Inspired by…black & white

We are going on hour 12 of baby sleep! He woke up at 5:45 to eat, but other than that, has been out since 9pm last night 🙂 I’ve been doing a little trial and error as far as sleep routines go and we may have found a good balance yesterday. I’ll keep it going for a few days and report back if continues to be this successful.

I’ve been having trouble finding inspiration and getting projects done these days, mostly due to lack of time to just sit around surfing Pinterest or having an extended period of time to accomplish anything. I started my first building project since Landon was born about a week ago and, so far, I’ve only completed step 1. Insert face palm emoji here. I think I need to learn to let go a bit, especially the expectation of always having a clean house. I wake up when baby wakes up. Take a shower and get ready for the day during nap #1. Pick up the house, do dishes and laundry and check emails, Insta and Facebook during #2. Run errands during nap #3. By this time it’s usually 2 or 3pm and it leaves 1 or 2 more naps, one of which is usually spent getting dinner ready. This 12 hour sleeping situation could really help me out if I just stay awake after that 5 or 6am feeding, so, Landon…let’s keep this up…okay?

I am excited to share my first building project in a long time with you guys! I am building floating corner shelves in the nursery. They are actually pretty easy and are such a great way to fill space in a functional way in those awkward corners that you never know what to do with. Anyway, until then, I thought I’d hold you over with some inspiration. I’m loving the combination and contrast of black and white right now. I still LOVE all white neutrals but I really like to add black (especially wrought iron) or wood accents.

Enjoy!

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DIY Spa Bathtub Tray

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I’ve been wanting to do this project for a while. Especially because I’ve been spending so much more time in the bathtub these last few months. I wanted the spa-like relaxation but, truth be told, I also wanted a place to set my laptop so I could get some blog work done while I’m unwinding. And, after baby comes, it’ll be a handy place to set my wine glass too…can’t wait for wine again!

This project was SO quick and easy. I think it took maybe an hour total. It should be pretty easy to customize it to your own bathtub since the measurements are so minimal.

Supplies
Pine Project Board
(To find the size that best fits your bathtub, you’ll need to measure across the top of your tub and keep in mind you’ll need a few extra inches in length for it to hang over to attach some “feet” to help hold it in place. As far as the width, that can just be your preference. I used a 1″ thick x 12″ wide x 48″ long board, linked above. I wanted plenty of width for my laptop as well as all the pretty bath supplies I was about to buy)
1×2 pine board
(This is for the feet, the length you need will depend on how wide you main plank board is. Example, my board was 12″ wide so I needed 24″ of 1″x2″ board to trim out the sides of my tray)
handles
(You don’t have to add handles to your tray but it’s a nice decorative touch. You can get simple drawer pulls at any hardware store or if you want something with a little more style, World Market, Hobby Lobby and Anthropologie are great places to look. I got mine at Anthropologie and linked them above)
jigsaw
wood glue
1 1/4″ finish nails
measuring tape
pencil
drill and drill bits (if you are adding handles)
paint color of your choice

Step 1: Measure the exact width of your plank board and cut 2 pieces of the 1×2 pine board to that length

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Step 2: Lay your pine board across the top of your bathtub, place one of the cut 1×2 pieces up against one side of the tub, flush with the edge of the pine board. Hold the pine board in place, hold a piece of 1×2 against the side of the tub (on the opposite side) then use a pencil the mark a cut line on the pine board. Cut the pine board along the cut line.
Step 3: Attach the 1×2 “feet” to the pine board, flush with the edges using wood glue and 1 1/4″ finish nails on the underside.

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Step 4: Drill holes for handles. Choose a drill bit that is just slightly larger than the screws on your handles. Choose the location for your handles, I placed mine so they would sit just inside the edge of the tub.

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Step 5: Paint in color of your choice and distress. I used Heirloom Traditions chalk paint in A La Mode then sanded the edges slightly with 150 grit sandpaper.
Step 6: place across your tub and add all your favorite bath supplies

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I’ve always loved Anthropologie but lately I’ve been extra obsessed with all their home décor, especially their candles and giftable items. I knew they had a cute little bath & body care area so I decided to look there to stock up on supplies for this project. The brands are a little spendier than say Target, however the packaging, quality and scents are incredible and well worth the money for this type of thing…in my opinion. Here are links to all the products I purchase…

Barr-Co Original Scent Bath Salts
Barr-Co Bubble Elixir
Mediterranean Sea Silk Sponge
Baudelaire Cedar Bath Brush
Voluspa Glass Maison Candle in Bourbon Vanille

Hope you enjoy your swanky spa space as much as I’m enjoying mine!

Room Makeover…My Master Bathroom Vanity

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Ok, ok…so it’s not an entire room makeover again…I haven’t gotten that far yet. But only because I haven’t gathered up the courage to re-tile my shower and bathtub just yet. Be patient…it will happen. This mini-makeover, again, happened by accident. I just can’t help myself! I decided just before going back to work that I wanted to get all the walls in my house painted, that it would make me feel like I accomplished a big project and like I was at least making some progress in this oh-so-slow DIY remodel process. So, I started painting away, one room at a time. Then I got to the master bathroom. As I was prepping the walls to paint I decided to take down the large plain contractor grade vanity mirror to paint behind it. Boy was this a huge pain in the you know what! That thing was heavy!! Since I wanted a better looking mirror in it’s place anyway, I decided to not put the old mirror back up and to just go find a new one. Easy enough. Except, then I wanted a new light fixture to replace the old copper one. And then I couldn’t stand the gold faucets and towel rings. You get the point…once I started, I couldn’t stop until the whole area was remodeled and redecorated. I know what you’re thinking, and yes, my husband knows I’m a DIY addict. I have yet to seek help.

So, here we go. Let’s start with the before picture…

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Isn’t she a beauty…man, this before and after thing is kind of embarrassing! So this is what I started with. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all bad. We do really like the grey marble counters in our bathroom, the problem is, they don’t really go with ANYTHING else in the room. Tan floor & bathtub tile, gold faucets, copper light fixtures and cabinet knobs and pea green walls…

I started with the colors in the marble and went from there. The taupe wall color that I was already using throughout the house was going to match the taupe lines in the marble perfectly and I love myself some brushed nickel fixtures right now so I continued with that in this room as well. First things first, I painted the walls and replaced the mirror and light fixture.

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 I used the same color paint as the entry way, Valspar Lyndhurst Timber from Lowes but for the bathroom I used a semi-gloss finish instead of a matte finish. The light fixture is Portfolio 4-Light Brushed Nickel Vanity Light from Lowes. The mirror is from Home Goods.

Next, I installed the new towel rings and faucets.

I used the towel ring and sink faucet from Moen’s Boardwalk collection at Lowes. I’m always that person who is a bit over-confident when I first start a DIY project, then, about halfway through, I tell myself I’m crazy for ever deciding to DIY my entire house and I want to sit on the floor and cry. And then I remember that you can find ANYTHING on the internet, including how to dismantle an old faucet! This was not the easiest thing I’ve ever done, mostly because the metal seemed a bit corroded on the inside which made getting the pieces apart a bit challenging. Have no fear though, once you get the old one out the hard part is over. The new faucets are so simple to install, you’ll think you should become a plumber. But don’t.

Next up, freshening up the cabinets.

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They were already painted white when I started, however, it was a pretty awful paint job. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to paint cabinets to freshen up a room but if you’re going to do it, take your time! Use a small paint brush and be delicate. Make sure your brush strokes follow the grain of the wood and don’t let the paint drip or pool. The goal is to make the cabinets look custom, not like a 4-year-olds art project.

I stripped the cabinets down, took off all the hardware, sanded off the old paint and started fresh. I know you can’t really tell from the photos, but trust me, this made a world of difference. Now, had the cabinets just been stained with a clear coat finish, I probably would’ve painted right over it without sanding (like I will soon do to my kitchen!! In my head, I was saying that while squealing like a little girl.) Once the painting was finished, I reattached the doors and drawers and added new knobs, allen + roth Brushed Nickel Square Knobs from Lowes.

Final step: decorate!

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I’m a bit obsessed with this little terrarium/vase that I found at Cost Plus World Market. It’s not originally what I set out looking for but I fell in love with it. The apothecary jars are from Pottery Barn, the PB Classic Glass Canister in small. I also got Ralph Lauren white hand towels from Marshalls for $5 each. The soap dispensers were a wedding gift, also from Pottery Barn, they do still carry them as part of the classic collection along with the apothecary jars.

And that’s that!

All in all, I spent about $500 on the mini-makeover. Pretty good, considering $200 of that was just for the faucets. Now to tackle the bathtub and shower tile!! Wish me luck and stay tuned for the full room makeover update!