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DIY Wood Accent Wall

Happy almost December, friends!

WTF happened to November (other than flying by)??? In my world, that is okay…..we all know I am not a fan of the month and anxiously look forward to getting past the holidays. Still, I hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

I have been working on a lot behind the scenes, and when I say a lot, trust me…..it’s A LOT. My biggest focus has been getting my book finished up for publication, but I’ve had a lot going on with my business (good stuff….our team is kicking some serious butt) and personally. I could use some extra hours in the day every day, and I know I’m not alone with that statement.

In the mix of all of my craziness, I decided I really wanted to focus on doing some projects around the house and finally finishing all the interior design. Since moving in a little over two years ago, there are a few rooms I hadn’t truly decorated or paid attention to, and my goal is to get them done asap. One of these rooms was the great room, which is located to the left of the foyer, meaning this space is one you see immediately when you enter the house. I had taken forever to pick out the blue velvet furniture for the space and knew I wanted the room to be a mix of blues, white, grays, and silver, but I had one big problem with the room: the huge wall that your eye went to as soon as you walked in the house.

I knew I did not want to have a flatscreen in that room, nor did I want to do a large gallery wall of photos or anything like that, so I was torn with what to do with that space. One day while spending an excessive amount of time on Pinterest, I came across a tutorial and pics of a DIY project that I felt would be perfect for that wall. Ironically, a few days later a few of my friends ended up doing a similar wall in their home, only in a deep blue color. I shared the idea with my mom, and we decided to do it when we had time.

This weekend we FINALLY got around to getting our DIY on, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. Here is a look at the wall before we did anything to it. We had already painted the wall white to make it pop once the wood detail was added (the rest of the room is a light grayish color).

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My mom and friend Lori measuring

This wall project cost me less than $100 to do and requires minimal supplies. Here’s what we used:

-Trim boards (purchased at Home Depot)
-Nail Gun and nails
-Saw (we used some fancy electric one that my uncle owned)
-Paint (The color we used was Behr Satin Polar Bear)

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When your friend is an engineer, you rely on her expertise!

Basically all you are doing is creating a grid with the trim pieces you have cut to fit your wall. The sizing of your grid depends on you. I have seen some that are smaller squares, while others have been larger more rectangular types. I did attempt to use the nail gun, but I liked it maybe a bit too much and had it taken away from me, so the majority of the project involved me supervising. It probably was better I did that….

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Here is a look at the final grid! I am beyond in love with it! This was before we applied the final coat of paint to the pieces of trim board.

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The original tutorial I found on this can be accessed HERE.

The most challenging part of this was just figuring out how to use the nail gun (thankfully my friend Danielle figured it out for us) and just how time consuming it was to cut all of the pieces of wood. There is a lot of measuring and precision involved, so if you do this, make sure you are good with that stuff or someone is helping you who is.

I love how the eye goes to this wall now when you walk into the house! Now I just have to finish decorating that room……..

If you do this accent wall, make sure you send me pics!

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No Needles Needed!

Pinterest.

One simple word that makes me giddy with joy. I know I am not alone on this one.

When Pinterest graced us with its presence back in 2010, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. I remember having a few casual conversations about it with friends who started using it right away and me stating that I didn’t think I would find it very useful. I’d like to publicly state that was one of my most ridiculous thoughts EVER.

I can honestly state here, on my blog, aka my safe space and trust tree with my internet followers, that I am a Pinterest addict. I have it on my computer as a favorite, and I have the app on my iPad and cell phone as well. Monfort, a digital marketing and social media agency posted some interesting stats (which you can access by clicking on their name) regarding this site, and one in particular really made it apparent to me that I have a problem. According to their research, females post about 158 new pins a year. A YEAR!

Hello, Pinterest, I pinned that amount yesterday #nolie.

I strongly feel I can debate the need and relevance of my addiction with Pinterest until the cows come home. After all, I can go there for inspirational quotes. I can find cute hair and makeup ideas. I can find recipes that are healthy and that Kyle would enjoy. I can learn how to properly clean suede should I ever want to or learn how to make magnets out of household items. Yes, it is a devil’s playground, and I love every minute I waste on there (Sidenote: 1 “minute” really equals about 2 straight hours on the damn site). I especially enjoy seeing Pinterest fails….where people attempt something they see on Pinterest and just butcher the heck out of it. Here’s just one lovely example that I found on (you guessed it) Pinterest:

So many great fails.

So many great fails.

This week I attempted something I have had on my Pinterest ” To Do” list for quite some time: arm knitting. You heard right…you knit with your arms. Since I really don’t like crocheting or knitting things due to my lack of patience and large fingers, I was convinced that I would have to own up to this being a fail once I tried it and bombed at scarf making.

Yeah...I did it!

Yeah…I did it!

WRONG! I did it! And I actually liked it so much that the next day, I cruised right on over to the fabric store and hooked myself up with some more yarn. The first scarf wasn’t perfect, but that is okay….I am a beginner….but it was made the way I wanted as far as chunkiness, it was a color I wanted, and it was super soft. Oh….and I only paid about $10 for the 2 skeins (is that how you spell the term….i don’t even know)….and I got 2 scarves out of them. $5 a scarf? Katie likes that.

If you want to try arm knitting, which I strongly encourage you to do, I posted a video on my Youtube channel teaching you how I did it.  Here it is:

Two final comments:

1. Be smart about arm knitting. Go on the internet (hey, you’re already on it), go to the craft store of your choosing, and print off some coupons. There is absolutely no reason to pay full price for yarn. Be shoppertunistic.

2. If you aren’t on Pinterest, I invite you to please abandon my blog, as well as everything else on your agenda, and go there immediately. Seriously.

And please, repeat after me....

And please, repeat after me….

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