How to Paint Furniture White

A beginners tutorial on how to paint furniture white. Learn tips and tricks on painting furniture white the right way.

White furniture is all the rage right now, and I don’t see it going anywhere any time soon.

It brightens up a room and matches pretty much any decor.

Looking for a farmhouse color for that dresser? Paint it white! Decorating Mid Century Modern? White paint works for that too.

But painting furniture white is a little more time challenging and time consuming than other colors. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how I painted this wooden dresser a bright, modern white.

Supplies For Painting Furniture White:

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Visual Learners? Heres a video tutorial!

Step 1: Prep, Prep, Prep!

I know, you’re eager to get to painting. But prep is so important! Any dirt or grime left on the dresser will cause your white paint to not adhere properly.

For a more in depth post about properly prepping your furniture for paint, see this post HERE.

First, inspect the piece for any damage. Fill any holes with wood filler, repair any drawers.

Remove all hardware and put them in a labeled bag. Clean the dresser with a furniture cleaner or a mixture of vinegar and water. I use Krud Kutter in a spray bottle. This is my favorite cleaner because it doesn’t need to be rinsed off. Less prep, yay! 

Now it’s time to hand sand the furniture. You don’t need to sand down to bare wood, just sand enough to remove the shine and give the primer something to grip.

Use a tack cloth or a damp rag to wipe off all the sanding dust.

sanding your diy white painted dresser

Step 2: Prime

One of my friends decided to paint her dresser white to brighten up her bedroom. She called me fed up after the third coat of paint and the wood was still bleeding through.

Priming, my friends! It’s seriously so important. Don’t waste your expensive paint and still risk bleed through.

A shellac based primer is best if you are painting a red wood that is notorious for bleed through.

painting primer on diy white painted dresser

Don’t worry too much about brush strokes, just get a thin coat of primer on. 

Here is what it looked like after the primer.

primed dresser

Step 3: Time to Paint 

For this dresser I chose Benjamin Moore Advance paint in Simply White. I love this paint because it doesn’t need a top coat. In addition it dries extremely slow to eliminate brush strokes. You can use another latex paint, or a chalk paint as well.

Here’s a tutorial using chalk paint.

Start painting a thin even coat, ending the strokes in the same direction.

painting dresser

The first, and even the second coat of white will look terrible so don’t fret.

Just keep painting! It’s a labor of love to get that smooth white.

After the coat is dry, sand lightly with 220 grit sandpaper. This smooths out any stray brush strokes and helps each coat stick.

Then, wipe the piece again with a tack cloth. Become close friends with that sandpaper and tack cloth, never paint a coat without them!

Keep an eye out for paint drips – but don’t keep going over the same area after its started to dry.  Benjamin Moore paint evens out very nicely, and if you overwork your paint you will actually end up with more brush strokes.

This was the dresser after 3 coats of paint.

3 coats is a lot, but it was worth it.

diy white painted dresser, before adding hardware.


No top coat is needed with Benjamin Moore Advance. If you are using a paint without a built in top coat, make sure to use something water based to seal your dresser.

Oil based polyurethane will yellow over time, so use something like General Finishes Water Poly.

Hardware 

You can choose to replace your hardware, or reuse it. I chose to spray paint it.

Heres an in depth tutorial on different ways to refinish furniture hardware.

Screw your hardware back on the dresser and you are done!

completed DIY white painted dresser

Here’s the before and after. Isn’t it amazing what some white paint can do?

Whats your favorite color to paint furniture?

Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

Leah

Oak Bathroom Vanity Makeover

oak bathroom vanity makeover

A builder grade oak vanity gets an easy update in this simple oak bathroom vanity makeover. An easy DIY tutorial using lime wash.

We bought a house! We closed on our little 1930’s farmhouse last summer and the list of DIY projects is long.

So far we’ve completed:

But one of the items that has taken the back burner has been our bathroom. It was covered in wallpaper, had peeling linoleum and…

The classic oak bathroom vanity. You know, the one with the marble top and orange wood?

We wanted to do a temporary update on the bathroom before completing a full gutted remodel down the road.

We added new peel and stick vinyl flooring.

I gave the bathroom vanity a makeover using Liming Wax and painting the top white with Tub and Tile Paint.

Oak Bathroom Vanity Makeover Supplies


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Instructions


Painting the Top and Sink

This was my first time using the Rust-Oleum Tub and Tile Kit.

The tile paint is made from epoxy so it is very durable. It was a quick and painless process! I was able to prep and paint two coats in the same day.

The fumes are very strong so be sure to ventilate the room well.

Here’s how I painted the vanity top white and had got results.

(Make sure to read the instructions that come with the paint and follow all manufacturer warnings.)

First, clean the top and the sink well with Krud Kutter.

Then, hand sanded the top with 400 grit sandpaper. Clean off the any sanding dust and give it a wipe with a tack cloth just before painting.

Mix the two cans of tile paint together. Paint the top with a foam roller – using a brush to catch any drips.

Let dry for two hours and then paint an additional coat. Allow 3 days before getting the top wet.

I opted to replace the bathroom faucet with a new matte black faucet. You can also opt to paint the faucet.

Sanding the Vanity

Remove the drawers and doors of vanity. Starting with 100 grit sandpaper, use an electric sander to remove the finish.

Bye bye, orange oak!

Sand in the direction of the grain until you can see raw wood. Use a piece of sandpaper or block sander to get into grooves and edges.

Check out the doors on your cabinets. I was thrilled when I realized I could flip the doors, and the inside looks like shaker cabinets!

See the one on the left? Thats the inside of the door on the right. I flipped it and added the hardware on the other side.

Once the finish is completely removed, you can move on to the next step.

Using the Liming Wax

Wipe off any dust left from sanding. Using a clean rag, apply a small amount of liming wax onto the raw wood.

At first it was very white and I was worried it wasn’t going to turn out good. Keep going, rubbing in a small circular motion.

Then, use another towel and some good ol’ elbow grease to remove the liming wax. Keep removing until you are satisfied with the results. I love the soft bleached wood look the liming wax creates.

Finishing Up

Because wax is a sealer, I didn’t add anything addition on top of the liming wax.

I used this touch up paint to paint the outdated hinges black. This gives a big update on the appearance with just a little bit of work.

After that, I added new pulls. I chose these bar rods.

Then I added a new matte black faucet like this one. I have painted bathroom fixtures and been pretty pleased with the results as well.

Heres the vanity all finished.

oak vanity makeover with liming wax

I LOVE the bleached wood look, and I think this is a great little update before a complete bathroom remodel.

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oak bathroom vanity makeover before and after

Let me know what you think!

I’ll see you next project,

Leah

DIY Shaker Cabinets (from original doors!)

Step by step tutorial turning flat paneled cabinets into DIY shaker cabinets.

Oh, kitchen remodels. They always start out so simple and then turn into so. much. more. 

Cabinets are a huge focal point in the kitchen. They are also a huge cost in a kitchen makeover. When we bought our farmhouse, we knew the flat paneled dated cabinets needed a big face lift.

Luckily, I was able to keep the original cabinets which made things SO much simpler and considerably cheaper.

Before you begin, you need to decide if it’s worth it to keep your original cabinets. Are they in good shape? Do you like the layout of the kitchen? Once you decide if you can keep the cabinets, you can move on to the doors.

Our original cabinets were solid wood, so we opted to keep them and just add an additional cabinet where it was needed.

Types of Cabinets Doors

Shaker Cabinet Doors 

Swoon. I’m sure you know these cabinets are trendy right now. That’s why you are here right?

They are a flat door with a simple flat frame around them. Shaker cabinets can compliment any kitchen style from contemporary to farmhouse.

Flat Panel Cabinet Doors

This is what I had to start with. They are one flat panel, which may be solid wood or pressed. Luckily, these can easily be transformed into shaker cabinet doors.  

Raised or Recessed Panel Doors 

These types of doors have a raised or sunken in door with often a decorative border around them. They can be painted and look very nice.

However, if it’s shaker style doors you are hoping for I would recommend constructing new doors for your original cabinets. It will still be considerably less expensive than brand new cabinets. 

Build or Upgrade Doors?

I decided to keep my cabinets and doors and add a trim around them similar to shaker doors instead of building new doors for several reasons:

  • Time. Adding trim around them is only one step further than simply painting the doors. I did not need to measure and create brand new doors.
  • Money. Buying the trim and paint is far less expensive than buying the panels for new cabinet doors.
  • Experience Level. I felt far more comfortable tackling this project on my own based on my own woodworking skills. If you are a seasoned woodworker, you may prefer building your own doors.

Materials


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Prep Work


First, remove all the cabinets and drawers. Label where each drawer and door goes to make reassembly easier.

Remove all the handles.

Give the cabinets a thorough cleaning. I clean them with Krud Kutter to remove any grease, grime or junk that may be on them.

Hand sand the cabinets with 220 grit sandpaper enough to remove the shine and scuff the surface. This will give the paint something to grip too.

Measure the edges on the faces of the cabinets and drawers to calculate how many Strips of Trim you will need.

Or, you can just buy a bunch like I did and have several panicked trips to the hardware store like I did?

Adding the Trim

At first I tried using pin nails to secure the trim to the face of the cabinet.

Before long I realized this was more trouble than it was worth and that the construction adhesive was very strong all by itself.

Measure one side (measure twice!) of the cabinet and use a chop saw to cut the trim to size. I cut the two long pieces first, then the two shorter and then layed them out before applying any adhesive.

Apply a liberal amount of adhesive to the trim pieces. Lay flat, do not stack and let dry overnight.

Repeat on all cabinets and drawers.

After you are done they should look a little something like this.

flat paneled cabinet before trim and with trim added

Priming

When painting a high traffic area like a kitchen it is very important to prime. Priming will –

  • Prevent Bleed Through – This is especially important if you are painting the cabinets a light color. Tannins in the wood can bleed through and leave a yellow tint on your paint job.
  • Provide a Stronger, more Durable Finish – The base layer primer will help the top coat last longer and be less susceptible to peeling, chipping or cracking.
  • Saves Paint – In general, primer is much less expensive than cabinet paint. A coat or two of primer will cut back on the amount of paint you use, and save you money.

I used the Wise Owl Primer that they sent to me. It is pricey, but it is a great primer. Other good options are Rust-Oleum primer or General Finishes Stain Blocking Primer.

Brush, Roll or Spray?

I tried all of these methods to try to achieve a super smooth finish. The finish from a spray gun was very smooth, but cleaning parts in between coats and dealing with clogs was a lot of work.

The paint brush results looked OK, but there was definitely brush strokes. This also took the longest of the three methods.

I was thrilled with the results of the foam roller. No brush strokes, and applying was very easy and quick.

In the end I chose to use the foam roller to paint the majority of the cabinets with hand brush for any hard to reach areas.

Give the cabinet a wipe down with the tack cloth before applying primer. Tack cloths will pick up and lint or debris that remains on the surface.

Apply the first coat of primer. Make sure the foam roller is fully saturated with paint before applying it, and then apply like a normal roller.

Prime all the cabinets, drawers and doors. If you are painting the insides of the doors make sure you prime them as well.

Painting the Shaker Cabinets

After priming, I gave the cabinets a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper to remove and brush strokes or drips. Then another wipe down with the tack cloth.

Use the foam roller to paint thin, even coats of paint. Because I was painting white, this took 3 coats. Read the instructions on the paint you are using to see how long you need to wait in between coats of paint.

After you are done painting it’s time to reassemble.

Heres the finished shaker style cabinets.

Not too bad, right? It sure beats buying new cabinets.

Heres the before and after of the kitchen.

shaker cabinet kitchen before and after

The kitchen isn’t complete yet (notice the framing!) but adding these shaker style cabinets made a HUGE impact on our remodel on a budget.

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diy shaker style cabinets

How to Make a Budget Shiplap Wall with Plywood

You know those home projects that you imagine you’ll complete a few weeks after you move in.. Then months pass by and they are still left unfinished? I have a few more of these projects then I’d like to admit!

I’d had plans to put up a faux shiplap wall and paint it ever since I first saw the project on Pinterest. I kept putting it off, but I finally got it finished! This cheap shiplap wall is budget friendly and I think it looks pretty darn great.

Supplies


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Prepping the Plywood Shiplap


  1. Measure your wall before you head to pick up your plywood. I needed 110 square feet. The plywood was 8ft by 4ft, so I needed 4 sheets. The boards were $22 a piece, so my total was around $110.
  2. Cut the plywood into 6″ strips. I had them cut it for me at Home Depot, so that saved a lot of work.
  3. Sand the edges and surface of the plywood. Most of my pieces were already smooth, but a few needed some sanding.

Once your boards are sanded, its time to get started on the wall!

When to Paint the Plywood?

Most of the tutorials I’ve seen recommend painting the wall white before you put up the faux shiplap. Otherwise the original wall color will show through the gaps.

I really didn’t want to do the same job twice, so instead I used a paint sprayer to spray the boards after they were put up. The spray reaches the gap between the boards – so you only have to paint once.

Putting up the Boards

First, I found the walls studs. I made a line marking all the way down the wall on the stud so I’d know where to nail the boards.

If your wall is longer than 8 feet, you will want to stagger the boards. Luckily my wall was just about 8 feet, so I was able to apply the boards full length without any cutting.

Start nailing the boards to the wall. Start at the ceiling, so if the wall isn’t level you can hide the gap with your baseboard.

In between each board, use a penny or a spacer to make a small gap. Continue nailing the boards to the wall until the wall is covered.

Preparation


After the plywood is up, tape off the surrounding areas to prevent overspray.

Start by laying down something heavy on the floors like a drop cloth or sheet. Then use masking film to tape off surrounding walls, trim or anything else you don’t want to get paint on.

Taping off was the most time consuming part. If you pre-paint the boards and the wall you can avoid this step.

However, you’ll still have nails holes to fill and need to paint the wall before hand. That’s another reason I chose to use a sprayer and get it all done in one step.

Painting with the Paint Sprayer


I used the Flexio 5000 paint sprayer. Be sure to read the manual for the sprayer you are using, and do a few practice sprays!

Spray in a long steady motion – moving with the sprayer instead of flicking your wrist.

Keep the paint sprayer about 6-8 inches away from the wall. Start moving the sprayer before pulling the trigger, and then continue the motion after you’ve released it.

If you stop painting for a few minutes, paint may accumulate on the nozzle. Wipe clean with a paper towel before you start spraying again.

Finishing Touches


I added trim to the sides and a piece of quarter round up top.

Fill in any nail holes and touch up with paint.

Here’s the wall all finished!

Isn’t that better than a boring old wall?

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I’ll see you next project,

Leah

DIY Rae Dunn Inspired Dishes from the Dollar Tree

Ordinary dishes from the Dollar Tree are transformed into a set of DIY Rae Dunn dishes. These farmhouse dishes are an easy, budget friendly Dollar Tree craft.

Are you a Rae Dunn enthusiast? I love the simple phrases on Rae Dunn pottery, and I love scouring my local Tj-Maxx for new dishes to add to my collection.

But sometimes authentic Rae Dunn just isn’t in the budget, or I can’t find what I’m looking for. I’ve seen tutorials for DIY Rae Dunn dishes using a Cricut, but I wanted to find an option for crafters like myself who haven’t taken the plunge into the world of vinyl cutting machines!

I was browsing my local Dollar Tree one day when I found a set of stickers that resembles the Rae Dunn font. Since then, I’ve used them to make so many fun Rae Dunn copycats.

First, I made a set of Fall dishes. Then I made a set of Dunn inspired Christmas ornaments here. For this project I wanted to get back to basics and make a set of farmhouse dishes that could be enjoyed year round.

DIY Rae Dunn Dishes Supplies

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  • White dishes, from the Dollar Tree or elsewhere
  • “Chocolate” Stickers from the Dollar Tree – Found in the wall decal section
  • THIS Modge Podge
  • Paint brush
cups, modge Podge, stickers. supplies for diy Rae Dunn dishes

Instructions


Start by cutting out the individual letters from the set of stickers. Cut as close as you can to the letter so less of the background shows on the dish.

Think of a phrase that you’d like to put on the dish. Although the sheets don’t have every letter of the alphabet, there is still so many word possibilities with just a few sheets of the stickers!

Lay out the phrase to make sure it will fit nicely on the dish.

Then, gently peel back the backing of the stickers and apply them to the dish.

adding letters to the diy Rae Dunn dishes

Now its time to add the Modge Podge. This will seal the dish and make it washable.

Paint on the first layer of Modge Podge. Let dry. Then apply at least 1-2 more coats for durability.

The Modge Podge takes 28 days to fully cure. So put those new dishes on display for the first month before use!

I used the dishwasher safe Modge Podge to give the dish the most protection. Full disclosure, the instructions say it’s not supposed to be used over stickers. I did run a load through the dishwasher to test it out and the stickers did not peel.

I choose to hand wash mine now to give them the best chance of holding up long term.

Here’s the finished dishes!

Cute, right? These aren’t an exact match to Rae Dunn, but for a little over $1 a dish I thought they turned out pretty darn cute.

I had a blast seeing what words I could put together. It’s like scrabble, but better. I’d love to hear in the comments about the dishes you made.

Looking for more DIY projects? Check out this article with 13 home decor projects you can complete in a weekend!

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DIY Dollar Tree Christmas Tree

Whether you’re looking for alternative Christmas tree ideas, or just adding more trees to your holiday decor – this mini Christmas tree is affordable and so adorable!

I was so excited to see the Dollar Tree Christmas trees this year. I knew with a little love they could be transformed into a gorgeous piece of farmhouse Christmas decor!

The Dollar Tree and I are good pals year round, but especially during the holidays.

I love tweaking their decor into whatever theme I’m going with that year. That way, if I change up my style the next year I don’t feel so bad. It only cost me $1!

A few favorites from the Dollar Tree this year were:

Rae Dunn Inspired Ornaments

I used clear bulbs and stickers to make adorable Rae Dunn inspired ornaments.

Bottle Brush Tree Display

I want my house to look like Christmas tree farm. Give me all the trees! I used bottle brush trees and crates from DT to make a tree farm display. Make sure to check them out.

But my favorite Dollar Tree craft was this mini flocked tree. Here’s the instructions-

Dollar Tree Christmas Tree Supplies


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The trees come in little box and are folded up when you pull them out. Start folding down the branches to shape the tree.

Here’s the tree all fluffed out. If you like the fullness, you can leave it as is! Very Charlie Brown chic.

dollar tree Christmas tree

I wanted the branches to be a little bit fuller.

Originally I thought I’d fill them out with garland branches, but decided that combining two of the trees together was easier than attaching individual branches.

Use a little bit of green floral wire to secure them together.

You can also order this tree, which comes a little bit fuller.

wrapping wire to connect two dollar tree trees together

Flocking the Tree

Flocking greenery is so easy. I bought THIS two pound bag of flock, and a little bit goes a long way. I used a cup of powder for this entire tree.

It look less than half the bag to flock a 7ft tree.

Flocking a tree is the same no matter the size of the tree. Just follow the four steps!

  1. Spray
  2. Dust
  3. Spray

Heads up – this process can get a little messy. Flock your tree outside, or put down paper or plastic to protect your floors.

Instructions


4 steps - how to flock a dollar tree christmas tree

1. Start by spraying the branches with water. This will help the flocking powder stick.

For a tree this size, you’ll only need several mists of water. You are aiming for a damp tree, not completely wet.

2. Add the powder to the strainer, then shake shake it onto the branches. If the powder isn’t sticking well, add a little more water.

3. Keep adding powder and spraying lightly with water until you’ve achieved the level of flocking you’d like.

The beauty of this is you can choose any amount of flocking you want. Only add a little powder for a light frosty look, or go crazy so the tree looks like its been through a blizzard! I opted for a light blizzard look.

4. Once you’ve finished adding the powder, spray the tree again with water. This hardens the powder and makes it stick. Give the powder about 24 hours or so to dry.

Making the Tree Bucket

I used this metal bucket to hold the tree. I spray painted it white, and then used a set of stickers from the Dollar Tree to add a little phrase to the bucket.

I cut out the stickers from the sheet and arranged it to say Fa la la. I’m obsessed with these stickers, they look so close to Rae Dunn! I used them on THESE Christmas ornaments, and to make a set of dishes in this post HERE.

dollar tree bucket and stickers

Finishing Touches on the Christmas Tree

I added a few sprigs of lambs ear greenery to fill in any gaps.

Lambs ear is so versatile, I use it to add the finishing touch to so many projects. I buy a garland of it from Hobby Lobby when they go 50%, and then cut it to whatever size I need.

I used a little floral foam to secure the tree inside the bucket. Here’s the finished Christmas Tree!

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This was so easy and so much fun! Merry Christmas, I’ll see you next project.

Homemade Acorn Christmas Ornament

homemade acorn ornament hanging on christmas tree

Looking for a simple, budget friendly DIY ornament to add to your tree? This homemade acorn Christmas ornament is made out of a dryer ball and a little twine.

This year, the focus of my Christmas tree was simple homemade ornaments.

I had so much fun seeing what I could make for a fraction of the price of store bought ornaments!

First, I started by making Rae Dunn inspired ornaments in this post here.

Then I made another set of festive wool ornaments in this post over here.

Next up is this acorn Christmas ornament. The wool balls give off the Scandinavian ornament vibe – no one will know they were made to go in your dryer…

I won’t tell.

Acorn Christmas Ornament

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Here’s what you’ll need.

hot glue gun, twine and dryer balls for diy acorn ornament

1. Wrap The Twine

Heat up your glue gun. Starting half way down the ball, start wrapping the twine around the ornament in a single layer. Glue the twine down as you go.

Wrapping the twine around the acorn ornament and gluing it down

Keep wrapping the twine around the dryer ball, all the way to the top.

2. Make the Top

To make the tip of the acorn, start wrapping the twine in a small circle on the top. Hold it down will more hot glue.

Tie the loose end of the twine around the top to make a loop to hang on the tree.

3. Make the Bottom

Use a needle pull out a little wool on the bottom to make the acorn shape.

pulling the wool bottom of the acorn ornament with a needle

Voila! Thats it.

A gorgeous handmade Christmas ornament in 3 easy steps.

acorn ornament in hand, next to flocked christmas tree

homemade acorn ornament hanging on christmas tree

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I had a blast working on my tree this year. It’s full of homemade and non breakable ornaments. This is a life saver when you have toddlers!

If you missed my tree, you can find it here in this post.

Decorated Flocked Christmas Tree with Homemade Ornaments

The powdery white snow on a flocked Christmas Tree totally gives off the winter wonderland vibe. It was so much fun to experiment with different decorations on a flocked Christmas tree. This decorated flocked tree is filled with homemade, kid friendly Christmas ornaments. So rest assured – no broken glass to clean up!

First I’ll share my decorated flocked tree, then I’ve teamed up with 40 others to give you more tree decorating ideas. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see 40 gorgeous Christmas trees to inspire your holiday tree!

Supplies Used to Decorate Flocked Tree


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Instructions


I love the texture that the wool adds to a Christmas tree. It makes the tree look all warm and cozy.

Dryer balls are gorgeous to hang on the tree on their own, and you can also make so many ornaments with them. Here’s the tutorial on how to make wool ornaments with berries.

I also made dryer balls into acorn ornaments in this post here.

wool ornaments on a decorated flocked Christmas tree

Then, I filled these clear ornaments with paint. I chose a dark red color called Cranberry Bliss. I love that you can fill these ornaments with whatever color you’d like. Just pour the paint and then shake it-shake it!

diy ornaments for decorated flocked christmas tree

I wanted to add some greenery to the flocked Christmas tree. I added faux lambs ear, eucalyptus, and some white foliage from the backyard.

I love the simplicity of this decorated flocked Christmas tree!

decorated flocked christmas tree
decorated flocked christmas tree

Welcome To Our Third Annual Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop!

Need a little inspiration for your holiday tree? Here’s 40 gorgeous Christmas trees from my fellow blogger friends!

It’s the third year of the Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop hosted by Our Crafty Mom.

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Grab your favorite beverage and settle in for some beautiful Christmas Tree decor inspiration! Let’s Meet The Hosts!

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DIY Felt Ball Christmas Ornaments

Love homemade ornaments?

Here’s an easy Christmas craft that will make a gorgeous set of ornaments for your tree! I love the special touch that homemade ornaments add to Christmas decor. These easy DIY Christmas ornaments are made out of felt dryer balls – with soft greenery added.

Felt Ball Homemade Ornaments

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Supplies


Supplies for the Felt Ball Ornaments

Instructions


Lambs ear is one of my favorite types of greenery to use for crafting. The soft, frosted leaves looks so great next to the felt! I buy a garland from Hobby Lobby when they are 50% off and then use them for different projects.

The first thing I did was cut the lambs ear into small sections with 3-5 leaves on each.

Then, select two or three bunches and hot glue them to the felt ball.

felt ball ornaments - adding the greenery

I wanted to add some color to the ornament. These red felt balls were a bit of a splurge, but you can also use red pom poms or make your own with red roving.

I glued them to the center of the greenery to hide the ends of the stem.

adding the berries to the felt ball ornaments

I used white thread to hang the ornaments on the tree. Poke the needle through the felt and then tie it in a knot.

That’s it! Aren’t they cute?

I love how they look hanging on a flocked tree.

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This year I challenged myself to decorating my tree with all homemade, non breakable ornaments. It was so fun to see what I could make on my own! I also made –

Blush Pink Dresser Makeover | Painted Pink Furniture

In todays furniture makeover, a nine drawer dresser is painted using blush pink chalk paint. Learn how to paint a dresser pink with a soft pink ‘Darling”.

I used to think that pink furniture was strictly limited to nurseries or toddler bedrooms. But after finding so many gorgeous pink dressers on Pinterest, I decided to paint a 9 drawer dresser in a soft blush.

I loved the elegant, soft result!

Supplies for Pink Dresser Makeover


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I picked up this dresser for 20 bucks on a local yard sale site. It was such a good deal, we drove to pick it up at 10pm!

This dresser wasn’t too dirty, but I still wiped it down with Krud Kutter to remove any oil that will prevent the paint from adhering. I filled in holes with wood filler, and then gave the entire piece a light hand sanding.

Even when using Chalk Paint, furniture prep is so important!

To read more about proper furniture prep, see my prep guide here.

Painting the Pink Dresser

Stir your paint really well, and then give your piece a wipe down with a tack cloth. Tack cloths are SO important when painting furniture – I just love them! They keep your piece free of dirt, lint and other junk that would stop you from gettin a smooth finish.

I chose to use the color ‘Darling’ by Country Chic. I wanted a soft pink that wouldn’t be bright or in your face.

Then, I painted two coats of paint using ‘Darling’ by Country Chic. In between coats I gave a quick sanding with 220 grit sandpaper, and another wipe with the tack cloth.

pink dresser

I wanted a durable, smooth finish so I chose to seal it with Clear Coat by Country Chic. Then I used Rub ‘n Buff on the hardware to make it an antique gold color. You just rub it on, and then buff it off. I use it often to completely transform old hardware. I have a tutorial in my Guide to Refinishing Hardware that teaches all about using this magical stuff.

gold hardware on pink dresser

Finished Pink Dresser –

Here’s the finished dresser – isn’t it amazing what a little paint can do?!

I’m loving the pink and gold combination on this dresser! Hard to believe it was a junky $20 dresser before.

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I’ve been busting through the furniture in my garage. So far I’ve completed –

Here’s what’s up next

  • Curvy Mahogany Chest
  • Italian Provincial Dresser
  • Kitchen Table and Chairs

What have you been working on? Let me know in the comments below!

Dollar Tree Bottle Brush Trees and Christmas Crates

Dollar Tree craft crates and Dollar Tree bottle brush trees are turned into adorable, budget friendly Dollar Tree Christmas decor.

If you haven’t checked out the craft section at the Dollar Tree, you’ve been missing out! Not all Dollar Trees have them, so check the store locator and look for the crafters square logo.

I found these mini wood crates, and I knew they’d be so cute to display the Dollar Tree bottle brush trees!

Dollar Tree Christmas decor is taking over my house, and my wallet couldn’t be happier. Check out these Rae Dunn inspired ornaments, and this sweater wreath made from a Dollar Tree wire frame.

Dollar Tree Christmas Decorations Supply List:

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Dollar Tree Craft Crates

Bottle Brush Trees – Amazon or Dollar Tree

Gel Stain

White Paint and Dark Paint

Floral Foam – Mine was from the Target dollar spot

Wax Paper

“Farm Fresh” Printable

Instructions


There was two different types of crates at the Dollar Tree. One had open slots, and the other had closed. Because they are only $1, I had to buy both – right?! These crates are pretty small, the perfect size to display bottle brush trees.

I used Gel Stain on the first set of crates. Regular stain would work great too, I just always have Gel Stain on hand!


I wanted the white crates to look rustic, so I painted a grey base layer first. After that dried I painted a coat of white.

Adding the Transfer


After the white paint dried, I decided I wanted to add a transfer to the crate.

The transfer process is SO easy. You’ll need a regular inkjet printer, wax paper, a piece of printer paper and a little tape.

Cut a piece of wax paper to 8.5″ by 11″, the same size as a sheet of printer paper.

I tried to just print the wax paper on its own and the machine did not like that! So instead, use a few pieces of tape to secure it to the printer paper.

To print the image, make sure you flip it backwards so it transfers the right way!

I used a little “Farm Fresh Trees” printable. This image is already flipped and ready to print, you can access it using the form below.

Print the transfer on the wax paper, be careful not to touch the ink or it will smudge!

Cut the image out and tape it to the crate, ink side down. Use scissors or another hard object to rub the transfer onto the crate. Then, remove the tape and the wax paper!

I cut open a foam floral block to put inside the crates to add height and give the trees a boost. The inside looked like fake snow, so it worked out perfectly!

This two pack of bottle brush trees from the Dollar Tree comes in a two pack, already frosted and so adorable!

dollar tree bottle brush trees

To finish it up, I wedged the trees into the foam and stacked a few crates.

Here’s the finished Dollar Tree Bottle Brush Tree display!

These crates would be great to display on a mantle, buffet table or window sill. I love how they turned out!

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The Dollar Tree is a great place to find Christmas decorations! With everything being $1, you can experiment with different decor styles without the hefty price tag. Looking for more Dollar Tree decorations? Check these out!

Dollar Tree Christmas Decorations

Fall Decor – Dollar Tree

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