Easier way to install wall hooks

We recently updated our daughter's bathroom (which also doubles as the guest bathroom) with some beadboard and a row of hooks. Now there are plenty of spots to hang all the beach towels that end up all over the floor each summer. Today I want to show you how to easily install hooks. This tip can be used when hanging anything on your wall - nails, screws, anchors, hooks, etc. Start by using pieces of painters tape to eyeball where you want your hooks. You don't need to measure quite yet. This just helps you get an idea for how many hooks you want and how far apart you want them. … [Read more...]

Because you know I’m all about that base, ’bout that base

The new baseboards are in and painted. And I am all about that base! Because we did such a large-scale renovation, the builder sent his team over to do all the trim work for us - baseboards, moulding, shelving, and doors. It was so nice to feel so pampered! Usually I will hang all the base and it takes me forever. I did however, have to paint it all. And trust me, that was not fun in the least. Each piece of trim had to be caulked, nail holes had to be filled, they needed a coat of primer, and then to finish it off, at least two coats of paint (some areas needed three coats). … [Read more...]

The updated columns in the kitchen

Okay, so first off, holy moly you guys are seriously the best. I am blown away by all the comments I received on my post from yesterday. I am not speechless often, but right now, I am speechless. Thank you for just being you. I wasn't expecting anything when I typed up that post last night. I just felt like I owed you guys an explanation. Comments across blogs are at an all time low, so I guess I just didn't even think that anyone would comment. I woke up this morning to so much support in my comments section and on facebook. I was taken aback by all the love. I'll admit, I did get choked up a … [Read more...]

Craftsman style moulding makes me happy

Hey y'all! How the heck are ya? Hopefully not freezing to death. Even in Austin, where it's usually H-O-T, it has been so fr-fr-fr-freezing cold I can hardly stand it. I'm so used to hot weather that I pretty much just shut down and hibernate if the temps get below 50 degrees. I seriously cannot stand cold weather! Well, fortunately Saturday the weather gods shined upon us for one glorious day and we had temps in the high 70s. As soon as I felt that warm air, it light a fire under me and I started a project I've drooled about for 9 months now. The last time I mentioned our living room it … [Read more...]

kids’ bathroom update: paint and hardware (and a lot of snark)

Holla! I'm a day late posting, but hopefully this update won't be a dolla' short. If you've been reading for more than a few days you are probably aware that I've been redoing the kids' bathroom. Yes, another bathroom post. I'm on a roll (pun unintentionally hilarious). So, let's see, where was I? I started with a moodboard of the big overhaul, then the bathroom got all up in its business with some serious beadboard treatment, and after that the ugly builder-grade mirror got a handmade (but not homemade - that sounds frumpy) frame. Which brings us to today. Hardware. And paint. And … [Read more...]

Kids’ bathroom makeover, phase 1: Hanging beadboard and trim

I have been working on the kids' gender-neutral bathroom this week and it is turing out exactly how I have been envisioning it. I am so excited to share the progress with you guys. Last week I showed you the mood board I created for the bathroom. I am so glad that you all liked it! I am pretty good at power tools and crafting and stuff, but the whole "decorating" thing is not really my forte, though I do try. Hearing that you liked my concept convinced me that my collection of stuff wasn't a total train-wreck. :) Here's where I stared from: Before I dive into all the … [Read more...]

The great big plans for the kids’ bathroom overhaul

As promised, I'm back with some exciting updates in our kids' bathroom. I have been putting off redoing their bathroom for two reasons. 1) I had a hard time coming up with a unisex theme that my son and daughter could both enjoy. And 2) (the main reason)... I was dreading going up and down the stairs like twenty billion times. But I sucked it up and have started the great kids' bathroom renovation of 2013. Here's where we are starting from. The bathroom is standard size and shape, except the toilet is across from the sink in this little alcove. I wish it were just next to the tub and … [Read more...]