DIY Planked Wall with technicolor

Good morning!
As you know, I’ve planked a wall or two in my day. In fact I’ve started to plank other people’s walls, because I’m running out of walls in our house to plank!
I did this wall at my friends house:
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And then our friend/neighbor saw her wall and wanted me to do something similar but a teeny bit different in her house.
So yesterday I did that. But first, I had to get the kind people at Home Depot to cut some boards in 6 inch and 4 inch strips. It took awhile, but they were stars and got it all done.
Then I came home and lined my driveway with all the planks and stained several of them in dark walnut, weathered gray and Jacobean.
I randomly stacked them, not thinking about where or how many were in the pile.
Then we got started:
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Nothing out of the norm. I started at the top and worked my way over and down. The boards aren’t 1. Perfectly straight and 2. All the same width. The machine at HD is not perfect, so make sure that if you do this, you make piles of the closest sizes as far as width goes and use the same width pieces in the same row, or you will be off, and you’ll have gaps and you’ll swear my name and break down and cry and throw things. Don’t do that. Measure the board width too, so that they line up.
After I got started on a few rows, I made demands from my trusty assistant to get me boards, cut them randomly and don’t bring me the same length, ever. I also made her make me grilled cheese and tomato soup for lunch. Demanding, I am. I’m a very mean boss. And my assistant, it was her house! And she was paying me! Fool. I got her to do all the hard work!
We worked for a few hours until it finally looked like this:

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We were both thrilled with how it turned out! I am so in love with her wall! That’s totally weird, I know. You can do this too. The materials were about $100. And it took about 4 hours to put it up.
Let me know if you have any questions! It’s okay to ogle and drool. I won’t tell.

DIY Bulletin Board

My boys have a crap-load of paperwork that they bring home. Tons. And it drives me batty. I’m sure many of you can relate. What generally happens is it gets thrown out or lost and then things don’t get turned in or done on time. We needed a fix. Pronto. We have baskets where they keep some of their favorite pieces of artwork or things they bring home, but we needed more.

I could have just grabbed some cork boards from Target or Michael’s and called it good, but of course, I needed to create something. I went to Home Depot in hopes of finding something that I could use as a bulletin board, and I did. One of the helpful HD guys directed me towards a product that is used under siding for homes…I think it’s called builtrite or buildrite. It looks a bit like hardboard, but is softer and not smooth on one side. ¬†Pushpin friendly.

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I had the gentleman at HD cut a 4×8 sheet into four pieces for me and that was it. It’s not an expensive material either, maybe $17 for the whole sheet.

We have a lack of fabric stores where I am, so I had to go into the cities to get some fabric. I found two fabrics that I debated between, one was a softer butterfly fabric and the other was a bold fabric…this time, I went bold! I figured that I will want to change it in a few years anyway, so why not try something different!

I laid out the fabric on our library table and used it as a guide to cut my pieces.

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Then I just placed the board on top (fabric is flipped over, so the right side will be out) and started stapling the material to it.

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After I stapled the fabric all the way around, I measured 2 inches in from the sides and 2 inches down from the top and attached some d-rings to the board.

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Super easy! You can all do this!

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Next up was measuring the spacing for the wall. On our wall, I marked the middle of the wall and the middle of the board and then measured out from each, I can’t remember how far the hooks were from the middle of the board, but then I just transferred that to the wall and put in screws with drywall anchors. Then I measured 8 inches in from each wall and put an anchor and screw and marked the distance to the other d-ring and then transferred that to the wall and put in another anchor and screw. And that was it. Middle board is centered on wall and the other two are six inches from the end (with 2 inches in for the d-ring on the board). Does this all make sense? In my brain, it totally makes sense.

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So, in the end this is what I ended up with:

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I know some of you may want me to move the pictures above to match the center of the boards, but I like the tiered look of this wall instead of lining everything up. In person it totally looks better. I promise.

The boys are already using them. We’ve got popcorn words, spelling words, homework assignments, and art. Love it! Turned out great and I have no more papers piled up on my kitchen counter!

Happy Monday!

Kirsty

 

 

Barn Door Window Cover

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You know how sometimes you think of a project and you say to your husband, “Let’s do this….” And he says, “You know there are about a million more steps to this than you think?” And you say, “Oh, well it can’t be THAT bad.” And then it’s not easy?! That’s this project. But not terribly horrible. Just a little difficult.

We needed something to cover this window when we wanted it covered, I thought about doing plantation shutter, but it’s a custom sized window and would have cost around $300. I didn’t want curtains and I didn’t want blinds. So I figured we could do a barn door. I thought about using the same track we used in the bathroom, but I wanted something a little less bulky.

I found a place on Amazon that sells barn door parts and found some wheels for $7/each! Not bad. I also had my metal guys cut a piece to span the entire width of the wall. Then I also had them make brackets that would attach to the door and the wheel. That was only $40.

I found a set of bifold closet doors at Home Depot and all I had to do was unscrew the hinges. They fit the window exactly. EXACTLY. Like they were meant to be.

Before we started we had a drawing with all of the measurements so that we could be pretty exact on this project. I mean, it is right up in the center of our house and everyone sees it, so a crooked window covering would not be good.

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There was math. A lot of math. It made my brain hurt.

We also had to figure out how to get the track a little off the wall. We thought about having the metal guys weld a piece of metal on the back, but we weren’t exactly sure how much room we would need, so we didn’t have them do that. Instead, while we were at HD, we grabbed a one inch piece of pipe. It’s really just a threaded connector.

First we attached the brackets to the door. We measured how far down we needed them to be taking into account the trim and how much space we wanted between the track and the window.

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We initially put them on the outside edge of the door, but then ended up having to move them in about half an inch so that the wheels didn’t touch in the middle….wahwah….

In addition to that mishap we had several others. We thought there was a header above the window so we gave the metal guys exact places to put the holes. There wasn’t a header. Rats. So we ended up drilling about half a dozen holes in the wall to find the studs because our stud finder wasn’t working. But those holes are covered by the track, so no big deal. Then we had to re-drill new holes in the track using the drill press (One of my very favorite tools. It drills through anything people. Anything.).

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Here’s a photo of the track with the extender:

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We used lots of washers and lots of nuts and bolts. $60 worth of nuts and bolts and washers! We also had to use a locking nut on the roller to keep the bolt from unscrewing when the wheel rolled. Not an issue until it falls off the track!

All-in-all not the easiest project, but honestly one of my favorite! It adds so much to this wall, I just love it!

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Happy Monday!

Kirsty

 

Vintage Porch Glider

I have a list. Do you have a list? My list consists of things like this:

Large Dough Bowl

Mexican Tile 6×6

Old work bench for bar

Old hanging scale

Vintage Porch Glider

Pie Safe

Vintage Quilts

36″ door with glass

Vintage metal porch chairs

Anything campaign style

Big Wire Spools to use as tables

That’s my “Buy if you see it list”.

On Sunday we were at the Steamboat Days Parade walking and promoting Carver Junk Company, and within the first three minutes of walking we saw the local picker sittin’ on his vintage glider watching the parade. And so I shouted, “Nice glider!” and he says, thanks want to buy it?! And I said, “How much?” And he said, “Forty bucks.” And I said, “I’ll do twenty.” And he said, “Okay.” Then I went on my merry way!

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On Monday I picked it up, brought it home, unloaded it and came inside to find a sandblaster to make it shine. Within the next 20 minutes I had it loaded up again and was at the sandblaster, he told me to come back in an hour and he would have it done, and if I wanted to I could come early and watch! OKAY.

So, I watched him do it and it was so cool. You know how when you power wash something you can see the line where the dirt was? It was the exact same, but with sand. 150 psi of sand coming through a hose. Simply amazing.

Here’s what it looks like now:

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I’m trying to decide how to paint it and what to do for cushions. I’m thinking white for the frame, because I have a fear of commitment. The cushions I could go bold, or I could go vintage, I haven’t decided yet. Fear of commitment, I tell ya.

I’ll keep you posted.

Laundry Room Floor Revamp

Hello!

Do any of you remember a couple of years ago when I stripped out the linoleum in our old bathrooms and stained the plywood? Here’s a refresher:

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The bathrooms in our previous house already had a nice smooth plywood floor, so I stained them and polyed them. And I LOVED THEM! Then we moved.

I wanted to do something similar in our new house, but the bathroom floors were just a regular plywood so I put ardex in the master bath and the half bath/mudroom. The boys’ bathroom is getting something different, I don’t know what yet, but something, but I want to wait until we replace the single vanity to a double.

Tom wasn’t convinced of this process for an entire room, so I told him I would test it out in the laundry room and see what we think. Instead of a full sheet, I decided to have Home Depot cut up some nice 3/4 inch maple plywood into 6 inch strips so that it looks like planks. I think if I do this somewhere else in the house I will go to the lumber yard and have them send the sheets through their machine, it’s flat and they get a more precise cut. Home Depot did great, but their cuts aren’t perfect, and I knew that going in. It’s the laundry room, and imperfection is a-okay in there. Or anywhere really….

I started by finding a straight line. 12 inches from the wall all the way down the wall. Then I drew a line and went off of that. Remember, no wall is perfectly straight. It just can’t be. So, we work with what we’ve got and do the best we can!

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I dry fit everything in. Left it, then nailed it in with our pneumatic nail gun. I made sure I pulled and pushed everything as tight as I could so the cracks and creases were minimal. Then after that, I sealed it with poly.

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Our laundry room isn’t huge, but to be perfectly honest, I don’t like to do laundry, so the less room I have, the faster I get out.

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I absolutely love it. Seriously. I can hardly stand it. It makes me happy to see it! Of course, now I want to do it all over the upstairs. Tom is going to kill me.

Side note: See that dryer vent?! Well, the builders should have moved it over to the right about 4 inches, it doesn’t line up properly with the dryer and I am having a massive swear session trying to get the vent tube from the dryer to hook up and stay attached. It is driving me bonkers. Totally. But at least we have a nice floor…

Shoot me any questions you have. My email is not letting me respond properly, so I will answer any questions/comments here!

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