Rustic Floating Shelf

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This project was done at my sisters home but I might just have to find a place for a shelf like this in mine. When my sister first told me her plan to liven up this little area, I wasn’t sure how hard it would be. It turned out to be a pretty straight forward project so if your temped to try your own floating shelf go for it!

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We began by getting all of our wood from homedepot. A pretty simple task except when you have two four year olds and a crazy two year old in tow. After scrutinizing all the wood and being saved by an episode of paw patrol on my sisters phone,  we made it out with our boards and some of our sanity still intact. We ended up using eight inch wide boards for the shelf and 6 inch wide boards for the wall attachment. We had our pieces roughly cut to size in store but ended up needing to make some small cuts at home to get things to line up just right.

With the kids secured in the giant playpen (also known as a trampoline) we  assembled the five boards that made up the box that would be our floating shelf. I should mention we pre-drilled holes for our screws which helped prevent splitting.

The mounting board was 6ft long and fit right inside of our shelf. We added horizontal boards to support the shelf when it was attached to the wall. My sister was smart enough to go and mark where the studs would be so we didn’t locate any of the braces in the way of its mounting.

With our two pieces complete we sanded the outside of the shelf to even thing out. It also helps the stain evenly absorb so don’t skip this step if your making your own shelf. Next came my favorite part, roughing up the edges! We used the sander at an angle to add some nicks and texture to the shelf’s edges and finally applied the stain.

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While our shelf dried, we located the studs and installed the mounting board in place. We made sure to hit at least three studs along the way to give the shelf some extra strength and stability!

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When the shelf was finally dry (or at least dry enough to carry in as we just couldn’t wait to see it up) we simply slipped it onto the mounting board and secured it with two screws.

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The end result was beaituful!

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Table, Chairs, and a Chandelier: Take Two

In our home we have a eat in kitchen and no dinning room. While I didn’t hate the before I’ve been waiting to change it up and finally had the chance. A new table, chairs, and light fixture finally brought everything together and made the space feel larger and more welcoming to guest.

Originally when we moved in we brought with out counter height table and chairs set. While it worked ok, the height made the space feel smaller and we were never able to seat more than six people. I replaced the table with one I bought off swap and shop and the chairs I picked up for free. Both needed a bit of TLC but in the end were the perfect fit.

(Take a look at my DIY section for more information on all the work that went into them.)

In addition to switching out the table and chairs, I also switched out the light fixture that came with our home for something a little more fun. Nothing makes a house shine light new lighting (no pun intended…seriously I didn’t even catch it until editing).

I absolutely love my new chandelier and I think it added just the right amount of glitz. After a little shopping, some hard work, and some finishing touches, I finally have a welcoming area to feed friends and family.

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Fun fact: After selling my old set and light and purchasing the new items, I actually ended up making $20 on this entire project!

*Here’s the break down: I sold my old set for $250 and my old light fixture for $40 bringing in $290. I then purchased my table for $50, got my chairs for free, and spent $200 on my new chandelier. While I had some supplies on hand, I did have to  purchase polyurethane,a brush, and sand paper so in then end I spent a total of $270.

 

Farm House Table: Before and After

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I’ve always wanted to build my own farm house table but when I found this fantastic One for just $50 I decided I’d start with refinish one instead!

imageI started out by sanding off the current finish leaving me with a blank slate. After sanding it all down, I stained it Dark Walnut. As most of my home is decorated with greys I chose to “white wash” over the stain with a grey paint and water mixture.

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After allowing for ample drying time (also known as torture) I applied a few coats of polyurethane to protect the finish. I LOVE the way it turned out and the photos just don’t do it justice!

Next up is finishing off the chairs! Check back soon for my final upgrade including my new chandelier. (Sneak peak below!)

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Clothes Pin Wreath: Great Teacher Appreciation Gift

Looking for a great teach appreciation gift idea? Give them a personalized wreath and throw in some gift cards!

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Supplies:

-Wasabi Tape

-Metal Wreath Form

-Clothes Pins

-Small Wire or Ribbon

-Any Special Embellishments

Directions:

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-Cover each clothes pin with wasabi tape. Trim if nessesary. The amount of clothes pins will varry depending on your wreath form.

image-Clip your clothes pins onto the wire in a pattern or at random. If you want to personalize this for a teacher include enough plain clothes pins to write each students name.

-Add your wire/ribbon and any embellishments.

image-At this point if your using it for a teacher gift you can have each student sign a clothes pin or write their names yourself. For future years simply turn the clothes pins over  and leave them plain or replace them with new student names!

image-For a finishing touch get some gifts cards to your teachers favorite places and clip them in the clothes pins!

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Great Grandma’s Easter Dishes!

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What a great time to bring out Great Grandmas flowered dishes. These beautiful dishes were the perfect accent to this understated Easter table. Sometimes keeping things simple and incorporating treasured items means more than elaborate over the top decor!

imageSome adorable bunny napkins brought some Easter whimsy and a bouquet of bright tulips brought to life to this simple set up.

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Hippity Hop Bunny Board

imageIf your looking to add a touch of spring or Easter decor to your home this project is perfect for you!

The supplies needed are a wooden board, scissors, white paint, a paint marker/markers the your choice, pompoms or cottonballs, cardboard, and a paper towel.

I started by white washing the board. I’m not one for clean up, so I simply squirted a line of paint down the board, wet a paper towel and spread it around. After one coat I decided I wanted it whiter so I simply added a second layer and was good to go!

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While the paint dried, I drew and cut out my bunny pattern. As you can see I used basic shapes to get it looking proportionate and then made it slightly larger after holding up to my board. If your uncomfortable free handing just print off a bunny shape you like online trace and cut!

Use your pattern to trace your bunnies onto your board, checking for equal spacing as you go. (Of course I eyeballed it but you could measure if you prefer.) When your outlines are dry, go back and fill them in with patterns of your choosing. You can also add words at this time if you like!

Lastly, add your pompom tails! I got mine from the target dollar section and they had sticky backs, but you could make your own and glue them on.

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I loved the way this turned out and think I’ll try another with brighter colors! If you decide to give this project a go, post your completed sign in the comments so others can admire your work!

Tips for Making Small Spaces Shine!

I have always enjoyed decorating unique areas but when it comes to arranging shelves, filling nooks and crannies, and placing just the right thing in just the right place, my mother in-law takes the cake!

On our recent trip to their beach home in Florida, I couldn’t help but snap a few photos of her amazing decor. Hopefully these photo and tips will inspire you to fill those empty nooks, try something new on your shelves, or utilize those hidden corners. It’s time to make those small spaces shine!

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-Don’t be afraid to go big!

-Things look great in sets of three!

-Use a variety of shapes and textures to add interest.

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– Vary your shelving heights to allow for a different sized objects while maintaining balance.

-Use oversized vases and lanterns to occupy empty corners and add balance to furniture or the overall space.