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How to make a unique farmhouse chalkboard - Layered decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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 🙂

 

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

 

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.

 

How to Create a Unique Farmhouse Chalkboard - applying the paint stripper - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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.

 

How to Create a Unique Farmhouse Chalkboard From a Twin Headboard - stained and ready for chalkboard paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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.

 

How to Create a Unique Farmhouse Chalkboard From a Twin Headboard - chalkboard paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

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.

 

How to make a unique farmhouse chalkboard - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

How to make a unique farmhouse chalkboard - Primed with chalk - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

How to make a unique farmhouse chalkboard - Mudroom decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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.

 

How to make a unique farmhouse chalkboard - Layered decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

How to make a unique farmhouse chalkboard - Layered decor in the mudroom - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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How to make a Unique Farmhouse Chalkboard - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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

How to Make Farmhouse Wall Decor – Fixer Upper Style

Hey everyone! I gotta be honest, I’m kinda giddy about today’s farmhouse wall decor project. If you’re anything like me, and are Fixer Upper obsessed, you’ll totally get it.  The wall decor she uses is so unique and farmhouse-y with chippy-pealy paint and great architectural shapes. This project actually started out as a cool find on one of our trips to the Brimfield Antiques Show & Flea Market where I picked up this old shutter for $20.

 

Farmhouse Wall Decor - Fixer Upper Style Shutter - Before with orange paint- Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I liked it because of the depth of the panels and, believe it or not, the color.  At first I left it mostly as is and hung it in my family room to go with the coffee table. Then it got replaced with seasonal decor and tucked away in a closet where I happened to find it recently while looking for something else. SCORE! I pulled it out and decided to give it some new life.

I wanted to lighten it up a bit and make it more versatile so I started with a coat of chalk paint. I didn’t sand it or prep it in any way other than to wipe it clean. I wanted all of the cracks and layers of paint to show through. After it dried, I hit it with the palm sander and really brought out the colors and wood from the other layers.

 

Fixer Upper Inspired Wall Decor - Old Shutter - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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

 

I wanted to add a bit more depth and character to it by adding another element to this farmhouse wall decor. I thought about hanging little glass jars down on each section for flowers but I wanted something a bit more solid. Then my husband found these in our junk pile.

 

Farmhouse Wall Decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek - Materials for Fixer Upper Style Wall Decor

 

I know what you’re thinking. What could you possibly do with that? Well, I still had the vase idea stuck in my head so we took some pieces of this drain pipe and cut them down with a grinder with a diamond blade. Not necessarily what it’s for but effective.

 

Fixer Upper Style Wall Decor - Materials - Life on Kaydeross Creek

The edges were a bit sharp so hubby filed them down so they were safe. Then he screwed one to each panel of the shutter.

 

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

 

Farmhouse Wall Decor - Old Shutter turned wall decor - Fixer Upper Style - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

You can’t actually see it, but I hot glued some floral styrofoam to the bottom of each one to hold in the flowers.  I have to be honest, that was a pain in the behind! But it worked.

 

Farmhouse Wall decor - Fixer Upper Style Wall Decor - Old Shutter Upcycle - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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

 

You can see the thrift store stool makeover HERE and the Antique sewing table makeover HERE.

So for a project that I kind of made up a long the way, I really like the way this farmhouse wall decor came out in all it’s farmhouse-y, chippy rusty goodness. I love adding these unique pieces to my home. In fact, I may have to look for other shutters to do some more projects with at our annual Brimfield trip in a couple months. That’s the thing, you never know what you’ll find there. I can’t wait!

Do you have a project that you did on the fly and you love how it turned out? Sometimes those are the best kind. For those and all of the planned projects out there…

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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DIY Art - Budget friendly art compliments of mother nature - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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.

 

Budget Friendly Art- Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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.

 

Kaydeross Creek - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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!

 

Rusty Tin Roofing - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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

 

Budget Friendly Art - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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

 

Adirondack Bridge - Budget Friendly Art - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Our old tractor…

 

Budget Friendly Art - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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…

 

Budget Friendly Art - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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…

 

DIY Art - Budget Friendly art - Compliments of mother nature - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

DIY Art - Budget friendly art compliments of mother nature - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

DIY Art - Budget Friendly Art - compliments of mother nature - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

DIY Art - Easy, Budget friendly art compliments of Mother Nature - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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

Spring Decor - DIY Mini barn door - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Spring Decor – DIY Mini Barn Door

So I know it’s a bit early but I wanted to share the cutest little spring decor project with you. Partly because I’m so excited about it and partly because we could all use a bit of spring now, right?  If you’re at all like me you spend a bit of time on Pinterest looking for inspiration. Well not that long ago I found this…

 

Blue Rustic Door - Spring Decor inspiration - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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Ohhhmmmmmggggg swoon! I just love it but then again what’s not to love?? Amazing paint color, chippy peally goodness, the pitcher with flowers, those hinges?? Right, so naturally I said to my hubby, can we make it (or a version of it anyway)? Of course he said “sure”.

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My version is a DIY mini barn door.

I wanted it just the right size to fit on my mantel so that I could use it to decorate for spring.  Anyone who has a chop saw/miter saw and a drill can make this project.  I measured out exactly what size would be a perfect fit or in this case 34″high and 30″ wide.

We picked up the wood at our local mill and cut it down ourselves but you could buy pre-cut boards at any home improvement store in whatever size you want. The board we got cost us $4 and was 9′ x 10 x 1. We cut it in thirds and then each piece in half so we ended up with (6) 5″ boards which we used for the back.  We love working with this rough saw pine and have used it for book shelves, end tables and furniture makeovers.

 

Spring Decor - Making a mini barn door - Cutting the board - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

The other pieces which we used for the “Z” to hold it together were left over from other projects. He took all of the pieces and laid them out.

 

Spring Decor - Mini door being put together - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Hubby used drywall screws to fasten it all together. He attached the top and bottom pieces first. Then he took the longer board for the middle of the “z” and marked it with a pencil where it would need to be cut so that it would fit between the two other boards diagonally.

 

Spring Decor - Making a mini barn door - raw wood - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Now it’s time to add the color.  We’re pretty high tech around here so here’s what I used. Craft paint. Hard to believe, right? I just mixed until I got the colors I like.

 

Spring Decor - DIY mini barn door - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I was trying to get a kind of blueish grayish with a bit of brown here and there. To start, I used a dry brush with creamy white for a base. By dry brushing I mean you put a very little bit of paint on the end of your brush because your intention is not to soak the pint into the wood to cover it but to just get a bit of color on the wood here and there.

 

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Then I dry brushed on a coat of a color of blue I made by mixing up the craft paints.

 

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Then I added the gray…

 

Spring Decor - Making a mini barn door - graywash added - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

It was a bit too bright so I kept repeating the layers and then added some distress ink here and there by rubbing it on with a cotton cloth It helped to tone it down a bit and here’s the result.

 

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I love the way this DIY mini barn door turned out! I still have to add the hinges and after it’s been up there awhile and I get used to it, I may add some more brown but I really like the character it adds to the room. The nice part is it took about 30 minutes to build and about 45 minutes to paint with a little drying between coats. Easy and inexpensive 🙂

 

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

 

 

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

 

The nice part too is that we can use the back side for the fall. It has a naturally rich tan color that would be a great backdrop for a cotton wreath or maybe a great sign. It’s a 2 in one project 🙂

 

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Spring Decor - DIY Mini barn door - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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So super easy and budget friendly. I love all of the blues and greens and can’t wait to get the rest of the house decked out for spring now. Stay tuned for a few more spring projects and then a full house tour. In the mean time, check out last year’s Spring Home Tour and projects. Do you have any spring projects on your to DIY list?

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

 

DIY Farmhouse shelf and wall decor made from and old screen - Project Challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Farmhouse Shelf – Project Challenge

Hey everyone! Today I’m sharing a DIY farmhouse shelf as part of our monthly Project challenge. It’s a sweet transformation of something someone else might have tossed in the junk heap.  A friend offered to give me this old screen and I hesitated at first because it was in such rough shape. Being the hoarder that I am, I, of course, said yes thinking I would do something with it.

 

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Pretty rough shape, right?? It sat in my garage for awhile until our Project Challenge came up this month which happened to be working with screens. Check out the other lovely bloggers and their transformations at the end of the post.

 

Project Challenge - working with screens - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So I pulled out the dusty old screen and got to thinking. I’ve been on the lookout for some cool stuff to hang on my walls and thought this might do the trick if I turn it into a shelf. First things first, it needed some TLC. We had to tighten up some of the wire brackets to make it more sturdy where it was coming apart and bend the screen back into place.

Once it was more solid, I wipe it down inside and out with some cleaner and a cotton rag just to get the dirt and grease off of it. After I did that, I could see that the screen had some rust and knew I had to spray paint it.  I taped off the wooden part and used Rustoleum Metallic Spray Paint in Flat Chestnut.

 

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So much better…

 

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After the screen was painted, the wood looked so bleached out and brittle. I used mineral oil all over it and in the cracks to bring out a richer color in the wood. I love mineral oil and have used it on other projects like my Fixer Upper Inspired Metal Wall Decor.  It’s an inexpensive way to bring out the darker tones of wood.

 

DIY Farmhouse Shelf - screen painted - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I had originally wanted to use a piece of reclaimed wood for 2 different size shelves but it turned out to be too thick and didn’t look right. We found this old board that was the bottom of an old dresser and it was just the right thickness. We cut it down to the  right width to match the size of the surround and I stained it to match the color. The DIY Farmhouse shelf was coming together.

 

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When it was dry we attached it to the inside of the screen. I tried adding another small shelf on the bottom but it just looked too busy and I ended up cutting down the bigger shelf to sit lower in the circle instead.  I think it came out cute…

 

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I love the character it adds to the space. We didn’t fully attached the shelf so it’s versatile too, I can always put a wreath in the middle if I wanted to mix it up a bit.

 

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DIY Farmhouse shelf and wall decor made from and old screen - Project Challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

DIY Farmhouse shelf - wall decor made from and old screen -Project Challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

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What a transformation this farmhouse shelf turned out to be! I love taking something that otherwise would have gone in the trash and making something cool out of it.  What’s your next DIY project?Does it involve turning trash into treasure??  Whatever it may be…

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

Check out my blogger friends and their transformations using screens…

Michelle from Shelstring

 

Molly From Just A Little Creativity

 

Karen Somewhat Quirky Designs

 

Emily Domestic Deadline

 

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!

 

5 easy ways to upcycle and decorate with vintage books - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Elderberry Street

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

5 easy ways to upcycle and decorate with vintage books - Life on Kaydeross Creek

French Hen Farm

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

5 Easy ways to upcycle and decorate with vintage books - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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.

 

5 easy and inexpensive ways to upcycle and decorate with books

Two Twenty One

 

What a cute idea to cover them in maps.

 

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

Tumbler

 

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.

 

5 easy ways to upcycle and decorate with vintage books - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Knick of Time

 

5 easy ways to upcycle and decorate with vintage books

Jennifer Rizzo

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

 

Easy ways to decorate with vintage books - Life on Kaydeross Creek

HGTV

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

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

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.

 

15 simple ways to decorate with books - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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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Desire to Inspire

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 🙂

 

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

Knick of Time

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Pinterest

Books tied with twine - 5 easy ways to upcycle and decorate with vintage books - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Pinterest

Books tied with ribbon - 5 easy and inexpensive ways to upcycle and decorate with books - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Vintage Rose Garden

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.

  

5 easy ways to upcycle and decorate with vintage books - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Source

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

Petite Michelle Louise

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

Pinterest

Snow flake embellished books from Live Live DIY

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

 

Easy ways to decorate with vintage books - Life on Kaydeross Creek

From 52Flea

 

Easy ways to decorate with vintage books

Mish Mash

5 easy ways to upcycle and decorate with vintage books

French Country Cottage

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?

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

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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