September 2013 archive

Bathroom: The Repurposed Vanity – Part 2

After building the side open shelving, I wanted to put glass tile from the vanity all the way to the ceiling.  (Again, scandalously mimicking The Lettered Cottage’s bathroom.)



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We got this glass tile at Menards on sale, baby!  It makes me very very happy.

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While glass tile is typically pricier than other tile options, we were okay with that because we were not tiling the whole space.  *hint: we just tiled around the edges.  If you removed the mirror, you would find purple drywall.  Shhh!!!*

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Because we merely tiled the edges, it was very inexpensive to do this project…

Easier to complete…

And provides a lotta “WOW punch” for the amount of cost included!

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Again… This concept was brilliantly thought of by The Lettered Cottage.  Credit where credit is due here people.

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All I want to know is how did SO. MUCH. JUNK. manage to find it’s way into my open shelves?!?!?!   We had literally JUST built the things!!! Yeash!

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Dontcha love this tile!??!?   More pics coming in the next post showing it up close and in better light!

We always seem to do these projects after dark.  Like at midnight.

Occupational hazard to marrying a NIGHT OWL I guess! 😉

Bathroom: The Repurposed Vanity – Part 1

Initially, my vanity inspiration was this bathroom by The Lettered Cottage.

A beautiful room… I wanted to replicate that vanity so badly!!

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This is actually one of my original crude sketches of what I was thinking.  I love my finished product a lot better than this! 😉

My first stroke of luck was when Handsome Man’s mom and dad saw this ratty old buffet in a pile of junk by the street that someone was getting rid of.  Again… No before pics.  I. Am. Kicking. Myself.

It was horrible.  The top was warped and pulling up in places…  It was wretchedly grungy… and in desperate need for some luvin’!

I brought it home…

Cleaned it up…

Removed the warped top…

Cut a few inches off the feet to make it vanity level…

And painted the livin’ daylights out of it!

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After distressing it a bit, I ended up with this pretty lady!

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After adding 1x’s for the new top & staining and sealing them, we installed the sink.

The sink was actually on sale at Menards and I love her so much!  The granite is so pretty!

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Next, it was time to add those built-in shelves I love so much!

Entrance: Handsome Man.

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Because building shelves requires exactness.  And Handsome Man excels at exactness.

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We used 1/2 in plywood for the majority of these shelves…

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I have a serious crush on air nail guns.  If you don’t have one, get one.  Or two.  Your choice. 😉

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Handsome Man built them on the floor first, then we set them up where they belonged after they were done.

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Being the king of ingenuity, Handsome Man came up with this clever way to get the shelves nailed in straight and all the same hight.  We had these pieces of glass that were the perfect size.  He put 2 on the bottom of the shelves in the shape of a V, and simply set the next shelf on top of them.  After nailing that shelf in, he proceeded to the next shelf.  I thought it was simply brilliant! He impresses me!  🙂

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I missed photographing a step, of course.  Lifting the shelves into place.  The reason being, it took ALL of both of us to get them up there!  Each one was heavy!!

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Then it was just a matter of screwing them into the studs.

Next project… Tile the backsplash!!! Whoop whoop!




Bathroom: Drywall

Next came the drywall.  Handsome Man was a total rockstar getting this all installed.  I realllllllllly don’t like drywall ’cause you have to be exact and through and stuff.  I don’t do well with exact.


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We used the water resistant drywall, hence the purple color.  No, we did not end up with a purple bathroom.  🙂



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You know the usual drywall stuff.


Measure again.

Score with a knife.

Bend it to break.

You should hear about the time I drywalled with a butter knife.

It was special.

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We (and by we I mean mostly Handsome Man) put up all the drywall but we hired a drywall guy to finish with the mudding.  Because we’re all into saving $$$ by DIY’ing, but let’s be honest… Sometimes it’s best to hire a professional who will get something done better and quicker. Not to mention the thought of inhaling more drywall dust was not appealing.  😉

Pins of the Week…




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There’s just so much to love in this cupboard/backspash/countertop combo by DIY Show Off!  Love the mix of comfortable and sleek! You know how I feel about a slight industrial edge! Yum!

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Fantastic board and batten hallway with grasscloth wallpapered walls and gallery shelves by Simplicity in the South. I love how it makes a small place interesting without being too busy!  You really DO need to check out the before and afters!

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DIY- Twin Bed Turned Porch Swing by Do It Yourself.  Is this not awesome??!  I would sit out here and read all day!  Except that I don’t really read that much anymore.  But I think if I had this, I would! 😉

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Grain Sack Inspired Dresser Makeover by Musings From A French Cottage: Isn’t this fantastic?  It doesn’t look that hard to re-create too!  We’re talking a bit of painter’s tape? I could handle that!! 🙂

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Love this Small Closet Makeover. I Heart Organizing anchored an IKEA Expedit Shelf into the wall… Used wood dowls (anchored into the wall and then screwed into the Expedit) for the new clothes rods. Two levels of clothes rods adds more space for clothes.  This was for her little men’s closet and it’s fantastic!

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Turquoise? Wood?  Armoire makeover?

Pretty sure that’s a WINNING combination!  Lake Girl Paints did a pretty awesome tutorial… You really need to check out the before/after!

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BRILLIANT way to make regular outdoor cement pieces look elegant!  Simply staining them!  Beautiful work by Magic Brush.  Granted, I’m kinda hooked on Magic brush stuff anyway.  Her facebook page is awesome!  She reminds me a lot of my mom.  Entrepreneur… Blonde… Hilarious… 🙂

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Lovely party decoration inspiration by Style Me Pretty!

Love the lights and inexpensive crepe paper.

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Yes… It’s nearly 100 degrees out right now.  I don’t care.  This pin is genius.

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This is hysterical.

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