Once I had made a decision on the theme for my son’s room, I wanted to create an accent wall that would be the center piece for the room. A Rustic Wood Accent Wall would be a perfect tie in to the rustic/modern look I was looking for.
To start, I bought about thirty 1×3 (straight) boards from Home Depot. These boards are very cheap. Many of them are bowed and damaged. Make sure you pick through them and don’t just grab a handful of boards. Read More
Its no surprise that I love Rustic, but I also like to mix it with modern. For my sons room I wanted to mix metals and wood. I always start with my statement piece, and let the rest of the room grow from there. In this room I decided to take on an accent wall entirely made of wood. I finished the wall about 2 years ago, before it became popular. My husband was worried that it would be cool, but would hurt the resale value. For our homes we always have to consider resale, because we move so much. My argument was, you could always white wash it for a girls room if needed. All things considered, I still like what I like, and as much as I try to respect the resale rules, sometimes a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. Read More
Recently a friend of ours found they were moving and needed to sell their home. We discussed the advantages of staging a home to sell. They were completely onboard and as you will see in the before and after photos below it makes a major difference. The market was in a good place here but they were able to get top dollar within the first days of having it on the market. Staging definitely played a role in the speed within which the house sold. In the end, I believe there’s a couple of reasons staging has such a dramatic influence on home buyers. Read More
Most of my projects have been done in my home. I love the freedom of knowing that first and foremost I only have to make myself happy and maybe a distant second my husband :). This project however was one of my first remodels for a friend. Obviously this is a little more nerve-racking in the beginning because now there’s a new number one to make happy. Read More
Finding that Perfect Piece
As you start on your journey to have the perfect statement piece in your house it’s important to remember that paint or finish can only do so much. It’s nearly impossible to turn a pressed wood or laminate piece into a beautiful statement piece. You have to start with furniture that have the bones you are looking for. A quality piece that had it’s day but just needs some TLC. Finding that piece can sometimes be difficult. In a previous post I discuss where I go to find my pieces without spending an arm and a leg. Check it out here.
For this project I found this beautiful piece of furniture at my local Goodwill. It set me back $100. I have to say that I was quite shocked to see it priced so high. In my experience, prices are never predictable at Goodwill. I have 2 antique dining buffet pieces, they came from the same location, and I paid $20 for one and $100 for the other. I can’t figure that one out.
To me, there are 2 kinds of furniture pieces that I put in my home. First, there are the impulse pieces. You know the ones where you say, “I don’t care, I have to have it, I will find a place for it even if I have to get rid of something to make room for it.” Those are the pieces that we are lucky enough to have fall in our laps from time to time.
The other type is the one you have to search for. Sometimes these can seem to take forever to find. They are the more specific pieces of furniture that I know I need in that one place in my house. They are the ones that have a specific look, a specific size, a specific feel. To find those pieces you have to hunt for them.
I have several different go-to places to find the perfect furniture and they aren’t necessarily where you might think to look first. Read More
Below is a video I put together with us setting up for the outdoor movie night we had this past weekend. It was my first time putting together a tutorial video. I have never done a time lapse video or voice dub-over. It also took me quite a bit of time to work in the logo and intro sounds. These are things I have to learn as Jen has several tutorials she’s planning to share with you guys. In the end it was fun to make but it’s definitely rough around the edges.
The movie we watched was a family favorite called “Willow”. We had several friends who had never seen it that we had to help culture. 🙂 I hope you enjoy the video and more importantly I hope it inspires you to take some time out of your busy day and enjoy some outdoor movie time with family and friends.
This is part two of a two part series celebrating Memorial Day. Part one is here. Enjoy.
As we pickup from part one, my family and I had been placing pennies, alternating between shiny and dark pennies for each stripe. Each stripe was four rows thick. When we got about halfway up the flag it was time to decide what I was going to do with the left blue corner of the flag. The other examples I had seen used dark pennies similar to the red stripes in the flag. It looked cool in the photos however I thought it would be neat to try something a little different. The idea in my head was to age the pennies like the Statue of Liberty and develop a greenish blue Read More
This is part one of a two part series celebrating Memorial Day. Enjoy.
As usual, for me, this journey began somewhere in cyberspace. I’m not sure exactly where I saw it first, but when I did, I immediately fell in love with it. How cool would it be to make an American Flag out of pennies. It would be super cool of course. And I knew I couldn’t just make a small one like I had seen on the internet I had to go big so I decided on the size of 3′ x 5′. It seemed like a good round number and was larger than anything I had seen. Go big or go home I guess. Read More