DIY Mudroom Bench

Every now and then I take a look around my house and find an eyesore. This one in particular was located at my daily entrance and exit, my mudroom. Admittedly, this has been bothering me for far too long. A picture fell down in there like 6 months ago and had been just propped up on its side against a wall. There were tons of shoes including boots we only wear in the dead of winter (it’s May, people!) and the bench that I had in there was just too small for the space (I actually moved it to our foyer and it looks so much better in an open space where it can be appreciated for the antique beauty that it is.)

I trekked out to IKEA to see if they had any good mudroom solutions, but came up empty handed. My husband and I decided I could totally make something custom to fit the space for way less than I would spend on something at IKEA anyway. So I went home and sketched something up and decided I would go to Home Depot that following morning while he stayed home with our son.

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I picked up a pair of 2x4’s (actually, I totally only got one and had to make a second trip back to purchase a second one, which is not easy to do with a 2 month old,) and two 1x8x8 boards. I cut the 1x8’s down to 86 inches a piece, which is close to the length of the mudroom. With the 2x4’s I created three rectangles for support. The rectangles were created using two 8 inch pieces and two 16 inch pieces. I arranged the rectangles equal distance apart and attached them to the 1x8’s. After everything was sanded down and smooth, I stained the bench with “special walnut” and sealed it with a satin polycrilic finish.

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Materials needed:

  1. Two 2x4’s

  2. Two 1x8x8 common boards

  3. 2 1/2 inch wood screws

  4. 2 inch wood screws

  5. Miter Saw

  6. Hand Sander / sanding block

  7. Wood stain

  8. Polycrilic finish

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For more detail and a visual representation of this project, check out my project vlog below where I take you along for the creation and execution of this fun and easy project,.

DIY Tassel Macrame Chandelier

I recently had my first child and of course I prepared a nursery for him. You can check out my blog post about that here. Whenever I’m decorating (or often redecorating) a room I usually scan Pinterest for ideas. A lot of my nursery decor was inspired by regular bedroom set ups. I wanted my nursery to flow with the rest of my house and not necessarily look like a baby’s room. When it came to picking a pendant light, because there wasn’t one in this room previously, I was inspired by one I saw on the Anthropologie website, here. The price tag for this thing was hefty and while I was willing to splurge on certain items, a light was not one of them. So I decided to try my hand at making one and it worked out!

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Below are the steps I took to achieve this, but if you’d like a more in depth view of the process, please check out my youtube tutorial below.

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Minimal & Boho Nursery

At 39 weeks pregnant, and what some would say is the very last minute, I finally finished my nursery. Of course, I could totally spend more time and money perfecting and adding things, but I know I should be content with what I have so far, especially since I am a first time Mom and simply have no idea what’s to come. I’m sure once our sweet boy is here we will be changing things up, but for now we are really happy and content with this simple space for our little one.

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All of the macrame items were handmade by yours truly. Tutorials for some of these items are available.

Macrame/Tassel Chandelier video tutorial available here.
DIY Rainbow Rope available here and a video tutorial here.

 

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DIY Rope Rainbow

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The seventies have really snuck up on us with this rainbow trend I’ve been seeing all over the internet, Pinterest, and even at Target. I don’t know about you, but I love it. Especially for my little boy’s nursery I’ve been busy working on. I saw some cute fiber rainbows for sale on Etsy, but I decided I had time to make one for myself, so I’d like to share my process with you all.


— M A T E R I A L S —

  1. A minimum of 6mm Macrame cording/rope

  2. Some type of wire. I used copper 2 mm wire because it was nice and sturdy, but still easy to work with

  3. Yarn in various colors. I purchased 5 small spools from Michael’s in various colors

  4. Scissors

  5. (Optional) Comb to brush your fringe


— S T E P S —

  1. Cut your cord to an appropriate length to shape the largest part of your rainbow

  2. Wrap a length of wire around your cord leaving out a few inches on either end for the fringe

  3. Wrap your first length of yarn around your rope, covering the wire completely and leaving a few inches out on either end.

  4. Shape your rope into an arch or rainbow shape.

  5. Repeat steps 1-3 four times, fitting each length of rope inside the last one.

  6. Sew all 5 length of rope together.

  7. Tie an overhand knot on each end.

  8. Trim your ends to ensure they’re nice and even.

  9. Brush out your fringe.

  10. Hang it somewhere pretty!


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For a full, in depth video tutorial on this project, check out mine below.

Best of Trader Joe's

Trader Joe’s isn’t my number one grocery store, in fact I don’t even visit every week on my normal grocery shopping routine. There’s a few reasons for that, proximity being the biggest one and Trader Joe’s being a little as I call “snackie” being the other. But when I do visit ole’ Joe’s I get to pick up some of my favorite “must have” items. I usually make a trip when I run out of these things at home and it’s always a satisfying trip because while Trader Joe’s isn’t perfect, there’s quite a list of things they do REALLY well.

And here it is.

Flowers

Admittedly, this is my favorite purchase and it’s not even food! Here’s the deal: the flower’s at Trader Joe’s are seasonal and they’re cheap. They always have peonies in the spring and eucalyptus in the fall - two of my favorites. I usually make a stop at Whole Foods on my way home from Trader Joe’s and I will see the SAME exact flowers often for double or even triple the price of Trader Joe’s.

I typically won’t buy a premade bouquet, but instead I buy individual bundles of flowers and greenery so I can go home pretend I know what I’m doing with floral arranging. It makes the process more creative and exciting in my opinion. You guys, I even made my wedding bouquet from Trader Joe’s flowers! That’s how beautiful and reasonable they are.

 
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Mandarin Orange Chicken

This isn’t an item you’ll want to whip up daily or even weekly, because it isn’t exactly the healthiest, but man it’s good! And I’d definitely say it’s a healthier choice than Chinese takeout. My favorite thing to do with these little morsels is toss them with some cilantro and serve them over cauliflower rice (which Trader Joe’s sells as well!)

Salsa

If you’re only a fan of thick and chunky salsa, skip this one because it simply is not for you. However, if you, like me, enjoy a smoother restaurant style salsa then Trader Joe’s carries your new favorite. For me, it’s the only one. Anytime I have salsa other than Trader Joe’s Salsa Autentica and Salsa Verde, I find myself comparing the two and Trader Joe’s always wins! My husband and I always stock up on this stuff and you can usually find at least two jars back stocked in our pantry.

 
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Organic Creamy Tomato Soup

Donate all of those cans of Campbell’s tomato soup you’ve got in your pantry and grab this stuff instead. Firstly, there’s no mixing in milk (and who’s mixing water in with the tomato soup? I don’t understand how that’s even an option on the back of the Campbell’s can.) Second, you can heat this stuff up on the microwave so it’s super quick to prepare! Lastly and most importantly, it’s the most delicious tomato soup I’ve EVER had. Also, and obviously it pairs SO well with a grilled cheese.

Pizza

Frozen pizza is not a “gourmet” food by any means and when I was a kid I used to love a good tombstone from the frozen section, but these frozen pizzas are actually REALLY good. When my husband and I host we often stick three or four in the oven and cut them up to serve. They’re perfect finger foods and people are always asking if we made them ourselves or where we got them. Pictured below are two of my favorites, the French style with ham, caramelized onions, and gruyere along with the classic pepperoni. A close runner up is the plain cheese with cauliflower crust.

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Chocolate Milk

Hands down, the best dang chocolate milk I’ve ever had in my life. Don’t look at the sugar content (in fact, I never have,) just pour yourself a cold glass and sip it slowly or gulp it down, and then ponder on why you’ve been wasting your time on yoo-hoo’s in the past. I actually had to stop buying this stuff for a little bit because I was getting slightly addicted. But when I have this in my fridge I usually supplement a dessert with a tall glass of this stuff and I’m perfectly content.

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Almond Danish Kringle

Admittedly, this would not be on the list if it weren't for my husband’s insistence that it should be. These things fly like hot cakes at my local Trader Joe’s and you have to snatch these up when you see them. It’s a huge buttery, flaky pastry stuffed with a sweet almond filling. It’s so nice to have in the house when you’re hosting family and friends around the holidays, which I believe is the only time they’re sold anyway. I love cutting these up and putting them on my cake stand for anyone to grab in the morning with coffee or after dinner.

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Dijon Mustard

I know what you’re thinking.. really? dijon mustard? YES! If you’re not a mustard fan, as I know some can’t even stand the smell, skip this one, but if you even like mustard a little, grab this stuff next time you visit Trader Joe’s. It’s really the best. I don’t even understand it. It’s spicy, but not in the traditional way and its simply the perfect balance of vinegar and mustard. Every sandwich at home gets this slathered with it and I have an amazing baked salmon recipe with mustard and pistachios that I can’t make without this particular mustard because it’s just not the same.

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Everything But the Bagel Seasoning

This seasoning doesn't even belong in the spice cabinet. It stays on my counter as a permanent staple next to the salt and pepper. My husband and I put it on everything from fried eggs to asian dishes to actual everything bagels. Some spice blends have too much salt but this doesn’t. It’s a wonderful blend of garlic, sesame seeds, sea salt, poppy seeds, and onion that pairs well with more than you think. It’s another Trader Joe’s item that is often out of stock due to its popularity, so I suggest stocking up on a few when you find it.



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Vanilla Almond Cluster Cereal

This cereal is a tad on the sweet side, but I personally don’t eat cereal for its “health benefits,” so I’ll have this as an afternoon snack or as dessert if I’m still hungry late at night. I just love the clusters! They even sell the clusters by themselves if you want it, but I like them mixed in with the cereal more.


Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds

These only need but so much explaining. They’re whole almonds covered, or as the label says “drenched,” in dark chocolate and then sprinkled with big chunks of sea salt. I like to savor them and suck on them when I eat them. It keeps me from devouring the entire container in one sitting.

 
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Know of something at Trader Joe’s that didn’t make this list?

Leave me a comment below and tell me what it is and why it’s so great!

Maternity Lifestyle Photoshoot

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Having a maternity photoshoot is pretty much a pregnancy rite of passage, right? Especially when it’s your first child. I knew when I became pregnant that I wanted to capture this chapter in my life, but I’ve gained almost thirty pounds and have simply not felt like myself. Which is to be expected! After all, I AM pregnant and I'm not myself.

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Luckily, I have amazing photographers whom I trust infinitely to capture me in my best “light.”. Charlyn and Samantha of CS Photography photographed my elopement last year and my husband and I just love their work. When we asked them to photograph us again, I knew they would respect our vision of having more of a lifestyle shoot than a maternity shoot.

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The morning of this photoshoot was kind of perfect, despite the lack of sunlight coming through the windows and having chosen my outfit about 4 minutes before Char and Samantha arrived. My husband and I made some coffee in the French press and we just sat around and enjoyed each other’s company while the girls snapped away. That’s what is so wonderful about a lifestyle shoot - it’s not overly posed so you can be a little more relaxed. Every now and again Char or Samantha would make little suggestions on positioning or where to direct our eyes, but for the most part we were just hanging out. And it was lovely.

These photos are proof that you don’t have to have a cheesy, uncomfortable, posed maternity shoot with the way overdone heart hands over the belly button. And if that’s your thing, I hope you aren’t insulted, but it’s not mine!

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Living Room Refresh

Recently I posted about my new macrame hanging lights I made and installed in my living room here. I mentioned how I refreshed my entire living room from top to bottom, so I’m updating again to show you the final captures of this project. Included is some Christmas decor because well.. it’s that time of year.

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My gallery wall took some forethought and now that it’s done I actually want to expand it closer to the edges of back wall in my living room. I have a thing with hanging pictures, maybe it could be categorized as a commitment issue, but either way it takes me a lot of time, thought, and foresight for me to hang pictures on the wall. When I finally decided to hang this gallery wall I simply laid everything out on the floor and arranged it to my liking, took a picture on my phone in case I got lost at any point and started hanging. I didn’t do any fancy tricks with painters tape or brown paper like I’ve seen on Pinterest and it worked great for me.

I carefully chose the wall color, Naval by Sherwin Williams. Not to be confused with Navel by Sherwin Williams, an ultra bright shade of orange which was accidentally mixed for me at one point in this project when I returned to Lowe’s to grab another gallon. I had a nice little chuckle about that later, but the Lowe’s employee who mixed my paint did not seem as enthused.

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In the corner of my living room where I have lots of eastern light I decided to hang some plants. As you may know if you follow me on Youtube, Instagram, Pinterest, or here on my blog, I love to macrame, so I knotted up a few plant hangers and hung these plants I already had around the house.

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My coffee table in the center of the room has been cleared and decorated simply for Christmas. These decorations are actually leftover from my winter themed baby shower my sweet friend, Ashley threw for me recently. She found the little trees and the plaid charging pads at Target.

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This cozy little corner still needs some wall decor, but the hanging lights are a wonderful addition to the space. Check out my video tutorial for those here, where I list all of the materials used and give step by step directions on how to make these.

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I have been pining after these agate coasters from Anthropologie for almost a year now. The gold rim on them and perfect hue are unlike any others I’ve been able to find. There are tons of imitations out there but I kept going back to these. I just couldn’t wrap my mind around the price. And even on Black Friday when the entire store was 30% off I still couldn’t get on board. My husband knew how badly I wanted these for our living room and surprised me on my birthday with them. They’re the perfect addition to the space and they will flow perfectly into each season all year round.

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I decorated the mantel with some gorgeous faux eucalyptus garland from the Hearth & Hand collection art Target. I added some bulb lights through for dimension, and they look amazing at night with the fire going and the candles lit. The lanterns were something I visioned for next to the fireplace, but had a hard time finding the perfect ones without spending an arm and a leg. I ended up finding the larger one at Marshall’s and the smaller one at Target.

To watch my full video on the process of this room and to see what it looked like before, check out my video below.

Dutch Industrial Coffee Table - Restoration Hardware
Churchill Leather Chair with Nailheads - Restoration Hardware
Macrame Hanging Lights - Video Tutorial
Agate Coasters - Anthropologie
Harmony Down Filled 2-Piece Chaise Sectional - West Elm
Garland Eucalyptus Pinecone - Target

Macrame Hanging Lights

Recently I decided to give my entire living room an overhaul. The works - crown moulding, paint, and new decor. One of the items I decided to incorporate were some macrame hanging lights.

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These are a bit time consuming to make because they are 20 feet long, but they are extremely simple! I used the same half square knot repeatedly to create a spiral design down the length of the cord and I love how they turned out. I hung these in a corner over a big comfy leather chair of ours and they add an unexpected unique sense of warmth and texture.

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The materials I used for this project are as listed.

  1. 1/8” Cotton Cord - I order mine from the Knot and Rope Supply Company. You can find the exact cord I used here.

  2. Vintage Style Light Bulbs - Home Depot carries some inexpensive options that are quite large.

  3. Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue - I found mine at Hobby Lobby, but any craft store will carry this as well as Amazon.

  4. 20’ Pendant Light Cord - This was a two cord set and a great deal on Amazon.

A full tutorial for this project is available from my Youtube Channel below.

DIY Nightstand Project

When my husband and I started planning our pregnancy it felt like we had plenty of time to accomplish the things we wanted to with our home, especially since the baby cooks for about 9 months. Now that we are halfway through this pregnancy and have nothing done, we realize we were very wrong!

So a few weeks ago I was making a list of all the things I want to accomplish before our sweet baby boy arrives this February and at the top was buying new nightstands for our bedroom. We’ve never had matching nightstands in there. In fact, we’ve never had nightstands. We’ve always used some random side tables and at one point I had a mini ladder on my side of the bed to hold my water at night. So I’d say it’s about time we get it together in there.

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I started shopping online and everything looked short or was way over priced. So of course my next thought was, I can make night stands! So I got on pinterest and saw some projects others had done and decided to come up with my own.

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I measured the space and designed a nightstand that is simple, modern, and open with hairpin legs I purchased on Amazon. Check out my video tutorial (vlog style) below for full details on how I made these matching nightstands.

DIY Drop Cloth Drapes

Curtains and drapes are not cheap, especially extra long lengths. What’s even more frustrating is that most stores don’t carry lengths over 84 inches, so if you have tall ceilings, you’re forced to hang your curtains right above the windows and pray they hit the floor. If, like me, you’ve been struggling with curtain lengths in your home, you’ll be relieved to know there is an inexpensive solution.

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Home Depot and Lowe’s both carry canvas cloth drops. They come in various lengths and can easily be hung as curtains that look as fabulous as expensive ones! I highly suggest bleaching, washing, and ironing them before you hang them.

I simply filled my bathtub with a water and bleach solution, let them sit for a few hours, making sure to mix them and push down and air bubbles. I then transferred them to my laundry room where I washed them with detergent, dried them, and ironed them. Lastly, I hung them using black curtain rods from Target and curtain clips. In order to achieve the perfect length, I simply folded them over and clipped them where I thought they hung best.

If you notice in the pictures below, the drop cloths started out as a mousey, dusty gray. Once they were bleached they came out a creamy off white which goes with my decor much better then gray.

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Check out my youtube video below on a full step by step tutorial for this process.

I Ripped My Carpet Up and Painted My Stairs

Is it just me or are carpeted stairs becoming a thing of the past? Vacuuming them is a complete nightmare. I never feel like I'm getting them completely clean no matter what angle I go in at or what attachments I use. And to be blunt, with the exception of a good runner, most of the time carpet on stairs just isn't attractive. To me, it’s out of style (if it was ever even in,) and it’s not coming back any time soon.

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The carpet in my home was the original carpet that was installed when the house was built eight-ish years ago. That isn't very long, but I don't think my husband and I took the best care of it over the years. Taking our shoes off at the door or wiping our dog's paws wasn't mandatory and eventually dirt and grime starts to show on carpet. You could definitely see that the first few steps were much darker than the last ones on the top from dirty shoes. I tried cleaning the carpet a few times, but the carpet wasn't of the best quality in the first place. It's hard to make cheap builder's grade carpet look new again. 

When I started researching stair upgrades I came across a blogger who referred to her beige builder's grade carpet as "muppet skin." She couldn't have been more hilariously accurate. It does look like muppet skin! Gross! As soon as I decided the carpet had to go, I couldn't take my mind off the idea. I decided to peel back a bit of the carpet to see what was underneath and to my surprise we had pine treads! The risers turned out to be plywood, but I figured I could find a way to work with it without having to replace anything.

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I turned to Pinterest for inspiration. There were tons of stair redo ideas, mostly with stained wood treads. I couldn't go for that idea, as much as I would have liked to because I loathe the orange laminate wood flooring in our house and I did not want to match that. I also didn't want anything to clash with it. So painting the treads and risers seemed to be the best option. I considered painting the treads black and the risers white, but the more I delved into Pinterest for inspiration, the more I realized what I really loved was super clean, white stairs. White treads and white risers. I could sweep them and wipe them down, and I would be able to see every speck of dust on them, which I love because then I know when they are dirty!

Here's a look at what they looked like before with the "muppet skin" carpet.

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I don't want to hide dirt in my house. Items like a brown couch or brown carpeting that are made to hide dirt are strange to me. And maybe it's because I don't have children yet, but I want to know when something is dirty so that I can clean it and feel satisfied knowing that it is truly clean.

Naively, I thought this project would be a "weekend project" like most things I take on. Maybe if you have one set of stairs in your home you could knock it out in a weekend, but we have three stories and two sets of stairs, so this actually took a couple of weeks working on it during weekends and after work.

First I ripped the carpet and padding up. Then I removed all of the staples, nails and anything else that shouldn't be there. You'd be surprised what you'd find under your carpet! Years of dirt, grime, dog hair and anything else that comes in on the bottom of your shoes weaves its way through the carpet. It's pretty disgusting and I knew I was making the right choice after seeing all of that. When they built our house they sprayed the walls with paint before they laid the carpet down, so there was a ton of paint built up on the treads and random globs of caulk as well. I used a gel paint remover to scrape all of that off. After that I was able to sand the treads down and fill any blemishes with wood putty. I made sure all of my treads were as smooth as I could get them and then I painted them. I used a porch and concrete paint to paint these because I was told it was a little more durable and less susceptible to wear and tear. I did two coats of white paint and three coats of clear, matte polycrylic sealant. As I said before, I couldn't  be happier with the results!

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Check out my youtube video on a further look into the process and upkeep of these stairs.

Restoration Hardware Knock Off Extra Long Outdoor Couch

Last fall as the weather turned crisp and my husband and I were bringing our plants indoors, we took a look around our second floor balcony and decided something needed to change out there. We love spending time outside when the weather is nice, but because we don't have a yard, we find ourselves on our balcony quite often. We decorate it with potted plants and hanging lights, and we love to drink morning coffee out there or have charcuterie and wine when the mood strikes. But the furniture we had just wasn't comfortable. I tried rearranging it a few times to make what we had work, but the four top bistro style table, loveseat and coffee table just felt bulky and crowded. It also wasn't very comfortable. The Iron and cheap plastic-like mesh material it was constructed out of didn't speak much of comfort. We realized we loved the space but hated the furniture. So we agreed that when spring came around we would invest in new outdoor furniture.

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We took a trip to Denver, Colorado some time after and visited the largest Restoration Hardware store either of us had ever been to. This place was 4 levels of showrooms and a rooftop garden area that displayed all of their outdoor furniture. We are big fans of Restoration Hardware and both see the value in their furniture. Most things come with a hefty price tag, but everything is well built and lasts a long time. We've purchased several items from them and have been absolutely pleased with every piece. And while their outdoor furniture is extremely tasteful, I just couldn't get on board with the cost for something that would sit outside in the elements like an outdoor couch would. So to the internet I went!

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First I decided to look at some sites I knew retailed furniture for much less. I found some similar items on Amazon, Overstock, Ikea, and Wayfair, but I was still looking at spending at least $1,000.00. Not only that, but I realized these couches were sort of short in length compared to what we wanted. I envisioned an extra long couch that would sit up against the house and face the beautiful lake and fountain in front of our home. I wanted it to be something my husband and I could both lay on together and would also seat more than two or three people at a time. Most of the couches I was finding were only 72 to 76 inches long. When I measured the space I was looking to fill on my balcony I knew I wanted something at least 96 inches long, if not longer!

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After I exhausted all of the more inexpensive sites I knew of, I got an idea that maybe we could build something ourselves. On Pinterest I found some examples where pallets were stacked beneath cushions to create comfy little outdoor spaces, but I wanted something a little less boho and a little more sturdy. What I finally came across was a video by Ana White on the Ryobi Nation website where she built a very simple outdoor couch with only 2x4s. The only catch was the length was shorter than what I wanted. The site offered some project plans with measurements that I printed, did the math, and modified to work for our space.

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I found some great cushions on the Ikea website that I wanted to order, so I modified the plans to fit these cushions which worked out great. They're 24"x24", which is a pretty standard size, so if I ever needed to replace them I shouldn't have trouble. And the back cushions worked great as well for the couch. I spent a mere $160.00 on all four sets of cushions, with the back cushions included.

In my youtube video below, I explain the difference between the original plans by Ana White and my modified ones. I also show you exactly how I made my outdoor couch,  so check that out if you're interested.

Please leave a comment if this inspires you to redo your outdoor space!

DIY Extra Long Macrame Plant Hanger

If you've been on Pinterest or Instagram lately, you've probably noticed the plethora of plant hangers people are hanging in their homes.  They’re actually much easier to make than they appear. And if you’re into macrame or want to learn, there’s a ton of resources out there that are free. I actually have a few macrame basic knot tutorials on my channel and even a couple plant hanger tutorials which I will link below.

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This hanger is longer than the typical, hanging at at 40 inches without a plant in it. If you make your own plant hanger from this project, please comment and post a picture!

Painted Linoleum Floors

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I'm not complaining when I say this, but I don't know what to do with the space in this house. I told my husband the other night that I would be excited to sell it one day and move into a smaller one. He looked at me like I was crazy. I was then informed that he had always dreamed of an even bigger home! Currently, our home is about 3,000 square feet. And to me, that is HUGE! I grew up in a three bedroom ranch where we stacked a working tv on top of a broken tv, my dresser was at one point crafted out of an old amp box, and most of what we had was found, thrifted or handed down. I always just sort of worked with what I had, which wasn't much. Trying to fill the space of this house is so foreign to me and because of my roots, I'm not quick to go out and spend a ton of money doing it. I'm slowly working my way through our home, room by room filling it with things we love and tweaking it here and there, but my thriftiness has not dissipated much! 

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Most recently I decided to tackle the mudroom. Between our garage and first floor living space is this tiny little room that we've sort of just been using as a makeshift storage space. It looked like crap to be honest, which is sad because it's literally the first room we walk into after a long day at work. And we just passed right through, leaving our shoes on and completely neglecting it. It should be used as an actual mudroom! It needed a pretty bench to sit and put our shoes on, a place to hang coats, and a place to store a wet umbrella. A real mudroom!

On Pinterest I was coming across pictures of mudrooms with gorgeous built-ins, coatracks and intricate shelving. Needless to say, I knew something was missing in our mudroom before it would ever resemble the beautiful ones I saw online, but I wasn't sure what it was.

And then I realized.

It was the floor.

Oh god, the floor! How could I have overlooked this major detail for so long?

I immediately did some research. Plenty of tutorials on painted tile, but not much on linoleum. I decided to take what I knew and run with it. And the results couldn't have been better!

For a full video tutorial on this project, click here.

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This project was extremely simple, especially for the small amount of space I was making over. I could have done this project from start to finish in one day. I did not because... LIFE. But even if you were doing this in a large space, it is still a simple project and will not take an overwhelming amount of time. It involves only a few steps and minimal supplies.

S U P P L I E S

  1. Hand sander and 80 grit sandpaper

  2. Broom/vaccuum

  3. Cleaner (Krud Kutter or Windex - both work.)

  4. Bullseye Zinsen 1-2-3 Primer (I used the color white.)

  5. Stencil (Mine is from Michael's and cost me $10.00) You can find them on Etsy as well.

  6. Painter's Tape

  7. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (I used the color Graphite.)

  8. Foam roller, paint brush, paint tray

  9. Minwax Polycrilic Protective Finish (Make sure you get the crystal clear finish. I also got mine in a clear semi gloss finish.)

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S T E P S

  1. Sand your floor with your hand sander and 80 grit sandpaper. This step is optional, but I chose to sand my linoleum because I wanted to make sure the primer adhered as much as possible)

  2. Sweep your dust up and vacuum it. Make sure you remove as much as possible from the floors, walls and anywhere else it has landed. You don't want it falling into your paint later.

  3. Clean the floor with Krud Kutter, Windex, or any other cleaner/degreaser.

  4. Paint your floor. I used a roller and a paint brush to cut the edges. The Bullseye Zinsser 1-2-3 Primer has a varnish in it and dries fairly quickly, about 1 hour between coats. I did 3 coats on my floor.

  5. Stencil your floor. I used the painters tape to secure the stencil and Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in graphite. The linoleum has perforated squares and I made sure to choose a stencil that fit perfectly inside the squares. It was easy to keep my pattern and to move quickly through this process because of that. I also used an Annie Sloan foam roller and tray to roll the paint out directly onto the stencil. Be sure not to use too much pressure during this step as the paint will bleed under the stencil and look splotchy when you remove it.

  6. Seal your floor. The Minwax Polycrilic Protective finish needs about two hours dry time and I rolled out two coats.

 

Shoutout to Delightful Digs in Virginia Beach for being a wonderful, helpful and friendly Annie Sloan supplier. The girls who work in this gorgeous store are always full of tips and tricks and they're always excited to hear about what project I'm doing next. If you're in the Virginia Beach area, check out the store. It has the cutest gifts, jewelry, and house decor.

If you plan to do this project somewhere in your home, give me a shout, leave me a comment, or send me a photo of the result on instagram @bellandcotton.

My Shiplap Walls - What I Wish I Knew Before I Started

I love my shiplap walls, so I'm not saying I regret doing them, but goodness I wish I knew more about this project before I started it.

Bloggers and YouTubers don't always show every single step in a project and they certainly don't always talk about how long a project takes. Often they film a project and then speed it up later when editing it, so what you see is a time lapse version of the project making it look super quick and easy. It's such an illusion!

In this video I'm talking about how long my recent shiplap project actually took, how much money it cost ($755.00,) and all of the speed bumps we went over during it.

Check out my video below for a full rant on my shiplap walls! And if you haven't seen my full tutorial for this project, check it out here.

xo Megan

How We Installed Shiplap

After watching video after video and reading blog post after blog post of how people are installing the "fixer upper" shiplap look into their homes, I decided to try it for myself. I am absolutely blown away with the results, but it certainly didn't happen without a few bumps in the road. Below is my full tutorial on this process and the complications my husband and I ran into during this project.