Thursday, October 8, 2015

One Room Challenge: Budget Bathroom Makeover

Have you followed or participated in Calling it Home's One Room Challenges? They're so fun! In a nutshell, you have 6 weeks to makeover one space in your home, blogging updates on your progress once a week. I've followed along in the past, but never participated. But, that's about to change! Yup, I'm taking the challenge!

Boy, do I have the perfect candidate for a makeover--our downstairs bathroom! It's straight out of the 90's, folks. The tile is cracked, there's an outdated tile baseboard, builder basic wood vanity, very yellowed countertop/sink, two toned fixtures, and an awful paint job we inherited with the house. 

All we've done in here is hang a shower curtain and a hand towel and replace the warped vinyl roller shade with 2" blinds. We went all out, huh? 

Now that you've seen the before pictures, here's where we're headed! 

Here's our to-do list: 

-Paint the walls a light blue gray.

-Take care of the vanity. Plan A is to replace the vanity. As long as the tile extends underneath the existing vanity, we will be able to rip out the old vanity and install our new one which looks similar to the one pictured in my inspiration collage. Plan B is to paint the vanity. If the tile doesn't extend, we won't be able to install the new vanity because there would be exposed, bare floor under and around it. In that case, we will paint the existing vanity. 

-Replace lighting fixture. 

-Replace or paint towel ring and toilet paper holder. 

-Install new faucet. 

-Accessorize with new shower curtain, rug, towels, and colorful artwork. 

-If we can pop off the tile baseboards without damaging the floor, we will install new baseboards. 

I wish we could replace the tile floors and toilet, but that's not in the budget right now. So, we'll call this Phase 1 of the bathroom remodel. Eventually, for Phase 2, we will replace the tile and toilet and call it complete. The shower is original to the home, but it's in great shape and neutral, so thankfully we don't need to mess with that! 

Be sure to check in every Thursday to see our progress! What room in your house would you most like to makeover? 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

#Homeforthefallidays Halloween Craft Blog Hop: Textured Jute Pumpkin

Halloween is right around the corner already! Can you believe it?! With two little kids at home who are easily scared, we don't do spooky decorations. But, we certainly do deck out the entire house with pumpkins!

Over on Instagram, a great group of bloggers and I have been doing a weekly #Homeforthefallidays game. This week, our theme is Halloween crafts, so we thought it'd be fun to do a little blog hop, showing you our projects a little more in depth! Be sure to follow us on Instagram so you can participate in the game! We'd love to see your fall projects, too!

For my Halloween craft, I upcycled a clearance pumpkin into a unique, textured pumpkin. Here's what it looked like before. Not terrible, but it didn't jive with the rest of our house.

I thought about spray painting it, but it was covered in some sort of peach fuzz, so I didn't think paint was the best option. Instead, I opted to cover it in jute ribbon!

To cover it, I cut 3" strips of ribbon and hot glued them into loops. Then, starting at the bottom, I glued the loops on in rows around my pumpkin, securing the loops with a dab of hot glue to the top part of the loop only. To finish it off, I glued jute twine around the stem.

Isn't it so fun? I love how it looks on our built-in!

I also love how it looks in our dining room. Where to keep it... decisions, decisions!

Be sure to check out all the other fun Halloween projects below!
1. Flourish and Knot - Día de Muertos Luminaries
2. Little Bits of Home - Textured Jute Pumpkin
3. Our House Now a Home - Boo Pumpkins
4. Pocketful of Posies - Boo Sweater Pumpkins
5. Lehman Lane - Scarecrows
6. Beauteeful Living - Spooky Chandelier
7. Oh the Fun - Spider and Bats Wreath
8. Shabby Grace Blog - Spooky Halloween Village

Linking up with Savvy Southern Style!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Five on Friday {10/2/15}

Hey, Friends! I have the cutest little fall craft to show you, but it's been dark and rainy for days (and days and days) here in NC. No sun = horrible pictures. Boo. So, I'll be back to show it to you next week once I'm able to grab some pictures.

In the meantime, here's five things on my mind today:

1.) I got to meet John and Sherry!!! And, I got to meet them with my bestie, Amy!!! It was so fun to hear them talk and get to chat with them for a minute! I love their new book, Lovable Livable Home! It perfectly describes where my heart is in this world of home decorating and DIY. Beautiful, functional, and lived in! Grab a copy and if John & Sherry are coming to your area, grab your bestie and go see them!

2.) Have you been keeping up with the #Homeforthefallidays Instagram game a group of bloggers and I have going right now? There's tons of inspiration every week! Check it out and follow me on Instagram to stay up to date and participate in the game!

3.) Is this not the cutest fall sign from Lilacs & Longhorns?!

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4.) Have you been keeping up with Chris Loves Julia's kitchen remodel? It's spectacular! I love all the natural light, the open shelving, the mix of lights and darks, and that gorgeous island!

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5.) I haven't forgotten about painting my front door! Thank you so much for taking time to vote and weigh in on which door color you thought I should choose! I just need to narrow it down to an exact shade, then I'll be on a roll. Ha, see what I did there? ;) More to come on that soon! 

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fabulous Fall Printables

Last spring, I posted a collection of my favorite free spring printables and you guys loved them. So, I have another collection for you today of my favorite free fall printables! Yippee for free, beautiful printables, am I right?!
Please keep in mind, these are other bloggers' masterpieces, so follow the links to their blogs and pin individual images from there. Show them some love while you're visiting, too!

Starting out with my very favorite fall printable...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Jessica's Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

Happy First Day of Fall, Everyone! In the spirit of the day, I thought I'd share my favorite fall treat with you all!

In our previous house, we were super blessed to have amazing neighbors turned friends living just two doors down from us! One of my fondest memories of that home is all the walks around the neighborhood that Jessica and I did, pushing our babies in their strollers and chatting. I'm so thankful for the friendship made in our old neighborhood!

One fall, Jessica shared some pumpkin muffins with us and I've been hooked ever since! There's a million pumpkin recipes out there, but I come back to this one every year. It's easy, only dirties one bowl for prep, and the muffins turn out moist and flavorful every time! Bonus points-- it makes a ton, so there's always enough to share!

Jessica graciously said I could share the recipe with you all! Hope you enjoy them as much as we do! Enjoy!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Neutral Fall Mantle {2015 Edition}

For some reason, all this week, I've been mentally ahead a day. It's the worst today, because I keep thinking it's Friday and we're about to start the weekend! Boo! Anyone else all out of whack this week, too?

If you've been following me on Instagram, you have already seen a sneak peak of my fall fireplace decor. I was originally planning to do a colorful mantle, but when I got out my fall decor, this just came together so easily, I had to go with neutral again this year! I love how fresh it looks, while still bringing in all the fall touches that I love! 

I have to say, I'm insanely proud of how this wall in our living room has turned out! Between painting the walls, adding the planking, and building the built-in, it has gone through quite a transformation!

This cute wood and burlap acorn bunting was only $3 in the Target dollar spot! Major score! There's so many cute fall decor items in the dollar spot right now, so go check it out! #notsponsoredbytarget #iwish

I added a couple of my burlap covered pumpkins I made last year to each side. I love how the pumpkins look on top of the candlesticks that I converted from taper candle holders to pillar candle holders!

Cotton, a textured vase, and neutral books finished it off. Super simple!

Have you been busy decorating for fall, too? Do you go all out with colors or stick to a neutral color palette? I genuinely love them both!

Linking up with Remodelaholic, Savvy Southern Style, and many other awesome blogs!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

DIY No-Sew Pumpkin Pillow

Do you ever get project ideas where even you think you're crazy and it's going to turn out horribly? This project was totally one of those. But, I was determined to make it work and it actually turned out better than I thought! #winning

If you've been reading this blog a while, you know that I can't sew. It is just not a power I posses...and I've tried. Oh, I've tried. ;) I finally gave up and donated my sewing machine. The horror! 

Unfortunately, my lack of sewing abilities costs me in the decorating department. I see all.the.cute things but can't make them myself and can't afford to pay someone to make all.the.things for me! Cue, my crazy project idea... 

I really, really wanted some cute fall pillows for my front porch. I was feeling southern and cutesy and thought a little pumpkin pillow (or five, ha!) would be adorable. So, what's a non-seamstress to do? Hot glue it! Oh yeah, baby! It actually worked really well and now I'm the proud owner of adorable pillows that I made myself on the cheap. Woot woot! Picture me dancing around my living room, twirling my pumpkin pillow. 

Ready to see how I did it? I took a million pictures of the process so that you other non-seamstresses could make these little fluffy lumps of adorableness, too! Non-sewers unite! 

Step One: Gather scraps of coordinating fabrics and burlap. I found this adorable polka dotted burlap at Joann's!

Step Two: Cut two pieces of burlap into desired shape, slightly larger than you want the finished size. 

Step Three: Lay the burlap pieces on top of each other with the right/patterned sides facing the inside.

Step Four: Carefully lift the top piece and add a line of glue where you want your seam, leaving about an inch of extra fabric on the outside. Then lay the top piece back in place and firmly press your fabric along the line of glue. Make sure you do this on a surface you don't care about or lay down old newspapers, as the glue can seep through the burlap a bit when you apply pressure. 

Repeat this step on three of the four sides. Make sure to leave the fourth side open so you can add filling! 

I was distracted trying to take a picture and glue at the same time, so accidentally did my line of glue too far from the edge. I discovered if you don't touch the glue and let it dry, you can peel it off. Just a tip in case you mess up!

Step Five: Turn the pillow cover right side out, reaching inside and making sure to get the corners and seams well turned out. I pressed along each seam to get a good, crisp line. 

Step Six: Onto the pumpkin! Grab a patterned fabric and lightly draw the outline of a pumpkin on the back of the fabric, then cut it out. You could also trace a picture of a pumpkin if you don't trust your drawing skills! 

I wanted to use multiple fabrics for my pumpkin for an added touch, so I grabbed a coordinating fabric and drew and cut a football shape to use for the middle of the pumpkin. Then, I traced and cut a stem out of green fabric. 

Step Seven: Arrange the pumpkin pieces onto the pillow, making sure to make the open end of the pillow the bottom. Slip a piece of cardboard inside the pillow so the glue won't seep through. I had just worked on two lumbar pillows that closed on the side, so made the open part on this square pillow facing the side, too, without thinking. I wish I had put the open side on the bottom instead, since the final seam doesn't lay quite as flat as the other three seams. (That's true of sewn pillows as well.)

Step Eight: Working in small sections, lift the pumpkin fabric up and add a line of glue close to the edge of the fabric. Carefully lay it back down on the pillow and press and rub firmly to adhere the glue. Do this all the way around the perimeter of each fabric. 

Don't let the pillow switch out in the picture confuse you! I tried to glue too much at once on the first pillow and burned my finger, so I had to take a new picture of this step for you on my second pumpkin pillow. Don't be like me, glue in small, 2"sections!

Step Nine: Working in small sections, glue jute twine around the perimeter of each fabric to seal off the raw edges and add a cute, finishing touch. Use a toothpick to remove any excess glue that seeps out while it's still hot.

Step Ten: Remove the cardboard, stuff the pillow, then fold the last open side of the pillow down toward the inside about an inch all the way around. Add a line of glue close to the inside of the folded edge and press to seal.


I love, love, love how it turned out! I loved it so much, in fact, that I added a pumpkin to this $8 Michael's clearance pillow so that I could have one for my living room, too! Isn't it adorable?!

I also used this method to make two burlap lumbar pillows for my adirondack chairs on the back deck! I specifically picked burlap fabric since I knew the glue would adhere well to the rough, hairy texture. I really want to try this method out on a drop cloth, though, and see if that fabric would work, too. It's a lot smoother, so I'm not sure how well the glue would hold. I'll have to try it and report back! 

Hope this inspires you to cutesy up your porch whether you can sew or not! The possibilities are endless!

Linking up to Savvy Southern Style, Remodelaholic, and many other awesome blogs!
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