Friday, June 13, 2014

Master Bathroom Makeover

When we first moved into our home, 
we knew we would be doing some work on the master bathroom.

The walls were painted a strange pink-periwinkle color that neither of us liked.
There was exposed piping beside the toilet from a bidet that had previously occupied the space.

I had tried various things to cover up the piping, 
but we really just needed a complete bathroom makeover.  

Are you ready for some before and after photos?

Gotta love this tile back splash, right?

I began by removing and staining all the cabinets and the trim. 
Then, while those dried I painted the walls a creamy ivory.
It was a lot of work, but SO worth it.

As far as color scheme goes, I went completely neutral. 
I wanted to give us some wiggle room in the future 
when we replace the toilet, sink and counter top.

Adding handles to the cupboards made a huge difference.
Hobby Lobby has so much to choose from, it took me a few weeks before I could even decide.

I was really nervous about painting the tile around the sink area, 
but I am in love with the way it turned out.
I couldn't be more pleased.

Since everything was so neutral, 
I built a little planter to fit in the windowsill for a pop of color.

A basket of good reading beside the toilet. :)

I am a candle fanatic.  
I know my mother is laughing as she reads this.
When I was a teenager, 
my bedroom looked like a shrine there were so many candles everywhere. :)
So I had to include just a cluster of candles in our bathroom.

So there you have it. 

I will write another post in the near future with details about how I built the table next to the toilet, and how I painted the counter top.

I hope you all have a wonderful day.

Friday, May 23, 2014

DIY Wooden Welcome Sign

I have been hoping for a while now that I would find something really cute and inexpensive to replace the battered wreath that has been hanging on our front door for far too long.
Yesterday as I was rummaging through my crafting closet I found this stencil and was instantly inspired.  In the garage, I found a scrap piece of 1x6 that was exactly what I wanted.
I cut the board to be just a little longer than the stencil and painted it white.

 After the paint had dried I taped the stencil down and very carefully painted over it.

 I measured, marked, and drilled two holes in each end of the board 
and then strung twine through them, 
making sure that the twine was the right length so that it would hang at eye level.

I am so pleased with end result!

This project only took me about thirty minutes and cost me nothing.
I used scrap wood, paint and twine from previous projects.

May your day be blessed!

Goodwill Treasure Revamp

When our tiny Goodwill opened Saturday morning, I was waiting in the parking lot. 
I was in the mood to do some hunting to find a few treasures.
I was looking specifically for an end table to go in our living room.
I found this black one, it was just was I was hoping to find. 
It was sold as a set with the black card table you can see in the picture below. 
I didn't really need the extra table, but I thought I could find somewhere to stick it. 
The set was priced at $25.00. Such a steal!
Of course I couldn't pass up the deal, so I bought them both, along with this Americana looking basket and little magazine holder.
My total was $30.00!

And I painted all three of them white.
I really couldn't help myself!!!!

My wonderful husband is sometimes worried that he will come home to a house in which every piece of furniture is painted varying shades of white, and at this rate, it might be a realistic fear.

I am very pleased with the way they turned out.  
That card table turned out to be just what I needed.

 I am so happy, here in my white painted world. :D

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Ana White Step Stool

Cooking dinner was sometimes like a workout for me, 
depending on how many times I had to hop up on the counter top in order to reach something. :)
So before he left on this deployment, we built this step stool together.

I scoured Pinterest to find the perfect stool and fell in love with these plans from Ana White.

For the most part we followed her instructions, though we did use a 2x6 for the top step and a 2x4 for the front support beneath the bottom step, this was just to make it extra sturdy.
We weren't using pocket screws like Ana did, so when it came time to assemble everything, we just went with what worked for us.

Scott did such a good job building this little step stool.
It is perfectly level and doesn't totter a bit.
And we had so much fun working on it together.

I ended up painting it white because... well, I paint everything white. :)

I am in love with this stool.  It makes my life so much easier, and it is SO cute!
I love that it is light enough to move around the kitchen easily, 
but heavy enough to be really sturdy.

I'm contemplating painting a fun stencil over the white, 
or maybe just painting our name across the top step.
What do you think?

I hope y'all have a lovely day!
Blessings, Anna

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

DIY Pottery Barn Flag Knockoff

DIY Pottery Barn Flag Knockoff

When I saw this pottery barn wooden american flag, I fell in love.
So naturally, I decided to build one myself.  
I already had white and blue paint from other projects, so I just needed red.
I went to Hobby Lobby and picked out some red acrylic paint. 
While I was there, I also grabbed some star stickers, we'll get to those in a minute.

We had some 1x2s in the garage, so I used those first, and then I bought a few additional ones.
I used my husband's new mitre saw to cut the 1x2s to the length I wanted.
 (I'm loving that new saw!)
I needed 13 boards at 42" so I was able to get two peices out of each 1x2.

The next thing I did was lay all the boards out together and 
determine how I wanted everything to look.

I taped off the square for the stars and painted it white, 
then I painted the rest off the boards red and white.

DIY Pottery Barn Flag Knockoff

Here is where the star stickers come in.

DIY Pottery Barn Flag Knockoff

I arranged the stickers to my satisfaction.
I had to rearrange them a few times before they all lined up the way I wanted.

DIY Pottery Barn Flag Knockoff

I went back over the stickers and made sure they were all stuck down properly.
Then I painted the whole square blue.
Once the paint was mostly dry, I pulled up the stickers.
You can see that they didn't turn out perfectly.
I didn't really mind, since I was planning on sanding it down and distressing it afterward. 

DIY Pottery Barn Flag Knockoff

I let the paint dry overnight before I fastened everything together.
I cut three more pieces of 1x2 to 20", the height of the flag.
These are going to hold the whole thing together.

I turned all the boards paint side down and lined them up, 
then I used liquid nails wood glue to glue the three 20" boards to the back of the flag.

DIY Pottery Barn Flag Knockoff

Once everything was the way I wanted it to be, 
I got out our air compressor and nail gun.

DIY Pottery Barn Flag Knockoff

I really just went to town with the nail gun, as you can see in this picture below.

DIY Pottery Barn Flag Knockoff

I attached picture hanging hardware to the back and hung it in our living room.

DIY Pottery Barn Flag Knockoff

Here is the finished project!
Happy DIYing everyone!


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