The Belmont Ranch: 2016

Cute Holiday Gifts & Gift Wrapping

Thursday, November 17, 2016

I know I know. It's not even Thanksgiving yet and I'm talking about holiday gifts! But bare with me guys, this one will be worth it! I've got lots of goodies from Erin Condren to share with you today. They sent me a package full of wonderful holiday surprises to review and help me get ready for the holidays. Just in time to get some wrapping and stocking stuffers in order!

DIY Mason Jar Winter Decor

Monday, October 31, 2016

Hey there! I just love easy and cheap décor crafts, don't you ?! I shared one of my Winter mason jar projects on Instagram last week, so I thought I would share with y'all how easy it was!  It's been quite the challenge transitioning from my Christmas décor to keeping it neutral for Winter. I haven't even taken my Christmas tree down yet (I'm not crazy I swear). For these crafts, you will need some mason jars, a glue gun, Epsom salt, snow paint, and mini trees. I grabbed the snow paint and mini trees at JoAnn Fabric and they were 75% off. Can't beat that! Even if you go to Michaels, you can use a 40-50% off coupon and they will be a good price I'm sure.

Dining Room Makeover

Sunday, October 16, 2016

I have partnered with Raymour & Flanigan and received product in exchange for this post. All expressed opinions are 100% my own!

Hey guys!! I am SO excited to be writing this post today as I have partnered up with Raymour & Flanigan to do a huge dining room reveal! If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know the large impact my new furniture makes. We had been waiting awhile to do our dining space because we wanted to build our own farmhouse table. When I stumbled upon this gorgeous Sagamore Dining Set, I knew that it belonged in our little ranch.

DIY Faux Brick Tutorial

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Hey friends! Is it really already October?! We've been so busy lately, September just flew by. I've been working on some projects of my own that I'll be sharing soon, but in the meantime I've been absolutely crushing on my friend Jessica's faux brick archway. I asked her to write up a tutorial so I could share with you guys, because trust me, it's absolutely gorgeous. You can find Jessica over on Instagram and look at the rest of her beautiful home. We share a similar love for mugs, farmhouse decor, and hoarding Rae Dunn!

Decorating with Vintage Books

Monday, September 26, 2016

Hi my sweet friends! I am so thrilled to be doing another link party blog hop with some talented ladies. We are each sharing how we decorate with vintage books. Vintage books are so fun to decorate with because they can liven up a space, bring height, and also create texture. I honestly use vintage books everywhere. Whenever I can find them for a reasonable price, I pick them up because I know I will use them.

Brimfield Flea Market Experience

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Have you ever heard of the Brimfield Antique Festival? Well if not, that place is AH-MA-ZING! It's a festival hosted three times a year for a week long, with just about every antique you could imagine. It was seriously my dream come true! How have I never been to such a magical place before? I wanted to share my experience & pictures with y'all. I even met up with some insta besties of mine and it was such a joy to meet them!

Current Favs & Giveaway!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Hey loves! I really do love handmade products, don't you?! There is just something about receiving something from a maker knowing they put time and love into making something special for you. So, I am going to share my current favorite shops with you. At the end, I'll even let you know how you can enter to win all of the farmhouse goodies I'm featuring!

Progress at Our Little Ranch

Thursday, September 1, 2016

You guys!! We finally bought our home February 25th! What a journey it has been so far.

I can't believe it's already been 2 months. I really wanted to write a post a few weeks ago, but busy doesn't even begin describe what's been going on. Now that we have our home, I decided it was time to take Koo Koo Krafts through a change and rebranded to The Belmont Ranch. We live in a ranch style home on Belmont Street. I wanted to adjust from providing easy crafts & recipes to providing ways to make your house a home on a budget. You don't need all the money in the world to make your home beautiful!

Kitchen Updates That Anyone Can Do

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I want to share with you all how you can update your kitchen by yourself and not break the bank!
So let me start by showing you what our kitchen looked like before we moved in.

Okay, I'm gonna be real with you guys. When I originally thought of this post and started to brainstorm, I was super excited. Then, when I went to go take photos today of our kitchen, I kept noticing all the little imperfections. The stains on the cabinets, the nicks in the floor, and the spaces where we didn't put enough grout on the subway tile. Suddenly, I became discouraged. I thought about who would care about seeing our kitchen, it's not magazine worthy. And who would care about the updates we did to our kitchen. We aren't professional kitchen remodelers. We didn't spend $25,000 on a new kitchen. But wait.

That's just it, and here it is now. We didn't spend $25,000 on a new kitchen, and we didn't have to! I love our kitchen. I love every single thing we have done to it. Are there still a few things I want to change? Hell yeah I do! But, there are always things we are going to want to change about our home. We have many many years ahead of us and many projects left. A house becomes your home when you put work and love into it. What matters is what we can do and what we have done, and how much hard work we have already put into this place. Our kitchen updates cost us about $1,500 and we did everything ourselves.

1. Update the cabinet hardware.

I really do not like our cabinets. I want to replace the doors, but for now we changed the hardware on them. We got two 10-packs at home depot for $19.97 each. So this project cost about $40. Not bad, and I love the way they look. The hardware before was white and silver. Updating the cabinet hardware will give your cabinets a fresher look and make a huge difference. I also loooove this rug I found at Target the other day! & Can we talk about the mug rack I got on amazon for 39.99?! It's smaller than the one seen in Fixer Upper, but it's so cute and super cheap. I included the link below so you can check it out! 

2. Install an island.

I know what you're thinking. Install an island?! I seriously looked everywhere for an affordable island. We searched so many websites and stores. Then, I stumbled upon and they had this gorgeous kitchen island on sale here for $773.49! AND when you sign up with your email address, they give you a 10% off coupon code. It ended up being around $700 for the island and chairs! They got delivered in 5 different boxes, & Anthony and I put it all together within a few hours one night. An island will break up some empty space, create extra seating and counter space, and can be fun to decorate!

3. Add subway tile & open shelving.

This is something we were clueless on. We've actually been clueless on most of our projects. We looked everything up on YouTube. These are beveled subway tiles from Home Depot. They are sold in a box for $28. I believe we used 5 boxes, so we paid about $140. I can't remember exactly how many we got, because as soon as Anthony finished, he saw that he used two different types of tile! One was the beveled and one was straight tile. So he had to take it all off, go back to Home Depot and buy more of the right tile. Some things go wrong when you're doing projects. Sometimes they're extreme, sometimes they are just set backs that cost you a few extra hours. Home Depot also sells the grout kits and tells you what you will need on the bucket. We used dark grey grout. The shelves are Ekeby Hemnes from Ikea. They were $15 each, so total $60 for the 4 shelves! Subway tile and open shelving really opens up the space and brightens the room.

4. Update the light fixtures.

I just adore this vintage pendant light we bought at Lowes for $119.00. There was a huge hole in the ceiling from the light that was there before. We found a ceiling cover for it while we were at Lowes and then moved the chain over so it would fit right above our island. Anthony is not an electrician. He shut off the circuit breaker and matched the colored cables together. It took a few tries to get the wires tied together right, but overall it was a pretty simple project. Updating the light fixtures will really pull your kitchen together. It can make or break a space! 

5. Repaint trim around windows and doors, & update window treatments.

The first thing we did when we moved in was paint all the baseboards, doors, and trim. It made a HUGE difference! You don't realize it until you do it, but if it's been a few years or you just moved into a new house; paint that trim and those baseboards! I promise you will notice how great it looks afterwards. I also bought some natural bamboo roman shades at Home Depot, which adds some texture to the kitchen too! Doing these updates are extremely cost effective as well.

Welp, that's it for now folks! I am sure I will have some more updates for you guys soon. We are in the process of knocking down the living room wall, and rebuilding our pantry. We recently added white faux brick wallpaper to the pantry and will be putting in shelves. I will be sharing that with you guys soon too! Do you have any updates you've done to your kitchen that were relatively easy & didn't break the bank? I would love to hear about them.

Talk soon friends!

Using Vintage Caddies in Farmhouse Decor

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

My farmhouse vintage style is just becoming more obsessive by nature. I swear I can't pass a basket or a crate without having some sort of crazy idea of what I want to do with it. They serve many different purposes such as adding texture, storage, and style! I pick up trays, baskets, and crates at antique stores, department stores, & basically anywhere while out junkin'. I want to share with y'all how you can incorporate vintage caddies into your decor to style cute vignettes and serve a purpose. I am doing a link party with some other fellow vintage lovers, make sure to take a stop by their blogs at the bottom to see how they decorate with their caddies! What is a caddy you may ask? Well, it's a small storage container.

Decorating with Vintage Pieces

Monday, August 1, 2016

If y'all know me or have been following me for awhile, then you know I like to save as much money as possible on decorating and I try to find the best deals. I can remember years ago as a child when my mom and grandma would take me to garage sales. I would be interested for a little while and then get bored and want to leave. Now, I could stay in an antique store or go yard sailing for hours. I love looking for pieces with charm and character. There are so many stories behind that one item you grab at the antique store. So today I am going to share how to refresh your home with new yet old vintage decor! AND this is a start to a link up series with 8 other amazing bloggers who are also sharing how they incorporate vintage decor in their homes. This post will be more generalized, whereas my posts to come will be more focused on how to decorate with specific vintage pieces. At the bottom you can click to see the other bloggers' posts, and even link up your own blog post if you use antique/vintage pieces in your home! You are entering for a chance to be featured on our blogs next month.

Thrifted: Stool (repainted by me), ruler shelves, mason jar (painted by me)

Simple Farmhouse Fourth of July Decor

Monday, July 4, 2016

I don't usually decorate for every single holiday, but this year I wanted to incorporate some summer touches as well as 4th of July decor.  I didn't spend a ton of time or money to get the patriotic flare. I am going to share with you guys how you can decorate for 4th of July without buying a ton of new pieces and spending a lot. There are really cute DIY 4th of July ideas on Pinterest, I just haven't had much time to do any extra projects since I have a million on my list already. But I think I'll leave up this patriotic decor for a few more weeks since it's a great summery look too!

June Favs and Giveaway!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I am so excited to be sharing some more of my current favs with y'all. I love sharing products with you that I truly believe in and something I have actually worn or used. Have you heard that wood watches are all the rave right now? I kept hearing about them, and I knew I had to have one when I saw it. Jord Wood Watches are so cute, stylish, and lightweight, which is a win-win in my book!

My Style Struggle

Monday, February 1, 2016

My style is always changing. Isn't that the beauty of having our own style? Around October/November, I discovered this awesome home decor community on Instagram and was instantly giddy with excitement. I had no idea that there are ladies that love crafts and home decor as much as me. I married young, so I've been decorating since I was 19! It's been sweet getting to know many inspiring women and connecting with them. I see all of these stunning photos on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook.. and a million thoughts go through my mind. Why can't my house look like that? How come my vignette isn't as pretty? How can I get my living room to look like hers? The thoughts would go a mile a minute. TV Shows and magazines stage rooms so beautifully, it's difficult to compare. It's like the media is forming us to think this is what our houses are supposed to look like too. Recently, I realized what style is all about.

Yarn Winter Hat & Snowflake Garland

Friday, January 1, 2016

Hey guys! Wow.. I know I haven't blogged in awhile. I just feel like I've been so busy! We've been house hunting, then the holidays, and I was out of commission because of my foot surgery October and most of November! So one of my New Year's resolutions is to get my butt back on track for the blog! For the next few weeks I am going to be sharing some DIY winter decor crafts. Happy New Year by the way! The first craft I am sharing with y'all is this super cute winter hat and snowflake garland made out of yarn!