I hope this post finds you deep in the middle of Christmas shopping and decorating!
Today I have some pictures of our back hallway decorated for the holidays . This year is our first Christmas to have the door painted a dark black color (Mopboard Black by Benjamin Moore) so I wanted to do something different with the wreathe I usually hang on it. If you missed the post on our “Back Hallway Makeover” you can read about it here.
So I knew I wanted something light and fresh to contrast with the door but didn’t want to spend one penny! Well I broke that rule (shocker) but I did come pretty close to spending next to nothing. I saw this lovely wreathe on Pinterest and thought, “I can totally make this for CHEAP!”…
|Found on thegirlinspired.com via Pinterest. direct link here.
*Sidenote- she has some AMAZING DIY wreathes on this page
Original post from Xenia Nova
I already had 2 paper grocery bags full of pinecones from previous years so I got those down from the attic, and some red cardinal ornaments that I had saved from my teaching days. (my last school’s mascot was a cardinal, how lucky is that!?!) So I already had those 2 materials in my arsenal. Now I just needed a base to attached them to. I pulled some decorations off of an old birch wreathe (originally purchased from Hobby Lobby for $4.99) and used that as my base so I didn’t have to purchase another one. Sidenote-If I didn’t have this extra wreathe laying around, I would have cut my own wreathe-form out of a cardboard box and used that as a base.
First, I laid the wreathe down flat and placed my pinecones around the circle exactly how I wanted them.
Then, I hot glued each one into place. After hot gluing, I took some fishing wire that I found in my husbands stash in the garage and wrapped it around each pine cone with 1 very long continuous string until all of the pinecones were held into place. Then, I tied it off with a knot in the back of the wreathe.
Last, I used the same $3 can of fake snow leftover from the fireplace mantle and sprayed 3 quick, light sprays over the pinecones to make them look like they had a touch of snow on them! After letting the snow dry completely, (it took a lot longer than I expected) I secured the cardinals to the pinecones. *Sidetone-these cardinals are sold at Dollar Tree 2/$1 around the holidays. They come with a wire attachment at the feet.
wall of hooks tutorial
door color-Mopboard Black Benjamin Moore
wall color-Revere Pewter Benjamin Moore
trim-Moderate White Sherwin Williams
|plaid shopping bag-Target (free with purchase of a lot of groceries)
frames-Dollar Tree painted with Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore
jacket- Nordstrom (years ago!)
Today I’m writing to share with you Part 2 of our back hallway makeover. If you missed Part 1 you can see it here.
So after I painted the door I wanted to install a new organization system for our keys, backpacks, purses, hats, etc. My intent was to create a place for all of our everyday belongings to “live” but not clutter up the hallway, particularly the floor. Also I needed it to be a system that was safe for our toddler. i.e. couldn’t be pulled over or destroyed.
Before I started planning the design, I spent some time looking at pictures on Pinterest to get ideas. Here are some of my favorites that I found for inspiration…
|Found on apocketfulofblue.blogspot.com via Pinterest|
|Found on creeklinehouse.com via Pinterest|
|found on craftysouthernmama.blogspot.com via Pinterest|
|found on fancyfarmgirls.blogspot.com via Pinterest|
|found on shelterness.com via Pinterest|
|found on sopocottage.com via Pinterest|
After looking at TONS of images, I decided that I needed my plan to be VERY simple so that I could complete it by myself (well pretty much), AND keep it cheap! The problem with doing a design with 2 x 4’s (as in most of the pictures shown above) was that it would require me to remove and re-install the base board because 2×4’s are thicker than the width of our baseboards and would hang off the wall past the base board. I just didn’t have the confidence in my abilities to do that, so I narrowed it down to this plan and drew it up on paper…
I know at first glance this probably looks very confusing so I’ll explain. My plan consisted of using a big piece of bead board with 1 simple board on top, similar to but smaller than a 2×4 . This system would fit perfectly across our wall to the right of the newly painted door….
|this what it will look like against the base board|
|*sidenote-I purchased the raw pine bead board without primer. It’s not available online so I had to use this one as a reference but they are the exact same price.|
I knew it had to be cut into Piece 2. (Refer back to drawing if you get confused) So I took down Piece 2, leaving Piece 1 on the wall. Then I measured, on the wall, from the right edge of Piece 1 over to the center of the outlet. I then marked this exact measurement onto Piece 2. (from left to right) Then I removed the outlet cover from the wall and traced it on Piece 2 using the “center mark” I had just measured as a starting guide. Then my WONDERFUL friend Mrs. S used her jigsaw to cut along the traced rectangle of the outlet cover. (to create a “starter hole” to get her drill inside the board, she first drilled a hole in the center of the rectangle with a drill bit just large enough to accommodate the size of her jigsaw blade) and tada, an outlet hole in Piece 2 was created…..
|This pic isn’t great, as I took it with my cell phone. The clothing bar is held in place with tension against a cutting board|
After it dried completely, I sanded down the excess caulk so that the board was one flat surface and you could not tell where a nail went into the wall. Then I painted the first coat of paint. I used the exact same color as our trim because I wanted the area to look clean and continuous. Our trim color is Moderate White by Sherwin Williams. I made the mistake of buying eggshell instead of Satin because I mis-read the label on an old can of paint that I found in the attic. But that’s ok because I’ll show you how I made up for it in the end. 1 coat of paint did not go very far at all with this bead board. I quickly realized it was going to take at least 3 maybe 4 coats to achieve complete coverage because of how fast the bead board soaked in the paint. My advice to you if you attempt this project and plan on painting your bead board, buy the pre-primed board or prime it first with some cheap primer paint.
After both the joint compound and the caulk dried, I went back and sanded down the excess joint compound over the screw holes and the caulked seam so that the board was one continuous, flush piece. I was kind of surprised at how much sanding dust this produced for such a small area…
My mom bought this piece for me from Patina Interiors Consignment Store shortly after we moved into our house, with the intention that I would use it as a vanity/makeup table in our bedroom. This was its original purpose for about 3 years, and then it got moved into the office/craft room/guest room to be used as a sewing desk for my monogram machine. Now that I have recently cleaned out and re-organized that room, (click here to see pictures if you missed that post) it’s not really needed anymore. So I figured it’s time for someone else to enjoy this piece of furniture. I have found it to be multi-functional (obviously) and I hope someone else will too!
I recently spruced it up to get ready to sell.
After replacing the original hardware with antique looking pulls from Hobby Lobby, I painted the whole piece first with Chelsea Gray by Benjamin Moore. I didn’t have to do any sanding since I started with raw wood. I used 2 coats on the top because I knew that I was going to leave it a solid color. After painting the drawers with 1 coat of Benjamin Moore Paint, I removed the hardware and sprayed them with a crackle finishing affect in Ivory from Lowe’s. (except the middle drawer, I left this one plain underneath. see pic below)
|to apply, you simply just spray it on like spray paint|
Then, after I could tell that the spray had hardened and a cracking affect appeared, I painted the lower half of the desk (leaving the top in Chelsea Gray) with a thin layer of chalk paint in French Linen from Annie Sloan. The chalk paint went over the crackle nicely and the cracked affect showed through very subtle. After the chalk paint dried, I waxed both the top and bottom parts of the piece with clear wax and then dark wax. I love how the dark wax looks over the handles!!! Here are several detail shots of the finished piece…
Well that’s it for today. I LOVE how EASY painting with Chalk Paint can be! It really does work well with other mediums and paint finishes. If you’ve ever used chalk paint with another product that you thought worked out well, email me and tell me about it or comment on our Instagram (@lemonstolovelys) or Facebook page.
One of the next projects on my list is to try using chalk paint on canvas?!? We’ll see how that goes.
|All of our furniture is from Direct Buy in Dallas. Â The brand is American Drew.|
|You can see where I started testing paint colors|
|End tables & California King Bed- Direct Buy (brand-American Drew)
Gray bedding- Restoration Hardware, Belgian linen duvet & shams in “fog” color
White Euro Shams-Stein Mart
Gray & white lumber pillow-TJMAXX
White coverlet-Stein Mart
End Table trays-Target
Lamps-Stein Mart (originally black, painted in French Linen by ASCP)
Silver Frames-Pottery Barn
wall color- Rockport Gray by BM
|Ikat Sheer Drapes-Overstock.com|
|My MIL gave me these silver frames with the white mats for Christmas and I LOVE them! Â My husband made me this shelf specifically for these frames out of a board that ripped away from our fence in a storm.|
|bench-Paul Michael Company|
|Here is a picture of one of the end tables with glazed knobs. Â I don’t like this look!|
|You can see on the top left drawer where I immediately painted over a knob to see if I liked it any better after looking at all of the glazed knobs on the dresser! yuk!|
|Much better, I think!|
Today I am excited to show you a new sign that my friend Whitney and I collaborated on. It was SO easy to make and turned out so adorable!!
Last year we had a bad storm that blew down a few of our fence slats in the backyard. A couple of the boards were actually ripped in half and could not be repaired so they got thrown in the “scrap pile”. I really liked the way they looked (old and worn) so I pulled a few out and told my husband to save them in the garage for a later craft project. Fast forward to a year later, I had the perfect spot for one of the boards in our kitchen!
I saw this unique calligraphy font and saying on Pinterest that I liked and remembered that my friend Whitney was a very talented calligrapher (she did her own wedding invitations!) so I asked if she would help me!
To prep the board’s surface I didn’t have to do anything because it was already treated before the fence was built and had naturally aged over the years into this pretty grey stain looking color. I did however, paint a solid section of paint right down the center of the board so that Whitney would have a blank, smooth canvas to work from. I used some left over sample paint that I found in my craft room called Sterlington Gray by Benjamin Moore. It’s a very light, white-grey. Then I bought a gold Sharpie paint pen from Michael’s for Whitney to use for the writing. The space in our kitchen for this sign is very tall and narrow so I needed the words to read vertically. Whitney did a GREAT job!!! Here are a few pics of the finished product….
|To hang the board, I attached a picture hanger to the back of it. It hangs to the left of our kitchen sink as a pretty reminder to wash your hands! I like how it looks against our new paint.
(wall color is Revere Pewter BM and cabinets are Dove Wing by BM
|close up of the writing|
|I left the unfinished piece at the bottom where you can tell that the board broke away from the fence.
I think it adds character!
Hello my fellow DIY-ers, Mommies to be, and lovers of design!!!
I am super excited to add a new post to L to L’s “Favorite Spaces” page! Â This is a page I’ve designated for featuring a combination of my favorite designs of both my friends and a few of my “for hire” jobs. Â I wanted to devote a page to focus on particular rooms that I love, whether it be my own work or the work of my dearest friends!
Today’s post is about my friend Caroline’s baby nursery that she and her husband did ALL by themselves! Â They are a sweet couple who just had their first baby a few months ago. Â They did not want to know the gender of the baby before delivery and therefore, needed to create a nursery that was very neutral. Â I LOVE the way their nursery turned out and kind of wanted to stay there to take a nap after I finished snapping these pictures because it was so serene and peaceful! Â They did an amazing job creating the perfect environment to welcome home their first baby without spending a ton of money or hiring anyone to do a single part of it!
|Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL!?!?!
The paint color on the wall is Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore. Â Caroline’s husband painted this room himself, great way to save money! Â I’m adding this color to my list of “favorite whites” because it is divine!! Â Very calming, not too stark, cream white but not too bright, with a little bit of beige. Â Perfect color for a nursery!
|The crib is from Pottery Barn Kids and it was a hand-me-down from Caroline’s sister. Â It use to have a dark wood finish and she painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in CoCo and sealed it with Clear Wax by Annie Sloan. Â The bedding was made by a very talented seamstress out of Cottage and Cabin’s Shop on EtsyÂ named Debbie Park. Â Caroline sent her the net bumpers that she purchased at Target (love these! also known as “pacifier net catcher”) and Debbie sent her free fabric samples to chose from. Â Caroline decided to go with this oatmeal colored linen fabric and Debbie then sewed a ruffle around the top of the mesh bumpers to match the custom bed skirt she also made. Â These cream linen bows are also from Cottage and Cabin.|
|I LOVE how well the fabric complements the color of the crib! Â Caroline did SUCH a good job painting this crib!|
|This glider is from a local store called The French Mix and it’s made by the furniture line, Four Seasons. Â The style of this particular glider is called “Bailey”, the color is called “Mitt”, and the fabric is Linen. Â Every piece of Four Seasons furniture I’ve ever sat in has felt like sitting on a cloud!|
|This cute lamb was a gift. (not sure where it’s from?)
The pillow is from a local store called Melange by KP.
|The curtains are white”black out drapes” from RH Baby & Child. Â They do actually block out the light from that window! Â SOOO necessary in a nursery, in my opinion!|
|The side table is from Homegoods.
The lamp and shade are from RH Baby & Child along with the elephant.
The silver cross is from Mardel’s.
|This changing table was also a hand-me-down from her sister, originally purchased at Pottery Barn Kids. Â Caroline also painted it with ASCP in CoCo and also did a very light white wash over the CoCo with ASCP in Old White. Â Then she sealed it with clear wax to match the crib.|
|These baskets are from World Market but the white covers are from RH Baby & Child. Â She had initially measured the openings and ordered some baskets to fit from RH Baby & Child to match the laundry hamper (see below) but when they came in they didn’t fit the opening! Â So, she pulled the covers off of the RH baskets, found some baskets that actually fit the openings from World Market, and put these covers on the new baskets. Â She wishes the RH baskets would have worked out to keep the wicker the same color, but I love the way they look!|
|The changing pad and white fitted cover are from RH Baby & Child|
|Above the changing table, hangs this cool mirror that Caroline found at Laurie Anna’s Vintage Home in Canton, TX.|
|This growth chart was a baby gift, purchased by one of her friends from a local store called Redoux Home Market. Â It hangs in the nursery next to the baby’s closet.|
|This is the baby’s laundry hamper, from RH Baby& Child. Â The fuzzy lamb is also from Laurie Anna’s in Canton, TX.|
|Love this chandelier that hangs in the middle of the nursery! Â It’s also from RH Baby & Child. Â Her husband removed the existing ceiling fan and installed this light fixture himself! Â (another great way to save money)|
|After delivery, Caroline purchased cream colored letters for their baby’s name to hang over the crib from Oh Dier Living ‘s Shop on Etsy. Â They look great against this wall color (Pale Oak by BM), but I blurred them out for privacy reasons.|
I am SOOOO excited to being sharing with you our kitchen makeover!!!! Â Some of you may think I’m crazy because there was nothing wrong with the wood cabinets before we painted them, BUT I’ve just noticed recently that overall wood cabinets are phasing out. Â New construction homes are all going with painted cabinets. Â Our dark stained wood cabinets were starting to fade pretty badly in some areas and we also never installed hardware in the four years we’ve lived here. Â So, we were going to have to do some work on them anyways! Â Here are a few before pictures of the kitchen…..
|Cabinets on left wall of kitchen over stove|
|Group of cabinets to the left of kitchen sink and directly in front of drawer side to the island|
|Group of cabinets under the bar and over fridge|
|Group of cabinets under the kitchen sink|
|Not a good picture (taken from my cell phone) of the island before primer and paint|
In the beginning, my plan was to paint the entire kitchen myself! Â So, I started on the island because it seemed less overwhelming, being so much smaller. Â I researched paint for cabinets until I was blue in the face. Â I talked to the guys at Benjamin Moore and between their advice and the cabinet paint review I read on Dear Lillie, I decided to go with a low VOC primer by Benjamin Moore called Advance Primer and the Auora Paint in Fieldstone for the island. Â I first drilled the holes for the new hardware. Â I chose to use these silver pulls by Martha Stewart from Home Depot for the drawers….
They were a bit of a pain to install because they have double holes that have to line up PERFECTLY and if you don’t install them perfectly level its very obvious! Â So I was a nervous wreck doing this, but I found this very helpful tool at Home Depot that I used to help me install the knobs accurately…..
And these pulls for the cabinet doors, also from Home Depot (sold in a 10 pack)…
After drilling the hardware holes, I removed all of the doors and drawer plates, then I sanded everything down with a 120 grit sanding block. Â Then I wiped the sanding dust off with a cheese cloth and then again with a dry towel. Â Next, on a Friday afternoon, I painted 1 coat of primer over the entire surface of the island and let that set over the weekend…
|This is the island primed with all of the doors and drawer faceplates off (minus the trashcan)|
After the painter finally finished up with the cabinets, he told me that the kitchen walls were going to need to be repainted because he had to do quite a bit of caulking around the cabinets (the builder cut that corner before we bought the house)! Â He said he could just do a quick paint match to the existing color, which was VERY YELLOW and yuk! Â I just could not bare to shell out the money to have him repaint the kitchen walls in a color I did not like, so Â I made a last minute decision to go ahead and paint ALL the walls in our house (minus the bedrooms) with a new color, Revere Pewter by Benjamin!!! Â I am SOOOO glad I did!!! Â You’ll see what I mean in an upcoming post I plan to do soon.
Hope you’re having a great weekend! Â The weather here is gorgeous and it makes me want to do outdoor projects!
|close up of the table top with the dark wax finish|
|closeup of the table leg|
|Country Gray chairs with CoCo details|
|Gold leaf outlining the trim of the table legs|
|This wooden “vase” use to be a candle holder. Â I thought it was perfect for holding flowers! Â These flowers are fake stems of lily-of-the-valley that I purchased from Gordon’s Home Decor.|
- light fixture-Paul Michael Company
- wall color- Revere Pewter Benjamin Moore
- wooden bench- Paul Michael Company
- drapes- painters drop cloth Home Depot (will do a post on this soon)
- pet portrait- Sallie Bynum Art
- sideboard-TJ MAXX clearance
- lamp- Hobby Lobby (50% off sale)
- decorative books-Goodwill painted with French Linen Chalk Paint and Liquid Leaf
- silver frame- TJ MAXX
- dog food pail-Ballard Design
- table-hand me down painted with Chalk Paint colors…
- top-French Linen & Dark Wax (ASCP) Endurance Finish (CC Caldwells)
- legs-Paris Gray (ASCP) & Classic Gold (Liquid Leaf)
- details around trim and down legs- Classic Gold (Liquid Leaf)
- trim- Country Gray (ASCP)
- chairs- Country Gray (ASCP)
- details on legs of chairs-CoCo (ASCP)
- wooden vase- First Monday Trade Days Canton, TX (originally a candle holder)
- faux lolly-of-the-valley- Gordon’s Home Decor
- seat cushion fabric- Hobby Lobby
It’s been a while. Â Things have been crazy over here preparing for my son’s birthday, having the house painted, and traveling to the camp one last time to close down the hunting season!
I finally finished my wall of pictures last night. Â I love displaying black and white photos from over the years and changing them out regularly. Â We have the perfect walls for this in our hallway leading to the guest rooms. Â Before we had the house painted the hallway looked like this…
|look at those yellow walls, yuk!!!|
I liked this collage look for a while but after having the walls painted, I wanted fresher, cleaner look. Â It was also time to change out the pictures to incorporate some new ones of the baby and our new nephew. Â I found this pin on Pinterest of some unique looking copper frames from Anthropologie…
After I let the chalk paint thoroughly dry, I added 2 coats (letting the first coat dry in between) of Liquid Leaf in Classic Gold to the frames. Â Then I let them sit overnight.
After the paint was completely dry, I covered the backing of each frame with some leftover fabric I had laying around from another project from Hobby Lobby. Â I chose this fabric because it was free and because it looked similar to the linen backing in the Anthropologie frames…
I secured the fabric to the frame backing with a hot glue gun. Â A small line of hot glue around the edge of the frame board was enough to keep the fabric tightly in place. Â I pulled the fabric as tight as possible around each side before securing it to the glue. Â Then, I placed the pictures on the fabric in the order that I wanted them and secured them to the fabric with some rolled up tape on the back.
Last, I hammered in 2 picture hangers with loops on the top to each frame. Â Then, I threaded twine (leftover from Christmas packages) through the loops and tyed a knot to make a continuous circular strand of twine that the picture would hang from. Â (I forgot to take a picture of this from the back so I will add one as soon as I get a chance)
And ta dah…..