My New Favorite Project Book
Imagine the sound of a screen door shutting, open windows with curtains lightly blowing, and wood floors that squeak as you walk on them.
What kind of place did you just imagine when you read that?
Unless you have been living without any communication from the outside world the last few years you know that farmhouse style is everywhere. Some say it’s on the way out. I disagree with this. Here’s why. Farmhouse style is more than shiplap walls, and everything painted white. It reminds us of simpler times and warm rooms that invite you to sit for awhile and just be.
I think now more than ever, most of us are craving simplicity, yet we want to surround ourselves with things that bring a smile to our faces and the ones we love. I believe this is why we all love the farmhouse look.
Do you have to live on a 200-year-old farm to embrace this decor? Absolutely not. I think it’s like seasoning; you can go heavy with it, or enjoy a light sprinkling. It’s really about what suits you, not anyone else.
I Haven’t Done This Before
I would like to start by saying this is not a sponsored, or paid book review. The author of the book I am now in love with doesn’t even know I exist as far as I know.
Normally I don’t just write posts about any particular product or book I think you need. You know I love to tell you about paint supplies and what not, so I want you to know I wouldn’t have taken the time to write what has turned into so many words about a book if I didn’t believe you would love it.
I’m pretty sure you will.
A couple of months ago, I started seeing things about this book pop up here and there. One of my blogging sister friends was raving about it, and I decided I needed to see for myself what all her excitement was about.
When I received it in the mail, I nonchalantly opened it expecting just to quickly thumb through it, then look at it later. That is not what happened. After about three pages I couldn’t put it down. I dropped everything, brewed a cup of coffee and took a seat to read it properly. It’s just that kind of book.
When my silent partner arrived home, I sat beside him while he ate dinner, (I had already eaten) and went through the book page by page, asking him, can you make this, can you make that. This publication is now the third party in our marriage. Almost every conversation about furniture and projects circles back to this book
Are you even a little curious to find out what book has me this excited?
I will not keep you waiting another minute.
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You may already be familiar with Liz; she is the creator of Love Grows Wild. If you are then basically the rest of this post, will just be me preachin’ to the choir as they say. Her blog is completely binge-worthy. You could spend an entire afternoon there.
If you aren’t familiar, consider yourself about to hear a sermon on the gospel of ways to add farmhouse style and charm to any room in your house.
I mean even if you didn’t even read through the book, the front cover is beautiful enough to be on anyone’s coffee table. In this case, you can, in fact, judge a book by its cover.
There is so very much more beyond the delightful cover photos, and I am going to share with you today my five favorite projects from the book.
I love them so much they will be the first projects I try.
Like this printed book page art which only requires three supplies.
Nothing says farmhouse style quite like a collection of vintage cutting boards, but alas, they can cost all the many dollars. I never thought about making my own. With the help of my silent partner, we will have this project knocked out in no time.
Next on my list is this wooden cake stand. Have you priced these type stands? Enough said. I’m just going to make my own.
And because I paint furniture, I am in love with the lime washed finish not to mention that ticking striped seat.
And last but certainly not least is a botanical wall hanging project. Sarah of 1915 House just made a couple of these gorgeous hangings as part of her Spring Home Tour. Didn’t they turn out amazing?
I immediately ordered the book after seeing this project.
So many projects, so little time
What I shared with you today is the Reader’s Digest Condensed version of the projects I have on my DIY to do list. There are 70 farmhouse style ideas to create in all. This could take awhile.
Don’t let the DIY aspect of these project scare you away. There are projects for any skill level. In fact, there is a page which breaks down each project by the degree of difficulty, beginner, intermediate, and advanced.
There’s also a tips and advice page with an inventory list of what Liz keeps in her toolbox.
Even though I love all the projects and the beautiful photos, I think what I enjoy most of all is that even if you don’t love farmhouse style; these projects could work in anyone’s home.
There’s something for everyone in this little paperback jewel.
Here’s My Plan
Every time I finish one of the projects from this book, I will share it with you.
Even if they don’t turn out. 🙂
Which of the five projects do you think I should tackle first?
Please let me know because I am having a hard time deciding which one to DIY first.
Be sure to scroll down to see what everyone’s five favorite ideas, projects, and inspirations are this month.
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Until next time.
Your sister in paint,