The kids’ bathroom mirror gets framed

The past few weeks I've been working on renovating the kids' bathroom. Today I'm going to show you how I framed out their mirror. I have never framed out a mirror before so I ended up putting it off in our house for more than two years. After completing one all I have to say is, dude, this is pretty darn easy. Expect me to go on a tangent and frame out all the mirrors in this house over the next month. Such a huge difference. I can't even believe how much of a difference this simple update has made. Just to recap, so far I've shared my plans for the bathroom complete with a … [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...]

Chair rail in the family room and breakfast nook

The last several weeks I've devoted to getting half-finished projects wrapped up and checked off the to-do list. I'm great at going full steam and starting a project. Finishing the project? NotSoMuch. I'm a 90-percent-er. I get about 90% of the work done and then get distracted with a shiny new fun project. I'm like a dog who sees a squirrel. Totally focused and then all of a sudden,... "SQUIRREL!!" It's time to hunker down and get these loose ends wrapped up. Even if I literally die of boredom. One of the projects that I've been putting off for months is finishing hanging … [Read more...]

Laundry Room face lift + How to install beadboard

My laundry room and I go way back. We've been through so much together: floods, venting issues, stacking and unstacking the washer and dryer. It seems I just can't make up my mind with the configuration of this poor room. It's plenty big enough to be both a mud room and a laundry room, yet it feels overwhelmingly suffocating at the same time. Several months ago I got sick of the current placement of the washer and dryer, so I bought a stacking kit and a bunch of new hoses and power cords. The appliances were then moved down the wall about 8' and stacked. One thing about … [Read more...]

3 projects; 1 post. Tackling the foyer.

Would you believe me if I said I checked off THREE more projects from my to-do list?! Well, guess what? I did. For realz. I have now checked Projects 17, 18, and 22 off my list. What? Oh, you want to know what those projects are?! Okay, sure I'll elaborate. I have finished: Project 17: Replace light fixture in foyer. Project 18: Finish painting foyer. Project 22: Replace light bulb on front porch. Project 22 is a no-brainer so I don't have any "after" pictures for you. But Projects 17 & 18 were quite the ordeal, so I've got loads of photos of the process to … [Read more...]

adding moulding to rounded corners

In November I added moulding and paint to my piano room. One of the things I did in this room was added moulding around the windows. It's easy enough to add moulding around windows, but I had a unique situation that caused quite a bit of drama for me. All the corners in our house have rounded edges. If you look at the wall leaving the piano room and entering the foyer, you can see another rounded corner. As you can see, when the moulding was hung it left a gaping gap between the moulding and the wall. I knew before I hung the moulding that this would be an … [Read more...]

Piano room phase 3 – finishing the box moulding

The past week I've been working on updating my piano room. The goal is to go from this: To something like this: I started my room makeover by priming the walls here and then I hung all the moulding here. The room is {finally} basically done - ie: the "bones" of the room are pretty much finished. I've got a few little things left to do, but the hard part is over and now I get to focus on decorating! So, how did the room turn out you ask?! I think it turned out better than my crappy GIMP drawing at least! Here's a side-by-side comparison. … [Read more...]