DIY: Crate Side Table

Jake and I were pondering what we were going to do about the in table situation in the living room. The space looks so bare now that we have taken down the Christmas tree that we needed something to fill that spot. After hunting on Pinterest I found a few ideas on making a table out of crates. I loved the idea of having wood crates painted white  to go with the space so I went on a search for some crates. I found the crates at Michaels for $22.99 each, not including the 40% off coupon! These crates were the perfect size and shape however looked way too new. Combining various techniques I found online, I gave the wood a worn white, reclaimed look. This was super easy to do with most of the supplies found in our home already.

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Christmas Decor

I’ve always treasured the month of December, since it encapsulates so many things I love and value—spending time with family, long cozy nights, baking, the list goes on. One of my favorite parts of December is putting up the tree and decorating the condo for the Holidays. Here is a sneak peak of all of the decorations so far.

Have a great week!

Printable Christmas Sayings $2.99

Target Holiday Rug $8.99

Lit Copper Joy Sign $25.00

Red Throw Blanket $17.99

Set of 2 Reindeer Pillows $13.99

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Amazon: Farmhouse Decor

I absolutely LOVE Rustic Farmhouse Decor! My entire condo is filled with it from head to toe. I have slowly started showing you guys more and more of my home decor! Now I want to share with you where you can purchase some of these fabulous products at affordable prices!

I have a Blanket Ladder in my living room! It is great for housing blankets or magazines and also works well in a bathroom for towels! The White Pitcher is perfect on your counter top for storing utensils and the compass pillow would look great on anyone’s chair or couch!

| Barnwood Ladder $22.90 | Compass Pillow $2.99 | Ceramic White Pitcher $15.99|

Distressed Metal Chairs are on my TO BUY list! Seriously I am dying to replace my current dining room chairs with these beauties, how cute? I love the metal wire baskets for storage and how awesome is this metal windmill clock?

| Distressed Chairs $54.99 | Windmill Clock $18.97 | Metal Storage Basket $13.52 |

This bread box would look amazing in a kitchen with the shutter chalkboard displaying the menu for a week! I love the tin letters I have the E.A.T on my bar cart. Jake thinks he is funny always rearranging them to say “ate” and “tea”.

There are tons of ways to incorporate unique rustic farmhouse items into your everyday home decor but these are just some of my favorite ways to get started!

| BreadBox $43.17 | Chalkboard w/ Shutters $32.99 | Tin Letters $13.50 |

Check out how to DIY home decor to save money:

| Sunburst Mirror | Rustic Frame Collage | Rake Wine Rack |

Recycled Craft: Rake Wine Rack

Over the weekend my parents were getting ready to toss out an old rake that they had from their garage. Before tossing it my mom mentioned seeing some DIY projects on Pinterest and asked if I wanted to keep it. After looking searching online I found that people had used the end part for all sorts of home decorating and decided to give it a shot.

It’s so simple just use the end part of a metal vintage rake in your bar/kitchen area to hang wine glasses. The stem of the wine glass fits between the prongs to hang them easily. Simply paint it out in a color of your choice or keep it rusty like I chose to!

This could also be repurposed for organizing garden tools, kitchen utensils or even displaying jewelry.  What a great idea. Anyway, I like its rusty patina and I’m sure it would make a nice addition to the decor of your lovely home as well!

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Check out more DIY home decor ideas here:

| Sunburst Mirror Open Frame Collage | Jewelry Holder |

Currently Craving: Wallpaper

I adore a fabulous wallpaper, the modern prints are a fantastic way to add texture, glamour, or drama with a colorful or metallic pattern to any room in your house. Compared to stenciling, wallpaper is more expensive but can really change the entire look of a room. I cannot wait to get a house next Spring and start decorating each room.

I fell in love with the floral wall papers after seeing it on Monika Hibb’s Oh So Sweet Nursery tour, is that not the cutest nursery you have ever seen? Those pink and peach tones are insanely cute! I would love to do a floral patterned print somewhere in our house whether it’s an office, a bathroom or a spare bedroom.

Check out some of my favorite wallpaper decorating from around the web for each room in your home:

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| Office Wallpaper |

laundry room

| Laundry Room Wallpaper |

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| Nursery Wallpaper |

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| Living Room Wallpaper |

wallpaper bathroom

| Bathroom Wallpaper |

little girl room

| Girl’s Room wallpaper |

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| Entry Way Wallpaper |

My favorite wallpaper textiles:

Caitlin Wilson, Etsy, Spoonflower

Decorating Jealousies

Happy Tuesday!

After weeks of packing, traveling, and readjusting to the time difference, this was the first week in a while where I felt the pace return back to normal. It’s great to be back into a normal routine and back to a normal schedule.

Now that our bags are unpacked and our laundry is finally done, I’m looking forward to yet another weekend away at Brown County with my family. We’re heading to Nashville, IN for a weekend getaway full of drinking, shopping, hiking and being outdoorsy. Have a good week and check out my five decorating jealousies from around the web:

 

What you may have missed:

| How to use Chalk Paint | DIY Sunburst Mirror | Decorate with a Vintage Ladder |

DIY Sunburst Mirror

I  jumped on the sunburst mirror bandwagon but couldn’t believe how much these were costing from the stores. Being way out of my price range like the one below, I decided to get on Pinterest and look up how to DIY one myself.

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I’ve been on a quest to furnish and decorate our condo in the most inexpensive way possible since it’s not our permanent home.

You’ve seen these mirrors, right? They’re EVERYWHERE right now. On all the blogs. All over Pinterest. What I love about these mirrors is that they may be on trend right now, but they also have a classic look that you could have on your walls for many, many years.

 

Cost breakdown:

mirror: $6.00 for a pack of two off of Amazon (but you could find one even cheaper at Dollar Tree )
3 packs of bamboo skewers: $3
gold spray paint: $7
hot glue + glue gun: already had
Total project $16!

I know it’s not perfect, but neither were the shape of the bamboo sticks that make up the mirror. Each stick sort of bends in its own direction, so it was a chore to get them to lay in a semi-straight pattern.
I kind of love the fact that it’s not perfect- it gives the mirror lots of dimension and personality 🙂

What do you think? Do you love the sunburst mirror trend?

More decor Ideas you may have missed:

| Home Office Decor | Pops of Pink | Bar CartsVintage Ladder Decor |

 

Chalk Paint Project Part 2

By now most of you have seen and heard all the rage with Annie Sloan Chalk paint. Not to be confused with chalkboard paint. It’s a completely different product although it has a chalky, matte finish to it. I have done several projects besides these two and I have always been happy with the end result!

One tip I found along the way is that the chalk paint is very thick so I added a little water before starting the second coat.

Another technique I want to try sometime is using two colors. After applying the first coat, lightly brush a second color on top, or distress it to let some of the bottom color show through, creating a layered look.

My favorite Annie Sloan color so far that I have used is the Old White it is a lot more vintage. I am already excited about doing more projects!

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What do you think? I’m very, very happy with both dressers. Eventually I will change out the hardware but until we move out of our condo I decided to put the old hardware back on. I intended for the grey to be a little darker so there would be more contrast with the grey wall, but I do really love the paris grey color and the old white.

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| Framed Letter Wall Decor Wall Jewelry Organizer |

Tissue Covered Luminaries | Earring Bracelets | Homemade Laundry Soap |