Hey, y’all! Welcome to my very first blog post… ever!! Since I get asked regularly about the decor in our house, I thought this would be a great way to share my project how-to’s as well as the how-not-to’s. And, Simply ReStyled Designs was born!
Don’t look at my pictures and think ‘oh her house is perfect.’ No, I promise you it’s not. I have a dog who thinks he is a human and 2 kids, 4 & almost 3, who like to ‘help’ me on my projects. It’s impossible to keep a perfect house and be that supermom. As Jen Hatmaker says in For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards, no one is riding that unicorn! Life is real, messy and imperfect. It’s about stopping and smelling the flowers. Finding your joy. My joy is being with my family (even though my kids drive me absolutely crazy the majority of the time). I do projects as ‘me time’ and as a stress release, although sometimes I get in over my head and they end up being the stress too. Haha! I love the distressed shabby chic style in coastal colors, particularly turquoise (and any shade of it, really). Having distressed decor certainly comes in handy with 2 active little boys who like to hammer every. thing. in. the. entire. house. when I am not looking.
In years past, I started decorating for Christmas early.. like September/October. I know, crazy!! This year my hubby put his foot down and said no Christmas decor until at least November. So, this year I decided it was time to stop and smell the flowers. To the dollar store and Target dollar section I went. For under $40 I was able to create numerous fall items throughout our house. Stay tuned throughout the next few weeks to see more of my frugal fall decor projects!
First up, a Dollar Tree pumpkin restyle! I love filling vases, lanterns, or wire baskets with objects reflecting the particular season.. so I went on a hunt for small pumpkins. Dollar Tree had orange and black glitter jack-o-lanterns that were the perfect size!
- 6 pumpkins of various shapes for $1 each
- Mod Podge
- tissue paper
- foam brush(to apply Mod Podge)
- spray paint & various paint samples
I knew I was going to spray paint them to match my current decor but was worried the glitter would fall off too easily. So out came the Mod Podge and tissue paper! I used pink tissue paper because it is what I had extra of at the time. I pulled out the small light thing at the bottom of each pumpkin, and then modpodged the tissue paper over the bottom hole and face cutouts.
After letting them fully dry, I spray painted each one with 2 coats of white spray paint, then decided I wanted a different color. Sometimes I just can’t make up my mind!! So, I pulled out my container of paint samples and chose a turquoise, beige, and a silvery gray to re-paint the pumpkins using a foam brush. After these dried, I used dark gray (just happened to be what I had on hand) paint to fill in the stems on the pumpkins. I let it dry again for 24 hours (the waiting is the worst part!!). After they were finally dry, I placed them in a wire bin (actually it is an old freezer bin I found at my Grandma’s house. I gave it a coat of Rust-Oleum’s Weathered Steel spray paint, and will eventually put a burlap bow on it) with antlers and DIY twine and burlap balls. Easy on the wallet shabby chic table decor complete!
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