Favorite Things Thursday ~ vintage alabaster lamps

It was love at first sight the first time I spotted an antique alabaster lamp! Their hand carved beauty gets me every time!

What do you collect? I would love to hear!

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~Emily

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Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #286

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Welcome to the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

We are so glad you are here! What have you been up to lately? Have you taken a trip or tried a new recipe? How about making a fabulous craft on a rainy day. We can hardly wait to see what you have to share with us this week!

First, let’s take a look at what you visited the most last week. Here are our features!

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Homemade Cherry Slurpee – Kleinworth & Co

Very Popular

Opportunity – My Big Fat Menopausal Life

How To Transform Old Kitchen Cabinets In A New Space – The Handyman’s Daughter

DIY Built In Plate Rack – LeCultivateur

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Chocolate Explosion Cake – Queen Bee Baker

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Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop 2018

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A fun light fixture makeover

My son, who is a huge sports fan and athlete, kept asking me to decorate his room. Of course, it had to be sports themed. When thinking about the details, like a light fixture, I remembered this green barn light that I had gotten at a thrift store, it was just sitting in my basement. I was going to rewire it, and hang it as is, but my son absolutely hated the green! I also had the top to a school house light that the glass had broken on. I put the two together. Added a couple coats of my favorite Rustolem spray paint, in canyon black.And then wrote… “it’s not whether or win or lose…it’s how you play the game”, with this gold marker that I got at Michael’s. Loving the way it turned out! Think how cute it would be if you sprayed a light fixture black, and then drew stars and constellations on it…or a sweet, soft blue or pink and wrote the abc’s or a nursery rhyme….so many possibilities!!

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~Emily

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Favorite Things Thursday ~ vintage books

It’s no secret, I LOVE vintage things! Vintage books are something that I use in almost every display in my house. They add so much character and charm to any vignette.Thank you for visiting LeCultivateur!!!

~Emily

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Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #285

Welcome to the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop, where the most clicked on posts from this party will be featured next week!

Welcome to the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

We are so glad you are here! Before we start this week’s party, let’s take a look at what you viewed most last week!

Most Viewed

Pecan Pie Cheesecake – Simply Stacie

Caramel Cheesecake Bars w Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars – The Kittchen

Smothered chicken recipe by Munaty Cooking

Smothered Chicken – Munaty Cooking

Editor’s Pick

Low carb chia cookies by Low Carb Delish

Low Carb Chia Cookies – Low Carb Delish

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DIY built in plate rack

For those of you who are new here, I used to blog at Nest.Nesting.Nested. One of my favorite projects that I ever blogged about was this diy built in plate rack that I am sharing with y’all today. It is seriously an easy project that adds a lot of charm to any kitchen!!

Materials Needed:

*5/16 in. round and 3/4 in. square dowels

*drill and 5/16 in. drill bit

*wood glue

*3/4 in. wood screws

* measuring tape

* level

First things first:Measure. Measure. Measure.

Measure the length and height of your cabinet opening.

Now it’s time to make your cuts. The square dowels will be the top and bottom pieces of your plate rack, cut 4 pieces to the length of your cabinet.

The round dowels will be cut to the height of your plate rack.

When trying to decide on the spacing of the dowels, make sure there will be enough room to slide a plate between the dowels. I placed the dowels on my plate rack 1.5 inches apart.

Now that you have it all measured and marked out, drill holes through each of your four square dowels. ***Make drilling a bit easier by placing a piece of scrap wood underneath the piece of wood that you are working on.***

Now that you have your round dowels cut to height and your square dowels drilled with perfectly spaced holes, it is time to place the round dowels into the holes in the square dowels. Make sure everything is level and cut correctly (height and length).

If the plate rack is level and fits perfectly into your cabinet, it is time to glue. Using wood glue, glue your round dowels into the the square dowels. Level and let dry.

After the wood glue has dried, sand and paint the two identical racks.

Now you are ready to install!

To install, I used 3/4 inch wood screws and drilled from below the cabinet to secure the bottom plate rack, and from above the above shelf to secure the top of the plate rack.

I placed the front rack 1.5 inches from the front of my cabinet and the back rack 2.5 inches from the back of my cabinet.

Good luck and please email me if you have any questions.

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~Emily

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Favorite Things Thursday

My current favorite thing…Waverly chalk paint!!!This week I have been working on finishing a China cabinet that I bought to display my ironstone and other lovely treasures in. I found a china cabinet on the Facebook yard sale last Sunday. As soon as I got it home, I wanted to immediately start working on it. I quickly realized that I was almost out of chalk paint. Being a Sunday afternoon, there weren’t any stores open that carry the Annie Sloan chalk paint that I usually use. I then remembered that Waverly, by Plaid paints, makes a chalk paint that you can get at Walmart. I quickly went to Walmart and picked up two colors, “white” for the outside of the cabinet and “silver lining” for the inside.I have to say that I genuinely like this paint!! This is a good quality chalk paint…I honestly wasn’t expecting it to be very good. It is inexpensive. And the best part, you can get it any time of the day or night, because it’s at Walmart!! I will most definitely use it again! If ever you want to do a quick little project with chalk paint, I would seriously consider trying the Waverly chalk paint from Walmart. There are a lot of cute colors to try!

Have you tried the Waverly chalk paint? I’d love to hear what you think!

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~Emily

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Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop 284

Welcome to the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

Happy 4th of July and welcome to the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop of the week. We are so glad that you are here. Hope your holiday is going great! Be sure to take a moment and check out some of the posts that are being shared this week but first, here are the ones that were oh-so popular at last week’s party!

Most Viewed

No bake Samoa Cake by Don't Sweat The Recipe

No Bake Samoa Cake – Don’t Sweat The Recipe

Checkup

This Is Why You Don’t Wait 3 Years To Get A Checkup – Mama Writes Reviews

Very Popular

Your Number 1 Weight Loss Mistake – Mrs. Mariano

DIY Dollar Store Flag Wreath – Domestic Deadline

Editor’s Pick

Watercress and Avocado Salad with Bacon and Apple – Claire Justine

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Quick And Easy 4th of July Decor

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE to decorate for every holiday! This year, it feels like the Fourth of July has crept up on me, probably because it’s summertime and my four boys are keeping me so busy! Before this afternoon, I literally had no Fourth of July decor displayed…not even a single flag!

I knew that I wanted to throw a little patriotic display together, so I started by looking around my house for things that would work in a Fourth of July display. I have lots of vintage books, so I grabbed some in red, white, and blue, and I had the presidential prints sitting in my basement. The only thing that I bought were a couple little flags form the Target dollar spot.Yay for a super quick and inexpensive patriotic display!!

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~Emily

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Favorite Things Thursday

Hi y’all! Hope you’re having a good week! Can you believe it’s almost the weekend!! Yay!

Every Thursday, I am going to start posting one of my current favorite things. It could anything be from a favorite vintage or new find, favorite product, favorite book, favorite movie/tv show, a great sale…really just anything that I’m totally into at the moment. Just a little something for y’all to get to know me a little better!

Like so many others, my current obsession and favorite thing, ironstone! Every summer we spend a week with my husband’s family in West Virginia, and then a week in Duck, North Carolina with my family. While in Duck, NC, we spend all day, everyday out on the beach! While in West Virginia, I spend a lot of time scouring antique stores. The antique stores there are full of treasures!! A few weeks ago while on our family vacation, I bought my very first pieces of ironstone.

I know I am so late getting on the ironstone train. The reasons it took me so long to start my ironstone collection…There aren’t many pieces to be found here in Utah. Also, I wanted to make sure that I really loved ironstone and wasn’t just jumping on the ironstone trend train. I am always so mad at myself when I start a collection based on trends and not my own liking. Those are the collections that I dislike as quickly as I fell in love.

Ironstone really has my heart right now. Its like my decor black dress, timeless and classic, it can be dressed up, or dressed down, it’s my everyday go to. I can fill an ironstone pitcher full of flowers on my table for a centerpiece, or stack some pieces for a sweet little countertop display.

I’d love to know…What makes you start a new collection? How do you collect? Things that you love? Random pieces? Pieces all in the same set/style? Trendy pieces? Nostalgic pieces?

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~Emily

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