Rug Tour

Since I receive so many questions about the rugs in my home, I thought I would put them all in one place! All of my rugs are from Boutique Rugs. You can use code REVEAL60 for 60% off of anything on their site. They have lots of great decor, throws and pillow covers too!

Kitchen Runner Ganyangan Runner

Bedroom Rug Rockfish 8×10 Rug

Family Room Mignon 8×10 Rug

Entryway Room Churchdown

Dining Room Ganyangan 9×12

I hope this is helpful. if you have any questions about the rugs (or anything else in my home) feel free to send me a Direct Message on Instagram.

DIY Board & Batten

The thing that I love most about B&B is there is no wrong way to do it. You can use any size boards, spaced however you like and go as high (or low) as you prefer. The options really are endless when it comes to board and batten. Since I’ve received many questions about it in Social Media, I thought this was a good spot to document it. I’ve also made it a goal to write more blog posts in 2022 and couldn’t think of a better topic to kick it off. So, let’s dig in ๐Ÿ™‚

Skinny board & batten (5โ€™ tall). This room has 9โ€™ ceilings for reference.
Thicker Board & Batten that goes all the way to the ceiling

Style – There are so many styles of board and batten that you can incorporate it into any home. I’ve seen board and batten in almost every room of the home (entryway, bedroom, bathroom, laundry room, mud room, dining room, living room… literally everywhere.

you can do standard craftsmen style board and batten for a more clean and simple look or add decorative trim pieces to give it a more traditional feel. We did 3 different styles in our previous home all using the more standard b&b.

Size & Spacing – there is no wrong answer here. In the 3 different b&b applications we used in the previous home, the board size, height and spacing were all different. The main thing to consider with spacing is the size of your wall and the size of the boards. You do want even spacing for a cleaner look. There are several ways to accomplish this. You can divide the wall in half and then keep dividing your side sections again (until you achieve the desired look) or you can use a calculator such as this one.

Supplies – This will vary slightly based on your project, but the basic supply list is:

How to – I always start by rolling out the wall with my paint. I find this to be much easier than cutting in around each board later. I also roll or spray my boards before installing, again I find that it’s just easier to do it first.

Once you determine your spacing and height that you prefer, cut your boards to size and attach. Because most walls are not perfectly square, you may want to measure and cut each board individually vs cutting them all the same size. when nailing the boards, I recommend nailing at alternating angles, so the nails hold onto the drywall better.

One other thing to consider is how you will tie your boards into your baseboards. This is going to depend on the type and size of board you are using as well as the type and size of baseboards that you have. Here are a few photos of different ways we have done it.

Once everything is attached, be sure to fill your nail holes, sand and caulk your seams. do any touch up painting as needed.

That’s it. Now you can sit back and enjoy your “not so hard” work!

References:

Here is a recent video that I put together that documents the process pretty well.

Be sure to follow along on Instagram and TikTok for more DIYโ€˜s and home inspiration!

Black Geometric Accent Wall

Easy DIY Accent Wall!

Our front living room had this weird bumped out wall that just never felt complete. After a little bit of negotiating, I talked Kyle into putting built -ins in the indented sides and creating a fun accent wall in the middle. I don’t have full video on the built-ins because that was part of the deal… if you don’t make me film it all, I’ll do the built-ins ๐Ÿ™‚

Tools:

I do have a lot of it documented on Instagram, just not all of it. You can find more detail on the built-ins here.

We used MDF to build the sides and base
This is the concept of what we're doing
We built the doors for the bottom cabinet
We made the shelves out of 2 inch thick select pine boards

For the accent wall, we painted the wall first using Cracked Pepper by Behr, we also sprayed the lattice boards in the garage.

After they were installed (the pattern is completely random) we filled the nail holes and then touched up those spots.

I find painting the wall first much easier than doing it after so you don’t have to cut in at every corner. For more details on the accent wall, click here.

Here is the final result. All of the details can be found on my instagram account. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Laundry Room Makeover

We completed this project about 2 years ago and it occurred to me that I never put a post together on it… better late than never, right? I’ll try to keep this short and sweet, this project did take some time, but wasn’t overly complicated.

Here is the final result.

We started with a pretty standard (and ugly) laundry room.

I wanted something that was pretty, but also more functional. The absolute must haves on my list were a countertop over the washer and dryer and a shelf to cover the plumber’s box. We also wanted to do this project budget-friendly, but there were also a few splurges.

Here is an overview of the project:

  • remove the open shelves and replace with cabinets (with smaller open shelves in the middle)
  • add the countertop and base cabinet with stainless steel sink and pull out garbage can. We made the countertop out of wood and stained with a combination of black and gray stain.
  • Cover the plumber’s box
  • replace the door with something more aesthetically pleasing. We found this old door at the habitat restore store and refinished it.

Full details for this project can be found in the 3 laundry room highlight bubbles on my Instagram profile. You can also shop this post here. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Eufy Wireless Security Cameras

I received two new Eufy wireless security cameras about a month ago and I absolutely love them. The app is really easy to use, provides real time notifications and only picks up human motion.

Additionally, they are completely wireless and only need to be charged once every 6 months. I’ve had other cameras that said they were wireless, but still needed to be plugged into power, these don’t.

There is no monthly subscription required and all of my videos are stored locally and is extremely secure. If you have been thinking about upgrading or starting your smart home journey, I highly recommend starting with these.

Rug Tour – previous home

Since I receive so many questions about the rugs in my home, I thought I would put them all in one place! Most of my rugs are from Boutique Rugs. You can use code REVEAL60 for 60% off of anything on their site. They have lots of great decor, throws and pillow covers too!

Kitchen Runner Nesquehoning Runner

Bedroom Rug Rockfish 8×10 Rug

Stair Runner Cozahome Runner (we used 4 of these on our stairs)

Family Room Monterey 8×10 Rug

Living Room Wausa 5×7 Rug

Dining Room Very Affordable Option on Amazon

Bar Rug Kamran Hazel 3×5 Ruggable Rug

I hope this is helpful. if you have any questions about the rugs (or anything else in my home) feel free to send me a Direct Message on Instagram.

DIY Herringbone Accent Wall

We recently finished this accent wall in our guest room and I’m so excited to share it with you. We were a little intimidated by the herringbone pattern at first, but once you get it started, it’s a pretty easy process. The hardest part for us was all of the cuts around the windows. If you have a full wall, this would go much faster. Let’s dig into how to do it!

STEP 1:  DETERMINE HOW MUCH DURADECOR VINYL YOU’LL NEED FOR YOUR WALL

First, measure your wall to determine total square feet (length x height). Our wall is approximately 117 sq ft. Each box covers 20 square feet.

Divide your wall square footage by 20 and round up. For a herringbone pattern, add about 15% for waste from cuts.

STEP 2: MARK THE CENTER OF YOUR WALL

Finding your center point is really important to ensure you end up with an even herringbone pattern at the end of your project.

STEP 3:  ATTACH THE FIRST 2 BOARDS

Now we get to start the fun stuff!  Take two of your planks and mark the center of one end of each board. Line the planks up (bottom of each plank should hit your baseboard or floor) on the wall along the center line. You can use a speed square to confirm you have 90 degrees.

Once you know how they will be placed, mark the bottom line to make the 45 degree cut. We used a box cutting knife and a straight edge on ours. Once cut, remove the backing and stick them to the wall.

STEP 4:  CONTINUE ADDING BOARDS TO THE WALL

As you are working, it is up to you if you want to move up or out. For us, we worked on the center section first because that did not require any cuts. If you are working on a full wall, you could also work your way out and then up. If you have your pattern correct, the order in which you do it should not really matter.

On thing to note: All cuts (besides cutting around outlets and other obstacles) should be 45 degrees. Again, we used the box cutting knife and straight edge tool to make these cuts. When in doubt, cut too long and you can always trim down.

Once you are finished, if you have any edges where the boards are not perfectly straight, run a bead of caulk for a more seamless look.

Also, if the herringbone pattern feels overwhelming to you, these planks would also look beautiful in a simple vertical or horizontal installation. I love to see your finished products, so be sure to email them to me or share them with me on Instagram.

STEP 5: ROLL THE WALL USING A VINYL ROLLER

This step will ensure all of your boards adhere to the wall properly. You can find these at any home improvement store. I have also linked one here for you.

For video and full details of this project and many more, check out our Instagram account. Comment below with any questions or comments on this project.

How to choose your accent wall

When we decided we wanted to do an accent wall in our guest room, the next thing we had to decide was 1) what kind of look are we going for? 2) which product would fit our budget and still achieve the look we want? When we found the DuraDecor peel and stick luxury vinyl planks, we knew it was a win!

These planks come in a variety of colors and can be used on floors and walls. Our guest room was starting to look like a black and white photo, so I knew I wanted to warm it up.

Looking like a black and white photo

We ordered several samples and ultimately decided on the rough cut lumber greige planks.

This product is available exclusively at Home Depot, is budget friendly and easy to work with. And the best part, you don’t need any power tools to install it!

Our plan is to install this product in a herringbone pattern. We will share all of the details in an additional blog post and also on Instagram.

#Peel&StickStyle #DuraDecor #NotYourGrandmothersVinyl

Painted Shower Tile

If you’ve ever wanted to give your shower a simple makeover, this DIY tutorial is for you! We decided to paint the tile in our downstairs bathroom and are so excited about the turnout!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

A drill to remove the plumbing fixtures

Painters Tape

Paint Brush

Paint Roller

Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit – Epoxy Acrylic Formula

Caulk (if epoxy does not stick in certain spots)

Highly Recommended: Mask or Air Purifier to help with fumes.

THE BEFORE:

THE PROCESS:

Before you begin, Read all instructions on the box. Clean your shower with Comet and lightly sand to ensure the product bonds well to the tile. This will also create a smooth paint application.

It’s important to remove the trim and the plumbing fixtures before doing anything else! Since the tile will be painted, the faucet and other fixtures need to be dissembled before paint is applied. This part was pretty simple for me to handle on my own, though Kyle was there to supervise!

Next, tape off the edges of the shower with painter’s tape. If you are unable to remove your shower curtain, be sure to tape that too!

Then it’s time to cut in the edges with a brush before rolling on the paint! We used Rustoleum Tub and Tile Epoxy Acrylic Formula as our paint! 3 total coats are to be applied, however, let the paint dry for several hours between coats. The paint needs to cure for at least 48 hours before the shower can be used again.

Mask or air filter highly recommend for the fumes (follow all instructions on the box).

If your tile dries and there’s a spot where the epoxy is not sticking, rub a small amount of caulk over the spot and let dry. Once dry, apply another coat of paint and it should stick! See picture below for reference.

THE AFTER:

FOR BATHROOM DETAILS, CLICK HERE

DIY Wall Sconce Cord Cover

I’ve received so many questions lately on how I added sconce cord covers to our bedroom wall sconces on either side of our bed! And…can I get a round of applause for doing this by myself?! I have a video highlight on the DIY you can see HERE, but I wanted to do a step-by-step blog tutorial with the details if you’re a reader like me!

I know some people like to hide the wire that comes down from sconces on the wall, however, I decided to embrace the wire instead! This is such a simple DIY that didn’t take me long at all.

First, you’ll need wire tubing you can purchase at Home Depot. You can also find it HERE!

Next, spray paint! I had 4 different gold spray paints on hand, so I decided to test each one of them against the wall sconces to see which one matched best. I had an all-in-one spray paint and primer that worked perfectly! You can find the exact color HERE!

Pro tip for spray painting: make sure you apply with light and even strokes! It will be more even this way.

After the spray paint was completely dry, it was time to add the tubing to the cord to make it look like an extension of the light. I had to remove the plastic piece that holds the cord in place because it was interfering with the tube laying flat against the sconces. It was super easy to remove! There’s a seam on the side of the tube, so I simply pushed the wire into the seam.

The tubing comes with a peel and stick feature so once the cord was completely covered, it was time to line it up on the wall!

I am so pleased and excited about how these turned out! Keep scrolling to see the end result. I truly don’t think you would ever know it wasn’t part of the light which was my main goal.

To all you ladies out there… this goes to show that WE CAN DO THIS! I empower and encourage you to take on those home projects by yourself. You have the ability and power to accomplish any home project that you set your mind to!