Category Archives: Interiors

Swapping out the old, and bringing in the new!

Honestly, I didn’t originally put too much thought into the curtains in our kitchen, we just found a pattern that went with our wall color and called it a day. After some time though, I began realizing the small curtains were taking something away from the bigger and taller windows, as well as making the small window above the sink feel “more crowded”.  So something needed to be changed!

Before

Being that I am moving towards being a minimalist, and want for a neutral and bright home, it made for an easy decision. So I decided, why not make it easy and add white curtains, so that’s what I did! I purchased these curtains from Walmart (2 panels for $12). They were a little too long, so to add more of a shabby chic look, I folded over the ends, and I now love how they turned out! We added the ring clips to the original rod, and I also love how they look with the simple white curtains! Instantly these new curtains made the space feel more open, showed off the tall windows, and present a clean look!

As for the window above the sink, I took down the rod above the light, and instead bought a $2 tension rod from Walmart, ring clips and added this sweet curtain at the midway of the window. I am so glad we ended up doing this, because it just totally changed the feeling of our space. It also allows more privacy at night by pulling the curtain across. It’s simple and made the window to both feel and look bigger!

That’s all we I did. Nothing to extravagant, just a few tweaks here and there to change up the room by making it brighter and more inviting! Thanks for reading!

A $10 yardsale find!

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! 🙂

Before/After

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:)

A $35 transformation!

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 wanted that flowy look, so it was easy peasy for us!  After washing the cloths we placed evenly on each piece of furniture so that the cloth went JUST to the floor, and then started tucking away.

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!

A new piece of Bedroom Furniture!

While we did not have any plans of purchasing bedroom furniture, as soon as I stepped foot into the entryway at Hobby Lobby, this piece of furniture instantly spoke to me! And that’s how they get you… They put all the goodies up front! A very nice staff member set it aside and so I gave the hubby a ring to see what his thought was, and it was a go!

It was meant to be, because it JUST fit into our trunk! Honestly, we weren’t totally sure where we were going to place it, we had a couple ideas but was not set on anything. Usually I am the type I need to know where it’s going to go before I purchase something bigger, but I knew no matter what this was going to be a piece that we would no regret purchasing. This piece is great for storage and let’s be real… It’s character is awesome!  After bringing it home, and talking about what ideas we have in the near future for rooms, we decided our bedroom was the best fit.

While our bedroom holds that rustic feel with walnut wood and color, this piece is also Walnut with black slates on the outside of each drawer. At some point in the near future I would like to redo our bedroom furniture to Antique White and with newly painted hardware to match. Prior, we had a cushioned bench with some cubes for storage, but our new multi-storage piece completed the space so much better! It allowed the space to feel less crowded because of it’s narrow width, but also gave us the storage we needed, which in my book is a SCORE! We had a garland left over from Christmas decorating, as well as some other odds and ends that I recently purchased for our room that we are currently renovating. And because it’s not done yet why not just use them now?! I used multiple items such as: White old books with greens from a local fall festival, and the black metal lantern house from Hobby Lobby, which I love because I can do so many things with it! The candles we already had.

Thanks for Reading friends!!

Our New Hanging Pendent Light

Above our kitchen sink, we had no good light… It was time to change that!

Before:

 

Previously, the light was a plain rectangular flush mount light, which made for the sink area to feel “empty”, and also gave of very little amounts of light.  We easily knew what style of pendent-light that we would want for the space, one to fit in with the style of the entire kitchen.  Thanks to Amazon, we found this light for such a good price!  Initially our plan was to take away the cabinet piece sitting above the sink to open up that area. After looking into it we realized it would be a lot more work than what we thought, and take away from the feel of that cabinet style. Considering we just started a big project in another room in our home, we left it go, because we think the addition of the light was exactly what that space needed!

After:

 

 

The addition of the light was a little tricky… Here is what I mean:

After pulling the previous light out, the hole ended up being larger than the new light’s base.

How did we fix this?

  1. A back support was added inside of the hole from previous light with 2 small pieces of wood.
  2. A long rectangular piece of wood was placed to fill the hole left.
  3. Used a wood filler to patch the outside edges of the board from -step 2-
  4. A circular hole was made through the center where the wires would be placed.
  5. Light was installed on the board (light was custom to size, we used 1 cord of 3).

 

We fell in love with this light because the oil bronze goes really well with the rest of the kitchen, and the gold color on the interior of the light just topped it off! We were not picky whether the light had to give off much or little light because honestly we don’t use it all that often, and either way it would have been much better than what was already there anyway. After the light was put up, it instantly gave a cozy and more farmhouse feel to the space, and that is what we were shooting for!

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