Crafty Country Decorating Style Ideas

Written by Kathy Burns-Millyard

If you've ever seen Frank's decorations on TLC's Trading Spaces, then you know all aboutrepparttar country style of design. From stenciled drawings to wooden cows to ruffled curtains, country design has allrepparttar 135420 frills you might expect from our dear friend, Frank. When I was a little girl, my grandparents sold woodwork atrepparttar 135421 flea markets all over Tennessee and Kentucky. We had wooden calendars with dolls or bears painted on them. We had quilt racks with hearts. We had every crafty country decoration imaginable. Although I thought at one time that you could just toss all these things into a room and have style, I've learned since that there are very definite ways to create crafty country rooms that men are still willing to enter.

Crafty country is great, but if you are not careful, your husband may be ready to kick you out ofrepparttar 135422 house. Country design tends to be frilly and a bit girly, and your husband may not approve. One way to create a home that is comfortable for everyone is to use wooden flea market items and ruffled curtains sparingly. Not every room in your home needs to have a cow or duck in it. You can create a beautiful country sitting room with a comfortable plaid couch, slightly ruffled curtains, and a couple of stencils onrepparttar 135423 wall;repparttar 135424 room is still definitely country, but atrepparttar 135425 same time your wooden coffee tables may have somewhat modern lines so thatrepparttar 135426 males in your home enjoyrepparttar 135427 room too.

Another way to bring country design torepparttar 135428 whole family is to let your husband add his own touches torepparttar 135429 decoration. I'm not saying you should let him put antlers on every part ofrepparttar 135430 walls, but if he hunts, you should allow him to have at least one or two rooms (maybe inrepparttar 135431 back ofrepparttar 135432 house) where he can display his animals. If he doesn't hunt, you could simulaterepparttar 135433 more manly country style by integrating rustic decor items such as an antler chandelier or floor lamp. Another option is to bring in old farming tools or hunting traps to display onrepparttar 135434 walls. Old items like these bring a manly air torepparttar 135435 house, and they are interesting pieces that will give your guests something to talk about. They can also giverepparttar 135436 room a settled, sturdy feeling; something aboutrepparttar 135437 tools makes a room seem safe and secure. Using a few of these tools or items throughout your home can really make your crafty country them come to life.

Four Decorative Painting Techniques

Written by Kathy Burns-Millyard

Tired of plain, boring walls? Faux finishes are a great way to jazz up your space with little cost or effort. Here are a few ofrepparttar most popular finishes.

Sponging: Of all faux finish techniques, sponging isrepparttar 135378 easiest, even children can do a somewhat messy reproduction of this technique. In order to sponge, you must first paintrepparttar 135379 entire area one base color. After this coat dries, then you can take a sponge or even a plastic bag, dip it in paint, and applyrepparttar 135380 paint randomly torepparttar 135381 walls. Although this is a random process, you want to be careful not to get any one area ofrepparttar 135382 wall extremely dark or leave it extremely light or your eye will be drawn to that spot immediately. Sponging is very easy, and for all supplies usually costs between $50-$100, which may also include classes if you want to learn fromrepparttar 135383 professionals.

Combing: Combing is a little more difficult. When combing, you use a squeegee with teeth to comb throughrepparttar 135384 top layer of paint. As with sponging, you want to have a bottom layer so that when you comb there will be a matching layer beneath it. Using a combing technique is also very inexpensive, and you can userepparttar 135385 squeegee to make wavy, zigzags, and other designs onrepparttar 135386 wall.

Glazing: Glazing is actuallyrepparttar 135387 product that you put over your first coat of paint. In order to glaze your walls correctly, you should take a class. You may be able to find a home improvement store that offers glazing classes or you may need to talk to a local interior decorator about classes, although these will likely be very expensive. Glazing places a transparent coat overrepparttar 135388 base coat of paint, makingrepparttar 135389 wall look a bit shiny and transparent. You can use as many coats of glaze as you want to getrepparttar 135390 desired look.

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