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1 In DIY/ home decor

Easy Modern Farmhouse Bathroom update

easy diy bathroom update
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I’m so excited to FINALLY share with you guys the details of our Modern Farmhouse Master Bathroom update! (I had all intentions of getting this up sooner, but ya know, life.)

So when we first moved in to our new house, I loved that we had a master bath. It needed some work, but being that we just did a huge bathroom renovation at our previous home, and expecting a baby, we put it off.

One weekend after watching Marie Kondo, I was going through our house on a whirlwind. I mean I literally ripped through every room. I stepped into our bathroom, and well, one thing led to another.  We (I say “we” but I mean “me) decided to do a quick little bathroom update for just under $200.

This is what it looked like before.

easy diy bathroom update

 

It wasn’t terrible, but it needed a little refresh.

  • First thing I did was pull out this shelving unit over the toilet and paint. The color we chose was Sherwin Williams Passive Gray. I love this color because it has a nice cool tone to it. I wanted something very airy and clean looking with some touches of rustic/earthy elements to it for a modern farmhouse feel.
  • Next, we painted the bathroom vanity. Our vanity takes up a great deal of space in our bathroom.  To give the space a brighter look I decided to transform it by painting it white and then doing the hardware darker to give it some contrast. For the cabinets we used Rust-oleum cabinet transformations kit in pure white (we had some left over from our DIY distressed bedroom furniture we did in the fall).

bathroom update

easy diy bathroom update

 

  • Our shower is the main focal point of our bathroom. I desperately wanted to get rid of the glass shower door but because there was no tub, and we were just looking to do a quick weekend update, I left it. Instead, I put up a cute shower curtain to cover the glass door to dress it up a little.

easy diy bathroom update

 

  • Next, I added some shelving. To decorate the shelves, I got some apothecary jars and baskets to help organize some of our personal items. I also found a cute little vintage sign and some greenery.

 

diy bathroom update

 

I love the way it came out and for a little under $200, it looks like a totally different space! Not bad for a weekend 😉

I’ve linked some of my bathroom faves below:

shower curtain

floating shelves

Vintage bathroom sign

apothecary jars

soap dispenser

 

And be sure to check out some of my other DIYs

Whitewashed Brick Fireplace Update

DIY Distressed Bedroom Furniture Tutorial

 

modern farmhouse bathroom update

0 In DIY/ home decor

Whitewashed brick fireplace update

diy whitewashed brick fireplace update

This past weekend we set out on a new project around the house. This time it was whitewashing our brick fireplace.  I shared some of the pics in my instagram stories (if you don’t follow me on instagram follow me here) and most people said they would love a tutorial. So here it is, my whitewashed brick fireplace update.

When we first looked at our current house, my husband fell in love with the downstairs and was determined to make it his man cave. But I wasn’t too fond of the warm knotty pine and the orangey brick. So we made a compromise – he could keep his knotty pine and we would whitewash the fireplace to make it a little brighter and update the space a bit. It was super easy to do and really gives the room a new look.

diy whitewashed brick fireplace update

 

Here’s my step by step tutorial:

1.) First start off by wiping off the brick with a cloth to get rid of any dust. We also covered our mantle as we did not want to paint that and wanted to leave it as is.

2.) Mix up your paint in a 50-50 paint, water mixture. We used Sherwin Williams Emerald Satin paint in Extra White. The consistency should be pretty watery.

sherwin williams paint

3.) Using a paint brush, paint each brick. The paint will dry lighter and depending on how much of the original brick you want to show through underneath, you can apply a second coat.

diy whitewashed brick fireplace

4.) The door surrounding the hearth (I think that’s what it’s called) was the traditional gold. To give it more of a farmhouse look we took the door off and sanded it then painted it with a high heat flat black spray paint.

5.) Let the door dry completely before putting back on.

diy whitewash brick fireplace

This was definitely an easy, reasonably priced update. And I love the way it came out!

So are you team whitewash or team original brick?

If you want to see some of my other DIY projects check out this DIY Distressed Bedroom Furniture tutorial.

 

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4 In Christmas/ DIY/ food

Homemade Irish Cream Recipe

homemade irish cream

This homemade Irish cream is a favorite among family and friends! It tastes really yummy, makes you feel all warm and toasty inside and makes great homemade gifts. (For more homemade gift ideas check out my etsy shop.)

I’m sharing my Homemade Irish Cream Recipe below

 

 

I make this homemade Irish cream every year.  It’s something I look forward to every holiday season and my family and friends do too! In just under 5 minutes you can have your own homemade Irish cream to drink on its own or add a splash to your coffee. Plus, add a cute ribbon and you have your own homemade hostess gift.

 

homemade irish cream

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups of whiskey
  • 14 oz of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional – you can also use coconut extract instead, either way both are delish!)

Directions:

  • Pour all ingredients into a mixing bowl.
  • Using an immersion blender, mix together all ingredients for about 30 seconds. (You can also blend together in a blender). Just be careful not to overmix so as not to whip the cream.
  • Pour into a glass bottle or mason jar. Keep refrigerated.

homemade irish cream

And for more homemade gift ideas be sure to check out my Etsy shop!

 

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Homemade Irish cream recipe

3 In distressed furniture/ DIY/ farmhouse bedroom/ home decor

Tips for distressing your bedroom furniture

how to distress your bedroom furniture

 

diy distressed furniture

I have had the urge to paint and distress something for awhile now.  I absolutely adore how rustic it looks and how each two pieces are never the same.  Initially I had been wanting to paint our kitchen cabinets but the husband nearly killed me. So I decided to settle for distressing our bedroom furniture instead to give it a little makeover. These cute stamped farmhouse books were my inspiration.

For those who are new here, Joanna Gaines is pretty much my spirit animal.  Like Jo I get these grand ideas and hubby well he’s like the Chip to my Jo, he makes it happen! It came out great and it was super easy! I shared pieces of the process on my Instagram stories and so many people had been asking for a tutorial so here it is.

Here are my tips for distressing your bedroom furniture.

First you will need:

  •  Screwdriver
  • Chalkpaint or Rust-Oleum light color kit (I’ve seen lots of tutorials using chalkpaint and after doing some research I decided to use the Ruse-Oleum cabinet kit because it is a little more durable and doesn’t wear as easily)
  • Palm sander
  • Sand paper (I used 120 grit and 220 grit for the distressing)
  • Paint brush
  • *** If not using the Rust-Oleum kit you will also need a clear wax.

 

Step one: First remove all the hardware with a screwdriver.

Step two: Lightly sand all surfaces of the furniture with 120 grit sand paper. We also used a palm sander which made it much easier.  This will give the paint something to stick to. When sanding, sand in the direction of the grain of the wood.

Step three: Wipe down the furniture with a damp cloth or towel to remove any of the sawdust particles.

Step four: Once the furniture is dry, paint with either your chalkpaint or according to step 2 of the Rustoleum kit if using the kit. We did two coats.  Then let dry.

 

Step five: Using sand paper (we used 220 grit for this part), lightly sand/distress the corners and edges of furniture until you receive the worn look you want.

 

Step six: Clean all surfaces again with a microfiber cloth.

Step seven: Apply the lacquer included in step 4 of the kit. If not using the kit, apply a clear wax. This will serve as a protective coat.  When applying the lacquer or wax, you do not want to over brush, apply in long passes.  Let dry in a cool area.

Step eight: Replace all of the hardware

We went a step further and reupholstered the headboard and footboard of the bed.

diy bedroom furniture

For the re-upholstery you will need:

  • Fabric of your choice for reupholstering
  • Stapler Gun
  • 3M Spray Glue
  • An old credit card
  • New razor blades

Step one: Cut all of your fabric to the appropriate size you are looking to cover.

Step two: Stable the fabric to the bottom edge first.

diy headboard

Step three: Using the spray glue, spray the entire area you are going to cover.

diy headboard

Step four: Pull the fabric from the bottom up to cover the area.

Step five: Using a credit card, go side to side to smooth out the fabric and any wrinkles.

diy headboard

Step six: Using the stapler, finish stapling the remaining three sides.

Step seven: With the razor blade go around the edges and trim the fabric to your liking.  I left mine a little unfinished to give it more of a rustic look.

distressed furniture

I completed the look by adding these stamped books for a farmhouse vibe.

farmhouse stamped books

farmhouse bedroom

Be sure to check out my master bathroom makeover here

 

how to distress your bedroom furniture