Cute and affordable Christmas decor…at Dollar General

Christmas Decor

I know I said I’d never post a Christmas post before Thanksgiving. And I tried not to, I really did. But everywhere I go, I see so many pretty Christmas things and I just can’t help it. So for that reason, I am going to share some of my recent finds in our local Dollar General. Everything is simple, cute, and very affordable.

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Y’all know I am a sucker for the little red truck trend. I love the little red truck with Christmas trees in the back for Christmas and filled with pumpkins for the fall. I managed to find this cute melanine tray for $2 and also this cute little plate. I did end up buying the tray.

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I may still buy the plate.

I also found an entire aisle of super cute ornaments for just a dollar each. I’m definitely going to buy some of those buffalo checked stocking ornaments. The little initial ornaments would be cute for decorating packages.

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There are also a number of cute tree skirts for $5-$10.

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I am also strongly considering buying this Christmas tree topper. A rustic tree would be so cute with this on it and some burlap ribbon.

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I would really like to have this pretty table runner, and for $6 I think I will.

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Our kitchen really needs these dish towels, too.

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These make such cute hostess gifts for holiday parties and they are super cute for your own use, too.

 

What super cute Christmas finds have you stumbled upon?

Building a faux fireplace mantle

Building an antique fireplace mantle

Last month, I told you all about how my husband and I purchased and antique fireplace mantle.

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We have a long, blank and boring wall in our living room, that unfortunately is our focal wall when you walk in the door. I’ve always wanted a pretty fireplace on that wall but knew we couldn’t afford a real one. A faux one was the next best thing 🙂

Using a plan from Bless’r House as a model, we decided how large the mantle and hearth would need to be and we purchased the wood.

Here is a list of what we used to build the fireplace:

  • Antique mantle (found through local antiques dealers)
  • 2 plywood sheets
  • Faux brick panel
  • 11 2×4 boards
  • 2 1X12 boards
  • 1 2×12 board
  • Finishing nails
  • Deck screws
  • Drywall screws
  • Tape measure and yard stick
  • Circular saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Hammer
  • Power drill

We began by deciding how large we wanted the hearth to be and we cut two 2X4sat 64 inches long. We chose 64 inches because this made the hearth a tiny bit wider than the mantle itself. The cross pieces and sides are 24 inches.

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We then cut a piece of plywood to fit the top of the hearth, but we did not hammer it down yet.

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We then carried the hearth into the house, placed it where we wanted it, and attached it to the baseboards. We then attached the plywood to the top of the hearth.

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We then attached plywood strips and two by fours to the back of the mantle.

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After attaching the two by fours to the side, and the plywood strips, we cut out a surround from one of the plywood sheets. I attached it using small wood screws.

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I then attached 2X4s to the wall at the correct height to the wall. Be sure to hang these on studs, but if you can’t, make sure you use drywall anchors that can accommodate heavy weights.

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I then attached the 1X12s for the side braces to the 2x4s.

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I then put the mantle up beside these braces, and attached the two by fours on the back of the mantle to the braces. I used decking screws to do this.

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I then realized we had about an eight inch gap between the mantle and the wall.

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Attaching a 2X6 to this space covered the gap and laid flush with the back of the mantle.

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We then cut and added faux brick paneling to the wall behind the mantle and on the sides so that the inside of the mantle couldn’t be seen.

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We have nearly finished the mantle. We now only have to paint, add the stone, and fill in some nail holes. Our living room looks so much better already! Can’t wait to share the finished product with you all!

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Fall fun printables…for free!

You all know I love fall. I also love a good freebie. There are a number of ways you can get a super cute fall print on the cheap…for free, even! Here are a few fun fall decor items you can print, frame or even make yourself that you will love!

1. Magazine photo framed

If you’re like me, you subscribe to tons of magazines. Sometimes the fall editions have pictures of gorgeous fall scenes in them. Number one is just a pretty picture I cut out of a Country Living magazine and stuck in a frame I already had.

2. Google images search

All three of these super cute printables came from doing a Google images search. The print that says “we gather together” and “give thanks” both were found at On Sutton Place and the Apple wreath print was found here.

3. Pinterest

Number three, the subway art printable, was created by Make Bake Celebrate, and I found it by searching fall art printables on Pinterest. I already had the frame.

4. Hang a trio of prints/ use fall colored paper to mat

I have had these printable cards for a long time, and try as I may, I cannot find the original source. If anyone recognizes them, please email me so I can appropriately credit the maker. I love these pretty little fall prints with their cheery colored mats. They make me smile everytime I see them.

What is your favorite fall print source?

Fall home tour 2019

Fall home tour 2019

Our favorite season is upon us here at Lumber in my Minivan! I can’t tell you how much I love fall in the south- the temperatures cool off, the leaves change and everybody heads outside.

My house seems to be in its finest glory when the fall decor comes out. I tried to change it up a little this year and I’m loving the results.

When you come in the front door, you’re greeted by sunflowers and the soft glow of candles in this vignette, which can be found on our sofa table.

Our living room is full of pumpkins, sunflowers, bittersweet and candles. I especially love these sweet fall pillows I ordered online last year.

One of my favorite things about our living room decor is this beautiful wreath Michael’s family sent us when my dad died.

This sweet vignette is on our coffee table.

We also have a similar vignette in our office/ family room.

If you’re curious, that tree field guide belonged to my dad.

I am loving our fall table runner and the fall potpourri I put in our bread bowl. It smells so good!

The window in our dining room got a little fall goodness too in the form of milkglass, a lantern and some fall florals.

Even our kitchen is sporting a little fall goodness.

The shelves in our master bath look so cute with the sunflowers and pine cones.

I decided our hall bath needed some sunflowers as well 😃

Throughout our fall house tour, you’ve likely seen these elements repeated: milk glass, pine cones, bittersweet, copper pumpkins and sunflowers.

Tune in next week for some pictures of our outdoor fall decor.

Back porch rehab: a mood board and a plan

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We have a wonderful covered back porch, but it’s a bit lacking in decor and comfort.

The space itself is great, but it’s bland and underused.

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And I know what you’re thinking. Summer is over- why worry about sitting on the porch now?

We live in Central North Carolina, and it’s so hot here in the summer we can’t stand to sit on the porch. Even if it’s covered. Even if it has a ceiling fan- which ours doesn’t.

I’d love to make this a cozy little sitting space, kind of like an outdoor living room. I’ve got so many good ideas of what I’d like to do. Take a look at my ideas and the inspiration I’ve pulled from  Pinterest!  Here’s what I think our porch really needs:

  1. A ceiling fan

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The porch in this photo reminds me of a nicer version of my own porch. The spaces are similar. I love that ceiling fan because it’s decorative, and because I definitely don’t love our hot, humid weather.

2. Porch rug and a coffee table

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I just love the porch furniture, the colors, and the general coziness of Suzy’s porch over at Worthing Court. It’s lovely- I just wanna sit there and drink my tea.

3. Pillows or cushions

See the picture above. Cushions and pillows make any porch seem cozy and inviting.

4. Soft lighting for fun and for evenings

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I realize this is a Christmas photo, but I love the soft lighting from the string lights. String lights are also just a very cool look.

5. citronella candles

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The mosquitoes in North Carolina are world-famous. They’re mean and they will get you. And since you’re well aware of my fondness for mason jars, I thought I’d try my hand at making a few of these citronella candle jars.

6. a new porch lantern

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Our puny, builder grade light fixture was broken in one of the hurricanes last year and we haven’t replaced it yet. I’d love this barn light lantern on our back porch. It’s such a cool look.

7. different wreaths

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There is nothing wrong with the wreaths I made, but I think they’re a little puny. This wreath is fuller and the colors are better and I think it’d look great on my doors.

 

We are actively working on making the porch cozier and better right now. I can’t wait to share it with you next month!