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Personalized Copper Garden Stakes

Who isn’t excited for spring to really get started? No more of these sunny days, followed by a cold snowy day….I am so excited!!! Today was too cold, cloudy, and rainy to go outside, so I decided to Target. While looking through the dollar spot, I found these darling copper garden stakes just waiting to be personalized. And for just $3 for six stakes!

I wrote “spring” on two stakes with a sharpie and punched holes in another stake using an awl and hammer.

Last year we made raised beds for our vegetables and herbs, I can hardly wait to use personalized stakes in my herb garden this year! They are going to look so cute with names of herbs and different plants in my garden. For now, until the weather is warmer and nicer, I will just settle for the spring stakes that I made to go in my spring flower pots around my house.

Happy spring!!!

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💗~Emily & Jennie

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Not your average no-sew drop cloth curtains

Who hasn’t heard of the no-sew drop cloth curtains? It seriously seems like everyone is making them, or has made them. I have to think it is because they are not only inexpensive and easy to make, but also because they are really cute and versatile.

First, I gathered my supplies. I bought the curtain rods and drapery clips from hobby lobby.

I bought the drop cloths from Home Depot. I decided to get the “heavy duty” drop cloths instead of the normal one just because I wanted my curtains to have a little more weight to them. Make sure to measure your windows first so you can get the right size drop cloth.

Because I was making four curtain panels, I tried to choose four drop cloths that were as similar in color as possible. It was so surprising to me how many different shades and tones there were….all the same brand, same size and in the same box, just slightly different colors.

To prep the drop cloths, I bleached them all together for four hours. Washed them. Washed. them again. And then washed them one last time, but this time with a lot of fabric softener. Then put them in the dryer, they came out some much softer than I would have imagined! To finish them off, I ironed them.

Now all I had to do was hang them. Start by measuring the distance from the floor to the curtain rod. The distance from my floor to the curtain rod is 81 inches, I clipped mine up at 80 inches because I wanted the curtains to pool a little on the floor. I wanted to make these no-sew drop cloth curtains just a little different than all the ones that I have seen (not because I don’t absolutely love all the other no-sew drop cloth curtains, but just to add a little different twist), simply by clipping them up slightly different. Instead of just clipping the curtains up with the extra folded over….

I decided to take the extra portion that was folded over, and bring it back to the top to clip up, making a little pouf like ruffle.

These curtains were seriously so quick and easy to make! We would love to hear what you think! Do you like the pouf like ruffle on these curtains?

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Vintage Lace Lampshade

These vintage lace lampshades are some of my favorite things that I have ever made! I have a real love for vintage lace!!!

I made this lampshade years ago, and still love it! I did have a few comments concerning the hot glue used, just wondering if it would hold up over time? Mine has held up perfectly! If using hot glue is a worry, you could always use another type of glue.

Here is a tutorial on how to make this sweet, delicate lace lampshade, from my old blog Nast.Nesting.Nested.

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One day I had a brilliant idea to make a vintage lace lampshade. The problem was, I only had one or two small pieces of old lace.

I looked and looked for vintage lace, but didn’t have much success until I was on vacation . I came across an antique mall with a booth full of amazing old lace. I was beyond excited!

Here is the lamp before I got started…

Here it is again after I took the fabric off the shade and sprayed the entire lamp with two coats of Krylon’s Dover White spray paint in a satin sheen.

I started gluing, using a hot glue gun, my first layer of lace…it was definitely the trickiest layer. Once you have the first layer glued on just how you want it, the rest is easy!

One of my favorite parts of the lampshade has to be the little snap on one of the pieces of lace. It looks as if it were an old slip strap. I love the character it adds!!!

Little lacey designs on the walls at night when the lamp is turned on…so sweet!

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Perfectly Painted furniture

Who likes to paint furniture? We definitely do!!! We’re always chasing that perfectly aged and distressed look!

This darling vintage desk is painted in an old Martha Stewart paint color called hummingbirdblue. After the blue hummingbirdblue paint dried, we added a very light coat of a creamy white paint, which we sanded almost completely off. After sanding and distressing the desk, we finished it off with a small amount of Valspar antiquing glaze. A little antiquing glaze goes a LONG way. The thing that we most love about painting furniture is that you can always sand a little more, add a little more paint, or add a little more glaze until you get your piece to the point that you absolutely love it! We love the way this piece turned out, and if we ever grow tired of the paint job, well…we’ll just paint it again!

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Updating your kitchen cabinets~a complete guide to cutting and adding moldings to your cabinets

As some of you know, I used to have a blog, Nest.Nesting.Nested, how to cut and use molding was one of my most asked about topics when I used to blog, so I thought I would share it here at LeCultivateur! A complete guide to adding moldings to your kitchen cabinets or just about anywhere around your home.

Moldings, paint, and hard work is how I took the my kitchen cabinets, in my previous house, from this (sorry for the blurry photo, it was hard to find a “before”)….

To this…..

I LOVE moldings!!!! Moldings can take furniture, cabinets, walls, etc. from boring & plain to being custom & beautiful. I was a little intimidated the first time I cut mouldings…but I knew I would get the hang of it. Now, I am cutting mouldings all of the time!

•First, I will quickly show you how to cut moldings to create a frame…framing out a door/window, picture framing, etc.

•1 Set the miter angle at 45 degrees to the left

•2 Place your molding face up and flush with the fence of your saw.

•3 Make your cut.

•4 Reposition your miter angle to 45 degrees to the right

•5 Cut the opposite end of the same molding that you just cut.

•6 Repeat 4 times to make a full square.

I cut moldings to frame out a bead-board insert that I cut for some of my lower kitchen cabinets.

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Next, how to cut moldings such as baseboards, chair rail, etc.

•1 Set the miter angle at 45 degrees to the left.

•2 Place the molding top up, face out and tight against the fence of the saw

•3 Make your cut with the waste side to the left of the saw blade.

•5 Reposition the miter angle to 45 degrees to the right.

•6 Make your next cut with the waste side to the right of the saw blade.

•7 Nail into place and admire your work. **This will cut an outside corner. To cut the inside of a corner you would follow the same instructions, only you would be using the other side of your cut. For example, in the above picture I have cut an outside corner (left piece) and have discarded the right piece of my moulding & for an inside corner you would use the right piece and discard the left piece. ***

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Crown Molding

Crown molding is a little more complicated to cut, but is definitely worth the time.

How To Cut Inside Corners

•1 Set the bevel angle of your miter saw at 33.85 degrees.

•2 Set the miter angle of your saw at 31.62 degrees to the right side of the saw table.

•3 Place the crown molding face up with the top of the molding against the fence of the saw table and the waste end facing to the right.

•4 Make the cut. Keep the left side of the cut. Waste the right side of the cut. This is inside corner piece “A.”

•5 Turn the miter angle to 31.62 degrees to the left side of the saw table. Leave the bevel set at 33.85 degrees.

•6 Place the crown molding with the bottom of the molding against the table fence and with the waste side to the right of the saw blade.

•7 Make the cut. Save the left side of the cut. Waste the right side of the cut. This is inside corner piece “B.”

•8 Nail it into place and admire.

How To Cut Outside Corners

•1 Set the bevel angle of the compound miter saw at 33.85 degrees.

•2 Set the saw miter at 31.62 degrees left of the saw table.

•3 Place the crown molding face up with the bottom of the molding against the fence of the saw table and the waste end facing to the left.

•4 Make the cut. Keep the right side of the cut. Waste the left side of the cut. This is outside corner piece “A.”

•5 Move the miter angle to 31.62 degrees to the right side of the saw table. Leave the bevel set at 33.85 degrees.

•6 Position the crown molding with the top of the molding against the table fence and with the waste side to the left of the saw blade.

•7 Make the cut. Save the right side of the cut. Waste the left side of the cut. This is outside corner piece “B.”

•8 Next, fit and nail into place.

Layering Moldings

For a beefier and more impressive molding, I like to layer moldings. For my kitchen cabinets I layered crown molding, baseboard, and a piece of decorative molding. First, I built up the top of my cabinet with a 1×4. I screwed it directly to the top of my cabinet and made sure it was flush with the cabinet front. I did this so that I would have a strong surface to nail my moldings to. Then I cut and nailed, using a finish nail gun, the (upside down) baseboard, cut and nailed the crown moulding onto the baseboard, and finished it out with the decorative molding.

I will be posting tutorials, in the near future, on how to I made a plate rack inside the cabinet, and how I added glass to a few of my cabinets. I would love to answer any questions that you may have, or help with ideas…just leave a comment below.

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Easter Egg Tree

I am beyond excited for spring to arrive!!! A few days ago I found these branches for sale at a local florist shop, I can hardly wait for them to bloom! If you look closely you can see little green leaves emerging from the branches. I decided to dress the branches up by adding some pastel colored Easter eggs hung from ribbons.

It was so simple to make these hanging Easter eggs. First find some cute styrofoam eggs, I got these from Michael’s craft store.

With a long needle, poke a hole in the top of each egg, about an inch deep.

After the hole is made, cut a piece of ribbon, about 8 inches long. Lay the center of the ribbon across the hole. With the blunt side of your needle, push the ribbon into the hole. Note: for extra durability, try adding a drop of glue inside the hole before pushing the ribbon in.

To finish, simply tie the two ends of the ribbon together, and trim the ends

Now your ready to hang your darling hanging Easter eggs!

How do you decorate for Spring? We would love to hear!

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💗~Emily & Jennie

Blogging

When thinking about starting a blog again, I contemplated whether or not it would be something that would be beneficial to me and also to those who read this blog. After revisiting my old blog, Nest.Nesting.Nested and reading through so many sweet comments on my old blog posts, I remembered how much love, encouragement, motivation, and inspiration that I received from the blogging community. It made me realize that starting a new blog was definitely something that I wanted to do! I have always been such a shy and very private person, which makes blogging so challenging and yet so rewarding for me. I love sharing my ideas! I love being inspired by other blogs! Blogging motivates me! It makes me happy!

One thing that I have promised myself is that this blog is going to be REAL. The REAL me. My REAL personality and style. My REAL triumphs and failures! Just plain REAL!

More than six years ago, I remember so vividly, like it was yesterday…I had just blogged about my little dining area. I had put the leaf into my small round table, making it a slightly bigger oval. I received a couple comments about it being the “wrong” choice for my little space. I was shocked! “Why would someone be rude? Maybe they were just trying to help me? Maybe an oval table was the wrong choice?” So many thoughts ran through my mind. I quickly took the leaf out of my table, rewrote my blog post and retook the pictures without the leaf in the table.

A few months later, I welcomed my third little boy. I thought “what am I going to do? I will soon need another chair at the table, but I couldn’t possibly put that leaf back in! What would my readers think?” It was around that time that I realized, although I loved so many of my blogging friendships, I always felt so encouraged and inspired by them, I had to step away from my blog and reevaluate. I wasn’t being REAL to myself. It took a couple years, but I gained confidence in my style and my ability to create again. I realized my house is MY house, I am the one who lives here, so I should choose how to decorate it. My house completely changed after that! I fell in love with my house, so in love with every part of that house!

I eventually even got a much bigger table for that little space, and you know what? I LOVED it!

What I am trying to say is, do what makes you happy! Just because someone tells you that you should or shouldn’t do something, do what makes you happy and feels right for you! I am so excited to be starting this new blogging journey with an entirely different mind set than I had years ago when I started Nest.Nesting.Nested. I truly hope it’s a blog where others can inspiration, motivation, and love!!!

💗~Emily

Decorating with plates ~ plate walls made easy

Something that I am always drawn to is pretty plates! Plates of all sizes and shapes!! I love sifting through the endless stacks of plates at antique shops, trying to find the prettiest ones to take home. Can you really ever have too many pretty plates?.

Over the years Jennie and I have decorated with plates a lot, whether it be a plate wall, beautiful plates arranged in a box, a crate, or even a chicken feeder, or stacked beautifully in a cabinet…we seriously love plates!!!

When creating a plate wall, I like to start out by measuring the space that I have to work with and then taping a mock up space on the floor. I then make my arrangement on the floor, in my mocked up area. Once the arrangement is how I like it, I take a picture of it so I can refer back to it, especially if the plates get shuffled around. Taking a picture of the arrangement before hanging the plates might just be the most important step for me, I can’t tell you how many times I didn’t take a picture and it takes me twice as long to figure out the placement of each plate.

To hang plates on a wall, I like to use wire plate hangers. I have heard that a lot of people like the adhesive plate hangers. I haven’t tried them because I worry that they either won’t hold my plate over time, (I would hate to lose a plate!) or that I wouldn’t be able to get the adhesive off the back of my plates.

One thing that I definitely recommend you use is monkey hooks.

They are so easy to use! Also, I feel like the hook holds my plate a lot more secure than a nail or a screw would. I have used nails to hang my plates before, the slightest bump would send the plate crashing to the floor. I haven’t lost a single plate since using monkey hooks, and that really says a lot considering I have four young boys who are always playing ball in the house, shooting nerf guns in the house, etc.

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Happy plate hanging y’all! 💗~Emily & Jennie

Simple & Inexpensive Spring Wreaths

When we spotted this fresh greenery in the floral department at a local grocery store, we knew it would be perfect to use for these sweet spring wreaths! These wreaths are seriously so simple to make!

Choose some greenery, either fresh or faux will work. Form the greenery into the size and shape of wreath you want. Secure the ends together with a piece of twine or wire, add a ribbon. It’s really just that simple!

We simply used command strips to hang these sweet spring wreaths on the backs of chairs.

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