Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Project: Guest Room {Walls}

Yesterday I mentioned how we have started thinking about the holidays and holiday guests, which means taking on the guest room as our next project. 

See yesterday's post (here) where I outlined the process I use when tackling an organizing/decorating project such as this.

Here you can see what was working, what wasn't working,
and what goals I have for the room.

Let's start with wasn't working: the furniture. The bed frame was too large for the room and the baker's rack didn't serve the right purpose. So they were both sold on Craigslist. There wasn't a whole lot that was working other than the mattress and box spring, the carpet, and possibly the ceiling fan (for now anyway).

Without the furniture we're pretty much left with just a shell of a room. So now the fun part: working towards our goals

The first goal on my list was a cozier feel. To me that starts with color. I wanted the walls to be light and neutral but warm, sort of a butter cream. So we prepped the room and gave it all a couple coats of
Valspar's Night Light. (Doesn't that just sound cozy?)

So now for some texture. I wanted to have the wall you see from the door (also behind the bed) to be some sort of focal wall.
So first thing hubs did was find the studs along the wall.

He marked where the first stud began and ended using once of these nifty little stud finders.

and then marked the center with a nail.

Since studs are typically spaced 16 inches apart, he measured every 16 inches and marked them with a nail (just to make sure there really was a stud there).

 Then using a large straight edge and a level, he drew a line
from each mark vertically along the wall.

Last thing he did was then find the center of the wall horizontally
and draw a line across.

What are we doing you might ask???

We bought a bunch of 8 foot 1 x 6 pine boards that he cut so that they would fit on the wall in a staggered pattern. (The first one he kept whole, then cut the second one to fit the remainder. Then he used the other part of the cut piece to gage where to cut the next piece and so on.) He numbered each piece so that we would know what order to put them up on the wall.

**Note...we made sure to write the numbers on the side with any lettering or markings that we didn't want to show.

Here are all the cut planks. I think there were 34 pieces once he finished cutting.

Now it was my turn. 

Because my walls were a light butter cream color,
I wanted to cool it down a bit with a touch of gray.

I used Benjamin Moore's Hearth Stone 1601.

However, I wanted the grain and knots of the wood to show through some so I watered down the paint by 50%. To do this I used a paint cup that had measurements and filled the paint to 14 ounces

and then with water another 14 ounces.

And because it was watered down, I wanted to apply it like a stain. So I used/dipped an old t-shirt torn into a rag. 

Like I mentioned earlier, I wanted the grain of the wood to show through so I wasn't too concerned about applying it real heavily.
I did make sure to get the edges as well.  

(Remember to go with the grain of the wood.)

Here are the boards cut, stained, and ready to be hung. Check us out (hopefully tomorrow) to see them on the wall. (Yippee!!:)

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  1. I am just stopping by to let you know I nominated you for the Leibster award. Swing by my
    post to see your feature. Andrea @ www.OneCreativeHousewife.com

    I can't wait to see the finished room :)

    1. Thank you so much Andrea! You just made my night! :) I will stop by and take a look. Have a great week!

  2. Great idea and looking good!

    I enjoy following your blog, but this will be the last time I will leave a comment because of the Word Verification. It always takes 2 or 3 tries and is very frustrating. I don't think I'm the only one who feels that way, and many bloggers will not even follow a blog that has that feature. Of course it's up to you whether you remove it or not, I'm just a messenger.

    1. Thanks Carol for letting me know. I took off the word verification so hopefully it is much easier to comment. I actually didn't realize it was on so thank you for telling me. Hope you have a great weekend!



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