Monday, March 29, 2010

Subway Art Inspired Family Rules

I am in the process of redoing some things in our home to feel more light and airy. I am really inspired by all the whites out there but am trying to find a common ground between what we have and something more fresh. I sold my old furniture set for the exact amount I need to purchase the lovely white slip covered sofa and chairs at Ikea. In the mean time I'm also editing my accessories and art.

I have been loving all of the subway art inspired pieces lately and also the family rules boards I've seen around. I also wanted to add a little more touch of modern around here. Some areas were looking a little Grandma-sh. Just sayin. So, in the spirit of using what I have I came up with a little something of my own.

This is a print on canvas purchased at Kirklands that was in our kitchen before the kitchen redo. It's OK but the colors don't work in any of our rooms any more. Insert black paint and stencils.

I painted the canvas black (ack!). My husband kind of winced at the sight of me painting over the old picture but I had no worries.... I knew it would be great! I layed out the letters I was going to stencil to get a feel for where to put them and then painted the white with a spongy crafty brush thing.

The finished product with our family rules. I liked it being more of a art piece than a rules board but it still serves the purpose. I am going to love the black and white focus piece with the white furniture when it arrives!

Side note: I may be painting over and redoing the "pay it forward" to "read more books". We'll see.


Monday, March 1, 2010

A weekend and under $200 = one bathroom makeover

The one project I have wanted to tackle lately has been the master bath. Especially every time I cleaned it. DO you ever scrub and scrub and it still feels dirty? Well, that was this bathroom. Yuck.

This is the before photo. This was after a little deconstruction but trust me, it didn't start out much better than this. Ugly carpet, broken vanity (I had a mistreatment over it), stained marble counter, and rust colored walls do not bring a "spa" feeling.

After. Beadboard wallpaper, new craigslist vanity for $40 spruced up with some black paint, and hardware from Hobby Lobby. Oh and new flooring! I will have to update with a picture of that.


After with a shower curtain "mistreatment"

Close up of beadboard wallpaper

                                Close up of Vanity with added metal detail from Hobby Lobby. We are not completely done. We're still adding new hardware and replacing some molding. I will update when finished to include the flooring also.
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