We have had this World Market Console Table for awhile now, but I knew it was time for it to have a little makeover. I have always loved it for several reasons: 1) it’s an adorable style and very sturdy; 2) it’s versatile – can be used in several rooms in the house; and most importantly 3) it’s very reasonably priced!! But….. it needed a change (or maybe I did – who knows??) So, for a couple of years, I was simply going to whitewash it. Then I thought I was going to paint it black. And then we flooded, so a whole knew idea came to mind. The World Market Console Table Makeover: Painted Smoky Blue. I love how it turned out – do you?? Click here to see the console table in My Fall Home Tour. ***If you want the look, without having to do the work, skip to the end of the post to shop console tables ***
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*** Sorry my pictures are not so beautiful, but this is the REAL deal here – LOL!! I did A LOT of painting while we were flooded, and all of our furniture was stored in the garage. Just thought I should mention that to make myself feel better 😉 ***
*** After you put down your dropcloth or plastic covering down to protect your floors (or garage- even though I did not- ha!), you are ready to begin. I always use leftover wood pieces to lift my furniture, but you could use extra paint cans, etc….
STEP 1: PAINTING
Dry-brush your table using your angled paintbrush, making sure not to cover it completely. To dry-brush: dip your brush into your paint, and then gently dip your brush onto a rag to get the excess paint off. You will not want a lot of paint on your brush for this method.
Let dry overnight. Then apply 2 more coats covering a little more of the areas where you can see the natural wood peeking through. Let dry over night between each coat. You will still have some natural wood peeking through after 3rd coat.
1ST, 2ND 3RD COATS TOGETHER
STEP 2: SANDING
Sand edges, legs, & drawer corners with 150-grit sandpaper. Just press firmly to sand in some spots, and then apply lighter pressure in other spots for a more natural distressed look.
*** NOTE *** I forgot to take pictures after I sanded, so these are after the liming stage. I just wanted to let you see the sanded areas.
STEP 3: LIMING WAX
*** READ this entire section before you begin this 3rd step, so that you do not make the mistake that I did. ***
You will work in small sections for this step. Add liming wax with your wax brush in straight lines (not x-motion) brush strokes, then buff with a rag after 15 minutes (not an hour). I buffed mine with a rag after about 15 mins (not an hour like the can says). The longer the liming wax stayed on, the harder it was to buff off. This was my personal preference for the look I wanted – fyi.
You will not need a lot of liming wax on your brush, but you will have to continue to add it after. EVERY. brush mark!! This is the most time consuming step, but adds the MOST critical part of the project.
***NOTE*** I followed instructions on wax can and did x-MOTION marks (the first time – picture 2 below), but I personally did not like it. So after it dried, I buffed it with heavy pressure to get x-shaped marks off. I wanted a cleaner (straight line – picture 3 below) type of look.
Let dry overnight. It is still a little tacky after the liming wax is applied, and needs to be completely dry before the next step.
STEP 4: DARK WAX
Using a designated brush, apply dark wax to entire console table. I also worked in sections for this step, but in bigger sections than liming wax. Let dark wax sit for 15 mins, and wipe off with t-shirt (not rag). The t-shirt allows you to glide over the wax without wiping it off completely (like the rag). Allow some of the dark wax to remain in crevices and grooves for a more authentic antiqued look.
Let dry Completely Overnight. Then wipe off/buff again – but this time use rag. The rag will help get ALL excess dark wax off.
STEP 5: CLEAR WAX
Apply clear wax to entire console table, let dry, and buff to shine. If you want a shinier finish/look, add 2 – 3 layers of clear wax. For a matte/flat finish, just apply one layer of clear wax.
*** YOU ARE DONE *** WOOHOO *** CHEERS *** CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES***
Since I am such a visual person, I thought you would benefit from these pictures. Here it is from beginning to end – showing the different stages. Now you can definitely see how the liming wax softens the blue color, and adds dimension/texture to the table. Then the dark wax changes the color again, and blends everything together. I love how the pictures tell the story – right??
Let me know how your console table makeover turns out!! I’d love to see it – you got this!!
Now that we have settled into our home (a little more) after flooding, I can honestly say that it’s slowly beginning to feel like normal!!! Hallejuhah!!! Cue to the angels & the choir, because HOPE is in the air!! It might also be due to the fact that I am taking a fabulous bible study class called “Anchored in Hope,” (taught by an incredibly blessed woman), but regardless, something beautiful inside the soul is taking place!! And that hope has inspired me to finallyget around to do a post on our Master Bathroom Remodel: Hardware BLING!!
I’ll be covering all things crystal, glass, and mirrors:
Sink, shower, tub, and Barn door Hardware will come in next post – so stay tuned!!
MASTER BATHROOM REMODEL: HARDWARE BLING
I knew there was a ton to cover in this room, and that is probably why I have been procrastinating on getting this post done – LOL!! Now, that I am looking through pictures, etc…., I know that I will have to split the master bath remodel into several posts. So, just sit tight…. it’s coming!!
I will honestly admit that I had NO idea how much thought and planning went into a master bathroom remodel. It’s very overwhelming (probably because I hadn’t planned on flooding – arrrrrgh!!) at first, but with the right planning it is achievable. For this post, I will do some before, during, and after pictures on our master bath remodel…..and share my picks for master bathroom remodel: hardware BLING!!
Out of all of the changes that I made, the bling is what makes the bathroom mine!! HUH???? The hardware and chandelier are the final accessories of the Master Bath; they are the jewelry that adds the final touch. And they reflect my (our – ha!) personality. So, where did I get that bling…..? Let’s find out 🙂
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***Skip to the end of post for the links to purchase “the bling.” ***
MASTER BATH REMODEL: HARDWARE BLING
So, this is what it used to look like after the flood…… (sorry for the bad lighting)
This is during the sheetrock phase…..
*** Some of the pictures don’t have all 3 phases…..just what I could find!! ***
BLING SHOP: where to purchase the BLING
Chandelier – click HERE 2. Cabinet Knobs – click here large, click here small
I just could not finish out my Fall posts series without including Find Your Style: 37 Fabulous Fall Wreaths!! There is just something magical when a fall wreath is placed on the front door! It is like you are telling the world….YEP, our home is ready for fall – so come on in!! And make no mistake – it is not just simply a wreath for decorative purposes only. It is an introduction to a season of gathering and giving, an invitation to our homes filled with hospitality and hugs, and a reminder of nature’s bounty and blessings given from God above. It is the epitome of fall decorating….and a must-have if you’re a southern gal!! Let’s get to it then!!
So, what is your wreath style (probably depends on your mood -right?? LOL!!) There are tons of different styles of fall wreaths to choose from: homemade and diy, over-the-top to simplistic, natural greenery to colorful flowers, ribbon & bow classics to embroidery hoop trendiness, whimsical farm trucks to terry cloth ghosts, hanging floral baskets to orange berries & pumpkins. In a nutshell, there is something for everyone!! So, whatever wreath style you choose to adorn your front door with this year (because I know it changes from year to year), make it a reflection of you and your beautiful home!!
Here are my categories and top picks for 37 fabulous fall wreaths:
Scroll through and let me know which one (or two, or three) you love!! I’m dying to know which one is the favorite pick from you, my readers!!
FIND YOUR STYLE: 37 FABULOUS FALL WREATHS
BLACK & WHITE
So, which one is YOUR style? or do you have a couple of styles? Which ones are your favorites? I’m kind of leaning towards the orange berry pumpkin – wink-wink!!! haha!! I’m kind of a classic gal meets whimsy…..anything that puts a smile on my face.
We all know there are just some pins that everyone LOVES, and get pinned over and over again!! Every time you scroll through pinterest, it keeps popping up, and you STILL click on it every time. No matter what you do, you can’t control yourself!! You know the ones that I am talking about!! They are Magical & Dreamy- just like the picture below! There is just something special about this room that makes you want to curl up on the couch and get cozy – am I right?? So, what’s a girl supposed to do?? Well, if you’re a blogger like me……you create a new blog series – called Recreate This Room where I show you how to get this look. Let’s go!! Who’s ready to create this room: cozy cottage??!!
RECREATE THIS ROOM: COZY COTTAGE
First things first:
What makes this room sooooo special? Well, from the sheepskin rug on the sectional to the white-washed brick fireplace with cascading greenery….it just screams “welcome.” It is soft, yet sophisticated. It is understated, yet balanced. It is white and fresh, but still warm. It is gorgeous!!
The room is not “staged.” What does that mean?? The bean bag is somewhat crumpled, the sheepskin rug is gently hanging off the chaise sofa, and none of the decorating is symmetrical. You “love” the room…..well because it looks “lived in.” And if you love it that much (because we know it is a top pinned image), how can you duplicate this look?
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If you are looking for more brick fireplace inspiration or more information on German Schmear technique…..click here or here.
p.s. What is your favorite item from the list? or do you have more than one?? I am torn…I think the woven tray and lantern are my picks!! Let me know if you have any questions or need help finding anything?
So, you have spent like HOURS decorating and setting up you dining room fall table, and it is stunning!! You pat yourself on the back, and pop open the bubbly. Then you’re doorbells rings, and you are ready to.drop.the.mike!! The moment is here!! Your best friend strolls in….and…. walks….right….by….. (like she always does) without even a glance over to your fall table. WHAT??!! How did that happen? You worked soooo hard. I mean….she didn’t even glance! cry-cry, sniff-sniff!! That’s where Setting a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps comes in to rescue you!!
I know that you would LOVE your family and friends to ooooh and awe over your gorgeous fall table decoration this year and actually STOP (even better if their draw dropped) to admire your work. We all want a gorgeous fall table centerpiece to grace our dining room and make an entrance to our home. But let’s be real here……. we just don’t have the time to get it done right. So, today I am going to show you how to set a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps. ***As a bonus*** I will also show you how to change out the “decor” so you can replace certain pieces with serving dishes – WOOHOO!! So not only can you have a beautiful table set up right now, all you’ll have to do is wave your magic wand & POOF you will be ready to host a dinner!! Let’s get this party started 😉 …. shall we??!!
If you want to explore informal and formal place settings at a greater length click here. This is a great website! It has everything you need to know about flatware, serveware, glassware, etiquette, manners and more. You can always pin it and go back to review it a later time.
Since we are hitting the decorating portion of table setting today, I just wanted you to have something to refer to….. when it is time to set up for your actual holiday dinner!!
SETTING A FALL TABLE IN 8 EASY STEPS
SUPPLIES FOR 6-8 GUESTS: CORE, ACCENT, TEXTURE
1) CORE SUPPLIES
6-8 gold chargers
6-8 dinner plates (mix & match)
6-8 bowls (mix & match)
buffalo check runner (not pictured – see below)
6-8 placemats (not pictured – see below)
***TIP***I used a blue and white theme, but use whatever colors you want (just keep the core supplies in TWO colors).
2) ACCENT SUPPLIES
2 glass hurricanes
2 white pillar candles
2 glass jar candles
2 bling votive candle holders
2 candle votives
2 milk glass flower holders
2 white flowers
3 white sized pumpkins
***TIP***Use whatever accent color you like (just keep the accent supplies all in ONE color palette).
3) TEXTURE SUPPLIES
large textured orange pumpkin
2 natural beaded garland strands
assorted acorns in orange & gold
***TIP*** These are all in the WARM color palette – orange, brown, natural, and gold tones. This keeps the blue and white from looking too cold and stark.
…….and the show stopper. The one final addition that MAKES the entire table come to life!! It is THE final accessory must-have.
CHEAT SHEETS – FOR QUICK REFERENCE
STEP 1: runner + placemats
Put your table runner in the center of the table (longways) and place your 6-8 placemats down. My table setting has 6, just because I don’t have my leaves in. For a table setting of 8, everything will work the same. Simply add 2 extra placemats to the sides so that you will have 3 and 3 on each side.
***NOTE*** I only 4 placemats on my setting so that more of my buffalo check runner would stand out. It is just my personal preference. When using the setting for function, I would add my other 2 placemats at the ends.
STEP 2: chargers
Add your 6-8 gold chargers. ***NOTE*** The gold picks up the WARM tones in my TEXTURE supplies. This will make a big difference to your overall color palette. So whatever colors you choose, just make sure your chargers and texture go together.
STEP 3: dishes
Now you can add your 6-8 dishes/plates. ***NOTE***I used 4 salad plates (on sides), and 2 dinner plates (on ends)…..just for the decorating purposes only!! I always like a little CHAOS to my method – lol!! and the smaller salad plates allow for more of the gold charger to show. If you are using the setting for function, you would use all dinner plates.
STEP 4: napkins + side bowls
Add your 6-8 napkins and lie on all of your plates at a diagnol. Then place 4 (or 6) bowls to the side settings. The bowls on the end settings will be different. ***NOTE***As noted in the article I linked above, the napkin on the plate is an option for a formal place setting. You can also add the napkin to the side of the plate if you want. I like the diagnol position on top of the plate because it adds movement to an otherwise “clean lines” table setting.
STEP 5: cake plate + end bowls
Next add in your cake plate to the center (or just left of the center) and your 2 end bowls.
***NOTE*** I have the cake plate in the center here on the picture to the right so you can see it easier. I like things a LITTLE funky, so I moved it to the left so that the flowers could stand out more (see step 8). I also mixed the bowls up so that it isn’t so matchy-matchy.
***TIP*** When mixing a lot of different patterns, keep the colors the same using different sizes/scales. I have used blue and white: buffalo check (runner), polka dot (side bowls), large medallions (placemats), small geometrics (napkins), and stripes (end bowls).
STEP 6: add ALL accent supplies
So, now you will add ALL of your accents onto the table runner. Each one will be placed at a diagnol like the picture beolw shows. You will see that I placed 2 white pumpkins into the 2 end bowls, and one pumpkin under some extra napkins (in front, left of the cake stand).
***NOTE*** This design is for those of you who like a little DRAMA!!! If you like a more simplistic look, you can skip steps 6-8)
STEP 7: add texture
Place your larger pumpkin onto you cake plate and weave your beads in between your white accent supplies. Once you like the placement of the beads (sometimes you have to play with this part just a little), you can sprinkle in your other textured supplies.
***NOTE*** Use the other textured supplies to FILL IN the holes in your decor. I always like to throw in the pine cones, acorns, and extra pumpkins so that they look random. They look more natural if lying sideways or clustered like they “fell” onto your runner.
STEP 8: vase +flowers
GO FROM FABULOUS
Simply replace decorations with serving dishes and your are ready to host your dinner party.
WOOHOO!! BRING OUT THE WINE + WINE GLASSES!!
HAVE AN AWESOME WEEK!! LOVE & FALL HUGS 🙂 jael
So…..are you a high drama or clean lines kind of girl?? Which one of the supplies is your fav….. and why?? Shoot me your feedback in the comments section below!! Mine is the large textured pumpkin!!
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Welcome and hello fall!! It was definitely bittersweet this year setting up fall decorations throughout our house since we are just now getting settled back in. It’s hard to believe that it was just a little over a year ago, that Hurricane Harvey hit TX and caused thousands of houses to flood, including our home. I will never forget that I proudly posted my very first blog article Blue and White Fall Dining Room – on Friday, August 26th, 2017, and then our house flooded that Monday, August 29th. So for that reason, I think the fall season will always hold a special place in my heart.
I have shed some tears while looking back at those first three fall posts I did from last year….. BUT…… it has also been a time of healing, gratefulness, and joy. That terrible experience has actually showed us the true meaning of the words “blessed” and “thankful.” I could not dream of a better place to begin the season of thanksgiving than to have a fresh beginning/fresh start – LIVING in our”new” home. Our family is finally getting back to normal – haha!!, and I am so excited for the new plans God will have for us going forward 🙂 Now let’s get to it – Fall Home Tour 2018!!
****FYI*** Click Here (Fall Foyer 2017) or Here (Fall Living Room 2017) if you want to see the changes we made and compare last year’s posts to this year. Click Here if you want more decorating tips & advice for fall decorating (this year – 2018)- 5 Secrets for fall decorating. I hope you will be inspired to have the fall home of your dreams!!
***FYI*** I will update a couple of pictures of the areas that I have not yet decorated ( translation = unpack – lol)!!! I am in FULL mama mode with school schedules, activities, etc…. and those duties come first 😉 But some of the areas look a little sad because they are still bare ….cry-cry, sniff-sniff. One day at a time around here!!
Fall Home Tour 2018
Loving the yellow??!! Me too!! In my foyer I decided to use golden & mustard yellows, and then mixed in a leopard print ….. love how it came together. ***TIP*** Add yellow by using : a wreath, pom pom flowers, and cable knit throw blanket. The golden tones give the blues a punch of color, and of course a little wow factor. I also mixed in some bronze and gold tones to soften the bold yellows.
And of course of my “LOVE & HUGS” signs!!! I threw in the cute little white pumpkin along with a couple of bronze berry stems to pick up the bronze in the letters. I also added the bronze berry and pine cone stems to the candle sconces on the bottom shelf (see below).
I will post a tutorial on painting my World Market Console Table blue soon- it really changed the look of my entryway. I just need to add some knobs to the drawers to finish it off!!
On the love pillow below, I added this little dot and leopard bow for a punch of gold tones. I simply pinned it to the pillow so that I can remove it when fall is over. I wanted to add something to tie in the yellow, but not be too matchy-matchy!!
FALL DINING ROOM
So, I changed out my lamp shades (to navy) and table runner (to blue buffalo check) for the fall time and then added in some other goodies. I will do a separate post on Setting a Fall Table in 8 steps later this week!! It will show you how to decorate using layers…..going from simplistic decor to over-the-top decor. I did have a TON of fun with the dining room!!
Obviously, this is a view from the over-the-top design (no pun intended) – which I personally love!! It’s so fun to mix different patterns using similar shades of blue for BIG impact!! This design is for those of you who want a littledrama to your fall decor!!
***TIP*** Here is a different look: by changing the direction of the buffalo check runner…. you can really simplify the design. I also added the cute wooden tray to hold all of the goodies in, and to drape the beads. This design gives the room a more stately, elegant look. Which one do you prefer?
FALL LIVING ROOM
*** A little quiz for you. *** Do you like Option 1) Blue Vase & white pumkin with the sign? or Option 2) Orange pumpkin with the sign? Shoot me your feeback in the comments section below!! Can’t wait to see which one is the winner!!
I used some additional leopard ribbon for my iron pumpkin to give it a custom look and to tie it in to the living room decor as well. It’s kind of like modern farmhouse meets vintage glam!! ***TIP*** Leopard print ribbons & fabrics are great to use during the fall season because they tie in the warm orange, yellow, and brown tones….. ALL in one print.
***UPDATE*** I finally found the throw pillows and rug that I needed to complete the living room and kitchen – YAY!!! I love how the dark blue colors pull in the colors from the plaid throw (on the ladder), and pick up both the blue and spice-y orange tones in the kitchen. Sometimes all you need is one perfect item to blend all of the elements together.
HOOK ‘EM HORNS!!! (& GO RED RAIDERS ……CAN’T FORGET ABOUT MY HONEY) 😉
So, you have read through Modern Farmhouse Staple: The Antique Black Bed and picked out your favorite inspiration antique black bed picture, but now what? You know YOUR STYLE, but you are still feeling a little overwhelmed. The beds start blending together and looking the same, and well…. you just don’t know where to go from here. That’s where I come in to help save the day!!! (cough cough). I have done a little research and picked out the 20 Best Modern Farmhouse (Antique) Black Beds that can help you go from inspiration picture (point A)——> to beautiful bedroom (point B). And because of that…. I decided to create the this post as a follow up to my Modern Farmhouse Staple: The Antique Black Bed (Part 2) Shop the look post to help make it easier for you to transition from dream to reality!!
***NOTE*** These beds are antique reproductions (made to look like antiques). Just wanted to clarify that – thnx!!
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MODERN FARMHOUSE STAPLE:
THE ANTIQUE BLACK BED (PART 2)
Here are my picks for the 20 Best (reproduction) Antique Black Beds to help you achieve your Modern Farmhouse master bedroom or guest bedroom style. I tried to give as many options (different shapes, designs, styles, & sizes) as possible. I have options for king-sized beds, queen or full-sized beds, twin beds, bunk beds, and daybeds.
No. 1 = bed frames with clean lines
No. 2 = bed frames with curves
No. 3 = bed frames with spindles
No. 4 = bed frames with panels
No. 5 = bed frames with fabric
No. 6 = bed frame with designs
No. 7 = bed frames with scrolls
I hope that there is at least one style (or 2, or 3 – haha!!) for everyone. If not, let me know. I’d love to help make your shopping experience easier. ***TIP*** This is a perfect time of the year to get your guest room ready (for Christmas guests) so that you don’t have to stress out when November rolls around. And it’s never a bad idea to give an early Christmas present to well — yourself!! LOL – Happy Shopping!! Just click on the link (“click here”) on the top of each picture if you want more info on each bed.
***NOTE*** Some of the beds may be rubbed black or dark bronze (just wanted to give you a heads up when searching. Both colors will still achieve the dark frame color).
ANTIQUE BLACK BED INSPIRATIONS
***NOTE*** If you want to see what the beds would look like in an actual bedroom – go all the way to the very end of the post: BED DREAM = REALITY pictures. I made some pins to show how the bed frames would look in an inspiration bedroom!!
So you are pulling out your fall boxes out of the attic, and wondering if THIS is the year you can have that beautiful fall home that you see all over pinterest. ANYONE?? enter eye roll here – right?? Their homes always look so perfect: with their perfectly inviting living room, their most welcoming entryway/foyer, and their fabulous entertaining dining room, blah blah blah!!! But yet….. their homes STILL make you want to jump through the screen and lounge in front of their fireplace, or sit on their adorable entryway bench, or eat at their dining table. So how do they do this…..THEY already know the 5 Secrets for Fall Decorating: they DECORATE THE 5 SENSES!! Well, how do you do that? Stick around so I can share the main tools (the secrets) to get that beautiful fall home you’ve always wanted.
***First things first: the good thing about fall decorating is that it should be very simple and understated to be the most effective. You do NOT have to go all out to make a beautiful fall home. You simply pick and choose the things that remind YOU of fall, or childhood memories, or granny’s favorite dish, etc…that create the environment that works best for you. Make it personal, tell a story….. fall decorating is all about YOU (well or maybe your husband too – lol) ***
***And secondly: decorating for fall is a little different than some of the other seasons because it evokes ALL OF THE 5 SENSES. So what in the world does that mean? It means that the reason you want to lounge by the fireplace, or sit on the entryway bench, or eat at the table in those other homes, is because they create a mood, a feeling, a setting that arouses the senses. You want to be there because they created an inviting space that lures you in. And that is why you FALL (haha!!) in love with their homes. So, how do you do it?
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SECRET #1: NOSE
The sense of smell is by far the most important part of fall decorating. If someone were to walk into your home with a blindfold on, there should be NO mistake that they know it is fall time.
Use pumpkin spice, cinnamon, or sugar cookie candles in the kitchen, living room, and dining room. Or try apple spice potpourri (in cute little wire containers), buttered pumpkin diffusers, or cinnamon pine cones to place in bathrooms or hallways.
And don’t forget about baked goods. Besides baked goods smelling incredible anyway…. just placing the delicious-looking cookies, pies, and pastries out in the kitchen evoke the sense of smell.
Decorating for fall is all about colors, accessories, & fabrics that you associate with fall time conditions (cooler weather). For example….what comes to mind when you first think of fall?? Maybe leaves falling from trees, temperatures beginning to cool off, fall festivals, and of course pumpkins? So now you will pull from all of those ideas to create your decorating scene (environment).
Use darker colors: golden/mustard yellows, cinnamon/spiced oranges, deep reds or burgundy, olive greens, deep teals, dark browns, rich purples, and black.
Choose accessories (that have words on them that you associate with fall events): throw pillows that say “gather” or “autumn blessings,” pennant banners that say “thankful” or “happy harvest,” or wooden signs that say “hello fall,” or “hayrides $1.” I even like to use football events (see tip below in “ears” section).
Incoporate fall fabrics: plaids, tweed & buffalo check; leopard prints, suede, & velvet; fur, flannel & corduroy. Just make sure to stay away from light colors or light-weight fabrics. Want more buffalo check inspiration, click here.
And of course the more obvious decor: fall flowers (mums, sunflowers, and nature-inspired wreaths); pumpkins, scarecrows and cornucopias.
***TIP*** just remember to choose the items that remind YOU of fall.***
warm colors: mustard yellows, spiced oranges, deep (reds, greens, teals), dark browns and black
accessories with “fall – associated” words, such as “gather, blessed, or thankful”
heavier fabrics like plaid, buffalo check, darker colors
When you see pictures of other houses you love….they make you feel warm and comfortable. And how is this achieved – through texture. Use throw blankets and toss pillows that are made from cable-knit wool, fleece, fur or cashmere. Want more shiplap inspiration, click here or here.
Rugs are another way to add texture. Again stay with darker colors, wool or shag rugs to create warmth.
Don’t forget about woven baskets. They are a great way to add texture and function. Use them to store blankets, pillows, magazines, & firewood.
Hay bales provide a lot of texture also. Just popping in a couple of hay bales to an area creates a perfect little vignette- without a ton of thought. If you don’t want the mess, keep in in the plastic it comes in.
Taste can go in a lot of different directions. This involves putting things out that you associate with food/drinks or dining. (Like your kitchen or dining room). Use items that you associate with eating, especially “fall foods/drinks.” What?? Stay with me here.
Use coffee mugs/tea cups in “fall” colors in your table decoration or leave out and make a small coffee/tea/hot chocolate bar. Coffee, hot tea, and hot chocolate are warm drinks, and people automatically associate these drinks with “hot” temperature. I’ve heard soooo many people tell me that they can’t drink “hot” coffee in the summer time because it makes them HOTTER just looking at it – what???!!! So they choose iced coffees, iced teas, frappuccinos, etc…. So, I am telling you….it works!! Put some cute mugs out girl- you’ll get it!!
Same for baked goods (like I mentioned above)….sprinkle them around your kitchen/dining room. Add them to cake plates, or fall-themed “gather” serving platters/trays.
Don’t forget about fruits and vegetables as well. Apples and pumpkins are associated with warm baked pies, or use gourds, cranberries, and squash to associate with thanksgiving dinners. The great thing about using fruits and vegetables is that they are inexpensive and provide a ton of natural color. Plus, they just happen to be the colors that we associate with warmth- win-win!!!
***TIP*** S’mores is another fall favorite of mine!! It reminds me of fall, fun, & family time. So try to make some this fall – you (& your kiddos) will NOT be disappointed!!
There is nothing more soothing than listening to wood crackling in the fireplace on a chilly autumn night – am I right?? Just lighting the wood makes you want to snuggle on the couch with warm blankets, play your favorite movie, and sip on hot cocoa (or maybe some wine – LOL), as the stress of your day melts away. And why do you feel this way? Well, it’s because you associate the burning of wood in a fireplace with warmth, relaxation, and a sense of togetherness. It’s a place where family and friends come to gather for a night of s’mores & game night (if you have kiddos) or for hors d’oeuvres & drinks (if you’re having an adult party). So it makes perfect sense to “dress” up your fireplace and hearth during fall time, and make both of these decorated focal points.
Use garland or pennant banners on the mantel, and place some of you favorite candle sconces or flowers there as well. But don’t forget the hearth (or base if you don’t have one). Use baskets or metal bins to put cut firewood in (or extra throw blankets and pillows), add a fireplace tools set, and square floor cushions and poufs for extra seating. Make it c-o-z-y!!! Can you hear the wood crackling already??!!
***This is a personal favorite for my house for fall decorating, but I wanted to add it to this section. Football (both professional & college) is another event/sound that reminds me of fall. HUH?? What I mean is that I love the sound of the the band playing during college football games, and the announcers/fans cheering for their teams, and even the smacking around of helmets.
So…… this is another way I decorate for fall (because it’s a pretty big deal here at the Prothro house). So, if this is something you love also, pull out all things football to decorate with during fall time. Use hand towels, spoon rests, mugs, wreaths, throw blankets, signs, and more. If it makes YOU happy, then use it!! It is YOUR house, and personalizing it is what makes it a home :)***
firewood holder (baskets or metal)
floor pillow or pouf
fireplace tools set
football accessories: hand towels, spoon rests, mugs, wreaths, throw blankets, signs
So, I hope you feel better now about getting into your attic and pulling out YOUR fall decorations. Assess what you have and go through the 5 Secrets For Fall Decorating list again. Pick out what you want to use, and go through my FALL FAVORITES SHOP for things you may need to purchase. And just remember to have some fun and enjoy the season!!
So, we have finally moved back into our bedroom downstairs…..and I am so excited about how the entire bedroom turned out. The 2 things that “make” the bedroom and create some drama are the navy accent wall, and the white bed frame. And since I painted the bed, I thought it would be awesome to show you the technique if you want to change your bed also. Here is my master bed frame makeover – painted white using the dry-brushed technique tutorial. If you want a glazed or antiqued tutorial (like my nightstands)…..click HERE.
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Put your primer on in long brush strokes, making sure not to cover your bed in a solid paint color. See below.
Do the same technique for footboard and side rails if you have them.
*** LET PRIMER DRY OVERNIGHT***
STEP 2 – PAINTING (1ST COAT)
Put your first coat of white paint over primer in long brush strokes again, but this time covering more of the wood.
BELOW: left side painted….right sight primed
You should be able to notice that the paint covers better than the primer, and it should feel thicker as you brush it on. Just make sure NOT to cover the wood completely. You should still be able to see brush strokes.
BELOW: PICTURE OF 1ST COAT PAINTED
***LET DRY OVERNIGHT***
STEP 3: PAINT 2 MORE COATS
BELOW: Headboard 3 coats, Footboard 2 coats. Can you tell how the headboard has more coverage on it than the footboard?
***TIP*** This is the stage/step where I go back and add in some paint to cover certain areas that do no look as even. This is just personal preference for me.
***LET DRY OVERNIGHT***
STEP 4: PUT CLEAR WAX ON
Now you can put on your wax, let dry, and rag/buff off. Put on more coats of wax if you want a shinier finish- just fyi.
STEP 5: SAND/DISTRESS
Use your 150-grit sandpaper or sponge and gently sand over random areas where you want some original wood to show. I like my sanded areas to be over the ornate “leaves” sections to accent the details, and then over the corners where the bed would naturally get “bumped”. I also added some sanded areas in the middle sections of the headboard and footboard to move the eye around.
***OPTIONAL STEP*** WAX OVER SANDED AREAS. I like to do this just to bring out the wood tone (the wax makes the wood tone darker for more contrast) against the white paint. But of course, this is your bed, so it is your decison!!
TIME TO PUT YOUR “NEW” BED INTO YOUR BEDROOM!!!
Hope you love how your bed turns out….as much as I love mine!! Let me know how your progress is going- or if you have any questions? I would love to see some pictures of your bed too!!
I really feel like I got new furniture…without the high pricetag!! Plus the white really lifts the room so much more than the stained brown color, and it gives me the contrast I need against the navy wall. Don’t cha think ??
All I can say is…..wow! Our flooded house makeover after Hurricane Harvey has been LONG, extremely draining, emotional and painful. I am not going to sugar coat this horrible situation at all – just gonna keep it real!! Some days I didn’t know if I could even get out of bed and go through our “normal” routine; it was really that bad. Even now as I go back through the pictures, my tears flow uncontrollably. It will be an experience that we will never forget, and will change the way we view our lives forever.
It has been over 11 months, and we are still unpacking boxes and getting settled in. BUT…. through the grace of God, and His Spirit moving in and taking over – our family has survived!! We are beginning to see a glimpse of hope and wonder of what God has in store for our family. And this house – well, it is now turning back into our HOME again!! AMEN!! If you want to view part 1 click HURRICANE HARVEY FLOODED – THE DESTRUCTION (Part 1).
So, today I am posting before and after pictures of our house. Some are before the flood, after the flood, the rebuilding, and the areas that I am working on. I will show more “staged” or decorated pictures as I get rooms completely done, but wanted to show pictures of the progress while unpacking. NOTE: things are not clean, nor are these the best quality of pictures. Hopefully soon I can do some updates. As for now – here they are!! woohoo!!
Leave me some feedback- I’d love to hear what you think. And please continue to pray for those who are still without their homes. It means the world to them 🙂
REBUILDING AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY:
FLOODED HOUSE MAKEOVER
I am loving my custom x-shaped double barn doors for the office/piano room. I know they were a lot of work for the guys to install since they they were so heavy….but they do dress up the entrance to this room don’t ya think?? My husband has been able to work from this room now, and can close the doors easily for a little quiet time.
Opening up the walls from the kitchen to the living room has made a huge difference in the flow of these 3 areas. I always felt like we had a living room section, a breakfast table section, and then the kitchen. Even though they were only separated with the double arches and bar top, they still felt closed off. Now we have a ton of natural light and can access both sides of the island.
Yep….my Boomer always likes to pose for the pictures!! He is such a glory hound – no pun intended!! l can’t wait to set up the bookshelves with some family photos and personalize this shiplap wall. It is still one of my favorite things that we decided to add to the remodel.
I am soooo happy I decided to paint the bed, nightstands, and dresser (not pictured -yet). You can actually see the bed now, and it looks so dreamy!! Here is the tutorial for the nightstands here, and I’ll get the bed and dresser tutorials up soon. I painted them with a different technique (dry brushed ) than the nightstands (glazed/antiqued), so the tutorials are not the same. Just a FYI 😉
I will post more pictures soon, and provide some closeups pictures also. This is just a little sneak peek at all of the changes we made.
HOME. SWEET. HOME
SO….. Whatcha think?? I am loving how it is all coming together, and can’t wait to get everything unpacked. I know I am feeling more like myself already because I am already thinking of decorating for fall – LOL!!