 In Christmas/ DIY/ Home Decor/ How To/ Winter

DIY Mini Christmas Wreaths from the Target Dollar Spot

Christmas Wreath Chair Backs

Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa-la-la-la, la-la-la-la!  Christmas decorating season is officially here!  This is seriously the most wonderful, magical time of year.  I just LOVE decorating our home for the holidays.  If I could pull it off, every single room in our house would be decorated.  I’m not quite at that expert level yet… but maybe one day!

I was looking to incorporate more Christmas decor into our kitchen, and I loved the idea of tying wreaths onto all the backs of our chairs.  Real boxwood wreaths can be a bit pricey, so for my fellow pals on a budget, this DIY project is just for you.

Here’s what you’ll need to create DIY Mini Christmas Wreaths…

DIY Boxwood Wreaths

Materials

  • Wired Boxwood Garland –  I purchased mine from Target Dollar Spot but here’s a similar option from Amazon
  • Ribbon of your choice
  • Scissors

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6 In DIY/ Furniture/ Home Decor/ How To

How to Build a DIY Wood Mirror Frame

How To Build Wooden Mirror Frame

Everyone has one.  A plain, basic, full-length mirror that’s doing nothing for  your home decor game.  It’s time to step it up buttercup, and give this mirror a makeover.  In this DIY post, I’ll show you how to build a rustic wooden mirror frame.

Materials Needed

*** Tip: Make sure that when you purchase your boards that they are all the exact same width.  Even though all three were labeled the same size, one was slightly smaller which made it more difficult later on for us.  Also, be sure that all the boards lay flat to the ground and they aren’t warped at all. 

Instructions

1. The mirror I started with featured a thick, plastic frame.  First, I removed the paper backing and then started to pull away the supporting pieces that were held in with staples.  Once that was completed, I used the flip side of the hammer to hook on to the frame and carefully pull the frame off of the mirror.  You must go super slow and be patient!  If you break the mirror during this step, there’s no going back!  It might also be a good idea to wear protective eye wear during this step.  The pieces can pop and fly off. 

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2 In Home Decor/ How To/ interior design/ Tips and Tricks

6 Ways to Style Spindles

How To Style Spindles

A few weeks ago, I ran into my friend, Kari, at the Main Street Market hosted by Urban Farmgirl in Rockford.  She had purchased a beautiful set of white, chippy spindles from Trove Vintage.    We were chatting about all the fun ways she would be able to style them within her home.  Then LIGHT BULB… it hit me!  What a perfect idea for a blog post.  In the hopes of providing some decor inspiration for your home, here are six ways to style spindles.

Spindles In Dough Bowl

1.  Place within a dough bowl or old toolbox.

If you’re looking for something to fill up a decorative bowl of any kind, you can add in your chippy paint spindles.  You can keep it plain and simple or incorporate other filler as well.

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1 In Fall/ Home Decor/ How To/ interior design/ The Best

6 Ways to Transition Your Summer Home with Fall Decor

Transition Summer Fall Home Decor

I can feel a slight chill in the air, and it makes me so pumped because I know fall is just around the corner.  Apple pickin’, pumpkin patches, PSLs and football tailgates… fall is just the best season out there!  On top of all that, fall decor is just the best.  Every year it seems like it gets earlier and earlier when we see the upcoming seasonal decor hitting the shelves.  I know there are some haters out there… but I LOVE it.  It gets me so excited!

I know it’s early… and maybe some of you don’t have fall on the brain quite yet, but it will be here before we know it.  So I just wanted to throw a few ideas out there to get you thinking about how to transition your summer-styled home with fall decor…

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22 In DIY/ Furniture/ Home Decor/ How To/ Tips and Tricks

DIY Project: How To Build Pipe Shelves

DIY Industrial Pipe Shelves

Have you been on a desperate search to find the perfect industrial shelving unit to fit your space?  I’ve got you… search no longer!  With this quick and easy tutorial, you can build the perfect DIY pipe shelves.

It takes a little time, patience, some elbow grease and the supplies below…

Supplies

  •  Power drill
  •  Stud finder
  •  Two (per shelf) 3/4 in. diameter black iron floor flange fitting
  •  Two (per shelf) 3/4 in. diameter black iron cap fitting
  •  Two (per shelf)  3/4 in. 10 in. black pipe nipple
  •  Wooden Plank (one per shelf)
  •  Level
  • #6 Drywall Screws, 2 in. in black
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

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5 In Hobby Lobby/ Home Decor/ How To/ interior design/ Tips and Tricks

5 Ways to Style a Tobacco Basket

How To Decorate Tobacco Baskets

Lately I’ve been seeing tobacco baskets popping up all over the place.  They can be a great way to incorporate farmhouse flair into your home.  Even if the farmhouse trend isn’t your thing, it can serve as a way to incorporate natural wood elements into your interior design.

If you’re looking to purchase the real thing from an antique store, it’s going to set you back a couple hundred dollars.  Maybe you can snag one at a barn sale or a flea market for less.  But lucky for those of us on a budget, you can find replica tobacco baskets from Hobby Lobby, Amazon and Decor Steals from time to time.

Once you get your hands on one… how do you decorate with a tobacco basket?  Here are 5 simple ways you can style a tobacco basket within your home.

  1.  Hang on a wall. 

I’d say this is the most popular way I’ve seen tobacco baskets used.  You can hang on a wall just the basket itself to keep it simple.  Or you can attach some faux florals or include multiple baskets to display as a form of wall art.

2.  Use as a tray. 

Looking for the perfect focal piece for your coffee table?  Why not use a tobacco basket as a tray to hold a few decorative items like books, candles and flowers.  You can even make it more practical by adding in your TV remote or pretty coasters.

Style Tobacco Basket

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3 In Bedroom/ DIY/ Furniture/ Home Decor/ How To/ interior design/ Tips and Tricks

DIY Project: How to Chalk Paint a Mirror

About a month ago, my bestie, Morgan, moved into an apartment in Chicago.  She wanted her new space to feel cozy and comfortable without having to spend a lot of money.  She’s currently in grad school so keeping it cheap was a must!  She expressed the need for a get-ready station in her bedroom since she shares one small bathroom with her roommate.  We looked all over for a simple vanity that would fit the space.  The ones we found were either too expensive or just not quite right.  So instead, we decided to refinish some old furniture pieces that she already had using chalk paint.

We spruced up the small table by using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite with Annie Sloan Soft Wax in Clear over the top.  For the technique we used, just check out this past blog post… Transforming a Garage Sale Find with Chalk Paint.

For the mirror, here’s what we did…

Supplies

 

Instructions

  1.  Start off with an old mirror you’re looking to transform.  We used this old gaudy gold mirror pictured below or a wooden frame could work as well.

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2.  Brush the edges of the mirror off with a dust rag to insure you’re starting with a clean surface.

3.  Use the painter’s tape to create a rectangle around the outer edge where the mirror meets the frame.  Be sure to take your time and get as close to the edge of the frame as possible.  This will insure a clean edge between the painted frame and the mirrored surface.  You will be taping right on the mirror’s surface.

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3 In Bedroom/ DIY/ Furniture/ Home Decor/ How To/ Tips and Tricks

DIY Project: How to Build a Barnwood Headboard

I absolutely love long weekends.  I just feel like you can be so much more productive while still leaving time for some fun and relaxation.  This 4th of July weekend was no exception.  Between concerts and pool parties, I still had the opportunity to take a trip to the Kane County Flea Market.

I brought along my bestie who was a flea market virgin.  It’s safe to say she thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and we’ll definitely be heading back again soon.  While at the flea market, we picked up some reclaimed barnwood from a local vendor for a big time DIY project.  Her and I have been talking about taking on building a headboard for some time now.  Originally we thought we wanted to use pallet wood, but when we saw the beautiful, gray-weathered barnwood, we knew that it would be just perfect.

Now, I must say, the thought of creating a headboard can be fairly intimidating just based on the sheer size of the project alone.  But honestly, the form and design is fairly straightforward so this can be a very simple DIY as long as you have access to all the tools you need.  So if you’re looking to give your bedroom a rustic refresh, this is for you!

  Materials

  • Salvaged barn wood
  • 160 grit sand paper discs
  • Wood Screws (we used 1.5 in., but this will depend on the thickness of your wood)
  • (2) 1 in. x 6 in. x 6 ft. Common Board
  • Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish – clear satin
  • (4) 2″ bolts with 5/8 hex nut (optional)

Tools

  • Power drill
  • Orbital sander
  • Circular saw
  • Protective eyewear and mask

Instructions

  1.  First, you’ll want to determine the desired width of your headboard.  I’ve listed the standard widths for each bed size here:

Twin  39 inches

Twin XL 39 inches

Full  54 inches

Full XL 54 inches

Queen 60 inches

King 76 inches

California King 72 inches

For my queen headboard, I decided to go with 62 inches wide leaving just an inch on each side.  Luckily for me, the barnwood I got measured perfectly.  If it’s too long, you’ll need to measure, mark and saw to your desired size.

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6 In Home Decor/ How To/ Tips and Tricks/ Uncategorized

Tips for Pretty Shelf Styling

 

723F989F-E25B-43AB-8A3B-FA17A8BF3492A few weeks back I posted a shelfie (yes, that’s a thing… shelf+selfie) which got quite a bit of action on Instagram. So it got me thinking that this might be a great topic for a blog post… pretty shelf styling.

Now, I am not a professional designer and by no means do I follow a firm set of rules. What I think is most important about styling your home is picking out what you love and what speaks to you.

Here’s just a few tips that I have found helpful when setting up your shelving.

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