Little House of Four - Creating a beautiful home, one thrifty project at a time.

Monday, January 22, 2018

How to Make an Inexpensive Knotted Wood Bead Garland

Are you looking for an easy craft project?  This simple knotted wood bead garland is perfect for adding a bit of texture and style to your farmhouse home.

I'm no stranger to making DIY wood bead garlands.  (I made a natural tassel garland last year and a colorful Christmas version this past winter.)  They are fun and affordable to create and they make great decor too.   With little effort you can even customize them to fit your style and decor.  I decided to add a bit of color and texture to mine with a the addition of a few simple knots.
Easy wood bead garland
I love how the dark gray adds a touch of contrast and the knots add interest to an otherwise basic bead garland.

Friday, January 19, 2018

5 Simple Steps to Under the Kitchen Sink Organizing

Easy steps to clean, purge and organize under your kitchen sink! 

There's nothing like a leaky faucet to force you to purge and organize.  Sadly, that's usually what it  takes to get me motivated to clean out and organize around here.  Under our kitchen sink was looking pretty rough, so I guess it was a good thing we had a water issue.  

Neat and organized under the kitchen sink cabinet
It was after dinner and while we were putting the kids to bed that we noticed the floor was wet by the sink.  Why do house issues always happen at the most inconvenient times?  Luckily, a waterproof shelf liner helped protect most of the cabinet, but there was still a bit of water that had soaked into the wood.  I quickly cleared everything out, got the kids in bed then was left with quiet a mess in our kitchen.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Simple and Affordable Updates to Our Vintage Modern Bathroom

A vintage modern bathroom decorated in white and gray with beautiful mosaic tile and brass accents.

When you feel like your home is falling apart around you the only cure is to redecorate, right? 

For the past 6 months, we have been living with only one of our three bathrooms fully functioning.  The plumber was here last week installing new pipes and fixtures in our hall bathroom,  which resulted in a big gapping hole in our master bathroom.   He didn't have time to fix our basement bathroom, so I had my husband lug the sink back into the space and I decorated and pretended everything was perfect.  Sounds normal, right?
Vintage modern bathroom

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Dollar Store DIY: How to Make Paint Look Like Stained Wood

Get the look of stained wood with this super easy painting technique.

Do you ever find something at a dollar store, thrift store or on clearance and wish it were a different finish or color?  It's easy to repaint something to match your decor, but what if you prefer the look of stained wood instead?  The good news is, you can easily achieve the look of stain using paint in just a few simple steps.

How to get the look of stained wood with paint

The other week, I shared my recent Dollar Tree purchases and a few new products that caught my eye.  One of those items were black pedestal candle holders that I have been in search of for months.  Even though they aren't made of wood (they are more of a plaster material) and they don't have the best reviews, I was still determined to update them to resemble the look of wood.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

25 of the Best Dollar Store Crafts and Makeovers Ever

The best dollar store makeovers, hacks, crafts and DIY projects to get your home organized and decorated for less!

Whether you're looking for inexpensive decor, a fun craft project or low-cost storage solutions, dollar stores are the place to go for all your decor and storage needs.   From seasonal and home decor to buckets, baskets and bins, dollar stores have everything you need to decorate and organize your home for less.  

The best dollar store crafts, hacks and makeovers

I've been updating dollar store products for years and wanted to share a few of my favorite makeovers from my archives as well as the best from around the web. 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

How to Transition Your Home From Christmas to Winter

Tips and ideas to help you easily transition from Christmas to winter. 

Every year, I tend to get a little carried away and want to pack up every last bit of Christmas decor.  I love the pops of red and the cozy feel of our home during the holidays, but nothing beats starting off a new year with a fresh clean slate.

This year was no different.  I pulled out the Christmas bins, packed everything away then quickly realized it was a bit too stark.   The sparkle was gone, the vases were empty and the tables were bare.  Not only was Christmas packed away, but there was no sign of winter either.  I wasn't ready to go back to my everyday decor, so I unpacked some bins and left out a few pieces perfect for transitioning from Christmas to winter.

Decorating for winter with candles

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Dollar Tree Haul: The Best Storage and Decor for Updating!

Dollar Tree decor, storage and garden items that are perfect for updating and turning into beautiful decor. 

I often hear that many of you can't find items I use in my Dollar Tree projects, so I turned to my Facebook friends and asked if they would prefer if I shared my shopping trips and hauls BEFORE I actually get around to posting the makeovers.  Many of you preferred that I share my hauls, so today I'm sharing what I purchased from my late December shopping trips. 

Dollar tree haul