Category Archives: Decorating

DIY Pallet Artwork

Last week, we were driving and I noticed a lonely pallet on the side of the road. You know me, I was too kind to let it go to the dump (ha!), so yesterday we went on a pallet hunt to rescue the pallet. We also picked up a few more we just happened to find in a couple locations during our morning walk. My daughter’s 4th Birthday is coming up in the next week, so I’ve been working on party goodies. I had a vision from the time I saw the pallet to use one as a backdrop that can later be used in our home somewhere.

Here’s a DIY project for those of you fellow pallet-lovers:

 First, I did not want to take off all the planks of wood since this particular pallet’s planks weren’t spaced too far, but I did want to remove the back planks and make it thinner and lighter.

DIY Pallet 2 cut photo

I used a jigsaw to cut the side of the pallet, removing the entire back planks and 1/2 the thickness of the pallet. Here’s proof that I did it myself.

DIY Pallet cutting photo

This is how I really felt about it (weird face=my excited-I’m-using-power-tools-face)

DIY Pallet

Then, after the dirty back was removed, I sprayed and cleaned the boards to remove dirt, bugs, spiderwebs and slugs (yes, one slug fell on my leg when I was pulling this thing into the driveway (gross), but it’s all part of the process, I guess- Just don’t say I didn’t warn you. Also, while I’m on that topic, please be careful when handling a pallet! There are a lot of rusty nails sticking out, splinters, etc.

DIY Pallet cleanup

Once it is dry and clean, use a pencil to draw out the shape of what you are painting. In my case, a whale. It’s hard to see in the picture below, but there is a pencil sketch.

DIY Pallet ready to paint

Then, paint! I used an affordable craft paint and a foam brush to paint the image.

DIY Pallet painted

That’s it! I still plan on sanding mine a little to remove potential splinters in little fingers and weather the whale image a little. Overall, I love how it turned out and I’m sure it will be a sweet backdrop for LB’s upcoming birthday party.

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Christmas Home Tour | Jen’s House

Oh, I am so excited about today because I get to show you Jen’s gorgeous home. It’s our last post of this year and it’s a good one. Jen’s home was actually just featured on the front cover of the November/December 2012 Southern Lady Magazine (yeah, Jen!) She has a great southern style, so I know you will just love it.

Southern Lady Magazine

Southern Christmas Decorations

The monogram in the frame below was made by Jen using an old window. She is so creative, so many of the items you see in the photographs, she actually made.

Southern Christmas Decorations

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Southern Christmas Home

Southern Christmas Tablesetting

Southern Christmas Home

I love how she spreads the Christmas decor throughout her home.

Southern Christmas Home

Southern Christmas Home

Her hallway is perhaps my favorite place in her house!

Southern Christmas Home

This bathroom is also my favorite!

Southern Christmas Home

Southern Christmas Home

Southern Christmas Home

Southern Christmas Home

Southern Christmas Home

Southern Christmas Home

 I just love her style, so beautiful! I hope you enjoyed the tour!

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Our Christmas | Holly’s Home Tour

Aqua Christmas Decorations

I hope you had a Merry Christmas and are continuing to have a wonderful holiday season with your family! I am enjoying some down time with my family and it has been so good for me. I hope you’ve had a little time to sit back and take a deep breath as you prepare for the new year. Even though we are “closed” through the 2nd, I wanted to share some pictures from our homes decorated for Christmas. Today, I’m sharing photos of my home and on Monday, I’ll share pictures from Jen’s gorgeous home.

Aqua Christmas Decorations

This is our first (and probably only) Christmas in this house. We are currently renting it while we work on plans and start building a house. It was fun this year to have a new blank space to decorate.

Aqua Christmas Decorations

I went with an aqua/burlap theme this year. I try to use things around my home or office/craft room to make up new decorations each year.

Aqua Christmas Decorations

This year, I used a lot of natural decor in our home. The garland on the stairs was made from extra tree branches that I gathered when we bought our tree. I love the way fresh garland looks on a staircase.

Aqua Christmas Decorations

I used cotton and a grapevine wreath to make the wreath over our fireplace.
This is my favorite project! I love how it turned out!

Southern Christmas Decorations

Southern Christmas Decorations

I borrowed this idea of the book Christmas Tree from Jen. I found these old books from my husband’s Great Grannie’s house and they worked perfectly to stack to make a tree (with a cookie cutter star on top, of course!)

Southern Christmas Decorations

I love this vase on the dining table. It’s not necessarily Christmas, so I may leave it like this  for a little while because I love how vibrant and pretty it looks. I have a thing for white with pops of color.

Southern Christmas Decorations

Thanks for joining me on a small tour of my home for Christmas! I can’t wait to show you photos of Jen’s home on Monday. Have a great weekend!

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