Updated Dresser for the Entryway

Hi, Friends!  I can't believe it's Friday!  Where did the week go!  I got a little sidetracked on Tuesday evening when I went into the garage and found that our drywall ceiling seam was buckling!  Yikes!  We had a ton of heavy rain in the past week and Mark and I were afraid we had a huge problem - so we spent two days unloading everything from our attic - which is above our garage. Now, I don't know if your attic is like ours, but it was pretty full with a baby crib and mattress, toys being saved for grands someday, all my seasonal decor, and plenty of things that have been up there since we moved here 17 years ago!  It was a BIG job to bring everything down and go through it!  We found things that were up there from the previous owner that we never knew we had!  We ended up with a huge pile to throw away and a smaller pile for a yard sale.  I still want to go through everything more carefully and will probably have a lot more to sell or donate.  In the end, the drywall seam buckling wasn't due to water damage, but from a few bins that had fallen onto an area that didn't have a wood floor.  It's an easy fix - thank goodness!  And, while the attic was empty, Mark got some plywood to make more floorspace for storage. And, that's how this week got away from me!

Here's what I intended to share with you on Tuesday!  I purchased this pretty dresser for $60.  It had a dark wood finish when I found it (and unfortunately, I deleted the before pic from my cell phone).  Since I'm trying to lighten and brighten up around here, I knew it was destined for a paint makeover!

Screen Porch Hanging Basket Herb Garden

A few weeks ago, when I shared my summer home tour, you probably caught a glimpse of the wire hanging baskets mounted to the back window frames.  (if you missed my summer home tour, you can see it HERE).  The wire baskets are full of fresh herbs that I planted earlier in the spring!

I found these "window box like" wire baskets at one of my favorite local shops.  I originally had just one basket that I purchased a few years ago.  I went back this spring, hope against hope, that they would still carry it so I could have two baskets for two window frames  on the screen porch.  As luck would have it, they had just one left!  Yay!   

Then, I went to my local nursery and picked up some inexpensive small pots of herbs.  They were about $2 per pot - but it sure beats buying fresh herbs at the grocery store and these are replenishing!

I planted the herbs in small clay pots, but first gave the pots a quick coat of white paint.  One wire basket contains pots of Italian Parsley, Thyme, Curry, Rosemary, and Mint. The other basket contains Parsley, Dill, Sage, Basil, and Oregano.

Then, I went to Michael's to see if I could find something to DIY a plant marker.  We bloggers sometimes get so caught up in the DIY and sometimes pass up the "ready made".  Well, sometimes it is much cheaper to just buy the "ready made"!  These coral chalkboard plant markers were in the dollar bins.  I only needed two packs for all my plants!  And - they matched my porch decor - Serendipity!  

The little starter herbs have flourished on my porch! They get morning sun - and it's hot, but I water then each morning (just a bit).  They smell so fresh when you sit nearby!

I searched the net in hopes of finding these same baskets or something similar.  I did find the same baskets at Sturbridge Yankee, but they sell them in a set of one really large one like mine and then one slightly smaller.  And, I have to say, they are a LOT more expensive on their site.  If you'd like to do something similar, I'd go to HomeGoods, Marshall's, or TJ Maxx and look around.  I often see wire baskets there.

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DIY Jute Rope Love Sign

I'm so excited to be part of  DIY Days hosted by The Everyday Home and Sondra Lyn at Home sponsored by Hometalk.com.

A group of 10 bloggers had the challenge to go to Lowe's and pick out a product and use it in an unexpected way! I spent a few hours at Lowe's walking the aisles.  I think some of the salespeople thought I was a shoplifter!  I finally settled on this jute rope, wood glue, and a 12" x 48" board.  

I brought everything home and got to work.  The first thing I did was paint my board.  I painted it a light silvery gray and then gave it a white wash.  Once the paint was dry, I cut a piece of waxed paper the size of the board (you could also use parchment paper).  I used a black Sharpee to write my word on the waxed paper as I wanted it to appear on the sign.

Now for the messy part!  To form the letters with the rope, you need to mix together:

1/4 cup corn starch
3 tablespoons water
1 bottle of wood glue

Mix the corn starch and water first to form a paste and then pour it into a lined plastic container. Now, add the entire bottle of glue to the mixture and combine.

Make sure you have some disposable gloves on hand for this next part.  You will be dunking the rope into the glue mixture and using your fingers to make sure the rope is coated with glue.  Do small sections at a time and make sure the rope isn't dripping with glue. 

Now, the fun part!  Use the rope to trace over your written letters on the waxed paper.  You will need to have some heavy objects on hand to hold the letters in place until the glue starts to dry and harden.    You can see that I didn't think ahead on this one and just grabbed what I could from the fridge!  Whatever you use, just make sure it is something that can be washed off afterwards.  

Once the glue is dry the word will pretty much stay in place.  I used small finish nails here and there to attach the rope word to my board.

Now, here's a trick from my husband!  This is how we hang large wooden signs on the wall.  First insert two screws into the back of the board - centered and equally spaced as you would if you were hanging a picture.

Now, you will need what is called a metal transition strip. A metal transition strip is used in the flooring industry to transition two different floor surfaces - like going from carpet to hardwood.  You can find them in the flooring section of Lowe's.  Attach this strip to the wall with screws where you want your sign to hang.  

Attach it upside down, so the small peak is against the wall.  This creates a ridge at the top that will catch your screws on the sign.  

I've had two other signs in this space that you can see HERE and HERE.  We just leave this transition strip attached to the wall so it's easy to change out signs seasonally or when the mood strikes!

Here's the finished sign hanging above our headboard! I really like how it turned out.  The jute rope and white washed board lend to a beachy feel that is perfect for summer.

Of course, I had to throw in a photo with Sadie!

I have to say, this project was pretty easy - it only took about an hour - other than the glue drying time. The cost was about $21 for the wood, rope (I have a lot left for other projects) and wood glue.

DIY Days is a two day event!  Please come back and see the posts shared tomorrow!

You can see all of these projects and more at Hometalk.com!  Search #LowesDIYDays for the projects featured in this hop!

DIY Days

All of these projects will also be shared on Hometalk.com -look for the #LowesDIYDays hashtag!

 Thursday Projects 

DIY Checkerboard Wood Tray -Sondra-Lyn-at-Home
Sondra at Sondra Lyn at Home: Reversible Checkerboard Wooden Tray

Concrete Block Cacti Planter
Sarah with Home-ology Modern Vintage: DIY Concrete Cacti Planter

 DIY Jute Rope Love Sign
Doreen with Hymns and Verses: DIY Jute Rope Love Sign

Easy DIY coasters
Anne with White Lace Cottage: Easy DIY Coasters

DIY Seagrass Bike Basket
Allison from Two Thirty-Five Designs: DIY Seagrass Bike Basket


Friday Projects 

DIY Cutting Board with Legs
Barb at The Everyday Home:  DIY Cutting Board

DIY Clamp and Crystal Sun Catcher
Meegan at What Meegan Makes: DIY Clamp and Crystal Sun Catcher

DIY Bracelet Stand
Jen at Girl in the Garage: DIY Bracelet Stand

Industrial Cage Light
Debbie at Refresh Restyle: Industrial Cage Light

DIY Coffee Table
Shanna at Restoration Redoux: DIY Coffee Table 

*** Please pin - but be sure to pin from the original source to give each blogger proper credit.***

Are y'all as blown away by all this DIY awesomeness as I am?! I hope you'll visit each one and leave some comment love on their site!

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A Few Changes in My Summer Living Room

Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  Mine was great! Sarah and I went for pedicures on Saturday - so relaxing.  Then, Sunday we attended the wedding of our nephew, Ryan, in Princeton, NJ.  The wedding was held at the Princeton Theological Seminary Chapel and was gorgeous!  If you want to see some pictures from the weekend - I've posted them on Facebook and Instagram. You can follow me on Facebook HERE and Instagram HERE.

But can you spy what's new in the living room?  

It's All About the Details - Fringe Tassel Trim Porch Curtains

Happy Tuesday!

Today I wanted to share a little more about my porch curtains.  You first spotted them on my summer home tour HERE.  And, then I shared how to protect your outdoor curtains and pillows from rain and sun fade HERE.  But, today, I want to share the details that went into making my curtains and how you can make your own for an outdoor or indoor space. 

First, the fabric I used to make my outdoor curtains is a painter's drop cloth.  A 6' x 9' drop cloth is the perfect size for my outdoor screen porch windows - which means very little sewing.  Basically, I cut each one in half to make two panels for each window and finished off the cut seam.  Now, drop cloths are not perfectly straight.   Some of my hems were too long and dragging - not just a little puddling, but about four inches too long!  I like the curtains to blow in the breeze, so I just cut them off where they would barely touch the floor.  I used my pinking sheers for this since no one is really going to get up close and personal on the porch to see that my hems aren't sewn and the pinked edge will keep them from fraying.

Now, here's where it's all about the details.  A simple drop cloth curtain is perfectly fine, but I wanted to add some pizazz!  I had in my mind some pretty turquoise fringe - don't you just love a fringe tassel trim?  Well, I went in search online and at the local fabric stores for turquoise fringe trim.  Not only could I NOT find turquoise fringe trim, but I had a hard time finding fringe trim in any fun color - most of it was home decor fringe trim in colors like sage green, brick red, and gold. And, they were priced at around $10 a yard! 

Then I started my search for a simple white fringe trim, because I knew I could add color with some Rit dye.   I did find some white fringe trim on Etsy, but for the amount of trim that I needed, the price would have been more than I wanted to pay for porch curtains.  In a last ditch effort to find a bargain, I drove to a discount fabric outlet here in Lancaster County.   It's a huge warehouse full of fabric and trim, but I honestly, I did not expect to find what I needed.  They carry mostly calico's used for quilting and utilitarian fabrics.

Well, let's just say I hit the fringe trim jackpot!  I scored this huge box of white fringe trim for a ridiculous price!  It's a loop fringe - because the ends of the tassel are looped.   I hefted the huge box to my car, brought it home, and dyed what I needed for the curtains in my washing machine (following the directions on the box).  Rit dye now comes in some really amazing colors, but better yet, their website has recipes to make just about any shade you could ever want.  I used a mixture of Aquamarine and Kelly Green Rit dye and it turned out better than I had hoped!

I'm so happy with my thrifty porch curtains that look like they cost way more than they did!  Now - what am I going to do with all the leftover fringe.  I still have a lot of it! 

So, I've decided to share my bounty with you!  I am going to list the fringe trim for sale in my Etsy shop. I'll be selling in at just $1 a yard for continuous pieces.  Just think about all the pillows and curtains that you could update with some cheap, white, fringe trim and some Rit dye!  

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