New and Improved Armoire

Hey there friends! If you’ve been around for any time at all, you know that I love the amazing power of paint. The walls in our home are probably at least 1/2 inch thicker than when we moved in, simply from all the layers of paint. Ha! But, walls are not the only thing that can be transformed with paint and a few hours. There are many pieces of furniture in our home that has fallen victim to my paint brush! The latest victim? This piece that used to live in my daughter’s room.

armoire in teen room

I always felt there was too much furniture in her room, but she used it all, so there it stayed. Now that she is away at college 9 months out of the year, there is simply no reason for all of it to stay. So, I decided to relocate the armoire. (and honestly, over labor day weekend – as seen on Instagram – it all came out except for the bed)

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One Room Challenge Bathroom Week 4 – Paint, Paint, and More Paint

Hey there! I’m back for week 4 of our One Room Challenge Bathroom Update! I’m feeling a little calmer this week as we got a ton finished last week!! Woohoo!! From the start until now I realized that it has all been about paint!

Other than the tile and counter and other necessary bathroom fixtures, e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. got a coat or two (or three or four) of paint!

I’m telling you I am happy to be all done with all that! And my painting hand is happy too!

So, the walls (and ceiling)…


Sherwin Williams Sea Salt

Board and batten…


Glidden Duo Antique White (I have used this on almost all the woodwork in our house including the built ins – it looks white but it is not a bright white – just a tiny bit softer.)

And, last but not least, the vanity…


This is a dark navy blue (that apparently looks a little black in photos) that I had mixed at Walmart. I would tell you the color, but the color it was supposed to be, is not the color I got :-/. I made it work for a previous project by lightening it with some paint I already had, but I thought I would use the dark as is for this project and I LOVE it.
Even the hardware got a couple coats of spray paint.

Let’s take a look at the list and see how we’re doing.

scrape popcorn ceiling
prime ceiling and walls
paint ceiling and walls
fix electrical issue with light
frame mirror (started)
install board and batten
caulk and paint board and batten
prime and paint door and trim
paint vanity inside and out
build shelf inside cabinet under sink
build shelves for wall
make shower curtain

shop for accessories and storage (started)

I have to say, the shelves for the wall are stumping me. I am stuck. I can’t seem to land on what kind of shelves, how many, or if any I want. I might be calling on y’all for some advice!!
If you are following along on instagram (@denisegwood), you got a sneak peek at the mirror frame this week, and oh my – what a transformation!

So excited for putting the little pieces together and finishing this room up. How is it possible that October is almost over and the holidays are right around the corner?!?
Make sure you check in with the designers of the ORC and with the other guest participants of the ORC. So much inspiration!!

Need to catch up??

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One Room Challenge Bathroom Week 3 – The Base

Oh. My. Goodness!! How are we already half way through this challenge?? I had a bit of a freak out yesterday as I sat in our bathroom, contemplating what to do next!! But, honestly this is what I love about the ORC. 



I can waste so much time contemplating what order things need to be done in or how I want to do such-in-such, when in reality I just need to do something!


So, here is what we accomplished this week.

Pardon the photo quality please – no natural light at all and the only light that is working is this ugly florescent thing, so the colors may not look the same in all of them, but trust me they are. And I wish I could get a accurate picture of the color, but I did my best! 😉

Walls and ceilings painted – which I am head over heals in love with!!


And the board and batten was installed – also loving!!


I used my new toy that my kiddos got me for Christmas and let me say – game changer. 


This DIY would have taken me twice as long at least if I would have had to hand nail all those boards!
Also, my handy hubby and I made a new shelf under the sink to help with storage since we lost the cabinet above the toilet. We dug through our scrap wood and pieced this together. It’s under the sink – it doesn’t have to be perfect. 🙂


Last week I showed you a pic of my crazy to do list. As I was crossing things off this week (Yay!) I realized that a lot of it was shopping. So, the panic subsided slightly. Ha!!

Here is how the list looks now.

scrape popcorn ceiling
prime ceiling and walls
paint ceiling and walls
fix electrical issue with light
frame mirror
install board and batten
caulk and paint board and batten
prime and paint door and trim
paint vanity inside and out
build shelf inside cabinet under sink
build shelves for wall
make shower curtain
shop for accessories and storage

I might need to hire someone to come clean my house and cook dinner for the next couple of weeks!! Back to work I go! See y’all back here next Thursday for more progress!

Be sure to check out some of the other talented/crazy bloggers that are participating in the ORC, and if you want even more inspiration check out the designers that are working through their own ORC’s

Need to catch up??

Week 1 – Inspiration
Week 2 – A Clean Slate

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Repurposed Kitchen Island

Hey there! We finally have some sun today!! Last week I shared a few things that we were trying out. One of them being a kitchen “island”. Well, that turned out to be a big yes!! So, it got a makeover (of course).
 
kitchen island


If you remember it started like this. 
 
butcher block kitchen island
 
It was in pretty good shape – a screw missing and a few others that needed to be tightened. Oh, and if I didn’t mention – hubby snagged this at a garage sale for $10!! 
 
The only problem we had with it in the kitchen was the towel bar/handle on one end, which I failed to photograph, so you’ll just have to imagine that.
 
I figured – no big deal, I’ll just take that off, Ha! Famous last words right?? Removing that handle, meant taking the top off just to get to the screws.
 
kitchen cart makeover
 
Well, no worries – I was planning on finishing the top by re-staining so it was probably easier to take it off anyway!
 
The top got a good sanding and a few coats of a darker stain. Love!!
refinishing counter
Taking the handle/towel bar off left me with a few holes. I plugged them with pieces of a dowel rod cut to fit. Put a little wood glue on the end, push it into the hole, fill the space, sand and you are ready to paint!
 
kitchen cart update
 
I have to admit, this piece actually got two paint jobs. I started with black and hated it. I was playing it safe and it wasn’t REALLY what I wanted. 
 
kitchen cart painted black
 
So, I grabbed my go-to turquoise that is also on the kitchen door, and finished it out to be who she was intended to be. 
 
turquoise kitchen cart
 
Re-attach the top and…
 
beautiful!
 
butcher block kitchen cart turned kitchen island
 
I have to share that I used a tip from my friend Jennifer that is golden. Spray the finished piece with this spray poly (which I got at Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon).
 
spray polyurethane finish
 
Everything will cure much faster – which is perfect for all of us who are impatient and want to style NOW – and thing won’t stick to the painted surface! Man, I wish I would have heard that a lot sooner. Countless painted pieces with things stuck to them. :-/ 
 
I found the baskets at Marshall’s. They have a great selection and great prices. Even better than some of the craft stores at half price! We love our new island and we use it everyday!
 
I will be back tomorrow to join Linda and lots of other brave bloggers in the One Room Challenge! If you are not familiar with this I would suggest you check out the kick-off today of the 20 bloggers/designers that are participating this year! 
 
So much talent and inspiration! Tomorrow the rest of us will be linking up! 
So, come back tomorrow to see what room I picked and my over-zealous plans!! 🙂 

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