May 12, 2016

DIY SHIPLAP FROM UNDERLAYMENT: WORTH IT?

A couple months ago we finished a little update to the kids bathroom. I say little because we didn't have to mess with drywall and we didn't touch the tub/shower. We did have to remove the old vanity, tile, and beadboard and replace all of that. Here's a few terrible before pictures from when we toured our house 5+ years ago.




This bathroom is certainly on the smaller side but the vanity area is pretty spacious and there is a closet and a full tub. We covered up all that tan sponge paint, added some bright teal paint, and happily lived with this room for the last 5 years. Truthfully, that old-fashioned low counter top was super helpful for littles ones. The new taller one is a little bit of a stretch for my youngest.




Our kids are both in school now and the wear on this room was becoming obvious. The old painted vanity was dingy and beat up and hours of bath time fun did a number on the grout and tile by the tub. The grout finally started to chip out and I did what I sometimes do... I waited until John was at work and took a crowbar to the tile. What husband doesn't love that kind of surprise, right?

After a pretty painless 4 week renovation we ended up here.



I plan to do a more detailed post with sources and the process of building the vanity soon but today I wanted to talk about the faux shiplap.

The old bathroom had beadboard paneling. It was in decent shape but I was ready for an update. I considered paint but I was pretty sure that there was going to be wallpaper under that paneling. Lucky us! No wallpaper. BUT we did find quite a few (SIX!) holes behind the beadboard. My husband pointed out that it might be helpful to leave the holes and mark where they are for future plumbing fixes so I measured and took some pictures before we covered them up.

I also painted the walls white because I knew I was planning to leave a little gap between each piece and I didn't want the rough drywall texture showing through. I covered up those holes with some stapled on white poster board so the dark inner wall cavity wouldn't be obvious through the seams.



I read quite a few blog posts about how to install shiplap. There are actual shiplap panels that can be purchased but they exceeded my budget for this project. I found several people who used floor underlayment for shiplap with great success. I have used underlayment for quite a few projects before and knew it would be lightweight and cheap so that was the direction we went.

I purchased the sheets at Lowes for about $11 each and had them cut down in store to the height I wanted. I have to say, that was a mistake. The very nice gentleman that cut them for me encouraged me to walk the store while he made the cuts so I don't know exactly what happened but when I got home it was very clear that I had a variety of heights among my panels.

I debated taking them back for :: like :: a second but I am not a perfectionist and figured I could work with it so I got to sanding. Each piece (there were 50+) had to be sanded down on the top and around the edges where they were cut. The pieces were 8 foot long and it took me about 3 hours with my rotary sander.

Next I measured my starting wall and got ready to attach them with a nail gun. I measured about 4 pieces at a time because I knew the wall might not measure the same width all the way up (and I was right).


Before I nailed the pieces on I used a stud finder to locate the studs and marked that on the drywall. Even though these panel pieces are lightweight I wanted to make sure they would stay on well and I also didn't want to worry about hitting any existing plumbing or electrical. I left about a 2" gap from the ground and worked from the bottom up using nickels for spacers. The nickels ended up being a huge pain and I preferred just eyeing up the gap and using a level on the top of each board. Don't forget the level!!

The gap along the floor was because I wanted to leave room for the tile which wasn't down yet but when it came time to install the baseboard I wished that I had just done a 1" gap because I ended up nailing in some strips of underlayment under the bottom shiplap panel so the baseboard would lay nice and flush and not angle in at the bottom where there wasn't any underlayment. Make sense? Learn from me!

Not gonna lie, this process took quite a bit longer than I thought it would.



For the entryway to the room I stacked all my pieces of matching height together and the corner seams match up really well. I didn't end up using any trim on this corner (below left) because it looked pretty neat and clean. On the right outside facing corner I used 1 1/2" corner trim.


By the time we got to the area behind the vanity our choices of panels with the same height were getting limited. This is where it would have been amazing to have every piece the exact same height. Come on Lowes guy! But really, I should have stayed by him and been very clear that they needed to all be the same.

There are two corners where the seams definitely do not meet up (below). We could see this happening and (again, not perfectionists) decided to go with it. We used some 1/4" by 2" strips from the moldings aisle to help disguise the gap and you know what? When I'm in this room that is about the last thing I am thinking about. So my advice there... if you know this will bother you cut your boards yourself or monitor whoever is cutting them.


After all the paneling went up we topped it with a 1x3 and then a 1x2 to create a small ledge. The outside corners got corner molding and the inside corners got the molding I mentioned above. Every nail hole got filled with wood filler (torture) and then it all got sanded (double torture).

Painting shiplap was another thing I researched quite a bit. Most sources I found painted after but I worried about some paint filling in the cracks. I wanted the cracks in between each board to be dark so the walls would be obviously panel-ey (nice, right?). So after I used caulk around the cap pieces and baseboard I did 3 coats of my favorite semi-gloss white paint with a foam roller. As I went I used a knife to get paint out of the cracks when I felt like they got too much paint. That worked really well but I do have one spot that got too much paint. Looks like this.


Having lived with the space for a couple months now I am debating going back and painting in all the cracks. I know that sounds crazy. I feel a little crazy for saying it but with the nickel sized gaps I left, if I am looking closely I can see the top of each piece of underlayment. Underlayment doesn't have quite the same look as a typical piece of wood and the tops have kind of a rough unfinished look to them even after the sanding. I'll try to add a picture of it here. Who knows if I will end up painting that. Seems like kind of a pain but lately I have been thinking the room needs a 4th coat of paint anyway...

::: So what's my conclusion on the "faux" shiplap? :::

The "wood" for this project cost me about $80. That doesn't include the top trim or baseboards. The labor was pretty intense and it definitely has a more rustic feel to it.

Also because underlayment is so thin there were a few times that the nails from our nail gun (which is pretty powerful) did not hold a piece of underlayment in to the drywall. I made sure I had a stud but the nail heads for the nails my nail gun uses are very small and because underlayment is so thin it felt like the nails just didn't have enough to grip.  My guess is that light bowing and imperfection in the walls were the reason some boards need a little extra help. I did end up adding nails with a larger head in a few places to hold pieces in. Then I used a nail punch to sink the nails and covered the holes with wood filler. I will say that now I could not find one nail hole in this room. The combo of wood filler and sander did a great job.

My kids have been doing their kid thing in here for 2 months now and I have had no problems with any of the panels moving or falling. I checked them all pretty well before painting and I'm not really worried about this in the future but the "for real" shiplap panels you can buy are made from a thicker material and I am sure would be sturdier.

I didn't price out the real shiplap for this room because I saw a couple posts about it and knew it was going to be way beyond what I wanted to spend (upwards of $300 for this space). I'm always up for trying a budget friendly option and in the end I am happy I went with this underlayment but I am still curious as to how the nicer stuff would have looked especially because the pieces lock together and I think the gaps would have had a more polished look.

Well, there you go. Let me know if you have any questions! I hope to do a post about our adventures in putting the vanity together soon.


Mar 8, 2016

SCOOP: HOW OUR BINDER COVERS GET TO YOU

Hello friends!  I recorded a little video today showing how our oilcloth binder covers work. I hope this helps and if you have any questions contact me!


Update: all of our covers now fit Avery "Durable" Binders - even the 1" mini!

Jul 27, 2015

DIY RECIPE BINDER

I think this oilcloth covered mini binder is just perfect for the home or the office. The cover wipes clean and the bright florals and crisp patterns make these binders a fun addition to your day.





I am always looking for more ways to organize these mini binders and have just recently added some to the Etsy shop. All of the half sheet binder dividers I have found have tabs that are covered up by the page protectors. These printable dividers have easy to see top tabs.



This easy to purchase and budget friendly printable mini binder set includes blank dividers (label them however you like!), recipe dividers, and a half-sheet recipe card.



The dividers have holes marked so you know exactly where to punch. The only tools you need are a printer, cardstock, scissors, and a single hole punch. I recommend printing all of these files on white cardstock. Before you cut out your dividers take some clear packing tape and reinforce the area where you will cut out the holes for your binder rings. Put another piece on the tab up top and when it's all cut out it will be that much sturdier.



Enjoy and please comment with any questions!




Jul 23, 2015

FALL 2015

The new fall prints will be available in the Etsy shop on August 1st! Here's a little preview of the colorful new choices. I have been sewing up samples for pictures all week and so far my favorites are white floral, blue floral, and gold stripe!


One more little sneak!


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Jul 10, 2015

Oilcloth Pennant Banners

I hate wasting gorgeous oilcloth so I are always on the lookout for new product ideas using smaller oilcloth scraps.

These new oilcloth banners are up in the shop and at $12 they are a perfect way to brighten up any room. Get more details and purchase here.





Oct 25, 2014

DIY lego vader & leia halloween costumes

Sorry I haven't been around lately. Had my tonsils out last Friday and I spent the week before that getting things organized in case I was out of it for a couple weeks. Good news though, it's been a week and I feel pretty much back to normal. Just have some soreness in my throat (duh) that I imagine will linger for a couple more weeks.

One of the projects I wanted to finish up before surgery was the kids' Halloween costumes. Last year I was pretty lame (ghost and a princess) so I wanted to do something fun for them this year.  I found this tutorial on Pinterest (click picture for link).


Her instructions are great and the supplies cost me about $25. Emily wanted to be a "lego princess girl" and I managed to convince her to be Princess Leia even though she has no idea who that is. I wish I had taken pictures of how I made them but I was in a rush to get them done before the surgery. Feel free to ask questions if you want to know more!

I finished up painting the boxes and doing the detail work yesterday. It took me about 8 hours to do both costumes not including Leia's hair. The yarn hair gave me so much trouble! I really wanted to do the buns but couldn't figure out how to make the hair coming down on each side gather and lay flat enough to hot glue yarn covered foam buns on top. I would have had to hot glue every strand of hair and for something she is going to wear once I wasn't going to invest that kind of time.

Still have to take a trip to the goodwill for some black sweats to go under Vader's costume. Actually, scratch that - - Vader can have navy sweats. And black hi-tops with red laces. Bless you Halloween darkness.

I love how they turned out!



Carson is seriously in character here. See that clenched fist? He's also making excellent heavy mechanical-faux-breathing sounds and light saber effects (mom didn't spring for the sound and light version)


Darth Vader's lego head is staying in place really well because I used matte black acrylic paint for the body and it has enough grip to keep the head from sliding around. I think I need to hot glue Leia's lego head to her lego body because Emily was struggling a little bit keeping that huge head from moving around. Just noticed she is puckering her lips for this picture above. Adorable.


You making any costumes this year? Happy crafting!

Oct 7, 2014

DIY TIMELINE WALL


I have to say I love blank walls.  In other people's homes.  A wall that is blank or has just one fabulous focal point is so clean and fresh feeling. Sadly, I've never been able to recreate that feeling in my own home.  I see a blank wall and I hear it crying out for me to cover it up. We've had 3 homes in our 10 years so there's been quite a few blank walls for me to mangle. I'm always up to the challenge.

After our most recent move I told myself I would hold back a bit. Try to keep my walls feeling less cluttered. Sigh. I've filled up quite a few walls and quite a few pinterest boards with ideas for the empty ones. Might be time to give up on that understated modern look I love elsewhere.

When it comes to filling large expanses of wall I'm always looking for inexpensive and creative ideas. We aren't at a point in our lives where buying one of a kind art is practical although really I'm not sure if that will ever be a priority for me.  I enjoy filling our home with things I've made or the kids have made and I especially love displaying family photos.

We have owned our current home for a little over 4 years but rented it out for a year and a half due to a job transfer.  When we moved back home I managed to convince my husband to convert our mostly unused living room into a dining room.  We have plenty of space in the basement for relaxing and the kitchen dining area was too small to entertain our family and friends.  I think we were both a little nervous about how this would turn out but it is hands down my favorite change we have made to our home.


We built our dining table and the shelves around the faux fireplace (the mantle was a craigslist find).  I painted the chairs and recovered the seats.  New curtains were found and a light fixture was relocated.  All small and inexpensive changes that make our home ours.  I love how blogging and pinterest have inspired families to customize their homes and make them infinitely more liveable for the people who live there.  But I digress...

This post is about the big blank wall to the left of our dining table. It used to be where my piano sat before we moved it to keep this room as open as possible for large gatherings. After browsing online for weeks I finally decided I wanted some sort of family timeline on that wall. I knew I wanted it to resemble an actual timeline (love them) but I couldn't find inspiration for exactly what I wanted so I sketched it out then made a list of important milestones to feature.

Our timeline includes:
  • How we met
  • Our engagement
  • Our wedding
  • The first home we purchased
  • Our current home
  • A map that signifies our move from Florida to Tennessee
  • The births of our children
  • Current family pictures
I also included several scripture verses that symbolize important moments for our family. I had to purchase a few frames and print some photos but I already owned most of what I needed so this ended up being a thrifty way to fill a large space. Surrounding each event I included a small plaque with dates and details. I hand painted these and it took a long time but I love how it turned out. There isn't space to add on to our timeline but our family is complete so I feel pretty confident that I can just update the last 2 frames (current family photos) and keep our timeline relevant for years.

As far as how I created the actual timeline I used a Sharpie paint pen (I love these by the way) to create the lines. I hung the frames and plaques them drew more lines with my Sharpie to "connect" the plaques to the appropriate frames. 

 




 

Do you try to fill your blank walls or manage to keep them simple and clutter free?  Lucky enough to have gorgeous artwork? Love to display family photos? I'd love to know because I've got a few walls that are still naked!