Hey sweet friends!  Recently, I shared our summer home tour on another friend’s blog…Shelstring…for her fabulous Summer Home Tour Series.  Michelle is such a sweetheart, and she has a whole collection of various bloggers’ homes!  You don’t want to miss this series!  You can read all about our home here.  🙂 In our summer home tour, you’ll see all sorts of farmhouse decor…complete with white rockers, lots of flowers, and wonderful, vintage finds!

Here’s a sneak peek of our home…

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So, I hope you’re wanting to hop on over to Shelstring now, if you haven’t already!  Stop back by and say hey, and let me know what you thought about our summer home tour.

And if you’d like to see fresh updates on what I’m doing lately, you can catch me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Have a wonderful day!

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Hey y’all!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I’d like to share with you how I turned a brand new chicken feeder into a rustic, “aged” plate rack!

DIY: How to Turn a New Chicken Feeder into an "Aged" Plate Rack | You'll be amazed at how easy this project is...and how pretty the plate rack looks! | The Rustic Boxwood

Have you ever searched for a plate rack with the perfect patina, only to discover that they’re so expensive??  Well, I have…and I just couldn’t bring myself to buy something that costs an arm and a leg when I could at least try to do it myself!

So, after much research on how to make a rustic display for my fun dishes, I embarked on this project with my fingers crossed!  😉

(Let me begin by saying that I’m by no means an expert on this topic, so if you think you might have a better way to do this project, go for it!  When it comes to projects, I’m usually a wing-it-as-you-go type of girl, so these instructions are just for you to learn from me and take from this experience as you wish.)

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Chicken Feeder from any farm supplies store (I bought mine here.)
  • A plastic bin or a narrow mopping bucket to hold the feeder while it rusts
  • A couple of large rubberbands
  • A few garbage bags
  • Distilled White Vinegar (Depending on how narrow your bucket is, you might need about 2-3 containers of vinegar.  I used 2 containers.)
  • Clear Polyurethane Spray

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Let’s get started!

First, take all your supplies outside or to a well-ventilated area, where you’ll leave your chicken feeder for a few weeks.  (I left mine in the garage, in a tightly-sealed trash bag.  If you do leave yours in your garage, make sure your bag is closed up well so that fumes don’t leak out.)

Next, place your chicken feeder into the trash bag and then into the bucket…as in the picture below.

DIY: How to turn a chicken feeder into an aged plate rack!

Pour all the vinegar around the feeder, trying to splash the vinegar all over the feeder as you pour.  Use a couple of rubberbands to seal the bag tightly.

Most of the how-tos on Pinterest for this project weren’t exactly accurate on the length of time it takes to age a chicken feeder — The process took a lot longer than just one week.  Well, really, it just depends on how much “aging” you want to give your plate rack.  I actually let mine sit in the vinegar for about 3 weeks, flipping it from top to bottom about once a week.

Once you’ve pulled your chicken-feeder-turned-plate-rack out of the trash bag, take it outside and wipe it down GENTLY real well.  If you’re rough with wiping it down, you’ll remove some of the faux “aging” off the chicken feeder.  Trust me….I had to learn the hard way.  😉  After removing all the loose remnants, give it a good all-over spray with your can of clear poly.  This will seal up the rust and keep it from getting on your dishes.  😉

Let me clarify that this project is so, very easy….It just takes a little patience.  You’ll be so happy with the results!

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Here’s a comparison of the before and after.  What do you think about this diy project?

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Also, you might have seen the plate rack (styled below in our china hutch) in our kitchen remodel blog post.  (If you’d like, you can click here for that post.)  😉

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Thanks again for taking the time read all about my diy projects…mistakes and all!  Lol.  I hope you’ve gleaned something from this post.  And I’d love to hear from you!  Comment below, or drop by and say hello on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram!

 


Hey friends!  It’s been a few months since our farmhouse-styled master bath remodel debuted here on the blog.  Since then, it’s been published online at the Country Living website and featured online at HomeTalk!  I’m still feeling overwhelmingly honored to have these special opportunities!

Recently, I added some rustic accessories to the bathroom, and I wanted to share this new decor with you.  🙂

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First, there’s the galvanized storage shelf.  It didn’t come with hooks, so I bought two “S” hooks at Home Depot, and then my sweet hubby used a handy tool to squeeze one end of each hook to the rod so that it wouldn’t come off easily.  😉  I shopped our home for fun accessories for this rustic shelf and found a white ironstone pitcher, some grainsack napkins, white towels and a cute concrete pot with some greenery.

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Also, this awesome vintage Sutliff can was a serious score from a recent estate sale.  I absolutely love the details….It’s the perfect floral vase for our bathroom!  And because the top has a wide opening, all I did was use a small mason jar filled with water and then slipped that jar right on into the Sutliff can.  😉

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In addition to the Sutliff can, a grainsack napkin and an antler were the perfect accessories for some extra farmhouse touches.

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What do you think of these new accessories?  I love it that anyone can add a touch of farmhouse charm to their home…no matter what style of home they live in.  Don’t you agree?  I’d love to hear from you!  Comment below, or stop by and say hey on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest.

I hope you enjoyed this quick update for our bathroom.  If you’d like to see the remodel as a whole, click on this link here.  Have a great day!

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Hey friends!  For the past couple of months now, I’ve been meaning to share with you here on the blog some super-exciting news….News so important that I have to have it documented!

On March 30th of this year, CountryLiving.Com published our bathroom remodel on their Decorating Ideas page!  Yes, you heard that right — Country Living shared OUR home on their website!  😉 (Insert fireworks and happy dance emojis)  If you’re interested, you can read all about that post here.  I’m so honored that one of my favorite magazines would choose to share our bathroom makeover with the world!  😉

Below is how our bathroom looked before the reno began…

And here’s the after…

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If you’d like to see the original post on how we spent only $6,000 on our farmhouse-styled master bathroom makeover, click here.  And while we’re on the subject of bathroom makeovers, we also recently renovated our guest bathroom.  To see before and after shots, click on this link.

Thanks again for taking the time to read all about our Country Living news!  Y’all are always such an encouragement!  If you’re on social media, stop by and say “hey” or comment below.  You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.  I love to hear from you!

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I love everything about Spring — feeling the gentle breeze blow through the house; smelling the fresh, blooming flowers; hearing the pretty singing of the birds outside and seeing the vibrant colors of the kelly-green grass and pretty petals.  The days are a little longer, and there is an extra skip in my step.  How about you?

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With Spring in full force, so are florals.  There are florals everywhere…from the clothes we wear to the pillows we sleep on to the seasonal art we hang on our walls!

So today, I’d like to share with you all about my favorite florals for this sunny season!  Because there are so many pretty floral items out there, I chose to divide this topic into a 2-part series — the first being all about floral faves in fashion, and the 2nd post being all about floral faves in interior spaces.

And I’ll have you know….Under some of these categories, there were just too many cute items that I couldn’t just choose one, so plan to see a list of multiples!  I hope you’ll be inspired to incorporate florals into your own style!

 Today is part 1: Floral Favorites in Fashion.  Let’s get started!

Favorite Floral Sneakers

How about these slip-ons from Cath Kidston?!

Check out these DIY Iron-On Floral Sneakers!  So cute, and such a great idea!

Check out these feminine floral flip flops from Forever21.  (How’s that for a tongue twister?!)

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And one more cute pair of shoes for good measure.  😉 These floral espadrilles are perfect for that fun, Spring outfit!

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Favorite Floral Kimono

This kimono has the perfect amount of florals and tassels.  Wear it with a pair of white jeans, a tee and some wedges…or wear it as a swimsuit coverup for the beach.

Favorite Floral Phone Case

Loving this phone case from Anthropologie!

Favorite Floral Umbrella

This fun, floral umbrella makes walking in the rain a little more exciting.

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Favorite Floral Tee

I know this tee is from the men’s department, but I adore it!

And this lovely tee is from a beautiful blogger friend of mine…CraftberryBush.  (She creates and sells her items at Society6.Com.)
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Favorite Floral Shorts

How adorable are these shorts with the fun pom-pom trim?!

I love these classic midi shorts from American Eagle!

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And these shorts…the details and the pattern are so cute!

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Favorite Floral Dresses

This dress is such a cute print for Spring!

Loving this fun maxi dress found on Etsy.  It even has pockets!  Pair it with a cute denim jacket or vest to make it a very versatile outfit.

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Favorite Floral Bags

 I absolutely love this pattern from Cath Kidston — so fun and fresh!  This carry-all bag would make carrying your everyday necessities exciting rather than a chore. 😉

How about this pretty backpack?!

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Favorite Floral Jewelry

Loving this watch from Francesca’s.  Its muted colors mix well with a whole realm of outfits!

Yes, this floral watch is a must-have for the season, too!

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Favorite Floral Romper

This floral romper from Francesca’s makes for a fun and versatile outfit!  Pair it with a denim vest or a cardigan, and you’re ready for a night out with your friends or special date!

This bright-white, floral romper is a must-have for Spring!

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Favorite Floral Skirt

How cute is this handmade, floral maxi skirt for sale on Etsy?!  Wow!

Floral Maxi Ball skirt, Midi Skirt, Mini Skirt or full, gathered skirt all sizes custom made to order

Favorite Floral Sunglasses/Cases

Loving these handmade glasses cases.  They’re so cute….It’s hard to pick just one style!

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And how about these lovely sunglasses from Francesca’s?!  Love them!

So, there you have it, friends.  What are your thoughts about these pretty florals?  What’s your favorite?  Comment below, or stop by Instagram or Facebook and say hello!  You’ll also find me on Pinterest pinning inspiring pics daily!

Stay tuned for part 2 of this fun series.  We’ll be focusing on interiors, and I can’t wait to share with you my fun, floral finds!  Have a wonderful day!

You might also like:  Our Kitchen — Before & After!

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Hey friends!  I know this post is long overdue, but I wanted to share the before and after remodel pics of our kitchen and dining room area.  Yes, it’s been a few years since the renovation, but I figured it’s better late than never, right?!  Besides, since I’ve been on a “before/after remodel” kick as of late, I’m thinking I might as well show you other parts of our home that have never been revealed on the blog!

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When we moved into this lovely home of ours almost 14 years ago, the kitchen was completely builder-grade quality…with your basic cabinets, white laminate countertops, and lots of walls surrounding the kitchen and eating areas.  This small, cramped area was not suited to my cup of tea.  😉

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(This next photo was taken just before the walls were knocked out.  And yes, I chose this putrid yellow color that was actually called “Winnie the Pooh.”  Don’t say it…I know…but back then, I thought it looked like sunshine.  And who doesn’t like sunshine??)  🙂

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Don’t get me wrong, I was very thankful for at least having a kitchen and dining room — really in truly!  But I’m not a fan of tight spaces, and these rooms definitely fit the bill for being squishy…that is, before we tore down the walls!

And now, after the remodel, it’s become a spacious haven…a place where we all love to hang out!

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Our kitchen now has beadboard cabinet door fronts, a built-in fridge that we bought off eBay (brand new for half the price), and a huge, open space.  A little window seat has been added, as well as an easy diy chalkboard that was painted onto the wall.

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This vintage shelf is a thrifty find that once was lifeless, but now after a fresh coat of white paint and some fun knobs, it’s a functional and pretty little storage spot in the kitchen!  You can read all about that diy project here.  😉

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Did you notice how the walls were removed (the ones in between the dining room and the kitchen?!)  It’s amazing how much natural light that comes into this space!  I just love it!

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On one side of our cabinet wall, I decided to paint chalkboard paint on it and attach a towel rod from Ikea to add a little pizzazz.  You can see it ever so slightly on the wall to the left of the dishwasher.

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The striped drapes are actually a set of khaki panels that I bought at Ikea and then painted white stripes directly onto the fabric.  Because the drapes weren’t as thick as I wanted them to be, I added white, twin-size sheets to the backs.  And I absolutely love them!

That kitchen table set you see below is a thrifted set that we bought a couple of years ago and refinished.  I really wanted some cane chairs and table that had an extension, and so one wonderful day, I finally found what I was looking for!  You can read all about that diy project here.  😉

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The accessories on the hutch are mostly vintage or antique items from thrift stores and yard sales.  And the paper on the back of the hutch is some fun wrapping paper that I simply taped to the wall!  If you know me at all, I have to have decor that’s as non-committal as possible, because I like to change it out so much!  😉

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 If you keep walking through the dining room, you’ll head straight to our back patio.  It’s another favorite hangout spot of ours.  That post will be for another day…but soon.  😉

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Thanks so much again for stopping by!  What are your thoughts on this kitchen/dining room remodel?  And have you removed a wall to make a space in your home appear larger?  Comment below, or find me on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.  Stop by and say hello….I’d love to hear from you!

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Welcome to part 2 of our guest bathroom reno!  (If you missed part 1, the tutorial on painting laminate flooring, you’ll definitely want to click on this link.  It will show you what we did with our bathroom floors.  🙂  We took them from boring to kapow!)

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Our guest bath has come a long way since my sweet hubby started painting our laminate floors.  It’s amazing what a can of white paint can do to a space!!  The transformation is light, bright and airy!

I kept the shelves, the diy shower curtain and a few of the accessories.  Of the items that are new in this space, most of it is from shopping my house.

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I really love this vintage orange marmalade jar next to our boxwood pot, but I felt it needed a little oomph, so I turned this vintage cheese box upside down to help corral the accessories together.  🙂

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What do you think of this renovated space?  What’s your favorite part?  I’m in love with the white walls and white floors!  I’d love to hear your thoughts!  You can comment below, or stop by and say hello on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest!

I’d like to give a huge thank you to Sherwin Williams for the fantastic paint and paint supplies we used on our laminate floors and the walls.  We chose a pure white color called Snowbound, and we used an awesome expandable roller pole called the Power Lock Extension Pole by Purdy.  (It extends 4′ to 8′ and completely locks the roller into place!)  We also used an awesome Nylox paint brush by Purdy to help with cutting in around the trim and baseboards. 😉  They were gracious enough to give me some wonderful paint supplies in exchange for my honest opinion.  If I didn’t like something, I promise I’d tell you!

You might also like to see:

Our Farmhouse-Styled Master Bathroom Makeover

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Hey friends!  Thanks for stopping by today!  I’d like to share with you how we transformed our boring laminate floors in the guest bathroom and took them from blah to wow in just a couple of steps!

(This post is part 1 of a 2-part series.  To see our completely renovated guest bathroom, part 2 of this series, please click this link.)  😉

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Here’s what we used:

First, after sweeping the bathroom floor, my sweet hubby used his belt sander that he bought at a yard sale and sanded the entire floor.  Then, using a damp cloth, he wiped up all the dust.

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Next, using our paint and paint supplies, my hubby carefully painted the floors.  Lastly, he dried the freshly-painted floor using a floor fan.  We kept the fan blowing onto the flooring for a couple of days.

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I am in love with the outcome of these painted laminate floors!  They’re so bright and cheerful!  I think we’ll eventually add a coat of poly to the floors, so that they’ll clean more easily, but other than that, we LOVE how the floors turned out!  To view part 2 of this series (our renovated guest bathroom), please click this link.  🙂

I’d like to give a huge thank you to Sherwin Williams for the paint and supplies!  They sent me these fabulous products for my honest review, and I’m happy to say that I’m very pleased with the outcome….I especially love the extension pole for our roller!  It was such a snap to connect the roller to the pole, and my hubby loved the fact that he didn’t have to bend over to roll the paint onto the floor!  Also, I love that this paint is a stain-blocking paint, plus it’s mildew-resistant….Perfect for a bathroom!

Thanks again for stopping by!  What do you think about these floors?  Is this idea something you’d do to your floors?  If so, I’d love to hear about it!  Leave a comment below, or say hello on Instagram or Facebook!  You can also find me on Pinterest pinning pretty pics almost every day!

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Hey friends!  Thanks for stopping by today!  I’m so happy Spring is in the air.  It’s been here for quite some time now, but today is the OFFICIAL day of Spring!  Woohoo!  I go into hibernation during the winter, but when Spring comes, look out world….It’s my favorite time of year!!

So, to celebrate, here are some easy and colorful ideas for diy Easter eggs!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • foam brushes
  • mod podge (I used the matte option.)
  • different materials, such as washi tape, vintage hankies, thin fabric, an old scarf, decorative tissue paper, stickers
  • plastic or hard-boiled eggs (I used the flat-white plastic eggs from craft stores for the sticker idea, and for the rest of the ideas, I used just the shiny plastic eggs from the dollar store.)  😉

Idea #1: Stickers!  These were super-easy to do.  I didn’t apply any mod podge under the sticker….I only brushed it over the tops of the eggs, once the stickers were applied.  And suprisingly, after the mod podge dried, the glitter and the metallic gold on the stickers still looked amazing!

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Idea #2:  Vintage hankies!  I cut up just one hankie, and it yielded 4 eggs.  This material was super-easy to apply!  Simply brush mod podge onto the egg.  Next, while the glue is still wet, apply the hankie strips to the egg, and smooth each strip out as carefully as you can.  Lastly, brush on a final coat of the mod podge.

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The eggs might look a little scary at first, but that’s okay, give them overnight to dry, and the next morning, they’ll be beautiful!

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Idea #3:  Tissue Paper!  This material was also very easy to apply.  First, I cut the paper into strips.  Next, as in idea #2, I applied the glue before and after applying the strips.

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Idea #4:  Washi Tape!  I made sure to use thin strips of tape in order to prevent the sides from sticking out on the eggs.  But overall, they look great!  Obviously, as with the stickers, I only applied the glue after I attached the tape to the eggs.

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So, there you have it.  Four simple diy Easter-egg crafts!  What is your favorite?  Do you have any other fun materials that you’ve used in the past?  I’d love to hear about them!

And if you’d like more inspiration for your Spring decor, you can check out this post on our Spring tablescape, 3 ways…or this post on our living room decorated for Spring.  You can also catch me on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  Stop by and say hello!

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Hey friends!  The weather’s feeling more and more like Spring here in Georgia, plus Easter is just around the corner.  (Can you believe it’s only 4 short weeks away?!)  So, it’s high time we all begin to decorate for this beautiful season!

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And the first place I am choosing to focus on this season is our dining table.  However, I didn’t really know how I was going to decorate our table.  I needed inspiration.  Of course, Pinterest is always one of the first places I visit, but sometimes just walking physically through a store — the smells, the colors, the textures — really helps to get my creative juices flowing.  So, when I found this beautiful watercolor table runner from HomeGoods the other day, I chose to make it my focal point for our tablescape!  The soft pastels with the pretty painted flowers screamed Spring in a soft way to me.

After choosing the focal point, I found some pretty, yellow plates (also in HomeGoods) that were in the same color palette as my runner.  Score!  Next, I found some shabby chic, clear glasses with little bunnies on them (again, HomeGoods).  These glasses pulled out the same greens as the runner.  Another score!

Also, I love how faux flowers are beginning to look more and more like REAL flowers.  Wouldn’t you agree??  At Michael’s, there were two separate types of peonies (at least at my store)…the $5 kind and the $15 kind.  I chose the latter.  It just looked more real, the colors were more vibrant, and it felt like an actual flower!  And with the 40% off sale, and then my additional 20% off coupon, I was able to get each stem at about $7 each.  Not bad considering that one real stem would cost me $10 at my local flower shop!  Plus, with my new fake flowers, I can re-use them over and over again, and I don’t even have to worry about remembering to water them.  I’d say it’s a win-win!

So, let’s get started with how these items came together for our Spring tablescape.  First off, I cleaned off our table to give this space a blank slate.

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Next, I added the first layer, which was a white tablecloth.  (Now, I realize these first couple of steps are pretty self-explanatory, but I just wanted to show you from the beginning how this setting came together.  Please bear with me!)  😉

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And then it was the lovely table runner from HomeGoods…

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After ensuring that the runner was evenly placed on the table, next came the green-grass chargers.  I love how they bring out the greenery on the runner.

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Now that I had my staples and the color palette I wanted to use for my table, it was time to put things together!

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I first chose to use the yellow plates that I picked up from Homegoods.

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 And as I mentioned before, the soft, green bunny glassware looked perfect with the watercolor runner, the yellow plates and the chargers !

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First, I took my  4-pack flour sack dish towels from Target and folded each one up to make 4 napkins.  (Everyone needs to have at least one pack in their home!!  You can do so much with them…but that’s a whole different blog post for another day.)  😉  I just folded them so that the plate would stick out on either side.  Next, I chose to use gold flatware (also from Target) to pull out the yellow tones in the runner.

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To add to the centerpiece, I inserted faux hydrangeas from Michael’s into thrifted milk glass vases.

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To switch it up a little, I replaced the hydrangeas with these beautiful faux peonies from Michael’s.  Then, I replaced the flour-sack napkins with my collection of dainty, floral plates that pull out the pinks, yellows and greens from the runner.

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Oh, and I felt there needed to be more pops of pink on the table, so I searched and searched for the perfect statement, and I finally found scraps of pink and white ticking fabric (that I bought at a yard sale).  The funny thing is they were already cut into leaf-like patterns.  How perfect was it that I could make them look like extensions of the peonies!  I know it sounds crazy, but I really love it!

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Lastly, my third choice was to replace the yellow plates and dainty china with simple white plates that I purchased for 99 cents each at a thrift store.

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I also added some fun pink stripey straws from the dollar spot at Target, along with more hydrangeas and peonies in thrifted milk glass vases.  🙂

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So, here are my ideas for Spring tablescapes…done 3 ways.  Which tablescape is the winner?  Is it the yellow-plate decor, the dainty china decor, or the white-plate decor?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!  You can comment below, or drop by my Instagram feed and let me know what you like best.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you’ve been inspired to create a colorful and thrifty Spring tablescape for your own home!

If you’d like to see more ideas for Spring, you can check out last year’s blog post on our living room decorated for Spring, complete with thrifty items and diy pillow covers.  Or, you could check out another idea for a thrifty tablescape here.  (And when I say thrifty, I mean SUPER THRIFTY!!)  🙂  I hope you have a wonderful day!

And to see more inspiring pics and posts, you can follow along with me on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest!  Stop by and say hey….I’d love to hear from you!

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