Painted Oak Vanity~ORC

We are on week 4 (out of 6) of Call It Home's One Room Challenge.
I have been working on transforming our dark, outdated, guest bathroom into a light, beautiful space.

Our bathroom used to have this outdated,"orangey" oak vanity and broken toilet paper holder.....

Now it is a lovely shade of gray.
I think it has such a fresh, new look.
I get giddy every time I walk by this room now!
I used chalk paint on the piece, you can read more about it here.
Since that post I have used matte polyurethane on the mirror and vanity to protect them from water.

I decided to replace the toilet paper holder with this metal basket.
I think it gives the room a fun, farmhouse vibe and it will coordinate nicely with other galvanized pieces going into the room.

The mirror in the bathroom used to have a white plastic frame.
I'd like a new mirror eventually, but I haven't found the right one yet.

So for now I painted the mirror to match the vanity and I think it looks great!
Painting plastic is not easy though.
You aren't supposed to have to sand things before using chalk paint, but I wish I would have.
The paint barely stuck on the mirror so I had to do many, many, layers until the paint built up and I had the coverage I needed.

I also added some simple handles to the cabinet doors.
I think handles add so much to a plain piece!
I was originally going to add knobs to the (fake) drawer front, but changed my mind.
I think they'd just get in the way when people are trying to brush their teeth and wash their hands.

When I mentioned in my last post how nervous I was about drilling holes in my cabinet Sam @
Away She Went said I should get "one of those plastic guide things that help when drilling holes in cabinets".
Then I remembered "oh yeah, I have one of those in my garage!" .
It made the job so much easier! Thank you Sam!

The room is really starting to come together now and it's going to look even better with some rugs on the floor and art on the walls!

To check out others participating in the One Room Challenge head over to Call It Home.

Vanity & Mirror progress~ORC

It's week three of the One Room Challenge~half way!
I thought I would be finished painting the vanity and mirror, but then my husband surprised me and asked if I wanted to go to Corpus Christi for the weekend.
 We've never been and our family loves the beach so of course I said "yes!".

But I have made a lot of progress.
I'm painting the vanity and mirror with a new chalk paint from Rust-oleum that I found
at Home Depot.
 It was only $16.97 a can. I was paying almost $40 for a can the same size, of the
 Annie Sloan chalk paint.
 My Home Depot only carries it in three colors right now.

The reason I love using chalk paint is because if you mess up, like this spot on the mirror, you can sand it down until it's smooth and paint over it and you can't even tell the difference.

I'm almost finished with the vanity. I just need to touch up a few spots and then 
seal it with some polyurethane.

I bought some simple hardware for the vanity. Handles and knobs add so much to a plain cabinet. Although I am dreading drilling holes in the vanity.
 It makes me so nervous!

Remember the broken toilet paper holder?

I picked up this basket for the side of the vanity to use as a non-traditional toilet paper holder.
I promise the vanity and mirror will be complete next week!

I'm linking up to Calling It Home One Room Challenge.

Week 2: Painting the walls
Week 1: Before photos and room plan

Painting The Guest Bathroom~ORC

So it's week 2 of the One Room Challenge @ Calling It Home where we have 6 weeks to make over a room in our home.
To be honest this week is pretty boring, but it's part of the process.
Our guest bathroom started out a dark shade of blue, since the room has no windows it was very dark in there.

I started out with a coat of primer.
You can see why I didn't bother to watermark any of these photos. :)

I then used two coats of Benjamin Moore Simply White.
I love the color, but I do have a complaint. 
BM paint is more expensive and is supposed to be better quality.
I primed the walls, bought paint that supposedly has primer in it and painted two coats and I think I'm still going to give it one more coat.
So that's a bummer, but it is a lovely shade of white.

The room is SO much brighter!!!
My teenage son even noticed!
Light, white and bright is wonderful!!
Definitely worth the ickiness of all that painting.

What's next?
Painting the cabinet and mirror gray using chalk paint.
I'll tell you all about it next week!

If you'd like to see where we started:
Week 1: Before photos and room plan

Guest Bathroom Makeover Plans~ORC

Hello there!
For those of you that don't know our family moved into our home in Austin, Texas in July.
Most of the rooms in the house had been painted very dark colors which isn't my style at all.
I have been slowly, but surely working on re-doing all of the rooms in the house. Fun!
When I heard it was time once again for Calling It Home's One Room Challenge I knew it was the perfect opportunity to give me the kick in the pants needed to get a room completed!

I decided to give our guest bathroom a complete makeover.
We're going to have house guests this summer and I love the idea of it looking pretty for our guests.
Here is how the bathroom looked in the real estate listing.
It's cute, but it looks like it is meant for a little boy.

There are no windows in here and the paint color makes the room so dark.
I definitely want to lighten up the space.
I'm hoping some creamy white walls will do the trick.

The orange oak vanity is outdated and just not pretty.
I plan to paint it and add handles and knobs.
The toilet paper holder is constantly breaking, so I need to come up with a solution for that.

I'd like to find a new mirror for above the vanity.
But if I can't find one that I like, I will paint the frame to match the vanity.

A new shower curtain, rugs, artwork and accessories and I think we'll have a whole new space!
So here is a look at my plans for the room.
Lighter, brighter and it has the cottage style that I adore.
I have 6 weeks to get this done....wish me luck!

To check out more ORC participants visit Calling It Home.

Bluebonnets, Blog Design, and more....

Hey y'all! Long time no talk!
Three whole months without blogging. I think that is a record for me.
Two moves in two years just had me needing a break.
But I'm ready and excited to jump back on the horse.

I also started homeschooling my youngest and I needed some time to totally focus 
on that and get us in a groove.
Happily I can report that it is going very well and we are both happy with the change.

It is bluebonnet season in Texas and it is one of my favorite times of the year!
On Easter I made the boys pose for photos for me. They weren't happy about it, but let me snap a few.
All kinds of wildflowers are blooming around the state, the sun is out, but the temperatures are mild  it is a such a lovely time.

What else have I been up to?
I asked my BFF Sarah to whip up a makeover for my blog.
I wanted something very streamlined, but still show my love of cottage decor and I think we nailed it.
I look forward to sharing more info on my friend Sarah soon.

Some of you may remember we moved to North Austin this summer and although I've taken a break from blogging I have been hard at work on the house and yard.
So I have lots of fun before and afters to share with you. 
See you soon!

Router Cover: Project Challenge #12

I hope you all had a very merry Christmas!

It's the last Project Challenge for 2015.
 I can't believe it's the end of the year already!
This month our groups challenge was to create something made of books or book pages.

When we had our Internet installed in our new house this summer I asked for the router to be placed in our game room, so I didn't have to look at it.
But the technician didn't feel like we were getting strong enough service with it in there so he wanted to put it in our kitchen.

We have a built in desk in the kitchen and I hate having this ugly router and ugly cords sitting out on display and I hate looking at them all the time!

So I decided to make a router cover using thrift store books.
Step one: measure your router so you buy books that are tall and wide enough to cover your router.
I chose books where there is a space between the pages and the binding so it would be easy to take all the pages out.
It turns out the two middle books have a plastic film on them which made them difficult to paint.
So learn from my mistake and avoid those type of books.

Now, confession time....
I picked up my books from the thrift store the same day we were hopping on a plane to Florida and we didn't get back until the 23rd.
So I had to put this together quickly on Christmas Eve and Christmas day (which thrilled my family).
At one point I screwed up the way I glued them and had to rip them apart and glue them all over again, so my cover is kind of rough looking, but I couldn't go out and get more books and start over again.

But, despite how rustic my router cover looks I still think it looks better than it did without one!
I added some cute desk accessories to distract from the flaws in my books/cover.

I painted the books with chalk paint and then used various rubber stamps to place designs 
on the books.
If you'd like to see another post where I painted thrift store books click here.

A big project I hope to start (and finish) in 2016 is painting my kitchen cabinets.
I've never painted cabinets before and I am intimidated by such a big job, but I know I will be so happy with it once it's done.

Now go check out what the other ladies have come up with!

Christmas Home Tour 2015

Hello and welcome to my Christmas home tour 2015!
I think I am the slowest Christmas decorator in all of blogland. :)
But better late than never I say.

Greeting visitors to our house is a large nutcracker that I have owned for at least 15 years and hope to pass down to one of my kids some day. 
I found a buffalo check basket at Target this year and was excited to use it because I am using a lot of plaid and checks in the house, as you soon will see.

Many years ago I bought this wreath at an after Christmas sale and I use it year after year.
To freshen it up this year I added this cute sign I found in Target's dollar section (it was $3.00).

Welcome to the living room. I have one whole picture for you!
I plan on working on this room a lot in 2016 so I didn't spend to much time in here.
I got the plaid pillow from Amazon and the cutest dear pillow ever from The Parsonage Queen.
The plaid deer is from Target and I got this darling coffee can from The Urban Barnhouse 
Both the deer and tree were placed in a vintage soda crate.

Moving on to our family room and our fireplace mantel.
More plaid! I found the banner/garland at Target and used a stencil to add the word Christmas to it.

I added some snowy grapevine trees, red lanterns, white deer and a boxwood wreath.
Fresh greens drape over the sides.
You can turn the lanterns on and there are star lights inside, unfortunately I couldn't get a good picture.
I found them last year at Walgreens and got them for 75% off after Christmas....score!

And what do we have next to the fireplace.....
Our Christmas tree!

I really love having our tree next to the fireplace it makes the room so festive!
We love to have the lights on every night and we really enjoy the tree.

I brought in a Santa I found last year at CVS because I just love his plaid coat and hat.
One of my Kubu chairs sports a red striped pillow and our kitty likes to hang out here.

I found a fun birdhouse with a license plate roof for almost nothing at the thrift store and added it to the bottom of the tree as well.
Early in the season I came across this buffalo checked wrapping paper and I just love it!

This year we wrapped the bottom of our tree in a beadboard collar that I made.
If you'd like more information on it click here.

Something new I added to our tree this year is touches of black to coordinate with the
 buffalo check wrapping paper.
I found these large wood tag style ornaments at Michael's.
The plaid ribbon is from Hobby Lobby.

I made the chalkboard ornaments and got the idea from The Hamby Home.
I used the same mini blackboards that she did, but I painted my frames with a metallic paint.
I also made the embroidery hoop ornaments and got the idea from The Rustic Cottage Gal.
I tried to find plaid or buffalo fabric everywhere and couldn't find any so I ended up using wrapping paper in the hoops.

Target has these super cute plaid deer this year and I bought a bunch of them!
Last year I bought a bunch of unfinished wood snowflakes after Christmas for 50 cents a piece and I spray painted them red.

Next up is my youngest son's room.
I have been working on giving him a woodsy lodge themed room so it really lends itself to Christmas decorating.
The moose pillow is from The Nest UK.
When I placed the deer head above my son's bed I was concerned it might freak him out a bit, but he hasn't said anything about it.

My son loves having a tree with lights in his room.
I placed it in a vintage minnow bucket and decorated the tree with felt birds.
I have the Santa nutcracker talk to my son at night and it cracks him up.

My kids love having lots of red in the house at Christmas time, but luckily they don't care how I decorate the dining room so I get to use the neutrals that I love!

I kept things very simple in here.
A pedestal dish with greenery and mercury glass acorns and some finials on the table.
On the wall I took a photo of a deer that I took back when we lived in Illinois and had it blown up into an engineer print.
I used the same print in my dining room last year, but this year I went bigger!

A very simple place setting.
 White dishes, white napkins and for a napkin ring a blackboard tag that I simply tucked some greens behind.

Across from the dining room is a display that I have shown you before.
A Dear Lillie blackboard print, an antler and some moss topiary that I made.
The table is from Kirkland's and the large basket is a recent thrift store find.

I want to wish you a very merry Christmas from our family to ours!

Linking up to:
The Pretty Preppy Party, Think and Make Thursday, The Creative Circle, Brag Worthy Thursday