Styling a farmhouse china hutch

Styling a farmhouse china hutch

My china hutch in the dining room was full, but it lacked interest and charm.

In fact, it was boring and didn’t really add anything to our dining room. I’d been looking for a way to showcase our milk glass collection, so I thought I’d combine the two.

I took everything out of the hutch until it was empty.

I arranged the cups, plates and dishes into interesting arrangements and added a basket for texture.

Then I featured my favorite milk glass pieces in various areas of the hutch.

I am really pleased with the result.

What do you think? Isn’t that way less boring?

How to make the most out of your small bedroom

How to make the most

Even the smallest space can be one that is relaxing and beautiful if you keep it clean and organized enough. Even if you have a small bedroom, you can make it appear bigger. However, the true focus of your efforts should be on making the most of the space that you have now, including organizing your possessions in such a way that they are convenient to access and use. You don’t need a lot of space to make a bedroom that is inviting, neat, and pretty.

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First, make your space more comfortable while also making it appear larger by using quality lighting. Don’t simply flood your room with bright lights in an attempt to make it seem larger. Instead, use multiple smaller lights to make your room lighter or darker depending on your circumstances and mood. Find a variety of lights at your local retailer and consider a number of options. For example, if you need LED lighting Tampa visit a trusted company like Light Style of Tampa Bay. There, you will see the options, such as floor lamps, ceiling lamps, and wall lights, which can provide depth and interest to your small bedroom.

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Use creative ideas to make the most out of your space for storage. Organize your closet both vertically and horizontally. Use the space under your bed to store boxes and choose stools and chairs that allow you to store things inside of them. You don’t need a ton of space to fit all of your stuff if you organize them well. At the same time, you should get rid of things that are not needed in your life so that you don’t have a lot of clutter taking up space in your bedroom.

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Finally, choose light colors and simple patterns to avoid making your bedroom look busy or cluttered. Neutral or light colors make your space seem larger and more relaxing at the same time. Avoid jarring patterns or patterns that use a number of contrasting colors. Keep it simple, neat, and always organized.

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Creating rustic bathroom shelves from plumbing pipes

Creating rustic bathroom shelves from plumbing pipes

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Our bathrooms in our home are very spacious, but they’re also very boring. They are both very plain and builder-grade. We’ve recently begun to look at them to see how we might add some character without spending a lot of money on them.

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We do eventually plan to replace the tubs, tub surround, and flooring, but that will be a costly renovation, and it just isn’t in the budget right now. Instead, we are comparison shopping and trying to decide just what we want when the time comes.

At the present time, though, we can add just a little farmhouse character to our baths without breaking our checkbook.

We have decided to add some sort of rustic shelving, swap out that builder grade mirror for a more farmhouse-styled one, maybe paint or re-stain the vanity, and upgrade that cheap light fixture, but until we do that, we’ve opted to add some rustic shelving. These are the shelves you’ve seen on Fixer Upper, and all over Pinterest. And they’re the perfect project for adding a little industrial farmhouse to your home.

Adding rustic shelving is super easy, and not that expensive. Here’s what you’ll need to get started to make two plumbing pipe shelves.

2X10 pine board

4 3/4 in galvanized pipe nipples

4 3/4 in floor flanges

4 3/4 in pipe caps

your choice wood stain (I used Minwax Walnut)

black spray paint

microfiber cloth

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I didn’t take step by step pics of the prep work, because it’s monotonous and self-explanatory. First, measure the area where you want your shelves to hang. Once you know your needed dimensions, you can cut your board to the appropriate lengths. Remember to measure twice and cut once! Next, use sandpaper, or an orbital sander to sand your boards smooth. Afterward, wipe the sawdust from your boards with a microfiber cloth.Then, apply the wood stain using a rag or brush. Allow each coat to dry at least 24 hours. Using your black spray paint, paint the galvanized pipe parts black. Allow 24 hours to dry.  For best results, use a spray paint with a primer included.

 

After your boards have dried, measure the area once more you want to hang your shelves. Use a level to make sure your boards are level, and mark the wall where you’ll screw the floor flanges. I highly recommend hanging your shelves on a stud to make them more sturdy, but if you can’t, then you’ll need to use dry wall anchors.

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After you’ve screwed the flanges to the wall, then you can assemble the pipe nipples and caps.

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Repeat this step for each side of your shelves. Then, you simply lay your shelf boards attop the pipes, and you’re done!

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Yes, you can totally see where I filledi n the giant holes left behind by the towel bar. They were huge and required lots and lots of spackle.

But, here’s the (mostly) finished product.

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I love how these shelves add so much rustic charm and character to our bathroom…plus, they add some much needed storage. Our vanity in this bathroom is rather small and there isn’t much counter space.

Have you made any rustic pipe shelves lately? If so, I’d love for you to show me!

Have a wonderful week.

 

Farmhouse Fridays Pinterest Round-up: my favorite living rooms

I’m gearing up for quite the busy week. My children are back in school and my students are back in my classroom. In spite of all the busyness, I wanted to share some inspiration I found on Pinterest this week…Pin-spiration, if you will 😁.

First up is this lovely room. I chose it because of its rustic wood ladder and chippy furniture. This look would be easy to create and wouldn’t cost much.

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This room has so many fun textural elements. From the rug, to the throw pillows, to the big wooden coffee table. Also, did you guys spot that shiplap wall?

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I love everything about this room. The fireplace, the beams, and the high ceilings. And is that a headboard ceiling?

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I chose this living room for the barn door, the striped curtains and the typo art.

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Our own living room will soon undergo a bit of a transformation. Stay tuned, and have a wonderful weekend.

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.

It could be really nice, with the right comforts and features.

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 coffee.

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 in the next few months!