DIY Mason Jar Christmas Decoration

DIY Mason Jar Christmas Decoration

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It feels like Halloween was yesterday and here we are in the middle of November already! I am one of the hold outs who waits until after Thanksgiving to decorate my entire home for Christmas but I have been doing some crafting! These adorable mason jars will be headed to my vendor booth as our Holiday Open House is this weekend. Aren’t they adorable? I’m sharing with you today how to make your own.

If you are a farmhouse decor lover like myself you probably have a collection of mason jars. As much as I love them plain, they are perfect to use for holiday decor.

First gather your supplies:

-Mason Jar (I used a Half Gallon size vintage Ball Jar since my bottle brush tree was large)

-Bottle Brush tree (I used a vintage one from a thrift store but you could purchase new ones from a craft store or online)

-Faux Snow Fluff

-Extra Fine Glitter (Mine is iridescent)

-Bells

-Ribbon

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Next tear off a piece of the faux snow and stuff it into the bottom of your mason jar. Since my hand was too large to reach the bottom I used the end of a wooden spoon to stuff it down. Make sure it’s as flat and even as you can get it so your tree stands upright.

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Then I sprinkled some glitter all over the snow. Next time I would use a piece of paper under the jar to catch my overage. Cleaning up tiny pieces of glitter is not a good time!

Then I sprinkled some glitter all over the snow.

After that insert your bottle brush tree into the mason jar and sprinkle a little extra glitter on the tree itself. You can never have too much sparkle!

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After that tie your bow and add your bells. I had difficultly getting my burlap ribbon through the opening on top of the bell so I used twine. The ribbon is covering it up. Your project is complete!

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Halloween Decor Farmhouse Style

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It’s almost time for Halloween! I love seeing all of the little kids dressed up in their costumes out having a great time trick or treating. My kids have been counting down the days! This year my five year old asked if he could help decorate our home for Halloween so I said sure. Why not?

Outside did not see many changes. I hung up this fun mesh wreath I bought at Michael’s last year but kept everything else the same harvest style decor. We recently added this red tea cart that I found at an estate sale. The color goes well with the blue rocking chairs and fits in perfectly with my fall decor.

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Next we moved in to the dining room. You may notice a big change in here! I found this awesome hutch on a Facebook yard sale site. Originally I purchased it to refinish for my vendor booth. When I was done with it I started thinking “You know. This would look great in my dining room.” I seem to be doing alot of that lately…. Anyway, it stayed. For now at least. The hutch started off  dark brown but after 3 coats of Amy Howard At Home One Step Paint in Ballet White it’s looking much better! I also swapped out the hardware for these farmhouse style bin pulls and knobs. They give the hutch a less formal country feel.

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Yes I know the foam grave stone is super tacky but when your five your old says it’s perfect there you leave it…

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My tobacco basket was taken over by the big spider I used on my fireplace last year and this fun little sign I scored at Goodwill.

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On the table we used a glitter spider web pattern table runner, some country style beads, a banner from Target and this creepy dude. The skeleton is animated and has a microphone. He repeats everything you say in a high pitched voice. My children don’t seem to understand the concept that you can speak to the skeleton in a normal volume. Some days I regret buying him as they scream into the microphone!

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For place settings I used our every day white dishes mixed in with black and white striped tea towels from Target, a fun faux pumpkin and my Halloween Rae Dunn mugs. The kids love using all of the different patterns!

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Last but not least is the kitchen. Did you notice my awesome new mint scale? It was another failed booth purchase… The scale got dressed up with a cute fabric plaid pumpkin I found at this shop and a faux crow from Target.

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I also decorated my coffee station with my Halloween Rae Dunn collection and a fun sign. Drink up Witches! We all need our magic potion to make it through the day with the kids!

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I hope you enjoyed my little Halloween tour! If you want to see how I styled my family room for Halloween last year check out the post here!

 

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Touch of Fall Home Tour Blog Hop

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I have teamed up with some amazing blogger friends for the Touch of Fall Home Tour blog hop. Each one of these ladies is very talented and has a unique style. Please be sure to visit everyone and show them some love. If you are visiting from Farmhouse on Elder Hill  I am so happy that you stopped by! Her home is stunning, isn’t it? Pour yourself a cup of coffee and let’s get inspired for fall decorating!

Welcome to our home! Today I am sharing with you our dining room, family room and porch where I have added fall touches. This is my favorite season! I love everything about fall!

Let’s start with the dining room. Our table was kept simple as we use it every night for dinner. I couldn’t help myself from buying those adorable little dishes and faux pumpkins from Target! While I did purchase mainly neutral colors I could not help myself from buying some traditional orange pumpkins as well.

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Through Pinterest I found this adorable free printable from Anderson and Grant. I paired it with a Harvest banner from One Tiny Heart.

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Now let’s visit the family room. I stayed with warm tones like copper and lots of natural elements like antlers, pinecones and branches. This bundle of wheat just says fall to me!

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I got a little carried away at Target this year. The bargain spot just had so many beautiful things and I could not resist! I’m going to have to hide my Red Card! All of my finds could make for a good game of I Spy though!

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I filled my crock with some chippy spindles and antlers. Originally the spindles were part of a group I had purchased for my booth but I decided to keep two for myself…

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Now come on outside. We love having a front porch and sit out here often. Outdoor pillows paired with a plaid throw they make for a very cozy space.

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It’s so much fun changing the decor with the seasons. I found these heirloom pumpkins at the grocery store of all places! My mums are nestled in apple bushel baskets which were an estate sale find.

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I hope you enjoy touring my home decorated for fall! Please visit One Happy Housewife next! Then be sure to stop by and check out all of the blogger’s homes!

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Sense & Serendipity

Kate Decorates

Lemons to Lovelys

Victoria Lee Home

White Arrows Home

Cali Girl in a Southern World

Farmhouse on Elder Hill

One Happy Housewife

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DIY Singer Sewing Table Makeover using Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint and Cerusing Wax

DIY Sewing Table Makeover using Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint and Cerusing Wax

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Hi friends! I’ve been painting like crazy lately and feeling burnt out! I really wanted to get this sewing table makeover completed so I pushed myself and got it finished. While I loved the sewing table before I feel like she really shines now! The results were amazing!!!

We found this Singer sewing machine while out picking to find stock for my vendor booth. I fell in love and just couldn’t let it go. I seem to be having this problem a lot lately… With a little bit of paint and a lot of elbow grease I knew I could turn her (yes I know it’s furniture and not a person) into a beauty.

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When I was cleaning it out we found some cool stuff in the drawers. My husband loves finding secret hidden things.

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The sewing table was filthy and I’m glad I decided to try out Clean Slate by Amy Howard at Home. It was my first time using this product and I’m impressed. Just look at all of the dirt and grease that I was able to remove! Clean Slate has a strong odor so I would recommend using it outdoors if possible. The weather has been so hot lately so I chose to do my project indoors.  Instead I opened the windows and my sliding glass doors while running a fan for adequate ventilation. Luckily the odor did not stick around after it dried.

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I wanted this piece to have some color but still remain neutral. The paint I went with was Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint in Bergere Blue and finished it with Cerusing Wax. Bergere Blue is a very pale gray/blue.

 

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It took two coats to achieve the look I was going for. Afterwards I distressed the sewing table with medium grit sand paper and wiped it down with a tack cloth.

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Using a cloth napkin I applied the Cerusing Wax in a circular motion per the instructions. Once it dried for an hour I went back and buffed it with the cloth.

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I found the Cerusing Wax much easier to use than traditional wax. The consistency is like toothpaste and for me it is more manageable to apply. Once it dries it turns into a satin finish. Cerusing Wax goes far as it only took 3 applications around the size of a quarter to finish the entire top of the sewing table. My bottle has plenty left for other projects!

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I will definitely be using Bergere Blue again and am planning to switch to Cerusing Wax for all of my projects.

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I am in love with the results! What do you think?

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Vendor Booth Tour by Jersey Girl In The South

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If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you have probably heard me talk about my upcoming vendor booth. I am so excited to be a part of a new store opening in Powhatan, VA called Vintage Antique Shack. While my goal is to make some extra fun money by selling farmhouse style goods I know I will be spending plenty in the store! What a talented group of people! The store is almost completed and ready to open this week. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday September 20th and the Grand Opening Event will be held on Saturday September 23rd. You will not want to miss it! Door prizes and snacks (the best part!) will be available!

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When you first enter the store I am on the right hand side next to the main entrance. These pictures were taken before my neighboring booth moved in.

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Facing my booth you will find vintage kitchen items and some chippy spindles. I had purchased four but I kept two for myself! That’s how this works. One for me, one for the shop!

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On the right hand side is a sewing machine table with some wall decor. I am in love with the washboards and they were hard to part with!

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Behind that is a secretary desk filled with some cute throw pillows and other treasures. The mason jars are the large half gallon size!

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Next to that is a sofa table, rush seat bench and other goodies! Make sure to pick up a business card. I will be sharing sales and new inventory on both my Instagram and Facebook pages.

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At the end is a vintage sewing machine table and the chair you may have seen in my preview posts. The original Kenmore sewing machine is still inside and powers up.

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I temporarily have some more items in the back room so be sure to stop back there too!

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I hope you enjoyed the preview of my booth! It will be changing often so be sure to check in with me from time to time!

 

DIY Desk Makeover Using Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint and Paint Sprayer

DIY Desk Makeover

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Today I am sharing with you a desk makeover using Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint in Luxe Gray. If you have not heard of the One Step Paint before it’s fabulous! It requires no prep work (which is my least favorite part of painting furniture!) and dries to a soft chalky finish.

While shopping for items to stock my vendor booth I found this desk at our local Goodwill. It wasn’t pretty but the price was right. The problem was it was covered in scratches and badly needed a makeover. I knew it was the perfect project for my new paint sprayer.

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At first I was a little nervous about using the paint sprayer. I had never used one myself before and when my husband used a different brand at our last house it wasn’t pretty. Our siding ended up with little speckles of deck stain all over it! A friend advised me to watch some of the videos on Amy Howard at Home’s Facebook page. I’m a visual learner and this worked out really well for me. The sprayer is easy to use and put together. Thinning the paint with 10% water (I used a red Solo cup for this part) makes it the perfect consistency for the sprayer. Clean up was a breeze! A little dish soap and warm water did the trick. It was very easy to disassemble and I liked that they include a lid for the paint cup in case you need to use it again later.

I started out by practicing my spraying technique on the drop cloth until I adjusted the stream to my liking. Using a back and forth sweeping motion I applied the paint to the desk. The coverage was so good that I only needed to use one coat of paint!

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The over spray was not as bad as I expected but I definitely recommend wearing safety googles. I wore my glasses and ended up with speckled lenses.

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There was extra paint left in my sprayer after I refilled the cup so I also painted this little half moon table. I went back over one spot where I did not have an even coat and you can’t even tell that it was completed afterwards. One Step Paint dries very quickly and the paint sprayer gave it a nice smooth finish.

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When I was done I thought the desk needed a little more. Using a sand paper block I distressed the edges and used some leftover dark antiquing wax to add in more character.

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The paint sprayer saved me so much time and effort. It’s a game changer and I will be able to complete many more projects in a day! Now I am looking around my house to see what else could use a little freshening up!

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It doesn’t even look like the same desk! I am so happy with how it turned out! What do you think?

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DIY Vintage Inspired Wood Crate

DIY Vintage Inspired Wood Crate

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Hello friends! Long time no post! Summer has been jam packed! Between getting inventory ready for my new vendor booth, vacation and spending time with the kids before school starts back up I have not had the extra time to do anything for myself! I have missed blogging!

Today I am sharing how I turned two plain unfinished wood crates into vintage looking crates with character and charm.  I have had these wooden crates from Michael’s for a few years now. Originally I had planned to build a DIY nightstand for my oldest son’s bedroom. Instead we purchased him a new bedroom suite from IKEA so the crates sat in the closet holding assorted craft items. My vendor booth needs some display pieces and I thought these crates would be the perfect solution. These crates are versatile and can be used in a variety of ways.

I tried out a new to me product Better with Age by Amy Howard at Home. The results blew me away! What an amazing difference! Better with Age is thinner than a stain. It works by reacting with the tannins in the wood to turn raw wood into an aged finish. In only 10 minutes I had a vintage style crate! Unbelievable! Now I want to use it on everything!!!

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First I sanded the crates lightly so the Better with Age would soak into the wood more effectively. This is recommended on the back on the can. Using a bristle brush I quickly painted on the solution. You can see on the third strip of wood where I have not applied it yet. The change is instant! Be sure to go back over any drips immediately or they will remain on your project. Unlike stain there is no wiping afterwards. Although this product is water based and contains no VOC’s, it can still be an irritant so wear gloves. Better with Age has no odor! That is a huge plus for me as I am very sensitive to chemical smells.

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After just a few minutes I could not believe how different my crate looked! As it sat and dried for a little while the color darkened slightly.

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It went from an ordinary and plain to something that I would find at a barn sale.

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Due to the grain of the wood each crate turned out differently! I love that. Vintage pieces never look the same.

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I couldn’t help myself and also applied it to an apple bushel basket and a piece of wood for a future craft project. A little goes a long way and I still have so much left in my can. My barn door to the laundry room may be receiving some too!

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After the crates dried I wanted them to look more like the vintage crates that I already own. Both of them have lettering stamped on the ends. I recreated the look with stencils and a little craft paint.

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I blotted the excess paint off of my brush before adding it to the stencil. Bleeding around the edges of the stencil was done intentionally. True vintage farm items are never perfect. Once the painted on lettering was dry I quickly used my sanding block to smooth it over. It took the sheen off of the paint and make it appear more authentic.

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I can not wait to use these in my vendor booth to display pillows and other goodies! PVA was chosen for the lettering as the shop is located in Powhatan, VA. If you are in the area visit my booth at the Vintage Antique Shack!

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Farmhouse Budget Laundry Room Makeover: $100 Room Challenge The Reveal

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Welcome back to the final week of the $100 Room Challenge hosted by Erin of Lemons, Lavender and Laundry! If you are not familiar with the challenge you can read about it here. A group of bloggers have a $100 budget to make over a room in their home. In week one I introduced you to my laundry room. The second week I shared some of my progress. Last week I got some more work completed. It is a disaster and I am hoping to turn it into a beautiful space that I will no longer be embarrassed for friends and family to see!

When I left off last week I had so much that needed to be completed. It took me an extra two days to finish! Seeing the results, it was worth the wait! The first week I introduced to the goals for this makeover. I’m happy to say I was able to check off all of them but one. I opted to install a barn door instead of a folding table. Unfortunately on my tight budget I was not able to do both.

  1. Flooring. This hideous floral beat up vinyl has got to go.
  2. Add a washing machine drain pan. The pan is more of a need than a want as we don’t need a flood!
  3. Paint. The walls are really dingy and marked up.
  4. Functionality. I need some sort of folding countertop or table. Currently I fold clothes on my bed and I would prefer not to transfer laundry into my bedroom. Sometimes it ends up not leaving!
  5. Organization. Right now things are haphazardly thrown onto the shelves and on top of the machines. A few things, like my old Cricut machine, do not belong in this room.
  6. Make it pretty.

Let’s take a look at the before pictures. Messy, disorganized, and chaotic are all words that come to mind when thinking about my laundry room in its previous state.

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And now for the afters! I would say it’s bright, clean and a place I will no longer be embarrassed for guests to see! The barn door was a labor of love and came with a learning curve. Pinterest was very handy when looking for design ideas but we ultimately went with our own made up plan. Incorporating wood that was left over from my master bedroom makeover was the only way to make it possible to add the barn door without killing the budget.

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I was planning to paint the barn door the same color as our trim paint but after discussing it with some friends I decided to leave natural like my bedroom ceiling. Staining it would have been another good option but I did not want the area to feel too dark with the flooring. Plus I’m kind of lazy and this required no additional work.

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Luckily I did not have to take down the entire gallery wall. At the top we had to remove a few pieces to fit the barn door hardware on the wall. The barn door has enough space behind it so it does not hit the picture frames.

I can guarantee I will never come to love doing the laundry but having a pretty space to be in will certainly help! Now let’s talk numbers. Unfortunately I went over my budget a little bit but I think it was worth it!

Budget $100

Purchased:

Crate $3

Barn Door Hardware $45.99

Mason Jar Drink Dispenser $7.88

Mason Jar Drink Dispenser $7.88

Screws $2.67

Door handle $2.97

1×6 Wood for the door $25.57

1×6 Wood to mount the hardware $6.07

Mendplate $1.67

Total Spent: $103.70

Over budget by $3.70

Before you go check out what my fellow bloggers were up to this week. This challenge has been so much fun and I hope to participate in another one in the future!

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Farmhouse Budget Laundry Room Makeover: $100 Room Challenge Week Three

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Welcome back to week three of the $100 Room Challenge hosted by Erin of Lemons, Lavender and Laundry! If you are not familiar with the challenge you can read about it here. A group of bloggers have a $100 budget to make over a room in their home. Two weeks ago I introduced you to my laundry room. Last week I shared some of my progress. It is a disaster and I am hoping to turn it into a beautiful space that I will no longer be embarrassed for friends and family to see!

It was another week of not getting all of my tasks completed! This one was totally my fault! My husband measured out what we needed for our barn door. We are using leftover tongue in groove wood we have from our master bedroom makeover ceiling. My part was going to Lowe’s and buying four 1×6 pieces of pine. The wood smelled a little funny and I thought that was weird. Well I bought the right size but the wrong type. The label said Ground Pressure but I had no idea what that meant. Apparently it means pressure treated wood that is only for outside use. Oops. Since moving out to the country Lowe’s runs end up taking over an hour round trip. We were working on the door in the evening after he got home from work so I didn’t have the time to go back. IMG_3382

 

Now for the progress I did make! I was able to knock item #3 off of my list, paint and item #5, organization! When I mentioned that I was using the leftover white paint from my powder room makeover my husband made a face. He’s not as big of a neutral fan as I am. Since I’m the one doing the labor I get the final say, right? Plus using leftover supplies means more money left in my budget to spend! There was just enough paint to finish the room so it worked out perfectly. Our laundry room looks fresh and clean now, not to mention brighter!

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The shelves were restocked with only the essential items for this room. Lightbulbs went into the crate and everything else found a place on the shelves. A Ball jar was reused to hold my Oxiclean. I purchased two mason jar drink dispensers from Walmart to hold the laundry detergent and vinegar. Vinegar is used instead of fabric softener and also helps to freshen towels.

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I was also able to complete item #6, make it pretty. The shelf was rehung along with my antique washboards and other decor items. My oldest son traded hampers with me so I can use this fun farmhouse style one he had in his room instead of the plastic one that was in here prior.

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Let’s break down what I have spent so far on this makeover.

Budget $100

Purchased:

Crate $3

Barn Door Hardware $45.99

Mason Jar Drink Dispenser $7.88

Mason Jar Drink Dispenser $7.88

Total Spent: $64.75

Money Left to Spend $35.25

Next week is the final reveal! We need to get to work! Our new flooring will be put down, an overflow pan will be installed and our barn door will be completed. Before you go check out what my fellow bloggers were up to this week.

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Farmhouse Laundry Room Budget Makeover: $100 Room Challenge Week Two

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Welcome back to week two of the $100 Room Challenge hosted by Erin of Lemons, Lavender and Laundry! If you are not familiar with the challenge you can read about it here. A group of bloggers have a $100 budget to make over a room in their home. Last week I introduced you to my laundry room. It is a disaster and I am hoping to turn it into a beautiful space that I will no longer be embarrassed for friends and family to see!

This week I did not make as much progress as I had hoped to. My husband was out of town for 4 days, I’m dealing with a child who has a dislocated elbow and the heat index is over 100 degrees! Painting the room was on my to do list but with this weather it was not happening. Unfortunately I have had to push that back to next week. Instead I took the time to work on item #6 on my list, make it pretty!

First I emptied and cleaned out the entire room. I’m embarrassed to say it had been a very long time since I had done this and it shows in my before pictures! This crate was purchased a few months ago at a yard sale for $3. It fits the width of the shelf perfectly.

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My husband took the door off for me to make it easier to paint and I love having the additional space to move around. Our laundry room looks so much bigger now! I have decided not to put it back up. Instead we are going to build a sliding barn door. Pinterest has several tutorials on how to build your own for cheap! We are still deciding which plans to use. My first stop to shop for hardware was Amazon. Luckily I found many inexpensive hardware kits to choose from so I placed an order. It should arrive in a few days (thank you Prime!!!). The only downside is this eats up the budget that was set aside for making a folding table. Oh well. You can’t have it all!

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The only other thing I accomplished this week was gathering accessories from around the house. Underneath the mess in the laundry room I had some treasures hiding that I never got around to displaying properly, including my washboards. Antique washboards are fun laundry room decor and fairly easy to find in antique shops and flea markets. My collection includes 2 larger wooden and metal washboards and one all wood washboard. They are well worn and I can’t even imagine what it must have been like to have to use these for my family’s laundry. We do enough with the washer and dryer. I would be washing clothes all day long!

 

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The Be Joyful sign came from the half bath and it is a reminder to myself to be happy no matter what I am doing, including laundry! I have had this heavy cast iron antique iron sitting on the shelves but it was hidden behind all of the cleaning supplies. Instead it needs to be better displayed.

The flooring and drain pan are on the list for next week along with paint and starting on the barn door. I was lucky enough to have an almost full box of leftover peel and stick vinyl flooring from my boy’s bathroom makeover. Huge budget saver! You can see that makeover here. Let’s break down what I have spent so far on this makeover.

Budget $100

Purchased:

Crate $3

Barn Door Hardware $45.99

Total Spent: $48.99

Money Left to Spend $51.01

 

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Check back with me next Wednesday! Before you go, please visit my fellow bloggers to see what they have been up to this week!


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