Monday, March 25, 2013

Bathroom Redo Part II

This bathroom makeover is the second makeover this small hall bath has gotten since we moved in 2.5 years ago. I can honestly say that in that 2.5 years, my style has changed. Thankfully, Matt puts up with my changing styles and for the most part is a good sport about helping me redo a space.

After we moved in, this bathroom was a blank canvas.

So, what did I do with that blank canvas?

Unfortunately, I did this...

And this...

I added thicker trim than my baseboard trim to the middle of the wall, and to the mirror. Then I topped it off with this terrible paint color that I mixed myself. This poor bathroom stayed this way for 2 years. Luckily, a year ago, I found a website called Pinterest.

If you follow me on Pinterest, you know that lately I have been lovin' me some industrial style stuff, mainly shelving.

With Matt's help, I changed the space above...

to this

and this.

Here is what we did:

We took the trim off the wall and mirror. We had to chip away piece by piece at the mirror trim. We even used paint thinner to dissolve the liquid nails that held the MDF to the mirror. What a NIGHTMARE...

Matt added 3" hook board to the top of the wall. He also added trim around the small window.

He then caulked the trim to fill in the gaps.

I patched, sanded, primed, and painted the walls and trim.

We installed a new light ($40 at Lowe's) and framed around the mirror again, but this time we used wood.

Matt built some awesome industrial style shelves.

Matt made and installed a new shower curtain rod. For this new curtain rod, I bought a new shower curtain ($10 at Walmart), and decorated the shelves.

Matt put together and installed an industrial style towel rack.

And a hand-towel rack.

I love how this bathroom makeover part II turned out. So much better than the first time around.

Stay tuned in the next couple of days for tutorials on the shelving, towel racks, and mirror framing. You won't want to miss it!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Missionary Map

This year for Christmas, we made our Grandma Pope a missionary map. This map shows where her children and grandchildren have served their missions. Matt designed the map in Photoshop and then we had it developed at Sam's Club.

First, we sprayed some spray adhesive to the back of the map and then smoothed the map on the front of a piece of plywood that we cut to the size of the map.

Next, we cut and painted some boards that will frame the map.

After the paint was dry, we nailed the boards to the plywood.

With my Cricut, I cut some small hearts out of red vinyl to mark the places our family members have served their LDS missions.

Our newest missionary cousin got to put her own vinyl heart on the map after opening her Mission Call. She is called to serve in Seoul, South Korea and will be leaving in May.

The Pope family is literally taking the Gospel to all the earth...

"As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." -Joshua 24:15

I found the original idea for this HERE.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Shamrock Door Hang

-3 grapevine hearts (I found mine at a thrift store)
-roll of grapevine twig garland(for the stem)
-wire cutters
-green spray-paint
-twine or ribbon to hang wreath

Step 1: Cut about 12-15" of grapevine garland and stick it into the wreath.
Step 2: Wire this bad boy together. Make sure the stem and hearts are securely attached to one another.

Step 3: Spray-paint the wreath green.
Step 4: Attach some twine, ribbon, or string on back of the wreath. Leave a large enough loop so it can hang from a door hanger.

Finally, hang it on your door!
These are the pillows I made for St. Patrick's Day. I have others that are for sale in my Etsy shop. You can purchase those HERE.
I think the shamrock turned out cute!

Check out my other St. Patrick's Day decor posts:

Corrugated Tin Shamrock found HERE.

Ribbon Wrapped Shamrock found HERE.

Shamrock Wood Letters