DIY – Front Door Christmas Wreath 2013

Here is a Christmas wreath I made for our front door. Very simple. All you need is a plain wreath (I got mine from Hobby Lobby for $4.00) and about 10-12 berry stems from Hobby Lobby (50% each stem and they were 75 cents a stem!). I just put the stems around the wreath until it looked full, then painted our initial that I also got form Hobby Lobby. The wreath was around $12.00-$15.00 total!

Christmas Wreath - Front Door

Christmas Trees and Christmas Mantle in Basement

Well, although it has been a while since we have posted , we have had LOTS going on in our life! We have worked alot on our basement entertainment area, as it is the where we have our TV and a lovely wood burning fireplace. So, to keep in step with the holiday season I am going to post some fun pictures comparing our first Christmas as a married couple to this year 🙂

Here is a picture of our tree from last year at our rental house. We had so much fun that year and loved decorating our home together.

Vintage Real Christmas Tree

Here we are before and after exchanging gifts…



And here is our tree and decor for this year!!


No presents under the tree just yet, but I am excited to get going. Although, we don’t have too long! I found this great burlap chevron runner that I put around the tree this year and I am really loving it!

Basement Christmas Mantle

Here is a picture of our mantle in our basement. This wall itself will come along with a couple of posts because this wall has come a long long way from where it was initially. Stay tuned for a DIY blog post about whitewashing a brick wall!

Can’t wait to show what else we have done with our home these past 6 months!!!

Praying you all have a wonderful Christmas season and remember the true reason that we celebrate every year. Remembering the birth of our Savior and what that means for our daily lives! Be blessed during this time!


DIY – Repainted and Distressed End Table

The Hilliards found this beauty at the legendary 127 yard sale. We thought it would be a nice gift for our sister for her birthday. We grabbed it for $20.


Laura, our sister, likes bright colors so we knew had to liven this piece a bit. She was close to getting married and we wanted to give them something they could use and love in their new home.

The process: we picked up a sample paint color from Home Depot for $3. We used a a small sponge roller, 220 grit sand paper, wood stain and lacquer.

We don’t have pictures of the process BUT here’s the rundown.

1. We sanded the end table with 220 grit sand paper using our Ryobi Corner Cat. (but you can just use a block of 220 sanding sponge)

2. Added 2 coats of the blue paint on the table using the small sponge roller (gives the surface the smoothest coat).

3. After drying, gave it a sanding to expose the wood.

4. Applied a thin coat of wood stain to small areas then immediately wiped off using an old tshirt to achieve the antique look desired.

5. Lightly sanded again to make sure everything was smooth.

6. Applied lacquer after allowing to dry overnight. Used a sponge brush to apply in thin even coats to seal the wood.

Distressed End Table

We loved the way it turned out and because we had the majority of the supplies needed we were able to complete for $23.