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Barnwood Inspired Distressed Wood Wall

Barnwood Inspired Distressed Wood Wall

Restyle Junkie Artisan Barn Inspired Wood

HELLO everyone – today we are going to show you how to do a Barnwood inspired distressed wood wall. We teamed up with Restyle Junkie’s, Rachel Trimble, who uses an artisan process to create a wood that looks like 100 year old Barnwood, but …it’s new pine wood! You can follow both Restyle Junkie and Hello I Live Here on Pinterest, and Instagram, Facebook, to see other projects we both create – but for today, let’s talk barnwood inspired distressed wood wall – shall we? Re

We stumbled upon Restyle Junkie at the last Home & Garden Show here in Phoenix. Being new to the area, it was so awesome to find Rachel’s team, why – because I was in the market for some new home décor style! Sadly we just missed meeting Rachel. On my way home I received a Facebook Message – stating “come back to our booth – I really want to meet you!” 🙂 Little did I know she has followed Hello I Live Here for some time. From there a friendship formed.  We had previously used Barnwood like wood on a table sometime ago, and liked the look so decided to do something different.

Restyle Junkie shop

Curt and I went out to Rachel’s shop on an invite to see how and what she did here in the Phoenix, Arizona area (see info on how to find her at the end of the post). We started talking, she showed us her shop, and we noticed this delicious barnwood inspired distressed wood wall displayed in her shop – Sorry, but I could not say anything but — I am in LOVE with this barnwood look!

Restyle Junkie Artisan Barnwood Wall

She was so gracious, she gave us some samples to take home.

Sample Artisan Barnwood

My initial inspiration was to build some picture frames using her beautiful distressed wood. However, once I got home, that quickly changed to building an entire feature wall. It was so kind of Rachel to sponsor our post. So, now that the story is out there – Let’s show you the story of the barnwood inspired distressed wood wall.

Tools Needed:

Nail Gun – We used Ryobi Airstrike Cordless Brad Nailer

Drill/Driver – We use Ryobi – if you install plywood – you need to screw to the wall

Tape measure

Compound Miter Saw – We use a Ridgid compound miter saw

Jig Saw – Cutting round angles near the chandelier opening – We use Ryobi

Table Saw – Ours is Craftsman – because we love it!

Ladder – We use Little Giant or a 3 Stair Step ladder

2″ nailes – Porter cable

Mallet – Because sometimes you just need it

Barnwood (measure your area and order from Restyle Junkie)

How to install Artisan Barnwood

Restyle Junkie’s process uses an amazing machine that includes a 24″ drum sander encompassed with a wire brush attachment to convert brand new pine wood into fantastic looking barnwood inspired distressed wood. The wire brush removes the soft wood, leaving a textured finish. Then Restyle Junkie finishes the new old wood with a combination of stain and paint for a completely reclaimed vibe. Can you dig it! This barnwood inspired distressed wood wall in our home is an eye popper for sure!  (click link to watch video)

Installing up wall to build it

Rachel states, “the distressed wood has all of the character of 150 year old barn wood, without the exposure to the elements. There are no bugs, chemicals or barn dirt embedded within it. Because it is actually freshly cleaned artisan wood, it is trued up and more even than older wood, making it easier to build furniture and other projects.” Just look at how delicious our wall is!

Staggering and finishing wood

Restyle Junkie sells the wood by the linear foot and it can be finished in any color that their customer selects, which in our book is a win, win – look at how spectacular the wood matches my home theme!  Rachel nailed it with just a picture! Amazing – truly amazing!  We loved it so much – we took it up high – right to our trey ceiling!

Installing Barnwood ceiling

If you cannot decide on a color, the wood can be picked up raw, with the texture added, ready for you to work your own magic on. Could you ask for easier? Our entry way is truly one of a kind with loads of old time character.

Barnwood Distressed Walls

Though harder woods than pine were tested in the machine by Rachel of Restyle Junkie, she found the softer the wood, the more naturally weathered the board looks, which is where the wood artisan appeal comes in.  Don’t you just love the results???

Results Barnwood Distressed Walls/Ceiling

Building the barnwood inspired distressed wood wall was fun, but Restyle Junkie provided us these great tips when we started installing our wall, which I will share with you!

Tips for putting up a Barnwood Inspired Distressed Wood Wall:

  1. Always know where you studs are and mark them beforehand with a pencil or chalk.

TIP: If you have wood studs than you can shoot directly into the stud with your nail gun. If you have metal wall studs you will want to install 3/8″ plywood before the wood planks.

  1. The “seams” should always line up with a stud.

TIP: Studs are 24″ inches apart in most homes, so it is a great guideline in mapping out your pattern.

  1. Even with brand new wood there will be a little bit of unevenness in the wood which will create small gaps. You can either paint the background black before you install the wood, or you can fill in the few little gaps you see with a black sharpie after the wood is up. It will make the gaps look like shadows and you will barely notice them.
  1. Your wall will look best with a repeated pattern, repeated every 3 to 4 rows.

TIP: If you have trouble visualizing your pattern, the best thing you can do is make it out with a yard stick before your first cut.  Mark you studs vertically and then tick off the lengths of the board horizontally and you will see your wall come alive!

  1. Remember that 6 inch wood is really on 5.75″ wide and likewise 8 inch wood is only 7.75″. Order accordingly for an extra row or two.
  1. Other ideas for the textured wood:
  • Rustic sign in board
  • Add your favorite hooks to a plank for a charming book bag holder
  • Weathered shelving
  • Feature wall
  • Frames
  • Headboard & Much more.

The list of how you can use this beautiful artisan wood is endless. Why did Hello I Live Here choose this wood? We love the look and feel of barnwood inspired distressed wood, but our family is so allergy infested, we decided to find a wood that had no additives that would upset our allergies. This barnwood inspired distressed wood wall just worked for us – Finding Rachel and Restyle Junkie at the Phoenix Home and Garden Show was a treasure all in its own. Our entry way wall and ceiling never had so much character thanks to the barnwood inspired distressed wood wall.

Barnwood Inspired Distressed Wood Wall

Supplied by Rachel at Restyle Junkie! Want this wood for your home? You can get it at Restyle Junkie at 625 W Deer Valley road – Suite 108, Phoenix AZ – 85027. Be sure to follow myself and Rachel on Facebook, Instagram and our daily blogs – you won’t want to miss all the great products HELLO I LIVE HERE has found for our HELLO Family members this year!

Barnwood Distressed Walls Results Barnwood Distressed Walls/Ceiling Barnwood Inspired Distressed Wood Wall

Until next post!

XOXO – Linda


Large Black and White Photo – Nathan Frank Band Stand on Pagoda Island – St Louis

Candles, white planters, Angel, Heart, start decor – from HomeGoods and TJMaxx

Entry Table – pained and distressed by – HELLO I LIVE HERE Painted/Custom Furniture Pieces – Chandler AZ

Chandelier – The Home Depot

Silver and Gold Circle Wall Art – Kirkland’s

Basket under Table – HomeGoods

Tile Flooring – Arizona Tile – contractor to Cal Atlantic Homes

Clavos on Door – from black smith booth at Merchant Square Antiques Chandler

Wall Paint Color – Keratin By Sherwin Williams (Freeze Color – Sherwin bought them)

Disclaimer:  The artisan barnwood in our post was supplied to us at no charge by Restyle Junkie.  Even though we received the wood for free, our post is non-bias as we truly believe in bringing quality products to our readers.  Install instructions were for our project – your project may be different. If you have questions, please contact Restyle Junkie.

Hello Family Thank You


From the bottom of my heart…

Good Morning – HELLO Family Thank you.  That’s right, we are starting our first post in nearly a year (Minus our IKEA RAST Hack), with a HELLO FAMILY THANK YOU.  This past year has been especially hard for me.  Our world was turned upside down in 2015, but we are finally landing right side up in 2016, and I wanted to say, HELLO FAMILY THANK YOU.


As you all know, 2015 was not a year I want to relive, and not being good at sharing personal stuff, well, I just stopped blogging.  We had so many life changing events, life plain overwhelmed me.  My father passed away in January suddenly (thank you for all the cards, personal messages, and posts – they were all much appreciated and treasured), then Mr. Hello surprised me with early retirement from one job, and went to work at another company, which moved us to Arizona, Corrina and Cody took job transfers to Michigan and Crysta just moved into a home right around the corner from us, and we were moving.  With my father just passing, and now retirement, painting and creating custom pieces of furniture was the one thing that kept me from going crazy – but I had to finally slow down my Painted/Custom furniture business in St Louis with many tears, and start our transition from one state to another.  This was so hard, as my clients were simply the BEST, it took me a full year to grow a great client base, and winding down my business was yet another thing I had to morn.  We put our villa up for sale. Hard to do, because each of you helped me choose the décor that adorned the home.  It was so special living there because of our HELLO Family Thank You.

The Villa Home Decor
The Villa Home Decor

Once we sold the villa, we moved across country after living in St Louis for 15 beautiful years, and leaving for the first time, our daughters in the Midwest.  My mom friends and clients ran to my rescue offering Crysta and Justin places to come for the Holidays we were not going to spend with them.  There is no better feeling than an extra team of moms who just get you! Hello Familly Thank you for all for your kindness, it was so appreciated. 🙂


Then another change, but a great one – a surprise call from Cody asking to marry our oldest daughter Corrina

Corrina and Cody - Engaged
Corrina and Cody – Engaged

and a side conversation with many hugs from Justin (Crysta’s true love) reassuring us he would take great care of Crysta.

Crysta and Justin
Crysta and Justin

But leaving the grand pups…now that was tough pill to swallow.

Zoe and Hank - The Grand Pups!
Zoe and Hank – The Grand Pups!

We are blessed to have both Cody and Justin in our daughter’s lives, and ours (insert loads more tears from both myself and Mr. Hello.)


The tears kept flowing as we packed the PODS, (yep I said PODS – it took 2 and I still had to get rid of pieces that would not fit at the end, who knew the villa held that much!!! Really!)  As the PODS left the driveway, we locked the door, handing over the keys, and closing the villa sale shortly after.  Pulling away from the driveway the tears started, and I started to feel like a faucet that would not shut off!  Here we were leaving our St Louis life behind, suffering the loss of my father, and leaving our children/15 years of treasured memories in The Lou.  Trying to feel celebratory on a new job and life in Arizona we were not feeling.  It was just plain crazy, so much change at one time, but then again, you know HELLO I LIVE HERE does nothing in small doses 🙂

On our way across country, we stopped in Oklahoma to check on my mother, newly alone after 58 glorious years married to our father.  It was surreal as I walked into the home and dad not being there.  Quite, no TV blaring politics in the back ground, no more exchanging recipes or just getting that hug when we left – heart breaking :-/.

Mom and Dad
Mom and Dad

I just wanted to pack mom up and move her with us, you know the leave no man behind rule truly applied here, but mom being the strong willed woman she is – was not biting…which lead to more tears as we drove off down the road the next morning.  It was hard to stop hugging mom, and not want to toss her in the SUV like granny from the Beverly Hill Billie’s, rocker and all!

How to move a mom that does not want to go
How to move a mom that does not want to go

Thank God for a call from my older sister Terri, and her wonderful hubby Carlos they decided to move to Oklahoma, wait for it – 2 doors down from my mom!  Que the tears – again!  All of 5 sisters are so grateful, as it removes worry for us knowing mom has one of us there with her daily.  Thanks Terri and Carlos! <3

Terri and Carlos
Terri and Carlos

Arriving in Arizona a couple days later, me featuring where we had been and each of you commenting and posting to our Facebook Page from literally around the world as we rolled across country was heartwarming.  Not knowing how our business would grow here in Arizona, it was the best feeling when our Arizona fans welcomed us to the state – you all gave me hope my business would start to grow here soon. HELLO FAMILY THANK YOU

Welcome to Arizona
Welcome to Arizona

But the hurdles were not over yet!  Moving to a state with a job, but no home of our own, we settled in with my little sister, Connie, her hubby Michael, and children Jordan and Taylor.  We began our search for a home that fit our needs in Arizona.  What a journey.  Every time we found a home to put in an offer, it was gone – in 1 day!  We came to understand that FedEx had just moved to our new hometown and brought 8,000 new jobs with them – so wonderful – more growth – but the down side, no luck finding a home of our own.  So, over Diet Coke on a sunny patio, my sister Connie and hubby Michael talked us into a new home in the same neighborhood they lived.

diet coke and sun - with great family company
diet coke and sun – with great family company

Yep, a dream Connie, Maggie and I always talked about as kids, living up the street from each other so we could borrow sugar, eggs and have coffee (in our case, diet coke) together – Maggie…get on board woman!  That reminder had me signing on the dotted line.  It’s not every day you get to live near one of your wonderful sisters – now if the rest would just move here 😉

Family - sisters and mom
Family – sisters and mom

Taking their advice, we settled on a new home with Ryland (now CaAtlantic Homes).

Cal Atlantic Homes - A Ryland and Standard Homes Venture
Cal Atlantic Homes – A Ryland and Standard Homes Venture

But, the fun did not stop once we signed – nope – the crazy kept on coming – ;-/  The got bad news on the home we started building.  The home could not be finished until February of this year!  Why?  Arizona is booming again, and a framer shortage cropped up due to so many new homes and business building here.  Knowing we needed to get settled, we went for a spec home almost completed.  We signed a new contract, and moved in shortly after.  Thanks Shelly and Patrick for helping through all the crazy and paperwork, but the biggest thank you has to goes to Todd Lybert, the Project Manager, who helped us get into our new home quickly once the paperwork was done.  You guys were all awesome to work with, and handled our crazy well. 😉

Once we moved in, our HELLO Family members went through the contractor up and downs with us on anything from blinds that were ordered and did not fit, too watching our backyard come to life way after the deadline we were promised (again contractor shortages – jobs galore), Mr. Hello’s favorite spot in the house by the way!

California Pools & Landscaping
California Pools & Landscaping

But, after everything, the home that seemed too big, turned out to be perfect, as all of you in our HELLO Family started to fill our home with Facebook comments and decor suggestions which I looked forward to reading every day.

Out of boxes
Out of boxes

It became more like home when Crysta and Justin called to say they were moving to Arizona!  Que the tears –we are so excited to have at least one set of kids back – but I will not stop till Corrina and Cody live here too – Linda honey does not take no for an answer ;-)! LOL

Crysta and Justin
Crysta and Justin

Today, Curt is settled into his job, our home is out of boxes, the kids are starting their new lives, and we have passed the one year anniversary of my father’s death.  I feel like I am starting to feel life again for the first time in a year.  We are in planning mode for Corrina and Cody’s wedding with his wonderful parents, getting Crysta and Justin moved in for a while until they find their home here in Arizona, starting new projects in our house that will make it our home once again. A mouth full right?  Never a dull moment.

Now that I have grieved my losses, I now feel like my creative button has been turned back on again, as you all helped me find the energy to start blogging again.  So, I thank you all for being patient – it’s truly been a crazy year for us, but you guys were a shining light in it all. 🙂  Deciding not to blog for a full year was the right thing for me, and I thank you all for allowing me to take a step back to grieve, breathe new life into our crazy world and above all share it all with you.  I just wanted you all to know, I am so grateful for each of you.  Your messages were all received, I read, answered and adored each and every word.  HELLO FAMILY THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for helping me heal.  You’re all a blessing – (insert more tears).


I promise this year new blogs, and great things to share.  In the mean time, thank you for following our blog, Facebook, Pinterest, twitter, Instagram, RyobiNation, and BobVila Nation, and Homtalk pages.  Thank you all again for helping me get through a terrifying year of changes.

Until tomorrow.


Hugs Linda
Hugs Linda









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Happy Birthday Hello I Live Here


It’s our first birthday!!!

Welcome HELLO Family to the party of the year – a big Happy Birthday Hello I Live Here!  Well, you guys have helped us reach 4,000 + readers for our birthday!  Thank you for all the hard work you put in sharing our page, reading our posts, and enjoying our daily photo’s on Facebook!

Happy Birthday Hello I Live Here

Today we will show some of the projects we have built over the past year, and painted for clients!  We hope you enjoy the 1 year flash back as much as we did bringing it all together for a full year.  You are a wonderful family extension I enjoy talking with and showing great decor to each and every day!

Happy Birthday Hello I Live Here
One year ago with the build of this table launched Hello I Live Here!

So it’s my turn to reward you guys now!  Today is give away day and 5 lucky winners will take home a prize today.  We will be giving away the following:

  1.  Grand Prize – (to St Louis winner only due to shipping) – Shabby Chic Ethan Allen side table – completed in Annie Sloan Old Orchre chalk paint with a clear wax and distressed.
    Happy Birthday Hello I Live Here
    Grand Prize Give away – St Louis Reader/client only
  2. 2-lucky winners will win a $25 gift card each to HomeGoods – Yep the store of home decor!  Love HomeGoods – I hope you will too!
    Happy Birthday Hello I Live Here
    2 lucky winners who follow our blog in the USA will get a card each to home goods 🙂
  3. 1-lucky winner will get a $25 Home Depot Gift card – nothing better than a store of do it yourselfers running around – this should start getting you hooked as my first $25 card did for me – which is why I exist today!!!
    Happy Birthday Hello I Live Here
    1 lucky reader who follows our blog in the USA will get a Home Depot Gift Card!
  4. 1-lucky winner will receive a starter set of Wood Icing.  With this great product you can build up surfaces and enjoy new patters!
    Happy Birthday Hello I Live Here
    1 lucky reader in the USA will receive a starter kit of Wood Icing!

Now, let’s get this birthday rolling!!!! Here’s what you need to do to enter – (Note:  all gifts are purchased by Hello I Live Here and have no connection to the chosen give away for our birthday celebration).


  1.  Read our blog post titled “Our Nest” – Leave a comment to answer the question and click 3 links inside the story.
  2. Leave a comment wishing us a happy birthday and tell us what you want to see on Hello I Live Here Next year.
  3. Find our China Hutch post on Bob Vila Nation if it allows – check the vote box 🙂
  4. Share our page Facebook Page on your personal page so people can find us!

Are we ready???  Let’s start the birthday gift giving!  We will pick all the winners at the end of the night and announce them on tomorrow’s blog post.  We will contact you for email and address for mailing of your prize (accept the table it will need to be picked up here in Ballwin).

Happy Birthday Hello I Live Here



Happy Birthday!!!



DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk

DIY Towel Racks

DIY Towel Holders

Curated board for Hometalk

Happy Sunday HELLO readers!  We are excited to share that Hometalk has invited Hello I Live Here to share a curated board about DIY Towel Holders.  Why DIY towel Holders?  Well, not only do we love them as you can see by our projects, but is a big honor to be asked to show DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk and share our choices with our readers.

DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk
DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk

What does it mean to curate?  Well, Hometalk took note when you guys and many other readers shared our DIY Shutter Towel Rack  Readers of Hometalk pined our Towel rack to Pinterest over 2.9K times, shared on Facebook, 253 times, left me over 100 awesome comments on Hometalk, liked and shared with others on Hometalk 306 times, and clipped and shared on their Hometalk boards over 157 times!  🙂  How excited where we when we found out you loved this project so much that Hometalk invited us to curate a board of other great DIY towel holders shared on Hometalk.

DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk
DIY shutter Towel Rack by Hello I Live Here – DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk

So after searching wonderful DIY Towel Holders on Hometalk, we are sharing these amazing projects on our blog, and our social media so you can have awesome ideas to fill those bathrooms with unique towel holders to keep those towels up off the floors!

DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk
DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk

It all started when I took two old shutters found at a garage sale, some on-clearance plant hooks from Lowe’s, a can of spray paint by Rust-Oleum, a few bolts from, a piece of wood, and pulled together this lovely DIY Shutter Towel Rack to share with you all.

DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk
DIY Shutter Towel Rack – Shutters from Garage Sale DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk
DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk
DIY Shutter Towel Rack – Spray Paint from Lowe’s – DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk
DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk
DIY Shutter Towel Rack – Plant Hooks added – DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk

Knowing there are other great ideas out there, Hometalk had HELLO I LIVE HERE choose some great projects that were our favorites made by others.

DIY Towel Holders Curated for Hometalk
DIY Shutter Towel Rack Boards Curated by Hello I Live Here on Hometalk

So stop by our Hometalk boards and see our curated picks. We have also added our boards to Pinterest, Google + Facebook and shared with Bob Vila Nation.  We hope you like DIY towel Holders we curated today!   A great big thank you to Hometalk for inviting HELLO I LIVE HERE to team up with them to find these great DIY Towel Holder options.  We are humbled to have been asked, and even more so because you, the readers loved our DIY Shutter Towel Rack.

Thank yo again Hometalk for inviting us to share in this curated experience!

Enjoy the boards readers!


Update Using Spray Paint

Update using spray paint

Update Using Spray Paint

Why Buy It When You Can Make It!

Well, hello all you HELLO readers – I know it’s been awhile since my last post, so today we are going to ease back in by showing you how to update your old goods to new pretties, because my thought…Why buy it when you can make it – update using spray paint!

Update using spray paint
Spray old glass ware for new look

I have been cruising Pintrest and other awesome sites for great ways to update some old items in our home.  I hate buying things like door knobs when they all work, or lamps when they still turn on, or even old clear vases when then still hold items well and have nothing wrong with them.  So today, I am going to show you some projects from fellow bloggers who have done just that … updated their old items into new pretty ones. Hence the title, update using spray paint.

Update using Spray Paint
Old lamps from Goodwill go new again!

Spray paint these days is a remarkable tool.  I always keep about 20 cans in different colors on hand so I can change things up when I get tired of looking at them.  Rustoelum and Krylon are my two best cans!

Update using Spray paint  Update using Spray paint


Let’s look at our first project updated using spray paint.  Casa de Kemper shows on their blog how their old brass chandy goes black and beautiful with Spray paint.  Just look at the update they provided with minimal work!  Can you believe it’s the same chandy?

Update using spray paint
Case de Kemper used black spray paint to update their old brass chandy.

Next up, we see that Handle the Heat does an awesome job showing their update using spray paint by completing a DIY door knob makeover.  This truly is one of the quickest and easiest way to revamp your old ugly door knobs for cheap!  Do we like them better than the brass?

Update using spray paint
Handle the Heat door knob update using spray paint
Update using spray paint
Handle the Heat Update using spray paint for door knobs

Next up, I Village goes for the Goodwill lamp update with Krylon’s best paint and shows you how to turn boring into fab using mercury glass while updating using spray paint.  Look at the difference between the two – AMAZING….am I right?  Bet you would pay a bunch for these at a good retailer like Pottery Barn 😉

Update using Spray Paint
Updated Goodwill lamps using spray paint
Updating using spray paint
Pottery barn Lamps

Our life is blessed beyond measure shows us how to update and old window frame to an awesome new mirror.  Stop by their blog and see the show as she makes magic happen using spray paint.  Look at those results!

Update using spray paint
Old window
Update using Spray paint
New window

Now that you have seen these amazing updates using spray paints are you going to give it a try?  I have and made some awesome things for our home using it.  Why toss it away when a can of spray can give you a wonderful new update.  Go ahead give it a try!  Find us on Bob Vila Nation, PinterestFacebook and Hometalk.  You can also follow me on Instagram!

Have an awesome night everyone! I promise the blog will be back in full swing for some new building projects starting in June.  Blog ya soon!


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