I’ll never forget the day my mom decided she would paint our entire living & dining room red. I thought she was nuts. But I also knew that it was defintely time to paint over the beigey pink walls we had going on. And as we dipped our rollers into the paint we wondered if it was a big mistake. Luckily it wasn’t. The finished product was lovely in its time. It was a bold and risky choice that totally paid off.
From then on I was hooked on creativity in home decor. Growing up I was known by my family as having the tackiest bedroom around. And I took pride in it. At Christmas time my room was decked out with all my moms reject 70’s decorations, as well as my own home made stuff.
When I got older I insisted that my mom paint two of my bedroom walls bright yellow, and the other two bright blue. It was like an explotion. But somehow I loved it.
When the day came that I would get married and have the joy of decorating my own home (which was a little basement suit), I reveled in it. Browsing Michaels for Candle holders and picture frames was my happy place.
And today my love of home decor has organically turned into a hobby. One that if I didn’t have, I might go a little crazy. But let me just quickly address something. This blog will not turn into a home decor blog, and I’ll tell you why. Because as much as I love creating and moving around and flipping old into new, its all just STUFF. And stuff doesn’t really matter. Mason jars, although they are trendy now, will one day mean nothing to everybody.
Also, every stay-at-home mom on the planet does what I do, and I in no way think of myself as being original. Pallet wood projects? Yup, I do them. See, nothing new happening over here. I get inspiration all over the place, and very little of anything I do is ground-breaking.
Style is to each is own. And I love seeing the way other people decorate, because it shows who they are. Whether you know it or not, what you put on your walls is what you value. So I find the whole thing really interesting.
Now let me move on. I figure for you to get to know me better, maybe I should let you in to one of my favorite hobbies and show you my home and some of the projects I have had so much fun doing.
We are on a tight budget, so usually I am trying to work with stuff that I already have that I can flip, or something free like pallets, and supplies that are cheap from the dollar store. So most of my projects are small and cost less then $10. It is possible to flex your creative muscle whilst sticking to a very little budget. Also I love to bring the outside inside. Why buy a $6 bushel of fake branches from Michaels when you can just wait for a wind storm and then collect the debrie yourself!?
Without further ado, here are some not-so quality pics…
Above is my front porch and front entrance. I got the owl from the dollar store! I built our coat hanger fence from old wood, added some paint and hooks and there you go!
Because our kitchen has dark floors, counter tops and cupboards I try to have lighter colored stuff on top. I believe the beauty is in the details. That’s why I paint cork pot holders and the white tin that holds all of my spatula’s in the middle pic is a painted coffee tin that I wrapped in twine. Cheap and easy.
I like my home to be functional. So everything that has a place on my counters are things I use daily. Which means I have to try and make it all also look pretty.
This was one of my biggest projects. The buffet was my moms that I grew up with and it was about to go to MCC, so I painted it creamy white and then spray painted the hardware dark brown. I liked it so much I decided to paint my then black table the same color. So it became a matching set! It might be my favorite part of the house. (Don’t mind the toddler seats, I do have kids in the house which means all these pics are how things rarely look!)
This is one of those center pieces that can stay the same all year round. And all I have to do is add some leaves to it for Fall and some pine cones for winter. And I got the sticks from my back yard.
I don’t want my house to look like I am trying to hide the fact that I have kids. I just want everything to at least have a place.
I made my headboard out of pallets and the canvas’s have verses from Song of Solomon on them (tame verses haha). And We have two rules for our bedroom and it might sound cold-hearted…No pictures of kids and no TV. Every other room and space of my house has pics of the family and I love it! But our room is for us. Also, my bedroom is a place for rest, not entertainment.
This picture in our bedroom used to have a stock art picture in it with a browny red frame. I hated it. So I painted and distressed it. And got a roll of dollar store flowery shelf liner for the “art” and there you have it!
I want my living room to be more cozy and inviting then anything else. So lots of blankets, pillows and candles is a must. It is well with my soul is one of my favorite hymns, so I had to put it on our wall. It serves as a constant reminder of what is important in life.
My TV stand is my old dresser from when I was a teenager. I took out the top drawer and then built a DVD cubby from pallet wood. And the old door above my fireplace was built by a friend of mine who makes and sells stuff like that. I love it! My grandma got me the tiny rocking chair long before we had kids but now it is perfect for them. And the over-sized picture frame was also my grandma’s that I took the art out and painted.
My my most recent DIY edition is a big soap dispenser jar that I made and am really happy with! And that is it! Your tour is officially over!
So what are your hobbies?