A New Planter and Trellis to Help with Screening

Hey guys! I hope all of you are doing well and didn’t suffer much damage from the frost that hit us (totally out of the blue) last week! I covered my newly planted Vinca, but they still aren’t looking so good right now. This past weekend, when we had fabulous temperatures in the 80’s, my Super Awesome Hubby and I built a planter box and trellis. We had two main reasons for building this, one being our old pots were crumbling and we needed a trellis for the vines planted in them and 2 to help with screening from our next door neighbors dogs. They have 3 Great Danes and a Blood Hound (who come out through the BIGGEST doggie door I have ever seen) just about every time we come outside… they bark quite a bit and like to stare so a little privacy from them was desired.

(This is just one of the Danes and our Schnoodle giving him the what for… can you see that DROOL?!)


I don’t really have any plans for this build, but I will give you the gist of how we made it, it’s very simple.

First we Super Awesome Hubby built a base out out of pressure treated wood screwing them together with deck screws and bottom support rails. He then built 3 “boxes” and placed them one on top of another (on top of the base) to create the planter sides. We added the upright support pieces, screwing those in place from the inside, these are what held the boxes together.

how to build a planter trellis

We then used a spade drill bit and drilled holes in the trellis support poles, being sure not to drill all of the way through. We attached them to the planter box from the outside. We also added a lip to the top of the box, more of a decorative piece, we attached that with finish nails. If I had to do it again I would choose a larger lip, but I still like it as is.

how to build a planter trellis

We drilled holes in the upright wood pieces for the trellis and slid the metal conduit through the holes and into the end pieces. We attached support braces to the bottom and top back of the trellis, as well as the very top. This keeps everything all snug and the pipe in place. I drilled holes in the back of the upright trellis pieces and used a machine screw to hold the wood in place on the pipes.

privacy screening with a planter trellis

We stained the piece a solid white, applying two coats, we had this stain leftover from our last house so it worked out perfectly! I also added a hook at either end of the trellis to hang our wind chimes and eventually a lantern for nighttime “mood” lighting.

privacy screening with a planter trellis

After moving the planter into place we filled it with plastic bottles and jugs (from the recycling bin) in order to take up room so we didn’t need to use so much potting soil. If I had packing peanuts on hand I would have used those too.

privacy screening with a planter trellis

We replanted the vines and plants from the old planters. As of today 2 out of the 3 Clematis vines are coming back, but we are still waiting to see if the other one and the 3 Chocolate vines will make it, I hope they do! We also have some Creeping Jenny (one of my favorite outdoor plants) and some purple Viola’s. This will all fill out beautifully eventually but it does look a little sparse now.

privacy screening with a planter trellis

You can see how much privacy this trellis will eventually give to the patio once the vines are trained up it.

privacy screening with a planter trellis

We don’t have a large patio here at all, but it is plenty big enough for us and soon it will beautiful vines and flowers too!

privacy screening with a planter trellis

In case you’re curious we spent about $150 to build the planter, which is 1/2 the cost of the planters that we had to replace! I hope you like this little project, I know we love it!

Hope you guys all have a beautiful week!

Thanks for stopping by!


Do You Have Decorating or Project ADD?

Do you have decorating or project ADD? You know what I mean right..? It’s when you start one project and then **BOOM** something “needs” to be done somewhere else and you’re like ok lets work on that, meanwhile your first project sits patiently waiting for you to return? I admit it, I have it.. and bad! I’m pretty sure it’s genetic though as I grew up in a house of unfinished projects… so even though weeks ago I started my kitchen island remodel I decided to work on the basement guest bedroom. Why you ask? Good question, thanks so much for asking… well it’s because I found the queen bed frame I had been looking for since we moved here so I was like YAY time to knock this sh*t out!

I knew I wanted a blue/gray color in the room (probably because it was an easy choice, I’m getting color lazy it seems) so I decided to use my mixed up bucket of paint as a base coat / primer for the walls. You see I have a 5 gallon bucket that I have been using to dump leftover paint into. For example I had 2 gallons of paint that was mixed for the Family Room that came out too blue, the rest of the paint in there are samples that I have purchased as testers but never used, below are just 6 of those… I think I had 10 or so in total!

BM sample paint colors

I dumped all of the samples in the bucket, knowing the color would be in the blue/gray range because that has been all I have been testing… no ADD there!

Mixing paints for custom results

Here it is all mixed up (which took FOR-EV-ER), it’s a very pretty color, but I was still just thinking of it as a base color or primer.

Mixing paints for custom results

This is the basement guest bedroom we are working on, and THAT piece of beauty in the center is the queen bed frame we bought off Craig’s List… YUMM!! It is much taller than it appears in the picture, you see we have 10 foot ceilings in the basement!!! Seriously, who has 10 basement ceilings?!

Guest basement bedroom before

The two tables I am using as nightstands were originally different colors, but I painted them both black for this room. Nothing fancy, just some black satin spray paint, I’ll spare you the totally boring details…

Guest basement bedroom before

So I painted the walls one coat of the paint (which I will henceforth call Stella Blue) and I stood back and was like Hmm… I think I like this color. However, feeling like I needed a second opinion I asked my Hubby and his immediate reaction was “Nice, I really like it”! Good enough for me, press on! So we decided to paint the room Stella Blue and work on the rest of the decor from there.

Here it is all ready just for our guests to enjoy!

blue gray guest bedroom

The pendant lights you may have seen in my rewiring light tutorial, if not please check them out they are super cool!

blue gray guest bedroom pendant lighting

The chandelier was an inexpensive buy from Lowe’s, but looks SO much better (and more romantic) than the fan/light combination.

blue gray guest basement bedroom

Right now we have this area setup with a mirror, but eventually there will be a TV here in case our guest want to watch in bed. There is already a TV in the sitting area of the basement they can enjoy for now. Also, I’m using my vintage laundry basket to hold additional blankets and pillows.

blue gray guest basement bedroom

I had extra curtain rod holders left over from other rods, so instead of buying a new rod set I bought a $7 1″ wood rod from Lowe’s. I spray painted it black and added some custom finials I made from vintage glass doorknobs (to see how to make them check out my tutorial here), it’s inexpensive and I love the look! The curtains I made for the Family Room in our last home, but they now work perfectly in here.

custom curtains and curtain rod finials

We also bought this cute vintage wrought iron ottoman and the quilt on the bed from a local antique store Sugar Babe Antiques. The quilt is a new one, but had the most perfect spring colors I had to have it!

vintage wrought iron ottoman as luggage rack

I love the idea of using the ottoman as a place to put your luggage, shoes or maybe to charge your iPad or computer.

vintage wrought iron ottoman as luggage rack

Ok, this is another HUGE score off Craig’s List, please don’t be jealous! I bought a set of 4 of these fabulous vintage (60’s?) Drexel Heritage X base chairs for a can’t beat it price. The wood has a little wax buildup but the leather is in perfect condition. The guy I bought them for said they were his mother’s and she used to have her friends over every week for Bridge and they would sit in these chairs and have a great time… I always love to hear a good back story to pieces I pick up!

vintage Drexel X base leather and maple chairs

I’m keeping them as is, I love them and all I need to do is find the perfect place for the other two chairs!

vintage Drexel X base leather and maple chair

Last, but not least, is the beautiful view our guests will have of the backyard. While the yard has not yet woken up from it’s winter nap it will be pretty once it has. They will also probably get to see the deer family that wanders through our yard in the morning then again at dusk. I’m not their biggest fan because our dogs like to eat the generous amounts of poop they leave behind, but they are very pretty…

blue gray painted basement guest bedroom

I’m so pleased with how the room turned out. It has a very calm & relaxing feel to it that I hope will help our guests will enjoy.

blue gray painted basement guest bedroom

As we had to purchase very little to update this room it was a pretty easy, quick update. We spent about $350, including the bed frame, which I think is great considering we decorated a whole bedroom! Now the room is ready for guests and I can be distracted by concentrate on finishing up that kitchen project! Or maybe I’ll start on the laundry room instead, who knows…

Just keeping it real over at the UYOM house, here’s hoping you finish up your projects too Winking smile

See you soon!


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Rewiring A Light: A Cool Light and a Tutorial

As I am typing up this post it is snowing here in beautiful Louisville, KY… what is going on!!! On with the tutorial though!

OK, so I’m sort of thinking “who am I to give a tutorial on rewiring a light?”. I did just rewire a light so I can share that with you right? You just never know when this information will be handy for you…

First let me start off by saying I have never tried to rewire a light before. Honestly, I have just been a little afraid to try it, thinking I would mess up or get started and not know how to finish, but I took a leap of faith and did it anyway… It was SUPER easy and I will show you how just in case you want to try it yourself one day!

SO I started off with a pair of these AWESOME pendant lights I bought off Etsy over a year ago. I know… I know… I waited a RIDICULOUSLY long time to get to fixing them, but in my partial defense they didn’t have base plates (which cover the bottom wires) so I had to have those made. Pretty cool looking right?

DIY vintage pendant light rewiring

First thing I did was take it apart, this picture was for me to remember how to put it back together, a very important step!

DIY vintage pendant light rewiring

I taped off the bulb areas so I could spray paint the entire piece. Yes, the original finish is pretty awesome but the new base plates are black and don’t match the original finish.

DIY vintage pendant light painting

I chose to spray them with Rustoleum’s Hammered Antique Pewter, which looks pretty similar to the finish that was already on the lights. It took 2 coats to cover everything well.

DIY vintage pendant light painting

Now onto the electrical part!

After removing the old wire from the stem, which just pulls out after being disconnected from the light wires, I cut off the old ends (they were dirty and I got paint on them too) plus I have plenty of wire let over. I used the cutting area of my wire stripping tool for this.

DIY vintage pendant light rewiring

Then place the wire in the strip area, close the tool and pull, the rubber coating will strip right off leaving the copper wire behind.

DIY vintage pendant light rewiring

See how nice and clean they look now? So maybe I’m a little OCD about some things and this is not a necessary step, but it made me happy ok…

DIY vintage pendant light rewiring

I purchased this swag light kit from Lowes, it is about $12 and has almost everything in it I need, except for wire nuts but I had those already anyway.

Light wiring kit

After putting the light back together I inserted the wire through the opening in the tube at the top. ***NOTE*** Before this point if you are going to use the chain then thread the wire through the chain before inserting the wire into the lamp… if you don’t you (or maybe your Super Awesome Hubby) will have to open the chain links to insert the wire… and he (or you) may or may not be thrilled about doing it Sarcastic smile

DIY vintage pendant light rewiring

Just keep pushing it through until it comes out of the base then strip the ends of the wire as well.

DIY vintage pendant light rewiring

Now gather all of your black wires and one side of the new wire you just threaded through the lamp.

DIY vintage pendant light rewiring

Twist them all together clockwise in one bunch and attach a wire nut to the bunch screwing the nut clockwise as well. This step makes a connection between all the light wires and the plug wire.

DIY vintage pendant light rewiring

Then repeat the process with the white wires and the other side of the plug wire and you end up with it looking something like this… all nice and tidy!

DIY vintage pendant light rewiring

***Test your work by plugging it in before closing it up.***

Here is the cap I had made to hide all of the “guts”.

DIY vintage pendant light rewiring

Now I needed some candle covers. I happen to have some candle material on hand which I cut to size with the SUPER sharp saw seen below. I had to purchase the pipe on line, but you may be able to find it at a local lamp repair store.

DIY vintage pendant light rewiring

After cutting them to size I lightly sanded the edges with 220 grit paper to remove all of rough plastic.

candle covers

Because I wanted them to look like those SUPER expensive real wax candle covers I used my hot glue gun and made fake candle drips on each of the covers. My daughter Brie (who is 11 going on 16) was like WHAT are you doing? No candles burn like that… maybe she’s right, but I like the way it looks!

Faux wax candle covers DIY

Here is what they looked like after I was done.

Faux wax candle covers DIY

After the glue dried I painted them with a couple of coats of Old White ASCP, I could have used any off white color paint but I happen to have some OW leftover so that’s what I used. Brie says they look a little too “Disney” which I laughed at but I totally get!

Faux wax candle covers DIY

Now that the wiring is done I can hang these beauties! We are in the process of painting and decorating the guest bedroom in the basement and these pendant lights make perfect unique  bedside lighting.

DIY vintage pendant light rewiring

I hung the lights up by painting and installing wood corbels on the wall, using a cup hook from the corbel to hang the chain from. This solution worked perfectly for us and I just love the final results.

DIY vintage pendant light rewiring

Hopefully the weather next week will be better, hang in there Spring has got to be here soon right?

Thanks so much for stopping by… come again soon!

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Roughed Up Nightstand

I hope you all are enjoying a little taste of Spring! I have some unknown plants starting to breakthrough the mulch and I’m excited to see what they will be..

First let me admit to you that I wasn’t planning on refinishing this, but I couldn’t sell it as is (trust me I tried)… I guess no one but me would be stupid crazy enough to tackle this mess! Let me show you what I mean…

So the piece doesn’t look too bad in this picture right? Nice nightstand, good lines, what’s not to like?



OK, so the top is a little roughed up, why is that so scary? Can you see all of the craters divots?


This is what it looked like under the paint. I used my orbital sander, with 60 grit paper, to remove the super thick paint and this is what it revealed… clearly someone had removed the veneer from the top of this nightstand and really hacked away at it (it was not my Hubby I promise)! The white areas are holes that they filled (and not well) with something…


Seriously! Why would you go through the trouble of filling the holes but not fill the holes all the way?! This is why the top looked so bad! They must have just gotten fed up with it…


I filled all of the gouges with my favorite product for hardcore filling and repairs. It’s a two part product, Minwax High Performance Wood Filler, and let me tell you it is fabulous to work with… it’s a little stinky and you DON”T want to get it on your hands, but with it I can fill deep holes easily and it also helps rebuild missing parts like “magic”!


After I filled the holes I sanded the top down starting with 100 grit and finishing with 150. I only finish to 150 when I am painting a piece, had I been staining this I would have finished with 220 but obviously staining wasn’t an option. I also added this little wood piece to the back where the original piece was missing… nothing fancy but it gets the job done.


I primed the top with a white primer then painted the entire nightstand in Provence Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I also lightly distressed, waxed and buffed the piece. The drawer front was in good enough shape to stain so I stained it dark walnut, waxed it with clear wax and buffed it…

Here it is now in it’s new home!


refinished nightstand

Just look at how nicely the drawer front turned out!

Refinished nightstand in Provence chalk paint

You can’t see any indentions or problems with the top at all…

Refinished nightstand in Provence chalk paint

I’m glad now that no one wanted this because I needed another nightstand for my daughter’s room and this worked out perfectly!

Before and after refinished nighstand

Thanks for stopping by… hope you come back again soon!

Until next time…

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SUPER Easy 10 Minute Chair Update

Hi all! Sorry I have been so quiet but I have a ton of projects (all unfinished) going on and I don’t want to share them with you until they are done… OK so it’s either that or I am feeling lazy and don’t want to clean and take pictures… you decide Open-mouthed smile

So rather than clean the house or write a big post on something I’m working on I decided to start yet ANOTHER project… this one I can finish quickly though so I think it will help me feel like I have accomplished something…

First let me start off by saying that this chair “makeover” really took me less than 10 minutes to finish, which includes me taking the award wining photos seen below (seriously don’t be jealous)!

First I started off with this “blah” vanity chair that the previous owners so graciously left for me. I do use the chair because my vanity is SUPER short even for my 5’5 frame so sitting down to put on makeup is a must. Also, we have updated NOTHING in this bathroom since we moved in so I really wanted to inject a little bit of “me” into the space so I started with this.

DIY recovering a vanity stool

Nothing special and I thought about painting it too, but I’m pretty sure the black will work for me long term, if not it is an easy change to make after the fact so pressing on…

I removed the seat, cut a square of fabric I had on hand 3” wider than the seat and “place tacked” the fabric on. Place taking means that you slightly angle the staple so that it is easily removed once you get to that space. It is very important to place tack in order to ensure your fabric is placed properly.

DIY recovering a vanity chair

I am still using my AWESOME electric stapler by Maestri, it cost me about $130 but was well worth it and so much easier than lugging out a air compressor for such a small job.

I stapled around the edges pulling the fabric taught (NOT TIGHT) working my way from one staple to the next, removing the place staples as I got to them. If you do it this way you should have no to very little wrinkles along the outer edge of your seat.

DIY recovering a vanity chair

Once done it looks like this.

DIY recovering a vanity chair

I then trimmed the excess fabric close to the staples.

DIY recovering a vanity chair

I realigned the chair back on the seat cushion and reattached it with the original screws. Most seats will be attached in a very similar way so it makes reupholstering the cushions very easy.

DIY recovering a vanity chair

Here it is all finished up, like 8 minutes later!

DIY recovering a vanity chair

Seriously so easy I’m a little irritated I waited so long to do this!

DIY recovering a vanity chair

DIY recovering a vanity chair

I hope this inspires you to try a little upholstery too! These types of chairs are so simple to do, but I will say it helps to have the right stapler. I have had MANY non electric staplers over the years and I cannot say enough about the ease of using this one. If you are going to do a large project or if you may do many projects over the course of a year I would recommend buying the best stapler you can afford, it will make all the difference in the world I promise!

Hope you have a GREAT weekend, we can see Spring coming and I cannot wait to get outside and do some gardening!

Thanks as always for stopping by…

Until next time!


Progress on the Kitchen Island

I hope everyone survived the snowpocalypse last week. We did get a few more inches of snow here in Louisville, KY but we missed out on the big snowfall that hit much of the East Coast thank goodness. I don’t know about you but I am OVER the snow! I have started some Lavender, Lamb’s Ear and Salvia seedlings in hopes of being able to get outside and work in the yard in the next 6 weeks or so… I think I need some outdoor time badly!

We began working on our kitchen island last week and over this past weekend. So far we have painted the kitchen, added a backsplash and added some pendant lights over the island. My original plan was to paint the island a cream color and leave the other cabinets as is, but after looking at the wear on the other cabinets I decided to paint them all… just not all at once.

I’ll share with you where we are now as there are some final touches left to do in order for the island to be considered finished. I had already removed the shoe molding and toe kick at this point in the process.

kitchen island before

It’s a nice size island and the shape works great in this kitchen, but as you can see the back boards have had a lot of wear and tear from people sitting there. It’s also very plain looking so I wanted to add some detail and interest to it.

kitchen island before

I drew up this mock of what I wanted the island sides to look like. I used Word, because my drawing skills suck, so I could show my hubby what I was thinking about doing. I think the rendering came out pretty darn good if I do say so myself!

kitchen island plans

After removing the toe kick and shoe molding I removed all of the doors and drawer fronts, being sure to number them as I removed them.  I filled in the bottom hole on each door because I am going to install new hardware.

filling doorknob holes

We built a top for our pool table so we can use it as a table when we need to, I’m using it to paint the drawer fronts and doors which is much better than putting them on the floor. I first cleaned them all with Formula 409 and a scrub sponge and then sanded any areas necessary before priming them.

priming kitchen cabinets doors and drawers

I didn’t have enough plastic triangles so these small plastic drink cups were the PERFECT solution! They kept the pieces stable and I happen to have a bunch of them on hand.

using cups for props

The fronts are still wet, but you get the idea… I used a soft bristle Purdy brush and a foam roller to get the smoothest finish I could. The paint is Benjamin Moore Advance in Black Iron, the paint is self leveling and has a nice hard finish once cured.

painted door and drawer fronts

My hubby cut all of the trim for the island. I am the installer and caulker extraordinaire!

painted kitchen island Benjamin Moore Black Iron

I was so happy I got to use my new “toy”! I got this fabulous deal at Home Depot right before Christmas on a air compressor and 2 nail gun set. I really did want need this… the smallest nails our other gun can handle is 2” and that was WAY to long for this project. We used Liquid Nails and 1” nails for all of the trim. The baseboard is 4.25” and matches the rest of the trim in the house.

installing molding on kitchen island

The trim I chose is actually chair rail backing, which has great detail on it and I really like it used this way. Seriously my friend caulk and I have spent a lot of time together on this project!

installing molding on kitchen island

This is after one coat of paint. I have to wait 16 hours between coats, which seems like forever, but I can get a good feel for how this is going to finish up!

installing molding on kitchen island

I am still waiting for my appliques to come in and then I have to prime, paint and install the center detail work, but I am thrilled with how it looks so far. The addition of the trim really bulks up the cabinet and the paint helps this piece look brand new!

So now you know what I will be working on this week… I hope my back can stand it! I will share with you some good before and after shots once it’s all complete.

Hope you all have a great week ahead, thanks as always for stopping by!

Until next time…


Purple IS the Color of the Year

First let me start off by saying I am SICK of the snow! We had 56 degree weather on Saturday which melted all of the old snow, but yesterday it snowed again and we got another 5 inches! This is a picture of part of the backyard this morning! Seriously I really cannot wait until Spring!!

Louisville, KY snow

So enough complaining… onto the project right?!

Ok, so maybe the color of the year is not technically “purple” but “Radiant Orchid” is basically purple right?

My oldest daughter, Sierra, painted her room over the Christmas holiday. I guess she REALLY didn’t like boring beige and really wanted a color that suited her. We spent a little time picking out just the right combination of colors that would coordinate with the Provence painted furniture pieces already in the room. The colors we chose were “Elderberry Wine” and “Lavender Wash” both are Benjamin Moore colors from their Color Stories series.


Before bedroom picture

Pretty much every room in the house had been painted this beige color prior to the house going on the market. I know that people say beige sells, but let me tell you I have NEVER sold a house with beige walls! Are we really saying that most people cannot look past someone else’s paint color choices? Aren’t we just going to paint the walls once we get in the house anyway? Enough of that rant… here we go with the updated room.


Purple and blue girls bedroom

This is a small bedroom, but it still fits a queen sized bed, a chair, 2 nightstands, a little table and a dresser. It’s just the perfect size for her and I love how her headboard POPS against the Elderberry Wine paint.


The soft purple shade of the Lavender Wash coordinates beautifully with the rest of the colors and helps lighten the room up significantly.

I removed the existing curtains and replaced them with some sheers I had picked up at Ikea for the last house, they have fabulous sheers. This room is on the back side of the house and doesn’t get morning sun so the sheers are really more decorative. The artwork is a Sierra original from elementary school, works perfect in here doesn’t it?

Purple and blue girls bedroom

The Papasan chair she just HAD to have several years ago, but she NEVER sits in it… you know what it gets used as… a dumping ground for clean clothes!

Purple and blue girls bedroom

At least she can come in here and relax and watch her shows. She loves her new colors and I do too! I’m not a big purple fan, but these colors balance subtle and bold very well I think! She is the only one with a completely finished bedroom and bathroom… I guess I should be working on the others soon right?! Well instead we started tiling the kitchen backsplash Saturday and I was planning on grouting it today… we will see how that goes…

Hope you like Sierra’s new purple room!

Thanks as always for stopping by…

Until next time!


P.S. I hope we don’t get anymore snow, but I think that we will Sad smile stay safe & warm!

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More Mirror Framing

This mirror framing project is part of the girl’s bathroom remodel that we just finished. The addition of the frames to the mirrors was not only super easy but it made a big difference in the look of the room. It’s kind of hard to see just how big this mirror is but let me tell you it’s H-U-G-E! it’s 5 feet wide by 5 feet tall, it goes all of the way from the top of the vanity to the ceiling. The light fixture is mounted through the mirror in case you are wondering…

bathroom before picture

For some reason all of the mirrors in the house are like this…

I’ve just never seen so many big mirrors… seriously check this out, the master bath mirrors!

bathroom before picture

The two mirrors you see straight on are all “my” side of the bathroom, the reflection you see on the right is my hubby’s “side”… his mirror is 6 feet wide by 5 feet tall!! I think mirrors must have been super cheap when they built this house!

So back to the girl’s mirrors…

I really do like the size of the mirrors in their space, but they were just so boring, so we decided to add a little trim to help jazz them up a little. First we cut regular primed wood molding (at a 45 degree angle) to fit.. Then I spray painted the backs of the frames black. Why black you ask? Well, the last time I framed a mirror I painted the backs white because I was painting the fronts of the frames white. However these frames will be painted a color so painting the back of the frame black makes it look like a shadow and will allow me to change the frame color in the future.

We installed the frames two different ways…

The first one we installed without painting the front of the frame first, it was purchased primed.

Installing a frame around a bathroom mirror

The second one we decided to paint the frame before installing it.

Installing a frame around a bathroom mirror

We used clear Loctite caulk to adhere the frames to the mirror. I applied the caulk near the outer edges so you don’t see caulk reflected in the mirror. We pressed the frame in place and held it in place with painters tape for about 24 hours… these frames aren’t going to be removed easily! I caulked the corners of the frames the next day and then painted the frames where necessary.

I preferred the installation of the already painted frame, I didn’t have to cut in around it and didn’t make a mess on the mirror, this is the way to go in my opinion.

We also changed out the ugly glass light shades to these very pretty glass shades I bought at Lowes.

Portfolio 4-3/4-in Frosted White Vanity Light Glass

They look like milk glass and have a pretty, classic shape. Changing the shades made a huge difference in the way the light fixture now looks.


Installing a frame around a bathroom mirror

Installing a frame around a bathroom mirror

Much better right? The framing project was super easy, totally a DIY job! If you have something to cut the trim with you can do it!

Hope you like this project, it was by far the easiest thing I have done to beautify the house so far!

Thanks as always for stopping by…

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Installing Wood Planks on the Bathroom Walls

YAY!!! We are finished with the installation of wood planks on the bathroom walls! We started it just before Christmas and I am so happy it is finally done! Check out the first part of this post HERE for more detailed instructions on HOW we did it, but for now just enjoy the After photos!

Here is the BEFORE of one of the vanity areas

before vanity bathroom area

The tub & toilet area… and yes I know it’s a lot of doors! I wish they had used some pocket doors in this space…

before tub & toilet bathroom area

The other vanity area… see the brass knobs & hinges on all of the doors too? Those I replaced a couple of months ago.

before vanity bathroom area

Here is the AFTER of Brie’s (the youngest) vanity. Her bedroom will be painted blue so the blue around her frame will coordinate with that when it gets painted… sometime next century maybe Winking smile

The mirror frame is painted Anderson Blue and is a Benjamin Moore color, I will write a how to post on the mirror framing next.

planked bathroom walls and mirror framed

Other than replacing all of the brass doorknobs and vanity light shades, I reused all of the existing fixtures. I’ll replace the vanity knobs after I paint it… maybe…

planked bathroom walls and mirror framed

This is a close up of the detail on the wall planks. It starts with horizontal pine planks, then a small chair rail, then vertical tongue and groove bead board, then crown molding… so worth it I think! The paint color is Sherwin Williams Velvet White, it is the same color used on all of the trim throughout the house.

vertical and horizontal wood planks installed on bathroom walls

This is Sierra’s side, the purple is “Elderberry Wine” by Benjamin Moore and is the same color as an accent wall in her bedroom (I will share that makeover with you soon).

New framed mirror and painted and planked bathroom walls

We also changed out the globes on the light fixture in this room as well.

New framed mirror and painted and planked bathroom walls

This is the tub & toilet area of the bathroom. The shower curtain I sewed for them a few years ago and since the colors still work it’s staying, plus I really love it.

Custom shower curtain in tub area

I also replaced the original “boob” light for this more traditional looking light, it’s very big and I almost didn’t have enough clearance for the door to close… I completely adore it! I found it on line at Lamps Plus if you’re interested.

Schoolhouse light in bathroom tub shower area

I also reinstalled their “spa” basket and added a framed print that we had in storage. I also reused the toilet paper holder we already had instead of reinstalling the roll holder on the wall. The girls prefer the stand holder because it holds extra rolls and is easy to change the rolls… I’m all about making it easier for them whenever I can!

wood planked bathroom walls

The soaps are lavender and make the bathroom smell wonderful!

wire basket for bath and spa items in bathroom

I think the Before and After shot really shows the HUGE improvement!

Before and after girls bathroom update with planked walls

I hope you enjoyed this “little” bathroom makeover. While the installation part of the planks and trim were by no means hard, the amount of caulking, hole filling and painting was pretty time consuming. I think I’m going to take a little painting break!

I love the results of the bathroom makeover and I hope to never have to paint this area again!

Thanks as always for stopping by!

Until next time…

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The Powder Room is Finished

Even though I say it’s finished, I’m still thinking about my stenciling and maybe putting up some crown molding… so lets just called it finished for now ok?

This is what we started with…


Pretty boring right? Everything was your basic builders grade and not really something I was digging.

So I started with painting the room, I had a good amount of leftover paint from the Family room so I used it in here as well. The color is Smoke & Mirrors, it’s part of the Color Stories series by Benjamin Moore, it changes color significantly based on the light. The color is basically a gray but can shift for a brown gray to a purple gray, kind of cool right?

Gray painted powder room with stenciled walls

I stenciled one of the walls (still deciding if I like the one wall stenciled or not) with “Forest Floor Damask” by Royal Design Studios. I love the stencil, it’s the focal wall I’m still deciding on…

Royal Design Studios Forest Floor Damask stencil

I painted the vanity with “Smoke Signal” by American Paint Company, it’s a clay and chalk based paint. I just cleaned the vanity with Formula 409, then painted it with 2 coats of the paint… super easy… no priming necessary!

Gray painted vanity using American Paints

After it dried I distressed and sealed the vanity with wax. I also filled in one of the holes on the doors and installed new glass knobs instead of pulls.

Gray painted vanity using American Paints

My SAH replaced the sink, faucet and top with a beautiful marble, pump style faucet and Kohler under mount sink. I replaced the light fixture and mirror, you know the “easy” things to replace…

Gray & white marble vanity top

I’m the caulker around here so I caulked all of the seams on the marble and touched up the paint around the backsplashes. I LOVE everything about this new vanity & sink! We chose to install a smaller sink than what was there previously so there was more marble visible… who needs a big sink in the powder room anyway?

Gray & white marble vanity top with pump style faucet

I’m enjoying the change and pretty happy to have checked this project off of the list!

Before and After gray powder room update

I am still working on the girls bathrooms and will be able to show you those updates soon!

Thanks as always for stopping by…

Until next time!

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