Bathroom Makeover – One Room Challenge Reveal

It’s done! It’s wonderful! And I LOVE it!!
Lots of painting happened in this room, lots of DIY’s, and lots of bargain shopping. I shared with you my budget last week and in the end I came in just over $300!! I love being able to get the look I want for less!

If you need a little reminder, here is the before



And here was my inspiration board



I am so excited to share the finished product, so I’m going to let the pictures do most of the talking!! There’s a lot, but I know that’s what you want, so here ya go!!

I made the shower curtain out of a dropcloth, some leftover denim chambray from my son’s room makeover, and ribbon for a little extra somethin’.

The mirror frame was a DIY – just inexpensive white wood stained in dark walnut. The new light fixture is from IKEA.

The galvanized metal accessories give a little bit of a rustic feel along with the wood. The planter bucket is from Hobby Lobby and the other container is from a local boutique.

The floating shelves are made with IKEA shelf brackets and again inexpensive stained white wood.

The vanity got new life with some leftover navy blue paint from my paint stash, and some spray paint for the pulls.

I love the spa, rustic coastal feel, and it just might be my new favorite room instead of my least favorite! Yay for the One Room Challenge!!
Please make sure you check out all the designer reveals, and all my fellow guest participants who have been sweating this deadline with me!

Now I need to start thinking about the holidays! Ack! But, at least I now have a nice bathroom for my guests when they stop by!!


Thanks so much for following this journey with me! If you need to catch up:


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Fridays Unfolded Link Party {#139}

Hello there everyone!  We’re back!!  Again, I hope everyone had a wonderful time with family over the past couple of weeks!  My kids went back to school this week and I am eager to get back into the routine of things.  So, let’s get back to the party shall we?


My Christmas decor came down a little sooner this year than it usually does.  I was craving the space back and the peace of it all.  Honestly my house has a lot of empty space that it looks a little strange right now. 

Do you take time at the close of a year to look back and see all that the year brought you?  We do, and it’s one of my favorite things!  Looking back and recounting God’s blessings is a really great thing!!  

In like style I shared with you some of the most popular posts from last year on the blog! There were a lot of changes around our home last year! It was nice to mark some things of my list of to-dos.  πŸ™‚


I also shared where I am headed for the new year. After all the Christmas decor was gone, the festivities and lazy days were over, and the kids went back to school, I was left with a brain of mush that needed a little direction.  Hopefully my plans will help me get there!!  πŸ™‚


You guys shared some wonderful stuff as usual. Some of my favorites are Christmas related – since the party started before Christmas, but hey – pin and save for next year right??

Kristi from Making It In The Mountains shared this adorable project.
A pallet-wood Christmas tree for displaying Christmas cards.  I love displaying Christmas cards – especially since most of them are pics of family and friends we don’t see often.

Shelley from Calypso In The Country shared this super cute tablescape complete with gingham and chalkboard – two of my favorite things!!
I love the idea of homemade salad dressing and Jami from An Oregon Cottage shows how to package them up in these adorable mason jars!
And this sweet story from Jemma touched my heart and reminded how good it is to take a moment with your kiddos (or your nieces and nephews, or your grandkids), and be creative with them!
If you were featured here be sure to grab a button for your blog!

Make sure you check out the other hostesses to see what they picked.  Also make sure you check out our pinterest boards.  One board for features and one board for other things that may have caught our eye.



As always, thanks for sharing here with us!! Cannot wait to see what you have for us in 2015!!

Remember the rules πŸ™‚
  • Follow ALL of our hostesses in some way: NancherrowFrazzled JOYMore Than MommiesSew A Fine Seamand Skipping Sideways
  • Link up as many posts as you like – recipes, decorating, faith, kids, homeschooling, humor, giveaways…whatever unfolded for you lately.
  • Grab the code and post the party button or linked text somewhere on your blog.
  • Visit a few links (it’s a party, people!).
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  • By joining Fridays Unfolded you are giving us permission to post a linked photo from your shared post.


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Thanksgiving Table Two Ways

Last Thursday we had a wonderfully fun ladies dinner at our church!  To get everyone in the spirit of the holidays, several (as in around 50) ladies volunteered to host a table. The job of the hostess is to decorate the table – from linens, to centerpiece, all the way down to flatware.  We do this at least once a year usually in the spring, but on occasion we get to do it twice!!!  It’s so much fun to see everyone’s talent and interpretation of the season.  πŸ™‚
Since we are hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our house this year, I decided to go with a fall theme for my table – knowing I could carry over some of those decorations for our dinner.  Here is what my table looked like that night.


Since the table are round and seat eight I decided to use four gingham runners, so each place setting had that black and white background. The black and white check that Lindsay used here was my first inspiration and these napkins I spotted at Williams Sonoma


were my inspiration for the plum accents.  I love plum for fall!!

I brought everything home and decided to play with what things would look like on my table. Since my table is black I first needed to lighten the background.  I have searched for an inexpensive square tablecloth for years.  They don’t exist.  This year I had an epiphany! Canvas drop cloth = tablecloth.  Perfect neutral color, good size (cut-down to a square) and perfect price!!  {just make sure you don’t get one that is too heavy because it will be very stiff – mine is 7oz and a good weight}

I decided to keep it a little simpler at our house and only use two runners.  Most likely there will be an additional table that will get the other runners.


The place settings are very simple – gold charger + dollar tree white plate.  Plum napkins that I made myself with gold top stitching, small grapevine for napkin rings, and DIY gold-tipped feathers.


Then I decided to play around with some other pumpkins that didn’t make the initial table cut.  


Don’t forget to try using different things to vary the height of your items.  A candle stick and a cake plate do the trick here. πŸ™‚



I’m still not sure exactly what will show up on our actual table, but it really helped to try things out.  Visual, visual, visual.  I can’t help myself!!

We are gearing up for some cold weather here in the next couple of days.  How about you??  I know some parts of the country has already seen snow – not ready for that at all!!

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Refinished Furniture Take One

Hello there stranger!  Miss me?  Ya well I missed you!!  We have been busy around here with kiddo stuff, and I have been project working in between as much as I can attempting to finish up my long list for the kids rooms.  

In the midst of moving and swapping furniture out to make sure everyone had what they needed/wanted, I was faced with doing some furniture re-finishing.  Normally I would have slapped some paint on it and called it good.  But, of course my little one wanted brown – to go with his nature theme – of course.  I know I could’ve still slapped some paint on it, but I have an aversion with painting wood brown.  You see, in our first home, the previous owners had so kindly painted ALL the wood in the house chocolate brown….

So, I decided to try my hand at stripping and re-finishing a couple of pieces.  One was a headboard and foot board that we had stored in the attic.  It was my daughter’s last and I had painted it to look like this.


Cute, but not really the little guy’s style.  So, on the recommendation of many bloggers, I thought I would try this.


It worked very well, and there was no bad odor!! Fabulous!!  Little man even got in on the fun! I call that sweat equity!


Being this was my first time, and I had zero idea what I was doing, I think it turned out pretty well.


I love the rustic, imperfect look that we achieved. (Even if it was accidental.)  

The other piece that I tackled was a piece that I picked up for a steal of $10 at a garage sale.  We knew it was worth more than that when we hoisted it into the back of our truck (it was heavy).  


And of course, in non-blogger style, I took to it with the stripper before I got a before shot. πŸ™ But, you can see in these pics a bit of the lovely baby blue color they had painted it.  


This piece was amazing!!  I don’t know what kind of wood this is but, it finished beautifully.


Each piece got a coat of stain and a coat of polyurethane.  You can see in the photo below from left to right – before, stain on, stain wiped off.


After finishing the second piece I realized that there were spots on the headboard where we scratched it up when we were scraping the paint off, and there were places where I don’t think I got ALL of the original stain and poly off. But, you know what they say about hindsight, and like I said, I like the rustic finish!!

Have you ever re-finished a piece of furniture? Would you do it again?  I would!  It was not near as hard I thought it might be.  Time and patience is all that it needed!!

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It’s Friday!

Just popping in today to say hello!!  I am super excited to be over at Remodelaholic today sharing with all their lovely readers our Rustic Kitchen Island Update!!  


Come on over and look around!  There are lots of other awesome projects there done with reclaimed wood!

If you are visiting from Remodelaholic – Welcome!!  Happy to have you!!  Stay a while and visit πŸ™‚  

Have a blessed weekend friends!!

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