Category Archives: Accent Decor

DIY Custom Rustic Signage

This past summer, I was given the honor of preparing a very special surprise gift for my Auntie Margie during her wedding vow renewal ceremony! Auntie Margie is so very special to me! She has been battling stage four breast cancer and is the picture of the Lord’s strength and grace throughout this trial in her life. She is such an example to me! You could imagine my excitement when the church asked me to prepare a special gift using one of her favorite passages “I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth” Psalm 34:1

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I used 8″ wide lightweight boards from the hardware store and mounted them on 1’x4′ horizontal boards. Using a wood stain that I had on hand, each board was stained, waxed, and accented with watered down blue & green paints to create subtle color and texture.
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The lettering design was created in Adobe Illustrator, printed, traced, and hand painted with a fine brush. Warning: This takes a very long time! If I had the tools, I would create a stencil and speed the process up quite a bit. But it was totally worth it for this project and I’d do it again in a heartbeat! :)Psalm34.1.4

I love the final result so much, that I totally want to make one for my own home! I keep checking craigslist for a vinyl cutter at a good price… the search continues.Psalm34.1.2

It looks just fabulous on her mantle! And don’t you just love her Christmas decor?
Lots of love,
Mary

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DIY Centerpieces

If you are one of the fabulous ladies from the San Tan Bible women’s ministry, you’ll recognize these photos! This past summer, I was blessed with the opportunity to design this year’s centerpieces for our church’s weekly women’s ministry meetings. I truly LOVE doing things like this and was excited to get started.

In an attempt to keep the budget as low as possible, I began to search the web for DIY inspiration. Again with the chalkboard paint, anything is possible! Simple boards cut to size from the hardware store, framed out with painters tape and painted. These can seriously be used and reused in so many ways! I purchased the yellow polka-dot fabric to add that pop of color, and incorporated a cut square of striped wall paper that was actually a thrift store find from a few months ago.
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Real mercury glass is expensive! But luckily, clear mason jars are not! Especially if you get them at Hobby Lobby on a day when glassware is 50% off! Just type “mercury glass” into the Pinterest search field and you will literally stumble upon a dozen tutorials. They all basically give the same instructions. 1. Lightly spray the inside of your glassware with a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water. 2. Lightly spray the inside with “looking glass spray paint”. 3. Wait to dry. 4. Repeat until you get your desired look.
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The natural elements of the wood block as well as the twine add just enough warmth to make it all work. I’m really happy with them and can already think of a million ways to recycle each piece of this project when the year ends… it’s just in me!
Lots of love,
Mary

Daddy’s Day Surprise

Happy Fathers Day to all daddies out there! We had the best day enjoying time with our little ones. Adi helped me make a cake for my husband and I was able to pull off a surprise project for his office. I’m so excited to show you!

Have you heard about the $5.00 engineers print that Staples offers in their print department? I got my inspiration from Pinterest here:

Basically, I took the kids outside with their “I Heart Daddy” chalkboard sign and took some photos. The same day, I sent my photo to the local staples copy center and ordered the engineers print in 3’x4′. The print was ready in minutes.

I then had a thin light-weight board cut to size at home depot. A little wood stain, adhesive spray, and mod podge later and voila!

Daniel LOVES it and now he has a large statement piece for his office at work. We’re sure to get some looks when we haul it into the office! Maybe we’ll hang it after hours… hmmm.

Hope your day was as lovely as ours was!

Lots of love,
Mary

The History of “Grace”

As you have probably noticed, I didn’t post a furniture item yesterday. You see, I had to return the 5th item (the headboard). Somehow it got damaged between purchase and pick-up and my husband came home with just a piece of molding that wouldn’t do. Time to go shopping again!

Did anyone notice the painting that hung above “Rose – A Coral Beauty”?

I found him from the Salvation Army for only $2.50! I normally just glance at the photo section in thrift stores (mainly looking for good size frames with the intentions of throwing the existing artwork away), but this painting struck me! I’m drawn to how solemn the man is. He took the time to set his glasses down before giving thanks. He doesn’t appear to be particularly wealthy, but shows such reverence and gratitude. I did some online research and found that the print originated from a photographer by the name of Eric Enstrom in 1918. Enstrom, while speaking of this photo, said, “I wanted to take a picture that would show people that even though they had to do without many things because of the war they still had much to be thankful for.” The full story can be found here – a website run by the Enstrom family. They are still selling reprints online today. I’m so happy I found it! Although my print seems to be one of the older ones, it probably isn’t worth much due to the scratches and general wear — but “Grace” is just perfect to me!
Lots of love,
Mary

The Girls’ Room Progress 1.4 – Toddler Bookshelf Wall

Before I get to the goods, I wanted to share with you that baby boy Spitzer should arrive any day now!!! Lately, my days have been filled with last-minute Baby’s R Us runs, putting the swing together, washing and putting away all his clothes, etc. Who knows, maybe my next post will be introducing our little guy. :)

When tackling the toddler bookshelf, I had a couple different options before me. I thought about constructing and painting the shelving myself — the cheapest and most time-consuming option. Then I remembered a couple Pinterest options I had seen where IKEA spice racks or picture shelves were used for this purpose. So, I went to IKEA and really liked the picture frame shelving. And I REALLY liked the no-wood-cutting, no-painting, and no-assembly-required part!

On a normal day, I may have penny pinched and spent the time to try and make something myself. But since I’m 8+ months pregnant, $15 per shelf didn’t seem like that big of an expense. And all I had to do was open the package, level the shelf, and screw it to the wall. Done!

The girls LOVE it! Adi keeps bringing me books and telling me that she found a new one that we didn’t have before.

I love that the bookshelf doesn’t take up valuable floor space, and it creates a nice visual for the wall. It’s like artwork and storage in one! :)

I have just a few more elements to finish in the room before I show you the complete reveal. If you missed the design planning and inspiration for this room, It can be seen here.

Lots of love,
Mary

Surprise! A Mini Bedroom Makeover

I told you I had something up my sleeve! It all started when my husband had to go on a two-day business trip to Dallas. After he left on Tuesday morning, I got to thinking… what if I could pull off a mini master bedroom makeover before he returned on Wednesday evening? You see, our master bedroom has been neglected big time! Because nobody goes up there, it’s received no attention whatsoever. I wanted my husband and I to have a nice place to retreat to at the end of the day.

Let me preface this by saying that it was a “mini” makeover. I had less than 24 hours and two children to care for at the same time! I have many, many more plans for this space, so look for “master bedroom makeover 2.0” in the future. :)  Without further ado… introducing the final product:

And for comparison, this is what our master bedroom looked like before.

Does this look at all familiar? Since moving in, we just placed our furniture in the room and walked away. Have you done the same thing? Notice how the cords are stretching to plug in all our “necessities.” And one of our lamps were moved to the guest room to accommodate out-of-town company. Tacky, I know… it’s embarrassing.

First things first, we needed an actual bed frame — or in the very least, a headboard. Since upgrading to a king-size bed, our pretty queen-size Z Gallerie bed that we had been using moved to the guest room. I’ve seen DIY headboards all over the internet, so that’s what I set out to do. Fortunately, Home Depot stocks 6′ long pre-cut boards for about $5.50 a piece. I used six boards, stained them, and screwed them to the wall using a course drywall screw.

We also needed some lighting changes, so I picked up these nightstand lights as well as the ceiling fan and called a very generous friend to come install them last-minute for me.

I brought in Hayden – the antique cedar chestto frame the foot of the bed, and also picked up a few nightstand accessories…

…including this super-cool motorcycle statue that I couldn’t resist for my husband’s side of the bed.

To keep it practical, I used books that my husband actually reads topped with a couple vintage, old-looking books.

And finally, I purchased this rug to frame out the space and add a little texture and dimension.

Now that this much is done, I want to do more! (Oh the lack of time and resources). Until next time…

**Update: I have recently posted a tutorial specifically dedicated to the headboard portion of this project. Click here to view.**

Lots of love,
Mary

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DIY Rustic Christmas Star

Let me just say… I’m so tired! Between the Christmas rush and the fact that our house has been hit with a cold, which brought on the discovery of my precious little 4 year old’s battle with Asthma (or Restrictive Airway Disease)… poor baby, I’m exhausted! Needless to say, I haven’t been doing anything crafty and have nothing new to show you. I’m re-posting my DIY Rustic Christmas Star tutorial just in-case you missed my guest post over at TypeA last week. I do however have a few surprises up my sleeve and will be sure to share all the details and pics with you in a couple days.

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This project is one that I did last year after seeing one at my local Pottery Barn. I’m not sure if they sold the stars or if it was just a part of the store decor for Christmas, but as soon as I saw it I said to myself, “I can do that!”

It’s quite simple, really — just how it looks. Off I went to Michael’s and purchased a couple bundles of their pre-packaged sticks. Note: make it a point to get the straightest ones possible. Curvy sticks are hard to tie together and it will be harder to achieve the straight lines you need for your star.

Make five even piles of the straightest sticks possible. Just use your judgement to determine how many sticks per pile. Those piles will become the five lines to your star. Lay them out as you see they look and fit best together. I used a standard twine that I had on hand, but any sort of twine-like string will work just fine.

Wrap the twine around each point of the star as tightly as possible. Then, tie a double-knot around the back of the star and secure with a dab of hot glue. Repeat this process until your star is complete.

I found it was easiest to tie down the star points first before securing the middle sections. Once your glue is dry, you may add any other decorative finish that you desire. I chose simple white lights and I have to say — this is one of my favorite decorative pieces to pull out each year.

The best part is that this is an indoor/outdoor project. What about a front door wreath alternative? Hung above your outdoor nativity set? Or maybe three different sized stars hung above a window?

Lots of love,
Mary

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