June 10, 2016

Barn Door Baby Gate

Just a few pictures of the barn door baby gate I built inspired by Remodelaholic.com.  This door now graces the stairs of the photo studio where I did the barn wood wall (here). 

March 11, 2016

Photo Studio Project

I recently had the pleasure of working on a photo studio project for my sister-in-law and her husband. They are converting a portion of their home into a photo studio and asked me if I would be willing to create a feature wall in it.

Of course I would!

The concept was pretty straight forward.  They wanted the old barn wood look with two barn doors as the feature.  But instead of using barn wood, we decided to get some 1/4" plywood and create planks. The picture below shows all of the planks that I cut.  They are laid out in the driveway so that I can beat them up a bit to get that aged look.

After the planks were cut, I started to stain them using MinWax Classic Gray

The idea was to stain them gray and then go over them with white paint to create a bit of a distressed look. 

Board stained and painted.

Doing some distressing. 

My helper beating up the boards. 

After the boards were painted and stained, it was just a matter of cutting them to length and installing. I used a couple of nickles between boards to get proper spacing. 

And there you have it!  I noticed in this picture that the left most wall is not covered yet but in fact that was done as well.  

Next time I will show you the barn doors that are now the focal point of this wall!

In addition, I also made a baby gate half barn door that I will showcase in the future. :)

January 20, 2016

Board and Batten Hallway

There are only a few places left in our home that are original to the previous home owners. The upstairs hallway is one of those places.  For the first few years of us living there, we left the color as it was - beige.  Heck, we even put our pictures and decorations in locations that already had nails in place. Well this last summer, I had some time off and decided to change things up a bit.

We really like the board and batten look that we did near the front door so we decided to mimic that in this hallway.

The first step was to paint the top half of the walls and the doors and door trim.  We chose a blue-ish grey color for the walls and the doors and door trim was a high gloss enamel from Sherwin Williams. I also removed all of the floor trim.

After the trim, doors, and wall were painted, I went to the hardware store and purchased a few sheets of 1/2" mdf.  I have Kreg Rip-Cut attachment so cutting the boards to the necessary width was a breeze.

I first attached the new baseboard making sure it was level.  I then used a few precut vertical pieces to calculate where the top horizontal board should go.

Of course not all of the pieces lined up perfectly but that is why using MDF and wood putting works so well!  Filled in the holes and sanded down the edges and before long, everything looked perfect.

I capped the trim with a simple 1x2 pre-primsed piece of MDF and did a simple piece of molding underneath the trim.

A coat of primer and a few coats of the white enamel paint and we were done!

Our next project will be to tackle that banister and eventually some hardwood floors. 

January 13, 2016

November 24, 2015

Barnwood Wall

Its been 6 months since I last posted and judging by the amount of emails, you people want more content!  Just kidding. No one reads this blog. :(

So instead of putting up a lengthy tutorial on how I create this barnwood wall, I am just going to post some pictures. If you want info, leave me a freaking comment.

Completed Wall

Boards cut, stained and painted

My Helper

June 14, 2015

Hollow Door Headboard

I just finished a headboard made from two hollow doors. Probably one of the funnest projects I have done in a while.