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Painted Furniture – Antique Cabinet Makeover

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing the crazy makeover of an antique cabinet I picked up at a garage sale for just $40. It was tired and old and in major need of some TLC. It was also one of those things where I didn’t need a cabinet in this shape or size but it just spoke to me and said “Colleen, please take me home and make me pretty again”. Fortunately, I love painted furniture so I listened.

 

Painted Furniture - Antique cabinet makeover with Country Chic Paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

This post contains affiliate links and is a review of Country Chic Paint. All opinions are 100% my own, as always, pinkie swear. 

I fell in love…

with the curves of the legs and the glass doors and side panels. Unfortunately, the doors were falling off a bit and the trim at the top was broken and needed to be replaced. We removed the doors (to be saved for another project) and the broken trim, gave it a good cleaning and sanded it down.  I kind of liked the rustic/industrial feel of it so we used it like that for a awhile just to see if it was  a good fit.

 

 

This picture is from a post I did on making a simple sign from scrap wood and you can see that here.  I liked it but recently decided that it needed a good coat of paint.

It’s amazing what a good coat of paint can do, am I right? If I had a dollar for every time I said that 🙂

I had seen Country Chic Paint on some of my favorite blogs and on line (I love their tutorials on paint techniques) so I decided to give it a try along with their wax. I’m so glad I did. 🙂

 

Painted Furniture - Country Chic Paint - Antique-ing an old cabinet with wax - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Since we had already sanded the cabinet down a bit, I didn’t really have much prep work to do other than to give it a good cleaning.

 

Painted Furniture - create an antique or aged look with Country Chic Paint and Wax - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This was my first time using the Country Chic Paint so I wasn’t familiar with how it would cover, (plus, I wasn’t sure how the dark stain left on the piece would darken the paint color) so I primed it first. Call me old school.

 

Painted Furniture - priming the surface for paint - how to create an antique or aged look with Country Chic Paint and Wax - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So different already! Then I gave it a coat of the Country Chic Paint in the color Cobblestone. They have a ton of colors to choose from which you can see here.

 

Painted Furniture - How to create an aged or antique look with Country Chic Paint and Wax - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The paint went on really easily and dried so quickly in a nice soft finish. I left the back white initially because I had thought about applying shelf liner or wall paper for a different look. Then I decided that the antique look I was going for didn’t really go with that so I painted the whole thing. I had to touch up here and there but I was really surprised that the container covered the entire piece.

After it had dried completely, I broke out the palm sander and went over the edges to “rough it up” a bit.

 

Painted Furniture - Distressing the edges with a sander - How to create an aged or antique look with Country Chic Paint and Wax - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

You can see where the sander opened up the wood and brought the white paint out a bit too .

Now to apply the wax…

I love this part! This is one of the drawers before wax with the Cobblestone.

 

Painted Furniture - Farmhouse Antique Cabinet Makeover - Country Chic Paint - Cobblestone - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I used an old paint brush to apply the wax. I dipped it into the container and swirled it around a bit to work it into the brush.

 

 

 

Painted Furniture - furniture - Antique Cabinet Makeover - Country Chic Paint - Antiquing Wax with brush - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I like to do an “X” pattern and circle motion with the brush so there are no lines and it’s more random.

 

Painted Furniture - farmhouse - Antique Cabinet Makeover - Country Chic Paint - Antiquing Wax applied - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

And then wipe/rub it in really well with a cotton rag.  See the difference in the color from the top to the bottom?

 

Painted Furniture - farmhouse - Antique Cabinet Makeover - Country Chic Paint - Antiquing Wax worked in - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Painted Furniture - farmhouse - Antique Cabinet Makeover - Country Chic Paint - Antiquing Wax application - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

By sanding the piece, the wax gets worked into the grooves of the raw wood on the painted furniture, brings out the dark tone and “ages” the piece.  It’s really noticeable in the details and the trim. Yummy, rustic, farmhouse, aged goodness. 🙂

 

Painted Furniture - distressing details with Country Chic Paint Antique Cabinet makeover - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The wax was really easy to use and had no odor at all. I absolutely love the color it gave the piece and the antiqued look.

One more detail…

To finish off the top, we added a piece of moulding. I couldn’t really find exactly what I wanted, one with more detail, but this piece worked well. I’m not gonna lie, it was a bear to cut the angles because it had been so long and we had a bit of a problem with one of the corners. Nothing a little spackle can’t fix. 🙂

 

Painted Furniture - Antique cabinet makeover - adding trim to the top and spackle to fix it - distressing details with Country Chic Paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Painted Furniture - adding trim to the top Antique cabinet makeover - distressing details with Country Chic Paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I could only get the trim piece in white so I had to improvise when it came to the color. I wanted the new piece to blend in like it was always there. You’re gonna think I’m crazy but I used brown craft paint as a base for my Cobblestone color so that when I sanded it down a bit the brown would show through.

 

Painted Furniture - Antique cabinet makeover - distressing details with Country Chic Paint and antique wax - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I even went back over after the paint and wax just to make it all look seamless. It worked like a charm. What do you think?

 

Painted Furniture - Antique Cabinet Makeover -adding trim detail - Farmhouse - Country Chic Paint -Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Painted Furniture - farmhouse - Antique Cabinet Makeover - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

 

Painted Furniture - Antique Cabinet Makeover - Country Chic Paint - distress details - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

 

 

Painted Furniture - farmhouse - Antique Cabinet Makeover - Country Chic Paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love, love, love the way this piece came out!  I also loved working with the Country Chic Paint and the wax is just awesome sauce. A little goes such a long way and really brings out extra character in painted furniture. I have already used it again on another project which I will share with you soon. I’ll also share a quick new video on how to use the wax as well.

Do you have a piece that could use a little love? Keep your ears open next time your at a garage sale or flea market and you just might find one speaking to you.

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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How to create a gallery wall on a budget - Pieces that make up a unique gallery wall - Life on Kaydeross Creek

How to Create a Gallery Wall on a Budget

Hey everyone! Today I’m sharing some tips on how to create a unique gallery wall without breaking the bank. I love the way a gallery wall adds tons of character to a space. There are no rules when it comes to creating one so go beyond photos and think about the many combinations of elements you can use. The one I’m creating today is for my daughter’s room and started out like this…

 

How to Create a Gallery Wall on a Budget - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Pretty basic, I know. When we did this makeover a few years ago, I was running out of time (energy, honestly) and wanted something simple so I added this small, monochromatic gallery. My daughter is a tween now (Lord, help me) so I want to update it and add some color to this space to go along with her colorful personality. 🙂

When I create a gallery, I start by finding inspiration from colors in the room.  In this case, I pulled out several colors in her quilt including green, pink and blue.

 

Jumping off point - How to create gallery wall on a budget - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I picked out this pretty scrapbook paper in those colors.

 

How to Create a Wall Gallery on a Budget -using scrapbook paper to add color and pattern - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

To get the look I was going for and to stay on budget, I mixed some old pieces I had with some some new things.

MATERIALS FOR THE GALLERY WALL:

  • thrift store frames and store bought frames
  • scrapbook paper
  • craft paint
  • wooden craft letters
  • Scrap wood
  • stencils
  • stencil brush
  • saw tooth hangers
  • spackle

THE PROCESS:

I started by taking down the old gallery, spackling the nail holes and touching up the paint so I could start fresh. To make sure I spaced everything out correctly, I measured the wall space I wanted to fill (42 x 54) and taped out that dimension on the floor.

 

How to create a gallery wall on a budget - measure out your space first - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then I gathered those pieces I had originally used, my frames, some plain craft letters and the scrapbook paper. I love using scrapbook paper for decor. See how I used it to make art HERE.

 

How to create a gallery wall on a budget - Pieces that make up a gallery wall - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then I started placing different pieces in the space, playing around with size an shape.  I started with the bigger pieces first and laid out my design. The trick is to have different size pieces, different textures and colors and different types of materials. It’s important to get size and shape placed first because if the color isn’t right, you can always break out the craft paint or spray paint, which I have to do here. I tried a few different combinations until I got what I wanted.

ONE OPTION…

 

How to create a gallery wall on a budget - changing up the layout - Life on Kaydeross Creek Using different size, shape and color elements to create a unique gallery wall

 

Here is the layout I finally decided on. I like how the shapes are spaced out. The materials. including the wooden elements, seem balanced but I’m ready for some color. Here’s how I’ll add color to the layout:

 

How to create a gallery wall on a budget mixing different shapes, sizes and colors - Life on Kaydeross Creek

One of the pieces I wanted to use was this “She BELIEVED she could so she did” printable that I made using a free program called Canva. I made it using the same colors I pulled from the quilt.

 

How to create a gallery wall on a budget - using free printables, thrift store frames, wooden elements and pictures to create a unique gallery wall - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

After painting the pieces as labeled above and adding the scrapbook paper to a few of the frames I started hanging the pieces on the wall. I started with the largest piece and then worked out from there.

 

How to create a gallery wall on a budget - applying the pieces to the wall - start with the bottom and work your way up - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then build up and out.

 

How to create a gallery wall on a budget - add pieces up and out until you fill in the space - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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I ended up moving things slightly and adjusting a bit as I went (I’m not gonna lie, there are a few more holes in the wall than I would like)

THE FINAL PRODUCT:

 

How to create a gallery wall on a budget - add pieces up and out until you fill in the space and complete the wall - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love all of the bright colors and how happy they make the room feel. Much more personality, right??

 

How to create a gallery wall on a budget - Pieces that make up a unique gallery wall - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Here are a few other gallery walls I have created. In my Master Bedroom, you can see where I mixed in prints, textured frames and different colors using a few gold frames as well as brown to tie in the dresser. I picked these frames up at different thrift stores and garage sales and then used spray paint to tie them all together.  I also painted the lamp to match.

 

How to create a gallery wall on a budget - mix different materials and elements to create a unique space - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Here is one I did for a client in her living room. We mixed in frames, family photos, their initial from their last name in different colors and sizes and their favorite saying. This gallery not only helps tie the colors of the room together but has special meaning for this family.

 

How to create a gallery wall on a budget - mix different sizes, colors and shapes for added charachter - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

How to Create a gallery wall on a budget - using a mix of colors, textures and different size elements and DIY projects - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Whether it’s monochromatic, perfectly spaced or random, creating a wall gallery is a great way to add personality to your home. The possibilities are endless and creating one of these gallery walls does not have to break the bank. Thrift store frames combined with some DIY craft projects and garage sale prints or a piece of art found at Target or on Amazon can create something completely unique for your home.  What kind of gallery wall would you create?

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

 

 

How to create a Summer Vignette on a Budget - DIY Fresh Cut Flowers Sign and blue glass - Life on Kaydeross Creek

How to Create a Summer Vignette on a Budget

Hey everyone! Summer has finally arrived in the Northeast. With it came quite a bit of rain, but I’ll take it.  I will be sharing our summer home tour soon but today I wanted to share two easy DIY projects to help create a unique and budget friendly summer vignette.  I’m loving all different shades of blue right now especially a bright ocean blue and these projects are a great way to add that pop of color to your space. It all started with this piece I picked up at Home Goods. It just screams summer to me.

 

How to Create a Summer Vignette on a Budget - inspiration piece - ocean blue - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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Mmm, so pretty and so relaxed. That just had to be the jumping off point for my shades of blue summer theme.

Project #1: Fresh Cut Flowers Sign.

 

Fresh Cut Flowers Sign - How to create a summer vignette on a budget - Mixing paint colors for a layered effect - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love using signs to add personality to a space. You can see my FARMHOUSE sign here and my COFFEE sign here.  I have to be honest, I saw something very similar to this on one of those expensive home decor websites but for the life of me, I can’t remember where. I really like the watercolor look and how soothing the blues are with the swirly clouds of brown and white. I started my version with a scrap piece of MDF we had left over from the laundry makeover.

 

Fresh Cut Flowers sign before - using stencils and craft paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I gave it a quick couple of coats with creamy white chalk paint so it was solid white. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture during this next step. I put a very little bit of blue paint  on a paint brush (almost dry) and went over the white in a swiping motion. Where I thought there was too much paint, I wiped it off with a cotton rag. I wanted it to look almost like clouds. Where it was too blue, I went back over with a tiny bit of creamy white.

 

Flower Sign Before with watercolor technique - using drybrushing - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

When I was happy with the color mix, I wanted a really muddled look so I broke out the palm sander and went over the edges and random spots on the board to bring out some of the brown.

 

Fresh Cut Flowers Sign - watercolor technique and sanding - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love the blues and browns together. The sanding actually pulled out more white as well and it really started to look like watercolors.  I applied color or white in small amounts here or there until I really liked the balance.  Then it was time to add the words.  I wanted the top row to be arched so I cut a piece of cardboard in a semicircle to help keep the shape when I was spacing the letters out.  Instead of painting right on it, I traced the letters in pencil first so that I could make sure they were spaced well before paint. It’s easy to erase and adjust it if you need to.

 

Fresh Cut flowers sign - trace stencils first then paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then I went back and stenciled the letters with blue craft paint. Truthfully, the blue was kind of flat and boring so I added a subtle layer of brown on top of the blue to give it some depth.

 

Fresh Cut Flowers Sign using stencils - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

After I added the brown I still felt like it needed some bling so I added some gold highlights with my gold paint pen. I used a paper plate to empty the paint from the pen and then used the stencil brush to apply it to the letters and the sign in the corners in kind of a random, speckle pattern. You have to do this quick because the paint dries quickly out of the paint pen. I love the light feeling the gold gives as it pops off the blue.  So pretty!

 

How to create a Summer Vignette on a Budget - DIY Fresh Cut Flowers Sign - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Fresh Cut Flowers Sign - How to create a summer vignette on a budget - Mixing paint colors for a layered effect - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Project #2: DIY Sea Glass Bottles

So this one could not be any easier. I started out by picking up glass bottles in different shapes and sizes at my go to thrift store. I paid $2 for these four.

 

How to create a unique summer vignette on a budget - glass bottles before paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then I picked up this spray paint at Micheals but you can find different colors at Amazon.

 

How to Create a Summer Vignette on a Budget - Stained glass spray paint - ocean blue inspiration - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

It’s pretty easy to use but you have to make sure you add thin layers.  Usually with spray paint you want to go back and forth with short bursts. I found with this, it was easier to go in a round motion with many layers, one thin one at a time.  Too much of it and it will run. (or so I’ve heard 🙂 )

 

How to create a Summer Vignette on a Budget - ocean blue bottles - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

It dries pretty quickly to the touch and I was able to display them with the flowers in about 45 minutes. Such an easy and inexpensive way to add color and personality to your summer space. I love the way the white flowers plays off of the bright blue.

 

How to create a Summer Vignette on a Budget - DIY Blue glass, flowers and summer touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This bottle I picked up at a garage sale for $2 already blue. I love the shape of it.

 

How to create a Summer Vignette on a Budget - DIY Blue glass and flowers - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

 

I finished these projects and pulled out some other neutral pieces like my go to books, window frame and picture frame and there you have it, a simple summer vignette on a budget.

 

How to create a Summer Vignette on a Budget - DIY Fresh Cut Flowers Sign and blue glass - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

How to create a Summer Vignette on a Budget - DIY Projects - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Shades of blue in two simple DIY projects mixed in with the browns and tans from the other pieces makes for one serene space. I’ll have the whole Shades of Blue Summer Home Tour next week so stay tuned. Do you have some DIY projects planned for summer decorating?

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

Antique Trunk Makeover - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Antique Trunk Makeover

Hey everyone! Today I’m sharing my antique trunk makeover and what a makeover it is! I found this trunk at the Salvation Army for $20. It’s incredibly solid but, as you can see, in really rough shape. I hesitated for a minute on whether or not to get it…LOL, no I didn’t. Who doesn’t need more storage, am I right?? Plus, I love a challenge.

 

Antique Trunk Makeover Before - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Antique Trunk Makeover before in rough shape - Life on Kaydeross Creek - This trunk needed a lot of TLC

 

Look how thick these sides are. I’m sure originally it had a nice cedar smell but now it kinda smells like moth balls.  That newspaper inside is from 1974. 🙂

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - Inside - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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Here’s what I used for this makeover:

  • Baking soda to get the smell out
  • Water/Vinegar mix to get the smell out
  • Chalk Paint (homemade)
  • Bun feet
  • Shelf liner (from the Dollar Store)
  • Craft Paint
  • Stencil brush

First things first, it needed a really good cleaning. I wiped the whole thing down, inside and out with half bleach and half water. Unfortunately, that didn’t get rid of the smell totally. I threw in the baking soda and let that sit for a few hours in the sun.

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - Getting the smell out - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

That worked pretty well but after I cleaned out the baking soda I gave it a good spray of half water and half vinegar. That did the trick.

The outside of the trunk had a lot of wholes and divots in it. I filled them in with a lot of spackle. I used a putty knife to smooth it out. It took a few coats with sanding in between each to get it smooth.

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - filling in all the holes with spackle - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - filling in the holes with spackle - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once I had it all sanded and wiped down, it was on to paint. I used homemade chalk paint with plaster of Paris mixed with Creamy White paint. It took three coats to really cover.

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - Painted Furniture - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I really wanted to line the inside but didn’t want to spend a ton of money so I picked up this shelf liner at the dollar store. I love the color! It’s so clean and happy :).

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - Painted Furniture- Drawer Liner - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Blogger error here. I didn’t take any pic’s of installing this. I basically opened up the roll and cut it to length with scissors and then placed it inside. I lined it up, bent it along the side I was working on, creased it nd was able to use an X-acto knife to cut along the edge. I removed the handles on the ends to get it smooth on the inside.  Then we added bun feet to give it a bit of height.

Here’s how it came out. I’m using it in my Master Bedroom Closet for addition linen storage. We recently did a whole closet makeover which you can see here.

 

Antique Trunk Makever - Lining the inside with shelf liner - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I added a stencil to the outside with our initial and a number that has a special meaning.

 

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - Master Bedroom Closet - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - More Master Bedroom Closet Storage - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Antique Trunk Makeover- Extra Master Bedroom Closet Storage - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love a good furniture makeover. You can see our Painted Antique Hutch here and our rustic coffee table makeover here.

So this antique trunk makeover was quite the transformation. There’s nothing a good coat of paint can’t fix (or three). Have you seen something in your thrift shop/garage sale travels and thought it was too much work and bought it anyway?  Have you taken on that crazy project? I’d love to hear about it.

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Life on Kaydeross Creek

How To Decorate with Flea Market Finds – Brimfield Antique Show & Flea Market

Who’s up for a road trip?? Meeeeeee! Every year my husband and I head to Brimfield, MA for the Antique Show & Flea Market as a mini get-a-way, just the two of us. We always discover some really cool stuff for home decor and the flea market finds make for the best DIY projects. Today I’d like to share the goodies we found, some of our old DIY projects and how we decorate our home with flea market finds and you can, too.

 

Brimfield May 2017- Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Brimfield is HUGE. If is exists you can find it here. We usually go on this trip with a few things in mind and this trip was no different. Our main focus, however, was to try to find windows for the new barn. This meant we couldn’t get any really big items because there was not enough room so I was bummed when I saw this…

Brimfield Antique Show & Flea Market May 2017 - Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

There were a few other pieces too. Imagine this in your kitchen?? Love! Not that I could afford this anyway. 🙂

 

Brimfield May 2017 - great pieces - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So, much, storage….

 

 

And other cool stuff…

 

Brimfield May 2017 - great pieces - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Brimfield May 2017 - Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Wouldn’t these big trays be cool to hang on the wall?

 

Brimfield Antique Show & Flea Market - decorating with flea market finds - budget friendly decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Ok, so much stuff, so little time. We ended up finding the windows for the barn which saved us a TON of money. They’ll be a little bit of a project to restore but it will be worth it. We also picked up these cool lights. A new coat of paint and they will look good as new hanging   just outside the barn door.

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Lights found at Brimfield Antique and Flea Market - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then we got these farmhouse goodies…

 

Brimfield Antiques Show & Flea Market Trip 2017 - Upcycle - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Brimfield Antiques Show & Flea Market Trip 2017 - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This old bike basket will get a new life with a good cleaning and a coat of Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - An old bike basket gets a new life as farmhouse decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I’ve got big plans for this bad boy!
Brimfield Antiques Show & Flea Market Trip 2017 - Upcycle Projects - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So Col, what are you going to do with all that stuff? Well, I’m so glad you asked! Here’s how we used these flea market finds to decorate our home. A few pieces found a home on my favorite antique hutch.

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Painted Antique Hutch - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Styling an Antique Hutch - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Farmhouse Accessories - Old Tin - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The bike basket was a great upcycle and fits on this ladder perfectly.

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Farmhouse Accessories - Baskets - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Farmhouse Style Accessories - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

A few ended up on our Industrial shelf…

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Shelf Accessories - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

You can see where we made this shelf for less than $20 here (hint – it was a $5 garage sale find to start) and the faux suit case here.

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Farmhouse Accessories - Old Fashioned Lunch Box - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So there are just a few of the ways we decorated with flea market finds this time around. Here are a few of our projects we have made with our finds from our other Brimfield trips:

 

 

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have you found some cool stuff at garage sales or Flea Markets that you’ve used to decorate your home with? What’s your favorite thrift store or flea market find so far? I’d love to hear about it!

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

DIY Farmhouse Canister Set - using stencils and distress ink - Life on Kaydeross Creek

How to Make a Farmhouse Canister Set – A Birch Lane Knock Off

Hey everyone! I love looking through catalogs for cool decor ideas especially Birch Lane, Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs. They have great stuff but, unfortunately, it’s a bit pricey. I happened to spot this farmhouse canister set a while back from Birch Lane. I love the color, the patina and the worn farmhouse look.Birch Lane 3 Piece Metal Nesting TinsSo cute but a whopping $122.99 ON SALE.  Can’t do it. What I can do is DIY them! It’s so much easier than you think!

Here’s what you need: 

I picked up these old tins for $2 each at a garage sale.

 

Farmhouse Canister Set - Farmhouse style - Upcycled tins - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I really like the base color of the Birch Lane version so I used a gray Hammered finish spray paint by Rust-oleum to get the look. It gave the tin a bit more depth than just a flat paint.  You can see they have just a little texture.

 

DIY Farmhouse Canister Set - thrift store tins turned into farmhouse kitchen decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once the base coat was dry, I needed to add the block of color that would be the background for each number. I used painters tape to section it off. I didn’t overthink it and measure anything because I wanted it to be on the not so perfect side and a bit rough around the edges.

 

DIY Farmhouse Canister Set - craft paint and stencils make these an easy project - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

You can see on the bottom of each tin where the tape took some of the paint off because I didn’t let them dry long enough. I didn’t mind, though because it gave them a more shabby look.  Yes, I agree, the smallest tin should have been smaller. 🙂

So then I started stenciling the numbers.

 

DIY Farmhouse Canister Set - Stencils and craft paint make these knock off tins and easy project - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I used basic craft paint in espresso and black and a stencil brush to apply the paint to the tin. I tried to skimp on the paint so that the number seemed more worn.  Once the numbers were done, I added the words.

 

DIY Farmhouse Canister Set - Easy DIY project using craft paint and stencils - Birch Lane knock off - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So I like the way the numbers came out but the background seemed to white. I used a cotton rag to apply some distress ink on the square and heavier around the edges. If you would like a cleaner piece, you can skip this step.

 

DIY Farmhouse Canister Set - using stencils and distress ink - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

They still didn’t have enough of the character I was looking for so took the stencil brush again and some black paint and dry brushed it in criss-cross motions along the edges of the top and bottom and here and there on the top and sides. I may go back in and add a bit of brownish orange to give a more rusty look.

 

DIY Farmhouse Canister Set - distressed - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

You can see where the colors from the original tin are sticking out just a bit but I’m OK with that. I considered spraying a bit of the spray paint in a dish and using a brush to apply it as a touch up but I kinda like it.  They’re not exactly like the originals but this farmhouse canister set only cost me $6. The possibilities are endless, too. You could do letters instead of numbers, sayings, pictures of farm animals or whatever you want to match your kitchen.

I like that I can use them together or by themselves. I love the charm this adds to this vignette. The  wall decor was also a DIY project and you can see that HERE.

 

DIY Farmhouse Canister Set - thrift store tins become cute farmhouse decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

DIY Farmhouse Canister Set - thrift store finds to farmhouse decor -Birch Lane Knock Off - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

DIY Farmhouse Canister Set - Add Character to your kitchen with DIY Canisters made from thrifted tins and craft paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So there you have it. An easy, inexpensive project that adds lots of charm to your space. Talk about bang for your buck! 🙂

Do you have easy projects or pieces that have really made an impact in your home? If you’re looking for more, check back soon.

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

DIY Farmhouse Sign - create unique wall decor with a rustic DIY sign - Life on Kaydeross Creek

How to Make a Rustic DIY Farmhouse Sign

Hellooooo everyone!  I’m super excited to be guest posting today over at my friend Medina’s blog, Grillo Designs,  where I’m sharing a tutorial on how to create an easy, rustic DIY farmhouse sign. Signs are a great way to to add character to your home and they are easier to make than you think. Here’s a sneak peak…

 

How to make a DIY Farmhouse Sign - rustic -Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

If you love the farmhouse look, you may also like some of my other projects.

Mini Barn Door –

Spring Decor - Making a mini barn door - green & blue - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Farmhouse Shutter –

Farmhouse Wall decor - Old shutter turn fixer upper style wall decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Farmhouse Shelf –

 

DIY Farmhouse Shelf - Screen Project Challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Head on over to Grillo Designs to check out the how to,  materials list and to see the full finished DIY Farmhouse Sign. Plus, she has some other great projects to share with you as well.

Thanks so much for stopping today. Coming soon, I have more cool projects planned that will help add character to your home and others to help get you ready for summer. I’m definitely ready for some warmer weather! Are you??

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - full view - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover on A Budget

Hey everyone! I’m soooo excited because today is the day we finally get to share our master bedroom closet makeover! We’ve been working on it slowly for a couple of months around other projects and, well, life.  It’s been 8 long years living with these pieced together racks so it’s time to get organized. I can’t say that I’m not embarrassed to be showing you this but here’s what needed to happen:

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover organization to do list - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - Organizational to do list - Life on Kaydeross Creek

OUCH, holy cow, that hurt. So, here’s what we did to make the most of the space we have. I started by measuring out how many inches of clothes we each have (tops and bottoms) and then added a few inches to be on the safe side. For example, I needed about 60″ of hanging space for my shirts.

We also had stuff in there that does not need to be like heavy fleece jackets that can go downstairs in the mudroom closet. This was also an excellent opportunity to purge the stuff that we don’t wear anymore (let’s be honest, none of us are getting any smaller around here 🙂 ) Once I knew exactly how much space we needed for hanging stuff and folded stuff, I made a plan on paper.  It’s a bit crude, but it was definitely effective! Truth be told, I worked in retail for over 20 years so that may have had an impact on my design. 🙂

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - Putting the plan on paper - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I also drew out plans for the other two corners of the closet but they are much more simple. My brother, Jamie, who is a builder, helped us get started and suggested we build  each section in a cubby or “box” and then attach them all together. We used birch plywood for the boxes, MDF for part of the base and pine for the rest of the trim.  The other thing he suggested was that we use a dado blade (a special blade for a circular saw) to make grooves in the plywood where the shelves would slide in and also connect the corners of the boxes more securely.  As the dado set spins, the two outside blades cut the dado walls (grooves) and the chippers remove the waste material in between and smooth the bottom of the dado (groove).

We wanted the boxes to be 20″ deep so we had someone at Home Depot cut the sheets of plywood that come in 48″ in half for us. That way they were easier to transport and to rip down (cut) at home to 20″. Then hubby measured and marked out where the grooves would need to be. One at the top to connect the pieces and one 12″ down for the top shelf.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - Putting the plan on paper - Life on Kaydeross Creek - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once the pieces were cut we started assembling the first box. You can see the notch at the top where the other piece will fit and be glued and nailed together.

 

Master Bedroom closet makeover - building the boxes - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Here’s the first box installed…

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - Box assembled and placed - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

We learned a lesson with this one because we built it downstairs and then had to carry it up. Um, not smart. We decided to build the other three boxes upstairs. Here is the storm before the calm. Holy cow, what a mess!

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - The storm before the calm - building the boxes in our room - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

We added a few more shelves to two of the boxes and then started placing them in the closet. Hubby used 2×4’s to attached them to the floor which also provided a bit of a toe kick.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - installing the boxes - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

When all of the boxes were placed, he screwed them all together and to the walls. We’re almost there with this master bedroom closet makeover!

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - boxes installed before trim - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then he added a 1.5 inch pine trim to the front and crown molding to the top. Let’s just say I spent A LOT of time spackling all those nail holes and caulking the edges.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - built in cubbies with the trim added - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

After it was primed and painted twice (I went through a gallon of paint just on the cubbies and trim and pretty much didn’t leave the closet for what seemed like days) it was time to put the bars in. We bought a long metal bar and then cut it to the size we needed for each hanging section and then I spray painted the pieces to match the cubbies. They were installed with little metal cups.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - side wall completed - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

OK, so you can see the new light fixture in this picture. I really didn’t want to spend any more money on this project and I had this old fixture in the basement which I had used in my store. It’s the match to the one I used in my daughter’s room.  I just needed to remove the “crystals” and give it a good coat of spray paint.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - new light fixture -Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The last thing to address was more storage for linens and a place for the laundry. To make the best use of this space, I decided to go up. We picked up this old TV armoire at the Salvation Army for $20 some time ago.  I planned on using it for storage somewhere and then the closet project came up. I love using these old pieces for storage and you can see one of my other armoire transformations HERE.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - Armoire used for storage before - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The problem was it was too short. We didn’t need any more shelves so it would have been wasted space above it if we used it as is. Since we still needed a place for the laundry baskets we decided to build a base to put the armoire on top of. That way they are much more accessible on the bottom.

 

Master Bedroom Closet makeover - adding the base for the armoire - birch plywood - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

We made it out of the same birch plywood and trimmed it out with the 1.5″ pine trim to match the cubbies.

 

Master Bedroom Closet makeover - the base for the armoire - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

After giving the armoire a good sanding,  a couple of coats of paint and new glass knobs, here’s what it looks like all assembled.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - More storage using an old TV armoire - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I know, right?!? I think it’s my favorite part. 🙂

Here’s the other opposite side.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - Hangbars in for more storage and dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - full view - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I. LOVE. IT! Here’s the best part. We spent less than $500.

The birch plywood, trim, paint and bars/cups cost about $400. We spent $20 on the armoire and I had the dresser that we put in the side cubbie. You can see that project HERE. We also had to purchase the dado blade set which I think was about $55.

I have to admit it was A TON more work than I thought it would be but it was worth it!  I still have to add hooks to the wall for my scarves and a rug but it’s so nice to walk in there and be able to actually find what I am looking for. Now let’s just hope we can keep it neat.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - closet organization with built in cabinets - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover for under $500 - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Not sure you want to build something but still want organization. Here are my Amazon picks to make the most out of your space:

Thank you so much for spending some of your time with me today! Do you have major project or mini projects in the works? I’d love to hear about them!

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

 

 

 

Spring Home Tour Sneak Peak - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Spring Home Tour 2017

Hey everyone! Welcome to our Spring Home Tour! This winter has seemed like the longest winter evvvverrr up in here in the Northeast so it can be hard to find inspiration when you look out the window and still see snow at the end of March. I figured if I can’t see it outside right now, I’ll surround myself with it on the inside!  Come on in….

 

Farmhouse -Spring Home Tour 2017 - Family Room & Entry - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I started by adding some robin’s egg blue here and there with pillows and then added a few other touches of spring like nests with eggs and, of course, flowers. I tried to keep it subtle and laid back.

This is the view when you enter our front door. I picked up this old dresser at the Salvation Army for $35. I’m still debating on whether or not to paint it. Would you?

 

Farmhouse -Spring Home Tour 2017 - Family Room - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This “Adirondack crate” was a project we did last spring which you can see HERE.  I love the way it frames the giant mason jar and adds texture and a rustic feel.

 

Farmhouse -Spring Home Tour 2017 - Entry Adirondack vignette - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This is our family room where we play games at the table and hang out.  For those of you that have been here awhile, you’ll notice that I painted the coffee table white. I have to be honest, I really miss the orange.  What do you think? You can see the table makeover HERE.

 

Farmhouse - Spring Home Tour 2017 - Family Room Vignette - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I talk a little bit about living in our “season of life” and ours now is with a 11 year old and an 8 year old who still likes to jump on the furniture.  Therefore, we hang on to the old furniture for a bit longer.  Sigh, maybe next year. 

 

Farmhouse - Spring Home Tour 2017 - Family Room - Pillows - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I picked up this great little corrugated metal container locally at a  cute little shop. I love the mixed metals and color it adds. You can find similar ones HERE.

 

Spring Home Tour - Family Room - details Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

These flowering branches are from Michaels, the chunky candlestick holders are from Hobby Lobby and I picked up the gold ones from a thrift store.  I made the “P” sign out of leftover MDF we had from the laundry room project.

 

Spring Home Tour Sneak Peak - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Spring Home Tour - Family Room details - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I used the same leaf stencil on the “P” sign as I did on this tray, which is made out of an old frame. It was one of my favorite projects and you can see how we did it HERE.  I couldn’t find pillows that had a print I liked so I made these. I found the cute little bird fabric at Jo-Ann Fabric. The solid pillows are from Marshall’s.

 

Farmhouse - Spring Home Tour 2017 - Family Room - DIY Tray - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love this corner. My husband made the barn door and we made the ottoman from an old crate. You can see that HERE.  I just recently re-covered it in a old burlap sack I picked up at a thrift store for $1 just in time for the Spring home tour.

Again, that’s not my favorite fabric on the chair but that chair used to belong to my in-laws and hubby and I used to sit together in it back in High School. I don’t know what’s scarier, that it was that long ago or that we both could fit in it at the same time back then. 🙂

 

Farmhouse - pring Home Tour 2017 - Family Room - Ottoman - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Farmhouse - Spring Home Tour 2017 - Family Room - Antique Stool - Life on Kaydeross Creek
This room has just started to come together. I picked up the pillows at Pier One and the lamp is from Target. The screen shelf was a recent project and you can see that HERE. I haven’t shared the Farmhouse sign project yet but stay tuned.   I got the coffee table at the Salvation Army for, wait for it, $40. Yes, $40.

 

Farmhouse - Spring Home Tour 2017 - Den - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This painted antique hutch is one of my favorite pieces. You can see it’s transformation HERE.

 

Spring Home Tour Den - Hutch - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Spring Home Tour 2017 - Family Room Fireplace - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

We made this mini barn door recently and you can see that project HERE. I love the light blue against the stone on the fireplace and the pops of green.

 

Spring Decor - Making a mini barn door - color wash - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This is our foyer which I updated last spring and you can see that HERE.

 

Farmhouse - Spring Tour 2017 -Foyer - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Spring Home Tour - Family Room and Den - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Here’s a peak at the kitchen and dining room…

 

Spring Home tour 2017 part 2 - Kitchen - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Spring Home tour 2017 kitchen - old tool box - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Spring Home Tour 2017 - Life on Kaydeross Creek Mixed metals, rustic spring decor

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Thanks so much for stopping by today for our Spring Home Tour. Have you decorated for spring yet?  Do you have some DIY projects to get you started?

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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DIY tray made from a three tiered table - vignette- upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

DIY Tray – Upcycle Challenge

Hey everyone! Welcome to another upcycle challenge. For today’s challenge, you’ll never believe this DIY tray makeover!

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Kim | Made in a Day

Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Pili | Sweet Things

Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation

Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog    Jes | My DIY Envy    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim

Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods    Kimm | Reinvented

Kim | Farmhouse Made    Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    Sara | Twelve on Main

Chelc | Inside the Fox Den    Sue | A Purdy Little House    Michelle | Our Crafty Mom

Sherry | Savvy Apron    Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs

Ali | Home Crafts By Ali    Denise | My Thrifty House    Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek

Toni | Small Home Soul    Jeanie | Create & Babble    Michelle | Michelle James Designs

Medina | Grillo Designs    Karen | Dragonfly & Lily Pads

Make sure you follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!

 

So, this project actually started about 2 years ago. I had this old table in my basement for the longest time and finally decided to pull it out one day to see what I could do with it.

 

DIY Tray made from a 3 tiered table - upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I decided to take it apart and this was the first thing I made with the top two tiers. You can see this sweet cupcake stand project HERE.

 

DIY Cupcake Stand made from a three tiered table - upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love it! The leftover bottom tier ended up in my basement again because as a true DIY’er/hoarder, I couldn’t seem to toss it. It ended up getting pretty beat up over time and I was surprised just how much when I went to dig it out for this project.

 

DIY tray made from a three tiered table - before glue - upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Needless to say it needed a lot of TLC.  We had to glue the pieces back on and also fill the whole in. We used wood glue to fix the edges and the layers of laminate wood that make up the base. We clamped it and let the glue dry overnight.

 

DIY tray made from a three tiered table - glued and clamped- upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then we filled in the hole in the middle with wood filler. We used a wide putty knife to spread it out flat and let that dry overnight as well. It still had some cracks in it when it was dry so I went over that with some spackle.

 

DIY tray made from a three tiered table - wood filler placed - upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

DIY tray made from a three tiered table - wood filler - upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once the spackle was dry, I sanded it down with a palm sander in the middle and hand sanded the edges.

 

DIY tray made from a three tiered table - before paint -Upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

It was nice and smooth and ready for paint. I didn’t bother priming because I was using chalk paint and wanted it to be fairly worn in spots.

 

DIY tray made from a three tiered table - Upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Can you believe it?!? So much different, right?  At this point I considered adding handles on this DIY tray but could not find the right thing. I think I may look for some small barn door handles at Brimfield but for now it stays as is. I also tried adding little “feet” but it just didn’t look right. I decided in the long run just to distress the edges and call it a day. Here she is all done…

 

DIY tray made from a three tiered table - vignette- upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

DIY tray made from a three tiered table - details- upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

DIY tray made from a three tiered table - vignette details - upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Tray and Cupcake Stand from Three tiered table - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This DIY tray came out so pretty and can be used for any season. It’ll be a great addition to my spring decor. You can see my full Spring Home Tour next week but until then, here’s a sneak peak.

 

Spring Home Tour Sneak Peak - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Lots of robin’s egg blue, mixed metals and farmhouse charm so stay tuned. You can see last year’s tour HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Do you have any upcycle projects in the works? For some amazing inspiration, check out my creative friend’s projects below. 🙂

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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