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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How to: String Art

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Supplies Needed to Make Your Own String Art:

small finishing nails
a piece of wood
bakers twine or jute
string art template, sized and printed

Step One:
To create your own string art template, either sketch a simple image that can be filled in with string or create an appropriately sized image using your computer. In the past I have chosen to free hand my letters but it is much easier to tape down your image.

Step Two:
Begin to hammer your nails in place around the outline of your template, if you are using a board. If you are using something softer and can just push your nails or pins in place, you may want to use a bit of glue to hold each in place when you begin to knot your string art. If you are wrapping burlap or fabric around your board, that will need to be done and in place before you add any nails or pins.

Step Three:
Once you have finished placing the nails in the outline of your template, carefully peel off the paper.

Step Four:
Begin your string with a double knot. Once it is pulled tight and will not slip, trim the tail.

Step Five:
There is a wide variety of very neat shapes and string art designs that can be achieved with you can skip nails, go back and forth, etc there are many techniques. Keep going back and forth until your string art is sufficiently filled in. You may want to trace around the edge of your shape with your twine at the beginning or end to make sure your shape is adequately outlined. Finish with another double knot, trimming the end once it is tied in place.

TA DA!!

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 |

There’s an app for that: Ink Cards

I absolutely love sending and receiving mail! I don’t know how it took me so long to discover the app, Ink Cards but last month I downloaded the app and I have been hooked ever since. This app lets you mail chic and personalized greeting cards directly from your IPhone to your recipient’s doorstep. How easy and convenient is that?

It’s cheap too, only $1.99 a card!

Start by choosing from over a hundred customizable designs and add any photo you would like depending on the layout of the design you choose. Next, select the quantity you need and pay for postage. That’s it! Your unique card is mailed out in 3-7 business days. This will be super convenient for Birthdays, Holidays and around Christmas time.

Below are some of the ones I have already sent:

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More of my favorite apps:

| Snapstagram | TinyBooks | Liketoknowit.com |

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 |

Patio Herb Garden

Summertime is all about grilling, hanging out with friends and family, and enjoying time outdoors. One of my favorite things trending right now is DIY herb gardens for small balconies and patios.

Whether it’s growing vegetables for cooking or showing off colorful flowers in flower boxes, apartment dwellers are really getting into the gardening spirit! This week I planted my own little herb garden on the balcony of our condo. I’ll have all the fresh herbs I need to cook with on hand just walking out to my balcony and grabbing a few sprigs of basil, tomatoes, jalepeno, cilantro and mint to add to my dishes.



  

Check out more of my DIY projects HERE!

A Dresser Makeover: Annie Sloan

Happy Tuesday! Ever since the warm weather hit I have been super productive with projects around the condo. I decided last week to redo all of the bedroom furniture in our spare bedroom from a light wood to Annie Sloan Old White Chalk paint.

I didn’t do any distressing to this piece or any cool color combos that a lot of people do. I just used the color Old White (with the clear wax) and it’s so pretty I think. It’s a nice crisp white. I also didn’t change out the dresser pulls yet. There’s 21  of them to replace, so once this room starts coming together more I may change them up, but for now i just put the old ones back on giving it a vintage feel.

 

Supply List for Chalk Paint Projects:

1 quart chalk paint $34.95
1 Sanding Block $3.97
rags $2.09
Wax $4.99-24.95

Reasons I love the chalk paint:

It dries SUPER fast
Eco-friendly
Cleans up with water
Cleans out of our brushes WAY easier
Comes in gorgeous, original colors
Distresses beautifully
Adheres to any surface, no prep work like sanding

Check out more posts from around the condo that you may have missed:

| Two chairs and a Table | Friday Favorites: Home Decor | Rustic Frame Collage |