Bathroom Renovation Supply List

Hey Guys, sorry its been so long but we finally finished everything. By everything I mean all the little annoying details (like finding the perfect bath rug).

Ok so we bought mostly everything at our local Home Depot Store.


The faucent is the Pfister Ashfield Single Hole Bathroom Vessel FaucetThis guy was not cheap, but he fit the look of what we  were going for in the bathroom. I got it on sale, so I paid $168.00. A little expensive, but worth it.

I can’t find the tutorial I orginally saw this idea on, so I can’t give credit to the right person (I’ll keep looking though) So in her tutorial she had 2 ways the one with mitter cuts and one without. She suggested to use decorative blog ends to avoid having to do those cuts. Awesome idea, right? So that’s what i did. Then I used liquid nails to put each side on. I added frog tape to help keep it stable and to avoid me having to stand there all day too.

The vessel sink is from Lowe’s and was a steal. We got for $70.

The tiles are from Home Depot. The subway tile was $2.56 per 12×12. We needed 12 of these The little decorative tiles were more expensive, but it worked out well with out budget and the look we were going for. They were $7.29 per 12×12 and we needed 7 of these.

The towel rack ( I spray painted it) we got a while back it was in a nickel color. It is actually damaged. I love scouring the Bed Bath and Beyond clearence sections and found this for a whooping $2 dollars. The soap dispenser is new. Its from Target. I got it also on clearence for $7 dollars. The lights we kept. We just spray painted them the bronze color to match. We plan on getting some Edison bulbs soon but those suckers are almost 10 bucks each. So that will have to wait a little (especailly since we need like 6 of them).

DSC_0552 Doesn’t this look awesome. I loved how this changed the look our bathroom. I have more posts coming up in holiday decorations. I love this time of year and all the cute things you can find.


The Reveal- Our New Home Office

I have not had a chance to show you this room due to my daughter’s wedding and all the chaos associated with it. I have been looking for pictures of the office before but no luck.. let’s just say the colors on the walls before, my kids said it reminded them of an Italian restaurant. In my defense, first time sponge painting and I loved it!

Let’s jump right in shall we?

There were a couple of pieces I was way excited about. One being the Expedit by IKEA. Can you hear the angels singing?

bookcase         New office 5

Above is the original bookcases we had in there. You can also admire the colors on the wall. Ha! I was able to sell the 5 bookcases really fast.

Another piece I am super excited about is the desk we got for the space. I originally was looking into a  larger desk to put in the middle of the room but I couldn’t pass this one up. A friend sold it to me for only $25.00!

Here is the before:

desk b4

And the after:

New office

I painted it in English Yellow with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I have been wanting to try the paint for a long time now so I was excited to test it on the desk. I love the brightness of the color and how well it covered. What I love about this paint is that I don’t have to sand the area I am going to work on.

New office 18 New office 19  New office 22

The last picture is of the little dresser we use as storage and to hold the printer.

On the far wall is the window with the curtains I bought at Target a few months ago and this fun chair we bought at IKEA.

New office4  New office 20

On the other wall, I have the bulleting board I had in there before, a beautiful iron sun with mirror, and this beautiful vase with branches I found at our local furniture store RC Willey. Originally, it was marked at $145 but since it has a few cracks, I grabbed it for $10! What a deal!

New office 2  New office3

I found this fun little trio clipboards with the perfect yellow and gray to complement the room at Hobby Lobby and added some pictures. I love this little ottoman too. I found it at Wal-Mart. Here are close-ups too of some of the fun items I have on display on the bookcase.

New office 16   New office 1   New office 13 New office 12 New office 11 New office 10 New office 9 New office 6 New office 7 New office 8

Thank you so much for stopping by! I will do a post of my daughter’s wedding hopefully soon.

Finishing Stages and How to Tile 101

Hey Guys its Carol again here to give you the break down of what my husband and I did to our nasty 50’s peach bathroom.
Ill paint you a mental picture… imagine gray laminate flooring not a pretty one just an ugly one (that wasn’t installed right) then imagine a nasty peach toliet that had seen better days. The sink though in good condition just needed to go. To make matters worse the room was painted to match the everything (gross, right?)
Ok so first we started with ripping the flooring out and the nasty peach toliet out. So I wasn’t there for that I actually had to work that weekend so that task was handed to my husband. He had fun with it, I think… He stipped it down to the joists.
Then we ripped out the laminate counters and we pulled out the sink. So with the bathroom all bare we made sure the flooring would hold up to water and moisture (again I wasn’t there for most of that my husband did that part) I did the pretty stuff like the tiling. So the reason you are all here

Tiling 101
* I grew up redoing our house and as a kid my sisters and I had the job of tiling. We even made a pact in one of the rooms we did.*
So we started with the counter completely bare. We sanded it a little to level it out and get rid of any glue still on there.
What you need (remember to measure)

Notched Trowel
Hardibacker (we got 1/2 in) its a ceramic tile backboard
Backer-on screws for Hardibacks
the tile spacers
Seam tape (if you are going to connect different sheets of the hardibacker this stuff is important)
Tile (obviously) We did almost colored subway tile
Sponges                                                                                                                                                      Score knife to cut the tile to size (we found ours in the tile section in Home Depot)                                                                                                                                                    Rubber Grout Float

Remember to wear safety gear.

Layout the hardibacker on the surface you are doing. You want to use thinset (it needs to be like toothpaste) to sandwhich your hardbacker to the surface. Remeber to read the instructions of how long you need to mix and let it sit out. Also be safe.

You dont want the stuff to ooze out but you want enough underneath so that it is secure. Use the hardbacker screws to secure it in. We only needed one sheet (we cut it down to size) with the scoring knife and then used the seam tape and some thinset to connect them.

We had to make holes for the plumbing. You dont want to breath this stuff in. For the round holes we drilled five holes. One for each corner and one in the middle to help. We used the jigsaw to help cut it out.


If you are connecting different sections of hardibacker let the thinset dry for at 6-8 hours. I did mine in the morning and then went to work.
Now for the fun part, once its try you will start laying out the tile. We mapped ours out to figure out how much tile we would need.


Look at how pretty it is. Once you’ve got it all layed out. You need to mix some thinset. This part is MESSY. Again you dont want the stuff to leak out when you lay the tile down. Imagine the sandwhich again, you dont want jelly everywhere. Following the instructions on the thinset, some have pictures which is super helpful.Using your notch trowel you will lay some out not too much because laying tile isnt a fast task. I spread my out evenly then at a 45 degree angle (imagine spreading the peanut butter on your bread) this will help the tile stick better. Let this dry overnight.

Now that the tile has set you are ready to grout. This is the messy/pretty/ fun part.  My husband and I went back and forth choosing a grout color. There are a lot of options  my friends. We went with a non-sanded grout since the gaps between each tile was small. Mix according to instuctions.  Now using your rubber grout float you with scoop it out and smear it between the tiles


Let it dry for a little (our box said 20 minutes) Using the sponge and a bucket of water you are going to clean the tiles.


You want the sponge to be damp but not to soaking wet. The more wet it is the more likely that once it dries it will crack. We dont want that. Once you are done it should look like this DSC_0560It should look clean. Obviously I am not done in the picture above but see how much better it looks. Keep going until you are done with the entire surface you are working on. For surfaces like this I like to seal it, but more on that later.

Here is what our bathroom now looks like


Ill talk more about sealing the tile, how we budgeted, source list and the framing of the mirror (that was an adventure)

Staircase Reveal

I suffer from anxiety. There. I said it. In my extended family we refer to it as “nervios” (nerves). When my stress level gets elevated, I am prone to panic attacks and/or depression. What does this have to do with the staircase, you ask? Well, I am under a lot of stress and I need to keep busy. Hence the two week process to do re-stain the staircase. Soon into the process, I realized I was way over my head, but relaxing nonetheless. Weird, huh?

Here are a few before pics:

Notice the ugly oak stain. I fell in love with the dark stain and white posts I had seen on other blogs.

Here is my version:

The stairs have yet to be converted and are still halfway done. The husband is re-thinking the wood stairs and just adding carpet again…..

Here is a full shot:

It was a huge undertaking but I love the end results!

Now here is what I learned:

*There is a reason why sanding before hand is suggested. It took me many, many coats of stain and paint to cover up the oak.

*The cost-$5.00 for a set of 24 foam brushes. I aready had the stain from the stairs and the white paint.

*Very time consuming.

*Need to learn another way to decrease my stress level (per my husband, as this increased his).

Here is another angle from upstairs. Notice the supplies are still on the floor..

Here is a full shot again:

What do ya think? Thanks for stopping by!

Gallery Wall part 2

I looked for a picture of the first gallery wall I had up in the family room before I re-did it. No luck but trust it was really long because the wall is long. I decided to hang some of the frames in the formal living room above the piano.

Here are close-ups of the items on top of the piano:

Our “butt” picture as Ellie lovingly calls it…

A fun cloche and tiny vase I found at Rod Works. I also bought the table runner there.

A view from the other side….

Now off to plant the mums! Have a great week!


Gallery Wall

I have been in a creative rut the last couple of months… I just needed a break to refuel the senses. I had been eyeing these large frames of my girls that I have had up since we moved into our house 7 years ago.

Excuse the horrible pic, but you get the idea. My girls were getting annoyed with them and wanted to take them down. After much thought, an idea popped into the ol’ brain..

Once again, I need a new camera. I decided to re-use the frames by using left over fabric from my pillow covers and use the frames in the family room instead to complement the pillows.

I re-designed my super busy gallery wall into something smaller.

The vinyl I bought at the local mall with the Dr. Seuss’ famous quote- “Oh the Places you’ll go!” This was the only item I spent money on actually for this project. Everything else I “shopped” at home.

It is not easy at all to make out but I made flowers out of toilet paper rolls for a 3-D effect on the large frames. Super easy!

I cut the rolls into 5 semi-equal pieces and hot-glued them into a flower  shape.

I then spray painted them a dark grey. Easier said than done. To get into the nooks and crannies I would have preferred to paint them instead. Here is the after-math on my fingers…

With the frames, I used spray adhesive to adhere the fabric onto the cardboard.

I then played around with the flowers until I was happy with their position and hot glued them to the fabric.

Another shot- I owe you the pictures of the other two frames. They are on the opposite wall of the family room. I need to re-take better pictures and I will post them as soon as I can. Now what to do with the large empty wall???



$3.00 Wreath/Spring Porch

Since I knew we were going to have a house full of visitors, I wanted to spruce up the front porch and the yard with spring colors after the drab winter. I decided to make a coffee filter wreath for the front door.

I came across the idea of using a pool noodle to use as a wreath form. How smart and cheap is this? It has slipped my mind on which blog it was on so if you know please let me know so we can give proper credit to the genius. I got a pool noodle at my local dollar store and 2 packages of coffee filters.

I promise I took pictures of the next two steps on my IPad and now I can’t get them to download.. Just bare with me…

First, join the two ends of the noodle together to form a circle and tape them together with duct tape. Then wrap fabric around the form to hide the foam.

 I decided to try dyeing the filters as I did not want a white wreath outside knowing it would eventually get dirty anyway. I tried the tea thing and it worked. I was just too impatient to let them get really dark brown so they ended up an off-white. Then simply hot glue and adhere the coffee filters just like I did here for the lamp.

How did I figure $3 you ask? I bought the noodle and 2 packages of coffee filters for $1 each. I had leftover fabric and ribbon so I was good there.

Here is the finished product…

I added the turquoise ribbon to add some color and tied some more ribbon on the flower planters to tie them together.

What do ya think?