Top 10 Posts of 2017 from Jersey Girl In The South

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It’s the end of 2017 already! Can you believe it? This year has been a great one for me and my family. 2017 has been a year of firsts. My first business venture in a boutique, my youngest starting Kindergarten, owning goats for the first time and a road trip to Ohio to attend their first wedding. I am looking forward to seeing what 2018 has in store for us!

Blogging has been another fun adventure that I pursed in 2017. Today I am sharing my top ten most popular posts of the past year! Are you ready?

First is my Spring at the Farmhouse Home Tour. I teamed up with some very talented blogger friends to give tours of our homes. You don’t want to miss these!

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Second is my DIY Powder Room Makeover. My husband and I added a shiplap accent wall to bring some farmhouse charm to our boring powder room. I also used chalk paint to transform the vanity.

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Third is my Farmhouse Style Valentine’s Day Decor. Neil makes a cameo appearance in this one.

Farmhouse Style Valentine's Day Decor Jersey Girl in the South

Fourth is my Touch of Fall Home Tour. I teamed up with some fabulous ladies to show you how we celebrate fall in our homes.

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Fifth is one of my personal favorites! It’s the reveal post of my Farmhouse Laundry Room Makeover for the $100 Room Challenge. I’m happy to say the room is still clean most days, which is a huge improvement! Not only did we make over the hideous floor and organize the space, my husband built the sliding barn door!

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Sixth is my Summer 2017 Home Tour. Readers love to see tours and they are one of my favorite posts to do!

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Seventh is the reveal for my Boy’s Bedroom Makeover for the $100 Room Challenge. I am excited to share that I will be participating again! This time I am making over my teenager’s room! Wish me luck as the before is REALLY bad!!!!!!!

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Eighth is my Patriotic Front Porch. I love decorating for the 4th of July!

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Ninth is my kitchen table and chairs makeover. I am pleased to say they have held up amazing to my three messy boys!

Before and after kitchen table and chairs makeover Amy Howard

And last but certainly not least is my sewing table makeover. I fell in love with this sewing table when I found it. The table was purchased for me to resell but after the makeover I could not part with it!

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Which post was your favorite this year?

 

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

Kitchen Table and Chairs Makeover

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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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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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Boys Farmhouse Bedroom Makeover $100 Room Challenge Week 5

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It’s week 5 of the $100 Room Challenge, the big reveal!!! Are you ready to see my boy’s new bedroom makeover? If you are not familiar with the challenge it was created by Erin of Lemons, Lavender and Laundry  You have $100 budget and one month to make over a space in your home. At the end of this post please visit the other challengers to see their final reveals! It has been so much fun following along every week with the progress photos.

If you are new to my blog you can find the before photos and previous week’s progress in these links.

Week One Week Two Week Three Week Four

For this challenge I took on my boy’s shared bedroom. I had several goals I was hoping to accomplish during this makeover.

  1. Add seating
  2. Change out the bedding for something easier to manage. Bunk beds are hard for kids to make themselves!
  3. Update the artwork
  4. Book storage
  5. Add character with a wood feature wall

Most of them were able to be completed exactly as planned. Number 5 was the exception. Unfortunately I am terrible at measuring and did not have enough leftover wood to complete that project. Instead of a wood feature wall I decided to do a chalkboard for the boys! I had leftover paint from the chalkboard wall in my kitchen so it was no additional expense. My husband cut 4 boards into 3 foot long pieces. Then I used the rest of the leftover red chalk paint from the bookcase project to paint them. I took our sweet little ducklings outside for a little time in the sun while I was painting. They are so curious and watched everything that I was doing!

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Now that the frame boards are finished drying it’s time to move inside. First I got out the level and traced out the size I wanted the chalkboard to be. I decided 3×3 would be perfect for that spot. Next using a foam brush I painted the outline of the chalkboard. Once that was done I used a paint roller to complete the chalkboard. After everything was nice and dry My husband framed it out for me using the nail gun and painted boards.

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We hung a sign that I had made a few months ago for my hallway but never put up. Timber Trace Farmstead is the name my son chose when registering our Silver Fox Rabbits with the ARBA. We are no longer breeding rabbits and the parents have been sold but the name remains for our little farm. The boys are so excited to have a chalkboard in their bedroom and it will get so much use.

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Now for the room reveal! The before picture is pretty bad. What a mess!

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And the after! Ahhh, much better. Let’s hope they can keep their bedroom this clean on a regular basis!

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A fun little gallery wall is so much cuter! Originally I planned to use the vintage locker basket in my oldest son’s bedroom. I want to do an industrial modern makeover for him but he prefers his bedroom the way it is now. The basket looks great in here turned on it’s side as a shelf instead. It holds the boy’s trophies and a set of antlers.

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Nice neat bedding! No more sloppy blankets!

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We also decided to rearrange the furniture to change things up a bit. The boys will not be so crowded when they are taking clothes out of their dresser.

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This week I managed to only work with what I already owned. As a result I did not end up spending anything! The final numbers:

Budget $100

Money spent:

Knob $2.39

Bedding ($ 40×2) $80

Artwork license plate $2.52

8×10 prints (2) $7.98

American Flag pillows ($2.49×2) $4.98

Total spent: $97.87

Under budget by: $2.13!!!!

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Boys Farmhouse Bedroom Makeover $100 Room Challenge Week 3

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It’s week 3 of the $100 room challenge already. March is flying by! This week I was able to cross off goals 1 through 3 of my farmhouse style bedroom makeover. Yes I know it’s not in order since I completed goal 4 last week but that’s how we roll around here. If you are not familiar with the $100 Room Challenge before, it was created by Erin of Lemons, Lavender and Laundry. You choose a room to makeover in one month on a $100 budget. My progress and before pictures can be found here Week One Week Two

Now for this week’s details:

  1. Add seating. We had this fun blue camouflage/video game inspired print beanbag chair hanging around in my older son’s room and it sometimes lives in the playroom. The colors matched the boy’s bedroom and the price was right (free from shopping the house) so it was a perfect fit.

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2. New bedding. Where has Zipit bedding been all of my parenting life? It is so much easier for the kids to make their own beds now. Making their bed used to be so difficult and it always looked sloppy even when I helped. Now all they have to do is zip it up like a sleeping bag. So awesome!! Even better is that I found them on Wayfair on sale for $40. The retail price is $60! They can be found here. As of this posting the price went up $4 but it’s still an awesome deal!

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3. Update the artwork. This American flag framed art used to hang in my family room. Recently I replaced it with a mirror and planned to use it as a Fourth of July decoration instead. I think it goes along with the farmhouse theme so I let the boys have it. My youngest spotted this rather tacky John Deere license plate in Tractor Supply for $2.52 in the clearance aisle. Being the country boy that he is he HAD to have it so it went into the cart. After all it is their bedroom and I want them to love it.

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Originally these frames contained pictures from a country themed calendar. They were nice but kind of blah. I wanted something more colorful for the boy’s bedroom.

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Recently I took my youngest down to an antique tractor museum about an hour away from us. He was in love! I got some great shots and thought they would be really cute in their bedroom. They would also remind us of the fun outing we had. Reusing the IKEA frames is also saving me some money!

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Budget $100

Money spent so far:

Knob $2.39

Bedding ($40×2) $80

Artwork license plate $2.52

8×10 prints at Walgreens (2) $7.98

Budget left to spend: $7.11

Boy's Farmhouse Bedroom makeover week 3

Boy’s Farmhouse Bedroom makeover week 3

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Boys Farmhouse Bedroom Makeover: $100 Room Challenge Week 2

 

It’s week 2 of the $100 room challenge by Lemons, Lavender and Laundry. Last week I introduced you to my boy’s bedroom. This week I am having fun with a little chalk paint. I have some big makeover plans for a more functional bedroom. The post can be found here.

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I was able to cross off item #4 (book storage) this week. We had this bookcase in my older son’s closet that is from the same furniture set as the dresser. There are some scratches and dings which is not surprising since I purchased the furniture set in 2008 for my older and middle son when they briefly shared a bedroom at our last house. Sharing a room did not last long so I lost my crafting room to separate them. It was worth the sacrifice not to listen to the fighting! This is why the middle and youngest share now (we only have 3 bedrooms upstairs) instead of them despite the 5 year age difference.

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I had leftover chalk paint from my red dresser makeover that was completed a few months ago. The chalk paint I used is Americana Decor in Romance. Soft varnish was used as a protective coating. My blue dresser in the foyer was painted using the same steps. That post can be found here.

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The knob is the same one that was used on the dresser. Hobby Lobby has the best selection of knobs! I purchased it using a 40% off coupon bringing it down to $2.39.

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First I cleaned the bookcase well. Second I started painting with chalk paint. I love that there is no sanding or other prep work involved. Projects can be completed so much faster! I like to pour out some paint onto a paper plate or bowl instead of dipping in the jar.

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I quickly paint and then go back and drag the foam brush the full length of the surface in one smooth line. That will remove any brush strokes. Sometimes I like the look of brush strokes and will use a real paint brush. My preference is foam brushes. Foam leaves a nice finish and since they are so cheap I don’t feel guilty throwing them away. Perfect for lazy people like myself.

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Normally I would do two coats of chalk paint but since I wanted a little wood grain to show through like the dresser I only did one coat. This bookcase did not receive any distressing but a little sandpaper or a sanding block could be used to rough up the edges if that is the look you are going for. When I started painting it was nice and bright out but a rain storm rolled in and it got dark quickly! The overhead lights had to go on making it harder for me to see! I like to paint in natural light so I get a better end result.

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Once the paint was fully dry I went over it with a coat of Americana Decor Soft Varnish. The varnish protects the chalk paint from chipping off. This product is clear and does not change the color of the chalk paint. Other waxes can be used if you wanted an antiqued look.

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Budget $100

Money spent so far: Knob $2.39

Budget left to spend: $97.61

Stay tuned to see what I accomplish next week! The final results will be posted at the end of the month. This challenge has been so much fun!

Farmhouse style boys bedroom makeover

Farmhouse style boys bedroom makeover


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Spring at the Farmhouse Home Tour

Spring Home Tour

I have teamed up with some amazing blogger friends for the Spring at the Farmhouse 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 Little By Little Farmhouse   I am so happy that you stopped by! Her 1836 Farmhouse is stunning, isn’t it?

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Welcome to my home! I do not have a grand entryway, just this cozy little spot. I’m guessing you noticed the little piggie in the corner.  That’s Neil. He is my shadow and loves to photobomb my pictures. If you follow me on Instagram I often share his antics. He’s a naughty little guy!

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My house is beginning to change over from my darker winter decor to everything light, bright and fun. Second to fall, spring is my favorite season. I am not a big fan of cold and snow. If you are a regular reader of my blog you may remember that I had navy blue curtains and dark plaid throw pillows. They have all be replaced by all white everything! The neutral palette goes well with the pastel colors of spring.

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I have added lots of flowers (faux of course so I don’t sneeze!) to the house. The mantel was kept very simple with a bird’s nest, some forsythia and an adorable church birdhouse. My favorite springtime picture of my boys in a teal frame adds a little pop of color.

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Of course I had to hit up my favorite seasonal shopping place, The Target Bargain Spot, to see what treasures I could find. As usual I was not disappointed! This adorable Hello Spring pillow and the pink wooden tray I used on the dresser made it into my cart in record time. Unfortunately other people in my area have discovered it too so you have to move fast! I love the cheerful colors!

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If you look inside the smaller mason jar you will see the most adorable little nest I found at a boutique near me. The larger jar holds faux robin’s eggs.

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My cozy reading corner received a few spring touches. You know how much I love my bunnies!

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In the opposite corner Harold is sporting a magnolia wreath and I added a fun little chair. It was purchased with the intent of refinishing and selling it but my boys pointed out that it fits here perfectly. They are right! The basket holds fresh eggs that my oldest son collected. My chickens are finally laying again thankfully!

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On the opposite side of the entryway is the dining room. A crisp white linen tablecloth and some fun tulips lighten up this space. On a recent junking trip I found these silver pitchers. My mom is going to have something to say when she sees that I displayed them tarnished but I prefer things to be imperfect (like myself).

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For the centerpiece I found this adorable greenhouse and filled it with dried boxwood plants and some moss eggs. I love a little bit of greenery mixed with the cotton boll.

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My master bedroom also received some spring updates. I changed up the accessories, added some more faux spring flowers and a cute decorative pillow.

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In Virginia it has been unseasonable warm and sunny which made it more challenging to take photos! Not that I am complaining!

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Lastly we head outdoors. This is the first home I have owned with a front porch and I love it. I am enjoying changing it up for the seasons plus I have a great spot to sit and watch my boys when the summer sun is scorching.

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The yard is starting to turn green but still has a ways to go. Crocus and tulips have started coming up!

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We are not the only ones enjoying the early spring weather. My animals are loving it too! Neil loves hanging out on the deck and the chickens beg to get out of the coop and free range. Literally. They will start squawking as soon as they see me. We also have rabbits which will be making an appearance on the blog closer to Easter.

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I hope you enjoyed touring my home for spring. Head over to Little Farmstead next to see what she has in store for you! Be sure to stop by and say hello to my other friends as well!

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