Stunning Lanterns for DIY Shutters

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The number one question I get when I share my mantel is “Where did you get those lanterns?!”.  So finally today I am sharing my favorite lanterns with you! I hang them from my DIY Shutters that you can see here. These are such an easy build that anyone can do.

The ones I found are at Kirklands here So I searched all over Walmart and Wayfair to find some of the cutest lanterns for the best prices. Affiliate links are included, so just click on the title to take you to their website!

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Faith, Family and Farmhouses

I love sharing amazing bloggers who offer so much talent to our community. This week My HomeGirls House feature is Brendt from She Gave It A Go Blog. You can see all her goodness right here. Let me show you some of my favorite parts about her!

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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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The Home of Many Talents

One of the beautiful things about every individual is their different qualities and talents. How blessed we are to get to learn from one another. Today’s Homegirls House Feature is an amazing woman with talents from all over the spectrum. Lindsay from AratariaAtHome has so many gifts that she shares with her readers, I know you will love her!

This talented blogger takes her readers through her home, into her kitchen, along her ride as a mother and every place in between. She takes simple moments and turns them into teaching opportunities. I love the journey she takes her followers on.

For example, during her recent kitchen tour found here, she gives her readers wonderful tips on how to beautify their home as well. Check out her fall tips:

Something I especially love about her home is her entryway. It is inviting and welcoming. Her neutral decor in this area is beautiful. She shares her fall tour of this space on her blog here.

Did you notice those gorgeous stairs? What I would give for a staircase like this! She even shares how to babyproof these beauties so her darling boy is safe. You can read that post here.

In addition to her love of family and joy of motherhood, she also shares amazing recipes that keep you healthy and taste delicious! Find these Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes here.

I know as you tour her blog you will be inspired on so many levels. Her talents run so deep!

Come visit Lindsay with AratariaAtHome Blog!

Have a wonderful visit,

Kelly

Simple and Classy Designs

One of the designers that has inspired me since I started this home decor journey is Karan with Inside Out Designs from Ontario. She is so creative and has amazing ideas.

Her blog, called Designs By Karan, can be found here. Today I am showcasing her simple and classy designs. Come join me for this tour of My Homegirls House, you will love her!

Her bright white kitchen showcases such captivating pieces. I love how share pairs this farmhouse sink with the neutral wood cabinet.

Additionally she is willing to tackle Do It Yourself Projects, like adding this wood wall to her laundry room. I love how it turned out!

Karan does a wonderful job adding classy fall inspiration to her master bedroom here. Her vision created a space that is peaceful and uplifting. Ready to meet her? Here we go! This is her bio that can be found here.

Something else I love about her and her website is that she offers E-Design services for this who live far away. How cool is that?

She gives tons of ideas for her clients as well as her readers when they are ready to make purchases. Check out her links and ideas here.

She even sneaks a few amazing recipes in on the blog just because she can! Who wouldn’t want to make these? Her talents far surpass home decor and we are lucky to have such a mentor in our community.

Styling your home requires creativity and bold choices. Often we stay conservative in change to prevent mistakes. But you can learn what you like through your bravery in your choices. Even if mistakes happen. I challenge you to take some of the ideas that Karan shares on her blog and make bolds moves – you can do it!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Kelly

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 – 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)

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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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