Monday, February 13, 2017

DIY Farmhouse Blanket Ladder For $5

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DIY Blanket Ladder for $5. Cute farmhouse decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper style decor. White farmhouse living room ideas

 It's no secret that I have a love for blankets. You'll find blankets in my house when it's negative temps all the way to 100 degree weather. I stuff most of my blankets in baskets throughout the house, or drape them over seating. I decided that it was about time to change up my front room a little bit and in place of the giant chalkboard, I put a cute little ladder to display more blankets.

DIY Blanket Ladder for $5. Cute farmhouse decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper style decor. White farmhouse living room ideas
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE this chalkboard...and it's a great place to hide a ton of stuff behind it :) But, it's been there for 5 years, so I figured it was time for a little change. Plus, I found this cute farmhouse sign at Hobby Lobby and the two pieces clashed.
DIY Blanket Ladder for $5. Cute farmhouse decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper style decor. White farmhouse living room ideas
I made this ladder in about an hour with just a few pieces of wood. Here's what I used:
Two 2x3s cut at 76 inches
Five 1x3s cut at 14 inches.
Wood glue
Nail gun
Dark Walnut Minwax stain
White latex paint
Cup of water
DIY Blanket Ladder for $5. Cute farmhouse decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper style decor. White farmhouse living room ideas
 I placed the two sides of the ladder on a flat surface and then started measuring where to put the rungs. I started at 12 inches from the bottom (this will help keep the ladder even just in case your two sides aren't exactly the same height), placed a mark on each side. Then from there did 12 inch intervals up until I marked for 5 rungs. Make sure to mark both sides of the ladder so the rungs line up evenly.
DIY Blanket Ladder for $5. Cute farmhouse decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper style decor. White farmhouse living room ideas
 I then glued each rung or 1x3 into place, using the marks as my guide. I lined the bottom of the 1x3 up with each mark. I then used 2 1/2" nails and secured them in place from the outside.
DIY Blanket Ladder for $5. Cute farmhouse decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper style decor. White farmhouse living room ideas
 Next, I stained the entire thing Dark Walnut.
DIY Blanket Ladder for $5. Cute farmhouse decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper style decor. White farmhouse living room ideas
 Before the stain dried all the way, I dipped my paint brush into the white paint, and then circled it around in the water for a minute.
DIY Blanket Ladder for $5. Cute farmhouse decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper style decor. White farmhouse living room ideas
I then brushed the paint on to ladder, working with small sections at a time. Once it was brushed on, I then took a paper towel and rubbed it off, thus also smoothing it out and working the paint in. The way to do this the best is to not let the paint dry, make sure it's still wet or else it won't work. That's why I worked in small foot size sections until the whole ladder was done. The below picture is what it looks like before I rubbed the paint in, just after brushing it on.
DIY Blanket Ladder for $5. Cute farmhouse decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper style decor. White farmhouse living room ideas
 Here's the finished ladder. I liked the look of having a bigger gap on the top of the ladder. It's about 15" compared to the 12" intervals.
DIY Blanket Ladder for $5. Cute farmhouse decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper style decor. White farmhouse living room ideas
 Here's a closer look at the color. Also, for the wood, I chose the most beat up pieces I could find so it added a lot more character.
DIY Blanket Ladder for $5. Cute farmhouse decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper style decor. White farmhouse living room ideas
I love this corner of the room! It's just nice having a fresh change....and let's be honest...it's super nice to have another spot to put blankets :)
DIY Blanket Ladder for $5. Cute farmhouse decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper style decor. White farmhouse living room ideas
 I wanted to be able to use the rungs as little shelves also, that's why the are flat and the width of the sides, approximately 3". This is just the perfect space to place books or small decor.
DIY Blanket Ladder for $5. Cute farmhouse decor and decorating ideas. Fixer upper style decor. White farmhouse living room ideas
As for the cost, I found the 2x3s for about $1.60 each and the 1x3 for a little over $1. The cost does not include the other materials like paint and stain which I already had on hand.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Social Artworking Paint Party! How To Paint Like A Pro

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 I was provided product by DecoArt and compensated to write about this project, but all thoughts, opinions, and ideas are my own :)
DIY chalkboard art on painted canvas! Learn how to make this! Easy and 100% fool proof for beginners! DIY farmhouse decor. DIY chalkboard lettering. How to paint like a pro!


I'm not an artist. I'm not a calligrapher, yet I painted this. How'd I do it?
A new, easy way to paint amazing decor for your house! Have a house painting party by Social Artworking!
 A Social Artworking Party! I'm sure you all have heard of some parties like this going on around your area. Well, this one that you can do in your own house with your friends! For mine, I just did it with my family and we had so much fun! I had no idea that my girls would love it so much :) Social Artworking is a program created by DecoArt to make learning to paint on canvas and hosting a canvas painting party easy and fun! Their patterns and step-by-step instructions make it easy for the first-time painter to have 100% success. You can learn more and see all their patterns here.

So, to get started, I set up the canvases.
A new, easy way to paint amazing decor for your house! Have a house painting party by Social Artworking!
 I separated the things I needed for each painting. Each painting came with an instruction sheet, transfer paper, pattern, paint and paint brushes.
A new, easy way to paint amazing decor for your house! Have a house painting party by Social Artworking!
 For mine, I used the "All You Need" template. I painted my canvas as suggested.
A new, easy way to paint amazing decor for your house! Have a house painting party by Social Artworking!
Then followed the instructions and used the template and tracing paper to draw the design onto my canvas.

A new, easy way to paint amazing decor for your house! Have a house painting party by Social Artworking!
Here it is with just the tracing paper markings. Looks pretty good already :)
 A new, easy way to paint amazing decor for your house! Have a house painting party by Social Artworking!
 I then continued to follow the instructions on what paint to use, what brush, and what paining technique to use to finish the design. I love how it turned out!

Funny story here...I picked this stencil because "All You Need Is Love" by the Beattles was our first dance song at my wedding. It wasn't supposed to be, but the AV stopped working and we couldn't get our music to play, so my mom's friend ran to here house which was close by, grabbed her CDs and boombox (are those still even  thing? lol) and 'saved' the day! The best song out of all of her CDs was the Beattles "All You Need Is Love". And so, that little song is dear to my heart....brings up some memories that cause a little anxiety too, but it's fun to look back on it now :) ...and who doesn't love coffee? So, this was the perfect pattern to paint for me!
A new, easy way to paint amazing decor for your house! Have a house painting party by Social Artworking!
 As for the rest of the party goers? They all chose different things to paint :)
A new, easy way to paint amazing decor for your house! Have a house painting party by Social Artworking!

A new, easy way to paint amazing decor for your house! Have a house painting party by Social Artworking!

A new, easy way to paint amazing decor for your house! Have a house painting party by Social Artworking!
 "Love You To The Moon" and "Mermaid Tales" were the other designs.
A new, easy way to paint amazing decor for your house! Have a house painting party by Social Artworking!
 My little 4 year old made this. She did an awesome job with hardly any help! I think for her next birthday party, I'm going to do a paint party! She took to it so well, and loved it :)
A new, easy way to paint amazing decor for your house! Have a house painting party by Social Artworking!
 My mom made this cute one for her house.
A new, easy way to paint amazing decor for your house! Have a house painting party by Social Artworking!
 And I didn't get a template for my 2 year old, just a canvas and she had a riot :)
A new, easy way to paint amazing decor for your house! Have a house painting party by Social Artworking!
 I love how these all turned out and it was so much fun doing this! I can't wait to do it again. It was a great way to spend an afternoon. Even better realizing how well my barely 4 year old is at painting :)
A new, easy way to paint amazing decor for your house! Have a house painting party by Social Artworking!
 To learn more about Social Artworking and hosting and throwing a party, visit www.socialartworking.com.
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Cheap Farmhouse Pillows On Amazon

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If you have read any of my posts, you all know how much I love pillows and pillow covers! I'm constantly on a look out for cute covers :) So, I decided to do a roundup post of whats in my wish list! I do have some of these already, and some of them I just can't justify buying quite yet...because...well, I have like a huge hoard of pillows and pillow covers already :) As with everything I post for shopping, do your own due diligence before you buy. Check reviews. Also, some of these are posted multiple times on Amazon, so it's good to see what's cheaper sometimes too :) All of these were available at the time I posted this for under $20, but that could change, so just check the link to see the price. 

Ivory Sweater Cover and Insert!

Navy Blue Striped Linen Cover

Oh, Susanna Pillow Cover

Knitted Cover with Buttons


Simple Striped Cover

Burlap Deer Cover
 



Burlap Home Sweet Home Cover


Cream and Tan Striped Pillow. I have 3 of these!


Buffalo Check Cover, Cream and Tan (I have 2 of these!)

Grey and Cream Buffalo Check

No.7 Pillow Cover


North, South, East, West Pillow Cover


Small Ticking Pillow Cover

Striped Pillow Cover in Multiple Different Colors


Grey and white striped cover

Ticking Pillow Cover in Black and Cream



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