Christmas Tea Light Candle Holders

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Hello! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest blog post. This is a quick an easy DIY for Christmas โ€” yes, it does involve a little work with power tools and paint but it’s super easy and super fun!

For this project, I used my three favorites from Ryobi. I like to call these my trio. I use these three tools in combo for most of my DIYs and would be lost without them!


15 Amp 12 in. Sliding Miter Saw with Laser

ONE+ 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Hammer Drill Kit

18-Volt ONE+ 1/4 Sheet Sander

In fact, I would like to take this terrific trio and make is a quartet LOL These three could really use an air nailer on their team! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Christmas is coming…

Anyway, back to the project. I had these scrap pieces of 4×4 kicking around from when we redid our fence this past summer.


I thought it would be great to chop these down and make them into candle holders!

I used my sliding miter saw to cut them into three uneven heights.


Then, to smooth up the edges, I used my palm sander.


Once that was done, it was time to paint!


I used this really cool paint from DecoArt called Vintage Effect Wash. I love this stuff, it’s almost like a stain. It lets the grain of the wood show through.



Isn’t that super pretty?

I wanted to do each candle holder different so I painted the smaller one an off-whiteย color and then went on top of it with my favorite โ€” Grey Wax from Country Chic Paint.

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I also jazzed this one up with a little bit of decor that I got from Dollar Tree.

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I painted the tallest one the same red from DecoArt (Vintage Effect Wash in Red) but this time I did something a little different.

I used painter’s tape and Iย taped it off like this:

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After I had the painter’s tape on, I went over it with Country Chic Paint in Sunday Tea.

You can watch how this is done in the liveย broadcast that I did on our store’s page, Gracie’s Place.

I got cut off during my live so the rest of the video continues here:


To make the tea lights sit nicely in the top of the wood, I used a spade bit with my Robi drill to hollow out a hole in the top of the wood. If you use a 1.5″ spade drill bit a standard tea light will fit in the hole.

The end result?


What do you guys think? Pretty, right?


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Christmas Tree That Holds Your Christmas Cards

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Hey everybody! CHRISTMAS IS COMING!! I couldn’t be more excited!

One of my favorite things about Christmas is coming home to find Christmas cards in my mailbox. Rather than just set them out on my entry table like I normally did in past years, I thought it would be fun to make something to hang the cards.

You have to see what I came up with! I LOVE it! Make sure you scroll down to the end of this post to see the video, too!

I made this DIY with the help of my trusty Ryobi tools!


15 Amp 12 in. Sliding Miter Saw with Laser

ONE+ 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Hammer Drill Kit

18-Volt ONE+ 1/4 Sheet Sander

I used up some of the old trim that we had kicking around after we replaced the trim in our living room and I also used a scrap piece of wood that I found in the shed.


You could easily go down to any home improvement store and buy these supplies if you want to recreate this project. I just happened to have all this stuff kicking around because I never throw anything out โ€” for this exact reason.

I started by cutting my trim. I was lucky enough that the ends of my trim were already cut at a 45ยฐ angle so all I had to do was cut the other end.

This is super easy with my sliding miter saw from Ryobi! All I have to do is slide it to the 45 mark and cut. That’s it!


I set my scrap piece of plywood down vertically on my workspace and then I laid my piece of trim across it horizontally. I measured and cut my first piece of trim at 30″.

Next, I just continued to cut my pieces of trim but making them smaller each time. I would line them up above the last one before cutting just to make sure they were right.



For the top of the tree, I cut two triangles and then placed them together to make a point.

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Before attaching the trim to the piece of plywood, I wanted to paint it.

I used Vintage Effect Wash from Decoart. I love this stuff! It’s great for the rustic look! You can use it over raw or finished surfaces to achieve a light and washed-out look.

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I just brushed it on the plywood and then wiped it with a soft cloth. You can see how great it works in the video at the end of this post.

I gave it time to dry and then I attached the trim to the plywood. To do this I used my Ryobi drill and some screws. Always make sure you drill a pilot hole first before drilling into the trim!

After the trim was all attached I painted the tree green and let it dry. I followed it up by applying more Vintage Effect Wash over the green but this time I used the white shade.

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Let that dry and then all that was left was to add some clothespins. I just secured these using hot glue.

You can see it all come together by watching this video!

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Living Room Mood Board

A collection of items that I put together on a mood board.

Sometimes it’s just nice to look at a collection of pretty things. If you happened to want to buy any of these pretty things, there are links at the bottom to take you to where to purchase ๐Ÿ˜€


Adeco Accent Metal Candle Holder Stand, Set of Two

Pillow Perfect Ikat Argyle Birch Throw Pillow

Ellyson Flared English Arm Slipcovered Feather Down Sofa by iNSPIRE Q Classic

Sweet Jojo Designs Navy Blue Decorative Accent Throw Pillow (Set of 2)

Sophia Herringbone Throw

Safavieh Casual Natural Jute Hand-Woven Chunky Thick Rug (8′ x 10′)

Maxim Bodega Bay-Single-Tier Chandelier

Ameriwood Home Bennington Console Table


Cheap Picture Frame Makeover


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Well hello there! Boy, do I have a treat for you guys today!

Don’t I always, though?

I wanted to share this quick and easy picture frame makeover with you all and you can do this on any size of picture frame. So let’s can the chit-chatย and get right into this fun DIY and upcycle.

So I have had this picture frame since the beginning of time. OK, that might be a slight exaggeration but I am not kidding, I am going to say I have had it for a least 12 years.


This frame has followed me around to all the places that I have lived and it’s just a cheap frame that I bought from Wal-Mart when I was 18 and me and my sister moved out of our family home and got an apartment together.

I thought it was time to shake things up a bit. Time to make this frame look a little more high end and less Wal-Mart looking.

To start, I thought it would be a good idea to paint the frame. I have been just dying to spray paint something with this.


Gold Metallic Spray Paint from Rustoleumย 

I love this spray paint from Rustoleum. It’s high-quality, has great coverage and it is super affordable. Plus, it’s easily accessible. You can just run on down to Home Depot or Wal-Mart and get it.

I took the picture frame apart and just spray painted the frame.


The thing you want to always remember about spray painting is nice, light and even coats. It’s better to do multiple light coats than one big heavy coat with a ton of drips.

While the frame was drying, I wanted to do something different with the matte border.


I recently got my hand on some of this Unicorn SPiT that I have seen all over the web. I have been just dying to try it.

You have to see how cool this stuff is. You can use this stuff as a stain, a paint or a glaze. You can dilute it with water โ€” I could go on and on. Seriously, the possibilitiesย with this stuff are limitless.

So what I did was I used Blue Thunder and Midnight’s Blackness


I mixed them together in a dish, starting with equal parts. I only needed about 4 drops of each.


When it was all mixed, this is what it looked like


Looks black, right? Well, that’s what I thought, so I added a few more drops of the Blue Thunder.


Mixed again and this is what I got.


I don’t know if you can really tell in the picture, but I was going for a deep navy blue color. It was still looking a little too black, but I thought, I would try and paint it on the matte border anyway and see what would happen.


Ok, I don’t even think I can convey through text, my excitement when I painted this stuff on.



I was getting this beautiful blue, pulling through the black! So cool, right?


I painted the whole thing and what I was left with was this really cool dimensional look. I was originally going to paint the matte border just a flat navy blue, but I am so glad I went with Unicorn SPiT.

This frame is totally unique now!


What do you guys think??


I really love how this frame now fits perfectly with my style!

I wanted something that would also compliment my piano that is in this room as well.


You can check the post about my piano out here

I think that I might switch out the pictures in here eventually, too. These ones are pretty old now.


Now, I feel like I have been doing a lot of Wal-Mart bashing in this post. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Wal-Mart. It’s just that I had bought that frame a long time ago and I felt like it needed to be changed up a bit.

To prove that I am not totally against Wal-Mart, take a look at the gorgeous end table I got from there.


This piece only cost me $64! That’s not bad for an end table. Wal-Mart has seriously stepped up their home decor game!

Let me know what you think about my frame makeover by commenting below!


And if you like this project, make sure you pin this image to your Pinterest boards!

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Don’t run away so soon! Check out this charming bench makeover!

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Bench Makeover With County Chic Paint


Well, hello friends! I have another amazing furniture makeover to share with you!

I can’t take credit for this one, though. This beautiful project was done by my sister, Roni. She wanted to get in on the fun and see what this Country Chic Paint was all about. Plus, she has this bench in her home that she has wanted to makeover for a long time.

This bench was made by our Great Uncle Jim and given to our mother. It was an house fire and my uncle restored it. It’s a gorgeous bench but just didn’t suit my sister’s style.

I convinced her to try painting it and I love how it turned out and so does my sister.

This is the bench before:


There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this bench, just didn’t suit my sister’s style.

To makeover her this bench, my sister chose Enchanted from the Limited Edition colors from Country Chic Paint.


Before beginning to paint the bench needed to be sanded down. This bench was coated with a very thick coat of some sort of polyurethane sealer. It gave the bench a very shiny finish and that definitely needed to come off before painting.

It all came off with a little elbow grease and with the help of a palm sander.


The bench was given a good wipe down and then it was time to start painting!


The bench was given two full coats of paint.


My sister didn’t really care for the full painted look, so she took a piece of sandpaper and ruffed it up a little bit.


Without further ado… here is the bench now.


And of course, a new bench wouldn’t be complete without someone to test it out!


That is my sister’s dog, Faith. She is always great if you’re looking for a model.

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What do you think about this makeover? Leave me a comment below and let me know!


If you love this bench, don’t be afraid to pin it to your Pinterest boards!

Keep on makin' stuff!

We like to be funny

Super short and sweet tonight, everyone!

Just wanted to take a minute and share a blooper with you all!

We like to be funny and laugh at ourselves over here at By The Stand

image source: Stacey Coles

So in the spirit of laughing at myself… Check out this blooper!


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I will be adding tons of great content!

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How To Easily Clean Stains From Your Mugs


Howdy ho, fellow DIYers! I have a great little cleaning hack for you today and if you’re a heavy tea drinker like me then listen up!

You know all those grungy stains that you get on the inside of your coffee mug? The ones that regular ol’ dish soap just doesn’t clean out?

Well, I have an easy way to get rid of those stains!

It doesn’t take long at all and you’ll have your sparky clean mugs back before your next pot of tea steeps!

All you need is toothpaste!


Take a look at the inside of my mug before


That’s many, many, MANY cups of tea. I don’t even want to say how many. Let’s just say, I love my tea.

All you need to do is rub the inside of your mug with toothpaste


I tried using paper towel, but honestly, your fingers work just as well.

Let the tooth paste sit on the inside of your mug for about 3-5 minutes and then wash your mug as you normally would.

And viola!


Much better, right!?


Here’s a side by side so you can really see the difference


And sure, by now you may be thinking… “well, who cares if the inside of my mug is stained?” but I can tell you tea tastes much better out of a sparkly clean mug!

Okay, so I may have made that last part up, but is it so bad to like sparkly clean things? I don’t think so.

If you have a few minutes and you’re bored, use this neat hack!

Pin this image so you’ll have this tip for later!

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