Farmhouse Chair Makeover: Shabby Chic Plant Stand

Shabby Chic Chair Makeover: Into A Plantstand

This chair had been lingering around for a couple years. It’s pretty small; my niece is the only one who can fit in it anymore. Some of the joints were a little wobbly too. It lived outside for a while, spent some time collecting dust in our clubhouse, then somehow survived the move out here to the farm. It blended in and sucked the joy out of whatever corner it lurked in.

Farmhouse Home Decor! Wooden Toddler Chair Repurposed As a Shabby Chic Plant Stand

I’ve been on a decorating kick lately. I’m obsessively arranging and rearranging furniture, and busy filling my greenhouse and sunroom with plants. (The long term goal is to make my own jungle.)

Farmhouse Chair Makeover

I changed my color scheme in the new place so I’m finding tons of junk to paint. Did you see my dollar store lantern refashion? I thought this chair would make a great plant stand to add some height and color somewhere, so I got out the paint again! I’m not a furniture or home decor guru. In fact, it’s quite out of my element. But this is so easy, anyone can do it. It’s just slopping paint on old crappy stuff; to make it look less crappy.

Farmhouse Chair Makeover

Toddler Chair To Farmhouse Plant Stand

I started with a hunter green base coat. I used a sponge, and when that got annoying I just started wiping it on with a towel. But it was blah and boring.

Farmhouse Chair Repurposed: To Shabby Chic Plant Stand

So I added a coat of grey, so light it’s almost white. I was real careful to paint sloppy, because shabby chic is in vogue. I wanted bits of the wood grain and base coat to show through. If you want things to look rustic, just paint like you don’t give a damn. It usually works out fine, in my experience.

Home Decor Idea! Farm Style Chair Makeover: Into Rustic Plant Stand

It turned out like this. The light color is a perfect backdrop for greenery or bright flowers. Don’t you think?!

If you like this project, you may want to visit some of my Pinterest boards!

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DIY Antique Painted Lantern from the Dollar Store

DIY "Antique" Painted Lantern: from the dollar store!

So we just finished up remodeling the living room, and I just have a few more touches before the big reveal. I’ve been distraught because I haven’t been sewing much and didn’t have any blog posts to share. I just realized, I can just show you some of the other stuff I’ve been working on. Duh!

DIY antique painted lantern

Check out my DIY antique painted lantern- it’s from the dollar store! It was red and it’s made of some sort of thin metal with glass doors. This candle burner was in a box of stuff that doesn’t “fit in” here at the new place. It’s not the hardcore authentic railroad lantern I’ve been eyeing, but like I always say…

If you can’t afford it, fake it!

Valspar paint samples are about $2.50 and they're great for crafts and remodeling!

I used Valspar paint samples that cost $2.50 each. These are a life saver when you’re remodeling, btw.

DIY "Antique" Painted Lantern: from the dollar store!

I started with the Butternut Tree and used a small paintbrush with an angled tip to brush on the first layer. It was a real nasty brush stroke; uneven and jagged.

DIY: How To "Antique" Paint a Lantern

I slopped the Sea Air on top once it dried, and then patted it with a paper towel. After that I fingernail scraped some of the edges so the original red would show through, and cleaned up the glass with a Q-tip. I could’ve done a little bit better job with cleaning it…but I’ll get around to it:)

Faux antique painted dollar store lantern

This project took about 30 minutes including dry time. Wanna see a sneak peek of my next paint project?

"Antique" painted lantern from the dollar store

Yup. I have lots of stuff to paint; including this junky old chair. What color do y’all think?

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Innumerable WIPS: Chronicles of the Never Ending

There’s so much going on over here! I’m dropping a few lines today to say hello. I don’t have any perfect photos to share; only quick iPhone pics. But I couldn’t wait to show you some of our projects.

Innumerable WIPS

Sunroom Remodel | SewsNBows

We are remodeling the sunroom. I love the ceiling beams hubby added. Today I’m finishing the second coat of blue paint. It’s a dark, dusty blue inspired by the barn behind Bella in the photo below. (Click here to read my post about the free Scarf Neck Cardigan pattern from Swoon.)

Girls Scarf Neck Cardigan : Free Sewing Pattern from Swoon

I’m going to have rusty accents…dust and rust. My ceiling fans are white with gold; so they have to die. I’m looking for rustic fans, and a maybe some railroad lanterns too. You should see my home dec board on Pinterest. I’m going nuts.

macrame rope patio furniture DIY

Edson made these macrame rope chairs out of one of our patio sets. Everyone is asking me if I’m going to make cushions. I’m going to use them like that and just sew some decorative outdoor pillows. They are so comfortable! It looks good in my head, because the table will have mosaic tile. It always looks good in my head

Innumerable WIPS | SewsNBows

Everything on that ironing board needs to be finished. I have 2 sweaters that need Pom Pom trim, another pair of Hudson Pants that I need elastic for, a stuffed bear minus stuffing; on and on. I ran out of everything at once. How does that even happen?!

Classic Panties from PAB Patterns in tribal print fabric

These undies are my only finish for the week. (My go to pattern: Classic Panties & Camisole from PAB*) I have a strict rule about finishing a project before starting another, but I can’t run out shopping the minute I need something anymore. It’s a long drive, and my ride is a dually.

Digging a road with my Dodge Ram Duelly

I’ve been cutting a new road through the pasture to make a looped driveway. I also started a compost bin. I might have to change the blog name to SowsNHoes.

As in garden hoe, you perv.

Until next time,


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Ultimate DIY Bundle

If you read my blog, you probably love to create. There’s a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment making.

The great thing about crafting and DIY is that there’s so much to get involved in! There’s this huge world of crafting opportunities out there, and I’ve only scratched the surface with sewing. I’m unpacking at the new farm and plan to do more home decor project and get crafty. You know, lampshades and stuff. All the crap I see on pinterest!

Now,  to decide which project to dive into first.  Since my decorating budget for the new house is practically non-existent; I signed up to tell you about The Ultimate DIY Bundle! *affiliate link

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Rediscover Your Creativity! Free 4 Step e-Course

Creative Motivation

I have a move coming up, and it’s a pretty drastic lifestyle change. I’m really excited about it, because I’ll have a new place to decorate! I also know that there will be major adjustments. For one, there is a lot of work to do on a farm. (It never ends.) But there nothing in worth having that isn’t worth working for, and we WANT this for our family.

A harvested field in Oklahoma

I tend to overwhelm easily and I don’t want to lose my motivation. Sewing and creating has always been my outlet, that’s why my sewing machine will be the very last thing that I pack up for the move. I’m cutting fabric on the floor, in between boxes for pete’s sake. This is my real life right now, dirty floor and all. And these boxes…are everywhere now.

Moving sucks.

I signed up for a free e-course to help me stay focused on being creative, but also to broaden my scope.  I’m gonna make lampshades and stuff, all the crap on Pinterest! It’s just 4 quick emails, each with a worksheet at the end. I don’t have time for any extra work right now- this is very manageable and easy. I think it will help keep me on track, and I thought maybe some of you might like it too.

Creative Motivation

There’s an amazing pdf pattern and e-book sale next week: the Ultimate DIY Package. If 10 people sign up for this e-course, I’ll get the bundle package for free (omg I want it) plus a FREE 1-year Subscription to Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. If you sign up, you can refer people to get the free bundle and magazine subscription too.

The e-course is a brilliant marketing strategy. The goal is to get you to buy the bundle package, or help sell it. Personally, I want all those patterns next week, and I hope to earn some commission telling you about it! So aside from nurturing my creativity, there’s some extra motivation. Um, my decorating budget is ZERO. So click the image below if you’d like to sign up for the free creativity inspiring e-course. And if you’re dying to know more about the pdf bundle for sale next week, click the ad in my sidebar:)

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