My $10.97 Farmhouse Table Make-over

My $10.97 Farmhouse Table Make-over

DIY Farmhouse Table Project

Here’s my new farmhouse table for the back porch that I before and aftered for only $10.97.

Not including tax.

Don’t spread this around, but I would marry it if I could.  Or at least take it to Vegas to watch the Elvis impersonators.

It’s that cute.

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The Blue Lipstick Make-Over

The Blue Lipstick Make-Over

Painted Furniture Project

Yesterday when the sun was shining and the birds were chirping and I woke up my house without stepping in dog poop…..

….I woke up my table, too.

I walked into the front room, picked up an X-Box controller off of it and turned to fluff the pillows.

And I turned back again and stared at it.

It was pretty and simple and classic and minding its own business and a couple of fruit chew wrappers.

But what if I added a little red lipstick?

Or maybe blue. :)
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You Know Your Place Setting is Southern When…. (And a Giveaway)

You Know Your Place Setting is Southern When…. (And a Giveaway)

boxwood wreath place setting

My friend, Kristy Woodson Harvey wrote a book.

It’s called Dear Carolina.  I read it months ago and I couldn’t put it down.  As in stay-up-all-night-when-you-should-be-sleeping-and-glance-at-the-clock-at-3:45-in-the-morning-and-wonder-where-all-the-time-has-gone kind of book.

It’s about a beautiful designer named Khaki who is a blogger with an incredible sense of style and it follows her incredible, poignant journey to becoming a mother.  So to help promote the book, we thought it would be fun if we partnered with Mikasa and challenged some bloggers to create a table decorated from the perspective of Khaki, the southern designer.

So with much fanfare and milk glass….

… know your place setting is southern when….Continue reading

What to Try When You’ve Run Out of Decorating Ideas

What to Try When You’ve Run Out of Decorating Ideas

Coral Table Styling

Remember when we talked about decorating a dining room and how I begin the process and how pretty blue and white is and my two tried and true decorating rules?

Let’s review.

Number 1:  Listen to your space.

Number 2:  Decorate with what you love

Easy, right?  But what if the rules aren’t working.  Maybe your space is acting like a teenager and giving you the silent treatment.? Or maybe your space decided it wants to speak another language that you can’t translate?  Or maybe your challenge is that what you love for your space costs more than an island in the south of France?

No worries.

When all else fails and the decorating outlook is full of cloudy skies and you are having a terrible, horrible, no-good very bad decorating day, I have a rule number three….

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How To Style a Table Three Different Ways

How To Style a Table Three Different Ways



If you like looking at things from a new perspective and styling ideas and lots and lots of pictures….

….today is going to be fun.

I’m partnering with Kirkland’s today to style this simple pallet top table three different ways using items from Kirkland’s and shopping my house.

If you have been reading this blog for more than five minutes you know I am always up for a challenge.

So I couldn’t just show you a simple picture with everything in place.

I had to show you how I styled it.  The process.  Where I started.  What went first.  What went last.


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The Perfect Negotiation

The Perfect Negotiation


This is a sponsored post written in collaboration with Arhaus

kitchen chairs arhaus

I live in an area where two rivers meet.

And actually if you are a river aficionado, there are two other rivers several miles up the road.

But who’s counting?

Living by that much water can be good and it can be bad.  Good because it’s beautiful and peaceful and full of lush green foliage and picturesque river banks.

Bad because sometimes it floods.

Like four years ago when the river was rising higher than it had in decades and it looked like the 100-year-flood was rearing its ugly head and the water showed no signs of stopping and the entire town built a wall of sandbags higher than my head to prevent the water from flooding the area.

It was stressful.

And overwhelming.

And so I did the only thing that a person can do in the middle of a crisis…..

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Trash to Treasure:  Leather Belt Table Top

Trash to Treasure: Leather Belt Table Top



Maybe it was because it was date day.

Maybe it was because the yellow flowers are blooming all over the meadow on the side of the road before you cross the bridge.

Maybe it was because I was have the best hair day….ever… the history of ever.

Maybe it’s because….if you are watching Mad Men….the old Don Draper finally showed back up.

Whatever the reason.

Whatever the cause.

All the stars aligned and the angels sang the hallelujah chorus in perfect harmony when I entered the thrift store with extraordinarily high hopes…..

….and left with an entire bag of leather belts for $1.



I know.

I’m as amazed as you are.

Who knew there was a place left in the continental United States that sells an entire bag of leather belts for only $1.

That’s cheaper than a diet coke at McDonald’s or tickets to the movies or a seat on the train.


And as the proud owner of a bag of one dollar leather belts….

…..I had to come up with a project.


Those belts couldn’t just sit in the bag after their brief moment of dazzling glory.

So here’s my entry into the if-I-were-a-leather-belt-what-would-I-want-to-become category…..

….a leather belt table top. :)


How to Make a Leather Belt Table Top


leather belts



Elmer’s ProBond Advanced Glue


Step 1:  Find some belts

Make sure the stars are aligned and you’re having a really amazing hair day.  Then cross your fingers and head for your local thrift store.

Here’s a few belts from my $1 bag.

I chose black….but you could also go with a tan leather as well.


Step 2:  Cut belts to fit

I mixed up the patterns and textures in a row and decided which belts I wanted where.

Then I simply cut the belts with scissors.


Step 3:  Glue in place

Glue the belt strips in place.

I used Elmer’s ProBond Advanced Glue.

Make sure you lay something heavy on top of the leather as it dries… it will dry completely flat.


Here’s what the table top looks like after I finished.

And can you believe I made it for $1?


Let’s keep it between us.

We don’t want the price to sky-rocket…..

….because then we’ll all have to tighten our belts. :)

Disclosure:  I am a project coordinator for Elmer’s ProBond Advanced Glue.

However all opinions on glue and leather belts and table tops are 100% mine.  

Please see my disclosure policy for more information.


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Need a little more trash to treasure inspiration?

Check out these projects from some of my favorite bloggers:


Scrap Fabric Rag Bunting

AKA Design


Hello Darlin’ Wall Art

Rain On a Tin Roof


Artwork Make0ver

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Coffee Table Decorating Ideas:  Numbered Table Top

Coffee Table Decorating Ideas: Numbered Table Top



I love living in the country.


There are acres and acres of rolling hills covered in lush green grass and white fences dotting the country side.  There are cows and sheep and horse barns and fresh eggs and hay bales and wide-open blue skies with fluffy white clouds…..

….and stacks and stacks of junk that no one wants.

Except me.Continue reading