A Quick Bathroom Redo

Check out this great post from my niece Nicole. I just love what she has done to her bathroom. As a family, we love sharing decorating ideas. Happy Decorating, Kathy

My husband and I moved into a newly built home about three years ago.  When we moved into the house I didn't have many ideas for decorating.  We put up some of the stuff from our previous home, but I really liked the plainness of the new home.  I felt like I needed time in the house to really decide what I wanted to do. Fast forward to now and I am in all out decorating mode.  I don't really want to take on any huge projects, but there are definitely things we can do to get rid of the "builder grade" feel.

Over the last couple of months, I have swapped out the foyer and stairwell chandeliers.  After that, it was time to tackle the main floor half bath.  I liked the color of the walls already (Sherwin Williams Latte) and just like my Aunt Kathy, I love the show Fixer Upper. I tried to think like Joanna Gaines and how I could give it more of the rustic feel.  We swapped out the builder grade light fixture with a new brown toned fixture from Lowes.  I matched the brown tones to a new reclaimed wood looking mirror that I found at Kirklands.  
Above the toilet, I added a wood pallet sign that I painted during a session at "When Pigs Fly" in Fredericksburg.  If you haven't checked this paint studio out, you should.  It is so much fun.
On the back wall, I didn't want to have too much white, so I found this decorative wood wall decor at Kirklands.
The shelf that sits on the floor was actually a house warming gift from my Nanny (our inspiration behind this family blog).  I didn't want to paint the shelf, so I focused more on the décor placed on it.  I already had some of the items on the shelf and a couple I found on my trips to Target and Home Goods(two of my favorite stores). I think it turned out great and it is a little reminder of my Nanny every time I see it.

The bathroom is done…nothing too crazy and over the top. Just a few pieces can completely change the look and feel!  I'm happy with the way it turned out.  And the best part... it didn't cost a lot. What room can I change next?


I don’t know about you all, but when the warm weather hits it makes me want to change things in my house. Over the cold winter months, I found myself watching a little too much HGTV. I will happily admit I am obsessed with the show “Fixer Upper” and not too proud to say that I even watch the reruns. I love the decorating ideas and inspirations I get from Joanna Gaines. I had been dreaming about making some changes to my powder room bath on the main level and the mud room off the garage. Since we were having our kitchen cabinets painted, I decided to have the bathrooms done as well. If you have ever read the book by Laura Numeroff  called “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” then you will totally get what I am about to say. If you paint the kitchen cabinets then you have to paint the bathroom cabinets. If you paint the bathroom cabinets then you have to paint the walls. If you paint the walls then you have to paint the ceiling and the baseboards. If you paint the ceiling and the baseboards you have to have a new toilet. If you get a new toilet then you have to have new accessories. Ok Ok… I know you understand what I mean. One project always seems to turn into ten projects. However, if you ask my husband he will tell you it seemed like way more than ten. We even did a little DIY project and refurbished an old entertainment console that I picked up at the Goodwill for $20.00.The photos were taken on my phone so I apologize that they are not the best. My niece is the photographer, but she was busy and I had to take the pictures myself.
Here are a few photos of what the bathroom looked like before. My décor was very country.
Here a few photos of what the bathroom looks like now.
My husband made the cool shelves above the toilet and the cute prints on the wall came from a store called And That… 
Here are a few “before” pictures of my mudroom. It was very “Americana” as you can tell from the photos.
It is still a work in progress, but I love how it is turning out.
Here is the console and a tutorial of what we did.
1.     Here is what it looked like when my husband took it out of the car. At the top right corner you can see where the old gaming systems would connect. My husband simply popped it out and left the space empty. He jokes and calls it a mail slot, but it is where I am going to put our many remotes.
2.   The next thing we did was remove the drawers, the fronts and their hardware. Getting these things removed makes it easier to paint.
3.   Here is the back view.
4.   We removed the back and my husband made a new back out of some old plywood.
5.   He thought it needed a light sanding, but I actually think it would have been fine either way.
6.   We don’t usually paint furniture and do projects like this in our kitchen, but we were having such rainy weather, that we thought it was too humid outside.
7.    I highly recommend that before you paint any piece of furniture (unless it is bare wood that has never been painted or stained) that you prime it first. Our go to primer is by “Zinsser” and it can be found at Home Depot.
8.   After a nice coat of primer your furniture is ready to paint.
9.   Here it is painted. I used Behr paint, found at Home Depot, in Swiss Coffee for the bottom. The top in this picture only has one coat and as you can see we had to apply two coats. The top is also a Behr paint called Havana Coffee.
10. The finished project. The total cost of this project, including the entertainment center was under $50.00, so I think that is a WIN!! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy May~


Let’s Catch Up…Shall We?

It has been so long since we have posted on this blog and we have missed it very much. Once we started back to school in September it seemed like life just got C-R-A-Z-Y crazy! However, things are calming down, so we thought we would play a game of “catch-up” and tell you what we have been up to in our classrooms and what fun family things we have been doing.
There is never a dull moment in 2nd grade. Seriously, kiddos at this age have no filter and the stories they tell are downright hysterical. Not sure if their parents would agree on that last statement! The election this past November was very interesting in the classroom and out! To get in the voting spirit, we voted on Oreo cookies. Personally, I found it a lot more enjoyable then the presidential elections. What’s not to love about Oreo cookies? This super fun activity can be found on the blog, Step into Second Grade. The author of this blog, Amy Lemons, is simply amazing. Be sure to check it out.
And speaking of amazing, look how sweet Angelica looked on the 50th day of fifth grade. Yes, we know her poodle skirt has a cat on it and not a poodle, but when your aunt says she has a perfect skirt for 50’s day you take what you can get! Goodness knows, I can’t sew, so borrowing a skirt was the only option. FYI- Don’t try to find 50s themed items in November unless you do it on-line because most party stores put things like that away to make room for the holiday items.  Amazon Prime to the rescue!
 Here are few other fun school activities. Long gone are the days when students just sat at their desk and completed a worksheet thank goodness.
Snowman Measuring Sticks
Now, if we could only get some snow.
Have you ever read the book, “Bartholomew and the Oobleck” by Dr. Seuss? My 2nd grade room mom is without a doubt THE BEST! She helped me mix enough Oobleck for 23 kiddos and needless to say it was very messy and sticky. However, the kiddos had fun and that’s what it is all about. Right??
How about a giant size Game of Life?
And if our classrooms were not busy enough, we had Thanksgiving and Christmas to add a little chaos into our schedule. On Black Friday, the cousins all got together and binge watched the new episodes of Gilmore Girls and decorated cookies. These were so stinking cute…too cute to eat if you want my opinion.
Cookies anyone? We went to an annual cookie exchange and made 12 dozen cookies. I’m good for about 6 dozen, but after that I am usually DONE! I may or may not have burnt a few batches also. Thank goodness the mister was willing to go to the Walmart for me. Look how sweet they look all wrapped up. 
Of course it wouldn’t be a holiday without crafts. Check out this cute gift card holder I made for the Starbucks giftcards I gave my sweet nieces. 
When I asked my nephew what he wanted for Christmas he said nothing. To be funny, I came up with the idea of giving him money in a pizza box and attaching the note, “Because man cannot live on pizza alone...” The mister took the time and rolled each bill and attached it to a clean pizza box with glue dots. The man is a SAINT! Not sure what I would do without him.
Plastic Wrap Gift Ball
This came is hilarious. You start with a small item such as a gift card and then wrap it in a layer of plastic wrap. The Dollar Tree brand was the best. We used 200 square feet for our ball. (2 rolls) You then add another item and wrap it again alternating between a small item and a layer of plastic wrap. You can make it as big or little as you want. However, the bigger the better. To play the game one player starts to unwrap the ball while another is rolling a set of dice. When the player gets doubles he/she gets the ball and the next player rolls the dice. You get to keep whatever you unwrap, so the goal is to unwrap as many layers as you can. My sister Cindy brought one at Thanksgiving and it was so much fun that Robin, Cindy and I each made one for Christmas day. 

Our Christmas Table
This Christmas was near perfect… just missing our Nanny.
Favorite Gifts…
Sisters Key Chain
Austin playing with his remote toy police car… yes, he is 19 and a tad old for a remote toy car, but he will always be my baby. Sigh… 
Rae Dunn Mugs

I am OBESSED with Rae Dunn mugs and Cindy scored at TJ Maxx for me this year. Tommy even built me a second shelf for them. 50+ and counting or shall I saying wishing for more (wink wink) don’t tell him that though.

Well that's a quick look into what has been keeping us busy. We hope the new year brings you health and happiness.