I am so excited to share with you my $10 yard sale find! Spontaneously, I woke up, nudged my hubby and said “let’s go yard sailing!”, and so we did! I feel like when we go at unplanned times, is when we always find the goodies, and that’s totally ok!
As soon as I spotted this cabinet, I knew it had to come home with us! It’s the perfect size, it’s MINT (mint is my all time FAV color!!!), and I love the rustic feel of this cabinet! Right before we purchased it, my husband turns and says, “Britt, do you know where you’re even putting this?”
“NOPE! But I will find a spot” (with a big smile on my face). AND, sure enough, after we got home, while I was putting some things away, I instantly thought of the perfect spot! After the cabinet was cleaned thoroughly, I placed it up in the hallway and it was meant to be! Not too big, and not too small for the space. I love the pop it gives against our “agreeable gray” wall color, and how the frames (that were already there) above add to the feel of the cabinet, it just all flows so well together! 🙂
We did have to move the frames a tad bit higher so that the basket wouldn’t get in the way of the lower picture…. But that was an easy fix!
Not the biggest deal, but I am trying to decide if I should paint the inside or get creative with some wallpaper?? I honestly am leaning towards not painting it, and I say that because how it is now, it just gives it so much character and so such feeling. I think painting it will take away the rustic/chippy from it, I for sure don’t want that! BUT I may wallpaper it, I will update you on that in the near future! There’s something about keeping at least one piece of furniture original and being ok with a lot of marking/wear&tear to add to the farmhouse style. That being said……..
You know how after you place something in it’s spot and you just absolutely love it right away… and have such a good feeling about the space??? That’s what I am trying to explain, and I hope you can kinda feel that as you read this post.
On a side note…. I encourage you to go check out some nearby yard sales, and find something fun to add in your home! If you do find something cool, please share with me! I plan to do more yard sailing this year:)
Thank you for your patience, as my husband and I just got back from an amazing vacation to Hawaii. We are sad and happy to be back!
PS. If you get the chance and/or opportunity to go, you need to GO!!!!
So I would like to share with you a few simple things you can do to your outdoor space to easily make it look like a whole new space! For example here is what we did:
- Spray Painted Tiki + Poles
- Spray painted Flower planters/Shepard hooks
- Metal arbor
I purchased the: Craftsman “paint and primer in one” to metal at Kmart for $6 each
Scrub a Dub Dub
- Simply used soap+ water with a high pressure setting with hose to clean out spots on the area rug
- Spot cleaned chair cushions with soap+ water with a high pressure setting with hose
- New outdoor chair throw pillows ( from Homegoods)
- Weather protected lantern ( from Homegoods)
- A flower pot that perfectly adds with the new pillows ( from Marshalls)
- Globe string lights ( click here to purchase)
- Outdoor curtain rod (click here to purchase)
- Outdoor water resistant curtain panels (click here to purchase)
- Arbor Chandelier – One of the lights broke, and because the light has been dc’d we could not find a replacement. Instead we decided to add and weave string lights (that are attached) to the center of the arbor
Other things you can do as well
- Add potted plants
- Invest in patio furniture
- Power wash patio
- Eliminate weeds in patio cracks
Break down of the costs:
- Behr Exterior flat paint- 1 gallon $28
- Behr deck over paint- 1 gallon $35
- Craftsman “paint and primer” to metal spray paint – $6 each
- Throw pillows (2 to a pack) -$20 each
- Flower pot – $6
- Tabletop Lantern – $15
This simple refresh sure made for a new look! A look that we both have been wanting for a bit now. After time, paint fades, style changes, and you just need to add a little to change the feel, and make for a new look! After the application of 1 coat of exterior black paint, it instantly showed off the arbor! Previously, the grey color was so faded, you really didn’t know what the color was supposed to be, that goes along with the tiki torches. To match the arbor, and also allow the flowers to pop, I spray painted the flower planters, and I surely don’t regret it! I was so excited to add the globe string lights, because they add so much to the space! Especially at night, when they twinkle and the lights gleam down and bring out the lush green ferns. We knew we wanted to “enclose” our arbor space a little for more privacy, and it took a bit of time to figure out exactly what we wanted to do… But we decided to add the weathered outdoor curtain panels, and we love them!!!!!! We love the pop the curtains add to the arbor, and how cozy it made the space instantly.
Side note: We decided to not put any curtains on the side(s) because of safety reasons with the tiki’s and the grill, as well as some bushes being in the way. Not a problem at all, we love the main view where the curtains were placed.
While some of the top layering of wood was peeling, we decided to not worry about replacing until we completely redo the deck and add a patio down the road. Why spend $$$ now when we can just save it, and do it right when we want to add the patio? But honestly once the “deck over” was applied, because of the thickness it helped make it more settle and not be as apparent. It actually adds more of a rustic feel, which I don’t mind at all! 🙂
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog, as much as I did writing it!
Hello! I was so excited to see that drop cloths were coming into trend, They have so many uses…… including being used as curtains and furniture slipcovers! I do not regret this $35 purchase, instead I am bragging about it! We had a hard time finding the right slipcover, because we have reclining furniture, but the drop cloths fixed the problem!
Why did we choose to add slipcovers?
- We wanted lighter colored furniture
- Having 2 dogs, they preserve the quality of the furniture
There are many ways to fixate this on your furniture:
- Using a no sew method and just tucking away, allowing a more flowy look
- Sewing and having a more fitted look
I purchased these drop cloths from Lowe’s, you can also get them at stores such as: Home depot, ACE, Walmart etc. Click here for the drop cloth products. For our 3 person sofa we used a 9×12, and our love seat we used a 6×9. In store the only sizes they had were: 6×9, 9×12, and 12×15. Depending if you want a more fitted look vs flowy look that will determine what size you will purchase.
I highly recommend this to all! It easily gives that farmhouse look, changes the feel of the room, is easy care, and most important it’s SO affordable!!
Thanks for reading friends! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me!
I have been on the ball this year, and I LOVE that feeling!!!! The Christmas decor, both inside and outside our house, was completed just a few days prior to Thanksgiving!! And our Christmas cards were ordered and sent out the first week of December!
This year I was shooting for a simple and cozy feeling, with mostly neutral colors. And let me tell ya, we are very happy with how it turned out!
The living Room
I have always been the type of person who doesn’t like clutter and I don’t like a room feeling overbearing using too many items, and I am so thankful Peter feels the same! In saying so, this year we didn’t add as much to our living room space, and it feels just as cozy and inviting like the previous years!
Although we kept it more simple this year, I did do some shopping for a few new items. Who doesn’t like to go out and get something new?! While browsing at Target, I came across these galvanized house lanterns, and instantly knew I had to get them! They fit perfectly on our handmade wall-shelf that sits above our love seat. (I purchased 2 different sizes for staggering) I also picked up these fake frosted Christmas trees for UNDER $10!
Our 6 1/2 ft tree was cut down from a local, beautiful tree-farm located within a few miles from our home, and we paid only $34!!!! Click here to find it yourself! This year we only used our neutral colored Christmas balls and added a natural appearance with some pine cones! To add the more rustic feel we twirled burlap a couple times on the tree, and lastly added our glistening star atop.
On-top of our beautiful, handcrafted, farm-table lays a frosty, fresh garland against a rusty grey table-runner. Staggered in sizes between the garland are 5 white candles that give off that warm and cozy feel for our table. For those of you who shop at Home Goods, you know it’s a great place that you never know what you’ll find, so in that case click here for a garland that replicates what I purchased.
I was easily inspired adding the lit garland around our kitchen window after seeing pictures from @nestingwithgrace Christmas blog. The garland was purchased at our local Kmart, I’m sorry I could not locate it on their website so here is one very similar. Instantly our window felt more full, and inviting with the surrounding warm glow of twinkling lights. And guess what…. We only paid $20 for the garland (s) and the strand of 50 lights! That, my friends, is a great deal!
Garland galore! Can you tell I love garlands?! Both garlands going up our stairway are great for accent lighting. These twinkling lights give off a warm glow, like a night-light that leads up the stairs! It is the same garland we used for around our kitchen window (see link above). And at the landing, a 3 foot, frosted frasier fir tree occupies one of my favorite yard sale finds, our unique wood slab stool.
The great outdoors
This year I tweaked the design to our little brick patio! Along side the sled with skates, I added a galvanized basin with logs, and a new lantern with fresh cut greens from our Arborvitae trees! Although I wish our front porch was a big wrap around with a porch swing, there is something so special about a small brick porch filled with lots of love!
Thanks for reading!!! Feel free to share with your friends!
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There are endless options out there to change the look of your kitchen! I would like to share with you some small tweaks we have made to our kitchen, and it made a world of a difference!
1. Paint Cabinets- When your watching closely at the budget, replacing cabinets may not be an option. However a good coat of paint for the kitchen cabinets can make them look brand new. Sanding and filing in any holes with wood filler will instantly make them look new. I encourage you to go with a new color, a color that will lighten your space and speaks about you!
2. Replacing hardware – Even the slightest change, like changing out the hardware can make a vast difference. Everything from drawer pulls to cabinet knobs, hinges etc. can brighten up the interior space of your kitchen. If you previously had a darker color, change it to a silver or bronzed. Combining this with a new coat of paint, and your guests will think you to your kitchen remolded! If you feel you don’t feel comfortable or have tools of doing this, contact friends or family, it’s not an overly complicated task.
*** This was the most recent that we did, and we are so happy we chose to change out the hardware! Such a small project to do, that made a significant difference!
3. Adding a coat of paint – I think I have mentioned it a couple times already, a little paint goes a long way. I encourage you to go with a really well quality paint. I have always gone with Behr paint, and don’t regret it! Although it may be a little more pricier, I think it’s worth the outcome!
4. Switching out a lighting fixture – New and upgraded lighting fixtures are a great focus point for many rooms. Once the new paint is applied to the walls, and cabinets and new hardware is placed, and changing out even one light fixture (you don’t have to change all) can ideally make the space look totally different. Ideally the light that sits above your table is a vast piece and catches most of the population. Not only does lighting serve as a functional use, it serves as a decorative touch.
5. Switching out decor!
Let me know what you think! Or if you have any questions regarding your kitchen, please contact me!