DIY Window Flower Boxes

Wanna know how we created window flower boxes for around $15 each? Well keep reading then!!

Ok that was corny but I’m totally serious! I’ve been pricing flower boxes for my windows and just could not make myself pay those prices for something we were going to fill with dirt! So we bought the material and made them ourselves. Another reason I didn’t want to spend a ton is because I basically kill all the things I attempt to grow! So here is the materials we used to make quick inexpensive window flower boxes:

My husband had the genius idea to use dog ears because they come pressure treated and to with stand the weather. And they are cheap!

To put the boxes together we used deck screws that we already had on hand.

We cut the rounded ends off and sanded down any rough spots. We measured each window and got to cutting!

And just like that they were complete! These literally took us less than an hour to build!

Next was the stain. I knew what I was looking for but had a hard time finding the right color. Finally I turned to Instagram and asked for help and a friend told me to look for a dark walnut stain. It was PERFECT!!

We stained the boxes, drilled holes in the bottom for water to escape and attached the brackets.

These are the brackets and lag screws we used to attach the boxes to the house:

After we got them attached to the house I didn’t like how you could see the brackets so we added an extra board to cover the brackets and help support the boxes.

I absolutely LOVE how they turned out!!! So much cheaper than buying them already made. Literally 1/3 of the price and it is fun to be able to say we made them with our own two hands!!

I filled them with coco plant liners and researched what flowers do best in full shade. Those turned out to be Impatiens and so far they are growing beautifully!!

Our next project is taking down these 1970s shutters and creating our own to match our flower boxes!! So stay tuned!!!

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post!!!

~Becca

@rebeccaannehome

Life is what you BAKE it!

Hi friends!! Thank you for being here! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! We celebrated with family and friends and ate way too much!!

My oldest daughter, Tatum, will be 12 this summer and has loved to bake as far back as I can remember. It is her favorite thing to do. As a matter of fact she had her first baking class this weekend!

She had a blast at her baking class!!

So when I moved my coffee station it opened up a lot of counter space and I just couldn’t decide what to do with it. Then it dawned on me! A baking area for my babe!

I knew I wanted it to be cute and fun but also functional. I wanted canisters that actually sealed shut to keep our ingredients fresh. I also knew that the likelihood of things getting broken (since kids would be using it a lot) was pretty good so I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. Basically I was looking for:

~ Cute

~ Fun

~ Functional

~ Affordable

So we headed to our favorite store, where I knew we could find all of the above! Old Time Pottery!! We stayed there for so long trying to decide on what we wanted. There were so many choices!! Finally, we decided on a farm fresh, handmade theme since we would be using this space to make things from scratch!

See what I mean about kids, the chalk got smudged in less than 5 minutes!

I am in love with how it turned out!!

The canisters are exactly what I was looking for and we added pops of turquoise because that is Tatum’s favorite color!!

We used our new baking corner this weekend and made all kinds of delicious Easter goodies!!

The best part of this baking corner is we got everything you see for $100!! Years of memories will be made with my sweet girls in this corner and I can’t wait!!!

I hope you all had a Happy Easter!!

~ Becca

@rebeccaannehome

Let’s Talk Chalk Paint

Hello everyone, and thank you for taking the time to come read my blog!! It truly means the world to me!!

So I chalk painted a piece of furniture for the first time ever recently. Yes I know, where have I been?! Apparently under a rock somewhere. But that’s me, always late to the game. All of my life I’ve decide I like things wayyyyyy after everyone else. It takes me a while to decide! Someone will tell me about a song (usually my sister) and I’ll listen and think meh not for me, then 6 months later I hear it and fall in love with it. And she’s always like “I TOLD YOU ABOUT THAT SONG FOREVER AGO!!” I’m weird that way. But anyways onto the reason for this post- CHALK PAINT!

Well of course I love it!! It was so easy to just paint and not have to sand!! No one likes sanding! The consistency of chalk paint was very different from regular paint so that took some getting used to. The only time I’ve ever used chalk paint was on my fireplace and it was mixed with water so I didn’t notice the thickness of it.

I used Valspar Chalky Paint that I bought at Lowe’s:

It said “must be tinted” so I took it to the paint guy and asked if I could just use it as is. He was super nice and shook it for me and opened it up to show me the shade of white. It was classic bright white just like I was hoping for so I didn’t have to have it tinted. But if you are looking for a different color they tint it for you at Lowe’s and will show you your color options.

Next I bought a chalk paint brush. It was located right next to the Valspar Chalky Paint:

And lastly I bought the Valspar clear sealing wax:

Now I was ready to start! I wiped down the piece of furniture really well and made sure it was clean before I started. I removed all the knobs and got started. Here is what it started out as:

I also removed the top piece because this was being turned into a coffee bar.

I started painting the first coat and quickly noticed how easily you could see the brush strokes. Then I remembered one of the bloggers I follow saying you have to use long strokes with chalk paint. (Thank you Shae from @sweet_southern_grace) So I started making sure to paint in long smooth strokes and it really helped. I love to paint so this was so fun to paint furniture!! The first coat was done quickly:

I let the first coat dry for a couple of hours (be sure to read on the can to see how long to wait between coats) and then started on the second coat. Painting on the second coat was much smoother and you could already tell how great it was going to look!!

I’m already in love at this point and ready to chalk paint anything that will stand still! Now time for the fun part, DISTRESSING!! I had been looking forward to this part from the very beginning!! I just used sand paper that I already had in the garage and started sanding. I had always heard that you want to sand the parts that would naturally get scraped and bumped, so that’s where I started. I sanded corners and edges, places that would get touched a lot so it would look like “natural” wear and tear. The distressing just sealed the deal, now I was really in love!!

Since this piece was for a coffee bar I wanted to make sure to seal it really well with the sealing wax. I read all the instructions on how to use the wax and did exactly like it said. You work in small sections so you can wipe off the excess before it dries. So I waxed and wiped, waxed and wiped (starting to feel like Mr. Miyagi’s student at this point). I let the first coat dry for a little while then did a second coat of wax. Waxing and wiping, waxing and wiping. I let that dry and put the hardware back on and it was finished! I am still surprised how easy this was!! And also I’m wondering why it took me so long to start chalk painting all the things!! This whole project only cost me around $50! $50 for a piece of furniture that looks like you went out and spent hundreds!! Chalk paint you have my heart!!

Stay tuned for the plans I have for the inside of this baby!!

Thank you for reading!!

~Becca

@rebeccaannehome