Monday, February 24, 2014

Basement bathroom is finally done!

At the end of my last post I showed a can of spray paint and some cording.  Well here is what I did with them.  I decided to put picture frame molding around the mirror in the bathroom to dress it up a bit. Once I got everything glued and painted the frame I noticed that I forgot to paint the back of the molding the same color and you could see the white reflection in the mirror.  I can't believe that I did that again.  In our last house I did the same thing but noticed it before I glued it on.  But of course I completely forgot and just glued these on.

Here is a before picture of the bathroom when we moved in. 
I really hate the color of the floor tile, but I didn't want to go to the trouble of ripping it out since this is just the basement bathroom.  I painted the vanity and walls, added a new shower curtain, new light shades ( since when I added the molding they were too wide), picture frame moulding around the mirror and some decor.

Here is a picture before the  moulding was painted.
I thought about leaving it white but I think that it needed some contrast, so I painted it a dark brown and put a bronze metallic glaze over it.  I also painted the shelf that I bought that is above the toilet since it had a red tone to it.
Now as I said before I forgot to paint the back side of the moulding so my bright idea was to take some cording and spray paint it brown.  Once I did that I hot glued it to the mirror, then I put the bronze glaze over that and put polyurethane over everything.  I also dressed it up a little bit more by hot gluing buttons on the corners.  Here is a better close up of the cording and buttons.
I also had to replace the glass shades since the old ones were to wide and would not clear the moulding.  I found these at Home Depot.  They have parchment over them that looks like leaves.
The rest of the pictures are of the decor.  I think that I need to put a shelf under the picture of the tub to fill in the space, any suggestions?

One more look at the mirror.
I have only been working on this bathroom since last summer since I don't have the luxury of getting to work on projects when I work 6 days a week.  I do the best that I can with my time but I still have a lot more work to do with our house.  We still have our master bath to tackle, I don't want to show anyone this room since it look like it belongs in the 80's even though our house was built in 2001.  I also need to work on the two bedrooms in the basement plus our bedroom.  Maybe I can get it all done by the time we move again, we have moved five times in our 13 year marriage.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Before and Afters

I did a little bit of revamping some items last weekend.  Here are a few pictures of what I got done.

Here is a rooster that I bought at a thrift store for $8.  Didn't care for the color so I painted it.

Now here he is finished and displayed in the entry off of the powder room.

I still need to decorate underneath the table.  Just haven't found the right stuff yet.  The next picture is some greenery balls I got at Hobby Lobby.  I don't always like to use the lighter green so I decided to paint two of the balls with spray paint for plastic.  Here is how it turned out.
I needed some napkin holders for my kitchen table to go with the new napkins that I got.  I purchased both of these at Pier 1 Imports.  I wish they had plates to match the napkins.  I couldn't find exactly what I wanted so I painted the napkin holders.  Here is the before and after shots and the kitchen table decorated.

I painted them black and then speckled them with antique white.  I bought the black charges at Pier 1 Imports and got the white plates at Goodwill for 99 cents each.
Ok, now you are probably wondering why there is a picture of a can of spray paint and some cording.  I now that this looks kind of crazy to be using these items together.  I wasn't too sure about this when I came up with this idea myself and wasn't really sure if it would work out or not.  Check back on the next posting to see the results.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

french country hutch

I had a teaser at the end of my last post and here is the results.  I took two different pieces of furniture and made a hutch.  The top part belongs to another piece that we use in my husbands business.  We purchased it for $25.00.  The bottom is a sofa table that we also purchased for the business but then decided to use bookcases instead.  It cost us $20.00.

When you first step into our basement there is an area that has plumbing for a wet bar but really not enough room to put any furniture in since you also go out the door to the backyard from there.  Here is a picture from the bottom of the stairs. To the left I have a table with four chairs for playing games and cards.  The plumbing for the wet bar is next to where I placed the table.  To the right you step into the family room but we use it as a workout room since it really isn't that big.  Beyond the workout room is one bedroom and the furnace room.  To the left is the bathroom, another bedroom that I use as my craft room and a storage room.

As I said I really don't know what to use this area for so I just have my left over furniture in there.  Please ignore the mess as I am still working on most of the furniture and the placement of it also.
As you can see this looks more like a really wide hallway than a room that is functional.  I don't know why there is a bump in where I have the bench.  Now here are the pictures of the cabinet that you see on the right before I painted them.

Now here it all painted.
I have it decorated right now but I still want to add more to it.  Here is what it looks like right now.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

My sitting room bookcases

We have a room that is in between our family room and the master bedroom.  This room shares the fireplace from the family room.  I  am still trying to figure out what to do with the fireplace on this side.  It has white tile and a white mantel.  For now I  am using this as my sitting room to read in.  I guess it is suppose to be a office but it is not that big.  We converted the formal living room into an office so I put my parents antique maple desk and a love seat in here so I can read.  Here are a few pictures of the bookcases that are on the back wall that I got decorated.  Most of our house has a tuscan and french country look to it.  I decided to do this more woodsy like as I love moose.

I still need to redo the fireplace area and decorated the mantel, redo the cornice board on the window and decorate my desk.  Hopefully, I can get this done pretty soon.  I am still working on the basement bathroom, the bedrooms in the basement and the little area at the bottom of the basement steps.  Here is a sneak peak at one of my current projects.  More pictures to come.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Tuscan dining room

I got a little bit of decorating done this Sunday in the dining room.  I made a new centerpiece for the table and re decorated the buffet.  I still need to do a little bit more tweaking to the room.  Here are a couple of pictures.
I got the crate from Decor Steals, I really love to shop there.  They have so many great items.  I still haven't decided if I want to put the place mats on the table or do a runner.

Here is the buffet so far.  I think that I want to redo the lampshades by adding some fringe or material to them.  Not sure yet what will look best.  Hopefully one of these days I can get the curtains made for the room.  We have only lived here for a year and a half so far.  Most of the time I am lucky to get all my curtains made by the time we move again.