Friday Finds: Here’s what I’ve fallen head over heels for this week

Happy Friday!!!

What a week it’s been with far too much to do and so little time to get it all done … thank goodness the weekend is almost here!  We have SO much to look forward to this weekend with our precious little man turning two on Saturday (I can’t believe it) and who could forget all of those lovely little treasures I purchased for our gallery wall that I just can’t wait to put up?!

Hoping you enjoy this week’s finds as much as I have!
 
 

Favorite Cake Recipe for Spring

 
 
 

Favorite Ikea Hack

 
 
 

Favorite Pallet Wood Project

 
 
 

Favorite DIY Entryway

 
 
 

Favorite Foyer Makeover

 
 
 

Favorite Rustic DIY

 
 
 

Favorite Freebie for the Laundry Room

 
 
 

Favorite Linen Closet

 
 
 

Favorite DIY Bowls

 
 
 

Favorite DIY Remake

 
 
 

Favorite Wall for a Boy’s Room

 
 
 

Favorite Front Porch for Spring

 
 
 

Favorite DIY Bench

 
 
 

Favorite Kitchen Remodel

 
 

Wishing you a lovely weekend!

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8 DIY Plank Wall Tutorials

Our first project for Carson’s new room will be a plank wall and, with our very limited DIY experience, it is nothing short of daunting.  With no clue where to start, I’ve been scouring the internet in search of as much direction, help and advice as possible.  There are a ton of fabulous tutorials out there and a zillion ways it seems to get the look.  The most cost effective option is to use plywood cut into strips, though the Monica Geller in me isn’t really fond of the impossible to clean, deep gaps between the boards and this particular method also seems to leave the most room for error.  I did also find a tutorial that uses 1x4s nailed to the walls, which also creates those deep gaps, but would be most similar to using actual reclaimed wood.  I think the best option for us would be to go with tongue and groove planks – although this is the most expensive DIY option, it also appears to be the most user friendly and in the end, I’d rather spend a bit more money to ensure that we are happy with the way it all turns out.  With SO many tutorials out there, I thought I’d share some of my favorites:
Best Plank Wall Tutorials | making it in the mountains
 
 
Tutorials using tongue and groove planks:

DIY Plank Wall

DIY Plank Wall

DIY Plank Wall

DIY Plank Wall
 
 
Tutorials using planks cut from plywood:

DIY Plank Wall

DIY Plank Wall

DIY Plank Wall
 
 
Tutorial using lumber planks:

DIY Plank Wall
 
 
I really think this is going to add that rustic feel that we are going for and I can’t wait to get started!
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Our first DIY project – a Rustic Art Hanger

I came across this post by Liz Marie Blog on Pinterest a few weeks ago and it looked so do-able I figured it would make a great first DIY for us!

And so, I sent Brady to the hardware store that day to pick up the lumber. We bought 2 – 1x6s and hubby cut them to 8′ lengths for me. I picked up a small can of Minwax wood stain in Dark Walnut and, after sanding down the raw edges on each end, I got to work. After letting the first coat dry on one side, I noticed that there was A LOT of unevenness to the colour that I wasn’t exactly thrilled with.

Rustic DIY Art Display Hanger  making it in the mountains*NOTE: There are some extra boards pictured here that I stained for another project that I’m working on*

I had read about using a pre-stain in my research for yet another project I’m planning, but thought that it would be overkill on such a small project as this. Upon seeing this first coat, I changed my mind. So, I dug out my can of Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner and painted it on the other side. With my first coat of stain, I could already see a big difference between the two sides … LESSON LEARNED! And with that, it was decided that this side would definitely be the front of my project. 😉

Rustic DIY Art Display Hanger  making it in the mountains

After another coat on each side, I let the boards dry for a couple of days (I gave them some extra time as they were sitting outside in our unheated garage). I screwed some eye bolts into the front – one centered on either end and one in the middle – and tied a string of twine through each one. I then hammered some art hangers onto each end of the back to hang it with.

Rustic DIY Art Display Hanger  making it in the mountains

All that was left to do was put them up on our “office” wall and hang some art to display.

Rustic DIY Art Display Hanger  making it in the mountains

Rustic DIY Art Display Hanger  making it in the mountains

I’m just SO thrilled with how they turned out! What a fabulous way to display Carson’s artwork!

DIY Art Display Hanger | making it in the mountains

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Friday Finds

It’s been another busy week in the Mercer house – is there ever any other kind? We’ve been getting over the last bit of our colds, working on some shelves for the landing on the stairs, and enjoying more time at the pool with swimming lessons. We’re hoping to have a super productive weekend finishing up the shelves and heading to Nelson for some furniture shopping – wahoo! Though we’ll just be looking and definitely won’t be bringing anything big home with us, I’m super excited!!!

Here are some of my favorite finds this week:
 
 

Favorite Rug

 
 
 

Absolute Favorite Room. Period.

 
 
 

Favorite Must-try Recipe

 
 
 

Favorite Lights – perfect for our entryway!

 
 
 

Favorite Touch of Spring

 
 
 

Favorite Ikea Find

 
 
 

Favorite Scarf

 
 
 

Favorite Bed

 
 
 

Have a lovely weekend!

Carson’s Bedroom: Here’s the Plan

Feeling overwhelmed with having an entire house to decorate, it was hard to know where to start.  We have so many ideas running through our heads!  My ever sensible hubby suggested going one room at a time … this of course, is obvious and logical in hindsight, which is probably why it never occurred to me.  We can focus our energy on one room at a time, one project at a time.  Now that we know how we are going to manage my need to change everything about this house, we have chosen to start with Carson’s room as that is really the only room that I have a clear idea of what I want.  And so we’ve begun planning out a room that can grow with our little man with some fun, rustic touches.

So here’s what we’re thinking:
Carson's Room Board | making it in the mountains
Carson's Furniture | making it in the mountains

We knew we wanted a old lodge feel, so it all started with this plank wall tutorial.  Originally, I pictured red and navy blue plaid, but I came across this pillow at One King’s Lane and fell in love with the bright blues and greens that I hadn’t considered.  We like the idea of a rustic mountain retreat that Carson won’t outgrow in a few short years and these gave us a jumping off point.

The wall colour that we are leaning towards is called “Fair Lady Kelly” (otherwise known as AC158), though we aren’t absolutely sure yet, as we’re a bit worried it may look too dark.  I like the idea of the old cabin feel of this bedding set I found at Ikea – don’t you think it would look perfect with a wool army style blanket thrown over the end of the bed?  I thought this black bed from Ikea would dress things up a bit, but still coordinate with the bookshelf and dresser we had made for him last year (I posted some old pictures from his nursery below the design board).  This rustic pendant light from Barn Light Electric and a black roller blind would be a great way to bring more black into the room, which I’m hoping will help it all come together with a sophisticated feel.

Now for the fun part!  I found these antler hooks on Etsy and the wall racks with baskets here & here – I think they would be a great way to give C some extra storage.  Some faux taxidermy like this would give the wall above his bed some interest and, along with some other moose themed art scattered on the walls and bookshelf throughout his room, I think it will give it the mountain feel we’re going for.  Finally, in the corner I picture a black chair like this with some fun colour or pattern like this moose print pillow.

Things always seem to look SO much better in my head, so we’ll have to see how this all comes together.  Regardless, we’re really excited to get started!

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