One Room Challenge – Reveal

One Room Challenge Spring Reveal

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I am so excited!  Today is the day!  The last few weeks have been such a good experience for me.  It pushed me to learn new skills and I love the outcome.   I am so grateful to the One Room Challenge team for helping all types of decorators feel like they have value in their creativity.  So many are revealing their spaces today on the One Room Challenge Blog – I can’t wait for you to see them all!  Are you ready for mine?

Project One – Shiplap COST $92.00   Read all about that project here

Project Two – Window Valences COST $45.00   Read all about that project here

Project Three – Custom Shutters COST $15.00   Read all about that project here

Project Four – Blinds  COST $200.00  Read all about that project here

Let me remind you where I started:

 

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This was my living room wall.  I wanted to renovate it and add some character.  Since I am a DIYer on a budget, everything had to be created by me.  I gave myself $500 to renovate this space – and I did it!  You can read about my initial ideas here on my first post with the One Room Challenge.  This was my sketch of what I wanted to have happen.

 

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Follow along to see how close I can get to my original idea!

Project One – Shiplap

You can read the full blog post here, but lets recap.  I spent $92 on my materials from The Home Depot.  I used tongue and groove pre-primed shiplap.  I always paint my first coat before I install, and I loved partnering with HomeRite Super Finish Max Paint Sprayer.  It was super easy to use and made my life so much better!  You can order one here on Amazon for a great price point.

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Install was fast and super helpful with my TackLIFE laser level and laser measuring tape.  You can grab tons of TackLIFE tools for a great deal on Amazon here.

 

 

 

Here is my final shiplap look:

 

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Project Two – Window Valances

I love the wood window valances that the Shanty2Chic sisters made here.  So I created my own style and love how they turned out.   You can learn the whole process and how easy it is here.   Total cost was $45 (grabbed clearance curtains from TJ Max and curtain rods from Walmart).

 

 

Here is my final window valance look:

 

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Project Three – Shutters

I have always wanted some of these and decided on a look I wanted after scanning Pinterest for days (kidding).  They were only $15 to make and add so much to the room!  Find out how to make yours here.  Additionally I added a family portrait that I had made previously so that is very inexpensive, you can read all about that DIY here.

 

 

Here is my final farmhouse shutters look:

 

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Project Four – Blinds

I love SelectBlinds and have used them for 15 years.  They are super EASY to order, EASY to install, and EASY on the pocketbook.  Did I mention they were easy?  Ha. Ha. Wink. Wink.  I ordered FAUX WOOD, you can get them for a great price with all the sales they run here.

 

 

Here is my final blinds look:

 

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Final REVEAL Day –

Such a fun adventure.  I learned so many new things, how to make new DIY’s and use tools I haven’t tried before.  One item that I added last minute was the Wood Mantel.  It was a quick addition and I love the character it adds to the room.  Here is the final look:

 

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I had some more GREAT companies that I used to finish up my decor.  Niki is a great friend and makes amazing wood word signs (from Carpenterfarmhouse).

I ordered her THIS IS US sign from her Etsy shop here, the sizes start at only $15!

 

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Next I grabbed some darling pillows handmade from Megan at DoeRaeMeDesigns.  I love her taste and style!  I grabbed two Staple White pillow cases that you can order here.

 

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Finally I had an amazing time working with Danielle from The Rusted Carriage.   She helped me pick out some items for my mantel and I finally got some cotton stems (I have always wanted some!).  Her Etsy shop is closing for the summer so she can spend time with family, so all her deals are on sale – you will love her stuff!  Grab some here.

 

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My lanterns were from TJ Max and I made the Family Name sign many years ago.

 

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Here is a timelaspe of the decorating process.  Now I need a big long nap!

 

 

 

I honestly can’t wait for the next challenge.  Laundry room time!

Love,

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One Room Challenge – Shiplap

– One Room Challenge – Week One

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Do It Yourself Shiplap

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I am loving this challenge so far, because it keeps me on a schedule and pushes me to get things done.  I am good with a schedule!  Continue to check out all the guests for the One Room Challenge here as well as the 20 influencers participating – its amazing!

Here’s my 6 week outline:

Project One – Shiplap

Project Two – Window Valences

Project Three – Custom Shutters

Project Four – Blinds

Project Five – Decorating

As you know I am working on my living room for this challenge and giving it a facelift.  This is my before:

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So this last week I created my design through sketch to visualize what I wanted to have happen (you can read last weeks post here to see all my plans!).  Just a ruler and pencil is all you need!

 

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My base change of the room is shiplap.  Thanks to Jo Jo we are all loving this stuff.  I have written an in depth tutorial on shiplap here that is a good resource if you haven’t worked with it before.  This time around I tried some new these that I will share.

Step One – Measure

You will want to measure how much shiplap boards you will need.  You do this by taking the area of the wall and subtracting spaces that will not be used (windows and fireplace in my case).  You can use a measuring tape or a laser measure.  I used a laser measure because my room was so big and I was doing it alone.

I love this one from TACKlife.  It is super easy to use and inexpensive, it’s the TACKLife S2-40M Laser Measure and you can order it here from Amazon for $29.

 

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I wasn’t sure how to best get started and learned from a great YouTube tutorial here from TheMrFinneth – it was very helpful.

This laser measure helped me measure the area of the room, windows and fireplace.  My total needed square feet was almost 80 square feet.

Note:  I partnered with TACKlife and HomeRight for this project and loved their products.  These are not affiliate links that I share today, just links for my followers to buy the products if they need them. \

 

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Step Two – Purchase Shiplap

Instead of using a plywood board that is ripped (cut) into 6 inch strips, I opted to use the pre-cut MDF shiplap at The Home Depot this time.  The price was not much different and since it was already primed I liked the idea.  It is heavier to work with though (just beware.)  It cost me $100 for the amount that I needed.

 

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They also carry Pine Shiplap for a slightly higher price point.

 

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I loaded it up and headed home!

 

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Step Three – Paint First Coat

I always paint my first coat before I mount it.  This is optional.  I am just not at good painting and I always tape wrong, therefore getting paint on my walls.  So painting first is my option.  I will add another coat when it is up on the wall, but it is not as detailed.

I used a spray gun for this part and I LOVED IT.  These tools are not that expensive and are so handy.  I partnered with HomeRight and tried their HomeRight Super Finish Max Extra C800971 Paint Sprayer, that you can purchase here from Amazon for $99.

 

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You have to add water to your paint (I used Sherman Williams that was mixed especially to match my baseboards) according to the directions.  I sprayed outside and let fully dry before bringing into the house.

 

 

Step Four – Finding Studs

You will measure for your studs using a stud finder and mark them throughout the entire wall.   Then will make lines connecting the marks vertical so you can see where each stud is as you nail.  This can be done with a chalk line or a laser level.

I used the Zircon Stud Finder that you can buy here and it works well for only $12!

 

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Then I connect the marks I made using my TACKlife Laser Level.  This is a great cross line laser tool that you can purchase here.

 

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Using a tripod I was able to keep my line steady and match it up to the marks so I could draw a line.   Once all the studs were found I was ready to add my boards.

 

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Step Five – Mount Your Shiplap

Here I used my Ridgid Nail Gun and air compressor.  Here is how to load your gun:

 

 

Now charger your compressor and get ready to nail!  You will have to make sure that you are not following the line of your ceiling because that isn’t always straight.  Here again you will use the Laser Level to help you stay accurate.  You will need your circular handsaw to make the measured cuts.  Generally you will stag your boards like this:

 

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You will use a jigsaw to work your way around the not so straight spaces.  Make sure to be VERY careful around the light switches when you have the plate removed.  I would recommend turning off the power to that area to be fully safe.

 

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This space was SO HARD.  I cut it a zillion times.

 

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It took me 3 days to get the shiplap done, and I worked about 3-4 hours day.  I can’t wait to get painting!

Step Six – Spakling

Here is a video I made of what I use for spakling, how I did it and how to clean it off.  Basically you add your spakling, let dry, and sand off!

 

Once this space is ready you will get all the painting done.

So it has been a successful week!  Can’t wait to start working on my window valences now – stay tuned…

 

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Love,

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Do It Yourself Antiquing Wax

Antiquing Wax

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After refinishing the base of my 25 year old green cedar chest, I decided I wanted to finish the top of it just slightly different.  I chose to use a method called “antiquing” and just loved the way it turned out.

Check out the process I used to finish the base using Country Chic Chalk Paint here:

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This is the piece before and then after:

 

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Check out my 60 second tutorial and then follow along below for all the details!

 

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Do It Yourself Distressing Furniture

Distressing Furniture

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In high school I was gifted a beautiful cedar hope chest from my parents.  Back in the 90’s my color was Hunter Green – for literally everything.  I love this chest so much still but the color needed to go!  So I grabbed one of my favorite products (Country Chic Paint) and went to work.  Check out what this thing looked like after 25 years and over 10 moves:

 

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It was so beat up!  But everything inside was still in perfect condition – cedar chests dispel bugs and mold, they are amazing.

Here is my 60 second video tutorial recap, then follow along for all the details today on the blog!

 

 

If you would like to see more ideas using Country Chic Paint, check out my other blog post here. 

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Do It Yourself – Hutch Curtains

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Years ago I got the cutest hutch which I love.  Soon after a soccer ball went flying through the class door and shattered it.  One month later the other door was toast.  So it has sat open and not so cute for 2 years now!  I was ready for some way to hide the things stored behind these doors and came up with a super simple way.  Here is the before and after photos:

Come check out my 60 second video tutorial and then read below for all the details!

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Do It Yourself – Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint

IMG_1744I have always wanted to try out milk paint and figured my Granny’s old oak headboard was where to start.  I started my search online and I found Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint – it is the cutest website!  There are so many tutorials to learn from and I instantly felt like Marian and I (aka Miss Mustard Seed) were instant friends (even though she has never met me, but I just know we would be buddies!).

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So check out my 60 second DIY Tutorial on my project and then follow along for details on how my headboard turned out.  And go check out this amazing line of milk paints!!!

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Do It Yourself Stool Reupholstery

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I have had this darling old stool that was given to me by my sweet Granny.  It’s needed some TLC.  When a friend asked me to refinish her piece as well I decided it was time to attack both.  Look at these things – so much history and so much love needed up on them!

Do you have pieces that need some TLC?  It’s not as hard as you think!  Check out my 60 second video tutorial on Reupholstering Stools to get the quick version, then follow along and create your own masterpiece!

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