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Grain Sack Inspired Accent Table

Grain Sack Inspired Accent Table

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.IMG_0045

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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.The White BarnThe White BarnAfter 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.The White BarnMark the center.  You can see in the photo where the wood had separated but when the piece is completed it will barely be noticeable.The White BarnAfter 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.The White BarnI chose grey paint for my stripe.  It is the perfect neutral.  I applied 2 coats.The White BarnAfter 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.The White BarnAfter 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.The White BarnWaalaa!  These tables would make great night stands or side tables.  This project was fun and easy but with great style.

Oh So Lucky

Oh So Lucky

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.IMG_0047 IMG_0046Love 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.IMG_0045IMG_0048IMG_0043Always 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.IMG_0042I 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…

Simple Spring

Simple Spring

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.The White BarnAdd moss spheres (balls) to little white vases, urns, or bowl.The White BarnA Pinterest example of greenery and moss spheres.

courtesy of Pinterest

courtesy of Pinterest

Add a Spring or Easter banner and you are done.  The White BarnRemember 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.The White BarnThe White BarnI 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.The White BarnYou can add a faux chocolate bunny under a dome with a nest and dried hydrangeas.  It makes a great centerpiece.The White BarnAn example from Pinterest

courtesy of Pinterest

courtesy of Pinterest

Write a Spring sentiment on a chalkboard.

courtesy of Pinterest

courtesy of Pinterest

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

courtesy of Pinterest

I hope this gives you some ideas for your Spring decorating and freshening up.

Spring Glittered Eggs

Spring Glittered Eggs

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.mod podgeI 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.mod podgeI 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.Processed with VSCO with s2 presetmod podgeWho doesn’t love pink?  Pairing the pink with the gold basket is just dreamy.mod podgemod podgemod podgemod podgeEvery 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!mod podge

Dirty Little Secret

Dirty Little Secret

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.Before_2Praise the lord there was hardwood underneath the carpet.  It needed to be refinished but was a much-needed improvement over the mauve carpet.BeforeI 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.Before_carpetSo 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.fd9a932f8246d300abc27ea1ad7ecea0 de09e7e1a9c936be76b9abbaf7dc0fa3 a4620c812362d85d69352a13fb40754e a10f9ce28314dfb4bf5cbb52e705e6e9 327deedfec9b18d3c441c43e256da07c 68bfbc2ec7b861ed4551c03d5db5cf33 6f4cbfdb5566e40c0c0232149c2ccf28 3f9c750beb6ea812bf5e0ea768b1d788The 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.Door after Door after_1We 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

Bottle Brush Tree Love

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?