Problem-Solving Hardwood

Problem-solving hardwood? Really? Yes really!

If you’ve ever been in the midst of a remodel and had an issue trying to match existing hardwood, you’re really going to appreciate this post! A few weeks ago I stopped by Georgia Carpet Industries  to check out some of their flooring options. They have so many amazing products! There was one I was very excited to find out about, HomerWood Flooring!

HomerWood has beautiful hardwood flooring!

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Check out this Herringbone! Love it! I would love to use this on the wall! It would also make a super cool headboard!

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I love this color! Not too dark, not too light, it’s just right! 😉

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 This is a great look!

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You can’t beat this Amish Hand-Scraped, Hickory Saddle! Check out the detail in this flooring! Absolutely Stunning! I would love to use this on the ceiling!

These are a few of my favorites.

To check out other styles click on the link below:

https://www.georgiacarpet.com/categories/hardwood/brands/homerwood/

The thing I was most excited about….. Drum Roll please, HomerWood will custom match your existing hardwood! Yes, you read it right! This is great news! Problem solving, oh yeah!  All you have to do is send a sample of your existing hardwood and they will match it! This could save having to refinish a house full of hardwood just to make one area match another. I can’t tell you how many times this would have come in handy over the years!

When we did our kitchen remodel, I was holding my breath that there would be hardwood under the cabinets we took out. Luckily there was! It wasn’t finished, but it was there! Since we changed the layout we had to refinish the entire kitchen floor to match. I wish I had known about HomerWood then!

I’m thrilled to know there is a company out there like HomerWood that makes such a great product! Oh, and on top of all that,  they’re also made right here in the United States of America!

Check them out!

How to dry Hydrangeas

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Today I am going to show you a quick and easy way to dry Hydrangeas. Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers! I mean, what’s not to love?

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It’s like there are all these tiny little flowers making up this one gigantic fluffy Bloom!
The bushes get huge and they are so beautiful, so full of blooms and color, and you never know what color they’re going to be. Depending upon the soil, the flowers can change color. It’s a great surprise finding out what color your hydrangeas will be! The flowers are so beautiful on the bush and they also make gorgeous cut flower arrangements.

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I also love dried hydrangeas, they can be enjoyed all year!  Drying hydrangeas is super easy!

I enjoy my hydrangeas on the bush through about the middle to end of August. (This might be a little different for you according to the area that you live in.) When the blooms have a few tiny dried flowers here and there it’s time to cut them.

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Cut the hydrangeas off the bush and give yourself a 10 to 18 inch stem.

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I take off all of the leaves except for maybe the top one or two.

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Fill the vase with water and place the hydrangeas in the vase.One thing to remember is not to overfill the vase if you if you want your flowers to stay big and fluffy.

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If you put too many flowers in each container the stems will not stay straight and the blooms will not look as pretty. Keep a check on the water. You don’t want to let your Hydrangeas run out of water before they’re dried. After they’re dry remove any water that’s left in the vase.

All that’s left to do now is wait. Enjoy your flowers while they’re fresh and before you know it you’ll have dried Hydrangeas!

How to dry Hydrangeas www.thewhole9yards.tvIt’s that simple! 🙂

Mercury Glass Tutorial

I love, love, LOVE the look of Mercury Glass!

Since I don’t have a huge stash of vintage Mercury Glass in my storage building (I know that may surprise some of you! lol) I had to find another way to achieve this look!

The tutorial I have today is one of my favorites! I’m going to share with you a fast and easy way to turn plain glass into glass that looks like an antique mirror. So let’s get busy!image

Here are the supplies you will need. Plain regular glass. Krylon Looking Glass spray paint. (I found mine at Hobby Lobby.)

Gold spray paint. I used an antique gold.

A spray bottle with 50% water 50% white vinegar mixture. Paper towels and glass cleaner.

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You will start with a plain piece of regular glass. I had mine cut at Lowe’s. I was using an existing picture frame so I have the glass cut to fit the frame I had. image

I actually did several pieces at one time. Clean the glass with Glass cleaner to remove any dirt or oil. Lay your glass out flat. I used a box and some brown paper under mine to keep it off the grass.

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Shake the can according to directions.( It’s a lot of shaking but it has to happen!) LOL

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Spray  the 1st coat of the Looking Glass spray over the entire piece of glass. You do not have to spray this super thick because you’re going to do three coats total. Allow this to dry for one minute.

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 Now mist the vinegar water solution over the entire piece of glass. Because the vinegar is acidic it will cause the Looking Glass paint to release from the glass. This will allow you to move it around with a paper towel. Let it dry one minute.

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 I tried to get a picture to show what the vinegar looks like but the sun was reflecting off the glass. I moved to the shade after this picture. Basically you want to mist it evenly over the entire piece of glass.

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After one minute take the scrunched up paper towel and dab the vinegar. You want to move the paint around a little. It almost makes it crackle in some areas. In other areas it will pull off completely.

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You will repeat this process for a total off 3 coats of Looking Glass and 3 coats of Vinegar solution. Each time you dab the paper towel it moves the paint in different areas.

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This makes the Mercury glass look aged. This is what the finished product looks like before you turn it over.

Do not be afraid. Lol. It’s supposed to look this way. Remember the side you’re working on is actually the back.

 When you leave some areas without the gold paint it will allow you to see your wall color through the crackled places.

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This is a picture of the finished product! It’s much prettier in person. Because it reflects like a mirror it’s hard to get a great picture.

Mercury Glass Tutorial

Have I mentioned that I Love this product? 😉

Mercury Glass Tutorial

I made these about a year ago for my bathroom. I had a set of pictures that were a little dated. I still liked the frames. I took them apart, and had 2 pieces of glass cute to fit my frame.

Mercury Glass Tutorial

My son Beau gave me several black and white pictures from an antique book. They are pictures of Washington D.C.

Our family took a trip to D.C. several years ago. We had a great time! That makes these prints very special to me

I used scrapbook paper, handmade paper and burlap to layer my print on.  I placed all of that on top of the Mercury Glass.

Then I used a plain piece of glass on top of everything and placed it back into the frame. I did not use anything behind the Mercury Glass so my wall color would show through the crackled mirror.

There are tons of possibilities for this product! I have several more I’ll be sharing with y’all very soon! Happy Labor Day Y’all! 🙂

Lamp Makeover

I scored these beauties at the Thrift Store this week!

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Well, they’re not that great yet but they will be! They just need a little TLC!

I’m not quite sure what’s up with the orange and black? Maybe someone used it for a Halloween party??? Lol.

I didn’t  care that the paint was ugly. I really liked the shape and the lamp shade. I knew I could always paint it if I couldn’t get the orange paint to come off. (The main thing was they both worked and I didn’t have to rewrite either one of them!)

The 1st thing I did was just clean them with a damp cloth. Next I thought I’d try to get the orange paint off. I knew alcohol would take latex paint off enamel so I thought I’d try that first.

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Guess what? It worked! Yay!

The main thing to remember is to keep your cloth clean. If not you’ll just smear it around. It just took me a few minuets to have it all cleaned up! I’m still considering painting it a medium gray with black stripes. I would make it about 3 stripes wide for each color.

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On the other hand, I may just enjoy it the way it is for a while. 😉  What do y’all think?

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I moved it around several different places. I wanted to decide where it’s forever home would be.

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All the black lamp needed was to be cleaned up and add a lamp shade.

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I already had a new burlap shade that was the perfect size! I bought it a while back at Ross.

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Here’s the before and after. Not too bad for $3.99 lamp and a $9.99 shade! 😉

I hope this inspires you to be creative and have fun!

Have a great weekend! Leann

Daybed Slipcover

Hey! Are y’all ready to sew ???? Break out that machine and let’s get busy! Several weeks ago I posted a tutorial on DIY European pillow shams. Today I have the tutorial for a super easy daybed cover.

This is really more of a slipcover than a coverlet. You could use these basic instructions for a daybed, bunk beds or an ottoman. It’s basically a fitted sheet without elastic. I wanted a matching coverlet for this daybed but I didn’t want something that would be slipping around every time the boys sat down on it.

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This makes the daybed look more like a sofa and that’s what I’m going for.
Ok, let’s get started.
1st thing you need to do is decide what’s going to be under the bedcover and put it on the bed. Because you want a good fit it’s better to determine this ahead of time.

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I used a sheet set and a blanket.

If you’re planning on washing this bedcover you should prewash your fabric before get started.

Next measure the width and length of the mattress. Then decide what your drop will be and add an inch all the way around for the hem.
I wanted mine to cover the side of the mattress and then tuck under a little. A standard twin mattress is approximately 38 wide by 75 long. The drop varies depending on the thickness of your mattress. Next step is to cut your fabric. I think I cut mine about 58×97 ( My fabric was wider than most decorator fabrics that are 54 inches.) If you have a deeper mattress you may need to sew two widths of fabric together.

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Place your fabric on top of the mattress (over the blanket etc).
Position the fabric evenly on all sides.

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Then pull the fabric out to a point and pin down the corner of the mattress. It is going to create a triangle shaped flap. The line you’re pinning is the line you’re going to sew.
Pin all 4 corners.

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Gently lift the fabric off the mattress.

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Sew straight down the line you pinned. Remove pins after sewing.
Next try it back on the mattress to make sure it fits well.

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After you check your fit then cut off the triangle shape flap. Leave about an inch. (Notice the band-aid! One to many encounters with a pin!)

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I snip the top of the flap to make it lay pretty and not bulge out.

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While the fabric is still on the mattress fold up about 1 inch or whatever you’ve allowed for your hem and pin. This is a good time to adjust the length if it’s longer than you want just give yourself more fabric in the hem. Gently lift fabric off the mattress.

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You can stitch yours or serge it if it’s going to tuck under and not show. I wanted mine to look nice if it wasn’t tucked neatly under the mattress. (We know that all teenage boys are going to take the time to tuck the fabric neatly under the mattress. Lol) 🙂 I’m just happy if they 1/2 way throw the covers back on the bed. Ha!

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Iron all four corners and the hem.
Place your beautiful new slipcover over your mattress and make the bed.
Done!
How easy was that???
Happy stitching!
Leann

Gracie

Hey guys! Summer has gone by so fast! The kids start back to school on Monday! I can’t believe it!

I have had so many great projects going this summer, but between work, family time and this cute little ball of fur I haven’t had much time to post!

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Meet our Goldendoodle, Gracie!

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She pranced into our lives about 2 & ½ months ago and things haven’t been the same since!

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She is the sweetest puppy ever!!! She has us wrapped around her little paw! LOL
We have never had an inside dog before. To say that she’s keeping me on my toes is an understatement! We have a huge crate and dog toys and blankets everywhere! Ha! She sure is cute but my living room doesn’t look so pretty right now.

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People have said to me, it’s like having a new baby. Well, I wish I would’ve gotten this much sleep when my babies were little. Lol

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She’s about 4 & 1/2 months old now!

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She’s a lot of work but she is so worth it!

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Doesn’t she look like the perfect little dog just posing for her picture????

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How about, No? Lol Just kidding! 🙂  We did have some behind the scenes help from Blake!

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Too Cute!

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I’m planning to post a DIY dog crate cover tutorial pretty soon. Also, my solution to hiding the dog crate and the toys. (When I figure it out! Lol) I’m sure you’ll be seeing more pictures of her soon.

I know you guys Tune in for decorating tips and ideas. But she was too cute not to share!
If you’re looking for some great new projects and fresh ideas I have good news for you! Even though I haven’t had much time to post, I have taken step-by-step pictures of my recent projects. I have a lot of great things to share with y’all very soon!

Say goodnight Gracie! 😉

Euro Pillow Sham Tutorial

The past several weeks I have been so busy! I have been working on several great projects. I have so many wonderful things that I’m going to share with you!
First is a tutorial is for European pillow shams. These shams are quick and super easy.

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I’m making a sham to fit a 26 x 26 Euro pillow but you can adapt this to other sizes as well. The basic instructions are the same, just adjust the sizes. I’m keeping this sham very simple, I’m not using cording or welt. I’m using 3 pieces of fabric.
I added 2 inches to the width and 2 inches to the length of my pillow size.

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Since my pillow is 26 x 26, my front piece of fabric will be cut 28 x 28. That gives me an inch for my seam all the way around.

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*A little trick when cutting a square, cut two sides then fold the fabric down (it will look like a triangle.) then cut the other two sizes using the edges as a guide

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For the back of my pillow I’m cutting 2 pieces. 1 piece is 16 x 28 and the other piece will be 21 x 28. (I’m folding the excess over so the height is not critical.)

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I want to use buttons to open and close my sham. This could be the front if the sham if you want to use decorative buttons. You could also do a monogram above the buttons for a custom look.

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Once all three pieces are cut, fold over the top and bottom pieces and press them.
If I could only give you one sewing tip for making a professional looking product, it would be ironing. When you take the time to press your seams it makes all the difference! It can take it from looking homemade to crisp and custom!

Now you can hem the fold on the back two pieces. (I did not hem mine because I am sewing on buttons on one side and button holes on the other so this will hold it together and I get to skip a step.)

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Now, you’re ready for the buttons. Decide the placement of the buttons. Mark the placement for the buttons and button holes. I used simple round buttons and placed them about every 4 inches.

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Make your button holes and cut the hole.

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Stitch on the buttons. (This step is easier before you sew the pillow together)

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If you’re going to Monogram the pillow, now is the best time.

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Next place right sides together. 28 x 28 piece on the bottom. Then layer shorter piece, then last the 21 x 28.

Hem all four sides

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Clip the corners.
Turn right side out.
Press.

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Stuff your pillow in the sham and you’re done! Yay!
I plan to post the tutorial for a daybed coverlet next. Stay tuned! 😉

There are so many possibilities for this style sham! So get stitchin’!
Leann

The Miracle Field

I would like to start out by saying thanks to all of you that have taken the time to read and share my post. I appreciate it more than you’ll ever know!
If you have been following my blog you may have noticed that for the most part, this blog has been about Interior Design, DIY, Remodeling, Repurposing and Reinventing things. There is a common thread throughout my blog and that would be, things that I love. Things that I love to do, to create and things that I do on a daily basis. Well, today’s post has nothing to do with Interior design and everything to do with something that I love, a place that I love and people that I love!

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The Miracle Field!
Opening day of the new season starts in just a few days. On April 16, 2016 The Miracle Field will be filled with joy, smiling faces, and happy people!

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It is one of the sweetest sights you’ll ever see!
If you’re not familiar with The Miracle Field it is a barrier-free, handicapped accessible baseball field with a cushioned, synthetic surface that accommodates wheelchairs and walkers, while helping to prevent injuries. The Miracle Field enables children and adults with physical or mental challenges the opportunity to play baseball by providing a level playing field where they can hit, run, and catch.
It’s one of the most magical places you will ever see! Adults and children that have never been able to play baseball before because of restraints are now able to do just that.
The Miracle Field is special to me for many reasons, one of which is this beautiful blonde headed, blue-eyed girl, Peyton Hicks! Peyton’s smile will light up a room; she holds a very special place in my heart!

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She is the daughter of my friends Chip and Millie Hicks. Years ago Chip and Millie heard about the Miracle League. They visited several fields, Conyers, Douglasville and Alpharetta to see what they were like. They wanted children and adults of Whitfield County on the surrounding areas with special needs to be able to play baseball. After countless hours of hard work and fundraisers, what seemed like only a dream became a reality!

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I’ll never forget opening day and ribbon cutting at The Miracle Field Whitfield County. It was such a great day for so many people.

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This little boy was so excited, after he crossed home plate he ran straight to his Dad and gave him a big hug!
Last year spring opening day just so happen to fall on my 23rd anniversary and my oldest son Beau’s 19th birthday. (Yes, he was born on our fourth anniversary!)
April 11 is always a great day at my house! Lots of fun and activities on this day!
My day started out going to watch Blake my youngest son be a buddy at The Miracle Field.

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At first I was making pictures and just being a spectator.

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Then the last game of the day was about to start. The announcer said “We need 5 more buddies before we can start the game.” I thought about it, but I wasn’t sure exactly what to do, and I’m sure someone that knows more than I do about sports will volunteer. Then a few minutes later the announcer said “We need 1 more buddy before we can start the game.”
I knew that buddy was me! I went out on the field and met my player.

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She played for the Angels!
As I stood in the field and looked all around me, I noticed there were Angels everywhere!

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Precious people that put more effort into getting out of the bed every morning than most of us do all day. Sweet people that only want to love and be loved, kind people that have been secluded from sports their whole life, until now. Now for about 1 hour a week they get to shine, and Shine they do! Everywhere you look smiles are shining! Players, coaches and buddies alike, they’re all smiling! It’s truly Magical!
One of the coaches said to me “I’m not sure who enjoys this more, us, or them.”
I’m so thankful for the Miracle Field and for the coaches and volunteers that give their time every week to make it happen. I’m also thankful for each and every player out there, they are such a blessing to everyone they meet!
I left there feeling so blessed to have been a small part of it!
The Miracle Field gives a whole new meaning to Angels in the outfield!

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“Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein”  Psalms 96:12

Buddies are always needed at The Miracle Field. If your Small Group, School Team, Sunday School Class, or any other Organization would like to volunteer they would love to have you. For contact info Click on the link below:

http://www.whitfieldcountymiracleleague.com/contact-us.html

Or if you want to volunteer on your own, you can just show up, let one of the coaches or other volunteers know your there and they will find a player for you.
Whitfield County Miracle League is going into its fifth year! I have put together some of my favorite pictures from groundbreaking ceremony throughout the years in this video.

Dream Big Because Miracles Do Happen!

Leann

Shutter made from Laminate Flooring

I have a great project to share with y’all! I recently made this cool shutter out of something you would never expect!

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It’s Laminate flooring! No joke! I used Armstrong’s Architectural Remnants Collection Laminate flooring for this project. The color is Antique Structure Milk Paint L3100.

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 Isn’t it great???

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When my friends at Georgia Carpet Industries showed me the samples of this product I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I could think of so many things I would like to make out of it. It has such a beautiful white distressed finish it would be gorgeous as wall-to-wall flooring but there are so many things I would love to use it for in addition to that.
I have several other projects that I will be posting soon that are made out of this awesome product. There are so many pretty patterns and colors to choose from it was hard to decide which project to do first!

I really love the look of this wide plank; it’s also really easy to work with because it’s so wide.

The first step in this project was to decide what size I wanted my shutter to be.
I found this beautiful Metal wall sconce at the Meander Shop. It pretty much helped me determine what length I wanted to make my shutter. I knew I wanted to center the sconce on the shutter and still have some room on top and bottom. I took the length of my Metal sconce and added about 10 to 15 inches to each end.

 

Each piece of this laminate flooring is 7.59″ X 47.83″ X 0.47″ . I wanted my shutter longer than that I cut four other pieces two for each end. Since this product is made to go on the floor, it has interlocking grooves on each side and each end. You want to make sure when you cut your pieces you leave that edge and that should interlock. Cut off the opposite end to get your length correct. (This will leave the outer edges smooth.)

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Here are the pieces I had cut. 2 long pieces for the center, 4 pieces for the ends and 2 slender pieces to cover the seams. The two longest pieces for the middle were only cut on one side, just to remove the interlocking piece.

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Once I had all of my pieces cut I was ready to put them together.

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I reinforced each seam with gorilla tape. This step was probably not necessary; I just wanted to have that extra hold.

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I used wood glue in each seam.

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Put the pieces together at an angle just like you were installing them on the floor. You’ll know they’re in correctly because you’ll feel them kind of click together.

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First the middle pieces.

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Add all 4 end pieces, then press down to make the tape stick.

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Add glue to the strap piece.

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Measure to make sure the strap is straight. Let the glue dry.

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Measure and mark where each screw needs to go.

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Next screw the strap piece in place. Pre-drill the hole first then add the washer and the screw. I used the washer for more of an industrial look. I liked the way it made the screw look bigger.

(If you skip pre-drilling it will cause your shutter to bow out.)

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After the glue is dry and the straps are on turn the shutter over and reinforce with 2 flat brackets on each end. I placed these on each end. One side of the bracket on each side of the seam.

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Dry brush the outer edges with white paint.

If you want to hang your shutter, you need to place hangers on the back as soon as the shutter is dry.

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I nailed one small nail into the shutter and placed the sconce on top! Yeah!!!

 What other projects would you do with your left over Laminate?

Ready for Easter

I can’t believe it’s almost Easter! This year is going by so fast. I love holidays, Christmas and Easter are my favorites. The Birth and Resurrection of our Saviour are definitely reasons to celebrate!

He is Risen!

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 This Cross is also special to me because my mother made it and gave it to me.

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I had a rustic tray that I found at the Meander Shop a while back. I thought it would make a good foundation for my center centerpiece. I used a block of oasis to hold the Cross.

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I covered the oasis with Spanish moss. I used a garland of greenery around the base of the oasis. I had three twig garlands that I worked around and behind the cross then I topped it with string lights.

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I placed the centerpiece on top of a winter white linen tablecloth Topped with a burlap runner.

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I placed off white distressed candlesticks on each side of the centerpiece.

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I wanted to keep each place setting simple to keep the focus on the cross centerpiece. Each place setting consisted of an off white charger plate, 222 Fifth Lyria Teal dinner plate, lace trimmed napkin topped with the matching salad plate.

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Here’s the finished table!

This year I decided to also set my breakfast table.

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I started off with a white tablecloth.

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Then I added these cute blue place mats that I found at Home Goods.

IMG_8277My place setting consisted of a square lace trimmed dinner plate that I found on Etsy, a blue scalloped edge Pfaltizgraff plate, a 222 Fifth Damask black and white plate, topped with a character plate I purchased at TJ Max in a mixed set.

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To the right of the plate I used a floral coffee cup on top of a Pfaltizgraff blue and white checked saucer.

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My Mother and Sister gave me these sweet bunny serving pieces several years ago.

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This cute little bunny looks like he’s smelling the flowers.

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I grouped them in the center of the table. I added these beautiful flowers from my neighbor’s tree and jelly beans under the candle for a pop of color.

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But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5 KJV)

Happy Easter!