Weather Your Letters!

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We all know how expensive zinc letters can be, and if you don’t, just know that it’s not worth it! There’s absolutely no reason to buy them when you can make your very own right at home for a percentage of the cost. Especially when you have us to lead the way step by step! With just a little time and some paint, you’ll have your own metal toned letters that you can say you created all by yourself.

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To start this project off you can take a trip to Joann’s or Hobby Lobby and pick up wooden letters. You will also need black paint, metallic paint and an acrylic paint in a burnt amber color or copper toned. Once you have all of your supplies you can first paint the letters with a coat of the black paint, and then let it dry. Next you can paint over the coat of black with the metallic paint. Make sure to dip your paint brush in a circular motion and haphazardly apply this onto the black paint. Do only small sections at a time as the paint can tend to dry rather quickly. Then, using a paper towel, rub in the paint in a circular motion to further mix it with the black. During this step there is no perfection, just start rubbing in the paint and smearing the colors together to begin to see an aged effect. Put your OCD to the side, and let this process flow! Photo Source

Now once all of the metallic painting is done, you can start applying the amber colored acrylic paint. Use a sponge to lightly blot the acrylic paint randomly onto the letters. This will give them that worn and weathered look and add a finishing touch to your antique rusted style letters. Then, after you are finished blotting you can let the letters dry and find a place for them to call home! Glue hardware to the back of the letters and hang them up onto the wall. You can spell out your favorite word, your family’s last name or put up your initials. Once your letters are done, the sky is limit with what you can do with them so don’t let the fun stop when you’re done!

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Farmhouse Friendly: How to Decorate With A Farmhouse Style

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Farmhouse style is white hot right now! But, what IS farmhouse style? What defines it? How do we get the look? Do you have to live on a farm? Let’s start out by saying that farmhouse style is more of an attitude or a way of life than a style these days. Once farmhouse style was distinguished by 3 key elements… rural location, functional porches and formal and informal living space! Today, there are lots of fun decor elements that bring a warm, simple and savvy farmhouse look to almost any home, and that’s what we’re sharing today!

Farmhouse style originally developed out of necessity. It was born out of geography. Farmers needed places to live, and farmhouses reflected the land, building material and goods in the rural area. A farmhouse usually included a transition area from the outside to in… hence the farmhouse porch. The front of the home was the “formal” area where guests were welcomed. Although usually quite simple, it served to meet the formal social norms of the day. The back of the house usually had the kitchen and a bedroom, or if the home was two-stories, the bedrooms were upstairs. This is how the farmhouse style originated!

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Today, farmhouse style is a way of life that reflects a love for the land and it’s bounty while keeping a close connection between both. It loves simplicity and has a do-it-yourself attitude. Recycling, up cycling, and renovating are all in the wheelhouse of farmhouse style! Although unpretentious and very welcoming, there is a great sense of style about farmhouse living! Anyone can capture the spirit and spunk of a farmhouse style! It marries so well with other decor styles. (Traditional, Modern, Southern, Cottage and even Industrial, just to name a few.) By adding just a few practical and perfectly placed farmhouse elements, your home can radiate this popular style!

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For the kitchen, a farmhouse sink is the quintessential farmhouse element! Big hefty sinks were a must to hold lots of produce from the farm, babies that needed washing, chickens that needed plucking, and a whole lot more. We don’t have chickens to pluck or babies to wash, but we sure love a soapstone farmhouse sink! Along with the sink, all white cabinets are a farmhouse favorite! Rustic tables are also going to be essential to this design because they’ll add that warm and rugged appeal. This farmhouse table with a few classic styled chairs will put the finishing touch on the space. After the main points are done, you can accessorize with simple mason jars, rustic wood planks, burlap, and garden flowers! Photo Source

This farmhouse look is actually pretty easy if you really appreciate the style that you’re aiming for. We hope you like our little spiel about farmhouse living and styling your home. Now, put it to good use!

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