DIY Christmas Farmhouse Truck Sign Decor

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The Farmhouse Christmas signs in the stores are so cute…but they are so pricey! This DIY is how to create the sign for less than $5!

If video DIYs are your preferred method, I have one for you here.

Materials we’ll need:

  • Wood plank
  • Pickup truck cutout or printable
  • Acrylic craft paints
  • Berries or other accents (optional)

Tools you’ll need:

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Paint brushes

Now, let’s get it created! The first step it to prep your wood. If they are already primed, stained, etc., you won’t need to do this. If not, prime them white, stain them or create the background in any way you’d like. For this tutorial, I’ll be using a wood plank and a wood pickup truck cutout. The wood background is distressed white and the truck will be the traditional red and black with a green tree.

Allow both pieces to completely dry. Figure out which direction you’d like your truck to face. On the correct side, paint the truck in your desired colors, making sure to allow the paint to completely dry between coats as well as between colors. You could also add your family’s name to the truck door if you’d like it a personal touch.

Place the truck on the wood to determine what area you’d like your greeting to be in. Pencil that in so that you can paint it – or if you have vinyl letting, apply those now. For mine, I added “Merry Christmas” and then added a wreath on either side.

For the final step, we just glue the truck onto the wood. So easy, so budget friendly and so cute!

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I will have a few of these available in the shop here.

 

Please let me know if you decide to try these and feel free to tag me on Instagram @thecozyloftofficial with your creations. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

xoxo

Rhonda

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How to Make Mason Jar Lid Ornaments

I’ve been wanting a quick and simple budget friendly Christmas ornament project and I have come up with a perfect one to do! Now, I’ve not watched or followed any tutorials out there so I don’t know how other people do it. My way is so simple that I didn’t need to look into it further.

These burlap ornament projects began back when I was making lots of burlap flags and had loads of scraps. Since I don’t like wasting things, I gave many away but eventually turned my attention to them to figure out if I could use them for anything. This is one of the things I started doing and they have gone over so well!

This project would be great for kids, though they would need some adult assistance in the glue gun portions.  It would also make a great craft project for Sunday School classes or other events as well. What I love about it is that it can be individualized and custom in any way you’d like to make it!

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To make it easier, I have created this written tutorial  and I’ve also created a “how-to” video here if that works easier for you.

Materials you’ll need:

  • Mason Jar/Canning Lids & Bands
  • Burlap scrap or fabric scrap of your choice
  • Decorative ornament of your choice sized to fit on the jar lid
  • Jute, hemp, satin ribbon or other trim
  • Berries or other accents (optional)

Tools you’ll need:

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors

Let’s get started! First, take a piece of burlap scrap and cut it to a little larger than the jar band. Put the fabric over the lid and snap the band into place. Thicker fabrics will be a snugger fit and thinner fabrics might require a little glue.

After a few seconds, pull the lid and band apart and cut the fabric a little outside around the indentations of where the ring was and put it back together. This will give the finish a cleaner look but you can bypass this step entirely if you want to attach a felt or fabric backing to it.

Next, cut any hangers or tags off and attach the ornament to the front center of the burlap or fabric using hot glue.

For the berries, those are plucked from the stem. Sometimes these can have white foam showing through. A dot of red craft paint or red marker can fix that right up. Attach those using hot glue. Alternatively, you can use any accents here that you like or that you have on hand but this step is completely optional.

The last step is that we need a way to hang it on the tree. I used a bow that I made of hemp and tied extra hemp around it to use as a hanger but you can do this in a number of different ways using all sorts of different cords, ribbons or other similar materials.

That’s it! It only takes a few minutes to assemble these into a cute and unique ornament. I will have a few of these available in the shop here.

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Please let me know if you decide to try these and feel free to tag me on Instagram @thecozyloftofficial with your creations. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

xoxo

Rhonda

 

 

Jetted to Soaker Tub Conversion

One of the big struggles I used to have with my house was the non-working jetted tub in my bathroom that I inherited when I purchased my new house. In the first photo, the “before” photo was the picture I took the day I looked at the house. You’ll notice I replaced all the hardware to brushed nickel in the after photos, but I promise it’s the same tub.

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For many reasons, I wanted to work with the tub as it is if at all possible. I love the large tub but I didn’t like the jets and the uncleanliness of them. I had stopped using the tub when I noticed unpleasant odors a few hours after each use. Originally, I thought it was the drain but upon researching I learned how water goes into those jets and stays stagnant. Each time I used the tub, old water was coming back in there. Ewwww, I just shudder at the thoughts! Not to mention I’d occasionally find a small piece of black trash in the tub which I’d chalked down to that it must have come from the old water pipes.

Figuring out which way to go with this was not an easy decision, and in my typical over-analyzing fashion, I researched every option. The option that was ideal (jet covers) just is not available. After countless hours and numerous days of researching, I found this question by a patron of the houzz.com website. Going through the 78 comments, I found a couple of solutions but the easier one seemed to be the door shield project.

I purchased 5 Door Knob and Wall Shields (3 1/4 inches) from Home Depot. Then I purchased 1 Marine Goop Sealant tube from Walmart and I was ready to do this.

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It seemed crazy to put the door shields inside a tub but when I purchased them and took them out of the package, the hard plastic was convincing. “What do I have to lose??”

My tub has 4 jets and then the intake.  I removed all foam backing tape from all 5 shields so that they were  flat and clean surfaces. I made sure the tub and all jets were super clean and super dry. I took the Goop and applied it liberally to four of the shields.  (Please be sure to ventilate as much as possible and/or wear a mask as the Goop is quite strong.) Then I adhered each shield to a jet. I used masking tape in an “X” formation over each jet to be sure it didn’t slide or move around while drying.

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(Please note, the “before” picture was one I took the day I purchased my house. The cabinetry and the faucet and hardware were converted from the old brass/gold to brushed nickel so it may appear slightly different in some of the older vs. newer photos.)

For the intake, this was a bit tricky. The size was too large so I used a Dremel to cut the excess off and then sand the edges. It does not have to be perfectly cut, just as long as it fits under the intake cap and is large enough to cover the opening.

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Then I cut the notches out for the screw holes on the intake, using the Dremel. I took a little off at a time until it fit in the opening snugly.

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Then, it fit perfectly over the opening. (Please note, this is clean, but that’s some sort of adhesive on it. It was bleached multiple times.)

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Next, I purchased some Kwik Seal Ultra Premium Siliconized Sealant for Kitchen Bath and Plumbing applications at Walmart.

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Since the recommendation was to allow the Marine Goop to dry for 72 hours, I went on to the next project, the intake cover.

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Since the cover is full of holes, I decided to cover the holes with silicone sealant. First, I took the cover and squeezed sealant into each hole. Then I used my finger to make sure each one was full of the silicone and smooth. I made sure not to get any sealant in the holes where the screws go. I let this dry 24 hours and then I turned it over and did the outside the same way.

After 72 hours had passed, I caulked around each door shield, as well as around the notches I cut for the screw holes of the intake cap. I waited 24 hours for that to completely dry and then I screwed on the intake cap and caulked around that.

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I’ve been using this tub for over a month with not one single issue noted. Not one whiff of an odor or one spec of any trash anywhere in the tub. SUCCESS!!!

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Door shields were $1.69 each, Goop was $9.52 and the silicone was $6.32. Total cost for converting my non-working jetted whirlpool tub to a soaker tub  was $24.29 (not including tax).

Sometimes you have to be bold and make a decision to try something you are unsure of trying. This one worked, so I had to share it in more detail. I’m so grateful to jasond7123 on the Houzz website for pointing me in the right direction. Hopefully,this blog post does you proud!

Vintage Inspired Wedding Sign

A previous client contacted me to create a sign for her child to hold at her wedding. I was so honored to create it for her. At the beginning of the process, I realized it would be a fun process to video and share. I posted it on YouTube and you can see it by clicking hereIMG_7745-001

It was important to me to share this video because I hoped to inspire some of you to get creative and have some fun with perhaps some artwork for your home. Of course, if you don’t want to DIY it, I’d be happy to create it for you…just let me know what you have in mind. There are a good many things I create but don’t post them in my shop.I’m trying to be better about posting and sharing them here, though .

I’m loving posting the videos on YouTube, too! Back in 2011, I created a video and put it up but then I moved and things sort of fell by the wayside. Currently, I have 11 subscribers and that is so much fun! I hope to have lots more soon, but it’s necessary to have more content to get people interested. I’m working on it. 🙂

xoxo

Rhonda

DIY Budget Friendly Valentine Decor Idea

I can’t believe this year is flying past us so quickly and that we are almost ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

If you’re looking for something simple and budget friendly to decorate this Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share a fast and easy project. All you need are these things and you might even have everything right there in your home already:

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I have a DIY video for you here to show you the step by step instructions.

Here’s how it turned out:

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The wonderful part of this is that it can be used for each holiday and you can still use the bag for gifts. Just replace the bag with a new one and you’re set. So easy and so so sweet!

If you decide to try this, would you take a photo and tag me on Instagram? I’d LOVE to see what creative things you all can do!! Instagram: @thecozyloftshop

Happy Valentine’s Day My Friends!

xoxo,

Rhonda

Tile Grouted – Check!

Here’s the latest post of the to-do list for our kitchen remodel, with lines through the completed items:

  1. Paint the Exterior door on the interior side.
  2. Install a Security door.
  3. Caulk all trim.
  4. Install Wood Blinds on the exterior door to match the window.
  5. Locate and/or make window treatments for two windows.
  6. Finish trimming out microwave cubby.
  7. Install vapor barrier above the dishwasher.
  8. Install new flooring for the kitchen/laundry room areas.
  9. Install baseboards.
  10. Install quarter round.
  11. Install backsplash.
  12. Build out last pantry shelf to be even with the door.
  13. Add a magnetic closure to the pantry door.
  14. Trim out open cabinetry.
  15. The fun part….accessorize!!

Not too bad! I just crossed out a big one which was install backsplash…the subway tile is up (it’s been up for a while) and is now grouted and completely dry!! Another big one to check off the list. Here’s a close-up of it but for some reason I always end up taking pictures at night, which makes it look like strange colors, but imagine this bright white:

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Another thing off the list, wow! Most of these things will be waiting until warmer weather, so I’m content with doing a little at a time. However, it is certainly nice when something is marked off that list…