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.

DIY Farmhouse Sign

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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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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Do It Yourself Bracket Shelf

Do It Yourself Bracket Shelf

Recently I wanted to create a super easy shelf with inexpensive materials – wood and brackets. Let’s see what I came up with!

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How to create inexpensive Farmhouse Framed Prints

Farmhouse Framed Prints

Last year I was crushing over all the Farmhouse Prints – so I started wondering how I could make my own with the resources I had (long vinyl cutter, no large printers). After a bit of thinking I created a way that worked in my budget and was super easy to do.Here is my DIY Video Tutorial for you to watch to get the basic idea:

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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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Do It Yourself Wall Art

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I love all these farmhouse signs being sold right now – they are so beautiful!  I had this vacant wall that needed filling and I was too impatient to order one and wait… Do you ever get that way?  When you want something decorated and you want it done NOW!  So I racked my brain with what materials I had and came up with this.  And I love it.  It’s not perfect, has some wrinkles and mismatched wood – but for my farmhouse room I was redecorating it was just right for me.

So if you love farmhouse signs and want to make your own – you can do it!  The best part is this whole project will cost you under $15 – for a huge sign.  Ready to see how?

Check out my 60 second DIY Video Tutorial to see a quick version, then follow along for all the details.

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Do It Yourself – Spray Chalk Paint

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I remember when chalk paint started to become a “thing” many years ago, and I just wasn’t buying it.  Was there really a paint that you could use on top of almost anything without sanding or using a primer? I didn’t think it was possible.  Finally I decided to try it on an old table that I was not wanting to refinish and it worked!  I was sold!  Since then I have used chalk paint for many DIY’s and it is awesome.  And now they even have SPRAY CHALK PAINT!!!  So today I am giving a tutorial on where to buy it and how to use it (so easy).

As usual, I am including first a 60 second video tutorial to show the main steps of the process.  Then follow along for lots of resources and details for your latest DIY with Spray Chalk Paint!

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Do It Yourself – Farmhouse Shiplap

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Ever since Joanna Gaines started sharing her love of shiplap, I have totally been crushin on it.  I knew I needed some in my home.  I put it off for years and finally last week had the time and the guts to tackle it.

I researched a lot of ways for it to be done and wanted to see if I could install it all by myself.   Mr. Farmboy is always willing to help, but I just wanted to see how possible it was for one person to get it all done.  And now I can say – IT IS POSSIBLE!  It’s not easy and takes a lot of time when you are on your own, but it is possible.  Would I recommend it?  If you are all you have – heck ya.  If you have help though?  Use it – it’s a lot of work alone.  Alright now, here we go…

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DIY – Using The Home Depot’s Cutting Center

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Welcome to CITYGIRLMEETSFARMBOY!  We are so glad you are here.  Click here to be added to our email list so you will never miss our DIY projects – we can’t wait to have you!  Want to see some more amazing project using The Home Depot Cutting Center and WOOD WALLS (our favorite)?  Click here!

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I know, I know – why would anyone write a blog post about getting wood cut at The Home Depot?  Well, for years I was to nervous to ask The Home Depot to cut my wood for me, thinking they would treat me weird or something.  I was so insecure about my building skills that I felt I couldn’t risk the embarrassment because I didn’t know what I was doing anyway.  After hearing the Shanty Sisters talk about “ripping” plywood and how easy it was, I thought I would give it a try.  Problem was I didn’t even know what “ripping” wood meant.

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DIY Farmhouse LED Light Fixture

IMG_7541I found some darling LED lights at Joann Fabrics on clearance and I just had to have them.  I do that sometimes, when it’s so cute I just can’t stand leaving it on the shelf!  I did that with my rod iron birdcage – my hubby was a little confused when I brought it home because we didn’t even own any birds.  That’s another blog post for another day.

NOTE: If you need a quick review of this tutorial I made a 60 second short film to watch here.

I knew the area I wanted these LED lights at and so my creative juices needed to start flowing to come up with the best way to use them.

IMG_7122 I contemplated a few ways to utilize the light fixtures in the space I needed and ultimately came up with this.  I hope you can use some of these ideas to create your own Farmhouse LED Light Fixture!

Materials:

  • 2 LED Lanterns – you can shop Joann Fabrics, Michaels, Ross Dress for Less, TJ Max, etc… to look for these.  You can also order them online at Amazon.  The ones I found were at Joann Fabrics on summer clearance for $16 each.  I found some darling ones at The Home Depot, you can find their site here:  Search OUTDOOR LED LANTERNS here. 
  • 2 pieces of Old Barn Wood – of course you can use new wood and make it look old. To do that follow along with Mountain Modern Life here or with DIY network here.
  • 2 Garden Planter Hooks – I found mine at The Home Depot years ago on clearance and held on to them.  You can find their site here:  Search PLANT BRACKET here.

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Tools:

  • Power Drill – I use my Ridgid 18 Volt handheld power drill, which you can buy here.
  • Four 3 inch wood screws
  • Four 1 inch wood screws
  • Four drywall anchors if you do not use studs
  • Stud Finder – I use my Zircon StudSensor HD55 Stud Finder, which you can buy here.

Now here we go!

First off I had to change up the color of my lanterns.  Paint and stain are one of my favorite ways to change the look of something.  There is lots of rules with combining paint colors – sometimes I adhere to them and sometimes I don’t, especially if it’s for a super small project like this one.  The Hollow Road Blog has a really great post here on mixing paints if you would like a lesson!

Here I mixed 2 colors to create the deep brown that I was looking for.

The first coat looked like this:

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I wanted an darker look than this so I dabbed a paper towel in the solid black paint after this was dry and did a light rub all over it.  It came out great.  If you need to repaint your LED lights, be creative!  Here was my final look:

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Next step is prepping the wood.  If you choose to use new wood and make it old as in the tutorials above, you can bypass this next step.  If you are using truly old wood that has been left outside and weathered, it is very important that it is cleaned and sanitized before using it in your home.  I wrote an entire blog post on this topic which you can read here.  It will give you all the resources and step by step process you need to make sure your wood is ready for home decor use.

Here is my before and after cleaning photos of the old barn wood I used:

These are the tools that I used for this project:

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My Irwin Drill Bits and Ridgid 18 Volt Drill are my staple tools for most of my DIY’s. Additionally this Stanley measuring tape and Zircon stud finder are also in my tool box at all times.  You can purchase all of these at The Home Depot here.

You will be mounting your garden brackets onto your wood bases.  I measured into the middle by one inch and down 2 inches (my wood is a 2 x 4).  Then I placed the bracket where I wanted it and marked where I needed the holes with a sharpie marker.

It is important to pre drill your holes so that your wood does not split.  It happens a lot, especially in more fragile old pieces.  After the pre drill is complete, you will mount your bracket onto the wood with your hand drill, using your 1 inch screws.

Once you have decided where you want these on your wall, you will measure for the studs.  To do this you use your stud finder and slide it vertically across the wall – slowly. Once it senses a stud the arrow will light up, This is where you drill.

I always try to drill into a stud if possible because it is such a string support system, but if that’s not an option I use E-Z Ancor Twist-N-Lock or ITW Brand anchors. Mr. Farmboy insists they are the best and I started using them years ago to hang things. They are easiest for me to handle.  You search for them here at The Home Depot.

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Another quick tip we use.  A leveler is another staple you need in your tool box.  We have a few lengths to help with different projects.  This allows you to make sure whatever you are hanging or installing is even and accurate.  BUT, if you don’t have one and are in a bind – there is and APP for it!!  Amazing right?  The Bubble Level for Iphone is a great one, as well as Toolbox Pro.  Here is what it looks like, excuse my bad photos but the lighting was not very good at midnight!  (Different apps will vary):

I used (well, Mr. Farmboy used) a 3 inch wood screw to mount these into the studs, one on each end.  We pre drilled them as well for easier mounting.

Our second light did not have a stud for us to use so we did use our anchors.  A tip: If you pre drill the screws you are using so they stick out of the other end, you can gently push it into the wall where you want it.  This will leave a small mark as to where you need to drill your anchors.  Then once the anchors are in, you can easily mount the rest of the light fixture!

I made sure the LED light was turned on when I was ready to add my lights.  They charge during the day and turn on at night!

Inside lights off:

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Inside lights on (the LED lights still stay on when my inside lights on are, they turn off when the sunshine comes in):

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Finally, we added a darling sign we ordered from Kohl’s.  Its one of my most favorite online shipping stores for farmhouse decor.  They have so much more online than in the store, there is always sales and coupons, and always free shipping offers.  I love them!  Look at this GREETING sign we found:

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So that’s it!  Let us know if you have any questions or how your project turns out – we would love to see it!  Please note that we do use affiliate sites on our blog.  But always know we only use ones that we love and use ourselves as DIY’ers.   Happy Building!

And P.S. – check out these darling posts from difference bloggers all over the country to help you find some amazing DIY’s!

Love,

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