January 1st I set a lot of huge goals for myself. Eating healthier, working out, going to bed earlier, focusing on inner health annnnd to DIY a lot more. It’s how this blog was founded in 2015 and my most popular and most viewed blogs are DIY blogs, so I knew I wanted to incorporate a ton more of it into 2020. Today I’ll be teaching you how to build your own asymmetrical wood wall.[Read more…] about How To: Asymmetrical Wood Wall
This year has been a crazy roller coaster and in this time we have had to cut back a lot. I’ve always been one to not spend a ton, but even more so now.
I like to find deals everywhere I go – or free is best in my mind.
When we first moved into this cute rancher it was anything but a farmhouse. It was built in the early 90’s and the colours and style wasn’t mine. The good thing about a blank slate is that you can create whatever you want out of it.
When we first moved in, half of the home was painted in this sage green color. Although I love the coziness of the color. I much prefer white, cream or grey. I find when there is color on the walls it really makes me feel restricted in my decorating.
When I moved into this house, I started slowly turning all my furniture white. I love white, and since this home was so colourful, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to start switching everything to white.
This console above was free, I bought the knobs off Amazon for 4.50 for 20 of them ( crazy, I know ) and then I painted it with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint to give it a really aged and beat up look.
Second, the shutters we snagged for 5 dollars each at a hardware store last year, and of course, I spray painted them black and then painted white & distressed them.
Everything else I already had.
I love different textures and shades, so I compiled a bunch of pillows I had in storage onto my sofa.
The coffee table was an old bench someone who lived here before us built. It had overgrown grass and plants all over it in the back of our back yard. We power washed it, dried it out & brought it inside. We get a ton of compliments on it even though it’s realistically a piece of crap. haha
The curtains we already had ( we made them out of drop sheet from Home depot, here ). Since moving into our home in July I really wanted to put curtains up, but the price of the curtain rods alone had me stuck. We had to purchase 5 of them.
My husband came up with this super easy solution. Brad nail wood blocks to the wall, and then screw the wood dowel polls onto that. The corbels are just there for looks. This whole entire project cost us under 30.00 & the impact of the curtains in the room is crazy. It went from cold to cozy in a day!
I have the links below to shop this blog & Thank you for stopping by today friends!
Hey guys! I’m here to chat about Farmhouse Decor On A Budget, because most of us don’t have a ton of money to spend on our homes. Am I right?
If you’re anything like me and love changing out your decor a lot, here are a few simple guidelines to follow
Guys. Today was a whirlwind. For someone who lives in the real world, loosing an Instagram account wouldn’t be as big of a deal, but since I run my life on social media and really all my income stems from my blog, Instagram and Facebook, I was pretty panicked.
After sending Instagram a ton of messages and receiving no replies after almost 24 hours, I finally sent one to Facebook, and ironically enough my account came back online within 10 minutes.
But lets talk about the best faux farmhouse plants.. because I have had a lot of questions about where I get my plants. Not only do they look authentic but they also are super cheap.
Something I’m super into right now is lambs ear. it’s light, and has a fuzzy light green hue. I’ll be adding all the links in the bottom of this post so you can go & buy these plants too. I’m telling you guys, artificial plants are the way to go. You can’t kill them & they look real!
I personally have the this sage bush and I’m totally in love with it. It looks small in the photo, but it’s quite a nice size. It looks completely real & I love the base it’s in, very antique and distressed.
I also have these lamb ear stems. I actually have them all over my house. They’re so cheap & look real. Even to the touch they feel real. You can also bend the leaves to form them how you want. I’ve had them in vases, olive buckets and now some of them are in my big wooden planter.
Did you know that they did a study and having even FAUX plants in your home brings your serotonin up? Isn’t that crazy? Just looking at something green boosts your mood.. which I find incredible and I mean, I guys it just fuels my love for faux plants. I literally kill anything living, minus my kids.
Another plant that I luuuuuurv is my little Olive tree in a little cement bucket. It’s one of the first faux plants I ever bought. I still haven’t killed it – haha!
For a full list of all the plants that I love, see shopable links below. I have over half of these plants as they’re just so pretty and authentic looking.
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Hey hey hey friends!
It’s super sunny & gorgeous here on Vancouver Island today and the snow is literally almost gone. I’ve surprised myself because I do love snow, but I’m also looking forward to spring. I find winter so gloomy, especially here on the Island. We live in a rainforest and it’s constantly grey outside. So when we get a day of sun, everyone jumps for joy!
Something that I wanted to chat with you guys about is corbels. They are all the rage right now and I’ve wanted a pair for a while but I can’t afford the price tag. I mean, this is what my blog is all about, how to DIY something for either free, or for cheap.
My dear son accidentally purchased a pair of wood brackets… you can bet that I put some more security on our Amazon account after that. Geez. But thing is, these brackets were only 12.00 each ( if you’re buying from the American Amazon, they are only 8 dollars each! Whhhhhhhat?! ) I’ll have links below so you can easily purchase them to make this project and they came in the mail within 4 days!
Shopping List For DIY Cheap Corbels
–These Brackets ( Canadian )
-White Paint ( Any Kind )
-Tester of Jacobean Minwax Stain
-Cardboard to paint/stain on
This is going to be ultra easy, take you 10 minutes so hold onto your hats and lets go. Also, I have to warn you, the photos are pretty bad, but it’s so hard to take photos of yourself while you’re staining and painting!
I stained these with the color Jacobean from Minwax. If you buy a tester it is under 6 dollars and will last you for a few other projects. We had all the supplies we already needed for this project so it cost me mouthing.
If wanting to save money, you could stain your corbels with ground coffee beans. Trust me, it really works!
Next step is to dip your rag into the white paint. You can dab it a bit on the card board.. then just rub it on your corbels. I promise, there is no right way, you just rub it, swipe it, blend it. It’s supposed to look super ugly & distressed.
Let dry – and you can distress if you like if you put too much paint on, but I didn’t do this step. Your first corbel will look like this. This took me about two minutes, so again.. don’t think into it. Just do it!
After taking this photo, I actually blended those blotches in a but better on the first one. I let them dry for an hour & put them in place. You can put a wax or varnish on them too, but I skipped this step as I will most likely use them for something else in the future or put antiquing wax on someday.
…and you’re left with the most stunning set of corbels for a grand total of 24 dollars ( way cheap in US currency )
My lamps are pretty ginormous, but these corbels sit 7″ height.
I’ll be posting all the “shop this post” links below so you can easily purchase what you see in this blog and can I just talk about those lamps fro a minute? I had a bit of affiliate income, so I purchased those gorgeous lamps and they were on clearance for 41 dollars each!!! Marked down from over 120. There are still a few left, so run run run.
Hope you enjoyed this blog & let me know what you think of these DIY Corbels!