Spring DIY projects: Chalk-painted mason jars

Does anyone else collect wayward, neglected mason jars? Does a box of mason jars on a store shelf speak to you like it’s begging you to buy it? Well, maybe that’s just me.

I’m kidding, of course. Sort of. I have a shelf full of empty mason jars in my pantry. They’re all different brands, sizes and shapes and I love them. I store things in them, give them away filled with goodies for gifts and make things with them. Recently, I combined some mason jars with another favorite of mine.

Chalk paint.

Chalk paint makes the letters and details on a mason jar pop. Chalk paint makes a mason jar more than just a mason jar. It makes it decorative and pretty. Chalk paint also makes you walk, talk and speak foreign languages. Actually I’m just kidding about that last part.

Just apply one layer of paint first. You won’t like it after the first coat dries, but just like a lot of projects, it does have an ugly phase. Give it 12 hours to dry and apply a second coat.

And then you can use your jars for whatever you’d like. We use them to store pencils, markers and crayons.

Or we sometimes use them to show off spring flowers.

Or just put them on your shelf and enjoy them.

The possibilities are pretty endless.

Have a great week! Join us Wednesday for a little room refresher, family style!

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Upgrade your builder grade bathroom

Our hall bath needed a little help. It was the poster child for bland and boring. Plate glass mirror? Check. Builder grade vanity light? Yup. Boring and plain vanity? Yep.

My pipe shelves helped a little but ultimately we knew those lights and that mirror had to go. So a shopping we went. My brother-in-law put up the new light fixture and Michael and I put up the new mirror.

We are far from done with this bathroom. We still need to put down new flooring, get a new vanity and put in a new tub. But doesn’t it look so much better already?

Let’s see that before again.

And now after:

So much better!

I can’t wait until it’s completely finished.

How to make industrial farmhouse shelves

Our hall bathroom looked a little blank and boring.

Just a nice room with a lot of space but a completely blank space. Also, there is a small vanity but almost no storage space. And do you see those little rickety shelves? They’re pretty ineffective and unstable.

So they had to go. Enter spackle.

That builder grade towel rack had to go too.

I purchased four plumbing pipe flanges in silver and spray painted them black. I also purchased four pipe nipples and some straight pipe at 10 inches long. I chose to buy 3/4 inch but you can choose any size you want. I spray painted all of it black and attached it to the wall.

I took some 1x4s from my scrap pile and cut them to the size I wanted. Then I stained them.

And I placed them on top of the pipes. Easiest part of the project.

I then sanded and repaired the holes I’d patched and touched up the paint.

And I’ve been enjoying them ever since!

Sometimes such a simple project can change your room so much. It’s amazing how for less than $100 we changed the look of the whole room. What are your thoughts?

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!

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and other fun

I hope you all had a magnificent Thanksgiving. We took the week off blogging to focus on what really matters- family, fun and FOOD.

The littlest lumber loved eating all the various good foods- especially these cupcakes!

We also spent our Saturday at our church’s Christmas bazaar- see my super cute helper?

We ate not one but four different Thanksgiving dinners in a two-weekend span. It was delicious and wonderful. The company was good, too.

We have been redecorating our living room, which we can hopefully show you soon. For today, we are Black Friday shopping for our two remaining pieces of furniture and then coming home to clean and start our Christmas decorating.

Can’t wait to share our new living room and our Christmas tour! Be safe and have a great weekend!!