Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Charred wood Molding/Trim

Shou sugi ban is a Japanese method of preserving wood. I just Love the look!
I had looked into this technique and even used it...but I was a little scared and I barely scorched the wood.

I love that look also, but this inspiration came from when I was walking through the woods and I noticed a log that had been in a bonfire over two years ago...it was so beautiful!!! I dragged the log up to our house...I was determined to use it in our bathroom that we were remodeling. Check out my post on Shiplap.
Here is a closeup of that beautiful log!

Sadly my hubby said we couldn't use it because it would crumble. 😢

I just had to have it in my bathroom, so I started from scratch. I got some wood and using the Shou sugi ban method, here is what I did. 
For the above pictures I had used a small hand propane torch. It was painfully slow and took a long time to get it even a little bit charred. 
Sooooo...we bought the Weed Dragon!!! Oh my...talk about crazzzy powerful! I might be a tad bit afraid of fire and that thing is a Dragon!!! Be sure to be far away for anything flammable. I highly recommend fire proof gloves...ask my nine finger husband. 😉 

After torching it, I ran the hose over each piece (which I had close at hand and on!).  You can wire brush them, but I really wanted the charred look.  So I wiped it down pretty good, then let them dry. I sprayed with four coats of polyurethane.  Even with all those coats on it, my hands still had a little black on them when I held it....  Which didn't worry me because its trim and modeling it will not be being handled.  

Here are some close ups....


It has a beautiful silver look when the light hits it.

Beautiful right!!!!!

Here are a couple pictures of Cliff cutting the modeling at 45 degree angle.

All that is left is putting it up...  We used a Ryobi brad nailer.

I love, love, love it!!!

What do you think?
Feel free to ask any questions.  If you end up using this method, I would love to see pictures.  Attach your pictures with your comments.
Thanks for stopping by.  Check back in for some more fun with the bathroom and other DIY projects.
Cement sink being one.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

DIY Barn Door

This barn door was our first, and I am in love with it!!! We put this up in our daughters room for her closet.

We used the existing closet door and added 2x6 boards to join them, using pocket holes, and wood glue. 

All the pocket holes have been drilled so now to attach them.

We glued the edge of the board placed on the door then clamped and screwed in the screws.

We added a 2x6 on the top and the bottom and a 2x6 between the two doors to join them, this made it the perfect height and width we were needing to be able to have the door wider and higher then the closet. 

We recruited painters!

This is our daughter Mady, and this is for her room.

We choose to leave the back side just like this, because you will never see it.

For the front...we used the back side of beadboard because we had left over and we liked how thin it was.

We hadn't decided on our design so we took the trim and moved it around till we decided. We measured, placed the boards then nailed them down.

Tada... now to paint.

It turned out so beautiful! Mady loves it!! 

Come back to see the post on diy barn door railing and hardware.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

DIY Shiplap (plank) Small Bathroom

DIY Shiplap (Plank)

Welcome to my blog! This small bathroom is just getting started, so stop back to see the progress and fun new diy projects! 

Lets get started...
I love shiplap but it can be costly so I decided to plank my bathroom to appear to be shiplap.
I decided to go with plywood, sanded on one side, from Home Depot. They were $18ish a piece and I had them rip them into 6" planks.

*Tip...call all your local Home Depots and see which one has sharpened or replaced their blade recently.

Material and power tools I used:

*plywood, ripped into planks (sized to your preference.  5" to 6" is normal shiplap size but other sizes can be used)
*liquid nail with a caulking gun
*measuring tape 
*nail gun
*nails "for the nail gun"
*paint if painting, stain and poly (or desired sealant) if staining
*caulk or wood filler if you don't want the nail holes
*chop saw, miter saw to cut pieces to exact size
*table saw if you need to rip a piece
*jigsaw for the special cuts
*Nickels as spacers (or any spacer of choice)
*Drill and drill (for those hard cuts in the middle of the board)

I was able to fit a baby and two new toilets and 5 plywood boards cut into planks into my van...you gotta to do whatcha gotta do! 

Now your going to want to prep your room...

We took out a cabinet out above the toilet...  

but we left the wall paper and I didn't paint first. 
If you want to see the dark shinning through then you would want to paint it a darker color first.
We were on a budget so I just planked right over all that beautifulness...not!! 😝


We took off the face plates...

and we removed the old ugly 😝 light fixture.

Since our big work light broke, we decided to install one of our new lights...but its best if you can avoid that so that you won't have to work around and tape your new light.

Of course we replaced the sheet rock, where my hubby cut a hole to rewire the one light fixture into two. 
*Disclaimer make sure all power is off!!!! Or call a electrician!!!

I am usually better at taking picture, but I had a lot going on, and my camera's flash went out 😢, which is why the pictures are not the best. Also due to the bathroom being so small, it made it hard to get good pictures...Okay back to the shiplap. 

*You'll want to start at the top. I didn't because...well, I didn't think it through, and I am adding molding and trim so it won't matter that the little ripped piece is on the top instead of the bottom because you won't see it. 

***So start at the top!*** 
*Put liquid nails on the wall where your board is going to go. 
*Align your board right to the ceiling line.
*Level it
*Then, using your nail gun, nail the corner pieces and then nail about every foot or two, depending on how straight the board is. I don't mind nail holes so I put more than really needed. You can always fill the nail holes.
*Put your liquid on the wall where your next board will go.
*Place your next board and using your spacer in the crack between the two boards, push up and nail.
*About every two board you need to level it and make adjustments.
*Repeat this process until you have finished that wall.

If you are only doing one wall then you are done!!! 

If you are doing more then one wall then read on...
I chose to use the wall I already had shiplapped as my guide, instead of relying solely on the nickels. I still used the nickels when I could, but my walls were not 100% straight, so the crack size varied. I chose to line up the boards instead of focusing on keeping the crack width the same.  So if your crack space isn't exact, it will still turn out beautiful! 

For the hard cuts (light fixtures, plugs, counters etc.)...

you will want to measure and and mark your board.

My studly man used our portable table saw to slowly and carefully cut the first line over and over until there was enough room for me to get my jigsaw blade in there.

Cuts in the middle of the board can be tricky!
To get the cut started we drilled holes big enough that I could get my jigsaw through.

Then all you have to do is paint yay 😊!!! 

This is a handy tool I used to clean out any of the lines that got paint in them, I recommend it!
I used Behr from Home Depot, in Ultra pure white. I wanted the small bathroom to feel as big as possible. 

Well there you have it...I still have more to do, so check back in for 
framing a mirror
adding trim and molding
trimming out the window 
floating shelves
concrete counters
and what I decide to do to the cabinets...it's going to be exciting!!!

Thank you for stopping by!!!

I remembered the size of the plywood wrong. There is a picture with the correct size.