14 Easy Patriotic & Memorial Day Decorating Ideas

With summer quickly approaching, our minds begin to dream of sun-filled days, pool parties, and summer vacations – woohoo!!  And Memorial Day is the official kick-off to all things “summer,” and a reminder to all of us to be thankful for this season of luxurious freedoms.  So, what better way to honor our soldiers and veterans who have sacrificed their lives to bless our’s.  Here are 14 Easy Patriotic & Memorial Day Decorating Ideas (that won’t break the bank).

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14 EASY PATRIOTIC & MEMORIAL DAY DECORATING IDEAS

FIRST THINGS FIRST:

The great thing about decorating with patriotic home decor, is that you can use it ALL summer long!!  It’s a perfect way to honor our veterans on Memorial Day, celebrate our nation’s independence on Fourth of July, and to bless our working freedoms on Labor Day!!    

SECONDLY:

Patriotic decor is not intended for outdoor celebrations and pool parties ONLY.  Use your red, white, and blue accessories indoors too, so that you can enjoy them on a daily basis. 

Then when it’s time to host your Fourth of July bash, move some of your decorations outside!  Voila – instant backyard bbq & pool party!!

THIRDLY:

The Patriotic “season” is meant to give off a relaxed, family-friendly and time of gathering – style.  So use items you have on hand to decorate with, and turn them into DIY projects.  These decorations are meant to be non-fussy, inexpensive (yes- please!) and kid-friendly.

This year – I spent – wait for it – a total of $3.00 + tax!!  Now, with that said…. I do have a lot of “stuff” that I keep on hand (LOL), and have used in the past.  But in this post, I will give you some ideas to get you started, and get those DIY creative minds going!!  

So who’s ready??


14 EASY PATRIOTIC & MEMORIAL DAY DECORATING IDEAS

  1.   RIBBONS – Hobby Lobby red check
  2.   BOWS
  3.   FLAGSmedium, small 1, small 2
  4.   BANDANAS
  5.   BOWLS – Blue Bell Creameries (mine), Hearth & Hand Melamine
  6.   TISSUE PAPERcupcake stands 1, cupcake stands 2
  7.   MASON JARS
  8.   THROW PILLOWSoblong, square, red/blue stripe, bicycle pillow
  9.   FABRIC  – Hobby Lobby Red Check & Bandana Check
  10.   RICK RACK TRIM – Hobby Lobby 1.1 inch x 9ft.
  11.   BUCKET
  12.   SANDhere
  13.   PAPER LANTERNShere
  14.   UMBRELLAS (PAPER) – Hobby Lobby

14 EASY PATRIOTIC & MEMORIAL DAY DECORATING IDEAS

NO. 1 – RIBBONS

Use wide, red striped ribbon or another pattern that you love, to drape across your staircase railings.  Simply tie it around the banisters, or secure it with floral wire to keep in place.

My ribbon is actually a fabric ribbon….but I guess it is now discontinued at Hobby Lobby. 🙁   They do have a ton of burlap and other red check ribbon that would work though.

I used 2 rolls of ribbon for my stairs, and I tied them together in the middle.  The ribbons add a little pop of color, and hang loosely to give a more casual look to our entry.

 


NO. 2 – BOWS

Use small and large bows to dress up plain decorations, and to add texture.  If you’re not a “bow” person, you can always just tie ribbon in a knot.

Use one ribbon for a cleaner look, and use multiple ribbons for a little drama.  

I used 2 larger bows for my staircase newel posts, and a smaller bow for my American Flag throw pillow.  On the larger bows, I added some beads and star accents (Hobby Lobby) for a little shimmer.  

And for the throw pillow, I attached the bow to a wooden star and heart.  *Sidebar* ….. I have had that throw pillow for.ev.ER!!  & it had a little stain I couldn’t get out.  So, I needed a little something to cover it up – LOL!!  

 

 


NO. 3 – FLAGS

Using flags is a very inexpensive way to decorate for Memorial Day and Fourth of July, and is also meaningful!  What better way to honor our soldiers and veterans, and to celebrate our nation’s freedom than with our American Flag.

I always use a combination of medium, small 1, and small 2 flags, and I love to use them in multiple groupings.  This year I placed them in a large blue striped vase that doubles as an umbrella holder (floor level), and on my console table & dining table (eye level).

 

 

 

 

 

 


NO. 4 – BANDANAS & NO. 5 – BOWLS

There are a like a million (LOL!!) ways to use bandanas for patriotic decorating ideas, that are also very budget-friendly!  Use them for wreaths, banner garland, table covers, throw pillows and more.

For this idea, take a red bandana and fold it into 4’s – so it looks like a square.  Then turn it to make a diamond shape.  Pinch the bottom portion of your “diamond” and let the bandana “fluff” out. 

You might have to gently pull some of the folded portions, to make it look pretty.  Then simply stick into a cute farmhouse bowl (like my Blue Bell Ice Cream Bowls), or bowls you already own.   

 

 

These would look adorable on a patriotic tablescape, as your table setting for each guest.  Then they can actually use the bandana as their dinner napkin.  

You can always just set cute bowls out as a more casual table centerpiece.  Sometimes more natural decor looks the best – just depends on what your style is.  

 


NO. 6 – TISSUE PAPER & NO. 7 – MASON  JARS 

The tissue paper mason jar (jelly jar) decor is very similar to the bandana bowl.  The jelly jar is just a little smaller than the mason jar, and I like to use a little variety when decorating.

Take a red piece of tissue paper and cut in half length-wise.  Then you will grab and “pinch” the tissue paper in the middle (like the bandana – just don’t fold at all), and fluff.

Leave them as is, prop them onto a little cupcake stand, or add a ribbon and some patriotic picks.  They add just a little height and color, and a touch of whimsy to keep the decorations fun.

 

 

And on the small white stand…..below.

I added some mason jars with white flowers also, to give a little movement to the table decoration.  I kept mine plain, but you could add raffia or jute to keep these looking natural. 


NO. 8 – THROW PILLOWS

Use American Flag pillows, red or blue striped pillows, or make your own pillow – FABRIC pillow hack (see NO. 9) to entry benches, dining room chairs, or kitchen banquettes.

They bring in a little extra cheer to your patriotic decorations, and are just plain cute!! 

 

 

 


NO.  9 – FABRIC & NO. 10 – TRIM (THROW PILLOW HACK)

I’m definitely all about “faking” things out when you need a quick, decorating fix.  So, these fabric and rick rack trim throw pillows (hacks) are perfect.  

Basically, take a plain pillow (18 ” or 20″), a piece of fabric (38″L x 44″W), some trim (1 roll – 9 ft), hot glue, and a couple of stick pins – and you’ve got a diy patriotic pillow.

***TIP***  When you’re done using the fabric as pillow accents, use them as table runners!!  Win-Win!!

****NOTE***  DO NOT USE THESE AS REGULAR THROW PILLOWS!!!  THE PINS MIGHT POKE PEOPLE!!

  •   Cut fabric in half LONG WAYS. So, now you  will have 2 pieces (19″L x 44″W) – like piece ABOVE.
  •   Hot glue rick rack trim to one side (or both if you prefer) to the LONG (44″W) side.

 

  •   Fold in half (SEE BELOW)….but maybe leave like an inch over to hide fringed area (that you cut).
  •   Cover pillow and pin in the back.

Back side….below.

Back side again……below.

 

 

The red ones…..

 

The bandana check ones without trim…..

****NOTE***  DO NOT USE THESE AS REGULAR THROW PILLOWS!!!  THE PINS MIGHT POKE PEOPLE!!


NO. 11 – BUCKET & NO. 12 – SAND

Take a bucket, fill it 1/4 – 1/2 full with play sand, and use it to hold flower stems and flags.  The sand will also help keep table covers weighted down (if using these as outdoor centerpieces).  

***TIP***  You can also fill red solo plastic cups with sand, stick the small flags in, and use these to decorate and weigh down table covers also.

 

Stick a couple of floral stems and greenery into your sand.

 

Here it is with floral stems only….below.

Here it is with a couple of flags stuck into the sand also.


NO. 13 – PAPER LANTERNS

These patriotic paper lanterns were my big splurge this year – LOL – a whopping $3.00!!!  And worth every penny!  What do you think?

Hang them indoors on jute string above a mirror, on staircases, in niches, or hang them under a tree outdoors.  I love these things!!  

 

 

 


N0. 14 – PAPER UMBRELLAS

Aren’t these red paper umbrellas so fun??  They add just a little whimsy to the traditional red, white, and blue color palette, and a nod to nautical decor.  

Fill an umbrella stand with a couple of red, white, or blue umbrellas to add a little patriotic decor to your entry.  Or just prop a red umbrella up against the wall or by an entry bench like mine.

 

 

HAVE A VERY HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY & FOURTH OF JULY!!

LOVE & HUGS 🙂

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DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial: Blue Top

If you’re looking to add a little POP of color to your patio or outdoor living space, this DIY Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top is perfect.  It’s a quick and easy tutorial that gives new life to old or “tired” planters, and is very budget-friendly.

It’s also a fun, family project you can do with your kiddos.  You don’t have to paint the flower pots perfectly, the pots  will be for “outdoor” eyes only (LOL), and you don’t have to worry about them painting inside the house.  Win-win!!

So, let’s get to it! 

Looking for more outdoor patio decorating inspiration and entertaining tips click 10 Ultimate Outdoor Summer Party Essentials, 9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space, 33 Stunning Outdoor Seating Inspirations, or 33 Best Outdoor Seating Options:  ALL Under $500


DIY PAINTED FLOWER POT TUTORIAL:  BLUE TOP

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Helpful TIPS

To Do this Project for:

Zero $ – use what you have at home:

  • use existing clay pots, resin planters or plastic flower pots
  • use paint you already own

Little $$ – shop discount areas:

  • buy sample paint, or “oops” paint: paint that you will brush on
  • thrift store flower pots or garage sale planters

More $$$ – quick fix:

  • buy blue spray paint
  • buy flower pots or planters from hardware store

 

Time Frame:

  • only takes one full day (~24 hrs.) from start to finish to complete. 

 

Click 9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space to see more from this post (picture above).

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DIY PAINTED FLOWER POT TUTORIAL:  BLUE TOP

SUPPLIES NEEDED

  1. Flower Pot (s) – I used pots from my house, or use these resin 1, resin 2, resin 3
  2. Blue Paint  – I used SW In The Navy – SW 9178, or use Navy Spray Paint, Blue Spray Paint
  3. Polyurethane – I used 1 can Rust Oleum Clear Gloss Spray Paint
  4. Painters Tape – here or here
  5. Foam Paint Brushes – here or here
  6. Plastic Floor Protector – here or here
  7. *Sand Paper – I used 150-grit *OPTIONAL* – here or here

***NOTE***  Just a heads up.  When painted outdoor items get rained on, and then heated from the sun, their paint will peel or chip – eventually.  It might be 2 yrs from now, it might be 6 months from now. 

Kind of a No-Brainer – but just wanted to get that out there.  😉

Just paint “touch-up” areas where the paint come off (when that occurs).   I have been using my “green top” planters for over 10 years, and I just do a little maintenance at the beginning of each spring.


BEFORE

AFTER


7 STEPS TIMELINE:

STEP 1:  SANDED AT 5 PM

STEP 2:  TAPED AT 5:30PM

STEP 3:  PAINTED 1ST COAT AT 6 PM

*** I let mine dry overnight***

STEP 4:  PAINTED 2ND COAT AT 8 AM

STEP 5:  SPRAYED 1ST TOP COAT AT 12 PM

STEP 6:  SPRAYED 2ND TOP COAT AT 12:30 PM

STEP 7:  REMOVED TAPE 3 PM

***I Planted flowers the same day – but that is up to you if you want to wait***


7 STEPS TUTORIAL

STEP 1:  SAND *(This is optional – but recommended for resin pots).*  

Gently sand the top portion ONLY of your flower pot – the (rim) area you will be painting.  Wipe off your flower pot to clean off dust.

*** The planters that I used are made from a resin component, and I had previously painted them years ago green.  So, I wanted to make sure that I sanded them down to remove a little of the old paint, and to help give the new paint something to grab on to.  

***I did not sand them originally (first time I painted them green) & wish that I would have.

***  I painted some of my terra cotta clay pots years ago also, and did not sand those either.  

Here they are below – after sanding.


STEP 2:  TAPE LINE

Tape off the area you will be painting so that there is a straight line.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, but just try to have a clean line. 

***TIP***  Use one long line of tape by just rolling your planter.  Remember, if you’re using a clay pot be careful with this part.  You don’t want to “crack” on break your pot.

  

 

***For SPRAY Painting Blue ONLY***

You will need to cover the bottom portion of your flower pot if using blue spray paint.  Otherwise, you will cover the entire planter.  Ha!

I didn’t take pictures before I painted mine, but it would look something like this.  Then you can spray the top portion.

 


STEP 3:  PAINT 1ST COAT

Put your plastic (or canvas) drop cloth down to make sure you don’t get any paint on the ground.  Put your 1st coat of blue paint onto the top rim of your flower pot.  I used a foam brush for mine. 

If spray painting, make sure you are outside in a well ventilated area.

***Let dry at least 4 hours before painting 2nd coat***

Make sure to paint about 2-4 inches on the inside portion as well.  This will help hide the “original” color of the pot, just in case your potting soil level doesn’t cover it.

**See after photos to see the inside portion completed**

Here it is with 1st coat completed.  You can still see a little of the leftover “chipped” paint.  

 

In the picture below, the left planter is showing the 1st coat with DRY paint, the right planter is showing the 1st coat with WET paint.


STEP 4:  PAINT 2ND COAT

Repeat step 3 – making sure to cover all of the areas very well.  If you notice some “spots” that you missed on the 1st coat, then just put a little thicker paint on those areas.

***Let dry at least 4 hours before putting polyurethane on.***

 


STEP 5:  SPRAY POLYURETHANE – 1ST COAT

Do not skip this step- trust me on this!!  Spray your top coat on – making sure to cover all areas.  

I used clear GLOSS so it would look more like a ceramic pot and to highlight my blue color.  I also placed a brick (or paver) in each planter so that they would not accidentally fall over when spraying.  

These resin planters are not extremely heavy and wind gusts can knock them over.  Just a fyi 🙂

***Let dry for 30 minutes.***

Here it is with the paver, and also showing how far down I painted the inside portion.  I might have gone a little overboard on the inside, but better safe than sorry.

It only took ONE time for my old pot to show through AFTER I had already potted my plant, to know that I would NOT every make that mistake again.  But I am kind of particular – I guess – HAHA!!

 


STEP 6:  SPRAY POLY – 2ND COAT

Repeat this step.  Let Dry 2-3 Hours.


STEP 7:  TAPE REMOVAL

Remove your tape by pulling it in an upward direction.  It should pull off easily –  in one fluid motion if you used one long piece.

 

AFTER

AFTER – Top View

AND YOU ARE DONE!! 

NOW YOU CAN PLANT IN YOUR NEW PAINTED FLOWER POT!!

Use them individually to accent columns or seating areas, where you need a pop of color.

 

Or use them together to add a big pop of color.

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!!   LOVE & SUMMER HUGS 🙂

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9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space

Now that spring is here and we are finally getting some gorgeous weather, I knew it was time to direct my full attention towards the outdoor patio area.  It has been a disaster – and I mean that literally- thank you Hurricane Harvey!!  We are almost 2 years out from the flood, and still working on things.  The good news – is that we were able to save most of our outdoor furniture.  Bad news – let’s just say that everything else needed an update or floated away!!  So, since that’s what I have been working on for the last month, I thought it would be a perfect time to share those tips with you.  9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space.

***UPDATE *** I will do another post on the actual backyard makeover with before and after pictures of the flood.  Hopefully coming soon!!  Spring Home Tour 2019, 10 Ultimate Outdoor Summer Party Essentials, and DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top are now ready!!

If you’re looking for more outdoor inspiration, try 33 Stunning Outdoor Seating Inspirations, 33 Best Outdoor Seating Options, or you can follow me on pinterest:  outdoor patio love.

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9 AFFORDABLE WAYS TO UPDATE YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE 

Just wanted to say that taking pictures of our outdoor patio area was like taking my 2 girls to a photo shoot when they were 2 and 3 years old – cra-ZEE!!!  Some days it was too sunny, or too rainy, and then too cloudy, or a little too windy – LOL!!

And just when I thought I had the perfect picture, I’d get to my computer only to realize that the TRAMPOLINE was peeking out somewhere – ugh!! – even after I had already moved it out of the way!!  Just keeping it REAL ladies 😉

OK – let’s get to it!!


9 AFFORDABLE WAYS TO UPDATE YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE

*** I have provided links to some of the items that I used in our patio makeover, but will continue to add more as I find them.  Some of our items were purchased from Home Goods and Tuesday Morning, and do not have direct links.  So, I chose items (links) that are similar, or would work with our colors.  Thnx 🙂 ***

*Pictures of items are included at the end of post if you need them.*

9 AFFORDABLE WAYS:

  1. Chaise Lounge Chair Cushions – Striped Chair Cushion, Option 2
  2.  Bar Stool Cushions  (18.5×15.5×3)- Striped Cushion, Option 2
  3.  Dining Chair Cushions (20x20x3) – similar 1similar 2, similar 3, similar 4
  4.  Throw Pillows – similar 1, similar 2, similar 3, similar 4, orange 1, orange 2, orange 3, orange 4
  5.  Plants/Planters – resin terra cotta 1, resin 2, resin 3, *LARGE terra cotta pot*, SMALL dark blue planter, LARGE blue pot
  6.  Accent Tables/Ottomans – Table – option 1, option 2, Ottoman – blue/orange
  7.  Rugs – Navy/Ivory, Blue/Gray
  8.  Add Lights
  9.  Umbrellas – w/lights, without lights, umbrella stand

*LARGE terra cot pot- is smaller size than the one I have – just wanted to give you a heads up *

***  Remember, you don’t have to get everything in one year.  Choose a couple of items to update for one summer, and then work on the other items the following year.  If you choose more classic styles for some of your larger items (like chair cushions), you will be able to use them for a longer period of time.  That way you can change out the smaller items (like throw pillows) more frequently. ***


9 AFFORDABLE WAYS TO UPDATE YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE 

#1 – CHAISE LOUNGE CHAIR CUSHIONS

Updating your pool lounge chair cushions is one of the easiest ways to give new life to your backyard patio, without breaking the bank.  Choose colors and patterns that are more classic in style, and keep them stored or covered to prolong their life.

***NOTE*** They are a little pricier than some of the other cushions (that you can change out annually), so pick a style that you can live with for 5 or so years.   I chose a two-toned blue, striped pattern for mine to keep it somewhat classic.

 

 

 


#2 – BAR STOOL CUSHIONS

As you can tell from the pictures, I chose the same pattern/style for our bar stool cushions also.   We have several different outdoor living spaces in our backyard, and I wanted some of the cushions to match exactly.  Since our bar stools have smaller seats than our dining chairs, these cushions were also the perfect size.

SIDEBAR – We have had these metal swivel bar stools and matching chaise lounge chairs for about 8 years.  They DO need a little spray paint update (happening soon), and some WD-40 from time to time, but they still work great. Plus, we love that they swivel.   I know that outdoor styles have changed a lot since we bought them, but if it aint’ broke…… ;).

 

 

 


#3 – DINING CHAIR CUSHIONS

Changing out your dining chair cushions is another affordable way to update your outdoor space.  There are a ton of different options out there now, not only in color, but in size, shape, and seat height.  Of course, the nicer (or thicker) the cushion is, the more expensive it will be.  Also, the ones sold as a seat and back (all-in-one) style tend to get pricey as well!!

For mine, I chose a navy global print to coordinate with the other blue chaise lounge and bar stool cushions that I am using.  This helps the look from getting too matchy-matchy, and also helps add a little personality to the mix.    ***TIP*** I chose a 2″ thick (versus a 3″ or 4″ thick) cushion to keep the cost down.

***TIP *** Since these cushions were sold in a pack of 4, I can also use the 2 leftover cushions as seat “backs” in the 2 captain chairs!  I just tied them onto the top of the chair, and now I have 2 for the price of one – even better!!  See last 2 pictures.

 

 

 

 

 


#4 – THROW PILLOWS

Adding throw pillows is obviously the most affordable way to update your outdoor patio, and to add some color.  I know people are using indoor pillows now on their outdoor furniture, but just be careful with this.  I have done it also, but they CAN bleed onto your outdoor cushions (& may be difficult to get out).

***TIP*** If using indoor pillows, or even indoor/outdoor pillows – then try to use them under covered patio areas and keep them out of water/rain.  Also, try to store all pillows (even outdoor pillows) in outdoor storage containers to prolong life.

 

 

 

 

 

 


#5 – PLANTS/PLANTERS

Adding plants to your outdoor living space is a must – in updating your patio.  Now, I know they can tend to get pricey, but just be smart with your planting…….plans – LOL!

***TIP***  To save money, buy smaller plants and plant them yourself (instead of buying bigger plants already potted).  Also, stick to 2 or 3 colors when picking flowers to make the biggest impact.   And place them in multiple groups (like 2 or more planters) to add more color depth.

I chose hot pink shades (Dipladenia) and also coral shades (New Guinea Impatiens) for mine this year.  Now, I’m not saying that I won’t throw a lavender or yellow into this mix.  But these 2 “pops” of color will set up my foundation (or grounding) for all of my cushion colors and other plants.

***NOTE*** Tutorial on painting tops of terra pots navy IS READY!  DIY PAINTED FLOWER POT TUTORIAL:  BLUE TOP.  See Picture Below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top to learn how to paint planters blue.


#6 – ACCENT TABLES

Use smaller accent tables to breathe new life into your outdoor patio decor.  Sometimes just a “fresh” color, or freshly painted color helps to lighten darker patio seating areas.  Of course, you can always paint an older table yourself to give it a fresh update.

***TIP***  Use smaller ottomans or larger ottomans to double as extra end tables and coffee tables.  Our tan sectional came with a small dining table and included 2 ottomans.  We can use the 2 ottomans as foot rests, extra seating, and as end tables to the sectional if needed.

Our blue sectional came with a larger, round ottoman that also doubles as a coffee table.  We can use it too as a foot rest, extra seating, or as an accent table.

 

 

 

 

 


#7 – RUGS

OK – so outdoor rugs have DEFINITELY gotten expensive, but not the ones that I found.  They are the newer type of outdoor rugs that are made out of a woven material (polypropylene) from World Market.  I have to say I was leary at first to try this type of rug out (they look like a shinier plastic material) – but we love them!  And they are reversible – even better.

So, I have one of the rugs under the dining table with the navy showing, and the other one under the covered patio with the ivory color showing.    Then, I have the ivory (blue) side (different pattern) showing under our blue sectional area.  And the price – $39.99 for one 6′ x 9’……  uh – YES please!!  I’ll take 3 thank you!!

 

 

 


#8 – ADD LIGHTS

If you are looking to add a little ambiance to your backyard space, then hanging some string lights is the way to go!!  I don’t know exactly how to describe the mood they create, but maybe close to being at a rustic barn wedding type of atmosphere.   They just give off a relaxed, casual, take off your shoes and have some fun feeling!  Love it!!

I added these lights to our garage and outdoor kitchen area for my oldest daughter’s homecoming party.   I set up a long serving table under the lights, and then decorated the table and wall with their school colors.

They really loved the lights – and that says a lot – since teenagers really don’t like ANYTHING their parents do – LOL!!

 

 

 


#9 – UMBRELLAS

Remember how I suggested doing a little improvement at a time…..well the umbrella “update” will have to wait until next year for me also.  At some point,  replacing our fallen fence – became a LITTLE more important than finishing all of my patio updates this year!  And I gotta leave some things out –  to do for next summer – right?

Plus, this umbrella works just fine, and the color still works with all of the other shades of blue.   ***TIP*** Don’t forget to store your umbrella indoors when you’re not using it!  They will fade (like mine), so try to make it last for several years by keeping it covered.

 

 

 

Hope you found some helpful tips and inspirations to get your outdoor patio makeover or backyard update underway!  Have a wonderful summer everyone!

LOVE & SUNSHINE HUGS!!  🙂

If you’re looking for spring inspirations, try Spring Home Tour 2019, 10 Ultimate Outdoor Summer Party Essentials, and DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top aew now ready!!

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Bellmont Composite Pot Planter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 in. Dia Smooth Handle Terra Cotta Clay Pot

Bellmont Composite Pot Planter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belle 8 in. Dia. Peacock Blue Plastic Planter with Attached SaucerRavenna Pottery Smooth Handle 21 in. Dia Ocean Azure Clay Pot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Griffith Steel Side Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baffin Cube Ottoman

Baffin Cube Ottoman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mastin 9' Lighted Umbrella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Haven Market Umbrella

April Metal Free Standing Umbrella Base

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions or need help finding something, let me know 🙂

 

 

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10 Ways to Add Color To Your Entry

So, if you’re ever read any of my posts, you’ll notice that I love color.  Let me try that again…..I actually NEED color.  I have tried to mimic the adorable black and white “farmhouse look”, and have attempted to live with the sophisticated “neutrals” look – but I just can’t do it!! 

Color does personally affect my mood, and changes the way I feel – every. single. day!!  If you are one of those same kind of people, or just really want to try “color” out, then keep reading!  10 Ways to Add Color To Your Entry (Foyer).

***NOTE *** This post contains affiliate links which means that I will receive a small compensation if you purchase something from these links.  Please see my privacy and disclosure policies below.  Thanks for your support 🙂 ***

***Spring Home Tour 2019 – is NOW READY…..***

Lumbar Pillow (white with blue circles), Yellow Striped Throw Blanket


10 WAYS TO ADD COLOR TO YOUR ENTRY 

Here is the list of 10 items that I recommend for adding some color to your entryway this year.  Don’t be afraid – lol!!  Try out a couple of items first, and see how adding color makes you feel

You can always add more if want to go bold, or you can use lighter colors if you want a softer look.  Just remember, it’s your home so have some fun with it!

Just because we have all been living with neutral gray rooms and neutral beige rooms, doesn’t meant we can’t inject color into these existing color palettes.

***TIP***  You can use these tips to add color to any neutral room or monochromatic room in your house.  They are affordable, will help incorporate “pops of color,” and are easy ways to add color without painting!!  Even Better!

LIST:  

  1.  Throw Pillows
  2.  Throw Blankets
  3.  Benches
  4.  Console Tables
  5.  Flowers/Wreaths
  6.  Baskets
  7.  Wall Decor
  8.  Lamps/Lamp Shades
  9.  Rugs
  10.  Decor Accessories/Accents

10 WAYS TO ADD COLOR TO YOUR ENTRY 

#1 – THROW PILLOWS

Adding throw pillows is the easiest way to incorporate color into your entry.  Toss the pillows onto a bench, tuck them in a basket, display them under a console table, or even use them as a welcome message. 

Stick with 2 to 3 colors for a clean look, or use an assortment of colors (with same depth) for a boho look.

Click here for:  White with blue circles Lumbar Pillow, Aloha Pineapple Pillow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for:  White with blue circles Lumbar Pillow, Aloha Pineapple Pillow


#2 – THROW BLANKETS

Using throw blankets is another easy way to add a splash of color to your foyer.  Drape them onto an entry bench, tuck them into a basket under a console, or display them on a farmhouse ladder. 

Throw blankets are easy to change out from season to season, are budget-friendly, and add a little “warmth” (texture) to your vignette.

Click here for yellow stripe throw blanket.

The last picture (below) is from our living room.  To see more of that post click Opening Up Kitchen Walls to Living Room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Click her for: Yellow Stripe Throw Blanket.


#3 – BENCHES

Use an upholstered bench or painted wooden bench to add color to your entryway.  Who doesn’t love a cute bench these days – right?  They are basically now a staple in home decorating because of their versatility and functionality.

Add toss pillows or throw blankets (like already mentioned), put baskets underneath it for storage, or buy a storage bench – that has hidden storage built-in. 

I’m showing 4 ways to use the entry bench –  layering on the color one step at a time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for:  Lumbar Pillow (white with blue circles), Aloha Pineapple Pillow, Yellow Striped Throw Blanket


#4 – CONSOLE TABLES

Paint an existing console table ( my tutorial click here ) a neutral shade to blend with other hues in the same color scheme, or go bold if you want the entry table to be a feature piece. 

I painted my entry table a deep smoky blue color with gray undertones to keep it more neutral, and to add depth/dimension to my color palette.   This helps me to decorate with a monochromatic blue color scheme, while using yellow as my accent color.

***TIP***  Use a white or black console table as “your color” in the entry as well.  These 2 colors will also help with adding contrast to other colors (even though they read as neutrals).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#5 – FLOWERS/WREATHS

I absolutely LOVE flowers, especially at spring and summer time!!  So, I tend to go a LITTLE overboard – lol!! 

I know in the past the big thing was to go with “fresh flowers”- but they tend to get expensive- quickly.  Silk flowers have come a long way in the last 5 years or so.  It’s very difficult now to tell the difference between fresh and artificial flowers.

Add large or long stems for big impact, and use smaller blooms or bushels for soft accents.  Put flowers in vases, hang them in mason jars on the wall, or use wreaths. 

You can also tuck them in baskets or let the petals casually fall on a tray…..let your creativity go wild.  If it makes you happy – then it’s ok!!

The last 2 pictures are from our 1) fall foyer – click Fall Home Tour 2018 and 2) Easter decor – click My Easter Tablescape:  Blue & Yellow if you want to read more about those posts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#6 – BASKETS

Adding baskets is a great way to incorporate color, pattern, texture and function!!  Win- win!!  Use neutral shades to ground your color palette, or punch up your color a notch by using colored baskets.

***TIP***  Even a straw-colored “neutral” basket actually reads like a color.  It will pick up tans, yellows, wheat-color, or even gold tones.  And the farmhouse baskets….they have gray undertones.  So they can read as blues, grays, charcoal, or greige.

***TIP*** If you have some older baskets at home that you no longer care for, or they have gotten a little worn out – paint them!!  I painted the basket under the blue console table (below) white to hide some of the areas that had faded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for:  Lumbar Pillow (white with blue circles), Aloha Pineapple Pillow, Yellow Striped Throw Blanket


#7 – WALL DECOR

Use wall art to add pops of color to your entry, and to add interest.  It’s kind of like the chicken before the egg thing – do you pick your wall decor first, and then find coordinating accents colors.  Or do you find your accent colors first, and then hope to find similar colors in your art piece.

Normally, you would pick your artwork first, and then pull colors out of the piece to work with.  But if you like to use two main colors (like blue and white) with one accent pop of color (yellow), then you can find artwork in either of these colors.

***TIP***  Use a mirror to showcase something on the opposite wall, as your accent color (see 3rd picture below).  The bottom black mirror is at a perfect angle to see my throw pillows on our bench.

The last picture is from our master bedroom.  Click Home Tour:  Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom to see that post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#8 – LAMPS/LAMP SHADES

I know that lamps and lamp shades are not the first items that come to mind when thinking of adding color to your entry vignette.  But they are one of the easiest ways to add contrast to an existing color palette, or to actually add the “pop” of color to a more neutral color palette.

I personally have a love affair with lamps, so I do go a little cra-zee with them.  I don’t really follow any rules (or trends) too much with lamps/ shades either.  If I like it – I use it 🙂

My favorite lamp bases tend to have antique shapes, and my lamp shades tend to be bold.  Just gotta roll with who you are, and use things that make you smile!!

Related posts for pictures below:  Fall Home Tour 2018, Setting a Fall Table, Opening up Kitchen Walls, Master Bed Frame Makeover – Painted White.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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# 9 – RUGS

Adding rugs (with color) is definitely one of my absolute favorite ways to add personality to an entryway.  Rugs actually set the tone of your home, and give your guests an idea of how your home life runs.   Are you more formal, casual, or playful?

I tend to choose rugs that are a color + white:  1) blue and white, 2) gray and white, 3) seafoam and white are some of mine.  This style of colorful rug choice, helps me to “pop” other accent colors out without too much effort.

This style also allows me to play with the accent hues:  1) bright yellow vs. mustard yellow, 2) dark teal blue vs. sea glass blue, 3) deep coral pink vs. rose pink.

The last 2 pictures are from other posts:  Click Hurricane Harvey Flooded House Makeover or My House Paint Colors:  House of Blues to read more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#10 – DECOR ACCESSORIES/ACCENTS

Using decorative accents is of course the most obvious way to add color to your entry.  You can try colorful vases, books, trays, candles/candle sticks,  fill lanterns with colorful items, picture frames, or your favorite accessories (like my pineapple – lol)!!  And yes, I know that it is white – but it “pops” off my blue console table…..so it reads as a color.

***TIP*** Try to use home decor accents that are in one or 2 colors only .  This helps create a more unified or cohesive”look,” and keeps your console table from looking busy.

***TIP*** Don’t forget to incorporate items that represent you and your family.  Remember that your home tells YOUR story, shares YOUR memories, welcomes YOUR guests. 🙂

The last picture is from another post.  Click  Fall To Christmas Decorating:  3 Easy Tips to read more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hope you found some new inspiration, and will try out a couple of the ways to add some color to your home.  If you had to pick a favorite from the list, which one would it be? 

Here are my favorites:  Lumbar Pillow (white with blue circles), Aloha Pineapple Pillow, Yellow Striped Throw Blanket

Shoot me some pictures of your new colorful entry – I’d love to see how it turns out!

Happy Spring and Summer Everyone!!

Love & Colorful Hugs 🙂

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My Easter Tablescape:  Blue & Yellow

26 Gorgeous Easter Tablescapes to Try

Home Tour:  Summer Dining Room

Home Tour:  Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom

9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space

 

 

 

 

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33 Stunning Outdoor Seating Inspirations

So you’re looking to do a backyard makeover this year, but need a little inspiration to figure out the patio layout.  You have some ideas in your mind of what you want to do, and you have saved a ton of outdoor patio pins.  But now it’s time to narrow the choices down to the best options that suit your needs.  And that’s where I come in with:  33 Stunning Outdoor Seating Inspirations to help make your decision easy….well or eas-i-er!!! LOL!!

If you want to see more of the incredible work of these designers and bloggers, click on the link provided under each picture (unless they are mine 😉 ).  Prepare to be amazed!!  They are all so talented!!

*** Looking for more spring decoration inspiration,Our Spring Home Tour 2019 and DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top is now ready!! ***

Looking for more backyard inspiration,  and outdoor entertaining tips click 9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space, 10 Ultimate Outdoor Summer Party Essentials, or follow me on pinterest: OUTDOOR patio love to get the latest pins.

If you’re looking to shop patio seating or get more information on specific items, check out 33 Best Outdoor Seating Options:  ALL Under $500. It is made as a follow-up (or part 2) to this post.


33 STUNNING OUTDOOR SEATING INSPIRATIONS

CATEGORIES:

  1. WICKER
  2. WOOD
  3. SECTIONALS
  4. CHAISE LOUNGE
  5. CHAIR SETS
  6. DAYBEDS & FUN CHAIRS

33 STUNNING OUTDOOR SEATING INSPIRATIONS

WICKER

 

source: decorpad.com

 

source: coastalliving.com

 

source: homebunch.com

 

source: countryliving.com

 

source: thetarnishedjewelblog.com

 

source: cleanandscentsible.com

 

source: realfithousewife.com

If you’re looking to shop patio seating or get more information on specific items, check out 33 Best Outdoor Seating Options:  ALL Under $500.


WOOD

 

source: theglitterguide.com (Cindi McCloud)

 

source: hejdoll.com

 

source: thenester.com

 

source: stylemepretty.com (pencil & paper co)

 

source: blackbanddesign.com

 

source: hgtv.com

SECTIONALS

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source: theeverygirl.com

 

source: thestyledfox.com

 

source: brooklynblonde.com

 

source: lizmarieblog.com

 

source: theinspiredroom.net

If you’re looking to shop patio seating or get more information on specific items, check out 33 Best Outdoor Seating Options:  ALL Under $500.


CHAISE LOUNGE CHAIRS

 

source: thetarnishedjewelblog.com

 

source: private (designing beautifully)

 

source: instagram (hampton house)

 

source: houseandhome.com (Allison Wiilson)

 

source: instagram.com (Tharon Anderson Design)

 

source: thelilypadcottage.com

 


CHAIR SETS

 

source: bhg.com

 

source: traditionalhome.com

 

source: private

 

source: cotedetexas.blogpsot.com

If you’re looking to shop patio seating or get more information on specific items, check out 33 Best Outdoor Seating Options:  ALL Under $500.


DAYBEDS & FUN CHAIRS

 

source: housebeautiful.com

 

source: studio-mcgee,com

 

source: chrislovesjulia.com

 

source: amazon.com (e everking)

So, did you find some inspiration?  Maybe a couple of things to get you fired up about spring and summer entertaining?

If you’re looking to shop patio seating or get more information on specific items, check out 33 Best Outdoor Seating Options:  ALL Under $500.  

Looking for more backyard inspiration or outdoor entertaining tips,  click 9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space, 10 Ultimate Outdoor Summer Party Essentials, or follow me on pinterest: OUTDOOR patio love to get the latest pins.

Looking for more spring decorating inspiration, try Spring Home Tour 2019 and DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top.

Have an Awesome Spring and Summer!!  

Love & Hugs 🙂

 

Recommended Posts:

35 Gorgeous Natural Fireplace Ideas (part 2)

Home Tour:  Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom

Opening up Kitchen Wall to Living Room

Get House Organized:  Top Ten List

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trend Alert: 41 Reasons Buffalo Check is Still Going Strong

If you’re joining in from 10 Ways to Add Buffalo Check (without breaking the bank), welcome!!  If you haven’t had the chance to view it, go ahead – it’ll be worth your time!  It provides the inspirations you need to incorporate buffalo check decor into your home, and this new post will help you “get the look.”  So, who is ready for Trend Alert:  41 Reasons Buffalo Check is Still Going Strong.

Want more inspiration, follow me on pinterest:  BUFFALO check love to get all of the latest pins.  I am constantly adding pins to this board.

***NOTE***  This post contains affiliate links.  Please see my privacy & disclosure policies below.  Thanks so much for your support 🙂


Trend Alert:  41 Reasons Buffalo Check is Still Going Strong

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Fun Facts: #1) My post 10 Ways To Add Buffalo Check is one of my MOST popular posts.  #2) One of the pins (from that post) remains in my TOP 10 pins of all times.  Yep – just sayin’……

So, why is buffalo check so popular?

Like I mentioned in my post (mentioned above), buffalo check is a timeless pattern.  It’s been around forever, and can mix well with any other pattern.  In fact, it actually grounds other color palettes  – causing it to act as a neutral!!  Awesome!!  Plus, you can buy buffalo plaid basically in any color you want- which makes incorporating it into your previous home decor even that much easier.  Yes, please!!

And the biggest reason it’s so popular……wait for it….. buffalo check is just so stinkin’ cute!!  For some CRAZY reason – those big checks just make you smile – right?  Or maybe you prefer the smaller checks, like gingham.  Either way, the check pattern is bold enough to stand alone.  And it makes the perfect backdrop to make any other accent color “pop!!”  Are you ready to try it out yet?

If you’re still on the fence, here are 41 reasons buffalo check is still going strong!


Trend Alert:  41 Reasons Buffalo Check is Still Going Strong

source: thetarnishedjewelblog.com

41 REASONS:

  1.   THROW PILLOWS – INDOOR/OUTDOOR
  2.   PILLOW COVERS
  3.   TABLE RUNNERS
  4.   TABLE COVERS
  5.   CURTAIN VALANCE
  6.   CURTAIN TIE-UP SHADES
  7.   CAFE CURTAINS
  8.   CURTAIN PANELS
  9.   ROMAN SHADES
  10.   ACCENT CHAIRS – CLUB STYLE
  11.   TUFTED ACCENT CHAIRS
  12.   SLOPED ARM ACCENT CHAIR
  13.   DINING ROOM CHAIRS
  14.   CHAIR CUSHIONS – BIG CHECK
  15.   CHAIR CUSHIONS – SMALL CHECK
  16.   BAR STOOLS
  17.   LAMPS
  18.   LAMPS SHADES – BELL SHAPED
  19.   LAMP SHADES – DRUM SHAPED
  20.   LIGHT PENDANT
  21.   POUFS

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  22.   STORAGE BENCHES
  23.   OTTOMANS – LARGE
  24.   OTTOMANS – SMALL
  25.   NAPKINS
  26.   APRONS
  27.   PLACEMATS
  28.   DISH TOWELS
  29.   POT HOLDERS
  30.   OVEN MITTS
  31.   INDOOR RUGS
  32.   OUTDOOR RUGS
  33.   DUVET COVERS
  34.   BEDDING SETS
  35.   QUILT SETS
  36.   EURO SHAMS
  37.   PILLOW CASES
  38.   STANDARD SHAMS
  39.   BED SKIRTS, DUST RUFFLES
  40.   REMOVABLE WALLPAPER
  41.   WALLPAPER

That enough reasons for you??  LOL!!  Just kidding.  If you want to get a little more information or ready to buy some buffalo check goodies, see items below.  Happy Hunting!!


***SHOP BUFFALO CHECK***

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***Shop Pillow Covers, OUTDOOR Pillows***

1.  Pair 18″ Pillow Covers (8 colors available)                                                 2.  Pillow Covers

4TH Emotion Farmhouse Decor Black and White Buffalo Checkers Plaids Cotton Linen Throw Pillow Cover Cushion Case Home Decorative for Sofa 18 x 18 Inch, Set of 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Pillow Covers                                                                                                                    4. OUTDOOR Pillows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


***Shop Table Runners & Table covers ***

1. Table Runner (8 colors)                                                                                           2.  Table Cover (8 colors)

 

 

 

 

 


***Shop Curtains & Valances***

1- Valance (brown, blue)                                                                                               2.  Tie-Up Shade (6 colors)

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 – Big Check Cafe Curtain (gray, blue)                                                           4 – Big Check Tie Up (gray, blue)

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Big Check Panels, Small Check                                                                                             6.  Roman Shade                                                                                                                                                                                                      Buffalo Check Curtains image

Cordless Buffalo Check Roman Window Shade 35x64, Black/White

 

 

 

 

 

 


***Shop Chairs & Cushions***

1 – Black Check Chair,   Blue                                                                                     2.    Big Check Black Tufted                                                                                                                                  Louna Armchair

Chas Black Buffalo Check Chair

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Black Sloped Arm, Gray, Navy                                                               4.   Dining ChairOption 2, Option 3

Gullo Armchair

Bricker Upholstered Chair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Indoor Cushions, Yellow                                                                           6. Small Check Cushions (5 Colors)

Dining Chair Cushion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.  Bar Stools, (Black, Gray, Brown)


***Shop Lamps & Lampshades***

1 – Lamp                                                                                                                                            2. Shade Only                                                                                                                                                                    Creative Co-Op DA9105 White & Gold Ceramic Lamp with Checked Linen Shade

Home Collection by Raghu Heritage House Check Candle Clip Lampshade 6", Black

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Large Shade ONLY                                                                                                            4. Light Pendant

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***Shop Benches, Ottomans, Poufs***

1 – Pouf                                                                                                                2.  Ottoman Storage Bench, Small

 

Colby Fabric Storage Ottoman Bench, Black/White Checkers

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Ottoman                                                                                                                         4. Ottoman (Black, Green)

Design 59 Buffalo Check Ottoman, Black and White Plaid

 

 

 

 

 

 


***Shop Placemats & Napkins***

1.  Napkins (8 colors)                                                                                                                    2.  Apron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Placemats, Dish Towels                                                                                         4.  Pot Holders, Oven Mitts

 

 

 

 

 

 


***Shop Rugs***

1 – Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Option 2                                                                                                  2.  Woven Rug

Wiest Gingham Check Black/Ivory Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

Ukeler 100% Cotton Plaid Rugs Black/White Hand-Woven Checkered Door Mat Washable Rag Throw Rugs, 23.5''x35.4'', Black and White Plaid Rug

 

 

 

 

 

 


***Shop Bedding***

1 – Duvet Cover (only), Bedding SET                                                                         2. Quilt SET

Woolrich Buffalo Check Gray Year Round Oversized Cotton Printed Quilt 3-Piece Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Euro Shams (3 colors), Red                                                                               4. Pillow Cases (3 colors), Red

Annie Buffalo Check Euro Sham

Annie Buffalo Check Pillow Case Set of 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Pillow Sham (3 colors), Red                                                                              6.  Quilt, Red – Bedskirt, Red

Annie Buffalo Check Sham

Annie Buffalo Check Bed Skirt

 

 

 

 

 

 


***Shop Wallpaper***

1 – Removable Wallpaper -Black                                                                        2.  Navy Check, Blue Check

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you found one that makes your heart pitter-patter!!  And if so, which one did you decide on…..or what are your favorites?  Let me know – can’t wait to see come pictures of your buffalo check finds!!

Have a Great Day!!  Love & hugs 🙂

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DIY Bar Stool Metal Foot Rest Tutorial (Hack)

So, we did our research for the perfect bar stools to complete our kitchen makeover …..and we found them!!   They were just the right size to tuck under the new kitchen island overhang, and were upholstered with thick cushions to comfort our tushies while eating.  And the faux leather is just what we needed to wipe off some of the “accidental” kiddo beverage and adult beverage – (cough cough) spills)!! LOL!  They were just missing one little thing……a foot rest protector.  So, I added some!!  Who’s ready to see the DIY Bar Stool Metal Foot Rest Tutorial (Hack)?

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DIY BAR STOOL METAL FOOT REST TUTORIAL (HACK)

***DISCLAIMER***  This tutorial worked for our bar stools, but we do not take responsibility for the actions performed on your bar stools.  Our bar stools are made from MDF wood (soft wood), so just double check your furniture specs.  Okay just wanted to get that out there 🙂


DIY BAR STOOL METAL FOOT REST TUTORIAL (HACK)

So, before we get to the tutorial portion, let’s go over the supplies that you will need for this project.  Pictures of the items are shown at the end of the post if you need some visuals.

***The supply amounts are based on using 4 bar stools (just wanted to clarify).

***Note that you will be using a hack saw that could cause harm, so PLEASE be careful when using this item!! ***

SUPPLIES:


DIY BAR STOOL METAL FOOT REST TUTORIAL (HACK)

THE PROBLEM:  So, how did this all begin anyway?

Well before we flooded, we had these beautiful upholstered bar stools that worked perfectly with our bar height counter top (pictured below).  They were soft, very comfortable, and came with the metal foot plate (protector).

I knew that the metal plate saved the foot rest from scratches, shoe scuff marks, and wearing down of the wood .  Since it was a necessity for our old bar stools, I knew that our new bars stools would need the metal foot plate also.  Plus I liked that the nickel finish gave the farmhouse stools a little more modern feel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SOLUTION:  I knew it was time to find something DIY style!!

So I headed off to Home Depot, told a very friendly worker (a woman – of course!!!) what I needed, and she directed me to these.   They are carpet and floor, transition molding pieces.  Go Home Depot Customer Service!!

So, I dug around until I found what I wanted.   FINISH NOSING – SILVER!!  Perfect!  And the love story begins……LOL!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just wanted to show you how long the piece is (72’L x 3/4″), and that it has the holes on the top and the side edges.  The holes are a must-have, so we can attach the nosing to the wood 😉

Yes, these pictures are taken at Home Depot.  Somehow…..I can’t find my original pictures for this project -ugh!!  Oh well – hopefully these still work!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


***THE TUTORIAL***

5 STEPS:

  1.  Measure the length of foot rest needed
  2.  Mark where to cut
  3.  Cut the finish nosing with the hacksaw
  4.  Tap nails to mark foot rest
  5.  Attach screws to finish nosing  

STEP 1:   MEASURE

Measure your wooden foot rest from side to side (width).  Make sure it is the foot rest you will be using (front versus the side).  My bar stools have 4 foot rests, but I only attached the metal foot plate to the front side. ***TIP*** If you want to do more, then make sure you buy extra nosing pieces.

Picture on left:  You can see that the width of mine is 14 1/2″ long.  The metal piece will go on the top and front portion, but I couldn’t get a picture with the tape measure – just a fyi.

Picture on Right:  The height (front part) of mine is a little over 1 inch.  That is why the 72″L x 3/4″ nosing works (because it is shorter than the 1+ inch height.  Does that make sense?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

***TIP***  The measurement is important because this is how I knew that my 72″L nosing would make 4 foot rests:

14.5 inches x 4 bar stools = 58 inches.


STEP 2:  MARK AREAS

Now, this is a little tricky…..so I’ll explain it first.   This particular finish nosing piece has holes on top and front portions (that is how it is made).  So, basically your foot rest will have 2 holes on the top (to attach screws) and ONE hole in the front (LEFT ALONE).

Here are some large pictures so you can really see how this will look up close.

 

 

You will mark your nosing piece at 14 3/8″ with your black marker or pen.  The marked nosing piece should have 2 holes on top, and one in the front.   Double Check.

FYI:  3/8 is between 1/4 and 1/2)…..  (Just so that it is a little less than the orginal 14 1/2 ” measurement).

***TIP***Make sure the MIDDLE hole is in the CENTER of your marking….you will have to cut off excess nosing to make this look centered.  Trust me……double check this each time.

***MOST IMPORTANT PART***

After you mark the 1st piece  at 14 3/8″ using the TOP 2 holes as reference, you will now use the THE FRONT 2 holes as reference for the 2nd piece

In other words, you will have to FLIP from using the top portion AND the front portion to make FOUR foot rests with 2 holes on top.  Otherwise, you will end up needing 2 finish nosing pieces. 

Just play around for a couple of minutes, and it will make sense.


STEP 3:  CUT WITH HACKSAW

After you mark your nosing, it is time to cut each of the pieces.  Again, please be careful with the hacksaw.  You can use the miter box shown to help keep the nosing straight and to protect your cutting surface.  Or you can always use saw horses or a work table to cut.

***TIP***  Cut just inside your marked area if using a marker (just so you don’t have to try to clean marker/pen mark after cutting).  These cut metal pieces are SHARP – PLEASE BE CAREFUL!! 🙂

Pictures below:  Sorry again that I lost my original photos, but here is a recreation using some leftover pieces to give you an idea.  You would have your LONG full piece in the miter box.

 

In the picture below, I wanted to show that I cut my piece just inside the “marked” area.

Cut all 4 pieces with 2 holes on top, one in middle front.  (You will have leftover pieces if done correctly).


STEP 4:  TAP NAIL HOLES

Next, line up your piece on the TOP portion of the foot rest and center it.  While holding your piece down, use a pencil to mark where the 2 screws will go on top.

I did not use a drill for this because the screws are so short.  I used a medium sized nail and tapped a small hole with a hammer.  You can take off the metal nosing while tapping the nail to make it easier.

***TIP***  Do not tap with too much POWER, or you will knock your foot rest off of the legs!!!  Gently tap the hammer enough to make a small hole with the top portion (mouth) a little wider.  I always kind of tap my nail at different angles to make the hole a little wider.

***NOTE***  I did break a couple of screws off, while trying this out.  So, make sure you make a wide enough hole to allow the screw threads to grab onto the wood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


STEP 5:  ATTACH SCREWS

Attach 2 screws to top portions of each foot rest.  Go slow and do not force screw in.  If the screw begins to feel like it is going to snap…….go back with your nail and make the hole a little deeper.  Otherwise, you’ll have some broken screws like mine – ugh!!  Live and Learn – right??

I did not add the middle screw to the front portion because the 2 top screws held enough support.  So, that is up to you.

I love how the foot rests turned out!!  We have been using the stools now for about 8 months, and they are still working out great!!

YOU ARE DONE – YOU DID IT!!  WOOHOO!!

 

 

Let me know if you have any questions, and shoot me a picture if you try it out!!  I’d love to see your foot rests!  If you are a visual person, pictures of the supplies needed are down below.  Thanks for checking out my DIY project!

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!

LOVE & HUGS 🙂

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1 – BAR STOOLS                                                                                                                                           2 – METAL NOSING

Brought 24" Bar Stool

TrafficMASTER Silver 3/4 in. x 72 in. Finish Nosing

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 – HACK SAW, OPTION 2                                                                                                                           4 – MITER BOX

12 in. High-Tension Hack Saw with Mini Hack Saw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 – TAPE MEASURE                                                                                                                     6 – SCREWDRIVER, CORDLESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 – 8 SCREWS

Zinc-Plated Wood Screw Assortment (231-Piece per Pack)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Best 15 Kitchen Solutions: Get The Look

If you’re joining in from 15 Easy Solutions:  Kitchen Organization or 12 Kitchen Upgrades (You Can’t Live Without), welcome!  Happy to have you!!  So you’ve seen all of the incredible kitchen inspiration pictures, and now you’re ready to close the deal.  Or maybe you just want to get a little bit more information on a couple of items before you shop.  You’re in the right place.  Here are my recommendations for the Best 15 Kitchen Solutions:  Get the Look.

This post provides links to the items in your favorite kitchens…..to help you achieve a more organized workspace.  Click on the pictures (or links below) to get more information.

Check out Get House Organized:  Top Ten List or follow me on pinterest: kitchen organization love for more inspiration and ideas.

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BEST 15 KITCHEN SOLUTIONS:  GET THE LOOK

CATEGORIES:

1 – MEMO STATION

2- SPICE DRAWER

3 – TUPPERWARE (STORAGE BINS)

4 – PAPER/WRAP ORGANIZER

5 – TRASH PULL OUT

6 – WIRE ORGANIZER

7 – DISHES

8 –  SPONGES

9 – UTILITY CLOSET

10 – WATER BOTTLES

11 – CUTTING BOARDS

12 – COOKING UTENSILS

13 – POTS, PANS, LIDS

14 – UNDER SINK STORAGE

15 – FLATWARE ORGANIZER



BEST 15 KITCHEN SOLUTIONS:  GET THE LOOK

***CLICK ON LINK OR PICTURE BELOW***


1 – MEMO STATION

SHOP MEMO STATIONS:

SMALL                                                                                                                                                        MEDIUM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LARGE                                                                                                                                                    CALENDAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2- SPICE DRAWER

SHOP IN-DRAWER SPICE RACKS:

Foam Spice Liner                                                                                                                               Wooden Spice Rack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plastic Expandable Spice Holder                                                                                                                    SPICE JARS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


3 – TUPPERWARE (STORAGE BINS)

SHOP STORAGE BINS:

SMALL, MEDIUM                                                                                                                                               LARGE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


4- PAPER/WRAP ORGANIZER

SHOP PAPER ORGANIZERS:

PAPER ORGANIZER                                                                                                                          OVER DOOR HOLDER

Grayline 40232 Deluxe Wrap Rack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


5 –  TRASH PULL OUT

SHOP TRASH CAN PULL OUTS:

ONE TRASH CAN                                                                                                                               TWO TRASH CANS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


6 – WIRE ORGANIZER

SHOP WIRE ORGANIZERS:

WHITE WIRE ORGANIZER                                                                                                                 SILVER WIRE ORGANIZER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


7 – DISHES

SHOP WOODEN PARTITIONS: 

WOODEN PARTITIONS  (SAME ITEM 2 DIFFERENT PICTURES – SMALL, MEDIUM, LARGE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


8 –  SPONGES

SHOP UNDER SINK HINGES, CONTAINERS, & SETS:

Click Here for SET                                                                                                                         Plastic Containers Only

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HINGES ONLY                                                                                                                                                SPONGE HOLDER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


9 – UTILITY CLOSET

SHOP UTILITY HOLDERS: 

STORAGE HOOKS                                                                                                                                   HOLDER W/SHELF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


10 – WATER BOTTLES

SHOP BOTTLE ORGANIZERS:

PLASTIC BOTTLE HOLDER                                                                                                                METAL BOTTLE HOLDER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


11 – CUTTING BOARDS

SHOP WIRE RACKS:

OVER DOOR WIRE RACK                                                                                                                      METAL RACK – 2 PACK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


12 – COOKING UTENSILS

SHOP UTENSIL HOLDERS:

STAINLESS                                                                                                                                                       CERAMIC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


13 – POTS, PANS, LIDS

SHOP POTS/PANS/LIDS ORGANIZERS:

POTS/PANS ORGANIZER                                                                                                                               LIDS ORGANIZER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


14 – UNDER SINK STORAGE

SHOP UNDER SINK STORAGE:

OVER DOOR RACK                                                                                                                    SLIDING PULL OUT DRAWERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


15 – FLATWARE ORGANIZER

SHOP FLATWARE ORGANIZERS: 

BAMBOO ORGANIZER                                                                                                                             PLASTIC ORGANIZER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you found what you were looking for to get organized!!  Check out 15 Easy Solutions:  Kitchen Organization or follow me on pinterest: kitchen organization love for more inspiration and ideas.  Let me know if you need help with anything or have any questions!!

Have a GREAT Weekend!!  Love & Hugs 🙂

 

Want more kitchen inspiration? Try:

12 Kitchen Upgrades (You Can’t Live Without)

Get House Organized:  Top Ten List

Opening up Kitchen Wall To Living Room

Opening Up Kitchen Wall To Dining Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

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28 Incredible Barn Doors: Get The Look

You have looked forever for the perfect barn door style, and now are ready to close the deal.  Or…. maybe you are almost ready, but just want a little bit more information before you make the commitment.  Either way, I know a lot of research and time goes into making a decision like this.  So, I have hunted down the highest quality products at the most affordable prices.  If you need any help or have any questions, shoot me a comment.  I’ll try to assist you any way I can.  So, here are my picks for the best barn doors to help you get the look you’re going for.  28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.

If you are joining in from 55 Incredible Barn Door Ideas:  Not Just For Farmhouse Style, welcome.  I’m so happy you’re here!

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28 INCREDIBLE BARN DOORS:  GET THE LOOK

I wanted to start off this post with a couple of pictures from the barn doors that we have in our home.   Our doors were custom made due to the irregular sizes of our openings and due to availability (or lack of, I should say).  There was zero availability during Hurricane Harvey ….(when we flooded).  And since we added the craftman style trim around all of our doorways and windows – we created irregular-sized openings  So, needless to say – custom it was!!

source:  thetarnishedjewelblog.com

 

source: thetarnishedjewelblog.com

 

source: thetarnishedjewelblog.com

We have a double barn door set in our office/piano room (entry) and a single barn door in our master bedroom opening to our master bath.   I absolutely love them & highly recommend them.

Let’s Get to the Styles!!


28 INCREDIBLE BARN DOORS:  GET THE LOOK

11 STYLES/CATEGORIES TO CHOOSE FROM:

  1.  X-Shaped
  2.  Z-Shaped/Z-Shaped 2
  3.  Paneled
  4.  Half-Paneled
  5.  Herringbone/Chevron/Arrow
  6.  Geometric/Patterns
  7.  W/Chalkboard
  8.  W/Mirrors
  9.  W/Glass
  10.  Plank/Shutter/Shiplap
  11.  On Furniture/TV Covers/Window Treatments

*** If you want more information on the styles or need more visual inspiration, click 55 Incredible Barn Door Ideas.  ***

If you’re ready for shopping options, see below.  Click on the link or picture to learn more.


*** SHOP BARN DOORS + HARDWARE ***

#1 – x-shaped triple                                                                                  #2 – one x-shaped (5 colors)

Triple X Solid Manufactured Wood Panelled Interior Barn DoorClassic X Solid Panel Wood Slab Interior Barn Door

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3 – z-bar (assembly required)                                                                     #4 – z-bar 2 (4 colors), option 2

Continental MDF Engineered Wood 1 Panel Interior Barn Door

36" x 84 Sliding Wood Interior Barn Door

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5 – double z-bar                                                                                                              #6 – double z-bar 2

 

MMI Door 72 in. x 84 in. Primed Z-Plank MDF Barn Door with Sliding Door Hardware KitNatural Core Knotty Pine Solid Wood Panelled Slab Interior Barn Door

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#7 – triple paneled                                                                                                     #8 – double paneledoption 2

Shaker Hollow Panelled MDF Interior Barn Door

PVC Millbrooke Paneled Barndoor with Hardware

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#9 –half-paneled , option 2 (4 colors)                                                                      #10 –  5-panel

Craftsman Solid Wood Panelled Interior Barn Door

Manufactured Wood Rockport Paneled Barn Door without Hardware

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#11 – herringbone (5 colors), option 2                                                               #12 – geometric, option 2

Herringbone Solid Panel Wood Slab Interior Barn Door

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#13 – chalkboard with x                                                                                     14 – with mirror

X Blackboard MDF Panel Interior Barn Door

Modern Mirror Barn Door, 7'x3'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#15 – 5-panel glass3-panel (3 colors)                                                         #16 – custom glass doors

Manufactured Wood Paneled Barn Door with Hardware

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source: etsy.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#17 – one panel glass (2 colors), muliti -paneled (option 2)                                                                 #18 – z bar 2 glass

Continental MDF Engineered Wood 1 Panel Interior Barn DoorContinental Frosted Glass 1 Panel Ironage Laminate Interior Barn Door

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#19 – white wood plank                                                                                    #20 – reclaimed wood plank

Craftsman Horizontal Panel Door, 7'x3'

Horizontal Panel Door

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#21 – reclaimed wood plank gray                                                                    #22 – reclaimed wood z-bar

Reclaimed Panel Barn Door, Reclaimed Lumber, 84"x36"

Handmade Barn Door, Multicolor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#23 – x-shaped console (4 colors)                                                                       #24 – window shutters

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Bluestone TV Stand for TVs up to 60"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#25 – hiding tv (over fireplace)                                                                 #26 – bookcase, option 2, option 3

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Wood Farmhouse Barn Door Bookcase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#27 – plank console (5 colors)                                                                         #28 – plank entertainment center

Laursen TV Stand for TVs up to 60"Parker House Chesapeake 4-Piece Sliding Door Entertainment Wall in White

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


****HARDWARE*****

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • This is the hardware that I used for both of my barn doors (single – 6.6 ft. and double -10 ft. doors), and I  love them.  The guys who installed the double office doors had to cut down the rails (for custom sizing), but they work great.  The handles are very nice and heavy, and look stunning.  I used brushed nickel/stainless for mine, but the black are beautiful also.

 

  • TIP – make sure to read carefully for sliding door hardware for single or double doors and door sizes (EX:  one 48″w SINGLE door VERSUS two DOUBLE 24″w doors = 48″W).  It gets very confusing, so just triple check yourself!!

 

 

#29 –  handle  black, stainless                                                               #30 –  sliding door hardware 6.6 ft, 10 ft

SMARTSTANDARD Heavy Duty 12" Pull and Flush Barn Door Handle Set, Large Rustic Two-Side Design, for Gates Garages Sheds Furniture, Black Powder Coated Finish, Round

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Opening Up Kitchen Wall to Living Room

Out of all the changes that we have made to our home, opening up the kitchen wall to the living room was the best decision for us.  Now, it wasn’t our first choice (thank you Hurricane Harvey flood), but it definitely was the right choice!!  We had already opened up the kitchen wall to the dining room about 5 years ago, and then shortly after we had our kitchen cabinets painted whiteAND then we flooded – UGH!!  So…..needless to say, this was the perfect time to Open Up the Kitchen Wall To the Living Room.


OPENING UP KITCHEN WALL TO LIVING ROOM

So, where did it all begin?  From dark cabinets with 2 arches, to white cabinets, to flooded home, to open concept living area.  What a journey -right???

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Now…..

 

AND YES!!  I know my green lamp shades and pillows are supposed to be in the summer dining room – but we have our Easter Tablescape set up right now.  So, the green decor got a new home for a couple of months.  What do you think – do you like it?

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OPENING UP KITCHEN WALL TO LIVING ROOM

PROBLEMS WITH KITCHEN LAYOUT:

So, just like our kitchen wall to the dining room, we had similar problems with the kitchen walls to the living room.

  • PROBLEM #1:  Walls Blocked Natural Light
  • PROBLEM #2:  Limited Traffic Flow Into Kitchen
  • PROBLEM #3:  Limited Number of Guests for Entertaining
  • PROBLEM #4:  Angled Room

PROBLEM #1: Walls Blocked Natural Light

You can see from the pictures below, that both of the arched walls block off the natural light coming in from the kitchen.  And since both of these walls provided some sort of function, we had to figure out  what we could live without more.

The raised bar top provided extra counter top space, extra cabinet storage, and extra seating for guests.  The built-in bookshelf provided a mini “mudroom” space to store backpacks, shoes, and dog accessories.  In the end, you just have to decide what is more important for you and your family.

We chose more light – lol!!

***These are the last pictures taken from our home before we flooded.  The sheetrock is cut up to 4 feet, in case you are wondering why it looks like that.***

BEFORE PICTURES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PROBLEM #2: Limited Traffic Flow Into Kitchen

This problem ties in a little with problem #1.  The only way we could enter the kitchen (from the living room) is through the larger arched opening .

In fact, we always had to push the living room furniture (sectional) into the corner so that it wouldn’t block that entrance.   You can see that it is still kind of hanging out into that opening.

On a personal note…..it does bring tears to my eyes to see our “former” living room.  Home is home – ya know – no matter what it looks like?  OK…..let ‘s get back to it 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PROBLEM #3:  Limited Number Of Guests for Entertaining

The layout of our former kitchen was great for setting up a buffet-style type of party, but limited the amount of guests we could have in one area.  We could put roaster ovens on the counter tops and keep hamburgers, or brisket, etc…. warm, and let our family and friends just move down the line.  But the angled cabinet/counter top design caused a traffic jam because you could only serve from ONE side, and you would bump into the island.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now don’t get me wrong, this kitchen layout definitely served it’s purpose over the years.  But once open concept living started to take off in popularity, we (well – I) began to dream of a new kitchen design.


PROBLEM #4:  Angled Room

In the pictures below,  you can see that our kitchen/living room space is designed with this unusual angled  layout.  The home builder must have “bumped” this part out to enlarge the kitchen dimensions, but in doing so shrunk the living room dimensions.

This angled cabinet/counter top/ceiling structure created challenges for the living room furniture placement because the bar stools crept into the living room area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We couldn’t put the two club chairs closer to the hall entrance (by the clock) because we had to keep the walkway to the kitchen open (back to problem #2).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


REMOVAL OF CABINETS 

As soon as the workers cleared out all of the lower cabinets (due to the flood), we could finally begin visualizing the space.  I sketched drawings of the existing cabinets, and replaced them with 3 new cabinet layout options (so that I knew where that column would join the new island).

***NOTE***  I’ll do a separate post on kitchen cabinets – coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is amazing to see our kitchen like this because it looks so much bigger with the cabinets out – right?  Plus you can tell exactly where the cabinet bases sat, so it helped with the existing spacing needed.

We were not planning to move our plumbing or gas lines (to save money), and had to work around them when planning out the new design.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


REASON WE KEPT THE ONE COLUMN & BEAMS

We decided to keep the (one) column, and do the (two) beams installation due to money – period.  We were quoted ~ $5,000 for this option, but to remove both beams and support column (FULL open concept) we were  quoted~$20,000 – $25,0000.  HUGE difference in money!!    So, yeppers – the decision was pretty easy for us!!

I also knew that I could work around the beams and column, and try to make them “disappear” as much as I could.  And I haven’t regretted keeping them not once!!

***NOTE***  These prices were just what we were quoted, so it may be different in your area.


INSTALLING THE BEAMS

Now that the cabinets were out, it was time for the installation of the beams.  They used these framing boards to actually hold the second floor from falling down – really!!  Amaizng!  In fact, the workers asked that we did not stand under the framing or too close – in case something happened.  Safety first!!

Just a little FYI.  The left side of the wall was not load bearing, but the right side was.  So, we chose to do the left beam just like the right beam, so that they would look exactly the same.

Do you like the toilet (picture to the right)- haha!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture below right – the area to the left side (the half wall) was originally going to be a pony wall that had a small bookshelf in it.  Since we already had that small “mudroom” cabinet there before, I felt like we still needed something for backpacks, shoes, etc.

But once they cleared out the original framing, all I could picture was ONE large area.  Plus, the pony wall columns were done incorrectly anyway (and they would have had to be redone)!!  ARGHHH – the contractor STORY is a whole other post!!  Trust me!!

 

 

 

 

 

 


WRAPPING BEAMS WITH WOOD

There was never a question in my mind that the beams and column would be wrapped with wood.  The contractor wanted to cover the 2 support beams with sheetrock and then paint them…..and I knew that was not going to look good.  So happy I stuck to my guns – right??

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS

***Our trim, cabinets, and ceilings paint color is SW Snowbound 7004 – just a FYI***

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SOLUTION #1:  Let in More Natural Light

By removing both of the walls to the living room, we now get a ton of light into this entire space.  We get all of the light from the kitchen breakfast area, as well from the kitchen island side.

Since our house faces west, we receive the best light in the evening through our dining room.  That is why we decided to open up that wall several years ago.

 

 

 


SOLUTION #2:  Better Traffic Flow Into Kitchen

Opening up both walls into the kitchen really helped with traffic flow from the former bar side of the kitchen.  We love this entrance!!  It is so much easier to go grab a snack from the pantry or grab a drink from the fridge because of this opening.  Plus, now we can use all four bar stools (instead of just 2) because the tv is viewable from all angles.  And if you have kiddos, you know how important this is!!

 

 

 

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SOLUTION #3:  Increased Number of Guests In Kitchen for Entertaining

Now, guests can move around to the dining room, to the kitchen breakfast nook, to the outdoor patio, and to the living room……while still feeling like they are all together.  We can now serve from both sides of the L-shaped island, and also have guests sit at the island for extra seating as well.  Win-Win!!

 

 

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SOLUTION #4:  Able to Move Furniture into Middle of Room

Now that we don’t have to worry about the angled living room, our furniture can be moved away from that corner.  We still have to keep the walkway open from the foyer to the kitchen, but at least the couch is in a better central position.

 

 

 

So, what do ya think?  Was it the right decison?  Let me know!!

 

If you have any questions about anything, shoot me a comment.  I’d love to help with anything I can!

Have an Awesome Weekend!! 

Love & Hugs 🙂

 

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