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.

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Looking for a fun set of farmhouse dishes? These DIY dishes are inspired by Rae Dunn!

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 these Rae Dunn inspired ornaments, and the bottle brush tree display.

Dollar Tree Christmas Tree Supplies


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  • 2 Dollar Tree Christmas Trees
  • Dollar Tree Bucket
  • Dollar Tree Stickers
  • THIS Flocking Powder
  • White Paint
  • Floral Foam

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.

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

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.

2. Add the powder to the strainer, then shake shake it onto the branches.

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 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

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Easy Thanksgiving Place Setting – Rosemary Wreaths

Dress up your Thanksgiving table with this easy rosemary place setting. I love incorporating natural elements into my table decorations. Fresh rosemary is beautiful, smells great and it dries nicely.

I saved plenty for the turkey, and then made up mini wreaths with an embroidery hoop and some twine!

Supplies for Thanksgiving Place Settings –

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Mini Embroidery Hoops – I used 4″

Twine

White Chalk Paint

Rosemary

Cardstock

Instructions:


The embroidery hoops are unfinished wood so they can be painted, stained or left as is.

First, I painted the hoops in white chalk paint. Then I trimmed some rosemary sprigs.

painted embroidery hoops and rosemary for Thanksgiving place setting

Use twine to tie one end of the rosemary to the hoop.

Wrap the other end of the rosemary around the hoop, and then wrap several layers of twine to secure it.

If your rosemary isn’t long enough to reach the other end of the hoop, you can tie a few pieces together with some floral wire.

Keep wrapping the twine until the embroidery screw is hidden. I tucked the end of the twine in on the back side to secure it.

I wanted to add some cute Thanksgiving tags to go behind the wreath.

You can download the printable below. The tags print best on cardstock!

That’s it! They smell amazing and are very budget friendly.

I made napkins by cutting up a linen dish towel, and the plates are from the Dollar Tree.

thanksgiving place setting

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Looking for more Thanksgiving ideas? See my Dollar Tree tablescape here!

DIY Coffee Bar – Armoire Makeover

Coffee and painting furniture – two of my favorite things! I rescued this mini armoire curbside a few months back and have been eager to turn it into a DIY coffee bar ever since.

I’m still floored by what paint can do to a piece. This armoire was looking rough when I picked it up.

diy coffee bar before

Supplies for DIY Coffee Bar –

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This piece needed a thorough cleaning and sanding to remove scratches and rough edges. You can read more about prepping furniture for paint here.

Chalk Painting the Coffee Bar

I was really excited to try out this Chalk Acrylic paint that Shabby Paints sent me! It’s a deep red color called Cranberry Bliss.

I gave the paint a good stir.

This paint covered wonderfully and I didn’t even have to prime! I used a Purdy brush and worked in small sections. This paint levels nicely, so no need to overwork the paint.

In between coats I sanded lightly with 220 grit sandpaper. Then I painted the second coat.

I usually don’t use furniture wax, for a couple reasons. Traditional wax isn’t permanent, and if I’m selling a piece I don’t expect my client to want to re – wax it a few years down the road. Another reason is the application process can be a pain.

VAX by Shabby Paints solves both of these problems. VAX gives a matte finish like furniture wax, but never needs to be reapplied.

I used a damp sponge to apply it in long strokes. It goes on so easy, no buffing necessary!

Reclaimed Wood Back

I wanted to add wood boards to the back of the coffee bar.

These 48″ wood laths are sold at my Home Depot for 37 cents each. I cut them down to size and gave them a light sanding.

Then, I applied a coat of Walnut Gel Stain to the boards.

Gel Stain works a little differently than regular stain. You brush it on then wipe it off until its the color you want.

Here’s the stained boards. The total for the faux reclaimed wood was about 5 bucks.. not a bad deal!

I used a nail gun to secure the boards to the back of the coffee bar. Then, I added some cup pulls and ring pulls from DLawless hardware.

diy coffee bar hardware

Here’s the finished coffee bar all finished!

finsihed doy coffee bar

An old armoire really makes a perfect coffee bar. I love that it has doors so you can frantically hide clutter before guests arrive (girl, same).

But you can also open it up to show off cute decor and coffee displays.

diy coffee bar staged

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I’m finally making progress on the piles of furniture in my garage. Here’s what’s finished –

And here’s what’s up next!

  • Blush Pink Dresser
  • Kitchen Table and Chairs
  • Curvy Dresser and Night Stand
  • Italian Provincial Chest of Drawers

Phew. The list is 50/50, not too bad right?

Hopefully I can complete it before I find more curbside furniture calling my name.