If you are new here from the ORC, welcome! My name is Ashlea. I like to thrift, paint, build, write, and share the process with my lovely readers. Our home is a mix of coastal meets cottage with a dash of farmhouse sprinkled in. Beware, I plank everything. My husband and I have embarked on a journey of adding an 1100sf addition onto our lakeside cottage- and have DIY’d the whole thing. From foundation to finishing, we have had a hand in it all… Join us, as we create a meaningful home! You can see more of our house here.
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Six weeks sounds like a lot of time. But, in actuality, it’s starting to feel short. AH! I feel like I still have quite a bit to do before this space is finished. This has more or less been a “nap time” project for me, but I am hoping I can have a few hours to work on it when Matt is home, whenever that will be! Did I mention he is in post production for a feature film, with a major festival deadline coming up this week? Yeah… that means me and my coffee cup have been flying solo!
Let’s focus not on what I haven’t done, but what I have. This week I started the behemoth task of whitewashing the walls. Let me just explain to you that this room is 14×20 feet. The shortest wall height is 7 feet, all the way up to 14 feet at the peak of the dormer.
And we all said “God Bless you.”
I used my trusty, inexpensive, white washing technique, and I really do love it. It feels so much brighter. (You can find a full tutorial here) or watch this short video:
Here is a side by side of unfinished pine vs. white washed:
Such a difference isn’t it?
I am also working on cutting shelves for the lockers….
Are you seeing a theme? One or two things on the hooks, a pile of things on the bottom with a whole lotta space in between! Wish me luck- because I have never really drilled holes in metal. I plan on using metal adjustable shelf plugs, paired with wooden shelve.
I have also started on some of the “art” and decor items for the space, here is a little sneak peak…
It’s my first time using antiquing wax as a “stain” and it is really beautiful you guys! This will act as a base- but I was wondering what else I could “stain”…. hmm. I’ll be sharing a tutorial in case you would like to create a custom sign of your own.
When I look at this style board I find renewed energy to press on to the finish line. Thanks for your comments and encouragement! I guess there is a reason this whole thing is called a challenge 😉