Thursday, August 29, 2013

Painted Rugs

With no luck in finding an affordable rug for the living room, I am tempted to try my hand at painting one.  I know rugs are supposed to be one of the most expensive pieces in the room (according to some design magazines) but I am not trying to spend $300 on a rug.  Especially the way I like to change my mind around here.  Here are some DIY painted rugs that I think are fabulous.

I love this striped rug by Sarah M. Dorsey.

 The color and pattern of this rug by Oh.That.Annelie is fabulous.

Bold, spray painted stripes worked for Bean In Love.

Bows and Sparrows created a chevron rug.

I like the Rugs USA Moroccan Trellis rug so this version by Pudel-design is right on the money.

Problem now is Ikea has discontinued the Erslev rug I was considering using.  Any suggestions on where to get something similar?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Entry Mirrors Update

Well I finally got around to spray painting these mirrors.

A few coats of ORB spray paint and now they look like this.  I like them even more darker.  Such a small change but makes a big impact.  I've seen these mirrors on other blogs where they kept them gold but they didn't work for my walls since they're lighter.  Love them in Emily's bedroom

They have more of a presence now on this wall but still thinking I should add something else.  Maybe a few more mirrors to make a large grouping.  Once we get some board and batten on this wall, they won't look so stranded.  Who knows, I may even take them down in the end.

So much to do in this space to get it where I want it.  Board and  Ahhh!  My list doesn't seem to get any smaller. 


Monday, August 12, 2013

Board and Batten In The Foyer

Our entryway was looking a little sad.  I've pinned so many entry ideas but never really did anything about it.  The space behind the door isn't quite big enough for a bench but I didn't want to put any art work there either.  So I opted to make the wall a focal point when you walk in.  Here is the before.  Nothing there, just a blank wall.  This is also the wall that extends all the way up since it's a two story entry.

I mentioned I wanted to add some molding to the wall with some hooks to the hubby.  It could be a place for us to hang bags and jackets.  We have several closets downstairs but wanted something a little closer for guests.  He agreed with no hesitation so I jumped right on planning it out before he changed his mind.  I drew sketches and made measurements and headed to Home Depot to get the supplies I didn't already have on hand.

(4) 1/4 x 4 x 4 poplar boards for battens
(1) 1 x 4 pine board for top rail
finishing nails
white caulk

The tops of our baseboards are only 1/4 inch thick so I went with the poplar boards since they were the same thickness.  I did not want to change them out.  I also went with the wider planks for more presence.  I think the lattice boards some suggested were a little wimpy for me.  I had to figure out the spacing for my boards.

wall length - (# of boards x width of boards) = wall space showing
wall space showing / # of boards = space between boards

We also decided that we wanted the finished product to be 42 inches tall.  We just cut the boards with a miter box to the length we needed.

We attached the battens to the wall with finishing nails and a hammer.  I didn't buy a nail gun this time around since we were only doing a small wall.  We plan to continue the molding around the stairs and into the dining room, so we'll definitely need one then since there will be a lot more boards.  It was pretty easy using the hammer.

Next up was the top board.  I was a little worried about getting the nails through with just the hammer but it was easier than the poplar boards.  We made sure to get nails through where there were studs.  Didn't want it to come tumbling down one day. 

After all the boards were up, it was time for caulk. 
I taped the top very close to the board but left a small gap so I could get the caulk through any gaps but also not have to worry about touching up the wall color paint in the end.

Next was paint.  Yay!  I can see the finish line.  Here is one coat.  It took 3 coats to get everything nice and white. 

The moment finally came when I could pull the tape off.  A perfect line and no touch ups.  I love it.  We love it.  It adds so much to this wall, almost opening it up some.  I'm still getting used to turning the corner and seeing it there.

Now on to hanging something above it.  Maybe more family photos.  I was contemplating hooks but I would hate to put holes now, it looks so perfect.


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Monday, August 5, 2013

8 Ways To Re-purpose Pallets

In my search for pallet wall ideas, I came across so many other uses for pallets.  You can find pallets anywhere and I never thought there would be so many uses for them.  And the good part is, they are usually free.

Love this wall art

Another neat wall piece.

How about a wall shelf?

I love the idea of adding wine storage.

If you are into gardening, you could make a garden.

I love these lights.  Would look great on the patio.

Here's a mirror where the frame is made of pallets.

This headboard is really beautiful.

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