Back to School Party for Teachers (or Kids)

Our PTA Hospitality threw this Back to School Appreciation Luncheon for our teachers a couple of years ago, and I have been so excited to share what we did with you!!  I went on the hunt for the pictures of the event, …. only to find out that the pictures are awful- UGH!!   Totally grainy!!   So, I decided to set up everything I could in our dining room to show you what it was supposed to look like.  End Result:  Back to School Party for Teachers (or Kids). LOL!!

I will be writing this post in 2 parts:  

Back to School Teacher Luncheon (school party) in the FIRST part, and 

Back to School Kids Party (house party) in the SECOND part.

***All of the information can be used for both events, just scale up or down to fit your needs.***


BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY FOR TEACHERS (OR KIDS)

A Back to School party is a perfect way to welcome teachers for the upcoming school year.  It lets them know how much they are appreciated, and is a great introduction to what they can expect from the parents who support their schools and community.  

We threw our luncheon a week before school began, when the teachers were having their pre-school inservice and workshop days.  It gave them a much needed break between their meetings, and it was the perfect time for fellowship with all of the new teachers.

Here is one of the pictures from our school event below. (Sorry it’s so grainy)!!

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon:

And here is a picture that I set up in our dining room below.  Much better quality – right?

At Our House:

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BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY FOR TEACHERS (OR KIDS)

INSPIRATION: 

I just wanted to give a shout out to the bloggers/websites who sparked the inspiration for the luncheon.  Check out their posts – they are crazy good!! 

P.S. (The last link is broken -sorry.  The blogger may be updating her website.  Check back with it later).

source: ironandtwine.blogspot.com
source: countryliving.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

source: theglamoroushousewife.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY FOR TEACHERS (OR KIDS)

THE PLANNING STAGE for TEACHER LUNCHEON:

I’m going to keep this part as simple as possible.  There are all kinds of factors that go into planning a school event like this:  

  1.   Number of Teachers/Staff:  Ours = 150
  2.   Venue:  Ours = School Cafeteria
  3.   Budget (private info, but enough for catered meal)
  4.   Food:  Ours = Catered BBQ Meal
  5.   Decor:  Ours = I bought things personally and used items I already owned, to keep decorating costs to a minimum

LAYOUT:  

I always do a rough sketch so that I have an idea of spacing when trying to plan decorations, food & drinks, etc. for large events like these.  

DECORATIONS USED:

*** Remember to ask you school rep what they like for events like these (food and decor), and don’t forget about function.  What?  In other words, don’t OVER DO the decorations!!  You are serving and appreciating the teachers, not impressing other moms – LOL πŸ˜‰ ***

Since our school rep told us to keep decor to a minimum, I planned out our decorations at my house first.  This way, I would be able to see how much room they took up on my own kitchen table. 

You don’t want to block sight lines (keep things low), and they need enough room to put their plates and drinks down (without a lot of stuff to move around).   I even sat in one of my chairs at home to see if I could see over the decorations.  

Here is a picture of some of the decorations so that you can understand the layout sketch (above)  better.

ACTUAL EVENT:

Here is what it looked like (again sorry these are so grainy)!!  Keep scrolling down for the better pictures at my house.

 

 

 

***NOTE***  FOR BACK TO SCHOOL KIDS PARTY – KEEP SCROLLING DOWN


SUPPLIES FOR 150 TEACHERS/STAFF LUNCHEON

TABLE DECOR:

  1.  ROLL OF BLACK CRAFT PAPER, here or BLACK plastic RECTANGULAR TABLE COVERS
  2.  12 LARGE RED APPLES (for tables)
  3.  1 YELLOW DAISY BUSHEL (pulled off individually for red apple toppers)
  4.  12 MASON JARS (with red gingham ribbon 7/8″– optional)
  5.  96 YELLOW PENCILS 

TABLE CENTERPIECES:

  1.  PAPER RULERS – 4 SETS (copy paper, packing tape, ruler, black marker, 6″ number stencils)
  2.  4 RED GINGHAM FABRIC TABLE SQUARES or (plastic table covers), runners 
  3.  * RED RIC RAC – optional *
  4.  2 WHITE PITCHERS – 8″H, 10″H
  5.  2 MINI CHALKBOARDS WITH RED GINGHAM RIBBON – 3/8″ (for pitchers)
  6.  WHITE CHALK
  7.  2 YELLOW DAISY BUSHELS (for pitchers)
  8.  2 WHITE CHALKBOARD CRATES, similar – (with 2 empty shirt boxes each) 
  9.  10  RED NAPKINS (for crates), red check napkins
  10.  5 BAGS OF FUJI APPLES (for crates)
  11. * 3 RED CHECK RIBBON (BOWS) – optional *

WALL DECOR:

  1.  BLACK CRAFT PAPER, here, OR PLASTIC TABLE COVERS –  (backdrop for lunch bags)
  2.  12 BROWN PAPER LUNCH BAGS
  3.  CHALK *(and/or chalk marker – use on BAGS ONLY, NOT ON CHALKBOARD)*
  4.  JUTE STRING (for lunch bags)
  5.  12 PAPER CLIPS (for lunch bags)
  6.  CLEAR TAPE (for lunch bags)
  7.   * 3 RED DOT PAPER LANTERNS, red & white paper fans, – optional *

FLOOR DECOR:

  1.  MENU FLOOR CHALKBOARD, similar
  2.  * LADDER – optional *
  3.  * HANGING WELCOME SIGN OR HANGING CHALKBOARD – optional *

CATERED MEAL: 

  1. Spring Creek BBQ, Katy, TX (they were incredible to work with!!)

MAKING DECORATIONS

TABLE DECOR:

  • APPLES WITH DAISIES – Gently pull off one yellow daisy from the bushel for each apple.  You will need a bushel with 12 yellow daisies if using 12 apples for decorating.  Just set the yellow daisy on top of each apple.

  • MASON JARS/PENCILS I used 8 pencils per mason jar for the luncheon and added a small red gingham ribbon (optional).  We let the teachers take the pencils with them (if they wanted).

TABLE CENTERPIECES:

  • RED GINGHAM FABRIC  – I cut 4 pieces of red gingham fabric (squares) with shearing scissors (just so they wouldn’t fray too much) ~34″L x 21″W.  Then, I added red ric rac trim with hot glue to one side only (to save money) on 2 of them. 

So the 2 ric rac squares went with the pitcher centerpieces, and the 2 plain squares went with the white crates (for the luncheon tables).  

  • WHITE PITCHERS –  Take 2 white pitchers and fill with one bushel of yellow daisies to each pitcher.  I tied a mini chalkboard with red gingham ribbon, and wrote Daisies $ .25 for fun.

 

  • WHITE CRATES & RED NAPKINS – Take one of the crates and line the inside with red napkins – I used 4 napkins for this part.  Then use 2-3 shirt boxes that can fit inside, and top with another red napkin (total of 5 red napkins/crate).  Repeat for 2nd crate.

Fill your crates with bags of apples.  I think we used 10-11 bags (5 each crate) of apples to fill our crates for the luncheon.  The yellowish/pinkish apples look really pretty in here, just to make it look more authentic.  We gave the apples to the teachers after the luncheon.

 

 

For the teacher party, we used 2 large red gingham bows (see below picture)  to tie onto each crate.    They were used as accents to bring in a little extra red and white to the top of the crates.

  • PAPER RULERS –   I split mine up into 2 parts:  (1-2-3) and (4-5-6).  I wanted to be able to have options when decorating, and also to make transporting them to school easier.  

Use 3 sheets of copy paper and tape together (at long ends) with packing tape.  With a ruler, mark 11 inches on the top and bottom of all 3 sheets (will be where you taped).   See  picture below.

3 Sheets of copy paper = 1st part (1-2-3), 3 Sheets of copy paper = 2nd part (4-5-6)

*** NOTE:  The top 3 sheets of paper aren’t taped on the picture below – I just wanted you to have a visual reference.  Make sure you TAPE the ends together BEFORE marking measurements.  Otherwise the marks will not line up correctly!!  Trust me πŸ˜‰ ***

Now, mark 5.5 inches on top and bottom of all 3 sheets.   Then mark 2.75 inches, and 8.25 inches on both sides also.   * See picture below for closeups *

*** In these pictures, I have mine marked on the BOTTOM of the 1st sheet.  You will repeat the same steps for sheets 2 and 3.  Then you will do the same markings again on the TOP part of all 3 sheets.  Hope that makes sense.  ***

***TIP*** Put marks on your actual ruler (with a pencil) so that you don’t have to remember the different measurements each time.  It will save you LOTS of time!!

* Here below, you can see there are lines that are not labeled.  They will roughly be 1.25 – 1.5 inches (I just marked a middle spot – eyeing it without measuring for mine). *  

Once you have all of your measurements marked on both sides of your paper, you will draw ONE line for the 11 inch markings only.  

The other markings are at different lengths to make it look like a real ruler.  Here are the lengths that I used:

  • 5.5 inch marking = 1.5 inch LONG
  • 2.75 inch marking = 1 inch LONG
  • 8.25 inch marking = 1 inch LONG
  • 1.25 inch marking – .5 inch LONG

STENCILS:  Now, use your 6 inch number stencils, and mark your numbers a little to the left of the 11 inch marking.  Use your black magic marker and color in all of the numbers AND go over ALL other markings.  They will need to be dark to see through the tape.

TAPING:    You will use your packing tape to cover your ruler – going in vertical strips (top to bottom).  This is very time consuming, so if you can laminate, go that route!! haha!!   

***TIP***  I recommend tearing a long piece of tape off that will cover the front part and the top and bottom edges.  Then after the FRONT part is done, turn over to tape the BACK SIDE.

Just a FYI – there will be ripples in the tape sometimes.  So, don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect.  The main thing is that the ruler is protected for those “spills” that WILL happen. LOL!!


WALL DECOR:

  • PAPER BAGS (BACK TO SCHOOL SIGN) –  Sketch the letters by hand (or use stencils) onto the front side of your brown paper lunch bag, and use chalk or chalk marker to fill in.  Use random strokes to make it look more like a chalkboard.

Tuck jute string underneath the top flap fold (on back side) and secure with paper clip.  This will help you be able to slide the bags for spacing preferences, and will help hold the bags from sliding down the string.

Tape on the wall in a “smiling” curved u-shape.  See pictures further down the post.

 

  • For the teacher luncheon, we taped black craft paper against the cafeteria wall for the “blackboard” backdrop.    Then we added red polka dot tissue lanterns to tie in our red and white colors theme, and to add contrast to the wall.
  • For my house kids party, I used my navy wall as the backdrop, but used the red gingham bows as accents.  These were the bows that I used for the white crates (teacher luncheon).

FLOOR DECOR: (FOR TEACHER LUNCHEON)

MENU CHALKBOARD – I used this chalkboard to list all of the menu items for our teachers.  Since we were having a BBQ dinner , I thought it would be cute to let the teachers know what all of the “fixins” were – LOL!!

I couldn’t remember exactly what we served, but oh well!!  I just wanted to show it to yall anyway. πŸ™‚

LADDER WITH WELCOME ARROW SIGN – We also used my blue ladder and welcome arrow sign for the “Welcome” Back To School Wall behind the food tables at our teacher luncheon.  It has little lights on it, so it just added a little whimsy to our BBQ-themed lunch.

Here it is in my house – see picture below.


Here is the list again  (so you don’t have to scroll up).  *NOTE – IT’S IN LARGE QUANTITIES*

*SUPPLIES FOR 150 TEACHERS/STAFF LUNCHEON*

TABLE DECOR:

  1.  ROLL OF BLACK CRAFT PAPER, here or BLACK plastic RECTANGULAR TABLE COVERS
  2.  12 LARGE RED APPLES (for tables)
  3.  1 YELLOW DAISY BUSHEL (pulled off individually for red apple toppers)
  4.  12 MASON JARS (with red gingham ribbon 7/8″– optional)
  5.  96 YELLOW PENCILS 

TABLE CENTERPIECES:

  1.  PAPER RULERS – 4 SETS (copy paper, packing tape, ruler, black marker, 6″ number stencils)
  2.  4 RED GINGHAM FABRIC TABLE SQUARES or (plastic table covers), runners 
  3.  * RED RIC RAC – optional *
  4.  2 WHITE PITCHERS – 8″H, 10″H
  5.  2 MINI CHALKBOARDS WITH RED GINGHAM RIBBON – 3/8″ (for pitchers)
  6.  WHITE CHALK
  7.  2 YELLOW DAISY BUSHELS (for pitchers)
  8.  2 WHITE CHALKBOARD CRATES, similar – (with 2 empty shirt boxes each) 
  9.  10  RED NAPKINS (for crates), red check napkins
  10.  5 BAGS OF FUJI APPLES (for crates)
  11. * 3 RED CHECK RIBBON (BOWS) – optional *

WALL DECOR:

  1.  BLACK CRAFT PAPER, here, OR PLASTIC TABLE COVERS –  (backdrop for lunch bags)
  2.  12 BROWN PAPER LUNCH BAGS
  3.  CHALK *(and/or chalk marker – use on BAGS ONLY, NOT ON CHALKBOARD)*
  4.  JUTE STRING (for lunch bags)
  5.  12 PAPER CLIPS (for lunch bags)
  6.  CLEAR TAPE (for lunch bags)
  7.   * 3 RED DOT PAPER LANTERNS, red & white paper fans, – optional *

FLOOR DECOR:

  1.  MENU FLOOR CHALKBOARD, similar
  2.  * LADDER – optional *
  3.  * HANGING WELCOME SIGN OR HANGING CHALKBOARD – optional *

CATERED MEAL: 

  1. Spring Creek BBQ, Katy, TX (they were incredible to work with!!)

BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY FOR TEACHERS (OR KIDS)

SUPPLIES for house KIDS PARTY:

Use the LIST (ABOVE) for the teacher luncheon and pick out the things you would want to use for your back to school kids party.  You can use the pictures below to help plan your house party. 

Here are pictures of the decorations that I set up in our dining room.  

NO BOWS:

WITH BOWS:

2 SETS OF RULERS:

WITH 3 SETS OF RULERS:

This is where the ruler split into 2 parts, comes in handy.  I was able to put them at the ends to make a frame.  

LUNCH BAGS FLAT:

WITH BAGS OPEN:

CLOSEUPS:

 

 

 

 

 

So …… which pictures do you like the most?  Are you a bows type of girl, or not?  Do you like the 2 sets of ruler table runners or the framed out ruler table runners?  Do you like the lunch bags opened or closed?

Hopefully, you found some inspiration, ideas, and helpful tips for your Back To School Teacher Party or Back to School Kids Party.  If you have any questions, shoot me an email.  I might have left something out (there was a lot to cover) – LOL!!

If you’re in the market for a desk (for your kiddo or yourself), try Top 10 Best Desks for Students.  Now is a perfect time to get organized and stay organized!

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL 2019-2020!!

LOVE & HUGS πŸ™‚

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Top 10 Best Desks For Students

I know it feels like we just started our summer break, but it’s never too early to begin back-to-school planning.  Every year I think it’s all taken care of, and then there’s always that ONE little thing (like the not-so-important backback – haha!!) that we wait to buy until the last minute!!  So, let’s take care of the most important item – the student study desk –  first and get that one removed from the list.  Top 10 Best Desks for Students (Under $150).

Whether you’re looking for: small desks, desks with shelves, desks with drawers, corner desks, l-shaped desks, fold-up desks, desks with printer storage or keyboard trays – there is a desk on the list for you.  

***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 disclosure and privacy policies below for more information.  Thanks for your support! πŸ™‚

Looking for more Back to School Inspiration?  Try my new post Back to School Party for Teachers (or Kids).  Find easy DIY decorations and tutorials to get your kiddo excited about the new year!


TOP 10 BEST DESKS FOR STUDENTS (UNDER $150)

I’m gonna keep this post short and sweet this time!!  Woohoo – about time right??  But of course I have to remind you of a couple of things just to make the shopping process easier.

TIPS & REMINDERS:

  • MEASURE:   Measure the length, width, and height of the desk – twice.   And don’t forget to check how far a drawer/door will come out when open.  You don’t want your perfect small desk to block walkways or bump into bedroom furniture (like dressers or beds) when you’re using it. 
  • FUNCTION:  What will you be doing on your desk-  homework, writing, computer work, reading, crafts, gaming etc?  You want to make sure your desk is wide enough (on top) for a computer and possibly a binder or notebook for homework.  And would you benefit from a keyboard tray? 
  • STORAGE:  Will you need top storage (like a hutch), or storage underneath (like shelves or cubbies)?  Will you need a file drawer to keep documents stored or possibly a small drawer for school/work supplies like pencils, pens, scissors, etc?  Will you need a printer shelf?
  • PLACEMENT:  Where will you put your desk?  Make sure to look around the room and find the perfect spot for your new desk – before you buy it!!  Don’t purchase it first, and then find a spot that will work afterwards.  Knowing where you want to place your desk will help save so much time when searching.

TOP 10 BEST DESKS FOR STUDENTS (UNDER $150)

Whether you’re looking for your kid’s first desk, one for your teenager’s new “big-kid” bedroom,  a college student’s first dorm room desk, your husband’s gaming desk, or maybe even a work-space area for yourself (LOL!!) ….. price is always a factor. 

So, I have rounded up my favorite desks that provide the best bang for the money.  You shouldn’t have to compromise style or function for money – right? 

***FYI*** The last desk listed – is the one my daughter chose!!  Scroll down to the very end for pictures.

Let’s get to it!  


TOP 10 BEST DESKS FOR STUDENTS (UNDER $150)

10 BEST DESK STYLES:

  1.  Bottom Storage – Shelves
  2.  With Drawers
  3.  Top Storage – Hutch
  4.  With Keyboard Tray
  5.  With File Drawer
  6.  Corner Desk
  7.  L-Shaped Desk
  8.  Foldable Desk (wall-mounted hidden desk)
  9.  Mid-Century Mod Desk
  10.  With Drawers & Shelves – My Daughter’s

TOP 10 BEST DESKS FOR STUDENTS (UNDER $150)

NO. 1 DESK WITH OPEN SHELVES

This farmhouse style desk brings in a minimalist style where function is the main priority.   It has a large, flat work space on top to hold all of your necessities, and 2 lower shelves with one basket included. 

This desk comes in 4 colors:  black, brown, distressed white, and distressed teal.  

PRICE:  $112-$125

 


NO. 2 DESK WITH DRAWERS

This small desk comes with 2 top drawers, and endless functions.   Use it as writing desk, craft desk, homework desk, and even a vanity. 

You could also use it in the laundry room to fold clothes on, and keep laundry baskets stored underneath.  Customize it with fun knobs and dipped (gold) feet, or add a fur desk chair or vanity stool.

This desk comes in 3 colors:  white, black, and brown. (gray is over $150 – fyi)

PRICE (white):  $125.51

PRICE (black):  $124.25

 

 


NO. 3  DESK WITH HUTCH

If you are looking for a study desk that can grow with your child, this one fits the bill.  It has a little bit of every thing, giving it the most function. 

It has a keyboard tray, small top hutch, small drawer, and lower shelf storage.  

This desk is available in 5 colors:   white, black, chocolate, maple, and cherry.

PRICE:  $100.90 

3 Additional Colors here:  weathered oak, gray, and country pine.

PRICE:  $133.19

Axess Computer Desk With Hutch


NO. 4 DESK WITH KEYBOARD TRAY

I love the hidden keyboard tray (left side) on this computer desk!!  It keeps the function intact without losing the style!  

Plus, you can store things with the keyboard because it is actually made like a drawer (closed instead of open in the back).  Great Idea.

This desk is available in 3 colors:  white, black, and oiled oak.

PRICE:  $115.99

Kilburn Computer Desk

 


NO. 5 DESK WITH FILE DRAWER

This highly functional computer desk comes with 3 drawers, and 2 open shelves on the side.  The 2 smaller top drawers are perfect for storing office essentials, and the large bottom file drawer helps to keep all of your important documents organized.  

The two open shelves on the side hold books, small baskets, and binders.  

This desk is available in 3 colors:  white, black, and gray/white.

PRICE:  $147.99


NO. 6 CORNER DESK

This adorable corner desk comes in handy for areas with small spaces.  Sometimes you need a dedicated work space without taking up wall space or a walk way.

Use it as a computer desk with the keyboard option, and store extra computer gadgets on the 2 lower shelves.  Or use it with the drawer option to keep office supplies organized, and store notebooks or file folders on the lower shelves.

This desk comes with 3 options:  with drawer and with keyboard tray.   2 colors:   black and white.

5 OTHER colors:  pink, red, blue, mint, and gray

PRICE with DRAWER:  $99.00

PRICE with KEYBOARD TRAY:  $132.00 – $135.99

PRICE with OTHER COLORS:  $119.99

 

 

Suri Wood Corner Writing Desk

 


NO. 7 L-SHAPED DESK

What a large work space you gain with this l-shaped computer desk.  It has enough space to hold a laptop or computer on one side, and a printer on the other side.

Plus, it has 2 storage shelves on the side to hold binders, file folder, or even decor accessories.

This desk is available in 5 colors:  white, black, espresso, gray, and rustic oak.

Option 2 desk is available in 6 colors:  white/gold. white, black, white/black, dark teak, light teak

PRICE:  $79-$100.27

PRICE for Option 2:  $138.69 – $142.99

 

 


NO. 8 FOLDABLE DESK

I have to admit that I am loving this wall-mounted fold away desk design!!  It’s perfect for extremely tight spaces, for college students, laundry rooms etc.  Use it as a dining table too.  

Both styles mount on the wall, fold down to make a desk, and then fold right back into the wall.  The first option has shelves – some slanted – for easy grabbing.  The second option has fixed and adjustable shelves, a corkboard, and dry erase board.

Two Options available:   Option 1,  and Option 2

PRICE for OPTION 1:  $104.99

PRICE for OPTION 2:  $131.99

 

 


NO. 9 MODERN/BOHO STYLE DESK

Of course I had to include a little mid-century mod style to the mix  – just to keep this post from getting too serious – LOL!!  Both of these desks are so cute, and add some FUN to FUNction!!  Totally cheesy, I know.

Both of these desks come in white, with bamboo legs.  The first option has a drawer, and the second option has a large open tray with glass top.

Two styles:  OPTION 1: white with drawer, OPTION 2: glass top/bamboo legs

PRICE for OPTION 1:  $145.67

PRICE for OPTION 2:  $129.90

 

 

 


NO. 10 DESK WITH DRAWERS & SHELVES

This one is in my daughter’s room – best Ikea Desk! 

If you like a style where you can’t see the clutter, this is the desk for you.  It comes with two top drawers, and three adjustable shelves.  

It also comes with a hutch only option which is a nice feature (might come in handy for a college dorm room or student’s first apartment – down the road).  

This desk is available in 2 colors:  white and black-brown and is available with a hutch (included) option.

PRICE DESK ONLY:  $89.99

PRICE HUTCH ONLY:  $50.00

PRICE WITH HUTCH INCLUDED:  $139.99

MICKE Desk IKEA ItҀ™s easy to keep cords and cables out of sight but close at hand with the cable outlet at the back.

 

MICKE Add-on unit-high IKEA

 

 

MICKE Desk IKEA

IN OUR HOUSE:  

And here it is in my daughter’s room!  Sorry the pictures aren’t better – we still haven’t gotten new carpet yet. πŸ™  I just wanted to show you what it looks like, and let you know how much we love it!!  

She actually picked it out herself – so that speaks volumes!!  Teenagers- right?? 

 

 

 

I love how everything (the drawers and shelves) are covered by the door/drawer fronts.  It just keeps things looking a little tidier – when it’s really NOT!! 

Plus, it has that (circle) cut out to help hide cable plugs.  She can also charge her phone on here too.

Hope you found one that you, your teenager, or your student can agree on!!  So, which one is your favorite?  Shoot me a comment- I’d love to hear some feedback.

Looking for more Back to School Inspiration?  Try my new post Back to School Party for Teachers (or Kids).  Find easy DIY decorations and tutorials to get your kiddo excited about the new year!

Have an Awesome Summer &

Welcome Back to School 2019-2020!

Love & Hugs πŸ™‚

 

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Painting Garage Doors Tutorial

If you’re reading this post, it probably means that 1) your garage door needs a little update, 2) you want to change the color of your garage door completely, and/or 3) you REALLY don’t want to spend the money hiring a painter.   Am I getting close?  Painting Garage Doors Tutorial

But….you still have some concerns and are wondering:

Can YOU take on this project?  How much will IT COST to paint the garage door yourself? 

How LONG will it take to paint?  and….. What is the best PAINT for metal garage doors?

Well, I’m here to tell you that YOU CAN do it!!  

And how do I know this, because…..this was my first time EVER to paint a garage door TOO.  So, I had all of the same concerns.  And I have to admit that it was super easy to do!!

I’ll show you how to paint your garage door the easy way, and that you can have a freshly painted garage door in only 2 days!  BAM – Problem solved!!   Girl Power πŸ™‚  So, let’s get to it!


PAINTING GARAGE DOORS TUTORIAL

Here are a couple of before and after pictures of the garage door so you can see what I was working with.  

BEFORE…..

 

AFTER……

 


PAINTING GARAGE DOORS TUTORIAL

I always like to give a little background information on my projects because each job has a different end result.  And I feel it’s important to address the problems first, so we know how to find the  best solutions – right?

FIRST THINGS FIRST:

So, you can tell from the pictures that I simply did a little updating on my garage door – no color change.   Basically, I was just touching up and refreshing the garage door, not doing a full makeover.

SECOND:

This is not my garage door at our home.  I was painting this door for a relative.  Therefore, I had to treat the project a little differently because it basically was for a customer.

THIRD:

This was a beach house garage door, so I had to choose paint that was appropriate for the weather conditions – like salt air.   You can tell from the picture below that I also had to address the “rust” issues. 

So, just don’t forget that climate in your area is an important factor when painting exterior items.

Here’s a closeup picture below.

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PAINTING GARAGE DOORS TUTORIAL

Here is a list of the supplies that I used for this project.  To see each picture and link to each individual item, scroll to the end of the post. 

SUPPLIES:


PAINT CHOICE:

The biggest question/concern for most people will be “what kind of paint did you use to paint your garage doors?” or what is the best paint to use for the metal garage doors?”  Right?

I used Rust-Oleum High Performance Paint – Oil-based White Gloss. 

WHY DID I CHOOSE THIS PAINT?

Since these were beach house garage doors (on the Gulf Coast), rust and salt air were my main concerns.   So, I knew that this project called for a “rust prevention” type of paint.

I chose oil-based paint because in my opinion, it adheres much better than latex paint.  And since the garage doors and trim are outside and metal, I knew oil-based paint was the right choice for me.   Plus, using this paint wouldn’t require for me to prime it first.  Win-win!

Just a FYI – the paint I chose comes in 13 colors (in case you were looking for a different color other than white), and 3 sheens (flat, semi-gloss, and gloss). 

***I would honestly pick semi-gloss*** if painting the garage doors at my own house.  But since I know that the salt air mixed with direct sunlight (at this beach house) will eventually dull out the sheen over time, I chose gloss.   

***AND*** I LOVED this paint so much, that I would definitely use it to repaint our garage doors at home!!  It really made this entire project so much easier – really!!

COST OF PROJECT:  

I spent $82.95 for the supplies that were purchased (but I already owned the paint roller handle, ladder, and optional scrubbing Libman brush).

This was for ONE SINGLE garage door (- 9ft tall x 8 ft wide), and ONE GALLON of paint.   I recommend 2 gallons for double garage doors.

***NOTE*** I forgot to measure the one I painted -sorry!  This garage door was taller than my single garage door at home – (which is 7ft tall x 8 ft wide) – just an fyi.  I will update as soon as I get the true measurement.  


PAINTING IN 4 EASY STEPS

STEP 1:   Gently sand, scrub, or wipe down your garage doors.

***NOTE*** You will not need sand paper if your garage doors and metal trim are in good condition.  You can use the scrubbing brush to scrape off loose particles, dirt, etc….. and then wipe down with a damp (not wet) rag.  Then let dry.  

For this project, I used a 120-grit sandpaper block to scrape off  loose rust on the garage doors and for peeling paint on the metal trim.   Then I used the scrubbing brush to remove any remaining dirt and loose particles, and wiped off with a rag.

***TIP*** The cleaner your garage door is, the better your paint will stick.  The better your paint will stick = less time painting.  Glad we got that all cleared up – LOL!! πŸ˜‰

 

 

See picture below.  Make sure to sweep off the loose particles and dirt into your dust pan, and dump into the trash.  You don’t want anything “loose” to blow into your wet paint.

 


STEP 2:  Tape Area  

***TIP***  Start with taping the garage doors first, and then plastic or canvas dropcloth last.

Take your painter’s tape and begin at left top corner of the garage trim.  Tape garage siding on the top portion of the trim first.  Then follow that down the right side of the garage trim.  Then go back and tape the left side.

***TIP*** Make sure to use 2 layers of tape.  This really helps in case you have a OOPS moment – trust me!

Taping will take more time than painting, but really makes the clean up process so much easier.  Plus, you don’t want to have to go back and do touch ups on your garage siding!!

 

Tape around the bottom at the jambs (don’t know the technical term – ha!), and along bottom of the door itself.  See picture below.

***TIP***  Make sure to tape the black rubber part of the garage door also.   See Below.

It should look something like the picture below when you’re finished taping around the garage door itself.  If you feel like you still might “accidentally” get paint on the garage siding, just use cardboard (cut and taped) around the perimeter.

OK – you’re not quite done yet with taping – sorry!!  


STEP 3:  Prep Area

Now it’s time to add your plastic or canvas dropcloth – taped down. LOL!!

Take your plastic dropcloth and spread out completely on the ground around your garage door area.  Make sure to go past the actual sides to give you a little wiggle room for accidents.

***TIP***  When you line up your plastic at the garage door, add A LAYER OF TAPE and then simply attach your plastic right to it. 

Remember how we already had 2 layers of tape?  Well, now you’ll just have 3 layers of tape, with plastic attached.  See Below.

 

This way you can just simply fold the plastic at the corners, and simply adhere to the existing tape.  Why is this a big deal? 

Well, because it makes sure that the plastic is taped to another piece of tape instead of the driveway.  Sometimes tape doesn’t stick so well to a gravel driveway, and will lift up.  

This is just a secondary precaution so you don’t get paint on the driveway – which is extremely difficult to clean!

 

Once you get your plastic taped securely at the garage door area, you can now tape the rest of the plastic down to the driveway.

***TIP***  I like to tape mine down in perpendicular angles – not directly on edge – for the remaining plastic.  This way, air can go under the plastic and then can leave the plastic on the other side!!

If you tape it down directly on the edge, the entire perimeter, air will get trapped inside.  And then will lift the entire plastic covering right off the ground.  

See pictures below.

 

 

It should look like this when done.  I always use extra paint cans or supplies to hold down the outer corners.  Once again – just extra precautions to keep that plastic dropcloth from blowing up, and into the painted garage doors!

Wow – can we finally get to the painting tutorial already??  Hahaha!!  I mean really – how much prep can go into this right?

Well, I’m here to tell you that the painting portion is soooo easy.  Once you get to this point, you are basically home free πŸ˜‰


STEP 4:  Paint 

PAINT TRIM FIRST:

You will start in the LEFT TOP corner again and paint all of the trim edges first.  Use your 2″ (angled) brush to paint the area of the trim where it butts up to the garage siding, and any areas where your roller brush might miss. 

Do this all around the trim (outside and inside) of the entire garage door.

 

 

 

Now, use your roller brush and paint on the top portion of the trim.  The roller brush will add the TEXTURE you need so that it matches the existing paint job.

Can you see the “textured” area (picture above) on the top portion where I painted with the  roller brush versus the bottom portion where I painted with the paint brush? 

This textured area will match the coating that was originally painted on the trim, plus it blends perfectly with the textured garage door.

The picture below shows the trim only painted, and the door not painted.

 


PAINTING THE GARAGE DOOR:

Now, take your paint brush again and paint sides and top of the garage door.  This is the perfect time to do touch ups on the under side of the trim area also.

I know that this part is a little time consuming, but helps out tremendously in the long run.

Don’t forget about the bottom of the garage door, and around the handle area.  Both of these areas will be difficult to cover completely with the roller brush.

In the picture below, you can tell where I painted at the top and side portions (using the paint brush).

 

After you have painted the perimeter of the garage door with your paint brush, go ahead and begin painting the remaining area with your roller brush.

***TIP*** I first tried to paint the grooves with my paint brush, but figured out a little system to be able to use the roller brush!!  Game Changer for speeding this up!

Just use a little pressure when rolling the paint in those grooves, and it will cover it ALL.  

 

I rolled everything around the grooves first, and then painted the grooves last.  It really made it so much easier to paint this way.

 

I chose to paint the handle to save money, and also because I knew it would just rust again πŸ™‚  Here it is with the first coat done.

Let Everything Dry Overnight.  This paint will actually dry to the touch in about 4-6 hours, but go ahead and let it dry overnight.


Paint 2nd coat and pull off the tape immediately.   ***TIP*** This will help make sure that if you have too much excess paint on the tape, it won’t melt or stick onto your siding. 

Just make sure that you don’t let the tape or plastic bump into your wet paint.

AND YOU ARE DONE!! WOOHOO!!

 

*** Check out my new post – just in time for back to school Top 10 Best Desks for Students (Under $150).  More Back to School posts coming soon! ***

Have a Great Summer!!

Love & Hugs πŸ™‚

Looking for more outdoor projects or inspiration? 

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33 Best Outdoor Seating Options:  ALL Under $500

 


***SHOP SUPPLIES***

Painters Tape or here                                                                                                   Plastic dropcloths

3M ScotchBlue 1.41 in. x 60 yds. Original Multi-Use Painter's TapeHDX 9 ft. x 12 ft. 0.7 mil Drop Cloth (3-Pack)

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sandpaper block or here                                                                                      Libman Scrubbing Brush

3M Pro Grade Precision 2-1/2 in. x 4 in. x 1 in. 120 Grit Fine Block Sanding Sponge

 

 

 

 

 

 


Paint Brush Set                                                                                                 Roller Brush Set or here

2 in. Flat Cut, 3 in. Flat Cut, 2 in. Angled Sash Polyester Paint Brush Set (3-Piece)9 in. x 3/8 in. High-Density Polyester Knit Paint Roller Cover (3-Pack)

 

 

 

 

 

 


Roller Brush Handle or here                                                                                           Paint Tray or here

9 in. 5-Wire Heavy-Duty Roller Frame9 in. Plastic Roller Tray

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rust-Oleum White Paint (13 colors), 2-pack                                                                        Paint Stir Sticks

1 Gal. Paint Mixing Craft Sticks (10-Pack)

 

 

 

 

 

 


Paint thinner                                                                                                                                Ladder 

Klean-Strip 1 gal. Paint ThinnerWerner 6 ft. Fiberglass Step Ladder with 300 lb. Load Capacity Type IA Duty Rating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Adding a Shiplap Feature Wall to Living Room

With all of the renovations that we have done to our house, the shiplap accent wall in the living room is definitely one of my top 3 favorites!!   Besides our master bath remodel, and opening up our kitchen walls, the design of this shiplap feature wall has significantly transformed the room.  And today, I am excited to finally be sharing our shiplap living room accent wall with you!  Adding A Shiplap Feature Wall to Living Room.

***This post is a little long – sorry!!  But it covers the shiplap accent wall, painted white brick fireplace, and the shiplap bookshelf built-in.  So grab a drink and a snack….. and let’s get to it!!***

If you want to learn more about what shiplap is, or want more shiplap inspiration pictures and ideas,  try The Shiplap Guide:  Shiplap, Tongue & Groove, and Plank Walls and 41 Shiplap Ideas:  Not Just for Walls.

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***Have a question for me?  Shoot me a comment.  I tried to cover everything we did in the room, but I might have forgotten something – LOL!!  I’d love to help out any way I can!


ADDING A SHIPLAP FEATURE WALL TO LIVING ROOM

So, here is what the room used to look like.  This picture was taken a couple of weeks before we flooded during Hurricane Harvey for our home fall tour 2017 post (this was my 2nd post ever– so it’s – well – looks like a new blogger did it – LOL)!!  Hopefully, I’ve gotten a little better!  

BEFORE:

source: thetarnishedjewelblog.com

AFTER:   Complete transformation of the room – right?  To see more of this spring and summer living room post click Spring Home Tour 2019.

 


THE STARTING PLACE:  Why did we decide to add the entire feature wall in shiplap?

When we flooded from the hurricane, we had to demo the sheetrock up to 4 ft. high on the entire 1st floor of our house.   So, we knew there were going to be some changes to that fireplace wall and niche anyway.  

Here are some pictures of what it looked like, to give you an idea of what we were working with.

 

In the picture below, you can tell that our living wall is in line with the foyer wall – one continuous flat wall.  But….not for long.

And then we were told by the mold inspector that everything below 4 ft high should be removed also for safety reasons.  So this meant all kitchen, laundry, & bathrooms cabinets AND the fireplace mantel would need to be removed.   UGH!! -( but we kind of knew this was going to happen).

Since we were already planning to replace the armoire niche with a shiplap bookshelf built-in, (see inspiration pic #1 below), we knew we needed a new design plan for the entire wall. 


INSPIRATION PICTURES:  What did we want the shiplap feature wall design to look like?

Inspiration picture #1:  This was my favorite picture for the shiplap built-in bookshelf – love it Forever Cottage!

source: forevercottage.blogspot.com

And since we could not add another matching bookshelf to the left side of our fireplace (our laundry room is behind that wall), our *contractor* (*see NOTE below pictures*) suggested adding the shiplap to the entire wall – yes please!! – and so the decision was made right then and there.    

So, I went back to my pinterest boards, and picked out a couple more shiplap fireplace wall inspiration pics.  And I fell in LOVE!!

Inspiration pictures below:  Don’t you just love both of these designs by Studio-McGee and Max Crosby Construction, respectively?   They are both so dreamy – right?

Inspiration picture #2:  Incredible!!  Studio-McGee does amazing work.

source: studio-mcgee.com

Inspiration picture #3:  I love everything about this feature wall design by Max Crosby Construction!!  

source: instagram.com (max crosby construtction)

Now, that I had our feature wall ideas ready, we could begin planning out the actual layout of the fireplace and bookshelf.

I knew that I would take the white brick fireplace and mantel from Studio-McGee’s picture and the fireplace brick surround design from Max Crosby’s picture, and merge them together.  Voila- it’s go time!!

  • BEWARE (BELOW)!!

*** NOTE ***  That same contractor (who abandoned our job) tried to act like I added this shiplap wall to our contract without him knowing anything about it…..when he was the one who suggested it. 

So, Please be careful when hiring out – and get everything – in writing!   Whether you’re adding OR removing items on your contract, get WRITTEN and SIGNED (by both parties) change order slips. 

OK – Let’s Get To The Good Stuff!!


ADDING A SHIPLAP FEATURE WALL TO LIVING ROOM

I am going to break this post into 4 Categories & give you a project list to make scrolling easier.  Some of the projects were going on at the same time, so I’ll be showing the overall progress with some overlapping pictures.

4 CATEGORIES:

  1.  Shiplap Bookshelf  Built-In Remodel
  2.  Fireplace Remodel 
  3.  Shiplap Accent Wall Design
  4.  Brick Fireplace Surround 

PROJECT LIST:

  1.   Square off Rounded Niche
  2.   Add Lower Cabinet for Built-In
  3.   Bump out Fireplace Wall
  4.   Add New Mantel, Fireplace Gas Door
  5.   Add Shiplap to Bookshelf, Fireplace and Wall
  6.   Add Brick Surround
  7.   Add Trim and Corner Pieces
  8.   Add Built-in Upper Shelves, Lower Cabinet Shelf
  9.   Prime & Paint
  10.   Add Hardware to Bookshelf 
  11.   Add New Ceiling Fan

NO. 1 SHIPLAP BOOKSHELF BUILT-IN

The first thing the workers started on was squaring off the existing arches of the niche, and then building the lower cabinet of the bookshelf. 

***NOTE*** Dimensions are included at the VERY END of the post….if you want more info on them.

Here it is in stages….

#1 Before

 

#2 Squared off Corners

 

#3 Adding Shiplap

 

#4 Adding Trim and Corner Pieces

 

#5 Adding Doors – Now ready for puttying holes, priming and painting.

Picture below.  And with the lower shelf under the cabinet – for electronics, basket for organizing movies, and space for extra throw blankets & toss pillows.

***NOTE*** I had the carpenter build a shelf like this in my kitchen cabinets also.  They are a must-have in large, tall cabinets so you don’t waste any space.  Plus, the shelves make it so much easier to stack smaller household items on top, and to tuck larger items underneath.

 


NO 2.  SHIPLAP FIREPLACE REMODEL

I was so excited to remodel our fireplace, but had NO idea how many parts really made up the entire fireplace unit.   Basically, you are designing the whole thing, piece by piece!!

***NOTE*** Dimensions are included at the VERY END of the post….if you want more info on them.

So, to make this a little easier for you to visualize, I added this picture below with fireplace terminology.

Source: pinterest.com (via google)

 

Remember that “starting out” picture with the LONG, flat wall from the foyer to the living room?  Well, it was time to address that problem, and find a  solution for it.

So, the first thing I wanted to change, was to bump out the overmantel 6″ from the wall.  Since that existing flat wall has bothered me for like 14 years – LOL , I couldn’t wait to add some detail to it!!

The bump out creates architectural interest to a flat, builder-grade wall, and gives the room a much needed natural focal point.   Now, the fireplace is a defined element instead of a combined element of the wall.

***NOTE*** Dimensions are included at the VERY END of the post….if you want more info on them.

Here is the front view….

I’m going to combine the shiplap feature wall and fireplace wall, since my pictures were overlapping each other.


NO. 3 SHIPLAP ACCENT WALL

The shiplap accent wall went up a lot of faster than anticipated, once they did their test run on how to install it.  Since this was the first time the workers had installed shiplap, I had to do a little digging to know what to tell them – that’s how the Shiplap guide:  shiplap, tongue & groove, and plank walls post came to be!!

Now, that I knew using actual shiplap boards (not the other 2 methods) was the look I was going for, the project could begin.

And even though our contractor and subs told us they “could not find any shiplap boards anywhere because of the hurricane wood shortage”…… (again – whole other story-ugh!!) I found some anyway – haha!!  Thank you Home Depot – love the shiplap.

Sometimes, you just have to take matters in your own hands – am I right?  Where there is a will ladies – there IS A WAY!!

Pictured below is a closeup of the shiplap boards, and the “gap” between them.  The workers used a scrap piece of plywood (for the spacing between boards) each time, and the measurement is just a little less than 1/4″ gap.

We tried a couple of different gap sizes to see which one I liked the most, and the bigger gap appealed to me more.  It is really personal preference – but I wanted to see the lines for added texture.

***NOTE***  Make sure the line from your bookshelf (right side) is even with your fireplace overmantel (middle) and with your shiplap feature wall (left side).  You can tell that they are using that bottom piece on the mantel shelf to keep everything in line.

 

 

Once the shiplap is started, the line is just followed all of the way down the wall.  Even if they had to cut smaller pieces around the fireplace overmantel bump out, they would continue matching up the lines.

And pictured below…. that overmantel is only 6″ deep, but it now defines the actual fireplace – right?  As a result of the bump out, the eye has a natural “stopping point” which creates a natural focal point!!


NO. 4 BRICK FIREPLACE SURROUND 

My idea for the fireplace design was to use the inspiration pictures (above)….and combine them a little bit.  I wanted to have a “simple and clean lines” look like the Studio-McGee picture, and then use the brick fireplace surround design like the Max Crosby picture – only painted white.  

Since we knew the bricks were going to be painted, the contractor just used plain bricks.

If your are looking for more brick fireplace inspiration, try 30 Stunning White Brick Fireplace Ideas and 35 Natural Gorgeous Natural Brick Fireplace Ideas.   

Can you tell I am a visual person…… or noticed my “inspiration pics” taped on the wall throughout the living room – haha!!  There’s one in the bookshelf portion also!

You can tell from the picture above and below, that we were trying out different brick designs to see which direction we wanted the bricks to go (vertical vs. horizontal).

And I have to admit that I never knew sooooo much detail would go into the brick fireplace surround…..and the different brick placement DID create different looks – what??!!  Cra-zee!!

 

We were planning to add trim (plinth), kind of like feet to the legs of the fireplace also, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. 

We were so rushed at this point because of the contractor problem, that we basically just gave up πŸ™  The plinth (feet) would have had a little detail trim of some sort, but oh well – life’s moving on!! 

 

One thing that I did pick out, and still love is this clean, simple trim piece (white piece below).  We also used it on the wrapped beams when we opened the kitchen walls, and it just adds a crisp clean line.

 

 


PAINTING EVERYTHING WHITE

We used Sherwin Williams Snowbound (SW 7004), oil-based paint for everything (shiplap feature wall, brick fireplace, & shiplap boookshelf).  The painters primed it all first, and then sprayed it twice with the snowbound.

But….. the paint job was not good the first time around……so the contractor brought in a second painter to RE-PAINT everything again!! Nightmare!!  

So it does have about 3-4 coats of paint on it.  

***NOTE***  The puttying or covering of all the nails holes and trim pieces was very time consuming – just a FYI. 

Can you tell this was not the most pleasant process?? haha!!

 

 

 

 


THE REVEAL

 

 

 

 

Of course, I couldn’t resist adding my “love & hugs” accent pieces in here – front and center – LOL!!  It’s like a ray of sunshine for me πŸ™‚ 

 

It’s the little things….  I love the way that they installed the shiplap lining the ceiling and all of the side walls.  Since the niche was deep (from the armoire), the bookshelf shelves wouldn’t have looked right.

So, they made the lower cabinet large (to fill the space), and then filledin the “extra space” with the shiplap.  It’s my favorite part of the entire bookshelf!

Who knew such a small detail would add the biggest impact?

 

 

 

Well, what do you think?  Do you think it transforms the room?  Let me know – I’d love to hear some feedback!

Will you try to add a shiplap or other feature wall design to your home, and if so where would you install it?

Have a Great Week!! 

Love & Hugs πŸ™‚

Want more brick fireplace inspiration?  Try 30 Stunning White Brick Fireplace Ideas and 35 Natural Gorgeous Natural Brick Fireplace Ideas. 

If you want to learn more about what shiplap is, or want more shiplap inspiration pictures and ideas,  try The Shiplap Guide:  Shiplap, Tongue & Groove, and Plank Walls and 41 Shiplap Ideas:  Not Just for Walls.

Want to see more of our home remodeling makeovers try Master Bath Remodel and Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom.

Ready for Back to School Planning?  Try Top 10 Best Desks for Students or Back to School Party for Teachers (or Kids).


SUPPLIES & DIMENSIONS/MEASUREMENTS GUIDE

  1.   Shiplap – Home Depot – (9/16 in. x 5 1/4 in. x 8 ft)
  2.   Corner Trim – Fireplace 
  3.   Trim – bookshelf & wall –  1″ x 3″ x 8 ft., 1″ x 2″ x 8 ft.
  4.   Hardware pulls
  5.   Ceiling Fan
  6.   Paint – Sherwin Williams -OIL BASED – Snowbound SW 7004
  7.   Fireplace Dimensions (see below)
  8.   Bookshelf Dimensions (see below)
  9.   Living Room Accent Wall Dimensions (see below)

 

#1 – Shiplap – 6 pieces/box                                                                        #2 –  Corner Fireplace Molding

ARAUCO 9/16 in. x 5-1/4 in. x 8 ft. Primed Pine Nickel Gap Ship Lap Board (6-Pieces Per Box)Hampton Bay 1 in. x 91.5 in. Outside Corner Molding in Warm White

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3 – Trim – (1 in. x 3 in. x 8 ft), (1 in. x 2 in. x 8 ft)                                      #4 – Bookshelf Cabinet Pulls                                                                

1 in. x 3 in. x 8 ft. Furring Strip Board

Liberty 3-3/4 in. (96 mm) Center-to-Center Stainless Steel Bar Drawer Pull (4-Pack)

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5 – Ceiling Fan

Home Decorators Collection Hanlon 52 in. Integrated LED Indoor/Outdoor Stainless Steel Ceiling Fan with Light Kit and Wall Control

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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).

***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 for more info.  Thanks for your support!! πŸ™‚


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!!    

SECOND:

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!!

THIRD:

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.   RIC RAC 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. πŸ™   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 ric rac 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 πŸ™‚

Looking for more summer and outdoor decorating inspiration, try:

10 Ultimate Outdoor Summer Party Essentials

9 Affordable Ways to Update to Your Outdoor Living Space

DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top

33 Stunning Outdoor Seating Inspirations

33 Best Outdoor Seating Options:  ALL Under $500

Painting Garage Doors Tutorial

*** Looking for back to school inspiration?  Try Top 10 Best Desks for Students (under $150).  More posts coming soon πŸ™‚ ***

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Ultimate Outdoor Summer Party Essentials

So, school is almost out and it’s time to get your patio ready for summer entertaining.  You’ve gotten your outdoor seating area ready with your new cushions, planters all filled with your favorite spring colors, and now all you need is…..well a reason to throw a party & some guests! BOOM – Summer Love – here we come!!  10 Ultimate Outdoor Summer Party Essentials.

But before you send out the evites, are you sure you have everything you need?  Here are the 10 Ultimate Outdoor Summer Party Essentials to make your Summer 2019 hashtag- worthy!!  Kick back, relax and let the unforgettable family memories begin πŸ™‚

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Want more spring/summer inspiration and tips, click here to see 33 patio seating inspirations, 33 patio seating options, my Spring Home Tour 2019, and 14 Easy Memorial Day & Patriotic Decorating Ideas.

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10 ULTIMATE OUTDOOR SUMMER PARTY ESSENTIALS

Hosting an outdoor party should be a fun, easy, and relaxing way to hang out with your family and friends.  So to make your party planning easier, I have divided out the party essentials into 3 categories:

1:  WELCOME YOUR GUESTS – setting the scene

2:  ENTERTAIN YOUR GUESTS – hostess with the most-ess (LOL)

3:  MINGLE WITH YOUR GUESTS – a time of gathering  

This way you’ll be able to do a “walk through” of your party, and see it through the eyes of your guests.  It will be kind of like a dress rehearsal, & you can tweak things as you go along.  

So, let’s get to the goodies!!


10 ULTIMATE OUTDOOR SUMMER PARTY ESSENTIALS

  1.  Doormats
  2.  Outdoor Lighting
  3.  Raised Planters/Window Boxes/Trellises
  4.  Storage Benches/Planter Benches
  5.  Bar Carts
  6.  Melamine Dinnerware & Stemware
  7.  Outdoor Ice Chests, Beverage Tubs, Beverage Dispensers
  8.  Fire Pits
  9.  Lawn Games
  10.  Cushion Storage Boxes 

***Scroll to End of Post to skip directly to the shopping portion – with pictures of all items included.  Plus, a sneak peek with one at my house!! ***


WELCOME YOUR GUESTS

NO. 1 – Doormats

If you want to welcome your guests with a smile, then check out these adorable doormats I have found.  Summer is all about the laid-back and “fun” you, so choose one that reflects your inner spirit. 

Your guests will automatically feel your relaxed hostess vibe and the “real” party can begin asap – lol!!  Choose neutral colors if you want your doormat to blend in with your outdoor seating decor, or choose fun happy colors to add a pop of energy.  

 

Anjenette I Hope You Brought Wine Natural Coir Door mat

 

 

 

Shop Doormats:  Wine Mat, Watermelon Mat 1 (MINE), Watermelon Mat 2 (more options available), Hello Mat 1, Hello Mat 2


NO. 2 – Raised Planters/Window Boxes/Trellises

Who doesn’t love plants in their backyard or patio?  They bring life, color, and scenery to a blank space and make our hearts smile with joy!!  So, why not bring that feeling to elevated areas with raised planters, window boxes, and trellises?

Mattapoisett 3 ft. x 1.5 ft. Raised Garden

 

Fairfield Plastic Window Box Planter

Shop Raised Planters:  Option 1, Option 2

Shop Window Boxes:  Option 1, Option 2

Shop Trellises:  Option 1, Option 2

Dayanara Vinyl Trellis


NO. 3 –  Outdoor Lighting 

Lighting is such a fun (yet important) element of outdoor living and outdoor entertaining.  You can really express your own personality through light fixtures, and you don’t have to compromise style when on a tight budget. 

Wall Mount Outdoor Lighting:

Wall mount lights add subtle ambiance, function, and style all at the same time.  These lights really set the tone for your backyard design and vibe.  Is your look more classic and traditional or boho and eclectic?  

Belleair Bluffs Outdoor Barn Light

Shop Wall Mount Outdoor Lighting:  Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Option 4, Option 5


Landscape Lighting:

Landscape lighting adds the most drama to you outdoor space, but is probably the most over-looked design element.  It’s a very small price to pay to “introduce” your outdoor patio area to your family and friends with these hidden lights.  

They highlight and accent gorgeous, lush green landscapes and planted trees, and also help light the paths of your sidewalks and steps.  Use solar lights to help save money.

 

 

Shop Landscape Lighting:  Option 1Option 2 


Lanterns:

Using Candle lanterns is the easiest way to add light and ambiance to your backyard oasis, and is easy on the wallet also.   They come in a variety of heights, styles, and colors.  They are definitely one of my favorite patio essentials – I LOVE them!!

If you want to go FULL – drama, then choose the taller sizes (like 29″H or 32″H).   Looking to highlight an area, sprinkle a combination of sizes around the pool, on accent or dinner tables, and even benches. If you’re going for a farmhouse look, hang different sizes and heights in your trees.  Just make sure the limbs can support the weight.

 

Landen Black Metal Lanterns

***TIP***  I would definitely encourage you to bring these metal lanterns indoors, when not in use.  I know they always say indoor/outdoor, but metal rusts.   If you choose to keep them outdoors indefinitely, you can always do a little touch-up painting each year (not a biggie). 

Shop Lanterns:  Black, Black 2 (more colors)White, White 2 (more colors), Outdoor Candles


NO. 4 – Storage Benches/Planter Benches

These storage benches come in very handy to provide extra seating and storage.  Having the back provides additional support and keep things from blowing around.  Plus, it gives your outdoor space a little coastal farmhouse charm.

Store extra patio cushions and pool toys inside the hidden portion, and hold your guest’s beach bags, towels, and shoes on the seating portion.  Plus, you can hang towels on the back of the bench to dry while entertaining your guests at the pool.   

Eden Resin Storage Bench

Planter Benches:

The planter bench stores…well….uhh… plants – LOL!!  I just had to include it here because it is so adorable and functional!! Use it against a wall to give a little pop of color, or use 2 or 3 together and frame out a seating area around a fire pit or deck. 

Arianna Rectangular Wood Planter Bench

 

Shop Storage Benches:  Option 1, Option 2, Option 3

Planter Bench:  Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Option 4


ENTERTAIN YOUR GUESTS

NO. 5 –  Outdoor Bar Carts

Nothing says Outdoor Summer Party more than a bar cart – on wheels.  These rolling bar carts are the ultimate entertaining accessory to accommodate all of your outdoor party needs, and help make entertaining easy and enjoyable. 

They provide long, flat surfaces for food preparation and serving, hooks for grilling utensils and pot holders, a condiments section, a spice rack, and even a paper towel roll (option 1).  Use the hidden storage to store extras like water bottles, paper goods, and even charcoal.Cambron Caster Bar Serving Cart

Shop Outdoor Bar Carts:  Option 1, Option 2, Option 3


NO. 6 –  Melamine Dinnerware & Acrylic Stemware

No summer party is “safely” complete without melamine dinnerware & stemware – LOL!!  They have come a long way since their introduction, and are available now in tons of patterns, colors, and styles.   

Plus, they are dishwasher safe and very user- friendly.  You don’t have to worry about your bestie dropping one of your glass wine stems (you know that’s happened – HA!), or one of your kiddos dropping a ceramic plate.

 

Cogswell Melamine Mauna Crackle 12 Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 4

Melamine & Acrylic

These are becoming more and more popular for everyday use as well, especially when you have younger kiddos.  They are perfect when teaching kids how to help clear the table after dinner, or help empty out the dishwasher – without fear of breaking them πŸ˜‰

Clarity Turquoise Acrylic Stemware

 

Shop Melamine Dinnerware:  Blue Solid Set – more colors), Blue Pattern Set, Blue Pattern Plates Only, Terra Cotta Set

Shop Acrylic Stemware:  Clear, Turquoise, Cobalt

Shop Acrylic Tumblers:  Clear, Turquoise, Cobalt


NO. 7 – Outdoor Ice Chests, Beverage Tubs, Beverage Dispensers

This is probably #1 on everyone’s must-haves list for Summer Fun!!  It doesn’t matter if you’re throwing a Memorial Day Party, Fourth Of July Party, Graduation Party, Pool Party, Kid’s Birthday Party, Back to School Party, or even a Labor Day Party – ALL Summer Long – chilled drinks are a MUST!!

I’ve rounded up several options ranging from ice chests on wheels, to wicker or wooden ice chest boxes, to ice chest stands.  Whatever your style is, there is an outdoor ice chest that fits your outdoor living style.  

80 Qt. Oakland Patio Cooler

 

Shop Ice Chests:  

On Casters:   Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Option 4

Outdoor cooler (stationary):  Wicker, Wooden, Galvanized Metal Beverage Tub

Beverage Dispensers:  Option 1, Option 2, Option 3

Bar Cooler:  Option 1

32 Qt. Clarita Bar Cooler


MINGLE WITH YOUR GUESTS

NO. 8 – Fire Pits

Fire Pits are the perfect addition to your outdoor patio, that you can use all year long.  They make a gorgeous focal point, and create a quiet coziness for your outdoor living space. 

Use them in the evenings for an adult cocktail party with family and friends to create a little ambiance.  Or use them to toast marshmallows for s’mores, for a kid-friendly Memorial Day or Fourth of July Party.  No matter where you decide to put it, it is sure to gather people together.

Crossweave Steel Wood Burning Fire Pit

Shop Fire Pits:  Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Option 4, Option 5


NO. 9 – Outdoor Lawn Games 

Summer gatherings are just not complete unless there’s a little friendly competition.  So bust out the lawn games and bring the party to life.  These games are ideal for an adult get-together, and also kid-friendly for family events.   

Couples can play against other couples, or try to play girls against guys for added fun.  Do the same with families: one family against other family, girls against guys, or kids against parents. 

It’s a great way for people to get to know one another, and for everyone to feel included.  Win- win!!

Shop Outdoor Games:  Cornhole (beanbag) Toss, Rollzee Dice Game, Ring Toss, Washers


NO. 10 – Outdoor Storage Boxes

These storage deck boxes are a must-have for outdoor organization.  They come in various sizes and styles to accommodate all of your backyard needs. 

Use them to store patio cushions, pool toys, planting/garden accessories, extra towels, & more.  They are light weight so you move them around easily, and can serve double-duty as extra seating or accent tables.  

Williston Resin Storage Bench & Reviews | Joss & Main

Brightwood 120 Gallon Resin Deck Box

Shop Storage Boxes

Small:  Option 1, Option 2, Option 3

Large:  Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Option 4

 

I hope you found one or 2 essentials to get your outdoor living space summer ready!!  And you have the best. summer.  EVER!!

So, which one if your absolute FAVORITE??!!  Let me know!

LOVE & SUMMER HUGS πŸ™‚

Want more spring, summer & outdoor inspiration try:

14 Easy Patriotic & Memorial Day Decorating Ideas, 9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Patio

33 patio seating inspirations,  33 patio seating options, DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top

Spring Home Tour 2019,  Painting Garage Doors Tutorial, and 10 Ways To Add Color To Your Entry


Here is a picture of the watermelon doormat “party essential” on my front porch – I love it!  It just screams summer fun – doesn’t it?

 


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Mattapoisett 3 ft. x 1.5 ft. Raised Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timeless Easy Grow 3.7 ft x 1.6 ft Resin Raised GardenFairfield Plastic Window Box Planter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eden Resin Storage Bench

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arianna Rectangular Wood Planter Bench

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Cambron Caster Bar Serving Cart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eta Bar Serving Cart

Buckland Serving Cart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cogswell Melamine Mauna Crackle 12 Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 4

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Bezu 11" Heavy Weight Melamine Dinner PlateAdah 16 Piece Melamine Dinnerware Set, Service for 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clarity Clear Acrylic StemwareClarity Turquoise Acrylic Stemware

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clarity Blue Acrylic StemwareClarity Clear Acrylic Tumbler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clarity Turquoise Acrylic Tumbler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

80 Qt. Oakland Patio Cooler80 Qt. Antique Patio Rolling Cooler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

80 Qt. Patio Rolling Cooler77 Qt. Gallon Deck Cooler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lamanna 60 Qt. Outdoor Cooler

Natural Wood Outdoor Cooler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

710 Oz. Galvanized Steel Beverage TubMia Beverage Dispenser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stiles Unbreakable 3.5 Gallon Beverage DispenserGilford Basics 3 Piece Beverage Dispenser Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32 Qt. Clarita Bar CoolerBelle Stone Propane Fire Pit Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crossweave Steel Wood Burning Fire PitSteel Wood Burning Fire Pit Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Giant Wooden Dice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cube 13 Gallon Resin Deck Box

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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! 

*** 14 Easy Patriotic & Memorial Day Decorating Ideas is now ready (you can use your new painted planters for Memorial day too)!! ***

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, 33 Best Outdoor Seating Options:  ALL Under $500, and Painting Garage Doors Tutorial.


DIY PAINTED FLOWER POT TUTORIAL:  BLUE TOP

source: thetarnishedjewelblog.com

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.  πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ™‚

***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 πŸ™‚

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Spring Home Tour 2019

10 Ways to Add Color To Your Entry

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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, DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top, and 14 Easy Patriotic & Memorial Day ecorating Ideas are now ready!!

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

*** 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 for more information.  Thanks for your support! πŸ™‚


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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ™‚ ***

*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!!  πŸ™‚

If you’re looking for spring inspirations, try Spring Home Tour 2019, 10 Ultimate Outdoor Summer Party Essentials, DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top, and 14 Easy Patriotic & Memorial Day Decorating Ideas are now ready!!

If you’re looking for more outdoor inspiration, try 33 Stunning Outdoor Seating Inspirations, 33 Best Outdoor Seating Options All Under $500, Painting Garage Doors Tutorial, or you can follow me on pinterest:  outdoor patio love.

 


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* The 2 cushions below are rounded 18.5×15.5×3 *

Wickenburg Indoor/Outdoor Dining Chair Cushion

Pillow Perfect Outdoor/ Indoor In The Frame Rounded Corners Seat Cushion (Set of 2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


* The 4 cushions below are square – 20x20x3 *

Pillow Perfect Outdoor/Indoor Aspidoras Cobalt Squared Corners Seat Cushion 20x20x3 (Set of 2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pillow Perfect Outdoor/Indoor In The Frame Sapphire Squared Corners Seat Cushion 20x20x3 (Set of 2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pillow Perfect Outdoor/Indoor Aspidoras Throw Pillow (Set of 2), 18.5", Cobalt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeley Circles Outdoor Throw Pillow

Corbin Outdoor Lumbar Pillow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joss & Main Essentials Outdoor Throw Pillow

Lutz Outdoor Throw Pillow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beechwood Outdoor Throw Pillow

Brennan Cotton Lumbar Throw Pillow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Estelle Plastic/Resin Pot Planter

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 πŸ™‚ ***

***Spring Home Tour 2019 and 14 Easy Patriotic & Memorial Day Decorating Ideas – are 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 here 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