It’s a common endeavor of mom’s across the world to find ways to add storage to their home, don’t you think? We love to be organized or at least have the appearance of such a goal. Having cute storage makes it even more fun. This pink bin may be a tad too cute. ahem. In order to free it from its Pepto Bismol state, I’m giving it a DIY makeover into some farmhouse bathroom storage.
One of the things I often hear from you, my readers, is they just don’t have the budget to make their house into the home they like, or they lack vision to make something old or outdated into something new. That’s where I come in. My goal in my blog is to take away those worries and inspire you to at least try. My own budget is so small you need a microscope to see it. As for vision, that comes easy to me and why I share. Today, I’m here to not show so much a grand makeover, but hoping to show you how you can get the look you’re after for less. Take for instance, this box used for home decor storage.
This could easily be something you already own and maybe you’re ready for a new look. Shopping your home is the cheapest way to change it up. However, your local thrift store, estate sales, garage sales, and flea markets (even online markets) are brimming with possibilities. Oh, and don’t forget the curb! So much
Tackling a spot in your home that needs a thorough cleaning can feel so good, doesn’t it? Kinda like therapy in and of its own. We have the opportunity to get rid of naturally occurring filth like dirt and dust, but then also really evaluate what exists in that space. Once such area I consistently tackle is my workshop. It’s full of dirt and sawdust for sure, but also oodles of potential – of things yet to be. Here is what I chose to work on today from my constant cleaning spot. Do you know what they are? Well, they’re going to become upcycled storage and some DIY wall art. Woot!
Are you ready for this? DISCLAIMER: This post contains potty talk. If you have ever had a child, you know what I’m talking about. Just wanted to be upfront and everyone is on the same page. hee hee hee. Now, doesn’t every good mother scout the curb when they are walking their kids home? I mean, who would pass up the opportunity to carry this home? Yep, that’s a potty chair and we gonna have a potty chair makeover today, folks.
What kid wouldn’t love this little gem with the built-in TP holder and book rack? It’s like a little throne or something. I actually spied this this night before on an evening walk with my kids. We had to walk back that way the next day to go to our homeschool gym class and figured if it was still there I would grab it before the trash truck did.
You know I love me some farmhouse style decor. Do I live on a farm? No. Do I want to live on a farm? YES. Funny thing is I was born on a farm (and act like it too – ha!) and lived in rural life until I left the nest. So many of us adore the simplicity of farmhouse decor, but don’t live on a farm. However, we don’t have to wait for that “farm in the sky” to have it. Whether it’s good ol’ fashioned farmhouse or modern farmhouse, you can get the look for less. Let me show you what I mean. (I have a video for you!)
First, let me say that country living is in my bones and one day I will get there whether here or in heaven. God hasn’t seen fit to bless me with that opportunity yet, so I am making the most of my blessings.
Mama on a mission here! I am a driven person, if you haven’t figured that out yet. mwahaha…and my workshop is getting an overhaul like noneother. Destashing the stash feels oh so good (and makes room for new, of course. tsk). I have had a small set of cupboard doors left over from from this pile of kitchen remodel goodness since forever and they finally are getting new life today. Time for some DIY storage!
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As this past year flashes by and we are already a few days into 2016, I wanted to take a minute to look at my year in review and share my Top 10 Makeovers of 2015. Fun, right? It is amazing to see God working in my life and of my family. I want to share the blessings with you and offer you a surprise for helping me out with a little something later on.
Let’s get this party started!!
Crazy as this sounds, my #1 top viewed post of 2015 was not a makeover, but a tip. Yep, a last-minute, grab-my-camera, and why-not-share-my-quirky-habit type of post. My “Natural Ant Control with Grits” post blew up and was by far number one. I guess I’m not the only one with the pesky little critters each spring.
A bit of controversy arose about my post and several naysayers appeared, but I tell ya, it works. Whether it kills them or just feeds them so they don’t come in…I don’t care. I like ants, just not in my home, right?
Lately, I’ve been trying to get a few projects done for our own home that I’ve had on my brain. Sometimes it seems like my head is going to explode and it feels good to work on something and be able to mark it off my list. For some reason, I’ve always admired the whimsy of bathroom directional sign. You know, a sort of vintage here-you-go sign. Check out my repurposed direction…hee hee.
Well, I’ve been making a point to work through my stash bit by bit and get creative. Here is what I pulled out as possible repurposed direction sign candidates.
What you see is a wood turning, a small single tree (for a goat?), a rusty old coping saw, and a leftover piece of my treadle sewing machine table. In addition, I also decided to use my rusty saw and sewing machine part (that funky piece of wood).
Today’s the day! WAHOO! Yes, I’m excited and yes, I can show you the final product of all our work in our one and only bathroom.
Now, for those of you just stopping in, I’d like to take a minute to catch you up to speed. My family and I are remodeling our house (again) and our latest project was our master bedroom, and sort of at the same time our soon-to-be farmhouse bathroom over the last year (while also having babies and a grand ol’ time).
When we bought our home in 2003, this is what the bathroom looked like. In case you’re wondering, this is a scanned and uploaded photo, so you could get the full effect. Now I am really dating myself. ahem.
Cast iron green bathtub with matching green commode, glass shower doors, 3″ creamy white square tiles on the bottom and 1″ white with gold square tiles on top. Berber carpet on the floor, clear corrugated plexiglass type drop ceiling, an indoor/outdoor light complete with outlet attached, and a single mirrored medicine cabinet. Oh yeah, total room for improvement.
First makeover included painting upper tiles dark maroon and the ceiling panels and grids white, added green floor tile, plus mirror and light fixtures, and took out the shower doors.
Second makeover, yanked out the tub and toilet for new fiberglass tub with surround, and put in new floor tile. (another uber old scanned picture)
It wasn’t until a couple years later I painted the upper tile a soft green and changed up the decor. This picture shows after we already tore down the ceiling and getting into gutting it from top to bottom.
Third times a charm, right? tsk.
Well, this time was for good because we needed to replace that window and we wanted a clean start, a GIGANTIC do over. All the details about the start of our project, including how we got a massively heavy tub in there are here, and the latest upgrades are all here. Take a minute and catch up…it’s a good read.
Are you ready? We are!!