Friday Favorites: Fun Christmas Ideas + Rustic Plank Ceiling

Happy Friday! It’s time for Friday favorites… This is a new thing we’re trying where every Friday, we share a few of our favorite beautiful, clever, smart, and awesome things. If you want to see more things like this, be sure you’re following us on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram!

And if you want to share something to be featured here: link up at our Remodelaholics Anonymous party (current party is below) or if you don’t have a blog, share a brag post here or message us about your project over on Facebook.

First up: from the link party — the lovely Amy from Hertoolbelt put together this cute and easy ladder advent calendar. I love that you could easily use it to count down to anything (Disneyland, anyone?) or use it as a part of your regular decorating.

ladder advent calendar, Hertoolbelt

Thyme is Honey shared this non-traditional washi tape tree — festive and perfect for holiday cards! See it here and repin it here.

washi tape faux tree for card display Thyme is Honey

Hand lettering always makes me want to break out the markers and start doodling, and these pretties that we found on flickr would be an easy start! See more here and pin this here.

hand lettered Christmas cards or posters

I love pictures of Christmas trees!  I shared mine here:

How to decorate an elegant Christmas tree @remodelaholic (14 of 15)

and if you’re wondering how to get a great shot, these tips for a great Christmas tree picture are a must read! The original website is no longer, but you can pin this here.

how to photograph a christmas tree

I must not be the only one who loves hot chocolate! This chart has been popular over on Pinterest — see it here and repin it here.

yummy hot chocolate combos


Moving out of the Christmas realm… this pantry was a hit on Instagram and Facebook! And for all the right reasons… it’s space-smart and beautiful! (from Houzz)

amazing built-in pantry Mylands via Houzz

Bridgette was looking for some advice for finishing touches on her kitchen remodel — doesn’t it look great! (See more of her kitchen question and our readers’ suggestions here.)

white kitchen makeover before and after, Bridgette on @Remodelaholic

From Bridgette: We are almost done remodeling our kitchen. We recently had two walls professionally removed to open the kitchen up to the living and dining rooms, and then we removed most of the upper cabinets, painted the rest of the cabinets white, made the rustic open shelves, built a pantry, and made the built in around the fridge ourselves. (We finished the built in and pantry today, so I still have to decorate those shelves!) We plan to do a white Moroccan tile backsplash from the counter to the window and install crown molding to the ceiling soon. We will also add a trim detail to the side of the built in to match the rest of the cabinet sides in the kitchen. I would like to add some kind of hanging lights over the sink.”

And if you, like me, might run screaming from the house next time there’s a sink full of dishes that is JUST water cups that have been used for one drink… check out the awesome kids’ cup organizer on Bridgette’s fridge! We found it here on Amazon (affiliate link, full disclosure policy here).

brilliant kids cup holder on the fridge! One cup per kid, fewer dirty cups in my dishwasher



Another of our amazing Facebook fans, Michelle, installed this great DIY rustic plank ceiling:

diy rustic v-groove paneling ceiling, tutorial by Michelle on @Remodelaholic


And she was kind enough to share with us the details, so you can make one too!

how to use v-groove paneling to make a beautiful rustic ceiling, by Michelle on @Remodelaholic

Faux Reclaimed Wood V-Groove Paneling Ceiling by Michelle

Items Required:
EverTrue 3.56in x 8ft V-Groove Gold Pine Wood Wall Paneling (from Lowe’s)
Various Stain Colors and Paint Brushes
Table Saw
Liquid Nail
Staple/Nail Gun
1 ½ Staples

When we purchased this Condo, we decided that we wanted to do something with the expansive white ceiling. We discovered this product at Lowes called EverTrue V-Groove Gold Pine Wood Wall Panel. The benefit to using this V-Groove product is the ease of staining, as well the fact that it accepts the stain so well. And, as an added bonus, it’s easy to install and extremely light. And even though this product was made for wall paneling – you wouldn’t believe how well it does when installed on a ceiling!

The Pine Wood Panels come in packs of six and are 8ft long and approximately 3.5 inches wide. The first step to completing this product is choosing the stains. We found that any type of stain will work and it doesn’t have to be applied perfectly, as the rustic, almost “messy” look was in fact what we were going for. Have fun with it! We mixed stain colors and applied different colors to each ends of the boards, creating a more “reclaimed” wood feel. The stain dries quickly and can be installed within a day of staining being completed.

We started with a clean ceiling, free of debris. Forgive the pictures, all we had access to was a cell phone.

As far as choosing which panels to install and where, we decided that we would match up similar colors in sections, mixing the light and dark colors, while attempting to create some sort of pattern, along the way, as you can see from the pictures below.

We decided to start from one end of the room and not worry too much about the possibility of “slivers” at the other end and cut each board, as needed, when needed. Which, by the way, are barely noticeable. We used various sizes from whole panels to 12in, using a table saw to make the cuts. However, the panels could be cut with a hand saw, if a table saw isn’t available. Before installing each piece, we put some liquid nail on the back of each one and used 1 ½ “staples to secure each panel to the ceiling. If you have recessed lighting, fire sprinklers and/or fire alarms on your ceiling – the panels can easily be trimmed to fit around these items. The end result we felt was better than we could have hoped for!


Thanks to everyone for linking up and sharing! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Lorene has been behind the scenes here at Remodelaholic for more than a decade! She believes that planning projects and actually completing them are two different hobbies, but that doesn't stop her from planning at least a dozen projects at any given time. She spends her free time creating memories with her husband and 5 kids, traveling as far as she can afford, and partaking of books in any form available.

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