Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Shiplap floors - painted with Benjamin Moore Winds Breath

Disclaimer:  Even though I was provided with product by Benjamin Moore, my thoughts are my own, and 100% true!  Please note their are links to Benjamin Moore websites.

Oh hello there lovely friends.  I am super duper excited to be writing this post & telling you all about my shiplap floors I did in my office makeover.

When I set out to design the room the very first thing I said I wanted to do was shiplap flooring & to paint them.  I knew I would be distressing them & making them look beat up, worn & aged!  My vision was very clear...


Let's start with the list of things I used for this project.  

Shiplap boards - Home Depot
Stain - already had
Antique White paint - already had
Randolph Gray (Benjamin Moore) - already had
Benjamin Moore Floor & Patio Paint Winds Breath - Supplied by Benjamin Moore
Hardwood Floor Adhesive (Tongue & Groove adhesive)
Ryobi - Nail gun , miter saws, orbital & corner cat sander
Rockwell - Bladerunner
Wagner Flexio 590 Sprayer

Most all of my supplies I had on hand except for the shiplap planks & the Benjamin Moore Floor & Patio Paint.  Benjamin Moore provided the paint for this project.

This is the room before we started.. completely gutted!  Of course we had to drywall and get everything else in place before we could start on the flooring.

Once the room was ready for the flooring to be laid, I laid out all of my boards by size.  We picked up 8" wide planks in various lengths.  We did 6, 8, 10 and 12 foot.  This room is quite large & we'd be also carrying it through to the closet area (to the right).


I used both my Ryobi miter saw and blade runner by Rockwell to start making my cuts.


We also used the Ryobi Airstrike Nailer to nail the boards.. I will explain more on that in a bit.


The only issue was my miter saw wasn't the right size so we borrowed my brother-in-laws sliding saw & it got the job done!!


Ahhh that's better!  This made making the cuts fast and easy peasy...


I really only needed to make cuts when I got to the end of the room.  since I want to stagger the boards so the seams don't match up, just like laying regular hardwood.

We used tongue & groove adhesive on the bottom of each board as we laid it down, and then I hit it off with the nail gun to secure it.

It was pretty simple with 2 people doing the job.  This ensured that we were able to get the boards lined up & in the grooves, plus having one make the cuts & the other laying it made the job much quicker.

Once we had the entire room finished, I used ebony stain... You'll see why in a moment.

I had a very brief moment of thinking I should leave only last for a few seconds though.  While I love dark floors, we have them throughout our house, it wasn't my vision for this room.

It was really humid out and so the dry time for the stain was a bit longer than normal.  I even set up a fan to blow on it to help.  But, the stain needed to be fully dry in order to move onto the next step or I would've had a mess.

I was then able to give a coat of antique white to the entire floor.  It only took an hour or so to be fully dry.


The next thing I did was go over different areas, not the full floor with my Randolph Gray paint. I didn't take pictures of this part.  Basically I just went over it in areas that I'd be distressing back to show the white & gray color. Having the dark stain under helps to not show the raw wood when you are creating the distress look.  If this was a true old loft space, then the paint on the floors would naturally be wearing down, and you most likely wouldn't see true raw wood.  But, since I am creating the look "unnaturally" I need the dark color under my paint to make the wood appear old.'s all about the layers with the end result of the floors!  Remember...old, worn & aged!

Before I put my final coat on, I wrapped up other things in the room.  Not really being overly careful if a splatter made it on the floor... I wanted that worked over floor look.

My next & final coats (I did two to get it fully covered) I used my Wagner Flexio 590 & sprayed Winds Breath Floor & Patio paint over the entire floor.  Winds Breath has a gray-ish tint to it..very slight but the exact amount for me to not have stark white floors.


This sprayer saved not only my back but major time.  It took no time to spray the entire room! And, it worked wonderful with the paint.


I knew these floors would get used & even though I wanted them to have that used, worn, aged look, I still needed them to hold up. The Benjamin Moore Floor & Patio paint is a premium quality, quick-drying epoxy-modified acrylic floor enamel.  I love how quick it dried & how durable it is.  I have since dropped a few tools on it, and it has yet to fail me, there is a ding (which I love) here & there, but the paint didn't budge.  I love that I didn't need to go over the floors with a polyurethane either to protect it!

Once I was done with the two coats & it was fully dry, I went in with my Ryobi orbital & corner cat sander to distress the floor..this is where the layers come in to play!

I love how the flooring turned out in this room!!!  It's exactly the way I visioned the end result!

George says he agrees & finds it fun to sleep on them!!




Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Bloggers Heart Habitat

Hi guys.. I have a very special post for you today!  One that's very near & dear to me for many reasons.

When we lost our home to a fire, my husbands uncle rebuilt our now home for us.  He's a pretty special guy, and put in many hours helping our community through Habitat for Humanity to build homes.

Not only did we have many conversations about Habitat, but I went on to learn even more about Habitat when I had discovered our local ReStore.  I would visit often looking for items I could recycle or repurpose that would go into our newly built home.  And, the best part is that the proceeds go to a great cause.  The cause is to help build homes for the local community.  Habitat strives to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make shelter a matter of conscience and action. 

I love giving back to my community, but my time is sometimes very limited to be able to volunteer.  I know when I make a purchase from The ReStore the money is going to a great cause.   

This time a group of Bloggers gathered together to help bring a newly built home to life for a family in Connecticut.  And, because of my love & connection to Habitat I couldn't say no in being apart of this group effort!  What a great way to come full circle!

Habitat for Humanity
Photo Credit: Jillian from I Am a Homemaker

Photo Credit: Jillian from I Am a Homemaker

I was teamed up with a very special friend, Evey from Evey’sCreations to create a sweet guest room. Given the fact that the room is itty bitty we had to work our magic on figuring out best possible solutions for sleeping arrangements.  Not an easy task. But, it turned out just gorgeous!!


Make sure to visit Evey's blog to see the awesome brands she worked with to pull the bedding & room fully together!  Nicely done my friend!!

I had this cute nightstand sitting in my garage & gave it a makeover to match the beautiful linens.  It is done in Smokey Mountain Gray by CeCe Caldwell.


This has quickly become one of my favorite CeCe colors.

Smokey Mountain Gray

My husband has never walked into a room after one of my furniture projects has been completed, and made any sort of comment unless I asked for a "what do you think".   As soon as he walked in the front door, his first remark before even giving me a hello that's a great color! SCORE!

I wasn't able to make it to the install day when everything was pulled together for the house.  We were leaving on vacation, and I missed my girls big time... But, wow oh wow did they hit this out of the ballpark!!  I am so proud of what each one did for this family!!

Please be sure to check out all of the amazing posts below to catch a full reveal of how each of the rooms turned out!  You won't be sorry..  Here's a sneak peek at what you'll see...

Jaime from That’s My Letter
Laura from Finding Home Farms
Living Room Bloggers Heart Habitat
Photo Credit: Jillian from I Am a Homemaker
Kris from Driven By Decor
Annie from Most Lovely Things
Habitat for Humanity Home Build
Photo Credit: Jillian from I Am a Homemaker
Jillian from I Am a Homemaker
Charlotte from Ciburbanity
Bee from Windgate Lane
Master bedroom
Photo Credit: Charlotte from Ciburbanity
Kristin from A Thrifter in Disguise
Kids room in Habitat for humanity
Photo Credit: Jillian from I Am a Homemaker
Evey from Evey’sCreations
Lynn from On Fern Avenue
Habitat For Humanity Guest Room
Photo Credit: Jillian from I Am a Homemaker

Sarah and Nick from Nestrs
Habitat For Humanity Bathroom
Photo Credit: Jillian from I Am a Homemaker
Michelle from Weekend Craft
Stephanie from Sandpaper and Glue
Habitat for Humanity teen room
Photo Credit: Jillian from I Am a Homemaker
I'd also like to say a very big thank you to Charlotte from Ciburbanity for pulling this all together.  She's amazing beyond...and it shows in the love she has for giving without condition!

Photo Credit: Jillian from I Am a Homemaker
A very special thanks goes out to some pretty amazing sponsors to help us pull this house together for this family.  We are extremely fortunate to have the generosity that poured into this project..

Hometalk rocked it with a very generous donation, Wayfair gave a BIG amount in gift cards to help with items being purchased for the home, Connecticut Lighting Centers donated the light fixtures, and RugsUSA donated the rugs throughout the home!  

It couldn't have been done without the help of everyone involved!  It amazes me every single time I step back & look at what Habitat is doing for families!!

Photo Credit: Jillian from I Am a Homemaker