How To Transform An Ugly Outdated Seventies Bathroom- Part 1

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Okay, I want a show of hands. Whose favorite color is mauve? No one? Like, why was it ever even a thing to put mauve anywhere, let alone in a bathroom??? We literally have not even touched our hall bathroom in the whole time we’ve lived in our house other than to hang a shower curtain. Literally, I’m not lying. And I’ll show you a pic in a minute if you promise not to laugh. No, really, it’s that bad.

And for that matter, I don’t believe any of the previous owners had ever touched that bathroom since the house was built in 1979. I’m sure it probably has something to do with how overwhelming and expensive a complete gut job on a bathroom can be. It takes a lot of time, a little bit of skill, and a lot more money.

Not to mention the logistics. For example, our hall bath is the only bathroom in the house with a tub. While we do have a shower in our master bedroom, even though it’s not working at the moment *ugh*, I can only imaging trying to give our 1 year old and 4 year old a shower. I’m picturing the prom scene from “Carrie” in my mind where the blood gets dumped over her head. Haha, yeah nope, thanks. I’ll pass on that. And we’re also trying to wait until the kids are a bit older and can handle a shower better while a major renovation on their bathroom is going on. Hopefully something like that will take place in a few years.

And while we haven’t quite saved up enough for a full-on, take a sledge hammer to the walls type renovation, we’ve definitely got some ideas in mind to make this space more appealing in the meantime.

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How to Build a Beautiful DIY Farmhouse Headboard- A Weekend Project

Ever since we moved into our current home, our master bedroom headboard has been at the top of our my project list. I knew I wanted a beautiful farmhouse style headboard. What I didn’t want was the heavy retail price tag. I searched high and low at places like Target, Wayfair, Amazon and even Walmart without finding an affordable option for us.

There is this perfect vantage point of our bedroom from the glider in my son’s room. I remember staring at that empty wall space above our bed for years, it felt like, while rocking our son to sleep. Just willing a headboard to appear. I wanted it so bad I could taste it. Something about looking at that same view, night after night, and waiting, waiting, waiting for it to happen just makes me appreciate it so much more now that it’s here, as so often happens in life.

This project inevitably got put on hold over the years after one thing or another got in the way. Either we didn’t have the time to devote to it, or we always had something else to put our money into. Untilllll I stumbled across Ana White’s Farmhouse Headboard Plans.

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Vintage Painted China Cabinet Makeover- A Full Tutorial!

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Welcome to another edition of Transformation Tuesday where I join the talented Lacey from Rock Solid Rustic to share our newest DIY transformations. This week’s theme is sprucing up some outdated pieces with the cost effective power of paint!

Check out Lacey’s awesome tutorial on how to paint a bathroom vanity. And keep scrolling to the bottom to see my china cabinet makeover!

Easy Instructions on How to Paint a Vanity

If you don’t have the money, or time, to renovate your entire bathroom, you can easily refresh it and change the entire look. Adding a coat of paint, new hardware, and framing a builder grade mirror can make a big difference on a budget. Read on to see how to paint a vanity – the proper way.  

Click here to see the full tutorial!

Vintage China Cabinet Makeover!

One of the pieces in my home that is nearest and dearest to my heart is my grandmother’s china cabinet, that my grandmother actually inherited from her parents. I love having something in my home that has stood for years in both of their homes. That housed their china that they ate meals off of. That now holds my grandmother’s china in my house.

Before
Before

Although this is a great quality china cabinet made by Bassett, the looks were a little outdated and not our style. In fact, I almost didn’t take it. But, luckily, I came to my senses. And with the help of my husband, we transformed it into this beaut.

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How to Easily Use Baskets in Your Decor- And Add Function Too

If you like it, then you shoulda put a basket on it! (Or under it, if you’re going to get all technical about it.) I hope this terrible Beyonce pun doesn’t dissuade you from reading any further, ha ha. It was pretty bad, I admit.

But, really, this little decorating hack does wonders. I’m not sure what it is about grouping accessories in a decorative basket or box that is so pleasing to the eye, but it most definitely is. I’ve used this underrated tip many times in my own home. And I’m always somehow surprised at how much better it looks.

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How To Organize Your Fridge

Ok, first of all, I’m really not that big of a loser that I have to organize my fridge. Or, maybe I am. I was just so tired of not being able to find anything, or more importantly, my husband kids, even after a trip to the grocery store.

I spend way too much time on Amazon (Amazon Prime- you are the devil), and one day I stumbled upon these fridge organizers. You wouldn’t think these little acrylic bins would make that big of a difference, but it has been a game changer for us.

They come in both narrow and wider sizes. There is also a can dispenser and a holder for eggs. You may notice I don’t use the egg holder, just a weird OCD tick where I have to know the expiration date. Haha!

I’m now able to store all of my daughter’s preschool lunches in one, yogurt in another, string cheese in another, and so on. My kids quickly learned which bins hold their snacks, what their lunch options are, even breakfast options sometimes.

Sometimes the seemingly small things I organize turn out to be the biggest time savers. I’m just a fan of anything that streamlines our life and makes things a little easier. Picture me pushing that big red easy button from Staples right now!

Here she is in all her beauty!

This pic is a little hard to see, I realize. The shelves in my fridge are clear, as are the bins. I drew some arrows in the next pic to help you see a little better.

I know the 1990’s called and want their fridge back. It’s definitely on the never-ending list. I’m debating between a side by side or the french door type. In our first home, we had a side by side that worked just fine for us. But, I also think it would be nice to have the extra room up top for bigger things like a pizza box or something.

If you have either of these types of fridges, weigh in below and let me know what kind you have and if you like it! Maybe tell me the brand also! Or, if you have any organizing tips for me, I’m all ears!