Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Walls Wrapped in Charm

It's time for the big reveal that I discussed HERE!

I was patiently waiting for my window coverings to come in before I posted this BUT I've just been informed that they are on backorder until November 27th!! I am overly tired and bored with wood blinds so I was searching for an alternative! Needless to say, I'm not waiting...you'll just have to see it without the window coverings.


I have always wanted beadboard in my home sweet home. In fact, we had some put up in our first home that we bought shortly after we were married. I've wanted beadboard AGAIN ever since! When I came across an idea on the Lettered Cottage for a photo ledge {with beadboard} I was instantly consumed with the desire to transform my dining room! And if you know me, once I get "instantly consumed", I can't stop until it's accomplished.

I am sure many of you have had your jaws drop over the incredible changes at the Lettered Cottage. (Yes, it is one of my favorite web sites too!) Layla and her husband are exceptionally talented...Thank you both for this exciting inspiration!

I was still mesmerized by the photo ledge I saw on their website when my brother came over for dinner one night. I excitedly showed him the photos of it and he jumped out of his chair and suggested that we leave for Lowe's right that instant and get to work. It was past 8pm and I thought he was crazy! But that is one thing I love about him: he gets things done and helps everyone else get it done too. Indeed, we rolled up our sleeves and worked well into the night and beyond.



OKAY, onto the good stuff:

BEFORE: not bad, just boring


DURING: One, Two, Three, Four
Yes, I enlisted a total of 4 men to help me!

AFTER: dining room wrapped in charmI took the leaf out of the table
to give this room a more "everyday" look
This French postal bag is from the always amazing, Ballard Designs

The biggest difference that struck me was my dining room now has it's own identity. Before, all the rooms ran together and your eyes got lost. This change made it pop and set it apart, creating it's own little cuddly corner.

A tip for you to remember if your house has an open floor plan. If you customize a room, it may help set your rooms apart and avoid the maze of everything running together.

All the decor and details for you lovelies to see...
(and a poem!)


Overheard in an Orchard
by Elizabeth Chaney 1859


"Said the Robin to the Sparrow...

I should really like to know...
Why these Anxious human beings...


Rush about and worry so...

Said the Sparrow to the Robin...
Friend I think that it must be...That they have no Heavenly Father...

Such as cares for you and me."
One more time! {wink}
My oldest son just memorized this poem in school
and it is simple and beautiful.

Overheard In An Orchard

Said the Robin to the Sparrow
"I would really like to know
Why these anxious human beings
Rush about and worry so."

Said the Sparrow to the Robin
"Friend I think that it must be
That they have no Heavenly Father
Such as cares for you and me."

--Elizabeth Chaney - 1859




121 comments:

portatoredichrist said...

What? No pictures of the girl behind the project? Well I saw you using that big saw and you looked c u t e !!

I love watching your creativity blossom right before my eyes! I relish the excitement that fills your voice when you find inspiration for these projects! Speaking of which, what about those shelves under the stairs, we've been talking about?

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

That is a fantastic redo! LOVE the walls and how you did the wainscoating up so high on the wall. Usually I see it up about 3 feet. Yours rock! A little jealousy just set in:(

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Your husband (at least I think that is him) leaves the sweetest comments! You are one lucky woman! He seems like an amazing person. My husband doesn't even read our family blog very often:(

♥Aubrey said...

It looks absolutely AMAZING!!! We too just put up molding throughout our home and LUV IT ♥ Isn't it a sight to watch the transformation take shape??!!!

Thanks for visiting my blog today. Luv meeting fellow bloggers like yourself. Have a wonderful week.

Kelly @ The Miller Mix said...

It looks fantastic! I am so impressed by your go-get-em attitude.

(Hey, don't forget to stop by and enter the giveaway on my blog.) :)

It Feels Like Chaos said...

Wow! That looks fantastic! Please send your brother over to my house!!!!

Kara said...

It looks FANTASTIC! I'm a little jealous...we have an open floor plan too, but I only really have one wall to work with in my dining room. It really turned out beautiful! Oh...your brother sounds a lot like mine.

The Harris Family said...

I love it! All the details look so perfect. I'm going to remember this when I have a house of my own.

Kristen said...

Wow! Your dining room looks awesome! I feel like I'm looking through the catalog of Ballard Designs!

When are you available to redo my home? =)

oxox

Nancy said...

Aren't little brothers great! I Love that poem, sounds like his school change this year is going great! You are very creative -love the details!

Diann said...

Simply lovely. This is the third time today I've seen something on redecorating. Perhaps I'm being nudged in that direction ...

The DIY Show Off said...

Lisa- I love the new look. It beadboard and photo ledge are beautiful. Your decor is so pretty. Great job!

Thanks for adding your inspiration to the Show & Tell. I love it!

Roeshel

bridget {bake at 350} said...

I LOVE wainscoating! Your room looks FABULOUS!!! Can you send your brother over here?!?

Kim at Polka Dot Thought said...

Wow!Your after is beautiful! Great job! I love wainscoting and would love to have that somewhere in the house! Thank you so much for swinging by my blog and also for sharing your beautiful work!

Kirsty said...

Gorgeous and very inspiring!! Well done to you all :)

laterg8r said...

that is a gorgeous look - love that ledge, wish i had your brother :D

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Lisa-it looks like a "million bucks"...looove the picture ledge...it adds soooo much to the room. Hey, can we trade brothers? I have put up a lot of beadboard in our beach condos but never at my house...I have some cut and ready to install in my kitchen...the job will get started after I pick out the granite for my kitchen re-do.

Blessings,
Linda

Missy said...

I love the beadboard with the ledge. It's very charming. Great job!

Dorey said...

Lisa! I LOVE it! It is so charming.

I just love people who now how to get things done. I have ideas but my follow through needs some improvement. Awesome job. =)

cindy@cottageinstincts said...

Gorgeous! What a difference. I love TLC too...

Judy said...

I LOVE it! We did the same in our entry hall and it made such a BIG improvement!!!!!

Great job! (love the bicycle print and the Ballard bag!!!!!)

Hoity Toity Baby said...

ohhhh! It looks great! And I LOVE the shelving atop the moulding! You did a great job!

Letti said...

I love the end result. It really is beautiful. I bet you just stare at it all day. I know I would.

Christine said...

Lisa, I added the very same Lettered Cottage project to my Delicious Bookmarks a while back and asked my husband if we could do it, too! I just haven't figured out where to do it, (will most likely be the dining area) it's a lovely wall treatment!

Becca said...

Wow, what a difference! I'm going to remember this post for when we buy a home someday. Amazing!

Madeleine Miranda said...

Loovelly, looks great, well done!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

It is amazing - looks so good!

b. said...

i love it!!! it does look so cozy. you really did a great job filling it with your special touches too! cute poem too!

Susan said...

looks great!!

Abby Killam said...

this ROCKS!! I totally love it and may just steal it when we buy our own first home!!! good work- I am impressed and inspired...

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Will be glad to......Hope you win

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a great poem! So sweet that your son memorized it!

Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog.

I'm trying to find your bracelet to leave a comment on the other blog.

Katherine

Aimee said...

Hi Lisa,
You did an amazing job, you and your 4 helpers!!! I LOVE beadboard. In my post of my "before" and "afters" of my home reno, we did our kitchen backsplash with beadboard all the way up to the ceiling and it gave an otherwise formal kitchen, a cozy warm feeling. I also love your use of accessories. I am so happy that some of my items are on your Christmas list. I am working on some more new items as well that are really unique and I have not seen yet, so hopefully I will post about them in a few weeks.
Congratulations on your new space, it looks beautiful!
Aimee

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

The beadboard in your dining room looks fantastic!! You've done a wonderful job of accessorizing it too. What an awesome brother you have. And you know I love the Ballard Design bag. :)
The Lettered Cottage is one of my favorite blogs too.

Thanks for the sweet comment you left me about my tablescape. Of course you can copy it!! That's what I love about blogging, we all share and inspire each other.

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I love your dining room!!! The beadboard fabulous!!!

Mrs. Foot said...

It look fantastic! Like it's out of a catalog. You all did a wonderful job!

Sheri said...

Wow!! That looks great!

Jenn @ Beautiful Calling said...

Wow. It looks stunning! So country, warm, inviting, cozy - I could see myself coming over for tea (except I don't drink tea) LOL.

great work!!

(thanks for coming by to admire my spice cupboard :))

Jenny said...

Love the high bead-board. That looks great! And do you mind my asking where you got that narrow semi-Mission cupboard? I have been looking for something exactly like that!

Thanks for visiting my blog! Great work!

northern cottage said...

Great job! Looks so fantastic. I love the hooks & the details here & there. Well done!

Matt and Ashlee said...

How Beautiful! I am adding this to my inspiration file! Thanks! I signed up as a follower and would love it if you did the same!

Leanne said...

Oh, it looks so beautiful! I would just sit there and stare at it. You did such a beautiful job. We've been working on our mudroom, it feels like forever, but I'm excited about the beadboard. We even put it on the ceiling. I really love it. Hopefully it will be done soon. Thanks for sharing your beautiful dining room and thanks for visiting me. Have a beautiful day!

susan said...

Your dining room "rocks my socks" too! It makes all the difference in the world! I love that your brother got so excited about your project---I need one of those :)

susan said...

ps-I forgot to say-- I love this poem--Thanks for the reminder of what is important :)

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

I love beadboard! It really adds charm to any room! Your dining room looks great and I love the bag from Ballard (my fav catalog)!

Manuela

Abbi said...

I love the walls and all the cute charming details you added to them. I am trying to think if something like that might work in my house.

The poem is a really neat one too.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

I LOVE YOUR ROOM!!!! Man, can you send your brother my way? I need my bathroom finished!

You ALL did a great job. Your boys are adorable, too.

Lisa, you asked if the Daily Bread was for sale...it is on my etsy now.

Have a sweet day! Keep up the good work!

xo
becky

Angie @ Many Little Blessings said...

Love the new look! The beadboard looks awesome in there. Great job!

Adrienne said...

That looks absolutely wonderful!!! I'm impressed!!!

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

That room looks fantabulous! You have an eye for detail which highlights the the beauty of your walls. Thanks for sharing! I became a follower...
Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Your dining room looks fantastic!

Miss Madison's Mommy said...

Ohhh I love it, you did an awesome job! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Love yours!!

Brenda@ **Dragonflys and Stars** said...

That looks wonderful! I love the decorating details as well as the beadboard and trim. Sounds like you have some great helpers! :)

Kristen Andrews said...

I love bead board and we have beadboard ceramic tile in our bathroom and our bathroom happens to be one of my favorite rooms in the house

Miss Mustard Seed said...

The bead board looks great! Isn't it fun when you see something you like and then you can make it happen in your own home. Nice job!

tara said...

Wow Lisa, your room looks amazing..I love that your brother jumped up and wanted to help you..what a great gesture! I too love beadboard, creates so much charm in a room and the photos ledge look fab!! NICE job!!

Shanty 2 Chic said...

LOVE this!! So impressed! I have been itching to do the same thing somewhere in my house!! Way to go:)!!!
~Whitney

Tamera said...

It turned out lovely! What are you going to do about window treatments? I LOVE bamboo roman shades;)
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great weekend!
Tamera@doubledelight

Priscila said...

oh my gosh you have a beautiful house! Love it...glad you came and visited me!
Im having a giveaway at : littlemissheirlooms.blogspot.com
if you want to check it out!

laterg8r said...

ps - it is not my handwriting on my LO, it is Ali Edwards. the font is called ck ali's writing and i got it for free on the creating keepsakes website a long time ago (don't know if it is still free but you could search the internet for it). i have adopted it as my own and is the font you see on 90% of my LO's for consistency :D

Barbara said...

great job! love the beadboard. thanks for visiting my site! i am new to this whole thing and am enjoying visiting the blogs of very talented women such as yourself!

flyingheartfield said...

lovely and the poem is swell too!

sweetjeanette said...

I saw your transformation pic on DIY Show-Off and since I love beadboard too, had to come right over! Oh my, I'm so in love with your room!!! I wish I had a brother like that! I love, love, love it! Where'd that cabinet come from, I love it too!!! LOL

sweetjeanette.blogspot.com

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

What a lovely transformation! I love the higher placement of the beadboard- did the same thing in my little breakfast nook- wish I would have thought about adding the photo rail!!

Love the little sparrow poem - I think we all need that enlarged and put on our frigs!

blessings
mary

Rebecca said...

First of all, i love what you did to this room! Secondly, i have really enjoyed your blog and i just gave you an award :)

Sue said...

Hi Lisa, This room now looks fantastic and I know you sure are happy! You're awful lucky to have had an ambitious brother to initiate the job. Your decor is so sweet, too; it looks very cozy! I'm sure the window coverings will be the icing on the cake.
:-) Sue

Sandy and Joe/rhubarb reign said...

Wow -- the dining room looks great! I love beadboard -- it's so charming. And to have a brother who hops-to like that -- lucky. Thanks for your nice note on our blog. Come and see me again! xo

Kasey said...

Hey girl! I love it! I'm sitting here thinking how jealous I am that you have a brother that can do such cool things. I have a wonderful brother but I'm not sure he knows which side is up on a hammer. HA!

Yes, I apologize, I so got your comment about us going through your town on our trip. Grand Junction, is that right (I got a few comments about us going through people's towns- I'll go back anc check to be sure.) If it was in fact GJ then I have to say I ran there and it was super hot and hard! but we did eat at a super yummy italian rest. there that made me feel better about the horrible run!

Love the dining room! Come to my house, bring your brother, and let's get to work!

Kristin said...

WOW, what an incredibly gorgeous transformation. AMAZING job!

Sharon said...

Looks fabulouse. Love the ledge and how you accessorized.

Clueless_Mama said...

I love doing projects at home. I am a DIY kind of girl too. I love Bead Board. You and your family did an amazing job!! It looks beautiful. You made me want to start a project.

Sandra said...

Your dining room is charming. love it :)

Rue said...

Hi Lisa :)

I just happened to come after a walk around my neighborhood and found your sweet comment. Thank you so much for your sweet compliment :)

Simple project?? More like fantastic project! I love what you did for your dining room! The bead board with the shelf above is a fantastic look. Your brother did a wonderful job. I love the way you accessorized too.

I'm so happy to "meet" you and your beautiful family. Thank you for introducing yourself to me :)

xoxo,
rue

Rue said...

come home... LOL I came home after my walk .... sorry, I'm tired ;)

Proper Prim said...

Thanks so much for dropping in... please pop in anytime... the door is always open...

I love what you did to your dining room... gorgeous... what a sweet brother to share your passion with... fantastic work guys... love how you finished it off too...

Gail said...

WOW what an AWESOME transformation! I love everything about it.

Gail

Kathleen Grace said...

What a beautiful dining room make over! I love beadboard too, it adds so much character to a room. What an awesome family you have:>)Thanks for commenting and leading me here, I love your blog!

Room to Inspire said...

The molding really transformed this room! It looks amazing. I love the height you selected for the ledge.

Chelsea

K @ Thrifty Teacher Blog said...

Love it!!! It makes the room look totally different :) What a great brother you have!

Kate said...

Hi Lisa,
Wow first your sons are beautiful and so very handsome! Just darling I have two sons and I love them so much they are older but I have so much fun with them.

Your blog is amazing I am so delighted that you stopped by and now I can see your wonderful talent!

Have a great weekend
Kate

Chany said...

Genial te quedo divino, felicitaciones, Chany.-

2sisters said...

Amazing! Love it!

Genny said...

This is just so beautiful. I love how you showed all the details, and the before and after. Looks fabulous!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I love the fact that your brother jump started this project and that you had such good helpers! That makes it all the sweeter, and I know you are so happy with the results! :-)

Speaking of which Happy Met Monday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Leanne said...

Hey Lisa,
I'm in love with your walls. Did you use beadboard paneling or real beadboard? We used the paneling for the mudroom and I think it would have been better to have used the real stuff. Oh well, it's almost done now. And I can't wait. It seems like it's taking forever. Hubby finished the lockers on saturday. I'll have finished shots of it in a few days. Thanks for visiting.

Lettered Cottage said...

WOW! It looks FANTASTIC! You did such an amazing job and the photography is wonderful too. Thank you for the sweet words you included about us too, we're so glad you were inspired to create some texture in your room, and can't wait to see what else you do!

Kevin and Layla

pk said...

This turned out so great! What a huge difference the beadboard makes. Great transformation!
pk @ Room Remix

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

I really love your makeover! It's beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration! :-)

Lou Cinda said...

LOVE THIS!! I love that ledge! Such a perfect place to put "stuff"! I love beadboard too!

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a sweet comment. It led me to your blog!

I'm following! Have a great day!!

Lou Cinda :)

Tammy @ tinselshop.com said...

Amazing what a little beadboard can do! I had it in my old house and can't wait to incorporate it in my new house!

Best wishes,
Tammy

rachel @ perfectly imperfect said...

gorgeous! nice job- lucky you to have so many men to help you! : )
and i like the similarity in blog title- great minds think alike!
thanks for your comments & thoughts. i appreciate all the help i've received!
happy monday-
rachel

DesignTies said...

Your beadboard wainscoting looks fantastic!! I find that wainscoting really cozies up a room -- almost like it envelopes the room around you.

I could use your brother and his enthusiasm over at my house to get a few projects done!! ;-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

Great bro to have!!! I like that get on it attitude. My daughter used a similar stuff from Lowes for her dining room too. She only did hers about 1/2 way up (if I remember correctly).... That is nice the way you have the shelf. One of my dining rooms (which I haven't shown the total room on my blog--you can only see part of one wall of it when I took the picture of the kitchen that shows the spindles--)...and part of it on my header which is intentionally blurry!!...but I digress!! Anyways that room has the beadboard and it is very old!! (about60 some odd years old)

Jenny said...

That's pretty nifty :D I would love to get that for my house, but they'd take away my security deposit. :(

Marsha said...

Hi Lisa, your breakfast room has so much personality now. I'm a big lover of beadboard and yours looks great. GOOD JOB!

Gwen said...

Can you bring your "crew" over to my home to make it just as lovely??

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Wow! This transformation is truely stunning! I adore that shelf idea and had admired it from The Lettered Cottage as well. Good for you on going for it!

P.S. Is your brother married?!? LOL

Thanks for joining the party!

Funky Junk Donna

Sierra said...

LOVE the beadboard and the photo ledge! Great job and so unique! Thanks for stopping by!
-Sierra at Creative K Designs

Maria Berg said...

Yes it needs to redo things from time to time not to get it boring, Maria Berg - wooden terrace.

Tamara Jansen said...

I just LOVE the photo ledge idea! Now where can I do that at MY place?

Kammy said...

Totally Fab job !
Thanks for visiting my blog !
Kammy

Tammy@InStitches said...

It looks amazing, you are lucky to have a go getter brother ! I had bead board in my last house and I loved it. I can't wait to see your window done.

Sabby in Suburbia said...

This looks GREAT! I so wish we had white trim in our house so that I could do this treatment somewhere. It totally changes the room. Great job!

Michelle said...

Wow, I love it, what a difference! I don't know what I like better the project or the sweet comment from your hubby! Stop by for a visit soon.
Michelle

Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating said...

Wow, that looks SO good!! It's quite amazing the difference beadboard makes in a room, and I love the height. Fantastic!

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

That ledge is FANTASTIC. I did a similar lip here: http://tearinguphouses.blogspot.com/2009/09/before-progress-pictures-video-little.html
I also love the little hooks. So functional!

By the way, thanks for visiting (and generously commenting) on my blog! I can't wait to poke around your site more. (And on a side note, your kids have The Coolest Names Eva.)

Kelly

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

ok, I am SO in love with your redo! I really want to do something like this on one wall in my kitchen. Would you mind answering a few questions for me? The picture ledge, did you buy it? make it? if you bought it, where did you get it? How difficult was it to do? I showed my husband the pictures on your blog and he likes the it too! Wooohooo! (now I just have to figure out how to do it and then find the time). ;) thanks for the inspiration!

Jess said...

Looks lovely!! Congratulations on your beautiful new room :-)

Jan said...

I love beadboard too! It can be used for country, tradition, and even modern decors. How nice to have so much help. The room turned out wonderful. Beautiful!
Jan
bobbypinsboardwalk@yahoo.com

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

All I can say is Wow! What a great transformation! Your dining room looks fabulous! Great job! Oh and you had the best help! Cute boys! Thanks for dropping by! Hugs!

Tamera said...

Again, BEAUTIFUL....sorry about the window coverings! Love that poem you used:)
Patiently,:):)
Tamera@doubledelight

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Love it!!! I too loved the picture ledge that Layla did... it really adds so much. I'm hoping to do something similar in one of our bathrooms.

Vicci @theplaidbasket said...

Looks great! I too am a wainscot fan, have used it in two rooms, so far. LOVE LOVE LOVE the Longaberger Canisters and oval bowl on your table...have you more Longaberger?

Julie said...

Hi Lisa,Wow, I love it... I love it all... And such a good looking crew...
xoxo
Julie

Shannon @ Silver Trappings said...

I LOVE your dining room! That beadboard is wonderful. And the picture ledge is just perfect!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I love how you made this room your own. It looks lovely.

Joy said...

wow, that turned out great. I love the shelf and hooks you added to the ledge too!

Captured by Love said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! I love this project of yours and showed it to my husband... I'm dreaming we can do something like this in our house someday that we are in the process of buying right now!

The Popes said...

I've been dying to do one of these too!

Do you mind sharing how much it ended up costing? I am only doing one wall in our living room but am tempted to do it in our bedroom too!

Struggler said...

Beautiful, what a fabulous room.
And your brother sounds pretty cool, too :)

Shabby Soul said...

After seeing this on your blog we decided to do our kitchen walls just like yours. I love the ledge best - makes it easy for my mind-changing self to redecorate without upsetting the hubs with all the nail holes ~