DIY Framed Vintage Military Yard Longs

Hello friends! I’m so happy to share my vintage patriotic mantel using my DIY military yard longs!

I’ve always loved the look of framed military photos, but true vintage yard longs can be PRICEY. My friend Brittany @whiteandwoodgrain gave me the idea to create these beautiful framed military photos at a fraction of the cost!

I partnered with Frame It Easy on this project and they made it so simple. So today I want to share how I did it so that you can make some too!

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First, I chose free digital downloads from the Library of Congress website. I searched for military panoramic. There are so many to choose from and it was hard to narrow it down!

Next, I downloaded the largest file (tiff) and converted it to a jpeg using a free online converter. Then I uploaded it to the Frame It Easy website. If you want to do this on your phone, download the tiff file and save as image, then upload it and it should work.

I then used the slider bar to change the size so that all of them were 6.5” in height. You’ll have to pay attention to the lengths if you’re wanting to stagger their sizes. The three I chose ended up being about 1”-1.5” different in length. I chose the Hanover frame in satin black, with no matting, and chose photo paper for printing.

After you’re finished creating your custom frames, simply checkout and they do the rest! I was surprised at just how simple it was. They arrived looking amazing and came with all that I needed to easily hang it on the wall.

I also made this framed book page quote that I created in Canva that you can download here. Just save the image below.

Save this image to create this yourself!

Each of the military yard longs were under $50!Also, if you go to frameiteasy.com/krista a 10% off discount will automatically apply!

I love how they turned out and I’m all about getting the look for less. Let me know if you decide to create some too!

Be sure to follow me on Instagram @faith.and.farmhouse for more budget-friendly farmhouse decor ideas!

Thank you for reading and God bless!

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DIY Open Shelving in the Kitchen


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Hello friends! We recently made some open shelves in our kitchen and today I want to share with you what we used and how simple it was!

I’ve always loved the look of open shelving in the kitchen, but I never thought it would be possible in ours. We have a small kitchen with no pantry, so storage is limited. But after organizing our cabinets and getting rid of dishes we didn’t use, we had an entire cabinet that wasn’t needed between our window and back door. I decided it would be better to have some open shelving and in return, get more counter space by moving canisters that were previously on the counter onto the shelves.

First, we took down the cabinet to find a blue wall with a ton of holes to fill. I was eager to get the open shelving up, so the holes still need filled and then painted, but that will be simple.

Next, I pulled out some leftover gray paint that matches the rest of the kitchen and painted where the cabinet was. I would love to paint the kitchen an off white eventually, but don’t have the time to repaint the kitchen now.

I found these shelves and brackets at Home Depot. My husband attached them to the wall as well as a peg rack that I found a while back at my local Goodwill.

Finally, I styled the shelves with my Rae Dunn canisters, some plates, greenery, and a Dundee marmalade jar. I hung a few tea towels from our shop, Faith and Farmhouse Market, on the peg rail.

I love how they turned out! It was such a simple weekend DIY and now I have another fun place to decorate and more counter space! Win win!

I hope I’ve inspired you in some way today. Maybe you can try adding open shelving in your kitchen!

Thanks for reading and God bless!

Krista

Spring Watering Can Mantel

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Hello friends! Yesterday, I switched up my mantel decor and created this spring watering can mantel!

I was inspired by a similar look that Liz Marie Galvan shared a while back where she hung a vintage watering can above her mantel and I wanted to try to create a similar look. This mantel is quickly becoming one of my favorite spaces in my home to style!

I hung a vintage galvanized watering can by using a piece of twine looped on the handle and hung it from a screw I already had in the wall above the window frame. I placed fake stems inside the watering can and inside terra cotta pots of various sizes that I placed on the mantel. I added a set of iron candlesticks that we sell in our shop to complete the look.

On the ottoman below, I placed a few vintage books and a thrifted topiary in front of a vintage wooden crate with a pillow placed inside.

I also used this cottage pillow from our shop on the chair next to the mantel.

I love how it turned out! My $40 chalk painted mantel is my new favorite spot to decorate!

I hope I’ve inspired you in some way today! The sources for all of the items shown I’ve shared below.


Sources:

Vintage Watering Can- Facebook Marketplace

Mantel- Facebook Marketplace, painted in Rustoleum Chalked Paint in Linen White

Terra Cotta Pots– Our shop, Faith and Farmhouse Market

Stems in Watering Can– Hobby Lobby

Bushes in Terra Cotta Pots– Hobby Lobby

Iron Candlestick Set– Our shop, Faith and Farmhouse Market

Chair and Ottoman- Facebook Marketplace (Ikea Ektorp line)

Cottage Pillow– Our shop, Faith and Farmhouse Market

Chunky Knit Pillow Cover– Hobby Lobby

Topiary- Goodwill

Crate, Window Frame, and Old Books- Vintage Finds


Thank you for reading and God bless!

Krista

Chalk Paint Mantel Makeover

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Hello all! If you follow me on Instagram, then you may have seen my most recent Facebook Marketplace find, a $40 fireplace mantel.

I originally had a different mantel for a few weeks in my living room (also from marketplace) but it just wasn’t exactly what I wanted and was a bit too large for the space. I sold that one for quite a bit more than I paid and actually made money off of it, so it was worth trying it out!

When this mantel popped up on marketplace for only $40, I knew I could make it work! I wanted one that didn’t stick out from the wall as much in case I ever wanted to move the couch in front of it and this one was much thinner than the other one.

I also wanted it to have a distressed, aged look to it. I have painted furniture with chalk paint in the past and distressed it, so I knew how to get the look that I wanted.

For this project I used:

Rustoleum Chalked Paint in Linen White

Sanding Block

Drop Cloth

Paintbrush

I painted this indoors since it was winter and too cold to do it outdoors or in the garage. I think chalk paint has less of a smell than interior latex paint and I painted it in a large room. However, always make sure your space is well-ventilated or paint outdoors if possible.

After the paint was completely dry, I simply hand sanded the areas I wanted distressed. The chalk paint comes right off and gives a perfectly distrsssed look!

I’m loving how it turned out! I think it’s perfect for the space and exactly what I envisioned. I can’t wait to style it different ways through the seasons! This project was so simple.

Let me know what you think in the comments section below! Would you try something like this for your home?

Thanks for reading and God bless!

Krista

A Cozy Vintage Christmas

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This year, I wanted to keep my Christmas decor simple. After the year we’ve had, I just wanted a cozy Christmas at home and I wanted my decor to reflect that. I wasn’t feeling some of my bright red decor pieces that I’ve used in years past and I actually sold some of it on Facebook Marketplace. While I did keep some pops of red in certain areas around the house, I incorporated more neutrals than I usually do. I wanted it to feel cozy and inviting this Christmas, with a vintage farmhouse feel.

In our entryway, I hung a jute star garland that I found on clearance at Hobby Lobby a few years ago and this adorable book page banner that my friend Amy @theboundandprint made me. I used my favorite chunky knit pillow covers and a couple of thrifted tan pillows on the church pew. I love the look of wood and white paired with neutrals.

In the front sitting room, one of my favorite rooms in the house, I decorated my shelf with a DIY book page banner, thrifted brass candlesticks, faux cedar garland, and an antique gold mirror. I used a vintage sled that I found at Goodwill as coffee table decor.

One of our Christmas traditions is to go out and cut a real tree every year as a family. We found a local tree farm last year that sells Canaan and Frazier firs and all of their trees are $35. I love searching through the field with our little ones to find the perfect tree and cutting it down ourselves. I only bought one pack of ribbon ornaments and some white cording (1.29/yd) from Hobby Lobby this year. All of the other ornaments I already had.

I used some cedar stems in my antique galvanized vase as a centerpiece on my dining table. I paired it with a brass trumpet candlestick that I found at Goodwill for $1 and a candle placed in a $3 mini wreath from the Target dollar spot.

I used other vintage-style pieces around the dining room, like a thrifted brass horn and an old-fashioned hot cocoa sign.

I wanted to keep at least one room in the house completely neutral. I was so excited to decorate our living room for Christmas since we just recently gave it a refresh. I replaced the jute rug in here with this neutral rug I found on Facebook Marketplace for only $20!

I kept our master bedroom decor neutral too. I strung a bell garland that I made using bells I found at Goodwill and added a pillow from the Target dollar spot on our bed.

I decided to use my red Rae Dunn Christmas pieces on my mug rack and on my coffee bar for some pops of red. I also added just a few pops of red here and there. I’m glad I didn’t completely ditch the red everywhere!

I really am happy with our Christmas decor this year and plan to do a similar look next year. Let me know what you think in the comment section below!

Thank you for reading and Merry Christmas! 🎄

Krista

Our Living Room Refresh

Our living room is one of the spaces I would rarely show on Instagram, yet it is the room we spend the most time in as a family. We never painted it when we moved in. The color was a darker gray than the rest of our home and it had a bluish undertone. We bought a large gray sectional when we moved in from a liquidation store nearby. When we got it home and in the room, we realized that it didn’t fit exactly like we’d hoped and it was a bit large for the space.

We made it work for a couple of years until I got the idea to give this room a refresh. I’m slowly working through every room in our house to make it “my favorite room”. What I mean is that if I don’t love a space in my home, I try to transform it into a something that I love so that every room eventually feels like “my favorite”.

The Before

This is the before photo of the room. The large gray sectional and gray walls made the space feel small and dark, despite it being the room in our house with the most windows. We sold the sectional on Facebook Marketplace for $500. We also sold an old rug for $15.

What We Changed

We started off by painting the walls in Swiss Coffee by Behr. This creamy off-white helped brighten the space so much! Paint and supplies cost $40.

We also moved an Ikea Ektorp chair and ottoman that we had in our son’s nursery into this room. We found another Ikea Ektorp sofa on marketplace that came with an additional ottoman for $75. We bought a new cover for $50 from Ikea and cleaned up the inside cushions of the couch. We sold the ottoman that came with it for $20. The new sofa ended up costing us a total of only $105. I found some new pillow covers and spent $25 at Hobby Lobby.

Eventually, to finish the room refresh, we will add a new rug and coffee table. I’ll share those additions once we find what we are looking for on Instagram!

The Cost Breakdown

We made $535 off of selling our sectional, an old rug, and the ottoman that came with the new sofa. In the end, we only spent $350 of it on a new couch/cover, paint, a new rug, coffee table, and pillow covers. We actually made money off of giving this room an update!

The After

I’m so happy with how this room turned out! To view the process in more detail, check out my highlights on Instagram @faith.and.farmhouse.

Thank you for reading and God bless!

Krista

Sources:

Paint- Swiss Coffee by Behr

Sofa, Ottoman, and Armchair- Ikea Ektorp in Lofallet Beige found on Facebook Marketplace

Curtains- Ikea Hilja in white

Wall Decor- Distressed White Arch on clearance at Hobby Lobby

Rug- Chunky Jute Rug from rugsusa.com

Coffee Table- sold to us by my mom who got it years ago at Christmas Tree Shops

Antique Buffet Makeover with Chalk Paint

I finally got around to painting and distressing my antique buffet table! I’ve always wanted a white buffet and now this one is a perfect focal point for our back living area.

This antique buffet was a Facebook Marketplace find. I originally had a tv stand that I found at a liquidation store, and although it was beautiful and sturdy, it wasn’t solid wood or very unique. I had been on the lookout for a buffet to refinish for quite some time, but they can be pricey. When I found this one for along with the huge hutch I refinished in my dining room for $75 each on marketplace, I was thrilled! I sold my other tv stand for $140 and ended up with two solid wood antique pieces instead of one manufactured piece of furniture.

While the black wasn’t terrible, it was too dark for the room. We are refreshing our back living area right now and the white just brightens up the space. The photo below is what it looked like in our living room once we brought it home.

First, I painted the whole thing with two coats of Rustoleum Chalked Paint in Linen White. I used a regular angled paint brush.

Then, I took a couple of pieces of 80 grit sandpaper and distressed it by hand. I haven’t sealed it yet, but plan on doing so soon with a water-based polycrylic.

I am loving how it turned out! Refinishing a piece of furniture can be daunting, but it wasn’t hard at all! You can check out another piece I refinished here.

Be sure to check out my Instagram page @faith.and.farmhouse for more decor ideas and before and afters!

Thanks for reading and God bless!

Krista

Fall Farmhouse Decor

It’s finally time for fall decor! Today I’d like to share with you how I decorated my home this year for fall.

While it may not feel like fall yet in Indiana, many Instagram influencers decorate early in order to provide others with decor inspiration. Hopefully I can give you some ideas for your own fall decor!

Entryway

For my entryway, I used neutral pillows and a throw blanket on my church pew. I also used a pumpkin pillow from Homegoods and a hand-me-down fall wreath. Although it’s so simple, it gives off a cozy, fall vibe as soon as you walk in the door.

Living Room

On the shelf above the sofa, I added my new Pumpkin Patch sign from Hobby Lobby that my little sister got me as a gift. It makes such a great focal point in the room that is unmistakably fall. I added a few Hearth and Hand clearance eucalyptus stems to create the look of a garland and added white pumpkins from Hobby Lobby.

A few black Goodwill candlesticks and a white pitcher filled with more eucalyptus balances out and fills each side of the shelf. I added my new Hey There Pumpkin pillow cover from Three Little Mommas on the couch. Isn’t this pillow cover adorable?!

Dining Room

In the dining room, I created a fall tablescape using a jute runner, thrifted brass candlesticks, more Hobby Lobby white pumpkins, and these orange eucalyptus stems from Joann Fabrics.

I also added this DIY book page banner that I made to my Goodwill-find accordion coat rack.

Coffee Bar

On the coffee bar, I added a black and white buffalo check banner from Target Dollar Spot last year along with other black and white accents.

I added this mini sign from Hobby Lobby and my Rae Dunn pumpkin spice mug to my tiered tray.

Kitchen

I didn’t decorate much for fall in my kitchen but I did switch out my greenery for a few fall stems on this little hook.

All Things Fall

Overall, I decorated pretty simply for fall this year. I decorated earlier than I ever have because 2020 has been a crazy year and I was ready for a change. I’ll be decorating my porch soon and I’ll share that when it’s finished!

Check out my Instagram page @faithandfarmhouse for more fall decor inspiration. I would love for you to give me a follow! Thank you for reading and God bless!

Krista

DIY Book Page Banners

Hello all! I thought I’d share an easy DIY craft with you today! This past spring, I made a spring banner out of pages from an old hymnal. I’ve made a few more since then because they’re so cute and simple!

You only need a few materials to make these vintage style banners.

Materials:

– Old Book or Hymnal Pages

– Twine

– Hole Punch

– Sharpie Marker

The first step is to decide what you want your banner to say. I’ve made some for the seasons, using words like spring, fall, and Christmas. You can make it say anything you’d like!

The next step is to cut out pages from an old book or hymnal to use for each letter. You could even cut a triangle out of the bottom to add more detail to your banner.

Using a sharpie marker or stencils and paint, write each letter on your pages. Then, add two holes in the top corners of each page and thread twine through (down through the left and up through the right to hide the twine).

That’s it! It’s such a simple DIY craft that doesn’t cost much at all! I found an old hymnal at Goodwill for $0.69, the twine is $1.00 from the Dollar Tree, and I had a sharpie marker on hand.

You could also make these DIY book page ornaments for Christmas using the same materials!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this DIY craft idea and maybe I’ve even inspired you to create your own! For more budget home decor inspiration, follow me on Instagram @faith.and.farmhouse.

Thanks for reading and God bless!

Krista

5 Ways to Create a Cozy Home

After spending much more time at home recently, I’ve been thinking about ways to make our home feel more cozy. I believe that home should be a place where you can relax and feel comfortable. Lately, I’ve been inspired by Liz Marie Galvan and her book Cozy White Cottage. If you haven’t read it yet, it gives a ton of wonderful ideas on how to make your home feel cozy and inviting. So today, I thought I’d put together a list of items that I think help to create a cozy home and a relaxing environment.

Be sure to check out the book Cozy White Cottage by Liz Marie Galvan if you haven’t yet!

1. Candles

The first thing I think of when I think of making home cozy is the smell of a yummy scented candle burning. There’s something about a home that smells good that just seems so inviting and comfortable. Candles are my favorite way to make my home feel cozy and welcoming. The flickering flame also gives off a cozy glow.

Candlesticks are an inexpensive way to add a cozy look to a table centerpiece.
I just love the flickering glow of lit candles!

2. Throw Blankets

Another thing that instantly gives a feeling of coziness is a nice throw blanket to cuddle up in. I like placing throw blankets around the house in baskets to easily grab, or draped on a sofa or comfy chair. They’re such an easy and affordable way to say “come on in and get comfortable”.

A blanket draped on furniture is a simple way to add that cozy feel.

3. Neutral Colors

To me, using neutrals in my home feels more calm and cozy than using dark or bright colors. I think neutrals are easy on the eyes and not too demanding of attention, which helps me feel more relaxed. Though not everyone feels this way, I love using neutrals to create a cozy atmosphere.

Most of my furniture and decor is comprised of white or neutral colors. All of the walls in my house are either light grey, white, or cream.
I painted this hutch in Sherwin Williams Alabaster, a great creamy neutral.

4. Texture

Blending various textures not only gives off a farmhouse feel, it makes a home feel more cozy and lived in. I like creating the look of texture even on my walls, with sharpie shiplap and board and batten. Blending various materials, such as wood, metals, glass, and fabrics around the house create a look that’s not so monotone and harsh.

Board and batten walls, patterned pillows, and the wood church pew all add texture to my entryway.
Sharpie shiplap and a decorated shelf add texture to this wall in my living room.

5. Reminders of Faith/Family/Friends

I love to put reminders of my faith around the house. My relationship with Jesus Christ brings me peace and reminds me that I have a forever home with Him. Reminders of my faith remind me of the love my Savior has for me and makes me feel at home. For you, it could mean the same thing or maybe it could be family photos and memories that make your home feel cozy.

In our bedroom, I have a pair of signs that say “It is well with my soul”, a reminder of my faith and salvation through Christ. You also can see some of my other favorite cozy elements in this photo.
A sign reminding me of the fruit of the spirit and a cozy throw blanket make this corner a cozy spot to sit.

I hope I’ve given you some tips on ways you can make your home feel cozy and comfortable, especially during this time when many of us are staying home more often. Be sure to follow me on Instagram @faith.and.farmhouse for more home decor inspiration. Thanks for reading and God bless!

Krista