A quick and easy bathroom room refresh

A quick and easy bathroom room refresh

Room refresh

We are on a constant mission around here to add some character to our builder grade, blank slate house. We want to do some major remodeling to our bathroom, but like most people, we have other expenses and have to do a little at a time.

Our bathrooms were very drab and builder grade. Here is a look at our bathroom before we started.

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You can’t see it that well, but behind our toilet is the standard towel rack.

We’ve had these Allen + Roth mirrors sitting in our garage floor since Christmas.

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We had a friend from church over to help us move a piano, and he graciously agreed to help take down the plate glass mirror we used to have. While the mirror was down, I patched holes in the wall, sanded, and painted the wall. We then put up these two mirrors we purchased with a gift card at Christmas time.

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Next, my brother in law took down our cheap, builder grade vanity lights and installed these Allen + Roth barn lights.

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Here’s a picture with the lights off so you can see them a bit better. Don’t you just love that detail?

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We then changed out the standard nickel drawer pulls and cabinet knobs in favor of rubbed oil bronze hardware that would match the lights. We also changed out the toilet paper rack and towel racks so they would match as well.

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I then recreated my pipe and board shelves from the other bathroom. I’m not 100% satisfied with how they’re decorated, and am currently looking for the perfect typographical art to complete them. Big surprise, right?

Let’s take a look at that before and after again.

Before:

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After:

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Ignore my tiny photo bomber.

We are not yet finished. Our to-do list looks a little like this:

Replace large mirror with two smaller framed ones 

Replace builder grade vanity lights with barn style lights 

Replace cabinet and drawer pulls 

Replace towel bars and toilet paper rack with bronze hardware 

Install pipe shelves behind toilet 

Replace toilet

Replace faucets with bronze faucets

Replace flooring with hex tile or ceramic “wood-look” flooring

Replace bath tub

Install tile tub surround

Stain vanity

 

As you can see, we still have quite a few bathroom projects left before we are finished, and most of them are expensive! That is why we are doing this a little at a time.

Have you ever remodeled a room a little at a time? How did you do it? How did you prioritize your projects?

Comment and share below!

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Make it Monday: How to make a farmhouse wooden planter box

Make it Monday: How to make a farmhouse wooden planter box

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I tried a thing, and it didn’t work. I tried to build some box shelves for my bathroom, but I really wasn’t getting the desired result. So instead of wasting $40 I spent on lumber, I decided to repurpose it. I used two boards to make pipe shelves in our bathrooms (which I will show you soon), but then I had all these other boards.

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I have been crushing on those simple stained wood planters that people use as centerpieces, and fill with all sorts of seasonal goodies. So I decided to give it a go.

To make a planter box, you will need:

1 1X6 board, at 34 inches long

2 1X4 boards, at 36 inches long

2 1×4 boards cut at 6 inches long

Wood screws

Drill bits and drill

Screwdriver/ phillips drill head for power drill

Wood glue

Wood stain in your desired color. I chose Minwax Dark Walnut

 

My first step was to lay out my materials and make sure I had everything I needed.

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I then began attaching my 36 inch 1X4s to the sides of the 1X6 board. This will create a box with open sides.

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Next, I closed in the open sides with the two six-inch 1×4 boards.

If you have any nicks, holes, or splits, you can fill them in with wood filler. I wanted a rustic look, so I didn’t fill in a lot of the holes. I wanted it to be a little beat up.

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Next, I stained my little planter box. I used Minwax Dark Walnut and I applied two coats, with 24 hours drying time between the coats of stain.

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After letting my box dry completely, I discovered it was the perfect length and width for my dining table.

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I filled it with boxwood plants, green hydrangeas, boxwood spheres and green apples.

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And then I hit up Pinterest to drool over all the pretty ways people decorate these wooden planter boxes.

Take a gander:

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Decor Innovation

How cute is this planter with the white mason jars and greenery? So simple and so pretty!! I may steal this idea for my own home.

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Must Love Home

Here is a cute Christmas idea that you could use all winter long. I love the icy branches and pine cones up against the wood stain.

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The North End Loft

Here’s another super cute Christmas/Winter idea. Those candles and red berries are too cute.

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The Idea Room

Since fall is right around the corner, I thought I’d share this beauty. I love the candles, the berries, the pumpkins…I love everything about it.

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Here is a great spring or summer idea…are you noticing a pattern here? Florals, filler, and candles. Doesn’t get any better than that.

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…Unless you put fresh blooms in it, of course. Isn’t this pretty?

 

If you make a farmhouse wooden planter box, what will you put in it? Comment below and share with me!

Make it Monday: an easy summer wreath

Make it Monday: an easy summer wreath

I found these beautiful hydrangea blooms at Hobby Lobby. I wasn’t going to buy them, but they were so pretty I had to have them.

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I knew I needed a new wreath for my back door, so I decided to buy an oval grapevine wreath.

I also grabbed some ribbon from my craft cabinet and got to work. I simply cut the stems from the flowers, put the flowers into the wreath and arranged them as I liked. I then added a little hot glue to the backs of the blooms and tied a bow from my ribbon. I attached this to the top.

I was satisfied with the wreath when I finished it. And if you’re wondering how realistic the flowers are?

This sweet butterfly was surprised, too!

This wreath was easy and fun to make. Have you made any wreaths lately?

DIY Typographical art and how you can make it!

DIY Typographical art and how you can make it!

If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know about my obsession with typographical art. I’m also just a tiny bit obsessed with monogrammed things.

I recently used the Weddingchics website to print this monogram on a burlap sheet.

You can buy the burlap sheets at Walmart in packs of four for $5. The Weddingchics monogram download is free but copyrighted. It is available to you for personal use, though.

Did you know you can use your word processor to create a simple monogram that looks high end and elegant? I used several different fonts to get the look I wanted.

The letter B and the name “Boone” are in the Century Gothic font, with two lines drawn above and below the name. This font came free with my word processing software. The year “2009” is written in Bradley Hand, which was also already on our computer. The word “established” is in Brusher font, which I downloaded from freefonts.com.

I already had the frame so this project cost me absolutely nothing. I love a good free project!

Have a wonderful week! Here’s a look at what we are sharing this week on Organized and Simplified:

Wednesday: stenciled bookshelf backs

Friday: Repurposing pool noodles

Saturday: giveaway: $25 Amazon gift card!!

Sunday: Scripture Sunday

Decorating tips and tricks: decorating with botanical prints- a Pinterest roundup

Botanical prints have long been a decorating staple, but due to the popularity of Joanna Gaines and HGTV’s Fixer Upper, their popularity has skyrocketed.

Botanical prints are a classic and simple way to decorate an empty wall, and you can use them in almost every room. We have a grouping of botanical prints in our dining room:

Here is a roundup of some of my favorite botanical wall decor from Pinterest.

This entry way from Bless’r House is simple, airy and beautiful. The simplicity of the botanical gallery wall only adds to the cozy and inviting feeling this room gives.

This French country inspired room at Hadley Court looks timeless and traditional without looking dated or stuffy.

How about this bathroom with these foliage prints on DecorPad? I like how they add just a subtle pop of color to this neutral bathroom.

This rustic farmhouse bedroom is plenty charming, but even more so due to the sweet botanical gallery above the bed.

Botanical galleries can be used in any room of your home, and they are readily available all over Pinterest for free! Just search “free botanical prints” and you can find whatever you need.

Where will you display your botanical prints?

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, we will resume regular posting schedule on Wednesday, May 30. Thank you, and have a wonderful weekend!

Make something Monday: Spanish moss topiaries

Make something Monday: Spanish moss topiaries

I really like the look of moss topiaries but I don’t like how much they cost. Thankfully, you can DIY them pretty cheaply.

I went to “blue big box store that starts with a ‘w'” and bought the things you see above. I also collected two sticks from my yard (not pictured).

I then painted the outside of the terra cotta pots with white chalk paint.

I painted them on the inside, too.

Then I glued a little styrofoam ball to the bottom of the pot and shoved one of the sticks from the yard into it. This forms your topiary base.

I covered the “base” by gluing Spanish moss to it until it was well covered.

I then took two more styrofoam balls, glued Spanish moss to them, and attached them to the top of the sticks.

There you have it. Two farmhouse inspired moss topiaries for less than $20.

Cheap, easy and cute- my favorite type of craft.

Have a great week!

Creating a DIY Rustic Coat Rack

Creating a DIY Rustic Coat Rack

We had an awkward blank wall in our bedroom that was just begging for some rustic charm. I thought about buying a coat rack, but I couldn’t find what I wanted at the right price.

Then I found these super cute drawer knobs at Hobby Lobby. I loved the detail and “antique” look of them.

I immediately knew that I wanted to use them. I went to the garage and grabbed a scrap board. I stained it using Minwax Mohogany.

I then measured the board and marked where I wanted the knobs to go. Next, I drilled the holes.

I then inserted the knobs and screwed the bolts and washers to the board.

Now I no longer have an awkward, empty space, and a handy, cute new place to hang clothes.

What rustic DIY projects have you done lately?