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Master Bathroom Resource List + update

What a weekend…..and I don’t mean that in a good way :(.  My grandfather landed himself back in the hospital with pneumonia in his other lung this time and then I ended up getting it as well. Good grief we are a mess here! If you follow us on facebook, you know he came home late Saturday night so he is on the mend. Last week we shared our master bathroom makeover and many of you emailed and commented wondering where many of the items were from.

Master Bathroom Resource List

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1. Valence – Target

2. Shower Curtain and baskets – Home Goods

3. Towel Rod – Target

4. Wall color: Composed by Sherwin-Williams / Trim & Vanity color: Extra white by Sherwin-Williams

5. Bath mat – Marshalls

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I spray painted the mirror white and used towels that I already had to hang on the towel rod. The framed image is a piece of scrap book paper placed inside a white frame that was in our storage closet.

master bathroom resource list.

Now I’m off to open every single window in our house to air it out! See you later germs!

Be sure to checkout the full master bathroom reveal for more pictures and inspiration. Giving a bathroom a makeover in a weekend is definitely doable and most certainly can be done on a budget. I only purchased a few new items which kept this makeover reasonably priced. Want more bathroom inspiration? Check out my husband’s bathroom and our kitchen half bath.

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Our laundry room makeover begins

The laundry room makeover was not on our list of projects this year but when the washer and dryer both broke within a week of each other, it was time to tackle the tiny closet we call our laundry room. We are lucky that we have two other laundry rooms. My parents and grandparents each have their own laundry room. Doing laundry with my dad though is not fun. We are going on 3 weeks of sharing his space and he said to me a couple days ago as he looked at five of my loads on his laundry room floor, “when are you getting your own washer and dryer, you are disaster with laundry.”  I am, I will admit it. I am very bad at keeping up with laundry. He also washes everything together and on high heat so leaving a pile of dirty clothes in his laundry room is a bad idea. He shrinks everything!

Do you follow us on instagram? Here is an instagram during the dryer saga.


We have found it easier for each family to have their own laundry space. It just eliminates the sharing, mess chaos that happens with laundry. You know what I mean right? My dad does most of the laundry for he and my mom and he is super diligent and rarely are there clothes left in the dryer. My grandparents only do a load every three days and I swear they measure the amount of water that they use. My grandfather has never been known to share very well so for me, I stay away from that situation……ha. My husband and I decided to add our own laundry area in our half bathroom off of the kitchen.


I was shocked when our washer and dryer died within a week of each other. We bought them five years ago when we moved in to my parents house and I thought they would last atleast ten years! I guess not.


My husband works a ridiculous amount of hours and Wednesday is usually his day off. He is not impressed with me when I say, “can you help me for just five minutes?” It usually ends up being longer then five minutes and this was definitely one of those times. The vanity in the bathroom takes up most of the space and the walkway isn’t very wide from the closet where the laundry area is and the door to the bathroom. Needless to say, we had to lift the dryer (which wasn’t very smart on my part as I can’t move my back right now) over the vanity and then we found out it was to wide for the door way.


He wanted to kill me. Like for real.


After we literally took the entire dryer apart, we finally got it through the door. We put it out on our front lawn with a “free” sign and of course, someone stopped 20 minutes later and took it. We live on a busy road and it is so easy to get rid of stuff. People will take anything that says free! Ironically, my husband saw the two guys taking it and told them we had a washer as well. So what do you know, they came in and took the washer also. ha


I normally don’t let strangers in our house but my husband and I were both wondering how we were going to get the incredibly heavy washer out and then it was like a sign from god, these two guys pull up with their trailer full of junk. Of course, I am taking pictures of these random guys in my house hauling away our washer.


See our dryer on the very end of their trailer?


Now for some paint, shelving and whatever else I dream up. It’s a very tiny space and I am hoping to maximize the storage area above the washer and dryer. I think side by side units with a built in counter on top with shelving units above. I would love to have pull out sorting bins to the left side as well.


If you follow us on facebook, I got lots of great suggestions from readers about which washer and dryer to buy.


The little alcove area (where the shelves are) is awkward and I am not sure what I am going to do with that area. We had stackable units in here (the ones we just removed) and they covered most of the shelves which made it difficult to get things off the shelves. I think I am going to remove the shelves and see how it looks once the new washer and dryer are in the space. So here we go, a laundry room makeover under way. My son said, “but mom, what about the study/playroom makeover?” He is exciting about his new desk. One of these days, the study will get completed. I hope! ha .

PS. Thank you so much for all your continued comments and emails about our fall home tour. You are all very kind :)

Painting stripes bathroom makeover

Today I am sharing the art of painting stripes. Our bathroom off of our kitchen got a mini-makeover this past weekend. The bathroom was painted a couple years ago an off white creamy color and we replaced the toilet and countertop. The original vanity was also painted a the same color as our kitchen cabinets with a brown glaze over it. When I was asked if I would like to participate in ScotchBlue™ Painter’s TapeReady, Set, Paint Blog Hop, I knew this was the perfect opportunity to makeover our kitchen bathroom. Plus, Home Depot is giving away a $75 gift card to one lucky reader so keep reading!

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This bathroom is very dark and small. Even though there is a window, it is completely covered by a tree outside.


We didn’t have the best weather while I was painting this bathroom so the lighting is a bit poor. You get the idea though, it’s pretty boring! I decided to paint the vanity a grey color and add a matching stripe to the wall. I also decided that the lower half of the wall would make the grey vanity pop if the wall was bright white. I left the top part of the wall the existing creamy white.

For this project, I used ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape that I picked up at The Home Depot for creating my stripe, painting around my window and marking off the drawers on the vanity.

First, I measured how high the white paint (lower portion of wall) needed to be and used a level to draw a line (used a pencil).


Be sure to use a level to ensure the line is straight.


Once I had my straight line, I added the painters tape. You are essentially measuring as if you were adding a chair rail but in this case, I painted a stripe.

painting_stripes_bathroom_makeover-I then measure how thick I wanted my stripe and used the same method as above to add a new line and mark with tape.


I painted below the line extra white by Sherwin Williams and the stripe Cobblestone Cape May by Benjamin Moore. Both of these paints were left over from a previous project to there was no cost involved. I like that!

painting_stripes_bathroom_makeover-14 I added the tape where the vanity met the wall to avoid getting the grey on the newly painted white wall. 


It may seem like a pain to add tape when painting but trust me, it takes five minutes and saves you tons of time in the end. It allows you to paint faster once everything is taped and the touch up time is minimal. Our window panes are brown so taping off the windows saved me the headache of white paint all over the brown panes.


I also taped the backside of the vanity drawers. This prevented any drips from running down the backside of the drawer.

painting_stripes_bathroom_makeover-14 The tape is very easy to work with and peels off nicely. 


This bathroom even got a “wow” from my dad. He doesn’t “wow” anything!


Like I said earlier, this bathroom is very small and barely gets any light so photographing the space was difficult but I think the transformation is dramatic, considering it only took under 6 hours to complete. Not bad for a little bit of paint, ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and an afternoon of my time.


The cream color in the pottery vases coordinates nicely I think with the cream (top) part of the wall. The vanity came out great and I love the new color. I think the bright white, lower part of the wall, makes the grey vanity pop.


Would you believe me if I told you that the mirror and light fixtures are from the 1970’s? They are original to the house. They are probably the only items that have survived our home renovations over the years. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE these light fixtures.


I purchased the pink valence at Target. I wanted to add a bit of femininity to the space without going over board and I love how pink and grey coordinate together.

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Looking for more inspiration? These other fabulous bloggers have also participated in the Ready, Set, Paint Blog Hop and have also created some pretty fantabulous projects using  ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape.

Centsational Girl – Textured Panel Dresser MakeoverThrifty and Chic Framed Stencil Wall ,The Design Confidential DIY Concrete Color Block Painted Tables Sand & Sisal Faux Etched Glass,The Girl Creative Summer Chalkboard,PB & J Stories Dipped Effect Outdoor Bench and Front Patio Makeover ,In My Own Style How to Paint Outdoor Furnitur,Making this Home Embellish with a Paint BorderRustic Bench Gets Modern Moroccan-Inspired MakeoverDIY Game Table Fun with FireworksCharles & Hudson – Wood Block PlanterLove of Family and Home – DIY Striped CurtainLollyJane – Mailbox Makeover Nesting Place – Painting with ChalkThistlewood Farms: How to Paint Stripes Live Laugh Rowe: DIY Drop Cloth Table Runner SawdustGirl – Spray-Painted-Striped Lemonade Stand CanopyMake It: Painted Horseshoes DIY Pet Food Station Spearmint Color Blocked Vintage Wicker HeadboardDIY Mason Jar Dining CaddyBuild a Large Wall Frame for a Chalkboard or MirrorBuild a Large Wall Frame for a Chalkboard or Mirror

Painting stripes on a wall is a very easy and an inexpensive way to add character and pizzaz to a room. This bathroom went from being boring and blah to a fresh bright colorful space with paint and a few hours of my time. Don’t be afraid to paint a stripe or create a design using painters tape. What is the worst thing that can happen? You don’t like it and you paint over it. Right? So go ahead, give it a try! Be sure to check out my husband’s bathroom makeover as well.

painting stripes bathroom makeover

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This post was brought to you in partnership with The Home Depot and ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape. I was compensated for this post but rest assured, all opinions and words are 100% my own. I am loving my new bathroom and painting stripes was a breeze!

Our summer covered porch {makeover}

We had beautiful weather this weekend. My brother and I grilled a late Mother’s Day dinner for everyone on Saturday night and the kids enjoyed the first weekend of the pool being open. I finished setting up our summer covered porch and hanging our new outdoor curtains. I have wanted outdoor curtains for this space for the past couple years but never made the purchase. This year I decided I would make some but found these online for a fabulous price!

our summer covered porch


our summer covered porch


our summer covered porch

I purchased six 96″ outdoor sheers from Wayfair for $24 each. I got lucky and they were on sale. I made the outdoor curtain rod for under $20. Be sure to checkout our DIY curtain rod and how I made it. The electricians in the world will roll their eyes when they see how I made our rod but it saved me over $200! Because outdoor rods need to be weather resistant and rust proof, they are costly. I love how the grommet top curtains and industrial style rod coordinate together.

our summer covered porch


our summer covered porch


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I shopped our house for most of the decorative items while adding pink and white annuals that we purchased a couple weeks ago.  The rug is from our dining room which is an indoor/outdoor rug from Pottery Barn purchased last year.

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I love how the pink and blue coordinate together. Do you see the birds nest in upper corner? Every year, we end up with a nest or two in this porch.

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I had all I could do to not eat all of the watermelon while taking these pictures. My son kept asking, are you done taking the pictures!?

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I think the addition of the outdoor curtains give our covered porch a more finished look. You can see our summer covered porch last year with no outdoor curtains to see the comparison. I definitely prefer the outdoor curtains as does my mom :).

PS. the watermelon was delicious!

Bathroom DIY Magazine Rack {tutorial}

I will start right off by saying I am not a fan of magazines in the bathroom. Icky and gross. However, it exists in our home. So, in an attempt to organize these magazines and keep them off the floor or the toilet tank, I decided to make a wall mounted DIY magazine rack for our bathroom. I used left over pine and birch that we had left over from previous projects and created a wall mounted magazine rack in an afternoon.

diy magazine rack wall mounted

Here is the blank wall in our bathroom.

DIY Bathroom Magazine Rack {tutorial}

I used 1 x 2 pieces of pine.

Start by measuring how high you want your rack to be. Use a level to mark your area and cut your wood to the desired length.

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Be sure to use a level to ensure the rack is straight and level.

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I used a nail gun (2″ nails) to adhere the wood to the wall. As you can see, I had to work around the wainscoting detail on the wall so if your wall is flat (no molding) it will be a little easier for you.

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Be sure to nail the top and bottom.

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Depending on your base molding, your rack may or may not be flush with your base molding. You will need to think about this prior to purchasing your materials for your rack. Mine doesn’t fit perfectly flush with the base molding but I am fine with that.

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Decide how wide you want your rack to be and secure another piece of wood to the other side.

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Next, I added a piece of 1×3 for the bottom and the top rack (for the magazine to rest on).

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Next, I add a top piece. Use a level to ensure your board is straight.

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Fasten with your nail gun.

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I added another board 7″ inches down from the top. Be sure to place the board a bit higher then the inside board (against the wall) so your magazine won’t slide out.

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Use a level to ensure it is straight.

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Awww, isn’t it looking cute?

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Once you have completed your magazine rack, now you need to fill the nail holes with putty, caulk any seams or spaces, prime and paint.

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My husband thought I was out of my mind when I started this project but he loves his slot for his Car and Driver magazine.

DIY bathroom magazine rack

The walls are Rhinestone by Sherwin Williams which is essentially a White with a gray tint to it. I chose to paint the magazine rack bright white by Sherwin Williams, the same color as the base board and trim.

DIY bathroom magazine rack

I love that the magazine rack is mounted to the wall. I think it makes the space seem organized but not cluttered.

DIY bathroom magazine rack

There you have it, a DIY magazine rack mounted to the wall. This project took under 3 hours and was free! By using scrap pieces of wood and a little creativity, our magazines now a have a home in our bathroom. If you would like to see the rest of this bathroom, be sure to check out our recent spring makeover and our Christmas bathroom makeover which shows all the before and after pictures of this bathroom. It’s come along way from the outdated pink 1970’s style bathroom.

PS. Mohawk Rug giveaway until July 4, 2013: See our new pink rug in our family room and don’t forget to enter to win your own Mohawk rug here

Bathroom Refresh with Better Homes and Gardens {makeover}

I was recently invited by Better Homes and Gardens to participate in a bathroom refresh with their products sold exclusively at Walmart. The opportunity and complimentary gift card couldn’t have come at a better time as our guest bathroom was still decorated for Christmas. We recently renovated this guest bathroom from an old 1970’s style to a modern cottage style that is much more pleasing on the eye. I was excited to freshen up our guest bathroom with a modern cottage design featuring various shades or blue, green, brown and white.

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Our guest  bathroom over the last couple months has changed dramatically. The existing bathroom had an old cast iron pink tub, pink toilet and old vanity. We removed the old cast iron tub, pink tile surround and replaced the pink sink with a new white modern sink. We choose to paint the existing vanity and update with new hardware.

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Here is the bathroom after the renovation last December decorated for Christmas.

Bathroom refresh with better homes and garden

Needless to say, the bathroom refresh with Better Homes and Gardens challenge couldn’t have come at a better time. The Christmas decor needed to go! Better Homes and Gardens has a great selection of bathroom decor sold at Walmart with a large color selection to choose from . I love a modern cottage styled bathroom and was pleased with their selection of bath spring decor.

So lets get started with our “new” Modern Cottage Spring look by BHG @ Walmart products.

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The shower above is where the old pink tub was prior to the renovation. I love how the classic striped shower curtain from Better Homes and Gardens coordinates with the glass mosaic tile. I chose the Egyptian aquifer  colored bath and hand towels along with the matching memory foam mat (aquifer color) for in front of the shower.

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The classic striped bath mats by are perfect for in front of our vanity. Don’t be afraid to venture out of the bathroom department at Walmart. Better Homes and Gardens carries a full line of home decor and kitchen accessories which is where I picked up the clear flip-tite caninsters, photo frame, candles and faux flowers. The clear kitchen canisters are perfect for displaying spring flowers and storing bath accessories.

cottage bathroom refresh with Better Homes and Garden

I chose the white + chrome soap dish, toothbrush holder and tumbler.

cottage bathroom refresh with Better Homes and Garden

Our vanity is a bit long so I decided that the classic striped bath mats by Better Homes and Gardens looked better paired together in front of the vanity. The striped shower curtain, blue towels and striped bath mats really look fabulous together.

cottage bathroom refresh with Better Homes and Garden

The candle area in Walmart has a fantastic selection of candles and scents by Better Homes and Gardens. This is where I found the glass hurricane candle holder + candle below.

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I also purchased decorative gems vase filler by Better Homes and Gardens for the base of the candle holder.

cottage bathroom refresh with Better Homes and Garden

A basket filled with rolled towels is an ideal storage solution for bathrooms lacking in the storage area. I was very impressed with the color assortment of  plush bath towels, hand towels and wash clothes that Better Homes and Gardens offers at Walmart.

cottage bathroom refresh with Better Homes and Garden

This fuschia colored decorative silk flower  by Better Homes and Gardens I think is my favorite purchase for this bathroom refresh challenge. So simple yet elegant.

cottage bathroom refresh with Better Homes and Garden

I purchased a bunch of these flip-tite clear canisters in the kitchen area of Walmart. Better Homes and Gardens has their own section in the isle filled with canisters of all sizes and shapes. These are perfect for storing soaps, bath beads and other bath accessories.

cottage bathroom refresh with Better Homes and Garden

The white matte frame below is also from Better Homes and Gardens.  To jazz it up a bit and add some color to the room, I purchased a piece of scrap book paper and added it inside the frame. A simple and inexpensive solution to add color to any room.

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This guest bathroom ( really my husband’s bathroom) is now ready for spring.

cottage bathroom refresh with Better Homes and Garden

So how about you, are you dreaming about a bathroom refresh of your own? Well guess what, you can head over to the BHG @ Walmart Pin It to win contest and you may just win yourself a $1000 room refresh of your own! Follow this link to enter Room Refresh Sweepstakes.

If you love our Modern Cottage bathroom refresh design, I have included a mood board of the Better Homes and Gardens products I used that you can purchase at Walmart. The product name and colors are below the mood board for your reference.

Bathroom refresh with better homes and gardens @ walmart

Aquifer memory foam bath mat, Aquifer bath sheets, Aquifer bath towels + hand towels, Classic striped shower curtain, Classic striped towels, Classic striped bath mat, White Matted 11×14 frame, fuschia silk flower, White and Chrome tumbler, toothbrush holder, soap dish, Flip-tite clear canisters, Glass blown hurricane candle display, Gem vase filler

Thank you to Better Homes and Gardens for asking me to participate in the bathroom refresh style challenge.

All opinions are 100% mine and I was not told what to purchase or say. I really love our bathroom refresh!

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from Better Homes & Garden for my time and participation in the Better Homes &
Garden Refresh Challenge. Although we have a material connection, any publicly
stated opinions of Better Homes & Garden and their products remain our own.

Our modern cottage kitchen {makeover}

I won’t lie, it’s been a little difficult to not show our modern cottage kitchen makeover for months but Woman’s Day Magazine revealed our kitchen and dining room on their website last week so I have the go ahead to finally show you. Last summer (I cannot even believe it’s been that long), I installed blue glass subway tile for the first time on our back splash. What a long but fun project! I had never used a wet saw and was like a kid in a candy store after I cut my first tile and it didn’t break. I was pretty excited. The existing 1970’s kitchen was dark and outdated. Our new kitchen is a white, modern cottage style with a blue glass back splash.

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 Woman’s Day Magazine & Bob O”conner

Here is a shot of the before and after,

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The cabinets were sanded, primed and painted by a local painter just about 2 years ago. I have since repainted some of the lower cabinets simply to freshen them up and cover knicks. Once you paint cabinets, you have to expect to repaint and/or touch them up every two years or so, especially if they are white! I will do a tutorial soon on how to cover dark stained cabinets with primer as well as the steps used to paint white kitchen cabinets.

Here is a shot of the kitchen before from our dining room.

dark outdated kitchen makeover

We tore down the wall between the kitchen and dining room to give it a more open and modern feel. We did this just before I started blogging so I did not take any pictures. Who would have known that pictures would be so important.

Here is a shot of the kitchen after from the dining room.

white cottage kitchen cabinet makeover

Last summer I spent a week tiling the kitchen backsplash with blue glass subway style tile. When Woman’s Day contacted me about featuring our kitchen, the backsplash hadn’t even been started and I only had 3 weeks to get it done. I had no idea what color or even how to install tile so needless to say, I panicked. I got online and read through tiling tutorials and finally ended up at Home Depot to purchase supplies. I ended up special ordering the blue glass tile from Dahl Tile and was a bit nervous because at $16 a square foot, I couldn’t afford to break many! Would you believe me if I told you the tile was removable? Oh yes, my first tiling job and I made it removable. A modular backsplash. I’ll share the tutorial soon.

blue glass subway style tile

The cabinets are painted with a  Benjamin Moore white paint called “decorators white”. We also added a custom brown glaze on top of the painted white cabinets.

modern kitchen painted white cabinets makeover

Here is a picture taken for the Woman’s Day Magazine January feature.

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Woman’s Day Magazine and Bob O”connor

I love how the blue glass subway style tile coordinates with the red kitchen aid appliances. I think the red appliances and red bar stools give the kitchen a great pop of unexpected color.  The range hood below was spray painted with Rustoleum hammered silver spray paint.

cottage kitchen before and after

 We also added a french door between the kitchen and hallway that leads to my parents master bedroom. We added 5″ crown molding as well as roping detail to give the cabinets a custom look.

white modern kitchen makeover

I purchased the roping molding and just nailed it to the 5 inch crown molding with 1 inch finish nails. You can purchased crown molding with all the detail already but it was more economical for me to do it this way.

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Here is a view from the newly installed french door near the dining room looking into our mudroom and sitting area.

white painted kitchen cabinets

I think the red stools offer such a fun pop of color and coordinate perfectly with the red kitchen aid products that Target donated for the Woman’ Day makeover .

white kitchen painted cabinets

Here is a picture of the kitchen before without the newly installed french door.

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Here is the newly renovated kitchen with the addition of a white french door.

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Here is a shot of the dining room that is open to the kitchen. This shot was taken during the Woman’s Day makeover. I am so thankful that they let me keep the proofs from the professional photographer!

cottage dining room makeover

Woman”s Day Magazine

I am so happy with the transformation of the original dark and outdated 1970’s kitchen to a new modern cottage kitchen. My mom and dad recently had the house re-appraised and were very pleased with the increase in the home value. Kitchens and baths are certainly worth the investment for resale value. Target is giving away a $100 gift card here on the blog later today or tomorrow so stay tuned! UPDATE: You can enter the TARGET $100 gift card giveaway here.

Other projects in this room:

How to install a kitchen backsplash

How to measure square foot for a backsplash

How to cut glass tile

How to install mosaic tile {tutorial}

Tiling our bathroom wall was my second time installing tile and lets just say, I’m glad I don’t do it for a living. When I installed our kitchen backsplash, the grouting process was much easier as the tiles were larger then the mosaic tiles. It’s actually quite simple but very time consuming and messy. With that said, I’ve put together a picture tutorial of how I installed mosaic glass tile around our existing shower and adjoining wall.

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If you have not seen the before pictures of this bathroom, you may want to check them out! The prior bathroom was a 1970’s styled bath with a pink toilet, pink sink and enormous pink fiberglass sunken tub with pink and white surround tile. It was a hot mess!

how to install tiles on a bathroom wallI purchased premixed white thin-set mortar for ceramic and glass tile at Home Depot. You can buy the huge bag and mix it yourself but where I am a newbie at installing tile, I wanted it pre-mixed to ensure proper consistency.

tiling supplies needed for a bathroom

Tiling a wall requires that you invest in a couple of tools that will make your life easier. I  used a V notched trowel to spread the thin-set mortar on the wall and a float trowel to apply the grout.  When tiling a wall, you can either apply the thin-set directly to the wall or apply to the back of your tile and then adhere the tile to the wall. I did both. The key is to apply the mortar and use the notched end on an angle to remove some of the mortar. By using the trowel, you will ensure that the proper amount is left on the wall. how to tile a bathroom walls

I purchased 12 x 12 squares of mosaic glass tile at Lowes. This next step is pretty simple, measure the wall and then cut your tile sheets to fit. If you do not have a wet saw (to cut your tile) you may need to purchase tiling shears to cut the individual tiles to fit perfectly. I got lucky and everything fit perfectly.

how to install mosaic tile in a bathroom

Then apply the mosaic tile to the wall and press firmly to ensure adhesion.  Be sure to press in all the corners and sides as well. I apologize, some of these pictures of me tiling are not the best quality. The lighting is horrible in this bathroom. For some of the smaller tiling pieces, I used the “back buttering” method to apply the thin set. You basically apply the thin set like you would butter a piece of bread. Then remove with the notched end of your trowel.

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Then simply stick your tile to the wall.

how to install mosaic tile to a bathroom wall

This part of the tiling process is fairly easy. It’s the grouting and clean up that I found time consuming.

how to install mosaic tile

As you can see, I tiled around the shower and wrapped the mosaic tiles around the wall.

Tiling a bathroom wall with mosaic tiles

Don’t be scared if the thin-set comes through the creases of the mosaic mesh. Be sure to wipe it off though with a damp towel. Once it dries, it’s a nightmare to remove. Trust me, I know. Once you have all the tiles adhered to the wall, you need to wait 24 hours before you apply your grout. I purchased pre-mixed bright white grout and basically applied some spots with my fingers and used a float trowel to spread the large areas. Be sure to work in small sections and wipe any excess grout off as you go. DO NOT let it dry and think you will scrub it off the next day. Once it dries, it’s not easy to remove. The tiling directions on both the thin-set and grout are very easy to read and self explanatory.

applying grout to the shower area

As you can see above, I am using my float trowel to apply the white grout. Note, grout comes in “sand or sandless”. Basically, if you are applying grout to glass tile, you do not want sand in your grout as it will scratch the surface of your tile. I used my finger and the trowel to ensure that the grout was firmly pressed between each crease. This part of the tiling process took me a few days working for 3 or 4 hours at a time. It was time consuming and messy but well worth the outcome in the end.

How to install tile in a bathroom

Tiling our bathroom wall and around our shower dramatically changed the look of the space. The total cost of this tiling project was under $350. I used 30 sheets of 12×12 mosaic tile pieces plus the cost of supplies.

how to tile a bathroom wall around a shower and closet

I hope tiling a bathroom wall or any wall for that matter, seems less intimidating after this tutorial. It really is a fairly easy project but not one that can be done in a day. My suggestion if you are on the fence, just do it and stop thinking about it. You will be amazed at what tiling a wall will do for your space. The amount of character and modern glam that this tiling project added to our bathroom exceeded my expectations. Be sure to check out the full bathroom renovation reveal post to see the rest of the bathroom as well as our diy board and batten wainscoting tutorial.

Other projects in this bathroom:

Spring bathroom reveal

DIY Magazine Rack

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My husband’s DIY bathroom renovation is finally completed. When I tell you that this 8×10 space made me cry and almost jump out the tiny window in this room, I am not kidding. You will see why in a minute. I really enjoy DIY projects and love the idea of the finished product but this little o’l budget diy bathroom renovation put my patients to the test. The only thing that kept me going was that my husband and I were sharing a bathroom and I needed to get rid of him! Oh the mess and oh the noise in the morning. I was on a mission to complete the new bathroom. The original bathroom was a 1970’s pink color scheme which we demolished earlier this year.

DIY bathroom renovation {reveal}

Here is the bathroom before:

1970's old pink outdated bathroom

You can see I tried to paint the tile and that didn’t go so well. My dad agreed to help demolish and remove the pink tub. Thank goodness because 2 hours of taking off the tile was not fun. I posted a couple months ago about the newly framed closet and shower stall that we added in this space. Here is a picture of the original vanity minus the drawers. The quality of these pictures are not that great as these were taken with my old camera. It’s so strange to think that this was my bathroom when I was a kid.

bathroom vanity with dark cabinets

The deal I had with my dad was he helped get rid of the existing tub and tile and I would help him add a closet and shower stall. Once we installed the closet and shower, I was on my own. That was when my anxiety set in. Like I said, I love a challenge and do it yourself projects but this was over my head and the old saying, “learn as you go” was now a reality. This project started earlier this year with the demolition and the addition of the shower and closet and then came to a halt once that was completed. I got busy doing our family room, dining and mudroom makeovers. However, I started back up again (that’s when my husband moved back into our master bath) about a month ago and finally it’s done!

DIY budget bathroom renovation vanity

Sherwin Williams provided me with complimentary paint for this makeover and I ‘m loving their new gray colors. I used their new line called Emerald. I painted the original vanity with Sherwin Williams gray clouds, the walls with rhinestone and the trim in extra white (semi gloss).  The original walls are old and somewhat uneven so I added 3 1/2 inch boards to create texture and add character. The boards are painted the same as the walls in rhinestone. I chose a satin finish which I think offers the perfect sheen for the walls and vanity. I have always been a big fan of Sherwin Williams paint and I was so excited when they contacted me about this project.

Now for a look where the old pink tub was.

DIY budget bathroom renovation shower

It’s quiet dramatic in my opinion and yes, this is the part that almost killed me. We installed an inexpensive fiber glass shower stall and once it was installed, it looked like it needed a little something to jazz it up. I did not have plans of adding tile but you know how that goes, once you get started, you can’t stop. Once I started tiling inside the shower, I decided to wrap it around the new closet. I love how it looks!

DIY budget bathroom renovation closet

The glass mosaic tile is called Venetian and I purchased it at Lowes. The tile consists of a sand stone color, blue/green and gray glass. The door is painted in Sherwin Williams Cloud Gray to match the vanity. Instead of using a standard shower curtain, I used an 84″ white cotton panel from Target. I wanted the shower to appear as large as possible and I think that hanging the shower curtain higher creates that illusion. Don’t you? No worries, I will be hanging an extra long shower liner inside with drapery rings.

I installed bingo brackets that I purchased at Home Depot and added thick stand alone glass shelving. I think the tile and shelving are by far my favorites in this space. I was surprised at how easy the bingo brackets were to install. I will provide a tutorial soon on how to install them.

DIY budget bathroom renovation glass shelving

One of my goals, besides kicking my husband out of our shared master bathroom, was to provide him with a spa like feeling bath that he would love. When we go away on vacation, one of the things he loves most is the hotel baths that are newly renovated and spa like. I wanted the overall feel to be a modern cottage look with a spa feel. I think we accomplished that. This next picture shows the planks that I added to the wall. I purchased 1/4″ MDF and cut to 3 1/2 inch strips and created squares as a wall treatment. I’m sure there is a name for it, I just don’t know what it is!

DIY budget bathroom renovation towels

I love the texture that the wood adds and this project was honestly, a pain in the butt. A close second behind the tile. If I had someone helping it would have been easier but most of this space was completed during the day when everyone was at work so I was on my own. I will also provide a tutorial soon on the wall treatment.

Target provided complimentary holiday towels and accessories for this makeover and the pops of red are absolutely perfect paired with the gray and white color scheme. You can imagine my excitement when I got an email from the PR department at Target last month wondering if I would like to have some complimentary holiday decor. It even came gift wrapped in a huge box!

DIY bathroom renovation target candles

I love the fresh holiday greens and berries paired with Target’s holiday candles. The soap pump and tray below are winter white featured in a cable knit pattern also from Target’s Threshold Holiday line.

DIY bathroom renovation target soap dispenser

The tray, tumbler and soap pump are the perfect coordinate against the silver mirror.

DIY bathroom renovation target bath items

The additional closet space is perfect for my husband’s work attire. We have one small closet in our master bedroom (which we were sharing) and now, my husband has this closet all to himself. Now he just gets up in the morning and leaves the room! Yay! No noise from the adjoining master bathroom or rummaging through the closet.

diy bathroom renovation closet

My husband asked me if these were real gifts for him. Sorry honey, just an inexpensive way to add some character to the room.

diy bathroom renovation basket of gifts

I love how the glass shelves and nickel colored brackets look against the wall color. The rhinestone wall color is a very light gray, almost a silver tint.

diy bathroom renovation glass shelving

You can see the colors of the tile a little better in this picture.

diy bathroom renovation glass shelving

I got a new camera lens and attempted to use my custom white balance setting for these photos. I think I’m liking the  clean crisp effect of using a preset white balance.

diy bathroom renovation toilet

Last summer we added natural sand stone colored ceramic tile to the floor.

diy bathroom renovation door view

I hope you enjoyed my husbands new diy bathroom. I will provide tutorials of all the diy projects and a budget breakdown soon. Lets just say we saved thousands doing it ourselves. A big thank you to Target and Sherwin Williams for the complimentary products. I know you all know this but I have to say it, all opinions are mine!

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How to build a lattice privacy screen on a budget {tutorial}

Today I am sharing how to build a lattice privacy screen on a budget. Do you have air conditioner units, trash bins or maybe a neighbor that you can’t stand the site of? Thankfully, we like our neighbors (knock on wood) but we have two large air conditioner units that are at the end of my mom’s patio so we decided to make a simple and inexpensive lattice privacy screen.

how to build a lattice privacy screen

Last week I posted our patio makeover and showed you how to repair an old cracked cement patio.  As I mentioned last week, this happens to be my mom’s outdoor space so we are trying to “beautify” it for her . I cannot believe the amount of emails I received asking for a tutorial on how we built the privacy screen. I had already planned posting a tutorial but your sweet emails made me that much more motivated to get it done quickly! I love tutorials that I find online but especially love the visual tutorials, so I decided to create this post using mostly pictures.

CLICK THE ARROWS AT THE TOP TO SCROLL THROUGH THE TUTORIAL {or use your arrow keys on your computer}

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