Do It Yourself | Half Bathroom Renovation

This was the most last minute renovation ever! I decided to renovate this bathroom when we decided to put our house up on the market. Our realtor was walking through our house, making a list of her recommendations and stopped at this room. She asked very politely, “are you planning on updating this room?” Well, I wasn’t but I hear what you are saying! The picture above is the “after” photo. Here is the before:

I don’t think I have EVER moved as fast on a project as I did with this room. This entire renovation took me about four or five days to complete.

Here is what happened in this room:

  • Removed wood floor and installed tile
  • Installed new light fixture
  • Painted walls and ceiling
  • Installed new vanity
  • Replaced electrical outlet and light switch
  • Installed new sink and faucet
  • Installed new vanity mirror
  • Added tile backsplash around toilet
  • Installed shelving above toilet
  • Added new baseboards
  • Installed new toilet

This half-bathroom renovation cost just under $1000 and only took four days to complete. Partly because I knew what I was doing this time around. I didn’t have to stop and research how to do anything, which saved me SOOOO much time! You know how empowering that feels to finally feel like I know what I’m doing? … a little 😅.

I wanted to remove the wood floor in there because the gapping between each floor board was more than a quarter inch and not to mention, it was collecting all kinds of gunk! 🤢 For this reason, it had to go.

For the purpose of waterproofing, tile is better in my opinion for wet areas like bathrooms and laundry rooms.

The Process

To begin the process in this room my husband and I removed the toilet followed by the vanity. Then we proceeded remove the wood flooring using a pry bar. Be sure to remove any nails left in the subfloor. Next, we painted the walls and ceiling and then waterproofed the area with Mapei’s Aquadefense: https://amzn.to/37d7QPGa

After measuring the depth of the transition where the wood floor would meet the tile, I then realized that my tile and wood floor would not be level. As a result, I decided to just go with the Hardie Backer cement board. In light of the extra work, this room is extra waterproofed! This room has no natural light, so I went with white walls and a light grey tile to brighten it up.

All things considered, I am so glad that we decided to do this last minute renovation. As a result, our house had so many viewings right out of the gate and had a full price cash offer on the sixth day of being on the market!

In conclusion, sometimes putting in that extra bit of hard work really pays off.

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DIY Your Own Basket Light

How to Make a Basket Light For Less Than $40

Let me show you how to make your very own basket light for less than $40. Presently, basket lights have been trending and I have been wanting one SOOOOOO bad. However, when I started searching for a fixture that I liked, I wasn’t loving the price tag that came with it. See below

Can you believe that?!? No thanks! As a result, I started searching for baskets that I could transform. I’ve made light fixtures before and knew it wouldn’t be difficult. I found a basket a Hobby Lobby when they were having a 50% off sale and bought mine for $25! Additionally, Home Goods, TJ Max, and Marshalls are all great places to find cheap baskets as well. Then I started searching for a pendant light kit at local hardware stores and subsequently ended up finding what I wanted on Amazon, which is linked below.

Links and Materials

Although I could not link my exact basket, I did link another option. I found this adorable basket on Amazon. All you would need to do is remove the handles! Anyways, the basket and light kit was all that I needed to purchase to make this light fixture, the rest of the supplies I already had on hand. (Materials listed below). To make this for even less, just look around your house for a basket you love and see if you can transform it into a light fixture!

Questions I have been asked about this DIY: Is it safe? Yes, as long as the bulb is not actually touching the basket, you are good to go. I was worried about this as well and tested it by leaving the light on all day and checked the basket for heat. Guess what? NO HEAT!! In fact, if you refer to the images below, you will see that the bulb itself does not actually come into contact with the basket.

Materials Needed:

  • Basket of your choosing
  • Pendant light kit (which comes with a mounting bracket)
  • Heavy duty shears
  • Measuring tape
  • Marker
  1. To get started, measure the center of the bottom of the basket and mark it with your marker.

2. Then, you will outline where your light kit will go with your marker

3. Then, you will use your shears to cut a hole just big enough for the light bulb socket to fit through.

4. Lastly, after you have cut your hole, fit the light bulb socket into the hole all the way to the base of the mount and then proceed to screw on the shade ring onto the bulb socket.

In short, the shade ring will hold the weight of the fixture and will prevent the basket from falling off of the bulb socket. To illustrate this, refer to the below image.

In summary, this is probably the most approachable DIY for beginners. It took me less than 15 minutes to put this together. If you aren’t particularly comfortable attempting this with a hard wired light kit, they do sell light kits that have plugs on them as well.

In addition, if you mess it up, you can just fill the basket with something and use it as decor instead! The most important thing for you to remember, above all, don’t be afraid to try new things, we all fail at some point, but there is always a way to fix it. As Walt Disney would say “If you can visualize it, if you can dream it, there’s some way to do it”.

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One Room Challenge | Master Bedroom Reveal

Here it is, the master bedroom reveal! Better late than never, right? So this wasn’t the grand reveal I was hoping for, but I still love the new look. As you can see, I’ve been absent since Week 4 of the ORC and here is why…. You ready for it??

WE ARE MOVING!!!! 😆

In the middle of all the renovation chaos, we were like “I kind of think we should go look at this historic home”, and by we I mean my mother-in-law and me! (We are trouble when we are together) Next thing you know, we listed our house for sale and had a full price cash offer on the sixth day on the market. Can you believe that?!?! During the listing period I also took on renovating our master bathroom and half bathroom as well… Do you see now why I haven’t been posting on the blog? 😅😂

The flooring did not come in time, which ended up being a blessing in disguise. We were originally just going to replace the flooring one room at a time. If I had started that, I would’ve had to come up with $$$$ to finish it and then install it myself! The timing would not have worked out, so thank you shipping delays!! The beams didn’t show up till reveal day so I’m just going to take them to our new house and find a place for them there.

Why We Are Moving

We decided to move for several reasons. The first being that this property is just not suitable for our horses. I have nowhere to work them and they have no pasture. When we bought this house last year, I didn’t realize that the pasture was not safe for them (Rookie). Second, we don’t have the money to hire a crew to maintain a proper fire break around the house, so Josh has been doing this all by hand.

The land is too steep in most areas for our tractor to get to. I tried helping him this spring but I am severely allergic to poison oak and had a huge break out that required four weeks of steroids. As Ella gets older, she has become so attached to her “Nini” (grandma), and we want to be closer to her.

I will miss our incredible views on top of our little Madrone Mountain but I am VERY excited for our next adventure. Flipping this house in one year provided us with this opportunity to move into a gorgeous little farmhouse less than a mile from our beloved Nini and Pops.

Let my DIYs be a lesson to you all. Sometimes, when you put in a little (or a LOT) of elbow grease, it pays off in the end and opens bigger and better doors for you. You just have to jump in and do it!

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Check out the before and after shots below

Here’s a link to our bed frame: https://amzn.to/3zQtPIx
Link to Nightstand: https://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Carbon-Loft-Mulgrew-Distressed-Walnut-Nightstand/27742985/product.html
Link to the sconce: https://www.overstock.com/Lighting-Ceiling-Fans/Copper-Grove-Leighton-1-light-Copper-Bronze-Swing-Arm-Wall-Lamp/20461187/product.html
Link to Loveseat: https://www.furniturerow.com/pd/Durango-Loveseat/prod2220117

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One Room Challenge | Master Bedroom Week 4

So far, this week has not been nearly as productive with this room as last week was. But, progress is progress, right?!? I did manage to finish painting the bed and got all of the joint compound and paint off of the floor. Who out there do I send straight into a panic attack with my messy painting habits? 😅 Honestly, if I didn’t have my steam mop to fix all of my mistakes, I would be more careful. I have never been one to take my time and prep the area before starting 😬. Call it lazy if you want but when I get motivated, I just jump right in and go for it.

Besides painting the bed and cleaning up a horrendous mess 👇🏽

I did manage to take down the headache of a chandelier and returned it. I am ordering a new (different) chandelier for this room. I did learn that there is some logic to picking out a light fixture with consideration to size. What you want to do is add together the length and width of your room in feet and the sum is your total diameter in inches (This room is 16 ft x 18 ft) so, 16 + 18 = 34. My chandelier’s maximum diameter for this room should be 34 inches… This chandelier pictured above was 47 inches! It just made the room look off balance and I was NOT liking it.

My plans for this weekend include cleaning the garage so that I can finally finishing building up the bed into a poster bed and build a bench to go in front of the bed. I am using the plans by Nicole @hillhousediaries has in her highlights. It is adorable and I think will really tie this look together.

Nicole’s bench @hillhousediaries
My poster bed build plans

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One Room Challenge | Master Bedroom Week 3

Okay, so I’m a week late at posting the Week 3 update. Sometimes, life gets crazy. I’m sure some of you can relate to that. This week was a doozy to say the least and we ran in to some complications with that chandelier. To start off, the chandelier arrived to Home Depot damaged, I looked through the box to see if it was salvageable and it all looked okay, so I decided to take it home and give it a go. The instructions were super vague so I was on my own with this one. The first problem came about with the wiring, every wire nut they sent with the fixture was made cheap and didn’t bite onto the wires appropriately. The second problem was the parallel wiring, which I had to phone a friend on because I had never heard this term before. But, it was simple, all of the black wires connect to the black wires, and all of the white wires connect to the white wires. The next step was to connect it to the power source….. This is where we struggled. The screws that came with the fixture to connect to the bracket were too short, so the nuts didn’t even come into contact with the screws. I think we made three different trips to Lowes as we were working on this to find better quality supplies. After three days of both my husband and I working on this light fixture, we finally got it up and working, except not all of the lights worked. Remember all of those loose fitting wire nuts? This is where they shined. Even after replacing the wire nuts that connected to each and every candle light, there were still five lights that did not work (Pictured below). This is where I finally came to terms with the fact that this fixture was junk and I should exchange it for something else. After all of the blood, sweat, and tears that went into this fixture, I just took it down and returned it. It ended up being too big for the room as well. In the end, I wanted to be in love with every detail in this room, and I just wasn’t loving it. We will try again with something else that hopefully we will LOVE!

Okay, so aside from the chandelier fiasco, Josh helped me finish and fine tune that GORGEOUS faux cement accent wall that you see there! It was not as difficult as you would think, time consuming, but not difficult.

Faux Cement Wall

You want to get three buckets to work from, joint compound, cement dye (Pictured Below) and a drywall taping knife. It mixes best with a mortar mixer attachment for your drill.

Divide the joint compound between the three buckets. You are going to want to have a light, medium, and dark color to blend. I reserved more joint compound for the darker color. It all depends on what look you are going for, I wanted a darker wall, so I used more dark than light. Important tip to remember, it will dry far lighter than you expect! Mix the joint compound with water and SLOWLY add small amounts of color until you get the desired color you are looking for. Mix each bucket for about five minutes. Now you are ready to tackle that wall! Start with your darkest color first and then blend in your medium and light coats before allowing it all to dry. This is where I made a mistake, I allowed my first coat to dry and then tried blending the other two colors… this did not work (Pictured below) It came out WAY lighter than I wanted, so I had to start over! The second time around, my husband Josh came in to help as he could see that I was VERY frustrated. Minimal light and medium were used to blend in with the dark coat to get a more natural look. You will want to keep your rough ridges, it adds to the effect.

First time fail to the right, starting over with a darker look to the left.

Patience comes in handy with this project because you really have to wait 24 hours to allow this wall to completely dry before you know what you have. But after two days and two tries later, we ended up with something we truly love now. Just look at the detail below!! The picture is unfortunately not doing this wall justice.

Other projects completed this week:

  • Replaced all of the brown electrical outlets and switches with white
  • Replaced all doorknobs and hinges
  • Started painting the bed using matte venetian bronze and building the arms for the poster build up
  • Installed the sconces
  • Put together the new nightstands
  • Finished painting the walls
  • Finished repairing the wall with the TV mount with joint compound and knockdown

I think that’s plenty for one week, don’t you?!? Please be sure to check out all of the other incredible men and women participating in the One Room Challenge! http://www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog

One Room Challenge | Master Bedroom Week 1

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May 5, 2021

I am so so excited to be starting week one of this one room challenge (ORC)! I decided to enter to be a guest participant because:

  1. Doing challenges gives me a deadline and helps me stay on task and motivated
  2. Doing this challenge alongside others is so incredibly inspiring and gives me that sense of community!

I have been planning on renovating our master bedroom for awhile now but it was always lowest on my priority list. Not to mention, the water damage incident that we had back in October didn’t help the budget and set us back quite a bit. I am so ready to get this started… I may or may not be working on the laundry room still, but hey, can I even call myself a DIYer if I don’t have multiple projects going on at once? I will be doing this project by myself with my own two hands! My husband is very supportive and is ALWAYS willing to help, but I truly enjoy doing these projects alone. It is my hobby and my time to clear my head.

Better Homes & Gardens: One Room Challenge

So a little information on the ORC: the ORC starts today, May 5, 2021, there are 20 featured designers along with guest participants that will have eight weeks to complete their room to reveal on June 24-27. So exciting, right?!? My room doesn’t look that bad in this picture, but I have a pretty big overhaul planned for this room. After doing the laundry room though, this shouldn’t be that bad! Let me show you my moodboard for this room so that you have a visual:

The Plan

My plan for this room: replace the broken fan light with either a basket light or a cement light fixture… haven’t quite decided yet; painting walls and ceiling, I will be keeping my current bed but building on to it to turn it into a poster bed, adding faux beams, adding a cement accent wall, building a bench for the end of the bed, replacing the flooring, and adding new trim! Phew… Can we get this done in eight weeks?? Fingers crossed my friends. Let’s take a look at some before photos.

This photo was taken before we moved in. Pros: HUGE room to work with, we have 288 sq ft in this room! Cons: the flooring looks great in this picture but is in less than ideal condition. The color looks brighter than it is, it is that beautiful builder’s beige, so bring in the paint!

This wall will be getting the cement accent wall. I was very torn between the cement wall and a board and baton wall, and to be honest, I’m still second guessing myself. The surf board will be coming down and will be moved over the exterior door (Not shown).

As you can see here, I’ve already started painting and hung the TV here. I found that adorable console table on Overstock!
Sorry folks, that elliptical isn’t going anywhere. I wouldn’t use it if it weren’t inside…

So, are you as ready as I am to just dive right in and get this started? Will this inspire YOU to tackle a project that’s been collecting dust on your to do list? I sure hope so! Be sure to check out all of the featured designers and the other guest participants: http://www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog/so

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DIY Laundry Room Reno

Isn’t she lovely? I’m talking about that laundry room! Just take a moment to appreciate everything here. Here is a list of what I did in this room:

  • Tiled the floor
  • Tiled the Backsplash
  • Removed the Fluorescent light and added a pendant basket light (Which I hand made!) and recessed lighting
  • Painted the cabinets Escape Grey by Sherwin Williams and added pulls
  • Built up the cabinets to the ceiling
  • Removed the old sink and countertop and added new Laminate countertop (You can get GORGEOUS laminate these days and you seriously can’t beat the price!)
  • Added a little sparkle with my champagne bronze faucet
  • Built a wall around the furnace and added closet doors for ventilation and easy access (Plus, no more eye sore!)
  • Built a built-in shelf with the left over countertop to the left over the trash compactor (I mean, why not? I can’t let that countertop go to waste, and its soooo nice having the extra space)
  • Replaced our water heater with a tankless water heater (okay, this I called a professional for because it required extra power and I wasn’t going to fumble along on something this serious) Side note on the tankless water heater, super nice but sooo many hidden costs with it, like hiring an electrician to run a new line to the breaker box $$$)
  • Currently: building a cabinet to go over the hot water heater so there will be absolutely no eye sore in this room
  • Built a shelf to go over the washer and dryer
  • Built a little tray to go over my sink with some scrap wood!
  • Removed the base cabinet next to the washer and moved it over to where the hot water heater was so I could have an empty space to store a roll out laundry hamper
  • Finally, added new trim

Now…. Let’s go back to the beginning and take a look at what we started with, shall we?

Yikes!!! This room would make anyone run for the hills and NEVER want to do laundry. I used to cringe every time I’d have company over or I would walk into this room. Can you blame me? The fluorescent lighting, vinyl yellow flooring, vomit laminate countertops, the stained utility sink, and walking in to see the furnace and hot water heater (hidden to the right). I know this is better than some laundry rooms as is, believe me, I’ve had worse. Like, a laundry room in a Michigan basement… now THAT is scary! But, I knew that if I just put in a little elbow grease, this room could be breathtaking!

You ask, “Who cares, it’s just a laundry room?” Well, I spend HOURS in this room every day, so mama needs a little glam! This room has been exceptionally challenging for me. I learned how to do things that I have NEVER done before… I hope knowing that I have never attempted most of this before, motivates you all to try doing this yourself! Because, if I can do this, literally ANYONE can! I won’t lie, this was a very labor intensive project and made my brain hurt thinking about the math that went into building the wall with a closet door and building up the cabinets. But, the satisfaction that I have now, knowing that I FREAKING DID ALL OF THIS, was WAAAAYYYYY worth it. I now have a sense of pride and confidence in myself that I did not have before. Plus, every time I walk by the room, I am seriously smiling from ear to ear.

This wall and those cabinets were built by yours truly!
You can most certainly tile over your vinyl flooring. I am laying mortar down to install my hardie backer cement board. Don’t forget your Backer-On screws! https://amzn.to/3BRVA5r
Building a cabinet to hide the tankless water heater. There will be NO eye sore in this room! The only tricky part will be building the cabinet doors… I have never done this and will keep you updated.
To remove your laminate countertop, look for the screws inside the base cabinet. Mine was only held on by the screws so I was able to just lift it up and out. You will need to score around the sink or wherever you see silicone with a utility knife to break the seal first.

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