Monday, November 23, 2020

Neutral Farmhouse Christmas Decor With A Vintage Twist (Front Living Room Tour 2020)

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Well, it's about that time to post about Christmas! Yay! I know, I know...it's before Thanksgiving. Technically, I've had my Christmas decor up for 3 weeks now. Yep! So, I could have started sharing a lot earlier, but life got ahold of me and kept me from doing so. It's been quite the crazy year hasn't it? I'm so ready for Christmas...clearly! ha! Today I'm sharing with you my front living room. I've been so excited to decorate in here for Christmas ever since I finished the board and batten on my walls. I was super excited to see how all my decor just popped! 
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Rustic Wooden Desk Drawer Organizer/Printer's Cabinet:link    Side Table: Target      White Slipcover Couch/Bed: Ikea      Rug: Rugs USA    Storage Bench: Link     Textured White Pillows; link     Box X Lamp: link       Wood sunburst mirror: Tutorial      

Woods and whites are my favorite go-to decor for any season...along with green. You may notice a few more vintage-y type pieces in my decor this year. I've been wanting to add a little more story to my home. This side table is a perfect place to add a vignette full of farmhouse and vintage charm. I have a new printer's cabinet in here from DecorSteals. I also added some vintage amber bottles. These have been super fun scavenging for at the antique stores. There's a "vintage" book in the back behind the bottles. You'll have to wait on how I did that in the upcoming months when they get featured in Country Sampler magazine :) To tie in my little Christmas trees, I placed them in vintage terracotta pots. 
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Here's a good view of my little white box, or so my husband calls this room. When I painted everything white earlier this year, I had plans to use red for Christmas. I knew it would pop beautifully. But isn't it funny how visions change? I had lots of red in here last year and just wasn't feeling it this go around. I did opted for lots of creams and brown though! 
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I'm pretty sure my grandmother's antique mirror is what chose the decor in here for me. It just didn't feel right putting red everywhere. I went with it's vintage feel and decorated around it. I chose lots of candles, vintage books and a simple tree. 
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Chandelier: World Market

I found this antique elm bench at an antique store on vacation a few months ago and couldn't leave without it. I seriously have no place to put it, but I knew I would use it in front of one of my Christmas trees. This may or may not be the last time you see it until next Christmas :)
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I've curated these "matching" candlesticks over the years and put them in my faux fireplace. When they are lit, this room is magical! You'll have to check out my social media accounts for a nighttime picture :) 
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The past two years I haven't hung any stockings on this mantel because I didn't want to take away from it's ornate beauty. I decided to add just two in the corner...because well, it's Christmas 2020 :) It definitely softened the look. I also added some more amber bottles with melty dripping candles. My go-to items to decorate a mantel: books, candlesticks, candles, garland, bookends and something big behind it all..in this case, a mirror. 
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This Christmas tree usually only ever gets ball ornaments on it. I try to keep it a little more simple in here. I used brown, gold and pearl ornaments to tie in with the mantel colors and the glow of the candlelight. The smaller tree next to it just stays naked. 
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These books are my favorite project lately. Once again, you'll have to wait to see the how-to on them until next year! But I love the character they bring. I made a few stacks so you will see them throughout my home during my upcoming Christmas tours next week.
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I filled my dough bowl, also from DecorSteals, with lots and lots of pinecones. One can never go wrong with too many pinecones :) I added two small flocked trees in the middle for height.
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This isn't a view I really ever show. It was always dark and dismal before I painted the wall. Now it's so cheery! 
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I feel like this room has changed so much since last year...or even three years ago! It's amazing what happens when you think you are done changing things...and then you look back three years and realize just how much you have changed. 
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I would never have thought I would use brown as one of the main colors for my Christmas decor, but I love how it turned out in here. I feel like it's simple and let's the other things speak for themselves.
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I'm excited to start sharing more of my Christmas home with you, finally! I have more tours coming next week so be sure to check back! And when I get more time on my hands, I have three awesome projects to share with you: diy window seat with builtins in my daughter's room, diy large corner armoire, and a cute and easy printers cabinet you can make for under $20! There's still lots going on over here even if I don't post as often as I used to! Be sure to join me on social media for lots of sneak peaks and behind the scenes :) 

  


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Friday, November 6, 2020

How To Distress Furniture (My New White Dining Table!)

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Well, it finally happened you guys! I have a white table in my dining room! Don't get me wrong, I loved my old brown table. Loved it a ton, but the top veneer was peeling off oh so bad, beyond repair. I couldn't bring myself to paint that table...although it got discussed often over dinner! It was getting to a point where it was either find a new table, or paint that one. I know it's so weird, but I really couldn't bring myself to paint it. The legs were just so pretty and I was afraid I would lose that character. And I actually liked the brown. It has been an inner battle for the past few years on what to do...in the mean time, the top was only getting worse.
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One day I was scrolling through marketplace to actually find an old chair, even typed in the search "vintage chair" and guess what came up...this table. Well, it didn't look like this. It was white and a little awful, but the best thing was that it was $50 and big. Even though I talked often enough about getting a new table, I wasn't actively searching. So, I made a quick decision, and bought the table. Really, who can say no to a $50 table? 
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I decided I would pretty it up quickly, and it can at least give me an idea if I even really liked having a white table in my dining room. If I liked it, I could easily sell it and paint my old one. That was the plan.

The lady I bought it from painted the top part of the table white, and left the legs. I bought some chalk paint thinking this would be a quick flip. I was soooo wrong.

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The table had some pretty lines in it, and I wanted to remove some of the paint from the lines to make them more defined before I put my coats of paint on it. The paint started peeling off the table. The lady who painted the top before didn't sand it nor add any primer. It was awful. Also, it surprised me that underneath the paint was a brown table! Nothing at all like the legs.
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So, I knew I had to take that layer of paint off so my paint would last longer and look nicer. Holy crud. Have you ever stripped paint off of something?? It's not fun. At first I was just pulling hand size pieces of paint off, then I realized I needed to use something else. I bought some spray foaming paint stripper, that worked well, but it was messy. 
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Once I got all the paint I needed to come off, I set it up in my dining room. I knew this would be the easiest way to paint and not have it get nicked trying to bring it in. I was actually super surprised how how much the top of this resembled my old table. 
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The legs and apron were painted, stained and destressed by the manufacturer, so I chose not to strip those since I knew the chalk paint would adhere well....and I wasn't concerned about crazing paint peeling.
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I chose to use Rust-oleum's Chalked in Linen White. I ended up doing two coats of the paint over the entire table and legs.
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Before each layer was fully dry, I went through with a skewer and made those lines more defined, along with find the little "holes" that made this table have more character. 
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Once the table was fully dry, I went through and did a small sanding using finishing sandpaper on areas I wanted to have a little more wear. This included the sides and corners, along with where plates would often be. I put some 'wear' on the outer sides of the legs, and on the apron. 

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Since the color underneath the tabletop was dark, I didn't have to add anything else to achieve the look. But, the legs had that lighter color, so I went through with a q-tip and dark walnut sand, and carefully applied what I thought was the perfect amount of darkness to the legs. 

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I then sealed the entire table with the matte clear topcoat from Rust-oleum also. I used two coats to get the needed durability for the abuse that would inevitably happen to this table. 


I've had this table now for about a month, and love it! It has been so nice not having to look at my dingy nasty tabletop anymore! ha! It's nice having it so bright in here also. I know I'm going to love having my tablescapes pop off of it more also. Only regret? Now I have to use placemats at every meal. I'm so concerned about something spilling and staining the table. Also, I moved my kids play doe fun to the floor :)
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Will I ever bring back my other table? The short answer is yes, on Thanksgiving :) Only because we are hosting it this year and need more seating! I'll be rearranging our living room and fit the kids on that table. I haven't had this table in here long enough to know if I would prefer my old one or not. I really loved the character of that one, but I love the brightness of this one. I imagine one day, I just end up painting my old one and selling this one. 
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My oldest often asks why I like to have everything white... It's true in a way, but it's actually only true in the sense that white makes the other colors pop that much more. I love wood tones, and wood against white is just perfect. Same with greens and other colors. Even pink! Birthdays on this table are going to be fun because I'll no longer need a tablecloth to make the decor stand out more :) 
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What are your thoughts? Do you like my white table or brown table more?

This may be the last that you see of all my fall decor! This weekend Christmas will be visiting my house :) It'll be a serious Christmas tree farm. I bought like 5 trees, differing sizes, on clearance last year. I meant to look through them and return some but never did. So, yeah. It will be a serious amount of trees going on if I choose to use all of them along with my others! 

I have so many projects happening right now....can't wait to share them all with you! To follow all that is going on behind the scenes, be sure to follow my social media :) 
 

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Monday, October 26, 2020

DIY Two Tiered Tray (Fall to Halloween Transitional Tablescape)

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

We are way into fall, so far that it's almost Halloween! I have a fun, easy project that transitions easily from fall decor into Halloween decor. The best thing about it, is that it looks like it costs a lot more than it does! This two tier tray was under $10 to make! The secret to making this look so good is the paint!
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Here's the supplies you will need to make this:
  • 2 wood plaques (I got mind from Hobby Lobby, a rectangle and a circle)
  • 1 wood candlestick. ( I opted for a thicker version found in the home decor area of Hobby Lobby)
  • Hot glue
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Step 1: Depending on what kind of candlestick you use, you may need to take out the metal cup or metal top. I used my pliers to get this out. 
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Step 2: Using the Enchanted Ultra-Black Basecoat, paint all the pieces with two coats of paint. Wait for the first layer to be dry to the touch before applying the other layer.
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Step 3: Add 1-2 coats of the Enchanted Shimmer in Gold onto each piece. It's tricky because it goes on white but dries to reveal millions of luminous translucent particles. These particles make a beautiful shimmery sparkle that changes from every angle. 
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I went with 2 coats of the Enchanted Shimmer for full coverage to give that old plated gold look. 
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I also added the Enchanted Shimmer in Gold to some loose magnolia leaves I had lying around. I did a light layer to give them the perfect little shimmer. These will be used for my tablescape when the tray is all put together.

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Step 4: Find the middle of the top piece, and carefully position the candlestick base onto it. Once I got a good idea of where it should be, I used a ruler to measure the perpendicular lines going through the middle circle to make sure the candle stick was equidistant from the edge of the round plaque on each side. I then used the hot glue to secure into place.
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Step 5: Do the same thing with the bottom plaque and secure the candlestick in the middle with hot glue. 
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Here's a good view of the brushed gold look. If only you can see the shimmer in person! It looks like an old gold gong. 
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For my fall tablescape, I placed pumpkins around on the tiered tray, and used the shimmery gold magnolia leaves to fill in some areas. 


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And here's the easy transition into my Halloween tablescape. I added a tattered black runner, and replaced the pumpkins with skulls. I removed the magnolia leaves and put some old amber bottles to complete the look. 
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Nothing like having a head on a platter! I have used lots of paint in the past, and this is by far my favorite shimmery/sparkle paint. I'm excited to use it on some Christmas crafts and gifts! 

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