Rustic Appeal

Bringing Cool Inspiration to Home Decor.


Inspired by some Barnwood accent features my brother Josh installed in his home…

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I wanted to create some of my own accent walls out of the same material and incorporate them into the homes of my clients.

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My brother’s creativity really sparked some interest and encouraged me to blend my favorite medium (paint) with this organic beauty.


Wrapping his beams and lining the inner frames of his skylights really gives his home character and charm. I just couldn’t get enough of this look.

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My brother and I took a trip to this Sawmill in Tiverton, Rhode Island where  I was able to  purchase some wood  for an upcoming project.

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This Eastern Pine once wrapped the exterior of an Old Connecticut Barn.  It will soon have a new home resting on an interior wall overlooking Long Pond in East Freetown, Massachusetts.

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I purchased 200 SF for $530 just enough to complete a headboard accent wall.  This wood is not budget friendly, but worth every penny.


My brothers Seth, Sam & Joel from DesRoches Bros. Inc. installed the Barnwood.

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They began by removing a piece of the baseboard working from the floor up, stacking the planks one by one.

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I had them place my favorite planks towards the top where they would be most visible.

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The planks were installed using finished nails and a wood adhesive.

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You can already see this room transforming…

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These rustic planks adds instant warmth and texture to the space.


Now it was time for me to select some colors and work my magic.


Starting with the ceiling, I  selected a sky blue which picks up the bluish-gray tones in the wood.


Utilizing that 5th wall helped open up the space bringing another element of the outdoors in.


This room has lots of natural light which filters throughout  so I knew it could handle a deeper color on the ceiling.


I opted for a Creamy White for the walls called Vanilla Milkshake by Benjamin Moore. This allows the Reclaimed Wood to take Center Stage.

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There was enough barnwood leftover to create a personalize accent to help balance the space.  I had the letter fabricated by my friend Adam Katz of In-House Custom.  I used a piece of cardboard as a template to ensure the letter was the font and dimension I needed.

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The vibrant pop of teal electrifies the space without being to overwhelming

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I was so pleased with the finished product. What do you think?

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Hope this post inspires you to tap into your own Inner Creativity. Thanks for stopping by the Artful Interior.

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Garage Door Makeover!

Garage Door Makeover!

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With the warm weather finally approaching for us New Englanders, it’s time to tackle some exterior projects.

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What better way to spend a weekend than livening up the garage door and adding a little curb appeal!

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Using the best products to get the job done, I’m going to show you how in a few simple steps.

Supplies Needed:


Exterior Water-based Paint in a Semi Gloss.

inexpensive china bristle 2 – 3 inch paintbrush flat or angled sash for priming

good quality 2 – 3 inch nylon paintbrush flat or angled sash for top coat.

small roller frame & good quality roller cover

paint trays & liners

180-220 grit sandpaper

container to pour paint in for cutting in around the edges where the roller can’t reach.

drop cloths


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Let’s Get Started!

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Lightly sand the surface using a 180-220 grit sandpaper. This gives the  paint something to adhere to.

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Make sure your surface is free of oil, grease & dirt.

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I had my local paint store tint the oil based primer  to the color we selected.  This helps for coverage since our color has a lot of deep pigment in it.

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Using your china bristle brush, start by outlining or “cutting-in” any areas that can’t be reached with the roller.

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Using your roller, start at one end and roll the paint in small manageable sections going in the direction of the grain.  Before the paint begins to dry, use your brush to level out the paint from the roller marks so you have a nice even finish.

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Once your primer coat is dry, you can begin the same process using the topcoat and switching to a nylon brush.

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Using a new roller cover, repeat the same process and apply a second coat if needed.

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With the right products and tools, you can tackle this project on your own too.

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Happy Painting!