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Home Decor – My P31 Home
  • DIY,  Home Decor

    DIY Rustic Farmhouse Raised Tray

    It seems like everywhere I turn this year, I’m seeing wood beads. And with that the gears are turning, as I wonder what my next DIY project will be and how I might incorporate some. If you read my blog last week, you would have already seen the tutorials I posted for the rustic farmhouse beaded garland and the Dollar Store topiary tree. What I haven’t shared yet is the pretty tray they are sitting on. That’s the one I’m sharing today. All it took was a few supplies from the dollar store, and now this gorgeous tray is sitting on the island in my kitchen. I love it! If…

  • DIY,  Home Decor

    DIY Rustic Farmhouse Beaded Garland

    DIY Beaded Garland by Darlene Schacht Last week I shared a DIY topiary tree tutorial, and since then I’ve had a lot of readers asking me about the rest of the items in the photo, wondering if I made them too, and if I’ll be posting another tutorial. I didn’t make the birdhouse. I bought it at a store called Winners. If you ever come to Canada you have to visit Winners and Homesense. They’re the same company, but Winners carries mostly clothing while Homesense has household items. Homesense is my favorite store. I can and do spend hours at a time in there! I digress… the birdhouse was a…

  • DIY,  Home Decor

    DIY Dollar Store Topiary Tree

    DIY Topiary Tree by Darlene Schacht Ask me where I’ve been today, and the answer is almost always “The Dollar Store.” At least that’s how it’s been since we moved into our new home. I’m about three minutes away from the store and there always seems to be one more thing that I need. This week it was styrofoam balls. I wanted to make a topiary tree and I knew that the dollar store had everything I needed all in one place. It’s been 25 years since I’ve made one of these, but it was just as easy now as it was back then. If you want to make one…

  • DIY,  Home Decor

    DIY Ornamental Eucalyptus Topiary

    DIY Eucalyptus Topiary by Darlene Schacht A few weeks back, I happened upon this faux eucalyptus at Walmart, and I knew that I had to pick up a few stems. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I knew that I loved it. The leaves are oversized, and the color is amazing. I had to have it in my house in some form or another, so after looking at it for about a week, I finally decided to make a little topiary tree. If you don’t have this exact plant, I would check to see what you have at Walmart or the Dollar store.…

  • DIY,  Home Decor

    Lemon Swag – From Trash to Treasure

    Lemon Swag by Darlene Schacht There’s a funny little story behind this lemon swag–I made it with a piece of trash. You see, last year I picked up a little faux lemon plant that was on a Spring clearance sale for about $2.50. When I got home I realized that the lemons didn’t match the little lemon tree I had. The fact is, they were discolored and a bit grungy looking, so I tossed the plant into the closet. A couple of months later, I was purging junk for the move and the lemon sprig went into the garbage. I thought that was the end of it, until I happened…

  • Home Decor,  Home Management

    How to Stylize a Bookshelf

    Article by Darlene Schacht One thing I’ve always had a passion for is a stylized bookshelf. Bookshelves can either make a room or break a room. They have the potential to add warmth and interest, and they also have the potential to make you look messy and disorganized. I love books. I don’t buy the old ones for the content so much as I do for the character. I love the texture, the design, and the unique interest that books add to a home. I also love pairing them with nick nacks, and I think that a mix of both is key to a good design. Let me show you…

  • DIY,  Home Decor

    DIY Tall Porch Sign

    DIY Tall Porch Sign by Darlene Schacht I’ve wanted to make a welcome porch sign for a while now. I’ve seen them cropping up all over our city, but they usually run from about 50-75 dollars each. If you’ve got a fence board and some craft paint, you can make one for free, but if you don’t–like me. It will cost you about 10 dollars for the board and 10 dollars for the stencil. But, here’s the thing, if you have a steady hand, you can probably save yourself some money and free hand these letters. If I didn’t have essential tremor I’d definitely be doing that, especially with letters…

  • DIY,  Home Decor

    DIY Painted Mason Jars

    DIY Mason Jars by Darlene Schacht If you’re looking for a super-affordable DIY project, this is the one. These jars cost me 50 cents each at the Goodwill store, and the acrylic paint comes from Michael’s and the dollar store. Plus they take less than five minutes to decorate. How great is that?! Supplies: Mason jars (check your second hand store for these) Acrylic craft paint Paper plates Instructions: 1. Wash and dry your mason jar. 2. Pour a bit of paint into the bottom of your jar. Tilt the jar and roll the paint around the inside until it’s completely covered, but only up to the threaded area of…

  • DIY,  Home Decor

    DIY Rustic Farmhouse Two-Tiered Tray

    If you’ve been anywhere near a home decor store this year, you’ve likely seen a variety of two-tiered trays. They’re definitely a must-have decor item this year, especially if you love a little farmhouse chic. I wouldn’t be surprised to find one of these at the Magnolia Market, would you? I think Joanna Gaines would approve. If you’d like to buy one you can find a few of them at Amazon.com, but if you’d like to make yourself one, it’s really not that hard. If you have wooden candlesticks and some glue at home, then you’re already halfway to making your own! Because there are a lot of steps, this…

  • DIY,  Home Decor

    DIY Scrabble Wall Tiles

    This DIY project took a little extra time to get it the way I like it, but with that said it’s also a very easy project to do. I don’t think I’ve ever had a project go as smoothly as this one did. Every single letter came out crisp and perfect, but there’s definitely a way to paint them and a way NOT to paint them, so make sure you read that part below. Each letter is 4.5 x 4.5 which makes it the perfect size for an empty wall. I love mine! Once you buy the stencils it’s a project you can easily do again and again. And, it’s…