Friday, May 31, 2013

Full Wall Wainscoting || Reveal

Put a fork in it...our Full Wall Wainscoting is complete!  
If you haven't been following along or if you are new to the blog....I have been working on a Master Bedroom overhaul...that was oh so needed!!!  I shared some inspiration {here}.  Step one in transforming the new room was to create a bit of symmetry and balance around our oddly placed window and that's where the decision to add wainscoting came in!   
I've been posting this project in stages {Part 1}  and {Part 2}  (but I also listed a full recap below).
Here is the room prior to the project...so dang boring.
Here is the progress...again, you can read How To's in 
{Part 1}  and {Part 2}.   Final steps was to Prime and Paint!
And another Before and After for comparison....
To continue the battle of balance, I will be adding floor to almost ceiling curtains (obvi at the same height as the wainscoting and the other curtains) and also add some art on the right side of the room.
So I hope you like the Dramatic change as much as I do!   This room is already transformed and I'm only 20% complete!  I have so much more planned so check back!  I'm gunna be busy!

Full Wall Wainscoting Time Breakdown:
1 hour of measuring and marking
1 hour of cutting
2 hours of applying the molding
1 hour caulking
1 hour priming
1.5 hours painting
30 minutes touch ups
Total Time:  8ish hours to complete

Full Wall Wainscoting Cost Breakdown:
$75 for molding from Home Depot (about $6 for 8' of molding)
....everything else was already owned


Tools for Wainscoting:
  • Picture Frame Molding - I found mine at Home Depot it is 3/4 of an inch thick.  I got real wood vs MDF (more expensive but better quality)
  • Zinnser Primer - I suggest priming the molding before you nail them in
  • {Power Grip}- to adhere molding to wall before you nail it.  Home depot in Caulking section
  • Pneumatic Brad Nailer & Nails - or a powerful nailgun
  • Miter Saw - or saw that allows for angle cuts on a 45 degree angle
  • {Framing Square}  - to make sure your boxes are square!
  • A level
  • A rag to wipe up excess power grip glue as needed
  • Paint-able caulk and a quality caulking gun - all from home depot
  • {These caulking tools} - LOVE THEM!
  • A Nail set & hammer - to pound in nail heads so they are under the level of wood
  • Light weight wall putty- to fill in nail holes after they have been set
  • Your PAINT!

How To create Full Wall Wainscoting 
1)  Mark & Measure:  literally draft up what you want the wainscoting to look like.  First I made a quick spread sheet in excel to calculate.  I knew I wanted 4 boxes across the wall and I wanted to replicate the size/shape of the window on the left....remember my whole goal here is to create symmetry.  Then I take my yard stick, a level and pencil to mark up the wall and draw reference points for the wood.  From this you will get the measurements of how much molding you will need to buy!  I got mine from Home Depot.
2)  Cut Wood: measure and cut on a 45 degree angle.  Make sure to remember which side of the wood you want on the inside or outside of the box and always cut in the same fashion.  I prefer the thicker part of the molding to be on the outside of the box.
  3)  Bond and Nail:  This is the fun part...where you get to see your project transform the room! Start by building your square in stages.   Every piece of wood will need a stripe of Power Grip Adhesive.  First set the top piece...use your level to make sure it is even, then nail across.  Next, take your left piece and your square to ensure a 90 degree angle then nail top and middle (leave bottom un-nailed for the time being).   Move to the right piece and repeat the previous step.  Add the bottom piece, use level and square again, then nail across bottom and bottom and add the final nails to the side pieces...spot check everything is secured. Don't forget to use a rag to wipe off any excess bonding agent.
4) Set Nails, Fill holes & Sand:  This part is very self explanatory....literally set the nails (hammer and nail set), fill the holes with a lightweight spackle and sand.
 5) Caulking:  For best caulking results I think a high quality gun it key.  I used a paintable caulk for interior/wood use and took care to cut the tip on an angle (I think it helps with application).  For this job, I always have a garbage bag and a roll of paper towels near by...you will wipe off a lot of excess {here are my favorite caulking accessories}.  This job can get messy!
6) Prime and Paint:  I used Zinnser 123 Primer and the color is Chelsea Grey Benjamin Moore.

Thanks for reading peeps have a wonderful weekend and let me know what you think about the project!!!




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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Laundry Room Progress || New Shelving

We Finally have shelves in the Laundry Room, 3 Cheers!!! Wahoo for additional storage! Wahoo I finally made it out to Ikea (but oh snap, I'm driving out there again today...I always forget something) and Wahoo because they are so darn snazzy.  These shelves are the perfect blend of rustic and industrial...I smile every time I go in there!
The shelving Brackets are from Ikea and Home Depot for the wood.  They do sell natural pine at Ikea for a great price, but it's really thin, that's why I opted for Home Depot wood.

Material and Price List for the New Laundry Room Shelves:
2 - 7.5" {Ekby Brakets} from Ikea- $10  ($5/per set)
1 - 7.5" {Ekby Connecting Bracket} from Ikea- $5
1 - 7" x 8' piece of wood from Home Depot - $10
Varathane Wood Stain in Early American from Home Depot - $4.54
Varathane Polyurethane in Satin from Home Depot- $5.98
Total Cost - $36

New Laundry Room Shelves How To:
First I cut my wood to desired length, then I gave the wood some rustic flair...that's fancy talk for I banged the heck out of it.  I used whatever was around (sledge hammer, crow bar, a chain and a meat cleaver).  I must have Mommy Rage because I really enjoyed that part.
I applied 1 coat of wood stain...apply, wait 10-15 minutes and wipe clean. 
 At first I was totally bummed about the shade of the stain...it did not look how i anticipated...but once it dried and I applied 2 coats of satin finish, I decided that I LOVE IT!!! 
Project Time Frame:
***project was completed in 3 days; 30 minutes per day
Day 1: 30 minutes for Rustic Flair and Staining
Day 2: 15 minutes, 2 times in one day for 2 coats of Satin Finish
Day 3: 30 minutes for Install
Total hours: 1.5ish hours

 Here is shot of the original laundry room...
and here is our progress shot! 
And now the with Shelves...I am so in love...
 Next up is all the fun stuff...Accessorizing and Decorating!   I can't wait and of course you guys will get to hear every detail! Thanks for reading guys!

Laundry Room To Do List:
Shelf Staging and Accessorizing
DIY Art
DIY Curtains
New Light: pendant? or school house? ....anyone anyone?
phase 2...a new sink?

Here are projects to date for the Laundry Room:


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Throw Some Stripes on it!

I'm cheap...ahem thrifty and I seriously dislike wasting paint.   It's bad for my wallet....but also bad for mother earth!  
So ever since I completed our {Powder Room Renovation}, I have been sitting on a half gallon of Benjamin Moore Hale Navy...that's like $25 of really good paint!  So I took my distaste for wasting paint, combined it with my love for all thing preppy and transformed our Hallway!  
Let's be honest, the striped Hallway trend has been done before...seriously it's all over Pinterest!  But this project Rocks for three reasons...
1) It makes a statement..."I'm preppy and I'm not afraid to show it!"
2) It' was essentially free (I did have to buy more Frog Tape)
3) Most importantly...I got to keep old paint out of a landfill! 
If you haven't painted stripes on a wall before here is a quick tute and some tips for you.  And all street credit goes to Ashley...she taught me how!  Thanks Ashley!

Painting Stripes Supplies and Price List:
  • Base Color (Simply White - Benjamin Moore) - $0 already owned
  • Stripe Color (Hale Navy - Benjamin Moore) - $0 already owned
  • Frog Tape - $9 ...I had to replenish supply mid project!
  • Roller and Brush - $0 already owned
Total Cost = <$9...I did have to replenish my frog tape supply

 Painting Stripes How To: 
  1. Paint your base color
  2. Measure and Mark
  3. Apply frog tape & firmly secure to wall (apply on the inside of the white/lighter color stripe)
  4. Paint the inside edges of tape with white/lighter color - this will bond the tape and prevent the darker color from leaking through...remember to firmly secure tape...run over edges with something firm, like a spatula!
  5. Paint your Dark Color
  6. Touch up any bleeding!
Lets be honest...the method isn't fool proof and I had to do a ton of touching up!!!   But now my lines are straight and clean...very very important!
 
Here you can see the plain hallway compared to the new one...Love Love Love.
I did add a few frames to break up the stripes and I plan to frame some small squares of paper or fabric...I'll just add that to the To Do List!
 and one final shot... 
***disclaimer the wainscoting in the hallway is not my crafty work.   It needs a some help, that's on the wish list also!
I hope you liked my cheap, easy and kinda sorta eco-friendly project.  I'm thinking about what I should do for the ceiling light also...maybe a wood pendant light like {this one}?  Pretty sure I can DIY something like that!  


Friday, May 24, 2013

Full Wall Wainscoting || Part 2

Sorry for the PM post today...but finding time to DYI and blog has been a little tricky over here in the Cole household.  Good news is that this week Savannah decided she is a big girl now and she only sleeps in her big girl bed!   Hooray for her confidence and I'm pleased that I never had to force this transition, but I'll be honest I have had to "guide" her back into bed a handful of times which most certainly bit into mommy time!  
 
But today...I'm back with Part 2 of the Full Wall Wainscoting Project...if you missed Part 1 check it out here.

 
So here is where we left off...
Full Wall Wainscoting || Part 1  
1)  Mark & Measure
2)  Cut Wood
3)  Bond and Nail  

Full Wall Wainscoting || Part 2
4) Set Nails, Fill holes & Sand:  This part is very self explanitory....literally set the nails (hammer and nail set), fill the holes with a lightweight spackle and sand.
 
 
5) Caulking:  For best caulking results I think a high quality gun it key.  I used a paintable caulk for interior/wood use and took care to cut the tip on an angle (I think it helps with application).  For this job, I always have a garbage bag and a roll of paper towels near by...you will wipe off a lot of excess {here are my favorite caulking accessories}.  This job can get messy!
Next week I hope to share a big reveal!  I have a ton of priming and painting to do this weekend!
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

$16 Gallery Art || Simplified and DIY'd

Back with another Master Bedroom Project!
The First obvious change is the amazeballs dark walls walls in Chelsea Gray, Benjamin Moore.  I'm seriously in love with this color...it's super masculine and warm.  It's one of those colors that can go with everything...brown, blue, black...its a chameleon!

Second update is our $16 Gallery Wall.   If you've been to my house you would know I have an affinity for gallery walls..I think this is now my 5th! First step is admitting you have a problem....point of reference {Savannah's Room} the other 3 will eventually make their entrance.
OK...back to the master bedroom.   Here is a shot of the cheapest Gallery wall in my house!

$16 Gallery Wall Cost Break Down:
Large Gold Frame $5.99  (goodwill)
2 Small Gold frame $4.99  (goodwill)
Paper - $.75   {paper mojo}
2 Keys - $4.00  (ben franklin)
everything else DIY'd or already owned
**All the other frames were randoms I had from our old house.  These got cleaned, primed and painted with my favorite Gold Leaf Paint...I raved about this product here in my {Poppin' Tags Post}!
For a less structured gallery wall, I always think a few pieces of art are a great way to center the design. I typically do 1 or 2 in the largest frames (and hang those first).  For this wall I decided not to buy any art and just DIY!  Introducing my new friends...Gold Love and Gold Wishbone art.   These are made with my favorite {gold leaf paint}, I'm so obsessed with gold right now, I always have a bottle of this on hand!  
My talented sister {Liz McDonald} designed and printed our wedding invitations and they were just too beautiful to not display...so I put a frame on it.   PS that was on my to do list for 3+ years..i got the lazy bone!
Here i just typed and framed our wedding vows...we wrote them so they really mean so much to me!  
And finally some rustic keys I purchased from Ben Franklin got sprayed painted white and dipped with gold.  And my framed pirouette marbled paper...I posted about those {here}
Once I hang my larger frames I just play with the smaller ones to fill in gaps and create as much balance and symmetry as possible.

Also, I have a Design Tips board on Pinterest where I gather...you guessed it, design tips!  There are some great tools and suggestions on how to hang gallery art {Check it out and follow}!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Full Wall Wainscoting || Part 1

A few weeks ago I posted about our master bedroom and provided some plans for a major overhaul!  So before we left for Hawaii I got crack-a-lackin on The new plan...I've already Painted the Trim and Doors and replaced hinges and handles.
  Here is shot of the master bedroom before....so BORING! 
The room is screaming for color, symmetry and something eye catching and I really want to make the wall behind the bed POP!  I toyed with the idea of Board and Batten...it's so hot right now...but this trend just doesn't mix well with our current wall and window molding or with the crown molding that i plan to add.  So I went with the tried and true...traditional Picture Frame Wainscoting.   
If you remember I have done this project once before on our first floor..

 The project is simple but it takes time because things need to dry..so I'm sharing this project in multiple posts.  Why you might ask?  Well, people ask me regularly "how do you have the time to do these projects"...don't be fooled I'm a mom, I work part time and manage our house.  I'm a busy lady!  It's easy to post a project and give the perception that I snapped of my fingers and projects are complete!  So not the case and my goal is to show that DIY is manageable if you plan, organize and find small moments to complete a big project.

So in the spirit of keeping things authentic...I'll break the project into a few posts and share one final reveal.

Tools for Wainscoting:

  • Picture Frame Molding - I found mine at Home Depot it is 3/4 of an inch thick.  I got real wood vs MDF (more expensive but better quality)
  • Zinnser Primer - I suggest priming the molding before you nail them in
  • {Power Grip}- to adhere molding to wall before you nail it.  Home depot in Caulking section
  • Pneumatic Brad Nailer & Nails - or a powerful nailgun
  • Miter Saw - or saw that allows for angle cuts on a 45 degree angle
  • {Framing Square}  - to make sure your boxes are square!
  • A level
  • A rag to wipe up excess power grip glue as needed
  • Paint-able caulk and a quality caulking gun - all from home depot
  • {These caulking tools} - LOVE THEM!
  • A Nail set & hammer - to pound in nail heads so they are under the level of wood
  • Light weight wall putty- to fill in nail holes after they have been set
  • Your PAINT!
How To create Full Wall Wainscoting || Part 1
1)  Mark & Measure:  literally draft up what you want the wainscoting to look like.  First I made a quick spread sheet in excel to calculate.  I knew I wanted 4 boxes across the wall and I wanted to replicate the size/shape of the window on the left....remember my whole goal here is to create symmetry.  Then I take my yard stick, a level and pencil to mark up the wall and draw reference points for the wood.  From this you will get the measurements of how much molding you will need to buy!  I got mine from Home Depot.

2)  Cut Wood: measure and cut on a 45 degree angle.  Make sure to remember which side of the wood you want on the inside or outside of the box and always cut in the same fashion.  I prefer the thicker part of the molding to be on the outside of the box.
  3)  Bond and Nail:  This is the fun part...where you get to see your project transform the room! Start by building your square in stages.   Every piece of wood will need a stripe of Power Grip Adhesive.  First set the top piece...use your level to make sure it is even, then nail across.  Next, take your left piece and your square to ensure a 90 degree angle then nail top and middle (leave bottom un-nailed for the time being).   Move to the right piece and repeat the previous step.  Add the bottom piece, use level and square again, then nail across bottom and bottom and add the final nails to the side pieces...spot check everything is secured. Don't forget to use a rag to wipe off any excess bonding agent.
  I think my Dad would agree that it was hard not to be motivated with Savannah cheering us on in the background..."Go Mommy Go" and  "Go Grandpa Go!" 

Full Wall Wainscoting || Part 1 took about 4 hours to complete:  1 hour of measuring and marking, 1 hour of cutting and 2 hours of applying the molding.
Now step back, enjoy and do celebration somersaults like Savannah!   
Now back to the finishing touches...more on that later this week...hope you guys enjoy and I am so excited to show how this project is Transforming the Room!  

Monday, May 20, 2013

Kilim Love II Hallway Upgrade

We are finally back from a wonderful and long trip to Maui...well rested and fully freckled!   I feel like I need a vacation from my vacation!  You know what I mean...get home and spend the day unpacking, cleaning, grocery shopping and most importantly snuggling with our loved ones! 
To be honest I've had very little time to recap the really cool, fabulous and super exciting home projects that I'm working on.  So I thought it was time to introduce the new addition to our family...sorry it's not a baby or a puppy...it's our amazing new Kilim Rug!
If you follow me on {Pinterest} you have probably seen my obsession over these rugs..or if you follow me on {Facebook} or {Instagram} you might have actually seen our new addition arrive! 
Below is shot of our entryway before the new Kilim Rug...it's just sad and drab - obvi excluding our our {painted black door} which i am still in love with.
And below is the after shot...who can resist the charm of these Rugs!!!  The are mostly one of a kind and you can find antiques... although I don't think ours is.  
Seriously...this FAB_U_LOUS rug just makes the door POP and it gives the room so much more dimension and interest!   I wish I could have shown you a picture from the same angle as the before picture, but I had 2 things working against me 
#1) a unrelieved project
#2) bad lighting....I obviously left the sunshine in Hawaii!
If you are considering adding some Kilim flair to your house be sure to check out etsy and ebay, there are a ton of vendors that sell beautiful kilim rugs and pillows.  And don't be afraid to negotiate!  I pretty much named my price and the vendor was really open to the flexibility! 
And one more shot so you can see the awesome design and colors...I love love love the pink and it works really well with the pinks and corals that we have in our living room and dinning room.  
Now that I have this new rug I am so excited to use it as my inspiration for the big project that's on deck for the entryway...who am i kidding there's actually 2 big projects...just don't tell Andy... smiley face!  I even think I'm going to upgrade Teddy's dog bed to match the new rug.  Yes I seriously said that...I spoil that naughty dog rotten!

I can't wait to get started on the other Entry Way Upgrades! And tomorrow I hope to get back to some DIY nitty gritty and share a new element we are working on in the Master bedroom!  If you want a little teaser you can refresh your noodle with this {Master Bedroom Inspiration} post.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Excited in Hawaii...

So...I've been in Hawaii for a week and my plan was to detach, not blog and mentally unplug my bloggie brain...but heck no!   It's been really hard...I'm inspired by all the beautiful island outdoor spaces, plants and flowers...great now I want to bring a little Maui to Sammamish!  And...2 really cool things happened for the blog that have kept me so giddy and thinking about what projects are on deck!

And those 2 really cool things....My{DIY}Habits was a feature on 2 separate blogs...what what!   Virtual High Five!   So if you follow me regularly you'll know that our little bloggie poo is under 2 months old.  So to get recognition this early on in the game is so inspiring and motivating...so cool I just had to share!

Pom Pom Curtains were a feature on..
Moonlight and Mason Jars Linky Party

...and....

Our Chalkboard Credenza was a feature on...
House Party B.Y.O.P Linky Party

We have also been featured on 2 other blogs...Our {Powder Room Remodel} and {Kitchen Remodel} on Blogger Homes
...and...
Our Pom Pom Curtains were featured on {House of Rose Blog}...Inspire Me Linky Party.

So I hate to Brag...I just feel so thankful, appreciative and plain Happy that people like me!

Monday, May 13, 2013

T.T.F.N. || It's Island Time!!!


Well I'm unplugged and disconnected form the world wide web for 1 week while we vacation in Maui and celebrate two dear friends as they get married!  But don't you worry I worked hard last week stockpiling posts and projects so I'll be back with a bang next Monday!  Cheers to our very first adult vacation!
PS..do you like my new Connect Buttons on the right side of the blog?  Yeah...I DIY'd those too!   Now you all can easily connect via social media...T.T.F.N!!!



Friday, May 10, 2013

{DIY} Prepster Lamp

If you visited my post on {DIY Chalkboard Table Top} you may have seen our new Preppy Lamp!   I am so in love with this addition to the room for 2 reason: 1)  It's super Preppy and 2) It's a Thrift store & DIY Project!  

The lamp inspiration came from my sister in-law, she recently inherited a lamp with a very similar shade that I fell in love with!  So last week when I was at Goodwill I found the above lamp for $14.  (I thought the price was a little steep) but it was well worth it because there were no major dings or scratches, i was pumped about the gold accent and it actually functioned properly! 

Materials for Lamp Transformation:
Rubbing Alcohol - to clean
Frog Tape - to protect Accents from paint
Zinsser - oil based primer
Rust-Oleum Spray Paint- semigloss white
Rubb n' Buff - in Gold to "sharpen up" the Gold Accents

Materials for Shade Transformation:
Drum Shade  - from Target 
Black Ribbon - Fabric Store
Peel and Stick Tape - Fabric Store




Prepster Lamp Cost was $35!
Lamp (Goodwill)  - $14
Spray Paint (Home Depot) - Already owned
Peel and Stick Tape - Already owned
Ribbon - $3
Drum Shade $14
Rub n Buff - $3.98



$35 is Not a Bad price for this great little Lamp, plus it was fun to give it a face-lift and customize it to my taste!  Spoiler alert...I actually found 2 other amazeballs gold lamps that will be going in the master bedroom!   Apparently my lamp finds were good...I had to guard my cart like a hawk at Goodwill and I even found 2 ladies trying to grab these hot deals out of my cart...What the Heck! 

Hope you are all enjoying some fun in the sun!
- Katie