DIY Plantation Shutters

DIY Plantation Shutters

 I’ve admired plantation shutters from afar for years! They are classy, streamlined, and effortlessly beautiful. via Houzz   Conard Romano Architects via Houzz   Andrea Schumacher Interiors via Houzz    Frederick + Frederick Architects via Houzz   Heather Scott Home & Design via Houzz   Elizabeth Reich via Houzz   Rikki Snyder via Houzz My southern grandmother use to tell my grandfather (regarding other women) that he could look but not touch. From the moment I laid eyes on plantation shutters I was in love but when I learned of their hefty price tag it sadly became a ‘look but not touch’ scenario for me! You better believe I searched for budget friendly options though!:-)  For the size of my kids’ bathroom window (22 3/4 in. x 58 1/2 in.) even the ‘budget’ plantation shutters I researched  cost an upwards of $260 to $300 for the shutter! Some websites sell do-it-yourself kits where you receive the materials ready to be constructed and then you put them together.  I thought that these kits may be reasonably priced but after filling out a couple of online…

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Kids and Guest Bathroom Reveal

Kids and Guest Bathroom Reveal

Hey Guys!  The kids/guest bathroom is done and just in time as our house guests arrive tonight! As with all of the makeovers I do this one is no exception it includes lots of budget friendly ideas and DIYs that I  can’t wait to share! Let’s refresh our memory of what the bathroom looked like BEFORE.  Very builder basic! And here is the AFTER! So let’s talk about the room and what each element cost!  After studying the inspiration photos I had for the room  I knew I wanted to paint the vanity green.  You can view all 9 of my inspiration photos, Here. I ended up trying and loving Behr’s Alkyd Semi-gloss Enamel for painting the vanity.  I’m happy to report that unlike many special enamels this one only cost $32 for the gallon!  You can learn all about how to paint bathroom cabinetry like a professional, Here. The DIY board and batten wood trim treatment on the walls cost around $50 and creates a lovely backdrop that allows the colors in the room to really pop.  The upper section of the wall…

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How to Paint a Bathroom Vanity like a Professional

How to Paint a Bathroom Vanity like a Professional

Hello!  Today I’m here to teach you how to paint a bathroom cabinet/vanity like a pro! I just completed my kid’s bathroom vanity and I am so happy with how it turned out. This was my 5th bathroom vanity that I have painted and I have finally found a product and system that completely rocks! This was by far the best experience and since practice makes perfect better I want to save you the trouble of doing it the less effective ways and allow you opportunity to get the outcome you desire the first time you try! For years I have been trying to find a paint product that gives the look, feel, and durability of being professionally done. I’ve wanted a smooth, glossy, no brush mark look and a smooth, hard enameled feel. I have experimented with lots and lots of paints products and methods but I never felt any of them were “the one”. So, guys, I have found “the ONE” (and no this post is not sponsored in any shape or form)…

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Favorite Interior Designers Series- James Radin

Favorite Interior Designers Series- James Radin

Hi Guys! I hope you have had a great week! I’ve been busy this week working on the kids/guest bathroom. New floors are 85% done, window treatment 75%, and painting cabinetry 0% but I will be getting started on that tomorrow. I’m excited about the progress and am hopeful next time I will have something to show for it!:-) Today I am excited to start a new series showcasing some of my favorite interior designer’s work!  I find studying their work to be so inspiring and helpful as I strive to achieve similar looks in my own home. Although I’m sure they have much larger budgets to work with I truly believe that if I am able to take careful note as to what makes their spaces click that I (and you too!) can create similarly beautiful homes. So lets begin! First up in this series is Designer, James Radin.  James Radin has had over 30 years of professional experience.  In his earlier years he worked primarily in the commercial sector of design.  After changing gears…

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A Bit of Everything- A Recipe & Halloween Decorating

A Bit of Everything- A Recipe & Halloween Decorating

This month has a bit of everything going on. Remember how I mentioned I was gearing up to work on my kid’s bathroom makeover (if not you can read  Here)? Well, I recently found out that my brother-in-law and sister-in-law are going to come visit us in less than 3 weeks! We are so excited to have them come and stay with us for a few days, however, since the kids’ bathroom is also a make shift guest bathroom the bathroom makeover now has a deadline of 2 and half weeks!  Eeek! I’ve been in full gear working on a window treatment for the bathroom that I’ve wanted to try for years–really it’s been years.  I haven’t seen it been done yet around the blogosphere so I’ve had to do a lot of research for this project.  I’m hopeful it will turn out well and that I can share it with you soon! On another topic, I belong to a ‘Dinner Club’ which I’ve been a part of for 9 years!  I want to share more about it with…

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Design 101- Creating a Focal Point

Design 101- Creating a Focal Point

Have you ever decorated a room and felt like when you were done something was missing? Perhaps you had made sure to bring in some unique items and had selected fabulous colors and patterns for the space but still the room felt a bit lack luster. If this ever happens to you interpret this feeling as a sign that your room might be screaming for a focal point. A focal point tells us where to direct our attention when we enter a room. Imagine going into a room where there are 4 people you don’t know sitting at each corner of the room. When you go in nobody stands up or says anything. You look around and perhaps feel confused at who to talk to first. Now imagine going into the same room but this time when you enter someone gets up and greets you and shakes your hand. In this scenario you aren’t left wondering who to turn your attention to first. Likewise, having a focal point in a room greets a person and…

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DIY Horizontal Board & Batten

DIY Horizontal Board & Batten

Hi There!  You may have noticed I’ve been making some changes on the website.  I’m in the middle of a web design redo with the hopes of creating a more user-friendly and quicker to load blog.  I am trying to make the changes on my own and since I am not savvy in the computer arena it’s requiring some time and attention.  I SO appreciate your patience in the process!:-) Today I’m popping in with a quick and easy DIY that will give your home added character and interest.  One of my favorite DIY Projects I’ve done so far is installing board and batten horizontally on one wall in my living room.   It’s one of my favorite projects because it was SO easy, pretty inexpensive, and has a subtle but huge impact on the feel of the room! I bought the MDF wood for this project at Lowe’s.  It was on an end cap across from the wood trim aisle.  I always go to this end cap first because it seems to have the lowest price on MDF pre-primed basic wood trim.  I bought…

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When Mirrors Fall Down

When Mirrors Fall Down

I thought about titling this post Powder Bathroom Makeover Reveal Take 2 but it seemed more appropriate after writing it to use the title “when mirrors fall down.” Several months ago I shared my powder bathroom makeover which I explained had unraveled painfully slow. I was beyond thrilled when I had finally completed it and was no longer embarrassed when guests occupied this half bath on our main floor.     Well, sadly that only lasted about 3 weeks. During the night the huge wall to wall mirror I had installed 3 weeks prior came crashing down. It took with it the glass sconces, the toilet paper roll, and left a little dent in a part of the wall.   I cleaned up the huge mess of glass mirror almost mechanically trying not to think about what had happened.  I had been done with the room!  I was not at all interested in dealing with the fact that there would need to be a new mirror bought, decor, and other items fixed and mended. I shut the door and carried on…

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