Monday, April 30, 2012

Faux Board and Batten {Part Two}: The Bow-Chica-Bow-Wow Bedroom Makeover

Today we're talking moulding! This phase of the project ended up taking MUCH longer than I ever anticipated, which my dear mother-in-law can attest to, as she was visiting for a portion of this project. Brian and I spent many evenings cutting and nailing moulding after work, racing the clock to get as much done as we could before eating one of my mother-in-law's amazing dinners.

Here's where we left off: the upper portion of the wall has been painted, wall liner has been installed on the bottom section of the wall (in lieu of traditional "board"), and the wall liner has been patched and painted white.

Brian and I got to work installing the moulding. We started with the horizontal rows, beginning with a row just above my base boards (make sure this is level, regardless of how level or un-level your base boards are), and then the top row, and a third "middle-ish" row. We installed the vertical pieces next. 

We had one difficult rounded corner to tackle. We knew the corner ultimately formed a 90 degree angle. We copied our existing base moulding that was installed by the home builder, which was installed in three pieces (as opposed to two pieces mitered together at 45 degree angles). In order to make the corner with three pieces, we simply divided 90 by 4 cuts (again, as opposed to two cuts in a traditional square corner) and got 22.5 degrees. So, we set our miter angle to 22.5 and made it around the corner nicely.  

A few things I'd recommend having if you're using power tools are:
  • Eye protection -- seriously, you don't want to get crap in your eyes
  • Ear plugs - let's face it, we're not getting any younger and we really should be protecting our ears. My air compressor is really loud, so ear plugs were a must for this project. I actually bring ear plugs to the gym too, because it's NOT ok for your ears to be ringing after taebo class. Everybody's threshold for volume is different, so regardless of how sensitive your ears are, make sure you are protecting them appropriately. I always keep a pair of ear plugs in my purse just in case I'm out and about and need to protect my ears. 
After the moulding was up, I patched the nail holes and the spaces where the moulding met each other, caulked around the edges, and then painted it. This part literally took for-ev-er... {cue big ol' eye roll}. I completely underestimated the amount of work that would be required for patching and painting. But it was worth every exasperated sigh. I'd give this project two thumbs up, except that my other thumb is on the hand holding the camera. 

Check it out! 

Stay tuned!! I have more updates to show you over the coming weeks, including the ever-so-dramatic before/after reveal. 


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Saturday, April 28, 2012

To Quote my husband...on Perspective

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Faux Board and Batten {Part One}: The Bow-Chica-Bow-Wow Bedroom Makeover

Welcome back to my bow-chica-bow-wow bedroom makeover! {cue the jangle-y disco funk} 

Here's where we left off last time:

Needs a little more work, huh? Today, we're talking about getting the biggest bang for your buck (and your back!) by installing a faux fo' sho' board and batten treatment. 

Obviously, there are a few essentials that can't be faked, like the batten moulding, so the "faux" most specifically applies to the "board" aspect of this project. I knew I would buy the moulding at Moulding Direct -- their prices are seriously so good, it's not worth even trying to find a better price. Better prices just don't exist. If you're in the Bay Area, please buy your moulding at Moulding Direct and keep them in business! It's a win-win for all involved...and no, they are not paying me to say that....I just really believe that they provide a great quality product for the best price, and provide great customer service to boot! 

So, sourcing the moulding was the easy part. The not-so-easy task was determining how to address the "board" portion of the project. Many of you have heard me lament my orange-peel texture walls, so simply foregoing the "board" wasn't an option for me. For those of you who have smoother textured walls, you could realistically forego installing hard board. But, alas, my walls wasted their youth in unprotected sunbathing and now rock a weathered, citrus skin. So, I busted out my tape measure and my calculator and did a side-by-side comparison between wall liner (my secret weapon) and 1/8" hardboard wall panels. I figured both would equally impact my walls since they both require some sort of glue and/or adhesive. I needed to cover about 297 square feet of wall (a slightly generous estimate).

Wall liner runs $14-15 for a double 20.5" wide roll, measuring 33 feet. It's pre-pasted and often available with free shipping through or Steve's Blinds and Wallpaper (type "wall liner" into the search and purchase the pre-pasted option). A 1/8" 4'x8' wall panel runs $13.05 a piece at Lowe's. At the end of the day, the wall liner won, with a final cost of just over $87 for 6 double rolls (after some coupons and handling fees) from Steve's Wallpaper versus $130.50 for 10 of the hardboard wall panels. Additionally, the wall liner is MUCH easier to install around electrical outlets, windows and around curved corners -- that's what really sold me.    

Brian and I installed two rows of wall liner (remember, wall liner is installed horizontally, not vertically like it's wallpaper cousin). We added an additional half row, so that top of the wall liner would come up to about 55" from the ground (which would eventually be neatly hidden by my batten moulding). 

To make the half row, I taped around an entire roll of wall liner in three spots: around either end, and directly in the middle where I planned to make my cut. Brian dropped the roll in the miter saw and cut it in half. We tried using a sharp chef's knife and even an electric knife first, but neither worked very we did what we always do in this situation: skipped our way over to the "mighty" saw. 

The cut was perfect! The saw made a freaky-shrill banshee sound as it cut through the paper, and smelled pretty funky afterwards... but with a gassy dog in this house, funky smells are, well... pretty commonplace. It really could have been the dog. Her timing is impeccable. {What? I got a dog so I could blame the dog!....and no, no one farted during the sawing of this paper. It really was the saw, I promise. } 

Don't be alarmed if your edges aren't perfect. Remember, we'll be covering up these discrepancies with moulding later on. 

Once the wall liner had a chance to dry, I used a small amount of spackle compound to smooth out the seams between the rows of wall liner.

 ...and then I painted the wall liner at this point, because -- let's face it -- it's easier and faster to paint flat surfaces, as opposed to painting after the moulding is up. I think we can all agree on that.

Here's where we're at so can see the color concept starting to come together in the room.

I have to take a moment to commend my AMAZING husband for being an excellent helper. I really couldn't have completed this project without him. He was instrumental every step of way. 

I also have to take a moment to recognize my dog, for sitting outside of the bedroom door during the ENTIRE project.....{cue Aybee montage}

Come back soon for the second installment of the Faux Board and Batten project!


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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Painted Mason Jars for my Basil Plants

My mother-in-law and I made caprese fruit skewers for Brian's cousin's baby shower recently, which ended up being a surprise hit! They were comprised of strawberries, watermelon, fresh basil and homemade mozzarella that we hand-stretched the night before, topped with a balsamic reduction. I was a little nervous about how it would turn out, so I didn't even take pictures. But now that I know how great they are, I've officially added it to my list of things to share with you all soon.

The reason I bring this all up is to show you what I did with my basil plants. My mother-in-law (bless her) opted to get basil plants from the supermarket instead of bunches of picked basil for the fruit skewers -- and now I will have basil for as long as I don't kill these plants! Woo hoo!

I decided to try my luck at planting the basil in mason jars. I had recently picked up a box of twelve mason jars from Walmart for about $8 to use in various projects, so I grabbed two of my jars and wiped them down. 

I taped off a wide stripe on each jar using Frog Tape. I intentionally did not put the stripe in the same place on each jar.....but that's just my personal preference.

I covered the area I did not wanted painted with plastic wrap.

And then I got to work painting! I started with my favorite oil-based primer that it so amazing, it would literally stick to water itself (ok maybe not, but you get the point...the stuff sticks!). I used a foam roller brush to apply the paint.

I applied two coats of primer.

Next, I grabbed some leftover light blue paint from this project and applied two coats.

Once the paint dried, I sprayed it with a light coat of satin acrylic sealer, to ensure the paint wouldn't chip or peel. Once everyone was dry, I peeled off the plastic wrap and the tape. How cute are these jars?? You could use them nearly anywhere in your home. You could fill them with treats in the kitchen, or with q-tips and cotton balls in the bathroom. You could fill them with flowers in the family room or with votive candles in the dining room.  

Today, as the title of this post suggests, I'm planting herbs in them. :)

I put a layer of rocks in the bottom of each jar. Before I go on, let me pause for a moment to explain that I do not claim to have any sort of green thumb whatsoever. In fact, I'm pretty good at killing plants. The only things I've successfully grown are forgotten potatoes and onions, and a vengeful parsley plant that I left outside for dead two winters ago that has voraciously come back to life....and I'm pretty sure it's plotting to murder me. Anyway....chances are good you know more about plant-care than I do, so please don't assume I know what I'm talking about in the slightest.

So, yeah, I put a layer of rocks in the bottom because the Magic School Bus book series talk me as wee lass that rocks help with drainage if there are no drainage holes in your plant pot.

I poured soil on top of the rocks and then, much like getting into freshly washed jeans in the morning, I squeezed my basil plants into the jars (yeah, I didn't really plan that one through, but at the end of the day, everybody made it in the pool).

Ta da!! And now the countdown begins to see how long I can keep these bad boys alive. 


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Monday, April 23, 2012

Get Yo' Paint On: The Bow-Chica-Bow-Wow Bedroom Makeover

I'm so excited to share my master bedroom makeover project with you! Due to the amount of work involved, I'm breaking this up into several posts, so hang in there! For the sake of my sanity, we will get to the big reveal soon (because I just can't live in chaos for very long). Today, we're gettin' our paint on!....on the walls, that is.

Before we talk paint, though, allow me to fill you in on "the vision." I still remember the moment vividly when I concluded, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that our master bedroom simply NEEDED a board and batten wall treatment. It was like a broccoli-and-chocolate match made in strange dessert heaven. And I'll tell you why.....I had originally selected a dark paint color for my bedroom walls (I hadn't painted yet.....I was just dreaming of a dark and moody Christmas, if you know what I mean). In order to save the room from darkness-overload, board and batten seemed to be the obvious solution. If you're not sure what board and batten is, stick with me....I'll show you soon. Or you can Google it.

So....while I was busy getting excited about board and batten, I inadvertently forsook my original color choice. I'm not even going to show you what that color was....just pretend it was poop mixed with poop, with a side of poop. See? You don't really want to see it. It's gross. All that to say, I ended up going with a much lighter and brighter color, called......{drum roll}.....Notre Dame!!

This color sample from Valspar's virtual painter makes me chuckle just a bit....this looks NOTHING like the actual color. Notre Dame is a light, wispy grey-blue.

Here's a before shot of the master bedroom with our lovely builder-beige on the walls. 

I began my project by painting the upper half of my walls. I knew I wouldn't need a perfect line at the bottom of my blue paint, since my board and batten treatment would later cover up my sloppiness.

Here's the progress...

Whilst painting that day, I was also trading emails with the BEST moulding supply shop around, Moulding Direct. I buy all of my moulding from them. Chris from Moulding Direct helped me strategize the board and batten installation, and even hooked me up with custom batten moulding at a killer price!

Aybee was none too pleased with being kicked out of the bedroom for the day. She pouted outside the door literally the entire time I was painting.

Come on back soon to see how I faked my board and batten installation by using one of my favorite DIY elements, saving myself time, effort and money.


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Saturday, April 21, 2012

To Quote my husband...on Reaching High

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