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Rustic Christmas Tree Display

Rustic Christmas Tree Display

Rustic Christmas Tree Display

Is everyone having an awesome weekend?  As you know from our easy rustic Christmas wreath post yesterday, we started decking the halls at Hello I Live Here. Today we are going to add to our front porch display, our Rustic Christmas Tree Display.

Rustic Christmas Tree Display

We finished a rustic Christmas tree display for the front porch.  This rustic Christmas display consists of our rustic planter box we built a couple weeks ago which was featured on Bob Vila Nation.  The wonderful oversized rustic planter box tree display simply makes the porch.  We used Martha Stewart ornaments in rust, gold’s, and whites purchased from The Home Depot.  The tree received beautiful burlap ribbons, which set’s the tree to new highs in this beautiful Minwax Dark Walnut stained planter box.

Here’s how Hello I Lived Here set up the rustic Christmas tree display:

First, we started by finishing the rustic box off with a cross-X pattern to give that rustic feel.  We added a holder inside the rustic box and “I” bolts to secure the real Christmas tree that adorns the box.

Rustic Christmas Tree Display

Then, I added beautiful rustic burlap green and tan ribbon, and made a lovely bow for the top center of the Tree, and tied the ribbon around the rustic box.

Rustic Christmas Tree Display

Next, we used rustic decorations to bring the beautiful tree together.

Rustic Christmas Tree Display

Finally, we put the lovely decorated tree into place on the porch and lit the tree up.

Rustic Christmas Tree Display

That’s our rustic Christmas display for part of our porch.

We hope you enjoyed our post of the rustic Christmas tree display today.  Tomorrow we will show you the whole porch, lights and all.  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful Saturday!

Linda

Easy Rustic Christmas Wreath

Easy Rustic Wreath

Easy Rustic Christmas Wreath

Happy Friday everyone!  Hope your day was awesome :-).  We started decking the halls at Hello I Live Here today and we are going to show you all how we made our easy rustic Christmas wreath.  I love wreaths because they give a warm welcome feel to your home. I am always excited to share our wonderful decor with the neighborhood.  Once the decorations start appearing, you know that Christmas time has come!!!

We decide that our front area would be done in a minimal, rustic feel.  We did not deck the halls with an overabundance of decor this year, but a tasteful rustic theme to share with our wonderful neighbors.

Easy Rustic Wreath

Our easy rustic Christmas wreath took about 30 minutes, and was made for the front of our garage.  While I worked on the easy rustic Christmas wreath, my hubby helped by prepping our front porch so we could finish this display tomorrow (I can’t wait to share it with you all). 🙂

This easy rustic Christmas wreath was a Red Racks thrift store find for under $15.  The wonderful over-sized wreath is a simple wood branching tied together.  It had old ivy on it, so I simply removed the old stuff, and made a lovely bow, adorned with beautiful ribbon from Michaels at $1.88 a roll, and Martha Stewart Ornaments purchased from The Home Depot for $39, which we purchased for our Christmas tree porch display.  This whole porch display/easy wreath cost us under $60.  But the best part, using all these simple, left over items from the display of the front porch, thrift store finds, and inexpensive ribbon made the easy rustic Christmas wreath come to life! 🙂

Here’s how Hello I Lived Here made the easy rustic Christmas wreath:

First I added lights to the easy rustic Christmas wreath.

Easy Rustic Wreath

Then, I added beautiful rustic burlap green and tan ribbon purchased from Michael’s Craft Store, and made a lovely bow for the top center.

Easy Rustic Wreath

Next, I wired/hot glued festive rustic decorations to bring the easy rustic Christmas wreath all together.

Easy Rustic Wreath

Finally, we put the wreath into place on the garage area (soon we will light it all up!)

Easy Rustic Wreath

And that’s a wrap!  See, it really was an easy rustic Christmas wreath! 😉  We hope you enjoy making an easy rustic Christmas wreath for your own home.  Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow as Hello I Live Here shows you what we did with our rustic planter box we made a couple weeks ago that was featured on Bob Vila Nations. Happy Easy Rustic Christmas Wreath making everyone!

Linda 🙂

Christmas Tree Decorations

Christmas Tree Decorations

Christmas Tree Decorations for First Bank in Valley Park

It’s been a busy week for Hello I Live Here – We got to play at a local First Bank Branch helping to provide Christmas Tree Decorations for the Valley Park location .

Christmas Tree Decorations for First Bank

Hello I Live Here had big fun as we pulled the tree from the box, put it all together, and started hanging the lights.

The tree is 7 feet 5 inches tall, and filled with beautiful Christmas tree decorations by Martha Stewart .  These lovely Christmas tree decorations consist of Ice and deep blues, silvers that sparkle, and glass bling.  We picked the ornaments up at The Home Depot.

The tree was topped with ice blue and silver ribbon, and sprinkled with sparkles to give it that special something a tree needs to be seen.  We purchase our ribbon from Michael’s.

Christmas Tree DecorationsThe bottom of the tree was completed with a snow white skirted purchased from Target, reflecting our snowy winters here In St Louis at Christmas time.

It was an honor to provide Christmas Tree Decorations for the wonderful team at First Bank.  Hello I Live Here had a fun day. 🙂 Shelly and team, we at Hello I Live Here wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

That’s our blog for today, and hope you liked our Christmas Tree Decorations for First Bank.  Stop by tomorrow as I show you the trees I started in my own home!

Linda   🙂

 

Old China Hutch Becomes New Again – Part 1

Annie Sloan Paint applied

Never leave an old piece behind – especially if it’s a China Cabinet!

Good afternoon Hello I Live Here readers.  Let’s talk old china hutches today.  Would you pass up a chance to transform an old china hutch?  The other day I was in a thrift store (Red Racks Thrift Store –  DAV Thrift Store) and came across an old china hutch.

Top of China Hutch
Top of China Hutch

 

Bottom of China Hutch
Bottom of China Hutch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As others were walking past her with a sour expression, Hello I Lived Here saw the potential and swooped in to purchase this little gem for $40 (that’s right both pieces).

Living in a smaller home, space is necessary, so for us at Hello I Live Here this older jewel was the right size and would allow us to display our unopened dishes still stored. Below is a picture of the 1970’s jewel Hello I Live Here found and started transforming.  Here’s how we updated the old china hutch.

We started by taking off the old trim.  Don’t worry, we will save this for our recycle pile for another project! :-).

Old Trim on floor
Old Trim on floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hubby was not so sure, but he humored me anyway and started the destruction.  The screws were hard to get to with our regular drill, so Curt removed the trim and piece needing to be cut with the Ryobi 18V Right Angle Drill which was terrific to fit in tight spaces.

P241_1_Final

Trim Removed
Trim Removed

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the old trim was removed, we scribed a line and cut off the rounded edge you see at the top in the photo with a craftsman circular saw, giving the china hutch a new square appearance.

Cut Made with Craftsman Circular Saw
Cut Made with Craftsman Circular Saw

 

Old Trim on floor - Craftsman Saw
Old Trim on floor – Craftsman Saw

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the cut was complete, we screwed the cut piece back to the china hutch top.  Now the square, craftsman style we love over here at Hello I Live Here, helped to shape rest of the design for the china hutch.

Cut Piece Returned to China Hutch
Cut Piece Returned to China Hutch

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using our Ryobi 18V ONE+ 18GA CORDLESS 2″ BRAD NAILER, we trimmed out the sides with 1×2 into a craftsman type feel purchased from our favorite store, The Home Depot.

Ryobi-Nailer
Ryobi-Nailer
Sides Trimmed with 1x2
Sides Trimmed with 1×2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once set, we added 1/4 round moldings American Wood Moulding WM108 1/2 in. x 1/2 in. x 96 in. Wood Pine Quarter Round Moulding to finish the look.

1/4 Round used at bottom
1/4 Round used at bottom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making sure the 1×2 did not stand over the bottom frame, I took the 1/4 round molding and turned it into the opening and nailed upside down. This provided a square edge for the 1×2 to sit without overhang.

Moving on to the top, we trimmed out the top using a 1 x 4 x 8 Select White Pine Board and Focal Point DWT3144-16 1-1/8 in. 3-1/2 in. x 192 in. Primed Polyurethane Window/Door trim.

Trimmed with Select Pine
Trimmed with Select Pine

 

Front 1x3 installed
Front 1×3 installed

 

 

 

 

 

 

To finish the look we added a small matching WM 984 3/8 in. x 1-3/8 in. Pine Mullion Moulding to the bottom of the 1×4 and then added the original trim piece back over top of the doors (I try to use the old pieces in a new way).  We love using the Ryobi brad nailer.  Its airstrike technology truly helps wood from splitting by to large of force.   Below is what it looks like trimmed out – Not bad for an old 1970’s piece!

Old trim piece above doors
Old trim piece above door
Trimmed piece
Trimmed piece

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Hello I Live Here changed up the 1970’s China Cabinet, we primed the piece with a grey Rust-Oleum ultra cover latex primer.

primer
primer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because the piece was older, a primer was necessary to provide a tight bond for the top coat, and provide a long lasting finish.  So what better choice than the trusted quality of Rust-Oleum 🙂

Primer on china cabinet
Primer on china cabinet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once dry, we applied a thin coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Ochre purchased from our friends at Wood Icing in the Chesterfield Mall.

Annie Sloan Paint applied
Annie Sloan Paint applied

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This unique decorative paint provided the piece the quality look we at Hello I Live Here are used to seeing.  We will be following the Old Ochre color up with a light coat of Annie Sloan brown wax once we complete Part II of our post.  This will give the china hutch a consistent antique look for this old piece that is new again.

woodicing Chalk Paint Annie Sloan
woodicing Chalk Paint Annie Sloan
Annie Sloan paint
Annie Sloan paint

 

 

sloan wax kit
sloan wax kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is our suggestion that you use the Annie Sloan brush with the paint and wax (purchased at Wood Icing).

sloan small brush
sloan small brush

I know they are pricey, but my last piece I used a regular bush, but noticed I used more paint, lesson learned!  This wonderful brush allowed me to buff the piece just right the first time, conserving both the paint and the wax.  Well, that’s part I of the China Hutch make over.  Hope you enjoyed the first half of Hello I Live Here’s China Hutch make over. Join at our site in a couple days for Part II and the full reveal of the China Hutch!

Happy start to October Y’all!

-Linda C

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