Calling all Joanna Gaines wanna be’s… are you dying for the look of shiplap, but not ready to commit to the real thing? Do you currently live in a rental where you can make any changes to your living space? Or maybe you don’t have access to an arsenal of power tools at your disposal. For me, I’m the queen of indecisiveness so it’s hard for me to make a big time commitment to any design trend. The thought of destroying a whole wall of drywall for something I might not like in the future makes me a little leary.
My IG buddy Amanda @houseoncanal has this AMAZING shiplap wall in her home. When I asked her about it, she told me it wasn’t even real, and I couldn’t believe it! It was peel and stick wallpaper! After that, I was sold. I knew this DIY project wouldn’t be easy, but it would be well worth it to get the “Fixer Upper” look. Here’s how to apply shiplap wallpaper…
Happy New Year y’all! Feels so good to be back… I took a mini-break during the holiday season, and I’m so excited to kickoff the new year with a fun DIY project. As we say goodbye to Christmas decor, it’s now the perfect time to transition to some winter decor. I don’t know about you… but my house was feeling pretty darn bare after taking down all of the Christmas goodness. So if you’re looking for ways to add a wintery feel to your home, some DIY fake snowballs can totally do the trick. These DIY fake snowballs make a great vase filler, you can even add them to any farmhouse tray, wire basket or even a dough bowl. Throw in some faux evergreen sprays for that extra snow season kick.
- Styrofoam balls, various sizes (after testing both the textured and smooth, I found textured to look more realistic)
- Fake snow flakes
- White craft paint
- Mod Podge Matte
- White/Clear glitter
- Foam paint brush
- Empty box
- First, to get started, you’ll want to stick your toothpick through the styrofoam ball to give you a place to hold onto it. Using the white craft paint, generously paint each ball white.
2. Once you get a ball painted, then go ahead and stick the toothpick through the bottom of an empty box to create a place to hold all the drying snowballs.
3. After letting them dry for a few hours, you’re ready for the sparkle! Apply a generous layer of Mod Podge and roll the snowball around in a mixture of fake snowflakes and glitter. I also heard that adding epsom salt to the mix is a good way to give an item a realistic icey look.
4. Then just stick the toothpicks within the balls back in the empty box. Let them dry overnight, and that’s it! Now you can style them within your home however you’d like!
Such a simple DIY to create your own winter decor! Will you be decorating your home for winter this year? How about Valentine’s Day?
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…
- Wired Boxwood Garland – I purchased mine from Target Dollar Spot but here’s a similar option from Amazon
- Ribbon of your choice
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.
*** 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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
- 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)
- #6 Drywall Screws, 2 in. in black
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
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.
- 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.
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…
- 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.
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.
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!
- 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)
- Power drill
- Orbital sander
- Circular saw
- Protective eyewear and mask
- 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.