DIY Slat Wall

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If you have been following me on instagram then you know that we recently made a move back to the East Coast from Louisiana. It’s an interesting story that isn’t quite finished so I can’t share it all yet, but we are still in transition for a bit. I was able to get my computer and all the things needed to make it work lol so I’m happy to share one of my last projects I completed before our move. I have to say that it’s probably my favorite wood wall install to date. It’s called a diy wood slat wall and I was surprised at how easy it was to do. Plus, I absolutely love how it looks and how it smells!

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There is this room at the church we attended called the fellowship hall. It’s just one of those general purpose rooms and one of the last major rooms that was in need of a little lovin’. The stage is kind of dark because there is no lighting up there (but don’t worry…. dimmable ceiling lights are suppose to be added at some point lol) so adding the wood really lightened it up. Once everything else in the room is completed it will complement all of the other changes as well. I came across this tutorial on how to do this type of wall here and brought my idea to the people who make the decisions. I outlined the few different ways we could go about it and they decided to go with cedar for the wood so it would tie in to the foyer and that meant it didn’t need to be stained, etc. Locally the sizes of the cedar that were available and that we used were: 1″ x 4″x 8′ and 1″ x 2″ x 8′ for the main wall and then the outer edges were 1″ x 8″ and the middle two were 1″ x 12″. This wall needed to be done quickly, so I didn’t have time to be ripping down all the wood to be a different size.

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I sanded all of the boards and then nailed the 1″x 2″ ‘s to the 1″ x 4″ ‘s at home and then brought them all up to put in place. The wall was around 26 feet across so I was able to create three 8 foot sections and then cover the seams with larger wood that would run vertically.

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I also just cut the wood to fit around the electrical outlets because the voltage in this building is very high so I don’t mess with those. Plus, it would have been a while to get someone out to come pull them out and get them sitting on top of the wood. Since this is the back of a stage, it’s really not a big deal. The one thing I wish I had done was made the cuts for underneath the outlets right from the piece I had to cut so it would have looked more continuous, but hind sight, right? lol Again, still not very noticeable.

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And the great thing is that since cedar is so lightweight I was able to install all of this completely on my own. I just shut the doors, put on some worship music, and got to work :) And honestly, the actual install took me from around 9am to 2:30 pm. It would have been even quicker if I hadn’t needed to cut around outlets…..oh and I did have to run and get the 1″x12″ pieces too since the 1″ x 8″ ‘s I originally had didn’t cover the two middle seams.  It’s a great modern look and makes for such a great feature wall. If you are thinking about doing a diy wood slat wall, I give it a thumbs up!

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(find rug used on stage here)

Simple Bathroom Makeover (almost done!)

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I have been working really hard lately to finish up some projects I had committed to and this simple bathroom makeover is getting so close to being done! And yes, I’m calling this a simple bathroom makeover because most everything was kept and it was done by me, a regular diy’er, and others with little experience in this type of thing. The last few things left (new flooring/baseboards) are things that are out of my capabilities on such a large level so those are being hired out. But I’m extremely proud of what has been accomplished so far and thankful for all the help I have had during this process. This makeover has happened in two bathrooms at my church and is almost done in another two, but I’m focusing on this one for sharing purposes. They all are the same colors and style, but the women’s bathroom is more pleasant for pictures ;) I seriously can’t believe how different it looks with just a few changes!

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This is the before picture. Not horrible, but not terribly inviting and the lighting was not really pleasing for a bathroom. When I was asked to present design ideas for the bathrooms, I was told that the flooring was definitely going to change, but what other changes could I come up with. I sat down and really tried to think of what could be done easily, within my skills, and keep as much as was there as possible. I was inspired by bathrooms I had seen on pinterest and drew up this design:

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My plan was to keep the existing cabinets but add new hardware and also wood to create a shaker style, add a new countertop, add a backsplash, new mirrors, lights if possible, fresh paint, and wood ledge to place items on. I also had some ideas for how to deal with the hand soap since the wall ones wouldn’t work for this type of set up. As you can see below, I did end up changing one thing on my original plan: instead of wood countertops I did a faux concrete on top of what was there. It made it so nothing had to be removed and saved a lot of time and money.

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The very first thing an amazing group of volunteers did was paint the walls in Sherwin Williams Alabaster (SW 7008). Then the very first thing I did was buy some 2’x2′ and 2’x4′ lauan plywood boards and rip them down to 2.5″ strips. Then I lightly sanded the doors and used wood glue and my nail gun to put them in place. I used wood filler on the nail holes and in any seams that had a gap. Then I caulked around the edges where the wood met the doors because the doors were curved on the edges. This just helped fill in that space. Not a necessity, but I thought it made it look a little more finished.

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Then came all the painting! If you are doing a lot of doors, make sure to mark which ones go where so when you go to put them back on it doesn’t take forever. We used an enamel paint in Sherwin Williams color Black Magic (SW 6991). I had a lot of helpers with painting these, as I do not have a sprayer. I found this tutorial useful for getting a nice finish even though we used a brush and roller. A Simple Bathroom Makeover | happy together
I also added some trim to the side of the cabinets to continue that Shaker cabinet look.

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The hardware added a lot to the cabinets! The top “drawers” are not really drawers, but adding the pulls (we used these) makes it look so finished. New knobs (here) on the doors also helped update the look and they all matched the sink faucets. My sweet friends installed all of these for me while I worked on the backsplash. It was such a big help!

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The countertop transformation took a total of three days, but I felt it was easier and more cost effective than the wood option. I read so many tutorials and went for it. It took three coats to get it all covered and I’m happy with how it turned out. The picture below is after the first coat.

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After the faux concrete was all dried and sealed I went to work on the backsplash. I used these inexpensive subway tiles and this grout. It was my first time working with a dark grout and I found that this stuff is messy! lol But it looks beautiful. I just suggest doing smaller sections to make cleaning easier. It seemed to dry faster to me.

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When all of that was finally done, I added this pretty wood ledge. It is a 2″x4″x10′ with a 1″x4″x10′ piece behind it. I screwed the 1″x4″ to the 2″x4″ first and then used liquid nails and a nail gun to keep it in place on the wall. Oh, and I stained it with Minwax Early American and sealed with three layers of polycrylic semi gloss before putting it on the wall.

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For the soap, we decided to go with soap pumps by the sink. It really takes the look up a notch and I totally did this hack where you add the hose underneath to connect to a large bottle of soap versus the small bottle that comes with these. This is the soap pump and the hose we used. They are working great so far.

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The greenery all came from Hobby Lobby and I put one of the plants in a clay pot. I found a clear vase in the back for the fern plant.

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I also added two 4″x6″ pictures frames so they can put in announcements or holiday themed printables, etc.

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Lastly, the awesome electricians were able to wire in these lights (which if you wait for a sale, they have gotten as low as just over $30/each!) for us and the mirrors are from Target. They are the most cost effective for this type of metal mirror I have found, and I scoured the internet a long time! I am not sure when the flooring and baseboards will be done, but I wanted to go ahead and share this part of it. When that part is done, I will share a final reveal. I also plan to do a more in depth post next on my experience with the faux concrete countertops, so be on the lookout for that if you are interested. And always remember, a little change can go a long way in making a simple bathroom makeover.

Mardi Gras Easter Egg DIY

Mardi Gras Easter Egg DIY
This month’s issue of Food Network Magazine is showcasing fifty different eggs from fifty different bloggers (you can now see them all online here: Easter Eggs Across America). Each state is represented! I am honored to represent Louisiana as this is the state I have lived in for the past six years. I have grown to love it here as it is a state full of it’s own unique culture and such wonderful people. I had to share a few ideas on what type of egg I could create that would showcase a bit of the state. I secretly really wanted to make a crawfish egg, but Mardi Gras beat it out hahaha. That is one thing this state is known for and we have enjoyed all the family events that come along during that time of the year. I now get to share the Mardi Gras Easter Egg DIY for anyone who might want to make one or create their own spin of this type of egg. Or, as i like to call it, a Masquer-Egg…..get it? ;)

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Materials needed:

  • Boiled Egg or Fake Egg (I used an Eggnot)
  • Mardi Gras colors of acrylic paint (purple and green)
  • 2 Paint Brushes
  • Gold Leaf Flakes
  • Gold Leaf Adhesive (my local craft stores were all out, so I used Mod Podge and it worked great)
  • Optional: One Step Crackle Finish (I used this to try to create more texture, but it didn’t make enough of a noticeable difference in my opinion)
  • Mask: black card stock, toothpick, small feathers, small rhinestones, glue, and small scissors or exacto knife)
  • Optional: Egg Carton

Mardi Gras Easter Egg DIY
Begin by painting the top of the egg purple. Allow to fully dry. I found that using an old egg carton upside down was a great way to set the egg in place during drying times (see picture further down of this).

Mardi Gras Easter Egg DIY
Once the purple is dry, paint the rest green. Allow it to fully dry. If you like, this is when you can add the one step crackle finish to one side at a time. Allow to dry.

Mardi Gras Easter Egg DIY
Now for the fun part. I had never used gold leaf flakes before and was excited to try it out. It was fun! It made me want to gold leaf all the things. I painted on a layer of Mod Podge to one end of the egg. Then I took a dry brush and placed it in the gold leaf flakes and applied them. I just added the flakes until I was happy with it. Then I took the brush I had applied the Mod Podge with and added a top coating of Mod Podge to the flakes to seal them in place.

Mardi Gras Easter Egg DIY
Once that half is dry, flip the egg over and repeat on the other end.

Mardi Gras Easter Egg DIY
For the mask, I found a simple outline on the internet. I printed it to the size I wanted and used that as a template to cut out the black card stock. I had no small scissors, so I used an exacto knife to make the small intricate cuts.

Mardi Gras Easter Egg DIY
You can decorate your mask how you like, but I glued on small feathers and two small rhinestones for a simple look. Then I painted a toothpick black to be the holder. Glue the mask in a place you like and let it dry. Now you have a fancy Mardi Gras Easter Egg. Don’t forget to check out the Food Network Magazine to see all the other state Easter Eggs.  -jess

Mardi Gras Easter Egg DIY

Tassel Keychain DIY

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This past weekend I hosted The Crafty Social here in southwest Louisiana. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot and will post all about it soon. There were two projects that I created patterns for specifically for the event, and now I can share them starting with this Tassel Keychain DIY. It takes only a few items to create and would be a great project for a group to do together or to create to give as gifts (Christmas isn’t that far away!). I have mine on my keys and love how it doesn’t add a lot of extra weight but adds bulk so I can find my keys easier in my purse. -As always, make sure to read all the directions before making.-

Tassel Keychain DIY Tassel Keychain DIY
What you will need:

  • Roughly 37 yards of size 3 crochet thread
  • Ruler
  • Keychain
  • Two 1″ (25mm) wood round beads
  • Tapestry needle or plastic yarn needle
  • Cardboard/cardstock cut into a 4″x6″ size
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Glue

Tassel Keychain DIY
First you will need to cut two pieces from your thread that will be used later. One piece should be about 36″ long and the other 24″ long.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Leaving a small tail of thread off the cardstock, take the rest of the thread and begin to wrap it around long ways. If your paper isn’t very sturdy, you will have to make sure to keep it flat while wrapping.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Once you have wrapped all the yarn, make sure the two thread ends are on the same side.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Take the 36″ long piece of thread and string through the top loop which is opposite of the thread ends. Center the thread and tie two to three knots as tight as you can.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Cut through the other end loops now.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Use the 24″ piece of thread to tie around all the thread about 1″ down from where the loops are.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Loop thread around two more times and knot off. For extra hold, you can add glue to the knot at the end of the project.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Trim off the bottom of the tassel so all the strands are the same length.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Thread the needle with both pieces of the 36″ thread that you had tied at the top.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Take needle and thread through both wooden beads.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Then take needle and go around the keychain two times.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Next, take needle back down through the two beads. You will have to pull the top thread a little by little to make sure it is all tight and there isn’t much slack.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Take one piece of thread out of needle and thread the other through the top loops.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Tie the two strands together so the thread will not unravel.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Make sure it is knotted as close and tight to underneath the bead as possible so it won’t show.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Knot it at least two more times and then trim the excess. You can also add some glue to those knots for extra strength. Now you have a beautiful tassel keychain. Share you pics of ones that you make on social media using hashtag #happytogetherbyjess

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The Crafty Social: A Fall Inspired DIY Workshop


In a previous post I mentioned about how I was in the middle of preparing for this event. It is time I can finally announce The Crafty Social! It is a fall inspired DIY workshop that I am hosting here in southwest Louisiana through the Women’s Ministry at my church. It will consist of four DIY projects (all supplies included except for scissors and no crafting experience necessary!), snacks, and giveaways.  If you are local, you can register here. If you are not local, you can still participate and purchase the limited edition t-shirt and wait for the DIY posts that I will share mid October covering a few of the projects so you can make them at home. The above video is a closer look at all the projects. Clark Miller of Zoe Photography helped bring my vision to reality for that. It turned out so good!

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The first campaign for this t-shirt will be open until Monday, September 11, for orders. This allows for those who want to receive it before the event to get it in time. As soon as it is over, I will start another campaign for it though. That one will be open for orders until October 9th. There are a few color options available. Below are the four projects that we will make together. A few of them have color options that you will be able to choose from when you register. The first is these cute pumpkin mason jars. I made four, but there are six colors to pick from.

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The second project will be this tassel key chain.

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The third will be pinback buttons. Each participant will create three (one being The Crafty Social collectors pin and the other two being selected during the event).

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The fourth and final project will be this fall felt banner. There are three color options available for this project.

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I do hope you can join me for The Crafty Social 2017 DIY Workshop. And if not, I hope you consider purchasing a limited edition t-shirt and then coming back to check out the tutorials later in October. Be following along on social media #thecraftysocialworkshop -jess

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