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:


In the middle of the process..



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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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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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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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: