A greater day to you all! Check out some of my favorite farmhouse wall decor finds from Amazon. Everything listed here is under $20. If you’re a fan of farmhouse decor and are looking for an affordable way to decorate that bland, drab wall, you may find something here that you will absolutely love!
A happy, happy Monday to you! Check out some of my favorite farmhouse finds from Amazon. Everything listed here is under $50. If you’re a fan of farmhouse decor, you may find something here that you will absolutely love!
For the longest time, buying baby picture frames meant looking for something pink or blue. Maybe perhaps finding a theme that might in some way be related to your child. That has changed recently, as you can find just about anything you would like to have on a frame.
Buy or DIY Picture Frames?
Some people who are handy with wood, paint and other crafting tools like to make them on their own. Others like to shop, hoping to find the perfect frame. However, personalized and special frames for pictures of your children are a lot closer than you might think.
Let’s say that you want to make your own baby picture frames. All you have to do is find a plain frame in the right color. If you can’t find it anywhere, look in your local craft stores. They usually have something for just about everyone. You can then decide what you want to do with your baby picture frames. Check out your local thrift stores. Frames are usually found in many different types, shapes, sizes and colors of frames.
If you like to paint, you can add your own design if you wish. To simplify your design, you can find many great things you can simply attach to the frame with a bit of glue. You can add a theme or even your child’s name. You can do both if you wish. Let your imagination guide you.
Places to Buy Frames
If you feel you don’t have the talent or the time to make your own baby picture frames, don’t worry, there are many great ones out there now. If you look around online, you can find places that sell things you may never have imagined. Some online vendors may even customize any frame you want (usually for a nominal fee). Also, they will then mail them out to you in a secure package to minimize breakage during shipping. These can be personalized with almost anything you wish, and don’t have to cost a lot of money either.
There are also a number of arts and crafts stores located throughout the U.S.
Be Safe When Choosing Picture Frames
There is one thing you should keep in mind if you are making or buying your own baby picture frames. Even though many will go on the wall and little hands will never touch them, some are placed on nightstands or other places that are in reach.
If this is the case for the frame you are going to buy, make sure they do not have small pieces that can come off and be a choking hazard. Therefore, sure that the paint is safe if your child were to put the frame in their mouth. Children under the age of two often explore the world with their mouth, so keep that in mind as you choose.
I certainly hope that this helps! Do you have a picture frame that you created from scratch or one that you may have rehabbed that you would like to share? We would love to see it and add it to the post.
What EXACTLY is Shabby Chic?
Shabby Chic is a comfortable, casual look using vintage accessories, pastels, and comfortable furniture. While people have been living with old lace tablecloths, dreamy soft floral fabrics, light painted furniture, wrought iron curtain rods with filmy sheer curtains, and colorful fresh flowers for a long time, Shabby Chic decorating style was brought to popularity by Rachel Ashwell.
Think of visiting with your grandmother, snuggled in comfortable soft furniture. Fresh flowers look beautiful and the soft scent of candles fills the room. A home decorated in the vintage, Shabby Chic style can provide the same sensation for your own home.
Shabby Chic is of no particular style; but, rather balances elegant things with old and worn, shiny silver accessories with painted wooden tables, soft throw rugs with rough old lace.
Here are some of the ways you can use a Shabby Chic decorating style in your home:
Soft Delicate Colors
If you love bold primary colors, Shabby Chic is not for you. Soft white, muted grey, pale pink, and faded green all have a place in a Shabby Chic interior.
Tea Stained Fabrics
Collect fabrics from around the house or buy vintage-looking fabrics even if they’re new. To give the illusion of age, fabric can be made to look old, worn, faded, and soft by staining them with a brew of tea. Be sure to test a piece of fabric first to get just the right shade. You can change something that’s stark white to a soft creamy white– just right for the look.
Combine Patterns and Colors
Combine stripes, checks, and floral fabrics to achieve a warm and inviting look. Gather yardage or fabrics from yard sales and flea markets. You don’t have to follow traditional rules of combining prints, but for easiest mixing keep the background color the same (white or ivory, etc.). Then choose one color to repeat in almost every fabric, such as a soft green or pale pink.
White painted furniture
Almost any piece of wooden furniture will fit into a Shabby Chic interior if it’s painted white. Collect pieces from flea markets, garage sales, and the attic. Spray with white paint, sand off the corners and rough it up a little, and voila – you have Shabby Chic furniture. You’d be surprised how a coat of paint transforms a dark dingy chair or table.
Think Outside the Box
Not every chair has to be sat on. How about using a sturdy, painted straight chair as a table at the side of a bed or sofa or in a corner to hold a vase of flowers? An old picnic bench or trunk can serve as a coffee table. Stack wooden boxes at the side of a chair for books and flowers. Be creative and use what you have.
Here are some other ways to bring the wonderful, warm look of vintage, Shabby Chic into your home.
You can camouflage old, drab furniture and cover up mismatched pieces with soft slipcovers. Whether you have a slipcover custom made, make your own, or buy a throw at a store, you can get just the look you want without investing in a new piece of furniture. Most pieces are covered in white, but soft faded prints will work too. Since you’ll probably want to wash the slipcovers occasionally, be sure the fabric is easy care! How about a cool white look for summer and a warm stripe or floral for cooler seasons?
For a welcoming and inviting look, upholstered furniture in a Shabby Chic interior is comfortable, oversized, wrinkled, with a slipcover.
Sofas are long and chairs are almost big enough to seat two. Delicate prints cover soft throw pillows.
No Iron Needed
A rumpled, wrinkled, but neat look is perfect for the Shabby Chic style. Upholstered or slip-covered furniture should look well-used and very loved!
Anything old and beautiful will have a place in this style of decorating. Glass doorknobs, pillars, an old mantle, and rusted old iron shelf brackets or hooks can add texture to any room.
The More Rust, the Better
Decorative accessories and wrought iron furniture are perfect compliments to a Shabby Chic interior. If the rust is peeling or flaking off, sand it lightly and seal with two coats of a flat, clear spray varnish.
Delight All the Senses with Flowers and Candles
Add a wonderful glow and delicious fragrance with vintage scented candles. Be sure to have bunches of fresh flowers scattered around, whether in a glass jar or beautiful painted vase. Include pretty books on flowers to add color. Floral prints look comfortable and add texture on soft throw pillows.
Everything Old is New Again
You’ll be happy to know that even the most broken-down or dingy of elegant formal furniture pieces can be adapted to a Shabby Chic decor. If it’s broken, fix it. Dirty? Clean it up and paint it white. Rusted? Clean it up – but only a little and find it a new home. Is the paint is chipped? You’re in luck. Mirror scratched? Scratch it some more.
Because Shabby Chic style is so adaptable, it’s a perfect way to decorate a guest room or family room. With the focus on warmth and comfort, everyone will be comfortable. Have fun putting together your Shabby Chic room.
If you’re falling in love with all things Shabby Chic, be sure to check out some of my favorite blogs for more decorative inspiration!