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How to create a Summer Vignette on a Budget - DIY Fresh Cut Flowers Sign and blue glass - Life on Kaydeross Creek

How to Create a Summer Vignette on a Budget

Hey everyone! Summer has finally arrived in the Northeast. With it came quite a bit of rain, but I’ll take it.  I will be sharing our summer home tour soon but today I wanted to share two easy DIY projects to help create a unique and budget friendly summer vignette.  I’m loving all different shades of blue right now especially a bright ocean blue and these projects are a great way to add that pop of color to your space. It all started with this piece I picked up at Home Goods. It just screams summer to me.

 

How to Create a Summer Vignette on a Budget - inspiration piece - ocean blue - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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Mmm, so pretty and so relaxed. That just had to be the jumping off point for my shades of blue summer theme.

Project #1: Fresh Cut Flowers Sign.

 

Fresh Cut Flowers Sign - How to create a summer vignette on a budget - Mixing paint colors for a layered effect - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love using signs to add personality to a space. You can see my FARMHOUSE sign here and my COFFEE sign here.  I have to be honest, I saw something very similar to this on one of those expensive home decor websites but for the life of me, I can’t remember where. I really like the watercolor look and how soothing the blues are with the swirly clouds of brown and white. I started my version with a scrap piece of MDF we had left over from the laundry makeover.

 

Fresh Cut Flowers sign before - using stencils and craft paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I gave it a quick couple of coats with creamy white chalk paint so it was solid white. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture during this next step. I put a very little bit of blue paint  on a paint brush (almost dry) and went over the white in a swiping motion. Where I thought there was too much paint, I wiped it off with a cotton rag. I wanted it to look almost like clouds. Where it was too blue, I went back over with a tiny bit of creamy white.

 

Flower Sign Before with watercolor technique - using drybrushing - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

When I was happy with the color mix, I wanted a really muddled look so I broke out the palm sander and went over the edges and random spots on the board to bring out some of the brown.

 

Fresh Cut Flowers Sign - watercolor technique and sanding - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love the blues and browns together. The sanding actually pulled out more white as well and it really started to look like watercolors.  I applied color or white in small amounts here or there until I really liked the balance.  Then it was time to add the words.  I wanted the top row to be arched so I cut a piece of cardboard in a semicircle to help keep the shape when I was spacing the letters out.  Instead of painting right on it, I traced the letters in pencil first so that I could make sure they were spaced well before paint. It’s easy to erase and adjust it if you need to.

 

Fresh Cut flowers sign - trace stencils first then paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then I went back and stenciled the letters with blue craft paint. Truthfully, the blue was kind of flat and boring so I added a subtle layer of brown on top of the blue to give it some depth.

 

Fresh Cut Flowers Sign using stencils - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

After I added the brown I still felt like it needed some bling so I added some gold highlights with my gold paint pen. I used a paper plate to empty the paint from the pen and then used the stencil brush to apply it to the letters and the sign in the corners in kind of a random, speckle pattern. You have to do this quick because the paint dries quickly out of the paint pen. I love the light feeling the gold gives as it pops off the blue.  So pretty!

 

How to create a Summer Vignette on a Budget - DIY Fresh Cut Flowers Sign - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Fresh Cut Flowers Sign - How to create a summer vignette on a budget - Mixing paint colors for a layered effect - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Project #2: DIY Sea Glass Bottles

So this one could not be any easier. I started out by picking up glass bottles in different shapes and sizes at my go to thrift store. I paid $2 for these four.

 

How to create a unique summer vignette on a budget - glass bottles before paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then I picked up this spray paint at Micheals but you can find different colors at Amazon.

 

How to Create a Summer Vignette on a Budget - Stained glass spray paint - ocean blue inspiration - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

It’s pretty easy to use but you have to make sure you add thin layers.  Usually with spray paint you want to go back and forth with short bursts. I found with this, it was easier to go in a round motion with many layers, one thin one at a time.  Too much of it and it will run. (or so I’ve heard 🙂 )

 

How to create a Summer Vignette on a Budget - ocean blue bottles - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

It dries pretty quickly to the touch and I was able to display them with the flowers in about 45 minutes. Such an easy and inexpensive way to add color and personality to your summer space. I love the way the white flowers plays off of the bright blue.

 

How to create a Summer Vignette on a Budget - DIY Blue glass, flowers and summer touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This bottle I picked up at a garage sale for $2 already blue. I love the shape of it.

 

How to create a Summer Vignette on a Budget - DIY Blue glass and flowers - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

 

I finished these projects and pulled out some other neutral pieces like my go to books, window frame and picture frame and there you have it, a simple summer vignette on a budget.

 

How to create a Summer Vignette on a Budget - DIY Fresh Cut Flowers Sign and blue glass - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

How to create a Summer Vignette on a Budget - DIY Projects - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Shades of blue in two simple DIY projects mixed in with the browns and tans from the other pieces makes for one serene space. I’ll have the whole Shades of Blue Summer Home Tour next week so stay tuned. Do you have some DIY projects planned for summer decorating?

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

Summertime Fireplace Decor

Having lived up in the North East my whole life, I know how cold and long the winters can be and how much a fire in the fireplace can make all the differece. With that in mind, when we designed our house we centered it around a large fire place in the great room and also put one in the kitchen. The warmth of a fire in the fireplace makes any room so cozy and, to me, the smell of the wood burning just smells like fall/winter and makes me want to curl up on the couch and read a good magazine or snuggle with the kiddos (when they’ll sit still).

Fast forward to 80 degree weather and air conditioning. Since there is no fire in the box it seems to me that it should be one more spot in the house that can be decorated and used to add some character to your home. This goes for a faux fire place as well. We don’t burn the one in the kitchen very often so I find myself decorating it a lot during the year.
So, what is a girl to do with this space? Here are a few things I found on Pinterest…

 

fire place window sash

So pretty from fireplacetile.net

 

fire place candles

Classic from betweennapsontheporch.com

 

fire place stacked

Super cue from theletteredcottage.com

 

fp with flowers in tin

Flowers in a simple tin – bhg.com

I love these from above!! They are so pretty and not too busy. I like to keep things simple and make it easy to change things out so here are a couple of things that I tried…

 

Candlestick Holders

 

Candlesticks are easy and look so pretty with the glow from the candles bouncing around. One way to magnify that is to put a mirror behind the candles. You can find out how I made these candlesticks here.
How about a chalkboard?

 

kitchen f-p rs

 

Or a lantern? You could also group a bunch of smaller lanterns together. Very pretty with the glass and candles glowing.

 

lantern

 

I also like the simplicity of flowers, one big arrangement or several little ones. You could also use the classic logs stacked on top of each other or a pretty screen but why not be creative and think outside the box. Pun intended 🙂

Happy DIYing!
Col

How to Decorate or 4th of July on a Budget - DIY projects - Life on Kaydeross Creek

How to Decorate for 4th of July on a Budget

Up until this year I really haven’t had time to decorate big for the 4th of July. It’s a very quick holiday, a weekend really so why bother decorating for it? Not to mention that, for us up in the Northeast, today was just the last day of school so our summer really doesn’t start until tomorrow. The 4th is next week already!

So this year, I decided to approach the holiday a bit differenty. Instead of decorating for just the holiday weekend we’ll make it a summer long celebration (sticking to my country/industrial/rustic decor, of course) I have a few patriotic decorations but instead of spending money on a bunch of things only to be used once a year, I will search my house to see what I already have in the red, white and blue color scheme. Where to start? The Christmas bins of course! Here is what I found along with some other stuff I haven’t been able to find a home for…

 

How to Decorate for 4th of July on a Budget - use things you already have around the house - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Unfortunately, I picked a time to decorate when we are finishing the fireplace and the scaffolding is taking up much of the great room (more on this at a later time!) so I will only be decorating the shelf above the couch.

I also pulled some other things from around the house including some old books with blue bindings. I printed a free printable that I found at On Sutton Place of the Pledge of Allegiance and put it in a thrift store frame which I painted navy blue with craft paint. The wooden flag I made years ago from pieces of lathe that came out of our old house. The flowers came from my neighbors yard. Can you believe he was actually going to take down the bush but I begged him to leave it 🙂 I will trade him some fresh eggs for the blooms!

I think it turned out pretty cute. Simple and inexpensive…

 

How to Decorate or 4th of July on a Budget - DIY projects - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I also made the cute little blocks that spell out USA out of scrap wood we had. I just stenciled the letters on them and then sanded down the edges a bit.

 

How to Decorate for 4th of July on a Budget - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The red striped pillows I picked up at Target for Christmas and the blue checkered pillow I made from this shirt I got at the Salvation Army for $3.99. I cut out the square and then used fabric glue to attach the pieces.

 

How to Decorate for 4th of July on a Budget - make your own no sew pillow - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

There you have it. No need to spend a ton of money to decorate for a holiday, just look around to see what you already have like my go to white pitchers. Mix those pieces with a few easy projects and you’re all set!

 

How to Decorate for 4th of July on a Budgtet with what you already have - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

How to Decorate or 4th of July on a Budget - DIY projects - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

How will you celebrate the 4th of July holiday?
Happy DIY’ing!
Col