When we moved in our house, one of the very first projects I did was give our kitchen backsplash a makeover. Previous owners had decided to install a metal tile backsplash. It’s easy to install (goes on with special double stick tape, no joke) and is more affordable than completely gutting and retiling a wall, so I don’t blame them for using it, but the look just clashed completely with my style. The shiny-chrome look was so stark next to my more classic palette and style, however, I did love the flourish pattern on the metal tiles. It reminded me of those beautiful black and white tile bathrooms and you see in old farmhouses with the detailed tiles. I brought up painting it to a couple family members who all said that it couldn’t/shouldn’t be done, but that’s never stopped me. I had a vision and I knew I could make it work!
For supplies, I used the same wall paint that is on my Shiplap walls, it is Behr Ulta Interior Satin tinted to Bejamin Moore’s White Dove. For the slight hint of black distressing that I was envisioning, I wanted to use something easy to use and workable, like chalk paint wax, but couldn’t find it in black. I really didn’t want the brown, I thought it would just look dirty, and finally I came across Daddy Van’s Shadow Black Decorative Wax on Amazon. Black chalk paint wax is hard to find, but I tell you what, I love it. It has a much more crisp, antique look instead of the chippy/slighty dirty look. Don’t get me wrong, Annie Sloan is great, but this was exactly what I was looking for. Here’s what the backsplash, and the kitchen, looked like when we bought the house):
To go from chrome to white, first I taped off the edges around my cabinets so I wouldn’t get paint on them, and then wiped the tile down really well. This tile had been up for at least ten years, so I wanted to make sure it was free from grease and oils. I’m glad I cleaned it well because as I was cleaning, I discovered that they hadn’t actually taken the plastic protective coating off of most of it and was able to peel that off. Next, I simply rolled the white paint onto the metal tile, and cut in with a paint brush in the corners and tight spaces. I used thin coats, and it two would have been enough but I went with three to really make sure it was covered.
I let that dry for a full 24-hours, and then took a rag and dipped it into the Shadow Black Wax. This stuff was amazing to work with, so forgiving and so easy. I simply rubbed some on the high points of the tiles, rubbed it around some more, added some if it wasn’t enough, or wiped some away if it was too much. It dries very slowly so it gave me plenty of time to work with it and get it exactly how I wanted. I tried to do long strokes to make it look like it was black underneath and that the white had been worn away over time. The wax took about 24 hours to dry but I tried not to touch it for 48 hours just in case.
I love the finished look SO much more. This project only cost me $20 for the wax since I already had the white paint, and I have gotten so many compliments on it and so many questions about what the backsplash is. Weather you want to install a metal backsplash and then paint it, or paint over your existing metal tile, this is definitely an easy upgrade that can be done quickly and makes a huge difference. I did this project just under two years ago, and it still looks as good as new, cleans really easily (I use Windex or Clorox Bleach spray and have never had a problem), it’s durable, and the paint has never gotten scratches in it. I may add more black distressing at some point because I do feel like the black has lightened up (that might be because this area of our home gets direct sunlight most of the day) or maybe I just prefer more distressing now, but I will probably add more at some point, but it looks amazing still and I’m proud of my DIY backsplash makeover, now I just need to figure out a way to upgrade those countertops…
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Christmas is coming!!! Usually I wait until after Thanksgiving to get all of my pretty holiday décor out, especially since my husband doesn’t like for Christmas to overrun Thanksgiving, but he was out of town, and I was so excited about my amazing Big Lots Christmas decoration finds, that I couldn’t wait to decorate just a few areas of the house.
(that picture above is shoppable by the way! So if you see something you like, just hover over it!)
If you’re like me, you probably have already added in some pops of red to your décor as fall and Thanksgiving started coming in, and it makes for such an easy transition into Christmas. One of the main areas that I really wanted to go all out decorating this year was my mantle. A couple of months ago, I woke up one day and decided to add the faux-shiplap paneling to it, and two hours later, my mantle went from meh to a total statement piece in our downstairs living room. I couldn’t believe what a difference that little bit of wood made, and I have had this big, beautiful blank canvas just waiting for boughs of green and pops of red.
When I was shopping in Big Lots, I came across their display of Holiday lanterns and I had to have some of them. I honestly could have bought them all, they were all so beautiful, but I chose a few of my favorites to mix and match.
Aren’t they all so cute? I spent forever right there choosing which ones I was going to get and which ones would go best on my mantle. I seriously considered buying one of each! Before I put them up on my mantle though, I started off with two of these pretty, sparkly garlands that I got at Big Lots. I was tempted to buy like 10 of these things, they are so pretty and could go just about anywhere in my house for winter décor. An employee was even super helpful by getting down more boxes of them from off the top shelf so I could buy a bunch haha.
I love incorporating natural elements like pinecones into my Christmas décor, it gives that rustic, cozy feeling to my mostly white home. To give my garlands that extra something special, I also bought a couple boxes of these dainty little lights and wrapped them around my garlands. They are so thin, you can barely even seem them when they are off, but at night they give off such a pretty glow.
Next I added in my lanterns, trying to vary colors and heights to give it a mismatched, yet uniform look. I love the pretty bows and candles in the two red ones. In the wood one, I later added a red candle and more of the tiny lights for a little color and shine.
One of the first things that grabbed my eye while I was shopping at Big Lots for Christmas decorations was this reindeer head. I love the rustic vine wrapped around the antlers, and I’m always a sucker for white.
I originally planned on putting it inside the wreath shown above, but when I got home, it wouldn’t fit! Luckily, I have quite a few everyday wreaths through out my house, and just decided to borrow the one that is usually above the sink, and I’ll have the Christmas one above the sink for the holidays!
How amazing are those Big Lots finds, and I was able to do my entire mantle without going over budget, so basically what I’m saying is run to your closest Big Lots so you can get them before they’re gone! Once I had all of my Big Lots finds, I added in a few more small decorations that I had collected over the years like a little sled, my candlesticks (which are usually always on the mantle),
What do you think? Are you a classic reds and greens decorator, go with the silvers and blues, or have your own awesome holiday taste? I’d love to hear! One thing I loved about that sparkly garland is that it would match anyones holiday décor.
It looks so pretty in person. I think the lanterns are my favorite part. Once I had snuck some Christmas lanterns into the downstairs living room, I figured I was probably safe to add some red and green into the upstairs living room as well. We spend most of our time in our upstairs living room, and that is where we put our real tree and open presents on Christmas morning. There isn’t really any where up there to hang stockings, and while we were working on fencing in our yard, I had a great idea- why not build a stocking holder myself out of fence pallets? The boards are around $1.25 a piece, so they are a really great price for some pine wood.
Here’s how I did it: Easy DIY Stocking Holder
Supplies: 5 fence picket boards (more or less if you want to make yours smaller, we have 5 people but I used double hooks so we can use it still if we have more kids) 1X3 board- two 25” pieces (if you use a different amount of fence pickets, you’ll need to get a different length, multiply the number of boards you are using X5. You’ll need two boards that are that many inches [For example, I used 5 boards, so 5X5=25, I needed two 25” boards}). This is a great chance to use any scrap pallet wood you have sitting around. They are usually right around 24” (which would work just fine) and are the perfect size. 2X2 board– The length of these is going to depend on how straight you want your stand to stand up, mine were 10 inches long each before cutting them. You’ll need two (you could also use some scrap pallet wood here, I used 2X2’s because I had some scrap pieces of it) 5 Hooks (You can usually find these for like 90 cents each) 10 Screws- these need to be 1.25 inch wood screws 2 Screws- these need to be 1” wood screws. White Spray Paint
Total cost of supplies if you don’t have any of this on hand: About $20.
Step 1: Cut all of your boards. Decide how tall you want your Stocking Holder, and cut your fence boards that length. Mine is right at 40” tall, which is the perfect height. Make sure you are measuring from the picket down, so all of your boards have the cute picket at the top. For your 1X3’s, use the measurements above. For the 2X2’s, you are going to need to cut each end at a 45 degree angle using a miter saw or miter template. You want both of the long ends of the miter cut on the same side. For reference, look at my 2X2’s in the picture below. If you’re boards need sanding, run some sandpaper over them to get off any splinters or rough spots.
Step 2: Lay out your fence boards side by side, making sure to put all the good sides down. Level the top (I simply used one of my 1X3’s to level as you can see below) and make sure your gaps are even in between boards (I put my boards all right up against each other, it inevitably leaves a tiny gap and I liked that look).
Step 3: Lay your first 1X3 across the fence boards, about six inches from the top of the pickets. Screw a 1.25” screw into each board. When you’re done, lay your second 1X3 about two feet down and screw it in to each board as well.
Yay! Most of the work is done! I told you this was easy! If you want to just lean your stocking holder up against the wall you can skip the next step but I wanted mine to be freestanding, so I added some legs to hold it up. NOTE: I realized later it would have been much easier to spray paint my boards at this step and put on the hooks before adding the legs. Feel free to do steps 5 and 6 now and then come back to step 4.
Step 4: Alright, you’re gonna have to really follow along with me here, because I couldn’t take pictures of myself doing it, but I think if I show you the final product, you’ll get it. It’s simple. Stand your stocking holder up vertically. Deicide how vertical you want yours to be, I wanted mine to lean back just ever so slightly. Take one of your 2X2’s, and while your board is up, slide the 2X2 up against it so that you can see where it needs to be to hold it at that angle. Draw a straight line along the top of the 2X2. Do the same thing on the other side. Now, lay your stocking holder on the ground, hold your first 2X2 where it goes along the line you drew and screw a screw about 1.5” up the 2X2 to secure it to the holder. Do the same on the other side. Stand it up and there ya go! Yes, I do realize that I split my wood on the right side, I fixed it later. I thought I could be all sneaky using drywall screws because that’s what I had, but lesson learned. Only use wood screws in wood.
Step 5: Spray paint your stocking holder! You of course can use any white paint you have sitting around, if you’re like me, I have lots. It took me right at 3 cans of spray paint to finish this. I think rolling on some home point would work even better, but I’m all about using what you already have!
Step 6: Add your hooks, making sure that they are all even, and hanging up your stockings!
I can’t wait to see my boys faces on Christmas morning when they come out and see their stocking filled and hanging there. I love what a statement piece it makes too, and I think I’m going to use it for other holidays too. I can see little Easter baskets hanging here in the Spring.
Now you can stand back and take at look at your handiwork! I’m sure yours will turn out so cute, probably even better than mine! Add some Big Lots decorations and it’s the perfect little Holiday corner. It’d be adorable background for all your Christmas morning pictures too! So, the real questions is, how soon are you heading to Big Lots to get your décor and make this cute little display?
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For the past few weeks, I’ve been working on slowly transitioning my home décor into fall. I’ve been adding pumpkins, wheat bundles, and fake leaves, but it’s still 90 degrees outside so it didn’t feel very “fall” yet. SO, I went out and bought some fall scented-candles to bring in the real feel. Isn’t that one of the first things that we notice about fall? That crisp smell in the air? I love how smells transport you to a different place or bring back great memories, like how a small jewelry box I have from my Great-Grandmothers house still has that musky smell that takes me back every time I open it.
As I’ve been placing everything, I found the perfect place to put my new candles, and thought I would share the how-to of this gorgeous fall garland that I made for my table.
Fresh cut boughs OR three of the “greens only” or “growers bunch” flowers from the floral department, trimmed
Grape vine (it’s sold in the floral craft department)
Candles (American Home™ by Yankee Candle smell so good!)
Apples (Mine are Gala, and I used four but if your space is bigger, you might want more)
Step One- Take your Grape vine, measure it out as long as you want your final garland to be (I made mine a few inches shorter than the table), double that length, add six inches, and cut it.
Step Two– Fold your grape vine in half and twist it together.
Step Three– Lay your grapevine on the table. Take your greenery, and lay it out so that you can see if you have enough and decide approximately where you want to place them.
Step Four– Working from one end, hold your first piece of greenery on the vine, and secure it with floral tape. Try to do it behind a leaf if possible to held hide the tape. Moving down the vine, add a second one on top of the stem of the first, layering them to hid the stems. I like to start with my greenery that has the biggest leaves first, as a nice lush base.
Step Five– Keep moving down the vine, until your entire garland is done! When you are done, if there are areas that need to be filled in, you can tuck in extra pieces and tape them behind the other branches leaves. I also like to add in some thinner stems with other textures to make it look even more lush.
Step Six– Lay your garland on the table. Bend it so it makes a nice “S” shape. Take your apples, and place them in the bends. Next, take your candles and place them a few inches away from the apples. Wa-la! A beautiful fall garland!
I used the American Home™ by Yankee Candle candles sold exclusively at Walmart because they smell so goo, are a rich, high quality and burn clean from start to end. Even before I lit them, the fragrance was already amazing through out the room. It smelled just like fall even though it’s still be ninety degrees outside.
They come in a variety of life-inspired fragrances that are classic for fall, the fragrances I used with my garland are “Apple Cinnamon Cider,” “Homemade Pumpkin Pie,” and “Pumpkin Apple Harvest.” Not only are they pretty and so fragrant, they would make great gifts or a great way to set the mood for a fun fall dinner or friends-giving. Just make sure you follow the instructions to a tee, I don’t want anybody getting hurt this holiday season! For example, did you know that you’re supposed to trim the wicks to 1/8th of an inch to make sure the flame doesn’t get too big?
Once I had my garland all complete and set on the table, I added in all of my favorite fall table décor. Placemats (neutral burlap ones are my favorite), Dishes, and Pretty glasses are all you need to compliment such a pretty centerpiece. It would be beautiful to add some small sprigs of fall flowers to the plates and fall fabric napkins if you have company coming.
I would LOVE to see your fall tablescapes and what you’ve been making for fall. Do you use candles to bring the fall feeling to your home too? Or to look pretty on your mantle? Tag @gmlhome so I can see them, and check out Walmarts candles by American Home™ by Yankee Candle to fill your home with amazing fragrance and welcome fall!
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With the holiday season coming up, I thought it would be fun to do a post all about what to have ready when you have guest coming! We love having family and friends come stay with us, and so I try to have everything ready for last minute guest and wanted to share with you my favorite tips and ideas!
Almost everything that you will see in this post is from Big Lots. They have everything you need to get ready for your holiday guest at great prices. It makes for an easy one stop shop to grab everything below and get it home, and to make it even easier, you can shop straight from the image above, just hover over what you love!
1. Sheets. Nothing makes your guest feel more comfortable in your home than having a comfy bed with nice sheets. I like to make sure I always have fresh, nice sheets for my guest to sleep on and an extra set folded up nicely in the closet just in case. I think sheets are a pretty standard thing in most homes, so you shouldn’t need any kind of options, just make sure they fit the bed!
2. Pillows. It seems like the one thing you can never have enough of when guest stay is pillows. I have a niece who is a self-described “pillow addict” and so I have to have at least three pillows on hand just for her. It’s smart to have an assortment of types of pillows because everyone seems to like a different kind, for example, my Mom likes really flat pillows, while I like really big, firm pillows. I made sure while I was at Big Lots to grab a Serta Cool & Comfy and and a Serta Super Firm so my guest could have options. Even throw pillows can be used as sleeping pillows for little guest.
Almost every time we have guest, they are usually bringing little kids that will be sleeping on the floor or on air mattresses, so I try to place a nice stack of pillows with extra sheets and bedding in the guest bedroom closet and let them know that they are in there, that way everyone has a pillow and bedding, which brings me to my next must-have…
3. Extra Bedding. Like I just said, you want everyone to have bedding, and you want everyone to be warm, I try to have an extra throw blanket on the bed in case my guest get cold, and a few extra blankets in the closet for extra guest. If you’re like me, you can’t sleep without a blanket, so I try to make sure everyone has one! If you don’t have an air mattress or pack and play for little ones, most of them are completely happy to sleep on a couple of folded up blankets on the floor as well. This damask throw that I got at Big Lots is soooo soft. Anyone would be happy to sleep on or under it.
4. Curtains! When your guest are coming from around the country and they’re sleep schedule is way off, they’ll thank you for having good curtains to block out the sun, especially if they have kids with them. Big Lots has a huge assortment of black out curtains in all kinds of colors and patterns. I bought these linen-esque curtains because I like that the length matched the ledge that is in our guest room. These café-style curtain rods are really popular right now, but I had such a hard time choosing between those and the other cute styles they had at Big Lots.
Curtains are a must-have in any guest room.
5. Blinds. This goes hand and hand with the one before. You basically want your guest to have the option of making it as dark as possible whenever they need it. I love the bamboo blinds that I got at Big Lots. The light curtains with bamboo blinds is really in right now and I think they look great together. I also loved that these were SO easy to install.
6. Slow-Cooker. One of my favorite things about having family in town is eating all of our family favorites, but with so much going on, sometimes it’s hard to get much time in the kitchen. I use my slow cooker all the time when guest are in town to save time. I’ll put everything on the cook in the morning, and then we have the whole day to go have fun, and come home to a great meal. It gives me one less thing to stress about, and a lot more time making memories with family.
7. Towels. When my guest arrive, I love to have the bed made up pretty with a tray on it, and the towels rolled up nice and pretty. When you leave them in a tray, your guest can simply pick it up and move it to another surface when they are ready for bed, rather than throwing their clean towels over a chair. Make sure that you have enough towels for every guest to have at least one bath towel plus at least one washcloth. I like having pretty coordinating colors as well. Luckily, Big lots has a great selection of plush towels, washcloths, hand towels, and rugs that all coordinate!
8. A Fan! I know I can’t be the only person out there who can’t sleep without a fan, even if it’s –10 degrees outside. Having a fan in your guest room can cut down on noise and make a nice breeze, plus there are tons of people like me who CANNOT sleep without a fan- so have one ready for guest! I have gotten so used to traveling to houses that don’t have fans, that I bring my own sometimes. Your guest will thank you if you have one ready!
That’s it! 8 great things that you do not want to forget before you guest come into town.
I also wanted to share another update that I did in our guest bedroom- a DIY Jute Cord Cover. Our guest room doesn’t have any overhead lighting, so I have added a cute lantern style light that swags down the wall. The cord is really utilitarian looking, and it was kind of ugly, so I wanted to do something about it. I saw a jute cord cover for sale at a store, and figured I could make my own a lot cheaper, and it turned out great! Here’s what you need:
Supplies: 1/2 inch thick Jute Cord (however many feet of cord that you want to cover PLUS a foot or two just in case), and electrical tape.
Step 1- Take your jute cord (which I bought by the foot from a home improvement store), and separate the stands. Mine was made of three strands which was enough to cover my cord, if your cord is really thick, you might want to buy twice as much Jute cord so you can have extra.
Step 2- Start with one strand. Tape it to the start of the cord, and wrap it around. Because of the twist in the cord, it will fall naturally in a certain place, but try and keep them as tight together as you can without gaping from the cord. Continue all the way down, and then tape in place.
Step 3- Repeat with the second strand, wrapping it right next to the first strand.
Step 4- Repeat and try to fill in any gaps. Tape nicely at the end, and trim any excess jute cord away. Done! Hang your light back up and it’s beautiful!
Doesn’t that look so much better? I hope you and your guest love it- I think it adds just the perfect extra touch of comfort and coziness, instead of a big black cord handing down the wall.
So, do any of you have any plans for holiday guest coming? What are your tips for getting ready for company? If you’re missing anything from the list, make sure you head to Big Lots for a one-stop shop for everything you need! Their assortment of home goods, including furniture is great!
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Don’t you love when you’re working on something and get a stroke of genius? I have been obsessing over everyone’s pretty fabric pumpkins I see them sharing on Instagram, and decided to try my hand at my own. We don’t have a craft store in town, and so I was using some fabric napkins I’d picked up in the Dollar Section at Target. While I was working on it, I had the thought- since I’m cutting these into circles anyways, why not just start with something that’s a circle? Like a tablecloth! How cute would giant fabric pumpkins be? And off to the store I went! I am obsessed with these, and I hope you guys will love them too. They were super easy and only took me about five minutes to make all three and that’s with my three boys running around me too!
Fabric- A round tablecloth if you want to make a giant one, or fabric napkins of even kitchen towels for smaller ones
You won’t be cutting the tablecloth at all so if you want to use one you already have a take it apart after Halloween/Fall, you totally can!
Sticks that look like pumpkin stems
Filler (I used Target plastic bags in my little pumpkins and beach towels all in a trash bag in the big one) Scotchgard™ Fabric & Upholstery Protector
First- Once you’ve got all your cute supplies, lay out your tablecloth on the ground. If you are using a fabric napkin or kitchen towel, use two pencils tied together to draw a circle and cut it down to a circle OR trace a plate on the fabric and cut out the circle.
Step 2: Decide what you want to use as filling. Since I wasn’t cutting my tablecloth and plan on taking it apart after fall/Halloween, I filled mine with beach towels we won’t be using anytime soon. I put them all into a trash bag to avoid moisture/mold and turned it upside down to deter rain from getting in the bag even more. For my smaller pumpkins, I just bunched my Target shopping bags together and put them all inside one bag.
Step 3: Chose a Pumpkin stem! Once you’ve picked out your stem, hold it on top of your filler and begin to bring the fabric up around the filler. I folded in the left and right sides and then gathered the top and bottom pieces.
Step 4: While you hold the fabric around the stem, wrap twine around the top twice. From there, wrap it around the bottom of the pumpkin. You’re going to wrap it three times in the same place, and then move to a new area and wrap it again, so from the top it looks like pie slices. Once you’ve done three different “slices,” you can wrap the twine around the stem to secure the fabric at the top as many time as you want and tie it off. If you have any folds of fabric that are loose, tuck them in the twine that makes the “slices.”
Now you can smash it, move things around, and get it looking exactly the way you want!
Step 5: I didn’t want my pumpkins to get ruined being outside all fall, especially with all the rainfall we get, so I wanted to protect them with Scotchgard™ Fabric Protector. Scotchgard™ Fabric Protector repels liquids and blocks stains without changing the way the fabric feels or looks. I simply went over each pumpkin with two light coats, letting it dry in between. I love, love, love Scotchgard™; I even use it on my kids shoes to keep their feet from getting wet in the rain. It seriously works amazing, so now my cute little pumpkins will stay bright and dry all fall! You can get it at Target, which is awesome because you know you’re going to go there anyways, and here is a coupon for $2 off!
All done and ready to dress up your porch or shelf all fall! Once I put these outside, I was SO happy with how cute they look!
That little guy might be my favorite. He was once a kitchen towel, and now a happy pumpkin on my porch!
I hope you love them as much as I do! I’d love to see any that y’all make and your cute Fall décor set-ups. Share them with me on Instagram! Also, Scotchgard™ has more awesome other project ideas on their website, check it out!, and don’t forget you can get it at Target in the laundry section!