How To Use Exterior Siding In Your Bedroom

How To Use Exterior Siding In Your Bedroom


Using exterior siding in your bedroom can add an amazing amount of beauty and charm.  Whether it’s actual reclaimed wood, new wood with a faux finish or faux wood, you can’t go wrong with this added texture and warmth.  I’ll show you how to use exterior siding in your bedroom so that you can create a romantic and inviting space.

Yep, this is what it used to look like – my master bedroom.  Actually, this isn’t the worst it’s ever looked, as it used to be without sheetrock and insulation and had a ton more stuff stored in it!



I’ve mentioned before that we’ve been remodeling our house for over a year and a half now.  We spent much of that time getting it into proper working condition (replacing sheetrock, adding insulation, plumbing, electrical, etc.), as well as moving some walls around to make it more functional for this mama.

The great thing about stripping a home down to the bare bones, is that you get to rebuild it exactly how you want to.  The bad part is, especially if using your own hands and those of a few generous volunteers, it feels very overwhelming.  There are so many details that go into building a house, you never feel like you’re going to get to the end.  In fact, we’re not to the end.  Yet.

However, we have turned this house into a home and I couldn’t be happier with the results.  I’ll be sharing different thing that we did, but I want to start with my master bedroom.  It’s my favorite.  It has a story, and one day I’ll share that.  But for now, enjoy the transformation pics!


Tape, floating, texture and priming.

Siding Inside



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A coat of Alabaster paint from Sherwin Williams (my recommended paint brand, btw).


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Siding from the home of our precious friends (DIY on that later).  And floors – woohoo!

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Siding Inside

Finished product.  Or as I like to call it, heaven on earth.

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Siding Inside



Siding Inside

Master Bedroom

And, my previously featured dresser and chair.


The room isn’t 100% finished, but it’s still my favorite room in the house!  I have a few surprises still coming your way that I think you’re gonna love, and will make this room pure perfection.

I’d love to know what you think! Please leave your comments and questions below.

Peace & Love,


Finished product photographs by Images Of Rain Photography.

How To Makeover A Chair Using Maison Blanche Paint

Mason Blanche ChairOver the weekend I went to a furniture painting class and learned how to makeover a chair using Maison Blanche paint.  I’m always interested in learning new things and trying new products, and this experience did not disappoint!

The Burlap Junkies out in Pipe Creek, Texas host Painting Parties to teach people how to give new energy to an old piece of furniture.  It’s an afternoon of food, fun and new friends that you can enjoy with or without wine.  Your choice.

I signed up for the small furniture painting class early in May, and thought I had plenty of time to find a piece to take.  However, time got away from me and I found myself a few days away from the event with no piece.  Never to fear though, the Chair Junkee is here! Sweet Claudia (a.k.a. Chair Junkee) partners with Lisa from Burlap Junkies to make sure that no one leaves empty handed.  The best part is, the price of her chairs (which are well priced), include reupholstering! She saved my bacon by having this beautiful chair available to purchase.

Now, on to the how to…

Because of the fabric I had picked out, I decided on the Coffee Bean chalk paint from Maison Blanche.  With the chip brush, I applied a quick coat of paint.

Mason Blanch Chair

And then another, and then another (because of the dark shade of paint).

When the paint was thoroughly dry, I took a 220 grit piece of sandpaper and created a well-used look, allowing some of the original wood to show through the paint.  After the sanding, I applied a clear wax with a chip brush

Mason blanche Chair

When the clear wax had been buffed with a rag, I then applied a product called Lime Wax.  I was pretty excited to use this because I had never heard of it before.  It ended up being the magic to this piece, creating a truly aged look by putting a greyish white into all of the grooves, including the grain of the wood.

I have to admit, I had not been happy with the color of the coffee bean alone, but with the lime wax, it was spectacular!  Here is the finished product:

Mason Blanche Chair

While I worked, Ms. Claudia recovered my seat with the fabric I brought.  When I finished the chair, she screwed the seat on and it all tied together so well!  I couldn’t have been happier with the result.

If you’re in the San Antonio Area, be sure and check out the Burlap Junkies and the Chair Junkee on Facebook!

Peace & Love,



How To Update an Ikea Dresser

Tarva MakeoverSince moving into our new (old) home, my husband has been in need of a dresser.  And since I love to paint furniture, I thought it would be easy to find something sleek that I could make look rugged and manly.  However I was having a hard time finding just the right thing until I saw some Ikea dresser make-overs on Pinterest.  I’m always up for a trip to Ikea, and after looking through the catalog that I had on hand, I knew the 6-drawer Tarva would be perfect. So, here is how to update an Ikea dresser (one of a zillion ways, I’m sure).

Now, I won’t lie to you.  While a piece of Ikea furniture is going to save you some cash, assembling it will cost you the better part of a day and a fair amount of your sanity.  There will be moments that you want to scream at the pudgy little Ikea guy on the instructions, who is surely mocking you, and curse the store as a whole for not writing out the instructions.  But persevere, it will be worth it.

Tarva Makeover

Sadly, I didn’t get a bunch of great pictures of the process I used to makeover this dresser, but here’s how I achieved the above look, step by step:

  1. Assembled the piece (Grrr…).
  2. Painted all the drawers white.
  3. Sanded the drawers with a 120 grit, making the wood bare in spots.
  4. Went over the drawers with a natural colored wood stain.
  5. Went over all the drawers again with an ebony wood stain.
  6. When the stain was COMPLETELY dry, I used 150 grit sandpaper to sand them to my desired look.
  7. Stained the top of the dresser with ebony.
  8. Painted the sides and legs with Coco from Annie Sloan (I just purchased a small container).
  9. Sanded the top of the dresser with 150 grit sandpaper.
  10. Put Annie Sloan clear wax over the entire piece.
  11. Lightly sanded over the wax with a 220 grit sandpaper.
  12. Spray painted the wooden knobs with hammered pewter.
  13. Dabbed a bit of Coco chalk paint over the spray paint on the knobs.
  14. Screwed the knobs to the dresser.

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My husband loved the way his new dresser turned out, and the pictures certainly don’t do it justice (bad lighting).

The cool thing about a raw piece of furniture, is that your options are limitless!  So use your imagination and come up with a one-of-a-kind piece of your own.

Peace & Love,


DIY – {Almost} Perfect Stripes on Textured Walls!



I don’t know how it is in every state, but if you live in Texas, and have a home that was built in the last 20 years, then you most likely have heavily textured walls.  The heavy texture is great for hiding construction imperfections, but can be the downright nemesis of an interior painter, like myself, who just wants to make their clients’ Pinterest dreams come true.  Certain faux finishes, walls covered in stencils and perfect stripes are all challenged to a face-off by that pesky texture.  I’m not sure where the walls are in all those precious DIY painting books and perfectly poised Pinterest posts, but they ain’t in Texas.

So, if you’ve got textured walls and want some stripes, but don’t really have the wherewithal to re-mud all the walls into a nice, smooth surface, then this tutorial will help you get {almost} perfect striped walls.  And if you’re one of those people with smooth walls (don’t go bragging about it), then these tips will work for you too – just omit the caulking step.

Step 1:

Paint all the walls in the color that you prefer as dominant.  This means painting a good, finished coat, completely cut-in as if it were the only color.  If you’re doing equal stripes (like the room shown), then use the lighter color as the base.  If you’re using the same color in differing sheens, then use the flattest sheen first.

Step 2:

For vertical stripes: Beginning in the corner closest to the backside of the door, start measuring out where you want your stripes to be.  Use a pencil to mark each measurement.  (The ones pictured are 6 inches apart equally, and of course you can do any size you prefer, even a combination of sizes.)  Place a level vertically against the mark and make sure that the bubble is centered.  Once you’re level, go ahead and run your pencil alongside it to create a line.  Move your level up or down, depending on where you start, to finish out the line.  Don’t forget to make sure you are still level!

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For horizontal stripes: This one is much easier…figure out where you want the bottom of the stripe to be, and place the level horizontally in that spot (again, starting from the corner behind the door, or nearest the backside of the door).  Make sure you’re level and drag the pencil along the top side.  Keep moving the level all the way around the room until you have the bottom of the stripe completed.  Now, measure out where you want the top of the stripe to go, and do the same process over again.  Never forget to continue checking the little bubble on your level! 

Step 3:

Using painter’s tape, tape off the stripes.  You want to make sure that the tape is sitting just along the outside of the pencil mark where your stripe will be.  This way, when you fill in the stripe, you will cover up the pencil mark as well.  *Note: your mind will start to play tricks on you during this process!  You’ll have to pay close attention to where your putting your tape so you’re stripes come out the way you intended them to. 🙂


Painting Stripes

Step 4:

This step is the magic behind getting {almost} perfect stripes on a textured wall!  It’s the DAP painter’s acrylic latex caulk.  This is the only kind you can use.  Trust me, I’ve tried others and they don’t work.  I’m a die-hard Sherwin Williams Paint fan, but their “paintable” caulk, did not serve me well for this type of project.  Take the caulk and squeeze it into a damp towel and begin working it into the inside line of your tape, filling all the crevices that the texture creates.  Do this all the way around the room, only on the interior side of the stripe (the side receiving the paint).

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Step 5:

Paint the stripes! It’s a lot of work getting to this point, but well worth it once you see how amazing your stripes look.  My suggestion is to take a small roller to fill in the stripes, using a paint brush to fill in along the ceiling and baseboards.  *Important!!  As soon as you are able, pull the tape off!  You don’t want to let it sit too long because it could pull of the dried paint.  If you don’t need a second coat of paint on the stripes, pull the tape off as you go.  If a second coat is necessary, then pull the tape off as soon as you can.  After the tape is removed, you can take an artists paint brush and fill in any remaining pencil marks, or straighten up any noticeably uneven lines.

IT WILL NOT BE PERFECT.  My suggestion, is to step out of the room for a bit, and come back in and see what jumps out at you.  Fix those spots ONLY.  Otherwise, you’ll make yourself crazy!  And I cannot be responsible for your mental health – I have too much going on.


Enjoy your hard-earned, beautiful, {almost} perfect stripes!  And send me some pics too. 🙂

Peace & Love,