Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Extra storage shelving and baskets

Start with a blank wall.  

Cut boards to size, stain and wax.

Place brackets 14 inches apart.  

Find the perfect baskets at Homegoods.

Perfect use of lots of space.

Store stuff and smile!  You couldn't tell but these shelves now hold, extra toilet paper, costume jewelry, gifts that are waiting for the perfect moment to be given away!

IKEA - brackets, set of two 4.99 -  boards, 4.99 each (or less)
Homegoods - Baskets - about $40.00 total.   I had to find narrow, less than 9 inches wide.  So, I was unable to shop the house.

Happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy family, friends and lots of hugs!

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Bathroom Accents

Southern Glam

Before and After

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Master Accents

It is all about the details too, right?

 I loved this little homemade iron shelf.  My sister Jill and I found it in Baton Rouge at an eclectic antique store.  Vintage mirrored top and narrow thin shelves fit perfectly in one area of the master bathroom.  

I knew from the beginning I wanted a garden seat for sitting and also to double as a small table.  This chrome garden seat was one of the first things I purchased and hubby had to look at it in the bedroom all during construction.  I just kept telling him it was going to be perfect and it is.  

CHROME - Shiny and pretty.  I LOVE the cross handles hot and cold faucets at the sinks.  We added chrome light fixtures and towel hooks.  

This is my favorite mirror of the ten that got axed by hubby.  I just couldn't return this one and it works perfectly for checking the back of my hair before I leave for the day or night!  It is on the angled wall across from the sink mirror. 

Silver tray was a Round Top, TX find on a girls trip.  The perfect narrow shape for holding sussies in between the two sinks.  

More chrome love and the perfect tiny cubby for soap and stuff by the tub.  And that marble ledge was an afterthought. I saw one of my daughter's friend's bathroom makeovers.  She used the marble on her shower ledge and bam... why didn't I think of that.  But, sure glad she did and that I saw it too. 

Crystal and silver... you just can't go wrong with that combination.  

Shopping Frisco Mercantile I found this iron beauty for my necklaces.

Remember the fleur de lis overload that used to overwhelm the master bath.  Now, just one little jar full of cotton balls is left.  The perfect touch next to a crystal biscuit barrel full of soap.   

Up next how to build these shelves yourself.  

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Master Bathroom Remodel - Old South Glam

The only thing we kept was the perfectly sized tub.  Everything else gutted and gone.

Hubby did get his big huge mirror and I love the grand effect over two individual mirrors.  All other input, he was Mr. wonderful, and just shook his head to yes to everything I suggested!  
So, please come on in for a little tour.

To your left is the new improved shower.  I had them raise the shower head for hubby who is 6'2".  And added the spray hand held feature that is perfect for the days I don't want to get my hair wet showering.  There are three settings, showerhead only, both, or just the hand held.  We used the ladder handle shower door pull and clear 10 year coating on glass as a bargaining tool.  They included the extra cost to match a competitor.  Always ask ladies.  Notice the cubby we added to the bath wall too.  The little chrome garden seat is perfect for a towel holder or wine glass holder.  A girls got to bubble bath with a beverage right!

 Faux no sew Roman Shade tutorial here.  You can also see in this picture, where I had them raise the tub surround to match the window ledge.  We only had to raise it about 6 inches, but boy the custom look it adds. Those bubbles used to splash on the sheetrock.  Humm, beverage may have made me splash!  Just sayin'.

The floors are a herringbone pattern Carrera Marble.  Large 4 x 8 tiles.  Upkeep will be extra for me, but it is worth the sigh I make everytime I enter the room.  Really an oohlala effect on everyone. But, if you are OCD about cleaning and upkeep, I would not suggest them.

 I opted for the furniture style sink cabinet.  It is higher too for hubby.  The main theme I was going for was old south glam.  Lots of black, white, grays and chrome. 

The sink top is quartz and the cross bar hot and cold faucets add a vintage fee, but updated.  The tile back splash was an afterthought.  The backsplash really pullled the whole area together though. 

More of this on my next post of this super easy, affordable IKEA shelf idea.  The baskets for organizing cost more!  This little over the toilet wall was a wasted space before and extra storage is a girl's best friend.

Swoon picture only.   Fresh flowers have been making their way in here.  White roses mainly, but for fall a splash of color.

Another cubby in the shower and the razors should have been moved for the reveal "perfect shots". Real life shot people and the whole reason for that little top shelf was the razors.

New light fixtures are chrome glam too.  Don't let electricity scare you.  As long as the breaker is off, you can pretty much take your time.  Electrician wanted $150 each to hang new lights.  The Home Depot guy gave me suggestions and MissLynley and I did it for the 1.88 light box.  Oh, I had to buy a sheet rock saw too.

After bringing about 10 mirrors home and returing them.  Hubby got his big mirror.  And I saved money by shopping at IKEA again.  It looks a bit brown in this shot, but is a mixture of brown and black stain.  Looked totally black in the store.  See picture above for the real tones.

MissHadley and MissLayton love it too.

Source list
Flooring and tiles - Flor and Decor (they steered me wrong a few things - contractor corrected)
Sink double cabinet - Seconds and Surplus/Dallas (backordered and set project back about two months)
Light Fixtures - Lowes (do not, I repeat, do not have Lowes bid your shower doors)
IKEA - Mirror and shelving
Homegoods - baskets, medium sized wall mirror framed on mirror, chrome garden seat
Sink and tub faucets - American Standard - (plumber was impressed with quality)
Shower plumbing - (one of my mistakes fixed.  I originally purchased a modern spay spray looking thing and the plumbing costs to install were out of this world.  It was too long to refund that one and had to purchase this one by Moen)  I had trouble trying to match the American Standard ones.
Paint - Sherwin Williams - Rhinestone - pale gray with tints of baby blue, depending on the sun.

If you are in the Dallas area, you can contact me for my critique of the labor guys.  Plumber really only one I would recommend highly.
I was the sub contractor for this project and saved about 2000 dollars.

My thoughts
Everyone's estimates for time - take longer than they say
Be available to catch mistakes while being done.  Or be very clear and specific. I was able to check on the workers off and on. Writing on walls helps.

We opted to add a chrome back spash rail at the bottom of the doors and a clear rubber water retention thingy at the bottom of the shower door.  No splash out of the door area at all.
Natural tile requires light colored mortar.
Buy all new towels. :)

I just could not junk up this post with a before picture.  If you must compare, go here.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Before/After - Master bathroom

This master bath remodel has been a long time coming. We had to wait through three daughters in college and two weddings.

But we have started the final remodel....

Bathroom before few shots ... yes, I am being very brave to show these to you.

Pretty gross pale pink tile.

The draped treatment around the ceiling will be gone.  The fleur de lis stamps on the wall were two paintings ago.  Khaki below was the most recent color on the walls.

Carpeted bathroom! Mon dieu!

Fleur de lis overload is gone.

I think I kind of went wild with them to distract from the pink tile.

Gold fixtures will go, No more Las Vegas 1990's.  No more shell sinks either.

Lights went from original above to new oil rubbed bronze fixtures below.  They will be replaced too.

I did try the Pinterest inspired frame around the giant mirror.  Hubby wanted that to stay.  Sorry, Charlie! Lynn

Glimpse of the after.... waiting on shower doors to be delivered.

Oohlala!  Mon t'aime!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Happy Tuesday!

Hot chocolate mousse!  Sip the chill away.  Napkins are getting ready for Christmas time!  December... my favorite holiday! month
Stay warm and stay tuned.  Master bath reveal almost ready.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Wood Floor refinished

You  might think we hired professionals, but no, this is a DIY production.
13 year old Bruce Hardwood floors.  We have tried a lot of products and they always ended up with a white haze on the floors after we cleaned them.  

I saw an infomercial and was going to give it one more try before I hired a professional team to clean and shine our wood floors. 

This works!  You just need a few hours per room. 

We removed all furniture, swept, applied the cleaner and waited 10 minutes.  Above and below is the shine restorer on half the room.  You have to let that dry for 45 minutes.  

Tada....all our kids said they looked like new floors!  Now, I just use the cleaner when needed.  You can shine every three months. I hope once a year will do.  Moving furniture is the hardest part. 

Not a paid advertisement.  
Rejuvenate - Home Depot

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Wedding Brunch

Last weekend my niece and her husband, of one week, came in town for a weekend of celebrations.  
All the Aunts and Uncles hosted a brunch.

We added a little bit of a New Orleans feel and had a great time!
Of course, the party was in full swing and I took no pictures of the yummy food.  Donut holes were put out first.

But our menu was....
Boiled shrimp
Grits and Grilliards
Creme Brule French Toast
Assorted Quiche
Fresh Fruit
Chocolate Chip Croissants Bread Pudding with vanilla cream sauce

Coffee, juice, Mimosa's and Bloody Marys

Take home masks for the Bride and Groom

Established 10-27-14 San Francisco
Celebrated 10/31 - 11/1/14 Dallas
Forever Emma and Bubba

We all just shopped our homes for anything frenchy and silver.

It was a chilly day filled with warm hugs and hearts!

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