One Room Challenge Week 2 – A Clean Slate

Hey there! I’m ready to share some One Room Challenge progress! 
Although, my family may not think much has happened. Ha! When you are working in a space that is used daily, you can never get it done fast enough. Am I right? 

Just a reminder of the before. (more before here)

Now down to business. This week was full of me doing the messy stuff. Things I don’t really like to do. All things necessary however, if I want a new space!! Wallpaper was removed.

Awww memories of colors past…

We did some demo.

The ceiling was scraped.
before the mess…

after the mess…oh my!!
Maybe I need to work on my technique?! πŸ™‚ Oh well, I got it done. I think no matter how you go about this it’s a messy job!!

The wall behind the cabinet was textured. (which I forgot to photograph…)

And everything was primed.

Aaaahhh, a clean slate! It looks better already!

Now it’s time to start putting things together.

At one point this week, my head started swirling with all the things that I hope to accomplish. So, I made a list. (you may have seen this on instagram – follow along for behind the scenes updates – @denisegwood)

Honestly, this list is exhaustive, there’s not that much – I just didn’t want to forget anything at the last minute!! Ha ha! 

The kids are on fall break which means I have extra hands for a few days! Back to work I go!!

To start at the beginning – check out previous posts:

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Bathroom Update Inspiration – One Room Challenge Week 1

So, here I go! Jumping in with Linda and the One Room Challenge again

I was so happy with the results from the last time, that I thought I would try again with a very neglected room – our second bathroom.

This is the bathroom that is shared by all (4) of our kids and is used by guests. Yikes is right! Maybe now you can understand why it’s been neglected. 

This bathroom really needs a head to toe renovation, but that just hasn’t made it to the top of the budget list as of yet. So, a few months back I was reading The Nester’s post on doing an in-between, good-enough update, and I said to myself “yes” this is what I need to do. Throw out the all or nothing attitude again and just make it better…without spending too much $$$. Here is an idea of the direction I am heading.

And, here are a few before pics that I snapped very quickly one morning. I didn’t even bother tidying up for y’all – just keepin it real friends. πŸ˜‰

The shower curtain is one I bought and modified thinking ahead to what I thought I wanted in this space, as is the rug. Now, I’m probably taking the curtain in a different direction, but the rug might stay. 

I love the bright and peaceful look of these two.



Since the walls will be more toned down
I may do something fun with the vanity.

And the mirror will be getting framed. Not sure yet if I will go dark wood like I did in our master bath, or if I will go with white in here.


Then I will be looking for some creative and cute ways to store the necessities.





I am looking forward to having this room complete and ready for guests, and actually the kids are excited to have something new also!!

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See y’all back here in a week with a definite plan!!

Follow along on Instagram (@denisegwood) for some behind the scenes sneak peeks along the way πŸ™‚

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In The Quiet

Good morning friends. I am writing to you from the quiet. 

My house was still bustling with activity until today. My college boy is back at school, my others have been back in the groove for a week or so, and this morning, as hubby left for work, I realized that it was just me.

Now, you might think this would make me sad. And, on some levels it does. But, then there is my brain that so welcomes the quiet. In the quiet I can hear my thoughts, the thoughts of The Lord, and things can actually get organized in my head!! It’s a beautiful thing really. I know, I know, I could have this everyday if I could just talk myself into getting up before the sun. But, that just doesn’t work for me since I’m a bit of a night owl. So, I welcome mornings like today.

I have many things to share with you in the coming days. I was hoping to get some things photographed this morning that I have been working on, but the clouds came. I’m thankful for the clouds – it’s been 100 degrees around here the past few days, but clouds do not work for taking pics. 

I am working on bringing in a little bit of fall. 

I am putting finishing touches on the family room update.

I am working on a couple of tweaks in the kitchen (I’m beginning to wonder if this room will ever be done.) 

And, I am scheming plans for our 2nd bathroom (“finally” say the kids).

I still plan to share with you some how-to’s for the patio makeover, and I am working on some great organization projects as well. 

These are just a few sneak peeks to hopefully bring you back to see more! πŸ™‚ 

See why the quiet is so welcome!? There are so many things swimming around in my head right now! One. thing. at. a. time.

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Pressing On and Refocusing

Hello there friends.  I hope everyone had a lovely time celebrating the holidays with family and friends!  We sure did!!  We also did a whole lot of nothing, and it was great. But, I have to admit, one more day of it might have made me internally combust!  I need a project, but what I need more is some quiet so my brain can focus. So, I had planned on coming to you today with some great post about our plans around here for the new year. But instead this

and some bullets.

  • Spending more time with my Lord.  Reading the Bible and in prayer.  Working on refocusing my attention away from worldly things.
  • Family Room update – there are lots of ideas swimming around in my head for this room, many of which were re-kindled after seeing this year’s HGTV dream home.  Have you seen it?  Cape Cod beach home at it’s finest!
  • Kids/Guest Bath overhaul – this involves plumbing, tiling, and building. It may actually happen sooner than later, since I think I discovered a leak yesterday…
  • Pressing on with JOY through all the breakdowns.  And, I’m not talking emotional ones.  Although there may be a couple of those too if things don’t stop breaking down – appliances, cars, other house things like leaks.  

Number one for me this year, I am fixing my eyes on Jesus, and pressing on. 

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of god.  -Hebrews 12:1-2 (NASB)

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call in Christ Jesus.  -Philippians 3:14 (NASB)

God doesn’t ask for lofty goals or resolutions, but just calls for us to fix our eyes on Him and press on toward something greater – a deeper walk with Him.  

There will definitely be home things happening this year!!  Once I get my desk and my mind cleared!!  Anyone else out there feel a little scattered after Christmas break??
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Christmas Home Tour 2014

I have loved being welcomed into everyone’s homes this holiday season and seeing all of the wonderful decorations!  Christmas is a wonderful time of year!!  Now, it’s my turn to welcome you into our home and share some Christmas cheer!  

I kept things a bit simple this year.  Only about a third of the decorations actually came out of storage.  And, you know what??  I love it!

We have placed out tree here for the last couple of years and it is really perfect.  I love my slim tree!!

This is our first Christmas with our new kitchen and dining. I was a little worried at first as to how I would work around the orange and turquoise, but I think it looks lovely.

Our second bath (kids and guest) got a little dressing.  πŸ™‚  This room is on the list for a makeover this year.  The red is great for the holidays, but other than that, I’m over it.

I have been writing scripture verses on the mirror for a couple of months now, and my kids love it.  πŸ™‚

The kids’ trees.

This is also the first Christmas with our new and improved master bedroom and bath.  I usually don’t decorate much in here, but I decided hubby and I needed a little Christmas cheer!

The red made a re-appearance for the winter :).

Thanks for stopping by and know you are always welcome here!!  Merry Christmas everyone!!

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