Don’t bother me, I’m pinning!

Nowadays, I spend more time on Pinterest.com than any where else online. It’s like a digital bulletin board that lets you “pin” and organize eye candy from online. For creatives like me, it’s quite the addiction! It’s an awesome way to gather, save, and share ideas across all kinds of topics: handmade crafts, home decor and remodeling, food recipes, and more. Find me on Pinterest and my bulletin boards here:

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Here’s my latest Pinterest love:

Farmhouse bathroom with gray and white tile and galvanized tub

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Antique Door Converted to Headboard with Sconces

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And another great idea shared by my friend Jess Powell of Pink House Marketing! She converted two matching antique doors into a headboard and footboard. After a fresh coat of paint, the doors were halved and received hinges that allow folding for easy transport. The headboard received a trim treatment across the top for a clean cut look, followed by sconces. Although they’re normal sconces from the local Lowe’s, these particular ones are far from normal–the antique doorknobs below control the lights! They push for on/off function, and twist to dim the sconces!!! It does NOT get any cooler than that–this is officially my most favorite use of antique doors!!! Thanks, Jess for sharing!

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Red, White, & Blue, and Handmade Too!

It’s been too long since I had some “me” time, so tonight I’m treating myself with blog hopping. I wanted to share the inspiration, so here’s tonight’s top picks!

Firecracker 4th of July cake @ The Bakery Spot

 

Silverware organizer converted to shelf @ Going Home to Roost

 

Enjoy The Ride pillows @ 36th AVENUE

 

Garden Markers @ Michelle Not Shelly

 

DIY Painted Bottles @ Beach House in the City

 

Porch Makeover @ A Beach Cottage

 

Milk Paint Tutorial @ Miss Mustard Seed

 

And with that I’m literally falling asleep! Guess that’s all for tonight.

Jenny

Salvage Soiree–A Rustic Approach to Decorating

So maybe I’ve been watching too much of American Pickers, but I love junk. Junk is my style–it makes me happy, mainly because it’s most often free (or almost free). But also because it gives a nod to the past and often adds texture to today’s shiny, polished trends. But junk isn’t the prettiest term for this style of decorating, and after standing at the store’s magazine rack for an hour tonight I found the perfect term for my style of decorating–salvage finds. Not too much more glamorous, but a little bit better than junk, a little less formal than shabby chic, and a little less confining than country. So salvage style works for me.

 

 

The magazine that inspired me most was Flea Market Style. It had a feature about popular blogs that feature decorating with salvaged goods. Most of the blogs I frequent already but it gave me the idea to share them with you too. So here’s some top picks for those into the salvage style:

Miss Mustard Seed

Home and Harmony

Garden Antqs Vintage

Heather Bullard – Home and Lifestyle

It’s the Little Things

Serendipity Chic Design

• Margo’s Junkin’ Journal

Just Something I Made

Perfectly Imperfect

My Sweet Savannah

Primitive and Proper

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Emerald Cove

The Feminist Housewife

A Beach Cottage

Jenny

You’ll Never Believe What We’ve Been Up To…Home Projects Marathon

Sometimes you need a deadline to get things done. Since we were hosting our first family gathering in our new home, that gave us incentive to get some serious projects done! Here’s some of the things we did:

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We BUILT a dining table. Yes, we built it from scratch, by hand! We have been eyeballing the farmhouse table from Knock-off Wood for months. Love this site–we actually combined two of her plans to get the exact look we wanted. For around $100 in supplies and 15-20 hours of work this week, we have a table that seats 12. I plan on collecting mismatched old chairs and staining the table a dark shade.

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We hung an antique old window . See it hanging on the wall above my dad? I found it in my grandpa’s old barn. I love it! For now, I just added multi-color scrapbook paper but I have so many more plans for it. I might cut out some letters and spell something, add photos, change the paper with the holidays, hang a wreath on top of it, hang a shelf below it to display decor, or add hooks on the front to display some things. We hung it using a hook and eye system, but we used anchors in studs because it weighs about 30 lbs. So far, so good.

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We displayed an old door. I found this in the barn too (I have about 20 more doors and windows in our shed, just waiting to displayed!!) I just propped this door in the corner–I love how our interior brick compliments it and vice versa! I had a sage wreath that I received live last Christmas and dried. Then I found this antique luggage wrack while antiquing in Nashville for $12! Planned on painting it but like the bright green for now. It holds a basket of our blankets.

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My hubby built a new kitchen island. We installed a dishwasher in the island, requiring a new one. My hubby built-in a bookshelf that you see when you walk in our front door. We added beadboard and painted it black! We’re still arguing on weather to add wood brackets underneath the countertop. I also distressed it then added stain to give it an aged look.

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We created a wall of mirrors.I had a lot of mirrors and no great spot to put them so I painted them all white and put them at our entrance with a few “E”s. We’re building a console table to put here as well in the front hallway, using more plans from Knock-off Wood but using an old barn door as the tabletop.

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I hung photo frames from an old ladder. I found the matching photo frames at a garage sale and I bought the ladder from an antique store. I have to admit that this project did not come out as I planned, but it isn’t bad! I meant to order smaller photos and have a colored scrapbook paper background to give it color. And I meant to center it from each rung. But I was over it–it is what it is! It features photos I’ve taken of my nieces and nephews in black and white prints.

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Cyrus. Look at those crystal eyes.
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Lachlan. Never have to tell her how to pose–she is a natural model!
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Annabelle. This photo series is beautiful!
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Annabelle and Beau. How dreamy…
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Beau. Yes, we really did place live chicks in a basket with a newborn!
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Everyone fit into one room…I love it!

Most importantly, we fit all of our family into one room! Our new home has been a blessing–God gave us every little factor we asked for, like large rooms that fit groups of people.

Did I mentioned that besides cleaning and cooking, that we all finished decorating our whole house, had our carpets cleaned, re-arranged the furniture, and landscaped?!?

Next on our list: stain the dining table, build console tables, make curtains for the living room, make outdoor pillows, and winterize our landscaping. But after a week off!

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Jenny

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Cheapo Tiki Torches Get Custom Makeover

 

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Outdoor entertaining has hit new levels–and not just in the decorating sense, but also on the wallet. My mission was to find one-of-a-kind lighting for around our back patio without breaking the bank. Solution? Buy the cheapest Tiki torches and upgrade with a can of spray paint!

RustOleum has a line of multi-purpose satin sprays that feature hot colors. I used the Green Apple, but it was a tough choice between the grass-like shade of green, Aqua and Seaside Green. We scored a 15-set of resin chairs on Craigslist for $100. Slowly, the back patio is coming together. I loved how the torches turned out!

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Tutorial: How to Recover Kid’s Table and Chair Set

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Make some of the tackiest kids items match your home.

Someone gave me a kid’s table and chair set for free. I knew my nieces and nephews would enjoy it, but the gaudy bright colors make me want to gag. So I decided to give the set a makeover. Here’s the before…

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Kids table and chair set before it’s makeover.
 

How to recover a child’s table and chair set Supplies:

• Kids table and chair set
• Damp cloth
• Screwdriver; cups
• 2-4 cans of spray paint
• 1 yard of vinyl table cloth
• Staple gun with 1/4″ staples or shorter

Instructions:

1. Remove all stickers and band-aids the kids might have placed on the table. Use a razor and goo-be-gone.

2. Wipe down cushions and metal parts with damp cloth.

3. Using a screwdriver, remove all screws in chairs. Keep your screws organized using little marked cups. This set had three different styles of screws.

4. Once you get all the chair back and seats removed, remove the screws holding down the table top. If any screws are too tight, try applying a little WD-40.

5. Now that all the upholstered parts are removed from the set, give it another wipe down if needed.

6. Next, it’s time to spray paint! I always lay down a cardboard box in the backyard far from the house. I set up the chairs in a row and balanced the table legs and top against them, moving them between coats to get all the surfaces covered.

7. Choose a spray paint that’s made for metal and that coordinates with the new vinyl you choose. I chose copper, and it took a little more than three cans! Darker colors, like black, would probably take less. I also bought the little plastic handle that saves your hand from cramps! Totally worth the $3.

8. Begin you first coat by keeping it light around 12 inches away. Light, multiple coats keeps the paint from dripping. It took me about four coats to get every crevice. Wait 15-30 minutes in between coats, or follow the directions on the can. When turning the chairs over to spray the undersides, wait a full hour in between to avoid smudging the paint.

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Spray paint the metal table and chairs.

9. In between coats, begin working on reupholstering the cushions. You can buy vinyl tablecloth at most fabric stores. I finished my set using only a yard! I used this khaki vinyl from my fabric stash that I’ve had for several years, but it would be fun to pick a print that matches your home. You can find pretty oilcloth online or recycle a vinyl tablecloth from your existing collection. Also, Kmart has a Country Living line right now that includes vinyl table clothes with vintage, floral patterns.

10. Start by laying out the cushions on top of your fabric. Cut out each piece,  leaving at least 3″ of fabric on each side of each cushion.

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Layout the cushions before cutting your cloth.

11. Load your staple gun with 1/4″ staples or shorter. I shopped around but couldn’t find anything shorter in my small town.

12. Work on a seat cushion first – the small rectangular size makes it the easiest piece. Start by stapling all four sides down to the bottom of the cushion, pulling tight each side before stapling while keeping the cushion centered in your cut fabric. Placing one staple in each side helps keep your fabric in place while finishing the cushion. Be sure to staple 1″ away from edge. Otherwise, your staples will show. Before working further, check to see if you can feel any staples showing through by applying pressure from the top of the cushion. If so, you will need to purchase shorter staples.

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Staple the vinyl tablecloth to the bottom of the cushion.

13. Now, work your way towards the corners, pulling the fabric tight every time before stapling. I spaced my staples about 1/4″ apart on the straight edges, and end-to-end on curves. Once you get to the corners, make tiny pleats before each staple to evenly distribute the folds. Once a cushion is finished, trim any access fabric and cut around any hardware. Finish all four seat cushions.

14. Next, cover the seat backs. Mine had a funny shape. A few tips would be to cut a little more extra fabric just in case you get going crooked, and to always pull the fabric super tight before stapling. Start with placing a staple along each side of your straight edges, saving the harder curves for last. Finish the same way as the seat cushions.

15. Lastly, cover the table top. Although it should be easy to manage a large square, I found it the hardest to get the fabric tight. Pull the fabric tight before each staple and approach the same way as above, cutting around hardware afterward. All your cushions are complete!

16. Wait at least 24 hours after your last coat of spray paint before reassembling your set. Screw each piece back together. My tips would be to slightly tighten every screw on the seat cushions before tightening all the way. The table top may require bending as needed using a pair of needle-noise pliers. Try not to scratch your new paint!

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The finished set looks much nicer around the home!

If you use this tutorial, share your renewed table here in the comments once you finish!

Jenny

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