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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. 🙂

 

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

 

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.
DIY Birch Tree Ladders - Rustic Fall Farmhouse Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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!

 

 

Rustic Fall Porch ToursSunday

Life on Kaydeross Creek

Creative Cain Cabin

The Tattered Pew

Loveland Lodge

Rustic Fall Porch Tours

Monday

A Blue Nest

Hood Creek Log Cabin

A Southern Discourse

Shine Your Light

 

 

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

 

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

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.

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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.

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

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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.

Painted Furniture DIY Project - Farmhouse Furniture - Upcycled Furniture - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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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.

Thrift Store dresser makeover - farmhouse furniture - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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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

Confessions of a Serial DIYer

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.

Painted Furniture - Antique Cabinet -Country Chic Paint - farmhouse -Life on Kaydeross Creek

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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.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - antique navy curio - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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

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

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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.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - blue armoire dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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.

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

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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.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - antique stained curio cabinet - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - antique desk - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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.

Thrift Store Table Makeover - Painted Furniture - Color wash paint technique with Antique Wax and stain completed - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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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.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - Hutch - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers Gray buffet with new wooden top - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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

Thrift Store Table Makeover - Color wash paint technique with Antique Wax and stain completed - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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.

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover - color wash - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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.

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover - ready for new stain and color wash - Painted Furniture - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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.

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover - new stain and color wash - Painted furniture -Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover - Stained top - Color wash paint technique - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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.

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover - Color wash paint technique - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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.

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover - Color wash paint technique with Antique Wax and stain - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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.

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover - Stained top - Color wash paint technique - Antiquing Wax - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover - Color wash paint technique with Antique Wax and stain completed - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover - Painted Furniture - Color wash paint technique with Antique Wax and stain completed - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover -Color Wash Paint Technique - Farmhouse - Upcycle - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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

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

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.

Meet the Hosts

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

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

A new colorful alternative to a front door wreath - upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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

Plan B

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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.

 

A new alternative to a wreath on the front door - adding color with stencils - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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.

 

Thrift Store Upcycle - Wooden box - faux suitcase tacks - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 


And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!

Painted Furniture - farmhouse - Antique Cabinet Makeover - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Painted Furniture – Antique Cabinet Makeover

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing the crazy 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.

 

Painted Furniture - Antique cabinet makeover with Country Chic Paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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. 🙂

 

Painted Furniture - Country Chic Paint - Antique-ing an old cabinet with wax - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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.

 

Painted Furniture - create an antique or aged look with Country Chic Paint and Wax - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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.

 

Painted Furniture - priming the surface for paint - how to create an antique or aged look with Country Chic Paint and Wax - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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.

 

Painted Furniture - How to create an aged or antique look with Country Chic Paint and Wax - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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.

 

Painted Furniture - Distressing the edges with a sander - How to create an aged or antique look with Country Chic Paint and Wax - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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.

 

Painted Furniture - Farmhouse Antique Cabinet Makeover - Country Chic Paint - Cobblestone - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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.

 

 

 

Painted Furniture - furniture - Antique Cabinet Makeover - Country Chic Paint - Antiquing Wax with brush - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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. 🙂

 

Painted Furniture - distressing details with Country Chic Paint Antique Cabinet makeover - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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. 🙂

 

Painted Furniture - Antique cabinet makeover - adding trim to the top and spackle to fix it - distressing details with Country Chic Paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Painted Furniture - adding trim to the top Antique cabinet makeover - distressing details with Country Chic Paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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.

 

Painted Furniture - Antique cabinet makeover - distressing details with Country Chic Paint and antique wax - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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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Painted Furniture - Antique Cabinet Makeover - Country Chic Paint - distress details - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

 

 

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

 

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…

 

How to Create a Gallery Wall on a Budget - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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.

 

Jumping off point - How to create gallery wall on a budget - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I picked out this pretty scrapbook paper in those colors.

 

How to Create a Wall Gallery on a Budget -using scrapbook paper to add color and pattern - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

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

MATERIALS FOR THE GALLERY WALL:

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

THE PROCESS:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

ONE OPTION…

 

How to create a gallery wall on a budget - changing up the layout - Life on Kaydeross Creek Using different size, shape and color elements to create a unique gallery wall

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

How to create a gallery wall on a budget - applying the pieces to the wall - start with the bottom and work your way up - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then build up and out.

 

How to create a gallery wall on a budget - add pieces up and out until you fill in the space - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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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:

 

How to create a gallery wall on a budget - add pieces up and out until you fill in the space and complete the wall - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

How to Create a gallery wall on a budget - using a mix of colors, textures and different size elements and DIY projects - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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

 

 

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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

 

 

Brimfield May 2017 - Decorating with Flea Market Finds - 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. 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

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

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Spring Home Tour 2017

Hey everyone! Welcome to our Spring Home Tour! This winter has seemed like the longest winter evvvverrr up in here in the Northeast so it can be hard to find inspiration when you look out the window and still see snow at the end of March. I figured if I can’t see it outside right now, I’ll surround myself with it on the inside!  Come on in….

 

Farmhouse -Spring Home Tour 2017 - Family Room & Entry - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I started by adding some robin’s egg blue here and there with pillows and then added a few other touches of spring like nests with eggs and, of course, flowers. I tried to keep it subtle and laid back.

This is the view when you enter our front door. I picked up this old dresser at the Salvation Army for $35. I’m still debating on whether or not to paint it. Would you?

 

Farmhouse -Spring Home Tour 2017 - Family Room - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This “Adirondack crate” was a project we did last spring which you can see HERE.  I love the way it frames the giant mason jar and adds texture and a rustic feel.

 

Farmhouse -Spring Home Tour 2017 - Entry Adirondack vignette - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This is our family room where we play games at the table and hang out.  For those of you that have been here awhile, you’ll notice that I painted the coffee table white. I have to be honest, I really miss the orange.  What do you think? You can see the table makeover HERE.

 

Farmhouse - Spring Home Tour 2017 - Family Room Vignette - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I talk a little bit about living in our “season of life” and ours now is with a 11 year old and an 8 year old who still likes to jump on the furniture.  Therefore, we hang on to the old furniture for a bit longer.  Sigh, maybe next year. 

 

Farmhouse - Spring Home Tour 2017 - Family Room - Pillows - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I picked up this great little corrugated metal container locally at a  cute little shop. I love the mixed metals and color it adds. You can find similar ones HERE.

 

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These flowering branches are from Michaels, the chunky candlestick holders are from Hobby Lobby and I picked up the gold ones from a thrift store.  I made the “P” sign out of leftover MDF we had from the laundry room project.

 

Spring Home Tour Sneak Peak - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Spring Home Tour - Family Room details - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I used the same leaf stencil on the “P” sign as I did on this tray, which is made out of an old frame. It was one of my favorite projects and you can see how we did it HERE.  I couldn’t find pillows that had a print I liked so I made these. I found the cute little bird fabric at Jo-Ann Fabric. The solid pillows are from Marshall’s.

 

Farmhouse - Spring Home Tour 2017 - Family Room - DIY Tray - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love this corner. My husband made the barn door and we made the ottoman from an old crate. You can see that HERE.  I just recently re-covered it in a old burlap sack I picked up at a thrift store for $1 just in time for the Spring home tour.

Again, that’s not my favorite fabric on the chair but that chair used to belong to my in-laws and hubby and I used to sit together in it back in High School. I don’t know what’s scarier, that it was that long ago or that we both could fit in it at the same time back then. 🙂

 

Farmhouse - pring Home Tour 2017 - Family Room - Ottoman - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Farmhouse - Spring Home Tour 2017 - Family Room - Antique Stool - Life on Kaydeross Creek
This room has just started to come together. I picked up the pillows at Pier One and the lamp is from Target. The screen shelf was a recent project and you can see that HERE. I haven’t shared the Farmhouse sign project yet but stay tuned.   I got the coffee table at the Salvation Army for, wait for it, $40. Yes, $40.

 

Farmhouse - Spring Home Tour 2017 - Den - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This painted antique hutch is one of my favorite pieces. You can see it’s transformation HERE.

 

Spring Home Tour Den - Hutch - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Spring Home Tour 2017 - Family Room Fireplace - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

We made this mini barn door recently and you can see that project HERE. I love the light blue against the stone on the fireplace and the pops of green.

 

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

 

This is our foyer which I updated last spring and you can see that HERE.

 

Farmhouse - Spring Tour 2017 -Foyer - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Spring Home Tour - Family Room and Den - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Here’s a peak at the kitchen and dining room…

 

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Spring Home Tour 2017 - Life on Kaydeross Creek Mixed metals, rustic spring decor

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Thanks so much for stopping by today for our Spring Home Tour. Have you decorated for spring yet?  Do you have some DIY projects to get you started?

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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