Farmhouse Pillows

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One of the easiest ways to quickly transform a room is simply by updating the pillows! I am absolutely in love with anything farmhouse, plaid and natural colors. I found some great (and inexpensive) pillow covers on Amazon that would be great for any season!  Start with an insert that matches the size you’d like (typical inserts are 18 x 18 – but again, this is your preference.  You can buy the basic inserts here).

 

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1. Seed 2. Home Sweet Home 3. Fresh Eggs 4. Directions 5. Plaid 6. Deer 7. Fresh from the Farm 8. Bushel and a Peck 9. Number 7 10. Farm Fresh Chicken

I added a few more of the pillow cases I found on Amazon below.  Not all are entirely “farm” related but I just adore them!  Pillows don’t always have to be used for a couch or a chair. Add them to a bench, or a bed, or anywhere the needs a little bit of comfort thrown in!

 

How cute is this deer pillow? Super versatile! Definitely can be used for holidays, fall or even year round!

 

I love the use of the arrows with the directions.

I love how plaid is back in style! This would be great year round or around the holidays!

Oh hey #7! How I adore you! Love the black and white with the big number 7.

Home Sweet Home. Such a classic.

I think this is so stinkin cute and perfectly Farmhouse. It would also be great in a kids room too!

Simple and classic. I love the hand lettering style with the chicken!

Such a clever pillow. I adore the idea of using a feedsack as a pillow cover and this one is great. Way less expensive and easier than to make yourself.
This one isn’t exactly Farmhouse, but I really love vintage bikes! This one would be perfect on my porch!

 

Another great simply pillow!

Perfectly Farmhouse.

 

What are your favorite ways to add inexpensive updates to your home?  I’d love to hear from you!

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New Life for an Old Chair

I always imagined when I bought my first house it would have a big porch where I could relax on my rocking chair with a cold drink.  Unfortunately the first house I bought didn’t have a porch!   So my sweet little rocking chair sat out on the back patio and saw all of the elements and better days.  Our new house is rocking chair perfect except my chair was beat up and nearly falling apart.

Adam was on his usual Sunday afternoon golf outing, George was napping and I was fed up pulling weeds.  I received a coupon for a free sample of Country Chic Paint in the color Bliss and couldn’t wait to get my hands dirty with it.  I just had to be brave enough to paint my perfectly white rocking chair a new color and I was definitely feeling up to it.

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Country Chic Paint – Perfect for my Rocking Chair Project

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Supplies:

  1.  Fine grit sandpaper. I prefer the sanding sponges like this one
  2. Spray paint (this isn’t a must)  but will definitely help!
  3. Paint brush – There are special “chalk paint” brushes but you don’t necessarily need one
  4. Chalk paint – I used Country Chic Paint for this project (Bought locally at ReStyle & Co).
  5. Paint cup and liner – this is SO much easier to paint with (and dispose of with liners)
  6. Floor protection (if you want to keep your floor nice – I didn’t use this!)
  7. Something to paint! (a chair, an armoire, a hutch, a table, a picture frame…something that needs an update!)

 

My rocking chair definitely needed a little bath.   It was such a gorgeous day that I did it right in the driveway.  Of course my sweet George missed out on a perfectly good opportunity to play in the water (but it saved me the headache of having to change his clothes later!).   Important: Make sure you dry off your piece while prepping for paint. Not all projects will require this step, but you should at least consider wiping it down with a damp cloth to get rid of any dust or dirt you don’t want trapped under the paint.

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Before: My sweet old rocking chair

If you have any loose paint you may want to give it a light sanding and then wipe down again to remove any dust (you don’t want this getting in your paint!).

This step is optional. Give whatever you’re painting a nice little coat of spray paint first.  In this case, I didn’t need to since my rocking chair was already white and I was going darker.  However, if you are taking a dark piece and going lighter,  save your chalk paint and buy the $4 can of spray paint to save money and several coats of paint!

I used a handy pail and liner, so I simply dumped the entire container of paint (it was a smaller sample size)  into my paint cup and I started painting.  The paint went on fairly well and dried rather fast with the breezy day.  After I finished painting my chair and gave it a fair 1-2 hours to entirely dry. I then took my sanding block and gave my rocking chair a nice sanding.  I am not a fan of overly distressed chalk painted items.  If you prefer a more distressed look, you will want to definitely sand more until you get through the paint. When sanding, sand edges on curves for more distressing.

It truly is as easy as it sounds! It only took me a few hours on a nice Sunday afternoon to complete this project from start to finish. I am SO pleased with how my rocking chair turned out!  I can now enjoy sitting outside on my chair without the bird poop and watch George play!

 

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I can’t wait to hear all the fun projects you are working on and are finishing!!  Link up if you have anything great you want to show off or share!

 

XOXO

Kristen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bedroom DIY – Part 2

This post has been in the making for quite.some.time!  Our room is not 100% finished (it’s lacking curtains) but I HAD to share the rest of our progress we’ve made. (Part 1 – here)

One of the ways I gain inspiration for each of the rooms we complete is through reading blogs, websites, and watching home restoration shows (This Old House and Fixer Upper are my Favorites!).   I found this awesome website called Olioboard where I could gather different items and make a style board for our bedroom project.  Here is the board I created while working on this room.

I wanted to blend both the rustic and modern styles Adam and I both love.  I needed a little pop of color which I got from the night stands.  We actually took an Ikea Rast Dresser ($34.99) and made it over to give it an upgraded look.

From this:

To this:

I simply LOVE the way these turned out!  I like how I can quickly explain to Adam what I’m thinking, hand him some primer and paint and off he goes.  Again, simply blessed to have someone so talented in my life!  (And so patient with all my “ideas!”)

Our fabulous sconces (up close) stemmed from one of my random ideas (Hey honey – what do you think about adding some lights above each side of the bed, and then put switches next to our beds….?)   I swear that man’s head might explode if I have any more “Hey honey ideas.”

I bought these online at 1-800 Lighting (similar here). They come in bronze and brushed nickel.  I just adore this vintage look with our barnboard wall!  (Of course I went to Ebates first and got my 5% cash back too!) I think they also had a coupon for new customers and I also got $10 off each light!  Pretty sure every online shopping trip starts with Ebates!!

One of my dear friends has these absolutely stunning curtains in her dining room that I have been pining over since the first time that I saw them.  They are gray buffalo plaid, floor to ceiling. Gorgeous!  So imagine my surprise when I saw a similar pattern in a duvet cover at Ikea!  It was an easy sell to go with the rustic/modern feel in our room.

You know when you take a photo and you think it looks great, then post it and it’s not as fabulous? Yeah. I’m not remaking the bed for a picture.

I think the biggest struggle for us was choosing paint. Who knew that finding a gray would be so challenging?  After 3 different attempts we finally got it right!  Thankfully Sherwin Williams isn’t too far away and the people were beyond amazing helping me select the right color.  I came home with 3 samples and I put them up so we weren’t making the same mistake again!  (The light in our rooms made every paint color look blue – notice the background the samples are painted on – that’s our 2nd attempt at gray).

From left: Silver Strand, Mindful Gray, and Colonnade Gray
The 3rd Coat of paint going up and NOT blue!

We finally went with Mindful Gray from Sherwin Williams and have been SO very happy with the color.  I was so hesitant at first because it looked tan and I wanted nothing to do with anything that resembled brown.  But it was absolutely stunning when it went up on the walls!! I have recommended it to so many people and have had rave reviews about the color as well.

Adam trimmed out our windows using 1x4s and 1x2s and white paint (and of course some caulking). I am beyond in love with how the windows turned out, which I think is why I’m so lazy at putting curtains up! I love these beauties! They remind me of vintage windows in older craftsman style homes.

Absolutely stunning!  It’s also amazing to me how different the paint colors look at night vs day and in summer vs winter.  These pics were taken months apart (notice the snow in the background in the top photo?!  Gosh I am SO sorry it took forever to post this!).

And finally… another 3 round try before we finally got it right, but this sliding barn door is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!!! It turned out absolutely amazing.  We ordered the barn door track online and then purchased a door (3 of them…) from a local overstock company.  We gave her a shiny coat of Peppercorn from Sherwin Williams (I am a loyal fan of their paint – this is not a sponsored post) and hung her up to close off our laundry room.   My biggest recommendation is to make sure you buy the door BIGGER than the size of your opening!  It doesn’t need to fit the opening like a regular door, if you buy it that size, it will be too small and you will be disappointed!!

Our master bedroom is by far my favorite room in the house!  We have many projects upcoming and I can’t wait to share each and every one with you.  Again, apologies on the delay in time.  I will post again soon!

xoxo

Kristen

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Bedroom DIY – Part 1

Hello friends!


Where the heck have I been? Well, most of you know that we moved back in July.  While we hoped buying this house would be less DIY and more R-E-L-A-X-A-T-I-O-N, we were seriously wrong! Each room we’ve done so far has presented different challenges, including a bathroom which once we painted, re-trimmed and cleaned up, turned out to have a serious leak and created a rainstorm in our lower level bathroom.  I digress…


So we started working on our Master bedroom (seems legit with a leaky bathroom, right?!).  When we first moved into this room we were seriously puzzled.  There is a walk through to another room (my office) which put a door on one of the long walls..  The other wall, had 2 windows… which meant we either had to put our bed against a window, against a wall or on a diagonal.  Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE balance, so any of the above are not an option.   The first few months of living here, I propped pillows up and locked the door to center our bed in the room. 

So Step 1, talking Adam into removing the door and closing off the walk through.  At first, he wasn’t a fan of this idea, but after months of sleeping against a door, he was convinced 🙂   

 North Facing Window (please excuse the mess, I was trying to get before pics and this is the best I could get!) 

West wall that accesses our Master closet, laundry room and the master bathroom (which will likely have its own post because it needs some serious attention!)   Notice the trim is painted the same color as the wall?  Yes, our whole house is done this way = replacing a lot of trim!

South facing wall – double windows with our pellet stove in the corner. 


It may be hard to tell but there was a chair rail running around the entire room, with the lower half painted one color and the upper painted another.  The carpet was a dark green, and while it was in great shape, it was simply too dark.  


We wanted to make this “our space” and a complete retreat from the rest of the house. Adam and I have very different styles, but we have been able to truly mesh them and make them our own.  He’s so incredibly talented and anytime I have an idea he runs with it.  


You can see in the 3rd photo above that there is a pretty stack of wood… One of my favorite websites is Houzz and I find so much inspiration by the talented designers and carpenters whose work is featured on the site. One of the photos I found had an entire wall of barn board in the bedroom and since Adam LOVES the rustic and woodworking in homes, he fell for it and we decided to do a wall of “barnboard.”

However, let’s be honest, we aren’t made of money and finding 100 year old barnwood within a few weeks of starting this project for less than a few hundred dollars simply wasn’t going to happen.  Then we considered pallets.  Has anyone ever tried pallet projects?  This wall was 18*8 = 144 square feet.   That’s a lot of pallets that must be harvested, sanded, sized, stained, etc.  So, while it sounded awesome, we both knew there was going to be WAY too much work involved in using pallets.  After searching Pinterest, I found a blog where they used 6′ dog eared fence slats, so that’s what we did.  At $2.45 each, they were already a bit rustic looking, cedar, and not nearly as thick as rough cut lumber.

He gave each of the boards a light sand and then we started to choose different stains.  We had a hard time finding the right color because under the garage light the boards looked one color and inside under incandescent light, it looked completely different.  After a few attempts we settled on mixing Jacobean and Golden Oak. It produced a beautiful deep color with a bit of a reddish huge. I LOVE the way the stain brought out the different knots in the wood… 

Here is a sneak peek of the wood going up!

As you can see, we’ve added quite a bit of electrical to the wall and I cannot wait for you to see the finished product!!  

 

Adam working hard to put the wall up!  You can see he marked off the wall, so he knew where the studs were. He nailed directly to the studs, we didn’t put plywood up behind the wall (as others have done).  He staggered the boards and as you can see the boards go directly to the door. We opted to skip trimming out the door.  This was a lesson learned.  The door itself was poorly installed and had to be reinstalled, once he did this, he realized he had to make adjustments to the boards.  


The wall is getting closer to completion!  I LOVE the way this turned out.  We also opted to use black switches and outlet covers.  We had to go with a white thermostat for our baseboard unit, and it stands out like a sore thumb.  Fortunately Home Depot online carried many of the outlet covers that we needed and if you ship to store, the shipping is free.  We also installed dimmer switches next to our bed, which again, had to be ordered online.  

And here is our finished wall!  You can see some of the other finishes with the painted wall and upgraded carpet, which I will highlight in the next post.  The vintage sconces in Olde Bronze (from 1-800 Lighting – similar here) are one of my favorite touches with this wall. They are absolutely stunning and the vintage bulbs that dim are amazing.  It really brings the wall together. I cannot wait to move our new furniture in here!  


Again, Adam did incredible work. He’s so talented. I wish I could say I had a hand in the technical aspect of hanging this wall, but I didn’t. Design? Yes.  That is all me.  The rest? All Adam. 


I hope you LOVE what we have done so far in this room. I cannot wait for the rest of the room reveal!  Stay tuned!

xoxo 

Kristen

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