We love this living room area, but since the back of our home faces the west, we get really hot sunshine in the afternoon and this space heats up quickly. Even with the air conditioning on high – the summer is still hot in here. It makes it tricky to host guests as well. We decided we needed a fan that was simple, matched our home style, and extremely powerful.
We had used the Warrant Industrial Sized Hunter fan in another area of the house and we have loved it (read can read that post here). I wrote to Hunter Fan Company and asked what their recommendation would be for the best for this space – a 16 foot tall ceiling and angles to deal with. They were so helpful and agreed the Warrant 70 inch was the fan for us because of it’s strategic design. It’s industrial sized with two different metallic finishes (Noble Bronze & Brushed Nickel) metal and multiple blade color options as their fan blades are also reversible!
Since we did not have an existing fan in this space, so Mr. Farmboy had to climb into the rafters to make a space that we could wire up the fan. I was the helper for sure! It took us some time and a really big ladder, but we got the wiring worked out after an hour or two.
We have an attic space where he was able to climb up in and manuever through the rafters. If you do this, make sure to wear a mask – it can be hard to breath up there. He located where we wanted the fan (we measured between the 4 canned lights in the ceiling and opted for the middle). He drilled a hole and pulled the electrical wire to attach to the base.
The directions that come with the fan were easy to follow, take your time to understand the process of assembly and installation. He installed the base first, then assembled the blades separately before adding them to the base. You will be able to pick between the Drifted Oak or Bleached Oak blades, making sure that the color you choose is facing down.
The outlet is a simple installation – just not for me. Hubby knew exactly what to do and got it done pretty quickly. Now this controls the light and fan speed right from the wall!
After this was complete the fan was up and ready to go – yahoo! We seriously love how quiet and powerful it is. Keeps the entire room cooled down. We loved working with Hunter Fan Company for this project!
Hanging a gallery wall can be a daunting task when thinking of getting your measurements right. So what if I told you there was a device that did it for you? Well…you guessed it!! I recently discovered The Cubit Measurement Tool and Plott App. These two things work together through modern technology to measure for you, then tell you exactly where you need to make your nail hole. Amazing right?
This wall was large and boring. I added some wallpaper and lights for some depth. I knew my end goal was a gallery wall of black and white photos (I grabbed these from Frame It Easy here) . I used The Cubit Measurement Tool and Plott App to figure out these measurements and it gave me so much confidence.
Purchase The Cubit and download The Plott App. You will use these for many projects to come.
They have amazing short videos to watch here that will help you understand the basics of this tool set. Watching these really helped me get a grasp of how to use them.
You will charge your Cubit and have it handy when opening The Plott App because they need to sync. Now you are ready to start your measurements. The app will also walk you through the steps as you go. You will open the app up and sync your device, then start the project! It will ask you to name the room you are starting got the project.
Measure you frame. You will have the opportunity to add more frames if you have different sizes. Otherwise you can duplicate the first measurement like I did – 9 times since I had 9 frames that were exactly the same size.
Your phone becomes the measurement tool for this part. Center the square as directed, then start measuring your frame. Once again, you will be prompted for each step as you go.
When you are happy with this measurements you will measure the back. It took me a few tries to get it exactly right. But I quickly figured out the way to get this part done.
The back side is important because you are telling the app where you want to hang your frame. If you have a wire, pull it up where you will put the nail and make a mark. This will help you mark it when seeing it through your phone.
Once saved this will become an object that you will label and use later.
Measure your wall. I made the mistake of not listening to directions and started from the top. And as you can guess, it came out wrong. So I read the directions better and figured out what I was doing wrong.
You start measuring the wall from the bottom left corner, then drag your phone to the right corner and up to the top. I recommend giving yourself plenty of backup space and distance. I was too closet the first time around.
The wall will be saved and you are ready for the next step!
You will add the frames to the wall and move them around to fit your space. You can aline them so the are equally spaced if you need. I fiddled with this part for awhile. Finally you will number the frames in the order you will hang them.
It’s time to mark the wall! The Cubit will sync to your Plott App and will tell you where to mark your nail holes according to your numbered frames. This thing is brilliant! Make sure it’s turned so the red lights will hit the side wall and the ground or ceiling. This needs to match the same lines on the app (tap the screen to change these).
Roll the Cubit along the area where you want to hang the first one. The arrow and measurements on the screen will tell you where to move the Cubit. Once you are at the right spot it will beep and say PLOTT. Head to the lit arrow on the Cubit and mark you spot for the nail. Do this now for each frame. I added sticky notes for mine.
Then you add your nails and hang your frames. Look at that!! It was so nice to not re-drill so many holes and ruin my wallpaper. The Cubit and Plott made this project a one time hang up job, verses tons of mistakes.
You can grab The Cubit right here, enjoy this new tool!
I won’t keep you waiting any longer – HERE IT IS! Working with Kirkland’s for this reveal was so much fun! You can watch all of my shopping trips on Instagram as well as the video of decorating – it was a great experience.
Isn’t she cute?! In this post I will be sharing all of my DIY links to previous posts, as well as all of the links to the products I have used. Here is a simple recap of the last 6 weeks:
Week Five – Drying Racks and Folding Table (READ HERE)
Week Six – Decorations and Reveal
This transformation really gave me extra space to do my work in here without breaking the bank or tearing down walls. Each post will explain the process. But now lets get on to the fun part – decorating!
I collaborated with Kirkland’s for this One Room Challenge. If you have not visited their website before – GO NOW. I will make it easy – CLICK NOW! Seriously their prices and selection are so amazing. Let me give you some ideas for your laundry space.
I needed a certain size rug and I was so glad to see that Kirkland’s had them all. Check them out here. I chose the Natural Jute Scatter Rug and I love how it looks!
You really could spend hours on their site and in the store getting ideas on how to decorate your space. Laundry room is just the beginning. Patio, Bedrooms, Kitchen and Living Room decor. It’s all there. The the prices can’t be beat!
I appreciate you all following along on this One Room Challenge journey with me. I had so much fun and I hope you gained some inspiration on how to update you laundry room too! Until the next project – so long!
My One Room Challenge Laundry Room Renovation is just about finished – welcome to Week 5! I am so grateful to Kirkland’s for sponsoring this project, they have the most amazing laundry room pieces – check those out here!
Make sure to check out the One Room Challenge Blog to see all the updates of the designers participating – their feeds are so inspiring.
This post contains affiliate links to help you navigate to products I have used and am showcasing.
It was now time for me to build a table to cover the washer and dryer to fold my clothes on. My space is limited and I needed all the usable area I could get. This ended up being super easy and very effective for me.
Step One – Shop
I wanted butcher block, but it was out of my price range. You can build a butchers block board, but in the end I decided to use 1×8 pine boards instead.
I measured a 66 inch length and a 30 inch depth in my area. This required four 1×8 boards at 6 feet long and one 1×4 board (this is for the back edge of the folding table).
You can have Home Depot cut them for you as well.
Step Two – Cut and Mount
Cut each of your boards to the length you need. You will then add pocket holes to 3 of the 1×8 boards (read how to do that here).
Attach your boards together, using wood glue and pocket hole screws size 1 1/4 inch. Use clamps to make sure your boards are fitting snug. I also used extra weight on the boards as I attached them together to make sure they were flat when they were screwed together.
You will then add the 1×4 board to the back of the boards. You can use screws right into the back since noone will see these.
Step Three – Sand
Sand down your folding table. I used my Tacklife sander that is from Amazon ($25!). I actually sanded the 1×8 boards first before I mounted the 1×4 board. Additionally I had sanded the 1×4 board seperately. You can do what works for you.
Step Four – Stain
Add the stain of your choice. I used Old Barn Living Weathered One Step Stain – it’s one of my favorites and matched the other shelving in the room. I used 2 coats and then added a top coat.
Step Five – Add Braces
You will lay the folding table onto 2 braces. These are 2×3 boards that are mounted to the wall into the studs. Measure where your studs are, then mark that spacing onto the board and pre-drill your 3 1/2 inch screws into them.
Use a level to mount these into the wall. Make sure they are level!!
Step Six – Add Table
You will gently slide your table onto the 2×3 boards. We added a 1×10 board underneath our table for stability because we didn’t want it sitting on top of the washer and dryer.
Add screws or brad nails into the sides of the table and into the 2×3 boards. Then you are all finished!!
Next week I will showcasing all of the amazing pieces I have picked out from Kirkland’s to finalize this space. I can’t wait to share it with you!
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!
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:
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):
There are several good reasons why this is the case:
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.
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.
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.
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!