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Laundry Room Organization For Under $100

Today I’m sharing our long overdue laundry room organization for, believe it or not, under $100! When we were building the house almost 10 years ago, a huge beautiful laundry room just wasn’t in the budget. It’s more of a laundry closet really. Regardless, I still spend quite a bit of my time in that space so why not have it be enjoyable, am I right? So after looking at a not-so-inspirational space for so long, it was time.

 

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Eeekk. So not only was it a bit dreary and boring but it was also not the best use of space. Here’s what we did to make it crazy functional and much more interesting. First things first, a new coat of paint.  I had this paint left over from a project we had done a few years ago. I think it’s called Embarcadero by Valspar.  It was just what the space needed to brighten it up. It looks a bit purple-y in this picture but it’s really like a cement block gray.

 

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To add a bit more personality and interest, I decided on stripes. I used a 4 foot level and a ruler to outline 8 inch stripes in pencil on the wall and then used painters tape to mark off the lines

 

Laundry Room Organization - Life on Kaydeross Creek - Adding personality with stripes

 

Truth be told, I ran out of painters tape and had to free hand some of the stripes. That is when a really good quality brush comes in handy 🙂  This shade of white is called Creamy White by Behr and it is the trim color you see throughout our house.

Here are the completed stripes. Crazy better, right?!

 

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So to make better use of the space we wanted to take advantage of the height and added more shelves. We used MDF which comes pre-cut in 12″ x 8′ boards from Home Depot. I think they are in the closet section. We’ve used MDF on prior projects like our Mudroom. Now, the thing about MDF is it bubbles when it gets really wet so I gave the boards a thick coat of primer and then 2 coats of the Creamy White paint just in case the laundry detergent leaks or something.

For the shelf brackets, I picked up these inexpensive white ones at Home Depot and spray painted them Oil Rubbed Bronze for some contrast.

 

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Here they are spray painted…

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - Adding the shelves

 

I also wanted to add a space to hang shirts straight from the dryer so I used an inexpensive wooden towel bar I picked up at Walmart mounted upside down on the top shelf. It was a bit too long at 18″ so we cut it down to fit the space and then I painted it to match the stripes/shelves.

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - DIY Hanging space using an inexpensive towel bar

 

The space would not be complete without a DIY sign so I made this cute little sign out of an old piece of wood and some stencils. I always write it out on paper before I paint so that I can make sure it will fit and the spacing is correct.

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - DIY Laundry Sign

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Paint and Creative DIY Project plus Farmhouse Touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Another key element of good laundry room organization is storage so I added some baskets for storing cleaning supplies. I threw in something pretty for a pop of color and with everything installed, here’s the final product…

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - DIY Laundry Sign

 

So much nicer to open the doors and see a bright cheery space when you have to do a chore. I thought about adding cute beverage dispensers with the little spout for the detergent but, honestly, I have read that they just get clogged and I really didn’t want to spend the money. Here is the breakdown of what this update cost:

  • (2) 8′ MDF boards – $22  (I already had the short one)
  • (6) metal shelf bracket $24
  • Wooden towel rack $10
  • Paint – Free – had it
  • DIY Laundry Sign – Free
  • Washboard – Free
  • Baskets – already had these but if you had to purchase them at Michaels you can get them at 50% off for like $10.
  • Glass jar with chalkboard label – had it but if you had to purchase it you could find it here.

So even if I had to buy the baskets, the entire project would have cost $76. What it really cost me was time. It took about 12 hours to complete but it was worth every minute. 🙂

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Paint and Creative DIY Project plus Farmhouse Touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Paint and Creative DIY Project plus Farmhouse Touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Paint and Creative DIY Project plus Farmhouse Touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100!

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Using Paint and Creative DIY projects - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Paint, DIY Projects and Farmhouse Touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Do you have any room updates on a budget in your future? How do you save money on your projects?

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

Top 10 favorite projects from Life on Kaydeross Creek - furniture re-dos, upcycled projects and Room updates

My Top 10 Posts of 2016 & A Couple Fails, Too

Just in case you missed it or if you’re new here (Welcome!), I wanted to share my top 10 posts of 2016. I’d also like to share a couple of not so great projects that didn’t make it on the blog at all .  Yes, that happens, and if you need a good laugh, you can see a few from last year here. 2016 was a very productive year for us here on Kaydeross Creek. Here we go…

10.  DIY Farmhouse Tray & Display Box – I love this project because it can be used in any room for any season. It’s easy to style and functional, too.

 

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9. Decorating with Garage Sale Finds, How to Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck I’m all about decorating for less so this one was a favorite to write. I love the thrill of the hunt!

 

Top 10 Posts - Garage Sale Tips - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

8. Rustic Wall Decor Project – This was such a fun and easy, not to mention inexpensive, project. It was one I immediately could picture when I found that grater.

 

Top 10 Posts - Upcycle Challenge - Rustic Wall Art - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

7. Upcycled Tin Wall Vase – This project was not something I originally planned but was a pleasant surprise. I think it turned out cuter than I expected.

 

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6. Painted Antique Hutch  – The top 10 posts list would not be complete without a big furniture transformation. When I found this piece a the Salvation army for, wait for it, $35, I knew it had to come home with me. I love the new life it found with a couple of coats of the prettiest shade of gray paint.

 

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5. Old Frame Becomes a New Tray – I loved this project! What a wonderful use for an old frame.

 

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4. Industrial Style Bookshelf – Talk about a transformation. From a rusty shelf in someone’s garage to a stylish piece of furniture you could find a Pottery Barn.

 

Top 10 Posts - Industrial Style bookshelf - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

3. Mudroom Organization – This was a labor of love and a long time coming but the result was exactly what we pictured and what we needed to keep organized, farmhouse style.

 

Top 10 Posts - Mudroom Organization with cubbies and farmhouse touches- Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

2. Fixer Upper Metal Wall Decor –  I love doing things a bit out of the ordinary and this one is definitely different! Such a cool piece it had to make the top 10 posts. 🙂

 

Top 10 Posts - Fixer Upper Inspired Metal Wall Decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

and the #1 spot goes to….. drum roll please…..

The Adirondack Style Hot Cocoa Bar – This was actually a few projects rolled into one. First we started with the Lean-to and then I made the signs. It all came together in the Ultimate Adirondack hot cocoa bar. Stay tuned with this one as there are more plans in the works for 2017 🙂

 

Top 10 Posts - How to create the ultimate hot cocoa bar - Adirondack Style. With some simple projects and cute details

 

 

Honorable mention: Decorating with Meaning

 

Top 10 Posts - Decorating with Meaning - Family Heirlooms and Memorable pieces to decorate your home - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So there are my top 10 posts from 2016. There are those projects that I just can’t wait to share and then there are the ones that, well, I know are not gonna make the blog at some point while I’m working on them. Here’s one…

 

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So I thought “how cute would it be if I simply tied bits of an old shirt and burlap together on a grape vine wreath?” Turns out, not so cute. It just didn’t work for me.

Then there’s this…

 

Not so great bottle project - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The idea was to “age” the bottles a bit using some brown paint but they just came out looking like dirty bottles.

And then there was this paint technique I tried. The product ended up working great on another project but this piece was definitely the wrong one to try it on. You can see the bumps all over it. Awful!

 

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Ick! So, there you have it. There are also quite a few half finished ones that I am on the fence about. Maybe you’ll see some of those this year. Here’s what you’ll definitely see this year just to name a few…

  • We’re building a barn!
  • Updated Master Bedroom walk-in closet on a budget in just a couple weeks
  • Updated laundry area on a budget
  • Lots of furniture re-dos
  • Lots of upcycled projects
  • Finish the basement playroom for the kids
  • Added pantry storage in the kitchen

Thank you so much for spending some of your time with me today. I hope you’ll come back and check out some of the other projects coming up! Do you have some of your own projects lined up? I’d love to hear about them!!

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

Christmas in the Kitchen - Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Christmas Kitchen – Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour – Part 2

Last week I shared my Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour  to kick off the season with a lovely group of ladies as part of a Christmas blog hop. Today I’m sharing part 2 of my Christmas Home Tour, the Christmas kitchen, dining room and mudroom.  Truth be told, it’s a lot of work to put one of these bad boys together and was just too much to do all at once.

So since I love the red and black accents mixed with the greens, I carried over the same Adirondack, rustic touches mixed with lots of vintage, farmhouse pieces and DIY projects.

 

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Ok so first thing first, it never looks like this or stays like this anyway. You know it. I know it. I mean we live here right??  In a few hours the counter will be covered with back backs, school papers, snack wrappers etc. so you know I feel your pain. In the mean time, let’s just enjoy the calm, shall we??  If you were here, we could sit and have coffee or whatever you like to sip 🙂

So, on with the tour. The white tray on the island above, which comes in handy for every season, was a DIY project a few months ago. You can see that here. The recipe below is from an old Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. You know the one with the red and white checkered cover. It’s my favorite go-to when I actually feel like cooking. I simply printed it out on card stock and rubbed  it with some antiquing ink and a cotton rag. Free and easy.

 

Christmas Kitchen - Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Trees, trees, everywhere!  I love my mini trees and I love them even more in cute little tins like this one…

 

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The pieces in the tray were either found at my go to antique store in my town, thrift store or at Brimfield. I added the bells to the candle just because they’re cute.

 

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Christmas Kitchen - Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love the pops of red everywhere!  To me, red is just warm and feels like Christmas.

 

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Our dining room is all windows (no curtains needed here in the woods) so the only thing to decorate really is the table. I kept it simple this year with my favorite tray from American Farmhouse and, of course, reds and greens. The colors just pop off of the gray walls and the white snow outside. The cute little pillows are from Target.

 

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The pitcher in the tray is from HomeGoods,  the candlestick holders are from Michaels and the antlers are from Target.

 

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Last year my cute little tree was in the dining room but I switched things up this year and put it in the kitchen. The butcher block that it sits on is one of my oldest and very favorite pieces.

 

Christmas Kitchen - Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Christmas Kitchen - Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

We just recently finished the mudroom and you can see that here. I love it all decked out for Christmas!

 

Christmas Kitchen and Mudroom - Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Christmas Kitchen and Mudroom - Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

We picked this sled up in Brimfield last year. It weighs a ton and Poor hubby had to carry it like a mile back to the car. He’s a trooper 🙂 I can’t wait to go again in the Spring to see what unique things we can find!

 

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I use the Pepsi tray below to corral different things throughout the year. The antique measuring cup that the little tree sits in I picked up at an antique store and the other tin is from Michaels.

 

Christmas Kitchen - Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So some simple farmhouse and vintage finds mixed with red and green accents make for a cozy Christmas Kitchen space. Only a few more weeks until the big day to enjoy it all and probably only few hours left for me to enjoy the clean kitchen. Time to grab a cup of coffee and stare at the pretty lights in peace for awhile before I can’t see the counter again. Wishing you a wonderful, peaceful Christmas!!

 

Christmas in the Kitchen - Farmhouse Christmas Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

And as always, Happy DIY’ing!

Col

 

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A Very Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Christmas Tree - Life on Kaydeross Creek

A Very Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour

Hello my friends and welcome to the 2016 Very Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour! I”m so thrilled to be joining 15 other lovely bloggers for a wonderful collection of Christmas home tours and beautiful decor inspiration shared over 4 days this week.  Thank you to Christina from Christina’s Adventures for organizing the tour this year.  She shared her space yesterday so stop on over and say Hi! Here is a sneak peak of all of the tours. The links are at the bottom of this post so inspiration is just a click away. Enjoy 🙂

 

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If this is your first time visiting me on Life on Kaydeross Creek, Welcome!!  I’m so glad you’re here and hope you’ll find some inspiration for some new projects. You can get to know me a little by checking our our story here.

So let’s get started on this Farmhouse Christmas Home tour, shall we? I’ll start with our family room. It’s my favorite room in the house and also the center of our home. We live close to the Adirondacks so the style influences my decor throughout the year and there are touches of it everywhere including the faux deer heads and antlers. I love the mix of different plaids and the warmth of the red and black scattered with the greens of the mini trees and faux branches. I used some of the same elements from last year and you can see that tour here.

 

Family Room all decked out for Christmas - Farmhouse Christmas Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I always leave the task of choosing our tree to my husband because he has a great eye for it. He did a great job as always this year. 🙂  The ornaments are a mis-matched bunch of handmade pieces made by our kids and lovingly given to each of us as gifts or things we have collected on family vacations. I love that each one has meaning.

 

Family Room & Christmas Tree - A Very Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The shelf in the family room is something we made from 2 corbels and barn wood years ago. The ski’s I picked up in Brimfield. You can see one of those trips here.  The wreath is from Target but you can find one here. The deer head and smaller mini tree are from Michaels and the rest is garage sale or thrift store finds.

 

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A Very Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

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I made all of the gift tags this year from simple white tags, Chrismtas stamps/ink and scrapbook paper all from Michaels.  The matching ribbon and twine are from Micheals as well.

 

Family Room & Christmas Tree - A Very Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

These tags are just made from small cut out sections of a piece of scrapbook paper outlined with a fine tip paint pen from Michaels.

 

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The other tags are simple wooden slices my husband cut for me from small branches. I used the same fine tip paint pen to write Merry Christmas and then a larger tip gold paint pen for the dots.

 

DIY Christmas Gift Tags - A Very Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Family Room & Christmas Tree - A Very Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Across from the tree is our fireplace. You can see where we completed that last summer here.

 

Family Room Fireplace - A Very Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The decorations on the mantel are a collection of things from thrift stores and fleamarkets. The screen and metal milk can I picked up in Brimfield this year. The Santa I got at the Salvation Army and the crock I have had for years. I love the way the silver, white and green play off of the blues and browns of the stone. I made the Believe sign from a an old piece of barnwood and a homemade stencil. I share that project soon.

 

Christmas Mantel - A Very Farmhouse Christmas - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This old tool caddy we found out in the barn at our old house over 20 years ago. What better way to display candles and greens for a Farmhouse Christmas Home tour? 🙂

 

Family Room Fireplace - A Very Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Just past the Christmas tree is our play/kids TV room…

 

A Very Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Christmas Tree - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I made this sign from an old cabinet door and stencils.

 

Fresh Cut Christmas Tree sign - A Very Farmhouse Christmas - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This sled is one of my favorite things. There’s a great story behind it and you can read about that here.

 

Christmas Tree in an Antique Sled - A Very Farmhouse Christmas Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This hutch was a project from this summer. You can see that transformation here.

 

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Playroom Decorated for Christmas - A Very Farmhouse Christmas - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Many of the things I have decorated with have come from thrift store or garage sales or I have made it myself.  It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to look beautiful. I recently shared 20 Ways to Decorate for Christmas on a Budget and you can read that here.  Next up I’ll be sharing the Christmas Tour of my Kitchen, Dining room and Mudroom so stay tuned!!

 

A Very Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Now that you’ve seen my house, continue on to Unexpected Elegance‘s blog to see their beautiful Christmas house tour!

Monday

Christina’s Adventures

A House and a Dog

Postcards From the Ridge

The Design Twins

Tuesday

Burlap Bow Decor

MisDIY Blog

My Life on Kaydeross Creek

Unexpected Elegance

Wednesday

The Rustic Life

Seeking Lavender Lane

Lehman Lane

Craftivity Designs

 

Thursday

The Hamby Home

Nesting Blissfully Interiors

Twelve on Main

 

Thank you so much for sharing some of your time with me this busy Holiday season. I hope you found some inspiration and that you have a wonderful Christmas with your friends and family!

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

Farmhouse Mudroom Organization - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Mudroom Organization – Farmhouse Style

I’m so excited to be finally share our completed Mudroom with you today! It’s been a long time coming for this mudroom organization project which we actually started in February. You can see the original build here but this is what it looked like when we started…YIKES.

 

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No where to go but up, right? First things first, we needed more light so in goes the window. It was harder than we thought it would be but so worth it.

 

Adding much needed light to the mudroom with a new window - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Now for the organization. I wanted each of us to have our own space so we built cubbies.

 

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For organizing our “stuff” I picked up some baskets to put on the shelves we planned on adding and crates to go on the bottom of the cubbies at Michaels. The baskets will, hopefully, make it easier to find hats/gloves etc. and the crates corral our shoes.  The crates were unfinished when I got them and I wanted them to be darker so I stained them with Minwax stain in Early American.

 

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The bottom of each crate is a bit rough and I worried they may scratch the cubbie so I added self adhesive chair pads to the bottoms.

 

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Mudroom Organization with cubbies - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Now that the organization part is done, it’s time for the fun part. What’s a farmhouse mudroom without a few farmhouse touches?

 

Mudroom Organization with cubbies and farmhouse touches- Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I picked up the empty window frame in someones garbage. I’m not above dumpster (or side of the road) diving. The poultry farm sign is not a sign at all but was a pleasant surprise when we pulled out the bottom of an old dresser to replace it. The dried hydrangeas are from my neighbors yard and the shoe form is just fun.

 

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I am SO in love with this egg crate basket. It’s definitely not something you see everyday. We picked it up at the Warrensburg Garage sale back in October and it goes so well in our home. The cutting board someone gave me at different garage sale. It was broken and dirty but cleaned up nice. The pitcher I got at Marshalls years ago but you can find a similar one here. You can never have too many white pitchers. 🙂

 

Farmhouse Mudroom Organization - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The stain on the crates matches the baskets and the wood flooring we used for the background.  The larger spaces underneath the shelves that the baskets sit on are perfect for big school backpacks.

 

Mudroom Organization with cubbies and farmhouse touches- Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The chalkboard on the right I picked up at a garage sale and the little gray stool underneath it is a previous project you can see here.  The EXIT arrow is from Hobby Lobby and while it’s not part of the mudroom organization, it’s quirky and unique and i love the personality it adds to the space.  The paisley rug is from Target.

 

Farmhouse Mudroom Organization and Decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

It’s hard to see the sign above the doorway on the left but you can see it better in this picture above. It’s actually the side of an old crate.

 

Farmhouse Mudroom - DIY Projects and Garage Sale Finds - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

I LOVE the way everything turned out! I think it will help us stay organized as long as I can get everyone to put their stuff where it goes. One can only hope.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and letting me share my final mudroom organization project!

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

20 Ways to Decorate for Christmas on a Budget - Thrift store buys and DIY projects help create a beautiful home for the holidays- Life on Kaydeross Creek

20 Ways to Decorate for Christmas on a Budget

Today I’m sharing 20 ways to Decorate for Christmas on a Budget. If you’ve been to my blog before, you know that I’m all about saving money on my projects for my home and it’s the same when it comes to decorating for Christmas, or any holiday. The thing is, and I can’t stress this enough, is that it’s a marathon, not a sprint. You have to build your holiday decor stash and it takes some time, energy and planning. Here’s how to do it without spending a fortune…

  1. Start shopping early. When I say early, I mean early, like the day/week after Christmas early. There are tons of sales out there but it will take some effort to dig through the messy piles of what is left over and the crowds of people. Look for things that have good bones and that go with your color scheme (more on that later). Don’t buy stuff that is so different from what you already have because no matter how cheap it is, you may not use it if it throws off your entire groove. What I mean is, if your decor is all red and green and has a woodland theme, don’t buy a blue metallic candlestick holder just because oh, it’s so shiny and pretty and it’s only a couple of bucks. Put the candlestick holder down, walk away or it will end up shoved in the back of a shelf in the basement and money wasted.

 

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2. Shop early some more. Shop garage sales in the summer.  Keep your head in the game even if the game isn’t for another 5 months. I’ve found some great stuff at garage sales including faux trees, ornaments, wreaths, leftover bows/wrapping paper, dishes, you name it. Don’t just look for Christmas specifically. look for other things you could use for Christmas decor like candlestick holders, lanterns and trays. Imagine if they were updated with paint or other embellishments for Christmas.  You can see more of my money saving garage sale tips here.

 

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3. Shop thrift stores.  Remember to shop often for the best deals because you don’t know what will be there from one day to the next. Keep an open mind, too. For example, if you see a grapevine wreath, it may not be a “Christmas” wreath necessarily but if you added some greens and pine cones from your yard, it would be. How about ornaments that you could paint or add stickers to or ribbon? How about solid red dishes, silver trays or white candles? These things aren’t specifically Christmas but can be used to create a cohesive Holiday look. How about white dishes?? Here is a great project with white plates from Thistlewood Farm.  Add a stencil and some hangers and you’re good to go…

 

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4. Utilize old decorations you may have outgrown.  Don’t throw it out, upcycle it. You have an old centerpiece that just isn’t you anymore. Take out the pieces you do like from it and combine them with that grapevine wreath I mentioned above for a new piece.  Or you have a small piece of ribbon left over that’s too small to wrap a gift. Why not wrap it around a white candle or mason jar for something new? Take out your stuff and re-think the way you have used it before or create something new from it.

 

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5. Shop at Discount stores.  There’s always HomeGoods and TJ Maxx but Walmart and Target both have great stuff, too. Try to wait for a sale.  You can save even more money with Target’s Cartwheel discount app and also %5 off with their debit card program. Sign up for emails to get a heads up on sales so you can plan ahead. Don’t forget the Dollar Store!   Check out some of these Christmas decor projects from Dollar Store finds here.

6. Use coupons. I rarely ever buy anything full price. Micheals, Hobby Lobby and AC Moore. always have sales and/or coupons and have great rewards programs as well.  Sign up for emails and they’ll also send you coupons. I just scored huge at Hobby Lobby with 80% off Fall/Halloween decor this week and 50% off Christmas stuff.

7. Bring the outdoors in. Comb through your yard for pine branches, pine cones, acorns (make sure you prepare these to get the bugs out. You can see how to do that here.) etc. If you don’t have any in your yard, as a friend, neighbor or relative.

 

Great Room Pitcher with Bells

 

8. Keep your color scheme simple and stick to it. Choose 2-3 colors and it makes it easier to mix and match from room to room and year to year. You’ll also always know what to look for when you are on your “hunts”.

 

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Here’s a good post on how to decorate with red and white for Christmas.

9. Use your everyday things. White dishes mixed with a few red ornaments goes a long way. Put some faux greens in a crock on top of a cutting board for an easy vignette. “Shop” the other rooms in your home and see what you have that may work with your color scheme.

10. Get back to basics – Simple popcorn strings or round paper chains, popsicle stick ornaments,  Vintage and “old fashioned” are back! Get the kids involved and make it a family project.

11. Craft-o-maniac. Make it yourself. – There are thousands of things on Pinterest that you can make yourself.  You just have to be careful not to take on too much and that the cost of the supplies is not more than what you can buy it for. 🙂 You can see one of my favorite projects here.

Jingle Bell Christmas Art - DIY Christmas Project - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

*You can find some great posts on Christmas crafts here.

12. Free Printables.  This one’s my favorite! There are so many of these out there now and they are just so darn cute. Simply print and frame in an inexpensive frame. (which you should also look for at those garage sales)  Here is a link to some really cute & free printables from Country Living.

I printed these two from on line and put them in inexpensive frames:

 

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Great Room Tree Picture

 

*You can also frame pretty scrapbook paper, pieces of leftover fabric, wrapping paper and the front of cards you received last year. 

13. Paint it. Have some old candlestick holders you’ve outgrown? Grab a $3.50 can of (red, green, gold, silver etc. ) spray paint and give them a Christmas makeover. Add some ribbon and your set. You could also use that same can of spray paint on an old cookie tin or an old tray or even one from the dollar store. Always think beyond what it is to what it could be.  Here is a great post from Listotic.com on how to spray paint all different kinds of things and transform them into something different.

14. Make your own throw pillows. I’ve made a few of these out of shirts I have picked up at the Salvation Army. I’ve also seen them made from kitchen towels or old sweaters. Don’t worry, no sewing necessary. Use fabric glue.  You can see my post here.

 

18 Ways to Decorate For Christmas on a Budget - Budget Friendly Decorating - Throw pillow made from a men's button down shirt - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

15. Use extra mini white lights – These can be purchase at Walmart for less than $4 for a strand and are another great bang for your buck. Use them on a your mantle, on shelf, in a crate, in a bowl or tray for a centerpiece. The soft light just adds something magical to the holidays and is a great way to decorate for Christmas on a budget.

 

Christmas Tablescape and Place Cards - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

16. Use candles. These can be picked up at discount stores and even at thrift stores. It’s a great bang for your buck because not only do candles add so much warmth and feeling to a room, they can add color and texture, too especially when you use them in groups. Don’t forget about that wonderful scent, too. Check out Hometalk for some great ideas on how to update candles.  I wrapped the candles in the picture below with scrapbook paper that had Christmas music lyrics on it.

 

Decorating for Christmas on a Budget - Life on Kaydeross Creek Farmhouse

 

17. Use Chalkboards – these are great because you probably already have one and use it everyday. Use it to decorate for Christmas (Christmas- ify it) just by changing up the picture you draw on it to a tree or wreath and hanging some ribbon or some greens around the corners.  Here are some great examples from Clean & Scentsible.

 

20 Ways to Decorate for Christmas on a Budget - christmas-chalkboard - DIY Budget friendly Christmas Decor Ideas - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

18. Decorate with books and book pages.  You may have an old box of books in your basement or you can find inexpensive books at thrift stores and garage sales (add that to your hunt list) Here are some great ways to utilize the books and/or their pages from BookBub Blog.

 

Great ways to decorate with books for Christmas - 20 Ways to decorate for Christmas on a Budget - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

20 Ways tp Decorate for Christmas on a Budget with DIY projects and garage sale finds - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

19. Swap items with friends. Maybe your not into that gold wreath anymore but your friend is or you have too many red ornaments and she has too many green. Work something out to swap some stuff and you both can breath new life into your collection.

 

Decorating for Christmas on a Budget - Life on Kaydeross Creek Farmhouse

 

20. Take care of what you do have. Keep your stuff stored carefully in the off season.  Wrap delicate items in paper. I re-use the plastic bags from the grocery store to cushion the bottom of the plastic bin . It’s a great way to recycle them and helps keep breakables safe. I label each bin on the outside by taping a plastic sleeve to it and inserting a piece of paper with what is inside so I can find things easier when I go to decorate next time.

 

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So there you have it. Start early, make a plan and stick to it and you’ll have a beautifully decorated home for the Holidays that doesn’t break the bank. Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll visit again  to check out my full Christmas home tour coming in a couple of weeks where I’ll share some of the ways I use these ideas to decorate my home.

 

20 Ways to Decorate for Christmas on a Budget - Thrift store buys and DIY projects help create a beautiful home for the holidays- Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

 

 

 

Countdown to Christmas Project - Trash to Treasure Project - Life on Kaydeross Creek- Budget Friendly Christmas Decor

DIY Countdown to Christmas Board

I don’t know about you, but in our house, the kids are so excited about Santa coming that it’s all about the countdown to Christmas now! I’m so glad you’re here today because I’m sharing my latest project to help the kids keep track of exactly how many  more sleeps they have until Santa makes his magical visit. It’s also one of my favorite kind of projects, the budget friendly, trash to treasure kind, and it’s also part of a Holiday version of a trash to treasure blog hop with some other lovely bloggers sharing their projects as well.

My project started when I picked up this little gem at a thrift store over the summer for the unbelievable price of only $1. Lucky for me, I think they were just inundated with stuff and were trying to get rid of it. It’s not something that I would use “as is” but I liked the chalkboard part and shape and thought I could use it in a some way so I tucked it away for a future project.

 

Countdown to Christmas Trash to Treasure Project - Life on Kaydeross Creek Upcycle

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Fast forward to November and the perfect project came up – creating our Countdown to Christmas board. Here’s how I did it.

What you’ll need:

I started by giving it a really good sanding with the palm sander to remove the letters at the top and the shiny layer on the wood. Then I painted it with creamy white chalk paint made with plaster of Paris. I used almost a dry brush technique (not a lot of paint on the brush) because I wanted it to be a bit muted and rustic.

 

Countdown to Christmas Trash to Treasure Project - Life on Kaydeross Creek Upcycle

 

The chalkboard was in decent shape but the person who had it before used some kind of industrial strength chalk and I couldn’t get it off completely so I gave it another coat of chalkboard paint using a foam brush. The foam brush leaves a more smooth finish than a regular brush. Luckily, the back came off and it was SO much easier to do this than I thought.

 

Countdown to Christmas Trash to Treasure Project - Life on Kaydeross Creek Upcycled Christmas Decor

 

When the chalkboard paint was dry it seemed like it was missing something so I decided to paint a stripe around the edge. I used painters tape to make lines around the sides to add some interest to the center and give it some color.

 

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I also wanted to cover up the little “chef” on the end so I used a piece of scrapbook paper that would match the red of the lines and eventually the color I would use for the wording. I placed the paper on the board and gently bent it around the edges so I would know where to cut it. I cut out the shape and used spray adhesive to adhere it.

 

Countdown to Christmas Trash to Treasure Project - Life on Kaydeross Creek Upcycle

 

So far, so good.  Now on to the countdown part. I used a stencil to add the “Days til Christmas” on the top. To keep it straight I used a ruler to make a faint pencil line evenly across the bottom. I highly recommend this so you don’t get half way through and realize the entire thing is slanted. Not that it happened to me,  just sayin’. It’s a good thing the paint didn’t dry very fast. 🙂

Countdown to Christmas Trash to Treasure Project - Life on Kaydeross Creek Upcycled Christmas project

 

So I stenciled the “Days til Christmas” on and forgot to take the picture as I was doing it, sorry.  Anyhoo,  it seemed too clean and new when I put it all back together. Since I really wanted to this piece to have an antique feel, I used the palm sander around the entire piece to let some of the raw wood show through and then applied Distress ink with a clean cotton rag over the entire thing to get a warn,  antique-y feel.

 

Countdown to Christmas Project - Trash to Treasure Project - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

You need chalk if you are going to record the number of days so I tied a piece of chalk to the back with twine and for a bit more embellishment added the wooden stars to the end in front of the scrapbook paper.

 

Countdown to Christmas Project - Trash to Treasure Project - Life on Kaydeross Creek- Budget Friendly Christmas Decor

 

Countdown to Christmas Project - Trash to Treasure Project - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Countdown to Christmas Project - Trash to Treasure - Upcycle - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So that’s it. Super cute and fairly easy to do and definitely budget friendly! Please check out the other lovely bloggers to get some inspiration for other Christmas trash to treasure projects below.

Thanks again for stopping by. How do you countdown to Christmas?

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

Life on Kaydeross Creek Farmhouse Fall Home Tour 2016

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour 2016

I’m thrilled today to finally be able to share my Fall home tour with you all!! It’s my absolute favorite time of year up in the Northeast with the crisp air and beautiful colors. If you’re at all like me however, as the days are growing shorter, time is flying by, especially with the kid’s busy fall schedules. It’s taken some time to get here but better late than never, right? So, come on in…

 

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour - Making an entrance - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This Fall Home Tour is all about warm texture, layering old and new pieces and adding small pops of color. I kept the entryway pretty simple and left the milking stool the same, (you can see that project here) and just added some fall touches with the pumpkins from our garden.

 

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour Entryway - Natural Elements and texture create a warm space - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The foyer opens right up into our family room and my favorite part of the house. The mantel is always fun to decorate but a bit of a challenge with the height. I love the color and texture the hydrangeas add to the space mixed with the blue and grey of the stone and the browns of the sifting screen which I picked up in Brimfield. I try to bring something in from the outdoors throughout the year not only because it’s plentiful but mostly because it’s FREE. Books are a go to for height and in this case I used black for balance.

 

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour - Natural Element - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I made the Gather sign from an old sign I picked up at a thrift store for $1. It just needed a good cleaning and a couple coats of paint. I created a stencil using Microsoft Word by printing the letters on card stock and then cutting them out with an Exacto knife. Tedious but effective.

Before:

How to create fall farmhouse decor from a thrift store find. - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

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Farmhouse Fall Home Tour Stone Fireplace. Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The Family room is the center of our home.  When you come down the stairs in the morning you see the trees and sky outside and I love the way the neutral decor blends in with the outdoors.

 

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour with layers of texture and pops of color - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I also love mixing new and old pieces. I found this round screen at Brimfield on my last trip and used it as a tray on the coffee table. I also found the pulley at Brimfield and added it with the candlestick from Target and the woven pumpkin and pillows are from Homegoods.

 

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour - layering old pieces with new creates a unique space. Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

You can see the mix of old and new here as well. The antique camera I got at a garage sale and I made the key art which you can see here. The October saying is a printable I found on line.

 

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour - Natural Elements, layers and pops of color - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour - Natural Elements and layering creates a warm space - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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I love the way the orange pops against the gray walls in the dining room.

 

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour - Dining room centerpiece - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I didn’t include any vignettes from the kitchen because that is another project coming soon with some inexpensive updates I have to share. Also coming up is some fun projects for the outdoors. Speaking of outdoors, one of my favorite spots on the property, the Adirondack bridge. You can see that project here.

 

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour 2016 - Our Adirondack Bridge in the fall. Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

And lastly a view from the driveway…

 

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour 2016 - Welcome - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I hope you enjoyed the Farmhouse Fall Home Tour today.  Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you’ll stay tuned for some fun projects coming soon. 🙂

Happy DIY’ing!

Colleen

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Life on Kaydeross Creek Farmhouse Fall Home Tour 2016

Fall DIY Projects - Create unique and budget friendly fall decor projects with one plaid shirt. The banner is so cute!

Budget Friendly Fall DIY Projects

Today a few of my blogger friends and I are bringing you some trash to treasure Fall DIY projects.  I LOVE fall and I definitely love a good upcycle! Usually I like to rescue a thrift store piece of furniture but this time I went with a fabric project.  The fabric started out as a boys plaid shirt and I paid a whopping $1 to turn it into 3 budget friendly Fall DIY Projects. This post contains affiliate links, see my full disclosure here.

 

Trash to Treasure Fall Decor Blog Hop

 

So for these projects I picked up this plaid shirt for, no joke, $1 at my favorite go-to thrift store. I love the orange and blue in this plaid.  Once I washed it and laid it out, I broke down how I would use it to make the most of the fabric.

Fall DIY Project - Plaid Shirt becomes three budget friendly fall craft projects

I started with the pumpkin. What you’ll need:

I had a pumpkin that I had picked up at the Dollar Store last year and planned to wrap it in the fabric. I cut the arm off of the shirt and then down the seam to open it up.

I removed the plastic stem and placed the pumpkin on the fabric and cut the piece in a circle around the pumpkin so it just came up to the top. I cut out a triangle shape on one side so that when you wrap the pumpkin it doesn’t bunch up too much.

 

Fall DIY Project - How to turn and old shirt into three different projects. A great way to make one of a kind pieces for your fall decor.

 

I laid it out and sprayed the pumpkin with spray adhesive. I started by pulling the fabric up to the pumpkin with the shortest piece in the “V” first and then little by little folding a bit here and there.  I tried to get the fabric in the groves as much as possible.

The spray adhesive works great but where it didn’t stick at the top and in between the layers of fabric, I touched it up with the trusty glue gun. Then I took a large pair of scissors and opened up the whole where the plastic stem had been to make room for the twig.  I finished it off with some twine.

 

Fall DIY Project - Pumpkin made from a plaid shirt. A great way to use an old shirt and create cute fall decor on a budget.

 

The next project was the book cover. What you’ll need:

I started by cutting out the back of the shirt and leaving about an inch all the way around the book.  I placed the book on top of the fabric open so that the fabric covered all sides. I cut notches where the binding is but left about 1/4 of an inch to tuck into the cover. The I started by using the hot glue gun on the sides.  I trimmed up the sides where there was extra fabric so that it wouldn’t bunch.

 

Fall DIY Projects - Plaid covered Book. A great way to use an old, unworn shirt and create unique fall decor pieces. Budget friendly too!

 

It doesn’t really matter what the inside looks like because you’ll never see it. It is important, though, not to pull the fabric too tight or the pattern will be off on the edge of the book and the book will not sit flat.

 

Fall DIY Project - Covered Book

 

The third Fall DIY project, the FALL pennant, took a bit longer.  What you’ll need:

I started by using the card stock to cut a pattern for the pennant pieces. I used the marker to trace around the pattern on the fabric making sure to place it in a way to make the most use of the space.

 

Fall DIY Project - Pieces of an old plaid shirt are used to create a Fall pennant. What a great way to utilize and unworn shirt and create cute and unique fall decor. Budget friendly too!

 

I cut out the pieces and broke out the stencils. I used regular craft paint for the letters.

 

Fall DIY Projects - Stencils are used to spell out FALL on this cute pennant. What a great way to utilize this unworn shirt and create budget friendly, one of a kind fall decor.

 

Once the pieces were dry, I lined them up on a long piece of twine and attached them at the top using the glue gun.  I made sure to separate them evenly about an inch or so. I left enough twine at both ends to tie it in place.

 

Fall DIY Projects - Stencils are used to spell out FALL on this cute pennant. What a great way to utilize this unworn shirt and create budget friendly, one of a kind fall decor.

 

So three projects made with one shirt that cost $1.

 

Fall DIY Projects - Three crafts made from one shirt. A great way to add unique fall decor to your home on a budget.

 

 

Fall DIY Projects - Three crafts made from one shirt. A great way to add unique fall decor to your home on a budget.

 

 

Fall DIY Projects - Create unique and budget friendly fall decor projects with one plaid shirt. The banner is so cute!

 

Fall DIY Projects - Create unique and budget friendly fall decor projects with one plaid shirt. The banner is so cute!

 

 

Fall DIY Projects - How to create three fall projects from one button down shirt. Unique, budget friendly fall decor.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Happy DIY’ing!

Desk organizer final product - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge – Desk Organization

I’m back today with my favorite kind of project – thrift store finds transformed and this one is all about desk organization! I’ve paired up with a group of talented ladies to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create a new home decor piece from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild!

Thrift Store DecorUpcycle Challenge

Amanda | The Kolb Corner     Chelc | Inside the Fox Den     Erlene | My Pinterventures

Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main     Debra | Shoppe No. 5

Shirley | Intelligent Domestications     Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized

Michelle | Our Crafty Mom     Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek

Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things     Sherry | Savvy Apron

Ann | Duct Tape and Denim     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars

Megan | C’mon Get Crafty     Jennifer | Hydrangea Hippo

You can also follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!


I have been thinking about updating my daughter’s room a bit and part of that is trying to do something fun with her desk to help organize her art supplies. It just so happens that I came across these 2 quirky desk organizers at separate garage sales recently for a grand total of just $3.  Right idea, wrong decor style. 

Desk Organizers Before - Life on Kaydeross Creek

So the trick was to make them into something my daughter would like and that looked cute in the space. First order of business was to give them a good coat of paint. I planned on distressing them so I used brown satin spray paint first so that when I distressed the top coat, the brown would show through.

First coat of paint

Next I gave them a coat of creamy white chalk paint made with plaster of Paris.

Upcycled Desk Organizer Life on Kaydeross Creek

To get the farmhouse look I wanted I sanded down the edges and corners here there. I wanted to add a bit of her personality to each piece so I broke out a stencil I picked up at Michael’s. It has all of these cute little sayings on it which were perfect. You can also buy it here.

Upcycled Desk Organizer - Life on Kaydeross Creek

I used craft paint for the stencils and mixed up a pretty blue to match her room. I randomly spaced the words out over the piece alternating shapes and sizes. With the little one I simply added her first initial. I love the way it came out!

Desk organizer final product - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Upcycled desk organizer - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Upcycled Desk Organizer - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Upcycled Desk Organizer - Life on Kaydeross Creek

It’s amazing how a coat of paint can tie two pieces together and create a quick and inexpensive project that adds some personality to my daughters room. I still need to update the collage and the shelves a bit so stay tuned for a few more projects!

Happy DIY’ing!

Colleen Life on Kaydeross Creek


Be sure to check out all of the other creative upcycle projects my fellow bloggers have come up with!