DIY Faux Shiplap Wall

Our front entryway definitely needed some love! It was dark, cluttered, unorganized, and a bit disfunctional. This space was in desperate need of a refresh!

Step 1:  Gather your supplies

To complete this project, you will need the following supplies:

– White Chalked Paint

– Pencil

– Measuring Tape

– Black Grid Tape

– Utility knife

Step 2:  Paint the wall

I began this makeover by giving the walls a fresh coat of Rust-oleum Chalked Paint in the colour Linen White.

I also spray painted the coat hook rod with a paint and primer called Rust-oleum Satin Dark Walnut.

We had this cabinet sitting in our basement being unused, so I thought it would work perfect for our shoes!

Step 3:  Measure

After the paint had a chance to dry overnight I had to decide if I wanted my faux shiplap sections to be 5″ or 7″ wide.

Usually on smaller walls designers tend to go with the 5″ and on large accent walls you would use the 7″. I decided on the FIVE!

I took my tape measure and pencil and began measuring the top section of the closet. I measured 5″ from the ceiling on each side of the wall. I continued all the wall down making sure to put a little tiny mark with a pencil evenly on the edge of each wall.

Step 4: Apply the grid tape

Finally, I applied the grid tape. Start with the tape at your pencil mark on one end of the wall first, then pull the tape ALL the way to the end of the wall. DO NOT push down on it until it is at the other end and it is straight and level. Then go back and cut the edges with a utility knife.

And voila! That is how you create a faux shiplap wall!

What was the cost of this DIY Shiplap Wall?

Paint = $0

(I had leftover paint from a previous project)

Grid Tape = approx. $17

(I used one full roll, plus a small portion of the other roll)

TOTAL: $17

What was the cost of this whole DIY Entryway Makeover?

Stay tuned… I’m not 100% finished yet!

Nutty Energy Bites

I am always trying to find easy, simple recipes to make for my busy family of four. I came across a few recipes for energy bites on Pinterest, but I never found one that had everything I like, so I created my own!

Nutty Energy Bites Recipe:

1 ½ cup rolled oats

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup honey

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup flaxseed (whole or ground)

1/3 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

Stir all ingredients together in a bowl. You may have to use your hands and get messy! Take a tablespoon of the mixture and form into a ball. Place on a cookie sheet and place in freezer. Let sit for an hour. Once frozen, take the energy bites and place into a large ziploc bag and store in freezer.

Whenever we want a snack I take a few out of the freezer and we like to eat them slightly frozen! However, they only take a few minutes to soften.

This recipe makes approximately one dozen bites. I always double the recipe whenever I make them!

I’d love to hear if you made this recipe or modified it for yourself!

Cinnamon French Toast

My husband’s request for Father’s Day breakfast was Cinnamon French Toast with Saskatoon berries!

This is such a simple recipe that doesn’t take much time to whip up!

Cinnamon French Toast Recipe:


– 4 slices multi grain bread (white or brown bread work too)

– 2 eggs

– 1 cup milk (almond or soy milk can also be used)

– 1 teaspoon vanilla

– 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

– 1 teaspoon butter

For serving:

– 1 cup saskatoon berries (any berries of choice)

– powdered sugar (optional)

– maple syrup

Whisk eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon together in a shallow dish. Dip each slice of bread in this mixture and place in a hot frying pan with melted butter. Once the bread is golden brown, flip it to the other side. Serve with Saskatoon berries and maple syrup (and powdered sugar if desired)! Enjoy!

I must say that this recipe was a hit for our whole family!

Let me know you if try out this recipe, or if you have any adjustments! I’d love to hear about it!

Mess free painting!

I’d love to share a simple, easy, and mess free way for your children to paint using water!

I started using a Budda Board in my Grade 1 and 2 Montessori classroom many years ago. I found it to be a very calming and clean activity for my students to utilize throughout the day. Fast forward a few years and now I have my own children to create beautiful inviting spaces and activities for.

Isn’t this play space for my girls so inviting and natural! The table, chairs, and plant basket are all from Ikea. Don’t you just love that store!

Anyways, I had to recreate the idea of a Budda Board since the real one was damaged in my classroom. I found a replacement slate board that was very similar, as well as new brushes that are easy to grasp for my girls!

Click below the links below to get your own Buddha Board or my version of it. I’d love to see you incorporate one into your home, classroom, or office space!

Original Budda Board

Mini Budda Board

Slate Board

Easy Grasp paint brushes

Please feel free to tag me on social media using the hashtag #timberandtage

Happy painting!

DIY Farmhouse Hooks

I absolutely love the rustic look of reclaimed wood! In this blog post you will learn how to create your very own farmhouse hooks!

Step 1:  Gather your supplies

To complete this project you will need the following supplies:

– Salvaged Barn Board (or any reclaimed wood you can find)

– Mitre Saw

Dremmel (with sander attachment)

Dremmel sand paper (100 grit)

– Black ink pen or Black Sharpie

– Measuring Tape

Farmhouse hooks (comes with screws)

– Drill

– Screw Driver (optional)

Step 2:  Salvage wood and Cut

My mom and dad live in rural Saskatchewan, Canada on a farm. While I was visiting my parents I asked my dad to help me salvage some old barn board. We visited an old homestead where some of my family lived years and years ago. We carefully pried each piece of salvageable wood off the building and loaded them into the truck.

After hauling them back to my parent’s yard, my dad cut each piece of wood with a mitre saw into a variety of lengths. The farmhouse hooks that I am sharing in this tutorial are appromixately 32″ in length and 5.5″ wide with a 1″ depth.

Step 3:  Lightly Sand

My husband and I hauled all of the salvaged wood back to our home in Calgary, Alberta. I took my desired pieces and lightly sanded them using our Dremmel with 100 grit sand paper. The higher the grit, the more fine the sand will be. Be sure to lightly, and I mean very lightly sand to the boards.

Note: *If you sand too much you will take the weathered look off the board and it will no longer have that rustic appearance.

Step 4:  Measure and Mark the Holes

Use the Tape Measure and your ink pen (or sharpie) to mark where you want to put the 4 farmhouse hooks. I measured 5 inches from each end and marked the holes where I want to drill and place the hooks. Then I measured and marked the holes for the middle 2 hooks, making sure everything was evenly spaced.

Step 5:  Bring out the Drill!

I used our Mastercraft Drill to make four holes for each farmhouse hook. Tip: Make sure when you drill your holes you use a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the screw.

If you look closely at the photo above you will see the holes I drilled for each hook.

Step 6:  Attach the Farmhouse Hooks

Take your hooks and use the drill with the proper bit (or a regular screw driver) to attach hooks to the board. Be sure to push hard on the drill so you do not strip the screw.

Step 7: Mount your Hooks

Ta-da!!! You just created your very own farmhouse hooks. Find a place in your home to mount them on the wall! We currently have ours displayed in our bathroom.

I would love to see your finished product! Tag me on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #timberandtage

Feel free to ask me any questions you may have. I’d love to help!

The Blogging Journey Begins


Hello everyone and welcome to my blogging journey! I’d love to firstly introduce myself. My name is Amber and I am a wife, a mom of two sweet little girls, a dog mom, a certified Montessori teacher, and a maker of pretty things. I currently reside in Calgary, Alberta, CANADA with my little family of 4 (well…5 if you include our dog Meeko).

How was Timber & Tage Designs created?

I began my small business Timber & Tage Designs in June 2017, shortly after my first daughter was born. I found that while I was on maternity leave and not teaching I needed to channel my inner creativity in other ways outside of the classroom. I began by making wood signs for myself and my family and posting them on my personal Instagram account and Facebook page. Many of my friends saw my work and wanted me to make them custom designed signs and thus Timber & Tage Designs was created!

Where did the name “Timber & Tage” come from?

The name Timber & Tage comes from the fact that I was making these beautiful farmhouse style signs out of wood (aka “timber”). And the word “Tage is actually my daughters’s middle name. In October 2017, I began to branch out of just designing wood signs and added customized doormats to my resume. I started an Etsy Page as a way to showcase my doormats and make it easier for my clients to purchase them. (Click on the link here to take a look at my doormat options: Etsy)

What will you be sharing in your blog?

Through my blog I will be sharing a variety of home decor! Anything from my custom signs and doormats, to actual home decor ideas, tips, and tutorials.

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