DIY

DIY: Tongue & Groove Walls

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Greetings all and welcome to July! Can you believe half the year is gone already? Sheesh!  We had a fun filled weekend, spending Friday night with a group of friends going to a club to have dinner and cocktails and listen to a band. Saturday we stopped by the ‘Days of Wine and Lavender’ event at Matanzas Creek Winery, sampling gourmet bites and local wines, so fun!

But there was some work we finished up too, the tongue and groove wall treatment we installed in friend’s dining room two weeks ago. It made sense to start this total room makeover with the walls first before adding the new table, chairs, light fixture, and window panels (coming soon).

We installed classic tongue and groove vertical planks to the walls – all supplies courtesy of Lowes. The room is still in a very neutral stage right now – I’m deciding what to do above the new wall treatment (bold paint? wallpaper?) but here is a look at the new wall treatment with the steps we followed and products we used to add tongue and groove planks to this dining space in progress.

simple tongue and groove wall treatment

 

We started with the Pickwick planks from Lowes, look for them in the lumber & trim department. These tongue & groove pine planks come in packages of six pieces and are ready to stain or paint.

pickwick planks lowes

 

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Billy in the Bedroom

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Billy is so my boyfriend. Billy and me, we got a thing going on. But whenever Billy arrives at my door, I still find he is too ordinary, too plain, unacceptable in his current state. I find it necessary to improve him and refine him so that he is oh so much better.

I’m a fan of the IKEA Billy bookcase having used him to make built-ins in 2011, created some shelving in this awesome playroom, sidled him up next to a Besta in my office, and for the fourth time we’ve again partnered together. Now, two Billys flank the French doors in the guest room (also our oldest daughter’s room when she’s home from college) but this time they’ve been beefed up a bit so there a hiiiiint  more stylish.

billy bookcase in bedroom

 

I used the basic 11” inch deep Billy with the extension on top for added height. We mimicked some things we’d done in the past, adding crown like with this set of Billys and baseboard like with these Billys and thicker trim like with these custom built-ins in our family room to make the shelves appear thicker and more substantial.

crown molding on billys

 

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