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Master Bedroom Pallet Wall

I always have a tendency to look at things and underestimate.

For example, one time, I went to IKEA and bought four bookcases and a sectional and I was positive it would all fit in my Expedition.

Wrong.

Two trips later, we were able to get it all home.

Or, one time, I was certain we could fit our new entertainment center through the front door.  My husband was certain it would not.  I assured him it would.

I was wrong.

We ended up having to move the beast of an entertainment center around the house and into the backyard and in through the back door about killing ourselves in the process.

Or, like this Saturday, when at 8:00pm I told my husband we should go ahead and get started on the pallet board wall I wanted to do in our master bedroom, and I assured him it would only take us two hours at the most and we’d probably be in bed snoozing by 11pm at the latest.

Wrong.

So, it all started when I became a Weaber Lumber brand rep on Instagram.  They sent me boxes of their wall boards in exchange for me sharing my projects on Instagram.

I was beyond thrilled when the boxes arrived and I couldn’t wait to get started!

I went back and forth about which room I wanted to install these boards in, but in the end, I chose our master bedroom because it definitely had the least personality of all the rooms in the house.

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

We started by moving all the furniture away from the walls.

Then, I opened up each box of Weaber Lumber wall boards and sorted out the different colors of wood.

Pallet Wood Wall

While I was doing that, the hubby was busy marking the studs in the wall.  This is an important step because you want to be sure your nails are going into the studs and not just into the wall.

The box mentions painting the wall a dark color before starting, just in case you have gaps between the boards.

Yep, didn’t do that.

The box also mentions starting in the center and working your way out.

Yep, didn’t do that either.

We basically just dove right in and luckily, it worked out fine for us, but it did mean we had to be sure you couldn’t see any gaps or else it would be pretty noticeable!

We decided to start at the top left corner of the wall and work our way across.  We chose to do it this way because there is no molding where the wall hits the ceiling, and at that point, the ceiling angles upward. Because of that, we weren’t 100% sure if where the wall and ceiling met was level, and for this project, it’s important that everything to be level!Pallet Wood Wall

I must admit, for us, the first two rows were probably the toughest.  Here’s why:

  1. My husband is OCD.
  2. My husband is OCD.
  3. My husband is OCD.

Are you catching on yet?

You definitely cannot be OCD for this project.  The boards are not perfect, they aren’t meant to be.  It’s supposed to have a rustic look.  Well, that totally through my husband for a loop!

Once he got past that, we were good!

As we put up each board, we checked to make sure it was level before nailing it to the studs.  One board being off could throw the whole project off!

Pallet Wood Wall

Once we had the majority of the wall done, we had to measure and cut the wood for the spaces that remained.

Pallet Wood Wall

My husband also had to measure and cut around the trim of the windows and electrical outlets.

Pallet Wood Wall

Once we had everything done, it looked amazing.

It was a HUGE transformation!

Pallet Wood Wall

Every time I walk in our room now, I feel like I am walking into someone else’s room!  It is just so completely different!
Pallet Wood Wall

It definitely warmed up the space and made it feel a lot more cozier.

Pallet Wood Wall

I decided to hang my old window frame and magnolia leaf wreath above our bed and it just seems to tie everything together perfectly.

So, remember I told you we started the project at 8pm?

Remember I told you that I thought the project would only last a few hours?

Pallet Wood WallWell, we finished our project around 3am Sunday morning and I’m still soooo tired!  How did I ever stay up past midnight before??

See that coffee cup there?  That one that says “Dream”?

Yep, it had coffee in it when I started taking pics this morning, and a few pics later.. empty.

I’m pretty sure I see a nap in that cozy bed in my future!

So tell me what you think?  Would you do something like this in your home?

Love you all!

Claire

 

Painting Saved My Life

It sounds pretty dramatic to say that painting saved my life, but honestly, it did.

I shared my story here and here a few months ago.

I shared about how I went through stress and then extreme anxiety which ultimately made it to where I couldn’t even leave the house.

What I didn’t share about, was that looking back, I now believe I was severely depressed.  I had brief moments during that time where I thought about just ending my life.  Those thoughts obviously made my anxiety worse because I didn’t understand where they were coming from.

I was consumed with fear, depression, anxiety.. I was a real mess.

Once we moved to our current house, my husband urged me to start painting again. I think he knew that I was happiest when I was blogging and painting years ago, and I’m sure he thought that if he could just get me on that path again, I’d be back to myself.

I’ll be honest.  I did NOT want to paint.  I didn’t want to do anything but lay on the couch or sleep.

Then one day, while looking through Craigslist, I found a picture of a farmhouse console table.  I sent the picture to my husband and asked him if it was something he thought he might be able to make.  He said yes, and that weekend, we built our farmhouse table. (You can read that post here.  I have since repainted it as you can see in the picture below.)

Rustic Pig Designs: Farmhouse Console

Although I didn’t love painting this table, I loved seeing the finished product in my house.

At that point, I decided I would slowly go back to my blog, even though I didn’t want to.

I would start painting again, even though I didn’t want to.

And I would start an Instagram feed for my blog, even though I thought it would take YEARS to get anyone to follow me.  (What many people don’t know about blogging is that social media is super important in our little world.  I already had a following on Facebook and Pinterest, but when I was blogging years ago, Instagram was just getting off the ground so I didn’t have an Instagram account.) It felt like I was almost starting all over again.

While I tried to get my head into painting and blogging again, my husband was busy finding me pieces of furniture to paint.

He would excitedly send me a picture, and say, “What do you think?”

I’d say, “Looks great!”

And he’d buy it.

And then it just sat in the garage.  Taking up space.

For some reason, painting furniture didn’t sound appealing to me.  At all.

I decided that I wanted to start by painting something small, and that’s when I started painting my signs, and later opened my Etsy store last week. You can read about that here.

Buy on Etsy: RusticPigDesigns

I was shocked when I opened my store last week and sold 9 signs!  This blew me away!!  It also kept me busy this week and forced me to leave the house in order to go to the post office to mail them.

Then, I decided to start tackling the pieces of furniture in the garage.

I started with this piece…

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Hideous, I know.

I started off by sanding the top down to the raw wood.

Rustic Pig Designs: Painting Saved My Life

I loved the color of it after it was sanded down, so I decided to leave it as is.

Next, I painted the rest of the table using Rust-oleum’s Chalked Paint in Country Gray.

I also spray painted the drawer pulls white.

Rustic Pig Designs: Painting Saved My Life

When I was done, I distressed it in a few places and went over it with Rust-oleum’s Matte Clear finish.

Rustic Pig Designs: Painting Saved My Life

This was my first time to use Rust-oleum’s Chalked paint line, and I really like it.  (It is also WAY cheaper than Annie Sloan’s chalk paint!  A HUGE plus in my book!)

I was so happy when I finished this table today!

Friends, I know it sounds crazy, but I’ve watched God grow my Instagram account to over 4400 followers in one month, allow me to sell 9 signs in one week, and He has brought me joy again.  Something I thought I would never find again.

He allowed me to turn my mind away from the anxiety and onto something I love, and slowly, he has healed me.

I know, ultimately, that it was God that saved my life, but I truly believe He used painting as a way to give me joy again, which in the end, has saved me.

I love Psalm 40 because it is the perfect picture of what I went through…

I waited patiently for the Lord;

he turned to me and heard my cry.

He lifted me out of the slimy pit,

out of the mud and mire;

he set my feet on a rock

and gave me a firm place to stand.

He put a new song in my mouth,

a hymn of praise to our God.

Many will see and fear the Lord

and put their trust in him.

Rustic Pig Designs: Painting Saved My Life

I am thankful that God used painting to pull me out of the “slimy pit, out of the mud and mire.”

I am also thankful to my husband, who was patient with me while I struggled.  Who loved me in spite of the mess that I was.  Who listened to my fears and held me when I cried.

I am thankful that God used my husband to model His love for me.

Even though I felt like God was far away from me during that time, like He wasn’t listening, or didn’t care, I can now look back and see that God really wasn’t far away at all.

Love you all!

Claire