DIY Wainscoting

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Happy Monday!

The weather warmed up this weekend, but what comes with warm weather in the middle of winter? Melting snow and mud! I love the pristine scene that a fresh snowfall paints, but when the white becomes a dirty pile of coldness… yuck!

Not sure if it’s the desire for that pure white look or what, but I’ve really been into wainscoting lately. It’s so perfectly smooth and clean; I’m just drawn to it!

Wainscot or wainscoting is a type of paneling that is used on the lower portion of a wall between the baseboard and the chair rail. It can get pricey, so if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, this blog is for you! I’ve been perusing Pinterest and have found tons of fun ways to experiment with wall-panel wainscoting, board and batten, and beadboard.

Check out these how-to blogs for some fun ways to spruce up your home on an after-Christmas-shopping-spree-paying-off-the-credit-cards kind of budget.

Wall-panel wainscoting: This gal used crown molding and paint to create wall-panel wainscoting. I also saw examples of DIYers using cheap frames nailed to the wall and painted over. Easy peasy wainscoting!  

DIY Wainscoting by Decorchick.com

DIY Wainscoting by Decorchick.com

Board and batten: I love what this family did with some lumber and paint when they needed a more functional area. Board and batten in the entry!

Board and Batten by thenatos.com

Board and Batten by thenatos.com

Beadboard: Ok, you have to be willing to do wallpaper, however…. how cool is this? Wallpaper beadboard!

Beadboard wallpaper by southernhospitatlityblog.com

Beadboard wallpaper by southernhospitatlityblog.com

If you decide to test out these wall projects, be sure to let me know how it goes!

Happy DIYing!
-Julie

Crafty Christmas Ornaments

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I’m feeling a little crafty today, and ran across some cute DIY Christmas ornament tutorials, so I thought I’d share them.

The first one is an Epsom salt glass ball. Clear glass ornament + glue + Epsom salt = gorgeous glass! Here’s the how to.

Thinking along those same lines, you can cover glass ornaments with fabric. Whatever fabric you want! Change them every year if you prefer! These ornaments are fun and easy to make. Best of all… who doesn’t have boxes of random colored Christmas bulbs left over from the year you thought you’d “change it up”?

Here’s the same idea, only in burlap. Cute!

Speaking of burlap, if you want to take a bit more time with your creations – burlap and rag-wrapped ornaments are all the rage this season. Stop by the shoppe to grab a roll of burlap and start cutting, wrapping and gluing! Snag some twine, and you’ll have a trendy tree this Christmas!

Now that it’s November, bring on Christmas! If you’re really in the spirit, come check out the store. Christmas is arriving every day!

– Julie