Board and Batten farmhouse shutters: a ridiculously easy DIY

Board and Batten farmhouse shutters: a ridiculously easy DIY

Our kitchen had this awkward window above the sink, which looked into the dining room. It was random and weird, and I couldn’t decide what to do with it. I thought about putting a cafe rod and curtains there, but I really didn’t want to do that.

I wanted something more unique. I spotted some scrap wood in my garage and I had an idea: why not create some simple, rustic shutters? I measured the opening and cut the wood. Then, I bought some cute hinges and handles.

Here they are all laid out but not actually put together.

I constructed four shutters with crossbars like this:

I then painted them white, as you can see.

I attached the hinges on the insides of the shutters so I could accordion close them into the sides of the opening.

I absolutely love how much character these simple, rustic shutters add to our kitchen.

What rustic DIY have you recently created?

Make Something Monday: faux grain sacks

Make Something Monday: faux grain sacks

I love grain sacks so much. I have two of them in our dining room.

I had an awkward space in our hall and wanted another grain sack to occupy the space… except I couldn’t find what I wanted. As usual, when faced with high costs or low availability, I decided to create my own.

Have you ever been to The Graphics Fairy.com? That website is an amazing treasure trove of vintage graphics and art. I’ve used it many times to decorate my home. When I visited in search of wheat/grain graphics, I found this:

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Ain’t she a beaut? I went to Walmart and found these handy-dandy burlap sheets THAT YOU CAN FIT IN YOUR PRINTER!! How awesome is that?

You can probably guess what happened next… I popped one of those burlap sheets into my printer, printed that grain sack on it, and popped it into a frame. The result?

Instant grain sack!!

What cute, easy farmhouse crafts have you done lately?

Creating an easy spring vignette

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I have often struggled with the correct way to create a seasonal vignette. I was always worried about making it too busy, or too sparse, but then I realized something: there really isn’t a right or wrong way to create a vignette. I have created some of my favorite vignettes simply by trial and error.

There are, however, a few rules I like to stick with when creating seasonal vignettes.

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  1. Use natural elements.

Pine cones are appropriate for spring, fall and winter decor. I always try to include some sort of seasonal element from nature, be it flowers, or tree branches, or even a bird’s nest. Including a natural element adds something real to your home.

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2. Texture makes a huge difference

You should always use something that adds texture. Baskets, birds’ nests, pinecones, or even tree limbs add texture and interest to your vignette.

3. Group items in odd numbers, in varying heights to keep the eye moving.

I recently added this spring vignette to our home:

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I added both flowering tree branches and eggs for natural elements, a basket for texture, a glass gallon jar for a vase, a milk glass footed cup, and a rabbit vase on stacked books to give it some height. It took me four tries to make this something I loved and enjoyed.

Don’t be afraid to group and arrange what you love, change it and re-arrange it, and re-arrange it some more. Change it until you’re happy with it, but follow the basic rules to help you get there.

And, tune in next week for a peek at our spring home tour 🙂

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Pinterest Round Up: Favorite Fall Pillows

Pinterest Round Up: Favorite Fall Pillows

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I am excited to announce that my favorite season has officially arrived….well, at least it has on the calendar. It still feels like summer here in the Tarheel State, the leaves aren’t changing yet, and I haven’t quite broken out my scarves and sweaters yet. But I am decorating for fall and I can’t wait to show you my fall decor this week!

In the meantime, I want to share some of these cute fall pillows I found while browsing Pinterest one recent night when I couldn’t sleep. Side note: has anyone else been having a fit with their insomnia lately? I can’t be the only one.

My insomnia has been doing wonders for my Pinterest boards, my home design, and my organization skills, but not much for my checking account. I keep finding things I want, and these cute fall pillows are certainly no exception.

Take a look at the cuteness I uncovered during my most recent late night:

  1. Pumpkin Lumbar Pillow, $34.99 at Wayfair. 

comeaux-pumpkins-lumbar-pillowI really like this- it’s cute without being too stuffy, and it would go with most anything.

2. “Thankful” Lumbar Pillow, $19.99 at Target 

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If you’ve followed me for any length of time, then you know I love typographical art, signs, pillows….everything…

3. Fall pillow cover, $29.95 

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This pillow cover is from Etsy. I really like the fabric pumpkins, and I bet this would be pretty easy to make. In fact, I’m thinking of making some of these myself.

4. Celebrate Fall Pumpkins Pillow, $17.99 at Kohls 

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I like this one just because it’s simple and has lots of different colors. Plus, it has pumpkins and bittersweet on it. Guess what’s in my living room right now?

5. Rae Dunn “Gather” pillow at Kirklands, $19.99 

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I am a huge fan of Rae Dunn’s pottery and have several of her coffee cups, but I had no idea she made pillows, too. This is super cute and I can think of many places where I’d use it.

I hope you have enjoyed this Pinterest round up. Stay tuned for a fun fall craft this week and my fall tour. Maybe my sleepless nights will result in even more cute things to share with you.

Have a wonderful week!

Make it Monday: How to improve your curb appeal with only $50

Make it Monday: How to improve your curb appeal with only $50

Our house looked like this:

Pardon the snow pictures; since my server crashed earlier this year, I’ve lost many of my pictures.

Not bad, but this eyesore wasn’t doing a thing for our home’s facade.

Our garage door was big, white and booorrrring. I’ve been crushing on Coach house garage doors since forever, but because they run in the upwards of $2,000, they aren’t exactly in the budget right now.

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As usual, I decided to get creative. I had an Amazon gift card to burn, and I’ve looked at these several times.

AntiqueSmith Magnetic Decorative Faux Hinges- $18.88

And these magnetic “window panes.”

Magnetic Garage Door Window, Decorative Black Window Decals for Two Car Garage, $29.99

I promptly ordered them and, thanks to Amazon Prime, I received them two days later.  All pieces were 100% magnetic, so if you make a mistake, or like me, can’t seem to get your “window panes” straight, you just pick them up and move them…no nail/screw holes, and no damage 🙂

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It took me about 30 minutes to put them all on the door. I would recommend having a “spotter” to stand back and help you determine if you’re putting your “windows” on straight. Other than that, these things are easy-peasy to install.

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I texted a picture to all my family when we were finished and several of them asked when we got a new door.

Doesn’t our house look so much better?

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Let’s see that before and after:

before:

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after:

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Isn’t that a thousand times better? It’s amazing what just a simple, $50 change can do for your home.

Join us this week for the following features:

Wednesday: a super cute study space

Friday: Farmhouse Friday: Repurposed and recycled decor

Saturday: Simplify Saturday:  Your paper clutter problems solved!

Sunday: Resources for family daily devotions