Our top 5 thrifty decor and DIY projects.

collage of pink tulip wreath, faux fur stool and dining room hutch with chalkboard hanging above it

Thrifty decor and DIY is what fuels my fire here at Chatfield Court. I’ve done a lot of projects since I started the blog almost 5 years ago but the thrifty ones have turned out to be my favorite.

I think that it’s the challenge of not only finding an inexpensive treasure, but also turning that treasure into something that I love. There’s been several projects that stand out in my mind. Some have been recently done, some a few years back, but all of them are well loved and still used in our home.

Cool Thrift Store Faux Fur Stool

Let’s start with the hairy little monster, my DIY faux fur stool. This $2 find was transformed with just a bit of faux fur and now it has tons of personality. Can stools have personality? Why yes…yes they can. Even the hubs is a fan of this one.

glasses sitting on a small stool with faux fur thrifty decor idea

DIY Rustic Towel Rack for the Bathroom

This former porch baluster has been a welcome addition to our small bathroom. I only bought it because I loved the shape and the price, $2. It took a while but I eventually turned it into the perfect towel rack.

diy bathroom towel rack with a striped towel hanging on it

DIY Thrifted Industrial Nightstand

This project was done out of desperation. We needed a nightstand and I couldn’t find anything that would fit our small space. This $5 find was just supposed to be a temporary fix but it’s turned into a keeper. You can check out the before and after, here.

white metal nightstand with lamp and a pitcher of sunflowers

Thrifted Mirror Turned Chalkboard

This thrifty project is probably my favorite of them all. We were remodeling our galley kitchen, in our house in Illinois, and I really wanted a chalkboard. I was looking for a square mirror to transform but when I saw this lovely piece at a local thrift store, I couldn’t pass it up. It’s like an ever-changing piece of artwork for your wall. Check out my easy DIY thrifted mirror turned chalkboard.

snake plant in planter next to wood cabinet with lantern on top and green plant

Thrift Store Farmhouse Front Door

If you’ve been around for a while then you may know that I have a slight door obsession. It’s not the best obsession to have, especially if you live in a small house with limited storage space, but it is what it is.

I have a few projects that have involved my found doors but this turned into one of my faves. Check out the before and after of our thrift store farmhouse door. You won’t believe the change this $20 find made. We also have a few other awesome door projects like our frosted glass bathroom door and our mirrored barn door for our newly built guest bedroom closet. As always, they were easy and thrifty projects.

Oh…and the pink tulip wreath? It’s a project that I just finished. I call it “an explosion of pink”.

pink tulip wreath on blue front door

Do you have any fave thrifty finds? I’d love to hear about them.

The Thrifty Style Team is sharing their fab thrifty decor ideas and projects, too. Stop by and check them out.

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Replacing Old Door Knobs and Hinges

replacing old door knobs with new glass and antique brass door knob on old wooden white door

Oh the joys of living in an old home (she says sarcastically).

Don’t get me wrong, I love living in our old home but it does come with certain challenges. I could write a list for you but let’s concentrate on the interior doors, and the reason why we had to install new door knobs and hinges.

I love the idea of the old glass door knobs that we had on all the doors but ours had several issues. The first one is that most of the parts to all of the door knobs were missing. One of the bedroom doors didn’t have a latch, face plate or rose. There wasn’t even a strike plate, or a hole for the strike plate, on the door jamb. In other words…we couldn’t close the door tight.

This is a sponsored post by Nostalgic Warehouse. I did receive product but all opinions are my own.

vintage glass door knob hanging loosely on door

We could’ve tried to fix each door knob but finding parts that fit isn’t easy (we did look). Instead we went with new and modern glass door knobs for our two guest bedrooms and a closet, just like the ones we installed in our bathroom and on our basement door.

We worked with Nostalgic Warehouse when we replaced the bathroom door knobs and I loved everything about that experience. Our beautiful new door knobs were the perfect touch in our bathroom so our decision to go with them again was a no-brainer. To keep everything looking cohesive, we went with the Antique Brass Studio Short Plate Crystal Knobs again. We also changed out the old painted door hinges for new antique brass ball hinges, and even added antique brass doorstops.

Supplies and Tools

  • new door knobs and door hinges
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • hammer
  • chisel
  • toothpicks
  • wood glue
  • cardboard
  • small nippers
  • tape measure
  • jig
  • clamps
  • hole saw
  • utility knife

Installing the door hinges was our first order of business for this project. I had every intention of stripping the old hinges and rehanging them, thinking they were brass, but they turned out to be metal. Actually they were 2 different colored metals. Not the best look so we ended up getting new.

old door hinge and new door hinge

The first thing we did was remove the door, the old hinges and door knob. There was a ton of old paint covering all the hinges so getting them off wasn’t easy.

Once they were off though, I was able to clean up the area and prep it for the new hinges.

So what’s our best kept secret for installing door hinges?

Toothpicks!

Yup…toothpicks.

We’re replacing hinges, which means there are existing screw holes. To quickly fill them in, so our new screws would hold, we used our old toothpick trick. Remember this one? Just rub a few toothpicks in wood glue and stick them in the old screw holes, filling the hole completely. Tap gently with a hammer.

toothpicks and wood glue in holes where door hinges are installed

Wipe any extra glue off and cut off the end of the toothpicks with your nippers. Your holes are ready for screws…no need to wait for them to dry. Love this trick!

cutting toothpicks in old screw holes

One other trick we tried was to use spacers. Getting old doors to hang straight, and close all the way, is tough when you’re hanging new hinges. We used cardboard as a spacer and placed it under the door jamb side of the hinge. It took a few tries, and a couple pieces of cardboard, but we were finally able to get them to open and close.

cardboard spacers for door hinges

One of the great things we discovered about our new ball tip hinges from Nostalgic Warehouse is that they can easily be taken apart. The ball tips can be removed (and replaced with a button tip) as well as the pin. It makes the job of hanging the door so much easier. The hubs was really impressed, and that doesn’t happen often.

antique brass ball door hinge parts

With the door hinges done, and the door hung, it was time to tackle the door knobs. We knew that we needed to drill a hole for the new door knob but first we had to fit the latch and faceplate.

The old knob didn’t even have a latch but the hole was there. I just had to chisel it out so the faceplate was flush. Once we were sure the latch would fit it was time to measure for the placement of the door knob.

chiseling an old wood door for a new door knob

Worried about drilling the hole in the right spot for the new door knob, the hubs quickly built a jig to use as a guide. A few minutes with the hole saw and we had a perfectly placed hole for our new door knob.

wood jig and clamps on old wooden door

new hole in wood door for new door knob

After the door knob was on, we finished up by installing the strike plate. One door jam in the guest bedroom didn’t even have a hole for a strike plate so we started from scratch. The other two doors just needed a bit of tweaking.

tracing a new strike plate on a door jamb

I have a little touching up to do with paint but the doors already look so much better. The best part is that they all close, and stay closed. We’ve never been able to do that.

new glass door knob on the bedroom door

wood door leading into bedroom with brass door knob and hinges

Replacing old door knobs and hinges isn’t difficult but it did take us a fair amount of time, and we only did 3 doors. Using our secret tricks definitely made the process easier. One more project ticked off the guest bedroom redo list.

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Spring has definitely sprung here at the cottage (inside anyway) and it all starts at the front door with this pretty tulip wreath. I usually hang a basket on the front door and add some flowers to it but I wanted something different this spring. You can’t get any different than a big bunch of pink tulips.

Pink…lots of pink. It’s not my usual color palette, that’s for sure, but there’s no denying that it screams spring. Plus I love it with my new front door.

pink tulip wreath hanging on a blue farmhouse front door

Supplies for Tulip Wreath

  • wreath form
  • ribbon
  • faux tulips
  • wire cutters

Cost is a factor in every project I do and this one was no different. I knew that I would need a fair amount of tulips to make the wreath look full so I waited for a sale before I pulled the trigger. It ended up taking 13 bunches and I was able to snag them for $2 a bunch. The burlap ribbon was another steal at just $1 a piece.

For the wreath form I chose a wrapped straw, thinking it would be the easiest to work with, and easiest to stick my flowers in.

Supplies to make tulip wreath. Tulips, ribbon, wreath form and wire cutters.

I knew what I wanted my finished wreath to look like but I had no idea if it was going to work. The idea was to wrap the wreath with the ribbon so I could stick the stems in the seams and have them stay in place.

Through a bit of trial and error I learned that the ribbon should be wrapped on the loose side. Not loose enough that it will move around, but loose enough to allow you to stick the stems in the seams.

wrapping straw wreath with pink burlap ribbon

Next, I cut off each stem from the main one using my cutters. I tried to keep each stem fairly long in the hopes that they would stay in place better.

clipping stems of pink tulips with wire cutters

As far as placing the flowers, my plan was to use the dark pink and add the light pink in a few spots here and there. I ran out of dark flowers pretty quickly so I resorted to Plan B.

Plan B…not a real plan…I just ended up eyeballing it, spreading the light and dark around until it looked good.

creating a DIY pink tulip wreath

Adding the stems was so simple.

I just worked my way around, pushing each stem into the seams. Some of the stems ended up going through the plastic wrapping of the wreath form, which was added security. I didn’t worry about each one going all the way through, though. As long as they were all the way in the seam, they were good.

adding pink tulips to a DIY tulip wreath

That’s it…easy peasy.

A little fluffing and she was ready to hang on our new front door.

I asked the hubs what he though about it my cute tulip wreath. His answer?…”well, it’s pink!”

Thanks Captain Obvious. 😉

Looking for more spring inspiration? Check out my spring home tour and my easy tips for creating a spring vignette.  And don’t forget to hop over to the post on my new front door and the pretty paint color.

Pink tulip wreath hanging on blue painted farmhouse door.

pink tulip wreath hanging on a blue farmhouse front door

 


 

 

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Spring is right around the corner so today we’re talking easy DIY green ideas for your home.
I think we’re all ready to see some green, am I right? Well today I’ve got plenty because the DIY Housewives and I are sharing our best fun and easy DIY green ideas for your home.
I love to add a little green around the cottage this time of year and there’s no better way than adding “live” greens. These DIY chalk paint mason jar planters gave me the green I was craving and were so easy to make.
small mason jars with lids, a craft brush and 3 bottles of chalk paint
They were a perfect addition to our new remodeled Illinois kitchen. Too bad I only got to enjoy them for a week before we moved to North Carolina. Friends of ours took them in when we moved so they ended up in a good home.
You can check out this super easy DIY here.
You don’t really hear a lot about chalk paint anymore. Not like you used to anyway. Do you love it and still use it?
chalk painted mason jar planted with wheatgrass with a handmade flower tag
What about green? What kind of green do you like to add in your home this time of year?
Don’t forget to visit the rest of the DIY Housewives to see what kind of green ideas they’re sharing this month.
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I don’t talk about my failed attempts at projects often but they do happen, more times than I care to admit. Recently I had one of these big oops moments when I was trying to add a bit of privacy to our glass bathroom barn door with frosted glass spray.

I’ve used this spray before and loved the results so I was confident it would work for this project. I was so confident that I decided to do the project on a Facebook Live. It turned out to be a huge failure. What’s worse is that it failed in front of the 2 whole people that watched it live. 😉

small powder room with a white painted barn door with frosted glass window

If you saw my last post with the powder room reveal, then you saw our barn door. We were lucky enough to find it on the curb when we lived in Illinois. I’ve been hanging onto it in the hopes of using it for a special project and our new powder room was the perfect place for it.

The door obviously has glass which was both good and bad. It’s good because it lets light in and you don’t feel like your in a little box when the door is closed. It’s bad because…well, it’s glass. Nobody wants to be peeped at when they’re in the bathroom, so we had to try to fix it.

old white door propped up in opening to powder room

I thought about using window film but I went with what I had, which was frosted glass spray. Like I said, I’ve used it before and knew how quick and easy it is to do so I was confident it would work. To add a bit of interest, because every powder room door needs interest, I decided to create a frame with tape.

Before we get to the big fail, let’s talk about what I did to prep the door. First I painted the front and back of the door. Then I scraped the window and cleaned it well. You want to make sure you get every speck of paint off or it will show up when you frost it.

an old wooden door and white door hung with barn door hardware

Once it was clean it was time to apply the tape. My first thought was to go thin so I used 1/4 inch painter’s tape. We measured 1 inch in from the edge of the window, all the way around, and applied the tape.

To secure the tape, and to prevent seepage, I quickly went over it with a spoon. I didn’t want the oils from my hands getting all over the glass and interfering with the spray so I used the spoon trick on the tape.

adding painter's tape to a bathroom door window and smoothing it out with a spoon

After the tape was on we papered and taped the rest of the door and took it outside to spray. This stuff is pretty toxic so I suggest painting outside. If you must do it inside, make sure you have an open window and lots of ventilation.

Once we were set, hubs pushed play and we made our Facebook Live video. I gave the door a good 3 or 4 coats on the video, letting each coat dry in between. We stopped recording after a few coats and I waited for the spray to dry so I could remove the tape.

I pulled the tape off and the dried spray came with it. UGH! I’ve never seen that happen in all the times that I’ve used it.

We left it dry a little longer and tried again. Nope…the dried spray was coming off in sheets. I even tried lightly scoring along the tape with a razor but nothing worked.

We made the decision to pull all the tape off and scrape the window clean. I didn’t want to rush into another mistake so I let the door sit overnight to think on it.

My first thought was to do a test so I scrounged up a scrap piece of glass from the basement. On the scrap glass I took a piece of 1/4″ tape and a piece of 1″ painter’s tape and sprayed the same amount of coats over each piece. I left it sit to dry overnight. The next day the 1/4″ piece pulled the spray off with it, just like it did on my door. The 1″ piece came off clean.

I also tried to pull the tape off when the spray wasn’t completely dry. That was a total disaster with both the 1/4″ and 1″ tape.

So the verdict was to use the 1″ tape.

The next day I was ready to try again so I prepared the door…again…and gave it a another shot.

old white door taped up with painter's tape and ready for frosted glass spray paint

I couldn’t leave a failed project on Facebook, so I had to do another Live video and explain what happened and what I did to fix it.

Thankfully it all worked out. I did wait a little longer before I pulled the tape off, and took my time, but it all came off without incident.

a window in a door taped up with painter's tape with a couple coats of frosted spray paint

My only conclusion is that the tape was too thin and I may have done too many coats (?). The second time around I only did 3 light coats to be safe and it covered well.

old white door with window taped with painter's tape and frosted

black iron door handle on a glass bathroom barn door

It wasn’t easy to go back on video to announce that my project was a fail but I’m glad it all worked out in the end. Failed projects are just part of DIY. Well, part of DIY in our house anyway. 😉

a white door with frosted glass hanging on barn door hardware

You can check out my videos from our Facebook Lives. The blue shirt is from day 1 and the red shirt is day 2. These were really live so there was no editing done, which means you get to see the hubs’ thumb during all of video #2. I also want to point out that these are my working duds and hair. DIY is not pretty, ya’ll. 😉

 


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Turning a bedroom closet into a small powder room.

bedroom closet with clothes hanging inside and shoe boxes on the shelf

I shared the new closet reveal last week and today it’s time to share our brand new small powder room. It took a little longer than I’d hoped, but we’re finally done with construction and I’m excited to share. I’m also sharing a video of the new powder room so make sure you check it out at the end of the post. 

Let’s take a quick look at where we started.

This is the closet that’s in our guest bedroom. A previous owner added this space to the bedroom when the main bathroom was remodeled so it isn’t original to our 80 year old house.

We’ve talked about adding a powder room to our cottage since we moved in and this closet seemed like a good spot.

It’s actually our largest closet and is right next to the only bathroom, the perfect spot to tie in the plumbing.

corner of bedroom closet with hat boxes and purses hanging

It took a while for us to plan everything but once we felt comfortable with our plans, we quickly got to work framing it out and wiring it. You can check out the whole process here.

new powder room framed out with wood

We added DIY shiplap to the walls and built a custom vanity. Most of the surfaces in this space were painted in my fave paint, Benjamin Moore White Dove, Advance, Satin, including the DIY shiplap, ceiling and barn door. Best. paint. ever!

shiplap walls and the start of the vanity build

Once the shiplap was up and painted, we had to build the vanity in place. Uneven floors plus tight space means we had to do it this way.

DIY powder room vanity before sink install

After the vanity area was complete (and our new Moen faucet was installed), our work came to a standstill.

We needed to replace our 80 year old plumbing so that we could hook up the new toilet. We’d never tackled a project like that before so it took some time and a bit of research.

small powder room vanity, mirror and sconces with a striped towel on the vanity and yellow flowers in a glass vase

Once we tackled the plumbing we picked out a toilet and continued with the build. Picking the toilet for the new powder room was a job in itself. It had to be a certain size so it would fit in the space, and actually allow you to sit on it without smacking your head on the vanity.

toilet bracket in hole in hardwood floor

Woohoo!

I never thought I’d be so excited to see a toilet.

toilet in small powder room with shiplap walls

There isn’t a whole lot of space but it’s just enough….just.

looking in the doorway of tiny powder room

Our daughter came for a visit in December and used this space. She gave it 2 thumb’s up and said she had more than enough room. She still had to use our main bath to take a shower but that was it.

It feels like a real luxury having this extra space, even though it’s tiny.

sink and faucet in small powder room

I’m really loving our brand new space but can we talk about our powder room door? I’ve been waiting 3 years to use this beautiful door. I’m so glad that I was able to use it here.

I found this door on it’s way to the curb when the hubs and I were taking a walk in our Illinois neighborhood. To say I was excited is an understatement, I may have even squealed.  After making sure that it was actually out to the trash (it was), I ran home to get my car so we could haul it home. Hubs had the job of standing on the sidewalk, with his hand firmly grasping it, in case any door snatchers decided they wanted it too.

frosted glass door on barn door for powder room

I’m happy to say that we got it home safely. It even made the trip to North Carolina, where it’s been waiting for it’s reincarnation.

mirrored closet door and powder room door

I really wanted to use a door that had a window in it so you didn’t feel like you were in a small, dark box when the door was closed. The hubs made it a point to tell me that a window wasn’t a great idea when you need privacy.

I thought it would be ok because this space is in a bedroom so it’s a little more private, and there’s no traffic walking by while you’re using it. To add a sense of more privacy, and to make him happy, I used frosted glass spray paint. (affiliate link added for your convenience) You can see the video I made when I was doing this project, here.

barn door and toilet in small powder room

I think the door with a glass window was definitely the right call. I’m loving the way it turned out.

Thanks so much for coming along on this journey. All the work we put into our new small powder room, and the closet, was well worth it. I never expected it to look this good.

Now we have to finish the guest bedroom. It’s never-ending.

(Make sure you check out the video!)

 

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Have you seen the new closet that we built next to the powder room? You don’t want to miss it, here.

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