Hello loves, happy Saturday. I know I said I would be sharing about this gorgeous chandelier I scored on Craigslist last night but I didn’t end up getting home till late so I figured I would feature this little beauty today. I love sharing these finds because I know there are a lot of you guys out there that love home decor but are on a budget like myself. And when we first bought our house back in May things were even tighter, considering we had just used every dollar we had ever saved for a down payment. But typical me was determined to renovate this entire home within the first two months. Which meant that we had to get creative and DIY our life away or get larger pieces for free. Luckily I had already started collecting when we lived in our apartment so I had known that free Craiglist existed and I have fully used it to my advantage since. Not only did I find this amazing antique chandelier but I also scored my coffee table, outdoor table and antique buffet as well!! Just add some chalk paint, distress it and wallah! You have the perfect piece to add some character to your home. When we first moved in this house honestly looked like a lodge (but not in a cute rustic way). Everything including the flooring and cabinets were light pine, the walls were a weird yellow color and this lighting fixture was the worst of all. It had cutouts of pine trees and moose all over it, and it had to go. So after many nights scrolling through Craigslist this antique chandelier popped up and I instantly fell in love. It was originally wood with brass accents but I spray painted the entire thing black and called it a day. I think its the perfect addition to our farmhouse dining room and the best part is that it cost me NOTHING. That’s why I’m so excited to share my love for renovating old pieces in my home decorating business. I cannot wait to add some stunning accents to your home and help transform any room on a budget. Enjoy.
Hello loves, I’m excited to share another DIY with you guys!!! Let’s talk shiplap 🙂 I get asked a lot about our DIY shiplap walls. The questions are usually more like “is that wallpaper”? Haha. Well I’m here to set the record straight and finally spill about these farmhouse style walls. Although they are not technically shiplap there is real wood on our walls. I knew from the moment we found this house that I wanted shiplap somewhere. If my boyfriend allowed it I would have it on every wall but we finally decided it would look perfect as an accent wall in our bedroom and along the stairs in the living room AND I LOVE IT. But as much as I wanted shiplap we had just purchased our first home and were on a mega budget. Which means we needed to get creative. Luckily, my boyfriend get’s discounted wood at work so we started collecting these 1×6 pine boards. When we finally had enough I lightly spray painted them white to give them a more “rustic” look and we simply cut them into 1×4 and 1×6 pieces and staggered them along the wall using a nail gun. And wallah, super easy and inexpensive “shiplap”.
I just LOVE this view, there’s nothing like the glow of a candle to add some cozy to our nice clean kitchen. Although I will admit that it’s not ALWAYS this clean. Sometimes I let it go a little longer than I would like to admit. No ones perfect haha. But I try to keep it clean for the most part because I love it sooooo much. We were so lucky when we bought our first home in May to have the opportunity to give our kitchen a mini facelift as I like to call it. I say that because we didn’t buy new cabinets and appliances but we simply did a few little projects to give this space a new look. As you can see we were going for the farmhouse style but were not about to spend thousands of dollars! This entire facelift was less than $600, which I think is seriously amazing. I’m not going to go into great detail about the products we used or how we did all of our projects but you can click here to read all about our kitchen reno (you can check out the before pictures there too). You can also read some of our DIYs in the do it yourself tab above. But I will go into a tiny bit of detail, I won’t leave you hanging 🙂 We started with the counter tops, they were a purplish blue lament and it had to go. Unfortunately I knew we wouldn’t be able to buy a new one on our budget so I had to be creative and find a DIY. So of course I stumbled across this Ardex feather finish concrete countertops and fell head over heels in love. Luckily it was decently easy and cost less $70, how can you go wrong? While Pinteresting my life away searching for farmhouse kitchen DIYs I got the crazy idea to do some open shelving. So down came the cabinet over the sink. But before we could put up our shelves we had to paint the cabints. And you know that took FOREVER but was so worth it. I just couldn’t stand the light wood and had been dreaming of a white kitchen for sooo long. The final touches were the subway tile backsplash and of course the farmhouse sink. For more details click the links above!