Hot & "Settee"

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 |

OK, maybe not so "hot", but definitely a "settee".  

More like cold.  Cold and blue.  "Blue" because, well he's blue, and also as in "someone help a fella out, I'm down in the dumps (literally)" blue.

To me, there's no better feeling than helping something injured or downtrodden.  I'm a physical therapist.  And while I have not touched a patient since around the time Sweet Cheeks was born three years ago, that training & mindset stick with you.  Rehab is something that's in your blood.

During my hiatus from human patients, I've turned my attention to a lot of thrift store, Craigslist, road-side & auction patients.  And you know what?  Although I don't get the pleasure of seeing these patients walk again, I still get that feeling of accomplishment and happiness when I've helped these patients stand proud again...on their legs, or casters, what-have-you.

Back to Blue's rehab.  It started with a major stripping, cleaning & painting.  Here's Blue mid-process...we uncovered a lot of prior upholstery jobs.  After he was all stripped, it was time to re-upholster with the new fabric, put on the new cording and the nailhead trim (which was super easy to use).

And here's Blue today.  Now he's hot.  Hot & settee.

All decked out in our foyer for Halloween.

This was one of my first re-upholstery projects, so I used burlap because it's cheap!  I did not want to experiment with more expensive fabrics right out of the starting gates.

Truth be told, I don't think the burlap is so "hot" these days...more like lukewarm, so Blue will likely be getting another facelift at some point, but that is waaaay near the bottom of my personal to-do list at the moment.  

Before I peace out, wanted to share a couple shots of how the Heathered Nest is shaping up for Halloween.  It's my favorite holiday to decorate for!


I made the Reward poster a couple years back...just regular 8x11 paper, toasted a little in the oven and burnt the ends with a match to give it the vintage-y look.  The painting is something I did recently in one of those painting classes where you go and paint and booze with your friends...mine was kinda lame, so I added some pumpkins, gravestones etc to make it look like it was intended for Halloween.  The other canvas is some handprint art I did with the kids.

I know we're early to decorate, but I love having the holidays last as long as possible.

And now that my decorating is done, I'm gonna see if I can sneak in five minutes to sit on my little settee here in the quiet....school bus arrives in T-minus six minutes and counting...

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Twirl & Take a Bow!

Monday, September 15, 2014 |

It's Makeover Madness today on Twirl and Take a Bow!

Happy Twirl and Take a Bow Tuesday (or Monday night if you're here early-because we go live on Monday's at 8:00EST!)
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It's Robin here, from All Things Heart and Home bringing you some MAKEOVER MADNESS FEATURES today! The very first makeover I want to show you is from our Guest-Host! Heather from The Heathered Nest! Heather and her hubby did a DIY Barn Wood Ceiling and in THIS post - they tell us how! (I love this bedroom so much and next to the ceiling...that sweet cow moooooves me!!!)
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And in the spirit of All-Things-Autumn...how about a great Pottery Barn Knockoff?! Angie from The Altered Past did an amazing makeover on a light fixture globe!!! - Grouted Pumpkins! Twirl and Take a Bow
And you know I love a good Studio/Office Makeover! Adrienne from Chic California! has a fantastic makeover on her space...
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And seriously...I'm buying graphite paper ASAP after seeing Wendi's table! Check out her table makeover and tutorial on transferring images... h2oBungalow
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Finally, I have some outdated storage boxes that are about to get a makeover after seeing these from LilyAllSorts
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Room and Bored

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 |

Sometimes, you can work really hard on a space, and in the end, the result still feels a little "ho-hum". That's reality, but it's still the worst.  Ever happen to you?  Here's one place it happened to us.

A couple years ago, we purchased an adorable 1950's Cape Cod home.  It had so much personality and potential.  Before we bought, this was the living room. 


Here's another shot...slightly different furnishings, but hopefully you'll get the "gist" of the BEFORE space. 


This is the first room you enter as you walk in the front door, so we wanted the re-make to be stellar.


First thing was did was update the fireplace surround, and add some can lighting.


Burlap style grasscloth wallpaper was used on three walls to give some texture and dimension.  We updated the door, painted, new crown moulding...etc etc...


In the end here's how it turn out.  I like it...we're giving ourselves an A for Effort, but as far as Execution goes, I'd be hard pressed to mark us higher than a C+.  


It just never really turned out exactly as we hoped.  We were constantly tweaking and changing to try and perfect it.  They layout of the room is a challenge with the front door, the fireplace, and being flanked by the entry points for the kitchen and hall to second floor. 


Floating around in my mind are still bunches of ideas for how to really perfect this space...one being add MORE COLOR!  Two being remove the TV (but if I want to stay married, that's never going to happen).

Anything you see that may "spruce" this room up?   Leave us a comment!  We love hearing new ideas!!  Sometimes a fresh perspective is so helpful, don't you think?


At the end of the day, the reality is, this room is JUST. FINE.  It's a place our family can sit and relax.  We have a roof over our heads and a place to keep us warm and dry...and therein lies beauty.  Grateful, grateful, grateful.  

So...perhaps this room is a bit boring, but it's definitely BEAUTIFUL. 

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Twirl & Take a Bow

Monday, September 8, 2014 |

So happy to be joining the girls for another week of Twirl & Take a Bow!  There are some TEMPTING features this week!  Here at Heathered Nest, I have NOT been doing much cooking, but we have been doing more fun DIY'ing (my waistline needs a break from all these fun desserts we're seeing out in blogland!)  Check out the latest post on our DIY Barnboard Ceiling Project HERE.  LET'S PARTY!


Welcome to another exciting week of Twirl & Take a Bow, everyone!  It's officially football season, which means that fall is upon us!  Is anyone else as excited as I am?  I have to be honest, the thing that excites me the most is the cooler weather.  (And the football.)  I mean, pumpkin flavored everything is nice, apples are great, and the holidays are fabulous, but nothing beats the chill in the air!  (And the football.) What about you?  What is your favorite part about fall?  Do you do anything special to celebrate the season? Don't forget that we have the lovely Heather from The Heathered Nest as a Guest Host for the next five weeks!  That means that your projects and posts will be seen on SEVEN blogs, not just six!  We're so excited to have her joining us!     
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Now let's get to this week's features!  There were so many great posts (as usual), which made it hard to choose...but this week it's All About Desserts!  Grab a glass of milk and get comfortable...these are some tasty treats!
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I don't know about you, but I could really go for a piece of this Blackberry Cobbler from Home. Made. Interest. right now!
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A cup of coffee and a slice of this Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake from An Extraordinary Day would really hit the spot!
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Speaking of all things pumpkin flavored... These Gluten Free Pumpkin Cupcakes from Atkinson Drive are absolutely adorable!
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Being a lover of parfaits...and fruit in general... these Banana Crunch Parfaits from Sweet Silly Sara look like the perfect dessert for my sweet tooth!
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What's dessert without some chocolate? This Naked Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting from At The Corner of Happy and Harried looks heavenly!
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Oh, What a Feeling...We've Got Barn Board on our Ceiling! And SO can YOU...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 |

Here's HOW!

Hey, I’m Dave.  Apparently there have been some questions about how we installed our barn board ceiling, so my wife asked me to write this blog post on the “how to”.  Let me first start by saying that I have the best wife ever...how many women would  tile a floor when they are 8 months pregnant…or know how to use a sawzall, so I have to give my lady some props.

Back to my first blog post (and possibly my last depending on how this goes)...

STEP 1: Measure the square footage of the ceiling (=ceiling length x width) so you know how much material you need…seems obvious, I know.  But it's not always easy to find the right amount of salvaged wood to fit the space you're working with, so have that information before you start to search. 

Here's how our ceiling started:



STEP 2: Find your wood!  "How?" you ask.  It depends.  If you live in a rural area and have some neighbors with old barns, you may have to look no further!  If not, start with craigslist, facebook and google.  Search the following terms coupled with some local, geographic identifier like the name of your city/town... “salvaged wood”, “barn wood” and/or "reclaimed wood".  This should put you well on the way in your hunt.  We found a local picker who specializes in reclaimed wood.




STEP 3: Once you have the material on site you should plan out which pieces will go together and how you will lay out the ceiling…keep in mind that the boards need to be installed perpendicular to the ceiling joists.  When you are using old materials like barn board there will be little consistency in the material itself, meaning the thickness and the widths of the boards will be different…that is why I say you need to plan it out…if you just start installing the material without a plan you will probably end up needing to buy more barn board as you will have a bunch of mismatched pieces at the end…not good.




STEP 4: This is an elective step, but pretty important, in our opinion, if your wood has not been kiln-dried (ours was not).  This wood has likely been sitting out, exposed to nature, including possibly wood infesting creatures, for some amount of time.  We sprayed our wood prior to installation with Bora Care, which will kill any termites that may exist in the wood.  They also have a product that will eliminate mold along with termites.  There are likely other similar products out there as well.  It's kind of an expensive step, but compared to the cost of pest control after the fact, well worth it!  Here are a couple of links, if you are interested:



      

STEP 5: Paint the bottom of the joists black (any kind of paint will do...we used craft acrylic, since that is what we had on hand). Barn board by nature won’t fit together tight so there will be gaps.  If you don’t paint the bottom of the joists black you will see these gaps and the end result won’t look great.


**Note, the picture below was from another installation we recently did (stay tuned for the blog reveal).  In this shot, it was a drywall ceiling we were covering with the barn board, so we painted the drywall area in between each board black.**  If you are covering joists, you can paint everything at the beginning, or do it little by little as you install, which is what we did (this way also saves paint)**



STEP 6: Installation of the boards is a two person job, so if you have a buddy that owes you one, now would be the time to collect.  When I was installing the boards I used 1.5” black drywall screws to secure the boards to the joists.  If you need more than one board to complete a run, I would recommend you cut an angle on the ends of the boards where they butt together…I cut a 30 degree angle, but it could be anything just as long at it is an angle.


Crown moulding is kind of a necessary evil with this project.  By using crown, you don’t have to worry about getting the boards tight at the ends where they touch the walls.  Without crown, it will be very difficult to get the cuts just right and, like caulk, crown molding can cover a multitude of sins!




And that's how it's done!  I hope this was helpful…good luck!  Feel free to give us a shout with any questions or issues.

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