Little House of Four

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Natural Birch Bark Pumpkin Art


Creating new pumpkin projects is one of my favorite things about fall.  In the past, I've used everything from pallets, tin cans, mason jarsfabric and felt and today I'm using something completely different, birch bark.
Turn scraps of natural birch bark into the perfect fall pumpkin! www.littlehouseoffour.com

Sometime last year I picked up a pack of natural birch bark from Hobby Lobby.  I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but thought it would be neat to use in a future craft project.   That day came when I was digging through one of my craft drawers in August and got the idea to create pumpkin art.  Yes, I've been holding out on posting this project since I'm sure no one wanted to think about pumpkins when it was 100 degrees outside. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Basement Progress: The Fireplace Wall is Complete!

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Happy Monday!

I made some major progress on the basement this weekend and can't believe the makeover is almost complete.   Thank goodness I didn't tackle this project for the One Room Challenge or I would have been WAY over schedule, haha.  I still have a lot of little projects to complete (staining and installing the quarter round, paint touch ups, decorating and finishing the board and batten on the steps), but I can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Today, I'm talking all about the fireplace wall and how much I love my new mixed metal bookcase.
styled mixed material shelf

Friday, September 23, 2016

$5.00 Thrifty Farmhouse Transformations


Thrift stores are one of my favorite places to go when I'm bored, want to pass time or get my shopping fix without spending a lot of money.  Lucky for me I pass a pretty decent one when I head into town.  Most times I walk out with nothing (okay, maybe a book!), but every now and then I find some pretty awesome pieces to transform.

My favorite inexpensive thrift store scores are the $3.00 vintage metal card catalogs that I updated and the Anthropologie knock off hooks.   I was not expecting to find either item, which just goes to show that you never know what you'll find.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Affordable and Stylish Mixed Material Bookshelves


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You are probably aware that I'm in full blown basement makeover mode.  It's slow going, but I have made major progress and installed the new floors, planked the back wall, tiled the bar backsplash, painted the brick fire place and refinished the basement steps.  I also DIYed new artwork for over the art table and bought new rugs, couch and coffee table.  Now, I'm finally (FINALLY!) nearing the final stages of the makeover and it's time to pick an affordable mixed material bookcase! 

Affordable mixed material, industrial farmhouse bookcases

Monday, September 19, 2016

Going Batty: A Thrifty Halloween Entryway


I know it's technically not even fall and many of you are still clinging onto summer, but I couldn't resist sharing a few early Halloween decorations I put up this weekend.  Last year, I was a total slacker and didn't do a thing to decorate for Halloween, so I'm making up for it this year.  I won't be turning my home into a haunted house, but I will be adding a few thrifty Halloween decorations to celebrate one of my kids favorite holiday's.

Thrifty Halloween Entryway
I didn't go out and buy any new Halloween decorations or use fancy electronic decor.  Everything is either from my Halloween stash, thrift store makeovers or really inexpensive DIY projects.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

How to Make a Rustic Wire Photo Hanging


It's time for another Monthly DIY Challenge!  This month is all about Mod Podge and if you know me you know I love this stuff.  I've used it in many projects throughout our home, so of course I was thrilled when Plaid offered to send us Mod Podge for this month's challenge item.  There's also a great giveaway, so be sure to stick around and enter for a chance to win!
The easiest way to make canvas photo hangings that look real! www.littlehouseoffour.com
Displaying family photos is one of my favorite ways to personalize our home and keep sweet memories alive.  I'm always looking for unique ways to display my favorite photos (Yes, I have a few favorites if you haven't noticed) and this month's challenge was a great opportunity to make rustic wire photo hangings.

Monday, September 12, 2016

DIY Rustic Felt Pumpkins


Last November I created Rustic Felt Christmas Trees and today I'm sharing the perfect fall version. Using a few inexpensive supplies and free twigs from the yard these adorable pumpkins turned out to make the perfect addition to my fall decor.

The easiest and cheapest way to create rustic felt pumpkins! www.littlehouseoffour.com