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Powder Room Makeover: Flashback Friday

Powder room makeover
Since my last post featured my mom’s new powder room ceiling, which was inspired by *MY* powder room’s beadboard ceiling, I thought that i was only appropriate that for Frlashback Friday this week, I feature my entire Powder Room Makeover.

How to Install a Beadboard Paneled Ceiling

How to Install Beadboard Ceiling
On my summer trip to my mom’s house, one of the project she asked me to work on was paneling her bathroom ceiling.  She had seen my powder room ceiling and decided she wanted something similar.

My mom actually has a beautiful bathroom (check out that oval window!), but the ceiling was pretty bland:
Ceiling before
The rest of the room has very traditional features like marble counters and a chrome cross handled faucet, so beadboard was completely appropriate:Red bathroom with marble

A Tour Through Blogland: It's Like Speed Dating for Bloggers

Let me tell you a little about myself, and then introduce you to a few other bloggers.. it may be love at first sight.
I was excited when JannYvette invited me to join the Tour Through Blogland, and I was super flattered when she said all these nice things about me.  (*blush*)

The idea of this tour is to quickly introduce you to other wonderful bloggers you may not already know about.  (And without having to randomly ‘pick them up’ in some shady bar on Pinterest.)

JannYvette has an amazing blog (Confessions of a Junkaholic) which features her painted projects, a few recipes and a whole of lot of salvaged inspiration.   I have recently started following her on Facebook and I love her projects.

She also has a booth featuring her wonderful designs at Woodstock Market, so if you are in the mood to buy some beautiful treasures, and you are in the Actworth, Georgia area, be sure to swing by for a visit.

Glass Etching 101

Step by step tutorial on how to etch glass using stencils and etching cream.  SUPER EASY!

I asked on Facebook what kind of project everyone would like to see.  (Therefore if you don’t like this post, and don’t follow me on Facebook you can only blame yourself!  *wink* ) 

The response to my survey was hands down: “Glass Etching”  so I quickly whipped up this project to demonstrate how to use the Silhouette for glass etching. (And I included an alternative to cutting a stencil with your Silhouette if you don’t have one yet! Those directions are in RED**)  

For my sample project I wanted a prettier way of keeping my dish soap on the counter, the idea of a labeled dish soap bottle came to mind.  Obviously, you can etch any glass surface, but a clear glass bottle is a good starter project.
Etched dish soap bottle

5 Steps To Finding The Perfect Bathroom Style

5 steps to find your style

This post brought to you by DecorPlanet.com. All opinions are 100% mine.

One of the most common things I have heard since doing my bathroom remodel is “How did you know where to start?  I hate my bathroom but the options are overwhelming.  I’m paralyzed with indecision.  What if I screw it up?"

I think that is a really hard problem for a lot of people.  Especially people with tiny budgets, since you only have one shot at it.  You want to really LOVE the finished product and you don’t want to make the wrong choices.  We aren’t professional designers or plumbers or contractors, and usually we can’t define our style much farther than “I’ll know it when I see it"

So today I thought I’d share MY process of how I make decisions when redoing my bathrooms and how I decide on what style I want.

I have re-done quite a few bathrooms.  Some were quick and easy fixes while others were much more extensive. And in all of the cases I started with a similar game plan: 

What are your goals? Is this going to be your bathroom? A guest bathroom? A child’s bathroom?
Are you going to live in your home for a long time or are you thinking you may soon sell it?

Do you need it to have universal appeal or is going to be your private sanctuary?  
Does your house already have an overall style and therefore the bathroom needs to blend in or do you have carte blanche to do anything?


Painted Stairwell Landing Feature Wall

This post brought to you by FrogTape. All opinions are 100% mine. They provided me supplies and payment in exchange for this post. I was not told what to say and the results I had with this product are accurate and unbiased.  (If this tape didn’t work, I would never tell you it did.)  

So what do you think of my new stair landing?  I'm so excited about it I could jump up and down and spit nickels!
Painted stairwell
It was a TON of work, I'm not going to lie, but it was totally worth it.  And really, it wasn't difficult especially since I didn't have any paint touch up.  NONE!

So how did I do it?
I'm glad you asked! But first, let me take you down memory lane (it is Flashback Friday..)

School Supply Organizer (Teacher Gift Idea)

I have been trying to dream up a practical back to school gift for the girls' teachers, and as I was digging through my Haven Swag I came upon a wooden "assemble it yourself" kit from Home Depot.

I knew I could transform it (and personalize it) into a teacher gift using my Silhouette and since this month's Silhouette Challenge theme was "school" I finally got motivated enough to throw it together.

Since I couldn't find the kit commercially available, I took down all the measurements (it is super straight forward) so that I could duplicate it out of cheap pine lumber if I wanted to make more.

Here is everything I needed:

10 Spray Paint Transformations (Flashback Friday)

I cannot stand how fast time is flying. I have so many things I want to work on, and I just can't seem to find enough time in the day.  Hard to believe it is Friday again, but at least that means it is time for another edition of Flashback Friday!

Today I decided I would feature my favorite past spray paint projects.  Spray paint is one of the fastest/cheapest ways to update thrift store finds and outdated objects.

My personal favorite transformation was the free curbside filing cabinet that I spray painted purple.

Back To School Fall Mantel

Back to school mantel decorating
My kids actually don’t start back to school for a few more weeks, but a lot of my friends and family have kids that are already back, so instead of jumping right into the “leaves and pumpkins” fall type theme, I thought instead I would put up a back-to-school mantel.
A back to school mantel
I threw it together in about 15 minutes and with only stuff I had lying around. Things like pencils and alphabet blocks came out of the kids’ toy closet:
Alphabet blocks
These apples are actually REAL apples.  (Normally I use wax fruit, but I didn’t feel like scouring the garage for my fake apples.. I was in the middle of watching the Chopped Teen Tournament!)

5 Ways to Save Money Without Sacrifice

5 ways to save money without sacrifice
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Recently my 2012 series about how I lived on $20 per week has been rediscovered and I have been fielding quite a few questions about how I was able to survive on that little money.

Like I have written before, it isn’t something I could have done long term (I went for a month) but there were quite a few take-away lessons I learned about budgeting that I can share with you, that you can start doing TODAY to keep a little extra money in your pocket. 

The easiest changes are always the ones that impact you the least.  Things that don’t feel like you are actually sacrificing anything.  So today I am sharing:

Five Ways to Save Money Without Sacrifice

T-Shirt Quilt Photo Tutorial

Tie Dyed T shirt QuiltEarlier this week I posted about our fun summer Tie Dye Party for Tulip's Tie Dye Your Summer Campaign.  We ended up coming home with about 10 dyed shirts.

Now, I know not everyone is a fan of actually WEARING their tie dyed creations, so I thought I would give you a quick photo tutorial on how to turn your tie dyed shirts into a quilt.

Stretchy knit t-shirt fabric is so soft, it makes for great quilts, but you need to know a few tricks on working with it.

Flashback Friday: July in Review

Why hello August! It feels like summer vacation just started, yet here you are.. the gateway to Autumn.  I feel like I didn’t get a ton of projects done since July was so packed with vacations and conferences, but it has been fun.

First there was Haven, which was definitely my highlight of the summer.  I feel really bad that in my recap post I left someone off of the “awesome attendees” list.  So now I want to take a second to tell you to visit Julia at JustSomethingIWhippedUp. She is a BRAND.SPANKING.NEW blogger, and is fixing up a house back in Boston, which makes her near and dear to my heart.

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