I have been wanting a couple of wooden lanterns for my porch for a while now.
I decided to diy some. The ones I liked in the store seemed simple in design and when I showed the hubby he said “you could diy them yourself you know” nothing like a hubby who has faith in you.
I did let him know I would need his help lol.
We always have extra pieces of wood laying around, I could be known as a wood hoarder, depending on who you talk to!
So I figured out the sizes I wanted. And then cut my pieces out. And then we (and by we I mean the hubby) nailed them together with his nail gun. I’m still scared of that thing! One of these days I’ll get brave.
I wanted more layers so I cut some smaller pieces to layer on top. Then I found some finials I had picked up at a yard sale and added them to the top.
Finally I stained everything. For now there is a white pumpkin inside each. I am waiting on some battery operated flameless candles to put inside.
You can see exact details and measurements on my hometalk page. I’ll attach the link below.
In my Fall decorating this year I just wanted to keep it simple. Not but new decor and use vintage and thrifted items. But I did find this leather pumpkin I could not resist at JoAnn Fabrics. It was 60% off so only $5 that I could do.
I was doing a diy challenge with some super talented ladies on Instagram and needed a diy.
I found these wooden leaves at the dollar store and that got my wheels turning!
I found some scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby that resembled leather. See where I’m going with this?
Very easy! I just traced my leaves out on my paper.
Then I just used Modge Podge to apply them. I let some wrinkle a little to look like aged vintage leather. After they dried I used a brown ink pad and rubbed it on the edges and wrinkles that really made it look like real vintage leather.
This was so fun and I was so happy they turned out so well. Now what else could I do this technique to?
As always thank you for stopping by I would love for you to comment and let me know how you like them or tell me your latest diy.
I am not a fan of ceiling fans, no pun intended. But the living room in our farmhouse needed one badly. It has very large windows which I love for the light. But in the Summer months it can get very toasty in there. We live in an old farmhouse that does not have central air.
It had been a long while since I had looked at ceiling fans. Boy have the styles changed. There is lots out there now and beautiful styles.
I wanted a fan that went my decor and style of my home. When I found https://www.eyely.com/ I was doing a happy dance! They have farmhouse style, glam style, and industrial style ceiling fans. And at affordable prices.
I chose a more farmhouse glam type one. And It comes with a remote control too! Can you tell I’m excited 🙂. It’s very quiet also.
Your probably not as surprised as me about the selection available out there. Apparently I don’t get out much!
Use the following link and my code save10 to save even more.
When we were remodeling our old farmhouse. I knew I wanted to shiplap a lot of the rooms.
Some of the rooms had original shiplap already on them but it was too damaged. We needed to find a way to do some shiplap inexpensively.
We did some researching on the internet and then did some searching at our lumber yard.
We decided to use eight foot by four foot pieces of laun. Then we to cut eight inch strips out of each piece I liked the little wider look. This is what Luan looks like. We had already cut some from this board.
We hung it horizontally in our dining room and kitchen.
We used it vertically here in our living room as part of an accent wall. Some people use a penny in between each piece for a little gap. With the luan it’s so light we just put it where we wanted it. We staggered the pieces also so it wasn’t long sections in a row and cut different size widths. . We wanted it to look like real shiplap.
This was the cheapest way for us to do this. At the time It was $11 a piece for the 4 x 8 boards. Hope this helps you want to do some shiplap.
If your looking for a cottage or farmhouse look this definitely adds it.
Years ago I fell in love with Hydrangeas. My mother in law had a beautiful huge bush. She had a green thumb and taught me the easiest way to dry them.
My smaller bushes are babies from the baby of her Hydrangea bush that she had given me a root from many years ago. this is only their second year at our farmhouse. I’m so thankful they are growing good. A lot of praying went into these plants.
She taught me to be patient and wait for them to turn their final color which on Annabelle would be the pale green almost sagey.
And they need to feel like paper and almost dry on the bush.
See how the ones on the right are green compared to the one on the left.
The one on the left wasn’t ready ( yes it was sacrificed for this post) 😂 see how it just wrinkled up and isn’t very pretty. That’s where the patience comes in. Now strip the leaves off. And set in a vase or jar.
These ones above dried perfectly, just by putting them in a jar, with or without water works.
This is my Pee Gee Hydrangeas. I have learned with these ones to let them turn their beautiful colors of pink and green together. And the same for these, patience is a virtue. They are not ready yet. They are just starting to bloom. I was afraid I wouldn’t have any of these but they were late bloomers this year.
Just remember patience is your biggest obstacle here, you can do this!!
Let me know if you have any other tips or try this! Because I am definitely not an expert I’m just sharing what works for me. I love it when you share with me!
I know I’ve talked about this before, but adding a vintage or new to you frame in your home adds so much texture.
And texture is so important when your styling your home. It adds dimension too.
Fresh flowers or in my case fresh weeds. I seen these in our field and immediately thought what a delicate bouquet. You can bet I got the look from my hubby on that one! Sometimes it takes him a while to see the beauty.
I even bring in a bunch of branches to stick in my big jar. Anything alive like that just brings your space to life.
In the Fall and Winter I bring ing evergreen or just bare branches from my Curly Willow.
In farmhouse decor adding in some warm Wood Tones really pops, especially against a white background.
In my dining room I have used a lot of wood tones in shelves, accent pieces and wreaths.
To my mantel I just added an old reclaimed wood piece I found in our barn. It gave it so much more depth and I think made it really pop.
Baskets, I use them everywhere. For storage as plant holders and to put a small vignette in. They give so much texture and character.
Plus you can find them super cheap at Goodwill.
I hope this was helpful to you. I wanted to show you don’t have to have a ton of money to decorate your home in a cozy comfy farmhouse way.
Please share and let me know if you used any of my ideas.
Hi there friends. Today I’m showing my bathroom refresh. When we bought this fixer upper the bathroom was the first room we wanted to renovate. We were living in an RV but let’s face it the bathrooms in those are not very big.
Here is the before photo. We had a ceiling to tear down and burgandy carpet to remove.
We painted first after demo and put in a bead board ceiling. There was so much that needed done in other rooms we wanted to get this one livable and clean. Time to make it more my style would have to wait.
And I’m glad I waited. I needed to find my style, what makes me happy. I am more cottage farmhousestyle I think lol.
So I started searching for a neutral cottagstyle wallpaper for a good price.Wallpaper Direct had just the right one and at an incredible price.
I had some bead board wallpaper left over from another project so I out that on the opposite walls. It’s heavier and hide all the marks in the walls that we couldn’t get out.
I then took a 1×4 and added hooks I had. To hold some towels and decor. Everyone needs a watering can hanging in their bathroom don’t they?
I added some warm wood tones and some greens.
Then I picked up some prints half off at Hobby Lobby that I had been admiring.
It is now my style, I smile every time I pass this room now. Moral of the story, it doesn’t take much to make your style your own.
Shop your home, move things around. Make your home make you smile.