Since buying our 300-year-old farmhouse 5 years ago we have been slowly renovating each room. We do all of our renovations ourselves in our spare time and when we have some extra money. Check out our journey to the farm here!
Sometimes days, months, or even years after we’ve finished a room in our home it doesn’t quite feel right. Like maybe I choose the wrong wall color or maybe I need to add a pop of color somewhere in the space. Sometimes it’s an easy fix and other times it’s not so cost-effective.
Well, Lately I’ve been second-guessing my light fixture choices in a few rooms and have been wanting to trade them in but they’re perfectly good condition! They’re newish and in perfect condition. AND I don’t hate them… I just wish they were solid black and didn’t have white candlesticks.
The simplest and most inexpensive solution is to give them a makeover with a little spray paint. The best part is that this DIY only takes about 5-minutes and only costs about $5! What can’t we solve with a little paint and DIY power?
I have one light fixture in my dining room that whenever I see it I think… “I wish the candlesticks weren’t white!”… then it hit me one day! How easy would it be if I popped them off and spray painted them? So easy! So I made sure the lights were off and the bulbs were cooled off and unscrewed each bulb. I put my bulb pile somewhere safely and took my plastic candlesticks to the barn and put them on some scrap material so I could prep and spray paint.
First, I grabbed the spray paint I’ll be using. I’ll be sure to link it at the bottom of the post. I love spray paint because it’s cheap. A can usually runs under $5 and works with just about any material! I’m using black flat paint and primer because I want good coverage and I want it to look like my metal light fixture and metal usually doesn’t have a high gloss. I gave it a thin coat – waited for them to dry, and then rolled them over and spray painted the other side once they were all good and dry. Then I gave them all a second coat. Make sure everything is nice and dry before moving on.
After everything dry I put my candlesticks back on my light fixture. Next, I screwed my light bulbs back in and voila! Done!
It’s that time of year where the air is chilly and I usually have a pumpkin spiced latte in hand. Yea – I know, I’m basic. I can’t help it… I love Fall! I usually have something baking in the oven too which I why my pants start fitting a little tighter this time of year as well. Not kidding… I seriously baked cookies, 2 loaves of bread, and an apple pie this weekend 😬. Although my house does smell amazing from all this baking so there’s that. Plus the festive smell makes me want to go all out and decorate for Fall. So today I’m decorating my front porch – farmhouse style!
To start I Headed to my local grocery store and home improvement store to pick up as many pumpkins as I could. Seriously, my cart was loaded. I also grabbed some corn stalks to frame my pillars around my poch. I also grabbed a bunch of mums too. Seriously, this stuff isn’t cheap, but the way I like to justify it is that all pumpkins are edible and I will eventually I’ll bake them all for dinners and desserts. It’s true… all you have to do is toss the whole pumpkin in the oven at about 400 degrees for an hour. Then, you cut the pumpkin down the middle and scoop out the seeds. Lastly, the pumpkin meat is ready to be scooped out and added to whatever dish you’re making. I explain it all here in my pumpkin bars recipe.
I always start by framing out my door. I have to start somewhere and this always helps me have a starting off point. Instead of putting garland all around my door I just went with a simple magnolia wreath and a festive blanket draping down. Next, I put two planters on either side of the door. They are both varying heights but they work because on one side I’ve added smaller planters and the other artwork. They both hit about the same place on either side and evens it out. The eye is going to catch the symmetry on either side of the door. It doesn’t have to match exactly, as long as each side balances each other out.
No Fall font porch would be complete without a welcome mat! It can be so fun this time of year! I went with a simple mat that I actually painted on using a stencil. Check it out here. There are so many farmhouse style mats available all over the place. I’ve linked some of my favorites at the bottom of the post. My favorite trick is to layer two different mats on top of one another in front of the door! I picked a farmhouses style check cotton mat that is larger than my welcome mat. This just adds a little more visual interest making is eye-catchy.
I knew I needed one thing that was going to catch people’s eye when looking at my front porch. Sometimes when there are too many decor items all about the same size and color it can feel overwhelming because there are so many things to look at and the eye doesn’t know where to land. Adding one large eye-catching piece solves that issue. This time I knew I wanted a large Fall sign. I decided to make one, but I’ve linked my inspiration sign at the bottom. I’ll have a tutorial out soon for that sign.
Lastly, It was time to fill in the porch steps with layers of pumpkins and mums. I’ve added a few large pots to try and give the mums a little varying height. This is the fun part. There isn’t a wrong way to layer pumpkins and mums. Just have fun. To give you a little guidance I generally go from large, to medium, and then too small. Start with your large mums and pumpkins. Next layer in the medium size by stacking or leaning them next to each other. Then lastly, I stack in the smallest pumpkins and mums as sort of a filler – filling in any wholes in my decor.
The entryway project is well underway with a new door, light, and hardware. I knew when designing this renovation that I wanted to bring more light into the room. A new door seemed to be the perfect solution to this problem. The old door only had a small window at the top of the door letting in a small amount of light. I imagined a door with solid window panes to allow as much light in as possible.
I found this door at a barn sale for $20 and got super lucky that it was exactly the right size to fit the doorway. I did have to buy a new handle because the old one didn’t come with a key. A new doorknob kit runs around $50.
The original plan was to paint the door black to contrast that dark color with the white shiplap on the opposite walls. With the new door up it’s obvious now that the design plans need to change. The main goal was to allow more light to shine in and painting it black will only take away from this goal. So the new plan is to paint it all white. I’ll still go with the black tile and black metal railing on the staircase for contrast.
Another change of plans is to add wainscoting to the wall underneath the wallpaper. I think It will add so much more character to a pretty bland wall while adding a bit of sophistication as well. Plus it’s pretty inexpensive to do! You’ll have to tune in next week to see how that tuned out!
Choosing the right paint sheen can be quite daunting. Am I the only one at the paint counter who answers each of their questions with “whichever is the cheapest”? Well, that answer doesn’t always hold up when they ask you what finish you want because the price is the same irrelevant.
When painting a high traffic area it’s important to try and use either a high gloss paint or a semi-gloss. The reason is that its shine is higher on these two finishes and this makes the surface easier to clean. That is unless the surface you are painting is not the highest quality.
If the surface that is being painted has been painted maybe a million times in the past and there are a never-ending number of layers chipping off, then picking a paint finish that will not highlight your flaws is the better solution. For instance, my staircase is about 200 years old and has probably been painted a hundred different times. Paint with a higher sheen is only going to show every uneven surface and highlight all the imperfections. Here, you can see the difference between my first picture and the second one. The first picture shows the stairs in a high gloss black and the second shows it in a matte flat black paint. The first highlights all its flaws and the second hides them all!
The downside to using flat paint is it’s less durable. The basic rule of thumb is that the higher the sheen the more durability and the lower the sheen the less durability.
Really anything in the Kitchen you want to either be a high gloss or a semi-gloss. The kitchen needs the most durability because the surfaces get washed often. The family room is also a high traffic area and needs to stand up to traffic. A satin finish would be great. The dining room can get away with an eggshell because it’s a low traffic area. The goal is for clean smooth looking walls. For bedrooms you can use matte or flat paint because it’s a low traffic area. Ceilings are another area where flat paint is recommended, but also keep in mind that several manufacturers make paint blends specifically for ceilings.
My bedroom is one of my favorite rooms in our house! Not only does it have an exceptionally comfy bed, but I have a sitting area to sip coffee in the morning and a roll-top desk to journal as well. Creating a comfy room is very important not only because it has to meet so many needs, but because we spend so much time in there we might as well make sure it’s time well spent! The goal here of course is to feel relaxed, recharged, and refreshed each day and night.
I always tell people that the most important splurge in a bedroom is always the mattress. If we aren’t getting a good night’s sleep, then nothing else matters! We have a memory foam mattress and it’s like a dream!! I seriously go about each day looking forward to crawling into my bed at night.
Of course, it helps that I’ve decorated my bedroom to be warm and inviting as well. I want to feel relaxed each night when I go to bed or slowly wake up in my comfy armchair with a cup of coffee in hand. The goal is to unwind and de-stress. It’s important to have a purpose for each room, and then decorate that space to help encourage that purpose. This way we are set up for success!
Warmer tones (browns, creams, topes) help to make things feel cozier. In my picture above, the wooden beams, darker furniture, and rust-colored duve are inviting and invoke a sense of warmth. People use the term “warm and inviting” when describing spaces with wooden floors, wooden furniture, and darker accents. That feeling makes us want to grab some coffee and sink into a comfortable chair – maybe even read a good book! It brings us joy and we feel relaxed! This is why adding warmer tones to a bedroom is always a good idea. This is where we want to be the most relaxed!
Swapping out your bedding is a simple way to bring in change for the coming season. I always find that adding a little bit of change to my space is so refreshing! For Fall, I trade out the cotton sheets for flannel ones and bring in the extra duvet insert to help me sleep better at night. I swap out my white duvet cover for a rust-colored one which ties in well with my Fall color scheme.
Adding a throw pillow or blanket is another great way to add a bit of cozy to any space. I have a few on my bed and on the armchairs in my room. I also have a blanket ladder to store extra throw blankets and a large basket where I keep extra pillows. It’s all about adding layers to different areas in the space. It adds dimension and makes everything feel so much cozier!
Adding bedroom plants can boost one’s mood, enhance creativity, reduce stress levels, increase productivity, and naturally filter air pollutants! There are so many bonuses to adding plants to a bedroom space. They can be layered over a window with a macrame planter, tucked in front of a mirror in a tall planter, or set on an end table or shelf! Plants enhance any space.
|Beveled Full length Mirror // More Full Length Mirrors||Roselawn Upholstered Platform Bed // More Bed Frames||Reversible Quilt // More Bedding Sets|
|Gel Memory Foam Mattress // More Mattresses||Check Plaid Pillow // More Throw Pillows||Maysville Throw // More Blankets & Throws|
|Goodfield Armchair // More Accent Chairs||Metal Wind Mill Accent Mirror // More Accent Mirrors||Dimmable Swing Arm Lamp // More Wall Sconces|
|Arched Floor Lamp // More Floor Lamps||Wickes 3 Drawer Nightstand // More Nighstands||Blanket Ladder // More Blankets Ladders|
I Love a good floral centerpiece!! Flowers are gorgeous and the perfect pop of color to help achieve any look for really any season! And since we are officially in September it’s fun to start incorporating fun Fall decor to our tables without spending a fortune. That’s the great part about faux florals… they’ll last the whole season!
All we’ll need is a styrofoam pumpkin, a box cutter or knife, faux florals, and of course some floral sheers. I love using a styrofoam pumpkin because there’s no need to shove a floral foam brick on the inside. The stems will poke right into the styrofoam and stay securely in place.
I once read in a magazine that every floral arrangement needs fillers, spillers, and thrillers. So basically, shorter flowers that will work to fill up the arrangement. It also needs spillers. Spillers are the flowers that spill over the edge of the container making it look more dramatic. And lastly, the arrangement needs thrillers. You know, those flowers that are so eye-catching it draws everyone’s eye.
Every time I arrange any kind of floral piece I try and incorporate these three key points. It seems to be a no-fail way of arranging beautiful floral centerpieces, bouquets, and even flower boxes.
Is that anybody’s motto? That’s generally mine. I want to make whatever it is that I’m doing is worth it. For instance, if we’re going to Niagra falls then we should be sure to stay on the Canada side and catch a ride on the Maid of the Mist boat tour. Or, if we are going to make Ice cream sundaes, I make sure to pick up all the toppings including all the essentials for a banana split. My husband on the other hand… not so much. Just going to Niagra falls is enough… and just ice cream and chocolate syrup is just fine. So you can see how in life we can bump heads quite a bit, especially when deciding to splurge on an expensive mop like the Bissell CrossWave! (See this baby in action at the bottom.)
I’ll be totally honest, my husband and I are a perfect match for each other. I help him have a little bit more fun, and he reels me in a little bit. But there are perfectly good times to splurge in life… it’s just figuring out when to do so. Surprisingly, it took little to no convincing for my very budget-conscious husband to get on board with the Bissell CrossWave. The functions speak for themselves: duo vacuuming and mopping at the same time, it’s cordless for easy maneuvering, and my favorite feature: two tanks, one for cleaning solution and the other for the dirty water. At the end of the day, we are both working from home and thrive in an organized and clean environment. Our time is limited and we don’t pay for house cleaning services, so any device that is going to save us time overall is a definite win in our book.
When I asked around about the CrossWave I happened to read a few reviews that said it left dirty streaks on the floor. In my experience, I did not come to that same conclusion. The roller brush is plush and has built-in grips to clean your carpets, but it has enough girth to wipe up all the dirty stuff without leaving streaks. I will say that if the roller gets too oversaturated with water it can leave streaks, but the key is to let go of the trigger and roll over that area to pick up the excess water. Maybe the other CrossWaves don’t have the sam roller brush, but the Max roller brush is awesome! Plus my box came with a second brush for backup. It’s great to alternate the two between cleaning because they do need to be rinsed with hot water between uses.
Yes! It works amazingly on carpet! Not only does it vacuum everything up but it refreshed my carpets making them smell fantastic. It leaves your carpets slightly damp so they dry quickly. I will say, this does not replace a carpet shampooer. This isn’t deep cleaning your carpets, but it gives them a nice refresh. That doesn’t mean it isn’t cleaning it – just not DEEP cleaning. The water tank was pretty dirty after cleaning my area rugs so I know it did its job, but the main function on this mop is for hard surfaces. Refreshing carpets is just a fabulous bonus.
The Bissel CrossWave does an outstanding job picking up messes on floors. For instance, it will even pick up items as large as cereal and small legos. I mean, don’t make it a habit to pick up legos… which in my house is inevitable, but it’s good to know it can!
So this is something that I was nervous about. My house is just about 4,000 sq ft and I didn’t know how many rooms I could get done before the battery died. With a full charge, the battery should last for 30 minutes. So essentially it comes down to how fast you can work. I can get abut 2,000 sq ft done in about 30 minutes, so about half my house. I just split my upstairs and downstairs into two parts.
To make sure this vacuum functions the right way every time, cleaning it out is essential. The Cordless Max has a self-cleaning cycle to make that process so easy!! To use this feature all you have to do is make sure there is enough solution in the tank – if not fill up the tank with warm water to the self-cleaning line. Then, place the vacuum on the docking station and press the self-cleaning icon. This will run for about 40 seconds and shut off when it’s done. The dirty water tank icon will flash to remind you to empty the tank. At this point, I pop out the roller and windshield attachment to make sure everything is wiped out and cleaned before retiring my vacuum for the day. Seriously, this is my favorite feature!
You can easily hook your Bissell CrossWave up to wifi and connect on an app for maintenance, support, cleaning tips, and a usage dashboard. I don’t know how often I’ll use this, but I suppose I will at some point if I start running into error codes.
No, you definitely don’t have to only use the Bissel CorssWaves solution for your vacuum. I used the solution it came with until it ran out and then I used my castile soap solution.To add the solution to the tank all you have to do is first add warm water to the waterline and then add your solution to the solution line. So you see, any solution in its place will work just fine.
I’ll be honest, there aren’t many. This baby has saved me so much time it’s incredible! My floors have never been cleaner! Although I will say that it’s tough to get edges and baseboards. The website does say that they have improved this feature, but it’s still not ideal for those areas because there are no attachments. So If I wanted to wash down my furniture I actually have to lift up my vacuum and place it on my furniture and work it back and forth. Which is ok – but not ideal and a little awkward.
To me – The advantages outweigh the inconvenience of not having attachments to get my corners closely and my baseboards. I should say it does an ok job with corners, but not as well as it would do with a hose.
Boy does Bissell have a good product on their hands… and they know it too! This vacuum does not run cheap at just under $400! I would say this is an investment piece that is totally worth saving up your pennies for. Hands down… I would 100% recommend this vacuum and I can say without a doubt it has saved me time and that my floors have never been cleaner!
I love to try new trendy new decor in my home but sometimes that can get pricey! If there’s a way I can create that look with maybe a thrifted piece of decor or a no-fail DIY, then 9 times out of 10 I go for it. This time it’s around I decided to do a DIY version of Joss and Main’s sunbeam mirror that runs in just shy of $200. My version will total around $5!
To start I needed a small mirror. I had one in my attic that I picked up in the dollar section at Target for around $3, But I’ve linked one at the bottom of the post as well. I also needed some cardboard, glue, and sticks. The cardboard will be cut into a circle that is at least 3 inches larger than the mirror. For glue, I used a hot glue gun and for the sticks, I gathered them from outside. I know, genius idea… but I do live in the woods so it’s quite easy for me to just ventured outside. but I’m sure I could have picked them up at any craft store. I’ve also seen people use popsicle sticks too!
I cut a circle that was larger than my mirror out of cardboard. Then I glued my mirror onto the cardboard. Next, I cut all my sticks to the same size. I went with about 6 inches. After they were all cut, I started gluing each stick onto the cardboard with the end of the stick pushed all the way up to the mirror’s edge. I continued to glue until the entire cardboard circle was filled up.
I let the stick mirror dry (not long – hot glue dries pretty quickly). The mirror is very light so to hang I just used a picture frame nail and poked it through the cardboard. A command strip would work well too!
Boy, do I love a good sale. I get this thrill when I find a beautiful, quality piece of furniture or a trendy new home decor item for a fraction of its original price. But buying less expensive pieces for your home isn’t always better. Knowing when to save and when to splurge is key to creating a home that lasts. Nobody wants to be caught in the matrix furniture loop because eventually the wallet will dry up and you’re left with home items that don’t function properly.
When shopping for my home I have a basic rule of thumb: don’t overpay for a “trend” that is made with less than desirable materials. For instance, when the ladder bookshelf came out you could buy it from any major retailer. However, some were made from wood and or metal and others were made of composite boards. Depending on where you bought it, you might pay the exact same price for a lesser quality shelf.
When I splurge on an item it’s usually furniture. I look for items made from quality material and that will hopefully last my entire life. Sometimes that means heading to a furniture shop, but not always. I wholeheartedly believe they don’t make furniture like they used to. Try to find pieces made from solid wood. When I can opt for something made of real wood – I go for it! If I’m going to splurge on an item I don’t want to have to buy it again. For example, timeless pieces for me are my kitchen table, my couch, oversized armchairs, piano, dining room chair, etc.
People often ask about styles changing and being stuck with a really expensive piece of furniture that is out of style. Not necessarily. I splurge on timeless pieces. Anything with solid wood and clean-cut lines are timeless. Yes, styles change – but updating said piece of furniture can be done with a good old paintbrush and a new stain color; or updating hardware. Couch covers can even be updated if you invest in a slipcover sofa or have them reupholstered.
I never splurge on items that need to be changed out season to season or that are on “trend”. For instance, throw pillows and throw blankets. Every season I change my throw pillow covers to something more fitting for that time of year. BUT I do splurge on the actual pillow insert. I prefer a quality down throw pillow that will last. This way I’m only ever buying a pillow cover which is less expensive than swapping out the actual pillow every season. And because pillow covers get changed several times a year I always opt to save rather than splurge. Amazon and Woven Nook are two of my favorite places to buy pillow covers.
When it comes to styling your home I always opt to save on things like wall art, artwork, home decor, nick-knacks, candlesticks and holders, vases, picture frames, etc. I try my hardest to save on these items. Or, I wait for them to go on clearance, find a similar version thrifting, or even buying at a lesser quality shop. I always ask myself: “how much traffic is this item going to get?” If it’s going to sit up on a shelf and not be handled it’s totally ok to spend less on that item!
One of my favorite places to shop for art is Etsy. You can now buy downloadable artwork for under $10 and send it off to be printed. Depending on the size of the print, I can send it to my local drug store and pick it up in an hour for only a few bucks! I love to get frames at Wallmart. They are cheap and I’ve never had issues with them falling apart.
Area rugs and light fixtures I generally leave up to the discretion of the room. Meaning, if it’s something that is a part of the long term design plan I don’t mind splurging, but if it’s a trendier scone that could potentially get traded out in the next few years I almost never splurge and always try and find a cheaper version. The same goes for area rugs. Area rugs are a great way to add a pop of color to a changing season. I love to layer rugs. On the bottom layer (which is generally more neutral) I’ll splurge and then save on the top layer which is usually smaller and “trendier”.
What do you do when you fall in love with beautiful brass light fixtures but don’t want to pay an electrition to hardwire them in? You try out Nesting With Grace’s famous light trick!
I’ve been following Nesting with Grace for years and she never ceases to amaze me with all her beautiful hacks and styling. This one is just pure genius!
The mechanics behind this trick are basically to gorilla glue the back of a battery-operated puck light to a PVC part that then screws into the light fixture. You can read her post here.
Seems like a pretty straight forward DIY… I’m going to give it a go. My first stop was the Home Depot to pick up the 3/4″ diameter PVC adapter and the gorilla glue (everything will be linked at the bottom). Fortunately, I already have a pack of Puck lights from a project I did a while back on my daughter’s closet so I didn’t need to pick any of those up. But they are reasonably inexpensive from Amazon if you need to buy them. Oh and don’t forget the batteries! I like to use rechargeable batteries, but they can be pricey. If not, regular batteries it is. By the way, Home Depot will recycle dead batteries if you bring them in.
The good thing about puck lights is that the back detaches from the actual light so you’re only gluing the PVC adapter to the back itself. This will make it easy to change the batteries when needed! To start, I glued a small ring around the PVC adapter and attached it to the back of the puck light. The drying time was only 20 minutes! But keep in mind, full cure time is 24 hours.
After the glue has dried, reassemble the puck light by attaching the front and back together. Then twist the PVC part of the contraption into your light fixture where the light bulb would go. Then, simply push down on the puck light and watch the magic happen! Let there be light! My puck light pack came with a remote so I don’t even have to manually turn them on and off while I’m laying in bed!
All in all, I would say this project was a huge success! What a genius solution to hardwiring issues. I Would 100% do this project again.