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!

 

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

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

 

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I have signed on for another $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.  For this month I have chosen my laundry room. Our laundry room has not been fully updated since my house was built in 1992 (besides new washer/dryer by previous owner and the light fixture) and needs some love.

If you have ever been to my house you have most likely not seen my laundry room. The door is kept closed because I don’t want to look at it! Laundry is my nemesis and I try to spend as little time as possible in here. I’m hoping a makeover will help to change my attitude. It’s not likely but at least it will be pretty to look at and more functional.

Are you ready to see my mess? I did not do any cleaning up for you! My washer and dryer have never been moved since we moved in 2 years ago and I do not even want to think about what is back there… Eww….

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So let’s talk about the plan. There are a few positive features to the laundry room

  1. Good natural light from the window.
  2. The location. It is on the second floor across from master bedroom.
  3. That’s about it.

There are a few things I would like to change.

  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.

A few examples of what I am talking about are shown below. See the boring dingy walls? And that chevron cow print is out of style.

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Messy shelves? I’ve got 3 of them!

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Let us take one last before view of the room. There is not a large space to work with but I will do my best!

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Be sure to check back with me every Wednesday to see my progress. Check out what my fellow bloggers are working on below!


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Budget Friendly Closet Makeover

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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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Farmhouse Style Patriotic Summer Front Porch

 

 

Patriotic Summer Front Porch

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This is the first house that I have owned with a true front porch. I love to style it for the different seasons. The navy blue rockers give the house a down home country feel and look great paired with Americana decor. Our family looks forward to Memorial Day and July 4th celebrations every summer and I would like my home to reflect that.

First new pillows were purchased for the rocking chairs at Tuesday Morning. Their selection of outdoor pillows were all too brightly colored or too expensive for my small budget. Instead I purchased these adorable American flag pillows for $15 each. I loved the brass star button details!

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I wanted them to hold up to the elements so I purchased Scotchguard Heavy Duty Water Shield from Amazon. It is supposed to protect outdoor furniture and fabrics. This is the first time I have used this product and so far so good. We had a bad rainstorm last night and the pillows repelled the water well.

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Following the directions I coated both sides of each pillow letting them dry fully before flipping them over. I wore gloves so I did not get it on my skin and used plastic bags to protect the grass.

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This cute little chalk painted table remains on our porch year round and I change up the decor seasonally. It was a flea market find from NJ and I painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Provence. By shopping the house I was able to save some money! The sign was left over from last summer, the flags were a Hobby Lobby clearance find and everything else I already owned.

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Besides the pillows the only other thing I purchased was flowers. Costco had the lavender topiary for $20! I had to drive to two stores to find it but it was worth the hunt.

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The fern was from Lowe’s and just screamed Southern front porch to me! My husband was not thrilled when he saw it as we have a whole woods full of ferns in our backyard… I could have dug some up for free. Oops!

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On the front door I hung up my patriotic heart I found at Christmas Tree Shops last summer. I love that store for seasonal goodies.

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I am in love with the way our front porch turned out and I can’t wait to spend time on it all summer sittin’ and sippin’.

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Easter Decor Farmhouse Style

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I love spring and all of the soft pastels surrounding Easter decorations. Any holiday that allows me to decorate with more bunnies is perfect for me! Egg hunts, dressing up and attending the Monument Avenue Easter on Parade in Richmond are just some of the things we look forward to as a family during this season. My kids love it because they know the bunny is going to bring them candy and some goodies!

I haven’t changed the porch since I put up my spring decorations but I did add this cute Easter bunny sign to the door.

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As you come into my  foyer you will see the cute new goodies I found. I love my ceramic egg! Can you believe it was only $6 at TJ Maxx! Those sweet Victorian style eggs were on sale for $.59 at Michael’s! I want to go back and buy more.

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My dining room always changes with the holidays. I love styling my buffet for the different seasons. Rae Dunn Easter platters go perfectly with the sweet little chick and bunny decorations. The garland is from the Target bargain area last year and the burlap carrots were this year’s finds.

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Next stop is my kitchen. I kept it simple in there using fresh eggs from our chickens and a linen table runner for a natural look. You may have noticed that I have different kitchen chairs. While browsing Goodwill for outdoor decor to make over I came across these chairs. One of them is damaged so they sold me all 4 chairs for $35! Can you believe it? They need a fresh coat of paint and a little wood glue but that’s it.

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Lastly I added a little Easter fun to the family room. A cute ceramic bunny from the Target bargain area joined my tray on top of the green dresser (also a Target bargain score!).

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I did not add much to this room besides some jelly beans in a candy dish (which lasted all of 2 minutes in the jar before my youngest devoured them).

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Spring time and Easter make me think of the outdoors and baby animals. Bunnies, baby chicks, ducklings, spring flowers are all part of the season to me. My son talked us into buying two sweet Rouen ducklings at Tractor Supply. Sadly we had to rehome them after only a week because I was severely allergic. I had no idea or I would not have bought them. The ducklings grew so fast and my kids were in love with them. They understood we had to give them away but there were plenty of tears from the little one.

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My picnic basket was purchased to resell but I couldn’t part with it. Luckily Bun Bun willingly participates in my photos. She’s the sweetest!

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The yard is blooming and I love it!

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One last tradition is giving our teachers fresh eggs from our chickens. Last year’s teachers loved it so I hope this year’s do as well! The printable is from Eighteen 25. It’s meant for a sweet treat but I think it’s perfect for eggs too!

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I hope you enjoyed Easter at our house! What traditions does your family have?

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