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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Cute and affordable Christmas decor…at Dollar General

Christmas Decor

I know I said I’d never post a Christmas post before Thanksgiving. And I tried not to, I really did. But everywhere I go, I see so many pretty Christmas things and I just can’t help it. So for that reason, I am going to share some of my recent finds in our local Dollar General. Everything is simple, cute, and very affordable.

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Y’all know I am a sucker for the little red truck trend. I love the little red truck with Christmas trees in the back for Christmas and filled with pumpkins for the fall. I managed to find this cute melanine tray for $2 and also this cute little plate. I did end up buying the tray.

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I may still buy the plate.

I also found an entire aisle of super cute ornaments for just a dollar each. I’m definitely going to buy some of those buffalo checked stocking ornaments. The little initial ornaments would be cute for decorating packages.

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There are also a number of cute tree skirts for $5-$10.

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I am also strongly considering buying this Christmas tree topper. A rustic tree would be so cute with this on it and some burlap ribbon.

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I would really like to have this pretty table runner, and for $6 I think I will.

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Our kitchen really needs these dish towels, too.

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These make such cute hostess gifts for holiday parties and they are super cute for your own use, too.

 

What super cute Christmas finds have you stumbled upon?

Building a faux fireplace mantle

Building an antique fireplace mantle

Last month, I told you all about how my husband and I purchased and antique fireplace mantle.

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We have a long, blank and boring wall in our living room, that unfortunately is our focal wall when you walk in the door. I’ve always wanted a pretty fireplace on that wall but knew we couldn’t afford a real one. A faux one was the next best thing šŸ™‚

Using a plan from Bless’r House as a model, we decided how large the mantle and hearth would need to be and we purchased the wood.

Here is a list of what we used to build the fireplace:

  • Antique mantle (found through local antiques dealers)
  • 2 plywood sheets
  • Faux brick panel
  • 11 2Ɨ4 boards
  • 2 1X12 boards
  • 1 2×12 board
  • Finishing nails
  • Deck screws
  • Drywall screws
  • Tape measure and yard stick
  • Circular saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Hammer
  • Power drill

We began by deciding how large we wanted the hearth to be and we cut two 2X4sat 64 inches long. We chose 64 inches because this made the hearth a tiny bit wider than the mantle itself. The cross pieces and sides are 24 inches.

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We then cut a piece of plywood to fit the top of the hearth, but we did not hammer it down yet.

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We then carried the hearth into the house, placed it where we wanted it, and attached it to the baseboards. We then attached the plywood to the top of the hearth.

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We then attached plywood strips and two by fours to the back of the mantle.

fireplace surround braces

After attaching the two by fours to the side, and the plywood strips, we cut out a surround from one of the plywood sheets. I attached it using small wood screws.

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I then attached 2X4s to the wall at the correct height to the wall. Be sure to hang these on studs, but if you can’t, make sure you use drywall anchors that can accommodate heavy weights.

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I then attached the 1X12s for the side braces to the 2x4s.

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I then put the mantle up beside these braces, and attached the two by fours on the back of the mantle to the braces. I used decking screws to do this.

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I then realized we had about an eight inch gap between the mantle and the wall.

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Attaching a 2X6 to this space covered the gap and laid flush with the back of the mantle.

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We then cut and added faux brick paneling to the wall behind the mantle and on the sides so that the inside of the mantle couldn’t be seen.

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We have nearly finished the mantle. We now only have to paint, add the stone, and fill in some nail holes. Our living room looks so much better already! Can’t wait to share the finished product with you all!

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Fall home tour 2019

Fall home tour 2019

Our favorite season is upon us here at Lumber in my Minivan! I can’t tell you how much I love fall in the south- the temperatures cool off, the leaves change and everybody heads outside.

My house seems to be in its finest glory when the fall decor comes out. I tried to change it up a little this year and I’m loving the results.

When you come in the front door, you’re greeted by sunflowers and the soft glow of candles in this vignette, which can be found on our sofa table.

Our living room is full of pumpkins, sunflowers, bittersweet and candles. I especially love these sweet fall pillows I ordered online last year.

One of my favorite things about our living room decor is this beautiful wreath Michael’s family sent us when my dad died.

This sweet vignette is on our coffee table.

We also have a similar vignette in our office/ family room.

If you’re curious, that tree field guide belonged to my dad.

I am loving our fall table runner and the fall potpourri I put in our bread bowl. It smells so good!

The window in our dining room got a little fall goodness too in the form of milkglass, a lantern and some fall florals.

Even our kitchen is sporting a little fall goodness.

The shelves in our master bath look so cute with the sunflowers and pine cones.

I decided our hall bath needed some sunflowers as well šŸ˜ƒ

Throughout our fall house tour, you’ve likely seen these elements repeated: milk glass, pine cones, bittersweet, copper pumpkins and sunflowers.

Tune in next week for some pictures of our outdoor fall decor.

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?