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favorite Ikea finds

We live about 90 minutes away from an Ikea, so I don't go there often.  Maybe once every three or four years.  On Friday, my mom and I made the trek and spent the day "doing Ikea."  It really is like a theme park.  Wear comfortable shoes, get your map, make your lists, so you don't miss anything.  Make your plans, so you hit lunch at the right time.  It's an event. I went with a pretty sizable  (read more …)

evolution of my home | part 7 | the three bathrooms

And now it's time for part seven of the history-of-my-home tour when we look at all three bathrooms in my house. Let's start with the upstairs bathroom... This is the bathroom that's next to the boys' room and guest room and it's in the original 1940's part of our home.  It is teeny-tiny by todays standards.  I think there's no more than about 6" between the toilet and the tub and you can  (read more …)

evolution of my house | part 6 | the master bedroom

...and now we're at the master bedroom in this "evolution series" and, oh my, it's a doozie.  This room made me want to hit my head against a wall for years.  It stumped me.  I kept making stupid, decorating decisions that I knew were stupid as I was making them.  I wasted so much time and money on things I wasn't in love with...all for the sake of getting it done.  Sigh.  Tell me I'm not  (read more …)

Painting the Bathroom Ceiling

This past summer, we did a renovation of our master bathroom.  You can see the full details HERE.  The renovation was floor to ceiling. Here's what it looked like before.   As you can see, it's a small, regular bathroom.  It's not one of these huge train-station-ish master bathrooms.  Since it's not big, I wanted to make the most of the space and I wanted to pay attention to the details.  The  (read more …)

A little painting project

Some days I just need to paint.  It's therapeutic for me and it makes me feel a sense of accomplishment.  With a two hour school delay, I didn't have a lot of time to get things done today, so I picked a small project I've been wanting to work on - painting this little stool. It's in our master bathroom, so I decided to use MMSMP Artissimo. It's a deep navy blue.  A yummy color, in my  (read more …)

Vintage Pillow Cases & Sofa Update

When I went shopping earlier this week, I found an amazing pair of vintage pillow cases.  I've never seen any as long as these.  They're probably a good 12-18" longer than the pillow.  They were exactly what I've been keeping my eyes opened for.  My pillow, which is down, is always popping out of the case through the night.  I have tried at least eight different cases and they all did the same  (read more …)

Master Bathroom Details & Reveal

Yesterday, someone asked me about my master bathroom in a comment and I realized I have never shared the details on that makeover!  I finished the bathroom and immediately went on three trips in a row and then hopped right back into the school year routine.  Also, we haven't finished it totally.  We did a lot of projects over the summer for and we got just enough done for the photo  (read more …)

Bathroom Vanity Top

 I received a lot of questions about my antique dresser turned bathroom vanity, specifically the finish I used to protect the top from water. I stripped the existing finish, because I knew that wouldn't stand up the way it needed to.  (You can check out my video tutorials on stripping furniture HERE and HERE.)  Once the finish was entirely removed and cleaned.  I applied four coats of Waterlox  (read more …)