One Room Challenge Kick-Off – Our Master Closet

It’s that time again!! One Room Challenge time that is!! (Click here for more info on this awesome challenge.)ORC gold

If you are here for the first time or new let me say “welcome”! Here at frazzled JOY I share about our home and family. I am like most people – expensive taste on a tiny budget. So, everything I do is budget savvy. You will find lots of DIY and lots of bargain shopping. I shared on Monday my past two ORC projects – both full of DIY and bargains! Today I’m excited to announce our new challenge area – our master bedroom closet…

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Spring 2016 ORC

Guess what starts this week!?! The spring session of the One Room Challenge {ORC}! The One Room Challenge is an awesome 6 week blogger challenge designed and hosted by Linda from Calling It Home.

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Through this challenge I believe she has helped hundreds of us bloggers/DIYers to start and finish rooms that we were otherwise dragging our feet on! The idea of course is to begin and finish a room in six weeks, while posting weekly updates on your blog. My favorite part of the ORC is the encouragement from everyone else that is in the trenches with you. It’s our own little community of crazy, committed, get-er-doners! {yes, I just made that word up}

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Reclaimed Wood Planked Reset Ceiling {Be Like Joanna}

Hey there! Are there any Fixer Upper fans out there?? You know you love it!! So, I’m a couple of weeks behind but as I was watching the bachelor pad show a few nights back, I had to stop and rewind and watch again. Did you see that kitchen?? How about the reclaimed wood everywhere?? But, more specifically the reset ceiling that was planked with it??
I paused again and called my hubby in and said “look”!!

You see a while back (2 years ago) when I was updating our kitchen bit by bit, we finally got around to addressing this ugly light box thing.



Although I would have loved to remove the soffits and take all the ceiling back to regular height, we knew from previous experience in this house that probably meant moving electrical lines at the least. Which meant $$$ we didn’t have. 

So, I thought long and hard on a simple solution that we could DIY. I decided on planking it in some way.
Maybe creating a coffered look.

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And then one day as I walked into the kitchen and saw our newly updated breakfast bar I had a flash!


Yes! Carry the reclaimed wood to the ceiling and tie it all together!! Honestly it is one of my favorite parts of the kitchen!


So, there you have it folks! The time I did something before Joanna!! Ha! [although I’m sure someone did it before me ;)] Have a wonderful day!!

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Under The Sink Built-In Shelf

I’ve got a fairly easy building project to share with you today. Another goodie from our bathroom makeover. One that honestly you probably never saw, since I don’t think I shared the inside of the cabinets. Today we are addressing that blessed area under the sink.

Cabinet space under the sink is a space that always goes under-used I think. We never know what to do with that big open space. 

Since we removed the cabinet above the toilet, I knew I was going to need to use this space. And, if I was going to use this space, it needed to be more useful!!

So, we dug through our scrap wood and found enough pieces that would work to build an extra shelf! I didn’t really care that much what the wood looked like or if it matched, since I knew it was all getting painted out.

The bottom of the cabinet had sustained some water damage and was no longer flat. To solve this issue, we cut a piece of wood to fit and slid it into place. Nailing or gluing was not necessary. The weight of the wood will hold it in place.


Then we measured and cut a few more pieces – top of shelf, side of shelf, and two support pieces to help hold it all in place – under the shelf on the left side and beside the side piece on the right side.


We nailed all the pieces together in place and there ya go!


Way better available space now!

I just realized I never took a picture of it after it was all painted out! Bad blogger! I’ll be back soon with that and pics of how I organized the space inside the vanity to make it work for our family. Thanks for stopping by today!!

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DIY Board & Batten

Now that the holidays are over and I have my brain back, I want to share a couple of the DIY projects from our bathroom makeover.

First up, our DIY board & batten. 

Supplies needed:

Lattice wood
Liquid nails (optional but I liked using it)
Finishing nails and hammer (or finish nail gun)
Nail set
Sandpaper
Saw (hand miter saw works just fine)
Caulk (paintable)
Primer
And of course paint color of your choice

First step was to prime the wall. Especially since we were going with a traditional white finish. (You’ll see in later pictures that I also went ahead and painted the top half of the wall – really doesn’t matter which one you do first.)

Next was to purchase supplies. I found my lattice wood at home depot with the molding. Looks like this.


We used 1″ and 1 3/4″ width to get the look we wanted. It is sold here by linear foot. Hubby cut it down to an approximate size in the store to make it easier to transport.

Start with your horizontal pieces first. Measure and cut to size each piece. I used a 1″ piece along the bottom since I was leaving the baseboard, but the other two horizontal pieces are 1 3/4″.


Apply liquid nails. (look for the type made for paneling)


Make sure it is level.


Nail in place. This little guy was a Christmas present and he made this job a lot easier, but it is totally doable without.


Continue with all horizontal pieces.


Now it is time to add the vertical pieces. To measure each piece to size I simply held it in it’s place and marked and cut.


These are the same as the others – glue, level, nail. I will pause here to talk about the spacing of all the boards. This is a matter of taste really. Check out the internet for pictures of all different kinds of board & batten. The options are endless. I will admit that the spacing between my vertical pieces is not the same around the room. I went by look. I knew how many vertical boards I needed to get the look I wanted, measured the width of the space, did some division, and came up with the placement. This might have actually been the hardest part of the whole project!!

After all your wood is in place, you will want set your nails with a nail set. Then I would recommend that you sand the wood. This wood is not great quality, smooth wood, so this step will help it look even better. Then you will need to get busy filling all the nail holes, and caulking between the wood and the wall, and filling any cracks left behind from human error. 


Lots of caulk, tired fingers, necessary evil to make the end product look good.

The last step is just paint – you will want to prime the lattice wood, and then paint all surfaces, including the wall, with the same paint.

And you are left with this!!


The look I wanted at a fairly reasonable cost, and a doable DIY, all things I LOVE!

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