Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Elegant Photo Backdrop Underway

The last few parties we've thrown have included photo booths.   They add a bit of fun and a simple activity to any party.

Western Themed Party: 

We built a Cardboard Western Town.  We stopped off at a furniture store and picked up cardboard.  Painted and put them in the back yard.  Everyone loved it! 


4th of July:

10 ft x 5 ft corrugated metal.  Love the American Flag.  I hand painted this on old metal.  Then distressed it.  Added some real rust (My secret don't ask how.)

Add some props!

Tee Party:

When you have a golfer in the family you'll need to throw a Golf Themed Party at some point.  This one is also on old metal.  We added a golf bag, argyle sweaters, visors, clubs.  Everyone had fun dressing up.

Carrousel De Paris:

Paris for a Sweet Sixteen.  Another metal backdrop.  I like the metal because you can go big but not heavy.  This is 9 feet tall!  Hand painted, a little rustic.

Ladies Brunch:

Working on an Elegant Damask backdrop for the Ladies Brunch this coming weekend.


3 closet doors & a stencil.  Come back next week to see the results!

(Will post as soon as the photos are ready)

7/21/15 Final results (finally) http://www.fordcountrydiy.com/2015/07/elegant-photo-backdrop.html

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Family Friendly Front Porch

Why was I so crazy to post last week that I would reveal my front porch this week?  I am crazy!  Plus a little motivation by my husband to refinish that Church pew.

Church Pew

It all started with a free Church pew I picked up in Seattle a couple of weeks ago.  I brought home 2.  1 for the dining room see it in my Dining Room and this 9 foot beauty.  Well there is no room for it in the house and hubby didn't like it on the front port.

Sooo . . . 

A little paint and a couple of pillows

Sitting by itself, not impressive.  Thus the whole makeover began.

A couple of crates.

I found 2 crates out in the shed that were totally not being used.  Just taking up space.  The larger I stenciled Smith & Wesson (just for fun).  Then stained it.  Now it's a coffee table as well as some storage.

The 2nd I painted red for a side table.
Don't you just love red!

Some Free Chairs

Found these on the side of the road for free a few months back.

A little spray paint.  A 50 cent burlap coffee sack.


Oh I had these shutters.  I bought them at a garage sale almost 2 years ago.  $1 a piece!  Can you believe that price?  Cleaned them spray painted them.  Still sitting in the back yard.  

Well now they are hung!

Rusty Buckets

What is it about rusty stuff these days?  I don't know, but I'm addicted too.  However, the more the rust the bigger the price tag.  So me and my minions went to the shed and picked out 4 black plastic planters.  Drilled holes.  Spray painted them with metalic silver, rusted them with cinnamon and strung them up by a rope.

I know have 4 beautiful hanging baskets.

And this rusty old tool box.  Also sitting in the shed, holding other rusty stuff I'll find a use for later.

Signs - I love to make!

I do love to customize and create my own signs.  I am lucky to have a few piles of free wood aging in my back yard.
Inspired by the devotion I was reading this morning. 
I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10, NKJV).

We built this bench on the fly to just balance the two sides.  It adds more seating as well.

Our family brand.  That is if we ever own that cattle ranch and need it.

Plants, Plants, Plants

My really cheap makeover included sending the kids out around the property to bring back some greenery.  We planted a couple of bushes on both sides of this bench in old pots.  We sprayed them black and put burlap bows around them.

 The sign above the steps I made last year

Live Large 

This definitely took a little time & effort.  I try to include my family in everything and enjoy them along the way.  Very little money was spent.  All the wood & furniture were free.  Most of the paint was free.  I bought one can of spray paint for the pots.  I bought the shutters 2 years ago for $4.  The burlap coffee sacks were 50 cents each and I used 3 of them.  All together that's $9.36.

Final Thoughts 

While sitting here, one of the boys asked "Is this our new family room?".  I hope so. . . 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Check in Next Week for My Front Porch Reveal!

Last week when I picked up the Church Pew for my dining room.  12 Foot Church Pew in the Dining Room! I also picked up a 9 foot pew I didn't need or have room for in the house.

I'm thinking front porch, morning coffee.  Todd says no way, it looks awful.  Now I need to hurry and fix it up so Todd can see my vision.

 As you can see.  We haven't done much with the front of the house.  

A sneak peak, the pew will be black!
A few more elements: Crates & $1 Shutters & Free Chairs

Hope you come back next week and check for the reveal! My Front Porch Reveal!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

12 Foot Church Pew For The Dining Room!

I have a habit of doing everything big.  Big family, big house, big furniture.  So it should be no surprise to my husband when I lug home a huge 12 foot Church Pew to put in our Dining Room!


Ok, I'm not the best at getting things off Craigslist.  Usually the stuff is gone before I even see it.  Or it's on the side of the road and by the time I get there it'll be gone.  Never the less, I keep trying.  

This time I got lucky.  I put in my email I have a huge table and family (9 kids) and would love to have this in my dining room.  Hoping that the knowledge I wouldn't just be turning it for a profit helped.  The guys grandma had 9 kids, so I think it helped.


The drive to Seattle keeps me from wanting most items.  For this I made the trip.  Downtown, it was actually beautiful.  I love the old brick buildings.

Here She Is

In a basement.  My poor boys.  The first one, 9 foot long, barely fit out the door.  I mean up the stairs, around a corner, glass wall and door at the top.   This baby is heavy too.


The horror, when I realized there was no way the 12 foot bench was going out that door.  How did they ever get it in?  It appears it had been disassembled and reassembled!  However, all the screws were stripped when reassembled and they are countersunk.  It will not be coming apart that way.

In Half!

The guys working on the building had power tools.  It had to be cut or I wouldn't be taking it.  He did a pretty clean job at least.  Hoping it'll go back together somehow (Todd I've got a job for you).

Free Paint

So if I'm going to drive all the way to Seattle, I better make it count.  There had been another add for free paint at a second hand building supply store.  Just a couple roads over.  All the free paint I wanted.  Second Use

Sanding & Painting

Now the real work began.  I worked under the cover of the front porch do to our crazy weather lately.

Such Amazing Helpers!

Putting Her Back Together Again

Lots of Praying this is going to work.  We brought it in the house so we had a nice flat surface.  We put two long boards on the back and two underneath.  Then filled the crack with filler.  Painted it again.  


Funny Results

Crazy, the dining room actually looks less cluttered and like it has more room.  You would think it would looked cramped adding a 12 foot high back and high arms pew to the room.  But the opposite happened.  We backed it up to the wall (almost) and then the table up to it.  Leaving enough room to get in.  Removed the extra 4 chairs.  There is more floor space because there isn't a walkway all around the table, just on the one side.

The table is 8'8".  By putting the 12' bench it gives over a foot and a half extra on each end.  Makes it easier to get in and out of.  I'm so glad I used the 12 footer.

The Other Bench

Still working on it.  It will be on the front porch.  Maybe by next week!!!!!! See my Front Porch Makeover here!