Bathroom is Finally Done!

 It took 4 years… but it was worth it!  

The first 3 pictures are the “before”. You can see the little closet to the left of the vanity that we added to the bathroom. We took out the tub and replaced it with a large shower. We took out the glass block window and put in that skinny vertical window. Basically we replaced everything, including the drywall. 

   The next 2 pictures are of Matt and Olivia doing the demo.  

It took forever but I finally found the perfect tile.


I found the large buffet that we used as a vanity at The Crowded House. 


The mirrors and lights are from T J Max Home Goods. 

The door on the shower was $20.00 at Stardust Building Supply. 


The faucets were on clearance for $50.00 a piece at Home Depot. 



Vintage Window with Antique Wedding Book

I bought this window for $15.00 from a window company which had just replaced the original windows in a house built in the 1950′s, in northwest Phoenix. 

I bought an antique “wedding book” from Goodwill (just like a baby book but to document a wedding, not a baby). I took some of the pages out and attached them to the window. The wedding book had information in it regarding the couple who originally used it when they were wed in Michigan in March of 1919. That information is still visible on the back side of the window.   


Our Next Project…

This is an antique secretary/desk we got at Goodwill for $32.00. We really don’t have time to work on it right now, but this was just too good to pass up!

When we got it, it was falling apart. Matt had to basically put it back together.

We are going to paint it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and then put some of my mother’s pretty antique glassware in it.

I am already in LOVE with this piece!


Finally finished something… almost

This is a side table we got at Goodwill for $24.


This is a photo from Pinterest I used as my inspiration for the table.


First step in the re-do is to do a little sanding, not the whole thing, just wherever it has some rough edges that need to be smoothed out. Next, spray paint the table with filler primer. Matt primes everything before he paints, even when using chalk paint. He says the paint covers better and less coats are needed. He uses filler primer because he says it helps to hide imperfections.


When spray painting, hold the can approximately 6-8 inches from the object being painted. Hold can to the left of the piece, not pointing at the piece. Press the nozzle and start spraying while moving the can to the right across the piece one time (not back and forth). Spray all the way to the other side. Do not stop spraying until you have passed the piece completely. Repeat until done. Be patient.

After the primer dries, Matt painted the base of the cabinet with Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint. The top of the table is painted with Graphite. Matt used a small roller to paint the larger areas and a small brush to paint the parts of the table with the smaller details.

When dry we used a piece of micro fiber rag to cover the top with Annie Sloan soft dark wax. This created a really deep, antiqued, black color.


In the photo below you can see an area where the wood from the base of the table does not meet up exactly to the wooden leg. There are 2 ways to fix this:

1. Painters caulk. This method works before or after the piece is painted. Buy a tube of caulk. Cut an opening in the tip of the tube. The opening size will depend on the size of the crack, ie: small crack small opening, big crack big opening. Fill the crack with caulk. Run your finger along the caulk… This will push the caulk into the crack and it will also smooth it out. If the piece had already been painted it may need some touchups…no big deal.

2. Plastic wood. Use to fill in the crack. Wait until it is dry and sand it until smooth and even, then paint.




Repurposed vintage sterling silverware box


I got this vintage sterling silverware storage box at Goodwill for $5. We painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint and then put a new lining inside. I love these colors! Now I am going to use it to hold my napkin ring collection. I even have plenty of room for more (I better go shopping)!

Extra pieces…

This is from an antique secretary/hutch/desk we got at Goodwill.  We have decided to get rid of the desk function of the piece and make it more of a bar/hutch.  We are going to use this piece of it for our own office area. Matt put it back together and then painted it with Annie Sloan, Provence, chalk paint.  So cute and lots of beautiful details!!