Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bunk bed ladder to advent calendar

I've had a tired, old, wood bunk bed ladder for years. I've used it to hang linens, Christmas ornaments and cards. This year, inspired by Pottery Barn's ladder advent calendar I was off to Hobby Lobby.

I found cute burlap bags in the wedding favor section for $3.50 for ten. I picked up a pack of $.99 craft tags and some brass cup hooks $1.99 for ten. 

The rest of the project was simple assembly. I added a strand of Christmas lights (I need a longer strand) and now we are ready to celebrate the season! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The finished pallet flag...

Stars really did make a huge difference. I'm so happy with how this simple project turned out! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

From dated to fabulous!

A while ago I saw a simple chest of drawers on our local trading post. Brass knobs, knotty pine and lots of imperfections left my heart racing. I love a sad story! 

I picked up the nightstand for $50. It was very strong and only needed a minor repair and a knob. I decided to prime this, give it a light coat of grey and then do a stain over the paint. I also sprayed the knobs in oil rubbed bronze. 

The results are fantastic! I think I might paint my dresser to match! The seller contacted me a week later. She'd even found the knob! Love! 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Patriotic porch...

I've been sprucing things up around the house in preparation for visitors. One spot that had grown cluttered? Our porch! 

I wanted something that would pop. When I came across a flag pallet on Pinterest I knew I wanted one. I found my pallet, which was in amazing shape, at my local school. I donated $10 to the school and a dad there loaded it up. 

The paint I used for this project was all on hand. I love free! The only change I made was to add stain to antique the look. The stars are coming soon. I'm so, so happy with this. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Road trip- three speckled hens

Over the weekend Mr. Rural took me to the Three Speckled Hens antique fair in Paso Robles. It was so much fun and my mind was spinning at all the amazing stuff. I picked up a few smaller treasures. 

I found this old Navy footlocker for the end of Little Rural's bed.. 

I also found this cool time card holder from a factory. It's now holding bills.. 

I added a broken clock and a few other smalls to the house which I'll show off when they find a home. I highly recommend this show which opens again in May! 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Goodwill lamp....

My $10 Goodwill lamp received it's simple transformation today. One can of spray paint and a new shade and this lamp is perfect! 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A $10 Goodwill find...

This lamp may no longer be in style. However, at just $10, it certainly fit my budget. The weight, shape and style are just what I was looking for. The brass? Not so much. Time for another makeover....  Also, you can now follow me on Instagram at GirlRural.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The finished desk....

If you've been following my desk redo, thank you! I found this beauty on my local craigslist for free. It's originally from Bombay Company and had already been primed.

I first added a couple coats of Privet Hedge from Valspar with Loire Valley, also Valspar, in the centers. Then the whole piece was distressed and rubbed down with Minwax Wood Finish in dark walnut. 

Then it was knob shopping. I chose green acrylic knobs from Threahold for Target. I don't have to worry about the kids breaking these! I purchases an Ana chair from World Market with a cover that was on sale in Dragon. 

Overall, I'd say this project is a success! The jolly green giant is home in out living room where it will become my design, gardening and blogging command center. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Step Two: paint

Now that the desk is home and taking up a large part of my dining room I'm racing to finish it! Sunday I painted three coats of Valspar Privet Hedge onto te desk leaving the inset in the drawers taped off. 

Later that day I added Valspar Loire Valley to the centers of the drawers and gave a day for drying time....more to come! 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The best things in life are free.....

     This weekend we've been in recovery mode. Our eighth and final foster placement left Thursday. We have officially closed that chapter of our life and are moving forward with our two boys. 

     This weekend we were set to celebrate both my mother in law and Mr. Rural's birthday. Before leaving the mountain I like to check craigslist to see if there are any finds in town. Wow, what a find! I saw an add for a desk that was primed in white.... for FREE!!!!

     I couldn't get to the pick up fast enough. Turns out this little (gigantic actually) desk is from Bombay Company and the owner had primed it but decided he didn't want it. Score!!! I hate priming. 

     I will show you the full makeover tomorrow. I'm already hard at work!