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Home Improvement: Master Bathroom Updates

Before Miles was born, I confess, I used a step-ladder.  It was only three steps high, and I was only 20ish weeks pregnant, but I used it none the less.  Miles turned out fine and I didn’t fall, I was super careful in our super tiny master bath.

Our Master bath, as I think I’ve mentioned before, is crazy small, so small that when we first looked at the house my initial reaction was, “Where’s the shower? There’s no bath tub or shower in the Master bath?!” and then I peeked behind the door to see that the door to the bathroom, when open, hides the shower from view…but it’s that small!

So its taken some time, but I’m almost done finishing up what I started in there before Miles was born.  The crown molding needed the nail holes filled and painted, as did the quarter round.  I wanted a new shower curtain and I couldn’t stand the ugly poly-oak vanity (topped with an equally despised white laminate countertop…ugh…).

Here’s a before to refresh your memory:

Master Bath Before 1

Master Bath Before 2

Stripping the wallpaper!!! Took FOREVER.  We tried DIF, the wallpaper claw, newspaper…finally…a little hand steamer did the trick.

Wallpaper goes bye bye....

After hours of patching, sanding, priming, scraping….and all of those fun DIY things….we finally had a half new bath.  Here’s what we did:

1.) Laid new peel and stick tile.

2.) Installed quarter round

3.) Removed wallpaper

4.) Removed popcorn ceiling

5.) Installed Crown Moulding

6.) Painted walls and trim

7.) Painted vanity

8.) Switched to an Ikea circular Mirror to add new dimension to a boxy room

9.) New Shower Curtain

So here are some shots of the bathroom today:

Crown Moulding

New crown moulding installed and a nice smooth ceiling.

Towel Hooks & Little Ledge Shelf

Love these yard sale finds that add so much personality to the space!

Drop Cloth Shower Curtain

While we considered adding a curtain that popped with color, due to the fact this curtain typically gets hidden by the door, I rather liked how much it blends with the wall color and I’m hoping to use some accessories (to come in the next few weeks) to add pop and personality to the space.

Here’s the bottom of the curtain (tutorial to come!):

Bottom of Shower Curtain

And finally, a look at the vanity with the new hardware and a new coat of paint (which needs a little touch up at the bottom after a bad tape job (oops).

Master Bath Vanity

A deep Espresso Brown – love the added color it brings and can I say that I don’t miss the porcelain knobs one bit!!!

Now I just need to add some finishing touches and I’ll be ready to show you my final results!  But I can’t believe what these simple changes have done to make this such a different space.

Decor 101: My Ballard Design Artwork Knock Off

SO I got my latest issue of Ballard Designs and saw these beautiful paintings

Ballard Designs, Custom Soliloquy Giclee Prints (Photo from Ballard Designs)

…and just so happened to have two blank, waiting to be painted panels just sitting around from some past projects.  So the little artist in me was itching to get out and I decided, what the heck, why not.  I don’t mind saving some money and I could really use some new artwork for the living room above the couches and I just loved these paintings from Ballard.

The end result is definitely different than theirs, but I’m loving how the artwork came out.  They look so much better in person, but I couldn’t get my white balance quite perfect so the pictures look a little yellower than I would like and a lot of he detail got lost.  Oh well.

Ballard Knock Offs

Home Improvement: Off with the Ceiling

Three weeks before my little man Miles made his entrance into the world, his daddy and I got the crazy idea to strip the popcorn ceilings in the living room (which has been falling off for three years!), kitchen, dining room and hallways.  Perhaps not the best project to undertake when you are practically popping at 9 months pregnant…oh well.  SO worth it.  We had put off painting the house because we knew we’d have to take the ceilings down one day, and we knew it would be a mess, so we decided the walls would wait until the ceiling was done.  So you can imagine my bliss when I finally was able to paint those drab walls and make them shine with color. Oh. Happy. Day.  🙂

Here’s some befores:

Before: Ceiling

Before: Taking it down

Our work table as we worked on our massive project.

Plastic Sheeting in Living Room

Almost Done

After: Dining Room

After: Dining Room #2

Peyton Enjoying his sunspot in the the newly painted living room!

so pretty

We’re in love with the results! SO glad we did it!

New Years Resolutions and Project Goals

This past month, while I intended to post frequently during my Maternity Leave, turned out to be quite the uh, lets say “adventure”?  I had my sweet baby boy on November 20th, a dream labor, delivery, everything.  A week later I was back at the hospital hemorrhaging – after that scary stint I was for sure I was done with the whole hospital stay…only to land BACK at the hospital again at the end of December because my appendix called it quits.  So, I’ve been busy recovering, rather constantly, for the past few weeks…but since I am still not allowed to lift over 10 lbs and am supposed to find time to rest frequently, I decided to take a few minutes to finally post something to my dear little neglected blog.

I know everyone is posting about their New Year Resolutions – so I figured I’d share some of mine:

1.) “Bite” My Nail Biting Habit – I have a little boy who will be looking up to me as an example, and this disgusting habit, and embarassing one I might add, is not one I would relish sharing with Miles. So this is a top priority.

2.) Blog at least once a week.  I really would like to post more, but I need to start small and I know I can handle 52 blog posts a year – lets hope that being a new mommy, working part-time, and trying to jump start my etsy shop won’t hinder this too much.

3.) Make my relationship with the Lord the priority it should be.  Since graduating from college I’ve let my relationship with the Lord take the back burner, and clearly this just doesn’t work well, and Matt and I both are going to read through the Bible entirely this year so here’s to a little extra accountability.

4.) Organize and Clean out each room and closet so that it is maintainable.  Hopefully I will post room/closet by room/closet, and show how I’m doing it, and this time next year we can discuss its success or failure?

5.)  Landscape the yard, put in a brick path from the sidwalk to the back yard, add some flower beds around the trees and add a permanent perimeter around the current beds so they are easier to maintain aesthetically.

6.) Build a window seat with storage for the living room window and for the office window, perhaps for Miles room too.

7.) Build two leaning ladder bookcases

8.) Use our receipt system and budget

9.) Make/DIY artwork for above the couches and above the sideboard

10.) Take pictures of Miles every month

11.) Lose 15-20 lbs (depends on how much I weigh now, which I’m too reluctant to find out yet, but I’m pretty sure they will make me at my 6 week OB appointment this week – UGH)

12.) Run at least a half marathon – not sure if I can train for a Marathon this year, maybe next year.

 

Be nice….but don’t have to do:

13.) Build office furniture so Matt and I can both work in the office at the same time

14.) Build  a new bed and fix bedroom armoire

15.) Paint the kitchen cupboards

16.) Install new countertop

17.) Paint and/or replace the fridge

18.) Start a blog about how to “buy” nice presents for next to nothing….any interest and I might try?

 

I think that’s good for now 😉

Here’s to a new year with lots of “little” projects!

More Pics of the Dining Room Table (& Chairs!)

Here are a few more shots of the dining room table and the chairs.  I’m estatic with how it turned out – LOVE it!  It got broken in today with some family guests too!

Full shot...

Closer up....

Again a big thank you to Ana at Knock Off Wood!

Knock Off Wood

Dining Room Table

I’m a huge fan of knockoffwood.blogspot.com….one of my favorite sites to visit.  Last week I went to Home Depot and bought lumber to build my second piece.  This is by far in the running for my favorite piece of furniture – my armoire might win out just because I found it on the side of the road and I was able to make it look brand spanking new…but I love my new dining room table.  I should have posted in progress pics…but due to some mega pregnancy exhaustion…I was well, too lazy to take pictures.  Here’s my new baby:

My NEW Dining Room Table

And here are pics of the chairs we got on Craigslist for, oh, $60…they came with a table, but we asked them to just donate it to Miracle Hill.

Giving the Chairs a coat of Heirloom White

I’ll have some final before and after’s to show you once my house gets cleaned up….if only I had a battery pack of energy!  Hopefully the fact that Matt’s Aunt and Uncle are coming for lunch tomorrow, will serve as motivation…here’s hoping:)

Decor 101: DIY Console Table

A few months ago I stumbled on the website, knockoffwood.blogspot.com.  To my amazement, Ana has been making “plans” of popular furniture….that are easy and available to DIYers like you and me!  For the past few months I’ve been practically drooling over her amazing work and dreaming of where I would put these once unattainable pieces in my house.  I wasn’t sure when I would be able to convince my husband to let me spend money on wood on something that might or might not turn out.  I don’t blame his doubt as I’ve never really worked with wood outside of a few very very simple projects.  Wood can get expensive…and I was relatively wary about doing it myself – surely it couldn’t be THAT easy and I’m impatient which meant the project could end in disaster.  BUT, long story short, Matt and I have been trying to stick to a budget a little more faithfully, and that budget just so happens to give me what we call “blow” money – money we can spend on anything we like.  And yes, you guessed it, some of February’s money went towards the purchase of some wood and a set of drill bits I needed.

So here’s my first wood-working story….

I first chose a plan from Ana’s selection…I needed a console and it said it would be a good beginners project.  I printed off the list of supplies and headed to Home Depot to gather supplies.  That was relatively easy once a Home Depot guy came to my rescue and then helped me cut all the wood (NOTE: if you have them cut your wood, double check accuracy of the cuts, mine were a little off, and I had to do some adjusting once I got home.  I had tools, but I figured they would be more accurate then I would, but that wasn’t the case with all of the cuts.  So just keep that in mind).  When I got home I followed Ana’s detailed plans and slowly started assembling the parts – as you begin to put the pieces together, you have to check for squareness (Ana shows you how to do this here).  Two hours later I had assembled the entire table!

The next step was filling in all the screw holes with putty.  THat took awhile, wood putty does not like more, or rather, likes to stick to me and not the wood.  When the putty dried I took my new sander to it and also began sanding the edges of the wood to give it a more weathered look.  I did have to go back and put more filler in the holes to make sure that it was flat, but I was able to sand that over the next few days until I was satisfied.

The next step was choosing a finish.  I really, REALLY wanted to stain this piece.  I had some left over stain from our transition pieces, but after experimenting with it on the wood, I realized that I was not yet skilled enough to stain the whole piece in a way that would be attractive. So I went to my good ole standby Heirloom white.

The last step was distressing the piece.  Sander and a little stain helped make this look a little more worn.  All in all, I LOVED this project.  Tools aside I think I spent about $45 on wood and screws.  If it hadn’t been for the fact that I had to buy treated 4x4x10 for the legs, it would have come in under $40….including paint!  I’m so happy with how it turned out, and so excited to have this piece in the house.

So What’s next?  Much to Matt’s chagrin (Another LARGE project in the house)….a plan for a Farmhouse table.  Not sure when I will tackle this yet, as we will need chairs still…and I can’t make those…but I CAN’T Wait.  Be sure to check Ana’s site out and see if you find yourself building something to!

Knock Off Wood


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