Bathroom Makeover: Installing Wallpaper {Day 17}

November 20, 2014


If you follow along with me on Instagram, then you may have seen a few sneak peeks of the next phase of the Bathroom Remodel... the WALLPAPER!  Tile is done (well mostly) and after 17 days of cutting, grouting, tiling, I never want to touch another tile again in my life.  Now we know that's not true.  But in all honesty, it was a big job.  Totally doable for any skill level, but just time consuming! As I move forward with this Bathroom Makeover in 30 Days Challenge, the walls are now adorned with pure beautiful. Take a look... Can we say dynamic?!  What do you think?? The … [Read more...]

Bathroom Makeover: DIY Tips & Tricks on How-To Tile + Grout a Bathroom {Day 5-16}

November 12, 2014


It's Day 5-16 for the next phase of this Bathroom Makeover in 30 Days Challenge. The tile is done.  I could not be more happy.  It wasn't difficult, but it took a long time.  Rightfully so since this 5' x 8' space is almost completely covered in tile. Before this I had only tiled small areas - a fireplace surround, a kitchen backsplash, and a bathroom backsplash (and a few floors but that was using luxury vinyl tile). But this was a mega job.  I was nervous and I got overwhelmed at times.  BUT it's complete and it feels so good.  And looks good too.  I'm still no expert, but I surely … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Wood Garland

November 6, 2014


Can you believe it's November?  I'm breaking away from the bathroom for a bit (the remodel has taken over my life) to start thinking about this years seasonal decor. Every year, we enjoy displaying our Christmas favorites, but at the same time we like to introduce new elements & of course, make some fun festive creations (like last years pallet Christmas Countdown).  Even though we typically start the process of unpacking the holiday boxes before Thanksgiving arrives, we certainly don't overlook the beautiful Holiday of giving.  For that tricky time when we're transitioning from one … [Read more...]

Bathroom Makeover: Demo {Day 2-4}

November 3, 2014


It just got real.  No more dreaming or fantasizing about a new bathroom, because it's happening NOW. So it's Day 2 for this Bathroom Makeover in 30 Days Challenge (day 1 was putting together the plan of action and by day 30 my goal is to be finished) and the DEMO HAS BEGUN! Instead of me jumping ahead and sharing what it looks like now (a hot mess with walls missing), let me show you what it looked like before... Yes, the space was fine, but it needed updating.  All the fixtures had seen better days.  The tub was an insert style and very dated, while the shower/tub fittings were … [Read more...]

Bathroom Makeover: Plan of Action {Day 1}

October 29, 2014


I'm at it again...  another project!  And this is a biggie.  I know, I know.... I haven't even waited 0.05 seconds before starting something new, but this project has been in the works for over a year and I'm thrilled that my thoughts + ideas are actually coming to fruition!  So the next big remodel... the hall/kids bathroom. This bathroom got a mini DIY revamp about 3 years ago, but it's been used & abused by two kiddos, so it was time to put my design expertise to work and create a space that would handle the everyday splashes & wear of two busy bees. Of course, I can't start … [Read more...]

China Cabinet Makeover {Reveal}

October 23, 2014


It's done!  What a journey it's been for this china cabinet. Upon finding this diamond-in-the-rough on Craigslist and rescuing it from a dilapidated garage that housed chickens, roosters, and a few other unknown animals (I was afraid to even look around), the once trash-bound cabinet now sits beautifully in my dining room with a vibrant new color & a complete designer makeover... It has been quite the task of getting her to this point, but she's complete! We can't appreciate the 'after' without looking at the 'before'.  Remember what she looked like a few short weeks … [Read more...]

Details + Hardware + Styling {China Cabinet Makeover}

October 15, 2014


Yes, the paint color is unexpected, but adding a few other unique details to the china cabinet makeover has really made it a one-of-a-kind, perfect piece (in my eyes). Last week I finished the most tedious part of the makeover which was painting the cabinet.  It took a few days and lots of patience, but the effort was absolutely worth the result in my book!  Once the cabinet was complete and dry, I started styling the interior.  After living with it for a few days (and sharing a peak on IG), I knew it needed something.  I loved the overall dramatic color, but I did want to pare it down a … [Read more...]

How-To Paint Wood Furniture

October 9, 2014


Decorating my table for Fall was a nice break from painting!  But now it's back to the grind finishing up the last details of the china cabinet makeover - Yippee Skippee! Prep is done. Sanding is complete. >>> [tutorial here] Priming is finished. >>> [tutorial here] Now on to the painting.  This was definitely the longest + most tedious part of the makeover, but absolutely the most important step to focus on.  With all the work that has gone in to prepping this cabinet, or any piece of furniture for that matter, painting it right really makes all the difference in … [Read more...]

Fall Tablescape {Gourds Galore}

October 7, 2014


Howdy folks!  Fall is in full-swing in northern New York and as we've been enjoying the colorful foilage (did you see how we spent our weekend? I posted a peak on IG) , I'm finally feeling the urge to turn the house over for the season.   I still have my hands filled caring for my little 3 month old + transforming my latest Craigslist find, but that hasn't stopped me from adding in a few Fall touches.  My perfect spot for the ideal seasonal setup... the dining table. Alas, this years Fall Tablescape. Filled with gourds, mums, pinecones, and a few of my go-to styling / decor … [Read more...]

Why + How to Prime Wood Furniture

October 1, 2014


It's been a busy few days around my neck of the woods.  With revamping the china cabinet + another BIG project coming down the pipeline (which I can't wait to share details about), I haven't had 5 minutes to sit.  No worries though, I'll sit when I'm old, ha. So my last post was all about the beginning steps of prepping & sanding a piece of wood furniture.  The next step, which is what this post is dedicated to, is priming.  Primer is SO important!  I can not stress enough that primer is a must when painting something. anything.  YOU NEED PRIMER. Why Prime. Whether a room or a … [Read more...]