Shop Your House: Don’t buy new, repurpose instead

Have you ever had something in your house that you love, but due to its age, it doesn’t look as good as it used to? Or maybe it’s not something that doesn’t look usable anymore but you can’t bring yourself to get rid of it.

At our wedding eleven years ago, we lined the sidewalk of our reception hall with lanterns hanging from shepherd’s hooks.

I have about four of these sitting in my garage right now.

It’s faded. There’s candle wax melted in the bottom of it. It doesn’t look so hot. But you all know about my love of spray paint.

I covered the glass with painter’s tape and got to work. I put two coats on my cute little lanterns.

I let them dry for about 24 hours. The finished project looks pretty great. Next week, I will show you how they turned out, and where I am using them.

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Room refresher: refresh your living room

When you saw it last, our living room looked a little like this.

In desperate need of new furniture and with a focal wall that was a big, blank slate.

I tried to liven it up with this gallery wall, but it still felt a little bare. I knew we wanted to make that focal wall a real focal wall, so I convinced my husband to help me build a faux fireplace from an antique mantle we bought.

And once that was finished and it established the focal wall I wanted, we started shopping for living room furniture.

I found these adorable chairs on Wayfair. They were very affordable and were delivered within a few days. We had to put the legs on the chairs but that was all.

We also bought a couch, an area rug and a matching rug runner.

Our couch arrived and while there was nothing wrong with it, the color wasn’t what we imagined it’d be.

We called Wayfair and arranged a pickup. They even loaded it back up and carried it out of the house for us. Wayfair has awesome customer service.

We ended up picking this couch up from a furniture store in the Raleigh area. It goes perfectly with our rug and chairs we got from Wayfair.

It matches so well it’s like we bought them as a set. We then arranged the furniture to face the fireplace.

We still need to find a new coffee table, new end tables and two new lamps. All in all, I am so excited about all of the changes we have made. I can’t wait to show you the finished room.

Have a great week!! We have some Valentine’s Day goodies headed your way.

Entry- way rehab!

Our entry way is not so bad. In fact, it’s way better than it used to be. And there are a lot of things I actually like about it.

I love that really cute built in coat tree that my dad built, I love the little shelf above it, and y’all know I love some wooden signs with quotes on them.

So let’s talk about what I don’t love.

I don’t love that builder grade front door. I want one that looks like this:

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I also don’t love that builder grade light fixture. It’s not in the picture, but it’s one of those “boob lights.” Very ordinary and no character. I’m digging this schoolhouse flushmount instead.

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That LL Bean water hog mat can stay right where it is, but an umbrella stand would sure be nice. I like this one from Magnolia Home.

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I also love this console table and how well it fits in the space, but I also get annoyed sometimes that the table catches everything and becomes a drop zone.

Maybe a bench would change that. It’d also be nice to have someplace to sit down and take my shoes off. I like this one at Kirklands.

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I’m not entirely sure yet how I’ll change up our little entry but I know I’ll be making most of these changes gradually. Stay tuned!!

And come back this week for a bathroom reveal and a unique and rustic jewelry holder made from something repurposed. Have a wonderful day!

From Christmas to Winter: transitional decor that works!

Have you ever undecorated after Christmas and immediately felt that your house looked naked or empty? I have.

Did you know you can leave some of your Christmas decor out to serve as winter decor? You definitely can- don’t pack away all of your Christmas pretties. Today I’d like to share how some of your Christmas decor can transition to winter decor.

1. Candles

Do you love the look of soft Christmas lights and candles? There is no reason you can’t use white Christmas lights and candles for a soft, cozy winter look.

2. Do you want to display a snowman?

You know you just sang that like Anna from Frozen. Snowmen are perfect for winter or Christmas and you can leave them out from November to March if you want.

3. Pine branches and pine cones

You know what I love? Decorating with natural elements. Pine cones can be used to decorate for fall, winter or spring, and they can be used as vase fillers too. Plus, they’re pretty easy to find.

4. Red berries

Red berries are great for fall, Christmas and winter. I love how these things look mixed with the soft glow of candles or white lights. Pair them with some fake snow and they’ll look amazing.

5. Bottle brush trees

I love bottle brush trees but I especially love how versatile they are. They work well for Christmas or winter and they look great with almost anything.

I hope this gives you some great ideas for filling in those after Christmas bare spots.

Winter home tour coming soon!

Building a faux fireplace mantle, part 3

When we last left you, our beautiful antique mantle with its faux firebox looked like this:

Nothing was painted, no stone was laid. Things were kinda bare. And unfinished.

Our first item on the agenda was to paint it.

First, we caulked any cracks or areas we felt needed filling in. We painted the mantle and the adjoining boards behind it with white paint in satin finish.

Next, we installed Airstone to the surround and the bottom of the hearth.

This stuff is amazingly easy and fun to work with. Simply spread the adhesive on the back of the stones like you’re frosting a cake and press into place. You can also cut the stone with a hacksaw or circular saw.

We then laid faux slate vinyl tiles across the top of the hearth. We may upgrade it later to real slate but I am loving how this looks, and how little it cost.

We then painted the faux brick paneling with some matte black chalk paint. I just like the finish.

We still have a few areas to fill in and some trim to add, but all in all, I am loving it!

Stay tuned! The rest of our living room is about to change in a big way, and I can’t wait to show it to you!!

Have a great Monday!