A Compete Guide to Creating Spaces Part Three – Implementation

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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.

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!

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Grace In My Space | Aratari At Home | Citygirl Meets Farmboy

She Gave It A Go | Midcounty Journal

 

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.

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DIY FARMHOUSE SIGN 

Step One – Project Supplies

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

Ana White

Sawdust 2 Stitches

Pretty Handy Girl – She also has an amazing list of DIY Blogs here

If you are handy and have done projects on your own before, you may feel ready to figure out the project on your own.  Here are the steps I follow:

  • Figure out all the supplies you have
  • Measure out all the supplies you need
  • Take all your measurements
  • Purchase the supplies

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DIY LAMINATE WOOD WALL 

Step Two – Plan Your Day

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.

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DIY MINI BARN DOORS

 

Step Three – Build It

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!

  1. Gather all your tools and supplies in one place
  2. Make sure you have "messy" clothes on so they can get dirty
  3. Have all of your directions ready
  4. Don't rush the project - take your time
  5. Ask for help if you need it
  6. 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!

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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.

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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!

Shopping Time

  • Deseret Industries
    • A Christian owned thrift store, all over the country
  • Antique or Thrift Stores
    • Be careful because some stores are way over priced
  • Amazon
    • They have so many deals on home decor and free shipping
  • Kohls
    • 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)
  • Kirklands
    • 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!
  • Costco
    • They have such good deals on furniture, wood flooring and appliances – with the best return policy ever!

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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!

Love, Kelly

 

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:

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to this:

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A Complete Guide to Creating Spaces Part One: Inspiration

 

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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!

Grace In My Space | Aratari At Home | Citygirl Meets Farmboy

She Gave It A Go | Midcounty Journal

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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!

DIY Farmhouse Sign

DIY FARMHOUSE SIGN

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.

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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.

(You can follow all my Pinterest boards right here!)

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.

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DIY BOARD AND BATTEN HALFWAY WALL

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.

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DIY BARN DOOR

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:

  • Contemporary
  • Rustic
  • Shabby Chic
  • French Country
  • Coastal
  • Bohemian
  • Modern Farmhouse
  • Industrial

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!

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DIY STENCILED CHARGERS

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):

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I had completed my first step – I was inspired! I had no idea how or what I was going to do, but I knew what I wanted.

So now I have some homework for you! I promise it will be fun.

  1. Create a Pinterest page
  2. Make 5 boards of areas in your home you would like ideas for
  3. Take the interior design quiz here
  4. Pin at least 10 pins per board

That’s it! So easy and so fun. You will start to get ideas swimming in your mind and they can get hard to shut off. Mine actually never do so send help my way!

Next week I will be sharing how to take all this INSPIRATION and turn it into REALIZATION – let’s do this!

And before I go, here are some of my favorite Pinterest boards. You will find so many ideas here – so grab a blanket and get ready to be inspired!

DIY Kitchen Pinterest Board

DIY Bathroom Pinterest Board

DIY Wood Walls Pinterest Board

Farmhouse Style Decor

Head over this blog post to read up on PART TWO!

Love,

Kelly

DIY Holiday Mantel

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Welcome to our Christmas Festival Blog Hop!  I love joining these talented bloggers in hosting some holiday ideas to inspire you this season.  If you are joining me from Elizabeth Joan Designs Blog – I am so glad you are here!  Make sure to check out Red Brick on the Lake Blog as your next stop on the tour.  And a big thank you to our host Kendra from Joy In Our Home Blog for making this all possible. Now lets get to it!

Just in case you need to pin this post for later reference, just click on the red tab on this photo in left hand corner.  This post contains affiliate links to the products I recommend. 

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This year I added an entirely new look to this living room fireplace space (you can see the whole process here), so for the holidays I wanted to decorate my new mantel with a fresh and simple look.  I added a few inexpensive touches that you can do as well.

Step One: Lighted Garland

I snagged a 9 foot long lighted garland from Home Depot for $30.  I knew this would add a good base for me to start.

Step Two: Fresh Garland

Next I picked up a 25 foot fresh garland from Costco for $16.  I used it in many places in my home.  Here I used about 8 feet of it.  You can soak these overnight to give it a longer lasting shelf life as well as mist it with water occasionally.

I placed this garland in front of the artificial one, and added some tall nails to hold it into place.  If you do not want to make holes in your mantel I suggest you use 3M Command Strip Hooks.

Step Three – Add LED Lights

I used a 33 foot long LED light from StringBright.com to add extra depth and brightness to the greenery.  These lights are perfect because they last 720 hours, have a remote control with different settings, use batteries and are easy to maneuver.   You can pick some here! You can use the code CITYGIRL20 for 20% off the lights there.

Step Four – Adding Pinecones, Air Refreshers, and Trees

I then added some fun cinnamon branch air fresheners and pinecones just placed randomly throughout.

I snuck in a few trees that I had already to add height, and I was finished!

This only took a few minutes, was not very expensive, and really added a fun touch to my mantel area.

Here are some close up photos of the mantel:

Enjoy the rest of the tour and check out all of these amazing bloggers!

Christmas DIYs on Monday

Joy In Our Home | 2 Bees In A Pod | My Creative Days

County Road 407 | Chatfield Court

Christmas Front Porches on Tuesday

The Tattered Pew | The Crowned Goat | Little Brags

Follow The Yellow Brick Home | The Painted Hinge

Christmas Recipes on Wednesday

Crisp Collective | Love In My Oven | Countryside Cravings

Walking On Sunshine Recipes | Beyond The Butter

Christmas Mantles on Thursday 

anderson + grant | White Arrows Home | Elizabeth Joan Designs

  City Girl Meets Country Boy | Red Brick On The Lake

Christmas Tablescapes on Friday

The Inspired Hive | Curly Crafty Mom | Making It In The Mountains

Rain and Pine | Timeless Creations

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One Room Challenge – Blinds

 One Room Challenge – Week Four

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DIY Install Blinds

 

We are so close to the finish line and it has been so much fun!  Make sure you follow along here with all of the designers this time around to get all the inspiration you need to do this yourself.  I am already thinking about what room I want to refinish for the Fall ORC (think stenciled flour in the laundry room people!).

 

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One of my last steps was to add blinds to my newly renovated windows. Of course I can’t make my own blinds, but I want to show you how easy it is to install them ALL BY YOURSELF!  This was my week four challenge to accomplish.  Here is my update so far:

Here is my 6 week outline:

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 

Project Five – Decorating and Reveal 

DIY Video Tutorial

Check out my DIY Video Tutorial to watch our install process and then follow along below for lots of details you won’t want to miss!

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One Room Challenge – Wood Valances

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– One Room Challenge – Week Two –

I am loving this challenge still!  My project this week was to create wood valances for my window treatments.  So come follow along as I show you how to do it too!  Make sure you check out all the ladies in this challenge over at OneRoomChallenge.com for lots of inspiration.  You will love what these designers are coming up with!

Do It Yourself Wood Valance in 10 Steps

 

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Here’s my 6 week outline:

Project One – Shiplap COST $92.00

Project Two – Window Valences COST $45.00

Project Three – Custom Shutters

Project Four – Blinds

Project Five – Decorating

I will give you a quick review of what the first three weeks have looked like:

Week One:  Empty Walls  (see the beginning of our journey here)

 

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Week Two:  Add Shiplap (read all about it here)

 

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Week Three:  Add Wood Valances

 

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Ready to learn how to get it done?!  Here we go:

Supplies Needed:

  • 1×6 Board (two 6-8 feet long)
  • 1×4 Board (one 6-8 feet long)
  • 1×3 Board (one 6-8 feet long)
  • Stain or Paint
  • Paint Brush and old rags
  • Two Curtain Rods
  • Screws (1 1/2 inch)
  • Kreg Screws (1 1/2 inch)
  • 3 1/2 inch wood screws (I use hex head screws)

Tools Needed:

 

Here is my 60 second Do It Yourself Video Tutorial so you can get a quick glimpse of how it is to be done!

Step One – Measure Your Windows

Each window is different so I will not be giving you the measurements of my window.  But you will understand the measurements you will need create your valance.

 

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  1. You will need to take the measurement of the window opening and add 2 inches to each side.
  2. The curtain rods are about 3 1/2 inches deep, so you will plan on 4 1/2 inches on each side of the valance.

Step Two – Buy Your Wood and Rods

Head over to Home Depot to grab your wood.  You can find curtain rods there as well, Walmart or order them on amazon.  Make sure you grab 2 and that they are the length you need.

 

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Step Three – Cut Your Wood

Grab your circular saw and some saw horses or a table.  Make sure you lines are as straight as possible (this is my weakness!).

 

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  • You will cut one of the 1×6 pieces to the length of your window plus the 2 inches on each side.  Cut two of these.   
    • Length of Window + 2 inches = FIRST CUT (2)
  • You will measure the width of your rod – add this measurement plus 1.5 inches.  You will make 4 cuts of this measurement using 1×6 pieces.
    • Width of rod + 1.5 inches = SECOND CUT (4)
  • You will measure the length of your first cut MINUS 1.5 inches (you are going to add this as your top piece and it fits in between the two side brackets of wood – hence the minus 1/5 inches).
    • Length of first cut  – 1.5 inches = THIRD CUT (2)

 

Step Four – Pocket Holes

If you have never drilled pocket holes before you need to read up on this.  It isn’t hard, you just need a small amount of training.  Refer to my post here on using a Kreg Jig.

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  • You will add ZERO pocket holes to your first cut.
  • You will add 2 pocket holes to each second cut.
  • You will add 3 pocket holes to each third cut.

 

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Step Five – Put Together Your Valance

Add your side braces to your first cut like this:

 

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Then you will add your second piece.  This is the top part of your valance and the way you will attach it onto the wall.

 

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Step Six – Sand and Stain

You will sand down your valance and then wipe off any extra sawdust.  Pick your stain and get to work.

I first stained with Varathane Briarsmoke and let dry.

 

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I rubbed on a small layer of Beeswax for a distressed look.

 

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Then I painted with a top coat of Behr Paint and Primer – Tan.  Once dry, I sanded lightly and this was my outcome (I LOVED IT!):

 

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Step Seven – Mount Your Rod

You will look for the studs and mount your rod brackets there, at the end of each window.

 

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Step Eight – Attach Your Brace

This is the 1×3 wood piece that you will attach your valance too.  Find the studs (this is very important for a secure brace) and mount right above your metal bracket for your rod.  This is where you use your hex head 3.5 screws.  The hex heads give me more grip with my drill.  You need this long to go all the way through your 1×3 brace, the sheet rock, and then into the stud.  Use a level to make sure its even, your valance will be crooked if this is not straight.

 

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Step Nine – Attach Your Curtains

Slip your curtains onto your rod and attach it to your window.  You are almost done!

 

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Step Ten – Mount Your Valance

You will now add your completed valance.  You will lay it over the brace and curtain rod.  Make sure it is measured even.  You will take your screws and add one on the top middle area of the valance, attaching the top piece of wood to your sturdy brace.  Then add one to each end of the valance.  See the video tutorial for how I did this.

 

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It is all done!  Yah!  I love the look it gives this room.  I found some darling curtains at TJ Max for inexpensive.  Now I get to rest for the weekend before I start my shutters!

 

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Happy Building!

Love,

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Do It Yourself Peel -n- Stick Wood Wall

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Years ago I tried a peel and stick wood wall project and it turned out horribly wrong.  So I mentally decided those would not ever work.  Recently I had seen the company promoting REAL wood that was peel and stick application.  I was hesitant because of my first experience, but it looked so good in their photos!  So finally I decided to try my hand at peel and stick wood again – and I am SO GLAD I did!

Here is the before and after:

If you are looking for a simple way to add a custom look to your wall but do not want to use a nail gun – this is your answer.  Check out my DIY Video Tutorial and then follow along and I explain all the details and where to grab this amazing stuff!  Remember – ladies you can do it!

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