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10 Tips for Decorating Shelves Like a Pro - Life on Kaydeross Creek

10 Tips For Decorating Shelves Like a Pro

Hey everyone! I recently posted a picture on Facebook of a cabinet that I had painted and a few people asked about the way I styled the shelves.  It can be frustrating if you’re not sure where to start and it’s one of those things that takes some practice and a lot of trial and error.  So today I’m sharing 10 tips for decorating shelves (or a mantel) like a pro. Let me actually take a step back and say too, that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and you need to like how you decorate first and foremost.  After all, you are creating your beyoutiful home. 🙂

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Here are 10 tips and things that I do when styling a shelf or my mantel:

  1. Start by clearing off the shelf or shelves and grouping all of your things together. Pick a theme (seasonal, beach-y, woodland, etc) and have enough things on hand to choose from to be creative. Don’t bring everything but the kitchen sink, though because then you will have too many choices and will over think it.
  2. Have a color scheme planned out – too many colors can overwhelm the eye so keep it to 1-2 and neutrals. What is your inspiration piece for the room? Here I used the small art pieces on this hutch to pull out the orange, reds and browns for fall.

 

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3. Place larger items first and then fill in with smaller pieces.  Don’t crowd the space – you need to give the eye a rest as it moves from one thing to another. You can also give your eye a break with one large item. If you are doing just one shelf, start with an anchor piece and although I like to center it most of the time, it doesn’t necessarily have to be in the middle. You can see this project here.

 

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Or here…

 

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4. Vary heights and sizes and layer pieces front to back.  Use the triangle approach – don’t have everything the same height in one line across on a shelf.  When you vary the heights, your eye has something to bounce around to.

 

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5. Group similar items together. I chose to use all white pitchers in this hutch for a clean look.

 

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6. Use pieces in odd numbers. It helps with the triangle and, for some reason, always seems to look better.

7.  Mix in textures.  I mixed in the floral prints here and used greens and the basket and rope for texture.

 

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8. Use books for height. Here I also used them for a site line to draw your eye around.

 

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9. Add in artwork or family photos. Why not hang a picture on the back of the cabinet or book shelf?

 

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10. Be sure to use a “personality piece” or something with meaning. Think of it as a conversation piece. I love these binoculars or the door handle on this industrial shelf.

 

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So there are 10 tips for decorating shelves like a pro. Take a step back every now and then and look and see how everything comes together.  You’ll discover that you will find your own groove and eventually your “style” or look. Remember, it should be what you like and you need to create your own “younique” space.

 

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Do you have a specific way you decorate your shelves or a go to method? How do you make it your own?

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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$100 Room Challenge -Family Room Reveal

Hey friends! I’m so excited because it’s finally time to share the reveal of our family room and wrap up this edition of our $100 Room Challenge! I love how this room has really come together and is not so “scattered” anymore. It’s actually calming now to sit and watch TV. Imagine that?

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In case you missed it, you can catch up and get all the details on my updates here:

  • Week 1 – The “before” and my plan
  • Week 2 – organizing the electronics, farmhouse style
  • Week 3 – updated wall decor
  • Week 4 – “new” old lighting

Up until now I’ve tackled a lot of the big stuff in the family room so this week was just a bit of tweaking. Oh yea, and doing something about those really outdated sofas. I really wanted to get a slip cover for each of them but I couldn’t find one that actually fit the right way that didn’t cost a fortune so I decided to go a different direction. I took the slip covers off and viola, so much better already.

There were a few stains that had gotten through so I covered each one with a polyester table cloth I had purchased for a party a few years ago. I just tucked here and there and pinned where necessary. They’re not perfect but they brighten up the space and cover the spots for now.

What I thought was going to be an easy project was, well, not. I wanted to update the coffee table because it was leaning more cottage-y than I wanted so I decided to paint the bottom and re-stain the top. I stripped the top and sanded it and it turned out to be a wood that I have never worked with. I’m still not sure what it is. When I applied the new stain it went on way to dark and very splotchy. What made it worse was that I chose to paint the bottom black (using the same paint as the wash stand) and it was just awful. My husband said,  “You’re not going to leave that like that, right?”

No. No I am not.  So, I strip the top again, sand and sand and sand some more. Finally got to where I could stain but this time I used a wood conditioner. It’s better but not the best. Oh well, not everything always works like you want, right?

After the coffee table debacle, I spent some time accessorizing and moving some pillows and finally was happy with it. So one more time, here’s the before…

 

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$100 Room Challenge -Family Room - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The cabinet in the corner was a piece that I had painted a while ago and also where the doors hanging on the wall in the picture below came from. You can see that project HERE.

 

The corner before:

 

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Now…

 

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Electrical components before:

 

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After:

 

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After a good clean, some organization and a few DIY projects, here we are. The family room is much brighter and has more of a cohesive feel. Here’s where we ended up with the budget:

Week 1: $0

Week 2: $20.27

Week 3: $34.00

Week 4: $0

  • Stain for coffee table – already had it
  • Paint for coffee table – already had it from hutch
  • Table cloths used for slipcovers – already had them from party
  • Accessories – already had everything

Total project: $54.27  Even if I counted what I spent on the garage sale light fixture ($5.00) and the table cloths ($22.00) It still would have only come to $81.00.

 

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Paint and stain are magic. 🙂

It’s amazing what you can do with them. It also pays to shop your own house and move things around for a fresh look. Do you have a room that you would like to makeover? What projects would you do and how would you tackle a $100 challenge?

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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$100 Room Challenge Week 4 – Budget Friendly Lighting

We are almost there! Hey Friends, it’s week 4 of the $100 Room Challenge! So far we tackled storage in week two and wall decor in week three  and today we’re working on budget friendly lighting. Lighting can really make a statement but, unfortunately, this fixture is not sayin’ much. It’s pretty but it’s just too small.

 

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So clearly we needed something a bit bigger and with the whole matte black thing goin’ on, I thought why not black (or something close)? Where did I turn to find such a thing, my stash of course. I know you’re not going to believe this but I picked this old wrought iron chandelier up at a garage sale about 3 years ago for $5. The woman who sold it to me said she was selling it for her nephew and thought that the wiring didn’t work. He wasn’t there to ask but I got it anyway because I planned on putting it out on our deck with candles so it would have been perfect.

 

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Fast forward to the $100 room challenge and I remembered I had it stuck in the basement. I dug it out and asked my husband to see if he could re-wire it and how much it would cost if he could. (gotta stay on budget!) He said, are you sure it doesn’t work?  Hmmm, no, I’m not sure.

So he hooked it up to this tester thing I had never seen before and, lo and behold, it actually worked. Lucky me!!!!  The only problem was that it looked like someone had the same idea with the candles and each light socket had wax in it.

 

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I took the caps off each socket and dug all of the wax out with a small screw driver.

 

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Once it was all out, I scrubbed the whole thing down including the caps above, yuck! It took almost 45 minutes just to clean the thing up.  Then I gave it a coat of my go to spray paint, Oil Rubbed Bronze, which is just about black. I used it on the light fixture in our dinging room, too.

So, I love it! The size is much better and the color is perfect and pulls everything together.

 

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In addition to the chandelier, I added this dark lamp I got at a thrift store for $4. I was using it in our great room throughout the holidays but I moved it to the family room because I like the addition of the dark base against the wooden table. The white shade was a bit boring so I added a simple black ribbon to it on the top and bottom.

Tip: I simply used  tape to hold the ribbon in place just in case I want to go with a different color or just remove it down the road.

 

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Here’s the corner before:

 

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Here’s the after…

 

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I picked up this little wooden table several years ago at a garage sale for $10. The pictures above were a project last year. You can see that HERE.

One last addition is the sheers on the windows. We don’t need curtains out where we are in the woods for privacy but I added the curtains to prevent the glare on the TV and the sheers just add a soft touch.

 

 

It really does pay to “shop” around your house to see if you can swap or move things to different rooms. Your pieces may have a much bigger impact in a different space. Also, don’t forget you can paint pretty much anything so if it’s not the right color, you can always change that. 🙂

The budget this week:

  • Garage sale light fixture $5
  • Sheer curtains $29.00 on sale at Target
  • Black ribbon – already had it
  • Oil rubbed bronze spray paint – already had it
  • Lamp – already had it

So far so good. I’m super excited to finish up and share the completed room with you next week.  Just a few more details and it’ll be ready!

Do you have a favorite light fixture or some creative lighting going on in your home? Please share in the comments below or on our group Facebook page. DIY & Budget Friendly Decorating.

Happy DIYing!

Col

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Farmhouse Wall Decor – $100 Room Challenge Week 3

Hey everyone! It’s week 3 of the $100 Room Challenge – family room edition. If you are just joining, welcome! You can catch up easily buy checking out Week 1 and Week 2. Today is all about DIY farmhouse wall decor projects. I didn’t have anything up on the walls really before so anything is an improvement at this point. 🙂 I’ll start with this corner…

 

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Fixer Upper Style Windows

I wanted something taller to fill in the wall by the doorway and since I was on a budget I went to my “stash” of goodies. Some call it hoarding, I call it planning ahead.  Anywayyyyyy……A while back I shared my makeover of this old cabinet where I had removed the doors and used the cabinet without them.

 

 

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When the $100 Room Challenge came up I immediately knew what to do with them. Farmhouse wall decor.

I got them out, dusted them off and got to work. I stared by removing most of the hardware so that I could strip the old dark stain off which was really thick and splotchy in areas. Not pretty.

 

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I love the detail on the windows.

 

$100 Room Makeover Week 3 Farmhouse wall decor with old doors before - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I applied stripper to each one and scraped it off with a putty knife. It took a couple of applications of the stripper and a bunch of sanding with my palm sander but they turned out pretty.  I have to tell you, this is not super easy in the Northeast in the winter. It was freezing in our garage working on this project!!

 

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I wiped them down to remove all of the dust and then applied a coat of stain in Minwax Dark Walnut with a piece of cotton cloth (aka an old cut up white t-shirt).

LOVE…

 

 

We used “D” ring hangers to hang them on the wall.

 

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Then I added 2 faux boxwood wreaths I already had to give it some color.

 

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They fit in the spot perfectly. I think I may take it one step further and do an antique mirror effect on the glass. We’ll see how much time I have before the end of the challenge.

 

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Antiques Sign

To fill in the space a above the doorway, I also made this sign out of a leftover piece of wood we had in the garage. I just used stencils and craft paint I already had and also used “D” ring hangers to hang it.

 

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Rustic Wall Vase

My husband made this wall vase from leftover flooring we had, some scrap metal, a small piece of wire and a mason jar.  I’ll do a detailed post on that project later in the month.  You can see a larger, similar project HERE.

 

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For the wall behind the TV, I simply hung the screen I picked up at the Brimfield Antiques Show and Flea Market last year with a larger faux boxwood wreath.

 

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$100 Room Challenge DIY Farmhouse Wall Decor

It’s amazing what you can do with a bit of leftover stuff and a challenge. The budget for this week was easy.

  • Antiques sign – free – had the wood, stencils and craft paint
  • Old doors used for wall decor – $5.00 for the stain and I had the doors
  • Antique flooring wall vase – had all the junk already to make it, left over flooring and some roofing metal
  • Sifter screen and faux boxwood wreaths – already had them, re-located from other rooms.

I have a few other pieces of farmhouse wall decor to put up but it’s all coming together. I am loving the matte black and wood combination! Next time will be week 4 and I’ll share the coffee table makeover and lighting update.

Do you have walls that need filling? What kind of decor will you use and will it be a DIY project? I’d love to see it!   You can share in the comments below or on our DIY & Budget Friendly Decorating Group on Facebook.

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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$100 Room Challenge Week 2 – DIY Farmhouse Storage

Hey everyone! It’s week two of the $100 Room Challenge! If you missed week one, I shared what the room looked like when I decided to take on this challenge and went over what I wanted to accomplish in the space. This week is all about storage, mainly for DVD/Xbox games and getting rid of those unsightly cords behind the TV.  Here’s the before:

 

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What a mess! First, we can get rid of the speaker because we don’t even use it anymore along with some of those wires on the floor. Second, I pulled out all of the DVDs and sorted them into keep and donate piles. That eliminated a lot. I actually found an old VHS tape in there, LOL.

I planned on storing the DVDs and games in these crates. I picked them up at Michaels with a 25% off coupon on top of the sale price so they were only like 8.00 each with tax. I love using crates and old boxes for storage like in our mudroom makeover.

 

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To get the most out of the space in the crate, my husband added a shelf in the middle with thin plywood we had left over in the garage. He attached it with small brackets on each side.

 

 

I got ahead of myself and started staining them before he added the shelves.

 

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I finished up staining them using Minwax stain in Espresso mixed with a bit of Watco Dark Walnut stain. Full disclosure again, this was time consuming but they turned out pretty.

 

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Originally I was going to place the crates back on top of the blanket chest but decided that I really wanted to try to conceal the electrical components. I purchased a gorgeous hutch on craigslist for $50 to use the buffet portion of it for this project but it just felt to heavy in the space. She’s a beast! Don’t worry, that’s a project for another time. 🙂

 

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So, plan B. I have this old wash stand that I picked up at a flea market years ago that has been kickin’ around my house in different rooms for years. It was in our dining room for the longest time but was just replaced by the new painted hutch I did not too long ago.  We had moved it to the basement and I happened to walk by it one day and thought I could use it for an end table. Then I realized we could use it to hide the components.

 

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The first step was to remove the top drawer to make room for the electrical pieces. There was no shelf there so we had to make one. My husband used the same thin plywood he made the little shelves for the crates with. Before we could put it in, he had to cut off these little dowels using an oscillating multi tool.

 

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Once those were removed I slid the shelf right in. I glued it in place with wood glue and covered up the raw edge with a left over piece of pine my husband had on hand and cut to size, which was the same material as the brackets for the crates.

 

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He also cut a hole in the back for the cords.

 

$100 Room Challenge week 2 - cutting a hole in the wash stand for the cords -farmhouse storage - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once the shelf was in, it was time to paint.  I had already stripped the top because I wanted to stain it a darker color to tie in the top of the coffee table and the wood end table already there.

 

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This thing has been several different colors over the years and although I really like the current sage-y green, it doesn’t really go in this room. I decided on black because of the gray cabinet, the dark gray of the print in the curtains, and the new light fixture (coming soon).

 

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It looks navy here but it’s black. I distressed where it would normally wear by the handles and some of the edges and then gave it a coat of dark wax.

 

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Truth be told, I need to re-stain the top and give a coat of poly. I rushed it and didn’t get the exact finish I wanted. It’s always better to take your time. 🙂

Since the wash stand couldn’t hold all of the DVD/games and I didn’t want to stack the crates on top of it, I needed a place for them. All I had to do was move the Industrial shelf that we made from the other side of the room and adjust the shelves up to fit the crates on the bottom. The stain matched perfectly.

 

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Tip: Use surface protectors on the bottom of crates or baskets that sit on shelves to protect the paint or wood.

 

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$100 Room Challenge - stained crates to hold DVD's, Blu Ray and Xbox games - farmhouse storage - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Here’s the corner all put together.

 

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I love the way the black ties the tv with the wash stand and industrial shelf.

 

 

Don’t want to see the DVD’s/games? Turn the crates around…

 

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$100 Room Challenge - DIY Farmhouse Storage - Before and After - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Here’s the breakdown of the budget so far:

So far, so good. It really does pay to look around at what you already have in your home and think outside of what it currently is to what it could be. Ask yourself, would it look good in a different room,can I use it in a different capacity or should I paint it?  Next week we’ll tackle the wall decor!

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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$100 Room Makeover Challenge

What better way to kick off a new year than with a decorating challenge! How about a challenge to decorate a room for under $100?? The $100 Room Challenge started over at another blog called Lemons, Lavender and Laundry. She’s got some super cute ideas so stop by for a visit if you have a chance. The challenge is for anyone who wants to update a space but is on a tight budget with the goal to really get creative and think outside the box. Bloggers and non-bloggers, too.

So friends, today I’m sharing a room in our home with you that you’ve never seen before. You’ll understand why once you see it. 🙂

Ironically, it’s the room we spend the most time in other than our kitchen. I think most people would call it the Family room. We call it the “TV room” for obvious reasons.  It’s the perfect room for a $100 makeover.

 

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Let me start by saying this room is not horrible.  I love the wall color and it’s a nice size with plenty of light but it’s boring, outdated and nothing really “goes”.  It’s like the youngest child that gets all the hand-me-downs. It has all of the furniture that doesn’t really fit anywhere else or some of the projects I’ve done like the antique cabinet in the corner that needs a permanent home. Or pieces like the coffee table we picked up for $10 when we first were married 20 years ago. It’s kind of a hodge-podge.

 

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I know, 1995 called and it wants it’s sofas back. 🙂

I have had those since 2002, well before children when I was into more of a country kinda cottage thing. They are way outdated, dingy and ripped in a few places but so darn comfortable! All 4 of us can still fit on the couch to watch TV together, although that won’t last much longer. Not sure how far down the road we’ll get new furniture, though.

 

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I know the TV is painful to look at, but again, it works really well and still has a great picture, at least to us. It’s not quite as old as the sofas but close. Our friends teased us at our Christmas party that they knew we liked antiques but that was ridiculous. I said we don’t need a new TV and they joked they were going to start a go-fund-me page so they could buy us one. Hilarious.

The TV has to stay, for now.

 

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The room is usually more full of miscellaneous stuff than this but I cleaned it out after the holiday. The industrial shelf in the corner was a DIY you can see HERE and the wall art in the corner was too, which you can see HERE.

OK, so how am I going to pull all this together and transform this room with less than $100 you ask?  With a good cleaning, some re-purposing and definitely some creative DIY projects.

Here’s the plan:

  • Clean up the TV area by creating better storage for the Blu-ray/DVD’s and TV equipment and hide the cords.
  • Update the current sofas
  • Fill in some of the empty wall space with some fun farmhouse wall decor
  • Add a new light fixture
  • Add the right accessories
  • Create more of a cohesive color scheme and consistent overall look and farmhouse feel.

Fortunately, the curtains are fairly new because we finally decided to do something about the sun and glare on the TV this summer. Yes, they are hung a bit high because of the heating ducts.

This is a 5 week challenge so each week I will share one of my projects with you and I’ll share the reveal and the breakdown of the budget the last week. I’m also going to share some decorating tips along the way.  This weeks tip is simple.

Tip #1:

It doesn’t matter if it’s a furniture makeover or a room makeover,  always start with a good cleaning. If you don’t, it’s like putting makeup on without washing your face or baking in a dirty pan. Ewww.

Coming up:

So between now and next week, I’ll remove all the furniture, clean the carpet and wipe down all the trim and walls. I’ll touch up any scuff marks with paint where necessary. That way, we can start with a good foundation. I’ll also share the first of my DIY projects to spruce up this space and get organized.

If you want to see the type of projects I’m planning, I challenged myself to do this same thing with my laundry room a while back and you can see that transformation HERE.

One last look at the BEFORE…

 

$100 Room Makeover Challenge - Before - Life on Kaydersoss Creek

 

Do you have a space you’d like to makeover on a budget?  Comment which space you would like to do below or share on our new community board, DIY & Budget Friendly Decorating on Facebook.

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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Christmas Home Tour 2017 Part 2

Hey everyone! Has the Holiday spirit filled your home yet? Is it all decked out for Christmas? We got some snow here in upstate New York this week and it truly looks like a winter wonderland. I was already SO filled with Christmas spirit and for me, it made this Christmas home that much brighter. 🙂

 

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I shared the first part of our Classic Christmas Home Tour this week and today we’ll move into the kitchen and dining room. I went a bit out of my comfort zone with this one and added some gold touches for a bit of bling mixed in with the vintage vibe I was feeling in the rest of the house. Do you try to change it up each year or do you like to stick to traditional decor?

To the right of those windows pictured above is the kitchen…

 

Classic Christmas Home Tour part 2 - Christmas Family room and Kitchen - farmhouse christmas - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Here is a bit of the bling I mentioned. I found the gold trim plates with the words Peace and Joy at Hobby Lobby on clearance last year and the white pitchers are a go to for every season. I kinda have an obsession, really. Or is a collection, I’m not sure. 🙂

 

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Classic Christmas Home Tour part 2 - Christmas Kitchen Hutch - farmhouse christmas - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Classic Christmas Home Tour part 2 - Christmas Kitchen - farmhouse Christmas - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I wanted some extra storage in the kitchen (mostly for craft stuff, haha) so we picked up this armoire on craigslist for $80. Can you believe it??  We made the white wooden tray on top out of some leftover MDF. You can see that project HERE.

 

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A little more bling on the dining room table. We made this tray out of an old frame last year. You can see that project HERE.  I added some gold thrift store candlestick holders and a pitcher with greens and some gold bells. Simple, but pretty.

 

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We don’t use the fireplace in the kitchen so I always try to fill it in with seasonal decor. Here I used a 2 tier tray that we made and added some holiday goodies.

 

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Just above the stove is a recent project…

 

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I made this Gingerbread sign from a leftover piece of birch plywood from our master bedroom closet project.  I stared with a coat of chalky white paint.

 

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Then I used basic letter stencils and red craft paint and I added the vines in the corners in dark green. To finish it, I sanded the edges and used distress ink to give it a more aged look.

 

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Classic Christmas Home Tour part 2 - Kitchen Gingerbread sign - farmhouse Christmas - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

In the mudroom…

 

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A simple Christmas tree farm printable I found on line in an inexpensive frame sits on top. The cute JOY pillow is from Joanne Fabrics and the wrapping paper I got at Michaels.

I love the way the chalkboard turned out. You can see that project HERE. It’s the perfect background for the wreath.

 

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I love the pops of red throughout our Christmas decor.

 

Classic Christmas Home Tour part 2 - mudroom christmas - Farmhouse Christmas - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I hope you enjoyed part 2 of this Classic Christmas Home Tour. Thank you so much for sharing some of your time with me today! I wish you and your family a wonderful, peace filled holiday season!

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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Classic Christmas Home Tour 2017

Hey everyone! Welcome to our 2017 Christmas Home Tour – part 1!  Vintage pieces and red and black accents are the inspiration for our Christmas decor this year. Come on in!

 

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I love these mini Christmas trees! I bought the cute little wooden crate at Michaels on clearance. It was unfinished so I stained it with Minwax in Espresso.  I wrapped the base of the smaller tree in a sleeve from an old men’s plaid shirt and I picked up the antique lantern at a shop over the summer. It’s never too early to shop for Christmas.  One of my tips in 20 ways to decorate for Christmas on a budget.

 

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The antique sled was a sweet find at the Brimfield Antiques Show a couple of years ago.

 

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This antique typewriter was definitely inspiration for our Christmas decor.  I love the black and red together. The deer picture is simply a free printable I found on line and framed.

 

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I made the Christmas tree sign last year from an old door. I used basic stencils and craft paint, nothing fancy. The plaid fabric around the mini tree is a gift bag from the Target Dollar Spot.

 

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This sifter is from another Brimfield trip and the truck I picked up at HomeGoods a few years ago for my sons room. I borrow it for Christmas each year. 🙂

 

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Classic Christmas Home Tour - Rustic Entry Table - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Classic Christmas Home Tour - Great Roo

 

The mantel is always a layering process for me. I start with a main focal piece like the window.  (from my Christmas tour 2015) I purchased it at a garage sale, painted it black and used mirror effect spray paint (looking glass) on the glass.

Our new (old) wood box this year is an old grain cart. Hubby reinforced it to hold enough wood for a few days. We heat our house with the wood stove 24 hours a day so we can’t really hang anything from the mantel.

 

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There’s no rhyme or reason to decorating our tree. It’s truly a family tradition where we open all of the boxes of ornaments and just start placing. No rules, all types of ornaments. Many of the ornaments are things we made or have collected over the years on vacations. There’s even one my husband made with his cute little picture in it from when he was 6. 🙂

I picked up the wrapping paper at Michaels. I love the brown paper mixed with the red and the deer print mixed with the polka dots.

 

Classic Christmas Home Tour - Great room Tree - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

These cute cookie cutter ornaments were one of the DIY’s I shared a couple of weeks ago in 3 Easy DIY Christmas decor projects.

 

Classic Christmas Home Tour - DIY ornaments - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love the “rusty” patina.

 

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This is the view from the dining room into the kitchen and great room. You can see the black hutch makeover here. I’ll share the kitchen, dining room and mudroom in a few days. 🙂

 

Classic Christmas Home Tour 2017 - Dining Room - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I added some black and red to the entry with the skis and skates and books are always a decor go to for me.

 

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I made this wreath from a basic green wreath I picked up on sale at Hobby Lobby. I found the scarf, which I cut lengthwise in half to use as the “ribbon”, and the skates at a thrift store for $4. I wired the skates on with floral wire and tucked some greenery and berries in.

 

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I love looking at Pinterest and other blogs at neutral Christmas decor and find it so pretty and calm. For me, though, I just love the pops of red, especially with the black accents.

 

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed part one of our Classic Christmas Home Tour. Next time I’ll share the kitchen, dining room and mudroom all decked out. I hope you’ll check it out.

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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Christmas Tree Blog Hop - Christmas Decor Inspiration - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Christmas Tree Decor Inspiration

Hi Friends! Is anyone else as excited about decorating for Christmas as I am??  I have to admit I actually started going through my Christmas stash the weekend before Thanksgiving and I’ve even shared some new Christmas decor projects already. I may add  a few things here and there but I pretty much use the same decor pieces every year. I try to update the look by how I use things or where I place certain pieces. This year I decided to get a little crazy and put a Christmas tree in our master bedroom so today is all about the tree! I’m so excited to share my tree with you below and so are these other lovely bloggers! Talk about inspiration!

Welcome To Our First Annual Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop!!

We have 40 talented bloggers joining up to share their decorated Christmas Trees with you! So grab a cup of your favorite beverage, settle in and get comfortable because you are going to love the beautiful Christmas Tree Decor shared today!

Let’s Meet The Hosts!

Michelle | Our Crafty Mom | Allison | Upright and Caffeinated Angela | Simply Beautiful By Angela  

Kim | Day to Day Adventures | Annie | All Things Big and Small 

Brittany | Our Home Made Easy | Chloe | Celebrate and Decorate

Cindy | County Road 407 | Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek

Denise | My Thrifty House | Eileen | Sand Dollar Lane  Erlene | My Pinterventures 

Jaclyn | The Dotted Nest | Jeannee | Centsably Creative

Vicki | 2 Bees In A Pod |Jennifer | Oh Fiddle Dee Dee

| Jolene | Create Pray Love Kim | Made In A Day | Kristie | Teadoddles

Leanna | Faeries and Fauna | Maria | Simple Nature Decor

Marie | The Inspiration Vault | Mary | The Boondocks Blog

Meegan | What Meegan Makes | Meg | Green With Decor

Melissa | Welcome To The Woods | Donna | Modern On Monticello

Morgan | Charleston Crafted | Nancy | Slightly Coastal

Nicole | Madness and Method | Pam | P.S. I Love You Crafts

Sam | Raggedy Bits

Shirley | Intelligent Domestications | Stephanie | Abbotts At Home

  | Wanda | From House To Home

Yami | The Latina Next Door | Jenn | Loveland Lodge

Christene | Keys To Inspiration | Libbie | A Life Unfolding

Jaclyn | One Thousand Oaks | Jennifer | 2 Bees In A Pod | Sarah | The Project Pile

 

You all know I love a bargain. 🙂

I didn’t want to spend a fortune on a tree just for our room but I was lucky enough to find this faux tree at my favorite thrift store for $20! I hadn’t taken it out of the box before I bought it, I just hoped for the best and was so pleasantly surprised to find such a beautiful tree inside. It had lights and pine cones 🙂

 

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I went a little out of my comfort zone with this one. I love a more casual farmhouse look but with this I used only gold, red and white ornaments. On the real tree we have in our great room (which I’ll share this week) we use every ornament we have ever collected or that one of us has made. There’s no rhyme or reason for placement, we all just place them where they feel like they should go. It’s truly a family activity and we have fun with it.

I actually took my time with this tree. I found that layering helps with the balance and depth. Since the lights were already on, I started with the ribbon. Then I started with the larger white, almost silver balls farther back in the branches. They look so pretty when they reflect the light.

 

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Then I worked my way out with the smaller ones, layering the red and gold.  All of these ornaments either came from a thrift store, garage sale or were purchased on clearance after the season.

 

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To tie it all together, I used a simple red tree skirt and some of the paper and packages I used last year which you can see here.  I love the way the red and gold shine but I also love the simplicity of the brown paper.

 

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Christmas Tree Blog Hop - Master Bedroom - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Christmas Tree Blog Hop - Tree Vignette - Master Bedroom - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I added a few more touches of red with some berries placed here and there and that was it. I know some people like the look of just the neutral white and gold but I love red at Christmas.

 

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The one thing I forgot about was a tree topper. I guess that’s something I’ll have to add for next year because I will definitely do this again. I love having a different, more formal feel to this Christmas tree. Do you have more than one tree in your home? I would love to see it. 🙂

 

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Happy Decorating!

Col

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3 Easy DIY Christmas Decor Projects Using Spray Paint

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having a great week! If you’re in the U.S., Happy Thanksgiving! I’m definitely in holiday mode, are you?? I know this may seem early to some of you but I’ve started getting my craft on for Christmas and today I want to share 3 easy DIY Christmas decor projects using spray paint.  It’s an inexpensive way to add color and personality to so many projects.

1. Wooden bead garland

This one was one of those happy accidents that I love so much.  Believe it or not, someone actually gave me a giant bin of wooden beads. At first I thought there’s no way I’ll ever use these so I donated them. A short time later I was looking on Pinterest and saw these cute napkin rings made of small beads and thought, darn it, I could have made napkin rings and then it hit me, duh, Christmas garland. I went to the thrift store where I left them and paid $1 to get them back. 🙂

Here’s what some of them looked like before.

 

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I wanted to do one white strand, one gold and one red so I broke out the spray paint.  I already had the gold and white from other projects but picked up the red for about $4.  I spread the beads out on cardboard and once the first layer was dry, I flipped them over to do the other end.

 

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Once they were thoroughly dry, I strung them on twine, which I also had on hand.  You will easily have enough spray paint to do at least a few strands or two strands and another project. Super easy, inexpensive Christmas decor.

 

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If you like the look but would rather skip the DIY, you can pick a similar strand up at Target by Joanna Gaines’ line Hand and Hearth .

 

3 Easy DIY Christmas Decor Projects - Completed wooden garland - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

2. Ornaments made from thrift store cookie cutters

So this one is kinda classic but with a twist. I had a few of these metal cookie cutters on hand and also picked up a few at a thrift store for $1.

 

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I wanted these to have an antique rusty kind of look so I started with a coat of Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. That gave them a nice dark base. The next step and the secret to the aged look is this…

 

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It’s a brown texture that kind of looks like rust. I had this on hand already but, for the life of me, I can’t remember which project I used it for.

 

3 Easy DIY Christmas Decor Projects Using Spray Paint - texture - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I gave each one a couple quick sprays of this over the Oil Rubbed Bronze.  After they dried, I tied a ribbon on each to hang it on the tree and they turned out super cute! I already had the ribbon on hand for gift wrapping which is nice because it all ties together.

 

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Cute, rusty farmhouse goodness. 🙂

 

 

 

3. Birch Lane knock off Christmas canisters

I love these tins from Birch Lane…

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Or these from Joss & Main…

3 Easy DIY Christmas Decor Projects using spray paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So Christmas-y and festive but unfortunately, they are $59.99 and $70. I made my own for less than $3 each with a couple of thrift store tins and some spray paint.

Here’s what they looked like when I got them.

 

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I know, they are Christmas-y already.  They just aren’t my thing. I did leave the gold and red swirly one as is and used it in my bedroom which you’ll see soon. 🙂

I started by giving my thrift store tins a coat of metal spray paint. I used it in a similar project to make a farmhouse canister set.

 

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Once they were dry I used basic stencils and craft paint for the letters.

 

3 Easy DIY Christmas Decor Projects Using Sprary Paint - stenciled tins - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

To make them appear more antiqued and worn, I used a stencil brush and black craft paint in  a random pattern on some of the edges and around the letters.

 

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3 Easy DIY Christmas Decor Projects - Completed Christmas Mistletoe Tin - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I also wrapped the handles on the large one with thicker twine to mimic the rope on the original one. I used a hot glue gun to attach it and tied it on the ends.

 

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I filled each with faux greens and there you go. You could even go a step further and wrap some pretty ribbon around it. Or, you could use the word “Kindling” and put small pieces of wood in one near your fireplace. Easy DIY Christmas decor!

 

3 Easy DIY Christmas Decor Projects - Completed Christmas Tin - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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I love doing small projects like these because they are inexpensive and add so much character to your space. How do you put that special touch on your Christmas decor to make it your own? Do you have special projects that you’re working on?

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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