• Home Decor

    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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  • Home Decor

    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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  • DIY

    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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  • DIY

    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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  • DIY

    Rustic Kitchen Island

    When I ‘finished’ my kitchen update a few months ago. There were still a couple of projects that I was holding onto in the back of my mind. But, after all the time I had spent on that one project, I just needed to let it rest for a while – you know like you do with a good steak.  

    So, after a good rest I decided to move forward with something I had been dreaming about for a while and this is what came out of a little bit of work.


    My inspiration came from a Sarah Richardson kitchen I think I pinned photos of the island in her kitchen several times – they just kept popping up!!  I love everything she does!  So, when I saw this kitchen island with the rustic wood, I was instantly crushing!!  I don’t have as grand of an island as this, in face it’s not even technically an island, but more of a bar.  But, I knew that this would be doable.  Here’s the before:


    Maybe you can see the set-in space there – that piece of ‘wood’ is actually cheap paneling.

    So, I gathered together some old fence pickets from a friend, that had the exact rustic look I was going for and went to work (be prepared for LOTS of pics :)).

    First up was sanding all the pieces, top bottom, and edges, to prevent as many splinters as possible.  


    The next step came from my friend Jennifer’s wisdom – paint the background a similar color as the planks – because they are not going to match up perfectly (it’s old wood), and this way the spaces won’t be as noticeable.


    I also had to build a frame on the end since that surface was completely flat.  I just used 1″ x 1/2″ boards that I had on hand to do that.


    Then we went to work cutting our pieces.  


    This took longer than anything because I really had no idea what I was doing.  Ha!!!  I knew the look I was going for obviously, so I started in the corner with a triangle and went from there. (sorry for the poor photos, but I was working feverishly one evening wanting to get this done!)


    When we got all the pieces cut it was time to attach them.  I went with my go-to adhesive for things like this – liquid nails.


    And, once again, I used good ‘ole painters tape to hold everything in place until the glue dried.  For the most part the pieces were pretty wedged into the frame, but this just made me feel better.


    As I was working along to this point I noticed that the fence pickets boards were a little thicker than my frames.


    So, I decided to use some trim to make it look a little more cohesive and finished.

    I picked out my trim and I painted it with the cabinet color and then attached it with more liquid nails.  And, of course, more painters tape to hold everything.


    And here is my finished product.


    I’m so in love with the results!!  It’s not perfect by any means, but that’s the rustic beauty of it.  Just the touch the room needed!!

    Here’s the before again just to see the difference.


    The blessing of this project is that it really only cost me around $30 – the cost of the trim and the liquid nails.  Everything else I had or got for free!! Can’t beat that for a little rustic flare!!

    Hope you are enjoying your summer!!  Off to find my next project :)!

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