Month: November 2015

Operation Beautify: The Master Bathroom Vanity

If you have been following along with my blog for a while, you know that when we bought this house it was pretty much a “50 shades of wood” situation.  I’ve spent the past two years painting and updating lots of surfaces in our home- trim, kitchen cabinets, walls.  Although the end is not quite in sight yet, we are definitely making progress! Our master bathroom was one area that I had no idea how to tackle.  Here’s the situation; it’s a DREAM bathroom.  It’s huge and has every feature that I could ever imagine wanting.  I actually often feel spoiled in here, and then feel guilty about not loving the cosmetic features in the room.  The best way I know how to put it…this is the ultimate “1980’s custom designed” nightmare style.  I basically thought the countertops (which are granite) were the ugliest things on the planet, and the floors just aren’t my style (I feel like they always look dirty). I knew that there wasn’t money in any budget to redo this bathroom…or even …

Pantry Door Redo: Staining Made Easy with Java Gel Stain

Let’s take a little walk down memory lane, shall we? When Brandon and I bought our current house in 2013, this is what the kitchen looked like:  Brown, anyone?!  Although very pretty, it just wasn’t my style.  I longed for clean, white, bright spaces in my home…and none of that was happening here.  However, I saw the potential in the space…and ran with it. You can read all about the biggest part of my kitchen overhaul (painting the cabinets) here.  Once the walls and cabinets were painted, this room felt much more like “me”.  But, something was still not quite right.  The pantry door (as all the doors in this home) was SOLID wood.  As much as I knew the color of the door wasn’t right, I couldn’t bring myself to paint these doors.  I just couldn’t.  (And this was coming from the girl who will paint just about anything.)  I left them alone for over a year, but each time I looked at my pretty kitchen, the pantry taunted me with a “this room …

Take a Seat: Playroom Ottoman

This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions are completely my own. It’s that time again…I once again had the opportunity to participate in the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest for the month of November.  This month, the theme was “Take a Seat” and the sponsor was none other than Minted.  Have you ever checked out the products available on Minted?  Oh my.  Beautiful. Although I knew Minted mostly for their artistic prints and stationary, they also have an entire home collection, including fabric.  For this project, Minted graciously supplied each participant with 5 yards of fabric of our choice.  I spent the better part of a week swooning over the hundreds of gorgeous patterns available (many of which have entire color palettes to chose from!).  I narrowed them down to these 9 options, and I really wanted each and every one of them… I think my saving grace in decision making was that I really, really wanted to tackle a piece for our newly reconfigured playroom (this past month we moved my office downstairs to …

Thank You: Recap of My First 4 Months of Blogging

Thank you, thank you, thank you! When I started this little blogging adventure in July, I wasn’t really sure what to expect.  I loved sharing my DIY adventures on social media, and the idea of pairing those projects with my equal loves of photography and writing just made sense.  I didn’t know if I would be any good, I didn’t know if anyone would read, and I surely didn’t know how to build a website!  But, I felt the stirring of a dream in my heart, and I knew I was meant to pursue this journey into the world of blogging.  With the help of a supportive husband, a sister who believes in me before I do myself, parents who will always lend a helping hand, and of course Google…it’s been an amazing ride over the course of the past 4 months. Over the past few months I’ve taught myself (basic) code, I’ve learned how to make widgets (how fun is that word?!), I’ve joined blogging networks, and even entered my first furniture flipping contest.  …

Nightstand Fix: Master Bedroom Progress

I was off and running with our master bedroom makeover (read about the first steps here or here or here).  Then, I got distracted by a couple of really big furniture projects- the updated hutch and that cute little vanity. I’m happy to report, I got to check another item off my Master Bedroom to do list this weekend.  When we bought our bedroom set, we only purchased one nightstand (note to self- ALWAYS buy them in a set when given the chance!)  I always kept the nightstand on my side, but when I repainted it Brandon mentioned that he needed one.  Since I have way more storage than him already, I gave it to him. While I hemmed and hawed around trying to decide what I wanted as a nightstand, I had a lovely collection next to the side of my bed- a lamp on the floor, my phone cord always just out of arm’s reach, and my glasses. Yes, my glasses were placed on the floor each night, and each night I added …

Sausage Alfredo Pasta

Warning:  I make and share lots of healthy recipes (including those fit for the Whole 30…read about those here or here); this is NOT one of them!  I made this recipe up a couple of months ago, and it has become a family favorite.  I like that it’s a quick and easy dinner, tastes super yummy, and my kiddos love it. Last night, as my firefighter husband was working his 24 hour shift, this was our go-to dinner.  Sometimes, after teaching high school all day and coming home to be a solo parent, getting a decent dinner on the table for the kids and I is a struggle. I can hardly even call this a recipe…it’s more of a dump a few things together sort of deal…perfect for a busy weeknight.  This recipe happened on accident over the summer.  We had been outside all afternoon and my plan had been to make stuffed shells for dinner, but by the time I came inside and remembered the prep time for the shells I knew it would …

Magazine Holder Table Redo

I was asked to update this magazine holder table for a family friend, and finally tackled this project this weekend.  Before we go on, you have to look at the before pictures… I’m always amazed at the DIFFERENCE a coat of paint can make.  Really. While it looked like it would be a simple redo and was a small piece, this one was pretty tricky!  It had lots of difficult angles and those decorative accents on the sides- thought they might be the death of me at one point!!  I did use my Homeright Paint Sprayer for the first coat of primer, but found that on this particular piece the hard to reach areas were easier to attack with a brush. I used Zinsser 1-2-3 Primer (2 coats-one sprayed and one brushed on) after sanding well with my electric sander.  I have found that giving furniture a quick sand in between each coat gives a much smoother finish in the end. I like to use a finer grit sanding block for this part of the process. …