Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A flashback of color

I was looking through old pictures of my previous home, and I came across this one.
I soon decided that I seriously miss this wall and the dose of color that it gave to this space.  This square wall was one of the funnest painting projects I have ever done.  It was not hard at all, and it gave the wall pattern and dimension without having to hang wallpaper. The trick to it was to use a laser level and draw the squares out with a pencil.  Then instead of taping the squares, I just painted the outline with a painter's brush, and filled in the rest with a larger brush.  There was no touch up from pulling the tape and all my lines were clean.  Really, not that hard, I kind of found it relaxing.  Crazy, I know, but that is what painting does to me. This is a really fun, and easy project if you are looking for a way to add some personality to any room! Pin It

Monday, October 14, 2013

A touch of brick

Life has been crazy around here. It has been a while since my last post. We have been busy adding a little bit of exposed brick to our home. There is a landing in my stairs between my middle level and my basement level that I wanted to dress up for a long time.
There was this shelf that came out from the wall. I wanted to put brick on the top and wainscoting on the bottom.
We started by putting up some backer board, and went to work adding the brick. It is the thin brick perfect for walls.
We were nervous about bricking a wall, but it actually was so easy. A lot easier than tile in fact.
I was excited to get the brick done, and move on to the wainscoting.
We nailed on 1/4 inch plywood and a piece of wood for the shelf and went to work on the detail.
We measured and ripped MDF on the table saw to create the detail of the wainscoting.
Then I went to work painting it white.
And adding some fall decorations to it.
I love the way it turned out. Just enough detail to really add some personality to the stairway. Finally, my whole lower level of my home is finished. Now moving on to another room! Pin It