DIY Mason Jar Christmas Decoration

DIY Mason Jar Christmas Decoration

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

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

First gather your supplies:

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

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

-Faux Snow Fluff

-Extra Fine Glitter (Mine is iridescent)

-Bells

-Ribbon

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

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

Then I sprinkled some glitter all over the snow.

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

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

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My Farmhouse Decor from IKEA

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For years I never visited IKEA. I used to think they only carried modern style items and that is just not my taste. Plus it’s an almost 2 hour drive and if you’ve ever visited Northern Virginia you know you need to time your visit perfectly. That is if you don’t you will sit in the worst traffic you could imagine for hours. Not a good time. I have now been converted to an IKEA lover. Our house has many other products that I will share with you another day. That is if my oldest ever cleans his bedroom!

I started to notice white slip covered couches showing up in my favorite blogs and decorating publications. Instantly I was in love. The Pottery Barn version is a little over my budget while having younger children. Enter the EKTORP couch! It is budget friendly and so easy to take care of as long as you don’t mind doing extra laundry. Laundry is my nemesis but I still manage. Our children are banned from eating anywhere but the kitchen and dining room so that does help. My husband is the messiest one but as he likes to point out he paid for them so…

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My plaid pillow covers are also from IKEA but no longer sold. I have the 20×20 FJADRAR duck feather inserts in them. For spring I am swapping out the plaid cushion covers for all white.

 

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My OSTED sisal rug can take a beating. Comfortable is not a word I would use to describe it but it is hardcore and sturdy. You will not be lounging on the floor unless you have a blanket or pillows down under you. Fibers will scratch the heck out of you. In my old house we used it in our dining room but since downsizing it was too big. The price can not be beat for such a large rug.

 

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In the corner of my family room I have the JENNYLUND chair. I decided to again go with white even though they have so many pretty cover choices. Staying neutral is my best bet as I like to change things up frequently.

The GURLI cushion cover is another IKEA find and a steal at only $4! I am regretting not buying more!  Monogramming would be cute on this cover too!

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There is another JENNYLUND chair in my master bedroom. You can see more photos of the whole room here

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One of my favorite finds is the FEJKA artificial potted plants. They are now only $4!!! Not only are they inexpensive but they look real too! That’s perfect for me since I do not have live plants in the house with my allergies.

I have them “planted” in the ORADD plant pot which is a steal at .79! You can’t make it that cheap. That’s an inside joke between my best friend and I.

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IKEA has many other farmhouse decor items like white pitchers, bedding and even a farmhouse sink. What farmhouse decor have you found there?

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DIY Farmhouse Style Powder Room Makeover

DIY Farmhouse style powder room makeover

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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)

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.

If you do not have an existing cabinet that can be made over, I would suggest purchasing one from Knotty Alder Cabinets. They sell ready to assemble cabinets perfect for the DIY’er.  Many of their cabinet finishes would work for a farmhouse style look similar to my powder room. My favorite cabinet style is the white shaker. Shaker cabinets are classic and timeless like you would find in an old farmhouse.

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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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My favorite fall photos of 2016

 

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Photography is a hobby that I have enjoyed since college when I took my very first class. I have been trying to find the time to take more photos lately and really get back into it. It is not that easy when you have 3 boys who are always in a rush when Mom wants to stop to take a few pictures. These are a few of my favorites photos from this fall.

The first group is from our visit to Fruit Hill Orchard in Palmyra, VA. It is a small family owned operation that has a produce market and a pick your own orchard. The employees are all very kind to the kids and make a fuss over them. This is the second year we have gone and we will definitely be going back. It is not crowded like going up to Charlottesville and the ride there from our house is scenic. Their gala apples are fabulous!  http://fruithillorchard.com/

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The next two photos are from Lloyd Family Farms in Rockville, VA. This is the first time we had gone pumpkin picking at this farm. It will be our new spot from now on. The farm offers hay rides, a corn maze, food trucks, goats to pet and pony rides. My kids were in heaven! I wish I would have taken more pictures of the property but I only had my cellphone. I never put the camera card back in and did not discover my mistake until I went to take pictures… My favorite part is all of the different varieties of pumpkins that they grow. You are not stuck with the basic round orange pumpkin. They had white, Cinderella, green and all fabulous shades of orange along with different sizes and shapes to choose from. http://www.lloydfamilyfarms.com/

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The last group of photos is where I take most of my pictures these days: home. Leaves are changing, temperatures are cooling and we want to be outdoors all of the time!

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Our Silver Fox rabbits had a litter of 6 babies! They were born October 2nd and we have really been enjoying them. It has been a great learning experience for the kids. We are all going to miss them when they move onto their new homes. My middle son wants to keep them all but I think 10 rabbits is more than we can handle!

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What would you be interested in seeing pictures of? I plan to do a farmhouse/barn photo post in the future!

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Fall Home Tour 2016

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Fall is my favorite season! The temperature starts to cool down but it’s still warm enough not to need coats, hats and all that mess. As much as I love flip flops I am eager to wear my new fall boots! There is something fun going on every weekend and it’s perfect fire pit weather.  I can do without the ragweed pollen and the rainy few weeks we have had though!

I am not a pumpkin spice fan (I know! The horror! You can revoke my basic girl card now) and I don’t like pumpkin pie but I can’t get enough of pumpkins in my decor. Per the usual Target did not let me down. I went to every store in the area an embarrassing amount of times to collect all of their awesome fall stuff from the bargain spot. Half of my decorations were purchased there this year. If you haven’t been lately it’s worth the trip!

The cozy throws I have on the rocking chairs are really blanket scarves. I had bought one to wear but it was entirely too hot. I was having trouble finding a second one in the same pattern so I cut mine in half. Shh…don’t tell. Aren’t these pillows cute? Also from Target!

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In the foyer I styled my chalk painted pumpkins with another blanket scarf in a metal crate. I love it alongside my brass quail from Goodwill and my faux sunflowers from Hobby Lobby. You can see how to make your own pumpkins and also how I painted the dresser here. http://www.jerseygirlinthesouth.com/diy-projects-and-crafts/

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In the dining room I tried to stay with simple, rustic decorations. The Thankful banner is another Target find from last year. I styled the tray on the table with things I had around the house (grapevine balls, burlap ribbon, tray and candle holder) and a bag of gourds and mini pumpkins from the grocery store.

 

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Do you see my new grain scoop on the buffet?

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I did not decorate the kitchen for fall except for the coffee station. Rae Dunn mugs are my favorite! They have such cute sayings and I buy them whenever I find them at Homegoods. My rack is full now so I will have to move onto bowls and trays. 😉

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My family room colors are the perfect backdrop for fall decorations with a quick change of the couch pillows. I also swapped out the greenery and changed up the mantel a little bit. I decided to stay simple and neutral. It will change over to Halloween next month but I like this look for September and November. I’ve been on the hunt for birch branches to fill the olive bucket.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing my fall decor! If you are not already following me on Instagram please do @jerseygirlinthesouthblog I have been posting my decor changes over there. I also love seeing everyone’s homes.

 

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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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My summer family room tour

Family room styled for summer

The best part about having a neutral decor palette is the ability to easily change pillows and accessories with the seasons. I never have to worry about my seasonal items matching the furniture or wall color. The first floor of the house is updated for each holiday. For the summer I decided to keep out the Americana style pillows that I found at Target late July on clearance (70% off! yay!). The patriotic look just says summer to me and they tie in with the two pieces of flag wall art I have in the room. The red and white bandana print pillows are double sided (the other side being a plain linen) and are easy to coordinate with seasonal ones by simply flipping them over. I did take down the Fourth of July banner and sign I had on the mantel and left it very basic with minimal decor.

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The armoire is actually a matching piece to my bedroom set. We downsized when we moved to this home and there was no way it would fit into our current bedroom. The movers were happy to hear that! This sucker is solid and HEAVY. I’m still searching for artwork to add to the wall on the right side. I am taking my time finding pieces that I love rather than buying “something” just to fill the space.

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I found this sweet little side table at Hobby Lobby (for $10! 90% off) a few weeks ago. The small blue table that was previously in this space has been relocated to the master bedroom next to my chair.

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Tucked in the corner is a small rocking chair that belonged to my great grandmother on my mother’s side. The pillow is from Target and reverses to a red striped pattern. The curtains are light blocking panels purchased from Target last year. They work well keeping it cool in here from the blazing hot Virginia sun. With so many windows and sliding doors this room heats up quickly!

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This is the corner next to the kitchen. I am in love with this dresser. You can see my previous post about it here: http://www.jerseygirlinthesouth.com/chalk-painted-dresser-love/

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The empty space near the back door used to be The Little One’s second toy area. He wanted to be near me every minute of the day and luckily he has (mostly) gotten over that. I need my space! The toys have been moved into the playroom. This week I have been perusing Pinterest for DIY plans to build a sofa table. I have not made up my mind yet which one I am going to attempt to build. My husband is burnt out on projects right now so this one is all me. Hopefully The Big One will help…

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I hope you enjoyed my “summer look”! Do you change your decor seasonally too?

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Farmhouse style master bedroom makeover

DIY Farmhouse Style Bedroom Makeover

 

When we first came to see this house I fell in love with our master bedroom. The bright sun shining through the arched window and tall vaulted ceilings drew me in. The vanity was the perfect spot for me to get ready in the morning. I could imagine myself snuggling in bed with the kids on weekends and late night Facebook browsing on my phone in bed when I really should be sleeping. (Don’t judge. You know you all do it too!) Then I caught a glimpse of the 90’s trendy textured ceiling and equally dated ceiling fan. They had to go! I am one of those weirdos who hates ceiling fans blowing on me when I am trying to sleep so I opted for an elegant chandelier instead of a new fan.

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My main job was the designing and decorating (the part that I really enjoy).  I wanted a soft romantic feel in this room. In order to save money I also did the painting (which I do not enjoy). For those that do not know me in person I am very clumsy. Like fell off of a ladder injuring my back for life and was out of work for 6 weeks kind of clumsy. My bedroom ceiling is 12 feet high in the middle. Standing on my tippy toes on the ladder caused me to struggle but I got it done without any major incidents. I was very proud of myself and the kids kept coming in to cheer me on aka make sure I was still alive.

I am in LOVE with this paint color, Benjamin Moore Glass Slipper. We also used it in the kitchen and family room in our last home. The little boy’s bedroom in this house is the same color as well. I would consider it a neutral shade and it matches so many different color schemes.

We also removed the carpeting on the entire second floor. The previous owners had a cat and a dog and we are extremely allergic to both. We had the carpet professionally cleaned before moving in but it was not enough to remove all of the dander. My middle son has asthma and breathing is kind of important. We were hoping to keep the carpets as they were in perfect condition but what can you do. The carpeting was replaced with Allen and Roth laminate flooring in Toasted Chestnut. We hired Lowes to install it since my husband would not have had the time. We have been very happy with it so far and the installation went perfectly.

 

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The giant glowing object on my nightstand is a crystal pitcher. It belonged to my father’s grandmother and was given to me at my bridal shower. When the sun comes into the room and hits it light bounces everywhere. The picture is of my father and I on my wedding day. I used to be a blonde!

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It was surprisingly easy to convince my husband to plank the ceiling. Originally I thought about whitewashing it but once it was up I preferred the natural wood tone with our painted bedroom suite. We had worked with these interlocking wood panels before in the kitchen in our last home when we updated our island. It is so simple to do but is tedious and time consuming work.

I plan to write up a tutorial for the ceiling if there is any interest with my husband’s help in the future. He did not use any instructions and just winged it. He amazes me with his on the fly math and measuring skills. I, on the other hand, have trouble hanging a picture without putting a million holes in the wall and like step by step instructions.  He also hung the chandelier and changed out the vanity light fixture by himself. Electricity scares me. We make a good pair.

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This sweet little vanity is just for me! I live in a house full of boys so I need my own girly space. It will be receiving a little makeover shortly.

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My cozy little reading chair aka where the throw pillows live at night.

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I love the view from my bedroom window. It is really cool during thunderstorms to watch the lightening through the arched window.

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The whole room took us almost a year to complete. Sometimes we have great intentions, purchase everything and then take a very long time completing the work (cough…kid’s playroom that still is not finished…cough). I stared at a pile of wood against the wall for about 6 months and the ladder became a new spot for my husband to hang his clothes. It ended up being well worth the wait! I am not a morning person at all but I love waking up in this room.

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Curtains, rods and bedding: Target

Flooring: Allen and Roth laminate in Toasted Chestnut from Lowes

Chandelier: Allen and Roth from Lowes

Vanity light: Home Depot

Paint: Wall-Benjamin Moore Glass Slipper in Satin  Trim-Valspar Signature Ultra White Semigloss

White chair: Ikea Jennylund

Vanity chair: Home Goods

Furniture: Lane Furniture

 

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Quick and easy kitchen update!

Farmhouse Kitchen Update

Farmhouse Kitchen Update

 

When I was daydreaming about my new house in the country I imagined a typical farmhouse style kitchen with white cabinets, a large farm sink and lots of beadboard. It would be decorated with antique kitchen items, glass canisters and neutral colors. Then we found this home. The kitchen was remodeled a few years ago and I adore the custom cabinets they put in. There is more than enough room for all of our things plus we have storage drawers and a lazy susan. The only con for me is the color.

The chocolate brown tile and countertops are neutral enough to match most colors although they would not have been my choice. Brown shows every little crumb and I have 3 very messy boys. The appliances are all fairly new and stainless which is the finish we prefer, even with little handprints. Most of all it was move in ready and required no additional work. My husband was thrilled. I, on the other hand, envisioned all of the ways I could update it for the look I wanted.

In our last two homes I had painted the cabinets (white in NJ, black in our last home). While wood cabinetry is beautiful I much prefer painted ones. I mentioned how I could not wait to paint these white, add some more trim and a beadboard backsplash. I was met with a big fat NO. Normally my husband lets me do whatever I want in our home as far as decorating goes. This was his hill to die on so I agreed to leave them alone. For now… If you know me things rarely remain the same for long periods of time. Instead I decided to change my plan and go with something a little more fun than I had originally envisioned. I picked out colorful decorations to help my kitchen stand out from the typical neutral farmhouse style kitchens I see online.

Here is the before:

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And now the after:

First we swapped out the lighting fixtures for ones that were more our style. The ones the previous owners had installed were beautiful but just not my taste. I found just what I was looking for at Lowe’s. The funky chicken wire ceiling lights are fun but my favorite is the glass pendant over the sink. The kitchen receives a ton of light from both the sliding glass door and the window. It does not obstruct my view of the woods and pool.

Next I changed out all of the nickel cabinet hardware over to oil rubbed bronze pulls and knobs as well as the kitchen faucet. Having a pull down sprayer is really useful and leaves a spot open for the soap dispenser. Unfortunately we could not come to an agreement on which backsplash we wanted so we decided to put that project off until another time. I am thinking a faux brick wall and he wants tile. We shall see… Stay tuned!

 

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After that my husband changed out the plugs and switches over to new white ones. It is not fun when you plug in the toaster or vacuum and it just falls out from the socket being worn out. We are slowly converting the whole house over. Lastly I decided to repaint. The kids had been begging for a chalkboard wall for years and I finally gave in. The little one is having a blast drawing on the wall. It’s messy but nothing the vacuum can’t handle.

The walls were originally painted the same as the rest of the house. Eggshell paint and children do not mix well so satin it is! The magic eraser had taken the finish off of the wall where I tried to clean. I decided not to reuse the same color and go a little bolder while still remaining neutral. I went with Valspar’s Woodlawn Sterling Blue. The color is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation line. I find that you can not go wrong with these colors. We will also be painting the kid’s playroom and upstairs hallway with the same paint.

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When it came time to put the decorations back up my middle one asked if he could help. I put the word EAT on the wall and he suggested we make a fun and funky gallery wall. We grabbed a few things that were previously in the kitchen and stole the rest from other rooms. I let him tell me where everything should go. I think it looks a little too much like an old school TGIFriday’s wall from the early 90’s but he is so proud of his decorating. I will leave it up for a while and honestly it is growing on me. After all it is their house too.

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chalk painted our rush seat bench in a peacock blue to play off of my rooster painting.  The chairs received some new bright yellow fabric. The old fabric had been on for a few years and matched the French Country style of our last home. With three boys (have I mentioned how messy they are!!!) it was time for an update anyway.

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Lighting: Lowe’s

https://www.lowes.com/pd/allen-roth-8-in-Bronze-Mini-Clear-Glass-Pendant/50283457

Flushmount lights no longer available

Paint: Valspar Woodlawn Sterling Blue in Satin http://m.valsparpaint.com/color-detail.php?id=2091&g=1014

Faucet: https://www.lowes.com/pd/KOHLER-Cardale-Oil-Rubbed-Bronze-1-Handle-Pull-Down-Kitchen-Faucet/999930310

Hardware: Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Cosmas-783ORB-Rubbed-Cabinet-Hardware/dp/B005I4J1RG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1484003811&sr=8-3&keywords=oil+rubbed+bronze+drawer+pulls

Pie sign: http://www.worldmarket.com/product/wood+and+glass+pie+sign.do?&from=Search

 

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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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