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Bathroom Remodel – Part 1 – Demolition

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 After living in our home for almost 5 years…..we finally took the plunge and decided to remodel a room. And being newbies to all of it, why not start on the most complicated room in the entire house…right? Ah, the master bathroom. Just to give you a backstory, we bought our house as a foreclosure. And as I’m sure you can tell, I love taking ugly things and making them pretty. So, I didn’t need a house that was “move-in ready”. I needed a house that has potential to be something better than it is! So here is my lovely house before we bought it:


And here is some of the master bathroom specifically what I refer to as the “shower dungeon”

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Here you can see the bathtub behind the door (which I hate that the door hits the tub every time you open it, but that’s another project for another day). Where my husband is at is the shower dungeon which is a walled-in door leading to the shower which has no closure. Good in theory, but just bad done like this.


My baby standing inside the shower when he was 3….(sniff sniff)….where does the time go?!


More inside the shower dungeon.

The pictures don’t show it much….but this place is TRULY the house that tile built. The father of the couple that lived here made a living installing tile. And let me tell ya, this house probably kept him in biz-naz. There’s tile on the floor, countertop, wall, everywhere. I hate it! And not so much that it’s tile, but it’s the same damn tile everywhere. And it’s gray and cold and lifeless in a bathroom with no sunlight! It made me sad to go in there. But, I could see the potential and knew we could fix it eventually.

So now the demo!


Demo is fun! Don’t let anyone tell you differently. However, it was just downright wrong the amount of mold found in this shower stall.


See that?! This was just a tidbit of what was found all along the bottom half of the shower. Don’t get me wrong, I expected to find some mold. SOME mold. But not this much. We always noticed it smelled musty and never dried completely out in between showers. And now we know why. You are supposed to use concrete backer board in wet areas such as showers because it doesn’t absorb water therefore mold cannot grow on it. The people that installed this shower used regular sheetrock…….PLAIN SHEETROCK!!!! It was soaked and covered in mold. The minute my husband touched it, it crumbled. There’s no telling how that tile didn’t just start falling off the wall. Plus, the bottom tiles were glued directly onto the rubber membrane instead of concrete. I promise you none of this was up to code.

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After knocking out that half wall, we finally got it down to the studs. Even naked and bare, it looks much better than when we started.

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After the shower was demo-ed, removing tile off the bathtub was simple. Time consuming and dirty, but easy. Stay tuned for part 2!


Aqua Blue Hexagon Nightstand Remix

GARAGE SALE FIND ALERT!!!! That’s right kiddos! I found my next project. And here she is:

Hex Nightstand Before2

Oh isn’t she just GLORIOUS!!! I have seen this piece in SO many people’s houses just sitting in the dark corner wasting away. Cast out due to her 1970s panel style doors and hexagon shape. But to me, she is crying out for a makeover! I bought this gem for a whole $5. It was covered in spider eggs and most of the top had water damage from someone, I would assume, not using a coaster  (grrrrrr….). Constructed of solid wood, she just need a little tlc and a lot of sanding……and bleach. A little bleach never hurts.

Crystal Aqua

I am still on the hunt for the right color of blue for my kitchen chairs so I thought I’d try a sample of Valspar ‘Crystal Aqua’ 5006-78. It is more blue than green so be advised. Still a very lovely shade of blue.

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After sanding, painting, sanding again, replacing with a glass door knob, and filling in the old drawer pull holes……….TADA!!!! She’s ready to shine again! I wish I had a place to put her. Unfortunately, the hubsters said we didn’t have room so I sold it on Craigslist. The girl I sold it to seemed to love it as much as I do. Glad I could save this piece and make someone else smile in the process 🙂

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Red Wedding Bouquet

So….have you noticed I haven’t done weddings in a while? Yeah, me too. I really do miss it. I got a new position at work and unfortunately, it is not as laid back as my old position. Therefore, I don’t have as much time to work on flowers as I used to. I have, however, had bouquet requests from friends of friends (of friends, of friends….). Those are manageable. Here is the latest one:

Red Bouquet

A lovely bouquet of all red Gerbera daisies, ‘Charlotte’ roses, zinnias, and Indian Blanket (from my own backyard). All wrapped in a burlap and lace handle and oversized brown button. Perfect for a country wedding!

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Professional pictures by Treehouse Images:

Coffee Table / Wooden Trunk Transformation

 This was one of my toughest pieces to work on…..


This GORGEOUS solid wood Broyhill trunk! Ugh, I had a hard time deciding whether or not to change it from this beautiful natural wood color to something else. It was so pretty by itself…..but yet by itself, it was also pretty bland. This was slated to go into a brand new apartment with neutral walls and very little color. Therefore, we needed to make it a statement piece. So, first thing’s first……we need to sand that sucker down! And when I say sand down, I mean down through the clear lacquer so I could stain the wood underneath:


Boy is that ugly, right?! I went through about 2 boxes of sandpaper getting it to this stage. Phew! Thank GOD for electric palm sanders!


This is the color I chose for the trunk. It is Valspar “Sea Lily”. Looks like a mix between turquoise and sea foam green. Pretty cute. And here are the results after several coats and lightly distressing:


Overall, I’m happy with the results!




Repurposed Wood Tissue Box

One of my absolute favorite things to look for on pinterest is things that have been repurposed. I know you love it too! So, here’s my green thumb version of upcycling!


Tada! It’s one of my favorite garage sale finds. For a whole .50, I bought this wooden tissue box. And that’s ALL I bought at this garage sale!  I know, right?!  I am a garage sale junkie so this was a big deal for me…. I have an unexplained love for wooden things, especially boxes (don’t ask). This one really caught my eye for the metal corner brackets. So, I purchased it and brought it home….and had no idea what to do with it. BUT, I had also been to Lowe’s this day and bought a bunch of succulents on sale (couldn’t resist that one). After thinking long and hard, I flipped this thing over and had a epiphany:


Whoa, hold the phone…..that tissue box opening looks an awful lot like a drainage hole on the bottom of a plant container. Ding, ding, ding!!

First thing’s first, I need to make sure the dirt doesn’t fall through that big hole. The best thing I could recommend to use is landscape fabric which we use for installation of flowerbeds to keep weeds out. It doesn’t inhibit water flow but it keeps the dirt contained. You could probably use newspaper too but keep in mind, newspaper is biodegradable so it will eventually disintegrate. For a container, newspaper would probably last the summer season before it falls apart  so no big deal.

You’ll want to cut it square and tape it to the sides of the container:


Trim any excess fabric that pokes up over the top. (Hide your mechanics as they used to tell me at the flower shop). Time to add the soil!


Listen…..I have a degree in Horticulture so believe me when I say there is a HUGE difference in potting mixes out there.  Don’t buy the cheap stuff!  Your plants will suffer. I am a firm believer in Miracle-Gro. I’ve done my own tests with generic mixes and Miracle-Gro and I’ll never skimp again. I picked this mix knowing it had quite a bit of sand in it which succulents need for good drainage.


Aren’t my plants so pretty? Time to arrange them in their new container and fill in the gaps with potting mix.


And done! How simple is that? Try it yourself with ferns, ivy, or whatever tickles your fancy 🙂 Have fun!

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Nightstand Remix

We just had a neighborhood garage sale – and it was insane! We pretty much sold everything…..except this little nightstand.

Nightstand before

Our neighbor donated it to the sale just to get it out of his house and no one saw the potential in it…..but me 🙂 Although it’s not 100% solid wood like prefer to work with, I figured I couldn’t hurt it much more than it had already been through. I removed the drawer handles and tried my best to pull the 2 layers of contact paper off the top (why do people put contact paper on real wood?!). Then I had to repair one of the legs, fix both drawer slides and pull duct tape off the back plywood panel. Yeesh, this poor thing had had it rough! After scratching up the varnish with my palm sander, I painted it off white. It was getting late so I didn’t have time to mix up the chalk paint like I normally prefer to use so let this be a good example of the difference between distressing techniques.

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After using 3 coats of paint, I sanded it back down to distress it.  You can see how the sander pulled off larger chunks of paint when you don’t use chalk paint. And honestly, this looks a little more authentic than when you use chalk paint but it is a booger to sand through. So, whatever your preference, I say go for it.I Bought two glass drawer pulls and one metal one at Lowes and reattached. Total investment, $15. Not too shabby if I do say so myself!

Nightstand before and after

Remember, everything has potential! Don’t give up on it just because it doesn’t look perfect right off the bat. Paint works miracles!


DIY Farmhouse Table Re-do

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This is one of my PROUDEST repurposing pieces of furniture to date! I am really getting into the primitive farmhouse look for my home but I don’t have the time (or money) to go shopping around flea markets. So, we have to get crafty with what is available. Let me show you how I took my country style table and revamped it into my new, awesomely awesome farmhouse dining table.

Before Table

So……there she is. My lovely, 1980s style country table. (sigh) Don’t act like you haven’t seen this table in every garage sale, goodwill store, junkyards, or around apartment store dumpster tossed from people who were suckered into purchasing her just like me. Oh yes, she gets around baby. She’s a beast. It was my very first purchase as a “big kid” right before I went into college. Solid wood and seats up to 10 people, she gave the “country” look at an affordable price. Although I loved it when I first purchased it, it didn’t take long for her and I to form a love/hate relationship. I loved the legs but that was it. But I paid too much money to just get rid of it. SO, I kept it and lugged it to every apartment and rent house for 15 years! Then I came across this little gem:

Farmhouse Inspiration

Look how much character this table has! Even without decorative items on top of it, she looks divine. Here is the link I found on pinterest for this table: (always have to give credit to where these things originated). It’s chunky, it’s chippy, it’s got character. I love it! But I don’t have the $$$ to create it from scratch – did I mention I’m poor? I do, however, have potential with my monstrosity of a table.

I decided to dismantle my table, screw by ever-lovin screw. I only needed to remove the tabletop from the legs but the way my table was put together, I practically had to take it all apart. I bought 2 – 2x8x12’s and cut them in half to give me 4 – 2x8x6’s. I ran them through a table planer, which should not be confused with a portable hand planer. I learned from my bathroom remodel that you can’t just glue 2×4’s together and expect to get a clean, smooth edge. Those pieces of lumber you buy at Lowe’s are not necessarily meant for furniture and need to be cleaned up. The best way to get a smooth top is to run all pieces of wood through the table planer. It completely squares everything out and gives you a nice, flat, seamless edge to glue all pieces. So that’s what I did. Luckily, I also have an amazing friend who owns a biscuit joiner and worked those the pieces for me (don’t ask me what it is but here’s a link to it:


After all pieces were glued and clamped together for a couple days, it was ready to distress! (Enter my 7 year old with a claw hammer, piece of chain, and mad evil scientist laugh – buwaahhhaaa!) Seriously, there is no wrong way to distress a piece of wood. My youngster had a ball with his hammer and chain. All those little divots are his handy work and I took the back of a hammer and started gouging out chunks of wood. The deeper the gouge, the better the stain would look. If you’re trying to make it look authentic, you’ll want to distress the edges really hard since in real life, those are the most vulnerable to wear and tear. 


Now for the stain. I used a combo of Minwax “Dark Walnut” and “Provencial” alternating in long streak patterns across the top. Always stain in the direction of the grain. Never go perpendicular.


The deep gouges I cut with the back of the hammer really took the dark stain well and I was very pleased with the outcome. So purdy….


Here’s the magic trick to sealing the wood. I wanted it to be water-resistant since we will sit around it but I didn’t want to put a super shiny lacquer on top. The answer….Teak Oil. This oil is absorbed into the wood and seals it from the inside out. Then it puts a slight shine to it. The more coats you put on, the shinier it gets. So it’s not super shiny right off the bat. You can choose how shiny you want it. I put on 3 coats but it would’ve been ok with 2.

Teak Oil takes a few days to completely cure. That’s the bummer of it, but it was well worth it. As I was waiting for it to cure, I painted the legs of the dismantled table with white chalk paint (remember that stuff from the Lego project?) and distressed it.


Finally the oil had dried and I could put it all back together. Voila!  Isn’t she a beaut?! And seriously, it cost me around $30 for the wood, stain, and oil.


And here it is staged with my new chairs I bought at a garage sale for $30. I will eventually paint them a aqua blue and recover the cushions but for now, I am not hating them….so no rush just yet! Hope this inspires you!