How to Build a Decorative Planter Box for Under $30

How to Build a Decorative Planter Box for Under $30

 

Remember when I gave the gatehouse a mini-makeover?

Oh, good.

It was only last week.

I wanted to add two planter boxes to either side of the front door.  I knew the size I wanted them.  I knew the color I wanted them.  I knew I wanted them to hold two over-sized tree topiaries.

But one thing I didn’t know….

….was that to buy them would cost and arm and a leg and maybe a few other extremities.

I found similar planter boxes to these for over a hundred dollars.

A PIECE.

And they weren’t even the right color or the exact right size.

So I decided we could build them instead….

….and I would supervise.  🙂

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The Secret to Painting a Floor Cloth for Under $25

The Secret to Painting a Floor Cloth for Under $25

 

Have you ever noticed what’s old in decorating is sometimes new again?

Kind of like stirrup pants.

A long time ago in a land far away we rented our first apartment.  We showed up with a 12-piece place-setting of china, crystal stemware, enough silverware for a small hotel, a really nice coffee maker and stacks of towels…

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A Before and After Sprinkled With Friendship

A Before and After Sprinkled With Friendship

 

Have you ever noticed that you call different friends for different things?

There are the friends you call because you think of something funny and you love to hear their laugh.

There are the friends you call when your car breaks down by the side of the road and it’s midnight and you left home wearing slippers because you were just running out to get milk.

There are the friends you call when you discover that Chip and Joanna have a new show on HGTV because you know they’ll scream with you.

There are the friends you call when you need to read someone a blog post because you know they will silently laugh in all the right places and not interrupt (Ashley…I’m looking at you).

And then?

There are the friends you call for a little sunshine and conversation and they stop by your house with all of that….

….and the missing piece of a design puzzle.

#bestkindoffriendsever

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A Spring Tour With Emojis

A Spring Tour With Emojis

 

Hello and welcome to almost spring.

I’m super excited about today.  I’m linking up with some of my favorite bloggers on the planet for a spring tour put together by Jen and Randi to celebrate flowers and spring and green and grass and blue skies and waving to winter in the rear view mirror.

If you are visiting from Courtney’s, I’m so happy that you stopped by.

Truly.

It’s super nice to meet you, but before we get started….

….I have a confession to make.

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DIY Faux Bois Table

DIY Faux Bois Table

 

Today we are talking about how to paint a DIY faux bois table.

Faux bois.

It and its good friend trompe l’oeil are words I like to work into conversation whenever possible to sound like I wear berets and just flew in from the south of France.

It means “false wood” or a surface that looks like its grained wood, but it’s really something else.

Super fancy, right?

That’s how we roll here at Thistlewood.

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Sometimes You Just Need a Sticker

Sometimes You Just Need a Sticker

 
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A couple of weeks ago we were cleaning out the attic.

Because we are super-exciting and cutting edge and live a jet-set lifestyle….

….this is what we do for fun.

It’s actually an adventure up there.  Treasures that you forgot about hidden away in the eves and forgotten pieces of junk just waiting for a project.  You never know what you’ll find.

This time was no exception.

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Simply Fall Tour of the Gatehouse

Simply Fall Tour of the Gatehouse

 

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Hello rock stars.

I’m the first stop on the Simply Fall Home Tour today and I’m showing off the gatehouse.

It’s a little different look at fall than the main farmhouse.

A little simpler.  A little sweeter.  A little more modern farmhouse.

This is where I work.  Where I write the blog.  Where I’m writing the chapters of the book (which is almost finished fingers crossed).

I wasn’t going to decorate over here at all.

But somewhere along the way a little fall showed up. 🙂
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The Best Piece of Furniture For a Small Space

The Best Piece of Furniture For a Small Space

 
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This is not a sponsored post.

Not even close.

This is an I-didn’t-have-a-lot-of-space-in-the-gatehouse-and-I-wanted-to-find-something-that-would-make-it-work-and-live-large-and-wait-until-you-see-what-I-discovered kind of post.

A just because post.

An I’m so excited I have to write it kind of post.

The kind of post where we have coffee and breakfast and tell each other how amazing our furniture is.

Oh good….you too?

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