Faux Light Hack

January 16, 2018

Brooke told Jessica!

And Jessica told me, that Brooke said you could be an electrician without electricity!

Say what?  Excuse the valley girl talk but I was like totally amazed and at the same time thinking Duh!   Why didn’t I think of that!

Lights without electricity!

Which means my house is about to get hit with sconces in every room!  And the sign?  Sit tight I’ll give you the deets on that as well.

It starts with this guy.

$9.98 at Lowe’s

I checked the thrift store and our local Re Store first but no luck that day for a similar piece, however I did get the next required piece for a thrifty $3.00.

 They had quite a few of these in different shapes.  it’s frosted glass and I just sprayed it with Rust-Oleum oil rubbed bronze and you’d never guess the two pieces didn’t come as a set.  Didn’t even prime it since it will be untouched once it’s hung.

I bought a 3 pack of these tap lights (faux lights in every room!).  Brooke from Nesting With Grace suggested the kind with remote control, but I can’t be trusted to keep track of the remote control so I went with the tap lights.  Either will work.

Used rubber cement to glue the puck light right inside the fixture and….

Let there be light!

This is just a soft mood light, which is the look I wanted.  You can buy lights with higher output if wanting something brighter.

So for a whopping $13 for the light, I avoid the need to hire an electrician and am able to add some mood lighting here, there and everywhere!

It’s a nice way to add a little more farmhouse flair and personality to your decor.

This sign is one of my favorite quotes and Ashley at Artisign Designs 

made it for me.  LOVE it!  And she’s giving one away to a lucky ducky as well!

Head on over to our Instagram and follow along for your chance to win!

And if you’d like to see how Nesting with Grace uses these faux lights in her adorable home and a step by step tutorial, head


I’m off to hang more lights!







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Updating outdated Furniture

December 22, 2017

Can we all just take a moment to appreciate what an hour and a few dollars of paint can do for a piece….




Loving this moody charcoal color.


 See all the details and makeover at

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The “first” Fancy Farmgirl Makeover

December 13, 2017

Once upon a time, Liz sold a bookcase on Craigslist.

 She had multiple calls within minutes,

(sure sign she under priced it);)

and happily pocketed her 40 bucks and called to tell me the beauty of Craigslist.

 Again, this was yearrrrs ago.

Well, not to be outdone, I went and listed my cute little bookcase on Craigslist.

Ring , ring and sold!

And so it began…… Fancy Farmgirls was born.

This dingy little guy was my first official “Fancy Farmgirl” piece.  I bought it off Craigslist for $50 and planned to refurbish it and re sale it on Craigslist for a profit. The “before” was some old stained wood.  And the “after”….well this is the after!  It’s been years and used and abused so it was time for a new “after”.

New and improved!



I went the easy route and used Rust-oleum Chalked paint, meaning zero prep, get right to work.

 Color is “sensible sage”.

I’d say it’s a dark version of a robin’s egg blue.

Hardware was updated and bling-ed up.

They started out like this.

Iv’e had these knobs forever, and tho they’re cute as is, I’m loving pops of gold right now.

I scuffed them up with some sandpaper and gave them the gold spray paint treatment.


Yes, everything needs a little bling.

This is “Bear”.  He’s our souvenir from Alaska, (hence the name) and this is his perch where he guards the pride lands.

 It’s a full time job and he takes it seriously!

These antlers I did several years ago for my daughters room.  It’s just flowers hot glued to the base.  Antlers spray painted white to take the rustic edge off.

Chalk paint needs a protective coat, so I used Varathane poly, which makes for a quick top coat.

Love how these striped walls are subtle while adding a lot of personality.

And once again, paint reinvents the piece and gives it a whole new look.

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