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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Every Wall has a Story

A first glimpse of the wall... 

The prep work was time consuming, but the install went very smooth.  We were fortunate to read a blog post prior to the installation that had a lot of helpful hints.  Thank you, Just a Girl Blog your timing couldn't have been more perfect.  They installed a wall out of wood pallets in their boy's bedroom.  It turned out amazing! 

Every wall that I have seen looks different, so neat.  Whether it be pallet wood or barn wood the concept is about the same. 

I am going to share an overview of our application, but if you are looking for more detail please check out the link above.

  • Our kitchen wall was already painted a neutral, khaki brown.  It is necessary to start out with a base wall color that will blend and help conceal imperfections.
  • Reminder... we are using old, reclaimed barn wood.  Each piece is different in width, thickness, and quality.  My husband and I decided to cut down all our pieces of wood to the same height of 3 inches.  Originally, some boards were 12" wide, some 5", etc.  Cutting them down to the same height eliminated the need to "puzzle piece" boards in.  We had different lengths to work with, but width-wise they were the same.

  • My husband added an outlet extender to the plug in, as shown.  If an extender is not added the outlet would be recessed due to the thickness of the boards.  It is personal preference, but considering ours' is a main wall he chose to change it out.  I appreciated his extra work.  It really finished it off nicely.

  • We located the studs in the wall, and drew pencil lines vertically.
  • We started installing at the ceiling and worked our way down.  This is to prevent a "squished" look up at the top {plain view}.  Rather, any boards "cut to fit" would be hidden at the bottom.

  • My husband and I decided to leave our Pita {creamy white} colored baseboards on and work down to them.  All our base and trim throughout the house is this consistent color.

  • I chose to take an eclectic approach with the boards.  I left some natural, stained some in varied shades, and even white-washed some.  White-washing implemented the light trim, and gave the wall a little modern edge.  
  • I love all the imperfections.  The old nail holes, color variations, and distressed wood are so reminiscent of the barn it came from. 

This wall has added so much warmth by color and story.  It has been a family project all the way. 
We are very proud of it. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

A perfect nursery for "Mr. Baby"

       Baby Heiser's Room!

Welcome to Mr. Baby's (my temporary name for him) little space.
Enjoy my picture tour~

I used a 6 ft. piece of barn wood along with some wooden letters and numbers of different sizes and fonts.  I painted them in colors complimenting the nursery, and sanded to give them that rustic look.  This just may be my favorite piece in the room.?.  Above the closet was the perfect spot.
The crib bedding is primarily browns and greens, your traditional woodland colors.
We decided a rust orange would be a unique choice for the accent wall.

It isn't your "typical" nursery color, and I like that.

The picture below shows the barn wood frame my husband made.  He attached chicken wire to the back so it could be used to hold pictures, etc.  I stained the boards in varying shades to tie in the different wood tones in the room.
Lo-Ove this rug!

I cut out a couple animal silhouettes to use until we have "real" Mr. Baby pics. 
I picked up these tiny clothespins at Michaels.

Baby's room is little.

A perfect size for a nursery.

It was hard to take pictures that show his room as a whole.
I am sure you can see how all the pictures fit together.

This dresser was given to Holly and Chris.  It had a couple scratches, so I de-stressed it a bit more by sanding the edges.  They had many things around their home we re-used in baby's room.  The rug (shown in a photo above) for one, is perfect.  The lamp (as shown in this photo) fit right in, too.  I enjoy re-purposing items.  It is always my goal to design a charming, unique room without "breaking the bank".  We all worked very hard on this room and now just need the lil' baby.  January will be here very soon!  Thanks for sharing this with us ~ Heather

Thursday, November 10, 2011

.some projects must wait.

Almost always I start a project and can't seem to focus on anything else until it is completed.
That is not the case this time.  I have started... stopped... and started again... several times now. 

The past few weeks have been so busy.  Other things {and people}, much more important, have occupied our time.

This is what we have started, and when time allows, we will finish.

As you can see by the picture, this is a "big" project and a lot of work, starting with the old barn we helped {a little} tear down. 
One Sunday afternoon, my husband, our boys, and I drove to the "country" and claimed our barn wood.  It took up the afternoon, but was so worth it!  We have finished all the prep work, and are ready to make-over our main kitchen wall. 
Soon ... 

... But, for now I have a nursery to do!

A little nephew is coming in January.  My sister, Holly and brother-in-law, Chris are becoming parents for the first time.  We are all so happy and excited!

My husband and I are spending the weekend with them, helping turn their spare bedroom into the little nursery. 

I plan to take lots of before/after pictures to share with you.  Sometimes, I get so into my project I forget to.  *I will remember this time.

Have a happy weekend too!  Heather       
I encourage any questions or comments to be left in the comment section right below this post. Comments, suggestions, and feedback are greatly appreciated!Thanks for taking the time.