2 lake-inspired, thrifty DIY projects

Hello friends. Today I’d like to share with you two recent DIY projects I completed that are inexpensive and easy to do.

The first is this LAKE sign I added to my bathroom as part of the master bathroom renovation. This project cost me zero dollars because I already had all the supplies on hand. 🙂

Step 1: Cut a piece off of a weathered wooden pallet. I used a skill saw for this part.

Step 2: Sand and stain/finish your board of choice. I chose Varathane® Kona Metallic Polyurethane Finish.

Step 3: Print out letters in the font/size of your choice on a regular printer.

Step 4: Turn each letter over and run chalk over the whole back of the sheet of paper.

Step 5: Turn the paper back over, placing it where you want it on your piece of wood. Then use a pencil to trace the outline of the letter. This will transfer a chalk outline onto the wood.

Step 6: Using an artist’s brush or paint marker, fill in your letters with the paint color(s) of your choice. (I used Command Strips to hang the piece on the wall.) Done! 

Project No. 2: Lake-themed porch pillows

My front porch pillows were looking a little tired, so I decided to update them with new fabric.

I chose the lake-themed fabric on the bottom right of the photo. I found the fabric here.

This is indoor fabric, which I treated with a spray water repellent. So it works best on a covered porch. If your pillows will be exposed to the rain/weather, I would recommend choosing an outdoor fabric.

I cut four equal squares, then flipped the fabric over, sewing the pieces together at the edges.

When I got to the last 3-4 inches, I turned the piece right-side out, stuffed the old pillow inside, then sewed the last bit together. Voila!

So there you go … two quick and inexpensive DIY projects for summer.

Have you done any crafting/DIYing this summer yet? I’d love for you to share your project in the comments section.

Master bath redo: Phase 1 done

Hello friends! Today I wanted to show you the progress on the master bathroom renovation project.

This is what our bathroom looked like when we purchased our home in 2010:

Since then, we painted it a silvery-blue color (Sherwin Williams Samovar Silver), which was OK, but I was never in love with it.

Recently, I decided to upgrade the space again, this time giving the bathroom a bit of a lake theme. Here was the mood board I created as a foundation for the look I wanted to create:

Here’s what the space looks like now:

The new color on the walls is Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige. This is a color I’ve used at the left-behind ranch, in my laundry room, and in our church fellowship hall. It’s a wonderful neutral greige (gray+beige) color that works well in rooms with daylight light bulbs or natural light filtering into the space.

The rug is from Overstock.com. The LAKE sign on the wall was DIYed by me! I’ll show you how easy this was to make in my next blog post. 🙂

I ordered this lake print of Schroon Lake, N.Y., at Fine Art America. This is the place where my husband and I met! The frame for it came off the shelf (50 percent off) at Hobby Lobby.

The shower curtain is from HomeGoods. 

All the other accessories are items I already had on hand.

What do you think of Phase 1 of my bathroom redo? Phase 2 is replacing the flooring. The final phase involves changing out the counter top.

Living room tour

Hello friends! I hope it looks and feels like spring where you are. Here in Pennsylvania, we are currently buried under about 9 inches of snow, and it’s not showing any signs of letting up!

To remind us that spring is here (eventually, right?), I thought I’d share a tour of our living room, decorated for spring. I was perusing the home tour tab on the blog and noticed a lot of changes have occurred in the living room since I last posted about it.

One of the biggest upgrades has been replacing the carpet with solid hickory hardwood. I still LOVE this hickory floor after living with it for several years now, and we get many compliments on it. We bought the floor at a discount from Lumber Liquidators and installed it ourselves.

We changed the paint color on the walls from Iced Coffee to Valspar’s Feldspar Pottery, a warm gray color. The new leather sofa and loveseat are from Value City Furniture. The side chair is from TJ Maxx, and the rug is from Wayfair.

We purchased our micro grand piano a little over a year ago. We love it and play it every day.

I added a few inexpensive decor pieces from Hobby Lobby and Gabe’s on the mantel for a fresh, spring look.

Check out this post to learn how to make your own Pottery Barn-style birch candles.

The tobacco basket is from eBay. It reminds me of South Carolina, where my husband and I lived for several years while serving in the Air Force.

We bought new side tables and a media console from the Rustic Pine Collection at LaFuente Imports. This furniture is very affordable. We choose not to spend a lot on furniture pieces because we have children and a rowdy pup.

The matching branch lamps are from Pier One Imports.

The Bible under the lamp is a Dutch Bible that’s been in my husband’s family for years. I try to weave meaningful heirlooms into my decor when it makes sense. It helps to personalize a space and make a room feel extra special.

The monogrammed pillows are from Ballard Designs.

Since we live near a lake, I like to infuse lake-themed and nature-inspired pieces into my decor.

Tip: Decorating your home to complement its natural surroundings and the period in which it was built can be a fantastic way to help it stand out (in a good way) and feel unique.

So there you have it, an up-to-date tour of our living room. Happy spring!