August 14, 2017

Zero Budget Half Bath Makeover | Full Reveal

It's reveal time you guys!  And I probably didn't do this bathroom any justice with the photos I'm about to show you in this post, because personally I think it looks better in person but I promise I did do my best to get a clear view so you could get the gist of how much better it looks now than it did before, which you can see some before photos here.

Let me start off by saying that I'm still very much in love with this imperfect rustic looking floor.  I don't regret the uneven lines, or the smudgy looking patterns from the paint bleeding though the stencil.

Again this is not a permanent solution for this half {guest} bath but it's definitely good enough for right now until we can tear it all out.  A quick fix with no money spent, except for the light fixture that we replaced almost a year ago which cost little to nothing and a few of the accessories you'll see throughout and that I'll mention on where I got them at the end of the post.

Like I had mentioned on my previous post where I talked about the stenciled floor and basically  how this makeover was basically done on a zero budget with paint only, literally, basically the walls, floors, counter tops, cabinets, knobs and faucet were all painted.  

All the paint we already had in our garage from previous projects, so no money was spent on the paint used for this makeover.

After the walls were painted with $9 oops paint in a medium grey found in the oops section of Home Depot and sat that way for a year, I finally decided this makeover had to get finished, it was definitely time.

I continued by priming everything, the floors, cabinets and counter top.  The floor stencil makeover after priming it I redid all of it with chalk paint check out the tutorial here.  But the cabinet and counter top I painted with Behr Premium Plus Paint & Primer in one in white about two coats of paint plus touch ups.  Sealed it all with clear satin Poly, same one I used to seal the floor. 

Its been about three weeks since I finished this bathroom and everything is holding up great.

The knobs and faucet I spray painted with flat black spray paint. 

The knobs I removed and painted but the faucet I just taped off and covered around it and gave it a good three coats.  The sink is still very much the same old sink and I cannot wait to replace it but for now I have to live with it.

I didn't want to overwhelm this space with the decor.  So I kept it subtle and both feminine and masculine since its a guest bath and the one my husband tends to use the most since he's an early bird.  In order to not wake anyone upstairs on the weekdays/weekends he tends to keep all his toiletries in this bathroom.  I love the versatility of it and that it has a rustic yet eclectic feel to it.

Therefore the walls are pretty plain for now, not sure if I want to add any more pictures, unless I absolute fall in love with something I see on sale! Lol, but I am still missing a toilet paper roll holder, just haven't had the time to really look for one, believe it or not, I've been doing my best to stay away both from Lowe's and Home Depot!

Here are a few before and after's for comparison.

Its actually quite a relief to finally have this bathroom done and pretty for guests and for us, my eyes needed to see this bathroom in a not so beige phase anymore.  Even the husband approves, which is huge.  

Unbelievable what magic a little paint can do, right?

So tell me, what do you think?  

Sources to half bath decor ....
Tea towel / Marshall's
Towel Wall Hook / Lowe's
DW Home Candle / TJ Maxx-Homegoods or @dwhomecandles
Cube Soap / World Market
Soap Holder / Target
Soap Dispenser / Target
Boy & Girl frames / Hobby Lobby

Everything else not mentioned above I already had in my home. Shopping your home for some decor items is the best.

In all honestly you guys know how much I love to shop frugally and so with most of the decor accessories I basically did the same, I love shopping slowly in the clearance isles or for sales when possible and hold on to these things until I'm ready to use them.  Target, World Market and Homegoods/TJ Maxx have the best clearance sections no joke! But if I see a deal that I can't pass up, then I'll steal it while I can and if I can.

So there you have it, our 'Zero Budget Half Bath Makeover' hope you guys find some inspiration from this labor or love. 

Have a great week and see you back here soon!

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August 11, 2017

Weekend Vibes | Summer 2017 Playlist

Okay, so I know I'm not cool mom or anything believe me but I love music as a human being and I love all genres of it.  You will find me listening to just about anything except hard core rap, not my jingle but I can definitely appreciate some of it.

This is sorta in celebration of this month's August birthdays this particular weekend being my mom's birthday and my husband's we hope to be celebrating by dancing to some tunes, but if not we will just hang with good food, good company while we listen and jam all in the same. So happy birthday to all you August babies!

Makes me pretty happy that my kids have grown up to appreciate some good qualities about their mama and so their taste in music varies too, which I love, they're very open minded.

For me, when I listen it really does depend on the mood I'm in that particular day or week and it just comes in waves and differs from day to day.

This Summer though music on the radio I noticed wasn't at it's best but I love that Spotify (which by the way is not sponsored in any way, just a fan #shoutout to them) offers unheard and unique tunes that you definitely won't hear very often on the radio.

Even so I love to stream for the purpose of keeping me focused while working on projects, or blogging or pumped up for my new weekly workouts.

With that said, I'm excited to share my Summer tunes playlist with you and hope that you can appreciate the fun, playful, makes you wanna dance slash workout music I've incorporated.  

It's a mix of upbeat yet not too crazy, just enough to keep you awake and dancing in your seat if you're not standing!  Though some may be new, some will be very familiar as well.  Just a little bit of alternative, new latin spice, dance pop and hip hop, which I think you can appreciate, you'll see.

This is just a taste of what I've been listening to lately, keep in mind I normally listen to my tunes while at work, at the office or in my garage working on painting projects, or at the gym with buds on. So please be warned mamas there are some mild explicit songs just in case you want to avoid listening with the younger babes around. 

You can play these tunes by listening from the Spotify playlist above or directly on Spotify.  I'll keep adding to this playlist until end of Summer.

Feel free to follow me on Spotify for the other playlists I listen to as well.

Let me know what you guys think and if you like what you hear!

See you back here soon and have a great weekend!!

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August 4, 2017

Zero Budget Half Bath Makeover | Chalk Paint Stenciled Floor

Transforming your home on a budget doesn't have to be complicated.  This little makeover was literally done on a $0 budget because I had no money to spend on buying anything new for this space.  It'll be a minute before that happens but in the meantime I figured I could work with what ever paint I had laying around and that's exactly what I did.

Yup, with only paint.  

The very few decor and accessories that made it into this bathroom I've been collecting and have bought them at discount prices the last few months.  I'll post sources in my final reveal blog post soon after this one.

We do plan to eventually give this space a huge and wonderful transformation but I couldn't wait any longer for it to at least look decent and pretty enough for when guests come over and for me to actually walk in there and like what I see for now. 

Its so easy to work with a little paint and change a whole lot of things.  I love that nowadays paint can pretty much transform just about anything.  Its literally magic.

A while ago I did a blog post  of when I was starting this half bath and thought I would have had it finished sooner than later.  Clearly that wasn't the case.  I got side tracked with so many other things and life that I sorta just forgot about it and continued to push it back.  I figured I would eventually come back to it.  But I didn't.  Till now.

When I first attempted to start this project all I got around to doing was painting the walls gray with leftover oops paint I had bought at Home Depot.  That did the trick for a while, covering the yellow walls and somewhat masking the ugly vanity with pretty gray walls to look at instead. 

A year later practically (or more) and here we are.  Finally.

I want to start by talking about the stenciled floors.  This half bath is under our stairs so its fairly small and hard to get good pictures but I will do my best for the next post of the final reveal.

Back to the floors, the flooring in here is vinyl, the ugly kind. Okay it wasn't so bad actually because it was a light gray but was noticeably old and worn.  Thanks to so many inspiring painted floor tutorials, I decided for now I would go that route too.

I already had the primer and chalk paint available and the stencil I had literally bought like sometime last year and wasn't sure if I was going to use it for walls or floors or both.  I did realize the stencil was smaller than I was supposed to get but I didn't mind it.

This 1-quart Zinsser Smart Prime primer I bought back in 2015 from Amazon and have used it on several projects and still had plenty to use on the floor in this bath.  I used a small roller to prime the floors, one full coat.

I let that overnight.  Next day I coated the first base color with left over Rust-Oleum Chalked Linen White matte paint I had from previous projects as well.  Two coats of the white.

Chalk paint dries fairly quickly so later that day I was able to start painting my pretty stencil design that I purchased from Pearl Design Studio (Etsy shop) earlier this year and painted the stencil with only Country Chic Liquorice color (black) 4oz sample jar which I already had in my stash.  

I think I could have been more careful or have taken my time a bit more if I wanted it to be absolutely perfect looking or could have even gone back to fix some of the mess ups (which I did on some) but I actually really liked how some of the messy stencil designs actually looked.  So I left them as is.

Last but not least you want to seal your floor.  I let the chalk paint cure overnight once again and the following day I did two coats of sealing with Minwax Satin Polycrylic Protective finish.

I'm still working on getting better photos of the full half bath for you guys so bare with me and stay tuned for the full reveal.

All or most products used for this project are linked below.

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