Tiffany & Co(w) Inspired Tack Room

Me: “Sorry my house is disgusting.”

Also Me: “Please take off your shoes before going into my tack room.”

Now let’s be honest..

This is a non-recent finished product of having time on my hands, a little jingle in my pocket, no children and some coffee induced motivation.

Now, there’s mouse droppings on the floor, a water trough in the center still messy from chicks that were placed in it weeks ago, empty feed sacks, empty feed bins and a girl that needs to clean up her tack room but “can’t even”.

But before the chaos of becoming a busy adult and then throwing a kid into the mix, there was this beautiful little tack room painted in Tiffany & Company blue with pink bridle racks and some d.i.y. trim that resembles cow print.

Here – I’ll include the deets!

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Trevor (my husband) and I build this barn or “lean-to” and poured a concrete floor the length of the barns width. The slab ended up 8ftx14ft-ish. We framed up the tack room  and added a couple windows that not much later my buckskin gelding would eat the screens out of. The door  now sports dings and dents from hooves beating on it too. This was our first go at doing drywall ourselves. Not too pretty, but I’ve seen worse. Also, Trevor’s first go at wiring. Again, not too pretty.. Just kidding, I now have 3 switches to different lights in the barn and a ton of electrical outlets. It’s really a cowgirls dream tack room.

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The Trim

My husband is in the concrete biz. Some slabs he pours up are formed with 1×6 pieces of wood. In order for the concrete to not stick to the wood or forms, they are oiled with basically what would be the Crisco (the spray kind) of the concrete industry. After a few uses, the pieces of wood get wore down, greasy, and some concrete pieces stick to them like those dang brownie pieces in the corner of the pan if you know what I’m saying. They’re useless. But not to me! These were perfect for my trim project.

I painted these greasy pieces of 1×6 with black paint knowing it would be selective where it would stick and dry.

I sporadically placed globs of Vaseline over the black painted wood with a paper towel. Let that sit for a bit and then painted over the entire board with white.

I ran over the entire board with a scouring pad once the white paint had dried. If you’re young and dumb like me, you’re probably wondering what a scouring pad is. It’s the green flat sponge your momma uses to clean the kitchen pans. You’re welcome. The pad removed the white paint wherever the Vaseline sat resulting in the patchy, cow spotted effect.

I then shabbily pieced the 1×6’s together at the ends and used them as trim bordering the floor, door and windows.

 

The Curtains

Made from burlap potato sacks they look alright on the front but the back side is a thread knotted disaster. I totaled out my sewing machine in this endeavor. Good luck to you should you decide to make burlap curtains without proper knowledge of how to sew burlap. R.I.P. Singer.

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Considering I went overboard with making my tack room look like a little girl’s room, I tried saving some money wherever I could. I wanted to save money and save space at the same time and found that Schneider Saddlery was THE PLACE for fixtures. The racks I purchased were inexpensive and so far everything has stood the test of time and has held up great!

I’ve included the racks and hangers I purchased here as well as links below.

The Easy-Up Bridle Rack $17.99

https://www.sstack.com/Stable_RacksOrganizers_TackBridle-Racks/Easy-Up-10-Hook-Tack-Rack/

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Pink Single Bridle Hooks $2.99

https://www.sstack.com/Stable_RacksOrganizers_TackBridle-Racks/Coated-Metal-Bridle-Rack/?green=9D288243-DB57-5575-A1D9-B0BA3C110413

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The Easy-Up Saddle N Pad Rack $24.99

https://www.sstack.com/Customer-Favorites/Easy-Up-Saddle-N-Pad-Racks/

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The Easy-Up Blanket Bar $8.99

https://www.sstack.com/Horse-Blankets-And-Sheets_Blanket-Accessories/Easy-Up-Blanket-Bar/?green=F3C83F42-3A5F-5E7A-9391-B39CF92CAB71

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I love how it turned out. Punchy, fancy and functional.

I hope this Tiffany & Co(w) tack room inspires you to style yours! You’re husband needed a summer project anyways, right?

 

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Floral European Mount

img_2369My friend Laura, the owner of Refunked Junque made this adorable floral European mount piece and had it for sale at her shoppe about a year ago. My home (50’s model) is basically a blank canvas and this what I’ll call “wall art” didn’t match a thing but I thought it was adorable and I had to have it. #impulsebuy So there it sits in our guest bedroom waiting for a place to take residency. I’ll post a link later so you can see all Laura’s amazing work.

In the meantime, my husbands best friend, Colton (hi Colton! you made the blog! Lol) found this awesome deer skull while cleaning irrigation ditch with his excavator. I shed hunt with hubby every spring and we collect a good amount of mule deer antlers but have yet to find a dead head (skull and all) so this was like gold to me. I know, bones. Weirdo. Anyways, I’ve kept this skull in my flower bed for a year now to let the bugs and Mother Nature do their thing. Clean it up and whatnot. Only a little bit of hide was left on the nose so I took care of that with my husbands toothbrush.. just kidding.. some needle-nose pliers did the trick. I didn’t think that required picture documentation.

The floral skull is the IN thing right now. From prints on clothing, boutique logos, boho decor and everything in between. If there’s a skull out there, there’s a girl who wants to slap some flowers on it and call it “chic”.

I’m that girl. So I took Laura’s piece as inspiration and did with my new skull what she did with hers but with my own flair of course. With $20 and a 40% off coupon for Hobby Lobby I made it to match what we already had for decor in our home. It was super easy and I was able to do all within an hour while my newborn was taking a nap!

Here’s how I did it. Quick!

I used 3 stemmed peonies(but cut the stems off) from Hobby Lobby and a pallet wall hanging with white frame already attached.

I used a hot glue gun to attach the back of the flowers to the skull.

And a piece of suede lace to thread thru the back of the skull for hanging. I suppose a piece of wire or fishing line would work but baby napping = working on borrowed time and using what’s available.

Tack a nail into wood to hang skull on.

And hang. Pretty nifty! I mean, pretty “chic” 😉

Check out Laura’s Refunked Junque Facebook page!

www.facebook.com/refunkedjunque

And on instagram

www.instagram.com/refunkedjunque

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DIY (cheap ‘n easy) Poster Frame

img_2543So Henrys nursery is buffalo themed. Look up buffalo decor online and you’ll find that there is next to nothing out there! I kept searching and found this adorable buffalo head picture on Etsy. It was a digital download for multiple sized prints. I wanted the BIGGEST picture of this buffalo for above Henry’s crib. I purchased the digital download on Etsy (for $7.17) and had a 20”x30” printed at Walgreens photo center (for $23.99) and picked up by my sweet momma (for free).

After spending about $30 for this picture I started shopping for poster size picture frames to match current decor of the room.
HOLY CRAP ARE THEY EXPENSIVE. My options were to either buy a cheap ($15) plastic frame or $40+ frame that didn’t look AS cheap and still didn’t match jack. So I decided to make my own frame to match the crown molding and trim of the room. It was cheaper and I supported local business. It matches perfectly. WIN!

For starters,

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Since I’m literally framing a matte finished poster I didn’t want a glass front in the frame. Not only would that have cost more getting glass custom cut but it would have added a bit of weight to the frame which is hanging over where my baby will be sleeping. No thanks.

I bought 2 sticks of composite trim from the local lumber store. It’s lighter than wood, cuts just as easy if not easier with the miter saw, is much cheaper, and comes primed and ready for coat of white paint!

The cost of trim was $24 total. Everything else used in this project I already had available at home. If you’re a crafter or do it yourself’er you may have the same stuff available to you as well.

Measure the picture. Don’t just cut trim to 20 and 30 inch pieces assuming picture will be those exact measurements. The picture contained 3/4 inch of a white boarder, which I didn’t want showing. I measured the picture not including the boarder and the measurements were 29.25” x 19.25”.

Figure out which side of the trim you want on the inside and outside. Momma said put the thinner/ornate side of the trim on the inside so I did just that. (Mom’s always right).

Move project to the shop..

Cut end of trim at a 45 degree where thinner/ornate side will be made the short side. Luckily, our miter saw has the degree-lock settings.

Measure from the shorter side to the length desired for picture size. Mark, re-adjust miter saws degree setting, then cut at a 45 in the opposite direction. Do the same for the other 3 trim pieces.

Piece together trim pieces on top of picture to make sure everything fits together properly and no more cuts are needed. Pat self on back.

Assembling Frame

This is where things got tricky. The composite material of the trim is quite flimsy and light so I tried several things to piece them together. Heavy hardware would not do the trick.

First, clean up the rough, cut edges of the trim. You can use sand paper. I’m a girls girl and used the course side of one of my oh so many nail files.

The trim was so lightweight I was able to mend it together with hot glue. Remember to compress trim pieces together tightly so there’s minimal gap. Glue will express on both sides and it rolls off clean super easy.

After glueing, on a hard surface, pop a few staples in the back for reinforcement. I used a Craftsman staple gun and 3/8 in. staples. Make sure the staples you’re using aren’t too long and don’t go thru the other side. I learned the hard way and tacked my frame to the hardwood kitchen floor. I was only able to use two staples at each corner because there was only so much area they were short enough for.

Fill in gaps (if any) with caulk or wood putty. I used white adhesive caulk. The same we used for the crown molding in Henry’s room. It costs $2.99 at Ace hardware and dries quickly. Run down seam with finger and damp paper towel.

Add hardware for hanging. I used the hammer-in type of saw tooth hangers since the frame is light weight and the barbs on the hangers are shallow enough to not go through to the other side. You obviously want to hammer these in on a hard surface but be sure to place cardboard under the frame so you don’t scuff up the front while hammering. Use measuring tape to space out hangers evenly.

Paint frame. I used leftover white paint to match molding and trim in the room.

While paint is drying, adhere the poster to a piece of cardboard or foam board using double sided tape. I worked with an Amazon box. This keeps the poster from crimping or wrinkling. By using double sided tape the poster can be removed and switched out if room decor/theme changes down the road.

Tape or staple cardboard and poster to the back of the frame. My staples were too long and would have gone thru both poster and cardboard so I ended up using painters tape. Hopefully it sticks for a long while. (knock on wood).

Flip over.

Hang’er up!

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I seriously don’t think I would pass wood shop class or enter this mess in the county fair but it works for me!

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