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One Room Challenge Week 4: 3 helpful tips on how to apply peel and stick wallpaper

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House and Home | June 24, 2020

 

 

 

 

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In week 4 of the One Room Challenge I installed peel and stick wallpaper from RoomMates. I love RoomMates because they have such a beautiful variety of peel and stick wallpaper and wall decals. They even have stick tiles if you’re looking to add instant eye candy in your kitchen as a backsplash! I decided to go with a creamy neutral botanical wallpaper that would fit right in with my neutral palette and help to add in a little more texture to the room.

I put wallpaper on only one wall, and am using it as an accent wall instead of wallpapering the whole room. I feel like it adds a little bit of interest to the space without feeling too overwhelming.

I love peel-and-stick wallpaper because it’s literally as easy as peeling off the backing and applying it to your wall. No need for pastes or paintbrushes. Although, you do need a few tools to make the process a little bit easier.

1~A box cutter to cut excess paper

2~A putty knife to tuck paper behind a heater or around window trim

3~A damp cloth to smooth out all the wrinkles

Here’s a quick video and rundown of the process:

 

3 tips that I’ve found that make the process of hanging peel and stick wallpaper much easier are:

  1. Having the right tools – A box cutter to cut excess paper -A putty knife to tuck paper behind a heater or around window trim – A damp cloth to smooth out all the wrinkles. I prefer a wet cloth over using a putty knife to smooth everything out because it’s gentle on the paper and smooths everything out better!
  2. Cut your strips of wallpaper to size allowing a few extra inches on the top and the bottom. This will give you a little wiggle room and give you a nice clean line when you trim with your box cutter. It will also make it much easier to line up your wallpaper without the added weight of the roll.
  3. Only peel about 6 inches of the backing off at a time and smooth as you go. This will make sure the paper doesn’t curl in and stick to itself. This process is the easiest because you can smooth as you go without having to peel it completely off and start from scratch.

woman hanging up wooden light fixture. with wallpaper on wall

Wallpaper source: https://roommatesdecor.comLight

Light fixture source: wooden light fixture

 

Thanks so much for reading along!

Much Love,

Korilyn ~ From the farmhouse life

One Room Challenge Week 3: Installing soundproof boards! A must for any office space!

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House and Home | May 24, 2020

 

 

 

 

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Alright, week three here with the #oneroomchallenge. This week our biggest concern was tackling the noise issue. The problem is the office’s location and the construction of the room itself. The office is centrally located near our bedrooms in the upstairs of our home; and the walls are paper-thin. For those of you that don’t know, our home was built in the 1700s and some of the original walls are still up; particularly in our office. The walls are made of vertically placed pine boards that are only an inch thick. So you can actually see through them in some spots into the other room. And while this is a cool piece of history, when it comes to practical use – it falls a little short.

So we had to figure out how we could make this space the most user friendly. We actually plan on using our office to work – go figure! Both of us are currently working from home and need a quiet place to work. My husband thought the best solution would be installing soundproofing boards right over the existing wall paneling. They can be on the pricier side – but a total must for soundproofing any office space.

electrical wires and soundproof board

Basically, soundproofing board is a rigid panel made from non-toxic material and natural wood fibers that are wax-infused. The wax resists water perforation and the density of the board provides excellent noise control properties. We picked up ours at Home Depot. We were able to order right online and do curbside pickup. I’ve been so amazed at how these companies are working so diligently to keep us all safe.

Since our office space is approximately 8′ x 12′, we didn’t need very many sheets of the sound deadening board. We measured and cut the sheets nearly identical to the way you would handle drywall. However, read the installation instructions specs carefully, as this paneling is a bit different than drywall. Some might find it easier to cut this product with a multipurpose cutter rather than a utility knife. We used common drywall screws to hang it, and are preparing the surface for painting by mudding over the screw heads and seams.

boards on wall

sound proof boards

Ok  – So next week we’re mudding and painting.. and Installing some beautiful wallpaper!

 

As always, thanks For reading pals!

Much Love,

Korilyn ~ from The Farmhouse Life

 

rainbow colors organized in office

One Room Challenge Week 2: The Clean out!

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House and Home | May 18, 2020

Here we go – Week two! I hope you’re ready! For me, this was the hardest part. We have used this room for storage for the past 4 years… It was so full you couldn’t even access the room. It was filled to the brim with stuff! Cleaning it all out was the BIGGEST chore – Ever! Ok, I may be exaggerating but it was a challenge to find new places to put everything.

Some of the stuff in there has been there since we moved into this house! That was almost 5 years ago! Can you tell I’ve been avoiding this area of our home?  I knew we had some serious organizing to do and so in order to get myself going, I had to 5-4-3-2-1 it! If you’re a Mel Robbins fan, you’ll know what I’m talking about – If you’re not and you’re like why did this woman just count down? Do yourself a favor and read the book The 5 Second Rule! It changed my life and I have a feeling it can help you too.

Ok – off-topic. Sorry! We started by getting all of the “keep” items out and making a trash and donate pile with the rest. Then, little by little we worked on organizing and putting things away. Once everything was pulled out of the office, I admit I was a little more motivated. The office is right off of the landing so that’s where everything got put. It was totally in the way and hard to maneuver around. I made a goal to work on it every day for an hour until it was done.

If you want to feel really satisfied… watch this time-lapse video of the actual cleanout. What is it about time-lapse videos that are just so satisfying to watch?!

Be sure to check back here Thursday for the next One Room Challenge post. It’ll be on Installing sound-proof walls! A total must for any office space!

As always Pals,

Thanks for reading along!

Much love,

Korilyn ~ From the Farmhouse Life

red rug and a blue bathroom vanity

The reveal – small budget bathroom renovation

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House and Home | April 27, 2020

Hey guys – I’m so excited to finally show you our bath reveal. We’ve worked for the last few months in our spare time… buying some things and using what we already had to create a big-budget look with a  pretty small budget. Everything will be linked at the bottom.

To start

We peeled up the old peel and stick tile and surprisingly laid down new peel and stick tile. We just took it up a notch by getting faux wood tiles and laying them down in a herringbone pattern. Check it out here! Then we grouted. Did you know you can grout peel and stick tile?

Next, we painted the vanity

Painting the vanity was pretty simple. I used paint I already had called little black dress by Behr paint. And oddly enough it has more blue undertones then black. I mixed up a chalk paint recipe and then sealed the vanity with a polycrylic. Then I updated the hardware… this really helped to give this vanity an updated look.

Then, we updated the mirror and light fixture

This is such an easy way to give any look an upgrade. Light fixtures can be pretty inexpensive and so can mirrors! Both of mine are from Amazon! I feel like updating these two things really helped this outdated bath turn into the modern-boho vibes I was going for.

Lastly, we put on the finishing touches.

I have to be honest… Installing all of the finishing touches was probably the most exciting part. We put up new towel hooks, a shower curtain, plant hangers, a toilet paper holder, a shelf, and a new blind! These things really brought the whole look home.

Check out our finished project below

 

 

Red bathroom rug, blue vanity and gold bathroom fixtures

blue shower curtain and towels

basket and hand towel

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As always pals – Thanks for reading along!

Much love,

Kori ~ from the farmhouse life

blue vanity with herringbone floor Tiile

Grouting your peel and stick tile in 30 minutes!

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Uncategorized | April 22, 2020

A few years back I remember being on a huge budget while renovating our small downstairs bathroom in our first home. We picked out some peel and stick tile and found an amazing product…vinyl tile grout! I didn’t even realize that was a thing! Well – the process was very easy and I remember all of our guests complimenting us on our new bathroom floor. They were astonished when I told them that It was peel and stick tile. We even had a few friends argue us and place their bare feet on the tile to see if it was cold like a ceramic or stone tile generally is. But low and behold – It was just a jazzy way to spice up cheap flooring. Fooled them

Fast forward 5 years when it was time to fix up the kid’s bath in our “new” old home (new to us but 300 years old) – I remembered that project we did years ago and wanted to do it again. But of course, I had to one-up myself by doing it in a herringbone pattern! Click here to check out that tutorial. Well – It was a challenge – but oh my did it turn out amazing! And I knew I wanted to grout it because it’s basically like the icing on the cake. It looks so finished!

Check out our project from start to finish below!

grout tool and sponge

Step one

To start, put grout mix into a large container or just directly apply the grout onto your grout float (I guess that’s what the fancy name for the tool we’re using is called.)

Next, at a 45-degree angle – apply the grout to the floor creases and use a zig-zag motion to smear the grout deep into the cracks.

grout

Step 2

Only do a section at a time that you can manage to wash off the haze and then regrout in a 30-minute time frame. So I broke my bathroom into two areas. I applied the grout – Washed it off and then regrouted and then washed again before moving on to the other side.

Step 3

When It’s time to wash off the haze (what’s sitting on the actual tile) use a bucket of cool water and a sponge. Wring all the water out of the sponge before wiping it off of the tile. Try not to get too much water on the tile. Keep redipping in the water and wring out the sponge – wiping until its completely off the tile.

TIP – press your finger behind the sponge and run it along each grout line to create a nice smooth line.

Step 4

After at least 2 days – use a sealer along the grout lines to protect it from any water penetration. Just run the sealer up the grout lines and wipe any of the residue off of the tile itself before 15 minutes. This is so the sealer doesn’t leave anything behind.

blue bath vanity and herringbone floor

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That’s it guys – Any questions drop them below!

As Always,

 

Much Love,

Korilyn ~ at the Farmhouse Life

 

floor tile in herringbone tile

How to Install peel and stick tile in a herringbone pattern

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House and Home | April 15, 2020

When I first showed my husband the tile I wanted for our new bathroom floor he was all about it. It’s inexpensive peel and sticks tile – and looks like wood flooring. He was a little more apprehensive when I showed him what pattern I wanted it laid in. Although I did I tell him I’d do the brunt of it, I’d just need him for the tricky angles. Low and behold –  most of the angles were tricky and above my pay grade. So I told him if he took over, I’d go and make him homemade donuts. He thought this was a fair trade.

Now, I’m not going to lie to you – if you’re expecting this project to take you a few hours… sadly It will not. This project was time-consuming. Our bathroom is small, and it still took us 8-10 hours. There will be an angle to cut with almost every piece you put down, due to the herringbone pattern. At least, this was true in our case because our bathroom is narrow and only the first strip of tiles that went down didn’t need to be cut.

OK – onto the tutorial… Below I’ll list all of the material and tools we used just in case you want to give this project a go.

To start, lay out a centerline…

This will give you a reference point to ensure the focal point of your herringbone design is centered in your space. Then you can start laying your tiles in a V-like shape alternating each tile to butt up against the top side of the tile. Do your best to estimate tile placement so you can avoid having small pieces of tile in high traffic areas (like a doorway). 

Peel and stick tile being laid in a herringbone pattern

 1. Use a tape measure and a sliding T-Bevel…

to ensure you are obtaining the correct angles at which to cut your tiles. Using a pencil and the T-Bevel, trace a line on your tile. 

t-bevel measuring a tile

2. Lay the tile on a piece of wood…

so you don’t cut into the tiles below. Firmly cut along the pencil line, scoring the surface of the tile but not cutting all the way through the tile. You then quickly and firmly snap off the tile along the scored line.

man cutting peel and stick tile with utility knife

3. Place the tile in its spot to ensure proper fit…

and trim if necessary. If you plan to grout the tile, make sure your spacers are in appropriate spots.

4. Pull the backing paper off the tile…

and using the heat gun, warm the adhesive on the back of the tile. You may also consider putting adhesive on the floor itself.

5. Carefully put the tile in place…

ensuring proper spacing by using the tile spacers. Finally, use a J roller to firmly press the tile down (begin in the center of the tile and roll outwards) to ensure proper adhesion. 

 

Helpful hints: 

    1. When cutting, make sure you use a sharp blade. Take a scrap piece of tile to practice scoring and breaking if you’re struggling to get clean cuts. The key is to score the tile deep enough to ensure a clean break, but to not press so hard that you are trying to cut all the way through the tile.
    2. For tricky corners or angles, using a piece of poster board can work nicely to make a stencil that you can bend and flex to cut to fit the desired shape, and then trace the shape onto the tile. 
    3. Inspect your baseboard/trim board ahead of time, and see if there is space for the tile to slide under the trim to ensure a cleaner, neater finish. 

Here is a video from start to finish of our project!

Enjoy

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And click here for the tile we used 

 

As always pals – thanks for reading along!

 

Much Love,

Kori ~ at the farmhouse life

heat gun and pray bar

Remove old sticky tiles – with only 2 tools!

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House and Home | March 30, 2020

Hey all – this weekend I was hard at work removing the old sticky tile in my kid’s bathroom. At first, I tried shoving a metal putty knife under the tile and I’ll tell ya – It didn’t go well. A little piece flicked off and I thought “oh boy – this is going to take a while”… Then I got smart and told my husband I needed his heat gun and not to ask any questions. And like a good husband, he pointed me in the right direction. After giving it a go – and blindly I might add. I probably should have watched a youtube video on how to properly use one, but hey – I made it out alive and with the sticky tile gone! I call that a win!

Pile of old sticky tiles removed from floor

I started with heating up each individual tile.

Then, turning the heat gun off and using my pry bar to peel the tile off. This was time-consuming. If I was going to finish this bathroom any time this year – I was going to have to get a little more comfortable with managing this heat gun and my pry bar at the same time. It was a little uncomfortable – at first but after a while, I managed to use my pry bar with one hand while heating the tile with the other. The heat gun did most of the work and the pry bar really just needed pressure to keep it moving forward to peel off the tile. It was a fairly easy project and really only took me about 30-35 minutes total to remove all of the tiles.

head gun and pry bar

I did find that…

removing the tile starting at an open corner (meaning on the side of the tile that was already exposed) and working forward – using my body weight to propel the pry bar was really the best way to remove the tile. The momentum and the heat gun really did the work for me. On the downside, I did get a couple of friction burns – no, not heat gun burns – friction burns. This was from my forearms rubbing on my jeans/long sleeve shirt while using the pry bar. It’s all right though – I mean If there wasn’t any pain or scarring (no scarring here) did it really even happen?!

Here’s a little timelapse video that shows the process of how it all went down.

The only trouble-some area was the toilet. The old sticky tile was laid before the toilet was installed so In order to remove all of the tiles – the toilet will have to be removed.  I was determined to do this project on my own – but I think I’ll have to call in the big guns (my husband) to remove the toilet… I mean I probably could figure it out and move the toilet on my own… maybe?! But do I want to?!… Not really. Thank goodness my husband is so accommodating and said he’s gladly step in and move the toilet for me. ~Swoon~ Ladies, get yourself a husband who moves toilets for you.

wooden bathroom floor and slippers

All in all –

on a scale from 1 to 10 for difficulty I’d say that this project was probably a 2/3. I was fairly easy – and once I got a hold of how to hold the pry bar and heat gun this project went by fairly quickly. Now, Laying down the new tile might be a little more difficult… we’ll see!

Doing your own project and want to use the tools I used? Click an image below to shop!

Be sure to pop over later this week to see how installing the new tile goes! Here’s a sneak-peek on how we’ll be laying down the new floor tile!

floor tile in herringbone pattern

Much Love,

 

Kori ~ from the Farmhouse life


Ps -Did you miss my last post on choosing bathroom fixtures? Check it out here! 

black farmhouse style light fixture

How to update your bathroom fixtures with spray paint! Bathroom re-fresh series

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Uncategorized | January 8, 2020

As you know – I’m currently in a blog series called bathroom refresh where I’m trying to update my bathroom on a $100 budget. This is actually quite hard to do – so I’m trying to pull as many things from my house as possible to save the budget for statement items like new light fixtures and pulls. Now – You might be confused because the title of my blog is called “How to update your bathroom fixtures with spray paint” but in my case, my light fixture and pulls are so outdated – spray paint wasn’t going to fix it. I decided to use my budget to try and buy a light clearanced out, new pulls, and textiles. So, this meant I had to be willing to repaint a new light fixture to get it exactly the shade I was looking for. I found a light on clearance for $40 and it was exactly what I was looking for! Except that it was brown and not black. I also pulled a mirror that was the perfect size from my guest room – and it’s also brown and not black. That’s where my handy dandy can of spray paint comes in.

Use the right spray paint

It’s important to always use the right spray paint for your projects. In this case, I’m spray painting metal so enamel paint is best. It will last longer on surfaces compared to lacquer. It also adheres better. Some times I will use a top coat to help seal in the color, but not always. I usually only do that on “high traffic” items that get used a lot or touched a lot like chairs, furniture, etc. Because this mirror and light fixture is a “hung and done” kind of deal, I’m not worried about the paint coming off.

Light coats

2-3 light coats are always a good idea when spray painting to ensure you’re getting full coverage. Also, I’ll emphasize LIGHT coats! If you spray it on too thick it’ll probably drip and then it’ll be obvious that it was spray painted. Try and stand a good 12 inches away from your fixtures so that it doesn’t bubble up and look sloppy.

Black spray painted light fixture

Wedge your tape

It’s important to wedge your tape right up underneath the frame of your mirror so you don’t “accidentally” leave a thick stripe of spray paint. The more of the tape you get under the frame the better.

large mirror with painters tape

The great thing about spray paint is that it only takes seconds to get an even coat… it’s the dry time between coats that can be time-consuming. A half-hour is a good amount of time to wait in between coats if the coats are light.

If you don’t have fixtures – or yours were so outdated like mine then you should check out my latest post on choosing the right fixtures for your bath!

Stay Tuned for the next post in the series to see these bad boys hung up!

Until next time –

Korilyn – at the farmhouse life

gold faucets, black mirrors, and silver light fixtures

Choosing bathroom Fixtures

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Uncategorized | January 6, 2020

After my first blog post on my bathroom refresh series where I go over my design plan – I got a lot of requests asking how to choose bathroom fixtures – and where to get them. So I’ve decided to write a blog post hoping to answer your questions! gold faucets, black mirrors, and silver light fixtures

Mixing metals?

 

People ask me all the time if it’s ok to mix metals when planning your bathroom fixtures – and my answer is… YES! I love mixing metals! There are some rules though… For instance, you always want to tie in that metal somewhere. You don’t want to have one metal by itself feeling all alone and out of place. What I mean by that is pair up your metals or have three of one and 2 of the other. Like in my bathroom design, I’ll have a black framed mirror and a black light fixture AND a gold faucet with gold hardware. So remember – It’s ok to mix metals as long as you tie it in somewhere in the bathroom.

Does size matter?

Well….when it comes to choosing bathroom fixtures… size really does matter! Size your bathroom fixtures like your mirror and your light fixture off of your vanity size. You really want your mirror to be pretty close to the vanity size. Or, if you plan to have a light fixture on either side of your mirror the overall size should be the size of your vanity. That would mean the span from light fixture to light fixture.  If you have two sinks you can have two mirrors – but you don’t have to.

How much is too much?

Only you know how much is too much… This will depend entirely on your budget. BUT if your anything like me you want to find a good deal. There are so many places to buy bathroom fixtures (and at a decent price) – but I have to say, one of my favorite places to shop would definitely be Wayfair! They have such variety – not only in products but prices too!  I’ve rounded up some of my favorite mirrors, light fixtures, and faucets below!

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Did you miss my post on bathroom cleaning hacks without bleach? 

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Bathroom refresh series 2 – Bathroom cleaning hacks without bleach

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Uncategorized | January 3, 2020

After the first coat of white paint, I realized that the paint stuck out like a sore thumb. You see, all of the other elements in my bathroom are a light tan. I didn’t notice this until the first coat of white paint was up and the contrast was very obvious. Sometimes you can follow all the steps on your design plan and it doesn’t work out. There just isn’t money in the budget to change the light beige toilet, shower surround, and tub to new whites ones so… instead I’m going to repaint the walls. The walls were a dark beige color before I painted them a bright white. My plan now is to mix white paint with a light tan paint I have and mix it until it’s a creamy neutral with a hint of tan to it. That way it doesn’t clash with the other tan elements in the bathroom.  Now that brings me to another problem I have in this bathroom. I don’t have an exhaust fan and mold can grow easily on the ceiling. I need to deep clean this bathroom before I paint over my ceiling – but I’m not a fan of using bleach. It can be tough to fight mold and other bathroom germs without it. But I’ve rounded up some cleaning hacks that don’t require bleach that will leave your bathroom sparkling!

Hack 1  – Baking soda

baking soda in orange box

Baking soda is an excellent cleaning agent. It can create an awesome paste that will cut through mold, mildew, and tub grime. If you mix it with equal parts peroxide and let the paste sit in your tube it will wipe away shiny and clean after just a few minutes.

Hack 2 – Vinegar

gallon size white vinegar

Vinegar is great for disinfecting as well.  I like to Mix 1 cup white vinegar and ½ cup lemon juice in a spray bottle and spray it all over my tub. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then sprinkle baking soda on top. Let it sit for another 10 minutes and wipe it clean. Seriously, your tub will sparkle! You can also pour a half cup of vinegar into your toilet and let it sit for about 20 minutes. It seriously cleans the bowl without needing a toilet brush. Just flush it down and your toilet will be sparkly and clean! Vinegar also works great to mop those bathroom floors! Just add a  ½ cup of white distilled vinegar to a half-gallon of warm water.

Hack 3 – Castile soap

gallon size cabstle soap

Ok- This is probably my favorite hack because it doesn’t necessarily pertain to just bathroom cleaning. I literally use Castile soap for everything! Castile Soap comes concentrated so you have to dilute it. Just a couple tablespoons of Castile soap in a spray bottle of water makes a perfect disinfecting spay! Want even more cleaning power? Use this spray to get rid of tub mildew and then sprinkle on baking soda and let sit. Seriously, the mildew wipes away!

Did you miss my inspo board for my bathroom refresh? Check it out here , the first post in this series!

Thanks so much for reading along – Leave some love below if you also like to clean with safer cleaning supplies and drop a comment with your favorite cleaning hacks!

Much love,

Korilyn at the farmhouse life

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