Repurposing old home decor; Wooden Wheatgrass Bowl

One constant love I’ve had over the past 5 years has been decorating with wheatgrass. I just love the stuff! When decorating with fake wheatgrass, I think it just looks crisp and classic. One of the very first projects I ever blogged about was taking some gross old tins from goodwill, refreshing them with spray paint and vinyl, and adding wheatgrass to them.

Wheatgrass Containers

In our previous home I had some leftover fake wheatgrass and added it to a simple flower pot found at the dollar store.

Easy dollar store wheatgrass tin

I went totally bizerk over this wheatgrass plant my daughter brought home from school in kindergarten. Seriously, cutest present ever.

Wheatgrass Silly Face

I also have a thing for faux moss rocks and wood tones. After seeing an adorable decor display at a model home, I found this wooden bowl at Target and grabbed a bag of moss rocks from the dollar store (boo, they don’t sell them anymore, but you can get them at Target), and created my own “Model Home Decor“.

Moss Rocks Decor

Well, after many years of loving my Wheatgrass Numbered Tins and my Moss Rocks Decor, I was ready for something new and fresh around here. I repurposed the two into one new display.

I reused the wheatgrass and floral foam and the wooden bowl to create this new fresh piece of decor.

The green wheatgrass and the wooden bowl play off each other nicely and look crisp together.

I’ve been keeping the display on our dining room table, but when the table is in use, the wooden wheatgrass bowl looks great on our new Butler’s Pantry.

I have been trying to incorporate more natural and wood elements into my decor lately. After much pondering and Pinterest-browsing I’ve finally been able to put a label on my decorating style: Transitional Country (Rustic Transitional works also).

Transitional style is a marriage of traditional and contemporary furniture, finishes, materials and fabrics equating to a classic, timeless design. Furniture lines are simple yet sophisticated, featuring either straight lines or rounded profiles.

I added the “Country” to the end because I love LOVE the Transitional style with a hint of rustic charm – metal finishes, a hint of shabby chic (but NOT too much, I can only take that distressed look in very small doses), and my love for random items like my cow painting. Living out in the country is allowing me to bring in some of that rustic style that I love, but didn’t necessarily work in our last home.

I can’t wait to start incorporating even more of those elements into our home!

Anyway, back on topic! I’ve been trying to come up with new ways to love my old decor that isn’t necessarily working for me anymore. This is one way I’ve been able to do that.

Have a great (and warm!) day! I will see you all again on Thursday. :)


2 hacks: Ikea Bygel rails as curtain rods & bed sheets into curtains

I can finally check another item off my should-have-done-this-a-year-ago to-do list. My son’s curtains have been sitting in his closet since we moved in almost 2 years ago. Why has it taken me so long to hang them? Because I am the Master Procrastinator.

But they are hung and looking fly if I do say so myself. I hung them the same way I hung them in our previous house – using two Bygel Rails from good ol’ Ikea. They come in two sizes. For the curtains I purchased the shorter ones.

These rails are made for the kitchen to hold accessories on. Ikea also suggests using them as a towel rail or to hold pot lids on. I like to “hack” products from Ikea and use them in unconventional ways, so I used these as curtain rods!

In our last house I had two extra ones just sitting in my stash and it dawned on me that I could totally use them as curtain rods.

They aren’t functional rods where you can drag the curtains across your windows, but they do work great if you want decorative curtains. I left the old rails at the previous house so I had to purchase new ones for this project. They are super cheap though; only $2.99 each.

Here is the window before:

And the poor wrinkled curtains. I actually made them using twin sized bed sheets and added some orange grosgrain ribbon down the edge.

After ironing, and ironing, and more ironing it was finally time to hang them! I figured out where I wanted the rails hung, threaded the curtains onto the rails, and attached them with some wall anchors. To easily hang the rails I used a level on the rail and just marked where the screw holes were. So much easier than math.

Our ceilings are a foot lower in the bedrooms in our current house than in our previous house. Because of this, I realized they would need to be hemmed. I decided to hang them first and then hem them for the most accurate length possible.

I just set up a sewing machine on a little table and hemmed them right there! It was so easy. I started by pinning them exactly where I wanted them hemmed and then just sewed them at the appropriate length.

Now Travis has pretty curtains hung high and wide to accentuate his window and make it look bigger. I obviously need to scooch the big orange star over now that the curtains are overlapping it.

His room will come together eventually. I pretty much put all rooms on hold while renovating the kitchen and dining room. Now I’m slowly starting to make more progress in the kids’ bedrooms. I’d like to just get them totally done once and for all so I can stop tinkering in there and start working on other spaces that need my attention. I would really like to get him a full-sized bedroom set, so we are just kind of in a holding pattern until I decide which set I want and have enough cash saved to purchase it.

Here’s a fun side-by-side. Curtains just make such a huge difference!



Capiz chandelier in the dining room

Now that the dust has settled from all the renovating, I’ve finally installed a new light fixture in the dining room. Can I get a holla?!

Let’s start with a good ol’ “before” picture. It just makes the final reveal that much more shocking and fun, am I right?! Be prepared to bleach your eyeballs.

Okay, okay, it wasn’t that bad. In hindsight I can say I liked the curtains (my ones from the previous house that I do plan to hang again soon). The floor wasn’t bad (we replaced it so all the floor would match). Um, what else? Nope, that is all. I’m not a fan of anything else in there.

Let’s just zoom in on that awesomesauce light fixture.

Ah, there it is. Now, I don’t think it is particularly nice to talk crap about stuff that came with this house, or my dislike for paint color choices or anything, especially knowing there is a pretty good chance the previous owners read this blog. (I have really matured over the last 5 years, haven’t I?!) We have mutual friends (I learned this by looking them up on facebook before we bought the house) so I’m sure they know about the blog and maybe even follow along. So what I will say is one of the many awesome things that makes this planet so great is that there is so much diversity and differences of opinion. My personal taste is very different from the previous owners, and I personally am not a fan of this light fixture. Therefore, I donated it to Habitat for Humanity and replaced it with a new one.

Check out our new light fixture!

Yup, it’s the same exact fixture that I installed at my old house. I’m boring, I know. Before you get your stink eye on me too hard, I used this fixture because I love it and it was free. Way back in 2011 when I hung this West Elm Capiz Chandelier at our old house, West Elm screwed up and gave me a used light kit (the shell shade was still brand new). They mailed me another entire new one (light kit and shell shade), and told me to just toss out the old one or donate it because it wasn’t worth it to them for me to ship it back. Well, I saved it. And it has sat in my garage for 4 years. And because I LOVE IT SO MUCH, I decided to just hang it again in the new house (the buyers of our last house loved it too and specifically requested I leave it when we moved – good thing I had a 2nd back-up one!).

To install the new/used light kit, I had to clean it up (it was really dirty and used), and then fix the mangled wires that came with it.

I cut the wires and then used some additional wire I had on hand and extended it by about a foot. (Not pictured)

Taking the little wrappers off the shell shade is really tedious. You have to be very careful to not break the shells or the fishing line holding each shell to the shade. It does sound like a pretty wind chime while you are working on it though which is relaxing.

The light takes three bulbs so it is very bright which I like. The more light the better! I may install some type of dimmer eventually for mood lighting in the evening.

Even more than four years later, I still love this light fixture. I was so mad when West Elm screwed up on my initial purchase, but now, years later, I’m glad they did. lol. Isn’t it pretty?

Then and now!


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