Easy Bathroom Makeovers…Before and After Pictures

Decorology

Decorology

Happy Sunday!  Yesterday morning I rolled out of bed and into the bathroom, looked around and decided it was time to do some sprucing up.  In my search for inspiration, I came across an article from Better Homes and Gardens that I had to share in case you were in your bathroom this weekend thinking the same thing!  I love these ideas because they’re cheap, practical and can be knocked out in just a couple of days.  You won’t believe the transformations…

BEFORE

BHG

BHG

I lived in Philadelphia for a few years and this reminds me of every row home bathroom I was ever in.  Crowded and with one tiny window;  the clutter and outdated tile seem a bit insurmountable.

AFTER

BHG

BHG

Amazing!  A few easy updates like paint and well-chosen accessories is all it took to turn this bathroom around.  The sandy color of the tile inspired a beach theme, brought to life by  the soft blues and greens of a new shower curtain and linens.  The clutter was moved out and replaced by a wooden coat rack (great idea!) – trendy and perfect for storing shower accessories, robes and towels.

BEFORE

BHG

BHG

The strip light fixtures and tile vanity really date this bathroom – strip lighting above the mirror is pretty standard in most homes today and can give off a really cookie cutter look.

AFTER

BHG

BHG

Paint!  It changes everything…the vanity was painted a bright white to appear more like a dresser than a standard piece of bathroom furniture.  The sink fixtures and counter top were changed out but the floor tiles were left as is.  Wall sconces and a new medicine cabinet finish off the look.

BEFORE

BHG

BHG

The monochromatic tiles running from the floors to the walls make this small bathroom feel cramped and dated – and the sink is too large for the 7 x 7.5 foot space.

AFTER

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BHG

It’s hard to believe this is the same bathroom!  A pedestal sink opens up floor space and solid-surfacing panels made to look like bead board wainscoting give the walls a fresh farmhouse look.  Yellow accents and a new medicine cabinet pull it all together.  The use of shelving to add more storage space is genius.

Have you done any bathroom updating lately?  Any tips for getting a great look on a budget?

Key Chain for Daddy…Unique Father’s Day Gift

 Formiadesign

Formia Design

I was looking for some unique ideas for Father’s Day gifts and came across these key chains by Formia Designs, sold on their website and on Esty.  They’re a little pricey at $89 –  ranging up to $139 based on detail but they’re made of Titanium which should last many, many years.  You e-mail them your child’s drawing and they send you back the key chain!  I’m not sure how quickly they fill orders but even if it doesn’t make it by Father’s Day this year, this personalized key chain would still be a lovely belated gift. 

I have boxes and boxes of my children’s drawings that get stored away and never looked at again.  I just think these are such a precious way to appreciate their innocence and creativity every day of the week.

Formia Design

Formia Design

Formia Design

Formia Design

Formia Design

Formia Design

 
Formia Design

Formia Design

Formia Design

Formia Design

Sea Glass Inspired Decor…Bringing the Beach Indoors

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

Close your eyes and picture the ocean – the roar of the waves, the warm sand on your feet – the call of the sea gulls and the sun on your skin.  When I saw this collection in Better Homes and Gardens that scene is the first thing that came to mind.  The colors are so soft and distinctively nautical; I can almost smell the salt water.  Honestly, it makes me want to redecorate my whole home into a beach bungalow.  If you feel the same way, here are some more sea glass inspired decor ideas to help you bring the beach to life in your home this season.

Pop Sugar

Pop Sugar

I love the drift wood and sea glass wall hanging.  If you’re one of those people who like to scour the sand for shells and glass this would be a great project to display what you find this Summer.

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Source Unknown

Delight By Design

Delight By Design

Weathered white or gray is a perfect backdrop for a sea glass or nautical theme because it mimics the sun bleached, salt water worn wood found along the ocean front.  Also, whites and pale grays will let the cool blue and greens of the sea glass take center stage.

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

Esty

Esty

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Source Unknown

Houzz

Houzz

The paint color on these walls is Sea Salt by Benjamin Moore.  The blue/green is so subtle and beautifully beachy; if you’re considering doing a  beach themed room this would be an excellent place to start.  Continue with colors that reflect the overall picture of an ocean scene in your mind – white couch for the white clouds, soft khaki’s and browns for the sand – if possible, find a rug that helps pull it all together.

BrightNest

BrightNest

Sea Shell; Supply / Esty

Sea Shell; Supply / Esty

Cottage Home

Cottage Home

Esty

To break up the monotony of the pale blues and greens of an ocean theme try adding in touches of coral, peaches and pinks.  In small doses they’re a lovely compliment to the cool pastels of the Summer season.

Liven Up Your Memorial Day Table…Painted Glass Tutorial

Repiny

Repiny

If you’re anything like me you have a dozen or so old flower vases and various glass bottles scattered around the house (mine are crammed under the kitchen sink).  Why not put them to good use and throw together a bright, fun centerpiece to liven up your Memorial Day Table?  Try using red, white and blue paint for a patriotic touch!

Anthropologie…Imitation Is the Best Form of Flattery (And It’s Cheaper)

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

While browsing through the online pages of Anthropologie this past weekend, as usual, I wanted to buy one of everything.  Their Summer Entertaining section is filled with pieces that I would love to have in my own home this season – and for a fraction of the cost I can! If you’re up for a little DIY’ing, so can you.

One of my favorites ~ the Confetti Fete Glasses; $12 a piece.

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

Or, buy a whole set of tumblers for $12 and do this instead!

Savvy Sugar

Savvy Sugar

Savvy Sugar

Savvy Sugar

What You’ll Need:

  • Red, yellow, blue, and white enamel acrylic paint
  • Glass tumblers
  • Paper towel
  • Cotton swabs
  • Sheet pan
  • Parchment paper

Do one color at a time and allow the paint to dry between dot applications.  When the glasses are dry, flip them over on the parchment paper and put them in a cool oven.  Set the temp to 350 and bake for 30 minutes to set the paint.  Let cool one hour before handling.

Block Print Star Napkin Set; $48.

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

Hand-Stamped Napkins via babycenter

Baby Center

Baby Center

You will need:
100 percent cotton napkins (as many as you like)
Iron
Cardboard
Rubber stamp
VersaCraft fabric ink pad
Test fabric

Wash, dry, and iron the napkins, then lay each on a hard surface. Put a piece of cardboard under the napkin to absorb any ink that passes through the fabric.

Lightly tap the stamp on the ink pad and gently press on a piece of fabric to test the impression. Once you’re satisfied with the results, press the inked stamp on the napkin. You may want to create a border or pattern. Re-ink the stamp between every impression.

When all the napkins are stamped, place a piece of fabric between the stamped side of the napkin and the iron, and press both sides of the napkin with a hot iron. Do not use steam or water. The heat will set the ink and prevent fading.

Mason Jar Sippers; $48 set of 12.

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

Daisy Cut Mason Jar Lids;  11 for $0.49 a piece + shipping!!! (follow the link to order)

Candle Soylutions

Candle Soylutions

Grab a cheap pack of mason jars and some fun straws and voila!

The Art of Picture Placement…

Decor Pad

Decor Pad

My idea of picture placement is holding a frame or frames up to the wall, guesstimating where they should go and then hammering in a series of nails (it should really be only one or two nails per picture but I have yet to convince myself that closing one eye and squinting is not a replacement for a level and a template).  I’m trying to work on this.  I created a post a few months ago full of photo gallery wall templates and in an attempt to hone my skills I gave one a shot on the wall above my bed.  Here is the before and after…

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

I love the results but the series of templates I came across today are the best yet – they give you the placement and the frame sizes you need to create a beautiful gallery wall.  I’m almost inspired to start on another picture project!  Check them out and see if they can help you master the art of picture placement.

Adorable Decor

Adorable Decor

5 Classically Cool Ways to Use Mason Jars in the Kitchen…

Photo Bucket

Photo Bucket

Is there anything that we haven’t done to the mason jar?  Paint it, illuminate it, fill it with buttons and hang it from the bottom of our cabinets.  I can’t really point the finger – I recently bought a $7 bag of coffee beans just so I could dump it into a mason jar and top it off with a tea light.

These handy little jars used to have a purpose, though – my grandmother used them to store homemade apple butter (and a fly one Christmas…which also happened to be the last Christmas I ate apple butter).  But I love the idea of using them for serving food; it’s practical and trendy and after all, that’s what they were made for…I think!  Pinterest might prove me wrong there.

So, here are 5 Classically Cool Ways to Use Mason Jars in the Kitchen…

#1.  Cupcake in a Jar

My Cakies

My Cakies

This idea makes me smile.  It’s so simple and ingenious and endlessly cute all at once!  Can you see these at a baby shower or an outdoor vintage wedding?  They would make such a cute gift around Christmas time!  Perfect for the kids to help make and eat…love this idea.

#2.  Overnight, No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal

The Yummy Life

The Yummy Life

Made with a base of Greek yogurt and old-fashioned rolled oats you can pretty much add in anything else you like – including fresh fruit, seeds and nuts!  Make these ahead and have a healthy breakfast ready for the whole family all week-long.  This is eaten cold so think of it more like yogurt and granola (which would also be really good!)

#3.  S’Mores in a Jar

Phar-Ma

Phar-Ma

I know we were just talking about being healthy and everything but – S’Mores in a Jar, people.  PharMa suggests using butter and brown sugar along with the classic chocolate pieces, marshmallows and graham crackers and I will not argue with her.  Never wait for a campfire again!

#4.  Single Serving Pie in a Jar

Our Best Bites

Our Best Bites

Best idea ever.  Use store-bought pie crust or homemade, line the inside of your jars, fill with fruit and freeze.  Pull them out and bake for a single serving or send a few as a gift.  Follow the link for more information – they have really cute gift tag ideas to go along with these, recipe suggestions and presentation options for mason jar pies!

#5.  Mason Jar Chicken Cordon Blue

Big Red Kitchen

Big Red Kitchen

Big Red Kitchen

Big Red Kitchen

We did a lot of sweet so we’ll end with savory.  Chicken Cordon Bleu is one of my absolute favorite things – this is the traditional dish made with fresh chicken, ham and Swiss cheese along with breadcrumbs, butter and herbs.  Bake and let cool…seal up your mason jar and pop them in the freezer!  Eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner…or all three ( I would).  Follow the link for preparation and baking instructions.  Mmmmmmm.