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A Rustic Succulent Wreath – Curb Appeal Blog Hop 2016

A simple succulent wreath, made from readily-available materials, will bring life and style to your outdoor spaces!


DIY Outdoor Succulent Wreath

I created this wreath as part of a recent Curb Appeal Blog Hop I took part in, where I was desperately in need of that special something to hang outside on my front porch. A sizeable succulent wreath is a mainstay in the DIY world these days, with both hoop wreaths and succulents being everywhere you look! I combined the two elements to come up with this gorgeous outdoor succulent hoop – let me show you how I made it!

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A hula hoop
spray paint
succulent picks
floral wire
glue gun and hot glue

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Since I already had out the spray paint, I decided to make my ring using a hula hoop and metallic paint in charcoal gray, brown and copper. I used the copper to lighting spray areas to look similar to rust spots.


I was lucky enough to find a hula hoop with a flat edge – Walmart, 2.99 – and although the kids said it wasn’t perfect for hula hooping, it was perfect for me!


I picked up some succulent picks and greenery stems at Joann’s – tip: buy your succulent picks at Target in a ready-made arrangement, remove the picks and keep the container. It will cost you less to do this than to buy individual succulent stems!

Starting in the middle, I attached the largest, single succulents of the bunch using floral wire. I wrapped the wire around the stem then around the hoop.

I continued working outward up to the sides, adding succulents and other greenery, keeping it balanced on both sides, using floral wire and hot glue where necessary to secure the succulents.



When I was happy with the placement, I added a burlap bow to the top.


outdoor succulent wreath

I’m delighted with how it turned out and love how it fills the space while still keeping it simple. It’s entirely on trend for less than $20 – how can you beat that?!


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Be sure to stop by and check out some of the Curb Appeal participants. You’ll find inspiration and curb appeal eye candy galore!

Simple Nature Decor Blog
Seeking Lavender Lane
The Deans List
Mom Home Guide
Curly Crafty Mom
My Life From Home
Lehman Lane
Knock it Off Kim
Paint Yourself A Smile
A Designer at Home
Our House Now a Home

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How to Add Built-In Cabinets to your Room – One Room Challenge Week #3

This week we’re adding built-in cabinets to our multi-purpose dining/playroom, made from repurposed upper kitchen cabinets!

Add built-in cabinets

Hi, Friends and welcome back to week #3 of the latest round of the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home!

In case you’re new here or missed last week, I’m working my hiney off, as well as my hubby’s, to turn my formal dining room, currently being used as a poorly designed playroom with dining room furniture, into an actual playroom with dining room potential – aka a multi-purpose room! This week I’m also looking for your opinion on a design choice – Maybe it’s because it’s week 3 – the halfway point – but I’m drawing a blank. Help!
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So, last we talked, our room was looking a bit like this:
I’d love to tell you we’ve turned a huge corner – we haven’t. We’re working hard, but much of what we’re working on ends up looking about the same, which is a little frustrating! We’ve mainly focused on getting our built-in’s completed, and that’s what we’re going to talk about today!

How to Add Built-In Cabinets to your Room

You might remember my mentioning we’d received the cabinets we used from a friend remodeling their kitchen for the best price ever – free. The fabulous thing about them is that they were free! The not so great things about them? Well, all three cabinets were different sizes, which means their doors were different sizes, with each door’s hardware placed differently. Their various materials also made making them appear to be one unit a teeny bit challenging!


I used Zinsser primer with shellac to cover the cabinets made from laminate. This primer helps to ensure paint stick to a slick laminate surface. After that, I followed up with Americana Chalky Finish paint in Everlasting and covered with cream wax to protect the finish.
Once we had the bases painted and installed,  we added the doors prior to completing the counter. We wanted to ensure the cabinet doors were where they should be, and we could close them. At that point, we realized that all of the hardware wasn’t going to fit the same way and that we’d not marked anything when we took them off. Doh!
After a few hours of some light cursing and maybe the throwing of at least one hidden hinge that appeared to be missing a screw, we finally mounted the doors!
The insides of the cabinets also received a bit of love in the form of all-over contact paper! It’s washable, it’s easy to apply, and it looks so lovely!
I’m still trying to figure out cabinet hardware for the doors in the way of pulls and was hoping you might be kind enough to share your opinion! I want to keep it simple. I like both of the ring-pulls below but like the simplicity of the bar and knob. What do you think? Cast your vote in the comments!
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Next, came the counter-top. After a bit of research, we decided to create the counter-top using 8′ boards between 4-6″ wide, and to fasten it using our Kreg-jig that we’ve had for about 3+ years and have never used!

Once we figured out how to use it (thank you, April) and we found our groove, everything moved pretty quickly.

There was a lot of sanding to follow and a good staining using Rustoleum Gel Stain in Aged Oak. Lucky for us we’ve had perfect weather for staining and sanding and could do most of it outside.

Finally, we finished removing the crown molding from above the cabinets to make room for the shelving and added a bold splash of color, Glidden’s True Navy in Satin finish, that will show through the shelves. Below is the first coat.

Next, my husband built the bookcase and added it to the base. We added trim around the edges of the shelves to beef them up, followed by crown molding around the top of the bookcase.

And here they are, completed!


Built-in Cabinets

I LOVE them and the focal point they’ve created in the room.

In other news,  our storage benches are here!

Rug | Benches | “Smile” Pillow

Love them! My favorite feature is how multi-purpose they are! As you can see, when they are not on dining room duty, they’ll act as both a window seat bench and ample and roomy toy/other storage.

“Smile” Pillow

You may recognize the cute little smile pillow from this month’s Silhouette Challenge!

When duty calls, they can move into place using the attached casters, to become comfortable and durable table benches. Loving them, aren’t you? What I’m not loving? That dirty floor!


And we’ve got a handy electrician in to start working on our lighting – super excited to share that with you next week!

All in all, a reasonably productive week. I’m feeling good about our progress, but I’m also feeling the stress of all there is left to do. It’s crunch time!

So, here is where we are on our to-do list:


built-ins || these will be along the main wall and visible from all angles
table || build a restoration hardware table with a fold-out top
storage/dining benches || benches that will work for dining and toy storage
new dining chairs || side chairs useable as dining chairs 
artwork || something fun but appropriate for a dining room
mobile storage cart || this will work as the primary book storage for the playroom
paint || a neutral color that reflects natural light and a colorful feature wall
rug || pattern, texture, and color
lighting || less “chandelier” like overhead, table lamps and recessed lighting
window treatments || updated and cordless

I’m SO excited to have crossed a few off the list! I’m hoping to check off the rest remaining at warp speed! Yikes!

Be sure to take a peek at the all of the other participants as well! There are some AMAZING designs coming out of this challenge – you don’t want to miss it!

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How to Make a DIY Gold Sunburst Mirror

Got an hour? You can make this easy-to-make gold sunburst mirror with magazine pages for major decorating impact wins and lilttle effort!


Many, many moons ago.. aka: a few years ago.. when I started down this blogging road, I created a mirror, out of rolled up magazine pages, hot glue, beads and gold spray paint.

It was the first thing I’ve created that I shared with you, the first real post I ever wrote – the one about having immediate writers block doesn’t really count – and I was so proud of it. I had created the mirror for my daughter’s bedroom – she so wanted a sunburst mirror. She still has it hanging today. I think maybe five of you saw it, all of whom I’m probably related to. Thank you for loving me that much!

Fast forward to now. Once again, I’m re-decorating my daughter’s bedroom – decor around here has a short life span as we move through the tween years! A few more of you are reading and following along – I appreciate you all just as much as I did those five readers – and more than a few of you have asked me about this mirror that I had created all that time ago. Luckily for me, when I made it, I had put together a tutorial.

It seemed like a good time for a flashback!
Thank you for asking me about it.. it was so fun to go back and look at where I came from. It was especially fun because I realized the picture of the mirror is actually upside down on the original post… most excellent! But really, a walk down memory lane made me really appreciate the growth this blog, and I, have seen since then. That mirror and sharing with all of you.. that’s why I started this blog in the first place. You are the best readers a girl could ask for!

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