Whoa. How did almost a year go by without me posting anything?! SO sorry about that. Life has actually been pretty hectic over the course of a year. Tom and I finally got married May 28, of this year. It was literally the best.day.ever. We had such a good time, and a honeymoon to Belize the week after, was a pretty spectacular way to spend our summer. Of course planning the wedding was super stressful, and that kicked into high gear once the start of 2017 had rolled around.
Aside from that, my Etsy shop has really taken off recently so a lot of my free time has been devoted to that as well. I've added a new page on my site here that links you directly to my shop if you are interested in perusing gorgeous vintage home decor! I update the Etsy shop almost weekly so be sure to check back for new vintage finds.
Also, if you noticed on the sidebar of this site, I added link buttons to my Instagram and Pinterest pages. I post most frequently on Instagram with home decor inspo, and my latest vintage home goods finds, if you'd like to follow along!
I'm back today with a quick little refresh of some old Halloween decor I've had for awhile. This year I am not so much interested in going with the typical orange and red decor scheme for fall. Neutrals are totally calling my name this year. Anyone can tackle this project. It only took me about 30 minutes to complete!
All of my painting projects I start by wiping down the item to be painted with rubbing alcohol. This lets you start with a totally clean surface so the spray paint will adhere.
Once the rubbing alcohol has dried you are ready to paint.
Make sure your surface you are spraying on is covered if you do not want it and surrounding areas to be painted as well.
Start spraying in small strokes. You can always go back and spray again later!
You do not want to spray paint the whole item in one fell swoop. This will leave you with unevenness and drips.
I like to give it one light coat, wait 10 minutes for it to dry, and then continue with a second coat.
This item I ended up doing about 3 coats of paint on. Probably would've been only 2 if it hadn't been as windy outside as it was.
It will take a lot of will power for me to not spray everything in our house with this silver paint!
Hope you all enjoy your week!
Stay tuned for hopefully more posting soon <3
For me this summer flew by way too fast! I can't believe fall is here yet again and now there are only 8 months until our wedding. Over the summer we were able to go up to my family's cottage to take some "non" professional engagement pictures that turned out better than expected thanks to my parents. Other than that, my time was spent doing small projects around the house. One of which, was painting our powder room bathroom a dramatic shade or dark gray/green which totally transformed the look for little money. We love how it turned out, and now can check one room off the list as being complete.
Since the powder room has no windows it is pretty difficult to photograph, but most of my photos look true to the actual color, which is Quarry Rock by Benjamin Moore color matched at my local Ace Hardware to their Clark and Kensington brand of paint. It did take two coats of paint to get full coverage color over the basic white that was there before. My plan is to add a large framed black and white landscape photo of my own to the main wall when you walk into the room. It will just take me some time to find the right frame, since I want it to be pretty large and matted.
Hopefully I can start posting more again as we complete more projects around the house. Selling on Etsy has kept me busy as well. I'll share some photos of current listings because they really blend well with what I have going on in my own home decor. My motto for buying and selling is that I always buy stuff that I would keep in my home because in the off chance it does not sell, it will have to stay at our home somewhere and I need to be happy with how it looks :)
*The paint colors in the first photo in order are: Quarry Rock (BM); Grant Beige (BM); Revere Pewter (BM); Pure White (SW).*
Up close of the sink-Towel from Homegoods; Brass vase is vintage
Mirror is from Kohls
Wooden leaves are from Burlington
Revere Pewter paint color is seen on the foremost wall in the laundry room. Grant Beige paint color is seen in the hallway. Finally, Quarry Rock paint color is the new color in the powder room bathroom.
As promised, below you can find some current Etsy listings of mine to help you achieve a similar look in your own home! Follow the embedded links to shop these styles!
Dark and moody chinoiserie style serving bowl:
Brass tone tea light candle holders to add some metallic:
Some color like my blue and white hand towel to bring some liveliness to a space:
Wow, I haven't updated the blog in what feels like ages. Over the winter I made a lot of progress on house projects including painting two bathrooms, organizing and getting the den situation figured out. The den is what is pictured above. The room has been a work in progress for some time, but I finally feel like I've found it's purpose which for right now, is my reading room and a place to store my Etsy goods!
Speaking of, my Etsy shop has also been taking up a lot of my time. It quickly has become like a second job for me, which I don't mind! A lot of my time is spent finding good picking places to find unique items to stock, and then photographing and listing everything for sale. On the flip side, it also takes up a good amount of time once something sells in order to pack it very carefully and get it safely shipped out.
I hope to be updating the blog more frequently considering I received a new Nikon DSLR for my birthday from Tom. It's amazing! It will definitely take some getting used to, coming from only taking pictures with an iPhone!
I still need to get some good photographs of the bathrooms to put up here. In the meantime, I also need to decide what to put over the settee in the den. I have two old windows that I've been sitting with for three years now. I think one may look really cool behind the settee. See below:
Hopefully by my next post I will have made a decision about that! Until then, feel free to check out my Etsy shop (link on the right side of the page) I try to frequently update with awesome vintage decor pieces! :)
One more thing, I mentioned Tom got me a sweet birthday present, but I forgot I hadn't posted since before Christmas. Since then, we got engaged! Our wedding is set for May 2017 <3
I thought it would be cool to post up pictures of the Christmas decor in our home each year to see how it changes (or doesn't) over time! This year we purchased a new faux Christmas tree, due to the real tree fiasco we had last year. Not a single needle was left on our Frasier fir at the end of the season...they were all on the floor! You would hear needles twinkling off the tree onto the carpet as you walked by or breathed on the tree or really even if you just looked at it, the needles would fall off! Ha! So, I love our new flocked tree this year. We got it for a reasonable price at Menards. Without further adieu, the rest of the pictures!
Below is our little cabinet in the foyer:
Looking into the foyer from the living room. The large octagonal mirror was my favorite estate sale find ever!
The little reindeer on the door came from Homegoods. The pinecones were found at the Christmas tree farm last year.
This is a mirrored tray that sits on the coffee table:
This small tree used to be my Nana's, so I kept all of the ornaments on it that she used to put on it!
The top right picture I included in the first image in this post is a peak of what I have in the den, which I will get posted up sometime next week!
I have a quick little post for today about a quick and easy DIY project!
The thought of turning a tomato cage into a Christmas tree came to me while my mom was telling me about how she wanted to throw out her old garland. I don't have any pictures of the process since it is a pretty straightforward project.
All you will need is some garland (preferably free), tomato cage (also preferably free), and optional lights and decor.
Invert the tomato cage and start wrapping the garland around it until it resembles a tree : ) You may have to use thin craft wire for more support holding the garland to the cage.
Proceed to add lights or whatever decorations you like! I added a brick inside the base of mine to hold it down since I have it sitting on our front porch next the front door. I figured it might need some stability in case it got windy. It's been outside for a week now and has held up great!
I hope to be back this week to post a home tour with all our Christmas decor : )
With the cooler weather that fall has brought, I've felt the need to make our home cozier! Which means DIY projects I've had in the back of my mind for awhile will hopefully get done. This project started randomly one day when I opened the closet and saw this picture that I had been holding onto, but hadn't had an idea for yet. Well, it ended up being the perfect size for the empty space above the coat closet in the foyer. Initially, I was going to make it into a 'welcome' sign, but since you can't really see it straight on when you enter the house, I didn't think it made much sense. Then, I remembered some number stencils I had won from a blog giveaway, which spurred my idea for the "EST." sign. The whole project was really simple and I think it makes a nice impact, where there was just an empty space before.
The picture started out as being this barn art, which honestly is cute, but does not fit in with the colors/style of the house. So, I figured if I ever get sick of the chalkboard the art will still be under the glass ;-)
My first step was to strip the dark green paint off the frame, in hopes the wood underneath would be a light colored natural wood. For the stripping, I used Citristrip chemical stripper which was really simple to use. I brushed it on with a foam paintbrush from the dollar store, and let it sit for about 10 minutes, then started wiping off with a rag. Next time, I will probably use a different type of brush to paint it on since it started melting my foam brush which got a little messy. I had to repeat this process a few times to get all the paint off.
After, it was all stripped I used some wood polish, just since the stripper does dry the wood out a bit. Next, I taped it off, and painted on the chalkboard paint using a foam brush. Again, I don't think I'd use a foam brush again, since it seemed more streaky than when I had previously used a regular bristle paint brush.
The photo above is the finished sign hanging in its place above the coat closet. I did not have letter stencils so I had to freehand the 'est.', and used a stencil for the numbers, which I really like the look of.
I have definitely jumped on the shiplap/ wood plank wall bandwagon, and finally have one to call my own! I love how crisp white painted planks look on walls and ceilings. I decided we needed to plank something in our house and figured the small hallway wall between the laundry room and powder room was the perfect candidate! This was a super easy super cheap project that probably took us about 5 hours give or take (including a trip to Home Depot). I think it helped make this spot in the hallway look finished. I use to have a small cabinet in the corner next to the wall that I now moved to a corner in the dining room where it is much more functional. Here is the beauty:
We still need to add some trim to the corners and crown moulding at the top. I also want to paint the hall walls the same color as the kitchen, Grant Beige by Benjamin Moore.
Some closer up shots of the shelf/ birch wood. I ordered the birch branches off eBay since I could not find any locally that were the taller height that I wanted. They actually are from Wisconsin, which made them that much more special to me! I wanted something taller since the ceilings are 9ft. tall, and something smaller might have looked squatty, I think!
This link shows the Menards project page for the planks we used. They are 8ft L x 5" W x 0.5" Thick. They sit perfectly on our small baseboards, which is another reason why I love them! https://www.menards.com/main/paint/paneling-planking/planking/prefinished-planking/pre-finished-planking-white-1-2d-x-5-1-8w-x-8l/p-1786942-c-8185.htm?tid=6791017722071655231
For this project we had to cut the 8ft boards down to 3ft sections using a jig saw. To attach them to the wall we used small brad nails that were long enough to go through the wall and the board, but with a small enough head to be concealed by the boards. They have instructional pamphlets next to the planks at the store which explain how to hammer the nails at an angle into the 'tongue' part of the board so the next board 'groove' will sit on top and hide the nail heads. This was definitely easier than expected which we loved!
Here are a couple updates from around our house. Now that fall is approaching, I hope to have more time to post on here! We still have some things planned to do outside like finally finish and touch-up the deck stain, and add a small wire fence in the woods behind our house. We had a white vinyl privacy fence installed over the summer and we love it. More importantly, our dog loves it because now he has the whole yard to roam around in, without the leash! We left the back open without fencing because we like having a view of the woods and no neighbors in our backyard, but would still like to have some reassurance that animals like coyotes can't sneak up on our dog! The first couple of photos I have are of my potted flowers on the front porch which have been growing at an insane rate-love them.
This next photo is of a small hallway we have going from the kitchen towards the laundry room on the left and the powder room on the right. Previously, I had a small black cabinet tucked in the corner that holds some of our random stuff like garbage bags, etc. The last time we were in Wisconsin, we stopped at an Amish woodworking shop new to the area that we usually frequent. The nicest Amish man showed us around his impressive shop and had a few handmade pieces for sale including this little shelf which I had to have! I love the natural color of the wood, and the story behind it.
The canvas was a HomeGoods find, which I think makes a much better statement than the little cabinet that was in this space before!
I have big plans for this wall aka white painted wood planks! The rest of the photos are from the dining room where I moved the little cabinet to-a more central location with easy access. I definitely want to re-style it, but for now moving it there worked.
We have been getting so much rain around here lately, which has not been conducive to summer fun, but very good for the plants! I just took some pictures today to show how some of the flowers are doing so far. On a different note, our privacy fence installation is scheduled for this week, which I am excited for! Finally Biggie will be able to roam the yard with out a leash!
Rose of Sharon: Just bloomed two days ago.
Hanging basket from Menards:
Hostas lining the walkway:
Over the weekend my mom and I stopped by a new subdivision in our town that just recently started getting developed. There were a few homes there being shown in the Parade of Homes tour. We had planned on stopping only by one builders' home which we were interested in seeing. We ended up stopping at all three being shown! I wish I had taken more pictures, but here are a few pictures of some of my favorite features of one house that we looked at. I noticed in all three homes that they all had white kitchens, built-in cubby walls near the garage entrance, and waist-height bathroom vanities. Oh and an abundance of beautiful white trim. The following photos are all from a house built by Diamond Peak Homes.
This is the amazing wood-look fiberglass entry door.
This is a cute little corner of landscaping, with a large outcropping stone that I would like to mimic in our own landscaping.
This is the dining area with beautiful white chunky trim that I think will look perfect in our own dining room.
The first barn door style I've actually seen implemented in a real house. If I had space for one, I would totally love to have one!
All of the doors in this home were solid painted wood Craftsman style, which I absolutely love the look of. Details like that really finish the house, in my opinion.
Possibly my favorite part of the house was the crown moulding. It was refreshingly simple, but really made an impact on all of the rooms. I hope we are able to get something similar for some of our rooms.
"Decorate Purposefully, DIY Frugally" is my motto for helping turn our newly constructed house into a home. This is where I document the home projects my fiance and I are tackling along with our fur-baby bulldog!