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$100 Room Challenge – Powder Room Reveal

Posted in BATHROOMS, DECOR, DIY, MAKEOVER CHALLENGES, ORGANIZATION
on January 26, 2017
So, are you ready for the $100 Room Challenge big reveal of my now much prettier powder room? 

I’m going to keep you in suspense just a minute longer. First, let’s do a quick recap in case you’re just popping in for the first time, and aren’t sure what the $100 Room Challenge is. 

Erin of Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry put together this fun, and fabulous event brings together some of my favorite bloggers, each making over a room with just $100 budget in four short weeks. For more information on the $100 Room Challenge, check out my post from week 1, or check here where Erin spells it out clearly.

I chose to make-over my overly-neglected powder room. It was dark, dreary and very unfinished – not ideal for what is probably the hardest working room in the house! 

Week 1 // Week 2 // Week 3 // Week 4

The first week I shared my inspiration board which included a lot of bold navy and green pattern with strong accents, and I was feeling pretty good about my choices, but it was the execution that made me second guess myself. Week 2 I talked about my inability to trust my bold instincts and left off with me stenciling a bold navy pattern. Week 3 I shared a new direction, which in reality means I was actually just getting started on this challenge.. and this week. Well, I know why you’re really here, so let’s get to it! Grab a coffee – or a glass of wine, because it’s always five o’clock somewhere, and I’ll bring on the obscene amount of pictures! Make sure to scroll to the bottom for my budget breakdown and to see the other oodles of beautiful room make-overs from my blogging pals! 

We added shelving above the commode.  We made the shelves using 1″x 6″ pine leftover from the built-ins we made for the last One Room Challenge. To beef them up, we stacked two boards on top of one another and added a lattice strip trim to hide the seam. Ironically, I had purchased brackets for this room a million moons ago but had never gotten around to hanging the actual shelves.  The shelves hold decorative objects as well as closed storage for odds and ends, in what was once a blank space.
Vase | 
Love Print – Similar
Hexagon Print | Cactus Print | Girl on a Rock Print | Llama Print| Watercolor Print | Palm Tree Print 
I struggled with the idea of artwork. I wanted something that would have a presence, a bit of color, but would not overwhelm or underwhelm the bold pattern of the walls. I couldn’t find any one single thing, so I created a gallery of images all found on Etsy and added a simple frame. The images were printed onto printable vinyl and applied to a 10″x10″ canvas
 
Hexagon Print | | Llama Print|
 Girl on a Rock Print Palm Tree Print 

Hexagon Print | Cactus Print | Girl on a Rock Print Llama PrintWatercolor Print | Palm Tree Print 


We added a brushed nickel towel bar on the wall adjacent to the sink.
 The towels were on clearance – lucky me! 
Of course, the biggest change was the addition of the Caitlyn Wilson Wallpaper hack that was made by loosely stenciling a similar pattern with paint. The room desperately needed some oomph and this more than supplied that in spades.  
 
It wasn’t in the budget to change the light fixture, so instead, we changed out the globe shades. This is a relatively inexpensive upgrade that makes a tremendous difference, not only to the look of the fixture, but also the amount of light it gives off. This room really needs a 3-bulb fixture, but the white shades do help quite a bit in the interim until it’s in the budget to replace it.  
 
 
I very much wanted a gilded mirror in this room but replacing the mirror would have cost a fortune. Instead, the one we had received a silver-leafing and stencil update, making it affordable and fun! 
 
 
 
The vanity received a new finish in week two with a bold navy blue with the slightest of sheen. New cabinet pulls had the existing vanity looking brand new.  
 
Under the sink also got a little TLC. Gone is the disorganization! At some point, I’ll get to making it a bit prettier, but for now, it’s much more functional. 

Using the doors for toothbrush and hair paraphernalia increased the available storage substantially, and helps to keep things out of the sight of guests.  

 

Last, after much deliberation on what to do with the rug, I decided on keeping it exactly how it is. The pattern on the rug compliments the similar pattern on the mirror.



Here was my to-do list – can I just tell you how excited I am that I completed nearly everything!? 

  • Add some bold pattern to the walls 
  • Find a better solution for toothbrushes and hand towels
  • Organize
  • Change the artwork
  • Replace the trash can, toothbrush holder, and towel bar.
  • Create storage for hair products  
  • Consider replacing the rug
  • Update the lighting
I’m considering this project a BIG win if all I’m left with is replacing the trash can! 

 

Let’s talk budget. 

First, can I just say that staying within a $100 was challenging, but it’s definitely do-able. Lucky for me I’m a hoarder, and tend to over-buy supplies which meant much of what I used I had on hand from other projects. Still, I did go a tiny bit over. But, I’m fine with it. 🙂 
 

 

Let’s look back just one more time – 
 
BEFORE

 

AFTER!

 

 

 

 

And with that said, Knock it Off Kim, OUT! At least for now. But, before you go, check out the other reveals.. and get more wine! 
 
Want to see where we started? You can check here! 

Week 1 // Week 2 // Week 3 // Week 4

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Pantry Organization Refresh – The Silhouette Creators Refresh Challenge

Posted in CRICUT, DIY, KITCHEN, ORGANIZATION, SILHOUETTE PROJECTS
on January 12, 2017
  I’m slowly recovering from my so far Powder-room fail, both mentally and figuratively. One day I’ll learn to trust my first instincts.. it would save so much time! In any case, it seemed like a superb time to focus on something else.. like my pantry and perfect timing for the January version of the Silhouette Creators Monthly Challenge. Many thanks to Cat of Pocketful of Posies for hosting. This month’s theme was refresh! 
 
 
Believe it or not, this pantry was very organized just a few short years ago, but over time and as our needs have changed, it’s become very unorganized indeed! 
 
Sometimes it can be really overwhelming to know where to begin when things get a bit out of control – it happens to all of us!  I have a 5 step process for most any kind of storage organization. They go something like this:
 
1. Evaluate what you need to store. 
2. Sort Stage 1: Determine whether to keep, relocate or dispose of each item. 
3. Sort stage 2: Sort into categories for storage. 
4. Organize! This is the part where you find containers shelving homes. 
5. Maintain. If you’ve found the right home for everything, this will be simple!    
 
In the case of our pantry,  the space and shelves are very deep which makes using the door impossible for much other than apron storage. If organized correctly, we have plenty of room for everything we need to store. The first step was realizing the problem we had was the containers we were using were either not properly sized for what we needed, taking up too much room, or not large enough to store what it needed to. Things had definitely gotten out of control! 
 
So much so that we’ve started moving into other cabinets to hold the overflow. 
 
Following my own process, step two sorting had me realizing how many duplicates I had and also that I had a few things that were a wee bit out of date. Like, ahem, one that had a best by date of 2012.. how?!
After purging any expired foods, I sorted everything into categories that better fit our family’s needs. Some were moved to smaller containers, some remained in the larger. 

For some categories, such as pasta, rice and bagged snacks, baskets from the Target dollar aisle were a perfect home. I added rope handles to the baskets to allow for easy opening on each shelf. 


Drawers were a great alternative for lunch snacks, making it simple to see what is available and what needs to be added to the shopping list. 

To complete the organization, I added vinyl labels for each container made on my Silhouette machine. I used the Harlow Solid Italic font in the Silhouette Studio and applied the vinyl to each container using transfer paper.  

I can’t tell you how nice it is to be able to find everything again! Such a simple project that has made such a big difference in my every day!  
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{Simply Seasonal} Christmas 2016 – 5 Ways to Make Your Home Holiday Ready

Posted in HOLIDAYS, ORGANIZATION
on December 8, 2016
Hello! Are you as excited about this holiday season as I am?  The Simply Seasonal blog series began this past fall, and I’m so excited to be taking part in the holiday edition! We hope to give you tips on how to ready your own home for the season! I’m teaming up with an amazing group of bloggers to help make your holiday season a little easier by each sharing our favorite ideas for helping you spend less time readying your home and more time enjoying what matters most!
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