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April 2015

DIY Projects

DIY Antique Metal

Hello friends! Today I’m sharing my experience with making new metal look like antique metal. If you’ve been to Target recently, you know that they have some AMAZING metal goodies in their One Spot. Last week, I bought a cute little olive bucket for $3. Awesome, right? The only problem was that it was all shiny and new (totally doesn’t match the rustic vibe I’m going for on the front porch). Anyway, I brought it home thinking it would definitely be worth an attempted DIY, even if it wasn’t successful.

So here’s what we’re working with. I have this olive bucket (I couldn’t find it on their website, but it came from the Target One Spot), and I also decided to try it with this watering can I’ve had for a while from Ikea.

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This is definitely an OUTDOOR project, so take your items outside, and gather your supplies. My front porch is a never ending project workspace, and I’m constantly wondering what my neighbors are thinking of me. There’s that weird girl painting someone else’s trash. There she is, sanding something again. Can she possibly paint anything else? What on earth is she doing now?

There are some supplies that are necessary for this DIY, and some are optional. Here’s what I used:

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-rubber gloves

-steel scouring pads (optional)

-sander (optional)

So first things first, I removed the twine handles from the olive bucket. Then I sanded these bad boys down. I’m not sure this was totally necessary, but I like using my sander, and I figured it wouldn’t hurt. If you don’t have one, I think it’ll still work, so you’re good.


Next comes the reason why this really needs to be an outdoor project. I filled my bucket with vinegar and bleach. I didn’t measure exactly, but I think I used about 1.5 gallons of vinegar and 1 gallon of bleach. This smells AWFUL. I didn’t wear one of those mask thingies (totally correct name), but I probably should have. It seriously is one of the nastiest things.

I submerged my metal in the bucket. With my rubber gloves on, I used the scouring pad to scrub the metal while in the bucket. It sat in the sun, and I would scrub every 15 minutes or so.

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As you can tell in the above picture, the bleach/vinegar concoction turned orange. This is because I left the scouring pad in the bleach when I wasn’t using it. This rusted the pads and changed the color. It was totally unintentional, but it made the metal come out with a more orange, rusted look, which I really like. Overall, these sat in the bucket for about an hour each, scrubbed every fifteen minutes. As you can see, my bucket wasn’t quite big enough, so I had to flip the metal over about halfway through.

When I was done, I pulled the metal out of the bucket and hosed them down. When they were finally dry, I put them back on my front porch. I am IN LOVE with how these tuned out. This was a total experiment and I had very little idea what I was doing, so I’m super pleased.

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I placed a smaller vase inside to hold flowers because there are holes in this, and well obviously that can’t work.

The lines that appear around the top and bottom are due to not having the whole thing submerged at once, but I’m really okay with it. More character.

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I keep hearing Taylor Swift lyrics in my head: Did you have to ruin what was shiny, now it’s all rusted?

To answer your question Taylor, yes. I kinda did.

If you can get over the smell, this is a really easy project to try. It’s messy (but not messy enough to stain my shirt!), but in my opinion, totally worth it! I’m obsessing over these! Now I need to rust all the metal things!!

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Let me know if you try this one! I’d love to hear about it!

That’s it for today. Have a fabulous day, friends!

DIY Projects

DIY Pillow Covers

Hey y’all! Today I’m sharing my super secret cheapest possible pillow covers. Except it’s totally not a secret since I’m about to tell you all about it. Whatever. By this time, everyone on the planet knows what a huge impact throw pillows can have on changing the feel of a space. But if you’re like me, you can’t bring yourself to pay $30+ dollars for one pillow. I’m the kind of girl who walks into a Target with three dollars in her pocket fully intending to find the best possible deal. (Don’t lie, you’ve been there too.)

Back to what I was originally talking about. I’ve discovered the secret to time travel the cheapest throw pillows! A few weeks ago, I went into a World Market for the first time, and it suddenly hit me! I could make pillow covers from napkins! Now, before you stop reading this, I’m not talking about paper napkins covered in pizza grease (why pizza grease? I don’t know.). World Market has a great selection of cloth napkins that are perfect for making pillow covers. On my trip there, I picked up these cloth napkins. Under $8 for four! I was in cheap girl heaven!

Okay, so here’s the deal. This is not a sewing tutorial. My sewing skills are basic at best, so I’m not going to explain in that great of detail how to sew these. These napkins are 20×20 inches, so they are perfect for and 18×18 size pillow or smaller. After bringing my napkins home, I ironed them, and got them pinned and ready to go.


Again, I’m not going full out with the sewing tutorial here. The napkins are already cut in perfect squares, so I just sewed in some straight lines. Easy enough. Here’s how they look afterward:


I really love the way that these turned out, and it was SO EASY. I made two covers for four dollars each. You really can’t beat that price.


I chose this pattern because it plays well with the neutral tones in our living room (and because the only color I add in decorating is blue). But there are so many choices at World Market, the possibilities are endless!

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Seriously guys, this is so easy, and so cheap! You should definitely try this one!

That’s it for today. Have a fabulous day, friends!

DIY Projects

Vintage Window Styling

Hello there! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time out of your day to read my very first blog post! The purpose of this blog is to document my journey of making our hideous  challenging rental place a home. I figured there’s no better way to start off than just diving right in!


It's been a fun day hitting up all the local antique stores. This aqua window frame is coming home with me! Can't wait to figure out what to do with it!

A few weeks back, I found a cute vintage window frame at an antique store.  I had just the spot in mind at the house, so it came home with me.

I love the color it was when I bought it, but it just wasn’t going to work with the colors I already have going on in my house, so it had to go. I sanded it all down, leaving it looking like this:



I knew I was going to want it to look a little unfinished, so I didn’t worry about sanding too professionally. (But let’s be honest, I probably couldn’t sand like a professional even if I tried.) In this picture you can see my little indoor workspace trick: I use old wrapping paper as a dropcloth. Super easy, and super disposable. Anyway, I then painted the whole thing white, not worrying about looking too uniform. When it was dry, I lightly sanded the edges to give it a bit of a distressed look.


I knew it needed a home above the bed in our guestroom.


Here’s a closeup of the frame. I used some ribbon I had from a previous project to hang these cute miniature wreaths from the top. I got three of those wreaths at a thrift store for a dollar, by the way.


I really love the way this little project turned out. It was quick and easy! Now if only I could figure out what to do about the headboard situation in this room. Another project for another day, I guess.

That’s it for today. Have a fabulous day, friends!