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HOLIDAY DIY | Thrifted Chalkboard Charcuterie Table 

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This Thanksgiving is SO special to me because my guy and I are getting married!! If you have been following along on ISPYDIY Instagram, I have been sharing some sneak peeks of our DIY wedding, and one project I am excited to take on is the charcuterie table!! And I am excited to partner up again with my longtime sponsor, Krylon® Brand, to give a thrifted table a makeover. It honestly brings me so much joy to create these cheese boards!!!

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I was looking for a round table so friends could gather around & snack before the ceremony, and I was beyond excited when I spotted this one at Goodwill for $30!! But wait, it gets better, when you flip the top it’s a bumper pool and poker table, AMAZING! So after the food is gone, we can fire up the games. The only downside was that the “wood” aka cheap veneer was chipping and I did not love the orangey color. So I thought it would be fun to paint it with Krylon® Brand Chalkboard Paint, to give it a matte black finish, which also could be used for writing fun messages and keeping score! I also found some white and wood candle sticks at the second hand store and gave them a spray painted makeover with Krylon ColorMaster Paint + Primer in Matte Bordeaux and Brushed Metallic Champagne Nouveau. I am obsessed with the dark and moody vibe of the Bordeaux color, and Champagne Nouveau mixed in perfectly with my antique gold pieces. After I painted two coats on the table and let it dry, I started building my cheese board. I stuck to the color theme of the wedding, dark reds and greens with brass and wood accents, and absolutely love how it turned out and now I have a reference for my wedding day!

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HOLIDAY DIY | Thanksgiving Photo Frame

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Last month my family and I took an amazing trip through Europe, starting in Paris to Oktoberfest in Munich, then Prague to visit my little Sister, and finally, the most beautiful, Strasbourg! I took so SO many photos on my iPhone along the way, and I was looking for a fun way to print and display them at home, and then I discovered the FUJIFILM instax SHARE® SP-3 SQ printer! It was SUPER easy to print out the snaps I took in each country straight from my phone or Instagram via the instax SHARE app. And they just look so darn cute in the old school format.
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Next, was figuring out how to display them. I thought it would be to fun to sandwich the photos between two inexpensive pieces of glass I bought at the hardware store. Then, I constructed a frame out of wood, so the glass could slide in and out. That way I can change out the photos often! Since it’s the Thanksgiving season, and I am beyond grateful for the experiences I had abroad with my family, I wanted to add a message of gratitude to the frame. I have ALWAYS wanted to try my hand and wood burning, and I was surprised at how easy it was to create a custom message. The hardest part is waiting for each letter stamp to heat up (patience is not a virtue of mine, ha!). All the steps and supplies after the break:
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BAYVIEW BARNHOUSE | Updating the HVAC + Smart Thermostat

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One question I keep getting about the Barnhouse is “Where did the radiators go?!” The answer: They are gone! And we replaced them with forced air. I was pretty surprised when some of my readers told me they were bummed about that because they thought the radiators looked so cool! It was honestly a no brainer for me, they were HUGE, did not heat the house efficiently and made it impossible to design a room… look how big they are in the before picture below! Plus the weather is so extreme in Wisconsin, one day it’s 80 and then the next it’s 30 degrees. I wanted to be able to heat and cool the house efficiently.
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The HVAC guys installed a basic thermostat, but once the house was done being painted I had my electrician come in and switch it out for slickest Smart Thermostat I have ever seen, Glas by Johnson Controls! It’s super sleek, and will absolutely cut down on the big heat/cooling bills for a large house. You can set the temperature to drop while you are sleeping and away, and then crank it back up when you are planning to be home. Plus, you can control everything from your phone, so turn it up on your way home from work so it can be super toasty when you arrive. Also I love that it tracks the air quality, just finishing the renovation, means we had a lot of construction dust in the vent, and it so nice to see that the air is circulating to remove it, and I can keep check to make sure the quality it good! It just makes me so happy that we could keep the character of a 140-year-old house, but make updates to make it a Smart home!ispydiy_glas3

I snapped these pictures right after we installed it, so the temperature was a 52, but quickly got up to 68 (my perfect temp!)

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This post was made in partnership with Glas by Johnson Controls. All opinions are my own. For more details on the Glas by Johnson Controls check it out here


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