Shiplap Entryway Update

Last week was super busy and productive and I am so happy that my entryway updates are finally done!! We hung our shiplap accent wall and I am thrilled with how it looks!

Here is what it looked like BEFORE;

 Awesome 80's mirrors, dated chandelier and yucky beige walls

Awesome 80's mirrors, dated chandelier and yucky beige walls

DURING;

 Mirrors down, burgundy exposed, light fixture updated.

Mirrors down, burgundy exposed, light fixture updated.

 I painted over the burgundy stripes to ensure they wouldn't show through the smalls spaces between the boards.

I painted over the burgundy stripes to ensure they wouldn't show through the smalls spaces between the boards.

AFTER;

Like I did for my bathroom, I used 5mm underlayment plywood from Lowe's. I purchased two 4x8 sheets and had them ripped into 6 inch strips at the store. For my bathroom, I had them cut in 4 foot lengths but this time I did 8 foot lengths. In total, I had 16 boards to work with which was practically PERFECT for this space. We had to take approx. a foot off the length of each board and cut the final board in half to fit at the top. I painted the boards using Behr Semi Gloss Ultra White and completed this before hanging them to avoid the tedious task of using an extendable roller and skewer stick to get paint out of the spaces between boards. This ensured that the boards and edges were fully coated and it was much easier doing it this way. We used our air nailer to attach the boards and spaced them using nickels. We had to use an extendable ladder and step ladder to reach the middle and top which was a bit tricky (and scary!) at times, but we managed. We also used quarter round to finish the ends. This came primed and I didn't think I needed to paint it but I was sadly mistaken and had to do this step once it was hung. Insert curse words here. I decided not to fill the nail holes because (I am lazy and) I like the unfinished/rustic look it adds. But really, it is a huge pain in the butt to fill, sand and paint each hole so I chose not to :).  I also ran a line of caulk along the gap between the crown molding and top board and painted it once dried.

You can find my step by step faux shiplap tutorial here.

I love shiplap and the style that it provides. Because of the mirrors that used to be on this wall, TK was worried that the room would look and feel smaller but I think the bright white accent and linear lines of the shiplap highlights this wall and our new light perfectly!

This ended up being a really easy DIY project. It required practically no measuring and cutting in comparison to my bathroom and the most time consuming part was probably getting up and down the ladders! I was originally inspired to add shiplap to this wall not only because I love the look but it also saved me from having to patch and fill all of the holes leftover from where the mirrors were hung. I figured hanging shiplap would be just as much (or less) work and looks much more interesting than a grey wall! I am still debating whether or not I will hang something on this wall. I really like the look of it the way it is and I feel like the light is the focal point anyway so I am not sure I would distract from that.

I am still loving my $5 bench makeover. Details on this easy project can be found here.

 Sorry for the poor lighting, tough to photograph with the sidelight :)

Sorry for the poor lighting, tough to photograph with the sidelight :)

All I need to do is replace the stained glass sidelight and maybe add a more interesting door knob. But not today.

Now that this project is complete, I can finally focus on decorating my home for my favourite holiday CHRISTMAS!!! Falalalalalalalala!

Jess xx

Main Floor Updates

This post should really be called "BYE BYE BEIGE- see ya NEVER!" I am super excited about the updates my main floor has received. Over the past few weeks I have spent almost all of my time outside of work (and sleeping) updating my dining room, living room, entryway and downstairs hallway. My house was dominated by beige so I was very happy to see just about the last of it go, replaced with a neutral grey.

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I chose Behr Silver Drop for the walls and the trim and crown moulding are looking fresh and shiny with a coat of Behr Ultra White. My kitchen, bathroom and one spare room are Behr Dolphin Fin and Silver Drop is the next colour on the swatch so I knew it would coordinate well.  I have never painted this much in my life and although there were a few times I cursed it, I am so glad I finally did it! Paint is such an awesome way to update a space and the most inexpensive way to do so. 

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We also updated the lighting, replacing our dated wall sconces. I am in love with the outdoor barn inspired lights I chose from Lowe's.

 Before

Before

 After

After

 Before- bad quality photo

Before- bad quality photo

I am thrilled with the orb chandelier from Home Depot that replaced this sad semi flush mount that was our dining room light.

 Dining Room Light; Before

Dining Room Light; Before

 Dining Room Light: After

Dining Room Light: After

TK hung the wall sconces so I figured I could hang the chandelier. I installed my bathroom light fixture so how hard could this be?  WRONG!! This was the most frustrating process EVER! I recruited his help when I realized I wasn't so sure what I was doing. After reading the instructions wrong, we started over. Again, and again. I couldn't believe how many times it took us to get this right. Sweat and tears definitely went into this and this light is NEVER coming down! I don't know if it was my impatience that exaggerated my frustration or what. We were so close to finishing the room without any major bumps in the road until this.  The electrical box isn't centered above the table so we used a swag hook to hang it. Thankfully, this was the easy part. Now the light is installed and looks awesome! I have been drooling over this fixture for awhile so I am so happy it is finally in my home :) It is extremely bright but thankfully we have a dimmer.

We also replaced all of the electrical outlets, light switches and face plates. The originals were cream and looked dirty in comparison to the bright white trim and the lighter walls. Now everything it bright white!

My makeover isn't quite complete, I still have a shiplap accent wall to add to the entryway but this requires a creative ladder setup/ DIY scaffolding. We got rid of our awesome 80's mirrors and TK hung the new light fixture for this space.

 I guess the last owners didn't want to take down the mirrors to paint so we uncovered this beauty. Should we keep it?

I guess the last owners didn't want to take down the mirrors to paint so we uncovered this beauty. Should we keep it?

I was super excited to finally pull this light fixture out of my closet since I bought it months ago on sale at Canadian Tire! I hope to complete the shiplap soon and will post the rest of the entryway details once it is hung.

This was a huge project for me and I figured it would be so sick of painting but now all I can think about is painting the rest of my house. Three more rooms and I will have painted every single roomin the last 2 years. I really never feel "done" with a space even after a big transformation. One thing always leads to another and I am constantly day dreaming about what project to tackle next. I would love to update the flooring throughout the main floor and replace the living room furniture but these are much bigger investments than we are prepared to handle. For now, I will continue to DIY, paint and decorate my house to give it the update I am craving without breaking the bank. Stay tuned!!

P.S- Feeling a bit bummed that October is over but thankfully it is a beautiful & sunny fall day. Also, I am getting excited to decorate my freshly painted & updated main floor for Christmas! I will hold off a few weeks still as I am not quite sick of my pumpkins :)

Jess xx

$5 Entryway Bench

Recently our friends had a moving sale and I scored this awesome little bench for $5!! I also grabbed a few wall hangings and an beautiful hurricane vase for $2. I love garage/moving sales!!

Once I got my new/used bench home, I decided to freshen it up to use for my entryway. I removed the seat and painted the wood legs using Rustoleum Chalked in Linen White. I applied two coats and then sanded the entire piece using 120 grit sandpaper, specifically on the corners and edges to distress it.

For the seat, I decided not to take the time to remove the floral fabric that was already on it. I used leftover batting and the canvas drop cloth from my headboard project to recover the seat. I cut the batting and fabric to size, leaving additional material on each side and secured to the seat using my staple gun. I reattached the seat to the legs and added a few nail heads I had on hand to the corners to add some detail.  

This project was incredibly easy and took very little time to complete. The longest part was lierally waiting for the paint to dry :). I had all of the materials on hand so it only cost me the $5 I spent at the moving sale.

I picked up the galvanized metal bucket from Walmart to use for shoe storage and styled the bench with a few throw pillows and a pumpkin, of course.

 I have been working on updating our entire main floor including our entry way and I will be posting the details soon. The entry way has been painted along with the rest of the main floor and next up is a shiplap accent wall! Looking forward to sharing the details soon!

Jess xx