Top 10 Posts of 2015

Hey there! I hope everyone had a great Christmas! I know we sure did! Blessings upon blessings!

I always like to take a minute and look back over the past year as the new year is approaching. And, today I’d like to do that with you by sharing the top 10 most viewed posts of 2015 ranked by you the reader! πŸ™‚


Let the countdown begin!


#10 Patio Reveal – Our patio got a lovely update this year and we are using the space so much more than before!


#9 Tween Boy Bedroom – I love making spaces tailored to the taste of my kids!


#8 How To ‘Slipcover’ an Ottoman – Great deals are my favorite and this one was no exception!


#7 Stenciled Entryway – a stencil and a little paint brought new life to this small space.


#6 Painted Brick Fireplace Surround – I spent years going back and forth on painting the brick, and when I finally got my nerve up I wonder why I waited so long!


#5 Bright and Fun Teen Girls Room – Another fun kids space just for my girl, filled with DIY!


#4 Freshening Up The Curb Appeal For Spring – bringing in some instant color in the spring with perennials.


#3 Bathroom Makeover – my One Room Challenge project this fall was a big hit!


#2 Ribbon Makeover – such a simple and budget friendly solution to make what you have work with your new space.

and last but not least, one of my favorite projects and yours – 


#1 DIY Floating Mantel – this was easier than expected with maximum impact!

The one thing I would love to pass on to you from 2015 is two-fold: don’t be afraid to try a DIY – you never know if you can until you try!! And, don’t let budget constraints keep you from making your house a home – look at it as a challenge to be creative!! 

My goal here at frazzled JOY is to demonstrate how both of these things are possible! Wishing you and yours a happy new year!!

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Freshening Up The Curb Appeal For Spring

Hey there!  Thanks for all the love for the entryway stencil project! I find myself admiring it several times a day.  πŸ™‚ It was just the little something that space needed and it now feels complete!

So, I mentioned I was working on getting the outside entry spruced up to match. I’ll show you a before in a minute but I must share the after!


Come on in y’all!! For some reason the color that caught my eye this season was hot pink! This is the only flower bed that I put annuals in so I like to have some fun each year. Our summers get pretty warm and I really like to have color through until the fall if I can so I have a couple of go-tos.  


Vincas (the ones with the longer shiny leaves) are my absolute fav.  They fill in nice and big,  about a foot tall and can withstand the Oklahoma heat. Of course petunias are always fun and do pretty well with the heat too. Geraniums, I just love because of the big clump of flowers. They don’t last as long for me usually, but by the time they have died out the others will have taken over so I’m okay with that.
Here is the before where you can see the large bush in the corner there. This corner has always puzzled me. It doesn’t get as much sun as the rest of the bed, so I’ve never had much success growing anything pretty there that I like. 


A few years back I bought this bush, really thinking it would stay somewhat small. But, you can see that it did not. I was done with it, so we moved it to the back yard. (the jury is still out as to whether it will survive the not-so-nice transplant it received) You can also see the vincas that are still growing strong in October!


Last summer on our trip to the lake we collected a few rocks to remember our trip. I decided to gather them together, along with a few others, in the corner, and then filled the space with a garden flag


I could have purchased a flag, but I decided instead on a DIY custom one. Tutorial soon!  


I pulled the crosses and the welcome sign out of my stash, and had my hubby help me hang them. What a difference they make!

The mat was requested by my hubby. Purchased at Hobby Lobby along with the polka-dot metal “G” hanging on the door.


This little side table got a makeover with a quick coat of spray paint, and some more hot pink flowers – roses from a back yard bush. And of course no front porch outing would be complete without a little sweet tea! πŸ™‚


Thanks so much for dropping by! Come and sit a spell. The sweet tea is waiting! πŸ™‚


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Stenciled Entryway

If you follow me on instagram you got a sneak peek at the beginning of this project.  I’ve never stenciled a wall before so this was definitely an adventure!!  But, man oh man do I LOVE the outcome.

Here is the before of the area.  

I painted it when I painted the family room, and in the same color. 


I love the lightness and brightness and it goes well with our ‘mudroom’ wall. But, it was a little bland. 


These walls were wallpapered when we moved in and I think they must have been from the beginning because these walls have no texture. 
I’ve tried my hand at texturing before and I was not that great at it, so I’ve never tackled this space.  


When I was thinking of ideas to spice it up, the image of Pam’s entry kept popping into my mind. 

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I love the bold statement her entry makes!! I toyed with lots of ideas (including some more bold graphic looks), but it came down this softer look.  


About 1/4 of the way through the first wall I knew without a doubt I had made the right choice. Don’t you love it when that happens??

I used this large stencil from Hobby Lobby and a small foam roller for most of the job. 



I also used a foam brush for corners, or next to wall and trim. (I would recommend that if you are stenciling a wall for the first time to start with a flat wall with no windows, or doors.)

I mixed my own paint by using the wall paint and adding a sample pot of a darker color I had tested for the walls, and a bottle of shimmer glaze I bought at Hobby Lobby. The shimmer is extremely faint. Like, you can’t see it unless you are right on top of it, but that’s okay.  πŸ™‚
One more after shot.

Just enough spice to say “welcome, come on in!” Now, I’m working on the entry outside to make it look as good! If it would stop raining I might get to finish! πŸ™‚

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