It doesn’t happen often, but I think my husband loved how this project turned out way more than I did. I even got him to pose for a picture with my cool thrift store faux fur stool on his head, but I have been forbidden to share it on the blog. I would like to stay married so I will honor his request. Actually I put it on my IG stories the other day (before he forbid it) but he doesn’t know. Shhhh…don’t tell him. 😉

Anyway, it’s that time of month where the Thrifty Style Team gets together to share their thrifty finds. Make sure you check them out at the end of the post. 

A few weeks back I was browsing through one of my favorite thrift stores when I found this little old wood stool.

A $2 thrift store find turned into a faux fur stool for the sunroom.

Was I looking for a stool? Umm…no.

Did I need another stool in my life? Not exactly, but it was only $2 and I loved it. Nobody was with me to talk me out of it (yes, the hubs would have talked me down), so it came home to live with me. 

A $2 thrift store find turns into a cool faux fur stool.

It went right into the sunroom, where it sat while I tried to figure out what to do with it. At first I was going to leave it. Then I decided that I wanted to paint it. In the end though, a spare piece of faux fur completely changed my mind.

I had the stool and the fur. All I needed was a piece of foam to add a bit of a cushion. 

Supplies to make a cool faux fur stool

  • stool
  • piece of faux fur
  • foam
  • utility knife – to cut foam
  • staple gun
  • a vacuum (it’s a messy project!)

This is such an easy project. I think it took me 10-15 minutes to do the whole thing. 

To start, I drew a template of the stool seat on the foam and cut it out.

Turning a thrift store find into a cool faux fur stool for any room.

After I cut out the template, I turned the stool over and positioned my fur so that it would cover the seat and foam.

A $2 thrift store find turns into a cool faux fur stool with just a few supplies.

Then I started stapling the fur to the underside of the stool seat. There was no fancy formula to this step. I just pulled the fur tight, without moving the stool, and stapled all the way around. 

Ten minutes and the stool had a cool new head of hair.

A $2 thrift store find turns into a cool faux fur stool for any room in your home with this easy DIY tutorial.

I think the faux fur was definitely the way to go. I thought about painting the legs but decided to leave them for now.

I’m loving it in the newly redone sunroom. It’s such a fun addition. I even sit in there petting it.

First the hubs posing with it, now me petting it. What is it about faux fur? 😉

How to turn a thrift store find into a cool faux fur stool for any room with this easy DIY tutorial.


Don’t forget to check out what my friends on the Thrifty Style Team are up to this month. They never disappoint. 

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It’s been a while since you’ve seen the new powder room and closet but we’ve finally made enough progress to share with you. I’ll get to the powder room progress another day (lots going on there). Today is all about the new closet and hanging wallpaper. 

Tips we picked up hanging wallpaper in a bedroom closet. An easy DIY that can instantly add color and transform a space.

If you remember, way back in July I shared the new bedroom closet build (you can see it here). We built it in an empty corner of the guest bedroom to replace the closet that was turned into a powder room. Remember, we have a small home so we needed to add a closet back for extra storage (not to mention resale).

Taking an empty corner in a bedroom and building a closet.

Building the walls for a small bedroom closet.

We’ve had a ton of challenges with this space from the get-go. First challenge is working in such a tight space. It makes every project more difficult, and time consuming. The next challenge is that the walls are plaster and nothing is square or level. It may be small, but building the closet was not easy. It’s just the way it is with older homes. 

Building the walls for a small bedroom closet

Once we finished building the closet, I filled all the holes and painted the walls. After painting the walls I started throwing around the idea of wallpaper. I’ve never been particularly fond of wallpaper, and we’ve never actually hung it in any of the homes we’ve lived in, but I wanted to try something different in this tiny space.

A completed small bedroom closet build and hanging wallpaper to add color and pattern to the small space.

Deciding I wanted to use wallpaper was easy. Actually finding one that I loved was a whole other ball game. I looked at a ton of samples, and it took me weeks to decide, but I finally settled on one I loved (this one from Spoonflower).

I went into this project like I always do, with a clear picture of what I wanted and a husband who is always on board. (Ok, maybe not always but he usually comes around). This time was different though. He didn’t want me to use wallpaper, actually he hated the idea, and he poo-pooed every sample I showed him. Obviously he was no help, so I picked this out without his blessing and ordered it.

Tips for hanging wallpaper in a bedroom closet. An easy DIY that can instantly add color and transform a space.

Hanging Wallpaper

Hanging wallpaper is a two person job so I had to employ a bit of groveling to get the hubs to help me out. Of course he did it, he has never refused, but he hated every minute. Ask him, he will tell you so himself. 

I won’t go through a step-by-step but I will tell you a few things that we did that made the job easier.

Like I said, we have never hung wallpaper before so we had no experience to look back on. We just read the instructions that came with the wallpaper and did it, with a few modifications.

The very first thing we did was to work with a small sample piece of our prepasted paper. The instructions said to use a roller or sponge but we didn’t like how it spread out so we used a squirt bottle. We sprayed down our small sample piece and booked it for the time instructed. It came out perfectly. 

Hanging wallpaper tip by testing a sample first

Once our test was done and we were ready to start the process, we grabbed a big piece of wood from the basement. This gave us enough space to spread each sheet out so we could wet it down thoroughly.

Wetting down and hanging wallpaper in a small bedroom closet for added color and pattern.

After we thoroughly wet the sheet of wallpaper, we booked it for 10 minutes and then hung it on the wall.

Hanging wallpaper in a small bedroom closet. An easy DIY that can instantly transform a space.

Hanging wallpaper in a small bedroom closet. An easy DIY that can instantly add color and transform a space.

You want to make sure your walls are smooth, every bump will show. Also, if you paint your walls first, make sure you’ve given them plenty of time to dry. 

We used 4 strips of wallpaper and it took us 90 minutes from start to finish. Compared to the other projects we’ve done in this space, it was pretty easy. The change is dramatic, too.

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Tips we picked up hanging wallpaper in a small bedroom closet. An easy DIY that can instantly add color and transform a space.

It’s just the pop I was hoping for. Of course there will be a door on the closet so you won’t see it unless you open it. 

We also added electric in this space for a light (you can find the one I bought, here). Older homes don’t have lights in the closets so I wanted to be sure we added one in here. It probably isn’t totally necessary, since it’s such a small space, but it wasn’t a big deal to add it while we were building.

Little tips we picked up hanging wallpaper in a bedroom closet. An easy DIY that can instantly add color and transform a space.

This weekend we’ll finish the quarter round, add shelving and a rod.

It’s a small space, for sure, but I should be able to store some of my shoes and hanging clothes. It’s certainly better than hanging them in a bag in the basement, where they’ve been ever since we started.

My final thoughts on wallpaper(?)

I love it in this space but I won’t be doing anymore rooms in the near future. I change my mind about my decor often and if I had wallpaper in a space that I had to look at every day, I would tire of it. 

Wallpaper is expensive, ya’ll! That was part of my issue with picking the right one out. I would find one I loved and it would be way out of my price range. As it was, I paid $240 for this small space. What???? I know, I know…

As for the hubs…he still doesn’t like it and I’ve stopped trying to convince him. You can’t win ’em all. hanging wallpaper in a closetLittle tips we picked up hanging wallpaper in a small bedroom closet. An easy DIY that can instantly add color and transform a space.

What about you…would you hang wallpaper in your home?

You can catch up on the powder room addition here.

Turning a bedroom closet into a much needed but small powder room.A New Addition to the Cottage: A Small Powder Room

And the DIY vanity we built here.

A simple DIY vanity for a small powder room addition. Building a DIY Vanity

 

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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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