Showing posts with label Bathroom. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bathroom. Show all posts

Jan 13, 2014

Organize It: Bathroom Closet

Happy Monday loves! Let's get this year started off on the right foot. Last week I shared with you all my hopes for a better 2014 and I'm making strides to keep my targets on track. One of the ways I am doing that is by starting small. Last year I focused a lot of energy on bigger projects like painting and remodeling that I often forgot the smaller areas of our home like the closets, cabinets and drawers. This year in preparation for a move that is coming soon I am bound and determined to get every square inch organized and functioning before tackling any major projects. In fact there are only a few "big" projects on our list before we move. After all we hope to keep the dollars in our pockets and out of the house we are leaving behind. So, I sat down a few weeks ago with a master list and jotted down every single project both big and small that needs to be done before we pack up and move out.

Since we aren't exactly sure when the move will be, I have to be prepared. That means a lot of organizing, purging, and down-sizing has to happen. And even if your not planning a big move spending the first part of the year creating a more happier and clutter free home will ensure a happy family all year long.

My personal plan is to start with smaller projects that only take a few minutes to an hour and knock those out quick. And since I'm a spur of the moment type gal I don't really ever plan my projects out, I usually find myself digging or looking for something and end up organizing or sifting through drawers and closets. Or in most cases when something gets out of hand and ends up spilling over the rim, like our bathroom closet, I usually find myself laying restless in bed thinking about cleaning and sorting. Yes, I am aware that may not be normal but hey I really love that I do that.


Friday I opened up the family's bathroom closet, which is mostly used to house our cleaning products and linens, and found this...

I immediately slammed the door and ran off to my happy place, which means I skedaddle into the pages of the January/February edition of HGTV magazine, and soon forgot the chaos happening behind door number one. But after a restless night of tossing and turning I started bright and early the next morning.


I ripped everything out of the closet. Yep...everything!

Yikes, what a mess! Random sets of sheets, cleaning product, and pet supplies came out. As you can tell by the bins and baskets I had once attempted to organize this space but failed horribly.

The closet is pretty much an empty hole in the wall. It has no shelves. I knew I needed some sort of shelving system. But in keeping with my other goals I shopped my house instead of heading out to the store. I recently purchased a new bookcase for my office but have yet to put it together. So I snatched the metal Ikea shelf, which the bookshelf will replace, and threw into the closet. You may remember this shelf from my craft closet clean out last year but since reclaiming my studio I don't have the need for the craft closet.


Once I had the shelf in place it was time to load everything back in. Well not everything. I organized the linens into the larger baskets on the very top shelf. I purged a great deal of missing sheet sets and baby blankets I no longer needed. Cleaners got a shelf of their own and the first aid box got cleaned out and put back in. I don't store medications in this box just swabs and alcohol type stuff.


Now that I had everything back in the closet in baskets and bins it was time to create some labels. The labels on the larger green baskets were made by simply designing them in Photoshop, printing, cutting, and laminating. Easy peasy, huh? But I wanted to try a different approach on labeling. I have always loved the look of chalkboard labels but every time I try to use them my handwriting ends up looking ratchet. For those of you who were blessed with beautiful handwriting I envy you. But writing with chalk or even chalk pens leave my chalkboard labels looking illegible. But I do love the look of them.

Enter my love of vinyl labels. With the help of my Silhouette Portrait once again I cut some vinyl labels for some mini chalkboards. I used pink to add some more color. The font I used was Sacramento. I made cut two labels, transferred them with contact paper, and voila, faux handwritten chalkboard labels. I'm giddy about them. I may have had the entire family jolt into the bathroom to gander at their marvelous beauty. I know it's the small things that amuse me. And if I ever need to change them I can just cut some new vinyl. And my Silhouette Portrait was used to cut the red cross for the first aid box as well. That was just too easy!


Of course once I finish organizing a space I have a tendency to keep making reasons to gawk at it. As I was jumping into the shower I just popped open the door...yep, for no reason other than to stare at the beautiful order of the closet. It's so awesome what you can accomplish in such a short time. Now when I go to move I can pretty much just grab the baskets and go.


Last year I joined a group called The Silhouette Challenge on Facebook. It's a group of crafting, scrapping, and several bloggers that work together to master the art of Silhouette using. It's been a Godsend this past year for all sorts of Silhouette issues good and bad. Last year, a group of bloggers from the group got together for a 12 projects in 12 months challenge. Each month we showcased one project on the blog and linked to each others as well. You can check out some of my past projects here...Canvas Date Art, Makeup Organizer, Gold Foil Art, Personal Birthday Gift.

Since starting the Facebook group, The Silhouette Challenge has grown tremendously. We now have over 30 bloggers participating and each month it grows. This year we are doing something a bit different. Each month a topic will be chosen and with that topic we will have to create something unique. I am really excited about it because it gives me the opportunity to try different things.

This month, for January, our topic was organization. Of course that's one of my strong points. And the first thing that comes to mind when I cross my Portrait and organization is labels of course. Faux handwritten chalkboard labels!

Now like I said we have over 30 blogs partaking in this month's challenge so I hope you are prepared for some more swoon worthy organizing goodness.

  1. DIY Window Shutter Mail Organizer by Weekend Craft
  2. Kids' Art Wall by Tried & True
  3. Organizing Silhouette and Craft Supplies by The Happier Homemaker
  4. Simple Recipe Organization by It's Always Craft Time
  5. Put a Label on it! Herb Names for Plant Stakes by Get Silvered
  6. Super Simple Linen Closet Labels by Two Purple Couches
  7. Beware of the Animals Vinyl Toy Box by A Tossed Salad Life
  8. Child desk accessories by Architecture of a Mom
  9. Organizing & the Important of Labels by The Turquoise Home
  10. Index Card Organizer for Easier Meal Planning by Chicken Scratch NY
  11. Create Craft Room Labels by Dragonfly & Lilypads
  12. Simple Storage Solution for your Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
  13. Organize this: DIY Planner Covers, Tags & Dividers (made with Cereal Boxes) by Black and White Obsession
  14. How to Make a Cut File into a Print & Cut by Create & Babble
  15. Simple Chest Freezer Organizational Board by Nearly Handmade
  16. Vinyl Your Kitchen Canisters! by From Wine to Whine
  17. Nursery Closet Dividers & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  18. Make Custom Box Templates with a Silhouette for Drawer Organization by One Dog Woof
  19. Organizing the Craft Room by What's Next Ma
  20. Vinyl Wall Calendar by Crafts Cakes and Cats
  21. Personalized Toy Storage Bins by Lil' Mrs. Tori
  22. Personalized Routine Chart by Work in Progress
  23. Blog Planner Sheet Dividers + Free Cut Files by TitiCrafty by Camila
  24. Simple Project Calendar by Little Blue's Room
  25. Dry Erase Photo Frame Menu Board + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  26. Receipt Organization with Free Cut File by The Thinking Closet
  27. Cute and Easy Labels by Life After Laundry
  28. "What's For Dinner?" Menu Planning Board by unOriginal Mom
  29. Mixing Organization and Function: An Easy Conversion Chart by My Paper Craze
  30. Why do my cookies taste so bad? A lesson in baking. by The Life and Times of a TAP
  31. Custom Drawer Dividers by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
  32. The evolution of my labeling system by feto soap
  33. Ikea Drawer labels by McCall Manor
  34. Glass Etched Vinegar  & Oil bottles by Terri Johnson Create
  35. Ombre Butterfly Magnet Board by Sowdering About
These projects are so A-mazing! Happy clicking and pinning of course!

Are you taking this month to get organized? What's your latest project? What's next? Have a Silhouette project to share?

Aug 20, 2013

A Bathroom to Love: A Long Journey

We have lived in our home for 4 years and over the past four years I have painted and renovated something in every room. Actually I have painted each room several different colors. It certainly is a process to find the perfect look you love. Our bathroom has been no exception to my DIYing journey. When we first moved in the bathroom contained white walls and builder grade hardware and cabinets. Within our first year here I removed the 70's box lighting and installed a more modern light fixture above the builder grade mirror. I also tried to repaint the cabinet a dark expresso. That look lasted until this year when I decided to give a more modern look to the space. Let's start with some pics so you can see the transformation for your self.

Remember this from here.

And we ended up with something like this...

Well I couldn't take it any longer the mirror had to go which in turn lead to all sorts of updates and then eventually lead to a whole new look.Which is something of great beauty. At least to me anyways.

I removed the contractor's mirror and found some lovely flowers. (It's black and white because the lighting was horrific.)

I also removed the handles and sanded the vanity again. When I painted it white (last year) and added polyurethane it turned yellow. So bye bye yellow vanity.

And bye bye wallpaper and holes.

Now things are looking brighter. Good thing I had left over paint (Benjamin Moore's Grey Huskie) from the first paint job. I painted the wall to match the rest of the bathroom. It was still wet here but once it dried it looked seemless with an exception of a tiny place or two. Hey, I'm not perfect!

Everything got an update and a little TLC. So let's take a look at the final look.

Well, what do you think? Lovely, right? I really like love it.

I added my white round mirror that I painted here. It's a little small for the vanity so I hope to come across a larger mirror with the same look. But for now I will keep it. I switched out the numbers and knob plaque for the original shelf (the one that was up when we moved in). I didn't like it at first but my taste has changed and I think it goes pretty well with the new look.

I used a Valspar Color Sample from Lowes. I had it tinted to match Eddie Baurer's Night Sky. I was able to do the entire vanity with one jar and it cost me $2.97.

I found this adorbale silk flower arrangment at the Goodwill for $1.99.

Can't go wrong with some homemade art and a simple candle vase painted with pink dots.

Total night to day change, right?


Mar 27, 2013

Bathroom: Adding Pretty Storage

Happy Hump-Day friends!! That's right it's the middle of the week already. I have been super busy preparing for Easter. I have been decorating for Spring and Easter all week and yesterday I took my three loves to a portrait session and had some beautiful spring photos made. Can't wait to share those!!

Anyways, I wanted to jump backwards a bit and hit a few more points in the bathroom. We left off with my poor attempt to frame a mirror. I jumped the gun caulk gun too quickly and left the large mirror surrounded by tiny molding and a reflective brown mess.

So enough about that...let's move around the room a bit to the space under the window. My bathroom is shaped particularly funny which leaves me a large space beside the toilet and under the window. I really wanted to add something there. Extra storage. I have tried storage on both walls and I prefer the space under the window so it sits adjacent to the door when you enter. Just "flows" better for me. :)

I started with an expensive bookshelf I found at Walmart for $15.00.

Just a plain shelf {I have had this one for awhile}. I removed the shelves and added some pretty vinyl to the back it's really bright and pretty and is the same paper I have used in the vanity drawers and cabinet.

I put the shelves back in and added in my bathroom accessories. Extra toiletries, bath toys, and towels were just a few things that needed a pretty home. I played around with the look for a few days until I got it right {it will probably change again and again}.

I just love these bright green weave baskets from Target. I orginally purchased them for the playroom but they didn't work in there so they have been all over the house. I really like their color in the bathroom...against the yellow..yes!

I added in some decorative accessories to give the space some additional color. I picked these birdies up at Michael's for $8.00. I moved in some colorful books and a box that was a gift to house female products. I love the "Springyness" of it all. The colors are so bright and light.

Colorful and functional. Win win! 

There are so many ways to spruce up cheap inexpensive pieces of furniture. Adding vinyl to a bookshelf is easy and mess free. I love the detail it brings in. Have you ever added pretty paper or painted the back of a bookshelf? Is anyone else still working on their bathroom? Do you have a pretty storage solution to share?

If you  have a pretty space, DIY, organization solution, kid activity, or just a FIY to share please email me at!!!

Mar 21, 2013

Bathroom: Epic Fail on Framing a Mirror

It still amazes me how a coat of paint and some elbow grease can transform a not so pretty room into beautiful space. After painting the bathroom walls and vanity I was already starting to see how the space would eventually come together. But as anyone that hearts decorating or organizing they know it's the smaller pieces that complete the look and feel of a room.

So after I allowed the walls, trim, and vanity to dry and cure I immediately got to work on completing this space. I wanted to frame the mirror in some chunky molding to get rid of the builder grade feel and make it a more decorative piece. I found several tutorials on Pinterest and the www on how to frame a mirror. The majority of the tutorials I found had one thing in common, liquid nails. So I ultimately jumped the gun on this frame job and pulled out my Mirror's Edge molding {picked up at the Habitat Restore for $8.00} that I had been saving for a year and slabbed on some liquid nails and stuck it to my mirror. What a nightmare!!!
The mirror reflected the almond colored adhesive. So I made the decision to layer in some other pieces of molding and try to "chunk it up" and hide the glue.

I really thought I could make something work here. But I'm just not happy with it. Sometimes you win and other don't. I have started looking around at other options. I really like the size of the existing mirror. Maybe I can rip the glued pieces off and start over. But, for now I have left it like this. I need some inspiration. I need options.

I really like this quatrefoil mirror. It's a modern a bold piece. I'm still debating. I want something that matches the hardware that I chose on the vanity.

I like the dark color frame and the dark metal handles. I think it adds a bit of contrast to the white and grey. Well I'm off to contemplate my mirror situation.

What do you think I should do? Start over and frame the existing mirror or go with the modern quatrefoil mirror?

Mar 19, 2013

Bathroom: The Start of Something Fresh

We have one full bath in our home so needless to say it suffers a lot. Showers, baths, kids, and guest is just the start of what really goes on. It's mom's place to relax, dad's place to shave and shower, and three little one's place to dirty up, bubble up, and drench everything during bath time. I'm not exaggerating when I say this bathroom takes a beating. A few weeks ago I started sprucing it up. I couldn't take the lack of storage and the dated design any longer. It was time our loo be shown some love. I started with my list.
  • paint the walls grey {Benjamin Moores- Grey Huskie}
  • paint the vanity white {ONE- in basic white}
  • add hardward to the vanity
  • frame the mirror
  • add some storage for our bathroom basics
  • pretty up the vanity drawers 
  • new shower curtain
  • new window treatment
  • new towel/robe hooks
  • organize linen closet
This room was really dated when I started. A less than builder-grade vanity and white/creamy walls were an eye sore.

First things first. PAINT! I jumped in headfirst with my rollers and paint. I have really grown a likin' to the modern grey tones that you see everywhere.

I am in absolute love with the contrast between the trim and the walls. Thanks to Frogtape I was able to keep professional looking lines all around.

Yes, still a mess but it's getting there. I am really happy with the grey. At first I thought it had a purple undertone but once it was completely dry I was smitten. And once again the new white on the vanity pops so well with the grey.

And you know me...back to the list...
  • paint the walls grey {Benjamin Moores- Grey Huskie}
  • paint the vanity white {ONE- in basic white}
  • add hardward to the vanity
  • frame the mirror
  • add some storage for our bathroom basics
  • pretty up the vanity drawers 
  • new shower curtain
  • new window treatment
  • new towel/robe hooks
  • organize linen closet

 Stay tuned for more progress.

What weekend projects are you tackling? Anyone have any great bathroom makeovers?

Mar 4, 2013

Mood Board: Elegant Country Spa

I worked all weekend on my bathroom. I know I still haven't finished my kitchen yet but I like to hop around from room to room. Today I had the pleasure of completing a mood board for a client in search of a spa like retreat in her Victorian era home. Here is what I came up with..hope she likes it.

Mood boards are like visual shopping list for interior designing. They allow the room together before the shopping and painting even begin.  With a formal layout my clients also receive a detailed list of items, paints, and fabrics. I also include a "Do It Yourself" guide which details certain projects that can be handmade on the cheap.

Interested in getting a mood board? Click here.
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