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Friday Favorites – mules, easy dinner ideas and more decor!

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Happy Friday friends!  This past weekend my baby turned 2 and we’ve been celebrating all week long! I also made a trip to Hobby Lobby and scored some really cute decor. First, let me take a step back. My sister was on the hunt for some decor for her bedroom so I tagged along with all intentions of window shopping and checking out their Christmas stuff. But I found some things I just couldn’t pass up.  I ended up restyling my built ins in the living room (I’ll share that in another post soon), and added some cute farmhouse decor to my kitchen which I’m sharing with you all today.

It’s been awhile since I did a “Friday Favorites” post so I thought I’d share some of the things I’m loving this week.

Mules-

mules shoes

I have never been a shoe fanatic. My super wide, flat 6 1/2s makes me dread shoe shopping. Until I discovered mules that is. They make you look instantly chic and are super comfy. And I think they’re the perfect shoe for the gal on the go or busy moms. Here are some of my favorite pairs (click images to bring you to the site!)

From Target

 

This tan pair from old navy

 

 

This fur pair from Lord & Taylor

 

 

Everyone needs a pair of leopard print shoes

 

 

White slip on sneakers

 

 

Quick, easy dinners from Trader Joe’s –

Trader Joes frozen meals

So about once a week after I drop off the dude at school I like to hit up TJ’s. I don’t do all of my grocery shopping there but I love them for their frozen meals. They’re great for after working a 12 hour shift or sometimes if I just don’t feel like making dinner but I want to make a wholesome meal.  Our favorites are the mandarin chicken which I serve over some broccoli and brown rice. Or you can serve it with their frozen vegetable rice but sometimes I just eat that as is, it’s so good. And we also love their cheesy spaghetti squash casserole, and butternut squash mac and cheese!

Netflix documentary – The Staircase

Ok so if you don’t know by now, I love true crime documentaries.  I got hooked when I was home on maternity leave and that was all that was on TV.  I just started The Staircase on Netflix. It’s about a woman who was found at the bottom of the staircase in her house and it’s a matter of did her husband kill her or was it an accident? So good. My other favorite for anyone that has HBO is The Jinx. I watched that one in one day.

 

Blanket Scarves – 

bean boots

I snagged this one this week. It’s so big and I love to wear it as a scarf or shawl.  Plus I think this flannel print is perfect for the fall and winter months.

Decorative trays – 

farmhouse decor

I was looking to add a touch of farmhouse to my kitchen. I found this cute Thyme sign at Hobby Lobby. To give it a little height I picked up this tray, added a boxwood for some greenery, and then added some other stuff I had around the house. I love the way that a tray can pull together some little knick knacks and make it look a little more elegant. Plus you can change out some of the little elements for different seasons.

 

this galvanized tray

 

I like this galvanized tray and it comes with the greenery
Rustic tray
I love this rustic wood one from Amazon
Hope you all have a great weekend! I would love to know some things you’re crushing on this week. 
 

3 In distressed furniture/ DIY/ farmhouse bedroom/ home decor

DIY Distressed Bedroom Furniture Tutorial

 

diy distressed furniture

I have had the urge to paint and distress something for awhile now.  I absolutely adore how rustic it looks and how each two pieces are never the same.  Initially I had been wanting to paint our kitchen cabinets but the husband nearly killed me. So I decided to settle for our bedroom furniture instead to give it a little makeover.  For those who are new here, Joanna Gaines is pretty much my spirit animal.  Like Jo I get these grand ideas and hubby well he’s like the Chip to my Jo, he makes it happen! It came out great and it was super easy! I shared pieces of the process on my Instagram stories and so many people had been asking for a tutorial so here it is.

First you will need:

  •  Screwdriver
  • Chalkpaint or Rust-Oleum light color kit (I’ve seen lots of tutorials using chalkpaint and after doing some research I decided to use the Ruse-Oleum cabinet kit because it is a little more durable and doesn’t wear as easily)
  • Palm sander
  • Sand paper (I used 120 grit and 220 grit for the distressing)
  • Paint brush
  • *** If not using the Rust-Oleum kit you will also need a clear wax.

 

Step one: First remove all the hardware with a screwdriver.

Step two: Lightly sand all surfaces of the furniture with 120 grit sand paper. We also used a palm sander which made it much easier.  This will give the paint something to stick to. When sanding, sand in the direction of the grain of the wood.

Step three: Wipe down the furniture with a damp cloth or towel to remove any of the sawdust particles.

Step four: Once the furniture is dry, paint with either your chalkpaint or according to step 2 of the Rustoleum kit if using the kit. We did two coats.  Then let dry.

 

Step five: Using sand paper (we used 220 grit for this part), lightly sand/distress the corners and edges of furniture until you receive the worn look you want.

 

Step six: Clean all surfaces again with a microfiber cloth.

Step seven: Apply the lacquer included in step 4 of the kit. If not using the kit, apply a clear wax. This will serve as a protective coat.  When applying the lacquer or wax, you do not want to over brush, apply in long passes.  Let dry in a cool area.

Step eight: Replace all of the hardware

We went a step further and reupholstered the headboard and footboard of the bed.

diy bedroom furniture

For the re-upholstery you will need:

  • Fabric of your choice for reupholstering
  • Stapler Gun
  • 3M Spray Glue
  • An old credit card
  • New razor blades

Step one: Cut all of your fabric to the appropriate size you are looking to cover.

Step two: Stable the fabric to the bottom edge first.

diy headboard

Step three: Using the spray glue, spray the entire area you are going to cover.

diy headboard

Step four: Pull the fabric from the bottom up to cover the area.

Step five: Using a credit card, go side to side to smooth out the fabric and any wrinkles.

diy headboard

Step six: Using the stapler, finish stapling the remaining three sides.

Step seven: With the razor blade go around the edges and trim the fabric to your liking.  I left mine a little unfinished to give it more of a rustic look.

distressed furniture

And that’s it! To complete my modern farmhouse look I found the cutest duvet from Linens & Hutch.  I chose the Rugged Stripe pattern in light gray to complement the white furniture and light gray walls.  Since I love them so much, you can use my promo code Ourtinynest at checkout to receive 30% off non sale items.

farmhouse bedroom

 

farmhouse bedroom




So there you have it friends! Since this is my first DIY tutorial, I would love any feedback and would love to hear how yours comes out!