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!

  


     

Fresh paint in the master bathroom

I painted our master bathroom a year ago, and realized today that I never posted about it here. I wrote a post about it for True Value’s blog (original post here) but never ended up mentioning it here on my blog.

I gave our master bathroom a paint makeover. The small bathroom was previously painted a shade of salmon, an orangy redish color:

Paint is such a personal decision, and there are no wrong paint colors! The rule is, if you love it, and you love living in the space, then the color is perfect for YOU. I’ll admit though, I am not keen on this salmon color, so it had to go!

Because the room is so small, I knew I wanted a paint color that would brighten and enlarge the room. Obviously it isn’t going to physically make the room larger, but it will give the illusion that the space is bigger than it is.

I chose a very neutral light beige that brightens any room it touches. I’ve been using this color all over my entire house. It’s just a great neutral color that will compliment any accessories you decorate with. The color is called Stucco from Sherwin Williams.

Less than a day later, I have a brand-new bathroom! Or, at least it feels like a brand-new bathroom.

Choosing a light neutral color lightened, brightened, and widened the entire room. When we bought the house we thought we’d have to gut the whole room and start over, but just by changing out something as simple as paint color, we feel like we are living in a brand-new house.

I am no stranger to painting, and I tend to inadvertently purchase homes that have dark overwhelming colors (the worse the paint colors, the better the deal it seems). Painting rooms to lighten and brighten them has become a necessary past-time of mine. Check out these other rooms I’ve painted in an effort to make them feel bigger and more airy:

The dining room in our old house was purple and gold faux. I added a chair rail and a rich shade of gray and turned this eyesore into a stunner that opened up the room.

This guest bathroom was a goldish orange color. With a little paint and some bright accessories the room went from feeling like a dungeon to open and spacious, fit for any guest.

By adding some chair rail, box and window moulding, and a light neutral gray, this formal living room went from a depressing place we tried to avoid to one of our favorite rooms in the house.

You can transform the look and feel of an entire room simply by changing the paint color. Rich neutrals in lighter shades will really open up a small space and make it feel larger and more inviting.

Here are even more current pictures of the bathroom!

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PS I have a brand new post up on True Value’s blog. I did a little makeover on our guest bathroom involving beadboard! Yummy!

To see all my posts for True Value, click here.


     
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