This quick and easy farmhouse style burlap lampshade is a perfect way to update any plain lamp in your home!
I’m so excited to be joining some of my talented bloggy friends for their #monthlyDIYchallenge! This month the item was burlap ribbon and we teamed up with Kenarry: Ideas for the Home, who now has their fabulous burlap ribbon on Amazon! It was so fun working with it and coming up with something to create!
I have to say, at first I was definitely challenged trying to figure out what to use the burlap ribbon for. It’s much easier to use regular burlap for projects than a smaller roll of it. But, I never back down from a challenge!
I have a little lamp at the top of our stairs I had bought from Ross right when we moved into the house. It totally didn’t go with my style, but I just needed something right away and it was super inexpensive. I’ve been meaning to do something with it. The burlap ribbon was the perfect thing to spruce it up!
Before I updated the lampshade, I painted the lamp itself with a few coats of white chalk paint. Originally, the lamp was silver with glass balls. Not my favorite! Painting it all white really changed the look, as did adding the burlap to the lampshade. It’s such an easy way to give a lamp new life, and it literally will take you 10 minutes tops! My favorite kind of project.
You could also use regular burlap and cut it to fit, but this burlap ribbon was the perfect size, right at 5″ wide (and 10 yards long!), and the edges are all sewn so there’s no fraying! Win-win in my book!
To start, I cut off the end of the burlap ribbon so it was straight, then hot glued the ends down onto the middle of the shade. I made sure my glued end is on the seam of the lampshade, since that will be in the back and no one will see it.
I rolled the burlap ribbon around the shade, then pulled it tight and cut it right where I needed to glue it down at the seam. I then rolled out my teal ribbon and did the same, measuring it around the lampshade and then gluing the end down right in the middle of the burlap at the seam of the shade.
I did the same as above for the lace, making sure it was centered on the ribbon.
That’s it! I told you it was quick and easy, right?! I don’t lie.
Such a simple way to get that pretty farmhouse style I love! And, to cover up an ugly lamp I didn’t like. 😉
It sits on this cute little antique table that was my grandmother’s. I love it!
Don’t forget to check out the other fabulous burlap ribbon projects from my bloggy friends below!
A huge thank you to Kenarry: Ideas for the Home for sponsoring this month’s Monthly DIY Challenge and supplying the wonderful burlap ribbon for all our projects!
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Hello, friends! If you’re in the market for fun new lighting, then these 10 stunning geometric chandeliers for under $250 are for you!
But first, I’m so excited to share about my new geometric orb chandelier from Wayfair.
When we moved into our new house last year, one of the first things we wanted to do was switch out all the lighting. Most of the house are recessed lights, but the few chandelier lights we had were amber colored. They were beautiful but just not our style.
Here’s the before of the amber chandelier that was in this space when we moved in:
Not terrible, but again just not what I wanted in our entryway, so I started searching for a new chandelier. I wanted something metal for an industrial look, but I also really loved the orb-style pendants, too. I’m also intrigued with geometrical lights, so that was one of my search criteria, as well.
I looked at so many chandeliers that I really liked, but when I came across this 5-Light Globe Pendant from Wayfair, I was in looooove. It was perfect!! Here’s how it looks in our entryway:
It was the exact size we needed for the space, and the 5 lights give off just enough light. We had to hire someone to install it, as our entryway is super high up and we don’t have the right kind of ladder. It was a little scary watching them put it all the way up!!
It arrived in just a few days, with everything we needed. I just had to get a few candelabra bulbs, and we were set!
While I was searching around for the perfect chandelier, there were lots of others I came across that I also loved. Geometric-style is really popular right now, so there were a ton I found and bookmarked. There are some for every style!
The best part is they are all under $250, which is kind of amazing, y’all. Chandeliers are expensive!
So, without further ado, here are 10 stunning geometrical chandeliers for under $250!
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Hello! Summer season is in full swing, along with backyard BBQ’s and parties. Today I’m sharing how to make your own hello/goodbye doormat, which is the perfect way to greet your guests as they arrive at your front door!
I spotted a super cute doormat awhile back on Pottery Barn, and was inspired to try my hand at making one, too.
It’s so easy to make your own! All you’ll need is:
(I’ve included links to everything you’ll need to make this mat so you don’t even have to run to the store!)
Yard stick or something straight to put in the middle of your mat while you paint
First, I eyeballed where the middle of the mat was and used what I had lying around in the garage that was straight to place in the middle (a copper pipe, but a yard stick or something else would work well, too!). That way, you can tell how big the words should be on either side. I used my paint brush to very very faintly write “hello” in cursive. I had a wet paper towel right next to me just in case I needed to wipe it off quickly, but didn’t need it! If you don’t feel comfortable just free-handing, you could try writing it in chalk first and then painting over it.
I then went back over my painted “hello” again with more paint to darken it.
After finishing, I did the same on the other side with the word “goodbye.”
All done! Easy, right?!
I let it dry overnight, and then it was ready to set out on the front porch.
It’s so cute! You could also just print the words “hello” and “goodbye” instead of cursive, too.
This doormat lasts so long too, you could even touch the paint up each season! Just think of the money you’ll save, not having to buy a new doormat every year.
Thanks for visiting today friends, enjoy the rest of your week!
Hey hey! Happy Wednesday, my friends! Today I’m sharing a quick tutorial on how to make a modern peg rail with a shelf. It’s so easy and can be put in any room!
We’ve slowly been etching away at Landon’s nursery to get it all finalized. When we moved into our new house, we had only a couple months before his due date. I didn’t really have much energy after moving to put together a beautiful nursery, so I did what I could and called it good. A year later, we’re finally getting around to redoing a few things.
I saw a picture floating around Facebook not long ago of a cute peg rail in a living room. They had pretty framed prints hanging from string on the hooks. I thought it was so unique, I knew I wanted one in Landon’s room, too! I wanted to add a shelf above the peg rail as well so I could put a few knick knacks and plants I had displayed in his room.
So last weekend, we took a trip to Home Depot to get wood and a few supplies, and we put this together in just under two days. I sure love simple and quick DIY projects!
To make your own modern peg rail with a shelf, you’ll need:
Two 1×4’s, cut to your desired length
Round dowel 3/4 in (or your desired thickness)
White paint (I used spray paint to make it a little faster)
Circular 3/4in drill bit + drill
Paintable wood putty
Screws & nails
Ruler + pencil
To start, we cut both 1×4’s to 7ft long to fit the wall and sanded the ends smooth. We then measured where we wanted to put the pegs, and marked it along one of the 1×4’s. We started about 3in. in on either side, then about 8in. apart all along the middle.
We then used our 3/4in size circular drill bit and drilled the holes for the pegs.
I decided on 4 inch pegs, so I measured and cut each one, then sanded the ends as well.
The pegs fit pretty snug into the holes, but I still dabbed a little wood glue inside each hole. We used a rubber mallet to tap them tightly into the holes so they were flush with the back of the board.
After all the pegs were in, I spray painted the whole peg rail white, as well as the wood for the shelf.
To hang the peg rail, we found where the studs were in the wall and made marks. We pre-drilled holes into the studs as well as the rail, then screwed the rail into the wall.
Attaching the shelf was a little bit weird for ours, and there’s definitely an easier way. A Kreg Jig will absolutely make life so much easier in this project, but sadly we don’t have one so we had to improvise!
We figured it’d be easier to attach the shelf to the peg rail once the peg rail was already on the wall. Unfortunately our wood was slightly warped when we bought it, so we tried to take that into account. It wasn’t easy and it dips down just ever so slightly in the middle because of it, but it still works just fine!
We dabbed a line of wood glue all across the top of the peg rail, then set the shelf on top. We used a few nails on top to secure the piece of wood down, as well as a few clamps while the glue dried. Again, this is definitely not the ideal way of getting the shelf on, but sometimes you just gotta run with what you’ve got!
After a couple hours, we removed the clamps and were done! I decorated the shelf with a few things that were already in his nursery, and added a few more items.
I love love love how it turned out, and that it gives me a few extra places to decorate and hang things, too! His room is really small and there isn’t a lot of room for extra furniture, so having more space was much needed!
The little black dresser we currently have is just too small for this wall, so I found a fabulous long mid-century dresser that I’m working on painting to put in here instead. Keep an eye out for that one!
We still a little work left to do in Landon’s nursery, but stay tuned for the reveal coming soon!
Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week!
(If you want to check out what Jade’s nursery looked like, you can find it here! It was one of my very first posts!)
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Hello, friends! I’m sorry I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks. Planning a party is always more work than I anticipate!
It has been one year since my sweet little Landon came into this world. I can’t believe it! He’s grown and changed so much. He brings so much joy to our family, and we can’t imagine our life without him. He’s the happiest baby there ever was; at least until he’s hungry and wants food now. He recently started crawling and exploring and wanting to pull himself up on everything. His giggle is one of my favorite sounds, and his smile is infectious. My heart is bursting with love!!
And who doesn’t love a little side-by-side photo of his growth?!
Ahhh I just love those chubby legs!!
Ok, enough sappy talk and on to his birthday party! Landon loves trains, and every time we hear one off in the distance he stops what he’s doing and makes this cute little “o” with his lips and listens. He gets so excited! I knew a train party would be perfect, and I decided a vintage train theme with some muted colors was the ticket (no pun intended..).
I love finding cute invites for parties I throw, and when I saw these vintage train ones at Minted.com, I was in love. They were perfect!
I personalized the invite with the party details, and then ordered these cute little “All Aboard!” wrap around address labels/stickers to go on each envelope. Minted also has an option to have the invitations addressed too, so I chose that option as well. It saved me so much time, and they looked much better than my handwriting!
They even had matching Thank-you notes to personalize, too! Of course I just had to get them. Thank-you notes never go out of style, friends!
Along with the invitations, I also made and printed out these little time capsule cards. I loved the idea of all of Landon’s family writing him a note for him to open when he’s 18. I think it’s so special!
On the morning on his party, I put black duct tape and made railroad tracks on our front porch leading up to the door. I also made an adorable “railroad crossing” sign too and hung it on the door. I distressed the sign to make it look worn and old. It was a great way to greet all the guests and give them a feel for the theme of the party.
The colors were mint and navy blue, which was perfect because mint is one of Jade’s colors in her room as well and we had a few of her items that we got to use. I wrote Landon’s little “1st birthday” sign on the chalkboard, and set it on an old explosives crate that was my grandpa’s. I thought it was quite fitting for the theme!
We used my blanket ladder as train track behind the chalkboard, which was all my hubby’s idea. I was quite impressed! 😉
I set up a little basket for the time capsule notes that people wrote. It was so fun getting to see the special memories people wrote for him!
I printed out each monthly photo I took of Landon his first year and hung that up over the fireplace. Everyone loved being able to see how much he grew in a year!
I was so happy with how the food table turned out. We served brunch at the party, so we had bagels, meat and cheese, fruit, tater tot casserole, and chile rellano (thanks to my mother-in-law for the last two!). Everything was perfect!
The kids have a wooden train set in our playroom, so we used it and made a little track around the food with some trains. It was the perfect touch to the theme!
I printed out the letters for the “All Aboard” banner on kraft paper and glued them onto navy blue cardstock.
The best part of the table of course were the delicious cupcakes. My mother-in-law made those as well, and they were amazing!
There were chocolate and lemon for the guests to choose from. My sister-in-law made the adorable little cupcake flags to match.
I covered tin cans with some paper and twine to dress them up for utensil holders and vases.
Outside, we had bubbles and chalk for the kids. We also made this cute cardboard train for photo opps!
We had to get a family photo in it earlier in the day too, of course! Those are two of the cutest train engineers I’ve ever seen.
I may be a tad biased.
I decorated the adorable vintage highchair my siblings and I used as kids for Landon’s cake smash. I made a fabric scrap banner in the party colors to hang from the highchair tray.
I also added a little “one” banner above the chair on the wall.
I’m all about the “healthy” cake for my little one, so I made him a banana cake with a cream cheese frosting sweetened with dates. It was actually really good!
While I thought the cake was yummy, Landon wasn’t so sure. He didn’t know what to do with it! He mostly touched the frosting, but had a worried look on his face, trying to figure out what to do with the gooeyness of it all. I had to help him dig in to get a couple bites. It was so cute!
As the kids headed out the door, they grabbed a little thank-you favor from the baggage claim.
A friend of mine had this gorgeous vintage suitcase that also happened to be minty colored. It was meant to be!
Inside each little baggy was an engineer hat, a train whistle, and gold chocolate coins. The kids could wear their hats for their train photo opp. outside, too!
It was the most perfect first birthday we could have given Landon. He was surrounded by people who love him dearly, and have watched him grow these past 12 months. Even though he has no idea what was actually going on, these pictures will be such a fun reminder when he’s older of the special day he had.
We also had a few 1 year pictures taken the week prior to his party that turned out absolutely adorable. here are just a few for your viewing pleasure: 🙂
Hey friends! These 20 inexpensive DIY ways to organize your craft supplies will come in handy around my house when I finally get to organizing all of my supplies. I don’t have a craft room, so all my supplies are (literally) thrown into the closet under our stairs.
It’s not pretty, guys. A total mess all. the. time. I have my craft paper shoved into a drawer, paints shoved into another drawer, and yarn and twine all over the shelving. There’s no rhyme or reason, and it’s driving me nuts!
Lately I’ve been thinking about and pinning ways to organize and store all my supplies, and this list contains some of my favorite ideas. Not only are they all easy to DIY, but they are budget friendly! Boy, do I have some work to do.
From how to store your scrap project wood to finding a place to store your paint brushes, I think you’ll find some great inspiration in this list!
Hello, friends! Today I’m sharing how to make a ruler growth chart, so you can have a cute place to keep record of your kiddos’ height without having to mark-up any walls!
I’ve been meaning to make my son a growth chart this whole past year and finally got around to it. Oops! His 1st birthday is coming up in just a couple weeks, and I made it just in time for that 1 year old height record!
What can I say, I like to procrastinate.
This ruler growth chart is super easy to make, and you only need a few items as follows:
One 6ft tall 1×8 board
Wood stain – your choice of color (I used Minwax Dark Walnut)
Foam paint brush
Black Sharpie pen
Pencil and ruler
Printed numbers 1-6 (you can print them below!)
I stained my board with the dark walnut stain I chose. Since walnut is a dark color already, I wiped the stain off immediately after the whole board was covered. It was only on for a total of 2 minutes, but you can leave your stain on longer depending on the color you want to achieve. I let it dry overnight.
To make the growth chart look like a ruler, I used my pencil and a small ruler and measured one inch up from the bottom of the board and made a line one inch across (to represent the 1/8 inch mark on a ruler). I kept going up the board every inch, marking a line as I went. I made every third line to be two inches long to represent the 1/4 inch mark on a ruler.
I then went back over the penciled lines with my Sharpie and a ruler. I used the pencil to mark my lines first so I could erase if I made a mistake.
Next, I cut apart my numbers 1-6. I turned them over and used my pencil to rub or color over the number firmly, making sure that the whole number was covered.
(You can print out the numbers to make your own growth chart HERE!)
I put the number one 6 inches up from the bottom of the board, that way I could hang the growth chart 6 inches up from the ground and it would equal a foot. Using my pencil, I firmly pressed and traced the number.
I was left with a faint penciled number “1” that I could then easily fill in with my Sharpie.
I continued with the rest of the numbers, making sure I placed them exactly 12 inches apart before tracing (because knowing me, I’d count wrong and mess it up!).
I added a little sawtooth hanger on the back, and hung it up in my son’s room.
I can’t wait to measure him on his birthday and make that first little mark! I love seeing how much they grow each year.
Happy Wednesday! Today I’m sharing how to make these easy reclaimed barnwood indoor plant holders. They can add something fun to your walls, all the while growing herbs or succulents to your heart’s content!
My hubby’s family has a ranch and acreage not far from where we live. When his uncle saw that I was asking around online for any barnwood, he mentioned he had a ton out at the ranch.
“I neeeeeeed it!!!” I told him. Don’t worry, I did ask nicely and said please. He brought me a few pieces and they were gorgeous. I know that’s weird to say about wood, but trust me, they were.
Originally they were used in a barn that was built out there, and I loved knowing they were from our family’s ranch. I had already made plans for what I was going to do with them, and making planters for our dining room walls was just one of my ideas.
We started by cutting the wood in half. It was a 6×10 board, so each half was 3ft. I love that the wood was different colors and even had a little section of it gone on half of of it. So much character!
I first measured where the exact middle of the wood was, then measured about 6 inches down from the top and up from the bottom and made a mark with my pencil. I also measured and made a mark exactly halfway between those two marks, where the middle pot would be. I did the same on the second half piece of wood.
We used hose clamps from Home Depot to hold the pots. I found some screws lying around that we screwed through the metal to attach the hose clamps to the wood.
Once all the hose clamps were secured, I put in small 3 terra cotta pots. I aged and distressed the pots using my tutorial found here. I used a lot more water in my whitewash for these little pots so they are lighter.
I’d love to grow herbs in these pots, but I don’t think there is enough direct light for them to grow well. Besides, I can barely keep succulents alive (and to be honest, some of these are now faux because I killed the real ones… eek!).
I think I’ll eventually get bigger pots, these almost look to small for the large piece of wood. They work great for now, though!
Good morning, friends! Sadly, the calendar and weather have not corresponded much yet this spring, but I’m sure hoping that having pretty flowers out will help bring warmer weather! Today I’m sharing how to make the easiest spring wreath ever, and I hope it’ll help you get in the mood for warmer weather, too!
This spring wreath took me about 20 minutes to put together. With a toddler and pre-toddler around, that’s about all this momma has time for sometimes!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
Large grapevine wreath (I got mine at Michael’s)
1 greenery garland (also from Michael’s)
A couple of bunches of pretty faux flowers
Ribbon for hanging
While I was at Michael’s finding supplies for this wreath, I had in mind of using a bunch of sprigs of greenery. I realized the bill was really adding up fast as I had a cart full of them. I put them all back and instead, I grabbed a garland full of greenery (and score, it was half off!) to use. Michael’s always has 40% coupons you can use, too! I hadn’t thought to use an already-put-together garland as the “meat” of my wreath, but boy did it make it so easy!
First, I just tucked one end of the garland under some of the branches of the grapevine wreath. The best part of this easy wreath (in my opinion) is there is no hot glue gun needed (except for the ribbon!)!
I then just started twisting floral wire around the branches of the wreath and the garland, fastening them together so they’d stay put. I would wire them together every 6 inches or so, as I went around. When I got back to where I began, I used my wire cutters and just snipped off the remainder of the garland. Some of the greenery was a little wiry and sticking out in weird spots, so I just tucked a few of the faux leaves under the branches of the wreath.
Next I cut all the flowers off of the bunches using my wire cutters, leaving about 3 inches of the stem attached. I then started sticking the stems into the wreath sideways so they’d sit snug and not fall out. I kept placing flowers until about 1/3 of the wreath was covered.
I filled in any empty gaps I saw in the greenery using the extra piece I cut off from the garland. I glued a little bow and a ribbon for hanging around the top.
I love having spring on my door, if nowhere else! I also love how lush the wreath looks and the pretty little flowers, too.
Do you have your spring wreath out on your day yet? Hope your weather is warmer than it has been here!
I love the simplicity (and price!) of terra cotta pots, but the orange color isn’t my favorite. To give them a little more character and to match the farmhouse-style I’m going for in my home, I’m sharing how to easily distress and age terra cotta pots!
Spring has finally arrived, which means it’s time to start dusting off those pots and get to planting pretty flowers! Even though our weather didn’t get the memo, I’m itching to start adding more flowers and greenery in and around our house!
Simple is the name-of-the-game here, and you’ll only need a few items.
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First, I hosed off my pot and saucer to make sure there wasn’t any dirt or clay dust still attached. I let it dry in the sun while I mixed my paint.
I essentially white-washed my pot, instead of using paint straight from the container. This makes it a little lighter and easier to sand later, in my opinion. I mixed my white chalk paint with just a tad of gray paint in a plastic bowl, then I added water until my mixture was about 50% paint and 50% water. I stirred well until the paint and water was thoroughly combined.
After my pot and saucer was dry, I used my foam brush and painted the outside of the pot and all sides of the saucer. I also painted a couple inches down inside the pot so it looks aged inside, too.
Don’t worry if your paint job isn’t perfect, it’s what gives your pot more character! It will dry to the touch quickly on the pot as well. I put two coats on mine, letting it dry about 10 minutes in-between. I then let it dry fully in the sun for a couple of hours.
To age and distress the pot, I just used my sand paper block and sanded randomly all around the pot. There doesn’t need to be any rhyme or reason. In fact, the more random it is, the better!
I wiped down the pot and saucer with a wet rag after I was done sanding to make sure all paint dust was off. I added dirt and a little succulent because, well, I’m obsessed.
Not only is it the perfect farmhouse-style pot, it’s inexpensive and easy to make!
Is anyone else succulent obsessed? Just me?
On a total side note – isn’t that little stool just the cutest? I don’t even know where it came from, but it’s the perfect plant stand!