my DIY high
There's nothing quite like stepping back and saying, "Yes, I made that."
In our little home, we are fortunate enough to have 2 full baths. “My” bathroom is the master bathroom of course, and “Nathan’s” bathroom is the guest bathroom. Unfortunately, Nathan isn’t the cleanest person in the world. Granted his bathroom is pretty dang small, and it’s really the only place that is strictly his…It’s an area I’m too afraid to enter, and I tell all our guest to go through our bedroom to my bathroom because his is never organized.
Another factor in the messy bathroom: this is one of only two rooms in our entire house that I didn’t paint before we moved in. Why, you may ask? Because the previous owners painted both bathrooms with this trowel textured wall finish that wasn’t totally my jam.
In the master bath I took the time to sand down all the walls, wipe them off with TSP and paint. It took a while. I got burnt out of bathroom work, so I didn’t dive into the guest bathroom until now. And you know what I did? I used some leftover base paint from the previous owners and painted right over the texture.
I think it helped cover up some of the texture, and I know it helped as a base coat. I only had 1/2 a can of leftover grey paint!
I had some left over black iron pipes from a previous project. Add this shelf from Hobby Lobby and you have a 2-in-1 storage space and towel rack! FYI, cleaning black iron pipes is a serious pain in the rear. Don't think you can just go out and buy a pipe for a towel rack because your towel will be covered in black grease. Maybe I'll do a post later on my experience with pipe cleaning....
Please ignore the half dead plant there. My favorite pastime is to go to Lowe's and buy clearance plants. Do I usually revive them? no. But I'm getting better!
Check out my LAST POST to find out more about this rolling storage bench. Also, check out my instagram story highlights for more on this cheap DIY laundry basket.
I really want to do something different with the countertop. When we moved in I imagined doing concrete. Is that outdated now? does it even work? Would it end up being a total hot mess? Tell me your thoughts.
I also want to do something different with the mirror situation. And the light switch plate. And probably the shower curtain. Thinking a ceiling to floor would make the bathroom seem bigger, maybe. Does it ever end??
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The worst of the worst happened to me recently. Okay, maybe not the worst of the worst...but pretty bad. I either misplaced my beloved hand-me-down circular saw or it was stolen. I realized this when I wanted to use it to build a fancy mid century modern planter. Out of pure frustration and determination, and because, well...makers gonna make, I made the planter anyway. It was a total bust.
REVEAL // my kitchen before & after
When you're a hoarder and you own a tiny home (it's not actually that tiny!) you have to get creative with storage and organization. I knew I wanted a smaller home for several reasons: a) it's less to clean and b) we couldn't afford anything bigger
I wasn't super happy with the layout of our house. We live in a "cookie cutter" neighborhood with three layouts of the most adorable houses ever. One of the three layouts has an AMAZINGLY OPEN kitchen. The other two...do not. They have "galley" kitchens. Now that I'm thinking about it there are definitely more than three layouts to the houses in my neighborhood...
Anyway, I found a GREAT step by step tutorial on how to raise cabinets and add a shelf. Now I LOVE my kitchen.
Here's the original tutorial from Domestic Imperfection:
Basically, I copied their entire kitchen. I so badly want the butcher block counter tops, but I just can't justify ripping out our granite tile. Or our stone backslash. It makes me very sad, but I've learned to deal with it.
Photos from the home listing:
Those cabinets look like an awesome white/grey color. They were not. They were definitely baby blue and weird. A good attempt, but just...no.
MY KITCHEN NOW:
Here's a throw back for you!
Several years ago I found this awesome cane back couch on the side of the road (of course). It didn't fit in the cube very well...(you'll learn that I think my cube is amazing and I pack it chock full all the time). Don't worry, I only drove it like this for a few blocks.
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FABRIC SAMPLES // pillow edition
For a little frame of reference--I'm a hoarder. I used to work a few doors down from an interior decorator that constantly tossed fabric sample books! Much to the amusement of my co-workers, I loaded them up in the Cube. Every time I saw them. I have LOTS of fabric sample books...
Here's a handful of projects I've made with trashed fabric sample books:
The best use my fabric samples have ever had:
I've never done a blog before, so bear with me. Ten bucks says I'll post this, and then three months later I'll realize I haven't posted anything in a while. Anyway, people have been asking for pics of my DIY ventures so I'll give it a shot. Sorry if it sucks!
This is me, pretty soon after I was gifted this saw. I borrowed it so much from my father-in-law that he just gave it to me :) I've basically used it every day since then...
I pick up other people's garbage and take it home.
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