If you’ve been hanging around here for a while, then you know that every season I whip up an easy DIY wreath for our front door. I don’t want to disappoint, so we’re continuing the tradition with a simple fall front door wreath. I also made a video so make sure you check it out at the end of the post, along with the winner of the velvet pumpkin trio.

A simple DIY fall front door wreath made with an embroidery hoop and faux flowers.

I’ve had a love affair with my hanging basket for the past several seasons (you can see some of my creations here and here). This time I thought I’d ditch the basket and really change it up with something that is very simple in design.

Not only is the design simple but it was also very easy to make, with just a few supplies. Perfect for me because I get distracted easily if I’m doing anything complicated.

So let’s get right to the supply list and how-to.

Supplies to create a simple fall front door wreath

  • embroidery hoop (I used a 14″)
  • wood stain (I used dark walnut)
  • foam brush
  • faux sunflowers (or any fall flower)
  • wheat bunch (I used blackbeard wheat)
  • floral wire
  • wire cutters
  • feathers (optional – I chose not to use them in the tutorial)

Create a simple DIY fall front door wreath with an embroidery hoop, wheat and faux flowers.

To start my wreath, I separated the 2 pieces of embroidery hoop. I was going to use the inner hoop but the sticker left a residue and I couldn’t remove it. 

Next, I stained the hoop. I wanted to warm up the wood so I chose my favorite color, dark walnut. 

Create a simple DIY fall front door wreath with a stained embroidery hoop, wheat and faux flowers.

After the stain dried, I started assembling my wreath.

Using an embroidery hoop to create a simple DIY fall front door wreath.

The wheat stems were pretty long so I used my floral clippers to cut some of the length. I didn’t count how much was in each bunch, I just eyeballed it. Remember, we’re keeping it simple.

I split the wheat in half so both ends of the wheat had “flowers”. 

Next I took two pieces of the floral wire and tied the wheat together. 

Using wheat to create a simple DIY fall front door wreath.

Adding tied wheat to an embroidery hoop to create a simple DIY fall front door wreath.

After I tied the wheat together, I took 2 more pieces of wire and attached it to the hoop. 

Attaching wheat to an embroidery hoop with floral wire to create a simple DIY fall front door wreath.

Are you still with me?

Now it was time to add the sunflowers. First, I cut each one down so that the stems were short. Then I wrapped a long piece of floral wire around the stem. 

Attaching sunflowers to an embroidery hoop with floral wire to create a simple DIY fall front door wreath.

After I wired all 3 flowers, I attached them on top of the wheat and around the hoop. 

Attaching wheat and sunflowers to an embroidery hoop with floral wire to create a simple DIY fall front door wreath.

I go into most projects with an idea of what I want to do, but I’m never really sure how it’s going to look until I’m done. This one came out a bit different but I liked the asymmetrical look so I decided to hang it that way.

Not an easy thing to do. Well, once we figured it out it was easy to hang but it took us a few tries to get it right.

Since I couldn’t use a traditional wreath hanger, I went with my old standby…jute twine. 2 pieces to get this simple fall front door wreath to hang just so.

I didn’t use the feathers in my tutorial but just stuck them in by the sunflowers to see how they looked. I actually liked it better without.

Not my usual front door decor, but it’s a nice change.

I’ve decorated the front porch for fall and I can’t wait to share it with you. It has turned out to be my favorite space in the cottage to decorate for fall.

How’s your fall decorating coming along?


Want to see my quick how-to? Check out the video. 

A super simple DIY fall front door wreath that you can make in no time with an embroidery hoop, faux sunflowers and wheat.

I’ve also decorated the cottage simply this year. You can check out my whole house fall tour, here

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How do you get a rustic towel rack out of an old porch baluster? By accident of course.

This month’s Thrifty Thrifty Style Team project came about totally by accident, well…necessity really. 

Let’s start at the beginning. 

When we lived in Illinois, the hubs and I went to a flea market and were browsing the booths when I saw these cool vintage porch balusters for $2 each. I didn’t have a use for them at the time, I just liked the way they looked. The chippy paint and the color were just right, in my book. I bought 2 of them and put them all over the house, hoping to find the perfect spot to use them.

Taking an old porch baluster to turn it into a rustic towel rack.

I never found the perfect project so they went into the basement and eventually made their way to North Carolina with us. Again, I moved them all over our new house to find a place for them but they eventually went into the basement. 

It wasn’t until we were working on the bathroom that we found a use for 1 of them. I had put hooks up in the bathroom to hang our wet towels but they quickly pulled out of the wall, even with anchors. The hubs wanted to slap a board on the wall to give the hooks some stability but that wasn’t going to happen. Not in my house.

I understood what he wanted to do, and the reason why, but a 2×4 wasn’t going to cut it  and I had to come up with a better solution fast. Yes…my vintage porch baluster finally had a purpose. It was to become a rustic towel rack for our bathroom.

Using coat hooks to turn an old porch baluster into a rustic towel rack.

So easy to do, too. The paint job was left alone (I mean…how can you mess with chippy paint perfection?) As for the hooks, I just picked up a couple at the store (*similar here) and attached them to the baluster. I did drill small holes in the wood before I added the screws so the wood wouldn’t split. A couple of wood screws were used to attach it to the wall and it was done. 

Adding new coat hooks to turn an old porch baluster into a DIY rustic towel rack for the bathroom.

Much better than an old 2×4 and it adds a little character to the room. 

I knew I would find the perfect place for it…eventually. 

How to easily turn a $2 porch baluster into a DIY rustic towel rack.

I know I owe you a tour of this space but it’s just not ready for a reveal. We still have a few things left to do and then I can show you the rest. 

It is a tiny space though. As in…the photos had to be taken from the hallway…small. 

Teeny tiny…and not a lot of natural light. It’s one of the many quirks of a small, older home. 

A vintage porch baluster is easily turned into a DIY rustic towel rack for a small bathroom with new coat hooks.

The ladies of the Thrifty Style Team are bringing their “A” game this month, as always. Make sure you check out their thrifty finds. 

Repurposing a vintage porch baluster into a DIY rustic towel rack for the bathroom. An easy and inexpensive storage solution for the bathroom.

 

Check out the other projects I’ve done in this small space. 

DIY Faux Floating Shelves

Updating Old Doors with New Glass Knobs

 

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

 

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We’re just singing the summertime blues here. Not only is the weather hot, dry and miserable here, our powder room and small bedroom closet is at a standstill.

The good news, though, is that the new bedroom closet has taken shape since my last post. We are slowly making progress so I wanted to share where we were and why the construction has stopped.

Just a few short weeks ago, this is how the guest bedroom closet looked. It was just your standard closet with bifold doors.

Small bedroom closet turns into a small powder room.

We’ve wanted to add another bathroom since we moved in and this space seemed to make the most sense. With almost all the decisions made, construction began.

We gutted the closet and started the powder room addition by framing out a doorway and adding new electric.  

Framing and electrical done for small powder room addition.

Wood planks, a DIY vanity, sink, faucet, mirror and lighting were added to finish one side of the powder room. The plumbing for the toilet will take some work so we stopped the powder room construction and started on the new bedroom closet. 

Finished area of small powder room build, including a DIY vanity, mirror, sink and lighting.

Although it’s a small area, a lot of thought and planning went into creating both spaces. We knew that if we were going to turn the closet into a powder room, we would have to carve out space for a small bedroom closet. Our house only has 3 closets, one in each bedroom, so for storage sake (and resale), we knew we needed to add one back. 

A previous homeowner added the closet (now powder room) in this room, so it was bigger than the other bedroom closets. It also had a weird dead area in the corner next to the doorway. Since it wasn’t good for much of anything, we thought it would be a perfect place for the closet.

Taking an unusable corner and turning it into a small bedroom closet.

It will be smaller than the one that was in this room, but it will still have a good amount of storage. 

Adding a small closet next to the bedroom door.

We debated about where we should put the wall and decided to take it almost to the entry door trim. In a small space every inch counts, and we needed as much space in the closet as possible.

We framed out the closet and ran the electrical wiring. We had to relocate the switch for the bedroom ceiling light and we added a light and switch inside the closet. A small bedroom closet doesn’t really need a light, but it didn’t cost much to add one.  

Framing out the small bedroom closet next to the powder room.

Once the framing was done, we added the sheetrock and spackled all the holes. The hubs and I can do a lot of things but spackling is not something that either of us can do well. It takes a ton of practice to do it well, and neither one of us like it enough to practice. 😉 

Framing and sheetrock complete on small closet in a guest bedroom.

With the spackling and sanding finally complete, it was time to decide on trim options for both doorways. This has been a struggle because we can’t decide what we want to do. We talked about matching the 70 year old trim but we have a few ideas for both doors and the trim is just too big. 

To sum it all up…trim. A decision on what trim to use has halted construction. Lame I know, but as soon as we work it out, we’ll move onto the next issue…doors.

Bedroom closet and powder room framed and ready for paint.

We have a few ideas about what we want to do but we need to make sure everything works together and looks good. Once we figure it out, we’ll get back at it. 

We have to do it soon…

I’m so tired of the mess and dust of construction. It looks like a bomb has gone off in almost every room. Funny how it spreads around the whole house. 

No pretty pictures to end with today but we’re working on it. We’re definitely making progress and it’s exciting to see it turn into a whole new space. If you want to check out behind the scenes during construction, you can follow along on Instagram. I usually share what’s happening on IG stories daily. 

Hope you have a great week!

Thanks for following along with us! 

 

 

Check out the beginning stages of construction and the powder room details and progress.

 

 

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*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Moen.  All opinions are 100% my own.

We’re still knee deep in the new powder room project that we’ve been working on for the past several weeks. Last week I shared all about the construction, but today is all about our progress and a bit of pretty with a DIY powder room vanity, new faucet, lighting and a mirror.

You’d think that a tiny space would be easy to transform but you would be wrong. Nothing about this project has been easy. From the planning stages to where we are now it’s been one problem after another. Besides the obvious issue, trying to work in such a tight space, we had to deal with delivery delays and 2 broken sink deliveries. Not what you want to see when you’re ready to start building a vanity and you need a sink in order to do it. 

Let’s take a look back to where we started…a big closet with our seasonal clothes and a lot of shoe boxes. A previous owner built this closet a few years ago so it’s larger than your normal 1946 bedroom closet.

Taking a storage closet and turning it into a much needed powder room.

It definitely won’t be a big bathroom but it will be functional, and that’s all we need. One side of the space will have a toilet and the opposite side will have a vanity.

With the walls planked and painted and the electrical done, it was time to start the vanity side of the space.  

Building the walls in our closet turned powder room project.

Like I said, this is a tiny space with walls that aren’t square, so we knew early on in the planning stages that we would have to build a vanity. A simple piece with an open design and one drawer. 

It doesn’t look like much but it took quite a while to put together. Every piece had to be custom cut to fit the space. The hubs also made sure to hide any screws or staples that he used so there was no patching.

Laying out the pieces to build the DIY powder room vanity.

It won’t have a lot of storage but we were able to add a small drawer.

Building a drawer for a DIY powder room vanity

With all the white going on, I decided to go with a light gray for the vanity. It adds a bit of contrast and will go with the veining in the countertop. 

Installing a completed DIY powder room vanity.

We chose to go with a drop in sink so the drawer sits a little lower. The sink bowl will be behind the panel that’s above the drawer, which is typical with vanity construction.

The basket on the shelf serves several purposes. It will hold toilet paper, it adds some texture and warmth and hides the plumbing for the sink.

DIY powder room vanity installed before the countertop and faucet are added.

We were so happy to see the vanity in place. After the countertop and sink are installed, we’ll put the front on the drawer and it will be complete.

Speaking of the sink and countertop…

As luck would have it, we were able to score a nice piece of Silestone from a neighbor (for free!) to make the countertop. We were a bit nervous about cutting it but it was really not that difficult. Messy for sure, but not difficult. 

Cutting a piece of Silestone to use as a countertop on a DIY powder room vanity.

Isn’t it pretty? It looks just like marble.

Once the countertop was on, we could add the sink and get it ready for plumbing. 

DIY powder room vanity and countertop installed.

Before the plumbing though, we added the pretty pieces…lighting, a mirror and a new faucet.

It took me three tries to get the perfect mirror. The first one was too small and the second was was good, but broken. The third time was the charm – and it’s the perfect piece.

The lighting was a little tricky. We talked about hanging a fixture over the mirror but that wall had a beam running right where the fixture needed to go. Not impossible, but a lot more work. This solution worked out well. The only issue was that I had to find sconces with a shorter profile. I’m happy to say that my first choice was the winner, and they weren’t broken. Yay! 

Adding a mirror and lighting in a new powder room.

The last, and easiest, installation was the new faucet. I love this simple and sleek new faucet from Moen. It’s the perfect touch for the new vanity.

 

A new faucet for a DIY powder room vanity.

A new Moen faucet installed in our DIY powder room vanity.

Love the curve of the handles!

DIY vanity, lighting, mirror and new faucet installed in a closet turned powder room addition.

There’s still a lot of work to do before we can call the powder room done, but one side is almost complete.

Vanity complete in closet turned powder room project.

Left on the to-do list:

  • caulking the walls
  • painting the trim
  • installing the toilet
  • knob for the vanity
  • door for privacy

I can’t wait to finish this space. It will be a welcomed addition to our small cottage. 

We’ve started the guest bedroom closet if you want to check it out.

How to Build a Small Bedroom Closet in an Empty Corner

 

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