Oh my…blogland is a blaze with Christmas already….I’m not quite there yet. There are a few commitments I have that require me to post Holiday ideas earlier than I would like….but for the most part I try to live in the current season…and right now it is all turkey talk. I love Thanksgiving….it has always been a favorite holiday in our house. I partnered up this holiday season with Diamond Nuts to come up with some unique ways to craft with the whole nuts. I will be posting a few more this month. All of them are great kid activities when you have extra kiddos in the house. A fun way to spend a little bit of time together:)
This Votive candle would be so pretty dressed up on a Thanksgiving table. Make several and place them down the table….scatter a few pumpkins and squashes, whole cheastnuts…some dried leaves…and your table is done!
This is a sponsored post. The kind folks at True Value have asked me to share a DIY project with you. I have been compensated for my time and efforts.
I told you that I have been working with the homeowner that bought one of the houses in Norton Commons that I helped design. Before the house had a contract we had envisioned this kitchen to be very modern farmhouse (in traditional “Tracie” style;). We wanted a mix of old and new….modern but yet soft and lived in. My thought for the large island in the center was to make it look like it has been old piece of furniture that we reclaimed to be the kitchen island.
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….
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!!
This is a sponsored post. The kind folks at True Value have asked me to share a fun summer project with you. I have been compensated for my time and efforts.
There are so many fun projects that call for bottle caps. After I saw a few projects online I wanted to try one out for myself. This inspired my bottle cap birdbath project. I am partnering with the True Value again for this year’s DIY blog squad. So thankful to have such a great partnership with them! I thought that this outdoor garden project would be fun to do this summer…get the kiddos involved….it is that easy:)
I found some really unique German beer bottle caps on eBay. I think I paid $3 for the whole lot. You can find bottle caps that are particular color or style just by searching on Etsy or eBay. I am sure you’ll find something that you love. This bird bath is probably good for just one or two small birds but at the same time it is a conversation piece for your garden. The supplies are pretty simple and can all be found at your local True Value Store.
Here is what you will need:
2 foot copper pipe
1 end cap for copper pipe
1.5 inch metal washer
12 inch round terra cotta pot base
outdoor clear sealer
* collect and organize bottle caps and create your pattern
*glue the washer and end cap on the bottom of the planter bas, let dry
* starting in the center, spread the glue and start adhering bottle caps
* continue to work your way to outer edge. Allow to dry according to glue instructions (I left mine overnight)
*mix up grout with water so that it is the consistency of icing
*using rubber gloves, spread the grout on the bottle caps. Get in the crevices and smooth with your hands all the way to the edge.
*using a damp sponge, wipe excess off let dry. (it is ok if some grout is filmy on the bottle caps, you will be able to wipe clean)
*when grout is dried, wipe off and clean up bottle caps well.
*apply a clear coat to protect
Find a spot in your garden and hammer the copper pipe into the ground. Top with your new fancy birdbath!
*hammer copper tubing into ground
*slide the birdbath on top
*fill with some water for your feathered friends;)
How stinkin cute!?! Am I right?!? I could have made a bunch of these…it was so fun and very easy. Be sure to check out your local True Value for all your DIY needs…they are always ready and willing to help you getter done!
Also don’t forget to follow True Value on Instagram for more inspiration! And share your own #DIYaDay projects for a chance to win- they’re giving out prizes all throughout June!