Why you should paint your bookcase back

Why you should paint your bookcase back

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We bought a white Ikea Hemnes bookcase for our oldest daughter’s room. I loved the simplicity of the bookcase, and it seemed to match well with a headboard my dad built for her.

 

 

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And while it looked great against the light blue walls and with the other furniture, it needed a little something.

I decided to stencil the back of it, but I wasn’t sure I wanted it to be permanent. I decided to cut some posterboard to fit in the back of the shelf, and paint it.

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This way, if I ever got tired of it and decided to change it out, I could.

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I attached it to the back of the shelf with some double sided tape.

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The little pop of color this adds is amazing, and adorable. I love it!

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I also added a pink background to the bookshelf in my youngest daughter’s room

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And a gray contact paper background to the shelves in our playroom.

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Adding color to your shelf back makes it look finished, and it makes whatever is on the shelf stand out. The added color pop helps too.

Have a great weekend. I will be posting about new uses for pool noodles on Friday.

 

 

 

 

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Spring and summer crafts: DIY moss spheres

Spring and summer crafts: DIY moss spheres

Remember when I made these Spanish moss topiaries? After making them, I had tons of Spanish moss left over, so I decided to make something else. Grapevine and moss spheres can be costly if you buy them, but did you know you can make your own?

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I had these supplies left over after making the topiaries:

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I simply coated the styrofoam spheres with the Mod Podge and popped them into a Ziplock bag filled with Spanish moss…and shook it.

Just pretend you’re making Shake and Bake pork chops. Remember those?

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They should be covered and look a bit like this:

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Now, let them dry for 24 hours and then pop them into a pretty basket or bowl.

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Making these spheres cost me nothing, since I had all the materials already on hand, but if you were to buy them, you’d spend less than $10.

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Have a fabulous week!

Decorating tips and tricks: decorating with botanical prints- a Pinterest roundup

Botanical prints have long been a decorating staple, but due to the popularity of Joanna Gaines and HGTV’s Fixer Upper, their popularity has skyrocketed.

Botanical prints are a classic and simple way to decorate an empty wall, and you can use them in almost every room. We have a grouping of botanical prints in our dining room:

Here is a roundup of some of my favorite botanical wall decor from Pinterest.

This entry way from Bless’r House is simple, airy and beautiful. The simplicity of the botanical gallery wall only adds to the cozy and inviting feeling this room gives.

This French country inspired room at Hadley Court looks timeless and traditional without looking dated or stuffy.

How about this bathroom with these foliage prints on DecorPad? I like how they add just a subtle pop of color to this neutral bathroom.

This rustic farmhouse bedroom is plenty charming, but even more so due to the sweet botanical gallery above the bed.

Botanical galleries can be used in any room of your home, and they are readily available all over Pinterest for free! Just search “free botanical prints” and you can find whatever you need.

Where will you display your botanical prints?

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, we will resume regular posting schedule on Wednesday, May 30. Thank you, and have a wonderful weekend!

Farmhouse Style at Dollar General

Farmhouse Style at Dollar General

I recently popped into Dollar General to find ingredients to make glitter glue slime. I didn’t find the glitter glue, but I did stumble across this end cap:

Look at all those farmhouse style goodies! The most expensive thing in the picture is the $10 lantern. Everything else is between $3 and $4. I even snagged a “farm fresh milk” sign for myself.

Here’s a closer look at all the items.

Aren’t these florals nice??

And then there are the signs.

These picture frames are super cute.

The baskets and the little pail would look great in our family room.

These milk bottle candles are adorable!

These little pigs and the butcher guide cow are also pretty cute.

My favorites by far are these lanterns. I’m a sucker for a cute, farmhouse lantern.

Which items were your favorites?

Styling a farmhouse china hutch

Styling a farmhouse china hutch

My china hutch in the dining room was full, but it lacked interest and charm.

In fact, it was boring and didn’t really add anything to our dining room. I’d been looking for a way to showcase our milk glass collection, so I thought I’d combine the two.

I took everything out of the hutch until it was empty.

I arranged the cups, plates and dishes into interesting arrangements and added a basket for texture.

Then I featured my favorite milk glass pieces in various areas of the hutch.

I am really pleased with the result.

What do you think? Isn’t that way less boring?

Board and Batten farmhouse shutters: a ridiculously easy DIY

Board and Batten farmhouse shutters: a ridiculously easy DIY

Our kitchen had this awkward window above the sink, which looked into the dining room. It was random and weird, and I couldn’t decide what to do with it. I thought about putting a cafe rod and curtains there, but I really didn’t want to do that.

I wanted something more unique. I spotted some scrap wood in my garage and I had an idea: why not create some simple, rustic shutters? I measured the opening and cut the wood. Then, I bought some cute hinges and handles.

Here they are all laid out but not actually put together.

I constructed four shutters with crossbars like this:

I then painted them white, as you can see.

I attached the hinges on the insides of the shutters so I could accordion close them into the sides of the opening.

I absolutely love how much character these simple, rustic shutters add to our kitchen.

What rustic DIY have you recently created?

Creating an easy spring vignette

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I have often struggled with the correct way to create a seasonal vignette. I was always worried about making it too busy, or too sparse, but then I realized something: there really isn’t a right or wrong way to create a vignette. I have created some of my favorite vignettes simply by trial and error.

There are, however, a few rules I like to stick with when creating seasonal vignettes.

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  1. Use natural elements.

Pine cones are appropriate for spring, fall and winter decor. I always try to include some sort of seasonal element from nature, be it flowers, or tree branches, or even a bird’s nest. Including a natural element adds something real to your home.

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2. Texture makes a huge difference

You should always use something that adds texture. Baskets, birds’ nests, pinecones, or even tree limbs add texture and interest to your vignette.

3. Group items in odd numbers, in varying heights to keep the eye moving.

I recently added this spring vignette to our home:

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I added both flowering tree branches and eggs for natural elements, a basket for texture, a glass gallon jar for a vase, a milk glass footed cup, and a rabbit vase on stacked books to give it some height. It took me four tries to make this something I loved and enjoyed.

Don’t be afraid to group and arrange what you love, change it and re-arrange it, and re-arrange it some more. Change it until you’re happy with it, but follow the basic rules to help you get there.

And, tune in next week for a peek at our spring home tour 🙂

Have a wonderful Wednesday.