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Outdoor DIY and Decor Ideas




Can you believe that it is the last day of June already?  So crazy!  I never can understand how the summer goes by so fast.  I'm hoping for a few sunny days soon rather than the rain everyday that we've been having.  My deck still needs stained and taking photos of anything here for anderson + grant has been difficult.  Even yesterday I thought I'd get a good hour of time before the rain moved in, but the cloud over my head had other ideas.  But I suppose there is no use complaining about Mother Nature, is there!

It has been so nice to see all the great ideas being linked up at our Your Turn to Shine party.  Each week it gets harder and harder to choose just one feature to be promoted across all five of our blogs.  I've  begun to feel like my party post is a little too packed full.  I find myself at parties any more buzzing right through the features to get the link up section.  So, this week I decided to do a special feature of some of the interesting outdoor projects that were shared last week, along with a few from the hosts of the party.

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Vintage Mint Ladder {Tips on Achieving a Really Distressed Paint Finish}


Vintage Mint Painted Step Ladder from anderson + grant

Normally, the older and more abused a piece of furniture looks, the more I like it.  This ladder that I picked up a few weeks ago at an antique shop was screaming for a distressed finish.  In my mind, it needed to look like a step ladder that someone threw a sloppy coat of paint on fifty years ago and has been using it since.  
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15 Inspiring Ideas for the Fourth of July {Your Turn to Shine Link Party #37}




Welcome to another week of Your Turn to Shine.  In case you've never been here before, this party is hosted by five different bloggers. That means what you link up here will be seen (and possibly featured) on FIVE different blogs at one time!  So much exposure for what you've created!  The five of us also are sharing our features on our party's Pinterest board if you'd like to follow along.

Whether you have something to share today or you just want to get some inspiration, I appreciate you stopping by.  Take a moment to see what has been featured and spread some love to some of the bloggers linking up their posts this week!

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Discovering How You Work Best




I've been a little spotty in my blog posting over the past week, and you want to know why?  Because I made a plan.  One of the biggest "must-dos" in anything you read about how to be a better blogger is that you are supposed to plan ahead and have an editorial calendar (which means you actually schedule those ideas for specific days.)  But I looked ahead and scheduled a few ideas on paper and my plans fell apart.

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How to Create a Rustic Dough Bowl






Wood dough bowls are one of those vintage staples that can fit into many decorating styles and be filled with a variety of things.  I always love seeing how much character and patina they have from years of use.

They are really expensive, though.  And while there are many resin reproductions to buy, those aren't much cheaper.  As I'm always on the lookout for a unique and inexpensive DIY project, I decided to try my hand at creating my own faux reproduction dough bowl.  And I must say that it turned out pretty realistic looking!


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Easy Projects to Spruce Up Your Home {Your Turn to Shine Link Party #36}




Welcome to another week of Your Turn to Shine.  In case you've never been here before, this party is hosted by five different bloggers. That means what you link up here will be seen (and possibly featured) on FIVE different blogs at one time!  So much exposure for what you've created!  The five of us also are sharing our features on our party's Pinterest board if you'd like to follow along.

Whether you have something to share today or you just want to get some inspiration, I appreciate you stopping by.  Take a moment to see what has been featured and spread some love to some of the bloggers linking up their posts this week!

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Antique Dining Table Updated with Chalk Paint


Beautiful antique table and chairs refinished with chalk paint.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com
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Memories of large family gatherings transform a dining table into more than just a slab of wood on four legs.  Close your eyes and picture the father of the family standing at the head of the table carving knife in hand ready to slice the Thanksgiving turkey.  The sound of laughter fills the air.  And you are surrounded by the feelings of love and companionship that a close-knit family can bring.

A table may be where the family dines nightly telling one another what happened during their day or it could be reserved just for special family occasions where many gather around it.  Either way, the dining table can turn into a symbol of joyful times spent together.

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The Hottest Day of the Summer is the Best Time to Garden



The hottest day of the summer is the best time to garden.  Is that a tip that you've heard before?  

Don't feel bad if you haven't, because I just made it up.  But it is what I chose to do on Friday and it turned out to be pretty successful.



Do you ever have one of those days where you have no interest in doing what you should be doing?  Friday was such a day for me.  I had a couple of projects started to post this week that I should have been working on and completing.  But when I got home from work in the afternoon, all I wanted to do was lounge on the couch, cooling off from the 90 degree day with a glass of pink lemonade while watching an episode of The OC on DVD (#guiltypleasure).  With a to-do list long enough to stretch to the next county, however, that delightful idea was not an option.  
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Easy Faux DIY Boxwood Wreath


Easy and inexpensive way to create a DIY faux boxwood wreath for you home decor.


For quite awhile I've been debating whether or not to purchase a boxwood wreath.  I'm crazy about boxwood and love to throw it in all over the place in my decorating, in case you hadn't noticed.  But nice preserved boxwood is quite pricey.  The last time I was in Target I stood in the Smith & Hawkin aisle for the longest time debating should-I-or-shouldn't-I.  Obviously I opted for the should not choice, but still wish I hadn't.

But as I was doing some cleaning the other day, I came across some faux greenery I bought last year at JoAnn Fabrics.  Even though it isn't preserved or even incredibly realistic I thought I give making my own wreath a try.  And since it was so easy and turned out way better than I expected, I thought I would share it with you today.

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Furniture Makeovers {Your Turn to Shine Link Party #35}




Welcome to another week of Your Turn to Shine.  In case you've never been here before, this party is hosted by five different bloggers. That means what you link up here will be seen (and possibly featured) on FIVE different blogs at one time!  So much exposure for what you've created!  The five of us also are sharing our features on our party's Pinterest board if you'd like to follow along.

Whether you have something to share today or you just want to get some inspiration, I appreciate you stopping by.  Take a moment to see what has been featured and spread some love to some of the bloggers linking up their posts this week!

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Decorating with My Recent Finds




I went scouting out treasures again.  After not shopping for quite some time, now I just can't seem to stop.  In my defense, though, I am still looking for cutting boards to fill some orders that I have for my wall art.  Every trip into town I take I have to stop at Goodwill, and my Thursday and Friday afternoons were spent visiting every yard sale I could find this past week.  Still no luck finding cutting boards, which makes me seriously wonder where they all have gone.  Although I didn't find what I was actually looking for, I didn't leave empty handed...I never do!

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My Exciting News





Typically I'm not a person who is good at keeping secrets, so not being able to share this excitement with you has been killing me!  But the day has come and my big announcement is.....


Summer House Tour



I am now going to be a contributor once a month at Craftberry Bush!

Lucy is a blogger that have been following for years.  When I got her email asking if I wanted to do this, I didn't hesitate or think twice.  My fingers couldn't quite type fast enough to let her know what an honor it was that she asked.  This wasn't an opportunity from some random blogger.....she is someone that I've admired for quite some time!  
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Industrial Farmhouse Inspired Table


A basic looking yard-sale shelf is transformed into a rustic piece of furniture 
perfect for your farmhouse decor.


You'll never believe how this table looked like before a little sanding and paint.  Now it is a perfect piece for your industrial farmhouse decor. | www.andersonandgrant.com


This started out as one of the nicest used pieces of furniture that I've ever worked on.  There really wasn't anything wrong with it.  Typically my projects involve transforming pretty trashy, broken down things and making them into something nice again.  But it still was not a quality made, pricey antique, so I didn't feel bad about painting it.

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My Great Shopping Weekend



Can you believe that today is Friday already?  And that we are already almost a full week into June?  If anyone has any tips for slowing down time (especially the weekends!), please let me know.

Tomorrow is my grandma's 95th birthday.  Can you imagine be alive that long?  We are planning a little celebration for her tomorrow with her family.  I know things have not been fun for her lately since she ended up in the nursing home, but hopefully she can get a little enjoyment from being somewhere else for a little while and having people celebrate her and her life.  Plus, there's going to be cake.  Who can't enjoy that!

For today's post, though, I'm going back in time to last Saturday.  I mentioned the other day that there was a shopping trip and I outdid myself in the number of things I bought.  I'm really excited to share what I found with you today.


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Summer House Tours {Your Turn to Shine Link Party #34}





Welcome to another week of Your Turn to Shine.  In case you've never been here before, this party is hosted by five different bloggers. That means what you link up here will be seen (and possibly featured) on FIVE different blogs at one time!  So much exposure for what you've created!  The five of us also are sharing our features on our party's Pinterest board if you'd like to follow along.

Whether you have something to share today or you just want to get some inspiration, I appreciate you stopping by.  Take a moment to see what has been featured and spread some love to some of the bloggers linking up their posts this week!

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Shopping for an Outfit at Hobby Lobby


When shopping for items to decorate your home, consider looking for a whole "outfit" 
and find pieces that are your style and go with one another.





Happy Wednesday morning friends!  I hope you week is going well.

This past Saturday, I went shopping with my mom and aunt in Altoona, PA.  There was one thing on my shopping list.....Elmer's wood glue.  Exciting, I know.  And I purchased it at the first place we stopped to shop.

 I figured I'd wander around for the rest of the day while they shopped, eat some Chicken Parmesan at Olive Garden, grab a Peanut Butter Cup Perfection dish of ice cream at Cold Stone, and just enjoy the day out.  Well, someone heard those plans and decided to throw a lot of stuff at me to buy.  Seriously, I haven't bought this much stuff in quite awhile.  It felt amazing to actually find pieces that were calling my name!

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Tips for Designing and Decorating Your Laundry Room






The laundry room is one of the spaces in a house that rarely sees a designer touch.  If you look on Pinterest, you'll see picture after picture of dream laundry rooms.  There are a few that are bigger than my living and dining rooms combined.  Some even have multiple washing machines!  Those are probably not examples of the type of room that you could create in your home.  Most likely, your laundry room is in a dark basement with little or no natural light and concrete floors.   The fun thing about seeing out of this world, extravagant room designs though, is that there are elements that you can use for your own decorating.

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Repurposing a Plant Stand as an Outdoor Table


Without a whole lot of work, a rusty plant stand can be repurposed and transformed 
into a stylish accent table for your deck.



One of the things that I rescued from my grandma's house to repurpose recently was a metal plant stand.  It was really rusty and probably could have just went to the landfill.  But, since I am the person who would rather paint something and make it pretty again, I saw a purpose for this rusty stand.  It has metal leaves, which coordinates with the leaves on the back of my outdoor chairs. It is also the perfect size to rest alongside a chair with a piece of glass on top serving as a side table.

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