Thursday, October 2, 2014

What happens when you have project ADD | #PBJreno

When we were touring the house I remember having a moment of relief when I saw the upstairs bathroom, which we'd ALL be sharing.  From first glance it wasn't bad.  Fairly neutral colors, okay size, nothing that SCREAMED fix me now.  I was wrong. Oh so very wrong.

As this started becoming a place we cleaned our paint brushes and acted as a construction site port-a-potty I realized quickly this room was a DISASTER.  The shower was disgusting, they "caulked" the tub/tile seam with that inexpensive vinyl lining which really doesn't block any water or mold build up.  A closer look and all the tiles along the tub line are starting to bulge out -- which means there's water/mold behind them. YAY. 

The vanity sink was an under-mount that had separated from the vanity so any time water ran it seeped through that gap ... down to the ...

under cabinet area.  Where water just built up over time and had water damage all over.

Oh but hey there was a cute sign at least.

Again, do you see the poor caulk lines of the tile/wall, plus the tile/vanity top?  It was all begging for filth and mold to just build up in those gaps. 

So.  While we don't have a big budget, wait... we don't have a budget at all for a bathroom due to our kitchen renovation I had to get clever how we can "renovate" this space with practically zero money.

First plans:
Build a vanity from Ana White plans -- decide to maximize storage or maximize vanity top space.
Find an inexpensive vanity top for custom cabinet build
Clean the floor tile
DIY or Hire to reseal bathroom tub
Paint walls above tile
Redo window and door casing
Paint ceiling
Replace light fixtures
Replace fan

I quickly realized while building a custom vanity would be the most cost effective for that part, to find a vanity top that was 60" and a right-side placed sink would be VERY expensive.  So I decided to buy two vanity bases from Ikea, and then the MOST cost-effective vanity top I could find was to use butcher block.

Oh hey, do you see that gaping hole in the wall there?  Yah APPARENTLY the previous owner's thought removing their old medicine cabinet and vanity lights would be fixed by just leaving them... and covering it with a mirror.  
Actually, to be honest that's what we may do too SSSHHH.  But in the LONG run, down the road we'll be gutting this whole thing anyways so do we really want to fix a shabby plaster wall with big ol' holes in it? Eh. Mirror will cover it :)

So next I bought a butcher block top from Ikea which was about $120.  It was cut for kitchen cabinets so had a 25" depth instead of bathroom vanity cabinets of about 18".  We had to cut it down in length, and width but was easy to do, and big bonus is both those sides will be hidden against the wall so we can still use the finished exposed sides. 

Once it was cut to size to fit on top of the vanity drawers, we had to mark with our bathroom sink template where we needed to cut for the drop in.  Again, another easy route was to choose a drop-in sink rather than an under-mount for our purpose.  1 reason - easiest to install.  2 reason - it used up less space underneath within the cabinet which we want to use to maximize storage. 

Once it was all measured out, we used painter's tape to tape out the cut lines (helps reduce splintering of exposed wood) and used our jigsaw to cut out our sink hole.  It was easiest to start our cut lines by drilling a half inch hole at each corner.  This gave us a starting point for our jigsaw to drop in, rather than trying to cut into the big block at an angle.

VOILA.... a nice dry fit to make sure all is good.   Both our sink and faucet are from National Builder's Supply if you like what you see!

Once the cuts were completed it was time to stain -- yup! I wanted to stain our butcher block dark to give it a more custom look.  My hubs and I prefer dark wood and we have had to accept that our hardwood floors are the light honey color in our home so I thought this was the perfect chance to bring in the dark wood color for us.  
Ikea pre-seals their butcher blocks so I had to use an orbit sander with 120 grit and give it an all over to remove the layer of sealer for even staining. 

I tested out two different stains - my usual Minwax Provincial and tried out Varathane's Dark Walnut.  Typically I would ALWAYS choose Minwax Provincial, but typically I'm using it on reclaimed wood and the stain comes out a totally different color than this original wood.  It really accented all the different grains and variants in the wood and just didn't have the final look I was going for.  Varathane's stain to me has always applied more like a muddy paint, and then upon the wiping process acts more as a stain.  I really loved the rich look it gave the butcher block and it actually hid a lot of the wood variants which I wanted for this space. 

Oh yeah, apparently I put the wrong top back on it. Moving on...

Don't you LOVEEEEEEE the final color?! Oh my goodness.  I do. It looks so high-end! Once this dried I gave it a finish seal with Polycrylic Protective Finish which is a waster-based polyurethane.  It will keep the vanity top water and stain proof. 

Final updates of the bathroom to come.... as you can guess we aren't anywhere close to finishing anything in that house yet.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

How to Paint your Front Door, Easy and Fast

My Sister-in-law recently bought a really cute new home.  (Funny story: The listing for her house was almost the reason we didn't buy OUR house.  It was hard seeing a house so close in price tag to ours but the condition and finishings of the house were LIGHT YEARS better.)  Their last home had a cute yellow door so I asked if they were interested in painting their front door a fun accent color again.
Here's her original front door/house.

The time of day was some strong direct sunlight so the before images aren't the "best"...but when are they supposed to be.  But you get the drift, it was a pretty standard wood door, one panel window with white trim against a beige neutral home.  You see what's missing?  A little pizazz... a little oomph.... perhaps a wow accent. You get where I'm going with this.

Do you remember the last time I really did something with a little pizazz? It's not too often, but when I do I'm QUITE pleased with the result.  Last time was Baby Girl's nursery ceiling when I used Modern Master's metallic paint.  So when they came knockin' at my door to try out their new line of paint it seemed like the perfect opportunity.  Now this isn't actually MY front door.  This is my Sister-in-Law's front door and since we've torn our house apart enough for now I asked if she's be interested in a cute little front door makeover for the Fall season, and she was all over it.

So beginning the Front Door makeover project....
To be sure I did the prep right we removed it from the door frame and removed the original hardware.  I used a medium grit sanding block and gave it an once-all-over to remove any build up, and the smooth varnish finish of the original door.  Next gave it a wipe down and thorough cleaning.

There are a LOT of tutorials the proper way to prep a front exterior door for painting so I was a little nervous what is the BEST way to prep it for their front door paint.  But Modern Masters was awesome enough to just come out and say right on their packaging that Zinsser 1-2-3 Primer was the best to use for their paint.  Thank you easy decision.

To painting we go:

The paint went on easily but I could tell right away that using a white primer and dark top coat that it was going to take a few coats of paint.  I just took my time and did long even paint strokes across the flat surface.

One paint coat.

Two Paint Coats. (Had to reattach the door at this point so they could lock up their house during the night time hours.  The paint drying time per coat is 3 hours).

Three Paint Coats.

I love the bold punch of color that the blue gives the space.
In the DIY and makeover spirit my sister-in-law took down all her house lights and fixtures and spray painted those with ORB spray paint.  They were white so the dark oil rubbed bronze pairs really well with the black, gives it a classy look. 

I love that you can subtly still see the color when the storm door is closed.  Big downside of living in the Mid-West, storm doors cover your pretty front door.

It's crazy the impact a little paint can make.

A little low down on Modern Master's Front Door Paint that I used.  They have 24 colors to choose from, the color I used is called "Calm" and is a Satin Finish.  Gloss finish on exterior doors is usually nice because it's a little more durable and resists fading, however their line of Front Door Paint never fades so I love that it's a Satin Finish. 

Front Door Paint is available on Amazon (affiliate link) Modern Master's Online Shop and select Lowe's locations.
Modern Master's provided me with the Front Door Paint to review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dipped Succulent Planters | A weekend afternoon DIY project

 Almost every night and weekend we spend at our home renovating the kitchen. You know, you know.  It's all I talk about.  Well, I'm excited to see I finally took the time to do a fun - NOT #PBJreno project that I'll be able to use as decoration once our space is finally done.
How cute are these planters?  They're super easy too: Step by Step below. 

Supplies List:
  • ScotchBlue Painter's Tape for Multi-Surface with Advanced Edge-Lock Paint Line Protector
  • Potting Soil (for Cactus, Palm and Citrus is a great option)
  • Small Glass Containers
  • Spray Paint - your choice of color
  • Succulents/Flowers of choice
  • River Rocks
Step 1: I picked up my glass containers from my local GoodWill for about $1 each. You can use any small containers you have on hand even. I gave them a quick wash before being ready to tape them. 
Step 2: Using ScotchBlue Painter's Tape for Multi-Surface with Advanced Edge-Lock Paint Line Protector I taped off the tops of the containers that I wanted to protect from the paint. I did different amounts of tape coverage and application styles on each container to give the collection some variety. For the “dipped” effect, simply tape the top section of the glass, leaving the bottom section paintable.

Step 3: In a well ventilated area, or outside, simply spray paint the containers. It’s best to do light even sprays across the glass so you don’t get any drips. Allow proper drying time in between the coats (check the can as it can vary on the brand).

Even though the spray paint I choose was able to be used on almost any surface including glass, I took the time for a little extra preparation and did primer too. After an hour of drying time I then did my color of choice spray paint. I did a variety of copper, gold, black and white colors for the containers.

Step 4: Once the paint has dried remove the tape. You can use an x-acto knife to gently score the tape line if necessary.

Step 5: Now it’s time to get messy and fill up your containers with your cute plants! I selected a potting soil that was made specifically for succulents and cactus type plants. I also picked up a bag of River Rock for the toping of some of the containers. Simply put a small amount of potting soil in each container, insert your succulent/plant and then top with river rocks.
Step 6: Display and enjoy your new collection of adorable and one of a kind planters!

We all love Pinterest and blogs right? Why? Because they give you inspiration to be aspirational.  They push you to achieve the DIY projects you SEE everywhere and help you fill in the blanks of the how-to's.  It's why I blog, so once I complete a project I can share it with all of YOU so you can all do it.
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