Bath/Laundry Room Update

February 11, 2020 at 8:38 pm (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We knew we wanted a fixer-upper, and we sure got it with this one! But we are enjoying putting in the work and making it into what we want for a home. The bathroom was no exception. We can’t afford a complete gut and overhaul of every room (I wish!), so this is a little refresh.

Before:

After:

We will put a new faucet in soon and plan to redo the bath and laundry room floors in a few months. But for now, wow. Its clean. Its peaceful. I’m in love.

We made the bathroom hook boards because in old houses you are at the mercy of where the studs may or may not be when hanging things. Attach the hooks in the spacing you want and then attach the boards to the wall where the studs allow.

We also made the shelves ourselves and hand “grayed” the boards by smearing white paint with fingers. Tedious but so worth it. The brackets are plumbing hardware and can be found at Mendards. We painted the parts with a light oil rubbed bronze spray paint.

We made the jar light fixture by painting the old silver fixture with oil rubbed bronze paint and adding the jars. We took solid jar lids and made holes in them to fix the jars to the fixture. Once it’s all painted you can’t see what method you used to attach them.

All on a budget for a quick fix up. We did add a new shower, as ours was a walk in when we bought the house and we needed a tub for the kids. Paint and curtains, and especially shelving, make a huge, but affordable difference!

Here are some fun detail shots.

A few detail links:

Curtains

Towels

Light fixtures

Amber jars

Wood laundry sign

Laundry rack

What do you think? Any recommendations?

Xx,

Jess

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Quick and Easy Valentine’s DIY

February 6, 2020 at 8:53 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I made these fabric hearts last year and loved them so much I put them out again this year!

It’s so simple that it doesn’t require much instruction, but a fun project for anyone because there are so many possibilities! I used scrap fabric that I had on hand, making this super inexpensive too! I picked a couple fabrics that complimented one another and had a rustic vibe. You could use anything at all! The only other supplies you need are liquid stitch (always handy to have a tube on hand!) and some stuffing. You can get both of these at your local craft store or a Walmart. The stuffing sold here at our Walmart was in too large of a bag and I knew I didn’t want a ton. So, quick fix was to buy a small pillow insert at Walmart. This was about $4 and I have plenty left for more projects.

Start by drawing a heart on cardboard. Try a cereal or cracker box! Then trace this heart onto the backside of your fabric. Do sets of two hearts in matching fabric. Then run a bead of the fabric glue around the heart. Leave a few inches unglued. I left a quarter inch or so around the edge. I used a few binder clips to hold these while drying. You could also set a book on them. When they are dry, stuff fabric into them. Doing it in this order allows you to fill them full and puffy without ungluing. Now add glue to the last few inches and clip to dry. You could always add sequins, embellishments, ribbon, or any extras too.

The other little white heart was super simple too. I used a cardboard hear, made little cuts around the outside, and wrapped yard around the heart. The cuts helps hold the yarn in place for the first layer of wrapping. Wrap all different directions. Glue with the fabric glue. Simple!

Viola! Hope you enjoy this quick and easy project!

Xx,

Jess

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Kitchen Curtains

January 30, 2012 at 10:06 am (Home Changes and Additions, Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I don’t sew.  I wish I could, but I am just not good at it.  I hope to start practicing and at least be able to make a basic straight line someday, but for now, I don’t sew.  So, when I am on the hunt for new curtains and all of the pretty options are out of my price range, what do I do?  I get out the iron and the hem tape and I “fake glue” myself a pair.

Remember these kitchen curtains?

The valances above the windows were here when we moved in.  They were fine.  Actually, they were god quality and in good shape.  Just not our favorite color choices.  The curtain on the door was brought from my old house.  I used it to cover the window temporarily, until we could figure out what we wanted in here.  Now the floral curtain is on the door window just beyond that, which leads outside.  After all these months of looking at these mismatched curtains, I finally wanted to get busy.  I knew I wanted something more neutral, as we plan to paint in the near future.  I liked the shape of the valances, and I didn’t mind the deep red roller shade (for now?).  Then I happened upon the perfect twist of fun stripes and neutral colors…

Ticking fabric.  A little rustic and old school, yet funky and fresh as curtains.  The cream/tan combo will go well with the new colors to come.  And I tied the faux roller shade with twine.

And I did all of it with iron on hem tape, even the tab tops! What do you think??

More projects to come 🙂

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Inspiration and Big News

July 11, 2011 at 9:22 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

After being out of town, and a little out of touch, most of last week, I am finally catching up.  Reading through a backlog of blogs today I ran across the most gorgeous farm house tour on Apartment Therapy. 

The details of this home struck a cord with me, because we happen to have just bought an 1891 farm house.  Yes, one more move!  We close in about two weeks.  We are anxious, nervous, excited, and very busy.  This is the first time I will really be moving away, although not far, just to Iowa.  This is our dream home, and we are very excited to remodel and decorate once there.  Pictures soon to come!

But for now, here are two of my favorite images from Shannan and Cory’s home tour.  Check out the rest here.

I love that light fixture!  And the pillow is gorgeous!  I am so excited to put some of this inspiration to use in the new place!

 

This was one of my favorite photos because of the crate used to hold towels.  We found an old crate of glass bottles at a garage sale for a few dollars, and had planned to use the bottles as wedding decor.  Little did we realize that the crate had a Tipton, IA business emblem on the side, which is where we later bought the house!  I would love to incorporate our crate in a useful way like this!

What do you think?

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Snow!

December 10, 2009 at 4:19 pm (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It’s that time of year again! Snow! Yesterday was a snow day for me.  The office was closed, so I was paid to stay home, wrap Christmas presents, watch White Christmas, and drink hot chocolate!  Well, I did some boring chores, too.  Today it’s back to work, and it is freeezing outside!  Here is a quick snapshot of my new snow boots to keep me warm and dry when visiting clients, and one of my drive to see a client today.  Those country roads can be soo pretty (and annoyingly slippery!)

Beautiful!

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Back From A Little Vacation

September 15, 2009 at 2:07 pm (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

I know I have been kind of MIA, but I am back!  I have taken a small blogging vacation as well as a trip to the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion.  We had a wonderful break, but now back to the real world.  I am working on a few projects in particular, and hope to show you soon.  But, there are some major changes in the works, so we are super busy, therefore blogging might be a bit more sporadic that usual. 

Here are a few pictures from our recent trip…

Road Trippin'

Road Trippin'

Our little campsite.  See the log cabin in the background?

Our little campsite. See the log cabin in the background?

Heidi Newfield in conert.  She sings 'Johnny and June' which is going to be our wedding song!

Heidi Newfield in concert. She sings 'Johnny and June' which is going to be our wedding song!

We got her autograph and a Good Luck, and even a high five when I told her we were using her song for our wedding!

We got her autograph and a Good Luck, and even a high five when I told her we were using her song for our wedding!

And here is Tony with a very large threshing machine, the main reason for the event!

And here is Tony with a very large steam engine, the main reason for the event!

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Ruffles For Me

August 5, 2009 at 2:52 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So craving this entire bathroom right now!  I love the industrial look mixed with very feminine touches.  I’m sure you can all tell from the rest of my home that my style isn’t usually very feminine, but in small amounts I think it can be a great touch.

So, when I found the budget bathroom remodel in the Country Living magazine I was swooning!  Unfortunately, I can’t post pictures from their site here.  So, here’s the link: http://www.countryliving.com/homes/makeovers/budget-bathroom-makeover-0609?click=main_sr .  I particularly fell in love with the ruffled shower curtain from Anthropologie.  But, $98 was quite a bit out of our shower curtain budget.  So, I started searching…

Here is the curtain from Anthropologie:

And here is what else I found:
Ruffles Curtain by Target: http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/179-2733649-8695932?ASIN=B000HPTSE2&AFID=Froogle&LNM=B000HPTSE2|Ruffles_Shower_Curtain&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=B000HPTSE2&ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001

Ruffles Curtain by Target: http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/179-2733649-8695932?ASIN=B000HPTSE2&AFID=Froogle&LNM=B000HPTSE2|Ruffles_Shower_Curtain&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=B000HPTSE2&ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001

Very close, huh?  And both for under $30!!  I also found this one that I liked (but it was also $96):
In the end I went with Target.  It is on its way, so stay tuned to see how the cheaper version holds up in our newly styled bathroom!
P.S. We also loved a few other things from the Country Living article!  I am going to get the old fashioned looking toilet handle and possible try the corrugated metal as a backsplash to our new shower next year (also stay tuned for those updates! 🙂

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