DIY Entertainment Center (without building a thing!)

When we moved into our house a year ago, I realized we would need a better solution to fill this large wall in our living room.  A small TV stand wasn’t going to cut it.   I needed an entertainment center with some shelves so the space wouldn’t look so barren.

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I looked at several media centers in furniture stores but they just weren’t my style and most were a few thousand dollars.   I needed a sleek, inexpensive solution to fill a large amount of wall space.

At one of the furniture stores, I stumbled upon this dresser in the “scratch and dent” section of the store.  At the time I purchased the dresser, it went on clearance for $300, less than half the original price!  It had a few scratches and one broken knob – I figured I’ve rehabed much worse!

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I realized I would need something on each end so I found these shelves at Target.  I liked the way the molding and the legs were very similar to those on the dresser.

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I have a deck of Behr paint swatches and found the color that best matched the white of the dresser.  Who knew there could be so many shades of white?!  I used that paint to touch up the scratches on the dresser and also paint the shelves.  (I used Zinsser Bullseye 123 Primer before painting since the shelves were so dark.)  This picture gives you an idea of what the shelves looked like with just one coat of primer.  It really made all the difference!

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To help the bookcases and dresser to coordinate, I bought new knobs for both pieces.  I spray painted the existing dresser pulls and new knobs in Rustoleum Universal in Iron Rubbed Bronze.

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The back of the bookcases was laminate and it was pretty obvious because of the big seam down the middle.  I decided to cover the backs in bead board wallpaper to give it added texture and character.

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If you haven’t used Martha Stewart’s bead board wallpaper, it’s a pretty great product.  It looks identical to bead board and is very easy to install and paint.  I wouldn’t recommend it for super high-traffic areas like a mudroom by an entry door, but it is excellent anywhere else.  (There’s a bead board wallpaper tutorial to come!)

I decided to paint the wallpaper in Behr Sonata, the same color as the backing of my China Cabinet.  This color coordinates really well with navy and it’s one of my favorites!media-center-after

Next I had to decide how to fill my new shelves!  The nice thing about bookcases is that you can easily change the feel of a room by how you accessorize them.

Now I guess I have more of a traditional, nautical feel but it would be super easy to change out a few items to give it another style.

 

My favorite accessory is this framed quote, something my late grandfather carried around in his wallet.  My mother found it after he passed away: “Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong.  Sometime in life you will have been all these.”

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He was such an example of godly character and his life personified this saying as He was always kind and considered others as better than himself.  So much I have learned from him has affected how I parent my daughter as I posted in Leaving a Legacy of Faith.

 

 

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I’m very pleased with my “entertainment center”.  I was able to customize it specifically to my needs and the bead board wallpaper added some extra character and color.  This was a fun project and a much better alternative than our little TV stand.

If you like this project you may also like:

Light and Airy Master Bathroom Makeover

DIY Faux Painted Sign Tutorial with 15 Free Scripture Printables

 

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DIY Faux Painted Signs (Free Scripture Printables)

The farmhouse style of painted signs are such a warm addition to any room. However, if free-handing lettering on a sign isn’t exactly your cup of tea, know there’s an easy and inexpensive work-around for lettered wall art.

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Many stores are selling these thin wood frames that are reminiscent of the stained wood borders of the painted signs you see around.  I have noticed them at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and even Walmart.  I happened to find my frames at Target for $3.99 each!

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Here’s what you need:

  • Thin wood frame
  • White card stock
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Scissors

Download and Print

Print each sign on letter-size card stock using the link below.   The heavier the card stock, the better.

If you want a sign larger than 8 x 10, download the file and convert it to a jpg file using a free file converter like zamzar.com.  (This will allow you to get a higher resolution image needed for larger signs.)  For Zamzar, go to the Convert Tab and select the image you want to download and select “jpg” in the drop down menu for File Type.

I promise it’s super easy and the jpg file will come to you in your inbox.  From there,  you can print a larger copy online (I like Walgreens.com) or take it to a copy store.  Make sure it is printed on matte paper in order to get the painted sign effect.

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Add Mod Podge

After the printer ink has dried, lay your printed paper on a sheet on a flat surface.  Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge over the area within the gray line.  Let it dry completely.  If the paper curls some, it will straighten when it dries and you can lay a book on it overnight.

We will not use the glass in the frame, so the Mod Podge protects the art from humidity and gives it a painted look.  This is probably the only time you’ll use Mod Podge that you want brushstrokes!

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Cut and Frame

Then, cut along the gray line.  Take the glass out of your frame before framing your art and you are done!  It looks just like a painted sign for a fraction of the cost.

 

As a thank you to my email subscribers, HERE is the link to all 15 free Scripture Verse Printables!   Be sure to subscribe to Renovated Faith by email in order to get the password.

If you are already a subscriber, check your inbox for the “Please Confirm Your Subscription” email or email me at RenovatedFaith@gmail.com.  I’d be happy to help!

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If you like this post you might also like:

Light and Airy Master Bath Makeover

Sit A Spell : The Value of Spending Time With The One Who Made It

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The Forgotten Art of Being Yourself

If you have been around a four-year old for any length of time, you soon come to realize their expertise in question asking…endless, relentless questions.  As an introvert, I am amazed at my extrovert daughter’s capacity to ask a barrage of questions over such a long period of time, only stopping for minutes at a time to “reload”.

Here are a few of the questions that stick out in my mind:

  • Why did my pet ants decide to go to heaven instead of making their tunnels?
  • How did I watch Ipad when I was in your tummy?
  • When is the cheeseball I planted outside going to grow into a cheeseball tree?

I can’t say I’m always attentive to these questions, with my answers often ranging from “I don’t know” to “why don’t you ask Daddy.”

However, there’s one question that would stop me in my tracks…

Can you imagine your child asking you “Mommy, am I enough…Am I smart enough?  Am I good enough?  Am I pretty enough?”  What would your answer be?

No doubt, you would stop what you are doing to reassure her she is more than enough – that you love her just the way she is and more than she can possibly imagine.

Now imagine how God would feel if we asked him the same question – “Am I enough?” 

Now, let’s stop and think about this for a minute.  If you are a parent, think how much you love your child and try to grasp the fact that God loves you exponentially more than that.

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John3:1).”  

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When you look in the mirror in the morning what do you see?  Do you see a woman who isn’t ___(fill in the blank)___enough or do you see a woman with tremendous value because she is loved and cherished by her Creator.

God loves us more than we can possibly fathom, no matter how many times we yell at our kids or make snarky political comments on Facebook.  God is not waiting to love some future version of ourselves.  He is absolutely thrilled with you in this very minute.  He loves you just as you are –  fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps. 139) and cheers you on daily.

Often social media is a barricade we can hide behind so the true world can’t see how unhinged we really are. The window we peer though into each other’s personas is rose-tinted.   No one shares their insecurity and fears about not being enough and the God-given peculiarities that make them uniquely them.  So we offer a cleaned up, whitewashed version of ourselves….at the very cost of being ourselves.

When we give a false impression of who we really are, we are saying that what we have to offer is not good enough.  “How God made me is not good enough.” 

However, authentic engagement means lowering your guard, allowing yourself to be vulnerable and attune to the fact that God loves you as you already are.

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God designed us in His image (Gen. 1) and God promises to abide in us.  To abide means “to remain, he to or follow.”  We are also called to abide in Him which means keeping his commandments which encompasses loving the Lord with our hearts, soul and minds and to love others as ourselves (Matthew 22).

 “For anyone who hears the word but does not carry it out is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror, and after observing himself goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like (John 1:24,25).  We are never more ourselves than we are abiding in Him by obeying His commandments and loving others.  When we withhold our true self from others, we limit what God wants to show others about who we really are – and how He works through us.

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To “be yourself” means you submit control to be who God created you to be by abiding in Him.  By abiding in Him we allow His light to shine in us to empower us to be whom He created us to be.  Just like a prism, the colors of the rainbow cannot be defused without a source of light directed into in.   We gleam hope from the one who infused hope into us.

Below are some of the mirrors in my home that I see everyday.  When you look in a mirror, who do you see?  I pray you see a woman dearly loved by her God.

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JOY Wreath Tutorial

Our women’s ministry at church had an event that included Christmas cookies, a hot cocoa bar and also some craft projects.  Guess who volunteered to be in charge of said crafts!?

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Every lady had the option to make a JOY wreath and customize it with various decor including berries, glitter feathers, snowflakes and polka dots!  The wreaths were a big hit and were a quick and easy project for a large group.

What You Need:

  • “Wood” Letters  – The cheapest I found were the 9″composite letters at Hobby Lobby at $2.38 each.  They go on sale every four few months so you can get them even cheaper.
  • 10″ Grapevine Wreath – I found them at Consumercrafts.com at $1.47 each.
  • Hot Glue Gun and several hot glue sticks
  • Fishing line
  • Spray Paint
  • Decorative Sprigs, Snowflakes, etc.
  • Optional: Vinyl stick-on polka dots – I got mine at amazon.com

The total cost was $7.00 and we just asked women pay $5.00 to offset the costs.

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After gathering my supplies, I spray painted the letters with flat white spray paint and sanded when needed.  After they dried for 48 hours, I started gluing the letters to the wreath.

Put your J face down and put a large amount of hot glue at the bottom. Place your wreath on top and press down firmly.

 

Do the same with the top of the Y. Add hot glue again and press the wreath down.  Make sure the J,O and Y are in a straight line before the glue cools completely.  It will take a few minutes for that much glue to cool.  Add more glue if needed to make sure the letters are attached well to the wreath.

 

While the glue continues to cool, put a big glob of  glue at the top back of the J on the X that is marked  Stick the knotted end of a small piece of fishing line into the glue.  Let it cool completely before you turn your wreath over.

 

Trim the end of your picks with the wire cutter and hot glue them into the wreath.

 

All 30 women had a great time making their wreaths and were able to each add their personal touch.  It was such a versatile and easy craft that anyone can do and we still managed to stay on budget.

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Another craft option at the event was the Nativity Ornaments from last week’s post.  Next week I’ll post a neighbor gift idea and some things God showed me about how to better engage with my neighbors.

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DIY Nativity Christmas Ornament

As I turn a sharp corner from the tasks of Thanksgiving, I’m met head-on by another rapidly growing to-do list.  My focus on Christmas cards, gift ideas, decorations, and teacher gifts so easily clouds my intention to focus on Christ this holiday season.

Why do I struggle most with finding time to spend with God during the holidays?   How ironic that the word “holiday” actually means “Holy Day” – a time set a side to remember and meditate on the gift of His Love that came in an unlikely manner to an unlovable people.

This year, my prayer is to focus on the true meaning of Christmas and to do away with anything that takes the spotlight off of Christ and His birth.  Maybe that means not doing Christmas cards this year or that many the people on my gift list get gift cards.  Maybe I buy my desserts this year (gasp!).  It’s ok to let some things go if it means having time to relish the joy  this season brings.

What are your biggest distractions?  What tasks do you need to distance yourself from this Christmas in order to grow closer to Him?  What items on your to-do list are life-draining and which are life-giving?  Ask the Holy Spirit to increase your awareness of God’s promised presence this Christmas season.

I like to surround myself with decor that reminds me of the true focus of this time of year – that over 2,000 years ago a baby was born to be a messenger of salvation and love to a lost world.  One such item is this Nativity Ornament.  It is such an easy craft to make with your kids but also a classy addition to your tree.

Here is what you need from any craft store:

4″ grapevine wreath

3/4 inch wood ball

White card stock

Silver glitter scrapbook paper

Gauze

1 inch piece of a dowel rod (1/2 inch diameter)

Silver glitter (optional)

twine or yarn (optional)

Hot Glue Gun

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First,  print and cut out the “Adore Him” banner on white card stock with this download.  Be careful to cut just inside the gray line of the banner

Next, use the same file to print the star stencil.  Cut out the star on card stock and use it as a stencil by tracing it on the back of the silver glitter scrapbook paper.  Cut out your star.

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Adhere your star to the top of the wreath with hot glue.  Then, add a small amount of hot glue to the back of the banner and attach it to the star.

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Now, take the round ball and hot glue it to the dowel rod piece like so.  (I cut off a small piece of dowel rod with a trim saw.)  Use plenty of hot glue and don’t worry if it is visible because we will cover that part with the gauze.

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Cut two four-inch squares of gauze and fold them over to make a rectangle.  Hot glue the baby in the middle, positioned so the gauze just covers the glue on the neck.  Wrap the gauze around Baby Jesus and secure it with more hot glue.

At this point you can sprinkle some glitter over the outside of the swaddle.  The glitter will get stuck in the gauze well enough that you don’t need glue.

Use a generous amount of hot glue to secure it to the wreath.  Finally, add a piece of twine at the top or just a hook and it’s ready for the tree!

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Now, you have a cute nativity ornament to help you to remember the present of His presence this holiday season.

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DIY Custom Curtain Rods

The curtain rods in our new house looked like something out of a 1960 Sears catalog and they had to go.  Knowing I had 16 windows to buy for, I realized the cost would add up fast for something so simple.  Since I wanted to spend more money on curtains, paint and accessories, I decided to figure out a way to make my own rods.

We moved into our house a year ago knowing we had lots of projects ahead.  Every room was crying out for a makeover, but honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Making curtain rods was another opportunity to put our own touch on a house we love so much.

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What You Will Need:

Electrical Conduit (I used ½ inch which is actually ¾ in. in diameter)

Cabinet Knobs

Pipe Cutter

Spray Paint (I used Rustoleum Universal in Oil Rubbed Bronze)

Curtain Brackets

Electrical Tape

Super Glue (Gel is best for this)

4” screws with a Flat Head

Hot Glue (optional)

Rod Connectors for Bay Window Rods (optional)

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First, go to the electrical section in your favorite home improvement store for electrical conduit.  I had thought about using wood dowels, but you would see the wood grain when it was spray painted.  PVC was another option, but it was too flexible, which is why electrical conduit was the perfect choice.

Electrical conduit is my new best friend.  Not only is it durable, and easy to cut, but it is also extremely cheap.  An 8’ piece of 1/2” electrical conduit will run you less than $3.00!  Be sure to pick conduit that is straight as some can be a little bent.

The best deal I found on curtain rod brackets were at Home Depot.  Make sure your bracket will fit your rod diameter.  These worked nicely with the ½” conduit.

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Assuming you already have curtains, measure for your brackets to match your curtain length (don’t forget to account for the height of the rings and clips if you use them).   I needed new curtains in the whole house so I put the brackets where I wanted the rods before even making the curtains.  I bought 110” curtains at Target because I decided that re-hemming Target curtains was cheaper and easier than making new ones from scratch.

Measure the desired width of your rod and add at least 4 to 6 inches so it extends a couple inches past your window on both sides.  In several cases, I extended my rods over a foot on each side of my windows.  I did this to make the window look larger than it actually is.

Notice how small this window is but it looks much larger when I extended the curtains out as far as they would go.  It also lets more light in which is always a good thing!

Mark the new rod size with a pencil so you know where to cut.  To cut the rod, you simply tighten the pipe cutter so the round blade is in line with the line you marked.  Tighten it just enough that you can still rotate it around the rod with some tension.  Keep rotating the pipe cutter around the rod until it gets loose again, tighten slightly and continue to spin it.  Do this until the groove in the rod is deep enough that the end pops off at the cut.

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Be sure to check around to see if you can borrow a pipe cutter.  They are not very expensive but I bought one for myself, only to find out my husband already has one and my dad has two.

Now it’s time to work on the knobs.  For the bay window in the kitchen, I wanted the look of these round glass finials at Restoration Hardware but wasn’t about to pay $50 a pair, especially when I would need so many.   So, I stumbled upon 30mm Glass Cabinet Knobs at Amazon for just over $1 each.  Jackpot!

Next, super glue the head of the screw to the bottom of the knob.  Trust me, it works!

I used an ample amount of super glue and used an egg carton to hold them in place as they dried.  As they dry, you will see some white residue from the glue on the base of the knob but the paint will cover that.   Let the finials dry 48 hours to be on the safe side.

Now it’s time to paint.  We saved this step until now so we didn’t ruin the paint finish when cutting the rod or gluing the knobs.

My favorite spray paint is Rustoleum Universal and I used Oil-Rubbed Bronze.    Read the directions on the can.  They are serious about those recoat times!

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At the same time you paint your rod, you will also want to spray paint your finials (cabinet knobs) and any other hardware.  If I had to do this over again, I would have painted the brackets too so they are exactly the same color.

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For the curtains in the dining room, I some orange knobs I found really cheap on Amazon.  Then, I just spray painted the entire knob.  For the glass knobs, I just taped off the glass sphere with blue painter’s tape before painting.

After the paint has have dried overnight, I wrapped electrical tape around the screw so it would fit snugly into the end of the conduit.  Be sure to wrap at least 2 rows of tape around screw.  This will take some trial and error as you find the right amount of tape so the finial end fits. I just kept adding tape until it was tight enough. Secure it with hot glue if that helps.

 

For the bay window rod, I used these connectors which happened to fit my curtain rods.

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Below is our master bedroom curtain rod, the tie-backs for the breakfast area bay window and the rod for my daughter’s room.

 

After attaching the finials to the rods, I hung my curtains.  I repeated this project for all 16 windows in our house and estimate that I saved a minimum of $500 if I bought all Target curtain rods.  Each rod with finials and hardware cost me about $5.

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Soon on the blog, I will share my secret on how I faked pinch-pleat curtains with pleater tape, binder rings and paper clips.

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Made Over, Inside and Out – China Cabinet Makeover

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DIY Craft Desk

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My grandma is the “original DIYer” and the inspiration for the design of my craft desk.  She’s a unique combination of Ana White, Joanna Gaines and Miss Mustard Seed, all in one.  While running a high-end drapery business out of her home, it was not uncommon to find her building and painting furniture to accommodate her stylish but thrifty needs.

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When I received two small bookcases from her, I decided they would be perfect to use as part of my craft desk.  Remembering she had made some furniture out of  hollow-core doors, it gave me the idea to use a paneled door for the desk top.

A cheap door with some character was a necessity for this project so I headed to my source for DIY treasures…Restore.  If you haven’t visited your local Restore, you are missing out.  Basically, businesses and individuals donate building supplies to Restore in order to benefit Habitat for Humanity.  The products are sold to the public for a minimum amount.  I got this door for $6!

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After filling the knob holes in the door with wood filler, I let it dry a couple days before sanding smooth.  Then, I covered the door in a fresh coat of white paint.   After a light sanding, I set the door on top of the two bookcases and just like that, I had a craft desk with plenty of surface space.

The two-shelf bookcases are 32″ high so any similar bookcases would work.  One option could be these at $36 for two.   If you are concerned about painting laminate bookcases, don’t be!  Use this tutorial at LiveLoveDIY.  I have done it many times and the brush strokes actually resemble wood grain texture, making them look more like solid wood bookcases.

top of deskAfter ordering a piece of glass from our local glass dealer, I simply set it on the desk.  The weight of the glass keeps it in place.  Be sure to tell them that it will be used for a desk top so they make the glass the correct thickness.

For aesthetic and practical reasons, I absolutely love the glass finish on this desk.  For one thing, the panels add character and dimension.  The glass top is so convenient as I don’t ever have to be concerned with the moisture from a cold drink and cleaning up spills is super easy.  I got super glue on it the other day and I was able to scrape it off easily.

Also, the glass protects it from heat so I can use my glue gun to my heart’s content without being careful of a wood surface.  It is even a great surface for repotting my African violets(also a hobby of my grandmas), as I wipe it with cleaner when I’m done.

The added benefit of glass is the ability to write on the surface with dry erase markers.  It’s convenient to be able to jot down a reminder, or even my weekly memory verse.  Morgan definitely likes this feature as well.

 

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Premier Prints fabrics offers a wide variety of fabrics in coordinating colors so I was able to coordinate the fabric from the monogrammed wall art to the fabric on the bins.  The fabric bins at the bottom right are just diaper boxes that I covered and added ribbon.  In true Miss Mustard Seed style, I made a pleated seat cover for my stool.

Much like my grandma, Lucille Heitzman, my desk is multifaceted.  I use it to work on projects, write, pay bills, and play games with Morgan.  I absolutely love this setup and the fact that I am using my grandmother’s bookcases makes it more special to me.

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For the sake of transparency, here is how my craft table looked before I straightened up to take pictures.  As you can see it is well-used!   Morgan is drawing me a picture with dry erase markers.

You’ll see that many of my posts include a Before, After and Reality shot.  That’s because life’s real beauty isn’t measured by an “After” picture but in the happenings of everyday life, as messy as they seem.

Thanks for visiting and I’d love to here your thoughts on my craft desk!

 

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Light and Airy Master Bath Makeover

Of all the rooms in our house that needed a makeover, the master bath was the worst.  Underneath that purple-hued, mauve paint and brass towel bars was a room crying out for renovation. I knew this would be my “sanctuary” at the end of the day so I wanted it to be light, airy and peaceful.

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This isn’t just bad photography.  After staring at the sad state of our bathroom for months, I knew I couldn’t procrastinate any longer.   Notice the taupe cabinets, trim and door that had just a tint of mauve to coordinate  with the mauve walls.

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Our house was built in the 1996, the same year this mirror and fixture were installed.  Is it me or does this picture make anyone else nervous?  It reminds me of one of those pics going around the internet where a ghost decided to reveal itself.  I think the light fixture is just as scary though.

The first task was to paint all the cabinetry, door and trim.  This was quite an undertaking but using Floetrol in my paint (Behr semigloss in pure white) helped the paint to settle well for a smooth finish.  I used this roller which is the best I have found for trim and cabinetry. Look for the roller with green lines.

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I procrastinated on this project because I knew I had possibly met my match – the shower frame!  The 20-year-old shower had horrible corrosion and no matter how much I cleaned it, that nasty shower frame still looked as gross as the first day I saw it.

Our ideal solution was to replace the shower completely with a frameless shower but we needed room in our budget for the countless other projects on our my list.    Making the shower painless to look at was my objective and I think I achieved it.  To attain this lofty goal, I reached for one of my favorite tools in my DIY arsenal – spray paint!  Yes, I decided I would spray paint the shower frame.   It only cost $80, which included spray paint and blue painters tape, but it was pretty work intensive.

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After committing to the idea, I removed all the old caulk (fun times!) and taped off with newspaper all the glass and surrounding tile.  I did not tape or cover the shower floor because any spray paint will be really easy to scrub up with soap and water, right?   WRONG!

The difficult part of this project is that you MUST cover every single square inch of your bathroom with tape, newspaper, old sheets, etc.  What you don’t cover will have a fine black powder adhered to the surface.  This is a great project to do right before you replace your flooring, like we did.

After covering and taping everything but the shower frame, I put on my respirator and started spraying the frame with automotive primer. (You have to have a respirator for this project and open all windows.  The smell dissipates quickly but its intense during the process.)

The primer wasn’t completely necessary but I wanted good adhesion to the corroded parts of the frame.  Then, I sprayed with three coats of Rustoleum Universal spray paint in Oil-Rubbed Bronze.  24 hours later I took down the sheets that I could, but I waited a full 48 hours before taking the tape off around the frame.

Be sure to score the frame edge with an exacto-knife before you take off the tape.  There were a couple places I had to touch up with spray paint remover as the spray paint got everywhere but overall it turned out better than I thought.  We will eventually get a frameless shower but this will work for now.  Rebar and Kallie seem happy with it.

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The next task at hand was to paint the mauvish-brown trim and walls.  For the walls, I decided on Behr Ozone in Satin to achieve a relaxed, spa-like feel.

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After contemplating what to hang on the wall over the bathtub, I knew whatever I displayed should be relaxing and enjoyable for the end of a long day.    Although a flat screen tv was very tempting, I decided to frame some verses that meant a lot to Jeremy and I.  We each picked two and I wrote more about what these verses mean to us and the process in a previous post.

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We replaced the builder-grade mirror with two framed mirrors to give the area more interest.  The light fixtures, faucets and new knobs in satin nickel made the space more sophisticated. Notice how much better the shower looks bellow.

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Did I mention we built a door too?  Actually Jeremy built and hung it and I finished it with two coats of Gel stain in Minwax Walnut.  It was a nice alternative to taupe bifold doors with brass knobs.

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I had a lot of fun accessorizing.  I made some basic white curtains out of sheets from Walmart (cheapest sheer material you will ever find).  I also enjoyed decorating with some apothecary jars and old silver of my mom’s.  It is amazing what a little silver polish can do!

As I mentioned, the framed wall verses mean a lot to me.  I picked this verse in particular because it is the heartbeat of my blog.  No matter how many or few read it, I want every word, picture and project to reflect the renovation He has done in my life.  He has fully transformed me from the inside out and I’m so thankful for His great love for us.

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pinterest lead bathroom

So what do you think? Do you like it? I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out, and more importantly, it did not break the bank. And now that I have the bathroom done, I can start working on the bedroom again. Hopefully I will have another reveal for you soon.

If you like this reveal, you might also enjoy my Landscape Makeover.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I always appreciate your visits and sweet comments. Have a great day!

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Source List:

  • Mirrors – Target.com
  • Light Fixtures – Lowes
  • Pictures Frames – Target
  • Sink Fixtures – Home Depot

 

 

Filling the Void

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After removing a brass towel bar and painting the bathroom, I contemplated what to hang on the wall over the master bathtub.  I knew whatever I displayed should be relaxing and enjoyable for the end of a long day.    Although a flat screen TV was very tempting, I decided to frame some verses that meant a lot to Jeremy and I.  We each picked two.

These verses are special to us because they are not just informative words on a page but they serve as directional markers on a map, pivot points that show us how to find our true North.  The world and even our hearts can be very deceiving, but one thing holds true – no matter your country, social status or salary, the Word of God pierces our hearts the way nothing else can or does.

Along with countless others, these truths represent defining moments in our lives where God illuminated His Truth to us.  We carry them with us, not just on the wall of our bathroom but on the wall of our hearts to know the depth, height and breadth of a loving God who actively leads His children along life’s perilous journey.

When my heart betrays me, I find solace in the truth of His Word that is alive and active, sharper than any double edged sword.  God continually works in the hearts and minds of His children through the truth of His Word.  Not just initially as a book laid on the coffee table of eternity, but God perpetually uses His Word in the DAILY lives of His children to guide them as a shepherd watches his sheep.

When I look at these transparent frames, I know these verses are not just words on a page to merely be read.  Their purpose is to be embraced – they are to be trusted, knowing the Author will catch me every time I fall.  One thing I know for sure…”My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” – Psalm 73:26

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