Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!


{My little superheros!}

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Add pizzazz to your kitchen cabinets for less than $10!

 Hello, hello!
 I want to share a quick weekend project that we did yesterday in our kitchen.

I know I've said it before, but our kitchen cabinets are old! I am constantly looking for inexpensive ways to spruce them up until we can do a complete kitchen remodel one of these days. I have painted them numerous times, switched out hardware, added crown molding to the top, etc. Check out this post to see the many phases of our kitchen.

A few days ago I stumbled across this picture on Pinterest, and I immediately thought it was brilliant! Why did I not think of this!? This is exactly what my cabinets needed to polish them up a bit.

I love the crown molding we added to the tops of our cabinets, but I never thought about adding molding to the bottom.



Yesterday we took a quick trip to Lowe's and picked up 2 pieces of 8 ft molding for less than $5 for each piece. We already had everything else we needed at home such as spackling, touch up paint, and a sanding sponge. So this was truly a cheap project!

The back of the molding looks like this:


 It wraps around the edges of the cabinets quite nicely!

Here is a before shot of the bottom of our cabinets:


Looking a little closer:


Here are a couple views of the molding as we were installing it:



And now for the after:


We completed this entire project in just a little over an hour, and for less than $10 doesn't it make a huge impact on our space?!




Have a BLESSED day!
GIVEAWAYS coming soon! Stay tuned!

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A simple burlap flower tutorial

Today, I want to share with you a simple tutorial for making burlap flowers.  I recently made these to put on a couple of wreaths that I shared a while back, but they would be cute for numerous projects!








Step 1
Cut a strip of burlap. It doesn't have to be an exact measurement. These flowers are not meant to be perfect looking!



Step 2
Fold the piece of burlap in half and then hot glue it together like this:



Step 3
Fold in one corner and use a dot of hot glue to secure it.



Step 4
Start rolling the corner inward to create the center of the flower.



Step 5
Keep wrapping the burlap around the center, curling the burlap around your finger as you go, securing with dots of hot glue.



Step 6
Keep wrapping the burlap and hot gluing to secure until you run out of fabric, then you're done!



I used pearl like beads for the center of my flowers, but you can use anything you choose. Or you can leave it as is. It looks neat either way!






To make the fabric flowers, I followed the same tutorial. 

Have a BLESSED day!
Leah


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Saturday, October 12, 2013

A little bit of gold

I am little by little beginning to love gold!

It all began with my outdoor fall decorating and a single can of metallic gold spray paint.

That's all it took. Now every time I turn around I find something else I think might look nice with a coat of gold spray paint.

So, a little bit of gold here and there is slowly making it's way through our house.

The latest room to receive a little gold treatment is our bathroom. I thought a few gold accents would look nice against the deep navy blue walls.



I spray painted the photo frame hanging on the wall, and a plain glass cylinder vase that I picked up at Walmart a while back.

I used painter's tape to create a design on the vase.


I grabbed a shoe box to prop it up on and my can of spray paint and gave the vase a quick coat. 


You can tell this shoe box has been used to paint quite a few gold things around here. :)


I picked up a few twigs from behind our house and placed them right in my new vase. Sort of a nice fall touch.

Lastly, I painted the little candle holder that once sat on the bathroom counter. It now hangs out on the black shelf hanging on the opposite wall.


So there you have it. A little bit of gold in our bathroom!


Have a BLESSED weekend!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

It's FALL!

I finally got around to doing a little Fall decorating around here. This is my absolute favorite time of year. I love everything about Fall! The colors, the smells, the cool crisp air. I also love all of the scented candles and air fresheners that hit the stores this time of year. Pumpkin spice, Cinnamon, Cedar, Warm Vanilla, oh my! Those scents make my home feel so warm, cozy, and welcoming. 


   This year I decided to add a few pops of gold to my Fall decor. I purchased a couple of white flower pots from Target on clearance for around $2.88 each, and planted yellow mums in each one.


I only paid $2.50 each for the mums from Lowe's. I thought that was a great deal. I'm guessing they were cheap because they had not yet bloomed? I'm not really sure, but I was thinking mums would be more expensive then that. I'm certainly not complaining though!

I wanted to spruce them up a bit, so I decided a few metallic gold polka dots may be nice.


I used spray paint from Lowe's and a paint brush to freehand random polka dots all around each pot. I still haven't sealed them yet, but some clear gloss spray should do the trick.


I sprayed the paint onto a paper plate so that I could brush the paint on. I had to work super fast because the paint dried so quickly. They turned out a-okay. Definitely not perfect, but I wasn't going for that anyways.


Below you can see how my mums have finally bloomed and how the pots jazz up the front entrance.


This year I made a couple of wreaths for the first time. The first one (pictured above) is my version of a fall wreath. I like the simple look, so I didn't go with any brightly colored flowers this time.


I wrapped burlap ribbon around the side and secured it with hot glue. I made the little burlap and fabric flowers, then glued them on with hot glue as well. I will share a tutorial on those flowers soon.  The "O" is a wooden letter I picked up at Walmart and spray painted with the same metallic gold spray paint as I used for  the polka dots.




Here is another view of the outside of our house. You can see I've made a little more progress on the side since this post. I found the giant wreath at Michael's.



Now, for the back entrance. This is the door on our carport that we use to enter and exit our house daily.


More yellow mums, and another DIY wreath cozy up this entrance as well.


I made this wreath the same way except this time I wrapped the "O" in fabric and secured it with hot glue.


I hung hooks on the outside of our house during the summer to hang the kid's pool towels up so they would always be handy, but since we have entered Fall I had to hang a few Fall like accessories in their place. I hand painted the wooden sign a while back and used burlap to hang it. The little lantern is another summer clearance find from Target.

The rest of our carport received a little Fall accessorizing as well.


My kid's can't wait to paint these pumpkins for Halloween! It will be here before we know it!


HAPPY FALL!

Have a BLESSED day!
Leah

P.S. Since I shared so many outside photos today, I thought it may be fun to take a look back at our house when we first bought it almost 5 years ago. When I start dreaming and wishing for things like a front porch, etc. I just look at this before picture and think about how far we have already come with this little place we call home, and then I find my contentment! But don't worry I still see a front porch in my future, I'm just not sure when!


BEFORE

PROGRESS