Master Bathroom Reveal!~ORC Week 6

Well I barely made it, but I finished my bathroom makeover!
On the day I needed to take photos Texas had one of its few rainy, gray days.
So I didn't have the natural light I needed, but I did get to wear fuzzy socks, so that was a plus.

Here is a reminder of where we started.
Orange wood cabinets, mirrors that were too small, no hand towels and no art work.etc

And after...
The cabinets got a coated with bright white paint and received new hardware. 
I didn't notice until it was too late that one of the handles is a bit wonky in the photos. I still need fix that!
I also a got  lattice rug so our footsies are toasty on the cold tile floor.

My husband's sink was a bland spot...

I hung a towel ring on the wall and got some pretty towels.
A sweet little fern print hangs above it.

You can also see the larger mirrors I hung above the sinks.
Boy, was that a scary job.
I took lots and lots of measurements and those mirrors are heavy.
I felt like a ran a marathon when I was finished with that job!

Here's my sink. You can see the old mirrors.
I also had no hand towel and a big empty wall.

Boy was is it tricky to find artwork for this wall!
That darn light switch is in the way for so many pieces I tried.
Ideally I would have liked to have hung the fern prints lower on the wall, but it just wasn't possible.

Despite the slightly odd placement, I do love the fern prints in weathered wood frames!

I found the cutest French farmhouse soaps for the space.
Sometimes the little things can make you so happy.

On the other side of the room is the bath tub where a rustic homemade sign hangs.

Our little powder room got prettied up too.

To be honest this was not a fun makeover with lots of painting and installation, but the work was worth it.

I am really loving how light and bright the space is now!

To see how it all began:
week 1:skipped, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5

Please visit the other One Room Challenge make-overs @ Calling It Home.



Painting Oak Cabinets White~ORC week 5

I always love the magic of paint in transforming a piece for just a little money.
But sometimes the process is a real pain in the... you know what!
Normally when I paint furniture with chalk paint I wax the piece for protection, but since bathroom cabinets are around a lot of water I decided to use poly, like I did in our guest bathroom.
I used the same can of poly and since it worked so well in the guest bathroom, I assumed it would work on the master bathroom cabinets as well.
However, the guest bathroom cabinets were painted gray and the master bathroom are painted white. 
When the poly dried.... my cabinets had turned yellow! Nooooooo!!!!
Please make sure that you use a dries clear or non yellowing poly when applying on top of white! 
Lesson learned!

I used this chalk paint from Home Depot. It works great and is more than half the price of other chalk paints. One of the great things about chalk paint is even though it seemed as though my cabinets were ruined from the "bad" poly, with chalk paint I could simply paint right over the poly without sanding or stripping and they were as good as new.

I also added some new hardware from Lowe's that I am loving!
I need to share another frustrating little story with you though.
Two of the holes on the cabinets are not lining up perfectly for the door handles so I will have to drill them to get them to line up.
I just wanted share this with you in case you are attempting a DIY project and run into problems and think "why do these things never happen to bloggers". 
Oh, they most definitely do!

But despite all the set backs I am LOVING the results.
 I think the white really pops against the dark counter tops turning them into such a pretty feature, where before you didn't even really notice them.

I also got new mirrors on clearance for about $27 a piece.
 Mirrors are expensive y'all, so I was more than willing to take the time to paint and poly them to make them work in the room.

I haven't hung them yet (dreading it), but you can see the size works so much better than the old mirrors.

Next week is the big reveal! I'd better get back to work!
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Be sure to check out more One Room Challenge (ORC) participants!
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Looking back on my master bathroom makeover:
week one: skipped



Progress in Master Bath~ORC Week 4

I'm still busy painting away on my bathroom cabinets.
I ran into some difficulty, which I'll tell you all about next week when they are finished.
In the meantime I thought I'd share some improvements that have been made in the room.

The master bathroom has a separate little room that just holds the toilet.
I don't mean to be indelicate, but it is a room visited everyday, so why not make it pretty?

One of my favorite things is my lavender sign I ordered years ago from Castle & Cottage.
I wish I had a better place to hang it in the house besides the loo, but it really fits the spot perfectly.

My husband was always putting spare toilet paper on the floor (GROSS!!).
So I found this cute metal basket at Michael's to keep spare rolls in.
I placed TP stickers on the chalkboard label.

So now instead of a plain gray room, we have a cute little space that makes me smile. :)

When we bought the house the bathroom had a formal, brown valance above the block, glass window.
Not my style at. all.


I found some pretty towels for the space at Marshall's and made a sign to go above the towel rack.
The sign was made from old fence posts and a stencil.
You can read more about it here.

Block glass windows are great because they let in lots of light, while still giving you privacy.
However, I hate the way that they look.
So I hung a simple Swiss dot sheer curtain .
Lots of light still floods the room, but the ugly window is covered up.

I look forward to showing you my completed painted cabinets next week!
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Be sure to visit the others taking part in the One Room Challenge!

Master Bathroom Plan~ORC Week 3

I'm busy painting away on my bathroom cabinets and it is in the ugly stage.
So instead of showing you photos of that, I'm going to discuss my plans for my master bathroom and show you some inspiration pics.

I made a little mood board for my bathroom.
White cabinets and mirrors, fun accessories & damask towels.
I'll also add a lattice rug (it will be gray though, not navy) and I may put fern prints up on the wall.
 I need to hold them up and see how they look.


Here's a reminder of what I'm working with.
Now let's look at some inspiration pictures showing the direction I'd like to take my bathroom in.

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This bathroom is so pretty!
I think the crisp white cabinet looks great with the dark counter tops.
My counters are charcoal gray, not black, but I'm hoping painting the cabinets white really makes them pop!


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I've found some mirrors for my bathroom, but the frames are brown and I'm planning on painting them white.
Love the look of the white mirrors and white cabinet in this photo.

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But then I saw this pretty bathroom where the cabinets are white, but the mirrors are black.
Hmm, should I paint my mirror frames charcoal gray instead to match my counter tops?


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My bathroom has gray walls and I love how the pure white looks with the gray walls here.

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Finally this lovely bathroom with white cabinets and mirror frame.
I wish I could change my flooring to this gorgeous gray tile, but that's not going to happen right now.

I'm looking forward to showing you more next week. :)
For more One Room Challenge (ORC) head over to Calling It Home.


Master Bathroom Make Over~ORC Week 2

I decided, kind of spur of the moment, to participate in the fall One Room Challenge .
Last week was my Fall Home Tour so I'm giving my master bathroom a makeover in just 5 weeks. 
Yikes!
Last spring I joined ORC and transformed our guest bathroom.
I still love the way that room turned out and  I wanted to love our master bathroom just as much!

First thing is these orange oak cabinets have GOT. to. GO.
They will be getting some fresh white paint.

I will also be changing the hardware on the drawers and doors.


The mirrors are too skinny and they are damaged, so new ones will go up.

There used to be a small glass shelf between the two mirrors
. I've already removed it and filled in the holes, but I need to touch up the paint.

There is no where to hang hand towels for either sink. (why?)
So I plan to install some ring towel holders.

I definitely need some art work for the walls.
I wish I could hang a large piece here, but the light switch is in the way.
I'll probably hang four frames in the space.

Finally a rug to soften up the tile.
Um...and maybe clean my grout. Ahem.

I'm excited to get started!
Check out the others participating in the One Room Challenge as well.

Day 3:Fall For Texas Home Tour~My Home (plus day 4 & 5 links)

Welcome!
Thank you for stopping by for my Fall home tour.
I always look forward to decorating my house in the fall. 
Fall is just such a cozy time of year.
It's still pretty hot in Texas, but cooling down a little so I am thankful for that.

I gave myself a little challenge this year to spend no money.
I didn't quite make it, but I came close. :)

Let's start in the entry way.
I found this painting at the thrift store this summer. 
I think it was around $3.00. 
I bought it knowing that I would use it in my fall decor.

Our library was giving away books that didn't sell when had they had a book sale.
So I picked up these two that tie in nicely with my painting.

A thrift store stool and a bowl of (faux) little orange pumpkins round off the entry way.

I recently finished painting my living room and adjoining dining room.
I had barely finished the spaces when it was time to take photos for the fall home tour.

When we moved into the house the walls were dark red.
I then painted them gray, but I wasn't happy with the shade I chose.
It had too much blue in it, which just wasn't the look I was going for.

I finally decided on this shade of very pale gray that almost looks white. 
Not very daring, but I'm happy with it.

When I usually decorate my living room for fall I use lots of texture and layers.
Think plaids and burlap and earth tones.
I decided to try something totally different this year!
This is where I ended up spending a little money.....

I've been seeing a lot of black and white buffalo check on Instagram lately and decided to get these pillow covers from Amazon.
They were only about $13.00 for the pair so not too bad.
They tie in really nicely with my sign from House of Belonging.
It's the lyrics to the song Oceans by Hillsong United, if you've never heard it I suggest you head over to Youtube right away!

The star of the living room is an old galvanized bucket brimming with goldenrod.
This cheery flower is everywhere in Texas right now.

My oldest son has his learners permit and needs to practise his driving, so I had him drive me way out into the country where the goldenrod is very prolific.

So like I mentioned before, my living room has a very different look this year.
I think of it as modern farmhouse and I must say I am loving the clean simple look!

On to the dining room....
Again, I'm still putting this room back together after painting.
So, the curtains are up, but not hung properly etc.

Earlier this year I lucked out and found four of these gorgeous plates at the thrift store for only 99 cents a piece!
 I don't normally use a lot of blue in my home, but I had to take these home with me.
I think the deep blue is perfect for fall. 
I used some weeds that have a wheat like appearance to decorate my napkins. (free!)

I thought my woven pumpkins were the perfect color to tie in with my "wheat".
This room is really difficult to photograph due to a huge window in the room, so I apologize for weird angles.

When I was taking pictures of this room my cat became obsessed and kept climbing on the table. 
She even started chewing on my pumpkins.
Lil, stinker!
Good thing I am not actually having a dinner party .
I don't think guests would fancy cat hair with their dinner.

The centerpiece of the table is a faux bois vase filled with Live Oak tree branches from my front yard.
It is tall and dramatic and once again...free.

Across from the dining room is this table that I love to change out for the different seasons/holidays.
I usually change things out with artwork, but this time decided to let my tall three tier tray be the star of the show.

Last weekend I took my boys to a fall festival and as we were walking back to our car we passed this dumpster by the side of the road.
The owners had recently trimmed some type of plant that had these cool green berries.
I immediately knew that I needed them for my fall tour.
So I start pulling off pieces of the branches. 
While I'm doing this a little girl, maybe 3 years old, comes riding up on her Big Wheel and says "hello, what are you doing?".
So I very matter a factly said "I'm picking green berries".
And my 7 year old says "yeah, my mom loves green berries".
I just acted like it was the most natural thing in the world and then I quickly moved on. lol lol


The berries are such a pretty shade of sage green and I decided I had to bring out my little collection of green vintage books to display too.

I know it isn't the usual thing, but I really like using green in my fall decor.

Last, but not least we move onto the fireplace in our family room.
I kept with a pretty minimalistic look in this room as well.

Last year I found the wood leaf garland at World Market and really loved it, so I knew I wanted to bring it back again.

Fresh oak leaves from our back yard add a punch of life to the space.
Our trees don't usually get fall color until December and my then nobody in the blogging world cares about fall color anymore because they've moved onto Christmas decor.
Get with the program leaves!

On the other side of the mantel are some birch bark pumpkins I got at Target last year. 
I just love the texture they have.

A cozy throw from Ikea and a vintage olive bucket finish things off.
Speaking of finish....we've reached the end of our tour.
Thank you so much for coming by!

But the fun is not over yet! Please visit the other wonderful Texas gals on today's tour.

Sweet Nothings



Timeless Treasures

Oh and if you missed it, you can find day 1 here and day 2 here.

I also want to thank Katie from Let's Add Sprinkles for all her hard work putting this together!

Day 4
Hyacinths For The Soul

Kitty's Kozy Kitchen

The Dedicated House

Brookhollow Lane

Day 5
White Spray Paint

Opulent Cottage

Lilacs and Longhorns