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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.

 

10 Tips to decorate shelves - Fall Home Tour - Shelf - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Or here…

 

Fall Home Tour - Mantel - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

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.

 

10 Tips for decorating shelves like a pro - farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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

 

Dining Room Hutch Makeover - farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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.

 

10 tips for decorating shelves like a pro - site lines - farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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.

 

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

 

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 Makeover Challenge - family room Before - DIY Projects - farmhouse - upcycle - organization - Life on Kaydersoss Creek

$100 Room Makeover Challenge

What better way to kick off a new year than with a decorating challenge! How about a challenge to decorate a room for under $100?? The $100 Room Challenge started over at another blog called Lemons, Lavender and Laundry. She’s got some super cute ideas so stop by for a visit if you have a chance. The challenge is for anyone who wants to update a space but is on a tight budget with the goal to really get creative and think outside the box. Bloggers and non-bloggers, too.

So friends, today I’m sharing a room in our home with you that you’ve never seen before. You’ll understand why once you see it. 🙂

Ironically, it’s the room we spend the most time in other than our kitchen. I think most people would call it the Family room. We call it the “TV room” for obvious reasons.  It’s the perfect room for a $100 makeover.

 

$100 Room Makeover Challenge - Space Before - DIY Projects - Farmhouse - Organization - Painted furniture - Life on Kaydersoss Creek

 

Let me start by saying this room is not horrible.  I love the wall color and it’s a nice size with plenty of light but it’s boring, outdated and nothing really “goes”.  It’s like the youngest child that gets all the hand-me-downs. It has all of the furniture that doesn’t really fit anywhere else or some of the projects I’ve done like the antique cabinet in the corner that needs a permanent home. Or pieces like the coffee table we picked up for $10 when we first were married 20 years ago. It’s kind of a hodge-podge.

 

$100 Room Makeover Challenge - TV Room Before - Life on Kaydersoss Creek

 

I know, 1995 called and it wants it’s sofas back. 🙂

I have had those since 2002, well before children when I was into more of a country kinda cottage thing. They are way outdated, dingy and ripped in a few places but so darn comfortable! All 4 of us can still fit on the couch to watch TV together, although that won’t last much longer. Not sure how far down the road we’ll get new furniture, though.

 

$100 Room Makeover Challenge - Before - Old Sofas - Life on Kaydersoss Creek

I know the TV is painful to look at, but again, it works really well and still has a great picture, at least to us. It’s not quite as old as the sofas but close. Our friends teased us at our Christmas party that they knew we liked antiques but that was ridiculous. I said we don’t need a new TV and they joked they were going to start a go-fund-me page so they could buy us one. Hilarious.

The TV has to stay, for now.

 

$100 Room Makeover Challenge - TV Room Before organization - Life on Kaydersoss Creek

 

The room is usually more full of miscellaneous stuff than this but I cleaned it out after the holiday. The industrial shelf in the corner was a DIY you can see HERE and the wall art in the corner was too, which you can see HERE.

OK, so how am I going to pull all this together and transform this room with less than $100 you ask?  With a good cleaning, some re-purposing and definitely some creative DIY projects.

Here’s the plan:

  • Clean up the TV area by creating better storage for the Blu-ray/DVD’s and TV equipment and hide the cords.
  • Update the current sofas
  • Fill in some of the empty wall space with some fun farmhouse wall decor
  • Add a new light fixture
  • Add the right accessories
  • Create more of a cohesive color scheme and consistent overall look and farmhouse feel.

Fortunately, the curtains are fairly new because we finally decided to do something about the sun and glare on the TV this summer. Yes, they are hung a bit high because of the heating ducts.

This is a 5 week challenge so each week I will share one of my projects with you and I’ll share the reveal and the breakdown of the budget the last week. I’m also going to share some decorating tips along the way.  This weeks tip is simple.

Tip #1:

It doesn’t matter if it’s a furniture makeover or a room makeover,  always start with a good cleaning. If you don’t, it’s like putting makeup on without washing your face or baking in a dirty pan. Ewww.

Coming up:

So between now and next week, I’ll remove all the furniture, clean the carpet and wipe down all the trim and walls. I’ll touch up any scuff marks with paint where necessary. That way, we can start with a good foundation. I’ll also share the first of my DIY projects to spruce up this space and get organized.

If you want to see the type of projects I’m planning, I challenged myself to do this same thing with my laundry room a while back and you can see that transformation HERE.

One last look at the BEFORE…

 

$100 Room Makeover Challenge - Before - Life on Kaydersoss Creek

 

Do you have a space you’d like to makeover on a budget?  Comment which space you would like to do below or share on our new community board, DIY & Budget Friendly Decorating on Facebook.

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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20 Alternatives to a wreath for Fall and Winter - Life on Kaydeross Creek

20 Creative Alternatives to a Front Door Wreath for Fall & Winter

Hey everyone! I know it’s still early but once the cold weather hits, I’m just ready to decorate for the Holidays! I started thinking about decorating the front porch and I’d like to do something different this year. You know, think out side the wreath 🙂 So today I am sharing 20 alternatives to a wreath for your front door for Fall and Winter. Let’s get creative, shall we??

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1. Frames

Make something unique with an inexpensive or even a thrift store frame. I love the chicken wire.

 

20 Alternatives to a Wreath for Fall & Winter - Frames - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - Frames and Chicken wire - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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Add some burlap and greens along with some jingle bells.

 

20 Alternatives to a Wreath for Fall and Winter - with jingle bells - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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Spray paint an old frame and simply hang some ribbon and ornaments.

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - Red frame with ornaments - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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2. Make one with Twigs

Use what you have out in your yard, break out your hot glue gun and make something unique for your home.  I love these!

 

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20 Alternatives to Wreaths - birch twig wreath with berries - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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3. Wooden Tags

How cute are these?  You can pick these raw wooden tags up at Micheal’s and decorate them how you wish. You can hang them with rope or twine or ribbon.

 

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20 Alternatives to Wreaths - wooden tags - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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4. Wooden plaques

This started out as a simple unfinished wooden disk.

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths - painted wooden slice wreath - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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I like how they attached these together with the ribbon.

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20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - welcome wood slice - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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5. Wooden Signs

The sky is the limit with these. You just need some stencils and embellishments.

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths - Wooden sign wreath - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - Hello Fall wooden sign - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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6. Wooden Slice

I made one of these a couple of years ago. You can see it HERE. Really easy and you don’t even need to cut one yourself. You can find them at Michael’s or on Amazon is different sizes.

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - wood slice - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

7. Silver Trays

Thrift stores are great for finding old trays to use for these projects. Use with or without chalkboard paint and combine faux flowers to make something for each season.

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - Silver tray chalkboard - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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Here they have part of the tea set with greens and ribbon. How original!

Tip: place small pads that go on the bottom of chair legs on the back to prevent it from banging against the door.

20 Alternatives to Wreaths - silver tray and garland with silver creamer - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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Combine the tray with grapevine, burlap and faux flowers for a pretty farmhouse look.

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - Round silver tray welcome sign - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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8. Burlap Bags

So cute. You can do these smaller ones or how about one big one?

 

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How about a big one for Christmas with greens?

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9. Shutters

So pretty and festive!

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - cute shutter with bells - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall or Winter - rustic swag on shutter - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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10. Pine Branch Swag

 

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I love these bells! You may just see these at my house if I can find them. 🙂

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20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - green swag - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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11. Ice Skates

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - ice skate wreath - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - skate wreath alternative - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - Ice skates wreath - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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12. Mittens

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - Mittens with greens - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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How about a combination of wood and mittens…

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13.  Rakes

 

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20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - Fall rake wreath - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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14. Baskets

I tried one of these in the spring and loved it and then used it again in the fall by changing up the colors. You can see those HERE and HERE.

So pretty…

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I love the mini skates. 🙂

 

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - Basket with mini skates - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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15. Mirrors

This is one of my favorites.

 

 

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20 Alternatives to Wreaths - ornate mirror - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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16. Pine Cone Swags

These look super easy. You can use ribbon, burlap or twine to hang them. Hang them by themselves or with greens or ornaments.

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - pine cone swag with burlap - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - pinecone swag with checkered ribbon - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - pinecone wreath with greens and icicles - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

17. Grapevine

So pretty!

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - grapevine and pine swag - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths - grapevine and greens - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

18. Letters

 

 

20 Alternatives to Wreaths for Fall and Winter - initial wreath - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

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20 Alternatives for a Wreath for Fall and Winter - Letters for Wreaths - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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19. Tins

 

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20 Alternatives to wreaths for fall and winter - rusty tin with cotton branches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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20. Wooden Boxes

 

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20 Alternatives to a wreath for fall and winter - dark Wooden box - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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I love all of these ideas! I’m definitely inspired to do something different this year. I hope you are too. If you have decorated with something other than a wreath in the past or plan on using something unique for your front door this year, I would love to see it!

Make it your own!

Col

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Fall Front Porch Tour and DIY Birch Ladder - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

DIY Birch Ladder & Fall Porch Tour

Hey everyone! The leaves have turned even more this week and the weather has been gorgeous for this time of year. It was a great week to be outside soaking up the last bit of warmth. I took that opportunity to decorate our porch and today I’ll be sharing it with you along with 7 other bloggers who have also “prettied up” their spaces.   This year we kept the porch decor simple but added a really fun element and, of course, a DIY project. The best part is it was FREE. 🙂

 

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The Project:

I enlisted my partner in crime for this project as I do most projects. I’ve said it before, he is an enabler. I say “I’d like to do (insert project here)” and he says “OK, maybe we can do it this way”. I’m very lucky 🙂

He started by collecting some branches for me.
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I measured the area of the porch where I wanted to put the ladder to figure out the best height and width and then we got to cutting.  We used the chop saw for this.

 

 

Once the pieces were cut to length, he trimmed up the little branches.

 

DIY Birch Tree Ladder - Trimming the pieces -Rustic Fall Farmhouse Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then we laid the poles out on the deck. I wanted the top to be slightly narrower than the bottom.

 

Fall Porch Tour -DIY Birch Tree Ladder - Adding the pieces -Rustic Fall Farmhouse Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I decided on 4 rungs and we measured the width for each one an equal distance apart.  The we used screws to attach them to the poles.

 

DIY Birch Tree Ladder - Adding the rungs -Rustic Fall Farmhouse Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

DIY Birch Tree Ladder - with rungs -Rustic Fall Farmhouse Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

That’s it. Once they were screwed together we were good to go. I thought about wrapping the joints with twine and I may still do that.  I really like the texture this DIY birch ladder adds to the porch. The other one I’ll use out in the lean-to.

 

Fall Porch Tour and DIY Birch Ladder - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I wanted to keep the rest of the decor budget friendly so I used only what I had on hand except for the mums. I love orange mums in the fall!  A few faux pumpkins are great and easy to store from year to year.

The basket on the door was a DIY project using a thrift store find. You can see that here. I simply changed out the flowers and repainted “Welcome” in orange.

 

Fall Front Porch and DIY Birch Ladder - Flower Basket - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Fall Front Porch Tour and DIY Birch Ladder - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

So there you have it. A budget friendly yet warm and welcoming entry for your friends and family. Now on to the rest of the Fall Porch Tour! So much inspiration on one place. 🙂  Enjoy!

 

 

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A Blue Nest

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Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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Rustic Farmhouse Fall Home Tour 2017

Hey everyone! Is Fall as busy for you as it has been around here so far? We’ve been working on some projects around the house not to mention soccer, Scouts and other family stuff so I’m a bit late getting this out. I’m so excited to finally share our Rustic Farmhouse Fall Home Tour with you.  So much to do so little time so today we are starting in our family room and entryway. Welcome…

 

Fall Home Tour - Entry way - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I kept the entry pretty simple. The cute little stool was a project last spring. It’s just the right size for the space.

I used some classic Fall elements mixed in with some white pumpkins, hydrangea stems and cotton branches.  I really like to mix it up with textures because it warms up a space. The basket on the door was a project for summer. I just replaced the flowers and painted the Welcome with orange.

 

Fall Home Tour - Entryway Table -Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I picked up this old typewriter at a town wide garage sale last weekend. It’s amazing what you can find when you aren’t even looking for it.  🙂 Score! I love the black accents mixed in with the browns and white.  By the way, I can’t wait to show you the other stuff we got – new project coming soon.

 

Fall Home Tour - Entryway Landing - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

It’s an eclectic farmhouse mix…

 

Fall Home Tour - Great Room & TV Room - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

You can see the ottoman made out of an old crate here.

 

Fall Home Tour - Shelf - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love the contrast of the orange and blue in the metal with the white of the cotton. The Fixer Upper style wall decor was one of my favorite projects.

 

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Fall Home Tour - Fixer Upper Accessories - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

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I wanted to stick with neutrals and hints of orange on this hutch. I love the way it pops off of the light gray.  I love mixing classic pieces with things that add character like the binoculars, antique door handle and tool box with the leather strap.

You wouldn’t believe what this piece looked like when I got it. You can see that project here.

 

Fall Home Tour - Fireplace - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I like to get double duty out of my decor when I can (more bang for your buck 🙂  The  brown frame on the mantel is hanging on a wooden backdrop which is actually the back of the mini barn door we made. I used it for summer and just flipped it around for fall.

 

Fall Home Tour - Mantel - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I also like to use versatile pieces wherever possible like the wooden candlestick holders and metal corrugated vase.  They’re so pretty mixed in with seasonal pieces in similar neutral colors and it’s a great way to stretch your “bucks” as my son says.  Lots of textures and old mixed with new make  the space eclectic and inviting.

I hope you enjoyed this part of the Rustic Farmhouse Fall Home Tour. I’ll share our front porch and deck on Monday and the Kitchen, Dining Room and Mudroom after that. I hope you’ll stop back again soon.

Are you a classic fall decor lover or do you like modern neutral tones? Whichever you prefer, enjoy every minute and…

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

 

 

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - Life on Kaydeross Creek

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers

I’ve been obsessed with furniture flips lately, farmhouse furniture makeovers to be exact. The right piece of furniture can change the whole feel of a room. The color, the size and shape tell a story and can be inspiration for the rest of the decor in the space.

I happened to pick up this adorable little hutch this weekend on craigslist for just $70. I had been looking for something for our dining room for a long time and this will fit perfectly.  Sometimes you just have to wait until the right piece comes along…

 

Farmhouse Furniture - Hutch Makeover - Farmhouse Hutch - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

It’s so cute, right?? I knew I wanted to paint it but was searching for inspiration on line and Pinterest, of course, did not disappoint. I found so many pieces that I loved I though I would share them with you. 🙂

Here are 30 of my favorite farmhouse furniture makeovers.

This buffet is stunning. The depth of the color on this piece and the aging with wax is beautiful. It’s so vibrant and the pulls are the icing on the cake.

 

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - Blue Painted Buffet - Life on Kaydeross Creek

ThirtyEighthStreet

I love the two tone of the wood on the drawers and blue paint in this dresser. It just so happens that I was recently given a dresser and I think I need to try this look.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - Two Tone Dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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If I had a place to put something red, I would. It’s so warm and definitely makes a statement. These accessories look so pretty.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - red dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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How sweet is this blue little coffee table? I love the bead detail around the sides and the two tone with the wood on top.

30 Farmhouse Furnture Makeovers - Oval Pedestal Coffee Table - Life on Kaydeross Creek

The Interior Frugalista

This armoire makeover from Bless’er House is just stunning and how creative is the reading nook?

Narnia Inspired Reading Nook - Bless'er House - 30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Bless’er House

Narnia Inspired Reading Nook - Bless'er House - 30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Bless’er House

This dresser is just so pretty. I love the addition of the painted swirls on top of the faded sage green. Just a bit of aging and wear and tear make it seem so delicate. So pretty with the matching accessories.

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What vision it must have taken to see this piece for what it could be. I’m sure a ton of work went into it to fix the overlay. The finished piece is so pretty and so grown up.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers- Vintage Buffet Makeover -Life on Kaydeross Creek

Prodigal Pieces

One of my favorite makeovers. This one was a labor of love but worth it. What farmhouse furniture makeovers would be complete without a bit of distressing and some farmhouse accessories.

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I love the softness of the cream with the contrast of the dark stain. It’s styled so pretty and looks just perfect in this space.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - cream antique dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Little Vintage Nest

The soft, subtle shade of blue on this secretary mixed with the distressing it’s so pretty.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - secretary - Life on Kaydeross Creek

My Creative Days

The choice of paint and the colorful fabric are a perfect combination to update this old hutch.

 

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - Painted hutch - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Just The Wood

The color on this buffet is just gorgeous. The aging with the wax highlights the carved details and is just so pretty. The knobs are perfect.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - light aqua blue dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Brepurposed

This dresser was a big transformation. The glass knobs give it such a classic feel.

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I love the aqua distressed paint on this end table combined with the dark wood top.  What character this would add to a room. It’s styled so cute, too.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - aqua end table - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Lovely Etc. 

Just gorgeous! The perfect place to store quilts.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - curio - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Petticoat Junktion

Another piece from Bless’er House.  I love how the black knobs pop off of the layers of shimmery blues on this dresser. Farmhouse accessories make it even more beautiful. Swoon!

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - Blue Dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Bless’er House

Two book cases combined to make one. This is one of those things where  I was like, why didn’t I think of that?? So farmhouse and so creative!

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - bookcase - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Worthing Court

That patina. The wavy lines. The pulls. The feet. LOVE!

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - Curvy dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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The softness of the chalk paint on this old hutch is so pretty. What a clever use for toiletries and a great piece to help define the bathroom space.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - china Cabinet - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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The color of this dresser is such a perfect gray and the handles are beautiful. It’s perfect in this space.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - gray dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Saw Nail & Paint

This was quite the makeover on this old cabinet. The Cobblestone color from Country Chic Paint was perfect to give it new life. I love how the white and tan accessories pop.

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How gorgeous is this navy cabinet?!? The aging on it is perfect and the white inside makes whatever is displayed pop.

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This old dresser is so pretty with the green and brown combo and those antique pulls add so much character.

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This little armoire is so cute. I can see it in a child’s bedroom or in a bathroom for linens. I love the cure of the legs.

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Restoration Redoux

I love the lines on this piece with the swirly legs and bottom. The shade of blue is so unique and looks so pretty with the stained top. The accessories are perfectly romantic like the piece.

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I know this one is not necessarily a piece of furniture like the others but I just love the distressed paint and trim detail. How pretty is the pop of white of the accessories.

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What a makeover on this desk! It’s so pretty and it is styled so perfectly.

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Prodigal Pieces

I love how this table came out! This was my first time trying this paint technique. It was super easy to do and adds character to this thrift store table.

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This hutch is the perfect farmhouse piece for a dining room or kitchen.  I love the bead board back and trim on the front.

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The Painted Hinge

This buffet makeover is so creative. I love the layers of color, just the right amount of antiquing and the black pulls . The addition of the wood top is perfect.

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Those are some of my favorite farmhouse furniture makeovers. The power of paint, some creativity and a little elbow grease can go a long way! I know exactly what I will do now with my new hutch and I can’t wait to share it with you so stay tuned. Have you taken on a labor of love and transformed something with paint?

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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Thrift Store Table Makeover & Color Wash Paint Technique

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a fantastic week! I’m busy working on a bunch of projects thanks to a very successful trip to my favorite thrift stores last weekend. Sometimes you just hit it right and find things you didn’t even know you needed. Has this ever happened to you? 🙂

This poor little kitchen table just seemed to speak to me. I took one look at it and I could see it all pretty again with a new coat of paint and fresh stain. So home it came and today, I’m sharing my thrift store table makeover with you.

Before…

Here she is before in a very dated and dull muted maple brown color. I know you’re not going to believe this but I got her for, drum roll please, $15.  I think it was because one of the legs was coming off but it just needed to have the bolts put in correctly and tightened and she was as good as new. I love the fluted legs and side rails.

 

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The Plan: New stain for the top and paint for the legs.

After a good cleaning, I stripped the old stain off of the top. This was quite the process because that stain was like baked on there. I had to apply the stripper 3 times and scrape like crazy. Then I sanded it for what seemed like hours with the palm sander. (realistically, it was probably 20 minutes 🙂 ) I got all of the chips and scratches out too. Finally, it was clean and ready to stain with a more modern color.

 

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The new stain I chose was a bit darker but more translucent. I mixed some Watco Danish Oil in Dark Walnut with Ipswich Pine and came up with something I liked. It’s a bit more fresh and I like the way you can see the wood grain through it. You can see the difference in color from the top and the legs.

 

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Once it was dry, I gave it 3 coats of poly to make was it durable. I love the way the top turned out!!

 

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The Paint Technique:

This was one of those projects I could see completed in my head while I was buying the piece. I saw the colors mixed together and knew it had to be green and blue. I started by giving the bottom a coat of homemade chalk paint in a mix of sage green and cobblestone from Country Chic Paint that I had used on the Antique Cabinet Makeover. What I got was this nice gray/green.

 

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I wanted to “wash”  the blue on top of the green so it almost looked like a water color effect. To get the right blue I had in mind, I mixed navy blue from my son’s room with a bit of craft paint in Island Blue. It was exactly what I wanted.

I mixed a half a cup of warm water with a quarter cup of plaster of Paris and then mixed it into about 3/4 cup of paint. I wanted it to be a bit runny so I could wipe it off easily.

I brushed just a bit of the paint on and then wiped it off with a dry cotton cloth. I kept a damp cloth near me in case the paint got too heavy on the surface and I cold wipe it off. I also kept the green paint handy if I needed to touch it up.

 

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After I gave the entire piece the blue “wash” I sanded down the edges of the corners on the legs where it would wear down if someone rubbed against it over time. I used 120 grit sandpaper to bring out the wood underneath.

Then I used my favorite Country Chic Paint Antiquing Wax over the legs and sides to give it a more aged look.

 

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I love the way this table makeover came out! All of the layers of paint and stain give it such farmhouse character.

 

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Why not create something completely unique for your home? The color combinations are endless. Do you have a piece of furniture you could try this with? If not, maybe you could head to your favorite thrift store and see what speaks to you. 🙂

I’d love to see your projects if you try this paint technique!

Happy DIY’ing!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek    Florence | Vintage Southern Picks

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The idea.

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

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

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

 

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Front door wreath alternative supplies:

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

 

Getting Started

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

 

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

Plan B

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

The result.

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

 

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

 

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

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

 


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Painted Furniture – Antique Cabinet Makeover

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing the unbelievable makeover of an antique cabinet I picked up at a garage sale for just $40. It was tired and old and in major need of some TLC. It was also one of those things where I didn’t need a cabinet in this shape or size but it just spoke to me and said “Colleen, please take me home and make me pretty again”. Fortunately, I love painted furniture so I listened.

 

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This post contains affiliate links and is a review of Country Chic Paint. All opinions are 100% my own, as always, pinkie swear. 

I fell in love…

with the curves of the legs and the glass doors and side panels. Unfortunately, the doors were falling off a bit and the trim at the top was broken and needed to be replaced. We removed the doors (to be saved for another project) and the broken trim, gave it a good cleaning and sanded it down.  I kind of liked the rustic/industrial feel of it so we used it like that for a awhile just to see if it was  a good fit.

 

 

This picture is from a post I did on making a simple sign from scrap wood and you can see that here.  I liked it but recently decided that it needed a good coat of paint.

It’s amazing what a good coat of paint can do, am I right? If I had a dollar for every time I said that 🙂

I had seen Country Chic Paint on some of my favorite blogs and on line (I love their tutorials on paint techniques) so I decided to give it a try along with their wax. I’m so glad I did. 🙂

 

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Since we had already sanded the cabinet down a bit, I didn’t really have much prep work to do other than to give it a good cleaning.

 

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This was my first time using the Country Chic Paint so I wasn’t familiar with how it would cover, (plus, I wasn’t sure how the dark stain left on the piece would darken the paint color) so I primed it first. Call me old school.

 

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So different already! Then I gave it a coat of the Country Chic Paint in the color Cobblestone. They have a ton of colors to choose from which you can see here.

 

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The paint went on really easily and dried so quickly in a nice soft finish. I left the back white initially because I had thought about applying shelf liner or wall paper for a different look. Then I decided that the antique look I was going for didn’t really go with that so I painted the whole thing. I had to touch up here and there but I was really surprised that the container covered the entire piece.

After it had dried completely, I broke out the palm sander and went over the edges to “rough it up” a bit.

 

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You can see where the sander opened up the wood and brought the white paint out a bit too .

Now to apply the wax…

I love this part! This is one of the drawers before wax with the Cobblestone.

 

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I used an old paint brush to apply the wax. I dipped it into the container and swirled it around a bit to work it into the brush.

 

 

 

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I like to do an “X” pattern and circle motion with the brush so there are no lines and it’s more random.

 

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And then wipe/rub it in really well with a cotton rag.  See the difference in the color from the top to the bottom?

 

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Painted Furniture - farmhouse - Antique Cabinet Makeover - Country Chic Paint - Antiquing Wax application - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

By sanding the piece, the wax gets worked into the grooves of the raw wood on the painted furniture, brings out the dark tone and “ages” the piece.  It’s really noticeable in the details and the trim. Yummy, rustic, farmhouse, aged goodness. 🙂

 

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The wax was really easy to use and had no odor at all. I absolutely love the color it gave the piece and the antiqued look.

One more detail…

To finish off the top, we added a piece of moulding. I couldn’t really find exactly what I wanted, one with more detail, but this piece worked well. I’m not gonna lie, it was a bear to cut the angles because it had been so long and we had a bit of a problem with one of the corners. Nothing a little spackle can’t fix. 🙂

 

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I could only get the trim piece in white so I had to improvise when it came to the color. I wanted the new piece to blend in like it was always there. You’re gonna think I’m crazy but I used brown craft paint as a base for my Cobblestone color so that when I sanded it down a bit the brown would show through.

 

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I even went back over after the paint and wax just to make it all look seamless. It worked like a charm. What do you think?

 

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I love, love, love the way this piece came out!  I also loved working with the Country Chic Paint and the wax is just awesome sauce. A little goes such a long way and really brings out extra character in painted furniture. I have already used it again on another project which I will share with you soon. I’ll also share a quick new video on how to use the wax as well.

 

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Do you have a piece that could use a little love? Keep your ears open next time you’re at a garage sale or flea market and you just might find one speaking to you.

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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How to Create a Gallery Wall on a Budget

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

 

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Pretty basic, I know. When we did this makeover a few years ago, I was running out of time (energy, honestly) and wanted something simple so I added this small, monochromatic gallery. My daughter is a tween now (Lord, help me) so I want to update it and add some color to this space to go along with her colorful personality. 🙂

When I create a gallery, I start by finding inspiration from colors in the room.  In this case, I pulled out several colors in her quilt including green, pink and blue.

 

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I picked out this pretty scrapbook paper in those colors.

 

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To get the look I was going for and to stay on budget, I mixed some old pieces I had with some some new things.

MATERIALS FOR THE GALLERY WALL:

  • thrift store frames and store bought frames
  • scrapbook paper
  • craft paint
  • wooden craft letters
  • Scrap wood
  • stencils
  • stencil brush
  • saw tooth hangers
  • spackle

THE PROCESS:

I started by taking down the old gallery, spackling the nail holes and touching up the paint so I could start fresh. To make sure I spaced everything out correctly, I measured the wall space I wanted to fill (42 x 54) and taped out that dimension on the floor.

 

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

 

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Then I started placing different pieces in the space, playing around with size an shape.  I started with the bigger pieces first and laid out my design. The trick is to have different size pieces, different textures and colors and different types of materials. It’s important to get size and shape placed first because if the color isn’t right, you can always break out the craft paint or spray paint, which I have to do here. I tried a few different combinations until I got what I wanted.

ONE OPTION…

 

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Here is the layout I finally decided on. I like how the shapes are spaced out. The materials. including the wooden elements, seem balanced but I’m ready for some color. Here’s how I’ll add color to the layout:

 

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

 

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

 

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Then build up and out.

 

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I ended up moving things slightly and adjusting a bit as I went (I’m not gonna lie, there are a few more holes in the wall than I would like)

THE FINAL PRODUCT:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Whether it’s monochromatic, perfectly spaced or random, creating a wall gallery is a great way to add personality to your home. The possibilities are endless and creating one of these gallery walls does not have to break the bank. Thrift store frames combined with some DIY craft projects and garage sale prints or a piece of art found at Target or on Amazon can create something completely unique for your home.  What kind of gallery wall would you create?

Happy DIY’ing!

Col