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Don’t Be Afraid, Coming From the Girl That’s Afraid of it All

Welcome to my blog! This is my first blog post, ever. I would like to start off by saying thank you for checking out my site. I have contemplated over and over about starting a blog, but I finally did it! Although I love chatting online, I am extremely shy in person. I actually avoid situations with people as often as I can. I am frightened to take the first step in situations. What Debbie downer right? I am working on it.

I got out of my bubble little by little this year after starting my projects on my house. I stepped out of my comfort zone by using tools (And yes this includes power tools). I was hanging shiplap on my own, using a saw and nail gun. I was sanding floors by myself using a drum sander. I was doing all of these things that I never thought I could do on my own.  It boosted my confidence. I started posting my projects online and people were really proud of me. I had never done anything that people praised me for and never broke out of my shell. All I had to do was take that first step. That one step you are afraid to take, could lead you to so many possibilities. I never knew that hanging that piece of shiplap would change my life. I found my passion. I found what I love to do. I was afraid to start this blog, because I was scared it will be a failure. I am taking a chance and showing the world what I’ve got.

My next hurdle is to start my own business. I would love to decorate homes and add a little of my flair to them. My shy personality is an anvil on my shoulders. I am afraid to talk to clients, I’m afraid if they don’t like what I do, and mostly I’m afraid of failure. I feel as if I’m consumed by fear at times. I just have to remind myself to take that first step. Baby steps are okay, you don’t need to leap. Failure is a possibility to anything you do, you just can’t let it control you. Instead of focusing on the fear, focus on the reward. Focus on the goal you have in mind. I want to accomplish my dreams so I have to be strong. You never know where life will take you. You just need to set yourself free. I want to inspire my readers to break out of their shells. I have come a long ways, but I have a long ways to go.

If you have the same type of personality as me, you can do it. I encourage you to just try. I know failure is a scary thing, but don’t let it stop you from living your life. Don’t let it stop you from chasing your dreams. It’s okay to be comfortable, but never settle. When you see something you want, go for it. Let your confidence build without tearing yourself down. You’ve got this.

Wood Wall

This is my first post for a DIY project so this is already done. I apologize if these instructions are not too in depth. This is my first time explaining a DIY so bare with me! I plan on doing something similar to this soon so I can post step by step pictures. Here are step by step instructions on what to do. This wall uses the same size of plywood strips, you can use various sizes but these are 6 inches.

Before

After

 

Time Length of Project:

  • Can be done in 1- 2 days

Things you will need:

  • plywood
  • sand paper
  • various stains (early American, special walnut, dark walnut, golden oak, etc.)
  • stain brushes
  • nail gun
  • finishing nails
  • chop saw
  • pry bar
  • nails

Step 1: Plywood

  • Get a sheet of plywood from a store of your choice. We got ours from Home Depot.
  • Do not use the thinnest option of plywood.
  • Cut the plywood into 6 inch strips. (We had Home Depot cut them for us while we were there…it is 50 cents a cut)

Step 2: Sanding

  • Sand the plywood by hand so it is nice and smooth (this shouldn’t take long, because there is usually one side of the plywood already sanded)

Step 3: Staining

  • Pick out a bunch a random stains to use… I used early American, special walnut, dark walnut, and golden oak
  • use a stain brush to apply the stain
  • randomly stain the boards and try mixing stain colors

Step 4: Wait

  • Once you have the boards stained, let them dry. I let them dry over night, but I’m sure about 4 hours would be fine.

Step 5: Remove trim

  • You should remove your trim, including baseboards.
  • You can do this with a pry bar and hammer

Step 6: Cut and Nail

  • After the boards are dry you are ready to put them on the wall.
  • The boards can have random lengths, full lengths, or a pattern. (I chose random)
  • Cut the boards with a chop saw to the length you want them.
  • Use a nail gun to hang them on the wall. (You can use a stud finder to nail into studs, but the plywood is light enough you might not need to worry about it)
  • You can use nickels as spacers if you want a space in between the boards (I chose not to do this)

Step 7: Add trim

  • After you hang the wood, you can put up your desired trim, like baseboards.

Feel free to ask questions if you have any! 🙂

Upstairs Update

This was a recent project I took on. I had tried painting this room several colors. I do love beige, but it tends to feel dated. I painted this room Gatherings from Magnolia Market and I love it. I also have this paint color in my dining room and hallway. It’s a lovely light neutral grey. We added a soft grey carpet from our local Menards. I am generally a fan of hardwoods, but this being a place where my kids will eventually play I wanted something warm on their feet. The flooring under the old carpet wasn’t in good condition either so carpet was the best option for us. We still have a little ways to go with this room. We had to bring up a couch for Wade’s “Tractor Room” and while doing this we had to rip down the railing. The railing was not safe the way it was before so its best it came down. We are still in the process of finding a new railing or building a wall for the staircase. We added floating shelves to the wall and a custom desk to give the room a finished look. I love the way this room turned out because it was so cold before. It was very uninviting. I feel the carpet and furnishings really cozy up the space! I will post updates when we find a solution to the railing. 🙂

Christmas 2016

Living Room Project

We did our entire bathroom in shiplap and a wall in our dining room in shiplap…I am in love with shiplap. I am so in love with it, I did my entire living room in it. This was quite the project for this little girl. I spent about a week getting the shiplap up and painted. I did it, all on my own too. What is the most difficult part about putting up shiplap for me? Using the jigsaw. I would sigh every time it came to a point where I would have to cut a piece. We also have a couple arch ways too, so those weren’t easy. Was it worth it? Heck yes! I am so happy that I did this. It might have used every bit of my energy that week, but the pay off is amazing. I love the character it brings to my house. Fun fact: Our house was originally just the dining room and the room above it. Later on the kitchen, bathroom, living room, and two small porches were added onto it. So this house doesn’t actually have a lot of “natural” character. It was pieced together through different ages. All the character that is here, was added into it. I love that I get to customize it to my own taste though. I am glad we don’t have “precious” wood trim that people would look at me like was crazy for painting. I love my white trim, moldings, and walls. White is my favorite color. I wanted to go with white slip cover sofas in my living room. I have three cats and hopefully some children in the next few years so I don’t think white furniture would be a great idea. I settled on grey sofas. They were a decent price and stylish. I bought them online so yeah they’re not very comfortable, but hey they look cute. That’s all that matters, right? We also had false ceiling tiles in this room. My parents have a 100 year old home and when they took down their tiles they were lucky enough to discover 10 foot ceilings. I took mine down and discovered a whole two inches. I am stuck with my boring eight foot ceilings. I added some bead board panels to add in some character to the ceiling. If I were to do this all over, I would have used REAL bead board. I chose panels because I felt they would be easier to put up. Man was I wrong. They are very heavy and they don’t looks quite as good as real wood. I am satisfied enough with them though that I will keep them up. We got our sofas, chair, clock, lamps, and chandelier in this room from Wayfair. I got the curtains from JC Penny.

 

Before and After

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The Process