Make a tray from an old picture frame

Make a tray from an old picture frame

I have had this old picture frame for ages, and while I knew I could make something cool with it, I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do.

I had painted it green at some point. I initially thought about painting it another color, but I found some old scrapbook paper that matched the color perfectly.

I found some really cool drawer pulls in a basket of junk parts that we never seem to throw away. I promptly drilled some holes in the side of the frame.

I brushed the dust away and then made two more holes on the opposite side.

I then screwed the drawer pulls to the tray.

I am pretty pleased with my cute little tray. It’s currently brightening up a corner of our office.

What upcycle creation have you made lately?

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Five Fantastic Farmhouse Finds at Hobby Lobby

Five Fantastic Farmhouse Finds at Hobby Lobby

5 fantastic farmhouse finds at HL

We don’t have a Hobby Lobby in my town, and that might be a good thing…at least from a spending standpoint. We do have two of them within 45 minute drives of our house, though. Anytime I have to make a trip into either of those towns, I try to stop by.

I recently went into Hobby Lobby with my aunt and found so many things I wanted to buy. I didn’t, but I really wanted to.

For instance, this wall of pumpkins:

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So many cute and interesting pumpkins- I bought a few of them, but they were not on sale.

I did find some cuteness that WAS on sale, though. I’m in the process of creating a new coffee bar, and “The Lobby” did not disappoint.

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Enamel food canister- similar!  $17.49

I have wanted one of these canisters forever. I did not buy it yet, but plan to wait until we finish our kitchen construction. It’s very well made and looks perfectly vintage, even though it isn’t. The bread box is cool too.

This coffee sign made me laugh and would look lovely in my coffee bar.

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2. Coffee definition sign, $11.99, currently on sale $5.99

And you know how much I love typographical art 🙂

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3. “Less Coffee, More Monday” coffee mug, $7.99

Who else hates Mondays, but loooovvves coffee? Here is the perfect mug for us!!

This next picture is not coffee themed, but is watercolor art…and it still fits my farmhouse flair and looks cute in the process!

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4. Watercolor succulent themed art, reg price $13.99, on sale for $6.99

These are super cute, and they’d look awesome in almost any room you’d want to use them in. They actually look like real water color paintings, too, which is definitely a plus.

I have wanted a globe for my office for ages…and this one is actually affordable…and antique-looking.

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5. Sepia Globe with Wood Stand , reg. 29.99, sale for 14.99

I think this would look beautiful on our book shelves, or even in a travel-themed nursery or kid’s room.

 

I hope you all have enjoyed our farmhouse shopping guide! Check back on Friday for some bathroom organization tips, and on Saturday for Simplify Saturday!!

 

Make it Monday: Free Fall Printables

Make it Monday: Free Fall Printables

I don’t know about you all, but the closer we get to fall, the happier I am. I’ve even begun to make a few fall crafts. Since we have been stuck at home due to Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding, I decided to make some cute fall printables to share with you all. As always, right click on the pictures to share to your device. For best results, do not print larger than 11×14. Enjoy, but if you share them, please tag me in the link.

First up: one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite books: Any Anne of Green Gables fans in the house?

Here in the South, “y’all” is more than a colloquial contraction for “you all.” It’s a way of life! And we really do say “happy fall, y’all .” I promise☺

Here’s a similarly themed printable with a cute little pumpkin.

This one displays sideways but it will print just fine.

I hope you all enjoy these free printables. Please remember these are for personal use only- not for commercial. If you share these, please tag me. More fall crafty goodies will be heading your way soon.

Have a wonderful week.

Just checking in…

I apologize for the light posting schedule. I had some posts scheduled and ready to go, but prepping for Hurricane Florence took precedence. We are safe- just getting some rain and wind. Thanks to all my blogging friends for checking on us.

We will resume regular posting schedule on Monday. Be safe!!

DIY Fixer Upper Inspired Nursery Art

DIY Fixer Upper Inspired Nursery Art

I was in search of something new and cute to hang behind the crib, but it had to be inexpensive and cute.

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I love this sign at Magnolia, but it was a little more than I wanted to pay… and since Waco is over 1,000 miles away, shipping would be pretty expensive as well. Cue the DIY side of my brain.

I bought a piece of foam board, and got to work. I used a computer to create a large poster with the verse I wanted, and I sent it to a local print shop.

I then Modge Podged the poster onto the foam board.

After it dried, I popped it into a barn wood frame. While I could have used less white space, I have to say I like how this sign turned out.

Plus, it looks great hanging behind the crib.

What recent DIY have you completed?

Simplify Saturday: Prioritizing Projects

Simplify Saturday: Prioritizing Projects

We’ve been blogging here for a good five years now, and in that time, we’ve had a lot of questions from readers. One question we’re often asked is this: “You all seem to always be doing something to your house. How do you do so much?” Today I’d like to share how we prioritize our projects.

1. Do projects a little at a time

We just did a small remodel of our master bathroom. We replaced mirrors, hardware and light fixtures. We eventually plan to replace the bathtub and surround and flooring as well, but it simply isn’t in the budget right now. So we started with the cheapest, easiest items on our “master bath to-do list” and we completed those.

2. Find cheaper options for the things you want to do

We love carriage house garage doors, but we neither need nor want to buy a $2,000 garage door at the moment… so we took to Amazon and ordered faux Coach house door hardware and a faux window kit for $50. We spent far less money something that looks like the real deal.

3. If you can DIY it, do it.

Custom closets are expensive, but my dad and I built this closet organizer ourselves for $100. It only took one day and it was a fairly simple project. We saved a lot of money by doing it ourselves AND it was a lot of fun.

4. Before you do any part of the project, ask yourself these questions:

1. Who will it benefit?

If it’s something that will benefit everyone in the home, bump the project up higher on your to do list.

2. Can I do the project in phases, or must I do it all at once?

If a project must be done all at once, but it’s small, it’s probably OK to raise it on your list. If it’s a big project and you can’t do it in phases, it’s probably expensive and should be lower on your priority list.

3. Do I need to do it, or just want to?

Projects that you want to do, no matter how much you want to do them, are never as important as the projects you need to do.

5. Save money for the things you can’t afford right now

Even if you can’t afford the things you want at the moment, save money until you have what you need.

How do you all prioritize projects?

Have a wonderful weekend.

From discarded basket to farmhouse planter

From discarded basket to farmhouse planter

I found a neat looking basket in the discard pile at my job.

Yes, I trash pick. #notashamed

I liked this basket because it had feet and I liked the shape of it. It was also in great shape. I thought it would make a cute planter.

I promptly painted the basket white with some chalk paint.

I let the paint dry and painted a second coat of white chalk paint.

I then popped in some boxwoods and I thought it was perfect!

This thing would be cute with some faux apples in it for fall, or some mini gourds. I can’t wait to see how many different ways I can decorate with it!

Have you turned any trash into treasure lately? Comment and show me your projects!