DIY or BUY-Farmhouse Chandelier

Ok y’all. I’ve had a few of you tell me that you aren’t crafty or that you don’t want to do the work, but if I could tell you where to buy something then you’d be good with that.

I get it. We are all wired differently.

And although I love to do things myself, sometimes you just gotta buy it.

So I had this great idea to give all of you friends some options.

Today, I’m pretty pumped to share with you the first official (drumroll please)….

DIY or BUY post.

Let’s talk about this chandelier.

I could ooh and ahh over light fixtures all day, but the reality is that all of those small changes and updates can really start to add up quickly.

The faucet updates, new fans, hardware…the list goes on.

The first big thing we did when we moved in was pay painters to help paint the tall foyer. We thought for a hot minute about doing that ourselves but decided not to take that task on.

So since a big part of our budget went towards that, it meant DIY chandelier update versus buying.

If you want to DIY, here is what you’ll need…

-A chandelier or any light fixture of your choice. Don’t worry about the color. We will take care of that in a minute.

Flat black spray paint.

This is the “>paint you want!

You could really go any color, but I was going for an old wrought iron, farmhouse look.

Once you get home with your goodies, it is really pretty simple. Take you chandelier somewhere where you have good ventilation and get to spraying.

*SPRAY PAINT TIP: It is better to do a few light coats than to hold the nozzle down and try can cover in one coat. This will lead to drips and you don’t want that.

Wait until it is nice and dry before you install otherwise it will be sticky and then you’ll have fingerprints all over your chandelier. That would be a spray paint foul.

DIY Farmhouse Chandelier

Do you like that barn door? Read about the day the barn door spoke to me here.

If you want to BUY, here are a few options…

The following are all found on Wayfair and are by Laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse. You’ll notice that the price goes up as the number of lights on the chandelier goes up.

Shaylee 6-Light Chandelier

Shaylee 8-light Chandelier

Giverny 9-Light Chandelier

Are you an amazon fan?

I found you another 8-Light Chandelier option.

So there you go, friends!

I hope you have fun updating your chandelier, whether you choose to DIY or BUY!

The BEST Media Console for Your Playroom

Let’s talk about the best media console for your playroom.

When we moved to our new house, it was important to me that we had the perfect spot for a good family movie night.

You know, those nights where you all pile onto the couch in your PJs with some microwave popcorn.

Or Pirates Booty if you have braces.

But then there are also those moments where I just need them to watch Neflix so I can go take a shower.

You know how it is.

Mom life.

So after we moved, I had figured out which room all of these things would happen in.

But I wanted it to be the hangout room for movie nights AND the playroom. So I needed somewhere for the TV and for ALL. THE. TOYS.

The family that we bought the house from had their TV on a cubby storage unit.

GENIUS.

I went online to look for something similar that was sturdy but wouldn’t break the bank.

Walmart to the rescue!

We set the TV on this 8 cube storage organizer

You can find this here or in the stores at Walmart. The finish we got is called weathered.

4 Cube organizer. We put two on either side of the TV console.

Find the 4 cube organizer here.

Viola! A sturdy, save place for the TV and TONS of storage.

Find the navy and striped cubes here.

Find the pink storage cubes here. This shade of pink is a little different than what we have.

P.S. These are the larger sized cubes. This means more storage!

Here it is all put together. I took this picture while the kids were at school. Let’s see how long it lasts!

We have had there prints FOREVER from Hobby Lobby. I almost got rid of them but think they fit perfectly over the TV.

I hope this helps you solve all of your family movie night/playroom storage problems! Now grab a movie and some popcorn and enjoy the perfect family night!

 

It Can Wait. I’m Being a Mom

I’ve got to tell you.

I had big plans for you today. I opened my calendar and had penciled in this really awesome painting tip to share with you.

But today, it can wait. I’m being a mom.

You see, as a mom, you have to make a choice to slow down and enjoy your kids.

Sure it shouldn’t be that hard of a choice, but it is sometimes. Because we often feel like we wear many hats. Sometimes I struggle with this, too. I often turn into the task master that wants to check as many things off of the list as I can.

But then a hear a little voice that says “Mom, you want to play Barbies with me?”

And she says it with such excitement and hope. I choose to say YES.

Yes to playing Barbies. Again. Because that’s the most important thing right now.

The laundry might argue that it is the most important. But it’s not.

The kids don’t have school today, so we are just laying low. We’ve slept in, will wear PJs past lunchtime, practiced piano, played Barbies, painted nails, and now we are watching Frozen. Again.

Millie turned all of the LED candles on while we were working on piano and then said “Mom! You like my Halloween?!”

So I just wanted to hop on here to tell all of you other moms that are in the same season as me to just embrace the chaos.

Sure you may feel like the ringmaster of a circus many days, but let’s try to just be enjoy each circus act.

Don’t compare yourself to others.

Be the best YOU that you can be!

It’s OK if you don’t get it all done. It can wait. Today, be mom.

YOU are ENOUGH!

YOU are AWESOME! 🙂

Give yourself grace, take a break from the hustle, and go love your family!

P.S. I know we still have to do the tasks, but making the choice to let some of it wait can be the best thing you can do. Love your kiddos through the intentional time and memories that you can create together. Or include them with some of those tasks. You’d be surprised how much fun matching socks and folding towels can be when you do it TOGETHER. 🙂

Being a Christian is like Being a Pumpkin

Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin.

I love when we can do something hands on and visual to help the kids learn some awesome truths from the Bible.

My mom showed me these verses the other day so I decided to make a cute little picture that you can use to walk through these verses with your family.

Click the picture or the link below for your FREE printable that will guide you through this activity.

Click here to download your free printable!

Grab a pumpkin and invite your neighbors over!

WARNING! This may get messy, but that’s how life is sometimes, isn’t it?

God Picks You From The Patch And Brings You In

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Look at the stages as the pumpkin grows on the vine before it is ready to be picked!

One of my favorite things about Maggie is how she always slows down to study and appreciate God’s creation.

Then He Washes All of the Dirt off of You

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

He Opens You Up and Scoops Out all of the Yucky Stuff. He Removes the Seeds of Doubt, Hate, and Greed

“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.” Romans 6:6

Then He Carves You a New Smiling Face

“My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you—I whom you have delivered.” Psalm 71:23

He Puts His Light Inside You to Shine for all the World to See

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Certain members of the family wanted to carve puppies and a cat. 🙂

Look at those smiles!

 

The Day The Barn Door Spoke to Me

The barn door spoke to me. Has that ever happened to you?

Have you ever been walking around at a store or maybe a flea market and you just KNOW that one piece is speaking to you?!

I’m serious.

Like it is saying “You know you need me in your house.”

And then you think, “But what will I do with you?”

Then it says “Figure that out later, lady. If you walk away someone else will snatch me up.”

“YOU. NEED. ME.”

I speak back. “Ok, you’re right. Let’s get you home and then I will explain this to my sweet husband later. Surely he’ll support my vision.”

Yup. That’s pretty much how it went down the day I brought this amazing chippy, rusty, rugged barn door home. I was driving home and had all three girls with me, but I just had to make a quick stop at the consignment store.

You know, just for fun.

I walked into the consignment store to look for chairs. The rest is history. We left with a barn door.

I really tried to walk away 3 different times but I just couldn’t leave without it.

Clearly, not everyone was as thrilled with the purchase.

Let’s take a minute to look up close at the character that this door has.

The rustier the better if you ask me!

If you look closely, you can see tire marks that are still on the door.

I LOVE a piece that has a story behind it.

Sure, we may not always know the story.

But I can only imagine all of the neat places this door could have come from.  So neat to think about.

Well, now what?

I had a big open wall in our dining room that I had been trying to figure out. This would be perfect! And it turns out Mr. Man liked it a lot, too!

After we hung it on the wall, it stayed just like that for about a month. I loved the door but just didn’t know what to put on it or around it.

But then it happened.

We got a Target gift card and my sweet husband said I could use it for whatever I wanted.

I had been eyeing a boxwood wreath for several months but just didn’t want to spend the money.

So I took the gift card and drove myself straight to Target to get my new boxwood wreath.

Boxwood Wreath

I also had a rusty GATHER sign that needed to find its place in our new home.

I LOVE how it all came together!