Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Faux Fence Stocking Hanger

We love projects here in the beautiful Arizona winters, and I'm really loving this stocking hanger with these handmade stockings! This little beauty was so simple to put together. We chose 1x4s and 1x3s and alternated the height of each board to give the look of an old fence. The hooks were a steal from amazon-we just typed in farmhouse hooks and they came right up!

Happy crafting and Merry Christmas!!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Refinished Cabinets with Milk Paint

Refinishing kitchen cabinets is never a small feat. I did this in our first home where we had a pretty small kitchen and it felt overwhelming--so much so I swore I would never do it ever again.


Luckily I have my sister-in-law to thank for helping me out this time. I would have never done it had she not said she'd help! It really wasn't horrible with two people! We did it during summer break so we had all the kids around which you'll see in our video (below), but we wanted to get in there and get it done!



Tip number one is to do this when your kids are IN SCHOOL. It took us a week and a half to do it with the children around.



We used General Finishes Milk Paint in a mixture of half Snow White and half Antique White. I really love how they turned out. I love this brand because this paint is specifically made for refinishing so there is very little prep work involved. An abrasive sponge worked well to de-gloss, which we used Krud Kutter for,  and we rinsed well with a lint-free rag. We learned that it is best to use a white rag--the de-glosser stripped some of the color from our yellow rags and we were partially afraid it would leave the color on the cabinets. Oh and use gloves! The de-glosser is kind of harsh on skin!

The paint took about three coats to cover and then we used two coats of the General Finishes High Performance Top Coat after they dried.

Pro Tip: don't buy handles/pulls from your local Home Depot--they are so over priced. We were able to get 50 handles for 50 bucks on amazon and they are really nice and sturdy!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Farmhouse Vinyl State Sign

I'm loving this new addition to my computer desk. It was a fun project we did with the ladies at church!

PS--Photo's of this wood wall are next on my list of things to do!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Farmhouse Table Centerpiece

Once you have your farmhouse table, you'll need that last finishing touch, a centerpiece. This is a simple 1x4 box put together with nails and wood glue. If you don't have a saw at home or aren't comfortable running one, you could easily have them cut at your local home improvement store! For the distressed look, I stained and once dry, dry brushed white paint on top! I'm loving how versatile it is too! Throw in some pine cones for a fall look!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Floating Farmhouse Shelves

I love the look of these easy farmhouse floating shelves. They're quick to put together and make a big difference in adding a little character to a kitchen or anywhere else in the home.

 We made this string art pumpkin for a pop of fall on our shelves. And I always love adding green to a space. Succulents are my absolute favorite, but the potted artificial plants at ikea are easier to keep alive!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Farmhouse Table--Ikea Table Makeover

We had an Ikea table that was black which worked great for our family for many years. We recently discovered a handful of people on Pinterest who layed wood over their existing Ikea tables to create a new fresh look! We originally had a lot of black furniture in our home which we have been progressively been painting or swapping out. The gray and white make the room look so bright which I love! For the grey finish, I used a grey stain and then dry brushed some white in some areas with a sponge. I applied a satin Polycrylic for easy cleanup, and to give it just a slight shine. The wood for refinishing the table was less than $50, and the bench wood was just about $40!

The bench was made by the hubs and I on a Saturday--seriously so easy. I love the Ana White website. She lays out all the details on how to build a piece of furniture so that even beginners can tackle something like this! I got the chairs from American Furniture Warehouse--another one of my favorite place to find great deals on furniture!

Fall Decor

It's the most wonderful time of the year...pumpkin season that is! I love decorating for fall more than any other season!

    While I was out in Virginia visiting my dad a few years ago, he had a bunch of old windows that he was replacing in his home. So I snagged one and drove it all the way across the country back home to Arizona. My kids weren't thrilled with our extra space being taken up by a window--but it was well worth it in my opinion!

     I made the antiqued block pumpkins as well as the "hello FALL" sign. And this banner was a $3 steal from Target!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Refinished Farmhouse Piano

We are so excited to share our DIY journey with you as we transform our stucco desert houses into cozy farmhomes!

Right now we are working on refinishing some kitchen cabinets that are not so pretty, and we can't wait to reveal them!

For now I want to share my refinished piano! This is an old piano made in New York, we bought it from a family who moved it all the way here to Arizona.

I added some Arizona love with some state string art and succulents. The cute white lantern was a steal from the As Is section at Ikea. If you haven't taken a stroll through there go now! I always find something fun to add to the home! I also made the runner which is reversible, and the cotton and burlap wreath.