DIY Farmhouse Window

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I have had a very simple window in my office space for years and decided it was time to dress it up.  I am converting this old office into a pantry and this is my second step in the process.  My first project was to add Peel-N-Stick Wallpaper to spice up the wall.  You can see that super simple tutorial here. Next up will be the pantry shelving!

Once I finished the window treatment, I couldn’t believe how easy it was! I saw lots of ideas on Pinterest and decided upon the Craftsman Style with Fillet and Chasing Cap.  I wasn’t even sure what those words meant – but I was going for it.  I learned this from True Built Home here.

Go follow my Pinterest for ideas (my DIY Window Pinterest Board here).

Here are my before and after photos – it made such a difference.  I learned alot from Liz Forez at LOVEGROWSWILD Blog.  Her post on a very similar window is so helpful.  Read that here.

 

Supplies Needed:

  • 1×4, 1×6, 1×8 and 1×2 MDF boards per measurements of your window (more details to come in step one)
  • Paint and Painting Supplies
  • Painters Tape
  • Caulk and Caulking Gun
  • Spackle and Sand Paper

Tools Needed:

  • Level
  • Stud Finder
  • Measuring Tape
  • Brad Nailer and Air Compressor
  • Miter Saw

 

Step One – Measure Your Windows

You will measure the height and width of your windows.  1×4 boards will be on both sides of your window – exact height.  1×6 board will be your window sill and will extend 3 inches over on each side (width plus 6 inches).  The MDF 1×4, 1×2 and 1×8 boards will also extend over by 3 inches on each side.  I had a 1×8 wood board in the shed so I opted to use that.  At my Home Depot the MDF board was cheaper than the real wood.  Additionally, Home Depot will cut your boards for you!  Read all about it here.

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Step Two – Gather Your Tools

I keep all my tools prepped on the window sill so I am ready to grab them.

Blesser House Blog has another blog post on how to install a similar window and she uses real wood and brad nails with a hammer – no nail gun! It’s a great option if you do not want to use a power tool.

 

Step Three – Find Your Studs

This is important because you want your boards securely in the wall.  I use my Zircon StudSensor and marked it with painters tape.

Step Four – Install Boards

First you want to make sure your boards are evenly spaced 3 inches overlap on each side.  Most blogs tell you to put the two side pieces on first.  I started with the top pieces first.  Either is fine.  Grab your brad nailer and your level – make sure it’s straight before nailing into the studs. I was alone so YES I picked up the nailer with my feet!

I added the 1×8 board first.  I made sure to leave 3/4 inch room to add my 1×2 underneith.

It is very important that your first piece is level.  Check and recheck! It will determine the rest of your placements.

Next I added the top 1×2 piece and the bottom 1×2 piece.

I added the window sill next, but this effected the length of my 1×4 boards on the sides of the window – they were too long.  I had to use my circular saw (or a jig saw) to cut the sill to fit the area.  So if you do not want to make another cut in the 1×4 boards, install them first.  Then measure the window sill to fit second.  You will basically measure and cut out a corner on each side of the 1×6 board. Install with nail gun.

Finally I added the two sides boards and the 1×4 board underneath the window sill.

Step Four – Caulk

You will want to use paintable caulk.  I always use a caulking gun because it’s hard for me to push the caulk out of the tube otherwise.  I apply and then use my finger to make it smooth.  They have tools for this but I like to use my finger instead.  Keep a rag that you can throw away or a baby wipe close to wipe your finger on.

I am not very good at caulking as you an see in the next photo.  It never works super well for me.   If you aren’t either, don’t worry!  You can paint over it.  Just make it as smooth as possible.

Farmboy taught me to place a screw into the top so the caulk will not dry inside it.  Works great for us!

 

Step Five – Spackel & Paint

If you are not using a primed MDF board you will need a coat of primer.  MDF just soaks up the paint otherwise.  Tape your area with painters tape and then add spackle to the small brad nail holes with a puddy knife.  Let dry and sand off.  Wipe off dust with a dry rag and you are ready to paint! I used 2 coats of Sherman Williams White to match my house.

Pulling off the tape is the best part in my opinion.  It means your are done!

This inexpensive project added so much to my new pantry and I love it.  Anyone can add this feature, it’s easier than you think!

Love,

Kelly

DIY Peel-n-Stick Wallpaper

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I have always wanted to try wall paper but the thought of it intimidates me!  I pictured it filled with wet glue and mess up’s constantly.  And then I heard of Peel-n-Stick Wallpaper and my world changed.  How easy does that sound?  I had to try out.

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DIY Mini Barn Doors

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I collaborated with two amazing companies for this project – The TAD Company and TACKLIFE Tools.  Both are companies I reached out to because I had researched their products and wanted to work with them.  I am attaching links to their sites to help you in your purchases.  These are not affiliate links.  But I was compensated from these companies in product and I was so excited.  I know you will love them too!

Welcome to our tutorial of mini barn doors for the home.  Go follow us on Instagram here and YouTube here to see all our latest projects!

We love all things barn door over here in the Ballard Home.  Last year I built a darling one for our master bedroom for $75 and you can see that post here.   This time around we needed some Mini Barn Doors for our sons playroom and love how they turned out!

Watch this 60 preview of the process and then follow along for all the instructions.

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Super Easy Board & Batten Wall with the Zircon StudSensor L70

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This post is in paid partnership with Zircon Corporation.  All opinions are my own and I only collaborate with companies that I use myself in my projects.  I hope these links help you as you learn and grow!

Oh how I love Board and Batten Walls! My very first attempt was on my 40th birthday – all I wanted was to learn how to use a nail gun from Mr. Farmboy. I felt so empowered after that day and a woodworking “She-Ra” was released. Later on, I completed a full Board and Batten Wall in my son’s room – all by myself. You can read all about here – it was an exciting project for me.

So, today I am back at it and partnering with @ZirconTools to bring you a super simple DIY tutorial on how to make a Board and Batten Halfway Wall. Yes, I made up that title! Mr. Farmboy came up with the idea of only going up three-fourth the way up the wall and I loved it – hence this project was born.

 

Check out these before and after photos and watch my full DIY Youtube Tutorial here. Now come follow along and learn how to do this easy project that anyone can do!

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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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What’s the best season to DIY?

Best Season to Tackle Home Renovation Projects

Today I am welcoming my guest blogger, Jesse Hughes, as she teaches us some of the best seasons to tackle home improvement projects. I know will you learn so much from her and enjoy this special post!

What’s the Best Time of the Year to Tackle Major Home Improvement?

There is one thing that is certain; major home improvements usually mean major mess and disruption in your home. That can be a good enough reason to get the contractors in and take a vacation!

But, it doesn’t have to be as bad as you think. The trick is to plan the major house improvements at the best time of the year; this will ensure you have the least amount of disruption.

In fact, the best time of year to tackle any major home improvement project is the spring.

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to replace your windows or have glass balustrades fitted; you should consider booking the work in for the spring.

There are several good reasons why this is the case:

Popularity

The biggest projects, such as window replacement or heating issues are often undertaken in the fall. This is because people are thinking about the cooler weather coming in and are keen to get things sorted before it becomes a problem.

However, if you plan ahead and book a contractor for the spring you’ll be beating the rush and are likely to get a cheaper rate as this is the quietest time of the year for many contractors.

Early summer often offers the same benefits as people are in holiday mode and not thinking about the next big project.

Warmth

It doesn’t matter what major project you undertake, there will be workmen coming and going and this means the doors and possibly windows will be opened and closed countless number of times throughout the day.

The result is a loss of the heat you need in the winter or the coolness in the summer. This can be frustrating when you’re trying to stay at the right temperature. It can also increase your energy bills to allow for the issues.

However, if you pick the spring you’re likely to find it easier to adapt without using extra energy.

The Weather

Some major home improvement projects will leave your house exposed to the elements. If you’re looking to have your roof replaced or renew the façade on your walls then you’ll find that spring is the most forgiving time to do this.

You are less likely to suffer weather related damage in the spring but you are also less likely to find your workmen have not turned up again; thanks to the heat.

While the weather is not an element in every home improvement project it is a factor in many.

Cost

The spring is traditionally the tile hen householders get their homes ready for the summer. If you’re already thinking about the winter you’ll be able to purchase items and services at a fraction of the price they are available for in the winter. This can be a considerable saving and makes it worthwhile to get the improvements done early.

Of course getting them completed in the spring will also help to ensure that you have peace of mind throughout the summer and avoid the panic feeling in the fall.

Thank you for joined me and my guest host Jesse as we learn more about tackling projects in our home!

Happy Building!

Love,

Kelly

Designing a Haven

Sometimes home decor can become overwhelming and intimidating.  If you haven’t had a background in the design field you might feel like you don’t have a place in the decorating world.  This is how I felt!  I knew I could build something, but to make it look super cute really gave me the scary feels.

Recently I finished reading the book “Designing a Life: From House to Haven.”  I was so grateful for the inspiration that was shared because it gave me confidence that I CAN DECORATE!  We are all capable and possess creativity that allows us to decorate our space.  We just need a few tips to get us started.

That is why today I am sharing Sarah Symonds from Grace In My Space blog.  She is the author of this amazing book and an inspirational decorator and believer.  Her home is simple, uplifting, and a haven for her family.  That is what she teaches all of her readers to shoot for.

The read is a quick one and she gives you step by step ways to create and define your space.  Then you can hop onto her blog and see so many ideas of what she has done to uplift her own home.

Something else I love about Sarah is that she is so personable.  She has created this tribe where you feel comfortable and at ease, like a dear friend at lunch.  I wish sometimes I lived closer so we actually could do lunch!

Her family is very important to her and she is her faith.  I appreciate how well she is able to intertwine family, faith and home so well on her blog.  From rooms to recipes to her Monday Musings, I always leave feeling inspired.

I hope you enjoy getting to know this amazing designer and influencer.  She will teach you and support you along the way of your own design journey.  I hope you snag her inexpensive book on Amazon, I know it will help you as your begin to decorate!

Happy Friday,

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DIY Board & Batten Wall

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I love the look of a board and batten wall.  When I turned 40 my hubby asked what I wanted for my birthday.  “For you to teach me how to make a board and batten wall!”  Super random I know, but it made me feel like a grown up to use a nail gun – so that’s exactly what we did.    This was my first big project with an air compressor and a nail gun – both intimidated me.  But it was so much fun! Here it is:

With his help it turned out awesome and I couldn’t believe how easy it was.  It added so much depth to this tiny hall and brightened the room.  I loved it!

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Now, 1 1/2 years later I am finally writing a tutorial on how you can do it too.  First off, watch my 60 second DIY Tutorial on it, and then follow along – I know you will love it!

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My Homegirls House – LittleNestof4

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Follow Friday Feature

Over the next few Fridays, as we head into the holidays, I will be featuring some bloggers that really inspire me and boost my creativity while decorating my home.  I know as you follow along you will find inspiration that helps you to uplift your space and your family!

To kick things off I am sharing one of the very first bloggers I ever met when starting this journey.  I actually won a giveaway hosted by her in the spring of 2017 and I fell in love with her account.  Of course I creeped on her page ever since then and I feel so lucky that we have now become friends along the way. Continue reading “My Homegirls House – LittleNestof4”

Do It Yourself Cake Plate

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DIY Cake Plate

Ready to make a super easy cake plate for the holidays? Or even just for a fun display decoration? They are so simple and inexpensive – check out my 60 second video tutorial and then pin it for later when your ready to make yours!

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