Monday, September 5, 2011

DIY Rustic Shutters & New Foyer Lighting- Adding Rustic Farmhouse Charm

Hope y'all had a wonderful long holiday weekend! The tropical storm brought us a ton of wind and just a little rain. Not enough by any means! There are fierce fires raging just 2 and half hours from us near Austin. We pray for those who are effected by them!! Today we had some beautiful weather though and we are very thankful for it. Tonight it is suppose to get down to 58!! WhooHoo!  
As for my to do list I managed to clean house, get all the laundry done, and accomplish a few projects with The Hubster's help. One we finished up today just before dinner. 
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Let me take you back to December to show you the before. Nice chandy but not quite large enough for the space and that empty landing above the door. What on earth do people ever do with those!?

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First things first, The Nana & The Papa got up on scaffolding changing out my foyer chandy for me! It had sat in the garage for a year just longing for it's new home.

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Yes, I was in LOVE with how it turned out! On the other hand there was still something missing. 

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Now fast forward to yesterday when we headed to Lowes and purchased some lumber. We had it cut down to the size we needed and then I came home and stained away.  I did not sand it or anything. I wanted it to have a rustic feel.

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Next The Hubster nailed the boards together for me. 

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Then we added the hanging hardware. Can I tell you how much I HATE nailing those tiny nails in!? They are the worst! Thankfully The Hubster did that for me too!:)

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This is what we ended up with and I was just tickled pink!

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Next I had to tackle my fear of heights and head up a very tall ladder with out looking down! The Papa would be proud because I had a tape measure in tow and actually measured out where to place the screws in the wall something I normally do not do.

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Just the something extra this space needed! Deciding if I want to place a small rug up there or not?
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Yep, I am in love! The best part is that this project cost all of $15!!

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29 comments:

  1. very very nice job! Brilliant idea adding the window shutters in that space :)

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  2. love the new light fixture and the wood shutters, great way to give that space some character

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  3. The light fixture was a real good improvement and the shutters are so cute and actually expand the window. I am bothered by the clock above the door. It feels like it might fall on my head when I enter and shut the door a little too hard. LOL

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  4. Pamela I love your new chandy and love love how you added the shutters to that window. It really finished it off! Martina

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  5. Perfect and yes, it does make a HUGE difference! Low cost is the best, too.....

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  6. Love the chandy...love the shutters...you are brave....and I never do this...but have you thought about putting the topiaries on each side of the shutters...??? just a thought!

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  7. I'm afraid of heights myself, so there is no way I'd go up there! Sure looks great now however! Marcia

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  8. You totally rock Pamela! I'm so super impressed and that looks absolutely incredible! :-) You are truly making your home into such a custom beauty and you should be very proud of all your hard work.
    Vanessa

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  9. This absolutely ROCKS!
    I am your newest follower!

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  10. I LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE this!!!!! We have a huge alcove way up high that is b.o.r.i.n.g. Thinking maybe something fun like this is in order!!!!

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  11. I love your shutters and the old world european feel that it gave the area, I am very inspired but do not have the wonderful space you have to do this. I have many friends that have the landing situation you are displaying but I think you made yours look the best I have seen!
    Sherry

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  12. That turned out great, Pamela! What a great project and I love the rusticity. I have to applaud you because I am afraid of heights, too. It usually takes me twice as long because I move slower up and down a ladder when I absolutely have to go up one higher than 4 steps!

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  13. Wow! That's very creative! I love it! I am always amazed at the creativity that has to go into decorating those spaces. Great job!

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  14. Oh wow Pamela!! The chandy is perfect but the shutters make it!! Love how it turned out!

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  15. Love the shutters and the new light fixture. I hate heights too .

    Thanks for linking!
    XO

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  16. The shutters look great! I would never climb up there. I'd definitely leave that up to my husband. :)

    Pam

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  17. Loving those shutters Pam! I am dying for a new chandy to replace the ceiling fan in my great room, but it is a 14 ft ceiling, and neither hubby nor I want to get up there. Do you think you could stop by? LOL

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  18. I love the new chandelier but those shutters are fabulous. They give the foyer a new focal point. Very cute.
    Traci

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  19. It looks fabulous!!! You are braver than me..Wow, I would never crawl up a ladder like that, good for you!

    Carol

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  20. OMG! Pamela, I love this!!! It turned out great and looks wonderful with your fab light. Tootles, Kathryn
    http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/08/little-goodwill-finds.html

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  21. I LOVE IT! Those shutters were the perfect touch for that window! Way to conquer your fears ;)

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  22. Really beautiful! I love the new look.

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  23. Awesome! I need shutters & was wondering how to get the odd size I need without having them custom built - guess I can custom build my own for $15!!! You're a life saver :)

    Thank you for sharing - I'm your newest follower.

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  24. WOW, that is GREAT and looks terrific! I have been looking for something long like that to put on a kitchen wall and I think I just found my solution!!!! Thanks so much for sharing. BTW, your house looks like it is gorgeous! I am going to go look around your blog to see more and will become your newest follower! XO, Pinky

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  25. What a big change - it looks fabulous. I love the lighting too. Beautiful.

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  26. Great job, love those shutters. What a difference the shutters make to that window on the landing. I'm a bit late seeing this post (duh) but was glad to find it.
    I used to read your blog quite awhile ago when I used Century Link. I've missed your excellent blog. Found you thru a link thank heavens, can't remember which one tho, sorry. What I could see of your home is lovely. Looks like you work on it to improve all the time. It's just never really done is it?
    Happy 2013

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  27. Just what it needed. Looks amazing now!

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