Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Desert Dreamin'

Tiny cactus, teacup & saucer, feathers, & gold stones... A pretty little something to add to my mini desert - I'll share soon! Stay tuned.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Rustic Feather Arrangements

What you'll need for this easy arrangement:

A container (*I used a small wood window box)  
Assorted feathers (Most of these are from a craft store, the pheasant feathers are fresh from the game farm.)
Green floral foam (enough to fill the container to about 1/2" to 1" from the top)
& Any type of dried moss

Simple steps:
Place your floral foam in the container  (to about 1/2" to 1" from the top)
Add dried moss to the top of the foam, filling the container completely
Insert the feathers into the floral foam starting with the longest feathers, working out from the center. 

*If you're using an unfinished window box or a wood crate:
I used a Minwax Wood Finishing Cloth in Dark Mahogany to get this rich, warm tone, -  I then (after the stain was dry) applied the Minwax Express Clear protective finish in Low Gloss.  Minwax made these steps very fast & easy!

& small accent arrangements:

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Kick off your boots & stay a while...

Pink tile, green carpet, the wrong kind of wood paneled walls - just to paint a quick picture of how ugly this room used to be.  As a breezeway this room really didn't serve a purpose, and a mudroom entry is A MUST for a Minnesota winter.
My sketch quickly turned into this.  I am amazed.

 In love with the ceiling.

These cast-iron hooks are from a local gift shop... Made by Creative Co-Op  

 The stain used for everything is Minwax - Dark Walnut  (it has been used for several projects around the house, including the screen door & bar - pictured below.)

Monday, December 16, 2013

June's Chandelier

We made some changes to June's room this summer & here is my favorite:  her pretty new ceiling & chandelier.  

We scraped the texture off the ceiling & added wallpaper.  I have to say, this was NOT an easy process... it took a team of 4 in this small room to get the paper up.  After the wallpaper was up, we added the crown moulding for a finishing touch. 

We swapped out the pink tear-drop "crystals" on a fairly inexpensive chandelier with these pretties.  

The next step is to spray paint the ornate frames & mirrors above her bed; a not-so-simple task during a MN winter.  

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Hayseed Home Essentials: Chandeliers

Via Tumblr
Chandeliers are a classic way to bring a little sparkle into any space.  An essential for any farmhouse or rustic home.  

 Top left via Style Me Pretty top left, bottom left & right via Tumblr

Above left via LaurieAnna's Vintage Home & above right via Raised in Cotton

Stay tuned for my next post on June's Chandelier & Ceiling sprucin'!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Hayseed Home Essentials: Pitcher Perfect

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!

A simple bathroom display by A Country Farmhouse

 Open shelving beautifully displays this Ironstone collection I found over at Frog Goes to Market.

  Enamel pitchers.
(top left image: source unknown, top right image: French Larkspur)
(Bottom two images: sources unknown)  

 Serve up refreshments using these vintage silver serving pitchers from Potter Barn.

 Left image found here: Curious Details & Right image found here: Style Me Pretty.

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Pitchers as Kitchen Storage (original image sources unknown).

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Kitchen Table Makeover

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.