Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Big Job, Big Ambition- Stay Tuned!

So Matt said this looked like the biggest project I have taken on to date (by myself)...I told him, just support it, and it will come out fine. So, like a good husband, he helped guide me on my way to stenciling bliss! I found this awesome idea on another wonderful blog here by Jones Design Company.

This is just the beginning my friends...

Before: I love the color of my bedroom walls, it is a light sky blue. But the wall art is too blue with it, and I want more of a patter and texture to the room.




Matt helping me get the stenciling going. I messed up a bit, but kept plugging away.




I am going to continue to stencil the rest of the wall, then paint white. Hopefully the finishing project will look something like this from Jones Design Company, if I am lucky!



Stay tuned...

Before & After- Bathroom

Although we liked our half bath off of our kitchen when we moved in, we felt it needed a little 'something'. I looked in my favorite wallpaper books by Thibaut - and could not quite find the look I was going for. I later found an amazing post on one of my favorite blogs, Young House Love- and wahh laaa, found it (see it here)!

So, on one of the hottest, most beautiful summer days (I have no idea why) Matt and I decided to take a wack at it, and here is how it came out.

Before: Basic, new toilet, nice new floors (can't complain there) and new basic sink and console.



Before: Again, nice new sink. We thought of doing an antique pedestal sink but that was more than we wanted to bite off for a weekend.



Before: Looking in from hallway/laundry room.




And our After!

Looking in from the hallway- you can see the nice big painted stripes!



After: My mom found these great maps (we love maps) at a flea market ($5!!) of our beloved town. Matt bought these black frames from Michaels for $20 a piece!

Painting the walls was- errr, difficult, but not impossible. We did a fresh coat of white paint, then measured out 10 inches and penciled out the stripes. Then we just painted in the darker of the two with narrow paint rollers. NOTE: the painters tape will only work when the walls are completely dry.



After: Another black frame with a write up about our town found at the same flea market as above piece. We bought a new hand towel holder to match the new switch plates and knobs to match!



After: We decided to paint the sink console white, and added bead board to the one showing side. This helped differentiate it a bit. We added matching knobs as the rest of to give it more of a refined feel.




I always think less is more (it took me a while to come to this conclusion). To keep it simple, I added a new bottle of really great soap from Molton Brown. Also, instead of bolting a toilet paper holder on to my new bead board, I found a matching stand alone toilet paper holder, which goes great in the corner. Add a matching waste basket, and we were DONE!