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. 

First off, the guest bathroom.reveal_thumb1

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

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Hey all!  

Today is the third post in my series of how we turned our basic ranch house into the cottage of our dreams.  house transformation series

First, I showed you the updates we made to the outside of our house when we moved in. 

Then, I showed you the addition that we began building to the side of our ranch. 

Now, I am going to show you our first huge renovation to the inside of our ranch, and that was our Kitchen Makeover. 

 

This makeover has to be one of my all time favorite.  Y’all it was a HUGE undertaking!!

Here is what our kitchen looked like when we first moved in.

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Need I say more?

We had planned on waiting to renovate the kitchen, but it was more than I could handle.  

I begged Cy to let me paint the cabinets white!  I knew that it would at least help make the kitchen more tolerable. 

Well, he agreed to letting me paint the cabinets, but then I got to thinking….(which is very dangerous)….instead of wasting time painting the upper cabinets, why don’t we just take them down and put up open shelving?

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Taking the cabinets down made the soffit stick out more.  ugh.

So guess what?!  Down with that soffit!!  We had insulation up to our knees when we took it down!  Let’s just say that my hubby was not as thrilled with my plans as I was.  It was not a pretty moment in our marriage.  hee.hee.

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Cy patched up the walls with drywall, but we had parts of our ceiling missing where the soffits used to be.

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Visually, I didn’t like how the pantry stuck out in the kitchen and made it look smaller.  So I asked Cy nicely if we could tear it down and build a new pantry?  (I was walking on very thin ice at this point.  But I was on a mission, and I wasn’t turning back!) :)

Cy took a sledge hammer to that baby, and it was gone!  Whoop!  (I’ve got a good man, don’t I?)

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Look how much bigger the kitchen looked already!..

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Cy built me a new long, shallow pantry with pretty french doors, and here is the pantry before we painted it

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You can see how we built the pantry HERE.

We left some space to the left of the oven so Cy could build me some extra cabinets!

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You can read about how he did it HERE.  I was loving the addition of these cabinets to my kitchen!

We then painted all of the cabinets white.

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You can read about the process we followed to painting our cabinets white HERE.

 

You can see how we built them in this post.

Next step was to installed butcher block counter tops from IKEA.

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I LOVE my countertops!  Almost four years later, and they still look amazing!!

You can see how Cy installed the countertops HERE.

We then needed a backsplash, so we chose white subway tile.  Click HERE to see how we installed it.

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My kitchen was coming together!!

Remember the opening in the ceilings we created when we removed the soffit?  Well, we could either patch the ceiling, or install the new wood ceilings I have always dream about.  Hmmmm.  Might as well do the ceiling since we are already in a mess, right?  (Are you seeing where this is going?)

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Cy helped get me started on our wood ceiling and I finished it ALL BY MYSELF!    Cy was out of town, and it was interesting trying to do this on my own!  

You can see a video of exactly how we installed our wood ceiling HERE.

You can read about our molding and baseboard HERE.

Once the cabinets and ceiling began looking good, it made the linoleum floor look even worse than it did in the first place.  And since we were on a roll, why not install those wood floors we were hoping to do one day?

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Details about our wood floor HERE.

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We were finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, and we built some open shelves above the subway tile.

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Read about how we built our open shelves in this post.

We also installed a new farmhouse sink and faucet.

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After adding some new hardware from Lowe’s and some Christmas decor, my kitchen was finally complete!!

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And I got the white kitchen cabinets that I wanted in the first place!  HA!

We started this *little* project at the beginning of October (2011,) and we finished it the week of Christmas (2011.)

In three short months, we got our kitchen completely renovated from top to bottom!

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It was a crazy three months, but we were both so glad we did it once we were finished.  

It’s amazing the difference you can make with a little white paint.  {wink}

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Photo by Layla

To see more before and afters of this kitchen makeover, click HERE.

 

Click HERE for a budget breakdown of our kitchen renovation!

 

Wanna see some more great kitchen makeovers

that my husband has done in other homes?  

CLICK ON THE PICTURES BELOW!

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See you tomorrow with some more interior renovations on our ranch!

 

 

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Bedside Table Makeover

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Bedside Table Makeover

I am so excited to finally have completed this makeover on my bedside table!

This piece of furniture used to be my mom’s, and it has sat beside our bed in our master bedroom for over a year now.

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However, I have never liked this piece of furniture because it just really isn’t my style.  I’m not a “cherry furniture” kind of gal.  Smile

Now, I know that some of you are, and a lot of you are going to think I am cray-cray for painting it.  But I know if my mom was still living, she would say, “Honey, if you would like it better painted, then paint it!!”

So I did!

Mainly because of this inspiration picture from Pinterest…

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This picture makes my heart skip a beat every time I see it!

Here is what the piece of furniture looked like before I started painting…

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First, I removed all of the hardware with a screwdriver.

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Then I applied a layer of KILZ primer with a sponge roller.

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After the primer dried, I applied a coat of my favorite white paint at Lowe’s.  It is the same paint that I used on my kitchen cabinets.

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It’s extremely durable and dries to a hard finish.  I used a paint brush for the curvy parts of the furniture and a sponge roller for the smooth parts.

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I applied two coats of paint on top of the primer, then I let it dry really good.

The furniture was really finished at this point, but I wanted the table to have a little bit of a shine to it, so I added some wipe-on poly.

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Then when it was dry, I added some hardware from Hobby Lobby to the drawers.

The hardware only called for one hole in the middle, so I drilled new holes with my drill and then attached the hardware.

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I already love this piece of furniture so much more!

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And truthfully, I know that my mom would too!  She would be so happy to know that I am loving and enjoying her piece of furniture.

This corner of our room used to look dark and dingy.  Now it looks like and airy!  Yay!

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5 Easy Steps to an Outdoor Makeover

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Are you enjoying more time outside now?  We sure are!  I cannot get enough of it.  However, my back yard was really needing a makeover.

Here is my sad outdoor space that was in desperate need of some TLC.  DSC_0684

There were five things that I wanted to do to this space to make it ready for outdoor entertaining this summer.

1.  Add a new rug to define the space.

2.  Add an umbrella to create shade from the sun.

3.  Add cushions and pillows for comfort.

4.  Add candles/lighting for ambiance.

5.  Add flowers to the pergola for color.

These 5 things are not very difficult to do, but they made a dramatic difference in our back yard.

Here is what it looks like now…

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Can you believe the difference?!  I love it now!

The outdoor rug had been there for three years, and it had seen better days.  It was time for it to go.  It seriously had like grass growing in it, or something else.  Ew.

 

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So I got a this new rug from Lowe’s…

Society Page 7-ft 10-in x 10-ft Rectangular Brown Geometric Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

It really brightened up the space and made my table really stand out!

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Btw, I got those black iron table and chairs at a yard sale for $25 about 15 year ago.  I spray painted them hunter green to match my house at the time.  Yikes! Smile  Since then, I have painted them black.  I give the whole set a new coat of black spray paint every spring, and they work perfectly all summer long!

The second thing I wanted to do was add an umbrella because we get a ton of direct sun in this space.  An umbrella is a necessity!

I found a neutral one, by Garden Treasures, at Lowe’s that I loved.

I usually always buy a neutral colored umbrella because it goes with anything, and all I have to do is change out the cushions and pillows when I want to change my color scheme.

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Next, I found some cushions and pillows that I loved and added them to my patio set and swing under the pergola.  They add so much color to our back yard, and they will help our guests feel extra cozy and comfortable when visiting.  Smile

My favorite, and fourth, thing that I love to add to an outdoor area is candles/lighting.

I found this candle holder at Lowe’s that I absolutely love!

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Garden Treasures Hanging Umbrella Centerpiece

It’s a “umbrella centerpiece,” and I have always wanted to try one of these.

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It was super easy to attach to the pole, and it looks so pretty all lit up at night.

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I’m still finishing the area under out back patio, but I wanted to show you some lighting that I added to one wall in that space as well.

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11.4-in H Light Blue Ceramic Outdoor Decorative Lantern

I got those lanterns at Lowe’s, and they match my pillows perfectly.  They have the black iron hooks/hangers at Lowe’s as well for just a few bucks.  Cy drilled a couple of holes in the brick and then we screwed the hook/hangers to the wall.  For an extra touch, I used some rope to hang the lanterns from as well.

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I don’t know if you can tell that I have candles lit inside the lanterns because it wasn’t dark enough outside yet.  But they are beautiful at night!  They cast a beautiful glow on my brick wall, and I love them!

Lastly, adding flowers to your outdoor area definitely spruces things up.

I found these teal pots and pretty pink hydrangeas at Lowes, and thought  they would look beautiful in front of my pergola.

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Now I can sit on my swing and enjoy them all summer long!

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So there you have it!

My back yard is coming together.   Stay tuned for more pictures of our makeover later this week. Smileoutdoor makeoverMore DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on Instagram, Pinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app

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Disclosure:  I received a Lowe’s gift card for this project.  All decorating ideas and opinions are 100% mine.


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Clint and Mary’s Kitchen Renovation {Part One}

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Hey friends!

I am so excited to share Cy’s latest remodeling project with you!

A couple of months ago, he started working on Clint and Mary’s kitchen renovation. It was a HUGE renovation, and I wanted to share some of the “before” pictures with you.

When you walk in their front door, you immediately see their living room on the right.

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The living room leads into the dining room.  The plan was to move the wall between the two rooms forward making the living room smaller and the dining room bigger.

Cy was also going to add new French pocket doors between the two rooms.

If you keep walking past the living room, you will find yourself in their den.

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Like most homes built during this time, there is a wall separating the den from the kitchen.  Clint and Mary wanted a more “open” feel in their home and wanted to tear down the wall between the two rooms.

Mary loves to entertain and host get-togethers, so she wanted a space that facilitated a lot of people.

Her kitchen was small and closed off from the rest of the house.

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It was also missing adequate storage.  Mary wanted a LOT of cabinets and storage space.  {What woman doesn’t, right?!} Smilekitchen renovation

We made plans to tear out the small panty and create a larger one with double doors.  The wall between the kitchen and dining room was also going to get torn down, opening up the space even more.

If you walk through the small kitchen, you will end up in the dining room.

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As you can tell in the picture below, every room was separated from the other ones with walls.  Well that was going to change….BIG TIME!

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Here are a few sneak peeks of the “during” photos.

The new wall between the living room and dining room was built…

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And the wall between the den and the kitchen was torn down…

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The space already looks SO much bigger!

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I cannot wait to show you the “afters” of this space!  It is an amazing transformation!

 

Stay tuned….

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Hall Closet Makeover

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Last year, I showed you a makeover I did on the exterior of our hall closet, but I have never shown you the inside.

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Well, I did show you the “before” of the inside of the closet, but I never showed you the “after” of the inside of the closet.

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I used an Easy Closet system to re-do the inside of my closet, but here is the cool thing.  It was FREE!

I worked with Easy Closets for my master closet makeover, and they accidentally sent me an extra closet system for a smaller closet.

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I contacted them to let them know, and they said since it was their mistake I could keep it!  Say What?!!  I was thrilled!  And I was even more excited when I realized it fit our hall closet perfectly!

Here is the before of our hall closet…

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There was only one shelf space and one bar to hold clothes.  {This closet didn’t used to be a “hall closet.”  It was a bedroom closet before we added the addition to our home.}

With the Easy Closet system, I was able to create three bar spaces, lots of shelving, and even some drawers!  Love that!

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Now, the inside of my closet looks like this…

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The left side of the closet holds my out of season clothes, and the middle shelves hold photo albums, décor items, and some home videos.

The upper right side holds tablecloths, and the drawers below hold wrapping supplies, like tissue paper and gift bags.  I also have a “junk drawer” full of miscellaneous stuff that needs to be organized.  Smile  We all have one of those, right?

I still have some organizing to do against the wall on the right.  Right now, I have some large picture frames and artwork stuffed in there.

The back of the doors hold a lot of space, so I added a belt holder for all of the boys belts that I find laying all over the house.  I plan on adding another one for their ties.

Eventually, I want to organize this space even better with cute matching baskets on the shelves and handles on the drawer, but I don’t have time for that right now.  Smile  And no one really sees the inside of my closet except for me.  I’ll save that project for a rainy day.

For now, I am thrilled with my more organized closet!

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Do you have a closet in need of a makeover?

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Green Buffet Makeover

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I wanted to quickly show you a makeover I did on a makeover. Smile

It’s my new green buffet.

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It didn’t used to be green.  It used to look like this in our previous home…

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But that was what it looked like AFTER I gave it a makeover.

Here is what it looked like in the very beginning when I bought it from Goodwill…

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And here is Eli when he was two helping me sand the buffet.  I. am. dying.

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You can read about how I painted and glazed the buffet {the first time} HERE.

We have gotten a LOT of use out of this buffet, and we have used it in our kitchen, den, laundry room, and bedroom at one time or another. Smile

It was showing some wear, so I decided to give it some new life with a new Annie Sloan paint color that I have been wanting to try, Florence.

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It is a very bright color, but I have seen it used before, and I knew that applying dark wax as a finish would turn it almost green in color.

So I painted the buffet one evening.  The thing I love about Annie Sloan chalk paint is that it dries very quickly.

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After two coats, I applied some Annie Sloan dark wax.

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I am TOTALLY not an Annie Sloan expert, but I just applied the wax in small sections at a time with an Annie Sloan wax brush.  If you do not have a brush, a lint free cloth will work just fine.

Then I used an old cloth to rub the wax off.  I rubbed off as much as I wanted to get the look I was after.  I give the wax a good scrub until it shines a little. Smile

That’s it!  How easy is that?!

I bought some white knobs from Hobby Lobby at 50% off, which came to about $6.00.

Then I added a few Christmas decorations, and I love the way it turned out!

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It’s a bright color for me because I usually stick to neutrals, but I am enjoying the “life” it brings to the room.

So there’s my buffet makeover-makeover.

Isn’t it fun to change the look of a piece of furniture with just a can of paint?

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Have a blessed day!


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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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Back Door Makeover

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Howdy!

I wanted to show you a quick little change we did to our back door.

We finished this back in July, but I am just getting around to showing it to you.

This is what our back door used to look like…

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This is the door we use every single day.  And so does our company whenever they come over.  Sad smile

A white door does not work well with four little boys and a dog.  It stayed constantly dirty.

Notice the outdoor light?   Yep, it was just an exposed light bulb because the plastic cover fell off and cracked last year.  Tacky, I tell ya.

When we painted the exterior brick {which I still haven’t posted about yet}, I knew I had to paint that door.  I decided to paint it the same color as the front door, mainly because I already had the paint. Smile

It’s called Ebony Fields by Valspar.

Here is what our back door looks like now!

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Aaaaahhhhh, much better!

We bought that beautiful copper-like outdoor light at Lowe’s.  I love our back door now.  I need a bigger rug, but I haven’t bought one yet.

I cannot believe how much difference a little bit of paint can make!

 

BTW, the pretty ferns are from my sweet daddy.  Smile  He buys ferns for my sister, my SIL, and me every Mother’s Day.  I love them!

I hope to show you the rest of our exterior soon, but we haven’t finished painting the two story addition yet.  We are going to have a rent a boom lift or something.

Have a blessed day!


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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!!

 

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