The Powder Room

Hi,

My name is Brittany and I am a Pinterest addict…It’s an obsession…this is not a secret!  I could spend hours on Pinterest just looking through fun DIY and decorating ideas.  Okay, maybe not hours, but for long periods of time and several times per week.  Pinterest is a fabulous place to get inspiration if you enjoy making things and getting a little creative.

So…the powder room…the wash room…the bathroom that everyone uses when spending time at the Olds’ residence.  I found an inspirational picture on Pinterest that looked a little something like this…
Bird Houses on the Wall

I love the bird houses hanging on the wall!  What a unique and fun idea for our country home!  Time to shop for the perfect bird houses.  Why do bird houses have to cost a million dollars?  It’s a bird house…4 pieces of decorative wood with a little roof…why why why?  My budget friendly answer: the flea market.  I found this quaint little shop at the flea market that sells all sorts of crafty things.  The owners spend all week gathering left over materials from everywhere and craft to sell every weekend.  What a fun job!  Anyways, they sold me these little gems for $12 a piece and they are exactly what I was looking for.  Old barn wood with rusted out hardware and license plates as the roof.  These bird houses went on the wall in our little powder room.

Again, I wish I would have snapped a before picture of the power room before we redid it…but I didn’t, so let me paint a quick mental picture for you.  Yucky wall paper with a floral design below the shelf molding, ugly flat paneled cabinet doors, outdated fixtures/hardware and a boring mirror.  A few updates made:

  • Added granite as sink top with vessel sink bowl
  • Added vessel faucet
  • Added new mirror (cheap from TJ Maxx – love that place)
  • Added new light fixture
  • Painted walls in neutral color
  • Added custom paneled cabinet doors
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I have future plans for the powder room. I would love to paint the bottom portion of the wall (below the shelf molding) in a rich copper color. This will provide a little contrast to my earth-tone taste but will still flow with open spaces down stairs. And, definitely the pewter hardware…so much to do and so little time 🙂
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The Guest Bathroom

I wish I had totally cool before pictures for this post…but, I don’t and I am seriously kicking myself for that.  I can be an “in the moment” thinker which has it’s pro’s but also has it’s con’s.  My husband calls it the “you thought about it but didn’t want to deal with it” syndrome.  I am working on it!

The painters came today to finish up a few touch-up’s which makes me SO happy because I can FINALLY share a few more rooms.  Although there are still a few finishing touches that need to happen, such as changing out silver hardware to oil-rubbed bronze, I wanted to go ahead and share.

It was super important to me to make the bathrooms “flow,” meaning, incorporating the same tile colors but in a slightly different way.  As you can imagine, since my dumb self didn’t take before pictures, our guest bathroom was also a thousand shades of white.  If you are interested in a mental picture, check out my recent blog post about the master bathroom here.  Imagine the same concept but on a much smaller scale.  Hideous!  This bathroom is considered our “guest bathroom” because it is attached to our guest bedroom (imagine that lol).  Guest bedroom photos can be found here.  A quick run down of the changes we made:

  • Added slate tile to floor
  • Added new cabinet doors to existing cabinets (money saver)
  • Added new light fixtures
  • Extended Shower by about 1 ft for extra space (previously, if you bent over in this shower, your hiney would be out the door)
  • Tiled Shower
  • Added new shower hardware
  • Added new glass to shower
  • Added granite countertops
  • Installed new mirror
After Pictures of Guest Bathroom
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Fun fact about this picture hanging above the toilet in the guest bathroom…I made this for my hubby for our 2 year dating anniversary.  We were in college and I took a poetry class.  The incorporated poem in the picture was written by yours truly!  It is about falling in love!

No Words

When two souls harmonize
They meet at the heart
No perfect way to say it

I loved you from the start

The depths of the inexplicable
It called me by name
The ceaseless pit I looked down

It won’t ever be the same

Descending through a hollows’s shadows
I fell without a stop
The whispers of your wings

We ascended to the top

The calmness of your lips
Your pure innocuous smile
Patterns in my heart show

I’ll stay around for awhile

The days are growing older
Weeks become the past
Yearning that this moment

Will always forever last

When two souls harmonize
They meet at the heart
No perfect way to say it
I loved you from the start

Replacing Door Knobs & Hinges…The “Easy” Way!

Our house came with those old, out-dated bronze door hardware that I desperately wanted to change.  A couple of things to note about updating door hardware…

  1. Door knobs are significantly cheaper online, even if you have a Lowe’s or Home Depot coupon!  I saved $5 per knob on this website.  Click HERE to find the website I ordered my knobs from.
  2. Hinges must be the exact/correct size…it’s better not to guess.  Bring an existing hinge to Lowe’s or Home Depot to figure out the size you need…this will save you a lot of time and frustration!
  3. Bed & Bath means that the knobs come with a lock.  Hall & Closet means that the knobs do not come with a lock.

Replacing all hardware on existing doors is so much easier than it seems.  To install knobs, follow the directions that comes with the set.  The directions are super easy and once you get the hang of it, you will be able to replace a knob within 5-10 minutes.

QUICK TIP:  When installing a door knob, always put the door plate on first.  This is the piece that catches the closing and locking mechanism on the door knob.   Next, install the actual door knob…but only enough to test that the door will close properly with the door plate you initially installed.  This trick will save you a lot of headaches and time because sometimes the alignment of the door plate and door knob closing and locking mechanism is not 100% – causing issues with opening and closing the door!

Here is the “door plate” I was talking about…

Here is an example of the old bronze hardware before I replaced with oil rubbed bronze.

Now…let’s talk about Hinges!

Have you ever picked up a door?  They are extremely heavy.  I consider myself pretty strong but I am not sure I can not man-handle a door by myself…nor would I want to.  Have you tried lining up the door and hinges?  This should not be rocket science but it is really not easy and certainly takes two people…one to hold the door and the other to fiddle with the hinges to line them up properly…what a pain in the butt!

I have GREAT news…there is a much simpler way to do this and without a man.  Check it out.  Drum-roll pllllleeeeaaaasssssseeeeeee!!!!!!

Replace the hinges one at a time, starting with the middle hinge…brilliant!  My husband is the brains of the family…I can’t take credit for that one!  I will remain the creative one.

Here are pictures to demonstrate how easy this is…

After you replace the middle hinge, replace the top and bottom hinge…one at a time of course!

TA DAAAAAAA!!

It is that easy!

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

I love the holidays!  I usually start breaking out the Christmas decorations the weekend before Thanksgiving and go to town around the house.  Typically I can get the house decorated in a weekend, however, this year has taken me the majority of the week.  Why?  Because, a lot of my decorations were silver to match the old house fixtures/Door Knobs…ect.  Nothing a little spray paint can’t fix.  Here is what I have been up to the last week or so.

Who Needs Garland?

I’ve mentioned in a recent post that stairs pretty much take over my house.  As I was dragging out the Christmas decorations, I dreaded the thought ($$$) of hanging pre-lit garland on all those stairs.  This would look amazing but WAY out of my budget.  Maybe I will get lucky in an after Christmas sale…if I can stand the thought of gold, red and green at that point.

…but, who need’s overpriced garland when you have Pinterest?  AC Moore was having a 50% off sale on all their Christmas decorations…SCORE!

I found sticks for $1.99 a bundle, bunches of Wintery/Christmasy “stuff” on sale for $2.50 a bundle, ribbon for $3.99 and bundles of gold balls for $2.99.  I decided to do the staircase only.  My total?  $33.93 before tax!  Can’t beat that…

Here is the end result:

A Makeover…

The house is not complete yet.  There are still a few finishing touches that need to  be buttoned up, but, for the most part, it is complete enough to share.  Here is the front of our house…

We painted the shutters and front porch:

(To see before, click here)

I can’t wait for Spring to show off the new shrubs and plants that are hard to see in this picture.

To give this country house more curb appeal, we made the following updates…

New front door:

New columns:

Added wrought iron railing, front porch fans, and new lights:

New landscaping and added a fountain:

A Country Home

My husband and I shared the dream of moving to the country with lots of land.  We wanted the ability to ride four-wheelers and shoot guns on our own property without breaking the law or dealing with the Home Owners Association.  It seemed like we needed to wait until we were 50 years old before we could ever make that happen…

Thanks to the internet, we started doing research on foreclosures.  Before we knew it, we were putting an offer in on a foreclosure in the country with 10 acres.   After a month or so, the house was ours.  It is amazing what you can find out there that is in foreclosure.

I know what you may be thinking…THAT is your dream house?  Don’t worry…there is so much potential, I can hardly contain myself.