This is the beginning of a new series of posts. In this series, I will be sharing collections of my favorite things & pretty ideas for all of you Hayseed Homemakers out there - Starting with this Hayseed Home Essential: Vintage Pitchers.
They're so easy to find, fun to collect, & are a simple canvas for the prettiest centerpieces & displays: all you have to do is switch up the contents to change the look (or simply display the pitchers without contents at all, they can make a statement standing alone too). Here are a few country-esque examples I found & fell in love with: Enjoy!
Here is a quick afternoon makeover that turned our inexpensive Better Homes & Gardens Dining Set into a rustic farmhouse table. It was a simple project that takes more patience than skill. I started by carefully coating the tabletop & bench seats in Citristrip Paint & Varnish Stripping Gel, avoiding the black parts of the dining set. (Follow the directions on the container, it is VERY simple to use.) I like this gel because I can safely use it in the house. I used a taping knife to scrape the gel/varnish. I let the Citristrip sit for 30 mins before scraping (I probably could have waited longer...) & I then repeated the process one more time.
After I let the table dry, I applied my favorite Minwax Dark Walnut Stain with a clean rag. I applied two coats of the stain, letting the table dry between coats.
Once the stain dried, I lightly sanded where I wanted to see a little more "wear & tear" (mostly edges).
My next step is to apply the Minwax Paste Finishing Wax (Natural), just to give the table a protective coat. This is a very heavily used table and we have gone two weeks without a protective coat (just the stain) without any issues. The wax will just add a little more luster to the finish & make the table a little easier to wipe down after meals with two toddlers.
I AM LOVING our "new" table! It's so much more fun to decorate now that the color is more neutral & more rustic.
As summer is winding down, I look back on how crazy it actually was & realize that I've almost completely neglected my blog! So I'm just checking in with this post & letting everyone know that I'm back from the chaos & I have lots of projects finished up & coming your way!
I will admit that I'm pretty excited about the transition from summer to fall. I made my first fall centerpiece today. Yes it is August, but I've always said that fall is too short - so I'm extending the season here at the Kunz household. The weather we've had these past few days has been a toasty reminder that I'm just living an air-conditioned fantasy... nothing that can't be ignored with the help of a pumpkin iced chai.
As excited as I am for fall, I will miss our summer lifestyle. The kids & I are soaking up our last week of this carefree season before it turns into schedules, routines, early bed times, etc.
Well here's the extent of my decorating this year. I'd love to doll up our house in stars & stripes one year, but it seems like we're never around on the 4th to enjoy it. As I type, we're headed to our friends' cabin to enjoy a little sunshine on the water & a little PBR by the fire.
A few simple Hayseed Homemade "rules" for a happier kitchen & home:
Keep a jar of fresh flowers on the table. (or a vase, whatever suits your style.)
Minnesota winters can seem so dang long, especially when spring can't seem to commit to us around here. So I've been keeping fresh flowers in the kitchen for the last few weeks
as a pick-me-up. I buy a new bouquet weekly
(thankfully, my taste in flowers is pretty cheap: I like that
country-wildflower look.) Even if it's just a daisy or two, try it out... It'll put a little spring in your step.
Light a candle. It's a mood thing & a nice finishing touch after cleaning.
Keep it playing: even if it's quietly in the background. Dishes aren't as boring to the sound of a steel guitar & Strait.
Fresh Air & Sunshine.
Crack open a window, tie back your curtains.
Brew up some happiness.
I always keep hot coffee in the pot or cold tea & lemons in the fridge: depends on the season.
Keep things around that are pretty, useful, and/or important. Get rid of the rest.
It could be a pretty coffee cup, a pretty dish towel, or a pretty picture frame: get it in your life. Functional doesn't have to be ordinary. The Small Things.
Rise 'N Shine.
Make it a point to go to bed with a clean kitchen & a tidy living room (or wherever you spend most of your time.) Wake up to a fresh start every day & take a little time to enjoy "all of the above"- even if it means giving yourself a few minutes before the kids rise...& shine... all over the house.
As you can see, we had a pretty classy Valentine's Day at our house. This was my last minute attempt to decorate the house for the kids. I decided this would be a good idea late last night & after hours of cleaning & making the kids' cards, I was up until 1:30 am - digging through Christmas storage boxes and stringing tinsel garland & tulled lights.