Halloween Decor Farmhouse Style

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It’s almost time for Halloween! I love seeing all of the little kids dressed up in their costumes out having a great time trick or treating. My kids have been counting down the days! This year my five year old asked if he could help decorate our home for Halloween so I said sure. Why not?

Outside did not see many changes. I hung up this fun mesh wreath I bought at Michael’s last year but kept everything else the same harvest style decor. We recently added this red tea cart that I found at an estate sale. The color goes well with the blue rocking chairs and fits in perfectly with my fall decor.

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Next we moved in to the dining room. You may notice a big change in here! I found this awesome hutch on a Facebook yard sale site. Originally I purchased it to refinish for my vendor booth. When I was done with it I started thinking “You know. This would look great in my dining room.” I seem to be doing alot of that lately…. Anyway, it stayed. For now at least. The hutch started off  dark brown but after 3 coats of Amy Howard At Home One Step Paint in Ballet White it’s looking much better! I also swapped out the hardware for these farmhouse style bin pulls and knobs. They give the hutch a less formal country feel.

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Yes I know the foam grave stone is super tacky but when your five your old says it’s perfect there you leave it…

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My tobacco basket was taken over by the big spider I used on my fireplace last year and this fun little sign I scored at Goodwill.

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On the table we used a glitter spider web pattern table runner, some country style beads, a banner from Target and this creepy dude. The skeleton is animated and has a microphone. He repeats everything you say in a high pitched voice. My children don’t seem to understand the concept that you can speak to the skeleton in a normal volume. Some days I regret buying him as they scream into the microphone!

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For place settings I used our every day white dishes mixed in with black and white striped tea towels from Target, a fun faux pumpkin and my Halloween Rae Dunn mugs. The kids love using all of the different patterns!

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Last but not least is the kitchen. Did you notice my awesome new mint scale? It was another failed booth purchase… The scale got dressed up with a cute fabric plaid pumpkin I found at this shop and a faux crow from Target.

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I also decorated my coffee station with my Halloween Rae Dunn collection and a fun sign. Drink up Witches! We all need our magic potion to make it through the day with the kids!

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I hope you enjoyed my little Halloween tour! If you want to see how I styled my family room for Halloween last year check out the post here!

 

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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 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 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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Summer 2017 Farmhouse Home Tour

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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.

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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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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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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

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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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So, what do you think?

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