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Farmhouse Doors DIY Project

I've always loved the farmhouse look after seeing all the beautiful pictures on Pinterest. I knew I wanted a pair of sliding barn doors somewhere in my house, so this archway was calling for a set of them. It's a 9-foot archway, so finding doors was going to be a problem. But then I thought, "Why can't we just make the doors ourselves?" And by "ourselves," I mean I would turn to my handyman son-in-law, Jonathan.

In May of this year, Jonathan made these custom barn doors for our master bedroom and I love the way they turned out! This project took a few days to finish. The cost was less than $200 for the whole project. 

Hobby Lobby hardware
We bought most of the supplies at Lowes. We used pinewood slats for these doors. For the track we used black iron pipes with eyebolts to connect to the iron. We also added wheels on the bottom for convenient sliding. It sure helps to have Jonathan because this girl could not have done the carpentry work. 

Before hardware was installed

After he put the doors together, they were ready for paint! After talking to a few sources, I decided white paint was the way to go. Who doesn't love a clean white farmhouse look? I also considered a natural wood stain or even a gray paint, but I'm so glad we stuck with classic white. We 
used Behr's Maui Mist

Jonathan taking a break from painting
Painting took a whole day of work because we wanted the doors to fully dry. And it was quite a sight seeing 9-foot doors go up and down the stairs! I'm grateful for everyone's work, including my husband and children. We let the doors dry outside overnight before installing them the next day. On installation day, Jonathan had attached eyebolts to the tops of the doors, and the black iron slid through those eyebolts easily! 

The final product!

After the doors were installed, the final touch was to find hardware for the doors. Some people add fancy brackets or extra iron to their doors, but I wanted simple handles to complete the look. I looked at many stores until I found the perfect handles at
Hobby Lobby!  

Styled master bedroom with finished barn doors
I love to keep the doors open for styling, and I even shut them when I'm in the bathroom area! They also buffer the noise from my husband, who gets up early for work. It was a great weekend project that the whole family helped bring to life. It's the perfect addition for this giant, tall wall in the bedroom, and I love seeing it every day. 

DIY Barn Doors

Birthday Party DIY: Ribboned Lanterns

I love to decorate and I LOVE my granddaughter, so when they were in town for her 1st birthday, I knew I would be doing some birthday decorating! One of the staples that I keep on hand at all times are lanterns. I usually have many colors, shapes and sizes in my storage area (aka my garage). I like to save them all because they are so easy to decorate with and they really make a statement for any party. They add color, pizzaz, and that "wow" factor that I love when decorating.

Decor from Teri's daughter's reception
I like to add ribbons or torn pieces of colored material to the lanterns for added color to the party. It really makes the party POP! I can't take the credit for adding the ribbons on the lanterns. I was helping Teri decorate for one of her daughter's weddings, and she added ribbons to the regular lanterns. When I saw those at the wedding, I thought that was a creative touch to a regular lantern, so I bought my own and tied ribbons to them too! I think I'll keep these hanging all summer to keep my home festive. (Also I don't want to take them down and I'm not ready for that day just yet) Read below to see how you can create your own lantern look!

1. I bought round ribbed lanterns from the Paper Lantern Store, but you can find lanterns almost anywhere online or in craft stores. I chose white, soft pink, and some mint greens, but if you click on the link, you can see there are so many to choose from!
2. Use ribbon or pieces of fabric, anywhere from 3 feet to 5 feet in length, depending on where you hang it from. I like to mix materials and colors, like tulle, lace, cotton, etc.
3. Hang your lantern with any string you'd like! I used clear fishing wire and tied off knots to hang the lanterns. Place your lanterns at different heights for a staggered look.

A Coastal + Fresh Summer Patio

Our Styling Tip: We choose flowers that contrast the pillow designs
to add a pop of color! Our favorite summer flowers are bright
whites, pinks, and yellows. We also love using brightly colored fruit! 
We wanted to restyle Teri's patio for the summer months so her family could enjoy it! She already had the wicker and wood furniture, so we brought in pillows, a rug, fresh flowers, a vintage tray and glasses, linen napkins, and of course some lemons, because it's not summer without lemons! We also added some plants, and we styled it about a billion times! 

We just love how it turned out. We love styling spaces like this because they are gathering spots for families, and we are all about families. We are both mothers and grandmas, and there is nothing better than spending time with our children and grandchildren. 

Some of the items we used are no longer listed, so we added links to similar items you could use for your own patio/backyard!

  1. Pillows (from Home Goods) Pillow 1, Pillow 2, Pillow 3
  2. White Wicker Bench 
  3. Gray Outdoor Rug 1Rug 2
  4. Vintage Wooden Tray 1, Tray 2
  5. Gold + Marble Tray (Teri's is from Home Goods) Tray 1, Tray 2

Our First Blog Post!

July 2017 at our family reunion!
We always knew Wool + Vine would one day have a blog, but it's been amazing to finally launch and have another place to share our thoughts, along with some of our DIY projects. This will also be a place to share photos and stories and a behind-the-scenes look at our styling techniques.
Teri's entryway to her cottage home
in Southern California! This is one of our
favorite spots to style because of the
natural lighting. 

We love home decor and design! We are excited to share something we love so much. And let's face it, we all want beautiful homes, but we know that there's another story that can be told from "behind the scenes" of these pictures. We've seen people tell the real story of their homes, and we have appreciated their openness and honesty. 

As we stage our Instagram pictures, we can tell any story we want to through edited photos. Those photos are sometimes different than reality, but maybe the rooms we style are our "dream homes" for only an hour. Because who really has fresh flowers on their pillow and a clean kitchen every day? Our homes are lived in, not-so-perfect, and we like them like that. (On second thought we'll take the clean kitchen and a butler and a chef)!!

Similar items will be linked below since most are from Home Goods! 

1. Gold Lamps from Home Goods, Similar Lamps
2. Chair from World Market
3. White Tassel Throw from Home Goods, Throw 1, Throw 2
4. Dough Bowl from Home Goods, Bowl 1, Bowl 2
5. Flowers from Trader Joe's
6. Sconces from Home Goods, Sconce 1, Sconce 2
7. Basket on Chair from Target Dollar Spot
8. Mirror from Antique Market
9. Buffet Table from Cottage Charm in Murrieta, CA, Similar Tables