My Top 6 Wedding Registry Tips

My Top 6 Wedding Registry Tips

This blog post has been on my “idea list” for years now and since my best friend is engaged now, I thought it was a good time to collect my thoughts for her and for any of my other engaged friends. I joke that I wish we could get remarried but it’s solely because I would do my registry differently. I think registries also vary depending on where you are in your life when getting married. If you’re young twenties and just starting out vs a little older and already have most household needs. So here is just a list of things I wish I had considered when we registered 5 years ago!

Tip #1 – and My biggest regret – GET ALL NEUTRALS (white, tan, gray, black)

In our last house I used a lot of red, so I registered for red baking dishes, pot holders/towels, kitchen tools, etc. I didn’t find any dishes I loved so we just got some to add to our current collection and now I want to replace everything for neutrals.

So learn from me: If I could do over, I would register for all white dishes and baking dishes, serving dishes, etc. White will never go out of a style.

Tip #2 – Don’t be afraid to register for quality items

I am frugal when it comes to my money and was even more frugal before I was married. I struggled with registering for quality items when there were cheaper options available. THIS IS THE TIME to get the quality stuff!

Tip #3 – Find a Local/Unique Store to Add as a Registry Option

I felt disappointed when I was registering because I felt like it was all the same stuff. I wish I had found a local store that carried more unique items to register for.

Tip #4 – Don’t feel obligated to register for China

Unless you plan on hosting fancy dinners, china isn’t really necessary. I didn’t register for china and have never once regretted it in 5 years. I’m a casual person so my normal dishes or paper plates work just fine for us! :) If I want china years down the road I can buy used, thrift or collect it then. If not, I would have just been storing it all this time with no plans or intentions of using it.

Tip #5 – Don’t be afraid to register for larger or more expensive items

If there is something on the higher priced side that you really want, register for it! Those items can be perfect for hostess gifts or for groups of people to come together and get you! This was my Kitchenaid Mixer, all the hostesses of one of my showers got me this and I’m so glad! I know I would have never gotten a KitchenAid if I hadn’t gotten it then!

Tip #6 – Pass on the Spice Racks

It sounds nice to have a nice spice rack with a holder and matching containers but ours has sat unused for almost 5 years with the exception of a few times. I think part of the reason is because I don’t like to have it on the counter and it doesn’t fit in our cabinets. I’ve found I’d rather just buy the spice separately and buy what we need or what we use.  

Married friends – what are some things you wish you had done differently with your wedding registry? I’d love to hear in the comments! For all my engaged friends, I hope you find these tips helpful and Happy Planning!!!

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DIY Ombre Ceramic Garden Stool Makeover

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I’ve taken a little break this summer from blogging (as I usually do in the summer) and have been busy cleaning, organizing, purging and just enjoying some downtime! Although it’s been a nice break, I miss creating and writing and interacting with you all so I’m glad to be back with some posts and projects to share!

It’s no big secret that I love garden stools, they are perfect for using around the house as little side tables, cute decorative accents, plant stands, etc. I have several different ones that I have used throughout the house and on our porch and patio.

My first garden stool I picked up about three years ago on a major sale at Michaels for $13. It was the accent color we were using in our guest room at the time and for that price, I couldn’t pass it up. Fast forward to now and I just really didn’t have a place that I wanted to use that color so it’s just been stored and not being used. I have a little corner next to our master shower that was the perfect place for one and started brainstorming ideas where I could spruce it up and make it work.

When I saw an ombre garden stool in a catalog and that’s when inspiration struck and I knew that was the plan! I had never seen an ombre garden stool and just fell in love with the idea! I didn’t think painting ceramic was going to be the easiest task and figured this was either going to be an epic win or epic fail…and since I only paid $13 for it several years ago, I decided it was worth the risk!

Supplies:

  • Spray Paint Primer
  • 5 paint colors
  • 1-2 inch Paint Brush
  • Glossy Top Coat Spray Paint
  • Lazy Susan – Not necessary but super Helpful

Here’s How! 

Step 1 – Pick out your paint colors. This is one of the hardest parts! I went to Lowes and using the wall color swatches chose 5 different colors that I felt were the perfect colors and shades to achieve this ombre look. I purchased the small sample size containers of each color.

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Step 2 – Make sure your garden stool is clean and then start priming! It took 2-3 light coats and I used one full can of white spray paint and primer to cover the existing teal color. You really need to prime it to not only to give you a blank slate but also to help the paint adhere to the glossy ceramic surface.

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Step 3 – Start Painting your sections. I had a lazy susan and just covered it with a piece of cardboard and a dropcloth and sat my stool on top. This was a huge help and I definitely recommend using it if you have one for this step!

I started from the top of the stool with my first color and worked my way down. Think ahead of time about how large you want each paint section so you can paint accordingly. I left the middle section larger than the other 4 stripes of color. You’re really just painting stripes and it doesn’t have to be perfect.

After the top part had dried completely, I flipped my stool upside down to do the last and darkest color towards the bottom.

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Step 4 – Look for any drips or spots you need to clean up. With mine having the holes in the middle the paint had pooled and started dripping. I took a small paint brush and tried to remove as much paint that was standing in those openings as possible just wiping it off on a paper towel.

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Step 5 – Do any paint touch ups and start dry brushing the lines where the two colors meet. I would get very little paint on my brush and lightly go over the lines to soften them. If one of your transitions from one color to the next is too harsh, mix the two colors of paint in another cup or container to create another shade in between to help give it that natural gradient look. There is no right or wrong way to do this and mine is far from perfect but from far away you really don’t notice! If you mess up, just add more paint over it when it dries. I just kept tweaking and dry brushing until I got the look I wanted!

Step 6 – Seal it with a glossy top coat. I wanted it to still have the glossy ceramic look of a garden stool. Once the colored paint was all dry I did three light coats of the Valspar Project Perfect Glossy Top Coat and let it dry for 24 hours.

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Is it absolutely perfect…definitely NOT! But that’s the life of DIY projects and overall I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out! It is exactly what I wanted for our master bathroom to stack towels on or just sit and look pretty 😉

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Other Details:

Towels are Turkish Towels from Bed Bath and Beyond Clearance

Towel Hooks are from Hobby Lobby and were in the knob/hook aisle

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This project has been on my to do list for a while and I’m so glad to have finally gotten it done and literally off my desk 😉 Plus now I just love seeing something I “created” everytime I walk in the bathroom!

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And of course…this little guy had to be in the shot!

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My Favorite Source for Hardware

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Hardware is one of those small details that has the potential to transform and add so much character to a piece of furniture. I have purchased multiple pieces used from Craigslist, Estate Sales, thrift stores or on the Facebook Sale sites that replacing the hardware just made the piece.

Before our new house I really hadn’t gotten used furniture much so I wasn’t really sure where to start looking for hardware. There are so many stores online that sell great hardware but the one place that surprised me the most was Home Depot. This is not a sponsored post, I just have been so surprised and happy with the hardware I’ve gotten over the past three years that I thought it was worth sharing for all of you thrifty friends!

Home Depot online has been such an awesome source of affordable hardware that also has the character I was looking for. The In store the options are very basic but I’ve found all the hardware I needed and for great prices on their website and they usually offer free shipping! I don’t want to skimp and get boring hardware but I also don’t want to spend too much on my thrifty/budget friendly used piece of furniture. Another bonus is I’ll order several options and just return what I don’t like in store where ordering from other sites would require shipping the rejects back.

Here are some of the pieces I’ve transformed with hardware from Home Depot:

This green cabinet I’m using as a console table

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You may remember my green cabinet makeover HERE but I used these rustic looking drawer pulls and knobs to complete the rustic look I was going for.

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Our vintage dresser/changing table

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I bought this awesome vintage piece off the Facebook pages but it had some awful hardware someone had put on it that didn’t match the style at all. I was hunting for some vintage brass looking hardware that just had the perfect classic vintage vibe. I found these originally on Amazon but the lead time was 6 weeks, after looking again I found them on Home Depot’s website for the same price so I cancelled my Amazon order and reordered from Home Depot and they were delivered within a week!

The piece was also missing some of the keyhole hardware which I learned is called “keyhole escutecheon”.  I ordered some authentic vintage keyhole escutecheons from ebay and then also some from Home Depot and the new ones actually worked better and looked better than the ones from ebay.

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You can find the Drawer Pulls Home Depot and Keyhole Escutecheon Home Depot

 

This Chest I’m using in the dining room

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I originally picked up this chest at the thrift store to use it as a changing table but quickly realized it was too low for that. I loved the piece though and decided it would be great for this corner of the dining room. The hardware on it was really plain and a couple knobs were broken.

Because of the shape and style, I also ordered a keyhole hardware to give it a little more character even though it won’t really have a key hole! I’m hoping to get that added to the piece soon! 

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You can find the Cabinet/Drawer Pulls Home Depot and Keyhole Hardware Home Depot

 

Drum Table in the living room 

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I also gave this drum table I found on Craigslist a makeover and replaced the hardware with this round vintage inspired drawer pull. I loved how unique it was and matched the character of the table.

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I believe this is the one I have Home Depot

Here are a few others I would love to use on future projects!

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Pipeline Vintage Cabinet Pull 

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Lion Head Ring Pull 

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Oil Rubbed Bronze Cup Pull

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Antique Brass Ring Pull

As I mentioned this is not sponsored, nor are these affiliate links, I just have been so happy with my finds that I wanted to share incase you have some upcoming furniture projects!

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