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Burlap Covered Bench & Chair


I’m on a burlap trend this week!

I’ve had this bench and chairs for a few years and they were in desperate need of recovering….

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I was so excited to find these two pieces of burlap when I went on my shopping trip last week for my Burlap Potato Planters and set them aside – they were too nice to use as outdoor potato planters!

The bench is in my entryway and at this point it’s the only thing completed in this space.  This area is next on my list to finish. It’s a really small space but it has a lot of character and I’m looking forward to making this area more functional and inviting.




And here are a few of the afters of the chair.


I loved the stripes going down this burlap sack and this chair was perfect to use it on since the seat area was more wide than my other chairs so it could showcase the stripe a little bit more. This sack was the only one I could find in the 45 minutes I spent digging through the burlap bin this week with a stripe and I’m happy with the piece I used it on.



Thanks for looking! ~Jess

Linked to:

Give me the Goods Monday @ Rain on a Tin Roof
The Scoop Link Party @ Lolly Jane
Transformation Thursday @ Shabby Creek Cottage
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Inspire Me Please Blog Party @ Blissfully Ever After


Flea Market Side Table


I picked up this piece at a Flea Market a few weeks ago and I can’t believe I almost passed on it. Thankfully I was shopping with my sister Danielle who is my shopping enabler and she encouraged me to buy it. (;

I was most drawn to the hardware on this piece – it is what ultimately sold me on buying it. I love the antique metal side handle accentsand the rollers on the feet.


My biggest challenge was the top. There was a design inserted into the middle and I wasn’t sure how that would look painted but I thought it would be a great chance to give a try at stenciling or painting graphics on it.


To get the design, I used graphite paper and traced the French Transfer Printable from Graphic Fairy’s website. I then painted it with Annie Sloan’s Graphite Chalk Paint. This was my first shot at freehand painting like this and I’ll be honest – it took me FOREVER!  I got quite antsy to see the results but the wait was worth it for me.


To paint the table, I made my own chalkboard paint with plaster of paris. This is my second attempt at making it and I had much more success. I think my mistake the first time around is that it was way too thick so this time I put in plaster of paris until I got the same consistency as the other chalk paints I’ve used. It was just slightly thicker than normal paint.

It took a lot longer to dry than the Annie Sloan Paints did but once it finally did (I left it for a day) I sanded it and used a little Annie Sloan Dark Wax as a top coat.



Overall I’m really happy with how this one came out. I’m not usually drawn to long side tables but I absolutely love this one and may need to pick up a few more to work with!


Thanks for looking!



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Good Luck Mic!

I’m not a runner. Let’s just put that out there. I’ve tried – I joined a gym a little over a month ago but on my second time there I had a very embarrassing incident with the treadmill and I haven’t been back (those things can really speed up pretty fast!!).

I didn’t get the athletic genes of the family but both of my sisters did. And I’m so very, very proud to say that my middle sister, Michelle, is going to be running the “Grandma’s Marathon” in Duluth tomorrow.

This is something that she’s always wanted to do and it has been on her “bucket list”. This year she decided to go for it and run in memory of my brother. I’m sooo very sad I can’t be there in person (on the sidelines) to cheer her on because of an obligation I have for my daughter, but I just want her to know I’m going to be there every step of the way in spirit and want to wish her the best of luck!!

Good luck Mic – I know you’ll do great!!  In honor of your success I’m going to get back on the treadmill next week – maybe I’ll be able to keep up with you the marathon in September.  LOL.

Love you! ~Jess









And because this one was too funny not to include…..




My Urban Garden Planters

If you are a Pinterest follower of mine you probably can tell what we’ve been up to the past week! LOTS of gardening!

We weren’t going to do a vegetable garden this year since the backyard is a work in progress, but then my sister offered us some established strawberry plants and it quickly went from adding a strawberry planter to adding a small side garden on the side of our yard to then adding another “Urban Style Garden” onto the  side of our house. I’m so excited about all the changes we’ve made and probably most proud of the Urban Garden.

I don’t have a true before picture but below is where we started last night…

urban garden before

The raised bed planters we had put in already and believe it or now we had already started to clean off the inches of dirt covering the paved walkway (what a MESS).  There was also a bamboo fence staked in next to the existing fence here (that’s what you see in the corner there) that Peter took down and by doing that we gained about 6” of space!

And here is where we are at now…

urban garden after

There is still a lot of work I want to do yet but it’s looking much better.

My favorite part about it is my Burlap Potato Planters! I LOVE burlap so for me this was the perfect solution to cover the buckets we planted the potatoes in.

Burlap Planters 1

This is all pretty experimental for us so I’m hoping it works out!

Burlap Planters 2

And if the burlap buckets don’t produce the potatoes they should I have a backup plan in another area of the yard at the end of our planted ground garden…..

potato planter

This is a really cool metal tub that Peter found in the barn at his parents so we are using it for planting more potatoes. My hopeful, optimistic approach is that these potatoes will make us all the way through the winter!

And next to the metal potato planter we have the strawberry planter that Peter built. We were able to get most of the plants that my sister gave us in here. We left some room for more plants to fill in and will probably make another planter next year.

strawberry planter

And we also have some flower container plants throughout our yard. It’s been such a late year that not many of them have filled out yet but here is a metal coffee pot with alyssum planted.

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And lastly we have Peter’s genius idea…



He found this barrel at his parent’s farm and he actually came up with the idea to use it as a planter. How great is that??!!

Hopefully I’ll have some more to share as the garden takes place. I’ve got a few things left to plant, a few trellises I want to build and then I plan to “pretty it all up” and make some tags and such. It’s been a lot of work putting these gardens in but also so fun and rewarding to see it all start to grow!! It’s only been a week since we put the ground garden in and all of our seeds are growing fast!!


Linked to:

Summer Spruce Up Series {Planters} @ Rain on a Tin Roof
Link Party @ Lil Luna
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Party Junk 195 – Burlap @ Funky Junk Interiors
Inspire Me Linky Party @ Liz Marie Blog
The Scoop Link Party @ Lolly Jane


DIY Curtain Rods


Another project that we recently finished for the sunroom is adding some curtains. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on curtain rods and there are three walls of windows (four rods needed) so I did a search on pinterest for DIY Curtain Rods and found this post “$7 Curtain Rods” at Kelly Hicks Design’s Blog. It was PERFECT!

Our local Menards had everything we needed so it was a quick and easy project and the cost was very minimal. We used 1/2″ Metal  Conduit for the Rods, Hooks for the Rod Holder, and Conduit Fittings for the ends. We needed a little help finding the conduit fittings and when we told the salesman what we were using it for he laughed and said that’s one he’s never heard before. LOL.

We pretty much followed the directions from Kelly Hicks Design’s post except we substituted hooks for the eyebolts. I was originally going to spray paint the rods white so I didn’t want to scratch the paint when I put the rod through the eyebolt but once I put them up I liked the silver in the room so I decided to leave them for now.


In the end the cost was very minimal – the two long side windows ended up being $5.25 each and the two smaller front windows were $4.61 each because we were able to cut the pipe for both. Not too bad!! I’m so glad I found Kelly’s post – this saved me a lot of money and I really like how they look too!



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