Last weekend, I painted the entryway table in our foyer. I picked up this table for $20 at a thrift store last year. I love doing a yard sale or thrift store furniture makeover. It’s so much fun to find a piece for a steal, and visualize how it will look in our home. I painted over chalk paint with latex paint to give this worn out black table a new look.
I was happy to find a pretty garden arbor on Craigslist. It was very sturdy, solid wood, and the price was right. Once Jason picked it up, I realized I had no idea how to anchor it into the ground!Our township requires permits to install an arbor with concrete, and I wanted the flexibility of being able to move it if we ever need to.So, I went to Lowe’s and Home Depot, and I found that they no longer sell kits to anchor an arbor. No one had any ideas of how to secure it simply.Luckily, I stumbled across Statelykitsch.com who had the same trouble I did, and used fence mender posts. I found these at Lowes and purchased four.
When we toured our home for the first time, I had so many exciting ideas for the kitchen. Fast forward to closing, and it was six months of part time renovation…(yes, six MONTHS!)Living life and making meals with a torn apart kitchen is difficult, and doing it with small children felt even more so. I had a few moments when I wished we bought a small move-in ready home with nothing to do! Like the moment I took this photo and sent it to a friend saying “Please rescue me from my kitchen!”We made a lot of changes, and saved a ton of money working on much of the kitchen on our own.
These velvet ribbon bookmarks are so simple, but the finished result is gorgeous. I found the idea in Country Living Magazine, and had to make some in my own style. You won’t be able to make just one! I made mine to match my favorite genre, classic English Literature.
I decided this week it was finally time to organize under the kitchen sink. When we painted our kitchen cabinets, we never finished inside the sink cabinet. We originally planned to replace that cabinet, but ended up making it work. So for the last couple years, it has looked pretty shabby.
I was trying to find creative ways to maximize space in our reach in pantry, and I realized I had a perfect little spot on the side wall of the pantry for hanging baskets. This little basket display quite literally takes a few minutes!
Making the wicker chairs and milk can bistro set had me thinking about how to make coasters out of ceramic tiles. I love blue and white for our deck and formal living room, so I decided to try to make some coasters that have the look similar to a blue chinoiserie vase. That way, I could use them both indoors on the end tables and out on the patio. These blue and white napkins look like they would be the perfect thing to decoupage with!
When we decided on wood countertops for our diy kitchen remodel two years ago, I did so much research on sealing butcher block. I was concerned wood counters would be high maintenance and get stained easily. I wanted to naturally darken the Ikea butcher block we purchased to look more farmhouse rustic, and wanted to use a finish that was completely food safe. The finish that met all our needs was dark tung oil.
During our evening walk on trash day, I found two old wicker chairs with peeling red paint sitting by the bins. I asked Jason if he would go pick them up with the truck (even though he thinks I’m crazy to try to rescue them!)