♥Shabby Chic TV Stand Makeover

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Hello, friends!

I did a quick furniture flip over the weekend while we move our entire lives house around to make room for our new baby girl, expected in late January! My two year old daughter is still not sure how she feels about being a big sister, but she got a new, bigger room this week since we moved our office and bedrooms around and I think she may be coming to terms with the new sibling.  It has been quite the transition for her, she won’t be the only center of my universe apple of my eye in a few months!

To prepare for the new baby, we will no longer have a designated media space like we used to, the TV watching, chill zone has now all been moved into our formal living room, which, has actually worked out really nicely! We even bought a fancy new sofa sectional for the space! Woo-Hoo!

The old media room is currently being converted into our new bedroom, and I am really happy with how it is slowly coming along! Since we had our second, smaller TV without a designated place now, I thought I would take a gander on ‘ol Offer Up and see what I would be able to flip into a cute TV stand for our new bedroom. I was on a tiny budget, since we sunk a chunk of money into our new sofa sectional, headboard and new curtains.

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I bought this TV stand/Sideboard piece for only $25! It is very sturdy, just had a slight musty smell and some scratches! With a little cleaning, white paint, and new hardware, I knew I could make it absolutely charming!

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I sanded the stand down just a bit and filled in a few holes with some wood filler. The first coat of Valspar Antique White paint went on like a dream! I decided to also paint over the detailed brass applique and see if the paint would crack on top of the brass to give it that true shabby feel. I wasn’t really loving the actual pull-knobs, so I left those behind.

Yay! Hobby Lobby!

In the land of fabulous knobs! I honestly took about 8 years to decide on which knobs to get. There were SO MANY beautiful options it was really hard to land on just one design! From sparkly crystals, rustic bronze, and stunning geodes, I landed on some simple, white shabby chic knobs that would fit my chosen aesthetic perfectly. Although, a part of me was slightly devastated I had to leave the super sparkly, crystal knobs behind.

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My husband probably appreciated how I abstained from my sparkly instincts. Haha!

I slapped a second coat of paint on the TV stand and just waited for it to dry before I added my knobs.

Then, my husband and a buddy of ours carried it up the steepest stairs ever stairs for my 7 month pregnant self!

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Ta-Da!

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I am SO HAPPY with how the piece turned out! I am always just AMAZED with what a little cleaning, fresh paint and new hardware can accomplish! It is transformed from sad, dated (and slightly orange), to fresh and fabulous! I love how the brass applique I painted over cracked ever so slightly, giving it a well aged look! So cute!

I am slowly but surly decorating our new room and am getting really amped up to tackle the new nursery as well!

Hooray for flipping furniture on the cheap!

♥Shelby

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Festive & Inexpensive Autumn Decor♥

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Hello, friends!

I am proud to announce, that this September, I waited until the second week of the month instead of the 1st day of September to decorate for Fall.

I know, my award should be in the mail as we speak.

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I have always have leaned towards spring and summer as my favorite months of the year, but this year Autumn has just been calling my name. Since this summer in Western Washington has been hot, smoggy and smokey due to forest fires… slightly chilly weather, hot cocoa and fuzzy socks are starting to sound super appealing.

As I was gearing up for my Fall decorating in August, stop judging   I noticed that both inexpensive hot spots, Dollar Tree and Big Lots, were both REALLY stepping up their game this year with the cute, seasonal decor!

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As I strolled through my local Dollar Tree, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of neutral decor they had developed for this year, (I’m not a warm toned, burnt orange decor girl, so this was exciting)!

 The cat tail foliage especially surprised me with how good quality it was! With a few floral odds and ends, plus my dollar finds, and one up-cycled basket, I was able to create a beautiful, outdoor or indoor Autumn arrangement for around $5!

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 The key to making a full arrangement like this one, is to remember to fluff the flowers out as much as possible and even cut the wired stems apart. This way, you get a layered piece of all the different textures and types of flowers and foliage.

I was also completely floored by the diversity and quality of their decor pumpkins this year at Dollar Tree!

There were so many colors and options, but I chose to pick up 5 of the cream pumpkins shown in the left photo and one of the bronzey-pearl pumpkins on the right. Both are great quality for jut $1. The bronzey-pearl pumpkin is very sturdy and heavy, and the accent leaf is tin. The cream pumpkin is lighter pottery style and more fragile, but it feels and looks high end! (UPDATE: I couldn’t find the bronzey-pearl pumpkins on the Dollar Tree website, they may be sold out- Try in store)!

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I really enjoy how the simple, cream pumpkins add just a touch of cozy Autumn to my wood stove while my White Barn Bath & Body Works candle fills the house with gorgeous notes of pecan and sugar! (Scent is Pumpkin Pecan Waffles).

My local Big Lots also has some really incredible, inexpensive Autumn home decor items this year! I got this darling light blue and cream table runner with scalloped edges and embroidered blue and taupe pumpkins for a whopping $12! It matches my dining room perfectly!

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(Purchase Big Lots Table Runner Here)

I am really happy with all the new, simple additions to my Fall decor this year! I will also probably add a couple hundred more pieces once the Fall sales kick in and we gear up for -dare I say it- Christmas!? I just LOVE this white, blown glass pumpkin from Big Lots, but I’m going to wait until it is on sale.

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Thanks for hanging out! Happy Fall Decorating!

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♥Shelby

Environmentally Friendly Outdoor Pillows DIY♥

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Hello, friends!

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Ah, Summer! Tis the season for air conditioning BBQ’s, picnics, beach days and  more air conditioning relaxing in the luxurious sunshine! Since I live in the Seattle area, I really do look forward all year to summer. I love making my porch extra inviting so I am more inclined to sit outside and enjoy all that vitamin D!

This pillow idea has been a constant DIY since my very first apartment, and I since I’m sure the summer decorating is starting in your own home, I thought I would share!

I recently re-sparked this idea of mine when I came across this really astounding article from National Geographic about wax worms learning to eat plastic bags! It gave me hope, inspired me, and made me proud that here in Seattle we have decided to nix harmful plastic bags altogether. I myself have been using canvas reusable bags for years, and it is a good feeling knowing those little steps towards being more environmentally conscious make a big impact on our planet in the long run. Even though I try really hard to not use plastic bags, they still somehow creep into my house and land in “that drawer.” Don’t judge me, you have “that drawer,” too!

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This DIY is probably the most simple DIY you will ever do, and it is 100% no fail!

All you need are pillow covers and old plastic grocery bags!

Pillow covers are very inexpensive and come in so many cute varieties!

Check out some of these:

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All you have to do is select your pillow cover of choice and start stuffing away! I stuff the pillow until it is rigid, but still soft enough to be comfortable. For one 18×18 pillow cover, you should need about 30 to 40 plastic bags to fill it to completion. They are so inexpensive that I don’t mind if they fade a little in the sun, or get an occasional shower. The best part is that the insides are plastic, so they will never mold! They look darling on the porch and you will get the satisfaction of knowing that you saved so many plastic bags from never decomposing in the landfill!

Hooray for recycling!

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Love and Hugs,

Shelby♥

DIY Faux Fern Hanging Tin Basket♥

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Hello!

I am starting to feel desperate ready for spring! I miss the warmth and I miss gardening so much!

The sunshine has started to peek through the grey and snow, which has been a wonderful, welcome change, since we had snow last week.

…and If you know me at all, you know that I hate with a passion immensely dislike snow.

I only like snow on one condition: I don’t have to go anywhere and I can just watch it through my window while drinking hot coffee, while simultaneously cranking the heat to 85 degrees…

…then I guess snow is okay… 

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My last post was a really fun haul from Goodwill, and I found so many awesome treasures that I was eager to decorate my home with!

I found this galvanized hanging tin for a few bucks and I was in LOVE! My back door needed some decor to liven it up, and I knew this would be perfect!

The tin already had some dusty, gross, moldy, foul, daisies in it when I picked it up, and I threw them away in checkout.

No shame!

My vision for the tin was starting to emerge once I cleaned it up!

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I first wanted to remove the graphic all together, but it wasn’t coming off super well so I conceded.

I instead decided I wanted to age the graphic a bit by burning the edges and use a tea stain method.

( Tea staining is very easy! Fill a mug with only a few tablespoons of boiling water and add any black tea bag, once it is steeped you can use the tea bag to create a stain on most paper and fabric surfaces).

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I let the tea dry for a few minuets (a hairdryer helps speed up the drying process), and then I proceeded to char the edges of the paper a bit with a lighter.

I picked up a big bundle of faux fern leaves for .99 at Goodwill on a separate trip. They were in great condition and looked very lifelike!

I stuffed a few medium sized balls of newspaper into the hollow tin, this way I could hot glue the stems to the paper to create an anchor, (you could also use Oasis or Floral Foam but I didn’t have any).

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I didn’t have a method of gluing them in the tin, but I did try to use the largest ferns in the back and then the more whispy, smaller ones in the front.

Before I knew it, I had the cutest little fern arrangement for my back door!

Voila!

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I think it’s really sweet, simple and cheerful!

I love how it brightens up my back door!

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Until next time,

♥Shelby

What I Hunt For At Goodwill + Haul♥

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Happy Almost New Year!

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I trust Everyone had a joyous holiday full of sugar family and cocktails friends!

Even though Christmas just ended literally minuets ago, I decided I needed to hunt for more junk, (hello American consumerism!)

All joking aside, I really had not gone thrifting in a while, (a month is a while). I had a few DIY’s mulling around in my head, and I was getting the itch to act on my impulses!

I sometimes get asked by my friends who are not of the hoarding thrifting breed:

“What do you look for? How do you find cool stuff?”

It does take a a little skill and loads of patience to find things while thrifting. You must bring your creative A game and see potential in ugly things that may need some love. However, you must also be able to distinguish what is not for you and what you must stash in your cart immediately. I say go in with an open mind, creativity, and a lot of hand sanitizer, (yeah, things can get messy/dusty).

The top 3 things I personally hunt for when I thrift are:

1.Old Books 

I have a serious love for old, worn books. I use them in my home to add depth and character to spaces.  The pictures above are from my home decor. I collected all of these books from thrifting and various garage sales. I have a lot of weathered books, but the massive, Leonardo Davinci one is my favorite!

2.Milk Glass (Hobnail) 

These pictures were taken from inside my butter yellow kitchen. I have collected all this milk glass from Goodwill and garage sales! I think my most expensive piece was $5.

I am  partial to the hobnail design, but there are a lot of beautiful, milky stemware and vases to be explored at the local Goodwill. Look at these!

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3.Antique or Weathered Frames

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I just HAD to have this one! Isn’t it beautiful!? Most of the frames inside my home are thrifted, they are mostly weathered wood or faux- antique like this one, it fits perfectly!

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I thought those pink and white floral teacups were just darling, but they were on the “pricey” side at 3.99 each, so I let them go. I was trying to stick to a $25 budget today.

I was dying over that vintage cookbook, look at that detail! I will never find that again, I needed it. For $1.99, it was a huge score!

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Dahlia’s eyes plead,”Mom, can we go now?”

Getting home with all my treasures is so fun, I love un-bagging them and rediscovering my treasures all over again!

I think my favorite find was this vintage inspired, botanical stationary set. It is in pristine condition and so, so pretty!

For $3.99, I would have fought someone for it!

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I’m a sucker for a pretty .99 scarf!

“Quick, Dahlia! Blink twice if mommy needs this scarf!”

We needed it. No arguments.

I would have taken a better photo of the cream, woven throw rug, but it is not very photogenic and looks pretty “blah” on camera. However, it has a nice home in my laundry room now and for $2.99 I was not about to pass it up! It was in great condition except for a small brown patch which I spot treated and now it’s good as new!

Get ready to see a fun, spring, DIY project I am doing with my Sunflower Basket Tin! I am working on it, and will post the project soon!

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Are you inspired to hit up your local thrift store now?

Happy Treasure Hunting!

♥Shelby

♥Triple Citrus & Goat’s Milk Beauty Bar Soap

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Hello, sweet thing!

There are very few things I love more than citrus, lemons in particular.

My friends, family and anyone who has been around me for longer than about an hour know that I love lemons!

I like to  annoy others with the title refer to myself as the Lemon Queen.

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Lemons bring me so much joy. Their sweet but tangy flavor, the bright golden hue, and the zesty smell are just everything to me.

(…if you think I’m kidding, look at my scarf in the About Me section!)

I have been on a soap making kick recently, experimenting with a few fun scents and varieties. So far I have made Lavender & Vanilla Oatmeal, as well as Honey & Oat.

Both were fabulous, and they smell cozy and comforting, but I was really in the mood for a bright and zesty scent. We have had an extremely wet week here in western Washington with a rain and wind storm. I’m feeling a little gloomy and grey! It’s time to liven things up!

For this Triple Citrus Soap You Will Need: 

Goats Milk Soap Base (Melt & Pour)

1 Lemon (Juice + Zest)

Zester

Measuring Cup

Knife

Soap Molds (I used a recycled Almond Milk container)

Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Embellishments (I used vintage book pages, twine and labels)

Assembly: 

Start by taking your Goats Milk Soap Base and cutting it into cubes, you will need 8.7 oz  (one cup melted) Start cutting small cubes, place in measuring cup, and work your way to the 1 cup mark.

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Microwave Goats Milk for 2 min or until completely melted.

While Goats Milk is being microwaved, zest 1 lemon and juice 1 Tsp of lemon juice, set aside.

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Take melted Goats Milk out of microwave (be careful, it’s hot!) and add in half of the lemon zest and the 1 Tsp lemon juice.

Add 5 drops of each orange, lemon and grapefruit essential oil.

Mix thoroughly.

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You may have to pop the mixture into the microwave for a few seconds if it is starting to set inside the measuring cup, (20-30 seconds should be enough)!

Take your mold and sprinkle the other half of the lemon zest into the bottom of the mold. This will look beautiful, add another layer of scent, and add texture to the soap!

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**My soap mold is a recycled almond milk carton, it is 6 1/2 inches x  3 1/2 inches. If you don’t want to be ghetto resourceful like me, you can use a silicone mold with similar measurements!**

Mix your Goats Milk mixture once more and pour it into the mold.

Set aside in a cool and undisturbed place for one hour.

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Ding! Hour is up!

Hooray! You have your own beautiful soap! Carefully peel away the sides of the mold and cut out 3 bars that measure 4 inches x 2 inches each.

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Decorate them however it suits you and enjoy!

Until next time, my dears.

♥Shelby

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DIY Autumn Cinnamon-Vanilla Soy Candle♥

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Autumn is here in the Pacific North West!

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The leaves are falling (and I should be raking them), The pumpkins are ready for carving (but I am lazy)…

…and every single edible thing on earth is injected with pumpkin and cinnamon.

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I saw Pumpkin Spice Hummus earlier this week, people.

Seriously, we have to stop this madness.

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This candle although not edible, it will certainly get you in the mood to embrace the new season!

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You will need:

Empty glass vessel (14oz) (I used an old B&BW Candle)

3 Cups Soy Flakes

Glass Measuring Cup

3 Cotton Wicks

Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil

Vanilla Essential Oil

Cinnamon 

Hot Glue Gun+ Glue

Toothpick

Scissors

Embellishments of choice  

Start by cleaning your glass vessel thoroughly and then set aside.

Measure out 3 cups of your wax flakes and either set over double boiler to melt or put in microwave for 6 minuets, (or until completely melted).

It will condense down considerably to almost half the volume it was before it was melted. Once poured in jar, it will leave 1 inch of head space.

While wax is melting, take your glass vessel and start hot gluing the wicks to the bottom of the jar. I find it helps to have a pencil with an eraser on hand to push the wicks securely into the glass.

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Once the wax is melted, slowly pour it into the center of the glass vessel.

Add 10 drops of each essential oil, and stir gently with toothpick to disperse the oils.

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Once this is done, put your vessel onto a plate and either place it in the fridge (if you want it to set quicker), or an undisturbed, cool part of the house.

I put mine in the fridge, and after about an hour it was 75% of the way set. Once it is at this stage, it is time to adorn the top with little sprinkles of cinnamon!

You must wait to do this step when the candle is almost solid, but still slightly a liquid near the top to keep the cinnamon from sinking to the bottom.

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I also had a bag of cinnamon sticks on hand, so I used a couple pieces of the bark slivers to add some extra texture.

Let the wax set completely, then cut the wicks down to 1/2 and inch tall.

There you have it! Burn this lovely candle at your leisure this Autumn or to give as a sweet gift to a loved one!

 Happy Autumn!

♥Shelby

Easy DIY Mini Herb Garden♥

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Hey y’all!

Today I have a really easy, affordable, and 99.9% “no fail” gift option for you!

I say 99.9% “no fail” because, well… the recipient does have to water it at least once a year sometimes.

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Yeah, yeah, ugh… work.

However, even though this is a “tutorial” on how to make a mini herb garden, a succulent garden will be non edible  just a awesome, but you (or your recipient), won’t have to water it nearly as often. So, if you or your recipient are prone to killing plants, this may be a better route for you.

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…and seriously, how cute are those?

This herb garden was a birthday gift for my mom, because she loves to garden and cook, it was a perfect gift idea!

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I started by taking a trip to Home Depot and picking my herbs and ceramic pot. I chose rosemary, mint, and oregano to put into the mix, they are some of my personal favorites. There are ten thousand a few vessels to choose from, I picked this pretty, blue pot. It matches my mom’s kitchen perfectly! Since I wanted this to go indoors, I liked how it had a lip on the bottom so there is no mess on the counter after you water. The vessels vary from $3 to over $100, so whatever your budget is, you have options. This pot was $13, a good price for a good quality, medium sized pot.

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Assembly time!

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Start by filling half the vessel with soil, and then carefully arrange your herbs, then top off with soil.

I wanted to label the herbs to add and extra touch. I had some wood chippings left over from the wood my husband chopped for our wood stove, so I wrote the names with Sharpie on those pieces. I like the raw-ness (yes, it’s a word), of them!

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Even though I like how these signs turned out, to be fancier, you can totally buy these at Hobby Lobby and be cooler than me trendy and awesome.

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I also added a few black river stones to give this gift another cute touch.

Here it is!

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Water that sucker and slap on a card, you’re done!

Easy, affordable and really, really thoughtful!

Each herb was around $3, plus the pot which was $13. So, this gift was around $22!

I already had the soil and my other extra touches, making them free to me.

This mini garden now sits in a sunny spot next to my mom’s kitchen, it smells wonderful!

I hope this has inspired you to make one of your own, I definitely wanted one all to myself once I was done!

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Until next time!

♥Shelby

 

Easter Tablescape 2016♥

Happy Easter!

I hope you are having a beautiful day filled with chocolate family and candy loved ones!

I was blessed to host Easter dinner once again in my home. It was my daughter’s first Easter which made it extra special!

My vision for the tablescape was for it to be a mix of casual and more special, fancy items.

I broke out the fine china that was passed down to me by my great-grandmother, but kept the drink-ware simple by using the mason jar cups I use daily.

I also kept the flowers fuss free by putting them in random bottles and mason jars from around the house.

I was able to go outside and pick most of the flowers from my garden, including the camellias, dusty miller and other greens.

Then, I added some colorful tulips that I bought from the local Metropolitan Market here in Tacoma.

I added some “pop” to the table by scattering metallic chocolate eggs under the flowers and placing one in the center of each place setting.

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All the linens are all vintage finds that I bought a few years ago at a tag sale.

The banner was made from some pretty peach ribbon and triangles of old fabric scraps.

After I assembled the ribbon and fabric triangles together, I used a sharpie to spell out Happy Easter.

Simple, beautiful & memorable!

Enjoy the day!

Shelby♥

Extreme China Hutch Makeover♥

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Are you ready for this?!

I am so excited to share this transformation with you today! This was such a rewarding project and an AWESOME birthday gift!

For my birthday last week, my husband went to OfferUp.com and started looking for some buffets and hutches/china cabinets that were in need of some serious lovin’. I have been looking for a china hutch since we moved into our home. I was getting anxious to finally unpack my tea cup collection and my great grandmothers china that I inherited! I was just tickled that my husband thought of getting me a hutch for my birthday! The good ‘ol boy that he is, he forwarded me some pictures of the contenders he thought would be fitting for our space and my personal style. We went back and fourth sending each other links of possible hutches and landed on this beauty (yikes) from the 80’s! The lady selling it originally wanted $250 and we scored her for a whopping…wait for it…$50!

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I know, right!?

A total steal!

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Once it got plopped onto the front porch I wasted no time getting it cleaned, lightly sanded and primed! However, my sweet, infant daughter had other ideas, so the priming part took about 8,000 a couple more hours than it should of. I was so excited to finally have a new project in my life that I contemplated pulling an all-nighter just to see the finished project!

Yeah, right.

My daughter, Dahlia, pulled a huge cranky show before bedtime that squashed all those crazy aspirations. I went to bed and decided it would be better to actually get some sleep, (wait, what is that again?) and wake up refreshed less exhausted Saturday morning.

Alright, let’s finish this baby!

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The morning was sluggish and it was hard to make progress (life with an infant), but I started gaining momentum after the first coat of Antique White was finished. Before I was able to feel really accomplished, I had to stop a few hundred times to nurse and rescue my husband from Miss Gassy Cranky Face.  Doesn’t she realize mommy is trying to create a masterpiece!?

PLEASE JUST LET ME HAVE THIS ONE THING!

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I was thrilled (and totally relieved), to be able to take out the HIDEOUS yellow glass panels and replace them with some french country inspired chicken wire screens!

I just LOVE the result! It fits my personal decor style completely!

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In the home stretch now! Just added a second coat of paint and starting seeing my project finally come together beautifully! Before I knew it, I was standing back looking at this beauty:

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It feels at home now in my formal dining room! It fits perfectly! I am utterly obsessed with it and so thrilled with how it turned out! Night and day from that dingy and dated piece that it was!

Time to add all my Great Grandmother’s china as well as my own personal china collections!

Let’s get decorating!

I just am so beyond thankful that I was able to take a small break from mommy duties (as much as I love them), and really get back to my creative roots!

Till next time my darlings!

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♥Shelby