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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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?  

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

 

 

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My New Open Kitchen Shelf (and Roman Numeral Print Coupon Code)

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So, last week I got to show you my dining area makeover.  

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I am REALLY enjoying this space.  It just makes me happy when I walk in the kitchen!

Many of you asked me where we got our new open kitchen shelf.  We’ll we made it, of course!  :)

It was so super easy.  I got the three metal brackets from The Home Depot.  I think they were about seven or eight bucks a piece?

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The shelf is simply a 1x10x8 piece of wood from The Home Depot stained with a Dark Walnut stain.  

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Since we needed the shelf centered over the bench, we weren’t able to attach it to the studs in the wall.   We had to use drywall anchors with the screws.  You install the drywall anchors first, and then attach the bracket to the wall with screws.

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Lastly, we screwed the shelf into the metal brackets.  

I decorated the shelf with items I had around the house.  The aqua bottles I got at Hobby Lobby last year.  The small pitcher was my moms and the large pitcher is from Home Goods.  The Artichaut plate was my mom’s.  She got it at a yard sale years ago.

I love adding real greenery to my decor.  Those adorable little plants were on clearance at Lowe’s for $1.00 each.  Precious!  

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The black mirror was a Goodwill find years ago.  I painted it black for our former laundry/mudroom in our previous home.

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The candle is from Marshall’s.  The wicker tray is from Walmart’s bathroom section.

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Since we had to hang the shelves high enough over the bench so we wouldn’t hit our heads on it when we got up and down, it left a huge, awkward empty space under the shelves.

I already had the frame from Kirkland’s, but hadn’t ever used it before.  

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I printed this scripture printable and placed it in the frame.

It says, “From the fullness of His Grace we have all received one BLESSING after another.  John 1:16″

I thought that was a perfect scripture for the table since we always say our blessing before we eat.

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I only had one frame, so I had to put something else in the other empty space.  I had the cutting board/ipad/recipe book holder on my other kitchen shelves.  I recently purchased it at Home Goods, and I love it!

I attached it to the wall, but it needed something more.  The sweet bird plate was a gift from my friend, Layla, last year when she and her husband, Kevin, visited us.  I sat it in the groove part, and it was perfect!  I added a piece of 3M adhesive to the back of the plate to keep it in place.  I know one of my boys would have knocked that plate off if I hadn’t! :)

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The other piece of art that I decorated my space with was this awesome Roman Numeral Print that I recently purchased from Jenna Sue Designs!

It is our wedding anniversary date!  Isn’t that cool?!  I got the wood frame half off at Hobby Lobby.

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Jenna Sue has an AMAZING BLOG, and I love to go to it for inspiration.  (Her kitchen is to DIE for!)  She had one of these Roman Numeral prints in her home, and I knew I had to have one!  Mine is a 16×20, but you can get it smaller if you want. 

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Jenna Sue has more than just Roman Numeral Prints, so visit her shop and check them out! 

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5 Reasons I Love My Kitchen Open Shelves

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Why I Love my Open Shelves

 

When we moved in our house four years ago, I knew one of the first rooms I wanted to do a makeover on was our kitchen.

 

Wasn’t it beautiful?!  Winking smile

 

 

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I also knew that one of the first things I wanted to do was remove the soffit and upper cabinets and install open shelves.

 

Now my kitchen looks like this…

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I LOVE my open shelves!!

 

When I shared them on my blog, most readers loved them too.

 

However, I had some readers not like the idea of open shelves, and that is totally fine.

 

And every now and then, I get a comment or email asking me if I still like my open shelves, or if they get dirty easily.

 

Well, I am hear to tell you that almost four years later, I am still in love with my open shelves and here are four reasons why.

 

1.  All of my dishes are easy to reach.

 

I love being able to just reach up and grab a dish or cup that I need.  I have the dishes that I use on a daily basis on the bottom open shelf.

 

There is no time wasted opening and closing doors.  I just grab and go.

 

2.  The shelves are easy to Decorate.

 

Open shelves literally decorate themselves.  To me, they look beautiful just full of white dishes, and if that was all I ever wanted to do, that would look great.

 

But just add a few red dishes to the white ones, and boom, you are ready for Christmas!  Smile

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In the spring, I put the red dishes in my pantry, and bring out more springy dishes.

 

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Open shelves look great with baskets on them which makes for a lot of extra storage.  I like to store my linen napkins in my baskets.

 

3.  My open shelves keep me organized.

 

Like I said above, I only keep out the dishes that I use the most.  The rest of my dishes that I only use every once and a while or on special occasions are in cabinets in the laundry room off of the kitchen.

 

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I am amazed at how many kitchen items I almost never use!  Open shelves help me keep away the clutter.  When I had cabinets with doors, I would stuff them full of stuff because I knew that no one would really see it, and boy were they a mess!

 

4.  It makes it easy for guests.

 

Have you ever been over someone’s house, and you are trying to help out in the kitchen, but all you keep saying is, “Where’s your bowls?”  and “I don’t know where your glasses are?”

 

Not at my house!  Everything is easy to see and easy to find, and I love that my guests do not have to ask me where everything is.  I hope it makes them feel more comfortable in my home.

 

5.  They are so easy to clean and the dirt can’t hide!

 

So, it always seems that the main reason that people don’t like open shelves is because they say they would be hard to keep clean. 

 

Not true.  Yes, they do get dirty, but not like people think. 

 

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Every couple of months, I just take a cloth and cleaner and wipe them off.  No big deal.

 

 

And the good thing is that my shelves look clean all the time, even if they aren’t.   Smile

 

I also like that my shelves are white, so that when they are dirty, I can see the dirt and get rid of it. I’m glad the dirt isn’t hiding on dark wood cabinets.

So there you have it!   Those are the reasons I am still loving my open shelves.

 

What are your thoughts about open shelves?

Love ‘em?  Hate ‘em?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Industrial Shelves {for a boy’s room}

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I finally finished the industrial shelves on Luke’s wall!

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I’ve been dying to show them to you!

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They have been finished for quite a while now, but I was searching for the perfect light to go over his bed, and I haven’t been able to find it.  Sad smile

So I am still looking.  But for now, I am just using this silver pendant light from IKEA.  It works.

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I have had fun decorating his shelves with some old things and some new things.

The “Explore” sign was from Gordman’s.  The blue fan was a yard sale find for about five dollars several years ago.  I got the colorful, old books at the local antique mall.  The red truck we have had for a while, and I can’t remember where we got it.  The glass jar is from Walmart, and the blue frame I bought at Gordman’s.

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My favorite purchase for the room was the “exit” sign.  I love the color it adds to the wall, and it fits perfectly next to the door to the bedroom.  I purchased it half off at Hobby Lobby.

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The US shaped chalkboard and letter “H” were also from Hobby Lobby.  I got the bowling pin from Goodwill several years ago.

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I love how much storage the shelves hold!  We were able to add baskets, and books, a clock, a globe, and more.

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It really is such a fun space!

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The striped rug is from the Ballard Designs’ outlet.  The bedding is from Ikea, except for the grain sack pillow.  I bought the aqua grain sack at the local antique mall and made it into a pillow.

The bed was stained wood until I painted it black last year.  I got the bed frame at a yard sale over 10 years ago for $15.00.  You can’t beat that!

If you missed how I made the rolling storage crates for Luke’s wall, you can read about it HERE.  Or just click on the picture below.

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And if you want to know how I built these shelves, just click HERE or on the picture below.  It shows you how I built Jonathan’s industrial shelves, and how I used the same size pipes for Luke’s wall.

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I am so glad to have these two spaces completed!  I still need to build some desks and add some window coverings, but I am moving on to their bathroom for now.  I have GOT to get that finished!  Smile

If you have any questions, just leave me a comment below!

 

Have a blessed day!!!

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How to Build Industrial Shelves

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Today, I am going to show you how to build industrial shelves.

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This was a new experience for me, so I just learned as I went along.  But first let me show you the inspiration that got my wheels a turnin’ for this project….

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I had considered doing pallet wood walls, but when I saw that picture last year, I KNEW that I wanted to build something like it that in Jonathan and Luke’s room.  Their room is a long, narrow room, and each side of the room is “their space.”

When we were building the walls in their room, {a veeeerrrrry long time ago} we covered one wall on each side with faux brick paneling from Lowe’s.

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To help the brick to not look like paneling, we filled the seams with wood filler.

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Then we sanded it smooth…

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And painted it the same color as the walls, Benjamin Moore, White Dove.

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I printed off some of the inspiration pictures I found on my computer, and then began sketching each of the boy’s walls.

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Jonathan wanted a place to hang his guitars, so I sketched his wall to look like this…

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Then I went to Lowe’s to purchase my supplies.  I chose to use 3/4 inch black iron pipes.  They come in 1/2 inch and 1 inch sizes as well, and you can also purchase galvanized pipes instead of black, if you want.

These are the main four pieces I used:

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They only had galvanized floor flanges, so I had to spray paint mine black.

I began laying the pipes out on the floor to make sure I had all the pieces I needed.  Lowe’s didn’t have enough of some of the pieces, but they ordered them for me and arrived within a day or two!

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I bought 2 inch thick pieces of wood for my shelves because I love the look of the thick shelves.  They come in different lengths.   You could save some money by purchasing a thinner wood, if you wanted.

I sanded each piece of wood before using it.

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To begin building the wall, I put the bottom row of pipes together and then lined them up where I wanted them on the floor.  I used some tape to help me keep them straight and a tape measure to make sure they were the same distance apart.

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Then I screwed the flanges to the floor.

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I used a 1 and 1/4 inch drill bit to drill holes in the wood where I needed them.  Sometimes I used a tape measure to figure out where I needed to drill the holes, and sometimes I placed the wood on top of the pipes and used a marker to draw around the pipe so I could see where to drill the hole.  Does that makes sense?

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You can see in the picture below how we added the first shelf.  You just continue doing the same thing for each shelf.

Pipe…T-ring….6 inch pipe…elbow…shelf….repeat.

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Then we created the open space on Jonathan’s shelf by using 18 inch pipes.  You can see how we still used the 6 inch pipes and the elbows underneath the shelf.

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Since the final pipe on top needed to reach the wall, we used an 8 inch pipe instead of a 6 inch pipe.  We attached a flange to that pipe and then screwed it into the wall.  On Jonathan’s wall, it was the perfect length, and we were able to drill into the wall perfectly, but for Luke’s wall, we had to add an extra piece of wood to the back of the flange to make it fit perfectly to the wall.  {Do not ask me why.}  Smile)

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After the shelves were built, I stained them with MinWax Provencial and sealed them with MinWax’s wipe on poly in Satin. Be sure to lightly sand in between each coat of poly.  I applied two coats.

In the picture below, you can see the sizes of the pipes we used.

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Lastly, I added some guitar clips and storage crates.  We’ve put some “décor” on the shelves for now, but I am sure we will be changing a lot of it.

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Jonathan is thrilled with his wall!!  He said he wants to add some more “music” stuff to it, so that is our goal.  I think it is a great use of space and makes his room look so “boyish.”

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I was trying to figure out how much this wall cost, and I think it was around $300 total.  Which is a lot cheaper than most pieces of furniture and makes a much greater impact in the room.  how to build industrial shelves

If you have any more questions about these shelves, just leave me a comment, and I will answer them.

Thanks!

 

If you love industrial shelving and want even more inspiration, Jen, from Tatertots and Jello, has a great post about them.  Just click on the picture below.

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“In accordance with the FTC Guidelines, I am disclosing that I received products from Lowe’s for this project. Although I have a material connection to Lowe’s, any publicly stated opinions of Lowe’s and their products remain my own.”

 

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Pantry Coffee Station {#keurig}

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Well, I’ve given my pantry makeover a new makeover!

Let’s take a look back at what my kitchen pantry looked like the day we moved into our home…

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See the big orange door?  That was my small, dark pantry.  I didn’t like it at all.

So what’s a girl to do?

Well, tear it down, that’s what!

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Okay, so Cy tore it down.  Smile

And I made supper while he did it.

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Is it just me, or is seeing your husband tear a down a wall sexy or what?!

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Once the old pantry was completely gone, I was amazed at how much bigger the kitchen looked!

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Cy built some new cabinets with baskets where the pantry used to be…

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We filled up the rest of the empty wall space with a shallow, wide pantry.

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I have loved this pantry ever since!

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It is so easy to see everything inside the pantry and nothing gets “lost” in the back of it.  It’s also easy to clean.

Even though I have loved this pantry very much, I had to make a couple of changes to it.

Why, you ask?

Because of my new Keurig.  Smile

 

Recently, I received a new Keurig Vue, and it sat on my kitchen countertop by the fridge.

That’s totally fine, except that my toaster, canisters, blender, mixer, and more was on my countertop too.

I don’t like a cluttered countertop, and I don’t have a lot of counter space.

So I decided I needed to “tweek” my pantry to accommodate my Keurig and my toaster.

Here is what the pantry used to look like…

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And here it is now that I made room for my new Keurig Vue!

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I simply cut the top pantry shelf in half and cut some new boards to create new shelves.

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I used my Rockwell Versacut to cut my 1×12 boards for the new shelves.

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This tool is the bombdiggity!

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It cuts like butta!

 

I glued and nailed the new shelves in place and installed an power strip with surge protection down the side of the pantry wall for my toaster and Keurig.

Luckily, there was an outlet underneath the bottom shelf of the pantry that I could plug the power strip into.

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I used screw-in hooks above the Keurig machine to hold my coffee cups.

I also got a carousel to hold my Vue cups and placed it on the shelf beneath my Keurig.

 

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Even though I lost some shelf space, I also gained some shelf space by creating an extra shelf on the top right of the pantry.

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Click on the picture below to see “before and after” pictures of our complete kitchen makeover!

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Disclosure:  I received a free Keurig Vue to review on my blog.  I was not told what to do or say.  Everything I shared is 100% Traci-fied. Smile

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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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Guest Bathroom Makeover Reveal!

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Whew!  We have finished our guest bathroom!

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It feels so good to finally have two fully functioning bathrooms in our home now!

We’ve come a long way in this bathroom.

I tried to find pictures of this bathroom when we moved here a year and a half ago, but I don’t think I took any!  {bad, bad blogger}

I did find a video of the first day we moved in.  Here are some still shots of the video.

Check out our “leaf cushioned toilet seat.”  {Please do not pin these pictures from my site!}  Smile

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Here are the mirrored shower doors…

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And our gorgeous vanity…

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Fabulous, I know.

The only change we made when we first moved in was to take down those hideous shower doors and use a shower curtain instead.  We left everything else the same because we didn’t have it in our budget for a bathroom renovation.

But MAN did I want to get my hands on this bathroom!

So let’s just say that it was a “blessing in disguise” when Luke decided to stand on the soap dish holder one night while taking a shower and caused the lower half of the tiled wall to come tumbling down!

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It forced us to move up the bathroom renovation by like two years!

{And I am so glad it did.}

So the first thing we did was to rip down all the old tile.

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The window in the shower had to be replaced.  Water was getting in behind the tile and causing it to mold.

So we chose to put a solid window in the shower that doesn’t open and close.

white subway tile

We also went with white subway tile from Lowe’s.

So much better already!

white subway tile

Cy installed bead board on the ceiling, and I painted it white.

He tore out the old linoleum flooring and installed white octagonal tile from Lowe’s.

white octagonal tile flooring

 

And as much as we hated to get rid of this beauty…

bathroom makeover

 

 

We decided to replace it with a custom made vanity that Cy built out of leftover butcher block from our kitchen renovation.

DIY vanity

As you can see, we added wood planks to the walls with some trim work on top.  We painted the wood Beige Shadow from Lowe’s.

wood plank walls

We took down the hideous medicine cabinet that split your face into three parts when you looked into it…

bathroom makeover

And replaced it with an oval mirror from Lowe’s.  We also took down the very dated light fixture and replaced it with a $16 outdoor light from Lowe’s as well.

cottage bathroom

 

I added the berry wreath during Christmas for a pop of color, but I think I am going to leave it up through the winter months.

cottage bathroom

I used some window treatments that I found at Marshall’s for $19.99 for my shower curtain.

bathroom makeover

 

They look real “see through” in these pictures, but do not look like that “in person.”  It’s because it is really hard to take pictures of a window, and I had to brighten my picture up a lot so the bathroom wouldn’t look too dark.  {These are the moments that I wish I was a professional photographer!}

I wanted to do a split shower curtain so it looked like I was decorating the window behind it with window treatments.

bathroom makeover

I also didn’t want to block the wonderful light from the window with a solid shower curtain.

I have a few other little things that I would like to do in this bathroom, but for the most part, it is finished.

One thing I am still trying to decide on is what type of privacy feature I want to add to the window.  I have a couple of ideas, but just can’t decide on one.  If this bathroom was on the second floor, I would totally leave it “as is.”  But since this is on the main level right next to our driveway, I am going to have to have something on the window to provide privacy.

The other thing I need to get is a hand towel holder for the side of the vanity.

bathroom makeover

There is not a good space for the hand towel to go on the wall, so I am going to install a chrome bar on the side below the vanity top for hand towels.  It will help hide the ugly pipes below and will also fit with the style of my bathroom.

I LOVE this bathroom!

It is fresh, and crisp, and clean, and has that cottage vibe that I love.

bathroom makeover

Right now, the boys are using this bathroom until we get theirs finished upstairs.  I am hoping and praying that they don’t destroy it before we do!  Smile

 

If you have any questions about our makeover, please feel free to ask me in the comments!

Have a blessed day!

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How to build a Fireplace Surround

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Thanks for all of your sweet comments on my Fireplace Makeover Reveal yesterday.

I wanted to hug all of your necks!  We (mostly Cy) worked so hard on that fireplace surround, so it was great for us to read all the great positive feedback.  I felt like y’all were giving us a bunch of “high fives”, and it was awesome.  Smile

If you came to my house to see the fireplace in person, you and I would look something like this…

And then we would go get a Coke at McDonald’s to celebrate, and probably eat chocolate too.

 

Today, I want to show you the steps we took in creating our fireplace surround.

how to create a fireplace surround

Cy had to get pretty creative to make it work, but he did it.

We were using this picture as our inspiration…

fireplace

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There were two problem areas on our fireplace.

1.  The brick stuck out in two different places.

how to create a fireplace surround

2.  The vents were going to need to be covered up by the surround.

Cy started the project by building a frame above the mantle ledge to create a flat surface between the two places where the brick stuck out.

how to create a fireplace surround

 

To attach the wood to the brick you need to first drill a hole in the brick with a concrete drill bit.  Then drill through the wood as well.

how to create a fireplace surround

Next, add PL Adhesive by Locktite to the back of the wood…

how to create a fireplace surround

Then attach the wood to the brick using a concrete screw.

how to create a fireplace surround

The brick on top of the fireplace stuck out a bit, so Cy had to come up with a way to create a flat surface on the front.

how to create a fireplace surround

 

He used his level to help him figure it out.

how to create a fireplace surround

By attaching a “filler” piece to the 2×4, he was able to create a level surface to attach the plywood to.

 

how to create a fireplace surround

Once he had his frame, he added a large piece of cabinet grade birch plywood to it.

how to create a fireplace surround

Next, we added 1×6 boards of Poplar wood to create the “planks.”  You could use pine or mdf boards to save money because you will be painting them.

how to create a fireplace surround

If you put nickels between each board as you attach them, it creates nice even spacing between each board.

how to create a fireplace surround

Next, Cy began attaching ripped pieces of 2×4’s below the mantle (the same way he did above the mantle) to create a frame to attach the birch plywood to.

how to create a fireplace surround

He cut and attached birch plywood directly below the mantle…

how to create a fireplace surround

And down both sides of the fireplace to cover the vents…

how to create a fireplace surround

Because we wanted to cover the vents, we had to attach the wood a little bit closer to the fireplace opening than we would have liked.  We only have about 4 inches between the wood and the fireplace opening on the sides.  Therefore, it technically cannot be a working fireplace.  It doesn’t work right now anyway, so we are okay with that.

how to create a fireplace surround

Cy added a 2×4 to the front brick ledge and trimmed it out with the birch plywood to create the mantle.

how to create a fireplace surround

how to create a fireplace surround

Next he covered up the mantle and the sides of the fireplace with ripped 1×6 poplar boards to fit.

how to create a fireplace surround

He also added 1×4 poplar boards to picture frame the planks above the mantle.how to create a fireplace surround

Then there was a lot of adding decorative trim to the fireplace.

how to create a fireplace surround

 

It is really up to you how you want to trim out your fireplace.  We just chose the pieces we liked and added them.

how to create a fireplace surround

After Cy finished trimming everything out, he caulked all of the crevices.  Don’t forget to caulk!  It makes a world of difference!!

I forgot to take an after picture of the picture molding that Cy add with 1/2 x 3 inch poplar, but you can see it in the picture below.

how to create a fireplace surround

 

I painted the wood with two good coats of white paint, and the brick with Ebony Fields by Valspar.  It’s a gorgeous blackish, grayish, brownish color.  Smile

Cy also cleaned out the inside of the fireplace and spray painted it with a high heat spray paint.

And we were finished!how to create a fireplace surround

You can see in this picture that I also painted our front door the same color as the brick. It really made a huge difference in the space.

how to create a fireplace surround

Hopefully I can get the mantle decorated soon and share it with you.

If I left anything out, or if you have any questions about this process, feel free to ask!


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