How to Stain your Patio to look like Tile {#tbt}

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 Hey Friends!

It’s throw back Thursday here at Beneath My Heart, and I wanted to share with you one of my FAVORITE Spring projects that Cy and I complete at our previous home!

 

 

How to stain your patio to look like tile

 

This project was pretty easy and very inexpensive, but produce HUGE results!

As you can see in the “before” picture, we had a dull, ugly, concrete back patio like many homes do.  We brainstormed ways that we could change the look of our patio inexpensively, and staining the concrete to look like tile did the trick!

To see the complete tutorial of how you can do this yourself,

CLICK HERE

 

You can also see how we decorated our back patio by clicking on the picture below!

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DIY-ing our Basic Brick Ranch into the Cottage of our Dreams – Part 4

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Welcome to Part 4 of my series!

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Last week, I shared our exterior, our addition, and our crazy kitchen makeover.

Today, I am sharing the next space we renovated right beside our kitchen. 

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This renovation occurred sooner than we had planned because one of our boys (ahem. Luke.) stood on the soap dish and caused the tiled shower wall to come tumbling down.  Ya can’t make this stuff up!

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I will have to say that I was kind of glad it happened because it forced us to give this bathroom an update it REALLY needed!  

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This bathroom is close to our kitchen and the main one that our guests use, and it was really dated.

Note the cushioned, leaf print toilet seat…yes, that is a fish, moose, and bear at the top of the seat.

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To see more pictures of us gutting the this bathroom, click HERE.

So we painted the walls white, added a beadboard ceiling, installed a new window, tiled the shower walls, and add a new shower head…

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We also added new hexagon tile from Lowe’s on the floor.

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And added wood planks to the walls.  Eli helped me fill in the nail holes with wood filler.

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You can read about how we installed our wood plank walls HERE.

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Cy built us a vanity with some newel post and leftover butcher block from our kitchen renovation.  Click HERE for the full tutorial.

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We added a mirror and light from Lowe’s above the vanity.

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We were thrilled with how our bathroom turned out.  It definitely fits into the cottage/farmhouse feel we are trying to create in our home.
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See you tomorrow for more of our home renovation!

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Cy’s Top Projects of 2013 {A Job Update}

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This was a HUGE year for our family.  A “change of life” kind of year for our family.

If you have been following my blog for a while, you know that my husband left his 15 year banking career to go into business for himself.

He started this new venture in February of this year.  It was scary and a huge leap of faith.

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But I wanted him to follow his dreams, and we both felt the Lord leading us to make this big change.

Cy’s love is building things.  It is a passion that we share together.  So he traded in his suit and tie for boots and jeans.  He traded a 8 to 5 job during the week for 10-12 hour days and weekends.

It has been a big adjustment for us.  It hasn’t always been easy.

The first part of the year started off well, but we hit a rough patch toward the end of the summer.  It was a very low point for Cy, and he started to question his ability to continue in business for himself.  {Which is part of the reason for my short employment in August.}

But those low points have taught us one thing:  EVERYTHING comes from God.  We had to learn to daily depend on him like we haven’t in a long time.  We prayed, we cried, we trusted.

And God was faithful.

Things began to really pick up for Cy’s business in August, and it hasn’t slowed down.  He is learning so much and working his tail off.

I have never been more proud of him.  There are days that he is literally working his fingers to the bone.  Let’s just say I need to take stock in Neosporin and BandAids. SmileI love that I have four sweet boys that get to see everyday how hard their daddy works to provide for them, and I pray that that same work ethic will be instilled in them.

I’ve been able to share some of his hard work with you here on my blog, and they have been some of your favorite posts this past year.

So I thought I would give my hard working hubby some props and highlight a few of them today.

Just click on the pictures below to view each post!

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Thanks for letting me share Cy’s projects with you here on my blog!  I look forward to sharing even more of his handiwork in 2014!

Happy New Year, friends!!!


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Robin’s Bathroom Makeover Reveal {Part Two}

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UPDATE:  Click HERE to see all the details on Robin’s bathroom, including paint color and accessories.

I hope you enjoyed Part One of Robin’s bathroom makeover yesterday.

If you missed it, you can read about it HERE.

Now I get to show you the whole beautiful bathroom!

But first, I want to thank Robin for letting me share her bathroom with all of you.

“Thank you, Robin!”  Smile

Robin did an amazing job decorating her new bathroom, and I know you are going to enjoy these photos.

Let’s look again at the before…

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And now the after…

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Remember the old linen closet and vanity?…

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The linen closet is gone, and the old vanity has been replaced with a beautiful custom double vanity…

 

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The old corner tub?

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See ya later, Alligator!…

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The old, bulky shower in the middle of the wall had to go!…

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Robin bought a beautiful blue dresser to go where the old shower used to be, and the now the new shower is tucked perfectly in the corner providing a lot more space in the bathroom and making it appear larger.

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Speaking of the shower….

I think my hubby did a great job creating that custom arch and tiling the shower!  Smile

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And I am in love with the custom glass doors that Robin picked out for her shower. bathroom makeover reveal

Here is a look at the bathroom from another angle…

Before…

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Robin picked out the beautiful granite vanity top, and Cy installed it.

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Ooh-la-la!

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Did you notice all of the beautiful bead board that Cy installed around the bathroom?  Love it!

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And I love Robin’s new tile flooring too!

Here is a look at the old toilet area…

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Cy installed matching granite on top of the knee wall by the toilet, and I love the way it looks now!

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And Robin hung this pretty word art on the wall where the linen closet used to be…

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I hate to say goodbye to Robin’s beautiful bathroom, but I hope you enjoyed the tour!  Smile

Before we leave, I snapped a quick picture of her beautiful bedroom on the way out too because I knew you would love seeing it.

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Thanks again, Robin, for sharing your beautiful bathroom makeover with us!

To find out the decor details of Robin’s bathroom, click HERE.

If you like this bathroom makeover, you might like these as well!  Just click on the picture to check them out.reveal

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Also, if you live near Lexington, Kentucky and have a remodeling or insulation project that needs to be completed, I might have some connections. Smile

Just shoot me an email!

 

Have a blessed day!

*I’m linking this post to Home Stories A to Z’s Tutorial and Tips Linky Party.


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Robin’s Bathroom Makeover Reveal {Part One}

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I am soooo excited to share this bathroom makeover reveal with you!

As you know, my husband went into business for himself this past year.  He started an insulation and remodeling business.  We thought he would do more insulation than remodeling, but it has actually been the opposite.

Part of the reason is because of my blog.  Many of his remodeling jobs have come from people who read my blog. Smile

Like Robin.

Robin has been reading my blog, and my sister’s blog, for a while now, and when she read that Cy was starting his own remodeling business, she asked him to give her master bathroom a makeover.

Robin is precious, and it was awesome meeting her in person!

Today, I want to show you what her bathroom looked like the day Cy and I went to her house, and some of the plans she/we had for the bathroom

Here is what the bathroom looked like as soon as you walked in…

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One of the first things Robin told us that she wanted to change in her bathroom was the flooring.

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She also wanted to remove the vanity and install a new double sink vanity.

I suggested that she tear out the small linen closet beside the vanity to make the bathroom feel more spacious.

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On the right side of the bathroom, there was a big, bulky shower right in the middle of the wall.  Robin wanted that shower torn out and a new one built in the right corner of the bathroom.

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She also wanted to get rid of the big tub.  I definitely agreed with this decision! Smile

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Removing the tub would make a huge difference in this space.

You can see in the picture below how the shower wall juts out and takes up a lot of space.

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The only thing that we were not going to change in this bathroom was the toilet.  It was going to stay where it was, but that area would get a little update.

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We also left the walk in closet alone.  It stayed put.

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Cy and his crew got busy on this bathroom!  They got rid of the old flooring and corner tub.

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They tore out the vanity and linen closet and hung new drywall in its place.bathroom makeover revealThey also tore out the old shower, and installed a new tub and shower in the corner of the bathroom.

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It is amazing how much larger the bathroom began to look with the shower moved down to the corner!

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Robin wanted an arch in the shower, so Cy custom built one for her.

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He installed beautiful 12×12 tiles on the shower wall along with an accent piece.

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For the new floor, Cy installed the tile on the diagonal which visually makes the floor space look larger.

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Do you liked what you have seen so far?

Well, here is a sneak peak of the final reveal tomorrow!

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I can’t wait to show you the rest of it!  {I wish I could take credit for how beautifully decorated Robin’s bathroom is, but she did it all herself, and you are going to LOVE it!}

Come back tomorrow to see all of the “before and afters” of this beautiful bathroom makeover!


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Bathroom Makeover Reveal!!

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Hey friends!  Happy Labor Day!

I wanted to quickly share with you a makeover that Cy did on a client’s bathroom.

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He had already started the demolition process before I could get a before picture, so this is what it looked like when I showed up.

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That is where the toilet used to be.

He was going to try to keep and re-do the original vanity, but it was in such bad shape, I convinced him to let me find a piece of furniture I could turn into a vanity.

I found this piece of furniture at our local antique mall for $90 dollars.  That was so much cheaper than any new vanity that I would buy at Lowe’s or anywhere else.

 

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I painted the dresser with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Gray.  We reused the same hardware because it was perfect.  We were planning on keeping the original top on the dresser, but Cy ended up having to replace it.

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He bought some oak, stained it, and sealed it with poly to create a new vanity top.

For the bathtub, he used a tub refinishing kit from Lowe’s to cover up the old blue tub.

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I picked out the tile for the shower and floor.  It is from Lowe’s.  I will try to get the exact name of this tile and add it to my post today.

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We were super pleased with how it looked.

Cy installed bead board all around the room which really made the space look bigger and brighter.

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We painted the walls above the bead board a tan color.

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Here is what the bathroom looked like before…

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Here is the after!

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Cy bought the light at Lowe’s, and he built a custom mirror.  I think it looks so fresh and lovely!

The clients were on vacation while Cy completed this remodel.  The husband wanted to surprise his wife with a new bathroom.

Before they got home, Cy bought some flowers to place on the vanity, a card, and a new brown hand towel.

Isn’t that sweet?!

 

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I love my man.  Smile

He’s working on another bathroom remodel right now, and I can’t wait to show it to you when he is finished!

 

Have a blessed Labor Day!!

 

Linking this project to these parties…

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A New Tile Backsplash!

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Cy recently finished another kitchen project.  A client wanted him to help install a new tile backsplash in their kitchen.

They were doing some of the renovation themselves, and here is a “before” picture after their new countertop was installed…

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Cy began removing the old tile, but before he did, he made sure that he had on his 3M™ TEKK Protection™ Holmes Workwear™ Safety Glasses.  He had a pair of clear protective glasses, but we didn’t look near as cool in them as we did in the dark protective glasses. Smile    Players don’t play.

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The tile can easily be removed with a hammer, box knife, and a pry bar, but Cy had to be sure to wear his protective eye wear because bits and pieces of tile can break off and fly in the air.  It is so super important to protect your eyes!

When the tile is removed, it usually damages the dry wall behind it.

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So once everything was removed, Cy installed new drywall above the countertop.

 

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Once the old tile was removed and the new drywall was up, it was time to install the new tile.

 

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Cy wore his 3m protective eye gear and Digital WorkTunes™ Hearing Protector and AM/FM Stereo Radio while he worked.  For this project, hearing wasn’t a big concern because we didn’t use power tools.  However, Cy likes to wear them to block out any noise during noisier projects and wore them during this project for added safety protection and to listen to music while he was working.

He was trying to cut out the hole where the outlets would go in the wall.

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You have to be super careful with this part.

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Before applying the new tile to the drywall, he spread tile adhesive on the wall with a 1/8 inch V-notch trowel.

 

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Then he used his grout float to push the individual tiles firmly into the adhesive.  During this process, keep a damp sponge near and wipe off any excess adhesive that pushes through the tile before it dries.

The homeowner was going to grout the tile himself after Cy was finished installing it.

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I stopped back by to get some “after” pictures, and the tile looked beautiful!

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The new tile definitely gives their kitchen a more updated look!

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And the cutouts around the outlets worked out perfectly!

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You can find other great 3M products here:

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And connect with 3M here:

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This post is a collaboration with 3M™ TEKK Protection™ Brand, but all words and opinions are my own.


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Bathroom Makeover Reveal

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Hey Guys!

I get to show you another great makeover that my husband just finished at my Aunt Lois and Uncle Ed’s home!

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They live in a beautiful home, but they were wanting to update their master bathroom.

Here is what it looked like before…

 

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And the after…

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Cy raised their old vanity to a higher height and painted it white.  He also added a new marble countertop, hardware, and faucets.

The previous tub and tile were definitely out dated…

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Aunt Lois was wanting a free standing tub, so Cy installed this one…

 

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Isn’t it gorgeous?

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As you can tell, Cy installed beadboard paneling all around the bathroom.  And he installed the beautiful octagon tile on the floor.

Here is another look at the tub before…

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And now the after…

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I am in love with the blue paint on the wall.  It is so serene and spa-like in the bathroom now.

Here is what the bathroom looked like before…

 

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And after….

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My Aunt Lois found this beautiful print at Kirklands, and I absolutely love it.

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I found this light at Home Depot.  I wanted to add a little “bling” to the space.  Smile

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It looks so cool when it is all lit up.

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It was super hard to take pictures of the shower, but if you look at the before, you can see that the old shower doors where trimmed in brass.  Not good.

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Cy installed new tile in the shower and these beautiful glass doors to give it a much more up-to-date look.  The glass shower doors really open up the space too!

 

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Aunt Lois wanted a seat in the shower, so Cy created this corner seat and used some of the same marble that is on the vanity for the top of it.

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He also used a piece of the marble in the entry of the shower to tie it all together.

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Here is a look at the vanity before…

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And now the after…

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Aunt Lois and Uncle Ed are absolutely thrilled with their new bathroom.  I loved this makeover because I got to see my Aunt Lois and Uncle Ed more than I usually do. So did my boys!  My boys LOVE going to see Aunt Lois and Uncle Ed!

 

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Thank you for letting me share this makeover with you!

 

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Have a blessed day!

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Kitchen Makeover Reveal

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Remember back in March, how I told you that one of Cy’s first jobs in his new business was remodeling my brother and SIL’s kitchen in their new home?

Well, he finished it a couple of months ago, but I just now got over to their house to take some “after” pictures!

Sorry for the delay. Smile

 

But I am so excited to show you Cy’s fabulous work!

Let’s remember what it looked like before….

 

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And the after!….

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My brother, Blake,  and sister-in-law, Ande, are absolutely thrilled with how it turned out!

It is amazing how much of a difference was made by painting the kitchen cabinets white!

 

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He used Benjamin Moore’s White Dove on the cabinets.

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The oak cabinets completely dated the kitchen…

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But now the cabinets look fresh and current…

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To paint the cabinets, Cy used the Homeright Finish Max Sprayer.

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You can read about how he painted the cabinets HERE.

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Ande chose to paint the island herself, and Cy installed a new granite counter top on it.

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Isn’t it gorgeous?!  I believe Ande got those stools at IKEA.

 

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Cy also installed IKEA butcher block counter tops just like the ones in our kitchen.

 

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I cannot get enough of butcher block counter tops!

 

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Ande picked out a beautiful stainless steel farmhouse sink for her kitchen.  Cy had to rebuild the cabinet below to make it fit, and it looks great!

 

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Blake and Ande also had the floor refinished, which added even more beauty to this space!

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So there you have it!  What do you think?

Did Cy do a good job?  Smile

 

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Next week, I am going to show you the makeover he completed on my Aunt and Uncle’s master bathroom.  You won’t believe it!

 

If you have any questions about the kitchen makeover, feel free to leave it in the comments below.  Thanks!

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DIY Dressing Table

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Hey Friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Mine was super busy and super wonderful.  We had very special guests at our house this weekend, and I will share some pictures with you later this week.  Smile

 

I want to remind you about the Summer Tour of Homes that started today!

Just click on the picture below to start the tour!  Have fun!

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Today, I wanted to show you how Cy made my dressing table in our new master closet.

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I knew that I wanted a dressing table in our master closet.  Because of where the windows and lighting were in the closet, the best spot for the dressing table was in this corner.

 

To make the table, Cy started by drawing a level line the height that we wanted on each wall.diy dressing table

Then he screwed two 2×4’s in the studs of the wall.

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To give the table top support, he created a crossbar.

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Then he cut the shape of the table top out of a 4×4 sheet of oak.

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He trimmed the table top out with 1×2 pieces of poplar wood.

We thought the table may need a little extra support, so we nailed two 2×4’s underneath like legs.

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For my skirt, I measured the distance from the bottom of the table top to the floor.

 

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Then I folded my drop cloth in half and laid it out on the floor.  The cool thing about drop clothes is that they are “hemmed” all the way around.  So I didn’t have to sew a hem on my skirt.  I just cut my drop cloth in a way that would make the hems be on the sides and bottom of my dressing table.

 

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I ironed the drop cloth before I cut it the length I needed.

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I hot glued the “unfinished” side of the drop cloth to the backside of the 1×2 trim underneath the table.

There was really no rhyme or reason for how I glued it on.  I just folded a piece of the drop cloth over and then glued it.  (and burned my hands several times!)

Since I had two pieces of drop cloth, I hot glued one piece to half of the table, and the other piece to the other side of the table.

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Lastly, I filled in the nail holes with wood filler, sanded them after they were dry, then painted the table top white.  I also applied a coat of poly to the top.

I LOVE my new dressing table.  It’s going to be so nice to sit down while I put on my makeup and fix my hair.

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And I love that it is hidden in my master closet so that I don’t have to worry about leaving a mess on my bathroom sink countertop.  I can just hide it in here!  Smile

 

I will share some info about the accessories in this room soon!

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Where do you do your hair and makeup?

 

 

Do you like using a dressing table?

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