Probably One Of the Scariest Things I Have Ever Done…

I had a fun filled weekend of wallpaper glue removal… how about you guys! Seriously I’m not sure, but I think removing glue from walls is on my top 10 “I Don’t Want To Do This Ever Again” job list!

Here is our bathroom before we moved in…

Master bathroom BEFORE

It’s kind of hard to see it but this is the wallpaper that was installed when the house was built 13 years ago. It was still in great condition, but just not our style…

Master bathroom wallpaper

The wallpaper came down so easy, I thought I was lucky!

Master bathroom wallpaper removal

Huge strips of paper and it only took me like 30 minutes of pulling it off (by hand) to get it down! I was so very excited and I thought I had it made, well that was a big NOPE! Removing the glue left on the walls behind the paper was a killer… thankfully my hubby helped me get it done this weekend (he hated it to BTW)! After researching how to get the wallpaper glue off of the walls the process we used was this:

  • Tip: put on some rubber gloves or your hands will look like crap later!
  • with a spray bottle spray a small section (3ft. x 3ft.) with a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water, start off with warm water but it’s ok if it cools down
  • let it soak in for about 15 seconds and then scrape the glue off with a metal or plastic scraper (being careful not to tear the sheetrock paper as much as possible)
  • repeat the step above once more
  • fill a bucket with hot/warm water (as hot as you can handle it), using a heavy duty scrubbing sponge (we used the yellow ones with the green scrub side to them) scrub and rinse the remaining glue residue off.
  • keep emptying and refilling the bucket so that the water stays as clean as possible

There are other tutorials out there that say that Fabric Softener will work too, but here’s my thoughts on that. 1. Vinegar is so much cheaper and is a natural product 2. You are actually cleaning your walls at the same time (my bathroom has never been so clean) 3. Fabric Softener has petroleum in it and I am wondering about the effect of that 4. Vinegar smells a lot worse than fabric softener, but refer back to concern #3

We broke this fun time up into two half days, it’s Fall ya’ll and we had some fun outdoor stuff to do, but we got all of the glue off of the walls and were left with more than a few holes.

Master bathroom wallpaper glue removalMaster bathroom wallpaper glue removal

Then, because I thought we needed to do more, I decided I wanted to go ahead and take down the 2 HUGE mirrors on “my” side of the bathroom. Seriously who needs this much mirror in the bathroom!?

Removing glued on mirrors from wall

So this was the very scary, almost peed in my pants part I alluded to in my title post! Taking these mirrors down was freaking me out! I researched on line how to get remove them, as they are glued to the wall versus put on with mirror clips, and this is the process we used.

First of all it is SUPER important to wear safety glasses, gloves and I had on long pants and shoes… you never know if the mirror will break or shatter so please be careful!

As suggested we taped the mirrors up with heavy duty packing tape.

Removing glued on mirrors from wall

We oh so carefully and slowly pried the mirror off if the wall using wood shims and a small crow bar. Let me tell you these mirrors are at least a 1/4” thick and HUGE, but we got both of them down in one piece. However this is the mess they left behind…

Repairing wall behind glued on mirror

Anyone else up for a fun day of drywall patching & sanding… UGH!!! I did get a couple of coats on last night, but seriously what a pain!

Repairing wall behind glued on mirror

We still have one more very HUGE mirror on my hubby’s side but we are leaving that for now as this makeover is a temporary fix until we can renovate the whole bathroom. I personally am hoping that we hire this mirror removal out!

Repairing wall behind glued on mirror

We also solved one more bathroom problem that I would like to share with you. We have a pocket door to the water closet / shower “room”, I know weird that they put those 2 things together right? Well the pocket door wouldn’t open all of the way, it stuck out of the wall about 4” and was just a slight nuisance. I could tell that something was keeping it from closing on the bottom track. At first I thought it might be a screw or nail from the baseboards, so I removed the front and back baseboard, but that didn’t solve the problem. So I decided to cut a hole behind the baseboard (where the stop was occurring) to see if I could figure out the problem. Once I put the baseboard back up you’ll never know there is a hole there.

How to repair pocket door that won't open all of the way

These are what I found…

Those crazy kids!

Someone’s kids stuck these in between the pocket door and the jamb at some point… Kids really will stick things almost anywhere! I pulled them out and now the door opens all of the way, a small victory but it made us happy that it wasn’t a huge fix for us.

Well I’m off to patch more holes and probably do some sanding! Have a great week all!

Thanks for stopping by…

Until next time!


Kitchen Updates, Tile, Lights, Paint

Hey all! This post has been stuck in my “to finish” pile for a while but I wanted to share with you the kitchen updates we have completed so far. We still have some cabinet painting to do, but that is a project that I might get started this winter.

So here is a BEFORE shot my hubby took while doing the home inspection (that’s the inspector at the island).

kitchen before

This I took just after we moved in, we had not yet replaced any appliances or done any work.

kitchen before

Here it is after we had replaced the dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, sink, faucet, added pendant lights and painted (Chelsea Gray by Benjamin Moore). I had a VERY difficult time deciding on a paint color, I kept trying to go light but I didn’t like any of the combinations. As soon as I saw this color I was smitten, but a little concerned it may be too dark…  I loved it the moment I started painting. It was the perfect choice for us!

Updated kitchen

We installed the backsplash using Queen Beige tumbled Amalfi marble. It is a nice neutral color that worked well with the existing counter. I normally would have removed the 4” granite backsplash and tiled all of the way down to the countertop but they had also installed the backsplashes on the sides of the oven cabinets and I wasn’t sure what would happen to the cabinets if I tried to remove it…

Updated kitchen backsplash

My Hubby replaced all of the outdated florescent under cabinet lighting with new LED lights. I like the cool bright light here vs. the warm yellow hue. Also, I LOVE using my vintage tool box to hold the tools, oils and vinegars that I use most frequently.

Useful decor in kitchen, vintage toolbox caddy

I “shopped” in my storage room and found this antique scale which was the perfect color to coordinate with my toolbox. The measuring cups I purchase from Anthropology several years ago and are not only pretty to look at but it is handy being able to have them setting out.

Useful decor in kitchen

This was the original sink and faucet setup (and no I didn’t bother to clean it before I took this picture)…

kitchen sink before

We hired a plumber to come replace the sink, faucet and garbage disposal… my sweetie is very handy but plumbing is not his best skill set so we usually leave the pluming up to the professionals Laughing out loud

I cannot begin to describe how much I L-O-V-E this sink! It is SUPER deep which is great for leaving dishes in and the single bowl just works so much better than double bowls for us. I can fit sheet pans, baking pans or a child or two in here… (just sayin’ it’s awesome)! We also had an extra hole (where the sprayer was) so we now we have a hand soap dispenser and a dish soap dispenser!

Single bowl deep kitchen sink

I bought a set of the new blue jars and frog inserts to go with them. Eventually I hope to have pretty, fresh flowers from the garden in them, but for now I just adore the way the sunlight from the Sunroom filters through the blue glass.

Blue ball jar kitchen decor

This little area to the right if the refrigerator we have setup for all of our drinking “tools”, coffee maker, Magic Bullet, Soda Stream. We keep all of the coffee mugs above and the blender cups and big blender below. Having a drink / coffee bar area just works so well for our family.

Coffee and drink bar area

This is what the original eat in area of the kitchen looked like. This light was in such a weird place for the traffic pattern to work. I think they had it setup for a round table there…

Before eat in kitchen area

The whole kitchen / eat-in area are painted the same Chelsea Gray, I took down the light blocking valances and put up curtains and rods. I just cannot get rid of our farm table even though it’s just the 3 of us most of the time eating there. We bought the table 13 years ago and it is made by Hoskins Creek Table Company. The tables are made in Virginia, by hand, and are put together like they were long ago with beautiful joinery and old looking nails. There is a bench on the one side (for lots of little kid butts Open-mouthed smile) but the chairs are vintage hand carved with original rush seats. The rug is from FLOR and is really carpet tiles, easy to care for and they can be cut to fit ANY area.

Eat in kitchen area, Farmhouse Table

I do love the beaded chandelier we purchased to replace the oriental looking one that was here. It’s hard to see but the beads are a washed out gray color, I bought it at World Market and I thought it was a great price considering what similar ones are being sold for elsewhere.

Beaded chandelier from World Market

From the kitchen you can see somewhat into the Family room. I originally thought I’d want to remove the wall that the bar is on, but I really have come to like the setup as it is now.

Updated kitchen in progress

We bought this bar set from Pottery Barn about 4 years ago and it fit in this space like we built around it!

Wine bar area in kitchen with chalkboard

I will eventually paint this pantry area as well, but I’m still on the fence with a couple of choices I need to make. The speaker above the cabinets is wired in from the TV in the family room so we can listen to music or whatever.

Butlers pantry

We added these pendant lights where there used to be can lights and I really love the way they look. We found them at Shades of Light if you’re interested in them. I wrote a previous post on the island update we did and you can find it here.

Kitchen renovation, painted island

One of these days I would LOVE a new Thermador gas stove and double oven combination, but I’m thinking that might not happen in this house (or ever), but I can still dream right?!

Kitchen renovation, painted island

We have come a long ways with our kitchen, but to finish it up I need to get these cabinets painted. I painted the cabinets in our last home 5 years ago and I still remember the “pain” of it, so I’m pretty much putting it off until I can’t put it off any longer…

Hope you all are feeling some Fall weather, it’s just gorgeous here today in Louisville, KY!

Thanks as always for stopping by,

Until next time!


A Big Fat THANK YOU and Some Pillow Love

I wanted to thank all of you who voted for my Laundry Room Makeover on Apartment Therapy’s Room For Color 2014! Seriously I can’t tell you how much your support means to me and how awesome it makes me feel! Because of your support our Laundry room had the most votes in it’s “Cool” division and the second most votes of all of the entries, pretty impressive right?! So you would think I would be in the running for the Grand Prize, but sadly I’m not… they actually have a panel of judges that choose the finalist from the categories… not a really democratic way to run a contest but to each his own.. I guess I’m just a little bummed (and confused) about it!

I wanted to do more than just complain to you guys I promise, I wanted to share with you this quick crafting project I worked on. I pulled out the sewing machine this past Saturday and sewed some Fall pillow covers for the sunroom. I decided to make envelope enclosure pillows and found this tutorial here for them. They were SUPER easy to make and will allow me to quickly and easily change my pillow covers for the season. I had the perfect Fall fabric on hand so this was not only a pretty quick project but it was cheap too!

I sewed pillows for both sides of the sunroom sofa and “my” chair, I loved the colors in the fabrics and how they turned out but they just looked a little BLAH for me, see what I mean…

DIY envelope pillow covers

I decided to embellish them a little… I made some felt flowers (using hot glue and strips of felt, see basic tutorial I found here) and some black velvet ribbon I attached with fabric glue. Much better right, but still not quite right…

Embellishing pillow covers

I decided I wanted a “S” on each of the plaid pillows. So I printed a “S” from Word onto a thicker piece of paper (to make cutting easier) and then cut it out. I fused together some black flannel fabric and Wonder Under Transfer Web with a hot iron. Then I placed the “S” cutout on the fabric and traced around it with white chalk (so I could see the line) and then cutout the “S”.

Embellishing pillow coversEmbellishing pillow covers

I then removed the backing of the Wonder Under (exposing the glue) and placed the “S” on the pillow. I then covered it with parchment paper and ironed it onto the pillow cover. The “S” is now permanently fused to the flannel pillow cover!

Embellishing pillow covers

So much cuter than the plain pillows before I think!

Embellishing pillow covers

Embellishing pillow covers

I had never made felt flowers before so I am very pleased with how they turned out and I only burnt my hand with the stupid hot glue ONCE, but once was enough let me tell you!

Embellishing pillow covers

This is “my” seat in the sunroom, I love to sit there and look out at the back yard and the tree’s.

Embellishing pillow coversEmbellishing pillow covers

I posted the picture below on my Instagram account yesterday, so much fun making all of these, I don’t craft / sew as often as I should…

Custom DIY Pillow Cases and Embellishments

I hope you enjoyed my little pillow tutorial! I still have my sewing machine out because next I have to tackle some making some Roman Shades.. fun fun!!

Thanks as always for stopping by…

Until next time!


The really big mess we’re making in the basement…

So we REALLY are making a HUGE mess in the basement, lots of dust and tools, but I couldn’t be happier! We finished painting over the awful faux finish wall treatment and are in the process of updating the built-in entertainment area. Just so you know I wanted to hire someone to paint the basement because it was a lot and I just wanted it done, but with a price quote of $1,300 not including paint I decided to put on my big girl panties and get it done (with a lot of help from my Super Awesome Hubby too!) I wanted to share with you the progress of the TV wall though, as I am super thrilled with how it’s coming along.

This is what the basement built-in entertainment area looked like just before we moved in. While some of you might possibly think the walls look good, trust me, in person they were pretty bad. These are really nice built-ins however, but that TV area was made for one of those mack daddy TV’s, you remember the SUPER deep ones? All of the wires you see sticking out of the wall are for the cable and the surround sound.

Basement media wall before

Removing the deep TV built-in and the narrow cabinet beside it was no picnic let me tell you! They built them in place so the backs of the cabinets were actually the drywall part of the wall. The long holes you see snaking along the top of the wall near the ceiling are where we ran the speaker wire up so that we could install the in wall speakers here. We also moved the electric outlets and finished out the wires in the wall for a cleaner look.

Basement media wall in progress

The speakers came with a template that we traced around and then cutout the drywall to house the units.

Basement media wall in progress

We have installed this same V-groove wood planks on this wall as we have in the girl’s bathroom and the laundry room. First and most importantly it covers up all of the holes we made in the drywall, but also it will provide a nice background texture for what we are planning to do…

Basement media wall in progress

I hope everyone knows you can get your primer tinted for free right? I had my Kilz tinted as dark gray as possible to help with the final coat.

Basement media wall in progress

My SAH and I designed this cabinet to hold all of our components under the TV. We used our handy Kreg Jig to help with this project!

Basement media wall in progress

Basement media wall in progress

Ok, so this is where we finished up this weekend. Are you digging the black wall or is it just a tad too much for you? I think this will be the perfect backdrop for the TV and some decorative items on the shelves.

I will finish priming and painting it this week so the only thing that will be left to do is find a TV for this spot… and let me tell you my Hubby is SO looking forward to that part of the project!

Basement media wall in progress

Ideally he wants something this BIG, but we’ll see (excuse the crude Photoshop mock up). It’s a very large area and can hold an 80” TV. In case you were wondering about the scale of this area it’s 12’ wide by 10’ tall. This potential TV is why we removed the skinny built in, gotta have as much TV space as possible for watching football right?!

Basement media wall in progress

So it’s coming along slowly, but I have to blame that on the weather. It’s been so gorgeous here in Louisville, KY recently that I have been doing as much outside as I can… pretty soon winter will be here and I will be stuck inside then anyway!

I hope you all are having beautiful Fall weather too! Thanks so much for stopping by…

Until next time!


Laundry Room Makeover Exciting News!

Hey all! I just got some pretty fantastic news that I wanted to share with you! Do you remember my laundry room makeover?


Well I’m super excited to say it has been chosen for Apartment Therapy’s Room For Color 2014 contest!


As you can tell it is a room FULL of color! I would LOVE it if you could take the time to hop over to Apartment Therapy and vote for me! It’s easy just click on this link and vote by clicking on the red button below the pictures that says “FAVORITED”, the deadline is Oct. 3rd!

Thanks so much for all of you wonderful comments on the original post, they REALLY mean a lot to me!


Beautiful Laundry Room Makeover

Let me start by apologizing for being so absent! Sometimes I really get sucked into the projects we are working on and just can’t (or don’t want to) carve out the hours necessary to photograph and write up a post… I want to share but I’m just so darn slow so forgive me ‘kay?

So as the title states we have been working on making over our laundry room. It’s a very nice sized room (12L x 7.5W) with a folding table, cabinets, a sink and natural light, what more can a girl want right? Let me share with you the underwhelming Before shots before you answer that question…

before laundry room makeoverbefore laundry room makeover

First of all AGAIN I’m dealing with white on white on beige, I think the previous owners were deathly afraid of color! Also, checkout the weird light placement below. I think they installed the pull down stairs after the fact and because of that had to move the light as half of the light is over the cabinet… thanks mister stair installer!

before laundry room makeover

So not only did the light placement look weird, but those cabinets just smack you in your face when you walked in and they also made the room feel claustrophobic. So we removed the upper cabinets and I can’t tell you what a difference this made… don’t worry about losing storage space there is a TON of storage in this house so I really didn’t use these cabinets anyway.

before laundry room makeover

After removing the wire shelving (ARGH!) and the folding table we then moved one of the upper cabinets to this area. I added bead board leftovers to the side of the cabinet to jazz it up a little.

before laundry room makeover

We added some V grove wood planks (same as we did here), primed and painted them.

installing v grove wall planksinstalling v grove wall planks

The color we chose is Benjamin Moore Regal Select (Pearl Finish) Barely Teal #2048-70. It’s a very pretty blue, quite honestly I don’t see any teal, but it’s very pretty and coordinates with the wallpaper (oh, did I not mention we are installing wallpaper in here, well we are!?)

installing v grove wall planks

I removed the old countertop and sink from the base cabinets on the other side. The drawer fronts and doors were also removed because I am painting the white cabinets… Just freaking WAIT until you see these cabinets!!!

painting laundry room cabinets

So there is a HUGE reason I am doing all of this work for a laundry room… it’s because every time I walk up the stairs this is the room I look into. It has a window to the backyard that lets in a ton of light into the hall so this door stays open pretty much all of the time. So here is my view now…  and I kid you not I smile every time I walk up the stairs and see this view!

Laundry room makeover update, blue, teal and citron

The cabinets I painted with a custom mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (50/50 Provence & Florence) it coordinates perfectly with the Amy Butler wallpaper and is such a stunning teal color.

teal painted laundry room cabinets, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

The knobs I found at Lowes, they’re Allen Roth brand and just perfect I think! The cabinets were waxed with Minwax Paste Wax after a very light sanding.

teal painted laundry room cabinets, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

We paid someone to install the wallpaper, I can install wallpaper but I was concerned it would not be perfect and these guys did a perfect job! The new countertop is a faux Carrera marble laminate, which I was very concerned about (the faux part), but really turned out being just right!

Amy Butler wallpaper and v grove planked laundry room walls

The drying racks I picked up on a trip to Ikea and are fabulous!

Ikea drying racks

The countertop we made out of two pieces of 2” thick pine boards that we attached together, sanded, stained and waxed. It is about 6” narrower than the original folding table but it helps the area in front of the washer & dryer feel more open and there is still plenty of room to fold.

Custom wood folding table

This cabinet is installed up high, but I really like having all of the space beneath the cabinet and I can still easily reach the bottom shelf, I would need a stool for the less used items I keep up top.

Painted and upgraded cabinet

We painted the ceiling and the pull down stairs the same white, it doesn’t disappear but it is less noticeable. You can also get a sneak peek at the black photo wall in the hall that we are still working on… We also replaced the sink and faucet with a new stainless steel sink and chrome faucet… the old ones were pretty beat up.

Laundry room makeover update

Obviously we replace the “boob” lights. This one is so cool, it’s made from a vintage can, I picked it up at Shades of Light while is was back in Richmond visiting.

Custom vintage can light

It tool me a while to find the right piece to coordinate with the can light but this fixture was perfect… well maybe not “perfect” as I did have to paint the original rust finish with a zinc like finish that worked better with the other light. Still it’s cool right?

Cool laundry room lighting

This is another Ikea piece I already had, it is perfect for hanging paint brushes up to dry and to hold those pods for the washer.

Ikea wall mount rack

I did consider a countertop over the washer & dryer but it would really be for looks and not for function so for now this is the way it is.

Laundry room makeover update

We made another small wood shelf to hold some decorative items, which is all the decorating this laundry room is getting!

Custom shelving in laundry room

So when all was said and done we made a huge change to the room right?

Before and After Laundry Room Makeover

While all of this color might not be your cup of tea, let me tell you this is BY FAR the most vibrant and fun room in the house. And why not? I think the laundry room should be as cheery as possible and I think we achieved that goal.

Let me know what you think! Are you more of a subtle, understated laundry room fan or a punch of color and pattern is fabulous fan?

Thanks as always for stopping by and leaving some comment love!

Until next time!

UPDATE: Our laundry room has been chosen for Apartment Therapy’s Color 2014! Would LOVE it if you would go vote for me!


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Teenage Girl Bedroom Makeover

Hey guys! Thanks for stopping by to check out my daughter’s bedroom makeover! My daughter (Brie) is 12, so I think she is a year shy of being a “teenager”, but she sure does act like one so that’s the category I’m going to put her in Sarcastic smile I also put her in the pain in the butt category from time to time too… just sayin’…

As you may (or may not) know we moved from my hometown of Richmond, VA to Louisville, KY almost a year ago. It was a hard move on us all, but “poor” Brie had JUST had her bedroom updated in Richmond and she kept saying how she missed it (among other things). Even though it has taken us almost a year to get to her new bedroom, I think the wait was worth it!

Just to let you know we did all of updates while she was spending time with her Grandmother back in Virginia. She was gone for about a month (Party smile) so we had plenty of time to get it done… plus it was a whole lot easier to just do it without the interference… if you know what I mean. We also did a super cool update on her closet that you can checkout here if you want to see it.

This was her room before we moved in. It is a nice big room, good carpet, lots of light, but again with the beige on beige on beige! I think the owners painted most of the rooms this before putting it on the market…


BEFORE room makeover

We painted both the inside of her closet and her room with Benjamin Moore Galt Blue. It’s a pretty almost Tiffany like blue.

Galt Blue

Here it is the AFTER

Teenage girl bedroom blue, coral & gray

The bed is “new”, you can checkout the post on the restoration of it here, but pretty much everything else we had. Well, the cardboard ram head is new and it’s one of Brie’s favorite pieces she says! The vintage doors I updated for her last room and are very special to me, I also think they’re pretty cool!

Teenage girl bedroom blue, coral & gray

I bought the the “S” pillows from Etsy and made the mum’s pillow myself. The bedding is from Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond and the duvet cover is reversible. I would have had it showing the grey and white chevron side, but Brie is NOT a fan of the grey so I have to sneak it in where I can… I seriously don’t know what is wrong with that child Winking smile

Teenage girl bedroom blue, coral & gray

When Brie and I were discussing her room makeover she had said she wanted a chalkboard… Do you think this one is big enough for her?

Teenage girl bedroom blue, coral & gray

I bought the ART letters from Joanne Fabrics, they were originally plain cardboard and updated them with some different mediums to give them some interest. The wire is actually a curtain holder from Ikea that we had never installed. Seriously this works so perfectly to hang photos and pictures with the little clips! As she gets older we can take down the “ART” letters and make this a cool place for friends to leave notes, she’s soooo into this!

Art wall with chalkboard

I had this vintage seed packet holder in storage that now functions perfectly to hold her drawing supplies.

chalk holder

We added the curtain over the vanity doorway because this area freaks her out at night. So she closes these every night and it solves the problem. We had these curtains in her last room so all I did was paint the rod coral. I also painted her vintage plant stand coral to bring in some smaller punches of coral around the room.

Teenage girl bedroom blue, coral & grayCoral painted vintage flower stand

All of the furniture she had, but I did embellish some white Ikea curtains with the same mums fabric I used for the pillow and the valance in the closet.

Teenage girl bedroom blue, coral & gray

I love this window seat we made for her last room and it has a perfect place in her new room. I made a couple of little throw pillows for her in case she ever decides to sit on it…

Teenage girl bedroom blue, coral & grayTeenage girl bedroom blue, coral & gray

She is still using her vintage store shelving. If it were up to me all of this “crap” would be tucked away hidden somewhere, but she likes to see all of her stuff! I don’t know why because she is quite a messy girl, but this is her room so see it she will!

Teenage girl bedroom blue, coral & grayVintage shelving for toy storage

Just in case you’re interested, she LOVES her new room and closet!! She and her sister have been having fun drawing on the chalkboard and they both went gaga over her new closet! She also said she likes her new room better than her last room which is a big WIN for me!

Teenage girl bedroom blue, coral & gray

So that’s are latest finished room in the house. We are currently working on the laundry room, but I am having a hard time deciding on new countertops… I may have to share our progress to get some suggestions!

Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing Brie’s room makeover! I would love to hear what you think about it!

Until next time…


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Beautiful Vintage Bed Makeover

Hey guys! Well I’m FINALLY working on a piece of furniture Smile, it’s for Brie, but I am working on furniture!

So I purchased a full size vintage wood bed off of Craig’s List for $125, which is not a bad price but not super good either (I’ll explain later). I had a heck of a time finding a “nice” full sized bed that would work for my youngest daughter, so when I saw this one come up I immediately contacted the guy. However, I didn’t put the entire bed together (wood rails) to ensure stability (bad, bad Susan), I just made sure that the rails were the right ones by testing them in the slots. Anyway, when I got started on the bed and put it together it was SUPER wobbly! I don’t have the skills necessary to fix it, plus one of the wood rails already had a REALLY bad repair done to it, so I decided to look for an alternative. I found this great US company STL Beds that make metal replacement rails for vintage beds (among other things). After printing out their template to make sure it would work with my frame I purchased the No.1 Full Hook Side Rails. Hooking them up was pretty straightforward, you are not supposed to use wood slats, and let me tell you this bedframe is now T-I-G-H-T! It doesn’t move or wiggle or make any creaking sounds at all, which my daughter is thrilled about!

So this is the vintage bedframe I started with, great bones just needs a little love and a little less paint on it…


Vintage wood full bed

You could see a lot of wear on the rails.

Vintage wood full bed

Those two black marks on the right and left was some kind of hardcore stuff to get off…

Vintage wood full bed

More wear…

Vintage wood full bedVintage wood full bed

I used 3 products to clean and restore this bed, Murphy Oil Soap, Howard Restore-A-Finish and Howard Feed-N-Wax. Let me tell you I use the Murphy Oil soap all of the time to clean pieces I am going to paint or refinish. I smells great and cleans fabulously, perfect for cleaning out old smelly cabinets or drawers.

How to restore furniture

My process was to spray the oil soap on the wood, scrub (with the grain) the wood with 0000 steel wool then wipe it down with a cloth until clean. This took me about an hour because the bed was filthy and had a lot of wax buildup on it. Below you can see the grey streaks of wax still to remove.

How to restore furniture

After cleaning it I let it dry out overnight and then came back and applied the Restore-A-Finish according to the directions. The last step was to wax it with the Feed-N-Wax product according to it’s directions… BTW this stuff smells like oranges too! This is what it looked like after the Restore-A-Finish was applied.

How to restore furniture

The bed is all set up now in Brie’s finished room (which I will share soon), it turned out even more beautifully than I could have hoped. Just look at the gorgeous graining on the wood!


Gorgeous Restored vintage full sized bed

Swoon worthy…

Gorgeous Restored vintage full sized bed

All of the rails now look great, not brand new, but great! Certainly it is not showing its age anymore! Yes, I know I need a bed skirt… priorities people Winking smile

Gorgeous Restored vintage full sized bed

It seriously will be a piece that she can use for years to come and hopefully pass down to her kids!

Gorgeous Restored vintage full sized bed

I want to mention that a lot of the time you will see me painting pieces, but I don’t always. If the piece is salvageable and looks best in it’s original state then that is what I will do. I could NEVER had painted this piece after seeing the beautiful natural graining of this wood, but had I been unable to save the veneer then painting would have been an option.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the transformation of this bed and I cannot say enough about how happy I am with the new steel rails I purchased for it! Let me know what you think!

Thanks as always for stopping by…

Until next time!


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Laundry Room Update In Progress

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We took the opportunity to work on updating our laundry room, so it was a working holiday weekend for us, which is ok especially since I’m thrilled with how it is progressing. While it’s not finished yet, I wanted to share with you our progress.

We started out with this… a white on white on beige laundry room, it was very dull, except for my new Dash & Albert rug that is!

Laundry Room Update before

The attic access is in here, I had already replaced the string with an eye hook so at least the string was not hanging down annoyingly all of the time, also check out where they decided to move the first light fixture to… over the cabinets, what a brilliant idea!

Laundry Room Update before

The other side of the room has a fabulously HUGE folding table, but again with the wire shelving… UGH!

Laundry Room Update before

Our first step was to remove the upper cabinets, pretty easy, we first removed all of the doors and shelves to make them lighter, then just a few screws to remove and they were down. It made a significant difference in the feel of the room with these gone.

Removing upper cabinets from wall

We decided to keep only one cabinet and we relocated it to the other side of the room where we had just removed the wire shelving and countertop.

Installing upper cabinet and removing countertops

We added a piece to the top of the cabinet in order to attach molding and we also added some beadboard planks to the side to finish it off.

Adding molding to embellish cabinet

We removed the sink and countertop from the base cabinets as well.

Removing countertop and sink in laundry room

Now the fun part! Onto the V-groove planking. It’s not hard to install (see the girls’ bathroom update here for more details) just time consuming.

Adding v-groove wood planks to laundry room walls

We primed all of the boards with Kilz to ensure that there would be no knot bleed through down the road. After priming I caulked the edges and corners before applying the final paint color.

Adding v-groove wood planks to laundry room walls

The color we chose for the planks is Benjamin Moore Barely Teal #2048-70, it’s a very pretty pale blue (I don’t see any teal in it personally). We chose to use the Pearl finish, which is a sheen between Eggshell & Satin, it’s just perfect!

Benjamin Moore Barely Teal paint in laundry room

Here is where we are today. We replaced the light over the sink with a new pendant light, all of the planking is up and painted and even the ceiling got a fresh coat of paint. The cabinets I painted with a custom mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (50/50 Provence and Florence) which is a beautiful Teal color, waxed and buffed. We still need to make a final decision on the countertop here, but the sink and faucet are already here.

Custom Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Provence and Florence mix

On this side of the room (which now feels HUGE with the countertop gone) we still need to make and install the new (narrower) countertop. Also, we are waiting on the new light fixture to come in so we can replace the old one. The light changes in here are pretty awesome I think.

Installing wood plank walls

We are hiring someone to install the wallpaper, I know it’s not much to do but I just don’t want to do it… so I am hoping he can get to it this week. We are using this FABULOUS Amy Butler print wallpaper. It has just a tiny bit of chartreuse which helps tie in the rug, but it has so much movement in the print I ADORE it! Since we are only wallpapering 26 inches it won’t overpower the room, but it will give help bring some fun into this room for sure!

Amy Butler Wallpaper for laundry room

So that’s all I have so far to share, I hope to have some more progress to share with you soon!

Thanks as always for stopping by…

Until next time!


A Total Closet Makeover!

WHEW! Brie’s closet is done! And I absolutely ADORE it!

If you remember this is what we started with, builder basic closet, original paint from 12 years ago, wire shelving… check out more detailed before information in my post here.

BEFORE closet update

This is the beautiful AFTER! The color is Benjamin Moore Galt Blue #CW-560, it looks very Tiffany blue in most light.

Blue and Coral closet makeover

I’m LOVING the way it is organized with the new closet panels from EasyCloset… and yes the clothes are color coded and sorted by type, it just makes it so much easier to find what you need!

EasyCloset closet system closet update

She still how plenty of space left for more clothes, not necessary now but you never know!

EasyCloset closet system closet update

I spray painted this organizer gold to coordinate with the whole color scheme she has going on.

Wire basket organizor for closet

My favorite part is this area is for her shoes and accessories!

Closet makeover shoe storage jewelry organization

I had this bookcase in storage so I just painted it white and added the grass cloth wallpaper to the back, a pretty easy update! It’s just perfect for her shoes and as you see I can add more shelves when/if she needs more space.

Updated bookcase to use as shoe shelf in closet

The picture rail was also in storage. I color matched the chrysanthemum on the vase to get the perfect coral color, it’s Benjamin Moore Claret Rose # 2008-20. I also added some cup hooks to the bottom to hang her necklaces and bracelets.

Jewelry organization in the closet makeover

I added a picture of “the sisters”, this happens to be one of my favorites! My oldest daughter took them to a photographer and surprised me a couple of years ago with Mother’s Day photos! They were clearly having fun with the photo shoot!

Jewelry organization in the closet makeover

These are yogurt jars that I just washed out and embellished, so easy and perfect for little earrings and rings!

Jewelry organization in the closet makeover

The last thing I did was make this valance for the window. Maybe I should have lined it, but seriously it’s a closet… I think it adds a nice finishing touch!

Window valance coral, blue and gray

I hope you like Brie’s closet makeover! We are finished painting her room but I am desperately trying to find bedding and a new bed for her… it is NOT going well! Anyway hope to share it with you soon! Brie is hanging with my mom until mid-July so I need to finish everything up by then, I’m hoping she LOVES it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time…


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