Love This Look! Sputnik Room!

Love This Look! So by now, you are probably catching on that I am in love with all the rooms in the parade of homes.  I still cannot get over this light fixture in this room! Hello, Sputnik, you are my new favorite and I need to find a way to make you work in our house 🙂 Where the light fixture and walls are so dramatic you have to keep the other parts of the room simple. This room has a lot of grays and whites to keep the person looking up. I love how they added a fuzzy comfy blanket to the end of the bed. I don’t think white would work in our house, kids ruin white for parents! This contains affiliate links please see my disclosure for more info.

Love This Look! Sputnik Room!

 

  1. Sputnik Light 2.Pendant lights 3. Glass Nightstand 4. White Bench 5. white bedding 6. Fuzzy Fur Blanket 7. Geometric pillow 8. Light Gold pillow 9. Gray Rug  10. modern bed

Other features of the room dark ceilings, feature wall. Recreating this wall would be pretty expensive but well worth it for the pizazz!

If only we could all live in lavish homes enjoying our well put together rooms. I can only inspire to have an amazing room like this one day.

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How to Install a Cheap Easy Board and Batten

So this project has taken a little bit of time more than most projects I have done in the past.  In this post, I am going to show you how my husband and I installed our board and batten as cheap and as easy as we could. I am loving every day that goes by how pretty it looks. When I decided I wanted to get this late last year I prepped our wall when I painted it so it was ready for the boards. The way I did this is different then getting the actual boards for a true board and batten look. I used MDF Preprimed boards they were 49 inches long and 3 1/2 inches wide.

Installing your Board and Batten

Fill any holes

This is your chance to fill any holes you have in the wall or any dings. We have removed a security system from our wall and had to fix a small hole. We also filled in the dings in the wall from kids and our crazy cat that attacks our walls lol. I swear she gets so wound up and then leaves marks on our walls.

Prep With White Paint

To get started you will want to paint the bottom half of your walls where the white will be. I measure up the wall when I painted it to the point where the top board would lay. Then I masked it off painting the bottom of the wall white and the top the grey-blue.  When I pulled the masking tape off the wall I had a line marking where the top board will go. This was left for months. When I painted the wall last fall it started snowing and raining a lot. With MDF Board you don’t want it to get wet or have too much moisture it will ruin the boards completely. So after like 6 months of bad weather we finally had a weekday we could run over and get the boards to start the project.

 

BaseBoards

Our baseboards a the regular thin baseboards. I wanted to beef up our baseboards and also have a flat area to stick the boards on. We decided to buy trim and use it for the baseboards it was .84 cents a foot so not bad. Although we found with the cheaper trim it did fall apart easier if you put the nail in the wrong spot.

Getting regular baseboards can get expensive and right now nothing is wrong with our current ones so getting the trim was the better option for us.If you do get baseboards get ones with a flat top that the boards can easily fit on.

We took the trim and a board to space the baseboard and trim. Next, Nail the boards down with the nail gun keeping it flat. Please use a level to keep everything straight. If you get one board off it can mess up the whole thing so keep that in mind. We were always measuring to make sure it stayed right.

Top boards

Once we did the baseboards and cut the corners a hundred times we were finally ready for the top boards. We measured out everything on spacing and realized the boards needed to be placed at 49 1/4 inches from the top of our baseboard trim.

Placing the top ledge piece to the side of the top board. After our experience on our test wall in the hall, we realized we needed to place the top ledge piece on first before we stuck it on the wall. Last time we had placed the top piece on the wall then tried to nail the top ledge to it while on the wall. We first found out that the nail gun was too fat to fit in the little space and the nails wouldn’t go all the way down. we were forced to hammer the nails into the board which then scuffed the walls then I was forced to paint the wall to get the marks gone 🙁

The way we put the piece on was one of us held the two boards so the were both flat on the back side that goes to the wall. The other person nailed the ledge down to the side of the top board.  Just be careful at this point you don’t do it too close to either edge of the top board piece nails can end up ruining the board then you have to start over 🙁

Verticle boards

We had to decide how far away from the corner to start the first board. Once we did that then we measured 16 inches between boards to make this easy we used the level to keep the spacing. Our level was 16 inches long so we would measure the top spacing, middle, and bottom to keep everything 16 inches apart. It just so happens on our last board the level fell and broke 🙁 So now we need to buy a new level. I never thought we would use our level as much as we had. If it was on a required list of tools it would probably be on our top ten list with a hammer and screwdrivers.

How long we cut our boards

So we had previously done board and batten in our hallway. We called it our test wall! We wanted to make sure we could actually do the board and batten without it looking horrible. My husband and I are fairly new to the DIYing. Our last house we really didn’t do much other than things that had to be done. I think we replaced the toilet seal, upgraded some pipes, lawn care, and gutter repair in almost 10 years we lived there. Our new house we are constantly updating to the look and feel to make it more us.

Ok ok so enough on our test wall. After measuring it we had to cut all our boards to just under 49 1/4 inches long.

Filling Holes

So once all the boards are up you will need to go and fill in all your nail holes. I used spackle to fill in my holes. I fill in the hole and take a wet sponge and then wiped off the excess.

Ready For Paint

Now you can paint! I painted the baseboard and trim first then painted the top piece and the edge. Then painted in each square around the edge. You will then want to take a mini roller and roll the paint in the middle of each square and paint the verticle boards.

Caulking

The last thing you will want to do is fill the holes lines etc with caulking this gives it a clean seamless look to the boards. I still need to do this but it will get done you can’t skip this step.

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Things you will need

Your MDF Board or lumber of choice

 

Finished Look!

 

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Chalk Bombs Make Your Own

Make your own Chalk Bombs

So I am so excited to share with you how to make your own Chalk bombs. So my friend got these cute little chalk bombs from the store. I thought they were neat but the outside color of the bomb easily got lost in the tall mountain grass and they were sold out pretty fast at the store. I don’t know if they came in any other colors but green, yellow, and purple either. So I decided we could make these and it would be pretty cool we could choose the colors we wanted and make the outside bag more findable.  So off the store, I went to get the supplies. Below are the things I bought for the project.

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You will need

Making Your own Chalk Bombs

Cut out Square Pieces  of Fabric

I took the white porous fabric( t-shirt type fabric see-through) we bought and cut out a  8 -inch by 8-inch piece. Once these were cut we could move to the next step.

Grate The Chalk

This is something a mommy or daddy will want to do. I would be worried a child might cut their fingers grating. Grate the chalk and put it in bowls for the next steps this can take a while to do. My little helper watching by my side as I did this. Another way you could do this is put the chalk in a plastic bag and take outside and hammer it till it’s all powdered.

Another way you could powder the chalk is put the chalk in a plastic bag, take outside and hammer it till it’s all powdered.

 

Cut Nylon String

Cut some of your nylon string into 5-inch strips this will be used to make your bomb easier to throw.

Now You Can Assemble The Chalk Bomb

Take a square of fabric and scoop the grated chalk on to it. Place one of the nylon strings in it.  Now you can grab the edges of the fabric and make it into a ball. You will want to take the zip tie and tie around the top of it to close it. If you want you can add some more nylon string to the top to cover the zip tie.

Play With Your Chalk Bomb

So this, of course, is an outside toy.  It’s messy but fun! Take your chalk bombs outside and started playing with it. You will get circle chalk marks on your clothes it easily wipes off. If your kids wear a white shirt it makes it a little more fun cause you will really see the colors on your shirt. You can also color bomb the sidewalk too. These provide hours of fun for my active boys. I hope you enjoy them too!

Tip: If your chalk bomb gets wet to take a hammer and loosen it all up after its dry. 

 

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DIY-Easy Shiplap Style Wall

Hi! So I have this wall at the end of my stairs and I never knew what to do with it. I have always loved the look of shiplap/planked walls and wanted to do a few in my house but not go crazy. Last year I bought a bunch of used wood boards thinking I would do a shiplap wall in my living room but after measuring I was short by about 10 boards. To give the texture and love to my basement wall I decided it would be a good area for a shiplap wall. Here is how I installed the shiplap style wall.

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Steps to the Shiplap Style Wall

Step One

Sand all the boards. I only sanded the one side doing both sides would have taken a long time and would have been a waste of time to sand both sides. Just make sure when you put it on the wall that you put the sanded side out towards you.  In addition, sanding helps so there is not as my children say pokey things. It will also help put a smooth coat of paint on if that’s what you want to do.

Note: If your boards have footprints, marker, etc on them sand it down until the marks are gone.

 

If you are looking to stain the boards you will want to do that before step two. Once the boards are on the wall it will be impossible to stain.

Step Two

Level the bottom

So I took the boards and made sure they would fit ok and as seamless as possible. Where there is a step in the middle of the wall I had to make sure the next boards would fit straight across not overlap or any gaps. So I have I added a little space in between the first boards and the baseboard. Use a level to make sure the bottom boards are level so the rest will be too 🙂

Nail Gun Greatness

Nailing the boards down I took my 18 gauge nail gun to nail them down. I love my nail gun it’s so nice it’s all in one no needing a compressor to make your gun work. Plus with all the safety features it has I feel my kids can’t just pick it up and hurt someone. It does have a tendency to get sticky and you have to clean it but it could just be the brand of nails I am using.If you would like a nail gun like mine here is the link.

 

Stagger the boards

I nailed the boards going in one direction and cut the end pieces using my miter saw.  The next row I put the boards going on in the other direction basically, you are doing a zigzag on the wall so it creates a staggard effect. Don’t forget to put pennies in between the boards to create a little space.

Here is a picture show you the directions I went. Its in the back and forth all the way to the top

Step Three

Once you have the boards on in your shiplap style you can paint them. I did a white wash paint on my boards. To get this effect you will take your paint and add water to it then brush it on the boards.  You will need a 50/50 water-paint mixture to do a whitewash.You can use as little or as much paint as you want if 50/50 is too much or too little. Wanting to have the grains in the board and the imperfections stick out, I stuck with the 50/50 mixture. You could also stain your boards before you hang them. I have seen a lot of different styles but you pick what suits you best.

Note: With so much water in the paint mixture it’s runny you may want to put down some plastic. I made a mess on my hands, clothes etc. I did have a rag to clean it up which is smart to do when you are painting anyway. Also, keep an eye on places that drip it will have drip spots.

Finished look 

Here is the finished wall with the white wash. Sorry! this picture isn’t the most bright.

Step Four

Style it!

Grab some cute decor or tables to style your shiplap style wall. Here is some cute decor I found at wayfair.com. Now I just need to b

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Valentines Wings and Heart Door Hanger

So I needed something cute for my door I thought I would create a  valentines door hanger. Most of the stuff I have I got from the dollar store which isn’t a bad thing its just they tend to fall apart a lot quicker than most decor. Valentines and Easter are the two holidays I have very little decor for. I think my Halloween and Christmas decor have taken over all my tote’s lol.

I have always been in love with the angel wings but never wanted to spend a lot of money for them. I found a way to make them for cheap from this post. I thought it would be easy to make my own door hanger but in my own way. I used a box we had laying around from when we moved into our house. Even if you had a half sheet of cardboard that would work too. It doesn’t take much cardboard for this Valentine’s wing and heart door hanger.

I also want to point out most of my projects are not completed in a day. Yes, you probably could finish it in a day but I have two little boys and a husband that I love to spend time with. This project has taken me two weeks to finish. The first day I did the base of the project and then it sat in my craft room on the table for a week.  Then I did the joint compound and that sat for a few days to completely dry. Then it was off to final touches of spray paint. I am not a perfect project doer but it gets done eventually. Just know you don’t have to finish stuff in a day it can take time.

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Items you will need for the project

  1. Cardboard
  2. wall joint compound I bought mine at Wal-Mart already premixed it makes it easier for a project like this. Plus a bonus if you have spots in walls that need filling you have the joint compound to fill them in 🙂
  3. A stick to help with the joint compound I used skewers
  4. Exacto knife and scissors to cut out the pieces
  5. A small piece of 220 grit sand paper
  6. White spray paint
  7. gold spray paint or gold paint optional
  8. A heart for the middle. I had a hard time picking one out but I found the wire one I got from Wal-Mart.

So here are the instructions to create your own. Please forgive me if you look at the pictures I had a hard time freehanding wings 🙂

First step

You will need to cut out the wings base from cardboard. I did my wings attached to each other you can do it all sorts of ways too. I was going to make two separate wings and then connect them in the middle and add the heart. I thought this might be a little easier doing it in one full piece. I used an Exacto knife to cut it out. Using the Exacto knife made it a lot easier than trying to use scissors for this part. I found later on that using scissors was easier on the cutting out the little feathers.

 

Second step

You will need to cut out long feathers from cardboard. I made a paper templet then drew a bunch on the cardboard to cut out. I used 12 feathers I would suggest maybe up to 14 to fill it in some more.

Third step

Cut out medium feathers. As with the long feathers, I used a paper templet and drew it on the cardboard and cut it out. I cut out 24 of this size.

Fourth Step

Cut out Small feathers. Using a paper templet to draw and cut out. I cut out  44 of these feathers.

Fifth Step

You will need to hot glue the feathers to the wings this helps so the pieces don’t fall off. I glued the long feathers first stacking a few on top. Then I glued the medium feathers down. Last I glued the small feathers down. Starting with the large feathers makes it easier in the long run because you have to stack the smaller feathers on top to create a fuller more 3-D look.

Tip: I added paper around the edge to give it a little bit more fullness when I filled it in with the joint compound.

Sixth step

You will take wall joint compound and cover the front of the wings with it. Once it is covered you can take a stick or toothpick etc. to move the joint compound out and around each feather. You may want to fill in the sides fo the cardboard as well so you don’t see the corrugated cardboard showing.

Seventh Step

Take a small piece of sand paper and sand it down a little bit just the pointed edges of the Joint compound.

Eighth Step

You will want to spray paint it white or any color you want. Me personally I like white wings. You can choose to leave it with the white (colored) or you can spray paint or paint spots gold or silver for extra pizzazz. You can see I added a little gold on the top of the white.

Ninth Step

I added some cute ribbon on the back of the wings to make it more stable on my door. With opening and closing the door I didn’t want it to fall off the door and break. by adding a string or ribbon it helps keep it on the door then if I were to attach it to the middle of the wings. You may come up with something more creative to hold your wings.

I bought the cute heart at Wal-mart  I love it 🙂 You can put any heart in the middle or leave it just with the wings too! No matter what you do it will look so cute!

 

Finished Project

I am in love with these wings after looking at my door it might be time for a blue door upgrade 🙂 I need a better-looking door this ugly maroon is bugging me so bad. I hope this project isn’t too hard for you. Sometimes the wall joint compound can get messy.  I feel like it takes practice and patience to get to where you feel ok about what you make. I know some of my first projects didn’t turn out the way I wanted them too! I had a lot of thrown away projects lol.

 

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Plaid Table Runner Sew or No Sew

plaid table runnerI had picked up a few cheap plaid blankets on Black Friday Sales I figured I could do something with them but wasn’t sure what. After browsing the internet I saw some cute plaid table runners then remembered I had bought the blankets and that I could easily make some runners out of the blanket.

Then I tried it on our table to see if it fit, to my luck it did. So a few cuts and I had a cute table runner.  This is a simple project and won’t cost you much if you get a cheap blanket.

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Step One 

Check to see if it fits on your table if it doesn’t make cuts and add length to it by sewing it on to the end. I cut down the edge of one of the plaid lines to keep the lines in order.

Step Two

Cut off any edging and cut to the width you like. You can be done at this point or you can do step 3 and finish the edge

Step Three

Serge the edges to make it a more finished look. I have a brothers sewing machine and used a G foot.

Doing the G foot with an edging type zigzag does the same thing as a serger.

These are the settings on my sewing machine for the g foot.

The G Foot

The completed edge I don’t think it turned out too bad. I plan on using the G foot again in the future it’s like a hidden treasure I never knew about.

Plaid Table Runner The Final Look!

Sorry this pic is a little blurry you can kind of see the edges on it. This is a picture of our island I did add on length to it you can kind of tell. I made two runners with one blanket so I can’t complain 🙂

This Runner is on our kitchen island

This is the runner on our high tableplaid blanket table runner

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Build Your Own BB8 Droid From Paper Mache

Build BB8-For my Rey Costume. I wanted to build my own BB8 droid. You should follow the instructions to build your own too. Its a semi-simple process get started now.

So I decided I would build my own BB8 out of paper mache. I had intended on making it a moving one but didn’t have time to finish it. Now after I have it all painted I don’t know in the future I could cut it in half to add the parts 🙂 It’s too pretty now and looks good just sitting there.

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Paper Mache

So the first step to creating your bb8 you will need to get a 20″ beach ball. Add on the newspaper strips with this mixture Elmer’s glue 1/2 cup to 1/2 cup of water ratio to cover the strips in

You will need to get a 20″ beach ball and add on newspaper strips with the mixture Elmer’s glue 1/2 cup to 1/2 cup of water ratio.

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You will need to add 3 layers of paper mache on the ball. I usually use a paint brush to add the strip on with the glue mixture.

 

Make It More Sturdy

After you do the layers of newspaper, you may want to add on layers of fabric to make it more sturdy. I use some white cotton fabric. After you add that layer on you will have to add one last layer of paper mache.

 

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Filling It In With Joint Compound

Next step I took joint compound and filled in the divots. After you let this dry, sand the joint compound with 220 grit sandpaper to make it as smooth as possible.I would suggest doing this outside with a mask and glasses it makes a mess. Then you will need to wipe the ball off so the spray paint goes on with no problem Now you can add your white spray paint on.

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Paint BB8

Now it’s time to paint on the circle’s Note: doing circles on a circle is not the easiest thing. I used a pencil first to draw it all out then fill in the paint. You can use acrylic paints to paint it. I used this source to know what to paint each circle.

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After it was all painted I clear coated it with Rust-oleum clear coat spray paint.

 

BB8 Head

I bought a smooth hollowed out styrofoam half circle. I used a knife to cut the edge it might be better if you have a foam cutter to get a cleaner edge. You will then want to paint the head I went through with a pencil to make the marks then filled it in with paint. I google searched images for the head to get it as close as I could to the real one. For the one eye I used half of an easter egg and I had this cheap plastic circle frame thing I put around it. I spray painted the egg, frame, and second eye with black rust-oleum spray paint. The little eye and antennas are made from Fimo clay. I also took the electrical tape to the ends of the one antenna. It’s ok but you might find something better for the antennas. I hope you enjoy making one as much as I did.

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Redo Your Own Beautiful Entry Table

This is my experience redoing an entry table and I thought I would share my experience with you.

First, off I should start by saying I am in no way a professional this post is how I did the project. Please remember to use safety at all times.  This post contains amazon affiliate links for more info visit my disclosure page.

Before Pictures

I bought this entry table from the thrift store for $15.  I never seem to find good furniture for a good deal, it needed to be made over it had some scratches across the top and on some of the legs. Sorry, I forgot to take a copy of the table top before.
before

Redo Table-Clean and Sand First

Clean it off first so any gunk is removed before you sand or paint.

We sanded the top using  80 grit sandpaper on our orbital sander. This sandpaper is super rough and sands quick watch it if you use this don’t stop moving the sander or it will be hard to go back later to fix it.It leaves little swirls in the wood if you go too slow. I have seen a project before with swirls left in and when they stained it the swirls were darker than the rest of the table 🙁

We then used 220 grit to smooth it out.  After we did the top and as much of the sides as we could we took a Dremel tool and got up close to the edge to get the dark stain out.

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The next step we lightly sanded the legs and base of the table.

Make sure after its all sanded that you clean it so no wood sand is left behind.

Removing Embellishment

I took off the old embellishment and added this new one. I used a flathead screwdriver to pry the old one off then I used wood glue to glue the new one on. Use clamps to help keep it on while the glue is drying this makes it stay on longer.

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Staining

We then took gray stain and stained the table top. We stained the whole top including the edge. The sides of the tabletop were pressed wood and had a few areas that didn’t take the stain well. We were ok with it having a few imperfections you may not be. If you do not and use a similar table maybe paint it to match the legs or the stain it will still look great! We had to stain it 3 times to get the color we were going for. I followed the directions on the can of stain also used a foam brush to apply the stain once you can throw away the brush.

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Paint

We painted the legs with the chalk paint mixture

It is 1 cup paint (white interior house paint) to 1/3 cup water and 1/3 cup plaster of Paris.

Because our table was so dark it took 4 coats of paint to get the color coverage I wanted.  You could use regular paint or a different mixture to get the coverage you want. I really just like the look that chalk paint has to offer. I really didn’t have extra money to get the real chalk paint so making this mixture was a lot better for what I needed.table-14

Sealing the table

After its all dry we had to seal it. For the top, we used polycyclic to give it a hardtop that won’t easily stain, crack etc. We used wax for the legs. Follow the directions on the can to apply the polycyclic and wax.redone entry table white and gray

Final Redone Entry Table

Here is the final look. I love it and can’t wait to redo more things.

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