Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Faux Shiplap-Peel & Stick Wallpaper

Hey friends!  I hope you're all having a wonderful holiday season.  Even though I've been really busy, I still try to find time to do the things I enjoy.  My happy place is decorating my home.  I've made several posts on Instagram showing a few projects I've done with peel and stick wallpaper.  I've had a lot of questions, and so I thought I would get down to the nitty gritty with a blog post.

I am not being paid for or being sponsored by anyone for this post.  It's just me passing on some great information.

My laundry room is tiny and doesn't have a window.  I felt like it needed a little something to jazz things up.  If you have to do laundry, you can at least have a fun laundry room.  I wanted something that was easy to do, and not permanent.  After all, the name of my blog is Ever Evolving Home, because I love to change things up.  I discovered the peel and stick wallpaper from Target.  It's really just like contact paper, only thicker. The print I chose was black and white buffalo check.  Here's the link to that pattern, and the brand I used:

See how fun and cheery it is?  

After doing this project, I decided to go back and see what other patterns Target had in this brand, because I was pleased with the quality.  That's when I found the shiplap wallpaper.  My dining room doesn't get a lot of light either and I wanted to brighten that space also.  I love the look of shiplap, but I didn't want to damage the walls and feel like I did something so permanent that I couldn't change it when I was ready. I love what it did for the room!! It brightened things up and added some character and texture.  I might also add that the shiplap wallpaper does have a slight texture to it, and it's much thicker than the pattern I used in the laundry room.

Sorry for the Fall decor in December, This was the best photo of the paper.

Here's the link to the shiplap wallpaper:

Close up of the shiplap paper, so you can see the texture.

Here are some tips and facts before you take on this project.  
First things first, I am not an expert wallpaper hanger.  In fact, this wallpaper job isn't perfect.  So, if you are looking for perfect, I would hire someone to hang it for you.  I wanted simple, inexpensive, and temporary.  My walls aren't heavily textured, they really are pretty smooth.  If you have heavily textured walls, I wouldn't recommend using this wallpaper.  

Here is the amount of texture I have on my walls:

I also would fill in any holes in your wall that are larger that a small nail.  The wallpaper will bubble or crease in those areas.  Next, pick your pattern and purchase a good Exacto Knife, to make your cuts, and you'll need a level.  Also, make sure your walls are clean.  You'll start at the top corner, and I worked left to right.  
Two things that will help you:
First, cut a piece of wallpaper from your roll to fit the size of the area you are doing.  It makes it much easier to handle.   Second, and the most important thing, DON'T REMOVE THE BACKING ALL AT ONCE!! If you do, it will stick to itself, you, and anything near it, and you'll have a mess.  Use your level to make sure your lines are straight on the wallpaper.  It works best to do a small section, smooth it completely out, then pull down a little more backing and continue.  Some people use a wallpaper smoothing tool.  I actually started out with one, and I found that my hand worked better.  Maybe something to do with the warmth from my hand (not sure).  If you encounter bubbles or creases, smooth them out before you move on to the next section.  I really don't have any advice for cutting the edges, other than go slow and steady.  I did use my level against the edges while I made my cuts.  That helped make them straight, and even.  You also don't want to overlap each section of wallpaper; however, you do want to get them as close as possible so your seams become invisible.  The last thing I did was to go back over each section, and make sure they are all smooth and stuck down really well.  

I've had this wallpaper hanging in my home for months now, and haven't had a single problem with it trying to come off of the walls.  In fact, I just did another little area in my house.  It added the little bit of character that this plain little nook needed.

If you're doing a whole room, or just need an accent wall, I highly recommend using this wallpaper. It's a fun, quick and easy project!

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Cozy at Christmas Blog Tour

I'm so excited to be invited to join several other bloggers for the Cozy at Christmas Holiday Blog Tour.  After you've toured my home, be sure to check the list at the end of my post to continue the tour with the other amazing bloggers.  Then, continue the tour each day the rest of the week.

Welcome back to my home for Christmas! 

I've tried to incorporate a vintage feel to my holiday decor this year.  Most of my decor tends to either be vintage, or have a vintage look.  I completely change my decor during the holidays.  In fact, I put away a lot of my regular decor during the holidays.  The items I kept out with the Christmas decor were to help achieve the vintage feel.

In our guest bedroom, I kept things pretty simple with just a few touches of Christmas.

I also added several unique pieces to this corner in my dining room.

The silver trays, antique scale and spindles all give this Christmas vignette the vintage look I was trying to achieve.

I kept everything here simple and white.  I placed the nativity on the pedestal, and added the book page trees that I made years ago.  I love how they have yellowed and aged over time.

I have this vignette sitting on an antique table that belonged to my husband's Grandmother.

Our coffee bar gets used so much this time of year.  So, it had to have some holiday cheer.  It already looks vintage, so I just added some lights and greenery.  I also added this cute laundry cart and little Christmas tree for some holiday cheer. 

This is another corner of my dining room.  The tree is from Wal-Mart and I added it to the chippy plant stand.  It needed a skirt to cover the base of the tree, so I improvised by adding a linen pillow cover.  

I wanted to share my living room tree again, because I've already made a change to it.  I added some new Merry Christmas ribbon that I found at Homegoods.  I also added the old porch column to fill in the space beside the tree.  

I hope you've enjoyed seeing more of my home for Christmas.  I always appreciate you stopping by! Please visit the other talented bloggers in the tour by clicking the link to their blog below. Check back the rest of the week to see the new tours each day.  They all have homes filled with beautiful inspiration!  Thank you to Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles for organizing the tour.  You can visit her blog each day for the new tours, or just return to the links below.

Cozy At Christmas 

Thank you for joining us on the blog tour!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Jingle Through Decor

I'm so honored to be a part of this wonderful Christmas Blog Hop with these talented home decor bloggers.  I think you will find all of the Christmas decor inspiration you will need to get you motivated to deck your halls!

You'll start here at my blog and then continue with Caitlin's blog, Lion and Lantern, linked at the end of my post.

Welcome to my home for the Holidays!  
This year, I've incorporated lots of white and added pops of red.  I've also tried to tie in some of my vintage pieces as well.  Let's start in the entryway.  My entry is small, so I'm limited on what I can do.  I wanted it to be welcoming and full of Christmas cheer.

The holidays are filled with friends and family, which means lots of visitors.  I want my visitors to feel very welcome.  So I've decorated our guest bedroom with a soft and pretty flocked tree with touches of pink. 

Another thing I like to have for my holiday guests is a hot cocoa bar.  Set up with different flavors of cocoa, marshmallows, sprinkles, and candy canes.  

Our living room is decorated in red and white with a pretty snowy theme.  All cozy and comfy for friends and family.

This is the first year I'll be leaving any snowy, wintry decor out after Christmas.  I think it will be a fun way to transition out of Christmas decor.

Our dining room is all decked out for the holidays.  I added a red throw on the settee, and lots of greenery all around.  I also added crystals to our chandelier for some sparkle.  I love how it turned out and will probably leave the crystals after Christmas is over.

I kept my centerpiece kind of simple.  I've had the deer for years and just gave them a makeover with some paint and new burlap bows.  I also put them on top of a small shutter, so I can just pick it up and move it while we are entertaining. 

Now that I have my home all decorated and ready for guests, I made sure I had a cozy and festive place for my husband and I to unwind and relax.  I added a flocked tree to our Master bedroom and to give it some height, I set it in my antique trunk. 

 I also added greenery and lights above the bed, updated my chalkboard, and added a little mistletoe.

I hope you have enjoyed my Christmas decor.  Please continue on our fun Blog Hop, and show these other bloggers some love.  I know you will gain some serious Christmas decor inspiration along the way.  Thanks so much for joining me! I'm excited to be able to share the next super talented blogger for our Christmas decor tour.  Head over to Caitlin's blog by clicking the link below:

These are the other talented bloggers in Jingle Through Decor - 

If you get lost during the blog tour, you can always come back to the links above to get you back where you need to be.  

Thank you so much for joining our Christmas Decor Blog Hop!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Favorite Things, The Christmas Edition

The holidays can be overwhelming sometimes.  Trying to decorate your house can add to that stress.  I thought I would share a few of my favorite things that I'm using to decorate my home this year.  I'm even including the links so you can click and shop.  Much easier than fighting the crowds on Black Friday.

These two favorites will save you from bending over, trying to reach a light cord to turn off.

Just click the photo to find these items:

This comes with three plugs and a remote.  You just click your lights on and off.  Super simple!

This next item is also super convenient.  You just step on the button, and viola! Your lights are turned off.

Next up, are these shingle clips.  They are amazing!  They slide right under your shingles for a neat appearance and hold up really well to all kinds of weather.

This cedar garland, is beautiful and looks so realistic.  I am using it to decorate my dining room chandelier.

These cable knit stockings are adorable and will go with any color scheme or theme.  So, you can keep and use them for years to come.

This snow globe would be beautiful with any decor.  I'm using a lot of white this year, so it goes perfect!  It would also make a wonderful gift.

These ornaments would also be a beautiful addition to your Christmas tree.

I hope you find this helpful.  I also hope it saves you some time by doing a little shopping online.

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

DIY Salvaged Wood Window Treatment

During a trip with my husband, I found a wonderful home salvage shop.  I bought several pieces of chippy white salvage wood that I knew I could use for something someday.  One of those purchases that your husband says, "what are you going to do with that?"  I found the perfect use for one of the pieces and I didn't even have to trim the wood.  It fit perfectly, like it was meant to be!  Here is the plain window in our master bathroom before:

Such a pretty tub deserves a pretty window treatment.  So, I had a goal to use things I already had.  I had the white window panels from our last house.  I had the piece of wood and the crystal knobs leftover from another project.  I also had bought a set of 10 lace napkins from an antique store.  I also had lots of ribbon that I could use.  

I started by cleaning the salvaged wood really well.  Then, drilled holes to add the knobs.  When I screwed the knobs into each hole, I didn't screw them in so they were flush to the front of the wood.  I left them out a little, to give room for the lace to lay on the screw, instead of the knob.  I also didn't want to have the screw sticking out too far on the back of the wood, or it wouldn't hang well on the wall.

Next, I added regular hangers to the back of the board, one in the middle, and one on each side. 
With the board being all done, I was ready to work on the curtains.

I knew I wanted a casual elegant look to the curtains.  Something that was swagged and gathered.  I also wanted one of the lace napkins at each swag.  So, I measured and marked where I wanted each napkin.  Then, I sewed each napkin and the lace ties to each spot.

Now, for the fun part.  Hanging the curtains!
There's no specific science to how I did this.  I really just gathered tucked and pulled until I got the look I wanted.  I used the lace ties to tie it all up to each crystal knob.  It does take a little time and patience, but its so worth it! 

I also added the old window to soften things up a little more. My husband asked my why we bought a new house, since I'm busy making things look old.  I really think it adds to the character.  I'm really pleased with how the whole thing turned out.  I hope you'll try a little DIY with things you already have too.  It's a fun challenge.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

DIY Faux Vintage Mirror

I hope you're having a wonderful week.  I feel like October is flying by!  Don't you feel the same way?  Anyway, I did this project this Summer while I was decorating one of our guest rooms.

I had searched for a vintage mirror for a while, and the only ones I could find were more than I was willing to pay for them.  I also was trying to use some of the things I already had.  I had a mirror that I purchased from Ikea a few years ago.  Here is one that's similar (I forgot to take a before photo, so I took one while I was in Ikea).

I started by adding Citristrip Gel to the back to remove the mirror backing. Be sure to wear gloves, a mask and protective eye protection.  I didn't add it to the entire back, just certain spots.  I actually moved this outside.  It isn't a strong smelling stripper, I didn't want to get it on anything in the house.  

I actually let it set for several hours.  Next, I used a scraper and scraped the backing off of the mirror. You will want to scrape until you have basically scraped off the backing and mirror.  Just remember, if you scrape off too much, you can't put it back.  So, I started with small amounts.  It just depends on how much black, aged look you want.  I wanted it to be light and spotty.

Once you've scraped as much off of the mirror you want, you will use black spray paint to paint the exposed places on the back of the mirror.  This will give you the spotted aged black spots that are on vintage mirrors.  

The last thing I did was paint sparingly on the front of the mirror with 

You will want to cover or tape off your mirror frame so you don't get paint on it.  I didn't, because I actually loved the color on the frame.  The guest bedroom has soft colors and the black just didn't work.  I love how it turned out and I didn't break the bank on a real vintage mirror.

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