Fall Home Tour

FALL HOME TOUR

Why My Home Is Not Farmhouse Style

There is one thing you should know about our home- it is not farmhouse style and thank goodness! I need COLOR!

Fall is my favorite season, because of all the bright colors of autumn. I like my pumpkins orange and not white and grey. No offence to those who have white decor, white walls, white furniture and white everything.  I do love neutrals – looking at all those ivory, grey, and tan shades is certainly calming and wonderful . . . in someone else’s home. As for me, I went with neutral walls so that I could change out my home decor every season with a pop of color.

Today I am sharing a few areas of my home decorated for fall, starting with our entry table above that is a layered abundance of fall floral arrangements and rustic accents. Yes, I painted that scarecrow stave in the corner many years ago and made the fall wood sign last year.

Our dining room has a wonderful large bay window that lets in so much light in the morning – of course I took these photos a bit late in the afternoon, so even with my flash on and lights all turned on, its a bit dark, but I think its still bright enough to show off.  One of my favorite pieces in our home is the wood box centerpiece on our dining room table – I change it up every season.  Right now it’s filled with leaves, glitter pumpkins, acorns and three electric candles.

My husband made the hanging wood piece above our buffet.  I designed it, but he built it for me last year.  I added the lanterns and switch out the wreath for different holidays.

We just purchased this sideboard cabinet a few weeks ago- it has stunning details, which is why I fell in love with it, plus it was refinished.  I found it at our local area pop up shops in Kansas City, called the West Bottoms.  I love shopping there- I always find recycled home decor and vintage treasure!

This is our kitchen and informal dining room fireplace and my favorite place in the home.  On cold winter nights we turn on the gas fireplace and eat dinner at this cozy table-

Last are a few of my side tables decorated for fall around our home.

Finally, a few items I’ve tucked in that are actually for sale over at my home decor shop on Etsy-  Once Upon A Home Designs

This set of wood pumpkins and fabric pumpkins made by me –

Be sure to stop by my other shop for all your Halloween and fall party decorating needs too-

The Party Fetti Shop

If you are a crafter, stop by my craft supplies shop –

Ready Set Craft Kits

Come back and visit the blog soon – I will be sharing much more holiday decorating ideas in the next few weeks.

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Curio Makeover Into Craft Storage

Curio Makeover Into A Craft Storage Cabinet

Today I am so excited to share this quick makeover project I worked on last weekend. I picked up this mini curio with a door and drawers at a local thrift store for under $5.00 and transformed it into a fresh and bright craft storage desk organizer.  I also love the idea of using this as a space saver for a smaller party or get-together for displaying your party decorations and tableware.  Check it out-

Let’s get started. You really only need two items for this project – a thrift found wood cabinet and spray paint.  I love the Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover (its paint and primer in one can) and I’m partial to high gloss as it really makes your bright colors pop.  Plus this paint bonds to plastic and metal as well.   It is my absolute favorite brand of spray paint for all my projects for my home shop- ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS, and any diy projects for my own home . . . and no, I am not being paid by Rust-Oleum for this blog post – I just love their product!

Let’s get started with the tutorial for the makeover.  First, I removed all the small hardware and screws.

  I love this little wood curio because it has a black metal scroll decorative design on the front door, so I want to keep that as original and add it back on the cabinet, unpainted, once I finish the makeover.  I left the door on because I want to go ahead and paint over the metal hinges the same color, since they were originally painted in the outdated same hunter green color.  Generally, this is not recommended.  I found some nice small black decorative hinges, that I may order and replace, to match the black scroll front.

Next, I washed everything in my kitchen sink, since it was a thrift store find – I wanted to get all the dirt and dust off of it and sanitize it.  I let it dry for about an hour before painting.

Finally, I moved everything into my garage and used a big assembled cardboard box to spray paint the mini curio. Remember to open your garage doors for good ventilation.

I’m not the world’s best spray painter and normally I recruit my husband to help me out with this part of any makeover project but this paint is so wonderful, it’s hard to apply, without it looking perfect.  I sprayed the top of everything first, applying light coats about 6 to 8 inches from the top of the surface working in quick, short horizontal rows of painting.

Then, I flipped everything over and painted each side. I applied several light coats (don’t worry about getting perfect coverage on your first pass of spray painting, since a few light coats are recommended) on each side and let it dry about 20 to 30 minutes, after each coat, before applying a new coat of paint.  Several light coats helps to prevent getting too much paint in globs in any one area and to prevent dripping.

I also didn’t worry about getting complete, perfect coverage on the bottom of the drawers and inside the drawer insert areas, since they would never been seen once the drawers are inserted.  After I painted each side a few times, I allowed it dry over-night in my garage. There were quite a few imperfections in the wood on this little cabinet, so keep in mind lighter brighter colors will show those imperfections more than a darker paint color.  Still I think this contemporary makeover of the mini cabinet is fresh and way more fun in this bright key lime green.

Now, I have a bright and colorful addition to my work studio!

Oh, you know I have enough craft supplies to fill it up!  I love it too because it is small and does not take up too much space on my work desk but it also has deep drawers.

A small curio cabinet like this one would be great anywhere in the home, I could see it in the kitchen for keeping your favorite spices near the oven, in the garage for storing bolts and nails, or even on display on your party table for housing all your serving utensils and sweets at your next celebration.

Feel free to stop by my Etsy shop, THE PARTY FETTI SHOP for all your party decorations.  Everything shown in my photo above is available in my shop from party hats, straws, candy cups, and custom made to order pinwheels available in my other shop – PINWHEEL PRETTIES.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you are inspired to makeover a small decorative piece for your home or next party!

 

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Watermelon Utensil Holder Tutorial

WATERMELON UTENSIL HOLDER TUTORIAL

Easy DIY Tutorial Craft Project

  Today I am sharing a tutorial for a diy painted watermelon utensil holder made from a glass mason jar.  I love creative ideas for displaying my utensils and cutlery at a summer barbecue or party.  This easy to make watermelon utensil holder is perfect for a summer get together or if you are planning a watermelon themed party!  Be sure to check out all my previous posts here on the blog for  – WATERMELON PARTIES!

Feel free to stop by and browse my Etsy shop for all your summertime party decorations too – The Party Fetti Shop

Let’s get started with making these fun utensil holders.  Gather your supplies.  I’ve made it easy for you to order online- simply click on the supplies below.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Mason jar
Red paint (use multi-surface or glass paint)
Black paint
Light green paint
Darker green paint
White paint
Paint brushes
Jute twine

Once you have everything you need to get started, lay down some newspaper to protect your table or work area where you will be painting.

First, wipe down your jar or jars with rubbing alcohol to remove any oils from fingerprints and any dirt.  Allow to dry for about ten minutes.

Start by painting the lower part or the bottom of the jar with your lighter green paint and allow to dry. Add a second coat when dry.

Paint the top of the jar with red paint. Paint a second coat of red when dry.

After your initial two coats in each color are dry, paint snake-like curvy lines in a vertical direction on your lower green section to create the appearance of the watermelon rind.  Don’t be concerned with how even these two colors are at the middle because you are going to paint over the meetup point of the two colors on the jar which will therefore clean it up.

Next, divide your red and green painted sections on the jar by painting a nice even and straight line with your white paint.

Add a few watermelon seeds to the top red area in a random pattern.  TIP: Rather than painting the seeds by hand, I prefer to use the bottom handle of my paint brush to make the seeds. Just dip the pointed end of your brush into the black paint and simply add a round dot.  Then, immediately, before your dot dries, flip your brush and pull the dot out to a teardrop shape with the tip of your brush.  As a result, this is much easier than trying paint on a perfect seed shape.

Finally, allow your painted jar to dry for a few hours.  Add your jute twine bow at the neck of your jar. Next, fill it up with your forks, spoons and knives.  Now you are ready to serve your guests.

These are so adorable for any summertime gathering!

Thanks for stopping by the blog.

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