Farmhouse Style Patriotic Summer Front Porch

 

 

Patriotic Summer Front Porch

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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DIY Farmhouse Style Powder Room Makeover

DIY Farmhouse style powder room makeover

Since the powder room is one of our most used guest spaces I decided it was next in line for a farmhouse style makeover. I painted the bright green when we first moved in and wow was that the wrong decision! Colorful cow paintings hung in there which have since been relocated into the playroom. They are bright fun colors and better suited for the kids space.

When we moved in our bathroom was more of a modern style. All of the fixtures were brushed nickel and while they were nice that is not my style at all. A new light fixture, faucet, hardware and mirror were purchased on my first shopping trip. I never even took a before picture! The vanity matches the kitchen cabinets but I knew I wanted a different look. Some leftover chalk paint from my DIY dresser project was the perfect solution. (found here: http://www.jerseygirlinthesouth.com/diy-chalk-painted-dresser/ )

Here are the before pictures:

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I am a huge farmhouse and HGTV fan and of course fell in love with shiplap instantly when I saw it on Fixer Upper. If I had it my way every wall in this house would be covered in white shiplap. The husband would never go for that but he settled for one accent wall in the powder room. Hey, I take what I can get. All of the other walls were painted white for a more cohesive look.

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There are so many tutorials on Pinterest explaining how to shiplap a wall. We decided to use shiplap planks from Home Depot rather than use the plywood method. It was much pricier (this small wall cost $70 in materials) but my husband preferred this look. You can find some inspiration and instructions on my DIY Queen Pinterest board.  https://www.pinterest.com/jerseygirlinthe/diy-queen/

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The cabinet received a makeover and I am so happy with the results. I used Americana Decor chalk paint in Everlasting and glass knobs from Hobby Lobby to complete the transformation. My husband also reused some leftover planks from my bedroom ceiling for the side of the cabinet. It was plain before and now it’s a beauty.

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The walls were painted with Valspar Signature in Ultra White in Satin finish. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Valspar-Signature-White-Satin-Latex-Interior-Paint-and-Primer-in-One-Actual-Net-Contents-128-fl-oz/3204107

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And now for the reveal!!!

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So, what do you think?

 

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How to: DIY Chalk Paint Pumpkin with Twine Stem

How to Chalk Paint Pumpkins

As you may have already figured out I am in love with chalk paint. I think it’s the easiest way to transform a boring and outdated object into something spectacular.

My husband got down the fall decor bins out of the attic for me the other day after I nicely asked several times aka bugged him until he did it. I started going through them to see what goodies I could find. Last year I did not decorate for fall as our house had some construction projects going on and I could not remember what I had saved.  We did A LOT of purging before we moved but I still kept a few things that I was not totally in love with. Example: these too bright and obviously fake plastic pumpkins.  The decor in my new house has made a change to a more neutral pallette.

I have been loving white pumpkins, burlap and natural textures. The only problem was I didn’t own any, well until now! Instead of dropping them off at Goodwill I tried to see what they would look like with a fresh coat of paint. I figured why not? The worst I could do was ruin them. My youngest decided to “help” and drew on the tall ceramic pumpkin with green marker so I needed to do something to fix it anyway. I have owned these pumpkins for about 15 years so I got my money’s worth out of them already. A roll of twine was found in my gift wrapping stash and the white chalk paint was leftover from painting my dining room furniture. This was a zero budget project! My favorite kind!

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I started out with 5 pumpkins and ended up only keeping 4 of them. I just was not feeling the short fat one once I started painting it. Sometimes I am not happy with my DIY results and that’s ok. No harm, no foul and into the trash it went.

How to:

Step 1-Gather fake pumpkins that need a makeover. They can be ones you already own or you can buy new. Dollar Tree, Walmart, Michaels and other craft stores are filled with them. They are inexpensive and come in a variety of sizes, shapes and styles.

Step 2-Get chalk paint of your choosing and a foam brush. I used Americana Decor chalk paint in Everlasting. https://decoart.com/americana-decor/chalky-finish/paint It’s a pure white. There are many brands of chalk paint to choose from. Americana Decor and Annie Sloan are my two favorites. I have built up a nice paint stash the past few years. I buy big packs of foam brushes since I find they give me the best results. They are cheap and I throw them away when I am done. Easy peasy cleanup. It is not worth it to me to save them.

If you want to cover the pumpkin stems with twine find a roll or you can paint them for a more realistic look. My twine is from The Bargain Spot at Target from last year but you can purchase it at most big box stores and hardware stores.

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Step 3-Paint two coats of chalk paint allowing them to dry in between coats. I use a pencil as a paint stirrer since the jars are so small and dip my foam brush right into the paint. I found it easier to paint in the grooves first and then go back and do the whole pumpkin.

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Step 4-Unroll the twine. Tuck an end under the cheesy plastic stem. You can secure it with glue if you choose to but I was able to get my twine to stay without it. Wrap the twine around the stem to cover it fully. I wound it around twice and tucked the cut end back under the stem by pushing it in with the tip of a pair of scissors. Again you can use glue to hold it but I was able to make mine stay all by itself. I chose to do a simple bow instead of wrapping the stem on the ceramic pumpkin. There was no way to hide the ends of the twine. I could have glued it to the back side but I wanted to be able to have all sides of my pumpkin visible.

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Step 5-Admire your work and style your fabulous new to you pumpkins! My pumpkins found a home for now in the foyer. I put them in a metal basket (found on clearance at Hobby Lobby) with this awesome $7 blanket scarf from Target’s bargain spot. If you have not been there lately you must go! So many fall goodies and they are selling out fast! The brass quail were a Goodwill find a few weeks ago. Aren’t they cute? I was going to paint them too but I decided I like the brass for now. I swapped out my summer flowers to these faux sunflowers, also from Hobby Lobby. The dresser is another chalk paint project and can be found under the DIY and crafts tab of my blog.

The possibilities are endless with this project. You do not have to go with white. The pumpkins would be cute in black or deep purple for Halloween or a fun color that matches your other seasonal decor. You could also add patterns, polka dots or whatever look you are going for! It’s really that simple!

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If you decide to replicate my project I would love to see your results! You can tag me on Instagram or on Facebook @jerseygirlinthesouthblog .

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Chalk painted dresser love

I am a huge DIY-er but sometimes I just want to buy something that is already finished. The bonus side to that is that I am supporting local small businesses at the same time. I was looking for some sort of cabinet to store my extra craft goodies and gift bags. While shopping for accessories I came across this beauty in one of my favorite boutiques, The Vintage Owl, in Midlothian. The dresser is a solid piece and very heavy. The drawers are nice and deep to hold all of my crap..err supplies.

The dresser was painted with Dixie Belle chalk paint and the color is Kudzu. It has the perfect amount of distressed goodness. I styled it with a mason jar lamp from a local Etsy seller, a framed picture of my three boys, faux yellow peony in a vase Target clearance find and a marble rabbit bookend that belonged to my grandmother. I have animal objects all over my house! The painting is available online at various websites. The artist is Michael Stowa and the title is Kohler’s Pig. I had asked for it as a birthday gift a few years ago. I showed it to my husband and he looked at me like I was crazy. He said Really? You want a pig jumping into a pond hanging on our wall? I answered Yes! and it was mine. IMG_1526

 

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Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover

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I really love the way the dining room makeover turned out! Mixing old pieces with new ones is one of my favorite ways to decorate. The chippier the better too! The dining room set was originally the same honey color as the tabletop. A few years ago I painted it white with chalk paint and it has been holding up well with the daily abuse from the boys. Farmhouse style is perfect for people with kids. If it gets beat up it looks like it’s supposed to be that way.

This room functions as our homework table, crafting space and and where we eat all of our family meals. I am still on the hunt for more decor for the buffet. Instead of rushing just to fill up the space I am taking my time purchasing accessories. Previously I would things just to finish a room only to be bored of them later. Now I am only purchasing items that I truly love and plan to keep long term.

This picture was taken on the day we toured the house for the first time. I went by myself with the realtor and wanted to show my husband our prospects. Sorry it’s not a very good photo! The creamy vanilla paint is the perfect background for the farmhouse look I am going for. Our entire home was painted in one color.

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The dining room in our last home was very large. This one? Not so much. We were not able to fit our table in with the leaf or all 8 of our chairs. For a while we just used 6 upholstered chairs and kept the extra two in the corner but it was so crowded. Instead I stole four of our metal kitchen chairs and ordered two more. They are low profile so the room feels more spacious than it is and most importantly they are easy to clean for my messy boys.

I also used to have a large matching china cabinet that we gave to a friend during my downsizing spree. All of my antique china and crystal to be handed down to a future generation. While it is beautiful and sentimental we are not formal people and I am just as happy using my every day plain white dinnerware.

 

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As far as major changes the only thing we replaced in this room was the chandelier. The chandelier is discontinued but I was lucky enough to score it on Amazon. It’s a little touch of modern but I think it works. Our ceilings are a standard 8 feet high and many of my other choices were too large for the room or way over my budget.

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On my makeover wish list was a large antique tobacco basket. This beauty for $40 on a Facebook yard sale group. I couldn’t believe my luck as I often see them listed for $160-$200 in local boutiques. Also on my list was a barnwood sign which I found at one of my favorite shops, The Lazy Daisy in Midlothian, VA.

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The window with the antique quilt belonged to my parents and they kindly handed it down to me. They purchased it years ago but it no longer fit in with their new decor.

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This faux lavender from Hobby Lobby looks like the real deal. I have had this pitcher and Southern Living at Home tray for years.

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And of course no farmhouse style dining room is complete without a cotton wreath. You can often find them on Antique Farmhouse or at Hobby Lobby.

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Look for an update to the tabletop and seat cushions in the future! Visit my Farmhouse Style dining room Pinterest page for more inspiration! https://www.pinterest.com/jerseygirlinthe/farmhouse-style-dining-room/

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