How to Paint a Geometric Triangle Wall

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

It all started with an infomercial.

For this.

Fluidity

BUT WAIT!  THERE’S MORE!

I’ll let you in on a little secret.  I used to be addicted to infomercials.  Bad.  I may or may not have several useless items to make my life “simpler.”

One night I was up late feeding Evelyn.  And as the middle of the night would have it, I got sucked into the devil’s circle of infomercials.  Had my wallet been near me, I would have paid $414.44 on the spot.  I said to myself, “In the morning I shall.”

But then I woke up.  And I said, “I’m ridiculous.”  And I knew I could build a barre.  And the lovely Heidi found a great barre work out on Amazon, with great reviews.

Problem solved.

Not.

How could I possibly get in shape in such a wrecked room?

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

My goal was to get this room in shape (see what I did there?) before the workout video arrived.

This black-green was Karl’s doing if you remember.  And it was my task to undo it.

So. much. primer.

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

I wasn’t initially going to paint the ceiling.  Until I realized how yellowed time had made it.  It’s like time peed all over the ceiling.  So I fixed that while I was at it.

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint later, it was fun time.

I measured the wall to calculate a grid.  Us Utahns are good at the grid system!

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

Then, I used the grid to connect the intersections to create triangles.

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

Using a pencil and a level, I lightly drew the grid and triangles on the wall.  (I had to really darken the contrast in the picture for it to even show up.)

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

I taped, using FrogTape.  (This is unsponsored, just my honest preference!)

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

I used Sherwin-Williams sample sizes.  The colors left to right are:

Jersey Cream, Taupe Tone, Aquatint, Ardent Coral, Papaya, Gaity

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

After I had 2 coats of paint on those triangles, I untaped them, and taped the remainder.

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

And just like that, it was done!

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

It’s such a beautiful, bright, and happy place to be.  I’m definitely inspired to work out here!

This is Buster’s take on working out.

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

Evelyn loves to be in her swing in the exercise room.  She stares at the pattern on the wall, and the sound of the treadmill is soothing to her.  Happy baby=happy mama.

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

My old view while running was quite the drag.  The new view is one I could get used to.

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

More on the DIY barre soon.  I will save you, like I saved myself, from the inner ring of hell addiction to infomercials.

Great Room Reveal: Open Concept Living/Dining Room & Kitchen

This post is brought to you by the blood, sweat, tears, and sanity of Aaron and Mekenzie Crowder.

We planned this renovation long before I was pregnant.  And we started demo before I was pregnant too.  And then I got pregnant, and going through a major renovation just about killed all three of us.  I laid most of the flooring by myself while 5 months pregnant.  We finished the week before Thanksgiving, with a little time to spare before the arrival of Evelyn Faye.

God bless all the pregnant women who go without a kitchen sink in the middle of summer.  I truly empathize.

I happily present to you, the reveal of our other baby, The Great Room.

Here’s the brief overview if you forgot where we started.

Great Room Renovation for a small house

Great Room Renovation for a small house

 

Let’s dive into the details.

 

The living room is sporting:
a painted fire place, with bead board and a red brick hearth
tall board and batten
painted curtains
entryway table made from scrap wood and a trunk
a new banister & newel post
gordon tufted chesterfield sofa
1970′s Scandinavian luna chairs
diamond shag rug
“Christ Walking on the Water” painting (1901) by Russian landscape artist, Julius Sergius von Klever

Living Room with Chesterfield couch, board and batten, fire place, painted yellow curtains, trunk coffee table.  Rustic industrial design.

Open Concept Living Room with Chesterfield couch, board and batten, fire place, painted yellow curtains, trunk coffee table.  Rustic industrial design.

Board and Batten around fireplace

Rustic industrial living room accents and accessories.  Painted pillows and curtains, DIY entry way table from a trunk.

Rustic Industrial living room furniture

Open concept for a small house. Living room and dining room.  Rustic industrial.  Restoration Hardware table, board and batten, redbrick hearth, white cabinets.

The dining room is made up of:
a bargain Restoration Hardware table
the perfect orb chandelier
IKEA Lindingo cabinets

Industrial rustic dining room with round table, orb chandelier, yellow accents, and white cabinets

Open concept for a small house. Living room and dining room.  Rustic industrial.  Restoration Hardware table, board and batten, redbrick hearth, white cabinets.

Industrial rustic living room accents

Industrial rustic dining room.  Circle Restoration Hardware table with leather chairs.  Orb chandelier, yellow accents.  Ikea cabinets

White IKEA Lindingo Cabinets

Open concept for small house. Living room dining room flow.  Integrated industrial design.

Yellow kitchen accents

Industrial rustic kitchen accessories.  Yellow accents.

Open concept renovation for small house.  Industrial rustic design with Rockport Gray paint, board and batten, and IKEA Lindingo cabinets

Kitchen is made up of:
pebble stone granite counter tops
white subway tile back splash
tabouret metal bar stools
chalkboard back door
IKEA stainless steel appliances: range, dishwasher, refrigerator
barn style pendant sink light

Open concept kitchen renovation.  Industrial rustic inspired.  White Ikea cabinets and subway tile back splash.  Rockport gray paint, and white board and batten.

Open concept kitchen renovation.  Industrial rustic inspired.  White Ikea cabinets and subway tile back splash.  Rockport gray paint, and white board and batten.

Open concept kitchen renovation.  Industrial rustic inspired.  White Ikea cabinets and subway tile back splash.  Rockport gray paint, and white board and batten.

Open concept kitchen renovation.  Industrial rustic inspired.  White Ikea cabinets and subway tile back splash.  Rockport gray paint, and white board and batten.

Kitchen Chalkboard Art "I Can Do Hard Things"

Budget Kitchen Renovation.  IKEA Cabinets and granite.

Budget Kitchen Renovation.  IKEA Cabinets and granite.  White cabinets and subway tile backsplash.

Kitchen accessories

Industrial rustic kitchen accessories.  Yellow accents.

Budget kitchen renovation for a small kitchen.  IKEA white Lindingo cabinets

Industrial rustic living room accents

We absolutely love how the 3 rooms flow seamlessly together for one big cohesive feeling.  It’s my favorite place in the house to be.  In the next post I write, I’ll be publishing the cost breakdown, since I’ve received so many emails regarding how/where our money was spent.

Now can someone please point me in the direction of club membership for those who survive a kitchen renovation?

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Nursery

It’s nursery reveal day.  It’s embarrassing how long it took me to write this post.  We had the nursery done by Thanksgiving, but time just slipped away.  I’ll blame the tryptophan.

My client was very easy to work with on this project.  She had amazing taste.  Her communication was clear; she either kicked, or she didn’t.  Evelyn Faye is extremely pleased with the results.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

We’ve come a long way from when this room was the old-furniture-graveyard/Aaron’s office.

office room

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

office_of_a_nerd

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

Like I mentioned in the Nesting Doll Mobile post, if you reach out to Etsy shop owners, they are often willing to do custom jobs for you.  I had this shop owner customize this print with a purple background special for the nursery.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

The adorable crocheted hedge hog pillow was made by Bethany of The Sepia Puppy.  And there’s Buster’s stuffed doppleganger.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

This matryoshka set was given to me by a close friend.  It came from Ukraine and belonged to her grandmother whose name was also Evelyn.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

My sister Gina gave me Pilot Barbie for Christmas the year I got my pilot’s licence.  I never knew what to do with it, until I had a nursery to decorate.  Now it belongs to Evelyn to remind her to always follow her dreams no matter how many people doubt you.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

Homegirl has more clothes than I do.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

I mentioned in the Gallery Wall post that I was going to make some changes to it.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

I added this nesting doll wood cutout art made by Beth of Sawdust and Embryos.  There is nothing she can’t do with a scroll saw.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

It looks perfect in the mix of art! (Sources at the bottom of the post)

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

This quilt was made by Kim from Newly Woodwards.  Her quilting skillz run so deep.

Nesting Doll Quilt

It looks so beautiful on the back of the Wingback Rocker.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

Several people have asked me how the DIY Wingback Rocker has held up since July.  It is perfect.  I’ve never loved a piece of furniture more.  It rocks perfectly.  It is strong and sturdy.  It is extremely comfortable.  It’s easy to get in and out of.  It is perfect for nursing.  It works wonders when I need Evelyn to fall asleep.  I couldn’t be happier.  It’s calling in life was for the middle of the night.

Stranmon DIY Wingback Rocker

I love Evelyn’s nursery.  It is the best room in the house.  I chose purple and gold because those colors symbolize royalty.  I want her to always remember she is the daughter of a King.

Nursery Source List:

Rug:  Home Decorators Medina Over Dyed Rug 
Curtains:  IKEA Marjun modified (Tutorial here)
Light Fixture:  Hampton Bay Estelle Champagne
Chair: IKEA Strandmon + Runners (Tutorial here)
Nesting Doll Mobile:  Dolls (Tutorial here)
Crib:  IKEA Hensvik
Changing Table: IKEA Gulliver 
Bookcases: IKEA Billys + Paint (Tutorial here)
Lamp: Mainstays + Gold Spray Paint
Gallery Shelves:  IKEA Ribbas + Gold Spray Paint (Tutorial here)
Prints: (Left to right-top to bottom)
The Whale
Framed Nesting Doll Fabric
Camera Bunny
Lily – Clearance at Michael’s
Ewok – Aaron bought at Comic Con
Nesting Doll Wood – Beth, Sywoodink
Fisher Price Little People
Elephants In Easter Attire
“Beautiful Inside and Out” print

Board & Batten with a Sprinkle of New Furniture

This isn’t going to be an informative tutorial on how to install board and batten or baseboards.  Just an editorial of a ugly duckling turned swan.

We didn’t go with traditional baseboards because they are curved on top.  We knew we would be doing board and batten, so we wanted something flat to work with.

Primed MDF boards for baseboards and board and batten were the best route to go.  Baseboards are pretty easy.  Cut them on a 45 degree angle and use a brad nailer to secure them to the wall.  Easy.  That’s your baseboard tutorial.  End of tutorial.

Baseboards

My dad brought over his laser level to make sure my chalk line was straight.

Board and Batten

AS AN ARROW.  I don’t need no laser level.  I don’t want a part of your country club…

Board and Batten

The top rail was super easy.  My dad and I did it in an afternoon.  Same as baseboards.  Make cuts on a 45 degree level, and nail the to the wall.  Make sure they’re level.  End of top rail tutorial.

Board and Batten

The slats were easy too.  Measure, make straight cuts, put some calking glue on the back, level them, and nail.  End of tutorial.

Board and Batten

Look how wicked cool my dad is.  He’s all the good parts of Norm Abrams mixed with a dash of Bob Villa, and the good looks of Scott McGillivray.  But most importantly, he’s a bunch of fun wrapped in layers of awesome dad jokes.  Like your resident Phil Dunphy.  I’m always the luckiest when him and Aaron team up on projects.

Board and Batten

And for dramatic purposes…  Here’s the difference simple board and batten molding can make.  Before.  (Oh hi Chester!  Welcome to the living room.  Hope you like our bums your new family!)

Board and Batten

After.
(It was a rainy day=bad bad light.  Sars not sars.)

Board and Batten

So much pretty.  We did our boards 30″ apart.  I think 2 and a half feet was the perfect spacing for the scale of the room.

Board and Batten

And the stairs wall before (including the coconut gumball light) …

ENGINEER-PRINT

A sexy after (with the orb-licious light).

Board and Batten

Oh, and we got our new couch and rug.  This trunk came from grandma’s garage.  And those chairs are borrowed from the basement.  We’re trying to decide if we want them to live upstairs, or if we’re still going to shop for the perfect piece.  So far, nothing has jumped out.  The trunk is going to get a better “coffee table makeover,” including legs and glass.  But for now, it’s a good place to toss your tired feet.

Board and Batten

Oh, and the board and batten isn’t 100% done.  It needs to be caulked and painted still.  But, you know, I really just couldn’t wait.  You know, bloggers and their patience.  Do those words even belong in a sentence together?

And for the sake of drama, this picture was begging to be included.

Board and Batten

Can you believe how far we’ve come?!  We are almost done-sies.  Seriously, we have TWO inside things left to do.  TWO.

-Tree Removal of 120 ft Cottonwoods 

-New roof 

-Build new fence (STILL in progress!  But the leveling, post setting, and retaining wall part is done.  It should be a breeze from here on out)

-Paint ceiling & walls

-Install flooring 

-Baseboards + board & batten

-Build new banister (Newel post is in, if you gathered that from the pictures above)

-Counter top install

-Back splash (Tile and supplies are bought, just need to do it!)

Home Tour: Addi’s Glam-tastic Room

Girl Room Makeover

Hullo.  Do you guys ever feel burnt out?  Are you an avid DIY blog reader?  I am.  And sometimes I feel like the DIY Blog-o-sphere is an over-achievers club.  And sometimes, it’s really REALLY overwhelming.  There’s a lot of self-induced pressure to keep up on projects and have hand crafted toilet paper.  It’s like I’m my own shaking bottle of Fanta… except I don’t have a sweet hot white faux leather body suit… I’m just metaphorically a bottle of soda shimmying my way through blogging.  When I start feeling like this, I remind myself why I started blogging.  I didn’t start blogging to keep up with other bloggers.  I started blogging because I wanted to write about my projects and my house.  Keep a house journal if you will.  I don’t do projects so that I have something to write about.  I do projects that I actually want to do, then write about it as an afterthought.  Just keeping it real.  I am human dancer.  (My sign is vital.)

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Master Bedroom Faux Molding Makeover

faux moulding #how to paint faux moulding

Happy Friday to you all!  Thanks for being patient with me.  I piled my husband, adult children, and two dogs (fed them Benadryl first) into the car for a four hour trip to see Matt’s first baby niece.  It was glorious!  What a beautiful baby.  But… I’m really tired today.  Zombie status.  I’d be the first one Michonne would slice to pieces.

Just a quick recap for all our new friends:  I had a really ugly mismatched master bedroom.  I had a budget the size of Danny DeVito.

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Knock Off Restoration Hardware Paint: SLATE

Restoration Hardware Paint SLATE Knock Off - Sherwin-Williams

If there’s anything you know about me so far, it’s that I have a deep and passionate (and highly inappropriate) love for Restoration Hardware.  Remember my map and my chair?  Is it a disease?  Some kind of “itis?”  Probably.  There’s no cure for people like me.  But there are support groups!

Last time we were at Restoration Hardware, I took a paint sample and put it in my wallet.  I took it to Sherwin-Williams, and together we came up with a dead on match.  I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, so I decided to get a few other samples:

  • analytical gray
  • cotswald (Benjamin Moore knock off)
  • mushroom

I am a FIRM BELIEVER in paint samples.  It might cost a little more up front, but SO WORTH IT.  Would you buy a car without test driving it?  If you answered yes… you’re rich and bored.  I’m neither of those.

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