First, I've wanted to replace my front door for several years now so I set out on a mission, which was quickly halted by my budget. I could, replace the door and end my transformation there. Or, I could paint the door and have plenty of money left to do other things. I opted for painting! Simple fix, right?! Well, I really wanted a wood front door, but I didn't want it to look "fake" and "cheesy", so I was pretty skeptical about the wood graining tool the lady at Home Depot suggested. I have to admit though, it was easy and it turned out fantastic (and it cost less than $70)! Step one of my fall transformation DONE!
Onto the fun part... DECORATING!! The trend this fall is linen and burlap so I knew I wanted to incorporate some on my porch and the easiest way is pillows. Except going back to that budget thing, I didn't want to spend $80+ on pillows. So I decided that for under $10 and a little imagination I was going to "try" to make some myself. I already had outdoor pillows that I use year round so I bought some burlap from Walmart ($2/yard) and sewed a very simple pillow cover. Seriously, it was so simple you could do it by hand. I then used some black fabric paint and painted some Halloween designs onto the burlap, stuffed my existing pillows into them and put them on the porch... I LOVE THEM!
In fact, they were so easy and I loved them so much that I decided to make a matching banner to hang above them...
All that was left to do now was to add some basic fall items... corn stalks, mums, hay stacks, and pumpkins! I also threw in some lanterns I had and some candles.
So what do you think? I'm quite pleased with how it all turned out, especially on my tight budget. I hope I've inspired you to do some decorating this holiday season.