Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Faux Metal Letters

I will spare you the details on the chipboard letters I bought first.  This was my second attempt at doing something to spell "FARM".  Unsure just what to do with them, I put the paper mache letters aside for a few months.  That is, until I was watching all the episodes of Fixer Upper a couple of weeks ago.  When I saw the metal letters spelling out "farm" in Joanna Gaines' farmhouse, I immediately knew how I wanted to use my letters.

I painted my letters in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the graphite color.  Then I used a silver ink pad (Martha Stewart brand I found on clearance, and forgot I had) to add the "metal" finish.  After the chalk paint was dry, I held the ink pad like you would a chalk board eraser, and just swiped and dabbed on the letters until I thought they looked like metal letters.  Then I hot glued them onto a piece of barn wood.

The more I watch this show on HGTV, the more I want to run to Hobby Lobby and buy extra letters and start painting :)  I love to see how Joanna Gaines is beginning to show up on blogger's post.  I too was late to find this show, and only found it thanks to a couple of blogs.  She and her family are so fun to watch, and her style is my idea of perfection.  I sure hope the DVR records the episode tomorrow night!
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Pam's New, Old House

Check out this charming, historic house.  As of last Friday, it belongs to Pam!  It is located in Mount Pleasant, TN.  So far I've only seen pictures, but I'm going to pay her a visit this coming weekend.  Love her wreath on that front door.  We each got one of these last month at the Nashville Flea Market.
I've actively followed her and her Mr. through their house hunting, via Realtracs.  It was kind of like watching house hunters on HGTV :)   This house had my vote.  Unfortunately Realtracs pulled the listing before I could share pictures of the inside. But I will have my camera handy when I visit.

I plan to share pictures next week. 
Hey Pam, I plan to sit in the porch swing when I get there, so have me something cold to drink!
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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Our Little Farm

I thought I would share some pictures from around the farm.  The eggs are from our chickens.  Chickens that I raised from little fluff balls until they were hardy little chickens - in our laundry room  (which is one of many reasons my laundry room needs the drastic makeover we are beginning). 

This is Lulu.  We have 2 female cows this year, which is a first.  We've always had bulls before.

This is Lila.  I love her little "bow" holding up her tuft of hair.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Making A Banner - No Sewing Required

I found some of the cutest bird print fabric at Hobby Lobby.

I used some of it to make a banner by using the tutorial I found HERE
I bought everything to make this at Hobby Lobby, and used a 40% off coupon for the birdie fabric.

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Adding Some Color To The Kitchen


While perusing house listings a couple of months ago, one house in particular stuck in my head.  It was beautifully staged, with grey the dominant color throughout.  There were pops of color here and there, using pinks and blues.  The kitchen had a blue chest of drawers that I immediately loved!  It was no surprise that the house sold almost immediately.  There was a moving sale, which  I anxiously went to.  Too bad for me, everything I drooled over in the pictures was all in a room marked "not for sale".  So, I set out to recreate some of the looks.  The first thing I did was paint something in my kitchen blue :)  Then I found these cheery dish towels hanging on my oven doors, from H & M.


I'm loving the fresh smelling candle from Bath and Body, along with the pretty color it adds.
The flowers were my weekly pick from the $4 bunches at Publix.

Thanks to a couple of blogs I've been reading, I just discovered "Fixer Upper" on HGTV and the blog!  I've watched all episodes, some twice, just over the last 3 days.  I love the inspiration I find on all of your blogs!

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Painted Mason Jars

I finally decided to try my hand at painting mason jars.  I also just noticed that everything on my mantle was either made by me and/or purchased at a flea market or yard sale.

I painted the outside so that I can use them to hold flowers.  I've seen some painted on the inside.

I just used one of those sponge on a stick applicators and brushed on some oops latex paint I had on hand.  It took 2 coats.  Then I sprayed on some matte polyurethane.  And the jar turned yellow.  So I painted them again with some grey sample paint I had.  This time when the paint was dry, I sprayed on a very light coat of the polyurethane.

I also tried distressing them a bit, but wasn't crazy about the clear glass showing. 

 I painted the half gallon jar with oil rubbed bronze spray paint last fall.  I'm thinking the chalk paint may be good to try on these next time.  I will definitely try my hand at making some more.
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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Fitting A Pillow Top Mattress

Recently a friend in my office at work shared some extremely helpful information with me, so I wanted to pass it along.  I have a king size pillow top mattress that doesn't take a regular king size comforter or quilt.  I've bought several different ones in stores, and online, only to return them all because they didn't cover the sides of my mattress.  I suppose one limiting factor may have been my budget.  I wanted to keep the cost around $100.
My friend at work told me about a brand of quilts at Stein Mart that are big enough for the pillow top mattresses.  She had purchased the Middleton brand in a king size for $30 that fit her bed.  Wow, that almost sounded too good to be true!  I rushed to Stein Mart and bought one for myself.  It fit great.  However, I wasn't happy with the cream color I had chosen, which led into the whole "what should I do about the dust ruffle, shams and pillow" dilemma.  So last Friday I returned to Stein Mart to re-evaluate my color choices.  As I approached the store I noticed a bin of half price bedding on the sidewalk.  I tried not to get too excited because I knew it would probably be too small for my bed.  I was thrilled when I saw that the dimensions were the same as the Middleton brand.   This one is Willow brand and is 106 x 92 inches.  And, this quilt was marked down to $30!  The shams were standard size, but I figured at $10 each I could work with that.  As I was dragging all this through the store, a nice lady working there told me she had the bolster pillow marked down, but they wouldn't fit in the bin outside.  So, for $8 it came home with me too.  I love this pattern in my grey room.  And the nose of my sweet little cow peeking in from the bathroom is the same color of pink :) 
I'm still debating the bed skirt matter, and may start shopping around for something a little whiter, or even grey.  But overall I was really happy with everything I found at Stein Mart, and plan to start checking in there more often when I need something for the house.  So if you have a pillow top mattress that requires an extra wide quilt, and you have a Stein Mart in your area, you may want to check them out.

 I love the vintage grey ticking pattern on the reverse side.
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