DIY blogger house

I have some fun news! Woot Woot!  I am pretty excited and humbled at some of the fun opportunities this blog has opened up for me and am super happy about this latest one.

I am lucky to be teaming up with Daybreak Utah, Bangerter Homes and Brian Clark, from Brian Clark Designs (an award winning interior designer) to build and design a home that will then be a part of the Utah Parade of Homes in August.  Pretty fun right?!  I know!

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I will also be working with some of my blogging friends who have become amazing and supportive friends in real life. 

Shelley Smith- The House of Smiths .com

Jen Hadfield- Tatertots and Jello .com

Lara Garner- Less Cake {More Frosting} .com

Char Coester- Crap I’ve Made .com

I just LOVE these ladies.  It is crazy to think that I would have never met them had it not been for blogging. 

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Aly, Char, Jen, Shelley, Lara, Me, Cameron, and Kathy

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On Friday, we headed down to Daybreak to be a small part of the Breathing Space Blogger Conference that was being held there. 

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We joined them for a fun Stepford Wives themed dinner, where we were able to make the announcement about this fun DIY Blogger House. 

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The dinner was lovely and I was able to meet up with some old blogging friends while also meeting and connecting with new ones!

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And some of you may know my love for the show Survivor.  It is the only television show my husband and I watch faithfully.  So imagine how excited I was to be able to listen to Dawn from the last season share with us some inspirational stories!!

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We are jumping right in and I for sure will keep you update on our status as the building and design of the home progresses. 

I am so excited to be able to work on building this home from the ground up.  This is the first home building project I have ever worked on.  The home we are in now is 35 years old.  So it will be nice to have all the fun and NEW details to work on and not have to pay for it! haha!

We will have less than 90 days to work with the home builder to develop and implement a concept in time for the Parade of Homes judging on August 1st. The home will be revealed to the general public during the Parade of Homes which begins on August 3rd and runs through August 18th. The home will be available for sale once the Parade of Homes has ended.

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Here is the freshly broken ground where the home will eventually stand!

 

I would love for you to follow along with us on the new little adventure…The House that Bloggers Built!

*Disclaimer–I am receiving compensation to participate in the DIY Blogger House.  However all opinions, thoughts and statements are my own.

how to take your baseboards from small to tall

I recently shared with you our newly updated Laundry room. And I am loving it. Still a few things to get finished in there like a window treatment and some fun basket labels and such.  One of the updates we made was to make our existing baseboards taller.  Today I am going to share with you how to make baseboards that are short taller with an easy trick.

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The baseboards in our laundry room were in fairly good shape still…considering…and we didn’t want to take the time to pull them out and add new ones with all the other projects we had on our to do list! So we just updated them by adding a small thin piece of decorative molding to the top.

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This update is a really easy and inexpensive way to get the nicer look of the taller baseboards that don’t come in the standard house.  We simply took a piece of wood that measured 1 inch and used that as our spacer to get the molding to the height we wanted.

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We measured and cut each piece of molding to the proper length with 45 degree angles at the corners.  Then attached them to the wall with a nail gun in several spots.  We do not like to use Liquid Nails at our house as we never know when we I are/am going to get a bee in my bonnet to change something around.  Nail holes are much easier to repair than a wall full of Liquid Nail glue!

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When the molding is attached, you will then need to go and fill the cracks and crevices with white painters caulk. So easy, but a really important step to the overall finished look of your baseboards.

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When it has properly dried you can paint your baseboards.  We painted ours with two coats to give it a super nice finish!  Just tape the wall and the floor with some Frog Tape or Blue Painter’s Tape to give you a nice crisp edge.

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And ta-da! An easy, (almost instant) DIY improvement.  I just love the look of the taller baseboards.  It really does make a big difference in the overall look of the room.

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*Update—I have had several of you email me and ask me what our paint colors are in this room.

The wall color is Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore.

I do not have the paint name for our trim as we have been painting our trim this color for 8 years.  But I do have the paint code which is below.  We use a high gloss finish on our trim as well.

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What do you think? Do you have any rooms you would like to give your baseboards a height lift?

Laundry room Update & Lowes giveaway

This Giveaway is now CLOSED!

Hey guys! I am so happy to be able to share with you today an update on our Laundry Room.  This room has been a work in progress for WAY too long.  I shared with you in January mid way through our progress and asked for your advice. Thanks for everyone who shared. I did read each and everyone and even got a couple of emails with some great advice that actually helped push me in the right direction…so thank you.  I have the best readers! 

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We built the washer and dryer platform in January early this year.

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We started the actual remodeling process on this room way back before Thanksgiving when we painted our lockers white.   I was really worried about painting ALL the cabinets white in this room, so I was struggling with trying to decide where to go next but knew that I was not happy with the final overall look of the room.

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Then, we got crazy busy with the remodel of our kitchen and getting our wood flooring installed during December, January and February.  So this room just sat in limbo…waiting patiently (ha!) for its turn.

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Well, I got the perfect burst of energy to finally get this room ship shape during April after Snap of course! As you know, I am one of Lowe’s Creative Bloggers and our challenge for this month was to give a room a new facelift.  Just the motivation I needed to finally tackle this room once and for all.

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And I am really happy with the final outcome.  There are still a few things to get just right…like the items on the shelves and the right window treatment…but overall I am loving it.  I am so glad we were brave enough to paint the cabinets all white.  The room is so bright and fresh now!

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Here is what we did for the update:

  • Added Crown Moldings and painted
  • Updated Baseboards and made them taller…tutorial post coming soon
  • Painted Black Cabinets White
  • Added new cabinet hardware
  • Made some shelf with corner brackets and wood…tutorial post coming soon
  • Framed in new window with molding
  • New light fixtures
  • New door knobs on closet doors

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Here are some other earlier updates we have made to this room if you are interested in checking them out as well.

    Well, that is not all…One lucky Idea Room Reader is going to win a $100 Gift Card to Lowe’s as part of Lowe’s Makeover Challenge.
    To enter: Simply leave me a comment on this post and if you have a room you would like to make over, I would love to know which room and why.
    That’s it! One comment per person please.

*Giveaway is open to US residents age 18 and over only and closes Friday, May 4 at noon MST.  Winner will be chosen at random and has 24 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen!

Be sure to head on over for your FREE Subscription to Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine:

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**I was given a gift card by Lowe’s to create my Lowe’s Makeover Challenge this month.  However all opinions and statements are my own.

Flower pot bird house

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This month as part of the Lowe’s Creative Challenge of which I am a team member of, we were challenged to make a DIY Bird Retreat.  I personally did not want a “normal” birdhouse and needed something a bit more practical and realistic for my own personal preferences.  So I decide to make a Flower Planter Bird House…sort of a two in one combo.

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I had a few different designs floating around in my head and headed to Lowe’s to see just what I could actually turn into a reality.  I knew I wanted a WHITE planter but was looking for just the right style.

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I picked up this almond colored flower plantar, some plastic moldings, potting soil, white silicon, bird seed and some flowers.

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We used some scrap wood from previous projects at home to build the square base which became our birdhouse.  Then we added some moldings at the top and bottom to give it a little bit of a customized look.  We drilled a hole for the birds and added a little tray to hold some bird seed for our feathered friends to enjoy.

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We painted the birdhouse box with some exterior paint and spray painted the plantar box white to match.  I am really pleased with how it turned out and love having a nice pop of color out on the back porch.  I think I may make a matching set so that they can be on either side of the stairs that you can see to the left of the photo.

Be sure to stop back by if you would like to see how we made this.  I will be sharing the full tutorial later.

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Thanks to Lowe’s for helping us get motivated to get this project done! You can find Lowe’s Creative Ideas on FB for more great ideas.  They also have a Lowe’s Creative Ideas blog…and you might recognize one or more faces there now…Smile

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And…just in case you missed last month’s Lowes Challenge…you can find it here.

Disclosure: Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase this project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative ideas Bloggers team.

Towel rack tutorial

As promised we are sharing how we made our customized Towel Rack as part of our Lowe’s Creative Ideas Blogger challenge last month.  The tutorial is fairly involved but hopefully if you are interested in making one for yourself you can follow along fairly easily.

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We began our cabinet design with basic sketch of what we wanted it to look like. We then measured the space of where the cabinet was to go and also measured the cabinet door (we had previously bought.  From that information, we figured out the dimensions of the cabinet.

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For instance, the door was 20 inches tall and 24 inches wide and we wanted 3 inches of face frame around the door (and also needed to allow for a 1/8 inch space/gap between the door and the frame). So…the bottom portion of the cabinet ended up being 26 1/4 inches tall, 30 1/4 inches wide, and 8 inches deep.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 5/8 inch furniture grade piece of plywood (4×8 feet)
  • 2 eight foot pieces of 3.5 inch x 3/4 inch MDF boards
  • 1 four foot length of crown molding
  • 30 feet of door jamb molding
  • 2 hooks for towels
  • 2 zinc narrow hinges
  • 2 friction lid supports
  • 1 cabinet door pull
  • 4 finial feet
  • gorilla wood glue
  • wood filler
  • sanding block
  • painter’s caulk
  • primer
  • paint
    • pre-made cabinet door (ours was 20 x 24 inches) OR make your own with a piece of wood and some decorative trim

We started with a 5/8 inch furniture grade piece of plywood (4×8 feet). The first cut was for the back (29 inches wide by 60 inches tall). So when you attached the 5/8 side panels, the total width was needed 30 ¼ inches. I then cut the other parts of the bottom cabinet (leaving the upper portion for later once I could see what remained to be cut).

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I added an extra layer of plywood on the interior of the cabinet (sides and bottom) to make it sturdier and to allow for the attaching of hinges (you will notice that on the extra piece on the sides is slightly shorter than the piece we attached it to because we only had that length of wood piece remaining from 4×8 foot sheet we originally started with…and the gap would not be seen at the top of that section).

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Top of Cabinet – I cut 3/8” wider than the width and depth to allow for the 3/8” molding (which will be attached later to frame the cabinet) to be flush on the sides and front.

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Attach the face frame to the front of the cabinet. 

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Cut outside edge of molding at a 45 degree angle so that the edges will be flush with the sides.

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We used 3 ½ inch wide MDF boards to construct the sides and top of the upper section.

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We added a second piece of MDF on the top to allow for a better place to attach the moldings. Cut molding to size once the sides and top had been glued and nailed (most of the moldings covered the nail holes).

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Determined where to put the towel hooks, and then put a cross piece of MDF to allow for more wood to screw the hooks into.

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We attached the second strip of wood behind the face frame so that it would drop down and provide a place for the cabinet door to rest and close on (see second picture below).  We just used a left over piece of wood and extended it down an inch.  We attached the wood with gorilla wood glue and used some clamps to hold it in place while it dried.

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Then measured and cut decorative moldings to size (attached these molding with only wood glue since the back was only 5/8 inches thick and nails would have protruded through the back of the cabinet. All other molding were attached with glue and nails).

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Then we attached some decorative trim moldings to cover up the plywood edges and to give the cabinet a nice finished look.  These were glued on as well.

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We then attached the hinges and friction support.  You can see that were the friction support attaches to the interior of the cabinet, we had to add a 1 1/2 inch thick piece of wood (with wood glue and clamps) to the back of the face frame.

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To attach the finial feet, we drilled pilot holes into the four corners of the bottom of the cabinet.  The holes were slightly smaller than the finial feet screw but allowed for a secure fit once we screwed in the feet.  One suggestion, to allow for starting the screw into the smaller holes, we rotated the drill in a circular pattern as we pulled the drill bit back out of the finished pilot hole.  This created a little bigger opening at the start of the pilot hole and allowed for an easier screwing-in process.

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And…to answer your questions…you can find all of the following here:

Update Builder Grade Cabinets with finial feet.

Painting Bathroom cabinets white tutorial.

The yellow rug was painted by me…Painted Rug tutorial!

DIY Trumeau Mirror (not pictured)

Framed in Builder’s Grade Mirror

Original Customized Towel Rack post.

Towels are from Anhropologie.

Hair Appliance Tool Holder purchased here.

Hair Appliance Cabinet Tutorial

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Create Bulletin board

Anyone else have a hard time adjusting to the time change this weekend? I am dragging this morning! Remind me why we are still doing this?

Anyways…despite the slow start this morning, we made some great progress on our HUGE remodeling project and we are getting so close to being FINISHED! Unfortunately all the little things take a lot of time and patience to finish up.  But we are getting so close. 

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Today I wanted to share with you a little bulletin board that I got up in my new office. It has been so nice to have everything in one spot, right where I need it.  I wanted a spot to be able to display some fun memories and also tack up some inspiration.

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I simply found frame that I liked that was on sale (50% off) at Hobby Lobby and painted it white and then distressed with sand paper.  Then I found some cork board out of an old thrift store frame and cut it down to the right size. 

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I painted the cork board white since I didn’t want it to look like cork board.  All I did was roll the cork board with my white paint that I used to paint the frame with. It took 3 coats to get it to the whiteness that I wanted.

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Then I made a simple CREATE banner.  For some reason I couldn’t get the pattern correct with the squares and triangles.  Ha ha!  I must have been tired or something.  But I actually like that there is NO pattern to the banner.  I must admit that normally I would automatically go for the square-triangle-square-triangle pattern as I am a very traditional and uniform person.  When I was a kid I would ALWAYS color the barn red!  But I like that it is a bit off.  Seems to be a bit more “creative” that way. 

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Anyways…I am waiting to finish up a couple of more things in the office before I reveal the whole thing to you.  I have to paint the ceiling and a few other small things before it can finally get checked off of the list!

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Hair Tool Storage Cabinet

I FINALLY got a second to sit down and write up this post.  Sorry to leave you hanging about what exactly was hidden behind this Bathroom Towel Rack Cabinet door.  Many of you guessed there was a laundry chute inside.  Oh how awesome that would be…I had one growing up in my parents house and though we DID use it for laundry, it was also used by us kids for many other devious purposes…hehe!  But, unfortunately my laundry room is on the opposite end of the house so it would have to be quite the chute to get the laundry to the laundry room and I am sure that more than just a sock might get lost in there.

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So, the next best option for me was to create my very own personal Hair tool Storage Cabinet.  I do love my curling iron…when I actually don’t have my hair in a pony tail *ahem*!  And…I have three girls…enough said!

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So that means I spend a little bit of time doing hair on Sunday mornings and before school (when they cooperate). And even though my girls have THEIR OWN bathroom, they tend to gather in our Master Bathroom. Can any of you relate?

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We simply made a “box” that contained three sides.  We left one side off the back so that we could tuck all the cords behind it to keep them from being seen all strewn about in the cabinet.  We also left a small gap in the back so that the cords could fall down behind the box shelf.

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Then we placed the box into the bottom of the cabinet.  This becomes the base that we screwed the hair tool station onto.

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We ordered this hair organizing station online.

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Directly behind our customized towel rack, was an electrical outlet.  We wanted to be able to utilize this without having the electrical cords showing so we did what any normal person would do…

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We took (and by we…I mean “the hunky Mr. Idea Room”) drilled some holes in the back of the cabinet so that we could cut out the cabinet directly where the electrical outlet was.

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After the 4 “pilot” holes were drilled Mr. Idea Room took his jigsaw and cut out a small rectangle to expose the outlet to the inside of the cabinet.  Then we placed our electrical strip inside so we had plenty of spots for all of our hair appliances.

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I LOVE it!  I love being able to turn on the curling iron or flat iron and let them heat up and not be cluttering up the counter top.  They are hidden AND out of the way.  Just the way this momma likes to have things that she uses on a daily basis. 

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Maybe it will help with the clutter…Haha…Here’s to hoping!

And…to answer your questions…you can find all of the following here:

Update Builder Grade Cabinets with finial feet.

Painting Bathroom cabinets white tutorial.

The yellow rug was painted by me…Painted Rug tutorial!

DIY Trumeau Mirror (not pictured)

Framed in Builder’s Grade Mirror

Original Customized Towel Rack post.

Towels are from Anhropologie.

Hair Appliance Tool Holder purchased here.

 

What do you think? If you had a cabinet like this what would you like to store in there?

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customized towel rack

I am so excited to finally have this customized towel rack finished! This towel rack has been brewing in my head for several months…long before we had repainted and done some updates to our Master Bathroom. 

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The previous owners of our home had updated this Master Bedroom from its original 1980’s state.  They covered almost every wall space in this space with white tile (that has a slight gray undertone to it).  It is not my first choice but hey…at least it wasn’t pink or some other outdated color right?! 

We do not have the time, funds or desire to pull all that tile down and fix it up so we are trying to do our best to work with what we have.  And…in all honesty…there really is nothing wrong with it…and with my new towel rack, I actually don’t mind all the white tile.

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The towel rack was drilled right through the tile and was an ugly combo of gold and silver…which I was not a huge fan of.  I wanted to be able to add some color to the walls too.  So we drew up a design and planned out something that would fit perfectly in our space.

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I was asked to participate in Lowe’s Creative Ideas challenge for the month of February and the challenge was bathrooms.  I was excited to be able to finally be able to get this project started…AND FINISHED!! And since I practically do most of my home improvement shopping at Lowe’s anyways…it was perfect.

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We spent some time browsing the aisles of molding at Lowes and decided to go with a more simple design to fit the overall look of our existing bathroom vanity.  I happened to already have an old cabinet door that I had picked up from Habitat Restore back in the summer with two of my friends Becca and Char.  I used this for the main cabinet in the base of the rack.

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We also made it so that the cabinet door actually swings open.  And I have a fun little surprise inside that I can’t wait to share with you in a later post.

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I am thinking of adding a little bit of a subtle gray pattern to the inside of of the towel rack (the flat area where the towels hang) to give it a little more personality and color but still have not quite decided about that.  For now I will leave it white while I think about that.

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We did not have a lot of room in that spot since the vanity was there and we still needed to be able to allow for two people to stand there and get ready in the mornings.  So we made the towel rack tall and skinny to fit our available space and to still be able to provide some functionality.

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I will be sharing with you soon a tutorial so that if you are interested in building something similar in your home you will be able too.  I am really happy with how it turned out…but am most excited about the little secret it is hiding inside…Smile!! (Good things come to those who wait). 

Thanks to Lowe’s for helping us get motivated to get this project done! You can find Lowe’s Creative Ideas on FB for more great ideas.  They also have a Lowe’s Creative Ideas blog…and you might recognize one or more faces there now…Smile

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Be sure to come back and I will share with you exactly what was used and how we built it.  Want to know how we updated other areas of this bathroom?

Update Builder Grade Cabinets

Painted Rug

DIY Trumeau Mirror

Framed in Builder’s Grade Mirror

 

*Disclosure—Lowes provided me with a gift card to purchase supplies for this towel rack.

However all opinions are mine.

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progress…

Some of you may have noticed I have been a little bit absent here and on the internet the past few weeks. That is because we have been so busy tearing out and putting back together the flooring in the kitchen and our new office.

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I wanted to share a bit of our progress and where we are at right now.  My office is mostly finished.  I am just sharing a little sneak peak today but hopefully plan on getting all the small details finished up here soon so I can share the full reveal with you.  I am loving it so far.

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My cabinets were finally delivered to be installed almost 3 weeks ago.  Then when the guy came to install them he discovered that they were built 3 inches TOO TALL!!!  What?!  He was the one who came out and did the measure (twice). I saw the measurements that he sent in to the cabinet shop…but somewhere the numbers were entered wrong.  So….We had to wait another week for the cabinets to be rebuilt.

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{love the curtains but took them back for some different ones which look much better in there now…}

This was good news to the girls who got to keep their dance studio a week longer.  Why is there a fan in the room?  Well first it was out because the new toilet we installed had an invisible hairline crack in it and was slowly leaking onto our newly laid wood floor….gah! But then it became one of the girls “props” to blow their hair back whilst dancing :)….Who doesn’t need one of those while dancing? Ha Ha

I shared one of my daughters dancing in the “dance studio” here.

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The cabinets finally got put in and I couldn’t be happier with all my storage space.  Here is my old office space.   I had a few other closets in the house where I had some of my sewing supplies and material and my office supplies…not to mention all my craft STUFF!  So it is nice to have it ALL. IN. ONE. SPOT!

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{we threw those pants in the fire last weekend…}

Most of my stuff has now been transferred except for a few loose ends here and there…but we are making progress people!  We put all the moldings back onto the wall and repainted everything.  I have to repaint the ceiling (not my favorite) but we are getting so close!

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And….did I mention the dust?  Yikes!  I knew it was going to be messy…but I never imagined it would be THIS messy…and it is EVERYWHERE!  Maybe that is why I have been sick off and on for the last 6 weeks or so.

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The floors are now finished and I am in LOVE! I will be sharing those later.  I have never been more happy to be on the downhill side of such a huge undertaking.  But I am liking where we are heading.  Hoping to be able to share some more updates soon. 

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paint your cabinets

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I have had several people email me and ask me about my painted cabinets.  So today I thought I would share with your how we painted ours so that YOU can paint your cabinets.  But, I must first start off with a disclaimer.  We are by NO means professionals.  We asked our local Lowe’s stores and their helpful employees several questions and did some research before deciding to paint them. 

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The cabinets in our home were 30+ years old and had a bit of wear and tear to them.  A lot of the finish had been worn off and some had some big knicks and dents in them.  So for us this was a good choice to give them new life and to update our home to our own personal style.  Not to mention a lot cheaper alternative than buying new cabinets.

Here are the steps we took:

1.  Tape off any areas that might get paint on them that you don’t want paint on.  For example a wall right next to the cabinets or the floor along the bottom and even inside the cabinet doors if you are not painting the insides.  We LOVE frog tape at our house.  It has worked a lot better at getting crisp lines as opposed to the blue painters tape.

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2.  Remove cupboard doors.  This is probably not necessary.  But since we wanted them to come out nice and smooth without any drips, we removed them. 

2. Lightly sand the doors to remove any rough spots.  If there are any nicks or dents you can fill them with wood filler or plastic wood.  Just something that is paintable. 

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Then wipe them down with a damp cloth and some denatured alcohol and be sure you have removed all of the excess dust.

3.  Paint all areas you want covered with paint first with a primer/sealer.  Painting with a primer will make it so that the paint will stick to the cupboards and will cover up any areas that you may have needed to add some putty or wood filler.  We like Glidden’s Gripper Grey.  But there are a lot of different options available.

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We paint in the creases and the smaller areas and around the edges with a paint brush.  My personal favorite paint brushes are the Purdy XL Glide.  I usually use a 2 inch brush for cabinets.  I really believe having a good brush is the key to having a smooth paint finish.

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For the flat, larger areas of the cabinets I like to use a small foam roller.  This leaves a nice and smooth finish as well.  This is KEY too!!  We like Quali-Tech Ultra Smooth High Density Foam.

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4.  Paint your cabinets with your favorite semi gloss enamel paint like Valspar’s.  Some people like to use a high gloss paint and that is fine too.  We just prefer the finished look of the semi gloss.  I feel it to be a bit richer.

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You will need at least two coats.  Be sure to allow proper drying time between each coat.  I wait at least 4 hours between coats.  Check on your paint can for specific drying times.  I always check and double check for any drips as I am painting.  Nothing worse than having to go back and sand a drip off.  Sometimes in the creases of your cabinet door you will have to go back and do a touch up third coat.

I like to paint on top of paint cans.  {Please disregard the lack of painting tarp…Ha.  Always a good idea to use one}.  I paint one side first and let it dry completely before turning it over to paint the other side.  After paint is still wet you will also want to check the other side of the cabinet door so there are not drips on the other side as well.

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