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Clearance Challenge- Aging Terra Cotta

I have teamed up with several of my blogging friends to a Clearance Challenge. We were challenged to find a home décor item under $15. I had been eyeing the succulents at Wal-Mart for awhile. About a month ago, I noticed that they were on clearance for under $4.00 each, so I headed back to Wal-Mart  to find my succulent.

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Now, these succulents definitely needed some tender loving care! This one looked like it had been over watered. I am hoping I can bring it back to life! I did not like the pot that it was planted in, so I purchased a new terra cotta pot for under a dollar! I decided to “age” the terra cotta pot.

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Now, y’all know I love me some chalk paint!  I decided to use my DIY  chalk paint recipe to age my terra cotta pot. My recipe is 1/2 c Sherwin Williams latex paint in Extra White, 1/4 c baking soda and 1/2 tbsp. water. Mix well until there are no lumps.

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Apply one thick coat of chalk paint with a dry brush. With a damp rag, remove some of the paint and allow the remaining paint to dry.

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At this point, you could leave it or add one more coat. I chose to add another coat. I painted another thick layer.

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Once the second coat is tacky to the touch, rub the paint off with your fingers. I also used the damp rag to help achieve a more chippy finish. Please excuse the black spray paint on my fingers. (Project from this morning.)

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Here is the finished result! I love how it turned out! For this Clearance Challenge, I spent $3.50 on the succulent from Wal-Mart and $0.74 on the new terra cotta pot. The painting supplies, I already had on hand. Total spent with tax is $4.60!

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Hope y’all enjoy our Clearance Challenge! Love~Shae

Terrie over at Decorate & More with Tip

Emily over at LeCulitivateur

Tara over at Stilettos And Shiplap

Shae over at Sweet Southern Grace

Dori over at This Full Life 5

Jodi over at The House House Blog

Lindsay over at The Farmhouse Eclectic

 

Valentine’s Tablescape

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Happy Valentine’s Day! We have had a tradition in our family that started with our oldest daughter when she was little. My husband would not only buy me a gift but he would pick out a gift for each of our daughter’s. I remember one year he bought us matching monogrammed Tiffany bracelet’s. I will always remember that Valentine’s as one of my favorites!

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This year, we decided to do things a little differently! Each daughter has one of the pink ribbon boxes with a small trinket in it. My husband and I decided on a gift for each other that would benefit our entire family for years to come! We bought a camper!! No, it’s not one of those shiny, new ones! It is definitely a fixer upper! Oh, the memories we will make, just the six of us!!

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I made the table runner with craft paper from Hobby Lobby. I used a chalk marker pen to hand letter the words, “love you” directly onto the paper. All flowers and greenery are also from Hobby Lobby. This is just the second tablescape, that I have ever created and boy do I love it!!

 

I hope you enjoy this day with your significant other and your children as well. Happy Valentine’s Day from our family to yours!

Much Love~ Shae!

Homemade Doughnuts

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We love homemade doughnuts in our house! These doughnuts are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside! I promise they are not so intimidating once you make them! It is so worth the time and effort!

INGREDIENTS:

2 envelope’s of rapid rise active dry yeast

1/4 cup warm water, around 90 degrees

1 1/2 c lukewarm milk, around 90 degrees

1/2 cup cane sugar

1 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt

2 eggs

1/3 c butter

5 c unbleached all-purpose flour, divided

1 quart coconut oil for frying

GLAZE:

1/3 c butter

2 c powdered sugar

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

4 tbsp. hot water, as needed

DIRECTIONS:

Sprinkle yeast over warm water and let stand until foamy. About 5 minutes. Mix together yeast mixture, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, butter and 2 c of flour, in mixer. Mix for a few minutes at low speed. Beat in remaining flour, 1/2 c at a time until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Knead for about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough into a greased bowl and cover. Set in a warm place to rise until doubled. Dough is ready if you touch it and the indention remains.

Turn dough onto a floured surface and gently roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a floured doughnut cutter. Let doughnuts sit out to rise again until doubled. Cover loosely with a cloth.

Melt remaining butter in sauce pan over medium heat. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in 1 tbsp. water at a time until glaze is somewhat thin, but not watery. Set aside.

Heat oil in large skillet to 350 degrees. Slide doughnuts into oil with spatula. Turn doughnuts over as they rise to the surface. Fry each side until golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on wire rack. Dip doughnuts into glaze while still hot and drain off excess. Keep wax paper underneath your rack’s for easy clean up.

Hope ya’ll enjoy the recipe!

Love,

Shae

 

 

 

Farmhouse Half Bath Makeover

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Last weekend, my husband and I decided to do a mini makeover on our half bath. Shiplap, shiplap and give me all the shiplap!! To make this a budget friendly makeover, I used faux shiplap called pine underlayment. It is sold by the sheet for $15 for a 4×8 sheet. My husband ripped the boards into six inches wide and we got eight boards out of each sheet. We needed five boards for this bathroom and installed them with a nail gun. For the corner, we used a strip of corner moulding.  I also left all of the nail holes after installing because I loved the character and charm that it gave to the room!  After installing the boards, I painted with Sherwin Williams in Base White. The total cost of the wood we used was $80!

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Since this was such a small space, I was having a hard time finding a mirror that was the right size and that was in my budget.  I had an idea to buy just a plain builders grade mirror with no trim and I found one at Home Depot for $25! We then used leftover antique wood  for the mirror frame. It was the same wood we used for our table and the shelves.

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We decided to purchase a light fixture along with a towel and tissue holders. This entire project cost us right around $180! Look below for the before shot!

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Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read! I would love to know your thoughts or answer any questions you might have! Have a fabulous day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Vision For Sweet Southern Grace

My vision for Sweet Southern Grace is a dream of mine, one that I truly love sharing with you! This site will combine so many of my passions. A few of those are faith, family and farmhouse décor. Sweet Southern Grace is a place for me to share to my home, recipes, decorating tips, inspire others, DIY’S and much much more! I am honored that you have taken the time to stop by Sweet Southern Grace. Let me know if I can do anything to help you in any way!

Love~ SHAE

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This is a personal home decor blog, written and edited by me, Shae. For questions about this blog, please contact sweet_southern_grace@yahoo.com.

The views and opinions expressed on this blog are solely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question. This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.

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This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest. 

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DISCLAIMER

All information provided for projects is from my own personal experience. I am not a certified contractor, electrician, plumber, ect. Before attempting to do any project, please be sure to follow all safety procedures, building codes, ect in your area. If you feel uncomfortable with any project, please seek professional assistance in the specific field of expertise. 

About Me

Hey y’all! My name is Shae and I grew up in sweet home Alabama! I graduated high school at sixteen and began going to college to study child psychology. (Years later, decided to study to become a pediatric neurosurgeon.) I met my husband at work, so I essentially married my high school sweetheart, at the tender age of seventeen. A year later we had our first daughter and I guess, as they say, the rest is history. We have been married for twenty one years with four daughters and three fur babies. My husband and I are a powerhouse when it comes to working together on our DIY’S for our home. I love to design and he loves to build!

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