Pull Apart a Palette

Have you been spotting all of those amazing DIY pieces of furniture and focal walls being featured in magazines and home decorating shows created with old tossed-out wood palettes? Palettes are essentially rough-hewn 4-foot pine planks that are nailed together and used primarily for shipping goods, perfect for creative DIY’ing.

Wood Palette by Uline

 

Once the goods are delivered, the palettes are no longer useful for the big (or small) box stores, but to an avid DIY’er, these piles of free planking are a gold mine! Here are a few palette projects being featured on Houzz.com, but you can also check out my Pinterest board…Pull Apart A Palette...for more inspiring ideas!!

This beautiful rustic headboard is the perfect style for a restful country retreat.

I love this entire wall of frames created from old palettes:

Comfy indoor seating, perfect for a basement rec room

DIY Adirondack Chairs for your rustic porch

This wall treatment isn’t made from palettes by this designer, but I am loving the green stain-easy to do with some old palettes!

A perfect example of rustic planking on this bar that could be easily accomplished using old palette planking.

Just add some stain and some wheels and you’ve got yourself a rustic rolling coffee table!

Loving this plank cube coffee table with the colors of the ocean.

And finally, this amazing patchwork quilt of a reclaimed lumber wall. Gorgeous!

How about a complete outdoor seating area?

So, if you are inspired by what you see here, head to your nearest store and ask if they have any available palettes for the taking. The more weathered, the better! Hope you have a palatable Thursday, everyone! Susan

Gossamer Blue by Benjamin Moore

As I have been going through the bathroom remodeling project, one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make was the wall color. Since there is white board and batten 3/4 of the way up, you wouldn’t think that a little bit of wall would have me stumped! Since I love color, all color, it was impossible to narrow it down to one choice…until I found the shower curtain and accessories from Target. That quickly focused my search to greens and blues until I found the perfect color for this room: Gossamer Blue by Benjamin Moore...ooooh..ahhh.
Benjamin Moore Gossamer Blue
A beautiful blend of of greens and blues with gray undertones that is dark enough to contrast nicely with the white trim, but not too dark to overpower the small room. But before I finally committed to it and put brush to wall, I went searching online for other rooms that were painted Gossamer Blue to seal the deal. All photos courtesy of Houzz.com

A vintage bath similar in feel to our new bath…

This beautiful laundry room would make me happy to fluff and fold…

A restful retreat…

Spectacular bath with glass and dark wood contrasting with the Gossamer Blue and white walls and trim

A soothing retreat…

A vintage vignette- this blue has a vintage hue to it and makes the wood tone really pop

A small reading nook is restful and cozy painted in Gossamer Blue

And finally, this laundry room painted with Gossamer Blue with a hand-painted trellis design-brilliant!

After seeing all of the photos, I am certain that Gossamer Blue is the right color choice for our new little bathroom! It’s Thursday everyone…make some good choices today for you! xoxo Susan

Top Ten Gifts for Your DIY Mom

Top Ten Mother's Day Gifts for your DIY MOMSo, I like a nice bouquet of flowers as well as the next mom,

Shower Flowers in Enamel Potsand I certainly would never turn away a box of yummy chocolates for Mother’s Day.

S'Mores Chocolate Pie Bites from Country Design HomeBUT, there are many moms out there-like me!-who love the fine art of restoring and upcycling junk into treasures. For these moms, my top ten outside-the-box Mother’s Day gift suggestions for you!

1. I paint…a LOT. And I go through a lot of paintbrushes. My personal favorites are these little Shortcuts by Wooster.

Wooster ShortCut Paintbrush

 

They have an angled edge and a soft rubber handle for easy gripping. I also use a lot of these assorted brushes-

DIY Mom Paint Brushesthey are available at your favorite local crafts emporium for CHEAP. And with a coupon, well you can still afford some of those Godivas as well!

2. So if I paint…a LOT…it only makes sense that I need lots of paint! I use all different brands but my favorites are the little sample pots of Behr Matte at Home Depot.

Behr Paint SamplesThey custom mix any color for you and cost less than $3.00! I can turn these into chalk paint all day long with a little plaster of paris and some calcium carbonate. My other paint of choice is Americana Chalky Paint by Decoart. I also use all sorts of varnishes and waxes and polys…

Americana Matte Varnishdepending on the project at hand. Most of these I purchase at Home Depot or Michaels, so again, a GC to one of those stores would be great.

Americana Chalky Paint3. I sand…a LOT. My go-to tool is this little Mouse Sander by Black and Decker.

Black and Decker Mouse SanderIt has a velcro base and the little sandpapers just stick on and pull off. I go through a ton of sandpaper and this stuff is not cheap. So throw in a bunch of these while you’re at it.

Mouse sander cut out sandpaper4. Coach and I move furniture…a LOT. Not always so easy to do, so one of these little dollys with the rug on it would be great so we can wheel stuff around instead of trying to carry it. This one from Harbor Freight Tools has a handle too! Of, and throw in some mover’s blankets as well to keep mom’s car nice and clean.

Rolling Dolly with Handle5. I screw and drill…a LOT. Coach presented me with a cordless, rechargeable screwdriver for Christmas and I LOVE IT. (and it came with a flashlight that plugs into the same rechargeable battery : )

Drillmaster Cordless Drill Harbor FreightMakes life so much easier when you don’t have to constantly go searching for a plug! Any brand will do, the more horsepower, the stronger the drill. Mine is a from Harbor Freight Tools, but here are endless options of brands and styles to choose from at your local big box store.

6. I also do some sawing, but not too much with a jigsaw- I just have never mastered the perfect cut with those. BUT, I do use my little Ryobi Mitre Chop saw all the time!

Ryobi Chop SawIt’s great for cutting rulers

Vintage Ruler chop sawand crown molding…lightweight stuff for frames and trim pieces. I leave the heavy duty chopping to Coach with his table saw or Sawz-all-that thing is a monster!

7. Every DIY mom needs a basic tool set…but NOT those flimsy little pink kits…I am talking hardcore, heavy duty hammers, nail punches, screwdrivers-both phillips head and flat head, chisels, scrapers, wrenches and pliers. Plus a cool bin or organizer

DIY Supply Binsto keep the tools…and the screws, bolts and nails…

Supply Binsall organized and handy…mine are pretty plain and plastic- but I would love some more colorful and fun bins to store my stuff!

8. I use gloves…LOTS of gloves. Not the pretty flowered garden variety gloves-we need the big, thick, rubber palmed gloves

Stripping Chemical Glovesfor protecting our hands from splinters and rusty nails. Occasionally I just use the thin rubber ones for washing stuff too. I don’t know why, but whenever I go searching for a pair, I can only find the left hands-the right ones always seem to disappear! So I do need an endless supply…

9. Oh, and then perhaps a GC for a nice manicure at your local salon. These days, my hands look more like those of a long-shoreman… Cracked, bleeding and dry hands10. And finally, a nice massaging hot pack. I just don’t have time for a whole spa day, but something to ease our aching shoulders and necks from all the sanding and painting and lifting and carrying and sawing and sanding. My daughter has one like this and its AWESOME.

Epulse Neck MassagerIt has these deep massaging balls or something that makes it feel like someone is actually doing the work on your back and neck!

So that’s it…my top ten gifts for your DIY mom for this Mother’s Day! If you have a favorite tool or DIY supply that you would like to share, please add a comment and I will check it out!! Off to DIY!! Susan

 

 

 

Green and Blue Decor

Wow! How has time gone by this quickly?!? It seems like I was just standing on the sidelines on Marathon Monday and here it is almost two weeks later! So, so busy working on a million and one projects and finally finishing up our bathroom. And yes, I did choose a color: Gossamer Blue by Benjamin Moore.

Benjamin Moore Gossamer Blue

The perfect combination of blue/green with some gray notes. The second coat goes on this morning, then the final bathroom dressing begins. Inspired by my color choice, I’ve been painting quite a few things lately in a blue/green color combination-perhaps because we just have so little sunshine and lots of dank, dark days. Lately I feel the need for a little light and brightness, so I figure if Mother Nature won’t provide it outdoors, I certainly can inside! All photos via Houzz.com

This room is the perfect combination of bright patterns and colors.

Even though the colors are darker, the contrast with the white planked walls is striking.

The blues in this room bring the outside in- what a view!

This contemporary kitchen is typically not my style, but loving the bold colors which are perfect for this sleek style!

Loving this sunny and bright coastal dining room.

Sometimes the color is not provided with paint, but with the added accessories, as in this creamy white room with the blue banquette cushion and the green-hued painting. Peaceful dining.

Another coastal home, surrounded by the ocean. The blues and greens are softer so they don’t draw attention away from the incredible view.

These greens and blues are powerful pops of color against the white backdrop.

And finally, the show-stopping room in softer blues and greens- which leads your eye straight out that window. Wow.

Bringing the outdoors in is pretty simple when choosing the proper color palette. Greens and blues are the colors of the ocean, land and sky-perfectly at home with any decorating style. So now it’s off to finish the bathroom! Have a terrific Thursday everyone! Susan

Boston…You’re My Home

Boston StrongIt’s Marathon Monday, where once again, 30,000+ brave souls from around the globe race from Hopkinton to Boston in an attempt to show who is the elitest of the fleetest of foot. This year happens to have some very special meaning for our family, as our daughter’s fiance is making his inaugural run through the city streets and winding hills in pursuit of the ultimate bragging rights of the marathoning world: “I Ran Boston”. Today, our family will be joining the thousands and thousands of onlookers and cheerleaders lining the 26 mile race route, ringing bells and holding signs to provide encouragement and support to friends, loved ones and runners who raise $$$ for their beloved charities. We will always remember the horrific marathon bombings of 2013, but we move forward as a city, remembering those who were lost, but celebrating the runners who have made tremendous strides in helping our city heal from that fateful day. So, today we celebrate Patriots Day, a Massachusetts-only holiday that commemorates the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War fought on April 19, 1775. Once again, I am re-sharing this blog that I originally posted a few years back to honor our amazing city and its citizens. This is for all of my readers, and any onlookers watching from afar who are interested in capturing the essence of the incredible, wonderful, joyful city we call Boston. So here it is:

In honor of Patriots Day, a uniquely Massachusetts holiday, a little Boston history for your reading pleasure. Facts confirmed by Wikipedia, several historical societies and my historian-in-residence, Coach.  Click on the pictures for links to websites and information.

Boston (pronounced baws-tun). The Capital of Massachusetts. The Hub. The City of Champions (see Boston Red Sox, N.E. Patriots, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins). Although significantly smaller in population than The Big Apple, what we lack in size we make up for in historic stature. We are the site of the world’s oldest marathon, begun in 1897, the Boston Marathon.We have the oldest MLB ballpark, Fenway Park (c.1912)

the Swan Boats (c.1877) in the Public Garden

 

and Harvard University, founded in 1636 and the alma mater of 7 US Presidents.

We are Beantown, named for Boston Baked Beans, a dish created by the Colonials, using beans cooked in molasses, a plentiful product due to the slave trade. Home of the USS Constitution, nicknamed “Old Ironsides”, (C.1787) the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat.

We are The Cradle of Liberty, founded by the Puritans in 1630, and one of the oldest cities in the United States. Our citizens were the instigators of the

American Revolution, and Boston Harbor was the site of the Boston Tea Party,  where 342 chests of tea belonging to the British East India Company were thrown from ships into the water by American patriots disguised as Mohawk Indians. The Americans were protesting both a tax on tea (taxation without representation) and the perceived monopoly of the East India Company.

Our city was also the site of The Boston Massacre, an historic incident on March 5, 1770, in which British Army soldiers killed five male civilians and injured six others.

The incident was heavily propagandized by leading patriots, such as Paul Revere and Samuel Adams to fuel animosity toward the British authorities. Which finally led to the legendary Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (the reason for this holiday!)

Penned by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1860, this poem details Revere’s April 18th journey by horseback from Charlestown to Lexington & Concord to warn the townspeople to take up arms in defense of the oncoming British invasion.

“…He said to his friend, “If the British march By land or sea from the town to-night, Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch Of the North Church tower as a signal light,– One if by land, and two if by sea; And I on the opposite shore will be, Ready to ride and spread the alarm Through every Middlesex village and farm, For the country folk to be up and to arm.” 

The British, whose militia ships were in Boston Harbor, awaiting orders to begin their march to Concord, where they were to destroy supplies and munitions being stored by the local militia of soldiers and townsfolk.

Revere’s plan was to make his way there ahead of the advancing British troops, alerting the locals along the way of the impending British invasion. On the night of April 18, 1775,  alerted by the two lanterns hanging in the Old North Church, indicating the British would be advancing in boats over the Charles River, Revere began his historic journey on horseback. He traveled from Charlestown to Concord, alerting the local minutemen of the advancing regiments. Captured and released by the British, he made his way to The Old North Bridge, the site of the Battles of Lexington and Concord 

on April 19, 1775, the beginning of the American Revolution. And the rest, shall we say, is history. Yes, you do need to know this for the exam. No, you cannot bring your musket to class for show and tell. Whether this is a holiday for you or not, enjoy the day. And whether you are running or watching the Boston Marathon  today, be safe, be proud of our great city and stay Boston Strong. Have a fantastic day everyone! And GO CHRIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxo Susan

Spring Fresh Country Decor

Well, the weather may have turned a bit warmer and the ice and snow banks have virtually disappeared so the ducks can have a bath, but the landscape is still quite brown around here.

Ducks at Lake QuannapowittTime to interject a bit of springtime color decor inside to add a bit of cheeriness to our otherwise drab and dark days. Photos via Houzz.com

How about a pop of orange?? Are you brave enough?

This bright apple green is perfect for a baby’s nursery!

Such pretty, pretty pastels…pink and green are just so fresh!

Loving the soothing coastal colors in this bedroom.

How sweet is this breakfast nook? Love the light shiplap planking and the pastel soft furnishings.Could definitely enjoy a latte here!

Charming dining area with pops of orange and green. Makes me want to go paint something…now!

I am typically not a huge fan of yellow, but this room would make you feel like you were sleeping in sunshine : )

If I had a kitchen do-over…this would be it! No more beige cabinets for me!

Do you have the longing to add some color to your space?? Grab a can of paint and start the makeover you’ve been thinking about today! You’ll be amazed what one can of paint can do for your room (and your gloomy mood : ). Have a colorful Friday everyone…today’s the day I decide on the color for my bathroom makeover! Susan

Country Bath Style

With the bathroom project finally winding down, my attention turns to styling this beautiful little jewel of a bath. With chrome fixtures
Bathroom Chrome Wall Mount Faucetand sparkling marble floors

Marble Hexagon Tilethis bathroom deserves some extra decorating lovin’! In keeping with my country bath style, I am in search of the perfect shower and window curtains along with the necessary bath accessories to bring everything together and create the refined country look I am going for. Off to internet land to search for the perfect country style where I discovered a few front-runners (and actually made me rethink my wall color choice, which presently is a color called

” target=”_blank”> ThunderCloud Gray from Benjamin Moore.)

Benjamin Moore Thunder Cloud GrayEven though it looks light in this sample, I am thinking it might be a little too dark for this pretty little room…) First, some pictures of stylish country baths:

1.Something about this little vintage powder room speaks to me. The pale blue walls against the distressed white vanity and the vintage beveled mirror…wow.

2.This rustic gray and white French Country bath is so sweet, but might be lacking just a touch of color for my taste.

3. Am loving the pale aqua walls, but I think it may be a bit too retro for my country bath.

4.Well, this one is simply spectacular with the wood beams and the stunning linen closet. But this just won’t fit in my 5 x 8 space. But I’m saving this idea into my fixer upper dream home file.

5. That vintage sink and chrome faucet is similar in feel to the ones I chose. But the rest of the creamy white may need a wee bit more contrast for me.

6. This pale silver sage color-Benjamin Moore Imperial Gray-

Benjamin Moore Imperial Gray

may be just the one I’ve been searching for since I started this whole project. Love, love, love it.

Then I searched for curtains:
1.The white ruffles are so sweet, but not sure how Coach will feel about those!

2. I do love a nautical look, but I am thinking the dark blue walls may present the same problem as the deep gray.

3.I’ve been thinking about a roman shade for the one window, but I don’t want plain white, as it is straight ahead when you look into the room from the hall. These are pretty and simple.

4. Hmmm, would I want to do a matching shower curtain and window valance? This is pretty much the setup in my bath. I do like the way they work together to create a cohesive look.

5 .These tie-backs. Well, I think they’re perfect for that little white window. Now if I can only find a shower curtain to match we’re in business!

So all of this online searching has only resulted in more confusion and indecision about which colors to actually choose for my little country bath! You know, sometimes it’s easier to give other folks advice about their decorating rather than your own…that whole plumber not fixing his own pipes thing, I imagine. I think my best bet will be to head out and look for a shower curtain first, find the perfect one, then match my curtains and paint colors to that. Make sense? Well, to me it does, so store shopping it is! Hope you have a more decisive Thursday than I am everyone! Susan

DIY Dud…This Sink Stinks!

Recently, I starting working on an old, large, quite heavy solid pine Ethan Allen dry sink that had Coach picked up at a flea market for $20 (sorry about the pic-typically Coach takes them at the scene and sends them to me for pre-approval prior to purchase-he’s the buyer, I’m the DIY’er- then I take my own pic for the blog…whoops, missed that step.) It is dark and quite massive, as dry sinks go, so the original muddy brown stain just had to be updated to something a bit lighter and more DIY Dud Dry Sink Beforemodern. Searching for inspiration, somewhere online I had seen these awesome arrow drawer pulls…

Hobby Lobby Arrow Drawer Pullsand I instantly knew the direction this DIY transformation would take. First step, order the drawer pulls from Hobby Lobby (they were on sale : ) Second step, apply General Finishes Heritage Blue Stain

General Finished Hertiage Blue Water Based Stainto the main frame of the piece. Love the finish it produces!

Dry Sink Heritage Blue General Finishes StainThird step...insert the sound of screeching tires…because I missed a VERY IMPORTANT STEP…which as a result has now produced my DIY Dud…this sink stinks! Before I put that first coat of stain all over the wood, I should have scratched and sniffed it…because this dry sink now smells like a giant ashtray! The thing about the stench of nicotine is that it permeates the surface finish and becomes one with the wood. Why, you ask, did you not clean it more thoroughly before you started?  Why did you not scrub it and sand it and seal it and air it out to remove all the nicotine odors?? Why?? You’ve been DIY’ing forever-you know better! Well, my excuse is that I couldn’t get it outdoors because of the giant snowbanks surrounding my house.

Snow Barn Country Design HomeTypically, I take a piece like this onto the driveway and literally scrub it down with a bucket of soapy water and a hose, allow it to dry in the sun for days, spray it with smoke remover, sand it and then clean it again until the lovely scent of vintage Lucky Strikes

Lucky Strike Poster via JVoyage Etsyis gone. But, alas, that just couldn’t happen…thanks Mother Nature for the 10 foot snowbanks...so it simply got a wipe down with some spray cleaner and a damp rag. Again, I KNOW BETTER!!! OK, so back to the DIY part of the story. Once the pretty blue stain was applied, I noticed the nicotine scent had intensified, but I figured perhaps if I just added more paint and finishes, it would somehow diminish the odor. (Now, Coach says he really can’t smell it. But I have a freakishly keen-some say distorted- sense of smell when it comes to certain odors, like nicotine and gasoline and mildew-I can ID them a mile away. But ask me if there’s a tray of cookies…or dish towels…burning in the oven…well, can’t help you there.)

kitchen burningSo, I kept going and added more layers of paints, dry brushing complementary coastal colors until I had this cool finish…which seemed like it might work until I started sanding down the edges to distress it…that smell was back. With a vengeance. Now the only thing that is distressed is me…

DIY Dud Dry Sink Painting LayersBut, silly me, I kept going! Remember the time when you were driving alone at night and hit something in the road and then you heard the thump, thump of a tire starting to go flat but instead of pulling over you turned up the radio to make it go away? No? Well, I do, and that’s what was happening with this project! Denial is a powerful thing... For the top, I painted the inside wainscoting with white chalk paint, then added planking to the sink area for some contrast.

DIY Dud Dry Sink PlankingWhen I noticed the smell wafting through the glued down boards, I figured staining them would help. Pretty, right?

DIY Dud Dry Sink Stained PlanksWell, beauty is in the eye (and the nose) of the beholder. With each layer, I kept my fingers crossed and hoped for the best, but alas, nothing changed…the odor remained and intensified as the moisture in the products caused a leeching effect and brought the nicotine odor to the surface. Being frustrated with the sink, and hoping that somehow the smell would go away if I left it alone for a bit, I decided to concentrate on the old pine doors.

DIY Dud Dry Sink DoorI used some vintage coastal maps of Massachusetts harbors and applied them to the front panels with WundaSize

Wunda Size(if you haven’t tried this stuff in place of other decoupage glues, you must-it’s awesome-no buckles or wrinkles!)

DIY Dud Dry Sink Doors with MapsThen I painted and distressed the frames and edges with chalk paint and finished them with a new matte polyurethane varnish from Varathane.

DIY Dud Map Framed on DoorIt’s called Soft Touch and it mimics the look of waxing but gives a nice poly finish…which I was hoping against hope would finally seal in that obnoxious odor.

Varathan Soft Touch Matte Finish PolyurethaneBut alas, it was not to be, so I halted this amazing dry sink DIY project. It is now sitting on the porch awaiting some spring weather. Yeah, right…

DIY Dud Dry Sink PaintedNot wasting another minute on this until I can take it outside, sand it and scrub it and shellac the s**t out of it until the odor is gone, baby gone. Moral of this story? Always, always, always sniff the pieces you are about to purchase at flea markets and estate sales. I know, it looks a little strange to be hanging around sniffing other people’s junk, but better safe than sorry! You know a LOT of folks were smokers back in the day and that smell just permeates wood like nobodies business (can you only imagine what it was doing to people’s lungs…). In the meantime, its back to globe painting for me,

Global LOVE Painted Globe by Country Design Homeuntil I find another three- door project where I can use those awesome arrow drawer pulls. It’s Tuesday everyone…I hope it doesn’t stink for you!! Susan

PS: If anyone has any great ideas or solutions for my smelly dry sink, please share!

Inspired Easter Table Settings

The Easter festivities aren’t coming to our house this year, as we are still in the throes of a bathroom makeover. With a fine coating of plaster dust having permeated the entire house (if you’ve been through a room makeover, you know what I’m talking about) it seems like a great idea to have another family member take over the ham and scalloped potato duties…thanks, mom! But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a beautiful Easter table! So I thought a would share a few inspired Easter table settings…and I’m saving these for next year when hopefully the dust has cleared…
Bunny In The Garden!!

Pretty Aquas:

Cool Coral with Black and White

Rustic Spring Flowers

Floral Sprays and Tiny Nests

Brightly Colored Eggs on Rustic Table

Easter Egg Chandelier

Vintage Easter Bunny

A Trio of Bunnies!

OK, I realize that this isn’t a table setting, but can you imagine THIS Easter Egg Hunt!?!?

I’ll just be hopping along now to keep on painting the bathroom…have a “hoppy” Easter everyone! Susan

Hobby Lobby Mega-Craft-DIY-Decor-Store

Since I started blogging a few years back, I have read hundreds (nea, thousands) of other DIY blogs for entertainment, DIY information and inspiration to…

Hobby Lobby Do What You Love SignMany times, I have seen the craft store Hobby Lobby mentioned as THE place to go for craft, hobby & DIY supplies. I have shopped at Hobby Lobby online, but the stores were not local enough for me to make a shopping trip. Well, with the opening of their newest store in Seabrook, NH, Hobby Lobby is now within my driving range. So last week Mom and I took a road trip to check out what all the fuss was about.

Hobby Lobby Welcome SignHave to say, Hobby Lobby did not disappoint! This is not a hobby shop. Hobby Lobby is a mega-craft-DIY-decor-Store…essentially all of my local craft and sewing outlets combined into one huge superstore.  If you paint, decoupage, sew, design shirts, scrapbook, bake cakes, throw parties or just decorate your home…there is an aisle (or two) for you! As we strolled up and down the aisles…and aisles…and more aisles…we were blow away by the enormity, not only of the physical store itself, but of the sheer quantity and selection of vintage and modern home decor and DIY products. Loving these cute little clocks! I’ll take one in every color, please : )

Hobby Lobby Vintage ClocksI snapped a few pics as we strolled the aisles, but there is no way to convey the sheer enormity of this mega-store without seeing it for yourself. In the home decor area, we discovered rows of modern and traditional lamps

Hobby Lobby Lamp AisleI don’t think I’ve ever seen such an enormous collection of knobs and pulls anyway…ever

Hobby Lobby Knob SelectionWant to identify what’s in your drawers? You can write on these little chalkboard pulls!

Hobby Lobby Chalkboard Drawer PullsAre you into gardening (my style- all fake so you can’t kill them) Aisle after aisle of colorful blooms await!

Hobby Lobby Flower AisleNeeding some fabric for a sewing project…well, they’ve got bolts…and bolts…and more bolts!

Hobby Lobby Fabric AisleAnd then in the home decor aisles…all sorts of trendy signs (this collection is JUST for the laundry!)

Hobby Lobby Laundry SignsLetters-loads of alphabets in many colors and styles- some were lit up,

Hobby Lobby Red Marquee Letter Stacksome were colorfully painted…all were on sale (and if not, they have coupons!)

Hobby Lobby Wood Craft LettersSeasonal decor was scattered throughout the store, featuring outdoor patio sets (that we may or may not ever get to use this year if the weather doesn’t break soon!)

Hobby Lobby Red Bench VignetteAnd there were loads of Paris-inspired pieces as well.

Hobby Lobby Paris Milk Jug We spent over an hour wandering around, taking in the sights, listening to other folks exclaiming “wow, this place is amazing” and thinking of creative ways to add “just one more piece” to our already crowded walls and halls.  In the end, we simply purchased some drawer knobs for mom’s bathroom makeover and these amazing vintage porcelain door knobs for me.

Hobby Lobby Porcelain KnobsAnd then it was time to…

Hobby Lobby Exit SignBut not to worry, Hobby Lobby…I’ll be back! Have a terrific Thursday, everyone!! Susan

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