The Quaint Sanctuary

The Quaint Sanctuary

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

{ DIY Thrifty BARN DOOR Divider }

EEEK, I'm so so excited to share this post with you guys!! I've been wanting to finish this project in our dining room for so long & it finally was completed 2 week's ago , and today is the reveal! So a little back story on why we wanted to hang this 1940's vintage barn door in our dining room..We have two big rescue dogs & a bunny. The bunny { Mr. Wibbles} stays in my office downstairs & sometimes we don't want Stinker & Stew downstairs without us. We have used a generic $10 baby gate since we moved to this house & let me tell you it's been ANNOYING & I may have tripped/ fell/ knocked it over 1000x!! We had this barn door in our treasure pile & have been wanting to hang it for the last year..You know that thing called life happens & we got distracted with business things, family stuff etc.. Two weekends ago we had some free time so I had my lovely husband hang it for us. It's an authentic vintage barn door that my husband found free on a job site..{ he finds the best treasures- Thanks, Mark ;)! }. It's old, & isn't perfect by any means, but that's what gives it that barn / farmhouse charm. The track, handle, nails & basically everything is original.. Come see this massive barn door & all of its glory!


The door is super heavy & like I said above has many flaws, but is also very functional for what we use it as- a room divider/barrier. Right where the door closes at was a pocket door that closes the dining room from the back door & basement area. The previous owners tiled it in :(... I love the divider & it keeps the dogs out when need be. 


How To:
The track is original as well as the wheels, so they had to be greased up A LOT!! One part on the track is bent a bit { it's too old to be disturbed }, but again it gives that cozy farmhouse charm I crave so much. My husband leveled the track & drilled some special screws into each hole on the track & then we both lifted this beast onto the track..Seriously it was SUPER SIMPLE and HEAVY hahaha. This project with the chalkboard paint cost under $20!!!!!


This is the original handle/lock & I loved it so much to pull back & forth, I think I may keep it!!!!!


I wanted to keep the decor super simple on the dining room side, so I just added a vintage white apron that was my great grandpa's , a tea towel & simple wreath. I can't wait to play around with this for holidays etc..

Side Note: The Tea towel is from +HomeGoods , the greenery is from +IKEA USA & the tote is from +Michaels Stores . The picnic basket was free vintage find.


I love the old nail beading at the top & bottom..The charm goes on forever with this door. The stories it probably could tell ;).




I added the chalkboard paint to the wall so when the door is pulled the wall isn't completely bare. The door sits super close to the wall so this was the best option & neutral/ easy to work with. I also added some clear stick-on rubber grippers to the back of the door so it doesn't scratch anything. 


I wanted to jazz up that chalkboard square, so I lined it with some silver thumb tacks for a more custom industrial framed look. This whole project was super easy, thrifty & now so functional!!! I really hope you guys love this & gather some inspiration..I mean this was from junk..I'm still amazed a bit. Let me know what you think of this project below!:)

Have a lovely Wednesday friends!

As always THANK YOU for stopping in on my little growing blog. I know everyone says it, but I honestly appreciate each of you for sharing my posts, commenting etc....I'm not the biggest or most popular blogger , but I am humble, real & practical ,and  hopefully helpful or inspiring in someway :). 
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Paige.Rose

Monday, April 25, 2016

{ Farmhouse & Kitchen Counter Decor Ideas & Tips.. }

Oh Monday....you were brutal to me ha. I hope you guys had a lovely Monday & start to the week!! So before I get started with today's post I'm going to be honest ..it's going to be a short one. I was walking up the stairs with some laundry & smashed my right hand into the door-fold. I now am the proud owner of my very own Mickey Mouse hand oh & my husband smashed his index nail off today - HAPPY MONDAY FOLKS eek!... Okay, back to the post..so I've noticed not only in this blogging world, but friends / family etc.. having trouble in a spot I would never think to blog/ talk about..the kitchen counter!! It's one of those spaces that you want to keep minimal with the decor, but also cute still right?! I came up with some simple cottage & farmhouse decor to display that doubles as useful items/ goods to have out.


I like to keep things fresh looking on the counter, but also items that I will use or use on a daily basis. Yes, some of the goods are just for looks like the flowers, but most of the stuff I have on the counters are used daily. I even use that vintage watering can that is on display with the silver cake stand. The watering can holds all our soaps & sinks stuff.  The mason jar lamp is used every night, but also doubles for that cozy cottage vibe. The cutting board is used a lot & the candle I like to have my the sink because lets be honest it's a s i n k...


This "General Store Sign" was a DIY --> DIY SIGN


The doggies may have gotten those cookies....;) . Tea towels are another item to dress up the counters & are also useful.  These neutral striped ones are from +IKEA USA  as well as these little springy mugs.


I've been collecting crocks for sometimes now & I've started collecting the mini sets too..These like a lot of the counter decor are used & not just for looks. They're used for honey, soups etc.. The bread box  { Search under -Popular Posts - for the tutorial } is another example of farmhouse decor on the counter, but in our case it's used!! Mason jars are that staple item that display nicely & can be used so broadly & on the cheap!! 




There are pieces like these faux ceramic eggs from +Hobby Lobby  that I just use as decor. I like using items to display that you would naturally see on the kitchen counter.. I mean obviously not all of it, but I try to keep it simple & functional.


The butter dish is from +HomeGoods  & the rolling pin is vintage.




I hope this post was helpful in decorating your counters. With a few simple goods it can look fresh & clean, yet still cozy!  I hope you all have a lovely Tuesday..I'm off to ice my hand.


As always THANK YOU for stopping in on my little growing blog. I know everyone says it, but I honestly appreciate each of you for sharing my posts, commenting etc....I'm not the biggest or most popular blogger , but I am humble, real & practical ,and  hopefully helpful or inspiring in someway :). 
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Paige.Rose


Sunday, April 24, 2016

{ Comfy Cottage Spring Reading Nook! }

Heyyy guys! What a gorgeous weekend for SO MANY REASONS! I'm sitting here with my almond vanilla candle going, some Lana Del Rey playing in the background while my office mascot Mr. Wibbles { bunny } jumps around haha. I mean a great weekend with a great close! I got to spend some quality time in Ann Arbor with a friend & my sister { which is always a riot in itself }, enjoyed sometime on the water walking & got 2 more projects done, and managed to snuggle with the pups/ hubby! Sometimes some great outdoor time is the perfect therapy & cure for anything. Perfect 65 degree weather & while at the park my sister snapped some MUCH needed new head shots for the blog!

  
    
 So I mentioned via my social media outlets a few day's ago that I found an old bookshelf while in the city { Detroit } working with my husband for the day. We were leaving the last job site & I spotted it in a pile of trash in the street..I yelled " ohhh" & Mark kept driving then stops & goes " You want that , right?!" Back we went after our U- turn haha. I jumped out & before my husband could snap down the seat, I muscled it in the jeep. It's solid wood & even had some great chippy paint already on it. I got it home & knew exactly what I wanted it for..  I wanted it for the corner in our upper living room. I moved the antique piece that was there & replaced the coffee table that just wasn't working for that space anymore { Post on that soon }. I love the way the space turned out & it feels so much more roomier with the smaller coffee table & little bookshelf.


The piece was already a light chippy shop green color, which I kinda loved. I hit it with some white paint & sanded it a bit then finished it off with some dark wax all over paying special attention to the edges for that distressed cottage look. Super simple & fun!



P.S. those magazines are bugging me haha..#ocd


This little corner had been difficult to get right, because the wall is kind of awkward but after finding this little bookshelf for free I decided I needed a cute magazine rack for cheap so of course I went to the shop & grabbed that metal one for $15 & sprayed it white!! I wanted the space to be cozy cottagey with a purpose. I mean, I love sitting in that chair browsing my catalogs or reading my vintage books.. The pillow is from +HomeGoods  & the green throw is from +IKEA USA .
 



That distressed painted hydrangea sign was a DIY -- >DIY Flower Sign


The lamp is from +HomeGoods  & the mirror from +Michaels Stores . The tulips are from +Hobby Lobby . The stool is vintage & was my late papa's & the water can / buckets were all free find. I had these legs from a vintage table we had in the dining room { Update Coming Soon } & I loved the carved detail, so I kept them & used them to style this simple bookshelf. 



This is my new favorite space in our upper level living room. It's bright, soothing & soo much more functional! I sincerely hope you all have a sunny & successful week ahead.

As always THANK YOU for stopping in on my little growing blog. I know everyone says it, but I honestly appreciate each of you for sharing my posts, commenting etc....I'm not the biggest or most popular blogger , but I am humble & practical ,and  hopefully helpful or inspiring in someway :). 
***You can find me here for updates & more ,or SUBSCRIBE on the left side of my blog for FREE & direct updates right to your mail...
Paige.Rose

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

{ Cottage Style Mantel Decor / Ideas .. }

Welcome back guys! I wanted to quickly jump on here today to show you guys our updated spring styled cottage mantel with two new junkin pieces we finally hung!!! So back in the winter my husband brought home these two matching cupboard doors & I kinda fell in love!! I knew exactly where I wanted them, but waited until a few days ago to wash & paint them just in time for a little mantel refresher! So I've been going project crazy with these new temps & this was one of them..I first seen this similar project via Pottery Barn, but didn't care for the industrial bar look so I wanted to recreate something more cottage style & lets be honest for WAY CHEAPER, actually this was another free project! I'll be blogging the other big projects soon or sometime next week..but for now I hope you love this little ray of sunshine that's blossomed..I love the spring garden/ cottage feel especially with this glorious weather us Michiganders have been blessed with these past few days. So I'm going to quit talking & let you guys have a peek..& go lay down because my scoliosis back is horrible at the moment! Maybe it's all the painting or projects eeek :) !

I've always struggled with this huge wall in our living room. I love the little rustic fireplace, but always felt weird hanging sconces { I'm not really a fan } or anything for that matter on the sides. I like these faux doors, even though they're not functional, they still give that cozy cottage feel & help fill the space.  

I kept a lot of the stuff the same, like the greenery, but also switched out lots too. I added the lanterns, owls, & new plants on top. Most of the goods were free finds. I wanted it to feel fresh, clean & spring/summery. The LED lanterns were the perfect touch & for only $2 a piece at Family Dollar.



I washed both of these & hit them with some fresh white paint & then with a little black over the cute hinges etc.. I mean it doesn't get simpler than that! 




The little garden trinkets on the fireplace box are from +Michaels Stores  for $3 for a pack. I love the bronzed look & they fit so well with the cottage/garden theme going on.

I hope this little refresher gave you some ideas for your spring/summer mantel. I mean with a few junkin finds, dollar candles & thrifts this is the easiest mantel to construct.  I hope you all have a lovely Wednesday!!!!!

As always THANK YOU for stopping in on my little growing blog. I know everyone says it, but I honestly appreciate each of you for sharing my posts, commenting etc....I'm not the biggest or most popular blogger , but I am humble & practical ,and  hopefully helpful or inspiring in someway :). 
***You can find me here for updates & more ,or SUBSCRIBE on the left side of my blog for FREE & direct updates right to your mail...
Paige.Rose





Monday, April 18, 2016

{ Faux Farmhouse Utensils for Under $10!!! }

Happy Tuesday sweet friends, readers, family ..EVERYONE hehe!!! Thanks so much for stopping back in on my little growing blog! So today was one of those days where I didn't sit down until 10pm..no joke. I got so much done today including painting, cleaning & some DIY projects lined up for the blog...I know, me planning blog post - Uhh crazy right?!? Anyways if you're following me via Instagram or Facebook { Links below for both } then you would know we've been doing a semi major overhaul in the kitchen. We've added a vintage pantry door, 1940's barn door & with all that comes decor changes too... I picked up this sign I love from Hobby Lobby & needed something to put next to it to fill the space..So knowing how I am, I went searching for something I already had in the house , and came up with all these extra bamboo utensils I had bought from Bed Bath & Beyond for $7! I wanted them to look aged & have that old worn/aged/used farmhouse look..so I broke out some $1 black paint & essentially dry brushed some black paint onto them. See how super simple this project is & all for under $10!!! I mean of course the authentic farmhouse/ cottage utensils are amazingggg , but not for $10 a piece at some of the vintage shops...Come see how to make these for cheap & in about 20 minutes time! 
1.)
So I started out with these clean dry utensils..I decided to use a $1 store brush that was 2'' for easy application. The 2'' is about how wide the utensils are so it helped hit in the right places for that desired aged look. You can use any brush though.

2.)
This is what one application of paint looked like. Be sure not to saturate the brush, but more use a "dry brush" technique. I wanted more of a distressed look, so I added a bit more in some places..You really can't mess this up. If you happen to apply too much, just use a wire brush to buff some off. 

Side Note: I used regular $1 "dollar spot" paint from +Target , no fancy chalk paint for this DIY.


P.S. I promise those cookies weren't staged there haha..They were leftover from our weekend BBQ.

3.)
So here is what they looked like after 2 or 3 brush strokes with minimal paint on the brush.





I love how they turned out!! I'm giving you guys a sneak peek at the dining room revamp too.. Sign is from +Hobby Lobby  for $20 originally $50!


I hope you guys liked this SUPER SIMPLE cottage/ farmhouse DIY. I mean when it comes to projects I like to keep it as practical as possible & this pretty much demonstrates that haha. Oh, I should mention too this DIY is super rental friendly too, because I used +3M  to hang these!!!

As always THANK YOU for stopping in on my little growing blog. I know everyone says it, but I honestly appreciate each of you for sharing my posts, commenting etc....I'm not the biggest or most popular blogger , but I am humble & practical ,and  hopefully helpful or inspiring in someway :). 
***You can find me here for updates & more ,or SUBSCRIBE on the left side of my blog for FREE & direct updates right to your mail...
Paige.Rose

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