Christmas in the Workroom for $10

Yep, we made Christmas happen in the Classic Cottage Co. workroom. Many hours are spent in that workroom of ours so we decided to make it festive for the Holiday season!

Our small business functions on a small business budget so we wanted to play this Christmas decor game smart! I turned to my trusty favorite for me this season Target lights. Simply draping these lights around our chalkboard gave an instant Holiday glow. Not bad for $10!

Speaking of chalkboard, I grabbed my chalk (I’m such an artist. NOT!) and drew out a simple (VERY SIMPLE) tree. Note – If I can do this you can too!! This bit of Christmas cheer was free!

Next, Aaron and I went all over town looking for fresh pine. We needed a wreath and garland for this project and another we have coming up. We soon found out our community is out of garland and very limited on fresh wreaths. This actually worked out for the good. While on our search for garland we went by a farmers market and they let us have the Christmas tree clippings for FREE!! Tip -I think this is pretty common for places that sell live Christmas trees! So I grabbed my floral wire and and formed a little wreath from the clippings. Now I’m glad everywhere was out of garland because it forced me to be creative and saved us money!

Between these little festive touches and a peppermint candle, you have Christmas in the workroom. I didn’t even realize we only spent $10 until after is was finished. A little Christmas can go a long ways!

4 Items I’m Already Hunting for Fall Decor

Yep, I’m already thinking Fall.  A few weeks ago we planted pumpkin seeds. Fingers are crossed that they’ll grow to be beautiful plump pumpkins. We planted the seeds in hopes of saving $$ on pumpkins since I decorate with so many during the Fall.

Anyways, here’s four items I’m hunting for NOW while browsing shops, antique stores and thrift stores for Fall.

1 – Copper Tones

Copper is one of Aaron’s favorites so I try to use it throughout our home. I think copper is especially nice for Fall. I’ve already collected a few items I plan to use in the upcoming months.

2- Cute Little White Faux Pumpkins

While I’m browsing stores, I’m already tuning my eyes for little white pumpkins that can go “here or there” throughout our main living spaces.

Around late August last year I bought several faux white pumpkins from our local antique store. The prices beat Hobby Lobby and Kirklands!

3 – Interesting Items that can hold a Pumpkin

Ha, that sounds a little weird. But it’s true. I’m looking for cool old planters, bowls and warm toned cake plates.

Last year, I started looking for these items early. This is why I got serious about collecting crocks (Pumpkins are adorable sitting on crocks). I also found a really large galvanized bucket.

4 – Fresh Throw Pillows

Spring and Fall, I like to freshen up the throw pillows around the house. I look for light linens in the Spring and cozy textures in the Fall.

Okay, hope you enjoyed this post. I’m enjoying Summer but that doesn’t mean Fall isn’t on the brain.

Bathroom Project Update

We recently began working on our powder room downstairs. All of our home improvement projects are paid out of pocket as we go and our time is limited. So, you can imagine our projects are a tad bit slow moving..

So far, we’ve been able to work on the powder room one weekend and we got a good bit done!!

N E W    S I N K

It’s not exactly a new sink.. more like a new to us one-of-a-kind custom design sink. Using an old authentic white farm sink. We’ll talk more on this later!

B E A D B O A R D   +   P A I N T 

We added beadboard to the back wall and painted the walls white. The paint color was previously creamy yellow. The white really opens the space up nicely.

P O P C O R N    C E I L I N G

Yep. This was totally a surprise. I grabbed a sharp edge (something that looks like a putty knife) and a spray bottle of water. Next, I started scraping. I don’t want to write too much about this since I haven’t completely finished the entire project.. (still needs primer and paint) I will say, it’s VERY messy. More to come soon!

& that’s all! The whole vision hasn’t been accomplished but it will be one day! We have a few more fun plans for the room so stay tuned!

Adding Pots DIY Floral Stick

Hi y’all!!

Since the weather has warmed up, I’m all in the mood for plants and earthy tones!! Bring me all the ferns, wondering jew plants herbs and terra cotta pots. I said before, I love styling with terra cotta pots. I decide to spruce up the DIY Florals on a Stick in the kitchen & swapped out all of the pinkish tones with small clay pots.

You can click HERE to read the original DIY post on this florals stick!

Here’s what I did!

1 – I gathered small terra cotta pots (5 of them). I double checked to make sure they had the water drainage hole.

2 – Next, I tied jute string through the center pot hole and around the side.

3 – Since I was wanting the pots to hang at various heights, I trimmed the jute string to different lengths.

4 – Finally, I tied the opposite end (of the pot) to the stick careful to space out between the flowers and greenery.

& that’s that! Now my florals on a stick have a little refresh!! For more terra cotta pot inspo click HERE!

Thanks for reading, 

Karle Bowman

Before and After French Provincial

As I’ve said many times before, French provincial furniture makes my heart beat a little faster. Anytime I spot it I have to stop my self from shouting out “SOLD”. As a picker this can be really dangerous considering I have to make a profit.

A few weeks ago I spotted a beautiful 9 drawer French provincial solid wood dresser. Before shouting “SOLD” I remembered to check the price this time. Yay for me the price was set within my range of buying, fixing and flipping. Immediately, I knew customers would fall in love this this beaut after we were finished with it.

Once getting it home, we realized the drawers were smooth as butter and the condition of the wood was great. (Minus a few dings here and there) I forgot to check it thoroughly. (Aaron just LOVES when this happens..😐)

I splashed some paint on it and it looks amazing!! For this piece I went with a creamy off white. I would call it a buttercream color.

Usually, I love to distress the detail on a French Provincial style piece. Tastefully distressing can really show off the sweet curves.  However, after seeing this dresser solid cream I decided to leave it as is because it was simply beautiful. “Whoa, am I crazy??” I thought. So, I brought in an extra opinion (Aaron) and he completely agreed.

This piece is a true gem and I love finding amazing pieces for my customers! If you enjoyed this post click HERE to read about another before and after from my early picking days.

Before

(Not the best of pictures.. Truthfully, this blog post was an after thought)

After

Bedside Table Redo

The thrill of finding a piece someone may call out of style and turning it into something beautiful is beyond fun to me. A few months ago I was browsing around a local thrift store and spotted these two large nightstands.. They looked like mini chest of drawers. I loved the hardware. Seriously, I’m always a sucker for cool original hardware. Just can’t say NO to it. Sorta out of style? Yes. Workable in some way? Also, yes.

 

Standing in the thrift store, my mind began to race; thinking how can I make these look fabulous in my bedroom?

Options:

1 – Painting the entire piece.

2 – Painting just the shell and leave the drawers original.

3 – Change the hideous laminate top.

I decided the piece had enough options to be workable. I snagged the mini chests for $23 each. Once I was home, we placed them on either side of the bed and decided we would try the third option of changing out the top. We felt some white wood planks would be pretty.

This is where sweet Aaron came in to help!!😏(Such skillzzz) With his powerful muscles he ripped the ugly laminate top off just like The Hulk. 💪🏼Just kidding.. The top was held with four screws so he just unscrewed the top off.

Next, he took 1x2x8 common pine board from Home Depot and cut each plank to the length of the nightstand. After placing each board side by side horizontally he nailed them into place with his nail gun. Note – if you don’t have a nail gun, you can always use regular nails and embrace a “rustic look”.

Finally, I grabbed some white paint and a paint brush and gave the tops two coats of paint. BAM!! We were done and had some awesome/unique/thrifty nightstands with MEGA amounts of storage.

For now, I love the way these nightstands look beside our bed. Later I may try painting the rest with chalk or milk paint but as of now I’m embracing the warm wood tone in contrast with the white top.

I truly hope this blog post encourages you to make pieces your own! Get a bargain and see what YOU can do to make it an original piece. This whole project from start to finish only took us a couple of hours and it was enjoyable! Thanks so much for reading my blog today!

Before
After

DIY Green Bundle

Spring is here! (Almost) I was needing to add a little green on a plate wall in our dining room. So, here’s what I did!!

What You’ll Need –  

Jute String 

Lace

Green Picks

Scissors 

Step 1

Cut strips of lace into squares. I’m not one for measuring.. way too scatterbrain for that. But I’d say about 12″ squares. My lace squares turned out to be more of a a rectangle.

Step 2

Fold the lace in half and bunch it around each green pick.

Step 3

Then secure the bundle together by wrapping a little jute string around and tying a little bow.

Step 4

Time to style it!! These little bundles can look good anywhere! Style a few with a tray on the coffee table, lie one on a dresser, or hang them on a plate wall like I did! I chose to hang mine upside down on Ironstone plates.

This easy DIY only took me a few minutes the very first time! Hope it inspires you!!

xoxo,

Karlee Bowman

 

 

Bedroom Update Decor

Hey buddies!! So I needed a little refresh in our bedroom!! Nothing big.. just using what I already had and adding a little bit!!

Inspiration:

My bedroom inspo came from my favorite pass time – books! Often Aaron and I read in our bedroom before bedtime. I wanted to embrace that little pass time with specific elements in the room!

What we did:

I switched up the headboard a little! I’ve had the large gray fence headboard for a bit. (You can read more about it here) So I added another layer of fencing.. a white picket fence. Something about a picket fence reminds me of a fairytale so it was right on board with my inspiration!

Next up, we changed out our bed side table. You’ll be able to read more about that DIY soon!!

What’s a reading inspired bedroom without a little book garland? I made a thick garland out of old books. It’s rather large… & buddy, let me tell you it took a minute to make. I spent hours making this book garland but it paid off because I love how it’s swooped across the headboard!

Next, I changed up the bedroom mantel! Remember – we’re talking book inspired, right? Well, I spotted these old picture/painting at an antique mall the other day and immediately it took me to a historical fiction book. I felt I could get lost in the pictures just as I get lost in a book.

By swapping out some pillows that were in other places of the house, I freshened up the look by using things I already had!

We’re enjoyed these little updates to our bedroom!! Thanks so much for ready this blog post today!

xoxo,

Karlee Bowman 

DIY Florals on a Stick

It’s time to add those florals and greens to the home and kiss Winter bye bye. Here’s an easy DIY to add Spring life in your own home!

I found inspiration for this easy DIY by browsing Pinterest  late one evening.

What You’ll Need

Jute String

Faux Florals/Greens

Scissors

Stick

First thing, I went to the yard and grabbed a stick. You need to chose one by the length you need. If needed, go for larger and break off the sides to the exact length for your space.

Hang the stick from a wall, mantel, or favorite bulky cabinet like I did. Any large rarely used piece of furniture would work.

Time to hang some flowers! I began with the faux flowers. I tied the jute string to the top part of the flower stem and then tied the other end of jute string to the hanging stick. (I really hope this makes SENSE!! 😂)

Tip – I staggered the length of the jute so each string would hang at a different height. 

Next, I hung the leafy greens. If you look closely, you’ll see some of the greens are hung upside down just to add variation.

Finally, I took the scissors and trimmed any excess jute string.

That’s all! I probably made it sound complicated but truly it’s VERY EASY!! This would be nice for any home decor, baby/wedding shower, birthday party or wedding. You could use any faux flowers you would like! Tag me in pictures if you use this idea because I would love to see!!

Thanks for reading,

Karlee Bowman

February Living Room (Valentine’s Day Decor)

Flowers, chocolate and pink. February is such a fun month. I wanted to add a few fun romantically blush touches around the living room. Since our home is mainly neutral it didn’t take much. Here’s what I did!

Blush Pillows and Plush Blanket

I had a light pink pillow and blanket upstairs in a room I have for my little sister when she comes to visit. I brought those downstairs.

World Market had some pretty blush velvet pillows for $9.99 so I grabbed a couple of those too!Pink Flowers

I already had several pink faux flowers in clear vases from previous springs. Although one is bright pink and the other is blush, clashing colors is cute for Valentine’s Day decor in my opinion. I put them both in a metal basket on the coffee table.

 

DIY Paper Heart Banner 

Next step, hanging some little paper hearts from the mantel. Read more on the DIY by clicking HERE!

A Touch of More Pink 

Finally, I added to the metal basket on our coffee table a few little pinkitems I already had around the house. One being a vintage floral print I found at an antique store years ago. The other being a pink milk glass wedding bowl I bought when I was about 15 years old.

Okay, so that’s how I added a few Valentine’s Day touches to the living room without spending too much money. Look for blush pink items around your own house. Look in your Spring decor box and grab the pinks. Also, if you have a young daughter, shop her room! Hope this blog post inspires to bring romantic touches to your own home!

xoxo,

Karlee Bowman