Thursday, February 15, 2018

DIY Farmhouse Style Wood Corbels

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I have some big plans for our dining room ceiling in the upcoming months. But, I wanted to try out this idea before I committed to the other thing. We have a perfect spot for some corbels in the entry to our dining room. I saw some corbels at Hobby Lobby that I fell in love with, and decided that they would be super simple and cheap to make. And they were!
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 The supplies I used:
Two 2x2 wood pieces at 10" long
One 1x2 wood piece at 7" long
Miter saw
Wood glue
Wood stain in dark walnut
Petroleum jelly
White latex paint
Sandpaper 

Step 1: Have your wood cut to size.
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 Step 2: On one end of each of the 2x2s, cut a 45 degree angle.
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 Step 3: Measure 1/2 inch in from the longest side of the 45 degree angle, mark it, and then do a straight cut down.
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 Step 4: Cut a 45 degree angle on each end of the 1x2, opposite directions so it appears similar to the below picture
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 Step 5: Using wood glue, attach the two 2x2s together. You can use a nail gun at this point also to secure them. I didn't, I just used wood glue during this whole process to keep it simple.
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 Step 6: Add the 1x2 to the middle of the piece with wood glue (and nails, optional).
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 Step 7: Stain the corbels.

Step 8: Add petroleum jelly to the edges and corners.
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 Step 9: Paint with white latex paint. It took about 3 coats for mine to fully cover.
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 Step 10: Use the sandpaper to scruff up the edges and let the stain show through. The more petroleum jelly you placed on the entire piece will dictate the amount of distressing you will see. 
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 And they are done! Now time to hang them :) Or just use them as cool faux architectural salvage pieces in your decor.
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 I hung mine in the corner with 2 1/2 inch nails with my nail gun. 

Can't wait to see what's next for this ceiling! My husband might freak, so I may have to wait until he's gone for a few days lol :) 

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

DIY Shiplap Wood Farmhouse Clock

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Do you have one of those walls, or little nooks or crannies, that you just can't find the right piece for? I have plenty of those, but the biggest one...as in the most annoying one...is in my living room. 

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It's that wall with the tobacco basket hanging on it. I actually love this look, but then I put a tobacco basket on my mantel and thought it was a little overboard having two so close. So, I took it down and haven't found a piece I liked on it since. Yes, I could have put it back and change my mantel...but I just kept finding different pieces to put up there instead. Then I put up a huge white round tobacco basket...hated it...but it sparked an idea. I needed a large white clock. I may be a bit obsessed with clocks. And one would say that I am also going overboard in that area in this room also :) I won't tell you how many I have. At this point, do what makes you happy, right? So, I decided to make one...even though I absolutely fell in love with a few from Hobby Lobby...this one cost me under $15 so can't beat that!
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Supplies you'll need:
Tongue and groove boards or shiplap. I got mine from Home Depot
Saw (or cut them to length at the hardware store).
Wood glue
Weights
Marker, string and tack
Jigsaw
Sander
Stain
Petroleum jelly
White paint
Sand paper or sanding block
Silhouette/Cricut and black paper to cut out roman numerals (or stencil them on instead)
Modge podge 
Clock hands (found at Hobby Lobby)
D-ring (s) to hang

Step 1: I measured the circumference that I wanted, which was 26 inches. I cut 6 pieces of the shiplap at 27 inches long. If you are doing this with a different circumference, just make sure that the when you put the pieces all together, it is at least 1 inch longer and wider than the size you want.

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 Step 2: Put a bead of wood glue down on where the pieces are to join. I actually put my weights to some good use by placing them on the seams to add pressure so the glue would adhere properly. 
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 Ask me when the last time I used these weights were? lol Well, technically earlier today when I put them back in the closet ;) I did a couple of reps to make sure I still had it me..and I totally did :)
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 Keep the weights on overnight or until you are sure all the wood glue has done it's job.

Step 3: Find the middle of the piece, on the back side, and place a tack right in the center. Then get a piece of string and tie it onto the marker. The string should be long enough to have the marker go to about 1/2 inches in on the 4 sides of the wood. Draw a circle around the wood, trying to make sure the string stays in place and the marker is at the same angle the whole time.
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 Step 4: Use a jigsaw to cut out the circle. This is when you'll know for sure if your glue did it's job :) If you have a piece that falls off, just glue it again. Sand the edges when you are done.
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 Step 5: Stain. I used Minwax Dark Walnut for mine. I just did one light coat.
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 Step 6: Place a small amount of petroleum jelly on the edges and in the cracks, or anywhere else you would like the stain to show through on the paint.
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 Step 7: Paint! I used Swiss Coffee by Behr for my color. If you see that the paint is seeping into the lines, use a toothpick to smooth it out and clean out the gaps.
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 Step 8: Once the paint is dry, use the sandpaper or sanding block to scuff up the piece a little bit. You shouldn't have to work to hard at sanding if you found a part that has the petroleum jelly on it. Just sand until you get the desired look you want.
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 Step 9: Figure out the layout of your numbers. I sat with these numbers like this for about an hour thinking that it just didn't look right. It's so heavily weighted on the left, which was driving me nuts. 
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 So, then I decided to do it in a circle, and made my numbers a little bit thinner. I used my Silhouette to cut these out. The font is Times New Roman regular at 3" high. 
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Step 10: Once I figure out where I wanted all the numerals and had them laid out, I used a small paint brush and brushed some modge podge onto the backside of each one. I was thinking about doing the top, but then it would give it a shiner look than the rest of the piece. So, I decided not too. I figure that if the numerals tear off and get weird looking, it adds to the character of the piece.
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 Step 11: Now on the front side, find the center again, and drill a hole. You can make this a working clock at this point or just use the clock hands like I did. I screwed in the hands at the center point. Don't screw them in too tight, or the hands will sit too high off the surface. Tighten them just enough that they don't fall.
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 Step 12: Place a D-ring or two on the back to hang. Mine is large, but pretty light weight considering the material I used. So, I just used one large D-ring and hung it on a screw. 
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 Here's a close up of the numbers and the distressing. 
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 This just brought this space to life. I love it so much! I had plans to continue the board and batten onto this wall and now I just might not since I like how it looks here. I know, I could always move it up..but still :)
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Most of the clocks that I have seen similar to this...working and non-working (although it would only cost about $6 more to make this work) are over $50 on sale. Especially for this size. I bought two 8' shiplap boards which cost roughly about $9 and the $6 clock hands. Everything else I had on hand. So, the total for this was about $15 out of pocket. 

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

7 Ways To Cozy Up Your Bedroom

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I've heard that January is the most depressing month. All the Christmas magic is long gone. The days are short. The weather is cold and dreary. We are months away from summer. Just sounds depressing, doesn't it? I remember last year around this time, we were getting temps in the negative teens. Today, as I am writing this, it's almost 60 degrees. I have no idea what is going on. I'm not hating it. Although my tulips are already coming up and that kind of freaks me out a little bit :) I know the weather is going to turn south any minute now and I'm going to be found cuddling up in my bed as long as I can.

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So, what are my secrets to getting a comfy cozy bed that I never want to leave? Here they are!

1. Flannel sheets. I love how soft and warm flannel sheets are. They are perfect to get into after a super long, cold day. I noticed I can get too hot sometimes using both the bottom and top sheet, so I often opt to sleep with no top sheet and use my duvet as one :)
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2. Layers and layers. I pile up all the layers on my bed. That means lots of super comfy down pillows, sweater pillow covers, my sheets, the duvet and down comforter, and extra throw blankets. I obviously don't sleep with all the pillows, but it sure does make my bed that much more inviting once night time comes along.

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3. Use an all-season down comforter. I just love how comfy, warm, and fluffy my down comforter is. With that baby, it makes getting out of bed seriously hard. It's also important to have a duvet that feels like butter on your skin. Serious. My duvet does that. It's from Crane and Canopy and is completely amazing.
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4. Add rugs! Or if you already have rugs, swap out your light summer rugs for some with more plush. Rugs will keep your footsies a lot warmer especially if you have hard floors.
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5. Layer your bedroom. Just don't layer your bed, add layers to the rest of your bedroom. Add curtains to your blinds, or even blinds and shades to your windows. Place throw pillows and blankets on chairs or benches. Add a nice soft rug under your bed.
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6. Bring in the light. I might be the only one that agrees with this, but it's super easy for me to stay in bed when the rest of the room is super bright during the morning. I love having the sunshine streaming in and hitting my white bedding. Makes me feel like I'm sleeping on a cloud. I can stay in bed all morning long when the blinds are open.
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7. Add texture. Adding texture adds to the overall space plus brings in a little bit more coziness too. You can do this with rugs, pillows, throws, and window treatments. Or even bring the outdoors in with this one. Throw some branches into a vase, or wood into the corner of your room.
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Bonus: This isn't decor related, but I have noticed that sleeping with socks on during the winter makes me sleep so much better and longer. Going to bed with cold feet is the pits. Your partner thinks so too :) lol. I always wear socks to get a better night's sleep. And yes, your partner will thank you for not using him/her as a foot warmer ;)

Want more style inspiration for your home? Check out Havenly. Havenly is a good option for designing your home! They work with any budget, big or small. You can start from scratch or work with a designer using your existing furniture pieces!

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

DIY Unicorn Birthday Party

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For most people, when January comes, that means they get their house back from Christmas :) Well, that used to be my case, but now we have a January packed full of birthdays, and I don't get my house back until February. We have had four birthday parties in our house in the past 15 days. Crazy! My house has been full of streamers, balloons, pink, purple, and mint for the past month. I love doing birthday's like this, but I also love getting my house back once all the madness settles down. 

Today I'm going to share with you one of the birthdays...as you may notice, it was unicorn themed. I was super excited when my little girl told me she wanted a unicorn birthday. 
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 Decorating for birthday's are always fun, but I love decorating the cakes the most. They are so stressful, but also the most rewarding.
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 To do this cake, I used Rosanna Pansion's version and changed it up a bit to make it my own.
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  First off, I did only two layers of cake (two full funfetti cake mixes, one mix for each layer). I then covered the entire thing in marshmallow fondant to give it a smooth look.
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 I used this buttercream recipe to make the rosettes. I doubled the recipe and used 4 different colors. You probably can't tell, but some pinks are lighter and some purples are a little bit more blue :) 
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I went around about half the cake with the rosettes to give the unicorn a 'mane'.
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 I used a couple of different tips to create the flowers: Wilton 1M, 2A, 4B and 32.
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The unicorn horn was the best to make since it gave this whole piece life! I used luster dust from Hobby Lobby, they didn't have gold in stock, only bronze. I wanted gold but didn't have enough time to order it online. This is the luster dust I was going to use off of Amazon. And also, me being super prepared for this, didn't think to get a clean vanilla or almond extract. I had mint. I was seriously like seconds away from using the mint extract on this horn and ears until my neighbor said I could borrow some from her :) I can't lie, I love the smell of mint, but thought that would be a little odd on a funfetti cake. lol
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 So, I had this cake done like at 5 o'clock...that is, everything besides the eyes. I was terrified to ruin the cake and make the eyes a mess. It seriously sat there until 11...six hours...for me to get the nerve to do the eyes. I practiced a bazillion of times on scrap fondant plastered to round containers. I finally decided on an eye shape and figured the night wasn't getting any younger :) So, I took the plunge. If I had done this with buttercream frosting, it probably would have wiped off pretty easily if I made a mistake, but the only black I had laying around was gel. And that stuff just makes a mess. I am happy how they turned out...not quite symmetrical...but whose eyes are really symmetrical anyway, right? :)
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This was one of these cakes I wish I could make a week in advance just so I could enjoy the fruit of my labor longer. It took quite some time. I'm glad I didn't make this the day of the party. I would have cried seeing it cut into hours after making it.
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 Now back to the rest of the party decor. I went with a pink and purple theme.
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That sign in the background says "Be a unicorn in a field of horses."
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 I usually go all out with birthdays and create way too many little 'side dishes', sweets, or snacks. I went easy on myself this time around. I just made two extra things. This unicorn popcorn was a huge hit.
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 It's just buttered white popcorn with candy melts on it.
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 I then made unicorn 'poop' cookies...well, that flattened out. So they are more like stepped on unicorn poop. But, you get the idea :) I can do a tutorial on all of these if you want. Just let me know in the comments.
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 I found these cute unicorn horn party hats at Hobby Lobby for about $3. For the table cover, I used a white table clothe and some purple tulle. I then placed paper flowers all along it.
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 Here's the whole shebang. We did have some stuff in the kitchen, but didn't photograph that.
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I just love how this backdrop turned out. These balloons were actually left over from the other birthday party, but worked well with this one too. The streamers are the unicorn's mane. The flowers are foam flowers from Hobby Lobby. The eyes, ears, and horn were all cut on my Silhouette.
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 The back buffet was used for the party favor bags dressed up as unicorns.
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 The horns, ears and eyes were also cut on the Silhouette for these. The flowers are from Hobby Lobby as well and hot glued on.
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 And the favors inside? Why, unicorn poop of course! Classy...I know :) Unicorn poop in the form of multi-colored mini marshmallows.
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 I hope this gave you some ideas for your next unicorn party! This was a ton of fun. Also, the best place I found unicorn supplies (luckily they are almost everywhere now) is Zurchers, Target and Hobby Lobby. We got the plates, napkins, cups and large unicorn balloon at Zurchers (not pictured, sorry), and a few random unicorn stuff at the other stores :)

Oh, and need a good drink idea?
My go to, easy drink is two frozen lemonades mixed with 4 liters of Sprite or 7-Up. You can probably use some sparkling water for this too.


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