Out With the Old

Whitewash Pots

As you might have already gathered, when we were getting ready to move from the ranch I was mentally ready for a fresh start.  This topped with the fact that due to our closing date being moved up two weeks, me catching a really bad cold/flu something, and our downsizing to a smallish storage unit and an even smaller RV made for the perfect storm of stress induced delirium that caused a lot more of our stuff to end up at the thrift store or the trash than in our storage unit.  This is mostly a good thing. . . at this point the only two things I am really sad that ended up in one of those two places are my Patagonia pull over and my LL Bean long underwear.  Both of which after living with me at the ranch for 4 years were very much in need of retirement and I’m pretty sure that it might not have been an accident that they are no longer around???

Whitewash Pots

Anyhoo, as we were ending our travel time period and are now settling into our new little temporary rental, I am realizing quite a few things that I no longer own.  Which again is great because I am all about starting fresh right now, but you don’t really realize how many little things that you have which are pretty helpful. . . ie. I no longer have a paper towel holder or tables or flower pots.  We didn’t have a bed or chairs either, but we have remedied those already.

Whitewash Pots

A couple weeks ago I got my TINY little front porch all ready for fall, but when I got home with a couple cute plants I realized that I no longer own any flower pots.  After far more deliberation than it should have taken of the small selection of pots that Wal-mart had from summer I decided that I would customize some inexpensive terra cotta pots rather than pay (in Wal-mart terms) quite a bit more for their version of the same “whitewash” pots I was envisioning.  So, for the price of one pot I got 3 pots.

Whitewash Pots

Here’s a breakdown:

How To Whitewash Pot

What you need:

  • Terra Cotta Pot
  • Paint in color of your choice (I used some latex that I had extra of)
  • Paintbrush
  • Exterior Poly-urethane (I used Varathane Exterior Poly-urethane in the spray can)

How To Whitewash Pot

Using a dry brush technique paint the surface of your pots:

  • Barely dab the paint brush in the paint and dab off excess paint on a paper towel or scrap wood
  • Lightly brush paint on surface pressing harder as there is less and less paint on the brush
  • Repeat these steps until you reach the desired look

How To Whitewash Pot

How To Whitewash Pot

I cracked this pot before I finished. . . I’m going to stick with the story that I was going for a more aged look so the crack was planned.

How To Whitewash Pot

Spray the outside of the pots with exterior poly-eurethane.  I did not paint or poly the inside of the pots since I was planting real plants in them and I wasn’t sure how these things would be for the health of the plants???  Since I have enough trouble remembering to water my live plants I didn’t want to give them any additional life challenges.

Whitewash Pots

Cute, simple, and inexpensive. . . my favorite things!

Whitewash Pots

Has anyone else de-cluttered during a move and then later wondered what you were thinking?  Overall, though I’m happy with the fresh start and a change of scenery both location and decor wise.

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Whitewash Pots

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Hi Everyone!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Today I am sharing with you a painted horse toss pillow project that I made for the RV.  If you haven’t heard about our new exciting adventure check out my post on it here.

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

I think it turned out adorable, and it is the perfect addition to our traveling home to remind me of these big loves that are still back in CO.

My Horse Loves

When I came up with this project idea I was a little concerned about the painting portion of it.  While I love to paint, I am not the most precise painter when it comes to really intricate details.  However, I was actually pleasantly surprised at how simple this was to make and paint.  It took me about 2 hours total over the course of 4 days. . . why is it I can’t sit down and do one project from beginning to end at one time???  Does anyone else have this problem?  Normally when I’m working on a furniture project I have the excuse that I need to let each coat of paint dry, but I did’t really have this excuse with this project because the paint dried really quickly.

Anyhoo, here are the steps for this rustic farmhouse horse pillow.

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Materials:

  • Fabric of your choice (I chose a heavier duty striped canvas type cloth. . . yes I still have an addiction to canvas, will it ever end?)
  • Sewing Machine and Sewing Materials (thread, fabric scissors, pins, etc)
  • Printer and Paper
  • Carbon Paper
  • Paint (I used a water base acrylic paint because that’s what I had however, if you want your pillow be washable then you should choose a washable fabric paint)
  • Paintbrush

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Quick Note:  I chose to do the silhouette painting after I sewed the pillow together because I wanted to be sure I placed it in the right spot on the pillow.  You can definitely skip down to step four and do the painting portion first and then come back to the sewing portion.

Step One:  Cut out and pin your fabric (pretty side facing in) the size you would like your pillow to be with about 1/4″ extra on each side.  My pillow is 20″ Long by 14″ Tall, so I cut 20.5″ x 14.5″.

Step Two:  Sew around the edges of your pillow leaving an opening to flip your pillow right side out.  In the picture above I have the opening showing on the side (the square box), but I would recommend doing the opening on the bottom so that it’s not as noticeable when you close the opening.

Step Three:  Flip your pillow right side out through the opening that you left on the bottom.

Step Four:

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Print your horse silhouette out, and lay it on the fabric with the carbon paper underneath.  I found the horse silhouette here.  I had to resize it and cut it in half so that I could print it on normal size paper and still have it be the size I wanted for my pillow. Here is the size I used – Large Horse.

Step Five:  Trace (hard) around the silhouette of the horse making sure that the carbon paper is marking on your fabric.  I went over each piece a couple times to get the carbon to show up well enough.

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Step Six:  Once you have the outline of your horse transferred on the fabric then you can paint it in.  My fabric was really thick so it wasn’t necessary for me to place paper between my two pieces of fabric, but if you have a lighter piece of fabric it would probably be best to place paper between the two layers.  Just roll up the paper so it fits through your stuffing opening and then unroll it inside the pillow while your painting.  I used a tiny paintbrush to paint the edges and then a larger one to fill in.  Then I went back over with a different color shade to give the color a little more depth.

Step Seven:  Once the paint is dry then you can stuff your toss pillow and sew up the opening.

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Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

I mentioned a couple posts ago that I have been really thinking about my issues with my perception of perfection.  In this I mean that I struggle with posting on the blog when I’m doing larger projects (ie. . . large room re-dos at the ranch or a full re-do of the RV) because I continue to tell myself that I will post that project once A,B, & C are complete.  Well, this just gives me a reason to procrastinate and then I don’t get projects posted up here.  I’ve made it a goal to not worry so much about things being completely finished and/or perfect and to just keep posting as I go. . . I can always update as things get more complete right?!?  In the spirit of this, below is a picture sneak peak at the newly completed and installed curtains that separate the cab of the RV from the rest of the living space.  This was a big project goal for me to get done because 1. it gives us privacy from people seeing in through the windshield 2. it helps with efficiency because we don’t have to heat/cool that extra space and 3. since we use the upper bed for storage we can close that off and not see all of our storage.  The biggest goal with the RV re-do was to lighten and brighten everything up, so you can see that this fabric choice really helps to brighten things up.  I have some other fabric that ties the toss pillows together with some of my other selections so you will be seeing those things start to piece together.  I’m currently in selection process to change out the backsplash in the little vanity space and kitchen, so be sure to check out those updates when I get them completed in the next couple weeks.

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

 

Thanks so much for following along on our crazy adventures and be sure to stay up to date with me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Let me know what you think of this project, and as always I would love to see your painted horse toss pillows!

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Wind and Fall Block Letters

It’s windy!!!  I mean W-I-N-D-Y!!!  As I was pulling up the internet to begin this post a strong wind gust came up that sounded like it was going to blow the glass right out of the window in my office.  Anyone with windows made in the last 10 maybe even 20 years probably won’t understand this, but our windows are old so while very vintage and cool looking (maybe just to me) they are not super quiet or shall we say energy efficient.  When it’s windy they rattle all night and then sound like they are going to fly out of the wall.  It’s perfect for getting a great night sleep (I say as I yawn and take another sip of my coffee).

Speaking of the weather (how’d you like that segway?). . .

I am behind on getting decorated for fall.  Very behind!  The problem for me this year was the weather.  It just did not feel like fall.  In fact, until this wind storm some of my trees still had green leaves!  It’s hard to be getting in a cozy fall mood when it still feels summery outside.  Not that I am complaining because I have definitely been enjoying the warm weather and getting a lot of pre-winter outdoor projects completed.

In between working outside in the nice warm weather, I did get some fall projects completed just in time to take them down and start decorating for Christmas.  I’m super excited to begin the Christmas festivities, but I will try and slow down and enjoy the fall and Thanksgiving Holiday for now.

Today I am going to share with you my wood fall block project.

Wood Fall Block Letters

Here is a brief description of how to make this project.  I will be doing a similar project with more of a Christmas theme next week, but in the meantime comment or email with any questions.

Wood Fall Block Letters

First, you will need (4) pieces of a 1×6 cut into 5.5″ pieces (so they are square).  Cut more or less pieces if you decide to do a different word other than fall.  I would measure the width of your 1×6 as it will depend on the type of board you get, but most will be about 5.5″.  Next, sand your pieces as needed.  Stain to the color that you would like.  I stained mine with Minwax Special Walnut stain.  Print out the letters that you would like in the font style you like or use stencils.  I use Power Point and make a box the size of my squares and insert the letters into the box so I know how large I can make them.  For this project however, I used stencils that I had from another project.  Either trace using your stencils or set a piece of carbon paper (found at Office Depot) under your printout and trace the letters onto the wood.  Once you have the letters traced onto your wood then you can paint the letters with acrylic paint or a paint pen.  Once the letters are dry cover with a poly top coat.  I used Rustoleum water based polyurethane.  Staple with a staple gun a looped piece of twine to hang your wood letter blocks.

Wood Fall Block Letters

They are a perfect rustic fall addition to my decor.

Wood Fall Block Letters

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember be creative, be inspired, and be authentic.

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Making New Wood Look Like Aged Barnwood + Free Printable

Hello!

I have so much to share with you today.  Most importantly, I am going to share with you my technique for making new wood look like beautiful aged barn wood.  In order to do this, I will show you how to make a really simple, but oh so rustic and chic clothes pin picture frame.  And last, I will share a free printable that I created to put in my new picture frame.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

Let’s get started. . .

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

First, the wood and paint supplies you will need are:

  • (1) 6 ft. 1×6 fence post slat cut into (3) 18″ pieces.  These cost between $1.50 and $3.00, so this is seriously an inexpensive but super cute project!  I also like to use the fence slats because this is rough cut wood which adds the same feel that you would get from old barn wood.
  • Minwax classic gray stain.
  • Deep brown glaze (I made mine by mixing a deep chocolate brown acrylic paint with a glazing medium).
  • White or Off White Acrylic Paint.
  • Polyurethane top coat (I used Rustoleum Water Based Polyurethane)
  • Mini clothes pins.  I found them at our local big box store.
  • Wood glue

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

Cut your fence slat into (3) 18″ pieces.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

I used my Kreg jig to add pocket holes for connecting my wood pieces together.  Add two pocket holes to each of your outer pieces of wood (4 pocket holes total).

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

This is what my wood looked like after I drilled my pocket holes.  Before I screwed the wood together, I “sanded” my wood by just brushing it off really well with a steel wire brush.  You can actually sand the wood if you would like, but I personally like to leave a lot of the roughness of rough cut wood since we are going for an old barn wood look.  Since old barns were made from rough cut wood that wasn’t sanded this is how I try to replicate that feel. I also stained and painted my boards before I screwed them together.  Next. . .

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

My first step for creating an aged look to the wood is to stain the wood with Minwax classic gray stain.  I stained it and let it dry for a couple hours before moving to the next step.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

Wow!  That is a really pretty paint brush!  As you can see I like to re-use and re-use and re-use my paint brushes, and apparently I’m not great at cleaning them.  You can use an old paintbrush for this next step because you will be lightly dry brushing the dark brown glaze over your wood.  Dip the end of your brush in the glaze and then wipe off the excess on the sides of your can and dab any additional excess on a paper towel.  Very lightly brush over the top of your wood and then begin to brush harder as the brush gets dryer.  You can add more glaze in areas of the wood that would naturally age darker like along the knots or darker grained areas.

If you really want to add some additional aged character to the wood then before you stain you could beat up the wood a little by banging it with a hammer, chain, or even putting some nail holes in it.  Then add some extra glaze to these areas to really bring out the aging.  Just an extra thought since I did not do this step on this project.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

After your glaze has dried (it doesn’t take very long to dry), then dry brush very lightly over the top with a white or off white acrylic paint (found at hobby or crafting stores).

Once this coat has dried (I gave mine 24 hours) then paint your polyurethane coat over the top.  I like Rustoleum Water Based Polyurethane in satin.  Let your poly coat dry, and then screw the 3 pieces together.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

Place the mini clothes pins in place and secure them with wood glue.  I set a book on top of my clothes pins while the wood glue dried.  Another afterthought. . . it would have looked nice if I had stained my clothes pins with the gray stain.  Next time!

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

And it’s ready to hang!  I used an eyelet hook to hang mine on my entry wall.  Here is the free Hope Printable I created using some adorable graphics from The Graphics Fairy.

Stay tuned because in the next couple weeks I will be sharing my transformation of the corner table in the pictures below.  It is in need of a re-do!

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

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