Are you sick of my posts about the bathroom remodel yet? Well, the end is here and the room is finished!! I cannot believe the transformation! It looks like a completely different room and I am very happy with it!! Check out the many pictures of the progress I just can’t believe it is finally finished!!! We have a second bathroom again…yes, I really am excited!!
It really is unreal how different it looks! So thankful to Ryan for working so hard on it!
I found a few more cute accessories for my shelf and wall display!! I was perusing the aisles of Hobby Lobby this morning and found some birds and I fell in love! That gave me the idea to do a bird theme in the new bathroom/laundry room. I spent $28 and got 2 metal birds for the wall, 2 vases for the shelf, a glass bird for a different shelf, a picture frame for the shelf and an adorable metal bird hook for a towel hook! All of it of course, was on sale because I never pay full price for anything!
Since I have been posting like crazy about this shelf, I figured I would also include a couple of funny pics of Mr. Luke from this morning. He was so freezing that he decided to wrap himself up like a burrito (as we call it). It just cracked me up and I had to share! I am sure he will love me for this!
The shelf I posted pictures of yesterday is complete. It is shockingly different from how it looked yesterday! I was going to spray paint it, but then I realized that it is far too cold outside to do any spraying painting and I really didn’t want to die from inhaling too many fumes by doing it inside. Not too mention the probable mess it would create! I went with a plain old paint and brush and it worked just great.
Just for a refresher here are the pictures I posted yesterday…
Now the moment of truth! I will be planning to add some more accessories to the shelf soon, but I need to find just the right things.
As you can see on the close ups, I did an aged patina effect by wiping black glaze over the notched parts and then wiping the excess off with a damp cloth. I like the effect it gives to an old piece of furniture.
Do you just love the saying in the frame. It says, “At any given moment I have the power to say this is not how the story is going to end.” I just love it and it is so fitting for the year we have had. Now that this shelf is hanging the laundry room/bathroom, it feels like the room is coming along nicely. More in the near future on the progress of the space. Slowly, but surely!
I suppose I better give a break down of the cost of this project.
Shelf $2.99 at Goodwill, Paint $6.00 at Walmart, everything else I already had. Total cost: $8.99 (Pretty crazy that the shelf was cheaper than the paint!!)
Most of the time when I have a major flub on a project that I am working on, I don’t post it. This project, though, just has to be shown. I had this great idea (stolen from Pinterest) to turn an old ladder into a shelving unit. It is going to be used at Sweet & Flour Patisserie when it finally looks good enough to use! I started by getting a free ladder that was in pretty poor condition and had wooden shelves built for it (not pictured yet). My plan was to spray paint it a pretty lime green color and imagined just how great it was going to look. Well, it didn’t start out so well!
I thought I would be able to just spray it green right away, but realized that the plan was not going to work. The spray paint was really runny and it just looked horrible!
After this mess, I decided I should take my own advice and prime it.
Well, I primed and sprayed it green again and it still looked horrible. I think there was something wrong with the spray paint. It was so incredibly watery and didn’t cover at all. I have never had that issue with spray paint before. Oh well. Fortunately, I was saved by the owner of Sweet & Flour who has an amazing husband. He sprayed the ladder and the shelves for me. It looks great! We decided to go with white to make the display cakes on it really pop. I will take a picture today of the finished product. See, mess ups do happen (often times frequently) and you just have to go with the flow and hope that in the end they turn out okay!
|This is the picture I took of the bathroom the day that we closed on the house.|
We are no where near finishing this project, but it is looking better. One step at a time, right? I decided today that since we are trying to be very budget conscious with the basement remodel that I should try to paint the bathroom vanity instead of replacing it. The cabinet was in pretty decent condition, but the sink had seem much better days. I got out the heavy duty cleaner, gloves, and a little elbow grease and set to work trying to revive it.
First of course, I had to take some pictures of the filthy sink! Just so you know, this was not just dirty, but stained, paint covered, and so much more. I used a heavy duty cleaner, a scraper, and a scouring pad to get it clean!!
And now for the cleaner….
|I bought this off an infomercial many years ago and only use it for the tough job! It is amazing!|
|ALL CLEAN (and stain free)!!!|
The next step was to paint the cabinet. I decided to go with black as I thought it would look really nice with the paint color that I picked for the walls. At some point, I am going to pair it with a nice vanity mirror in black as well!
But, before I show you the after, you better see the before!
And now for the finished product!
|Don’t mind the gross floor and half painted wall! Some day it will all be complete!|
|A close up of the shiny knob I bought at Hobby Lobby!|
In the end, I used paint that I already had, cleaner that I already had, and polyurethane (that I already had). What did I buy? A knob from Hobby Lobby that was 50% off and cost me $3.00!!!
I bought an adorably ugly end table at the Goodwill store today for $4.99. I am really excited to redo it. Stay tuned for more!!! That is all….can’t give away too many details!
Since the flooding issues in our town forced us to evacuate, I have been needing to fill my time with other things. Once the mandatory evacuation was lifted, I started spending day time hours at the house. I painted L’s room, cleaned, and other
exciting necessary stuff. I got a while hair to repaint the half bath because my dad is coming to stay and since his normal bedroom and bathroom basically no longer exist due to ground seepage in our basement, I decided that I should spruce up the half bath that he will be using.
This project needed to be done on the cheap since money is tight right now. With plans of redoing the basement, the costs of evacuating, storing, pumps, etc., we have experienced some unexpected expenses. I was fortunate enough to get some paint from my in laws, used some leftover paint from other projects, and a whole lot of elbow grease. I may have lost a few brain cells from the oil based primer and polyurethane, but it turned out great.
Here is a breakdown of what I did:
-Primed and painted the vanity and medicine cabinet (from white to black)
-Painted the walls (from mint to a grayish lavender)
-Primed, painted, stenciled, and polyurethaned the vinyl flooring
-Finished it off with a few decorations
So without further ado, here are the pics:
This project cost me a total of $60!!!!!
How you ask? Here is what I spent on what to give me the total cost:
-Wall Paint (FREE, thanks to Ryan’s parents)
-Floor Paint (FREE, leftovers from Luke’s room)
-Polyurethane for floor (FREE, leftovers thanks to previous owners)
-Misc. Items from Hobby Lobby for floor ($10)
-Vanity Paint and Primer ($15)
-Towels and Soap Dispenser ($25)
-Wall Decor (FREE, already had)
TOTAL COST FOR REMODEL—$60
Yesterday afternoon while L was at violin lessons, I headed over to the Restore thrift store to see what I could see. Of course, many things jumped out at me as possible deals, but I also know that I don’t want to fill my house with completely unnecessary things. See there is a fine line between finding a deal and actually needing the item. I have no desire to be a pack rat (even though I have a tendency towards it!). I have been decluttering my house and want to keep only things that I love. I still have a long way to go in that department, but it is getting there and it is an ongoing process. I love the idea of getting rid of one thing if you bring something new into your house. I think I am going to try that and see how it works.
Anyway, enough about that and back to the Restore adventure. As I made my way through the masses of stuff, I came across the perfect piece. It was stuck back in a mass of miscellaneous furniture, but it was calling my name. I made my way through all the clutter and there she was ugly as can be, but with so much potential. And on top of it, something I can use. Of course, one has to have vision to see the potential, but I could immediately see the diamond in the rough.
Doesn’t it just scream potential to you? My plan is to sand, prime, and paint this beauty. I am thinking a pretty dark aqua color and then glaze it, but I am not sure yet. I will post pictures when I am finished, of course.
And in my true thrifty form, I must tell you that I got this pretty like stand (with the cat stencil art and all) for $6.75!! It was originally $7.50, but it was 10% furniture day at Restore! Now that is a Thrifty Queen deal!!! Hopefully this weekend I will have time to work on this masterpiece. Wish I could get to work right now, but alas, no can do! So you will all have to wait (and so will I!).