Two New Pages!!

Hi all! Just popping in quickly today to highlight two new pages in my menu bar.

Long time readers will know that one of them pops up every year around this time- my family’s annual Walk for TISH. Hop on over to read about who Tish is, why we walk, and how to donate. And if you can’t donate- kind words and encouragement are equally appreciated!

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AND, the other new page is a long time coming. A house tour, with project and paint color info for each and every room! I’m slowly working on updating the pictures, so bear (bare?) with me there.. and if you have any comments/feedback just leave them on the tour page! I’d love to hear from you!

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Geometric Walls and Grout Paint

When we first moved into the house, the bathroom looked like this:

dark brown bathroom before

Don’t let the picture fool you- the walls were FAR too dark for the space, the tile was cracked, the floor grout was permanently stained, and there was a curtain where the vanity door should be.

Recently, we replaced the vanity and I painted the tile:

before and after budget bathroom update

But I’ve yet to talk to you about the walls and the floor!

Painting geometric walls was crazy easy.

geometric wall how toThe color there is “Fountain” by Sherwin Williams, which is as close to the “Aqua” Rustoleum spray paint as I could get. I bet lightened 25% it would have been spot on.

Because it’s a bathroom, I used mold and mildew resistant primer on both the walls and the ceiling. Then I rolled on 1 coat of Fountain, paced anxiously as it dried, then randomly Frog Tape-d the walls to look like my inspiration picture. Once done I rolled on two coats of City Nights by Clark + Kensington (Ace Hardware brand paint) and carefully peeled off all the tape.

I freaking love these walls. They are so modern and funky, and because it’s only 1/4 of the wall space it’s not overwhelming.

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Next up- grout paint! This is simple- you get Polyrenew grout paint for like $12 dollars and an old toothbrush and just paint it right on:

grout paint before and afterWipe up the excess as you go with a damp rag, then let it dry for 72 hours. And BAM! New grout color! You can see a much more detailed how to over on Domestic Imperfection’s blog .

So finally, here’s where the bathroom is today:

aqua and navy geometric wall pattern with frog tape

A million times lighter and brighter, and lots of personality!!

Still a bit left to do, like fill the space where the vanity ends and the wall begins, and maybe add a glass shelf above the toilet? I’m not sure about that yet though.

5 Random Thoughts

1. I live in Massachusetts, where winter is… wintery. It’s in the 30*’s today and everyone is all It’s so warm! No jacket! Look at the sun! It’s one of the most hilarious and charming things about living with New England seasons.

I have this very image framed in my bedroom.

I have this very image framed in my bedroom.

2. Matt and I talk a lot about our imaginary house #2. We’re locked into our house for 2.5 more years (due to our loan), and realistically we won’t move for 4-5 years, but I love houses check listings regularly in the price listing I hope we’ll be at. Lots of houses around here have catwalk 2nd floors. I want that.

This is a real house for sale right now in one of the towns that's top of my list. I AM IN LOVE.

This is a real house for sale right now in one of the towns that’s top of my list. I AM IN LOVE. (ahem. but not with the decor)

And because I know my grandmother will ask, it’s this house. And yes, it’s closer to you. And I love it so much I literally gasp at some of the pictures. 

3. And on that note… I fall strangely in love with houses regularly and deeply. Maybe one day I’ll become a real estate agent so I can get my fix more often and in person. If there was a such a thing as “professional house stage-r” that you could hire when you want to sell, and I could be one and pay the bills, I would instantly be one.

4. Every time I walk by my updated guest room I smile. I love the new paint. I love the two little pieces of DIY art. I now have a whole shelving unit that corrals my craft supplies into one spot when it was previously scattered all over the house. There’s so much left to do, but I’m happy about it now anyway.

be it ever so humble

be it ever so humble

5. I’m feeling a little stale about blogging and inspiration in general right now. Rambling Rennovators posted this in January and it really resonated with me. Maybe spring will bring fresh inspiration.

What are your thoughts today?

DIY Headboard Necklace?

One day I’d love to eat at the kitchen table without having to clear all my craft projects off it first. Matt would like that day to be 2.5 years ago… so we’ve decided to convert the guest room into a half guest room/half office space for me. The office part is going to be built into the closet (when the weather is warmer so I can cut and stain wood outside), but the rest of the room really needed a face lift. Here’s where we last left the room:

I painted the room orange when we moved in because I wanted at least one room to be a bright color. This is Cantelope by Behr.

I painted the room orange when we moved in because I wanted at least one room to be a bright color. This is Cantaloupe by Behr.

I actually did love the orange color, but I wanted a more neutral palate to be creative in and I want to sort of even out all the color scheme of the house. I had leftover Partridge Gray from the striped sunroom  so after a coat of primer (2 coats cutting in) and 1.5 coats of Partridge Gray (Better Homes & Garden, color matched to Behr), the room is looking like this:

Still lots to be done, but it's a start

Still lots to be done, but it’s a start

I feel like I can breathe when I walk in there now.

So at this point you’re probably wondering…. what the heck is a head board necklace?

IMG_2921That giant beige thing behind the bed is actually a huge face-in-a-hole cut out made by a friend for our backyard wedding reception (you can see it in action here) covered up with a $10 painting drop cloth. There’s nowhere “away” to store it, so I decided to use it as sort of a headboard in this room- it needs to be easily covered and uncovered (so we can use it!) and work with the room.

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  • I watched this YouTube video to learn how to make a tassel- 4 are yarn and 2 are baker’s twine.
  • Then I braided the yarn and bakers twine into the “necklace”.
  • The wood slice is from Michaels (about $8, but use a 40% off coupon!), and the text was cut out with my silhouette cameo and painstakingly placed on. Once the text was on, I painted it with a clear coat of poly.
  • The drop cloth and necklace are both held on with clear thumb tacks
I like to call this font "Tim Burton Calligraphy" because it's all stringy and scrolly- I had to stretch it around a lot to get it to fit how I wanted it to.

 The original art for the quote  it can be found here, I just adjusted it when I got it into the Silhouette Cameo software.

If you noticed in the reveal picture there was also a map with some text on it. Also with my Silhouette Cameo, I cut out a Stevie Nicks quote to go on the map and hung it on up with tape:

The map is from an old atlas, one day it will get a frame or mount.

The map is from an old atlas, one day it will get a frame or mount.

Still to do:

  • Swap out the chunky white nightstand with some short, slim wooden nightstands (update: done! HERE!)
  • DIY a roman blind?
  • Build my office space! (update: done! HERE!)
  • Update the bedding? It’s really old

A love day post

Happy Valentine’s day, internet friends. Just popping in with a quick note to show my appreciation for you today and every day.

I've never met my best

 

And in case you’re in need of something for your husband/boyfriend/best friend/mailman/intriguing stranger, here’s a copy of the Valentine I shared with my man today:

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And don’t forget, tomorrow is the real love day– HALF OFF CHOCOLATE DAY!

Half Bath Progress

When I last talked about the half bath, it was in rough shape, because the pipe snapped off when we were removing the old vanity. Well, after lots of you tube videos and cuss words, Matt was able to rebuild the pipes (all by himself!):

Matt built all the pipes, I cut the hole out of the side of the vanity

Matt built all the pipes, I cut the hole out of the side of the vanity (because- power tools! woo hoo!)

Installing this vanity was pretty straightforward because we wanted it as flush to the lefthand wall as possible (that’s where the pipe comes out from). We leveled it with wood shims, then drilled it into studs on the back wall. The sink is cemented on with caulk.  The towel is there because we’re just deathly afraid the pipes will drip- but so far so good.

Once this was done, I commenced operation wainscoting. Matt and one of his friends had put up half of it already, last Februarywe work at record speed over here people.

In addition to the wainscoting kit linked in above, I also used the following:

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The bottom moulding went up with long nails, the wainscoting tucked into a ridge in the moulding and went up with liquid nails and regular nails, and the trim went up with regular nails. The punchers were used to bury the nails, then I spackled and sanded over each one (wood filler would have worked as well, but I had spackle already). The miter block cut my corner angles right, and the jigsaw helped trim down the wainscoting (particular on the back where the heater is and on the side where the built in shelves are). This is actually surprisingly easy– I put it off for a year because I was afraid of it, but honestly finishing off the room took just a weekend morning and I should have done it a long time ago.

Even though the kit came pre-primed, it got pretty banged up so I gave it one coat of primer and two coats of paint and here’s where we’re at today:

So fresh, so bright!

So fresh, so bright!

I'm not going to paint the frame or the door because it matches what's going on in the attached room, and it's in really good shape.

I’m not going to paint the frame or the door because it matches what’s going on in the attached room, and it’s in really good shape.

Now that the vanity is in, the mirror and lights are off center (and oh so dated), so they'll be the next thing to go.

Now that the vanity is in, the mirror and lights are off center (and oh so dated), so they’ll be the next thing to go.

I still need to caulk a few seems, replace the mirror and lights, touch up the walls, and then decorate. But it’s definitely coming along!

Questions on anything in this post? Leave it in the comments!

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Master Bedroom Evolution

I thought I’d easeeeee on back into blogging today with a nice picture heavy post about “finding my style” and how that’s led to the slow change in our master bedroom.

When I first saw the house, this is what the now master bedroom looked like:

As much as I love teal, lime green, and glitter letters, I thought maybe we should change it up a bit...

As much as I love teal, lime green, and glitter letters, I thought maybe we should change it up a bit…

So after a bit of getting settled, the room moved into it’s “work what you have” phase:

Not terrible, but we really needed actual curtains and all the decor was from our old apartment and didn't really fit here. Also, having 4 animals and a comforter that didn't fit in the washer was NOT an ideal situation.

Not terrible, but we really needed new curtains, and all the decor was from our old apartment and didn’t really fit here. Also, having 4 animals and a comforter that didn’t fit in the washer was NOT an ideal situation.

Here’s what the master is looking like today, 2.5 years in:

This is quickly becoming one of my favorite rooms in the house.

This is quickly becoming one of my favorite rooms in the house.

It’s not going to be in any magazines, but I freaking love it. And I can honestly say I think this will be the direction my style goes into from now on- a little rustic, a little industrial, a little funky.

Let’s get close up:

Matt's side of the bed

Matt’s side of the bed

Sheepskin: Ikea | Nightstand: Target | Art: Etsy | Beetle: Target

Planter: Bath & Body Works (it’s a candle holder) | Fan: Amazon

My side of the bed

My side of the bed. The art reads: “There is no denying the wild horse in us”

Curtains, Quilt, Nightstand, Chair, Lamp: Target

Throw: Marshalls | Candle: Somewhere in New Mexico | Art: Etsy

Bureau vignettes (if you can even call them that)

Bureau vignettes (if you can even call them that)

Skull: Styrofoam Halloween decor, painted gold | Tray: Target | Fox: Marshall’s

Swing Shelf

Swing Shelf

Swing Shelf: DIY from a friend | Art: Etsy | Muskrat skull: Ebay

Scented Thing-a-ma-bob: Amazon

So, basically most of my stuff came from Target- but MAN, Target is killin it in the home decor lately!! There’s one more wall I haven’t shown, but I’m still working on it. I’d actually like to build a piece of furniture for that wall, but I need to wait until there isn’t two feet of snow outside so I can stain in a ventilated area.

I’ve really learned, after decorating this whole house, that I need to appreciate wood. That I don’t care if I have multiple tones of it in the same room. And I really want to work on a gathered, eclectic look. I’m feeling super inspired by White Buffalo Styling Company and want to move more in that direction. That being said, I’m not going to go nuts redoing everything I’ve already put together in my more modern/trendy rooms… but when we move to  house #2 down the line, I at least have my starting point.

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DIY’s shown in this post: How to turn a shirt into a runner | Hanging the Swing Shelf Staining a Swing Shelf