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!

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 😃

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.

Fabulous Fall Finds at Dollar General

Fabulous Fall Finds at Dollar General

I have been itching to decorate for fall lately, and now that it’s finally September, I just might. Have you all been to Dollar General recently? They have so many beautiful fall things and for such awesome prices! There were many things I wanted to buy and I still may go back and buy them later.

This comfy fall throw is soft and I love the colors. This muted gray would be beautiful thrown over my couch.

This pretty tea towel would look great in a kitchen or a bathroom.

These cute little fall bowls are reminiscent of Rae Dunn and I am seriously considering going back and buying about six of them.

I want this cute little sign so bad. My aunt was with me at the DG and she talked about buying this and putting it in the center of a deco mesh wreath, which would be really pretty.

These pretty little metal baskets would be great in a fall vignette.

These small canvas fall signs are available in several different designs and are another thing I’m debating on going back to buy.

I’ve earmarked this cute little clock for a project I’m about to do. Isn’t it cute?

These cute little galvanized pails could be used for so many things.

I want some of these little candle lanterns.

This photo frame is so pretty. I’ve almost bought it many a time.

There were also some really cute candle holders and some fall vase fillers that I liked and didn’t get pictures of.

Which of these fall finds are you crushing on?

Tune in next week for some sweet fall wreaths!

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

spring vignette

 

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.