I know what you’re thinking… you can’t turn dollar store supplies into a centerpiece for Spring. Well, I’m here to tell you that you can!
In 5 simples steps I’ll show you how to level up a cheap planter from the dollar store using a little joint compound, water, plaster of Paris, paint, and dirt (yes, you heard that right!
The first step I did to level up this dollar store planter was to apply the joint compound. I used a small paint brush to apply it.
Once I had an even coat applied to the whole planter I let it dry over night.
The second step is the Plaster of Paris mixture. To make the mixture it’s just 1/4 cup of water to 1/2 cup of plaster of Paris. Stir until the mixture thickens up. Apply a generous amount all over the dollar store planter.
Believe me, this step will make all the difference in adding texture to really level up this centerpiece!
It’s ok if the mixture is a little on the watery side. It’ll thicken as you go. Apply a generous amount of the mixture all over the planter. Work quickly! The mixture may get too hard if this process takes too long. You may have to add a bit more water to get the right consistency again. Let the planter dry for 2-3 hours.
The third step is to take a paper towel and ball it up to dab on the paint. I’m using Glidden off-white. The reason I’m dabbing it on instead of painting it on is because I want it to have a speckled look instead of the surface being completely covered. Let the paint dry 2-3 hours
Once the paint is completely dry, I rubbed dirt all over the dollar store planter. I know this sounds so funny, but this will give the soon to be centerpiece a more of antique-look.
Brush off any access once finished. I also re-dabbed a few more paint spots afterwards to help it blend a bit more too.
Lastly, I added my florals to make a beautiful centerpiece. My florals are from the dollar store and from Micheals.
I started with some tape to make a grid to hold the flowers where I wanted them. Then I stuck in my florals in-between all the grids.
Thanks for reading along!
I get asked by a lot of readers where I buy my rugs. The short answer is lots of places. But what people really want to know is where they can buy affordable rugs.
I decided to write a post to answer this question coincidentally because I am shopping for a new rug for my dining room.
Right now I have a large tribal print rug under my dining room table and I’m looking for something more boho.
So while I shop for the perfect rug to go under my dining room table I thought I’d share my favorite places to buy affordable rugs!
I absolutely love a Ruggable rug! If you aren’t familiar with Ruggable rugs they are washable rugs. It’s basically a two part system with a rug pad and top layer that peels on and off easily. This way when it gets dirty or there’s a spill it can easily be removed and thrown in the washing machine.
Another one of my favorite places to buy affordable rugs is Boutique rugs. They always seem to have a rather large coupon code to use at checkout sometimes taking hundreds of dollars off the price!
Currently If you use code Winter60 at checkout you can get 60% off! Check it out here!
Rugs USA is another great place to buy affordable rugs. Not only do they have great sales that run all the time, but they also have a HUGE variety of styles.
What I love most about Rugs USA is that they recommend similar styles based off or your rug selection. Which is so great! I generally buy one of their selections instead of the rug I went there looking for.
Another great shop that sells affordable rugs is Wayfair. Not only do they have a huge selection of beautiful rugs, but when it comes to home decor… they sell literally everything!
Prices are also great and shipping is free when you spend over $35 – which is easy to do when you’re buying a rug!
The last affordable shop is of course the one and only Target! Not only is Target the shop I go to often for really anything I need, but they have such a great variety of rugs available online only!
My absolute favorite rug I have in my home and the one I get the most compliments on is my round Target rug! It’s super inexpensive and if you have a redcard you get an extra discount!
That’s it for now, Thank you so much for reading along!
Well, After 5 years with pink and peonies walls my 9 year old has had her fill. She is ready to call it quits and is reaching for something a bit more “sophisticated”.
I told her that I want her space to be a reflection of her! So together we searched high and low to figure out what her favorite colors where, what style is her favorite, and what elements would bring her joy!
After sorting through her personal preferences, I’ve come up with a plan to implement her style AND 5 design features I believe every little girl needs in her room.
I’d say the most important feature in a little girls bedroom is to make sure they have the comfiest beds that they just can’t wait to cuddle up ad catch some zzz’s in.
My absolute favorite kids bedding is Beddys. They have the best bedding for kids because it takes them seconds to make their bed every day. Literally they zip up the sides and they’re done! Read more about it here!
Designing an area where they can do their favorite things is so important when designing a little girls room. This is going to look different for every girl because all little girls are different!
My daughter had a rather large area to play with her American Girls dolls, but I’m sad to say she’s growing out of that stage.
Now, she’s into crafts and sewing. In our new design plan we will be taking all the dolls toys out and adding in a large craft table and cube storage so she can craft and sew to her hearts content!
Adding an area for little girls to read and do their school work is also an important design feature. Especially with remote school being so relevant these days. It’s important to create an inviting space that encourages them to do those things.
Be sure to add a spot when designing their room to store all of their toys when they’re not being played with.
My daughter has a rather large trunk at the foot of her bed that we store all her stuffed animals and costumes in.
Since she’s growing our out the costume phase we’ll probably use it now to store things like board games and smaller toys.
Lastly, I’d say at the end of the day, It’s their room and they have to live in it. It should spark joy! Letting them pick the color palette and textures is so important.
This is the phase we are in now. My daughter has opted out of pink and we are in for a change. She is thinking of a fun blue floral wallpaper. Check out the design plan below!
She’s decided that she wants to go Bold with wall to wall wallpaper and I commend her for it! We’ll do bright and neutral everywhere else that way nothing completes with the fun wallpaper. And tie in the teal in fun pops like pillows and throw blankets
That’s it for now, thanks so much for reading along!
MY eldest (11) has recently expressed his feelings about having bedroom decor that says “lil man cave” on the wall and has requested something for “bigger kids”. So today I’m creating a mood board with a kid approved design plan to make both boys feel like their room is more of a reflection on them.
I guess the only place to start is a thorough cleaning and to rid the room of all of the old decor.
We have framed art that says lil man cave, mommas little bears, and many more (I’m sure embarrassing) sayings on the wall. Those will all come down to make room for “bigger kids stuff.
Originally we had a campout theme in their room shared room. They had a tent next to their small bookshelf and a bean bag chair to read in. Since then, I’ve taken the tent down to allow for more room for a wall mounted book shelf. This has really opened the space up.
We’re keeping the Beddys Bedding we have on both of the boys beds. It’s my absolute favorite bedding for kids. Read all about it here!
We’ve gathered a few prints that have more to do with travel and maps that I think we’re going to try to incorporate. So good by to the campout theme and hello to travel theme.
I’m keeping most of the furniture and am adding a desk. But I’m swapping out the rug to something more cozy, adding some new bedding, and need to come up with a creative lego area.
I also have a discount code for 15% off Beddys Bedding. Use THEFARMHOUSELIFE15 at checkout here: :This is the DASH bedding
Today, I’m doing a cozy farmhouse guest bedroom refresh and on a budget none the less! It was time I gave my guest bedroom some cozy farmhouse vibes, like the rest of my house.
I noticed my guest bedroom looking a little mismatched due to it being a room that doesn’t get used a whole lot. Plus, it was getting second picks for decorations and needed a cohesive look.
So, I decided to make a plan, mix up some chalk paint, and give this guest room a proper refresh!
I decided the direction I wanted to go in was cozy farmhouse. I wanted to pull in as many creamy whites and off-whites as I could.
The wallpaper was one of the first things I did when we moved into our new home. I’m still just as in love with it as I was the day I applied it to the walls.
I didn’t want anything to compete with the wallpaper, so everything else I was going to add needed to be neutral.
A lot of the furniture I already had was dark wood and mismatched. I didn’t have a budget to buy any new furniture, so I decided to mix up some chalk paint.
This just left the bedding. I gave myself $100 to buy some new bedding that was going to help tie everything together.
Making chalk paint is super easy! I already had the color I wanted to use (off white by Glidden) which was great on my budget. All that was left to do was add in the plaster of Paris and the water.
The chalk paint ratio for every 1 cup of paint is 1/3 cup plaster of Paris and 1/3 cup of water. I tripled this batch to start because I knew I needed quite a bit of paint to cover all the furniture I was planning on painting. I had two bedside tables, a bench, and a small foot stool to paint.
Everything got two coats of chalk paint and then a coat of polycrylic to protect the finish. After adding these chalk painted pieces to my guest room I finally created that cohesive look I was going for.
My next challenge in my refresh was finding budget friendly bedding that helped tie in my cozy farmhouse vibes. I wanted something creamy and neutral that wasn’t going to break the bank.
I started at Target and got really lucky with an off-white quilt that matched my throw pillows well and tied in nicely with the chalk painted furniture I just added.
I also snagged a king-sized gray knitted throw blanket for the end of the bed. I wanted something that would tie in nicely with my gray curtains that I already had and thought a gray throw blanket was the perfect solution.
Sticking with my color palette, I decided to add warm tones to my farmhouse decor in my guest bedroom. I wanted to add old-world farmhouse decor in browns and wood tones. I added a few crocks, picture frames, and vases to complete the decor in this space.
Most of the decor I already had in my attic. I did create a new print from one of my favorite Mark Twain quotes and printed it off to frame. It’s available in my shop to download today! Check it out here!
Thanks so much for reading along! Be sure to PIN to reference later!
I’ve been really obsessed with Mcgee and co lately and have been drooling over their artwork. I love the look of art in a gold antique frame. The problem is that they can be quit pricey!
So I decided to antique an existing frame I already had and turn it into something that looks much more expensive then it is. With a little Rub N Buff, I transformed this old outdated frame into something beautiful in one step!
Rub N Buff is a blend of waxes, metallic powders, and pigments that create a painted look – without the paint!
Simply rub it onto the surface of the frame with fingers or a dry bristled brush. One container will cover about 20 square feet, which was the perfect amount for my large frame.
While applying it, I noticed little textures of wax on the surface of the frame. With a few swipes of my brush the small textures dissolved into the frame giving it the perfect antique solid gold look!
First, I gathered up my frame, a drop cloth, the rub n Buff, and a paint brush to get started. I also folded a piece of paper in fourths to squeeze the rub N Buff onto to make it easier apply.
The Rub N Buff is really thick and spreads rather nicely. I dabbed the Rub N Buff on the top of the bristles of the brush and sort of patted it into the frame to get all the different angles. Then, just swiped back and forth to cover the flat surfaces.
This process takes minutes! That’s the great part – you only need one coat to get that antique look! AND it doesn’t take long to dry at all! Mine was dry within about 10 minutes!
I love how the one simple step of using Rub N Buff was all my frame needed to transform from “newish” to aged and antique looking!
I knew exactly what print I wanted to use to showcase it too! This ones available in my shop! Check it out here! Subscribe today to get 50% off!!
Good morning Friends! Today is the first Pinterest Challenge of 2021 and today we’re creating our own unique valentines wreath based off of one inspiration photo. If you’ve hopped over from French Ethereal, welcome and so glad you’re here! Do you decorate for Valentines day? If so I’ve got so Inspo for you!
A big thank you to Cindy at Country Road 407 for coordinating this fun blog hop!
This month’s inspiration photo (above) comes from Sky at Capital B. I love her cute and simple heart wreath! The perfect Valentines inspiration photo! I decided to give a valentines day wreath a go – but with a little farmhouse twist- and using my left over Christmas Garland!
I started off by gathering my Christmas Garland to use in my valentines wreath. I also grabbed a grapevine wreath to attach my Christmas Garland to.
I also grabbed some hot glue to attach the garland to the wreath.
And lastly, I grabbed a cute Valentines sign from Micheals for a few bucks to attach to my Valentines wreath.
To start I wrapped the Christmas Garland around the grapevine wreath. then I tucked the leaves through the grapevine wreath to help secure it in place.
Next, I used my hot glue gun to make sure the garland stays where it’s supposed to stay.
So I thought about attaching my sign by hot gluing the crap out of it, but instead I just used the twine that was attached to the sign and hung it over the wreath hook.
This way I can reuse this wreath season after season!
Well that’s it. So easy, right?? Now it’s time to check out how House On Silverado recreated Sky at capitol B.’s wreath. Trust me, it’s beautiful!
And then be sure to checkout all the others Inspo pics as well!
Entryway table styling can be super easy and look effortless with a few staples which I’ll share with you here.
I started with a mural as my back drop from Anewwall. This is their shaded mural and is my absolute favorite. I didn’t want anything to steal it’s thunder so I styled my entryway very simply to compliment my wall instead of it being too distracting.
The other pieces I added including my table, mirror, lights, and decor are simple and affordable. I’ve linked each of the sources under each pictures below as well.
First, I added the perfect entryway table. I love this one because its from Walmart. Not only is it a great price, but it’s made from solid wood too! It’s very sturdy AND comes fully assembled! Which these days I felt was worth mentioning.
Next, I hung my mirror over my entryway table. This one is from Target and it’s the perfect size. It’s good quality too and one of the most affordable of its type.
Then I hung my lights centered on either side of the mirror. The gold on the lights matches the gold on the mirror so it coordinates nicely. And the white shades give it a classic look playing off of the white in the mural.
Then I added home decor books to give a little structure to my entryway table. Not only does it add visual interest, but it adds height and dimension to the table styling. Decorating is all about layering to give things visual interest and stacking books is a great way to do that.
Adding baskets in not just a decor feature for entryway styling, but a practical element too. Not only does it add another texture but it adds storage as well.
In my very old home we are lacking in closet space. So in an effort to make us more organized, I put baskets where ever I can. Not only can I store extra blankets but books, shoes, etc.
Adding different size vases is a great way to adds some varying heights to your entryway display. I love this crock from Studio McGee’s Threshold line at Target.
I’ve also added some simple Spring florals to brighten this spot a bit without it being too distracting. Again, I don’t want anything overshadowing my Anewall shaded mural.
Lastly, adding a candle is the finishing touch to style your entryway. What I love about this candle from the Hearth and Hand line at Target is that it’s super fragrant – Even when it isn’t lit!
Everytime I walk by It smells like Spring time florals and brightens my mood.
It’s a new year, and although it’s full of resolutions… it’s also full of renovations!
I’m a big one for self-improvement and personal growth. So the new year is one of my favorite times of the year.
I love to set new goals and celebrate the goals that were achieved from the year before. I believe we can do anything that we set our mind to and I LOVE to challenge myself every year. And of course I’ll continue work on the goals that weren’t achieved from the year before. Somethings are worth striving for even if they take longer then you’d like to accomplish them.
A few of the things I’m set to work on this year are…1. To learn how to play the piano. I’ve always wanted to learn. 2. To make big strides in my business and 3. To get more hands-on with our house projects.
I’ve been so inspired by some of the leading ladies in the DIY industry that I’m determined to jump on this bandwagon and pick up a saw and a nail gun too!
Which is the perfect transition for this post…House projects for the farmhouse Life in 2021! I’ve added an Inspo picture under each project title to give you an idea of the direction we’d like to go.
The kitchen is the one project that we’ve been itching to do. Ever since we moved in we’ve had visions of how this space would serve us better and couldn’t wait to get started.
The reason we waited so long (almost 5 years) to start on our kitchen is because we first wanted to reno the rooms we lived most in. I wanted my family to feel comfortable and at home right away so I started with bedrooms and shared living spaces like living rooms etc.
Then we started growing our farm and needed to work on things like logging and clearing fields, building shelters for our animals, and fences.
Slowly but surely we’re making our way back inside again and have started working on our home yet again.
The good thing about waiting so long before renovating our kitchen is that we’ve gotten a really good feel of the space and have had plenty of time to figure out how the space can better serve us.
It’s interesting how I originally thought I would put in a wine fridge and cabinet and have since come to realize that is just not something we’d use enough. Instead we could use that space to put in a larger food pantry.
Our family room has served us well over the last 5 years but we’ve realized it could use a facelift and maybe have a few added features to help us stay a bit more organized.
One area is that we need more storage. There is one wall that would be perfect for floor to ceiling cabinets. We need storage for things like extra blankets, pillows, and board games. And not to mention all the DVDs and video games that are hopelessly floating around.
We could also use overhead lighting with maybe a fan feature.
Lighting in general is a problem in this space. It is a very darkroom with no cross lighting. We’d like to add French glass doors to the entryway between the family room and the sunroom (which is functioning as the playroom the moment).
We’ve been working on our front entryway and upstairs landing since before Christmas and are excited to wrap this one up. We still need to shiplap, install the lighting, and add the rail. We also have a few decor and furniture finishing touches to add as well including a new stairs runner.
This one is a big one… our green house. We’ve been gathering supplies for years and are thrilled to finally be able to start building. Our family tries to eat mainly plant based and it’s been a goal of ours to grow our veggies all year round.
Right off of our sunroom is a sliding glass door the leads to a clement slab. We’d like to turn this area into a beautiful patio! We’ll add a pergola right off the side of the house, brick pavers, and glass French doors.
Well, we made it. We decked the halls and trimmed the tree. But now that Christmas is over and it’s like… now what?
We’ve spent so much time decorating for Christmas are we really ready to take it all down and start over?
I mean, here in NH we’re in the dead of winter, so taking out Spring decor might look a little silly and definitely far too premature.
To be totally honest, I love the natural and earthy elements of my Christmas decor and I try and hold on to them as long as possible. I’m just not ready to say goodbye to it all quite yet.
Thankfully, there is a way to keep all the greenery without it looking too “Christmassy”.
I’ll show you how to transition from your Christmas decor to winter decor below with only a few simple steps! Then, be sure to stick around for a short “winter decor” tour of my home!
The first step to ridding your home of Christmas and bringing in more winter decor is to get rid of all the Santas. I don’t know if your house even has Santas, but if it does… it’s time to say goodbye.
This can also mean any sign that says Christmas or phrases we associate with Christmas time. Like “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”, “Silent Night Holy Night”, etc.
The second step is to takeout all of those bright Chrismassy reds and replace them with lighter and whiter tones for the New Year.
We associate white and bright tones with a clean slate which is perfect for the New Year.
This is where I feel a bit hypocritical. My home has reds all year long. I have red boho rugs and pops of red in decor all throughout my home. So I actually keep my red Christmas decor like my poinsettias, dinnerware, etc.
My third tip on transitioning from Christmas decor to Winter decor is to bring in as many natural elements as you can.
Fill those bowls with pinecones, add evergreen branches to your vases, keep those pine wreaths in those windows, and leave those bare or lighted threes throughout your home.
My fourth and last tip on bringing winter decor in and transitioning Christmas decor out is to keep all those cozies right where they are!
And by this I mean throw pillows and blankets. I have them everywhere in my living areas. I have them in baskets, draped over chairs and ottomans, and stacked on the ground.
I never want to be more than an arm’s length from a warm blanket… well, because it’s cold!! I definitely don’t want my guests (hoping I’ll actually have guests in 2021) to be cold either!