i love to visit model homes. Near my sister in law’s house they have 7 model homes open for touring. It was a muddy, stormy Sunday afternoon so she and I headed out to walk through the homes. This builder’s homes are well built and are part of a 55+ neighborhood. Today you get to see the first two.
I have never seen this designer/ builder’s work, and I really enjoyed getting to see their ideas. They had the most creative ceilings I have ever seen. My favorite home happened to be the first home we visited.
The very first room was… Navy and coral with a rustic, modern vibe. I can honestly say it was the only room I could see myself in, but I did take away some ideas.
We didn’t plan on going so excuse the iPhone photos.
I loved this house.
The front bedroom was so cool. I really liked the china cabinet and the matching crib springs. The stripes wet navy, burlap, and a cream color. The art was stenciled canvas.
Loved the coral tailored cloth on the night stands.
Here is the rest of the house:
The master was a little too fussy for me. The side tables were way too full and the picture above the bed was too much. The mosaic tile panels are throughout all the homes.
I had to ask myself if that design in the shower would get old?
I loved the zinc topped hammerd table.
I liked the wood squares on the laundry wall.
I loved the wood flooring!
This house was totally not my style but still fun to look at and even in this house there were elements I really liked. I called this the mirror house.
Imagine dusting all those mirror frames.
A wall of mirrors in a 55+ guest bedroom?
I really liked this piece.
Loved the formal dining table.
I like the light fixture but two breakfast tables?
The backsplash was fun.
Oh my, the master was sensory overload. Tile and beam ceiling, tile insets on the wall, mirror edged headboard…
Recently one of my favorite stores to walk through, Harbor Freight, had cloth drop cloths on sale with a coupon for $2.99 each. (Right now they are on sale for $6.99 which is still a deal.) If you don’t have a Harbor Freight near you, I am sorry. Just kidding. They have a great online store and any order is $6.99 to ship.
Hubby picked up two for me when he was out and silly me, I planned on using them for drop cloths. When I looked at them, I knew that I would be using them for tons of stuff. The drop cloths are 4 foot wide by 12 foot long and the fabric is heavy weight, hemmed, unbleached cotton. I now have 5 of them stacked up and ready for use. I am seriously thinking they are going to be curtain panels in our new home.
My very first project with my drop cloth fabric was to recover the bench at the foot of the bed.
We made this bench from four table legs I grabbed (with permission) out of the trash at a garage sale. It has been in the room since we moved in.
I got out the drop cloth, the ironing board, and removed the bench top from the bench.
I set up the ironing board and ironed the drop cloth. What does it say about me that I know where the saw horses are, but had to search for the ironing board?
Here is a hint. Get a spray bottle out and Damien the fabric along with the steam feature on the iron. Set the iron on high and put on some tunes. It will take a while.
Once the fabric was ready I set up the saw horses, cut the fabric to fit, got out my staple gun and covered the bench top.
Tah Dah. I could have stopped there but I wanted to tie in the coral color I am adding to the navy bedroom. I wanted the look to sort of mimic a feed sack look so I taped off three stripes.
Here are the stripes finished. My Hubby, Mr. Math wasn’t home so he didn’t cringe when I just “eyeballed” the stripes. I wanted them to look rustic.
Please note the shoes under the bench. Don’t judge me. I live in this house with a very patient husband who really only resufuses to do two things; put shoes in the closet and clean toilets. I choose my battles. The best solution we have agreed on is that they have to go under the bench.
I did get the shoes out so you could see the bench but it totally confused another member of our family.
She was determined to see what was under the bench.
I walked through the house this past weekend with a camera and also got a floor plan of the house we are buying. It helps to have pictures to refer to now so I can come up with a plan for the house.
The house is a traditional ranch. That is pretty fitting when it is on 15 acres and this is th view over our fence.
Friends, I swore, promised, pledged…you name it, that I would not have another galley kitchen. I hate that cut off feeling. This one is particularly odd in that it is right off the front door of the home. Well, if the front door weren’t walled up it would be where the front door is. The wall is going to have to move. I plan on having an L shaped kitchen that opens to the dining space rather than the front entry with an island.
See the right side of the china cabinet? That is roughly where the front door is, except it is walled off. The kitchen is to the right.
The guest rooms are nice sized, and have a decent, but not awesome closets. I like that they have 36 inch doors. The folks who built this home planned on aging in the home which is good for us. We will be turning one room into my office so it will have a Murphy bed. The other will be a traditional guest room.
The master is too small and has a dinky closet. It will be added on to before we move there permanently.
See those brown bifold doors? That is the whole master closet.
The Bathrooms are fine for now, except he master doesn’t have a door. I already have a barn door going in there.
No door on the master bathroom. Ick.
Wallpaper border, carpet and frilly curtains will go. The counters, cabinets and tile are okay.
The Outdoor Kitchen is high on the list. We will have to have a functioning outdoor kitchen before starting on the indoor kitchen. It is going to be a rustic corrugated tin and cedar space with a stainless sink, a gas grill, a stainless island, and a free wall shelf. Edison lights, our deck furniture, a misting system and a big fan will make this space a destination on the property. Hubby has been given a huge smoker that will be near the decking.
See that deck at the back of the workshop above? I can’t wait to show you my workspace, but tonight it is about the house. That covered deck is a short walk across our back yard. It will make the perfect outdoor kitchen. There is water near that will be easy to set up in the sink and we will be having propane run to the area, too, for the grill.
Powerwashing, paint and installing the counters will make this space great for cooking.
The first thing we have to do is work on the foundation of the house. Another thing I said I would never do again. We are moving where the dirt is clay based and it just moves. It is not major, but needs to be addressed before we work on the floors. The carpet in the kitchen, bathroom, den, dining room must go. Immediately.
It looks like we will moving into what I believe will be our home we will happily (weekend for now) house, so I am making my list of must do or must find items. Feel free to join in if you have suggestions.
We aren’t even going to start on the outside this summer. It has to work inside first.
I don’t have any interior photos of our soon to be home yet. I am going to get some soon. The house is a traditional ranch home built in the 1980’s. The two car garage at the end of the house has been taken in and makes for a long continuous room. The fireplace is on a side wall in what would have been the middle of the original family room space.
We included a lot of our lake house furniture in the sale of the house so I have some work to do.
Master Bedroom: We have the essentials. We have a bed, night stands, dresser and chest. We need a headboard and I wouldn’t cry if I got the dresser and chest refinished before moving in. I plan on staining the tops and drawer fronts darker and paint the body of the pieces creamy white with glaze. We have our sewing machine base side tables but my sweet door headboard is not coming with us. I am not going to make major changes to the master because an addition to the master is on our short list, but it is not an immediate project . Any ideas for the headboard?
Family Room: We have a couch, two recliners (don’t judge me, I have to make the husband happy and a recliner is high on the list along with a ceiling fan), the funky dresser that is going to serve as our media center and a television. That is all we have, really. We need everything else. No tables, no shelving, I am not even sure what we need in this space. We will be re configuring the galley kitchen that runs parallel to the family room as one of our first projects so right now it is hard for me to even imagine what the space is going to look like. We are just going to have to see what we can find or build to make this room comfortable until we get the remodel done.
Dining Space: We sold everything in our current dining room. Hutch and buffet, chairs, table are all gone. I have a table hanging out in the Garagemahal that has these super chunky legs. I was given these amazing chairs and have the parts for a bench so that part is done. I need to figure out a rustic “China” cabinet. Do you have any suggestions? Please send photos!
We have two bedrooms that have absolutely nothing to go in them. I am thinking seriously about a Murphy type bed for one room and turning that room into an office/ study/ reading space. I want a set of French doors in that room for light. We will be taking out a window and adding the doors as we can afford it. If we are going to live there in the winter months I will need a well lit room to escape to. A bed that only comes out for company will be perfect. I have no idea about the third bedroom.
I like the one above minus the bench that seems very complicated. Relax Shack
This one seems easy and there is even a video.
The master, den, and dining will be about all we get done because there is one project I did not mention is that every, and I do mean every single room has cream colored carpet. Bathrooms, kitchen, family room carpet must go even if we move in with concrete floors it will be better than dealing with carpet. We hope to get tile down in the bathrooms before we move in.
Guess who will be busy for the foreseeable future? Feel free to help out on our upcoming projects. We welcome free labor.😄
Thank you for taking the time to read the blog and connecting with me.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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?)
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.
Once it was cut out, I sanded the boards again then painted on three coats of poly.
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.
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?
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.
Here are some updated photos with the fixed sides and the coral added.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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:
The wall was about three inches longer than two sections. We used our air nailer to put the wood up
We cut the first section of each row into random lengths and started each row at opposite ends of the room.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Well, I had time on my hands in my day this week while out on school visits. Not enough time to go back to the office but too much time to be idle.
Two thoughts kept running through my brain.
1. I want to change the look of our master bedroom.
2. If we get the land we are looking at buying, the exterior of the house must change.
If you follow me on Pinterest (kasmithson) then you can probably see what I am thinking about working on because I start pinning like crazy when I am collecting ideas. This week I started a new board for the master bedroom and one for the front of the plain Jane ranch house with an undersized front porch that we are hoping to buy. (Crazy, I know but we love the land, the location, and the outbuildings. The house will be a project for years to come.)
Since we don’t have our lake house sold or the other place purchased yet, I decided to focus on the master bedroom at our Burb house.
I am totally blaming this upcoming redo on Joanna Gaines and HGTV. I love the look the homes she decorates. The rooms are restful, stylish, and have a sense of history. Our home is a newish, tract home that is long on space but short on character.
Here are a few shots of our master bedroom today.
It isn’t awful, but we really need to have a king sized bed, and the room is lacking in character. When our son and daughter in law come back from overseas and collect their furniture, the master bedroom furniture will move into our guest room.
Here is my wish list for our bedroom update:
A “Shiplap” wall.
( I did not know I loved this so much until HGTV’s Fixer Upper)
The House of Smith has a great tutorial for getting it up here.Planked Wall
I like something like this for This Old House only I want the window seats under our two windows and drawers instead of cabinet doors in the center section.
I want a tripod lamp.
I already have the parts for one like this: Dwelling Cents Tripod Lamp
The triple mirror and the crystal lamps will be a part of the design. The lamps will be going on the side tables and the triple mirror on the side wall.
The coolest chair ever. It was rescued by my mom and dad. When it was delivered to me it was in pieces. I love this 1940’s low-slung chair . It is so comfortable.
The side tables. They are a pair that I made over a while back. They used to be part of an entertainment center.
The bench. It will get recovered.
The curtains, although they will need to be raised to the ceiling so that they are raised enough that they fit with the benches that will go under each window. I really like those lined burlap curtains.
That means the headboard- which I love- goes, and the oak furniture will head to storage until the kids come home to get their furniture then move to the guest room.
The biggest project will be figuring out the built in wall unit. I want it to look like a built in wall unit but really be a piece that will come apart and move with us. It will need to go from one side of the room to the other with a drawers, closed storage and drawers. I am looking at ReStores and at Hotel furniture sellers for base cabinets.
I have a feeling we will get on this as soon as the lake house is on the market.
Thanks for reading my blog. I love hearing from all of you.
Rain, rain, more rain, and cold meant no outside work, no Garagemahal furniture work during our week at Star Hill. Being stuck inside our 950 square foot house with husband, bored dog, and a restless wife meant something had to be done. That something was updating our bedroom. For less than $50.00 got the room freshened up. We painted the walls Behr Subtle Touch, I made Roman shades, and put in a reclaimed wood hat rack.
Every room at Star Hill has some variation of red, white and blue. Anything that goes into the house has to be tough and washable. We play hard at the lake. Last summer I found a blue striped Ralph Lauren quilt for $20.00 on clearance at Marshall’s and I knew it would be staying in the room. We purchased one gallon of Behr Subtle Touch zero VOC for $27.00 and $17.00 worth of fabric for the mini makeover.
Here are the best pictures of the color before we painted. I snapped these after we already got started moving stuff.
I have to give props to my husband. When it comes to painting, he is the best at cut in work. He can paint right up next to the ceiling or in this case, the reclaimed wood without taping off anything. It is a gift I don’t possess. I did the rolling and we were done in two hours. The fleshy tan color i never cared for is gone and a soft gray is now in the room. We have also had a standing hat rack in the room, taking up a square foot of space in our tiny room. We need something to hang summer boat hats, spring rain gear, and wet winter hats, gloves, and scarves.
My dad gave me three vintage coat hooks he took from a house being torn down. I loved the patina on them. They are perfect for a room with an old door headboard, a reclaimed wood wall, and sewing machine base side tables.
The most stressful project was sewing Roman shades for the windows. I am a terrible seamstress. I try, but it always seems to go wrong. This time it all worked out like I wanted. I used red and blue fabrics that coordinated with the bedding to make them and denim ribbon I had in the closet.
I love this vinyl cling on an old window. It is the perfect art for our room and reminds Hubby to give me a good night kiss!
This oak chair was two dollars as is at a resale shop. I am crazy about the chippy blue paint.
All put together, the room looks cleaner and more finished.
Another room ready for us to put the house on the market.
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We got a good start on the want to finish projects before putting our beloved Star Hill on the market over the holiday break.
This is what the wall in our main room has looked like since we moved in.
We recently got a new-ish wood burning stove off Craig’s List for our near the lake house, Star Hill. ($200 for a stove used one season. It is still for sale at Tractor Supply for over $600. That was a score.) It has a glass door and an electric blower, the two things that the old stove in the house did not have. We can now heat the whole house with it when we want and get to see the flames. We are already enjoying it. We knew that we would want a metal wall behind the stove and had planned for it to be put in for the seven years we have owned the place. Stuff always gets in the way of projects. Stuff like rescuing roadside furniture.
A cold, wet, weekend after Christmas was the perfect time to knock this particular project out. Hubby figured out how much tin to buy. It comes to about fifty cents a square foot. You can buy it in up to 12 foot lengths.
How nice of Home Depot to provide gloves.
First we cleared the wall and found the studs. I love projects where we will cover the wall because we get to write directly on the wall.
Next, attach this wooden support stuff to the studs.
The tricky part here was making sure curves lined up vertically. Hubby chopped off the ends to make sure they all started out the same way then made sure they lined up with each other at the start of the wall. Our roofing nailer attached the wood to the wall.
Our wall slopes up so that adds a level of difficulty to the project that we wouldn’t have had to deal with on a plain flat ceiling.
Using the very scary grinder, Hubby (AKA Mr. Math) cut the angles on the tin along with the vent cover and electrical outlet using rise over run math.
If you plan on doing this project you will need these special screws, gloves (or a box of Band Aids- that tin is sharp), something to cut the tin (if a grinder is too scary for you too, they make a metal cutting blade for a jigsaw) a level, a stud finder, tin, and wooden corrugated strips.
Plan on this project taking a whole day. Cutting around vents and outlets slows the process. Full disclosure here; it took us two days and a trip to three hardware stores. If we planned better and didn’t have to drive all over creation looking for supplies we forgot to bring, we could have finished in one day.
We decided to use some of our natural edge cedar for a shelf on the wall. The brackets were garage sale finds that we used for years with a funky swirl on the bottom. The grinder took care of the swirl. I love the industrial, rustic feel that the wall gives the cabin.
The wall looks great. It is exactly what I hoped. We have it set up with our free or almost free furniture, but I also wanted you to see it with more modern furniture and fabric. It would be a great wall for a modern wall. I really like the look.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope it inspires you to tackle your own projects.