Hey y’all!! Im beyond excited to share my most recent DIY project. As you may know we’re just now settling into our new house and my mind is racing with decor plans. Too many plans, not enough time!! I was a bit iffy about taking down the original blinds to this window but I’m so glad I did. It unknowingly pushed me to hop onto this project. You’ll have to excuse the unfinished backsplash and insane brightness. Clearly I needed something covering that window!
After what seemed like weeks of searching for the perfect window treatment I gave up. You don’t even want to know how much these curtains are going for from a major store.. ($60.oo) so surely you could understand my excitement when I gathered the guts to try to make them myself.
Heres what you’ll need.
A tape measure
Grain sack fabric (at least a yard)
Hanging hardware w/ clips
Sounds pretty cheap right? Thats because it IS! I purchased this fabric from a little shop on Etsy called Cottage Designs. 1 yard was 21 bucks, and that, my friends, is why I love doing things myself.
The fabric arrived frayed and raw and I absolutely loved it just how it was.
After you figure all your measurements bust out that tape measure and get to cutting. Use the edge of a table, and a weight on the other edge, to ensure a straight cut. (or a ”close enough it’s barely noticeable” cut)
I cut out 2 panels and used some curtain rings with attached clips to hang them up. These are the exact clips I used and they are great quality considering the $8 price tag.
I’m so happy with the way these turned out and it took me all of 30 minutes to get it done!
You guys!! Lets talk home offices, shall we? I’ve always wanted a home office, but lets be honest, I never really needed one. Now, however, I need a space to sit down and plan my work. Plus, we have accumulated so much paperwork! Between shot records, old hospital papers, and random medical bills, that show up 3 years after the date of service, I just cannot dare to go digital. I like my hardcopies y’all!
My home office inspiration is pretty straight forward. I’ve already purchased this desk from World Market, The Josephine, and I LOVE it. The top is glossy white lacquer and I can’t get enough of it. World Market is proving to be the only store I need in my life!
The thing about farmhouse styles are, they all have white accents. White furniture is crisp, clean, and simple. The color of this desk will make my open home office, the former formal dining room, flow with the rest of my house, like my breakfast nook table for example.
I’ll add some shelving units and a big clock on the same wall as the desk to add some dimension. The shelves will give off more of my industrial look. My husband will actually make those industrial shelves, it’s super easy and all you need is galvanized piping and your choice of wood. I’ll link the tutorial at the end of this post!
Im also doing a cute little gallery wall of some of my favorite printables, which will be a surprise till its finished! My office furniture will have a modern/industrial feel, accessorized with minimal farmhouse decorations.
Which is what I want, because It’s really the first room you see when you walk into the front door.
Another big factor, thats getting changed ASAP, is the dreadful light fixture, another “first see” when you walk into my home. Its got nearly 10 individual lamps throughout the entire thing and fake metal tassels hanging from each lamp. It’s being changed to an orb light fixture.. Although I can’t decide between a metal or wood one. What do you think?
Thats it for now! I don’t want to give too much away, Im trying to knock out these inspirations before we move in on Friday, but if I don’t, I won’t leave you hanging. As I’m unpacking and setting up you can bet I’ll have my camera on hand.
If you missed my living room and kitchen inspiration you can read all about that HERE.
You can also follow along on Snapchat! –> stringfellowco
I cannot contain my excitement for my new home decor category! I’ve always been in to decorating my home, in fact, theres never been a time where I didn’t go the extra mile to make everything cozy and quaint. I’d like to thank my Mom and my Oma for that.
Growing up I always watched my Mom shop for decorations. I was always in awe at how she could buy the most random things and throw them all together to make something so perfect. She’s all about detail and the little things. Picture frames are slightly turned, table runners and folded like a flat laid bow, and potpourri bowls fill the house with a sweet scent.
My Oma’s style is formal as formal can be. She grew up in the generation I so badly wish I grew up in. Born and raised in Germany her style is nothing short of classic european. Everything has a place, table linens and sheets are always ironed, and window drapes are layered and pleated correctly. The fuzzy white rugs I used to lay on as a child are still spotless and as soft as the day she purchased them. Fragile china and decorations are put on display, and there are orchids galore throughout her home.
My style, however, has changed countless times over the span of my lifetime. I’ve been through the glam phase, grew out of it. The western phase, hated it. Even the modern phase, huge no go. Looking back now I realize what finding your home style is all about. It’s never a set theme, you can’t expect to choose one theme and not get sick of it eventually. Styling your home is all about picking and choosing what suits you best.
This weekend we are moving into our new home and, while I have a theme in mind, I won’t strictly stick to that style alone. My vision for our house is literally going to be a mix of everything I’ve ever tried, because at some point I actually did like it. But too much of a good thing is a bad thing, and thats why they failed to please me.
This time around I am decorating my home to give off an industrial modern farmhouse feel, but most importantly, not a full on feel of just one theme. I’ll have minimal farmhouse touches on my kitchen backsplash, my breakfast nook, and some of the decor. I’ve always loved the look of farmhouse kitchens and I think that area of my house will give off the most farmhouse vibe. The picture on the left is my inspiration, kind of. Think of that table as white, and the chairs metal instead of wood. Notice the plates on the wall and on display. Very minimal yet functional decor.
My living room already contains earthy tones with minimal decor pieces, which makes it very calm and inviting, just like a bohemian feel. It’s the one space in the house where I like clean lines and less clutter. Think modern boho, yes thats a thing, look at the picture on the right.. See how well they flow together? They’re two completely different styles yet they will flow effortlessly if you incorporate each styles decor within the other. This tip can also help with open concept kitchens!
Next up this week I’ll be spilling the inspirational beans on my home office, the kids playroom, and our master bedroom. Hopefully before we actually move in! That way you can see how I put my inspiration into action, easier done than said!
What’s your home style? And just for fun, whats one style you look back on and cringe at? Like middle school outfits, we all have our regrets!
These pieces are so easy to do and once you’re done you’ll have a great memory right there on your wall. If you’re like me you hate to tuck memories back in a plastic tub, in the attic, where you’ll most likely never see them again. Continue reading
Happy Friday ya’ll! Recently, I’ve started doing crafts and projects on Friday nights after the babies go to bed. Its been fun and pretty successful! I’ve finished quite a few projects but I’ll catch you up on those next Friday. My favorite project so far has been a Vintage wooden highchair, circa 1950.
I found it on good ole Craigslist listed for only $20.00 dollars!! The seller agreed to trade me for an old Fossil Bag that I had sitting in my closet for nearly 5 years. It was my first Barter, I was really proud of myself.. Can you say “Great Success!!”?!
Surely you could understand my excitement, finished highchairs, such as this one, sell for nearly $400.00. Just when I had thought I wouldn’t find a piece like this it popped up and I knew I HAD to have it. I’m obsessed with anything vintage and captivated with the way things used to be in the mid 1900’s. When I look at old pieces I cant help but wonder who it used to belong to and the history that’s behind it. In this post I’m going to show you exactly how I brought this highchair back to life!
First things first..
I made sure to wipe down the entire chair with a damp cloth, while wiping down I checked for little knacks so that I could come back to them with a sanding block. Since I was using Chalk Paint there was no need to sand the entire thing.. So after I hand sanded the minor defects I was ready to prime! The primer I used is pictured below. KILZ Latex Primer. This stuff covers like none of your business and dries super fast. In one night I was able to lay on 3 coats of primer. Its recommended to prime in thin layers and let dry completely before adding any new layers. I may have rebelled against that “guideline” but hey, its just primer right?? Seriously though, take your time and make sure to cover any original flaws on the wood, you’ll be grateful later.
After priming you’re ready to paint!
I let the chair sit a week before painting it with Chalk paint, a Mothers life does get busy believe it or not, however letting it sit overnight should be just fine. The paint I decided to use is Americana Decor Chalky Finish in the color “Primitive”. I purchased it at Hobby Lobby for about $9.00. Its a real pale gray color, which was perfect because I needed something gender neutral to use for future photo shoots.
This paint went on effortlessly. Its a very thick formula, I’d compare it to the consistency of yogurt. I used a normal paint brush and just went to town. As with the primer, it took about 3 coats to get an even color. The paint dried in minutes and the finish was matte, like a Chalk board, hence the name “Chalk Paint”!! I LOVE it.
Just goes to show you how far a little bit of paint can go when you take the time and effort to restore old outdated pieces! Have you ever used Chalk Paint before? If so, what brand did you use and how did it preform?