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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wallpaper and Doors!

Back to the Basement today!!
I am excited to show how I added interest by painting all the doors in the basement,  8 doors, and added some wallpaper!
Just two little projects that made a big impact.
This video shows it best!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

How to use Greenery in your Decorating

This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

I love using greenery to add a punch of nature to my decorating.
 Unfortunately  I do not have a very green thumb.
 I do like silk plants and foliage because there is no upkeep other than dusting, but you have to dust real plants too!!
So I was thrilled to do a product review for Commercial Silk.
They offer such a variety of silk plants and flowers it was hard to choose what I wanted to order.
But in the end I ordered a box of  green boxwood orbs.
I was so excited when they arrived and opened the box and saw these lovely orbs!!

This is a review, so let me tell you what I think.
They are a brilliant color and well made. Very thick and full. I have hauled them all over the house and none of the leaves have fallen off. But what I really like is there are so many ways to use them!!
I used one in this amazing wooden pedestal bowl I picked up at a second hand store!!
(Stay tune to see this in the basement reveal!)

Just setting them on a shelf with other decorative items is an easy way to add warmth to a space.

I started to look around my house at where else I could use them and it seemed unending. 
I grabbed this thrifted wooden box and filled it will orbs, instant center piece. 

Here is another wooden box, this time I mixed them with some white garland.
Easy peasy!!

You can literally use them almost anywhere, like a  kitchen or bathroom shelf, on a coffee table or on an end table.  I could go on and on but you get the idea. 

The only down side was they were a little on the pricey side for me,
 but because they are silk they can last forever. 

I have to say these are one of my new decorating faves.
They have lots of plants including succulents, blossoms, and containers.
 Go check them out for your self at Commercial Silk.

And as always, thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Easy Ship lap or Planked Wall - Basement Project

I know ship lap is everywhere!! 
Before Joanna Gaines, it was often called a planked wall. 
Whatever you call it I love the texture it gives. 
You can make your planks any size you want from large to small. I noticed Joanna has started using smaller planks, but any size you preferred can create a great look to your wall.
I had a long wall  in the craft area that stretched all the way down the hall and I wanted to add some texture without making things too busy. 
If you remember my shiplaped wall upstairs by the laundry room, I loved it, and decided to repeat this look down stairs.

I used the same MDF boards I bought on clearance, so my wall cost less than $10.
Boo Yeah!!!
We used glue and pin nails to attach the boards and nickles as spacers in between just like I did on the laundry wall. 

The ceiling down the hall way is actually a soffit for the air vents and it runs at a slight angle. This posed a problem for the lines created between the boards. If I made the boards level it would look like our boards were running slanted, so we actually had to mount them  so they were not level!! It was hard to start putting up boards that weren't level, but in the end you can see they look level.
Because of the wonky ceiling I purposely did not start the first board directly at the ceiling.  I scribed the board to the ceiling and caulked. That way I could fool your eye into seeing a straight line not the curvy ceiling line. 
Next I primed the whole wall and then a quick sanding. Sanding MDF after priming is important for a great finished product!!

Two coats of paint and it is finished and BEAUTIFUL!!!
I used white semi-gloss. Make sure you keep a small screw driver in your hand to wipe any paint that tries to span the gap between the boards. It is easy to just wipe a small flat screw driver between boards while the paint is wet. 

What do you think?
Here is a video for even more about our ship lap wall!!

Thanks for stopping by!!