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How To DIY Shiplap

Out with the new, in with the old. Yes, you read that right! It seems that old fads are now all the rage. From fringe to flair and bold and flashy, current home improvement trends are taking a note from fashion and being influenced by the revival of all things vintage.

Shiplap is no exception. Originally, these long panels were utilized in the construction of homes because of their resistance to harsh weather conditions. Oftentimes hidden behind wallpaper and sheetrock, shiplap is considered the equivalent to discovering hardwood flooring underneath carpet. Those who enjoy rustic and farmhouse styling have fallen in love with shiplap. But for the homeowners who aren’t so lucky enough to discover shiplap in their own renovation, it’s easy to replicate the look!

Witty With Wood

There are so many types of material you can use to create a planked wall: fresh cut wood, reclaimed wood and ripped down panels are just a few that stay true to the classic wood look. Depending upon the length and width, wood panels range from $8 to $15 per plank.


Keep in mind that installing planks may require you to remove and reinstall molding, baseboards, outlets etc. so be sure you’re equipped with the following:

  • Your planks of choice
  • Sander with medium-grit paper
  • Miter saw, table saw, circular saw or jigsaw
  • Nail gun and 2 inch brad nails
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Spacers
  • Spackle
  • Painting supplies

Whether your wood was precut or you measured and cut them yourself, give a quick sanding to the edges to smooth out any sharpness. Mark your studs, load up the nail gun, secure some spacers to the wall, level up your first board and get busy!


After the boards are up, you can start spackling, sanding and priming. Be careful to only cover the nail holes and avoid filing in the natural knots in the wood if you want a classic look. When you’re ready to paint, consider going old school and using a brush instead of a roller. There will be many seams, nooks and crannies – which happen to be a brush’s specialty. While you can certainly use a roller, it will leave you with gaps that will have to be filled in with a brush anyway.


Adhesive? Absolutely

If you adore the expression of shiplap but are skeptical of your DIY cred, you can still achieve a wood wall appearance with a stick-and-peel paneling project. Most materials like this cost around $10 to $14 per square foot. This method is equally as pricey, so consider utilizing the panels on an accent wall, mudroom, along a staircase or in the bathroom if you’re looking for a small, but impact touch to make your walls more interesting.


While you don’t need any power equipment, you do need a game plan. Before placing any panels on the wall, arrange them on the floor to be sure the pattern is what you envisioned and the angles are correct. Don’t be afraid to get a little funky and try different designs like chevron or herringbone.


If you want to add a touch of country, try a whitewash effect. You can even paint and then lightly sand certain areas to look more antiquated.

What’s your take on shiplap? Where would you install in in your own home? Or have you just completed the project yourself? Share with us in the comments!

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Trending Home Designs You Must Try In 2017


The make-it-your-own movement continues to influence home improvement trends, and this year is no different. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite interior updates that can easily be incorporated to personalize any space.

Indoor Gardening

Plants are simple; they have very few basic needs, which makes them gorgeous display pieces in any home setting.


Here’s a tip: don’t limit all your plants to a tiny pot. Lush greenery that flourishes and climbs can fill and enliven any corner.

A little less confident? Mini cacti and succulents create an intriguing still life that can be equally colorful.


Nisaku has a wonderful array of hand garden tools for easy indoor growing maintenance.

Wild Wallpaper

We’ve always adored wallpaper, even when it wasn’t considered “on-trend.” Its ability to portray color, pattern and texture can brighten an entire room, be added as an accent wall, or create a back-splash between bookshelves and cabinetry.


And with the introduction of easily removable options and task-specific tools, the concern that any paper is permanent is a worry of the past.

Marble and geometric impressions are our top print picks.


Copper Accents

Copper is very easy to incorporate into your décor – and the best part is that a little goes a long way!


We love the scintillating effect and bold, but warm elegance copper presents. I’s a clever accent that brings focus into your most lived-in spaces.

Jewel Tones

The rich coloring of precious stones is a trend we’re used to seeing in clothing and accessories. But this year, it’s time to bring them into your living  spaces.

Bold color palettes are surprisingly easy to incorporate and are the perfect inspiration if you’re looking for a big change.

Matte Finishes

Matte will have its moment in 2017, with white, black and grey pastels.

It works because the industrial vibe pairs well with a cool, toned down finish that offsets polished metals and glossy woods.


What trend is your favorite? We want to hear about your DIY plans in the comments!

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4 Home Improvement Projects To Beat The Winter Blues

We’re already halfway to spring, but the coldest months of winter still lie ahead. And if you’re anything like us, the thought of being stuck inside is not one that is met with content.

Cure cabin fever with some fun, easy and inexpensive home improvement projects that are not only rewarding, but can increase your property value, conserve energy costs and improve your quality of life.

Walls That Wow

Many homeowners underestimate the power of the obvious. Refreshing your walls with a bold coat of paint and adding modern trim and molding can completely change the aura of a room.


Create visual interest with an accent wall, add texture and pattern with printed wallpaper or create a custom design using painter’s tape to achieve a scratch-board effect.

cozy-blue-living-room_amazing-tosca-wallpaper_elegant-transparent-flower-vase_amazing-blue-velvet-couchhoneycomb_wall_calloutWe also love the new paint roller trend, which is lovely for layering dual tones.


Add A Splash Of Personality

Update your kitchen by adding a DIY backsplash. Go natural with stone, classic with subway tile, modern with metal or funky with geometrics!

Not too familiar with laying tile? No problem! Most Big Box home improvement stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot offer free workshops. Plus, many backsplashes come in large mat-like pieces and even peel and stick applications, making it very easy for a novice to create a beautiful accent without all the frustration and mess.


The best tip we can give you on installing your own backsplash is to prep and plan! Lay out a template before application to ensure you do not run into any irregular lines or spaces. And failing to clean the excess grout off the tile when wet will cause a glaze that is almost impossible to remove once dry.

Light It Up

Instantly brighten and warm up any room with new lighting.  Opting for a modern standing lamp with an edgy shape or a table lamp with a colorful shade can transform any space.


Swapping old bulbs for LEDs or installing dimmers are both cost effective upgrades that allow you to customize the ambiance of your space.

Adore Your Entryway

Usually an afterthought, the doors in your home could probably use some TLC. One of the most used access points, bedroom and entryway doors are subject to unavoidable scratches and cracks from longtime use.

You may consider switching to a whole new type of door which is more functional and attractive pertaining to your style. For example, double doors are a great alternative to sliding or bi-fold models, while famed French doors let in natural light and add architectural detail to fuse indoor and outdoor spaces.


And updating to new knobs or hinges is another great change DIY job that can easily be done in a weekend with instant results.

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Cheap + Easy Outdoor Lighting Ideas

There’s something undeniably magical about the soft glow of lights that can make even the most ordinary space feel transformative.

Proper lighting is an essential compliment to any outdoor area, but don’t immediately get discouraged by the thought of costly electricians or complicated wiring. Elegant do-it-yourself options can be cheap and easy to provide the ambiance you desire.

Flameless Fire Pit

Keep a fire pit or bowl glowing all season long with string lights loosely draped over a stock of logs.


Canning Jars

Mason jars with tea lights create a twinkling atmosphere at any outdoor gathering. Suspend from tree branches, place on railings and tables, or drape from stakes to instantly set the mood.

Paper Lanterns

Paper lanterns come in endless colors and styles, making it simple to find one that fits your look.


String Light Poles

No trees? No problem! Create a canopy of string lights in a cinch without permanence by filling planters with cement to anchor wooden rods for hanging.


Or simply scallop along stakes for a faux fencing look.


Recycled Glass

Fairy lights have the ability to enliven any glass object. Before you toss away the recycling, salvage some colored wine bottles and empty jars. You’ll adore the sparkling effect that looks like you’ve caught a million fireflies.


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Updating Your Home With Pantone’s 2017 Color Report

Many people believe the power of color can change your health, wealth and happiness. Whether you’re superstitious or not, it’s a fact that color has a great impact on modernizing or dating your home.

Pantone, widely considered the global authority on color, has recently released its spring color report for 2017. While we’re on the brink of welcoming winter, it’s always nice to warm up with a pop of vibrancy to refresh your style.

The top 10 colors for spring are a mixture of vitality, relaxation and the great outdoors. Taking us back to our roots, each hue is vivid, bright and reminiscent of things that surround us in nature to evokes a spectrum of emotion and feeling.

  • PANTONE 17-4123 Niagara
  • PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow
  • PANTONE 19-4045 Lapis Blue
  • PANTONE 17-1462 Flame
  • PANTONE 14-4620 Island Paradise
  • PANTONE 13-1404 Pale Dogwood
  • PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery
  • PANTONE 17-2034 Pink Yarrow
  • PANTONE 18-0107 Kale
  • PANTONE 14-1315 Hazelnut


Spruce up interior and exterior spaces by incorporating these eye-catching colors in paint, accessories and accent pieces. As adaptable as they are beautiful, each hue compliments one another and offers gorgeous combinations that are uplifting and bold without overpowering.


Provide a unifying element for diverse spaces by painting an entire room or changing just one feature.

Paint the front door – adding some color to your door is a great way to showcase personality and give your guests an idea of what they can expect inside.


Paint the ceiling – adding a little color to the ceiling can be an unexpected surprise and also a terrific way to add sophistication to you room.


Paint the kitchen cabinets – often times people forget their cabinets can be painted, when in reality it’s the perfect way to refresh your kitchen and give it a brand new look.


Paint inside bookshelves + alcoves – adding a dash of color to the inside of your bookshelves or alcoves is an easy way to make a big impact with minimal effort.


Update your rug – Aside from the sofa, a rug is the second most important home accessory; as a room’s foundation, a rug can make or break an entire design concept. By toying with a variety of sizes and colors, you may just find that aesthetic boost the room needs.


Populate with pillows – Various pillows can add a spectrum of color and texture to a room, but be sure to keep the number odd between 5 and 9. By being selective with your pillow display, you won’t risk overdoing it: like all accessories, a little can go a long way. The great thing about having a rather large inventory of different pillows is that can be rearranged and recycled throughout the year.