I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! This time of year is always a busy one for teachers, so I never seem to post as many blog posts as I’d like. Today, I’d like to share some super cute farmhouse projects with you all.
You can make this one with just a stencil, some scrap wood, some paint and some wood stain. You can even freehand it if you’re more artistically talented than I am. There are so many things I want to put on a sign like this one! I can’t wait to make a few more.
I made this box from some mis-measured wood pieces from another project, and some walnut wood stain. I have used this box for Christmas, for spring, for fall, and for winter. It’s so much fun to decorate with!
If you follow the blog or social media for our farm Wild Orchard Organic Farms, then you already know about this project.
Where we live, the soil is red clay. This is great for permanently staining your clothes and shoes and making pottery, but it really isn’t great for planting and growing. For this reason, we have recently started container gardening and raised bed gardening. Raised beds are most certainly expensive, and so is raised bed soil. Lumber is nearly astronomical right now.
My work routinely receives shipments on pallets, of which they then have to dispose. Most of the time, pallets have broken slats, but still a lot of usuable wood on them. I took home seven pallets, took them apart (which was the hard part) and decided what size I wanted them to be. I framed the corners with some old 4×4 posts that I had.
And then I built five of them. Eventually, I will sand them all and paint them all white.
Then, I cut the bags in half and removed the bottoms and tops of them, and used them as a weed barrier. I then added the Miracle Grow raised bed mix.
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.
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
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.
After you’ve screwed the flanges to the wall, then you can assemble the pipe nipples and caps.
Repeat this step for each side of your shelves. Then, you simply lay your shelf boards attop the pipes, and you’re done!
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.
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!
I really wanted to create a cute, simple spring wreath, but I didn’t want to spend a fortune on it. I did some digging and found a grapevine wreath I already had, plus some Dollar Tree flowers left over from a birthday party.
I quickly arranged the flowers at the side of the wreath, by crossing the stems.
I then added a wooden letter, repurposed from another project, to balance out the flowers.
I then added a bow to cover the stems and floral wire.
I created this wreath using almost all repurposed materials from my own stash. Total cost? $8, for the ribbon.
Not bad, huh? What spring projects have you created lately?
As you know, I love to update the art work in my girls’ rooms, as well as in the rest of the house. Purchasing artwork is often expensive, but it’s surprisingly easy to create your own. Today, I am sharing some free art prints that I made using Canva (www.canva.com). Please feel free to download, print them off, and enjoy them!
Esther- Perhaps this is the moment for which you were created.
What better role model exists for your young girl than Queen Esther in the Bible? Her story is all about taking risks, taking chances, trusting God, and having big things happen as a result.
2. Esther 4:14 with a floral design
3. Inspiring our girls is important. This art print is positive and encouraging, and sure to remind your girl to be everything she can be. I love this one so much I printed it and put it on my desk at work.
4. When we are children of God, we sometimes need to be reminded “He’s got this” when things get rough. This sign is a perfect reminder for little girls and old girls, too.
5. “For you are fearfully and wonderfully made.”
I found a print very similar to this at Hobby Lobby, but I wasn’t going to pay $26 for it. I decided to make it myself for free! I love the vibrant colors and the floral wreath, and I hope you will, too.
To download, simply right click on your desired print and save it to your device. For best results, I like to send mine to Staples to have them printed.
I hope you have enjoyed these printables! Oh, and PS: You don’t have to have a little girl to download and print them. You can enjoy them anywhere in your home or office 🙂