Spring Table Setting: Inexpensive and Easy Decor

It’s officially spring! Time to change the decor to lighter colors and fun seasonal decorations.

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Spring Table Setting

Spring color is addictive. I have been searching for lighter colors and couldn’t wait to put all of my spring items together on this table setting. We eat at our dining table for every meal so it works best to use decorations that can easily be moved to make way for dishes and extra place settings when needed.

These spring green linens came from the clearance rack at Pier 1 Imports. We already had the placemats, and I love how they look together.  I always prefer to use cloth napkins when ever possible, they are easy to wash and reuse.

The colorful napkin rings are also Pier 1. I spent about .50 cents on them. BARGAIN!

The Pier 1 store had the most adorable displays with bunnies and greenery. Just beautiful! I brought home one little bunny and used faux forsythia and bayberry balls that we already had to decorate my table without spending a lot of money.

Orchids are a great idea for your spring table.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Real or Faux?

The butterflies on the greenery balls are from the Dollar store. I buy loads of them each spring, I just love how colorful they are. They look so real! They look great in planters too!

It wouldn’t be any fun if there wasn’t some Easter candy on the table, malted candy eggs are scattered down the table and the candy dishes are full of jelly beans. I will have you know that my teenage boys were waiting in the wings for me to finish photographing so they could eat the candy. Some things never change!

Green Dishes on Spring Table|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

The orchids on the table are real mini plants that have been sitting in my window sill all winter. They are so lovely! I discovered they Orchids bloom longer when kept underneath the glass cloches. The glass keeps the plants moist and they don’t seem to mind being a bit crowded under the curved glass top. We use cork discs under all our plants to protect the table surfaces underneath. Every time we go to Ikea I buy a bunch of these discs. They also make great hot pads for hot dishes at meal time.

To give our blue patterned dishes a new look, they were layered with some green plates from the thrift store in a darker shade of green. Shades of a color look great when used all together, and even the plates covered with ivy designs seem to look right.

The Centerpiece

Spring centerpiece with grapevine wreath.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comThe center piece is super easy to make. It is a 5 minute project. More on that tomorrow!

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Here are some other spring decor ideas:

Butterfly Cloche with forced flowering branches.|Designers sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Butterfly Cloche

Spring Planter Arrangement is easy to make for your tabletop.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Spring Planter Arrangement

Spring porch display with flowers.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Spring Porch Decor 

 

My blogging buddies have lots more great ideas: check out these posts in the blog hop!

 

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Frazzled Joy

Loveland Lodge

 

How to Stencil Furniture Like a Boss

Stenciling furniture can be an easy and fun way to give it a new look without spending much money. Here’s how to stencil your furniture like a BOSS.

 

Stencil your own furniture and save money!|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

 

This post is sponsored by Deco Art. I was compensated in some way for writing this post. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of rules, see the disclosure page.   Stencil Like a Boss

Let’s face it, most furniture is boring. Most of the time we invest so much money in it, it’s not something we want to buy if it’s super trendy. We choose to purchase as many used pieces as we can, then fill in with items from the store so we don’t feel guilty of making it our own.

The benefits of this recycling mindset, is that I am not afraid to change the look of things when they get boring. Take this dresser for example. It’s been in our garage for a while, just screaming for some decor help.

Recently I was browsing the Deco Art website and came across this adorable bird stencil. Love it!

Love this bird stencil from Deco Art.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Right away I knew it was what this old dresser needed. The dresser was already white, so I didn’t repaint it except to touch up a few spots of the old white chalky paint here and there. For this stencil project I used Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Primative.

Distressing is easy with a few special tools. |Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Distressing

The top and corners were sanded to reveal the wood tones beneath the paint. This little Ryobi Sander is the bomb for distressing! Don’t be too neat about it, you want it to look worn off and uneven. I used coarse sand paper for the top, and fine for the edges of the drawers and knobs. Don’t forget to wipe the dust off with a soft cloth before starting with the stencil.

Draw or stencil the design on the drawers before painting.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Stenciling Furniture

The great thing about purchasing the stencil, is that a lot of the art work is already done for you. Plan out where you want the birds and branches to fall on the drawers, draw them in lightly with a pencil. Flip the stencil over to get right and left images for an interesting design. Make sure each drawer has some birds, branches and leaves. It looks more interesting with the branches “growing” up the drawer fronts.

How to Stencil Your Furniture like a Boss|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Start painting with the stencil in place, you may have to remove it to paint areas underneath by hand.  It is easier to work on a flat surface, pull the drawers out and stencil or hand paint each design with a fine brush on the drawer fronts.

Stencil Like a Boss, easy bird stencil project.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Stenciling Boss Tips and Tricks

• Use colors that are close in value for a subtle design

•Flip the stencil over for mirror (right and left) images (you may have to do some hand painting)

•Let the branches “grow” from the bottom to the top of the drawers

•Seal the piece with clear furniture wax to protect your hard work

•Purchase stencils that you can re-use on different pieces to save money

 

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Love this project? Here are some more fun stenciling ideas:

Kitchen Pantry Decor with stenciled walls. |Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Kitchen Pantry Decor

Rustic Stenciled sign DIY Project.|Designers Sweet Spot\www.designerssweetspot.com

Faux Urban Loft bedroom with brick stencil design.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Urban Loft

 

Kitchen Pantry Decor

Kitchen Pantry Decor: How to maximize space and storage on a budget.  Here’s how to get the most of the pantry you’ve got!

Kitchen Pantry Decor with stenciled walls. |Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

The Kitchen Pantry is finally done! I am so glad to be able to share this project with you!

Kitchen Pantry Decor, decorating your pantry on a budget. |Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Kitchen Pantry Decor

Kitchen pantry’s are hard to come by these days. Many homes have larger kitchens and the old fashioned pantry harder to find. We happen to be in an old house with a smaller kitchen that has less storage. However, our pantry is HUGE.

Kitchen Pantry Decor with stenciled design|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

This is what our kitchen looks like. We recently repainted and I love the new aqua color. As you can see we don’t have a ton of cabinet space, but we do have a nice big walk in pantry. Actually, we have two of them.

The first pantry, is a pass through to the other one. It is a very awkward layout, and when we purchased the house we had big ideas of remodeling the entire kitchen. Alas, I don’t think we will ever get around to it. It is a much larger project than we could have anticipated.

Kitchen Pantry Decor walk through pantry.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

The Walk Through Pantry

This part of the kitchen pantry is what we call the “walk through” pantry. It’s a relatively small space that we use for extra storage off the kitchen. The wall at the back is the actual pantry area. Note: The wall will be removed soon for even more space.

See that green floor? I can’t wait to get rid of it! More on that later.

Kitchen Pantry Decor with vintage shelving.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

White shelves in Kitchen Pantry.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

These open shelves are mainly used for our Isagenix products, vitamins, shakes and so forth. You can read more about that post here. I have plans for my hubby to build a nice barn door and more shelves for this space. He just doesn’t know it yet. Ha!

Kitchen Pantry Decor, decorating your pantry on a budget. |Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

The back kitchen pantry

Around the wall in the back end of the pantry we have more shelves. It’s a bit of a hike from the kitchen to get there, but it’s worth it. We have floor to ceiling shelves for all of our large cooking pans and bulk food storage that doesn’t fit into the few cabinets in the kitchen. In my dreams we would have a wine bar and sink back here.

Canned goods pantry in the Kitchen, updated with a pretty stencil.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

The Stenciled Pantry Wall

The stencil is Augusta Tile stencil from The Cutting Edge Stencils. I love the subtle pattern the aqua blue paint makes with the light background color. Our shelves were exactly 12″ apart so it was easy to stencil the wall behind the shelves without having to remove them. I used a foam brush with the stencil for a clean look. Last summer I used the same Augusta Tile stencil for a rustic sign that I made. Read that post here.

Kitchen Pantry Decor with large glass Jars|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com I will have more on how I organized this space soon! The pantry was not this clean when I started!

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Kitchen Pantry wooden shelves for large item storage.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

The other pantry wall has large wooden shelves that hold my cookbooks, wooden bowls, extra plates, etc. Many of these items I use for staging my food photos, and it’s nice to have a place to keep them nearby so I can grab them when needed.

Pantry Ceiling project in the Kitchen pantry. |Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

And above the entire back pantry, is this huge hole in the ceiling. There used to be a stair case here. The former owners of our home removed the stairs and never repaired the hole. Who does that? This will be our next DIY project, coming soon!

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Rustic Stenciled Sign

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This post was sponsored by Cutting Edge Stencils. Any opinions given are completely my own. If you have questions regarding my policies please see the Disclosures page.

Good day friends! Hope you are enjoying your summer. I have been working on a number of projects behind the scenes, but have finally completed one of them. This Rustic Stenciled Sign is just the thing to personalize your garage or barn.

Here in Wisconsin we often see personalized Barn Quilts as you drive though the countryside. I decided to make my own version. It’s a little different because it’s long and narrow instead of square, but I felt like this shape has more of a unique character.

Rustic Stenciled Sign @designerssweetspot.com

The sign was made from some old cedar fence boards that a friend gave me. We used three fencing boards, two on the front and one to hold them together on the back side. The boards were trimmed to 36″ long, nailed and glued together. We used a bit of old chain to hang the sign on the wall.

Corner of stenciled sign @designerssweetspot.com

The wood was very dry and rough, so the first thing I did was to sand it down a bit with a sanding block. Then the boards were stained with an English Ironstone White Stain to give them uniform color.

Generally, you aren’t supposed to use stencils on rough surfaces. However, my first rule of blogging is to break all the rules, so I did it anyway. I like the weathered appearance the rough texture gives the pattern. I used acrylic paints and a stencil brush to apply the design with the stencil. This pattern is Cutting Edge Augusta Tile Stencil.

Rustic Stenciled Sign and Chair

A final coat of satin polyurethane protects the sign from the elements. Hummmm, I may have to move it inside so I can see it more often.

Want to remember this project? Pin this graphic!

Rustic Stenciled Sign Pin

Off to work on some more fun projects!

 

 

 

Simple Pillow Tutorial

Finished Pillows

This post was sponsored by Fairfield World. Any opinions given are completely my own.

I have spent the last few days working on the porch decorating. I have been sewing pillows left and right. I can’t wait to share the entire project with you! This week’s fun project is sewing a Simple Pillow.

Wicker Sofa and porch

There are still a few more things to finish on the porch, but I thought I would give you a peek at what we have done so far.

The inspiration for this room came from this beautiful Tommy Bahama fabric. It just screams summer to me. I love the green and blue tones, it makes the outdoors feel closer some how.

Pillow with a hand

This Simple Pillow Tutorial is part of my Learn to Sew series. It’s easy enough for a beginner, but has a few little tricks that make fun for anyone to learn. Thanks to Fairfield World for sponsoring this post!

Sofa with yellow and paisley pillows

I used 18″ x 18″ pillow forms from Fairfield World for this project. They are very nice quality, and the size is big enough to fill in the space nicely behind your back and the rather prickly wicker sofa.

I cut my fabric with 1″ of ease in both directions for the pillows. This extra room makes it easy to slip the pillow form inside the cover without it being too tight. I cut my fabric 19″ x 19″ to give it plenty of room inside and compensate for any shrinkage in washing later on.

I use 100% cotton thread when I sew, it’s a bit heavier and holds up very well in the machine. It is also the best choice if you are a beginner sewer. You can find it labeled as thread for machine quilting, it’s a bit more expensive than the regular polyester/cotton variety but it is well worth it.

I put together a little video tutorial for this project, hope you enjoy it!