Gallery walls made simple

Gallery walls made simple

We have tons of gallery walls in our house. I keep thinking how I should change it up and hang something else on the walls, but I just can’t. I really love symmetrical, gridded gallery walls. If that’s your jam, then stay tuned for some Tricks and tips for hanging a stylish and eye catching gallery wall.

1. Plan your space

Whether you measure your space and draw it out, or simply practice arranging your frames in the floor, you probably want to plan your gallery before you hang your frames. I like to lay all my frames out in the floor and space them out before I start hanging them. This gives me a visual and I can move around my frames without damaging the walls.

2. Use a level and a tape measure

There’s nothing worse than hanging a picture crookedly or messing up your gallery wall spacing. We are sticklers for making sure our pictures are hanging straight so levels are the stuff in this house. Did you know you can always use your level to space your gallery wall objects as well.

3. Make your gallery wall more interesting by varying your heights

Use a lot of different objects to make your gallery wall super interesting. The varying heights keep your eye moving and it makes your space seem larger.

4. Use Command Strips

Command strips are the best product EVER. I love them because I can just peel off the paper, stick the picture where I want it and then I simply press the objects Against the wall. It only takes a minute to create a gorgeous gallery wall.

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Make it Monday: from Ikea tray to farmhouse art

Make it Monday: from Ikea tray to farmhouse art

Last year, my mom gave me this cute Ikea tray. I immediately loved the lace like pattern on the outer edges.

I used it as the base of an advent wreath, and for awhile, I used it in my coffee bar. I toyed with making a chalkboard out of it, but decided I wanted to create something a little less permanent.

I got the bright idea to create something using the Silhouette Cameo. Since I was a “noob” at the time and didn’t know what I was doing, some sweet friends of mine walked me through. Thanks, Katy, Kim, Leslie and anyone I may have forgotten 😉

I settled on a simple brush script font and a laurel wreath pattern. When I was done, I had this:

It’s cute, simple, and best of all, if I get tired of it, I can peel it off and do something different. What do you think?

What Silhouette or Cricut crafts have you done lately?

How to style your coffee table

How to style your coffee table

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We have only recently gotten a coffee table. Our living room at the old house was too small for one, but in the four-and-a-half years we’ve lived here, we’ve never bought one. My first impulse was to buy one that matched our console table and end tables, but then I decided to buy one that coordinated with them instead. I wanted something a little on the cheap side, too, since the kids are still small.

I finally decided on an industrial farmhouse style coffee table with a second shelf for storing baskets.

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Except now, what’s a girl to do with the top of the coffee table?

1. Anchor your collected items with a tray or shallow basket.

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I used this cute tray I bought in the Target Dollar Spot last summer. It is small, so it works perfectly for our small coffee table. I added some burlap-covered books for texture, a faux boxwood plant for greenery and height, and a candlestick for height, which brings me to my next tip.

2. Include natural elements for interest

I love the outdoors, and I love bringing a little nature into our home. What I also love is decorating with some sort of natural element, be it pinecones, florals, or greenery. The boxwood adds color and a little life to the table.

3. Height keeps the eye moving

Displaying your decor at different heights makes each item stand out, but it also keeps things interesting, since it draws the eyes to continue moving. Use a stack of books or a small stand to add height to a smaller object, or use pedastal dishes, candlesticks, or flower pots with a base.

4. Add a stack of books or magazines on the opposite side of the table to balance out the tray.

I chose to use two books, a recipe book about Sunday dinners, and a book about Labrador retrievers. I am a believer in decorating with things that make you happy. Sunday dinners evoke happy memories for me, and the Lab book is a nod to our “fur son,” a 12-year-old Yellow Lab named Bear.

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The bottom shelf houses a large basket for hiding unsightly but necessary things, like coasters and a spare blanket. The side opposite the basket holds a stack of magazines.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these tips for decorating your coffee table. How is your coffee table decorated? Comment below with a picture- I’d love to see your coffee table!

Have a wonderful day.

Creating rustic bathroom shelves from plumbing pipes

Creating rustic bathroom shelves from plumbing pipes

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Our bathrooms in our home are very spacious, but they’re also very boring. They are both very plain and builder-grade. We’ve recently begun to look at them to see how we might add some character without spending a lot of money on them.

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We do eventually plan to replace the tubs, tub surround, and flooring, but that will be a costly renovation, and it just isn’t in the budget right now. Instead, we are comparison shopping and trying to decide just what we want when the time comes.

At the present time, though, we can add just a little farmhouse character to our baths without breaking our checkbook.

We have decided to add some sort of rustic shelving, swap out that builder grade mirror for a more farmhouse-styled one, maybe paint or re-stain the vanity, and upgrade that cheap light fixture, but until we do that, we’ve opted to add some rustic shelving. These are the shelves you’ve seen on Fixer Upper, and all over Pinterest. And they’re the perfect project for adding a little industrial farmhouse to your home.

Adding rustic shelving is super easy, and not that expensive. Here’s what you’ll need to get started to make two plumbing pipe shelves.

2X10 pine board

4 3/4 in galvanized pipe nipples

4 3/4 in floor flanges

4 3/4 in pipe caps

your choice wood stain (I used Minwax Walnut)

black spray paint

microfiber cloth

sandpaper/orbital sander

I didn’t take step by step pics of the prep work, because it’s monotonous and self-explanatory. First, measure the area where you want your shelves to hang. Once you know your needed dimensions, you can cut your board to the appropriate lengths. Remember to measure twice and cut once! Next, use sandpaper, or an orbital sander to sand your boards smooth. Afterward, wipe the sawdust from your boards with a microfiber cloth.Then, apply the wood stain using a rag or brush. Allow each coat to dry at least 24 hours. Using your black spray paint, paint the galvanized pipe parts black. Allow 24 hours to dry.  For best results, use a spray paint with a primer included.

 

After your boards have dried, measure the area once more you want to hang your shelves. Use a level to make sure your boards are level, and mark the wall where you’ll screw the floor flanges. I highly recommend hanging your shelves on a stud to make them more sturdy, but if you can’t, then you’ll need to use dry wall anchors.

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After you’ve screwed the flanges to the wall, then you can assemble the pipe nipples and caps.

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Repeat this step for each side of your shelves. Then, you simply lay your shelf boards attop the pipes, and you’re done!

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Yes, you can totally see where I filledi n the giant holes left behind by the towel bar. They were huge and required lots and lots of spackle.

But, here’s the (mostly) finished product.

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I love how these shelves add so much rustic charm and character to our bathroom…plus, they add some much needed storage. Our vanity in this bathroom is rather small and there isn’t much counter space.

Have you made any rustic pipe shelves lately? If so, I’d love for you to show me!

Have a wonderful week.

 

From baby to big girl: transforming a nursery to a chic toddler room

From baby to big girl: transforming a nursery to a chic toddler room

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Our sweet youngest daughter turned two, and as a result, she is no longer a baby. Her nursery was adorable, but it really didn’t meet the needs of our growing girl.

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Our girl had begun to climb out of her bed, and even though she’s still tiny, the room almost felt too baby-ish for a toddler.

You may recall before my dad passed away, he built these adorable headboards for my little girls. Our oldest has been using her bed for some time, but our youngest daughter’s bed has been patiently waiting at my mom’s house for her to grow into it.  We decided to save money and continue our shabby chic theme, so we could reuse many items we already had in her nursery.

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I found this adorable twin bedding at Target, and purchased these papier-mache letters from Hobby Lobby, which I promptly painted to match her bedroom. I also purchased the night stand from Christmas Tree Shops- it was grey when I bought it, so I chalk painted it white and added glass knobs to match her dressers.

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The lamp, rug, and picture frame are re-used from the nursery.

The changing table, while still needed, is no longer safe as she is too squirmy for it! Instead, I bought these cute little shelves from JoAnn Fabric’s clearance section and repurposed some art and florals from her nursery. The baskets are also left overs from the nursery.

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IKEA Bekvam spice racks, painted to match her furniture, make perfect bookshelves.

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I painted this shelf, which once occupied my childhood bedroom, with the intent of adding baskets for toy storage. I also repurposed and even painted some of the picture frames from her nursery. The US map is a framed piece of scrapbook paper.

I hope you have enjoyed our girls’ big girl room as much as she does.