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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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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 🙂


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


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 🙂


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


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


How to make mini barn door - Spring Decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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!



Farmhouse Spring Foyer & Updated Milking Stool

Hey everyone! The sun was shining this weekend which hasn’t happened around here for a while so it was glorious! So nice, in fact, I was able to do some painting outside and decided to give the old foyer a farmhouse face lift to celebrate. This included updating an old milking stool that we found in the basement of our old house about 20 years ago. I’m sharing this post as part of the Dose of DIY Blog Hop Tour with the lovely ladies again so check out their projects below too.


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So my foyer was a bit on the boring side…


Foyer Before - Life on Kaydeross Creek



Foyer Before - Life on Kaydeross Creek


We really haven’t done much to it because we will be replacing the flooring in a couple of months now that the fireplace is done and after that I’d like to add some wainscoting.  For now, we’ll just add a few new touches. We’ll start with this old milking stool…


Original milking stool - Life on Kaydeross Creek


Don’t get me wrong, you know I love chippy-pealy but this was too much for me and seemed dirty even after a good cleaning.  It was also a bit wobbly so I took it apart and used some wood glue in the notches.


Stool taken apart ready for some wood glue


Stool - wood glue


To clean it up a bit I used some leftover paint from my antique hutch project in Silver Like. I didn’t give it a full coat because I still wanted an aged feel. By the way, I’m lovin’ this grey!  It actually became the inspiration for this update.


Milking stool with new paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek


Next came the sand paper. I used 120 grit around all of the edges of the legs and spindles as well as the entire top. Here she is all done…


Milking Stool After Paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek


To also tie in the Silver Like, I used it on this paper mache “P” I had originally painted brown.  The nice thing about this Pure & Original Paint is that it dries so quickly. I didn’t think of doing this until half way through the project and it was so easy to add because it was done in a jiffy. Yes, I just used the word jiffy.


Paper Mache Initial - Life on Kaydeross Creek


For the main wall I decided to use these metal numbers I got from American Farm House a couple of years ago. I had originally purchased them for the mudroom and then ended up doing something different. I love the colors and the grey is spot on with the stool. (affiliate link provided for your convenience, see my disclosure policy here)


Foyer area with number wall - Life on Kaydeross Creek


I love the way all of the grey ties in with the tile and the stone on the fireplace, from the stool and the “P” to the logs in the corner and the cute rug I picked up at Target…


Foyer area & Stool - Life on Kaydeross Creek


Foyer - Life on Kaydeross Creek


Foyer - Life on Kaydeross Creek


Milking Stool - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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I love the way it turned out. The stool is a so fresh now and it makes the area much lighter than before. It’s amazing what a good coat of paint can do. I also love the metal numbers on the wall. They’re quirky and different and you know I’m all about it 🙂  So here’s to cool and unusual projects. If you have any coming up…

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

By the way, I’ve also included affiliate links to places you can find similar things for your convenience if you like what you see. See my full disclosure here.

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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DIY Blog Hop – Polka Dot Spring Wreath

Happy Spring everyone!  So with Spring practically here and Easter right around the corner I’ve been working on a bunch of projects & getting our house ready to celebrate the season. I’ve been so  inspired with the beautiful weather we’re having that I have a ton of things to share with all of you in the coming weeks. To get started, I’m joining a great group of ladies in a continuation of our Dose of DIY blog hop to share my Polka Dot Spring Wreath. If you’re new here, (WELCOME!) we did a fun Christmas home tour in December and one another project for Valentine’s Day.




Now it’s time to share some fun Spring projects using what else but EASTER EGGS? Mine is all about adding some fun with polka dots. Please check out all of the lovely ladies in the hop and their craftiness by clicking the links at the end of the post.

So those of you that know me know I usually stick to pretty classic, neutral, country decor.  For this project, though, I decided to go a bit outside my comfort zone. I happened to see the cutest burlap in my travels down the clearance aisle at Walmart one day and knew exactly what I would do with it.  It was perfect for Spring!


Spring Wreath Materials


I love it because the color that was used for the polka dots is such a pretty, muted blue.  It’s colorful but still neutral in it’s own way.

So I’m not going to give you a tutorial on making a burlap wreath because there are already a ton out there. You’ll find all kinds of ways to make them on Pinterest and video tutorials on youtube. I prefer the wrap and twist method myself using either pipe cleaners or floral wire, weaving it back and forth between the wire and scrunching it up as you go.


Wreath project 1


Once the wreath was completed I wanted to add some Easter cuteness to it. I picked up these brown paper mache eggs and using craft paints, mixed up a blue as close as I could get to the dots on the burlap.  I added the brown speckles by tapping a paint brush with some brown paint over the eggs.

Unfortunately, I made a huge blogger error and did not photograph that. Crap on a cracker!

Anyhoo, I used a hot glue gun to attached them to the wreath along with some others in the blue & green color family. I also added these cute picks…


Cute floral picks


Then I used the same blue from the eggs to paint the initial of our last name which I tied on using twine. Here’s how it all turned out….



Spring Wreath


Super cute! Colorful but still neutral makes me HAPPY!  It will go on the front door eventually but for now it’s in the kitchenSince I used the green eggs too, It goes great in the kitchen with the other green’s I pulled in. That’s coming up in the full Easter tour coming soon. 🙂

OK, a little sneak peak…


Shelf Decorated for Easter


Hutch Shelf


One more thing, since Easter wouldn’t be Easter without the eggs, I wanted to share some other eggs with you today, too. Not sure you all know this but we have chickens. I absolutely love my girls! They’re quirky and funny and they come when I whistle. 🙂  The also give us the most beautiful, delicious eggs!

Here are a few of them…




Here’s the big man. So pretty, right?




My kids’ friends’ get the biggest kick out of fact that we have chickens but they think the blue, green and tan eggs are even cooler. My friend Vickie said she had a asked a couple of toddlers who saw the eggs what color chickens do you think lay those eggs? She got some pretty funny answers.




So now that Easter season is upon us, do you have any projects planned to decorate or celebrate the season, If I had to guess, I’d say it involved eggs too. I’d love to hear about it!

Also, check out the other lovely ladies and their projects:

One More Time Events – Egg Succulent Spring Centerpiece

Creative Ramblings – String Easter Egg Garland

Sew A Fine Seam – Easter Egg Decor

Happy DIY’ing!