I posted this specifically for Easter, but I honestly feel like it could really work for spring as well or even just to bring in some happy colors. The thing I want you to know is that you don’t have to have a huge budget or go out and buy new things! Go look around your house and see things with new eyes and ask yourself if you can use it, is it pretty, or does it bring in colors that you want. The only thing I bought in these pictures is the candy and flowers. I am a huge fan of just mixing and matching. If it’s pretty, I’ll use it, I’m not picky about matching things because I try hard to get my kids involved and I don’t want to be paranoid that they will break something. So while the goblets are antiques and from a family member (and I will trade theirs out for something less precious) and the cloche stands were a gift, the rest is just thrift store scores.
Once again I have challenged myself to do the One Room Challenge in hopes that I will get it done sooner. I don’t have any sponsors (again) so I am actually just trying to use what I already have and a lot of elbow grease.
We have 3 main big things that we are focused on and that is:
1.The floor. We already pulled up all of the linoleum tiles, but still have the glue.
2.The closet. It needs another rod and shelves and has pipes that we are going to have to deal with. We plan on it being white.
3. And the main wall where we are going to put up board and batten. Which we are probably going to paint white. There is alot of wood in this room but we really don’t want to paint this room at all. But we’ll see what the future holds.
We actually need a guest room and a space for all The Boy’s stuff like clothes and toys, but he will still sleep in our room for a little longer. I am going to post pics, but you have to keep in mind this used to be called The Room of Shame because it stored EVERYTHING we didn’t have room for, or things we just didn’t want to deal with at the moment, and all the kids’ crafts. So be gentle with your thoughts! It was a room we never even touched!
We cleared everything out, and I’m installing the closet rod in the closet tomorrow. And I’m taking the white shelf down from above the closet. We also need to figure out a better storage system above the door where that hideous piece of old plywood is. And of course different lighting.
I love this time of year. The natural world is trying to turn green and come out of winters long deep sleep but only allows a few precious peeks here and there because winter is not done yet and every thing buried seems to know that. I love being able to open the doors to let in fresh air and warm sunlight into my cold, dark cabin. Then I can’t help but pull out a few things that reflect what is going on outside….
I love thrifting because you can find such unique, pretty, crazy, treasures and put them together to create something magical. I love using old things and wondering what their stories are. I love letting my kids help me set things up and if something breaks; while crushing, it probably cost next to nothing.
I invite you to try thrifting for something unusual or something you don’t think you would use and see how well everything can get along. Here are a couple of examples of my Spring table decor that is 95% thrifted. Oh! And candy! You can never go wrong with colorful cheap candy in pretty containers! The hardest part will be keeping it full! I hope you enjoyed this post and are loving your Spring, whatever it looks like.
Happy Friday! I wanted to do a little FBF today and share some of my bathroom pics before we renovated it. I still can’t believe how it looked before!
We ripped up 4 layers of flooring, added a shower which made our window smaller, put in radiant heating, a fan, painted, and replaced everything else. We did everything white because with the smaller window it ended up being even darker. We installed and designed everything ourselves but left the plumbing and electrical to the pros.
The only thing we kept was the medicine cabinet because I liked how it looked and it was hard to find a replacement.
We also need to change the vanity leg because this one just isn’t big or sturdy enough. It will just be a square rustic post.
Christmas is my favorite holiday as far as decorating. I love the greens, silver, gold, and creams we use to transform our home. I’m neutral lover at heart, and of course gold is a neutral.
I love mixing the rustic with refined, light and dark, and a little bit of the unexpected. Almost everything in my home is thrifted or second hand and I love that. I love this crazy, cozy, cabin cottage….
It seems that when fall comes around things slow down, my projects are fewer, I actually feel like sitting to blog, and we aren’t running around trying to do as many activities as we can. We enjoy stews and soups, baking with pumpkin of course, hot chocolate, and still eating outside even though we might need blankets.
Less than a week away to the reveal and there are so many amazing spaces coming together here
I am going to give you some advice now. If you are thinking of doing tile on your own, my words if wisdom: don’t do it. Tile is not easy like paint, sheet rocking, or trim. All of those you can easily redo if you screw up. Tile on the other hand is HARD to redo and even if you don’t have to redo it aesthetically there is so much that can go wrong in the prep work. My husband does tile for a living and he gets calls for repairs and fixes more than anything and that’s even when the pros have installed it. If you decide you are ballsy and can do this, at least get a buddy who knows about or has done tile to help you. There’s nothing worse than investing in expensive tile and then having to rip it out. Ok moving on…
As far as our progress, could be better. We still don’t have lighting and the vanity. I don’t really want to rush the vanity because it’s marble and we are doing it ourselves. Plus my husband needs special tools to do it so we will be waiting on them. I feel like everything after that is optional or pretty.
My husband has to finish the floor this weekend and then the grouting. I still need to get the paint and find the perfect mirror because ‘the one’ hasn’t showed up. Still need a door and casing. Obviously it’s not a hard thing to find, just time consuming.
The subway tile though. I never thought I could love tile so much! It’s so clean and bright!
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My favorite lighting so far:
Getting my act together these days!
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There are amazing transformations going on, don’t miss them!
As for us, tile is going in since prep work is done. We picked out a piece of marble for the sink at a granite/marble junkyard, yeah that was crazy, but we still have to cut and polish it. We have all the fixures, sink, etc. but no light fixtures yet.
I am loving the bigger subway tile so far! And a tiny sneak peek of the marble flooring!
My husband is doing more tile tomorrow hopefully all day and that should get it done but I still don’t know if we are going to make it in time.
Be sure to check out all the other inspiring transformations!
I don’t have a lot of furniture because we used to move every two years and it was so hard to move big pieces all the time. Now that we are in our house and hopefully will be here longer, I have gotten a lot more pieces. Since my taste changes, I like to thrift them because
1. It’s way cheaper
2. Better construction (if you buy older, solid wood pieces like I do)
3. Easy to change the look if you change your mind.
So every piece of furniture I have is thrifted. Except for a tiny little table I got at IKEA. But I chalk painted that too. Obviously they start out hideous because old furniture usually is. This is why I like to use chalk paint. I don’t know how safe it is to sand certain pieces of old furniture so it’s nice to have the option of not having to sand. And chalk paint transforms them to a wonderful Cinderella-at-the-ball kind of beautiful. I get so many compliments on them and let people think I slaved like Cinderella pre-ball on them.
I actually never intended my furniture to match each other but they do! So my hutch, bench, and dining room table are all different colors and paints. I will do a post my table soon because it ISN’T chalk paint.