Friday, February 27, 2015

Bedroom Set Makeover

Hey Guys!
We're over at All Things Thrifty today sharing this fun Bedroom Set Makeover!
Speaking of bedrooms,
 check out Brooke's fun makeover she did on her bedroom ceiling!  The girl knows how to cram style in every square inch!
 I'm thinking a wall treatment would look amazing!


Friday, February 13, 2015

Ballard Designs Knock-off Shingle Mirror

There's a fun story that goes along with this picture on how to make your own 
Huge Oversized shingle mirror!

We hold our "Fancy Farmgirls" Sale out of a not so fancy shed.


It is full of memories and character and........
holes!
Which provides a magical dappled light effect which we LOVE
until.......
it rains!
We watch the weather in the weeks coming up to our sales
and we cross our fingers a lot
and send a few prayers heavenward
that the rain will be great AFTER the sale.

And each windstorm that comes up
adds a bit more "character" to the shed with a lot of new
nature made "skylights".
We grumble and gather the shingles scattered around the property and toss them in the trash
until......

We saw THIS!


GAH!
We need a wind storm!



Liz disassembled an existing mirror.
You can also purchase mirror rounds at the craft stores.




 Use the old school "nail and string" method to trace out a circle that is about the circumference of your mirror and shingles.
This will serve as the backing for support to glue  your mirror and shingles. 
Cut out your circle knowing you don't have to be perfect on your
cuts, because it will all be covered up.
Let go of your inner perfectionist (if you have one).
I don't;)








Using mirror adhesive, center the mirror on your wood backing.
Using wood glue, glue on your shingles in an overlapping pattern
and
Voila!!



How cool is that?!



We have a sentimental piece of our childhood
turned into a piece of art.









And suddenly.....
I like wind storms.:)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Entryway Before and After


 No matter how many walls or pieces I paint,  
I'm always surprised at the difference paint can make.
 I did this board and batten treatment on this entryway over 2 years ago.
And I just got around to painting the entryway to match the rest of the house.
The results are pretty dramatic.

(Excuse the horrid Before pictures. It's all I could find to work with)

 This entryway is small .
This house has no mudroom so I wanted something that looked pretty and functional.
A place to hang coats, bags, keys.
I found several board and batten tutorials online and had all the wood
precut at Lowes.

 The total for the board and batten treatment that includes:
 lumber, paint, nails, adhesive, and hooks
Came to $125.





And then it stayed in this state for the last two years.
I had since repainted most of the house a grey/blue but had not gotten to 
the entryway yet.
I dont know why I didn't do it sooner.
I'm loving the new colors.
Wall color: Benjamin Moore Gray Owl



This area of the house is so dark, I was hesitant to paint the door black.
I'm loving the contrast though.
You can never go wrong with a black door.



                                       Before                                                     After

Now if y'all excuse me while I finish  painting the rest of this hallway
 and question some longtime friendships on what excuse they have for not giving me a heads up on the
bad state of my entryway.
(You know who you are!)

 What simple paint fix are you still living with?


                         

Monday, February 2, 2015

I have a thing for BIG clocks.
In fact if you've ever been to my house,
Sad to say, but there are multiple clocks that gave up the ghost long ago
that still adorn my walls.
Simply for the decor aspect they bring to a room.
So, before I mislead you,
this clock is purely for decor purposes and does not function.
You'll soon see why :)


You may recognize this clock from past pictures from our previous Barn Sales
or here as part of Christmas at the farmhouse.


We wanted to show you how we made it.

We started with this orange heavily worn coffee table.
Our initial intent was  to simply refinish the table by giving it a  a fresh coat of paint.
Half way through the process,
 I decided on a childs play table instead.



The shape and size of the table would make a perfect little girls "tea table".
The perfect height for a childs rocker to scoot up to and make room for little feet.


I removed the bottom half of the table by simply removing 3 brackets.
Which allowed it to become this cute table 
for a girls room.
 (Or when one needs a party in the pasture out back) :)







We had this bottom piece left we had removed.
I hated to see it go to waste,
When it hit me! 
I could get a two for one out of this piece!
And my love for clocks kicked in and I knew exactly how to use this piece.
The indentations that were left that wrapped around the legs, we're simply filled in with wood filler.
It then received a fresh coat of white paint.

To transfer on our numbers, I printed off some numbers in a font we liked the look of.
Flip your paper over and with the edge of your pencil, rub over your entire number on the back side.
Flip the paper back to the right side, position your number where you want it to transfer and 
heavily retrace over the outside of your numbers.
This transfers your lettering/numbering so you have an outline.
We then just simply filled in the numbers with paint,

painted on our "faux" clock hands and distressed and glazed it.




                                I'll add it to my wall with the other clocks that don't tell time. :)





Our idea of using a piece to its fullest potential!



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

One Hutch, Styled Three Ways

Hey Guys!
We styled this hutch for www.allthingsthrifty.com back in September.
She has some fun projects going on over there.
If you haven't paid a visit,
 you should.
But, if you missed this hutch makeover the  first time around 
we thought it was worth another go round.


We wanted to show how you can take this uninspiring hutch 
and rework it to function in so many different ways.
We chose to show it functioning 3 different ways 
in 3 different styles.

As you can see, this piece was pretty old and worn so it was in need of a fresh finish.
After a quick sanding job,
 we painted it in this custom (mix whatever colors we have on hand till we're happy) :) grey color.


 One of the glass panes had been broken out of the doors when we bought it.  No worries.  We just added in some chicken wire which gives it more personality.

Aaand if you happen to own chickens and don’t want to make a trip to the store you can just cut a section off their pen.
Yep, that’s what we did.
  Redneck, or resourceful?  We’ll let you choose :)
Ok,
1st look:
Little Girl’s Room
 We started by stenciling the back to add some whimsy.
For that, we just used poster board that we stenciled so we could easily pop it in and out to change the look.
We added pink knobs and accessories and this hutch is now perfect for a little girl’s room!




 2nd Look:
Kitchen hutch.
We changed the knobs to oil rubbed bronze and added dishes and kitchen accessories.
This is storage at it’s finest. 
 Functional and beautiful!




And,
 3rd Look:
            The bathroom.
If you’re lucky enough to have room for a hutch, these are great.
You’ve got to store the not so glamorous needed items,
 you might as well do it in style.












"Old School" rules of hutches designated strictly for kitchens,
or any furniture for that matter, 
are in the past.
Rework your furniture to work for you.