Gorgeous Faux Velvet DIY Ornaments

Gorgeous Faux Velvet DIY Ornaments

Did you ever have one of those sweet little jewelry boxes with the ballerina that twirled in front of the mirror, and it played music?! It was on my wish list for several years as a child, and I remember my eyes welling up with tears when I finally got one. I just loved that miniature ballerina with the real tulle skirt. Too bad her face was painted so poorly, but I still loved it. I’m sure most of these are lined with a simple velvet paper, but some of the nicer jewelry boxes are flocked to create that velvety smooth surface. Well, instead of buying velvet ornaments, I decided to make these gorgeous faux velvet DIY ornaments using the timeless flocking technique. I can’t even believe I found this stuff on Amazon – it was meant to be.


I will add that there are some less expensive supplies on Etsy (see below), but I’m not sure if they are as effective. The flocking powder linked below if from an Etsy shop that also seemingly sells craft acrylic paint as the undercoat for the flocking process. For all I know, acrylic paint is very effective, but I haven’t tested it. There are also inexpensive plastic bottles (looks like the ones for at-home hair coloring) to apply the flocking powder, but I don’t know how well it works either. The good news is that I made a video to show the simple two-step process that I can attest to working. If I wasn’t so busy this season, I’d be half tempted to try the paint just to see. The basic steps to create these gorgeous faux velvet DIY ornaments is to paint on an even layer of the undercoat, then apply the flocking powder using a flocking applicator. You will need to set up a drying station and allow them to dry for 72 hours. Three days seems like a long time, but I just set the entire drying station in the garage and didn’t think about it. This way, no one was tempted to touch it either. That’s another tip, DO NOT touch the drying flocked bulbs before the three days – it won’t be pretty.


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The flocking technique is so easy to do, but make sure to wear a mask and eye protection when you do the technique outside. It gets pretty dusty, but when you apply the flocking within a box, it’s easy to collect and reuse. I used some foam and pencils to create my drying station and it worked perfectly. I cannot tell you how fun these were to make and I can’t stop thinking about other things that I could flock! I would love it if you had a moment to watch my YouTube video and left me a comment. It’s so fun to put these together and then to add ribbon instead of a hook makes them all the better. I hope you are inspired by this technique and have fun decorating your Christmas tree this year!


Gorgeous Faux Velvet DIY Ornaments

Gorgeous Faux Velvet DIY Ornaments

Gorgeous Faux Velvet DIY Ornaments

Gorgeous Faux Velvet DIY Ornaments

Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations

Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations

When all eyes are on the turkey and the gravy is being made with the drippings, I’m enjoying the decorations. Don’t get me wrong, I look forward to my favorite Thanksgiving dishes each and every year, but the decorations add to my memories and ambiance of the special day. With just a few of my favorite DeWalt tools, I made beautiful and free Thanksgiving decorations. Thanksgiving decorations aren’t just for the table, you can add some touches to the entire dining space as well.


Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations – Dining space

For the first beautiful and free Thanksgiving decoration, you will need to find some fallen branches or finally trim that low hanging one from your yard. I like to use fallen branches for tabletop decor year-round, but for this idea, you’ll need to find larger ones that can look like a real tree in your dining space. Just find some containers (I used a pickle jar, a plastic planter, and a vase.) and fill them up with enough river rock to stabilize the branch. Then set the rock-filled container inside a more decorative one and place accordingly around your Thanksgiving dining space. i used some Spanish moss to cover the top and I was done! These branches look amazing, they add those cozy fall vibes for free, and it’s a fun way to add ambiance in the space. Some of my branches were shorter, so I stacked some vintage luggage to raise them up and voila, all done! And if branches aren’t your thing, you can also use a glue gun to attach fallen leaves to a piece of jute twine to create your own upcycled garland. With all the pretty leaves falling everywhere, it’s a fun project and the kids can help gather up some leaves for you.


Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations

Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations

Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations – Place settings

Now it’s time to use some power tools, but don’t worry, these projects are easy, fast, and beginner friendly. There are so many pretty pinecone crafts, but this one is so fun and provides a new view of the pinecone. This project is another good one to recruit the help of kiddos, they can bend down so much easier anyway. Gather a pinecone for each place setting, and a few more just in case. You’ll want to prepare a safe surface to saw onto, I just clamped a piece of scrap wood to my workbench. The idea is to cut the pinecone in half exposing the floral shape inside. Once cut in half, you’ll use the bottom half for your Thanksgiving table. Using clamping pliers, I secured the top of the pinecone, laid it on its side, and easily sawed the pinecone in half using my DeWalt multi tool. You can use the top halves of the pinecones for something too! I used the bottom half pinecone flowers to be place card settings, but you could also glue them to a ribbon to create a napkin ring, or just set them around the table as decor. I also added a little bit of subtle paint to the ‘petals’ and pinecone centers. These are a really fun way to upcycle fall’s beautiful bounty, for free!


Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations

Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations

Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations

Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations

Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations – Centerpiece

The third and final project to set the stage for your free Thanksgiving decorations, is a centerpiece. This centerpiece only works if you don’t spread the Thanksgiving feast across the table. In that case, it could be placed on a coffee table or entryway console. It’s such a fun project and you’ll love how easy it is and how long it lasts! Scrounge up a piece of scrap wood the length of your choice. The longer the table, the longer you may consider making your centerpiece. Once you have the wood, you should decide if you want to stain it, paint it, or leave it natural. Then set up your workspace, I just set a larger piece of scrap wood underneath the centerpiece board. The next step is to decide if you prefer a symmetrical or asymmetrical design. For those symmetry lovers, you’ll need to print out a free piece of graph paper or ask your middle school child for a piece of theirs. The paper should be taped across the centerpiece board, and then mark each spot you want to place a dried floral stem! If you like the freedom of asymmetry, you can just get started without any paper. Either way, using a small drill bit, I drilled all my marked holes using my DeWalt drill gun. The size of the bit should be large enough to fit your dried stems, but small enough to hold them upright. You don’t need to drill all the way through the centerpiece board, but if you do, no worries. Once all the holes are drilled, count them up and then go foraging along the roadside.

I live a bit out in the country, we have a cow pasture facing our backyard, and the old country roads are full of dried weed stems. During the last two autumns, I’ve notice just how pretty some of the weeds are, so I wanted to use them in a floral design. The best part is that they’re free and already dried, so they’ll last a long time. Using scissors, I just cut several of each style I wanted to use in my centerpiece design. I placed taller, feathery weeds in the absolute center, and then cut the other stems shorter as I worked my way out. I selected just a few styles of various weeds, in different colors and textures – they’re all unique and lovely. This centerpiece idea can be made using thicker wood and larger stems, or you can use a super long and slim piece of wood with all the same stems arranged along it. The possibilities are endless, and you should feel free to get creative using what you have and just enjoy the process. Who knew I’d be using free weeds for my Thanksgiving centerpiece?


Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations

Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations
The little purple flowers are so pretty.

Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations

Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations

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Beautiful and Free Thanksgiving Decorations

I know Thanksgiving is acknowledged on the third Thursday of every November, but to have thanksgiving in your heart every day is the real blessing. It’s my hope that outside of the food, decor, and big mess to clean up, it’s the people around your table that fills your heart with gratefulness. May your Thanksgiving be filled with the unseen beauty of the season, laughter and joy, and many thanks for years to come. Blessings to you and yours.

Dreamy Custom Built in China Cabinet

Dreamy Custom Built in China Cabinet

When we built this house, using a mass production builder, we knew I would be adding our own customizations over time. However, I never planned on redoing the floating shelves in the kitchen nook. This little space is primarily used by Jeremy to make his morning coffee, and we all store stuff in the base cabinets. After decorating the two enormous floating shelves a few times, I realized what a waste of space this was, especially after I built several floating shelves on each side of our fireplace to display decor. Our family needed more kitchen cabinet space, and I knew I could easily transform this space with a dreamy custom built in China cabinet. The idea was to add some storage space and incorporate some decorative space as well so that it didn’t look like another bank of wall cabinets. See the before photo below.


Dreamy Custom Built in China Cabinet before

Dreamy Custom Built in China Cabinet

To save time and peace of mind, I used Shelf Help Now to design the upper cabinets and then I ordered their gorgeous wood to create them. The Shelf Help Now site explains how to measure your space, what to keep in mind, etc. and I thought I followed the instructions, but apparently not quite enough. I measured the space and left enough room at the top – this space is covered by the front face boards, and this was my experience when I built the drop zone in our hallway. My mistake was not leaving enough space at each end, and our walls are seriously not square so the three cabinet pieces wouldn’t fit. Luckily, my smart hubby helped me to figure out the best way to disassemble one cabinet to make it fit and then I reassembled it in place. Jeremy saved me big time here and the hassle was minimal. Thank the heavens for engineering minds, right!? I didn’t record this portion of the project, it was too stressful, but I will say that I won’t make the same mistake twice. Shorten both the height and width of your built-in pieces to make sure they will fit in imperfect spaces – the face front boards will cover the space and finish the cabinet.

Our home is entirely white inside, and Jeremy loves the clean open look, but I enjoy some contrast and interest. So, I’ve been slowly adding some accent color to various spaces, while trying to keep the flow of Alabaster white throughout for that open and fresh look Jeremy prefers. I’ve been going towards green tones, no surprise there as it’s my favorite color, but this green is exceptionally rich, and the high-quality Magnolia Home paint just makes any project look better. This green is more earthy, it has a brown undertone without being an Army green. It works well with the green-black accent wall in the dining room, in fact some people would probably assume they’re the same color without closer inspection. But I didn’t want such a dark green in the bright kitchen nook and the black green has a navy undertone which I didn’t want to show in the kitchen. I plan on adding some warmer wood tones to the kitchen someday, so I wanted a warmer green in the nook. Anyway, I love the green color with our Sherwin Williams Repose Grey cabinets and brass hardware – I think it works and we love it.


Dreamy Custom Built in China Cabinet

The steps to this project are very straight forward, but I want to list them out and include the online resources that I used to complete this chinet makeover. This is not a sponsored post, but I would use these vendors again and had a good experience with them.

  • Demo the space – I only removed the upper floating shelf because we like the space between the bottom shelf and countertop, and I figured it would add extra strength to the new built ins.
  • Measure the width, length, and depth of the space – be sure to subtract about one inch from the width and length to ensure it fitting.
  • Design and order the cabinets using Shelf Help Now.
  • Assemble the cabinets following the diagram included.
  • Paint: Magnolia Locally Grown green – I painted the back wall of the space and then I painted the cabinets after they were installed. I also stained the adjustable shelves using Rove and Dwell’s Farmhouse stain.
  • Install the cabinets, screw into wall studs.
  • Install the support boards for the middle cabinet floating shelves. These boards were also painted green to blend in with the cabinets and wall.
  • Paint and install the front face boards and attach.
  • Order gallery railing from VanDyke’s and install.
  • Order cabinet doors from Fast Cabinet Doors, paint, and add brass knobs that match the other kitchen doors.
  • Order glass inserts for doors and install using silicone caulk. I ordered this custom cut glass from Amazon, but the listing is no longer available.
  • Hang doors and admire~

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Dreamy Custom Built in China Cabinet

Dreamy Custom Built in China Cabinet

Dreamy Custom Built in China Cabinet

Dreamy Custom Built in China Cabinet

Dreamy Custom Built in China Cabinet

Dreamy Custom Built in China Cabinet

Dreamy Custom Built in China Cabinet

Dreamy Custom Built in China Cabinet

Dreamy Custom Built in China Cabinet

Dreamy Custom Built in China Cabinet

Dreamy Custom Built in China Cabinet

Dreamy Custom Built in China Cabinet

This dreamy custom built in China cabinet project was a fun project to complete. I learned how to install a glass insert into a cabinet door, and how to hang a cabinet door. This project had some minor frustrations along the way, but every DIY project has some issues to overcome. When I look back at photos of the original floating shelves, I do really like them, but I love this new cabinet with its details and the added storage space it now offers. Our builder-grade home is very nice and I’m very grateful to call it home, but it is a wonderful thing to be able to make each space work best for our family’s needs. I hope this post inspires you to look at your spaces in a new way and know that you can create a home that you love. If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment below, I’m happy to help~

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

The house I grew up in for the first 16 years of my life was a humble 1300 square foot ranch style home. The living room had a wallpapered mural on the wall opposite the fireplace. It was a forest scene with a focus on moss and a waterfall. My six-year-old self was enamored by this huge photo, I would lay on the sofa and stare at it for what felt like long periods of time. I remember trying to find any animals or bugs in the mural and also make-believing my own adventures in the life-size scene. I loved it, but down the road, my dad knocked down the wall to join it with the family room and created a huge great room. As I grew up, I remembered the mural being hideous and such a 70’s trend – never to be repeated by me. Well, at 44 years old, I repeated the mural wallpaper look, but this Anthropologie mural wallpaper in the dining room is something special – another forest scene, but a painted looking scene instead!

There is a wall across from our formal dining room that is just perfect for wallpaper. For years, I’ve been looking for the perfect pattern or mural of peel and stick wallpaper. I’ve seen many other beautifully wallpapered homes on Pinterest and Instagram, but the style wasn’t quite right for me and our home… until I saw a kitchen with a small corner wallpapered with the most beautiful design I’ve seen yet. You can see more spaces using this wallpaper on Pinterest. Of course, wallpaper designs are totally personal, and I don’t expect anyone to agree with me, but this design is just perfect for me and I love how it looks in this space. Now the kicker was the price and how long it was backordered. After two months of waiting, I considered canceling the order and starting my search again. I did start searching again and ultimately decided to keep waiting because I just loved the Judarn Mural design. I contact Anthropologie, and was told it was on backorder, inevitably, but i was also given the email address for the home decor department to see if I could get any indication of an estimated time of arrival. I never got a response to my email, but my wallpaper arrived two weeks later. I suppose no news was good news.


Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room
Here’s the wall across from the dining room BEFORE the wallpaper.

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

I’ve never wallpapered in my life… and I’m not sure I ever will again. It wasn’t difficult but wallpapering a wall with texture is tricky. I actually hung this design in one evening and took a dinner break. I’m not a perfectionist, but I like things to be as good as they can be. Well, my wallpaper installation is NOT perfect, but surprisingly I could care less. I love how it looks, I can see some seams, I had trouble cutting the sides, so I caulked them at the end, but it’s done, and I am so happy with this wall treatment in this space. I would happily help a friend who wants to wallpaper, but it would be in an assisting role, not a leading role. I would even recommend the Sure Strip wallpaper even though I originally was after peel and stick. The benefit of Sure Strip is that it’s pre-pasted, moves around easily once on the wall, and guaranteed to come off without damaging your walls as long as you follow their directions. The downfall to the peel and stick is lining it up correctly, you have to unpeel it to realign, and I see how that would have been a hassle after experiencing the ease of pushing and moving the paper into place once on the wall.

I’m not entirely sure why some of my seams didn’t line up in some places except maybe it was due to the textured walls, my novice skills, and maybe paper shrinkage. I think installation on a smooth wall would be much easier and having a helping hand would have been great too. I also made the mistake of not spraying enough water onto the first paper roll, so I had to pull the paper back and spray more with it hanging. This wasn’t ideal, but it taught me to mist plenty of water on the future rolls. Some wallpapers require you to overlap the seams, and then cut and remove excess… this was not the case here, but I wish it was. As long as there’s no shrinkage or shifting, this would have guaranteed the seams would be butted up perfectly. Overall, I am delighted with my new mural, how quickly the installation process was, and how much character and color it brings to the space.


Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room – Steps

With any wallpaper installation, always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. I will, however, list the simple steps to install the Anthropologie mural wallpaper in the dining room.

  1. Prepare the wall by wiping it down with a damp microfiber cloth. Remove all dust and any dirt from the entire surface.
  2. Protect the floor with a drop cloth or plastic.
  3. Protect the floor where you will be misting the wallpaper.
  4. Tools to have ready: measuring tape/level/pencil to create a level line to start, scissors to cut the roll into each section, a misting spray bottle, a felt edged scraper, a metal straight edge and razor blade knife to cut excess, a sponge and rag to wipe off excess paste, a lined trash can to collect clippings, and a ladder.
  5. Measure the width of your wallpaper roll (mine was 18″ wide) and then measure from the end of the wall over 17 inches and mark with a pencil. Use your level to draw a straight line all the way down. Don’t use your wall as the straight edge, most sheetrock isn’t level. You will cut off the excess paper on the left end.
  6. Roll out and cut the first section – start hanging left to right.
  7. With the continuous misting spray bottle full of water, start continuously misting one half the of the rolled-out wallpaper – making sure to thoroughly coat. Then fold the end toward the center folding the wet paper onto itself – this helps the paste to activate. Immediately begin misting the other half the same way and then fold that end towards the center as well. Smoothing the ends and center to activate the paste.
  8. Set timer for three minutes.
  9. Set up ladder to line up with the first section of wall you’re hanging the paper on.
  10. After three minutes are up, unfold the top end of the paper, leaving the bottom end folded for now and begin to line up the right side of the paper with the leveled pencil line. Be sure to pull the paper up past the ceiling a bit since most ceilings aren’t level either. You will cut off the excess later on
  11. Being careful to line up with the pencil mark, and press the paper against the wall using your hand at first, and once the paper is lined up you can use the felt edged scraper to press the wallpaper in place
  12. Unfold the bottom half of the section and continue to line up with the pencil mark, smooth first with your hand, and then once in place, smooth with the scraping tool. If any spots don’t stick, you didn’t spray enough water. Either spray more or try to scrape excess paste to that spot.
  13. Immediately wipe off any excess paste that squeezes out. You don’t want the paste to dry on the wallpaper, walls, trim, or flooring.
  14. Take your metal edge or ruler and knife, and carefully cut off excess paper.
  15. Repeat steps 7-9, but line up subsequent rolls with the edge of the previous roll. Having a helper for the following rolls can help to make sure the paper doesn’t slip and move away. Make sure to not overlap the Sure Strip brand of wallpaper, but instead butt up the seams perfectly while lining up the design.
  16. Smooth with your hand and then the scraper to get a secure attachment.
  17. Trim off excess and wipe away any extra paste.
  18. Continue until the mural or wall is complete.

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Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Anthropologie Mural Wallpaper in the Dining Room

Well, that’s it for my first attempt at wallpapering. It was easier than I thought, yet more difficult than I thought too. I’m sure the project would have been a breeze with the help of my mother-in-law, Kathy – she’s a wallpapering star. The job can be done by yourself but find a helper if you value your sanity~ After two years of searching for ‘the’ wallpaper, and then over two months of waiting for it to arrive, I couldn’t be happier with the look and results. The Anthropologie mural wallpaper in the dining room was the right choice and I highly recommend Sure Strip brand paper. Thanks so much for checking out this post. Be sure to subscribe for my blog post updates and check out the YouTube video to see how to hang this wallpaper. If you like accent walls, check out my chevron wall treatment in our entryway.

Easy Steps to Install Barn Door Hardware

Easy Steps to Install Barn Door Hardware

So, you have a barn door, and now it’s time to hang it. When it comes to something I’ve never done, I get nervous to attempt it. I don’t want to ruin anything, or waste time and money, and it’s different doing something even if you’ve watched a video. However, I am happy to report that we found highly rated and affordable barn door hardware, with the soft close feature, and we didn’t make any mistakes on our first attempt. I also captured video to show you each detail and step. Building my modern farmhouse barn door was fun and exciting, but I was dreading the installation. I’m honored to be able to share these easy steps to install barn door hardware, and not rip out your hair in the process.

First things first, some tips and disclaimers. Always use a header board, even if you can mount the rail directly into the wall studs. Yes, a header board puts the door a bit further away from the wall, but it adds extra strength and stability. Most importantly, read the instructions for your hardware, several times in fact, just to make sure you have the tools you need and an understanding of the order in which to do the steps. I’m going to link to the hardware we used, I’m going to reiterate their instructions and what we did, especially in my video, but over time the manufacturer may make changes to their product and instructions. Always study your hardware’s instructions. Have a helping hand, the entire time. It helps if someone can hand you a tool, hold the other end, check your measuring. Charge your drill gun battery, have adequate lighting, lay out all the parts in an organized fashion as well as your tools. Check the screw sizes and make sure you have the right sized bits to drill holes for them. Allow yourself a chunk of time to complete the different stages – the entire job doesn’t need to be completed at once, but some steps can’t be put on hold in the middle of it.


Easy Steps to Install Barn Door Hardware
This is the bumper that helps the door to stay on the tracks in case the door is pushed out. The hardware comes with two safety bumpers, but we could only install one otherwise it would trip the soft close before the actuator does.

Easy Steps to Install Barn Door Hardware – Basic steps

Let’s just get to it and give you the basic steps. I think understanding the big picture will help you to tackle the little pictures.

  • Mount the header board
  • Mount the rail onto the header board
  • Attach the hangers to the barn door
  • Hang the barn door
  • Attach the actuators (these are attached to the top of the door and will trip the soft close mechanism – they must be placed where they’ll work for your wall size)
  • Attach the safety bumpers (make sure to attach them to the top of the door where they won’t interfere with the actuators)
  • Add handle and install the door guide (we’re using a wall mounted guide so that we didn’t have to drill into our carpet)

Easy Steps to Install Barn Door Hardware
Here’s a close-up of the actuator tripping the soft close mechanism. There are two actuators to trip each of the soft close mechanisms for each side of the rail.

Easy Steps to Install Barn Door Hardware – Tools

Here’s a list of the tools we used to install barn door hardware:

  • stud finder
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • level
  • carpenters square
  • drill gun (with appropriate bits)
  • Phillips screwdriver

Easy Steps to Install Barn Door Hardware

I will provide more details to the steps listed above, but I would encourage you to check out my YouTube video to see what I’m referring to, and to understand my instructions even better.


Easy Steps to Install Barn Door Hardware – Measurements

I always hesitate to give specific measurements because it’s not practical that they’ll be the same as yours. However, sometimes a frame of reference to compare to your own project can be useful. If you’re interested in a measurement that I haven’t mentioned, please contact me and I will answer as best as I can. My door opening is 39.5″ wide, 94″ tall. The wall next to the opening is 49″ wide, 108″ tall. We had 14″ between the door opening and the ceiling to attach the header board and rail. The rail length is 7′ long and it came in two pieces, connecting in the middle. I used a 1×4″ primed board as my header board covering the span of the entire wall, minus 1/2″ from the end.


Easy Steps to Install Barn Door Hardware – How to Steps

  1. Measure, cut, and mount the header board. We were unsure how tall to hang the header board at first, but after a quick calculation you can determine where the rail will be installed and then you can place your header board in the middle of the rail. Measure the exact height of your door and add 1.75″ to it. This total will give you the location to install the rail. We placed the horizontal middle of the header board at this measurement so that the rail would be centered on the header board. Use a level to make sure the header board is level, then tack in each end using a brad nail gun. This will allow you to find the wall studs, mark the screw holes across the header board, drill pilot holes, and then screw the header board into the wall. We used 3″ black wood screws. I used a carpenter’s square to mark the screw holes an equal distance (3/4″) from the edge of the header board and also lined up the two screws vertically as well.
  2. Mount the rail to the header board. First, we removed the soft close mechanisms from each rail half – be sure to lay them out carefully so that you can put them back on exactly how you took them off. We took our total from before (door height plus 1.75″) and marked this measurement across the header board. Then we used a level to draw a line across the board. Two people can line up the rail, placing the pencil line in the middle of the rail holes. Use a level to make sure it’s still straight and then mark every rail hole using a pencil. Set aside the rail and drill pilot holes for the included lag bolts. (We did not use the included anchors because we used a header board.)
  3. Attach the soft close mechanisms back onto the rail. Be careful when tripping the soft close or pushing on pieces with your fingers, it can snap back and pinch. Then use the included lag bolts and spacers to attach the rail to the header board.
  4. Attach the hangers to the barn door. We placed the hangers at the top ends of our door, centering them with the 1×4 frame on the door. There should be 1 9/16″ from the top of the door to the center of the first hole on the hanger. I used a carpenter’s square to center the hanger and hold it in place while I marked the holes with a pencil. Drill pilot holes for the included door screws/bolts. Then attach the hangers with the screws/bolts. We had to use a wrench and ratchet to do this step. We drilled the holes just right which made it a tight fit without causing damage. We didn’t want the hole to be any bigger which would have caused wiggle room.
  5. With a helper, hang the barn door onto the rail. Roll your door so that it’s fully open, but not coming off the rail. Then you can install the end of the rail stopper(s). We only installed one of the stoppers because the other end of our rail hits a wall – no stopper necessary.
  6. This is the tricky part – Attach the actuators. The actuators are attached to the top of the door and will trip the soft close mechanism going both directions. You will need to hold the actuator along the top of the door and test where you want it to hit the soft close mechanism to start slowing down. Once you determine the location, draw a pencil line along each side of the actuator to find its place again – then attach it using the included screws. Make sure the actuators aren’t hanging over the top of the door, but line up flush with at least the front side. They will fit perpendicular to the top of the door as well so that they are sure to trip the soft close properly.
  7. Attach the safety bumpers. The instructions say to screw them in 3/8″ from the edge of the top of the door, and then turn the bumper disc out to prevent the door from coming off of the tracks if it’s pushed out. Make sure to hold the bumper in place and test to make sure it won’t interfere with the soft close mechanism. Then screw it in place, turn it out, and rest assured.
  8. Finally, attach the hardware. We notched out a finger pull on the wall side and then screwed it in after the door was hung. Then, I attached the door handle on the front side. We used a 12″ long handle and placed the center of the handle 36″ from the floor (I used little pieces of painter’s tape to mark my spots). I also centered the handle on the 1×4′ door frame piece. And lastly, I used a wall mounted door guide to help keep the door at a 90-degree angle. I also did some touch-up painting to the door and header board when it was all done.

Easy Steps to Install Barn Door Hardware

Easy Steps to Install Barn Door Hardware

That’s it! When we first started this process, it seemed like it would take forever, we were confused, worried about messing up, unsure if we understood what we were reading, but we took it one step at a time. Jeremy found some videos to answer his questions that came up. We even did a pretest for the hangers on a 2×4 board to make sure that we got the measurement right before drilling holes in my beautiful barn door. I hope our extra care and research will make the process much easier for you and that it will take you less time as well. We love the function and design of our modern farmhouse barn door. Now our bonus space upstairs has privacy, and it helps to reduce noise. Barn doors add interest, color, texture, and beauty – we hope you enjoy your functioning barn door as much as we do! I selected Still Water by Sherwin Williams for the paint and love it.


Easy Steps to Install Barn Door Hardware

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It sort of makes me laugh at myself because by now I realize that I sort of go through the same emotions with each new DIY I attempt. I get excited, start planning, run into some unknows or concerns, debate my timeline, consider hiring out, determine my costs and that it’s better to DIY and save, get started, get excited again, get tired, deal with issues and set-backs, wonder if it’s ever going to be done, wonder why I tacked this project, but then I persist and progress, then finally when I cross the finish line I can’t believe I completed the DIY, and then I thoroughly enjoy it. There are always parts I don’t like, always parts I absolutely love, and being able to share my projects and passion with you makes it even better. I hope you found this post helpful. You can leave comments and questions here or on the YouTube video and I will reply. I hope these steps have removed any fear and hesitation because it’s not that hard and it’s worth it.

how to build a modern farmhouse barn door

How to Build a Modern Farmhouse Barn Door

During the build of our home, we knew we’d need a barn door at the top of the stairs. I knew it wouldn’t be the first DIY project I tackled, but at some point, I’d take the plunge. I found a great tutorial and then customized it for my needs. It’s funny that I was feeling intimidated to build a barn door because it was the easy part compared to installing it. And then after Jeremy and I installed it, I felt silly for worrying about the installation. It’s not easy, but it’s not hard – you’re really at the mercy of well written hardware instructions and your own research. This post is on how to build a modern farmhouse barn door, but I will also post about how we installed our barn door with our highly rated hardware from Amazon. Be sure to subscribe to my blog so that you don’t miss a thing.

How to Build a Modern Farmhouse Barn Door

The first step in building a barn door, is to measure the width and height of your opening. I built my door 1/2″ taller and 4″ wider than the opening. The rule of thumb is 1/2 to 3/4″ taller than the opening, and 4 to 5″ wider than the opening. I also used primed pine boards from Home Depot. I used 1×6 boards as the background, 1×4 boards as the frame and inner supports, and 1×2 boards to trim the outer edge which covers the seams. To hold everything together, I used wood glue and 18-gauge one inch brad nails. If you’re building an extra wide or extra tall door, you may want to consider a different construction.

How to Build a Modern Farmhouse Barn Door

The most frustrating part of this door design is that wood shrink, bows, and moves after the fact. If I had a planer and clamps, I could have secured the boards together better, but I ended up with some gaps which makes this design a consideration for privacy. In our case, the doorway is around the corner looking into a wall so there’s no privacy issues for us. However, this design would not work for a bathroom – for privacy needs, I would have used plywood and a different technique to get the look I wanted. For a closet, craft room, dining room, etc. I think it would be fine. OK, so once you have the measurements of your door opening, you can calculate how much wood you’ll need. Keep in mind that you’ll also need a header board to install the barn door, I used a primed 1×4.


How to Build a Modern Farmhouse Barn Door

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How to Build a Modern Farmhouse Barn Door

Sometimes it’s easier to show and explain a building process, so I made a YouTube video, but here are the basic constructions steps:

  • Measure your door opening
  • Determine the size of your door
  • Purchase primed wood
  • Measure, mark, and cut the 1×6 boards the length of your door minus 3/4 inch (this accounts for the 1×2 trim board at the top of the door)
  • Lay out 1×6 boards on a flat surface, use a thin layer of wood glue in between each board – allow glue to dry
  • Measure the width along the top of the laid-out 1×6 boards and cut a 1×4
  • Use a level or straight edge to make sure the laid-out 1×6 boards are level, glue the 1×4 across the top and brad nail it onto each 1×6
  • Measure the width along the bottom of the laid-out 1×6 boards and cut a 1×4
  • Use a level or straight edge to make sure the laid-out 1×6 boards are level, glue the 1×4 across the bottom and brad nail it onto each 1×6
  • Measure the length between the top and bottom 1×4 boards along the left-side, cut a 1×4 board to fit, glue, and nail
  • Measure the length between the top and bottom 1×4 boards along the right-side, cut a 1×4 board to fit, glue, and nail
  • (At this point, I laid 2×8 boards across the door while the wood glue dried, but the boards still shrunk and moved. I added a diagonal support board for support but pulled it up and added three horizontal support boards to hold all the 1×6 boards together – no more bowing.)
  • Cut three 1×4 boards to go across the door for support, measure to space them out evenly, glue, and nail
  • Once the wood glue is dry, measure the left-side and cut the 1×2 with one end cut at a 45-degree angle. The three 1×2 boards will trim out the door and cover the outside seams. There’s no need to have a 1×2 along the bottom because that seam won’t be seen. Next cut the top 1×2 – both ends are cut at a 45-degree angle, glue, and nail.
  • Finally, measure and cut the right-side 1×2 board, the top at a 45-degree angle and the bottom cut is straight. Glue and nail.
  • Once the glue is dry, be mindful that the boards can bow and move. If possible, keep the door laying down flat.
  • Final step is to paint. I sand in between the two coats using a 220-grit sponge. The green color I used is Still Water by Sherwin Williams.

how to build a modern farmhouse barn door

how to build a modern farmhouse barn door

how to build a modern farmhouse barn door

how to build a modern farmhouse barn door

how to build a modern farmhouse barn door

How to Build a Modern Farmhouse Barn Door

The steps for how to build a modern farmhouse barn door are pretty simple, you just want to do things in the correct order, measure twice or three times, keep your boards flat, use extra-large clamps if you have them, and be OK with board spaces or movement. Painting is my least favorite DIY to do, but with quality paint and the right tools, it’s not hard and the door isn’t so big that it’s daunting. I love the way this modern farmhouse barn door turned out. In fact, having the three horizontal support boards gives it more style and I love the look even more. The door is heavy, but I can lift it on my own. It’s really important to note that I kept the door lying flat as much as possible because the boards will bow. And once the barn door is installed and hanging it’s not going to bow. We are waiting for the door guide to ship, and once it does, I’ll add that step to the installation post. One thing to note about the installation, you really need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, but be sure to read reviews because sometimes even the manufacturer makes mistakes. My YouTube video and blog post will share our exact steps for the hardware we used, and I highly recommend our hardware – it works great, and I didn’t pull out my hair installing it.

Thank you so much for checking out this post on how to build a modern farmhouse barn door. You can save any of the photos to Pinterest for later or you can share this post with a friend who may be wanting to DIY their own barn door. You can shop my favorites on Amazon, and I offer paint palettes in my Etsy shop. With every DIY project completed and ready to enjoy I am even more convinced that if I can use power tools and create a home we love, you can too. Every space has a story and I love creating my home’s story.


DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

My husband and I have walked through Restoration Hardware a dozen times, admiring their designs and styling, and never once buying a thing. This changed when one of their kitchen pendant lights were very reasonably priced, and the quality was a standout compared to the others we were looking at. I’m not sure I’ll ever own a home worthy of their grand designs, or that my budget will ever allow it, but I love the style and inspiration this brand provides me. I have been looking for a piece of furniture to live across from the formal dining room. It’s a little nook and walkway so it’s been tricky. I finally came up with a solution, a DIY Restoration Hardware inspired rolling cart!

The journey to finally just build this piece has been long and winding. I first saw an amazing vintage bakers rack at 417 Vintage Market in Branson Missouri. Then I found a large rolling cart for gardening supplies at The Junk Ranch show in Prairie Grove Arkansas. Both were out of budget and I’m not sure they would have fit in my SUV anyway. It only recently occurred to me that I could and should build something when I stumbled upon Ana White’s rolling shelf build. With so much amazing inspiration, it was time to sketch out and plan my DIY Restoration Hardware inspired rolling cart. Here’s the original that inspired it all:


DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

There are many other similar versions of this rolling cart for sell, but when you DIY, you can customize the exact size, color, and style you want (plus save a lot of $$). When we first moved into this house, I placed a tall bookcase in this space across from the dining room, the bookcase also used to be in the dining room of our previous home. So, I already knew what a tall bookcase looked like in this space, and it didn’t allow for much to go above it. I wanted a rolling cart that was tall enough to be useful, but not too tall that I couldn’t use the wall space above it. So, I built my DIY Restoration Hardware inspired rolling cart long, and not as tall. Here are the exact dimensions of my design: 6′ wide, 50″ tall, 14″ deep. Adding two-inch nonskid wheels brings the total height to 52″. This design can be created to fit any space you want. I used 2×8 boards as the center board of my shelves because I had them on hand. However, if you need deeper or more shallow shelves, you can create whatever size shelves you need.


DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart
Here’s a pic of our custom-built home in Oregon. That bookcase has been all around and is currently upstairs in our bonus room holding craft bins.

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

You may have noticed that my support rods across the back of each shelf are wood dowels. After pricing out various pipe, I decided wood dowels were much more my speed and I already had the drill bit to create the one-inch diameter hole that I needed. I stained the dowels with the cart, and I love how it looks less industrial and a little more vintage. However, you could use PVC pipe and paint it, or if it’s your style and in your budget, copper piping would also be stunning. So many possibilities – all customizable.


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DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

I created a video (below) to show the process of building this DIY Restoration Hardware inspired rolling cart, but I will list the basic steps here as well:

  1. Determine your dimensions and list out your shelf lengths. The top shelf is the longest because it sets on top of the vertical corner support boards. The inside shelves will be a total of three inches shorter because they fit inside the vertical corner support boards. And the bottom shelf has the inside 2×8 board the same length as the top shelf, but the outside 2×4 shelf boards are shorter like the inside shelves. Ana White created the image above to show her dimensions, but I want you to notice the lengths of boards for each shelf. Design your DIY Restoration Hardware inspired rolling cart and create a cut list for your pieces. Here is a link to my cut list.
  2. Assemble the shelves. I drilled pocket holes in the 2×4 boards and then attached them to each side 0f the 2×8. This construction created my 14″ deep shelves. Drill 1.5″ pocket holes and use 2.5″ pocket hole screws. I plugged the pocket holes on the top shelf because I thought the underside may be seen. You can plug all the holes, none, or the top shelves – your preference.
  3. Add the four vertical support boards. I also drilled pocket holes at the corners of the inside shelves. I added the four 2×4 corners to the bottom shelf first, then I added the top shelf, and lastly installed the in between shelves. For the top and bottom shelves I used 3″ self-drilling wood screws instead of pocket holes, but be sure to predrill holes to prevent the wood from splitting.
  4. I turned my assembled rolling cart onto one side and drilled my one-inch holes for the back support dowels. Be sure to measure carefully. I centered the hole on the 2×4 and then measured up 6″ inches from the shelf. I didn’t want my back support to be perfectly centered, so I adjusted it down a bit to look right to me. Add the wooden dowels by twisting and pushing. I centered the wooden dowel so that a little was hanging out on each side. Then I used a multitool to cut the end flush.
  5. Now it’s time to sand. I sanded down all the surfaces using 80 grit paper on my orbital sander. Then I finished with 220 grit. I usually do at least three grits, sometimes four on more finished pieces, but some of the boards had a reddish tint and the whole piece was more rustic and vintage so I wasn’t concerned about a perfectly finished look. I also hoped the white wash technique would even out the different colored boards.
  6. Dust and wipe after sanding and then add a preconditioner to the wood. This quick step also allows the wood to evenly absorb the stain. It dried quickly, but wait at least 30 min. before applying your first coat of stain.
  7. Be sure to follow the instructions on your stain. I used Rove & Dwell’s farmhouse interior stain. I use a staining sponge to evenly apply the beautiful color. Once dry, I used a 220 grit sanding sponge to smooth things out. Dust and wipe, and then apply the white wash stain. The particular white wash stain I used said to not sand between coats of white wash. I applied two coats of the white wash stain. Brush it on, let it sit for 3 minutes and then I used a staining sponge to wipe up the excess. You can add extra protection by adding a layer of matte finish polyurethane.
  8. Once dry, add the non-marking casters and any other decorative brackets you want. I did not use the screws that came with the corner brackets because they wouldn’t have worked with all my pocket hole screws. Instead, I used upholstery brass nails and they look and worked perfectly. The bracket is purely decorative, so two nails hold it just fine.


DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

Full disclosure: My rolling cart has a little wobble. However, once I added some decor it helped. The most frustrating part of this design is that all the wood isn’t perfectly straight and square. This is especially true when using the cheapest common 2×4 boards I could find. Even if you check for bowed boards at the store, it’s just impossible to get every board perfectly straight. I’m sure there are tricks to correcting this, but in my beginner status, I’m still learning. And even with the imperfections I’m very happy with the way this DIY Restoration Hardware inspired rolling cart turned out. It looks better than I pictured and styling it is going to be so much fun. There aren’t a lot of places this new piece can fit in this home, but I’m so excited to enjoy it until I build my dream piece for this spot. Be sure to subscribe to my blog to get decorating and DIY inspiration and tutorials – including this dream piece of furniture I will make in the future.


DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart
Here’s a quick photo of the dining room – the space that faces this little nook.

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

Well, that’s it – our new little rolling cart is done and I’m so glad I made a piece of furniture for this spot. Thank you so much for checking out this post. I hope it was helpful and inspiring. This last photo is how the cart is styled as I write this post. I’m sure it will be changing again soon, but with every little tweak I like it even more. Be sure to follow me on Instagram where I post more decorating photos and videos. Take care and be safe while building your DIY dreams.


DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies’ Luncheon and Craft

Planning and preparing for this secret garden ladies’ luncheon and craft was a complete joy. Half-way through setting up the luncheon space I received an email from Cottages and Bungalows Magazine promoting a tablescape design contest. I considered the tablescape I already had planned and decided it would be worth submitting it to the magazine contest. I’m still blown away that I was selected as one of the ten finalists. Even though I wasn’t even close to winning the vote, I was totally humbled and grateful for the friends and family that voted for my tablescape. Thank you so much for taking the time to support and encourage me. Now, I can share the luncheon with you since it’s not going to be published elsewhere.


Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

While keeping the background neutral, I still wanted to add a little something. I started by adding some real grapevines to the chandelier. Once the grapevines dried up, I added some faux vines on top of the dried ones. The look of mixing real and faux turned out beautifully and added a nice touch overhead. The other background decor was made using 2.5 packages of coffee filters from the Dollar Tree. The central wall in the dining room needed a little something and to keep it neutral I came up with this design for just a few bucks. To flatten the filters, get them wet using a spray bottle, flatten, and stack some books to keep the flat shape. Once they’re dry, I spray painted the edges gold – this helped define the edges nicely and it added a vintage touch. To create this backdrop, just stretch out a strip of packing tape the length of your wall, then fold a filter in half with one side against the nonstick side of tape, and the other side sticking to the tape. Add enough filters, end to end, to cover the length of the tape. Add the tape to the wall, and secure with thumbtacks. Start at the bottom of the wall and slightly layer each new row above the last until your area is covered.

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#partybackdrop #partdecor #partdecorations #teapartytheme #babyshowerdecoration #bridalshowerdecor

♬ Sunflower, Vol. 6 – Harry Styles

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies’ Luncheon and Craft

The theme was easy, I used flowers and plants to decorate the house, and I created huge tissue paper flowers because it’s a lot cheaper to make them than to buy them. They’re actually very easy to make as well, but when I attached them to my natural tree branch arch and all the leaves shriveled up and died – it didn’t look too cool anymore. So, I had several tissue paper flowers that I had to redecorate with. I ended up placing most of them around the trim work in the dining room. The final backdrop detail comes from adding garland around my brass mirror. It’s a pretty mirror on its own, but the garland added so much for the secret garden theme.


Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Some of the tablescape highlights were layering several floral vintage tablecloths, using mismatched vintage plates, and folding mismatched floral cloth napkins into the shape of a rose. Mismatching table settings adds a feeling of comfort and fun. Each guest had a crystal punch cup for water, and a goblet for the punch. A great way to add texture and style to your tablescape is to use plate chargers. Since my plates were mismatched, I used matching chargers in a natural basket material. This tablescape involved a lot of colors and patterns, so having a few neutral elements helped to add a solid foundation to the space.

The centerpiece arrangements were simple enough, I used wildflowers and branches outside, as well as some grocery store flowers, but the special part was the DIY pickle jar vases I made ahead of time. I used celluclay to cover the glass jar and created something special and fun. You can learn how to use celluclay and make earthenware inspired vases here. I usually don’t like using tall centerpieces on a table, but the arrangements weren’t too dense with stems that you could see across the table well enough. It’s not ideal for long mealtimes, but it was fine during this little lunch. After lunch, we moved to the table in the kitchen where I had all the DIY craft supplies set up for each guest.


Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies’ Luncheon and Craft – Tools

There were several DIY crafts that would have worked with my secret garden floral theme, but I already had several supplies for making dried flower resin pendants, so I went with that one. The only downside was that the resin needed to cure for 24 hours, and some car drives home got a little messy. The resin pendants were created inside of a jewelry box to make transportation easier, but with the resin filled to brim, it can get messy. If the resin is still wet, you can carefully clean it up with Q-tips. If it dries spilled over, you can use wire cutters or pliers to break off the overflow. The point is all is not lost. Below, I will list the supplies used to make the resin pendants, and here is a list of the tools that were helpful too.

  • little box
  • tweezers (to pick up the dried flowers)
  • scissors (to trim the dried flowers)
  • straight pin (to arrange the dried flowers in the resin)
  • wood stir stick (to stir the resin and hardner mixture)

Secret Garden Ladies’ Luncheon and Craft – Supplies


DIY resin flower pendants are so easy to make, for most ages, and everyone’s designs were so beautiful. It’s fun to see friends being creative – each design was different and so pretty! I love that this craft is also a memento to remember the lunch together and hopefully it serves as inspiration to get crafty whenever possible. My guests could have given their design away as a gift too, whatever each guest wanted to do with their creation was fine with me. It’s fun trying new things with friends, and I stand by my belief that God made everyone creative, it just comes out differently in each one of us.



Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Serving drinks to guests is something I had to learn from my bestie, Ana. She showed me that once someone walks through her front door, it’s only a few minutes before they have a drink in hand. It’s such a welcoming gesture and it really makes your guests feel comfortable and able to settle in and relax. Any hint of me being a hostess comes from Ana, she’s taught me everything I know and I’m positive I could learn even more if I simply observed her in action. So, to welcome my guests and help them to settle in, I made strawberry lemonade spritzers (punch) with the cutest garnish. I made bows out of lemon rind and used blueberries to keep the bow on the toothpick. Once made, the garnishes went into a freezer bag and into the freezer. They froze beautifully and served to help chill the spritzer too. It was too cute and made the non-alcoholic drink a little special.


Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

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#garnish #garnishideas #spritzer #summerdrinkideas #partypunch

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I kept the lunch menu simple and made the dessert ready as a to-go option. For the main course, I made sandwiches to order. Each guest filled out a small form indicating what they wanted on their sandwich. Then I made salad on a skewer, inspired by Leslie of My 100 Year Old Home. My salad fixings were simple, iceberg lettuce, grape tomatoes, cucumber, ranch, and balsamic drizzle. Leslie provides several delicious recipes, but the beauty is that you can customize it to fit your theme or tastes. A handful of Kettle chips on the side completed the lunch menu – pretty simple. For dessert, I served cheesecakes in mini mason jars, slightly modified the recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction. Sally’s no-bake cheesecake is absolutely delicious, and I’m not usually a cheesecake fan. Instead of graham crackers for the crust, I used only Thinsters Coconut Cookies with half the amount of butter – that’s it and it was so tasty. For the topping, I diced strawberries and mixed them with sugar to create a topping spread. These cheesecakes were light, fluffy, and perfectly sweet. Some guests finished their pendant with time to have dessert, and others took theirs to-go, it was perfect.


Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

This secret garden ladies’ luncheon and craft was so much fun. A simple meal together is easy to put together and with just a little planning, it’s so easy to coordinate a crafty activity. To help you host this craft, you can print this PDF to help instruct your guests of each step. Thank you so much for checking out this post – I hope you have found inspiration and ideas for our next event with friends and family.


Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

Secret Garden Ladies' Luncheon and Craft

boho farmhouse bathroom wall treatment

Boho Farmhouse Bathroom Wall Treatment

Our girls share a bathroom. Fortunately, they are eight years apart and have done well sharing the small space. Our sophomore in high school doesn’t spend a bunch of time primping, and our seven-year-old prefers my shower over her bath. When we built the home, our teenager selected the shower and floor tile. We all loved the way it turned out and it was a nice neutral modern farmhouse style which has made it easy to decorate later on. With the bath tile going all the way up to the ceiling, there are only two walls to really decorate. I selected the wall behind the door to install the boho farmhouse bathroom wall treatment to. The bathroom is narrow, so we won’t hang any wall art over the treatment, but the treatment alone provides enough style and interest without additional art.


Boho Farmhouse Bathroom Wall Treatment

Coming up with the bathroom wall treatment was easy. I wanted horizontal board and batten, floor to ceiling, but I wanted to add more detail and interest. So, I found the perfect trim pieces to add a nice curve and some shape to the 1″x5″ boards. Selecting a paint color was another story. But to install this wall treatment, I measured twice, cut twice, and took my time with the finish work. The wall didn’t have texture on it to begin with, but the drywall and painter guys didn’t worry about over spraying bits of the texture or making little dings in the wall. Luckily, these imperfections didn’t cause any issues, and the wall turned out beautifully. You can do this wall treatment over a textured wall, or you can create a flat surface by skimming it or adding backer board. It’s all about personal preference and your long-term plans for the wall.


Boho Farmhouse Bathroom Wall Treatment

The biggest challenge with installing this wall treatment was accounting for the shower wall tile that was installed at an angle. You guys, this challenge was not fun, and I didn’t even notice it until later on. I would definitely recommend recruiting help to hold up and level long boards. I would have identified the angled tile edge much sooner if I would have asked for help. So, when it comes to holding up long heavy boards that you want level, just call for help. Other than that, this bathroom wall treatment was easy and even fun to create. I had to make sure the spacing between the horizontal boards worked out around the door trim (I like to avoid complicated cuts), but other than that it’s very straight forward.


Boho Farmhouse Bathroom Wall Treatment

  • First, clean and clear the wall.
  • Then measure the length of the wall and determine how many boards you’ll need and what length of boards. We have ten-foot ceilings and I placed 14″ between each board.
  • I used liquid nails and a brad nail gun with 18-gauge nails.
  • I left the existing baseboard in place and just painted it the same color as the wall treatment for a monochromatic modern farmhouse look.
  • Once all the horizontal boards are evenly placed and installed, I added the curved trim piece to the top and bottom of each board.
  • Patch all the nail holes, allow to fully dry, and then sand smooth. Clean all the dust.
  • Add caulking between the curved trim pieces and the board, and the curved trim pieces and the wall. I also caulked the ends and sealed up any cracks or lines to create a finished seamless look.
  • Once the caulk was dry, I taped off all around the wall treatment. For the right side where the treatment meets the white trim and wall, I first painted along the tapeline with the existing SW Alabaster white paint. This way, the green paint wouldn’t bleed into the little textured bumps. You can either do this method or touch up later – either way, you’ll get a nice defining line between where the two colors meet.
  • Then I painted on the Fresh Idea green color. I used a two-inch brush to paint the curved trim and along the sides. Then I rolled on the rest. The primed wall took two coats of SW Fresh Idea, and the eggshell finish looks smooth but is wipeable in this bathroom space.

Boho Farmhouse Bathroom Wall Treatment

Selecting paint colors is so fun, I love the process of determining the mood of the space, making sure the color flows with the rest of the home, and selecting something that imparts a certain feeling in the space as well. For a bathroom, I prefer calming and soothing tones. I see the value of energetic colors or just picking your favorite color too. The paint color would need to coordinate with our cabinetry color (SW Repose Gray) and it would need to be timeless over trendy because I do not like to paint and I’d rather not repaint this wall ever or for a long while. So, since my teenager, Sawyer, did such a great job with the tile selections, I asked her what color she preferred and she said green. So I found several green tones that I found acceptable and then asked both girls to pick their top two favorites. Luckily, they both picked the same one for one of their choices. The paint color is Fresh Idea by Sherwin Williams and it’s a beautiful medium/light green with a slight blue grey undertone. I would describe it as a muddy green blue. It dries darker than it goes on and matched the swatch perfectly so we were all really happy with the final results.


Boho Farmhouse Bathroom Wall Treatment
See the top of the doorway trim? This helped me determine my spacing between the horizontal battens.

This medium green tone may be a little dark in a room without windows for some, but with the dark wall tile, it sort of brightened things up and added a nice contrast. Green is a neutral tone but it adds so much to this once totally neutral space. With a colorful runner rug and a few plants, this space turned out beautiful. I also opted to use the decorative shelving above the toilette to hold Sawyer’s bits and bobs. This way, she doesn’t have to clutter up the counter because the shelf is easily accessible and everything is right at her fingertips. For some reason, putting things back in drawers is much more of a chore~ So, while the wall shelf is a bit cluttered for my taste, it makes her morning routine easier.


Boho Farmhouse Bathroom Wall Treatment

I added the shower curtain, laundry basket, and runner rug to this space, and it instantly gave it a bit of a boho farmhouse vibe. The space is fresh and fun for my sweet girls and it’s so nice to add some color to this neutral space. If you see something you like, you can shop this space below. This post may contain affiliate links. This means I may receive a small commission from each purchase, at no cost to you. Thank you for using my links to help keep this blog going!



Boho Farmhouse Bathroom Wall Treatment: Video


Boho Farmhouse Bathroom Wall Treatment

Boho Farmhouse Bathroom Wall Treatment
This little laundry hamper adds great boho vibes and helps the girls get their wet towels off the floor~

Boho Farmhouse Bathroom Wall Treatment

Boho Farmhouse Bathroom Wall Treatment

Boho Farmhouse Bathroom Wall Treatment

Boho Farmhouse Bathroom Wall Treatment

Boho Farmhouse Bathroom Wall Treatment

Boho Farmhouse Bathroom Wall Treatment

Thank you so much for checking out this boho farmhouse bathroom wall treatment! It was an easy treatment to install, and the curved trim gives it an elevated look to the traditional board and batten style. I hope you are inspired to look at your bathroom or any wall for an opportunity to add a wall treatment. Fair warning, once you start adding beautiful wall treatments to your home, adding charm, you may find it difficult to stop. There are so many possibilities, and a wall treatment works so well with the farmhouse look – they’re all so beautiful. If you have any questions, please let me know. You can contact me on the blog, on Instagram, YouTube, or even Pinterest. Best wishes on your next DIY!

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How to Convert a Can Light

How to Convert a Can Light to a Pendant Light

Our home is a little over a year old, but there are so many things I want to do to it. The builder gave us a handful of lighting packages to choose from. This means I got to pick my favorite out of packages that I didn’t really like too much. We couldn’t modify anything, bring in our own lights, and for the first year of homeownership, we had to use their electrician for any work we wanted done. I was anxiously waiting for the one-year warranty to be up so that I could make some changes. One of the changes that I waited to do was the lighting in our primary bathroom. The vanity lights will be different someday, but for now, I learned how to convert a can light to a pendant light and these pendants add so much character. The brass accents on the pendants also visual warmth to the space and the bulbs create a nice mood lighting too.

This post will not explain the technical steps I took to convert a can light to a pendant light (liability and stuff). But I will tell you what I used and share my tips. If electrical work scares you or you are hesitant to DIY a lighting project, be sure to contact an electrician. It’s not worth the risk. When I tackled this DIY lighting conversion, I triple checked to make sure the electricity was off, I reread the instructions multiple times (to make sure I understood and because they weren’t very well written~). I felt comfortable attempting this project and had my husband double check my work. Doing electrical work, yourself can lead to house fires and even electrocution, be careful and consider your risks before attempting any home DIY.


How to Convert a Can Light to a Pendant Light

After I selected the pendant lights that would replace the two can lights, I made note of the diameter of the base. I needed to know if the new pendant base would cover the hole in the ceiling left by the can light. Unless you’re replacing a can light with a large flush mount light, it’s fairly likely that you’ll need a goof ring to go between the new light and the ceiling. These can be painted to match your ceiling and I barely notice ours. However, this look isn’t for everyone in which case you’ll need a drywall dude to come and make some repairs which will cost more than the goof ring, but it may be worth it to you. You will also want to take note of what bulb wattage the new lighting takes. If you need bright light, make sure your fixtures can take high wattage bulbs.

I purchased a two pack of converters because I had two can lights to convert and it was cheaper, but you can get just one or larger packs too. I unboxed the kit and studied the directions and got a good understanding of what I’d be doing with all the parts and the order to do them in. I read the instructions so many times my eyes felt like crossing, but it’s better to be confident than confused. So, once you have the new light fixture, the goof ring, and the converter kit, you’re ready to make the change.

In addition to double checking to see if the electricity was on, I used a non contact voltage detector. It’s better to be safe than sorry and it gave me peace of mind to know I made the checks before touching electrical wires. I created a video (below) showing how to convert a can light to a pendant light, but it’s mainly to show the process and steps. Everyone’s home has a positive and a negative electrical wire for the lighting but depending on the age of your home and building codes, wire colors may differ from mine and construction is sometimes just strange. If you watch the video, don’t use it as a tutorial, but as a general guide to show you the basic steps taken and how easy it is to convert your lighting.

How to Convert a Can Light to a Pendant Light

Here are the items I used to convert a can light to a pendant light:

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How to Convert a Can Light to a Pendant Light

I found a site that offers custom goof rings. You can determine the inner and outer diameter so that you can cover any sized hole once the can light is removed. Some goof rings can be painted or found in other finishes like bronze, brass, black, etc. With the addition of pendant lights in our primary bathroom, my next project is updating the vanity lights, mirrors, and adding a decorative touch. Step by step our bathroom is coming together. Here are some progress shots of the space but be sure to subscribe to get updates when more is completed.



How to Convert a Can Light to a Pendant Light
I removed my wall pegs behind the tub because this vintage door made into a shelf was a perfect fit and gives the space pretty vintage vibes. Plus, I added glass knobs to give me those functional pegs back~

How to Convert a Can Light to a Pendant Light

How to Convert a Can Light to a Pendant Light
If you have seen Escape to the Chateau on Netflix, then you will notice that I hung a Union Jack flag just like Angel did above their tub. I love the look and it adds a touch of character and color above the privacy Roman shade.

How to Convert a Can Light to a Pendant Light
One of the things I love about these pendant lights is how pretty they look when they’re off. You will see their pretty glow in the YouTube video, but during the daytime they’re also so lovely.

How to Convert a Can Light to a Pendant Light
Here’s a close-up of my vintage door shelf. I love the natural chippy paint and repurposed piece in here. It gives me a shelf and knobs to hang bath time essentials.

How to Convert a Can Light to a Pendant Light

How to Convert a Can Light to a Pendant Light
Do you have a clock in your bathroom? I have this little brass clock from Target in each bathroom because it seems like time just flies when in this room – especially for my teenaged daughter! Maybe in retirement I’ll look at the clock less, but for now it seems my day is ruled by it.

How to Convert a Can Light to a Pendant Light
I just love abstract landscapes, the older the better. The bottom frame is from Michael’s! And the rusty oval one is from a vintage shop – I haven’t even cleaned the glass yet because I love the aged look.

How to Convert a Can Light to a Pendant Light
My husband wasn’t too sure about the goof ring when I explained it to him, but he admits that he doesn’t even notice it and he really likes the new lights, so win win.

Changing out the two can lights with brass and glass pendants has transformed this primary bathroom. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m usually very impatient, but when designing a space, I also enjoy the process and the feeling of getting each part just the way I want it. Lighting is such an important design element; it has the potential to totally update and change an entire space. I hope this post has inspired you to consider lighting in your design plans and to look at your recessed can lights in a new way. Be sure to subscribe to receive DIY and decorating inspiration once a week.

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