August 3, 2015

Master Bath Makeover


Ah! I'm so excited to finally get to share our master bathroom makeover! Get ready for a picture heavy and info heavy post! 

There was nothing particularly wrong with our bathroom when we bought our house. The tub is a decent size and the beige paint was easy to live with. That being said, it just felt super "builder grade". It had no personality! 

That being said, here were our two dilemmas;
1) We didn't have a ton of cash (hello, baby) and wanted to stay under $200
2) We don't have plans to stay here for 10+ years, so couldn't reason sinking a huge investment into the room (aka, my dream bathroom would have to stay in my dreams)

Here's what our bathroom looked like before:


Beige, beige, beige! Also, note the floor! Bleh.



See? It wasn't particularly terrible, but it wasn't particularly inspired either.

Aaaaand, there's what it looks like NOW (drum roll please!!)

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(p.s. remember when we all first started using email and there were a bajillion chain messages with those  ^ asterisks insisting that if you didn't forward them "all your best friends would face a horrible outcome!")

Ok, back to the "now" pictures!

TA DA!


Here's what we did:
Painted all the walls a gray color
Replaced the floors
Added shelves above the toilet
Accent wall treatments (the constellations!)
Framed out the window (I almost forgot about this until I saw the before pictures again! It looked so bare before!)
Added wall art
Moved the towel hook locations
Added behind the door towel storage


Did you notice the accent wall is constellations?! Ahhhh, it's so fun to see in the morning! I got the inspiration from here, and just used some pearlescent acrylic craft paint and free handed it on. For the stars I made a potato stamp.

The floors are the big secret to this bathroom. Go ahead, take a close look:


The secret? Those tiles came in under $100. They are actually peel and stick vinyl tiles that you can grout in between! Isn't that awesome?! They still have all the texture of a ceramic tile, and you just can't beat the price. Obviously our "dream" bathroom would include some sort of gorgeous clawfoot tub or phenomenal shower skylight and drool worthy floors but back to the $200 budget. So we stuck with the extremely easy floors that we could install ourselves and I'm thrilled with the result.

The shelves above the toilet we stained gray instead of a dark wood color that we had originally planned. We did this because a) we didn't want to match the vanity wood color because our "dream bathroom" does not include that vanity anyway and b) we already had gray and wanted to stick to our under $200 budget. I love how they turned out!


Now that I'm a real adult, you know with a kid and all, I feel like I should make sure to have artwork and stuff on the walls. But artwork that I have in my mind is so stinkin hard for me to find in stores. Or online. Except for the art that hundreds of dollars of course. But, again (for fear of sounding like a broken record), $200. So, I decided to just go for it an try to recreate the Rothko-type look I was going for (for reference, this is Rothko). I also did some watercolor + script art. The best part is that all this I made myself so it came out to a total cost of free.




Here's the breakdown of cost for the whole room!
Floor (tiles, grout, and grout float) = $103
Paint = $36
Accent wall = Free (I already had the acrylic)
Shelves (wall brackets and wood) = $16
Trim for window (we already had trim paint)= $8
Trim for the bottom of the wall (to replace after floors were put in)= $15
Artwork = Free
Behind the door towel hooks = $20

TOTAL = $198

Well, what do you think?! Does your bathroom need some refreshing, too?! If you want something even more budget friendly and less time intensive I highly recommend a fun accent wall!


L

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August 1, 2015

Happy August and a giveaway!

Happy August! Happy second month of the second part of the year! August always arrives along with the mixed feelings I have about the end of the summer. On the one hand, I feel like I have the shortest amount of *blink* and summer is over. On the other hand I am so excited for fall! This is always the time that the hotness starts to get stifling. And dreams of falling leaves and crisp apples start to take over. So I'm a little sad about summer ending but am looking forward to fall. And plus, school supplies. Amiright?

Around these parts of my small little space on the interwebs, I have decided to use August for some fun blog promotion and updates! So first things first, a giveaway! I've been watercoloring a lot lately and (see up top?!) officially opened a humble digital downloads shop. So to kick off the month of August I am giving away a watercolor + script art. Woo!



The watercolor might look familiar, it's the original for the free floral frame digital download that I have up in the shop. It's a 9x12, painted by yours truly. The quote inside was suggested by one of my very best friends, and I love it. I feel like it really describes the feeling of summer to me. So what better way to kick off the last month of this gorgeous season! 

So go ahead and enter below, this could be hanging on your wall!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway runs through Wednesday, good luck!


Happy Saturday, and happy August!

L

July 31, 2015

Fri-YAY

You guys. You guys! What a week it has been!

I love Fridays! They are the end of the week, but also the beginning of the weekend! Even though it is summer, and I technically have "off" in the summer, let me tell you, there is no "off" with a baby!

This week has been so full and so fun and I am so excited for August! I've been working on blog updates and posts and it all starts tomorrow! Hooray! If you want a little hint you can head over to my facebook page and check out the shop (at the top!) to see where I've got a small sneak peak of whats to come in the weeks ahead!

The rest you should be able to see right here tomorrow!

But before we can get to tomorrow, let's take a look at this week we just had shall we?!




JalapeƱos to the max! I've got 9 right now sitting in my fridge just waiting to be turned into delicious relish! I've got cucumbers added to the grocery list and am really really excited to be making relish again this summer.  


I've been practicing and practicing my watercolors and it is my new top 5 things I enjoy doing once our little wiggle worm has gone to sleep! 


Snacky lunches. Channeling my inner Kellie on this one and made a snacky lunch for us on Tuesday.  I think I need to start thinking about what else can be added to the plate, though, because T ate the whole jar of pickles. Oops.

Piggybacking off of snacky lunch, I've gotta tell you, we were at the DREGS of the pantry by the end of this month. Please tell me I'm not the only one this happens to? All of a sudden it's the 25th and you're thinking "how on earth will we last five. more. days."?! Well, we made it. And today is mega-planned super-exciting grocery trip day!!! It's the little things.

So this weekend I have planned
- fun blog surprise/launch/relaunch/overall fun-ness
- prepping for some school foods that I want to have in our freezer
- working on some invitations that I am so stinkin excited about!
- hopefully getting a good run in!

What do you have planned?!

Happy Friday!

L

July 21, 2015

Watercolor Envelope Liners

There are few things, in my mind, as fun as opening up the mailbox to see a letter just for you! You can ask my husband, I actually have a very odd obsession with checking the mail. There's just something about seeing an envelope that isn't a bill or junk mail! Especially when the letter is fun and colorful or even a wedding invitation! Yay! 

I was so thrilled when a friend of mine came over to work on some wedding invite details with me! We decided to do some DIY watercolor liners for her envelopes. I love this kind of DIY because you can use it for any envelope and any kind of letter under the sun.

We started by watercoloring simple craft paper that comes in a roll.


It doesn't matter if the strokes aren't perfect, because you're going to be cutting the paper way down to make your liners.


Once your paint is completely dry, turn the paper over and trace your liner template. I got mine from paper source when I was doing my own wedding invitations. I've used them over and over again since!



Cut those babies out and viola! They are done!



We glued just the top triangle part of the liner into the card. This way, when you open it, if the bottom pulls a tad it's no biggie.


And here is why I loooove liners!


Ta daaa!



Ah, I'm in love!!

L

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July 13, 2015

6 Month Update


Hello my half a year old boy!

Likes
Tickles
Bath Time
Mealtimes
Big Boy Coale
Small Dogs
Playing on the floor
Reaching for things
Dancing (with help from mom)
Listening to Music
FaceTime
Mirrors

Dislikes
When Mom plays the ukulele
Loud bang! noises
not being allowed to grab things
Teething

Nicknames
Clarkadoo
Big Boy
Little Man
Clarkleton

I want to remember
Your first vacation to Houston! Watching you meet everyone was such a treat!


How squirmy and adventurous you are! Everything is new and exciting and worth a good stare down. Even watching Daddy vacuum is thrilling (and we are thrilled that you are thrilled, and one day I'm sure you'll be thrilled to add vacuuming to your list of chores! Ha!)

How different you look now that just six months ago when you were a teeny little squirm. This month has been full of allthenewthings! Plane rides! New animals! And for us too! Plane rides (with a baby!) 4th of July lunch celebrations, and wishing the neighborhood fireworks were done by 11pm! And figuring out how much you are actually supposed to eat in a day. All good things, some hard things, and yet mostly awesome things.

How you are a giant ham. I'm totally biased but also totally convinced that you know what a camera is. Evidence:










(I like to think that you feel this hat doesn't really show off your best features (hello hair!) and that maybe a different style would be a tad more flattering...)

(I love this one because you are clearly noticing that Coale is in the way of your major photo shoot. It's like you're saying "wait mom! Coale's in the way! I'm not ready!")

Here's to 6 more months of fun (and many many many more)

-Mom


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