Monday, March 18, 2019

Spring Dining Room Decor (Tour 2019)

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Happy week of spring! I'm excited to share my spring dining room with you all today. This tour is one of many tours or spring projects going on this week brought to you by the talented Jen from Noting Grace. You'll be able to see all that's going on at the bottom of the post. If you haven't checked out the first on the project hop, Lindsey from Repurpose and Recycle, be sure to check her out too:)


For spring this year, I kept it mainly neutral but added lots of pops of green. I think green is almost the new neutral...or they seem to compliment each other pretty good :) I haven't shared my dining room since Christmas, so let's get on with it! 
dining room with wood table, white metal chairs, white slipcover chairs, shiplap wall and wood gallery wall.
The tablescape is something that was a little leftover from Christmas and some new things added in. I have been on this weird candlestick collecting binge lately, so I had to add some on the table...by some, I mean 8. Ha! Let's just say if my power ever went out, I would totally be set in terms of lighting. Not just for in here, but for my whole house. Yes, it might be a bit obsessive :)
dining room with wood table, white metal chairs, white slipcover chairs, shiplap wall and wood gallery wall.
 I found this amazing weathered wood crate at Home Goods recently and couldn't find any place it would fit...it's to wide for almost all my tables. So, I placed it on here and kind of loved it. Just gave this tablescape another layer...and some height! 
tablescape on wood table with candlesticks

The table runner was a find from Hobby Lobby. The texture in it is great, and it's a great contrast to my dark table. I then swagged some lambs ear garland along it and in between the candlesticks. 
place setting on wood table
 For the place settings, I used my go-to favorite braided place mats along with round plates and alternating square and round bowls. That's what happens when things break! You improvise :) These napkins are new and from the etsy shop Living With Amanda. As for what's inside each bowl... I was at a weird standstill on what to do in each bowl. I felt the bowls just looked too empty. I usually add something in them, and for spring, it's usually some sort of greens. Well, as you can see I have a fair share of greens already going on in here, so I was trumped. Then I went to my favorite thing to add to empty spaces...wood bead garland. But, I only had a few big ones. So, I made these cute little ones just for the place settings. You can see the tutorial for them here >
place setting on wood table with place setting

place setting with number 3
 My buffet has become a favorite place to decorate especially with the addition of my new bread boards. 
dining room with wood table, white metal chairs, white slipcover chairs, shiplap wall and wood gallery wall.

 This is just a few of the boards in my collection. I think they add so much charm to the space. 
dining room with wood table, white metal chairs, white slipcover chairs, shiplap wall and wood gallery wall.

dining room with wood table, white metal chairs, white slipcover chairs, shiplap wall and wood gallery wall.
 I know there are a lot of people who actually decorate their tiered trays...I don't :) Mine is kept strictly for coffee mugs cuz goodness knows I have too many! I can't let prime real estate like that go to waste ;) This cute little stool is actually a plant stand from Hobby Lobby. I just topped it with a napkin to add that extra little layer.
dining room with wood table, white metal chairs, white slipcover chairs, shiplap wall and wood gallery wall.
 Here's an angle that isn't shown often, but I wanted to share with you my new wired cup holder. I had my DIY one there for years, but got such a great deal on this one, I had to get it. 
dining room with wood table, white metal chairs, white slipcover chairs, shiplap wall and wood gallery wall.
 And another angle not shown often...usually because my kitchen is always trashed. haha :) I'm actually going to share my kitchen with you next week with some minor updates (not trashed). But, for now, this is what you get. 
dining room with wood table, white metal chairs, white slipcover chairs, shiplap wall and wood gallery wall.
 I know it's odd, but I'm a total fan of adding blankets and pillows to dining room chairs. It's a great way to soften up the look and make it look more inviting. Even though it's spring and that's supposed to mean good weather, it rarely is around here. So, it's nice having a blanket to throw on when it gets cold...yes, even during dinner. But this space actually gets used a lot more than just to eat food :)
dining room with wood table, white metal chairs, white slipcover chairs, shiplap wall and wood gallery wall.

dining room with wood table, white metal chairs, white slipcover chairs, shiplap wall and wood gallery wall.
And there you have it! My dining room is seriously one of my favorite rooms. We have thought about moving often, but my dining room always pulls me back in. You'd be surprise at how many houses around here don't have a formal dining room. I wouldn't consider ours too formal since it opens to our living room, but it's a great size and separate enough. Plus, this table goes to 10 feet. Imagine trying to find a house that fits that :) 
dining room with wood table, white metal chairs, white slipcover chairs, shiplap wall and wood gallery wall.
Thank you again for joining along with my tour! I have one more tour coming up on Wednesday of my spring living room that I'd love for you to come back and check out. Here are three more room tours that I did the past couple of weeks! 

FRONT LIVING ROOM
living room with shiplap walls, rustic vintage fireplace mantel, blanket ladder, and white couch
 ENTRY WAY
entry way with stairs, bench, wood wall art and plant
 MASTER BEDROOM
farmhouse bedroom with white ruffle bedding and gallery wall
Join along today and the rest of the week with these amazing and talented ladies! Be sure to check them all out for great spring inspiration! Next up on the tour, if you are following the hop is Jordan from A Blue Nest.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

DIY Wood Bead Garland With Tassels

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Trends come and go (of course). Some trends I don't care about, and some trends I just love. The wood bead garland trend....well, I'm all about that. You would know if you looked throughout my house. I have beaded garland, at least one, in every room. My husband hates them. In fact, I bought a wood beaded chandelier and he pretty much told me that he's not allowing a taxicab driver's beaded seat to hang from our ceiling. Ha! You know, I never thought about how they do look similar until he said that? 


beaded seat cover and beaded chandelier
And now I can't un-see it.... at least these ones are different colors :) So, yeah, he's not thrilled to be reminded of a taxi every room he goes in to. That being said....I'm sure taxi's aren't the only ones with this cover, just sayin'. 

Instead of one hanging from our ceiling, I do have rows of the seat strewn about the house. I'm not sure what's better...one ceiling or every room in the house? ;) ...don't worry, the one for the ceiling is still going up. 

So, I bought one of the beaded garlands, then realized that they would be a ton cheaper to make and super easy too! So, I have made seriously like 10 of these...I know. Obsessive. I think they are just the perfect addition to any weird 'blank space'. 

For instance, this tray would have been boring...then I added the bead garland.
wood bead garland on tray with books and greenery
Boom, not boring... :)

Okay, so here's the super simple tutorial on how to make these. Could be obvious in some ways, but tricky in others. So, lets get going. 

Supplies:
Jute
Tape
Scissors
Hot glue
Beads -Got mine from Amazon (link). The garland in the tray is using 20 mm beads, the garland in the bowls (below) are 16 mm. You could make probably 2 or 3 garlands for each set of beads depending on how long you want them. The size in the tray would be the 2/3. The size in the bowl is 8 garlands.

wood beads
 Step 1: Cut off a piece of jute about 10" longer than you want your garland to be. Tape off one end with tape, kind of circling around it. This will make it easier to send the jute through the holes. Tie off the other end with a double knot. leaving a 5" tail. String the beads. Tie off the taped end close to the beads with a double knot, leaving about a 5" tail. Don't have the beads super tight against each other or else the garland won't relax. So, when you tie the last knot, do it about an half inch to an inch away from the last bead.
wood bead garland
 Step 2: Cut five or so pieces of jute in the same size. These are roughly 6" each. If you want longer, make them longer. On the ends of the strung beads, tie the tail around the middle of the five pieces of jute. Or, for visual learners, you can make a circle and knot it, then slide the jute through.
wood bead garland
 Like so....
wood bead garland
 Step 3: Get another piece of jute, approximately 15-20". Tie one end around the 5 jute pieces, securing it tightly by pulling. The tail on this one is about 3" or make it the same length as the jute around it.
wood bead garland
 Then start wrapping the jute around all the other pieces. When you like the way it looks, cut it off and use the hot glue to adhere the end into place. Here's a thicker wrap, using a lot more jute.
wood bead garland
 And a smaller wrap, using less jute. It just depends on the look you are going for.
wood bead garland
 These are the shorter ones that I made 8 of for my dining room. 
line of 3 wood bead garlands
 Here's the longer one on the tray again. You can see that I used longer pieces of jute for the ends and somewhat thicker wraps. 
wood bead garland on tray with books

wood bead garland
 I have another one resting in a small dough bowl. As you can see, perfect for an empty space! I had no idea what to put in this little guy, and the bead garland was perfect.
wood bead garland on wood night stand
 As for my table and the bowls. Another thing that I didn't know what to put in. I usually put greens or something in the place settings during spring, but I had so much greenery going on. So, I kept thinking about what the heck would look decent because the bowls looked so empty. Then I got the idea to just add small little bead garlands.
wood bead garland in white bowl with place setting
 I kind of like the way they look! It would be super easy to add little wood tags with names on here for special dinners. What do you think? 
wood bead garland in white bowl

So, are you a fan of this trend? Does it remind you of taxi cabs? Ha! ...Well, now does it remind you of taxi cabs? I hope I didn't ruin it for you.... Just think, maybe it's not a trend after all. I mean, those beaded seat covers have been around for decades! Trends don't last that long ;)

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

DIY Scrap Wood Spring Wreath


I was provided product by DecoArt and compensated to write about this project, but all thoughts, opinions, and ideas are my own :)

When you do as many DIY projects as me, you get a lot of scrap wood pieces. And if you are also like me, you can't ever seem to throw those pieces away. You never know when that 5 inch piece of molding or wood is going to come to good use, right? Ha! Serious though, my scrap pile is so big it's a little ridiculous. Every once in awhile I try to go through it and use it up, and I actually do pull pieces from it often to use on other projects. Today, I'm going to share with you a cute little spring wreath using nothing but scrap would pieces from my pile. 
DIY scrap wood wreath. DIY spring wreath. Reclaimed wood wreath. DIY spring decor and decorating ideas.
 I love how this turned out so much that I'll probably be doing another one which I'll update this post with to give you all more ideas. 

So, here are my scrap would pieces. I used quite a mixture or wood or mdf in all different sizes. The backing that I used was also a scrap piece from one of my furniture builds, it's 1/16" piece of plywood. If you don't have this available, you can buy it at a building supply store for about $5 for a 4'x4' piece.
DIY scrap wood wreath. DIY spring wreath. Reclaimed wood wreath. DIY spring decor and decorating ideas.
 The width of all the wood pieces together was about 19". That was around the size I wanted for my wreath, so I made sure that all the pieces were at least that length also. 

I painted the wood and mdf using DecoArt's Americana Acrylic Paint in Royal Navy, Berry Cobble, and Vintage Pink. I originally had left the middle mdf piece white, but then decided to use Snow White in the acrylic paint on it also. This took about two coats for full coverage.
DIY scrap wood wreath. DIY spring wreath. Reclaimed wood wreath. DIY spring decor and decorating ideas.

DIY scrap wood wreath. DIY spring wreath. Reclaimed wood wreath. DIY spring decor and decorating ideas.
 Next, I used the wood glue and squirted it all over the plywood. 
DIY scrap wood wreath. DIY spring wreath. Reclaimed wood wreath. DIY spring decor and decorating ideas.
 I then added the wood and mdf on top of the plywood, securing them down with weights. I kept these like this for a couple of hours to make sure the wood glue adhered properly. 
DIY scrap wood wreath. DIY spring wreath. Reclaimed wood wreath. DIY spring decor and decorating ideas.
 Next, I used a piece of string and a pen to outline the outer circle. I did this by tying a knot in the middle of the string and securing it in the very center of the pieces with a thumbtack. I then stood the pen up and stretched the string out as far as it could go, and made a circle. To get the length of the string initially, I just pulled it out to the shortest edge. It ended up being about 9".
DIY scrap wood wreath. DIY spring wreath. Reclaimed wood wreath. DIY spring decor and decorating ideas.
 I then took a bowl (an easier method) to trace the inner circle. Since I wanted to make this circle off centered, I just eyed where I wanted it. If you want it centered, you would want to measure to make sure it was equidistant from all edges of the previous circle.
DIY scrap wood wreath. DIY spring wreath. Reclaimed wood wreath. DIY spring decor and decorating ideas.

DIY scrap wood wreath. DIY spring wreath. Reclaimed wood wreath. DIY spring decor and decorating ideas.
 To make the jigsawing process easier, I drilled a hole into the middle circle that's big enough to fit the jigsaw blade.
DIY scrap wood wreath. DIY spring wreath. Reclaimed wood wreath. DIY spring decor and decorating ideas.
 Now the fun part :) I put on my protective gear, and use the jigsaw to cut out the outer circle.
DIY scrap wood wreath. DIY spring wreath. Reclaimed wood wreath. DIY spring decor and decorating ideas.
 Next, I cut out the center circle starting in the hole that was drilled earlier. 
DIY scrap wood wreath. DIY spring wreath. Reclaimed wood wreath. DIY spring decor and decorating ideas.
 I sanded all the edges.
DIY scrap wood wreath. DIY spring wreath. Reclaimed wood wreath. DIY spring decor and decorating ideas.
 Then painted the edges using the Snow White.
DIY scrap wood wreath. DIY spring wreath. Reclaimed wood wreath. DIY spring decor and decorating ideas.
 I added tied jute onto the back for it to hang. I secured the knots with a staple gun.
DIY scrap wood wreath. DIY spring wreath. Reclaimed wood wreath. DIY spring decor and decorating ideas.
 To finish it off, I hot glued flowers onto the bottom left along with a "hello" chipboard sign onto the top right that I had used last spring on a different wreath.
DIY scrap wood wreath. DIY spring wreath. Reclaimed wood wreath. DIY spring decor and decorating ideas.
 The "hello" was painted using DecoArt Americana Decor Matte Metallics in Aged Bronze.
DIY scrap wood wreath. DIY spring wreath. Reclaimed wood wreath. DIY spring decor and decorating ideas.
 And there's the finished piece!
DIY scrap wood wreath. DIY spring wreath. Reclaimed wood wreath. DIY spring decor and decorating ideas.

DIY scrap wood wreath. DIY spring wreath. Reclaimed wood wreath. DIY spring decor and decorating ideas.
It has found it's place on my mantel for now, but it will be heading to my door when the weather gets a little bit better.
DIY scrap wood wreath. DIY spring wreath. Reclaimed wood wreath. DIY spring decor and decorating ideas.
I just love being able to make things like this at little to no cost; it's the best!

To find more spring decor ideas, be sure to check out DecoArt and their social media for more inspiration!
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