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Decor, One Room Challenege, The Entryway, The house

One Room Challenge Week Two: The Entryway Table

So, we’ve hit the ground running on this whole One Room Challenge thing. To say that we are ahead of schedule is a bit of an understatement. We’ve never been in this situation before – in all other things, we’ve had set backs and holdups, so this is a strange, yet exciting, feeling for us! It’s so fun to see a space in our house that is actually transforming and looking like a real room. We have a plan for what we want and ...
Decor, The Bedroom, The house

The Quick & Easy Guide to Furniture Distressing

There is just something so wonderful about painting and distressing furniture. I love the way the old wood shows through the paint. I love that no two pieces ever turn out the same. I love that a newly painted piece can still have that rustic look with just some sand paper. Distressing furniture is my absolute favorite. Not only because I love the look, but on a scale of one to amateur, it scores pretty well in the, “anyone can do this and ...
Decor, DIY Project, The Garage, The house, The Mudroom, The Yard

July 2016 Recap

So here we are again, another month almost gone, in what seems like the blink of an eye. What we’re excited about: >> I finished the painting the hutch and to hang it on the wall, Brett came up wit the brilliant plan to have the top sit on two pieces of scrap wood for extra support. That baby isn’t going anywhere. >> We had a few extra cement blocks laying around so we decided to put them to good use and made a bar ...
Decor, DIY Project, The Dining Room

The Hutch Makeover Part Two

Happy Friday! And by happy I mean so excited it’s July and Friday and the weekend of the Fourth and my birthday month and the first day of my four-day weekend and the day that I get to show off part two of the hutch makeover. I am so excited to share this with you! We hung it up on Sunday evening and I have been slowly adding plates and mason jars and other knick-knacks to make it just right. As I mentioned in part one, we got this hutch off ...
Decor, DIY Project, The Entryway

Entryway Bench Makeover

Have you ever noticed that a main component of a good, functional entryway is a bench? Probably because the bench serves a dual purpose. Not only can you comfortable sit on said bench while putting on your shoes, but it also serves as a great spot for holding things. The bench at my parent’s house is a notorious catch-all when anyone comes over. From purses to baby diaper bags to bags filled with someone else’s Tupperware, the bench houses ...
Decor, DIY Project, The Dining Room

DIY Hutch Makeover Part 1

Happy Monday! It was a busy Scratch that. I had a wonderfully productive weekend with a little bit of fun sprinkled in. I worked on a few painting and sewing projects and I cannot wait to share them with you in the next few weeks! First up is a two-parter: The Hutch Makeover Several weekends ago I bought this gorgeous hutch off Craigslist and I have been chomping at the bit to make it over. Since this is going to be such a prominent piece in ...
Decor, DIY Project, The Yard

Off Our Rocker – A Garage Sale Makeover

This post may contain affiliate links.  Happy Memorial Day! The sun is shining here in Minnesota and it is an absolutely beautiful day. A day that makes you think about sitting on the porch in the sunshine. When you think country front porch, what comes to mind? If you are anything like Brett and me, rocking chairs are at the top of the list. I picture us twenty years from now, sitting on our weathered old rocking chairs, sipping on a cold ...
DIY Project, The house, The Office

Repurposed Thrift Store Office Chair

Makeover: Thrift Store Office Chair One of the first posts in this blog was about making over a thrift store desk. Haven’t read it? Click here to check it out! Ever since that desk makeover, I have been on the hunt for its mate – an office chair. I mean, what is a desk without a chair to sit on? I scoured the thrift stores looking for a chair that was sturdy, didn’t look like it had been put through the ringer a few times ...
Decor, DIY Project, The house

DIY Chicken Wire Picture Frame

I am loving all things chicken wire. I love the farmhouse style and love how chicken wire seems to show up in such unexpected places. So, when Brett and I were perusing the thrift stores and he found these two beautiful wood windows, I immediately thought chicken wire. Because naturally, what else would come to mind? Supplies 100 grit sand paper Rust-oleum Chalked in Country Gray Chicken wire Dark antique wax; we used Amy Howard at Home ...
Decor, DIY Project, The Living Room

Minnesota Decal Pallet Wood Sign

This Minnesota Love sign was not our intended goal, but sometimes the outcome is better than what you expected. On our most recent trips to Hobby Lobby, Brett and I found this wooden sign with a deer decal on it. After much deliberation, we decided not to purchase because we could probably make our own for a fraction of the cost. That evening, Brett went up to my parents’ house and put together a sign from scrap wood they had laying ...