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DIY Hospitality Tray

For most of us, the term ‘Southern Hospitality’ evokes the notion of being warm, gracious and welcoming to those visiting our home.  And what better way to show genuine hospitality than opening your home to someone? There’s something that warms the heart when you share your home with others.

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One of my favorite pieces to serve with is an old white tray- you may have seen it on Fixer Upper when I greet my clients on design day.  Just a small gesture to try and make my guests feel welcome.
My creative team helped me recreate a replica of this wonderful white tray. In this example, we created a 16″ X 16″ square shape, but you could just as easily make a rectangle – your choice.
Materials
-Old hardwood flooring (or pieces of a wooden palette)
-3″ X 1/2″ trim
-Nails
-Paint primer
-White paint
-2 drawer cup pulls
-Sand paper to distress
-Stain (optional)
Assembly
– Lock 3-4 pieces of hardwood flooring together to form the base
– Measure the combined width of the flooring when locked together and then cut the length accordingly to make a square (in this case, the width/length measures 16″)
– Cut five pieces of your 3″ X 1/2″ trim as follows: two pieces X 16″, two pieces X 15″ (sides) and one piece X 15″ (divider)
– Align and hold the two 16″ sides on opposite ends of your base and nail from the bottom to secure
– Place the two 15″ sides on the open ends of the base and nail from the bottom to secure (you can also nail the 16″ and 15″ sides together for added stability)
– Place the 15″ divider within the tray as desired and nail from the bottom to secure (in this example, the divider was placed 4″ into the tray to allow for glasses to fit securely)
– Attach drawer cup pulls
Finishing
– Paint tray with a coat of primer and allow to dry (we also painted the cup pulls, but you may leave them as is if you’d like.)
– Paint with your favorite white paint (we used “cloud white”) and allow paint to dry
Optional: You can distress your tray by sanding certain areas and adding a light layer of stain. Here are some great tips on the art of distressing.
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These charming trays are not only practical, but can also be used as display on a coffee or dinner table.
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There you have it…another fun little project that you can complete in no time and enjoy for years to come.
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The Shingle Shack

The “Shingle Shack” was a good size home with a ton of potential, but needed to be updated and revamped. Our clients were drawn to this house because it was located in a great neighborhood and had plenty of bedrooms for their family. We were excited about walking through the process of purchasing a home with the Haire family since it would be the couple’s first home together.

In hopes of giving the house more curb appeal, I lightened up the house with “Rare Gray”, a soft but bright gray tone. Because the house looked dated and heavy, we removed the chingles and replaced them with new siding. We also painted the exterior trim “Pure White”, which created a more clean and finished look. I incorporated a new front door, new porch posts, shutters and simple black hardware on the plain garage door. These improvements were topped off with a fresh beautiful landscape that made the exterior come alive.
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Inside, the front foyer was dark and closed in, so I opened up the wall into the living room and added new iron railing. I also selected a carpet runner for the stairs and a light color, “Amazing Gray”, for the walls. The new front door also added a significant amount of natural light to brighten the space as well. I designed sliding barn doors in the foyer leading into our client’s office, creating both character in the foyer and privacy for the office. I also added a custom-made bench by Clint Harp to hide a major plumbing line in the foyer. The reclaimed wood bench fit perfectly along the wall in the foyer and added even more charm to the entry.
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Bench made by Harp Design Co
The foyer led into the living and dining spaces, which both only needed simple updates. We added new flooring, base boards, crown molding and new lighting.
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I opened up the wall from the formal dining room into the kitchen to create a more open floor plan. Then, we completely transformed the existing kitchen by adding new cabinets, a large island, new pendants, new appliances and my favorite: a signature farm sink. I used Silestone Quarts countertops with a limestone “Chenille White” limestone tile backsplash and a Tilebar Imperial Cumulus Cloud backsplash accent. Lastly, I created a cased opening from the kitchen into the living room so that the young mother could keep an eye on her kiddos in the backyard.
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In the den I added two new sets of french doors to bring in more natural light. Chip wrapped the existing beams and sanded and then re-stained the original hardwoods with a “Minwax Provincial” stain. I balanced the built-ins by the fireplace and the wood elements in both the den and the breakfast nook with a calm and peaceful color scheme and decor.

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 Upstairs, the master bedroom was revamped to include new windows, floors, lighting and new trim. We painted the walls “Amazing Gray” for a cohesive soft look throughout the home.
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Bed courtesy of Bob Mills Furniture

The biggest challenge for this Fixer Upper was the master bathroom. Originally, this bathroom felt more like a half bath than a master so our clients decided it was worth cutting into one of the existing bedrooms to add more space to the bathroom. Chip and I created a spacious yet functional master bath and added a tub, large shower, double vanity and large walk-in closet. I selected a “Silestone Quarts” product for the vanity, Floor and Decor Forum “Ivory” tile for the floor and shower walls and a “Rockford Blend” for accent tiles.

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In the end, we were honored to be a part of the Haire’s first home buying experience. I believe the key to buying a Fixer Upper is buying it at the right price, while making room in the budget for the needed renovations and not going over the market value in the area. Not only were the Haire’s able to purchase this “ugly house on the block” at a great price, but they were able to stay within their budget and transform the house into an All-American classic beauty.
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DIY: Encouragement Hanging

The simplicity of a hymnal takes me back to a simpler time and going to church when I was a little girl. There really is something about an old hymnal, isn’t there? The richness and value to the words in the pages of these books hold so much truth and meaning. This is what pushed us to design this pack of 12 cards with quotes from some of my most treasured hymns. After we designed them with my good friend Alissa, owner of Oh Ollie Paperworks, I wanted a way to display them in my own home.

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That’s what brings us here. This DIY encouragement display hanging is the perfect decorative piece to display any sort of encouragement on your wall.

Here’s what you’ll need:
-A pack of hymn cards available here
-A galvanized metal envelope available here
-Smooth plywood
-Coarse sand paper
-Extra small nails
-Paint
-A paintbrush
-A clip
-Wood glue
-A glue gun
-A picture hanger

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Step one is to cut your wood into two pieces.
-Piece number one: 18 inches long x 14 inches wide
-Piece number two: 9 inches long x 7 inches wide

Paint your wood using whatever color speaks to you. I chose black chalkboard paint. Use wood glue to attach the two pieces.

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Step two is to add some character. Using your coarse sandpaper, sand down the edges of the wood to give it some dimension and character.

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Step three is to nail an extra small nail in place to hang your galvanized envelope, and then hot glue your clip in place.

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Step four, nail the picture hanger to the back of the board

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…and then find a spot to hang it where it will be visible as you pass by it throughout your day!

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Now you’re ready! Pick your favorite card, hang it from your clip, and rest the others inside the envelope. Enjoy your sweet little reminder and be encouraged each time you glance over and see it hanging. I hope it takes you back to standing in an old oak church pew, singing from the pages of a worn and dusty hymnal. The simplest moments sometimes make for the sweetest memories.