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“Shiplap” in the Powder Room

It seems that the hit show fixer-upper on HGTV is all the rage. I absolutely love Joanna Gaines’s style. It’s casual and comfortable but also very put together. I love how she repurposes things and breathes life into spaces with use of old funky things. When we built our house last summer I really wanted to do something kind of funky and interesting in this small powder room that runs off of the back hallway. The flooring is the same throughout which is the wide random plank Hickory floor that is stained the Jacobean color.  My thought was that even though this is a very small space it could pack a big design punch.

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I went searching for table to place a pedestal sink. The sink in this room basically dictated exactly what I ended up doing. I found this beautiful pottery vessel on eBay.

 

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It was made in Mexico and it was a steal at nearly $100. It was the exact blue and white color scheme that I wanted.

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The plumber loved me when I told him that I also found a table at home goods that I needed him to mount the sink on:)DIY shiplap @cleverlyinspired (4)

I found the faucet for the vessel sink on build.com…When I saw the sink in person it really made me think of Mexico and I wanted this space to really highlight the beauty of the sink. To do that I thought I could do white pine boards (shiplap;) behind the sink to give another texture. We ended up using 6 inch pine just nailed to the drywall and painted white. The gaps give it a rustic feel….no need to be perfect. The boards look great vertical or horizontal…and they are cheap! Just cut it to size…trim out on the floor with 1/4 round.

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The boards were capped off at the top with a wide molding…perfect for a few picture frames.

 

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The color on the walls is navel by Sherman Williams. It is a true Navy and goes beautifully with the color of the sink. The mirror also lends itself to kind of a Mexican vibe…. I found it at home goods and scooped it up and have not seen another one since. I still need to do a few other things on the walls but this room with the pine walls has so much character already. And I love now that I can call it shiplap and pretend that I am Joanna gains in some form or another.

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Have you thought of using pine boards in your home at all? We used them in a few other spaces…I will show you soon:)

 

Here are a few other post about this space…

Also….some fun news!! I will be co-hosting the Handmade Hangout each and every Thursday with these lovely ladies….Every week bloggers can link up their most amazing current projects…and every week I will be picking a few to feature. It is a great way to find new inspiration…and if you a new blogger it is a great way to get yourself out there and be seen!! Link up every Thursday evening at 6:00pm EST. Check out my fellow co-host below….they are all seasoned bloggers who share awesomeness daily:)

 

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

DIY Concrete Tray Planter (video tutorial)

Hey all!! Hope you had a restful Easter break. We are recharged after a week at the beach. It is always hard to get back in the groove…but only 24 days of school (then exams…) and onto summer! The weather has finally turned nice…and it is a perfect time to dive into this months True Value Blog Squad post Itis easy and a great beginner concrete project:)

My daughter wanted to fish and I bought her a cactus instead…it just seemed a lot easier to me:) I really just didn’t want to deal with the fish smell and the fish food in the fish cleaning and yada yada yada even though she said she would take care of all that. I talked her into a cactus and she was really happy. I got to looking at the other succulents in the cactus aisle and thought these “hens and chicks” would look so pretty on a tray on porch for spring time. And then I got to thinking why don’t I make a tray out of something that would be kind of different… kind of cool could…and be used really for any season.

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For this really cool and chic concrete tray you will just need a few items from your local True Value Hardware store. You may even have some of these items laying around your house just waiting to be repurposed. For the size of tray that I used here is the list of items that you will need.

 

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True value has many quick drying concrete to choose from so I would encourage you to ask your local True Value professional about any questions you might have on the concrete. It really is easy to work with you just have to make sure you have protected your surfaces and that you have all of your other items available and ready to go. Once you work with this fast drying concrete your imagination will open up to lots of other things to make for your outdoor spaces. These little planters would also make great mothers day gifts, Fathers Day gifts and house warming gifts. If you don’t want to worry about plantings you could use this for some outdoor candles as well. What I love about using concrete as you don’t have to worry about it blowing away and it is good to go for any season.

 

 

The short YouTube video will explain step by step how to create your unique one of a kind concrete planter. If you have any questions please be sure to email me or find me on your social media channels and I would be happy to help!

Side note, I did not provide a drainage hole in my planter. If you wanted to place a drainage hole in yours you could buy a half inch piece of PVC pipe and while the concrete is setting up place the pipe into the center. Obviously cut it the same depth as your tray. I planted succulents in mine and they are still thriving.

 

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Go and make yourself your own concrete tray planter! Share it with me if you do:)

 

This has been a sponsored post by True Value. I have been compensated for my time however all thoughts, ideas, photos and errors are all mine:)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Using giftwrap to dress open shelves

We have lived in our new home for about 6 months now. I would say that 90 percent of our decisions with the design of this house have worked out perfectly for our family. As always, there are few things that you might like to change and if I had to do over again I probably would tweak a few things. I’m going to be sharing with you a few of those things in the next couple of weeks….

 

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The kitchen is rather large and a great space to cook…it is our dream kitchen.  One awkward area was the microwave. On paper, we never realized how much it would protrude past the other wall cabinets. It got to be fairly annoying and the countertop was almost not usable underneath.  20141220_115855

 

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I really wasn’t thinking when the design was on paper how much the microwave cabinet itself would stick out past the other cabinets. It is literally right in your face. This happens to be the area where we make a cocktail at night since it is right next to the refrigerator. So we decided to remove this microwave wall cabinet, place the microwave in the pantry and replace the wall cabinet with open shelving. The open shelf wall cabinet was made by the cabinet company. Open shelves that are the same depth as the other cabinetry is a nice break to having just wall cabinets.

 

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Obviously since the shelves are open….it is a great spot to display some pretties:) I decided to line the back of the cabinet with this fabulous gift wrap that I found on spoonflower. What I love about using giftwrap is I can swap it in and out as my mood/season changes…for not much cost. If you aren’t familiar with spoonflower…it is an online shop that allows anyone to create fabric, wallpaper, giftwrap…etc…and then others can purchase it too. I bought 2 rolls of this golden anchor wrap at just $15 a pop! I used double sided tape to secure it to the back of the shelves. A ruler and a razor blade make straight cuts. Easy!!

 

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It makes my Louisville Stoneware collection pop! I am not the first person to use giftwrap on open shelves….I am sure of that…but I do love it….

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Maybe you have some shelves in your home that could use a little rework…and a little splash of something. I can promise you that you will find something that will work on spoonflower….that site is a time sucker for sure!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Easy beginner woodworking: True Value Blog Squad

Well if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook…you heard that the Food Network did not select our kitchen to film the series “Southern at Heart.” Boo hoo! No big deal….maybe next time around:) A few were curious about how it all works…and I really don’t know anymore than I did the other day. What I do know is the LA producers for the show came in town and scouted 7 kitchens that would fit the criteria for the show. They needed 10 foot of space in front of a gas cooktop island…they needed a space to set up a prep kitchen…and they film 3 weeks (on for 6 days and off for one day…for a 18 days shoot.) And yall were most curious about $$…yes…they do pay to use the space. $1500 a day:) I know right…like I said….maybe we will be scouted out in the future…yall will be the first to know mkay:) Seriously thanks for all the sweet emails…texts and calls….made my day:)

I wanted to pop in and share some of my recent projects that I have been sharing on the true value blog squad website. It has been so fun for me to work with true value this past year. It has opened so many doors for me and really has put my talents to good use. A few of the more popular post would be great beginner woodworking projects.

 

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We love this fire log holder!! I wanted something that was simple and a little bit modern but also kind of classic. I love that we could make it any size that we wanted. It actually fits a rick of wood perfectly. We have ours sitting next to our fireplace outside. We are considering maybe making one for inside that it’s a smaller scale.

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Another popular post was this repurposed frame that I turned into a chalkboard jewelry organizer. Just a few simple tools and items from the local True Value Hardware and it comes together really quickly. It is a great way to recycle a garage sale frame…while adding in some organization. DIY jewelry organizer @cleverlyinspired

 

You can get all the directions along with photos over at the True Value website. My fellow bloggers also have contributed some really great ideas too….be sure to check them out! Pin away!!:)

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Horseshoe Curtain Holders (DIY unique window hardware)

I think its really funny how my brain works. When it came to deciding on what to do for my windows in this new family room I was a little bit stumped. I didn’t want anything that would take away from the architecture of the room. I didn’t want anything too simple. I wanted something that could handle the height of the ceilings which are 11 feet tall. To the right we have our incredible fireplace hearth with built-ins with a nice beefy woods so I needed something that was delicate but at the same time could stand up to all of that. My initial thought was maybe to find some cool towel rings that you would use in a bathroom. I thought that I could maybe spray paint them and just hang panels from them. That led me to the horseshoe. I’m not sure how I jumped from towel rings to horseshoes….you can figure that out:)

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I thought it would be so cool if I could find some old beat up used horseshoes that I could secured to the wall somehow and put the drapery rings on so that they could hold the panels. I ended up finding these two sets of horseshoes on eBay. The listing was for 8 horseshoes for $15. And when you live in Kentucky and you have horseshoes holding your curtain panels it all just kind of makes sense and I right or am I right? I shared this picture awhile back on instagram….

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What we had to figure out with how we were going to secure the horseshoes to the wall and still allow the curtains to hang properly. We were in the Lowes hardware aisle for a good 30 minutes looking at different screws and nails and spacers and such. What we ended up using is a one and a half inch nylon spacer with 3 inch nail. We made sure at least one of the nails went through to a stud….so be sure to measure and find the stud before you hang.

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This nail was the perfect size to go through the hole that was already in the horseshoe. By placing the nylon spacer behind the horseshoe we were able to still have enough nail to get into a stud behind the wall and hold the horse shoe properly. It appears that the horseshoe is sagging in this picture….but it is just the natural curve of the shoe. It is in the wall securely :) I got the panels made from a seller on Etsy. horseshoe curtain holders @cleverlyinspired (7)

 

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I found the wood rings at Lowes…..

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They make perfect sense of these long stately windows. The splash of blue is modern but yet traditional at the same time much like our entire house.

I love how they go with the feel of this room…kind of modern…kind of farmhouse:) I am still figuring out furniture placement in here….but I am getting there:) More on this room soon:)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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