Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Master Bath Renovation

After living in our home for three years our master bathroom was the last to get updated.  After renovating the main floor and kitchen I had to be a little more conservative on how much I could spend.  I liked the layout of the bathroom, it just needed a little updating.  

the before:

I had someone tear out the bathroom floor tile, as well as the cultured marble surround in the tub/shower.  I replaced with Lowe's tile and stone accents, using a combination of several different patterns.  

I had the cabinet doors replaced; however, kept the drawers the same and had it all painted gray by the same painter I used for my kitchen cabinet makeover.  Marble counter tops, new square sinks, sink faucets, and light fixtures helped to dress up the space.  I painted the entire bathroom white and added molding to the large existing mirror that extends over both sinks. We removed the old framed glass shower door and had a new frame less one installed. 

It feels so clean and fresh now!

the after:

I completed both our master bath and my kid's bath at the same time, totalling about $7K for both.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Shared Girls' Room Makeover

About 10 years ago, my father purchased an 800 acre ranch in southeastern Colorado. Since then my children have grown up riding horses which in return has created a passion and obsession for my youngest two girls with these beautiful creatures. 

These two have shared a room since my youngest grew out of her crib eight years ago.    
So naturally when it came time to redo their shared room they both wanted it to be horse themed.  I was excited to take on a new project, as well as the challenge of finding a happy medium for the three of us.  I wanted to give them a classy horse themed room that they could "grow with".  I mean, what teenager wants a horse themed bedspread? I know first hand that teenagers want a space that fits them, and rightfully so...it's their haven from the stresses of adolescence. 

The girls and I agreed on a very neutral color scheme.  I really had to watch pricing, purchasing two of everything really adds up! Creams, tans, browns and lots of white was what we decided on.

I created a rustic planked wall to offset all the cream, tan, and white bedding; however, decided not to take it all the way to the top of the wall...

I purchased and combined the bedding from several different place, Ikea, Wayfair, Target, and Bed Bath & Beyond. The headboards are from Pottery Barn Teen. 

The dressers are from Ikea, and the end table is from Joss & Main.

My talented neighbor Kaylie painted these two watercolor horse prints for me.  They are gorgeous and I am completely enthralled with them!
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I originally intended to separate them and put one above each girl's dresser; however, once I had them in the room I couldn't separate them.  They compliment each other so much and the size looks better together.  

The only problem is that left the other dresser bare.  Big bummer.  Kaylie is so talented she inspired me to give it a whirl and try my hand at painting another for the other side of the room.  It came out alright, definitely nothing compared to hers...but it works in the space! You can't tell from the pictures, but I put hers on the side you immediately see upon entering the room. ;)

The room is L shaped with a smaller area and large window.  My oldest kept begging me to build a window seat that she could curl up and read a book on.  I thought it was a brilliant idea and found some darling horse fabric at Fabric.com to create pillows for it...

I found the crates at Walmart and stained them a dark walnut color.  I added felt bottoms so they could slide them in and out for their books.  I found this pendant light at Ikea for $30 and thought it looked kind of "barney".  I sprayed it an oil rub bronze and cut off the plug in part to hardwire it into the ceiling box. 

 One of the last touches I added to the wall was a large collage of my girl's riding and fond memories of them over the years at the ranch.  Underneath the collage I hung my grandmother's horse whip that I treasured as a young girl.

My girls love how it turned out, which is good...because it isn't changing any time soon. ;)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

New DIY Weathered Wood & Molding Headboard

My oldest daughter is fifteen and recently decided her bedroom was too "babyish". She wanted to update it with an older more sophisticated look and who am I to argue when I have the opportunity to do a new project! 

We started by making her a new headboard - 

I purchased a large sheet of plywood and cut it to fit a queen size bed.  I layered different molding to create the look I wanted on the top and the sides, then filled in the middle with 1x4 's from Home Depot -

Next I followed a tutorial from Ashley at Cherished Bliss, on how to weather wood.  It's a great tutorial and a super easy process, I was really excited with how it turned out!

We are well on our way to adulthood!