A few years back my friend Brittany made up the cutest chalkboard pumpkins. She painted a chevron pattern all around the sides and then in the middle she painted a large chalkboard oval that you could write fun Halloween messages on. It was a big hit at her kiddos fall festival.
That was my inspiration for my fall porch this year. I grabbed a few pumpkins and some black and white paint and went to town! These polka dots are so easy the novice crafter can do it….I promise! You just need the right size brush….if you can spin a top….then you can paint perfect polka dots. Easy!
I wanted to continue our discussion from last Thursday about our TV cabinet. As I told you last week….we really wanted to cover it up (actually I really wanted to cover it up;) We hired this one out because it was just a little bit more detailed than we were comfortable with …plus the trim carpenter that we worked with already had some really great barn wood. He was also able to find some original barn door hinges too. Everything came off of a barn that was about a hundred years old…it is just the coolest….
The other day I had probably the most difficult discussion with my husband in our 19 years of marriage. It was a topic that has been weighing on my heart for some time now. I’ve had visions of how to approach it and the delicate words that need to be strung together for the conversation to go just right. It was a warm Saturday afternoon. We had just gotten back from walking are pup. Carelessly laughing about something random. This was my opportunity. I needed to get it off my chest……
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Good Monday friends! Just got in from my morning Stella walk….I feel FAALLLLL in the air and it woke me right up! I am sure it will heat up today….but this morning felt so good. We had a great weekend here…chillin and tidying up the house a bit. Sunday I made some homemade bread….I have never had good luck with bread….but I found the best recipe. I shared an instagram pic yesterday because I was just so proud of my little loaf:) And get this…just 3 ingredients…You will love it! Today’s project is really easy and a nice way to keep yourself a bit more organized:)
People still use printers right? I’m not the only one right?? They’re kind of an unsightly part of our daily routine. I set out on a small woodworking idea to hide the ugly bulky printer in the corner. I thought it would be nice to add some additional space for paper placement above my printer too. I saw a cool project online where somebody cut a basket to fit over their printer. I couldn’t find a basket that would fit over mine so I decided to make something out of wood. It took me one hour tops and turned out great! Continue reading
Busy week here getting back into the school routine. Sorry the post have been a bit off:) I think I will probably go back to my normal Mon, Wed, Friday post soon:) Hope you are having a nice end of summer:)
I scored this awesome old section of white picket fence at a local thrift shop. ( Local friends the shop is called Tickled Pink and I have talked about it a few other times.) It is a consignment/vendor kind of shop… by Churchill Downs on Taylor Boulevard. There is a treasure trove of goodies in there garage. There are several items that need lots of love. I found this section of fence in the garage for eight bucks…$8!!
I didn’t really know what I was going to do with it until I saw our finished kitchen table and I had an idea to take the fence apart and build a trowel of sorts… I have also been collecting some vintage glass jars when I see them at a good price. The peanut and I were shopping a couple weeks ago and she found most of these at our local peddler’s mall.
I thought they would look pretty in this container on the kitchen table. I didn’t want the container to be too wide and I wanted it to be long enough so that when I put the extensions on the table it will still fill it out nicely. I ended up using 2 full pickets along with a third for the sides. The total length of it is 4 feet by five and a half inches wide. I like that I can kind of change the look up for fall and winter. The construction is pretty simple and if you can’t find an old picket fence you could always use new parts. Just do some sort of distressed paint to make it look older.
This fence already had some white paint on it which I caution if and when you work with old paint be sure to work in an outside area with a dust mask in case the paint has led in it. I think that this painting was most likely latex because a lot of it just peeled right off. I used a medium grade sandpaper after I pried the pickets apart. The tools that I used were a flathead screwdriver, a hammer, and some pliers to pull out the old nails. It did not take me long to get the pickets off.
I then chose the boards that I wanted to use and went to work. A medium grade sandpaper on my sander I sanded the edges and some of the rough paint off. That’s about it. I didn’t want to take too much of the paint off because that was the character of it. I wipe the boards down and we got to put them together. We ended up using a new piece of pine that was 5 feet long by five and a half wide. We just cut it down to the length that we needed. With a pneumatic nailer and just popped the boards on to the new pine and that was it! I bought some large felt pads for the bottom to protect the table and make it easier to slide around for when we eat dinner.
I absolutely love how this came out! I feel like it could be for sale in Magnolia shop as if Jojo and chip made it themselves! I love that it complements the new table and that I can switch out the decorations inside of it depending on the season and my mood.
So the moral to the story is never ever pass up a section of fence for a low low price of $8.00. There is always something that that fence can be made into!
Also, find me today over at Jenna’s talking about how I create a meaningful home:)
And….I will be taking over the @TrueValue instagram this weekend starting on Thursday evening. I hope you can follow along too!!