Painted Baskets All in a Row

Our laundry nook makeover is about 90% finished and I can’t wait to share it with you. It’s slow going considering how busy we’ve been lately, but seriously, it’s almost there. I’m shooting for a reveal on Friday, maybe Monday. In the meantime, I thought I’d share one of the projects I’ve been working on for the room.

One of the biggest problems in the laundry nook pre-makeover was a lack of storage. There was exactly zero. We’d added a couple of cheap shelves, but otherwise everything was just hanging out in the open. Gross.

Laundry Before

There’s not enough space in our little nook to add any cabinetry, so all our laundry goodies needed a different home. I decided to go with rattan baskets from Target. They were only $13 each (and I got 20% off that using their Cartwheel app) and were shallow enough to fit on our new shelf (more on that in another post).

PrePainted Basket

I loved the baskets as they were, but they wanted something more – a coat of paint!

I added a wide white stripe at the bottom of each basket with gloss white trim paint and an old brush.

Paint Basket

It was the easiest project I’ve done in a long time. I had all three baskets painted and drying in less than fifteen minutes.

Finished Baskets

The entire project cost $31 since we had the paint on hand (we’re trying to keep the entire project under $150).

Here’s a sneak peek of them in their homes.

DIY Painted Baskets

Check back soon for a few more laundry projects and for our big reveal!

 

Raisin’ Some Cane

Things are a little slow around the Little House these days. We’re grilling, spring cleaning, and finishing up our backyard reno – but all that doesn’t leave much time for any other projects.

Luckily, I have an awesome sister who was willing to let me share one of her projects with you. Say hi to Steph (and Nate) everyone!

Steph and Nate for LHBH

Like Kev and me, Steph and Nate love hitting up thrift shops, auctions, and yard sales. Although, they’re much better at it than we are. Just this weekend they bought an antique piano for $5. Turns out it’s worth more than $1000!  And take a look at these Louix XV Cane chairs they scored for $40 (for the pair!!) from Goodwill.  Gorgeous, right?

 

Louis XV Cane Chair Repurpose Before 1

Louis XV Cane Chair Repurpose Before 2You’ll have to ignore Cojack. He’s lazy.

A quick search on Pinterest and Etsy will show you lots of examples of just how gorgeous these babies can be. Click on the photo below to be taken to the source.

Vintage Cane Chairs

Vintage Cane Chairs inspiration

Steph is currently in the middle of completely making over both chairs. When she’s done, we’ll be back with a play-by-play of exactly how she transformed her chairs from Goodwill to gorgeous.

For now, here’s a taste of the direction she’s going (and it’s awesome).

Louis XV Cane Chair Repurpose During

Does thrifting run in your family? Do you have the gene? Or are you at the shallow end of the thrifing gene pool?

Feeling Bubbly

Hey bloggy friends! Kevin and I are headed to Florence today! Our trip is almost half over already – I guess time flies when you’re having fun!

Today we have one of my best blog friends, Ashley from Attempts at Domestication, here to teach us how to make her adorable burlap bubble wreath! It’s one of my favorite projects she’s done so far, but be sure to head on over to her blog and check out some of her other awesome projects (like her gorgeous nightstands and DIY dining room curtains)!

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Hello there LHBH readers! I’m Ashley from Attempts At Domestication, it’s so nice to meet you! :)

While Jess and Kevin are soaking up the luxuries of Europe I’m here sharing some one of my favorite seasonal DIY projects, making wreaths. My favorite wreath I’ve made to date is my burlap bubble wreath.

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All you need is about 2 yards of burlap, a foam wreath form, and a pack of sewing pins. If you want to make a wreath like this you really need to use foam, it makes it WAY easier. Start by wrapping a few strips of burlap around the form, so there’s no white foam poking through and pin it in place. I had already jumped into the project at this point but you get the idea.

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Now it’s time to make your “bubbles”. Start with a piece of burlap that’s around 4″x4″ (I definitely didn’t measure each square, just eyeball it).

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1. Fold the square in half to make a triangle by bringing two corners together. (I used the blue pin to help show you which way I was folding and pinning.)

2. Bring the left corner of the triangle down and line it up with the bottom corner on the front side.

3. Fold the right corner down and line it up on the back side. This is your “bubble.”

4. Pin the bubble to you wreath. It helps if you try to pin it behind the other bubble to hide your pins. I really had to do this since I used colored pins. (They were on sale ;))

 

Keep going around the circle until you have a full wreath. Don’t worry about decorating the back, unless you really want to, but the wreath will lay flatter on your door without bubbles on the back.

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The best part about this wreath is that it can be decorated differently for each season. In the fall I attached a few leaves and some brown ribbon…

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…and in the spring I made some fun fabric flowers to brighten things up.

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If any of you try this project out I hope you’ll let me know! Happy crafting!


Thanks so much for having me Jess! I hope you’re having a blast! :)

Potty Mouth

We’ve all got our vices – those secret little addictions that we only indulge when no one is home. Maybe it’s drinking milk straight from the carton or singing at the top of your lungs to Garth Brook’s greatest hits, but we’ve all got one.

For me, it’s spray painting. There’s nothing like breaking out the painters tape and a can of Rust-Oleum when no one is looking.

So when Kevin went golfing this Saturday, I got busy.

Spray Painted Terra Cotta Flower Pots Logo

We had several old terra cotta flower pots hanging out in our garage, so I grabbed the biggest one and got to work (it’s about a foot in diameter).

Bare Terra Cotta Pot

The pot was pretty scuzzy after living all winter in the garage, so I have it a good cleaning before I did anything. Then I taped it up using some freezer paper to protect the bottom of the pot.

Terra Cotta Painted Flowerpot

I was a little worried about how porous the terra cotta was, so decided to go with a light primer coat. I used Rusto-Oleum’s Painter’s Touch 2X Primer (our go-to primer for just about everything).

Terra Cotta Flower Pots Primer

I made sure to prime down inside the pot as well so that once we fill it, the color will look continuous from the outside in. The primer was followed with four quick, thin coats of Gloss Rust-Oleum in a buttery yellow.

Rust Oleum Spray Painted Terra Cotta Pots

I let the paint dry for about 25 minutes, then pulled off the tape and freezer paper.

Gloss Spray Painted Terra Cotta Flower Pots

I love, love, love how this project turned out! It took less than an hour and because we already had the spray paint, it was 100% free! I really think it made the tired, old flower pot look ready for spring!

I plan on spray painting the rest of the pots we have and probably getting a few more.

What have you spray painted lately? Is spring cooperating where you live? What’s your little vice?

Let’s Table This

It’s time to share our Winter Pinterest Challenge project!

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This time around we made a table for our brand new patio!

Pinterest Challenge DIY Outdoor Dining Table

In the latest version of our backyard plan, you might have noticed a table and benches. We looked a a few online, but they were all either too expensive or too small or not doggy-proof enough, so we found a few on Pinterest we liked (click on the photo for the original source).

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So we decided to build our own out of pressure treated pine (on the bottom) and gorgeous cedar planks (on the top).

We constructed the frame out of pressure treated pine using a combination of nails and carriage bolts (for the legs).

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DIY Cedar Outdoor Table  Pine DIY Table Base

Once we had the base completed, we could add the cedar top. We outlined the table (which is 8′ long, by the way) with 1″x6″ cedar planks using finish nails (we’ll go back and fill the holes before we seal the top).

Cedar Outdoor Table

We filled in the rest of the top with 1″x3″ planks.

Cedar Topped Outdoor Table

And ended up with this beauty (don’t worry, she’s not finished yet).

Cedar Outdoor Table DIY

We loved it…. but something was off. We weren’t a fan of the small, inset 4″x4″ legs. We had a couple of options: we could live with it, rebuild the whole table (and use a Kreg Jig to properly attach the legs), or clad the legs to beef them up. While we probably should have rebuilt the table to make it right, we decided to clad the legs instead.

It makes all the difference (clad on the left, unclad on the right).

Clad vs unclad legs DIY table

This is the first time we haven’t completely finished one of our Pinteret Challenge projects. Once the pressure treated lumber has cured (and it’s very, very important to let it do so), we plan on painting the bottom of the table white and staining the cedar on top. This will echo the painted railings and stained floor boards on our deck. If you squint your eyes, you can almost see the finished product in the GIMPed version of the table.

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We’re working on two benches to use with this table, but they weren’t in a state to be photographed (since we spent the rest of the weekend building their future home)! As always, we’ll update you when we get the benches finished and paint the table!

Did you participate in the Pinterest Challenge this go around?

Get the Picture?

My mom and grandmother are coming to the Little House this weekend… which is kinda a big deal. Not only are they flying over a thousand miles from Indiana to be here, but they’re also the women behind every creative bone in my body. They are the consummate homemakers: they cook, can, clean, decorate, sew, paint, garden…. you name it, they’ve mastered it. So there’s just a tad bit of pressure to make sure that the Little House is in tip-top shape. It’s also a great excuse to get a few things done around the house that we’ve been meaning to do for ages.

Like hang our bedroom art. Earlier this fall I painted a large canvas and two coral watercolors to hang in our redecorated bedroom. Since then, they’ve been leaning against the wall on top of our dressers. We’ve intended to hang them for ages, but the impending visit finally kicked us into gear last night. Before we could even start thinking about placement, spacing, or hanging the art we had to consider how to hang it. The Little House was built in 1940 and has textured plaster walls. With drywall, hanging is as simple as finding a stud (isn’t that every girls goal?) and hanging. Plaster, on the other hand, is a whole nother  process entirely.

Art

Unless you want your art to rip giant holes in your wall as it comes crashing to the ground, you almost must use some sort of hanger or anchor when dealing with plaster (especially old and crumbly plaster). For this job, Kevin and I used 20lb picture hangers. Each hanger is two pieces: a nail which goes into the wall at a downward angle (I’ll spare you the engineer-y reason why this is better) and the hanger itself. They’re fairly inexpensive and work much better than a drywall screw in plaster. Trust me. We know from experience.

Plaster Wall Picture Hangers

Once we’d figured outthe hangers we were able to start spacing the art on the walls. This was a simple as holding up the art and deciding if it needed to go up or down, left or right. Once we’d decided where we wanted the first frame to hang, we marked the top of it with a tiny pencil dot.

Hanging Art on Plaster Walls

We then measured the distance from the top of the frame to where the picture wire would lay, measured that distance down from our original dot, and hammered the brass hanger into place.

Plaster Wall Picture hangers

Once the first frame was hung and level, we measured the distance to where we wanted the second picture to hang (from the edge of the first frame, the distance was half the width of the frame + the gap between them). Then we installed the second hanger, hung the art, leveled it, and then stood back to admire our work (while ignoring both the dog’s chew marks on the dresser and the funky white balance we had going on here).

Plaster Wall Picture hangers

Hanging Pictures on Plaster Walls

Hanging Art on Plaster Walls

We also hung the canvas I painted on the opposite wall using the same method. I’m still  not a huge fan of it, but taking Christine @ Casa de Christine’s advice and rotating it, I like it a little better.

Hanging art on Plaster walls with hangers

The dressers are in no way styled at all. I’m hoping to get some accessory shopping done with my mom and grandma while they’re there so that we can finally call the bedroom done. We’re so close we can taste it.

Have you hung anything on plaster walls before? Do your pets insist on eating newly painted furniture? Any suggestions for styling our dressers?

O, (Pinecone) Christmas Tree

Easy Glitter Spray Paint Pine Cone Trees

When Kevin and I went to Florida a few weeks ago for his sister’s wedding, we brought more than the black plague home with us. We also brought two gigantic pine cones (that may or may not have been obtained via trespassing and theft) back in our carry-on bags.

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After browsing Pinterest for good pine coney ideas, I settled on glitter spray painting them. How awesome is glitter spray paint, anyway?! It combines two of my favorite things into one little $4.99 can!

Glitter Spray Paint

After picking off a few of the bottom scales of the pine cone so that they’d sit flat, we took them out back for a quick spray with the glitter paint. Turns out my hubs is too cool to run up and down the alley turning on all the neighbor’s security lights (like I did here), so Kevin had to hold the flashlight (and take photos) while I sprayed the little guys down.

Spray Painted Pine Cone

 

After a day long cure in the garage, we brought them inside and decked them out with their own glittery stars. Don’t our deer look like they’re really at home in their pine cone forest?

Glitter Pine Cone Trees

That photo doesn’t do them justice. They’re way more glittery in person.

Glitter Pine Cone

This is our first Christmas craft of the year and I have to say I love how they turned out! Have you done any Christmas crafting so far this season? Have you even trespassed on your in-law’s neighbor’s yard to steal giant pine cones?

Pillow Talk

If you haven’t noticed, we’ve been hitting our bedroom pretty hard lately. We’re both so tired of it being half done that we’ve decided to push through to the finish and finally get ‘er done. I mean, it’s been six months since we started with this:

Thank goodness almost all the brown is outta here.

If you were looking closely at our curtain reveal yesterday for the Pinterest Challenge, you might have noticed that I’d finished a couple other projects that were hanging around the Little House.

I finally finished all the pillows for the bed! I had made the envelope back chevron pillows here, but still needed to make two large flanged euro shams and a smaller accent pillow.

I made all these pillow with envelope backs. You may have noticed that there’s a certain feline that likes to sleep on our bed and has no discretion whatsoever about where he sheds. Pillows, sofas, and work pants are all in danger of running afoul of his clingy gray fur. I needed these pillow covers to be removable and to be honest,  I’m not ready to tackle zippers. Envelopes are soooo much easier.

I sewed the large euro shams exactly like I did the chevron pillows, except instead of cutting the fabric to the exact same dimensions as the pillows, I added three inches to to each length to account for the flanges.

Once I had sewn the basic envelope pillow, I turned it right side out and ironed it.

Here’s where things get crazy.

In order to make the seam for the flange straight all the way around, I used painters tape. I know there’s such things as fabric pens and whatnot, but I was using what we had.

Then I simply sewed along the tape line. I even accidentally sewed over it a little on one corner and it still came right up. If I ever made these again, I’d definitely go with tape.

Best part is, all my flange seams are perfectly straight!

Here’s what they look like from the back. It’s nothing special, but the envelope allows the pillows to be easily taken out so that the covers can be washed.

I love how they turned out, although seeing everything on the bed, I think I might make one more chevron pillow. I think three would definitely balance it out better. Maybe.

We’ve still got to put on our new duvet (we’re waiting until we change out our summer comforter for our winter one), hang our art, and accessorize, but the bedroom is so close to being done I can almost taste it (and it tastes awesome).

Have you ever made flanged pillows? Would you add a third chevron pillow? Do your pets have no regard for where the fuzz ends up?

It’s Curtains for You

It’s Tuesday… and time to share our Pinterest Challenge project!

This time around, I made curtains for our bedroom!

I bought the fabric from fabric.com with a 20% off coupon.

I sewed four 96″ long curtain panels, leaving a 3″ seam at the bottom and a 4″ seam at the top. Unfortunately, I don’t have photos of the process because my SD card fell into a black hole located somewhere between the bedroom and the front door and has yet to be recovered. When it is, I’ll show you the exact sewing process.

To hang the curtains, I used House of Hepworth’s Faux Pinch Pleat method that I’d pinned a while back. It was so easy!

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There’s seven clips on each curtain panel. I’m going to add four more to each for a total of eleven clips each.

Even without enough rings though, I LOVE the look of these curtains. They really make our room feel that much closer to being finished!

I’m also going to move the clip farther down the upper hem so that the curtains are taller. I’d measured them so that they’d be exactly floor length, but where I have them clipped now they’re more of a breaking length.

And what’s any blog photo shoot with out a little cat photo bombing? Fievel tries to be in every photo and really loves the new throw at the foot of the bed.

To see what we’ve made for previous Pinterest Challenges, check here, here, here, and here.

What did you make for the Pinterest Challenge? Have you ever used clip curtain rings before? Does your cat photobomb blog photos, too?

Thursday Dilemma: Wednesday Edition

I’m in a quandary.

Last night I painted the large canvas we’d bought for the bedroom.

I mixed up some beautiful dark navy, coral, turquoise, and yellowy orange and went to town.

I’m just not sure I like it.

In real life, what looks magenta reads coral and the orange is much more yellow.

I’m also not sure it will play well with the other art I created for the room (they’ll be on opposite walls).

 

What do you think? Can these two place nicely together?