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Framed Shiplap Alphabet Wall

I’ve always wanted to do an Alphabet wall in our home and I
knew that combining it with another favorite thing, shiplap, would make it even better!  ;)
I kept my eye out for a good bargain on letters and got a whole haul of them for CHEAP at Michael’s.
I get asked a lot about this project via Instagram so I wanted to put all the info into post for you guys!
It didn’t take that long and has been one of my favorite decor details of the house.
If you are thinking about creating your own alphabet wall, my tip is to start stocking up on your letters.
If you see one you like, on sale, grab it! Let’s dive right into the post with the tips and how-to!

The project was VERY simple if you have a nail gun. You could do it even without one but it made it go up in a snap.
The nail gun was a present to me haha for my birthday or Mother’s Day??
I forget! But best present ever haha.
The framed shiplap part is the same steps as the tutorial I shared here:
Framed Shiplap DIY Tutorial
You are just going to adjust the size to fit the wall you want to fill – and add letters!

1. Letters. for the alphabet. ;)

2. Plywood-  “underlayment” is the type I get for the faux shiplap


1.Use the basic tutorial to create your shiplap base.
OR..skip this part if you are just putting the alphabet wall straight to the wall.
I like how it anchors it and makes it look like one big piece of artwork.
Framed Shiplap DIY Tutorial

2. I already had some letters (from Hobby Lobby and Michael’s) so I just had to fill in the gaps to finish out my alphabet!
We kind of looked like a hot mess laying all the letters on the store floor but I needed to picture it. ;)
My kids thought it was jut the most fun thing we’ve ever done in a store. haha.

OK! So to make this project go smoothly and quickly – you need to do a little prep work.
I sat on my floor and traced all of the letters.. and cut them out.
Then I was able to tape them onto the wall to see EXACTLY where I wanted them!
made it os much easier when I was nailing them up!
Some I hung with the hooks not he letters…
others I just put a nail in and hung the hollow part on the nail.
It really is a favorite part of the house and I love walking by it every day!
Give it a try and tag me on Instagram if you share your alphabet wall!!
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Did you like this post? Check out my original framed Shiplap Tutorial post!

Framed Shiplap DIY Tutorial


If you are like me, and want to affordably and quickly add some shiplap
touches to your home, this is a great project for you!

I have Chip and Joanna to thank for this obsession.
We aren’t going to be doing an entire room in shiplap,
(even though I WANT too..haha.) So this was a good option for us!
This project is a lot easier than you think too. I went to Home Depot and had them cut most of the wood for me!
The kids think it’s so fun watching them cut it. They know me at my store now….I go in there weekly. ;)
“Hey..didn’t you build something last week?”  “YES! Want to see my instagram of it??” hahaha.
I haven’t shared an officially finished mantle photo yet but I have been getting asked
about a tutorial so I really wanted to pull this together for you guys and share it!

You don’t need much to make this!
1. A Piece of plywood. I got the smooth $12 version!
It’s called Underlayment
You could also use this kind.

2. Paint.
I used Sherwin Williams Alabaster White

And grabbed one of those small trim tray kits to make it super easy.
(roller and tray combined!)

3. Your trim wood! I used the 1/2 x 1 wood. It was 97 cents or something ridiculous like that.
Make sure you pick straight pieces. lol. I didn’t.
We just had to work with it a bit more to make it fit the best around the frame.
It’s rusticccc…
so…it doesn’t have to be perfectly perfect! ;)

4. Nails. or a Nail Gun.

5. A Nickel.

6. A Level.

7. Stain for Trim.
I got Varathane in Dark Walnut.
LOVED it. I grabbed it because it said it dries faster and with only one coat.
And it actually did that! I think it’s my new favorite stain.

This project really is can do this!!!
It only takes a few steps to get that Fixer Upper look in your home.

Step One.
Decide the size you want! I measured above my fireplace and figured out how big I wanted.
I wanted mine to be around 51 inches wide and 29 inches tall.
But work with the space you have and use the basic material I share below, to get the look you want!

Step Two.
Cut your wood. The plywood comes in 4×8 sheets.
I needed the width to be 4 feet… so I just had Home Depot cut my plywood into 6 inch planks.
SUPER EASY! And the best part about having them cut it is that you can easily fit it into your car!
Even with all the kiddos. :)
(I had two projects going so for my other plywood board I had
them cut the board from 8 to 6 feet… and thenn cut it into 6 inch planks.
I’ll share that playroom project soon!)

Step Three.
Putting it up is ways easier with a partner. So ask for another set of hands to help!
Ben and I worked together and finished this SO FAST.
Just figure out where you want the first one to go.. level it.. and nail it in.
Then stick your nickel in there.
and put the next piece on the wall.
Then level… nail!
You just repeat the process over and over until you
have all of the planks up that you want!

Step Four.
Paint! I decided it would be easiest if I got the planks on the wall and then painted!
I put on two coats and it was ready to roll!

Step Five.
Time to trim it out! If you want to frame out the shiplap like I did, you want to have the
top and pieces be flush to the width you have up.
So cut and stain those first pieces.
Nail them to the wall, and then you can measure
to see how long your side pieces need to be!
Cut those, stain them and nail them to the wall.

You are done! YAY SHIPLAP!
I loved how it added that farmhouse feel to the space!
I can’t do much about the fireplace for now, but this gave it that cozy touch I was wanting.

I’m still working on what I’ll put on my mantle…but I had this magnolia wreath from JoAnns.
(a sweet clearance find last year!) and I hung it right up with some ribbon and a nail at the top of the trim.
I’m excited to have a mantle to decorate!! In our last house the tv was on it…not pretty.
I’m excited to share the full mantle once I decorate it for fall! For now I put some of my favorite pieces and some candles up there.
Are you going to try this DIY?? Tag me on INSTAGRAM if you do!!

How I Edit My Phone Photos: POOL EDITION

editing pool photos

I’m always using my phone to capture family memories and sometimes
the photos don’t always turn out as bright or clear as I wish!
I’ve learned ways to use my favorite apps to make them more like the fun bright moments they were!
I’ve shared editing tutorials before, but I wanted to keep you guys up to date with my steps.
I though I would share my new favorite ways since people sometimes ask on Instagram!
I found a new app a while back called Color Story and it has a few filters I
love but one is especially great for pool photos!
OF COURSE, start with Snapseed! It is the biggest game changer for your phone photos.
It brightens everything up so much! I like how the ColorStory filter then makes the color so saturated and crisp!

If you are filling up your summer with pool days, like us, use
these steps to make your photos even better!
I love being able to see all of their sweet faces!
Here’s some before and afters before I jump into the screen shot steps.athomewithnatalie2athomewithnatalie1athomewithnatalie3

I like this one because ben looks like a mer-man. bahaha.
He’s gonna love this blog post.


1. Download two apps: Snapseed and ColorStory.
My favorite feature of Snapseed is the Drama and Tune Image options.
ColorStory has free filters, but I ended up getting the in app purchase set…GOOD VIBES.
The filter I love is all the way at the end… POP SONG.

Ok first things first…open the photo in Snapseed.
Click on Drama.
You’ll see there are different options under drama.
Start with Drama 1.
When you tap on the screen and push up and down you can adjust filter strength and saturation.
Mess with it a bit, but it will look darker than you want at first. Just make sure you bump the saturation up.
Click save and it’ll take you back to the main screen.
You want to click on Drama again but this time go to Bright 1!
Again, you can mess with the filter strength and saturation.
Save the photo!
This is what you’ll end up with just with Snapseed.
Plenty of times I’ve just used this app.

OK! Now open up Colorstory and the photo you just edited in Snapseed!
I make my photos square for instagram using the frame option.
Then I click on Filters.
Like I said above, they have free filters…
But after a while I ended up getting their “Good Vibes” Set.
I scroll all the way across to the end and use POP SONG.
You can adjust the strength of the filter here as well.
I like this filter..but you can try out any of them till you find one you love.
Sometimes, I’ll go to the Tool section and click adjust.
Then I can use the curves button or contrast to get the brightness
and contrast just the way I want it.
With this photo I barely raised up the levels in curves…
to make it a tad brighter. (remove some shadows)
It was barely anything really. So you can totally skip this step.
Click save and you’re done!

I hope you find this tutorial helpful when you go to
edit your own pool photos you took with your phone!

Be sure to tag me on INSTAGRAM if you end up trying it out and posting!
I love seeing your great photos!