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So You Think You Can Craft? "Mystery Craft Challenge" Registration Now Open!

Calling all crafters and makers! It's time! Registration is now open for anyone interested in participating in this year's "Mystery Box Craft Challenge". Be forewarned, there are amazing prizes involved and you may have way too much fun! A "mystery box" arrives on your stoop, you create to your hearts content, there's a little a healthy competition, and did I mention there were prizes? 
Sounds like a blast, right?!

craft challenge

Remember this is open to everyone, not just bloggers! You do have to be able to send me pictures AND this is only open to US residents (sorry, footing the bill for international shipments is just too pricey!) Last year's participants are allowed to participate again. 

The 2nd annual "Mystery Craft Challenge" reveals and voting will go live the last week of August. I'm looking for 9 participants to go head to head in this fun event.
Participants will have approximately 2 to  2 1/2 weeks to create their masterpieces.
 Selected participants will receive more guidance once registration closes.
You can check out last year's challenge for further details to see how this all works!

Interested? Great! Fill out the quick registration form below. If you're having problems seeing the form you can click here and it will take you directly to the registration as well.

Old Vintage Door for the Laundry Room

Replacing your laundry room door with a beautiful, old vintage door doesn't sound very scary does it? But perhaps you've never heard of the horror story called "Rapid Knocks?" You know the one that starts off with the couple who set out on tackling a project that should only take an hour and then friends and family report they go missing for weeks. The neighbors eventually start to complain about a constant rapid knocking sound coming from the couple's home and when police go to investigate they find...........ME!!! Yes, me, banging my head against our stubborn new-to-us-vintage-laundry room door who refuses to to go down (or shall I say go up) without a fight!

old door laundry room

Let me rewind to the beginning, I've always had this thing with vintage doors. The more pretty and unexpected they are, the better! And while most viewers are glued to the kitchen reveals on "Fixer Upper", I'm the one ogling the beautiful doors in the background
 (Can you move to the right a bit, Chip?)  For years now, I've dreamed of an old door greeting me on my way to do laundry. Surely that would ease the pain of this never ending task, right?

Then last Fall after what seem like months and months of searching Craig's List and flea markets, I found the one, doggy scratches and all!
old front door

Sadly, the Chicago winter hit shortly after we adopted it so it sat in our garage all this time but then a few months ago I was able to drag it out and start on it's makeover.

sanding an old door

 I ended up veering from my original plan but I'll be sharing more details on how I got this weathered wood look in another post someday soon. Let's just say this $20 find has quickly become the bane of our existence!

old vintage door laundry room

The problem is trying to hang old doors in an existing frame can be a pain in the arse! Hinges don't match up, the old door can sometimes be too wide, too narrow. The list of challenges can go on and on. Trust me, I was well aware of all of this but I'm stubborn and once I have my mind set on a house project I refuse to give up. If only I could be this determined to give up ice cream and white chocolate covered pretzels!

I'll spare you all the details now but let's just say we've hit a few hiccups here and there and we're still working out a handful of issues (like the fact that we just realized the door knob doesn't line up with our original strike plate!)but seriously, he's lucky he's so darn handsome because otherwise I would have drop kicked him down the road by now! Even with all of it's challenges though, I'm so excited for my new dreamy, farmhouse style door. It's added so much character to our board and batten coat rack wall and NOW I want to hang out by my laundry room all the time. I look forward to sharing everything we have learned with you guys soon! Stay tuned and be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook for sneak peeks of all of our projects and home makeovers.

How to Get Rustic Wood Look

To say this diy rustic wood tutorial is overdue would be the understatement of the year! Every time I share a pic of our playroom's plank walls over on Instagram, I get questions about how we achieved the warm, rustic look. It's been a year and half since we finished this room, so I would say it's about high time that I share the step-by-step process, right? Well here you go folks, the easy way on how to create the rustic wood look with stain!

rustic plank wall

Best 4 Daily Deal Sites for Affordable Farmhouse Decor

I love me a good Daily Deal site, specifically the home decor ones. Shopping in your yoga pants, what's not to love, right? Today I thought I would share a few of my favorite Daily Deal sites that I like to shop for affordable farmhouse decor on. It's no secret, the "Fixer Upper" look is hot right now but have you ever seen the price of an authentic olive bucket?! A lot of these sites sell more affordable reproductions of these items, so they've quickly become my happy medium between wanting to save money and dressing my home up with fun and unique pieces.
Where to buy farmhouse decor

In case you've been locked away in a barn, here's how these sites work. You just sign up with your email address and then every day you'll be notified when their freshly picked deals are available. These are the only types of emails I don't mind filling up my inbox! Sometimes items go really fast, but a lot of times these sites bring back popular deals on a regular basis. You'll also notice after awhile that a lot of them at different times will share the same item, but usually at different price points. If I ever love something but it's out of my budget, I'll usually wait until I see it pop up somewhere else for cheaper. It may take weeks or even months until I spot it again but in my opinion saving some dough is always worth the wait! (Affiliate links are provided in this post. See my full disclosure here).

My FAVORITE daily deal sites to buy affordable farmhouse decor:

1. Decor Steals

farmhouse decor
If I had to crown a winner for the online site I shop the most outside of Amazon, it would most definitely be Decor Steals! I have purchased many goodies from them over the past year, including this darling stool cover and vintage mint green letterbox in my office/craft room. Decor Steals states they sell their home decor and vintage reproductions up to 80% off of retail and after perusing a lot of daily deal sites this year, I will say they tend to run on the lower end price-wise when it comes to similar items on other sites. I've also dealt with their customer service a handful of times and they have always been quick to respond and courteous!

2. Zulily
rustic farmhouse decor

So this one may come as a surprise to you! Did you know Zulily sold farmhouse styled items, like almost on a daily basis? I may have been the only one living in the dark on this one but for the longest time I ignored their daily emails because I just assumed 90% of what they sold were things we didn't need (i.e. more kid's stuff!) Now do I really NEED Jo Jo inspired drying racks? Well....of course I do. Who are we trying to fool here? Now I don't go a day without opening up their emails!

3. Bits of Vintage
buy farmhouse decor
So Bits of Vintage is actually a sister company of Decor Steals. Bits of Vintage carries a lot more items in stock on a daily basis, versus Decor Steals that typically only has about 2-4 items on sale at any given time. They sell everything from jewelry to antique clocks. You can definitely find some good steals here!

4. Antique Farmhouse
where to buy farmhouse decor
Another great site for farmhouse treasures is Antique Farmhouse. They always have a beautiful collection of items to peruse. I can easily waste a half hour on their site, not that I would know anything about that. Wink, wink.

Did I miss any? Do you have any daily deal sites your obsessed with right now?

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Whoot Whoo! I Got a New Look!

Look who got a makeover? Folks, I'm going to warn you, my use of exclamation marks may be unstoppable in today's post! I'm just so excited, and I just can't hide it! I've been waiting a really long time for this moment and now that it's here I just want to scream from the rooftops.You see four scores and seven years ago, I had the itch to change things up here on thee ol' blog. Last April marked my fifth year in blogging and although Delightfully Noted's original look will always a hold a special place in my heart I was dying for change. I won't bore you with all the technical things that were annoying the heck out of me but let's just say the site wasn't as user friendly as it could of been. The final straw was a few months ago when I went to edit something on the back end and I broke my blog. Yes, I broke my blog. I now know how Kimmy felt that one time she broke the internet. 
The good news is it was just the kick in the pants I needed to make some ch-ch-ch-changes!

As you can see the new look is a lot cleaner and simplistic and I LOVE it! Feel free to take a look around and let me know what you think? Unless you hate it, then you can just feel free to keep your thoughts to yourself. I'm still tweaking a few things but I was just too excited I couldn't wait any longer on sharing the news. One of my favorite new features is the user-friendly navigation bar that you can see at the top of the page. 

It's now much easier for you as a reader to see all the different categories of projects I have shared over the years. I will also now have a designated spot for a home tour, including "before" and "after" shots of the rooms we've already tackled (coming soon!) Speaking of sharing, social media icons are now plastered all over this site making it a breeze to like, pin, tweet, scratch and sniff any of your favorites here. In addition, the site is also much more mobile-friendly, which is important considering a large number of people search the internet and read off of their phones and tablets these days!

 I know these all seem like rather basic website features but I've been living without  a lot of these for the past few years! Seriously, how did y'all put up with me?

So once again feel free to take a look around and make sure to stop by again soon, as more changes are heading your way!

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