Bedroom Makeover Accent Wall

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(Well don’t look at the top of our lopsided wall. We’ll add a piece of trim up there soon!!)

I’ve had some requests for details on the plank wall, so here goes:

I’ve been DYING to make a plank wall somewhere in my house.  Since our bedroom was severely lacking in style I knew that’s where the wall would go.

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I would of course have loved to find old barn wood or pallet wood or something cool and reclaimed, but since

1. I’m impatient

2. Our area of the world has been so covered in snow and ice, it’s hard to get out and look for said reclaimed wood.

So instead we used 4-  4 x8 sheets of Oak plywood I purchased at Lowes (29.00 each)  and had them cut it down to 5 inch planks.  So the planks were 5 x 8 when I brought them home.

Once I got them home I set up a couple saw horses and started staining and painting the planks. (Sorry no pictures)

Over the course of two days I prepared the planks. I used Rustoleum’s  Driftwood, Weathered Gray, Dark Walnut, and Willow wood stains.  I bought a couple of little sample paint pots at Lowe’s too in gray, turquoise, light blue, and white. Once I had all the planks stained I dry brushed different combinations of the paints over some of the planks.

I then painted the room and all the trim. I left the plank wall the tan color it already was because seriously why would I paint something I don’t have to? =)  AND  I thought it would be a more neutral color for behind the planks

Then it was time to install.

My loving father had given us a miter saw some time ago, but do you think we could find it? Someone must have stolen it out of our garage in our last home. So we purchased a new miter saw and  a finish nail gun. I highly recommend borrowing or buying these two items if you’re going to do a plank wall.  It made it go so fast!!

We started at the top.  It’s important to make sure this top row is level!! Even if your house is insanely lopsided like our old girl!! Haha. If not your plank wall could end up diagonal.

We used a level to make sure it was straight , started from left to right,  and just used the finish nail gun to nail them right to the wall. (Our wall was a weirdly paint finished plywood underneath so we didn’t have to worry about a million nail holes. If we decide to take it down after a few years, we’ll just remove both layers and drywall.)

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All the following rows we installed  from right to left so we would have a nice clean edge on the angled wall on the right side of the room (it’s where the chimney is.)

I would just chop all different sizes of planks, bring them up to The BG and he would nail away. We tried to vary size and color as we went along.

Here we are finished in the evening:

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We’re still trying to decided what to trim it out with at the top?? and searching for the perfect mirror to hang above the bed.

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Later gators!


OCW Sew Along Part 3

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Hi friends! Are you ready to move on?

Let’s trim up the quilt center.

Place your ruler along the edge and make sure that you are leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance!!

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Trim all sides and you should have something that looks like this, ready for the borders.

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For the borders we are going to use 1 1/2 inch strips to make strip sets.  I cut 1 1/2 inch strips from my various colored fat quarters and then cut those in half so I had about 22 – 11 x 1 1/2 inch colored strips, and then I used 33- 11 x 1 1/2 white strips to make my strip sets.   You can use whatever lengths you want, just make sure to have enough variety and when you are done making the strips sets we will cut them into 1 1/2 inch units.  You will need a total of 72 units.

Sew your 1 1/2 inch strips sets together like this:  white/color/white/color/white. Pressing toward the darker fabric.

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When you have them all sewn up, cut them into 1 1/2 inch units. Again you need a total of 72.

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We will sew them together in a “stair-step fashion.”

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Keep sewing until you have 2-  15 units sewn together for the top and bottom of the quilt and 2-  21 units together for the sides.

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On each end you will sew a 3 unit piece.  White/color/white.  You can accomplish this by either making another strip set and cutting it into 1 1/2 inch units.  Or if you have left over 1 1/2 units from the above steps just seam rip off the bottom two squares.

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Add a 3 square unit onto each end.

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Then the final step is to add a 1 1/2 inch white square onto each end.

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Now lets trim the borders.  Lay your ruler along the top, making sure again to leave 1/4 inch.

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Trim the sides in the same way.

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Sew the top and bottom borders onto your quilt center.

For the side borders you will need to cut 4- 3 1/2 inch squares of white and add them to each side.  Sew these to your sides and you are done piecing!!

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** this picture shows my top and bottom border not trimmed, but yours will already be trimmed.

I’ll post a PDF of the applique shapes for you to print out in the next couple of days.  I’m in the middle of a major bedroom redo and didn’t have a chance to scan it yet, but I wanted to at least get these borders up for you in case you were ready to get going.

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Maybe you don’t even want to use the applique shapes I did.  Maybe you would like a monogram letter of your last name?  Or maybe you would like a simple flower, or basket? Some embroidery would look cute too!  The sky’s the limit right? =)

Thanks for sewing along!

Later gators,


OCW Sew Along part 2

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Let’s cut out the center diamond. It is cut a little bigger than you need because 1. I couldn’t figure out how big to cut it and 2. I’m too lazy to figure it out since this isn’t a pattern for sale.

Soooo this is how I did it. You might be smarter than me and know how to figure it out a better way.

Cut a 6 3/4 inch strip from your white fabric. Then line up your 60 degree ruler mark along the top.

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Make your cut on the right hand side.

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Now move your ruler over to the 6 3/4 inch mark along the left hand side and the 60 degree mark along the top.

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Make your cut along the right hand side.

And that is your center diamond. We will trim it down later when we join the rows.

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Okay Lets Make The Rows

You should have your project laid out into rows, and we’ll be sewing the diamonds together into diagonal rows. The first and last row do not need to be joined to anything, as it is just one diamond.

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So starting with the second row place your diamonds right sides together and sew using 1/4 inch.  Always pressing toward the darker fabric.

If you used the 2 1/2 stripper tool it’s easy to see where to line up.

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If you cut diamonds with your regular ruler you are going to have to do a little more work.. Make sure your diamond tips are overlapping by 1/4 inch on both sides.

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Lets Sew The Rows Together

Once you have all of your rows put together we will then join the rows.

 Join rows 1-8 together

rows 9-11 together

rows 12 – 14 together

and rows 15 -22 together.

Tips for joining the rows:

It’s not like sewing squares together as the seams don’t butt up.  Instead you have to make little V’s that span a 1/4 inch along the top of the V.

Start by lining up your end, if you have the blunt ends from using the 2 1/2 inch stripper ruler you just line it up.

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If you don’t have the blunt end remember to let your diamond tip overhang by 1/4 inch.

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Since we pressed toward the darker fabric we have two different versions of lining up,

One will look like this, all the seams will make a v and should be 1/4 inch across it.


And the next seam will look like this, I tried to take a picture up against the light so you could see the v it makes.


Be patient with yourself, and pin, pin, pin. Don’t worry it if isn’t perfect, no one likes perfect people. LOL

After All The Rows Are Together

Now we’re ready to assemble the center. Pick up your joined rows 9-11 and sew it to your center diamond. (these are not the actual rows just demo’s I made up because I forgot to take pictures the first time)

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Join it at the bottom and don’t forget to leave the 1/4 hangover.

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After you press open, you can then square it up by cutting off the extra with your ruler and rotary cutter.

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Once you’ve trimmed you can then add your joined rows12-14 to the other side.

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Continue joining until it’s all put together.

You should have something that looks like this:


Okay, I’ll be back next week for borders and the applique.

Later gators!


Our Spring Living Room

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Continuing on with sharing my shopping spree today.

I didn’t change too much up in here from the winter decor, just added some spring touches like some new plants and fresh tulips.  My wedding bouquet was white tulips, and when I brought them home The BG said, “reminds me of our wedding.” What a romantic guy, I didn’t even think of that until he said it!

I just added a nest to the coffee table arrangement, and left the binoculars for spring bird watching.

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Hobby Lobby had their terrariums and bird cages half off last week. I have really wanted this rusty beauty for awhile now, so it was the perfect time of year to buy it and fill it with plants.

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I found the milk glass planter at the same antique store the little wooden shoe form came from. The other pot is just a cheap clay pot white washed with a chalkboard sticker added. There’s a little nest, vintage clock, and sweet birdie in there too. I planted rosemary and a little fern.

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I found this white pitcher at TJ Maxx, it’s  not ironstone but one can never have too many white pitchers, and at 7 dollars it had to come home.

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And inside the cabinet is another little new addition to the ironstone collection.  It was one of the last things I bought on my shopping spree and I almost didn’t buy it because I was starting to feel guilty.  But I’m glad I did! That ironstone collection isn’t going to grow itself. hehehe

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For the mantel, I found these great architectural salvage pieces at an antique barn in Allen, MI. They had big stacks of reclaimed barnwood too which I would have loved to get but I was driving my little VW Bug, so that wasn’t going to happen.

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A new little ironstone pitcher with some faux lavender.

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And a bunny for the end.

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I left the sewing machine table pretty much the same, just took out the branches and added some spring blossoms found at Michael’s , changed the chalkboard to Welcome Spring!, and added some bunny molds.

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The table in the foyer got spring-a-fied too with some garden tools and seed packets.

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And my poor egg wreath that had seen better days, but I can’t bring myself to not use it. HA

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I’ll be back tomorrow with our next installment of the Oh, Captain Wentworth! Sew Along.

Have a great day!

Later Gators,


Linking to Wow Us Wednesdays

Our Spring Dining Room

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I’m too chicken to drive whenever it’s snowing, or if there is snow/ice on the roads. I haven’t been antique shopping since before December. So when we had a little break with clear roads this weekend I was outta here!  I drove to all my favorite antique spots and to the local green spot to get some springy plants to scatter around our house for some much needed cheering up. Enough of this cold snowy winter I tell ya!!

This cheery pot of daffodils became the center of the spring table arrangement in my big dough bowl.  I added some moss balls, eggs, and cabbage heads.

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I found many new ironstone pieces at really good prices while I was out. Here is one of the little servers on the plate rail. I threw in some faux sprigs in the mercury glass vase.

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On the other side, I placed a couple clock faces. One I found at an antique store, and the big one was from Hobby Lobby. I took it out of it’s frame and used the frame in the dry sink.  Guess how much it was?  7 dollars.  STEAL!!! =)   I also found this sweet milk-glass vase at antique and  filled it with a real rosemary plant. The little chalkboard sticker came from Michael’s dollar bin.

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I bought a few clay pots and white washed them and used the little chalkboard stickers on them.  Here is one on the dry sink.  I can’t remember what kind of plant this is.  Hope I don’t kill it! LOL

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The rest of the dry sink has a frame I found in the basement, and the clock face frame with a mossy wreath, bunny and faux flower arrangement.

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My next plant went into an enamel Tea can.  The ironstone platter was another find on Saturday.

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The hutch always looks pretty much the same I just tried to spring it up a little.

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And my very favorite thing I bought?  This framed sheep print I’ve had my eye on for over a year.  Every time I visit the antique store where it came from I always stare at it and long to buy it.  I could never make myself spend the money they were asking for it because of the condition it’s in. But I finally bit the bullet and I am so glad I did.  I love it, even in it’s tattered state. It’s perfect for spring.

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Lastly I hung up my new quilt I made for our sew along.

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I’ll be back with the rest of the spring decorating and the other fun things I picked up on my shopping spree!

Crossing my fingers for spring to get here!!

Later gators,


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OCW Sew Along

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I finished the top for our sew along today!!  It isn’t quilted or bound yet, but I will work on that while you guys are cutting your diamonds. I think it turned out rather Spring-y, which I could really use about now. (Grin)

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I did have enough color/print diamonds and strips cut for 2 kits.  You will still need to purchase the white fabric and cut the diamonds, strips, binding, and backing from the white yourself. If you would like one, they are $15.00 plus $2.50 for shipping.

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___________________________________________________ Here are your cutting instructions for today!

You’ll need a total of

**76 Colored/Print diamonds

**94 white diamonds

From your various Colored/Print Scraps cut 2 1/2 inch strips. You can stack a few together if you are comfortable, and your rotarty cutter is sharp enough.   I cut diamonds in stacks of 4 strips at a time.

Next take your 2 1/2 inch striper tool labeled S1A and lay it on the end of your strip.

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Make your first cut along the right hand side.

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Now flip that stack so that the uncut side is on the right and rotary cut on the right again, also cutting off the squared off tips.

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You can continue down the length of your strip only  having to make the cut on one side.

If you are using your regular ruler you will lay your strips out and place the 60 degree line along the top of your strips.


Make your first cut, and discard that little scrap.


Now move your ruler along, keeping the 60 degree line along the top and measuring over 2 1/2 inches, then make your second cut.


Keep cutting the rest of your strip using the 2 1/2 inch marker on your ruler and lining up the 60 degree line along the top.


Do the same with 2 1/2 inch strips of the White fabric, until you have a pile of 76 colored/print diamonds and 94 white diamonds.

Here I am cutting, and cutting, and cutting….LOL

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Now is a good time to download a Jane Austen novel to listen to while you cut. =)

Once you are done you can lay it out if you would like.

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I’ll be back next week with the center diamond and piecing instructions!

Later Gators!