The weather is warming up and it’s time to get busy on the outside of the house! I’ll be honest, after all the snow we had last month I’ll be happy to start working on outdoor projects. Need some inspiration to get started? Check out some of the projects that these bloggers came up with! (Links below the pictures).
The girls’ bathroom is also the main bathroom. What I wanted was to create a bright, fresh, kid-friendly bathroom without making it look like a princess fairy explosion. So I painted the walls a pretty mint green. But then when it came time to decorate, I got stuck. I didn’t want it to be too bright and pastel-y so I toned down the mint green walls with a neutral shower curtain and neutral decorations.
The result–major blah. It wasn’t bright, wasn’t neutral. Didn’t appeal to my girls, didn’t make sense to me and my husband. Just blah. Ever have one of those rooms? But something struck me. On the wall was one of Sophie’s drawings. And that got me thinking–what if the way to make it a kid-friendly bathroom was to turn it into an art gallery?
So I kept the mint green walls that we loved, removed the neutrals and turned the bathroom into an art gallery for my little budding artist, Sophie, with lots of black and white accents. It was perfect for my girls and everyone who visits loves it. Check it out!
Black and white damask shower curtain $39 (Target)
Black and white damask valance $16 (Amazon)
Rustoleum Satin black spray paint $4 (Lowes)
White bath mats $15 (Walmart)
Frames (already had)
Towels (already had)
Tooth brush holder and soap dispenser $4 (Walmart)
Total spent: $78
I spray painted all of the spare frames I had black so that they would coordinate. Sophie absolutely loves having a place to showcase all of her artwork and I love our new bathroom.
What do you think? For more DIY and decorating ideas, check out the DIY page!
Spring is here, time for DIY projects! Right now I’m working on our main bathroom which is also the girls’ bathroom. It has always been a challenge trying to decorate a bathroom that appeals to young kids and guests too. But I’ve come up with a solution.
Here’s just a little peek at what’s going on:
The best part–the entire update costs less than $100. Can’t wait to show you on Tuesday!
I found this old ladder at this great antique shop up the road from my house. For $15, I couldn’t pass it up. It had seen better days and was really weathered but I loved it.
When I brought it home, I took off the rear rails and the bucket shelf but kept the front.
Instead of spray paint or latex paint, I made a yellow wash using water and two different colors of acrylic craft paint (1 oz each of Craft Smart Butter Cream and Apple Barrel Sunny Day and 1 c. distilled water). I wanted a matte finish and really let the wood to show through.
After applying the wash, I distressed the ladder with coarse grit sandpaper.
A good wipe down with a damp cloth and the ladder was ready.
All I had to do was add a few of my favorite herbs and my ladder plant stand was done!
To see the entire porch transformation, click here.
Have you made a ladder plant stand before? Tell me about it in the comments!
For more DIY ideas, check out the DIY page!
Here’s what I added:
I stained the backs and seats of the rocking chairs with Rustoleum Summer Oak stain. It dried in about a day and really brought the chairs back to life. The cute pillow covers came from The Pillow People. It’s an Etsy store that I absolutely love. Mandy is super talented and has a ton of different patterns and colors.
I found these silk orchids at Michaels and it gave the table (and the porch!) a pop of color that it needed. Lanterns are a great place to display everything from candles, flowers, or in this case a little bunny for Easter.
Do you remember this table that I painted last week? It fit right in with the rockers. I added a burlap tray from Hobby Lobby so I have a handy place for my gardening gloves and small tools this summer.
I found this old ladder at a really cool antique shop up the road for $15. After I painted and distressed it, the ladder became the perfect place for my little succulent and herbs.
This cute indoor/outdoor rug came from Joss and Main. That website is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
I just love my new porch! It’s my family’s favorite space now and I can’t wait for the weather to stay warm so that we can enjoy it more.
Do you have a favorite outdoor space? Tell me about it in the comments!
I am so pumped to be transforming our porch this weekend! It’s been a project I’ve been wanting to tackle since the fall. I can’t wait to show you next week how it looks with a new rug, table and lots color!
Remember this Annie Sloan Chalk Paint table makeover from earlier this week? It’s already on the porch and goes great with the rocking chairs. I wasn’t sure about all that blue but it actually works.
My other favorite–this rug from Joss & Main that just came yesterday. (I can’t show you yet!)
It’s going to be so nice having some color and life on that porch, especially now that all the snow is gone.
Are you a porch or deck person? What’s your favorite thing about your outdoor space?
Now that the snow is gone, I’ve been busy working on my front porch for spring! Last summer, I made over these Cracker Barrel Rocking Chairs with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (Provence). Since then, I’ve been looking for a great table to go with it. Something that would go with the rocking chairs but that I wouldn’t miss if the weather got the best of it.
Well, I found it. Two of them. For $25.
Perfect, right? I wanted one for the porch, the other one I have different plans for. Anyway, I got started right away on it. Just a quick wipe down and then I started the first coat of AS Chalk Paint.
I know I’ve said it before, but the thing I love most about this paint is that there is no prep work. Zero. No sanding, no stripping, no primer…it paints right over any surface or finish.
I covered the table with 2 coats of AS Provence and let it dry overnight. The next day, I coated it with a thin layer of clear wax. Once that dried, I used a very thin layer dark wax to age it a little.
Can’t wait to put this on the porch! Question is, what do I put on it…thoughts? It’s on the porch! Take a look:
To see the full porch makeover, click here.
I love easy DIY projects, don’t you? I bought this lamp for $5 with the hopes that something great would come of it, but for as little as it cost me, I wasn’t worried if it all went wrong. Turns out, the lamp makeover went better than I expected! Here’s what I used:
Valspar Red Oxide Primer spray paint
Rustoleum Sunrise Red Gloss Protective Enamel spray paint
Rustoleum Metallic Oil-Rubbed Bronze spray paint
Here’s what it looked like before:
After taping off the light socket, I coated the lamp in Valspar Red Oxide Primer Spray Paint.
Once the primer dried, I painted the lamp with Rustoleum Gloss Protective Enamel spray paint in Sunrise Red. The trick to getting an even, glossy finish is a lot of thin layers. I think when it was all done, I covered the lamp with 5 layers.
I painted the base red at first, thinking it would blend right in with the lamp. I didn’t like it when it was done, so I covered it in Rustoleum Metallic Oil-Rubbed Bronze. When it dried, I added a lamp shade and my lamp was done!
I’m so happy with my “new” red lamp and it goes perfectly in my living room! For more DIY and upcycle ideas, check out the DIY page!
I am a huge fan of the relief that VapoRub brings during the winter months. So when I found out how easy it was to make my own Vapor Rub, I was all about it! Not only does it work, but it’s all natural. All of the ingredients can be found at your local health food store or on Amazon.com. This recipe is safe for kiddos too–I use this Vapor Rub on my three kids!
Melt soy wax with olive oil in a double boiler until just melted.
Add the essential oils. Stir well and then pour into a small airtight container. (Rub will set up after it cools).
Once it cools and sets up, it’s ready to use!
Now that I’ve made my own, I’ll never go back. Give it a try and tell me what you think!