Simple Shelving – One Room Challenge Week Four

My 4th week of the One Room Challenge has ended and I love the turn out! I worked with Kirkland’s to design shelving for practical and decorative use. I have the cutest pieces coming from Kirkland’s to decorate this space and I am so excited.

The One Room Challenge is sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens, and so many bloggers are participating. Make sure to check out the One Room Challenge Blog to see all the rooms that are being renovated right now, you will find so much inspiration.

Here is a recap of my 6 week outline:

Week One – Orignal Room Reveal (read here)
Week Two – Wood Ceiling (READ HERE)
Week Three – Wallpaper and Cupboards (read here)
Week Four – Floating Shelves
Week Five – Drying Racks and Folding Table
Week Six – Decorations and Reveal
This post contains affiliate links to help you navigate to products I have used and am showcasing.

I love floating shelves. I learn all I can from the Shanty2Chic sisters. So make sure to watch all their floating shelf tutorials here – you will learn so much!

I measured and added my “bones” (aka “cleat”) of the shelves.

Then I built the shelf that goes over the “bones”. This measurement was very simple. Once again, to learn how to do this, head over to the Shanty2Chic blog.

I sanded down the shelf with my Tacklife sander. It’s easy to hold and a great starter tool for any DIYer.

We added on the cupboards that we purchased from Ikea. Farmboy had to do this part for me.

Then I stained my shelves with Old Barn Living One Step Weathered Stain (I love this stuff).

Nexr step – installing the cleat onto the wall (measuring for the stud of course to drill the screw into for stability).

I slid the shelf right over the top and used hard nails to attach it to the cleat.

After this I added a faux wood shelf right over the white shelf already installed, staining it first. I used a 12 inch board for the top and nailed it into the sides of the original board. I then put a 1×2 board over the front, staining first.

I loved how these additions changed up the entire room. I can’t wait to get started decorating!

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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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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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)

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 Stool Reupholstery

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I have had this darling old stool that was given to me by my sweet Granny.  It’s needed some TLC.  When a friend asked me to refinish her piece as well I decided it was time to attack both.  Look at these things – so much history and so much love needed up on them!

Do you have pieces that need some TLC?  It’s not as hard as you think!  Check out my 60 second video tutorial on Reupholstering Stools to get the quick version, then follow along and create your own masterpiece!

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