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Hello friends! This week my new headboard was delivered and I am in LOVE! As I’ve said before, I have struggled with the look of my bedroom and what direction I want to take with it. It took me awhile to find my style. My original plan was to go for a French country feel…but after it was all said and done, it felt very cold. I guess you can say I can cross that off the list.
I’d like to describe my personal style as coastal farmhouse more than anything. I don’t live near a lake, but I’ve been drawn to this style of homes. I am also drawn to different characteristics of a home. We all know my love for shiplap, but I also love classic wainscoting.
I had been doing some pinning lately and noticed that I really love the look of board and batten. I thought that this would make a good accent for my bedroom wall. I would really love to do this all around my room, but we have paneling on one wall… and I’m not ready to discover what’s underneath it.
I didn’t do a step tutorial on this, because I was just trying to get a feel of how to do this (I’m not going to teach you guys unless I know what the hell I’m doing).
A few things I did right: Paint the wall first. Second, have two people do this project. One person should hold the wood and the other should make sure it’s level. Third, the top piece should be larger than the vertical pieces.
A few things I learned the hard way: Pick straight boards. I just picked up some 1x4s from the hardware store and didn’t pay attention to how straight they were. Second, I learned that you should probably caulk the space in between the board and wall to give a more professional finish. Last but not least, I would probably sand the wood lightly so its nice and smooth before painting it.
This was just a tester wall to see if I could do it and the imperfections are hardly noticeable. I love the way it turned out! Board and batten just adds the perfect amount of class and character to a room. (Plus it’s super cheap to do!)
I have been working on this project for a couple weeks now and I am proud to say it’s finally finished. I probably could’ve gotten it done a lot sooner if I kept focus, but you know how things get…right?
Now why put so much time and energy into a closet? Well our closet in the bedroom doesn’t have a door on it, and I have yet to find a way to put one on. There isn’t a lot of room for the door to swing without hitting the bed and there is a vent on the wall next to the closet opening, therefore I don’t want to cover with a sliding barn door… so as of now it’s just open. So it’s kind of an eyesore.
I want to avoid having ugly corners in my home, but spaces like this also need to be functional. So I gave this little closet an overhaul…and when I say little, I mean it’s tiny. It fits 3/4s of my boyfriends shirts. We have to stash his nice flannels and button downs (which he hardly wears) upstairs because there is no room here. Now, we can’t do much about increasing the space, but I can make it nicer to look at. Also, I am only 5′ 2″ so I don’t care for grabbing a stool to reach the shelf.
So the mission here is: Make it pretty and functional. No problem.
I am still on my huge budget so this also needed to be an affordable update (my dream built ins are out of the question here). The least expensive option would be to rip down the wallpaper and paint. Well, I attempted taking down the wallpaper (I think there was 3-4 layers)…got half way through and gave up on that idea. It was taking forever and it was the LAST bit of wallpaper to take down in the house…so yeah, screw that.
We were very grateful to receive a bunch of free tongue and groove cedar planks from my previous employer awhile back. I was able to use these as my “shiplap”. So the only things I needed to purchase for this project was paint, a 1 x 4 board, and nails for the nail gun. (I had the cedar planks, stain, screws, and tools which are all necessary to complete this project)
I used a dark walnut stain.
The image on the left is the tongue of the board. The image on the right is the groove. Inserting the tongue inside the groove the other board will lock them together. (In case you haven’t noticed, I am in no way, shape, or form a hand model of any sort.)
Obviously, I hung the boards before painting. This way would avoid having paint carefully next to the ceiling since I wasn’t adding any moldings, SO paint before doing the ceiling!
This one is a bit more difficult to explain, but if you have questions: comment, e-mail, or Facebook message me!
NOTE: I am not setting anything heavy on this shelf, if you plan to, you will need more support.
Again, if you have any questions feel free to comment, message me on Facebook @ myfarmhousefixerupper or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for reading and I hope you like it as much as I do!! 🙂
The past few days I have been working on my entry/mudroom. Our entry is only 7×5 feet so its quite small. To make this space functional, we added a mudroom bench so we have a place to store and hang our jackets. If you have guests over or aren’t using it, you can use it as a decorative piece. It’s the welcome statement into your home and it should really show your style.
I came up with a few different ways to decorate it using things I had around the house. There are endless possibilities to what you can do here. I chose just a few to give you a bit of inspiration. Pinterest is also a great source for finding inspiration for your mudroom/entry.
In my last blog post, I painted the room and bench to give it a fresh look. My home has a farmhouse feel but a feminine touch to it. I wanted relay this message in my entry to give a cohesive look. I think that the main rooms of the home should flow together.
The first look I will show you is what I chose to do for my last blog post. It is very simple and there could be a few things added to it, but I just used what I had.
I traded my cotton for leafy greens in my living and dining so I made use of them in here. I think cottons can really go with any season so these could stay here year round if I wanted to (but I constantly change my mind so I doubt they will be there too long). My boyfriends mom made me the gorgeous “Gather” sign. There isn’t too much going on here because I wanted to keep it simple. Another good idea for this space would be baskets up top instead of the décor pieces. This would allow for more storage in a small area.
The next idea is to add pillows. My bench is rather small so I didn’t want to clutter it. The grey fabric compliment the wall color in this room. Pillows can be fun for this area so you can bring in hints of color. They also make the space feel a bit more cozy. I added my Guess bag because of it’s shape and earth tones.
Here I added plants on the bench. It’s fun to mix different textures and shapes together. The greenery really draws your eye in because of light colors everywhere else. The green is bold compared to the pastel pink and light tan bag. The crate adds a vintage and farmhouse feel.
This look has a lot of browns and whites. I decided to lose color and bring in those brown neutral tones. I love this arrangement. There isn’t a lot of space to hang up your jacket so this is best if you just want your décor to be the focus.
I obviously love decorating and can’t help myself, so I’m not sure if I could handle nothing. I don’t have kids though and I know it can be really hard to keep things tidy. You can always decide to not decorate your bench, or just decorate up top. This place should be functional for your needs. You may need all the coat space and the storage. I think it still looks great all on its own!
As you can see, there are many ways to spruce up your mudroom bench. You can keep it simple with your décor or make a statement. It’s fun to add different colors and textures to make it pop. Make sure it shows your personal style, flows with your home, but also suites your needs.
Hello all! My entry has been a struggle the past few years. When I first moved into this little farmhouse a few years ago our roommates gave me so much crap for painting everything tan. They had a point, literally every room was tan (kitchen, dining, living room, bathroom, bedroom, upstairs…EVERYTHING). I thought I would make a statement by painting the entry bright red. That statement blew up in my face, because it was hideous. It was too much of a statement for me. I have developed better taste since then and traded bold colors for neutrals.
Like most people I know, Pinterest is where I get most of my inspiration. I had my boards full of different paint colors I wanted to try, but no stores around me carried those name brands. I decided to just check out my local hardware store to find something that would do. I hadn’t tried a grey paint in my home yet. Everyone was raving about the new greys and greige’s so I figured I should give it a shot. Here’s a few tips from my experience: Don’t pick a paint color in a hurry because you probably won’t make the best decision. Shop around and look at different brands of paint. The second tip is to always get a sample to actually put on the wall. Paint varies on the lighting and texture of the wall. It can look like a complete different color in a room full of natural light compared to a basement. Lastly, I chose a satin finish the first few rounds, and I will never do that again. The glossy look just came off cheap and tacky so pay attention to the way the light reflects off the wall.
I looked at a few grey paint swatches and chose one that I thought would look nice. I was going for a true dark grey. I bought an entire gallon of the color (without sampling it) that I thought was going to be gorgeous. I rolled it on the walls and was devastated. It was a not the true grey I was hoping for. Instead of getting the charcoal color that was painted on the lid of the can, I got a blue grey. This would be fine for some people, but I personally can’t stand blue. I’d rather have a grey with a tan hue to get that greige look. I tried to let it grow on me, but it never did. I was embarrassed for people to see it.
It settled for it for awhile, but I realized that it didn’t go with the rest of my home. My personal style really shines through in my living and dining room. I keep it a farmhouse feel blended with glam and French country. My inspirations for décor/design are Joanna Gaines and Jillian Harris (TV shows: Fixer Upper and Love It or List It too). I’d like to think my style is a mix between the two. This dark and dreary entry wasn’t sending out the message I wanted it too.
I have fallen in love with the Gatherings paint color from Joanna’s paint line. I had some left over from my last project so I decided to use it for this. I also decided to paint my mudroom bench a crisp white. I love distressed furniture, but I wanted a clean look. I’m not sure how long it will stay this clean because farm life can be pretty messy. I’m still working on finding a new rug and something for the walls in this room, but it’s just amazing to see what paint can do. I now have people tell me I have “too much” white in my home. Maybe for them, but I’m not offended because I LOVE white!
I’m on a tight budget right now because I’m going through some things with my job. It can be really difficult to have this hobby and low on income. I haven’t had to spend an extra dime in this room. I used left over paint and décor I wasn’t using in my other rooms at the moment. Talk about on a budget right? That is something I would like to try more often. I want to show you all that decorating and sprucing up your home can be affordable (and without being tacky).
I’m ecstatic the way this turned out! It feels so fresh and new. The décor has a mix of cotton and light pink. The two elements give it a farmhouse and feminine touch. I’m sure I will continue to update the décor so I will keep you all posted! The next few budget projects I plan to tackle are my hallway and kitchen. I have had people ask why I haven’t shown pictures of my kitchen..well it’s just not pretty yet!
I will keep you all updated with my upcoming projects! It’s only January of 2017 and I have transformed a space in my home that I once hated. I hope this inspires some of you to get out your paint brushes and to get the motivation that you have been waiting for! 🙂
Well here it is, my first late post. It’s been such a crazy week, we all have that right? The other day I decided to declutter, which is a huge stress reliever. I organized it (and hopefully it stays that way) top to bottom in a way that makes it super convenient yet stylish.
Bathrooms can be ridiculously expensive, depending on your taste. I’m cursed with loving everything expensive. I don’t always go for it, but it’s the first thing that will catch my eye. Hide the price tags and I’m sure I can still point it out. Anyways, we all can’t afford to do a huge renovation.
One of the many things you can do with your bathroom is have organized storage. I chose to have open shelving in my bathroom cabinet so it constantly has to look neat. I love everything fresh and clean (except my car, it’s a mess). The first thing to do is to declutter. Take out all of the things you do not need. Don’t try to convince yourself to keep that two year old lipstick you’ll never actually use. Throw it in the trash.
My cabinet started off as its natural wood finish so I decided to paint it white. After I did all that work, we added white shiplap. The white cabinet wasn’t a statement anymore. I wanted to add some contrast and give the bathroom a classic industrial feel. I decided painted it black instead. One thing to add about painting furniture black…it gets SUPER dusty! So think carefully before you pick up the brush.
With open shelving, you might want more “pretty pieces” to go inside the cabinet. Consider what these pieces can be functional for. Our bathroom is a tight space so being creative was necessary.
I placed bath towels on the bottom right shelf. Towels are used every day so they should be in reach and easy to access. I also put a few more a couple levels up for extra. Candles give me a sense of relaxation, so why not put them in them in the bathroom? On the bottom left shelf is a woven basket with hand and wash towels. Matching towels give a higher end look. The white towels make you feel as if you’re in a hotel. I keep my wash towels dark because of make up.
The next level up contains a metal basket of TP. I have a confession here, I don’t use this TP. It’s totally for looks because of my OCD. I need there to be an amount that keeps it looking full and never running too low. We stash our actually TP in the bottom cabinet which has doors. I keep the decorative TP because, well, it’s just cute okay? Next to the metal basket it a jar of cotton balls.
The top basket on the right contains medicines. We get sick once or twice a year so we can put them up higher. While you’re putting medicine in the appropriate place, check the expirations while your at it. I kept the Tylenol in the drawer because I get headaches often. You’d be amazed at what you’ve been hoarding over the years
It is so important to keep most of your bathroom décor feeling like you’re in a bathroom. When I first decorated this space, I put random things in the shelves. Sure it was cute, but it was like what’s the purpose of the pitcher on the shelf? You can totally have random items, but it’s fun to add a bit of creativity!
I received the mason jar set as a gift for graduation a few years ago. It’s super cute and you can use it anywhere in your home! It originally had flowers in it, but it worked perfectly for this space. I dumped the flowers and put q tips, cotton balls, and face was in them. Still stylish, but very functional. Other options you could do: toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotions, nail polish, etc. The last shelf belongs to the feminine products. I put razors, tampons, etc in this bucket. All products are hidden, but are still accessible.
Soo.. here’s a review of the way I have organized:
1. Towels: Bath and wash
2. Daily Necessities: toothbrushes, pastes, cotton balls, toilet paper, etc.
3. Extra Towels and other necessities
4. Medicines and once a month products
I could see levels 1 and 2 switched around to fit your personal needs. May cabinet also contains a few drawers and doors under the open shelving. These are products I don’t want to show the world or aren’t visually appealing. They contain face washes, acne treatments, hair products, etc. The lower cabinet contains cleaning supplies for the bathroom. All tucked away and looking lovely.
I hope this helped inspire some ideas for your own bathroom!
I feel everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, even in their talents. My strengths are dining rooms, bathrooms, living rooms, and awkward spaces. For some unknown reason I connect really well with these rooms. They just click for me. I designed, decorated, and fell in love with them. I have struggles with the bedroom décor in my own home. I started this project right when we moved in. I don’t have photos of the original wallpaper, but there was A LOT of it. There was three layers I believe. I have done many different projects in my home. I have had love hate relationships with many of them, but taking down wallpaper is all hate.
We started off with this white-ish carpet. Don’t get me wrong, I think carpet in the bedroom really cozies up the space. This carpet was just old, stained, and had to go. Lucky for me, the carpet was super easy to take up. They did not put a padding underneath it and it was not stapled to the floors. We uncovered beautiful hardwood under the carpet. This is always a score, because it saves tons of cash. We haven’t redone these floors at all and I think we will wait on it. I do like the color and they are in decent shape.
As you can see, these photos have super low quality so my apologies. This was a big break through for me. This was the first dramatic change I made in our home. This was before I started the bathroom and before the shiplap. I have went through 4 different comforters since I moved here two years ago. This is my struggle with bedrooms. I cannot decide what will look best for the space. It could also be the size of my bedroom. Our room is 10 x 13 feet. There is only one window where we originally place the bed. I have a thing for symmetry. I couldn’t stand the bed pushed to the left and the right side having a night stand.
There was a false ceiling originally in this room. I can’t stand drop ceilings, one of my biggest pet peeves. We had ripped ugly thing down in one day. The next decision made was to add bead board, crown molding, and an elegant chandelier. I wanted this space to feel luxurious and feminine, with a French country touch.
To keep the elegant feel, I purchased a large tufted headboard. It makes a statement and really sets the feel for the room. I tried white pinched bedding from Wayfair. It was beautiful and stayed pretty for quite awhile. The problem with white bedding is pet hair. It seems impossible to keep it clean all of the time. It shows so easy.
On the other side of the room is a refinished dresser that Wade’s mom did for us. We love it and still think it is one of more beautiful pieces in the house. We are constant Netflix watchers. We actually spend most of our time watching TV in our room rather than the living room. Thus we have a larger television in here rather than pretty décor above it.
I bought the paint in here from Walmart originally…and I LOVED it! It was a beautiful taupe color. It changed from a grey to a beige at different times of the day. I can’t remember the color unfortunately. It was pretty in person, but you can’t tell by the photos. It’s crazy how things can change color in a camera shot. I decided to repaint because it was SO unappealing in pictures. It was not something I wanted show off. I repainted it Silos White from Magnolia Market.
This is a beautiful warm white. Call me crazy, but it makes the room feel more expensive. It gives it a classy vibe, which I adore. I also added these pretty drapes from Ballard Designs. I added a new chair that matches the one in my dining room. I love the distressing on this chair and the linen color. We decided to switch the room around so we can have room for two nightstands.