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A Gift Guide for the Beginner DIY Diva - Life on Kaydeross Creek

A Gift Guide For The Beginner DIY Diva

Hi Friends! I can’t believe there are only 6 more weeks until Christmas! It’s right about now that my husband starts asking me what I would like and I always struggle a bit with an answer. I’m not into jewelry and I’m certainly no clothes horse because I work from home and I’m in my sweats most days. I don’t like to cook so I can’t even ask for new pots and pans. Other than a bottle of cinnamon whiskey, or maybe new furniture ;), I’m stumped.

So what do you get the girl who likes to craft, create, paint and even build stuff? Here’s my gift guide with some of the things that I would suggest (and may ask for myself) for the beginner DIY DIVA.

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  1. A quality glue gun

    These come in handy for so many different types of projects! You can check out some of my projects where I used one HERE. No, they are not all created equal.

    It’s worth spending a little extra for one that will last longer.

 

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2. Safety first

A good pair of safety glasses, a mask and rubber gloves can save the day. From stripping furniture and sanding to staining, make sure to protect your skin and eyes.  Put it all in a gift basket with a gift card to her favorite craft/supply store and she’ll be thrilled!

3. A palm sander

I’ve used this on all of my furniture makeovers and if you’re doing any type of furniture flip/paint project, you need one of these. They’re easy to maneuver, can be used to help remove stubborn layers of paint as well as smooth surfaces to get them ready for new paint or stain.

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4. Cricut Machine

This I am asking for. 🙂 Full disclosure, I’ve never used one but I’m looking forward to trying something new. You can make so many things with these but mostly I want to make signs with different fonts and shapes.  The possibilities are endless.

 

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5. Your own tool bag.  (and it helps if it’s FULL of tools!)

My husband got this for me for Christmas a few years ago. MY VERY OWN TOOL BAG, yay!  I don’t have to go pawing through the basement to look for anything. It has EVERYTHING you would need for a small project including a tape measure, hammer, screw drivers and pliers.  It’s perfect for hanging pictures and signs, building a small shelf, making a wreath, or any number of other projects. I especially love the plastic container for all of my fasteners, screws and anchors. Everything is all on one place.

Gift Guide for the DIY Diva - Tool Bag - Life on Kaydeross Creek6. A cutting mat

The  best way to protect the surface of your table while cutting with an Exacto knife is with this cutting mat. It’s great for when I’m cutting scrap book paper for projects or fabric.

 

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7.  A cordless drill/driver

Whether it’s hanging one picture, creating an entire gallery or taking hardware on and off a piece of furniture, you’ll need one of these for a ton of projects.

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8. Stud finder

If you’re hanging a heavy picture or a shelf, you’ll need one of these. It helps locate the studs in the wall so you know where (or not) to hang something on the wall.  It could save you a lot of time spackling and repainting. 🙂

 

 

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9. Laser level

This comes in handy especially if you are working by yourself or if your measuring large spaces.

 

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10. Quality angled paint brush

Again, it’s worth spending the money on one that will last. I keep a some on hand for paint and some for stain.

 

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11. Heavy Duty Stapler

These are great for those upholstery projects. You can see where I used it on a thrift store stool makeover or on an ottoman I made out of an old crate.

 

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12. How-To Books

Books should be on every gift guide and home improvement, craft or how-to books would be great for new ideas and inspiration as well as instructions on new projects. My husband got me the Magnolia Story last Christmas and it was a nice surprise.

Tip: He said the one thing he wished he had done was to write something in it for encouragement. I probably would have cried. 🙂

13. Organization

I love my plastic bins. I sort everything out so I know where it is by category. I.E. craft paints, stamps, picture hanging supplies, paint brushes, scrapbook paper etc. It’s great to have it all in one place when you need it.

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14. Gift cards to her favorite stores 🙂

No gift guide would be complete without these. Whether it’s Michaels, Target, Home Depot or Lowe’s, she’ll be sure to find something she loves.

So whether you’re trying to give friends and family some ideas for Christmas gifts for you or you need something for the DIY Diva in your life, these are the things that I find the most helpful since I started DIY projects.  Now, I’m off to update my Christmas list.

Happy Holidays to you and your family from all of us at Life on Kaydeross Creek!!

Col

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14 Creative Ways to Display Flowers

Hey everyone! We took a little break last week for some much needed family time and now we’re trying to soak up every last bit of these summer days. I’m trying to keep things simple and that means with decorating, too. One easy and inexpensive way to brighten any room is by adding a pretty bouquet of flowers. They make me happy especially when displayed in unexpected ways. So today I thought I would share 14 creative ways to display flowers that make an big impact.

Think outside the vase!

#1. Vintage Tins or Canisters

With so many sizes and colors to choose from, this is a farmhouse favorite.

 

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#2. Dishes

Break out the saucers and cups or gravy boats.

 

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#3. Old Trophies

How about in a beautiful antique trophy? I love the patina and shape of this one from 12th and White.

 

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Faded Charm

#4. Glass Bottles

These are classic whether grouped together…

 

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Or by themselves…

 

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Pinerest

 

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Or different colors…

 

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#5. Suitcases or Trunks

How about in a suitcase. Who would have thought?? How clever!

 

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Junk Market Style

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#6. Wooden boxes or Crates

Truly are farmhouse favorite!

 

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#7. Tin Cans or Buckets

 

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#8 Tea & Coffee Pots

 

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#9. Fruits and Vegetables

Creative ways with food…

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#10. Kitchen Gadgets

Do you have an old colander ?

 

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#11. Baskets

 

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#12. Crocks

 

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#13. Old Tool Boxes

Functional and pretty!

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#13. Watering Cans

 

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#14. Embellished White Pitchers

Of course my very favorite way to display flowers is with one of my white farmhouse pitchers.  To add another layer, simply add embellishments to the outside.

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TIP: I find the most amazing flowers at my local grocery store. They are 3 small bouquets for $15 and I mix in faux to make them go even further. Can you tell which ones above are faux?

So whether you use real or faux flowers, why not think outside the vase and create something unique for your home? What’s your favorite way to display flowers?

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

A colorful DIY alternative to a front door wreath - upcyle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

A Colorful DIY Alternative for a Front Door Wreath

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a great week and enjoying your summer so far. Today’s project is an easy thrift store upcycle and a twist on the old front door wreath.  It’s a fun way to welcome your guests with added color and personality, besides yours, of course. 🙂   This post contains affiliate links. See my full disclosure here

 

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.

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Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Kim | Made in a Day Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    Pili | Sweet Things

Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay    Sue | A Purdy Little House

Kimm | Reinvented    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim    Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home

Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Toni | Small Home Soul     Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela

 Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    Marie | DIY Adulation    Chelsea | Making Manzanita

Michelle | Michelle James Designs     Denise | My Thrifty House    Sara | Twelve on Main

Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Chelc | Inside the Fox Den

Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek    Florence | Vintage Southern Picks

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The idea.

I have a few wreaths I like to use on our front door throughout the seasons and I have even made a few which you can see here and here.  For summer, though, I was in the mood to change it up a bit.

Do you ever feel like that?  Just want to do something different for a change?

It just so happens,  I was fortunate enough to find this old basket on one of my thrifty outings for a whopping $1.99. I’ve been super into bright pink flowers lately and as soon as I saw it I could picture pretty pink flowers on our front porch popping off the gray door and green siding.

 

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Front door wreath alternative supplies:

  • half basket/ thrift store basket
  • spray paint
  • burlap
  • spray adhesive
  • stencils
  • stencil brush
  • craft paint
  • upholstery tacks
  • faux flowers

 

Getting Started

I gave it a good cleaning with a little water and dish detergent.  Once it was dry, I broke out the white spray paint because I wasn’t crazy about what felt like a dated brown color.

 

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Oh gosh, no, the white did not work for me at all. Something about it just seemed too forced or springy or too toddler bicycle basket.  Honestly, sometimes a plan doesn’t always work out.

Plan B

Since I was going for a more farmhouse-y feel, I broke out the Oil Rubbed Bronze color I adore instead.

 

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Ah, much better. It just seemed more crisp and clean than the original brown.

From here I wanted to add some color. I decided to add a layer of burlap for contrast with a welcome stencil in pink. The burlap is not always easy to cut and with this one, I had to cut it at a bit of an angle to taper with the shape of the basket.

 

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For the paint, I used a mix of different color craft paints to get a red-ish pink that seemed happy to me. I applied it with my stencil brush. Easy peasy.

 

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When it was dry,  I sprayed the back of the burlap with the adhesive spray and centered it on the basket. For added interest, I used a hot glue gun to adhere upholstery tacks in the corners. I’ve used these before in my faux vintage suitcase project which was another thrift store upcycle.

 

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I tied a piece of burlap in a circle and used it to hang the basket on the door. As it was hanging, I placed the faux flowers I had picked up at Michaels inside until I had something I liked. The nice part is the flowers are not permanent so I can use them again in the house or use different ones in the basket.

The result.

An easy, DIY  alternative to your usual front door wreath to welcome family and friends.

 

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A colorful DIY alternative to a front door wreath - upcyle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Do you have something fun or out of the ordinary on your door or an idea for something different? Whatever it is you’re working on, I’d love to hear about it.

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

 


And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!

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…

 

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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.

 

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I picked out this pretty scrapbook paper in those colors.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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:

 

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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.

 

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Then build up and out.

 

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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:

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

 

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.

 

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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…

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

 

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So, much, storage….

 

 

And other cool stuff…

 

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

 

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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.

 

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Then we got these farmhouse goodies…

 

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

 

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I’ve got big plans for this bad boy!

 

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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.

The key is in mixing the old pieces in with the right new ones. To keep it modern, I like to have both.

A few pieces found a home on my favorite antique hutch.

 

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

 

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A few ended up on our Industrial shelf…

 

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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.

 

 

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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:

 

 

 

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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

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Budget Friendly Art – Compliments of Mother Nature

“In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous” – Aristotle.  Wow Col, that’s deep for a Thursday.  Kinda,  but have you ever thought of using some of that free beauty to decorate your home? Why not grab your phone or good ole’ fashioned camera and create some budget friendly art? It’s all in the eye of the beholder.

 

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One of the things we really enjoy doing as a family is spending time at our camp up in the Adirondacks. It’s a quiet, peaceful place with no internet or cell phone reception.  With no distractions, it’s the one place I’m able to truly relax and can really be in the moment. I can look around outside and take the time to appreciate the beautiful colors of the brown and white bark of the trees mixed with green moss,  the canopy of leaves against the blueberry sky and listen to my kids play. It’s heaven.

 

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I love taking pictures of the kids making memories especially when we’re there with their Grandparents.  The last few times I found myself taking pictures of the landscape like those things I mentioned above. Weird knots on trees, rock piles on the bank of the creek and a rusty old cart used for collecting wood – all because of the color and texture and, I know this is strange, but the quietness of it. The “blueberry” sky…

 

Blue sky through the trees

 

So on a walk awhile back I decided to take the camera and see what I could find on our property. Turns out there were lots of cool things to photograph. I even found a new project, the Fixer Upper inspired wall art, while doing it.  Come on, look at those colors!

 

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Here’s our big man on campus, our rooster, and one of the ladies

 

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The Bridge we built last year. You can see that project HERE.

 

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Our old tractor…

 

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So after finding what I thought was some cool stuff to take pictures of at our house, I played around with them and printed some out and made a wall collage. What’s better than free or at least cheap art? I used a FREE  program called Picasa to adjust the color and size. You can create so many different things with this but I wanted to create a more antique feel so I used the “sepia” tint.  It’s kind of black an white but not so harsh…

 

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There are a million different ways to print pictures these days but I used Walmart.com and had each printed in a 5 x 7 size. It cost me $7 to do it in one hour photo and I picked up 4 frames at Michael’s for $10 each (with the mats). I would have preferred to do a DIY project and spray paint some thrift store frames but after quite a bit of time looking for just the right ones, I decided that it was  worth time and the money to buy them.  Anyway, here they all are in the collage…

 

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You can see the Industrial shelf project HERE and the Faux Vintage Suitcase project HERE.

Take a few minutes to really look around outside and you’ll be surprised by what you can find.  You could also go to your town park or into your city and take some cool pictures of the architecture. I’m sure once you look around you’ll start to notice the unique things around you. Look for texture, color, cool shadows or simply things that speak to you.

Why not take advantage of your surroundings to create something pretty for your home? This budget friendly art cost less than $50 and 2 peaceful hours outside in the warm sunshine. That’s a price I would pay for some unique art any day. Wouldn’t you?

Here’s to budget friendly art projects and the marvelous beauty of nature!

Happy DIY’ing!

Colleen Life on Kaydeross Creek

5 easy and inexpensive ways to decorate with old books - Life on Kaydeross Creek

5 Easy Ways to Upcycle and Decorate with Vintage Books

One of my favorite ways to add color, texture and height when I am decorating my home is to use old books. I find them at the salvation army and thrift stores for like $1 or less so they are crazy budget friendly, too.  You can use them stacked like I’ve done on this painted hutch or create something totally different with a little creativity.

 

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On this industrial shelf I used books to add depth and texture by stacking some facing forward mixed with some turned backward.  You can see the industrial shelf project here and the suitcase project here.

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Here are 5 easy and inexpensive ways to decorate with books that add even more personality to your space.

  1. Wrap it up  –  Remember back in the day when kids covered their text books with paper grocery bags?  Who knew the idea would be on Pinterest some day? Whether it’s good old fashioned brown paper, wrapping paper, scrapbook paper,  drawer liner, burlap or other fabric, you can use it to wrap books to create something totally unique for your home.

Here are some books wrapped in scrapbook paper.  So pretty for spring!

 

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Elderberry Street

These books wrapped in Script paper are so pretty and would be beautiful during the holidays.

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French Hen Farm

 These books covered in wrapping paper would make such a pretty display at Christmas.

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Romancing the Home

For fall,  I wrapped one in a thrift store plaid shirt. You can see that project here.

 

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How pretty are these books wrapped in beautiful fabric?? What a great way to add color to a space.

 

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What a cute idea to cover them in maps.

 

5 easy and inexpensive ways to upcycle and decorate with old books

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2. Paint it – Painting the outside of the books allows you to create whatever you want. Here they used chalk paint for a more weathered look.

 

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Knick of Time

 

5 easy ways to upcycle and decorate with vintage books

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Why not try chalkboard paint? You can change it out for any room or any season.

 

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These books from the Savvy Apron are beautifully painted with metallic paint.

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3. Go naked – If you have some books that aren’t in great shape and maybe the covers are just too gone to save, why not take them off?  They are farmhouse pretty tied with twine or fabric.

Here they are neatly tied in bundles from My Sweet Savannah.

 

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Make an even bigger impact with a bunch of bundles grouped together. I love the warmth of the brown and white. This is perfect for winter decor mixed with greens.

 

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4. Tie it all together – ribbon, twine, torn fabric or rope make pretty statements tied around old books. I’m in LOVE with this look with an old belt from Knick of Time.  You may see this in my home soon 🙂

 

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5. Embellish – You can add even more personality with dried flowers , feathers, old keys, vintage post cards and antique jewelry to name a few things.

  

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5. Go monochromatic – You can add beautiful color and character to a room with colorful, rustic vintage books.

 

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Whether you try one of these creative ideas or combine a couple of them, it’s a great way to add something unique and petty to any room in your home.   I have a few of these projects line up and will share soon. Which one(s) will you try?

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Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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Decorating with Garage Sale Finds – Tips to Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck!

Hey there, Happy Monday! The weather this weekend was perfect for not only those outdoor projects we’ve been trying to get to but for my favorite weekend sport – garage sale-ing. I love hitting up garage/yard sales for great finds for my home. It’s the thrill of the hunt!! You can’t beat the prices and cool garage sale finds can make for great projects to create something unique for your home on a budget.

The trick to making the most of these sales or your visit to your favorite thrift store, is to know what to look for and what to avoid and, of course, to be prepared. Today I’d like to share a few tips with you to help you get the biggest bang for your buck as well as make the most of your time.

First Things First!

BE PREPARED: If you are going to multiple garage sales in a neighborhood, flea market or antique fair, bring a tote bag or backpack to carry your small buys. You should also bring a water bottle, tissues (if there are porta-potties), hand sanitizer and baby wipes. The baby wipes can be used to clean things off your hands but also to clean off a piece that may have a layer of grime on it so you can see it better. I usually pack a small snack, too (you need to keep up your strength for the long haul and wouldn’t want to be hangry while you’re dickering 🙂 ). Don’t forget a tape measure.

Look through the stuff you already have so you know what you DON’T NEED.  For instance, I really don’t need any more trays. Even if you find something that is $1 you are still wasting money if you already have 10 others and it will just end up in a pile in your basement. Stay away from the trays, Col!

Keep a running list of what you do need/want. If I see projects on Pinterest that I want to try, something in a catalog that I want to attempt to knock off or something cool someone used to decorate with on another blog, I keep a list and just add to it here and there.

Bring measurements with you of the things you are searching for. You don’t want to be guesstimating this and end up spending money on something you don’t need and don’t have space for. “I think it will fit.” 5 words you don’t want to say when there is no return policy.

 

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Wear the right shoes! I would recommend shoes with a closed toe. If it’s rained the few days prior it could still be muddy and there are always things stacked on the ground you could slam your foot into.

Check the weather ahead of time. Wear the right clothes. Layer if you’re not sure.

Make sure you have small bills. The last thing someone wants to do first thing in the morning is break your $20.

Map it out. If you are going around your area, map out a path to take so that you are not back tracking.  That way you’ll make the most of your time.

When you’re ready to shop:

First, as you’re looking, make sure that item that catches your eye is clean. A little bit of dirt can be washed off but if it’s stained and you’re not sure about getting it clean, skip it. You have to judge if the amount of work that has to go into it is worth the cheap price. The same goes with the smell. I purchased this dresser at a local thrift store and really didn’t pay attention to the smell and battled it for weeks trying to get it out. It turned out really pretty but it was about 12 hours (or more) worth of work…

 

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Make sure the furniture has good “bones”. It should be sturdy. A couple of lose nails is one thing but if it’s completely falling apart, skip it unless you have some good woodworking skills (or your husband does :))  Again, what is your time worth? Also, it may be more expensive to actually fix it if you need parts.

Don’t buy something just because it’s cheap Know what you will do with it. I try to go through each room in my head to picture where it would live and if I can’t I don’t buy it.

Go in with a creative mind. Try not to look at something for what it is but, instead, picture it for what it could be. Think outside the box, lamp, vase, frame…you get the idea. Remember, you can pretty much paint anything.

When you’re ready to pay, don’t be afraid to dicker a little bit, people expect it. Remember, you get more flies with sugar…be nice and respectful.  Go into it with a price you are willing to pay in your head. However, some people are more attached to things than they realize so don’t be offended if they want more than you are willing to pay.  If it is, simply say thank you and walk away.

One last tip, after I purchase my goodies and put them in the car, I always go back for one more walk around if it’s doable because you never know what you may have missed. Who knows? They might bring more stuff out!

What to look for:

I like to shop for these items because they can be used in any room, for any season or can be painted to match your décor:

  1. Candlestick holders – these are great for decorating any time of year and can easily be switched out from room to room if you get bored. Don’t shy away if it’s not the right color as you can always spray paint them. Look for a cool shape and size.
  2. Picture frames – you can always use these and again spray paint is your friend. I use these for pictures, of course, but they can also be used in collages,  for chalkboards and I recently made a tray from one. You can see that project here.

 

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3. Wood Furniture – I like to look for small pieces like chairs or small dressers because they’re flexible to use in different rooms and they are easy to paint. Make sure it is “solid”.

Here is a night stand I picked up for $5 which I updated for my daughters room.  A couple of coats of chalk paint and a new handle is all it needed.

 

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4. White dishes – these are great to use for any season. You can use them to decorate with using a plate rack or in addition to what you already have layered on a table in a pretty tablescape.  I always look for white serving dishes too. They’re great for holidays and parties.

5. Pitchers – these are my favorite because they are great for decorating with or can actually be used for drinks. I like to use them for flowers or group them together for a display. Don’t pass them by if they are the wrong color because spray paint works on just about everything. Here is one that I picked up at a garage sale for just $1 and transformed with paint. You can see the project here.

 

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Upcycled Pitcher - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

6. Wooden Crates – these are great for storage and decorating. I used a large one to make an ottoman which you can see here.

 

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7. Baskets – again, great for storage and decorating

8. Trays – these are great for decorating and using when you are entertaining. You can see how I transformed one I picked up for $1 here.

 

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9. Vases – glass or solid – are great for decorating in any room. – Don’t worry about the ugly pattern or color, just look for the right size and shape. I’ll say it again, spray paint, spray paint, spray paint.

Here I used 2 glass vases I picked up for a few bucks and combined them with books on my mantle…

 

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10. Books – I love decorating with old books and new books. They add visual interest, color and height to any display.

11. Old Windows – These can be used for picture frames or are pretty by themselves leaned up against the wall on a shelf with a pretty wreath.

12. Holiday decorations – extra Christmas lights, ornaments, ceramic bunnies. You can find lots of cute inexpensive decorations at yard sales. Just make sure you have a plan to store the extra stuff.

My Score last Saturday, garage sale finds all for $15!!

 

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So, who’s ready for some thrifing? I hope you find some great stuff on your next adventure and you get the biggest bang for your buck!

Happy DIY’ing!

Colleen Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

 

 

 

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Spring Mantel Collage

Farmhouse Spring Mantel on a Budget

Spring is right around the corner and even though I heard there is a slight chance we may be getting a bit of snow next week, I’m still in Spring mode. There is nothin’ stoppin’ me now. I’ve already pulled out all the spring decor and have finished most of the house. I gave you a bit of a peak last time when I revealed a spring wreath I made and I will definitely share more next time.  Today is all about decorating a Spring mantel on a budget! Farmhouse style that is 🙂

My feeling is there’s no reason to spend a ton of money on any decor really. Sure, there are times I may splurge on something I really want but generally I like the challenge of making it look good on the cheap, so here goes..

 

Sprint Mantel on a Budget

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1. Twine Memory Board – about $2 – I made this out of a frame I picked up at a thrift store for $1 and some twine. It was really simple to do by cris-crossing the twine and then securing with a staple gun. I also added the little burlap flowers to the bottom corner.

 

Spring Mantel Frames

 

2. Glass vases in metal holders – these were a steal!!! I scooped them up at a thrift store for $1 for the small one and $2 for the bigger one. The cool part, I already had a large one at home which I got for $4.  You can find something similar here.

 

Spring Mantel Bottles

 

3. Brown 4 pane window frame – was a gift from my awesome brother. (thanks Jamie!) One of the pieces of glass had fallen out so I just removed them all. I actually like it better that way!

4. Big white-washed frame – this I picked up for $5 at a thrift store – the same one I got the bottles at. That’s more than I usually spend but it’s pretty big so it was worth it.

5. Books – Again, I got these from my favorite thrift spot for $.50 each. I love decorating with books because they add height and can add color and texture as well. They can also be a great conversation piece.

 

Spring Mantel Glass Vases

 

6. White vase – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love, love, love white vases. Pretty, versatile, functional. I picked this one up at HomeGoods for 12.99 and use it ALL the time!

7.  White flower pot – I bought these to make a silverware caddy last summer and had a few left over. They were .50 each. It was your basic terracotta pot that I spray painted white and added a moss ball I’ve had to the top, So easy.

 

Spring Mantel Vase

 

8. This was probably my biggest splurge. These faux flower branches came from Michaels and are so realistic. Of course, I used a coupon or bought them on sale so they were 4.99 each. I couldn’t find them on line but you can find similar ones here.

9. Metal Armillary sphere – no I did not know what it was called before now (I had to look it up). I just knew that I liked it.  Hobby Lobby, 9.99.  Not necessarily spring-y but I like that it’s open and airy.

 

Spring Mantel Side

 

Spring Mantel Full

 

You can find the 6″ moss covered balls at Micheals.

 

Spring Mantel Straight

I like that it’s really simple and the main pieces are versatile for any season. Has spring fever set in at your home yet? Are you all decked out for the season? If not,

Happy DIY’ing!!

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A Great Story Behind It – Decorating with Meaning

I truly believe that creating a warm, inviting home that is uniquely yours means decorating with collected pieces that mean something to you and that have a story behind them. I think it’s so cool when you can walk through your home and point to things and say things like we got that on this trip or that vanity belonged to my grandmother…

 

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Or, my father found this butcher block in his friends barn. It was actually used for it’s intended purpose and was a mess when he brought it to me. He knew I would love it and it cleaned up great. We’ve had it for 20 years…

 

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The hardware on this barn door came from the barn at our first house…

 

Decorating with Meaning - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love stories like these so today I’d like to share a new story with you.

Last week my husband and I stopped in to some of the very cute little antique shops in our town. I wasn’t really looking for anything specifically but was, instead, hoping for something to speak to me. As we walked through one store I spotted a really cool old sled. It was very beat up but nothing that I had ever seen before. It had a box on the back and curly rod iron rails on the front. I stopped and looked and said to my husband “what do you think of this?” His response was “what are you going to do with that?”

“I don’t know but it’s really cool. It will look so good at Christmas by the tree”.  He replied “But what will do you do with it the rest of the year?” He continued walking.

I didn’t have an answer for that so I hesitated for a moment and then we went on our merry way. It turned out it was not so merry for me because all I could think about was the sled for the next 4 days.

So finally I had enough of thinking and decided I wanted to buy the sled. I called the shop and asked if it was there. I waited while the person on the phone went and checked. She came back a moment later. “Do you mean the sled with the box on the top?”

“Yes” I said excitedly.

“I sold it on Sunday.”

Heartbroken. “Son of a Biscuit!!” I yelled in her ear to which her response was “have a nice day”.

So I called my husband all full of regret and sadness and told him I was upset. I should have bought it I said! I’m so mad at myself. He said there would be other sleds. Maybe, but not like that one.

I know what you are thinking here. Seriously?? It’s just a sled and in the grand scheme of things is it that big of a deal? You are absolutely right, it’s not.

My husband knows me so well. I never really ask for anything or complain so when I got upset he knew I was disappointed. He called me later and asked if I was still mad. I told him yes and before I could say anything else he said “Col, it was me. It was me who bought the sled. I bought it for you for Valentines Day.”

WHAT??? YOU DID??? How??? Aawwwwww, REEAAAALLYYYYY??? You did?

He did…

 

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He is beyond thoughtful. I love it and now I love the story it comes with and every time I look at that sled I will hear his voice say “Col, it was me”.  That is what a home is made of. Not things, but memories and meaning.

Can you look around your house and remember stories behind some of what makes your house your home? Do you have a story to share about any of your favorite things? I would love to hear it!

Happy DIYing!

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