Why Freebie Friday?

Why do I like to give away stuff on my Instagram each week?! Because, WHY NOT?! I love to see people happy and smiling! 🙂

As the weeks go on, I’ll start giving away items that Jake and I create by ourselves. Prizes will vary but they will all be things we love and hope you will love too! Stay tuned for some neat prizes coming up! We hope you will love them as much as we loved making them!

Paint over everything.

Painting brings me such peace. I could paint all day, almost every day… as long as my arms aren’t hurting! LOL I love that such a small change can make such a huge impact when it comes to paint.

We recently had a leak in our attic due to the AC unit, but we noticed it immediately and contacted Byrd’s Heating and Air. They were quick to come out, extremely polite (loved that he put on shoe covers as he entered our home) and they are reasonably priced! Can’t beat that. Byrd’s was able to quickly fix our leak and provide some helpful and useful tips for the future to ensure we don’t come across this same problem again!

So, now that the problem is fixed, we must fix the damage (ourselves)! The leak came through a little into our loft ceiling, so of course we had to cover it up. What we thought would be a simple trip down to the garage to pick up the ceiling paint turned into two trips to Lowe’s. As always. LOL

We were kind of excited to find out that the ceiling paint did not match. Ours was white and the old ceiling color was this light yellow — we had never noticed a difference until now. We kept staring at the two colors thinking “Ew, how did we not notice this ugly ceiling before?! and “what would the house look like with all white ceilings?!” So, we both looked at each other and started smiling and then laughing.. we knew that we just added MUCH more work to our plate than anticipated, but it’s so worth it.

So, I started working on the trim while Jake rolled away.

Can you notice a difference from my office ceiling (closest) compared to the loft ceiling? It looks SO much brighter in the loft now with the white ceilings. We LOVE it! We decided that we are going to do one room at a time, starting with the smallest. LOL. Can’t wait to show you updates as we paint along.

Another paint project we tackled was our downstairs living room accent wall. It was SO dark and made the room feel small. I did not like it at all since we don’t that much light downstairs. So, of course I went to our paint pile to see if we had any left over paint from the previous owners and luckily, we did!

I painted the accent wall the same color as the other wall and it brightened up the space SO much — can you believe it?! Not only does the space looked bigger, but it also feels bigger.

Eventually, we plan to make one of those walls an accent wall, but we haven’t decided what kind of materials we want to use: paint, ship lap or wallpaper. What do you think we should do?!

Leave a comment below.

DIY Rope Handles.

I was at Hobby Lobby the other day when I came across the handles/pulls/knobs aisle. I was looking for some ideas on how to update our living room entertainment center for fairly cheap and fell in love with these.

They weren’t on sale this week either.

I started to pick up four of them when I thought to myself “I can make these at home.” I knew I had the rope and glue gun at home, so I returned the pulls and then headed to the next aisle, duh.

Supplies needed for this project: glue gun, screwdriver and rope.
Our entertainment stand before the update.

When I found the time later that day, I grabbed my glue gun and my ball of rope and started on “project pull.”

Close up. Plain and boring (and dirty).

I unscrewed the pulls and cleaned them off while the glue gun was warming up. Once everything was dry, I applied glue to the pull and pressed the rope down to hold it in place.

Once the glue was dry, I wrapped the rope around the pull ensuring that it’s tight, not loose.

Make sure it’s snug like the first two, not the third.
Before and after.

I repeated the steps for all four pulls before screwing back into the entertainment stand.

Next project will be to frost these windows with some sort of design to hide the clutter.

I feel like it really ties everything together and brightens up the space!

Have you done any quick, easy projects around your home using the supplies you already have? If so, what are they?! Comment them below!

DIY Farmhouse Dining Room Makeover.

When we moved, I knew that that our old dining room set wouldn’t fit into the style of our new home, because it was a little outdated, BUT I also didn’t want to purchase a brand new one either. We weren’t sure what style we were going for since we have plans to add a dry bar in the future.

This was our dining room table before the makeover.

So, what did I do? I turned to Pinterest, of course.

My “Pinspiration.”

I fell in love with the table above, but knew I wasn’t going to spend that amount… especially when I had no idea how long we would be keeping this table! So, I used this as my inspiration and headed to Home Depot to purchase these four items:

All of these items cost me about $60 with the coupon I had. I decided to invest in a higher quality chalk brush because I wanted something that would last me long term so I can makeover multiple pieces of furniture. After the dining room set was in our garage aka my “she-shed,” I began cleaning and scrubbing the chairs and table focusing on removing all of the dirt and dust so that the paint could be applied evenly.

I removed the seats from the chairs and poured half a cup of paint into my Handy Paint Pail and also added a teaspoon of water to prevent it from thickening. What I love about chalk paint is that you don’t have to sand prior to painting — it saves SO much time! Also, you really can’t go wrong with the technique on how you paint, especially with the first coat. When the first coat of the chairs was completed, I then started to paint the base of the table after Jake helped me remove the top of the table. Once I completed the base of the table, I started on my second coat on the chairs and continued the same for the base. Then, all pieces were left overnight to dry.

Before and After.

The next morning, I applied multiple coats of the water based polyurethane because this was and is such a high traffic piece of furniture for us. (We eat at the table every day almost twice a day.) Once the coats were completely dry on both the painted pieces and the wood pieces, we then put everything back together. We were quite shocked by the finished look and more excited that we saved some money making over a piece of furniture we already had!

We LOVE the final look – what about you?! We feel that it brightens up the space and we ended up purchasing this rug from Overstock to complete the look!

Have you used chalk paint before? What projects have you completed and do you have any tips to share?! Please leave your comments below!