Updating the Outlets in our Fixer Upper

If your house wasn’t built in the last decade you probably have these old yellow outlets like I do. Don’t worry they are an easy fix and I’m about to give you a step by step tutorial. If I can do it so can you.img_6653

The first step is to flip the breaker and kill the power. Then you’ll need a screw driver or drill to remove the outlet cover and outlet.

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Once the outlet is unscrewed from the wall pull it out with the wires still attached. Next, you’ll have to unscrew the wires from the outlet. Note where the white, black, and ground wires are attached to the old outlet. img_6634 img_6635

When you’ve loosened all the screws then you can simply pull the wires off. Just like that you’ve removed that old outdated outlet.

Now to put the new outlet on, you’ll wrap the wires around the new outlets screws. Be sure to put the wires in the same spot that they were on the old outlet. Hint: the ground wire usually goes to the bottom green screw.

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Once the wires are attached, place them back in the wall and screw the outlet back in.

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Lastly, screw on the cover plate.

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Then turn on the power and woolah your good to go.

If you want to add a little glam to your outlets like I did, you can get these lighted outlet covers and usb covers from https://www.snappower.com

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By just updating the outlets it can give your house a new, fresh, and updated feel.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

 

Earring Organization

This has been one of my favorite things. If you know me you know that I am a little OCD when it comes to cleaning and organization. I hate not being able to find what I need or in this case only finding one earring to the pair.

I ran across this idea a while back and have absolutely loved it. I just found an old screen, scuffed it up a little, hung it on the wall, and put my earrings on it. It makes it so easy to keep the pairs together and grab the pair you want as you run out the door. Best of all, I love that I can see them all as I pick.

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You can also learn how I made my DIY Necklace stand here

https://therusticranchwife.com/2015/10/15/diy-jewelry-stand/

Enjoy!

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

DIY Boot Organization

So after my wedding we had a major crate overload. Thanks to Pinterest I found this idea and decided to put my crates to good use.

Pinterest is almost deceiving because of the “pin now, read later” philosophy. I don’t know about you, but for me the read later never seems to happen. 

So when I discovered this idea I put it into action right then. The crates are all different styles, sizes, and shapes. I personally like the mix-matched look.

  
Sadly this isn’t even half of our boots (we may have a slight addiction). As you can tell there are a few empty spaces from the boots that we are currently wearing. 

The crates have definitely served their purpose. They help to keep my entryway organized and tidy while adding a rustic/vintage touch. After all, it’s all about the appearance. 

So next time you find a cute Pinterest idea, be sure and put it to work. Most likely you won’t regret it. 

This was a fun, simple, easy project! 

~The Rustic Ranch Wife 

Bathroom Makeover

I absolutely love our house, but there are certain parts of it that need a little updating! Luckily I love having a project. We updated a lot in our house before we moved in, but there is still some updating to do.

My latest update was our master bathroom and guest bathroom. I first decided to stain the cupboards to give them a darker appearance. I used an old masters gel stain. By using a gel stain I avoided having to sand  my cupboards. Trust me, it’s so worth it.

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I used this foam brush to apply to gel stain evenly over the cupboards. Then I used a brush with bristles to wipe off the excess gel stain. I applied two coats to achieve the darkness I wanted. Each coat makes the stain a little darker so you can apply as few or as many coats to get your desired darkness.

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I wanted a distressed/rustic look to my cabinets so I applied the stain heavier in the creases.

I couldn’t do my cabinets and leave my countertops so I bought a giani granite kit to redo my countertops. Giani offers multiple color options to choose from in their kits.

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I was a little nervous to use this kit or any kit for that matter. I mean, what if it didn’t look good? Sometimes advertisements and pictures can be deceiving. However, this kit was so simple and easy to use. It included everything I needed to give my countertops a complete makeover. They went from drab to fab in two days! This kit also included a dvd with step by step instructions making the process even simpler.

Before you begin make sure your countertops are clean.

Step 1: Primer (Foam brush for corners and edges) Let dry eight hours.

The black primer had me a bit nervous at first….

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Step 2: Color one (the colors are labeled so that you know which one to use first)

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Step 3: Color two

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Step 4: Color three

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Once all three colors are applied (apply them on top of each other before they are dry) let dry for four hours.

You can apply as much or as little of each color to get your desired look. There were a few places that I made too light so I just reapplied some black primer over the light. There were also places that were darker than I wanted so I applied more light. You can reapply and add as you please.

Step 5: Clear top coat (apply two coats of top coat)

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Let dry four hours for each coat.

This was such a fun project that was actually pretty easy. I absolutely love the end result.

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If your thinking about it, just go for it! You won’t regret it!

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

My Updated Dining Room Table

We had a beautiful dining room table. However, the floral cushions didn’t exactly go well with our house. The entire house follows a rustic-western theme, except this table.

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So I decided to recover them with the help of my mother. I mean how hard could it be? First, I went out and bought the fabric that I wanted to recover them with.

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I then used a simple screw driver to unscrew the cushions from the chair.

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Once the cushions were unscrewed I laid them on the fabric and cut a piece big enough to recover the cushion.

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After the piece was cut I used a staple gun to stable in the top and bottom edges. Once the top and bottom were stapled in I then stapled in the sides.

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The next part is the tricky part. The corners. They are a little difficult. You have to rearrange and play with the material until you get the material to lay the way that you want. Once that’s achieved you simply just staple the corners down.

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Lastly, you screw the cushions back onto the chair. Follow the same steps for all of the cushions.

Once completed you’ll have a brand new table appearance.

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This was a fun, cheap, easy, quick project that completely updating my dining room.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

Wouldn’t be so bad to be in the dog house…

So for Christmas my husband spent endless hours working on what he called “man stuff.” Christmas morning I woke up to find this beauty. Little did I know that “man stuff” could be such a special gift.

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It was the sweetest gesture for someone who is not a dog person. When I let my dogs out of the back yard they both jumped on the flatbed trailer and were checking out their new house. So did I! A dog house this nice, who wouldn’t check it out?

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Once we got it unloaded and in our back yard I decided to make it a little more girly, sparkly, and personalized. Tait had told me that he was going to put my dogs names on it, but decided to wait and let me do it because he knew I’d come up with a cute way to do it. He knows the way to my heart… The perfect excuse for crafting.

I went to Wal Mart and bought some chalkboards and marker pens to write the girls names on.

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I also decided that their house needed a wreath (view DIY wreath blog post for instructions on how to make a deco mesh wreath) so my dear sweet mom made them a wreath while I made their chalk board name signs. Once done I hung the wreath and signs with a simple hammer and a couple nails.

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The end product turned out absolutely perfect! It was so fun to add a little glitz and glam to this fancy dog house.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed!

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

Table and Bench Makeover Tutorial/ My New Patio Furniture

So I’ve been wanting some cute patio furniture. However, I hadn’t found anything I liked all summer. So I decided I was going to make my own! I’m all about the DIY! Below is how I made an old table into the perfect patio table. I also painted a pallet bench to match.

Before and After

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I first choose my paint colors

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I painted the bottom of the table turquoise

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I then stained the top of the table and the bench, to make them darker, with the help of my cute nephew Oliver. (BTW gel stain doesn’t require you to sand off the current stain, saves tons of time

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The stain had to dry for 8 hours. The next day I painted the table and bench, but first I taped off sections for the different colors. I measured the length of the table and divided it by the number of colors I wanted to use in order to know the width of sections to tape off.

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I let the paint dry over night (actually a few nights because we got busy on the ranch, but that’s a whole different post) then I sanded them both to give them the distressed look.

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Once they were sanded I finished by using a finishing wax. i just applied it to the entire table and bench with a clean rag. I let it dry for 15 minutes and then went over it with a clean rag to remove the excess wax.

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The end result is my super cute new patio furniture.

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I hope you enjoyed!

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

 

DIY Halloween Wreath

I’ve had numerous people ask me where I learned how to make these wreaths. My answer… I just looked at one in a store and thought I could make that. So I did. However, that hasn’t been helpful to everyone who wants to know how to make them… so this post is for all of you. Here are my step by step instructions to make a wreath. Since Halloween is coming up it seemed fitting to make a Halloween wreath for my instructions. Enjoy!

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First you need to buy:

-Deco Mesh (tulle)

– Wreath Ring (12 inch is the size I use)

-Chenille Stems (I like to call them fuzzy stick things)

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Depending on what type of wreath you are making will determine the colors you choose for tulle. Once you have your colors chosen cut them into about 4 inch wide pieces. On a 12 inch wreath ring there are 6 sections. I like to have 7 different tulle pieces per section. Then repeat those same 7 tulle pieces for the remaining sections. Therefore, you need 7 different colors of tulle for a wreath. Of those 7 tulle colors you need to cut 6 different 4 inch pieces (one for each section of the wreath ring).

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Once you have all your pieces cut take a piece and twist it (pictured below) then attach it to the wire ring with the fuzzy stick things.

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Cut off excess fuzzy stick to use for your next piece. Then repeat to finish the sections.

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After you have finished all sections of your wreath it is ready to go on display. However, I like to give it a little something extra so I try to find a sign and some sparkly things to attach. I have had a lot of luck finding signs at my local craft store.

Attach sign and sparkly things.

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Your wreath should now be ready to put on display.

Enjoy!

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

DIY Jewelry Stand

I can’t tell you how many times I have tried to organize my necklaces! I have had them on hanging racks, but can’t see them all because they are buried beneath each other. So I decided to get crafty, I mean how hard could it be?

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First I bought four 2×2’s and one 2×4. They come 8ft in length.

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I then used a saw and cut the 2×2’s into 1 1/2 foot pieces (you need 3 pieces). I cut the 2×4 into a 1/2 foot long piece (used for the base).

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Once I had my pieces cut, I stained them all a dark brown.

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After the stain dried, I painted them with spray paint.

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Once the spray paint dried, I sanded them down to give them a distressed look.

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Once sanded I nailed the pieces together with a simple hammer and nails.

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I then put them to use!

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The best part is that they were super low cost and I now have some organization!

It was a win for me!

Enjoy!

~The Rustic Ranch Wife