Tuesday, October 16, 2018

How To Remove Damaged Veneer From Furniture

Have you ever passed up a piece of furniture because of damaged veneer?  These tips and tricks for removing and repairing veneer may make you think twice about passing up another great piece again. 

On Thursday evening's you'll likely find me at a local estate and consignment auction.   Mainly picking up small items for my shop and my own home and an occasional piece of furniture.  The furniture is usually not my style, but every once in a while I've been able to snag a great piece.  Just this past Thursday, I scored a cute little three drawer dresser that was begging for a makeover.  It had quite a bit of damage, including splitting wood, chipped and loose veneer and a few random holes and gashes.  It was the perfect project piece and the detail on the drawers was too good to pass up.  

damaged three drawer dresser before
I originally thought I could use wood glue to repair the damaged veneer, but once I got it home I realized the damage was far worse than I thought.  Wood glue wasn't going to cut it and instead I had to remove all the veneer.  It was definitely a learning project and a lot of work, but I'm happy with how it turned out.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Cozy Throw Blankets Perfect For Fall

Cozy up for fall with these stylish and affordable throw blankets! 

The weather is finally cooling off, pumpkin spice lattes are everywhere and snuggling on the couch under a blanket finally sounds appealing.  Throw blankets are one of my favorite decor staples and I love to use them to cozy up my home for fall.  They're practical, affordable and a great way to add texture to a room.   I mean, what's better than snuggling up with a chunky knit throw blanket, a glass of wine with a yummy pumpkin candle burning?  
Cozy throws for fall

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

How Are They Holding up? Smart Tile Backsplash Review

Have you ever considered adding a peel & stick backsplash in your home?  Are you curious how they hold up over time?  Get all your questions answered and find out how ours are holding up three years later! 

Smart Tile backsplash update 3 years later

I can't believe it's been over three years since I installed our Smart Tiles kitchen backsplash.  At the time, I was looking for an affordable, quick and mess-free update for our kitchen and these tiles were just what the space needed.  They're the next best thing to real tile and perfect for a temporary budget-friendly update.  They were super easy to install (I installed them myself in one afternoon while my husband was at work) and I couldn't be happier with how they turned out.   I get a lot of questions about their durability and thought now would be a great time to let you know how they are holding up and answer all your burning questions. 

Monday, October 1, 2018

Fun and Easy Dollar Tree Halloween Coasters

These super easy Halloween coasters are the perfect affordable accessory for your next Halloween bash! 

It's officially October, which means it's totally appropriate to pull out the spooky goblins and fake cobwebs and start decorating for Halloween, right?  Besides Christmas, Halloween is my favorite "holiday" to decorate for.  I always enjoy creating a spooky home for less and I love that my kids enjoy the creepy decor too.  And what better way to start off October than with a fun and easy Halloween project for this month's Dollar Store DIY

Easy decoupaged Dollar Tree Halloween coasters

Monday, September 24, 2018

Simple and Neutral Fall Home Tour

Come tour a small ranch style home subtly decorated in neutral tones for fall! 

I like to pretend that fall starts when my kids head back to school, but now it's offical!  Fall is here and I couldn't be more excited.  It's my favorite time of year and I always look forward to the leaves changing colors, cooler evenings, fun fall activites and pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING.

As much as I love the view from our back deck this time of year, the beautiful shades of burnt orange, deep yellow and dark red stops there.  I leave the warm tones of fall outside and opt to decorate my home with cool muted tones instead.  It still feels like fall, but much more my style.  

This year, I decided to keep things simple since I've been on a major cleaning out and decluttering kick.  I also didn't want to spend a lot of money on new fall decor, so I used what I had, updated inexpensive Dollar Tree decor and scored a few pieces from an auction to create a simple and neutral fall home.  I also teamed up with some talented bloggers (thanks to the help of my friend Kendra from Joy in Our Home), so be sure to check out their beautiful home tours linked at the bottom of this post. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Fall Market Days at Sweet Clover Barn

Take a tour of a vintage market booth subtly decorated for fall and Halloween!

It's been a busy month full of early mornings, work deadlines and getting the booth ready for the September Sweet Clover sale.  I always feel like each month sneaks up on me and this month was no different.  Last month, I sold all my large pieces of furniture, so I've been extra busy getting furniture painted and prepped for the upcoming sale.  

The September sale marks the first fall sale of the season, which meant Cassie and I were able to bring in lots of new decor and fun touches for fall and Halloween. 
Dark gray painted MCM dresser
Being that we both love cool tones, we kept the traditional fall colors to a minimum and opted to keep the holiday decor on the neutral side.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

How to Make Easy Fabric Pumpkins

Learn how to make quick, easy and adorable DIY fabric pumpkins for fall! 

Fabric pumpkins are such an easy craft project that's perfect for fall.  I made a few back in 2015, but since I was recently sewing a batch for the barn I decided to share this year's version.   Pinterest is full of numerous ways to create these adorable little pumpkins.   From various fabrics to embellishments, they can make the perfect fall addition for any style decor.

Easy DIY fabric pumpkins