Tuesday, January 16, 2018

How To Diminish The Appearance Of Scratches On Wood

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I love all the natural wood in our house...that wasn't always the case. Years ago I wanted to paint it. But, my husband put a hard 'no' on that one. I'm glad he did. I have come to love the natural knotty alder in our home. I still hate our kitchen cabinets...but that's another post for itself. :) Our door and our banister posts are the knotty alder and have seen their fair share of dents, dings, and scratches throughout the years.
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They weren't horrible; didn't even bother me. Well, enter in this cute pup:
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The second we go out the door, even if it's just to get the mail. This dog is at the door scratching the good heck out of it. Ugh. I didn't notice he was doing this until too late and the damage was already done.  The damage was half way up the door and about 1/3 of the width.
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I kind of freaked out. My husband oddly wasn't as mad as I thought he would be. Then I remembered a quick little trick to help hide those scratches. They will always be there until I can sand them down, or fill them, and restain or paint. But, this was a great bandaid, plus, I don't have do any staining or painting and can still keep my wood looking beautiful :)

The secret is walnuts.
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Yep. Can you believe these can diminish the appearance of scratches on wood? They can!
Just get a chunk and start rubbing it into the scratches. These are my results.
Before (the top was actually already done, so this gives you a good before and after also):
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How to fix scratches in wood. The secret to removing scratches in wood. How to diminish the appearance of scratches in wood.
 After:
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 Here's a super good example. Before:
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 After:
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As I mentioned before, the dents are still there, this just makes the scratches less obvious. The oil in the walnut gets absorbed by the wood. I like to think the nut itself also acts like a filler into the scratch also.

My husband was so amazed by this, he took as many walnuts as he could and went around the house fixing all the scratches :)

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Ikea Moppe Storage Chest Hack

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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 :)

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It's January! That means it's time to organize! I don't know why, but every time January comes, I am in the mood to completely declutter and organize my house. Today, I've partnered up with DecoArt to bring you this awesome Ikea Moppe Storage Chest hack. You can find these at your local Ikea store for about $17. And they are quite large. Perfect for tons of organization! 
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 The supplies I used:
Ikea Moppe Storage Chest
Palette knife
1" Number Stencils
Six drawer pulls
Ikea Moppe storage chest hack. DIY organization ideas. DIY organizer. DIY bathroom organization

Step 1: Pull out all the drawers. For this project, I used the backs of the drawers since they were completely flat with no cutout.
Ikea Moppe storage chest hack. DIY organization ideas. DIY organizer. DIY bathroom organization
 Step 2: Paint the new front of the drawers and the entire chest Snow White.
Ikea Moppe storage chest hack. DIY organization ideas. DIY organizer. DIY bathroom organization
 Step 3: Next, using a high quality brush, paint over the white on the drawers with the Rose Gold. It took about 3 coats for me to get the coverage I wanted.
Ikea Moppe storage chest hack. DIY organization ideas. DIY organizer. DIY bathroom organization
 Step 4: Mix about equal parts of the Texture Paste and the Rich Espresso. Line up the "0" about an inch to an inch and a half from the right bottom edge. You want enough space on the right of the zero for the other numbers, so keep that in mind. 
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 Using the knife, place the tinted texture paste onto the zero. Scrape it until it's smooth, making sure there's still full coverage.
Ikea Moppe storage chest hack. DIY organization ideas. DIY organizer. DIY bathroom organization
 Repeat this on all the drawers. Let them harden.
Ikea Moppe storage chest hack. DIY organization ideas. DIY organizer. DIY bathroom organization
 Step 5: Now do the other numbers. Making sure the bottoms of them line up with the bottom of the zero.
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 Step 6: Place on the hardware. I found these at Hobby Lobby. I made sure they were centered on each drawer and about a quarter of an inch from the top of each drawer.
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 Here's a look at the complete white chest. I had plans to paint it the Rich Espresso but I loved how the drawers just popped off the Snow White.
Ikea Moppe storage chest hack. DIY organization ideas. DIY organizer. DIY bathroom organization
 This piece will eventually end up in my bathroom. It's the perfect size for nail polish, makeup, and hair accessories. 
Ikea Moppe storage chest hack. DIY organization ideas. DIY organizer. DIY bathroom organization
 The color behind this was actually inspired by my two year old's Christmas ornament. She colored it with this Rose Gold and Rich Espresso and I fell in love with the combination. 
Ikea Moppe storage chest hack. DIY organization ideas. DIY organizer. DIY bathroom organization
 The idea for the texture paste was simple. First, it gives great 3 dimensional effect, but also the Rich Espresso will not adhere correctly or at all to the glossy metallic finish of the Rose Gold without it. 
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Ikea Moppe storage chest hack. DIY organization ideas. DIY organizer. DIY bathroom organization
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Friday, December 29, 2017

Top 10 Posts of 2017

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The New Year is almost here! Which means it's that time of year to look back at the top posts that you as my readers enjoyed the most throughout the year! I love doing this post because it gives you all a new opportunity to check out some stuff that you may have missed. And plus, it's just fun to look back at all the projects I forgot I actually did :) Sometimes I feel like I don't do much, so this fills my cup with productivity lol

#1. DIY Outdoor Chairs and Porch Makeover (oh I this makes me miss Summer!)


#2. My Summer Home Tour (Once again...missing Summer ;) )


#3. Farmhouse Blanket Ladder For Under $5


#4. How To Infuse Your House With Farmhouse Style


#5. Laundry Room Makeover And Organization Ideas


#6. DIY Framed Canvas Signs


#7. Laundry Room Storage For In Between Washer And Dryer


#8. Cheap Farmhouse Pillows On Amazon (love me some Amazon!)


#9. DIY Coffee Cup Display Rack


#10. DIY Sliding Door Entertainment Center and Barn Door Hardware Tutorial



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Farmhouse Christmas Bedroom Tour

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Today's tour is the final tour of all my Christmas tours! And I like to say it's the best one... since it's just so cozy :) You may have noticed that I'm quite the fan (quasi hoarder) of pillows and blankets. But, they just speak to me and I'm not afraid to have to many of them. I have six throw blankets in my master bedroom, three of which are directly by the bed. And well, pillows are just uncountable at this point :) But, all those extra layers sure just reminds me of cozy Winter days.
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 For Christmas in here, I removed my normal foliage and added some flocked Christmas trees which adorn most of my house. I also added some 'snow-kissed' garland on top of our headboard.
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Farmhouse Christmas bedroom decor and decorating ideas. White Christmas decorating ideas. Farmhouse Christmas decor
 A new addition in here are these lamps. I switched my old ones out with the ones in my daughter's nursery, and love the new look! Sometimes you just need a small update to make a room feel fresher.
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Farmhouse Christmas bedroom decor and decorating ideas. White Christmas decorating ideas. Farmhouse Christmas decor

I also switched up the pillows a bit. I went with an all white theme in here. I usually throw punches of tan or red for Christmas, but decided against it. These euro shams are new, and love the ruffles on them! They match my other bedding beautifully.
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Farmhouse Christmas bedroom decor and decorating ideas. White Christmas decorating ideas. Farmhouse Christmas decor
 Keeping with the mostly white them made the wood tones in here just pop.
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Farmhouse Christmas bedroom decor and decorating ideas. White Christmas decorating ideas. Farmhouse Christmas decor
 
Farmhouse Christmas bedroom decor and decorating ideas. White Christmas decorating ideas. Farmhouse Christmas decor
 As for plans in here, I have some great ones in mind. I just have to decide to actually do them :) But, it's always fun seeing how much does change in a space from year to year. Here's my current bedroom once again:
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And then how much it has changed since last year's Christmas tour:
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