Creative Corner

A place to inspire others and be inspired.  Bringing DIY projects and show stopper room designs that inspire us!

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DIY Wall Hooks

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Materials:

1- 1×6 Pine Board (1 board allowed for the 3 different wall hooks you see pictured)

Wall Hooks – sourced from Hobby Lobby (they are frequently 50% off)

1 inch black screws (quantity dependent on how many hooks you plan to make)

Stain color of choice (we used Special Walnut by Minwax)

1/4 inch drill bit (attachment for your drill to make a hole in the metal wall hook)

2 inch black screws (quantity dependent on number of wall hooks you make)

This budget friendly DIY can cost as little as $40 for all 3 wall hooks.  Hobby Lobby frequently offers their drawer pulls and metal wall hooks at 50% off.  You can find each hook at these links – Single Retro Iron Hook, Triple Retro Iron Hook, single iron hook (not available online).  If you don’t want to wait for the hooks to go on sale, you can use a 40% off mobile coupon for one item.

Steps:

  • Stain the board and allow to dry.  Do not discard the towel used for staining as you will  need it again to stain edges after you cut your board
  • While your board is drying, you will drill the holes in the metal hooks to allow for ease of attaching them to the wood board.  Attach the drill bit to your power drill, mark where you want the holes for the screws, leverage the metal hook on an sturdy surface to allow for some overhang for your drill, securely hold the hook with one hand on the surface while you drill a hole, discard metal shards and repeat until you have 2 holes in each of the larger metal hooks.  No drilling is required for the individual hooks.
  • Measure out the size you want for each wall hook.  To utilize one board as we did, measurements are as follows: 1 Single Hook – 7 inches, 3 hook – approx. 23 1/4 inches & 5 hook – approx 41.5 inches.
  • Stain raw edges after you cut each piece
  • Center metal hooks on board and attach them using the 1 inch black screws
  • Once boards have completely dried, you can attach them to your wall using the 2 inch screws.  We recommend finding the stud in the wall to ensure they are secure and withstand holding the weight of your goods over time.

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Our 5 hook set was added above a shoe bench in our garage to create a simple hall tree and catch all for jackets & book bags.

We’d love to see what you do with your DIY wall hooks, be sure to tag us @thehomesteadhaven on instagram and also use #thehomesteadhavenfeels.

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DIY Chalk Paint

I recently inherited a few items from my grandparents as the family prepared the home for an estate sale.  One item, a solid wooden desk, I wanted for my boy’s bedroom and loved the idea that they would ledger on the same desk that my father and his brother used as kids.

The desk had stains from drinks, small divots and scratches in the wood but overall, was in great condition.

I knew I wanted to incorporate olive green into the bedroom because it matched an army trunk that was my Grandfathers’.   I first checked out Magnolia’s line of chalk paint at Target, Magnolia Paint , but I didn’t like the $32 price tag.  If you are one who likes convenience of a pre-made-ready-to-use chalk paint, they have a great selection of paint colors for your project.

If you’re like me and like to decorate on a budget, this Chalk Paint recipe is for you.

I ventured to Sherwin Williams to collect a few samples of olive green paints.  Like any color, there are so many variations & shades I thought I’d like best but I ended up eliminated them from my final selection first.

Final paint selection, SW Oakmoss

This shade of olive green matched the army trunk perfectly and looked great with a black and white gingham pillow that I had already sewn for a desk chair.

Steps to refinish your furniture:

  •  Lightly sand the surface of the piece and apply more pressure to areas that may have damage to smooth out the surface
  • Remove all debris
  • Remove any drawers and hardware
  • Prepare your chalk paint
    • 1 cup of paint
    • 1 tbsp plaster of paris
    • 1/4 of hot water
      • Add paint into a glass bowl, add plaster of paris and hot water and mix until there are no remaining clumps of plaster and you have a smooth mixture.
    • Begin painting your piece, smooth and even strokes, let it dry then add a second coat once it’s completely dry.
    • If you intend to distress your piece after the paint has dried, keep that in mind as you’re painting.  You  may not want to have complete coverage if you’re looking for a more distressed look.
    • Once your piece has dried completely, distress if you want.
    • I recommend adding a wax finish to protect the surface.  I used Minwax Paste Finishing Wax in clear.

For an alternative chalk paint recipe, you can try out Natalie’s (of The Vintage Porch), here.  She provides great tips on finishes, brush selection, and amazing before & after pictures of projects she has tackled.

Check out the before and after of the desk:

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I found this sleek little chair at Marshalls & love how it brings out the original color of the desk and also ties in the wood of the boys bunk beds.

This refinish gives me all #thehomesteadhavenfeels #meaningfulspaces #meaningfulpieces.

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This sweet couple wanted the gender of their 1st born to be a surprise.  Pulling together a gender neutral nursery can be a challenge but this momma pulled off the perfect space for their little bundle.  We’re inspired by this space and that’s why it is our first nursery room showcase.  #thehomesteadhavenroomshowcase  Sources: Crib – @wayfair, Bedding – @carouseldesigns , chair – @overstock , mirror – @target, Sign – etsy (check out @thehomesteadhaven, we will do custom orders), Chandelier – @potterybarn, @poshbaby.

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We love everything about this room, from the hand-cut scallop accent wall pieces, the local artist cow painting to the custom made pillow that was original artwork of their oldest son.  (He wanted to do something special for Abigail’s nursery…all the feels, right?!) Our sweet friend, Blair didn’t leave out one detail pulling together this beautiful space for their little princess.  Not to mention, a lot of labor and love was poured into pamking her vision come to life by her hubby and parents.

+We also love that one of our #1 selling signs is a focal point in the room, our I AM HIS.  It can be found in our shop and is 10% off through Valentines, code – LOVE10 at checkout.

Happy Valentines friends.  We hope your day is full of so much love. ❤

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Rug – Tuesday Morning, Crib-refinished antique, crib skirt- Serena & Lily, crib sheet – Little Unicorn, Cow Painting – Etsy (She is local to the Charlotte, NC area), I AM HIS sign – The Homestead Haven, Chandelier – Justin Blakeney for Anthropologie, Chair – Best Chairs, Side Table – Homegoods, Lamp – thrift, shelf with leather straps – Amazon, Metal awning- repurposed from an old home, Curtains- Homegoods.

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