Christmas Decor | All Is Merry And Bright

Christmas Decor | All Is Merry And Bright

AH! IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN, AND I’M SO THRILLED! This is the first Christmas Kyle and I will spend together as husband and wife! YAY!

I was so eager to decorate for Christmas, but it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas until you have the tree! Being that is it still November…, I knew there was no way a real Christmas tree would make to Christmas, so, an artificial tree it is! Being that Christmastime is quickly approaching, it was literally the worst time to find an artificial tree at a good price. So, I decided to hit Craigslist to begin my search! After searching for a few days, I finally found a listing for a new Costco Christmas tree! The lights on the tree didn’t work, so the retailer was selling it for super cheap! I knew I wanted to put my own lights on the tree anyways, so it worked out perfectly! I ended up getting this Costco tree ($250) for $50 — score!

My husband was at work, but I was so eager to get our new tree up and ready. So, thanks to my sister, we lugged the huge tree up our condo stairs and into the front window — it was a perfect fit! We set it up, and I begin cutting away at the old wires to remove the broken lights. Let me tell you, those lights on pre-lit trees are never intended to be removed! It ended up taking 4+ hours to remove! Thank goodness for wine and a Christmas movies, it made the task much more pleasant! 😉

Once the lights were all removed, I begin restringing the tree with clear twinkling lights! I wanted our artificial tree to have a realistic feel, so I thought twinkling lights would give it a little playful, homey feel. But once I was done stringing the lights, it still wasn’t enough. So, I went to Target and purchased 2 boxes of these Globe lights! I LOVE THEM! They gave our tree the feel I wanted!

We haven’t decorated our tree with ornaments yet, but I wanted to share what we have this far! 🙂

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Let me know what you think! 🙂

DIY OAK TABLE MAKEOVER DIY Farmhouse Table Makeover

DIY Dining Table and Chairs Makeover • Ideas & Tutorials, including this farmhouse table makeover DIY Oak Side Table DIY Furniture Makeover copy-min


DIY Dining Table and Chairs Makeover • Ideas & Tutorials, including this farmhouse table makeover diy wedding decor joanna gaines living room diy-min copy.jpg



When we (let’s be honest, ‘I’) was planning my wedding, I wanted to use pieces that I would (try) to keep forever! We did a Unity Candle Ceremony, and I wanted to use one of our side tables. The theme of the wedding was a Classic Vintage theme, so I was looking for a pedestal table. After hours of scrolling on LetGo, I came across the perfect size oak (yuck) side table! I figured for $30, it was worth a try!


What I used:

  • Early American Stain
  • Walnut Stain
  • Grey-Wash Stain
  • White Paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint Brush
  • TSP Cleaner
  • Polyurethane Water-Base Seal
  1. Sand off the original seal over Oak Table.
  2. Using half White Paint and half water, paint a coat over the oak. This works as a primer and adhesive to the remaining stain.
  3. Apply first coat of Early American Stain to table.
  4. Once the first coat of Early American stain is dry, apply the walnut color stain. Your table with look like a dark brown at this stage.
  5. Once the coat of Walnut is dry, apply the grey-wash stain.
  6. Once the grey wash stain is dry, apply another coat of the grey-wash stain.
  7. Once that coat is dry, use a fine sandpaper to brush over the stain to work as an adhesive for the polyurethane, while also creating a distressed farmhouse, weathered look.
  8. Clean the table with TSP Cleaner to remove excess dust and other oils.
  9. Apply top coat of polyurethane.
  10. YOU’RE DONE!


It turned out beautiful, and I love walking into our family room and seeing it every morning and thinking of our wonderful wedding day!!Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetProcessed with VSCO with hb2 preset

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