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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.

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!


DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

DIY Dresser with Country Chic Paints

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Hey guys – It’s been a long while since I posted anything and I apologize for that but it’s been crazy busy at Hello I Live Here –  so to make up for it today let me tell you about our DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints today.

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

We partnered with Country Chic Paint to show you this awesome new chalk style paint that has quite a following already. We completed a lovely dresser of an older style that just screamed for a bright setting and Tropical Cocktail color and Simplicity white, followed by a coat of the Tough Coat Clear, which lived right up to its name.

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

This DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints was started by cleaning first with a little cleaner.  I let the dresser dry completely and wiped down with a second wet cloth so there would be no OxiClean left that could attach to the country chic paint, I do this with every brand of paint I use regardless, it’s just a good practice to start with a clean furniture – and this is the reason why – look at how stunning this!

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Then I got started – I painted the sides and top of the dresser first with white creamy, Simplicity color.  It went on like silk, was easy to control, very low streaking with the brush, and dried in an amazing chalk like finish.  I completed 2 coats on the dresser, not because the first coat did not cover, but because it is my preference to paint every piece this way, regardless of the expense.  I love rich furniture and 2 coats complete this for me.

DIY Dresser Country Chic PaintsWhile drying, I moved on to the drawers where I added the Tropical Cocktail color of a turquoise blue.  It’s amazing, vibrant and rich on the piece.  It too moved on the brush like silk, and dried with that wonderful chalk paint finish we have all come to expect from other brands.

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Using the rest of the Simplicity White Paint – I added this lovely Martha Stewart Stencil from Michaels.  I love how it brought the piece to life. 🙂

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Once the piece dried, I coated the whole thing with 2 coats of tough coat.  It worked amazing, dried tough, but gave a low shine finish you want for cleaning, but that lovely appeal you want when your furniture is making a statement.  Check out those burlap handles from Hobby Lobby 😉 fancy!

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Now that you see the amazing results on my lovely dresser, what do you think?  Let me tell you a bit about this wonderful paint, because Hello I Live Here will be using this line again   One happy DIYer here 🙂  All because of Country Chic Paint.

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Country Chic Paint is a chalk and mineral based paint that is specifically designed for us Dryer’s.  This awesome paint is VOC Free, contains no harmful solvents, and could not be easier to use, just look at our wonderful results!  This fab paint collection allows you to make a piece look beautiful with a smooth matte finish and you have to love the delicious color choices like this Tropical Cocktail.  The paint line can be fully distressed for that antique old finish, or the very popular shabby chic look everyone is craving these days.  For me the best part – very little prep work – and fabulous results and don’t forget tutorials!  – You heard it hear – Hello I Live Here is all in!  Want to try it – Click here! 

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Become a newsletter subscriber and get the inside scoop on new retailers in your area and the best deals around town on this awesome paint.  Are you are retailer wanting to carry a new line?  You must check out this awesome paint.

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Try the product – I am sure you will love it as much as we did.  The results are stunning.  Hello I Live Here wants to thank Country Chic Paint for partnering with us on this delicious dresser.  You are a wonderful company and brand I will be using again.

DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints

Well, that’s our post for today about our DIY Dresser Country Chic Paints.  Stop by tomorrow as I show you a wonderful product called Wood Icing.  I think you will be amazed.  Don’t forget to find us on Facebook, Hometalk, and Bob Vila Nation where we share our fun post with all their readers too 🙂



Painted Cottage Table

Painted Cottage Table with American Paint Company

Painted Cottage Table

American Paint Company

Hi everyone – tonight’s blog is all about my Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company paints.  This was a fun project with some great new paint we found over at American Paint Company.

Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company

Amrita Reitz was awesome to partner with Hello I Live Here to show their wonderful paint product.

Paint Cottage Table American Paint Company

Just look at how wonderful our Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company came out!  Isn’t it beautiful? 😉

Paint Cottage Table American Paint Company

As with any paints, we always test on a sample piece of wood to see how the paint works, as you can tell, American Paint Company’s Home Plate and Freedom Road went on easy and silky.

Paint Cottage Table American Paint CompanyWe used Home Plate paint on the wood plank top as shown below:

Paint Cottage Table American Paint Company

Then we tried Freedom Road on the metal base and followed it with top coat.  It worked wonders in both areas!

Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company

For those of you who are not familiar with American Paint Company, Amrita shared a few things about their paints with Hello I Live Here.  Amrita told us American Paint Company is a clay/chalk/mineral base paint, is all-natural, has zero VOC, is eco-friendly, and a solvent free paint.  Amrita shared their paints contain no acrylic, fungicides or co-polymers.  What does it all mean?  Only that this paint is an awesome eco-friendly paint, good for your furniture; as well as the person using it.  Look how awesome it works – the stencil looks amazing.

Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company

You can check out their products here.  American Paints has over 40 colors to choose from, great finishes and other products like brush prep, and Mica powders.  We sampled the Waxes and top coats and loved them, see the photo below.

Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company

Paint Cottage Table American Paint Company

American Paint Company offers online tutorials that ensure anyone can use their paints – check it out here and have awesome opportunities for retailers who may want to carry their products in their own shops – Are you interested?  Check out what they have to offer by clicking here.  You can see how well it worked on our Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company below.

Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company

We had a blast using this paint today – the colors were rich, covered well, and worked just like we thought after finishing our sample boards.  Want to try it?  Find a retailer near you or shop on line at these awesome retailers listed on american paint company’s page.

Have questions send American paint a note over at their website.  They are quick at responses and they pride themselves on their customer services. We had a question, sent to the site and bam answer in a quick few minutes.  You cannot beat customer service like that?

Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company

Keep watching as we try their paint on some other projects throughout the week.  After seeing this table, I am confident my other projects will look as awesome.

Painted Cottage Table American Paint Company

That’s our post of tonight – thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here – Catch us on Facebook, HomeTalk, Bob Vila Nation, and Ryobi Nation Tools – as we blog some awesome projects this month.  And a big thank you to Amrita and American Paint Company for working with us as a partner.  Until next post… Stay happy everyone 🙂


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