I’ve been enjoying all the Christmas decorations out in blog land this week. There are some seriously talented people out there! And they really have me inspired to get my house all dressed up for Christmas. But have I done that yet? Um, no.
I did get the stockings hung over the fireplace,
but as you can see, the mantel is bare! Sadly, that’s as far as I’ve gotten this year. I know! I have a little ways to go, don’t I?
In my defense, I’ve had something a little more pressing to attend to first. Remember this?
I told you here about the accent wall that I had started in my son’s room. Well, that wall had come to a bit of a standstill with Thanksgiving and all. Normally I wouldn’t stress out about it, except that my son has been sharing his bedroom with a few power tools:
Not to mention a variety of other things that probably shouldn’t be in an 11 year old boy’s bedroom: a box of nails, stud finder, leveler, screw driver, hammer, step-ladder, etc. You get the point. Poor kid. He told me the other day that he was getting tired of having sawdust on his pillow. And he didn’t say it in a whining, complaining way. It was more like “Mom? I really don’t like having sawdust on my pillow.” Ugh. If that doesn’t make you feel guilty! So needless to say, I really needed to get this wall finished so I could get that stuff out of there.
There are tons of tutorials for adding a plank wall, so I won’t go into detail except to say that this has to be one of the cheapest plank walls ever. Basically, all I bought were a couple of boxes of paneling nails, and three sheets of 4×8 plywood for $10 each, which I then had cut lengthwise into 8″ strips. And sometimes you’ll get lucky and they won’t charge you for the cuts. :)
When choosing my wood, I tried to find pieces with lots of character. They’re turned to the inside in the picture above, but you can see the knots and striations here. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out.
How lucky was it for me that both the top piece over the window and the bottom piece under the window were exactly the right height, so I didn’t have to trim the wood to get it to fit! I couldn’t have planned that better if I had tried!
I started at the top and worked my way down. Things were going pretty quickly up until I got to the last two rows on the bottom. Then everything came to a crawl as I had to cut the wood to fit around the trim molding, not to mention three outlets. I won’t complain about having that beautiful molding all over the house, but I could have finished up a lot sooner without it! At the very least, you’d think that each side would be a mirror of the other, but it wasn’t. :(
Looks like that window trim could use a little caulk, eh?
And then there was the trim in the corners:
Yeah, and that molding could use a little caulk too. Add it to the list!
So anyway, here’s where we stand for now. Be sure to notice the very classy ceiling fan. I didn’t get the glass cover screwed in all the way one time and it came crashing down onto the edge of the bed and broke. So (for now) we get to look at those ultra classy coiled light bulbs. Am I the only one who hates those things?
Yeah, I know. There’s a bit of a problem spot in there that I’m going to have to deal with. I won’t point it out (I just did, didn’t I?), but suffice it to say that either some furniture is going to get moved around, or I’m going to have to make another trip to Lowe’s for another 4×8. Or just learn to live with it. ;)
We haven’t come to a consensus yet on how we’re going to finish the wood on this new accent wall. Or let me rephrase that: I’ve come to a consensus, but hubs needs a little more
vision convincing time to decide what he wants. All I know is that something will have to be done with either the wood, or the furniture, because there’s too much raw wood color in there for my taste. But it’s probably just as well that we haven’t made that decision, since the Christmas decorations are calling my name. Aaaahh….there’s so much yet to do in here, but it’ll have to be put on the back burner for a little bit.
I hope you’re having a good week and have managed to fare better than I in the decorating department. Thanks for stopping by!