The one thing we did splurge on though was this quartz stone fireplace….
that make me melt.
And here’s the entire tour in case you’ve missed any so far—huge thanks to Jen Migonis for organizing it!
The one thing we did splurge on though was this quartz stone fireplace….
And here’s the entire tour in case you’ve missed any so far—huge thanks to Jen Migonis for organizing it!
By popular demand, I’ve prepared next year’s monthly planner and I’m offering it up again as a free PDF download! Merry early Christmas to you all.
The design/layout is identical to previous years as it has been working for me quite well and I love the fun colors.
Here’s a look at the monthly spread:
And the backside notes/monthly cover pages:
Can’t wait to start marking it up… nothing like a fresh blank slate to start the year off!
Click here to download your free PDF from my Facebook page. You’ll just need to enter your name & email to subscribe to my shop newsletter (don’t worry, you’ll only receive a handful of emails per year). You definitely want to be on this list anyway to stay up to date on the latest releases/sales!
Speaking of which… we’re coming up on my largest sale of the year. It’s going to be huge, 24 hours only, and if you’ve been eyeing any prints in my shop, trust me… now is the time to snag them!
I can’t give away any more details yet, but if you’re on my list you’ll see an email this weekend with a coupon code for early access! Keep your eyes peeled.
Wishing you all the happiest of Thanksgivings and I hope it’s overflowing with turkey and cider and pumpkin pie and family. I’m getting a head start on some holiday decorating before our guests arrive so hopefully I’ll have some fun DIY’s lined up for you guys next week!
Exactly one week from this moment I’ll be chopping apples, basting a turkey, stirring cider and preparing stuffing for a room full of some of my favorite people. This is exactly what I envisioned for our dining room—the reason we built a massive 9 foot table that can easily fit our party of 10 on Thanksgiving.
Yesterday I put the finishing touches on our table setting and now we’re ready for the big day. I’m going to call this style “simple cozy country casual meets refined rustic”… so many adjectives, I can’t choose.
Since I plan to spend a lot of time and effort on Christmas decorating this year, I decided to keep it simple for Thanksgiving and use mostly what I had. I think I spent around just $30 for everything.
The jumping off point was this table runner—2 yards of $3 fabric from fabric.com (looks like it’s not available on their website anymore, bummer!). No sewing involved, just cut it in half, folded and ironed the edges and plopped it down. Easy peasy.
Then I layered a super inexpensive (I think it was $5 or $10?) runner I found at Walmart in the candle/home/wedding section…
I had all but two of the woven Ikea placemats, so I picked those up last weekend. I already had the dishes (scored them at our flea market—$30 for a full set!)
The wood box centerpiece was a DIY project from this past spring, and I filled it with pine clippings, berries and pinecones from the yard, along with pillar candles and candlesticks.
A few mini pumpkins were added to keep things festive, along with some branch wood coasters I purchased for a steal on Ebay earlier this year.
I didn’t want another pattern to compete with the plaid runner so I found these brown cloth napkins at a wedding supply store for just 53 cents each! I’ll definitely be using them again in the future.
I was gifted my Grandma’s silverware set so this was the perfect occasion to break it out—a simple twine bow holds them together.
The name tags were printed on card stock, cut and hole punched, and wrapped around more pine clippings from the yard.
Instead of wine charms, I bought a package of gold alphabet stickers for a couple bucks on Ebay and added each guests’ intials.
And in lieu of a thankful tree, guests will write what they’re thankful for on blank tags. Then I’ll age them and hang them on our Christmas tree as ornaments to enjoy until next year (I’ll make sure to post that later!)
Neutral pillows and blankets line the bench seat for added coziness.
You may also notice the lack of slipcovers on our chairs. We’ve actually been living without them for months now (per Brad’s request) and I kind of like it this way, so they’ll stay for now.
Can’t forget the chalkboard DIY…
And that’s that! My very first Thanksgiving table and first time ever hosting Thanksgiving. Fingers crossed we don’t burn the turkey 🙂
I have a special treat for you all next week… something that has been in high demand—my free printable planner for 2015! I’ll be working on it this weekend and should have it up early next week. I’ll also be getting a head start on my Christmas crafting, so keep an eye on instagram for sneak peeks!
Yesterday I shared my Favorite Things, and today I thought it’d be fun to show you my latest purchases and what I’ve been stalking online for the holidays!
I mentioned H&M Home as one of my favorites and I know some of you hadn’t heard they’ve expanded to a Home line. They’ve basically replaced Ikea as my favorite home decor source ever.
There’s way too much good stuff to highlight (their prices are unbeatable I’m obsessed with pretty much everything), but here are just a few of my favorites right now…
|Knit Cushion Cover – $24.95|
|Jacquard-weave Cushion Cover – $17.95 (I came so close to buying this!)|
|Checked Cushion Cover – $17.95 (almost bought this too!)|
|Cotton Cushion Cover – $5.95 (that price is not a typo!)|
|Checked Throw – $34.95|
|Ceramic Jar – $5.95|
|Storage Basket – $9.95|
|Pillowcase – $9.95|
|Pillowcase – $9.95|
|King/Queen Duvuet Set – $59.95|
|King/Queen Duvet Set – $59.95|
|Tea Towel – $4.95|
|Metal Container – $12.95|
|Ceramic Bowl – $5.95|
|Patterned Plate – $5.95|
|Wooden Cutting Board – $12.95|
I could go on forever… you’d better just head over there and be prepared to spend hours! Here’s what I bought last month:
|Linen Cushion Cover – $17.95 (I bought 4!)|
(I picked up several of the 16×16″ pillow inserts to go with them).
|Christmas Tree Mat – $12.95|
I also bought another fun pillow but it’s a Christmas gift so I can’t reveal it in case they’re reading 😉 I wanted to buy everything but I had to practice some restraint since I was planning an Ikea trip…
If you follow me on instagram, you may have caught a glimpse of my trip this past weekend.
I’m a huge fan of their holiday items this year. I pretty much had to start from scratch with my Christmas decor, as we weren’t moved in yet last year and the year before we hardly did any decorating. As usual, I ended up spending a lot more than what was on my shopping list… but it was worth the splurge!
Ornaments Set: We have no ornaments whatsoever so I picked up this set of 56 silver ornaments for just $10! I’m going with a more natural theme this year so I spray painted them white.
Lantern: This wasn’t on my shopping list but at just $4, it stole my heart.
Throw: This red cable knit throw is the perfect accent for my color scheme this year.
Frames: I always stock up when I’m there!
Watering can: Perfect for our garden window in the kitchen.
White Pitcher: I had been looking for one of these forever!
Plant pot: Love the woven texture on this.
Candles: Can’t beat the price! I bought two sets in white also.
Bulbs: Brad says these are the best price on LED bulbs. I bought a bunch for future remodels.
Ursula Cushion Covers: I have two of these covers already and they’re some of my favorites. Can’t get enough!
Checked cushion covers: At $6/ea, this might be my favorite pillow in the world right now. I have two in gray and am obsessed. I bought 3 but kinda wish I would have bought more!
Curtains: I’m actually using these as a shower curtain in our upstairs guest bath. It’s so hard to find ceiling length shower curtains that are cute and these are just $14! I’ll have to modify them a bit but I love the style and fabric.
I forgot to photograph this pillow but I also grabbed this while I was there… it’s actually tied with the red checked covers as my favorite pillow ever:
Also not shown in the photos is this metal tray which is currently holding some candles in our living room, and a bunch of cushion inserts. They’re so inexpensive and you can never have too many! It was definitely a successful trip and I can’t wait to start my Christmas decorating.
While I’m sharing… anyone interested to see what I found at Forever 21? I know this isn’t a fashion blog but I’m just as excited about winter clothes as I am winter decor!
My fashion style is really the same as my decorating style… cozy, neutral, comfortable, a little feminine and on a budget! Forever 21 has always been one of my favorites. It’s hit or miss for me, sometimes I’ll leave completely empty handed. But I spent a couple hours shopping last weekend and am super excited about my finds!
If you live in warm leggings like me during the cold months, you need to get to your nearest F21 stat! They have so many cute styles… I wanted to take them all home with me but my collection is becoming out of control so I stopped at 3. How cute are the two patterned ones? So festive (and so affordable).
The lace pink top is fun for going out and the color is gorgeous. I also needed plain long shirts to wear with my leggings so I grabbed some in a variety of colors (tan, off white, dark gray, and gray/black). Along with a few others I have at home, these are versatile enough to wear with any bottoms I have.
I had been looking for a pair of white pants forever, and these fit great and were on sale (love the zipper at the bottom too!)
The booties have to be my favorite find. I’m super picky about shoes—I won’t wear them unless they a) are super comfortable, b) make me at least 5’4″ tall, c) are inexpensive. That’s a hard combination, but this $26 pair fits the bill.
I’m also ordering them in black online (they didn’t have my size in the store). And you can’t forget about the jewelry! There’s pieces as low as $2, people. Perfect for someone like me who wants a lot of options, gets bored of things fast and/or loses their jewelry.
My total for 5 tops, 4 bottoms, a necklace, 3 bracelets, hair ties and booties was just $177. Wow, that money goes so much farther than home renovation dollars!
And while I’m at it, here’s some very wintery cozy finds from last week’s Kohl’s and TJ Maxx shopping trip:
The leggings are from Kohl’s, and the sweater, stocking and blanket are from TJ Maxx. I am head over heels for this blanket!
And last but not least, I’ve got a little holiday Pinterest challenge for you…
Balsam Hill reached out to me to help promote their latest Decorating Challenge, “My Balsam Hill Home”
I know you’ve heard of them by now, right? They specialize in super realistic trees, garlands, wreaths and holiday decorations for any style. I ordered their 24″ Stratford Spruce Wreath and can’t wait to see it in person! I have the perfect spot for it in the kitchen.
There’s 4 $200 Balsam Hill gift cards up for grabs, and all you have to do is submit an entry form and Pin your favorite products!
Here’s the full details/links:
(1) Complete and submit the entry form on the Pinterest contest tab found in the Balsam Hill Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/balsamhill)
(2) Follow Balsam Hill on Pinterest
(3) Create a Pinterest board entitled “Inspiration Starts At Home”. Pin at least 5 products from http://www.balsamhill.com/ and add several other images that inspire them to celebrate an unforgettable season that begins with Thanksgiving and continues to Christmas.
(4) Pins and board description must include the hashtag #MyBalsamHillHome
Limit: One (1) entry per person and per Pinterest account. Voting is limited to one person or Facebook account per day.
Official Rules: https://www.facebook.com/notes/balsam-hill/my-balsam-hill-home-decorating-challenge-pinterest-contest-2014-official-rules/984279604932560
More details can be found on this post: http://blog.balsamhill.com/2014/11/join-my-balsam-hill-home-decorating-challenge-on-pinterest/
Submissions end this Saturday, so start pinning now!
I’ll be back tomorrow (hopefully, Friday if not—whoa, three posts in one week!) to share our Thanksgiving tablescape. Putting the finishing touches on today… can’t wait to show you how it came together!
Today I have the honor of linking up with 11 other bloggers to share our Favorite Things 2014—hosted by Melissa at 320 Sycamore!
This is a fun break from the usual DIY talk—a chance to hear what everyone else has been obsessing over this year, find some new favorites and maybe even a holiday gift or two. My list includes items I’ve discovered this year along with old favorites I can’t live without. Let’s get started!
1) Black & Decker Mouse This is one of those things I am kicking myself for not buying from the beginning. I’ve spent the last three years dreading furniture refinishing projects with my inefficient old $2 garage sale hand sander. When it finally bit the dust this summer, I replaced it with a Mouse and couldn’t believe the difference. Pretty much the best $30 I ever spent.
2) Hitachi Lithium Ion Cordless Drill and Impact Driver This is probably the single best/most useful purchase we made this year that made our lives easier. We’d been using an under powered, old cordless drill for years that barely got the job done half the time and this drill is like night and day. We haven’t needed the impact driver yet but there’s really nothing like a high powered drill.
3) Mainstays Scented Candles I try to avoid the “Walmart shopping experience” as much as possible, but these candles are so worth it. I use them all year round, but their holiday scents are nothing short of amazing. They start at just $1 and there’s so many to choose from! I can’t help but grab a few every time I’m there. The cheapest/easiest way to get into the fall/holiday mood!
4) 16″ Boxwood Wreath I’ve been eyeing boxwood wreaths all year, trying to figure out if I should go real or faux. All of the faux ones are seriously expensive (have you looked lately?), and I love the look of real, so after much searching I found the best price I could on these wreaths at save-on-crafts.com (this website deserves a whole post of its’ own, if you’ve never shopped there before!). They’re still not exactly cheap at $34/ea, but if you want real preserved boxwood that will last years, it’s the best I’ve found. I bought four a few months ago and love them!
5) H&M Home Warning: Don’t click on that link unless you want to spend hours drooling over their stuff. H&M launched a home line earlier this year and I’m hooked. I’ve already bought a few things and it’s quite possibly my new favorite home decor source of all time. I plan to post a more comprehensive review soon!
1) Batiste Dry Shampoo This is one of those “how did I ever live without it” products for me. I’ve been using dry shampoo for a couple years now and Batiste is definitely the best I’ve found, and a great price! I’ll spot them at TJ Maxx every now and then and scoop them up, otherwise they go on sale at Ulta pretty often.
2) Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Lip Gloss I’m a
lot little obsessed with anything sugary/sweet/candy flavored and this is like dessert on your lips. I don’t leave the house without my Love Berry, Candy Baby, or Pink Goes Pop.
3) Mio Liquid Water Enhancer Around 2 years ago I developed chronic acid reflux and water is basically the only drink that doesn’t irritate my throat. Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of plain water so I wasn’t consuming as much of it as I should have… but these little miracle water drops change everything. If you’re trying to cut back on soda/coffee/whatever, try this stuff! The Berry Pomegranate is delicious and I could drink it all day.
4) Downy Unstopables I tried this for the first time this year and our laundry has never smelled better. The purple bottle is my favorite, but the blue smells great also and after some research, I found the best deal is at Target ($11.99 for the big 26.5 oz bottle). Target is offering free shipping on everything for the rest of the year so I just stocked up!
5) The Mason Bar Tumbler I don’t know what it is about this tumbler but it hasn’t left my side ever since I got my first 24 oz a few months ago. It makes me want to stay hydrated all day. I just got the vinyl cuff to go with it and I’m even more in love. It fits nicely in car cup holders and I take it with me everywhere I go (with my Mio flavored water, of course!)
6) Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Milk When my reflux began I had to change my whole diet around. I started reacting negatively to dairy so that meant I had to give up my daily serving of milk (which I love). Fortunately, I discovered this stuff and not only does it taste WAY better than any dairy milk I’ve tried, but it has less than half the calories of nonfat milk AND no sugar. I’m a believer and I’ll never go back (I also prefer Almond Breeze to Silk).
7) Pure Komachi Knife Set In the past I’ve always considered cooking a chore. I was gifted this knife set last Christmas and have not only
cooked almost every night since, but I’ve actually enjoyed it—I’m sure Pinterest recipes and our kitchen remodel also helped, but I give a lot of credit to these knives! Cooking is no fun when you don’t have the right tools. I love sweet potatoes but I just stopped buying them in the past because they were so difficult to chop. Not anymore! These have to be my best kitchen tools yet.
And that wraps it up for this year! It was tough narrowing them down—there’s a lot of products I’m loyal to but these ones really stood out. Anyone else equally as obsessed with anything on the list? What are your favorites I should know about? On Thursday you’ll all have a chance to link up at 320 Sycamore so by the end of this week we all should have lots of new finds!
Make sure to head on over to Candice at She’s Crafty to see her favs!
Now that Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away (!) I decided to give our front porch and foyer a welcoming Fall makeover for our guests.
With the help of some flea market finds, I was able to decorate both spaces for very little money. It’s starting to feel very festive around here! Starting with the front porch…
The planter boxes I made last week really help to anchor the space (and help hide the eyesore hose!). Best idea ever.
To the left of the door you’ll find my $5 chair, $2 crate and $2 bundle of corn along with pumpkins and gourds. Very harvest-y, don’t you think?
These mums are so colorful & pretty. I’m really hoping they last until at least Thanksgiving.
I didn’t want it to be too busy, so on the right side of the door I placed more flea market finds—a barrel with mums and a crate, along with some wood I rescued from the rainstorm that rolled through yesterday. Hopefully they will dry out here in time to use this winter.
To the left of the porch is a bench that came with the house, so I made it more inviting with a flea market plaid throw and a couple pillows. The rusty milk jug (another flea find) holds dry grass stalks clipped from my parent’s yard. Don’t be jealous of our 70’s textured gold window.
Susie was very curious about this photo shoot and came outside to sniff out the new display.
She’s usually terrified of anyone/anything new, including outdoor environments, but I think she’s been getting jealous of her sister (who’s a part time outdoor cat) so I’ve been opening the door and letting her out to explore a little bit each day (under my supervision).
It takes her a minute to build up the courage to step outside…
But once she’s there, she’s rolling around on the ground and taking in all the sights, smells and sounds. Sometimes I wonder if she resents me for not letting her run free but I’m too scared to let go… there’s cars and foxes and mountain lions out there and I couldn’t forgive myself if anything happened to her. Am I being an overprotective cat parent? Sigh…
Moving along… now that the door is open, let’s take a look at the foyer.
This arrangement didn’t change much… umbrella, rain boots and a basket…
But I tucked plaid flannel into the top of the boots and filled the basket with cinnamon scented pinecones (that has to be the best smell to walk into… heavenly).
And of course the shelf was switched up.
I thought it would be helpful for guests to have the wifi info as they walk in, in a central location, rather than having them search through the hall closet to find the small writing on the modem. It’s also much prettier this way, don’t you think?
The frame is a $3 5×7″ from Walmart that I fancied up with some crochet lace from Joann. A bit of double sided tape and a few minutes was all it took. Love the romantic touch it adds!
I also filled a dollar store vase with river rocks and stuck a votive in it for a little nature inspired ambiance.
I can’t get enough of these berries. They’re on every other bush and tree in this town in shades of vibrant orange and red… so perfect for fall (and winter, too).
And there you have it… we’re (almost) ready for Thanksgiving! The only thing left is our dining table, which I’ll tackle next week. I’m road tripping to Ikea this afternoon (woo hoo!) to grab some last minute decor and then our fall decorating will be complete… just in time for Christmas 😉
Anyone else hosting family this year? Getting tired of having to repeat your wifi network/password to everyone? How about a free printable?
It’s blank so you can add your info, and it’s sized to it fit nicely in any 5×7″ frame. These work great in guest rooms as well.
Just head over to my Facebook page to download! (You may have to click Continue or OK to be redirected).
Tune in next week for a list of my absolute favorite things this year, along with the reveal of our Thanksgiving table. Happy weekend!
I have to be honest—we were pretty underwhelmed when we first stepped out of our realtor’s car and laid eyes on this house (well, until we walked through the door and saw the view… but still.) Curb appeal has always been a challenge for me—it’s a little out of my element and landscaping scares me.
However, I can’t ignore it forever. We have several guests coming during the holidays and I wanted the front porch to be just as cheerful and festive as the inside. Let’s take a look at our entryway situation:
Yawn. Very blah, right? I pulled my DIY moss letter out of storage just to have something there and added a couple boxwood wreaths… and then I neglected it.
We don’t really have a front “yard”, persay—it’s a big wrap around driveway with some rocks, shrubs and trees in the center, and pavement everywhere else. We desperately needed some greenery near the front door, and when I found these planters from Ana White I knew they were perfect:
I loved the style, the plans were easy and they’re under $20 each—one on each side of the porch was perfect.
Last week I made a Lowes run to grab my supplies, including two evergreens to fill the planters:
I got straight to making the cuts:
The plans call for cedar fencing for the sides which I had never worked with before. They’re super inexpensive and light weight, but vary so much in thickness, color, texture and quality. Look at the differences…
So they certainly have limited uses when building furniture, but they’re great for this project.
I won’t rehash all the details of the plans (you can find those on Ana’s site) but here’s a quick rundown. The first step was to make the sides. I set three boards down on top of two 1×3″s, spaced them out by eye and used wood glue and finish nails to attach them (I don’t have a square so I lined them up along the corner of a sheet of hardboard, not shown):
Here’s how the front looks:
It didn’t take long to finish all eight sides.
Then it was my least favorite part, pocket hole time. Sometimes it feels like I’m the only blogger who isn’t infatuated with the Kreg Jig. I appreciate it for what it is, absolutely, but more often than not I run into problems (anyone else?)
Drilling the actual holes went smoothly (although somewhat time consuming)…
And everything came together, but I had a handful of screws that went straight through the wood which happens to me a lot. Not sure if they’re going in at the wrong angle or just too much torque on the drill. Some of those screws were stuck so I had to cut them down with my dremel (dremels are the best!)
Anyway, rant over. I still ended up with these babies:
I gave them a quick sanding to smooth out any sharp edges and splintering. For the finish, at first I considered painting them black to match the front door, but then realized the space was entirely lacking warm/wood tones so stain was the answer.
I found this Cabot stain and sealer in one at Lowes and decided to give it a try:
Because of the roughness of the cedar, I opted to brush it on rather than my normal method of wiping to apply. It worked great.
The cedar took the stain much heavier than the smooth pine, so I applied a second coat just to the pine boards after letting it sit overnight.
And that’s it! Total time was probably around 6-7 hours (with no help, including breaks—it would go a bit faster with a second person but it’s totally manageable on your own).
The plant guy at Lowes helped me choose these beautiful evergreens ($20/ea) which should be relatively low maintenance.
He said I could simply leave them in the plastic bin and they’ll do fine—no re-potting necessary! That’s my kind of gardening. And if I manage to kill them, I can take them back for a full refund within the next year, no questions asked (although I swear I’ll try my hardest not to…)
And here they are… the first step to improved curb appeal.
I really think they do a lot to anchor the space. We still have a ways to go but it’s a good start.
|I also added bows to my wreaths for fun.|
I had another successful flea market trip this past weekend and I can’t wait to set up some of these items for a front porch seasonal display. If you follow me on instagram you saw this already…
I’ll be working on that over the next few days, along with freshening up our foyer for Thanksgiving guests and I’m even throwing in another free printable! I know I’m way behind the industry standard blogging schedule for fall decorating but better late than never, right?
Be back in a few days!
One thing I love about chalkboards are the ability and ease of which they can become part of your seasonal decor/celebrations. Not to mention how lovely they look on their own (especially when displayed inside a huge reclaimed wood frame):
My first chalkboard design, back in April:
For our BHG photo shoot last month I switched it up:
I’ve been having fun coming up with new ideas for different seasons (as well as parties we’ve had) but when it came time to start thinking about our Thanksgiving decor, I decided to give hand lettering a try.
I posted my sketch on instagram the other night:
A while back I received requests to share my method for chalkboard lettering. I’m nowhere near skilled enough to freehand something fabulous directly onto a chalkboard, and also I enjoy creating the designs on my computer, so I found a method that works great for transferring printed designs.
After I was happy with my sketch, I scanned it in and refined it a bit (I use Illustrator but you can use any word or text editing program to come up with your own):
My chalkboard surface measures a whopping 30×40″, so I set my background to that size and scaled my design until it filled a good area of it:
If you have a larger chalkboard and want to save yourself a couple steps (or don’t have the software to do the next step), at this point you can take your file down to a copy place (like Staples or Office Max) and have them print it out on the cheapeast paper possible relatively inexpensively. I didn’t feel like getting out of my pajamas so I decided to just split the design across 9 sheets of 8.5×11″ paper—that is the grid you see above (the large white box represents the overall chalkboard surface).
Then I printed each page out (using the cheapest/thinnest copy paper possible on a draft setting—quality doesn’t matter!)
This next step is also optional, but since my design didn’t print borderless, I trimmed off the white edges so I could line them all up without any overlap:
Then I got brought it over to my chalkboard and got it into position:
Now the chalk comes in. The type of chalk you use is actually quite important. I tried to use a cheap/dollar store brand last time and it didn’t work at all. You want chalk that has a more powdery/richer residue and not as slippery/waxy, if that makes sense. I think any decent name brand should work.
Simply take your chalk and rub it on the backside of your paper where the design is printed. You can cover the entire paper but I found that just wastes time (and chalk), so I hold the paper up a bit so the light shines behind it and I can see where I’m drawing.
You can also use colored chalk for this step—it really doesn’t matter much since you’ll be covering over it anyway.
Once it’s covered, set it back in place on the chalkboard, printed side up. Then grab a hard object to use as a burnishing tool. Because the strokes in my design were on the thick side and didn’t need to be super exact, I just used the cap of a sharpie, but with more intricate designs I’ve actually used the tip of a ball point pen.
Staying within the lines of your design, apply firm pressure until you’ve covered the surface to transfer the chalk powder onto your board. Before going too far, lift up a corner to make sure it’s working.
Once you see it working, you can tape that sheet of paper in place and apply the chalk to the back of the other sheets.
I took a sheet adjacent to the piece I had just taped, applied chalk to the back, taped it back in place and then repeated the process. Removing one sheet at a time makes it easier to keep everything in position.
Once the chalk was fully applied to the back and everything was taped into place, I continued to trace the design with my sharpie cap. You don’t have to spend too much time on this—the general idea is just to get an outline that you
can trace and refine with chalk (or a chalk pen).
And here it is!
Finally, it’s just a matter of filling it in. You can make the strokes as thin or as thick as you’d like, or just follow the template.
My little apprentice was watching intently.
I thought about going festive with orange chalk, but decided to keep it more traditional and classic with the black and white.
Whenever we have gatherings, guests usually end up doodling or writing messages on the chalkboard and I can see this being filled with things our guests are thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Speaking of Thanksgiving—we’re hosting up to 12 people this year (my first time ever), so the planning is underway!
Thankfully we have a table that was built just for this purpose.
This chalkboard is only the first touch of fall in this kitchen, but there’s more on the way!
I have lots of flea market shopping and DIY’ing to do and plan to share updates of our front porch, foyer and dining table over the next couple weeks.
In the meantime… who wants a free Give Thanks template? I’ve made it super easy for you to download and print to use on your own chalkboard. Or simply print it out and frame it as art if you’d like. It’s an 8×10″ file but you can scale it up to any size for the chalkboard template since the quality doesn’t make a difference.
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Alright, time to get the ball rolling on our front porch which is in major need of some updates. I’ll be back next week with some progress (starting with another DIY wood working project—wish me luck!)
Alright folks, the wait is finally over! Today I’m sharing the complete source list for our living room along with all of the links to recap our journey. Make sure to check out the full Reveal post from last week if you haven’t yet!
Let’s start with the basics:
Wall color: Valspar’s Montpelier Madison White (in flat)
Trim, plank wall & ceiling color: Kelly Moore’s Swiss Coffee
Flooring: Armstrong Engineered Walnut in Shell White
Beams: DIY (my tutorial here)
Fireplace stone: Lowe’s Desert Quartz Ledgestone
Fireplace hearth: Lowe’s Style Selections Leonia Silver Porcelain Tile
Mantel: DIY Salvaged beam with Minwax’s Dark Walnut stain (installation)
Art: Custom Roman Numerals Print / Reclaimed wood frame
Black frame: Ikea Nyttja frame / DIY mat & photo
Brass candlesticks: Flea market
Antler candle holder: Gift from friend
Metal pitcher: Thrift store
Black lanterns: Snedco Wholesale
White pumpkins: Michaels
Wood log basket: ? (super old)
Rug: Rugs USA (in bleached)
All other pillow covers: Ikea
Ivory throw: Home Goods
Curtains: Ikea Ritva
Bamboo blinds: Justblinds.com (Singapore Oak color)
Brown blanket: Flea market / Plaid blanket: Target
Wreath: Home Goods
Wall sconce: Lighting Direct (painted black)
I decided to consolidate this all into one post so I could have a dedicated living room source list next week and you won’t have to scroll through a bunch of chatter to find what you’re looking for. Keeping things simple and easy for ya!
First up, one of my favorite pieces in the entire living room…
Originally I wasn’t going to have anything on this wall at all. Brad ended up running some wires from the cable jack behind it to our outdoor TV (right on the other side of the wall) and they needed to be hidden, so I had to come up with something.
Then I stumbled across this gorgeous cabinet from Shanty 2 Chic:
I loved the simple styling and the fact that it was narrow, and the perfect size! The plans seemed easy enough too (I followed the instructions from Ana White as well as referenced the photos from Shanty 2 Chic).
The stained wood she used turned out gorgeous but I realized that all of the furniture I had in the room was wood/brown so I decided to switch it up and go with a warm gray. I’ve had trouble in the past choosing grays—they always turn out bluer than expected, so this time I went with a much warmer shade—Valspar’s Mountain Smoke:
It actually looks pretty cool in this photo but next to all of the other gray swatches, it was a very muddy shade with brown/green undertones. It really is the perfect gray, I think.
Whitney had ripped down a sheet of 3/4″ Purebond plywood for the main frame, which isn’t available at Lowe’s, but since I wasn’t staining mine I used a sheet of 3/4 MDF instead. Best choice EVER. MDF is so easy to work with—doesn’t splinter or crack and it’s super smooth which makes it perfect for painting.
I had Lowe’s rip it down into strips to make it easier to transport, but their measurements weren’t perfect (as usual) so I ended up having to rip it down on our table saw (I don’t know what I’d do without that thing!)
I won’t get into the step by step details since you can find those in the links I posted above, but here’s some photos during the process. This project calls for a Kreg Jig which I’ve had some trouble with in the past (mostly with the wood splintering and the screws poking all the way through) but it worked like a charm this time—great for MDF:
The plans aren’t super detailed—like it doesn’t say what order to assemble the main cabinet pieces in, so Brad and I just assumed it didn’t matter.
First pieces up!
This is where more detailed instructions would have come in handy (or perhaps common sense on our part) because after adding the shelves in we realized we couldn’t fit our drill in there to secure the top. Oops.
We had to improvise with hand held screwdrivers. It’s solid.
There were also a couple conflicting measurements on the cut list which set us back but luckily I had leftover scraps of wood I was able to make work.
The doors were the easiest part:
I decided to add a bit of cottage flair by swapping out the plain plywood sheets with beadboard:
|Yes, I wasted good red wine for this test.|
It’s super comfy so I couldn’t bear to part with it (and I didn’t have to spend hundreds on a new armchair!)
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