Faux Farmhouse Tile Ottoman Tray

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Amy Howard One Step Paint-Chalk Paint Farmhouse Tile Ottoman Tray Makeover

Hey guys!!  Long time, no see!  How has it been going?  It’s been Ca-RA-Zyyyyy around these parts.  We have had so much going on!  If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw the pictures of one of the things going on around here!  If not, feast your eyes on my gorgeous bathroom…





It’s okay to be jealous.  Not everybody is lucky enough to have a pass through from their shower into their bedroom!  This beautiful mess is brought to you by the letter W.  As in, water.  Water that has been leaking through the grout in the shower on the floor causing a fun thing called mold!  Not fun, guys.  Not fun.  But it’s okay!  It’s getting taken care of and I’ve been able to take my mind off of it by doing some other fun projects!  So, let’s move on to those instead of thinking about this disaster, shall we?

So, if you follow home décor blogs or IG feeds you may have come across people lately with their gorgeous farmhouse tiles.  You know the ones.  Beautiful patterns in neutral tones.  Well, I’m quite obsessed.  Unfortunately, the mister isn’t a huge fan of things like that.  I really wanted it though so I decided it would be fun to does something with those babies as my inspiration.  Enter my nasty ottoman tray.  It hasn’t always been nasty but 3 kids coloring and eating on a white tray for the past three years doesn’t really work well.

This project was a great way to relax while the kiddos were at school one day.  So, to start I painted the inside of the tray with Amy Howard One Step Paint in Linen.  It’s the perfect creamy color.  Not to white, not to beige.  Juuuust right!

Amy Howard One Step Paint-Chalk Paint Farmhouse Tile Ottoman Tray Makeover

While that was drying, I cut a stencil out on my Silhouette.  I started with a design I bought in the Design store and cropped, removed some details, and added a few until I had the perfect pattern.  I had to use a few different sheets so I lined them up and put painters tape anywhere that needed it.

Amy Howard One Step Paint-Chalk Paint Farmhouse Tile Ottoman Tray Makeover

Once it was on I mixed some Amy Howard “Lady Singing The Blues” with some black chalk paint to make it a nice dark navy.  I put on two coats using a cheap foam brush.  Once you’re done go ahead and remove the stencil.  Once it’s dry use some painters tape the protect the inside of the tray while you paint the outside.  I used my Ryobi drill to remove my cup handles.

Amy Howard One Step Paint-Chalk Paint Farmhouse Tile Ottoman Tray Makeover

Give the whole frame two coats of the same paint you mixed for the “tile design”

Amy Howard One Step Paint-Chalk Paint Farmhouse Tile Ottoman Tray Makeover

Once you’re done, remove the tape and add your handles back on.  Now fill that pretty ottoman tray up and admire your handy work!


Amy Howard One Step Paint-Chalk Paint Farmhouse Tile Ottoman Tray Makeover

Amy Howard One Step Paint-Chalk Paint Farmhouse Tile Ottoman Tray Makeover

I obviously love pops of blue and green mixed in my décor so this is just perfect!  A little bit of neutral fun!  So, what do you guys think?  Do you love ottoman trays or are you like my husband and not understand why we “need” one?  Also, have you tried Amy Howard One Step Paint?  I’m obsessed, yall!  I am just finishing my newest project using the One Step Paint and I can’t wait to show it!  It’s beautiful!!  Anyways, thanks so much for stopping by!  See ya soon!



20 Farmhouse Finds Under $20

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20 Farmhouse Deals Under $20!!!

Hey, hey, my dears!  I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July!  We had a great day with family, friends, a huge waterslide, and TONS of food!  Celebrating America’s birthday and all of our military personnel who allow us to live in such an amazing country is one of my favorite things!  What do you do to celebrate?  Do you stay home and cookout with the family or maybe go to the fireworks show?  Maybe you’re in bed before fireworks even start, or is that just me?  Either way I hope you had an amazing day and are enjoying your short work week.

In honor of the short week I want to help you guys lounge around and hopefully give you something good to read while you get through the rest of the week!  Okay, maybe the words won’t be all that interesting but I hope you enjoy these great farmhouse finds that I’m going to share with you!  Everything I’m going to share is from Amazon for you guessed it, under $20!  To make this list even sweeter, everything I’m sharing with you has a 4 star or higher rating.  I think it’s safe to say I’m pretty much addicted to Amazon as I’m sure a ton of you are.  Hopefully you have your Prime membership so you can snag yourself free 2 day shipping.  In this house it definitely ends up paying for itself.  So, now let’s get onto the list.

Tin Farmhouse Sign- What’s a farmhouse with a sign telling everyone it’s a farm house?  AmIRIGHT?

Tin Farmhouse Sign

Artificial Flocked Lavender Bundle– If I could jump through the screen and snag these I totally would!  I even have the perfect farmhouse pitcher to put these babies in a little further down on the list!

Artificial Lavender Bundles Farmhouse Decor

Burlap and Lace Table Runner- Burlap and Lace.  Need I say more?  This would look beautiful down the middle of your farmhouse table or even a coffee table or buffet table!

Burlap and Lace Table Runner Farmhouse Decor

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser- A mason jar soap dish is a staple in any farmhouse kitchen.  To make things even better…this one is rust proof.  Take my word for it, that’s awesome!  Don’t ask me how I know that you DON’T want one that is not rust proof.

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

Floral “Home Sweet Home” Pillow Cover- Add a little pop of color to the neutral color palette that usually is farmhouse décor with this sweet pillow cover.


Neutral Check Pattern Linen Pillow Cover- This color is the perfect neutral that will go with pretty much anything!

Neutral Linen Pillow Cover Farmhouse Decor

2 Tier Chicken Wire Spice Rack- Farmhouse organization is never a bad thing!  Keep your spices handy with this wall mounted spice rack.

Vintage Style Chicken Wire Spice Rack Farmhouse Kitchen Decor

White Farmhouse Pitcher- Lavender bundles meet farmhouse pitcher.  I told you I had the perfect container for those gorgeous lavender bundles I showed you!


Farmhouse Grain Stripe Tea Towels- Another farmhouse staple are tea towels.  These grain sack tea towels are a steal!  They come in a pack of, wait for it, 12!!

Grain Sack Tea Towels Farmhouse Kitchen Decor


Wire Berry Baskets- Berry baskets aren’t just for berries.  Use these for your fruits, veggies, towels, toilet paper in the bathroom…your imagination is the limit with these cuties.

Wire Berry Baskets Farmhouse Decor

Cow Art Print- What is a farm without a cow?  These little sweetie has such a cute story behind it!  Click on her to find out why her first two weeks of life were so eventful!

Cow Art Print Farmhouse Decor

Galvanized Metal Planter Set- Put some faux greenery in these galvanized tins or make yourself a kitchen counter herb garden.  Galvanized metal is so huge right now and at less than $18 this set is a steal.

Galvanized Metal Planter Set Farmhouse Decor

Vintage Style Edison Light Bulbs- I have to be honest.  I’m a sucker for vintage Edison bulbs.  These ones are dimmable and come in a pack of four!

Vintage Style Edison Bulbs

Metal and Glass Soap Dish- What is it about old aged metal that just screams farmhouse?  Don’t limit these great soap dish to just holding soap.  It would be a great place to corral all the keys and loose change that come into your house.

Metal and Glass Soap Dish Farmhouse Decor

Farmhouse Utensil Holder- This is basically another must have for any farmhouse kitchen.  I love the gorgeous detail on this one!

Farmhouse Kitchen Utensil Holder

Spigot Soap Dish- Apparently, I have a thing for soap.  I do have a pretty extreme hand washing habit so maybe that’s why I kept choosing all these places to keep the soap!

Vintage Style Faucet Soap Dish Farmhouse Decor

Bronze Double Hooks- Whether you use these in the mudroom, laundry room, or maybe a bathroom they are sure to add tons of farmhouse charm.  And I was shocked that these come in a pack of 5 for less than $20!!!

Set of 5 Metal Double Coat Hooks Farmhouse Decor

Artificial Potted Benn Grass- Faux greenery.  It’s the only green stuff that stays alive in this house haha.

Artificial Greenery Farmhouse Decor

Striped Neutral Pillow Cover- I guess I also have a thing for pillow covers!  They check all my boxes for décor so it makes sense.  These are neutral so go with anything, are easy to change out, and are so inexpensive!

Neutral Striped Pillow Cover Farmhouse Decor

Mini Scented Boxwood Wreath- I really love these mini boxwood wreaths.  Put them up on cabinet doors, put an empty frame around them on a gallery wall, or maybe hang them over a chalkboard or antique window.  There are so many ways to display them that you might need to buy a few so you’re not temped to move the same one all over your house.

Mini Boxwood Wreath


Well guys, there you have it.  20 great farmhouse finds all under $20!  You can’t beat that.  So, what’s your go to farmhouse must have?  Like a lot of people right now I love all things farmhouse and dream of ship lap and a big wrap around porch!  Hopefully some of these things will help bring a little bit of that yummy farm goodness into your homes!  Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope see ya soon!


Amy Howard One Step Paint-Nightstand Makeover

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Amy Howard One Step Paint Night Stand Makeover

Hello, sweet friends!  Hope you are enjoying your summer so far.  It’s already hot hot hot here in AZ so I took advantage and did a little project indoors.  In my bedroom haha.  Let me tell you, it was NERVE WRACKING!!  I was worried I would get paint on my carpet but alas, everything worked out perfect and my not so new night stands now have a fresh pretty coat of paint.  All is right again in the world!  So, before we get onto the night stands let me tell you a little story.

Last month I was doing one of my favorite relaxing activities…scrolling Instagram looking at all the gorgeous pictures y’all are always posting.  I happened to get a message from Amy Howard Home.  Ummmmm, exciting right?!?!  While I read through the message I was so excited.  They said that they love my Instagram and wanted to know if I would have any interest in being an affiliate blogger.  Well, of course I would!  It’s Amy Howard!  I would be crazy to turn down such an amazing opportunity!  So they sent me some products and I got to work.  Here’s the thing…they gave me the products for free but I would never tell you guys something that isn’t true so all the opinions here are all my honest feelings.  I’ve also included a link that you can use to go and purchase some of these yummy goodies for yourself.  I do get a little bit of money from any purchases made through the link but you DO NOT get charged any more than you would if you just typed Amy Howard into your search bar.  Now that we have gotten that fun story out of the way we can get started with what you’re here for…a good furniture makeover!

Amy Howard One Step Paint Night Stand Makeover

So, I have been married for 13 years.  We got these night stands from Target right after we got married.  They’ve lived in one apartment and five houses in three different states and let me tell you, it showed!  They’ve been very well abused.  In all honesty, I will probably get rid of them someday just because I want something wider and taller.  They are just to small but they will do for now.  Here is the embarrassing before.

Amy Howard One Step Paint Night Stand Makeover

Do you need a closer look?


Sad, right?  My favorite part is a tie between the chunk missing in the corner or the missing handle.

So, to get started I had to fill those dang holes.  To do that I grabbed some trusty Dap Plastic Wood.  It’s awesome you guys.  It goes on pink and changes color when it dries.

Amy Howard One Step Paint Night Stand Makeover

They were kind enough to send some to me and don’t tell anyone, but you guys will be getting the chance to win some along with a bunch of other great prizes coming soon!  But, let’s get back on track!

To fill the holes I first put some masking tape on the inside of the drawer covering the holes.  Once that was done I used my finger and an old credit card to fill the hole and scrape away most of the excess.



While the drawers dried I got started on the night stands.  So the amazing thing about the One Step Paint is you don’t have to sand down your furniture.  You just need to clean it down really well using some Simple Green.  Once it’s all wiped down with the Simple Green I took a damp rag and went back over it to get the cleaner off.  Now it’s time to paint.  So here is where I think I went a little wrong.  I don’t think I used the correct brush.  I used a round brush instead of a flat brush.  Next time I’m going to use the flat brush and see if there is a difference.  With that being said, I’m not unhappy with the finish at all.  I actually kind of like it but it’s not baby butt smooth.  If you really want a smooth finish you can always purchase the Amy Howard paint sprayer.  Spraying paint always produces a much smoother finish than brushing it on does.  So after the first coat I was pretty happy with it.

Amy Howard One Step Paint Night Stand Makeover

Mostly!  On the inside it wasn’t covering well.  I got a little bit nervous but I decided to just let it dry and than continue on with a second coat.


Scary right?  My guess is I didn’t rinse the cleaner off right there well enough.  But that’s just a guess.  The good news is with the second coat it looked MUCH better!  I ended up doing two coats on the whole thing but 3 coats on the inside sides.  Remember, this is One Step paint.  Not one coat.  Let your paint dry for about 30 minutes between coats and do not sand between the coats.  After 2 coats you can be done!  This paint does NOT need to be sealed but I chose to for two reasons.  I was wanting to achieve a really dark blue and I loved how the Dark Antique Wax helped me achieve exactly the color I was hoping for.  Also, I bring drinks into bed with me at night and I wanted to make sure the paint was protected from any moisture that might come off of my glass.  So, to wax your piece you will wait until it’s dry which will take about 30 minutes.  Once it’s dry you will use a round brush to apply the wax.  Rub the brush in the wax and offload it onto a piece of cardboard.  All that means is to brush it onto a piece of cardboard so you only have a light even coat of wax on your brush.  Brush it on the whole piece and wait about 30 more minutes and then buff it with a lint free rag.  And waalaa!  You’re all done.  Put them back where they go and decorate them!


Here is a close up.  Like I said, I’m pretty sure the brush I used wasn’t the correct one but I kind of think the paint brush marks are kind of cool because I went one way and then the other way.  It sort of looks intentional.


I love how fresh they look compared to the sad state they were in before!

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If they were just a little beefier they would be perfect!  I still haven’t decided if I’m going to put new handles on them.  For now I’m happy with them!

So, here is a breakdown of the products I used to achieve these beauties.  These are affiliate links but they won’t cost you any extra!

I’m so excited to show you the other projects I have lined up including one using Amy Howard’s beautiful Pallet Wall In A Box!  Check back soon to see some of the great projects I have lined up!  In the mean time, what are you working on?  I would love to see it!  Use the #SimplyLovelyShare on Instagram!  Thanks for stopping by!





Coffee Mug Holder


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Hey guys!!  Hope y’all have been well!  This week my kids schools are celebrating Teacher Appreciation week and we LOVE their teachers so we get super excited about it!  When this week rolls around I like to think about what I can give their teachers that is different than everything else they are getting.  Now I know it’s a little late to use this idea for a teacher appreciation gift but honestly, it’s great for any coffee lover (or yourself, duh) in your life!  And it’s a perfect way to clean up that scrap wood pile in the garage!  So, let’s get to it!

I have been eyeing the mug holder that Shanty 2 Chic posted since forever!  I’ve been wanting to make one for myself so I decided to make two. Of course they have great step by step instructions on their site that you should check out but I took some photos along the way anyways!

Step 1:


Cut your base pieces. My 1×8 measured 7.25″ so I did the bottom piece 7.25×7.25 and the other piece 6.25×6.25. Also, I wanted mine a bit taller so I cut my 2x2s to 12.5″


Step 2:

Before I put these together I sanded the crap out of them!  Once they are all nice and smooth, clean them and then it’s time to assemble!  Take the smaller piece and glue it to the bigger piece.  I used a bunch of glue on this step and then added some weight to them while they dried.  Once those are dry glue the bottom of the 2×2 and set it there for a little while to dry.  I just centered it by looking at it.



Step 3:

Flip the whole thing upside down and add a screw to hold it all together.  I used a 3″ screw.


Now it’s all done being built!  Finish it however you would like and add the hooks.  I went with Special Walnut for the stain and I love how it came out.  I got the oil rubbed bronze hooks from Walmart.  They were about $6 for a pack of 6.


I’m really in love with the way it came out!  And check out that canvas sign!  I will be posting about how I made that soon!  Here it all is put together for their teacher.


She loved it!!  So, tell me..do you like to make gifts or would you rather purchase them?  And would you rather get a handmade gift or something that somebody bought?  I’m definitely all about the making!

Thanks so much for stopping by and please come back to get the deets on that cute canvas coffee sign!



Crib Mattress Sectional Sofa

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DIY Kids Crib Mattress Sectional Sofa

Hey guys!!  Long time no see!  Unfortunately it’s because I haven’t been doing much in the garage.  I go through phases were I’m just to dang lazy to go out and work!  Luckily, it looks like that phase is over…at least until next time haha.  So, I’m so excited to show you guys my latest build!  I actually started it…wait for it…4 months ago!  It was a Christmas present for my little buddy.  Can we say huge momma fail?  Yep, I failed him big time!  Luckily he got tons of other presents so he didn’t even care!  But now it’s done and him (and his sisters) love it!  And guess what?  You can easily make one too!  Like always, it’s an Ana White plan that you can find here and you can see more photos over here at That’s My Letter!  I took pictures of building the frame but for some reason didn’t take pictures while building the arms.  Whoops.  You can easily get the step by step from Ana’s plans though.  So, now that you have the back story let’s get to building this little cutie, shall we?

To start, you are going to build the legs.  This is easy when you use a Kreg Jig.  I have this one!  To make it easy to line everything up I laid the front legs on top of the back legs and drew a line so I know exactly where to put the side apron.



Couch Legs

Now that you have your legs together you will put them together using the front and back aprons.  This part goes much easier if you have the Kreg Right Angle Clamp but of course you can make do without if you don’t have one!



Yay!!  now you have a couch frame!


You can either do it just like this or build two of them if you want a sectional.  I built two.  If you do two you will need to build at least one of the arm assemblies.  Sorry,  like I said I don’t have any pictures of that but they’re really easy to do following the plans.  I decided to do another arm assembly for one side of the couch.  Since it’s for my son’s room I thought it would look better and not take up as much room if there was only an arm on one side.

Now is time for finishing it!  Give it a good sanding.  I used my Ryobi Corner Cat Sander.  I really need to get the battery option!  Once it’s nice and smooth you can either paint or stain it.  Now just add 2×2 cleats to the front and back aprons of each couch.  You will want them to be 3/4″ down from the tops because you will add 1x3s cut down as the supports.  You can get a better idea of what I’m talking about by checking out this post that I made when I built a toddler bed.  All done!  Now just style that baby up and hang out with your kiddos!!



All smiles!!  This is why I build, you guys!  I love to make those little faces smile!  Thanks so much for stopping by and if you build one of your own please share it with me!!




7 Must Have Tools For New Woodworkers

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Hey guys!  Long time, no see!  In true Stephanie form I have been MIA from the blog for quite some time now!  What can I say…life!  I’m sure you can all understand that.  I have a few projects in the works but in the mean time I thought it would be fun to do a little post for anyone thinking about getting into woodworking.  I wanted to share with you guys some of my favorite tools I use.  I’m putting them in the order I purchased all of mine but this list is in no way ordered by what I like the most.  I love my tools like I love my kiddos…all equally haha.  Let’s get this party started, shall we?  (P.S. Just click on the pictures to be taken to affiliate links where you can purchase everything I’ve mentioned!)

7 Must Have Tools For Anyone Wanting To Begin Woodworking!


CORDLESS DRILL-I have two drills.  I use them both all of the time.  One is perfectly fine but if you are able to have two it’s a great time saver!  I have both a DeWalt and a Ryobi.  The DeWalt is a little more powerful but more expensive.  The Ryobi is great for the home DIYer because it’s a great price point and gets the job done.


ryobi drill

CIRCULAR SAW-I must admit.  I sort of hate working with this.  Maybe it’s because I can’t cut a straight line to save my life?  Who knows!  The thing is, if you are interested in building this is a great option for your first project.  The first thing I made was a table and chairs for my kids.  For my first project I didn’t want to invest in expensive tools like a compound miter saw.  Let’s be honest…what if I hated wood working?  That would be a huge waste.  The circular saw is great because it’s not very expensive.  I don’t even know what brand I have but I am really wanting this Ryobi cordless circular saw.  The idea of not having to work around the cord is what gets me!

ryobi circular

KREG JIG-Once you’ve done your first smaller project and figure out that wood working is Ah-MA-Zing, you will want this baby!  At first I bought the R3 but quickly invested in the K4.  There are newer options out now (mine is 6 years old) including the big daddy of them all, the Kreg Foreman.  That’s my dream tool!  Now that you’re an avid woodworker, walk don’t run, to the store to get yourself a Kreg Jig!


COMPOUND MITER SAW-Say goodbye to the days of cutting everything with the circular saw!  Notice I said everything because you’re still going to need that dang thing anytime you need to cut sheet goods.  Whomp whomp!  But now, when you’re cutting smaller pieces you can use this guy.  I started off with a knockoff brand that got me through for a good 7 years.  I was redonkulously lucky last year when my dad’s cousin said she had a saw that she wanted to give me.  Enter my new Dewalt 10″ Sliding Compound Miter saw!!!  Do you need this particular saw?  Heck no but if someone is giving you one DON’T TURN IT DOWN haha.  For a more budget friendly option you can always go with the Ryobi version.  I haven’t had one yet but I love my Ryobi tools so I’m sure it’s great!

dewalt miterryobi miter saw

SAW BLADES-Something to remember is your saw blades dull over time.  I know I have heard that you can take them places to get them sharpened but if you don’t want to do that I definitely recommend Diablo.  Cutting with a new Diablo blade is like putting a hot knife through butta!


SANDER-Sanding is one of my least favorite things to do!  Having an electric sander makes things much more bearable though.  I have several different types of sanders.  I have an orbital sander, square sander, Ryobi corner cat sander, and a Ryobi belt sander.  All of mind are corded.  I would suggest getting a battery powered sander though.  I hate dealing with the cord.  I really need to upgrade my corner cat sander to the Ryobi One Plus Corner Cat Finish Sander.  If you’re reading this Ryobi, please feel free to send me everything on my wish list…I won’t be mad haha!


BRAD NAILER-You can go two ways on this one.  You can go get yourself a new air compressor and a pneumatic nailer which is what I used until about 1.5 years ago.  There’s nothing wrong with this but it’s not as easy as a battery operated one especially if your air compressor is a giant like mine is!  If you already have an air compressor you can just take your happy little self down to the nearest Harbor Freight (or order through the Amazon link) like I did and get this guy from Central Pneumatic.  If your budget is larger I would suggest the Ryobi One Plus AirStrike.  I love mine!  I can move all around the garage/driveway and even take it inside to use without having to lug around the compressor.  It’s a bit of an investment though so start saving now!

ryobi nailer

nail gun

SAFETY EQUIPMENT-I know this is number 8 on a list of 7 must have tools.  Well, that’s because I don’t really consider this as tools but they are super important so I wanted to make sure to include them.  Eye/ear protection and a dust mask are musts!!  Also, if you are a woman a ponytail is great but if you are like me and have very long hair I would suggest a bun.  I always thought a ponytail was sufficient until I saw a video of a lady who’s pony got caught by her drill and ripped her scalp right off her head.  Seriously, BE CAREFUL!  You’re not saving yourself any money by DIYing if you end up having to pay a bill to the ER because you weren’t being safe!

Well guys, those are some of the things I always recommend to people who are looking to start woodworking.  Of course don’t limit yourself to these things but they’re a great starting place.  And before you know it you will have a tool wish list that’s a mile long with an equally long to build list!  If you’re looking for some projects here are a few easier project below that I’ve made.  Good luck and happy building!!

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If you decide to give out any projects I would love for you to tag me on social media using the hashtag #simplylovelylumber.  Happy building!!




Faux Arched Windows+***Ryobi Giveaway***

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Guys!!!  I’m sooooo excited!  I hit 4,000 followers on Instagram!  Woot woot!  To celebrate, I made myself a little present and thanks to my friends at Ryobi, you can, too 😉  But, you don’t get to hear about that yet (unless you skip the post and go straight to the bottom haha)!  If you’re one of my 4,000 homies on Instagram you may have seen this little sneak peek

Tutorial for faux antique arched windows--plus a Ryobi Giveaway!!

So, I have a pretty big crush on antique windows.  But I also have a pretty big crush on having money in my bank account so I like all things to be cheap, cheap, cheap!  What’s a girl to do when she wants cool things AND a savings account?  DIY it up, of course!  I have been wanting some arched windows but like I said, cheap!  I always have a ton of scrap wood out in my garage so I went out to the garage and got busy.  When I was all done I was left with these cuties.


Want to make your own?  Let’s get busy with some instructions!


  • Wood-I used some 3/8″ wood I had in my garage.  Just use what you have.  Mine was 16.5″x48″
  • Kraft Paper
  • Yard Stick
  • Big bowl or Bucket
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Drill
  • Jig Saw
  • Sander
  • Paint

Step 1:

Gather all of your supplies and cut a piece of kraft paper to the final dimensions of ONE window and fold it in half lengthwise.

Tutorial for faux antique arched windows--plus a Ryobi Giveaway!!

Tutorial for faux antique arched windows--plus a Ryobi Giveaway!!

Step 2:

Determine the number of openings and sizes you want.  I left a 2″ border around the window, a 3″ bottom, and 1.25″ (which will turn into 2.5″ when opened, remember our paper is folded in half) down the center.  For the bottom openings I measured 4.75″ up from the top line of the bottom section and used the yardstick to draw the line to create the box.  I traced the bottom and top of the yard stick and again measured up 4.75″ from the top yardstick line.  Once again, I traced my lines using the yardstick as my guide.

Tutorial for faux antique arched windows--plus a Ryobi Giveaway!!

Step 3:

Using a large bowl or bucket trace your curves.  Remember you want your top curve but you also need to make the inside curve.

Tutorial for faux antique arched windows--plus a Ryobi Giveaway!!

Tutorial for faux antique arched windows--plus a Ryobi Giveaway!!

Step 4:

With your paper still folded in half, cut out your openings and your top.  Make sure you are keeping everything straight so when you open your paper up it’ll match on each side.  Use this as a stencil and transfer your design to your wood.

Tutorial for faux antique arched windows--plus a Ryobi Giveaway!!

Step 5:

Using a drill, make some holes in two corners of each box.  Make sure they are big enough to fit your jig saw blade.

Tutorial for faux antique arched windows--plus a Ryobi Giveaway!!Tutorial for faux antique arched windows--plus a Ryobi Giveaway!!

Tutorial for faux antique arched windows--plus a Ryobi Giveaway!!

Step 6:

Use your jigsaw to cut out all of your openings and your top arch and then use a cat sander to sand it all out!

Tutorial for faux antique arched windows--plus a Ryobi Giveaway!!

Tutorial for faux antique arched windows--plus a Ryobi Giveaway!!

Step 7:

Now it’s time to paint them.  I used dark gray, then blue, and then dry brushed a light taupe over top.  None of these layers need to be perfect.  Remember we’re going for antique!  Once you’re done put them out for all to see and pat yourself on the back for being such an awesome DIYer!

Tutorial for faux antique arched windows--plus a Ryobi Giveaway!!

Tutorial for faux antique arched windows--plus a Ryobi Giveaway!!

Now for the fun stuff!!  I bought my cordless jig saw which is part of Ryobi’s ONE+ line.  I have quite a few Ryobi tools now and they’re great for the weekend DIYer.  My favorite thing about the jig saw is the fact that it’s cordless.  Well, guess what?!  To celebrate my 4,000 followers with me, they are giving one of you your very own ONE+ Orbital Jig Saw!!!!  I seriously can’t tell you guys how excited I am about them doing this!  The giveaway will run from now until Sunday at midnight!  Get your entries in and great luck to all of you!!  And thank you all so much for the support on Instagram!  It means the world!  Thanks for stopping by!!





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Maker Feature-Candice_Jae


Happy Friday everyone!!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  Today I am so excited to share one of my friends from Instagram with you!  Her name is Candice and her house is oh my goodness gorgeous!!!  If you don’t already follow her you really should!  She’s here today with some great tips on one of my favorite things…succulents!  If you also love them you should defintiely keep on reading.  And if you have been wanting some but weren’t sure how to care for them it looks like this weekend is your time to go get some!  Here’s Candice!

Great tips for caring for succulents

Hi everyone!! I’m Candice (@candice_jae on Instagram)  Succulents are one of my favorite plants to have around the house.  Unfortunately, I haven’t had much luck keeping them alive in the past. The main reason for this is because I’d never really knew how they like to be treated. I figured they were just like any other plant I’ve had in our home.  Water every few days to keep them happy.  And that’s it. Nope, not the case with succulents.

I went on a research binge to learn how to plant and properly care for them. I visited many websites, blogs, Pinterest posts and almost all of them had a general consensus on how to keep them happy. 

Instead of keeping them in the generic pot that they usually come in, I built a couple of planter boxes to house my succulents.  To see how I built them, you can visit my website .  I typically get my succulents from our local Ikea.  They always have a variety to choose from, and they’re only $2.99 each.  If your Ikea is anything like mine, I recommend you get them as soon as they start selling them for the season.  They go fast!

Anywho…So, here’s a summary of what I learned. I’m no expert, but so far, my succulents have been very happy with me.

Planting Succulents:

Succulents survive the longest when their dirt is pretty much dry most of the time.  So when planting them in a planter box, flower pot, terrarium etc. that doesn’t have draining holes, you need to create a “draining system” at the bottom.  I planted my succulents in my planter boxes I built and a wooden lantern I had laying around the house.

Materials Needed:


•Potting Mix (preferably a mixture specifically for cacti/succulents, fast drying soil is ideal. If you can’t find any, no big deal)


•Plastic bag


•Planter box, flower pot, vase, terrarium…your choice 


Step 1-Cover the bottom of the planter with plastic.  

Doesn’t matter what kind. Especially if it won’t be visible.  I just used a piece of a Hobby Lobby bag . This step isn’t necessary, but it’s recommended if your planter’s corners in the inside are likely to leak.  I did this as a precaution because I didn’t really know if the corners in my planter boxes were 100% sealed/closed, and you wouldn’t be able to see the plastic anyway.  However I didn’t do this for my lantern because the corners were sealed.  Also the sides are glass, so you’d be able to see the plastic I was using (thank goodness because I didn’t have any clear plastic on hand).  But, if your planter’s bottoms/sides will be visible like it would be in a terrarium and the sides aren’t sealed, use clear plastic.

Great tips for caring for succulents

Step 2-Add a layer of sand either on top of the plastic, if you did step 1, or as your first layer of you didn’t do step one. I used this kind I found at The Home Depot.

Great tips for caring for succulents


Here’s a better picture of the bag (along with the potting soil I used in Step 5). Its kind of hard to see the top, but it says desert sand, so I thought it would be appropriate to use with my succulents, since they are technically desert plants.

Step 3- Add a layer of rocks on top of the sand.  (I apologize but for some reason these pictures aren’t coming through.  I will get them fixed as soon as possible!)

 I got these from Hobby Lobby in the faux flower section.



Your “draining system” is complete.  When you water your plants, this helps separate the water from the soil keeping the soil from being too moist…a no no for succulent care.  The rocks act as a “wall” and the sand absorbs the water so that it doesn’t just sit at the bottom of the planter.

Step 4-Add potting soil on top of the rocks. 

I used potting soil specifically for cacti. This is also from The Home Depot. (see two pics up in Step 2 above for the front of the bag)

Great tips for caring for succulents

Great tips for caring for succulents


Tip: If your planter is shallow, like mine, be sure not to add too much soil.  Your succulents will also have dirt attached to it, so you don’t want to add too much potting soil because you won’t be able to plant the succulent deep enough into your planter. 

Step 5- Add a layer of sand on top of the potting soil.  

This helps dry out the soil faster after you water the succulents.  Remember, they don’t like a moist environments.  Since I used potting soil specifically for cacti, I probably would have been ok without this step.  But, if you use any other type of soil, this step may be key. 

Great tips for caring for succulents
Step 6- Mix the sand with the dirt

Great tips for caring for succulents

Step 7-Plant your succulents. 

 Making holes in the dirt, just enough to see the layer of rocks helped me get a deep enough space to plant.  Succulents like to be above the planter with the roots buried.  Planting them with the succulent above the planter is ideal because it keeps them from getting moist when watered. Remember, succulents are the happiest dry. So make sure you don’t plant them too deep. 

Great tips for caring for succulents

Great tips for caring for succulents

Step 8-Add more rocks, sand or whatever you’d like on the top of the dirt to give the planted succulents a finished look.  This step is also not necessary, but isn’t it cute? 

Great tips for caring for succulents
Caring for your succulents:

Here are a few key points and general rules  I found on almost all of the websites I visited about caring for succulents…

Do not water them often. Generally once every week and a half, or wait until the soil is completely dry before you adding more water.  Their leaves retain water, so they can go longer between watering than the average plant.

•When you do water them, be generous.

•When watering, try to avoid putting water directly onto the plant.  

•Preferably water just the soil.  That’s why it’s recommended when planting them, plant the “leaves” above the soil so that the leaves aren’t exposed to moist conditions for long periods of time. 

•Give them lots of indirect sunlight.  

•Succulents like to be hot in the day and cooler at night. So don’t worry about temperature changes if you keep them outside.

And that’s it!!! Hope this helps you make and keep your succulents happy!

Let me know if you’d like me to add or modify anything.  Or if you have questions or something didn’t translate well through email.   Thank again, so much for allowing me to guest post!! Hope to collaborate again, soon!! 
-Candice Briggs
Thank you so much Candice for posting on the blog!  I really appreciate it and I hope you guys got some great pointers!  Don’t forget to go follow Candice on Instagram!  Hope you all have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Maker Feature-Sawdust Chicks

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Good morning!  So, I’m sorry about being a little MIA around here lately.  Things have been a little crazy in these parts but I think they’re slowing down and everything should be back on track!  The good news is I do have a feature today and it is amazing!  Today Laura from Sawdust Chicks is here to share her Herringbone Entry table.  Let’s get into it, shall we?

This gorgeous table is a DIY!!  This post has full instructions for making it!

Hi friends!  This is Laura from Sawdust Chicks and I’m so excited and honored to be guest blogging today.  I started my woodworking, DIY projects less than a year ago and it’s been quite the journey.  I’m learning so much, building some incredible things (and some not-so-incredible things!), making mistakes and enjoying every step of the process. I always tell people “if I can do it, anyone can!”

While walking through my neighborhood Ace Hardware I noticed a bundle of rough hardwood driveway stakes in the corner. I immediately scooped these up and took them home, not really sure what I wanted to do with them. I needed an entry table and I love the rustic industrial pieces I had been seeing on Instagram so I decided that these stakes would be perfect for a unique herringbone tabletop. Add some steel hairpin legs and I had my own cool, rustic, industrial piece.

This gorgeous table is a DIY!!  This post has full instructions for making it!

Alright…Are you ready to tackle this one?!?

I first took a 1×12 common whiteboard and cut it to about 30″. I made sure the board was as straight as possible because I would be attaching the legs to them and no one wants a wobbly table!  I drew a line length-wise down the middle of the board. I used this line as a guide when attaching my herringbone pattern to ensure that the pattern remained straight.
This gorgeous table is a DIY!!  This post has full instructions for making it!

Next, I took the driveway stakes and cut them to two lengths: 9-1/4″ and 8-1/16″ – perhaps you can cut them the same size but I couldn’t figure it out!  Geometry was never my strong subject!   I then cut the ends at a 45° angle.   I wanted them to fit as perfectly as possible on my base board and, since I don’t have a table saw to easily trim them once they are on, this seemed like the easiest way to do it.  I did have to cut some stakes smaller for the two ends.  Cutting each piece made the process a little more tedious but saved me a huge headache in the end.

This gorgeous table is a DIY!!  This post has full instructions for making it!

So now it was time to work on my herringbone pattern.  Since my stakes were rough I laid them out on the base board for a trial run to ensure that they fit well together.  Once I was confident with my pattern I set about gluing them and using my Ryobi Brad Nailer to affix them.  I nailed them from the top on this one. It was faster, easier and I didn’t mind seeing the nail holes but I have also glued, clamped and nailed from the bottom up. It’s all personal preference.

This gorgeous table is a DIY!!  This post has full instructions for making it!

This gorgeous table is a DIY!!  This post has full instructions for making it!

I then took 1×2’s and framed the table top.  I cut two at 30″ and two at 14″.  I made sure the 1x2s were level with the top of the tabletop.  The bottom hung below slightly which covered the base of the legs once they were attached.  Again, I glued and nailed the pieces on.  I used wood filler to fill in any gaps between the stakes as well as gaps between the tabletop and 1×2 frame.

This is always the part that gets most excited!  Seeing the build almost complete and the fruition of your idea and hard work almost done…and then I remember that it’s sanding time.  Total buzz kill!!! 

So I started sanding.  This did require quite a bit of elbow since the stakes were rough and I wanted the tabletop to be smooth for little fingers and to be easily dusted.  I started with 80 grit and finished with 220 grit. 

This gorgeous table is a DIY!!  This post has full instructions for making it!

(Sorry about the upside down picture.  It has a mind of it’s own and keeps flipping over ;))


Once that was done, I vacuumed it and wiped it down with a damp cloth.  I then stained the whole thing with Minwax Early American.  I just love how the stakes took to the stain. Each one is slightly different so it makes the pattern pop out even more! 

Once the stain was completed I finished it with three coats of polyurethane, lightly sanding in between each coat.

This gorgeous table is a DIY!!  This post has full instructions for making it!

This gorgeous table is a DIY!!  This post has full instructions for making it!

So, I’m sure you’re wondering about the industrial hairpin legs…you can find these on Amazon or Etsy in pretty much any height you want (an entry bench?  Yes, please!).  I actually found a great Etsy maker  – Modern Urban Metals,- just 15 minutes from my home!  I love it when I can shop local and shop small!

So once you screw these legs in to the baseboard, flip it over and enjoy!  This project is one that I’m so proud of.  It is definitely a showpiece in my home and one of the most favorited items in my own Etsy shop.

This gorgeous table is a DIY!!  This post has full instructions for making it!

I really love this table!  Thank you so much Laura for sharing it with us!  It came out great!  Don’t forget to follow the Sawdust Chicks on Instagram for loads of inspiration!  And if you are interested in being featured I would love to hear from you!  Email me at SimplyLovelyLumber@yahoo.com or message me on Instagram!  Thanks for stopping by guys!





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Hey guys!!  Guess what time it is??  It’s time to let you know the winner of the gorgeous mason jar that the sweet Savanah is giving away to one of you babes!!

Isn’t it great?  I had to buy one for myself so whoever our winner is is officially my twin!

So, enough with the chit chat!  Our winner is @artisticflow05!  Please send me your shipping information on Instagram and I will get it out to you. And thank you to everyone who entered!!  Thanks for stopping by!