Powder Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Wahooo, it’s time to do some revealing!!! Of my main floor bathroom that is! I started this makeover about 5 weeks ago. It feels like it has been dragging on forever! I find some makeovers and projects come together quickly and others like to unravel painfully slow. This one was the painfully slow kind (which is not so kind).

The primary reason for such a slow pace was that I struggled catching a vision for the room. I knew I was going for an elegant bathroom.


And I knew I wanted to add this kind of tiling.



And to incorporate a DIY version of these paintings

Cote De La Mer

via Ballard Designs


And to get the feel of this bathroom


But as far a putting it all together it took awhile to figure out!

So without further adieu here it is–


BEFORE (minus the chair rail)

bathroom before_edited-2






pedstal sink




What did I add and how much did it cost???



DIY Ballard Design Knockoff Paintings- $5 each (Tutorial to come!)



Target Clearance Side Table-$20.98



DIY painted vase- $1, Fresh cut branches-free. Decorative balls-already had

New Table



diy vase



 Large Mirror-already had left over from Master Bath Makeover, Faux Sconce Light Fixture- $4.50 at local thrift store

fake light


New Towel Ring- $16 (used to have a towel bar there), already had little plant and hand towel

towel ring



New Faucet- $44 at Home Depot

new faucet



Chair rail and ledge-$30, Tile (and supplies)$28, Paint- White paint I already had and paint above was $6 (Behr Roman Plaster but used Sherwin Williams sample size)

tile work




Grand Total-$160.50



I am still strongly considering adding wainscoting under the chair rail and crown molding but I hit my budget so that will have to wait.  I also may end up painting above the chair rail some kind of blue-toned color someday.  Who knows??  But for now I am content with my powder bath and no longer feel shy about visitors using the bathroom at our house.  Wahooo!

In summary, I learned the elements to include when designing/decorating an elegant powder bathroom are:  a frameless or ornate mirror, a sconce or two, flowers or botanicals, some sort of decorative molding, a decorative accent on the walls such as tiling, wallpaper, stencil, grasscloth, etc.,  and paintings or pictures.

If you would like to create a similar chair rail and accent tiling click here to get the step by step tutorials!  Anybody else ever have a room makeover that seemed to take forever to figure out???


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20+ Budget-Friendly Drapes

Drapes and Curtains are instrumental in adding beauty and drama to a room.  Unfortunately, drapery often comes with a hefty price tag.  Over the years I have located a few stores that usually come through for providing quality drapes and curtains at reasonable prices.  These stores are Ikea, World Market, Target, and JC Penney.

Just so you know I don’t have any relationship with these stores nor am I being compensated in any way for mentioning them in this post.  I just love a good deal and these stores usually offer reasonable prices on curtains and drapes.  What do I consider a reasonable price for a curtain panel?  Personally, I’ve never spent more than $35 for one panel.  In fact I rarely spend more than $35 for a pair of panels.


20+ Budget Drapes


Below are 20+ Budget Friendly curtains and drapes for you to peruse.  Notice that some are sold as 1 panel (1 side) and some as a pair (2 sides).  Also be sure to take note of sizes once you click on the link.  I love Ikea panels because they always  come in super long sizes and usually are the best prices.  I have 3 pairs in my home and they are great quality.  Enjoy!:-)




Mudhut Suzanni Vine Panel- $23.99

Mudhut™ Suzani Vine Window Panel - Red (55x84")

Ikea Ingmarie Curtains 1 Pair-$39.99

Threshold™ Jacobean Floral Window Panel - Gray- $24.99-$34.99

Threshold™ Jacobean Floral Window Panel - Gray

Tamara Floral Curtain Panel-$34.99-$46.99  (This one not only looks good but has a great name too!):-)

Tamara Floral Curtain

Floral Fiesta Curtain Panel-$34.99-$46.99

Floral Fiesta Curtain

 Floral Gabrielle Curtain Panel-$34.99-$46.99

Floral Gabrielle Curtain


Jute Angeline Curtain Panel-$26.34-$35.24


Jute Angeline Curtain


Parrot Ornithology Curtain Panel-$34.99-$46.99

This would look SO cute in a Girls’ Room

Parrot Ornithology Curtain






MarthaWindow™ Diamond Revel Rod-Pocket/Back-Tab Curtain Panel-$27.99

MarthaWindow™ Diamond Revel Rod-Pocket/Back-Tab Curtain Panel

(Also comes in blue, green, and tan)

Threshold™ Farrah Fretwork Window Panel- $19.99-$29.99

Threshold™ Farrah Fretwork Window Panel

Threshold™ Farrah Fretwork Window Panel

Mudhut™ Izula Window Panel – $27.99

Mudhut™ Izula Window Panel - Blue (55x84")

Threshold™ Farrah Lattice Window Panel-$19.99-$29.99

Threshold™ Farrah Lattice Window Panel

Threshold™ Farrah Lattice Window Panel

Room 365™ Interlocking Geometric Window Panel-$22.39-$26.39

Marmoblad Curtains 1 Pair-$14.99




Ikea Aina Curtains 1 Pair-$49.99 (Also comes in Beige, White, and Light Gray)



Tadpoles Multi-Layer Tulle Curtain Single Panel-$29.99

Ikea Sanela Curtains 1 Pair- $49.99 (also comes in Brown, Purple, Gray, Red, and Light Turquoise)

Threshold™ Ribbed Light Block Textured Window Panel-$24.99-$29.99

Threshold™ Ribbed Light Block Textured Window Panel

Threshold™ Faux Silk Window Panel-$19.99-$24.99 (Also comes in Cream, Gray, Red, and Blue)

Threshold™ Faux Silk Window Panel

Threshold™ Velvet Light Block Window Panel-$29.99-$39.99

Threshold™ Velvet Light Block Window Panel

Threshold™ Velvet Light Block Window Panel

Did any catch your eye???  Have you found any other sources for good prices on curtains/drapes???

Love Your Kitchen Series- Adding Woodwork

If you are new to this Series,  we have been focusing on inexpensive ways to upgrade your kitchen from builder boring to high-end custom. When you read the words ‘adding woodwork’ I hope you didn’t turn and run the other way! If you are at all tempted to let me tell you something first!!!

I grew up in a family that did not even own a drill. Even to this day I have never seen either of my parents hold any kind of home improvement tool (besides a screwdriver and a hammer).  My husband has ZERO experience or interest in anything DIY.

Are you still there??? Good, don’t leave yet. Woodwork makes a HUGE difference in the visual appeal of a space and it is something you can easily learn if you don’t already have experience with it.  I never did until a few years ago!

So who taught me to wainscot and crown mold?  My friend, google search did!:-)  I’ve learned how to do so many things by typing phrases like “how to install crown molding” into google search and then devouring every bit of tutorial and youtube demonstration I can get my eyes on. Then I just go for it–it’s like a mini adventure! There are usually some twist and turns in the road but the end result has always been worth the sometimes bumpy ride!



Here are some stylish wood detailing ideas for your kitchen that won’t break the bank and links to show you how to do them. Some only require wood glue so don’t worry if you are not up for learning carpentry just yet! I will start with the easiest and work up to what I would consider the hardest.


1.  Corbels



lettered cottage kitchen

via The Lettered Cottage




Corbels are most often placed under upper cabinets (like in the first two pictures) or under the island countertop (like in the last two pictures).  The larger ornate ones can run over $50 per corbel but the regular size that is pictured in all these photos above only costs $9 a piece.



As you can see in the picture above it comes with anchors and screws.  You will drill a hole, lightly tap in an anchor (the red thing), screw the screws into the anchors and hang the corbel on the screws.  If you are needing to drill into tile you will need to use a diamond drill bit to make the hole.


2. Corner Legs

One of my favorite ways you can customize lower cabinets is to add decorative legs to the fronts and sides of your cabinets or under your island like the examples below.


decorative corner post designed using kitchen cabinets

via This Old House

 Driggs Designs via Houzz

Decorative Leg



Did you know that stores like Home Depot and Lowes carry legs(sorry no prosthetics or leg lamps) and posts?  I discovered this one night as I enjoyed a quiet night out with myself at Home Depot.  As I perused the wood trim aisle the next aisle over had items like columns and railing replacements.  I combed through the different styles and noticed that one in particular was only half in diameter.  It looked as though it had been sliced right down the middle.



Then the light bulb went on!  I had always loved the look of a decorative leg but thought it was something you could only get from a very expensive cabinetry remodel.  For only $14 a piece I took two of them home to experiment.  I held the post up to the cabinet and marked off where I would need to cut.  I used my miter saw (I have a $115 that has worked well for me so far but you could also use a jig saw for $40 or a miter box and hand saw for $8) to cut the top of the pillar off.


decorative leg3

Since my countertops don’t hang over the sides very much I had to cut at the flattest part of the decorative molding.  If you have more of a overhang to your countertops then I would make the cuts more like the ones below.

decorative leg4

After I cut it I painted it the same color as my cabinets and used wood glue and putty to adhere it to the side of my cabinets.  It’s not perfect but I love the custom look it gives to my kitchen and for $28, I’ll take it!:-)

Decorative Leg

 3. Cornice Over a Sliding Door

I have an eat-in kitchen and a lovely(insert sarcasm) sliding door in that eat-in kitchen.  Although I love the light that the sliding door lets in I don’t like the look of a sliding door being in a kitchen.  It reminds me of kids coming in and out with muddy boots and so I’d rather it be in a mudroom (not my kitchen).  To make the cookie cutter sliding door a little less abrasive I made a cornice to go over the sliding door and then added trim above that to fancy it up even more.

Here is my Kitchen and Sliding Door Before

Family Room Fireplace

 and After with the Cornice (and lots of other DIYs)


I used this tutorial from All Things Thrifty to make it.  It is a great step by step tutorial that I am confident even a novice DIY-er could do!


4.  Crown Molding

Crown molding on kitchen cabinets adds interest and distinction.

via Houzz




It is relatively inexpensive too if you do-it-yourself.  I added crown molding on my cabinets for around $40.  I’m not going to lie, it is a pain in the neck to do.  I learned through watching youtube videos and reading tutorials and by lots of trial and error.  Warning:  If you are a cusser then you may say some swear words as you are learning.  If you are not a cusser you may say some swear words as you are learning.;-)

Here are some good instructions for installing crown molding on kitchen cabinets, here and here.

As I’ve been writing this post I keep thinking up more and more ways woodwork could be used to update and customize a kitchen.  This truly could be the post that never ends.  But end it must, so hopefully you feel empowered to add woodwork to your kitchen!  The options are endless especially with a friend like, Google Search!;-)  What did we ever do with out him/her/it?:-)

DIY Butterfly Wall Art

My daughter’s room is decorated with all things whimsical and girly. I love to lay in her bed with her for a few minutes as she settles in to go to sleep. I feel like I’m lying in a lovely, little flower garden.


Her bedspread is quilted with hydrangeas


Birds can be seen perched on branches of an ornate rubbed oil bronze candle holder.


A cute little painted birdhouse sits as a welcoming home.



Butterflies flutter at the window as they dance playfully in the drapes.

butterfly drapes


Even a pink velvet bunny can be spotted taking in the view.



So when I saw this Pottery Barn Kids wall art I could easily imagine it feeling right at home in my daughter’s room.



As I studied the pictures closely I felt confident that this was a DIY project just waiting to happen.


Here is how it turned out!


butterfly knockoff



ADD some fresh flowers and a plate of robin eggs and now you have a Spring themed art masterpiece.



This color combo especially exudes Spring!



This was an easy, $5  and less than 2 hour project!

Here’s how I did:


The Supply List

(I already had everything on the supply list leftover from previous projects so I only had to buy the canvas)


-A 16x 20 canvas (I got mine as a 2pk at Hobby Lobby for $7.99)

-Acrylic paint in the color you want the background to be, mine was called ‘Princess Pink’- $1

-A small cup of water

-A piece of scrapbook paper in a color and design you want your butterfly to be

-2 foam brushes ( I usually buy a pack at the Dollar Tree)- $1

Modge Podge, a glue stick, or any other kind of adhesive that will glue down paper without leaving any bumps underneath

-Download of Butterfly #1 template- Click Here

Butterfly #1 Template

-And/ or Butterfly #2 template- Click Here

Butterfly #2 Template

( If you do the set of 4 butterfly photos notice there are 2 that have the same butterfly image & 2 that have a different one. That is why I have 2 butterfly image options you can download).




1. Download and print out the butterfly you want to use (I used Butterfly #1)

Butterfly #1 Template

2. Cut along the butterflies border to create the butterfly template

cut out

3. Trace the butterfly onto the piece of scrapbook paper.


4. Cut out the shape of your butterfly on your scrapbook paper by cutting along the lines (more 1st grade cutting skills) (I did not cut antennas out).

5. Put aside.

6. Dab your foam brush into your background paint color and then a quick, tiny dab into your cup of water.


7. Brush the paint onto the canvas in quick, short, counter-clockwise motions until you have filled the entire canvas. (I made reference to the Pottery Barn Kids inspiration picture often through this step).

8. If the canvas is a little wet let it dry.

9. Apply smooth adhesive to the back of your butterfly ( I used a foam brush to apply modge podge to the back).

10. Be sure to position the butterfly on a little bit of an angle and smooth the butterfly out with your hands so that it is completely adhered to the canvas, edges and all.

11. If it is not add more glue to the edges.

12.  I used the end of my foam brush to make the antennas.  If you have a craft marker that would also work well.



You’re done!!! I only needed 1 but I think it would be so fun to do the whole set or even 2 would look good to plank a bed or add color to a blank wall.  Hope you have as much fun as I did with this project!!!   Let me know if you have any questions!  And feel free to post your final product in the comment section if you end up doing it!


Bunny looks a lot less lonely now.  Wouldn’t you agree?:-)


bunnyhas a friend

You Know You’re a DIY-er IF…

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You Might Be A DIY-er If:

1.  You’ve ruined more clothes with paint splatters than you can count.


2. The workers at your go-to hardware store know you by name.


3.  You’ve acquired an on project injury.


4. You ask for tools for Christmas or birthday presents.

Lowe's Gift Card_edited-1


 5.  Your kids no longer bat an eye when they hear banging in the house.


 6.  The phrase  ”how to ………” typed Into google search has saved you more than once.


7.  You can see the possibilities in even the ugliest house or piece of furniture.

orange yellow vintage crushed velvet sofa sectional couch Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo



8. You know the difference between caulk, spackle, and wood filler.


 9.  You aren’t afraid of hard work especially if it means saving a buck or two.


10.  You’ve had to call in a professional to finish a job (Hey, we are a pretty awesome bunch but even the best of us need a hand from time to time) :-)

Which ones could you relate to?  Can you think of anymore to add to the list???  I would love to hear them! :-)