The Blue Cottage

OK…so I’m calling this little gem “The Blue Cottage” for obvious reasons!  Haha!  It’s always astounding what paint can do, isn’t it?  We helped our client/friend purchase this cutie for a rental property.  In fact, he’s never even seen it other than photos I’ve sent him.  Eeks!!!  When my husband and I go searching for homes whether it’s for us or clients, I am constantly asking myself “would I or could I live here?”  If the answer is “no”, then what would it take to make it livable and feel like home, or do we just need to pass?  The Blue Cottage passed the test!  Some homes need a lot of love, while others just need a little kiss! Here’s a “before” photo with mustard yellow accents!  NOT a good look!And here is today!!!  AMAZING!!!  No more yellow, just fresh, clean, white paint!

I also ran around the house and touched up some blue paint too!  It’s not perfect, but no house ever is!

As you can see in this photo, there are a couple of corbels.  On the other side of the porch, they were missing.  So I just asked my hubs to remove them before we painted!  We also noticed that the light fixture was broken.  It probably could have been repaired, but to be on the safe side, we just bought a new one to match the back porch light.

By removing the corbels on the left it not only modernized the look, it also made the front porch appear to be larger and more inviting.  I picked out a small white lantern style light fixture.  You can find it here!

Tomorrow, The Blue Cottage gets a professional cleaning and brand new stainless appliances and then she’ll be available for rent and we’ll be on to the next!!!  Honestly, I would just LOVE to purchase this entire block of cutie patooties!  Hey… a girl can dream, right???  It’s only money, or in our case…a lack there of!  Haha!!!

So, what do think of this mini makeover?  Not bad, huh?  I can’t wait to see what lucky family gets to live in The Blue Cottage!

White Outdoor Wall Lantern

White paint is Behr Ultra Exterior Semi-Gloss Standard White Base paint.  I added no tinting.

Final Rooms of Our Home Tour

The only rooms left to show you in “The Brick House on Pecan Drive” are the office and craft room.  Both of these spaces just needed new flooring, paint and trim.  By far, these were the easiest rooms to renovate in this house.  We kept the shutters for all the windows and just gave them a fresh coat of white paint.  We had to do a little sheet rock repair and then painted the walls a light gray, just as we did throughout the rest of the house.office before 1This red, white and blue carpeted room is located off the hallway from the kitchen.  It has its own bathroom so it could easily be used as a second master bedroom or mother-in-law suite.  This was the first room we renovated before we moved in.  We stayed in a hotel for a week when we got to Tyler.  We lived in this space through most of the remodel before turning into our office.DSC_9854OK, just for the record…my hubs took this photo.  I would have removed all the paperwork on our desks before taking this shot. Haha!  But this is how it looks in real life!  We never got around to hanging pictures on the walls, but the new owner can now have clean walls without holes to cover up.  It’s all good!!!20171028_155433The closet on the right had a built-in desk with all kinds of funky wiring all over the place.  We cleaned it all out and secured all the wires so it would be safe.  I did like the added storage shelves though, so we kept them.20171028_155513We replaced the louvered closet doors with brand new bi-fold doors and painted them white to match the trim.20171028_155602This door leads to the bathroom AKA “The Blue Bathroom”.  Now renovated of-coarse!  You can see it here!  We set up our TV in the room since this is where we spend most of our time.  We found the old metal sewing machine base at Canton First Monday Trade Days and then Dave just quickly added a wood top to it.  We like it ’cause it doesn’t take up much space.  I think we’ll probably replace the top later with 2″ thick wood and finish it off with a rich stain.  He just used some scrap wood we already had on-hand for this one.craft room beforeThis would be the craft room!  It’s meant for a bedroom located between the guest bathroom and the master bedroom.DSC_9719There is a door that leads to the hallways where you will find the guest bathroom, another bedroom and if you make a left, you’ll find the entryway to the house.  The door to the left, takes you out to the family room and/or the master bedroom.  This would make a GREAT nursery.craft room 1This is what the space looks like now!!!DSC_9820

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craft room 2Like I was saying, these two rooms were pretty straight forward.  Nothing fancy, but boy what a change!  The joys of walking completely through the house now with your shoes off!!!  We couldn’t do that for months.  It’s never easy to remodel while you are living in the midst of it all.  But for this one, it was a necessity.  It was definitely a CRAZY 5 months!  It’s still kind of hard to believe that we’re getting ready to pack up and move already.  Pods are being delivered next week for us to start loading them up.

NEWS FLASH!!!  We decided to forgo building a new house and made an offer on the little farmhouse on acreage.  After several counter offers, we came to an agreement!  As long as our house closes as scheduled, then it will be full speed ahead!  Oh my goodness, this is going to be a whole new experience for us!  What a wild adventure!!!  We have found an apartment to move into not far from the farm during the remodel.  There is nothing that can be saved other than the studs (we hope)!!!  Right now the entire house is just sitting on 4×4’s and some other logs and sticks.  Eeks!  We will have the house lifted and new foundation constructed.  I DO love the style of the house so it’s going to be exciting to see the changes unfold!  I’ll be taking you along with us every step of the way!  We signed a 6 month lease on the apartment, but I hope it won’t take that long.  I want to come up with a really sweet name for our farmhouse, so if you have any cool ideas…. let me know!!!Farmhouse ExteriorWe will be heading out to the farm soon to take more photos and get measurements so I’ll be sharing lots more with you before too long.  I don’t know why I didn’t take pictures when I was out there the first time.  I guess there was too many things to look at and too much dreaming going on.  Haha!

Hope y’all are having a wonderful weekend!!!

Sources:

  • Flooring:  Home Depot
  • Wall Color:  SW Repose Gray
  • Trim Color:  SW Extra White
  • Closet Doors:  Home Depot
  • 3 Tier Metal Organizer:  Ikea
  • Interior Doors:  Home Depot
  • Large Wood Framed Wall Mirror:  Hobby Lobby

Blue Bathroom Gets a Makeover

Blue Bath 1Since we purchased The Brick House on Pecan Drive, this has been known as the “blue bathroom”.  The tile, floor and walls were all blue.  Even the plantation shutters on the window were painted blue.  This was going to be our bathroom while we renovated the rest of the house so we had to do something quick to make it livable!Blue Bath 4And in-case you were wandering, YES the shower tile matched the rest of the room!  So this is what we tackled first.  We wanted to move out of a hotel room and into the house.after 4We called Miracle Method here in Tyler and they came to the rescue.  We had them clean and spray the shower all white.  WOW… I can see how they came up with that name!  How awesome does this look???  We’ve had a tub painted before, but this was a first for a shower!  LOVE!!!Blue Bath 3All these before photos I’m showing you is how we first saw the house when we arrived in Tyler and were handed the keys to the house.  So gross!  I couldn’t wait to change out all the toilets in the house.  I have a serious thing about this!!!  I’m sure you know what I mean!after 5The area was a little tight with the elongated toilet before, so I opted for a smaller round one when we replaced it.  It not only lends more space, it’s cute too!!!Blue Bath 5I decided we should keep this cabinet but it needed new paint and new knobs.after 8I went with light gray paint and crystal knobs.  All the drawers and doors are in excellent shape so we lucked out there!after 3Close-up of the knob.  I purchased these at Hobby Lobby at 50% off.  They go on-sale every other week!after 6The counter top was ordered to size from Home Depot.  However, they forgot the finished edge on this side the first time so they had re-do.  This delayed our project, but we had plenty other things to do while we waited.after 10We used left over subway tile from the kitchen for the back splash.  The cabinet sits low so I ordered a 5 inch deep sink.  It’s the perfect size now!after 9I kept the decorating accents to a minimum in here.  Just wanted the space to feel light and airy.  I sell the flower holder in my online shop but I’m currently sold out of the soap dish.   The pair really good together.  Hopefully I’ll be able to restock soon!after7While I was out-of-town for a family wedding, my husband installed the flooring.  We just LOVE luxury vinyl plank flooring.  You don’t have to worry about water at all.  I asked all of my social media friends what color I should go with.  This really dark color or a distressed white.  Majority ruled and I went with what you chose!  It really grounds the space.  I’m glad this was the winner!!!  Side note:  Luxury vinyl can be installed right over an existing floor including tile!  No mess!  Yeah!!!

Sources:

  • Interlocking Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring (Noble Oak Model#446128):  Home Depot
  • Formica Counter Top Custom Order (White Bardiglio Scovato Finish #9306-34):  Home Depot
  • Sink:  Wayfair
  • Faucet:  Wayfair
  • Wall Paint:  SW Repose Gray
  • Trim Paint & Wainscoting:  SW Extra White
  • Cabinet Paint:  SW Repose Gray
  • Flower Holder:  Vintage Street Designs
  • Gray Towels:  Walmart

Master Bath Reveal

before 6OK, there is no pretty way to show or describe these “before” photos of the pre-demolition of the master bath.  I guess if you LOVE pink and you like to fit into really tight spaces, then this would have been the bathroom of your dreams! Haha!  I’m not sure we would have bought this house if there wouldn’t have been potential room to expand.before 5Oh ya, largest tub ever and the bugs liked it too!  If you could have seen my face.  Lets just say CRINGE comes to mind!before 7So this is the wall that had to come down in order to enlarge the bathroom.  And the same treatment happened here like it happened in the guest bathroom.  A hammer to the mirror until it shattered into pieces!  You have to improvise when you don’t have help.  I’m not strong enough to help carry a huge mirror like this, so my hubby just does what it takes to get the job done!20171023_162650The entire bathroom was just about taken down to the studs and the concrete slab had to be jack hammered to move all the plumbing.  We hired a professional plumber for this.  We moved the doorway down to allow for a better layout of the bathroom.  I probably changed my mind 10 times before I settled on exactly where I wanted everything to be placed without moving the placement of the toilet.  We didn’t want to move that unless we absolutely had to.20170605_110405The wall coming down between the bathroom and the second walk-in closet in the master.

20171023_162155We had to pour new concrete where it was tore up and level it before we could lay the new tile floor.  We also had to frame in a shower.  That actually was the easiest part of the whole bathroom I think.  We also hired professionals to come in to sheet rock and texture.   We tackled all the tile installation and Dave built the custom vanity.  I wanted double sinks but it had be a custom build due to the size.  It was more important to me to fit in tub than to have a large vanity.20171023_162135Again, we were able to salvage the plantation shutters in the room with a fresh coat of white paint.  We painted the walls light gray and all the new trim white.  We custom cut all the base boards because no one carries it in our area like they have everywhere else we’ve lived.  I guess no other homeowner or builder uses it here (or they go to Dallas for it).  Remember how tight the space was before?  We almost have a dance floor now!20171023_162252Yeah!!!  Here’s my free-standing tub!  It’s a bath of luxury for-sure.  However, call us crazy…but we’ve decided not to use this bathtub or this room at all since the house sold so quickly.  We thought it would be nice for the new homeowners to be the first to use the shower, sinks and this gorgeous tub.  So although we moved into the master bedroom, we are still using the guest bath as our main bathroom.20171006_171200We picked up this little stool in Canton at First Monday Trade Days.  Dave chopped off the legs so it would be shorter and I painted it with different layers of chalk paint.Shower DoorAll the tile for this space came from The Tile Shop here in Tyler.  They were so helpful in gathering up everything I needed to complete this project.  They also gave me the name of great guy who stopped by and put in the shower floor before we started tiling.  The most exciting day for us was when we got to hang the shower door.  It meant we were done with this job, but also because look at this door…it is SO COOL!!!  It folds in and swings in or out of the shower.  The price was right too.  The spec house I built in Coeur d’ Alene just before we moved here, I paid $1400 for the glass shower door.  We got this one for just over $300.00 online.  Whoohoo!!!20171023_162346Don’t tell my hubs, but I didn’t catch him in time to stop him from using white caulking around the edge of the sinks.  I always use clear so it’s not noticeable.  I don’t want him to think I’m picking on him.  Haha.  I did let him know to use clear from now on though.  Oh well, live and learn.  At-least he made very straight lines!!!  I LOVE how the vanity turned out.  And the towel holders are perfection!!!20171023_162406The mirrors were cut down to size from the large makeup vanity that was originally in the master bedroom.  This was free and saved us a good chunk of change!  That’s always a good thing when you’re in the middle of remodeling.20171023_162224I’ll list as many sources as I can below.

Blessings ~ Judy

Sources:

  • Tile:  The Tile Shop
  • Sinks: Wayfair
  • Sink Faucets:  Wayfair
  • Wall Mounted Tub Faucet:  Wayfair
  • Shower Faucet Trim Kit:  Wayfair
  • Towels:  Walmart
  • Lighting:  Amazon
  • Toilet:  Home Depot
  • Chrome Towel Wall Hooks:  Home Depot
  • Free Standing Tub:  Home Depot
  • Wall Paint:  SW Repose Gray
  • Trim Paint:  SW Extra White
  • Shower Door:  Amazon

Master Bedroom Retreat

20171023_162650The Master Retreat…FINALLY!!!  After sleeping in two other bedrooms of this house, we’ve finally moved into the master bedroom!  Although as you know, it will be short lived since the our home is under contract and will be closing in just a few weeks.

This was really an exciting adventure to transform this space.  The original layout included two walk-in closets and a tiny master bath.  You will see in the following “before” photos what it used to look like.  Enjoy the tour!!!before 1The doors you see here are the his & her’s walk-in closets.  When we demoed this room, we saved the shutters to put back once we gave them a fresh coat of white paint.before 3We knocked down the wall between the closet on the left and the existing bathroom to enlarge the bathroom.20171023_162106While the bathroom was open to the studs, we moved the opening and added a barn door built my hubs.  The reclaimed barn wood came from the cabin we deconstructed at Spirit Lake in Idaho.  I SO wish I could take it with me.  We have more of the wood but I’m not sure we have enough to make another barn door.before 2The previous owner had a built-in vanity in the bedroom.  I can understand why, since the bathroom was so small.  What do think of those wall sconces???  We saved the mirror and re-purposed it for the bathroom by having it cut down to make two smaller mirrors over the vanity sinks.  The glass company did it for FREE.  How awesome is that!!!20171006_170846This is what that corner looks like now without the built-in.  It would also make a great place for a comfy chair for a reading nook or in my case, a place to look at decorating magazines, house plans and dream!

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20171023_162633Another view of the room which leads back out to the rest of the house or to the patio.20171006_170633

20171023_162601So, when it came time to decorate the master I had to do a little shopping.  I needed a large area rug on a very slim budget.  Luckily we have the At Home store in Tyler and I picked up this rug for about $100.00.  I needed new bedding but since we weren’t going to be staying in this house I wasn’t sure what I really wanted.  So, I just went back to Stein Mart and purchased another white coverlet like what I had bought from there before and new pillow shams.  I traced out the headboard and my husband built it.  I painted it white and sanded it back for some distressing.20171006_170722I got on a pillow kick, and made a bunch of pillows to display around the house before we listed it.  It was so fun and I can’t wait to make more.  I always use Ikea pillow forms.  They are so plump and fill the cases so perfectly.  FYI:  I make my pillow covers 1″ smaller than the pillow form.20171006_170756Here’s another closeup view of the rug.  It still hasn’t laid down completely flat yet but it’s almost there.  When we pack up to move we’ll roll it up differently and that should help.20171023_162045It’s so nice to have the laminate flooring continue into the master.  We painted the walls a light gray and trim in bright white.  Sources and colors are listed below for the entire room.  If  you ever have any questions, I’m happy to help and share information.

Today I was working for a new client who owns a very large historical home.  It’s over double the size of our house but just a few blocks away and in similar condition to this one when we first bought it.  I sat down with a kitchen designer this morning to draw up a rendering for a new kitchen and also picked out new flooring for the entire house.  My hubs and I also met with a painter to paint the interior and exterior of the over 6000 sq. ft. home.  This will be an exciting challenge for staging it to sell.  I’ll bring y’all along with us on this journey if they agree to all our plans!

Sources:

  • Area Rug:  At Home Store
  • Laminate Flooring:  Sam’s Club
  • Barn Door:  DIY
  • Headboard:  DIY
  • Bench:  Previously Owned
  • Bedding:  Stein Mart
  • Pillows:  DIY
  • Interior Doors:  Home Depot
  • Dresser:  Vintage
  • Side Table:  Vintage
  • Table Lamp:  Vintage
  • Black Ceiling Fan:  Home Depot Online
  • Rise and Shine Sign:  The Sign Factory (Vintage Street Designs)
  • Barn Door Hardware:  Amazon
  • Black & White Rain Boots:  Costco
  • Wall Paint:  SW Repose Gray
  • Trim Paint:  SW Extra White

Love and Laundry

Laundry 2Lets talk about the love of doing laundry.  I have to admit that my hubby does the vast majority of the laundry in our household.  But, the trade off is… he doesn’t clean toilets.  I’m in-charge of that duty.  So the chores are divided up equally!  However, on the occasion when I do attempt laundry, it’s much nicer to go into a clean, bright and pretty laundry room.  A space where you don’t mind hanging out in.  Am I right?Before Demo 4Here’s a good “before” photo of what the room looked like when we got our hands on it.  It’s a fairly large space.  My first thought was to build a bench for this little nook but that quickly changed when we decided to steel space from the laundry room and build a pantry in the kitchen.  I still wanted to do something though to make the room feel more inviting so we made it into a feature wall by adding shiplap!Demo 2For awhile we had a quick pass through from the kitchen to the laundry.  It was kinda convenient but it didn’t last long. Before Demo 1One thing this place doesn’t lack is storage!  I have cabinets that have nothing in them,
which is WAY better than the opposite of having not enough storage!Laundry 1We carried the same laminate flooring on into the laundry room that we installed throughout the rest of the house.  The walls, trim and cabinets were painted with SW Extra White.  Since oil based paint was previously used on the cabinets, I first painted a layer of chalk paint on them so the new paint would adhere.   This is a trick I use a lot if I want to paint something with regular acrylic paint, a layer of chalk paint first keeps me from frustration later.Before Demo 2You can’t really tell by the photo but this sink basin was really low, even for me.  Our plumber even said it was affecting the water flow because pipes couldn’t be installed properly.20171021_025853So out came the old cabinet and my husband built a new base to carry the vintage sink we brought with us to Texas.  This is another piece I will be a bit sad to leave behind.  It also came out of the Spirit Lake, Idaho cabin we deconstructed before moving.  There are a few flaws but overall it’s a beautiful and very heavy duty sink.  It was used as the kitchen sink in the cabin.BasketI went on the hunt for a large basket to not only be useful but hide the piping.  Next to it sits our laundry basket.  I thought it would also be cute to make a curtain out of a drop cloth.  I may do that in a future flip.

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Demo 3We also removed the cabinets directly above the sink to open it up and leave a spot for decorating.  A large mirror, wreath or open shelves would look lovely here.

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20171021_025751I made this sign a couple of years ago for our little Coeur d’ Alene Cottage.  I’m so happy it survived the move!  Ideally you would want to hang something a little larger here like I mentioned above, but I had totally run out of wall decor by the time I went to decorate this room.  Just another reason to be thankful this sign survived.

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Laundry 3And there it is… another tour has come to an end.  We’ll move back over to the other side of the house next time for the master suite reveal.  Drastic measures had to be taken in that space and a whole wall came tumbling down.  (It was a good thing!!!)

Have a fabulous weekend!!!

Sources:

  • Paint:  SW Extra White
  • Basket:  At Home Store
  • Chevron Rug:  Hobby Lobby
  • Sign Wall Art:  Vintage Street Designs (The Sign Factory)
  • Wall Hooks:  Vintage Street Designs
  • Sink:  Vintage
  • Sink Base:  DIY
  • Stain:  Dark Walnet
  • Faucet:  Home Depot
  • Hanging basket:  A gift
  • Silk Flowers:  Hobby Lobby
  • Stool: Previously owned, painted fresh with chalk paint
  • Closet Doors:  Home Depot
  • Washer & Dryer:  Fred’s Appliances, Spokane Valley WA.
  • Shiplap:  Home Depot

Black and White Guest Bathroom

Before 1Are you ready for this?  Put your boots and gloves on before entering.  Oh, and probably nose plugs!  I know it’s going to be hard for you to believe, but this by far my most favorite room in the house!  Hopefully by the time you get done with this tour, you’ll see why!Before 3The is the hall bathroom located between two bedrooms and the one that most guests would use.  For some reason, the original owners covered up the the white 4 inch floor tile with this lovely blue carpet. Before 4It has an interesting layout.  The toilet has its own little space but does not have a privacy door.  We thought we might change it but then it kind of grew on us so we decided to keep the layout as-is and just chose to build new shelves.Before 2The only thing we wanted to save in this room was the tub.  It’s a porcelain tub and in really good shape.  But everything else, not so much!!!Guest Bath Demo 1We hired our neighbor’s son next door to help Dave rip out all the tile.  Eeks, what a mess!Guest Bath Demo 2The vanity was built onsite when the house was built.  When we removed it, we discovered this 2 inch hole.  We’ve never seen anything like this before in any of our flips over the years.  Oh my goodness…more work.  We had to mix cement and fill the hole before we could lay new tile.  Ugh!!!Guest Bath Demo 3This is how NOT to remove a wall mirror!  Haha!  Dave stood in the hallway and threw a hammer at it.  It took a couple of throws before it finally shattered.  He’s a little bit crazy when it comes to demo!Guest Bath Demo 5All cleaned up and ready for concrete!Guest Bath Demo 6We took out the upper soffit above the tub and vanity so we had to stamp and paint the ceiling to cover up the bare spots in the ceiling.Guest Bath Demo 4New water proof sheet rock was installed.Guest Bath Demo 7Next, we started tiling with white subway tile.Guest Bath Demo 8It took a few days because I only wanted to go up so high to let the rows dry before stacking more tiles on.  Others go all the way up in one day, but I didn’t want to take any chances.Guest Bath Demo 9I picked out this tile at The Tile Shop here in Tyler.  I was SO excited to find an affordable tile for the floor that looked like the stylish cement tiles.Guest Bath Demo 10My sweet husband quickly mastered the art of cutting tile.  He had never tiled before.  I’ve always done the tiling, thanks to my brother who taught me.  During the process while working with the mortar on this project, I learned that my skin was irritated by it and that my tiling days were over.  I was so sad.  I loved the fact that I could tile and save SO much money on the homes we renovate.  No more!  All large jobs will now have to be hired out.  Oh well, less work for me right!!!  I mean, lets look at the positive side!!!Guest Bath Demo 11

Guest Bath Demo 12Next came the shiplap walls.  Lets brighten this place up!!!Canton FindWe have been making shopping trips over to Canton Trade Days once a month (every month) since we’ve moved to Tyler.  So fun!!!  Anyway, we found this dresser there to turn into a vanity for this bathroom reno.  We picked it up for $100.  Huge savings compared to the vanities this size I was considering.  All smiles on our faces this day!!!Guest Bath Demo 13Here’s Dave cutting the hole for the sink.  I was a bit nervous!Vanity PaintedOnce the hole was cut, I repainted it white and the top black.  I then put several coats of poly on the top to secure the finish.Guest Bath Reveal 12The sink was purchased at Lowes.  It’s called Anna White Farmhouse Sink.  The faucet was just happened to be on a close-out sale at the same time!  Yeah!!!Guest Bath Reveal 11Now you can officially Be Our Guest!  Welcome!Guest Bath Reveal 1

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Guest Bath Reveal 8I just added a few decorative touches to the shelves and added a basket to hold extra tissue.   When looking for an inexpensive way to add a little extra something special when decorating, roll up some old sheet music or book pages with twine.  Easy and pretty with a vintage flavor!

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Guest Bath Reveal 10This old wood ladder was also a find in Canton.  We bought it for $12 and then my hubs split it in half.  So really we got two for $12.  Ya can’t beat that!!!  The other side found a home in the master bath.  I’ll be taking you there shortly.

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Guest Bath Reveal 6Well that’s it my sweet friends!  We’ve come to the end of this tour.  What do you think?  Can you see why this has ended up being the most favorite room of the house?  Every time I walk in, it just makes me happy!

Guest Bedroom Final Reveal

3Our guest room was a really fun space to re-do.  We actually moved into this room for a couple of months while our master bath was getting renovated.  I think I just need to show you the before photos so you can see how much we had to do to bring it to its current state.before 1This room needed a lot of LOVE as you can clearly see.  Wall to wall nasty blue carpeting, pink walls and ugly wallpaper adorned this space.  Everything needed to go, including the windows and trim.paintingFirst, we had new windows installed and painted, then added the laminate flooring that matched the rest of the house. New TrimNext, we added all new shaker style trim.ShiplapTo cover up the ugly wallpaper, we added a feature wall of shiplap.  The room is large so we had budgeted about $150 for this treatment but it actually cost approximately $175.  We weren’t too far off.2I asked my hubs if he could build a window seat for storage and a great place just to sit.  He had never built one before but instantly said “yes IF I draw up some plans of exactly what I wanted”.  Easy, since I love to decorate with baskets I knew I just wanted it all open.  It was a bit tricky figuring out the angles and how I wanted the corners finished off, but other then that the build went quite smooth.  Remember, we’re dealing with un-square walls built in the 60’s.  With every turn is another challenge.  The good news is… it came out exactly how I had envisioned it!  Yeah!!!  6I found new bedding, but otherwise used what we already owned to decorate this room.  As always with every project we do, when it comes time for the finishing touches, the decorating budget gets cut.  When I go shopping, I have to pray for miracles to happen!!!7

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4The other side of the walk-in closet is identical to this one.  There are built-in shoe racks and upper shelves.  I staged the closet with dresses and shoes I rarely wear and made it a little more feminine.   Of-course, using a black and white theme!9

Bedroom Reveal 1It was so nice to get a room on this side of the house complete, which meant we could finally stop camping out in our office/4th bedroom and we were starting to see light at the end of the tunnel.  In the next post, I’ll be showing you my favorite space in the whole house.  Look for it tomorrow!!!

Sources:

  • Bedding:  Stein Mart
  • Black & White Pillows:  Ikea
  • Galvanized Tray:  Vintage Street Designs  (Online shop will be re-opened soon)
  • Baskets:  At Home Store
  • Shiplap:  Home Depot
  • Trim:  Home Depot  (We cut to size ourselves)
  • Window Coverings:  Home Depot
  • Dress Form:  Pottery Barn (I picked it up second hand at Furniture Affair in Phoenix)
  • Metal Deer Head Wall Mount:  Decor Steals
  • Cotton Wreath:  Vintage Street Designs

Dark to White Family Room Reveal

Happy Friday!!!  Do you follow me on Facebook and Instagram?  Did you see my second BIG reveal yesterday afternoon?  Can you even believe our house is already under contract after just being on the market for a few hours?  A lovely family of 6 will be moving in next month.  4 little ones will be running through and around this very special house.  Super excited for them!

I thought we would move on in and take a tour of the family room today.  We have now made a complete circle from the entryway, through the living and dining room, into the kitchen and to this beautiful space.  The family/great room is lined with wall to wall dark paneling, built-in book shelves with loads of storage and a wet bar including mini fridge and wine cooler.

5The minute I saw this room, I knew it had to be painted all white and accented with black.  It’s the last room to be renovated because we used it as our workshop as we worked on the rest of the house over the past several months.  The choice of brick in this house is interesting.  They used several different styles inside and out, and they don’t necessarily blend.  So choosing to paint was a really good option to blend and make every space cohesive. painting

great rm 6Pretty in white!  When it came to time to actually paint this room, my hubs and I were about wore out.  So we decided to hire outside help.  The painter used oil base paint to adhere to the paneling.  Whoa, did that ever stink up the house.  It took several days so it could fully dry between coats and there were SO many cabinet doors to paint as well.  It was such a relief to finally have it finished and I could start moving in furniture.1

great rm 7The wire mesh on the end cabinet doors we breaking apart so we decided to just leave them off and just keep all the upper shelves open.  The center cabinet with glass doors has an interior light to really showcase special treasures.great rm 2OK, so here’s the scoop on the furniture for this room.  I basically didn’t have any!  We made a visit to Ikea in Frisco TX to purchase the Ektorp white slip covered sofa and a pair of wicker chairs.  We came home with the beige slip cover and 2 black chairs.  How did this happen you ask?  I took my husband with me – nuff said!!!  It just so happens you can save money by going beige verses white.  This is not what I had envisioned for this room, but it still works.  (Please excuse the wrinkles, I haven’t got around to steaming the cover yet).Great rm 1These chairs are surprisingly very comfortable.  When we were discussing what way to go while standing in Ikea, Dave said to me “you’re the designer, if you go with the beige sofa and black chairs, isn’t it your job to make it all coordinate together?  My response was “yes, but do you have to make my job more difficult? LOL  Luckily I was able to find this rug (which I am absolutely in love with by the way) and already owned the material I made the accent pillows out of.Great rm 8The coffee table was a $10 find at a garage sale.  I just painted it white and then took an electric hand sander to it for major distressing!6The wet bar had an old ice maker that needed removed but there was nice mini fridge we were able to keep.  We just wanted to move it over so it wasn’t the focal point.barWe bought a wine cooler to replace the ice maker and moved the fridge over.  We were also able to keep the sink and faucet.  It just needed a thorough scrubbing.  We removed the upper cabinet doors for open shelving and demoed the counter top and back splash.  Dave added shiplap to the wall and we ordered in a new black counter top.  He also spray painted all the hardware black.9Aren’t these handles cool?  So chunky!  I love them in black against the freshly white painted doors. 20170620_135421

20170620_142700I wanted to give this wine holder a good base coat before it was professionally sprayed.  I could just imagine all the major running that could potentially happen trying to reach all the little nooks and crannies. bar 2

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great rm 5Just a few touches of Fall in this room too.

afterJust the exterior doors alone in this house kept me very busy hand painting all those grids.  But I LOVE the look and every door is still very solid.  Each door has a screen door I had to paint as well.  We only had to replace one screen out of 5.  Not bad!

We used SW7006 Extra White oil base paint for this room.  Sherwin Williams was very helpful when we needed advise regarding all this paneling.  But, I really, really hope we never have to use it again on a project.  The smell is NASTY!

Until next time… hope you have a GREAT weekend planned.  Today we’re heading to a local Vintage Barn Sale.  I’ll try to take some pictures to share!

Kitchen Renovation Reveal

k1 beforeOh my goodness you guys, for a 3000 sq. ft. house this kitchen was truly just an after thought.  It was SO underwhelming when we first walked into this space.  Not to mention the dingy vinyl flooring and outdated wallpaper.  We lived here for about 3 months without a kitchen, going out to eat and/or using our faithful BBQ on the back patio.  We are meeting with an Architect this week to see about possibly building our next home (much smaller than this one) to live in while we continue to flip other houses.  We have lived through so many construction zones that we’re ready to just retreat at the end of the day to a home that doesn’t need any work.  Yeah!!!  We LOVE what we do, we just don’t want to live in it while we do it!!! Haha!!!k3 beforeHere’s a view of the other side.  There was no counter space at all next to the stove.  That had to be really inconvenient while cooking in this kitchen over the years.k5 beforeReally take not of this wall.  Basically just a walking path to the “mother-in-law” suit/4th bedroom, 3rd bathroom and laundry.  We made a drastic change here!k7 before  swing doorThe swing door leads to the formal dining room.  Some people in the area have kept these doors for nostalgia but they have more ornate hardware and prettier doors.  I felt it was more important to remove it to add more light into the kitchen and for better flow.  I don’t like to be closed off in any room.  The more open the better!!!kitchen rightWhoa… this what I’m talking about!  Open, bright and clean kitchen with loads of storage and counter space!  White shaker style cabinetry reaching to the ceiling.  Brand new stainless steel appliances including an apron sink.  Large subway tile back splash and granite counter top. We continued with the same laminate flooring through the kitchen which ground the space.Kitchen 6On this side of the kitchen, we removed the large cabinet to the right of the stove and added prep space on either side.  You can see here how removing the swing door already adds so much more light into the kitchen from the large bay window in the dining room.Kitchen 1We covered up the wall paper by adding new custom wood trim work throughout the entire kitchen.  A fairly simple DIY project, just takes time.   We also removed the ceiling fan and had our electrician add can lights with bright white light bulbs.  WOW…what a difference!!!kitchen leftMy hubs built the range hood.  I was really excited about this.  It adds another custom eliminate to the room and also another place to DECORATE!  A great spot for a wreath, sign, picture, holiday decor, etc… or just leave it plain.  You can’t go wrong!  We discovered during demo that that there was a gas line behind the original electric oven.  We quickly canceled our order for an electric range and purchased a gas range!  What a GREAT find!!!message boardSo…this little snack shack was tricky.  When we ordered the end cabinet, it was suppose to come uncut (meaning, no pre-hole cut for the microwave).  Unfortunately, the notes were never read.  It came with a giant hole big enough for a built-in oven.  We had to figure out a way to fill the gap and make it truly one-of-a-kind.  I came up with the message board idea and the hubs got busy to make it happen!  He amazes me every day with his talents!Kitchen 5A little touch of Fall.  But, we’re having a hard time staying away for the M&M’s.  We are already on our second bag. Haha!dave building pantryRemember the blank wall leading to the hallway? Well, the laundry room in this house is huge so we thought why not steal a little space out of it and build a true pantry for the kitchen!20170513_152443Here’s Dave framing up the new wall in the laundry room.  Originally my plan was to put a built-in bench in this nook, but a pantry is a better use of this space.20170515_145946We used shiplap on both sides of the new wall.Kitchen NookAnd here it is today!  The vintage door came out of a cabin we deconstructed on Spirit Lake in Idaho.  I just thorough cleaned and waxed the door before we hung it.  I’m happy it found a new home, but sad that I’ll be leaving it behind.  We removed the old chandelier and added this wooden industrial candle ceiling pendant light with rustic metal finishes I found on Amazon.  The table was another DIY project.  We picked up the base for just $20.  Built the round table top and then painted and distressed the entire thing.  The chairs were found at a local vintage retail shop ranging from $15 – $20 each.  I only repainted the one on the left because it was bright red.  I used layers of chalk paint in brown, off white and gray, then wet distressed it.  You can still see bits of red in a couple of spots if you look closely. doorI added the “Pantry” sign at the last minute before listing our house.  I’m hiding all the food items on the lower shelves and just displaying the pretty items where you can see through the window.  Smiles!!!kitchen lThere is so much more I could tell you about just in the kitchen are alone, but I have to cut it off somewhere.  I’ll come back in another post to give more details and sources soon!!!

OK…so what do you think?  Did we do good?  Stay tuned for another room and tour tomorrow!!!

Staging To Sell Your Home

As a former Real Estate Agent & Home Builder, I know how important it is to stage a home for buyers to get a good feel of how their future home can feel once they move in. So many times, the staging is what sells the home.  People want to see how furniture will fit into a space and with decorations throughout, it makes the home feel inviting and warm verses empty and cold.  If it’s an existing home, the first thing you want to do is declutter and depersonalize each room.  You want the new buyer to feel like they could move right in and call it their home.Staging To Sell (3)This is the home of a very special couple who hired me to stage their home to get it ready to sell.  It’s a beautiful home but very large for just the two of them and they’d like to downsize.   We met them through the sell of our last home at our Open House.  I always feel honored when someone likes my style and invites me into their home to style it.  It’s a BIG deal to hand over the reins to someone else and trust them with your home.  Not to mention the expense.  I try to incorporate as much of client’s belongings that I can to help keep the costs down.  This was a challenge for this one (a lot of square footage).  But they rolled with the punches and we went full speed ahead.Staging To Sell (5)My goal for their house was to lighten it up with furnishings and accessories.

Lets start with the entryway.  They already owned some pieces I could work with.  I brought my hubs along on this job for the heavy lifting and picture hanging.  The entry table was centered under the picture they already had hung and I just decorated the top of the table for enhancement.Staging To Sell (57)A clean simple look to keep things light and bright.Staging To Sell (56)

Staging To Sell (7)Lets move on into the living room.  Two weeks ago, they only had three chairs in this space.  Bless their hearts…they were willing to make a leap of faith and purchase a beautiful cream colored sofa from Pier 1 to add style and function.Staging To Sell (28)Isn’t it gorgeous?Staging To Sell (32)Here’s what the space looks like now!Staging To Sell (37)By simple additions like decorative pillow, throw and a fluffy area rug, it completely transformed this room.Staging To Sell (40)

Staging To Sell (33)I also styled their built-in bookshelves.  This was my most difficult task of the day due to their size.  I brought 32 old books with me and almost didn’t have enough to complete the task.  Thank goodness for pretty baskets which hold their own on the top shelves!  I continued to stick with a neutral color scheme adding just bits of greenery for color.Staging To Sell (8)Here’s the kitchen.Staging To Sell (46)I just added a few light vignettes on the counters with flowers, white vases and butchers block cutting boards.  New tea towels are always a win!!!Staging To Sell (51)

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Staging To Sell (55)The candle sconces  add dimension and character on either side of the sink.Staging To Sell (52)

Staging To Sell (49)On their dining table, a gorgeous embroidered table runner on top of the black finish looks stunning!  Now the rooms all tie together and compliment each other.Staging To Sell (16)Down the hall is the master bedroom.  Can you guess what I did here?Staging To Sell (65)Look what just a white elegant throw can do to an otherwise very dark room.  I also brought in a lamp from their living room for the side table and some simple picutre frame artwork I had created at home.Staging To Sell (62)

Staging To Sell (63)When I first purchased this wreath, I had intended on pulling off the white flowers.  But once I brought it into the room, I knew they needed to stay to brighten up the dark brown wall.  The variations of the green in this wreath match perfectly with the bedding.  YAY!!!Staging To Sell (66)I made the “oh happy day” painted sign as a gift for them!Staging To Sell (67)The master bath really didn’t need much.  A large white rug was purchased to lay in front of the dual sinks and I brought in the clear vase with flowers for a bold statement.Staging To Sell (13)Powder Room BeforeStaging To Sell (61)Powder Room After!  Staying neutral is key when staging to sell but that doesn’t mean “boring”.  These dust pans are going to be a sure hit and a conversation piece.  Staging To Sell (60)No buyer will forget this powder room!Staging To Sell (58)Hallway outside the laundry/mudroom.  LOVE this thing!!!Staging To Sell (24)Bonus Room BeforeStaging To Sell (83)Bonus Room Now

(The tags are still on all the items because I always bring more than what I think I’ll need and may return some items)  I left the tag removal job as homework for my clients!  This is the not so glamorous part of decorating!Staging To Sell (84)So this is cool.  They owned an old TV console that is now going to be used as a wine bar in their bonus room.  They have a friend who made them the tray using corks as the base.  I just brought the chalkboard and wine holders.
Staging To Sell (88) Voila…a wine bar!!!Staging To Sell (20)Guest Room BeforeStaging To Sell (70)And now!  We found the wreath above the bed in their basement!  Great score!!!Staging To Sell (73)I spruced up their office space a bit!  Artwork doesn’t have to be expensive.  You can see how I made these pictures here.Staging To Sell (79)And we call this Jerry’s Dressing Room!  We couldn’t get rid of all his stuff!  He was such a good sport and went along with all the changes!!!  Bright white curtains were added to the two bedrooms and office upstairs for a cohesive look.Staging To Sell (29)I’m with this sweet couple the best of luck through the selling process and in finding their future “forever” home!  I know all that they invested to stage this home can move right along with them into the next!

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Ross Dress For Less – throw, large basket next to sofa, greenery

TJ Maxx – Basket on top shelves of bookcase, bowl filler, cream pillows, table runner, white picture frames, wood frames, white bird, mercury metal candle holder, chenille fringed throw, chevron print throw, greenery, decorative pillow, bike, white pillow on chair in bonus room.

Michaels – large clear vase in master bath, wood box on dining table

Pier 1 – sofa, winter bird s&p shakers, script tea towel on wine bar

Target – white throw in master bedroom, set of pillows

Joanns – moss wreath

Bed Bath & Beyond – candles

Home Goods – pillows, table clock, candle holders, cutting boards, wreath above bed in master

Hobby Lobby – greenery, wall candle sconces in kitchen, lg. wall wire basket holder in hallway, 1/2 windmill, chalk board in bonus room

Books – Goodwill

Vintage Street Designs – Round French Postage Candle, Wall Wine Holders, Med. Shallow Wire Basket in entryway, “Today is a good day” sign, Wood Candle Holders in entry, galvanized serving tray in master, glass jar flower holder in kitchen, “Daily Dinner Specials” sign, barn wood clock, wooden shoe molds, black metal candle holder in master, dust pans, lg. oval tin tray on coffee table.Staging To Sell Before & After

Laundry Room Makeover Reveal

Laundry Rm Makeover RevealIt’s no secret that I love open shelving and the industrial farmhouse look!  When we added the sink in the garage, the plumber had to cut through the wall in our laundry room to run the piping.  Although he put the sheet rock back in place, the cuts were still visible.  I asked my hubs to do his magic! Last weekend was just the right time to do it!!!Before Photos of Oak Harbor Cottage (44)Here’s what our laundry room looked like on the day we closed on our house.  The previous owners left a lot of stuff behind, including this washer and dryer set which we sold.

Laundry Makeover (2)First things first, clear out the old.

Laundry Makeover (4)We used 8″ wide x 3/4″ thick pine to clad the wall.  The room is just 6′ wide.

Laundry Makeover (1)You can see here where the dry wall was cut to run the plumbing.  The pipe in the lower corner sticks out just a tad further than the dry wall.

Laundry Rm. Makeover (8)My husband hollowed out the back of a piece of wood with a chisel to hide the pipe.  Once the wall is painted and the dryer is put back in place, no one will ever know!  Wink, wink.

Laundry Rm. Makeover (11)I’m the painter in the family so I took over at this point of the operation.

Laundry Rm. Makeover (16)Then it was time to measure and place the black piping to carry the shelves.  The middle pipes are not attached to the wall so they can swivel, allowing them to move out of the way when sliding in the shelves.

Laundry Rm. Makeover (18)The shelves were also cut from pine and stained with dark walnut stain before stacking in place.

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Laundry Makeover Reveal (25)I keep numerous baskets all through our house so after doing some rearranging in other closets, I found enough for our laundry room without spending anymore money.

Laundry Makeover Reveal (24)Previously, there was a plastic clothes hanger attached to the wall which I have to say was quite handy, but NOT very pretty.  I quickly removed it and created a sign to put in its place.  There are SO many cute laundry signs out there but this quote just seemed most appropriate for our little family of two.

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Laundry Makeover Reveal (6)I re-purposed this flower vase to hold our dryer sheets.

Laundry Makeover Reveal (14)We didn’t add a 4th shelf due to the fact I have a few tall pieces that I need storage for, like this two tiered server from Southern Living At Home.  A top shelf could always be added someday.

Laundry Makeover Reveal (11)I don’t do a lot of cooking but I do love my Costco cookbooks.  Thought this might be a good place to display them since our laundry room is right off the kitchen.  I was so disappointed when I found out Costco is no longer producing cookbooks.  I found some great tasting recipes through the years!

Laundry Makeover Reveal (10)You can never have enough storage right?  I hung this vintage inspired dustpan on the wall to hold umbrellas, gloves, scarves, etc…

Laundry Makeover Reveal (8)And then ~ I just added some pretty stuff for fun.  Haha.  Our laundry room takes you from our kitchen to the garage.  We pass through it several times a day, so I want it to be a reflection of our style just like the rest of the house.

Laundry Makeover Reveal (3)Oh, one more thing I’m supper excited about…we added LED light bulbs to the ceiling light fixture.  I picked “Bright White”.  It makes a huge difference in this small space with no natural light.  The room is brighter and cleaner looking.  It was well worth the money we spent.  You can really see the difference from the “before” photo to now.  I’m trying to find the same for our ceiling fans in the bedrooms but I haven’t been able to yet.  “Bright White” may not come in every style of bulb but I’m not giving up yet!

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Before & After Laundry Rm. MakeoverHope you enjoyed the tour of our new and improved laundry area!Laundry Room Makeover RevealWishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!!

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A Christmas Gift For My Mom

DIY Envelope Style Pillow Cover (3)Ok…I have to say, I was beginning to get a little worried about whether or not I’d be able to make my mom’s Christmas gift in time for Christmas.  The snow has been falling and I’ve been a shut-in.  My hubs drives my car to work everyday because it’s better in the snow.  We finally got a break last night, so as soon as he got home we dashed to the fabric store.20151220_115033My parent just got a new sofa in a charcoal grey color.  The pillows it came with do not match their decor.  The yellow just doesn’t work.  My mom used to be a wonderful seamstress but since her stroke several years ago, she lost confidence and is a little afraid to run her sewing machine.  I’m thankful for the skills I have today due to her early teachings.DIY Envelope Style Pillow Cover (2)So today I was able to make her gift.  Two envelope style pillow covers.  They fit perfectly over the pillows that came with their sofa and you can’t see through this material so I didn’t even have to remove original cover.20151220_114958At the moment my mom is using the decorative pillows from her last sofa but they too, are a bit outdated.
DIY Envelope Style Pillow Cover (4)I can’t wait to see how these look on their sofa.  The store didn’t have enough material to do both sides in this pattern so I bought a solid grey for the back.DIY Envelope Style Pillow Cover (1)The envelope style covers couldn’t be anymore easier to make.  Just cut a square 1″ larger than the dimensions of the pillow then cut two more pieces for the back.  Since these pillows were 20″ in diameter, I cut the back two pieces 11″ wide x 15″ long so I’d have plenty for the fold.  You just lay the front piece face up and then lay the back face down overlapping.  Don’t forget to turn under the edges of the outer back piece so you have a clean finish.  My fabric is felt so it really didn’t even need to be turned but I did it anyway.DIY Envelope Style Pillow Cover (2)I get to share this with you all right now because my parents don’t own a computer and can’t get online to see what I post.

So what do you think?  Will she like ’em?  I think so!  She has been waiting a long time to update their cute little home.  One of their new recliners arrived last week but mom has to wait another three weeks before hers gets delivered.  Time will fly quickly and I’ve told them I’ll do some painting in the Spring.  It’s ALL coming together and so fun to do for them!!!  Of-course they love everything I do, I’m their daughter and their my biggest fans!!!

Vintage Vanity Chair Makeover

This sweet little vanity stool traveled with us when we moved from Arizona.  She’s been hanging high up on the wall in my brother’s barn for the past year awaiting her turn for a much needed makeover.  I finally got her down last week and brought her home with me.  My hubs and I decided to make her one of our many weekend projects.  I love giving new life to pieces that have been worn over time and then discarded.  I picked this chair up at an auction for just $5.00.Vanity Stool Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (2)Here’s a view of the chair before the makeover.  From this photo, she doesn’t look like she needs anything done to her right?Vanity Stool Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (3)Here we go…now she’s starting to show her wear and tear.  The gold frame was really showing it’s years too.Vanity Stool Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (5)The first thing that had to happen was to set up a painting area in the garage and remover her cushion.  It was too windy outside to spray paint outdoors.Vanity Stool Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (7)It’s always fun when you begin to see the transformation.  I wanted to use what we already had on hand, so the choice of color was a semi-gloss black.Vanity Stool Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (8)Backside done!Vanity Stool Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (6)While Dave was finishing up the spraying, I took out a few of my fabrics I had stashed away.  I came up with three to choose from.  Can you guess which one I chose?Vanity Stool Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (9)This is the one!!!Vanity Stool Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (10)Oh she’s looking so sleek and pretty!Vanity Stool Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (12)While I tugged and pulled on the fabric working my way around in a circle, Dave used a staple gun to secure it in place.

Tip:  tack the two sides, front and back first.  Then work your way around between those areas.  This will keep your fabric centered so the pattern won’t move.Vanity Stool Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (11)OK…the cushion is ready for reattachment.  There are just 3 screws.  Easy!Vanity Stool Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (15)Look how cute and clean she looks now!Vanity Stool Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (14)

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Vanity Stool Makeover ~ Vintage Street Designs (21)And she’s ready for her debut!  Even though she looks mighty fine in our guest bathroom, she’s going up for sale.  I know she’ll find a wonderful home with someone who has just the right place for her.

Adding A Garage Sink

DIY Garage Sink - Vintage Street Designs (32)For me, this is the most exciting change we’ve made to our new little “Oak Harbor” cottage!  I’ve just been on pins and needles since last week waiting to have running water in our garage.  Over the weekend, we worked on getting the space ready where the sink would sit and building the sink base.  I’m so glad our church offers a Friday night service ’cause once we get started on something, we don’t like to quit until it’s finished.  My hubs is a neat freak.  It bothers him to leave in the middle of mess.   I used to be that way, but I finally have learned to relax a little bit.  Everything doesn’t always have to be perfect all of the time.DIY Garage Sink ~ Vintage Street Designs (2)Here is what the space looked like before we began this project.  It had been designated the dumping ground for things we didn’t know what to do with.DIY Garage Sink ~ Vintage Street Designs (16)Before the plumber arrived on Monday morning, we had lots to do.  Of-coarse, I wanted to make this corner section of the garage pretty. I didn’t just want to leave it as it was.  My idea was to clad the entire two walls with 8″ pine boards including up and around the door leading to our laundry room.  My husband (the Banker) was thinking “less is more”.  Ugh!  So we came up with a compromise.  We would just clad the corner up to 5′ with the understanding that if it looked lopsided, we would also clad up 5′ on the other side of the door.DIY Garage Sink ~ Vintage Street Designs (22)I white washed the boards and  and used a gallon of light grey paint I have on had for creating signs for the wall.  The brown door will be a future project.DIY Wood Cladding ~ Vintage Street Designs (23)

We just added a 2″ x 3/4″ strip down the corner for a clean edge.

DIY Garage Sink ~ Vintage Street Designs (25)The space and the sink base was ready for the plumber by Sunday mid-morning.  I’ll share a full tutorial on how we built the sink base later this week.   The plumber offered to cut the hole in the counter top for the sink so we gladly left that step for him.  DIY Garage Sink ~ Vintage Street Designs (26)The pipes for the sink were brought through the wall from the laundry room.  It made a huge mess but the plumber cleaned it all up and replaced the sheet rock that had to be cut.  We’ll do something to completely repair the walls in there at a later date.  (You know I’ll want to make that pretty too.)DIY Garage Sink ~ Vintage Street Designs (27)We found the vintage cast iron sink at a garage sale for just $35.00.  It is SO heavy.  Luckily the plumber had his young, strong son with him so he had help to lift it.  I purchased the faucet at Lowes.DIY Garage Sink ~ Vintage Street Designs (29)And look…we have running water!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I will no longer have to clean my paint brushes in the bathroom sink.DIY Garage Sink ~ Vintage Street Designs (28)

DIY Garage Sink ~ Vintage Street Designs (34)I think I’ll just show you some pretty pictures now.  There is so much more organizing to do in the garage but this little corner is DONE!  I LOVE IT!!!DIY Garage Sink by Vintage Street Designs (1)

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DIY Garage Sink ~ Vintage Street Designs (31)A place for all my rags.DIY Garage Sink ~ Vintage Street Designs (36)

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DIY Garage Sink by Vintage Street Designs (5)This is my new favorite place to be!  Last night I got to try out the sink by washing several of my brushes. I just got an order for 6 different nautical signs in multiple colors.  They are so fun to paint but I use a lot of brushes at one time.  You can’t see it, but we have hangers on the left side of the sink base to hang my wet brushes to dry.  Soooo convenient now.  Well that concludes the photos for today!  Come back and visit again in a couple of days as I share the tutorial and more photos.

Until next time…