French grain sacks have been in style for quite some time. As of late, it’s popularity is flowing over into many types of home decor. It’s influence can be seen in fabric, table runners, throw pillows etc., and now accent tables.
I will show you how I updated and transformed these worn out side tables to have a fresh new look with just a little paint.
I got ahead of myself and forgot to take a picture of the whole table, so use your imagination and you will see the whole table at the end of the post.
First things first, the table had some water damage which caused the wood to separate slightly. I needed to add wood filler to fill in the gap. This is super easy. Just squirt the filler into the gap and scrap off the excess with a flat edge or putty knife.After letting the filler dry I sanded the area just slightly. I then painted the piece with Maison Blanche Ivory Chalk Paint, which I sell at the store. After the piece thoroughly dried I found the center of the tabletop as a reference point to where I wanted to add my stripes.Mark the center. You can see in the photo where the wood had separated but when the piece is completed it will barely be noticeable.After the center has been marked it is time to add the tape for your stripes. I just had to eyeball it from here, making sure my tape was even.I chose grey paint for my stripe. It is the perfect neutral. I applied 2 coats.After it is dry remove the tape. The next step is optional. I wanted to add numbers for a little more interest. I cut the numbers out of thick card stock on my Cricut Machine.
Using a stencil brush I tapped/pounced black paint onto my stencil. Remember to not have too much paint on your brush or it will bleed.After the stencil dried I sanded the edges and top of the piece to add a worn appearance. I then added a light brown wax to created a more aged look.Waalaa! These tables would make great night stands or side tables. This project was fun and easy but with great style.
Can you believe it is the middle of March and St. Patricks Day is days away? Time is just flying.
I have another fun treat for you. At the beginning of February, I shared my friend Kim’s house and her seasonal Valentines decor. She did a couple of vignettes for St. Patrick’s Day and I just had to share.
There is a reoccurring theme of mushrooms which are super popular right now and work well with the green decorations. The little card with the fairy is vintage and setting in an antique flower frog. Love the cute jade scotty dog dish. Love all the mushrooms. Some are under the dome, some without. What a fun idea to add the green glass chicken to a nest in a pretty vintage dish.Always be on the lookout for fun things you can pick up to add to your St. Patty’s decor. Kim picked up this card at a flea market. On the other side was a business card. You just never know where you might get a creative idea or inspiration.I know a lot of us overlook decorating for St. Patrick’s Day, but it might be fun to just decorate a front entry or buffet.
May the luck of the Irish be with you…
Spring is here. I am so happy. I know we will still have scattered showers but sunshine is making me want to freshen up my decor and add touches of Spring.sunshine is making me want to freshen up my decor and add touches of Spring.
Your decor for Spring should be something you won’t tire of from March to May. I like to decorate for Spring with small touches of Easter. That way if I get tired of the Easter decorations I can just remove them without having to redo everything or make them so subtle it doesn’t bother me.
Here are a couple of ideas I came up with at The White Barn.
First, always add greenery. It just brightens things up. Magnolias are so popular right now, thank you, Joanna Gaines. I love the simple look. I tried so hard to not be in the picture but apparently failed. So on the mantel, I just added magnolia leaves, a small nest and bird, and bunny statuary, which will be my touch of Easter.Add moss spheres (balls) to little white vases, urns, or bowl.A Pinterest example of greenery and moss spheres.
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Add a Spring or Easter banner and you are done. Remember a couple of posts ago I showed you how to make glittered eggs? Well, I set them at the place setting at the shop and they looked so cute. Just another idea for your Easter dinner.I love nests and birds. I especially love when I find real nests. Put it under a pretty dome or cloche and you have the perfect Spring decor. This works through Summer as well.You can add a faux chocolate bunny under a dome with a nest and dried hydrangeas. It makes a great centerpiece.An example from Pinterest
courtesy of Pinterest
Write a Spring sentiment on a chalkboard.
courtesy of Pinterest
courtesy of Pinterest
My favorite touch of Spring is adding fresh almond blossom branches to something rusty or chippy white.
courtesy of Pinterest
I hope this gives you some ideas for your Spring decorating and freshening up.
March is here. I am a March baby, so no wonder my favorite season is Spring. It’s time to add touches of Spring and Easter to our homes and brighten things up a little. One of my favorite ways to add touches of Spring is with nests and eggs.
It’s no secret I love glitter, in fact, I have a small glitter problem. I thought it would be fun to glitter some eggs. This project is super easy. You could get together with friends or family and have a glitter fest. This is also a super sweet gift or sentiment.
Let’s get started……..
You will need paper eggs. I found mine at Joannes. You will also need Mod Podge matte, a sponge brush, and glitter. Michaels has a great multi-colored glitter pack.I really needed a smaller sponge brush, but I didn’t want to make another run to the store. I did one color at a time and one color per plate so that I didn’t mix the glitters up. Thoroughly cover each egg with the Mod Podge using the sponge brush and sprinkle with glitter. So as not to waste that precious glitter pour the leftover back into the bottle.
My picker friend, Teresa, is always on the lookout for fun stuff for my store. She picked up these precious little baskets for $1.20 at a thrift store. They were just what I needed for this project.I did a trio of eggs in the popular metal tones, my favorite turquoise, and amazing pinks. You can use a variety of nesting. I used moss and shredded paper. I then stamped a small tag and attached it with a simple ribbon.
The turquoise is probably my favorite just because it’s my go to accent color.Who doesn’t love pink? Pairing the pink with the gold basket is just dreamy.Every Easter we have egg coloring parties, so this year have an egg glittering party with friends and family. In fact, I’ll keep you posted, I think I am gonna do that.
March is the time to clean out, refresh, redo. In addition, add small touches of nature and Spring. Small changes can have a big impact. A small nest of glittered eggs can actually make your day. Happy Spring!
When people come to the store they often ask me about my own home. They say, “your house must be decorated so adorably.” They do not believe me when I tell them that it is not and needs a lot of work!
Well, today is the day that I am going to share my dirty little secret. The “before” of my bedroom. It is frightening. There was dark burgundy walls, mauve carpet, and a bathtub in the bedroom. That’s right, not in the bathroom…IN THE BEDROOM.Praise the lord there was hardwood underneath the carpet. It needed to be refinished but was a much-needed improvement over the mauve carpet.I must have been too traumatized to take a photo head on of the bathtub. You can only get a glimpse of it to the right of this photo. See, I wasn’t kidding, it’s in the bedroom.So over the past year, I have been gathering inspiration from Pinterest eagerly awaiting the day to redo our bedroom. Well, the day has finally come and I am so excited. These are my inspiration photos. The last photo is important. Remember the bathtub? Well, we ripped that out and made that space a closet. Since the bedroom is small I wanted a barn door for the closet to save on space. In addition, I just love the look.
After photos of our new closet. We found this door at Summer Cottage Antiques in Petaluma. It was the perfect size and patina.So the renovation has begun. Floors refinished, walls painted Swiss Coffee from Benjamin Moore, and closet door installed. I will keep you posted on the next phase, but we are off to a good start.
Bottle Brush Tree Love
I have been collecting bottle brush trees for about 8 years. I love them, and I can add one or two to my collection each year without breaking the bank. I bought one last year, after Christmas, at Marshall’s for $1.00.
I am always trying to think of fun, different ways to display them. Sometimes, I really think I am cleaver. I thought I would pile some in the back of a vintage toy truck and make tie downs with jute twine. cute right?