I found the most beautiful color pumpkin at Walmart and it was a steal at $5.98. I had this old toolbox that I found on the side of the road, cleaned it up and gave it a quick whitewash. I wanted to fill it with all natural elements, so I added gourds and mini pumpkins, plus some dried hydrangea as fillers. I made a quick no sew burlap table runner and love how it turned out! I also picked up 2 glass vases and candle holders from the dollar store using E6000 to attach then filled it with faux leaves and pumpkins. Happy Fall!
I have been busy with some signs as I had a bunch of pallet boards and leftover wood I wanted to use. Mostly, I just like making them. I am most excited about this old board I found in the woods behind my house. No idea where it came from or how old it is, but I didn’t want to cover up the signage. Plus it has a wine theme and I thought it would look cool in my dining room. I just cleaned it up and gave it a quick glaze. Love the chippy goodness of this sign!
Like so many of you, I love fall decorating and my favorite place to decorate is my farmer’s porch. I spend a lot of time here at least until it gets too cold. I saw these adorable pumpkin topiary’s all over blog land and was psyched when Michael’s had the pumpkins 50% off. I used old 5 gallon bakery bins as the base and covered them in burlap. I love, love them by my front door!
My friend Elaine, who I have literally known since I was 15-(that’s a lot of years) asked me to refinish the top of her beautiful cherry table. I was a little nervous because it is a beautiful piece of furniture, however, the top had a large stain. She wanted a white finish, but wanted some of the cherry to show. I had so much fun with this technique. I took a dry brush and slowly started with old white, then distressed with sandpaper (hoping Santa brings me a sander!). I then added Annie Sloan clear wax, let that dry then buffed it out, added a little Annie dark wax, went over again with clear and buffed it out in the morning. It almost looks like marble. It really is so cool what Annie’s paint can do.
In this day and age with school bullying rampant, I speak to my daughter all the time about being true to herself and not a follower. My daughter is definitely an individual. She loves clothes from Hot Topic, which means lots of skulls! Living in the country, this sometimes does not blend in with the Abercrombie crowd and she sometimes takes some heat. What I love is, she is who she is and has not changed. As she is a senior this year I find myself getting nostalgic and already preparing for the changes College will bring. Anyway, I saw this be.you.tiful wording on Pinterest and wanted to make this for Amanda’s room to remind her to always “be you”
I have been working on a few sign requests. The first is for a coworker who lives on a beautiful farm in CT. She wanted a sign to hang outside her chicken coop and I thought rustic pallet wood would be perfect. My dad angled the edges for me and she seemed to love it.
I have been seeing these really cool coffee bars posted on Pinterest and I wanted to free up space on my counter so, I got to work on a kitchen buffet I had, first giving it a quick coat of Annie Sloan old white. I made a coffee bar sign for the top, added my Keurig (love this) and an assortment of coffee, tea and hot chocolate, even picking up Starbucks Sugar Free Caramel syrup for my iced coffee (the best). My daughter can fill her travel mug on her way to school with everything at her fingertips. She is a Senior this year, how can that be!?