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Updating a Tired Porch

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Our wrap- around porch was looking tired.  There was peeling paint, fine cracks, stains and unpainted porch rails. 

Our wooden deck was weathered, and there were cracks in some boards and slivers were all over the place.

What a difference resurfacing the concrete with Quickcrete Resurfacing concrete and using Olympic Rescue It made on both the deck and the porch.

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Indigo Blues My Bedroom Color Dilemma

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Hello friends.  I am so happy with our new bedroom.  I love the wall we did and am thrilled with the bed.  I also am crazy about the beautiful navy blue quilt set I bought for $56.00 on sale at Tuesday morning it is cotton so it washes well, and it is light weight enough to be used in the Texas summer.

  

I knew immediately when I saw the navy that it would  be perfect for our bedroom. The shiny satin turquoise pillows are just in the photo to add a little contrast, I promise.  They are all wrong for the room and I know that.

I must admit I was a little shocked when I showed the quilt set to Mr. Math that he hated it.  I mean the turn-up-your-nose, that-looks-like-liver-smells kind of look. After telling him why I chose navy ( indigo is the name but it looks darker than indigo to me) and about the cool map I plan on adding to the room of the county where we plan on retiring, he was a little better.  By the way, if you love historic Texas maps, this is the place to shop for them inexpensively.  ( Texas General Land Office)  This giant $20.00 1889 reproduction is the beauty that will go on the wall beside the bed once it arrives and we build a frame for it. This map is over 36 inches wide and 42 inches tall.

I won him over with the navy, I think when I reminded him that a Windberg print he bought for his mom was the inspiration for the blue.   It hangs on our wall as a reminder of her.

It was the sentimental touch that won him over or he may have just given in.  

  

What we just cant seem to agree on is an accent color to go with the indigo/navy.  It may end up just blues and burlap.  I do know that I do not want red.  We have that in our lake house and I love it but I want this house to have a more unique color choice.

I want something a little more fresh and offbeat in the room.  Remember people, it is only color.  I am not moving walls or taking out windows.  Color is easy to change.  I do it all the time.  (Insert I am glad I am not married to her right here.)

Here are three options I am thinking about:

Navy and Green

By green, I mean a bright kiwi green color.
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Navy and Coral

I really like this one.  I like it so much that I bought fabric already.  I just am afraid Mr. Math will not be crazy about it.

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Navy and Teal

I love teal and mixing it with the blue would be great…I think.  I mean the Caribbean water is navy and teal.

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Navy and Gray

I really like this room.  A friend, who by the way has amazing decorating sense, suggested navy and gray.  The problem is that all of the grown up rooms I saw were dark and moody.  I need light.  I crave light.  Dark walls just don’t work for this girl.  If I had windows twice the size I do now I would consider painting the walls gray.

gray + navy bedroom. Just too keep a vision of the "feel" of navy and gray together, especially with a more neutral wall like the gray in your room.  (Love these navy hanging end-table lights!!!!)

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Navy and Burlap

This really may be it, folks.  I think it is funny that the rooms that appeal to me most are the children’s rooms.  I guess that says something about my emotional maturity.  If this is my choice there will be different patterns in navy and colors of burlap.

Suitcases as nightstands add an element of adventure to this boys' room! And the burlap pillows are to-die-for.

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What are your thoughts on the colors?

Any suggestions for other “navy plus” color schemes?

I am open to suggestion folks and even if he doesn’t admit it, Mr. Math reads the blog, too so he can see how you all weigh in.

I love being able to share with you and I am thankful you take the time to read what I write.

Reclaimed Wood Headboard

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I have wanted a similar headboard to this one for a while.  The only thing standing in my way was the $2400 it would cost to buy and have delivered.  The bed is by Viva Terra and it is stunning.

Recently my friend Cheryl offered me some reclaimed cedar that came off her lake house during a renovation. If you grew up going to Texas lake houses built in the 70’s then you probably saw some of this one foot wide cedar hung vertically.  A lot of those homes are still covered in the cedar but most of them are now painted, not stained like they were originally, which by the way causes cedar to rot over time.   A new king sized bed along with the gift of the wood meant it was time to get my headboard built.  If you read the post yesterday you know we also added a ship lap wall to the bedroom.

Remodelaholic had a great tutorial to make the bed here.

The headboard was easy to build especially since we opted not to make the bed frame.  This girl needs storage under her bed for art that changes seasonally ( a bed skirt is a must to hide my stuff) and I love having a bench at the end of the bed to put on shoes. ( My bench needs to be recovered but we are still negotiating the bedroom color scheme.) 

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I drew off a template on roll paper folded in half.  It isn’t exactly like the picture above, but it works for me.  We taped the template up on the wall to make sure I liked the height once the wall was completed and the new bed was assembled to make sure I liked the height. I even added the big square pillows to make sure I liked it.

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The nice folks at Viva Terra even provide their bed dimensions on the website. Because we went with a traditional frame and box spring our mattress is higher than the one pictured above. We had to make our headboard 70 inches high vs. the 65 inches on their diagram.

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Hubby built a frame from 2 X 4’s to support the wood.  He doubled the 2 X 4’s on the vertical portions.  ( Do you see his drawing?  Wonder why I call him Mr. Math?)

  

 

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I sanded down one side of the cedar with my sander until it was smooth then we cut it to length based on the template then we nailed the boards to the frame.  I drew the template onto the wood with chalk then Hubby cut it out with a skill saw.  I can use a skill saw but by this point the whitewashing and sanding had taken a toll on my arm.

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Once it was cut out, I sanded the boards again then painted on three coats of poly.

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My one small, and I am not sure if it is a regret yet,  is that I sort of wish I had stained it a little darker.  The cedar ended up a little lighter than I wished but all in all I really like the look.  The cedar from our lake house was darker once it was polyurethaned as you can see in our table top.

Making a Farmhouse Table on the Cheap

It took three coats of poly to even tell I had any on the bed and there is no way I would sand it back down, but eventually, if it bugs me, I may add tinted poly to the bed.  Right now I am oh so very pleased with the results of our weekend’s work.  It took three 2 X 4’s , a package of 60 grit sandpaper and left over polyurethane to complete this project.  We have $15.00 in this beauty if you can believe it.  The end tables and lamps are thrift store pieces that I worked on two years ago.  I love them still and I am very happy about how they look with the new wall.

I am really proud of our effort on this space.

Doesn’t the bedroom look beautiful?

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Full disclosure here.  I took this photo this morning and don’t like that I can see the 2X4 frame.  You can only see it from this angle but it will bug me. We have plenty of wood to clad the legs so that is on the agenda tonight.  We thought the legs would be totally behind the bed.  That will be an after work project this week. You often don’t see the errors until you take a photo.  

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Thanks for taking the time to look at our work.  This week I am going to have you help me with he color scheme in the bedroom because we are stuck.  I used teal accents because my inspiration photo showed it with those two colors but Hubby is not a fan.  He is also not a fan of navy and coral.  hmmm.

I hope you have a wonderful day,

Blessings,

Karen

Whitewashed Wood Faux Ship Lap Wall

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This past weekend we started out with a plan to put in a faux ship lap wall and make a headboard from reclaimed wood for our bedroom.

We live in a really nice five year old home in a master planned community.  Our home is one of the models sold and has a great layout.  What the home does not have is character.  Last summer we started adding in a little character to the house by updating our bathroom.  Bathroom makeover

bathroom vanity using restoration hardware finish

I love the look of our bathroom now.  It feels like it has been around a while and has a story to tell.

Our master bedroom got mini makeover this past weekend.  One of the things that I wanted to do was add some texture to the walls.  I am a Fixer Upper fan, especially the white ship lap walls.  I love the look that the slightly irregular horizontal wood adds to a house.

A quick search online led me to several sights that looked easy enough and not super expensive.

Sawdust 2 Stitches

Faux Ship Lap sawdust2stitches planks

The House of Smiths

Sweet Pickens

Armed with the information from the sights we started planning the wall.  First we measured the wall and got the square footage ( see that math stuff does pay off).  Hubby headed off to Lowe’s after work to get the utility plywood mentioned where he found out that they don’t carry that any longer but they have something similar.  He asked for the wood to be cut in 6″ sections and told them he would pick it up the next day.  Long story short after two more trips to Lowe’s with no wood cut he headed to our Home Depot where he found this product: Underlayment

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Just like the stuff from Lowe’s, it also comes in four foot by eight foot sheets.  We had them cut the sheets into 5 7/8 inch strips.  FYI- Mr. Math is the one who figured out to do 5 7/8″ to take into account the saw blade width.  If you ask for them to be cut in 6 inch sections you will come out with one that is way thinner than the others.  This stuff is just over a quarter centimeter thick so it is super thin and flexible.  The wood at Lowe’s is a half centimeter thick which would make the gaps more noticeable and would be less flexible.

Here is what six sheets cut into strips looks like.

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We started at the top of the wall and worked our way down so that any trimming would be done at the baseboard, not at the top of the ceiling.  Here is our room before we got started:

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The wall was about three inches longer than two sections.  We used our air nailer to put the wood up

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We cut the first section of each row into random lengths and started each row at opposite ends of the room.

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The effect was a staggered wood look.  If a piece had a sticker on the front, we used the back side. (We tried getting one sticker off and it was clear that it would be a pain in the neck to get them off.) The darker sections were the back sides of some boards.  I used wood filler in the nail holes and Hubby sanded over the wood filler to get a smooth surface.  At this point is was my intention to get busy painting the wall white but Mr. Math, my long-suffering husband, loves wood and really liked the look.  He rarely asks me to do something specifically for him but this time he did ask if there was any way that the wood grain could show through.  I remembered on that on the Remodelaholic blog a while back they had a color washing technique.  

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I decided to give it a try.  I got busy with watered down white paint, a brush and rags, lots of rags.  I could only work in about 18 inch square sections at a time so I had to work fast to eliminate dry lines.  It was a workout my friends! like an Advil and Epsom salt kind of workout.  The room has 10 foot ceilings and my fear of height did not help the process.  I think I got better as I went along but I really do like the look of the wall.  I used a brush to paint on the watered down paint then a rag to rub it in and take off the excess.  I sort of felt like the Karate Kid (paint on, wipe off, repeat).

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Against the dark wall it looked terrible and I started to panic a little but as I moved on it really started to look the way I hoped.

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The two pictures above really don’t reflect the color that it turned out but you can see that there are not any major overlap marks and that it is consistent.

The photo below shows the color as it actually looks but I could only get this one small picture to give you the real look.

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Here is the finished wall.  I love the effect even if this is not what I started out to do.  Those happy accidents are always the best.

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The plywood was $12.97 per sheet and it took 6 sheets for this big wall.  The white wash used 2 cups  of cheap flat white paint.  (I know what you are thinking but it really did only take two cups of paint.)  The nice folks at Home Depot waived the 25 cent per cut fee because they were backed up and we were willing to come back to pick it up.  All in the wall took about $80.00 to complete.

This was a project that provided you have access to an air compressor and nail gun, anyone could do.

It was nice to get something accomplished this weekend.

I would love to hear from you.

Blessings,

Karen

200 Dollar Bedroom Makeover 

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Have you ever read the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff?  I was an elementary teacher a long time so I relate to a lot of children’s books.  In this particular book we learn that if you give a mouse a cookie, he is going to ask for a glass of milk which leads to a straw, then a napkin… the list grows.  

My master bedroom is a lot like that book.  Mr. Math finally convinced me to get a king sized bed.  Since we were already switching from a queen sized bed to a king I thought that it was the perfect time to do a mini makeover for the bedroom.  The change in bed size meant that we needed a new headboard, bedding, pillows, etc.  Add to the new bed that a friend just gave me a load of 12 inch wide reclaimed cedar and a plan started to form.

I have had this particular picture Pinned for a long time. Viva Terra

 

I love the rustic bed, the blue bedding, and the ship lap wall behind the bed.  Viva Terra calls this particular bed Gustavian and a king bed is $2195  with a $200 delivery fee.  It is a stunning bed but the chances of me paying that much for a headboard and footboard are almost nil.  I also love my bench at the foot of the bed to put on shoes so no footboard. 

I remembered that I had see this tutorial on Remodelaholic.  Curvy Reclaimed Wood Headboard Tutorial

 

I had also seen  this tutorial on how to make a faux shiplap wall using this plywood.  Sweet Pickins and knew it would be the perfect backdrop for the bed.

 

Well, this very rainy weekend we got the room done. The bed got delivered Monday but has been hanging out in our hallway until we could get the room makeover completed.  We did it and all in, the makeover- less the cost of the new bed, pillows, mattress pad and sheets, was  under $200.00.  As usual it didn’t go as planned, but I like the happy accidents.  I will have pictures and instructions this week. 

I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Blessings,

Karen

See my shelf on Remodelaholic 

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Hello friends.  My bathroom shelf is being featured on Remodelaholic.  Please go to their site and show me some love.

My Plans for the Guest Shed

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I am HATING and I do mean HATING having the Garagemahal shut down while the near the lake house is on the market.  It has been an unusually cold, wet winter in southeast Texas and I have been at loose ends.  It is too cold and or dark in the evenings when I come in to work on projects at home during the week and it is all about decluttering, cleaning, and moving stuff to storage on the weekends.  Oh how I hope this is all over soon.

One of the things that I can do right now is plan and dream.  After my big winfall at the clean out the barn sale, I am really thinking about the Guest Shed.  According to the tax rolls it is a little over 400 square feet.

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I know you are probably not impressed with it, but it is cool. It has a wood burning stove, hardwood floors reclaimed from a high school gym and already has plumbing. Currently it is a wood shop but it wouldn’t work for me. The enclosed space wouldn’t accommodate moving furniture in and out. There is a better space on the property already.

 Have you ever tried Olioboard?  It is fun to use.

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If you have a room you are thinking about redoing it is a great way to envision the space. I have super cool mid century chairs instead of the ones pictured, we will be building a Murphy bed that will look like a cabinet. The space will have a bathroom with a shower, a kitchenette with my farmhouse sink find in it a and cabinets already in the space.

The one room guest house is going to have bright white walls, a whitewashed turquoise wall, bright curtains. (I am thinking orange print for the curtains.) I love the site Spoonflower for fabrics. Right now these are my favorites:

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I am leaning toward the wood grain as a nod to the woods surrounding the shed.

I plan on getting a modern vinyl fouton that can double as an added bed. I think the artwork is going to be mid century-ish fish as another reminder of the lake nearby. ( I also think they are really cool.)

I found these cool images on Etsy.







 This Good Housekeeping 1959 photo is my inspiration with a more modern twist.

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I collected some colors while out yesterday and I found the cushions for the lounge chair at Lowes. They are a green print.



Now if only our lake house would sell quickly.  Fingers crossed.

I hope you all have a dry, warm, productive day.

Blessings,

Karen

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