Archives for June 2017

Thrift Games: DIY Chicken Coop Sign

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I am so excited to be participating in Thrift Games hosted by Charleston Crafted. We were challenged to do a thrift store makeover on an item meant to be used outdoors with a $15 total budget. It wasn’t easy with such a small budget but I was able to meet their challenge. I only had to purchase one item as the painting supplies were leftovers from previous DIY projects. My total amount spent was a whopping $3!!!!

We have been wanting to decorate our chicken coop since we built it two years ago. It’s functional but I want it to be pretty too. My mother bought me a garden flag but that is as far as we have gotten. I really wanted a cute sign for them and was looking for a way to re-purpose an item to make one. My kids and I stopped at Goodwill earlier in the week and found this hideous wheat motif melamine tray. The price tag was $4.25 but when we got to the register the cashier let us know that green tags were 50% off. After donating to round up I ended up paying $3!

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When I got home I went through my crafting supplies and found black chalk paint that I had leftover from the boy’s bathroom vanity makeover. You can see that post here if you are interested. I also found a gold paint pen that I had laying around.  Since chalk paint requires no prep work I just started painting. It took two coats and I used a fan to help speed up the drying process (I am impatient!)

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While the paint was curing I went to the computer to print out a graphic for a stencil. I decided to go with The Chick Inn (yes super cheesy but I think it’s cute). PicMonkey allowed me to create the sign using the Design feature. For the font I went with Bilbo Swash Caps and then reverse imaged it with the rotate tool. Once I printed it used regular white chalk and rubbed it on the back on my paper. The paper was then laid chalk side down onto the tray and I used a pen cap to trace the words.

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You can see how the chalk transfers the wording onto the tray. I then used my paint pen and traced over the chalk lines. When I was finished I wiped away the excess chalk.

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For the bottom section I wanted an outline of a chicken but knew there was no way I could freehand one. I used a free clip art chicken silhouette and printed it. Since it was too large I trimmed it to fit with my scissors and then traced it with the paint pen.

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Here is the finished product! I think my girls approve. Since it will be hung out of the elements I did not use a sealant. If it were going to be exposed I would recommend using one.

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Cozy Farmhouse Style Living Room Design

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All images on this post courtesy of: Arhaus Furniture

Today I decided to have a little fun today and design a farmhouse style living room using Arhaus furniture and their new line of paint. Arhaus makes it easy to build your own room on their website. I was able to go to their Living Room page and find all the elements that I needed in one place. So convenient!

Let’s start with the wall color. Blue is my favorite color and I use it in several rooms in my home. It has a soothing quality and just makes you feel relaxed and welcome. There are so many shades of blue but I decided to go light and airy with the paint to set the tone of the room. When you have guests you want to them to feel at home and blue is the perfect color for a cozy space. I imagine the room with bright white trim and moldings. The color I chose is Stream in an Eggshell finish.

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Moving onto the seating. I love pieces that you can just sink in to and cuddle up. The Rio Upholstered Chair in Check Please Lakeland fits that bill. Buffalo check is a fun blue print perfect for an accent piece that makes a bold state. Just look at those legs! For the sofa I chose the Outerbanks Upholstered Sofa in Hampton Oyster. Choosing more neutral pieces of large furniture will allow you to mix prints and fabric easily. I like to change my decor seasonally.

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Next I chose some gorgeous tables. Thick and solid wood pieces are perfect in this space. The Hudson Rectangular Coffee Table in Natural and the Hudson Rectangular Console Table in Natural tie in nicely with the wooden legs of the upholstered furniture without being too matchy.

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Speaking of fabrics I had a little fun with some pattern mixing using throw pillows. I love using natural elements combined with different textures, colors and fabrics. Keeping with the blue theme I chose the Batik Motif Blue Square Pillow and paired it with Chestnut and White Hair on Hide Pillow Nothing says farmhouse style like farm animal prints! For the flooring I selected the Theo Jute Rug in Camel to bring more another neutral element into the room.

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Now let’s talk accessories to finish up the room. Good lighting is important for any space. How fun are these lamps? Brass is in right now and these have amazing style. For the table lamps I chose the Franklin Brass Weighted Task Lamp. They coordinate well with the floor lamp I selected, the Sorbonne Floor Lamp in brass. For the walls this gorgeous Teak Arched Window Pane Mirror would look amazing! The coffee table I chose is large and perfect for a vignette. I am loving this cloche, the Pasca Dome in Antique Brass.

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I hope you enjoyed the room I designed. You do not to live out in the country to love farmhouse style. It’s cozy and informal which is perfect for pretty much anyone no matter where you live. Let me know what you think!

 

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Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint: Kitchen Table and Chairs Makeover

Kitchen Table and Chairs Makeover

This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. I have received free paint from Amy Howard at Home in exchange for an honest review. You may view my disclosure here.

 

If you’re a regular reader of my blog you know I love a good bargain. My kitchen table and chairs were a huge score! Years ago I found the table at a yard sale for $10. It was in sad shape and filthy. After cleaning it up and painting the legs white it moved into my craft room as my scrapbooking table. That was in my last house two kids ago when I had the luxury of having an entire crafting room to myself! Now my work space is the dining room table.

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When we moved I used the kitchen table for an actual kitchen table. Originally I had different chairs but have since given them to a friend. Browsing Goodwill one afternoon I found these ladder back chairs. All four chairs were only $35!! They just needed a little love. Someone had spray painted them black but they got pretty beat up from use afterwards. Luckily Amy Howard at Home offered me free paint for a makeover project in exchange for an honest review. This set was the perfect project! I went with the One Step Paint in Black.

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Our little mini pig Neil caused a lot of destruction the few months he was living indoors. He would drag his puppy playpen around the kitchen making black paint marks all over the white table legs. It looked horrible! Instead of repainting the table base white again I decided to go all black with the set.  I’m glad I did as I’m loving the look now! This paint requires no prep work which makes life so much easier. Of course you do want to start with clean surfaces. The paint also has no odor so I am able to use it indoors. Huge plus for me as I don’t have a garage to work in.

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Before I got started I used brown paper grocery bags to protect the rush seats on the chairs. First I cut them in half and then I clipped the corners. Using painter’s tape I secured the bags to the seats of the chairs.

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Per the instructions I opened the paint and let it sit out for 20 minutes to thicken up. The consistency is great as it’s not as drippy as regular paint. Using a 1 1/2″ paintbrush I got started on the table.

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The first coat covered the white well but the second coat really finished it off nicely. I love that the dry time is only 30 minutes. Finishing a project quickly is very important to me!

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One of the chairs had a crack in the top rung. I decided to use a matching chair I also found at Goodwill for $8 to replace it. In two coats I was able to take the brown chair and transform it black. This picture was taken during the first coat of paint. The coverage is great! You are unable to tell which chair it is now after two coats. The rest of the chairs only received one coat just to freshen them up. When they dried I did not feel that a second coat was necessary.

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Just a few hours after starting my project the kitchen and family room were back to normal. I had minimal cleanup too!

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Here is the before and after. I am loving the black! What do you think?

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Summer 2017 Farmhouse Home Tour

 

Welcome friends! It’s the first official day of summer! Today I’m sharing my home tour with you. Enjoy!

Let’s get started on the front porch. I went with a patriotic theme as red, white and blue just scream summer to me. You can read more about my front porch here.

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Moving inside you step into my teeny tiny foyer. I found this free Land of the Free Because of the Brave printable on Pinterest. You can print out your own from Loving Mountain Life here. Using free printables is one of the ways I save money on seasonal home decor. Another fun updates is my crock is holding a faux fiddle fig plant from Michael’s. My name is Tracy and I am a plant killer. Faux is the only way to go indoors for me!

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Step into the dining room. I kept it super simple in here. Combining natural textures like the wooden bowl, twine balls and linen table runner keep it light and airy for summer. For the table, Kirkland’s had this centerpiece for a steal! The glass bottles and my faux peachy pink ranunculus are the perfect pairing! Don’t look too closely or you will see the “art” my 5 year old left for me. A new tabletop is now on the to do list!

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Come on in to the kitchen. Fresh cut chives from our herb garden in a simple ceramic pitcher adorn the table. Yes they are real but I won’t feel as guilty when they die since they were free. The shelves were changed up a bit to incorporate the cute copper tea kettle I found at an estate sale.

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My kitchen counters are usually pretty clear as I am an anti clutter person. Our coffee maker and Rae Dunn collection take up one small section leaving the rest of the countertops open for food preparation.

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Every summer the kids and I do a bucket list and try as hard as we can to mark everything off. We have a very busy summer planned this year so it’s going to be close if we get everything done in time!

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Last but not least is the family room. Did you notice my new antique sewing machine table? It’s the Mother’s Day gift I bought for myself. I saw it in a local boutique and had to have it!

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This past month I made a new purchase (the buffalo check rug) since my naughty little piggie Neil ruined the sisal one I had in here previously. I planned to buy another natural fiber rug (I am in love with Jute) but was out voted. The kids and husband said they needed our new rug to be soft. Overstock had a great selection of wool rugs and it was so hard to choose!

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So I started with the rug and I ended up buying new pillows too. It always seems to snowball for me!

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And no, I did not clean the shoe mess up for you. It’s real life over here. We are constantly switching between our flip flops and farm boots throughout the day. I was more than happy for the backpack mess to be put away for the summer though! Next house a mudroom is a must!!

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I hope you enjoyed my home tour. Check back in with me to see all of the makeover projects I have planned for this summer!

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Budget Friendly Closet Makeover

Budget Closet Makeover JerseyGirlintheSouth.com

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I’m going to let you all in on a little secret. While my house may appear well organized and neat, my closets are not! They start out that way but over time we just start shoving stuff everywhere. Every few months I empty each closet and do a little reorganizing. It’s a temporary fix but I am determined for this one to remain permanent! When we moved into our house almost two years ago I lost all steam by the time I got to our bedroom. My husband took his packed cardboard boxes and just stuck them on top of the shelves and then never unpacked them. He has an issue with holding onto things. I wouldn’t say he’s a hoarder per se, but if I was not here to rein him in I don’t know what would happen!

Every season I religiously go through my clothing and get rid of anything I have not worn. Anything that does not fit well or has wash wear gets the boot. My husband just keeps buying more but has a hard time parting with the old. Like I said, he could easily be a hoarder… Here are the embarrassing before pictures. HOT MESS I tell you! I am sharing them to show you how bad it had gotten!!! This is our “Monica closet”. Friends fan will get that reference. Wedding photos, a bag of computer wires, Amazon impulse purchases and a computer tower were all mixed in that mess. All of it found it’s way back to their proper homes.

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I had a good start organizing with my shoe holders. Both came from my last house. Boots are hard to store so this hanging boot organizer from Amazon is perfect! The hanging shoe organizer is another Amazon find and I love it. Shoes can be stored in pairs or separately and since it’s vertical it takes up minimal space. My workout clothing and shorts are also in a hanging closet organizer. Dollar Tree had some awesome brown fabric bins that coordinate with the shoe holder. They were purchased for our hats but can be used to hold anything you like.

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Plastic hangers never hang nicely and stick out awkwardly all over the place. My solution was velvet hangers. HomeGoods had a big selection but some of the packages had damaged hangers in them. While I was looking an employee let me know that her manager would discount them if I wanted to purchase. Yes please! Our closet now feels more like a boutique than a bachelor pad. If you notice my husband’s clothes are also organized by sleeve length and color. Before he just haphazardly hung stuff wherever and it looked very sloppy.

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Our other issue was the lighting. The fixture that came with the house cast off an yellow glow. It was hard to match colors in that light. While browsing Lowe’s I came across a new fixture for $12.98! I was hoping for an inexpensive light and could not believe the price! My husband installed it for me and I could not believe the difference. White pure light makes picking out your clothing so much easier! There are no windows on that side of the room so it was impossible to take a picture with the light off. You can see the details on the box. It is very pretty in person.

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Another change I made was to hang my purses. I had them on the shelf and some of them ended up on the floor. Now they are easily accessible and the totes are all in one place. No more digging through the mess when I am trying to find a bag! Being a decorator I also had to add a fun monogram and art work. My budget for this project was $100 and I came in under!

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Here is my budget breakdown:

Velvet hangers (HomeGoods) $58.97

I Love Us Art (Hobby Lobby clearance) $5.44

Hook (Hobby Lobby 50% off) $6.99

Hat bins (Dollar Tree) $2

Light Fixture (Lowes) $12.98

Grand total $86.38

Are you interested in any of the items I used in my makeover? You can shop my closet!





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