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Hello Fall!! A TV/Mantle redo under $10.00

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Welcome to The Davidson House Blog

HOME IS A FEELING!!!

Hi everyone, Thank you for joining. I’m Leigh Ann with The Davidson House Blog.

Since it is the first day of Fall I thought it would be a great day to reveal one of my largest projects that I have shared on here. It’s a takeover/makeover. Let’s be honest here, I’ve covered almost every inch of my house and had to find a new canvas. My bestie, Lisa was willing to let me come and takeover a corner in her living room.

We will be talking about how to decorate a TV/Mantle in the corner of her living room. Before we get into the meat of what we did I just want to take a minute. I’d like to give a short explanation of the items we used. Some of our items where new, some old & some upcycles. Generally when I’m doing any type of project the first thing I do is shop my own stash. I take a look through all of my things that I have stashed away and try to re-use anything possible. Some people would NEVER, I know it seems weird. It really bothers me to see things thrown away. Obviously trash is trash but, I have to look at things and say “has it really been used ALL that it can?” Rarely do I decorate and discard.

As you follow me you will see one of my sources for my “goodies” is my Aunt. I love her dearly and thankfully we have somewhat the same decorating style. I get ALL of her hand-me-downs. It’s like Christmas to me when she decides to change things up. Not only does it save me money it also challenges me to think out side of the box. To re-create with what I’ve been given. Lots of the items used for this mantle were just that, things my Aunt discarded. Lets take a look at the photos below to see where and what I started with.

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Fall mantle redo, blank space
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Decoration Basics for the Fall Mantle, redo

Like I said, any project starts with me shopping from my own inventory. Items I have used and are saving for a second chance. Sometimes they are items I purchased for a project and didn’t use. I just hang on to them because “one day” I will use them, lol. Out of my inventory shop I found a galvanized “Thankful”, ribbon, orange burlap, orange Styrofoam pumpkins from the Dollar Tree, a fall sign and a white plastic flower vase from Goodwill.

My next step is either the Dollar Tree or Goodwill, depending on my mood I guess. This time I went to the Dollar Tree. I found Fall Leaf Garland (5ft for $1.00), orange clip on pumpkins, fall appropriate flowers and a gold plate charger. I spent less than $10.00 and headed back to the house. It’s time for the fun stuff now SPRAY PAINT!!! God knows I probably couldn’t do a project without it.

Upcycles for this project

There was also a flower pot that I purchased from Goodwill. Unfortunately I failed to get a picture of it prior to it’s paint job.

The pictures above show the process of the pumpkin makeover. Starting with the Deep Halloween Orange. I generally use spray paint for all of my projects. So, I used a spray paint that I had on hand. I started with a white and then added an orange that I had here. I just continued with the layering of paint until I reached the color I wanted. Once I found my color I took a nutmeg (brown) spray paint and hit the grooves very lightly. then came back with some yellow and white to give highlights. Topped it if with a stick from my yard and some greenery that I had save from some old silk flowers. Tied it all up with some garden twine. Just wait until you see these guys on the mantle. I’m telling you I’m in LOVE!!!!

Once all of our paints dried I was able to gather all of my supplies and head over to Lisa’s house. At this point I have thought through all of the layers of the mantle and side table. Tried to play it out in my head as much as possible. Realistically you can’t do it until you are at yor destination and unpack everything and just start.

I’m going to kind of talk you through my process. Of course start with a clean space. Lay down your runner or fabric whatever you are using for a table cover. Once I had that in place (making sure it is even on your surface you are decorating) Begin to add in your statement pieces or your larger items. Then for me I came back in with the tiny flower pots and scattered them around between the mantle and the side table. Since I was decorating two spaces that were corner to corner with each other. I treated them as one space. Making sure they flowed together visually.

Close up Shots

So here is the final product as a whole! I hope this inspires you to create a beautiful space for you and your family. Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive or stressful. Use what you have, buy what you can afford and enjoy where you are!!!

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OMG!!! Doesn’t this make you want to start a fire and sit down with a cup of Pumpkin Spice coffee!!!!

This project was SOOOO much fun for me. I’m so grateful to Lisa for allowing me to use her house to showcase some of the things that I have created. My goal here is to inspire you to create a space that you enjoy. A space that you can love your family in. Somewhere you can invite friends into and be confident. Home is a feeling!!! Make sure your space reflects the feeling of your choice.

Thank you as always for stopping by to read. I will be praying over you, I am grateful for you. Feel free to pass this along to others and check out my social media as well.

If you have any requests or suggestions please share with me.

Until next time

Leigh Ann 😊

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The thief of JOY!! don’t give comparison that power.

Comparison is the thief of joy ~ T. Roosevelt

What does it mean to compare?

This can be a positive but, unfortunately MOST of the time it is a negative. Generally we compare ourselves to see what we lack. Rather than looking at this as an opportunity to grow we feel defeated, less than. It as stated above “steals our joy”.

This is self conflicted abuse. STOP IT!

(Here is where I’m going to be preach to myself). I hope it helps you too.

Moving forward as you or I feel the need to look at everyone around us. You know we will, COMPARE. Let’s do it in a positive way! Do it to be encouraged, let’s do it to be inspired!

Just because my house doesn’t look like someone else’s doesn’t change the fact that this is MY home. This is where I love my family & gather with my friends. It is unimportant how big/small or expensive/not expensive it may rank. Our action should be to gather information that inspires us to create a beautiful atmosphere that allows us to be confident in sharing our space with others. Maybe I can’t afford a “new” sofa so, go online find a look you like then find a way to recreate that look in your own home. Be creative, if you don’t sow look at slipcovers. I covered a couch once with King size sheets, lol. It was pretty great. Lol

EVERYTHING is on YouTube, look it up. Get inspired NOT defeated. We have the ability to create our world. It all depends on what we are willing to do. Physically DO!

I challenge you & myself to STOP breaking “us” down with our words. STOP accepting failure or lack. Don’t let comparison teach us sorrow or sadness. Don’t let it steal your joy. We cause ourselves to focus on what we DON’T have at the moment.

Our action should be to look at what you are BLESSED with. Start where you are. Celebrate what you have. Allow your life to be filled with joy! The truth is we have more than most & less than some. However, we don’t appreciate. Appreciation is key to JOY. When we learn to appreciate all that we have & STOP comparing & complaining. We realize that most people wish they had what we throw away. Or what we take for granted.

Celebrate your world. Love God, Love People (including yourself).

Believe me when I tell you to be thankful, you will be surprised at how much you have.

Until next time be blessed ~ Leigh Ann

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Sunflower Door or wall hanger. Yes another Goodwill “Flip”

Goodwill “flip”

It has been a busy week. I have several finds from Goodwill that I love. I probably can’t share them all on here. I will drive y’all bananas. But, I do want to share just one more. Be sure and follow me on my social medias if you would like to follow a little closer. This is a new journey for me. You are here in the beginning of me sharing with the world, lol.

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materials for sunflower hanger goodwill flip

In the picture above you can see the materials I used to pull this super cute door hanger together.

The sunflower heads are actually more recycled flowers from last years fall decor. If you saw my post from earlier I said “don’t throw anything away”. Always think outside the box. It may be a stemless flower it’s ok. You will need a stemless flower, trust me. Some flower foam to keep our arrangement tight. I used what I had. The foam I used is actually for real flowers but it’s ok.

Last but not least our Goodwill find. This cute thing was $1.99. I’m in love!

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I love these little orange stickers.

So, easy Peasy you just place the flower foam in the hanger. I hot glued mine just for security of it holding in place. Mine is on our kitchen door. Lots of action with this door.

Once your foam is secure start adding your flowers. Put your larger ones in the back building forward across the foam. One or two of mine hang on the hanger just slightly.

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Foam blocks in place to support the sunflower heads. Remember they are an upcycle, they have no stems.
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Begin by placing your largest heads first and build forward with smaller ones.

When you get all of your flowers in place you can now decide where to place your bow. I made a very simple bow. Like always, basically I just tie my shoes. Simple!

Sunflower Goodwill Flip finished

I hope this inspires you to take a look through Goodwill or at least your own seasonal leftovers. It is surprising how much we can repurpose & re use.

Thanks for reading. Until next time be blessed ~ Leigh Ann 😊

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Don’t spend your Christmas budget on your fall decorations!!!!

Above you will see some of my Goodwill haul from last week. I hate I forgot to get pictures prior to painting everything black. To the right is some leftover sprigs from last fall & a few items I grabbed at the Dollar Tree this season.

Here is my blank space. For some unknown reason when the house was built they made a countertop on the air return??? So, it is in my hall between the living space & the back part of the house. It’s weird but, I’ve grown to love this little weird place. It sits directly in front of the living room front door. When you walk through the front door it is the focal point.

I use this space to decorate for the seasons every year. As you follow me you will see this blank space wear many different hats. Today I woke up in such a mood for Fall. I just HAD to get something started in our house that welcomed in my FAVORITE season.

The first thing we did was grab a whit canvas & find a cute fall quote. I plugged in the Cricut & had to figure out HOW to use it. Seriously, it was bad, it involved YouTube & everything. Hours later…we have a cute canvas (pictured above.)

Honestly, putting the basket together was nothing hard. It is just a basket with stuff randomly stuck inside. This arrangement is different than most. Normally you would have floral foam, floral wire & possibly hot glue. I love the simplicity of it just being exactly what it is, a basket holding stuff.

My basket is made up of a wire basket that I picked up at Goodwill for $0.45. Originally it was pastel rainbow colored. Then my basket filler is scraps from last years Fall decorations. I went by the Dollar Tree & picked up (3) burlap pumpkins & a “Thankful” sign, add another $4.00. All together I’ve purchased $4.45 worth of “new” stuff for this years hallway decorations.

I started loading up the countertop. It looked pretty plain to me so I went digging through my box AGAIN for more Fall leftovers. I found a set of (3) block pumpkins that we made last year from a scrap 4×4 & twigs out of our yard. To update them to match this years theme I only had to change the ribbon. Still haven’t spent anymore money.

Ugghhhh! Still not satisfied….back to the box of Fall’s past I go. I pull out my OLD, OLD, OLD pom pom’s. I have a love hate relationship with these pom pom’s. I love them but, I feel like everyone else hates them. LOL it doesn’t matter because guess what? They were exactly what my hallway was missing. Below is the final look. What do you think?

The takeaway here is as you are creating your seasonal décor this year, save your scraps. Save your pieces, stems, whatever. You never know what might just make it back for a second or even a third year.

Spray paint is always your friend & sometimes you just need to change the ribbon to give a little update.

See you in a few days, once I decide what I’m doing with my dining room table for the season.

Be Blessed Leigh Ann 🙂