I'm a California city girl who married a Montana farm boy. Together we have 4 amazing kidlets and 1 cute doggie. We figure out ways to inspire our lives on a budget. Join us on our DIY journey and hopefully you too can be inspired!
This One Room Challenge, sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens, is getting me so excited. My laundry room renovation is under way and the first week project is complete – the wood ceiling install. It has been sponsored by Wallplanks and I couldn’t be happier with this product. I will teach you all about it, but first here is my 6 week strategy:
This post contains affiliate links to help you navigate to products I have used and am showcasing.
I have seen wood ceilings for some time now and really wanted to try it out in the laundry room. Additionally, I wanted to use peel and stick wood planks. I connected to this amazing company and know that their products are good to work with. Head over to their site at Wallplanks.com to read about the history and how the planks are made.
Step One – Decide Color and Amount
You can cruise their website to see all the different styles. I love the rich tones of the Normandy – so that is what I picked. But they have many different wood stains to choose from! You will also need to measure the square feet of your space and figure out the amount you need. They sell them in boxes so you will round up to the next box. The area I needed covered required 2 boxes. Use my code #CGMFB for 20% off as well!
Step Two – Find Studs
If you are laying this wood on the floor or a wall, you do not need studs. Quite frankly, it would probably be sticky enough to stay secure on the ceiling, but I decided to find the studs and add a few brad nails into the planks for security. Find your studs and draw lines so you can see where they are during the whole project.
This post is sponsored by California Design Den and Kasentex. Affiliant links may be used for your convienance.
When springtime rolls around I start to get the itch for freshness, and new linens for my bedroom is always a must. It helps me get excited for sunshine and feels like a new start. I am excited to share this master bedroom refresh with you today.
I love comfy sheets and always try to find soft ones that are 100% cotton and will fit my deep mattress. I ordered some from California Design Den and I loved them. They were a great price point and had very deep pockets, which was perfect. You can find them here.
I washed them and got them all fitted. I ordered the straight white set for a King bed. They are Pure Natural 100% Cotton and fade resistant. This helps us to stay cool while we sleep.
I also added a small spring bench to the foot of my bed from Kirkland’s. This is one of my favorite home decor stores and I loved the new spring line they launched. The bench is called the Blue Striped Bench with Rope-Wrapped Legs.
Once the sheets arrived and were fitted, I realized I would like a lighter quilt for the spring as well. The creme one was beautiful but pretty heavy. I asked around and a girlfriend told me about the company Kasentex. She loved how lightweight and soft her set was when it arrived.
Some affiliate links may be added to this post in collaboration with companies who are sponsoring this One Room Challenge Renovation.
I am so excited to be participating again this spring in the One Room Challenge as a guest participant. Last year I renovated my living room and you can see that post here. This year I am working on my Laundry Room in partnership with Kirkland’s and I am so excited! Make sure to head over to the One Room Challenge Blog to see all the participants this year – you are going to see some amazing work!
Each week I will be adding different elements to this tiny laundry and creating a more functional space for my family. I will be including the DIY tutorials as I go, so come join me! Some projects will be large and some will be small, but here is a look into what I am working with.
I need to create usable hampers over the vent in this small corner. I have some fun ideas in mind.
We hang dry a lot of our clothes and right now that happens on the living room couch. Adding drying racks to the right wall will really help in this aspect.
Floating Shelves & Wallpaper
The back wall will be enhanced by peel and stick wallpaper. Then I will add floating shelves to create more storage space.
I currently fold laundry on my bed so now it’s time to add a folding counter on top of the washer and dryer – I need my room back!
On the left wall I will add a space to hang the ironing board behind the door.
I have always wanted a wood ceiling and this is the perfect time to try it out. I will be using Peel and Stick wood strips from Wallplanks – they are amazing!
Finally I will be adding a storage shelf above the door, where all my extra items will be moved out of site!
I can’t wait to start this renovation, it is going to create so much more needed space for my family in this laundry room!
The final plans for this DIY Pantry Shelf, made from 2×4’s, is finally here! I am so excited to announce that I have collaborated with the amazing Ashley Basnight from HandmadeHaven to help me create digital plans for you to follow. She is amazing! Her Instagram handle is SmashingDIY and you can follow her here. Make sure to pin these graphics so you can use them later!
The entire step by step project is linked to her Handmade Haven Blog Series here. I created the project and she created the plans – we made such a great team. We will do a few more of these projects together this year and I can not wait. Ashley is a lead blogger in DIY’s and you do not want to miss a single post she shares!
I am listing everything you will need for this project. Then head over to Handmade Haven for the steps to get it done!
2 x 4’s (20-22 depending on lengths needed)
Kreg screws (60 2 1/2 inch)
2 inch screws (36)
2 1/2 inch wall screws (6)
Paint color of your choice (I used Real Milk Paint Company – Arabian Night and White mixed)
Stain color of your choice (I used Varathayne Briarsmoke)
Choice of top coat (I used Real Milk Paint Top Wax)
Paint and stain supplies
Sand paper (I used 100 grit)
You will learn the process in 8 simple steps:
Step One – Take Measurements
Step Two – Purchase Materials
Step Three – Cutting Wood
Step Four – Sand, Paint and Stain
Step Five – Pocket Holes
Step Six – Mount Boards
Step Seven – Put Your Shelf Together
Step Eight – Add Shelves
Want to see how I organized it? Head to this post to watch the tutorial and get all the links to the products I used!
I hope you enjoy this post and let me know if you have any questions!
I am excited to be kicking off our Spring Festival Blog Hop today! We have amazing spring ideas being featured all week long. A big thank you to Kendra from Joy In Our Home for hosting this amazing group of bloggers. If you are joining me from Kelly at The Tattered Pew – welcome! Make sure to head over to Life on Kaydercross Creek to see more spring DIY’s.
Want to create a super simple DIY spring tablescape for your home? Growing wheat grass doesn’t get any easier.
Glass Jar (I used some from The Dollar Tree)
Wheat Berries (a whole wheat kernel found at health stores or on Amazon)
Step One – Materials
Set up all the materials needed, which isn’t very many. Glass jars are fun because you can see the roots grow. The Dollar Tree and thrift shops are a great place to shop.
Wheat berries are inexpensive and you only need a tiny bit. Generally sold in health stores or online. Any potting soil will do.
Step Two – Plant
You will add enough dirt to fill the jar 2/3 full. Pack down VERY lightly.
Add a thin layer of wheat berries across the entire top.
Add another thin layer of dirt to cover all of the seeds.
Add water slowly to not make huge holes in the soil. Get all the seeds damp.
Step Three – Watch Grow
Set the jars in a window seal and wait a few days. Soon the seeds will sprout and grow. Keep lightly watered. To much will create mildew. The grass will last for weeks and you can trim as needed. It is edible too!
Enjoy your simple spring tablescape!
Make sure to check out our DIY’s, Vignettes, Front Porch and Mantel ideas and spring Recipes – all coming this week!
Affiliate links are used to help my readers find the products I have featured in the post, in collaboration with The Container Store. I hope you find these helpful as you shop for budget friendly items for your pantry!
Welcome to CityGirlmeetsFarmBoy, I am glad you are here! This Organizing Your Home Blog Hop is sponsored by The Container Store and I am so excited to share with you my favorite budget friendly items as I organize my pantry. You may be joining me from DesigsnbyKaran – isn’t she wonderful?! Each talented blogger in this series will share simple and effective ways to organize different spaces in their home – make sure to visit each one of them while you are here! You next stop will be with Kelly at TheTatteredPew.
We will discuss how each of us find our inspiration, how we take it from dream to realization, and finally how we make it come true – implementation.
Decorating spaces can be difficult when you do not know where to start. This is the last post of a three part series I have written (with some amazing other bloggers) to help you find simple ways to decorate your spaces. After INSPIRATION and REALIZATION, it is now time for IMPLEMENTATION. Make sure to check out each of these blogs and the amazing tips they share. Each image is pinnable to save to your Pinterest page as well!
I have discussed ways to find your design style and how utilizing Pinterest can give us tons of inspiration (read that post here). Then I offered ideas on how to find exactly WHAT you want and HOW to make it possible (read that post here). Finally, I am sharing ideas of gaining the courage to actually implement the decorations you have dreamed of.
Now that you know WHAT project you can afford to do, it’s time to figure out the exact things you NEED to make it happen. If you are not used to doing DIY projects, I would recommend finding a blog who has already done your project and given step by step instructions on how to do it. This will be extremely helpful and give you confidence. Some of the blogs I love are:
Shanty2Chic – This is my number one go to blog for DIY projects
It is hard to work on a project 5 minutes here and five minutes there. It can be done but it does make it more stressful. I like to plan a day that I am able to focus my energy completely to getting the job done. It is usually when kids leave for school, and I stop working when they get home. Often I keep working on it once they go to bed.
Are you ready to go? You have done all the prep work and now it’s time to make or build your project. You might be nervous, but you don’t need to be. Mistakes along the way are the best learning opportunity. Most of my DIY projects have “issues”. I don’t care, I learned something with each “issue” I had. And it made me a better builder. Almost anything can be fixed my friends!
Gather all your tools and supplies in one place
Make sure you have "messy" clothes on so they can get dirty
Have all of your directions ready
Don't rush the project - take your time
Ask for help if you need it
Youtube can be your best buddy
Safety Notes: If you are doing something with the electrical wall jack, make sure you turn the power off. Always unplug your power tools when you are not using them. Always wear safety goggles. Cover your carpet before you paint. And stop if you are frustrated. You can always go back in when you are ready. Getting frustrated usually makes for a messy project. These are all things I learned the hard way my friends!
Now just get started. Make the first cut. Paint the first wall. Nail the first piece of trim. YOU GOT THIS.
Once your are done, celebrate! You should be so proud of yourself!
Step Four – Decorate It
This is the funnest part! Once again, this can also be overwhelming. Make sure you go back to your Pinterest boards and get the inspiration you need. Your budget may have dwindled by now, and I do not believe decorations need to be expensive!
FIRST THINGS FIRST – Shop Your Home. What do you have in your home that can be moved around or put somewhere else? Try fiddling with the decor you have and see if it is enough to make a difference. Feel free to find a photo and copy it. There is no copyright to decorating! That is why decorators share their ideas, so that we all can benefit. I often do this with a mantel or small area. Once I copy the image, I then can move pieces around to make it my own. It’s a great first step.
If you do need to shop for a few things, I am adding my favorite budget shops for you to check out. I always SELL BEFORE I BUY. Meaning, I get rid of things in my home and sell them on social media before I go out shopping. It makes your new items basically free!
A Christian owned thrift store, all over the country
Antique or Thrift Stores
Be careful because some stores are way over priced
They have so many deals on home decor and free shipping
They have higher prices but when you have the 30% off coupon and get Kohls Cash, it’s a good deal
Ross Dress for Less and TJ Max
They get great decor in all the time (Ross is usually cheaper than TJ Max, but more picked over)
Joann or Michaels
I always use my 40% off coupon on their apps when I shop (they have tons of fun home decor)
They have really great sales and you get coupons if you sign up for their newsletter
RC Willey Clearance Center
If you have an RC Willey by you, see if they have a clearance center – their prices are so awesome!
They have such good deals on furniture, wood flooring and appliances – with the best return policy ever!
Once you are all done, stand back and admire your work. You did it. You figured it out. I hope you like what you see. Often I will close my eyes and open them again just to see my work. Then I walk away and then turn around really fast to see it again! Decorating and creating can bring so much satisfaction to your soul. I hope you are proud of yourself! Send me photos so I can see your work too!
PS – Need more ideas on how to create an entire room in 6 weeks? Come read my One Room Challenge Project from last year, and see how I got from this:
This month I am excited to welcome back Jesse Hughes as my guest blogger, who has been teaching me about exterior home ideas. This is a big DIY project that I am not ready to commit to on my own. There is a lot to understand and analyze since this is such a large undertaking. We aren’t ready yet, but it is always good to have some ideas brewing right?
When your cladding or wall covering starts to deteriorate, damp can get into the walls of your house and cause an array of issues. Replacing, or adding cladding can quickly rectify this issue and transform the look of your home.
There are many different styles and materials to choose from, including metal, timber, vinyl, or even fiber cement. All of these can be created in different colors; some can also be painted to meet your exact requirements.
Knowing the options will allow you to visualize the finished product on your home.
In general, it is possible to fit any cladding to your home. However, since the Grenfell disaster in England, some states are tightening their regulations. It is always worth giving your local planning office a call or a visit to verify that all the options you are looking at are acceptable.
If you’re cladding your own home you can use any material you want, in line with the planning regulations. However, you must also consider the fact that you need to continue living there.
Take a moment to look at the style and finish of your neighbor’s houses. You should really try to keep your home within the same style range. If you don’t you are likely to upset them and potentially cause yourself issues.
If you really want to be radically different you can either use different cladding according to what the neighbors can see, or you can talk to your neighbors first to explain your intentions.
However, that doesn’t mean you should pick anything. You must look at your finances and set yourself an affordable budget, this will help you to focus on choosing between the cladding options you can afford.
To help you see how far your budget can go it’s a good idea to get a few quotes in. This will give you the amount of cladding you need and the potential installation cost.
It is advisable to have the cladding installed by a professional. They will do the job much faster than you as they have all the necessary tools. In addition, their handiwork will be covered by a warranty which will give you peace of mind should you have an issue in the future.
Some cladding needs a pressure wash every year and nothing else, other types may need to be washed and painted/treated every year. It is important you understand what the maintenance is before you purchase your cladding, it could make a difference to your decision.
Welcome to A Complete Guide to Creating Spaces Part Two: Realization. After getting so many questions from our readers about how we come up with our home decor ideas, some friends and I decided to write a 3 part blog series on how we do just that! Make sure to check out these ladies blogs as well for more ideas on REALIZATION.
I get messages all the time from women who feel less confident in their abilities to beautify their home. It’s scary to take the first step and often we fill unqualified to be a decorator (this couldn’t be farther from the truth my friends.)
So today, some talented decorators and I are going to share our home design ideas in a fun 3 part series. Are you ready to get some simple ideas to gain confidence in how to turn your home into a place you love to be!? Let’s do this! And don’t forget to head to each of my homegirls listed above to see their guide to creating spaces as well!
Tips for todays post – pin all the images you want to your Pinterest page for future reference. And make sure to head to all five of these amazing blog posts and mark your calendars for Part 2 of this series!
Decorating comes easy to some and not so easy to others. I definitely have fit into the ladder category. I have felt overwhelmed and unsure of myself when it came to committing something to my home. Nervous I would mess up and my home would be permanently damaged. I would get so stressed and envious of other homes and wish I could “do what they could do.” I worked for years at getting better at taking care of my home, and now it’s a much easier process for me. I know it can be for you as well.
Here’s what do expect from our Complete Guide to Creating Spaces Series:
Part One: Inspiration – February 6
Part Two: Realization – February 13
Part Three: Implementation – February 20
We will discuss how each of us find our inspiration, how we take it from dream to realization, and finally how we make it come true – implementation.
Part One – Inspiration
Sometimes we don’t even know where to begin. When I was a little girl I would walk around Mervyn’s and dream about decorating my home. Later in college I would cut JC Penney catalog photos and glue them to my mood board in interior design class. But now we have the best mood board ever – it’s called Pinterest.
The invention of Pinterest has opened us up to worlds of ideas – only limited to how fast you can enter in your search idea. So if you are needing ideas, needing encouragement, needing inspiration – Pinterest is a great place to start.
If you do not have an account – sign up here. If you don’t know how to create boards – learn about that here. This is your starting point.
When I moved into my current home, with it’s basic white floor plan, I had to completely change up my decorating style because my previous home was Tuscan style. I created different Pinterest boards for different rooms in my home. I added boards for wood walls, DIY projects, and backyard ideas. Over the course of a few months I had stockpiled quite a few pins of things that I loved. I started to notice a pattern of what I enjoyed.
Have you wondered what “style” you are in regards to home decorating? I sure did. I honestly didn’t even know what the difference was between styles and if you were “allowed” to have multiple favorites. There is actually more styles than I realized. DedorAid.com shares 20 design styles for 2019. Here are just a few:
Amara.com goes into further detail of the styles in The LuxPad Definitive Guide found here. It’s a good read and very informative. If you aren’t sure you what style you are, go take this quiz from Better Homes and Gardens here! Once you take the quiz and let me know what design style you are!
Now you are ready to start searching Pinterest for styles to focus on. Head to the search bar and type in things like “Bohemian Style Living Room” or “French Country Kitchens.” Lots of ideas will pop up and you can start adding to the boards you have made. You can add as many pins as you want, there is no limit!
Here is my example:
After looking at so many ideas I realized I was Farmhouse – Rustic – Industrial. Mixing these design ideas were perfect for me. Shiplap and Joanna Gaines spoke to me in particularly. I pinned images according to rooms in my house, the sky was the limit. Even if I knew it was impossible to afford or make myself, I pinned it anyway. I wanted to build things and make projects. Want to see what that board ended up looking like? Click here to see!
Secondly I fell in love with farmhouse decor items. Even though I knew I couldn’t buy them all, I pinned over 100 items that spoke to me, see that here. Finally, I was on a budget which meant I had to do a lot of the work myself. I had followed the Shanty2Chic sisters for years and loved their work. This board became one of my favorites.
I dreamed of shiplap walls. I had no idea how to do it or what it entailed. But I wanted it. So here are ideas that inspired me from that Pinterest board I had created (tap on photo to take you to creators website):