Rose's Kitchen Redecorating Project; Phase 1

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Phase 1
The color change

I know there are many of you who are anxious to see my kitchen redecorating project and I really appreciate your enthusiam, so now that my kitchen is freshly painted, I can share this project with you. I had no idea when I mentioned on the Rose Knows Coupons Facebook page  that anyone would even be interested in seeing how I redecorate my Tuscan style kitchen Farm House style! 

So let's get on with it already right?!

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DIY Skinny Sofa Table

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DIY Skinny Sofa Table

I've never been the type to like the look of a coffee table in a living room. So often they end up with clutter, or they turn into a footrest. After we adopted Sam Witwicky, we were no longer able to leave cups on the ground by the sofa. He's a curious guy and some times his waggy tail would accidentally knock over a glass. Sam isn't the only reason we decided to build this DIY Skinny Sofa Table though. We installed engineered hardwood floors and every time someone sat on the sofa, it would scoot back a bit from being on the smooth floor. This Skinny Sofa Table also allowed me put out a few of the owls I started collecting. Wink

DIY Skinny Sofa Table
This DIY Skinny Sofa Table allows just enough room for a cup or the remote for the TV. I plan on decking it out for the holidays as well! More space for me to (tastefully) decorate! 

During the construction of this DIY Skinny Sofa Table, we took some pictures to walk you through how to make it. Because everyone's sofa is a different size, I'm not going to be giving measurements. You can make this as tall or wide as need be. It's not really meant to hold a lot of weight though, so keep that in mind. You do not need advanced carpenty skills to make this DIY Skinny Sofa Table. Just a tape measure, nail gun or hammer and nails, wood glus, an angle clamp if you have one, a plexi-glass cutter if you decide to go with the plexi-glass top, and paint. 

DIY Skinny Sofa Table

We used pine boards which ended up only being fairly inexpensive even though we used the quality grade lumber. This handy angle clamp sure makes it easy to align the 90 degree angles. My husband simply glued the pieces together, then used a nail gun to attach. 

DIY Skinny Sofa Table

He made a "box" first, then added the supports in the middle. We decided to have a plexiglass inlay because I eventally want to add a light feature from underneath. I considered having the top plain wood, but went with the plexiglass instead. He added some supports to just slightly below the top of the side pieces to support the plexiglass. The image above, on the right side, is looking at it upside down. 

DIY Skinny Sofa Table

Be sure to fill your nail holes with wood filler, and then sand down to give the table a nice finished look. The image above on the right is the finished piece before I painted it. As you can see, we didn't bother with angle supports because the table is going to be smooshed between the wall and couch. So not only is it not going anywhere, but I don't plan on putting anything heavy on it. 

I decided to paint our Skinny Sofa Table with black chalkboard paint and spray the plexi-glass with a frost spray paint. I don't plan on using chalk on it, but I really like the matte look of chalkboard paint. 

DIY Skinny Sofa Table

Here is our Skinny Sofa Table after it was painted. I wasn't happy with it though. It almost looked too modern for me. I rememebered seeing some great swirly scrapbook stickers at Hobby Lobby so for an extra $4, I added the stickers, and I am much happier with it now! 

DIY Skinny Sofa Table

The entire table ended up costing less than $30 which makes it super affordable for something I know we will get lots of use out of. Eventually I plan on adding a light feature by attaching some rope light to the underside. I'll wait until the LED ones go on sale though! 

 

DIY Outdoor Lighted Holiday Gift Boxes

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DIY Outdoor Lighted Holiday Gift Boxes

We have a very large porch, over 200 sq ft, and finding outdoor Christmas decorations to fill it up is nearly impossible on a budget. They are either way overpriced or so small that it would take many, many items to fill up the space. I've always loved the lighted holiday gift boxes found at stores like Menards and Home Depot but not only are they way too small, they cost nearly $40 for 3 small boxes. Well, I put my creativity and my husband's handy carpentry skills to work and we came up with our own version of lighted outdoor holiday gift boxes. I decided not to do this post as a Do It Your Frugal Self Friday because I in fact, did not complete this project on my own and needed his help. So instead, I am just sharing how we spent our Sunday afternoon creating some outdoor Christmas decorations.

DIY Outdoor Lighted Holiday Gift Boxes

He created the frame of the boxes out of 1x4's and spray painted the wood so it wouldn't show through as much. He then wrapped the each frame with lights and stapled the cords to the wood so they wouldn't move around. The 1x4's cost about $1.50 each and he used 8 bringing our cost to $12. We picked up the light sets at Walmart for $2.48 each (4 boxes) for a total of $9.92.


DIY Outdoor Lighted Holiday Gift Boxes

I purchased decorative mesh ribbon at Sam's Club for $6.87 each. I looked around for a ribbon that was thicker and could stand the elements and this worked out perfect since it is made of plastic and not fabric. I purchased 3 ribbons for a total of $20.61.

DIY Outdoor Lighted Holiday Gift Boxes

As you can see the boxes are very large and I definitely needed some help. The boxes are on the heavier side which is good for Wisconsin winters. The smaller boxes made of wire available at the stores would probably disappear in our first snow storm. I like my neighbors, but not that much.



DIY Outdoor Lighted Holiday Gift Boxes

We ended up with 2 large (first pic in this post) and 2 small gift boxes for a total of $42.53. I love the way they turned out and can't wait to see them all lit up tonight!

*Update: Here are what they look like at night! Love them!

DIY Outdoor Lighted Holiday Gift Boxes

This picture turned out pretty yucky. At the end of the month when we put out our holiday decorations, I'll be sure to take a new picture and update the image. 

 

Be a Contributer to my Farm House Kitchen Inspiration Pinterest Board!

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Last week I asked you all on the Rose Knows Coupons Facebook page if anyone was interested in me sharing pictures of my kitchen redecorating project. I'm taking my very dark Tuscan style kitchen and giving it a bright Farm House look. My kitchen is quite large, which fits the Farm House style very well, but it is a newer kitchen with tile floors, stainless steel appliances, maple cabinets, and granite and crushed quartz countertops. Those are all things I am not going to change, so I will need all of the help I can get to achieve the Farm House look. 

This is where all you come in! I thought it would be fun to add any of you who are interested in this style to my Farm House Kitchen Inspiration Pinterest board! You can become a contributer by first following the board, then emailing me via my contact page and leaving the email address you use for Pinterest. I will then add you and you will receive an email from Pinterest letting you know that I invited you to be a contributer to the board. 

When posting to the board, it would be helpful if you changed the description of the picture to what you wanted to show me. 

Here are my plans as of right now:

  • Paint the entire room White Raisin by Sherwin Williams
  • Add white beadboard to the backsplash
  • Hang 8 open grey barn wood shelves on white pine brackets
  • Change out cabinet hardware (all drawer and cabinet pulls are 5 inches hole to hole)
  • Hang new curtain panels on the sliding glass doors

Here are my challenges:

  • I need frugal ideas of items to display on the tops of the cabinets
  • Style of curtain panels 
  • Accent color
  • Frugal ideas of items to place on the open barn wood shelves

I hope to post a picture of the kitchen after it is painted this week. That would obviously give everyone, and myself, an easier idea of what the kitchen needs to achieve the Farm House look! I will also be posting a picture of the items I have already picked up like vintage blue mason jars with the zinc lids and a vintage stainless steel watcher pitcher! 

And I want to thank those in advance if you are willing to help me with this project! Laughing

 

Mason Jar Desk Organizer

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Mason Jar Desk Organizer

We're in the process right now of remodeling our office and our new desk is going to be wall to wall to accommodate both myself and my husband. Since I have plenty of space to work with, this Mason Jar Desk Organizer worked out perfectly - and it looks great too!

Because the new desk will not have any drawers, I needed to come up with a way to organize essentials like pens, pencils, batteries, paper clips, and markers. I had a small balsa wood crate sitting in the basement that I had been holding on to for quite awhile. Every time my husband was in an organizing mood, he would ask me what I was going to do with it. I would just tell him I didn't know at the time, but would eventually find a use for it. I'm so glad I kept it all these years because it makes the perfect desk organizer with mason jars. I just painted it with black chalk board paint to give it a new life.

Mason Jar Desk Organizer

I decided to add a sewing kit to my Mason Jar Desk Organizer because the needle and thread never seem to be in the same place. Since I like to focus on one or two colors when decorating a room, I chose a bluish green and brown. I was lucky enough to find a handkerchief at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $1 and used that for the sewing kit pin cushion. I also added a flower in those same colors since flowers make everything look pretty. 

Mason Jar Desk Organizer

Above are simple instructions on how to make the lid of a mason jar sewing kit. I feel confident now that whenever I need a needle and thread, I will not have to search junk drawers. Wink

If this Mason Jar Desk Organizer is an idea you like, but don't have a random balsa wood crate laying around like I did, I would suggest trying Michael's, Hobby Lobby, or even Goodwill. 

 

Halloween Themed Scrapbook Paper Wall Art

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I transformed my Scrapbook Paper Wall Art for Halloween this year and I'm pretty happy with the results! You can see the original Scrapbook Paper Wall Art that I keep up all year long except when I change it up for Christmas

I bought a Halloween themed scrapbook paper set from Michael's when it was 50% off. I also purchased a Halloween themed banner set. I did not use everything in the set and plan on using the rest of it on other projects. Another idea to do if you arleady have a wall like this, or plan on doing one is putting the letters H-a-l-l-o-w-e-e-n on each frame. Just like I did for Christmas

The hardest part was adding the faux cobwebs. Even though it was difficult, I think it added the right touch making the wall spooky. When my husband came home from work he informed me that I missed a spot when I was cleaning. Wink You can find faux cobwebs at Dollar Tree. 

I really like how this ended up being subtle and not so in your face or cheesy like some Halloween decor! 

 

Rustic Witch's Broomstick Halloween Decor!

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Here is a no-cost Halloween decoration that is easy to make and gets the kids involved! If you have access to a wooded area, go for walk and collect downed tree branches and sticks! The kids will have a great time gathering the best looking branches. Your dog may even want to get involved like my Sam Witwicky did!

Your only other supplies needed are duct tape and twine. Most of us have those supplies at home already making this a no-cost project.

It's really that easy. Just gather the branches and sticks that would work well for the broomstick. You will need a branch long enough to be the handle. Definitely try to look for one that has a Y at the bottom! Cut the rest of your branches to the appropriate length to make the broom head. I cut up strips of duct tape and then taped each branch to the broom "handle". Once it resembles a witch's broomstick, cover the duct taped area with twine! And that's it! 

 




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