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. 😉


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.

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

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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.

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

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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 🙂

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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! 🙂 

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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Patio Reveal!!

I am finally ready to reveal our patio and call it complete!! This has definitely been a process that has taken way longer than I would like. It’s finally done and it’s 100+ degrees outside, but hey, fall will be here soon and we will again be able to sit outside without melting. It all started here with some dreaming. Some things came to be and others not so much. The yard still needs some help in the landscaping department – all in good time.

So, no more waiting, no more teasing – here it is!!
Lots of pictures coming your way!!

At day…

Organizing the pool stuff happened last summer and is still working great! 

At dusk…

At night…


The poles for the lights are not straight, I know. It bugged me for a couple of days, and then, not so much. I’m thinking a fire-pit in front of the sectional might round out that seating area this fall. I cannot even begin to describe how happy the lights make me!!  Really how happy it all makes me. If you remember from this previous post, this corner was currently unused and now with the new and improved sectional it is used daily (and nightly with the addition of the lights). So happy to have a space where our family can gather to enjoy God’s beautiful creation.

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Stenciled Entryway

If you follow me on instagram you got a sneak peek at the beginning of this project.  I’ve never stenciled a wall before so this was definitely an adventure!!  But, man oh man do I LOVE the outcome.

Here is the before of the area.  

I painted it when I painted the family room, and in the same color. 


I love the lightness and brightness and it goes well with our ‘mudroom’ wall. But, it was a little bland. 


These walls were wallpapered when we moved in and I think they must have been from the beginning because these walls have no texture. 
I’ve tried my hand at texturing before and I was not that great at it, so I’ve never tackled this space.  


When I was thinking of ideas to spice it up, the image of Pam’s entry kept popping into my mind. 

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I love the bold statement her entry makes!! I toyed with lots of ideas (including some more bold graphic looks), but it came down this softer look.  


About 1/4 of the way through the first wall I knew without a doubt I had made the right choice. Don’t you love it when that happens??

I used this large stencil from Hobby Lobby and a small foam roller for most of the job. 



I also used a foam brush for corners, or next to wall and trim. (I would recommend that if you are stenciling a wall for the first time to start with a flat wall with no windows, or doors.)

I mixed my own paint by using the wall paint and adding a sample pot of a darker color I had tested for the walls, and a bottle of shimmer glaze I bought at Hobby Lobby. The shimmer is extremely faint. Like, you can’t see it unless you are right on top of it, but that’s okay.  🙂
One more after shot.

Just enough spice to say “welcome, come on in!” Now, I’m working on the entry outside to make it look as good! If it would stop raining I might get to finish! 🙂

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Spring Mantel

I know, I know, I just did a post about my mantel decor.  🙂 But, ya know that was for Easter and Easter’s over so I needed something fresh that would last for a while.



When I decorate my mantel I really do challenge myself to use things I have.  I move things around.  Steal things from other places in the house and make things new.  


Everything else I pulled out of my stash or borrowed from elsewhere.  You can find my burlap wreath tutorial here.  


It just got some new bows.  🙂  The trough my hubby made for me at Thanksgiving – I just filled it with a garland that actually used to hang on my front door. I made a small purchase of a couple of ivy plants to bring some fresh green and life to the mantel.


I love the simplicity of it and the pop of color.  


I finished up a few pillows for the family room this weekend, and I’m waiting on a fabric order to arrive to put the final touch on the room for a while at least.  I think I’m ready to move to the backyard.  I have been scheming ideas in my head for that space!  🙂

As always thanks for stopping by!  

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