Friday, March 29, 2013

Feeling Pinspired & Link Up

Happy Friday, Friends!

I am going to start sharing my favorites from the blogosphere/pinterest every Friday, and have a link party as well, so that you can share more about what you've been doing, as well!  I love to "meet" new blog friends, and am so inspired by everyone in this community! So, without further ado, here are my faves from the past week!

P.S. Be sure to link back to this site when you link up!!

I have been craving new jewelry, and I love these teardrop earrings from Young and Crafty
If you read blogs, you've read Young House Love...but I just can't get over how amazing their fireplace makeover is!
With Easter (literally!) right around the corner, this DIY ruffle Easter basket from Crazy Little Projects is just about the cutest thing I've seen for a little girl.
How simple and beautiful is this tray?  Best of all, this DIY from Just a Girl was only $3!
This DIY tablet holder for the kitchen, by Mamie Jane's is amazing!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

framing a mirror & updating a light fixture

If you've been following the last week or so, I have been sharing the updates to our half bath.  We started with the vanity makeover and updating the floor, then we painted the trim and door white, and added beadboard.
The last piece before accessorizing is updating the mirror and light fixture.  We started off with this big builder mirror, and knew that we would need to downsize to make the beadboard and trim work, and look nice.
I was at the Restore, and saw this big mirror for about $15.  I didn't especially love the frame for our bathroom, but knew that I could pull the actual mirror out of this and then frame it right on the wall.  Plus, I wouldn't be able to get just the mirror at any other store for less than $15!
Then, we removed the old mirror which was just held up by clips and not glue (thank goodness)!
 The bottom clips were still in a good spot, so we just moved the top clips in a little bit, and put this mirror up in place.  This took us just about 5 minutes.
I also picked up some 1" x 3" x 6' MDF boards from Home Depot for the new frame.  The best part was these boards were on clearance for only $1 each! I used a miter box and made my 45 degree cuts and then glued my frame together.  I taped it together while everything dried and let it sit for about 18 hours.
 Like so many other mirror framing tutorials, I cut out space where my clips were so that they would not been seen when I hung my frame.
 Then, making sure (and double checking!!) that everything was level and centered, I glued my frame to the mirror using this Loctite adhesive, made especially for mirrors.
 I let that dry overnight, and woke up to this beauty! I caulked all the gaps and did a coat of white paint to finish it up.
You also see the old light fixture here, which I didn't care for.  Not terrible, but certainly not my taste.  On one of our other Home Depot trips, we spotted this fixture for just $25!!

The first step was the most important: Turn off the electrical to the bathroom!  Then, I removed the old fixture, and touched up the paint where this old fixture was.
 After the paint was dry, I installed the new fixture.  This was the first light fixture I had ever installed by myself, and it was really very simple. The directions in the booklet were easy to follow.  
Voila!  Coming up very soon will be the full reveal with accessories and art!

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Monday, March 25, 2013

spring/easter mantel

Even though it's technically spring here, I'm looking out the window at a ton of snow. Why couldn't we have gotten all of this when it was actually winter?  Oh well, we need the moisture, so I will take what I can get! But, with Easter coming up this weekend, I got my act together this weekend, and decorated the mantel for spring.
The best part about this new, fresh mantel decor is that I spent less than $6 on new things, and had everything else!  My purchases include this little nest that I picked up from the Target One spot for $3.
Then, on the other side, I picked up this cute little bunny from King Soopers for $2.59! Who knew you could get cute holiday decorations at the grocery store!?
This is also the bird house's debut on the blog.  I picked it up at Michaels last year, but never ended up using it until now.  
Overall, it's really simple, but just bright and wonderful for Spring.
Have you been decorating for Spring/Easter?  Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to check it out!!

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Friday, March 22, 2013

feeling pinspired

Happy Friday! I don't know about you guys, but I feel like pinterest has been on a roll this past week!  So much so, that I wanted to share some of my favorite finds. 

P.S. You can check out all of my pins, by following my boards on Pinterest.

How amazing is this? From the color of the table, tons of tulips, and the baskets..oh, those baskets!!
I absolutely love and want to recreate this amazing Easter chalkboard; this is one of my favorite hymns.
After seeing this picture, I really wish I had done this at our wedding last year!
Check out the contrast between the light aqua/turquoise walls and the bold chevron pillows. Guest room inspiration, in this house.
And last, but certainly not least, I found this adorable pin.  In honor of two of our wonderful friends who have just announced that they are having twins, who are going to be the most amazing parents!
I hope you feel just as inspired as I am! We're looking forward to a weekend of work and relaxation.  Finishing up the bathroom, doing some yard work in preparation for spring, and just spending time together. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

beadboard in the bathroom

First off, let me start by giving a huge shoutout to Allison over at House of Hepworths.  She posted about installing beadboard in her kid's bathroom a few weeks ago, and it was such a huge help, and gave me the confidence to do this install.  I followed almost everything she did, with just a few changes because our bathroom is smaller and doesn't have a tub or shower.

I have been dreaming of installing some moulding in this house ever since we moved in, but with our walls textured like crazy, it's much more of an undertaking than a house that has nice, smooth walls.  So, we picked the smallest room in the house to add some character with traditional 2" beadboard. 

Above the beadboard, we painted the walls "Mariner", which is a Martha Stewart color from Home Depot.  And, since this room is so small, we just purchased (3) of the sample sizes for about $10 total. Then, after updating the vanity and floor in this room, I removed the backsplash.  This tile wasn't particularly offensive, it was just blah and we decided just having the beadboard would look best.
I first cut the caulk with a utility knife to allow the tiles to be removed easily.
Taking these tiles off only took about 10 minutes with a hammer and screwdriver, and went pretty well except a few spots where the drywall came up a bit.
These were a quick fix with some spackle, and the remaining caulk was easily scraped off with the head of a screwdriver and some goo gone.
After painting the baseboards white, I nailed them back in place, and then started on the beadboard.  You can get 4' x 8' sheets at Home Depot or Lowe's for around $20 each.  We picked up two boards and had them cut these boards in half, giving us (4) 4' x 4' boards. 

The first two boards were easy because they didn't require any cuts.  And, the width of these sheets is the same as the width of our original baseboard, so I didn't have to replace those!  I am cheap and don't have a nail gun, so I simply installed these by hammering nails straight into the studs.
When we got to the pieces that needed to be cut, we took very careful measurements and then marked our boards (measure twice, cut once!!).
We don't have a workbench in the garage yet (Coming Soon, though!!), so we made all these cuts with a jigsaw in the kitchen, by clamping the board to the island.  I had never used a jigsaw before, so Matt spent his evenings making sure I didn't cut off a finger while I made the cuts.
A big thanks to my parents for giving Matthew two sets of these clamps for Christmas! He hadn't asked for them, but we have used them a ton.  I LOVE gifts that you don't know how much you need, and will love! 
Here's the piece that goes behind the toilet.
And here it is, installed.  At first I was really worried about how the piece around the plumbing would look, but it's barely noticeable not that it's all finished.

P.S. Why couldn't they have just put this on the other side of the toilet?  I think all builders need to have a designer come through and point things like this out. Just a thought...
To cut around the light switches, measure from every angle and draw out your cut lines.  Then, take a large drill bit and make holes to start from, and cut from there.
After all the cuts were made, and the boards were up, the room looked like this:
You'll notice that there are a number of gaps between the pieces because walls aren't perfectly level, but this is easily fixed and not even noticeable, with some caulk.
I filled in the holes with wood filler, and caulked all the gaps before painting the boards with white paint we already had. 

Next went up the top board.  We stood in the moulding aisle at Home Depot for about a half hour, trying to figure out what we wanted on the top and we settled on this casing.  These casing boards worked really well for us because it is a nice mixture of a traditional chair rail, and a more modern, flat board.  The best part about this casing was that each 6' board was only $6.75.
I nailed everything in place, making sure each board was level, and then painted and caulked it all.
I also caulked between the counter and the beadboard:
Now that all the little touch ups are done, the room is looking like this:
In case you were wondering, this is how it looks by the toilet plumbing.  No big deal, right?
Here's a breakdown of the costs of this project:

(2) Sheets of Beadboard - $40
(3) 6' Casing Boards - $20.25
Nails - Already had
White Paint - Already Had
Blue Paint - $10
Caulk - $3

For less than $75, I have completely transformed this space and added probably the only decorative moulding we will ever have in this house.  Next up in this room is a smaller mirror that I'm going to frame out for about $20!
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