Hello, my friends! Today we’re not only talking about DIY fall decor ideas, but I’m also announcing the lucky winner of my $75 gift card giveaway (at the end of the post).

I’m so ready to leave summer behind and start a little fall decorating. I know, I know…it’s a little early to talk about fall decorating but it’s the perfect time in my book. We’ve had a hot, dry summer here in the South so cooler temps and fall color are on my radar. 

Are you ready for fall yet? Here are 10 of the coolest DIY fall decor ideas you'll want to copy for the home.I haven’t done any decorating yet, but I’ve been having some fun searching Pinterest for DIY fall decor ideas to try. There’s no real secret to the way I decorate for fall, as I generally following the same decorating philosophy no matter the time or season…

  •  keep it simple
  • use what you love (and have) 
  • decorate with things from nature

I do like to try to do at least 0ne easy fall DIY project each year and there’s no shortage of great inspiration on Pinterest.

Here are some great DIY fall decor ideas I shared way back in 2014 to inspire you for the upcoming season. Please pin from original posts.

A great DIY fall decor idea is this easy leaf art.

As close to nature as you can get…DIY Leaf Art from Just a Girl

Adding white pumpkins to a curio cabinet with dishes is an easy DIY fall decor idea.

Simple but pretty white pumpkins from Craftberry Bush

Using chalk paint on faux pumpkins for an easy and inexpensive DIY fall decor idea.

I’m definitely doing something like this…Chalk paint pumpkins from Perfectly Imperfect

Painting faux pumpkins and stacking them in an urn to make a topiary. Pumpkin topiary from Eclectically Vintage

Painting wood frames and adding letters is an easy DIY fall decor idea for your mantel.Framed Fall from Fun Home Things

Another DIY fall decor idea is a garland made with glitter leaves. Falling leaf garland from 6th Street Design School

Using old bedspreads to cover faux pumpkins for this pretty DIY fall decor idea.Pumpkins made with old bedspreads from Erin’s Art and Garden

Fall chalkboard art is a quick and easy DIY fall decor idea.

How about some chalkboard art like this from Nest of Posies

Using canning jar lids to make a pumpkin is a fun and easy DIY fall decor idea.Canning jar ring pumpkin from Yellow Bliss Road

Everybody loves pumpkins and these easy velvet pumpkins are a pretty DIY fall decor idea for your home.

DIY velvet pumpkins from House of Hawthornes

I hope some of these ideas inspired you to do some DIY fall decorating whether it’s today or a month from now. 

So what do you think…too early to talk about fall decorating or are you ready to leave summer behind for all things fall? 

 

Check out my some of my other fall posts that I’ve shared.

Taking a Dollar Store faux pumpkin and turning it plaid with tissue paper and Mod Podge. A fun, easy and inexpensive DIY for fall.DIY Dollar Store Plaid Pumpkin

A small cottage decorated for fall with natural elements. Lots of decorating ideas for your fall home. Fall Home Tour 

 

As promised…the lucky winner of our $75 gift card giveaway is…

PJ!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Congrats to PJ! 

I want to thank all of you that entered and for all of the lovely comments and emails you left and sent to me. The hubs and I read every one and were blown away by your kindness and thoughtfulness. I feel so blessed to be able to do this and I truly have the best, most loyal readers! 

I’ll be sharing a special fall giveaway on the blog very soon. I’ve wanted to do this the past couple of years but could never get it together in time. This year, though, I’m ready and excited to be able to finally share it with you, so I hope you’ll come back to enter! 

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*This is a sponsored post written by me about our sunroom makeover on behalf of Lamps Plus.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

So…the sunroom…

It’s looking so much better today but it certainly didn’t start out that way.

Tackling a DIY sunroom makeover in phases to make it more manageable. The first phase is paint and new lighting.

When we first moved in to the cottage last July, we had plans to eventually turn this room into a bathroom and laundry room. It was a dirty, disgusting mess and we both had no desire to be in it. We ended up just piling our boxes on the floor and left it. After some time and a good cleaning (a really good cleaning) and the removal of the blinds, we started to soften up to the space.

A sunroom makeover before pic of the yellow walls and broken ceiling fan.

Once we added some furniture to the space, we knew that we would keep it as is and just do some improvements. We love the room now. The great thing about it is that it’s up in the air quite a bit, so it feels like you are in a treehouse and the views are awesome. I love to sit in here in the afternoon with Finn and work on the computer, although I end up looking out the windows most of the time.

Before the sunroom makeover with yellow walls, sectional sofa and ceiling fan.

With a new plan, we came up with several projects that we want to tackle to turn this space into a comfortable family room. New paint, lighting, flooring, a back door (a dutch door) and beams on the ceiling are all on the list. 

With the powder room addition and bedroom closet happening right now though, I thought I’d do the room in stages. I wanted to get enough done so it would make an impact without taking a lot of time or money. 

So, the first phase of the sunroom makeover began with paint and a new light fixture.

I liked the ceiling fan but the lights never worked right and the fan ticked when it was turned on. It drove me crazy. Turns out we really didn’t need a fan after all, so I went with a pretty iron chandelier to give the room a different feel.

Yellow walls and sectional sofa in the sunroom addition.

In between projects on the powder room, I began painting the walls. There’s 8 windows, a doorway and a vaulted ceiling in this room so it was not a small project. It ended up taking me 5 days to cut in the whole room ( and it’s a small space). I love to paint but this was not a fun room. 

Working intensely on my masterpiece. Apparently having your mouth open helps you paint better. 😉

Painting the yellow walls a soft gray during a sunroom makeover.

Once I was done painting, the hubs climbed the ladder and took down the ceiling fan. It wasn’t easy and he ended up cutting a hole in the ceiling around the mounting bracket, which was spackled in the ceiling.

Ugh…not pretty.

Trying to fix the hole in the vaulted ceiling after taking the ceiling fan down.

With the fan down, we needed a solution for the hole. The beams I want to add will cover it nicely but they aren’t going to happen for a while so we came up with a quick fix. 

We built a simple adapter box out of scrap wood and painted it with ceiling paint.

A DIY adapter box to cover the ceiling hole from the fan.

A bit of insulation was added in the hole in the ceiling, then we attached our box and hung the new chandelier. 

With the paint and lighting done, we tackled one last electrical project…checking the wiring and replacing all of the outlets and light switches. 

Finally, it was time to put the room back together. I wanted to try a different layout so we moved the sectional to another side of the room and laid the rug. This room is really small, and the sectional is pretty big, so we don’t have many styling options. The huge sofa isn’t ideal for this size of room, but it’ll do for now. 

Tackling phase 1 of a small sunroom makeover using paint and new lighting. Change the look of your room with simple decor ideas.

I’m really liking this new layout. I can sit and see the whole backyard, instead of the driveway and road.  

Ideas on doing a small sunroom makeover in stages.

Loving the new light too, and the hubs went ahead and installed a dimmer for me. We didn’t have a working ceiling light in here before so it’s nice to come into this room at night with the lights dimmed.

You can see the adapter box we had to build to hang the light.

Tackling a sunroom makeover in stages and sharing decorating ideas.

The striped rug is the only new addition to the room. Me and my stripes…it’s a true love affair 😉

Remember, this was phase 1. I didn’t even hang anything on the walls yet. I’m going to take my time and look for the perfect pieces. One thing that I’m going to look for is a taller plant in the empty corner. The heating vent is right there though so a live plant probably won’t work.

new lighting and a plant. Great ideas for a small, dingy room.

I’m also going to do a quick makeover on the back door with a coat of paint. That’ll be part of the next phase of this sunroom makeover.

I’ve also been tossing around the idea of woven shades in the windows, thinking that they’d add a bit of warmth and texture to the room. I love the unobstructed view of the trees though so I’m not sure. What do you think?

Working on both rooms has done me in. I’m going to stick with only the powder room for a while. Uh…maybe??? 

Thanks so much for stopping in! 

Check out our other room makeovers in the cottage. 

Great ideas to brighten up a small and cozy living room.Small Living Room Makeover

A small dining makeover on a tight budget. Ideas and tips for decorating your space for little money.Dining Room Makeover on a Budget

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One design element that I’ve never added to a room, ever, is wallpaper. I’ve lived in plenty of homes that had old wallpaper on the walls. You know the kind…the hard to remove, funky colors kind. It was never my style and I always wanted it gone as soon as we moved in. 

Well, it seems that my negative opinions about wallpaper have been changing lately. I’m finding myself drawn to so many of the gorgeous wallpaper photos on Pinterest and it has me thinking about adding it in our cottage. I don’t want to do a whole room in it, but I am thinking about adding it to a smaller space. Specifically, our new bedroom closet that we just built

Like I said, there’s tons of ideas out there so I gathered a few favorites I’ve come across to share with you. Some are closets and some not, but all are pretty.

Wallpaper Inspiration

Adding a feature wall to a girls bedroom with pretty wallpaper.
 

Adding farmhouse charm to a living room with wallpaper.HGTV.com

 

Adding interest and color to a small office space with wallpaper.
 
 
 
Bold wallpaper on walls and ceiling is a pretty touch in a small closet.
 
 

Domino

 

A white bathroom gets a bold punch of color with blue and white wallpaper.Photo by Barb JamrosMore closet ideas

 

Give a small coat closet style with the addition of black and white floral wallpaper.
 
 
I always worried that if I used it in a whole room, I would quickly tire of it. Hanging it in a closet might just be the perfect way to introduce it into the cottage. It’ll be an unexpected addition and a pretty pop of pattern when you open the closet. The more I think about it, the more I want to do it.

Now I just need to not let the old wallpaper phobias creep in and decide on the perfect one for the closet. I’m actually thinking that I might go bold. Stay tuned!

What are your thoughts on wallpaper? Would you try it in your own home?

Hope you have a great weekend, my friends!

Pin for later!Add a pretty pop of color or pattern in an unexpected small space in your home like these closet wallpaper ideas.

Check out the other projects we’ve been working on in the guest bedroom…

Building a new closet and powder room in the guest bedroom.How to Build A Small Bedroom Closet

Building a custom DIY vanity in the new powder room addition.DIY Powder Room Vanity

 

You can also find me at Between Naps on the PorchWorthing Court, Savvy Southern Style, French Country Cottage

 

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I’m not sure what’s happening but it seems that I’m developing a theme windows lately. It started with a thrifted old screen, then it was custom curtain rods and sheers in the living room, and now it’s old wooden shutters. 

Hey there and welcome to another Thrifty Style Team day, where a few of my talented blogging friends and I share how we style or makeover our favorite thrifted finds.

Small master bedroom before old wooden shutters were added to the window.

Today is all about a pair of old wooden shutters that I found for a steal.

I actually bought these shutters for $10 from an estate sale when we lived in Illinois. I found them hidden in the back of a garage, all full of cobwebs and filthy dirty. They weren’t pretty but they were intact and without any rot, so I knew that a little TLC would fix them right up.

We’d been searching garage sales for months for shutters for our dining area window with no luck. Because we had looked at so many, for so long, I knew the ones I found were a great deal.

Taking old wooden shutters and adding then to a master bedroom window.

I took my prize home and was trying to figure out how I was going to hang them when the hubs took the new job in NC. I wasn’t about to get rid of them so we packed them up and moved them with us.

Fast forward to decorating our current master bedroom. We have a small master bedroom, as in teeny tiny, and decorating it has been a challenge. Fortunately (or unfortunately) we have 2 large windows, which is great for light but makes decorating a bit tricky.

Most people would put curtains on the windows to soften the room but that’s just not my style (although I did make one exception here). Besides the fact that I don’t care for them, curtains would have closed in the room, which is already small. I felt that simple was best, so I hung my trusted lined, woven wood shades and called it a day.

Once I added a new nightstand and lamp on the hubs’ side of the bed, I felt like something was missing on the window. Then I remembered my old wooden shutters hanging out in the basement. They would be the perfect touch. 

Adding a small DIY nightstand to a small master bedroom.

All they needed was a good cleaning, a trim to cut them to size and a few screws to secure the sides. I like the idea of adding a touch of black so I kept them as is.

Trimming an old wood shutter to size to hang in a master bedroom.

We hung the shutters up and they fit perfectly, like they were meant to be in this space. I think the hubs even likes them. 😉 

After old wooden shutters were hung on the master bedroom wall.

 

A brilliant idea! Adding a unique touch of charm with a set of old wooden shutters to a master bedroom window.

Genius old wood shutter Idea! Add them to the windows in a master bedroom window.

Now I just need to finish the rest of the room. 

Have you found any new ways to use a thrifty find?

Remember to stop back tomorrow. I’ll be sharing an update on the powder room addition.

The thrifty goodness has just begun. See what the rest of the team has done with they’re thrifty finds.

 

 


 

You can also find me at Between Naps on the PorchWorthing Court, Savvy Southern Style, French Country Cottage

 

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