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My visit with THE KariAnne Wood from Thistlewood Farms

If you don’t know who KariAnne Wood is from the blog Thistlewood Farms, you’re missing out.  She’s kind, smart, sweet as pie and the cutest thing since the color pink.  I love her!  Her blog is about her life, her family, her beautiful farmhouse in Kentucky and her DIY projects.

Carol who blogs over at BlueSkyatHome.com invited her and a few others over for a book signing.  Yes you read correctly, KariAnne wrote a book!  It’s called So Close To Amazing.

I’ve been excited for days and even wondered what people wear to a “private” book signing.  Should I wear something casual like oh-she’s-my-bestie-and-we’re-just-hangin-out (we met in person in July)  or maybe wow-she’s-the-queen-of-farmhouse-decor-and-I-should-kiss-her-feet-so-don’t-wear-heels-because-it’s-going-to-be-awkward-when-I-can’t-get-up?  I went with casual to keep us all safe.

 

KariAnne Wood from Thistlewood Farms and Cindy Richter from CountyRoad407.com at the So Close To Amazing book signing

She has inspired me so many times through her blog and given me such great advice that I truly believe you’ll love her book.  I remember to this day the first time she ever commented on one of my blog posts.  I was so new and thought it was a mistake.  But nope, she’s just that sweet!

So Close To Amazing is about her move to Kentucky from the Dallas area and how the Lord laid out her path.  It’s about how she has questioned the Lord just like me and about DIY projects gone wrong just like so many of our own.  But what I love the most about the book is how she learned to rejoice in the small things, embrace the imperfect and celebrate the mistakes.



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The book So Close To Amazing by KariAnne Wood of Thistlewood Farms

During our time together we watched her smile and lift her hands in excitement, listened to her giggle and speak in “total asides”.  That alone kept me on my toes trying to keep up.  She’s genuine and sassy and crazy funny and sincere and rambunctious.  She’s a motivator, a mentor and my new forever friend.

If you’d like to order the book, click on this link.  

If you’d like to check out her blog, click on this link

And let me know when you get the book.  We’ll get together and do a project from the book then celebrate how amazing we are!  🙂

KariAnne's book So Close To Amazing with Cindy at Countyroad407

 

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It’s still super hot here in Texas but I can’t wait until September 22 (first official day of fall) to start transforming my decor.  Fall is my FAVORITE time of year.  Did you notice the emphasis there?  I’m telling you my house looks like Hobby Lobby threw up all over it during the fall months.  I can’t help it.  It’s the cooler weather, the leaves, the clothes, the not sweating just after you get out of the shower, and of course, the decor!  So in honor of fall being on it’s way, I’m sharing how a store bought pumpkin gets a vintage vibe!

I want this pumpkin to be unique and different so I can’t just leave it in its original orange.  That doesn’t say decorator/blogger/fall goddess.  And it certainly doesn’t say vintage farmhouse fabulousness.  So here is a list of what you’ll need to achieve this unique vintage look.

Supplies:

Store bought plastic pumpkin
Fabric Doily
Knob or drawer pull
Paint of choice (I used American DecoArt in a chalky finish)
Sponge paint brushes
Fabric Glue (Crafter’s Pick was my choice)
Hot glue gun and glue stick

Supplies needed for a vintage inspired pumpkin

Directions:

You’ll want to first remove the stem.  Each pumpkin is different but with this one all I had to do was untwist it.  Now you can start the fun part of painting it.  A vintage pumpkin doesn’t have to be white.  It can be cream, gray, pale blue, green, pink or even yellow.  I want white so it took about 4 coats of paint.  I could’ve purchased white pumpkins but they were double in price and since I am painting anyway, I went the cheaper route.

Paint a store bought pumpkin white for a vintage look

After you are happy with how the paint looks and it’s fully dry, it’s time to glue on the doily.  Put fabric glue in the most solid areas of the doily and on the edges too.  I dabbed a little all over the entire piece but had a solid line of glue on the top, in the middle, and on the edges of the doily.  Try not to overdo the amount of glue.



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When you lay the doily on the pumpkin, line up the center hole from the doily with the hole where the stem use to be.  Don’t forget to gently push the doily in the creases of the pumpkin.

Glue on a fabric doily or a vintage looking pumpkin

The finishing touch is to add the knob.  You can simply insert the knob or hot glue it in if you want it to be permanent.  Isn’t it fantabulous?!  It has the vintage vibe I was striving for and a softness even with the added texture!

Vintage inspired pumpkin wiht a doily and knob

Below is another video for my new library!  I wanted to name it “Look Ma, no man hands!” because you don’t see my man hands like in the first video.  But I chickened out.  I feel it isn’t very professional and someone might come across it one day and think it’s about a girl who replaced her hands with doll hands or hooks or something.  Not about a vintage inspired pumpkin.  Anyway, let me know what you think and don’t forget to like and share it.  You know – since I’m vying for Internet Sensation!  😉

Here’s the Video!

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Dear Affable Ally,

I’m going to let you in on a little secret.

It wasn’t mentioned by my grandmother or promoted by Coffee-mate or even on the “As seen on TV” commercials.

But it should be.  This little secret should be in every decor loving, mason jar loving, we-all-want-people-to-think-we-live-like-celebrities loving households.

Here it is.  Drum roll please…

The 15oz. Coffee-Mate Creamer lids fit on Ball jars!  Say Whaaaaaat?!  I know, right?  You can put the perfect powder pouring red lid from a Coffee-mate creamer container straight on a Ball jar and look like a Decorating Mastermind.

Ball jars with Coffee-mate Creamer lids

I know, you’re gasping at the sight of them.  Well then let me tell you this too – my sugar jar is another fantabulous idea.   All I did was trace and cut out the lid from a Morton Salt container.

I know, you want to kiss my feet and stroke my hair but it’s okay.  I love telling secrets and having you look like a guru too!

But I couldn’t leave my Coffee-mate lids red.  Oh no.  They don’t coordinate with my black and white coffee station (which you can read about HERE).  So I decided to spray the lids using Valspar Premium Finish spray paint in a black satin.  It took 10 seconds to paint them and less than an hour to dry.  So if you’re going to have a party tonight, you can get this done lickity split!

Ball jars with Coffee-Mate creamer lids painted black for a better farmhouse style look



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I’ve had people visit and ask about my little secret and when I posted it on Instagram, I had friends say they didn’t know.  Well now you do!  I can see those perfect lids painted in whatever color you need for your kitchen.  Maybe yellow, aqua blue, gray, white, mint green?  This paint comes in so many pretty colors.  No this isn’t a sponsored post.  Oh how I wish it were – I’d love to have a box of free Valspar paint or a case of Ball jars or Coffee-mate creamer!

Anyway.  I’ve added a very short video showing how easy it is to transform them.  I learned at my awesome Haven Blogger Conference that videos are now a big deal in the world of blogging and I need to jump on that train. So here it is.  If you like it then share it with your friends so I can become a nationally known blogging star!

Sincerely, Cindy  XXOO

p.s.  Don’t be too critical when judging.  It’s my first video and don’t laugh at my furry arms and man hands.  I can’t keep real or fake nails for more than a week. 😉

Here’s the Video!

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Pretty Pintastic Party

Repurpose a Vintage Milk Can

A couple of weeks ago, the Mister and I thought we’d head to Gainesville, TX to check out Lavender Ridge Farms.  By the time we got there, we sat on the road to enter about 20 minutes just barely inching up.  We finally rolled down the window and asked someone going the opposite direction what the hold up was ahead.  She told us that from the point we were sitting on the road we’d have about another hour of waiting before we got to the gate!  What the monkey man.  No lavender farm is worth an hour and a half wait on a dusty road.  We hadn’t had lunch yet and we had no provisions!

So we turned around and decided to check out the local square instead.  Walking thru we heard lots of people saying they turned around too.  This made lunch options dismal.  We finally found a place that could seat us called The Main Street Pub.  Even though it wasn’t my first or fifth choice, I was glad to see it.  The air conditioning was working, they had empty tables, sweet tea and the food and service were great.  You could tell they had been swamped and a little overwhelmed by the crowds but I give them a 2 thumbs up rating for sure.

Now that our bellies were full, we checked out a few antique stores and came across one that was closing down.  The only thing I found I really wanted was a vintage milk can.  It didn’t have a tag on it so I was going to pass.  I totally hate having to ask for a price on things.  If you don’t know this about me, here it is, I hate disappointing people.  If the price is too high I’ll have to say no which I feel disappoints them because they want a sale.  I know, it sounds ridiculous but I cannot help it.

   Rusty vintage milk can before painting

vintage milk can handle with rust before painting

Anyway, Mr. Wonderful swayed me into asking.  It took about 5 minutes to get up the courage but I did.  She walked outside to see what I was talking about and said it’s $20.00 so you can have it for $10.00.  I said with a big cheeky grin – I’ll take it!  The rest of the day, the Mister kept saying – aren’t you glad you asked?  Yeah yeah, enough already.  I’m glad, I’m glad.



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It had several dents and a ton of rust but it had potential. After a good cleaning I used a Rustoelum spray paint to act as a primer.  Then after drying I used the left over Fat Paint in Mountain Haze.  Same paint I used on the DIY galvanized table in this post.  That stuff really goes a long way!

Vintage Milk can after primer paint

Here is what the vintage milk can looks like now.  I could have sanded it or used a steel bristle brush to clean it but I like the added texture.

Vintage milk can after using Fat Paint

The mouth on the can is large so adding a tray and using it as a side table was ideal.  It holds my magazine, popcorn and lemonade perfectly.

tray used for a side table on vintage milk can

There are so many ideas for using a vintage milk can.  I’ve listed several below and hope you can find inspiration on repurposing one for yourself!

Ideas for repurposed vintage milk cans:

Hope you can find a vintage milk can one day and turn it into something fabulous!

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DIY Galvanized Looking Table Top and Chair Makeover!

I didn’t like the table and chairs that were originally in the farmhouse.  It was ugly, sat only 4 people and the chairs were uncomfortable.  Uh yeah, no thanks.  This gave me the opportunity to go through my furniture warehouse.  I know not many people have a Home Staging business with a warehouse full of furniture, but I did.  I’ve sense sold it all but ooh wee, it made for some great redesigns.  And it made for a great low cost, low effort DIY galvanized looking table top and chair makeover!

I see it like this – God knew when he prompted me over 10 years ago to get certified in Home Staging and Redesign that I’d one day branch out into furnishing vacant and model homes.  He also knew the Mister wasn’t going to purchase a bunch of new pretty stuff for this old inherited house and I’d need/want different furniture.  So boom bam, free furniture from my warehouse!

The set I chose has gold fabric on the seats and a dark stained top.  Not ugly but traditional and heavy looking.  I thought about painting the entire thing white but that would have put the Mister in a tizzy.  He doesn’t agree that white paint makes everything fresh and pretty.

DIY dining table before galvanized painted top

 

Steps for a DIY Galvanized Looking Table Top

First wipe the top with Klean-Strip Mineral Spirits or any other paint cleaner.  You don’t have to strip the stain off, just make sure there isn’t an oily residue left anywhere.  Now tape off the sides using painters tape and plastic sheeting to protect the legs and sides from over spray.

Next, apply Rust-Oleum metallic spray paint in a circular motion.  It took almost 2 cans to thoroughly cover the top.  After it dried, I used Fat Paint chalk paint in the color called Mountain Haze.  It’s bluish gray.  I used that color because I had it left over from a previous project and was to lazy to drive 25 minutes one way to get something different.

 

How to DIY a galvanized look to a table top

All this was done prior to starting a blog so I apologize for not having a “during” picture.  No one needs to see my hand with a spray can in it anyway.

Next step is to dip a paint brush (no special brush) into the Fat Paint then remove the excess paint by dabbing it onto a paper plate.  Your brush will look almost dry.  Now apply what’s left on the brush to the table top in a short crisscross pattern.

When it was almost dry, I used a cheap rough dry wash cloth and wiped it in a circular motion.  Then when it’s fully dried, go over the entire top with a 220 grit sandpaper.   I also used a 120 grit sand paper in some areas to give it a not-so-brand-new look.

DIY Galvanized table top

How does it look?  I think it looks like galvanized sheet metal!



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Chair Makeovers:

For the chairs, the plan was to sew 6 ruffled seat covers that tied around the legs for easy removal and washing.   I asked for help from my sweet sister-in-law who of course said yes.  Then seven little words came out of her mouth – “We’ll need to make a pattern first”.  Seriously – a pattern?!  My eyes instantly rolled so far back in my head I thought I was going to fall over.

I gave in and gave it a try.  We made a pattern and started on the ruffle.  Even Melinda (SIL) was a little annoyed at the situation.  We were using her left over curtain lining.  It grips and has a rubbery feel.  I was so frustrated that I pooped out after the second one and decreed no more!  Goodness gracious, I never knew making a ruffle was so tedious!

Ruffled seat cover made to give the chairs a farmhouse look

 

Obviously the other 4 chairs get a different makeover

I used a 6′ X 9′ painters drop cloth to use as the fabric to recover them – plenty for my four chairs and it’s less expensive than purchasing upholstery fabric.  Straight out of the package the drop cloth is dark beige and unmanageable.  I put it in the washing machine and added the normal amount of laundry detergent with 2 cups of bleach.  The end result is a perfectly colored soft pliable piece of cloth.

We unscrewed the seats from the bases and simply laid them out and traced around each seat adding about 6 inches.  Cut each one out then pulled and stapled the fabric back on the seats.  Lastly, each one got attached back to it’s original base.  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

 

painters drop cloth used to recover a chair DIY

 

Even though this DIY turned into a weekend project, the Mister and I agree on the new look.  And if the table gets a scratch, it adds character, the ruffled covers can be washed and if we ever need to recover the cushions again, we know it’s easy!  🙂

DIY galvanized table top with a farmhouse look

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