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Monday, February 20, 2017

364th Inspire Me Tuesday

Welcome to the 364th Inspire Me Tuesday.  So many great makeovers last week and so much inspiration for every kind of project you can think of.  Here are just a few from last week.


I definitely have kitchen remodels on my mind since we just finished ours and when I saw this one from Corner Of Plaid & Paisley my heart skipped a beat.  Such a fabulous remodel and you won't believe what it looked like in the beginning.


Sometimes furniture makeovers just look like they were made over and not very chic.  Not true with this console makeover from Find It, Fix It or Build It.  She shares how you can make any console over to look like a fabulous farmhouse piece.


Here's a Bathroom Makeover that will totally amaze you.  Belle Bleu turned her master bathroom into a french country dream.


I'm always amazed to see how fabulous an old china cabinet can look with a little paint, diy and imagination.  You can't believe this is the same piece.  Check out Southern Curated to see how she transformed this piece.



Ok, let's see what you have for this week.
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Master Bathroom Makeover Progress

The Master Bathroom Makeover is progressing slowly but surely.  Just a few changes, but each new thing seems to add tons of character.    A few accessories can make a world of difference.


  I looked through my art stash and found this pretty picture.  I loved the frame and the size of the painting, so it got center stage above the tub.



Now if you remember, this is what the bathroom looked like when we bought the house.  Really "Builder Basic" but functional.


Not much character here.  Off the shelf oak cabinets and counter.

The first installment was to use some leftover flooring from the kitchen/family room makeover and have my guys install it in the bathroom.  This replaced 12yr old really worn and torn white linoleum.  Major lst improvement.


Then my granite guys told me I had a piece left over from the kitchen that might work in the master bathroom.  Surprise, it was the perfect size, so I had them install it when they installed the kitchen.  Major upgrade and it was almost free.  Just a few dollars for fabrication and $40 for the square sink.

A few accessories that added some personality were arranged and - - -


I had enough leftover marble tile from the kitchen backsplash to tile around the counter.

Next we replaced the black shade with white blinds and wow, what a difference that made.  So much brighter and lighter in here.


Now I am down to the cabinets and what to do there.  I have decided that I don't want to paint them white.  I think I want to go dark, but do I paint or stain?  Here are a few examples of dark cabinets.


I like the framed mirror and will definitely frame mine.

Inspiration For Moms created this gorgeous bathroom with a little DIY and tons of creativity.  She painted her vanity black.  Love how chic it looks now.

Monica Wants It made over her bathroom using Espresso Gel Stain.  I love this look also and it seems a little softer than the black paint.

I am still looking for a 5 bulb light that is inexpensive but looks like a million dollars.  (I don't want too much. haha)  After I decide about the cabinets, I need to find some killer pulls and knobs too.


At least it is looking better, so now on to the cabinets.

How about you, do you like paint or stain?

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Creating A Guest Bedroom With Weird Stuff

Well, we are finally at the end of most of the boxes that were moved with us and trying hard to figure out what to do with everything. Some things work really well and some not so much.  One of the last rooms that needed to be put together was our Guest Bedroom.  Ever since we moved in it has been the dumping ground for everything that we didn't know what to do with.  All the odd ball pieces of furniture and definitely all the art work.   (We still have some boxes in a storage shed from where we de-cluttered the garage and house before putting it on the market.)  We need to get those things out of there and figure out what all is left to find a home for.

I think I showed you this room a while ago.  This looked good, as time went on it got to be such an eye sore you needed to keep the door shut.  Furniture and accessories piled all over the place.


This is a smallish room, but the full size bed works and gives one person a really comfortable nights sleep and two can manage.  I agree a queen size would be better, but this is what we have.  I sold everything that was in the guest bedroom before we moved, so all I have to start with is the bed.  I was so sick and tired of this room looking like the junk closet it had become, so I cleaned everything out and decided I could make it look better with all the "weird" leftover stuff that was there.

TA-DA - I present my Guest Bedroom. - Now this is not even pretending to be chic, elegant or even stylish.  It is just a really clean room with a great bed, fabulous linens for a good nights sleep and the bare necessities.



 We had this two drawer file cabinet that hubby isn't using, so I am making it do as a nightstand.  Plenty of room on top for a lamp, clock and space for anything that a guest might need to have easy access to.


The mirror was hanging over the dresser in our Master Bedroom in our previous home, however it hasn't found a "home" in this house yet, so I am using it as my headboard.  Most of my pillows are still in the storage shed, but these work to add a little interest to the bed.




This bedroom is next to the loft and has one angled wall.  Kind of a fun quirk.


I am using this quilt rack to hold a couple of throws in case a guest wants to take a nap and needs just a light cover.  The top also serves as a luggage rack to hold their overnight bag.  An unused bookcase holds some assorted accessories and a few books.  I love the painting hanging above it, my son painted that for me years ago.  Definitely one of my favorite treasures.


I folded this toile comforter for the foot of the bed.  Nights have been down into the 50's - 60's, so a comforter might be wanted for a little extra warmth.


Instead of just a pile of junk, I took all these really weird odd-ball pieces and turned them into a clean comfortable space for a guest.


You don't have to have anything fancy to entertain guests, just make sure it is clean and comfortable and they will be fine.  Now of course I will search for some bedroom furniture down the road, but for now, this would work in a pinch and it is definitely better than a pile of junk all over the room.

On a side-note - - - After finishing the Kitchen Makeover, I knew that I still needed 2 more bar stools, however I also knew that my budget was done.  Then - - - I checked on line and there were only 7 left, so before they were all gone and I wouldn't be able to get anymore to match, I bit the bullet.  Now my Kitchen is really done, done - DONE.




Ok, now on to the Master Bathroom Vanity and the Hall Bathroom.  They both need some DIY and I definitely need to paint or stain the vanities.

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