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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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!

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!

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!