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.

In one section I was debating between two or three hooks… I went with two.


Once you have your layout, use a tape measure to make sure each section is equally spaced. You might have to move your pieces of tape over a bit to make everything even. Now use larger pieces of tape and fully tape each spot where you want your hooks to be installed.

Using a level, mark a vertical line down the center of where you want your hook. Mark a horizontal line where you want your screw holes to go.

I wanted my screw holes 2″ from the top of my board, so I marked a level horizontal line 2″ down on each of my 7 pieces of tape (I’m installing 7 hooks).

Next I took the actual hook and centered it over my vertical and horizontal lines. I marked each screw hole with a pencil. This is where I’m going to drill my pilot holes.

Once your screw holes are marked, drill all your pilot holes through the painters tape. Once the holes are drilled you can remove all the tape. Now all your holes are perfectly placed and ready to attach the hooks, and you have to pencil marks to clean up!

And finally, attach all your hooks. I attached one screw of each hook then went back and attached the 2nd screw. I didn’t tighten the screws down until both screws were installed.

Now I have a lovely wall of perfectly lined up hooks without any pencil marks to clean up.

Here’s a “before” shot just for fun.

For a full tutorial on installing beadboard, you can check out my post here.


The dirty grout miracle cure

Hey everyone! I hope you have had a great week this week. I spent the better part of an evening working on bathroom grout. Yup, fun stuff going on over here at the house of Hepworths.

Our guest bathroom is nothing to scream home about, but you know what? It has a functional shower, toilet, and sink with clean running water, so I can’t really be too disgusted with it. AmIright? I mean, there are so many people in the world that don’t even have clean water, so for me to complain that oh.em.gee. my countertop is tile instead of granite? makes me sound like a total brat.

Well, I guess I am still kind of a brat because the grout on the floor was seriously bugging me. It just looks dirty, and I can’t have my guests thinking I don’t know how to mop.

I mean, it just looks dirty. And no matter how many times I scrub it with a toothbrush and peroxide, or bleach, or scrubbing bubbles, or whatever other concoction I come up with, it still just looks like I never mop the floor. And that is just gross and pretty much unacceptable for a self-proclaimed grime-a-phobe.

I’ve read on many other blogs expert predictions (too many to even try to attempt to link back anywhere else) about a product called GroutRenew (this is NOT a sponsored post!). People swear by it and say it’s a miracle product.

I finally caved and bought a bottle. I was hesitant to try it because I’d rather actually clean the grout than just paint over the grime, but enough is enough. I can only scrub in vain so many times. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and this tile grout is desperate. We do plan on doing a full gut at some point in the very far away, distant future, so I finally just figured, “we can’t replace it any time soon, so I might as well try to make it look good.”

Um… you guys… this stuff rocked my socks off. I was afraid I’d be all, “you can paint a pig but it will still look like a pig”, but nope, this is the real deal. I mean, check out this before and after. Crazytown I tell ya.

It is every bit at magical as they say. You paint it on like, well… paint… and then it dries this somewhat translucent color. It’s hard to really explain. I assumed it would go on like paint and when dry would look just like I actually painted the grout. But that isn’t the case. It went on like paint and it dried the color on the bottle, but the grout still looks every bit like natural unpainted grout. It has slightly darker spots, and slightly lighter spots. It almost looks like it just stained the grout a lighter color. WHAT I’M TRYING TO SAY is that it looks totally natural and you can’t even tell that it was ever painted.

I did not think this stuff would be as much of a miracle potion as it is, and I am now humbled and take back every negative thought I had about this product. In fact, I will now go and paint all the grout in the other two bathrooms, and I might even paint the grout in the laundry room too. This is how much of a convert I now am. I will bow down to the great and mighty GroutRenew.

I feel like I just got a brand new floor. No demo needed! After living through a kitchen demo and remodel, I am in no mood to do a demo any time soon, so this grout painting is now my new best friend.

before & after


Hot dawg, I just got me a brand new floor. I will now go and paint ALL THE THINGS everywhere.


The bathroom flip flop

Hold onto your hats because this post is going to get a little crazy. And when I say “crazy” what I really mean is “confusing”.

The kids’ bathroom and the guest bathroom are both in the same hallway. The kids’ bathroom is the first door on the right, and the guest bathroom is the last door at the very end of the hallway.

The kids’ bedrooms are sandwiched between both doors (the 2nd door on the left and the 2nd door on the right). Here’s the floor plan to help get you oriented.

When we moved in I put the kids bathroom between the girl room and the living room. It seemed like a good idea because it is closest to their bedrooms. Here’s the kids’ bathroom:

And as a refresher, here’s the guest bathroom. I’ve actually mentioned the guest bathroom at the end of the hall several times. Most recently I removed the big cabinet above the toilet.

Well guess what? Guests never go to the end of the hall to use the restroom. I guess they feel weird wandering all the way down the hall? It’s probably because the bathroom right next to the living room seems like the logical place for a guest to freshen up.

And my kids aren’t exactly the shining examples of neat and tidy. In fact, on any given day there is usually toothpaste smeared on the counter, toothpaste splatter on the mirror, my daughter’s hairbrush and accessories strewn about the counter, and dirty clothes on the floor. Not exactly the most inviting environment for a guest.

I’ve been hesitant to swap the bathrooms because the other one seemed too far away for the kids. Also, the bath at the end of the hall is smaller than their bathroom and I wasn’t sure about making them share such a small bathroom. But I’d finally had enough and figured I might as well try it out. An hour later and they were officially swapped.

The kids’ previous bathroom is now a clean and tidy spacious guest bathroom:

I’ve actually never even showed you this entire bathroom. We have a single sink with a really long counter, and the toilet and shower are in a separate room. I took that 2nd bathroom door off though shortly after moving in because it was really cumbersome and annoying.

The shower and tub are pretty much the exact same as before except now they have the guest room curtain.

This was a hard angle to photograph, but there use to be a cabinet above this toilet as well. Fortunately for me Ben was actually home to help me take it down so I didn’t have to do any bin stacking or anything.

Here’s one more awkward view above the toilet to show you where the cabinet use to be. It was big and awkward and I didn’t take a single “before” shot. Use your imagination.

And here’s the old guest bathroom which is now the kids’ bathroom. We’ve had this setup for about a week now and it is actually working GREAT having the kids in this bath instead. No issues at all so far.

They have a lot less counter space to mess up which is a plus and the new guest bathroom has stayed spotless since the swap (double plus!). The layout of this bathroom reminds me so much of their old bathroom. Now I’m really getting a hankering to put up beadboard in here.

I pulled some photos of their old bathroom and I just died a little inside. It was so beautiful, and so much work, and we only got to enjoy it for 3 months before moving. Sniff.



Amazing, right? One of my favorite spaces in our previous home. (You can check out the entire bathroom here.) Okay… back to reality. Sorry for derailing there. I just got all sad and nostalgic seeing that amazing bathroom again. I can do it again though!

Here’s a before and after of the old kids’/current guest bathroom:


And here’s a before and after of the old guest/current kids’ bathroom (ignore the word “currently” on the “before” photo. I’m reusing it from this post):


Was all of that flip-flopping too confusing or did you get the gist of it? To sum it all up, we switched the kids’ bathroom and the guest bathroom. And I miss their old bathroom at the old house. But I’ll make their new bathroom even more fab. Just you wait.

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