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Spring is in the air!! Flowers
are blooming, and the
birds are singing! Spring
is the time for rebirth and
new life. As we approach
this new, beautiful season,
remember to take the time
to enjoy the outdoors and
all of its glory.
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This issue is all about Before
and After transformations
and making beautiful
spaces! We also have our
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items just for you!
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DESIGN & DECOR
by LeAnn Hodge
I’m so excited to share this project with all of you. It’s my farmhouse-inspired
bathroom reno, and it’s my largest, most detailed, and most challenging
DIY project yet. So sit back, grab a cup of coffee (or wine- I’m sure
it’s 5 o’clock somewhere), and enjoy!
Now here’s the inspiration photo behind the reno.
I really wanted to complete this reno on a small budget and short time
frame, so I decided to keep my existing vanity, sink and shower faucets
(even though I really wanted all black fixtures!). The brushed nickel complements
the tile floors better anyway. At least that’s what ‘m telling myself.
Here is the before picture.
When I first came across this picture, I instantly fell in love with the wood,
white, and gray combo. Even though I pinned a hundred more pictures on
Pinterest, I kept going back to this one. And so the journey began.
I’m not great at taking step by step pictures, but I’m going to share the ones
that I did take. I will also provide links to any accounts that I used to help
me through the process.
In the words of the great Chip Gaines, I started out with #demoday.
As with most DIY projects,
this one had its share
of challenging moments.
You can see in my demo
pics that I ran into some
drywall issues. The countertop
tiles popped off
easily, just as I had read
in numerous blog posts. I
used a chisel and hammer
to first pop off the trim
pieces along the front of
the counter. Then, one by
one, I used the same tools
to remove the countertop
tiles. The backsplash was a
different story, however. It was plastered directly to the drywall and when I
removed it, the results were the big holes you see above. That was the moment
when I cried.
Drywall wasn’t in the original reno plan, and it wasn’t anything I had ever
worked with before. But I had enough knowledge to figure this out, probably
from watching my grandpa and dad at some point. So I knew if I
pulled myself together and quit crying, I could probably get this done. And
I did! I cut out the edges of each hole to make a perfect rectangle. I went to
Home Depot and bought a sheet of moisture resistant drywall. I measured
the holes, and used a utility knife to cut the drywall. I’m not going to sugar
coat this- it wasn’t as easy as it sounds. I had to trim edges, cut drywall,
trim edges again, and re-cut drywall before it was “good enough”. I knew I
was going to faux shiplap these walls, so I wasn’t worried about
I’m sure there is a right way and a
wrong way to install moisture resistant
drywall, and I’m fairly certain
the purple moisture resistant
material is supposed to be facing
out. But the piece of drywall under
the mirror fit perfectly as pictured,
so I went with it. At this point in
the project, I was actually pretty
impressed with myself, and fairly
convinced that if I could patch
holes in drywall, I could do anything!
This feeling came and went
multiple times before the end of
Next on the reno’s to-do list was to
paint the vanity. In my inspiration picture, the base of the vanity was white
with a butcher block countertop. I knew I didn’t want to use chalk paint for
this bathroom reno, so I did quite a bit of research and asked some DIY
friends what they had used to paint cabinets.
Next up was the DIY butcher block countertop. I used four 1”x 6” pine
boards that I purchased at Home Depot. ( I always lay my boards out in the
aisle at Home Depot to find the least warped ones and make sure they will
fit together. I even number them before I pick them up. This way, when I
get home, I know exactly how to fit them together). I cut each board to 48”
lengths and used wood glue to attach the boards to one another. My sweet
friend Jenn of Pretend Farm Girl was a huge help through this process.
She’s a DIY pro!
While waiting for the cabinet paint to dry and the wood glue for the countertop
to cure, I moved on for the time being to the faux shiplap walls. I
used plywood underlayment from Lowe’s on the recommendation of my
talented and sweet friend April of Sweet Kentucky Holler. The kind employee
at Lowe’s ripped the underlayment into 6” strips for me. I
installed the shiplap backsplash (see below for more installation details),
and then was ready to move back to the countertop. As you can see, this
reno had a lot of zigging and zagging so I could use my time efficiently!
Once the faux shiplap backsplash was in place, it was time to make the sink
cutout on the countertop.
Ultimately I decided on the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations Light
Color Kit from Home Depot. This kit has EVERYTHING you need, down
to the stir sticks. It’s super user friendly, and I think my cabinet turned out
beautifully. I will say, however, that you need to REALLY scrub your cabinet
well, and make sure you completely remove the deglosser. I had a couple
of areas where the old yellowish-brown color came through. My guess is
that I either left behind some grime or deglosser. In the big picture though,
that was a minor mistake. I had my paint tinted Pure White. I used four
coats on the cabinet doors and painted the inside of the doors as well. The
kit even came with a top coat! I would definitely use this product again.
I was able to use the existing plywood
countertop base as a guide. I just sat
the butcher block on it, slid under the
counter, and took a sharpie to trace the
cutout. Next, I took it in the garage,
drilled a hole for starting point, and
used my jigsaw to make the cut.
Once I got to this point in the reno, I was exhausted and ready to be done.
I know all my DIY friends can relate! But there was still finish work to
do, so I trudged along. I framed the mirror, made a built-in to replace the
medicine cabinet, and made pipe shelving. Whew!
Here are some pics of the final look.
Then it was time to stain the countertop.
I used Minwax Special Walnut
Wood Finish — my absolute favorite,
go-to stain. The stain needed to dry for
24 hours before I could apply the
protective top coat (Minwax Satin Water-Based
32-fl oz Polyurethane), so
while it was drying I painted the top half of the walls white, in Sherwin
Williams Pure White. More zigging and zagging!
The next day I was able to install the countertop using Liquid Nails and
brad nails which I attached from underneath. I used 1”x 2” pine boards to
frame the countertop around the front edge and the backsplash. I applied
four coats of the Polyurethane (be sure to follow the instructions on the
can), then installed the sink using a clear silicone sealant.
Back to the shiplap walls. To install the shiplap, I measured and cut each
piece. Pieces that were going to be installed behind the toilet, I painted
first. (I chose Sherwin Williams Tinman as the paint color for the shiplap).
All of the other pieces of shiplap, I installed first, then painted. I think it’s
easier to paint the shiplap once it’s up on the wall, but I know others who
think it is easier to paint them first. I used a brad nailer to attach them to
the studs, and used a nickel for spacing. Personally I like the rustic feel the
exposed nails give, so I left them exposed.
Overall I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of this reno! It was A LOT
of work, and the biggest challenge I’ve ever tackled, but I learned so much!
And being a lover of DIY, of course I can’t wait to take on the next project!
LeAnn Hodges is a follower of Christ, a wife, a mom to 3, a teacher to many, and a lover of
fitness! She lives in a builder basic home with her family, that she is slowly transitioning into
her dream home one budget-friendly DIY project at a time. You can follow her on her blog,
HEALTH & BEAUTY
Our monthly collection
of health and beauty must-haves!
Lavender Spice soap from Willowberry
Farmhouse is vegan-friendly and full of
skin-loving ingredients. A relaxing treat
for a warm soak in the tub with a copious
amount of bubbles for a decadent bath for
you to enjoy! Wash your cares away and
feel like a million bubbles!
Enjoy the powerful touch of nature in
this cleansing and detoxifying pink Himalayan
bath salt set. Add to warm water
and relax-inhaling the aroma of grapefruit
will create a joyful atmosphere in the tub.
Available from The Remedy of Life.
This exfoliating loofah soap
from Naturalle Solutions helps
your body get rid of dead skin
cells and reveal softer, smoother
skin! Perfect for spring!
It’s nice to have all of your brushes,
eyeliners, tubes of highlighters, etc laid
out nice and flat in this adorable brush
roll bag for you to see exactly where
they are, instead of digging through
your makeup bag looking for them.
And it is machine washable too! Available
from Serendipity Sewn.
White on the outside, with a
mystery color inside that only
reveals itself once it’s in the water.
Each bath bomb is scented
with sweet spa waters for a
unique, fresh experience. From
Practical Magic Beauty.
Vitamin C helps boost the production of collagen
in our bodies. Collagen gives our skin
elasticity and and lessens pesky wrinkles.
Vitamin C is also a great tool for combating
those annoying age spots. This Vitamin C
Serum from Charming Shoppes is your go-to
serum for great skin!
DESIGN & DECOR
Shop this Look
It’s time to go outdoors!
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Standish 5-pc Patio Fire Conversation Set
Metal Outdoor Solar Lantern with Candle
by Amy Eisele
I picked up this pair of metal watering cans at a yard sale last summer.
I love old watering cans, but the finish on these didn’t match my style. I
wanted them to have an old galvanized finish, so I got to work on making
Next I put a few different colors of paint on a paper plate: A metallic silver,
a creamy white, and black. (I had Annie Sloan chalk paints in Old White
and Graphite, so I used those for the white and black paints, but you can
easily use inexpensive bottles of white and black acrylic paint instead). I
also put a light gray paint on my plate (which you can see in the photo below),
but I didn’t end up using it.
I started by painting the watering
cans with matte gray spray paint to
create a plain gray base.
I used an old chip brush, and started with
the metallic silver paint. I barely dipped
my brush into the paint and then dabbed
it onto the paper plate to remove the excess.
You can see in the picture above that
there was very little paint on the brush.
I pounced the metallic paint all over the
cans. Sometimes just pouncing, sometimes
smearing it around a bit with my
brush, and sometimes using a paper towel
to remove a little.
Here’s what it looked like as I began this
Once I had covered the watering
cans in the silver metallic
paint using that technique, I
used the same method to add
some of the white and black
paints. I used those colors a
little more sparingly than the
metallic silver paint. I just
dabbed and smeared the paint
wherever I wanted to add accents.The
black and white
paints gave the finish highlights
and lowlights. As you
can see in the photo below, the
finish really began to look like
I then added another light layer of metallic silver on top, lightly feathering
it over the other layers of paint. At this point I liked the way finish looked,
but I decided that it would look even more authentic if I made it look a bit
more rusted and aged. To do this, I lightly brushed a gel stain over the cans,
concentrating on the areas where I felt they would naturally rust over time
( It’s easy to go overboard with this, so go slowly). I just barely dipped my
brush in the gel stain then immediately wiped almost all of it off on the
plate before painting it onto the watering cans. After the gel stain was dry,
I sprayed the cans with a light coat of Krylon Matte Finishing Spray to protect
As a finishing touch, I decided to paint a little center square with chalkboard
paint that I had in my stash.
What do you
think? It really
does look like
I was honestly
at how easy this
process was, especially
this was the first
time I had ever
tried to get this
kind of finish.
But be careful if
you try this - it’s
addicting! It’s so
fun and easy you
may want to add
a faux galvanized
metal finish to
just about anything!
Amy Eisele and her mom Vicki, are the mother/daughter team behind
Canary Street Crafts. You can follow them on their blog, Canary Street
Crafts where you will find furniture makeovers, DIY projects, thrift store
up cycles and crafts.
This gorgeous turquoise choker is
the perfect accessory for a denim
jacket, or to add flair to anything in
your spring wardrobe! Exclusively
from Mack and Jane,
These stunning Van Gogh inspired
earrings are a true statement
piece! Designed and handcrafted
by Jenny Pat.
When the evening cools down, it’s always fun to pull out your favorite denim
jacket and knee high boots. But wwho says you can’t wear your favorite denim
jacket all year long? We’ve matched this jacket with some great accessories too!
Get this wardrobe staple from Karen Faye & Company.
Complete your look with this
wire wrapped ring from Chenko
Jewelry! This artisan made ring
boasts a beautiful blue Swarovski
crystal that glistens in the sun!
What is more fun than spring leggings? These comfy floral leggings from
Stitched Stars & More are soft, stretchy and handmade so you know the quality
is amazing! We’ve paired these with some great accessories to give you a complete
Show off your trendsetting style
with this boho necklace! Bright
blue acrylic beads are highlighted
by maroon and beige glass pearl
beads for a fun look. Available
from Boho Gypsy Gal.
Copper jewelry is all the rage,
and this fabulous copper bangle
from Calluna Moss is no exception!
Worn alone or stacked,
this bracelet is sure to make a
These silver boho arrow earrings
are so cute and trendy,
and are sure to become part
your favorite everyday jewelry.
From CLS Heavenly Jewelry.
No boho outfit is complete with
out a bag! This darling casual
unique bag has been handmade
from repurposed jeans!
Eco-friendly and functional
too! wFrom Tumbletree Lane.
A soft ruffled crochet vest is great way to stay warm with the spring chill in the
air! Bright and colorful, this handmade vest is available from Lisa’s Sew Hooked.
Complete your outfit with these great accessories!
A long tassel necklace in fun
spring colors adds a pop to any
outfit! Get yours from Yarn,
Beads, String Oh My!
This gorgeous patchwork crossbody
bag is made from recycled fabrics
and will look great with so many
spring and summer outfits! Handmade
by Bellesa by Bethany.
This beautiful crochet vest from Handmade By Hannah A is made with a thick
high quality wool (lightweight wool option also available!) that will keep you
warm during these cool spring days! Accessorize this look with these great pieces
and you are ready for anything!
This butterfly wrap bracelet will
flutter its way into your heart and
may just become your favorite
piece of jewelry this summer. Get
yours from Pure Lisa Jewelry.
Give your outfit a little sizzle with
these blingy druzy necklaces
from Bella Marie! Small and simple
enough to wear everyday and
you can choose from a myriad of
A gorgeous set of lapis lazuli
stacking bracelets from Mulka
Arts is the special something
you have been looking for!
Worn together or separate, they
are sure to show your great
taste in jewelry!
Luxuriously soft, this darling crochet top from I Need It Crochet is made from
bamboo and acrylic, features dolman sleeves and a striking diamond pattern. The
lacy design hangs just right and hugs your curves without feeling constricting.
Dress it up with these amazing finds!
CREATE A MEMORY, CELEBRATE A MOMENT,
OR REMEMBER A LOVED ONE.
Handmade Accessories and Custom Gifts.
DISCOVER WHAT'S NEW ON OUR SHELF
with Chelsea Zutavern
I live on a ranch in the Nebraska Sandhills with my husband and our four
children. It’s a fifth generation family ranch where we raise Angus cattle.
My husband grew up on the ranch and we’re excited to raise our children
here. The kids love to ride horses and help their dad with chores. We feel
very blessed to ranch this beautiful land.
I’m a stay at home mom and decorating is a great creative outlet for me. I
love to design beautiful spaces for my family to enjoy. I have always loved
to decorate. I was the type of kid who was always rearranging and decorating
my room The entire decorating process just speaks to my soul.
My style can best be described as “rustic glam” - kind of a mix of old and
new. I’m inspired by all things modern farmhouse. My love for farmhouse
style grew as I fell in love with the TV show “Fixer Upper”. I was instantly
hooked. I find that I’m always thinking of new ways to change a
room and new DIY projects to try.
Although the most used room in our home is definitely the kitchen and it’s
clearly the heart of our home (full of family and good food!), my favorite
spaces to decorate are actually our bathrooms. I love to stage and organize
the open shelving. I also just stenciled the floor in our guest bathroom and
I absolutely love how it turned out. You can see the finished product on
my Instagram account blessed_ranch.
I usually work on my DIY and decorating projects during my kids’ nap
time or after the kids go to bed. It is a balance. This is my hobby and something
I enjoy doing, but of course my family comes first. I do love to involve
my daughters in my projects when I can. They enjoy helping and
take pride in our completed projects. A fun project we recently did together
was decorating their bedrooms. I allowed them to create their own
spaces based on their likes and personalities, and the results were wonderful!
I’m grateful that I have been able to incorporate my love for decorating
in my life on the ranch. I’m one happy decorating rancher mom!
Throwing a fabulous party calls for fabulous
invitations! La Design Boutique
will customize them for you, and send
them to you to print and mail! How
easy is that!
Welcome guests to your shower with
this classic welcome sign from Bash
Paper Boutique! Personalized just for
you, this printable sign with be the
talk of the shower!
Give a glamorous glow to that party
with these glittery gold centerpieces
from Step Free Designs!
What’s a party without poms?
Lightweight, colorful and oh so fun,
these decorations bring those perfect
pops of color to your event.
Available from Pom Party Fun.
Help your guests keep track of their
drinks with these fun wine glass
tags from The 2911 Plan! Personalized
to your specifications!
Is it a centerpiece or a gift? it’s both!
This unique shower bouquet is made
from all the baby essentials, from bodysuits
to bibs. From Tosh Creations.
by Sarah Wagner
Do you ever have big dreams for a room in your house, but your budget
wouldn’t allow you to do exactly what you wanted? When we designed our
laundry area, I wanted a nice farmhouse sink. But we were over budget and
had to do what we could to make the space pretty as well as functional. So
we purchased a simple laundry sink and set out to work some DIY magic
on it. Here is the sink before:
Now some may love it just as is, but in our house we are all about function
and storage... and we love going to Costco - so where do we fit it all??
So we did a little curtain DIY, and here is the result:
The curtain not only dresses up the space, but it also allows for hidden
storage under the sink!
Here is what you will need :
1. A tension rod ( You will need to see what fits your space and if this is an
2. Fabric ( You can use a drop cloth, or fabric you have at home or buy at
the craft store).
3. Fabric glue, or iron on fabric tape.
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Measure the tension rod and cut the fabric to a width either one and a half
or twice of the length of the rod, depending upon how much gathering you
want in the curtain. If you want to hem the sides of the curtain, add an extra
inch on each side.
2. Measure the distance from the rod to the floor and add two inches for a
rod pocket at the top of the curtain, and one inch for a hem along the bottom
of the curtain.
3. Cut the fabric to the dimensions measured and either sew the rod pocket
and hems, or use iron on fabric tape or fabric glue.
That’s it! You’re done! You now have a pretty laundry sink that matches
your style, and hidden storage as well!
Sarah is a stay at home mom of four littles. She has a love for decor and party planning. Follow
her on her blog, Dreaming of Homemaking.
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IN THE KITCHEN
1. This hardwood beer bottle
opener that is just as unique as it
is functional and features the state
of Oregon. From Axtell Rogue
2. Store your olive oil in style and
keep it handy with this handthrown
olive oil bottle from
3. This utensil holder wraps up
nicely and is easy to carry. Just
pop it in your lunch bag, tote or
purse. From Krause Kreation.
4. This gorgeous thick ceramic
trivet from Lorenzen Farm Art
adds elegance to any space!
5. This rustic sign will give your
living space that farmhouse charm
with the rustic and distressed look
of old barnwood of days past.
From The Chocolate Chicken 2.
6. You’ll love this eco friendly
bag set, perfect for the grocery
store or farmers market. From
Jula Custom Creations.
7. This gorgeous handmade sign
makes your country kitchen a
perfect place for delicious meals
and memorable gatherings. From
Love To Redo.
farmhouse and scripture wood signs
Photo courtesy of Lorenzen Farm Art
It’s 9 pm and I’m waiting to help my husband hook up the plow. I love the
smell of fresh turned fields and hay waiting to be bailed. Farming is just
in me. I’ve been up before dawn to tend fields. I’ve spent nights watching
cows to make sure they didn’t have trouble calving. I’ve rocked babies on
truck beds while my husband cut hay. And I’ve raised my kids in tractors.
Once we were in a big eight wheel tractor pulling a 32 foot chisel and my
six year old daughter looked right at me and said, “Get out, I’m gonna
finish this field.” (No I did not let her). We’re farmers.
Farming has been my life since I was a kid. I grew up thirty miles from
Nana and Poppy’s farm, and every day after school we would pack our
school bag with homework, change clothes, inhale a snack, then ride out
to the farm with Dad and Mom. My brother and I were allowed to play on
the quarter section, or on the 160 acres, that was the home place outside
of Lawton, Oklahoma. We mud skated in the ponds, fixed an old chicken
coop for a club house, played hide and seek in the machinery and
barn, and played tag around hay bales five feet around.
I love old red tractors, and trucks with dirty windows, and the wind blowing
across the field as the young calves play. And so that’s what I paint. I’m
capturing the life that’s in my blood and in my heart and passing it on to
the next generation. I learned to paint in school, and I teach ceramics at
the high school, but it always goes back to the farm and the cows; the hay
bales and old trucks; the dirty boots and overalls.
These are the stories I want to tell. These are the joys of farm life. From the
flowers and bugs in Grandma’s garden to the animals in the pasture or the
tractors that get the work done. This is my life, my passion, and my drive.
So, come have a look around the farm and see what speaks to you.
I’m so happy to share it with you.
Nichole’s art is
available for purchase at
Lorenzen Farm Art
Mom’s are like buttons - they
hold everything together. And
this unique one of a kind handmade
and handwritten button
art, framed in a black shadow box
is sure to be treasured for many
years to come! Available from
Button Farm Designs
The bird’s nest is a symbol of
home. It speaks of the love and
nurturing that we give to our
“chicks”. It reminds us to always
spread warmth on our children,
and how soon the nest becomes
empty. Order this beautiful birds’
nest pendant, woven in copper,
from Karen M Smith Designs.
This personalized family story
is a wonderful keepsake! Hand
drawn by the artist from your
pictures, it tells all about your
family’s special moments. Available
from Carmen CC Design.
Llamas are trending and this
adorable mama Llama shirt is so
fun to wear! Available in many
colors and sizes too! Get yours
from Sparkle Design Prints.
Cherish those you love, especially
your mom, with this personalized
You choose the birthstones and
this gorgeous piece of jewelry
will be made just for you (or
mom!) From Nicole Crystal
Everyone is welcome in the
kitchen! Order a personalized
wood sign for your
mom or grandmom from
Stick With Me Vinyl.
Toddler tantrums aside, we all
know that Mom life is the best
life, and this mug from Smith 3
Designs is a great reminder! Your
choice of colors, to fit your style!
Show her how much she means
to you, by giving her a beautiful
and thoughtful card. All of the
cards at Tex Cajuns Creations are
printable, so you can choose the
sentiment you want without even
leaving your couch.
DESIGN & DECOR
Photo Courtesy of @simplysoutherncottage
Photos Courtesy of @hh_style_
Photo Courtesy of @cutertudor
Pottery Barn Inspired
Wood Bead Chandelier
by Shannon Morscheck
I’ve wanted a new chandelier for our bedroom for about four years now,
but couldn’t find anything I really loved. So, I was willing to wait until the
perfect chandelier caught my eye. And about a month ago, I came across
THIS chandelier from Pottery Barn and I knew I had found it!
But the $800 price tag (not including tax or shipping) wasway too steep.
But I wasn’t completely discouraged. The more I studied it, the more I
thought to myself… “I could make that!”
So, I set out to check Pinterest to see if anyone had already taken on this
feat, and to my surprise and total luck, someone had! And thank goodness,
because figuring out the beading pattern would have taken forever, so extra
high-fives to The House That Lars Built for taking the time to do that!
So, first and foremost, you need to go to The House That Lars Built HERE
to see the original tutorial on how to make this chandelier. Below is how
I did it with the help of my husband. I have included little tricks I learned
along the way to make things easier, as well as the few things I needed to
alter the pattern to make it work for me.
10 mm wooden beads 12 packages of 300
14 mm wooden beads 11 packages of 100
16 mm wooden beads 8 packages of 100
20 mm wooden beads 10 packages of 50
25 mm wooden beads 11 packages of 30
Sewing needle with large eye (so the twine can go through the hole)
Baker’s twine or cotton yarn in at least 400 feet
Two 18″ quilting hoops
Two 23″ quilting hoops
Oscillating saw or small saw (to cut the embroidery hoops with)
Clamps (4-6 per hoop- you can always do one at a time, too.)
Two 1/4″ metal rods (I found these at Home Depot in the dowel section)
Black chain – I used about 18 inches, but take into account how much you
If you want to add light
Ceiling Plate Hook
Okay, let’s get to it!
Directions for Stringing the Beads
String the beads with your needle according to the diagram created in The
House that Lars Built, also pictured below. Leave about 6” of excess twine
on each end so you can tie around the hoop.
Terms to know:
*One string of beads is called a Strand
Every U-shaped section of five strands
(one in each size) is called a Swag
I found that putting the beads in separate
bowls was the easiest way to
contain them. I also put them in the
order that I would be stringing them
to make it easier to keep track of.
I learned that I could save some time
if I put 2-3 of the smaller beads on the
needle at a time before pulling them
Pattern for the 23” Hoop
*For easy storing and transporting, I
recommend using hangers to tie the
strands on until you are ready to tie on
Pattern for 18”Hoop:
*TIP- For my chandelier, I found 25 of the 10mm beads to be too many on
the shortest strand, so I used 24. If I were to do it again, I would use 23 as
this strand still turned out slightly long for me .
Directions for Tying the Strands
1. Separate your quilting hoops so that you have one closed hoop that does
not open, and one open hoop that is adjustable (and has the clamp on the
outside.) So in total, you should have four hoops in each size once you take
them apart. Set aside one adjustable 18” hoop and one adjustable 23” hoop
(the one with the clamp) as you will not need these. You will only be using
two closed hoops and one open hoop for each size (18” and 23”).
3. Tie the strands of beads to one of the closed 23” hoops with double
knots, (use the photo below for reference) and tie them one swag at a time.
(Again, a swag is 5 strands of beads, one in each size.) Make sure the knots
are sitting on the top edge of the hoop (so that once you glue the hoops
together, they glue flush to each other.) Start tying the strands for the next
Swag close to the middle of the U-shape of your previous swag to form a
crossover pattern until you have gone all the way around the hoop using all
of your 12 Swags .
2. Put your hangers of strands of beads close to you in the order you will be
using them as it will make this step go faster. (Look below to see where I
hung mine .)
4 . Repeat this process on one of the closed 18” hoops with the longer
strands of beads. This hoop will have 10 Swags total .
Directions for Gluing the Hoops Together
1. Take the tightening device off of the open, adjustable hoop. You should
now be able to fit this open hoop
around the outside of the beaded hoop
(with a little gap since it will be slightly
bigger). Essentially, you are sandwiching
your hoop with the beads in the
middle with the two other hoops in
the same size.
2. Use wood glue to secure this open hoop to the outside of the beaded
3. Use a small saw (or some kind of electric cutting device like an oscillator)
to cut the extra closed hoop. Place it inside the beaded hoop and mark
where the hoop overlaps (which is how much you will cut off.) Remove that
little piece of wood so that the two cut ends line up, and glue that hoop inside
of the beaded hoop.
4. Once you have the open hoop glued to the outside, and the closed hoop
glued to the inside, place clamps around it to hold tightly for drying. We let
it dry overnight.
5. Once completely dry, cut off the excess
TIP- We put a little more of the wood glue
along the strings on top of the hoops to help
secure the strings from falling through .
Directions for Hanging the Chandelier and Installing the Light
First, my husband removed the current light fixture and discarded the glass
portion of it while keeping the part with the light bulbs and wires. He then
took the pendant lighting kit and cut off the bottom portion where the single
bulb was and replaced it with our old lighting fixture which holds three
bulbs (We wanted more light). Next, we took 18 inches of black chain and
connected one end to the center of the rods, and then threaded the black
wire up the black chain toward the ceiling. We connected the chandelier to
the ceiling by using a Ceiling Switch Plate and hung the other end of the
chain from the hook on the ceiling plate. Because it wouldn’t hang perfectly
straight, my husband used a black zip tie to cinch it up straight, which can’t
be seen .
Here’s a picture of the chandelier when it was done. I LOVE IT!
Directions for Installing the Rods
1. Place your rods across the hoops in the
shape of an X and measure to make sure they
line up evenly and mark the spots where you
will need to drill. Drill 4 holes that go all the
way through the inner hoop, but only drill about halfway through the outer
2. Cut the rods down to size (about 1/4” shy of the diameter of the biggest
3. Once the holes are all drilled, put the rods through the smaller hoop and
fit it tightly into the larger hoop. The rods will overlap each other and since
they are so thin, they will bend slightly so that you are able to maneuver
them how you would like to in order to get them in the holes .
And here it is with the light on:
And that is IT! I don’t say that lightly, because truly this thing is a lot of
work. BUT, I did complete it in about five days. I was so determined to bust
this thing out and I did. Get yourself a Netflix show and whenever you can,
string away. I saved about $800 by making this chandelier myself. The total
cost of the Pottery Barn Chandelier is $956.24. The total cost in making this
one was under $200, and I was able to use a $100 gift card on the parts. So, I
really paid about $100 for it!
And I am telling you, it was WORTH it! It’s been hung for about a two
weeks now and I am still so obsessed with it. If you want to make this yourself
and have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! I will do my best ito help
you out .
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