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

10 Tips For Decorating Shelves Like a Pro

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

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

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

 

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

 

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Or here…

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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$100 Room Challenge Week 4 – Budget Friendly Lighting

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

$100 Room Challenge week 4 - new farmhouse lighting with an old fixture - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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

 

$100 Room Challenge week 4 - new lighting with a garage sale light fixture makeover - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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Here’s the corner before:

 

$100 Room Makeover Challenge -budget friendly lighting family room corner before - Life on Kaydersoss Creek

 

Here’s the after…

 

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

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

 

 

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

The budget this week:

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

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

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

Happy DIYing!

Col

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Farmhouse Wall Decor – $100 Room Challenge Week 3

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

 

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Fixer Upper Style Windows

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

 

 

$100 Room Challenge - Antique Cabinet makeover with Country Chic Pait - before - Farmhouse wall decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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

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

 

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

 

I love the detail on the windows.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

LOVE…

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Antiques Sign

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

 

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Rustic Wall Vase

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

 

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

 

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$100 Room Challenge DIY Farmhouse Wall Decor

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

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

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

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

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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How to Create a Unique Farmhouse Chalkboard

Hi Friends! For those of you who have been following along for a while now, you know I love a good upcycle and the project I’m sharing today is one of my favorites so far. It was one of those things where the moment you see something, you know exactly what you’re going to do with it. The “it” in this case happened to be a twin headboard I found on Craigslist. Here’s how I turned it into a unique farmhouse chalkboard.

Here she is before. Yes, that sticker says $10 🙂

 

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Can you see what I see? I fell in love with the shape immediately. All of those curvy lines are so pretty. I could just picture the wood a warm dark brown stain.  The first step to this upcycle was to remove the legs. We did that with the miter or chop saw.

 

How to Create a Unique Farmhouse Chalkboard From a Twin Headboard - cut to size - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The next step was to strip it down to the bare wood. It had a really think coat of black paint.

 

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I soon discovered it wasn’t the only layer.

 

How to Create a Unique Farmhouse Chalkboard From a Twin Headboard - First layer of paint gone - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Yup, this one was a hot mess. I scraped, stripped, and scraped some more. Finally, I got enough of it off where I was able to sand it.

 

How to Create a Unique Farmhouse Chalkboard From a Twin Headboard - Paint removed and ready to sand - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So I grabbed my trusty palm sander and got to work. The middle of the piece is particle board or something and very thin so I needed to be careful not to sand too much . I just wanted to get a smooth surface that would give the paint a smooth finish.  The wood around the frame was what I really wanted to stand out.

 

 

After sanding. Huge difference, right?

 

How to Create a Unique Farmhouse Chalkboard From a Twin Headboard - sanded and ready to stain - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

It cleaned up so well! I just love the wood frame.

 

How to Create a Unique Farmhouse Chalkboard From a Twin Headboard - ready for stain - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Unfortunately, as much as I hand sanded the small little lines, nooks and crannies on the frame, I just couldn’t get all of the paint out.  I knew that it would show through the stain but was hoping for the best. I wanted the color to be a rich brown so applied Minwax stain in Espresso.

 

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I love the way the little bit of leftover paint peeks through the stain.  I had hoped that the layering of the paint and stain would be pretty and make the piece look even more antiqued which I think it did. A happy accident. 🙂

I originally wanted to make a sign but couldn’t decide what I wanted it to say so I went with a farmhouse chalkboard instead. I already had the chalkboard paint plus I thought it would work really well for a cute Christmas project I’m planning. More on that later.

 

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It was tricky getting the chalkboard paint evenly lined up with those pretty curves in the frame. I had to use a really good angled paint brush to twist into those edges. It took some time and after 2 coats she was good to go and we hung it in our mudroom.

 

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Chalkboards are great for to-do lists, notes and even inspirational quotes to start your day. They are also great as backdrops for other home decor. I love this one paired with the small tobacco basket and cotton wreath.

 

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Chalkboards are so versatile in home decor and can be used for everyday and holidays. I hope you found some inspiration to create your own unique farmhouse chalkboard. Don’t have a bed frame? Try an old mirror, a silver tray or a uniquely shaped cutting board. Remember, make it your own!

Happy DIYing!

Col

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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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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.

 

A new alternative to a wreath on the front door - half basket - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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

 


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

How to Create a Gallery Wall on a Budget

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

 

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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.

 

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

 

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

 

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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:

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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??

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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.

 

Brimfield May 2017- Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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

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

 

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

 

Brimfield May 2017 - great pieces - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So, much, storage….

 

 

And other cool stuff…

 

Brimfield May 2017 - great pieces - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Then we got these farmhouse goodies…

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

I’ve got big plans for this bad boy!

 

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

 

So Col, what are you going to do with all that stuff? Well, I’m so glad you asked! Here’s how we used these flea market finds to decorate our home.

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.

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

A few ended up on our Industrial shelf…

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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

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

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

Here’s what you need: 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

So then I started stenciling the numbers.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

DIY Farmhouse Canister Set - distressed - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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

How to Make a Rustic DIY Farmhouse Sign

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

 

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

 

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

Mini Barn Door –

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

 

Farmhouse Shutter –

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

 

Farmhouse Shelf –

 

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

 

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

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

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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

DIY Tray – Upcycle Challenge

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

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

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

Meet the Hosts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Medina | Grillo Designs    Karen | Dragonfly & Lily Pads

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Spring Home Tour Sneak Peak - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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

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

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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