How to Add Trim to Make Your Shutters Reach the Ceiling

How to Add Trim to Make Your Shutters Reach the Ceiling

Last week I showed you my beautiful new shutters and how they have improved my lifestyle.  I no longer have to wedge myself between my chair and the wall to open the curtains in my bedroom.  I can have easy privacy when necessary and let the sunshine in with one flip of the wrist.

I love, love, love them.  BUT my bedroom needed height at the windows and the new shutters were only the size of my windows.  I thought, while I loved them with all my heart, that they needed some tweaking.

I wanted to make them look a bit more grand, more substantial.  So I hopped in the van and went to the hardware store for some trim.  I wanted to widen the windows a bit, so I got a 4″ trim and I wanted to stretch the windows to the ceiling, so I got a package of beadboard and some smaller trim.

In less than 3 hours I was finished with the whole project and my windows are perfection.  Mwah!

First we cut the 4″ trim to fit along the sides of the window from floor to ceiling.

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We also added this same trim across the top, below the crown molding that was already there.  If I didn’t have crown I would have just taken it all the way to meet the ceiling.  We mitered those corners.  Mitering corners isn’t scary…you just need the right tool. (my oldest son was sweet to help me with the project)

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The only hitch was that we had to notch around the window sills.  After cutting the side piece the exact length to fit floor to ceiling we held it up to the window and marked where the notch needed to be.

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Then we measured how far in we needed to cut and we marked that.

How to add trim to your shutters

Until we had our mark exactly where we needed it.

How to add trim to your shutters

There are several ways to cut a notch.  This is just how we do it. We use the miter saw (we also used it for the mitered corners above) to start the cuts.

How to add trim to your shutters

Then used a chisel to chip out the rest.  It only took about a minute.

How to add trim to your shutters

And it was ready to put up.

How to add trim to your shutters

Then we cut the beadboard to fit into the opening above the windows.  I attached everything using a brad nailer, but you can also use finish nails.

Next I cut some narrow trim into a frame to fit inside of the beaded board.  I just did that to add a paneling feeling.  After it was all caulked and painted it looked like this:

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Below the window I just painted the exposed wall with the white paint, but I didn’t add beadboard there.  I was too cheap to buy another package when I really didn’t need it.

How to add trim to your shutters

To show you what a huge difference the trim makes, I did one window at a time so you could see them before and after side by side.

How to add trim to your shutters

Here it is finished….nice, huh?

How to add trim to your shutters

I am in love.  Real, true, deep love.

How to add trim to make your shutters look bigger

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The Old Woman and the Shutters

The Old Woman and the Shutters

This is what happens when you realize you are a nursery rhyme character and need new bedroom window coverings:

There once was a woman who was always on a diet

She really enjoyed when her whole house was quiet

Her 9 precious kids made finding silence hard

She sometimes thought about moving them to the yard

But this mom knew the importance of sharing

And made sure her kids were aware of her caring

She fixed up her bedroom so her teens would come share

Their hopes, their dreams and problems with their hair

This mom rearranged, shifted and built

Extra seating to fit everyone with no guilt

She made it look pretty and invited them in

to her combination master bedroom and den

old woman, new shutters

The issue she had with this great new arrangement

was letting in light from the window estrangement

the room was too small for so many seats

so the windows were blocked and couldn’t be reached

she’d wedge behind her comfy recliner

to struggle with curtain, strings, rod and liner

then one day she got a brilliant notion

She could add shutters to open with one motion

The Old Woman and the new Shutters

now she can sit in the sunshine with ease

and special moments with the kids she can seize

when the daylight fades she can close her shutters tight

and let the teens come sit and talk all night

Then when they’re finished she prays for their heart

and slips into bed, for tomorrow’s new start.

  The Old Woman and the Shutters

(Be sure to come back next week when I show you how I added trim to the beautiful shutters to add height to the room!)

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I Am a Nursery Rhyme Character

I Am a Nursery Rhyme Character

Some days I feel like a nursery rhyme character….I’m all little old woman and so many children I don’t know what to do, etc., etc.

This week the many children thing has challenged me with making my bedroom a haven for the older kids to come sit and share their thoughts with me.  The little boys are bouncy and the older ones need a quiet place to talk with me and tell me what is going on in their lives.

I’ve been very protective of my bedroom.  The kids must knock before entering and wait to be invited in.  That will help add privacy to our mother/teen discussions.

Making your bedroom a place for your teens to come share their hearts with you

So I have been adding comfortable seating and trying to make it welcoming.  I want them to feel like they are not intruding if they want to come in late at night and talk with me.  I want them to know there’s an empty chair that I put there just for them.

There was problem with the windows.  I have curtains on them, but because of the extra seating, there are big chairs shoved up against the windows and it makes it difficult to open and close those curtains.  I’m a sunlight kind of girl….I want them open in the day and closed at night.  So I have been squeezing myself behind the chairs and doing contortions to get the curtains open and closed.

This was not going to work for long, although it was adding to my daily exercise routine, I can’t be spending 20 minutes each morning just trying to get my curtains open then repeating the whole circus act again at night to close them.

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Last week was the final straw when I leaned over my beloved recliner to open the curtains behind it only to have it eject backwards with me in it, sending me headfirst over the back of the chair.  I was stuck there with my legs sticking up from behind the chair, wedged against the window, torn between crying out for help and letting myself fall the rest of the way so no one would catch me with my Spanx in the air.  Nothing like being hurled headfirst into a dark corner to get the day started.

Then suddenly it hit me!  I knew what I needed to do…..the answer became so clear as I hung upside down with the blood rushing to my head.

I needed shutters!  Beautiful, easy to clean, no strings for the kids to get tangled in, one swoop to open, shutters.

So I contacted the amazingly helpful people at Blinds.com and soon I will be saved from ever falling headfirst behind my recliner again.

And I didn’t have to sacrifice seating to do it.

Now I’m a whole new nursery rhyme character.  I’m Mary and my little lambs can follow me wherever I go.

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Warning: Fall Cuteness Ahead

Warning: Fall Cuteness Ahead

I sure enjoyed the slow pace of this past weekend since it’s the last free weekend I have until mid-November.  I don’t know why, but every year it gets super busy at this time.  You’d think I would have learned from the exhaustion of the previous year not to do this to myself, but then I forget and think it will be fine.  Like birth…..if I could remember the horrors I’d never have another child and numbers 2-9 would not have been born.  So I guess, despite my busyness, it’s a good thing I don’t remember.

On Friday we got a truckload of homeschool done in preparation for the full calendar ahead.  I’m grateful for my Lift Caps to help me get it all done.  I have more energy than I have had in years and I am using every bit of it.  But don’t get me wrong….I still need my afternoon nap.

Saturday morning we had a big breakfast.  Some of my girls’ had friends here so it was mostly talk about music and jewelry and favorite breakfast cereals.  After that I spent the morning cleaning my room and going through school papers. Nothing noteworthy.  But it was a relief to have my room clean.  It gets messy so fast that I should have taken a picture to prove it happened because it’s already messy again.

That afternoon, even though I had planned to get some writing done, instead I played a computer game for the rest of the day.  I don’t know what came over me.  I just couldn’t make my brain work.  Does that ever happen to you?  No matter what you do your mind won’t focus until finally you’re forced to do seek and find puzzles for three hours?  I had no other choice.  My knack for wasting time is up there with my ability to watch the same movie over and over without ever getting tired of it.  Raw talent, I tell you.

I spent Sunday bringing fall to the house.  Out went the summer decorations and in swept the fake pumpkins and wooden acorns.  I still have some tweaking to do on the porch, but it’s a start.  I couldn’t love fall more if it brought me chocolate and sang me sweet melodies.

We also spent some time photographing and  listing new items in the shop.  It’s all about fall around here!  Check out there darling buckets we made…..

We are all ready for the temps to drop, to wear sweaters and drink hot tea on the veranda.

Or at least stop sweating so much.  I’d settle for that.

It has definitely cooled down though.  For the past few evenings it’s been cool enough for us to go outside for walks or games in the yard.  Having bearable weather does not go unappreciated here in the south.  I am so happy about it finally dropping below 100° that I am thinking about declaring a holiday it its honor.  No school, no work, just lying in the hammock drinking in the breathable air.  That’s how I like to spend a holiday…..lying down.

This next week I am all a twitter because I am heading to Houston for the Blog Elevated conference.  They have some wonderful speakers lined up and I plan to learn lots if I can get my brain working again.  I hear they still have a few tickets left if you’ve been thinking about going.

How’s things at your house?

 

My Summer Home Tour!

My Summer Home Tour!

I am so, so, so glad you stopped by for my tour da casa.  Life here in the Texas Hill Country is sweet and simple.  Nothing fancy, but we love every bit of it!

Right inside the front door is the living room. 

We built this room ourselves on a wing and a prayer since we had no idea what we were doing.  Even though the room is small, I worked and worked until I found an arrangement that would give all 11 of us a place to sit comfortably.

I used to wish for an entryway, but then I decided that the porch could be my entryway.  Making the most of what I have is my favorite pastime. Below you can see a chair I painted and recovered, a clock I made from an abandoned bird cage stand and some lockers I painted to use for the kids’ school books.

All of our furniture is from flea markets and hand-me-downs.  I take what I find and remake it into what fits our home.  I’ll paint anything….like our piano!

Many of the small details in my home are from my etsy shop, Shop 24.

Just through the living room is the dining room/school room.

The black table is for eating and the white table is where we homeschool with the added benefit of having plenty of extra table space when we have guests for dinner…which is pretty often.

The long buffet behind the black table serves two purposes.  The kids can use it as a desk during the day and we can serve food from it at mealtime.  I try to get as many uses out of one thing as I can.

My big chalkboard wall is constantly changing.  I can draw anything on it depending on what mood I’m in….and I can be moody.  So it changes often.

Even though we don’t do sports (you wouldn’t want to see me do sports, I run like a chicken) I used a sports theme for the summer.  It makes us want to get outside and play!

The other side of the room is the school space.

I use the giant white board for school and to write a new Bible verse every day that we try to memorize.  I also sometimes write lists or chores on the board.  You can read more about how I keep my homeschool area organized!

Around the corner from the school area is our little study room.

I enclosed part of the porch to create this teeny room.  But don’t measure its usefulness by its size….we couldn’t do without it!  The kids can go in there to read or work on their computer or do some quiet school work.  They can close the door and concentrate.  Perfect!

And the letters on the wall are not supposed to be a word.  I’m just slowly gathering all of the kids’ first initials as I see them at flea markets.  It takes time to find nine vintage letters.

On the other side of the dining room is our kitchen.  We built the kitchen all by ourselves on a shoestring budget.  Two ranges, two microwaves, two fridges….it’s perfect for a large family!

In the picture below you can see my kids’ lunch area, my stained glass that came from an old church and my beige chalkboard wall (next to the electric range) where we keep a running grocery list.  Gotta stay organized!

If you go out the kitchen door you step onto a deck that leads to our pool.

It’s a simple, above ground pool.  My son and I built the deck and we built our own outdoor furniture so I can sit right there and work on the blog while the kids swim.

I love sitting out there.  What we lack in expensive luxury, we make up for in peace and tranquility.

Before we go back inside let’s walk around to the front of the house where we have an outdoor eating area, the “Pavilion.”  I found the old sign at a church bazaar and hung it there and the name stuck.  I put the eating area in the front because that’s where the evening shade is, and I am a shade kind of girl.  We eat out there as much as possible.

We had our 25th anniversary party out there a couple of years ago and it was a beautiful evening!

The rest of the house is bedrooms and bathrooms.  With 9 kids in a small house I have to get creative about bedroom spaces.  My 19 year old daughter sleeps in an enclosed porch area.  We made it to also serve as a guest room.

This girl is a bit of a minimalist.  All she wants is a cozy place to sit and some beach things around her and she’s happy.

Two of my boys share a little western themed room complete with horse in the barn that I painted myself

And two of my teen girls live in a finished out attic.

Even though they can only stand up in the middle, they are so happy to have their own space that they don’t care one bit.  And every single thing in this room was free except the wood we bought to build the shelves.  We found the headboards in someone’s trash and just painted them!

Below the girls’ attic bedroom is the master bedroom.  It’s my oasis on a hard day of homeschooling, laundry and painting furniture (which I am usually doing all at the same time).

I do most of my work in this room.  I sit in my recliner and work online after all of the kids are in bed.

My bathroom is another place I like to hide occasionally.

For some reason the kids don’t think to look for me there, so when I need a few minutes to myself I sneak in the bathroom with a book and a Diet Dr Pepper.

That’s it for my summer home tour.  It’s been great having you visit and I hope you’ll come back again soon!

Here are a few other amazing homes you might want to visit!!!

The Nester @ Nesting Place
Chris @ Just a Girl
Emily @ Decor Chick
Roeshel @ DIY Show Off
Marianne @ Songbird
Lindsay @ Makely Home
Sandra @ Sawdust Girl

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Have You Ever Been So Tired You Felt Like a Boneless Chicken?

Have You Ever Been So Tired You Felt Like a Boneless Chicken?

So much for easy, peaceful weekends.  Ever since starting my fitness challenge, I am up and at ‘em every morning.  It has changed my activity level drastically.  I am not sure how I feel about that yet.  In theory I should be glad that I am actually using my body for more than a recliner decoration, but my legs are crying out in opposition.

On Saturday morning I decided to do a job I had been putting off for too long.  My bedroom had become a waste dump for everything that didn’t have a place in the house.  Books, picture frames, kids’ drawings, blankets, pillows…..anything we didn’t know where to put but wanted to keep.  It was beginning to resemble an episode of Hoarders.

In addition, I had never finished cleaning up the nursery since moving Levi out about 3 months ago and I was starting to feel ashamed of myself for my laziness.  Since James was out of town this weekend, I thought it would be a good time to clean out the two rooms, get rid of the junk and get ‘er done.

As usual, my ideas are too big for my energy level.  The older kids all had things they needed to do (rude) and so I just had the younger boys to help me.  A willing heart is nice, but it’s also nice if the person helping you isn’t more interested in his jacket zipper than he is vacuuming under the chair you are holding up.  Let’s just say, it was a long morning.

After lunch I asked my older 3 girls if they could just help me for a couple of hours so we could get this job finished.  I promise you I wasn’t intentionally being deceitful, which they may have wondered at 8:00 PM when we were still working.

We had to clean everything as we moved it.  The amount of dust in my bedroom would have filled a king sized pillow.  And I didn’t even deal with whatever is under my bed.  I don’t look under there.  It scares me a little.

By late Saturday night we were all completely spent with barely enough strength left to shower and get ourselves to bed.  Even my high energy girls were strewn across my bedroom sofa like boneless chickens (Did you ever see that picture?…so funny!)

source: The Far Side

Yep, that’s what we looked like.

I didn’t take before pictures, but you’ve seen messy rooms, right?  Here’s what my bedroom looks like this morning.  CLEAN! I want to paint the faux oak cabinet in the corner.  I’m thinking of painting it a gray green.  What do you think?

I’m loving the panorama option on my iphone.  You can see almost the whole room!  The door on the right goes to a long, narrow room that used to be the nursery.  I don’t know what to call it now, so we’re just calling it “the old nursery.”  It is a spare room I can use however I want.  Right now it’s just a quiet place for anyone to go read, get away, be alone.  But I have a few ideas for this room.

On Sunday we were still tired from the day before so I just filled my shop orders and we rested.  Kids played outside, girls read, we ate leftovers….nothing too strenuous.

There’s something about having a big job done that gives you permission to do nothing for about a week.

Summing up….these are the questions I have for you.  1. What would you do with an empty, long, narrow room?  2. What color should I paint the cabinet in the corner of my bedroom?

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My Bedroom is My Oasis

My Bedroom is My Oasis

I just love my bedroom.  It’s my place to getaway and relax at the end of a long, hard day.  Or an easy day….either works.

The warm colors are relaxing.  I made the headboard out of ceiling tiles I found at the flea market a few years ago.  And I change the throw at the foot of the bed each season.  The furry one on there now is perfection for the winter.

I’m not in love with the bedside tables.  They function well, but I’ve always dreamed of putting mirrored bedside tables on each side.  If they didn’t cost half a thousand dollars each I just might do it.  I’m still searching for ways to make them myself. Then a couple of pretty lamps and I’d be in bedroom heaven.

Over the bed is a little door that went to the kitchen pantry when we bought the house.  Instead of throwing it out when we remodeled the kitchen I kept it and used it here.  We glued book pages to it and added a few peaceful words.  I’ve thought about adding more words.  It could turn into a collection of words that describe our life.  Of course, that might not be relaxing at all.  The bedroom is where I go to pretend my life is all good.  No bad words in there.

That chair on the left….it’s my beloved recliner where I do my work.  I get my computer in my lap and lean back, pull the furry throw over me and start typing away.

Speaking of the furry throw, I’m sharing 5 ideas for adding winter touches over at Life Your Way today.  I hope you’ll head over there and say hello.

Usually my bedroom is a mess by Sunday.  Everything from the week gets tossed in there.  Then on Sunday afternoon I clean it all up and get it ready to catch everything again next week.  The cycle of life.

So, how do you like your bedroom?

Head over to Life Your Way to see more winter decorating ideas.

 

The Silver Dresser

The Silver Dresser

I decided this weekend was the time to work on something that I’ve been tossing around in my head.

For EVER I have wished for some mirrored bedside tables in my bedroom.  I don’t know why.  I just love them.  Pier 1 Imports has some I want for only $549 each.

I wondered if I couldn’t do something similar for a little less money, say maybe…..20 bucks.

I have a small dresser that I painted white a couple of years ago.  It seemed perfect for my experiment.

I got a quart of Martha Stewart metallic silver paint.

It only took bout 30 minutes to paint.  After it was dry, I carried it into the house and looked at it (read: I had my minions carry it in the house).  It just wasn’t right. It looked more blue than silver.  So I had my people take the drawers back outside and I sprayed them with some silver spray paint.

It’s a small difference, but you can see in this picture, the bottom drawer has been sprayed and the top one only has the Martha Stewart paint on it.

I didn’t want to use the old knobs, so I took two Anthropologie knobs off of a cabinet in the hall.

Here’s the bedside before:

And now:

What do you think?  Keep the silver?  It’s a bit shinier in person.  And what do I do on the other side of the bed?  Can I use the same paint on a different dresser?  Does it look good to you?  Or should I put the trunk back and use the dresser somewhere else?

By the way, the three books I am reading there are “etcetera” by Sibella Court, “Choosing Forgiveness” by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and “Unmarketing” by Scott Stratton.  Three very different books, all really good.  I am reading the last two for the second time.

OK, I need your opinions.  I know how much you all like telling me what to do….so go for it!

The Four Walls of My Bedroom

The Four Walls of My Bedroom

My bedroom is my oasis.  It is a relaxing place where I go when I need a moment (or 10) to myself.  Last fall I did a four day marathon of redoing it.  The pictures don’t really do it justice because there is a sense of peace that you just can’t photograph.

Let’s go around the room one wall at a time….

I made the headboard out of old ceiling tiles.  Over the bed is an old door that we removed from the original kitchen.  The fabric for the bedding was all on clearance at a local upscale fabric store.  That was a huge score!  A monogrammed pillow on the bed, of course!  The pillows are velvet….so fancy.

Wall 2: This is the spot where James and I sit and spend time together. The chair on the right is where I sit to work on my computer.  So now when you think of me, picture me there with my feet up in the recliner.  Oh yes, I have a hard life.

Wall 3: This is the rest of the sitting area.  The kids sit here and we talk, or watch movies.

Since I took that picture I moved the clocks and frame into the living room.  Our family portrait hangs there now.  I’ve also moved some of the furniture….wow.  I am just realizing that I move things a lot.  OK, I’m not just realizing it.  I’m just now admitting it.  My name is Lisa and I am a compulsive furniture mover.  I need help.

The fourth wall holds the TV and bookshelves.  We took an old screen that a friend gave me and made a frame for it so that we could cover the TV.

I know that the shelf is crooked.  But Jacob made it for me himself, so I like it.

And yes, for those of you that have asked….I covered all of the books with brown paper.  It’s the kind you get at the hardware store for painting, so it didn’t even take a whole roll.  Then I wrote the titles on the bindings.

That’s the four views of my bedroom.  The trunk at the foot of the bed tends to be a landing spot.  I clean it off every few days, but it doesn’t stay that way for more than a few hours.

Another way I keep the bedroom as a sanctuary is that the kids can’t just walk in.  Even if the door is open (which it usually is) they have to knock and wait to be invited before entering.  They wouldn’t even think of just walking in.  That means Mommy gets privacy.

Thanks for staying for the tour of my bedroom.  Now, if you will excuse me, I need some peace and quiet.

 

Complete!

Complete!

We did it! There were lots of problems, pains and sweat. But it’s done.

Here you go……

Here’s what it used to look like when you walked in the door….

And here it is now…..

The only things I bought were paint, curtains and one clock (you’ll see that in a minute). Everything else was stuff I had around. Lots of it was leftover from other projects.

This is an old door that was in the kitchen before we re-modeled it. We tore up an old book and glued the pages to the inset and then I used my Cricut to make the words. Easy-breezy.

I moved the armoire to the corner. It looks so much better there…like a place of honor.


The new curtains. I got them at Tuesday Morning. I cut up one of the panels and sewed it into a valance to go across the top. I hung them closer to the ceiling to add height. The new curtain rods were on clearance. I assumed it was because they were this weird orangy-copper color. But a little spray paint fixed that right up!

This was what it looked like before….

Isn’t it nice and fresh?! I used the Amish quilt that DUH got me for our 20th anniversary as a tablecloth…I just couldn’t remove it from the room. I love it too much. (this is also a good look at the crown molding we added)

Now let’s turn the corner. Before…..

And after…..


I tell you I just LOVE how this area turned out. I monogrammed a pillow for the love seat and as you can see, we painted all of the furniture.

The big frame was over the crib in the nursery, I got it at a flea market several years ago. The clock on the right is the only thing I bought for the room. When I saw it I just had to have it.

But then I saw that I really needed a third clock, so I found a disk in the storage building and I painted it with left over chalkboard paint from another project. I drew the clock on with chalk and there you have it….another clock! Of course, it’s always 1:55, but that’s ok with me.

Now, just ask me where I got this hanging lamp….go ahead….ask me. Believe it or not, my oldest son and I made it! He took some bailing wire (from the hay we feed the goats) and shaped the frame. Then I used vellum that I had in my paper stash and we used some lamp parts I bought about a year ago for something else and never used it. I sewed the cord cover and he put it all together and hung it. It’s exactly what I wanted and it was completely free!


Speaking of lamps, I completely re-did the old lamps. I tore off the fabric on the shades and wrapped the frame in twine (I have no idea why I had twine). Then I added some old trims and I painted the bases. I love them. Again…free!


Now we turn to the last wall. Remember what it used to look like?

And after….

I’m still not sure what I’ll end up doing with the shelves. They are so nice and clean I hate to fill them up. It’ll be fun to flea market shop for things to put on them.

But how about the TV cover that my oldest son built? Someone gave me this old screen and we used the shelf that was over the TV before. He added the sides and bottom and the girls painted it white. I stapled burlap to the back of the screen, added hinges and hung it. It’s perfection. (Yes, I know the bottom is crooked. He worked so hard on it that I didn’t have the heart to make him fix it)

Here is it open…..


Well that’s it. That’s how I spent my Labor Day weekend.

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