Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

If you have noticed the cost of all new kitchen cabinets, renovating your kitchen can be one of the most expensive projects when renovating your home. When deciding to turn our kitchen into our dream, we knew we would be on a budget. I did not have a set budget in mind, but let’s just say my budget goes a little something like this…as cheap as possible. You can see the full kitchen renovation blog Here . I knew I wanted to keep the cabinets because they were made of real wood. I chose white kitchen cabinets with light distressing. I also wanted to paint the inside of my cabinets as well. When we moved into our home, 5 years ago, the cabinets were painted a latex white on the outside but not painted on the inside. Below is the before photo of our kitchen, the day we purchased our home!

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If you have followed along with me for awhile, you can see throughout my blog, my love for chalk paint. As durable and hardy that chalk paint is, I knew it would be a great choice for kitchen cabinets.

First things first, we removed all of our items from the inside of the cabinets.

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Next, we began removing all hardware, doors and drawers.

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I gave all of the cabinets a good wipe down with soap and water. Next, I mixed up my homemade chalk paint recipe. I always use Sherwin Williams brand paint. You can find that recipe here .  I painted the inside of all the cabinets with one coat then lightly sanded and wiped with a damp cloth.

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I repeated these steps until I had three coats of paint on the inside of all the cabinets.

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The next item of agenda was to paint the outside of all of the cabinets with two coats of paint, with light sanding in between and a wipe down with a dampened cloth.

I only needed two coats of paint on the outside of the cabinets because my cabinets were already painted white before I began painting.

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Next we painted the cabinet doors and drawers. We set up an assembly line in our garage. We used 2×4’s to lay the doors on to help make sure we didn’t get drips.

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If you do come back and found that you’ve gotten a few drips, you can sand it down and paint over that spot. It’s not a big deal but does make a little more work for you. After the first side of the cabinet doors were painted with two coats of paint, light sanding in between and wiped down, I waited 24 hours before flipping over the the second side of the cabinet doors. The second side received the same treatment as the first side.

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After finishing the cabinet doors, we moved on to the cabinet drawers. The inside of the drawers had never been painted, so they received three coats with light sanding in between and a good wipe down, after each coat. Next, we moved on to the outside of the cabinet drawers.

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They received two coats of paint with light sanding and a wipe down in between coats.

At this point, I felt like I could finally begin to see the light 🙌🏼 It took us about two weeks for myself, the hubs and our two adult daughters,  to all work on the cabinets! Much longer than I anticipated!

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Here came the fun part! I wanted to go ahead and place all of the cabinet doors and drawers back on, so I could precisely decide where I wanted to distress. I used my orbital sander to lightly sand on the inside of the cabinets. Then I used 120 grit to sand all the edges of the cabinet doors and drawers, where it would naturally wear. I don’t like super heavy distressing but I would say this is light to medium distressing.

Before (The day we purchased our home.)

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After (Current view with Christmas decor.)

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We are absolutely loving how our cabinets and entire kitchen has turned out!! We absolutely get so much JOY from our home DIY renovations. I hope you have enjoyed reading and we hope to inspire you!

❤️-Shae

 

How To Style A Basket Wall

How To Style A Basket Wall

Today, I am teaming up with several bloggers for a Thrift Store Blog Hop! Y’all know how much I love a good budget friendly DIY! This basket wall cost me under $15 and took me about an hour to create! Baskets are a great way to add decor to your wall for cheap!

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First things first! I found all of the baskets at my local thrift shops or rummage sales. All of  the baskets were .10 cents to $1 each except for the large round placemats. The trick to finding these baskets is finding different colors, textures and patterns.

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The colors do not need to be the exact same but similar in tone, to create a cohesive basket wall. One other thing to consider is to using an odd number of baskets on the wall. It will help balance with an odd number.

Next is to decide how you want to place your baskets on the wall. You can draw out a pattern on paper or lay them out in the floor first.

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I chose to go at a diagonal pattern with the three large placemats as my focal point.

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You can also lightly draw with pencil to mark where to hang each basket. I like to use very thin nails, called finishing nails, to hang the baskets with. They are small enough that the basket can hang on plus they won’t be an eye sore because they will be hidden by the baskets.

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I also enjoy adding touches of greenery throughout my basket wall. Now, be honest, what do y’all think? Do you have a basket wall?

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I hope you hop on over and visit my friends to see what they have found on their thrift store finds this month!

❤️-Shae

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Thrift Store Challenge: Autumn On My Mind

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https://lecultivateur.com/2019/10/28/thrifted-treasure-October/

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https://hydrangeafarmhouse.com/thrift-store-challenge

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https://www.thehousehouse.com/thrift-store-finds/thrift-store-challenge-tray-makeover

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https://barnhousemess.wordpress.com/2019/10/21/thrift-store-challenge-wood-shutters

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https://wordpress.com/post/clochesandlavender.com/12036

Budget Friendly Kitchen Renovation

Budget Friendly Kitchen Renovation

Hey y’all! Have you ever wanted to update your kitchen on a budget with products that don’t break the bank? The hubs and I have recently updated out kitchen with Ardex concrete countertops, a white subway back splash, a white farmhouse sink and chalk painted cabinets. It took about three weeks for all of the renovations.

We started off by replacing our kitchen sink with a white farmhouse sink from Sinkology called the Josephine .

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I have had visions of white farmhouse sinks dancing in my head since we purchased our home, 5 years! Isn’t she a stunning sight!!

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Next, my husband cut off the backsplash of the existing countertops because we were adding tile.

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For the countertops, I used Ardex Feather Finish . Ardex is a self drying cement based finish that you mix with water and has a cake icing-like consistency.

First things first, it is best to remove everything from your cabinets, then apply a clear plastic cover and tape all the edges. Trust me, you will appreciate this later! All of the countertops will need a light sanding to help the Ardex adhere. I used a orbital sander and I also hand sanded in corners where the orbital sanded would not fit. Wipe down with a dampened cloth all your countertops.

To mix the Ardex, I used a plastic 1 gallon bucket and a paddle mixer. The directions for the Ardex is a 2:1 ratio with water. I found that was a little to thick for me and added just a bit more water. I liked it to be about the consistency of icing. I used a 12 in joint knife and a puffy knife for the smaller areas. In some areas like behind the kitchen sink, it was easiest to use my fingers with gloves on to smooth the Ardex out.

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After the first coat of Ardex is applied, it will need to dry for about 24 hours before sanding. Once dry, let the sanding commence! I’m not going to lie, it’s super messy but I promise it is well worth it!! Check out the layer of dust on my arm!

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I used an orbital sander because I felt like the finish it gave was smoother than a palm sander.

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I can not stress enough to use plastic coverings on everything because if not, you will have a huge mess to clean up like I did! Learn from my mistake!

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I sanded all the edges, corners and tight spots with a 60 grit sand paper. Next is to use a shop vac to vacuum all the dust form sanding. I also used a dampened cloth to remove any remaining dust from the countertop. I repeated these steps until I had three layers of Ardex on my countertop. After the countertop has dried for 24 hours, I applied 3 coats of Behr Low Luster Sealer with a paint brush.

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I didn’t want a super shiny finish, so I made sure to purchase one that had very little shine.

Next up was the subway tile. We purchase our tile from a local tile company called Floor & Decor  . They had the absolute best prices on tile! The tile was 15 cents each!!

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The tile went pretty quickly in comparison to the countertops! Next up was the grout! We decided to Pearl Gray for the grout color.

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The grout and mortar were also purchased from Floor & Decor.

Last but certainly not least was the painting of the kitchen cabinets. This is the 3rd time our cabinets have been painted. I used Ibis White from Sherwin Williams, previously. The interior of our cabinets had never been painted and I had dreams of painting the inside of the cabinets white. I decided to go ahead and tackle the painting of the inside and outside of the cabinets! I decided to use my DIY chalk paint recipe and use the same color Ibis White. I chose chalk paint because of its hardiness and durability!

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I am am not going to lie, it was a ton of work and I could not have done it without my two oldest daughters helping me! It took us about 10 days to do it all but I still think it was so worth it! The painted 3 coats on the inside of all the oak cabinets and drawers, since they had never been painted before! In between each coat, I did a light sanding, by hand, so that it would cut down on brush strokes. After each sanding, you will needed to wipe out all the soot with a dampened cloth. Everything that we sanded was by hand only.

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I also lightly distressed all of my cabinets on the inside and outside. When I distress, I like to distress where the item would naturally receive wear.

I also decided to replace the drawer pulls with brushed nickel pulls that I found on Amazon for cheap!

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Ok, so I know y’all are wondering what the total cost was on our budget friendly renovation?

Here is a break down of costs:

-Drawer Pulls-$18

-Ardex-$60 (I used 2.5 bags @ $30 each. One bag was leftover from our upstairs bathroom.)

-Tile, Mortar & Grout-$90 (15 cents per tile)

-Paint, Baking Soda-$162 (Sherwin Williams paint plus 12 boxes of baking soda to make chalk paint.)

-White Farmhouse Sink-$399

Total Cost-$730

We are enjoying our kitchen and all of our hard work! You can find many of our projects saved under “highlights” on my IG page or our You Tube account. Follow along with me on IG in stories everyday, as I usually always have some sort of diy going on!

❤️-Shae

Creative Thursday’s-Pumpkin Roll

Creative Thursday’s-Pumpkin Roll

I can’t believe October Creative Thursday is already here! EmilyTara and I enjoy hosting this challenge and this month’s challenge is a Fall Themed Dessert. I knew exactly what I wanted to bake! I have never made a Pumpkin Roll cake before but I remember how yummy it tasted, so I thought I may try my hand at this cake! I will admit that I was quite intimated to make this cake but I think it turned out pretty good!

Ingredients

-3/4 c all purpose unbleached flour

-1 tsp baking soda

-1 tsp ground cinnamon

-1/4 tsp Himalayan salt

-1 c cane sugar

-3 eggs

-2/3 c canned pumpkin

-1 tsp vanilla

Filling

-8 oz cream cheese, softened

-2 tbsp. butter, softened

-1 tsp vanilla

-1 c powdered sugar, plus more for dusting

1-Preheat oven to 350. Line jelly roll pan with parchment paper & lightly grease.

2-In large bowl, mix flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. In separate bowl, mix eggs, pumpkin and vanilla until smooth.

3-Add dry ingredients to bowl and stir until just combined.

4-Spread batter as evenly as possible into pan.

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5-Bake for 12-15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

6-Immediately lift parchment paper and hot cake from pan onto flat, heat safe surface.

7-While cake is hot, start rolling at short ends, gently, while cake is still in parchment paper, all the way up.

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Allow to cool completely on wire rack.

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8-While cake is cooling, mix cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla with mixer until fluffy and smooth.

9-When cake is completely cooled, unroll it very carefully. Gently smooth the filling in an even layer over the cake.

10-Roll the cake up without the parchment paper.

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Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate one hour.

11-Dust the top of the cake with powdered sugar.

12-Store in fridge up to two days.

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The pumpkin roll turned out so good! It was tasty! What do y’all think? I hope y’all yall hop on over and check out all of my friends fall desserts as well!

❤️-Shae

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https://lecultivateur.com/2019/10/17/Creative-Thursday-pumpkin-cupcakes/

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https://stilettosandshiplap.com/creative-thursday:-cinnamon-apple-crumb-cake/3858/

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https://thisfulllife5.com/2019/10/17/pumpkin-bars/

Homemade Apple Pie

Homemade Apple Pie

Today is our blog hop for our monthly Clearance Challenge. The rules are it has to be more than 50% from a store of our choice & show how we can use the piece in our home. As I was browsing Home Goods for fall pillows a couple weeks ago, I like to start off in the clearance section because I am constantly looking for Rae Dunn pieces; when low and behold, I found a Rae Dunn pie dish!! I turned it over to see the cost and it was only $14.99! Score! It was 65% off!

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One of my favorite fall traditions to do with my daughters is to make homemade apple pie. This is something I started with my oldest when she was really small and as soon as the weather turns chilly, we look forward to pie making day!

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When I make apple pie, I like to use a couple different variety of apples. This year we used Gala & Granny Smith.

My oldest daughter and number 3 daughter peeled, sliced & cored the apples. They also mixed all of the filling as well! We have a handy apple peeler from The Pampered Chef that makes it super simple to get all your apples ready in basically one swipe!

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My number 2 daughter and number 4 daughter helped me with mixing the pie crusts & rolling them out!

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We made a total of 4 pies plus homemade apple cider to sip on while me baked our pies!

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Now to choose how to decorate the top! Most of the time we do the lattice technique but the past couple of years we have been using a Pie Crust Cutter Set from Williams Sonoma.

Apple Pie

7 medium apples (Granny Smith and Gala), peeled, cored & sliced, zest of one lemon, 2 tsp of cinnamon, 1/8 tsp ground cloves, 1/2 c sugar & 1/2 c brown sugar. In large bowl, toss apples with all ingredients and set aside.

Crust

I use William Sonoma’s Basic Pie Crust recipe. The only thing I do different is add 2 more tbsp. of sugar.

Add your crust to your pie pan and poke holes in the crust with a fork. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 min. Take out and add your pie filling along with how you chose to decorate your top of your pie.

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I will bake an additional 10-15 min but as soon as the top begins to brown, I add a tent shaped piece of foil to the top of the pie so it doesn’t brown to quickly. Now, try to be patient as you smell this delicious aroma of apple pie, fill your home! It is so good y’all! Do you have any baking traditions in your family?

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Don’t forget to check out my friends on our blog hop to see what they have found on clearance and styled to perfection in their homes!

Love~Shae

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Top Shelf Clearance Challenge ~ October

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https://stilettosandshiplap.com/clearance-challenge:-it’s-amore/3784/

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https://barnhousemess.wordpress.com/2019/10/13/clearance-store-challenge

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Clearance Challenge – October 2019

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Halloween Themed Mantel – October Clearance Challenge

It’s All About The Fall Vibes-Fall Home Tour 2019

It’s All About The Fall Vibes-Fall Home Tour 2019

Hey y’all! Come on in! Yes, it’s still in the upper 90’s here but that hasn’t stopped this gal from decorating my home for fall! After you’ve seen my fall home tour, you’re in for a treat because I am linking up with a few other bloggers this week that are also inviting you into their homes to see their fall décor!

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Welcome to our home! Pull up a chair and I’ll fix you a cup of warm apple cider, but we will leave the air conditioning on. This year, I based all of my color scheme on my pumpkin patch sign! I wanted warm fall tones! My Pumpkin Patch Sign was made by my husband and I, last year and it also doubles as a Christmas sign on the back side. The frames behind the Pumpkin Patch sign are some frames I have had from over the years and I just chalk painted them! I added green eucalyptus and warm fall tones of birch sprays, both from Hobby Lobby. They were purchased when 50% off! The two chairs were purchased from Amazon, a couple years ago. I think they were $50 each. The pillows are from my sectional. The blanket was purchased from TJ Maxx, this year for $15. The pumpkins are a mix of real and faux from Trader Joe’s and Hobby Lobby. The planters I have had for 15 plus years. I spray painted them back in the spring to refresh them! I bought the mums for under $5 at Wal-Mart.

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Our farmhouse style tv cabinet was designed & built by my husband and I. The wheat grass wreath above was made by me. I purchased the grapevine wreath at a local thrift store for a couple dollars. I bought all the wheat grass from Hobby Lobby and Micheal’s, all for 50% off. If you happen to live near wheat grass fields, you could ask the farmer for any scraps and you could basically make yours for free! My wreath is quite large and cost around $60 to make. Still much cheaper than you can buy in the store for the size that I needed! Warm fall toned birch sprays are from Hobby Lobby for under $10 for 4 sets.

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I am loving the warm fall vibes this year! Can you tell? For my tablescape, I chose to use my dough bowl that my husband made from a salvaged log that he found on the side of the road! Again, I used warm fall toned birch leaves & pumpkins from Hobby Lobby. I also added a couple acorn sprays that I cut and made into several sprays from just one! They were $1.49 from Hobby Lobby this year. I also used my Leaf Plates from Pottery Barn, White Linen Salad Plates from the Pioneer Woman Collection & the crystal glasses were from my Mother. You can read all about my fall tablescape and links on where to purchase here.

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Our farmhouse dining room table & light fixture was designed and built by my husband and I. I also made the drop cloth curtains. Super cheap to make at $16 for both curtain panels. My rug is from my fav rug company, Well Woven Rugs.

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In our recently renovated kitchen (under $500), blog coming soon, I made a fall floral arrangement. I bought the crock from an estate sale for $5 and used the fall birch sprays and other greenery, plus pumpkins, that I already had on hand. All from Hobby Lobby. You can read all about how I styled the fall floral arrangement here .

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I decided it would be fun to style my youngest two daughters kitchen set for fall as well! What a fun morning we had with an impromptu tea party at 7:45 am! I used all the same goodies from Hobby Lobby! Drop Cloth curtains were made by me for three sets, it was around $9.00!

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I also decorated my white chalk painted piano with those fall birch leaves and pumpkins! I really do love the color vibe they give off in my home!!

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I even added a few pumpkins in our master bedroom along with those acorn sprays & amber jar bottles. The amber jar bottles were purchased from Whole Foods for a few dollars. I also added a funny letter board. Lamp is from Hobby Lobby at 50% and it was $43.

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I even added a few touches of fall to our half bath. Of course I added the warm fall toned birch sprays, along with a few fabric pumpkins that I made! You can see how I made my fabric pumpkins, all for under $10 here. The green market sign was purchased from Target’s Dollar section at half off for just fifty cents! The amber bottles & antique books were purchased from an estate sale and my fav local antique shop for a few dollars. The mirror and shelves were also designed and built by my husband and I. We also recently renovated our half bath and all for just under $200. You can read that post here .

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I added the same pumpkins, birch sprays & acorn sprays to my smaller dough bowl. The fresh soap bathroom sign was designed and built by my husband and I.

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Lastly is my outdoor tablescape. We love eating outside when the weather is cooler! We are finally expecting cooler temps here next week! It is so nice to sit outside and enjoy a meal with our family!

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I hope y’all have enjoyed my Fall Home Tour and I hope I have inspired you to decorate your home on a budget! Please take a moment and read my friends fall home tour! I know you will enjoy it and find that fall inspiration you are looking for!

Love~Shae

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https://lecultivateur.com/2019/10/07/its-all-about-the-fall-vibes-fall-home-tour-2019/

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It’s All About The Fall Vibes: Fall Home Tour 2019

Thanksgiving Tablescape

Thanksgiving Tablescape

Today I am joined by several of my friends, that happen to be bloggers as well, to share our Thanksgiving Tablescape’s with y’all! I would also like to thank our host Terrie, from Decorate & More with Tip. Rules: To decorate our table for Thanksgiving and one item needed to be a DIY! As I always say, challenge accepted!

I have had this idea in my head to make my own charges from a tree log, except I had to find a log that would be large enough for chargers. This moment unexpectedly presented itself when we had a storm pass through in our neighborhood, back in August. We have a 75 plus year old willow oak tree in our front yard. The wind had whipped up quite intensely and I actually thought the tree was falling on top of our house, but two of the larger limbs broke off from the tree and fell to the ground.

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After the storm was over, one of my first thoughts was that we could make several chargers from one of the limbs.

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The very next day, the first item on my husband’s agenda, without us even talking about it, was cutting eight chargers for our dining room table! My husband used his chainsaw to cut the chargers right off the fallen limb and voila, we had chargers!

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This is from the top of our front porch. The limbs completely knocked down the power lines in the road as well. We also had a small amount of damage.

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I have been letting the wood dry out in my basement before sealing. Wood usually needs to dry out for 3-4 months. I am planning to seal each charger with a clear coat to protect the wood for years to come!

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For the items on my Thanksgiving Tablescape, I began each place setting with the chargers that we made, along with a Pioneer Woman White Linen Salad Plate and a Pottery Barn Leaf Harvest Salad Plate. Pottery Barn is not carrying the Leaf Plates any longer, but I did find them here . I was able to find my Pottery Barn plates at a church rummage sale for $1.50 each and they were brand new! The crystal glasses were handed down to me from my Mother. I also used real cinderella pumpkins and faux pumpkins from Hobby Lobby and Trader Joe’s . The orange, yellow & green sprays are also from Hobby Lobby. I purchased four that I cut up and have used throughout my home for this year’s fall décor. I love the muted tones in the birch sprays! I also grabbed several brown acorn & berry picks from Hobby Lobby. I have used those all over my home as well in my fall décor. The brass candlesticks are from my fav local antique shop and local thrift store! I paid $2-$6 for each one. Farmhouse table, light fixture, wood cutting boards, curtains and Pumpkin Patch sign are all made by my husband and I.

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I hope y’all have enjoyed this easy diy and budget friendly Thanksgiving Tablescape! It does not need to cost an arm and a leg to decorate your home beautifully! Please stop by and visit each of my friend’s to see their Thanksgiving Tablescape!

Love~Shae

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