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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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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