Welcome to Week 3 of the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge. So glad you joined us! If you’re unfamiliar with this event then you’re in for a treat. Each Spring and Fall, 20 Featured Designers are selected by Linda Weinstein and the ORC team for a 6-week challenge where they each take us along on their journey to an incredible room transformation! Feeling inspired? Guest Participants, like yours truly, with a blog or Instagram account can register and join in on the action. This year, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the challenge includes an additional 2 weeks of work time which is so helpful for newbies like me and Hubby!
Are you a fan of dark, moody accent walls? I for one am OBSESSED with this look! There’s just something about the dark, rich color, particularly in bedroom spaces, that adds another layer of warmth and coziness.
Without a doubt, I knew I wanted the shiplap in our master bedroom to be painted in a dark color, however, I debated on whether or not I wanted to stick with good old faithful SW Iron Ore (on the bottom) or try something new like SW Carbonized (on the top). I took to Instagram stories, asking for everyone’s opinion and 75% chose SW Iron Ore!
According to Hubby, painting shiplap is no fun. He ended up painting the entire wall using a paintbrush instead of a roller because with the roller, paint was collecting in all the shiplap grooves. Another good option and likely, an even better option, would have been to use a paint spray gun.
Honestly, I don’t think you can go wrong with SW Iron Ore! The amount of lighting in your space will obviously have an effect on how this color appears. With natural daylight, it appears as a warm, charcoal color and at night, depending on your bulb type, it can appear as a much darker, almost black color. Either way I love it and I’m so happy with my decision!
This was definitely the week of PAINTING! In addition to the shiplap wall, we also tackled 2 other wall spaces and our bedroom hallway. Our original room color, SW Accessible Beige, was such a warm color and at night, it was straight up TAN which has bothered me ever since we moved into this house, some 3 years ago!
Needless to say, the pressure was on to find a replacement color that would work better in our bedroom space and compliment the SW Iron Ore. I really wanted white, but finding the right white was easier said than done! I took to Instagram once again and contacted friends with white interior walls, compiling my list of white paint options. The 2 main choices that came highly recommended were SW Pure White and BM Chantilly Lace.
When we tested both color options, the BM Chantilly Lace appeared too warm with a yellow undertone. The SW Pure White looked more like a true white and so that was the decision we made.
I think the pressure to find that RIGHT color is getting to me because I’m not so sure I’m 100% loving this white. The lighting varies so drastically on each wall in our bedroom that it’s becoming quite the challenge to choose ONE consistent color! While the wall with the large window and our hallway both look great in SW Pure White, the wall on the opposite side of the room is picking up hints of blue and purple. I’m going to have to think real hard about my next move, so to be continued …
Our photo ledge measures 6ft in length so as to be in proportion with our king bed. We used pine wood for the ledge and stained it with Minwax Natural Oil-Based interior stain to simply enhance the natural color and beauty of the pine wood. I also added some sheer curtains on both sides of our large window. This is another decision I’m not 100% committed to. I love the light and airy element these curtains provide, but I don’t know if they’re the best choice for our space.
This Week’s Agenda
I’m going to order picture frames and a few home decor pieces from Target. I’m taking full advantage of their 2-day shipping! We’ve decided on a MODERN architectural theme for the prints and I’ve already ordered those from Shutterfly. I fell in love with some metal and wood wall shelves from West Elm that Hubby is going to try to recreate using ONLY wood!
It’s such a good feeling to check projects off our list! I’m going to be mulling over my paint and curtain decisions and thinking about what other options might be a better fit. Be sure to subscribe to our blog and follow us on Instagram to stay up to date on our personal journey in this event. You’ll also definitely want to follow along and see what the Featured Designers and other Guest Participants are working on! Anyone else having doubts about some of their design decisions?! Please tell me I’m not the only one?!
The Spring 2020 One Room Challenge is finally happening! So glad you joined us! If you’re unfamiliar with this event then you’re in for a treat. Each Spring and Fall, 20 Featured Designers are selected by Linda Weinstein and the ORC team for a 6-week challenge where they each take us along on their journey to an incredible room transformation! Feeling inspired? Guest Participants, like yours truly, with a blog or Instagram account can register and join in on the action. This year, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the challenge includes an additional 2 weeks of work time which is so helpful for newbies like me and Hubby!
You guys, I learned so much about myself this past week that it’s kinda scary! I knew that order and organization were important to me, but I had no idea how vital they were to my everyday life until we started working on this shiplap install. I may or may not have had a panic attack … once or twice, but after I calmed myself and was able to think rationally, I understood that a bit of chaos was needed to create beauty! For this project, we purchased 6″ x 8′ primed shadow gap shiplap which was perfect from a convenience standpoint. Shadow gap shiplap is self spacing and removes the hassle of having to manually space each individual piece, significantly reducing our install time. The added benefit of this shiplap already being primed should also make painting easier.
You’ll notice vertical markings across our wall which indicate the location of the studs. It’s so important to identify your studs if you want to properly secure your shiplap. We also chose a horizontal layout because it’s a simpler process and doesn’t require any additional wall structure set up prior to the install. By choosing these options we were able to really maximize our work time!
FYI my friends, a nail gun is highly recommended when installing shiplap. It speeds up the process and because the nails are so small, it allows for a smoother end result. Hubby did a lot of cutting in this process, so to create a smooth surface for painting, he’s going to fill in the cracks with drywall putty (what we have on hand) and sand it.
The horizontal, white shiplap definitely lends more to a farmhouse style, however, I think once the wall is painted and our bedroom is completely styled, it will have more of that cozy modern vibe we’re going for!
We selected a pretty minimal trim that will border both windows and the rest of the wall, allowing the focus to remain on the horizontal shiplap. Adding trims is a great way to create a cleaner, finished look since it hides any uneven cuts made!
This Week’s Agenda
With the shiplap install complete, it’s time to select a paint color! I have 2 contenders in mind but you’ll just have to wait until next week to find out what we chose! We will also be building, staining, and mounting our photo ledge! We even decided to add one more LITTLE project to our growing list so come back next week to check out more progress!
It’s such a good feeling to check projects off our list! Be sure to subscribe to our blog and follow us on Instagram to stay up to date on our personal journey in this event. You’ll also definitely want to follow along and see what the Featured Designers and other Guest Participants are working on! Anyone else participating in the ORC? Comment below to let me know so I can show my support and celebrate your transformations!
I saw this statement while browsing Pinterest and I wanted to share it with you all as a reminder that you’re all INCREDIBLE! I know we’ve had to make some adjustments in our lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic but we’re RESILIENT. If you are an essential worker, thank you so much for all you’re doing to protect us and keep our communities safe. If you’re temporarily unemployed, I’m so sorry and I hope those stimulus checks are somewhat helpful in these difficult times. If you’re working from home and now find yourselves crisis schooling, don’t be too hard on yourselves. Soak up the quality, family time as much as possible because there will come a time when you’ll miss these moments.
Accent walls have the ability to dramatically alter rooms without breaking the bank. In fact, some of my absolute favorites require simple, cheap materials, and yet they transform a space in a major way. Today I’m sharing a few of my Instagram favorites, most of which were DIYed by some pretty talented ladies and their spouses. I hope you’ll be inspired to perhaps create a feature wall of your own!
Paneled Accent Walls
Paneled walls are hands down my FAVORITE kind of accent walls because of their versatility. If you’ve ever done a Pinterest search, then you know the possibilities are endless. You can literally customize these walls to whatever shape, size, and pattern you fancy. Check out these awesome pattern options and get to DIYing!
I love this wall for many reasons! The geometric pattern speaks to me and the color is perfect! Ever since I crossed paths with SW Iron Ore, I’ve been hooked on dark, moody colors and Behr’s Cracked Pepper does not disappoint either. This particular wall was a DIY project by Corey and Kyle @revealmydiy, a dynamic husband and wife duo! They’ve completed so many crazy good projects and take you along for the ride in stories over on Instagram. A geometric wall pattern such as this can be intimidating, but with patience, and proper planning, it’s totally achievable! Corey and Kyle selected a primed joint lattice moulding for this project which was a smart idea because it made painting easier. They also opted to paint the wall space and moulding separately prior to installation. Would you believe this wall cost them less than $75 to create?! The entire process is saved in their Instagram story highlight “Accent Wall.” Let’s also take a moment to soak up the beautiful details in their game room/lounge! Their strategic styling of this space only helps to further showcase this beauty of a wall. Corey and Kyle, I’m a big fan of your work. You’re both so inspiring and I can’t wait to see what else you’ll create!
Is this photo a scroll stopper or what?! My eyes are instantly drawn to that vertical paneled wall and all its gorgeous details! Maija @mai_happy_home did a phenomenal job with this project. She chose primed pine boards, cut them into 2″ strips and spaced 2″ apart across the wall. The boards coming from the ceiling are 4′ tall, while the ones coming from the baseboard are 6′ tall. This striking wall was the reason I started following Maija on Instagram! I mean, after seeing this, how could you not?! The styling of this space is also top-notch, as in magazine-worthy! The textures and colors of the furniture and decor items, all work together to create a beautiful, balanced room. Want to recreate this stunner? Maija estimated her project at $175 which included the cost of wood, nails, liquid nails, paint, and paint supplies. Check out her Instagram story highlight “Wall” for more tips and tricks. You’re a rock star Maija!
If you’ve never heard of Sarah @my.westcoast.life, then you have now and you won’t soon forget her! She’s one of the most fearless DIYers I know and although this wasn’t always the case, it sure is now. Her Instagram feed is filled with her DIY handiwork ranging from artwork to furniture to accent walls. Speaking of accent walls, say hello to her box moulding wall! Sarah shares her step by step process of this wall installation over on Instagram in her story highlight “Board and Batten” and it only set her back about $100! She used primed MDF boards, starting with the vertical pieces across the wall, followed by the short horizontal pieces in between. Box moulding is very classic, but Sarah elevates and modernizes this style by painting the entire wall Volcanic Rocks. Her moody bedroom was one of the inspirations behind our own moody vertical shiplap accent wall. You never cease to amaze me Sarah and I know there are so many more great DIYs in your future.
Basic box moulding? I think not! Kim @xomyhome took this classic pattern and turned it on its head in more ways than one! I love the taller boxes she created and don’t get me started on that insanely fresh, green paint color. It’s incredible what you can accomplish with 2″ wide primed MDF boards and some rad paint. Needless to say, Kim gained me as a follower with this wall but kept me because of her candidness and super relatable personality. Her strategic, minimal design of this room ensures that your eyes will consistently gravitate towards this scroll stopper. This space is giving me modern, boho feels and I’m here for all of it!
Something about the clean lines of shiplap that gets me every time! My friend and fellow home blogger Liz @lizzydesigns_ was so clever to add horizontal shiplap in this half bathroom. With limited space available and a desire to add character, I think this was a perfect choice! Now there’s more texture and interest in the space, not to mention the use of white to create a sense of spaciousness. A small space update such as a half bathroom is a great way to gain confidence in shiplap installation. For more details on the complete half bath renovation, check out her blog post. I admire your keen design eye Liz! The time spent creating a well-curated home shows my friend!
I have wanted a shiplap wall for as long as I could remember. This was actually our second DIY project and it’s still one of the favorites in my home! Shiplap can easily exude farmhouse vibes, however, to create a more modern look and feel, we simply went the vertical route and also painted the wall a dark, moody color! I styled our little loft nook with a couple of brass decor pieces because of their striking color against the dark background. I really wanted this wall to have its moment and minimal decor allows me to achieve that. For all the details on this $150 project, check out this blog post.
There’s no better example of the beautiful execution of vertical and horizontal shiplap than in the home of Jenny @dabblingindecorating! She and her hubby did a phenomenal DIY job, not only on this fireplace but also on the adjacent wall. She has all the details, including tips and tricks saved in her Instagram story highlight “Fireplace Makeover.” This mixed layout lends so well to a modern farmhouse or coastal styled home, especially with the white color choice. The added brown textures are my favorite decor features of this space! If a calming, modern, coastal design is your style, then Jenny is your girl! She’s super sweet and genuine and you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not checking out her gorgeous home!
Color Block Accent Walls
Color block walls are so fun and can be so darn affordable depending on your paint selections. Think about this, if you only used the extra paint you have laying around, you could have yourself a zero dollar update! Projects such as these allow your creativity to soar because the sky’s the limit.
Although time-consuming, because of the particular geometric pattern we chose, this wall was worth all the taping, painting, and drying cycles we went through! Hubby created a design inspired by a decal we found on Pinterest, and we used paint sample sizes which allowed us to complete this job for about $20! This was by far, the quickest and cheapest way we could have transformed this basic, white wall. For more details on our process and paint colors used in this project, check out this blog post.
Melanie and Kirsten @ourdesertdigs are friends who share one Instagram account filled with all their great DIY projects and home decor. How sweet of Kirsten to create this cool and fun wall feature for her daughter?! The colors are so girly and floral and fabulous and cost her less than $100! How did she create the straightest of lines you ask? Well, as a fellow Arizonan living in a home with textured walls, she applied a thin layer of paintable caulk, along the taped edge which prevented bleeding. Such a valuable tip to remember and try for yourselves. Her paint colors and entire project process can be seen in their Instagram story highlight “Color Block.”
Was this round-up as good for you as it was for me?! I don’t know about you, my friends, but Hubby’s project list just grew a bit longer! I hope you found some inspiration in this post and remember, whether you’re living in a new build or an older fixer-upper, you can still customize your home so it truly reflects you and your design style. I’m curious, has any of you already created one of these accent walls? Would you attempt any of these? Comment below and let me know!
This is my first blog post since the onset of COVID-19. With the current health crisis of our country and the rest of the world, blogging just seemed so insignificant. I work in the lab at a trauma hospital and I’ve definitely been concerned about my own safety and that of my family. I worry about being exposed to the virus and potentially infecting my loved ones. The guilt that I could possibly cause them harm has been overwhelming at times. I’m taking as many precautions as I can. We’re required to wear masks at work, I wash my hands so much that they’ve become dry and cracked, I change out of my scrubs in our garage and of course, we’re practicing social distancing.
If you or anyone you know have tested positive for the coronavirus, I’m truly sorry and it’s my hope you all make full recoveries. We’re continually seeing the devastating effects of this virus so please stay home as much as possible. Practice social distancing and if you have to go out, wear a mask. Also, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use some hand sanitizer. Take care of yourselves and each other. I hope this post provides a much-needed distraction and you find inspiration or motivation to do something you love.
We purchased this mirror over 3 years ago after moving into our new home. Having such a large, eclectic piece in our entryway meant there was no room for additional home decor in the space which I was perfectly fine with. My content with the simplicity of our entryway was challenged when inspiration struck Hubby via Pinterest. The man pins way more than I do which is quite impressive.
He showed me a stunning walkway of rich wood tones, black canvas prints and perfect greenery to complete the space. Did I love the design? Absolutely! Did I think the style would fit well with the rest of our home? Without a doubt! Did I think our entryway was the perfect spot to recreate this project? Uh … not really! I was super concerned that our space wasn’t large enough to do this project justice.
Can I ask why white is one of the HARDEST paint colors to settle on? I couldn’t believe how many options were available to choose from and more options = more indecisiveness, am I right?
I knew I wanted either a white or gray accent wall but I quickly realized that was easier said than done. We grabbed a few samples and marinated on them for a few days, taking into consideration the amount of natural light this space receives throughout the day.
I can’t say enough great things about frog tape! It creates the cleanest, straightest lines every time. We haven’t done a paint job without it.
SW Westhighland White for the win! It’s such a pretty, warm white and it looks great against our SW Swiss Coffee doors, trims and baseboards.
Our original plan was to stain the lumber some sort of brown for the frame around the accent wall, but after several attempts with a few options, I soon realized I wasn’t loving the look of any of them. I think it was the unpredictability of how the lumber took up the stain that really bothered me. I’m too much of a control freak!
While some sections showed visible stain, others remained unchanged. At that point, I made the decision to have Hubby paint the lumber instead of staining them. A dark, moody wood frame sounded just perfect with none other than my fav SW Iron Ore. At the very last second, however, Hubby found a YouTube video on how to use paint to create a stained look. Uh … mind blown!
We created a 50/50 mix of water and SW Iron Ore paint. Using a cloth, we proceeded to apply the mixture to the lumber as you’d have done if it was a stain. The first coat was too light in color for my taste.
Since we were using diluted paint, it took 3 coats for us to achieve the dark, rich color I was going for. The beauty of this process is you can keep applying coat after coat of your favorite paint color and notice a visible change each time!
I have to admit, I’m such a big fan now of ‘staining’ using paint! I have so much more control over the finished product which makes my type A personality extremely happy. The beautiful wood grain details are also still visible so I’m going to say this is a win all around. Creating a faux mini garden at the base of the frame was definitely a fun idea and all we needed were some white rocks and faux succulents. But why stop there? Hubby loves greenery so we decided to further accessorize the space with white and gold wall planters filled with, you guessed it, more faux greenery. I promise we’ve tried countless times to add real plants to our home, but it’s not fair to the helpless plant babes that we keep killing them. So, realistic faux it is.
Welcome to our newly updated entryway! I’m in love with this project for so many reasons. Our girls, Neah (6) and Kaiyah (1) are the heart of our family and our home. We work as hard as we do to provide the best life possible for them. Their photos at our entryway are a statement and a symbol of how cherished they are! Their photos were originally colored, but I edited them to black and white versions which I found to be more dramatic and eye-catching. These are framed, canvas prints measuring 24” x 36.”I purchased them from Shutterly at 50% off which was a heck of the deal. Well there you have it, one more successfully completed project! Do you have any completed project that holds a special place in your heart?
Gather ’round boys and girls, today I’m sharing the story of how our first DIY came to be, and it literally only took us a few hours! So picture this, a wonderfully peaceful Saturday afternoon of lazing on the couch with Hubby. I was casually scrolling through Pinterest when this gorgeous photo caught my eye! I was in sheer awe of its simple beauty. The accent wall’s color, shelves and decor all worked together in perfect unity.
I was so inspired by the design and naturally, my wheels started turning. There were so many thoughts running through my mind like, where could we recreate a similar wall and would a dark, moody color fit with the existing aesthetics of our home and how would we mount these floating shelves? My Hubby is quite handy with repairs around our home. He is always willing to learn so I had the utmost confidence that this was a project he could handle, even though we’d never attempted any DIYs before that day. However, knowing he could do this and him actually agreeing to do this project were two completely different things. Being with this man for almost 17 years, he has taught me that there is no harm in asking for the things you want. The worse that could happen is you hear no. Problem is, this gal doesn’t like to be told no, but my desire to tackle this project was much stronger than the uncertainty of this not working in my favor.
I showed Hubby the scroll stopping photo and very nonchalantly commented on how great this little wall feature would look in our home. He studied the photo for a moment and to my disbelief said, “let’s do it.” He didn’t just mean let’s do it sometime in the near future, oh no, he meant let’s do it now! It took me a second for the shock to wear off and then I was in full planning mode. We chose the wall right off of our garage entryway because it was the perfect size and offered some eye candy from our kitchen.
We obviously needed a few supplies, so off to Home Depot and Lowes we went. Home Depot sold the hobby boards we needed for the shelves, while Lowes sold Sherwin Williams paint. Instead of going with a true gray, if there is even such a thing, I wanted something a bit darker and moodier to contrast against our white kitchen. I’d found a few color options on Pinterest but went with my gut on our color choice. So, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Sherwin Williams Iron Ore!! Choosing this color was pure luck, but it’s a decision I have come to love in so many ways and soon, in so many projects!
Building the shelves were much easier than expected. The hobby boards we purchased were already the ideal length (2′) and depth (4″) for the shelves. Hubby then simply cut 2″ pieces for the front of each shelf that was secured using wood glue. This technique allowed us to not use nails and therefore, avoid the not so fun task of patching holes to hide the nail heads. Since I already loved the natural wood color of the shelves, I chose to emphasize the color by applying a natural wood stain. Mounting the shelves were also pretty easy. We used 2 strut brackets, and of course, I selected the gold option because I wanted the hardware to be apart of the decor.
So, about 3 hours after having this random idea, we had ourselves a beautifully moody accent wall with contrasting natural wood shelves. Not bad for a couple of rookies and just like that, our first DIY project was completed, very successfully I might add. I love having another little corner to decorate and redecorate! Currently, I’m using this accent wall as a photo gallery, but I’m excited to mix things up in the future!
I think once we broke the ice and tackled our first DIY, the idea just didn’t seem so intimating anymore. Since then, we’ve completed vertical shiplap installation in a nook space and created a modern color block wall. One of the goals of this blog is to create and share simple DIYs in our home. We truly hope you find inspiration in this little wall feature and in our other completed projects. Tell me, have you ever done a DIY project? What was your first?
Do you prepare your own taxes? Last week we finally received all our documentation to begin the process. I’ve been preparing our taxes for many years now and it’s money well saved! No, I’m not an accountant on the side, well maybe our family accountant. The Hubby has nicknamed me BOA (Bank of Aminah) which I’m choosing to regard as endearing. It was a daunting and overwhelming task initially but I’ve gained much confidence throughout the years. Besides, with Turbo Tax, the process has been streamlined and simplified. The software walks you through everything, step by step, reducing the intimidation factor. I do want to add that our taxes are pretty simple. If ever the complexity of your circumstances changes, then I would definitely be seeking the advice and expertise of a professional. So, if you already prepare your own taxes, good for you! If you’re thinking about it but you’re still anxious or concerned, then I suggest you have your usual accountant prepare your taxes, but go ahead and also try it on your own using the Turbo Tax software and compare the results. This is how I first started and once I saw that I achieved the same values, then I felt better about handling our taxes on my own. The Turbo Tax software is currently on sale on Amazon! Another great incentive to take the leap!
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When it comes to interior design, is a space ever truly complete? As creative souls, when new inspiration strikes, we tend to act upon it. Take this white wall in my Hubby’s office for instance. Initially, I loved the overall clean, crisp feel we’d achieved, but the more I looked at it, the more I strongly felt something was missing. We needed more color in the space but I didn’t just want another fully painted accent wall. I wanted something a bit more artistic and interesting. That’s when I took to Pinterest and came across this color block vinyl sticker, however, I didn’t necessarily want to pay $95 for this wall art sticker. I figured we could create our own painted version, using our own design, and likely spend much less in the process. I’m elated to report that the finished accent wall achieved everything I hoped it would with a final cost of only $20!
Although not shown here, our FIRST step prior to taping and painting, was to draw out the design on the wall. We were then able to better visualize the blocks including each size, placement and painting order. I highly recommend a large, lightweight ruler, a level and frog tape! We couldn’t create perfect, leveled lines without these products! In order to maximize the number of blocks we could paint in each session, we began with the black, corner block (Behr Dark Secret). We applied 2 coats, allowing each coat to dry in between, followed by some more waiting before we could safely remove the tape and reapply it on the painted black block (say that 3 times fast!).
We were then able to tape off and paint 2 more sections/blocks. The color on the top is Behr Silverstone while the one on the bottom is Behr Imperial Gray. Both colors provided the right balance of contrast and warmth.
The 4th color to the far right is Behr Drizzle and added the perfect cool tone against the warmer gray colors. Lastly, we were able to paint the 5th color, Behr Moroccan Spice, which added a warm pop of brown to complete the look.
Can I just say that I love it when a plan falls into place! I mean who doesn’t?! The Hubby created a digital rendering of the wall design using Adobe Photoshop. We had an idea of the colors we wanted, i.e. black, a few grays and a pop of brown, but did not do any research or testing to specifically determine shades or tones. Since none of the planned blocks were overwhelmingly large, we decided to take the risk and simply choose colors we believed to be complementary and cohesive. This blind leap and the use of sample size paints, allowed us to keep our cost so incredibly low. I think this color block wall art was such a good choice for the Hubby’s office. I was concerned that the pillows and throw would feminize the space but the geometric shapes and paint colors we chose, created the perfect balance!
We managed to maintain the clean, crisp look of the room while also adding more character. I’d love to know what you guys think about our latest accent wall? Is this something you would ever consider for a space in your own home? I know this may be too bold for some, but remember friends, it’s only paint after all and can easily be changed with the stroke of a brush.