Bathroom Revamp – Part 2

Hi again! I just wanted to point out that even though this stain has its “toxic qualities”, it is still a green makeover. Since I am reusing my same cabinet (preventing it from going into the landfill), I am reducing trash, and saving money!

Ok, Ok… I know, you just want to see my DIY handiwork…

Are you on the edge of your seats?? I know all you really want is to see the before and after, so here it is, my bathroom cabinet staining project before & after!

Before & After

Before & After

Now… if you are interested in seeing how it was done, start-to-finish (and how bad it looked before it got to this…), keep reading!

Here are a few before photos…

Cabinet before staining project

Cabinet before staining project

Side of cabinet before project

Side of cabinet before project

My first step was to lay down painter’s paper & use painter’s tape to tape it to the floor, wall, and counter. Then I took all the drawers & doors off.

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I brought the doors and drawers into the basement, where I had laid out card tables, then covered them with a plastic sheet. I washed each door & drawer face with a little bit of original Dawn dish soap & water, rinsed them off, dried them really good and laid them on the plastic covered tables.

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Image-1-2Next I did my first light coat on the cabinet, I started in the bathroom, then did all the drawers & doors in the basement. I wore a pair of vinyl gloves & used an old sock to wipe the stain on the wood. It worked great, but looked awful!! Honestly, if I hadn’t been warned from the other two women’s blogs, I would have been freaking out! Pretty orange, right??

First Coat

First Coat

First Coat

First Coat

First Coat

First Coat

After that I waited 12 hours (probably a little more given the time of day I did the first coat), then came time for the second coat…. looking less orange, and more cherry-ish and possibly more streaky? Ahhhh… freaking out a little bit…

Second Coat

Second Coat

Second Coat

Second Coat

Ok… now we wait 24 hours….then I can do my third (and, according to the other blogs, final coat!)… Looking MUCH more like a deep Georgian Cherry color, but maybe a bit streaky? Well, maybe they will be fine… they need 3 days to dry… so we take Bubs up north for a long weekend… we come home and this is what it looks like….

Third Coat

Third Coat

Third Coat - Are those STREAKS?

Third Coat – Are those STREAKS?

I see some streaks still… FREAK OUT time… What to do, what to do??? Ok… I think to myself “Don’t Panic”, even though I am already panicking…. none of my test doors turned out this way… OMG… what do I do now?? So I decide, I will just do a fourth coat, it can’t hurt, can it?

Fourth Coat

Fourth Coat

Fourth Coat

Fourth Coat

Of course I had to give them 3 more days to dry… but, luckily only the doors and a few drawers needed a fourth coat. They look GREAT now!

Now time to do 2 coats of Polyurethane. I didn’t take pictures, since it looks the same with & without the poly. I did one coat, waited a day, and then did the second coat. I waited a few days after the second coat to put it all back together, just incase somewhere was still slightly wet. Here is the FINAL product!!

Finished!

Finished!

Finished!

Finished!

Finished!

Finished!

Finished!

Finished!

Finished!

Finished!

Doesn’t it look FANTASTIC??!!! I just LOVE the results and now I have MUCH more confidence to do the kitchen! Now to just find the time to do it….

Supply List

1)Painter’s Paper

2)Painter’s Tape

3) Painter’s Pyramids (2 packs)

4) General Finishes Gel Stain in Georgian Cherry

5) Old towels & rags

6) Vinyl gloves (many pairs)

7) Old socks (I think I used 5)

Some things I realized after the fact,

1) I probably was much more nervous staining the cabinet than test doors, so I was going SUPER light with the stain

2) The house may have been too humid for the stain to dry as quickly as I would have liked, causing more streaks

3) Maybe winter really is a better time to do this project, since the heat is on!

4) It really is not HARD work, but it takes a LONG time… all-in-all, it took me 3 weeks… had I not had to do a fourth coat, and wait 3 days (again) for it to dry before applying the poly, it would have been quite a bit less time.

Well, what do you think? Have I inspired you to stain your cabinets?? 🙂

Bathroom Revamp – Part 1

This was our bathroom when we bought our house, pretty plain, and honestly… kind of a pukey color on the wall. I could not wait to redo it!

Bathroom Before Revamp

Bathroom Before Revamp

After we got married I figured it was time to redo it! We had registered for a new shower curtain, new rugs, new towels, and a new bathroom shelf, so our costs would be low for the revamp. It started as a small project (As it seems, all home improvement projects start…), just some paint, new shower curtain rod, load in our wedding gifts…

After paint, shelf, & textiles

After paint, shelf, & textiles

and new faucets, new window blinds… then we thought “How about new mirrors?”… and a new medicine cabinet…The further we got into the revamp, the more ideas AND issues we came across…

New medicine cabinet, blinds & glass shelves

New medicine cabinet, blinds & glass shelves

The faucets we chose (and had already ordered) did not fit our countertop. That’s when we found out that our countertop was cut to fit the cabinet… and the cabinet, that was cut to fit into the bathroom… by this point it was too late to return the faucets… what to do, what to do… well, we decided to order a new Corian countertop, one that was a color we wanted, with the faucet holes in the correct spot, and custom designed to fit our cabinet. When we realized we would be ordering a new countertop, we thought we might as well look at cabinets too… what we found out was they all cost about $500-$1,000 and were no better than the one we already had! We decided to just keep what we had and save the money.

New faucet & countertop

New faucet & countertop

New Corian countertop & mirrors

New Corian countertop & mirrors

Fast forward two years, as I was cruising around Pinterest I found a pin about staining your “builder’s grade” cabinetry with a gel stain. The woman’s blog I found had actually copied another woman’s blog. I read both blog posts and decided I wanted to redo our kitchen cupboards. We had recently had a kitchen cupboard modified to fit our new above-range-microwave, so I had two cabinet doors to play around with. I decided to test out the gel stain. The two blogs both used the Java color stain, so that is what I tried too… here is my Java test door…

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Java Stain

I really liked it, but realized it would be a huge project and with an infant in the house I wasn’t sure I wanted all those chemicals in the air, I figured I would wait until Bubs was older and it was warm enough to do most of the staining outside.

Fast Forward about 6 more months…

Scott & I thought that maybe the Java color was too dark, so I ordered a pint of the Georgian Cherry color. My parents had a left over cabinet door so I tested it on that one… here is my Georgian Cherry test door…

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Georgian Cherry Stain

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Georgian Cherry Stain

WE LOVED the outcome of the Georgian Cherry!! I decided I was ready to do our kitchen… but then I got nervous…. so I opted to stain the bathroom cabinet instead!

Stay tuned….

Trash to Toddler Treasure

Can you believe someone was throwing this out?? Luckily my mom saw it by the curb and “rescued” it! (Now do you see where I get my ideas to reuse things?? LOL) What’s even funnier? Imagining my mom driving up to someone’s house & picking this out of their trash!

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Bubs is one lucky little boy! Nana wanted her only grandson to have a kitchen to play with and what better way to get one than for free!?

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So, when this kitchen showed up at my house, it was pretty disgusting… lucky for Bubs, his Momma is a bit of an OCD cleaner… as I posted before, I prefer to use green cleaners, I like to make my own, and I love to use vinegar to clean with. All of that being said, there are just some things in life that need to be cleaned with bleach. This kitchen is one of those things.

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So while Bubs napped one day, I carried this gross thing into my basement laundry room, then I scrubbed and scrubbed this little kitchen, rinsed it with a wet rag and then carried it outside to hose it down.

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Wow! What an improvement!!

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I dried it off, brought it back into the basement and set it up, so when Bubs woke up from his nap, I could show him his new kitchen. He LOVED it!!!

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I am so glad my mom was able to prevent this “vintage” play kitchen, actually called the Little Tikes Party Kitchen, from going to the landfill! I know Bubs loves his new kitchen and I love that we got it for free ! I think next summer it will go outside for him to play with (which I am assuming is where it came from, since it was THAT dirty!).

Do you have any treasures you found in someone else’s trash?

Bubba’s First Birthday

I can not believe my baby is one year old already! Where did the last year go?? Of course the first birthday party always has to be a big deal, so I spent probably 2 months planning it! Bubba loves the water and loves his sea creature bath toys, so I chose to do an “Under The Sea” theme for the party!

Sea Creature Bath Toys

Sea Creature Bath Toys

I made the invitations and mailed them out, then was explaining the invites to a friend, she told me she had some decorations leftover from her son’s baptism party. It just so happened that the colors she used and the colors I chose were the same, so she let me borrow her decorations!

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Reused Poof Balls

Reused Poof Balls

Although I reused some of my friend’s party decorations, Bubba’s party wasn’t exactly green. I ordered paper plates, cups and napkins that I found online that had sea creatures on them! Paper products just seemed easier for a child’s birthday party, that was held outside. I also made a paper banner for the wall and one for his highchair! We did use our real silverware, real glasses for the “Adult beverages” and real dishes for the food buffet.

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I made the cake myself, it didn’t turn out as great as I hoped (I tried to achieve the same Ombre effect that I did on his cake for his cake smash photoshoot, but it just didn’t come out as nice), but it was cute and tasted great (which is all that really matters, right?)! I even made candy sea creatures to use on the cake!

DSC_3333We didn’t have a huge party, just family, but all-in-all it was a perfect day!

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Family photo

When you plan a party, do you go for what’s easy or do you try to stay green?

Planning for a Green Baby – Nursery Wall Decor

Hello again,

Like I promised, I am trying to keep up on my posts!!

When it came to decorating the walls in the nursery, I wanted to do it myself! The hubby didn’t want a “Baby-ish” decor, and he didn’t like the wall decals, so I got creative! We decided to do shapes, colors and numbers, that didn’t scream “BABY”, but still showed that it was a kids room. I made three canvases, one with letters, one with shapes and one with numbers. I bought 10 x 10 canvas wrapped frames, I then picked fabric I thought would complement the nursery and wrapped the fabric around the frames, using a staple gun, I stapled the fabric on. I then used my Cricut cutter to cut the letters “A”, “B”, “C”, numbers “1”, “2”, “3” and a square, triangle, star and heart. I then made the cutouts into stickers, then stuck them on the fabric.

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After getting them placed right where I wanted them, I went outside and spray painted the whole canvas. After 2 coats of spray paint (and about a weeks time, since I had to spray paint “weather permitting”), I pealed off the cutouts, and this is what I got!

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I have them hanging above the changing table/dresser. Originally I had them hanging pretty low, so Bubba could see them from his changing pad. As he has gotten older & bigger he has realized he can reach them AND knock them off the wall…. so they had to be re-hung at a higher level!!

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For above the crib I wanted to add Austin’s name, I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to do it while pregnant and couldn’t ask anyone for ideas either, because we didn’t share his name until he was born! I knew I wanted to use fabric. I had a bunch of scraps left over from a baby quilt I made a friend, and they happened to match Austin’s nursery perfectly! This is what I came up with…

DSC_1278I bought plain letters at Hobby Lobby and painted them white (with non-toxic white paint), I bought 6 10×10 canvases at Hobby Lobby, used my scrap fabric to cover them, stapled them using a staple gun, then glued the letters onto the fabric (Again, with non-toxic craft glue). I was originally worried that the letters might come off, but I couldn’t even pull them off after the glue dried! I think it turned out great, and my husband LOVED the outcome! (Always a plus!)

For the corner of the room with the rocking chair, I wanted to make a “library” of kids books.  One reason was for decoration, and the other was for use! We have books that were ours as kids and books that people bought us for Austin! I found these awesome shelves at Ikea (after looking EVERYWHERE else first…)… Ikea RIBBA, I bought 3 and had my dad hang them (since by that point, I didn’t need to be climbing a ladder!)

DSC_1276I wanted to add something to the other side of the window, just some small simple shelves for knick-knacks. I had a hard time finding corner shelves that were small enough for the space, but eventually found them at Home Depot! I think they look great, and add a little extra storage space.

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I had so much fun designing the wall decor for this room!

Is there a room in your home that you spent extra time & attention designing?

Creative Ways to Reuse an Everyday Piece of “Trash”

Do you know what this is?

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I think it is safe to say most people over the age of 3 know what this is! An empty toilet paper roll, of course!

How many of these do you go through in your house in a day? Week? Or your office? If you sit and think about it, its amazing how many of these little rolls are used each day, and then, gasp!, tossed in the trash! Personally, we recycle ours, but thats at home, I am sure they are tossed at work. I have even considered taking them home from the office to recycle (I know… I am a bit of a green freak!), but I don’t know how to get them off the holder! Sounds like a ridiculous problem, but it has some sort of lock on it, which, apparently you can use a paper clip to unlock? I don’t get it!

Anyway… back to the toilet paper roll! There are MANY ways to keep these out of the landfills! Of course, you can recycle them, like we do here, or you can make art with them? Really?? If you haven’t jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon, do it now! It is amazing, and I am a bit obsessed! I have found so many amazing ideas for reusing household items, but more on that later, lets focus on the toilet paper roll.

Here are just a few of the amazing things you can do with this little cardboard roll…

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tp wrappingI use this one, it works great! Just use strong tape, or the TP rolls spring off the wrapping paper rolls!

I started saving rolls, creating a stock-pile, so I could try out the wrought iron design… but Scott threw them in the recycling bin. He doesn’t always “get” my creative ideas, he likes to throw everything away (or in the recycling), but more on that later!

As you can see, the ideas are endless! Who would have known that you could use such a boring, mundane, everyday piece of “trash” to create such cool things?!

Have you tried any of these designs? Or do you have another way you reuse them in your house??