Category Archives: Decorating

Children’s Artwork Display for Less Than $5

This is one of my favorite projects to date – also the easiest and least expensive: the children’s artwork display located in our Family Command Center  – otherwise known as the mud room.

Children's Art Display Less than $5  |  Five Marigolds

I wanted plenty of space where the children could hang their artwork and good grades with pride, without that messy cluttered look on the fridge. It also needed to be really flat to the wall, since the area I’d designated is in a space the width of a hallway.

Here’s how I did it:

  • Buy these eye hook screws and wire at the hardware store for less than $5 total (or spend a few extra bucks and shop Amazon at the links above if you want to save a trip to the store).
  • Drill holes into the wall where you want your eye hooks to go. Screw the eye hooks into the wall by hand.  Then, wrap your wire around one of the hooks a few times. Stretch it to the other eye hook, pulling and straightening as you go. Wrap it around that eye hook 2-3 times and cut the wire.
  • I already had these cute little inexpensive clips on hand, leftover from Eve’s party favors.They work great for holding the various art and school papers the kids bring home.
  • Voila! Children’s art center complete in 20 minutes and for less than $5.

Children's Art Display Less than $5  | Five Marigolds

These photos. They’re bad. This is a tricky, low-light place to take photos with horrible orangey-pink energy-saving bulbs. Forgive me. You get the idea, right? What do you think of my low-tech art center?

Children's Art Display Less than $5 | Five Marigolds

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Neutral Fall Mantle Inspiration

It’s feeling more like fall outside, and I’m loving my latest mantle decor. I’ve struggled with what to do above my fireplace and have discovered the following tips to make my changing decor look good, every time:

  1. Varying Heights – Think of it like a triangle or inverted triangle and balance your decor so that you have varying heights.
  2. Focal Point – When your room or mantle lacks a focal point, it can be displeasing to the eye, and it may not be obvious why. However, when you add a focal point for the eye to gravitate to, it becomes much more attractive and feels more balanced.  You can create a focal point with one or more items. In this case, the mirror creates a large neutral backdrop and the circular tray takes the focal point slightly off-center, while still managing to look balanced.
  3. Layer – Add interest by adding layers of color and texture. As I mentioned above, the mirror adds dimension gives shape, but the plants, vases, tray and monogram add layers of interest across the mantle.
  4. Filler – Some people opt out of filler for a more clean look, but adding the little extras like a small aloe plant in a clean square bowl and a flat twig wreath in the background really finish the look to me.

Mantle Decor with Mary & Martha | Five Marigolds

Rustic Industrial Boy’s Room on a Budget

This week we finally finished my vision for lights and feature art above Dub’s bed.

Our home didn’t come with overhead lights standard in the bedrooms, so we needed lamps that would put out a lot of light. I struggled to find the right look for his room, because I discovered most lamps max out at 60 watts, and we really needed two 150 watt lamps to adequately light the space.

I was inspired with looks like these:

DIY Vintage Industrial Lamps for Boys Room | Five Marigolds

Elegant Lighting 1 Light Armed Sconce

DIY Vintage Industrial Lamps for Boys Room | Five Marigolds

West Elm Industrial Task Clamp Lamp $69

DIY Vintage Industrial Lamps for Boys Room | Five Marigolds

Restoration Hardware 1900s Pharmacy Sconce $209

DIY Vintage Industrial Lamps for Boys Room | Five Marigolds

Millennium Lighting Neo-Industrial 1 Light Wall Sconce $69.90

DIY Vintage Industrial Lamps for Boys Room | Five Marigolds

Troy Lighting Telegraph Hill 1 Light Wall Sconce

I was looking for something industrial and rustic to fit his space, but didn’t want to break the bank.

That’s when I landed on these clamp lights. They fit the look I was going for, are  just $15 each, and are compatible with up to 300 watt bulbs. I also found this option that is even less expensive and still goes up to 150 watts, but I loved the look of the cage on the lights I chose, and figured they would help prevent touching the bulbs while in use.

Once I landed on the lights, I needed a way to affix them to his wall. I bought these Ikea Shelf Brackets for just $4 each, drilled holes for the cords, and stained them to match his the DIY frames on his wall gallery.

We placed them wide enough on the wall that the placement will still work when he graduates to a full bed in the coming years.

We liked this look as it was, but we decided to give it a more custom look with vintage look fabric electrical cords. We chose the black and white zig zag pattern, but there are so many nice options here that it was hard to choose!

DIY Vintage Industrial Lamps for Boys Room | Five Marigolds

Industrial Clamp Light Boy's Bedroom Design | Five Marigolds

Industrial Light for Boy's Bedroo | Five Marigolds

Now, if you’re trying this yourself and are working with a low watt light, a very inexpensive option is this cord from Ikea. However, this is only a two wire cord so you’ll want to make sure it’s compatible with your light. It also only works up to 40 watts (400 lumen) which in my house is no bueno.

I think these turned out fantastic, but I still debate weather I should spray paint them or weather the metal down the line. There are so many possibilities with these as he grows and his room evolves.

Industrial Monogram Pallet Sign. | Five Marigolds

Industrial Boy's Bedroom Design. | Five Marigolds

When this project was complete, we spent a total of $75 for the two lights and fixtures – at least half what I would have paid for 2 of my inspiration lights.

These look great when they’re hanging, but Dub also loves the way that they can be used as a spotlight when we use the clamp to adjust them on the bracket.

Rustic Pallet Wall Art for Boys Room | Five Marigolds

For the art above his bed, my dad removed these boards from a pallet using a reciprocating saw. I loved the way these boards were of varying wood stains and colors, so I used all of them together. My husband then screwed these boards to several 1×2 boards. He then added this galvanized letter that I found at Hobby Lobby.

I’m not done with his room quite yet, but I’m happy with the progress we’re making!

Are you considering using industrial shop lights or pallet wood for a traditional indoor space? Let me know if you have any questions and I’d be happy to answer them for you!

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Free Art Prints for Boy’s Room

I’m slowly going room by room and decorating where inspiration strikes. That only happens to be working in the kids’ areas, but I’m embracing it!

Next up is Dub’s bathroom. I love the idea of making it an all-boy kind of space – I absolutely love decorating really boyish spaces – but I want it to be somewhat neutral since it will be shared with overnight guests.

I railroaded Dub into the blue color for his room – I’d rejected the crazy bright aqua color he really wanted (I just couldn’t…) so I let him choose the paint for this space himself.

I tried to convince him that a steel blue color would be great. I go for neutrals everywhere else, so I was hoping this would be a room with some color. However, he really liked the idea of a silvery gray for the space. Out of 5 grays, he chose Sherwin Williams Gray Screen because of the slightly blue tint and light tone. Nice choice!

Here is the working Mood Board I’m using to inspire the makeover.

Boys Bathroom Mood Board | Five Marigolds

I designed artwork to add some color to the otherwise neutral, rustic space. I’m not 100% sure on this scheme, but since the artwork is free (I already have the IKEA RIbba frames on hand from a failed attempt to use it elsewhere), I’m going with it for now.

Splish Splash Take a Bath artwork for IKEA Ribba Frame | Five Marigolds

Rise and Shine Free Printable Artwork  | Five Marigolds

Be Strong and Courageous Free Printable | Five Marigolds

And just because I couldn’t decide…I’m sharing a few variations I worked on:Be Strong and Courageous Free Printable | Five Marigolds

Rise and Shine Free Printable Artwork  | Five Marigolds

 

What do you think? I’m hoping this inspires others to add some color to their spaces, so I’m making several of them available to you for free!

These 12×12 printables are designed to work with the Ribba frame, so you’ll want to get them printed at the copy store.

If you download these, please take a moment to tell me about it below. Even better, share photos of them in use. I’d love to see these prints getting used and enjoyed!

DIY Chalkboard Art

I recently tried to convince my husband to paint an entire wall of our dining area with black chalkboard paint. He didn’t quite have the same vision I had, so he asked me to hang a chalkboard until we could come to an agreement.

I agreed. After all, I’ve had a giant frame in storage that’s been waiting to be used for years. I bought it at a garage sale for around $10 which was a steal…but how do you fill such a large frame without spending a fortune? The chalkboard was the perfect solution.

If I hadn’t already had the frame, what I really would have wanted is a rustic wood frame. However, since this was likely temporary, I wanted to make this as easy and inexpensive as possible.

The problem: the frame was gold. Really gold. I debated on what to paint it. Silver? Weathered white? Blue? I haven’t committed to a color scheme in our new home yet, so I went with a safe, muted silver. I spray painted it with Krylon Brushed Metallic paint. I had planned to rub wax or wood stain to bring out the details, but I didn’t love that effect on the test areas so I just left it silver for now.

For the actual chalkboard,  we bought a piece of thin plywood and I sanded it with a hand sander until it was really smooth. After cleaning it with a lint-free cloth, I painted four thin coats of Rust-Oleum Chalk Paint in black, using a foam roller. I sanded lightly between layers when necessary and removed all the dust with a lint-free cloth. When the paint was completely dry, I rubbed entire board with a large piece of sidewalk chalk to cure it, and then rubbed it with a lint-free cloth to erase it.

DIY Chalkboard Art with Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint | Five Marigolds

DIY Chalkboard Art | Five Marigolds

You can wipe it clean with a damp cloth for a clean crisp look, or with a dry cloth, which I prefer, for a true, messy chalkboard look.

So far, our family loves this addition to our home. We post fun quotes and verses, and the children love to use it for creating their own art, as well.

DIY Chalkboard Art using Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint | Five Marigolds

DIY Chalkboard Wall Art using Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint | Five Marigolds

 

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Proverbs 31 Art for Girl Room

I’ve been dreaming of this sign for Eve’s room for some time now, but when I recently realized I already had the materials, I got moving.

I had a thrift store canvas that I’d previously tried (and failed) to artistically repurpose, so I painted it using a paint sample I already had on hand. Besides the price, the best part of repurposing a canvas is that you get fabulous texture under your new creation.

I used my Silhouette SD to cut the verse onto clear contact paper. I make so many mistakes that I’ve found this to be a cost saving way to use the Silhouette. I used a slightly imperfect font that would give me grace should the painting not go as I hoped.

Proverbs 31 wall art | Five Marigolds

After spending way to long placing the many pieces of contact paper on the canvas and lining it up just so, I spray painted it with my favorite Rust-Oleum metallic gold spray paint. I was worried it would get under the contact paper. but as long as I made sure the paper was adhering around the letters I had absolutely no trouble.

To build the frame, I used a similar technique as with Dub’s  big kid room wall gallery, but I used wood that wasn’t quite as deep, since I wanted this particular frame flush with the art. I used Minwax stain in Early American, which is lighter IRL and gives it the right amount of color and rustic vibe.

 

Proverbs 31 Subway Art using clear contact paper and Silhouette SD. Stain is Minwax Early American. | Five Marigolds

I debated (and am still debating) taking a tiny bit of wood stain on a rag and dry rubbing the canvas for a subtle shabby chic look. I’ve also considered dry rubbing a tiny bit of the white paint over the frame very lightly for the same reason. But, at this point I’m afraid to ruin it!

Proverbs 31 art | Five Marigolds

I’m so happy with how this turned out. I love the contrast of metallic gold and ivory against the rustic frame, and the sweet reminder my little girl will wake up to each day.

I’m already dreaming of how I might create a variation for Belle’s room 🙂

Proverbs 31 Wall Art.. | Five Marigolds

 

Details:

  • Lamp – Anthropologie (old)
  • Curtains – Simply Shabby Chic
  • Quilt – Handmade by grandma 🙂
  • Paint color – Behr Seed Pearl

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Review: Target Brookline Counter Stools

When I was shopping for stools for our new home, I wanted something that comfortable, looked sophisticated and was fairly inexpensive. I found what I was looking for in Target’s Brookline Counter Stools in Sandstone. But, buying furniture online is tough, and there weren’t many helpful reviews on this particular product – so I’m sharing mine here.

Target Brookline Stools Review | Five Marigolds

Price – The major reason I bought these stools was the price. They were the most inexpensive upholstered stools I could find that were available at counter height.

Target Brookline Stools Review | Five Marigolds

Color – Online, it was difficult to tell what I’d really be getting, but I’m happy with the neutral, slightly greige color to these stools.

Target Brookline Stools Review | Five Marigolds

Comfort – There is really no way to test these stools out. They have samples of 1-2 colors at my local target, but you can’t take them off the shelf to sit on them. So this was a gamble, too.  Overall, these are reasonably comfortable stools, with a nice cushion on the seat and back.

Durability – With three kids ages 2 through 7, I needed these to be fairly durable. I knew choosing a neutral upholstered chair would be a test on even the highest quality furniture, which is why I chose the least expensive stools that fit the style I was going for. That way, even if we destroy these, I reasoned I would learn my lesson with less to lose. My husband put these chairs together quickly and easily. If he found that one wobbled, he simply adjusted it until it was level. We then taped off the wood legs and I sprayed  two coats of Scotchgard over the next several hours.

Getting it done: I used painter tape and a garbage bag to protect the wood legs from the Scotchgard.

Getting it done: I used painter tape and a garbage bag to protect the wood legs from the Scotchgard.

The result? The kids sit on these stools for breakfast, drawing and doing homework, but we don’t eat all of our meals here. However, they have had their fair share of food smears from sticky hands, and so far they’ve wiped clean every time, even if it takes a little fabric cleaner for the extra ground-in, dried messes.

Overall, we’ve been happy with these chairs. I hope this review helps anyone else who is on the hunt for new stools for their home!