No-cost DIY holiday sign

Hello friends! Today I wanted to share with you a quick and easy, no-cost DIY solution for your outdoor holiday decor.

When our family decorates for Christmas, it takes days … DAYS, people … for me to get just the inside of our home decorated. I’m typically pooped out after that with no motivation to do much in the way of outdoor decor.

My dear husband put out some strands of light and two light show thingies this year, which makes the place look pretty festive. But I also wanted to add something special to the front porch.

Are you familiar with those large (5 feet+) holiday signs you can just lean against the side of your house? Well last week I decided to make one for myself … at no cost.

Step 1: Choose a scrap board and cut it to size.

I found this scrap piece of plywood inside our garden shed. It was already the perfect size for my project. I think it measures about 5 feet by 14 inches or so.

I cleaned it with bleach spray to kill a patch of mold/mildew at the bottom (these stains will bleed through paint).

Then it was ready for a quick coat of Rust-Oleum® Chalked Paint.*

Step 2: Apply one to two coats of paint.

I chose Rust-Oleum® Chalked Paint in Linen White.

This stuff covers really well, with no need for primer to be applied. I applied two coats to the entire front side of the wood. I added the second coat about an hour after the first coat. This paint dries very quickly to a matte, chalk-like finish.

Step 3: Sand the piece after the paint dries.

I used an inexpensive orbital sander to “rough up” the paint finish and edges a bit. This gave the sign a rustic, aged appearance.

Step 4: Pencil on letters.

I simply hand drew my letters for the sign on with a pencil, using a paint stir stick to keep the lines straight and working off an inspiration image from Pinterest. I chose the word “Noel,” but “Joy” would work just as well for a similar project.

Step 5: Fill in the letters with paint, leaving the “O” space blank.

I like the metallic stencil creme line from Royal Design Studio for small craft projects like this. I used a beautiful red metallic paint, which gives a nice shimmer to the piece.

Step 6: Staple garland to the wood in an “O” shape.

I added a few sprigs of faux berries to my evergreen garland strand to complete the missing “O” in my sign. Done! 

I created this piece in one afternoon using leftover wood, paint and holiday garland I had on hand at the house. I love finding ways to decorate using what I already have, don’t you?

What do you think of the final result? Have you DIYed any holiday decor this year? I’d love for you to share the details of your project in a comment.

 

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I painted the dining room … again

Hello friends! I am so excited for Thanksgiving. It’s such a blessed time of year, to be sure. We’re hosting at our house this year, which means my perfectionist tendencies have kicked into overdrive. I’m still a work in progress on that front, but sometimes I do succumb to the perfectionist voices in my head. #babysteps

I decided recently, after a dear friend of mine gifted me some beautiful pear art, that I needed to repaint my dining room … again. And it had to happen, like immediately, to accommodate said artwork. Yes, I can visualize you shaking your head just like my dear husband did. But … I do love the new color. It’s Sherwin Williams Keystone Gray, and it is absolutely one of my new favorite colors.

Here’s the space with two coats of Keystone Gray:

What do you think of the new color?

And going back through the history of our dining room colors … Here’s the dining room in Sherwin Williams Silvermist, also a lovely color.

And before that … Behr Cinnabark.

I love how a $30 gallon of paint can completely change the look of a space in a day, don’t you?

Below are links* to two few of my tried and true, go-to paint tools … I don’t paint a room without them!

For trim painting and “cutting in” around ceilings and baseboards, I love the Purdy™ Clearcut 2″ brush:

And the 5-in-one painter’s tool:

* The links above are affiliate links to products, meaning at no cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. 

Flip house before and after (Left-Behind Ranch)

Hello friends! It’s been a whirlwind late summer/fall and I have sooooo much to share with you. I’ll just have to do it one post at a time. 😉

Perhaps you’ll recall the launch of our most recent flip house project – I called the place “Left-Behind Ranch.”

I originally planned for this flip to take about 14 weeks from start to finish. Well, like so many things in life, plans change …

Due to a pipeline project in our state, which has brought an influx of temporary work crews, there’s been a huge need for vacant rental properties in our area. Soooooo, long story short, we decided to turn Left-Behind Ranch into a rental home temporarily.

That meant the timeline for completing our renovations on the place shifted from 14 weeks to THREE WEEKS. Yes, I had to completely renovate a home in THREE WEEKS, people. I’m not sure I’ll ever truly recover, and I certainly wouldn’t recommend that timeline to anyone. But we did meet our deadline of Sept. 1, and we’ve had tenants in the home for two months now, which has been a real blessing.

Amid the chaos, I did get the chance to snap some quick pictures with my iPhone of the rooms as they were completed. Of course, we still have some minor details to tend to after our tenants leave, such as installing new countertops and hardware in the kitchen, and sprucing up the exterior a bit. But we’ve come a long way baby! So let’s take a look at the transformation, shall we? 🙂

Here’s a look at the kitchen and dining area before:

And now:

I have no idea why I took a photo with that cabinet door hanging open, lol. We still need to change out the countertop and cabinet hardware, but this space sure is much improved, don’t you agree?

The lighter wall color is Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige. The color on the darker accent walls is Sherwin Williams Warm Stone.

I painted the ceilings throughout the home bright white. The day I sprayed all the ceilings with my pro sprayer happened to be the day the neighbor visited to introduce himself. Of course I looked a hot mess! My eyes had lovely white circles painted around them where my gear and eye protection didn’t cover.

Light fixtures are off the shelf at Lowe’s.

The floor is sheet vinyl … but I can’t for the life of me remember the color/brand I chose. It’s a rustic driftwood-type color. We get a ton of compliments on it.

Artwork on the walls is from Hobby Lobby. Furniture and accessories were scrounged from my basement.

Here’s the living room area before:

And after:

The walls are Sherwin Williams Anew Gray. Carpet color is stone hearth (a neutral greige).

Furniture and artwork scrounged again …. lamps are from Walmart.

Below is the hallway, laundry area and hall bathroom before:

And after:

The wall color in the hall bathroom is Sherwin Williams Warm Stone. The hallway and laundry area is Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige. I need to get more pictures of these spaces!

The flooring I installed is luxury vinyl plank groutable peel-and-stick tile from Lowe’s. The tile color is Naturale Petrified Wood and the grout is Saddle Gray.

Artwork and accessories are from Gabe’s. Fixtures and hardware from Lowe’s.

Below are the bedrooms before and after. The guys started moving in before I could get pics of one of the rooms, so excuse the stuff. 😉

And after:

Bedroom 2 color is Accessible Beige.

Bedroom 3 color is Sherwin Williams Heron Plume.

The master bedroom wall color is Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray.

Here’s the master bathroom before:

And after:

I did a bright white on these walls to save time. The flooring is oak peel-and-stick vinyl plank tile from Lowe’s.

Honestly, it’s amazing what just a really good scrubbing did for this place! I don’t have any after pictures of the exterior yet because we’re still working out there but I’ll get those and more detailed images of the interior when we get prepared to sell.

What do you think of our progress so far?