Shiplap wall/home renovations

 

Man, I’m really slacking at keeping up with blog posts. Life has been pretty busy lately, but the good kind of busy! The days that I am home with Carson, I feel as though I cant turn my back for two seconds. Take this morning for example, I was doing the dishes and I turn around to find my son with a mouth full of cotton balls. Like, where does he even find this stuff!?? So as you can imagine it can be difficult to find the time to write a full on blog post.

Even in the midst of all the craziness going on lately, we have still managed to find a few things to fix up around the house, so I wanted to share a little bit of what we have been up to. Little projects like this make us so excited and to our surprise were super affordable! Jordan and I have been wanting to do a shiplap wall for some time now, but we weren’t quite sure where to do it. We finally decided on our living room wall, because it is one of the first things you see when you walk into the house. Now although I was the one who originally begged said we should do a shiplap wall, I must give major props to my awesome and hard-working hubby. He was the one that came up with the measurements, pattern, and hard labor. And as it turns out our living room is slightly slanted, so some of the cuts at the bottom were totally random.

For the wood, we decided on maple plywood from Lowe’s. Which we are extremely happy with! They were even nice enough to cut our wood into 6inch x 8ft strips for us!

Our typical Friday nights..

Once we got all the wood, paint, and supplies we needed, we got straight to work. Jordan worked on this project for most of the day on Saturday, but was done early enough to go play a round of golf. So it was definitely only about a days worth of work.

Not the best picture.. but this is BEFORE:

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In the middle of the process..

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After all the wood was up, we decided to paint later on that night after Carson had gone to bed. We used a flat white paint.

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AFTER:

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We are so pleased with how everything turned out and how cheap it was to do it! With supplies, wood, and paint the overall total was around $125. We were (and still are) so in love with this wall that we even ate dinner in there for a few nights afterwards! This is probably my new favorite room in the house! One thing I also love about this room is that everything in it is either from goodwill, something we made, found on the side of the road and fixed up, or was a hand-me-down(the couches). The only thing we paid full price for in this room was the rug and pillow cases, which were both from Ikea. Okay, and the TV, we got that at Target. lol

We also added some shelves to our spare bathroom for some extra storage and to be able to keep things up high that the little man shouldn’t get into (stuff like cotton balls). This little project was super easy and only took a couple hours total. Total cost for these shelves were super reasonable and came out to be around $30 overall!

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Carson’s Milk and Cookies Party

 

I had such a fun time planning out Carson’s first birthday party and have actually known for a while that I wanted to do a milk and cookies theme. I just love the idea and I love cookies. So it worked out perfectly. Except now I have way to many leftover cookies in my house, which is not a good thing! I was really worried the week of his party, because Carson was really sick with the croup, so that meant I didn’t get as much done as I wanted to for his party. But thankfully, everything worked out and his party was a success. I am pretty sure I over stress about everything, so I had to keep reminding myself that it’s ok if everything is NOT perfect.

I was so busy throughout his party that I totally forgot to take pictures, but thankfully my mom took a ton! I can always count on her for pictures! Thanks, mom! Also, Thank you so much to everyone that came and made Carson’s big day so special! He is so blessed to have so many people that love and care for him!

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For the milk bottles, I made Jordan drink the big box of Starbuck’s frappucino bottles from Costco,washed them, and then scrubbed off the sticker part. They were perfect and the most cheapest option for vintage milk bottles. My mother-in-law also had a few that she purchased at Michaels that we used in addition! Here is a really great tutorial on how to take the sticker label off of a Frappuccino bottle.

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Thanks Uncle Chestin for my over-sized puppy!

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Goodwill Finds

I’d say that pretty much my entire family is addicted to goodwill. We probably go once or twice a week. Sometimes there is nothing good there and it is all junk. But once in a while you find some serious deals. Especially when it is 50% off day. Jordan and I’s house is probably half goodwill and so is my mom’s. She finds anything and everything there and makes it a beautiful piece in her home. I don’t think Jordan and I have ever paid full price for something at a furniture store for anything since we have been married. In fact, I don’t think we have really ever been in a furniture store. When we got married, we were blessed to have lots of family members that gave us their furniture that they no longer needed. Which was a huge blessing, since we didn’t need to purchase anything starting out. Any furniture that Jordan and I have had to buy in the 2 1/2 years that we have been married, has usually been purchased at goodwill, garage sales, or off of a fb swip swap site. I really feel like this has helped us save some serious money over the years.

Usually, Jordan and I fix up a lot of our furniture by using chalk paint. Chalk paint can make a world of a difference and can completely change the look of a piece of furniture. Jordan and I have this family room that is right off the kitchen that we have been wanting to put a little chair in. There is this perfect little corner for a chair right by the fireplace.


My mom found this chair the other day at goodwill and sent me a picture saying it was only 6$. So of course, I told her we would take it and fix it up to put in our family room.


I bought some chalk paint at Michael’s with my 50% off coupon, so it came out to be only 4$ for paint. Originally, I was going to paint the chair with grey chalk paint but felt I had to much grey already in my house. We painted our kitchen cabinets with grey chalk paint a few months ago and the kitchen is right by the family room, so I decided to paint the chair white instead to help brighten up the room more. Before painting, I made sure to tape off the areas that I didn’t want to get paint on. I painted on two coats of white chalk paint, which only took me a couple hours. That seems like kind of a long time just to paint a chair, but this chair had lots of little nooks and crannys that were hard to get to. After painting, I let the chair completely dry for a couple hours and then we moved it into the family room. I love the yellow fabric on the chair and feel it ties in perfectly with all the other yellow accents in the room. I now call it my yellow room!


 With chalk paint the possibilities are endless and you can literally turn junky, outdated furniture into something really beautiful and practical. Okay I am getting off my soap box now.

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From Trash to Treasure

Every few months our neighborhood has a bulk trash pickup where people throw out “bulky items” to have hauled away. Jordan and I use this opportunity to pick up pieces to fix up and breathe new life into. We actually have quite a few items in our house that we use on a daily basis from our bulk trash finds. We recently found an old wooden gate that had been cut up in pieces.  I made jordan throw it in our car so we could put it to good use. We had some blank walls in our living room that I have been wanting to fill up, so we put a little TLC into the gate and threw it on the wall. The best part is? We didn’t spend a dime on it! Everything we needed we had on hand. When we found the gate it was an ugly looking green color, so first thing we did was freshen it up with some white spray paint.



After spray painting it we attached some hardware on the back and then placed it on the wall!




Once the gate was on the wall, we decided it would be cool to turn it into a little shelf and to also give it a little 3d pop. The gate originally had an L shaped bar on it, which was perfect for the shelf. So we re-attached and spray painted the original gate hardware and placed a piece of wood on top that we had in the garage. We stained the wood with a grayish stain, let it dry, and then added some books and a plant. We  are happy with the end result and we love it even more since it was free! This project was so easy and hardly took any time. Those are the best kinds!


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How to make a wooden roman numeral clock

Jordan and I are obsessed with the show fixer upper on hgtv. Every house she designs is our dream home! We love their sense of creativity and the unique pieces she uses to stage the homes. We have noticed that in a lot of the episodes, she has an old, distressed wooden clock that is the focal point of the room. We love this style and think it really pulls the room together. Recently, my mom just so happened to make her own clock out of a old round table top. Here is the clock my mom made:


After seeing my moms clock on her wall it gave us some inspiration to make our own. We have a blank wall in our dining room that has just been staring at us, so we figured this would be the perfect place to put it. This clock was actually pretty easy to make and only took about 2 hours. My mom had some leftover wood in their garage so we decided to cut that out in a circle and use that as our base.


We used a jigsaw to cut the wood into round circles. We made the clock 2 ft round. After cutting the wood, we sanded it down to smooth out the rough edges. We also used a hammer to “ding up” the wood a little bit to give it that “old beat up” look. For painting the clock I decided to paint it with brown spray paint first and then went over it using a foam brush with white paint. I just used basic white paint that we had in our garage.


  
After painting the wood, we drew roman numerals on paper, cut them out, and used them to stencil onto the clock. Once all the numbers were outlined with a pencil, it was time to paint! Painting the numerals on was probably the most time-consuming and meticulous part. Jordan and I are not painters, so the black paint is clearly out of the lines. But it was a fun project we could work on together.



Instead of buying a battery and hands to make it a working clock, Jordan decided to paint hands on the clock that pointed to the time 3:30 (our wedding date). Love my crafty husband! Since we had most of what we needed on hand the only thing we had to purchase was black paint and brushes. So total cost invested was around 5 dollars. We love our new little clock and I also love how it commemorates our wedding date.

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Our kitchen remodel

Jordan and I purchased our first home back in June and have been fixing it up here and there ever since then. There are lots of things that we love about our new little home but there was also a few things we wanted to change. The kitchen being one of them. The kitchen had outdated cabinets and the laminate on the countertops was starting to peel. At first we weren’t sure if we could afford a kitchen remodel since we had just plopped down lots of moola for our down payment. After looking and shopping around. A LOT of shopping around. We decided to bite the bullet and go for it. We are so glad we did! Family and friends have been asking us how the renovation was going so I figured I would share it on here! We spent around $150 in paint for the cabinets, 2,000 for granite, and around $300 for the lighting. We felt like this was the cheapest option and did all the labor oursleves (except the granite) to keep the cost down. Here is the before pictures:



My mom and I painted the cabinets with Annie Sloan chalk paint. I originally wanted to do grey cabinets. At the store, they recommended I mixed graphite and French linen Annie Sloan paint together to get a medium grey look. After giving the cabinets two coats and going over them with soft wax it came out looking grayish blue. Which I was not expecting, but I’m really happy with it. We also spray-painted the old kitchen knobs black instead of purchasing new hardware.


After painting the cabinets, Jordan and I shopped around for granite. We finally decided on a granite at Home Depot. And it just so happened to be on sale! It turned out matching the cabinets really well.


As you can see in the before picture, there was a fan in our kitchen and lights coming down making the kitchen kinda feel like a dungeon. Jordan tore down the fan and took out the old lighting fixture. We purchased Led can lights and feel It has made such a huge difference and opens the room up.



We love our new kitchen and feel like it fits our personal style. In my mind this wasn’t the kitchen I had pinned pictured but thankfully everything all came together and exceeded my expectations. It was a lot of work and there were days I worried it wouldn’t be worth all the time, money, and energy spent. But it was and we couldn’t be happier!




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Chalk painting

One of my favorite things to do is chalk paint. I love seeing before and after pictures of things chalk painted. Seeing the finished product makes all those hours painting worth it. My mom is the one who first introduced me to chalk paint. She is amazing at it and has created so many beautiful pieces! Since Jordan I just purchased our first house we have found a lot of things on the side of the road or secondhand that we fixed up with chalk paint. They are now some of our favorite pieces in our house. Thanks to the help of my mom, Jordan and I also recently painted the cabinets in our kitchen with chalk paint. Below are a couple of projects that we have done with chalk paint. I plan to show our kitchen cabinets in another post that is more detailed!

 Jordan and I found this cute table at goodwill for around 40$. First, we sanded it down with an electric sander to give it a smooth surface and stained the top. We then chalk painted it. Although this table is pretty basic, it has become our everyday table.

 Jordan and I picked up this old dresser on the side of the road. ⇑ At first we weren’t sure if we could salvage it, it was pretty beat up. But we are pretty happy with the result. First, Jordan sanded it down and then we painted it in Americana decor chalk paint in the color delicate and then we waxed it with Annie Sloans soft wax. This project only cost us about $15 and that was only for the paint(we used a coupon) and wax.
 My mom found this piece above for us at Goodwill for around $25. I wanted a piece of furniture that had a bright pop of color and that would be the focal point of our living room. So we decided to paint it with americana decor chalk paint in the color legacy and then dark waxed it. This project was fairly easy and only took us a couple hours on a Sunday afternoon. It is easily my favorite piece in the house. Here is the finished result: